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Nor was this Religious Zeal for the Hoc nour of God, and Sorrow for the Reigning Impieties of the World, only the Effects of Age, and more confirm’d Habits of Piety. The following Meditation Compos'd at London, in the Twenty Seventh Year of his Age, will shew the contrary.
' O my God! For the Contradiction of Sin( ners, when will it have an end! How.
long shall I live among those, that are
Enemies to Righteousness, to Thee, thy " Word, my Soul, and their own! And yet I live in a Land, where thy Religion
is Establish'd and Profess'd; thy Death, o . dear Jesu, Granted and own'd. My Soul ' is weary of the Blasphemies of Atheists,
of the Horrid Oaths and Imprecations of • Profane, and Sly Objections of Malicious
Sinners: While we hope to be Sav'd by
thy Death, why do we not all Rejoice ' in it; and alike Believing it, alike make ( our Diicourse of it? O that with one Con
sent on thy Day, the Mouths of all the People of this Land, might be filld with thy Praises and Wonderful Works! That
wheresoever we cou'd go, we might pals s but from one Discourse of thee to another ;
that it might be Natural among us, froni the Greatest to the Leart, familiarly to
Converse of Thee and thy Laws; and with ( one Heart, and with one Mouth, make ( mention of thy Name; and all join in + owning the Miraculous History of thy Pro• vidence, and Works of Old; and the
Life and Death of our Adorable Redeemi'er, in the Fulness of Time. But who may
hope for this, in the midst of our Pro
faneness ! Is it rot enough for me, to de ' fire that there may be among us, a Select
Number of those who fear the Lord ? . And therefore Two things, Lord, I hum
bly Crave; Let their never fail in these ( Lands, such an Elect Number, as have
not bow'd there Knees to Sin, nor bent ( their Minds to Atheism and Profaneness. ? And next, let it be thy Blessed Will to cast
my Lot among them, and make me one ' of that happy Number; let me spend my
Days with them; and among them let my Life end ; and when I come abroad into the World, let their Spirit follow and act me, that I may continue uniformly the ' fame Man in all places. Let not the O
verflowing of Ungodliness be able to ex
tinguish my Devotion, nor cause me to ' comply with, or approve of their wicked « Practices. In Conclusion, that all the
People of these Lands, were the Lord's People ; that thy Will may be done by ( all upon Earth, as it is by all in Heaven! (That where-ever we come, we might find
every Heart fill’d with thy Love, and eve(ry Mouth with thy Praise, especially on ( thy Day! Ascept, O Lord, of my Unworthy Prayers; and answer them so far, as is good in thy sight; but vouchsafe to leave a blessing upon thy Servant.
compions Promes in ligente
The Religious Societies, which began in is a great Dublin about the Year 1693, gave him great Promoter of · Comfort and Joy; he not only approv'd of the Religious
that Pions Design, but did very much en-Societies. courage and Promote it. He pleaded their Cause, writ Letters in their Defence, and was one of their most diligent and Prudent Directors. He consider'd very well the A
bufes, to which, by length of Time, decay of » Zeal, and the Neglects of those who are
principally Concern'd to Oversee and Govern them, those Societies might be liable; but he found they did present Good, and that made him Rejoice; and he us'd to argue, That the possibility of a Thing's being Abus'd, is no Reason to decline the use of it. He was likewise a zealous Promoter of the Societies for Reformation of Manners, who apply themselves to the Suppressing of Profaneness and Vice ; He was always present at their Meetings, Laid their Design truly to Heart, and Thought much of it; He contributed liberally towards its necessary Charge, and constantly pray'd for their success. And all who wish well to them, or their Cause, are sensible, how Useful a Friend they have lost, by Mr. Bonnell's Death; tho'he, no doubt, enjoys the Reward of his Indefatigable Zeal, in so Glorious an Undertaking.
Agreeable to his Zeal for the Religious Societies, and all Publick Undertakings which might serve the Interests of Piety, were his Private Endeavours to promote it in all he convers'd with ; but he chiefly ap
ply'd himself to Young People, and took a particular Pleasure, in Forming their tender Minds to the Love of God and Religion ; he catch'd at all Occasions of suggesting good Thoughts to them; and Encourag'd, Directo ed, and even Reprov'd them, with such Tenderness, Concern, and Address; as first to gain upon their Affections himself; and then, so to improve the Power he had with them, as to make them in love with their Duty, to excite strong Desires after Holiness in their Hearts, and to arm them with firm Resolu
tions of adhering to it.. : A great Pro- And as he Industriously embrac'd all Op. imoter of Reli-portunities of gaining Profelytes to Piety, so gious Conser-he study'd to make Religion the Subject of Jation.
his constant Conversation; and talk'd of no. thing else with Pleasure. He had a peculiar Art of engaging Company, upon such Subjects; and manag'd his part of snch Discourse, with that Modesty and Prudence, that there appear'd nothing of Artifice or Design: nothing that aim'd at magnifying himself, or raising his own Character: But when he spake of Religion, it was with a natural Easiness, with Calmness, and Humility; and never four'd such Conversation with Uncha ritable Reflections upon Others, who either differ'd from him in Opinion, or fell fhort of him in Practice.
But his Judgment of Religious Conversation, chiefly as to the manner of it, and with whai Modesty and Caution he manag’d it himself, the following Letter will sufficient
ly shew written to a Religious Friend upon
I think I cannot better employ this Day, St. Perer's < than in taking the Leisure it affords me, Day, 1693. S to Entertain my self with my Dear Fellow6 Servant of our Great Master ; in some such • Matters, as we shou'd perhaps be Talking cot, if we were together: There is parti< cularly one Thing, that I have started in c Discourse, which I intended, when I got ¿ Leisure, to speak of, more at large in Wri
ting; and that was, about outward Ex-
spoken more of these Things, than ever I
only towards You. Now the Case, I think,
Declare our selves publickly for God, and
it may be for his Glory, and the Edifica-
king them Witnesses againit us, if we swerve ' or Faulter from our Professions. But then, ' this ought to be done, by some folid, Etten(tial Expreslions of true Piety, which none but those that are indeed truly Pious, can