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godly person is without-Knowledge, Repentance, Faith, Sincerity, a Spirit of prayer, Love to the people and word of God, Public spiritedness, Mean thoughts of the world, Delight in Sabbath sanctification.' Lord, let these things be in me, and abound. Methinks, as I grow old, I have more delight and sweetness in my old sermon notes, and often think of those who had seen the old temple, they wept, while others rejoiced. Yet, I heartily bless God for the gifts and abilities of our younger ministers.
But I am comforted to think that I have not now my foundation to lay. I had then the best helps, so that my roots were watered with wine."
In the year 1750, when aged 86, noticing a sermon, preached by her honored Father, on Psalm lxxi, 17, 18, O God, thou hast taught me from my youth, she writes; "he gave five excellent lessons for young ones: Remember your Creator, Eccl. xii, 1; Come to Jesus Christ, John vi, 45; Bear the Yoke, Lament. iii, 27; Flee youthful lusts, 2 Tim. ii, 22; Cleanse your way, Psalm cxix, 9; Blessed are they that dwell in thy house. There are precious promises, sweet ordinances, rich graces and gifts, choice comforts and hopes, and everlasting joys yet behind."
How forcibly does the preceding exhibition commend Christian diligence! When it is considered how high a station industry occupies among virtues, how honorably it is
associated in scripture, and how closely it is allied to personal comfort, as well as public advantage, we do not wonder that the examples of the saints are proposed, by inspired wisdom, as a stimulus to exertion. "Be not slothful, but followers of them who, through faith and patience, inherit the promises.”
It not unfrequently happens that young Christians, either from the overpowering splendor of newly discovered objects, or from a mistaken apprehension that God is only served by prayer and praise, neglect their temporal avocations, or undervalue the opportunities afforded by common duties for holy obedience. Too often, likewise, they overlook their best interests, by omitting to store their minds with Christian knowledge, which, however painfully acquired, always affords its possessor a rich remuneration. Though, in truth, the divine glory has greater accessions by the unwearied industry, patient submission, and habitual self-denial of consistent believers, than by the highest flights of rapturous devotion. Be diligent in business, is the heavenly order, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
HER BENEVOLENCE AND MODERATION.
THAT Mrs. Savage possessed a truly benevolent spirit, and was actuated in works of
charity by pure motives, is very evident. Hear her language: "I find the duty of giving, hard to manage aright-to keep the eye single. I find it much easier to draw out the hand to the hungry, than to draw forth the soul in inward compassion. O this inside of duty is that which I find so very hard."
She did not act upon the antichristian principle, that heaven is to be merited by charitable deeds. She had been better taught. "As the elect of God, holy, and beloved," she put on bowels of mercy," well knowing how peculiarly a kind and benevolent spirit adorns the gospel. Indeed, if heaven is the reward of alms-deeds, how can the poor, who have every thing to receive nothing to bestow-hope for a place in glory? How different the language of revelation! "By grace are ye saved, through faith: and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of WORKS, lest any man should boast.""Hearken, my beloved brethren, hath not. God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?"
There was nothing forced in her beneficence. It was truly divine. "Providence," she remarks, "having placed me at the upper end of the table, I have dealt out with a liberal hand." This part of her character has been thus recorded by one of her family. "The pleasure with which she gave alms,
or did any other good office to the poor, or distressed, is not to be described. She willingly employed herself in making garments for their clothing. She always spoke of the plenty of a farm-house as one of the chief advantages of her station, that it allowed her greater opportunities of supplying the wants of the poor, and feeding the hungry, which she always did with her own hands. She was often observed to be most cheerful those days wherein she had been most called on for such charity."
MODERATION too, eminently distinguished this excellent woman. After her marriage she was deprived of those opportunities for public worship, which, from infancy, she had enjoyed. The nearest house of prayer was the Parish Church, to which, though, a Dissenter from principle, she, on the Lord's day, statedly resorted, but on sacrament days she usually travelled to Broad Oak, or Nantwich; the former about eight, and the latter about five miles distant.
Without relaxing in her attachment to the mode of worship adopted by Dissenters, or at all shrinking from an avowal of it, she embraced every proper opportunity of testifying her respect for the Established Clergy, and strengthening their hands in their important labors. On one occasion she writes,
Our minister takes a great deal of pains in catechising (Sabbath noon.) I send mine to him for example sake, for I take the Assem
bly's Catechism, which they have learned, to be much better than that the Church of England appoints; but I find he joins some useful instructions, and I hope some of them may remain. To-day he exhorted them to the great duty of secret prayer. Lord, set in, and speak to their hearts, that all pious endeavors this way may meet with their desired success."
There are individuals who may be ready to censure her conduct, and almost suspect her sincerity. To such I would present the following extract from her Diary. "Aug. 15, 1703.-In the morning I had refreshment by reading Psa. cxxxix, concerning God's omniscience-Searched me and known me:" -very comfortable as to the censures of men, and suitable to me as to our Nonconformity. Some accuse of singularity, and hypocrisy, in my conformity. Thou hast seen and searched, and knowest my heart in that matter-that it is right with thee. As my dear father thus expresses it—I am censured by some for conforming so far; by others, for doing it no further. Which shall I seek to please? Neither. But thee, O heavenly Father, who seest in secret.'Reading this week in the book of Job, and observing the speeches of his friends, how savorily and piously they speak in some things, and yet how much misapplied to Job; and that though they often said the same to him, yet there was great want of