He asks forgiveness of his friends, takes his leave of them, and commends them to Cod.

OK, that posting made no sense without context. I’ve been reading The Hour Of Our Death and this was a quote from that book, where “God” was misspelled “Cod”, and this was not in the context of a burial at sea. Just another ePub type which is probably not present in the printed edition, but I can’t check on that since I got rid of that weighty tome upon procuring the ePub version. I’d never shared a chunk of text from something I was reading on an eReader, so now I know that’s how it looks. Hah.