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Far. Nay, but, brother, does any man keep from fire when he is cold, or from victuals when he is hungry? My son Harry can look after the workmen to-morrow, and you and I will ride down to Brookfield.. I know from blessed experience how well our minister has been taught, like his blessed Master, "to shew compassion to the ignorant, and them that are out of the way."

Steadym. Well, brother, I'll think of it, and tomorrow morning at breakfast I'll let you know.

Mrs. Steadym. I say to-morrow morning too! I think we shall none of us be in bed till to-morrow morning, for at this rate we shall not have done talking about religion to-night.

Mrs. Littlew. Why, sister, though I cannot take in my husband's religion, yet I never got any good by thwarting him in this fashion. I must say it before both our masters, they have been very good husbands to us, as husbands in general now go.

Far. Well, well, dame, as sister is tired, and the girls have put away the things, let us have family prayer and go to bed.

On this occasion it was Henry's turn to read. He read the two chapters out of which the texts were taken, and afterwards the farmer went to prayer, but in the middle of his prayer, while he was offer. ing up some humble supplications on behalf of his brother and sister, he was so overwhelmed by a holy anxiety for their salvation, and his speech was so interrupted by his tears, prayer was abruptly concluded; this, however, gave an opportunity for an other act of devotion for the conclusion of the family service.

Mr. Lovegood having a poetic turn, was in the habit of composing a few verses of a hymn suitable to his subject, which the congregation sang after the

sermon, and which Henry Littleworth was accustomed to take down as Mr. Lovegood gave it out. It was therefore proposed that the hymn sung at church at the afternoon service should be repeated at evening family prayer, of which the following is a copy.

DEAR JESUS, we thy name adore,
Our holy Saviour and our King;
We own thy sov'reign love and pow'r,
And of thy great salvation sing.

And shall we then in sin proceed!
Ungrateful and rebellious prove?
Make all thy wounds afresh to bleed,
And thus requite thy dying love?

Forbid it, Lord! May ev'ry soul
The hated thought at once disdain;
The pow'r of sin thou canst controul.;
No rival lust with thee shall reign.

Objects that once gave high delight,
Through grace, are now detested grown!
In vain forbidden joys invite,

Since now the vicious taste is gone.

Dead to ourselves, and dead to sin,
In Christ our better hopes revive;
Th' immortal pulse now beats within,
While, quicken'd by our God, we live.

Beams of celestial light descend

To renovate the carnal mind;

With wings full stretch'd to God we bend,
And leave this worthless world behind.

In free submission low we fall
Before our dear Redeemer's throne,
To him with joy devote our all,
And live and die to him alone.

On the morrow morning Mr. Steadyman was persuaded to make the visit to Mr. Lovegood. The

conversation was, we doubt not, edifying and good; but the reader is requested to wait till after the writer's next summer's excursion, when he hopes to call on Mr. Lovegood, that he may be able more correctly to state the substance of this interview.

The writer, however, has already obtained suf ficient information of the knowledge of matters at Brookfield, so as to form a conjecture that it is not probable Mr. Steadyman can long attend the ministry of Mr. Dulman: and that though Mr. Meek is a man of a good and sound mind, yet not of great preaching ability; and also that he will find his church at too great a distance for his regular attendance, though not for his occasional visits: and that, therefore, when he became inquisitive after the truth of the gospel, he discovered there was in the same town a worthy dissenting minister, whom, in the days of his ignorance, he had overlooked; whose life was exemplary, and who had preached more of the doctrines of the church of England in his meeting in one sermon, than was to be heard in the church for seven years together; and there is no doubt, but when Mr. Lovegood hears this, though in himself from principle and conscience a minister of the established church, he will advise Mr. Steadyman to seek after the word of life wherever he can find it..

Mr. Lovegood is a man of enlarged and generous mind; knowing, therefore, that the mere reading of the church prayers, however excellent in themselves, is not the general mean of salvation, it is his opinion that a preached gospel should be principally sought for in every christian church or congregation..

The writer of these Dialogues also having, at an early stage of his ministry, in a measure been driven from out of that line of the sanctuary service in which. Mr. Lovegood is called to labour, confesses that he.

still retains his partiality for that service; but as he sees that a gracious God does not all his work in one line, and as he laments how much the members of different societies are cramped by their restrictive laws, he equally abhors that spirit of schism* and separation set up by party against party, against the true church of Christ at large, which is so beautifully defined in one of our own church articles, as being "a congregation of faithful men in which the word of God is preached, and the sacraments be duly administered according to Christ's ordinance in all those things that of necessity are requisite to the


That this is the true import of the term "Schism" in the word of God, see an Essay on the subject in the Evangelical Magazine, for January, 1804.




FTER the return of Mr. Worthy and family


from Lancashire, the engagement with Mr. Lovegood was attended to. Though the pride of Miss Polly and Miss Patty was considerably gratified by their visit at Mr. Worthy's, yet as Mr. and Mrs. Lovegood were constrained to live in a more humble style, they were glad of some frivolous family excuse to stay at home.. Mr. and Mrs. and Miss Worthy, the Farmer, Henry, and Nancy, were the whole of the party.

For the sake of brevity the tea table conversation is omitted; one circumstance alone shall be recorded. Mr. Lovegood's vicarage was by no means lucrative, and though he had a wife whose fortune did not annually produce above thirty pounds, and there were four children to be maintained from this small pittance, still it was far from his disposition to extort from his parishioners the utmost penny he could demand by law, knowing well the infinite injury that is done to the cause of religion by such a mercenary conduct, in so many of the clerical order; yet he still received much more than an equivalent from the hands of those who knew his worth. Many had experienced that the best of consequences had been the happy result of his ministry among them. A temperature of conduct, had, by the grace of

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