garden, and which pierced through our souls. We were An interesting summary of his virtues is contained of course obliged to defer it till our arrival at the chapel. in the lines inscribed on the granite stone, which covers

" The burial service was performed by the Rev. Mr the grave of Swartz/peculiarly interesting, as being the Gerické, in the presence of the rajah, the resident, and composition of the young Hindoo Rajah, who, by the most of the gentlemen who resided in the place, and a influence of Swartz, had been raised to the Musnud of great number of native Christians, full of regret for the Tanjore—and though the rhyme be rude, yet does it loss of so excellent a minister-the best of men. 0 possess the invaluable properties of truth and sincerity. may a merciful God grant, that all those who are ap

Firm wast thou, humble, and wise, pointed to preach the Gospel to the heathen world

Honest, pure, free from disguise,

Father of Orphans, the widow's support, may follow the example of this venerable servant of

Comfort in sorrow of every sort. Christ! And may he send many such faithful labourers,

To the benighted, dispenser of light,

Doing and pointing to that which is right; to fulfil the pious intentions and endeavours of the

Blessing to princes, to people, to mehonourable Society for the enlargement of the kingdom

May 1, mny father, be worthy of thee, of Christ !

Wisheth and prayeth thy Sarabojee. May he mercifully grant it, for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ."

A WALK TO CALVARY. The following character of Swartz, is from the pen

PART II. of Mr Cammerer :-“ Nothing could possibly afford me more lively satisfaction than the society of Mr

BY THE REv. Marcus Dods, Sirartz. His unfeigned piety, his real and conscientious Minister of the Scotch Church, Belford. attention to every branch of his duties, his sincerity, Let us resume our walk to Calvary, and our contemin short, his whole demeanour filled me with reverence and admiration. He treated me like a brother, or rather plation of the dying thieves. We last week pointed Eke a tender parent, and instructed me in the most out the lessons which their fate is fitted to convey to agreeable manner in the Malabar language. The same parents; we shall now attend to some lessons of a did Mr Kohlhoff, who is meekness and humility itself. more general kind with which they are fitted to fur. Many an evening passed away, as if it had been but a

nish us.

We shall attend, in the first place, to the single moment, so exceedingly interesting proved the conversation of this truly venerable man, and his rela- import of the penitent's prayer, “ Lord, remember me.” tions of the singular and merciful guidance of God, of

This prayer implies a firm conviction of the immorwhich he had experienced so many proofs throughout tality of the soul. This may seem to be a remark his life, but particularly during the dreadful war in hardly worth making in these days, when, how careless India. The account he gave of the many dangers to soever about the improvement and salvation of the which his life had been exposed, and the wonderful soul men may in general be, yet few or none will be manner in which it was often preserved, his tender and found seriously to call in question its immortality. It grateful affection towards God, his fervent prayers and thanksgivings, his gentle exhortations constantly to

is material to remark this, however, as developing the üve as in the presence of God, zealously to preach the

character of the penitent thief. The immortality of Gospel, and entirely to resign ourselves to God's kind the soul was little known at that early period ; indeed, providence—all this brought many a tear into my eyes, excepting among the Jews, it was hardly known at all, and I could not but ardently wish that I might one day and even among them was far from being universally resemble Swartz. His disinterestedness, his honourable received. His associate in crime would seem to have manner of conducting public business, procured him the general esteem both of Europeans and Hindoos. Every been one of those who denied it. His firm conviction one loved and respected him, from the king of Tanjore of the doctrine is a new proof that he had been piousto the humblest native.

ly brought up in his youth. “ Nor was he less feared; for he reproved them, And the remark is not undeserving of being made, without respect to situation or rank, when their con- even on account of the state of matters among ourduct deserved animadversion ; and he told all persons selves. Attempts, and these by no means of a what they ought to do, and what to avoid, to promote temptible character, are assiduously making to throw their temporal and eternal welfare. The king frequently observed, that much in the world was effected by doubts upon the immortality of the soul, and banish presents and gold, and that he himself had done much this fundamental article from the popular creed, Maby those means : but that with Padre Swartz they terialism, which is intended to serve as an introduction answered no purpose. This excellent man often told to the denial of Christianity, has obtained the patronme, that the favour of God, and communion with age of many scientific writers ; while the insidious Christ

, was of greater value to him than thousands of principles of German philosophy, in other words, of gold and silver. Certainly, by the goodness of God, the most revolting atheism, have found a lamentably he has been made a great blessing to this country. What other men could not effect without military force, large portion of disciples among our manufacturing pohe has done by the personal influence which he possessed pulation. over the people, and which arose exclusively from his Again, the prayer of the penitent thief implied a integrity and sincere piety."

conviction of his need of a Saviour. He did not supAlmost every Missionary that sets foot on the shores pose that his sufferings in this world, however severe, of India has had occasion to revere the memory of Swartz.

would form any atonement for his sins before God. In Tbe remembrance of such a man is sweet to

every pious mind. Even his personal appearance becomes to the this he shewed that he had arrived at a clearness of imagination an object of interest; and on this point our

view, and a correctness of sentiment, with regard to curiosity is gratified, by the following picture, drawn by the nature of sin, and the state in which it places us the pen of an intimate friend :-“ Figure to yourself a in the sight of God, which many professing Christians stout well-made man, somewhat above the middle size, have not attained. Nothing can shew a more deplorerect in his carriage and address, with a complexion ra

able ignorance of the nature of the Gospel, than the ther dark, though healthy, black curled hair, and a manly supposition that our sufferings in this world are of an engaging countenance, expressive of unaffected candour, expiatory nature, and possess an atoning efficacy. Yet ingenuousness, and benevolence; and you will have an idea of what Mr Swartz appeared to be at first sight.”

there are members of the Christian Church, and even


in the Protestant Church, who hope that their suffer- | power and glory he would come again. His prayer ings will be available to lessen, or altogether to avert plainly implies a knowledge which he could have acthe punishment due to sin in a future state; and quired from the Lord's discourses alone; and which he writers, to defend this gross absurdity, have not been could not even have acquired from them, had he not awanting. The thief was better taught; and even at been previously well instructed in the Old Testament the moment of enduring the most infamous and cruel Scriptures, to the types and prophecies of which these sufferings, he felt and acknowledged that these suffer- discourses make so constant reference. What now, we ings could avail him nothing before God, and there may ask, becomes of the confidence with which the fore sought a Saviour's aid.

case of the penitent thief is so frequently referred to Farther, the penitent's prayer implied a hope at as a proof of the efficacy of a death-bed repentance ? least, if not a conviction, that his situation was not We are not going to deny that such a repentance may desperate. He was in circumstances that might have be genuine,—may be the work of the Holy Spirit,naturally led him to despair. Any expectation enter- and may be connected with salvation. We will not tained by him might truly seem to be hoping against limit the grace of God. We will not even deny that, hope. Yet he does not despair of mercy. This is a speaking of a man killed by a fall froin his horst, it farther proof of the care that had been taken of his may, for anything we know, be a possible thing, that early education. Men, when they become sensible of

Between the stirrup and the ground, their guilt, do not naturally look upon God as a mer

Mercy was sought, and mercy found. ciful being. On the contrary, they regard him as an

But while we admit most readily, that a death-bed reinexorable judge, and all who know anything of the pentance may be truly a repentance unto life, we must matter, know that nothing is so difficult as to convince maintain that while this is a possible thing, it is by no the awakened sinner that God is merciful. That he has means a probable thing. And, omitting at present all outlived the day of grace, and sinned beyond the reach the other considerations which should lead us to disof mercy, is the temptation into which he most na- trust a death-bed repentance, we maintain that the case turally falls. The penitent must have been long fa- of the penitent thief holds out no encouragement whatmiliar with the character given of God in Scripture, so ever to rely on any such desperate contingency. The contrary to that which a sense of guilt assigns to him, principles which he manifested on the cross, were prinelse he would of necessity have despaired.

ciples which were not then first implanted in his heart. And finally, the prayer of the penitent implies a The knowledge which he then displayed, it was im. conviction that his fellow-sufferer was such a Saviour possible that he could have then for the first time acas he needed,,was in reality a divine person. Therequired. The whole circumstances of the case render was unquestionably something peculiarly striking in it obvious, that he had been carefully instructed in his the appearance of the Lord on the cross, and in the youth, and had been neither an unfrequent nor an inatmanner of his death. The centurion was struck with tentive hearer of the Lord himself. And who can tell it, and said, “ Of a truth this man was the Son of how near he might be to the kingdom of heaven, when God;” and the people were struck with it, for when he was hurred into crime, and to death ? they saw what was done, " they smote upon their Does this case, then, bear any resemblance to that breasts and returned.” And the thief, too, amidst his of the man who, while conscious of his need of reown agonies, could see the glory of the Divinity shin- pentance, yet deliberately, and of set purpose, delays ing through the meanness and the sorrows of his fel- seeking for that repentance till the approach of death low-sufferer, and made it his hope and his stay. What shall compel him to admit that he can delay no longer ? an affecting sight, to see a poor despised sufferer yet Or does it bear the slightest resemblance to any of receiving worship, and hearing, and granting the prayer those cases in which it is constantly referred to, and in offered to him!

which we are given to understand, that a man habit. But it is obvious that he knew more of Christ than uated to crime from his earliest years, has at last behe could possibly learn by what he saw of him on the come a true penitent, when these crimes have doomed cross. He knew that Christ was going to the posses-him to the scaffold ? Far be it from us to deny that sion of great power, and that after his death he would true repentance, and genuine conversion may be granted still be able to save the souls of them that trusted in at the last hour of life, even to the man who has purhim. Now, this augured a more extensive knowledge, posely delayed seeking repentance, while conscious of and more correct views than the apostles themselves at his need of it; or to him who has never in his life this time possessed. His death led them to despair. thought of repentance till the approach of death bas “ We trusted," said they, in the language of despon- compelled him to think of it. But we repeat, that the dency, “ that it should have been he which should penitent thief affords no example of either the one or have redeemed Israel.” The very last question that the other of these cases, and in neither the one nor the they asked before his ascension shewed a narrowness of other, does it furnish us with the slightest ground of view which the thief had escaped. “ Wilt thou, at hope,-much less does it afford ground for that unhesithat time, restore the kingdom to Israel ? ” In fact, tating confidence which is so often drawn from it. Sufwe cannot escape the conclusion, that this thief had fering may, and often does, awaken to the most active been a frequent and attentive hearer of the Lord's dis- and beneficial operation principles that have long been courses; and the miseries of his situation had led him dormant, or that have for a time been overwhelmed. to form a juster estimate of their true character than This was the case with the penitent thief. But where the apostles themselves had previous to the day of good principles are wanting, no intensity of suffering Pentecost done. He understood that, through suffer- can implant them. This was exemplified in the case ings, the Lord was passing into glory; and that with of the impenitent thief. Could intensity of suffering

,-a dif

I was

implant good principles, it is plain that he would have eternity must be spent. Can we find more interesting become penitent too. But his sufferings had just the matter for a little serious consideration, than to try to opposite effect. And the opposite effect produced by ascertain which of them is the type of our character the same sufferings on the two men, makes manifest the now, and will be our companion for ever? very wide difference between their characters,ference which assuredly existed long before it was thus

DISCOURSE. manifested. The one was prepared by previous in

By the Rev. JAMES GIBSON, struction, to profit by his afflictions. The other had

College Church, Glasgow. been furnished with no such preparation, and his afflic

" I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not tions produced their natural effect, they drove him to

with my tongue; I will keep my mouth with a blasphemy and despair.

bridle, while the wicked is before me. Let us hear no more, then, of the confidence in the

dumb with silence: I held my peace, even from efficacy of a death-bed repentance, drawn from the case good; and my sorrow was stirred. My heart was of the penitent thief. We again repeat, for we are hot within me; while I was musing the fire burnanxious not to be misunderstood upon this subject, that ed; then spake I with my tongue: LORD, make me while we do not deny such a repentance may possibly

to know mine end, and the measure of my days,

what it is; that I may know how frail I am. Bebe repentance unto life, we do deny that the penitent

hold, thou hast made my days as an hand-breadth, thief is an example of this, or holds out the slightest

and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily, eacouragement to hope, that the man who has lived

every man at his best state is altogether vanity. unacquainted with the principles of religion, and regard- Psal. xxxix. 1-5. less of its precepts, is likely, by the dread of an ap

Tuis Psalm was composed by David. It proaching eternity, to become impressed with its im

seems to be the result of feelings deeply agitated portance, or to experience its power.

with contemplating the prospering insolence and Again, each of these thieves may be considered as the representative of a class common among ourselves. ened and corrected by meditations on the shortness

profane opposition of the ungodly, and then softThe one, without any sense of the evil of sin, is anxious of human life and the vanity of all earthly granto escape

from its consequences; and he says, “ If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.” The other seeks for deur,—by hope and trust in God-by reflections no deliverance from a punishment which he feels to be will of God; at the same time accompanied by

on his own sinfulness, and by resignation to the just; and his mind is too much occupied with his future

an ardent, but humble and submissive prayer to prospects to have a thought to waste upon his present

God for his merciful interference. sufferings, however severe. Now, there are many men

The language is simple, but strikingly beautiful who would willingly accept of Christ as their priest,

and expressive. The style is highly figurative, and to atone for their sins, and save them from punishment;

the imagery expressive and forcible; and if we bat who have no wish to have any connexion with him


with attention and seriousness, the train as their king, to deliver them from the present power of thought suggested by it, we cannot fail to have of sin. They say, with the one thief, save us from the

our faith and resolutions strengthened, our convicpenal consequences of sin ; but they do not say, with the other thief, save us from sin itself, no matter for tions of the vanity of earthly objects, and the imits present effects. Let our readers, then,

consider, portance of our eternal interests, more strongly exwžether they be alike willing to accept of Christ in all cited, our trust in God increased, our humility Lis offices, and alike sensible of their need of him in improved, resignation to the will of the Almighty them all ; let them consider whether they be not anxious cherished, by having our affections raised above

this world, where we are all strangers and sojournto experience his sin-forgiving power, without any

ers, as all our fathers were. sire to experience his soul-renewing power.

Verse 1st.-" I said, I will take heed to my The impenitent thief who reviled the Lord on the cross, will again meet that Lord when He cometh in his ways, that I sin not with my tongue ; I will keep kingdom. We dread to think of the feelings with my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is be wiich he will appear before the tribunal of Him who fore me.” once suffered along with him, and of the fearful bitter

The Psalmist had observed the prosperity of the Less with which he will then curse his own folly, when wicked, and he had probably experienced how apt he sees the penitent thief taken into the kingdom of he was to murmur at the apparently unequal dispenGod, and himself shut out. But let us retiect that sations of Providence,—that the wicked flourishour opportunities of knowing the Saviour are greater ed as the green bay tree, enjoyed in abundance the than those which he possessed, and if we reject that bounties and blessings of this life, were successful Saviour our guilt is greater than his. It can avail us in their designs, rose to power, honour and wealth, nothing to say, that we have never reviled the Saviour, exulted in their greatness

, and despised the rightas he in the agony of his sufferings did. If Christ cruci- eous, who were often exposed to difficulty and fied has been proclaimed to us in vain ; if neither his hardship, to misery and oppression, and apparently instructions nor his sufferings have attracted our re- neglected of God, whom they endeavoured to serve. gard, then we must at last take our place by the side In the pride of their hearts, the wicked attribute of the impenitent thief, and participating in his guilt, all their success to themselves,—give not God the be content to share his doom. The one or the other glory, or conclude, at least, that their own chaof these thieves we resemble in the principles which we racter and efforts have deserved the success which cherish, and with the one or the other of them our God has given them ; while the pretensions of


those who lay claim to greater sanctity and right- | our Saviour not to cast our pearls before swine, eousness, to greater love to God, and trust in his because they are insensible of their value, and ingoodness, are evidently contradicted by the result, stead of receiving them with pleasure, would look since, if they were the favourites of heaven, they upon them as offensive, and be excited to rage and would surely experience more of its protection and fury, and turn again and rend those who were su bounty. To justify this conclusion, they mark foolish as to cast before them what was so little the failures of the righteous—invidiously set down suited to their tastes and natures. There are pertheir occašional faults as indubitable proofs of ge- sons so little impressed with a sense of religion,neral insincerity, and congratulate themselves on so little sensible of the value of divine truth, and their superior honesty, and freedom from the mean- the importance of their everlasting interests,—so ness and baseness of hypocrisy. The Psalmist, irrational, earthly, and sensual, and so proud of then, observing this state of things, and feeling its their own attainments and ignorant of their moral agitating effect upon his mind, in order to prevent wants, that, speak to them of the majesty, holiany unworthy repinings against the justice and ness and justice of God, the glories of immortaligoodness of God, for permitting such apparently ty, the happiness of piety, the danger, degradation, unequal distribution, and also that he may not give and misery of vice, the sinfulness of our nature, the wicked any just cause of speaking reproachsully and the necessity of a faith in the Redeemer, of against the conduct of the saints of God, he re- regeneration by the Holy Spirit, or of devotedness solves to take heed to his ways, to order his con- of body and soul to God, instead of listening duct wisely, prudently and religiously before God with pleasure or interest, like fierce and savage aniand man ; to obey the laws of God; to avoid all mals, they will give way to rage and fury, trample appearance of evil; to suppress every rising indi- these precious pearls under their feet, scoff at the cation of impatience and discontent; and as, when sacred truths you unfold to them, blaspheme reliunder the influence of strong feeling, we are more gion, contemn their God and Saviour, and turn liable to transgress by speech, and less able to re- upon you, as enemies who insult their understandstrain ourselves in that than in any other way, he ing and their virtue. resolves to be particularly watchful in this respect, In the presence of persons of this character, the to set a watch on the door of his lips, that he sin Psalmist conceived it his duty to maintain the not with his tongue, to give vent to no bitter ex- most perfect silence respecting the subjects he had pressions against the injustice and wrong which been contemplating, and every thing connected he suffered from the wicked, and to be careful not with the religious dispensations and righteous goto charge the wisdom, justice and goodness of the vernment of God. But though his feelings were Almighty foolishly. He resolved even to keep thus suppressed, and he avoided giving the adverhis mouth with a bridle or muzzle, when the wick- sary any just occasion of speaking reproachfully, ed were before him. That is, to keep the strict- yet his grief was not assuaged, but on the contrary, est restraint upon himself, when in the presence the more he reflected in secret on the obstinacy of those who would misrepresent his words, or and perverseness of the wicked, and the more he catch at the excesses of his speech which he might restrained his speech from giving utterance to the imprudently suffer to escape him, and turn them feelings of his soul, the more strongly were his to the dishonour of God, or the injury of piety grief and vexation excited. And in and religion. Or it may be, that he resolved to Verse 3d, he goes on to describe the progress keep himself under the strictest restraint when the of his feelings. « My heart was hot within me; wicked were before him ; that is, in his thoughts, while I was musing the fire burnt ; then spake I when he is considering their insolent and unjust with my tongue.” conduct, and yet flourishing condition, lest he This verse has been interpreted by commentators should be tempted to utter disrespectful and re- as follows:- “ While I was indulging my anger bellious speeches against the government of the and grief, the fire burned; that is, my passions Supreme Being who sees the end from the begin- acquired more strength and violence, and encreased ning—knows the multiplied relations of all beings to such a degree that they could not be suppressand events in the universe which he has created; ed." “ Then spake I with my tongue.” “I gave and, no doubt, though we cannot comprehend utterance to my feelings in rash, impatient, and them, orders all the arrangements of his Provi- impetuous language.” Taking the verse by itself, dence for the wisest and best purposes, and shall and unconnected with wbat precedes or follows it, at the last day award to wickedness its due punish this interpretation might be natural and just; but ment, and to righteousness its due reward. viewing it, as is most reasonable, in connection

In pursuance of this resolution, he says, Verse with the preceding and subsequent context, it 2d,_ I was dumb with silence: I held my seems, in this view, altogether insulated, and at peace even from good ; and my sorrow was stir- variance with the resolutions expressed in the first red.”

verse, with the determined silence and quiet grief “ I was dumb with silence.”—This is a Hebrew expressed in the second, and is certainly not a very form of expression, to denote perfect silence. He natural introduction to the calın and contemplauttered not a single expression that could possibly tive prayer that immediately commences in the he misrepresented. With this view he held his fourth verse. The whole Psalm, indeed, seem peace even from good. We are commanded by characterized by a sedate and chastened feeling, by

a spirit of deep and submissive devotion ; and by at the prosperity of the wicked, discontent at the explaining the verse literally, which is always the unequal dispensations of providence, and resentmost desirable way, when it can consistently be ment at the opposition of the ungodly, appear in done, the unity of the Psalm is preserved, and the their true colours, vain, ridiculous and absurd. consistency, connection, and natural train of The Psalmist farther prays God to impress upthought continued throughout,

on his mind the measure of his days, the little sum When under restraint, his sorrow was stirred. of that period which now assumes such mighty In the retirement of his own bosom he was agi- importance,—what it in reality is, not as it aptated with grief-—" his heart was hot,”—an expres- pears to our imaginations, a lengthened period sion as much characteristic, in original scriptural of returning years, but as it is in the eye of God, language, of sorrowful as of angry passion. He of reason and religion, viewed in connection with had been vexed with the opposition and profane the vastness of eternity, with the importance of ridicule of the ungodly, he pitied their short-lived the work to be done in it, viz.: provision made for prosperity and triumph, he dreaded falling into our everlasting necessities, with the amount of the the same dangers and follies, or being envious enjoyment which it affords, and the misery which of their prosperity; and in this state of pensive it yields. And this prayer he offers up, that he and thoughtful meditation, the fire burnt, did not may be convinced how frail

, how transitory and increase in violence, but, as the word denotes, shortlived he is, and how useless it is to be deeply wasted and consumed away before him, and re-concerned about any thing that has respect merely minded him of the passing nature of every thing to this fleeting existence-for, earthly—that the career of the ungodly might be Ver. 5th. 5 Behold thou hast made my days as bright, but was hastening, by its own activity, to an handbreadth, and mine age is as nothing before a close—that the vexations they occasioned would thee.” soon come to an end,—the agitations of grief would The shortness of human life is expressed in soon be stilled in the peaceful slumbers of the Scripture by a great variety of just, beautiful and grave,—the things which now concerned him so striking images. It is spoken of as a sleep which much, would soon have passed away, as though they is passed in a state of unconsciousness, and seems had never been, and it was therefore useless to a mere blank in our existence ;- as a dream of the disquiet himself in vain. Then, as if his former night, which is characterized by alternations of passions were almost subdued by his resolutions hope and fear, joy and sorrow, ease and trouble, of prudent caution and silence, and his train of but all is the work of imagination, and is dissipensive meditation, he turns in peace to God, the pated for ever by the light of day ;- ;-as grass, which wise and gracious disposer and judge of all, and groweth up green and fresh in the morning, but utters the following prayer, which is well calcu- in the evening is cut down and withered ;

;-as a tale lated to remove every remaining feeling of discon- that is told, that has excited a variety of feeling tent, to allay entirely every stirring of passion, and and of interest, and has consumed some time in to soothe the bitterness of grief.

the recital, but is soon totally forgotten or comVer. 4th. “ Lord, make me to know mine end, prehended by the reflection of a moment;—as a and the measure of my days what it is, that I may shadow that has no substance or existence of its know how frail I am.”' Thou, O Lord, who own, which a passing cloud or an intervening obknowest all things, who remainest for ever the ject obliterates in a moment. The force of these same through the lapse of time and the revolution images is perceived, not by looking forward to the of ages, unaffected by change, and unmoved by time before us, which imagination magnifies in the the confusion and trouble of this vale of sin and distance, and hope gilds with bright and durable tears, who rulest Supreme in the armies of heaven colours ; but by looking back on the past reality, and among the inhabitants of this world, who pre- on the space that has already been trode, on the sidest over the destinies of the sons of men, in time that is gone, that has sunk into the abyss of whose hands are the issues of life and death, “ O past eternity, and has scarely left a trace behind make me to know mine end,” impress upon my it, which is comprehended by a single retrospective soul a deep and abiding sense of what is to be glance, and passes before the mind as a deeting the result of all the pride and greatness, the shadow which cannot be laid hold of, and which, anxiety and fear, the joy and exultation, the griefs when most lengthened, is soonest to escape from and resentments of this passing scene,—that it is

our view. In the Verse before us, the imagery to issue in the lowliness, corruption and silence is no less striking and expressive.“ Beholi, of the tomb, where the wicked cease from troubling, Thou hast made my days as an handbreadth, and and the weary are at rest, where the voice of the mine age is as nothing before thee; verily every oppressor is no more heard, where the tongue of man at his best estate is altogether vanity" As the scoffer lies still, where hostile passions no more an handbreadth, a little span, compared with the agitate, where those who once were foes, sleep vast immensity of space, so are the days of man peacefully side by side, like infants lulled to rest, compared with the boundless infinitude of eternity, where the idle storm rages unbeeded, and the rank so inconceivably disproportioned, that the mind grass waves over their narrow dwelling in token of in vain endeavours to form a distinct conception the profound and undisturbed repose that reigns of the difference. So impressed was the Psalmist below. Here is a contemplation that makes envy | with this comparison, that he adds, “ mine age,” the

« VorigeDoorgaan »