world to be miserable. spared from death; and He
that miraculously saved me from death, can deliver me from this condition. I am divided from man- But I am not starved and
kind, a solitaire, one banished perishing on a barren place,
from human society. affording no sustenance.
I have not clothes to cover But I am in a hot climate,
me. where if I had clothes I could
hardly wear them. I am without any defence But I am cast on an island,
or means to resist any violence where I see no wild beasts to
of man or beast. hurt me, as I saw on the coast
of Africa; and what if I had been shipwrecked there? I have no soul to speak to, But God wonderfully sent
or relieve me. the ship in near enough to the
shore, that I have gotten out so many necessary things as will either supply my wants, or enable me to supply myself even as long as I live.
Upon the whole, here was an undoubted testimony, that there was scarce any condition in the world so miserable, but there was something negative or something positive to be thankful for in it; and let this stand as a direction from the experience of the most miserable of all conditions in this world, that we may always find in it something to comfort ourselves from,