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To be used by Sick and Dying Persons, or by others
standing in their attendance.
To which are added RULES FOR THE VISITATION OF THE SICK,
And Offices proper for that Ministry.
By JEREMY TAYLOR, D.D.,
Afterwards Lord Bishop of Down and Connor, ond of Dromera
A NEW EDITION
141. a. 452.
In the following pages the whole of the Text of Bishop Taylor's treatise is given without alteration or omissionaccording to the earliest and best editions. Some of the
marginal illustrations from the Greek and Latin Classics, &c. have, however, been left out: while, on the other hand, the references to Holy Scripture have been both carefully corrected, and very considerably increased in number.
The Right Honourable and Nobleft Lord,
EARL OF CARBERY, &c.
MY LORD, I
AM treating your Lordship as a Roman Gentleman did
Saint Augustine and his mother; I shall entertain you in a charnel-house, and carry your meditations awhile into the chambers of Death, where you shall find the rooms dressed up with melancholic arts, and fit to converse with your most retired thoughts, which begin with a sigh, and proceed in deep consideration, and end in a holy resolution. The sight that S. Augustine most noted in that house of sorrow, was the body of Cæsar clothed with all the dishonours of corruption that you can suppose in a six months' burial. But I know that, without pointing, your first thoughts will remember the change of a greater beauty, which is now dressing for the brightest immortality, and from her bed of darkness calls to you to dress your Soul for that change which shall mingle your bones with that beloved dust, and carry your Soul to the same quire, where you may both sit and sing for ever. My Lord, it is your dear lady's anniversary, and she deserved the biggest honour, and the longest memory, and the fairest monument, and the most solemn mourning: and in