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BASKET OF FRAGMENTS.
the mother's grief for the loss of such an only son; at the Word, when they were ready to be overbut to be so immoderate, was not well.
Now I am whelmed by this overflowing scourge, which was sure it is time to dry up tears, and lay aside sorrows passing through the city; when Death was knocking for the loss of him who hath been so long filled with at so many doors, and God was crying aloud by his joys in the heavenly mansions.
judgments; and ministers were now sent to knock, I might speak of the carriage of the master in his cry aloud, and lift up their voice like a trumpet; sickness, under the apprehensions of death. When then, then the people began to open the ear and the the spots did appear on his body, he sent for me, and heart, which were fast shut and barred before. How desired me to pray with him; told me he was now did they then hearken, as for their lives—as if every going home, desired me to write to his friends, and sermon were their last-as if Death stood at the door let them know " that it did not repent him of his of the church, and would seize upon them so soon as stay in the city, though they had been so importunate they came forth-as if the arrows which flew so with him to come away; but he had found so much thick in the city would strike them, before they of God's presence in his abode here, that he had no could get to their houses—as if they were immereason to repent.” He told me where he would be diately to appear before the bar of that God, who by buried, and desired me to preach his funeral sermon his ministers was now speaking unto them! Great on Psalm xvi. last: “ In thy presence is fulness of were the impressions which the Word then made upon joy, and at thy right hand there are pleasures for many hearts—beyond the power of man to effect, and
But the Lord raised him again, beyond beyond what the people before ever felt, as some of the expectation of himself, friends, or physicians. them have declared. When sin is ripped up and reLet him not forget God's mercies, and suffer too proved, O the tears that slide down from the eyes ! much worldly business to crowd in upon him, and When the judgments of God are denounced, 0 the eboke the remembrance and sense of God's goodness tremblings which are upon the conscience! When
80 singular; but let him show by his singularity in the Lord Jesus Christ is made known and proffered, | meekness, humility, self - denial and love, zeal and O the longing desires and openings of heart unto
holy walking, that the Lord hath been singularly him! When the riches of the Gospel are displayed, gracious unto him. But when I speak of homes and the promises of the covenant of grace are set concernments, let me not forget to look abroad. forth and applied, O the inward burnings and sweet
The plague now increaseth exceedingly, and fears flames which were in the affections ! Now the net is there are amongst us, that within a while there will cast, and many fishes are taken; the pool is moved not be enough alive to bury the dead, and that the by the angel, and many leprous spirits and sin-sick city of London will now be quite depopulated by souls are cured; many were brought to the birth, and this plague.
I hope not a few were born again, and brought forth. Now some ministers (formerly put out of their A strange moving there was upon the hearts of mulplaces, who did abide in the city, when most of titudes in the city; and I am persuaded that many ministers in place were fied, and gone from the people were brought over effectually unto a closure with as well as from the disease, into the countries) sec Jesus Christ; whereof some died by the plague with ing the people crowd so fast into the grave and willingness and peace; others remain stedfast in God's eternity, who seemed to cry as they went, for spiri- ways unto this day; but convictions (I believe) many tual physicians; and perceiving the churches to be hundreds had, if not thousands, which I wish that open and pulpits to be open, and finding pamphlets none have stitled, and with the dog returned to their tung about the streets of pulpits to be let; they vomit, and with the sow have wallowed again in the judged that the law of God and nature did now dis- mire of their former sins. The work was the more pense with, yea, command their preaching in public great, because the instruments made use of were places, though the law of man (as it is to be supposed more obscure and unlikely, whom the Lord did make in ordinary cases) did forbid them to do it.
choice of the rather, that the glory by ministers and That they were called by the Lord into public, I people might be ascribed in full unto himself. suppose that few of any seriousness will deny, when the Lord did so eminently owe them, in giving many seals of their ministry unto them.
Basket of Fragments. Now they are preaching, and every sermon was unto them as if they were preaching their last. SELF.-The very heart and root of sin is an indeOld Time seemed now to stand at the head of the pendent spirit. We erect the idol self; and not only pulpit, with its great scythe, saying, with a hoarse wish others to worship, but worship it ourselves.voice : “Work while it is called to-day; at night I Cecil. will mow thee down." Grim Death seems to stand The Power Of Sin.-That which first overcomes at the side of the pulpit, with its sharp arrows, say a man is the last thing he overcomes.-St Augustine. ing: "Do thou shoot God's arrows, and I will shoot
THE DESIGN OF LIFE.-Certainly God hath some Ministers now had awakening calls to seriousness further design in giving me my life, and preserving and fertour in their ministerial work. To preach on
it by continual miracles, within and without, than 1' were tumbling—to pray under such near views of thou hast sinned, with the like depth of sorrow thou the side and brink of the pit, into which thousands that I should eat, drink, and die. --Adam.
REPENTANCE.— With the same height of desire l'eternity, might be a means to stir up the spirits more than ordinary:
must repent. Thou that hast sinned to-day, defer
He that hath Now there is such a vast concourse of people in not thy repentance till to-morrow. the churches where these ministers are to be found, promised pardon to thy repentance hath not prothat they cannot many times come near the pulpit mised lise till thou repent.-Quarles. doors for the press, but are forced to climb over the PROVIDENCE. - - God hangs the greatest weights pewe to them; and such a face is now seen in the upon the smallest wires.—Bacon. assemblies as 'seldom was seen before in London PERSONAL RELIGION.-It was the observation of such enger looks, such open cars, such greedy atten- Mr Ward, upon his brother Daniel Rogers (who was tion, as if every word would be eaten which dropped a man of great gifts and cminent graces, yet of a from the mouths of the ministers.
very bad temper and constitution), that though his If you ever saw a drowning man catch at a rope, brother Rogers had grace enough for two men, yet you may guess how eagerly many people did catch he had not half enough for himself.–Flavel.
“ Darkness shall be made light unto thee."-ISA. xlii. 16.
Light in thy light O may I see,
Thy grace and mercy prove;
Revived, and cheered, and bless'd by thee,
The God of pardoning love.
Lift up thy countenance serene,
And let thy happy child
Behold, without a cloud between,
The Godhead reconcil'd!
Even when a believer sees no light, he may feel of the old serpent, but crush it, and Spring from it
some hope; when he cannot close with a promise, he into glory.-Masor.
may lay hold on an attribute, and say: Though both
my flesh and my heart fail, yet divine faithfulness SATURDAY.
and divine compassions fail not. Though I can
hardly discern at present either sun, moon, or stars, “The cross of Christ."-1 Cor. 1. 17.
yet will I cast anchor in the dark, and ride it out, Other refuge have 1 none,
until the day break, and the shadows flee away.Hangs my helpless soul on thee;
Still support and comfort me.
“Be not high-minded, but fear," —Rom. xi. 20.
I want a principle within
Of jealous, godly fear ;
A sensibility of sin-
A pain to feel it near.
I want the first approach to feel
Of pride, or fond desire; wounds are thy healing, his agonies thy repose, his
To catch the wand'ring of my will, conflicts thy conquests, his groans thy songs, his
And quench the kindling fire. pains thine ease, his shame thy glory, his death thy life, his sufferings thy salvation.-Henry.
Never are men more unfit than when they think themselves most fit, and best prepared for their duty;
never more fit, than when most humbled and ashamed SABBATH.
under a sense of their own unfitness.-Luther. “I have a message from God unto thee."-JUDGES iii. 20. Jesus, thy servants bless,
, "O how I love thy law.”—Ps. cxix. 97.
Father of mercies, in thy Word
What endless glory shines !
For ever be thy name adored
For these reviving lines !
O may these heavenly pages be Beware of critical hearing of sermons preached by
Through life my chief delight; good men. It is an awful thing to be occupied in
And still new beauties may I see, balancing the merits of a preacher, instead of the
And still increasing light! demerits of yourself. Consider every opportunity of hearing as a message sent you from heaven. For
The Word is a land flowing with milk and honey, all the sermons you have heard, you will have to and we should spare no pains nor labour in order to render an account at the last day.-L. Richmond. gain it. God has given it eminent names, that he
might draw our affections more towards it. It is
called a lamp to guide our feet, and a light to our MONDAY.
paths. It is a guide to conduct us; a medicine to "Live peaceably with all men."—Rom. xii. 18
heal us; a bridle to restrain and hold us in; a sword
to defend us; water to wash us; a fire to make us Prince of universal peace, Destroy the enmity;
warm; salt to season and purify us; milk to nourish Bid our jars and discords cease
us, wine to cheer us; a treasure to enrich us; and a Unite us all in thee.
key to unlock for us the gate of heaven. Thus the o that now, with pardon blest,
Word has every name given to it, that we may seek We each might each embrace ;
it instead of everything else.—Rowlands. Quietly together resi,
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THE CHRISTIAN TREASURY.
BY THE REV. DR DRÄSEKE, MAGDEBURG.
(Translated from the German.)
* The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray 2. But consider the misery and lost condition of
ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest."-LUKE X. 2.
The Scripture says, that when Christ
saw the multitudes, he pitied them; for they Our presence here to-day is proof sufficient that were scattered like sheep without a shepherd. we are interested in the missionary cause, and This is the great necessity of the case. There feel bound to promote it. The words now quoted were shepherds in Israel enough-Scribes and
have special reference to the cause of missions, Pharisees; but the Spirit of the great Shep|| and teach us:-1. That each of us ought to be herd dwelt not in them. Accordingly, when
active; II. That each of us can be active in he came to gather the flock, he was not repromoting it.
ceived or acknowledged by them. They wanI. The duty is founded on four facts—the wor dered all astray. Is not this still true of those of thiness of the cause, the misery of man, the them who still read the books of Moses, but do greatness of the harvest, and the deficiency of not understand, from the veil cast over their labourers.
eyes ? or of those who bend the knee to the 1. The worthiness of the cause of missions is idol, or to that great idol, the world, unto which shown from the statement in the previous verses, their hearts have been sold? Their greatest about Christ going around the cities and villages want is the want of shepherds, and that is the preaching the Gospel of the kingdom, and heal. reason that they go thus astray; but " Christ is ing all manner of sickness and diseases among the come to seek and save that which is lost." His people. This is in reality the whole of the mis- days and nights were devoted to the work of sionary work. Christians! your first duty is, the saving sinners. As the Master did, so shonld preaching of the Gospel of the kingdom! Your the disciples. The necessity is great, and we sphere of labour is among the souls whom God should acknowledge it. Where the Shepherd has created; you are to strive that they may is wanting, everything is wanting; and this we be prepared for his kingdom. It is not merely should strive to realize. Those who have thus in Bethlehem, and Nazareth, and Jerusalem that gone astray are our brethren; and we should you are to labour, but far and near–on this and ponder this. It is God's will that help be given the other side of Jordan—in the villages and to all—the one assisting the other, from hand market-places. Your labours are designed to to hand, and place to place, and people to exalt into heaven, and to take in the whole people, and generation to generation. It is world. Does any one among you say that such thus we should set about establishing the kingactivity is impracticable, as surpassing all human dom of heaven upon earth. power! We are men, it is true; but it is as
3. Think of the greatness of the harrest. men that we, in Christ's name, call sinners to harvest,” said the Saviour, " is great." This is “the kingdom.” This kingdom cannot come to his language to you to-day. It is great as the us, unless we exert ourselves for its interests; earth itself. Our heavenly husbandman has and we are unable to press men into the king- made a great beginning in occupying the field; dom, unless the spirit of the kingdom actuates and the servants whom he has sent have been all our doings. To be a true citizen of this faithful, even unto death, in their struggles | kingdom, each of you must be the friend of mis with the uncultivated wastes. If you survey sions. In this matter there can be no indiffe- the map of the world for a moment, you will
“ He that is not with me is against me.” be convinced how truly great the harvest isOur activity in the missionary cause is insepar- great beyond all human reckoning. When such ably connected with our true destiny as human is the case, he who has ability for the work agents—with the true nature of man's duty, as
dare not deny his services. Who can think a responsible and immortal being. Remember without solemnity of the fact, that on the hardest who it is whom the verses referred to represent field of missionary labour the sun neter sets ? as thus engaged. It is Jesus—the Saviour pro 4. Consider, next, the want of labourers. Jesus mised to the nations--the Son of the living God. complained of this want while he was on earth. And how does he work in his Father's vineyard? | Though his was a life of unceasing activity, Love and wisdom characterize all he says and yet, amid all his labours, the spiritual necessidoes. He does not enter upon his labour until | ties of mankind made him exclaim, that the he has been duly qualified for it; nor does he labourers were indeed few. Twelve, we know, cease till he has completed what he had under accompanied him as his immediate helpers; and taken. Can any pattern be held up more worthy yet one of these was the son of perdition. our imitation? The missionary cause thus ac Christian friends! we too have to make the quires its true dignity from Him who has gone same complaint and lamentation. Are not the before as the first great labourer in the field. labourers few ? Few! if we consider their task No. 12.
May 16, 1845.
of saving a fallen world. Few ! if we consider will abundántly satisfy my soul millions of years the earnestness which the care of lost souls hence, in the contemplation of them. I had some requires. Few ! if we consider the field over but they never powerfully, and with divine energy,
idea of Gospel truths before floating in my head, which the kingdom of God behoves to extend. penetrated my heart till now. The societies may easily be counted who are connected with the work. The seminaries can
And in another place he says :
“ The gifts be numbered where labourers are being trained. of Mr Rowlands, and the power that accomThe stations can be named to which labourers panied his ministry, were such, that no hearers have gone.
Those who have gone can be in the present age can form any adequate idea counted—who have left house and home, friends of them. There is no one who has not heard and country, to oppose, in the distant parts of him that can imagine anything equal to what the earth, the kingdom of light to the kingdom they were. Oh, how wonderful the authority of darkness. But, my friends, those tribes and and light that accompanied his ministry! and communities who require such labourers, are how wonderful the effects on the hearers !” not to be numbered; and much less the indi- The Rev. Christmas Evans, a Welsh preacher, viduals who have had yet no means of know- gives the following detailed account :ing that life which comes from God. Will
His mode was his own-inimitable. I seem to see you, then, not increase this little, faithful band? him now, dressed in his black gown, opening the Will you not devote your energies to a work little door that led from the outside to the pulpit, which concerns your duties as men and Chris- and making his appearance to the multitude. His tians ? Will you not enter, with heart and whole countenance was clothed with a majesty that soul, on the Gospel warfare? Are you not
betokened sense, eloquence, and authority. His fore
head was high; his eyes were keen and piercing; his! ready to admit, that as it is a matter of the
nose was Roman or acquiline; his lips comely, and ! highest honour and the gravest necessity, so it his chin projecting and rising a little; and his voice is, too, a truly personal matter of the heart, was sonorous and high-toned. and a most sacred matter of the conscience, for Some preacher read and prayed, usually, accord.' every individual Christian to be a fellow- ing to what I have heard, before he rose up to preach. worker with his Lord? Such are the high ob- He then very frequently gave out to sing the follow
ing stanza from Prys' Psalms :-
Un arch a erchais ar Dduw Nav,
A hyny a archav etr.-
A bod a'm trigvan yno.*
One stanza only was given out at a time in those il
days, remarkable for powerful influences. After REV, DANIEL ROWLANDS OF LLANGEITHO,
singing the stanza with great fervour, Rowlands stood up, and read his text clearly to the hearing of ! all. The whole assembly were all ears, as if they were going to hear some evangelic oracle, and the
eyes of all were fixed on him. He had some stirring The particulars we have given regarding the thought, as a small ointment-box, before opening the
1 preaching of Rowlands are sufficient to show great one of the sermon, which he opened, and the that it must have been of a very striking and odours of its ointment spread over the whole con
gregation, and prepared them to expect the opening unusual kind. The descriptions of its charac- of the other boxes, one after the other, throughout teristics and effects by those of his cotempo- the sermon (which he did), until the whole house raries who heard him, are striking and full of was filled with the heavenly odour, as at Bethany interest. The well-known Charles says of him, formerly, with the odour of Mary's alabaster-box of in his diary :
ointment. After thus rousing the congregation by !
some striking thought, he divided his text, and began On January 20, 1773, I went to hear Mr Rowlands with the first division, bending downwards his head preach at New Chapel. His text was Heb. iv. 15. a little, to glance at the notes he had on a slip of A day much to be remembered by me as long as I | paper. live. Ever since that happy day I have lived in a Rowlands (soon) grew warm; his voice rising and new heaven and a new earth. The change which a | becoming authoritative, and resounding through the blind man who receives his sight experiences does whole chapel, so that you could see nothing but not exceed the change which at that time I ex smiles, and the tears flowing down the faces of the perienced in my own mind.
people, accompanied with exclamations throughout The earth receded and disappeared ;
the assembly. When this first flame of heavenly Heaven opened to my eyes :
devotion, under the first head, had become tranquil, My ears with sounds scraphic rang.
he began the second time to melt and render supple It was then that I was first convinced of the sin of the minds of the people, until he brought them unbelief, or of entertaining narrow, contracted, and again into the same heavenly temper; and this he hard thoughts of the Almighty. I had such a view did, as some say, six or seven times in the same serof Christ as our high priest-of his love, compassion, * Psalm xxvii. 4, former part. The Welsh version is power, and all-sufficiency-as filled my soul with nearly this :astonishment, with joy unspeakable and full of glory,
I've made to God this one request, My mind was overwhelmed and overpowered with
To this I still adhereamazement. The truths exhibited to my view ap
That I may in his house be blest,
And have my dwelling there. peared for a time too wonderfully gracious to be be
There is a peculiarity in the very words, which no transe! lieved. The glorious scenes then opened to my eyes, lation can convey.
THE WHITEFIELD OF WALES,
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH-REV. DANIEL ROWLANDS.
mon. The face and voice of Rowlands underwent tions, but also in private, while preparing his changes and emotions, until there was a sort of vehe- sermons.” The following remarkable incident ment flame transforming and driving away the will illustrate this :earthly, dead, and careless spirit; and the people drew nigh, as it were in the cloud, to Christ, and to One Saturday evening, while Rowlands was walkMoses and Elias; and eternity and its realities rushed | ing before his house, he appeared very distressed into their minds.
and depressed in mind. When he met his pious serThe well-known Jones of Creaton used to
vant, whom he treated as a brother in the Lord, he
addressed him by his Christian name, and said, that remark, that he had “never heard but one Rowlands"--meaning that, of all the many emi- he had nothing to say to the people. “Oh, dear Mr
he could not preach the following morning, because nent preachers he had heard, there was none so Rowlands," said the servant, “do not say so; for eminent as he; and on one occasion he re who else can we get?" He still continued to say the marked:
same thing—that he could not preach; and said, be
sides, that the Lord had not given him anything to The peculiar excellences of Rowlands' preaching say to them. In this distressed state of mind he were depth and ferrour. His knowledge of divine continued until he retired for the night. things was remarkably profound. He was, at The following morning, when the servant went times, like those birds which dive under water for
into his room, he was awake, but in bed; and there their prey, and having caught it, suddenly emerge was a book on a chair close to his bed-side. The seragain. I often thought of such birds while hearing vant told him that it was time to rise, it being then him; for he sometimes went, as it were, out of sight; about seven o'clock. After waiting some time, he Bo that we could not exactly see or know what he went in again and found him still in bed. He then was aiming at; and then he brought suddenly to reminded him that the time for going to chapel was view what he had been diving for, and set it forth drawing nigh. But his answer was the same as the in a few concise and expressive words, to the great preceding evening-that he could not preach, and that astonishment and delight of his hearers. And as to some one else must be sent for. But the servant his fervour, it far exceeded everything that I have used every reason he could think of to induce him to ever observed in any other.
rise and dress himself; and then he went out, hoping
that he had succeeded. It was now drawing towards And Whitefield himself says, on returning ten o'clock, when the service at Llangeitho chapel from a visit to Wales,
was to begin, and the people were flocking there in Last year I visited several places in South Wales, great nunbers from every direction. After a short but now I went to more, and in every place found
interval, the servant entered into his bed-room again, that not one-half had been told me. The power of and found hin, as before, in bed, and still saying that God at the sacrament under the ministry of Mr
he could not preach that morning. However the serRowlands was enough to make a person's heart to vant somehow or other prevailed on him at this time burn within him. At seven of the morning have I to rise, and assisted him to dress, which was not feer perbaps ten thousand from different parts, in usual; for he seemed to have lost all strength, and the midst of sermon, crying, Gogoniant--Bendigedig almost the use of his limbs. But after he was dressed, (Hosanna-Hallelujah), ready to leap for joy.
he was still unwilling to go to chapel; and would not
have gone, had not the servant brought him there And not only had his preaching so powerful very much against his own will. | an effect upon his hearers; it had a powerful When they reached the chapel, that part of the effect upon himself. Such were at times his service previous to the serion was nearly gone realizing perceptions of divine things, that na
through. The prayers and the singing before scrmon ture was hardly able to bear up under them. sity of helping him into the pulpit, as he seemed
was nearly over. The servant was under the neces! As he was on one occasio: going through the extremely weak and feeble. But the pious old inan, service at Llancwnlle, while praying before as he related this, could not but make this remark: sermon, his mind was led to the contemplation ** I knew," said he, with great emphasis, “ that if we of our Saviour's great sufferings, and so much
once got him into the pulpit, everything would be was he overpowered, that crying out in the well.” And neither he nor the congregation were
disappointed. When he began his sernion, he apmost affecting manner : “Oh, empty veins !
peared very feeble, the voice low, the limbs relaxed, Oh, pale countenance !” he fainted away in the and his whole frame trembling. By degrees he repulpit. After some time he recovered, and | vived and gathered strength; and in less than ten preached with astonishing power and energy,
minutes he was preaching with unusual vigour, and The real secret of Rowlands' wonderful
uncommon power and dignity. His words were like power and success as a preacher is doubtless Hashes of lightning, spreading over the whole assemto be found in the fact that, deeply convinced bly, both within and without; for there were nearly
as many without as within. The eíïect on the whole of his own weakness, he was enabled to take congregation was very remarkable. Hundreds of a firm hold of the Lord's strength. When them could not repress their emotions, but burst preparing for the pulpit he looked to the Lord forth into loud praises, before he had gone half for guidance; and when in it, relied on him for through his sermon, and continued singing, praising, lle cast off “self.” He had a
and rejoicing for hours. strong and ever-abiding sense of the necessity And, as illustrating his conviction of the of the Spirit's power both to teach himself, necessity of the Spirit's power in order to render and to render his teaching effectual to the the preaching of the Word effectual, we may people. “His mind was often much depressed give another incident, which occurred during a
with the thought of his weakness; and the preaching week in Pembrokeshire :| withholding of divine light and influence he
There had been preaching the night before, but vividly felt, not only in his public ministra- l evidently with no unction from above. Rowlands