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all the Accomplishments She can give him, who has fully Imbib'd her Doctrine, and gives himself up to the Conduct of Her Laws; who joyns daily in her Devotions, and Receives the Holy Sacrament from her Hands; who partakes of her extensive Charity, and is acted by her Primitive Spirit; who Honours her Laws, and lives up to her Pre. cepts: Confider Mr. Bonnell well, and it is He. This Church he Honourd and Lov'd; and Her Misfortunes he Bewaiļd: He saw Her Constitution Primitive and Apostolical; Her Doctrine, Pure; Her Service, Rational and Heavenly : But lamented that fo many, who call themselves by Her Name, shou'd bring so much Scandal upon Her, by their Immoral Lives. But what he cou'd not amend in others, he ftudy'd to prevent in himself: And effectually shew'd to all who knew him, how Glorious our Church wou'd be, did all who own her Authority, come up to her Principles in their Lives.
And now at lalt, to come to a Conclusion, I wou'd desire every one, who considers the Life of this Excellent Man, to ask themselves this serious Question: Whether all things duly weighd; this world and the next; the fhortness of Life, and the Eternity to follow: They wou'd not rather Live and Die like Mr. Bonnell; enjoy the present Pleasures of his Virtues; and be intitrd to their exceeding great Reward: Than act one of the most Bufie Parts of Humane Life; than possess whatever the most boundless
Ambicion can crave; than make the greateft Noise and Figure in the World ? For what is this short Life, and all its poor concerns ? It appears, and is gone, Flies like a Sha. dow, and Vanilhes as a Dream. Who then that's truly Wise, wou'd Lose che Substanti. al Joys of a good Conscience; that Peace, those Comforts, which Religion gives; and chiefly, those enlivening Hopes of Immortality and Glory, which are the happy conse quents of Piety: To Glitter a while in the World, be the Subject of Talk, and Gaz'd at by the Multitude; to strike our FellowCreatures with Terror, and gratifie our Pride and Vain-Glory? How quickly does a Death-Bed Cure us of these Follies? Give us a new Tast and Relish of things, take off the thick Scales which stick to our Eyes, and the false Colours of worldly Glory; till it appears in its Native Littleness and Deformity, and at last Vanishes into nothing? Then shall we be convinc'd (O why are we not before !) that there's no Wisdom like securing our Eternal Interest ; nor Madness, like losing our Souls, tho' we got the whole World in Exchange. .
But such a Life, as Mr. Bonnell's was, brings every Day new Delights to the Soul; The Pleasures ir gives, encrease with Time; improve upon Enjoyment, and leave no ungrateful Relish upon the Mind. A Soul, so Relign’d to God, is calm amidst all the Storms of Fortune, and Disorders of the World; is not afraid of Men, nor disturb’d
can never i employ'd, whith a happy cich a
at evil Tydings; but goes quietly through a world of Noise and Vanity, knowing, that 'cis under the Care of Infinite Power and Wisdom; and still has Heaven in its View : Heaven! that end of all Labours ! and Sanatuary from Trouble and Sin! That Eternal Retreat from Grief, from Misery and Pain ! The Residence of God, and Angels, and happy Spirits! A Soul firmly fix'd upon Heaven and Heavenly things, pities the vain Designs and restless Pursuits of Mankind ; and wonders that so much Time and Labour, shou'd be thrown away, upon what can never Profit, and very imperfectly please; which well employ'd, might secure present Tranquility and Peace, with a happy Reversion of Endless Joy and Glory. Such a happy Soul knows and considers, that most of these restless and aspiring Mortals, shall be snatch'd away, in the midst of their Projects and Hopes; and then full of Anguilh and Vain Remorse, shall fadly wish, that they had minded this World less, and the other more.
If then the case he really so ; if Religion be our only Happiness, and Piety our truest Wisdom: The use we shou'd make of this great Example of all these, is to bewail the Imperfections of our Graces, the Coldness of our Devotions, and the many defects of all our Religious Performances; when compard with his exalted Piety, his deep Humility, his flaming Zeal and Love. This consideration (ou'd check our Touring
Thoughts, and keep us from over-rating our own worth, which falls so vaitly fort of his; who yet was as low in his own Esteem, as he was high in that of others, But chiefly, his Example shou'd enflame our Zeal, and set every Faculty in Motion; Mou'd make us Earnest in our Prayers for his Graces, and in our Endeavours to Imitate his Virtues ; that we may at last fare in his Reward.
And since Angels Rejoice at the Conversion of Sinners ; and since Mr. Bonnell's Zeal for Souls, was so great in his Imperfeet state ; and no doubt is now Refind into a Seraphic Flame: We cannot but hope, that if either bis Writings, or his Life, be instrumental in turning one Sinner from his Evil Ways ; or confirming any in their good Purposes and Actions; it will add to his Joy, and im rove his Glory in Heaven.
And we need not Question, but we shall partake in his Happiness, and join forever " with him in that work of Praise, which was his most delightful Exercise below, and is a great part of his Reward above: If with his Diligence and Care, we watch over our Hearts, our Tongues and Steps: If wich the Fervours and Humility of his Soul, we pray for Grace and Strength from God to walk in the Divine Laws and Commandments; and particularly, to be hept (as he in one place exprelles it) from speaking a R 4
I FE of, &c. Vain or Proud thing, doing an Unjuft thing, or thinking an Impure thing. . In short, if, like Him, we wou'd be happy; like Him, we must be Wife. Not according to the mistaken Wisdom of this World, which is Foolishness with Gad : But that Wif. dom which is from Above ; which descends from the Father of Lights, and God of all Grace. And St. James's Description of that Wisdom, gives us Mr. Bonnell's Character in yery few Words: For he was Pure and Peaceable, Gentle, and easie to be Entreated; full of Mercy and good Fruits ; without Para tiality and without Hypocrisie, Jam. 3. 17.
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