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2. It should further teach us, be we of what Condition foever, not to put off any Preparation for Death to the laft. If fuch a Perfon as this was, fo Upright and Innocent, fo Religious and Devout, fo Temperate, nay even Abftemious, had but little more than Lucid Intervals on his Death-bed; what may they expect, who have scarce ever seriously entertained the Thoughts of God, or their Duty? Who at Night feldom go to Bed fober? Or in the Day-time live regularly many Hours in all their Life? And if these fhould then want the Ufe of Reason, how can they prepare for another World? Repentance is a long and ferious Work; to Men of readiest and largest Parts, of most compofed Minds, hard to be performed as it should be. We have been a long time committing Sins, and that in great Variety, and cannot poffibly in a few Moments look over all that has been fo long in doing. A general Repentance will not ferve for all Sins. Many require particular Tears, Humiliation, Acts of Faith, Charity, Reconciliation with, or Satisfaction to, our Neighbours. Ah! cone fider, all ye vain Ones, how can all this be done on a Death-bed, and in a few Hours, yea, though it should happen you had Days in a few Days? The good God grant all may take warning early.
There are other things I fhould have taken notice of, as to the Memory of our dear Brother deceased. But poffibly fome may think I am too much a Friend to be impartial.
278 A Sermon Preached at the Funeral,&c. And I confefs I am otherways unfit for Panegyricks, I am fure I am unable for fuch Performance. on this Occafion. I therefore conclude, commending him as a Pattern of most univerfal Virtue to all your Imitation; and befeeching God, that being admonish'd by this Inftance of Mortality, we may all of us, if not in the Days of our Youth (for those are past with many of us) yet in the time of our Healthand Vigour,in the time of our foundeft Reafon and beft Judgment, remember our Creator, acquaint our felves with God, and make our Peace with him; live always prepared for our Lord's coming, whenfoever and how foever he shall call us hence; that so at last, when we are taken away, and our Bodies return to the Duft as they were, our Souls may be gathered to the Spirits of Just Men made perfect, as I doubt not this our Brother's is. Amen, Amen, Good Lord.
'Twas Mr. Bonnell's way almost every Day to
The Divifion of the Life,
He is remov'd to Catherine Hall in Cambridge,
He opposes the purchafing the Advowson of a
His Behaviour in King James's Reign, P. 39
prefs'd Proteftants, Prov. xxviii. 1. interpreted, How we are to govern our Affections, with respect to worldly things, both in Profperity and Adverfity,
His Behaviour upon the breaking out of the late
His Charity to the Poor in those times of Diftrefs,
How he fupplied the Want of the Churches publick Prayers, P. 57, 58 A Meditation on Dublin's Deliverance, p. 60 'Twas Mr.Bonnell's ufual Practice to draw fuch Reflections from the daily Occurrences of Life, as might beft ferve to keep his Mind in a devout Frame, p. 62
He laments the Prevalency of Vice, P. 63, 67, 189
His Prayer on his Birth-day,
A Meditation, which he entitles, The Wish, or an Idea of Marriage,
He had high Thoughts of the Extent and Difficulty of the Paftoral Duty,
P. 34, 75 His Sickness and Death, A brief Account of the Daughter that furvived him, who has fince followed her Father,