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A brief Account of the last illness and death glory in the earth. He also fervently gave of Amos Munn.
thanks to God tür his goodness and merMr. Munn made a profession of reli- cy, and especially for this instance of his gion in his youth, and to the day of his great goodness in giving him the use of death, supported a christian character. his reason, and that he was permitted, be
He was seized with a violent inflam- fore leaving the world, renewedly to taste matory fever which baffled the skill of redeeming love, and see, with comforthis physicians, and in five days terminated able assurance, the all-sufficiency of the his life. From the first, his mind was Saviour's righteousness; and that he was considerably deranged. More than eight now enabled, in the comfortable exercise and forty hours before his death, he be- of faith and hope to commit his departing came so raving that for the most of the spirit to the arms of his Redeemer. time it required, at least, two men to This prayer greatly strengthened and keep him on his bed. This circumstance comforted a number of pious people who in a peculiar manner, affected the heart were present, and filled other spectators of his pious mother. In her distress, it with astonishment and trembling. The was her constant and fervent prayer, that writer of this sketch came to the house he might not be taken out of the world just as the prayer was ended. Every in this state of derangement; that he countenance seemed to express a solemn might before be expired, possess a com- sense of death and eternity. The impresposed mind, receive fresh tokens of par. sion made by this prayer he trusts, still doning mercy, and leave to his surviving remains on the minds of a number who friends comfortable evidence that he had heard it, though nearly twelve months made a happy exchange of worlds. have since elapsed. Immediately after he
A few hours before his death, the use ceased praying, he fell into a lethargic of his reason appeared perfectly restored. state, in which he continued till lie exHe then lifted up his eyes to heaven and pired. in a solemn, pertinent, and impressive T hus were the prayers of a pious momanner, prayed for his afflicted family, ther literally answered, and thus it pleasfor his aged parents, and for the church ed God to give to a number, who stood of which he was a member, that God around this dying christian, an opportuwould pour his Spirit upon it, and make nity to witness the power of that religion, additions to it. That God would appear in which has often taken from death its his glory to build up Zion, that he would sting, and from the grave its victory. disappoint her enemies, and make her a
Oy the insertion of the following Poem, siderably to increase the numbers whom we cannot omit to announce, that it is de- they relieve: but they cannot execute signed to recommend The Asylum for edu- their design without liberal and extensive cating the Deaf and Dumb. That instituto support; and such support, we hope, that tion bas existed fourteen years, and pro- they will not ineffectually entreat. Furduced eiiects most grateful to the philan. ther information may be obtained from thropic and pious heart. “ The Deaf in- Henry Thornton, Esq. M. P. Birchin deed hear, the Dumb speak; and to these Lane, Treasurer; or the Rev. John Townpoor babes the gospel is preached.” The send, Rotherhithe, Secretary, who will Funds of the Society are however very gratefully accept any Donations for the inadequate to the relief of the numerous intended Building, or Annual Supscripand attecting objects who solicit their as. tious towards the general expenses of the sistance. Only twelve candidates can be Society.
Evan. Mag now annually admitted; and at the last half-yearly election, forty-seven applicants
PETITION OF THE DEAF AND DUME. were unavoidably rejected: some of whom
Wuo is that little blooming boy? are now, by their age, rendered unaclmisgible; and others have brothers and sis
Why do no books his mind employ? ters suffering under the same afiliction. Why does he breathe no sound of joy? The Society have, therefore, determined
Oh, he is deaf and dumb! t', build a more catcnsive Asylum, & con
And who that maid, so passing fair, And aid, with lib'ral hands, bestow
Upon the deaf and dumb!
You who can list to pious lays,
And in the Church unite to raise Would that my language could relate The fervent hymn of heartfelt praise, Their woe-fraught pangs and cheerless Assist the deaf and dumb!
state! And how I pity their sad fate
From Heav'n may great success descend, Who are both deaf and dumb! And constant fruits their toils attend,
Who labour anxious to befriend Their infant years were never blest
The hapless deaf and dumb! With a soft lullaby to rest : No prattlings e'er their love exprest, And whilst we thus deplore their lot, For they were deaf and dumb! May that great God be ne'er forgot,
To whom we owe that we are not, Where healthy youthful sports abound, Like them both deaf and dumb! And others play with merry sound,
J. W They walk alone, or gaze around, · As they are deaf and dumb!
LINES ON THE THOUGHT OF DEATH. When unseen dangers rush most near, O, for that car which bore the man' of They stand unmov'd, devoid of fear;
God Nor kindest cautions can they hear,
Triumphant to the realm of endless Since they are deaf and dumb!
Safe to convey me to that bright abode, Not all the melodies of Spring
Far from Death's gloomy vale to mark To them can soothing pleasure bring:
the way! Vainly, the sweetest birds may sing To the dull deaf and dumb!
A thousand diff'ring tracks its entrance
gain; From cheerful scenes to gloom they steal; Dark, dreary, loathsome to the sickenAnd should they pain or rapture feel,
ing soul; They can no joy nor. pain reveal,
Decrepit age, and fell Disease's train, Whilst they are deaf and dumb! And accidents in frightful forms that
roll. What knowledge can their minds acquire? Who can their breasts with truth inspire? Hark! from the skies a voice, than mortal Or kindle pure celestial fire
more, In the sad deaf and dumb ?
Aloud proclaims, “ Thy anxious fears
dismiss; If rich, Science, with beams so bright, “ Nor faint to tread the lonely valley May much dispel their mental night;
o'er, And e'en illume with heav'nly light “The only way to everlasting bliss! The darksome deaf and dumb!
“ The path thou hast to walk I have But if their parents should be poor,
made plain: Then (though they might obtain a cure) “See, where my footsteps mark the All their sad woes they must endure,
dreary road, And die both deaf and dumb; a * Press on; nor fear, Immanuel is my
name; . Must they, ye good whose hearts can sigh “ Nor doubt the promise of a faithful For human grief, thus must they die?
Jesus, at thy command my fears subside;
Death's terrors now no more my soul Children whose bosoms joyful beat
appal: Around the social hearth to meet, On thy kind arm I lean, Celestial Guide, Who can your much-lov'd parents greet, Be thou my hope, my strength, my lite, Pity the deaf and dumb!
Studens Theologie. Parents, who purest transports know, Hasten your gratitude to show,
my all! 1
EXTRACTS FROM THE LIFE OF GEORGE WHITEFIELD.
Tais pious and extraordinary minister was born at Gloucester, December 16, 1714. His father who was bred to the winetrade at Bristol, removed from thence to Gloucester, and kept an inn. He had six sons and one daughter. Of the sons George was the youngest, who was only two years old when his father died; and he was brought up with great tenderness by his mother.
When he was between twelve and fifteen, he had made some progress in classical learning; and, we are told, that even then his eloquence began to appear in some puerile compositions written for the amusement of his school-fellows. But his rising genius was deprived of the usual means of improvement, through the decrease of his mother's trade; and he was obliged to assist her in carrying on the business of the inn. His turn of mind, however, though depressed, could not be extinguished; and in this very unfavourable situation, we are told, that he composed several sermons, and that the impressions of religion were very strong upon him. When he was about seventeen, he received the sacrament, and employed as much of his time as he could in prayer and reading, in fasting and meditation, and in all those devout exercises, which are the food and the delight at once of every religious mind.
About eighteen, he entered at Pembroke-College in Oxford, where he continued three years. At twenty-one, he was sent for by Dr. Benson, bishop of Gloucester, who told him, “ That though he had purposed to ordain none under three-and-twenty, yet he should reckon it his duty to ordain him whenever he applied. Upon which, at the earnest persuasion of his friends, he Vol. II,