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fountains, and grottoes; where your gold, silver , and precious stones , &c. Alas! all that you set your hearts on in this world, shall in a moment be seduced to ashes ; to shew you the vanity of the things you loved, and your own folly in placing your affec, tion upon such glittering shadows, upon such painted bubbles Learn then, my soul, to despise this world, with all its, goods, since all must end in smoke and ashes, and lay up to thy: self treasures in heaven, which alone will be out of the reach of this last fire.

Consider, thirdly, that the final end of this world being now come, the archangel shall sound the last trumpet, and raise his voice with a Surgite more lui : Arise dead and come to judge ment: a voice, that shall at once be beard over all the universe, that shall pierce the highest heavens, and penetrate down to the lowest aby's of hell : at this voice, in an instant, by the al. mighty power of God, all the children of Adain , from the first to the last , shall arise from the dust, and each soul, be united again to its respective

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body never more to be separated for: eternity. O! my soul , let triis last trumpet always echo in thy ears! O!, take care to prevent the terrors of this summons by hearkening now to another suinmons of the great trumpet of the Holy Ghost , who calls upon thee by the mouth of the apostle , Arise thou that sleepest, and rise from the dead, that is, from the death of sin, and Christ shall enlighten thee, Eph. v. It is thus by having part in the first resurrection, thou shalt provide in time against that dreadful hour, when time shall be no more, Apoc. x. It is thus thou shalt escape the second death.

Consider , fourthly, the wonderful difference there will be at the time of this general resurrection between the bodies of the just and the wicked. The just shall arise in iminortal and impassable bodies, more pure, more beautiful than the stars, and more resplendent than the sun : but the wicked shall arise in bodies suitable to their deserts, foul, black , hideous, and in every other respect loathsome and in. supportable; imniortal, it is true, but

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to no other purpose, than to endure : immortal torinents, O what an inex pressible rack will it be to these wretched sou's', to be reunited to such carcases, to be condemned to eternal confinement in such horrid and filthy abodes! Ah! ny soul, take thou care to keep thy body now pure from the corruption of carnal sins, lest otherwise it become hereafter an aggravation of thy eternal misery.

Consider', fifthly, with how much joy and satisfaction the souls of the just shall be again united to their boo dies', which they have so long desired; with what affection they will embrace those fellow partners in all their labours, sufferings, and morti. fications ; and now designed, to give an addition to their eternal happiness, by sharing in the glory of the heavenly Sion. Båt, O! what dreadful curses shall pass at the melancholy meeting of the souls and bodies of the reprobare ? Accursed carcass! will the sout say, was it to please and indulge thy brutisk inclinations, that I have forfeited the immortal joys of heaven? And. I wretchy to indulge thee in a filthy

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pleasure for a moment, I have damned both myself and thee to all eternity. () thrice accursed carrion ! it is just, it is just , that thou, who hast been the cause of my damnation, shouldst be my partner in eternal wo. But oughtest: tbou not rather , unhappy, soul, to be a thousand times more accursed by the body , since it was thy business, and in thy power to have subjected its; passions and lusts to the rule of reason. and religion ; but thou didst rather chuse, for the sake of a momentary satisfaction, to enslave thyself to its sensual inclinations, and so to purchase hell both for it and thyself. Ah Christians , let us learn to be wise by the consideration of the misfortunes of others.

On the general Judgment.

Onsider , first, that immediately al mankind shall be assembled togethee. in the place designed for the last judgment, commonly believed to be the valley of Josaphat near Jerusalem, in sight of mounts Olivet and Calvary.

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where our Lord heretofore shed his blood for our redemption. O! what a sight will it be to behold all the children of Adam, that innumerable mulcitude of all nations, ages, and degrees, standing together, without any distinction now

of rich and poor, great or little , master or servant, monarch or subject; excepting only the distinction of good and bad, which shall be wonderful and eternal. Alas! how imean a figure will an Alexander , a Cæsar, or any of those great heroes of antiquity , whose very name has made whole nations tremble , then make ? Those mighty monarchs who had once the world at their beck, are now levelled with the meanest of their slaves, and would wish a thousand tines never to have borne the sceptre, nor worn the diadem..

Consider, secondly, that the dead being now assembled together, the great Judge shall descend from heaven" with great glory and majesty, environed with all his heavenly courtiers, and all the legions of angels, 01 how different from his first coming will this his second appearance be? His

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