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fore, to our reason thou hast superadded faith, to our nature grace, and of men hast made us Christians, and to us, as such, hast given thy Christ, thy Spirit; and thereby made us, of enemies, sons and heirs, coheirs with Christ of thine eternal and most glorious kingdom of heaven; yea, hast incorporated us into thyself, and made us one spirit with thee our God ;-Lord, what room can there be possibly, in these strait and narrow hearts of ours, for a due admiration of thy transcendent love and mercy ?
I am swallowed up, O God, I am willingly swallowed up, in this bottomless abyss of thine infinite love; and there let me dwell, in a perpetual ravishment of spirit, till, being freed from this clog of earth, and filled with the fulness of Christ, I shall be admitted to enjoy that which I cannot now reach to wonder at, thine incomprehensible bliss and glory which thou hast laid up in the highest heavens for them that love thee, in the blessed communion of all thy saints and angels, thy cherubim and seraphim, thrones, dominions, and principalities, and powers; in the beatifical presence of thee, the ever-living God, the eternal Father of spirits, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, One infinite Deity in Three, co-essentially, co-eternally, co-equally, glorious persons: to whom be blessing, honour, glory, and power, forever and ever. Amen. Hallelujah.
THE SOUL'S FAREWELL TO EARTH,
APPROACHES TO HEAVEN.
Be thou ever, O my soul, holily ambitious, always aspiring towards thy heaven, not entertaining any thought that makes not towards blessedness. For this cause, therefore, put thyself upon thy wings, and leave the earth below thee; and, when thou art advanced above this inferior world, look down upon this globe of wretched mortality, and despise what thou wast and hadst; and think with thyself : “ There was I, not a sojourner so much as prisoner for some tedious years; there have I been thus long tugging with my miseries, with my sins; there have my treacherous senses betrayed me to infinite evils, both done and suffered. How have I been there tormented with the sense of others' wickedness, but more of my own! what insolence did I see in men of power! what rage in men of blood! what gross superstition in the ignorant! what abominable sacrilege in those that would be zealous ! what drunken revellings, what sodomitical filthiness, what hellish profanations in atheous ruf