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strength. It matters not under what cir¬
cumstances he comes, whether at mid¬
night or in the morning; whether in a
slow measured pace, or as quick as the
lightning's flash, he walks " through the
valley and shadow of death," calm and
collected, fearing " no evil," for the " rod
and staff" of his divine Master afford him
unspeakable "comfort." " The sting of
death" being extracted, he is enabled in
grateful adoration to exclaim : " Thanks
be to God which giveth us the victory through
our Lord Jesus Christ."1 Death to the"
pious may with great propriety be repre¬
sented under the idea of sleep.
2. Because they then rest from all the
toils and cares inseparable from this pro¬
bationary state. As when evening comes
on the labourer takes his rest, and forgets
the toils of the day when he lies down to
sleep, so at death, the faithful servant of
God finishes his course of service, retires
11 Cor. xv., 57.