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Keen storms and tempests may assail
The pure in heart—but not prevail;

No-the Foundation's sure.
Though wave on wave may dash the shore,
And billows rage, and foam, and roar,

His servants are secure.
Then keep the faith-trust and confide
In him—who all thy wants supplied,

And kept thee through thy youth,
For his exalted cause to stand,
An instrument at his command,

• To spread the Gospel truth.

How Truth adorns! what rays of light,
Wisdom divine pours on the sight,

Of them that her embrace !
Her converse mild, sweet, and sincere,
Her counsel safe, her doctrine, clear,

She beautifies with grace.

Retir'd, and sitting down to rest,
Some pure impressions warm'd my breast,

With love and friendship too;
And good desires for all—for thee,
So hand and mind and pen agree,

To ask how thou dost do ?

Does gospel love enlarge thy heart?
And make thee willingly impart,

Counsel with vocal sound ?
Persuade with all the strength of sense,
And all the charm of eloquence,

Divide the word around.

With love, and life, and power divine, Which also sweetly must combine,

To reach the grov'ling soul; And meliorate the callous heart, Then wine and oil may heal the smart,

When tears of sorrow roll.

May his devoted children praise
His nameand thus their voices raise,

To advocate his cause,
Who fills our barns with plenteous store,
And in his blessing-blesses more

Those that obey his laws.

For He, from whom all good must flow, Can form a Paradise below,

And fit the soul for heaven; But human science, power or art, Cannot command the smallest part,

And yet its freely given.

The will is free, and life may choose,
And also freely may refuse.

The saving gift of grace,
That would redeem out of the fall,
And's freely offered unto all

The noble human race.

No pow'r but love's endearing charm,
Can save the soul from fear or harm,

And give it lasting peace:
Oh! then the captive mind set free,
Enjoys the sweets of liberty,

And faith and hope increase.

But cease, my muse, the pen lay down,
For heaven will the conquest crown,

And waft safe to the shore,
Where all the troubles that arrest,
And pierce the tender feeling breast,
Can ne'er afflict it more.

H. ""Heaven wills our happiness, allows our doom, Invites us ardently, but not compels."

Young.

A short account of Jesse Livezey, late of Abing

ton, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, deceased. Written by his mother.

Believing it may afford instruction and encouragement to some seeking minds, I think proper to commit to writing some account of my dear, deceased son, Jesse Livezey.

He was from his infancy of a mild, tender, and affectionate disposition, and manifested so much attachment for his parents that he was not satisfied to be long away from them. When he was about eight years old, in consequence of his father's indisposition and inability to carry on the farming business, he was placed out from home: this was a great trial to him, as he met with many hardships and difficul. ties, which he bore with patience.

About the age of sixteen, he went to learn the trade of shoe making; but, owing to a weakness in his breast, he was not able to follow it. He next went to a chair maker, but his master not fully understanding the trade, he was disappointed there also. He then followed farming, and still manifest

ed his concern, whether at home or abroad, to do what he could for his parents; and when he would come home to see us would often say, 6 Mother, if I live, I hope that I may be enabled to make things easier for thee.”

About the 1st of the 4th month, 1820, he hired with a widow woman to work on her farm at low wages; this he did in order to have time and liberty to attend week-day meetings, being about three miles from the meeting of Germantown, which he attended. He continued in this employ about five months, in which time through his sober and exemplary deportment, he gained the esteem of the family. The 25th of the 8th month, on his way

to attend Frankford monthly meeting, he called to see us, as his brother was sick; and in the afternoon, on his return, his concern for us still being manifest, he told me he was afraid that we had not provision enough for our creatures, and that as he passed by a neighbour's clover field, it occurred to his mind to inquire whether he could not get it to cut to the shares; and said, “Mother if thee is willing, I will go and see after it.” Accordingly he went and engaged it. On his return, he said, “If I am well, I will try to come next week and cut it for thee.” He came, and began the mowing on the 29th of sth month: mowed until towards night, but was too unwell to do any more;-complained of a pain in his head, which he had had for some days; he then took to his bed, with a chill and fever. I nursed him for several days; but he grew worse, and had more fever. A doctor was called, but all to no purpose. He suffered much, which he bore with great patience

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and quietness, though was under much exercise of mind. He said he had looked over his life, and though he had never done much harm, yet he had omitted some religious duties. He had spoken once in Abington meeting, about a year before, and felt great peace of mind after it; but had withheld several times since, and once when in his brother's family he felt an impression to call them together, but omitted it. Then, looking earnestly at me, he said, “O mother, what a small duty that was, and yet I did not do it.” Then said, “If I can only have peace of mind before I go hence, it is all I crave;

; and if I am taken away, I hope it will be of use to my two younger brothers.” On seventh-day morning, the 16th of 9th month, he said he felt much better both in body and mind; but afterward, his disorder increasing, affected his head so that he became very delirious: but through all, his mind was supported, and in full expectation of his change, he often called for his king, saying, “O king, when wilt thou come?” On fourth-day afternoon, the 20th, he quietly passed away, without sigh or groan, like one falling into a sweet sleep, and we have reason to believe he was favoured with a peaceful and happy close. Aged nearly twenty-four years.

In his conduct and deportment, he was steady and exemplary; even when his hands were employed in his labour, his mind seemed fixed on heaven and heavenly things. He never followed the vain customs and fashions of the world, but had a testimony to bear in regard to plainness; an evidence of which occurred a few months before his death, as follows; having bought some cloth for a suit of

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