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SACRED POETRY.

is valuable in the boat; who ought to suffer punisha

ment? I for instructing them, or they for doing this A MOUNTAIN HYMN.

wicked act ?” “ Why," answered the brahmin, with BY THE Rev. ALEXANDER S. PATTERSON,

emotion,“

you ought all to be put to death together."

' Ay, brahmin,” replied Mr T. " and if you and the Lord of the mountain and the plain,

devil sin together, the devil and you will be punished And all the various scenes of earth,

together.” Thy glories here around us reign,

Melancthon's Servant.--Melancthon, the Reformier
And cast their shadows o'er

my
hearth.

and the friend of Luther, had a servant of the name of What though the chariots of the storm

John, who lived with him many years, and is mentionAre oft across these mountains driven ?

ed in history with marked respect. John was a man Do they not thy bebests perform?

of tried honesty and fidelity. He adorned his humble Bear they not messages from Heaven?

station in life, and was very much beloved by his master, Yes, round me, Father, is thy power,

It was chiefly owing to John's good management and Such trust thy Son's compassions bring,

care, that his master was enabled to shew such unboundBy pointing to the opening flower

ed benevolence, with means so small and apparently so And the mean sparrow on the wing.

insutficient. The whole business of providing for the

family was intrusted to John; whose care, industry, The fly that sparkles and is gone, The heath-bell on the mountain-sod,

and prudence fully justified the confidence which was The fount for ever springing on,

placed in him. He made the concerns of the family his That lives, yet breathes not, speaks of God.

own, avoiding all needless expenses, and watching over

his master's property with a jealous eye. He was also Like them I'd live, great Father, free

the first instructor of the children in the family during From earth's contaminating dust;

their infancy. John grew old in his master's service; Quiet, yet labouring still for Thee

and in the year 1553 died in his house, amidst the affecThy breath my life, thy Word my trust. tionate regrets of the whole family, after having lived And let me, Lord of hill and plain,

with his master nearly thirty-four years, Melanctbon And all the various scenes of earth,

invited the young men in the college to his funeral, Around me mark thy glories reign,

made an address over his grave, and composed an epiAnd feel thee guard my mountain-hearth.

taph for his tombstone.

The Discourse of a Poor Hindoo.-_I am, by birth, ON AUTUMN.

of an insignificant and contemptible caste; so low, BY THE LATE Rev. WILLIAM GILLESPIE, that if a brahmin should chance to touch me, he must Minister of Kells, Author of " Consolation,gc., &c.

go and bathe in the Ganges for the purpose of purifica

tion ; and yet God has been pleased to call me, not Now thick the fallen leaves are strewed,

merely to the knowledge of the Gospel, but to the high And stain the meadows lively green,

otħce of teaching it to others. My friends, do you While sad I roam thro' this lone wood,

know the reason of God's conduct ? It is this: if God And muse on the departed scene.

had selected one of you learned brahmins, and made In bazel copse, or birchen bower,

you the preacher, when you were successful in making Can scarce the blackbird hide her wing,

converts, by-standers would have said, it was the ainazWhile fall the leaves in eddying shower,

ing learning of the brahmin, and his great weight of Like hawthorn's blossoms in the spring.

character that were the cause ; but now, when any one Thus generations, like the leaves,

is converted by my instrumentality, no one thinks of Fall by the chill breath of disease,

ascribing any of the praise to me: and God, as is his And earth, the common grave, receives

due, has all the glory. The sad remains of men and trees.

The Ruling Passion in Death.Never has the ruling There all the forms of being meet :

passion been more strongly exemplified in the hour of And when the world is wrapt in snow,

death than in the case of Dr Payson. His love for Say, is not this the windiag-sheet,

preaching was as invincible as that of the miser for gold, That folds the dead that sleep below?

who dies grasping his treasure. He directed a label to

be attached to his breast when dead, with the admoniYe forms of life! returned to earth, Soon death dissolves your grosser frame;

tion, “ Remember the words which I spake unto you

while I was yet present with you ;” that they might be But, boasts the soul a nobler birth,

read by all who came to look at his corpse,

and by And soars to heaven from whence it came.

which he, being dead, still spoke. The same words

were, at the request of his people, engraved on the plate MISCELLANEOUS.

of the coffin, and read by thousands on the day of his Who ought to be punished, the Devil or Man?- The interment. late Rev. John Thomas, one of the missionary brethren of Serampore, was one day, after addressing a crowd of

Published by JOHN JOUNSTONE, at the Offices of the SCOTTISH the natives on the banks of the Ganges, accosted by a CHRISTIAN HERALD, 104, High Street, Edinburgh, and 19. Glass

ford Street, Glasgow ;-JAMES NISBET & Co., and R. H. M00BE. brahmin as follows: “ Sir, don't you say that the devil

London ; V. R. BLEAKLEY, Dublin; and W. M.Comb, Belfast ; tempts men to sin ?" · Yes;” answered Mr Thomas. and sold by the Booksellers and Local Agents in all the TowTis

and Parishes of Scotiand; and in the principal Towns in Eng. “ Then,” said the brahmin, “certainly the fault is the

land and Ireland. devil's; the devil, therefore, and not man, ought to Subscribers in Edinburgh and Leith will have their copies de suffer the punishment.” While the countenances of livered at their own residences regularly, by leaving their addresses many of the natives discovered their approbation of the

drew Street.-Subscribers in Glasgow will, in like manner, hare brahmin's inference, Mr Thomas, observing a boat, with their copies delivered, by leaving their addresses at the Publishing

Office there, 19, Glassford Street. several men on board, descending the river, with that

Subscription (payable in advance) per quarter, of twelve weeks, facility of instructive retort for which he was distin.

Is. 6d.--per half-year, of twenty-four weeks, 3s. -per year, of foreira guished, replied, “ Brahmin, do you see yonder boat ?” | eight weeks, 6s. - Monthly Parts, containing four Numbers each,

stitched in a printed wrapper, Price Sixpence. “ Yes."' “ Suppose I were to send some of my friends

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THE

SCOTTISH CHRISTIAN HERALD,

CONDUCTED UNDER THE SUPERINTENDENCE OF MINISTERS AND MEMBERS OF.

THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH.'

** THE FEAR OF THE LORD, THAT IS WISDOM.".

Vol. I. No. 14.

SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 1836.

PRICE 14d.

ADDRESS TO THE YOUNG. too late to learn,-in guarding against the begin

nings of that guilt which is now rooted in By The Rev. W. STEVENSON,

my soul, and in calling on God, who may now shut his ear Minister of Arbroath.

against my cry. Thus, my young friends, have There is a solemn warning to you, my young hundreds of old men mourned. Thus, doubtless, friends, in the fact that no thinking man can re- are many of those who now look with interest on flect on his past life, without feeling that if he had your condition, sadly repining, and blaming themit to spend over again, he would spend it fạr other- selves in secret. They can no longer help themwise than he has done. After reaching the years selves. Their short remainder of life, indeed, they of manhood, we may indeed look back with satis- may improve, but the past is gone for

ever, they fuction on the days of our youth, when life itself cannot recover it. Yes, my friends, we who have was a dream full of warm affections and careless advanced beyond the morning of our existence, toerriment,—and when our hearts were so giddy and reached the toils of its busy day, can no longer with their own delights, that the days chased one mingle with you, or share your advantages. If another over our heads without being numbered; we have mis-spent our youth, we must bear the still, as the mildest spring has its withering blasts, loss, making up for it as best we may, by redoubso childhood itself has always its little sorrows. ling our diligence now.

Still much of that preXay, some of you know well, that the infant is not cious period remains in your power. Improve it unfrequently the nursling of trouble and grief. then, while you have the opportunity, and see that The bloom of the freshest cheek may be whitened you begin to improve it by remembering your by sickness, and the glee of the gayest heart may Creator, for the fear of the Lord is the beginning be choked by weeping over a parents ashes. And of wisdom.” yet these are not the things on which the full- And, my young friends, you cannot but know grown man looks back with most regret. He that God deserves to be remembered by you with thinks of the precious days he has wasted, when love and gratitude. You know that every thing he might have been learning useful lessons,—of you have, and every thing you enjoy, has been the evil dispositions he has indulged till they have given you by God. You know it is he who quickgrown into habits of wickedness,—of the bad with life, and blesses you with health, and company he has kept, and the sins generally of teaches joy to beat unsought at your hearts; for which he has been guilty. If years have brought active as you are, you must sicken and die, unless any wisdom with them, the remembrance of these God were to uphold you. He has given you those things will fill us with sorrow, at the very me minds by which you can gather knowledge, and when, taking a fond view of the past, we feel, those opportunities of gathering it with which you for a moment, the returning glow of that sprightli- are favoured, for he who rears up the lilies of the ness with which we had sported in the sunny days field, and cares even for the sparrow that chirps on of childhood. And how sad, after we have reached the house-top, has arranged all that concerns you. the serious duties of life, or begun, perhaps, to And you know, too, that it is God who has stoop under the burden of grey-headed age, must provided you with fathers to toil for your daily it be to think that we are unfitted for serving our bread, while you cannot earn it for yourselves, selves and others, through the idle neglect of our to train you for the active duties of life, and to early years, and that we are shut out from the

secure you a Christian education, for the affections peace of religion because we had allowed our hearts that warm a father's heart towards his children to grow

hard in the practice of evil. Oh, that I have been planted and been nourished there by the could only recal, a man in such circumstances goodness of God. He it is, too, who has blessed

that I could recal the months I have mis- you with mothers to watch over you with a care spent,—those months of health and leisure which that none but a mother can feel, and a love that are now gone for ever. Then how diligent should all your waywardness cannot destroy,“mothers, I be in treasuring up the knowledge that it is now whose smiles are the reward of your good behay

ens you

will say,

men.

iour when you are well, and who sit by you with And you know how in love God sent his Son sleepless eyes, and smooth your pillows with gent- to teach, and suffer, and die, that he might save lest hands, in all your little ailments. A mother's “ God so loved the world as to give his love, my young friends, is the love of God him- only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in self, breathed into, and flowing through those him might not perish, but have everlasting life.” hearts of devoted tenderness, of which you will You know, too, that all of us have sinned, and dedream in your slumbers when your mothers them- serve to perish ; young as you are, you have done selves may be far away, or cold in the grave; for much that is wrong, and are therefore guilty leo among the recollections of a virtuous mind, a fore God; why then, should we not be punished mother's memory will always, next to God, have by him, driven away to the darkness and sorrows the highest and the holiest place. The value of an eternal death? This must have been your of all these gifts you may not understand fully fate and mine, had it not been that God loved us now, for you are not in the circumstances that and gave himself for us,-nay, it must be our ‘most forcibly press

their value on the mind. You fate still, unless we take Christ for our only may pray that your present state of happy thought- Saviour, and put our trust in him. But why lessness may last for ever,—nay, in your ignorance should we perish, since he is earnestly inviting us of the world, you may be looking forward to your to his friendship ? he is inviting all, and especially release from school as merely the beginning of the young : “suffer little children to come unto your freedom and enjoyment. But you must soon me,” he said, when on the earth, and says so still; úiscover, by a stern experience, that “man is born “ suffer little children to come unto me, and forto trouble as the sparks fly upward.” Your youth bid them not: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” is only the blossom, whose beauty must wither, | This is his special call to you, and young as you making way for the far less showy, but more use- are, you are old enough to obey it. Sanrued topful fruit; or it is the school in which you learn how came a prophet when he had hardly passed his into use your hands, and eyes, and understandings, fancy; Timothy knew the Seriptures from his that they may be serviceáile to you in the every childhood ; and Christ, who inspired their hearts day duties of a rugged world. When you meet with piety, still loves to watch over you, though these duties, you will discover how much God has you see him not, and is at this day gathering from given you in giving you health, and intelligence, your ranks, young saints, whose pure and holy and education, and parents; and since you cannot minds, and whose clear views of religious truth, set but know, will you be so heartless as not to feel, an example to the best and most learned of their that you are bound to remember and love God for instructors. How cold then and senseless mast all his goodness ?

that heart be, which does not remember this God And if you have much reason to “remember of love, and this affectionate Redeemer, with giayour Creator in the days of your youth,” on account titude and delight! of the way in which he provides for your happi- There are, besides, many other reasons of a toness, you have infinitely more when you think of tally different kind, which should persuade you to him as a perfectly good and glorious being. He remember your Creator in the days of your youth. whose arinies are angels, and his servants flaming Some of these I shall now shortly state. You are fire,—whose garments are light, and his throne well aware, that without piety, which is merely established amid the brightness of heaven, is so another name for the devout and affectionate rigracious that he cares even for the least and the membrance of God, your souls must perish fir worst of the children of men. Nay, though ever. Unless you learn to love and serve Gi dwelling amid the songs of holy seraphim, yet he here, you cannot enter into his presence hercati. delights in the humble piety of such as you are, And

you have read in your Bibles, that there is a for he ordains praise from the mouths of babes and place of fearful darkness, where the devil and his sucklings; and not only so, but he is perfeetly angels dwell—a bottomless pit-a lake of firegood in his whole character, without spot or hle- prepared for all who forget God. Those of you mish, holy, just and true, full of loving kindness: who go on thoughtlessly in sin, may indeed have and tender mercies. Your affections, my young to pass through a long life of various fortune lefriends, although subject to the evil bias which we all | fore you be cut off and turned into hell. inherit, are still comparatively sound, they have not you live without thinking of God and prayin to been debauched by habitual profligacy, nor checked him, without striving to glorify and serve him, in? by that caution which time must soon teach you ; your happiness must end with your lives, while and, accordingly, you love all who shew you kind- your misery will then begin, never to have an en!. ness, with a readiness which you will see reason to But, on the other hand, if you do remember voar correct; surely, then, with hearts thus overflowing Creator devontly and constantly, you shailtiria à in your attachments, you will have some deep and Christ, be admitted into heaven, there to live wall pious remembrances of a Creator who is so worthy God and blessed angels for ever. And heaven is of all the love you can possibly bestow on him. a place of perfect peace. No sorrow at all is In this world, you may be cheated of your affec- there, neither sickness of body nor anguish of tions by ohjects the most unworthy, but assuredly mind. Trouble is shut out with the sin that God will never disappoint you, for his goodness causes it, and all who enter there, enter to everis unchangeable as well as universal.

lasting rest. No sun shall rise and set there, a

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bright and serene day shall shine on perpetually. I which they might enjoy the permanent services of their No death shall waste the inhabitants of heaven, favourite preacher. This was the origin of Surry Chapel, or take friends away from one another.

the first stone of which was laid by its future minister Parents

on June 24th 1782, when he addressed the vast asand children, brothers and sisters, who had parted sembly who repaired to witness the ceremony from here amid the sorest grief, shall meet again in these words :-* Therefore thus saith the Lord God, hearen, to be torn no more asunder. If, then, behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried you would seek this most blessed home, and shun stone, a precious corner-stone, a sure foundation : he that other place of endless woe, you must do so that believeth, shall not make haste.” Isaiahı xxviii. 16. ly striving to remember and love your Creator. That chapel, from various circumstances, became a

It has been the scene of Pou never can love him, or live with him in place of very general resort

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many a remarkable event in the religious occurrences of 1. aven, unless you begin to do both on the earth.

the age, and of very numerous and striking conversions ; In this life, too, the advantages that flow from and many who came from no better motive than to gaze early piety are both many and important. Pass- upon the beauty of the building, or to hear the exquisite ing over the circumstance that the youngest of music, or the original observations of the preacher, you may soon sleep beneath the waving grass of

were happily, through grace, arrested, and verified the

statement of the poet, " that some who came to mock, the church-yard, and therefore need to be pre- remained to pray. “ Once, however, Mr Hill had a pered, it is clear that youth is, in several views, narrow escape from the iniquitous design of some misthe most favourable season for the growth of piety. creant, who fired at him while in the pulpit, through I cannot indeed believe, that even in your minds, one of the low windows next Blackfriars' road. The there is any native bent to religion. Nay, folly report was heard, and the ball, or other hard substance, is bound up in the heart of a child, and man's passed to the left of the pulpit, through the window

near the organ, which it broke. The individual who toughts are evil from youth upwards. But, if in attempted this diabolical act was never discovered, nor young minds there be no disposition to piety, did he repeat it; and whenever Mr Hill mentioned the there are, at least, fewer obstacles to it than in circumstance, he always expressed his thanks to Provicd. You are not yet hardened against all that is dence for delivering him from so great a danger : for good by the force of long habit, nor are your hearts had not the substance aimed at him risen in its projecppened to the power of our worst appetites. Un- tion, it passed so directly over him that there is every

reason to fear his valuable life would not have been godiness and vice are not, as with aged sinners,

spared." mixed up in all your thoughts, nor are your

de- The Sabbath schools attached to Mr Hill's chapel sites fixed on wealth and honour, with the force were among the first institutions of the kind established that holds the hoary worldliny in almost hopeless in this country. He himself took a lively interest in thaldom. Follies of a lighter kind do occupy understandings and gaining the affections of children,

them, as he had a particular turn for addressing the your attention ; but they want the desperate ob- and many were brought by the instructions they resinacy of vices that have been long indulged.ceived in these schools, to love and profess the Gospel Take advantage, therefore, I entreat you, of the at a very early age. With those who were thus dis. sastness of your hearts, and seek to have the image tinguished, he ever kept up a friendly correspondence ; of God early stamped on them. Strive to re- and some of the teachers became afterwards well known

einber him, and to have your feelings melted to the religious world, as, for instance, Ellis, the miswith love to him, before your thoughtlessness shall sionary in the South Sea Islands. The lively fancy of

Mr Hill found congenial exercise in composing little Lave ripened into crime. Every day you live hymns for the children under his pastoral care, and without remembering God, you are straying far- by far the greater portion of these poetical effusions ther and more hopelessly away from him, and may, in simplicity, pathos, and general execution, bear pour return to his love and obedience is becoming a favourable comparison with those of Dr Watts. more difficult and desperate. Knowledge you may Missionary Society, and the honour of preaching the

Mr Hill took a warm interest in the formation of the guin, but what you gain in knowledge you will

sermon, at the first anniversary of that noble association, lose in sensibility. Your consciences will become

was conferred on him. His text was, “And this Gosseared as with a hot iron. Truths that alarm you pel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world, now, will cease to affect you. Wedded to sing for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end you will grow indifferent to all that is good. God come :"_Matt. xxiv. 14. “ There were present about iuay even withdraw his Spirit from struggling ing a most impressive and animating spectacle, which

two hundred ministers of various denominations, formagainst your rooted obstinacy, and leave you to has been repeated for many years on the second Wedfollow the course of your own deluded minds. nesday in May, in the same place. The missionary Tinus, through neglect of God in your youth, you day at Surry Chapel was, to its devoted pastor, in the may be left a hopeless prey to sin in old age,—to brightest sense, a gala. On that morning he rose sorrow and despair in the hour of death.

earlier than usual, and before breakfast was seen seated

at a table near the window of his room, looking alterBIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE nately at the people as they gathered in the chapel-yard, REV. ROWLAND HILL,

hours before the opening of the doors, and at the Bible

and Book of Common prayer, to select the lessons for Concluded from Page 189.

the day, and to refresh his recollection of the service he AXONG the crowds in London that followed Mr Hill was about to read. When any one entered the room, in the varied scenes of his pastoral addresses were

he would say,

see what a churchman I am; I must sereral persons of fortune, who were willing to conse- have it all correct;' then perhaps he would make a few crate no small portion of their income to the service of remarks on the first movements of his mind towards the their Saviour, and who were naturally desirous to have great cause of missionary labours. Presently Mrs Hill some commodious and respectable place of worship in came down, when he said to his servant, come up to

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prayer.' The family were soon assembled, and in a beings, silent as the breathless evening of autumn, fixed short, but sublime supplication, he poured forth the in deep attention to the words that issued from the deep feeling of his soul. It was a solemn and affecting sonorous and commanding voice of the speaker, as he moment; few could have heard him unmoved. At delivered, in all the majesty and dignity of his office, breakfast he was interrupted every instant, but not at his message of mercy to the lost and ruined sinner. all annoyed, by the entrance of those connected with The retiring of the multitude under the most solemn the management of the society, or by the introduction impressions was, indeed, a touching sight; every perof some distinguished foreigner, who desired to witness son seemed deep in thought, and numbers were, for the the routine of the day. Now and then he was called first time, absorbed in the concerns of their sonls and out to prevent the persons in the yard from rusbing of eternity. The old women, as they looked out of through the house into the chapel, in their anxiety to their doors at the slowly passing stream of human begain early admission ; and it was only by the strongest ings, observing a party of soldiers among them, exclaimremonstrances that many of them were prevailed on to ed, “ Eh, Sirs, what will become of us now! 'what will wait for the opening of the doors. As soon as the hour this turn to the very sodgers are ganging to hear of service arrived, he went to the vestry; presently preaching.' It was always a principle with Mr Rowland there was a general movement in the chapel, and all Hill to expect great things from his labours: “ While eyes were fixed on his venerable figure as he slowly we are straitened,' he says, “in our expectations, the ascended the steps of the desk. No reader ever gave blessing is withheld; but when our hearts are enlarged, a more solemn effect to the liturgy of the Church of the more we ask, the more we have.'” England ; his deep feeling, brought out by the scene The indefatigable exertions he made in this tour and the occasion, his powerful and melodious voice, and through Scotland, of which his appearance in Edinburgh his thorough conception of the beauty and spirituality was, as it were, but the commencement, may be judged of the form of prayer he loved, combined to give a of, by a short account of it preserved in his journal

. pathos and dignity to his performance of this part of the I have now finished a nine weeks' Gospel tour of service, which has never been surpassed by any minis- full 1200 miles ; have preached in much weakness to

After the prayers, the missionary hymn was given many thousands; and have been more or less engaged out by one of the phalanx of ministers who occupied on different calls, near eighty times, with no other cithe front of the galleries, and sung by the immense con- lainity than a little indisposition for a few days, and the gregation, all standing. The full tones of the fine temporary lameness of the same horse which conveyed organ, the combination, in a simple inelody, of three me through all my journey, excepting the short respite thousand voices, and the recollection of the object of he required till he could overtake me on the road; their meeting, inspired an emotion which thrilled through without also the least personal insult from any quarter, every Christian's breast. After the sermon, Mr Row- excepting a small share of a distant hiss of false asper. land IIill held a plate at one of the doors, and the people sion, and I trust unjust reflection. For them I only seemed to strive for the honour of putting their dona- quote that fine expression in our church liturgy, 'par. tions into his hands. If the collection went on well, don our persecutors and slanderers, and turn their his countenance beamed with delight, and he hastened hearts.' at its conclusion up the steps w his own house, to Many readers of this memoir, who have heard any reckon its amount, surrounded by those whom he had thing of Mr Rowland Hill, may have heard of him as invited to dine with him in the school-room. The sum an eccentric minister, whose preaching was made up of gathered was seldom found deficient. Once, in times anecdotes, and a combination of circumstances and images of difficulty, it was less than usual by nearly a hundred calculated to strike and amuse the fancy. There can pounds. His depression was evident to all near him; be no doubt that there was some foundation for this but in the evening, as he sat silent and in low spirits at description of him, for he had so lively and active a the falling off, a gentle tap was heard at the door, a mind, and so strong a sense of the ludicrous, that things letter was brought in, and carelessly opened, with the which might have passed unnoticed by any ordinary remark, begging letter, I dare say.' It contained a person, made an impression on him sufficient instantadraft for one hundred pounds, from a generous indivi- neously to interrupt, or to give a new direction to the train dual, who had observed the effect of the diminution in of his ideas; and besides, his habit of preaching the unthe collection on his mind, and who expressed his an- premeditated effusions of the moment, threw him upon xiety for the honour of Surry Chapel, and the comfort his resources, and forced him often to take the most of its then aged pastor. His eye brightened, and he obvious and homely illustrations that suggested themexclaimed, • The Lord hath not forsaken us, we shall selves, and that were sometimes not altogether suited now do better than ever; we should never doubt.'” to the dignity and decorum of the pulpit. But his mind

It was shortly after this, in the year 1798, that Mr Hill was so deeply pervaded with a sense of the solemnity paid his first visit to Scotland, which produced so great a due to the worship of God, and of the importance of sensation. He had come on the invitation of a few zealous the message he bore to perishing sinners, that if, even for individuals, who engaged the Circus at Edinburgh for a

a moment, he produced any light emotions in the breasts :bapel to him for a year; and the time of service was of his audience, he was sure to follow it up the next fixed at 7 o'clock in the morning, and 6 o'clock in the with a most rousing appeal to the conscience; and he evening, in order not to interfere with the view of those sometimes rose on such occasions to a pitch of awful who wished to continue attending their own places of sublimity, that overwhelmed his hearers with astonishworship. “ The singularity of the stranger's manner, ment and terror. His style of preaching was altogether the fervour of his address, and the brilliant powers of peculiar ; possessed of a warm heart and fertile imagihis active and energetic mind, soon drew vast multi- nation, he laid hold of every image and illustration that tudes around him. The Circus, large as it was, could occurred to him at the moment, and he formed such striknot contain half the numbers who flocked to hear him ; ing pictures with them, that one of the greatest masters and they cried out that the galleries were giving way of pulpit oratory, Robert Hall, said of him “no man under the pressure of the crowd. He accordingly went has ever drawn, since the days of our Saviour, such forth to the Calton Hill, where he preached from a plat- sublime images from nature : here Mr Hill excels every form to a mass of people, amounting to at least ten other man." thousand in number. The spot was well adapted to In the summer of 1824, it was proposed to Mr Hill such a purpose ; the platform was placed in the centre once more to visit Scotland, and though he was then in of a sort of natural basin, and the green slopes which the 80th year of his age, such was the buoyancy of his surrounded it were covered with innumerable immortal) spirits, that he readily and joyfully accepted the invita

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