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all grades, and of all generations, without dis-dualities of another. The physical torture, which
made every form fit the bed of Procrustes, was not tinction, and to them goeth forth the assurance
more enormous than would be the moral injustice that God has mercy and abundant pardon, which should measure each by a common standard. ready to meet the uplifting of their eyes to his The man of impulsive emotion must not expect from
the cool-headed his own proper indications; por throne of grace.
must he, in whom a calculating temperament preLift up thine eyes, then, thou downcast | vails, imagine that all is vain enthusiasm which mourner in Zion, to the holy habitation of God, transcends his own moderation. In this computa
tion, neither national characteristics, nor habits of and behold, to thine amazement, that over his
early education, should be forgotten. In many cases, countenance there spreads, at the meeting of calm serenity and confidence in long tried principles, his eyes with thine, the joy and the tenderness
will be worth as much as a thousand burning words
thrown off by the more impetuous; in others, the of a father who has long been watching for the instinct of righteous faith will be recognised as return of his prodigal son, and waiting to be Divine, where there is little power of argument; gracious. To know if “any good thing can
whilst in others, again, expressions of transport to
which the speakers have been little accustomed, come out of Nazareth," thou must “come and
will be acknowledged as the highest form of the see;" and so must thou taste and see that the sublime. Lord is gracious. “Come unto him, all ye that
The death-bed of the imaginative author of Theron
and Aspasio, was the close of a life truly edifying. labour and are heavy laden, and he will give “ You tell ine that I have but a few moments to you rest.” “Ask, and ye shall receive; seek, live-Oh, let me spend them in adoring our great
Redeemer! ... Oh, welcome, welcome, death! and ye shall find; knock,” at the door of grace,
thou mayest well be reckoned among the treasures and it will fly open. Blessed opening! It is of the Christian !" HERVEY's last words werethe gate of heaven, with its green pastures, its “ The great conflict is over-all is done !” The de.
velopment of a more equable, though not more holy living waters, spreading to infinity behind it.
character, is apparent in the last words of MATTHEW But 0 ! let us beware of mistaking the mercy | HENRY:-“You have been used to take notice of of God, or twisting it round to the bent of our the sayings of dying men, this is mine : that a life own sinful inclination.
spent in the service of God, and communion with Ha! we are apt to
him, is the most comfortable and pleasant life that confine our views of mercy to these gates of any one can live in the present world." heaven; and in our very prayers to think only
SIR THOMAS More was always distinguished by :
kind of genial wit; it flashed even upon the scaffold, of mercy dispensed from the throne of judg.
6° and did not indicate in him the levity which it might ment on our naked souls. O! it is not there have manifested in another. LATIMER'S humour it is on this side of heaven and the grave that was apparent in his dying saying—“ Be of good
cheer, Master Ridley, and play the man. We shall this all the mercy of God is dispensed and applied :
day light such a candle by God's grace as shall never and verily just because God is infinitely more be put out.” The same predisposition was shown merciful than we are inclined to have him. bs
by another eminently holy man of the present times.
A merchant of London, visiting the death-bed of the For he will not only bestow upon us that rich Rev. R. Hill, said_6. Sir, I heard of your illness on inheritance of honour, glory, and immortality, 'Change.”-“ Any effect on the funds ?" was the which Christ has purchased for us with his
arch yet innocent rejoinder. The same minister,
being asked by the Rev. W. Jay if he felt his perblood, but qualify us for the enjoyment of them, sonal interest in Christ-"I can see," he replied, by a sanctification of our nature, a refinement “ more of my Saviour's glory than of my interest in of our taste, and an elevation of our desires,
him. God is letting me down gently into the grave,
and I shall creep into heaven under some crevice of without which heaven would be unto us a
the door." The last sentence is eminently characpoorer inheritance than even the earth itself
The Rev. A. FULLER, whose intellect, though with all its sorrows. We, in a word, would seek
most vigorous, was of the calm and collected order, only to be saved from the penalty of sin, but was frequently heard to exclaim, " My mind is calm God wants to save us likewise from its power.
-no raptures-no despondency;" and on one occasion he used the following emphatic expression
“ My hope is such, that I am not afraid to plunge THE TRUE VALUE OF DYING TESTI into eternity." Could the effect of the most triMONIES.
umphant end be stronger?
Nor must we forget, in estimating a dying scene, (Concluded from p. 259.)
the nature and physical effect of the last sickness IN estimating dying testimonies, it is moreover Certain conditions of the physical system produce important that we be not indifferent to peculiarities effects well known to medical observers; but, by of individual temperament, or to what is called, in spectators, almost incredible. Every one familiar technical terms, the idiosyncrasy of the sufferer. with death-beds knows the lethargy which is so deep Character is not only modified by circumstances, but as to be incapable of any excitement. In a striking it differs in its nature and essence. Of its distinc- picture which we have seen exhibited in London, tions every physiologist is well aware, and is accus- an old man is represented on his dying couch, whilst tomed to class temperaments under the heads of his son, a debauched prodigal, sits upon his bedside, phlegmatic, nervous, sanguine, and lymphatic. In and a clergyman is vainly attempting to awaken the vain shall we expect from any one person the indivi. | departing patient's consciousness to important truths.
THE TRUE VALUE OF DYING TESTIMONIES.
A slighter manifestation of this lethargy has been from him this snare, and his joy became unspeakoften, however, mistaken by the bystander for peace | able. “The Lord," he said, “nath honoured me within. On the other hand, the influence of bile with his goodness; I am sure he hath provided a upon the system produces frequently all the symp- glorious kingdom for me. The joy I feel in my soul toms of hypochondriasis. The abstraction of large 1 is incredible. Blessed quantities of blood, or the vitiation of that fluid from am a thousand times happy to have such felicity whatever cause, together with the train of symptoms thrown upon me, a poor wretched miscreant!" known by the name of “hysteria," considerably The state of the mind of a departing person can modify the phenomena of dying sensations.
sometimes only be ascertained by a previous inquiry It is almost superfluous to observe, that in cases _Was he really aware of his danger? W of diseases of the brain, religion is exhibited in irre. | delicacy of the subject on which we now enter, but gular light, or gloomy darkness, whilst the judgment are constrained to utter our testimony upon it. Those is altogether irresponsible. No instance of such who administer to the wants and comforts of dying effects is more melancholy than that of our domestic persons too frequently withhold from them altopoet, CowPER.
I gether, or till it is too late to be serviceable, their Terrified by the prospect of an appearance before couvictions of the imminence of the threatened the House of Lords, to qualify himself for the office danger. The argument usually is, that such a disof clerk of the journals, in the face of a strong op closure might produce a fatal or at least dangerous position, he attempted more than once to commit an effect. Much of course would depend on the manact of suicide, though he was mercifully prevented i ner in which the disclosure were made, and hope of from accomplishing his purpose. His state of mental recovery might in most instances be diminished and conflict continued. This was insanity. From this gradually taken away without inflicting a paralysing awful condition he was, however, aroused to lay shock upon the nervous system. The announcement hold on the consolations of the gospel of Christ, and of the news at some distance, if that were possible, during some considerable period he enjoyed religion from the actual moment of departure, would not at in all its blessed efficacy. The dark hour, however, I least produce so strong a sensation as when kep returned, and threw its deep shadow over the rest ignorance, till at last the patient sees himself with of his life; he believed himself forsaken of God, and terror on the very verge of an unanticipated eternity, destined to eternal punishment, whilst yet he bore because, in the latter case, the hope of having yet! witness to the Divine goodness, and vindicated the time for penitence would alleviate in some degree justice of his own sentence. In this admission, the its severity. observer will trace the real direction of the obscured | One instance, at least, occurs to us, in which the reason. When death was near, we are informed by disclosure to the patient of the almost certainty of a Dr Johnson, bis relative, that he ventured to offer | fatal terinination, and of preparations to be made for him consolation, by speaking of his approaching re it, aroused her from her state of lethargic stupor, and :: lief from the sorrows of his life, and by pointing him was the first step in her ultimate recovery. But, adto the happiness which the merciful Redeemer had mitting the whole force of the objection-it does not prepared for his children. In an agony of earnest appear to us by any means to warrant the course too ness the dying poet entreated him to desist, “ clearly | often adopted; for the effect of the announcementproving," says his biographer, " that, though he was if made with due caution and prudence--the attenon the eve of being invested with angelic light, the dant is not responsible. “Disease, and the methods darkness of delusion still veiled his spirit." We of cure,” it has been remarked," lie within the proenvy not the man who could draw an unfavourable vince of a medical attendant, and under certain cir-li conclusion from such a spectacle.
cumstances it may not be proper to interfere with i The writer was himself acquainted with a poor him. Yet, when there is little or no reasonable ex-! woman, who, though long distinguished by her piety, pectation of recovery, there is a degree of cruelty in u had suffered under an insurmountable gloom, which I keeping up a delusion, and thus encouraging a patient obstinately rejected all religious consolacion, whilst to delay turning to God till he cannot turn in his 7 the evidence of Divine grace was yet to be traced bed. The practice may be traced to an indifference amidst the chaos. In this depressed state she con to religion, or an ignorance of its real character." | tinued as long as speech remained; when, however, I It is the truth itself that is terrible; and that truth she could no longer express herself, a sudden change demands to be proclaimed for man's benefit, as soon occurred; her altered manner and significant ges as it is clearly discovered, or even rendered very pro- ! tures indicated the sudden freedom of her spirit, and bable. George IV. was not informed, we believe, till she departed in joy. Would it have been just to a very short time before his death, of the urgency of augur unfavourably of her state, even if this last his danger, if indeed he knew it at all; and the awful evidence had happened to be wanting?
death-bed of Louis XV. of France, which we shall TAOMAS PEACOCK, B.D., was a man of remarkable refer to in another connection, exhibited one of the piety and deep humility. After his first mortal most unprincipled contentions ever recorded, as to seizure, his time was entirely employed in exercises whether or no that sinner should be informed of his of the most devout piety. Soon, however, he became imminent danger. It is probable that many instances involved in gloom, which he thus singularly explain
in. I of calmness and courage, which have astonished the ed :--"I thought I had been in a good state, but I see distant hearer, may be referrible to the fact, that the it now far otherwise. My conscience lays these things
patients did not know themselves to be dying. | against me, I brought up my scholars in gluttony,
Another consideration also, too frequently passed letting them eat their fill of meat when they lived
over, ought to receive due attention. During sickness, with me. Whilst I was talking, they did undo , and especially the last sickness, trains of thought ofien themselves. I did unadvisedly expound places of
| arise, in answer to the suggestion of others, rather Scripture at the table; and for these things I now than from the spontaneous action of the patient's feel a hell in my conscience. I have procured my own mind. Every one knows with what jealousy the own death, by often eating like a beast." Argument bench and the bar regard what are termed "leading and remonstrance were for some tine unavailing.
questions.” A sick man often only reflects the opinYet he continued to express the deepest abhorrence ions of ministers and friends standing around his of sin, though he declared himself guilty of the most
dying pillow, perhaps at some distance of time. Inabandoned hypocrisy. It pleased God to remove / stead of speaking for himself, he has but repeated
what they have suggested. And, as in the examina. | at the last. He had been exposed after a debauch tion of judicial witnesses, a simple “ yes," or "no," to inclement weather, and was overtaken by danin reply to a question, has appeared in the report as gerous sickness. No persuasion could induce him to if the witness had uttered a whole sentiment; so a submit to the necessary remedies. In vain was early dying man has often seemed to express opinions to bleeding urged upon him; he persisted in his resiswhich he was, at best, only an imperfect and falter tance to the remedy till it was too late. He died at ing respondent.
Missolonghi, in Greece, April 19th, 1824. “ It is Nor inust it be imagined that, because the death with infinite pain," says one of his physicians, “ I hour is near, its subject can be no longer intluenced must state, that though I seldom left lord Byron's by the desire of applause, or the ambition of ending pillow during the latter part
I did not his life with effect. Many instances might be cited, hear him make any, even the smallest, mention of rewhere, in the teeth of the most notorious facts, a bad ligion. At one moment, I heard him say, ' Shall I sue man has put a dying gloss upon his sips and crimes. for mercy?' After a long pause, he added - Come, The faise apostle of the east, Mohammed, “died, come, no weakness; let's be a man to the last !'". and made no sign." The writer remembers to have ! In the “ History (by Dr Calamy) of his Life and witnessed, almost involuntarily, an execution at New- | Times," is recorded a melancholy and awful instance gate, many years since. When one of the malefac of spiritual stupidity at the approach of death :-A tors was brought out upon the scaffold, his last words young man who had been the special favourite of his were a vehement denial of the justice of his sentence, father and mother, had “run through an unusual and the cry of “ Murder! Murder !" rang fearfully course of villany and impiety," causing the death of in the ears of the spectators. After his death, fresh his mother, by suicide, during a season of “melan-i! evidence appeared, which could leave no reasonable choly madness" produced by his excesses; and after doubt of his actual guilt. The record of “ Remark- being detected in an act of robbery, was confined in able German Criminal Trials " relates an instance of Newgate, convicted, and condemned to die. At the a man, named John Paul Foster, who was convicted earnest request of his father, Dr Calamy visited him of a double murder on the clearest eridence: and I in prison. He found the young man " very stiff and l. who, on his first committal (from which he was sullen, exceeding captious with his father, and ready then discharged), declared to some of his companions, to snarl at him at every turn, and warm in l.is rethat " if ever he got into trouble again, he would per- sentment of several things that had passed." Dr sist in denial till his tongue turned black and rotted Calamy set before him with faithfulness the sin and in his mouth, and his body was bent double." | misery of his sinful course,
18 bent double." I misery of his sinful course, and at length went so far: Though possessed of a large amount of religious as to promise hiin (the doctor was in favour at knowledge, and often apparently beset by the pangs court), that if he would humble himself before God of a guilty conscience, he continued sullen and im and his father, and avow his intention to live in the penetrable; and, though yet in prison (his sentence future to some good purpose, he would engage to was confinement for life), during upwards ot twenty- gain for him a reprieve on the following Wednesday;! five years has maintained his guilty obstinary. The holding out some hope also, that the reprieve might recent case of Rusi illustrates the same point, and be accompanied by a pardon. “Sir," said he, “I the records of crime and punishment afford innumer scorn any thing of that nature, and had rather die able illustrations of the same principle.
with my company." The name of LORD BYRON is as familiar as its “ This I must confess," writes Dr Calamy, “ raised associations are melancholy. His history was through- / my indignation, and I freely told him that such sort out peculiar, and its contrasts hideous. He had rank of talk fully convinced me that he had not duly conand genius; the latter was of a noble order, and was sidered what death was, nor was aware of the consepowerful alike in description and in passion, inquences which, in his case, would follow upon it. I pathos and in satire. His fame was sudden and re. asked him, if he really believed that his soul would splendent; and although taste has already abated survive his body; and that, if he left this world somewhat of its lustre, it was not in the main decep without true repentance, he must as certainly be for tive. The circumstances of his early life might claim ever miserable as he was then living; and that the our pity, if pity were not overpowered by the strong wrath of God was as intolerable as it was inevitable. moral reprobation demanded by his deliberate errors. He told me, with tears trickling down his cheeks, : Irregular and petulant us a boy; debauched and out. | that he most firmly believed all this, and yet found rageous as a youth; entering upon life with every his heart so hard and unaffected, that nothing of this accompaniment of riot on the one hand, and sad dis- nature would move it. His carriage plainly dis. appointinent on the other; contracting marriage with covered a peculiar careleseness; for, in the midst of as heartless a selfishness as ever disgraced humanity, this serious discourse between him and me, he on a and surrounded after it by all the irregularities of sudden turned to his father, and said, 'Sir, wont you vice and entanglement--the age of thirty saw him, come and see me at the tree?' at which the old man “ with all his household gods shivered around him;" was so much moved, that he broke out into a flood of separated from his wife-self-divorced from his tears, and ran to the other end of the chapel, wring. country-a " Prometheus” (to use his own title), ing his hands, and taking on most lamentably at his with all the vultures of conscience let loose upon his wretched stupidity." All endeavours were vain. soul. His genius, which, properly nurtured, might | The offer made by Dr Calamy was repeated the next have illuminated mankind, fared with a self consum. morning by Dr Jekyl, but without effect. The coning fire. In the triumphs of his first success, he clusion which Dr Jekyl arrived at (we state the facts, wrung from an admiring public, as piece after piece and leave our readers to make their own comment), appeared, tributes of admiration never equalled; yet was, that “if he were any longer spared, he would he ended his career by making his high powers instru be very likely to prove a yet further and greater ments of the most bitter infidelity, the most caustic curse than ever." * The man was executed without malice, and the most self-degrading buffoonery. manifesting the least sign of penitence. It appeared
His death was doubtless, in its remote cause, pro in the sequel, that when this malefactor was a child duced by habits of intoxication freely indulged, and and thought to be dying, his father had prayed so by the otherwise severe regimen he instituted to pre- earnestly for his life as to have ventured to say, " Let serve his Apollo like beauty. Self-will had been the him prove what he will, so he is but spared, I shall leading impulse of his life, and was his ruling passion be satisfied."
THE TRUE VALUE OF DYING TESTIMONIES.
In another part of this volume, the reader will hardened habit of renunciation of God. All agree, observe two cases of death--the expressions in one that the sin which cannot be forgiven is marked by suggested probably by the other, in which good the want of desire on the part of the sinner that it and holy nten left their last protest against what they shall be forgiven; so that, wherever there is penidesignated “death-bed scenes.” Such is the weak tence, there is the offer of Christ and his salvation; ness of human nature, even in the Christian, that and not only so, but Christ and his salvation are earthly feelings do sometimes intrude even on a spot offered to all, in order to stimulate their penitence, so consecrated to God as the dying pillow. An and to excite their bope. Each repenting and returnanecdote of Whitefield, though well known, is not ing sinner must, then, as God is true, be most cer
these observations :-“ In the last visit tainly saved; justified by the imputation of Christ's but one which he paid to America, he spent a day or righteousness, and admitted to the advantages of a two at Princetown, under the roof of the Rev. Dr pardon, as prompt as free. Finley, then president of the college of that place. The records of pastoral life furnish not unfrequent After dinner the doctor said, “Mr Whitefield, I hope cases, in which the awakenings of sickness and imit will be very long before you will be called home; pending death have proved valuable in directing and but when that event shall arrive, I shall be glad to moulding all the future life. Baxter, giving an achear the noble testimony you will bear for God.' count of the plague-year, says—“The face of death • You would be disappointed, doctor,' said Whitefield, did so awaken preachers and hearers, that the for
I shall die silent. It has pleased God to enable me mer exceeded themselves in lively fervent preaching, to bear so many testimonies for him during my life, and the latter heard with a peculiar ardour and atthat he will require none from me when I die. No, no: tention. And, through the blessing of God. many | it is your dumb Christians, that have walked in fear were converted from their carelessness, impenitence, and darkness, and thereby been unable to bear a tes- and youthful lusts and vanities, and religion took timony for God during their lives, that he compels that hold on people's hearts as could never afterto speak out for him on their death-beds. The wards be loosed. Indeed, it was the expectation manner of Whitefield's death verified the predic- of early death which had quickened, though not extion."
cited, Baxter's own religious emotions. We fear that, on points like these, sufficient care Let it be remembered, however, that in the case has not been always exercised; and that in their of a death-bed, the question is not-Can this man be haste to make out a case which they have desired, accepted of Christ ? but-Is he really the repenting with the most benevolent impulses, to be true, even sinner whom Christ has promised to accept? Christian men have been often mistaken. When, Feelings may put on the garb of truth, yet not be too, we remember in 'what haste funeral sermons are true; the man may imagine hiinself converted, yet be often and necessarily prepared, it will not appear very only seeking his "oil" when the bridegroom comstrar.ge if even ministers have not always painted the eth." Our Lord has, therefore, exhibited the life as moral portrait with adequate care, and have some- the test, not only of the opinions of the individual, times uttered conclusions to which, with more time but of their force and power. “ By their fruits ye for thought, they would never bave become com- shall know them.” “Not every one that saith unto mitted. Nor is even religious biography, though ad-me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heamitting of more time for careful preparation, free ven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which from the fault of adopting conclusions more in ac- is in heaven." The storm which tosses the surface cordance with the wishes of survivors, than with the into the wildest disorder, may leave the depths below real merits of the case itself.
in perfect calmness. How then can we know that, Many of the preceding observations, if they have in any given case, the alteration is one, not merely any weight, bear with considerable force upon what of temperament, but of nature and being? Only by are called " death-bed conversions." And when ex- the living proof of the fact. The event alone will vressions of faith and hope occur in the departure of I show whether the administered me those who, during life, bave rejected God's religious so received into the system as to effect a cure, or government, they are often greedily seized and exhi. whether the inserted fluid, which is to prevent a bited as if they were unquestionably convincing. deeper poison, have penetrated the whole man. We The following conversation, which lately occurred, can only judge with truth of the depth of a man's is a common thoug to words_* Have you hatred of sid, by seeing
in action on the heard of the death of ?" "No." "She died | sins which have “so easily beset him;" or of the suddenly." “ Was she prepared to die?” “Oh, she amount of his love for Christ, by witnessing its conwas a very wild girl, but she died quite happy." quest of the other vanities which he has the opporThe false ground of hope was, in this case, a few re- | tunity of loving. Apart from such evidence, we may ligious sentiments uttered at life's last hour.
hope, but we can do no more. As we we do not hold Far be it from us to rate at any low estimate the the drunkard to be reformed, because for a week or power of God's infinite mercy, or to doubt the pos two, or for even a month or two, he has refrained sibility of a conversion at the last. As long as it is from his accustomed practice, so with regard to althe glory of God to forgive sins, so long is there the leged death-bed conversions, the issue alone can satiscertainty that every returning sinner shall be accepted
at every returning sinner shall be accepted factorily prove the fact of the renewal. True it is, of him, and the greatest encouragement is therefore that if, during the course of a prolonged sickness, offered to all to return and seek his face. This needs there shall be the proofs of temper mortified and panot to be put falteringly. They indeed deny it who tience in exercise, and especially if these shall be exwould exhibit the atonement with reserve; but to hibited in increasing power, the hope will be greatly
evangelical Christians, this full and free offer is the strengthened; yet, so long as the force of old temptaIl glory of the gospel. Salvation is a gift, without the tions are distant, there will always be something
“ money," and without the “price,'' of previous acts wanting to a full and perfect proof. The wise will, of virtue. Divine grace is omnipotent! The most therefore, express themselves on death-bed converskilful medical practitioner must turn away from sions with a discriminating caution. some cases of disease as too deep-too long seated The story has often been told of a minister in the too desperate: but the Redeemer of men disdains no north, who, after having visited many sick-beds comearnest entreaty-“ Lord Jesus, have mercy upon puted the number of cases in which the results corme!” The succours of the gospel apply to the most responded with the promise, and found, if we remem
ber aright, that only one out of two thousand showed a rugged mountain-side ; and, entering a dark glen. by his subsequent life that his conversion was real. through which a torrent rushes amidst great masses In calculations of this kind, however, some allowance
of granite, it at last conducts the traveller, by a must be made for the natural temper of the calculator. But let it not be forgotten, that an incautious
zig-zag ascent, to a narrow gorge, which is hemmed mode of relating death-bed conversions is, by engen
in upon every side by giant precipices; overhead is a dering false hopes, the ruin of multitudes !
strip of blue sky, while all below is dark and gloomy. The true grounds of consolation are widely dif From this mountain-pass the widow's dwelling was ferent from any such narrow and partial conclusions. ten miles off, and no human habitation was nearer As, in a painting, it is breadth of light, and shade,
than her own. She had undertaken a long journey and colour, which gratify the eye of the connoisseur,
indeed! But the rent was due some weeks before, so, in Christian character, it is the approach to a large uniformity which alone can give satisfaction of
and the sub-factor threatened to dispossess her, as the highest order. If religious principle have been the village in which she lived, and in which her during the life, distinctly prominent-evidently the family had lived for two generations, was about to motive to action, and the stimulus of hope; if in the
be swept away, in order to enlarge a sheep-farm. calm and the tempest, the mariner has been known
Indeed, along the margin of the quiet stream which to pilot his vessel in one direction, and towards one ascertained point; and if, at the last, his eye shall
watered the green valley, and along the shore of the dilate, and a calm tranquillity gather over his mind lake, might even then be traced the ruins of many a as he recognises that point at hand, though none can | hamlet, where happy and contented people once lived, discern it besides himself, there may be more than but where no sound is now heard except the bleat of the hope--there may be the assured confidence that
a solitary sheep, or the scream of the eagle, as he the haven is neared, and that the voyage will issue in
wheels his flight among the dizzy precipices. a prosperous close. It is thus that the Christianity of life receives at death a fresh emphasis, and an
The morning when the widow left her home, gave accumulated power. What the believer rejoiced in promise of a lovely day. But, before noon, a sudden with the world around, he exults in more deeply with change took place in the weather. Northward, the the world away. The drawbacks which are neces sky became black and lowering. Masses of clouds sary to be made in dubious cases, are no drawbacks |
rested upon the hills. Sudden gusts of wind began now. Some of the feelings may indeed be deceptive; languor, or medicine, or the excitability of a dis
to whistle among the rocks, and to ruffle, with black ordered mind, may, in the eye of the scientific, be
squalls, the surface of the lock. The wind was sucmingled up with them all; but as the emotions cor ceeded by rain, and the rain by sleet, and sleet by a respond with the known principles of all his former heavy fall of snow. It was the month of May-for life, they are like clouds and vapours, lighted up by
that storm is yet remembered as the “great May hues of golden radiance, all unreal and unsubstantial
storm.” The wildest day of winter never beheld it is true, but testifying the power of the glorious sunshine which renders them magnificent. Even
flakes of snow falling heavier or faster, or whirling where a temporary darkness may come on, the argu with more fury through the mountain-pass, filling ment of the life is remembered, encouraging the every hollow and whitening every rock! Weary, firmest hope that, however gloomy the “even-tide," | and wet, and cold, the widow reached that pass with there will be “a morn without clouds." But other scenes there are, in which, with intelligence and
her child. She knew that a mile beyond it there judgment all awake, however attenuated the body,
was a mountain shieling which could give shelter; the dying Christian seems to breathe the air of
but the moment she attempted to face the storm of heaven before his time, and to stand irradiated by snow which was rushing through the gorge, all hope its light in brilliant relief upon a clouded world; failed of proceeding in that direction. To turn home brighter in his end than during his whole life before; ' was equally impossible. She must find shelter. I emblem on earth of the state to which he is hastening, and where the promise shall be fulfilled—“The
wild cat's or fox's den would be welcome. After sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for
wandering for some time among the huge fragments brightness shall the moon give light unto thee; but
of granite which skirted the base of the overhanging the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and precipices, she at last found a more sheltered nook, thy God thy glory.”
She crouched beneath a projecting hedge of rock,
and pressed her child to her trembling bosom. The A FIRESIDE STORY ABOUT A MOTHER'S storm continued to rage. The snow was accumulating LOVE.
overhead. Hour after hour passed. It became HIGHLAND widow left her home early one morn- bitterly cold. The evening approached. The widow's ing, in order to reach, before evening, the residence heart was sick with fear and anxiety. Her childof a kinsman who had promised to assist her to pay her only child—was all she thought of. She wrapt her rent. She carried on her back her only child, a him in her shawl. But the poor thing had been boy two years old. The journey was a long one. I scantily clad, and the shawl was thin and worn. The was following the same wild and lonely path when I widow was poor, and her clothing could hardly de. first heard the story I am going to tell you. The fend herself from the piercing cold of such a night mountain-track, after leaving the small village by the | as this. But whatever was to become of herself, her sea-shore where the widow lived, passes through a child must be preserved. The snow, in whirling: green valley, watered by a peaceful stream which eddies, entered the recess, which afforded them at flows from a neighbouring lake; it then winds along best but miserable shelter. The night came on. the margin of the solitary lake, until, near its further | The wretched mother stripped off almost all her own end, it suddenly turns into an extensive copse-wood clothing and wrapped it round her child, whom, at of oak and birch. From this it emerges half-way up last, in despair, she put into a deep crevice of the