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BYGONE SUSSEX.
For the reception of the body of John Oliver, when deceased, to the will of God; granted by William Westbrook Richardson, Esq., 1766.
As in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Cor. xv. 22.
The Law came by Moses; but grace and truth by Jesus Christ. John 1. 17.
God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. John iii. 15.
Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better than a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his portion; for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him. Eccles. iii. 22.
Knowing that shortly I must put of this my earthly tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. 2 Peter i. 14.
On the west end of the tomb the rustic artist has sculptured the image of Time and Death.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; but to keep His commandments is holiness to the Lord.
" Death, why so fast—pray, stop your hand, And let my glass run out its sand ; As neither Death nor Time will stay, Let us implore the present day. Why start you at the skeleton ?— 'Tis your own picture which you shun ; Alive, it did resemble thee, And thou, when dead, like that shall be. But tho' Death must have his will, Yet old time prolongs the date Till the measure we shall fill
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