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HE Indisposition which has

long hung upon me, is at last grown to fuch a head, that it must quickly make an end of me, or of it felf

. You may imagine, that whilst "I am in this bad state of Health, there

are none of your Works which I read (with greater Pleasure than your Sa'turday's Papers. I should be very glad ( if I could furnish


Hints ? for that Day's Entertainment. Were " I able to dress up several Thoughts of

a serious natuse, which have made great Impressions on my Mind during - a long Fit of Sickness, they might not

be an improper Entertainment for that 6 Occasion.

( · AMONG all the Reflections
which usually rise in the mind of a

fick Man, who has Time and Incli« nation to consider his approaching • End, there is none more natural than

that of his going to appear naked and (unbodied before Him who made him. ( When a Man considers, that as soon

as the vital Union is dissolved, he shall ' see that Supreme Being, whom he | now contemplates at a distance, and


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only in his Works; or, to speak more philosophically, when by some Faculty in the Soul he shall apprehend the Divine Being, and be more sensible of his Presence, than we are now of the Presence of any Object which the Eye beholds, a Man must be lost in Carelessness and Stupidity, who is not alarmed at such a Thought. Dr. Sherlock, in his excellent Treatise upon Death, has represented, in very strong and lively Colours, the State of the Soul in its first Separation from the

Body, with regard to that invisible ( World which every where surrounds

us, though we are not able to discover it through this groffer World of Matter, which is accommodated to our Senses in this Life. His words are as follow.

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"THAT Death, which is our leaving this World, is nothing else but our putting off these Bodies, teaches us, that it is only our Union to these Bodies which intercepts the sight of the other World: The other World is not at such a distance from us, as we may imagine ; the Throne of

Gód indeed is at a great remove from this Earth, above the third Heavens, where


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be displays his Glory to those bleffed Spi6.rits which encompass his Throne ; but as

foon as we Atep out of these Bodies, we Atep into the other World, which is not so properly another World, (for there is the same Heaven and Earth fill) as a new state of Life. To live in these Bodies is to live in this World; to live out of them is to remove into the next : For while our Souls are confined to these Boa

dies, and can look only through these material Casements, nothing but what is o material can affe&t us; nay, nothing but what is so gross, that it can reflect Light, ' and convey the Shapes and Colours of Things with it to the Eye : So that

though within this visible World, there be a more glorious Scene of Things than 6 what appears to us, we perceive nothing

at all of it; for this Veil of Flesh parts

the visible and invisible World: But when 6 we put off these Bodies, there are new and furprizing Wonders present themselves

to our View ; when these material SpeEtacles are taken off, the Soul with its 6 own naked Eyes sees what was invisi

ble before: And then we are in the other . World, when we can see it, and converfe (with it: Thus St. Paul tells us, That

when we are at home in the Body,

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we are absent from the Lord; but when we are absent from the Body, we are present with the Lord, 2 Cor. 5.6, 8. And methinks this is enough to cure us of our Fondness for these Bodies, unless we think it more desirable to be confined to a Prison, and to look through a Grate all our Lives, which gives us buit a very narrow prospect, and that none of the best neither, than to be set at liberty to view all the Glories of the World, What would we give now for the lear Glimpse of that invisible World, which the first Rep we take out of these Bodies will present us with ? There are such things as Eye hath not seen, nor Ear

heard, neither hath it entered into o the Heart of Man to conceive: Deatha

opens our Eyes, enlarges our Prospect, Presents us with a new and more glorious . World, which we can never see while

we are shut up in Flesla; which should ' make us as willing to part with

this Veil, as to take the Film off of our Eyes which 6 hinders our Sight.

' AS a thinking Man cannot but be very much affected with the Idea of

his appearing in the presence of that • Being whom none can see and live, he

s must

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6 must be much more affected when he • considers that this Being whom he

appears before, will examine all the + Adions of his paft Life, and reward

or punish him accordingly. I must

confess that I think there is no Scheme 6 of Religion, besides that of Christia

nity, which can possibly support the most virtuous Person under this • Thought. Let a Man's Innocence • be what it will, let his Virtues rise to " the highest Pitch of Perfection attain

able in this Life, there will be still in # him so

many secret Sins, so many human Frailties, so many Offences of Ignorance, Passion and Prejudice, so many unguarded Words and Thoughts, and in short, so many Defeets in his

best Actions, that, without the Ad

vantages of such an Expiation and A6 tonement as Christianity has revealed

to us, it is impossible that he should 6 be cleared before his Sovereign Judge,

or that he should be able to stand in his Sight. Our Holy Religion

suggests to us the only Means where

by our Guilt may be taken away, " and our imperfect Obedience

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