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other Injun&tions he laid upon them, as the forbid ding them Wine, and the eating of Swine's Flesh : Friday he ordained for his Sabbath, to distinguish his Followers from Jews and Christians, who folemnize the Days following. To those who observe his Religion, and purely keep his Laws, he promiseth Paradise. Pfal. cxix. 77. O let thy loving Mercies come unto me, that I may
live ; for thy Law is my Delight.
O happy Souls! who are delivered from the Perils of the Sea of this troublesome World, and got safe to Shore! who have reach'd their native Country, and exchang'd their Prison for a Palace! Happy those Combatants, who have received that Crown of Glory, which they endur'd the Fight of various Amictions to obtain, and are now translated from short Tribulations, to endless Triumphs! Happy those who have put off their Load of Frailty and Sufferings ! who are in quiet Possession of the Glory that fadeth not away, and cloathed with Majeliy and Honour! O happy State ! O Kingdom everlasting! where the Souls of the Saints are in Peace and Felicity! where eternal Rejoicing is upon every Head, and Sorrow and Sighing flee away! where the Saints reign with thee, their beloved Lord, and deck themselves with Light, as with a Garment ! O Kingdom ever-blessed, in which, thou Lord, the Hope and Crown of all thy faithful Servants, makett them glad with the Joy of thy Countenance, and that Peace which paffeth all Understanding! Their Joy knows no Bounds ; their Mirth, no Sorrow; their Health, no Pain ; their Light hath no Intervals of Darkness; their Life hath no Death ; their Happiness is universal, without the least Mixture of Evil; their Youth is ever fresh and gay; their Beauties, always blooming; their Love, ever fervent ; their Pleasures have no Abatement; for thou, O God, art their all in all, their sole, their chief, their perfect Good!
Happy, Happy, sure, beyond Imagination, is that bleft Soul, which, making its Escape out of this earthly Prilon, wings its way to Heaven without any Refiraint; which sees its dearest Lord Face to Face, and, no longer enflav'd to the Fear of Death, triumphs in the Enjoyment of everlasting Glory ; poffeflong thee, the Object of its Love and long pursuit, and finging Hymns of never-ceasing Praite, to the Honour of her King and Redeemer; saciated with the Plenteousnels of thy House, and drinking freely of the River of thy ever-overflowing Pleasures ! happy Company of heavenly Citizens! O glorious Pomp of Souls returning from their toilsome Pilgrimage, to the Excellence of the Beauty, and Splendour, and Majesty of thy Courts ! Oh the ravishing Entertainment of those harmonious Hymns, the Melody of Angels, and sweet Notes of Songs in Concert; of which every
Member of the heavenly Choir bears his Part: No Mixture of Bitter pollutes those holy Joys; no Malice, or Wickedness; no Want, or Disgrace; no railing, Teviling, or angry Disputes; no Fear, or Dilquiet; no Doubt, or Uneasiness ; no Force, or Discord; but perfect Peace and Love, eternal Praise and Thanksgiving, uninterrupted Reft, and Joy everlasting in the Holy Ghoft! My God, how happy should I be to hear that transporting Musick, and those divine Compositions, which publish the Mysteries and Glories of the ever blessed Trinity! My God, how much happier and more honoured, if not only admitted to hear, but to join in Concert with those Sons of God, who sing to their Christ and King, perpetually, the sweet Songs of Sion! O Life, truly worthy that Name, because everlasting, ever-blessed! a Life of Joy, unpolluted with Sufferings or Sorrow; Reft, without I abos or Disturbance; Honour, without Fear or Envy ; Riches, without Robbery or Loss; Health, without Decay; Plenty without Lack : where all things are enjoyd in perfect Charity; where
God is seen Face to Face, and the Mind is feafted, and fully satisfied with Knowledge ; ever seeing and ever desiring to see more ; but defiring, without Uneasiness, and satisfied, fo as never to be cloy'd. O everlasting Morning! O glorious Day! whose Sun never declines ; in which I hope to hear that most rapturous Invitation, Enter thou into the Joy of thy Lord: Into that Joy, where are things great and unfearchable, yea, marvellous things without Number : A Joy without Conclufion, without Interruption, without Allay; where we shall meet with all we can wish, and rest secure from all we can fear; free from the Enemy's Affaults, from the Tempter's seducing Infinuations ; full of Tranquility, Rest and Peace ; blessed with the ravishing Vision of the Deity for ever: Such is the Joy of the Lord thy God. Sweet and charming are the heavenly Delights, subject to none of those Viciffitudes and Interruptions which abate our Pleasures here below; no Succeflions of Day and Night; no Intervals of Darkness; no Difference of Seasons in their feveral Courses; nor is the Light derived by artificial Helps, or natural Luminaries, the fame with ours; no Lamps or Candles ; no shining of the Moon or Stars ; but God of God, and Light of Light, even the Sun of Righteousness, Shines in thee, and the white immaculate Lamb, he it is that enlightens thee with the full Lustre of his Ma. jesty and Beauty ; thy Light, and thy Glory, and all thy Happiness, is the inceffant Contemplation of this Divine King; for this King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, is in the midst of thee, and all his Hosts are miniftring round about him continually. There are the melodious Choirs of Angels; there the sweet Fellowship and Company of the heavenly Inhabitants ; there the joyful Pomp of all those triumphant Souls, who from their sore Trials and Travels, through this Valley of Tears, at laft return yictorious to their Native Country; there the
goodly Fellowship of Prophets, whose Eyes God opend to take a Prospect of far diftant Mysteries ; there the blessed Apostles, the twelve Leaders of the Christian Armies; there the noble Army of Martyrs; there the holy Men and Women, who, in the Days of their Flesh, were mortified with the Pleasures of Sin and the World; there the Virgins and Youths whose blooming Virtues put out early Fruit, and ripen'd into Piety, far exceeding the Proportion of their Years ; there the Sheep and the Lambs who have escap'd the ravening Wolf, and all the Snares laid for their Destruction; these all rejoice in their proper Manfions, and tho' each differ from others in Degrees of Glory, yet all agree in Bliss and Joy, diffus'd to all in common, and the Happiness of every one is esteemed each one's own. This is their conitant, their delightful Employment. Oh how happy shall I be! how exquisitely, how incessantly happy ! if when this Body crumbles into Duft, I shall be entertain'd with that celestial Harmony, and hear the Hymns of Praise to their eternal King, which Troops of Angels and Saints innumerable are ever singing in full Concert. What Tongue can express, what Thought conceive, the admirable Beauty, the exaét Order, the numberless Multitude of the heavenly Hoft, the inexhaustible Spring of Joy, arifing from the beatifick Vifion; the fervent Love which minifters inex. presible Delight; the ever-growing Defires which rise with their Satisfactions, and the grateful Satisfactions which crown that Desire; a Defire always eager, and never uneafy ; always full, and never cloy'd; the Blessedness deriv'd down to them, by their inseparable Union to the Fountain of all Bliss. Oh that I were capable of expressing thy Excellencies, in as perfect and becoming a manner, as the melodious Choirs of Angels do, in their perpetual Songs of Praise ! how gladly would I then spend all my Breath, and even warble out my Soul in Songs of Thanksgiving.
Happy are they whose chiefest Hope is fix'd on Heaven and heavenly Things: Happy, whose constant Employment is praying to, and converfing with, thee : Happy, whose Solitude is spent in awful Silence, and heavenly Raptures, and constant Watchfulness over themselves : Happy, who, even while in this frail Body, anticipate, so far as their Condition will allow, the ineffable Sweetness of their future Glories.
The Life to come is represented to us by the following Characters, that it is Eternal in Duration, and a Blessedness to all Eternity; a State where there is the most profound Security and Tranquility; Pleasure, without Passion; Love, without Fear; Love in Perfection ; Day, without Night; Activity and Strength, without Possibility of Decay ; perfect Unanimity: All the Souls in it wrapt up in the Contemplation of God, and past all Apprehension of being ever deprived of his beatifick Presence. A City blest with the most glorious Inhabitants, where all the Saints and Angels take up their perpetual Residence; the Splendor whereof confifts in the shining Graces of God's Elect; where Health abounds, and Truth reigns for ever; where there is no deceiving, no being deceived ; out of which none of the Happy are ever expelled, into which none of the Wretched are ever admitted.
O happy State! O truly glorious Kingdom! without Succession, without Conclufion! where Time is not measured by the Revolution of Days and Nights, Summers and Winters ; but Eternity is continued through one endless Day, one everblooming Spring; when they who have been victorious in their spiritual Warfare, join in concert with the blessed Angels, and fing the Songs of Sion without ceasing.