tion the knowledge which you have derived fromthe information of others, or the biographies of thepious. You will find three classes, widely differingfrom each other in their dying experiences ; some areagitated hy terror, and doubts, and apprehensions ;some are exulting and triumphant ; some, without anyextraordinary raptures, have a sweet calm, and tran-quillity of spirit, a filial confidence and trust in their Re-deemer.You perceive that I am speaking only of those whohave the exercise of their reason ; among those whoare deprived of it, there are some, who, in the mostunconnected wanderings of their mind, show what isthe object of their chief affections, and where theirheart and their treasure are fixed : and there areothers, whose wild ravings give no indication of thosesentiments, the truth and strength of which have beenattested by their past lives, ft is painful indeed tosee our pious friends expire in this manner ; but it isconsolatory to recollect, that our "God knowethwhereof we are made; ever remembereth that Ave aredust;" and will not impute to us as crimes the invo-luntary wanderings of delirium.I return to those whose rational powers are unim-paired. Among them, I have said,1. There are some whom we believe to be thechildren of God. whrmo dooth-beds arc marked bv244 SERMO XC1I.doubts, and terror, and apprehension. I need not pointyou to the closing hours of the excellent Cowper, inillustration of this remark; you yourselves have pro-bably beheld similar scenes.