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and cheerfully engaged in the discharge of his minis- / tions of his providence which now appear so dars terial duties. “ He felt as if he had been transplanted and inscrutable, to interrupt, in the midst of all bis into a totally new world; as a missionary abandoning usefulness, the labours of this young and devoted home and friends, and cherished habits, for the awful minister, and soon afterwards to bring them to a final and important work to which he had solemnly de- close. voted himself.”
During the year that the typhus fever was so prevaFrom his talents-fine poetic taste—and vivid ima- lent in the north of Ireland, Mr Wolfe's neighbourhood gination, Mr Wolfe was eminently suited to address a was much afflicted with the disease. His duty of sj. congregation of more refinement than the one over siting the sick, in which he was indefatigable, was, in which, in the providence of God, he was now placed. consequence, greatly increased ; and though his fraine A large portion of the lower classes in his parish, were was robust, and his general health good, his exposure even living in a state of gross demoralization, and he to frequent colds, and disregard of all precaution, soon sometimes required to employ a method of preaching unhappily confirmed a consumptive tendency in his colnot so consonant to his own feelings, as well adapted stitution. A habitual cough, of which he himself seento their peculiar circumstances and wants. “His na- ed almost unconscious, often excited the apprehensing tural turn of mind” (says his biographer) “would have of his friends, and at length, in the spring of 1821, the led him to dwell most upon the loftier motives, the complaint, of which it seemed the forerunner, began to more tender appeals, the gentle topics of persuasion make manifest inroads on his constitution. We cannot with which the Gospel abounds ; but ihe dull and stub- | help regretting that, in such circumstances, his situation born natures which he had to encounter, frequently should have been so little calculated to promote tie required the terrors of the Lord' to be placed before comfort, or retard the progress of the alarming comthem; the vices he had to overthrow, called for the plaint with which he was threatened. “ He seldore strongest weapon he could wield. He often, indeed, (says Mr Russell) “thought of providing a regular meal: sought to win such souls unto Christ by the attractive and his humble cottage exhibited every appearance of beauties, and the benign spirit of the Gospel ; but, the neglect of the ordinary comforts of life. A few alas !
straggling rush-bottomed chairs, piled up with his books, " Leviathan is not so tamed."
a small rickety table before the fire-place, covered with
parish memoranda, and two trunks containing all his Amongst the people whom he had to address, he found papers-serving at the same time to cover the broke drunkenness and impurity, and their base kindred vices, parts of the floor--constituted all the furniture of bi lamentably prevalent; and therefore, he felt it neces
sitting-room. The mouldy walls of the closet in which sary to stigmatise such practices in the plainest terms;
he slept were hanging with loose folds of damp paper: he could not find approach to minds of so coarse an and between this wretched cell and his parlour was a order, without frequently arraying against them the kitchen, which was occupied by the disbanded soldier
, most awful denunciation of divine justice.”
his wife, and their numerous brood of children, who Though not in the habit of writing out his sermons had migrated with him from his first quarters, and ! fully, such portions of them as have been preserved. be seemed now in full possession of the whole concern token at once the richness of his mind, and fervour of entertaining him merely as a lodger, and usurping the his piety. They possess, it is true, no complicated train entire disposal of his small plot of ground, as the abseof abstract reasoning, or profound disquisition on pas-lute lords of the soil.” sages of Scripture; for these would have been altoge
No arguments, however, could for a time prevail ca ther out of place in discourses addressed to the people Mr Wolfe to leave this comfortless home, or to rei among whom he was called to labour; but they abound his parochial labours. At length his declining health, and in illustrations of the most beautiful and instructive the importunity of his friends, impelled him, with muet character, equally adapted for a plain country congre- reluctance, to leave the scene of his laborious duties gation, as for the most cultivated minds, and admirably and in the month of May 1821 he set out for Scotland. calculated to gain admittance to the hearts of all.
to consult a physician celebrated for his skill in case: Mr Wolfe's labours were not, it may be supposed, of consumption. On his way to Edinburgh, he bei under the blessing of God, unattended with success. with a deputation from the Irish Tract Society; When he entered on his work, he found the Church
at a meeting held in that city, for the formation of i rather thinly attended; but, in a short time, crowded important objects, he consented, notwithstanding the and attentive congregations began to gather around langour of his frame, and the irritation of a harassit him, and the number of communicants soon exceeded cough, to exert his eloquence in that cause. the whole ordinary congregation at the commencement On his return from Scotland in a few weeks : of his ministry. Many of the Presbyterians in his pa- Russell met him at a friend's house within a few mile rish who flocked to hear him, afterwards became constant attendants ; and with the Methodists, he not only companied him through the principal part of the pas
of his own residence, and on the following Sunday a lived on the most friendly terms, entering familiarly to the Church. The interesting scene he witnessed, to into discussion with them, but at length succeeded be- they drove together along the road, and through yond his hopes in softening their prejudices, and con- village, shews more than language can express, brus ciliating their good-will. The Sunday school, too, for much poor Wolfe was respected and beloved. 4: the instruction of the young, in which he took a par- he quickly passed by, all the poor people and child-e: ticular interest, was very large, and attended by many ran out to their cabin doors to welcome bim, with lots Roman Catholics.
and expressions of the most ardent affection, and so Mr Wolfe laboured for about three years with the all that wild devotion of gratitude so characteristie : utmost diligence in the interesting sphere of duty in the Irish peasantry. Many fell upon their knees, 12which he was thus placed, and " his life,” in his own voking blessings upon him; and long after they **. words, was nearly made up of visits to his parishion- out of hearing, they remained in the same attitude ers, both
sick and in health.” On his return to his shewing by their gestures that they were still oes parish, after a short absence, he thus writes: “ I am again the weather-beaten curate ; I have trudged roads, riage a long distance, making the most anxious jamais
up prayers for him ; and some even followed the es tween the living, have counselled the sick, administer
: manifestation of feeling, and met it with all that beart ed to the dying, and to-morrow shall bury the dead.” It pleased God, however, by one of those dispensa- manner, which made him as much an object of love, s
ness of expression, and that affectionate simplicity si
his exalted virtues rendered him an object of respect. pressed, he said to a near relative, “ I want comfort toThe intimate knowledge he seemed to have acquired of night;" and on her reminding him of the blessings he all their domestic histories, appeared from the short but had been the instrument of conveying to the souls of significant inquiries he made of each individual as he many of his nearest relatives, he faintly exclaimed, was hurried along; while, at the same time, he gave a “ Stop, stop, that is comfort enough for one night.” rapid sketch of the particular characters of several who He seems to have been quite aware during the latter presented themselves,-pointing to one with a sigh, part of his illness that bis death was approaching; and and to another with looks of fond congratulation. It he looked forward to that event with the calmest resigwas, indeed, impossible to behold a scene like this nation. He does not appear to have felt any of those (which can scarcely be described) without the deepest joyful emotions which many eminent Christians have but most pleasing emotions. It seemed to realise the on their death-beds been sometimes permitted to expeoften-imagined picture of a primitive minister of the rience. But though from the nature of his complaint Gospel of Christ, living in the hearts of his flock, his spirits were much depressed, and his cough was so
willing to spend, and to be spent upon them,' and incessant, that for some time before his death he enjoying the happy interchange of mutual affection. could hardly utter a single sentence without incurring It clearly shewed the kind of intercourse that habitually a violent paroxysm, his soul was filled with peace-even existed between him and his parishioners ; and afforded that peace of God " which passeth understanding." a pleasing proof, that a faithful and firm discharge of “ His feelings," says bis eloquent biographer, “appeared duty, when accompanied by kindly sympathies and gra- too deep for superficial expressions. The state of cious manners, can scarcely fail to gain the hearts of the mind towards which he seemed to aspire, was what the humbler ranks of the people.”
excellent Henry Martyn preferred above all others, “a Mr Wolfe was peremptorily ordered, by the physi- sweet and holy seriousness ;” and indeed he seemed to cian he had consulted, to retire for some time from all have attained it. His was a calm serenity, a profound clerical duties; and it was hoped that timely relaxa- thoughtfulness, a retired communion with his God, tion, and a change in his mode of living from what he which could not, properly, vent itself in verbal ebullibad been originally accustomed, and suitable to his de- tions; but when an opportunity of doing good to the licate health, might avert the fatal disease with which soul of a fellow-sinner presented itself, he shewed how he was threatened. It was with much difficulty, how strongly he felt the Gospel to be " the power of God ever, that he was dislodged from his post, and forced for salvation to his own soul,” by his zeal to impart it away to Dublin, where most of his friends resided. to another.
Though his malady seemed to increase, and his frame “ On the day before his dissolution, the medical to become more emaciated; he experienced some of gentleman who attended him felt it his duty to apprise those fluctuations which, in cases of consumption, are him of his immediate danger, and expressed himself so common, but withal so deceitful; and he was en- thus:- Your mind, Sir, seems to be so raised above abled to retain his natural flow of spirits, and even to this world, that I need not fear to communicate to you preach occasionally in Dublin with his usual energy. my candid opinion of your state.' Yes, Sir,' replied His great anxiety at this time was regarding a suitable he, ' I trust I have been learning to live above the provision for the duties of his parish ; and he felt so world;' and he then made some impressive observa
keenly on this subject, that he could scarcely be satis- tions on the ground of his own hopes; and having af- fied with any arrangement which his friends could make
terwards heard that they had a favourable effect, he for him. Though absent from his people, their eternal entered more fully into the subject with him on his interests were ever uppermost in his mind; and so next visit, and continued speaking for an hour in such anxious was he for their spiritual welfare, that he made a convincing, affecting, and solemn strain, (and this no less than three attempts to resign his charge without at a time when he seemed incapable of uttering a sin
“I do not know," says he," that any circum- gle sentence,) that the physician, on retiring to the adstance would give me more pain, than that my poor joining room, threw himself on the sofa, in tears, exflock should fall into the hands of a careless, worldly claiming, “There is something superhuman about that minded pastor.”
man: it is astonishing to see such a mind in a body so On the approach of winter, Mr Wolfe was advised to wasted ; such mental vigour in a poor frame dropping go to the south of France; but having, in his attempts into the grave.' to reach Bourdeaux, been twice driven back by adverse “ During the last few days of his life, when his sufgales, it was deemed prudent for him to abandon the ferings became more distressing, his constant expression plan, and to settle near Exeter during the winter and was, “ This light affliction, this light affliction !' and ensuing spring.
when the awful crisis drew near, he still maintained the He returned from Exeter in May 1822, and remain- same sweet spirit of resignation. ven then he shewed ed, during the summer, with his friends in and near an instance of that thoughtful benevolence, that ariaDublin. He also took a voyage to Bourdeaux, and ble tenderness of feeling, which formed a striking trait returned in about a month, having apparently derived in his character,-he expressed much anxiety about some benefit from it. This, however, was of short the accommodation of an attendant who was sleeping continuance, as all the symptoms of confirmed con- in the adjoining room, and gave even minute directions sumption soon discovered themselves. His cough be- respecting it. came more incessant, an oppressive langour weighed “ On going to bed (on the evening of the 20th of Fedown his spirits, his countenance assumed “ the pallid bruary 1823) he felt very drowsy, and soon after the cast of wasting disease,” and his feeble step and droop- stupor of death began to creep over him. He began to ing figure indicated too plainly the effects of declining pray for all his dearest friends individually ; but his voice strength, and the gradual approach of his “ coming faltering, he could only say— God bless them all! change.
The peace of God and of Jesus Christ overshadow As the last remaining hope, he was removed, about them, dwell in them, reign in them!'
• My peace,' the end of November, to the Cove of Cork, which, said he, addressing his sister, ' (the peace I now feel) from its peculiar situation, is much sheltered from the be with you !'-' Thou, O God, wilt keep him in perasperities of the weather. At this time he scarcely fect peace whose mind is stayed on thee.' His speech relished any subjects of conversation but those connect again began to fail, and he fell into a slumber, but ed with religion, and the Bible was his chief com- whenever his senses were recalled he returned to prayer. panion.
He repeated part of the Lord's prayer, but was unable On one occasion, when his spirits were much de- to proceed; and at last, with a composure scarcely cre
the boundless store
dible at such a moment, he whispered to the dear rela-, on the retrospect. 'Happier hours than those,' which tive who hung over his death-bed, “ Close this eye, the were thus spent with them, ' I never expect to see in other is closed already; and now farewell!' Then this world. Very pleasantly did they pass, and moved having again uttered part of the Lord's prayer, he fell smoothly and swiftly along. They are gone, but have asleep. 'He is not dead, but sleepeth.'
left a relish and a fragrance upon the mind, and the reThus ended the life of this devoted servant of Christ, membrance of them is sweet. at the early age of thirty-two. His simple history is " It was the last morning but one of the month of fraught with instruction both to minister and people ; April, and such a morning as Thomson would have reminding the one of the duty of unremitting diligence, chosen to rainble forth and cull the flowers of poesy, by the solemn consideration that the shadows of death when, with H — at my side, I quitted my college cell may darken his path, even in the morning of his labours, to perform my promise to the sister of Mrs B, thu or in the height of his usefulness; and calling upon | I would visit the abode of the latter. Bounding along the other as they regard their eternal happiness, to in all the vivacity and vigour of youth, we quickly value aright their spiritual advantages, ere they be for passed the walls, and towers, and spires of Alma Mater, ever hidden from their eyes.
and took the road to B- -n. One in sentiment, taste Mr Wolfe's ambition for literary distinction and poetic and affection; pursuing the same studies; and making reputation was early overcome by the desire to dedicate our way through the initiatory discipline of the univer. all his time and talents to the duties of his sacred call-sity to the same high office, we were at no loss for toing. And while he has left enough behind to shew pics of discourse to beguile the length of our road. We that he might, by perseverance, have risen to a high loved to enthusiasm rank in mere worldly estimation, it is now far more delightful to think, that his energies, though employed in
of charms which Nature to her votary yields ! a humble sphere, were devoted to a far nobler end.
The warbling woodland, the resounding shore,
The pomp of groves and garniture of tields; Some may look back with regret on the sacrifice of
All that the genial ray of morning gilds, health, comfort, and earthly reputation which he was
And all that echoes to the song of even; induced to make; but let them at the same time look
All that the mountain's sheltering bosom shields,
And all the dread magnificence of heaven.' forward with joy to that happy period when the fruits of his labour shall be made to appear, and when he
"Conversation, suggested and varied by the infinite himself shall receive a crown of glory'in “ the great diversity of objects, which met our roving eyes in day of the Lord.”
every direction, and called up, in more pleasing ferns
, the beauties of the sacred and of the classic page, flow. VISITS TO A FARM-HOUSE.
ed without effort or restraint. Our path was rew to
We were about to visit strangers, and little ed "The recollections of college days, which recur at every we anticipate the lively interest with which in after turn of progressive life, are not only amongst the most years we should revert to the incidents of that day. 12 interesting and fascinating memorials treasured in the made pleasure subservient to usefulness, and often stopmind, but, in many instances, are invested with a so-ped to converse with the labourer as he paused from lemn sacredness, which redeems them from the oblivion his toil; with the child as it was conveying a noon-t'e into which they might otherwise gradually sink, and meal to its father; and with the cottager as she set it from the vanity which too commonly is inscribed upon her door. We left with each an appropriate tract, *0 our remembrances of the past. Were I to traverse my enlighten, to admonish, or to comfort them, amidst the native land in its length and breadth, and then to launch ignorance, the thoughtlessness, and the sorrows of from its shores, and cross the ocean which intervenes their condition. Through our ignorance of the do between it and the eastern and western hemispheres, I rect road, we made a wide deviation from our projet should find the companions of those days, who shared course; and, after having passed over many mile: uf my joys and griefs, my hopes and fears, my walks and ground, we began to despair of reaching our destina my studies, remotely scattered through the widening tion. We at length reached the brow of a verdart space, over which the Church of Christ is extending hill, crowned with nine lofty and luxuriant elms, 221 its spiritual empire. My feet would be arrested at the looked round if haply we might discover the dweli premature graves of several, who, having just entered which we sought. A column of smoke ascending throu with glowing zeal, and lofty purpose, on the work of the calm atmosphere, proved the friendly token list an evangelist,' were suddenly accosted with the sum- our journey and our wandering were at an end. We mons, ‘Come up hither,' and were removed to serve quickly descended to the sequestered vale, where stez their Divine Master in a higher world, and in a purer the picturesque farm-house of Mr B.- All the temple. Their silent tombs would send home to my flowers of spring were blooming in the neat parterne heart the admonition of their Lord and mine, sanctions through which we passed to the readily opened door. ed as it is by his application of it to himself: 'I must Though strangers and unexpected, we were qucas work the works of him that sent me, wbile it is day; relieved from every uneasy feeling, by the open a" the night cometh, when no man can work.' With a liberal hospitality which usually attends one's receptas few I should meet, who have failed of the fair promise under the roof of a respectable English yeoman. 4.3of their earlier years, and whose goodness was as a other and a superior order of feelings increased our we! morning cloud, and as the early dew that goeth away.
He who, while on earth, often retired to Be Others I should exult to contemplate walking on ele- thany, and sanctified, by his presence, the abode of the vated ground, guiding their flocks in the narrow path little family whom he loved, had, unseen, but not Eof salvation, and themselves pressing forward to that known, entered here, and prepared a cordial receptis glory, to which they beckon and direct their followers. for any who could speak of him and his salvatioa. With two of this latter class it would give ine unspeak- B—- received us with overflowing kindness as the able delight to review the times, and places, and cir- friends of her beloved relative; but to my surprise de cumstances, which recur as I transcribe the subjoined not open a letter of which I was the bearer. She ata recollections. For they were my beloved companions wards told me, that her sister's letters were too : in walks, of which nothing is forgotten but the tran- cions to be read with a divided attention to that sient fatigue that may have arisen from them; and, sister this was but partially known. On Mrs B's should these pages meet their eye, I doubt not but they part, the languor of a fatal disease had long interructie will pleasurably retrace the paths we trod together in their correspondence, and the real state of her mind was long past years, and dwell in not ur profitable reverie but imperfectly understood. From the time of our 12.1
this became better known, and diffused through many pulpit. She withdrew in much agitation, and for kindred hearts a measure of the joy that angels feel, many day's was very dejected. At home she lighted when the prayer of a soul, returning to its God, is heard upon an old edition of Jeremy Taylor's Holy Living in heaven.
and Dying. This she read with intense eagerness, but “ Far advanced in a pulmonary consumption, which it yielded her no comfort. It rather enlarged and inbaffled all the skill of her medical attendants, Mrs B- fained the wound, which the two-edged sword of the was reclining on a sofa, receiving the tender caresses of Spirit had made in her heart. As often as her in. her group of four beautiful children, whose vigorous fant family, and the distance, which was considerable, limbs and blooming cheeks formed an affecting contrast permitted, she most gladly resorted to H-- Gwith the pallid countenance and emaciated form of their | There she gradually obtained a clearer understanding mother. When we entered the parlour, one of them of the way of pardon and reconciliation with God was tenderly pressing her mother's hand to her heart, through the mediation of that Saviour, whose name ever and looking more than she spoke. There was a sweet- after was as ointment poured forth, and she became ness and simplicity in her manners that immediately warmly attached to her instructor. She loved to sit at won our regard, before we discovered the lovelier fea- the feet of him that brought good tidlings of good, and tures of her character. These soon, but unobtrusively, published peace and salvation. But her pastor knew noattracted our notice. Once when she walked across thing of the effect of his ministrations; and often when the rooin to solicit my friend H to touch her long he perhaps rode homeward with a heavy beart, such as closed piano, she seemed like one just ready to drop ministers of the Gospel are no strangers to, she retired, the burden of the flesh, and to enter on the joy and gladdened by the joyful sound, and blessing God for felicity of disembodied spirits. His hand and voice called enabling him to speak a seasonable word to her soul. forth the energies of her soul, and as she sat and se- “ So naturally amiable, however, were her spirit and lected portions of sacred poetry for us to sing, her pains deportment in her several relations in lise, that the and languor were forgotten. Two of her relatives were change in her heart proceeded in a manner characteris. present, and aided our little choir as we sang,
tic of the advance of that kingdom, whereof she was • Children of the heavenly King,
now being made a subject. It was without observaAs ye journey, sweetly sing ;
tion; so that even her nearest relatives knew little of Sing your Saviour's worthy praise, Glorious in his works and ways.
its progress, and the prayers of one of her sisters were Ye are travelling home to God,
being answered in secret. It was a fulfilment of that In the way the fathers trod:
remarkably gracious promise, “ It shall come to pass, They are happy now, and ye Soon their happiness shall see.'
that before they call, I will answer ; and, while they 'Shout, ye little flock, and blest,
are yet speaking, I will hear.' A most encouraging You on Jesus' throne shall rest
instance this to the faithful minister of Jesus, who often There your seat is now prepared, There your kingdom and reward.'
‘goeth forth weeping, bearing precious seed,' knowing Nor did we omit our own favourite hymn, with which
not which shall prosper, this or that, and dejected lest
all should prove alike unproductive of joy to himself, for several years we were accustomed to close our Sunday evenings at college, and which was exactly suited of saving benefit to his tiock, and of glory to God. An
gels may bear to know the entire result of that unob. to the present moment.
served but ceaseless ministry, wbich they are sent to • When I can read my title clear
exercise in the Church of Christ, as ministering spirits I bid farewell to every fear,
to the heirs of salvation. But God perceives that the And wipe my weeping eyes.
holiest and humblest of his servants on earth cannot Should earth against iny soul engage,
safely be made acquainted with the full extent of the And hellish darts be hurl'd, Then I can smile at Satan's rage,
blessing with which he is crowning their labours. The And face a frowning world.
knowledge of this would endanger their being exalied Let cares like a wild deluge come,
above measure. May I but safely reach my home,
“ Thus occupied at Gofarm, we counted not My God, my heaven, my all!
the hours, and lingered till the lengthening sladows There shall I bathe my weary soul In seas of heavenly rest;
reminded us of the distance we had to walk, Old And not a wave of trouble roll
Mr B- the father-in-law of the interesting invalid, Across my peaceful breast.'
as he crossed the adjacent meadow on our return, “Mrs B-'s countenance was lighted up with joy as said, (and a manly tear stole down his florid cheek as we sang these songs of Zion, and she seemed at a loss he spoke,) • I have followed to the grave several of my to express the peace and delight which reigned in her own children, who, in quick succession, have been carbreast. We saw that the name, the work, the promises, ried off by declines; and I see that it will not be long and the person of the Saviour, were precious to her before I shall be called to follow my daughter-in-law to soul, and that these were the constant subjects of her the same tomb,' This hale, intelligent old man, surwaking thoughts, although the retiredness of her na- vived the object of his tender anxieties but a few years. tural character, and her little intercourse with religi- He gave, upon his death-bed, a most decisive testimony ous persons, were not favourable to her making them that the Gospel is the power of God, to the comfort, the themes of her discourse. Her's was that form of the support, and the salvation of every one that bepiety that shuns the gaze of men, and is sometimes lieveth. ratured in the shade before many know that either “ We returned by a different and nearer track, our flower or fruit is there. Our conversation with her, minds surcharged with conflicting emotions of pleasure according with the tenor of her private thouglıts and and pain. Sitting for rest and retlection upon the trunk feelings, seemed to draw aside the covering which till of a fallen tree in a sequestered meadow, we lifted up then had much concealed the work of God in her soul, our hearts to Him, who was wont to retire apart froin and from that time she communicated with increasing the crowd and his disciples, to hold communion with freedom, though not with less modesty, the great things his Father. which the Lord had done for her.
'Cold mountains and the midnight air “ Drawn with her family to attend the faithful and af
Witness'd the fervour of his prayer.' fectionate ministry of our beloved friend and tutor, at We implored his grace to fix upon our minds an inde. H-G-, her mind was first roused to an inquiry lible and profitable impression of the scene we had just into its state by an address from the Rev. D_W
quitted. which was the only sermon he ever delivered in that “ Mrs B__ had now for eleven months been excluded
To mansions in the skies,
And storms of sorrow fall;
from the public means of grace. These ordinary chan- | trustful of herself, and thoroughly humbled ; harassed nels of divine influence and teaching being closed against by many temptations to unbelief, yet simply reposing her, she drew nearer to the fountain of living waters; in steady faith and tranquil hope upon the covenanted and though she most highly estimated the privileges she grace of the Saviour, her mind's eye was immorably had lost, and often longed again to enter into the courts fixed on eternity. So wholly and happily was she taken of the Lord, she was taught, by her privation, to rely up with the high theme of her salvation, that no reply less upon man, and more upon God. And, truly, this could be elicited to inquiries respecting health. She is both the chief end and benefit of affliction. It not would smile, express her gratitude to the inquirer, and only strips the world bare, and exposes the insufficiency turn off the question by saying, “But oh! I have so and emptiness of its resources, but also reduces the ex- many mercies—God is so good to me! She would ternals of religion itself, its forms and ordinances, to fixedly gaze upon her sister, and a tear of delight woud their proper level, and forces into full light, and raises steal from her eye, when she discovered that they were to their due elevation and importance, those principles now more closely united than ever, as being one in and exercises of the heart which constitute the very life Christ. • The communion of saints' with each other and soul of true religion. Humility and love, faith and is not a matter of barren credence. It is a sacred reality, hope, may have a being and a sway in the soul, when less frequently known, indeed, than acknowledged, bu health, and peace, and joy, diffuse around their exhil- the perennial source of pleasures the most retined and arating beams; but it is in sanctified affliction that those exalted, and inferior only to those wbich tiow from Christian graces, like the stars and planets, stand out *the communion of saints' with their Father and Reto the eye in the fulness of their native lustre, when all deemer. None of the 'yesterdays' of life look backother light is withdrawn. To be enabled to interrupt | ward with a smile so sweet and satisfactory, as those, the groans extorted by the pangs of suffering humanity, which were marked with the true bliss of hearts in by confessions of unworthiness and guilt, which justly union mutually disclosed’on all that gives a character merit deeper woes, and by acknowledgments of still of interest to the present and the future scene.” granted mercies that outnumber even innumerable '0! days of heaven, and nights of equal praise, griefs; to love as a father the God who inflicts the
Serene and peaceful as those heavenly days,
When souls drawn upward in communion sweet, chastisement; to hold fast the oath-bound promises of Enjoy the stillness of some close retreat, the Lord with the firm resolve of Job, “Though he
Discourse, as if released and safe at home,
Of dangers past, and wonders yet to come ; slay me, yet will I trust in him: he also shall be my
And spread the sacred treasures of the breast salvation;' and to cherish hope in Christ as the sure Upon the lap of covenanted rest.' and stedfast anchor of the soul, are exhibitions of Chris- “ In the enjoyment of such holy intercourse, we left tian virtue in its highest excellence, which owe their the sisters, and we ourselves were not unconscious of a very existence, under God, to the occasion that calls portion of its blessedness." them forth. We glory in tribulations also; know
(To be Continued.) ing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience experience; and experience hope : and hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is shed
DISCOURSE. abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given
BY THE Rev. ROBERT LEE, unto us.'
Minister of Campsie. “On the following Sunday, the friend and minister, from whom her distant residence had so long separated They confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims her, called and sat with her two hours, in delightful on the earth.”-HEB. xi, 13. surprise at her advance in enlightened conceptions of It may appear not very wonderful that Abraham divine truth, and in an experimental acquaintance with its efficacy to quiet the solicitudes of an awakened con
and Isaac should make the confession in the text. science, to detach the heart from the fondest and the For in the land where they dwelt they had not strongest of earthly ties, and to clothe death itself with whereon they might set their foot-not a spot, not the robes of an angel of light.
a yard of ground, except a home for their dead Many days did not elapse before we retraced our sepulchre which Abraham bought of the sons of steps to that spot, whither in our daily walks on
Heth. classic ground our thoughts and conversation contin
Nor was it strange that Jacob should proually reverted. It was the Sabbath ; and we resolved fess before Pharoah, that the 130 years of his he to attend our friend and tutor to the scene of his were “the days of the years of his pilgrimage," for pastoral labours, and to repeat our visit to G- then Jacob was twice banished ; first from the Farm.
country of his fathers, and then from Canaan, which, “After uniting with the rustic congregation at H
though it was not his proper home, had been a G- in listening to a faithful, plain, and useful exposition of the ofices sustained by him, whom God place of pilgrimage to his people during three rehath exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and
nerations. God, however, in due time fulfilled a Saviour, to give repentance unto Israel, and remis- his promise to give Canaan to the children of sion of sins,' we there joined Mrs B's sister, who Jacob, so they were at home, and masters, where had recently arrived. She wept, as we crossed the in their forefathers had been but pilgrims, and witttervening fields, at every mention of her relative. But out possession. Now, who can choose but wonin this instance, the same fountain sent forth both der to hear David and the people of Israel
, in the sweet water and bitter.' keenly feel for the bodily sufferings of my dear sister. height of temporal prosperity, and in full and unBut when I see the state of her mind, my anxiety and disturbed possession of that country which bad pain almost vanish. She is so greatly altered.' The been promised, but not given, to Abraham, Isaac, work has been done in a short time. The goodness of and Jacob, making the same profession which God is wonderful." ** When we entered the same room as on our first call
, strangers before thee, and pilgrims, as all our fa
their pious progenitors had made, —“ We are we met the husband, the children, the sister, the aged father; but the wife—the mother, was not there. Her thers were ?"-1 Chron. xxix. These boly men decline within ten days had been rapid. But there was all died in faith. They desired a better country, no declension in the renewed habits of her soul. Dis- even an heavenly