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cessible than this, to the truth ple for himself, who know his and grace of the gospel. If to name, and have tasted his love ; any such self-righteous, self-de- who live by the faith of the Son ceiving souls, this shall prove a of God," and " walk in holiness dying year, they shall, alas ! too and righteousness before him, late discover, that they are in all the days of their life. To the deed " wretched, and miserable, friends of Jesus, the prospect of and poor, and blind, and naked." dying this year, ought to give no
How awful the thought, that dismay. They have reason rathamongst the professors of Chris- er to expect it with joyful hope. tianity, some assume that sacred Many “old disciples” shall this name with no other view than to year arrive at their Father's "make a gain of godliness!” Tho' house. Many who “ groan beconscious of the insincerity of ing burdened in this earthly tabtheir hearts, they call Jesus, ernacle,” shall soon obtain the Lord, and join themselves to the long desired release, and enter number of his disciples, only into rest. And, O thou afflicted that they may acquire reputation soul, “ tossed with tempest, and among men, or in some other not comforted," by reason of way promote their worldly inter perplexing doubts and fears, and est. But “ let the sinners in the tedious painful conflict with Zion be afraid ; let fearfulness temptation and sin, rejoice, and surprise the hypocrites ;" the “ lift up thy head, for the day of year of vengeance may now be thy redemption” draweth nigh. come.
This year,' 0 false pro- Soon shall " the days of thy fessor, in some fatal hour, death mourning beended.” may place thee before the Judge warfare shall be accomplished," of all. Though thou shouldst and thou thyself be “ more than succeed in deceiving thy fellow a conqueror through him that mortals to the end of life, “ God loved us." Are any cut down in will not be mocked." Thy se, the midst of their days, and in cret hypocrisy shall at last be un- the midst of useful service to theveiled; “the hidden things of church and to the world? Those dishonesty shall be brought to who survive may have cause to light;" and " what is the hope regret the loss, but the servant of the hypocrite," or what hath of God is called to a more exhe gained, “ in the day that God tensive sphere of service; to subtaketh away his soul ?”
limer enjoyments ; to a purer How vast the number of indi. and nobler society above. In viduals, belonging to these vari- every possible case, “ blessed ous classes of ungodly or unbe- are the dead who die in the Lord ; lieving men, to whom the year they rest from their labours and which hath now commenced is their works do follow them.” pregnant with everlasting de- Happy art thou, o Christian, if struction !
the commencement of this year But“ though all men have not beholds thee “ abounding in the faith," yet there are some who be. work of the Lord,” and waitlieve and obey the gospel. Amidsting for his salvation.” But it all the degeneracy of the times, shall indeed be the happiest of the Lord has still reserved a peor all the years thou hast ever seen,
" Thy if its conclusion find thee with dismissed perhaps forever! Christ, and with God above, pause for a moment, and lift up “serving him day and night in thy soul to Heaven, and address his temple.”
to thyself this solemn inquiry, Such are some of the prog. If I should die this year, where pects which this, the first day of shall my eternal habitation be? the year, presents to our contem- “ O that they were wise; that plation. Thousands, amongst they understood this ; that they whom there may be some who would consider their latter end." now read these lines, shall find “Lord, so teach us to number them fully realized before its' our days, that we may apply our next return.
hearts to wisdom.” Reader, before the subject be
MEMOIRS OF PRESIDENT captivating and impressive. Con. DAVIES.
veying his ideas with the utmost
facility, and, by the aid of a live (Concluded from page 256.)
ly imagination, imparting the The eminence and lustre of charms of novelty, even to comMr. Davies' character as a Presis mon subjects, he could not fail dent, were generally confessed. to rivet the attention of his pu. In his mode of governing the pils. And generously commucollege, the firmness of authority. nicative, as he was, of his ample was tempered with benignity, intellectual treasures, he was mildness and condescension. He scarcely less sure to enrich their watched over his pupils with the minds. But while thus assidu. tender solicitude of a father. He's ous to promote the literary imrepressed their youthful irregu- provement of the youth commitlarities by the gentlest methods". ted to his charge, he was still possible ; nor did he ever inflict more anxious and engaged to punishment, without evident re- cultivate their hearts. He conluctance and pain. The conse sidered religion as unspeakably quence was, that he was equally the best and brightest of all acrevered and loved by every mem- complishments; the only sure ber of his literary family. They foundation, either of usefulness, esteemed it not a confinement, honour or felicity. He there but a privilege and happiness, to fore bent his principal attention, be under his care. They com- as every instructor should, to implied with his injunctions, and press the youthful mind with the the general regulations of the importance of this object. seminary, less from fear, than seized with avidity every occafrom principle and inclination. sion'to inculcate on his pupils, in In his method of instruction, private, the worth of their souls, there was something unusually and the pressing necessity of
their immediately securing the tion, that light is come into the blessings of salvation. And his world, and men loved darkness public discourses bear frequent rather than light, because their witness how near their immor- deeds were evil ;-we find the tal interests were to his heart. following pungent address to his Toward the close of a new year's pupils : “ There is not one in a sermon, he expresses himself in thousand of the sons of men that this tender, glowing language : enjoys your advantages. Light, * I beg leave of my promiscuous human and divine, natural and anditory, to employ a few min- supernatural, ancient and mod. utes in addressing myself to my ern; that is, knowledge of eveimportant family, whom my pa- ry kind shines upon you, and you ternal affection would always sin- are every day basking under its gle out from the rest, even when rays. You have nothing to do I am speaking in general terms but to polish your minds, and, as to a mixed crowd. Therefore, it were, render them luminous. my dear charge, my pupils, my But let me put you in mind, children, and every tender and that unless you admit the light of endearing name! Ye young im- the glorious gospel of Christ to mortals, ye embryo angels or in- shine in your hearts, you will fant fiends, ye blooming, lovely, still be the children of darkness, fading flowers of human nature, and confined in the blackness of the hope of your parents and darkness forever. This is intoler friends, of church and state ; ably shocking, even in supposi. the hope, joy and glory of your tion. Suppose any of you should teachers! Hear one that loves be surrounded with more light you ; one that has nothing to do than others, for no other purpose in the world, but to promote your but that you may have a strongbest interest ; one that would ac- er conflict with conviction, and count this the greatest blessing that your consciences may with he could enjoy in his pilgrim- greater force raise tumults and age; and whose nights and days insurrections within you ; supáre sometimes made almost pose your sins should be the sins equally restless, by his affection of men of learning and knowlate anxieties for you : Hear him edge, the most daring and gigan. upon a subject in which you are tic sins on this side hell; supmost intimately interested ; à pose you should turn out sinners subject the most important that of great parts, fine geniuses, like even an apostle or an angel could the fallen angels, those vast inaddress you upon, and that is, the tellects; wise, but wicked; wise right improvement of time, the to do evil, but without knowlpresent time, and preparation for edge to do good ; suppose it eternity.” He then proceeds to should be your highest characurge their immediate attention ter that you can harangue well, to religion, by the most cogent that you know a few dead lanarguments, and in a manner pe- guages, that you have passed culiarly awakening and persua through a course of philosophy ; sive.
but as to that knowledge which In another sermon, on this sanctifies all the rest, and ren-. text; And this is the condemna- ders them useful to yourselves or
others; that knowledge which be honest men ; and surely this alone can make you wise to sal- is a most moderate and reasonavation, and guide you to avoid ble demand. Therefore, be ye the paths of destruction, you children of the light and of the day, shun, it, you hate it, and choose and walk as such, and then it to remain contentedly ignorant will be a blessing to the world, in this important respect; sup- and to yourselves, that you ever pose your parents, who have were born." been at the expense of your ed- Instructions thus faithful, deucation ; your friends, who have livered with the greatest tenderentertained such high and please ness, and enforced by a life of aring expectations concerning you; dent, uniform piety, could scarcechurch and state, that look to you ly fail to make the most important for help, and depend upon you to and salutary impressions on the fill stations of importance in the minds of his youthful charge. world ; and your careful instruc- The public and official appeartors, who observe your growing ances of President Davies were improvements with proportional marked with dignity, decorum pleasure ; suppose that after all and elegance. His performances this generous labour, and all at anniversary commencements these pleasing prospects, they reflected equal honour on himself should see you at last doomed to and the institution, and afforded everlasting darkness, for your the highest gratification to the voluntary abuse of the light you crowded auditories, which those now enjoy ; suppose these occasions brought together. But things, and but the con- the work of the ministry was his sequences of these suppositions chief delight. Here, emphaticare so terrible, that I am not har- ally, he was in his element. dy enough to mention them. Here he was at home. He had, And, O! shall they ever become indeed, a lively and almost overmatters of fact !
whelming sense of the magni. “ Therefore, my dear youth, tude of the sacred office, and of admit the light, love it, and puré his own insufficiency for its dissue it, though at first it should charge. This is strikingly apmake such discoveries, as, may parent from some passages in a be painful to you ; for the pain letter to his friend, Dr. Gibbons. will prove medicinal. By dis- “ It is an easy thing," says he, covering your danger in time, "to make a noise in the world, you may be able to escape it; to flourish and harangue, to dazbut never expect to remove it by zle the crowd, and set them all the silly expedient of shutting agape ; but deeply to imbibe the your eyes. Be impartial inquir- spirit of Christianity ; to mainers after truth, as to yourselves, tain a secret walk with God; to as well as other things, and no be holy as he is holy ; this is the longer attempt to put a cheat up- labour, this is the work. The on yourselves. Alas ! how child- difficulty of the ministerial work ish and foolish, as well as wicked seems to grow upon my hands. and ruinous, would such an im- Perhaps, once in three or four posture be! The gospel, in this months, I preach in some measparticular, only requires you to ure as I could wish : that is, I preach as in the sight of GOD, though the best means, without and as if I were to step from the his efficacious concurrence, dre pulpit to the supreme tribunal. altogether fruitless, yet he is I feel my subject. I melt into wont to bless those means that tears, or I shudder with horror, are best adapted to do good. Afwhen I denounce the terrors of ter a long course of languid and the Lord. I glow, I soar in sa- fruitless efforts, which seem to cred extacies, when the love of have been unusually disowned by Jesus is my theme; and, as Mr. my divine Master, what text shall Baxter was-wont to express it, I choose out of the inexhaustible in lines more striking to me, than treasure of God's word ? In what all the fine poetry in the world, new method shall I speak up
on it? What new, untried exper"I preach as if I ne'er should preach iments shall I make ? Blessed Je
again; And as a dying man to dying men.”
sus! my heavenly Master ! di
rect thy poor perplexed servant, But alas ! my spirits soon flag, who is at a loss, and knows not my devotions languish, and my what to do : direct him that has zeal cools. It is really an afflict. tried, and tried again, all the exing thought, that I serve so good pedients he could think of, but a Master with so much incon- almost in vain, and now scarcely .stancy : but so it is, and my knows what it is to hope for sucsoul mourns upon that account.”
cess." The same humble and self-dif- Respecting Mr. Davies' apfident spirit breathes in the fol- pearance in the pulpit, an emilowing paragraph, which we find nent minister,* who intimately at the beginning of one of his knew him, has given the followdiscourses : “ To preside in the ing testimony : “ His manner of solemnities of public worship, to delivery, as to pronunciation, direct your thoughts, and choose gesture, and modulation of voice, for you the subjects of your med- seemed to be a perfect model of itation in those sacred hours the most moving and striking orwhich you spend in the house of atory. Whenever he ascended God, & upon the right improve the sacred desk, he seemed to ment of which your everlasting have not only the attention, but happiness so much depends--this all the various passions of his auis a province of the most tre- ditory, entirely at his command. mendous importance that can be And as his personal appearance devolved on a mortal : and every
was august and venerable, yet man of the sacred character, benevolent and mild, so he could who knows what he is about, speak with the most commandmust tremble at the thought, and ing authority, or melting tenderbe often anxiously perplexed mess, according to the variation what subject he shall choose, of bis subject. With what mawhat he shall say upon it, and in jesty and grandeur, with what enwhat manner he shall deliver his ergy and striking solemnity, with message. His success in a great what powerful and almost irre
depends Apon his sistible eloquence would he illus. choice ; for though the blessed Spirit is the proper agent, and * Rev, Mr. Bostwick, of New-York. Vol.II. No:7.