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Rouen in Normandy; and dying there in 1673, his body was brought to this country, and interred in Westminster Abbey. He wrote a history of the rebellion, which constituted six volumes octavo ; a second part of which was bequeathed to the public, a few years ago, by one of his descendants, the late Lord Hyde and CORNBURY. He likewise wrote an able answer to HOBBes's “ Leviathan." The Rev. MR. GRAINGER, in his 66 Biographical History of England," thus speaks of him :-" The virtue of the EARL of CLARENDON was of too stubborn a nature for the age of CHARLES II. He did not only look upon himself as the guardian of the laws and liberties of his country, but he had a head and heart above vice, and chose rather to be a victim himself, than to sacrifice his integrity. We had only one part to act, which was that of an honest man. His enemies ala lowed themselves a much greater latitude; they loaded him with calumpies, and blamed him even for their own errors and misconduct. He was a much happier man alone, and in exile, than Charles II. upon his throne.” MR. WALPOLE thus eulogises him : “ Had CLARENDON sought nothing but power, his power had never ceased. Like Justice herself, he held the baJance between the supreme Magistrate and the interests of the people. Almost every virtue of a minister made his character venerable.”
MEMOIR OF MISS ELIZABETH LILLY. ELIZABETII LILLY was born at St. Osyth, in Essex, on the 6th of November, 1807. Delicate sensibility, and quickness of appprehension, unfolded themselves with the earliest dawnings of reason on her mind. When only four years old, a picture of the crucifixion of our LORD, contained in one of the first books she ever read, so affected her, that tears of anguish fell from her eyes; and her gentle spirit was so wounded, that her mother found it necessary to sew up the leaves, and thus to conceal it from her sight. .
The assiduous exercises of maternal love, in devoting her to God from her earliest infancy, and in administering religious instruction, accompanied by fervent prayer, were attended with the effectual unction of the Holy SPIRIT. She did not recollect any period, when His operations were not felt on her heart ; though deeply conscious that she had not at all times yielded to his heavenly influences. Pleasing evidences of the early commencement of a work of grace might be adduced from many circumstances, such as her delight in the worship of God, and her exquisite enjoyment of the company of Ministers and other pious persons; and also from a diary, written in her thirteenth year, of which the following are extracts.
66 April 16, 1820.-O LORD, create in me a contrite heart; and subdue all those evil thoughts and passions, which oftea mar my peace. Make, O make me more humble and teachable. Seeing we have a great High Priest, who is passed into the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, may I hold fast my profession.
66 October 9.—This day I have had great pleasure in meeting with thy people, especially our late beloved Pastor, MR. ANDERSON. O may thy work revive! Revive it, O LORD, in my soul; and to thee shall be all the glory."
On her birth-day, she thus writes : " O blessed Lord, thou hast safely brought me through another year. How ill have those which are past been spent! Grant that the remainder of my days may be devoted to thy glory. Meditate, O my soul, on what the LORD has done for thee. He has blessed thee with the means of grace, and with a pious parent; whilst many have to contend with opposition from fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters. O may I improve these blessings to the honour of God's holy name.”
66 Dec. 3.-Say, my soul, is the LORD thy Shepherd ? Wilt thou suffer him to lead thee to the fold of Jesus, and sweetly enclose thee in his arms
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Surely thou wilt render thyself unto llim, and let him take possession of thee's Guide, O Lord! thy foolish, wandering lamb, and bring it unto thyself."
She esteemed the Sabbath holy and honourable ; and if worldly subjects were introduced on that sacred day, she would pointedly observe, “ This is not Sunday conversation.” The happy effects of Sundayschools being mentioned in her presence, she earnestly sought to establish one at St. Osyth; and, on that account, much lamented her intended removal from it.
At the close of 1820, Miss Lilly became a resident in Colchester, and there enjoyed the delightful task of endeavouring “ to pour the fresh instruction o’er the mind," in the Wesleyan Sunday-School. From infaucy her health had been delicate, and at this period was peculiarly so ; her friends, therefore, thought that she should decline, for the present, this additional labour. She complied for a season; but soon begged, with tears, to be permitted to resume the employment, observing, “ Whilst I am watering others, my own soul will be watered.”
In February, 1821, during a severe illness, the SPirit of the LORD wrought powerfully on her mind; leading her earnestly to seek salvation through the blood of CHRIST, and to read the sacred volume with the most sedulous attention, especially the Epistles of St. John, many passages of which she carefully marked with her pencil. Her feelings, at this period, are thus expressed in her diary :-.
6 Feb. 25, 1821.-0 blessed Lord, I wish to give myself to thee, that the remnant of my days may be un reservedly thine. Give me, O Lord, the assurance that I am thine. If I am not seeking thee aright, show me the right way;- I would trust alone in the merits of my REDEEMER. May I never rest, until I have found the pearl of great price;, then shall I receive the crown of glory which fadeth not away.
6 March 4.-Where should I go but unto thee, () Lorn? Thou hast the words of endless life. I amk convinced that nothing in this vain and transitory world is worth a thought, but 'how I may escape the.
death that never, never dies. I am now under thy chastening hand. If thou art about to call me hence, O may it be to dwell with thee in glory. Give, O give me the assurance that I am thine! May I testify to the world that I am born of thee. If thou raise me to health again, may I renounce the world and all its vanities, and devote my short life en irely to thee. O my blessed REDEEMER, I would trust in thy all. meritorious sufferings. Unworthy as I am of the least of thy mercies, yet thou didst die for me.
" Ah! wherefore did I ever doubt ?
Thou wilt in no wise cast me out."
O let thy presence cheer my latter end ;
Then tenderly my weary eyelids close, ... My gracious God, my SAVIOUR, and my Friend !" · The decided advantages of church-fellowship orer a solitary profession of religion were strikingly exemplified in Miss Lilly's subsequent experience. After her recovery, she was severely exercised by temptations from Satan; and it was not until after the lapse of some months, (when, in consequence of the pastoral advice of the Rev.Mr. HARVARD, she joined the Methodist Society,) that she obtained full deliverance from them. Some observations made by one of her Ministers, on the pleasantness of religion, excited afresh her desires to enjoy its blessedness; and in answer to her incessant cry, Give, O give me, the assurance that I am thine, '—the Lord shortly sent his SPIRIT into her heart, bearing witness with her spirit, that she was his adopted child.
In November, 1821, her health began to decline; and her disorder, found to be an enlargement of the heart, baffled the power of medicine ; so that, on the 7th of December, her case was pronounced hopeless. The annunciation of an event, so infinitely solemn, has often made the bravest hearts to tremble; but this young female received it with the magnanimity of a Christian, and without the slightest regret, except what she felt on seeing the anguish of her mother and sister. From that moment she was absorbed in the contemplation of the realities of eternity. A few days
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afterwards, jog visibly sparkling in her eye, her mother said, “ You were not so cheerful at first.” “Re. member, my mother," she replied, “I had feelings to conquer as well as you ; but now I have given up every thing earthly.” To her young friends and rela. tives who visited her, she said, “ Give your hearts to God: look at me, on the brink of the grave : what should I do now, without an interest in the blood of Curist?”, Seeing a dear young friend weep, as he left the room, she lifted up her eyes and hands to beaven, and earnestly prayed that her affliction might work for him the peaceable fruits of righteousness. At another time she said to him, “ Promise to meet me in heaven.” Deeply affected, he replied, “I hope I shall.” 6 Now," she rejoined, “I am happy.” Some trifting thing being mentioned to her, she exclaimed, 66 That is beneath my notice now, a golden harp for me!”-and then, looking at her mother with a tender and heavenly-smile, she added, 66 When you come to heaven, O how loudly will I tune it.” Looking at a piece of muslin which had been designed for a frock, her mother remarked, “ You will never want this, my love." "No," she answered, 6 a brighter robe for me!” The grateful child afterwards said, “My dear mother, I have much reason to thank you, for keeping me from the vain amusements of the world ; perhaps if I had been permitted to enter into them, I should have liked them as well as others.” Twice, during her affliction, Miss Lilly partook of the sacramental memorials of our SAVIOUR's passion, and felt her soul greatly refreshed. She also received her first Society-Ticket; and reading the text on it, which was – If thou faint in the day of adversity thy strength is small;—66 Thank the LORD,” she cried, 6 we have not fainted.” Symptoms of dropsy now appeared; and were hailed with evident joy, moderated, however, by a fear lest she should offend by too earnestly wishing to depart. It was intimated, that her life was prolonged for the maturing of her own graces, and probably for the benefit of others. “ If my death," she replied, " be the means of leading