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Praises be always in my Mouth. And when • God gives a Child that can begin to talk, • let it be both my Wifes concern and mine, i

with equal zeal, and equal naturalness, to 'make the works of God the constant matter • of our Discourse, and Instruâion to our

Child. As others talk to their Child of a • Grand Mother, an Aunt, or the Vanities of

the World, let us talk to ours of its Maker

and our Father, God; and of the Place 6 whither we hope to go, Heaven ; and of ' the Company we shall have there,the Blesled ( Angels. Let me therefore have a Wife of a ' natural, free, ingenuous and noble Piety, À ! which shall not consist in Phrases, and Tone,

and Melancholy, and Censure, but in vigorous Zeal, Uprightness, and Integrity and

faithfulness of Heart to God: A clear " chearful unaffected Disposition, with a most ' ardent and bold Love to God. So that we ' may not converse of God because it is our "Duty, but because our Hearts are full of ' him, and we are us'd to it, so that we shall ? do it before we are aware. Then shall we 'sleep and awake with him, walk and fit in

his Presence, and live the Life of Angels ' upon Earth. Nor shall it be in the Power c of the Wicked one to inject Peevishness or ' Quarrels, or Displeasures, as being out of ' Humour, the Effects of Folly and Impiety, but we shall ever be one in the Lord. The Lord, if any, Grant me such a Companion.

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He continu'd in a Marri'd state Five Yea.is, - and Five Months ; but the latter part of that i time, it pleas d God to allow him but little

Health ; the last Year especially, when his · Disorders return'd more frequently, and with

greater violence than before. Those Bodily

Distempers shock'd his Resolutions of entring
I into Holy Orders, at least thus far, that if he

shou'd take that sacred Character upon him,
he would apply himself to the Duties of it só
far as he was able, but without undertaking a
Parochial Cure: For thus I find him expref-
sing himself, fome Years before his Death.
If my want of Health should hinder me from ta-

king a Cure which I very much apprehend, I 3 cou'd contentedly spend my time in the most proff

table manner I was capable of, for the good of

the Church, particularly in devotional things which E seem to be my Talent, and in which without much

more Study I might hope to succeed. And such
high Thoughts had he, of the extent and dif-
ficulty of the Pastoral Duty, that he esteemid

his frequent returns of Sickness, equivalent to la declaration of Providence, that he was not · design’d for the more laborious performances

of it, tho’the Bent of his desires was continu-
ally that way.

. But even these Desires were at last inter- His Sickness rupted, by that Fatal Sickness which brought and D him to his End. For in April 1699 he was seized with a Malignant Fever, which about that time reigned very much in Dublin ; by it, his Head was so much affected, that he had not a constant command of his Thoughts,

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nor that unisturbed Exercise of his Faculties. which all Men desire in those Extremities. For some Days of his Sickness, his Reason was clear, and to the last, he had frequent Intervals of perfect Understanding. And then 'tis impossible to conceive One in the greatest Pain and Anguilh, more Submissive, more Patient, more Relign'd to the Will of God: Then Prayers and Praises were his only Language, or calling upon others to Pray for him. But no Murmur, no Complaint, came out of his Mouth. And tho' no doubt he had all the Comforts of a good Conscience, and powerful Supports from God, in that great conflict of Nature, yet he express'd himself with all that Humility and awful Concern which becomes a Sinner, when he Reflected. upon that Pure and Holy God, at whose Bar he was soon to be Try'd. Now (says he) must I stand or fall before my great Judge. And when it was answer'd that no doubt he wou'd stand firm before him, through the Merits of our Crucified Saviour; His Reply shews, up. on what a firm Foundation, he built his De. pendance and Hopes : It's in that (says he ) I trust; he knows it's in that I trust. And his last Moments of Reason, were spent in those Heavenly Exercises, wherein every good Man wou'd desire to breach out his Soul; and which to him, no doubt, were the happy beginnings of endless Praises above. He Dy'd the Twenty Eighth Day of April 1699, in the Forty Sixth Year of his Age; and his Body lyes Interr’d in St. John's Church in Dublin, Of

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Three Children (Two Sons and a Daughter) wherewith God had Blesled him, the Daughter only Surviv'd him. And he left behind him a truly afflicted Widow, who, I am perswaded, will persevere to shew the World, How justly The priz'd his excellent Qualities and tender Love; and who has spar'd no Pains to get his Life and Character publish'a, that so some Justice may be done to his Memory, and the World benefited by his Ex

ample. And even that Child which did surTvive him, has since followed her father, after ; having liv'd so long as to shew that she Inhe

rited his Virtues, the sweetness of his Temper, his Devoutness and Patience, so that had it pleas'd God to have continued her in the World, fhe promis'd to have been a very lining Example of Piety and Goodness. And indeed both from what I saw in her my self, and from the Informations of others upon which I entirely depend, I have been strongly Inclined to mention some of her particular Sayings and Actions, and to have given Instances of her Piety and Patience at Four, Five, and Six Years Old. But they are so extraordinary, that I choose to suppress them, because they would hardly obtain belief, I Thall only observe from what I knew of that Child, that Parents don't begin time enough

to form their Childrens Minds to Religion. | Sin gets the first Possession of their Hearts and

they are taught Lying and Vanity much sooner, than to Love God or pray to him.

Whereas

Whereas if the same early Care was us’d with the generality of Children, as was taken with her, to give them such Apprehensions of God, of Sin, of Truth, of Heaven and Hell as they are capable of, tho' the Success would not in many be equal to what it was in her, few having such natural Dispositions to Goodness as appeared in her, yet wou'd it be such, as wou'd go a great way in Reforming the world, and making the next Generation Good and Virtuous.

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