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E L E GY
UPON THE MUCH LAMENTED DECEASE OF THE REVEREND AND EXCELLENT
MR. JOSEPH BELCHER,
Lato faithful Pastor of the Church of Christ in Dedham, N. E. Qui Obiit, April 27, Anno Dom. 1723.
Ætat. Suæ 53.
The name of Belcher long has bless'd the State
The sin, we must arraign, and not the doom,
Darker than midnight, is this day's eclipse :
Such as God honors, we should honor too ;
Yet bless we Christ, that we may not complain
Bred in the eagle's nest and taught to fly,
Made noblest flights up to the upper region,
His rule and conduct, prudent, steady, mild,
By breath of heav'n this saving trumpet blown,
The teacher dextrous and laborious ;
Stopt is the conduit-pipe that did supply
This loss so public of such vast extent, Christ's ministers throughout the land, lament. Heav'n's balm we need; for bitter is the cup; Great is the breach: JEHOVAH, make it up.
Thine all-sufficient blessing, gracious LORD!
The heavenly temple, and the earthly tomb
Sic Condoluit, J. DANFORTH. A Call from the Dead to the Living.
S E R M O N
PREACHED ON OCCASION OF THE EARLY AND SURPRISING, THOUGH
COMFORTABLE DEATH OF
MR. TIMOTHY METCALF,
A VERY HOPEFUL YOUNG MAN, WHO RECEIVED HIS DEATH'S WOUND ON
SATURDAY, AUG. 12, 1727. AND EXCHANGED (AS WE TRUST) EARTH FOR HEAVEN, ON THE MONDAY FOLLOWING, ÆTAT. 19.
BY SAMUEL DEXTER, M. A.
THE CHURCH IN
"Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth, Yea, saith the Spirit, that they
may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them."— Rev. xiv. 13. " And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.”—
Isa liv. 13.
PRINTED BY B. GREEN, JR. FOR J. ELIOT, AT THE SOUTH END.
HEBREWs xi. 4.
“ And by it, he being dead, yet speaketh.”
The sovereign Jehovah “who doth his pleasure in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of this lower world;" who governeth all things in the kingdom of his providence and grace, to serve the purposes of his own will, and is not accountable therein, unto any, for any of his matters ; "and is righteous in all his ways, and will be justified when he speaketh, and clear when he judgeth;" hath in his holy providence been calling upon us this last week, to follow a young man to the grave, that silent house, appointed for all the living, who was cut off, in the beginning of his days; and that in a very awful and surprising manner. The providence is very speaking unto us, and ought not to pass us, without suitable notice being taken of it. The life of that young man and the circumstances that attend his death, are worthy of our observation, for therein, “ he being dead, yet speaks to us.” If the interest of Christ among us, and especially among our young people, may be promoted, by what may be offered upon this occasion, and the grace of Christ which had done such great things in him, may be glorified, I shall have what I seek in bringing you a message from the dead this day. The words which I have now read unto you are part of that excellent discourse of the great apostle of the Gentiles, wherein after a very lively and entertaining manner, he treats of the nature and fruits of true faith, that excellent grace, which reflects honor upon all that live in the exercise of it, and by virtue of which the saints of the Most High are enabled to do wonderful things for the honor of God. In the three first verses of this chapter, the nature of this grace is described, “as the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen.” And the honor which it