Some passages in the life and death of John Earl of Rochester, written by his own direction on his death-bed ...: with a sermon, preached, at the funeral of the said Earl, by the Rev. Robert Parsons

T. Davies, 1782 - 136 pages

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Page 124 - ... true sense of my pernicious opinions and vile practices, by which I have hitherto lived, without hope and without GOD in the world ; have been an open enemy to Jesus Christ, doing the utmost despite to the Holy Spirit of Grace. And that the greatest testimony of my charity to...
Page 11 - He remembering his dream, fell into some disorder; and the lady Warre reproving him for his superstition, he said he was confident he was to die before morning; but, he being in perfect health, it was not much minded. It was Saturday night, and he was to preach next day. He went to his chamber, and...
Page 8 - Yet he laid out his wit very freely in libels and satires, in which he had a peculiar talent of mixing his wit with his malice, and fitting both with such apt words, that men were tempted to be pleased with them : from thence his composures came to be easily...
Page 70 - If God be yet pleased to spare me longer in this world, I hope in your conversation to be exalted to that degree of piety, that the world may see how much I abhor what I so long loved, and how much I glory in repentance and in God's service.
Page 76 - He said, he found his mind now possessed with another sense of things than ever he had formerly. He did not repine under all his pain ; and, in one of the sharpest fits he was under while I was with him, he said, he did willingly submit; and, looking up to heaven, said, " God's holy will be done ; I bless him for all he does to me.
Page 113 - ... and spite in the world; but, like the great convert, St. Paul, he found it hard to kick against the pricks; for God, at that time, had so struck his heart by his immediate hand, that presently he argued as strongly for God and virtue as before he had done against...
Page 68 - He told me, and gave it me in charge to tell it to one for whom he was much concerned, that, though there were nothing to come after this life, yet all the pleasures he had ever known in sin were not worth that torture he had felt in his mind.
Page 12 - He had in that sickness great remorses for his past life» but he afterwards told me, they were rather general and dark horrors, than any convictions of sinning against God. He was sorry he had lived so as to waste his strength so soon ; or that he had brought such an ill name upon himself; and had an agony in his mind about it, which he knew not well how to express...
Page 108 - For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away ; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.
Page 20 - ... how far that was to go. Upon this he told me the two maxims of his morality then were, that he should do nothing to the hurt of any other, or that might prejudice his own health : and he thought that all pleasure, when it did not interfere with these, was to be indulged, as the gratification of our natural appetites. It seemed unreasonable to imagine these were put into a man only to be restrained, or curbed to such a narrowness. This he applied to the free use of wine and women.

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