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On reaching the Farm-House, we found that still tained by the contemplation of them, but shall eagerly the afflicted saint was lingering ; but it was just on press on till I reach the throne of the Lamb that was the verge of glory. Resigned, without uneoncerned- slain, and, falling down at his feet, give him all the ness; cheerful, without affectation ; weaned from the praise and honour of my salvation. In this manner world, without being unconscious of the strong ties of did she, through her declining days, evidence her saving a husband, an infant family, and many domestic and acquaintance with God, not only as her Maker, but relative enjoyments, she was sinking to the tomb with also as her Redeemer, who giveth songs in the unperceived decay. One thing, and only one thing, at night.' this time disturbed the serenity of her mind, the una- The last time I enjoyed the privilege of seeing this voidable departure of that beloved sister, whom im- excellent woman, was in the evening of one of the longperative duties forced away. Gladly would she have est days of that summer of which she just saw the close, retained her by her side to have received her last breath. After a wet and lowering day, the weather cleared up, But meek submission to the divine will sustained her and the descending sun was pouring the full stream of under the privation; and an assurance of his presence, his light through the chamber window, and on the bed who has said to his people, 'Lo, I am with you alway, of Mrs B. Our brief conversation was of the
even unto the end of the world,' restored the prevail- most affecting cast. All was peace within. The out1 ing tranquillity of her soul.
ward frame scarcely retained its immortal tenant, who It is comparatively easy for them, whose affections was ready to depart. At her request I read the last were never kindled into fervent love, and never ar- nine verses of the seventh chapter of that sublime book
dently fixed on any earthly connections, coolly to con- which terminates the volume of inspiration. She listi template the disruption of every temporal relationship; ened with all the lively attention of one who was al
but for one who enjoys the warmest and tenderest re- ready familiar with the picture, and who was daily exgard of many hearts, and who is reciprocally suscep- pecting to see the original. Nor would she allow me
tible of the strongest affection, to descend into the grave to leave her without first bending at her side in prayer. i unattended by any of the beloved companions of life, When I rose from my knees, the sun's last ray fell up
and alone to enter the unseen world, is truly appalling on her countenance, which already seemed to shine with to feeble nature. The spectacle of an emaciated female, light sent down from above. She grasped my hand in the prime of her days, with every temporal consider- with a strength which I deemed her incapable of exert. ation to make life desirable, not only without dismay, ing. Calmly and firmly she said, “We shall again see nor merely with that acquiescence which protracted each other before the throne.' sorrow may produce, or that weariness of acute suffer. I had no opportunity of revisiting G-Farm ing which makes some eager to escape into the narrow until its amiable and pious mistress had been some house, as a refuge from misery, but, with a cheerful months in heaven. The short remainder of her earthly and longing soul, contemplating the approach of death, pilgrimage was of the same tenor with that part which not as an inevitable evil, but as the door of admission I have described, and which, till the end of my own soto every good, was to me a scene of greater glory than journ upon earth, will afford me the sweetest and most the warrior risking life on the field of battle. In her sacred recollections. chamber and situation, every external circumstance had a direct tendency to augment the native horrors of the grave, and to clothe, in the most direful garb, the king
ON SOCIAL PRAYER. She was advancing towards them with a Doubtless, nothing is more indispensable to the existe slow and measured pace, which gave her time to view
ence and advancement of true religion in the soul of any and dwell upon every object that could alarm and de- individual, than secret prayer. It is impossible to conpress her mind. But in the field, where the soldier
ceive of that man as a Christian who lives in the neglect seeks a blood-stained laurel to wither on his haughty of this duty, and who has never felt any thing of its brow, or on his untimely grave, all the pomp and cir
spirit. Nothing is so essential as an evidence of our becumstance of glorious war,' as it is termed, conspire to lieving in the Lord Jesus Christ. This he himself ingive a false colouring and a delusive form to man's last
timated when he appeared to Ananias, for the purpose enemy.
It is forgotten, that the costly monument, of sending him as the messenger of heavenly consolation which a grateful country may raise over its defenders, to Saul of Tarsus, hitherto the most active and furious hides but a grave; and that the plaudits of admiring of the opponents of the Gospel, henceforth to be “the crowds reach not, or, if they reach, avail not at the chiefest of the apostles.” * Behold he prayeth.” In throne of God. In most cases, the valour of the war- assigning this as a satisfactory reason for believing that rior is but a species of mental inebriation, which urges him into the thickest of the fight, without fear, because previously been seeking to destroy, the Great Head of
the persecutor had become a convert to the faith he had without reflection.
the Church evidently mentions it as implying every About this time a gentleman, whose religious senti- thing else requisite to constitute a living member of his ments were very different from Mrs B- 's, being at
glorious body, a brother beloved” to all his faithful the farm, went up to see her. On leaving her chamber
disciples. and joining her husband, he wept, and said, “ Mr B
But, and this is what I here wish particularly to insist I am now persuaded, that if any thing can support in
upon, if communion with God in retirement be of the a dying hour, it is the religion of your wife.'
first importance for the existence and progress of perThe elevated and blissful character of her thoughts sonal holiness, it is perhaps not less true that social and cannot be better illustrated than by the reply she made public prayer, at seasons specially set apart for this purto her sister, who, coming into her room early one morning, inquired how she had passed the night. I pose, is equally necessary in order to the prosperity of have passed it,” she said, ' without sleep, but not with has been said and written of late on revivals of religion.
congregations and the Church generally as such. Much out comfort. 'My mind has been engaged in dwelling Many prayers are offered up, both in public and private, upon one thought, which was suggested by the hymn that the Lord would revive his work in the midst of you kindly read before you quitted my side last night. ourselves. The subject ought to be deeply interesting to The thought was, that when my liberated soul enters every Christian. Without, however, entering at length the heavenly world, although at the very entrance, and through all the distance I may have to pass, I shall be The above is extracted from a very interesting work, entitled, surrounded by ten thousand objects of unutterable
"Original Memorials; or Brief Sketches of Real Characters." By á
Clergyman of the Church of England. Hatchard & Son, London, glory and attraction, I shall not for a moment be de- 1822. “It
may be relied upon as an authentic narrative.
into a consideration of the subject of revivals," it may be I ing their entire concurrence in the plans adopted by observed, that one feature by which every genuine revival their increased liberality. If prayer be set aside, their has been characterised, is the meeting together for re- expatriated brethren in the Colonies may remain as des. ligious fellowship. Though the circumstance of con- titute as ever, so far as regards the saving efficacy of gregations and companies assembling together to unite the word and the bread of life. What Christian need in prayer may not of itself constitute sufficient evidence to be told, that, without the Spirit of God, all will be for concluding that religion is flourishing anong them, in vain, in so far as the salvation of souls is concerned. the converse of this will probably be admitted by every And how can we expect his presence and power, if we iinpartial man, who has turned his attention to the mat- will not, both individually and as congregations, irp. ter, that where such meetings are neglected and dis- plore the God of all grace to pour out his Holy Spirit? regarded, there is good ground to fear the absence The intluence of congregational prayer Ideetings would or decline of vitał godliness. “ I know thy works, not be limnited to the members of the Church. Its salutary that thou hast a name, that thou livest and art dead,' power would be felt by the population generally, by even said the faithful and true witness to the Church of the most ungodly of them. Who can estimate what Sardis ; and again to the Church of Laodicea, “ I would blessing to the country at large even one faithful bund thou wert cold or hot.” Can it be doubted, that to of believers, united in boly Church fellowship, assem. many of our congregations similar rebukes would be bling statedly for this special object, might prove? addressed, were they to hear the voice of Him who has Who can tell the judgments their prayers might avert declared, “ all the Churches shall know that I am he from the land, the evils that might be remedied in con. which searcheth the reins and trieth the hearts: and sequence of them, the good that might be promoted? I will give unto every one of you according to your How much more, then, might these results be expectworks."
ed, if our congregations generally were wont thus to If these observations be correct, surely it ought to glorify God? We might then look for the "two grand become the subject of serious and prayerful examina- blessings marking out a genuine revival,” in a degree tion with our spiritual overseers how far it may be at- which our unbelief prevents us from realising. tributable to them, that there is still such a sadly pre- of these, it need scarcely be observed, is the conversica valent absence of social prayer. They know well that of sinners. The other, and a most important one, is among professors the prediction is lamentably verified, the quickening of believers to a higher and a holier that "the love of many shall wax cold.” Why is it that standard of faith and practice.” the very appearance and conduct of not a few when in the house of prayer, even on the Sabbath day, clearly
CHRISTIAN TREASURY. evince their ignorance of what prayer is? Why is it that faithful pastors have so much occasion to mourn Adoption.—Adoption is a blessing extending from over the little inter-community in holy affection, of everlasting to everlasting, a decree which cannot be fellow-Christians, who from Sabbath to Sabbath assem- revoked. Many of the children of God are indeed very ble “ in one place," and sit down together when com- perverse and ungrateful, but all this their Father knew memorating the Redeemer's love? May it not be, in before he adopted them; hence he chastens those part at least, because they are not encouraged to join in whom he loves, and scourges every son whom be ra special supplication and Christian fellowship, in the way ceives, but never abandons them. Satan sball neret referred to ?
have to say of a sinner in torments,-“ This is a wretch Every minister of the Gospel, imbued with the spirit turned out of the family of God!" No, the Father wij of his Master, will pray and labour for the improvenient not cut off an heir of glory from his inheritance, and growth in grace of his flock. Should it not also suffer his most rebellious children to ruin themselves. be his incessant aim to be able at least to say unto them John x. 28, 29. This security arises from the nature with the apostle, I kept back nothing that was pro- and antiquity of adoption, as an act of the divine mind, fitable to you?" Does he think that his omitting or which is distinct from the reception of the spirit of refusing to seek to unite his congregation in the fellow- adoption into the simer's heart. The whole family of ship of saints, at other times besides the Sabbath, will God were adopted in Christ, when he was chosen s be more pleasing to the Great Shepherd of the sheep, their covenant head, and then God the Fatber 20%than if he were to foster the practice of such exercises ? sidered them his own children, registered their fans
Perhaps some are deterred by the irregularities with on high as such, and prepared a kingdom for them bewhich such meetings have sometimes been connected. fore the foundation of the world. Hence their reces That these irregularities should induce any religious tion of the Spirit of adoption is said to be owing to 13 mind to disapprove of what has been sanctioned by eternal relation ; “ Because ye are sons, God bath set apostolic warrant appears strange indeed. It would be an forth the Spirit of his Son into your heart." Gal
. altogether needless occupation of time to enter into an 6. The Spirit of adoption is the witness, not the coas argument to prove that such abuses are far from warrant- of our being the children of God, and surely, my út2 ing the watchinen of Zion, whose zeal is tempered by friend, you will derive unspeakable comfort froia Christian knowledge and prudence, in their neglect to view of the subject, if you feel but one spark of fi'z? cultivate assemblies for social prayer among their people. affection to God glowing in your soul; and cori Never, perhaps, was there a louder call for them than at
with it the sweet thought, that it is your Father's lot present. Let us but view the Church in the aspect she is shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Ghost
, vea se] now happily assuming with regard to missionary efforts, then come to the delightful conclusion, that the Patte and the means of grace to the destitute, both at home and has from all eternity adopted you into his family, rd in distant lands. Little will it avail, that the General bas, in the fulness of time, made it known to you Assembly has of late encouraged various important ob- causing you to receive the adoption of sons. If furtu? jects, and has this year taken up a fourth great scheme, evidence were necessary for your decision respect and that she earnestly commends it to the warm sup- your interest in this high privilege, I might remind you port of Presbyteries and Churches. It will be of small of the family likeness, which is 'genuine spirituality consequence, that a sympathising people are manifest- the family distinction, which is separation from the • Those who desire information on Revivals may be referred to world ; and the family diet, which is the bread of Efe President Edward's Treatise on the Revival in New England, to sent down from heaven. May I not appeal to ye 1 Dr Sprague's Lectures on Revivals, and to an excellent work on Revivals in the British Churches, from which several extracts have heart, that you sigh for an increase of spirituality ; * appeared in the Scottisu Caristian llenald,
you are not happy in any company except that of the † Acts xii. 12.
saints ; and that nothing can satisfy the cravings of you
soul but living upon Jesus? Be assured, that those “ thorn in the flesh ;" but the Lord has shown him the sensations exist no where but in the heart of a child of sufficiency of his grace, and employed this trial to God, yet many in whom they are found, cannot claim “ humble and prove him, and to do bim good at the their sonship through the power of unbelief; nor can latter end,” so that the things which seemed most any thing but the inighty operation of the Holy Spirit against him, have most effectually promo
his highest remove the spirit of bondage, and teach the soul to cry interest. Qr he has found his prayers answered, by Abba, Father. I never heard of a child capable of say- feeling his mind wonderfully reconciled to a denial, ing, “ Fatlier" as soon as born, nevertheless it is al- from a conviction “that he knew not what be asked ;' most the first thing a child is taught to say; this is the or by a calm serenity in waiting the Lord's time for plan of the Lord's teaching, "When ye pray, say, Our those things which he had impertinently desired. The Father," and when the spirit of adoption is fully re- causes of this perturbation and anxiety remain, after his ceived, the child of God looks up to Jehovah and ex- prayers have been presented before God; but the solia clainis, “ doubtless thou art my Father," he looks into citude itself has given place to a divine " the Bible, and regards it as his Father's letter; he hears passeth all understanding ;” for “he called on the Lord the Gospel preached, and receives it as a message from and was strengthened with strength in his soul." In his father; he goes into his closet to tell his Father short, we can scarcely produce an instance, in which his wancs, and gain access to his Father's heart ; and he poured out his heart with earnestness and imporlooking forward to heaven, he exclaims, “ It is my Fa- tunity, and yet failed of obtaining the blessing which he ther's babitation, and shall be my eternal home."--Irons. sought, or was not, after a time, satisfied with the deLiberality. To dispense our wealth liberally, is
nial. In many cases, bis intercessions for those around the best way to preserve it, and to continue masters
him have been graciously answered ; in others, we may thereof; what we give is not thrown away but saved
still retain hope ; and in all, we may be assured that from danger ; while we detain it at home (as it seems
they will return into his own bosom.-Scott. to us) it really is abroad, and at adventures; it is Prevailing Ungodliness.-Atheism is a characteristic out at sea, sailing perilously in storms, near rocks of our day. On the sentiments, manners, pursuits, and shelves, amongst pirates; nor can it ever be safe, amusements, and dealings of the great body of mankind till it is brought into this port, or insured this way; there is written in broad characters,“ Without God in when we have bestowed it on the poor, then we have the world!"_CECIL. lodged it in unquestionable safety; in a place where
Coming to Christ. If you persist in the diligent use 10 rapine, no deceit, no mishap, no corruption can ever
of means, you will not long use them in vain. But by any means come at it. All our doors and bars, all
what is infinitely more to the purpose, you bave the our forces and guards, all the circumspection and vigil- oath of him who cannot lie, on which to ground your ancy we can use, are no defence or security at all in
confidence. You have nothing to do but to ask for faith ; comparison to this disposal thereof : the poor man's
to come as the leper did to our Saviour while on earth, stomach is a granary for our corn, which never can be
and throw yourself at his feet, with, “ Lord, if thou exhausted; the poor man's back is a wardrobe for our
wilt, thou canst make me clean;" and rest assured that clothes, which never can be pillaged; the poor man's pocket is a bank for our money, which never can dis- clean." "He is still as able and willing to grant every
he will put forth his hands and say, “ I will, be thou appoint or deceive us; all the rich traders in the world
request of this nature, as he was while on earth. If you may decay and break, but the poor man can never fail
really feel yourself a sinner, and that you have no power except God himself turn bankrupt; for what we give
to save yourself, and are willing to accept of him as a to the poor, we deliver and intrust in his hands, out of which no force can wring it, no craft can filch ; it is half Saviour. He will do all or nothing. If you mean
Saviour, he is ready to receive you. He will not be a laid up in heaven, whither no thief can climb; where
to come to him, you must come as a helpless sinner. 10 moth or rust doth abide. In despite of all the fortune,
Not as the Pharisee, with a list of virtuous deeds perof all the might, of all the malice in the world, the formed; but as the publican, with “God be merciful Liberal man will 'ever be rich ; for God's providence is
to me a sinner."- PAYSON. is estate ; God's wisdom and power are his defence ; God's love and favour are his reward ; God's word is
Self-Knowledge.-O what a change it would make his assurance, who hath said it, that “ he which giveth in the world, if men were brought to the knowledge of to the poor,' shall not lack;", no vicissitude of things and live in mirth and pleasure! How many would la
themselves! How many would weep, that now laugh, therefore can surprise, or find him unfurnished; no disaster can impoverish him, no adversity can over
ment their sin and misery, that now are pharisaically a certain reserve against all times
confident of their integrity! How many would seek to and occasions : he that “ deviseth liberal things, by
faithful ministers for advice, and inquire what they liberal things shall he stand,” saith the prophet.— should do to be saved, that now deride them, and scorn JARROW'S SERMONS.
their counsel, and cannot bear their plain reproof, or
come not near them! How many would ask directions Holy Revenge.--Do you not owe the old serpent a
for the cure of their unbelief, and pride, and sensuality, Tudge? Live holy, then; for that grieves him to the
that now take little notice of any such sins within them!
How many would cry day and night for mercy, and beg Answer to Prayer.- The Scripture abounds with ex- importunately for the life of their immortal souls, that amples of the efficacy of prayer. Except in the case of now take up with a few words of course, instead of miraculous interpositions, the same is still experienced, serious, fervent prayer ! Do but once know yourselves and the more any man has made the trial, the fuller aright, know what you are, and what you have done, will be his assent to this truth. The Christian, who and what is your danger; and then be prayerless and Las been frequent, fervent, and particular in his sup- careless if you can; then but trifle out your time, and plications for a length of time, has doubtless found, make a jest of holy diligence, and put God off with
many of his petitions, defective and defiled as he lifeless words and compliments if you can. Men' could shows them to be, have been manifestly answered, both not think so lightly and contemptuously of Christ, so in his own temporal and spiritual concerns, and in be- unworthily and falsely of a holy life, so delightfully dalf of others ; often beyond his expectations, and con- of sin, so carelessly of duty, so fearlessly of hell, so sensetrary to apparent probability: Some requests bave lessly and atheistically of God, and so disregardfully of licen granted, not exactly in this meaning, but in a more heaven as they now do, if they did but thoroughly knový desirable vay. He has prayed for the renoval of the I themselves. --Baxter:
whelm him ; he
home one night drunk, and his wife remonstrated with
him, and he struck her; the woman cried very much, ON THE DEATH OF A CHRISTIAN FRIEND. and a little creature, two or three years old, got up
and said, “ Pray, father, do not beat poor mother;' the When faith and love, which parted from thee never, father ordered it to be silent, but it got up again, and, Had ripen'd thy just soul to dwell with God,
kneeling by the bed-side, repeated the Lord's Prayer, Meekly thou didst resign this earthly load
and then concluded in these simple words—' Pray, Of Death, called Life; which us from life doth sever,
God, bless dear father and mother, and make father a Thy works, and alms, and all thy good endeavour
good father. Amen.' This went to the heart of the Stay'd not behind, nor in the grave were trod,
drunkard; he told me that he covered his face with But, as Faith pointed with her golden rod,
the bed-clothes, and his first thoughts in the morning Follow'd thee up to joy and bliss for ever!
were thoughts of regret. He became an entirely changLove led them on, and Faith who knew them best,
ed character, and the family are now united to a MeThy handmaids, clad them o'er with purple beams,
thodist chapel in the neighbourhood of their residence, And azure wings, that up they flew so dress'd,
and are useful and valuable members of society." And spake the truth of thee in glorious themes,
Rev. John Wesley.—The diligence of Mr Wesley in Before the Judge ; who henceforth bid thee rest And drink thy fill of pure immortal streams.
redeeming time has been often noticed; but it is scarce
ly possible for those who were not intimate with him, MILTON
to have a just idea of his faithfulness in this respect. " SLEEPING IN JESUS."
In many things he was gentle, and easy to be entreat
ed; in this, decided and inexorable. One day, his This simple but expressive sentence, is inscribed on a tombstone, in a rural burying-ground in Devonshire ; and gave rise to the
chaise was delayed beyond the appointed time. He following verses.
had put up his papers and left the apartment. While Asleep in Jesus! blessed sleep!
waiting at the door, he was heard to say, by one tha: From which none ever wakes to weep : stood near him, “ I have lost ten minutes for ever." A calm and undisturb'd repose,
An Important Change.--Basak, one of the HottesUnbroken by the last of foes.
tot servants who attended Mr Campbell in his journey Asleep in Jesus ! oh! how sweet
into the interior of South Africa, evinced an earnest To be for such a slumber meet :
concern to bring his poor ignorant countrymen to an With holy confidence to sing
acquaintance with the truths from which he had derived That death has lost his venom'd sting!
so much benefit. In addressing a mixed company of
Hottentot slaves and bushmen, he gave a very strikia:
and rational description of the effect of religion on his No fear, no woe shall dim that hour,
mind, and of his transition from brute fearlessness to reThat manifests the Saviour's pow'r.
“ Before the missionaries came to
us,” said he, we were as ignorant of every thing Asleep in Jesus! oh for me
you now are. I thought that I was the same as a beast; May such a blissful refuge be!
that when I died there would be an end of me; but, Securely shall my ashes lie,
after I heard them, I found that I had a soul that must Waiting the summons from on high !
be happy or miserable for ever. Then I became afraid Asleep in Jesus! time nor space
to die. I was afraid to take a gun into my hand, lest Debars this precious “ hiding-place :" it should kill me, or to meet a serpent, lest it should On Indian plains, or Lapland snows,
I was afraid then to go to the hills to bunt Believers find the same repose.
lions or elephants, lest they should devour me. But Asleep in Jesus ! far from thee
when I heard of the Son of God having come into the Thy kindred and their graves may be :
world to die for sinners, all that fear went away. I But thine is still a blessed sleep,
took my gun again, and, without fear of death, went From which none ever wakes to weep!
to hunt lions, and tigers, and elephants. You soon MRS MACKAY,
shall have the opportunity to be taught the same thing."
Real Honesty.—A few years ago, Thomas Mann, PRAYER FOR RESIGNATION.
who was well known in London as “the honest waterOu Thou whose mercy guides my way,
man," was engaged to hold himself in readiness at 11 Tho' now it seem severe,
hour specified, every day. The gentleman for whom Forbid my unbelief to say,
he undertook to wait, and to whom he was well known, There is no mercy here!
was prevented using his boat for three weeks, at the
end of which time, upon his offering to pay, agreeably Oh grant me to desire the pain
to the stipulation, Mann replied, “ No, Sir, only for That comes in kindness down, More than the world's supremest gain
the first two or three days; i afterwards learnt, by in.
quiry, that you would not want me, so I ceased to Succeeded by a frown.
wait, and I will not take your money.
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for ever?” BY THE Rev. WILLIAM Nicolson,
It might almost seem superfluous and unnecesMinister of Ferry-Port-On-Craig, Fifeshire.
sary to make the certainty of death the subject of There is a language inscribed upon the remem- any formal discussion, for we never meet with any brance of the just, and there is a voice proceed- one who either disbelieves or denies the fact, that ing forth from the tombs of the departed, which all men must die. We meet with infidels who speak of matters deeply interesting, and which deny the truth of divine revelation : we meet with
have sometimes extorted a tear from the most formalists who, in practice, deny the power of godi obdurate-hearted of the sons of men. Nor is liness; we meet with scoffers, who despise reli
it from the remembrance of the just alone that gion; but we never meet with any who dare to lessons of deep and solemn interest may be learn- deny the mortality of man. Let it be remarked, ed. If there be something pleasing and profitably, however, that it is the business of the teacher of interesting in meditating upon the godly lives of religion, not merely to prove the truth of docthe saints of other days, and in connecting the trines which may be positively denied and controrecollection of their piety with the delightful verted among men, but also to illustrate and enthought of their now happy and glorious condi- force what is already adınitted, and to call up to tion, there is also something peculiarly affecting the remembrance, and exhibit to the contemplain thinking of those who have wasted in wicked- tion, those truths, the importance, the propriety, ness their day of grace, and have gone down to and the obligation of which are not disputed. For the grave under the gloomy cloud of spiritual example, we frequently remind the believer of the darkness. To associate their lives in our recol- sufficiency of the atonement, not because he does lections, with the doom denounced against the not already believe that doctrine, but because it workers of iniquity, is an exercise well calculated is profitable to keep alive a sense of its importto inspire the mind with a solemn dread of the ance upon his mind, and thereby to animate his judgments of God, and to deter us from the com- hopes and encourage his obedience. We frequentmission of any known sin. Let the thoughtlessly speak to Christians of the hatefulness of sin, and the irreligious among men consider how short and of the beauty and excellence of holiness, not a time they shall remain on the earth, and how because they do not already fully believe in the awful a thing it will be “ to fall into the hands of hatefulness of the one and the excellence of the the living God.” Let them look back through other, but because it is necessary and profitable the vista of past generations, and while they muse thus to encourage their self-denial, and to quicken upon the history of the holy men of old, who in their desires after personal holiness. In like mantheir day walked with God, whose ashes have long ner, we make the mortality of man the subject of been reposing in the undisturbed silence of the our address to saints and to sinners, not because grave, and whose remembrance is still held dear. this mortality is denied either by the one or by in the Church of Christ ; let them also think of the other, but because the subject is calculated to those who despised offered mercy, and are now improve the heart, and to wean the affections from reaping the reward of iniquity. By such reflec- worldly objects. It is for this
very purpose that tions, let them be reminded that all, of every the prophet Zechariah, whose words we have algrade and of every character, must pass the Jor- ready quoted, reminds his countrymen, of the gedan of death. Look to the countless armies of nerations of old, who had gone the way of all the the faithful since the world began, as well as to earth. Nor is there any truth concerning which the multitudes who have disregarded the authori- the belief of mankind amounts to a more absolute ty of the Most High, and tell, if you can, where conviction than this, that it is appointed for all they have gone. Their places have long ceased men once to die. However anxiously men might to acknowledge them,—they have all in their turn wish that it were otherwise, the certainty of the disappeared from the earth. " Your fathers, fact is so manifest, that unbelief concerning it is