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office, he pulled off his cap, that Mr. Pullin might lay his hand upon his bare head. After this desire of his was satisfied, his body seemed to be at more ease, and his mind more cheerful ; and he said often, “ Lord, forsake me not now “ my strength faileth me, but continue thy mercy, “ and let my mouth be ever filled with thy “ praise.” He continued the remaining night and day very patient, and thankful for any of the little offices that were performed for his ease and refreshment': and, during that time, did often
* Thus Dr. Hammond, in his last sickness, did not by peevishness disquiet his attendants; but was pleased with every thing that was done, and liked every thing that was brought.(Life of Dr. Hammond, p. 227.) There are three of Archbishop Secker's sermons which I read repeatedly with serious attention--because they apply to a condition in which the lot of humanity will one day assuredly place me ; unless it should please Almighty God to take me out of this world by a sudden death. They are “on the Duties of the Sick,” from Isa. Xxxviii. 1, 2. The following passage relates to our behaviour towards all who are about us in our sickness :-"We are strictly bound " to show them, peculiarly at that time, great humanity and "goodness ; not requiring from them more fatiguing and con“ stant attendance than is fit; nor more care, skill, and dex“ terity than is to be expected : recollecting that our illness “ inclines us to imagine things amiss in a degree beyond “ reality, and that others ought not to suffer merely because “we do: thinking often how disagreeable an office they go “ through, and what benefit and comfort we receive from it: “ begging them to forgive us those hasty sallies of fretfulness " and impatience, that sometimes will escape us; and making " them good amends, in every way that we can, for all the " trouble which they take about us.”
(Secker's Sermons, Vol. III. p. 281.) say to himself the 103d Psalm ; a Psalm that is eomposed of praise and consolations, fitted for a dying soul, and say also to himself very often these words, “ My heart is fixed, O God! my “ heart is fixed where true joy is to be found." And now his thoughts seemed to be wholly of death, for which he was so prepared that the king of terrors could not surprise him “as a thief “in the night;" for he had often said, she was “ prepared, and longed for it.” And as this desire seemed to come from heaven, so it left him not, till his soul ascended to that region of blessed spirits, whose employments are to join in concert with his, and sing praise and glory to that God, who hath brought him and them into that place, “ into which sin and sorrow cannot enter 2.”
Thus this pattern of meekness and primitive innocence changed this for a better life :-It is now too late to wish that mine may be like his : for I am in the eighty-fifth year of my age; and God knows it hath not; but I most humbly beseech Almighty God that my death may: and I do as earnestly beg, that if any reader shall re ceive any satisfaction from this very plain, and
2" Thus was he taken away with a happy euthanasia, com. “ posedly, peaceably, and comfortably departing, giving him. " self to prayer, meditations, and discourses, which his own “ strength could bear, full of the grace and peace of God, and “ confirmed by the absolution of the Church."
( Reason and Judgment, 8c. p. 43.)
as true relation, he will be so charitable as to say Amen.
I. W. BLESSED IS THAT MAN IN WHOSE SPIRIT THERE IS NO
GUILE. Psal. xxxii. 2.
• However diversified the conditions of men are, there is one common event to all. When the hour of death approaches, the distinctions of worldly pomp are of no avail. At that awful period every consolation will vanish, except that which flows from the consciousness of doing well, and the expectance of another life.— The examples recorded in the preceding pages present to our view the noblest of all spectacles - the calm composure, the pious resignation of good men, who, having finished their earthly course of virtuous conduct, anticipate the blessedness of the heavenly state, and, full of joyful hope and humble confidence in the merits of a Redeemer, close the last scene with dignity and honour.
"Sic mihi contingat vivere, sicque mori!",
[The Letter of Dr. Barlow, Bishop of Lincoln, mentioned in Vol. II. page 267, is inserted in the Life of Mr. Isaac Walton, prefixed to this work.)
THE WORKS OF DR. ROBERT SANDERSON.
1. " LOGICÆ ARTIS COMPENDIUM. Oxon. 1615.”_8rc.
II. “ PHYSICÆ SCIENTIÆ COMPENDIUM, à ROBERTO SANDERSON, Coll. Lincoln. in almå Oxoniensi olim socio, &c. ante multos annos Lucis usuræ destina. tum, nunc vero ex authentico Manuscripto primo Impressum. Oxoniæ, 1671."
III. SERMONS. “ Dr. Sanderson's XII. Sermons, 1632.” 4to.-“ Dr. Sanderson's Sermons, (including the twelve before printed) 1664.” Folio.“ Ditto, with his Life by Isaac Walton, 1689.” Folio.
IV. “ NINE CASES of CONSCIENCE DETERMINED, 1678, 1685.” 8v0.-Several of these were printed separately. Two in 1658 (not in 1628, as Wood asserts). Three more in 1667. Another in 1674, and one in 1678.
The last of these Nine Cases is “ of tbe Use of the Liturgy ;" the very same tract which was published by Isaac Walton in his “ Life of Dr. Sanderson, 1678," under the title of “ Bishop Sanderson's Judgment concerning submission to Usurpers.” In this tract is given a full account of the manner in which Dr. Sanderson conducted himself, io performing the service of the Church, in the times of the Usurpation.