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to be, to the End of the World, and daily add to our Holiness, and his Happiness.
AMONG many Instances that might be given of this happy Success, I have now one before me in a Relation of the Behavi. our of one of this vigilant Pax ftor's Flock, in his last Sickness, as it is Attested by Eye-witness of it I will not trouble the Reader with the Particulars; the sum is, That this pious Gentleman, with his last Breath, expressed fo much Resignation to God's Will, and fa little fear of Death, such Com fort in reflecting upon the bet, ter part of his Life, especially his Charity to the Poor; and so much Zeal in recommending that Du: ty to those about him, and ay bove all, such an Anticipation of those Extasies of Joy and Happi, mess which he was going to in ag
another World, and so uncommon and enlarg’d an Understanding of the great Mysteries of Religion ; that if, in the midst of these Hos ly Raptures, he had not own'd his great Obligations to Dr. Beveridge, for these Spiritual Blessings, yet we might have easily judged that so great a Proficient in the School of Religion, could be indebted, under God, to the Care and Instru. ction of no less a Master for such extraordinary Acquirements.
AND, with respect to that Good, which it is pioully hoped this great done since his Death, and may continue to do: daily; it has been obferr'd by fome devout Persons, that fince the Publication of them, pur Churches have been generally fuller than they ue'd to be; to which, as nothing would contribute more, than that Spirit of Devotion
and true Piety, which in all his practical Writings this Holy Man both expresses himself, and labours to create in others : So, if after all these Pious Endeavours to Cultivate and Promote it in the World, we are sensible of the least growth of it, I know not why we may not ascribe so good an effect to the Blessing of God upon So probable a Cause.
Howeyer, if the Piety of some among us, which
we hope increa. feth, be not a sufficient Argument of a probable increase of true. Res ligion, to be expected from the Influence of this great Works, yet I am sorry to say, that the Wickedness of others does abundantly make up that Defect; I mean the restlefs En;
vours, of all the Enemies of God and Religion, to Discredit and Defame them; if by any meanş
they could be able to ward such a Blow to the Kingdom of Darkness, as they seem to apprehend from his pious Labours. And what wonder if those who mock God, and would bring Religion itself into Contempt, use their utmost Endeavours to blast the Reputation of an Author, whose Writings are so eminently serviceable to Religion, and tend so much to advance the Glory of God? All their Attempts of this Nature, are so many Arguments of the Excellency of what they would decry; they are the Te. stimonies even of Enemies, in be half of those admirable Books which they pretend to Ridicule : And all the Scorn and Contempt they express upon this Occasion, reflects more Honour upon. Bishop Beveridge and his Works; I had almost Said, even than the Approbation and Efteem of all his
and Religion's Friends. 'So much Good does God in his Infinite Wisdom and Mercy, produce out of the greatest Evil, by turning all the Wit and Malice of these Reprobates against themfelves, and making them, even against their own Wills, Instruments of sound, ing forth the Praises of this Excellent Writer, at the fame Time, and by the very fame Means, that they vainly attempt to Dishonour and Reproach him. l. As the Devils themselves were fore'd to own our Bleffed Saviour, though they knew he came on purpose to de ftroy them. It were only to be wilhed, that in this
, as in most other instances, those Children of this Word were not in their Genea tation, To much wiser than the Children of Light. 'Tis true, we may as well fear, that Dogs fhould bark out the Moon, as that the utmost Malice of these Enemies to