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ROBERT BRUCE.-On the morning of the day on which he died,,his sickness consisting chiefly in the infirmities of age,--he came to breakfast; and having as usual eaten an egg, he said to his daughter, “ I think I am yet hungry, you may bring me another egg." But instantly there. after, falling into deep meditation, he said, “ Hold, daughter, hold; my Master calls me! Now, God be with you, my children; I have breakfasted with you, and shall sup with my Lord Jesus Christ this night.”
REV. SAMUEL RUTHERFORD.-When this eminent Christian's death drew near, he exclaimed, “I shall shine; I shall see Him as he is, and all the fair company with him.” Mr Robert Blair said to him, “What think you of Christ?" To whom he replied, “I shall live and adore him! Glory, glory, glory to my Creator and Redeemer for ever! O for arms to embrace him! O for a well-tuned harp.” He then went away singing, “ Glory, glory,glory dwells in Emmanuel's land."
Dr OWEN said, “ I am going to Him whom my soul loveth; or rather who hath loved me with an everlasting love, which is the whole ground of all my consolation. Live, and pray, and wait, and hope patiently, and do not despond; for the promise stands invincible, and God will never leave us, nor forsake us."
John BUNYAN said, “ There is no good in this life, but what is mixed with evil. Honours perplex, riches disgust, and pleasures ruin health. But in heaven we shall find blessings in their purity; without any ingredient to imbitter, and with everything to sweeten life. Christ is the desire of all nations, the joy of angels, and the delight of the Father; what solace then must the soul be filled with, that hath the possession of him to all eternity!”
RICHARD BAXTER said to a friend who visited him, “ You come thither that you may learn to die. I am not the only person who must go this way; I can assure you that though your life be never so long, it is short enough to prepare for death. Be sure to choose God for your portion, heaven for your home, God's glory for your end, his Word for your rule, and then you need not fear but we shall meet again. I bless God, that I have a well-grounded assurance of my eternal happiness, and great peace and comfort within."
Rev. Philip HENRY said to his son, “O son, you are welcome to a dying father ! I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. God bless you, my son, and grant that you may do worthily in your generation.” Some of the last words he spake were these, “ O death, where is thy sting ?” and in a few minutes he quietly breathed out his soul into the hands of his Redeemer, whom he had faithfully served in the ministry, for about forty-three years.
Mr Locke being asked a little before his death, What was the shortest and surest way for a young man to attain a knowledge of the Christian religion ? made this memorable reply, “Let him study the Holy Scriptures, especially the New Testament, for therein are contained the words of eternal life. They have God for their author, salvation for their end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for their matter.”
Rev. Thomas HALYBURTON, finding himself very weak, said, “Here is a demonstration of the power of faith; that I, a poor, weak, and timorous man, once as much afraid of death as any one, have come, in the mercy of God, composedly to look death in the face." He then soon after departed to that land,“ where the wicked cease from troubling, and where the weary are at rest.”
Rev. MATTHEW HENRY said a little before his death, “You have been used to take notice of the sayings of dying men; this is mine: That a life spent in the service of God, and in communion with him, is the most profitable and pleasant that any man can live in this world."
DR ISAAC WATTS said, “I bless God that I can lie down with comfort at night, not being solicitous whether I shall awake in this world or the next. I remember an old minister that used to say, 'The most learned and knowing Christians, when they come to die, have ouly
the same plain promises of the gospel for their support, as the common and unlearned;' so I find it: for I can do nothing now but look into my Bible for some promise to support me, and I live upon that ?”
DR DODDRIDGE said, “God hath, as it were, let heaven down upon me in those nights of weakness and waking, for I am not suffered even for once to lose my hope. But I have no hope in what I have been or done; but I fly to that hope which is set before me. I have no doubt of my being a child of God, and that I shall be received into his heavenly kingdom and glory.”
Rev. RALPA ERSKINE's last words were, “I shall be for ever a debtor to free grace,-Victory, victory, victory!".
Rev. EBENEZER ERSKINE.—“ I have always found my times of severe affliction my best times. Many blasts I have endured through life; but I had this comfort under thein,-a good God, a good conscience, and a good cause.”
Rev. James HERVEY said to a friend, “Now, perhaps you may be disposed to ask, “What is your hope with regard to your future and eternal state?' Truly my hope, my whole hope, is in the Lord my Redeemer; I look steadfastly up to that gracious Being, who says “Deliver from going down to the pit, for I have found a ransom."" Not long after he said, “The great conflict is over,--precious salvation!”
DR LEECHMAN said to the son of a worthy nobleman, “ You see the situation I am in; I have not many days or hours to live; I am glad you have had an opportunity of witnessing the tranquillity of my last moments. From that book,” pointing to a Bible, “from that too-much neglected book, comes all my happiness, for it contains invaluable treasures,-treasures of joy and rejoicing; and makes me certain, that this mortal shall put on immortality.”
Rev.John BROWN, OF HADDINGTON.—“O to be with God!” he exclaimed;" to see him as he is: it is worth dying to see a smiling God. I desire to depart, and be with Christ, which is far better. ( what must Christ be in himself, when it is he who sweetens trials, sweetens Scriptures, sweetens ordinances, sweetens earth, and sweetens heaven !” His last words were, “My Christ.”
LADY HUNTINGDON said to a friend a little before her death, “I cannot tell you in what light I now see that passage, 'If a man love me, he will keep my words, and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.' To have such a company in this room, and to have such an eternal prospect, is a state of things impossible to be described." Almost her last words were, “My work is done,