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'her in what the worlu would call better days; but | Sweet in his undissembling mien we, who look upward inore than the men of the Were gedius, candor, meekness, seen, world do, would call no days or seasons ill or un The lips that lov'd the truth; fortunate, because to us there is a promise made, The single eye, whose glance sublime which says, "As thy day is so shall thy strength be. Look'd to eternity through time; Frequently however do I, with affectionate remem The soul, whose thoughts were wont to climb brance of yourself, review the different, the inter Above the hopes of youth. esting journies we have taken together—now separated by the hand of providence, we serve the same Of old,* before the lamp grew dark, beloved Lord, we press to the same holy and happy Reposing near the sacred Ark, state. May grace preserve us all the days of our The child of Hannah's pray'r pilgrimage on earth, and land us safe in heaven. Heard, midst the temple's silent round,
"I think that till very lately I never properly A living voice; nor knew the sound considered the uncertainty of human life, or the That thrice alarm'd him ere he found vanity of the world. God has however caused me The Lord, who chose him, there. to hear impressive lectures on these subjects, in such a way, as secured my deepest attention, and reached Thus early call’d, and strongly mov'd my inmost soul. Oh! that I may learn obedience A prophet from a child approv'd, by the things which I suffer.
SPENCER his course began; "I hope I am blessed from above in my ministe From strength to strength, from grace to grace, rial work; may the Eternal Spirit sanction and suc Swiftest and foremost in the race, ceed my labors!, I hope to be ordained the second He carried vict'ry in his face, week in June. Rev. Ebenezer White, of Chester, He triumph'd while he ran. has recently joined the spirits of just men made perfect. I am going to his funeral. Farewell; may you How short his day!—the glorious prize, keep close to God, and then I know you will be happy. To our slow hearts and failing eyes, "I am, yours affectionately,
Appear’d too quickly won:
With arm invincible to wield
The spirit's sword, the spirit's shield,
When lo! the fight was done.
Sets early in the western main,
And leaves the world in night;
Thus sunk his form on ocean's coast,
Thus sprang his soul to light.
Who shall forbid the eye to weep
That saw him, from the ravening deep,
Pluck'd like the lion's prey ? O God! accept; accept thine own!
For ever bow'd his honor'd head,
The spirit in a moment filed,
The heart of friendship cold and dead,
The limbs a wreath of clay.
Revolving his mysterious lot,
mourn him, but I praise him not; From one eternal cause descends,
To God the praise be givin, To one eternal centre tends,
Who sent him-like the radiant bow,
His covenant of peace to show,
Athwart the passing storm to glow,
Then vanish into heav'n. I worship not the sun at noon,
O CHURCH! to whom the youth was dear,
The angel of thy mercies near,
Behold the path he trod;
A “milky way" through midnight skies!
Behold the grave in which he lies; “There is no God but God” for me,
E'en from the dust the prophet cries,
“Prepare to meet thy God.”
REFLECTIONS ON MORTALITY. Around, beneath, above; But clearest in the human mind, His bright resemblance when I find,
" The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I Grandeur with purity combin'd,
cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof I most admire and love.
is as the flower of the field. The grass withereth ; the
flower fadeth, because the Spirit of the Lord bloweth Othere was one, on earth awhile
upon it: surely the people are grass. The grass withHe dwelt; but transient as a smile
ereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God shall That turns into a tear;
stand for ever.”—Isaiah xl. 6, 7, 8. His beautous image pass'd us by;
Ir is computed that near thirty millions of the He came like lightning from the sky,
human race die every year! What an awful reflecHe seem'd as dazzling
to the eye, As prompt to disappear.
* 1 Samuel, i. 3.
BY CHARLES BUCK.
tion is this! How great the multitude that are con- , it is benumbed with cold; it must lie down for rest, stantly dropping into eternity! and how numerous or it will fall of itself: it must be perpetually exerthe paths that lead to the grave! Life, too, is but a cised, or it will become the habitation of disease : short journey, and we soon arrive at the house ap- it must be treated with attention and watched over pointed for all living. We may rather be said to with care, or it will be rendered unfit for the funcdie daily, than to live. We have not only the spoils tions of life. How many wheels are there in perof death around us, but the seeds of death within us. petual motion! the friction of which, if driven too We do not all however, descend to the tomb in the fast, will set fire to the whole machine; or, if imsame way. Some few are spared to the age of man, peded or clogged, will stop the whole course. The and then pass silently away. Oihers are cut off in apostle Paul, calls it a vile body;* not indeed in the bloom of life, and in the midst of active and respect to God's workmanship; but as it is flesh, useful exertions. Some linger for awhile under formed of the dust of the ground, the habitation of painful disease—they see their grave ready before many evil propensities, too often a hinderance to de-they lie down in it. Others, wearied with life, and votion, and must at last become noisome, and be cast impatient under its ills, throw themselves into the into the grave. Here, too, we are all on a level. arms of death: "they either shake their glass to What is that mighty conqueror, celebrated for his make it run faster, or break it at once by violence.” military glory and applauded for his noble achieve And some who bid fair to stand for a season, are ments in the field of battle ?-It is but flesh. What unexpectedly called away by some mysterious dis- is that illustrious monarch, sitting on a splendid pensation of divine providence. Thus it was with throne, and clothed in all the robes of majesty ? our departed young friend. The public eye was It is but flesh. What is that profound philoso upon him, and much was anticipated from his ta- pher, diving into the depths of science, or soaring lents and zeal in the great work in which he was above the intellects of his fellows. It is but flesh. engaged; but infinite Wisdom has seen fit to remove What is that persuasive orator, that so impresses him to another world. Well! what shall we say? with his eloquence, that charms and effects the pas“Clouds and darkness are round about the Most sions of human mind? It is but flesh. What is that High; but righteousness and judgment are the ha- fine form and beautiful countenance, that attracts the bitation of his throne."
attention and fascinates the senses? It is but flesh. The words we have chosen are not to be consi- “Death (says one) will alike condemn their eyes to dered only in relation to the opposers of God's an impenetrable night; their tongue to eternal silence; cient people, at the time of their deliverance from their whole system to the grave. I see a superb mocaptivity, but are applicable to the whole human nument; I approach this striking object. I see mag
The voice said, Cry. And he said, What nificent 'inscriptions: I read the pompous titles of shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodli- general, prince, monarch; but I long to see the inness thereof is as the flower of the field.” The side of this elegant piece of workmanship; and I mortality of man then is a subject with which we peep under the stone that covers him, to whom all ought to be deeply affected. It is, indeed, that which this pomp is consecrated, There I find-what? A makes but a faint impression on the mind; for putrid carcass, devoured by worins! O vanity of though the living know that they must die, yet there human grandeur! Vanity of vanities: all is vaniis a most strange insensibility as to this awful event. ty!"+ Now, is this the case? Then why should we We can hear of it without concern, and talk of it think so much of our bodies ? why should all our without feeling; when it comes nearer to us than happiness be placed in the gratification of our usual, we seem awake for a moment, just drop a tear senses: Why should we spend so much time and or two over our departed enjoyments, converse a money in adorning that which must soon decay ?little on the uncertainty of life, and then fall asleep Espe la.ly aged people; how painful is it to see again and dream away our existence; till at last, we them so sond of useless decorations! The day is are awakened by this very enemy, whose approach nearly closed : the evening is advancing; and yet we have all along studied to forget
, and which most they want to go down to the grave covered with of us, indeed, are ill prepared to meet! But how finery. Their strength, perhaps, is gone; their frame unwise is this, thus, to impose upon ourselves! Can has the marks of death upon it. It is but a skeleton; any thing be more irrational ? O that we were but and yet they want to cover it with ornaments. What wise—that we did but consider our latter end !" an affecting sight, to see old age and new fashions
In attending to these words, let us observe the meeting together! How much happier they whose state of man as here represented, and endeavor to adorning is not "the outward adorning of plailing derive from them some important and useful lessons. the hair, of wearing of gold, or of putting on of
I. Observe the Description.—Man is flesh! It is apparel, but is that of the hidden man of the heart, true he possesses an immaterial, immortal principle; which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a but his animal frame is frail and perishing. He is meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God not composed of gold nor silver, marble nor iron, of great price."I Seek then this grace. Let not the wood nor stone, nor any of the durable materials body be adorned at the expense of the soul. Rearound him. Almost every object he sees or han- member, "to be carnally minded is death, but to be dles is less perishable than himself. There is no- spiritually minded is life and peace.
Put ye OD, thing substantial in his nature. He is affected by therefore, the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not pro almost every thing that touches him. An insect vision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusis thereof.". can contend with him; a worm can undermine II. Observe the Comparison.—“All flesh is grass, hi.n; a little air can stifle him; a few drops and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the of water can drown him; a moth can crush him. field.” Human nature in its lowest state is but grass, The Almighty need not throw a mountain on and in its highest, but a flower. “The Lord God formaim to destroy him; he need not call for a tor- ed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into rent to inundate him; he need not open a volcano his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a liv. to swallow him.-No: Weakness and death are in ing soul. He is then of earthly extraction. Thougb his very frame. It is but an earthly house; a tempo- God was his maker, yet he was not constituted pure rary building; the various parts of which are kept intelligence. “ The first man, says the apostle, was together with labor and difficulty. The body must be daily fed, or jt languishes: it must be clothed, or * Phil. ü. 21.
+ Saurin. # Pet. qüi. 3, 4,
li Rom. viii. 6. Xüi. 14 * Psalm xcvii. 1, 2.
+ Deut. xxxii. 29. $ Gen. ii. 7.
of the earth, earthy."* Like grass, how easily endan- appointed unto men once to die, and after that the gered, how soon cut down. How exposed to the winds judgment. There is no man that hath power over and storms of adversity. Nor can he screen himself the Spirit to retain the Spirit; neither hath he power from these. They pass over the field of life, and often in the day of death.”* Ever since the entrance of prove destructive in their career. The diseases to sin, death has been making the most awful ravages. which we are liable are numerous, and the casualties “One generation passeth away, and another cometh; we are subject to, are not a few. Ten thousand things but the earth abideth for ever.”+ “The world," says lie in ambush to push us to the grave. And even one, “is like a great fair, where some are coming events trifling in themselves have proved destructive. in-others going out, while the assembly that is in “We read of some, that a fly or a grape stone have it is confused, and the most part know not wheredispatched them; some that have died by plucking an fore they are come together." # Whether men howhair from their breasts; the Almighty thus turning a ever be wise or ignorant, idle or active, rich or poor, very hair into a spear to destroy them. If we consi- young or old, death is common to all. It is not to der the vicissitude of natural things, we shall find be bribed by riches, impeded by power, conquered that death reigns in them all. The day dies into by strength, nor stayed by entreaties. All ranks night, summer into winter; time itself, that destroys fall before this destroyer. Sometimes it is the harmall things, yet dies continually; nor can it exist two less infant, who has no sooner entered the vale of minutes together. Our very life is nothing but a tears than it is commanded to depart. Sometimes succession of dying; every day, and every hour the youth, whose powers just began to open, and wears away part of it, and so far as it is already whose appearance was the most promising, is unspent, so far are we already dead and buried: so expectedly removed. Sometimes the middle aged, that the longest liver has no more, but, that he is in the midst of business, and apparently in health, longer a dying than others.”+ But, another figure are pierced by a sudden arrow from the bow of is here used by the Prophet: “all the goodliness death. Nor are the rich and the great exempt. thereof, is as the flower of the field.” Not as the They too, must die, like others. There is no royal flower of the garden; where it is cultivated and pro- path to the grave. There is not one kind of death tected; but of the field, where every hand is ready for the monarch, and another for the peasant. The to gather it, or any foot may tread it down. The crown cannot prolong life, nor the sceptre sway the flower is noted for three qualities : sweetness, that last enemy, death. ere, too, the wise philosopher, affects the smell; beauty, that affects the eye; soft- as well as the ignorant barbarian, must fall. The ness, that affects the touch. The metaphor, there finest understanding must be darkened; the strongfore, is here employed to represent man at his best est powers fail; and the most brilliant imagination estate. But as the most beautiful flower soon loses be clouded. Nor shall the mighty conquerors of these qualities, so it is said, "the days of man are nations escape. Where are our Alexanders, and as grass; as a flower of the field so he flourisheth ; our Cesars, who have struck terror through the the wind passeth over it, and it is gone, and the whole world ? And, whither are those tending, who place thereof knoweth it no more. In the morning, yet disturb mankind with the noise of the chariots it flourisheth and groweth up; in the evening, it is of war, the clash of arms, and the groans of the dycut down and withereth.”+ Have you not, reader, ing? Soon they must surrender to the king of terknown this in your own circle? You have been rors, and be numbered among the slain. Neither favored with earthly comforts; you have often let the beautiful nor the fair pride themselves in exlooked upon them with peculiar pleasure; you have ternal appearance. They too must lie down in the taken more than usual care with those flowers which grave, and their glory fade. The righteous also, have appeared tender and beautiful in your own however desirable their example, however exalted eyes; you have transplanted them, as you thought to their piety; must go the way of all the earth. The a more genial soil; you have said, well, these are wicked, too, must depart. However unwilling, they delightful objects—these are sources of the greatest must obey; however unprepared, they must go. pleasure-truly, I am happy in their possession. Their cries to stay cannot be heard ; their hopes of these shall be my support and comfort in times yet respite will be in vain. The finally impenitent, it to come. O, how have you gone and watered these is said, do not go down gently into the grave; but flowers; how have you hedged them round; how they “are driven away in their wickedness: they have you endeavored to protect them when you saw are driven out of light into darkness, and chased the storm advancing; but ah! after all, you could out of the world.”ll But shall not the benevolent, not preserve them : you have had the pain to see the the zealous, the useful be spared ? An Enoch and leaf fade, the beauty decline, the energy fail, and an Elijah, indeed, reached the land of pure delight presently the whole fall
. What! said you, Can it without passing the dark vahey of death; but no be? Is this my child; is this my friend; is this the promise is given to others of the like privilege. object I so much admired ? Father of mercies! why Yes; the most useful must die. These we may conthis ? why didst thou not smite yonder weed ? why sider as the goodliest flowers in the field: as the didst thou not let thy hand fall on the unsightly most valuable of all. But how often are they cut plant, rather than on this choice flower?, Thus, down just as they begin to bud, or suddenly wither however, Providence is pleased to work; and herein as they arrive to their full bloom? What shall we it becomes us to learn the vanity of depending on say to the instance before us? Was not here a beauany human excellency. Neither the goodliness of tiful flower, with hues painted by the rays of the the flower, the care of its owner, nor the felicity of Sun of Righteousness; and, unfolding its excellenits situation, can preserve il alive. Beware, then, cies as the summer advanced, but alas ! suddenly of idolizing the creature. Turn your attention to swept away, to be seen no more. O God! mystea superior object : anticipate the joys of another rious is thy providence, but righteous art thou in all world- there, no worm is at the root; there, the thy ways! goodliness shall never fade.
Here, then, is the end of all. "The grass witherIII. Mark the Universality of Man's Mortality. eth, and the flower fadeth ;" but it is added, "beNot a few, but all flesh is grass. “As by one man cause the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it.” Let sin entered into the world, and death by sin; so death us not consider it then as coming by chance. Whatpassed upon all men, for that all have sinned. It is ever be the means, the place, or the time, let us re** 1 Cor. xv. 47.
+ Hopkins. * Rom. v. 12. Heb. ix. 27. + Eccl. i. 4. viii. 8. * Psalm ciü. 14, 16. xc. 6.
# Boston. | Job xviii. 18. Prov. xiv. 32.
“ As a
seen no more.
member, it is the Lord's doing. Besides, it is ne- ! Having now offered a few Reflections on Morcessary to die, as well as to live. There is another tality let us observe, state of things, as well as the present, and of far IV. The consolation afforded us under these affecta more importance. There is a judgment to come; ing views. and we must leave this world to appear before that "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the solemn tribunal. There are dark providences which word of our God shall stand for ever.” And Peter cannot be understood here: we must quit the pre- adds," and this is the word which by the Gospel is sent scene, that we may be able to bear the explana- preached unto you."* Let us not say then, thai our tion. There are riches of glory, which our present condition is deplorable. He who is infinitely wise capacities cannot contain: we must die before we and holy, is also merciful and gracious, long suffershall be able to explore them. There are abodes ing, and abundant in goodness and truth. of light, and mansions of absolute purity above; father pitieth his children, so he pitieth us." He but we must be dissolved, leave our imperfections has written to us the great things of his law; he here, and be endowed with glorious bodies and ce- has favored us with the revelation of his will. Belestial minds, to be fitted for the enjoyment of them. holding us as rational, yet sinful and dying creatures, To the righteous then, death is a friend. If the he hath made known to us a system every way adaptflower drop, it is that it may be removed from the ed to renovate our natures, illuminate our minds, desert, to bloom for ever in the light and glory of relieve our miseries, and conduct us sate to a hapthe paradise of God.
pier world. “In this was manifested the love of As it respects human life, the repetition used in God towards us because that God sent his only be. the text should teach us the earnestness with which gotten Son into the world, that we might live through the frailty of man should be stated, and the neces- him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but sity there is of endeavoring to impress the subject that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propicion our own hearts. It is not said that the grass will ation for our sins.”+ Here, then, amidst all the fade, but that it now does. We shall not only go, changes of time, and the awful ravages of death, but we are all now going to one place. “Our life we find a firm basis on which to build. Here we is a candle, either blown out by the wind, or soon can behold God as our father, Christ as our mediburns out of itself.” Death comes indeed very sud- ator, and the divine Spirit as our comforter and den to some. Some go cheerfully to rest in the guide. Here it is that we hear a voice, saying, evening, but are consumed before the morning light. Son, daughter, be of good cheer, all thy sins are Some venture into the river, without suspecting forgiven thee.". Our attention is turned off fron danger; but the waves cover them, and they are every thing here to centre alone in the chief good.
Others set out on a journey, for bu. Here we can approach the Almighty without tremsiness or pleasure, but are thrown out of the vehi- bling; and, without presumption, humbly hope for cle, and carried back dead. Others, while convers- his benediction. Under the cross, we can direll ing with a friend, in a moment are seized with pain, without fea and with wonder and delight behold heave a sigh, and fall lifeless to the ground. "It is our guilt rolled away for ever. Clothed with the a strange folly then, that we, who are subject to such righteousness of our Redeemer, and participating casualties, should yet dream of dying no other way the influences of his grace, we can rejoice with a than by old age. Did we but seriously consider, by joy unspeakable and full of glory. Yes, this, and what small pins the frame of man is held together, this only is the support of man under all the evils it would appear no less a miracle to us, that we live of life. This affords tranquillity within, while ihe to the end of one day, or one hour."*
tempest rages without. Welcome, then, all ye But while the best and most serious must confess scenes of sorrow and trouble! Welcome, all ye their insensibility to danger, how should we pity vicissitudes of life, and harbingers of death! Yea, the wicked! Sudden death to a good man is sudden welcome death itself, and an eternal world! These glory; but the wicked are neither happy in the shall not affright the renewed soul; these shall not thought of death, nor at all prepared for it. They damp the happiness of him who looks above, and have their portion in this life. The beauties of vir- aspires to glory and immortality. O how delighttue, the excellencies of godliness, the glories of ful, how suitable is the gospel of Christ! What heaven have no charms for them. They prefer the affliction does not this sweeten; what loss does not indulgence of their appetites, the pleasures of the this repair; what condition does not ihis make easy! world, and the gratification of their passions to all What gloom does not this dispel! “Blessed are the satisfaction which a good hope, a pure con- they that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, science, or right principles can afford. How dread- O Lord, in the light of thy countenance; in thy ful must the prospect of death be to such men! The name shall they rejoice all the day, and in thy very thought of leaving this world must fill them righteousness shall they be exalted." with horror. Hence, when one flattered another in But let us observe here the striking contrast bethe midst of his enjoyments, and asked him, What tween this delightful system and all other things. he wanted more ? he said " Continuance." But The one is said to fade, but the other shall stand for this is the very thing that cannot be granted. To ever. We have already seen that every thing of a how many does God say, “ This night ihy soul shall sublunary nature tends to decay: however excelbe required of thee?" O miserable man, then, who lent it may appear to our view: however valuable builds his happiness on what he cannot retain; who it may be considered in itself; or however desirous thinks about every thing but the right object; who we may be of retaining it-it is of no consequence; is always busy in gazing upon the baubles of sense, mutability and dissolution are written upon all. But and despises the pearl of great price; who is assi- here is the plant of Renoun, that bears twelve duously gathering imaginary treasures, which at manner of fruits; and which shall never cease to last will be of no more avail than pebbles or straws, yield in the paradise above. For ages already hath while he neglects the one thing needful! May such the gospel shed its influence among the sons of remember, before it be too late, that without re The powers of darkness, indeed, hare done pentance of their sin and faith in the Saviour, they all they could to destroy the leaves which are for cannot meet death with joy, nor ever be permitted the healing of the nations. The tree of life has to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
been surrounded with enemies. There, the savage 1 Pet. i. 25.
+ Psalın ciij. 15. Hopkins
#1 John iv. 9, 10. || Psalm lxxxix. 15, 16.
barbarian, the refined philosopher, the malignant of Christ, but their great object must be the same. demon, the proud pharisee, the boasting infidel
, and when this is kept in view, we may expect the Di. the wretched profligate, have all assembled for the yine blessing will render them successful; for he purpose of its destruction. But how vain! Who has said, 'Lo, I am with you always, even unto can extinguish the sun ? who can blot out a world ? the end of the world."* Let us here recollect, howwho can cause the heavens to depart as a scroll? ever, that though the Almighty is pleased to honor who can grasp the ocean in his hand! As well men and not angels as the instruments of preaching might feeble mortals attempt to do this, as endeavor the gospel, yet they are but earthen vessels; they to injure that which is more dear to God, than all are flesh and cannot abide for ever. Sometimes the material systems ever created by his all-power: they are taken away at the very time when they apful hand. “It endureth for ever." it shall pear to be the most promising and the most useful. still continue to make progress. What! though Thus has divine Providence been pleased to reenemies oppose, ignorance and infidelity strive, and move our dear young friend, of whom we shall the powers of the world unite against it. What now proceed to give some account. though the means may seem sometimes to be use Mr. Thomas Spencer was born at Hertford, and less, and the faithful, promising servants of God be received his religious impressions very early in life. removed-yet it must prevail. All the laws of na- Having a great desire to engage in the work of the ture must be reverted; the sun, turned into dark- ministry, he was placed under the care of the Rev. ness; the moon, into blood; and the stars drop from W. Hordle, of Harwich. · Here he stayed for their spheres, sooner than the purposes of Jehovah twelve months, and displayed evident marks of shall be disannulled. The gospel must live, and considerable talent and piety. Before the age of finally triumph. All mankind of every age and sixteen, he was admitted into Hoxton academy.t nation, shall be raised, and assembled to attend the Here, on account of his youth, it was thought profuneral of the world; but none shall ever be called per that he should appear in public as little as posto witness the extirpation of the gospel. It is, there sible at first. Supplies however being wanted, Mr. fore, justly designated everlasting; for it shall en- S. was sent occasionally to preach. His popularity dure to the end of time, become victorious over all soon began to appear, and the requests for Mr. nations, and its happy effects felt for ever in a bet- Spencer's labors were so numerous, that it was with ter world.
difficulty that they could be granted. The sweetYou, Christian, must shortly feel the stroke of ness'of his tone, the evangelical strain of his dismortality. Heart and flesh must fail; but in that course, his accurate and appropriate quotations solemn moment you will find, more than ever, the from Scripture, his peculiar energy, his youthful suitability of this divine scheme. When not a appearance, his admirable gift of prayer, all tendsingle creature in the world can be of any service ed to render him popular. Having completed his to you, this shall not leave you comfortless, but re- studies at Hoxton, many destitute congregations main your support to the last. Then, when closing were looking with wishful eye towards him, nor your eyes on all earthly scenes; when leaving your was there a little exertion among them who should dearest relatives and friends; when the cold hand succeed in obtaining him. As his talents however of the last enemy is upon you, you shall sing, "o were acceptable, it was thought that a large sphere death! where is thy sting? O grave! where is thy of usefulness would be desirable. Accordingly he victory? Thanks be unto God, who giveth us the accepted a call to Liverpool, and commenced his victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ."*
stated ministry on the first Sabbath in February V. Lastly. Observe, that both Man's Mortality and last. Here attracting vast multitudes of people, a the Divine Clemency are to be proclaimed; for the larger place was thought necessary. On the 17th voice said, Cry.
of April, he laid the foundation-stone of a new The ministers of the sanctuary are not to dwell chapel, to be ninety-six feet in length, and sixty-six in solitude; they are not to live perpetually in the feet in breadth. On this occasion he wrote to a study, nor spend their time in silent meditation. friend in London as follows: "Yesterday I laid the They must come forth; they must cry aloud, and foundation-stone of my new chapel; gave an adspare not; they must lift up their voice, lo warn dress on the spot; and dedicated the place to God men of their danger, and to point them to the place in solemn prayer. The auditory consisted of not of refuge. "I have set watchmen on thy walls, o less than five thousand people, who were all fixed Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace, day in their attention. May I on that ground often find nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep a solace for my care in the public worship of God! not silent.”+ Such is the divine command. Nor May he bless the undertaking! Máy his eyes and let it be considered as a small privilege, to be re- his heart be there perpetually!". minded of our real condition, and to be favored Truly how mysterious are the ways of Proviwith the tidings of mercy: “But how shall men dence. His time on earth was indeed to be short. call on him in whom they have not believed? and on the Sabbath preceding his death he preached in how shall they believe in him of whom they have the morning from those words, Jeremiah xxxi. 3: not heard? and how shall they hear without a "I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therepreacher? And how shall they preach, except they fore, with loving kindness have I drawn thee." He be sent? As it is written how beautiful are the feet afterwards administered the Lord's Supper, in a of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring manner remarkably edifying and impressive. In glad tidings of good things!"
the evening, he took for his text the words of our The ministration of the gospel is therefore of the Lord, as recorded in Luke x. 42. “But one thing greatest importance. It is for this purpose the Al- is needful, and Mary hath chosen that good part mighty is pleased to raise up and qualify his ser- which shall not be taken away from her." vants, that they may be faithful monitors to the sons On Monday morning,
appears that Mr. of men. Earnestly, zealously, constantly must they declare the truth. They must be "instant in sea
* Matt. xxviii. 20. son; out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all + For a copy of his religious experience, which was long-suffering and doctrine."'ll
read to the committee previous to his admission, see Various may be the talents of the ambassadors Memoirs, page 213, 214.
Before he left the Academy he delivered a parting 1 Cor. xv. 55. Isa. lxii. 6.
address, in the presence of his fellow studenta. See * Rom. x. 14, 15. || 2 Tim. iv. 2.
Appendix, No. IV.