For the Port Folio.Obituary Notice of Francis Cope.
The wisdom and goodness of Providence are manifested even in the most painful circumstances of life. From afflictions which threaten to overwhelm the soul, are generally associated, in the reflecting mind, with recollections that sooth the agitation of grief, & save us from despair. The Mother, who mourns the loss of her infant, still remembers its smile with pleasure; and the very circumstance that would seem to heighten the pain of separations, does in truth rob the sting of half its anguish. The Father, whose prattling boy has been severed from his knee, in the midst of his sorrow recalls the playful attitude and lisping voice, & the fond remembrance beguiles the pain of that [?] which is too exquisite for human nature to endure. In the bereavement of those friends who have attained to maturity; whose minds have expanded & given thee flattering promise of future excellence; whose sense, virtues and acquirements have added to the bonds of natural affections, the strong ties of personal respect, admiration and love, although the pangs of parting are more severe, yet does the mind seek, in the recollections of those virtues and accomplishments, a balm to mitigate the anguish of separation. “In the midst of judgement saith the Lord I will remember mercy.”
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