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" upon him! for he is a good God to his “ own; and he never takes any thing from " them but he gives them as good, and bet"ter, back again : you will get himself.
“ My dear, we have had many a sweet “ day together: we must part for a while; " but we will meet again, and shall have one “ work in the prailes of God, in the praises ř of the Lamb. O! how wonderful is it! “ and let my soul wonder. O to get a dif “ covery of bim eye to eye, it is so much “ enlivening! It is life eternal to know the “ living God, and Jesus Christ whom he hath “ fent." I will not say with Job, when it is “ morning, When will it be evening? No, “ I dare not say it; it will be but a little " while and I will get reft.", . .
Then to his children he said, “ Now you “ are fatherless: your father is to be taken “ from you; but seek God: and now I got. ► you from the Lord, and I give you to ” him. Now, I leave you upon him : “ ye are no more mine." . . .
To his son he said, “ My dear David, I “ am lying here, man, finding how good God “ is, and I would fain have you God's, and “ acquaint with his ways, that when I am “ dead, I may live in you, and you may " tell to the generation not born, how good “ God is. O man! if I had you a seeker “ of God, I would think myself happy in it. “ My dear, feek God, seek hirn, and feek
« early, and he will be found of you: mind, “ David, that I have commended God and 6 his ways to you.".
To his eldest daughter, Margaret, he faid, " I must recommend to you my God and “ his ways: be an encouragement to your “ Inother: mind the many exhortations I
have given you, and despise them not, " and save your own soul; and cry that, " by a day of his power, he may bring you “ to found sincerity: you have lost a loving “ father; it will be God only that can make « him up : feek the Lord, and be your " mother's comfort."
Seeing his youngelt child, he caused bring her to him, and said, “ Mady, my dear, the • Lord bless you; and the God of your * father, and my father, bless you : the God
that fed ine all my life, the angel that re36 deemed me from all evil, bless you and the "reft, and be your portion; that is a goodos ly heritage, better than if I had crowns " and sceptres to leave you. My child, I « got you from the Lord, and I give you * to him again. Here is a demonstration of is the reality of religion, that I a poor, weak,
timorous man, as much afraid of death as * any, am now enabled, by the power of 5 grace, composedly, and with joy, to look, * death in the face, in its most ghastly shape,
his and hope, within a little, to have the vi- . 1:Etory. You may believe a man venturing
“ on eternity. I am not acting as a fool, " but I have weighed eternity this last night; “ I have looked on death as stripe of all " things pleasant to nature; I have confider" ed the spade and grave, and every circum. " stance in it that is terrible to nature, and, un" der the view of all these, I found that in the " way of God, that gave satisfaction, not only " a rational satisfaction, but a heart-engaging « power attending it, that makes me rejoice."
After that he spoke to his servants, and faid, “ As for you, my servants, that have
“ been in my family, my dear friends, make ,“ religion your main business, and mind that
" above at things: I charge all my servants “ in my house, beware of graceless masters; “ avoid it as what my turn to your deftruc" tion: seek to be with them that fear God.”
He exhorted his brethren to diligence in the ministry. “It was the delight of my " heart, said he, to preach the gospel: I de“ fired to decrease thui the bridegrooin might “ 'increafe ; and to be nothing that he might
be all. I repent I did not more for hiin. " O that I had the congues of men and an. “ gels to praise him !"
When desired to ly quiet and take sleep, he answered, “ The folk I am going to sleep " not day nor night, but cry, Holy, holy, “ holy. They, that wait on the Lord ball “ mount up as with eagles wings. Whereon " hould a man bestow his lait breath, but
“: in commending the Lord Jesus Christ, God
letters t, and thereafter said, “ That is a
. berate choice. Were my days as trouble“: fome as they are like to be, I would ra" ther be a contemned minister of God, than
the greatest prince on earth. I cannot - but commend the Lord Jesus as far as my " word will go : I must proclaim it, he is is the best matter that ever I law, ist • To his son that was a child, he said, “If " I had as many sons, as there are hairs on “ your head, I would bestow themallonGod.
To: some present, he said, '“ 'O Sirs! I “ dread mightily that a rational fort of re
“ ligion is coming in among us, I mean by it, ::” a religion that consists in a bare attendance
"on outward duties and ordinances, with“ out the power of godliness, and thence "people shall fall into a way of serving God, “ which is mere Deilin, having no relation " to Christ Jesus, and the Spirit of God.
He expressed his fears of a storm coming · · on the church of Scotland; but he said, the "Mi.. . in
a day si+Viz. That to Mr. John Mein, Letter 139.
day would break, and the Lord would arise : and he hoped the church would be made a wonder, and the Lord will say, Lo, this people have I formed for myself. He can make a n'a. tion to be born at once. He cried ofren, with the fpoufe, in the Song, When shall the day break, and the shadows flee away? Turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe, or a young hart, upon the mountains of Bether. .
He said, “ Shall. I forget Zion ? Nay: “ Let my right-hand forget her cunning, if I “ prefer not Jerufalem to my chiefèft joy. “O to have God returning to this church, " and his work going on in the world! If " every drop of my blood, every bit of my “ body, every hair of my head, were all “ men, they should all go to the fire to have “ this going on. If I would say, that I .“ would speak no more in the name of the “ Lord, it would be like a fire within me. “I am calling you to fee a miracle, God is ", melting me down into corruption and dust, " and yet he is keeping me in a calm. - I " could not believe that I would have born, " and born chearfully, this rod so long: this “ is a miracle, pain without pain; and this “is pot a fancy of a man disordered in his “ brain, but of one lying in full composure.' “ O blessed be God that ever I was born! I " have a father, and a morber, and ten bre. " thren and fitters in heaven, and I shall be " the eleventh. I shall shortly be at that