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was held as existing, or to be listened to. All the question in the Newcastle and Carlisle line, in the day is the “Lord's day.”
North-Western, and in the Eastern Union. 3. Works of necessity and mercy are not excep-! The labour of this agitation was enormous; and of tions to the Sabbath rule; they are authoritatively the whole it may with truth be said, that Sir Andrew sanctioned by the Lord of the Sabbath. But the Agnew was the spring and centre, and that in it he necessity must be real, and the mercy unquestionable; died; for, commencing the struggle in 1842, and rethe one not such as prudent foresight or patient | newing it every successive half-year afterwards, he waiting would supersede, nor the other mere trifling left off only at the meeting of the Scottish Central or mawkishness.
Railway Company, on the 27th of February 1849, in 4. Such being the doctrinal test of the Sabbatarian, the business of which he took an active part, and two Sir Andrew had a practical test, viz., the repudiation | days after which he lay down on that bed whence he of all systematic Sabbath railway traffic, whe never was to rise but as a sinking invalid. He bad ther morning or evening, and whether for man or served his week of years in Parliament; he had served mail. He hated post-office traffic equally with rail | his week of years in the railway companies; and at way traffic. He rejected the morning and evening their close he died. scheme both on principle and on policy-on principle, It is monrnful to think that his last public struggle because all portions of the day are equally holy; and witnessed the defeat of his principles on an important on policy, because the iniquity, once insinuated in railway. Lord Duncan had taken the place of the to a portion of the day, will diffuse itself over the Marquis of Breadalbane in the Scottish Central whole; and the public, once swallowing the little bait, Company; and to its disastrous meeting on 27th and committing the little sin, will become familiar February at Perth, which established the desecration ized with the whole evil, and soon have neither moral there, Sir Andrew had proceeded after attending the principle nor courage left to oppose its out-and-out Caledonian Railway meeting at Edinburgh on the establishment. In regard, again, to the mail train, 26th. Returning to Edinburgh on the 28th, he he considered it as equally bad, or rather as worse passed the day in preparations for a journey to than the other—the combination of both which it Glasgow on the following morning, to be present at implies being just a double iniquity, with this aggra the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway meeting, apvation, that the post-office work is a national offence, pointed for the 1st of March. But to that meeting sending worldliness, in all the infinite varieties of | he was destined not to go; for, on that evening, he correspondence, into houses and families, which, but was disabled by illness. So that it may literally be for it, might have enjoyed the blessing of one day's said, that the very last effort of his active life, just repose in seven from the destructive tear and wear as, it will by and by appear, the very last effort of his of life.
deathbed, was devoted to the cause of the Sabbath. 5. It followed as a portion of his principle, that From the commencement he regarded his disease the Sabbatarian never yields-no, not by a hair's as a serious thing; and on the 2d of March, when laid breadth. The command is exceeding broad, and no low, he said that “his work was done; that he was
slightest concession. The absolute purity of the were inscrutable, and he would raise up others in his principle is the talisman of success, never to be stead." He felt that his labours must close. * His tarnished without ruin.
will must be best: His will be done,” he often said. 6. It farther followed, in his own memorable His labours in the Sabbath cause left him little time words, “That we have nothing to do with success; for quiet thought. Now he talked with great earnestthat is in better hands than ours. We have only to ness of his purpose to withdraw from incessant toil, do with means." In consequence, he never troubled and give himself in quietness to the promotion of himself with the anxious inquiries of the timid God's glory and his own eternal interests, that his “ What chance is there? Have we got any more last years might be his best years—a design in which votes? Is it worth while to try? Is it not hope his honoured lady both encouraged him and delighted less ?” &c. &c. Contending for the command and herself. Much hope was accordingly indulged re honour of God, these things affected him practically garding their approaching summer at Larbrax, his in no way; they generally were the snare of the half. seashore cottage near Lochnaw, and the soul exercise and-halfers alone. No doubt he counted his num- and preparation of which it was to be the scene. But bers, glad of their increase; but the less carefulness this was not to be. His case was one of severe scarlet about these things, and the more confidence in the fever, which subsided towards the end of March so impregnability of the principle there was, the better, decidedly, that he appeared to be in course of gradual he thought, for the cause, and the better for the man, recovery.
7. Decided firmness thus being of unspeakable But, alas! he relapsed. On the 10th of April, value in this work, he took care that it should ever | after partaking of a slight repast, he fell into a genial be tempered with courtesy. “Remember, gentle sleep. From this he was awakened by a call with a men," he used to say, “ these men are just as well paper for signature, being a requisition to the Lord entitled to hold their opinions as we are to hold ours. Provost for a public meeting to petition against Mr To be sure you know (smiling] they are wrong and Locke's Anti-Sabbath bill, then pending in Parliawe are right; but they must be met fairly and re- ment. Lady Agnew was watching when the servant spectfully. Who knows but they may come round ?" entered and told the message. An answer was Things did indeed now and then occur to stir up his cautiously given that Sir Andrew was asleep: but the indignation, but few and far between were the ruf- movement awoke him. and asking what it was, he flings of his benign heart.
raised himself hurriedly, called for pen and ink, read But it is necessary to refrain from amplification on | the paper, and appended his signature to it most this topic; and so by way of summary it may be | deliberately, bidding Lady Agnew look how firm and stated, that the struggle, beginning under the aus- good it was. Alas! it was the last word he was ever pices of Sir Andrew in the Edinburgh and Glasgow | to write, and God willed that he should give it to the Railway Company, was continued, and was success- cause for which he had lived. The act was immediful. It spread, as new Scottish lines opened, into ately followed with an oppression on the breathing, the North British-the Caledonian--the Edinburgh, , and pain in the breast; and he said that the signing Perth, and Dundee—and the Central. It crossed had so flurried him that he could not settle to sleep, the border, and is now maintained as an English adding that he had been in a most refreshing slumber
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH-SIR ANDREW AGNEW, BART. 477
when he was aroused to do it. He asked for a cup | to, and what you have done.” “Oh! do not flatter me." of tea; but feeling worse, his medical attendant was said he most touchingly; “ do not flatter your old called in. He was watched uninterruptedly during | man! It is dangerous to speak of what we have the night, the breathing still continuing loud and done." “ Yes," said she, “as a ground of justificaoppressive. The unfavourable symptoms proceeded, tion it is dangerous, and I thank God you are on and increased. “Oh,” he said, "if I could but get a safer ground; but it is matter of thanksgiving to little rest! Should it please God to take me away have been allowed to work for God as his instrument." now, O that he would first give me a little rest, in “Oh!” he said, “ the instrument is nothing; God order that I might be able to talk to you! Let us is all in all, and He will raise up other instruments pray for it." Prayer was accordingly made by his doubtless, now that I am laid aside." devoted wife. But the unfavourable symptoms still | Dr Bell sat up with him this night, and prayed, continuing, Dr Alison was called in aid of Dr Hen- | and read to him the 1030 Psalm, a great favourite, derson; and their assiduous attentions, with the being the last reading of the Bible he heard. When further help of Dr George Bell, ministered to his | it was proposed that the Doctor should remain all relief all that earthly kindness and skill could ac night beside him, he said, "Is it not very selfish in complish. He was cupped, though at the expense me, Doctor, to allow you to be disturbed thus on my of considerable personal suffering, in consequence of account ?" thanking him courteously at the same his debilitated state. At the close of the operation time. In the morning, again thanking him, he he most courteously thanked the cupper, as he passed pressed him to take something before he went. his bed to go; telling the doctor with a smile, that "Some chicken tea," said he, forgetting how early there was a superstition in Ireland, that whoever was it was. The Doctor said he would on his return; and bled for the first time was certain to recover. then Sir Andrew gave most particular directions to ** Now,” he added, “ I never was bled before.” All have it all ready for him, repeatedly asking if this said, “ Please God, may this be your case, Sir
ase, Sir was attended to; for he ever thought more of others Andrew!”
than of himself. When asked if the noise of his No substantial relief coming, he said, “You see breathing was not oppressive, he said, “ No, I do not this bafies the skill of the doctors and all their medi. hear it; I have no pain whatever." It also was obcines; I throw myself entirely on the mighty power served, that whenever verses were repeated from the of God;" and certain it is, that from that time be Bible, but more especially when prayer was made, the
seemed perfectly calm and resigned to whatever attention he gave to hear seemed to cause the noise of | might be the will of God, remaining thenceforth in the breathing to cease. Lady Agnew therefore prayed
a most peaceful and heavenly frame of mind. When the more constantly, and he would join, and every | distressed with difficult breathing, Lady Agnew often now and then add words to hers. On one occasion
said to him, “But your mind is in peace!” “O | he said, "O may we and all our dear children, all yes! in perfect peace.” “ Thou wilt keep him in bearing our name, all belonging to us, all our race, perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because meet us at the right hand ! O may not one be misshe trusteth in thee,” was said by her. He responded ing! May they all be there !" She continued in 1. warmly, and joined in blessing God for it. Alluding | the same strain, as he stopped for breath; and then on another occasion to his never having had a re- he slowly and emphatically concluded, “ Yes, may freshing sleep or rest since he signed the Sabbath we all be found there in that day when He maketh paper, he said to her, “ It is a mystery to me what up his jewels. Goodness and mercy have indeed could have given way when I signed that petition, followed me all the days of my life.” “ And," added It seemed to me as if something had given way about Lady Agnew, "you can say, 'I shall dwell in the my heart. I have never felt right since. You tell house of the Lord for ever.." About three, Mr me," he added, “ that I am ingenious in finding out | Drummond called, and prayed with him. things to blame myself for. Could it be that God the disease progressed with much rapidity. He had was displeased with me for signing that paper ? Was short and affecting interviews with his children, to it presumptuous in me to touch the cause of the whom he spoke in few but kind and gracious words, Sabbath, who allowed a hot bath to be got ready for “Do you suffer, dearest ?" was her often-repeated me last Sabbath evening?" “ It was absolutely question to him. “Not at all," was the answer; he necessary,” said Lady Agnew, “ Yes," he said; the last time adding, “It is quite marvellous; I have " but my judgment was against it, and yet I yielded." no suffering." Nature, however, was now fast giv
“ You could not have done otherwise, nor could we," ing way. On the afternoon of Thursday the 12th, i it was answered, “after what the doctors said of its Lady Agnew, observing the change, desired the ser necessity." " Well," he said. "no blessing went vant t
p near, so that sl
call if help were + with it; no good was got from it. Oh, doctors should wanted; and she continuing in fervent and devoted be careful as to what they call works of necessity on prayer, and he remaining all the while quite sensible, the Sabbath-day! Without God's blessing, nothing and appearing peculiarly to recognise the voice of can do any good; and missing a day would seldom do prayer and unite in it, at length, between six and any harm. You will say so to them, will you?" geven, he bent forward, and with one long sigh, laid
About noon, Dr Candlish came to see him, prayed his head back on the pillow which her arm supported, fervently at his bedside, and rising up repeated some and rendered up his soul to God, | texts-" This is a faithful saying," &c.; “ The blood The voice of the public speedily called for a public of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin;"?“ Behold the funeral to one who had served it so well. “It took Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the place," eloquently said Mr Hugh Miller in a contemworld." Sir Andrew shook hands affectionately porary print, " on the morning of Thursday the 19th; with him; and on his leaving, desired that the texts | and, with the exception of that of Chalmerg----which might be repeated again to him, saying he had not has never had any parallel in Scotland, and never heard them distinctly, though he had heard every again may-it was one of the most remarkable ever word of the prayer. Having heard that the Rev. Mr witnessed in this city. The streets, for a distance of Drummond at his Wednesday lecture had prayed fer- | at least two miles, were thickly lined with spectators; yently for him, he said, “ My friends are too kind, too and the procession, which was of such imposing anxious about me, but it only humbles me to hear of it." | length that there were few points from which it * No wonder,” said his affectionate wife, “they were could be viewed as a whole, was composed of the anxious; knowing the work you have given yourself most respectable citizens of Edinburgh--members of
all the evangelical churches who had taken this been enabled to render by raising the tone of Sabway of testifying their regard for the remains and bath observance in the Church, securing attention the memory of a man who had stamped bis name to this neglected duty in high places, and stemming upon a great religious movement, unsurpassed in im- the tide of ungodly profanity setting in over the portance in the history of the Christian Church in land, and how these services are connected with the Scotland. The morning, though the day darkened channel through which grace reached his soul in the and roughened as it wore later, was clear and fine, voice of the preacher, and what is the reward of and the sun shone brightly on the burying-ground, as glory hereafter to be bestowed on him by the Lord the long array of the funeral entered, and defiled of the Sabbath, the great day will reveal. Let it along the walks. It was an imposing spectacle. only be remenbered now, that for peace or hope be The surrounding eminences thickly streaked with leaned not in life or in death on any of those sersnow-the sward still crisp with the morning frost vices for which Christian men justly honoured him. the distant city, enveloped in the calm, in its pale He owned himself saved by grace alone, and through mantle of smoke--the trees still leafless and hoar grace alone looked for glory. Of him, and such as and vegetation every where blanched, repressed by | he, it may be said,- They are gone. They rest from he chills of the ungenial spring-bore all a lighter much weary, thankless toil. They are with Christ and fainter tint than that which they usually wear, in glory, hidden till the resurrection morn. But and imparted to the general groundwork of the land then it will be found that of all they ever did and scape a dim and neutral tone, like that of an un suffered for Christ, however it might seem at the finished drawing. And on this blanched ground the time toil and suffering thrown away, notising has numerous figures in black, which thronged the wide been lost.” area of the cemetery, stood out in striking relief, like Of any connection with such a man let it finally the shaded outlines of the limner on his tablets of be said, in well-known words, “ It is one of those paley grey. The long overhanging range of vaults things for which I shall have to answer at the bar was crowded with spectators: the place, too, in of God. It makes life less sweet, and death less which the grave was opened was peculiarly sugges- bitter." tive; for the massive tomb of Chalmers, inscribed
"I bless thee for the quiet rest thy servant taketh now, with true taste, as if in illustration of the striking
I bless thee for his blessedness, and for his crowned bros; Bentirnent of the poet, with but the name of the illus
For every weary step he trod in faithful following thee, trious dead, rose immediately over it. All served to And for the good fight foughten well, and closed rigtil show that the deceased, whose obsequies so many
valiantly.' had assembled to honour, had been no common man, and had accomplished no common work."
OLD CHAIRS AT INTEREST. He lies buried within the Grange Cemetery, on the north side; and measures are in progress for the erec NOBODY in all the neighbourhood interested me like! tion, by public subscription, of an appropriate monu Mr — ; I love to think of the dear old gentle, ment over his remains, though, to use the words again
man. How pleasant was it to run into his bright of the talented writer who has afforded us so pictu.
little parlour, and sit by his side, hearing him talk or resque a view of his funeral, “ the best monument to the memory of Sir Andrew Agnew that his friends
talking to him, reading to him or hearing him read, could possibly erect, would be the triumph on a na asking questions or listening to stories of old times tional basis of those sacred priciples to the assertion when he was a boy. Though his frame bore the of which his life was devoted."
frosts and infirmities of threescore years and ten, they Dr Candlisb, in preaching his funeral sermon,
had not chilled his heart; it was still young and fresh, says, with glowing eloquence, “ Thus has gone to
| and brimful of kindness. It also held his purse-|| his long home one of Scotland's best aristocracy, in whom has been ennobled, through the record of it strings, so that from the little parlour streamed subin God's book above, and in the grateful hearts of stantial blessings, as well as hearty love; and it hap God's people and their seed for generations here pened that I had occasion to know how often thes' below, a name already by ancestry illustrious. Of found their way to the humble lodging of a poor | this man let it be allowed us to observe, that if a widow and her daughter. single eye, a simple aim, a sincere heart, be rare and precious blessings in this world of falsehood,
These were the relics of a past gereration, and selfishness, and strife, there is a loss mourned this they seemed to be almost strangers amidst the new day that cannot be soon repaired. No man of one which had sprung up around them. They had, merely one idea was the standard-bearer who has in a measure, outlived their connections, their pronow fallen: his eye ranged over the whole field of perty, their early friendships: and the poor make no the Lord's battle, and his ready affections went
| new friends. Few cared for them, and they cared forth towards all who in any righteous cause were glorifying God or periling themselves. But a man
| for few. The only light that warmed or cheered of one idea he emphatically was in the grasp he ever / them was the setting sun of days gone by. But if held fast of the banner given him to unfurl, and the this warmed them, it could not feed or shelter them, tenacity with which he refused ever to relax bis or hinder the embarrassments of poverty, had not the hold for any other consideration whatever, whether
old man's purse come to their aid; and so steadily did | of policy, or piety, or peace. Nor was his firmness marred by any vehemence of passion, or surly ob
he eke out the scanty income of the widow, that! stinacy of dogged selfishness and pride. Never was
sometimes thought he was like to make her believe man of milder temper, more amiable manners, less that her last days were her best days. I used olten irritating to enemies, more generously kind to to wonder why he was so thoughtful of her wants; friends, more uniformly courteous to all. None saw others were not; and what clain had she upon him. l him ruffled, impatient, angry, resentful, yet none ever saw him yield; for he knew his own mind, or
One evening, in speaking of his early struggles, be rather the mind of his God, and like a rock he stood
said, “When Mary and I were married, we were amid whatever storms raged around him as calm | young and foolish, for we had nothing to be mad and cool, yet as unmoved. What services he has with; but Mary was delicate, and I thought I could
A VISION OF THE LAST NIGHT OF THE YEAR.
take care of her best. I knew I had a stout arm and bourhood, the shop, the store, the study, or whera brave heart to depend upon. We rented a cham- ever God appoints their daily station. All will agree, ber, and went to housekeeping. We got together a
that the religion of such men is "a cake not turned." little furniture-a table, bedstead, and dishes—but
-Ohio Observer. our money failed us before we bought the chairs. I told Mary she must turn up the tub, for I could not
THE BLESSED LOT. run in debt. No, no. It was not long before our
An old author says, “The blessed lot is not to live rich neighbour, Mrs M- , found us out, and kindly
joyously in the world, undisturbed by sorrow or suf
fering, having our good things in this life, or left to our enough she supplied our necessities; half a dozen
| ways. It is to live low (well is it for us if it be of chairs were added to our stock. They were old ones
our own accord, yet anyhow to live low) under his to be sure, but answered just as well for us. I shall cross. Though for a time it lay heavily upon us, it never forget the new face those chairs put upon our
is not so heavy as sin. Though it wound us, it snug quarters—they never looked just right before.
is the wounds of a friend. Though its nails pierce The tables are turned with Mrs M— and me now;
| us, they are but to let forth the disease which would
consume us. Though it bow us to the earth, it she has become a poor widow, but she shall never want
places us not so deep as we deserve to be. It casts while I have any thing, never !” cried the old man us down only, that when we have learnt to lie there with a beaming face—“I don't forget those old in silence and humiliation, He may raise us up." chairs."
Ah! now the secret was out. It was the interest of A VISION OF THE LAST NIGHT OF THE the old chairs which maintained the poor widow.
YEAR. She was living upon an income drawn from the in
(From a Foreign Publication.) terest and compound interest of a little friendly act
AMIDST the musings natural to the last night of the done fifty years before, and it sufficed for herself and
year, I retired to my bed meditating on the mortality daughter.
of man, and repeating to myself the words of the How beautiful is it to see how God blesses the prophet, “ All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness of operation of his great moral law, “ Love thy neigh man as the flower of the field. The grass withereth, bour !”- American Messenger.
and the flower thereof falleth away; but the word of
the Lord endureth for ever." “ EPHRAIM IS A CAKE NOT TURNED.”
I have no recollection of intervening thought, until
I found myself far distant from my place of rest, THE cake here referred to is a cake baked upon the standing at the great gateway of the park of our coals.-(Hosea vii. 8; compare 1 Kings xix. 6.) It commercial metropolis. A peculiar and death-like is “ not turned," and therefore burnt on the one silence reigned through the extensive avenue, of which side, and raw on the other. Let us apply the figure-|I commanded the entire view-a portentous sign of
1. To the men whose consciences are like a cake not silence in all its tributary streets. There was no turned. On some points they are scrupulous enough, rattling of carriages; no hurrying or jostling of the perhaps over-scrupulous; and on other points they crowd; no intermingling of voices; no hum of distant are altogether unscrupulous. The evil is greatly business, though the sun had just passed the meridian, aggravated when their conscientiousness runs on and was pouring his full and unclouded light upon matters comparatively small, and leaves out of view all the haunts and ways of men. I saw only the the weightier matters of the law; or when it relates public and private buildings which human art had mainly to the sins of other people, and very little to reared, as if to mock the frailty of the hands which their own personal sins. We have known men too built them; the trees stripped of their summer folia conscientious to commune with the Church to which age, and the withered grass, nature's yearly lesson of they belonged, because of alleged misconduct on the mortality to living men; and a mysterious preparapart of that Church, or of this or that member in it; tion of hearses and mourning carriages, as far as the but who, in such main matters as the government of eye could reach, as though the city were sitting in their tongues, the religious education of their chil- silent waiting for a universal funeral. dren, the sanctification of the Sabbath, kindness and I did not mase long upon the scene before me, when liberality to the poor, forgiveness of enemies, com- a general knell struck upon my ear from every dome munion with God in secret prayer, and tender con | in the city; speaking in deep and varied tones the cern for the salvation of men's souls, seemed to be general calamity, and leaving minutes of silence more strangely insensible. Surely their religion was “a death-like than before, the mournful. meditative cake not turned."
silence of 150,000 souls. 2. To the men whose zeal is a cake not turned-to What, thought I, can be the meaning of this day burning with much smoke and a crackling noise, awful silence-this pause of motion and businesslike thorns under a pot; to-morrow extinct. Like a this mysterious preparation--this universal knell ? comet that comes dashing in from the depths of space | Has some fearful pestilence made havoc of the people, ! past the steady evening star, and displaying a pro- some angel of destruction smitten the first-born, and digious length of tail as if he would put her to shame changed the joyous city into a scene of mourning and by his superior brilliancy; so these Christians now and woe? While I was musing, fixed in astonishment, then blaze forth with a transcendent glow of zeal, and the whole city, as by one consent, seemed to be put are ready at such times to rebuke their brethren of in motion. The narrow houses of the more even piety for their tardiness and languor. But rently innumerable, were brought out from the abodes anon, they are off again where they were before, in of the living; I could hear the sounds of universal the regions of coldness and death.' The religion of weeping and lamentation, and felt unutterable symthese men, too, is “a cake not turned.”
pathy in the public agony. Immediately the death 3. To the men who carry their religion only to march commenced to the different cemeteries of certain places-gay to the prayer meeting, the lecture- | various processions, passing in different directions room, or the communion service; but are not careful without disorder or confusion, moving slowly to the to maintain a godly walk in the family, the neigh | general chime of tolling bells.
I attempted to hasten away from the scene which breathed away their lives amidst the quiet slumbers filled me with horror; but I could not escape. of the night, and heard not the lingering morning Wherever I went, the funeral was there; in every call, as it fell again and again upon their dead ear, nor avenue, in every street, the same death-like order the cry of astonishment and woe which burst from and stillness, and weeds of mourning and tolling bells, their friends at the sight of their lifeless co the same flow of a smitten people to their graves “Some, as they died, no matter where or hor, to which abodes of silence the living were every | were met by the angels. No shock came so suddenly. where consigning their dead, as it seemed to me, past | no blast so terribly, as to elude the care of those numbering.
ministering spirits who have daily, nightly, charge! I would have asked the meaning of a scene of woe of redeemed souls. Even in the storm and tempeste so peculiar; but I could not ask to be told a story in darkness and alone, the charged angels covered which I saw written in lines of anguish upon the face them with their shields, until they were fitted for of the living. I hastened away, that I might find a their upward flight, then speeded and aided them to place of quiet thought in the winter loneliness of that the regions of purity and love." beautiful promenade, skirted with water on the west I was waiting in anxiety approaching to agony to and south, wont of a summer's evening to be thronged hear my heavenly guide speak of those unused to by cheerful groups of young and gay in innocent re- prayer, who had never accepted the offered covenant creation. But the funeral was there. The clear and of their Maker, nor welcomed the Spirit sent down transparent waters, gilded with the sun now hasten by their exalted Saviour; but the foreboding awoke ing to set, showed not their ordinary display of craft me. As I awoke, I found myself saying, “The of all sorts sporting by wind and steam as if to deco- living, the living, he shall praise thee." What rate a holiday. The shipping moored at the wharfs, ever my hand findeth to do, I will do it with by or anchored in the stream, showed no other signs of might; for I am hastening to the grave." I will be living beings but colours at half-mast; save here and | “ stedfast, immovable, always abounding in the work there scattered sail and steam boats covered with of the Lord; forasmuch as I know that my labour coffins, and dismally decorated with palls, and filled shall not be in vain in the Lord.” with mourners, apparently carrying their bewailing friends to be buried among grandsires, and parents, and kindred who were gone before; save here and there
ONE DAY BEFORE DEATH. also a few vessels of larger size, from distant voyages
RABBI ELIEZER said, “ Turn to God one day before! with dead on board, now disembarking; how differ
death.” His disciples said, “How can a man know' ently from their hopes when they went merrily to sea!
I felt that there was no escape from the horrors | the day of his death?” He answered them, “Thereby which I was surrounded; no avoiding this awful fore turn to God to-day. Perhaps you may die tofuneral, this universal knell, still sounding in soften
morrow; thus every day will be employed in ed and distant tones upon my ears; and I sat my
turning.” self down to give vent to my sorrows in a flood of tears.
As I was weeping, I felt a gentle touch upon my FRAGMENTS FROM REV. MATTHEW shoulder, such as a kind friend might have given
HENRY. who had become an accidental spectator of my grief. I turned, and saw a face so lovely, so benignant, as the sight of sin either makes a man sad or guilty. 11 seemed to be more than human-a countenance which If we see it, and are not sorrowful, we are sinful could never have been ruffled with anger, or radiant They do not truly nor acceptably repent or reforma, with pride; surely, I thought, a ministering spirit, who only part with the sins they loose by, but consome holy angel, come to unfold the mystery before tinue their affection to the sins they get by. me, to soothe the anguish of my heart, and to aid me God sometimes permits his people, by their own in learning some lesson of salvation.
improvidence, to bring themselves into distress, that " What you have seen to-day," said he, “ you may the wisdom, power, and goodness of his providence be surprised to know is nothing new. All that is may be glorified in their relief, uncommon in the scene before you is, that, by my | It would often be bad with us, if God did not take aid, the funerals of three hundred and sixty-five more care of us, both for soul and body, than we of days have been clustered before your imagination ourselves. into one. All that you have seen has passed before Elijah, by prayer, obtained water from the clouds. the people unnoticed and forgotten. The knell you but Elisha fetches it, nobody knows whence (2 Kings have heard was the knell of five thousand, the ji. 17.) God is not tied to second causes. As God victims of death's daily and common work. No other gives freely to the unworthy, so he gives RICHLY, like, llevil has befallen the city than its usual mortality of himself, more than we ask or think. lone hundred a week. No fearful pestilence, no over- The way to increase what we have is to use it ; whelming calamity has filled the city with mourning, to him that so hath, shall be given. It is not or caused the universal knell. Health and prosperity | hoarding the talents, but trading with them, that have cheered the past year. The thousands whose doubles them. obsequies have passed in vision before you, have met | We are never straitened in God, in his power a their death by the common varieties of human ca- bounty, and the riches of his grace; all our straitlamity and disease. When the sun cast the shadowsness is in ourselves. It is our faith that fails--Roti last as you now see them, the greater part were in his promise. He gives above what we ask; whathealth, and had no reason to expect themselves to be ever are our necessities, there is enough in God to the victims of death. Rapid fevers, and fluxes, and supply every want. lingering consumptions, have wasted and destroyed It is a fundamental law of the religion of Christ, multitudes of the strong, active, and blooming, who that we pay every just debt, though we leave ever 80 have gone to their graves, instead of the infirm and little for ourselves; and this not of constraint, but aged, whom they were expecting to follow. Some willingly, and without grudging; not only for wrath fell down dead suddenly amidst their walks, or con
(to avoid being sued), but also for conscience sake. versation, or daily toil, or were blasted by lightning They that are honest, cannot eat their daily bread or steam. Some alone, and without forewarning, with pleasure unless it be their own.