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and on so short a warning, hurried into another world. The flames grow more furious, and on all sides lifeless bodies float around, a sad sight to surviving friends! Her own boats carry off a few men, but find not the way back again. At length, the masts break down, destroying numbers as they fall, and officers die undistinguished in the throng; while the admiral, stript of his uniform, hanging by an oar, struggles for life on the liquid wave, till taken up. Many attempt to save themselves on pieces of the wreck, while the remains of the ship sink out of sight; but the angry waves wash them off their last relief, and they perish in the deep waters. Yet mercy shines in the midst of shipwreck and death, for many escape with their life, though deprived of every thing else.

O! strange to tell, will we quit with all that we have, for a few days, or for a few years of our na tural life, and yet quit with nothing at all for eternal life and endless glory? And, if fire that can be extinguished with water, or burn away to lifeless ashes, be so terrible, what must the fire of infinite wrath be, that shall burn up the wicked for ever? Finally, since my situation is the same, may I study to prepare for death at any time, and in any shape; then I shall face the flames, yea, fall into theim, knowing that my immortal soul, from these calcining fires, more fragrant than the spices of the east, shall rise a celestial phoenix, to live the many thousands of eternity, and never, never die.

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MEDITATION XXVI.

SOME SLAIN BY MERCIES, AS WELL AS BY
JUDGEMENTS.

Spithead, May 22. 1758.

GRACE, and grace alone, can conquer the heart of man; for, have I not seen one, who had all manner of misfortunes in his family, substance, relations, character, and person; his family carried off by strange deaths, his substance reduced to nothing, his pomp blown away like a cloud of smoke, his friends falling into grievous calamities, his character suffering by every tongue, the heavens revealing his iniquity, and the earth rising up against him, and his body long the dwelling-place of loathsome disease, till death has sent his stinking carcase to the rotting grave; and yet the man remains a sinner to the last? Also, have I not seen the soldier, and the sailor, who in the day of battle had lost a leg, an arm, an eye, a piece of the scull, and some of their senses, have been made prisoners of war, and worn out with long confinement, and cruel usage, and yet these men remain proof against every judgement; incorrigible, though often corrected; stubborn under the strokes of Heaven, inattentive to the language of the rod, and daringly brave an angry God? On the other hand, have I not seen a man who had a flourishing fami ly, growing up to maturity, like trees by a wall, bathing in pleasures, held in common esteem, see ing his children's children, riches, with little industry, pouring in on him from every quarter, him

self, though full of days, and covered with hoar hairs, yet possessing the vigour of youth, and his bones full of marrow, and yet this very man walk in a stated contradiction to the Author of all his blessings? Have I not also seen the man, who, when exposed on the thundering fields of war, or in the more terrible sea-engagement, has yet stood safe amidst surrounding dangers, and received not a single wound, while some were losing limbs, or falling down dead on every hand; or when perhaps the ship sunk, or a fire kindled in her bowels, that consumes the miserable crew, yet escaped the flames, survives the wreck, and lives to tell the astonishing story of his deliverance in the field, or on the flood? One would think that such a man would be melted down into gratitude, and live to his glory, who had been his help in the day of distress, and had covered his head in the day of war; yet he walks in a stated opposition to the Most High, and boldly offends the God of all his mercies. Thus we see one that is disappointed in every undertaking, crushed at every hand, yet remain impenitent under judgements; and we see another that succeeds in every wish, swims in created bliss, and walks in the clear noon of prosperity, yet remain obdurate under love, and chargeable with an ingratitude towards Heaven, that would be accursed among men. To be slain by mercies, or by judgements, is a terrible death; it is the death of the uncircumcised in heart. When they are not improved, they give fury to the falling storm, and make the thunderbolts of wrath break with dreadful vengeance on their guilty heads through an endless evermore! O! then, to be corrected in love, and to have my heart bettered by the sadness of my countenance; and, on the other hand, to

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have blessings with a blessing, and all my mercies sweetly drawing my soul out to God!

MEDITATION XXVII.

ON A FINE FLEET.

Spithead, May 23. 1758.

WHAT means this splendid fleet, this expensive navy? No doubt, to deal destruction to our foes, and ride triumphant over the sea. Had the world been peopled in some parts from the planets, we should not wonder much to see fierce contests between the old inhabitants and the new.

matter is not so, for we have all one father, and But the are all of one blood. Not very many ages ago, the contending monarchs lay in one loins, and slept in one womb; and all mankind are brethren. Whence are empires filled with anarchy, kingdoms with rebellion, families with terror and tears, while the brother butchers the brother, the son the father, the husband the wife, and the person that is driven into despair rises in rebellion against his own life? It is because we are all in a state of rebellion against God. What a shame is it for men to massacre one another, or depopulate whole nations, for a few furlongs of earth, which, in a few years hence, their eyes shall see in flames; an agonising sight to their ambition!

We think much of nation rising against nation, but, since Adam turned rebel, the whole universe is up in arms against Heaven, a few humble supplicants in all ages excepted, who, having made peace through the King's Son, are again received

into favour; but what are they to the many millions that are under the command of the god of this world, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience? What pity to see at this standard the sovereign and the swain, the statesman and the general, the soldier and the husbandman, the merchant and the mariner, the master and the servant; yea, and women, who in other wars tarry at home! Moreover, besides this general insurrection against Heaven, there is a war in the breast of all believers, some of the old principles of rebellion rising up against the laws of their rightful Lord and King: "A law in our members warring against the law of our mind, and bringing us into captivity to the law of sin;" however, grace shall at last prevail.

This is the army of Gog and Magog, which covers the face of the whole earth, and makes war with the Lamb; whom the Lamb shall overcome, for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings. There is a day of slaughter coming, when the sword of his justice shall be drunken with the blood of his enemies; when those who would not have him to reign over them in the spirituality of his government, shall be slain before his face, and cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

Would the princes of the earth submit to the Prince of peace, soon should they beat their swords into plough-shares, and their spears into pruning. hooks, and every man sit down under his vine, and under his fig-tree. Were they more careful to extend the Christian religion, than to extend their conquest and commerce, more to grow in grace than in riches, and to improve more for eternity

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