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altogether impossible. Its proofs are numerous | the season of their own departure, and seriously and affecting. The road which leads to the grave reflect upon all the realities of their personal inis constantly trodden ; its gloomy pathway is never terest in the destiny of our common nature! The deserted. As the rivers and fountains of water charms of this world's scenes and pursuits too are unceasingly pouring their liquid element into frequently hold the mind in bondage, under a dethe mighty ocean, so, from the dense ranks of lusive hope, and fetter its efforts to shake off the this world's population, the victims of death are carnal lethargy which cleaves to our sinful nature. constantly dropping into the boundless ocean of Nor need we hope to deliver the sinner from this eternity, whence there is no returning. The his willing thraldom, by merely telling him of the young and the old, the sickly and the healthful, vanity of life, and the solemn certainty of death. are alike liable to the summons of death. Youth In order to bring him to a right and profitable and health may inspire hope, but they give no perception of those higher principles and sublimer security. Here and there throughout the world, truths, by which his conduct ought to be inanother and another victim falls, until a whole ge- fluenced, we must do more than depict the gloout neration is swept away, and another generation of the grave, and point out to him the proofs of rises to occupy the places of those who have gone. change and of decay which manifest themselves in The life of man is compared to " a vapour which all sublunary things. We must perform the more soon passeth away,” to “the grass which withereth," pleasing task of guiding him to that light which and to “ a tale that has been told.” Mortality as- the Gospel has diffused over the subject of morserts her universal dominion, and calls in her tality, and announce the truth, that although man countless victims to attest her sway.
die, he shall live again. Life and immortality The gradual and regular succession of events, are clearly brought to light by the Gospel. Were maintaining the beautiful uniformity of nature's not this animating truth connected with the sad operations, renders us less sensible to, and less and sorrowful close of our earthly pilgrimage, man painfully affected by, the changes which are con- might brood over the hardness of his destiny with tinually occurring around us. When we consider a heartless and hopeless melancholy, but could not that in threescore years and ten, or fourscore enter, in all the joyful alacrity of a lively faith, years, the whole population of the globe, with a upon the cheerful observance of religious dudes, very few exceptions, shall be swept away from the nor triumph over the ills of life in the blessed anface of the earth, and a new race shall have arisen ticipation of immortal felicity and glory. But, to fill the places which their fathers had occupied, blessed be God, there remaineth a rest for his our minds are filled with affecting views of the vast people. Death, which causes so many tears, and mortality that reigns anong the children of men. so many sorrows, while it stands forth as the sad But of this we are accustomed to think the less, memorial of our sinful apostasy, is, at the same as it takes place by gradual progression, and but a time, discovered to be the necessary passage for small part of the process comes under our own every child of God into the happy mansions of eye. Nevertheless, the fact remains incontro- his Father's house,—the door by which he maken vertible, that in the course of every revolution of his final escape from all the sorrows of humanits, fourscore years, the world almost entirely changes and enters into the eternal and undisturbed presits inhabitants. Whilst, then, mortality offers a session of the purchased inheritance. To the fulproof of her reign, and of her fatal influence over ness of the provisions of divine grace, then, are the subjects of her kingdom, she points your view we invited to look, and in the stability of the di to the cemetery of the dead, where repose the vine promises are we commanded to trust
. And mortal remains of her unnumbered victims. She to animate the holy obedience of the believer, be tells you also to cast your eye over the wide ex- is encouraged to look to the Saviour of a list panse of creation, and try if you can discover one world, in whom dwelleth all the fulness of the who has lived in the days of old, or has been able Godhead, and from whom all spiritual strength is
grasp during centuries gone by. derived. In order, then, that mankind may be Some there may be who have been permitted to directed to the proper improvement of the subsurvive almost all who entered life along with ject of mortality, we must point their hopes to the them ; but even they are only children of yester- provisions of the Gospel; so that while they are day, and have but a tale of recent date to tell you. I exhorted “ to work out their salvation with fear The annals of former generations are not to be and trembling," they may do so under the convie: learned from any living man, for the actors and tion, “ that it is God that worketh in them;" the actions have alike become the subjects of his and that while they hope in the merey and grade torical recorı, or of dim and dizzy recollection. of God, they may remember that this mercy and
Such, then, being the fleeting nature of the life this grace find their outgoings in behalf of the of man, and such the certainty and the nearness sinner, only through the meritorious death and of the event of his own dissolution, might it not righteousness of a crucified Redeemer. naturally be expected that his whole life would be When the mind becomes thus enlightened by marked by the most diligent preparation for death? the Gospel, death is divested of its terrors. Faith Is it actually so then? Is every mortal preparing in Jesus raises the contemplation to future and for immortality? On the contrary, how seldom eternal joys, and enables the believer to look for do mankind seem to realise, in their own thoughts, ward to death as the period of complete emanci
pation from the thraldom of sin, and of his intro- of a parent, or the kindliness of a reciprocal afduction to endless bliss. That union which is fection, is now cold as the monumental tablet formed between Christ and the renewed soul can- which marks its resting place; that those lips, not be dissolved by death. It constitutes the from which words of affection flowed, are now happiness of the believer here below, and con- closed in the silence of death ; that those eyes, tinues to be the source of undying joys, when the which glistened with joy at our happiness, or soul is delivered from the prison-house of the were moistened with the tear of sympathy at our body. This union, then, becomes more perfect, misfortunes, are now shut in the darkness of the and the happiness resulting from it becomes more grave, we sadly muse upon the past, we think refined and permanent, inasmuch as all interrup- with awe of the future. But in these sad and tions from sin and sorrow are for ever done away. sorrowful reminiscences, it becomes us not merely Thus “the souls of believers are at their death to dwell upon the objects, however dear to us, who made perfect in holiness, and do immediately pass have gone beyond the reach alike of our joy and into glory.” It was in the faith of this glory that our grief;—it also becomes the living to rememthe Apostle Paul declared his willingness (2 Cor. ber that they too must die. What availeth our
v. 8,) to be absent from the body, that he might sorrow if it tend not to cherish within us the sen: be present with the Lord ; evidently implying timents of piety and true devotion, and to wean
that immediately after death the soul of the be- our affections from the world and its passing vaniliever is with Christ. For had there been any ties? If the impressions that are occasionally intermediate state in which the soul has no enjoy- made upon our minds, vanish with the circumment, it would not have been true, that to be ab- stances which give them birth, we mourn without sent from the body is to be with Christ, and the wisdom, and weep without profit. Death is a apostle could not, in that case, have so expressed subject of which no man can say, it concerneth himself. There is nothing so powerfully calcu- him not; and every spectacle of mortality which lated to comfort the minds of those who have passes before us, ought to be regarded as a call to been, by the hand of death, bereaved of beloved the living to prepare to die. Learn, then, O frail friends, as the delightful thought of their being man, to profit by such lessons as are presented to with Christ. When they who have finished their thee in the dispensations of Providence. Retire · pilgrimage have given evidence of their faith in to the exercise of secret meditation and com
the one Mediator; when they have walked in the munion with thine own heart. When the shades paths of rectitude, and had their conversation in of evening close around thy dwelling, let your heaven, there is hope in their death. And while thoughts arise to God in fervent aspirations after we feel the pang of separation, we, at the same a meetness for his enjoyment; for it is not given time, are warranted to listen to the language of thee to know whether thou shalt see the return of heavenly consolation :
the morning, or whether thou shalt behold any “ Take comfort Christians, when your friends
more the light of the sun. And whilst thou In Jesus fall asleep:
callest to remembrance the melting scenes which Their better being never ends ;
thou hast witnessed, when the pulse had become Why then dejected weep?"
low, and the dim mist of death was gathering While we look around us on the blank which has over the countenance of the object of thy tender heen occasioned, and when the question occurs, solicitude, turn thy thoughts to Him who is the Where are they? our thoughts naturally take their resurrection and the life
, and who has shed a fight to the world of spirits, and try to fix, in pleas- heavenly light over the gloom of expiring nature. ing sadness, on the friend whom we have lost, as oc
With gratitude to Him who has become the first cupying his blissful station among the happy throng fruits of them that sleep, remember that “ blessed who are for ever placed beyond the reach of woe.
are the dead who die in the Lord: they rest from We fondly cherish the recollection of every fa- their labours; and their works do follow them.” vourable feature of his character, and therefrom draw the sweet consolation of hope concerning BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF JOIN CALVIN. him, trusting that, although absent from the body, John Calvin, the distinguished Reformer, was born he is present with the Lord.
at Noyon, in Picardy, on the 10th of July 1509. From The solemn reflections excited by death, how the respect in which his parents were held, even by the pver, are always most impressive and awakening nobility of the district in which they lived, John received when its fatal ravages are felt within the circle of a very liberal education with the children of the Momour own movements, and our own intercourse. mors, a family of the first rank in the neighbourhood. It is when we contemplate the affecting opera- College de la Marche, under the celebrated Maturin
He accompanied them to Paris, where he studied in the tions of mortality, not through the medium of a Cordier, or Corderius. Thence he removed to the Collong intervening distance from ourselves, but in lege of Montaigu, where he had for his tutor a Spathe appalling nearness of our own presence, and niard of extensive attainments as a scholar. among the objects of our fondest affection, that Calvin's father, as he wished that his son should enWe have most distinctly and most impressively ter the Church, obtained from the Bishop of Noyon a the warning intimation —“ be ye also ready." terwards the parochial cure of the village Pont l'Eveque
, When we think that the countenance we looked which had been the birth-place of the elder Calvin. apon with the reverence of children, the fondness Before leaving France, accordingly, John Calvin officiated for a short time as a curate in the Romish Church; settled his affairs, and brought along with him Anthony but in the wise Providence of God, he was prevented Calvin, his only surviving brother. His intention was from continuing long in communion with the apostasy to return to Basle or Strasburg, but in consequence of of Rome. His father, thinking that the study of the the war which raged in various intervening places, he law presented a better field for the successful exercise was led to change his route, and thus was conducted of his son's talents, recommended his abandonment of by the mysterious arrangements of Providence to Geneva, the clerical profession,—a step which the young man -the city which proved the scene of his useful and was the more ready to take, as, by the divine blessing laborious efforts in the cause of Christ throughout the accompanying his study of the Sacred Writings, he had whole of his future life. The Gospel had, before this become disgusted with the superstitions of the Romish time, been introduced into Geneva by the joint exe:hierarchy, and convinced of the accordance of the Pro- tions of two very distinguished characters, Williana testant principles with the Word of God.
Farel and Peter Viret. On reaching the city, Calvin Having come to the resolution of dedicating his ta- waited upon these good men, when Farel took the oplents to the study of the legal profession, he repaired portunity of urging him to remain with them and share to Orleans for that purpose. And so rapid and asto- their labours. For some time Calvin was resolute in nishing was his progress, that in a short time he was refusing to comply with the arguments, powerful though judged capable of filling the chair in the absence of any they were, which were brought forward, when at length of the professors, and on leaving the University, he was Farel, with a solemnity and pathos sufficient to awe offered the degree of Doctor, free of expense. His the mind, burst forth in these words : “ I denounce studies, however, were not confined to law, but he unto you, in the name of Almighty God, that if, under spent much of his time in the perusal of the Scriptures, the pretext of prosecuting your studies, you refuze to and he was frequently consulted by those who wished | labour with us in this work of the Lord, the Lord will to be instructed in the reformed religion. At this curse you, as seeking yourself rather than Christ." period he was accustomed, after a frugal supper, to Terrified by this dreadful denunciation, Calvin surrenstudy till midnight, and employ his morning hours in dered himself to the disposal of the Presbytery and bed reviewing the studies of the preceding night. | Magistrates, who, with the consent of the people, er Though far from favourable to health, this sustained pointed him preacher, and invested him also with the exertion could not fail in enabling him to store up that responsible office of Professor of Divinity. mass of solid erudition which so distinguished him in No sooner had Calvin become connected with the after life.
Church in Geneva, than he devoted his powerful mind Anxious to perfect himself in the profession which to the consideration of its internal condition, which was he had adopted Calvin attended the lectures of a dis- yet unsettled. Besides publishing a formulary of doetinguished civilian at Bourges; but from this place he trine, and a catechism, he induced the citizens operty was speedily recalled in consequence of the sudden to abjure the errors of Popery, and on the 20th Juls death of his father. After this melancholy event, 1539, the senate and the people, openly preceded by a which deprived him of a valuable counsellor and guide, public scribe, solemnly avowed their adherence to the he removed to Paris, where, in his twenty-fourth year, doctrine of the Christian religion. For some time a he published his commentary on Seneca's Epistle con- violent opposition was made to the exertions of Caliza cerning Clemency. While in Paris, he became inti- | by the Anabaptists, but so completely did he silence mately acquainted with a number of those who had them in a public disputation, that they almost disapespoused the reformed religion ; and so deeply did he peared from the Church of Geneva. Another and a bedine interested in their principles, that he resolved more copious source of discouragement, however, aruse to dedicate himself to the service of God, in connection from the divided state of the city. Besides the prothwith the Reformed Church.
gacy which prevailed among certain classes of the coliHis well-known talents and zeal led the Roman munity, ancient family feuds happened about this time Catholics to watch his movements with the utmost to be revived. In this state of matters, when the minds suspicion, and they were not long in finding an excuse of the people were agitated with civil broils, Farel. for raising against him and his friends a keen persecution. Calvin, and Couraut, openly declared that they cour He found protection and an asylum, however, at the not conscientiously administer the Lord's Supper. This court of the Queen of Navarre, by whose intercession so enraged the chief men of the city, who were thenwith the French government the storm was dispelled. selves opposed to Calvin and his colleagues, that these
In the year 1531, the utmost severities were inflicted | faithful servants of Christ were ordered to leave the upon the reformers. Eight martyrs were burned alive city within two days. When Calvin was informed at in Paris ; and the king, Francis I., declared that he the decree which had passed, he calmly said, “ Certaim!. would not spare his own children if they should, by any had I been in the service of men, this would have beee chance, be infected with these “ execrable heresies,” as a bad reward; but it is well that I have served III. he called them. Calvin, grieved at the spirit of intoler- who never fails to repay his servants whatever he Las ance and persecution thus manifested towards his friends, once promised." determined to leave France, and accordingly he did so, The banishment of these three devoted men produced after having first published, at Orleans, a small work in a great sensation in the Reformed Churches throughou opposition to the doctrine that the soul sleeps when in Switzerland and Germany. Various attempts were a state of separation from the body.
made to prevail upon the governors and people & In retiring from France, he proceeded as far as Basle, Geneva to recal them ; but in vain. They where he devoted himself to the study of the Hebrew | firm to their purpose. Calvin accordingly went tirse language, and published his Institutes of the Christian to Basle, then to Strasburg, where, with the saren Religion, which have long been highly valued as an ex- of the senate, he was appointed professor of divina cellent system of theology. After completing this in- with a liberal stipend." The ability with weich comparable work, he set out for Italy to visit Renèe, filled the chair to which he had been chosen, soon rake the Duchess of Ferrara, and daughter of Louis XII., his fame ; and such was his influence over even the avil King of France. The interview was very pleasing to authorities of the place, that he succeeded in planting both parties, and tended to confirm the Duchess still French Church, and introduced such discipline as be at more strongly in her attachment to the reformed prin-proved. Nor did he forget his poor persecuted docia ciples. During the rest of Calvin's life she continued | Geneva, but by his letters encouraged and comforted his sincere and steady friend.
them under all their trials, predicting that brighter From lialy he passed again into France, where he days yet awaited them.
While at Strasburg, Calvin published his “ Christian | peculiar notice, and was, under God, one of the great Institutions” in a more enlarged form, his “ Commen- means of awakening attention to the subject. tary on the Epistle to the Romans," and a valuable The fidelity of Calvin in discharging his pastoral treatise on the Lord's Supper. At this period also the duties exposed him to much obloquy and opposition from Reformer married, by the advice of Bucer, Idolette de the immoral portion of the population of Geneva. He Bure, the widow of a leader among the Anabaptists. remained resolute and unmoved however, boldly declar.
In 1541 Calvin was appointed by the ministers of ing the word of truth, and reproving with all earnestness Strasburg to represent them in the conferences which the vices which prevailed in the city. Nor was this Charles V. ordered to be held, first at Worms, then at faithfulness in God's work unattended with its reward. Ratisbon, for the purpose of attempting a reconciliation The Church of Geneva wonderfully increased in numbetween the Protestants and Roman Catholics. His bers, and the estimation in which the Reformer was appearances on both these occasions gave great satis- held, rose higher still, from the attention which he faction, and Melancthon in particular was so highly de- shewed to the suffering Protestants who flocked thither lighted, that he often honoured him with the name of from all quarters. "the divine."
About this period, though for a season he enjoyed a The time was now come when the Lord was pleased cessation from public disputes and contentions, he sufferto revive his own work in Geneva. Of the four chief ed a severe stroke in the death of his wife, who appears persecutors of God's servants, two of them were dead, to have been much esteemed for her piety and Christian and the other two banished, and a desire was universally prudence. Her last words were peculiarly refreshing, “O manifested that Farel and Calvin should be recalled. glorious resurrection! God of Abraham and of all our The former, who had taken up his residence at Neuf- fathers ! not one of the faithful who have hoped in thee, chatel, refused their request. A deputation was ac- for so many ages, has been disappointed: I will also hope. cordingly sent to Strasburg that they might prevail upon The Genevan Church now assumed in all its extent the citizens to part with Calvin. To this they were the Presbyterian polity; and in addition to public very reluctant, and though the Reformer still loved the preaching the consistory resolved that every minister people of Geneva, he declined to quit a place where the should visit every family from house to house, expound. Lord bad so strikingly blessed his labours. At length, ing the Scriptures, and catechising the inmates, with the however, he was constrained to yield, and on the 13th view of ascertaining the extent of their knowledge of diof September 1541, he returned to Geneva, heartily vine truth. All festivals were abolished, and no other welcomed both by the senate and the people. The day was permitted to be kept holy except the Sabbath. understanding at Strasburg was, that his removal from These arrangements were not made, however, without them was merely temporary, but the people of Geneva violent opposition, so violent as to have broken the spirit did not rest until he was established permanently among and discouraged the efforts of any other man than John them. As the only condition, however, on which he Calvin. He bore all with Christian resignation and in. would consent to remain, he stipulated that the Pres- vincible patience. In the midst of all opposition he rebyterian plan of Church government should become the mained firm in the maintenance of those doctrines which adopted system of the Genevan Churches. A decree he believed to be consistent with the Word of God, and vas accordingly passed by the senate to that effect. calmly but courageously obviated the objections which
Being now settled in the former scene of his labours, were offered aguinst them. The language which be he exerted himself more vigorously than ever in his employed in speaking of the enemies of the truth was, varied and important duties. In every fortnight he we admit, in some cases strong, but were we in possespreached one whole week; thrice every week he de- sion of all the circumstances, our opinion, in this respect,
livered lectures; on the Thursdays he presided in the might be considerably modified. The charge has been Hier meetings of the presbytery ; on the Fridays he ex- made against our Reformer that he was too harsh in
pounded the Holy Scriptures to the congregation. Be- his treatment of heretics, and more particularly that he sides these employments he wrote many learned com- was accessory to the burning of Servetus. The punishmentaries upon the sacred books, produced controversial ment, however, of this arch-beretic, it ought never to writings of various kinds, and carried on an extensive be forgotten, was the decree of the senate, not of the correspondence. These, however, were merely his Church ; and though Calvin and his colleagues might public avocations. His society was so much courted not consider themselves justified in interfering with by enlightened men, that visitors from every part of what they regarded as the rightful prerogative of the Europe came to Geneva to ask his advice in religious magistrate, we ought to be cautious in blaming where we
And such was the versatility of his powerful are not sufficiently acquainted with the state of the case. mind, that in the midst of his weightiest and most im- In the condition of foreign Churches, Calvin took a parportunt studies, he was accessible to all who sought his ticular interest. By his correspondence he animated and counsel or assistance. And in seasons of peculiar trial encouraged the persecuted Protestants in Poland, France, to the Reformed Churches, the kindness of this great and England ; and the refugees from these countries, and good man was remarkably shewn. In consequence who came to Geneva, he treated with all kindness and of persecution, great numbers driven from Italy and Christian regard. France resorted to Geneva, where they obtained an About this time he was attacked with a severe illness asylum, and in the devoted Calvin they found a friend. when preaching, and obliged to leave the pulpit. Rue
The attention which Calvin paid to his own flock mours immediately spread that the Reformer was dead, was incessant. He visited, warned, exhorted them; and the Roman Catholics rejoiced at the intelligence so and when the city was beset with the plague and famine, greatly, that a day of public thanksgiving was appointed he stood forward regardless of his own life, anxious to at Noyon, his native place. The intelligence, however, promote the spiritual and temporal welfare of the poor was false, for Calvin speedily recovered his wonted distressed people. Wherever his services were requir. health and activity. Soon after he had regained his ed he was ready at his post. But it was more peculiarly strength, he published his admirable commentaries on the in seasons when the cause of religion was in peril, Psalms. For some months his mind was much occupied that tbe energies of Calvin were put forth. Whether with the gloomy state of affairs in France. A persecuin opposition to the Roman Catholics, the Anabaptists, tion had broken out with great atrocity and violence or the Libertines, he wielded his pen manfully in defence at Paris, and the blood of many Protestants was ruthof the truth. The work which he published on the lessly shed. At the instigation of Calvin the German necessity of reforming the Church, and which appeared states interfered, and by their friendly intercessions put at the time the diet was assembled at Spiers, attracted an end to the calamities of the Church,
In little more than a year from his former illness, Cal health might be injured by the exertion, repaired in vin was seized with a quartan ague, which, continuing for procession from the senate-room to the house of Calvin. eight months, reduced him to a state of debility, from The address which he delivered to the civil authorities which he never afterwards completely recovered. By on that occasion was peculiarly solemn and affecting. the advice of his physicians, and at the urgent request | The important admonitions with which it closes ase of his friends, he was prevailed upon to refrain from well worthy of attention. preaching in public, and delivering his theological lec- “ If you would preserve this republic in security, see tures. He still, however, continued to devote his days to it with unremitting care, that the sacred seat of au. and nights to the dictating and writing of letters to thority, in which God hath placed you, be not deiled various parts of Europe, and he very frequently ex- with the pollution of sin ; for he is the only soverein claimed amid his constant employment, “How unpleasant God, King of kings, and Lord of all lords, who wil to me is an idle life !” Nor did he cease to take an honour those that honour him; but, on the other band, interest in public matters. It was by his advice and will cast down, and cover with disgrace, those by whom encouragement, indeed, that amid all the troubles to he is despised. Worship him, therefore, according to which the republic of Geneva was at this time exposed, his precepts, and let your minds be more and more 11the inhabitants established an extensive seminary or tensely directed to the obeying of his will, for we are college for the instruction of youth. As soon as his always at a very great distance from the performance health would permit, be resumed, though in great weak- of our duty. I know the temper and manner of you ness, his labours, both in the pulpit and the theological all, and am aware of your needing exhortation. There chair. His strength, however, gradually diminished, is none, even of those who excel, without many imperand on the 6th of February 1564, he delivered his last fections; and let each in this case examine himself with sermon with difficulty, in consequence of an oppression care, and ask of the Lord the supply of his known deon his chest. From that day he taught no more inficiencies. public, unless when he was carried occasionally to the “ We see what vices reign in the greatest number of Church, and addressed his people in a few words. The the assemblies convened in the world. Some, cold and disease under which he laboured in his last illness was indifferent to the public interest, pursue with eagerness very severe and complicated, but in him “ patience had their own private emoluments; others, are only intent her perfect work."
upon the gratification of their own passions; some make In giving an account of the dying scene of this truly a bad use of the distinguished talents bestowed apos useful and eininent servant of God, we cannot do bet them by God; while others are vain-glorious, and conter than quote the language of one of his most devoted fidently demand that the rest of their fellow-counsellors and constant friends, Beza: “ On the 10th of March, should sanction their opinions. we, his brother ministers, on paying our visit together “ I admonish the aged not to envy such young peras usual, found bim dressed, and sitting at the little sons as they find to be endowed by God with particu. table where he was accustomed to write or study. Onlar gifts; and I warn younger persons to conduct themseeing us, he sat silent, resting his forehead on his hand selves with modesty, and to avoid all presumption. Les for some length of time, as he frequently did when en- there be no interruption of one another in the pergaged in study and meditation; and then, with a voice formance of your duties. Shun animosities, and all ib occasionally interrupted, but a kind and cheerful coun- acrimony which has diverted so many from a prope: tenance, he said, “I return you, dearest brethren, my line of conduct in the discharge of their office. You wil most bearty thanks for all your solicitude on my ac- avoid these evils, if each of you confines himself withit. count, and hope in a fortnight I shall be present, for his proper sphere, and all perform with fidelity the part the last time, at your con which was establish- intrusted to them by the State. In civil trials I beseech ed for discipline of morals,) for I think that the Lord you to avoid all favour, or enmity; use no crooked arus will then manifest his pleasure with respect to me, and to pervert justice ; let none, by any plausible address take me to himself.' He did attend the consistory on of his own, prevent the laws from having their due efthe 24th of March, as usual, and when the business was fect; nor depart from equity and goodness. If the er finished in a peaceable manner, he observed, that he passions excite temptation in any one, let him res felt some further continuance was granted him by the them with firmness, and look to him by whom he tas Lord. He then took up a French New Testament, been placed on the seat of judgment, and ask the same read to us himself some of the marginal annotations, God for the guidance of his Holy Spirit. and requested the opinion of his brethren, since he had “ Finally, I beseech you to pardon all my infirmitas, undertaken to correct them. He was worse on the fol- which I acknowledge and confess before God, and his lowing day, having been fatigued with the labours of angels, and in your presence also, my honourable lords the preceding; but on the 27th, he was carried to the Having finished his discourse, be offered up a prase" door of the senate-house, and being supported by two in behalf of the senators, gave his right hand to be of his attendants, walked into the hall, and after pro- of them separately, and bade them adieu. The di poring a new rector of the school to the senate, he un- man next sent for the ministers of Geneva, and bavi covered his head, and returned them thanks for the fa- exhorted them, in a very touching manner, to zeal vours already conferred upon him, and particularly for perseverance in the good work of the Lord, be 0.their attentions in his last illness. For,' he said, 'I mended them to God individually. They parted frus think I have entered this house for the last time.' Hav- bim in tears, lamenting the loss of one by whose couning uttered these words with difficulty, and a faltering and prayers and instructions they had so much prodi, voice, he took his last farewell of the senate, over- The closing scene is thus described by Ben whelmed with sorrow, and bathed in tears. On the “ Calvin spent the remainder of his days, until den 2d of April, which was Easter-day, although suffering in almost constant prayer. His voice, indeed, was from great debility, he was carried to Church in a chair, terrupted by the difficulty of respiration; but bis es was present with the whole congregation, received the which retained their brilliancy to the last, uplified Lord's Supper from my hand, and joined in singing the heaven, and his serene countenance, were certain pem hymn, with a trembling voice, but with manifest expres- of the fervour of his devotion, and of his trust and ca sions of joy shining forth from his dying countenance. fidence in God. He often in his prayers repeated to
A few days after he sent to inform the syndies and words of David, ' Lord, I opened not my mouth, to senators that he wished to meet them once more, and cause thou didst it;' and at times those of Hezeti he intended, therefore, next day, to be carried to the ' I did mourn like a dove.' Once also I heard him
The senators, however, afraid that his • Thou, Lord, bruisest me, but I am