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the beginning of the late troubles, so that they now cloud the most of their seniors! How many miles would I have gone twenty years ago, and less, to have heard one of those ancient reverend divines, whose congregations are now grown thin, and their parts esteemed mean, by reason of the notable improvements of their juniors! I hope I shall rejoice in God while I have a being, for the common change which in other parts I have lived to see; so that many hundred faithful men are so hard at work for the saving of souls, and that more are springing up apace."

PRISON POETRY.

R. CHEARE, a Baptist minister of Plymouth, in England, was apprehended and cast into prison for holding a meeting contrary to law. He endured five years' confinement in six different prisons, and was at last banished to the isle of St. Nicholas, where he died a most happy death, in 1668. He left the following lines on the walls of his prison at Plymouth:

"Nigh four years since, sent out from hence,

To Exon gaol was I;

But special grace, in three months' space,
Wrought out my liberty.

Till Bartholomew, in sixty-two,

That freedom did remain :

When without bail, to Exon gaol,

I hurried was again.

Where having lain, as do the slain,

'Mong dead men wholly free,

Full three years space, my native place,

By leave I come to see.

And thought not then, I here again

A month's restraint should find:

Since to my den, cast out from men,
I'm during life designed.

But since my lines, my Lord assigns
In such a lot to be;

I kiss the rod, confess my God
Deals faithfully with me.

My charged crime, in his due time,

He fully will decide;

And until then, forgiving men,

ln peace with him I 'bide."

Just before he died, when he was too weak to raise his hands, he gave the following charge to his friends. "I charge you in the name of the Lord Jesus, and as you will even answer it at the great day, that you make religion your business, and that you make not godliness a slight thing, nor walking with God a

small matter, as ever you hope to stand before God in judgment."

About three hours before his dissolution, a friend, perceiving him to be somewhat cast down, said, "They looked unto the Lord and were lightened a right look will bring down. relief under all difficulties."

He replied with great earnestness, “Yea, and their faces were not ashamed." He spoke no more, but fell asleep in the Lord.

DAILY SELF-EXAMINATION.

R. SAMUEL NEWMAN was educated at Oxford, and became an able minister of the New Testament.

As

he was a nonconformist, he was harassed and persecuted, being driven from one place to another no less than seven times. He finally concluded to flee to New England, where he would be out of reach of his persecutors. He arrived at Boston in 1638. He spent one year and a half at Dorchester, five years at Weymouth, and nineteen years at Rehoboth. He

gave the name to the town last mentioned,

because, upon a removal to that place, his flock, which before had been short of room, might then say, "The Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land."

It was his daily practice to examine himself, and make such memorials as the following: "I find that I love God, and desire to love him more. I find a desire to requite evil with good. I find that I am looking up to God to see him and his hand in all things. I find a greater fear of displeasing God than all the world. I find a love to such Christians as I never saw or received good from. I find a grief when I see the commands of God broken. I find a mourning when I do not find an assurance of God's love. I find a willingness to give God the glory of all my ability to do good. I find a joy in the company and conversation of the godly. I find a grief when I perceive it goes ill with Christians. I find a constant love to secret duties. I find a bewailing of such sins as the world cannot accuse me of. I find I constantly choose suffering to avoid sin."

Happy the man who has such delightful evidence of his adoption.

Mr. Newman's watchfulness increased as

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he drew near the close of life. His last sermon was from Job xiv. 4. "All the days of my appointed time will I wait, until my change ⚫ come." He fell sick immediately after his sermon, and in a few days closed his eyes in peace, saying, "Now ye angels of the Lord Jesus Christ, come and do your office."

GRAY HAIRS CROWNED WITH GRACE.

He led a la

UCH was the title of a sermon preached at the funeral of the Rev. Thomas Gataker. He was educated at the university of Cambridge, and was regarded as one of the first scholars of the age in which he lived. He was classed with such men as Selden and Archbishop Usher. borious, peaceful, and useful life. A little before he died, he called his son, his sister, and his daughter to him, and gave to each one of them his dying charge, saying, "My heart fails, and my strength fails: but God is my fortress, and the rock of my salvation. Into thy hands, therefore, I commend my soul; for thou hast redeemed me, O God of truth."

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