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fhould remember at the same time, that you have not lost him for ever : far otherwife: he is gone before you but a little while to the abodes of celestial Amity, where he ardently expects you to follow him, where he will welcome your arrival with infinite pleasure, and where you shall unite once more, beyond the possibility or the fear of a second separation. It is true, you beheld him overwhelmed with fickness, and agonizing with pain : that faces which you had often contemplated with particular satisfaction as the picture of his mind, grew pale and ghaftly: those eyes that were wont to melt at the tale of woe, or the sudden touch of a generous idea, to fmile with the fweet emanations of a kind and complacent heart, or to radiate with the peculiar lustre frequently attendant on fense and fpirit, thofe very eyes you saw elosed on the world, and on you: yes, and the foul, the beloved and the loving foul, that often assisted yours to mount, is filed to its native dwelling; and you
are bereft of its inspiration. Tears will sometimes flow, while bufy memory is recalling the mournful scene; and let them flow: they are the tears of sensibility and virtue. Your Saviour wept for his Friend Lazarus. ' But while his pattern warrants your grief, his promises console it: your tears are tempered by resignation, or rather exalted to rapture, when you reflect that He is “ the refurrection and the life,” and that, in the magnificent train of his followers whom he shall raise up at the Jast day, you will find your lamented yet happy Friend, brightened into a higher form of being and enjoyment. But who can describe the gratulations, that will pass between triumphant Spirits, formerly joined by the purest ties, on their rejunction in the facred and indissoluble bond of perfection ? Will it not be wonderfully pleasing, to witness the graceful modesty, with which they ascribe to each other's influence a principal portion of the bliss they enjoy, while they look forward with
reciprocal transport to the landscape of ever-blooming and ever-growing felicity, that opens before them in those friendly regions ?
It has indeed been questioned, whether good men will thus recognize one another hereafter ? But to imagine that they will not, were to represent their condition in Heaven as lefs complete than it is on earth; would infer the annihilation of those ideas, sentiments, and fympathies, by means of which they are attached to certain characters and persons here, whom they presently know and eafily distinguish from all others; and were actually to suppose, that all those finer discriminations, and dearer intercourses, of the heart, which have ever been numbered among the divineft pleasures of this life, and the surest proofs of elevated understanding and affection, will cease in another; that our intellectual faculties, and moral propenfions, will at least have objects totally different from fome of the noblest that now engage them ; that the bodies we shall receive at the resurrection will bear no resemblance to those which we wore in the days of Nature; in short, that all the peculiar and distinctive features which mark and diverfify the minds of the best people here below, and are often confpicuous in their countenances, will be erased, and the particular regards we now feel for their respective virtues absorbed in the less interesting, and therefore less delightful, esteem of general excellence. But are these things probable? Are they consistent with that great principle of analogy which appears to be a fundamental law of the Supreme Government? Would they not disappoint, in some measure, the expectations which the worthieft fpirits of all ages and countries have been disposed to indulge, on the fubject of future rewards, as adapted to a community of blessed beings, who were formerly linked together by various mental combinations, and characteristic tendencies?
Expectations so, universal, and so per petual, could only be prompted by the conftitution of Nature; they could not be the result of incidental or partial refinement. It is not truer, that they were entertained by the politest philosophers of antiquity, than that they are found at this day among the wildest savages of different pations. :
It is a way of thinking in which we are strongly supported by Revelation. There we are taught to believe, that the scenes which have taken place in this probationary state will be recalled to memory in the period of future recompences; without which, indeed, I fee not how those recompences could be distributed to moral agents with the least propriety. But will not such recollection necessarily lead to that of our