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a courtier; but the presence of the King of kings makes a Christian, an angel.
16. Think much on the unseen world, and let the certainty of that which is to come, dispel the delusion of the present, which passeth away.
17. As thou mayest never again see thy native country, and thy father's house, let heaven be thy native country, and then death shall bring thee to thy better home.
18. Eye God's glory in all, and prefer the approbation of God and thine own conscience, to the applause of men.
19. Double thy diligence. Satan will double his temptations, sins and spares will multiply around thee; therefore multiply thy cries to God, keep in thy strong hold, and act faith on him at all times.
20. Remember that the Sabbath is alike holy in all latitudes, and should be sanctified with the same sincerity in Britain and Japan : for, though Christendom for a while may be absented, Christianity is never to be abandoned.
21. Beware that thou live not to thyself, the world, or for time ; but live above the world, for eternity, and to God.
HOW THE SABBATH, OR LORD'S DAY, IS TO BE
WHILE my situation is in a place where the Sabbath seems to be forgot, what can be more proper than to ask myself, How the Sabbath is to be sanctified ? Then, the Sabbath is to be sanctified by all men, in all places, throughout the whole world, and during the whole day ;-is to be sanctified by breaking off from sins, austaining from pleasures at other times allowed, and laying aside callings on other days lawful ;- is to be kept holy, outwardiy, by the man, and his actions ; inwardly, by the mind and its thoughts : But we may be employed in works of necessity and mercy, by defending ourselves and others, our cattle and substance from fire and water, from wild beasts and mad dogs; by feeding the poor, comforting the afflicted, and showing mercy to all in distress. But, on the other hand, this day is profaned by men of every rank; in the palace, by unnecessary levees, by introducing strangers, noblemen, and ambassadors into the royal presence, and by holding privy-councils without urgent necessity. Abroad the world, this blessed day is profaned by gaming, riding for recreation, taking unnecessary journeys, visits, banquetings, and marriages; taking too much time up in dressing our bodies, allowing ourselves to sleep longer in the morning, and go sooner to bed, that day, than on any other; cloying our spirits, that should be active in spiritual exercises, by living sumptuously, and above our ordinary method, on that day ;-by frequenting rain company, or using carnal discourse, for, as the prophet observes, where he forbids to “ speak words," that because we on the Sabbath can speak little to advantage, it would be much to our advantage to speak little ;-by traversing the streets after sermon, or walking in crowds to fields, gardens, and such like places; though, Isaac-like, we may go alone to meditate in the field;-by having roving looks in church, or allowing ourselves or others to sleep;-by diverting our eyes out at doors,or windows, with every thing that passes by;-by wandering thoughts,and idle themes ;-by going to public houses, coffee houses, and such like places, reading histories or newspapers, telling news or idle stories ;--by jesting, laughing, or too much mirth, and not having a composure of spirit becoming the dignity of the day;—by carrying on love. suits, or gallanting sweethearts on that sacred day, designed for nobler entertainment;---by buying, selling, or exchanging goods of any kind, laying wagers, shaying, cleaning houses or kitchen furniture on that day; by flocking to harbours to see ships set sail, bringing stores and provisions on hoard on that day ;-by washing decks, making and mending ropes, scraping births, sewing clothes,writing letters to friends, journals, and log-books, which may be clone the ensuing day ;-by whistling, singing profane songs, and playing on musical instruments ;-by building bridges, ships, boats, and other such vessels;-by viewing our fields, plantations, orchards, gardens, corns, and cattle, to see if all be in a flourishing condition ;-—by surveying new houses and inclosures, or any thing that occurs to us by the way, in going to, or coming from church ;-by needless compliments, and useless congratulations, multiplied to excess, when friends fall in our way; by postponing operations al hospitals, and infirmaries, till this day and by every thing whereby the glory
of God, the edification of others, and the good of our own souls, is not pursued and promoted.
This heavenly day is wholly to be employed in public, private, and secret devotion, in the congregation, with our families, and by ourselves alone ; setting our affections on things on high, and studying to have our conversation in heaven, showing a proper concern for the great salvation, and preparing for the world to come. Alas! then, I see how little I know of Sabbath-sancti-, fication, and of being in the Spirit on the Lord's day! And, alas! how is this day profaned, by land and sea! at home and abroadl! in our fleets, and in our armies ! in country, and in town! by people of all ranks, and by persons of all professions.
ANCHORING OFF AN ENEMY'S COAST.
Cancal Bay, June 21, 1758
NOW we are not far from land, but, however fierce the storm, we must not set a foot on shore, else we should soon find ourselves in the power, and at the mercy of our enemies. Even so it fares with the wicked, who are at war with the God of the whole earth. Now, in the day of patience, they can put off without making friendship with God; but what will they do in their last extremity, in the day of visitation, and in the desolation that shall come from far? To whom will they flee for help, seeing they will not lay claim to one promise ; and have no interest in him that made the promises? How will they stand when the storm pursues behind, and no shelter presents itself before ? And how will it gall them to see the saints in quiet resting places, and themselves exposed for ever to the tempest ?
But although we may not land here, yet we may return to our own king's dominions, where we shall be joyfully received. But it is not so with the sinner, who is in rebellion against Heaven. Whither shall he flee from God, or where can he hide himself from his omniscient eye? How shall he get without the reach of his all-present arm, or escape the stroke of angry Omnipotenče? God he has disobeyed, Christ he has rejected, the promise he has despised, sinned-away the day of grace, and trampled on the patience of Heaven: So, when the Judge shall come in flames, and it shall be very tempestuous round about, what will he do? To what God can he go? To what Saviour can he cry? To what hand can he turn-to whom shall he deplore himself-and in what ear make his moan ?: What promise can he plead, or to which of the saints can he turn? Ah! God is his inexorable Judge, and the Saviour is no more his friend; all hopes perish, all help3 fail, all friends forsake, pity has no ear to his complaint, and mercy no compassion on his moan !
how miserable are the wicked, then, who thus on oceans of burning brimstonc, shall be exposed to the. storms and tempests of eternal wrath, and never, neve er see a sliore !
But, on the other hand, how happy art thou, o saint! Every land is the property of Him who in all. his vast possessions.is thine by promise. He is thine who can make enemies entreat thee well in adversity : he is thine who is not only the God of the whole earth, but the possessor of heaven and glory; who is not only the Prince of the kings of the earth, but the