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66 rected us, but did not.” What an Addition will such Out-cries be to your Misery? - On the other Side, think what a Comfort you may have, if you be faithful in this Duty. If you should not succeed, you have freed your own Souls, and have Peace in your own Consciences. If you do, the Comfort is inexpressible, in their Love and Obedience, their supplying your Wants, and delighting you in all your remaining Path to Glory. Yea, all your Family may fare the better for one pious Child or Servant. But the greatest Joy will be, when you shall say, Lord, here am I, and the Children thou hast given me; and Thall joyfully live with them for ever. Consider, how much the Welfare of Church and State depends on this Duty. Good Laws will not reformn us, if Reformation begin not at Home. This is the Cause of all our Miseries in Church and State; even the Want of a holy Education of Children.-----I also intreat Pa. rents to consider, what excelient Advantages they have for saving their Children. They are with you while they are tender and flexible. You have a Twig to bend, not an Oak. None in the World have luch Interest in their Affections as you have. You have also the greateft Authority over them. Their whole Dependance is upon you for a Maintenance. You best know their Temper and Inclinations. And you are ever with them, and can never want Opportunities : Especially you Mothers, remember this, who are more with your Children while young, than their Fathers. What Pains are you at for their Bodies? What do you suffer to bring them into the World? And will you not be at as much Pains for the saving of their Souls? Your Affections are tender; and will it not move you to think of their perishing for ever? I beseech you, for the Sake of the Children of your Bowels, teach them, adimonish them, watch over
them, and give them no Rest till you have brought thein to Chrift.
$ 20. I shall conclude with this earnest Request to all Christian Parents that read these Lines; that they would have Compassion on the Souls of their poor Children, and be faithful io the great Trust that God hath put on them. If you cannot do what you would for them, yet do what you can. Both Church, and State, City and Country, groan under the Neglect of this weighty Duty. Your Children know not God, nor his Laws, buc take his Name in Tair, and slight his Worthip, and you neither instruct, nor correct them; and therefore God corrects both them and you. You are so tender of them, that God is the less tender both of them and you. Wonder not if God inake you smart for your Children's Sins; for you are guilty of all they cominit, by your Neglect of your Duty to reform them. · Will you resolve therefore to set upon this Dury, and neglect it no longer ? Remember El. Your Children are like Mojes in the Bulrushes, ready to perish if they have not Help. As ever you would not be charged before God as Murderers of their Souls, nor have them cry out against you in everlasting Fire, see that you teach thein how to escape it, and bring them up in Holiness, and the Fear of God. I charge every one of you, upon your Allegiance to God, as you will very shortly answer the contrary ar your Peril, that you will neither refuse nor neglect this inost necessary Duty. If you are not willing to do it, now you know it to be fo great a Duty, you are Rebels, and no true Subjects of Jefus Christ. If you are willing, but know nor how, I will add a few Words of Direction to help you. Lead them, by yor!r owu Exaniples, to Prayer, Reading, and other religious Duties. Inform their Understandings, Store their Memories. Rectify their Wills. Quicken
their Affections. Keep tender their consciences, Restrain their Tongues, and teach them gracious Speech. Reform and watch over their outward Conversation. ; To these Ends, get them Bibles and pious Books, and see that they read them Examine them often what they learn: Elpecially /pend the Lord's Day in this work, and suffer them not to spend it in Sports or Idlexess. Shew them the Meaning of what they read or learn. Keep them out of evil Company, and acquaint them with the Godly. And fail nnt to make them learn.their Catechism. Especially pew them the Neculity, Excellency, and Pleasure of ferving God; and iabour to fix all upon their Hearts.