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Life Sketches from Scottish History of Brief Biographies of the Scottish Presbyterian Worthies
John Jacob Ulrich

This pious man was professor and minister of the orphan-house at Zurich, in Switzerland. It may not he uninteresting to give the close of a discourse which he wrote just in prospect of death, to show that the Lord sometimes grants to his children, in their last hours, a most delightful sense and expectation of that bliss to which, after death, they enter, and permits them, in full assurance of faith, to have a foretaste of the better world. Tie had been speaking of the death of Stephen, and in closing, says, “But whither does the sweetness of these things lead me? Truly a dying christian, as I am, can never hear too much of dying. I who can hardly fetch my breath, and am doubtful whether I must reckon myself among the dead or among the living. It is this consideration that filled my sails and carried me so far from the shore. But that I may free you from tedious hearing, I withdraw and turn myself to thee, 0 sweet Jesus! In thy name I began, and in thy name I finish—all the glory be unto thee alone. Many things have I to ask of thee, but I will do it on my sick bed and in full freedom in my closet. This only I pray; I may not be refused. If I can be of any use to thy Church, O restore me! If not, 0 free me from this world, which to me is far better! Thou knowest I do not shun death; I wish and wait lor it with open arms. Methinks I die, because I cannot die of that death which will open unto me the gates of life. Let him be afraid of death who is unwilling to go to Christ; but, my Jesus, this I only do hope, but though I am over and over deserving death and hell, yet I am fully assured of it. Why, then, should I be afraid of death? Why not rather long for it? Christ is my life, and to die is my exceeding gain. Yea, Lord, let me now die, that I may see thee. How man}- thousand wishes I send for thee, 0 Jesus! When wilt thou satisfy my soul? But what do I say? Behold I see. even now, heaven open, and the Son of Man at the right hand of God; but 1 see it through the lattice, and only as in a glass; 1 see it, but not near. 0! that I might soon see it face to face! O! that I might soon kiss him as present, and be satisfied, O Jesus! with the blessing of thy temple, thy holy sanctuary! 0! grant that I may soon come out of the tribulation, wherein I have resisted unto blood, appear before thee in a white robe with palms in my hand, and with the whole innumerable company of thine, sing praises to thee ! Grant, my Jesus, that, like thee, I may soon get from the cross to the crown, from thorns to roses, from danger to security, from tribulation to refreshing, from labour to rest, from contempt to honour, from fighting to victory, from striving to triumphing, from suffering to glory, from hope to the thing hoped for, from believing to enjoying, from death to life, and when I get there will I break out in a triumph: It is finished; I see what I sought, I have what I longed for,"’ In this frame of mind he expired.

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