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are the ministers of God's mercies and providence, in the matter of health and ease, of restitution or death; and when God shall enable their judgments, and direct their counsels, and prosper their medicines, they shall do thee good, for which you must give God thanks, and to the physician the honour of a blessed instrument. But this cannot always be done: and Lucius Cornelius?, the lieutenant in Portugal under Fabius the consul, boasted in the inscription of his monument, that he had lived a healthful and vegete age till his last sickness, but then complained he was forsaken by his physician, and railed upon Æsculapius, for not accepting his vow and passionate desire of preserving his life longer; and all the effect of that impatience and folly was, that it is recorded to following ages, that he died without reason and without religion. But it was a sad sight to see the favour of all France confined to a physician and a barber, and the king (Louis XI.) to be so much their servant, that he should acknowledge and own his life from them, and all his ease to their gentle dressing of his gout and friendly ministries; for the king thought himself undone and robbed, if he should die: his portion here was fair; and he was loath to exchange his possession for the interest of a bigger hopea.
8. Treat thy nurses and servants sweetly, and as it becomes an obliged and a necessitous person. Remember, that thou art very troublesome to them; that they trouble not thee willingly; that they strive to do thee ease and benefit, that they wish it, and sigh and pray for it, and are glad, if thou likest their attendance: that whatsoever is amiss, is thy disease, and the uneasiness of thy head or thy side, thy distemper or thy disaffections; and it will be an unhandsome injustice to be troublesome to them, because thou art so to thyself; to make them feel a part of thy sorrows, that thou mayest not bear them alone; evilly to requite their care by thy too curious and impatient wrangling and
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2 L. Cornel. legatus sub Fabio consule vividam naturam et virilem animum servavi, quoad animam efflavi ; et tandem desertus ope medicorum et Æsculapii Dei ingrati, cui me voveram sodalem perpetuò futurum, si fila aliquantulùm optata protulisset. - Vetus Inscriptio in Lusitania.
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fretful spirit. That tenderness is vicious and unnatural, that shrieks out under the weight of a gentle cataplasm ; and he will ill comply with God's rod, that cannot endure his friend's greatest kindness; and he will be very angry (if he durst) with God's smiting him, that is peevish with his servants that go about to ease him. . 9. Let not the smart of your sickness make you to call violently for death : you are not patient, unless you be content to live b; God hath wisely ordered that we may be the better reconciled with death, because it is the period of many calamities; but wherever the general hath placed thee, stir not from thy station, until thou beest called off, but abide so, that death may come to thee by the design of him, who intends it to be thy advantage. God hath made sufferance to be thy work; and do not impatiently long for evening, lest, at night, thou findest the reward of him, that was weary of his work : for he that is weary before his time, is an unprofitable servant, and is either idle or diseased.
10. That which remains in the practice of this grace, is, that the sick man should do acts of patience by way of prayer and ejaculations : in which he may serve himself of the following collection.
I will seek unto God, unto God will I commit my cause, which doth great things and unsearchable, marvellous things without number, Job, v. 8, 9, 11, 16-20.
To set up on high those that be low, that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.
So the poor have hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth.
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth : therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty.
For he maketh sore, and bindeth up; he woundeth, and his hands make whole.
He shall deliver thee in six troubles ; yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.
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Thou shalt come to thy grave in a just age, like as a shock of corn cometh in his season.
I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate upon thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore under the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. My soul followeth hard after thee; for thy right hand hath upholden me. Psalm lxiii. 6-8. .
God restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the path of righteousness, for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Psalm xxiii. 3, 4.
In the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion : in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me, he shall set me up upon a rock. Psalm xxvii. 5.
The Lord hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from the heaven did the Lord behold the earth: to hear the groaning of his prisoners; to loose those that are appointed to death. Psalm cii. 19, 20. .
I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice, and he gave ear unto me. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; my sore ran in the night and ceased not; my soul refused to be comforted, I remembered God, and was troubled : I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak. Will the Lord cast me off for ever? and will he be favourable no more? Is his promise clean gone for ever? Doth his promise fail for ever more ? Hath God forgotten to be gracious ? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High, Psalm lxxvii. 1-4. 7-10. . No temptation hath taken me, but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer me to be tempted above what I am able; but will, with the temptation, also make a way to escape, that I may be able to bear it. 1 Cor. x. 13.
Whatsoever things were written aforetime, were written for our learning; that we, through patience and comfort of the Scriptures, might have hope. Now the God of peace and consolation grant me to be so minded. Rom. xv. 4, 5.
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• It is the Lord : let him do what seemeth good in his eyes. 1 Sam. iii. 18.
Surely the word, that the Lord hath spoken, is very good : but thy servant is weak : 0 remember mine infirmities : and lift thy servant up, that leaneth upon thy right hand.
There is given unto me a thorn in the flesh to buffet me: For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might de. part from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Cor. xii. 7 — 10.
O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life. And I said, My strength and my hope is in the Lord; remembering my affiction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled within me. This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope.
It is the Lord's mercies, that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, said my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
The Lord is good to them, that wait for him ; to the soul, that seeketh him. It is good, that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord. For the Lord will not cast off for ever. But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion, according to the multitude of his mercies. For he doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men. Lam. iii. 58, 18-26, 31-33, 39.
Wherefore doth a living man complain? a man for the punishment of his sins? O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave [of Jesus], that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past : that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! Job, xiv. 13.
Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? Job, ii. 20.
[The sick man may recite, or hear recited, the following
Psalms in the intervals of his agony.]
O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. Psalm vi.
Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are vexed.
My soul is also sore vexed : but thou, O Lord, how long?
Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: O save me for thy mercies' sake.
For in death no man remembereth thee: in the grave, who shall give thee thanks ?
I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim: I water my couch with my tears.
Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old' because of all my (sorrows].
Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.
The Lord hath heard my supplication : the Lord will receive my prayer.
Blessed be the Lord, who hath heard my prayer, and hath not turned his mercy from me.
II. In the Lord put I my trust : how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain ? Psalm xi.
The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord's throne is in heaven; his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.
Preserve me, O God; for in thee do I put my trust. Psalm xvi. 1.
O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord; my goodness extendeth not to thee.
The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
I will bless the Lord who hath given me counsel : my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
I have set the Lord always before me : because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth ; my flesh also shall rest in hope.