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The Frailty of Life

Requires Preparation for Death


A creature treading every moment upon the slippery brink of the grave, and ready every moment to shoot  the gulf of eternity, and launch away to some unknown coast, ought to stand always in the posture of serious expectation; ought every day to be in his own mind taking leave of this world, breaking off the connections of his heart from it, and preparing for his last remove into that world in which he must reside, not for a few months or years as in this, but through a boundless everlasting duration.  Such a situation requires habitual, constant thoughtfulness, abstraction from the world, and serious preparation for death and eternity.

  -- Samuel Davies (1724-1761)