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that may reasonably be expected in this case. So that none but an unbelieving Sadducee or a prophane Atheist, will offer to question the Reality. To confirm the Possibility and Truth of some Apparitions, none can deny, that by this Means our Good God bath conveyed and confirmed to us several of the Mysteries of our Holy Religion ; as the Conception, Birth, Incarnation, Resurrection, and glorious Afcenfion of our Great Messiah, by the Apparitions of Angels. And how often those heavenly Spirits were formerly visible in human Shapes, for the Advantage, Information and Safeguard of the Pious, the Word of GOD suficiently declares
. Now, as we live in such an incredulous Age, that will not believe God, and his Divine Oracles, tho' attested by the Working of Miracles, concerning the future State of the Righteous and Wicked, but requires a new TeAtimony and Evidence, as 'the Return of Souls from the Dead, to witness the Happiness of Heaven, the Torments of Hell, and the Immortality of the Soul: Who knows, but to render Men more inexcusable, God may condescend that a departed Soul, or its good Angel in its Stead, may appear to declare these infallible and undoubted Truths to an unbelieving World? But we find by Experience, as in this case, that this kind of Evidence is far more liable to Exceptions, to be contradicted and rejected, as uncertain and fabulous, and sooner than the sacred Methods that our Wise God hath taken to persuade Men to the Divine Doctrines of our Salvation : As Abraham declares in tke Parable of the rich Glutton, condemned to the Flames of Hell, If they will not believe Mofes and the Prophets; we may
with more Reason add, if they will not believe CHRIST, and bis boly Apostles, and so many wonderful Miracles attesting God's Omnipotency, and Revelations from above, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the Dead.
I must bere acquaint my Reader, That-whereas in the former Impressions of this Book, fome Errata have escaped, whereby the Author's Sense and Meaning may not be so clearly expressed as in the Original : And whereas also upon fome Subjects, our Reverend Author distastes the Reader by too frequent Repetitions in his Prayers, containing Matters and Arguments of the foregoing Chapters : These and such trivial Objections have caused several Persons to find Fault not only with the Translation, but even the very Book itself. To remedy therefore any thing of this Nature, and to prevent all Complaints of this Kind, and that so excellent and useful a Treatise may appear in our own proper and natural Language, not differing in any thing material from the French Copy; but suited as much as conveniently it may be to the nicer Palates of of our present Age; I have in this Edition taken the Pains to compare this Translation with a Book printed at Berlin, the Court of the King of Prusfia, 1698. I have been in this more exact, and bave altered some Words and Phrases; expreffing more plainly the Author's Meaning, and iñ Terms more agreeable with our present familiar way of Speaking. Behdes, in this Edition of Berlin, I bave met with two or three Pasages which are not in the former French Impressions, and which I judged not convenient to be omitted. Some of the Prayers that seemed too prolix, I have
abbreviated, comprehending only the principal Matters. And that nothing may be wanting in \this Edition, that might more contribute to the Reader's Satisfaction, I have here rendered in English the last remarkable Passages of this pious and excellent Minister of CHRIST, never before Printed in our own Tongue, as we find them at. the End of the forementioned Book : That you may here at once, as in a Mirror, see the Behaviour, religious Speeches, Faith, Patience, and Resignation to the Will of God, of our Revea rend Divine at his Decease, reduced into Praca tice, according to the excellent Advices and Confolations that he recommends to us, to arm ourselves against the Apprebenhons and Approaches of Death.
I have no more to add; But I beseech our merciful and heavenly Father to grant us all the. Grace, the like Faith, and Christian Resolution, that we may not fear Death nor its Consequences; but may be always ready prepared and provided to embrace it with Joy and Submission to the Pleasure of God and the Decrees of Heaven, whenever our Almighty Creator and Redeemer shall think fit to fummon us, and take us to himself. Amen.
HIS Book in the Original hath been so well approved A
of by all Persons, though of different Judgments in Religion, that it hath been about twenty Times Printed in France, besides what hath been done in Holland, and elsewhere, in other Languages : It is of very great Use to Divines for Funeral Sermons; and is very fit to be given away by well-disposed Persons at: Funerals, and of excellent Use to every Christian, Reader.
Mrs. V E A L,
The Next Day after Her DEATH,
TO O N E
The Eighth of September 1705.
Which APPARITION recommends the
Perusal of DRELINCOURT's Book of
The THIRTEENTH EDITION.