READY TO BE OFFERED. BY WILLIAM B. 0. PEABODY, D. D. I AM OW READY TO BE OFFERED, AD THE TIME OF MY DEPARTURE is at hand. — 2 Timothy iv. 6. I know not where you will find in man's history a nobler scene than this. It is a servant of God standing near the eternal world ; and where the timid and the brave alike turn pale, he gazes, with clear, calm, I might say with triumphant eye, into that eternity where most men are afraid to look. In the midst of long imprisonment, deserted by his friends, entirely in the power of his foes, evidently having nothing human to support him, he feels neither de- spondency nor dismay. He rejoices, — that word is not too strong, — he rejoices in the hope set before him. That same hope, which to thousands in the Christian world is nothing, having less power than the poorest earthly hope to make them glad, is every thing to him, having power to make even the deep dungeon bright. He is " troubled on every side, yet not distressed ; perplexed, but not in despair ; perse- * Preached at the funeral of William Bliss, Esq., who died March 8, 1838. 156 READY TO BE OFFERED.