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from making Friday a Day of Humiliation, Repentance, and Religious Sorrow,
He endeavoured to spend his Fasting Days alone, and wholly to give them up to Religious Exercises and Contemplations; his chief Study, being to affect his Mind wich the most tender sense of our Saviour's Bitter Sufferings ; strictly to review and examine his Life, and earnestly to Bewail his smallest Failings. His usual Practice on Fridays was, about Noon to repeat the Fifty First Psalm, Kneeling; with several Prayers taken out of the Commination Office, besides Others of his own Composing.
But his manner of observing Fast Days, and wbat then Principally employ'd his Thoughts; the following Meditation will Mew.
Behold in your Fast Day you find Pleasure. The Exercise of a Fast Day, is to consider our Saviour's Sorrows, and our Sins that caus'd them: To consider God's Wrath provok'd, and the Universe disordered, and putting on Mourning by them. All these are Serious and Afflicting Considerations; but no Man can admit of Afflicting Con.
fiderations, who has at the same time Sen-timents of Pleasure. The Nature of Man ? is so fram'd, that his Thoughts follow his
sentiments. He must be in Pain himself, " that can think of Painful things; he must
be sorrowful, that can frame an Idea of sorrowful things. When any thing Pleases us, we are altogether Indispos’d to think
' of Displeasing Matters. Therefore it is,
that God so much provides against, and excludes Pleasure on our Fast Days.
0 Infinite Love! Unmeasurable Goodness! O Eternal Son of God! Grant
me Grace, not to seek to please my self ' in a World in which my Sins made thee a " Man of Sorrows, and acquainted with
Grief, and then suffer the most Ignominious Death.
Having thus considered Mr. Bonnell's Piety, with respect to the great Duty of Prayer, the Sacrament of the Lord's-Supper, the Lord's Day, with the Feasts and Fasts of the Church; I shall now mention some other Duties, which he discharg'd with the same exactness and Care.
Nothing gave him greater Joy, than any Proposal or Endeavour to promote the Honour and Service of God, and suppress Immorality and Profaneness ; and some of his most sensible Affi&tions, proceeded from that coldness and indifferency he observ'd in most People, in the great Concerns of Religion and another World. He was one of those who Mourn'd in Secret, for our Publick Sins, and by his powerful Prayers, contributed not a little, to Avert publick Judgments from us, or Shorten their continuance. Alas, he wou'd often fay to his Intimate and Religious Friends, what will this surn to! Where will it end! The true Spirit of Piety, seems more and more wearing out of the World.
Nor was this Religious Zeal for the Honour of God, and Sorrow for the Reigning Impieties of the World, only the Effects of Age, and more confirm'd Habits of Piety. The following Meditation Compos'd at Lón. don, in the Twenty Seventh Year of his Age, will shew the contrary: 'O my God! For the Contradi&tion of Sinners, when will it have an end! How long shall I live among those, that are Enemies to Righteousness, to Thee, thy Word, my Soul, and their own! 'And yet I live in a Land, where thy Religion
is Establish'd and Profess'd ; thy Death, O 'dear Jesu, Granted and own'd. My Soul ' is weary of the Blasphemies of Atheists,
of the Horrid Oaths and Imprecations of Profane, and Sly Obje&tions of Malicious Sinners: While we hope to be Sav'd by thy Death, why do we not all Rejoice in it; and alike Believing it, alike make our Diicourse of it? O that with one Con' sent on thy Day, the Mouths of all the
People of this Land, might be fill?d with thy Praises and Wonderful Works! That wherefoever we cou'd go, we might pass but from one Discourse of thee to another ; that it might be Natural among us, froni
the Greatest to the Least, familiarly to ' Converse of Thee and thy Laws; and with
one Heart, and with one Mouth, make mention of thy Name ; and all join in owning the Miraculous History of thy Providence, and Works of old, and the
( Life and Death of our Adorable Redeem
er, in the Fulness of Time. But who may
hope for this, in the midst of our Pro< faneness ! Is it rot enough for me, to dei fire that there may be among ts, a Select
Number of those who fear the Lord? And therefore Two things, Lord, I humbly Crave; Let their never fail in these Lands, such an Elect Number, as have not bow'd there Knees to Sin, nor bent their Minds to Atheism and Profaneness. And next, let it be thy Blessed Will to cast my Lot among them, and make me one
of that happy Number; let me spend my ' Days with them; and among them let my
Life end, and when I come abroad into the World, let their Spirit follow and act
me, that I may continue uniformly the ' fame Man in all places. Let not the O• verflowing of Ungodliness be able to ex
tinguish my Devotion, nor cause me to comply with, or approve of their wicked Practices. In Çonclusion, O that all the People of these Lands, were the Lord's
People ; that thy Will may be done by call upon Earth, as it is by all in Heaven! « That where-ever we come, we might find
every Heart fill’d with thy Love, and eve(ry Mouth with thy Praise, especially on thy Day! Ascept, O Lord, of my Unworthy Prayers; and answer them fo far, as is good in thy sight; but vouchsafe to leave a Blelling upon thy Servant.
The Religious Societies, which began in is a great Dublin about the Year 1693, gave him great Promoter of Comfort and Joy; he not only approv'd of the Religious that Pions Design, but did very much en-Societies. courage and Promote it. He pleaded their Cause, writ Letters in their Defence, and was one of their most diligent and Prudent Directors. He consider'd very well the Abuses, to which, by length of Time, decay of Zeal, and the Neglects of those who are principally Concern'd to Oversee and Govern them, those Societies might be liable; but he found they did present Good, and that made him Rejoice; and he us'd to argue, That the possibility of a Thing's being Abus'd, is no Reason to decline the use of it. He was likewife a zealous Promoter of the Societies for Reformation of Manners, who apply themselves to the Suppressing of Profaneness and Vice ; He was always present at their Meetings, Laid their Design truly to Heart, and Thought much of it; He contributed liberally towards its necessary Charge, and constantly pray'd for their success. And all who wish well to them, or their Cause, are sensible, how Useful a Friend they have lost, by Mr. Bonnell's Death; tho'he, no doubt, enjoys the Reward of his Indefatigable Zeal, in so Glorious an Undertaking.
Agreeable to his Zeal for the Religious Societies, and all Publick Undertakings which might serve the Interests of Piety, were his Private Endeavours to promote it in all be convers'd with; but he chiefly ap