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gles of rivalry in which the er of religion, can imagine the majority of mankind are invol- mitigations which were .pourved, could so well command ed into' it, by the voice of one, the unfortunate bondsman to whose sole business' it was, set his thoughts and affections "like his master, to go about rather on things above than on doing good. In a word, the things on the earth? The conversation of a priest heal.
simple narra- ed the very despair which tive we
are relating, felt this, could trace its origin up to the and had reason to bless hea. mistaken hatred of priests. ven for the institution of a But this was not all. He christian priesthood.
had a daughter to whom he This person had a son, for looked to smooth and soften whom his heart felt more than the pillow of his age by her the usual fondness of a father. cares, and to perfume it by Every gift of genius, many her virtues. She was to him splendid virtues, and many of a jewel of excellence, a flower the milder attractions belong- of beauty-his pride and his ed to his character. But long idol, and the charm of his ex. before his reason opened, he istence. But the tomb claimhad become a convert to his ed her, and left him-no, not father's infidelity. The seeds desolate. The common friend
sown too early and too of both remained behind. He deep to be rooted up at pleas- remained behind, who, as he The conversion of the wiped away
tears, parent was not accompanied taught the bereaved father by by the conversion of the child. example, as well as by precept, Irreligion was too strongly for- the art of religious consolation. tified by passion, by youthful How weighty, how forcible, confidence, by the pride of o
how efficacious, came that conpening reason, and by the sar. solation from the mouth of the castic vigilance of gay com- minister of God! From him, panions, to resign its posses- who professed to stand as a sion of the young man's soul. link between the seen and the The life he had led, was a unseen worlds! Had no other practical commentary on the circumstance occurred to relessons and example he had concile Mr. Evanson to our reccived. At the loss of his clergyman, yet that reconcilifather's property, he plunged ation must have taken place deeper into
excesses. His inevitably, in consequence of vices were not checked, they the devout and sympathetic only became meaner, and his supplication offered up to the father saw too plainly that he God of all grace and consowas irrevocably given up to lation, on the day that his ruin. Few can imagine the daughter was consigned to the agonies of recollection and an- grave.
The most hardened ticipation which thus harrass. infidel opens his ear to the cd the old man's soul. And voice from
the sanctuary, fow, who have not felt thc pow. when sorrow and crushed ten
derness have closed it upon lone together for an hour.. the world.
The whole family were then We have but one scene more called in, and after a solemn, in which to present these two and pathetic address, in which persons together It was the he bade them farewell, and dying scene. It is here that bequeathed to them the richthe most brilliant triumphs of est treasures of advice, these the ministers of religion are
were the last words he ever displayed. What would have uttered : “ And above all, you been Mr. Evanson's departing will exercise an undiminished horrors, if his hand had not and perpetual reverence for been pressed, nor his dying the ministers of religion. Had paipitations watched, nor his it not been for him who now despair allayed, by the very stands at the side of my man whom he once shuddered bedto encounter ? They were a
CONSOLATION FOR MOURNERS.
vinced me that my immoderBy inserting the following ate sorrow was folly and imin your very interesting and piety. I have tried to convaluable miscellany, you will quer my affliction, and submit. afford comfort, I doubt not, to to the will of Heaven. My many hearts, and will satisfy loss is not uncommon, and more than
those reasons which have been
of so much use to me, may SIR,
possibly, in the like case, af. I HAVE been sometime a ford comfort to others. I send widow, but when Heaven took them to you that they may be away my husband, he left me communicated to the public. one comfort, a child, a daugh. The office you assume, deter, to moderate the sorrows mands of you every action of of my condition.
She reached humanity, and none can be her twentieth year, and was, more truly so than to comfort what for me to say, would be the afflicted, and calm the storsupposed to be a mother's my soul to peace. I am, &c. fondness; let others praise her; my life was wrapt up in MADAM, her, por was her duteous re- Your daughter is not dead. turn of gratitude less than my You have not lost her. She affection. I have lost her; has gone before you to her nadeath has torn her froin my tive country, whither yourself
For two months I was must shortly follow. Then inconsolable, my tears flowed why those streaming eyes, incessantly, and, like Rachel, those vain laments, those agI refused to be comforted A onies of woe ? Can you recal kind, unknown end sent me her, or would you if you could? the enclosed letter which con. Consider calmly, hac
mighty prince required her ly are they gone! Is not the attendance, would you not with body subject every moment to joy have sent her to his courts ? accident, to pain, to sickness; Would you not have parted the mind to anxious cares, to with her pleased with the con- piercing griefs, and would you sideration of her advantage ? wish your daughter back again In her absence would not your from heaven to such a state ? mind be satisfied with having Where she now is, no tears well disposed of her ? Can will ever flow; no sorrow, no you grudge her to the king of discontent, no pain can ever Heaven, in whose presence is there be known. To view the fullness of joy and pleasures face of God, to sing his praisforevermore?
es and admire his wonders, to But for yourself these sor- possess the full fruition of er. rows flow, nor will I in modo ery hope, and that for ages
incration, blame them. She was finite, how vast the thought, the dearest blessing of your how unspeakable the felicity ! life ; a child, a companion, a Methinks I see her amidst friend, dutiful, obliging and crowd of celestial inhabitants, sincere, all this, and
encircled with glory, chanting She was the wonder and de. hymns to her Creator for so light of all who knew her. But soon releasing her from the the more her goodness, the sorrows of mortality. greater her reward, and that Now, will you still lainent, should be your comfort. and let self love so far prevail,
The Almighty Author of all as to repine at your loss, when things has a right to dispose, she has gained so much ? How as He pleases, of all his crea- trifling was your pleasure in tures, and it is impious in us her society, compared with to murmur at his dispensa- her eternal happiness ! Dry up tions. From Him she camc, those tears then, for if in heav. to Him you owe the joy she en, any thing could interrupt gave you for nineteen years her bliss, your grief, I am sure, together. Does this demand would do so. Imagine her no gratitude, and can you be descending from the skies ar. angry because God has resum- rayed in brightness, and ened what he but only lent ? Ex- quiring the cause of your inamine human life. View its cessant love. Would you not most cheerful side, its gaities, blush to tell it, and must she its joys, its pleasures. Alas, not wonder that her felicity how low, how trifling and how should bring you sorrow ? transient all ! Consider youth, From the Universal Spectator. health and beauty, how quick
A SECRET PRAYER.
For the Christian Disciple. MR. EDITOR,
« O Lord God of truth I At the earnest request of humbly beseech thee to ensome enlightened friends, I lighten my mind by thy holy transmit for your publication a spirit, that I may discern the prayer of Archbishop Tillotson, true way to eternal salvation ; “ which, as his publisher con
and to free me from all prejujectured, he used before com- dice and passion, from every posing his sermons.” We corrupt affection and interest, think it discovers a spirit so that may either blind me or much in harmony with the seduce me in my scarch after gospel that it ought to be more it. widely diffused
Make me impartial in my Such a spirit, we believe, inquiry after truth, and ready is slowly but surely becoming whenever it is discovered to universal; breathing the love, me, to receive it in the love of the mildness, the good will of it, to obey it from the heart, its divine author; banishing and to practise it in my life, the exclusive rancour, the par. and to continue stedfast in the ty zeal, the uncharitablc bit- profession of it to the end of terness, the blood thirsty big- my days. otry of intolerance and perse- I perfectly resign myself, o cution. These black vapours, Lord, to thy conduct and direcburdened with mildew and tion, in confidence
that thy death, are dispersing before mercy and goodness are such, this spirit of truth, this spirit that thou wilt not suffer those of God, this day-spring from who sincerely desire to know on high. The features of the the truth and rely upon thy moral landscape begin to as. guidance, finally to miscarry. sume their native verdure and And if in any thing which beauty. The smile of God concerns the true worship and seems to rest upon their fresh- service of thee my God, and ness; while glimpses of a still the everlasting happiness of purer sky are opening above, my soul, I am in any error and “the bright dilating blue of mistake, I earnestly beg of Heaven.” O when will the thee to convince me of it, and broad illumination commence! to lead me into the way of When will the promises of Je- truth; and to confirm and es. hovah be accomplished ! All tablish me in it daily more and remain firm and immovcable. , more. Even now, with a voice of faith, And I beseech thee, O Lord, and the voice of thanksgiving, always to preserve in me a great may we exclaim, Alleluia : for compassion and sincere charthe Lord God Omnipotent ity towards those that are in reigneth. We will be glad, error, and ignorance of thy we will rejoice, we will give truth; beseeching thee to take him glory.
A. pity on them, and to bring them Vol. VI. mod No. 4.
may be saved.
to the knowledge of it, that they to do what I know to be thy
will and my duty. And because our blessed Grant, () Heavenly Father, Saviour hath promised, that all these my humble and hearty that do his will shall know his requests, for his sake, who is doctrine ; grant; O Lord, that the way, the truth, and the life, I may never knowingly offend my blessed Saviour and Rethee in any thing, or neglect deemer Jesus Christ." Amen.
REPORT OF GOD'S TREATMENT OF THE FIRST MURDERER. Our civil tribunals in the the voice of his brother's blood trial of any cause, pay great crying toGod from the ground.' veneration to ancient usages And when the Lord said unto and immemorial customs; and him, 'Where is Abel thy brothespecially to precedents taken er?' He replied, “I know not.' from higher courts in similar He added to his former crime
I can adduce a prece. the heinous sin of lying. I dent which is of greater an- had almost said, the sin of pertiquity and of higher authori- jury, for we may well suppose, ty, than any that can be found that to utter a falsehood in in all our law reports. It may
God's immediate presence, be found in the reports of Mo- and on such an occasion, would ses, the first reporter of law
be as heinous a crime as percases; and it stands recorded jury in our civil courts. But in the sacred volume, for our Cain was not content with hav. imitation. It is the trial and ing committed all these agpunishment of Cain for the gravated crimes; he added an murder of his brother Abel. insulting question, 'am I my Cain being under a theocrati- brother's keeper?' Such an cal form of government, God answer from one man to his himself was the sole judge. equal, would be deemed unciv.
The crime of murder char- il. If given in our courts of ged against Cain was aggrava- law, it would be considered a ted in many respects. It was high contempt of court. Then fratricide, or the killing of a surely, such an answer, given: brother.
committed to his God and Judge by a immediately after the kindest guilty culprit, when on trial assurances, encouragements, for a heinous crime, would, by and promises, and the most men, be condemned as an unsolemn warnings from God, pardonable insult. Gen. iv. 7 It was committed tence of such a vile murderer, on a man of real piety, and even in this our half enlightenwithout any provocation. The ed age, probably, would be, fact was proved, not by fallible 'That you A. B. be taken from: semi-evidence, and uncertain the place of your confinement conjectures, but by the incon- to the place of execution, and testible evidence of God's own there be hanged by the neck perfect knowledge ; and, by till you be dead! And, per