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In prospect of death, his mind was very tranquil, but sometimes, like most of the saints, was exercised with fears lest his calmness should prove deceitful. About a fortnight before his death he observed to one of his family, You do not know what passes within. I am a sinner beyond many: a sinner beyond most, considering my light and advantages. But I see Christ the Way, and I cast myself at the foot of the cross if I perish, I will perish there. God be merciful to me a sinner. A few days previous to his death, on being told it was the opinion of all his friends, that he could not long survive, he said, Nurse, they tell me that I am near death. What do you think?' She replied, I think, Sir, that your end is very near, and if you recover it will be a miracle. On which he said, 'I thought dying could not be like this to be so easy, so composed, and dying. Sure nature cannot be slipped out of thus. I expected dying would be attended with fears, distraction, and terrors: but surely it
cannot be; to be dying and so composed !' Another time, when his friends had been expressing similar apprehensions, he said, ‹ If it be so, the will of the Lord be done. The Lord be with him who goes, and with those who are left behind.' On the Sabbath immediately preceding his departure, he began in his sleep to sing both correctly and melodiously. The earnestness with which he sung, soon waked him, and he said, with surprise, I have been singing. Yes,' said one, do you know what you were singing? He replied Yes
'Jesus shall reign where'er the sun,
The name of Jesus, when the power of it is felt, is enough to make any one sing.'
On a friend returning from the Sacrament, and informing him, that his pastor prayed earnestly for him and his family, his countenance expressed a pleasurable emotion; and turning to his wife, he said, 'I anticipated it. It is no wonder, my dear, that we both have felt so calm.' On Monday he appeared to be dying, and when a little revived his countenance was greatly altered: this being remarked, he said, Am I altered? What! any thing
more like death? Being answered in the affirmative, he appeared rejoiced, and said, 'I am glad to hear any thing of that sort: it is better to depart and be with Christ.'
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Just before he breathed his last, said, "My last act of faith I wish to be, to take the blood of Jesus as the High Priest did, when he entered behind the veil, and when I have passed the veil, to appear with it before the throne."
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