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my God.” (Isa. xlviii. 22, and lvii. 21.) But Christ saith to his mourners, (Matt. v. 4,) Blessed
that mourn, for you shall be comforted ;" and, (John, xvi. 20, “ Ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice; and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.” And Solomon knew that the house of mourning was better than the house of feasting; and that the heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth, (Eccles. vii. 2, 3, 4,) but holy joy of faith and hope is best of all.
HOW TO DO GOOD TO MANY:
THE PUBLIC GOOD
THE CHRISTIAN'S LIFE.
DIRECTIONS AND MOTIVES TO IT.
INTENDED FOR AN AUDITORY OF LONDON CITIZENS ;
PUBLISHED FOR TIEM POR WANT OF LEAVE TO PREACH THEM.
“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and
purify to himself a people zealous of good works.”—Titus ii. 14.
TRULY CHRISTIAN MERCHANTS,
CITIZENS OF LONDON.
As my disease, and the restraint of rulers, seem to tell me that my pulpit-work is at an end, so also my abode among you, or in this world, cannot be long. What work I have lived for I have given the world more durable notice than transient words; it hath been such as men in power were against, and it seems, will no longer endure. What doctrine it was that I last prepared for you, I thought meet to desire the press thus to tell you ; not to vindicate myself, nor to characterise them who think that it deserves six months' imprisonment, but to be in your hands a provocation and direction for that great work of a christian life, sincerely done, will prepare you for that safety, joy, and glory, which London, England, or earth, will not afford, and which men or devils cannot take from you. When through the meritorious righteousness of Christ, your holy love and good works to him in his brethren shall make you the joyful objects of that sentence, “ Come ye blessed, inherit the king
f dom,” &c.; this is the life that need not be repented of, as spent in vain.
Dear friends, in this farewell I return you my most hearty thanks for your extraordinary love and kindness to myself, much more for your love to Christ, and to his servants, who have more needed your relief. God is not unjust to forget your work and labour of love. You have visited those that others imprisoned, and fed those that others brought into want;