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The Christian, in the last place, is called to deny himself, to cut off a right Hand, to pluck out a right Eye, and to take up the Cross and follow Christ as their great Leader—But whither shall we follow him I Christ the great Captain of our Salvation, after having been perfected through Suffering, ascended up on High to the Glory of his Father; and on this Scheme there is no place on High for the Christian! Nothing to compensate his Sufferings, but the dreary state of. Annihilation!
Hath Christ mocked his Followers? Hath he commanded them to renounce this World, and to set their affections wholly on Things Above; if there are no Things Above, in which they are to have any Interest or Share?
But the belief of a Portion in Christ, gives us strong footing against the fear of another world. "Were we even to shew a Child a suit of neai Clothing, which he was to put on; how cheerfully would he put off his old Rags? Or were we to tell him that to-morr<rw, he would rise up from a state of Childhood, into a perfect Man, how happily would he go to Bed, anxious about nothing but the speedy Dawn of the coming Morn?"
Or could we, to use the words of one,* who was once a shining Light of our Church, "unfold the golden Doors of Heaven, and open to you the prospect which the blessed Martyr St. Stephen enjoyedj could I shew the ever-living Jesus seated at the right Hand of Glory, and open your Ears to hear the eter
• Sherlock, Eishop of London.
nal Anthems of Praise, which the Blessed above sing to Him that was and is and is to come; to the Lamb that was slain and is alive forever; could I lead you through the unbounded Regions of eternal Day, and give you to taste the never-fading Joys of the Saints who rest from their Labour!" Or, " could I, on the other hand, unbar before your Eyes the Iron-Gates of Hell, and carry you through solid Darkness to the Fire that never goes out, and the worm that never dies; could I shew the fallen Angels fast bound in eternal Chains, or the Souls of the Ungodly overwhelmed in Misery and Despair; or could I open your Ears, and make you hear the Deep itself groan with the continual cries of their misery—Cries which never can reach the Throne of Grace, but return back in sad Echoes, and render even the Horrors of Hell more horrible!— Could I but shew these two states distinctly, it would convince you what manner of persons you ought to be in all holy Conversation and Godliness; that you have much at stake in this Life, and that Religion is, at least, a most serious concern!"
May these truths make a deep impression upon us, through Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom, ivith the Father and holy Spirit, one God, be Glory and Dominion and Praise, forever and ever! Amen!
JANUARY 35, 1776.
u RESOLVED, That Dr. Smith be desired to prepare "and deliver a Fukeral Oratiok in honour of General "Moktgoner v, and of those Officers and Soldiers who mag"nanimously fought and fell with him in maintaining the prin** ciples of American Liberty.
• • Extract from the Minutes,
"CHARLES THOMSON, Sec."
IN pursuance of this appointment the following Oration was drawn up; and as the author knew that he was to address as great and respectable an audience, perhaps, as was ever convened in America, he neither wished to trifle with their character or his own, but used every effort in his power to render the composition worthy of the occasion; and now cheerfully submits it to the public judgment. He foresaw the difficulties incident to the undertaking; and was prepared to encounter them, upon the principles mentioned in the oration itself.
Two or three quotations have been transferred from the text to the margin; a few small alterations, chiefly verbal, have been made, upon the recommendation of some friends, and a paragraph, which was forgotten in the delivery, is printed in its place. Upon the whole, the author hopes he has done justice to the memory of those brace men who are the subjects of the oration; and with respect to those reflections upon public affairs which must rise out of public characters, and are intimately connected with them, he is so far from wishing them retrenched, that (on a careful review) he is willing to rest upon them, whaterer claim he may have to the appellation of a food Ciiizfn, or friend to Liberty, so long as it may be remembered that he either lived or wrote in America!