“In the evening (not knowing how it might please God to dispose of me), to prevent vile panegyric, I wrote as follows:
Here lieth the Body
A BRAND PLUCKED OUT OF THE BURNING:
WHO DIED OF A CONSUMPTION IN THE FIFTY-FIRST YEAR OF HIS AGE,
NOT LEAVING, AFTER HIS DEBTS ARE PAID,
TEN POUNDS BEHIND HIM:
GOD BE MERCIFUL TO ME, AN UNPROFITABLE SERVANT!”
He ordered that this, if any, inscription should be placed on his tombstone.
He survived and went on to preach for a good many years before dying at a good age.
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