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MISS REBECCA ALBRIGHT, me! Oh, how sweet it was! I dreamed Or Basingstoke, Eng died on Monday, that there were four angels standing to April 22, aged 20. It appears that she had convey me to the upper regions of bliss." been seriously impressed with the impor. On the Friday before her death, she es. tance and worth of her soul for about four pressed a wish that her mother might sit years; and the impression was increased up with her that night, saying, at the same by means of a lingering affliction, under time, that she might probably sleep out of which she laboured for the last three years. the body, and that it was on her mother's Death at a distance appeared dreadful; account she wished it; “ for," said she, but as it approached, she was enabled to " I know it wouic have grieved you if I view it with composure. She told a friend had gone while you were asleep." To a a little time before her decease, that had friend she said, “Oh, what mercy there is she died when very ill about seven years in God! who felt his bowels move with before, she should have been lost; but now, compassion towards his rebellious chid! she thanked God, she had a good hope, This was iny case." She frequently la. and could look death in the face without mented that she knew religion so late; dismay. In this comfortable frame she that she had so little time to glorify God; continued till about Sunday, 14th April and had not now an opportunity of holast, when her weakness permitted her to nouring him in an open profession, by attend only in the morning at the meeting. joining the church. Her mother perceiving she was preparing On Sunday, the 21st, she was quite in to go, thinking her too weak to attend, en. ecstacies, saying, to her friends around deavoured to dissuade her; but with a her, she longed to be gone to her dear very expressive and animated countenance Jesus; and with extended arms to Mrs. slie replied, " Oh, my dear mother, if you S. she exclaimed, “Oh, my dear Sally, know what enjoyment I have had this mor- that I could take you and all my dear ning (referring to private devotion) you friends with me to glory!" To a young would not attempt to prevent my going to person who came to see her, she earnestly the house of God, for I hardly knew whe. said, “My dear Sarah, I want you to go ther I was in the body or out of the body' to heaven as well as myself! I hope you 1 an constrained from gratitude to go for do seck the Lord. See here, I am just win the Lord has done for me ; and if going to die. What a mercy it is that I this budiy sinks under it, it does not mat. was not suffered to perish in my sins! So ter." The sermon was from Matt. x. 32, vile a sinner as I am found mercy! and so “ Whosoever, therefore, shall confess me will you, if you go to God for it. See what before men," &c. During the discourse religion will do! nothing but real religion she was almost in raptures. Her love to could support me now. You have, my dear, the house of God was so great, that no. a parent that prays for you, and longs for thing but total incapacity could keep her your salvation : oh, attend to her good ad. from it; and her attachment to her minis. vice!" To another friend she said, "I ter so strong, that it was always with great sometimes fear that my faith will not hold pleasure she saw him come into the house; out; that Satan will be too strong for me ; for he had been the means of her establish- but I desire to trust in the Lord, who has ment in the truths of the gospel.
said, “ I will never leave thee, nor forsake From the time of her confinement she thee.” To Mrs. P. she said, she was just addressed all who came to see her on the going to pass the river Jordan ; " but to important concerns of their souls, though me (lifting up her foot at the same time) before remarkably reserved on religious it is no more than stepping over a rivulet." natters. To a young woman who came to To Mr. T. she said, " I used to be afraid see her (and who bad lived with her some that you would talk to me about my soul : time) she said with earnestuess, “My but now I cannot but speak what God has dear Fanny (clasping lier in her arms) done for me;" Mr. T. said, “God has make religion your main business ; do, opened your mouth to speak for bim ;' promise me you will attend to it more than “Yes,” said she emphatically; " neither ever you have done : it is this only that you, nor all my friends could have done it ; can support you in the time of affliction, it is God that has done it.” At another time and in the hour of death. Oh, what could she said, “ I have been thinking how hapI do without the presence of God at this py I should be, if I were permitted to look iime! I had,” said she, “a comfortable down, and be able to tell you when I am sleep last night; and, what was better, I gone, that I have got safe to heaven. Ob. bad
a little of the presence of God with how differently do I think now to what I
did when in health !” Thus she continued Those whose feelings would permit, till about twelve o'clock on Monday, when joined with her; while others who were she altered so much for the worse, that too deeply affected with the scene, sat her friends were apprehensive she was overwhelmed in tears. After the hymn about to take her fight.“ Death,” said was sung, she requested her friend to enshe, with the greatest cheerfulness, “is gage in prayer. She afterwards continued advancing ;” and with a placid smile said, to speak of her hopes and prospects, or she was going to heaven. Soon after, Mr. sang hymns or psalms descriptive of her T. called, when she addressed him, “ My feelings, as far as her strength would ad. dear sir, I have been disappointed; í mit; but at times, was so much reduced thought I was gone to glory; but you see as not to be able to articulate. I am come back again ; I am still in the In this happy frame she continued till land of the living;" he said, “Not my will;" about seven o'clock, when the adversary she immediately added, “but thine be of souls was permitted to approach with done." About three o'clock Mrs. C.called, his fiery temptations. She perceived the found Mrs. T. Mrs. A. her mother, and storm drawing near, and said, “Oh these sister Fanny with her: she was sitting in clouds that are coming over my mind! Oh an easy chair; a mere animated skeleton; that dreadful darkness which is approach. yet so serene, comfortable, nay, even joy- ing! Pray, O pray, all my friends, that ful
, in the immediate prospect of entering the tempter may not be permitted to into the eternal world, as astonished all come.” At length the gathering storm her friends. After speaking to those who began to break, and in vain did her miniscame to see her, she paused a little, and ter and Mr. T. endeavour to comfort her. suddenly broke out in those words of Dr. She refused every argument. About nine Watts,
o'clock she was exceedingly agitated, "With joy we meditate the grace, wrung her hands, moaned in the most pi.
“Of our High Priest above;" teous manner, exclaiming in the most and sang the hymn nearly all through with doleful accents, “ I am lost! I am lost! I such animation and strength of voice; that am lost!” Thus she continued till about surprised all around her. Expressing a
eleven o'clock, when she said, “ The coil. wish that Mr. T. might be sent for, he flict is now over; the victory is obtained ; came, and about the same time another and now I am going to glory!" Addressfriend called to see her; “Come, my ing herself to Mr. T. she said, “ My dear dear friend,” said she, “and see what the sir, what would you have thought of all Lord has done for my soul! Come all my my professions if I had died in that state?" cb istian friends, and join with me in 'I should have thought, my dear,' he resinging praises to my adorable Saviour!” plied, “ you were gone to heaven. “ Yes, and immediately began singing, “ Great sir,” said she,,", I am now going! the conGod, I own thy sentence just;"and sang quest is won!” Oh death, where is thy it to the last verse with uncommon fervor, sting? O grave, where is thy victory and " Then shall I see thy lovely face
iminediately broke out in songs of triumph; “With strong immortal eyes ;
which she continued till her voice was lost "And feast upon thy unknown grace
in death. "With pleasure and surprise."
"The following epitaplıs were written at Pray that the native brances may
the request of the Rev. Mr. Fernandez Be re-ingrafted too!
The gospel does embrace; ceased, late missionary at Serampore.
Shall taste a Saviour's grace. On the death of Master Fernandez, aged 2 Then Jew and Gentile shall combine
Immanuel's name to praise; Rest my sweet babe; beneath these silent And sound his mercy all divine bowers
Thro' everlasting days!
E.T. Where thou hast play'd and prattled with
delight! Here may thy parent in his pensive hours
ELEGY Behold thy tomb, and profit by the sight.
On the Grave-digger of Bunhill Fields, tks Here may he learn how transient and how
caught his death from infectious air is vain The hope that centres in a rising race!
opening a tomb, after having been fifteca And be concerned this honour to obtain,
years in that employment. A place and name among the heirs of grace. I Weave not now the cypress-wreath
To deck the bust of hero dead; On the death of Miss Fernandez, aged 5 Nor mourn that, in the dust beneath, years.
A son of science rests his head. The fairest flow'r that in this garden
The humbler work of death I tell, grows,
Who snatch'd this menial drudge away, Was once outvied by her who lies beneath; But though in sweetness she excell’d the How into earth at last he fell,
Who earth'd up many a lump of clay. rose, She fell an early prey to blasting death! Fifteen long years his delving spade Yet she shall wear a more than native Had pierc'd Old Bunbill Fields around, bloom,
And many a nonconformist laid When Jesus Christ shall raise her from Beneath unconsecrated ground. the tomb.
From death he earn'd his daily bread,
And liv'd midst monumental stones; INTERCESSION FOR THE JEWS. To their last home had thousands led, Fountain of truth, and grace, and pow'r, And heap'd the sod above their bones. Thy word can ne'er decay;
Ye men of blood, ye warlike train, But, firmly fix'd, shall still endure,
Less honour'd your employ is found; When worlds are pass'd away. Ye strew the crimson'd earth with slain; O smile propitious, while we dare
He hid the dead beneath the ground. The promises to plead,
At length his mortal hour was come, Which thy own sacred pages bear
Nor death would his old servant spare;' To faithful Abram's seed.
But from the ambush of a tomb
Pour'd on him pestilential air.
He fearless ope'd the gate of death,
Suspecting nought of danger nigh, And visit them again?
Drew in the poison with his breath,
And took his turn at last to die.
He enter'd oft the grave before,
And quitted soon the dark domain; To favour and to joy!
But now he lies to rise no more,
Till dust and ashes live again.
Thus all must follow, soon or late;
That each might death's approaches wait; We, from wild olives lopp'd away,
Prepar'd to triumph o'er the foe!
REV. WILLIAM GRIMSHAW,
[From Middleton's Biographia Evangelica.] This humble, laborious, and ardent Minister of Christ, WilLIAM GRIMSHAW, was born on September the third, in the year of our Lord 1708, at Brindle, six miles south of Preston, in Lancashire, Eng.; and was educated at the schools of Blackburn and Heskin, in that county. While he was a school-boy, the thoughts of death and judgment, the torments of hell, the glories of heaven, and the sufferings of Christ, often made some transient impressions upon him, owing probably to the religious care taken of him by his parents. In the eighteenth year of his age, he was admitted a member of Christ's College in Cambridge: And here (as is but too usually the case) bad example deplorably prevailed to seduce him from that decent manner of life and those serious reflections, which had been inculcated upon him; for, at this time, having no real change wrought upon him, and consequently having no root in himself, the prevalent impiety of the college carried him away so far, that, for the space of more than two years, he seemed utterly to have lost all sense of religion and seriousness; nor was there any revival of his former impressions, till on the day he was ordained deacon, in the year 1731. On this occasion, he was much affected with a sense of the importance of the ministerial office, which he was taking upon him, and the diligence which ought to be used in the discharge of it. Yet these convictions were but slight and soon carried away, like the chaff by the wind of temptation; though, for a little time, they were promoted by an acquaintance with some religious people at Rochdale, who used to meet VOL. II.
together, once a week, for religious exercises. But, upon his removal thence, very soon after, to Todmorden, though not far distant from Rochdale, instead of acting up to the good motions he had felt in his soul, and which had been encouraged by his pious acquaintance, he pursued a different course and went no more amongst them. He conformed to the vain and thoughtless world; he followed all its stupid and trifling diversions; and endeavoured to satisfy his conscience with “ doing his ministerial duty" (according to the common phrase) on a Sunday, without attending any farther, either to the improvement of his own mind by study, or to the improvement of his people as an effect of his own. He was, in a word, what but too many of the modern clerical profession are, an easy companion for easy men, who give themselves no trouble about their own souls, or about God, or any thing else, but, what Leviathan is represented to be doing in the world, taking their pastime therein. Give them the pleasures of the earth, if not of direct sin too, for a season; and the honour of Christ, and the salvation of sinners, are those subordinate affairs, which may be taken care of, at any time or no time, by any man or no man, just as they please. They comprehend no more of spiritual good, than the luxurious epicure who said, that he did not understand what great happiness there could be in heaven, where folks were to sit upon a bare cloud to eternity, singing hallelujahs, and having nothing to eat or to drink.' There are thousands who would be ashamed perhaps to utter the words, but who are living in the spirit of the worldliness they imply from day to day. Mr. Grimshaw, to his compunction afterwards, was numbered too long among this ungodly fraternity. It was for several years before he was enabled to emerge from the low debauchery of the times. However, it is said, he refrained as much as possible from gross swearing, unless in suitable company, and, when he got drunk, would take care to sleep it out before he came home. O what a scandal to religion are swearing, drunken, horse-racing, gambling, and ungodly priests; and what a jest, or stumbling block, to the world!
About the year 1734, and in the twenty-sixth of Mr. Grimshaw's life, God was pleased to bring upon him an earnest concern for his own salvation, and consequently for that of his flock at Todmorden. This immediately became visible by his reformation. He quickly left all his diversions; his fishing, card-playing, hunting, &c. And he now began to catechize the young people, to preach up the absolute necessity of a strict and devout life; to visit his people, not in order to drink and be merry with them as before,