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a Cause as sublime as the Body it felf: Nature indeed goes on in a smooth and settled Course ; and so the Hand that guides this Engine is far diftant, and seldom obferved; but even Nature it self is God's Instrument, tho the Process and the long Chain of Causes be so intricate, and withal fo familiar, and frequently alike, that the Events resulting from thence cease to be marvellous in our Eyes; a Cold, or a Surfeit ; a weak Conftitution, or a foul Blood; unwholsome Diet and ill Hours; Neglect of Means, and Carelesness of our Health; Advice taken too late, or a Medicine improper, or out of Season;- These are what we commonly charge our Indispositions and our Mifcarriages upon. And thus far we may say true, but if we go no higher, we stop a great deal too soon. For it is easy to defcern a Hand above that directs and limits all these ; that smites the Strong, and preserves the Tender; says by the slightest Accidents, and recovers from the most disperate : and this in a manner most surprizing, such as no Human Art or Skill had any expectation, or can give any account of. 1. III. If then thou hast convinced thy self, that the Finger of God is in all these things ; Pursue this Thought f my Soul) a little farther; and see what a fair and wide Scene of Knowledge and Heavenly Wisdom it will soon open to thee. For what is God? Is not He that very Being infinitely Powerful, and Wise, and Juft, and Good? Is it not he who made thee, and sustairs thee, the same who governs and disposes this whole world, and all the Creatures in it, after the Counsel of his own Will? He, with whom the Lives of his Servants are exceeding Precious ? In whore Sight the Hairs of our Head are all numbred.? without whose Permission not a Sparrow. can fall to the Ground, and in whose Estimation the meanest of those that are made after his own Image, are of infi


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nitely more value than many Sparrows? Remember that such is the Author of thy Disease, and that single *Remembrance will lead thee to such Confequences; such holy and seasonable Reflections, as cannot, if duly attended, and carefully improved, but work in thee that frame of Mind, which best suits thy present Circumstances, and must needs dispose thee to reap large and lasting Advantages from them. For how canst thou consider his Power, and not dread the dire Effects of an Angry, or reft secure under the Favour and Protection of a Reconciled God? Or how his Wisdom, and not be contented with his Choices for thee? Or how his Justice, and not be more zealously concerned; to seek a Pardon for those Sins, which have provoked, and made thee an Object of it? Or how his Goodness, and not be even thankful. under thy Sufferings, fince what is grievous to Flesh and Blood, is yet ordained to excellent and heavenly Purposes, and it is out of very kindness that thou art thus Afflicted ? Or how upon his Right of Creation, without acknowledgment of his Bounty in giving and continuing thy Being, and all the Comforts of it ? Or how, lastly, upon his Preference of Mankind above the rest of the Creatures here below, without observing the peculiar Prerogative, which renders Men more valuable, That of a Noble and Reasonable Soul, which the others want; without cherishing the Hope of Immortality, whereunto Man only, of all here below, is appointed ? A Hope, which assures us, we shall not perish, but only be changed ; and in the midst of Languishing and departing Struggles, can bear

up under, nay can triumph over, Agonies and Death it self. Here then will I fix my Thoughts, I will come before the Almighty with a Song, and make my Prayer unto the God of my Life.

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xli. 3.

NOD. is the Lord, even God alone; He Deuter. xxxi. I killeth, and be maketh alive, bewound- 39.

i Sam. ü. 6. eth, and be healeth.

Thou, Lord, hasi Power of Life, and Deatb; Wisd. xvi. 13. Thou scourgest, and shewest Mercy; Thou leadejt to the Gates of the Grave; and bringest up again. Job. xiii. 2.

It is be that holdeth čur Soul in Life; and Pfal. Ixti. 8. Suffereth not our Feet to-slip.

And again, when we are minished and brought cvii. 39, 40, low throʻSickness, throʻany Affliction or Sorrow;

Tho' he suffer us to be evil intreated, yet belpeth be the Meek out of Misery, or maketta all bis Bed in his Sickness.

For it is neither Herb, nor mellifying Plai- W.Sd. xvi. 12. fter, that restoreth Men to Health, but tby Word, O Lord, which bealeth all thingsa My Time is alvays in thy Hand; unto God Pfal. xxxi.

17 the Lord belong the issues of Life and Death. lxviii. 29.

All Creatures wait upon thee, when thou civ. 27. openest thy Hand they are filled with Good. When thou sendest forth thy Spirit, they are

28 created; when thou bidest iby Face, they are troubled; when thou takejt away their Breath, they Die; and are turned again to their Duft.

I will Sing to the Lord as long as I live, I will Praise my God; while I have my Being.

My Meditation of him fhall be sweet ; and my Foy shall be in the Lord.

Whenthou saidt, Seek ye my Face'; my Heart xxvii. 8. said unto me, Thy Face, Lord, will I feek.

o bide not thou thy Face from me, nor cuft away thy Servant in Displeasure.

Thou haft been my, Helper, leave me not, 13. geither forsake me, O God of my Salvation.






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Pfal. xx. 7.

Some put their trust in Strength of Nature and some in Medicines, but I will remember the Name of the Lord our God.

O put not your Truft (in Physicians nor) in any Child of Man, for there is no help in theỉn.

But blefled is be that hath the God of Facob for his Help, and whose Hepe is in the Lord bis God.

Save, Lord, and bear me, 0 King of Heaven, when I call upon Thee.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son,&c
As it was in the Beginning, &c.

Almighty God, the Father of the Spirits of all Flesh,

whose never failing Providence ordereth all things both in Heaven and Earıb : 1 desire with the profoundest Humility and Reverence, to prostrate both Soul and Body before thee, begging that thou would'st give me Grace, to behold and admire thy Doings; in all thy Dispensations towards my self and all Mankind. I acknowledge it thy Bounty, that I ever was at all; and adore thy Merty and Long-Suffering for preserving me thus long in the Land of the Living. My many, Days and Years of Health and Comfort were thy Gift ; and the Recoveries from former Sicknelles, as well as the Prevention of these Dangers and Diseases I never felt, are owing to thee alone. Man doth not live by Bread and Care, nor is relieved by Medicines only, but by the Word and Blessing, which proceedeth out of the Mouth of God. Grant

I beseech thee, a strong and due Sense of my entire Dependance upon thee, and Grace to improve under, and behave my Self in conformity to, that Perswafion. That whether the Means used for my Eafe and Relief succeed, I may ascribe all the Glory and Thanks to thee alone ; or whether thou thinkest fit to deny them their intended Effects, I may humble my self under thy mighty Hand, and remember that thou, Lord, baft done it. Inspire me, I beseech thee, with that



true and heavenly Wisdom, which may help me to discern aright the Reasons, and enable me to answer the Ends, of this Correction, and all other thy Dealings with me.

Thut I may hear the Rod, and who hath appointed it; and, in ali Conditions, submit my self entirely to thy good Pleasure and glorifie God in the Day of Visitation. That so this TVeakness of my Body may tend to the strengthning of my Virtues, and the Health of my Soul, through the Merits of Him who redeemed them both at the Price of his own Blood, even thy Son and our ever Blessed Saviour, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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Of the Power of God, and the Affections arising

from thence, Dread of bis Anger, and Trust in his Protection.

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way.soever we turn our Eyes, ten thou

sand Objects meet us, which all Prove and Preach' to us the Almighty Power of God. Theglorious Fabrick of the Universe, and every thing contained therein, nay even the meatest, and, in human Efteem, hoft despicable Creature, proclaims aloud the Omnipotence of its Maker. And the good Order in which these are contained, does as much magnifie his Preserving, as their Existence does his Creating Power. But Man needs not look abroad ; Himir self is ten thousand Arguments to demonstrate this to himfelf.'. The curious Structure of his Body, the Excellencies of its Divine Inhabitant, the Soul; and the marvellous amazing Union, and inutual Correspon, dence of both thele, could be the Workmanship of nothing lefs than Omnipotence. This Mixture of" Spirit and Matter, of Perising and Immortal ; the


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