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occasion, after offering a short prayer, he said, addresse ing himself still to the ALMIGHTY, “If thou art about to take me, I know that I shall soon be with thousands and tens of thousands of happy spirits, praising God, and the LAMB who has washed me from my sins in his own blood. O glory! O what glory! O happy, happy day! when I shall see the LORD in glory!" While in health, he had manifested a deep concern for the salvation of others. He used various means to bring ungodly young persons under that ministry of the Gospel, which had proved so useful to himself; and in order to secure their attendance, he has been known, in some instances, out of his scanty earnings, to give them money. He was a diligent teacher in the Sunday. School; greatly beloved by his scholars, and highly esteemed by the other teachers. He was a liberal subscriber to the Missionary cause; and since the formation of the Tract Society, he was one of the most laborious of the distributors. But as he approached the eternal world, and increasingly felt the importe ance of his own salvation, his desire for that of others was greatly augmented. For the members of his own family he was more particularly concerned. He re. peatedly admonished his two sisters, and charged them in the most solemn and affectionate manner to meet him in heaven. A few days before his death, with those emotions which ardent filial piety produces, he addressed his father on the concerns of his soul, telling him, that he could not meet him in heaven, except he forsook all sin; and concluded by begging him to remember the words of his dying son. His exhortations were not without effect. That sacred joy which he experienced at the commencement of his illness, increased in proportion as the glories of heaven were disclosed to the eye of his mind; and before he left the world, it was ripened into holy triumph. On the Sunday before his death, after a night of excruciating pain, he sung with a sweetness which dis. solved the hearts of all present,
“ Praise God, from whom all blessings flow,”. &c. VOL. VI.
He continued in the same happy frame all that day. On the following Tuesday, seeing his mother in tears, he said, “ Do not grieve; do give me up; we must some time part, and why not now? Can you give me up?" " I give you up to the LORD,” was her reply. With great pleasure and affection he said, “ The LORD bless you! I have done with the world now. I shall be in glory before to-morrow.” In the evening, recovering from a fainting fit, he said to his mother, “I am dying ;” and to a friend, “ Ready now! Happy now! Happy! Happy! O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? No pain now. Happy! happy !” In this triumphant state of mind, he entered into the joy of his LORD, March 5th, 1822, aged twenty years. Othat all young Christians may as faithfully improve their talents and opportunities, as John Phillips did! 1 Brighton.
BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE FALL OF THE
RHINE. (Extracted from “ Letters during a Tour to France and Switzerland,
by the Rev. J. OWEN, M. A.”) 66 After leaving Professor MULLER, I stole away, under the conduct of Professor MAURER, to obtain a view of that mighty phenomenon in the immediate neighbourhood of Schaffhausen, the Fall of the Rhine. I was so intent upon prosecuting my journey, when I thought my business at Schaffhausen completed, that I had almost determined not to allow even this temptation to detain me. When, however, I reflected on the peculiar nature of the phenomenon, (for, I had seen it twice before, and have never seen any thing which I could class with it,) I seemed to think, that it would be little short of impiety, not to turn aside and see this great sight, and worship God for what he has done in his works, as well as in his word. It was, indeed, a great sight, and testified, to my inmost soul, the majesty of Him who is wonderful in working. The sky was unusually clear; the sun
shone in his full splendour; the waters tumbled with noble vehemence; and through the spray which they threw around them, a distinct rainbow was formed on the surface of the stream below, into which they were precipitated. The surrounding scenery, with its agreeable diversification of mountains and valleys, vineyards and hamlets, illumined by the rays of the meridian sun, added greatly to the effects of the spectacle ; and, though the prevailing character of it was grandeur, yet the mind was soothed, as well as struck, in beholding it; and the complacency of the beau. tiful agreeably relieved the excitement of the sublime. But I have neither time nor inclination, in my present circumstances, for critical description. I trust, I viewed both the whole, and the details, with a religious eye: they suggested to me many combinations, which, if fanciful, were at least edifying ; and I retired from the scene, not without a hope, that what had gratified my' curiosity had also elevated my devotion."
THE NORTH CAPE. “ Tuis Cape forms the most northerly point of the Continent of Europe, and may be regarded as one of the sublimest wonders of nature. It is situated within the Arctic Circle, in seventy-one degrees, ten ., minutes, north latitude. It has been accurately described by a late voyager, from whose account the following particulars are extracted.
“ In approaching the Cape, a little before midnight, its rocks at first appeared to be nearly of an equal height, until they terminated in a perpendicular peak; but, on a nearer view, those within were found to be much higher than those of the extreme peak, or point. Their general appearance was highly picturesque: The sea, breaking against this immoyéable rampart, which had withstood its fury from the remotest ages, bellowed, and formed a thick border of white froth. This spectacle, equally beautiful and terrific, was illumined by the midnight sun; and the shade which covered the western side of the rocks rendered their
aspect still more tremendous. The height of these rocks could not be ascertained; but here every thing was on so grand a scale, that a point of comparison could not be afforded by any ordinary known objects.
6 On landing, the party discovered a grotto, formed of rocks, the surface of which had been washed smooth by the waves, and having within a spring of fresh water. The only accessible spot in the vicinity was a hill, some hundred paces in circumference, surrounded by enormous crags. From the summit of this hill, turning towards the sea, they perceived to the right a prodigious mountain, attached to the Cape, and rearing its sterile mass to the skies. To the left, a neck of land, covered with less elevated rocks, against which the surges dashed with violence, closed the bay, and admitted but a limited view of the ocean. To see as far as possible into the interior, our navigators climbed almost to the summit of the mountain, where a most singular landscape presented itself to the view. A lake in the foreground had an elevation of at least ninety feet above the level of the sea; and on the top of an adjacent but less lofty mountain, was another lake. The view was terminated by peaked rocks, checkered by patches of snow. : 6 At midnight the sun still remained several de grees above the horizon, and continued to ascend higher and higher till noon, when, having again descended, it passed the north, without dipping below the horizon. This phenomenon, which is as extraordinary to the inhabitants of the torrid and temperate zones, as snow is to the inhabitants of the torrid zone, could not be viewed without a particular interest. Two months of continued day-light, during which space the sun never sets, seem to place the traveller in a new state of existence; while the effect on the inhabitants of these regions is singular. During the time the sun is perpetually above the horizon, they rise at ten in the morning, dine at five or six in the evening, and go to bed at one. But during the winter season, when, from the beginning of December unto the end of January, the sun never rises, they sleep.