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SIR,

HE Indisposition which has

long hung upon me, is at last grown to such a head, that it must quickly make an end of me, or of it

felf. You may imagine, that whilft "I am in this bad state of Health, there ( are none of your Works which I read

with greater Pleasure than your Saturday's Papers. I should be very glad

if I could furnish you with any Hints ! for that Day's Entertainment. Were

I able to dress up several Thoughts of à serious nature, which have made

great Impressions on my Mind during - a long Fit of Sickness, they might not

be an improper Entertainment for that 6 Occasion. O

AMONG all the Reflections which usually rise in the mind of a

fick Man, who has Time and Incli6 nation to consider his approaching ( End, there is none more natural than

that of his going to appear naked and (unbodied before Him who made him. ( When a Man considers, that as soon

as the vital Union is dissolved, he shall ' see that Supreme Being, whom he now contemplates at a distance, and

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only in his Works; or, to speak more philosophically, when by some Faculty

in the Soul he shall apprehend the Divine Being, and be more sensible of his presence, than we are now of the Presence of any Object which the

Eye beholds, a Man must be loft in • Carelessness and Stupidity, who is not

alarmed at such a Thought. Dr. Sherlock, in his excellent Treatise upon Death, has represented, in very strong and lively Colours, the State of the Soul in its first Separation from the

Body, with regard to that invisible 6 World which every where surrounds

us, though we are not able to discover it through this groffer World of Matter, which is accommodated to our Senses in this Life. His words are as follow.

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"THAT Death, which is our leaving this World, is nothing else but our putting off these Bodies, teaches us, that it is only our Union to these Bodies which intercepts the sight of the other World: The other World is not at such a distance from

us, as we may imagine; the Throne of God indeed is at a great remove from this Earth, above the third Heavens, where

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be displays his Glory to those blessed Spis.rits which encompass his Throne ; but as

foon as we step out of these Bodies, we step into the other World, which is not

Po properly another World, (for there is the same Heaven and Earth fill) as a

new state of Life. To live in these Bodies is to live in this World; to live out

of them is to remove into the next : For

while our Souls are confined to these Bodies, and can look only through these material Casements, nothing but what is material can affect us; nay, nothing but o what is so gross, that it can reflect Light,

and convey the Shapes and Colours of Things with it to the Eye : So that

though within this visible World, there be a more glorious Scene of Things than ¢ what appears to us, we perceive nothing

at all of it; for this Veil of Flesh parts o the visible and invisible World: But when

we put off these Bodies, there are new and surprizing Wonders present themselves

to our View ; when these material Spestacles are taken off, the Soul with its

own naked Eyes sees what was invisi

ble before : And then we are in the other . World, when we can see it, and converfe

with it: Thus St. Paul tells us, That 6 when we are at home in the Body,

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we are absent from the Lord; but when we are absent from the Body, we are present with the Lord, 2 Cór. 5.6, 8. And methinks this is enough to. cure us of our Fondnefs for these Bodies, unless we think it more defirable to be confined to a Prison, and to look through a Grate all our Lives, which gives us but a very narrow prospect, and that none of the best neither, than to be set at liberty to view all the Glories of the World. What would we give now for the least Glimpse of that invisible World, which the first Rep we take out of these Bodies will present us with ? There are such things as Eye hath not seen, nor Ear hcard, neither hath it entered into the Heart of Man to conceive: Death

opens our Eyes, enlarges our Profpeet, . Presents us with a new and more glorious

World, which we can never see while we are faut up in Flesh; which should make us as willing to part with this Veil, as to take the Film off of our Eyes which binders our Sight.

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AS a thinking Man cannot but be very much affected with the Idea 'of his appearing in the presence of that Being whom none can see and live, he

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(must be much more affected when he

considers that this Being whom he

appears before, will examine all the " Aštions of his past Life, and reward

or punish him accordingly. I must ( confess that I think there is no Scheme

of Religion, besides that of Christia

nity, which can possibly support the 6 most virtuous Person under this • Thought. Let a Man's Innocence

be what it will, let his Virtues rise to " the highest Pitch of Perfection attain

able in this Life, there will be still in • him so many secret Sins, so many hu

man Frailties, so many Offences of Ignorance, Passion and Prejudice, so many unguarded Words and Thoughts, and in short, so many Defects in his

beft Actions, that, without the Advantages of such an Expiation and A

tonement as Christianity has revealed ' to us, it is impossible that he should • be cleared before his Sovereign Judge,

or that he should be able to stand in his Sight. Our Holy Religion

suggests to us the only Means where

by our Guilt may be taken away, and our imperfect Obedience

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