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fied, since it is thy hand.' Ilis doors must have stood | hard run, and to escape the dogs, had crossed the river in open day and night, if all had been admitted who from a deep part. As the dogs could not be brought to follow, sentiments of duty were desirous to see him; but as he it became necessary, in order to come up with it, to make could not, from difficulty in speaking, direct his dis- a circuitous route along the banks of the river, through course to them, he requested they would rather pray some thick and troublesome underwood. The roughfor him, than be solicitous about paying their visits. ness of the ground, the long grass and frequent thickets, Often, also, though I always found him glad to receive obliged the sportsmen to separate from each other; each me, he was very scrupulous respecting the least inter- one endeavouring to make the best and speediest route ruptions thus given to the duties of my office, so sparing he could. Before they had reached the end of the forwas be of the time which he knew ought to be spent est, the king's horse manifested signs of fatigue and in the service of the Church; and his conscientious uneasiness ; so much so, that his majesty resolved upon feelings, lest he should give the smallest trouble to his yielding the pleasures of the chase to those of compasfriends, exceeded the bounds of moderation. Such was sion for his horse. With this view, he turned down the manner of comforting both himself and friends un- the first avenue in the forest, and determined on riding til the 19th of May, when we ministers were accustoin- gently to the oaks, there to wait for some of his atten. ed to meet relative to the censure of morals, and to dants. The king had only proceeded a few yards, take a friendly meal together two days before Whit- when, instead of the cry of the hounds, he fancied he suntide, and the celebration of the Lord's Supper. He heard the cry of human distress. As he rode for ward, expressed a wish that the common supper should on he heard it more distinctly. “Oh, my mother, my mothis day be prepared at his house, and rallying his little ther! God pity and bless my poor mother!" The curiostrength that remained, was carried from his bed to the sity and kindness of the sovereign led him instantly to adjoining chamber, when he said, 'I come to see you, the spot. It was a little green plot on one side of the my brethren, for the last time, never more to sit down forest, where was spread on the grass, under a branchwith you at table.' Such was the commencement of ing oak, a little pallet, half covered with a kind of tent; one of the most melancholy repasts we ever took. He and a basket or two, with some packs, lay on the then offered up a prayer, took a small portion of food ground at a few paces distant from the tent. Near to and discoursed with us at supper in as cheerful a man- the root of the tree, he observed a little swarthy girl, ner as his weakness permitted. Before supper was about eight years of age, on her knees praying, while fully tinished, he ordered himself to be carried back to her little black eyes ran down with tears. Distress of the adjoining chamber, and addressing the company any kind was always relieved by his majesty, for he had with a distinctly smiling countenance, said, “This in- a heart which melted at “human woe; nor was it untervening wall will not prevent me from being present affected on this occasion. And now, he inquired, with you in spirit, though absent in body.' His pre- “ What, my child, is the cause of your weeping ? For diction was fulfilled, for from this day he always lay what do you pray ? ” The little creature at first started, in a borizontal posture, his small body, except his then rose from her knees and pointing to the tent, said, countenance, which was very little changed, being so “Oh, Sir! my dying mother!" " What?” said his mamuch emaciated, that breath only remained. On the jesty, dismounting and fastening his horse up to the 27th of May, the day of his death, he appeared strong- branches of the oak, What, my child ? tell me all er, and spoke with less difficulty; but this was the last about it.” The little creature now led the king to the effort of nature, for about eight o'clock in the evening tent; there lay, partly covered, a middle aged female certain symptoins of dissolution suddenly manifested gipsy, in the last stage of a decline, and in the last mothemselves. When one of his domestics brought one ments of life. She turned her dying eyes expressively of the brethren, and me, who had only just left him, to the royal visitor, then looked up to heaven, but not this intelligence, I returned immediately with all speed, a word did she utter ; the organs of speech had ceased and found he had died in so very tranquil a manner, their office; “the silver cord was loosed, and the wheel that without his feet and hands being in any respect broken at the cistern." The little girl then wept aloud, discomposed, or his breathing increased, his senses, and stooping down, wiped the dying sweat from her judgment, and in some measure his voice, remaining mother's face. The king, much affected, asked the entire to his very last gasp, he appeared more to re- child her name, and of her family, and how long her semble one in a state of sleep than death."
mother had been ill. Just at that moment another Thus died one of the brightest characters that has gipsy girl, much older, came out of breath to the spot. ever adorned the page of history. His death was be- She had been at the town of W
and had brought wailed by all classes of the community. In him the some medicine for her dying mother. Observing a Church of Geneva lost a faithful and devoted pastor, the stranger, she modestly curtsied, and hastening to her city a wise, philanthropic, and public spirited citizen, mother, knelt down by her side, kissed her palid lips, the college a learned and able professor, and all, a com
and burst into tears. “What, my dear child," said his mon parent and friend. His funeral was attended by the majesty," can be done for you?” “Oh, Sir," she replied, authorities, civil and ecclesiastical, of the town, and a “my dying mother wanted a religious person to teach great proportion of the citizens. Many tears were shed her, and to pray with her before she died. I ran all on the occasion, and for some days a gloom seemed to the way, before it was light, this morning to Wbe thrown over the city. According to his own direc- and asked for a minister, but no one could I get to come tions no monument was erected to his memory. Neither with me to pray with my dear mother.” The dying wowas this necessary. Calvin can never be forgotten. man seemned sensible of what her daughter was saying, Si monumentum quaeris, circumspice. “ If you wish and her countenance was much agitated. The air was to see his monument, reader, look around you." again rent with the cries of the distressed daughters.
The king, full of kindness, instantly endeavoured to
comfort them: he said, “ I am a minister, and God has THE GOOD OLD KING AND THE DYING GIPSY.
sent me to instruct and comfort your mother.” He then [This beautiful and affecting incident in the life of George III. sat down on a pack by the side of the pallet, and taking is extracted from “ The Gipsies' Advocate," by James Crabb. Lon
the hand of the dying gipsy, discoursed on the demerit don, Nisbet and Co., 1832.1
of sin, and the nature of redemption. He then pointed A King of England, of happy memory, who loved his her to Christ, the all-sufficient Saviour. While doing people and his God, occasionally took the exercise of this, the poor creature seemed to gather consolation and hunting. Being out one day for this purpose, the chase hope ; her eyes sparkled with brightness, and her coumlay through the shrubs of the forest. The stag had been tenance became animated, She looked up-she smiled;
but it was the last smile,-it was the glimmering of ex- has been found to be the vicious fabrication of piring nature. As the expression of peace, however, degenerate man, and the other to descend from the remained strong in her countenance, it was not till some time bad elapsed, that they perceived the struggling thrals in superstition, and leads to misery; and the
Father of lights—the one, springing from vice, enspirit had left mortality.
It was at this moment that some of his majesty's other, proceeding from the fountain of purity, opens attendants, who had missed him at the chase, and who up life and immortality in prospect, and conducts had been riding through the forest in search of him, to bliss unspeakable. Now, from the short staterode up, and found himn comforting the afflicted gipsies. ment which I am about to submit to you, it is my He now rose up, put some gold into the hands of object
, from the effects produced by our Saviour's the afflicted girls, promised them his protection, and bade them look to heaven. Ile then wiped the tears teaching on the occasion referred to, to convince from his eyes, and mounted his horse. His attendants,
you, that there is an internal power and esñcacy greatly affected, stood in silent admiration. Lord in the truth for changing the heart and character; L was going to speak, but his majesty, turning to and that those to whom it comes in power, begin to the gipsies, and pointing to the breathless corpse, and to thirst for Christ as the fountain of living waters, the weeping girls, said, with strong emotion, “Who, my, and come unto him as the well-spring of all their Lord, who, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto these?”
desires and enjoyments. DISCOURSE.
Although the inspired historian does not give
us even a mere outline of the discourse delivered BY THE Rev. DAVID LOGAN,
on that memorable occasion, yet we are not left Minister of Stenton,
in doubt as to its excellence; or as to our “ Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pha- Saviour rising, in energetic power, according to
risees ; and they said unto them, Why have ye the surpassing interest of the subject, and the not brought bim? The officers answered, Never importance and magnitude of the occasion. If a man spake like this man.”—JOHN vii. 45, 46.
discourse is to be judged of according to its overBesides the miracles wrought by our Saviour, coming the most formidable resistance that could affording evidence that he was the “ Teacher sent have been raised up against the speaker, and callfrom God,” and “ that no man could do these ing forth the loudest acclamations in his favour, works except God were with him," there is ano- the triumph of Christ at that time was full and ther source of conviction, in reference to the di- complete. Take a hasty review of the circumvine origin of the truth as it is in Jesus, arising stances in which he was placed, as presented to from the effects produced on the hearts and lives our notice in this 7th chapter. He had literally of those who heard it. If this truth had the ef- been an exile from Judea in Galilee, obliged to fect, when heard and embraced, of begetting new flee from Jerusalem for his life. His life was principles and holy affections--of exciting to new still sought after in such an unrelenting manner, pursuits, and causing enjoyment to be derived from as to have rendered it necessary for him to come new objects—of stirring up a desire to live unto up to the feast in secret. It was not only pubGod instead of the world, and to prepare for eternity licly, but almost universally known, what were instead of being exclusively occupied with the the sentiments and designs of the chief priests things of time-if this new character, and these and rulers against him—that they accused him new aims and ends, were not only assumed but not merely of a breach of the Sabbath, but of maintained, and maintained consistently, and at blasphemy, the very blackest crime recognised in the expense of sacrifices, and the enduring of suf- the Jewish law, and on these accounts were plotfering, and even of death itself—when called to ting his destruction—that thus all their influence contemplate such an effect of the truth as it is and all their exertions were put forth, tending to in Jesus, who can deny to it a divine origin? | blind the public mind, to poison their affections Who will not be ready to confess, that “ in very and to strengthen and rivet their prejudices against deed” God himself is discovered giving efficacy him—that for an individual thus circumstanced to the word of his grace? When placed in pecu- to have even shewn himself in public, the shout liar circumstances, it is no uncommon thing to of universal execration might have been supposed see sacrifices made, and hardships endured, as ex- to be raised, “ Away with such a fellow from the hibited in the history of man, and even death it- face of the earth,”—when, in the nature of things self submitted to, when the ancient and inveterate we would have expected such to be the case, vet superstitions and habits of a nation required it, nevertheless we behold Jesus not only addressing and when nothing but infamy and disgrace await- the multitude, but allowed to address them witbed a refusal to submit. Such exhibitions, how- out interruption; not only allowed to address them ever, command no respect in the motive, spring without interruption, but listened to in silence : from no renovation of principle or change of cha- not only listened to in silence, but with the most racter, and are directed towards no enlightened or rivetted attention, nay, with admiration and deworthy end. Christianity here can not only bear light ; and with those ecstatic and tumultuous a comparison with every other religion which the emotions embodying themselves in the burst of folly, or superstition, or vice of man has invented, ingenuous feeling, “ of a truth this is a prophet, a promulgated, and maintained; but in instituting divinely commissioned and inspired servant of every such comparison, the one has been found to God;" « of a truth this is the prophet, even John be base alloy, and the other pure gold--the one the Baptist, greater than all the prophets, who
was foretold as to come in the power and spirit of | together in council, and thus rendered their places Elias ;" “ of a truth this is the Christ, the Messiah in the temple empty on the great day of the feast. himself, the promised of the fathers,”—when we They are, indeed, assembled in council, but no work contemplate the impression which Christ had made of necessity hath called them together. A dire, a by his teaching on that occasion taking this direc- wicked purpose is in their hearts ; a deed of blood tion, and the contention among the auditors, not they are impatient to perpetrate. Jesus of Naas on other occasions, whether Jesus was a righte- zareth, when last in Jerusalem, had escaped their ous man, or in league with Beelzebub the prince fury, only by fleeing into Galilee. When they of devils, but whether he was the forerunner of were reasoning together, saying, « What think Christ, or the Messiah himself—when we are thus ye that he will not come to the feast,” devising called upon to contemplate these effects of this how to waylay and cut him off privily, Jesus, discourse of our Lord, who is not forced to ac- aware of their devices, came up to the feast in seknowledge that the Lord's Anointed, the Son of cret. Though baffled in this respect, yet exultGod, stands truly revealed before him ?
ing in their hearts that their victim had come Nor is this all. There is still another effect of within their grasp—that the prey had, even as it this discourse of our Lord, which we are now were, entered the den of the devourer—the more principally called
upon to contemplate, even more effectually to secure their purpose, at the comstriking, if possible, than the one now alluded to; mencement, or towards the middle of the feast, an effect which, arising principally, if not solely, as soon as they ascertained that Jesus was there, from the internal evidence which the discourse in they laid their toils to encircle him. During its question afforded, that he who delivered it was progress, they gradually closed in upon their victruly the Son of God, ought surely to beget and tim; and now, on the last day of the feast, the strengthen similar convictions in us, and cause us moment had arrived when, pouncing upon their not only to bow submissively at the name of Je- prey, they were to gloat in the wanton indulgence sus, but also bring us to him as the fountain of of the most unhallowed affections. living waters.
Conceive to yourselves a conclave of beings in As presented to our notice in the passage re- human shape transformed into demons, into fiends ferred to, the multitudes of Israel were collected incarnate. In every breast there dwells malice in the temple to perform a prescribed act of wor- and revenge seated supreme, and whetting the ship to the God of Israel. They were probably the appetite for blood and slaughter in proportion as more numerous, because the last day of the feast the victim may have hitherto escaped the snare. of tabernacles was not only one of the more so- The irrevocable word, however, is now gone forth, lemn days, but also being the last, those who had the decree is registered in the unalterable record, any fear of God before their eyes, would allow no the victim is within the grasp of the thirsters for trifling excuse to prevent them from rendering to blood, who are nursing their implacable revenge, him on this day the homage of grateful hearts, and stifling their breath and straining the ear to and imploring from him a parting blessing; and catch the most distant sound of the approach of not only being the last, but the great day of the their emissaries ; when, lo! a sound is heard the feast, on which the miraculous supply of water in doors though slowly, yet resolutely, are opened the desert was symbolically commemorated, it the officers enter, but no Jesus of Nazareth is naturally called forth the expression of every there. Portentous is the blank look of vengegrateful and joyous feeling, and inspired, filial ance deferred, which the rulers for a moment cast trust and confidence in God as their covenanted upon each other. Dreadful is the flash from the Father.
infuriated eye, which can scarcely find utterance Let the eye, however, not merely of any watch- in this stifled voice of thunder, “What! have ye ful observer, but of any individual accustomed to at- not brought him ?” Turn for a moment from tend upon the temple-service on those more so- this storm, to contemplate the serene brow, the lemn days,– let him take a casual survey even of submissive mien, yet resolute purpose of those the many thousands assembled, and there is one who could calmly face this storm; and whoever, thing which cannot fail to force itself
upon on beholding such a sudden transformation proThose who “ loved greetings in the mar- duced by the discourse of Jesus of Nazareth, will kets, and the chief seats in the synagogues,” are not do homage to the Author of it, must have not there. The chief priests, the conductors of hearts akin to those rulers, who, against conviction, religious devotion, and who ought ever to be en- continued in unbelief, and died in their sins. samples to the people in the practice of every sa- Recollect who they were with regard to whom cred and social duty, are not there. The rulers we are now soliciting your decision. They were and leaders of the Pharisees, who “made broad the inferior officers of worthless despotic rulers, their phylacteries,” and were to be seen "praying who, before they could be truly fitted for such an even in the corners of the streets,” have not gone office, must have practically passed through scenes up to the temple, although it is the last, that of the lowest degradation and the foulest vice, great day of the feast. Surely some national ca- scenes blunting and destroying all the finer sensitastrophe hath occurred—some work of dire ne- bilities of our nature, drying up all the tender cessity, neither to be done before, nor delayed till sympathies of the heart, and conversant in works after the public worship of God, hath called them of darkness, and preparing the individual for its darkest deeds. Remember, too, the influence commission, but began to feel that they had a Mas. which habitual submission has over those minris, ter in heaven to whom they were accountable ; which, from their childhood, have been taught to began to feel that they should obey God rather obey; and especially those under the authority than man; and had courage and resolution to act of despotic and tyrannical masters. Take into upon the feeling. Let us go and do likewise. the account, likewise, how predominant the selfish Let us be convinced that all which we do has not passions in such breasts uniformly are ; how not only the sanction of our Divine Master, rememonly the all of these officers depended on implicit bering that " whatsoever is not of faith is sin," obedience to the orders received, but the continu- but let us also adhere to this, however it may afance even for an hour of life itself; and when fect those with whom we may stand connected, they knew so thoroughly how bent the chief priests or on whom we depend, assured that the testi
. and rulers were to accomplish the destruction of mony of our own conscience, and the approbation Jesus, what had they to expect in the non-per- of God, is a gem more valuable than any earthly formance of such imperative orders, but the for- treasure. These officers, in following out their feiture of their own lives in saving his ?
new-begotten convictions, sacrificed every earthly This interposition in his behalf, however, you consideration, to the maintaining of the new-born see to have been actually their purpose. And mark hope firm unto the end. Let us, if called therehow the internal change in their breasts manifests to, never allow the comforts of the world to itself. They go not hack with a fabricated story, come into competition with the pleasures of reliintimating the impossibility of accomplishing their gion, or to prefer the meat which perisheth to object. They go not back fawning and crouching that which endureth to everlasting life. These with expressions of base regret on their lips for officers did not shrink from avowing their new the past, and baser promises of success for the fu- convictions to their very masters, and extolling ture; but honestly, and dignifiedly, and resolutely him whom they were now determined to ober. acknowledge their want of zeal in this matter, and Let us do all that in us lies to diffuse the savour candidly confess their change of sentiment on this of the name of Christ, that our lives may become subject, and justify the part they acted, by them- s epistles of him, known and read of all men." selves becoming preachers of the faith which their And to this end, let us daily be coming unto hin masters were destroying. The officers answered, as “the fountain of living waters ;" that, con“Never man spake like this man.” Truly “out vinced of our utter destitution by nature of spiof the mouths of babes and sucklings God hath | ritual blessings, and intensely desirous of renewed ordained strength, that he inight still the enemy and copious draughts from the inexhaustible foun. and the avenger.” The subject of the discourse tain ; that, “ thirsting for God, the living God," evidenced itself to be heavenly truth, by coming and coming to him as “the well-spring” of all our home to the heart and conscience, “in demon- joys, our souls may be refreshed, and the whole stration of the Spirit, and with power.” The spiritual man nourished up unto everlasting life. manner in which it flowed from his lips, who was “ full of grace,” also demonstrated, that the waters NARRATIVE OF A REVIVAL OF RELIGION of which he spake descended from the heavenly
IN THE ISLE OF ARRAN. sanctuary. And the authority with which he Thirty years ago, the state of religion in this island spake, incontestably proved, that he was what he was exceedingly low. “Darkness covered the land, and laid claim to be," the only begotten of the Fa- gross darkness the people.” But, through the tender ther,” “the Son of God with power.”
mercy of God, the day-spring from on high visited it
. When we thus contemplate a change so great,
Divine light arose on them that sat in darkness, and the passing so rapidly upon so very hopeless subjects, his vineyard, since the year 1804. In that year, and the
cause of Christ has gained much ground in this part of subjects, most probably, not only hitherto slaves year following, many were awakened at the north
end of to the lowest vices, but acting, in the case before the island, especially about the farms of Sannox and us, in opposition to every worldly interest, and, their neighbourhood. And although this awakening, as by disobedience to the authorities opposed, for- to its power and progress, was not of long continuance, feiting even life itself by such opposition ; when yet a considerable number of the subjects of it testined we contemplate an effect so truly astonishing, undergone a gracious change. This day of small thirs
by their after lives and conversation, that they had who can deny but that the finger of God was was the commencement of the revival which followed. here of a truth, bearing testimony, not only to From this time, a change for the better might be obthe divine mission of Christ, but to the divinity served in the religious sentiments and conduct of many of his incarnate Son, and to the word of his grace? among the people. Many seemed now to be awakened
Now, by way of application of this subject to attend to the things which belonged to their everlastourselves, let us ask our own hearts, whether ing peace. Their eyes were now opened to see the we have ever felt this power of the truth con- evil of their former wicked ways, their perishing condi. straining us to forego all, to forsake all, and to tion as sinners, and their need of Christ as a Saviour, encounter all for the sake of Christ. These offi. They now began also to distinguish between truth and cers, in obedience to earthly masters, went to be.
error ; to relish evangelical doctrine; to attend with come partakers in a deed which no law of man
diligence on the means of grace ; and, in general, to set could ever justify. In the execution of their up the worship of God, morning and evening, in tici: trust, they not only discovered the guilt of their ten Tracts, now in the course of publication at Glasgow.
• This Narrative is extracted from No. V. of a series of wel writ. families. Religious meetings were also set up in many / grace for a time of revival—of refreshing from the preplaces; and, in the course of a few years, a kind of re- sence of the Lord. Several little parties of them, by formation was thus visible throughout many parts of mutual consent, set apart some days for private fasting the island. This was the case more especially, though and prayer, sending up their united supplications to the not exclusively, in the parish of Kilmorie, which was Hearer of prayer, for the downpouring of the Spirit, in at this time favoured with the ministry of the late pious his awakening and converting influences on sinners and laborious Mr M‘Bride. It may be remarked, re- around them. They kept several such days for nearly a specting his usual style of preaching, that he was by no twelvemonth before the commencement of what is means what might be called an alarming preacher, but generally called, " The Revival of Religion in Arran.” rather the opposite. His sermons were frequently close In these devotional exercises, some of them enjoyed unand searching; but he dwelt more on the consolations common nearness to God, and great freedom at a throne of the Gospel than on the terrors of the law; and the of grace, when pouring out their hearts in earnest supexcitement seemed to be, in general, greater under the plication for the manifestation of divine power and glory sermons in which the riches of divine grace and the in the sanctuary, especially in the congregation with consolations of the Gospel were exhibited, than under which they were themselves connected. Their minds such as were more awful, and apparently better fitted were much stirred up to press after these things in seto awaken. Mr M‘Bride's manner of preaching was cret, and at their fellowship meetings, and also when atvery much distinguished for seriousness, fervour, and tending public ordinances. They seemed, indeed, to be great zeal for the salvation of sinners ; and this often animated by the spirit of him who said, “For Zion's sake led him to make very close appeals to the conscience. I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I But the revival itself was not of a sudden. It was will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as gradual, and spread from one place to another. Nei- brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that ther was it in all cases saving as to its effects. Many burneth.” under it assumed a form of godliness, who were alto- While this little flock of Christ, and their pastor at gether destitute of its power. In other cases, however, their head, were thus engaged, and about the beginning there was something more deep and precious__even the of March 1812, the Lord began to work in an unusual quickening, saving, and soul-transforming influence of way among them, in a way of which they had not till the Holy Spirit. During its progress, a considerable this time any expectation, and which, accordingly, caused number were accordingly brought under deep convic- some surprise. It was at this time that the outcrying tions of their guilt and unworthiness as sinners, of their commenced, which was afterwards so common for a liability to eternal misery, and of their utter helplessness considerable time. It began at first in some private as concerned themselves. Now, they began in earnest meetings, but afterwards extended to the public assemto say, “What shall we do to be saved?”_and to count bly under Mr M‘Bryde's ministry. What made the all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge thing the more remarkable was, that it made its first of Christ Jesus—for an interest in him. And the God appearance among the people of God. Yea, the most of ali grace, who thus visited them with the awakening in- tender, humble, and spiritual-minded among them were fluences of his Spirit, was pleased also to enlighten their the first affected in this manner, and it continued for a minds as to the way of salvation; and thus to lead them, short time anong them only. But the influence which by faith, for peace and rest to the only Saviour of sins appeared first moving on them, in this unusual way,
And being thus quickened, enlightened, and was soon extended to others; and the next subjects of comforted, by the teaching of the same Spirit, they it were those who had been before seriously disposed, were also united together in the bonds of love and or who had been at one time or other under serious imChristian fellowship, while they travelled together pressions. But soon after it was extended to the gay Zionward.
and thoughtless, the moral, and the openly wicked. The subjects of these spiritual influences were, Persons of almost every description and age, from nine however, only as a little flock, when compared with the years or under, to that of sixty or upwards, were afmultitude who remained yet stout-hearted and far from fected ; but the number of old people was small comrighteousness. And these, becoming impatient under pared with that of the young. The crying at first-and the restraints which the late reformation had laid on while confined to the people of God--was attended with them, with regard to unholy practices, began to break very little bodily agitation ; but after others were atout anew with greater violence; so that, in 1810 and fected, it was generally attended with these, such as 1811, many were bolder in sin, and more abandoned to panting, trembling, and other convulsive appearances. wickedness, than they had been at any former period. The writer of these pages did not reside in Arran The enemy of souls now came in as a flood, and threat- till about six months after the commencement of this ened to carry all before him. It is right, however, to revival ; but he enquired particularly concerning the observe that this was in no respect true of professors, beginning of it, from such as were best able to inform or of such as there was reason to believe had been the him, and is satisfied in his own mind, that the Spirit of subjects of divine grace. These were for the most part the Lord was at work in preparing for it—that his remarkably consistent in their walk and conversation. mighty power was revealed in the commencement of it The breaking out of sin here referred to, was among the --and that he had a gracious and merciful design in bulk of the people who made no particular profession of ordering the circumstances of it. Although this revival religion,-and especially among the young, who had did in some measure degenerate latterly, through the been brought under temporary restraint.
weakness and folly of men, yet the beginning of it was These circumstances, however, affected the tender truly the doing of the Lord and marvellous in our eyes. heart, and stirred up the pious zenl of Mr M‘Bride, Some, who were among the first affected, told the and led him to be even more earnest in his warnings writer, that they had not the most remote idea of cryand remonstrances from the pulpit and otherwise against ing out before they were constrained to do so. So abounding iniquity. The little flock of tender-hearted much was this the case, that they said they could not Christians scattered throughout his parish, were, at the have refrained, even if they had been threatened with same time, moved with a sense of the prevalence of sin instant death. They added, that their outcryings and and the desolations of Zion. They felt an increased bodily agitations arose entirely from the state of their concern for the conversion and salvation of sinners, and minds, when powerfully impressed and affected with a a deeper interest in the prosperity and enlargement of sense of divine truth. But it is proper to observe, that the kingdom of Christ. "They began to be more fre- the writer is here speaking only of such as were lively quent and earnest in their supplications at a throne of exercised Christians previous to this revival. On exa.