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dangers and difficulties. Many a hard storm they ride out, and many straits and troubles they here encounter with, but at last they arrive at their desired agd long expected haven, and then heaven rings and resounds with their joyful acclamations. And how can it be otherwise, when as soon as ever they set foot. upoo that glorious shore, Christ himself meets and receives them, with a " Come blessed of iny Father,” Matth. XXV. 34. 0 joyful voice! O much desired word! faith Paraeus, what tribulation would not a inao undergo for this word's fake!
Besides, then they are perfectly freed from all evils, whether of Sio or suffering, and perfectly filled with all desired good. Now they fall join with that great assembly, in the high praises of God. what a day will this be! if, faid a * worthy diviae, Diagoras died away with an exccfs of joy, whilf he embraced his three fons that were crowned as victors in the Olympic games in one day : and good old Simeon, when he saw Christ but in a body subject to the infirmities of our nature, cried out, “ Now let thy fervant depart in peace;" what ynspeakable joy will it be to the faiots, to behold Christ in his glory, and see their godly relations also (to whose conversion, perhaps, they have been instrumental) all crowned, in one day, with everlas. ing diadems of bliss ! and if the Atars did, as Ignarius faith, make a choir, as it were, about that star that appeared at Christ's jocarnation, and there is such joy in heaven at the conversion of a sioner ; no wooder, then, the morning stars fing together, and the fons of God shout for joy, when the general assembly meet in heaven : 0 how will the arches of heaven ring, and echo, when the high praises of God Mall be in the mouth of such a congregation ! then Mall the saints be joyful ia glory, and fing aloud upon their beds of everlasting reit.
REFLECTION, Aod is there such a day approaching for the fons of God, indeed! and have I [authority] to call myself one of the num. ber! John i. 12. O then let me sot droop at present difficulties, por hang down my hands when I meet with hardships in the way. O my soul, what a joyful day will this be! for at present we are tossed upon ao ocean of troubles, fears, and temptations ; but these will make heaven the fweeter.
Chear up, then, O my soul, thy falvation is now nearer than when thou first believedst, Rom. xiii. 11, and it will not now be long e're I receive the end of my faith, 1 Pet. i. g. and then it will be sweet to reflect even upon these hardships in the way.
Yet a few days more, aod then comes that blefsed day thou hast so long waited and papted for. Oppose the glory of that day, O my soul, to thy preseot abasures and tufferings, as blessed Paul did, Rom. i. 18. and thou shalt see how it will shrink them all up to nothing; oppose the inheritance thou shalt receive in that day, to thy losses for Christ pow; and see how joyfully it will make thee bear them, Heb. x. 34. oppose the honour that will be put upon thee in that day, to thy present reproaches, and see how ealy it will make them to thee, 1 Cor. iv. 5. What condition can I be in, wherein the believiog thoughts of this blessed day canoot relieve me?
Am I poor, here is that which answers poverty. Jam. iii. 5. « Hearken, my beloved brethseu, hath not God chofen the poor O! of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom ?"
Am I tempted ? here is relief against that, Rev. xii. 16, “ Now is come falvation and strength; for the accuser of our “ brethren is cast down,” &c.
Am I deserted ? Here is a remedy for that too, Rev. xxii. 5: " And there shall be po night there," &c. Come then, my soul, let us eo ter upon our inheritance by degrees, and begio the life of heaven upon earth.
The POE M.
Heav'n's arches, earth's foundations, seem'd to ring
Now there's no more talk
What! paint the sun too bright! it cannot be ;
A concluding s P E ECH.
on these weak labours; what use you will make of them, I kauw not, but this I koow, that the day is coming, when God will reckon with you for this, and all other helps and means afforded to you and if it be not improved by you, be sure it will be produced as a witness against you. Sirs, I beg you, in the name of Christ, before whom both you and I must shortly appear, that you receive not these things in vain. Did I know what other lawful means to use that might reach your hearts, they should not be in vain to you ; but I cannot do God's part of the work, nor your's : only I request you all, both masters, common men, and all others io to whose hands this shall come, that you will lay to heart what you read; pray unto him that hath the key of the house of David, that open. eth and no mao lutteth, to open your hearts to give entertain. ment to these truths. Alas ! if you apply it oot to yourselves, I have laboured to ao purpose ; the pen of the scribe is in vain : but God may make such an application of them, in one form or another, as may make your hearts to tremble. O firs! when death and eternity look you in the face, confcieoce may reflect upon these things to your horror and amazement, and make you cry out, as Prov. v. 12, 13. " How have I hated knowledge, " and my heart delpifed reproof! and have not obeyed the voice "" of my teacher, oor inclined, my ears to them that instructed
me ?”. And o what a dreadful shriek will such souls give, when the Lord opens their eyes to see that misery that they are here warned of! But if the Lord shall bless these things, to your conversion, then we may say to you, as Moses did to Ze- ! bulun, the mariners tribe, Deut. xxxii. 12. “ Rejoice Zebn“ lun io thy going out.” The Lord will be with you, which way soever you turn yourselves; and being in the boom of the covenant, you are safe in the midlt of all dangers. Othou, that art the Father of spirits, that formedft and capft easily reform the heart, open thou the blind eye, unstop the deaf ear, let the word take hold upon the heart. If thou wilt but say the word, these weak labours shall prosper, to bring home many loft fouls unto thee. Amen.
A PATHETICAL aod SERIOUS
DIS SU ASI VE
From the horrid and detestable SINS of Drunkenness,
Swearing, Uncleanness, forgetfulness of Mercies, violation of Promises, and Atheistical Contempt of Death.
Applied by way of Caution to SEAMEN, and now added
as ao APPENDIX to their NEW COMPASS.
Being an Essay toward their much-desired Reformation: fit to be
seriously recommended to their profane Relations, whether Seamen or others, by all such as unfeignedly desire their eternal Welfare.
To the right worshipful Sir JOHN FREDERICK, Kt,
one of the worshipful Aldermen of the City of Londoo, and their honourable BURGEss in the present Parliament: And to the truly religious and ever honoured Mr JOHN LOVERING, of the city of London, merchant,
Much honoured and esteemed,
Lthough dedications are too often abused to a vain flat
tery, yet there is an excellent use and advantage to be made of them: partly to encourage persons of worth and eminency to elpouse the interest of religion thumselves; and partly to oblige those readers, for whom such books are principally intended, to a diligent perpsal of them, by interesting such per: fons in them, for whom they have great respects, or on whom they have any dependence.
Upoo the first aceount, a dedi tion would be needless to you ; for I am persuaded, you do not only in your judgment approve the design I here manage, viz. The reformation of the profane and looser fort of our feamen ; but are also heartily willing to improve your intereft to the uttermost for the promotion of it. I cannot look upon you as persons acted by that low and common spirit that the most of your profession are acted biy, who little regard, if they be good servants to them, whe
ther God have any service from them or no , and if they pay them the wages due for their work, never think of the wages they are to receive for their fin. You are judged to be perfons of another spirit, who do not only mind, but advance Christ's interest above your own, and negotiate for his glory, as well as for your own gain : and yet
your own interest as well as God's : Subordinata non pugnant. Your interest is never more profperously managed, or abundantly secured, thao when it is carried on in a due fubordination to God's. Their reformation will apparently teod to your advantage. Those fins of theirs, against which I have here engaged, are the Jonahs in your thips; it is fin that finks them, and drives them against the rocks. “ One finner destroyeth much good," Eccl. viii. 11. How much more a lewd crew of them conspiring to provçkę God! the death of their lusts, is the more probable means to give life to your trade. And as these counsels profper io their hearts, so will your business thrive in your hands. Piety and prosperity are married together in that promise, Pfal. i. 3. ncfimus was never fo profitable a fervant to Philemon, as when he became his brother in a spiritual, as well as his fervant in a civil capacity, Philemi. verf. u. and 16. compared. And yet if your interest were forced to step back, to give way to Chrilt's, I hope you would (ootwithstanding) rejoice thereio. So that my present busioess is, not so much to perfuade you, whole hearts, I hope, God hath already persuaded to fo good a work; as to make your fames and respects, which are great among them, an innocent bait 10. tempt them to sheir duiy. And if either your names or intereft may be useful to rych an end, I presume I may use them freely, and welcome ; for, lure I am, they can never be put to a better use.
Well then, I will make bold to send this small adventure in your ships; and if the return of it be but the conversion of one soul.to God, I shall reckon that I have made a better voyage than you, let your returns be never so rich.
How these thiogs will affect them, d koow not. *I do fuppose it will produce different effcts upon them, according to the different tempers of their spirits, and according as God thall command, or suspend the blessing. Possibly some will, storm at the .clole and curtiog rebukes of the word, (for most mens lufts are a great deal more sensible aod tender than their consciences) and will foodly imagine that this necessary plainness tends to their reproach. But if none but the guilty can be supposed to be angry at them, they will thereby reproach themselves a great deal more than ever I intended to do.