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ver ceasing Praises; the Lamb who was in < Slain for us, and Purchas'd us with his 1: ( Blood, the Son of thy Love, the Lord Je. į sus Christ. Amen.
Here follows the other Meditation upon the same Argument.
I have often Dreamt to have found great il < Riches, or to have been in much Trouble, in < when yet I have known my Self to have < been in a Dream, and have said to my
self, tho’ I hug these Treasures never so : ' much, I shall not be able to keep them, :
they will vanilh before Morning, and I ! shall awaken without them. So also when
I have been in fear and much trouble, I ? have said to my felf, come let me strive to
awaken out of this troublesome Dream, S and have awoke upon, it. But then it has s
been a miserable delusion, and a grievous, trouble,, when I have thought all real, and have not known it to be a Dream, then my Sleep has been profound indeed. 6 What is this World, O my Soul, is it any more than a Dream? Thou art hap. py when thou canst know it so, then thy Senses are awake. But sadly art thou immerft in Sense, when thou takest it for a . reality, thy carnal slumber is then too profound. Are not our true Senses as much opprest with the Clog of this Body of Sin,
as our vital Senses are by Sleep? Can it o be other than a Dream, when we are sub
ject to so many Thousand delusions in our opinions of things, and to such frequent
than a Dreamte by Sleepy of Sin,
forgetfulness of our true awakened state E' in another World? Sin, O Sin, is a proI found Sleep, and Grace brings some de
grees of awakedness to let us know that here we are but in a Dream, and see but Duskishly and in part. The more fenfu
al I am, the more wretchedly I sleep and In' forget my self, and all things, but those
deluding Phantoms about me, which I take E' for realities.. When I look about me and
see the Fields adorn'd with Flowers, and
the Trees with Leaves, and fine Houses E' Built of lasting Fabric, I pretend to reason, Band say, are all these things nothing ? 'Tis
true they are something, but nothing to thee. Alas what is one Generation of Men, ' or thy shorter span of Life; God in his Wisdom has provided these things
for a proportionable End, even for many a' Generations and Series of inhabitants,
which he has brought, and still designs to
bring into the world. We have but a ' Life in them, and that very short and unE' certain ; we must leave them to our SucE' ceflors, and be accountable for the use.
They are things of durable continuance, B' and what proportion do they bear to thy
Moment of Time which thou hast to spend among them ? None at all, and so they
are nothing to thee. They are not made C' for thee, but for many Successions of
Mankind, thou art only to view them and i pass away. But have I then no proper
ty nor Inheritance any where? Yes, look! up and thou shalt see thy. Portion among " the Saints, lift up thy Eyes tô Heaven, ? there is thy Treasure laid up securely for thee, there is thy home, there thy being. Look down on this world, and know ar-1 suredly that it is but a Dream at best ; see if it has not all the Properties of a Dream, of all the Riches which we hug,
of all the pleasures we enjoy, we can car-' (ry no more qut of it than from a Dream; ! the good Man knows this, and therefore '' “ despises them, the Sinner is drown'a ini
slumber, and therefore Insatiably embraces + them. And of all the Evils we suffer, '! none can pursue us out of this World ; we 'n shall awaken in our Rosie Bed of Blissful Security and Rest, and find all the dread..' ful Phantoms vanifht with our mortal Neep. The good Man knows this, and regards them not; ignorance oppresses the Sinner, '( and therefore he lives in perpetual Terror 't
and is overwhelm’d with Trouble; O lift i "mp thine Eyes to the Hills, from whence comethi
thy Hdp, look up to the top of the Rock, and behold thy Bed of Reit: , Long to tet awaken there and be present with thy God, 10 that the Night may pass away, and the Eff Day of eternal Happiness shine upon thee. Ca
This is not thy home, nor can all the ma. vic Slice of Devils, (those Rulers of darkness, le
and domineering Tyrants of the Night) keep thee here long among their Terro and more dangerous Allurements.
Keep thy self awake, O my soul, in this thy Dream, dare to look up to Heaven, and say, there is my Inheritance, my
Treasure, my Home. Let neither Terrors F! fright thee, nor Allurements charm thee,
to think this World any thing, or forget
thy native Country. Omy dear God, i let down a Ray of Heavenly Light, a Beam
of thy Divine Glory,and enlighten the dark ? corners of my Heart, that with patience .
and forbearance, I may spend the remainnader of this mortal Dream, and tho seeing
thee but as in a Glass and darkly, I may ne'ver forget my Condition, or look upon í this World as more than it is, (at least (my hare and span in it) till Shadows de
part, and the Light of Glory arise full upon me, wat so with full awakedness 1 (may see thee whom my Soul loveth, even Cas Thou art. And in the mean time, may
think nothing too much to do, too hard
to suffer, or too dear to part with for thy < fake, and the hopes of thy Love in my dear Saviour. Amen.
Thus did he Arm himself against all com vetous Suggestions, by Proper Arguments and Devout Prayers; and both had their due Effect; for he was entirely satisfi'd with his Condition, and ever firmly rely'd upon Providence for his Support : And not only was he Content with his own State, but that of Others also; unless of the Poor and Necerfitous, whom he study'd to Comfort and Relieve. But the sig of Envy found no
Thon Chee who with Glornadows
O in the Dutieicely Itrict de vices at ime
room in his Soul ; and those who knew him best, can witness, how far he was from betraying any discontent at the Prosperous Condition of others; at their Encreasing in Fortune, Honour, or Fame. For he knew that the only Happy, were the Religious and the Good: And their Graces, were the Subject of his Praises; but never the
Occasions of his Envy. His Tempee In the Duties of Temperance and Chaftirance and Pu-ty, he was nicely strict and Religiously rity, severe, and kept the opposite Vices at the
greatest distance. He employ'd his Time
But that we may have as Full and Right How he per•a View of Mr. Bonnell as I can give, I shall form’d the du- now consider him with Respect to Others, ties we owe to and few what an Example he was, in the our Neigh
great Duties of Justice and Charity, and obours.
ther Social Virtues. For 'tis the Property of true Religion, not only to make us Pious