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its hold of life. But these attachments and apprehensions are incident to our frailty. Through the grace of God, they may be overcome and renounced.

The believer in Christ can say I would not live alway.

There is the greatest wisdom in this choice, since should be live alway, THE EVILS OF THE PRESENT LIFE COULD BE PROLONGED AND PERPETUATED; AND


I WOULD NOT LIVE ALWAY, can the Christian say, to endure forever the evils of life. I would not live alway, exposed to the evils incident to this mortal body-under the continual infliction of God's original curse upon man, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread :" or perpetually exposed to the ravages of the “pestilence that walketh in darkness," and to the violence of the “ sickness that wasteth at noonday :"—to be forever a partaker of that nature whose beauty is a “fading flower,”—whose s strength” is “ labor and sorrow,"--whose eyes fail through dimness, and whose ears grow dull of hearing, and whose head totters with infirmity, and whitens with the frosts of age,—whose limbs are scorched with fever, and racked with pain, and then chilled with ague, and shaken with anguish,--to be frozen by the severity of winter and burn by the fervor of summer,- to inhale sickness from the wind, and disease from the tempest,—to be forever the child of misfortune, and the victim of adversity.

I WOULD NOT LIVE ALWAY, the subject of mental infirmity, What ignorance beclouds the mind of wretched man! How much carefulness and painstaking must be expended, before he can be taught things the most necessary to be known ! How much dullness must be quickened, and obstinacy overcome, and disinclination removed, before be can be successfully instructed! And provided disposition and industry keep pace with opportunity and duty, what is the perfection of his knowledge but the discovery of his ignorance? After his most careful investigations, and his profoundest researches, Forgetfulness, with a besom of destruction, soon sweeps o'er memory's tablet, and obliterates his choicest lessons of wisdom. His most highly cultivated faculties sink into imbecility, and his mind into the dotage of age. How often is his judgment, even in its most vigorous exercise, erring and imperfect! Frequent are his mistakes, and erroneous his conclusions, even in affairs of the utmost importance, and which intimately concern his own welfare.

Imperfect man errs, even when the error produces his ruin ; and mistakes, even when the mistake is the sacrifice of his happiness.

I would NOT LIVE ALWAY, in the midst of a selfish and malignant world,—where my conduct is misrepresented, my motives misunderstood, my character assailed, and my best interests injured and obstructed, -where Envy displays her malignant features, and Detraction employs her envenomed tongue to destroy my reputation,—where Jealousy invents, and Malice contrives, their cruel purposes to disturb my peace.

I WOULD NOT LIVE ALWAY, the witness, as well as the subject of human miseries. It is painful to the benevolent heart to witness the misfortunes and follies of men. It is painful to see infancy and innocence suffering pain and sickness—to see them cut off just as life begins to open, and deposited in the cold sepulchre. It is painful to see youth and loveliness, gradually sinking under the dominion of disease ; to see the bright eyes grow dim, and the cheeks of health become pale. It is painful to “discern, among the youth, a young man void of understanding," wasting his patrimony in extravagance and dissipation; degrading the noble faculties of body and mind, with which God has endowed him; and descending prematurely down to the grave, and to the shades of eternal death, the victim of accursed intemperance. It is painful to witness the ravings of lunacy, and the frenzy of the maniac; to see the mind, the noblest work of God, in ruins; its intricate and mysterious mechanism disordered, and its harmony and balance destroyed. It is painful to see the impenitent and prayerless sinner, careless of his rebellion, and thoughtless of his danger, sporting with the menaces of Jehovah, and mocking at the threatenings of the Almighty, and yet to know that between him and eternal burnings there only intervenes,- what is liable to be sundered at any moment,--the thin fragile veil of flesh.

Well may the Christian, the witness of such spectacles, and himself the servant of unholy passions, declare, I WOULD NOT LIVE

When his faith is firm, doubts and obscurities will sometimes arise and weaken it. When his hopes are bright, sin


and impenitence will obscure and darken them. When his love to God and men is fervent, unholy feelings will spring up, and dampen and allay it. When the Sun of Righteousness shines upon him, his iniquities will often arise like a thick cloud, envelope him in spiritual darkness, and leave him in mental misery.

I WOULD NOT LIVE ALWAY, exposed to temptations and enticements to sin. The alluring example of men whom, for some good qualities, the Christian has been taught to respect, will offer its persuasions to divert him from the path of life. He will be in danger of being corrupted from “the simplicity in CHRIST," by pernicious doctrines, bearing the semblance of truth, and recommended by all that can give weight to human authority, or respectability to human character. Learning, and intelligence, and wit, and persuasion, will be employed by those, who in appearance are angels of light, to weaken his allegiance to his crucified Master.

Himself the subject and witness of misery and sin, the Christian will say, I would NOT LIVE ALWAY, especially since God has otherwise determined. His daily prayer will be, “ My Father, who art in Heaven, thy will be done;" and acquiescence in the will of God, will constitute the perfection of his religious character. He will therefore desire to depart from this wretched life, knowing that God has prepared some better thing for him than its miseries; and that eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the imagination of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

There is wisdom in the Christian's choice, for, should his life not terminate, HE WOULD NOT BE ADMITTED INTO THE JOYS OF HEAVEN.

His corruptible body would not then put on incorruption nor his mortal, immortality. Of the appearance of Christ's glorious body, in the likeness of wbich the bodies of all the faithful are to be hereafter fashioned, but a brief account is given in the sacred Scriptures ; sufficient, however, to convince us, since the future bodies of the saints are to be like that of Christ, that our most vivid and exalted conceptions of this world's splendor, fall infinitely short of the glory which shall be revealed in them. What earthly grandeur and majesty ever equalled the transfiguration of CHRIST, when his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment wag white as the light. It is not then the language of figure but of fact, which Christians will realize, if they are faithful members of Christ's mystical body, when it is said, “The righteousshall shine forth as the sun; they shall shine as the brightness of the firmament and as the stars forever and ever.” The Savior said that the children of the resurrection will be equal to the angels, and therefore will resemble angels in their glory and beauty. Like the angels, they will be endowed with youth and unabated activity ; eternal youth, and perpetual vigor, experiencing neither weariness or decay. Who then would not join the Christian in his joyful exclamation, I would not live alway, since, by dying, he will resemble the sun in splendor, and flourish like angels in immortal youth ?

In Heaven, the faculties of the mind, as well as those of the body, will in a wonderful measure be strengthened and perfected. If this vile body, the subject of infirmity and disease, and which is soon to be mingled with the dust, is to be reanimated and restored to more than pristine dignity and excellence, -is to shine as the light, and to be like the ascended body of the King of Glory,-how much higher improvement and elevation are to be received and attained by the mind ? If the inferior obtains such honor, what must that be which will be conferred upon the superior part of man? Advanced to a world where error is never known, and where truth, eternal and unvarying, is ever presented to the attention, the judgment will never mistake, nor lead astray.

The memory, perfected and made retentive, will preserve whatever is committed to its trust. The understanding, thus aided by the other mental powers, redeemed and invigorated, will be making perpetual advances in knowledge. For not only will the faculties of the mind be improved, but the field of investigation will be proportionably enlarged. The scene of observation and improvement will not be this little earth, and its limited productions, but the wonders and glories of the celestial regions. I would not jive alway, in prospect of such an increase of knowledge and intelligence, the perpetual subject of mental imperfection, of ignorance and weakness. There are mysteries in Providence, in nature and redemption, which will in Heaven be explained. I

would then rather depart thither, where I shall know, even also as I am known.

I would NOT LIVE ALWAY, away from my home. How many pleasing associations, and tender recollections, are awakened by the mention of home. Around what place do the affections linger with such strong attachment, or what spot looks bright and happy, when the rest of the world appears dark and cheerless, but that characterized by the expressive word home? Where do the skies wear a peculiar brightness, and Nature present peculiar cheerfulness and loveliness, but at home?

Home is a place of friendship. There the youthful affections are first called into exercise, and the kindness with which they are reciprocated, awakens attachments that will long be cherished and perpetuated.

It is a place of security. Living in friendship, the inmates of home are secure from the mutual attacks of slander and misrepresentation. It is secure from that false invective, which embitters so much of the intercourse with a censorious and misjudging world.

It is a place of confidence. Bound together by common interests, and secure of each other's friendship, among the inmates of home, what room can there be for distrust?

It is a place of peace. Where Affection presides, Peace is her certain attendant, and will make home,

The place of happiness. That place cannot be miserable, where friendship, security, confidence, and peace are found to dwell.

The mention of home will awaken the recollection of the bonored father, who counselled and supported; of the kind mother, who consoled and cherished; and of the society and sweet converse of brothers and sisters.

But Heaven is the Christian's home. Here, he is a stranger and a sojourner ; but he is travelling to a city which hath foundations, the abode of friendship and peace. Divine love is the sacred principle that animates all hearts in the regions of bliss, from the "rapt seraph” to him who has " washed bis robes in the blood of the Lamb." It unites the inhabitants of Heaven in an indissoluble bond of harmony, and attaches them to God himself.

Security also is there. Security from the influence of unholy VOL. II.-3

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