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up to call them blessed; with them to praise and serve thee
to their own good, and to the good of those around them, a
general blessing!

"Here us, O Lord ! God of all mercy through our Lord Jesus
Christ. Amen.

"The Lord bless you — ^the Lord keep you and cause his
face to shine upon you ! In fulness of grace, and in all good
may you live long, in holiness, in happiness.

"Amen! Amen! Amen!"

This service, says one, is beautiful ; it is touching, is solemn.
In every respect appropriate to the covenant contracted; the
effect of which is to last to eternity ; its olden ideas, and olden
modes of expression, are of course modernized, but whether
in olden or modem verbiage, comes from the heart — ^it goes to
the heart, and hard must the heart be which cannot be affected
by it. The practice of solemnization on the Lord's day, is
perhaps worthy of all imitation ; there cannot be too many wit-
nesses to the bond ; and scarcely, under such a regime, could
there be any improper marriages, nor can those who have been
long wedded, be reminded of the obligation they have taken
upon themselves too often. Would it not be an improvement,
were the bridegroom on pronouncing, "I pledge myself so to
do," to give the bride his hand ; and the bride, on her pronounc-
ing "I pledge myseif so to do," to offer her hand and receive
the ring? The ring is a sort of household pledge, it is a con-
stant remembrance of a circle of duties, never to be inter-
rupted but in sacrilege; never to be modified, never compro-
mised. The Scriptures appropriate to the occasion, were bet-
ter read from the pulpit before the ceremony begins. It
should be as short as possible; it cannot but be painful to a
blushing, timid, female to stand long in the fixed gaze of the
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When the corpse has been brought into the church, the serv-
ice may be introduced, where time and other circumstances
render it expedient, by singing a suitable hymn.

Then shall be read one of the following forms of scripture
services, according to the age and character of the deceased.



FORMS OF GENERAL INTRODUCTION, OR PREFACE, TO BE READ
BEFORE THE PARTICULAR SERVICE USED ON ANY OCCASION.

I.

Beloved friends and brethern : Seeing that in the midst
of life we are in death; and that, in the very fulness of health
and strength ; we know not what a day or an hour may bring
forth ; it becometh us at all times to keep in mind, that God
will bring us to the house appointed for all living; that so we
may be led to work out our salvation with fear and trembling;
and this so much the more, as we see the day approaching.
Yet ought we especially to remember that we are dust, and
that it is appointed unto us to die, on such an occasion as the
present; when the mortal remains of a departed friend, in all
their weakness and decay, are outstretched before us; when
the grave is opened to receive them ; and we are admonished,
as by the voice of heaven, to prepare to meet our God, seeing
that in such an hour as we think not, the Son of man cometh.
Let us, then, humbly receive, and duly ponder upon, the decla-
rations of God's holy word, as appropriate to this solemn occa-
sion, which shall now be read.

II. OR this.

My brethren, as God hath spoken utito us in His afflictive
bereavement, may our hearts be cq)ened to receive, with meek-
ness, humility, and reverence, the words of that heavenly wis-
dom, which is profitable to direct, to comfort, and to
instruct us.

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III. OR THIS.

The providence of God, by whose appointment death cometh
upon us all, has called us together at this time, that we may
commit to the grave the cold remains of our departed friend.
It becometh us, therefore, seriously to consider what God
designs to teach us by this solemn event. For this purpose, let
me bring before you some appropriate instructions from that
holy word of God, by which it is our duty now to be directed
and governed ; as it is our destiny, that, T)y it, we should here-
after be judged.

IV. OR THIS.

Christian friends, as we have assembled together to weep
and mourn for ( ) who has gone the way of all the earth,
let us hear the words of heavenly wisdom, which admonish us
to lay this solemn event to heart, seeing it is appointed unto all
men once to die, and after that the judgment.



FORM I.

An Order for the Burial of a Professor of Religion.

didactic.

Man that is bom of a woman hath but a short time to live,
and is full of misery. He cometh up like a flower, and is cut
down ; he fleeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in
one stay. The voice said, Cry ; and I said. What shall I cry ?
All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower
of the grass. The grass withereth, the flower thereof f adeth.
because the Lord bloweth upon it. One generation passeth
away, and another generation ariseth; when a few years are
come, then shall they also go the way whence they shall not
return.

Man dieth, and wasteth away ; yea, man giveth up the ghost,
and where is he? Our fathers, where are they? the prophets,
do they live for ever? There is no man that hath power over
the spirit to retain the spirit ; neither hath he power in the day
of death ; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given
to it. Surely every man is vanity. Surely every man walketh
in a vain show. Surely he is disquieted in vain. He heapeth
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brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry
nothing out.

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concern-
ing them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not even as others
which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and
rose again, even so them also who sleep in Jesus, will God
bring with Him. For this we say unto you, by the word of the
Lord, that we who are alive, and remain unto the coming of
the Lord, shall not prevent them who are asleep. For the
Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the
voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the
dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and
remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds,
to meet the Lord in the air ; and so shall we be ever with the
Lord. Wherefore, comfort one another with these words.

If in this, only, we had hope in Christ, we were of all men
most miserable; for if the dead rise not, then is not Christ
raised; and if Christ be not raised, our preaching is vain, and
your faith is vain also ; ye are yet in your sins. Blessed be the
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us
with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, who is
the resurrection and the life ; in whom he that believeth, though
he were dead, yet shall he live. For we know, that if our
earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a build-
ing of God, an house not made with hands, eternal, in the
heavens. We, therefore, that are in this tabernacle, do groan,
earnestly desiring to be clothed with our house which is from
heaven. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that
whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the
Lord. We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent
from the body and to be present with the Lord.

The righteous hath hope in his death. The (fay of his death
is better than the day of his birth. The righteous is taken
away from the evil to come. Whether they live, they live unto
the Lord; and whether they die, they die unto the Lord;
whether they live, therefore, or die, they are the Lord's. For
to this end Christ both died and rose again, and revived, that
He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. Precious
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walk through the valley of the shadow of death, they fear no
evil ; for God is with them ; His rod and His staff, they com-
fort them. They are ransomed from the power of the grave.
They are redeemed from death. Christ died for us, that
whether we wake or sleep, we should be delivered from death.
And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, Blessed are the
dead who die in the Lord, from henceforth; yea, saith the
Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works
do follow them. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear,
then shall we also appear with him, in glory. There is laid up
for us a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous
Judge, shall give unto all them that love his appearing. Now
this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the
kingdom of God ; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy ; and as is
the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as
we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the
image of the heavenly. Behold, I show you a mystery; we
shall not all sleep; but we shall all be changed^ in a moment,
in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump ; for the trumpet
shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we
shall be changed. For when this corruptible shall have put
on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality,
then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written. Death
is swallowed up in victory. O death! where is thy sting? O
grave I where is thy victory ? The sting of death is sin ; and
the strength of sin is the law ; but thanks be to God, which
giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. There-
fore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, immovable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord; forasmuch as ye know
that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. Lift up your heads ;
for your redemption draweth nigh. Weeping may endure for
a night, but joy cometh in the morning. For eye hath not
seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of
man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love
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FORM 11.

An Address for the Burial of a Professor of Religion,
exhortatory.

It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to
the house of feasting; for that is the end of all men, and the
living will lay it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter ; for
by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but
grievous; nevertheless, afterwards it yieldeth the peaceable
fruit of righteousness, unto them that are exercised thereby.
Wherefore, lift up the hands that hang down, and the feeble
knees. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be com-
forted. Comfort ye, comfort ye, my people, saith your God.
Speak ye comfortably unito them. The Spirit of the Lord
God is upon me, because the Lord hath sent me to bind up the
broken-hearted, to comfort all that mourn, to appoint unto
them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the
spirit of heaviness. For this I say, brethren, the time is short ;
it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they
had none ; and they that weep, as though they wept not ; and
they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not ; and they that
buy, as though they possessed not; and they that use this
world, as not abusing it ; for the fashion of this world passeth
away. See, then, that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools;
redeeming the time, because the days are evil; for here we
have no continuing city ; but we seek one to come.

♦[Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spdcen in the
name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of
patience. Behold, we count them happy who endure. Ye
have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of
the Lord. Be patient, therefore, brethren, unto the coming
of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the pre-
cious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he
receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient ; stablish
your hearts ; for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. These
all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having

*May be used when christian friends are present, as an exhortation to
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seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced
them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on
the earth. Wherefore, seeing we are also compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every
weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us
run with patience the race that is set before us ; lodcing unto
Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who, for the joy
that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the
shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.]
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that the day
of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in the which the
heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements
shall mek with fervent heat; the earth, also, and the works
that are therein, shall be burned up. Seeing, then, that all
these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought
ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness; looking for and
hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the
heavens, being on fire, shall be dissolved, and the elements shall
melt away with fervent heat Nevertheless, we, according to
his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein
dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye
look for such things, be diligent, that ye may be found of him
in peace, without spot, and blameless. The time is cixning,
in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and
shall come forth ; they that have done good, unto the resurrec-
tion of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection
of damnation. When the Son of man shall come in His glory,
and all the angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne
of His glory, and before Him shall be gathered all nations ; and
He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth
His sheep from the goats. And He shall set the sheep on His
right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say
unto them on His right hand. Come, ye blessed of my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of
the world. Then shall He say unto them on the left hand.
Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for
the devil and his angels. And these shall go away into ever-
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Behold, He cometh with clouds ; and every eye shall see Him,
and they also who pierced Him. Abide, therefore, in Him,
that when He shall appear, ye may have confidence, and not
be ashamed before Him, at His coming ; that ye may have boldr
ness in the day of judgment; and that the trial of your faith
may be found unto praise, and honor, and glory, at the appear-
ing of Jesus Christ. For we must all stand at the judgment
seat of Christ, and give account to Him, who is ready to judge
the quick and the dead. The end of all things is at hand. Be
ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. The time is come,
when judgment must begin at the house of God; and if it
begin first at us, what shall the end be of those that obey not
the gospel of God ? And if the righteous scarcely are saved,
where shall- the ungodly and the sinner appear?

We beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the coming of our
Lord Jesus Christ, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or
troubled.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who, according to His abundant mercy, hath begotten us again
unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ irom
the dead, to an inheritance, incorruptible, and undefiled, and
that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven. Wherefore, gird
up the loins of your mind ; be sober, and hope to the end, for
the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of
Jesus Christ. For if you believe that Jesus died and rose
again, even so them also who sleep in Jesus will God bring
with Him. At the glorious appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to
meet our Lord in the air; and so shall we be ever with the
Lord. Wherefore, comfort one another with these words,
looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of
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FORM III.

An Ori^r for the Burial of a Professor of Religion,
triumphant.

Blessed be God, even the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who hath brought to light, life and immortality in the
gospel, and hath saved us according to His own purpose and
grace in Christ Jesus, who hath abolished death, and ransomed
us from the power of the grave. God hath not appointed us
to wrath, but to obtain salativon by our Lord Jesus Christ, who
died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live
together with Him. He also Himself likewise took part of flesh
and blood ; that through death He might destroy him that had
the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who
through fear of death are all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Therefore, we are always confident, knowing that whilst we
are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord; and
willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present
with the Lord.

I know that my Redeemer liveth ; and that He shall stand at
tne latter day upon the earth; and though after my skin,
worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God;
whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and
not another, though my reins be consumed within me. For I
know in wh<Mn I have believed ; and I am persuaded that He is
able to keep that which I have committed unto Him, against
that day. I have fought a good fight; I have finished my
course; I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for
me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous
Judge, shall give me at that day ; and not to me only, but unto
all them also that love His appearing. For to me to live is
Christ ; and to die is gain.

death! where is thy sting? O grave! where is thy vic-
tory ? Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory, through
our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 will behold thy face in righteousness ; I shall be satisfied,
when I awake, with thy likeness. Blessed be the God and
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, according to His abun-
dant mercy, hath begotten us again unto a lively hope, by the
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incorruptible, and imdefiled, and that f adeth not away, reserved
in heaven for them who are kept by the power of God, through
faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.
Verily, there is a reward for the righteous. In thy presence
is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for
ever more. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun,
in the kingdom of their Father. When Christ, who is our
life, shall appear, then shall we also appear with Him in glory.
We shall be where He is, to behold His glory, that, where He is,
there we may be also. Neither shall life, nor death, nor any
other creature, separate us from the love of God in Christ
Jesus our Lord. He shall change our vile body, that it may be
fashioned like unto His glorious body, when He shall come to
be glorified in His saints. And we know, that when He shall
appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
We shall walk with Him in white, clothed in white robes, and
palms in our hands, with crowns of righteousness, which the
Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give, even a crown of glory,
that fadeth not away. We stand and rejoice in this hope of
the glory of God, looking for that blessed hope, and the glori-
ous appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
We, minding this promise, look for new heavens and a new
earth, confessing that this is not our rest, but that we seek a
better country, even an heavenly. We shall come to Mount
Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusa-
lem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general
assembly and church of the first-bom, which are written in
heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirit of just
men made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of the new
covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better
things than that of Abel. After this, I beheld, and, lo! a great
multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and
kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the tfirone and
before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their
hands. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and
serve Him day and night in His temple; and He that sitteth on
the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no
more, neither thirst any more ; neither shall the sun light upon
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the throne, shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living
fountains of water; and God shall wipe away all tears from
their eyes. And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of
God, and the song of the Lamb, saying. Great and marvellous
are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy
ways, thou King of saints. And He will dwell with them, and
they shall be His people ; and God Himself shall be with them,
and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from
their eyes ; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow,
nor crying; neither shall there be any more pain; for the
former things are passed away. And there shall be no more
curse; but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it;
and His servants shall serve Him ; and they shall see His face ;
and His name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be
no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the
sun ; for the Lord God giveth them light ; and they shall reign
for ever and ever. Wherefore, comfort ye one another with
thfese words.



FORM IV.
For THE Burial of a Person Not a Professor of Religion.

DIDACTIC.

Behold^ God has made our days as an hand-breath, and our
age as nothing. Our days on the earth are as a shadow, and
there is none abiding. One dieth in his full strength, being
wholly at ease and quiet ; and another dieth in the bitterness of
his soul, and never eateth with pleasure. They shall lie down
alike in the dust, and the worms cover them. The grave is our
house. We may say to corruption. Thou art my father; to the
worm. Thou art my mother, and my sister. We dwell in
houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust; which arc
crushed before the moth. As for man, his day^ are as grass ;
as the flower of the field, so he flourisheth ; for the wind pass-
eth over it, and it Is gone. Thou, O Lord, takest away their
breath ; they die, and return to their dust. Thou tumest man
to destruction, and sayest, Return, ye children of men; neither
can any stay thine hand, or say unto thee. What doest thou?
Thou earnest them away as with a flood. The days of the
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reason of strength, they be fourscore years, yet is their strength,
labor and sorrow ; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. What
man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? Who shall
deliver his soul from the hands of the grave? We know that
God will bring us to death, and to the house appointed for all
living. They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves
in the multitude of their riches, none of them can by any means
redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him, that he
should still live, and not see corruption. And when he dieth,
he shall carry nothing away.



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