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Vol. I. No. 13.
SATURDAY, MAY 28, 1836.
THOUGHTS ON FAMILY WORSHIP. and yield the fruit which are suitable to it, after
its kind. BY THE Rev. CHARLES WATSON, D.D.,
Let no one, therefore, whom God has intrusted Minister of Burntisland.
with the charge of a family, say that he is relieved The duty of Family Worship derives its authority, from the duty in question, merely, because he does if not from express precepts, at least from the ge- not find it written, that, evening and morning, he neral spirit of the Word of God, conveyed in plain must meet with his household at the throne of grace. statements, and enforced by many striking ex- As well might he plead an exemption from the disamples. If a parent is not told in so many words, charge of numberless other duties, which his conthat it is his duty to assemble his family daily, and science acknowledges, and which have been recogto read to them a portion of the Inspired Volume, nized as duties by all genuine Christians,—merely, and to commend them to God in prayer,—he is because the Bible has not gone into all the minutiæ required to “train up his children in the way in of duty, and taught him, by measure and line, all the which they should go,”—to “dwell with his fa- individual parts of the service which God requires mily as heirs together of the grace of life, that at his hands. The Bible, especially the New Testatheir prayers be not hindered,”—to “ give to his ment, is a treasury of principles, not a catalogue of servants that which is just and equal,” from a con- rules. It deals with the Christian as an intellisideration that he and they “ have a Master in gent honest inquirer, who can appreciate a hint, heaven,” whom they are equally bound to reverence and feel the force of a suggestion, as well as obey and obey. And, as if to exhibit in action the an irresistible command. He, therefore, who will principles of domestic duty thus inculcated, we do nothing more for God, than he has an express are presented with the examples of Abraham, of statute to bind him to perform, proves himself inDavid, of Joshua, of Job, and of other saints of sensible to the brightest distinction of the ChrisGod, who were accustomed to instruct and to tian system,—that, namely, of being a dispensa“ bless their household,” and to use means, that tion adapted to freemen, not to slaves,—to full “ whatever others did, as for them and their fami- grown men, not to minors or children. If we feel lies, they should serve the Lord.” Nor is it diffi- duly our privilege as the Lord's freemen, backcult to account for this indirect, though sufficient wardness to recognize the call of duty in any conly expressive mode of inculcating the duty of Fa- ceivable situation, will be the last tendency to mily Worship. The duty is one of a complex and which we shall be in danger of yielding. relative nature, which does not admit, under all The duty of Family Worship, then, though not circumstances, of being equally performed by all formally prescribed, has its root in personal reliChristian heads of families, which implies op- gion, whence it springs as naturally as a plant portunities and qualifications; and which, in the from the seed, or a stream from the fountain. If manner of its performance, allows of variety and a man be deeply impressed with the value of Remodification, under the influence of a sanctified ligion, he will seek a personal interest in it; and discretion. It affords, therefore, no small proof if he feel its value for himself, he cannot forget of divine wisdom, that its obligation is implied, that others have souls no less precious than his rather than expressly enjoined, in the Sacred own, or fail of experiencing some desire that they Volume ; that it has been left as an inference to be should partake of the blessing which is equally of deduced from plain and established principles, and importance to both. He will not, therefore, be that its practical observance has been committed satisfied with addressing his Maker in the retireto the guardianship of Christian feeling, which, ment of his own closet, and using means for his like good seed in the soil, cannot fail, in due own personal improvement and salvation. While time, to develope its existence by a native and he is on his knees for himself, the divine lesson of inevitable process, forcing its way to the surface, love will penetrate his heart, and prompt him, when through all obstructions, and rising, in the form he comes abroad among immortal beings, needing of a living and matured plant, to fill the place, the direction and support which he has found for
himself, to endeavour to do something for their | his children, and would provide for them in the spiritual advantage. And as the sphere in which things in which they most require the benefit of he most directly acts, and in which his endeavours his forethought and pains; if he would ensure afford the greatest promise of success, is home; them in the possession of what will be better for home will be the circle in which the divine feel them than fortune and friends, honour and length ing of benevolence, kindled by the love of Christ of days; if he would be a father to them in the to himself, will first and chiefly operate. His sense in which a being, with such a nature as his wife, his children, his domestics, those loved and and theirs, should act the part of a father to his accustomed objects, on whom his eye first turns offspring : if, in short, he would give free expresin the morning, and on whom it latest falls at night, sion to the instincts, whether of nature or of grace,
, —the scene of his best comforts and unreproved he will rejoice that the audience-chamber of the joys,—the quiet haven in which his heart seeks King of Kings, is not so crowded that he cannot rest from the tossings of ambition and the tumult take his children thither along with him,—that of a crowd, will present irresistible claims on his the ear of Deity is not full of his personal petitions, affectionate interest and exertions. To suppose --that he cannot hope to be heard, when he joins him indifferent here, involves a contradiction which their prayers with his own,—that “the fulness we cannot conceive to be realized, where piety and which is in Christ” is divine and infinite, so that benevolence retain
hold of the mind. And, if he may take for himself, and bring others to take, in earnest about the spiritual good of his family, and still leave “ enough and to spare” for countwhat can be a more obvious direction for his re- less thousands to the close of time. ligious concern to take, than to devote a portion Nor can similar reflections fail to affect him in of his daily time, to such exercises and exhibitions relation to the other members of his family. His of Religion, as are included under the denomination servants, by the very place they fill, possess a of Family Worship? To read aloud the Word of claim upon his friendly consideration and regard. God, for example, is to place all who hear it in the Can he see them from day to day, and receive most favourable position for knowledge and growth from them numberless attentions and accessions in religion, to bring the mind into immediate con- to his comforts, and never ask himself, if he has tact with the source of truth, the standard of duty, no duties to perform to them, besides giving them the medium of divine and saving influence : it is, so their food and their stipulated wages ? Can he far as man's agency is concerned, to open the ear to refrain from thinking of their souls—of their inoral the oracles of infinite wisdom, to affect it by the and spiritual welfare, and of all the consequences powers of the world to come, to surround it by which must ensue, both in time and eternity, from models of celestial excellence, and to inviteit onward a nature such as theirs being left a prey to ignoin the pursuit of glory, honour, and eternal life, by rance and vice ? can the thought occur to him, considerations the most awful, and by prospects the that possibly he may be the destined instrument most alluring : in a word, it is to unlock the gate of doing good to souls as precious as his own, and within which are “hid all the treasures of divine whose plea of want addresses itself to him every wisdom and knowledge”—to unseal the fountain time the customary offices of domestic service are of " the water of life, the streams whereof make rendered, and not be moved with tender compasglad all the inhabitants of the city of God.” And, sion and affectionate solicitude in their behalf? is the Word of God have been read to any pur- And, if thus impressed, can he refuse them a place pose, what more natural, what more likely to fol- at the family altar; or rather, will he not rejoice low, as a matter of course, than to give thanks to that there he and they can meet on God for truths so precious, discoveries so won- ground, and own the tie that, in spite of temporary derful, gifts so invaluable, prospects and hopes distinctions of fortune and condition, binds toso bright and cheering; and to supplicate from gether the whole family of man in subordination him an interest in blessings so essential to happi- to one great common Master in heaven? ness, both in this life and in that which is to come? How fitly all the exercises of domestic worship
In this way, the exercises of Family Worship correspond to the circumstances of the family rewill be recognised to be a duty, from being felt to lation, it is easy to shew. Family mercies require be a privilege. The father of a family has but to family acknowledgments : family sins, family con. look around him, and to consult his own heart, in fessions: family wants, family petitions. It is order to feel the responsibility of his situation. God who “setteth man in families,”-how suitaHe is surrounded by beings who have the strongest ble that God be honoured by the combined prayers and the tenderest claims upon his Christian re- and praises of those whom he has united by so gard,-intelligent, accountable, immortal beings, close a bond ! Christ has revealed himself in a who look up to him not only to be clothed and family relation, owning as “ brethren, as sisters, fed, but to be remembered and cared for in the far as kinsmen, all who do his Father's will,”—how more interesting relation in which they stand to a fit, that families who profess to feel the value of Supreme Ruler, and to an unseen but eternal world. so high and honourable a bond of union should If neglected by him, who is to care for them? own its attracting influence, and court the society Who is to guide their feet into the way of peace, of their Elder Brother! The Holy Spirit is the if their natural guardian desert them? If he know spirit of love, the author and cherisher of all the from experience the worth of the soul ; if he love kindly affection which is to survive the breaking
up of mere earthly ties,how fit, that the heart of sense of duty will spring up, and entwine itself master and servant, parent and children together, with the instincts of the heart, imparting strength, shoud be laid bare before Him, that he may clear consistency and permanence to their varied maniit of the grossness of selfishness and passion, and festations. Nor will the advantage stop here, touch it with a holier fire, and shed upon it a the influence of domestic religion will exiend bekindlier unction, his own!
yond the walls of the family dwelling. Society The benefit of these exercises is not less an will reap
the benefit of exercises of which it knows argument for their observance than their fitness, nothing but the fruit; and the tire cherished on and their moral obligation. Prayer, in a higher the hearth of the humblest abode where God is sense than that in which the poet used the words, worshipped, may kindle the ardour of Christian is, according to Scripture,
patriotism, or feed the flame of wide-spread mis“ The spirit's ladder,
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE
REV. ROWLAND HILL. prayer in general may be considered as attending Or a person so well known, and so eminent as Rowfamily prayer, with this addition, that in family land Hill—the friend and associate of Whitfield--one prayer, many hearts are united in the exercise. of the most honoured instruments, under Providence, If, then, " the effectual fervent prayer of one
of the happy revival of religion in our land, and whose
name has been identified with its cause for more than righteous man availeth much," what holy energy half a century, it may be gratifying to some of our must accompany the prayer of those who “with readers to present thein with a brief memoir, although one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the from the period when he tourished being so recent, and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ !” What showers the circumstance of most of the individuals connected of blessings may not be suspended over the roof with bis history being still alive, nothing more than a whence such incense arises! No wonder that
mere outline can be expected. Rowland Hill was born
at Hawkstone, in the county of Salop, south of Eng" the voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the land, in the memorable year of 1745, of an ancient tabernacles of the righteons," when God the Lord, and honourable family, many of whose members, both mored by entreaties which his own Spirit has in former and present times, have distinguished them. prompted, and to which his royal and paternal selves in the highest ofñces of the State. He was the heart responds, stoops from his throne to dwell sixth son of Sir Rowland Hill, Baronet, of Hawkstone,
Of the other branches of among them! We cannot wonder that angry feel in the parish of Hodnet. ings and malevolent affections, and all the train of this family, though all filled respectable places in society,
none distinguished themselves except Rowland, who lase and discordant passions that prey on the was originally destined for the Church, but whose peace of individuals, and break the union of fami- views of doctrine and of duty, happily formed at an lies, like foul birds of the night, should fly away early period, on an attentive and prayerful realing of from such a dwelling, unable to endure the bright- the Scriptures, inade him prepare for the sacred profes
sion as the business of his lite, under bigher and holier ness of the scene, or breathe an atmosphere so
principles than often intluence parents in determining, pure.
and young men in entering on the ministerial utfice. And, if effects like these be not oftener and At the time of Rowland's birth, and during the greater more fully realized, even among families where part of his early life, Britain had so greatly degenerated the worship of God is not neglected, to what can in respect of pure and undetiled religion, that the grosswe ascribe the spots in the picture, but to the par
est errors in doctrine prevailed the living spirit of it
was extinct-and the general state of the nation cantial, heartless, formal discharge of the duties we
not be better described than by the scriptural statement, have attempted to enforce ? “God is a Spirit, and
that “ darkness covered the land.” Few of the higher they that worship him must worship him in spirit classes of society were known as the friends of reliand in truth."
* He will be sanctified of all that gion. The cause of piety was sunk to a low ebb, and the draw nigh unto him.” It is not in services per profession of it looked upon as unworthy the rank and formed with “ feigned lips," nor in petitions ex
character of a gentleman. But there were some honourtorted by regard to appearances, or in compliance able exceptions ; and of these the family of the Hills was with custom : it is not in the hurried accents of conspicuous, for their devotional character, and their zeal
in the cause of pure Christianity. Mr Richard Hill, who the perfunctory prayer, muttered by persons “ de- was considerably older than his brother Rowland, and tained before the Lord,” instead of " delighting in who had at an early period been impressed with serious his law," and “ longing for his salvation,” that we views of the importance of religion, was the means of are to recognise “the sacrifices of a sweet odour, his brother's conversion. While Rowland and John acceptable to God, through Jesus Christ.” Where ther maintained a constant correspondence with them,
were pursuing their education at Eton, their pious brothese latter are presented, and the spirit as well as and made it the burden of all his letters to press upon the form of family devotion is maintained, we can- them the importance of early religion, and to interest not doubt that blessed fruits will follow. Im- their young affections in the things that belong to their pressions of the most beneficial nature will be peace. With Rowland, bis pious and affectionate enmade on the mind, both of him who conducts the deavours were successful. The seeds of grace that service, and of those who join in it, which will
were sown took deep root, and brought forth the fruits have an unspeakable effect in rivetting the family of righteousness ; and amid the numerous temptations
to which his rank and connections exposed him, he connection. A feeling of sacredness will be com- continued “ stedfast and immoveable” in the choice bined with the feelings of natural affection. A he had made of the “ Master whom he was to serve."
On his removal to Cambridge, and during the whole | left the scene of an evening sermon the next morning, period of his studies at that university, he shewed him- without knowing where he should find at night a restself alive to the promotion of piety in himself and ing place for himself and the faithful animal which others, insomuch, that by his example and his precepts, carried him. He seldom, however, failed to meet with by boldly professing Christ and despising the shame, a kind reception from some person who loved him for he succeeded in awakening a salutary concern about his work's sake, though he was often reduced to great their eternal interests in the minds of not a few of his difficulties. On one evening in particular, as he used fellow-students, among whom were several who after- frequently to describe, when he landed on his return wards acquired eminence both in the Church and among to Bristol, and had paid the passage across the Seven the Methodists. Nor were his exertions confined to for himself and his pony, he had not sufficient left in the young men of the university: he set bimself to the his purse to procure a night's lodging, and went on, he task of visiting the prisoners and the sick, and of preach- knew not whither, hungry and exhausted. But he ing in several of the most destitute places of Cambridge was not deserted, and before night found shelter and and the adjacent villages, in which he was joined by refreshment, as well as the means of proceeding on his several of the gownsmen, whom he had been chiefly journey. Impelled by the irresistible conviction than instrumental in winning over to the faith, and was coun- he was following the commands of God, be pursued his tenanced by several more advanced in years, such as one great object, undaunted by every earthly obstacle. Whitefield, Berridge, and others, who, spiritually. No one could feel more acutely the displeasure of his minded and zealous as they were, were not always the parents, over which he often wept in the silent agouy most judicious counsellors. Proceedings so unusual in of his heart, nor did he ever once refuse coinpliance a young student attracted the attention of the college, with their wishes but for the Gospel's sake. He mnight exposed him frequently to the insults of the populace have reposed amidst their smiles, in the lap of affluence, of the town, drew down upon him the displeasure of his ease, and plenty ; but he gave up every thing in the parents, and led to the expulsion of six of his associates sincerest devotion to God, and received, as will be from the university,—his family intiuence alone saving him hereafter seen, the fulness of the promise, even in this from a similar fate. Meanwhile, he carried on his literary life, to such as have willingly left all for the cause of studies, with a view to prepare for the ministry, with the Redeemer.” unabated ardour. Notwithstanding his incessant labours Nor did the opposition to his zealous proceedings in preaching among the villages, and the constant commu- arise solely from his family and his superiors in the nications he kept up with his religious friends in va- Church and the University. He was often exposed to rious parts of the country, he found time for serious the greatest annoyance, and even danger, from the tuapplication to the pursuits of literature and science, multuous assemblies he ventured to address, of which acting upon it as a fixed principle, that human learning the two following instances, extracted from his journal, is a great ornament to the character, and may be made may suffice as a sample: _“ Preached at Stowey, to the highly subservient to the work of a Christian minister. most outrageous congregacion I ever saw. There was In many branches of science, particularly optics, me- such a noise with beating of pans, shovels, &c., blowing chanics, and astronomy, he had made so great profi- of horns, and ringing of bells, that I could scarce hear ciency, that when he underwent his examinations, pre- myself speak. Though we were pelted with much dirt
, viously to taking the degree of bachelor of arts, there eggs, &c., I was enabled to preach out my sermon. At were few who equalled, and none who excelled him in Putsham, to a serious and attentive congregation out of these departments. The whole bent of his mind, how doors, on Heb. ii. 17, 18, on the compassionate unever, was directed to the preaching of the Gospel ; and changeable priesthood of Christ. Though I had not a to his active mind, the plan of Whitefield and his asso- deal of liberty, yet some I believe were comforted in ciates, of itinerating the country, and preaching with their souls. Though the congregation stood serious
, out any fixed place or regular congregation, possessed some scoffed at a distance, others threw stones. One irresistible attractions. He assumed, therefore, the man was slightly cut, and another almost stunned by a character of an itinerant preacher; and although he blow, which cut him violently over the eye. We could was ever sincerely attached to the constitution and doc- get neither sight nor knowledge of our secret enemies trines of the Church of England, yet the irregularities in this affair : may the Lord forgive and convert them." of his mode of preaching, and his aversion to conform Instances, however, in which he met with a more to the general rules of that Church, excited such a favourable and indulgent reception from the people are prejudice against him, that he was refused ordination frequently related in his diary, and these he never fails by six different bishops, and it was not without consi- to accompany with an expression of fervent thanksgiving derable intluence and management on the part of his to the Lord, who had opened to him a wide and effectual friends, that he succeeded at length in obtaining orders. | door for the entrance of his Word. There can be no The interval between his leaving the University and doubt that in these excursions he was eminently useful receiving ordination he spent beneath the paternal roof in awakening the minds of many to a salutary concern at Hawkstone. But so great was the displeasure which about their spiritual interests, and that many had cause his father, Sir Rowland, had conceived at his conduct, to regard him with eternal gratitude as their spiritual that he was kept under the strictest confinement—not father who had begotten them in the Lord. Notwithallowed to go about preaching, or to hold any communi- standing such undoubted proofs of his zeal and usefulcation with his religious friends_and what with the ness, his family could not be reconciled to his irregular frowns of his family, and his disappointments in regard mode of proceeding: they despatched his brother Richto his reception in the Church, his distress of mind may ard to Bristol, whither he had gone to prosecute bis be more easily imagined than described. An anecdote pastoral labours, to endeavour to prevail upon him to related by his excellent biographer will show his situa- desist; but, like Saul among the prophets, that pious tion at this time.
man caught the spirit of him whose career he had been “ Sir Rowland Hill restricted his allowance to a very employed to check ; and, as from that time, Richard small sum, both in token of displeasure at his itinerant became himself a preacher, we shall gratify the reader life, and to prevent it. But he was determined to go with a detail of the circumstances as they forth, though' without purse or scrip,' and to pursue, the biographer:-“ Sir Rowland Hill, gratified by his in defiance of every human restraint, the course he cessation from his once favourite pursuit, sent him to conceived Providence had marked out for him. Many Bristol to prevail on his brother Rowland to follow his of his most arduous journeys were made upon little example and return home. On his arrival at Bristol, Welsh pony given him by a clergyman, and he often Mr Richard Hill heard that Rowland was gone tu
are given by * On one occasion, an attempt had been made to persuade him have already quoted. not to go to Richmond, because a party of young men had hired a “ A man who worked in Mr Hill's garden at Wot, buat, and were coming down the river, with the determination to draw himn through the water. His feelings may be conceived when ton, and was supposed to have forsaken a life of sin, of his ministry had all entered into the presence of their Judge ined to have been the perpetrator of several burglaries, in forined the boat was upset, and that the poor misguided enemies under the influence of religion, was at length discoverabotboy world
Kingswood to preach to the colliers. He immediately | him and said, -' Mr Hill, Mr Hill, I felt to-day—'tis followed him, and found him surrounded by an immense this slap-dash preaching, say what they will
, that does multitude of these long neglected people, listening with all the good. the greatest interest to the solemn appeal he was mak- Mr Hill was fond of the country, and he was in the ing to their consciences. Mr Rowland Hill saw his babit of retiring during the summer months to the brother, and guessing his errand, only proceeded with scenes of his former labour in Gloucestershire, where increased earnestness; and such was the power of his he erected a house and a chapel for the benefit of address, that the black faces of the poor colliers soon many of the country people as chose to avail themselves exhibited innumerable channels of tears, which the ser- of the privilege. The situation is thus graphically demon bad caused them to shed. Mr Richard Hill was scribed by his biographer : much affected by the unusual scene, and his brother “ The celebrated Robert Hall once paid him a visit Rowland, taking advantage of his emotion, announced, at Wotton, and said of it,— Sir, it is the most paraat the conclusion of the service,– My brother, Richard disaical spot I was ever in.' Strong as was the expresHill, Esquire, will preach here at this time to-morrow.' sion, he did not say too much. Opposite the house is Taken by surprise under the impression produced by the most perfect amphitheatre of hill
, three parts of what he had just witnessed, Mr Richard Hill consented which is clothed with a hanging wood, of exquisite vato preach to the colliers; and instead of returning with riety of foliage, enclosing a dale of the richest fertility. his brother to Hawkstone, became his coadjutor in the The summit of a hill on the left of the house commands very work he designed to persuade him to relinquish." a landscape on which nature has lavished her choicest
The year 1773 was remarkable in the life of Mr Hill attractions. The Welsh mountains, the Malvern hills, for two events_his marriage with Miss Tudway, a lady the green vale of Berkeley, the broad course of the silof unfeigned piety, with whom he lived in uninterrupted very and majestic Severn, and a foreground of grassy harmony for nearly sixty years ; and his ordination to knolls and hanging woods, form the principal features deacon's orders, when he was appointed to the parish of of a scene in which all are blended in the loveliest har. Kingston in Somersetshire, with a stipend of forty mony and proportions. In front of the house, a rocky pounds a-year. His settlement in this place of minis- path winding through a sloping wood of beech, breaks terial labour did not put a stop to his wandering and it with its white and narrow streaks into clusters of eccentric habits; for, while he laboured with exemplary great beauty and variety. On the sabbath this road diligence among his own people, he was indefatigable teemed with human beings, coming from the lovely in preaching in many other places day after day; and glens around to hear the word of life from the lips of although frequently overtaken by sickness, yet, no their beloved minister. About half an hour before sersooner had he recovered, than he renewed his herculean vice, he might be seen watching through a telescope his exertions. “ He met with every species of opposition, approaching flock as they descended into the valley, and was lampooned, burned in effigy, pelted, and threatened, making his remarks to those near him on the serious. but none of these things moved him, or disturbed his ness or levity of their manner. Sometimes he gave a inexhaustible flow of spirits. He placed his family hint of the latter in his sermon, and they who were motto, “Go forward,' on his seal, and he determined to conscious of its application, wondered how he knew it. act upon the precept. These extraordinary exertions Some of them used to say, we must mind what we do, in the cause of the Gospel, together with his own truly for Master Hill knows every thing, bless him.'' devotional character, procured him the notice and In this chapel he always preached on Sabbath ; but friendship of all who were then known as the friends of he scarcely allowed a day to pass without preaching religion, particularly, of Hervey, Venn, John Newton, somewhere in the neighbourhood, orchards, commons, Fletcher of Madely, and the well-known Dr Ryland gardens, woods, hills and dales, being often the scenes of Bristol; and, besides, there was something in the of his varied labours. “ On a Sunday, after the serfreshness, originality, and power of his discourses, vice of his chapel at Wotton, he would give out such a which made him, not only when in the country, but notice as this :—' To-morrow evening meet the society.' after his removal to Surry Chapel in London, run after Any body here from Nibley?'-(a nod of assent.) by multitudes of eager and admiring hearers.
• Tell them I shall preach there Tuesday ; Wednesday, The great secret, perhaps, of the amazing effect of preach here; Thursday, Wickwar ; Friday, Uley; Sahis preaching was, its being all nature. He generally turday, must have some rest; Sunday, here again, God chose the subject which impressed and affected his own willing. After this notice he not unfrequently forgot inind at the moment, and discoursed on it as he felt, the places where he intended to go, when Mrs Hill's not as he had previously thought; and thus, on every accuracy was of no slight service in aiding his memory. occasion, whether joyous or grievous, he found his way He often said at break fast, where am I to preach toto hearts whose strings vibrated in unison with those day?'—and fortunate it was for himself and the people,
Sheridan used to say of him, 'I go to hear that she had not forgotten the detail of his arrangeRowland Hill, because his ideas come red-hot from the ments.” Leart.' Never was there a truer description of the Many of the country people who attended his minispreaching of any minister ; he spoke as he felt; and the trations in this rural retreat were brought under the intears he shed, and the smiles that beamed upon his Auence of the truth, and gave evidence of the sincerity countenance, soon
'wakened up their fellows,' in the and power of their faith, by the consistency of their listening throng that heard him. After one sermon, in lives, and their abounding in the fruits of righteouswhich he had poured forth the experience of his pious ness. There was one, however, who, with a profession Poul in expressing the exulting feelings of the Christ- that had never brought him under suspicion, concealed ian's joy, Mr Ambrose Serle came into the vestry of a heart that was still in the gall of bitterness and the Surry Chapel, and seizing him by the hand, exclaimed, bond of iniquity; and as the story affords a remarkable * Oh, my dear sir, if we are so happy now, what shali proof, both of the eminently pious character of Mr We be a hundred thousand years hence in heaven !' Hill
, and the awe in which even ungodly men stand of And on another occasion, Dr Milner, the celebrated the people of God, it may be interesting to the reader Dean of Carlisle, was so worked upon, that he went to to meet with it in the words of the author whom we
of his own.