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PREFACE.

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generations.

I

am

sure such

thoughts

are

as

absolute-

ly necessary now

;

nor are

temptations

to

neglect them,

either

fewer or weaker now

than formerly.

The

worth of everlasting rest

is

not

felt, because

it

is

not

considered

;

it

is

forgotten,

because

a

thousand

trifles

are preferred

before

it.

But

were

the

divine

reason-

ings

of

this

book

duly attended

to,

(and

oh

that the

Spirit and

grace

of

a

Redeemer

may

make them

so

!)

then

an

age

of

vanity

would

become serious

;

minds

enervated

by sensuality, would

soon

resume

the

strength

of

reason,

and display

the

excellence

of

Christianity; the

delusive names

of pleasure

would,

be

blotted out, by the glorious reality

of

heavenly

joy

upon'

earth;

every station and relation

in

life

would

be

filled

up

by

the propriety

and

dignity of

serious

religion

;

every member

of

society would

then

effectually

contribute

to

the

beauty and

happiness

of

the

whole

;

and

every

soul

would be

ready

for life

or

death,

for one

world or another,

in

a

well

-

grounded

and

cheerful persuasion

of having

secured

a

title

to

that

rest

which

reinaineth

to

the

people

of

God.