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of clay ; but rather that, on being liberated from all mixture with body, pure and entire, it enters upon its true intellectual existence. At death, any one may discover what becomes of the material part of our frame : all sinks into that from which it arose, every thing is resolved into its first principle; the soul alone is apparent neither while it is with us, nor when it departs. What so much resembles death as sleep? Now the powers of the mind, in fleep, loudly proclaim their own divinity; free and unfettered, the soul plunges into futurity, afcends its native sky. Hence we may conclude how enlarged those powers will be, when undepressed, unrestrained by the chains of flesh. Since these things are so, consider and reverence me as a tutelary deity. But, granting that the mind were to expire with the body, nevertheless, out of reverence to the immortal Gods, who support and direct this fair fabric of nature, piously, affectionately cherish the memory of your affectionate father.” The great Roman orator puts these words into the mouth of Cato, in addressing his young friends Scipio and Lælius. “ Those excellent men, your fathers, who were so dear to me in life, I consider as still alive; and indeed, as now enjoying a state of being which alone deserves to be dignified with the name of life. For as long as we are shut up in this dungeon of sense, we have to toil through the painful and necessary drudgery of life, and to accomplish the laborious task of an hireling. The celestial spirit is, as it were, depressed, de. graded from its native seat, and plunged into the mire of this world, a state repugnant to its divine nature and eternal duration.” And again, “ Nobody shall ever persuade me, Scipio, that your father Paullus, and your two grandfathers, Paullus and Africanus, and many other eminent men whom it is unnecessary to mention, would have attempted and acheived so many splendid actions, which were to extend their influence to posterity, had they not clearly discerned that they had an interest in, and a connexion with the ages of

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futurity, and with generations yet unborn. Can yo imagine, that I may talk a little of myself, after th manner of old men, can you imagine, that I woul have submitted to so many painful toils, by night an by day, in the forum, in the senate, in the field, ha I apprehended that my existence, and my reputation were to terminate with my life? Were this the case would it not have been much better to dose away in indolence an insignificant and useless life? But, I do not know how, the foul, incessantly exerting its native vigour, still sprung eagerly forward into ages yet to come, and seized them as its own.

"I feel myself transported with delight at the though of again seeing and joining your fathers, whom on earth I highly respected and dearly loved ; and, borne on the wings of hope and desire, I am speeding my flight to mingle in the honoured society, not of those only whom on earth I knew, and with whom I have conversed; but of those also of whom I have heard and read, and the history of whose lives I myself have written, for the instruction of mankind. I have the confolation of reflecting, that I have not lived wholly in vain : and I quit my station in life without regret, as the way-faring man, whose face is towards home, bids farewell to the inn where he had stopped for a little refreshment on his way. O glorious' day, when I shall be admitted into the divine assembly of the wise and good! When I shall make an eternal escape from this sink of corruption, and the din of folly! When amidst the happy throng of the immortals, I shall find thee also my son, my Cato, best, most amiable of men ! On thy ashes, I bestowed the honours of the tomb. Ah! why did not mine rather receive them from thy hand! But your spirit, I know it, has never forsaken me; but casting back many a longing, lingering look to your afflicted fa· ther, has removed to that region of purity and peace whither you were confident I should shortly follow you. And I feel, I feel our feparation cannot be of long continuance.

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“ If, indulging myself in this fond hope, my young friends, I am under the power of delusion, it is a sweet, it is an innocent delusion. I will hold it fast and never let it go, while I live. I despise the fneer of the witling, who would attempt to laugh me out of my immortality. Suppose him in the right, and myself under a mistake, he shall not have the power to infult me, nor shall I have the mortification of feeling his fcorn, when we are both gone to the land of everlasting forgetfulness.”

How pleasing the thought, my dear christian friends, I again repeat it, how pleasing the thought, that the honest propensities of nature, the fairest conclusions of unassisted reason, and the most ardent breathings of truth and virtue, are here in unison with the clearest and most explicit declarations of the holy

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But the sacred Dove soars into a region which nature and reason never could have explored. Revelation, to the immortality of the soul, has added the resurrection of the body. And, " wherefore should it be thought a thing incredible that God should raise the dead ?" The Spirit says to “ these dry bones, Live.” 66 We believe that Jesus died and rose again.” What a sure ground of hope, that “ them also who sleep in Jesus, God will bring with him !” Delightful reflection! Who would be so unjust to God, and so unkind to himself, as to part with it? How it smooths the rugged path of life, how it tempers the bitterness of affliction, how it diffipates the horrors of the grave! One child sleeps in the dust, the diameter of the globe separates me from another, but the word of life, “I AM the God of thy feed,” rescues that one from corsuption, and puts the other in my embrace. Time dwindles into a point, the earth melts away, “the trumpet sounds, "the dead arise incorruptible.” Behold all things are made new! “New heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” « Arise, let us go hence,” and “ fit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of God.”

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s, I am under the power of delusion, it is a sweet, an innocent delusion. I will hold it fast and nev. - it go, while I live. I despise the sneer of the 1g, who would attempt to laugh me out of my ortality. Suppose him in the right, and myself ra mistake, he shall not have the power to insult nor fall I have the mortification of feeling hiş

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w piealing the thought, my dear christian ds, I again repeat it, how pleasing the thought, the honest propensities of nature, the fairest conons of unassisted reason, and the most ardent things of truth and virtue, are here in unison with clearest and most explicit declarations of the holy otures! ut the sacred Dove soars into a region which na

and reason never could have explored. Revela, to the immortality of the soul, has added the resction of the body. And, "wherefore should it be ght a thing incredible that God should raise the I?” The Spirit says to “ these dry bones, Live."

e believe that Jesus died and rose again.” What re ground of hope, that “them also who sleep esus, God will bring with him!” Delightful relon! Who would be so unjust to God, and so nd to himself, as to part with it? How it smooths urged path of life, how it tempers the bitterness Iliction, how it diffipates the horrors of the grave! child sleeps in the dust, the diameter of the globe lates me from another, but the word of life, “I the God of thy feed," rescues that one from coron, and puts the other in my embrace. Time dles into a point, the earth melts away, “the pet sounds,!' " the dead arise incorruptible.” id all things are made new ļ “New heavens la new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." rise, let us go hence,and “ fit down with. ham, Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of God.”

L E C T U R E II.

HEBREWS xi. 24-27. By faith Mofes, when he was come to years, refused to

called the son of Pharaoh's daughter ; choosing rathi to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enji the pleasures of sin for a season ; esteeming the reproac of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt for he had respect unto the recompense of the rewara By faith be for fook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of th: king : for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.

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THE history of mankind contains many a lamenta ble detail of the sad reverses to which human affair are liable ; of the affluent, by unforeseen, unavoida ble calamity, tumbled into indigence; of greatness i eclipse; of the mighty fallen ; of princes dethronec banished, put to death. In some instances of th: fort, we see the unhappy sufferers making a virtue necessity, and bearing their misfortunes with a ce țain degree of patience and magnanimity; but i general, sudden and great distress either fours or de presses the spirit, and men submit to the will of Pron idence with so ill a grace, that it is evident they ar not under the power of religion, and that they fle not for confolation to the prospects of immortalit

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admits of ; and that at an age when the heart is most devoted to the pursuit of pleasure, most susceptible of the allurements of ambition. It is the singular instance of Moses, the prophet and legislator of Ilrael, who, brought up from infancy in a court, instructed in all the learning of the Egyptians, treated as the heir of empire, and encouraged to aspire to all that the heart naturally covets, and that Providence bestows, on the most favoured of mankind; at the age of forty cheerfully resigned all these advantages, and preferred the life of a slave with his brethren, and of a shepherd in the land of Midian, among strangers, to all the luxury and fplendour belonging to the son of Pharaoh's daughter, to all the dazzling hopes of royalty or of power next to majesty.

Scripture, in its own admirably concise method, dispatches the history of this great man's life, from his infancy to his fortieth year, in a few short words, namely, and Mofes was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds : "* as not deeming information concerning attainments in human science, or feats of martial prowess, worthy of the knowledge of pofterity, compared to the triumphs of his faith, the generous workings of his public spirit, and the noble ardour of fervent piety.

Philo and Josephus, however, and other Jewish writers, have taken upon them to fill up this interval of time, by a fanciful, fabulous, unsupported account of the earlier years of Moses ; which we should perhaps be disposed, in part, to retail for your amusement, if not for your instruction, had not the Spirit of God supplied us with well authenticated memoirs of a more advanced period of his life. In the perusal of which, with serious meditation upon them, we shall, I trust, find pleasure and profit blended together.

Taking inspiration then for our guide, we divide the history of Mofes into three periods of equal dura

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* Acts vii. 22.

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