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It will no more be their work. The number of seek death, and it will fee from you. This, the saved will be complete without you; the this is to be lost: This is everlasting destructable will be full. Ministers will bear witness tion! This is to be a castaway. gainst you in that day.
Ilell will be intolerable. I have not spoken Even devils will cast you off. As long as of the lake of fire, of the utter darkness, and you remain on earth, the devil keeps you by his the worm that never dies. I have spoken only side; he flatters you, and gives you many tokens of the mental facts of hell; and yet these by .f his friendship and esteem; but soon he will themselves are intolerable. O who can tell rast you off. You will be no longer pleasant what it will be, when both meet, and meet
o him; you will be a part of his torment; and eternally? Who knows the power of thine he will hate you and torment you, because you anger? O do not keep away from Christ now! leceived him and he deceived you.
Now he says, Come; soon, soon he will say, DeIV. WICKED MEN SHALL BE CAST AWAY BY part. O do not resist the Holy Spirit now! THEMSELVES.
Now he strives, but he will not always strive It is said, they shall wish to die, and shall with you. Soon, soon he will leave you, O 'tot be able. “They shall seek death, and do not despise the word of ministers and godly leath shall flee from them.” I believe that friends! Now they plead with you, weep for vme suicides experience the beginnings of you, pray for you. Soon, soon, they will be Fell. I believe Judas did; he could not bear silent as the grave. O do not be proud or selfvimself, and he tried to cast himself away. admiring! Soon you will loathe the very sight
This will be the feeling of lost souls. They of yourself, and wish you had never been. will not be able to bear the sight of themselves; If you would avoid so terrible a doom, flee to "hey will be weary of existence; they will wish | Christ--flee to Christ NOW! chey had never been. At present, unconverted
DAVID ROUGE. men are often very self-complacent. They love
AN AUTHENTIC NARRATIVE. o employ their faculties; the wheels of their life
BY REV. G. DE FELICE OF BOLBEC, FRANCE, co smoothly; their affections are pleasant. Me | David Rouge was a journeyman of Plainchamp, a nory has many pleasant green spots to look back small village in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland. apon. How different when the day of grace is God had given him health, but he gave himself up to lone! The understanding will be clear and intemperance, uttered the most shocking blaspheall to apprehend the real nature of your misery.
mies, and often fell into the most violent paroxysms Your mind will then see the holiness of God
One day, having laboured long in the water, near isalmightiness, bis majesty. You will seeyour
the torrent of Vevay, he was seized with violent wn condemned condition, and the depth of your rheumatism. The disease made rapid progress. His 'ell. The will in you will be all contrary to body was swollen in a frightful manner; and soon
Tod's will, even though you see it add to your after he was struck with a general paralysis, and behell; yet you will hate all that is God's law, came so emaciated as to resemble a living skeleton. and love all that God hates. Your conscience
The unhappy man could not move one of his limbs,
but lay with his arms extended as if upon a cross, s God's vicegerent in the soul. It will accuse
and suffered the most excruciating pains. vou of all your sins. It will set them in order,
This was his condition for two years. He murmured, ind condemn you. Your affections will still he cried out, he blasphemed, he was transported with Love your kindred. “I have five brethren,” you rage. Did not God know that he needed his limbs to
will say. Earthly fathers who are evił know labour and support his family? What had he done how to give good gifts to their children. Even to be chastised in this manner? Were not his sufferin hell you will love your own kindred; but
ings more than he could endure ? Sometimes he gave ah! what misery it will cost you, when you
himself up to despair. “Death !" he cried, “ Death,
kill me! life is hateful to me!" He cursed the day hear them sentenced along with you. Your
of his birth, and attempted to kill himself; but as he memory will be very clear. You will remem could scarcely move it was wholly beyond his power, ber all your misspent Sabbaths-your sermons His friends tried to console him, but in vain. His heard-your place in the house of God - your wife wished sometimes to read to him passages from minister's face and voice-the bell_though the Bible, but he would not listen to her. “ What millions of ages after this, you will remember Wions of so ofter this you will remomhor avails the Bible?" said he; “ will the Bible heal me?
It is health I want, not the Bible." these, as if yesterday. O how you will wish
! At length a pious lady, who came to Vevay to you had never been ! How you will wish to spend Saturday and the Sabbath of each week, heard tear out your memory, or these tender affec- of his situation and visited him. tions, or your accusing conscience! You will "Ah! I wish I could tell you," said David after
wards, “the good which her visit did me. There was of faith, the truth of thu promises of God, and the something in her manner that consoled me, without reality of the agency of the Holy Spirit in the heart my knowing how. She offered to read to me from of him who believes and prays. The sight of this the Bible, where alone she said I could find consola poor paralytic extolling the mercy of God was so tion. I could not refuse, and from that hour that powerful on the heart, that several who came to dear, dear laty, forgetting that she had come here see him were awakened from their indifference and to breathe the fresh air, passed at my bedside nearly hopefully converted to God. che whole of the time she was in the village. She " Do not deceive yourselves," he would say to them. read the Scriptures to me, choosing the portions “ Take care; do not live as I have done, who made which she thought suited me best, then explaining light for forty years of eternal punishment, not rewhat she read, often praying with me, and begging flecting that because it is eternal we should use all the Lord to instruct and comfort me."
our effort to escape it. Believe me, what I say can He now began to see his sins, and to feel that he be despised by none but the thoughtless or profligate. nust sink under the weight of them for ever. He Hear, though the warning comes from so vile a vas pointed to the promises of the gospel.
creature as myself, ‘Flee from the wrath to come!' * But are these addressed to me?" cried David. But this you can never do in your own strength. “ Yes, they are addressed to you," replied his pious Jesus Christ must pardon your sins, and keep you to riends, “ Christ says to all, 'Come unto me all ye that the end. Trust in him and you shall find mer abour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.'” He has said, 'Him that cometh to me I will in no
“But I have despised the Saviour to this day; I wise cast out.' Do not put off to another day the lave openly offended him from my youth," continued things which concern your peace.” David, so that I dare not now go to him."
The report of the paralytic soon spread into all the “ Fear not,” replied his friends, “ Christ is ready surrounding region. Every one admired the wisdom o receive all who come to him. He has said in his and goodness of God, who could glorify his name by Ford, I am not come to call the righteous, but sin- | the mouth of a man so poor and wretched in the vers to repentance.'”
eyes of the world. From all parts people came to This was a ray of life for the paralytic. “ Now," see him, to hear him, and profit by his instructive :ried he with joy, “ I understand the design of Jesus exhortations. Pastors of churches went to learn the Christ's coming upon earth. Yes, now I see that he power of the gospel from this humble paralytic, for can save the chief of sinners.' He has said it, and they thought with reason that all their studies and all he is able to accomplish it."
their learning were not worth the simple, unaffected He cast his soul on Christ, to be washed and puri- | faith of David Rouge; they came to him that the fied through his atoning blood. His faith in Christ | pride of human reason might be humbled, and they brought peace to his mind, and peace of mind gave returned strengthened, rejoicing and blessing God. him patience to bear his sufferings. His wife no David Rouge lived eight years after his conversion, longer viewed him as the same person; she was to be a living witness of the effects of Christian faith, astonished to see how this man, before so impatient, He experienced much uneasiness and pain in his so irritable, had become in a short time so mild and whole body, particularly his legs and arms. It was so resigned to the will of God. Oh, what a precious often necessary, in order to give him ease, to rub treasure to know Christ and to believe in him ! them till the skin was blistered; he had also on his Then all is changed in our heart; what appeared to back and feet great sores, which gave him much pain. us an evil we regard as a good; afflictions which He rarely slept more than fifteen minutes at once, caused us to murmur excite us to bless the Lord; and to a friend who spoke of his long and tedious and the sick man on a bed of suffering is more happy nights he said, “ God is with me; when I think on when he has chosen Christ for his portion, than are him, and on the mercies he has shown me, and re. kings on their thrones.
flect on all his promises, I am not tired." He longed, David now became an object of deep interest to all / indeed, to depart and be with Christ, but he comwho had the opportunity to visit him. It was, indeed, mitted himself to his disposal, and could say with the instructive to find in a small, obscure, damp chamber, apostle, “I have learned in whatsoever state I am confined for ten years upon a bed, where through a therewith to be content." small window he merely got a glimpse of the sky and At length the time of his deliverance arrived; he of an old tree that shaded his room, a man not only felt symptoms which he had not felt before, and submissive to the will of his Creator, but contented about fifteen days previous to his death said to his with his lot, and who testified, both by the expres- wife, “Now I believe, thanks to God, my hour is sion of his countenance and by his discourse, that his come. Behold the moment I have so long expected." soul possessed true happiness. It was delightful and During these days he suffered much, but enjoyed affecting to see the open and much worn Bible lying peace of mind. The day before his departure he exupon the table, as if to invite some friend of his soul | horted his youngest son, who was attending him, “to co read to him; and to hear from a body, wasted to a , enter into the strait and narrow way that leads to skeleton and exhibiting the livid aspect of death, a eternal life.” Only a moment before he died he had voice blessing God, and saying with David, “It is a short delirium, and even then holy thoughts occuFood for me that I have been afflicted." It was pied his mind; all at once he intimated to his wife impossible, on seeing this contentment in a situation that he was about to depart, and said to his son, pparently so wretched, not to recognise the power | “Hear me, we all go to God by faith."
INSTABILITY IN RELIGION.
Thus did David Rouge give up his last breath, and listened with reverence, delight, and profit. The entered into rest, after ten years of sickness and other young person had been once; she scarcely sufferings. Ten years of pain ! a long period; but knew what to think; from some things she had oh, how short compared with eternity, on which he heard her mind revolted; but he said many things has now entered, and where he will sing the song of that were very good. Her companion observed, that redeeming love for ever! Let no one murmur against it would be uncandid to condemn for one hearing, God in suffering, which may be sent in great mercy; or for a few expressions that she might not approve and let no one postpone repentance and faith in Christ or understand. She ought to go again, and then she till the day of sickness and death, lest he thus resist would be better able to judge for herself. Thus she and grieve the Holy Spirit, and the sorrows of a was induced to go again and again; every time her death-bed he exchanged but for the deeper sorrows mind becoming increasingly unsettled, and unable to of eternal despair.
profit by the more sober ministrations of her own
pastor. She could no longer find spiritual enjoyINSTABILITY IN RELIGION.
ment in reading the Bible, because, by the new (From the Family Book.)
friends with whom she had associated berself, she “ BEWARE of itching ears," was a caution frequently was taught to read it for other objects than those given by our venerable friends, especially to young for which it was given. She did not read that she and ardent professors of religion.
might be made wise unto salvation, and use it as a About two miles from our village, a minister light to mark the daily path of duty, but that she preached who was famous for saying wonderful, might learn to speculate and dispute, and support a new, and startling things, such as proved very attrac certain set of opinions by a few detached passages of tive to those who had a smattering of religion, but scripture, without regard to the general bearing and who were but scantily and superficially instructed in practical tendency of the whole. I knew these per. its general scope and bearings, and thus were ready sons many years, and I lived to see the former altoto be carried about with every wind of doctrine. gether abandon her religious profession and attendThis minister was famous for crying down all the ance on the means of grace. I have heard that she neighbouring ministers as dry, dark, cold, and legal. | could even utter scoffs at religion; but I cannot bear He dwelt much on those matters about which the to admit the thought. The latter was, I believe, a Bible says but little; laid down his assertions with really conscientious woman; but I question if she great positiveness; and regarded all who questioned ever after that period knew much real enjoyment chem as opposers of the truth. He was much more of religion. She was like a bird that had wandered concerned to bring people up to a set round of ex- from its nest, and had foreaken her own satisfaction pressions, or to high-flown notions and impressions and comfort. She looked shy at her minister, and of personal revelations and assurances, than to lead fancied that he looked shy upon her, or that his or.' them to examine the scriptures humbly and impar- | dinary admonitions and cautions were i atended as tially; and as new-born babes, desire the sincere public reproofs of her. Then she would absent her. milk of the word, that they might grow thereby. self awhile, and try some other place of worship; or This person made a great noise for a time, and bad come only occasionally when a stranger preached. many hearers and many followers. Some, previously By and by she would be convinced that the fault altogether unacquainted with the gospel, were drawn was in herself. Then her mind would be harassed together by curiosity to hear some new thing. Or and distressed with apprehensions that she had never these, some went away to ridicule sacred things | known the grace of God in truth. Her own courge which had been set before them, clothed in rash afforded her no satisfaction. She had too real and and coarse expressions; others took up a hasty pro- deep a concern about her soul to be satisfied with fession of a cheap religion, which required little the bold assurance and enthusiastic impressions of more than the adopting a few set phrases, eagerly which some of her acquaintance boasted, and on following their leader through thick and thin, and which they were content to risk their eternal all; bitterly denouncing all who followed not with them. yet she could rarely divest herself of all other asso
There were others who had begun to run well, ciations, and venture simply as a poor perishing but who, on listening to the instruction that causeth sinner on the mercy of God in Jesus Christ. To the to err, were soon transformed from humble, modest end of her days she was tossed about with winds of learners, to self-conceited and censorious disputants, doctrine and changeableness of frames. We hope and such as caused their best friends to weep and to she was saved, though it was “80 as by fire ” or stand in doubt and dread of them.
shipwreck. She certainly did not enjoy that abunVery few there were who had resisted-still fewer dant entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our who had not been tried with the bait—“Do go and Lord and Savivur Jesus Christ, which is generally rehear him, if it is only for once. You never heard served as the especial privilege of those who have held such & preacher in your life. How can you know fast the profession of their faith without wavering, what it is, if you have never heard him?"
and whose religion has been more eminently that of Among others, I was pressed by two young friends the heart and life, than that of the head and tongue. to go and hear thie "new light," as he was called. For myself I am thankful to say, that on the ocOne of these young friends had frequently been, casion to which I have referred, I was thrown into and was wrapped up in her new teacher, and spoke the way of good friends, and was induced to ask with contempt of those to whom she had formerly their judicious advice, and to abide by it.
It is folly to follow preachers for the sake of soul to rest upon, if we have not heaven in anticipa. merely hearing something new, and with an evident tion? Then shall these graves soon give up their
dead: however widely separated may lie the bodies danger of hearing something questionable; and even
of the once united family, they all shall hear the where the change is merely from one sound preacher / sound of the trump, and shall come forth ; they shall to another, the love of novelty is in itself hazardous, meet again ; they shall have a new home, and be and should be guarded against.
united by more ardent ties of love, and by a bond Every prudent Christian will wish to have a home;
that shall be ever enduring. Is there not something a society on which he has established claims, and to
refreshing to a soul in the views and the consolations which he is responsible; in which he has obligations ;
of religion? Is it not madness for any family to de
prive themselves of such inestimable privileges-of to sustain, and duties to perform. This need not be
such invaluable blessings ? And yet how many a bis prison, yet he will seldom feel inclined to wander family will turn from these true sources of comfort, from it; while cherishing every feeling of good-will and seek joy where substantial joy never can be towards other denominations, and other congrega
found. They leave home-that name of countless tions, he will habitually be found at home. Though
charing--and in the halls of gaiety, with the frivolous
and the vain, they endeavour to satisfy the desires of he may sometimes miss an occasional excitement,
an immortal mind. But, how vain! The immortal such an individual will generally be found the most spirit cannot be thus satisfied. The hall may resound steadily growing, established, fruitful Christian. with gaiety, and bright lights may flash on brighter ** As as bird that wanders from his pest, so is a man countenances; but joy forsakes these noisy haunts, hat wanders from his place;" but “ those that be
and even the pleasurable excitement which here and planted in the house of the Lord, shall flourish in
there plays upon the heart, is as transient as the
scene itself. Go into that forsaken hall as the che courts of our God."
morning sun arises. The revelry of the night is
closed. All those fair forms have vanished as the FAMILY SEPARATIONS.
music has gone: the half burnt candles are extinOu, how soon must the most happy and united guished; and here and there a glove or a handkerchief family be separated! They who were fondled in reminds one of the gaudy show which but a few che same arms, who played beneath the same green hours before was there exhibited. But how cold, cree, who encircled a father's tireside in the cheerful and desolate, and cheerless does the apartment now sports of childhood, must soon be scattered. Their appear! It is but a fit emblem of the cheerlessness homes far distant, a new world of cares will grow up and desolation which reigns in the hearts of those cround them, till the scenes of their early years will who have been mingling in its giddy mazes. Late Only remain in their minds as the indistinct im in the morning they rise, languid and dejected, from pressions of a dream. And where will be their pillows on which they have found no repose. Listzraves ? A poet has endeavoured to follow, in ima- 1 lessly they wear away the day's weary hours ; and it zination, the wanderings of a family, and in pathetic is not till another morning comes, that they recover strains has sung, “ The graves of a household.” But from the consequences of a few hours' excess. How upon such a subject as this there is no pathos like different the joy of that family, who, at the close of the truth. Follow out the history of any family of an evening of serene enjoyment, unite their hearts in united and affectionate children ; what a sad breach social prayer! As they bow around the domestic does the lapse of twenty years make in their numbers altar, and commend themselves to the Lord, do they and their happiness! Some are mouldering in the not feel a degree of peace which cannot be found in yrave. One has perhaps gone amid darkness, and the thronged halls of mirth? And as they return to storms, and howling tempests, to the depths of the their pillows with a consciousness of a well-spent ocean ; another is perhaps far separated from his day, can they envy those whose bosoms are agitated | early friends, and struggling with adversity. Another, with the passions which are invariably excited in the who was a playful and light-hearted girl--the life of | bustling crowds of pleasure ? a domestic circle, is now the feeble mother of a It is in the peaceful and prayerful home that the numerous family : her constitution is broken by purest joys on earth are found; it 18. in the bea watching and care; her pale countenance and slender animated with the love of God, in which the spirit form proclaim to all, that her sands of life have of happiness loves to find her dwelling-place. Elsenearly run. The little boy, who was so full of viva
where you may find her semblance, but not her city, and who repaid a mother's love by so much
reality.-- Jacob Abbott. affection, is now perhaps a victim to vice. You see him, with bloated countenance and palsied limbs, tottering along, a curse to mankind, and a disgrace DR PAYSON AND THE SOCINIAN LAWYER. to his friends. It is difficult to trace out the history of any family, without meeting with much to produce
The following rencontre took place between the Rev. emotions of pain. And when the family scene is
Dr Payson and a lawyer of Portland, who ranked closed, and the last lingerer drops in death, how
among the first in the place for wealth, and was very widely scattered lie their graves !
fluent withal. They grew in beauty, side by side,
A lady, who was the common friend of Mrs Pay. They fill'd one house with glee
son and the lawyer's wife, was sojourning in the Their graves are sever d far and wide, By mount, and stream, and sea.
family of the latter. After the females of the reAnd parted thus, they rest who play'd
spective families had interchanged several “calls," Beneath the same green tree ;
Mrs — was desirous of receiving a formal visit from
Mrs Payson; but to effect this, Dr Payson must also Where is the reflecting mind that is not often
be invited, and how to prevail with her husband to saddened by these thoughts? for, though this be
tender an invitation, was the great difficulty. He poetry, it is not fiction, it is real life. And oh! had been accustomed to associate experimental reliwhere can we look for any thing substantial for the gion with meanness, and, of course, felt or affected
« TENDER MERCIES ARE OVER ALL HIS WORKS.”
great contempt for Dr Payson, as if it were impos- | By some well-timed sentiment of his reverend guest, sible for a man of his religion to be also a man of he was brought into such a dilemma, that he could talents. He knew by report something of Dr Pay- not, without absolute rudeness, decline asking him to son's practice on such occasions, and dreading to return thanks. And thus he contested every inch of have his house the scene of what appeared to him a his ground tiil the visit terminated. But, at every gloomy interview, resisted his wife's proposal as long stage, the minister proved too much for the lawyer. as he could, and retain the character of a gentleman. He sustained his character as a minister of religion, Wiren he gave his consent, it was with the positive and gained his point in every thing; and that too, dessination that Dr Payson should not converse with so admirable a tact, in a way so natural and unon religion, nor ask a blessing over his food, nor constrained, and with such respectful deference to offer a prayer in his house. He collected his forces, his host, that the latter could not be displeased, exand made his preparation, in conformity with this cept with himself. Dr Payson not only acknowpurpose; and when the appointed day arrived, re | ledged God on the reception of food, but read the ceived his guests very pleasantly, and entered at once scriptures and prayed before separating from the into animated conversation, determined, by obtruding family; and did it, too, at the request of the master his own favourite topics, to forestall the divine. It -though this request was made, in every successive was not long before the latter discovered his object, | instance, against his fixed purpose. and summoned together his powers to defeat it. He The chagrin of this disappointment, however, plied them with that skill and address for which he eventually became the occasion of his greatest joy. was remarkable; still, for some time, victory inclined | His inind was never entirely at ease till he found to neither side, or to both alternately.
peace in believing. Often did he revert, with devout The lawyer, not long before, bad returned from thankfulness to God, to the visit which had occasionWashington, where he had spent several weeks on ed his mortification; and ever after regarded, with business at the Supreme Court of the United States. more than common veneration and respect, the serDr Payson instituted some inquiries respecting sun- vant of God whom he had once despised; and was dry personages there, and, among others, the chap glad to receive ministrations in exchange for those lain of the House of Representatives. The counsellor on which he had formerly attended. had heard him perform the devotional services in that assembly. “How did you like him?"_“Not
“TENDER MERCIES ARE OVER ALL HIS at all; he appeared to have more regard to those
WORKS." around him than he did to his Maker.” Dr Payson was very happy to see him recognise the distinction
your Father,” is a sweet solace to the Christian when between praying to God, and praying to be heard of
called to witness inexplicable providences. How men; and let fall a series of weighty observations on ofter do we have to weep and wonder at what God prayer, passing into a strain of remark, which with does, and yet say, He doeth all things well? One out taking the form, had all the effect, on the law | reason why I would depart and dwell in glory is, t! yer's conscience, of a personal application. From a
I am anxious to view some of God's works from that
sublime position. As I look now through a glass topic so unwelcome he strove to divert the conversa
darkly, I am utterly unable to see the mercy which tion; and every few minutes would start something as
I know is “ over all' his works." How delightful it wide from it as the east is from the west. But as of will be in the light of heaven to pierce the clouds and ten as he wandered, his guest would dexterously and darkness in which many providences are hidden, and without violence bring him back; and as often as he to unfold these “ mysteries " by which the afflicted was brought back he would wander again.
are so often perplexed!
Sometimes, however, a ray of this heavenly light At length the trying moment, which was to turn
falls upon an earthly scene, and greatly cheers the the scale, arrived. The time for the evening repast
sorrowing and wondering soul. It is sometimes perhad come; the servant had entered the parlour with mitted us even here to know enough of God's ways the trays; the master of the feast became unusually to approve them, for other reasons than our general eloquent, resolved to engross the conversation, to
knowledge of his character. These remarks are sughear no question or reply, to allow no interval
gested by a case of peculiar affliction, which has
come under my observation, and which I purpose for “grace," and to give no indication by the eye, briefly to state in illustration of an obvious principle the hand, or the lips, that he expected or wished in God's dealings. for such a service. Just as the distribution was A boy of uncommon promise was the idol of his on the very point of commencing, Dr Payson in- family during his first decade. That there was much terposed the question_" What writer has said. | in him to love and admire and build hopes upon, was * The devil invented the fashion of carrying round
the testimony of other minds than those of fond pa
rents. From his earliest years, his natural loveliness tea, to prevent a blessing being asked ?"" Our
was sweetened by a deep current of religious thoughthost felt himself “cornered;" but, making a vir fulness and feeling. It pleased God to afflict him tue of necessity, promptly replied, “ I know not what with a disease which entirely blasted his eart writer it is; but, if you please, we will foil the devil | prospects. The blow was very severe to those w this time : will you ask a blessing, sir?" A blessing,
loved him. And while they said, God is good and
wise in all his dealings, they yet were full of wonder of course, was asked; and he brooked as well as he
that such bright promises must be thus rudely could this first certain defeat, still resolved not to crushed. Almost another decade has passed over sustain another by the offering of thanks on closing this boy, and now the “mysterious providence " is the repast. But in this, too, he was disappointed.luminous with much of heaven's light. To bim it