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with all his bitter invectives against the Bible, he had never read the New Testament with attention.'
My mind was so sickened from the meditation on those few characters, that I begged to hasten from the place. I saw a group of other tombs, some with inscriptions, and others without, 'whose memorials were perished with thembut I could bear no more. We ascended the same steps by which we had come down, and on leaving the dreadful place, my heart exclaimed, 'Oh! my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly mine honour be not thou united!'
What impressions the rest of the company felt I know not; but for my part, never shall I forget the awfulness of the scene. Is this the sure termination, I said to myself, of infidelity? Oh! for that warning voice, and that more powerful grace to make the voice effectual, which the man of God uttered in the holy mountain, to be sounded in every infidel's ears; 'Be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong!'
My mind acquired great strength and greater knowledge in divine things during my abode in the house of the Interpreter. I was with him somewhat more than three months, and the time seemed to me but a few days; like the seven years of the Patriarch's labour in the service of the Syrian, for the reward in expectation which sweetened the whole. At length it became necessary to depart; and the morning arrived in which I was to bid him farewell.
There were several other of Zion's Pilgrims in the house besides myself, who were also on the eve of departure; and therefore the good man of the house called us together into the hall, in order to receive his parting blessing.
'It is my uniform custom, (said the Interpreter,) when Christian friends are about to leave my house, to give them, by way of token, a written motto, consisting of some particular passage of God's word, which, by wearing it in their bosoms, may serve at once, through divine grace, to bring to their remembrance the instructions which they have received from me; and also furnish them with somewhat of consolation suited to the peculiar frame and constitution of their own minds.' In saying this, he presented to a poor man who stood near me, and whose appearance indicated that the glass of his life was nearly run out to the last sand, a piece of paper, on which was written, Jeremiah xlix. 11. 'Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let thy widows trust in me.' And within this paper there was another folded piece, bearing this inscription, Isaiah liv. 5. 'For thy Maker is thine husband, the Lord of Hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; the God of the whole earth shall he be called.' And within this also a third, with this motto, Psalm xxvii. 10. 'When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.' As the Interpreter presented this paper to the poor man, he said, ' You have heard all that I have said to you, my brother, on the subject of our own everlasting welfare: and I am much pleased to see, from the evidences which appear in your experience of the renewed life, that a work of grace is wrought in your heart, and that yourihopes are well founded. But as I know that the several claims of nature in your family have a strong hold upon your feelings, I beg you frequently to have recourse to these sweet covenant promises. Thvjirst is for yourself. The second for the beloved partner of your heart. And the third for your children.' To another, who stood also near me, and whose anxiety had been very greatly exercised respecting the deceitfulness of his heart, and who feared lest after all, his religion should be found to be nothing more than a cloak of hypocrisy, the Interpreter presented a paper with this motto;'Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts. And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.' Ps. cxxxix. 23, 5*4And, as he presented it, he said, ' Take this, my friend, 'and make it the subject of your daily inquiry before God. See whether you can pray with the same earnest desire as David did; or appeal to the Great Searcher of hearts, as Paul did; 'God is my witness whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son.' Rom. i9. If the approbation of God, and not the applause of man, be the desire of the heart; if the mind hates sin as sin, and not for its consequences; if you can bless a taking God, as well as a giving God; if you feel your soul humbled with a sense of unworthiness, while God is showering down upon you the abundance of his grace; if Jesus be loved for his own sake, more than for his gifts; these are all so many marks and touchstones of character, which never can belong to hypocrisy, and therefore may be considered by you as evidences of a well-founded hope.'' 'Young man, (said the Interpreter, to a very hopeful and promising youth that was in the circle,) the best motto I can present you with, is the declaration which the Lord commanded the prophet to make in the ears of Jerusalem; 'Thus saith the Lord, I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.' Jeremiah ii. 2. Keep this precious text of Scripture in your bosom, as an infallible antidote against all the poisonous influence with which you may be surrounded in the long pilgrimage through which you have yet to pass. The man that hath many days to count, hath many wintery dispensations to be exercised with. Nothing can serve more effectually, through divine grace, to bear up the mind under all its pressures, than the recollections of early notices of God and fkoin God; and so sweet a promise of being remembered through all.'
'And as for you, my brother, (the good man said, addressing himself to me,) there is no passage of scripture more suited to your case and circumstances, than that which is contained in the prayer of the Lord Jesus, in the conclusion of his ministry upon earth ;. (John xvii. 11.) 'Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me.' Ori