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WORLD TO COME;
JOYS OR SORROWS
DEPARTED SOULS AT DEATH,
GLORY OR TERROR OF THE RESURRECTION.
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
AN ESSAY TOWARD THE PROOF
SEPARATE STATE OF SOULS AFTER DEATH.
After some representations of the happiness of Heaven, and a preparation for it, there fol-
lows a rational and Scriptural account of the punishments in Hell, and a proof of their
AMONG all the solemn and important things which relate to religion, there is nothing that strikes the soul of man with so much awe and solemnity, as the scenes of death, and the dreadful or delightful consequents which attend it.
Who can think of en. tering into that unknown region where spirits dwell, without the strongest impressions upon the mind arising from so strange a manner of existence? Who can take a survey of the resurrection of the millions of the dead, and of the tribunal of Christ, whence men and angels must receive their doom, without the most painful solicitude, · What will my sentence be?' 'Who can meditate on the intense and unmingled pleasure or pain in the world to come, without the most pathetic emotions of soul, since each of us must be determined to one of these states, and they are both of everlasting duration ?
These are the things that touch the springs of every passion in the most sensible manner, and raise our hopes and our fears to their supreme exercise. These are the subjects with which our blessed Saviour and his Apostles frequently entertained their hearers, in order to persuade them to hearken, and attend to the divine lessons which they published amongst them
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