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joyful frame, till she died; a little before which, it being the Lord's das, she ask'd what time of the day, 'twas, and when they told her 'twas thre of the clock, she replied, “What? is the Sabbath almost done? well, my eternal Sabbath is going to begin, wherein I shall enjoy all felicity, and sing hallelujahs to all' eternity.” And hereupon she quickly fell asleep in the Lord.
EXAMPLE III.—Mr. Nathanael Mather dy'd Oct. 17, 1688, at the age of nineteen, an instance of more than common learning and vertue. On his grave-stone at Salem there are these words deservedly inscribed: The ashes of an hard student, a good scholar, and a great Christian."
He was one who used an extraordinary diligence to obtain skill in the several arts that made an accomplish'd scholar; but he was more diligent in his endeavours to become an experienc'd Christian.
He did with much solemnity enter into covenant with God, when he was about fourteen years old, and afterwards he renew'd that solemn action in such a form as this:
“I do renounce all the vanities and wretched idols and evil courses of the world.
“I do choose, and will ever have the great God for my best good, my last end, my only Lord, he shall be the only one, in the glorifying and enjoying of whom shall be my
welfare, and in the serving of whom shall be my work.
“I will ever be rendering unto the Lord Jesus Christ my proper acknowledgmenis as unto my priest, my prophet, and my king; and the physician of my soul.
"I will ever be studying what is my duty in these things; and wherein I find my self to fall short, I will ever count it my grief and shame; and betake my self to the blood of the everlasting covenant.
“ Now, humbly imploring the grace of the Mediator to be sufficient for me, I do, as a forther solemnity, hereunto subscribe my name with both heart and hand.”
Having done this, he did for the rest of his life walk with much watchfulness and exactness.
One of the directories which he drew up for himself, was this:
“O that I might lead a spiritual life! wherefore let me regulate my life by the word of God and by such scriptures as these: “1, For regulating my thoughts—Jer. iv. 14; Isa. Ixv. 7; Ma). iïi. 17; Psal. civ. 34; Phil
. ir, 8; Prov. xxiii. 26; Deut. xv. 9; Eccles. x. 20; Prov. xxiv. 9; Mat. ix. 4; Zech. viii. 17.
“2, For regulating my affections—Col. iii. 2. 5; Gal v. 24. For my delight, Psal. i. :); Psal. xxxvii. 5. For my joy, Phil. iv. 4; Psal. xliii. 4. My desire, Isa. xxvi. 8, 9; Ezek. vii. 16. My love, Matt. xxii. 37; Psal. cxix. 97. My hatred, Psal. xcvii. 10. My fear, Luke ni. 4, 5. My hope, Psal. xxxix. 7. My trust, Psal. Ixii. 8; Isa. xxvi. 4.
“3, For regulating my speech—Eph. iv. 29; Col. iv. 6; Deut. vi. 6, 7; Psal. cxix. 46; Psal. Ixxi. 8. 24; Prov. xxxi. 26.
“4, For regulating my work—Tit. iii. 8; 2 Tim. ii. 12; 1 Tim. v. 10; Tit. ii. 14; Matv 47; 1 Tim. vi. 8; Rev. iii. 2; Rom xiii. 12; Acts xxvi. 20.”
Another of his directories was form'd in an Hymn:
“ (VI.) Ejaculations shall ascend
* LORD, what shall I return unto Him froin whom all my mercies low? (I.) To me to live, it Christ shall be ; For all I do, I'll do to: thee. “ (II.) My question shall be oft beside, How thou mayst most be glorify'd ? (III.) I will not any creature love; But in the love of thee above. "(IV.) Thy will I will embrace for mine And every management of thino Shall please me. (V.) A conformity Tu thee, shall be my aim and eye.
“ (VIII.) And in particular among
He would also keep whole days of prayer and praise, by himself: and he would set himself to consider much on that question, "What shall I do for God ?"—He was much in meditation, and often wrote the chief heads of his meditation. He would read the Scriptures with a note, and a wish fetched out of every verse. And at night he would ask
I. What has God's mercy to me been this day?
Many more such imitable things are in the history of his life (divers times printed at London) reported of him.
EXAMPLE IV.--Anne Greenough, the daughter of Mr. William Greenough, left the world when she was but about five years old, and yet gave astonishing discoveries of a regard unto God and Christ, and her own sonl, before she went away. When she heard any thing about the Lord Jesus Christ, she would be strangely transported, and ravished in her spirit at it; and had an unspeakable delight in catechising. She would put strange questions about eternal things, and make answers her self that were extreamly pertinent. Once particularly she asked, “Are not we dead in sin?” and presently added, “But I will take this way: the Lord Jesus Christ shall make me alive.” She was very frequent and constant in secret prayer, and could not with any patience be interrupted in it. She told her gracious mother, “that she there prayed for her!" and was covetous of being with her mother, when she imagind such duties to be going forward. When she fell sick at last of a consumption, she would not by sports be diverted from the thoughts of death, wherein she took such pleasure, that she did not care to hear any thing else. And if she were asked, "whether she were willing to die?” she would still cheerfully reply, “Ay, by all means, that I may go to the Lord Jesus Christ."
EXAMPLE V.-At Boston, 12 d. 3 m., 1694, there died one Daniel Wil. liams, in the eighteenth year of his age. There was a collection made of some of his dying speeches.
Being asked, whether he loved God, he replied, "Yes, I love him
dearly; for, Lord, whom have I in heaven but thee?" He said, "God has promis'd, 'they that seek him early shall find him:' ever since I was a child, I dedicated myself to seek and serve the Lord. Though I have not had so much time as some others, yet that little time which I had, I spent in waiting on and wrestling with God by prayer; and I said, 'I will not let thee go, till thou has blest me.'”
Seeing some of his relations weep, he said, “Why do you cry, when I am ready to sing for joy?” They saying, they knew not how to part with him, he reply'd, "Why? are you not willing I should go to my heavenly Father? I shall quickly be with my heavenly Father, and with his holy angels, where they are singing of hallelujahs. It is better being there than here. When I am there, I shan't wish my self here in this troublesome world again. I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is best of all."
He was much concerned for poor perishing souls. He would that I had but strength! how would I pray, and sigh, and cry to God for the poor world that lives in sin and pride!"
He expressed himself most pathetically to his relations, when he took his leave of them. At last, he asked, “what angel that was that he saw before him? Well,” said he, “I shall quickly be with him. Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly!"
A friend asking him how he did, he said, "I am one bound for heaven: I would not have you pray for my life; I am afraid you do."
On the day of his death, being full of pain, he said, "Jesus Christ bore more than this, and he died for ine; and shall I be afraid to die, and go to him? No, I am not.” Then said he, "O death, where is thy sting! U grave, where is thy victory!"
(THE BATTLES OF THE CHURCHES,]
THE SEVENTH BOOK
THE NEW-ENGLISH HISTORY:
THE AFFLICTIVE DISTURBANCES
THE CHURCHES OF NEW-ENGLAND HAVE SUFFERED
FROM THEIR VARIOUS ADVERSARIES:
AND THE WONDERFUL METHODS AND MERCIES
WHEREBY THE CHURCHES HAVE BEEN DELIVERED OUT OF THEIR DIFFICULTIES.
COMPOSED BY COTTON MATHER.
Nunquam Bella piis, nunquam Certamina desunt.
[The Christian warfare knows no armistice.)
Nunquam Majori Triumpho Vicimus quam Cum Decem Annorum Strage Vinci non potuimus -SULPIO. [We never achieved a grander triumph, than that of holding out unconquered against martyrdom and
massacre for ten years.]
Niteris incassum Christi Submergere Navim; Fluctuat, at Nunquam Mergitur illa Ratis. (Vain will be your endeavour to sink the Christian bark: it may be logged upon the waves, but can never fuander.)