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ADDRESS TO CONTENT.
Friend of the lowly, hear my cry ;
And smooth’st the rugged brow of poverty !
To kiss the sweets of every mead:
And gently bend the cowslip's silken head.
In vain the sylvan warbler sings;
In vain the spicy shrub soft odour flings.
And here thy heavenly sisters bring
Teach wo to smile, and bending toil to sing.
And adds fresh lustre to the view :
How sweet the little violet's milder hue !
With her the storm I will not dread :
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THE CHRISTIAN'S ARMORY.
DECEMBER, 1807. (No. 7. VOL. III.
CHARACTER OF THE REV. MOSES PARSONS, PASTOR OF THE
CHURCH IN BYEFIELD.
Extracted from a sermon delivered to his bereaved flock, by the Rev. David
Tappan, afterward D. D.
The God of nature had given grammar school ; first at Manhim not only a most graceful and chester, and afterwards at Gloucommanding presence, but a soul cester ; in which department he furnished with many excellent displayed such mingled dignity natural endowments ; the most and mildness, such a happy, instriking of which were a correct gratiating manner of instructing and solid judgment, a quick per- and forming the rising generaception, a fertile invention, a tion, as have left a lasting perready and easy flow of thoughtfume upon his name in those and expression, a remarkably towns; especially the latter, steady and resolute temper, where he acted the part of a joined and softened by a very most tender, able, successful pleasant and sprightly vein, and spiritual guide to his pupils, in a a large share of the kind and season of uncommon religious tender sensibilities. These, impressions. improved and expanded by a On the 20th of June, 1744, he liberal education, polished by a was ordained the pastor of the large acquaintance with mankind, church in Byefield; in which he refined and consecrated by divine lived to complete near half of the grace, enabled him to appear on fortieth year of his ministry it the stage of the world in a very and through this whole period, advantageous light, both as the he was a bright ornament both gentleman, the Christian, the to his Christian and ministerial divine, and the preacher.
profession. Having graduated at Harvard If we trace his private life, we University, in 1736, the 21st see a remarkable pattern of year of his age, * he was employ steady and uniform goodness. ed, for a series of years, in a The uncommon firmness and Vol. III. No. 7.
Nx "He was born June 20, 1716.
| He died Dec. 14, 1783.
stability of bis natural temper pious without enthusiasm, supers communicated its own complex- stition or ostentation ; zealous ion to his moral and religious against error and vice, without character, and rendered it a most ‘ill nåtured bitterness; conde. lively comment on those lines of scendingly affable to all, without the poet.
the least sacrifice of his ministe"A man resolv'd, and steady to liis rial dignity.
Another eminent stroke in Inflexible to ill, and obstinately just.” his character was a peculiar and
Having once deliberately set noble simplicity of heart, discovtled bis judgment, or fixed his ering itself in an honest, generpurpose, upon any question, he ous openness of language and maintained it with the most rig. behaviour. I never knew a perid, immoveable constancy, which son farther removed from every nothing would shake, but the appearance of duplicity; wheth. force of new light and convic- er deceitful flattery, low trick, tion illuminating his understand designed falsehood, or artful dising. Hence he always appear. guise. His words and actions ed the same good man, both at ever appeared to flow spontane home and abroad ; both in his ous from his inmost soul, and to most secret retirements, and in speak its genuine language ; inthe open face of day ; both in somuch that his real sentiments the pulpit, and the social circle and feelings were almost visible He always carried the gravity, and transparent in his frank, honthe dignity, the prudent deco est countenance, conversation rum of the Christian minister and deportment. into his most cheerful hours and With this was joined a warm, visits ; and though he often in- unaffected, enlarged benevodulged bis pleasant, enliven- lence, which, while it flowed out ing humour among his friends, in good wishes and prayers for 'yet a nice and singular purity, all mankind, embraced with a innocence and moderation ever particular ardour the dear names presided over these sprightly of country, neighbourhood, acsallies, and kept them at the quaintance, friends, and nearest greatest distance from the pues connexions; and accordingly rile jest, the boisterous laugh, rendered him a zealous, patriotic the vain, indelicate mirth, which advocate and fervent intercessor flow only from light, impure or for the civil and religious intervulgar minds. It has been re- ests of his beloved, persecuted marked by some of his intimate America ; an obliging, useful acquaintance, that he scarce ever neighbour, and member of civil dismissed the merriest topic, society ; a kind, courteous and without raising from it, or min. very hospitable acquaintance ; gling with it, some qualifying an entire, faithful, inviolable observation, or useful lesson of a friend; and in all his domestic moral nature. In short, he connexions, as husband, parent, knew how to be familiar without master, remarkably affectionate, meanness ; sociable without lo- condescending and endearing. quacity ; cheerful without lev. And as these virtues and acity; grave without moroseness; complishments rendered him
very amiable and respectable in vicissitudes; the opening or the more private walks of life, conclusion of each revolving so they threw a lustre round his year ; the beds of sick and dypublic, ministerial character ; in ing, or the graves of departed which were combined, the judi- neighbours and friends, and the cious and sound divine ; the like; thus calling in (like his evangelical, solid, affectionate, great Master before him) the edifying, acceptable preacher; world of nature, to join that of the prudent, compassionate and grace, in assisting and animating faithful pastor ; the wise and you and himseit to adore and good casuist; the zealous, steady serve the God of both. friend, defender and promoter I shall only add, he greatly of pure and undefiled religion, excelled in the gilt of prayer ; in opposition to growing error, in a ready command of penitent delusion and wickedness. In his thoughts and expressions on evsermons, he handled the greatery occasion ; and could with doctrines of the gospel, not in a remarkable ease and propriety merely speculative, or metaphy- adapt himself to the most pecusical mode ; but in a manner liar and sudden emergencies studiously plain and practical ; He appeared to have a high ever representing Christianity as sense of the duty, importance a vital, boly system, designed and advantages of devotion ; and not to amuse or puzzle the head, was very exemplary, both in but to sanctify the heart and life, practising it himself, and pro. and in this way, through the me- moting it in others. diation of Christ, to save the It is natural to conclude, that soul from death. He was very a character so estimable must particular and faithful in suiting have been very generally and his public addresses to the vari- highly respected. This concluous characters and circumstances sion was signally verified. He of his flock; courageously re- was reverenced and loved by the proving, and endeavouring to large circle of his acquaintance ; alarm stupid and bold transgres- and the fragrancy of his good sors, as well as applying the name reached to multitudes consolations of God to the con- who never saw his face or heard trite, dejected saint. He appear. his voice. ed to enter deeply into the The preceding view of his afflictions of his people, and was ļife also leads us 10 expect a very careful and happy in adapt- peaceful and honourable exit. ing his friendly counsels and The past fully realised this exprayers to their various distress. pectation. His last hours were es. He was very remarkable for evidently cheered and brightened a religious observation and im- by those comforting reflections provement of divine providence, and prospects which such uninot only in its uncommon dis. form goodness, in connexion pensations, but even in its ordi. with the faith of the gospel, so Dary events ; pointing his hear. naturally inspires. He declared ers for spiritual instruction, to the tranquillity he felt in the near the various returning seasons, views of his dissolution, and his with their several iufluences and hope of shortly seeing his dear Jesus in heavenly glory. . And resignation under afflictive diswe trust this hope has not made pensations ; for a sense of the him ashamed, but is exchanged divine goodness in his many for the beatific vision and enjoy- comforts, and gratitude to those, ment of that divine Saviour, through whom they were conver. whom he affectionately served ed; for thankfulness to those in and preached in the church be- authority, on account of the low. The eye of Christian faith blessings enjoyed under their and charity beholds and salutes protection; and for an unsuspect him as God's servant,* still offi- ing charity towards all. He sai ciating with seraphic vigour and and approved what was excellent transport in some higher de in men, whose sentiments in partment, in the church tri. politics, and even in religious umphant.
matters less essential, greatly differed from his own. Strict in ex. amining his own heart and life, he
viewed with candour the conduct ACCOUNT OF THE REVEREND
of others. His care in avoiding DR. GILLIES.
sinful conformity to the world,
and in abstaining from every apBy the late Dr. Erskine.
pearance of evil, was adorned by DR. JOHN GILLIES was son
gentle, courteous and endearing of the Rev. Mr. John Gillies,
manners. His kind and af minister of Carriston, in the
fectionate heart wished to em presbytery of Brechin, and of
brace all of every denomination, Mrs. Mary Watson, who was de who love our Lord Jesus in scended from a respectable fami. Sicerity
ectable fami: sincerity. No wonder, then, that ly in Galloway.
even the party spirited, who with From his character when a
rancour shunned one another, student of divinity, for worthy
met in one point, loving and dispositions, learning, taste, and
reverencing Dr. Gillies. acquaintance with the best an
His zeal against error and cient and modern writers, he
vice, and yet his moderation in - was successively employed as a
the manner of contending against tutor in the families of Brisbane
them, were known to all men. of Brisbane, Macdowal of Castle
During the meeting of the gener, semple, and Lord Glasgow.
al assembly, 1778, a bill was Few have been more eminent
about to pass for repealing some for simplicity and godly sinceri. of king William's laws against ty : for lively impressions of din popery ; and though that bill
only respected England, it was habitual cheerfulness; for delight apprehended, that next session in the scriptures, and in speak- of par
of parliament, a similar bill ing or hearing of Him who is would be introduced for Scotland. their great subject; for the orna..
Alarmed, lest such a repeal ments of a meek, humble, and
might greatly hazard the 'inquiet spirit; for patience and
terests of Protestantism, the
doctor moved, that the general The text was from Joshua i. 2. assembly should instruct their Moses my servant is dead.
commission to give it the earliest