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FUNERAL SERVICES OF MR. LINCOLN AT THE WHITE HOUSE,
THE CAPITOL OF THE NATION.
Mr. LINCOLN was assassinated on the night of the 14th of April, 1865.
At 12 o'clock, noon, April, 19th, 1865, the room was filled with weeping friends, the President and Cabinet having entered last. · Rev. Dr. GURLEY, of the Presbyterian Church, whose church Mr. Lincoln and family generally attended in Washington, announced the order of exercises.
Rev. Dr. HALL read, very impressively, the funeral services of the Episcopal Church, commencing “I am the resurrection and the life, &c."
This solemn service, was followed by a fervent extemporaneous prayer, by Rev. Bishop Simpson, of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
THE BISHOP'S PRAYER. ALMIGHTY GOD, our Heavenly Father, as with sñitten and suffering hearts we come into Thy presence, we pray, in the name of our blessed Redeemer, that Thou wouldst pour upon us Thy Holy Spirit, that all our thoughts and acts may be acceptable in Thy sight. We adore Thee for all Thy glorious perfections. We praise Thee for the revelation which Thou hast given us in Thy works and in Thy Word. By thee all worlds exist. All beings live through Thee. Thou raisest up kingdoms and empires, and castest them down. By Thee kings reign, and princes decree righteousness. In Thy hand are the issues of life and death. We confess before Thee the magnitude of our sins and transgressions, both as individuals and as a nation. We implore Thy mercy for the sake of our Redeemer. Forgive us all our iniquities. If it please Thee, remove Thy chastening hand from us, and, though we be unworthy, turn away
from us Thine anger, and let the light of Thy countenance. again shine upon us.
At this solemn hour, as we mourn for the death of our President, who was stricken down by the hand of an assassin, grant us also the grace to bow in submission to Thy holy will. May we recognize thy hand high above all human agencies, and thy power as controlling all events, so that “the wrath of man shall praise Thee, and that the remainder of wrath thou wilt restrain.” Humbled under the suffering we have endured and the great afflictions through which we have passed, may we not be called upon to offer other sacrifices. May the lives of all our officers, both civil and military, be guarded by Thee; and let no violent hand fall upon any of them. Mourning, as we do, for the mighty dead by whose remains we stand, we would yet lift our hearts unto Thee in grateful acknowledgment for Thy kindness in giving us so great and noble a President. Thou art glorified in good men, and we praise Thee that Thou didst give him unto us so pure, so honest, so sincere, and so transparent in character. We praise Thee for that kind, affectionate heart, which always swelled with feelings of enlarged benevolence. We bless Thee for what Thou didst enable him to do; that Thou didst give him wisdom to select for his advisers and for his officers, military and naval, those men through whom our country has been carried triumphantly through an unprecedented conflict.
We bless Thee for the success which has attended all their efforts, and for the victories which have crowned our s armies; and that Thou didst spare Thy servant until he could behold the dawning of that glorious morning of peace and prosperity which is about to shine upon our land; that he was enabled to go up as Thy servant of old upon Mount Pisgah, and catch a glimpse of the promised land. Though his lips are silent and his arm is powerless, we thank Thee that Thou didst strengthen him, to speak words that cheer the hearts of the suffering and the oppressed; and to write
that declaration of emancipation which has given him an immortal record; that though the hand of the assassin has struck him to the ground, .it could not, destroy the work which he has done, nor forge again the chains which he has broken. And while we mourn that he has passed away, we are grateful that his work was so fully accomplished, and that the acts which he has performed will forever remain.
We implore Thy blessing upon his bereaved family. Thou husband of the widow, bless her who, broken-hearted and sorrowing, feels oppressed with unutterable anguish. Cheer the loneliness of the pathway which lies before her, and grant to her such consolations of Thy Spirit, and such hopes through the resurrection, that she shall feel that “Earth hath no sorrows which Heaven cannot heal.”
Let Thy blessings rest upon his sons; pour upon them the spirit of wisdom. Be Thou the guide of their youth; prepare them for usefulness in society, for happiness in all their relations. May the remembrance of their father's counsels and their father's noble acts ever stimulate them to glorious deeds, and at last may they be heirs of everlasting life.
Command Thy richest benedictions to descend upon the successor of our lamented President. Grant unto him wisdom, energy, and firmness for the responsible duties to which he has been called. May he not only be a praise to them that do well, but may he so be a terror to evil doers as not to bear the sword in vain. May he, his cabinet, officers and generals who shall lead his armies, and the brave soldiers in the field, be so guided by Thy counsels that they shall speedily complete the great work which he had so successfully carried forward.
Let Thy blessing rest upon our country. Grant unto us all a fixed and strong determination never to cease our efforts until our glorious Union shall be fully re-established.
Around the remains of our loved President may we cove
nant together by every possible means to give ourselves to our country's service until every vestige of this rebellion shall have been wiped out, and until slavery, its cause, shall be forever eradicated, and freedom shall reign from the Lakes to the Gulf, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Preserve us, we pray Thee, from all complications with foreign nations. Give us hearts to act justly toward all nations, and grant unto them hearts to act justly toward us, that universal peace and happiness may fill our earth. We rejoice that in this afflicting dispensation Thou hast given an additional evidence of the strength of our nation. We bless Thee that no tumult has arisen, that there has been no conflict for power, and that in peace and harmony our Government moves onward; and that Thou hast shown, through us, to all nations that Republics possess every element of strength, and that, in the midst of this terrible trial, our Government is the strongest on the face of the earth.
In this solemn presence may we feel that we too are mortal. May the sense of our responsibility to God rest upon us; may we repent of every sin; and may we consecrate anew unto Thee all the time, and all the talents which Thou hast given us; and may we so fulfil our allotted duties that finally we may have communion with the good and wise and great, who now surround Thy glorious throne! Hear us while we unite in praying with Thy Church in all lands, and in all ages, even as Thou hast taught us, saying
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
FUNERAL ORATION, BY REV. DR. GURLEY, OF THE
As we stand here to-day mourners around this coffin, and around the lifeless remains of our beloved Chief Magistrate, we recognize and we adore the sovereignty of God. His throne is in the heavens, and his kingdom ruleth over all. He hath done and hath permitted to be done whatsoever He pleased. Clouds and darkness are round about Him; righteousness and judgment are the habitation of His throne. His way is in the sea and His path in the great waters, and His footsteps are not known. Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven. What canst thou do? Deeper than hell. What canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth and broader than the sea. If He cut off and shut up, or gather together; then who can hinder Him? For He knoweth vain men; He seeth wickedness. Also, will He not then consider it? We bow before His infinite majesty. We bow-we weep—we worship.
There reason fails with all her powers,
It was a cruel, cruel hand, that dark hand of the assassin, which smote our honored, wise, and noble President, and filled the land with sorrow. But above and beyond that hand there is another, which we must see and acknowledge. It is the chastening hand of a wise and faithful Father. He gives us the bitter cup; and the cup that our Father hath given us, shall we not drink it? God of the just, Thou gavest us the cup. We yield to Thy behest, and drink it up. Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth. Oh, how these blessed words have cheered and strengthened and sustained us through all these long and weary years of