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of her favourite hymns. She then came rather indistinct. And when asked me if I thought the bell her papa asked her, “ What did would toll for her that night. And you say, my dear?” she answered, on inquiring what was the hour, “I can say no more.” She now and being answered, Near six, “ It lay with her hands uplifted, in deep will not toll out this evening for supplication and prayer, for some me.” She now intimated her par- time, concluding with our blessed ticular desire to see her papa and Lord's prayer, repeating afterwards myself walk together from the bed- the benediction, and most distinctside and sit at the lower end of the ly said, “ Amen.” In a very short room, where she could have us time afterwards, she uttered an inboth in full view, to witness us voluntary moan; saying, “ O dear! once more before she departed; O dear! I am so hot-like hot saying, as we walked along, water. What can I do? What « Bless you both; you understand must I do?” and then immediately me.” When seated, she poured exclaimed, “I am ready to die! forth an ardent prayer; and after Do not wipe my mouth any more." an interval of some minutes, re- She coughed a little, took her quested us to come back again. handkerchief to wipe the perspira6 Dear mamma, take your place tion from her dear face, and with a again by me, and papa will fetch most affectionate look at us, laid pen and paper.” When her papa her hands down, and in a moment, returned, she exclaimed quickly, without a sigh or a groan, serenely “ Write! write! Tell them all, fell asleep in Jesus, September 26, every body that I know, that this 1822, in the sixteenth year of her life is only vanity-nothing else but age. vanity." Here her articulation be
The following is an attempt to render into more modern verse a little poem, named “ The Bible:” it is to be found in a collection, entitled « The Synagogue,” in imitation of the Temple of the pious Herbert, and of about the same date. I believe it to be the production of Charles Cotton, the friend of Isaac Walton : it is certainly by one of his contemporaries.
The Bible!_yes, The Book--these words define
“ Ho, ye who thirst,” here living waters flow;
And here the healing waters may be found
And here the eye of faith may realize in
The Christian warrior arming for the fight,
The Christian mariner on life's rough sea,
It is the Book of God! the best of books !
In connexion with the foregoing lines, I beg leave to transcribe the "following Prayer, which I met with in a very old Concordance: perhaps it may be new to some of your readers.
A Prayer to be used before we read, meditate, or study the Holy
Scriptures. “Most merciful God and heavenly Father, who of thy great mercy hast caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning, grant unto me that am naturally blind thy good Spirit, by whose light my understanding being illuminated to conceive them, and my memory confirmed and strengthened to retain them, they may (by the blessing of the same thy Spirit) be so deeply rooted in my heart, that in my whole conversation I may bring forth the blessed fruits thereof, to the honour and glory of thy holy name, the edification of those amongst whom I live, and to mine own everlasting peace and comfort, through Jesus Christ my only Redeemer and Advocate. So be it.”.
If my memory serve, this collect was cited by the late Rev. J. Milner, in his refutation of Mr. Edwards's opinions on the doctrine of spiritual influence.
SEVENTH ANNUAL ADDRESS TO THE PARISHIONERS
OF ST. MARY'S, KILKENNY. MY DEAR FRIENDS,
with the help of divine grace, “ to At no period since the com- do our duty in that state of life mencement of my ministry among unto which it shall please God to you, have existing circumstances call us.” called more loudly for the faithful Beware of saying, “ Lord, discharge of ministerial duty than Lord,” when you have never exat the present moment. Our most amined into the grounds of the faith holy faith ” has been systematical- you profess-into the object you ly and powerfully attacked by infi- had in view, when engaged in redels, who, uninstructed and unin- ligious duties, or into the spirit by fluenced by the defeats of their which you have been influenced in predecessors, and by the repeated the discharge of them. It is both triumphs of Christianity, entertain a melancholy and an awful thing to the desperate and delusive hope of have only a name to live, and unoverthrowing that beautiful and der the garb of religion to carry a comforting system of divine truth proud, self-willed, passionate, or which the Bible contains : a sys- covetous heart-a heart that has tem originating with the ever-living never fully and unreservedly reand almighty God, whose name is nounced « the devil and all his Love; a system which opens to works, the pomps and vanities of the view of man his deep depravity this wicked world, and all the sinand guilt and helplessness, and at ful lusts of the flesh.” God sees the same time presents a Saviour not as man sees: he looks to the “ full of grace and truth," through heart. He is a spirit, and delightwhom “ all that believe are justified eth in spiritual worshippers. Befrom all things from which they could ware, then, of the leaven of hynot be justified by the law of Mo- pocrisy; " examine yourselves ses,” or in any other way; through whether you be in the faith”— whom they “ have access by one " prove your own selyes;” make Spirit unto the Father;" through that use of the sacred Scriptures whom they become participators of which God intended you should the “joys which eye hath not do; hear them reverently-read seen, nor ear heard, neither have them diligently-believe them imentered into the heart of man to plicitly. They contain the “ perconceive;" through whom they ob- fect law” or doctrine of the Lord, tain a sure and glorious triumph which « converts the soul,” over death and hell. Great should “makes wise the simple," " rebe our thankfulness to God for his joices the heart,” and “ enlightens .6* unspeakable gift,” sincere should the eyes.” But as every blessing be our desire to secure an interest must be possessed before its value in all the blessings which are con- can be duly appreciated, so must nected with and flow from it and the word of God be received into firm should be our determination the heart by faith ; then it becomes to “ contend earnestly for the faith an incorruptible seed, bringing forth which was once delivered unto the the fruit of holiness; “ a discerner saints,” and to evince our recep- of the thoughts and intents of the tion of it, not merely by the lan- heart;” a light shining in a dark guage of our lips, but by the spiri- place.“ Let then the word of tuality of our minds, by our cruci- Christ dwell in you richly, in all fixion to the world, by running with wisdom and spiritual understandpatience the race set before us, ing." Bow to its authority, and and by sincerely endeavouring, let your desires, purposes, opinions, and lives, be directed and regu- rebuke vice, and patiently suffer lated by it. You are to obey God for the truth's sake." rather than men; and therefore, Our church, so long under rewhen assailed by sinful temptations pair, has been again opened, with of any kind, you are called upon increased accommodation and. fearlessly and decidedly to hold comfort. Let me indulge the hope the truth, and walk in the path of of seeing you there more frequently duty to which it leads, recollecting than ever. “ Faith cometh by hearthat your Master is in heaven, and ing, and hearing by the word of that hereafter you will stand before God;" and I sincerely pray, that him as your Judge. There is but you all may be made living witone atonement by which your guilt nesses of the truth of that apostolic can be removed—but one fountain declaration. Let me seriously and in which you can be washed from strongly press upon you the necesyour pollutions—but one righteous. sity of a regular attendance. It is ness in which you can appear ac- very unseemly, if not irreverent, to ceptable before the holy Lord God enter a place of worship after the - but one “ good hope through commencement of divine service. grace”—but one way to holiness It produces noise and distraction, and happiness: all these blessings and the evils of it are deplored by are to be found in the adorable Re- the officiating minister, in common. deemer, “who, though he was with every serious worshipper. rich, yet for your sakes became Besides, you should consider, that poor, that ye, through his poverty, every part of our Liturgy has its might be rich ;” “ who, though he distinct and appropriate use; and knew no sin, was made sin for us, that by a late attendance you dethat we might be made the righte- prive yourselves of the instruction, ousness of God in him.” We are or comfort, which the neglected exhighly privileged in belonging to a hortation, or confession, or prayer church which instructs all her mem- might be the means of conveying. bers in these important truths, and The act is bad, the example is I would strongly and affectionately bad; and I sincerely hope you may press upon you the necessity of an not require another hint upon the increased attention to that “ form subject. Punctuality in the disof sound words” which our Li- charge of duty, is a duty in itself; turgy presents. Let not the fre- and since we are to account for our quency with which it is used lessen time, as well as for every other its value in your eyes. The light talent, we should carefully attend of the sun is as valuable and desir- to its appropriation; especially on able now as it ever was, although the Lord's day, when the ordinary it has shined upon the world since business of life, which is so apt to its creation; so the Liturgy affords, produce hurry and distraction, is, to this hour, the very best formu- by the express command of God, lary of confession, prayer, and forbidden. Many of you have thanksgiving, in existence, although lately ratified, in the solemn rite succeeding generations have, by of confirmation, the promises made its means, worshipped the God of for you in your baptism, and you their fathers. Let us, then, hold are loudly called upon, by that it fast, for a blessing is in it; and very act, to walk consistently with let us pray for the spirit which the profession you have made, breathed in the souls of Cranmer, Your hearts are deceitful; the Latimer, Ridley, and Jewell, that, world abounds with temptations ; like those holy men, " we may and Satan is both crafty and powconstantly speak the truth, boldly erful. These are your enemies;
and it is only by being clothed and the communion of the Holy with the whole armour of salva- Ghost, be with you all." Amen. tion, that you can escape ughurt Your very affectionate Pastor, and unpolluted.
And faithful Friend, May “ the grace of the Lord
PETER ROE. Jesus Christ, and the love of God, Kilkenny, Jan. 1, 1823.
ESSAYS ON THE FIFTY-THIRD CHAPTER OF ISAIAH. Essay VII.-OUR LORD's PATIENCE UNDER HIS SUFFERINGS. Isaiah, liii. 7.—He was oppressed particularly by our Lord in that and he was afflicted, yet he open- prayer which he condescended to ed not his mouth: he is brought teach us, “and forgive us our debts as a lamb to the slaughter ; and as we forgive our debtors.” Matt. as a sheep before her shearers is vi. 12. Every sin that we commit dumb, 80 he openeth not his brings us into debt with God. Our mouth.
duty to God is to love him with all The Lord Jesus, the holy and the heart, and mind, and soul, and innocent Lamb of God, was an ex- strength, and to love our neighbour ample of suffering affliction and of as ourselves. In short, as the creapatience. He willingly undertook tures of God, we are bound to keep to suffer for sin ; and God the Fa- the whole law; and if we fail in any ther, for the glory of his eternal one point, we become debtors. justice and holiness, was pleased Our debt is great. There is not to exact of him that debt which we an hour, nay a moment of our life, as sinners could never pay. This, wherein we have not come short of however, was no excuse for the wic- the just demands of God's holy kedness of those who put the Lord Jaw; and, therefore, every moment Jesus to death; and though he had brings us in debtors, and the longer no ground of complaint, with regard we live the more the debt is into what he suffered from his hea- creased. Moreover, God has an venly Father, because it was just undoubted right to demand payand right that he should suffer; yet ment, or to inflict the penalty of if ever any persecuted innocent had his broken law, otherwise his jusreason to complain of cruelty and tice would not be satisfied. But, injustice from the hands of men, alas! we are utterly unable to pay Jesus had. But he made no com- the debt, or any part of it; and if plaint even of this : “ He was op- the Lord Jesus had not taken our pressed and he was afflicted, yet vast debt upon himself, and behe opened not his mouth: he is come answerable for the payment brought as a lanıb to the slaughter; of it, the debt would have stood and as a sheep before her shearers against us to all eternity, and have is dumb, so he openeth not his confined us in that doleful prison
from whence there is no escape. « He was oppressed, and he When, therefore, Jesus our great was afflicted.”-He was oppressed Surety became answerable for our as one of whom the payment of a debt, it was exacted of him in its full debt is rigorously exacted; for this extent. He was required to pay an seems to be the meaning of the unsinning obedience to the divine Prophet in this place; oras one of law, and to suffer the penalty which whom the punishment due to sin is the law denounced against transexacted without the least mitiga- gressors. Jesus was oppressed tion. Sin is justly compared in - with his people's debt, and bound to sacred Scripture to a debt, and make it good, as one who is bound