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fact by trying it on beasts of burthen. Take that fine animal the horse, and work him to the full extent of
THE BIRMINGHAM APPRENTICE. his powers every day in the week, or give him rest one He sets up in Business, and settles with a Family. day in seven ; and you will soon perceive, by the superior vigour with which he performs his functions on
William completed his seven years apprenticeship the the other six days, that this rest is necessary to his
day on which he attained the twentieth year of his age. well-being. Man, possessing a superior nature, is
His master found that it would be a serious loss to borne along by the very vigour of his wind; so that the spare his services, and therefore inade him an offer of injury of continued diurnal exertion and excitement on wages, which was considered liberal : but he would his animal system is not so immediately apparent as it
continue no longer in the employment of one, who had is in the brute; but in the long run he breaks down treated him in many respects unworthily, and even more suddenly it abridges the length of his life, and cruelly. that vigour of his old age, which (as to mere auimal Froin the debasing habit of frequent and excessive power) ought to be object of his preservation. I drinking, his master had seriously neglected his busisider therefore, that in the bountiful provision of Pro- ness, for the last two years especially: sometimes revidence for the preservation of human life, the maining from home, in company not to be named, for Sabbatical appointinent is not, as it has been some.
two or three days and nights together: intemperance times Theologically viewed, simply a precept partaking
brutalized his manners; and acts of petty tyranny, of the nature of a political institution, but that it is to
and even barbarity, the most shameful in its character, be numbered amongst the natural duties ; if the pre
were the natural consequeuces. Timid as William was servation of life be adınitted to be a duty, and the pre- naturally, prepared by the fear of God in a great mature destruction of it a suicidal act. This is said degree to suffer evil, and without any influential friend simply as a physician, and without reference at all to in the town, he was necessitated to lay some of the the Theological question. But if you consider further long grievances of himself and fellow-apprentices bethe proper effect of real Christianity, namely, peace of fore a magistrate; who threatened the master with the mind, confiding trust in God, and good will to man, cancelling of the indentures, unless the unusual comyou will perceive this source of renewed vigour to the plaints were immediately remedied. They could not mind, and through the inind to the body, an additional be denied : and every thing required was readily prospring of life, imparted from the higher use of the misel, his master ackoowledging that he had no fault Sabbath as a holy rest. Were I to pursue this part of to find with Williarn, and adınitting that he had never the question, I should be touching on the duties com- neglected his business for an hour, during about five mitted to the clergy; but this I will say, that researches
years of his servitude, which had already transpired. in physiology, by the analogy of the workings of Pro.
One subsequent act of unkindness, may, on several vidence in nature, will establish the truth of Revelation, accounts, with propriety be here mentioned :- When and consequently show, that the Divine commandment the father of William died, about fourteen months is not to be considered as an arbitrary enactment, but
before the termination of his apprenticeship, he was as an appointment necessary, to man.
This is the sent for to attend the funeral : but his master obposition in which I would place it, as contradistin. served, that as he could do no good to his father, his guished from precept and legislation. I would point going was undecessary, and that he would not suffer out the Sabbatical rest as necessary to man; and that
him to undertake the journey, and that he wanted the great enemies of the Sabbath, and consequently the
certain work completed. William offered to finish all enemies of man, are, all laborious exercise of the body
the work that was required, and then, travelling all or mind, and dissipation, which force the circulation night, to attend the last sad offices for his parent : but on that day in which it should repose ; whilst relaxation
in humanity, superinduced by irreligion and inteinperfrom the ordinary cares of life, the enjoyinent of this ance, pronounced a coarse and frowning refusal. This repose in the bosom of one's family, with the religious was felt as a most grievous affliction to William; and studies and duties which the day enjoins, not one of
every one of his shopmates was indignant at the unwhich, if rightly exercised, tend to abridge life, consti- feelingness thus displayed, and united in recoinmend. tute the beneficial and appropriate service of the day,
ing him to go without leave, daring his master to The student of nature, in becoming the student of punish him, or notice the disobedience. But the fear CHRIST, will find in the principles of his doctrine and of God prevailer, and William submitted, “casting all law, and in the practical application of them, the only his care upon the Lord,” believing that. “He careil for and perfect science which prolongs the present, and
him ;” and he was enabled by the Divine grace, not perfects the future life.”
only to be patient, and resigned to his holy will, but even to pray for his unfeeling master, according to the
precept and example of his blessed Lord and Saviour; CHRISTIAN CONFIDENCE.
at the same tiine confident, that all his difficulties would
conduce to his advantage. * They that know thy name will put their trust in thee,” Released from the obligations of an apprentice, Psalm ix, 10.
William had to make a beginning in the world; and Thou art, O God! the joy and pride Of those, who make thy name their stay;
without property, the indispensable means of embark
ing in business for himself. But he possessed two And love shall bless, and light shall guide,
things of inestimable value; things for which he had Each trusting wanderer on his way! Where'er we are, whate'er we do,
for a long time earnestly prayed to his heavenly Father,
and for which he had carefully and perseveringly Thy mercies meet us fresh and new!
laboured, under many unrighteous impositions. He Could we but with unclouded eyes
had a good character ; against which, malice itself Through all thy dispensations view,
could not establish an objection: and he was acknowHow fair then would the scene arise,
ledged to possess the ability of a good workman, his Of mercy's beams still shining through ;
reputation for which had been blazed abroad, even by E'en sorrow's darkest cloud would wear
his master, on all occasions, especially when in his Some light, to show that love was there.
cups, challenging any one to produce his equal. S. F. W. Trade at that time was in a particularly flourishing state, and the character of William having been testi- not of both his brothers and sisters. Of the whole of tied by his master himself, and his work being known them he had reason to hope “things that accompany to the principal in a large wholesale house, on his salvation." application, every requisite was supplied on the third Remarkably favoured in business, and blessed with a day after he had left his servitude, to enable him to kind and careful mother to manage his domestic affairs, enter on business; and though the most dishonourable William, diligent in his habits, and devoting a full attempts were made to injure hiin, by various insinua.
measure of his hours daily to the claims of his trade tions as to his secret intentions relating to the property and the manufactory, by early rising, allowing himself with which it was supposed he had been entrusted, and but six hours bed, 'redeemed a considerable portion of that without any security, they were candidly men- his time for mental iinprovement. He felt his ignotioned to William, but not credited. William declared rance on divine things especially, and determined upon some of his intentions, which had indeed been secret, rather an extensive course of reading for a tradesman, but they related to supporting his widowed mother : embracing particularly the Evidences of Christianity thus respect for him was created ; and by the gracious and Church History; and by regularity and persevehelp of God, he never dishonoured the bigh confidence rance for a few years upon this plan, he made conthus reposed in him.
siderable progress. Instead of it interfering with the William reflected upon the case of his inother being claims of his ordinary business, it afforded him daily left a widow, and in necessitous circumstances, with relief and the most solid pleasure. four children; and regarding it as a call of Providence Most happily for him, anticipating his wishes, about to assist them, he promptly determined on acting the this period, a few intelligent, pious, and liberal-minded part of a father to the family. Arrangements were gentlemen, inembers of the Independent and Baptist inade, and in six weeks after his apprenticeship terini- congregations of the Rev. Messrs. Birt, Edwards, and nated, his mother removed from the country to keep Bennett, and of those attending the ministry of the his house: his two brothers he took apprentices to his Rev. Mr. Burn, projected a select Theological Library own business; and his two sisters, who were the in Biriningham. The plan was adopted, contributions youngest, hc put to school. Providence, kind and were liberal, and it soon included several hundred gracious, evidently smiled upon his industrious dili- volumes of the choicest standard works of sound gence, prospering the work of his hands, giving him Divinity, a great part of which William read with confavour in the sight of those with whom he transacted siderable attention and profit, making extracts of business, blessing him, and making him a blessing to
various of the most striking passages. others.
William was not satisfied with direct reading : he feeling alive to the inestimable importance of began to reflect upon bis Latin exercises at the Grampersonal religion, William did not fail to lead his mother mar school; perceiving the value of that language and family to the house of God, and to direct their from the numerous passagez he met with in the several attention to the things that belong to their everlasting Theological works. He had neglected that study during prace. But his religious profession and connections re- almost all his apprenticeship; but he determined now, quired more than attendance at the house of God; they if possible, on recovering what he had lost, and on brought him into contact with many of those who making some further progress in that ancient language; were accustomed to worship God as families : the prac. not without some secret hope, though perhaps at a distice commended itself to his judgment, as rational and tant day, of being able to examine the records of the proper and necessary; and he found that it was agree. Gospel of salvation in the consecrated language of able to the custoin of the people of God, as recorded in Greece. In these hopes he was not a little encouraged ihe Holy Scriptures. This was sufficient to determine by the concluding paragraph of the Latin Grammar, the mind of William ; and having found a discourse on about that time published by Dr. Smith of Homerton “ Family Religion,' among Whitfield's Sermons, College. He obtained assistance, and his success, ultiwritten upon the remarkable words of Joshua, “ As for mately, almost equalled his expectations, if it did not me and my house, we will serve the Lord,” Josh. xxiv, satisfy his wishes. he at once decided on introducing the subject, and on To excite and stimulate a class of persons such as following so worthy an exaple. He had the approba- William, that learned Tutor remarks “If to the tion of his friends whom he consulted on the occasion, prosecution of this course of study, the leisure hours and he was encouraged by their cordial recommenda- were devoted which most young men can command on tion.
the six days of the week, I can scarcely doubt, that an William made known his wishes to his mother; useful and gratifying measure of attainment would be showed her the sermon on the subject; read it in the made in three or four years; and then it may be hoped evening in the presence of the family, who all appeared that warmer zeal, aided by satisfactory experience, will willing to comply with his desire, not making the prompt the lover of these fair regions of literature, to slightest objection; and from that day forward, the God urge a similar career in the Greek language. Dr. Valpy's of nature, of providence, and of salvation, was acknow- excellent Grammar, with the concomitant aid of the ledged and worshipped daily, by the reading of the Westminster, will open the path ; and the late ProHoly Scriptures, and prayer.
fessor Dalzel's Analecta, and his Collectaneu, will make With admiring gratitude did William often look
it delightfully pleasant. In that path the lover of back upon those eventful and delightful days of his knowledge and virtue will not only be charmed by the early bistory, wondering at the goodness of God, in attractions of Ionic sweetness and Attic elegance; but preserving him while inexperienced in worldly transac- he will hear the dictates of ETERNAL WISDOM, in huintions and young in years, and opening ways in his ble simplicity of words, yet with celestial majesty of merciful providence so favourable to his wishes, and so sentiment, from teachers whoin the Son of God far beyond his expectations. He saw with the most
commissioned, and the Spirit of Truth inspired.” hearttelt satisfaction, his mother, as he believed, embrace the gospel of Christ, brought to the knowledge of “The truth as it is in Jesus” by her son's manifest “That man is quite unable to do any thing for himdevotedness to God, and in answer to his prayers. self spiritually, is one of the most mortifying truths in The same distinguished happiness, he had grounds to the word of God: it is a stream which runs in direct believe, became the lessed portion of one of each, if opposition to mau's pride."
May not our sinful passions, nor our private interests, disappoint any endeavours for the public good; may the Sovereign so possess the hearts of his people, that they may never be wanting in honour to his person, and dutiful submission to his authority; may his reign be prosperous; and may
“ truth and justice, religion and piety, be established amongst us for all generations."
HINTS FOR PROMOTING THE NATIONAL
REFORM. It was an apothegm of one of our most distinguished senators, " that our passions forge our fetters ;” in which language is obviously implied, that much of that inquietude and discord so generally prevalent amongst us is the offspring of our own corrupt propensities. Admitting this to be the fact, as unquestionably it is, it must readily be conceded, that self-reformation will be the most effectual step towards promoting that integrity, truth, and justice, on which the best interests of mankind, individually and collectively, so mainly depend. The page of history informs us, that the wisest and the most prudent of legislative measures are ineffectual to the accomplishment of their purposes, where there exists in the people a spirit of covetous, ness and insubordination. They may for a period serve to stem the torrent of corruption, which, were it not for these wholesoine flood-gates of restraint, would soon burst the barriers; and possibly present a scene of uncontrollable anarchy, not very dissimilar to that lately instanced in a neighbouring country.
It is a truth as certain as it is little remembered, that “righteousness exalteth a nation, but that siu is a reproach to any people.” This plain maxim, which coming as it does from the wisest of men, and from Revelation, we may justly be entitled to assume as our postulatum, and in conformity to which it is proposed to offer a few hints, which it is hoped may not be considered presumptuous or unreasonable at the present crisis.
First, it cannot be denied, that in this our land there exist the means by, which every individual may he adequately and comfortably supported. England is not a barren soil: her peasantry should be her pride : we do not affirin that the reverse is literally the case, but we maintain, that generally they have not their proper balance in the national scale. Let then the great Christian law of love extend itself more widely. Let not all seek their own, but every man another's wealth. Let not the public inind be so absorbed on subjects of doubtful policy. Let not the commonalty of our realı imagine, that a panacea for every physical and moral evil, is contained in the word Reforin. Let our rulers show, that while they are the terror of evil doers, they are also to the praise of them that do well. And let all classes remember, that it is their duty, as opportunity may be afforded or ability may be given, to labour to advance the present and future welfare of mankind. If this law of love operated more strongly through the different ranks of society, we should not have reason to complain of the burthen under which we now groan; gladness would brighten the face of nature, the wilderness would becoine a fruitful field, the desert would blossoin as the rose. England, with a proud pre-eminence, has in the excellency of her institutions and appointments afforded an example to the other nations of the world; but her horizon appears now to be partially obscured.
She has not, however, irrecoverably fallen : ber walls may even yet be built again in troublous times. Let each then proceed in the work of bis own reformation; for the moral improvement of the nation must depend upon individual exertion. The united efforts of all in their respective stations, towards the benefit of their fellowmen, towards whatever may advance the honour and interests of their country, will not be unavailing. May this be the case, that righteousness and peace dwelling in our land, God may give us his blessing ; for He it is who ruleth over the kingdoin of men, and however inuch they may arrogate to themselves, He that sitteth on high is inightier.
THE CHARACTER OF CALEB. Notice the difference between the character of Caleb and the generality of the Israelites. He had another spirit with him;”. theirs was a disobedient spirit, though they promised so fairly at Sinai, Deut. v, 27, but his was an obedient spirit. He approved cordially of the Divine government and the holy law of God: so must we, if we would follow the Lord. John xiv, 21. Theirs was a rebellious spirit, Isa. Ixiii, 10; but Caleb's was a spirit of submission, ready to suffer as well as to perform the Divine will. Theirs was a distrustful, cowardly spirit : his was a courageous, resolute spirit, Num. xiii, 30; xiv, 9. Theirs was an unbelieving spirit, Num. xiv, 11, “So we see they could not enter in because of unbelief:” but Caleb had a spirit of faith, depending on the Divine all-sufficiency and veracity. Theirs was a selfish spirit, they cared only for their own ease, safety, and temporal enjoyment; but Caleb had a disinterested, self-denying spirit; he entered into God's views, he cared for God's ylory, as Moses also did, Num. xiv, 12—19: and thus our Lord has taught us, " If any one will follow me, he must deny himself.”' Theirs was at best an indolent, discontented spirit. Diligence is of importance in the things of this life, and so it certainly is in religion. Our Lord hates lukewarmness. He requires his people to be zealous, and He well deserves our utmost exertion. Consider then how needful a like spirit is, that we may follow the Lord fully. “He hath followed me fully,” saith the Lord of Caleb, and the same phrase is used repeatedly in Joshua. We are called to an heavenly inheritance; but we inust travel through a wilderness, and encounter hosts of foes, conquer the world, the flesh, and the devil, fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold on eternal life. But to this end it is necessary that we should follow the Lord fully, and to this purpose we must unite with Hiin in our ends. He chose us, that we might be holy. He predestinated us to be conforined to the image of his Son. Christ gave himself for us, to redeem us from all iniquity, to bring us to God, to save us from this present evil world. He meant to purify unto himself “a peculiar people, called unto holiness, formed to show forth his praise.”' A right spirit will unite with God in these ends, and will consequently fall in with answerable means. If we have a right spirit, we shall resign ourselves to the Divine guidance,--shall be willing to subject ourselves to the Divine government, and resign ourselves to the disposal of God's providence. We shall be willing that God should choose for us. We must rely entirely on the Divine promises, and God's all-sufficiency and fidelity to execute them. “God has spoken, in his holiness I will rejoice.” We must seek the destruction of God's enemies, and long for every thing to be destroyed that is hostile to him. We must be universal in our obedience. We must keep our eye on One perfect example; and ask ourselves how Christ would have acted in similar circumstances. We must never be contented till we obtain full possession of the promised rest, the presence and enjoyment of God.
ON THE DIVINE ATTRIBUTES.
save a man; and all the energy of true devotedness, and
all the earnestness of Christian charity, will be of no No. II.-THE POWER OF GOD.
avail until the Spirit of the Lord touches the sinner's (Continued from p. 30.)
heart, and commands it to be softened. Every Chris. 3. Hitherto I have dwelt only on those mighty works tian, therefore, is a trophy of the Power of God; every which were wrought hy God in behalf of his chosen converted sinner proclaims to the world, that there is a people; and did space permit, and were it necessary, I Spirit ever busy in this earth of ours, which possesses the could add much more to the little that has been
power of arresting the course of the prodigal, and conbrought forward. Let me, however, leave the affairs of ducting him back again to his Father's house : and the nations for the more interesting topic of personal express declaration of God himself is, “Not by might, experience. And sure I am, that in this the power of nor by power (that is, humau power), but by my Spirit
, God is as much displayed as in the other. I might set saith the Lord of Hosts." before you all the miseries attendant on a life of licen- But it is not only in converting the sinner, that the tiousness, and prove how God has made a man's own power of God is manifested. Many other cases equally iniquities bring about his punishment. I might tell bear on them the impression of supernatural agency. you of mighty warriors, whose ainbition soared far When the heart begins to fail, and the spirit to faint, heyond human calculation, who were nevertheless ent and when the chill cold hand of poverty seems ready to off in the prime of their life, and robbed of their grasp us, is it not Divine Power which renders assistbrilliant expectations; and I might fill volumes in de- ance, and never fails to relieve all such as faithfully monstrating how wonderfully God has in every instance seek its interference? When the sorrows and distresses inade the wrath of man to praise him, and restrained of life press sorely upon us, how comes it that the the reinainder of wrath. But I would rather leave that Christian can smile, and be contented ? What is it part of the subject untouched, while I mention some- that affords him a consolation, which the man of the thing respecting that powerful assistance of the Al- world clearly knows nothing about ? Surely we mighty, which subdues every enormity of human de. must own it is the Power of God alone, which is able pravity, which suits itself to every emergency of to make sorrow and sighing flee away. To enter into human suffering, and eases every weight of human aný detail on these points is unnecessary. Every
man has his own sufferings, and every man has his own Let me first of all bid you look at the man whose consolations. Nevertheless, they are all brought abont mind is engrossed either by the delusions of false gaiety, by the powerful and mighty agency of that Spirit, who the cares of this life, or the deceitfulness of riches. divideth to every man severally as he will. Nothing affords him any gratification which does not But there is one scene through which we must all tend in some way or other to promote the interest of pass : there is yet an event to happen to the inany mil. his darling idol, and lie clearly lives without any serious lions who now inhabit this earth, in which each one will consideration on the shortness of life, or the certainty nced the Power of God. There is the Valley of the of another world. That this is the case with a vast Shadow of Death, lying straight before us, and cross number of the present generation, the experience of it we must. Oh! this is a dreadful consideration; it is every one must bear witness ; for where is the man of one calculated to bring the loftiest of us into the dust the world who is not surrounded by many companions before his Maker, and wring from the proudest of us whose sentiments and conduct resemble his own ? and
a humble supplication for mercy. Dic we must ! and where is the Christian, who does not secretly lament when the last gasp of expiring nature is all of morover the thoughtlessness and spiritual indifference of tality that remains, when the last groan is quivering on many of those with whom he is connected ? When our lips, and when one inoment more will bring before however it comes to pass, that one of these careless ones us all the awful realities of the unseen world, where is brought over to the cause of religion, and being con- shall we find one who will be willing to rely on his vinced of the vanity of earthly enjoyments, resolves to own strength, and enter the presence of his Maker in seek first of all the kingdom of God and his righ- his own righteousness ? To talk of death, and to die, teousness, I should like to know by what means he is are two very different things; and he who has most loudly thus converted. Some may say, that the powerful protested his fearlessness of its consequences, will be preaching of the Gospel has brought about the change : the very first to quake and to tremble when the awful but let me ask, how comes it then, that so many are reality flashes across his mind, that “this night his soul still indifferent under the very same ininister? If there may be required of him.” were any power in eloquence or pathos effectually to Évery professedly rational system of religion has this change the heart, we should not have cause to com. object in view; but, alas ! it is not every system which plain that our ministers stretch out their hands to a accomplishes its object. BUT ONE specific has been regardless people. Though therefore I am willing to found, BUT ONE staff strong enough to support the own, that as an instrument, none can be more powerful weight of a dying mortal, and that is CHRISTIANITY. than the preaching of the Gospel, yet I cannot ascribe Let me then for one moment dwell on the triumphant to it in any case the honour of saving a soul from scene which the death-bed of a Christian presents. death. Others may inquire, Is it not then the man's We behold stretched, possibly on a hard and comown common sense which has suggested to him con- fortless bed, the emaciated form of one, who once was vincing reasons why he should change his course of a constant attendant at the house of the Lord : pain and life? Alas! no. Can a rushing torrent of waters arrest weariness are upon him, and his eyes are closed: when its course at any given spot? Can the madman regain however they open, we behold in them an expression his senses whenever he thinks fit? Can the Ethiopian of joy and conquest, which can be understood, and change his skin, or the leopard his spots ? No! must which can be felt, but cannot be written. The lips of be the answer returned to each of these inquiries : and the sufferer betoken that he is about to speak. And what equally impossible is it for those who are deluded by does he say? No complaiving expression escapes him Satan, and carried captive by a thousand evil inclina- -no murmur—but the voice of thanksgiving for what tions, to regain the path of virtue, and change them- he has suffered, and is about to enjoy.
As the hour of selves into servants of the Living God? There is but dissolution approaches, the faith of ibe dying Christian one Power able to accomplish this : human arguments, increases. The grim tyrant Death enters, and steraly and human eloquence, are counted but a vain thing to demands his victim ; but instead of beholding a trem
bling wretch, striving to avoid his blow, resignation
rest!” O how would that word everlasting dwell upon and readiness are manifested in his countenance; and his lips! And with what inexpressible pleasure would as the last enemy strikes his dart through the body of he repeat it again and again. his victim, the soul escaping, as it soars upwards to the The last time the supper of our Lord was adminisbosom of its God, triun,phantly exclaims, “O death! tered in this place, he was very desirous to have been where is thy sting? O grave! where is thy victory?” brought hither, to take his dying leave of his dear flock This, my friends, is the most splendid display of the at that table, as his Lord died before him, and to have Power of God which I can set before you; and may enjoyed there a foretaste of that blessedness which he God make you personally and eternally convinced of its was going fully to possess. But wh he was dissuaded truth.
by his friends, “Well (said he) though they will not let B. Z. me go to the table of the Lord, I will go to the Lord of
He continued in the perfect enjoyment of his raDeath-Bed Tostimonies.
tional faculties to the very last; and when the signs of
his approaching dissolution came upon him, a dear COLLECTED BY THE LATE REV. WILLIAM BUTTON. friend asked him, how it was with him ? To which he No. II.
answered, “ ALL JOY, I am going to my Father! () that
I were in iny Redeemer's bosom!” And then looking REV. JOSEPH COLLET,
round his bed at his weeping family, “You weep. (said Pastor of the Baptist Church at Coat in Oxfordshire. Died he), but others (mcaning his friends above) will soon Aug. 21st, 1741, in the 57th year of his age.
rejoice; and if you could but behold me one hour after His abundant labours were thought to be too hard for
I am got home, you would not wish me back again.” his constitution, though not naturally weak ; so that
The same friend telling him that there was a guard of when his friends well hoped that he inight be continued
angels ready to conduct him thither ; “Oh! (said he) much longer a blessing among thein, he fell into a
that I were among them :” and then with a most pleaJingering illness, which he endured with great patience
sant and heavenly air upon his countenance, le bid his and serenity of mind. And though he was willing, if it
family and friends FAREWELL! and took his immediate had been the pleasure of God, to have continued in
flight to the mansions prepared for him in the land of his warfare longer, for the benefit of the church, and
rest and blessedness. the advantage of his fainily; yet he often said, his Funeral Sermon, preached by the Rev. Joseph Sten“will was swallowed up in the will of God:” and nett, from John xiv, 2, “In my Father's house are under the apprehensions of his decaying nature he many mansions; if it were not so, I would have would frequently observe, “How dreadful his case told you: I go to prepare a place for you.” would have been, if the great work had been then 10 do.” When bis weakness took him off from public service, his time was chiefly employed, either in faithful and Christian counsels and exhortation, to such as
ITALIAN EPIGRAM, came to visit him, or to those of his own family; and
On our Lord's being bound to a pillar in Pilate's when a friend expressed her fears, that his excessive
Judgment Hall. labours had impaired his constitution, he answered with great vehemence, that, “ If he had ten thousand
ET TU MARMOREUM QUOQUE!" lives, he would freely spend them all for the interest of
Marble, the pillar against which he stood : his dear Lord : and if he thought the ubatement of his
Marble, the men that thirsted for his blood ; public work would not be attended with his recovery for And more than marble was the Son of God! more service, he would go furth and preach the Gospel, to the last moment he was able to stund."
From nature's quarry was the former hewn; When he apprehended bis end drew near, he met the
But hate inferoal turn’d the next to stone; sentence of death with great resignation : and though
While patience made the Rock of Ages one ! in a sense of his own unworthiness he cried out with the Publican, “ Lord, be merciful to me a sinner!” yet
If faith's perspective bring the scene to view, he said also with Job, “I know that my Redeemer
And nature's shudder prove the record true, liveth; and though, after my skin, worms destroy this
I, if I weep not, must be marble too ! body, yet in my Hesh shall I see God;” and “Though Weep, then, my heart; mine eyes, a fountain flow; he slay me, and my family too, yet will I trust in him.” Melt all my griefs, and deep dissolve in woe He declared he died in the faith of those doctrines This mind of marble and this breast of snow. which he had preached to others : that he believed the Lord Jesus Christ to be a perfect Saviour : and as “he
The pillar, stone ! more soft its hardest part is able (said he) to save to the utterinost, so I ven
Than that in me, whose rock deties the smart ture my all, both body and soul, on him, for he has
That rent the Suff'rer, and that brake his heart. engaged to take care of both.” He rejoiced in this, Come, then, Reflection, and before mine eye that," “though he must die, he should die but once, Let these sad sorrows in perspective lie, and after that, this last enemy should be banished for Till marble weeps, and weeping rocks reply! ever; ” adding that “his triuinpb was in a living Redeemer,” and taking up the language of the apostle
So shall I stand, as bound with Him who stood Paul, “I have fought (said he) the good fight, I have
Firm as a rock, resisting unto blood ; finished my course, I have kept the faith ; henceforth Redemption's witness, and the friend of God ! there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which
Arm'd with his mind, -all meekness, but all zeal, the Lord the righteous Judge shall give me at that day;
Patient to bear, though exquisite to feel, and not to me only, but to all them also that love his
Hell's dread assaults, and Heav'n's more dreadful will! appearing;” Under the increasing pains of his disease, he would often in the midst of his uncommon Come, then, 0 Thou! my pattern, and my guard; patience cry out, “O that I had wings like a dove, In life, in death, I meet, by thee prepar'd, ihen would' I fly away and be at rest, at everlasting My hope's last conflict, and its last reward !