‘Lastly, consider how short a time you are like to speak; and how long you must be silent.’ Death will quickly stop your breath, and lay you in the dark, and tell you that all your opportunities are at an end. Speak now, for you have not long to speak. Your neighbours’ lives are hasting to an end, and so are yours; they are dying and must hear no more, (till they hear their doom,) and you are dying, and must speak no more; and they will be lost for ever, if they have not help: pity them then, and call on them to foresee the final day; warn them now, for it must be now or never: there is no instructing or admonishing in the grave.
Richard Baxter, William Orme, The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 6 (London: James Duncan, 1830), 253.
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