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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; coulds 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, with the Father and holy Spirit, one God, be Glory and Dominion and Praise, forever and ever! Amen!
JANUARY 25, 1776. “RESOLVED, That Dr. Smith be desired to prepare ***** and deliver a FUNERAL ORATion in honour of General “ MONTGOMERY, 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 brave 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, whatever claim he may have to the appellation of a good Citizen, or friend to Liberty, so long as it may be remembered that he either lived or wrote in America!
OF GENERAL MONTGOMERY,
OF THE OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS,
DELIVERED IN THE GREAT CALVINIST CHURCH, BY THE AP
POINTMENT AND AT THE DESIRE, OF THE HONORABLE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS; PHILADELPHIA, FEBRUARY 19, 1776.
O thou, who bad'st them fall with honour crown'd,
FATHERS, BRETHREN, AND COUNTRYMEN,
AN occasion truly solemn has assembled this day; and, that your attention may be alike solemn and serious, hear, in the first place, the voice of eternal truth—“ It is better to go to the house of mourn“ing than to the house of feasting;” for—" None so of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to him" self”
But there are some men, illuminated with a purer ray of divinity-Patriots of the first magnitude —who, in a peculiar sense, may be said to live and die, not to themselves, but to others; and consequently to him who is the author of all goodness. Endowed with that superior excellence which does honour to our whole species, the virtuous of every nation claim