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comes the Lord in such a solemn and glorious patient; stablish your hearts, for the coming of manner, taking the world at unawares, and spread the Lord draweth nigh.” ing consternation and alarm among all the tribes of its population ? He comes to judge the world.
NOTICE OF MRS WELCH, A tribunal shall be erected; all mankind, both the quick and the dead, shall appear before him. The
"Mis Welch seems to have inherited no inconsiderable angels shall be sent forth to gather his elect from portion of her father's spirit, and she had her share of the four winds, and their trumpets shall ring an similar hardships. Her husband was one of those equally irresistible summons to those who are his patriotic ministers who resisted the arbitrary measures foes. Then shall the time of the harvest be come, pursued by James VI. for overturning the government when the tares are to be separated from the wheat. and liberties of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland.
Being determined to abolish the General Assembly, The righteous and the wicked are now mingled
James had for a considerable time, prevented the meetin indiscriminate fellowship, inhabit the same place,
ings of that court by successive prorogations. Perceivare bound together by numerous ties of kindred
ing the design of the court, a number of the delegates and relationship, partake the same joys, and suf- from synods resolved to keep the diet which had been fer alike the ordinary infirmities of humanity and appointed to be held at Aberdeen in July 1605. They ills of life; but then a complete and final distinc
merely constituted the Assembly, and appointed a day tion shall be made between them. Read in the for its next meeting, and being charged by Laurieston,
the king's commissioner, to dissolve, immediately obeyed; fortieth verse :-" Then shall two be in the field, the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two several of the leading members were thrown into prison.
but the commissioner, having ante-dated the charge, women shall be grinding at the mill, the one shall Welch and five of his brethren, when called before the be taken, and the other left.” According to their privy council, declined that court, as incompetent to different characters shall men be ranged on the judge the offence of whrich they were accused, according
to the laws of the kingdom; on which account they right hand and on the left. “ Then shall the King
were indicted to stand trial for treason at Linlithgow. say to them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed
Their trial was conducted in the most illegal and unjust of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for
The king's advocate told the jury that the you from the foundation of the world. Then shall only thing which came under their cognizance was the he say
also unto them on the left hand, Depart fact of the declinature, the judges having already found from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared that it was treasonable ; and threatened them with an
‘azize of error' if they did not proceed as he directed for the devil and his angels. And these shall go
them. away into everlasting punishment, but the right-clerk went in and threatened them with his majesty's
After the jury were empanneled, the justiceeous into life everlasting.”
displeasure, if they acquitted the prisoners. The greater Remember, then, Christians, that in proportion part of the jurors being still reluctant, the chancellor as you conscientiously perform your part in prepar- went out and consulted with the other judges, who ing for this event, you will have the privilege of promised that no punishment should be inflicted on the looking forward to it, not only without fear, but prisoners, provided the jury brought in a verdict agreewith exultation and joy. “ Let the sun be dark- able to the court. By such disgraceful methods, they ened, and the moon refuse her light, and the stars three, that the prisoners were guilty, upon which they
were induced, at midnight, to find, by a ajority of fall from heaven, and all the powers of the hea- were condemned to suffer the death of traitors. vens be shaken,”—these prodigies may speak “ Leaving her children at Ayr, Mrs Welch attended terrors to others, but they are omens of approach- her husband in prison, and was present at Linlithgow, ing bliss to you. They are the budding of the with the wives of the other prisoners, on the day of fig-tree, which tells that the cold and cheerless instead of lamenting their fate, praised God who had
trial. When informed of the sentence, these heroines winter of time is past, and that the summer of given their husbands courage to stand to the cause of eternity is nigh. They are the sweet sounds of their Master, adding, that, like him, they had been the evening bell, announcing to the weary la- judged and condemned under the covert of night. bourers the hour of repose, and the approach of “ The sentence of death having been changed into the Master to pay them their hire. They are
banishment, she accompanied her husband to France, signals of victory, cheering the faint and droop- applied himself with such assiduity to the acquisition
where they remained for sixteen years. Mr Welch ing soldier with the assurance that his warfare is of the language of the country, that he was able, in the now past, and that the Captain of his salvation course of fourteen weeks, to preach in French, and was is at hand with the crown to reward his bitter chosen minister to a protestant congregation at Nerac, struggles. Surely such a hope as this should from which he was translated to St. Jean d'Angely, have a powerful effect in strengthening and con
a fortified town in Lower Charente. War baving soling the Christian's heart. What duties so
broken out between Lewis XIII. and his protestant
subjects, St. Jean d'Angely was besieged by the king difficult, which this will not enable us to per- in person. On this occasion, Welch not only animated form ; what trials so severe, which this will not the inhabitants of the town to a vigorous resistance by enable us to endure ; what burden so heavy, that his exhortations, but he appeared on the walls, and gave it will not lighten; or sorrow so piercing that it his assistance to the garrison. The king was at last will not soothe ? “ Be patient, therefore, bre- admitted into the town in consequence of a treaty, and thren, unto the coming of the Lord.
being displeased that Welch preached during his resithe husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of dence in it, sent the Duke d'Espernon, with a com
When the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he the preacher saw the duke enter the church, be ordered receive the early and the latter rain. Be ye also his hearers to make room for the marshal of France,
and desired him to sit down and hear the Word of God. a spouse and daughter worthy of such a husband, and He spoke with such an air of authority that the duke such a father.” involuntarily took a seat, and listened to the sermon
[The above is extracted from the Life of John Knox, by the late with great gravity and attention. He then brought
Dr M Crie.) Welch to the king, who asked him, how he durst preach
TO A LADY IN DISTRESS OF MIND. there, since it was contrary to the laws of the kingdom for any of the pretended reformed to officiate in places
LETTER II. wbere the court resided, Sire,' replied Welch, if
BY THE REV. HENRY DUNCAN, D. D., your majesty knew what I preached, you would not
Minister of Ruthwell. only come and hear it yourself, but make all France Liear it; for I preach not as those men you use to hear. been favoured with your very interesting letter, which I
Dear Madam,--Since I wrote you yesterday, I have First, I preach that you must be saved by the merits of Jesus Christ, and not your own ; and I am sure your it will not be in my power to express myself so fully as I
have read over more than once. As I go from home to-day, conscience tells you that your good works will never merit heaven. Next, I preach, that
, as you are king of could wish, on the various points on which you require France, there is no man on earth above you ; but these my opinion, but you may be sure I will devote the first men whom you hear, subject you to the pope of Rome, leisure hour to you, and meanwhile will comply with which I will never do. Pleased with this reply, Lewis part of your request, by hastily and concisely running said to him, “Very well; you shall be my minister;' and addressing him by the title of father, assured him of
over some of the more important truths of Revealed his protection. And he was as good as his word; for Religion, as they appear to my own mind. St. Jean d'Angely being reduced by the royal forces in The whole necessity of the scheme of salvation rests 1621, the king gave directions to De Vitry, one of his on our being fallen and guilty creatures; and a clear generals, to take care of his minister ; in consequence view of our condition, as the apostate children of Adam, if which, Welch and his family were conveyed, at his is therefore necessary for our cordial reception of the majesty's expense, to Rochelle.
* Having lost his health, and the physicians inform- other doctrines of the Gospel. I must not stop, at preing him that the only prospect wbich he had of recover
sent, to say any thing of the appalling mystery which ing it was by returning to his native country, Mr Welch hangs over the introduction of moral evil into a world rentured, in the year 1622, to come to London. But governed by a God of infinite power, and wisdom, and his own sovereign was incapable of treating him with goodness. In vorld we find it, in whatever way its that generosity which he had experienced from the introduction may be accounted for; but I do not hesiFrench monarch; and dreading the influence of a man who was far gone with a consumption, he absolutely which can be given, is so satisfactory, even to human
tate to say, that no account which ever was given, or refused to give bim permission to return to Scotland. Mrs Welch, by means of some of her mother's relations reason, as that which is recorded in the Bible,-viz. at court, obtained access to James, and petitioned him that man was formed holy and happy, but, that being a to grant this liberty to her husband. The following free agent, he fell by the abuse of his freedom; “ God singular conversation took place on that occasion. His hath made man upright, but they have sought out many majesty asked her, who was her father. She replied, inventions." The fall of our first parents entailed sin John Knox.'_Knox and Welch !' exclaimed he, and misery on their offspring, not only by the immediate 'the devil never made such a match as that.'--' It's right like, sir,' said she, ‘for we never speired his appointment of the Almighty, but in what is usually called advice.' He asked her how many children her father the common course of providence, if, in the present inbad left, and if they were lads or lasses. She said three, stance, there be any difference between these modes of and they were all lasses. «God be thanked !' cried divine agency. The moral, as well, perhaps, as the the king, lifting up both his hands; "for an they had physical powers of Adam, had, by his apostasy, underbeen three lads, I had never bruiked my three kingdoms in peace.' She again urged her request, that he gone a great and unhappy change, and as it is a law of
nature that a parent should produce his like, that dewould give her husband his native air. “Give him his native air!' replied the king, "give him the devil!'- rangement was communicated to his posterity. Adam • Give that to your hungry courtiers,' said she, offended and Eve constituted, in fact, the whole of the human at his profaneness. He told her at last, that if she race, and their descendants may be considered, in some would persuade her husband to submit to the bishops, he sort, as a part of themselves, so that all mankind sinned would allow him to return to Scotland. Mrs Welch, in them and fell with them. The prince of darkness, lifting up her apron, and holding it towards the king, the great origin of evil, thus gained dominion over replied, in the true spirit of her father, · Please your the soul of man, and instead of a child of God, he bemajesty, I'd rather kep bis head there.' Welch was soon after released from the power of
came a child of Satan. God had permitted this awful the despot, and from his own sufferings. “This month defection for some wise purposes, in part, doubtless, of May, 1622, says one of his intimate friends, concealed from our feeble understandings, but, in part, received intelligence of the death of that holy servant also explained in his Revealed Word. His purpose, in so of God, Mr Welch, one of the fathers and pillars of far as it is revealed, was to give an extraordinary manithat church, and the light of his age, who died at Lon- festation of his grace, by the deliverance of his fallen creadon, an exile from his native country, on account of his opposition to the re-establishment of episcopal govern
tures from their degradation, and by their restoration to mnent, and his firm support of the presbyterian and dignity and happiness. Of this scheme of mercy He synodical discipline, received and established among us; made an intimation, immediately after the fall, when He and that after eighteen years' banishment—a man full declared that the “ seed of the woman should bruise the of the Holy Spirit, zeal, charity, and incredible diligence head of the serpent.” in the duties of his office. The death of his wife is recorded by the same pen. • This month of January,
For the accomplishment of this astonishing plan 1625, died at Ayr, my cousin, Mrs Welch, daughter of Abraham was selected, and a promise was expressly that great servant of God, late John Knox, and wife of made to him that the Great Deliverer should appear that holy man of God, Mr Welch, above mentioned ; among the number of his descendants,
“ In his seed,"
he was assured, ** all the families of the earth should be less broken-hearted mother,-my palsied arm can no blessed.” After a long train of prophecies and super-| longer defend or support her,—spare the young sapling, natural events, Christ, at once the Son of God and the and take the withered tree!” The chief listened to Son of man, was born,—and suffered, and died; the this earnest appeal of his favourite, and it was done to Son of God, because it required a being of absolute per- him according to his own earnest supplication,--the old fection to make atonement for sin,—the Son of man, man died for his son ! because it behoved this atonement to be made in the You can yourself make the application of this intenature that had offended.
resting anecdote, and will easily perceive that it would This introduces you to a very mysterious doctrine, be most unsafe and injurious to run the parallel too but one of unspeakable importance, which is, in fact, close. The cases are analogous only in so far as there the crowning point of Revealed Religion. It would oc- was here a substitution of one for another, by which the cupy much more time than I can at present spare, determined purpose of the chief to punish delinquency to give any thing like a clear and intelligible expla- was even more strongly marked than if the law had tanation of all the bearings of this doctrine which have ken its usual course ; whereas, if he had suffered the been revealed to us ; but I think I may, in a few words, young man to escape, without such substitution, he convey to you a simple view of it. God is infinitely would have been guilty of a weakness, which would just, and such justice must necessarily be unbending and have tended materially to diminish the terror and saluinexorable to transgression. He is also infinitely holy, tary effect of the example, and, by an act of glaring parand such holiness is directly opposed to, and is incapable tiality, to relax the band of justice. As to the right of reconciliation with sin. It follows from this, that which one human being had thus to deal with another, pardon of sin is inconsistent with the nature of the even at his own earnest request, it is a different ques. Eternal. But God is also good and merciful, and these tion, on which I shall not enter. Here the parallel does attributes plead for fallen man. Here the perfections not hold. of God appear to be at variance, but through the incar- Sin is seen no where to be so tremendous an evil as nation and death his own eternal Son they are re
when viewed in connection with the sacrifice of Christ conciled,—for Ile voluntarily subjected himself to the on the cross, and, on the other hand, the mercy and grace punishment which our sins had incurred, substituting of God never appear so unspea kably great and lovely himself in our stead, and thus displaying, in astonishing as when we remember that he so loved the world as not union, at once the justice, the holiness, and the mercy to spare his only begotten Son, that “whosoever be. of the divine nature. This act of substitution, or of lieveth in him might not perish, but have everlasting one living creature bearing the punishment due to ano. life.” ther, was, by previous Revelation, rendered quite fami- You will observe that the total incompetency of hu. Liar to men's minds; it was, in fact, the principle on man efforts to entitle to the blessings of salvation, is which all sacrifices were instituted, the victim being the necessarily involved in this doctrine. Could we have substitute of the person offering it, and thus typifying, saved ourselves, there would have been no need of an under the Mosaic law, the great sacrifice of Christ, from atonement for our sins; and the unqualified declaration which all other sacrifices derived their efficacy.
of Scripture is, that do what we will, we are still sinful I lately read a story in a publication of Sir John creatures, and, after all our endea vours, have no services Malcolm, which struck me as illustrative of the atone- to plead, and no rights to demand; and that the only ment. The particulars I do not very distinctly remem sentiment, befitting the very best of Christians, is that ber, but I can recal as much of them as will answer of humility and self-abasement, when the question comes my purpose. A Persian chief had the mortification to to be as to the attainments which he has wrought out find, that not withstanding all his zealous efforts to sup- for himself. We must therefore cast ourselves, withpress the lawless practices of his subjects, a caravan had out reserve, at the foot of the cross of Christ, exclaim. been plundered, and the whole band of travellers bad ing “ God be merciful to us sinners." been murdered, under the very walls of his castle. He But, then, this, instead of leading us to despair, ought was determined to inflict on them the full rigour of to make us rejoice, and renew our diligence, for we are bis vengeance, as an example to deter others, and he assured that we shall be enabled to “ do all things bound himself publicly by an oath, that if he could dis- through Christ who strengtheneth us." We must cover the perpetrators, not one of them should escape, “work out our own salvation," with fear and trembling even although they should be his dearest friends. They indeed, but still with confidence, because it is God were discovered, and it turned out to his great distress, who worketh in us both to will and to do of his good that they belonged to his own immediate dependants, pleasure.” and even to his own household. They were seized, This would naturally lead me to give you some achowever, and summary punishment was about to be in- count of the doctrines of faith and repentance, under flicted on them all, when a hoary veteran, a particular the operation of the Holy Spirit, but I must, for the favourite of the chief, rushed forward, and embracing present, be excused from entering on these subjects, and his knees, pleaded in the most pathetic terms, that be from complying with the other requests you make, as I would spare the life of his only son, who was implicat- find it is necessary for me now to conclude. You shall, ed in this horrid affair, and was doomed to suffer along however, certainly hear from me again the first leisure with his associates. “ I know you have sworn," he hour I can spare. It will give me pleasure to attend exclaimed, “ and the sentence is just, alas, too just ; to your wish that I should put in writing a few thoughts but if ever I found favour, O take me in his stead, which you may make use of in pray er. Meanwhile, you my life for the life of my son,--spare him to his family, have my most earnest prayers for your spiritual welfare, - he is their only prop,- spare him to his poor help. I and especially for the presence of the Comforter in your
heart, who al ne can teach you how to pray, and lead open your mouth wide, and I will fill you with all that you into all truth. Under his enlightening influences,
heart' could wish of worldly things,--only this, you I trust you wil have much consolation in pouring out
shall never see my face;" would you think you had a your soul befi:re the Searcher of hearts, although you it heaven fight against us ; if the wrath of God hang over
good offer? would you accept of the condition ? No; may not be able to express yourself in a set form of
our heads; if be hide his face, and be angry ; yea, but Words. It is not the utterance of the lips, but the as- a little; happy are all they that put their trust in him. piration of the heart which he regards. I am, &c.
" Who will shew us any good ? Lord ! lift
thou up the light of Thy countenance upon us." Let our CHRISTIAN TREASURY.
house be a prison—a dungeon ; but let the light of Thy Intercessory Prayer. When we consider how pro- countenance shine in at some little opening, and that minent a place in the constitution of our nature has been shall make it a palace, a court, a heaven! Let our bread assigned by its Divine Author to those affections which be the bread of affliction, and our tears be our drink ; link us closely together in all those endearing ties of but let the light of Thy countenance shine upon us, and earthly love, for which “ Home is a name so dear;" that bread shall be changed into the food of angels, and and when we reflect how much of our happiness or that water turned into wine! Let friends, and goods, misery depends on the due regulation, and legitimate and life, and all forsake us; but let the light of Thy induigence, of those affections; and also, how fatally countenance shine upon us, and that shall be life, and prone we are to indulge them to an idolatrous excess, friends, and goods, and all unto us! For as Noah, when and thus defeat the gracious purpose for which they the deluge of waters had defaced the great book of were bestowed, perverting what God designed for a nature, had a copy of every kind of creature in that blessing into a curse: Oh, surely it bears a special | famous library of the ark, out of which all were restamp of the loving-kindness of our God, that he should printed to the world; so he that hath God hath the have provided, in intercessory praver, a way by which original copy of all blessings, out of which, if all perishthe poison sus sting of idolatrous love may be extracted ed, all might easily be restored. God is the best storefrom our hearts; and a channel opened, in which our house that a man can have ; the best treasury that a affections inay not merely flow in safety to our spiritual kingdom can have. God is the best shield of any welfare, but become a medium of conveying to our souls person, and the best safeguard of any nation; if God a rich supply of spiritual blessings. Yes, it is sweet to be our enemy, nothing can secure us ; if God be our think that there is one place at least, even before a friend, nothing can hurt us ; for when the enemy girds throne of grace, where our love for those twined round a city round about with the straightest siege, he can. our heart-strings cannot be too warmly or tenderly not stop the passage to heaven, and so long as that is eberished—where the language of its fond and fervent open, there may come relief and succour from heaven, if feelings cannot be breathed forth with too intense an God be our friend. Let Pharaoh be behind, the Red ardour of affection, or earnestness of entreaty, where Sea before, the mountains on each side, the Israelites all our happiness, connected with the objects of our can still find a way: and when there is no other way to love, if they are fellow-sharers with us in a Saviour's escape a danger, a Christian can go by heaven! But love, can catch a glow of celestial radiance from that if God be an enemy, for all their walls and bars, God Saviour's smile, and all anxieties on their behalf be lulled could, as he did on Sodom-rain on us fire and brimto rest, by being reposed in the bosom of their Father, stone from heaven.-OLD AUTUOR. and our Father,-their God, and our God.— WHITE. The Privileges of the Believer.I durst not have
Peace.- Peace of Conscience—which he that hath, thought of the saint's preferment in this life, as Scripall outward losses or crosses cannot make him miserable, ture sets it forth, had it ot been the express truth of no more than all the winds without can shake the God. How indecent to talk of being sons of God; earth. A child of God, with a good conscience, even speaking to him; having fellowship with him; dwelling in the midst of the waters of affliction, is as secure as the in him, and he in us, if this had not been God's own child that, in a shipwreck, was on a plank with his language ; how much less durst we have once thought mother, securely sleeping till she awaked him, and then of shining forth as the sun; of being joint heirs of Christ; sweetly smiling be sportingly beat the naughty waves, of judging the world; of sitting on Christ's throne; of and at last when they continued boisterous for all that, being one in Him and the Father, if we had not all this he began sharply to chide them as though they had been from the mouth, and under the hand of God? But but his play-fellows. O the comfort of peace i the tran- “ hath he said, and shall he not do it? Hath he spoken, quillity of a mind reconciled! And the rack, the and shall he not make it good ?” Yes, as the Lord God torment, the horror of a guilty conscience !-STOUGH- | is true, thus shall it be done to the man whom Christ ΤΟΝ.
delighteth to honour. Be of good cheer, Christians, Peace—peace with God. -An ancient said, that he the time is near, when God and thou shalt be near, and would rather have the king's countenance than his coin,
as near as thou canst well desire. Thou shalt dwell in good look from him rather than gold. And I dare his family. Is that enough ? It is better to be a doorsay, that a Christian thinks himself richer when he is keeper in the house of God, than to dwell in the tents able to say, God is mine, than if he had a thousand of wickedness. Thou shalt ever stand before him, mines of gold. If the sun were wanting, it would be about his throne, in the room with him, in his presencenight, for all the stars; so, if the light of God's counte- chamber. Wouldst thou yet be nearer ? Thou shalt nance be wanting, a man may sit in the shadow of death be his child, and he thy facher ; thou shalt be an heir of for all the glitter of worldly contentments. I beseech | his kingdom; yea, more, the spouse of his Son. And you tell me : Suppose the houses were paved with what more canst thou desire ? Thou shalt be a memDearls and walled with diamonds, still, if the roofs were ber of the body of his Son; he shall be thy head; chou open to the injuries of heaven, would these shelter you
shalt be one with him, who is one with the Father, as from the storm and tempest ?' Would you chuse to be he himself bath desired for thee of his Father, " that so lodg:d in a hard winter ? Suppose the king were to they all may be one, as thou, Father, art in me, and I set you in the chair of state, at a table richly furnished, in thee, that they also may be one in us; and the glory royally attended, but with his sword hanging over you
which thou gavest me I have given them, that they may by a thin thread, would that honour make you merry ? be one, even as we are one; I in them and thou in me, Suppo:e God himself should make you this offer:“crown that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world pour lead with rose -buds ; clothe yourself in purple ; may know that thou hast sent me, and bast loved them fare de liciously every day; take your fill of pleasures; as thou hast loved me." —BAXTER.
John Bunyan.-Bunyan, with irresistible zeal, preach. SACRED POETRY.
ed throughout the country, especially in Bedfordshire
and its neighbourhood; until, on the restoration of A SABBATH NIGHT'S REFLECTION.
Charles II. he was thrown into prison, where he re
mained twelve years. During his confinement he By The Rev. Peter M‘MORLAND, LONDON.
preached to all to whom he could gain access; and Upon the solemn night of God's own day,
when liberty was offered to him, on condition of proWhen my heart tells me from the heart I've spoken mising to abstain from preaching, he constantly replied,
His word, whose blood was shed, whose body broken; If you let me out to-day, I shall preach again toHow sweetly on my bed myself I lay!
morrow. Wearied my frame,-oppress'd my heart may be ;
Comfort in the Work of Christ.– The Rev. John But when I think it may, perchance, have been, Brown, of Haddington, addressed this exhortation to
That some one deathless soul, has Jesus seen ; his sons in the ministry with his dying breath : "0, Such weariness feels happiness to me!
labour-labour to win souls to Christ! I will say this
for your encouragement, that whenever the Lord has Oh! when life's short and chequer'd day is past,
led me out to be most diligent this way, he has poured And sleepless worldly cares to slumber go,
most comfort into my heart, and given me my reward And 'neath the coffin lid we rest at last,
in my bosom. But He is our great example, whose In lonely grave, once dark, but now not so;
life, as well as lips, said to all his disciples, Work May mine be then the feeling of to-night,
while it is day; for the night cometh when no man can Weary to fall asleep—hoping for Rest and light.
Bishop Jewel.- When Bishop Jewel, by his laborious ON READING A BIBLE SOCIETY REPORT.
course of life, had much impaired his health, his friends By Miss Anna L. GILLESPIE.
observed a sensible alteration in his appearance, and " The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for tnem; and endeavoured to prevail on him to relax from his inthe desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose."--Isa. xxxv. 1.
cessant application, and to desist for a time, at least, All hail to the prospect, unclouded and bland,
from pulpit services. He replied to their friendly reSee the Gospel illumines each far distant land,
monstrances, by saying, that “ A bishop should die And nations long wilder'd rejoice in the light,
preaching These words were almost literally fulfilled That have wandered so long in the shadows of night. in his own case; for, a short time before his death,
having promised to preach at Lacock, in Wiltshire, he Yes, numbers unnumbered shall bless the glad hour,
was determined to go, although a friend, who met him When God gave the thought, and when God gave the
on the way, strongly urged him to return home, telling power,
him, that the people had better lose one sermon than be By means, ah! how feeble, such splendour is shed,
altogether deprived of such a pastor. The bishop could A spark, and unfading effulgence is spread.
not be prevailed upon to return, but proceeded to the The heart wrung with anguish, the tear streaming eye, place appointed, and there preached his last sermon,
from Awakes from despair to the fulness of joy,
Galatians v. 16. “ Walk in the Spirit,” which he finish. For the beams of salvation enliven the gloom,
ed with great difficulty. He died a few days after. And glory transcendant awakes from the tomb.
A Call to the Ministry.-It has frequently been pro
posed, as a question of considerable practical importMISCELLANEOUS.
ance, how a person may know that he bas a call to the A Hint to Christians.--For some years before his lived in the twelfth century, may perhaps be useful :
ministry: the following observations, by Bernard, who death, Mr Hervey visited but few persons belonging to He who is called to instruct souls, is called of God, the higher classes of society in his neighbourhood; and and not by his own ambition; and what is tbis call, but being asked why he declined visiting those who were always ready to shew him every token of respect, he for the salvation of our brethren ?
an inward incentive of love, soliciting us to be zealous
So often as he who replied, “I can hardly name a polite family where the is engaged in preaching the Word, shall feel his inward conversation turns upon the things of God. I hear man to be excited with divine affections; so often let much frothy and worldly chit-chat, but not a word of him assure himself that God is there, and that he is inChrist, and I am determined not to visit those com
vited by him to seek the good of souls. panies where there is not room for my Master, as well to hear that preacher, who does not move me to applaud as for myself.”
his eloquence, but to groan for my sins. Efficacy will Missionary Zeal.—Mr Elliot, when near fifty years be given to your voice, if you appear to be yourself perof age, learned the language of the American Indians suaded of that to which you advise me. That common in several of its dialects; a language more difficult than rebuke will not then at least belong to you, ‘ Thou who any in the world to acquire, on account of the length teachest another, teachest thou not thyself?'” of its words. He could preach in that language with great facility. He translated the whole Bible into it;
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