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And if the family of Jesus Christ is " named This idea of death, and of the felicity which on earth,” it is more especially named in hea- follows, is extremely delightful; and I do most ven. There it exists, there it shines in all its sincerely believe it; at least I have never yet lustre. But who are the members of this family met with a thought, which could dissuade me of Jesus Christ. They are " the redeemed out from thinking that the glorified saints shall of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and enjoy, in heaven, the society of those with nation.” They are the ambassadors of the gos- whom they have been so intimately connected pel, who have "turned many unto righteous-on earth. But how real and pleasing soever ness; they shine as the brightness of the firma- this thought may be, it is, my dear brethren, ment, and as stars" of the first magnitude. They far too contracted. Let us form more exalted are martyrs, come up out of great tribulation, notions of the happiness God has prepared for they are “clothed in white robes, which they us. Our family is in heaven, but not excluhave washed in the blood of the Lamb.” They sively composed of the small circle of friends of are all saints, who having fought under his whom we have been deprived by death. Rebanner, participate the laurels of his victory. collect what we have just said. “Our family is They are angels who excel in strength, and composed of the redeemed "out of every kinobey his voice. They are winged cherubim, dred, and tongue, and people, and nation:”who fly at his command. They are seraphim of the ambassadors of the gospel," who have burning with his love. They are the thousand turned many to righteousness, who shine as millions which serve him, and ten thousand the brightness of the firmament, and as the millions which stand before him. They are stars for ever and ever:"-of martyrs," who the "great multitude, whose voice is in the came up out of great tribulation, who have sound of many waters," and whose obedience washed their robes, and made them white in the to God is crowned with glory; but they cast blood of the Lamb.” Our family is composed their crowns before the throne, and cry con of those illustrious saints, who have fought tinually, “Hallelujah-let us be glad and re under the banner of Christ, and they now sit joice, and give glory unto him.”
down on his throne. Farther, our family is Such is the spiritual family of Jesus Christ, composed of those "angels that excel in and such is the Christian family. Many of strength, and obey the voice of God:"-of its members lie scattered in different parts of those cherubim which fly at his command. the earth, but the part which is most numerous, Our family is composed of those thousand, excellent, and consummate in virtue, is in thousand millions, and ten thousand millions heaven. What a consolation! But language which stand before him, and cast their crowns is too weak! What a consolation to the be- before the throne of Him who conferred the liever, against whom old age, infirmities, and dignity upon them, crying continually, “Halsickness have pronounced the sentence of death! lelujah, let us be glad and rejoice, and give What a consolation to say My family is in glory unto him!” Jesus Christ is the first-born heaven; a gulf separates me, but it is not like of this household; God, who is all and in all, the gulf which separates the damned from the is head of the whole: these are the beings to glorified spirits, of which Abraham said to the whom we are about to be united by death. rich man, “ between us and you there is a great What a powerful consolation against the gulf fixed.” It is a gulf whose darkness is en- fear of death! What an abundant remuneralightened by faith, whose horrors are assuaged tion of delight, for the privation of persons, by hope;—it is a gulf through which we are whose memory is so dear! O my friends, my cheered and animated by the voice of Christ;- children, and all of you, who have during my a gulf from which one final struggle shall in- abode on earth, been the objects of my tenderstantly make us free.
est and most ardent attachment;—you, who Death is sometimes represented to me under after having contributed to my happiness during an idea happily calculated to assuage its an- life, come again and surround my dying bed, guish. There is not one of you, who has at- receive the final tests of an attachment, which tained maturity of age, but has frequently seen should never be less suspected than in these those persons snatched away by death, who | last moments;-collect the tears, which the constituted the greatest happiness of your life. pain of parting induces me to shed; see, in This is inevitably the lot of those to whom the anguish of my last farewell, all that my God accords, the precious shall I say? or the heart has felt for you. sad privilege of running the race of life. They But do not detain me any longer upon earth; live, but they see those daily taken away, whose suffer me at the moment when I feel my loss, company attached them to life. I look on to estimate my gain; allow me to fix my regards death as reuniting me to those persons, whose on those ever-during connexions I am about to loss had occasioned me so many tears during form;--on the angels who are going to convey my pilgrimage. I represent myself as arriving my soul to the bosom of God;-on the innuin heaven and seeing this friend running to meet merable multitudes of the blessed, among whom me, to whom my soul was united as the soul I am going to reside, and with whose voices I of David to Jonathan. I imagine myself as am going to join in everlasting praises to my presented to those ancestors, whose memory is God and Saviour. so revered, and whose example is so worthy Among the transports excited by objects so of imitation. I represent those children as elating, if any wish yet remain, it is to see you coming before me, whose death affected me speedily associated with me, in the same sowith a bitter anguish which continued all my ciety, and participating the same felicity. May days: with those innocent creatures I see my- heaven hear my prayer! To God be honour and self surrounded; whom God, to promote their glory for ever. Amen. happiness, resumed by an early death.
tation. We shall see, secondly, Jesus Christ SERMON LXXXVIII. vanquishing the enemy of our salvation, and
depriving him of his prey, by a single glance
of his eyes. We shall see, lastly, a penitent reST. PETER'S DENIAL OF HIS MASTER. covering from his fall: and replying, by his
tears, to the expressive looks of Jesus Christ:
three inexhaustible sources of reflection. Matt. xxvi. 69, &c. LUKE xxii. 61, &c.
We shall consider, first, the fall of St. PeNow Peter sat without in the palace; and a dam- ter; and it will appear deplorable, if we pay
sel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with attention to the object which excited his fear, Jesus of Galilee. But he denied before them and to the circumstances with which it was all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. And connected. when he was gone out into the porch, another The object which excited his fear, was marmaid saw him, and said unto them that were tyrdom. "Let us not magnify the standard of there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Na- moral ideas. The fear of martyrdom is insezareth. And again he denied with an oath, 1 parable from human weakness. The most desdo not know the man. And after a while came perate diseases afford some fuctuating hopes unto him them that stood by, and said to Peter, of recovery; which diminish the fears of death, surely thou also art one of them, for thy speech It is an awful thing for a man to see the period betrayeth thee. Then began he to curse and to of his death precisely fixed, and within the disswear, saying, I know not the man. And im- tance of a day, an hour, a moment. And if mediately while he yet spake, the cock crew. it is awful to approach a death, obvious (so to And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter; speak) to our view, how much more awful, and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, when that death is surrounded with tortures, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, with racks, with pincers, with caldrons of boilthou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went ing oil, and all those instruments invented by out, and wept bitterly.
superstitious zeal and ingenious malice. 1, It is laudable, my brethren, to form noble however, there ever were occasions to deplore designs, to be immovable at the presence of the weakness of man, it is on account of the danger, and to cherish dignity of sentiment fears excited by the idea of martyrdom. Foland thought. This virtue distinguishes the low us then while we illustrate this assertion. heroes of our age; it equally distinguishes the That men must die, is one of the most cerheroes of religion and piety. They defy the tain and evident propositions ever advanced. whole universe to shake their faith; amid the Neither vice nor virtue, neither religion nor greatest dangers, they adopt this language of infidelity, nor any consideration, can dispense triumph: “What shall separate us from the with this common lot of man. Were a system love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or introduced teaching us the art of living for persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, ever on the earth, we should undoubtedly beor the sword? Nay, in all these things we are come our own enemies, by immolating the more than conquerors, through him that hath hope of future felicity, for a life of such inloved us,” Rom. viii. 34, 35.
quietude as that we should enjoy on the earth. But how laudable soever this disposition And if there had been such a life, perhaps we may be, it ought to be restricted; it degene- should have been base enough to give it the rates into presumption when carried to ex- preference of our religious hope. If it had tremes. Many, by not knowing how to pro- failed in securing the approbation of the mind, portion their strength to their courage, have it would, at least, have interested the concufallen in the day of trial, and realized the very piscence of the heart. But whatever is our maxim, “They that love the danger, shall pe- opinion, die we must; this is an indisputable rish by the danger.” This is exemplified in the fact, which no one dares to dispute. person of St. Peter. His heart, glowing with Prudence, unable to avert the execution of attachment to his Master, every thing was the sentence, should be employed in disarming promised from his zeal. Seeing Jesus on the its terrors: destitute of all hope of escaping waters, he solicited permission to walk like death, we ought to employ all our prudence in the Saviour; but feeling his feet sink beneath the choice of that kind of death, which is most the surface of the unstable element, he dis- supportable. And what is there in the severest trusted either the power or the fidelity of his sufferings of martyrs, which is not preferable to Master; and unless he had been supported by the death we expect from nature? If I consider his compassionate arms, he had made ship- death as an abdication of all I enjoy, and as an wreck, to express myself with St. Paul, both impenetrable veil, which conceals the objects of his faith and his life together. Seeing Jesus of sense, I see nothing in the death of the marled away to the high-priest's house, he follow- tyr, that is not common to every other kind of ed without hesitation, and resolved to follow death. To die on a bed, to die on a scaffold, even to the cross. Here, likewise, on seeing is equally to leave the world; and the sole difthe Jews irritated, the soldiers armed, and a ference is, that the martyr finding nothing but thousand terrific appearances of death, he sav- troubles, gibbets, and crosses, this life, deed his life by a base denial; and, unless his taches himself with less difficulty than the wavering faith had been restored by a look other, who dies surrounded by inviting objects. from his Lord, the bonds of union had been If I consider death, with regard to the pains totally dissolved.
which precede and attend its approach, I conIn the examination of this history, we shall fess it requires courage more than human, to see first, the cowardice of an apostle, who be unmoved at the terrific apparatus exposed yielded, for the moment, to the force of temp- I to the eyes of a martyr. But, if we except
some peculiar cases, in which the tyrants have eyes;-you would have said, that the magnihad the barbarity to prolong the lives of the tude of the danger striking his senses, had consufferers, in order to extend their torments, founded his reason. But none of these objects there are few sudden deaths, which are not at- were, in reality, presented. The judges, soletended with less pain than natural death. ly engaged in gratifying their fury against the There are few death-beds, which do not exhi- Master, did not so much as think upon t! bit scenes more tragic than the scaffold. Pain servant. A maid spake, and her voice recallea is not more supportable, because it has symp- the idea of the council, the death, and the cross, toms less striking; nor are afflictions the less and filled his soul with horror at the thought. severe, because they are interior.
Secondly, St. Peter was warned. Jesus If I consider death, with regard to the just Christ had declared to him, in general, that fear of fainting in the conflicts, in which I am “ Satan had desired to sift him as wheat;” and, about to be vanquished by the king of terrors, in particular, that he would three times deny there are superabundant aids reserved for those him that very night. A caution so salutary who sacrifice their lives for religion. The great- ought to have induced him to redouble his vi est miracles have been achieved in favour of gilance; to fortify the place, the weakness of confessors and martyrs. St. Peter received which had been pointed out; and to avoid a some instances of the kind; but I will venture danger, of the magnitude of which he had to affirm, that we have had more than he. It been apprised. When a man is surprised was on the verge of martyrdom, that an angel by an unforeseen temptation; when he falls opened the doors of his prison. It was on the from a precipice, of which he was not aware, eve of martyrdom, that Paul and Silas felt the he is worthy of more compassion than blame. prison shake, and saw their chains broken But here is a crime, known, revealed, and preasunder. It was in the midst of martyrdom, dicted. that Stephen saw the heavens open, and the The third circumstance is derived from the Son of man standing at the right hand of God. abundant knowledge communicated to our It was also in the midst of martyrdom, that apostle. Against the offence of our Saviour's Barlaam sung this psalm, “Blessed be the humiliation, he had been peculiarly fortified; Lord, my strength, which teacheth my hands he had heard a voice from the excellent glory to war, and my fingers to fight.”
on the holy mountain; he had been apprised, If I consider death, with regard to the aw more than any other disciple, that the sufferful tribunal before which it cites me to appear, ings of Christ were connected with the scheme and with regard to the eternal books about to of redemption. be opened, in which are registered so many
The fourth circumstance is derived from the vain thoughts, so many idle words, so many high office with which St. Peter was invested; criminal courses, the weight of which is heavy from the commission be had received from on my conscience; I see nothing still in the his Master, in common with the other memdeath of a martyr, that is not to be preferred bers of the apostolic college, "to go and preach to a natural death. It is allowed that the ex- the kingdom of heaven;' and from this declaercise of repentance, in dying circumstances, ration, "Thou art Peter, upon this rock will I the prayers, the repeated vows, the submission build my church.” This man, called to build to the will of God, who leads us through the up the church, gave it one of the greatest valley of the shadow of death, are tests of our shocks it could possibly have received. This reconciliation to him. But these tests are of- man, called to preach the gospel of Jesus ten deceitful. Experience but too frequently Christ, declared he knew him not. This man, realizes what we have often said, that the dy- constituted an established minister of his reliing take that for willing obedience, which is gion, became an apostate, and risked the drawbut constraint. A martyr has purer tests of his ing with him into the samne gulf, the souls with sincerity. A martyr might preserve his life, by whose salvation he had been entrusted. Some the commission of a crime; but rather than faults affect none but the offenders, but others sin, he devotes it in sacrifice.
have a general influence on all the church. Lastly, if I consider death, with regard to the And such, ministers of the living God, are our futurity into which it will cause us to enter, I faults! Our example is contagious, it diffuses a see nothing but what should excite in the mar- baneful poison on all those, over whom Provityr transports of joy. He has not only the pro- dence has appointed us to watch. mise of celestial happiness, but celestial hap The oaths he used to confirm his denial are piness of the highest degree. It is to the mar a fifth circumstance. Not content with distyr, that Jesus Christ calls from the highest simulation, he denied. Not content with a abodes of heaven; “ To him that overcometh, threefold denial, he denied with an oath; a cirwill I grant to sit with me in my throne, even cumstance not in the text, but noted by the as I also overcame, and am set down with my other evangelists. Father in his throne,” Rev. iii. 21.
My brethren, do you understand in these But the fall of St. Peter, though deplorable provinces, all that is execrable in the crime of in itself, becomes still more so, by its concom- perjury! I doubt it. A perjured man is one itant circumstances. Let us review them. who takes the God who bears the motto of
It was first, the simple charge of a servant “ Faithful and true Witness,” to attest an asmaid, and of a few spectators standing by, sertion, of the falsehood of which he cannot be which shook his courage. Had the apostle ignorant. A perjured person is one who defies been cited before the sanhedrim;—had he been the power of Almighty God: who says, in orlegally called upon to give an account of his der to deceive, “Great God! thou holdest faith;—had the cross, to which he promised to thunderbolts in thy hand, launch them this follow his Master, been prepared before his moment at my head, if I do not speak as I
think. Great God! thou decidest the destiny soul about to destroy itself.— It was the Apostle of my immortal soul, plunge it into hell, if the of our salvation, preaching in bonds.-It was sentiments of my heart are not conformable to the subduer of the heart, the omnipotent God, the words of my tongue.” Hence, when St. repressing the efforts of the devil, and depriving Peter disavowed his knowledge of Jesus Christ, him of his prey. it was saying in fact, “Yes, Great God! if í 1. It was the man of griefs, complaining of know this man, of having connexion with a new burden, added to that, under the preswhom I am now questioned, to be my Master; sure of which he already groaned.—We canif I have heard celestial voices, saying, This not doubt but the denial of St. Peter, augmentis my beloved Son;" if I have seen him trans- ed the passion of Jesus Christ. A wound is the figured on the holy mountain; if I have heard more severely felt, in proportion as the inflicthis sermons; if I have attested his miracles; if ing hand is dear to us. We are not astonished that indeed be true, may I be the object of thy to see an enemy turn his rage against us; the everlasting abhorrence and revenge.'
case is common. But when we find perfidy, The sixth circumstance is the period at which where we expected fidelity, and where we had St. Peter disowned Jesus Christ. At the in- cause to expect it; and when it is a friend who stant Jesus Christ displayed the tenderest betrays us, the anguish of the thought is diffimarks of his love, St. Peter requited himn with cult to sustain. So it was with Jesus Christ. the most cruel ingratitude. At the moment That the Jewish populace were armed against Jesus Christ was about to redeem St. Peter, him, was not surprising; they knew him not. this apostle disowned his Master. At the mo- That the Pharisees should solicit his death is ment Jesus Christ was about to lay down his less astonishing; he had exclaimed against their life for St. Peter, at the moment he was going sins. That the Roman soldiers should join the to endure for him the death of the cross, this Jews, is not surprising; they considered him as apostle refused to confess him.
the enemy of Cesar. That the priests should Ah! human virtue! how feeble thou art, accelerate his condemnation, is no marvel; they whenever the breath of the Almighty, by which thought they were avenging Moses and the thou art sustained, comes to be resumed! And prophets. But that St. Peter, who ought to if the Lots, the Moseses, the Davids, the Josi- have supported him in his anguish, should agahs, and so many more;—if these pillars of the gravate it;—that he, who ought to bave attestchurch have been shaken, what shall not these ed his innocence, should deny him;—that he, frail foundations be!--If these suns, irradiated who ought to have extended his hand to wipe " to shine in the midst of a crooked and per- away his tears, should, in some sort, lend his verse generation," have sustained eclipses, arm to assassins;—it was this which pierced the what shall it not be with the smoking flax! If Saviour's soul, and caused this reproachful the cedars of Lebanon have been almost rooted glance of his eyes on St. Peter. up, what shall it not be with the hyssop of the 2. It was the compassionate Redeemer, pitywall!
ing a soul on the verge of destruction. One But let us no longer leave our apostle in the trait we cannot sufficiently admire, that during sad situation in which he has been considered. our Saviour's passion; that amid the severest Among the difficulties opposed to the perseve- sufferings, he was less concerned for himself, rance of the saints, the sins to which they are than for the salvation of those for whom he liable seems to be the strongest. Which side suffered. Some days before his death, be was soever we embrace, we apparently fall into employed in supporting the disciples against error. “Will he for ever precipitate in hell, the scandal of the cross. In the admirable the man for whom the availing sacrifice of the prayer, addressed to the Father, he in some cross has already been presented? But also will sort, forgot himself, and prayed solely for them. he ever receive into paradise, a man contami- In the garden of Gethsemane, amid the most nated with so foul a crime? Will he resume tremulous conflicts, which he sustained against his grace after it is once given? But will be the Father's justice, he interrupted the supplicontinue it with him, who renders himself un- cations for divine assistance, to go and exhort worthy?" Here Providence removes the diffi- the disciples to watchfulness and prayer, and culty which theology cannot solve. It extends to arm them against the devil. On the cross, to the fallen a gracious hand. That St. Peter he prayed for his murderers; and would have the friend of Jesus Christ should be excluded shed his blood with pleasure, if he might have from his grace, seems impossible. That St. rejoiced over those who shed it, and obtained Peter should ever be readmitted to his favour for them forgiveness and salvation. seems not less inconceivable. Jesus Christ More affected with the wound received by came to his aid, and enabled him to recover his disciple, than with what concerned himself, from his crime. Here is the solution of the his soul dissolved in compassion: he seemed to difficulty. Then, adds our evangelist, Jesus say, “Simon, son of Jonas, I devote myself in Christ turned toward St. Peter, and looked at- sacrifice without reluctance, if it may obtain tentively at him. This is the second part of thy salvation. I submit with pleasure, to the iny discourse,
justice of my Father, if thy restoration may be II. My brethren, how expressive was that obtained. But when I see thee, at the moment look! How eloquent were those eyes! Never of my death, withdrawing thyself from that was discourse so energetic! Never did orator mercy, the whole of whose treasures I have express himself with so much force! Jesus opened; when I see thee accounting the blood looked on Peter.-It was the Man of griefs of the covenant,' I am going to shed, 'an uncomplaining of a new burden, added to that, holy thing;' when I see that I die, and die in under the pressure of which he already groaned. vain with regard to thee, if thou shouldst not It was the compassionate Redeemer, pitying a recover from thy fall, my passion becomes the
more severe, and the anguish of my death is Such, on some occasions, is the imbecility of redoubled."
the human mind, as neither to resist a temptaThis leads us to a third reflection. The look tion to sin, nor to endure the recollection of a of Jesus Christ discovered an upbraiding as- former crime; and the same base principle pect, by which the Saviour would reclaim the which induces a man to sin, frequently excites sinner. Hence, on casting his eyes upon him, despair, on the recollection of its turpitude. he selected the circumstance of the crowing of Judas wept with despair; he could not support the cock. The crowing of the cock, was as the recollection of his crime; he saw, he felt, much the signal to realize the prediction of he confessed its atrocity; and having returned Jesus Christ, as to remind St. Peter of his pro- to the priests the thirty pieces of silver, the mise; and Jesus looked in that moment, ihat awful reward of his treason, he went out, and Peter might recollect his vows, his oaths, his hanged himself. protestations; he looked to claim his promise, The damned, on seeing the period of their or at least to confound him for his defect of repentance past, and the hour of vengeance fidelity.
come, shed tears of despair in hell. This is But, however just these explanations may the "outer darkness, in which there is weepappear, they do not fully unfold the sense of ing and gnashing of teeth.” the text. There is something miraculous in But the faithful while spared in the church, the history: and the interpretations already shed tears of repentance: of this sort were given, offer nothing to the mind, but what those of St. Peter. might occur in a natural way. This look of You may first observe his anguish. He not Jesus Christ was, like the words of his mouth, only wept, but he wept bitterly. Forming im"sharper than a two-edged sword, piercing perfect notions of vice, as we mostly do, it is even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, not surprising that we should think a repentand of the joints and marrow,” Heb. iv. 12. ance, superficial as ours, adequate to its expiaWhen the disciples were going to Emmaus, tion. But regarding it in a just light, consithey found an unction in the discourse of Jesus dering the majesty of Him it insults, the awful Christ, which induced them to say, “Did not cloud it interposes between God and us, the our hearts burn within us, while he talked with alarming influence it has in the soul of our us by the way, and while he opened to us the neighbour, and the painful uncertainty in which Scriptures?” Luke xxiv. 32. As if they had it places the conscience; we cannot shed tears said, It is not necessary that our eyes should too bitter for the calamity of wilful transgresidentify the person of Jesus Christ, to be assur- sion. ed he has appeared to us; it is not necessary that You may, secondly, remark the promptitude we should associate the testimony of the wo of the apostle's tears. “Then,” says the evanmen, with the predictions of the propbets; it is gelist, that is, “as soon as Jesus Christ had not necessary to investigate the removal of the looked on him.” The most laudable resolustone, the emptiness of the sepulchre, and the tions are doubtful, when they look solely at folding of the linen, to ascertain his resurrec- the future, and neglect to promote a present tion. We have arguments superior to these: reform. In general, they are less the effects the ascendancy he obtained over our minds, by 1 of piety, cherishing a desire to abandon vice, the power of his word, and the fire which kin- than the laxity of the flesh; which, by hope dled our hearts, are proof sufficient, that we of repentance after indulgence, would prevent have conversed with Jesus. Such indeed was remorse from interrupting the pleasures we this look. It was a flash of fire, which irradi- expect from a vicious course. ated the eyes of the apostle, which forcibly re- thing for a man, who, when exhorted to revealed the knowledge of himself
, which con- pent, replies, to-morrow, at a future period. I strained him to give glory to God; which dissi- fear every thing for such a man; I fear the pated all his terrors; which raised his drooping winds; I fear the waves; I fear affliction; I fear courage; which calmed all his fears; which con- the fever; I fear distraction; I fear the habit; I firmed his feeble knees; which reanimated his fear exhausting the treasures of patience and expiring zeal.
long-suffering. St. Peter deferred not to a Hence you perceive the eloquence of the precarious futurity, the care of his salvation. speaker, the intelligence of the hearer, the en- As soon as Jesus Christ had looked on him, ergy of the Saviour's looks, and the sensibility he perceived it; as soon as he called, he anof St. Peter's heart. By this single glance of swered; as soon as the hand was extended, he the Saviour's eyes, inexpressible anguish was excited in his soul; his recollection was restor Observe, thirdly, the precaution attendant ed, he came to himself, his heart expired, his on his lears; "he went out. Not that he was countenance was appalled, a vapour arose in ashamed to acknowledge his Master, in the his eyes, which descended in a torrent of tears. place where he had denied him, but distrustJesus Christ spake by his looks, St. Peter re- ing himself; presumption having cost him too plied by contrition. This is the third part of much, he made a wise use of his past temerity. my discourse.
My brethren, would you know the true III. My brethren, the recollection of sin source of barrenness in your devotion; would causes grief of different kinds: three sorts of you find the cause of so many obliterated vows, tears it particularly causes to be shed. Tears so many sacred purposes vanished away, so of despair, tears of torment, and tears of re- many projects dispersed as smoke, so many pentance. Tears of despair are shed on earth, vaths violated, you will find them in the detears of torment in hell, and tears of repentance fects of precaution. The sincere Christian in the church.
fortifies that place in his heart, whose weakThe anguish of despair is felt in this life. I ness sad experience has discovered; he profits
I fear every