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Funeral Sef vice for Mrs . C . Aikin , [ An Obituary Memoir of this lady was inserted , pp . 623 , 624 : we have been favoured by Mr . Browne with the following account of the Puneral services , with extracts . Eb . ]
On Monday , October the 15 th , the honoured remaias of the late Mrs . Charles Aikin were interred in Bimhill-fields ; the Rev . S . W . Browne officiated , as pastor to the Monkwell
Street congregation , with which this lady united for the duties of public worship . After having briefly noticed the instability of all the external objects of human complacency , the Rev . S . W . Browne thus continued :
" These considerations come more fully home to our feelings on the pre * sent mournful occasion . We here consign to the grave the honoured remains of a Christian wife and mother , whose loss must be acutely felt in the circle of relatives and Mends in winch
she moved . The accomplishments of the mind , and the beauty of virtue were hers ; a sympathizing heart , an ingenuous love of truth , a Christian simplicity of life , an amiable anxiety for her family and friends
pre-eminently distinguished her , over whom we moum . They who were most inti ~ raately connected with her caa speak of the solidity of her understanding and the purity of her affections : can
tell us that while she seriously discharged the duties of religion , she was a stranger to the exclusive spirit of bigotry : that in the endearing relations of a wife , a mother , and a friend , she reached the summit of human
excellence . And in the present awful moment it is a healing balm to our wounded spirits to look back on a life spent in the fulfilment of duty , and to be able to bear so ample a testi * . mony to the merit we have lost . We also who surround her grave , sad
passengers of a few years , must soon , like « er , mingle with the * dust : those strong emotions pf the heart which our earthly desires and passions excite , |» ust soon cease : from us life with all
to enchantments , withall its disgusts , saall be withdrawn ; let then our car <* , Uke that of the Christian friend ^ w ixogQ exc ellence we bear s uch a tl img hona * ge , be a career of virtue , ma , vh en all the idle or painful agita .
( ions . of life shall be ever , , our good deeds pay survive , and stimulate others to an imitation of our usefulness ; and be to the world an honourable
testimony to the worth of our respective families ; and in the eternal mansions of the just , may tl ^ ey secure to u § that bright reward religion unfolds to our view . "
PRAYER . Almighty an < J everlasting God , th $ fountain of Being , who bringest us into existence to assure us of thy favour , and to prepare jis for future
glory * naay these sad instances of inortality call us J > ack to seriousness and to duty . In the midst of life we are in death , but in the revelation of thy will , as manifested to us in Christ
Jesus ,, immortality is brought to light ^ and we fjre raised to the most awful expectations . May these moments , consecrated to the pious duties we owe to the dead , impress us with a lively sense of the shortness of Ufe , and of the fragility of
all human possessions , and thus rouse us from our supineness , and lead us on to virtue . They tell us ^ s they pass , that the great tide of tiijae is rolling on , and bearing us to the unkiio \ yn regions of eternity . O may we receive the awful admonition : tjiat when we
shall quit the duties of life , we may be admitted to the glories of heaven , to that happiness the world can neither give nor take away , but which flows from thy right hand for evermore . Grant this , O heavenly Father , we humbly beseech thee : we ask it in the name and as the disciples of Jesus ;
and through him we ascripe to th $ e the One Supreme , honour and glory ,. Amen .
The subject of tjie Sermon delivered at Monk well-street Chapel , the Sunday after tjie death of the late Mrs . Charley Aikin , to a numerous auditory of her relatives and friends , was the assistances of immortality derived from puy Christian faith . The text was , \ . Death
is swallowed up in victory /* 1 Cor . xv . 54 , and ftftet paying dwelt on t ^ glorious hopes the Saviour of mzxir kind from sin and death has given tp his followejr ?^ the Kev , S . W . Bro ^ mp thus concluded : <* How naturally these reflections harmonize with the juQunrful spiemni-
Funeral jSerofcefer Mrs . C . Aikin . 649
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1821, page 649, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2506/page/17/