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grace should be also its instrument and its agent: and when by teaching poor children and adults to read and write, by dispensing Tracts, by aiding Bible and Missionary Societies, and by endeav oring to evangelize our own dark villages, Christians, as well as Preachers, shall be named the "Priests of the Lord; and men shall call them the Ministers of our God:" when the promise made to the church shall be fulfilled, "They that be of thee shall build the old waste places; thou shalt raise up the foundation of many generations; and thou shalt be called the repairer of the breach,the restorer of paths to dwell in."
This is the glory of our day: and let not Christians be comparatively undervalued because they obey the obvious will of Providence and are workers together with God. The period so long prayed for is arrived; and we are requir ed to rise, even from our devotions, and serve. We could employ the hours in songs of praise; but the voice cries "Work while it is called to-day:" and you shall soon rest from your labors, and join those who dwell in his house above,
and are still praising him. Christians are now required not to sit still and record their feelings, but to endeavor to communicate them. They must not abide by the stuff. The field calls them. The harvest is come, and it is harvest weather, and the ears ungathered in, will soon fall and perish. "Say not ye, there are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest, and he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together." WILLIAM JAY.
Bath, May 2d, 1818.
MRS. SARAH SAVAGE.
HER BIRTH, EARLY PIETY, AND MAR
SARAH, the eldest daughter of the Rev. PHILIP HENRY and CATHERINE his wife,* was born August 7, 1664, at Broad Oak, in Flintshire. Of her eminently pious parents nothing need be here said-their praise has long been in the churches.†
It is not surprising that, at this distance of time, but little can be stated as to the early period of her life. The discovery of an unusual degree of amiableness, connected with mental energy, secured particular attention to her education.
*See Appendix, Note A.
† See Philip Henry's Life, and Matthew Henry's Sermon on the death of his mother, appended to it.
She was taught to read by the Rev. William Turner, who, prior to his admission into the University, resided at Broad Oak for instruction. Her learned father, by the aid of a grammar which he compiled for the purpose, in English, instructed her, when only six or seven years old, in the Hebrew tongue, and she went so far in it, as to be able readily to read and construe a Hebrew Psalm.
She also, while young, wrote outlines of the sermons she heard preached; and her diary frequently mentions the comfort and edification she experienced in reviewing them. This custom was continued to old age, and many volumes are still extant, no less proofs of her industry and neatness, than valuable specimens of ministerial skill and fidelity. She preserved in writing, likewise, her honored parent's stated Expositions in the family, and used them, through life, in her private perusal of the Scriptures.
Through the divine blessing, promised to a religious education, the means used for her spiritual welfare were not in vain, for her parents witnessed, in the years too often sinfully employed, a devotedness to God, which could not fail to promote their veneration and love to the great author of saving mercy.
Noticing, when seventy years of age, the period alluded to, she thus expressed herself:
Afterwards Vicar of Walburton, in Sussex.
"I was conceived in sin, and brought forth in iniquity; yet a kind providence took care of me, and preserved me safe through the perils of infancy. My great Creator and Benefactor endued me with understanding, reason, a capacity to learn-but infinite goodness gave me early advantages by religious parents, such as, I am ready to think, the whole world can hardly produce the like. I was betimes taught my catechism, and other things proper for my age. I had excellent examples. Religion was set before me in the clearest, and best light. Secured, by privacy, from so much as seeing the corruptions the world abounds with, for the first twenty years of my life, I do not remember to have heard an oath, or to have seen a person drunk. But still, this was but negative religion-the free grace of God, in infinite mercy, took early hold of me, and brought me to feel something of the powers of the world to come."
It is well known how careful Mr. Henry was to give serious youth* an early introduction to the Lord's Supper. We, there fore, find Mrs. Savage, in her sixteenth year, a guest at the sacred table, and the time was a time of love." Several years afterwards, the recollection was pleasant.
The compiler cannot help commending, especially to his juvenile readers, a sermon by the excellent Dr. Doddridge, entitled "The young Christian invited to Communion:"it is an admirable specimen of holy reasoning;and, "Matthew Henry's Communicant's Companion."