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veral ingredients of mirth and jollity; but what will they be then ? For if any man accepts of such company in this world, it will follow him into the world of Spirits, and cry after him for vengeance.
Thrice happy then is he, who, in the days of liis health and strength, before the evil days of age and weakness have overtaken him, hears that celestial voice of the Evangelist, Blessed are the dead which die in the Loril, &c. daily sounding in his ears, stirring him up to farther degrees of faith and devotion, and keeping him ever inindful of that last great Account, which can be rendered supportable hy nothing but a timely preparation.
life which God has given him, unless he understands the nature of it. There is a general mistake among mankind, to which we all are witnesses, and yet are in danger of falling into it every day: and when it hath once got possession of us, our own strength is not sufficient to cast it out. This life is no more than a passage or journey, yet we take it as a settlement; and when we have taken it for such, we use it as such: we use it as what it is not, and consequently we abuse it. This abuse must lead us to misery and ruin; for no man can find his happiness in contradicting the will of God The Scripture assures us, that God willeth not the death of any sinner; and it is equally certain, on the same principles of his mercy and goodness, that he takes no pleasure in the distress and