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them of their approaching Dif. solution ; they may then be InAructed what to Do Hoto to behave themselves bosh to God and Man; in what Manner, and with what Circumstances, they may think of Leaving this World, before they Enter into the next.
Accordingly, through Divine Asistance, I do noi Publish (what fonie
' Time since was Promifed) A Method of Devo. rion for Sick and Dying Perfons; With Particular Dire&tions, from the Beginning of Sicknefs to the Hour of Death? Xudu ja Kais
I have treated this Subje& with the greatest Plainness; and bave" endeavoured to be faithful
to my Titles by Omitting Now thing, which may be thought nee ceffary, for the Instruction or Comfort of a Sick and Dying: Perfon.
I have largely Examined the Great Point of Restitucion ; And have Particularly pressed it upon the Conscience of the Sick Man. And if what I have said on that Occasion shall not be pleasing, I cannot help it. I bave this to support me against. the sharpest Cenfures z I have. been faithful in this instance, and have done but wiy Duty: 3
The Prayers are chiefly colo lected from the Publick Offices of our Church Or else, from the Devotions of Such Venera ble Names, as Jufficiently rea
commend them to all Regular and Piones Christians.
The Texts of Scripture are Methodized with Care and Die ligence, and I have endeavoured to place them in their true Light ;: so as to strengthen and explain each other.
And that this Discourse may be more useful, I must desire my Reader not to Mistake the Title : Or to fancy, That because it is. Directed to fuch PerJons, that therefore none are concerned to look into it, or to take notice of this, or such like Discourses , till they are Sick and Dying.
This, I doubt, is a common and fatal Mistake. For we are all too apt, to put far from us the evil Day.
And therefore to avoid this dangerous Rock, upon which too many have split , and Shipwreck'd their Hopes' of Heaven, 'tis pertinent to Admonish; That there is a Twofold Preparation for Death. Habitual, and Actual.
The Habitual Preparation, is Providing Oyl for our Lamps; or, Grace into our Souls. The Actual Prepard tion, is the Trimming of our Lamps, in the Exercise of those Graces.
The former of these is the Business of our whole Lives, in the Days of Health and Vigor. The latter is expected from us, in the Time of Sickness, and at the Hour of Death
And to be yet more plain and distinct, I express my Self thus,
It is the Sick Man's Duty, To bear his Sickness with Patience. To Repent him truly of his Sins. To be in Charity with all the World. To have Faith and Trust in God. And to be willing to Die.
But now unless the Sick Man hath Practised these Duties in the Time of his Health; Howo can be expect the Comfort of them, when he comes to Die?
To make this more Practical, I beg the freedom of the follow ing Advice.
Since à frequent Meditation. of Death, is the best Introduétion to a due Preparation for it ;