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every man's conscience “as in the sight of God.” His happiness at Lewes was greatly promoted by the esteem and the kind conduct of neighbouring brethren in the ministry; but that esteem and that conduct he could, and did, return. The younger found in him a brother, who could sympathise in every onward movement; the elder, one who knew how to honour the men who had “borne the burden and heat of the day.” Like many other good ministers, Mr. Parry was, however, far too regardless of his own health; and he, or rather his family and friends, perhaps, have paid the forfeit of his indiscretion; an indiscretion, however, which “leaned to virtue's side." For if, in matters affecting his personal preservation, he foolishly neglected himself, it was only because his mind was absorbed in some benevolent, or literary, or spiritual pursuit, which he deemed of higher importance. A tribute of grateful respect is due to the deacons, the church, and the congregation of the Cliffe Chapel, for their delicate and considerate conduct during the affliction of their pastor. Two years had scarcely elapsed since the period of his first visit, when an alarming illness, followed by effects which rendered him obviously (to use his own words) “a maimed minister," obstructed the fulfilment of his regular duties. Through the succeeding ten months he could only preach occasionally; and then (though his sermons were most deeply spiritual, and therefore eminently profitable to devout hearers) under circumstances which too plainly indicated that his was the voice of a dying man. During all that time, however, the congregations were steadily kept up; and not only were other indications of personal kindness supplied to the gradually sinking minister, but no one would hear of his resigning the pastorate, until he should also resign his breath.
Certainly, the congregation was not left
in a worse condition, as a result of this its generous conduct; but all men would not have acted thus kindly, and these deserved and received most hearty thanks. Having partially recovered from a pulmonary attack, under which some kind friends (at Ryde, Lewes, and London) had provided him with valuable medical counsels, Mr. Parry was by other helpers enabled to test the benefits of his “native air." He returned in April, 1850, from Abergele, greatly refreshed in spirit, and apparently improved in health; but the cough was not gone. Though he afterwards preached and wrote as often as he could, a relapse was continually feared by his friends; and it too certainly occurred. On Sunday, the 16th of June, he preached twice. In the morning, from Heb. x. 36, “Ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise." In the evening, from 1 Thess. iv. 13:—“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.” It was on that day observed, with earnest recognition of the profoundly spiritual and intellectual character of the last discourse, that “Mr. Parry had preached his own funeral sermon." On Monday evening he concluded, as was his wont, the public prayer-meeting, and afterwards attended a private meeting ; but he was next morning seized with that last illness which deprived his church of an affectionate and devoted pastor; his friends of a noble, unselfish, always to be trusted, companion; and his bereaved infants of the example of their father's lovely character. It also left to an early widowhood the “wife " of his “youth," to whom he had been so fondly and so faithfully attached. Mrs. Parry being the eldest daughter of the compiler of this memoir, he must say no more of her than, under these solemn circumstances, to express his grateful conviction that she proved “an help meet” to her worthy husband; and that the following records of his dying-bed are chiefly from her pen:— “The first fortnight after his seizure, he seemed to suffer much from depression of spirits; partly to be attributed to great bodily suffering, but chiefly, as he afterwards mentioned, from the hard struggle he had to say, ‘Thy will be done!" in prospect of leaving his family. Nature did triumph for a short time; he did find it hard to surrender his earthly treasures; but Grace prevailed. He was enabled to say, ‘Not my will, but Thine;' and though, almost to the last, there was a lingering towards ‘life’—if such might be the will of God, submission to that will was the constant feeling he evinced. “His great difficulty and pain in speaking, prevented him from seeing the many friends to whom it would have pleased him to speak of ‘God's goodness.’ When best able, he saw, however, one or two ministers, his much-loved deacons, and a few members of the church. It was hoped that successively he might be able to converse with each member of his flock, but his sufferings rendered this impossible.” Often, however, at intervals, and in disjointed sentences, he spake words of tender solicitude, affection, and gratitude of his kind people. “Ah!" he would say, “with what deep interest I had looked forward to spending a few years with them, but—God—has cut me short! Well, His will is best! His will! His time! His purpose! But I pray that He may bless them." To the young, while he was able, Mr. Parry had devoted much attention. From his Bible-classes, both in the Isle of Wight and at Lewes, he had received valuable proofs of grateful regard; and now, in his protracted retirement, the young people were solemnly on his mind. He often prayed especially for them, and “longed to see them, that he might
impart some spiritual gift.” Sometimes he expressed his thought that a word “from a dying man" might be blessed to them; but he was at length driven to the consolation arising from a remembrance that the God who could bless the words of a dying man, could also sanction other means for their benefit. The death-bed experience of Mr. Parry was not so much rapture as reliance and submission. His bodily suf. ferings were very complicated; and in sustaining, as he did, the great fight of his afflictions, he was enabled to present a not less effective illustration of the power of Divine grace, than if, under othercircumstances, the flow of his enjoyments had assumed a more exciting character. He did, in fact, “enjoy without intermission, Submission to the will of God, a peaceful reliance on his Saviour, and blessed hopes through him." “One murmur on account of his sufferings never escaped him. He always seemed te be enabled to bear whatever the Lord thought fit to lay on him. “It is all right,’ he said; “what are my pains to those HE bore for me !' “And all this watchful care and love I am receiving! How different from those runaway disciples ' ' Then, musing a little—“How like Christ it was when He afterwards appeared to them, not to taunt them with their desertion of Him!' “On one of the assize days, as the judge was passing to the county tribunal, the sound of the trumpets reached his chamber. ‘Ah!' he said, ‘and my Judge is coming ! but He is also my Advocate '' There is No conDEMNATION ‘to those who are in Christ Jesus !" “One said, ‘You have preached the gospel to others, do you feel it comforting your own soul now 2' “He answered, ‘I do / Sometimes, before my illness, I feared lest its glorious truths might lose their effect on my own soul, from its being my profession to proclaim them; and the dread of this being the case, often sent me
prostrate before God. I now believe that God has preserved my sincerity. From the sweet peace He gives to me now, and the assurance I feel, that, unworthy as I am, and unprofitable servant though I have been, I am safe. I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded He will “keep that I have committed unto Him against that day."' “At another time, he remarked, “He is leading me down the valley, but I feel He is close to me; and though it is long, it is not dark.' “At another, “I should pray; for it is written, “Call upon Him while he is near"—and God is certainly near to me now.'" He was seldom able, to speak but he uttered some word to the praise of Jesus, or to comfort those who (sisters of mercy, indeed!) were anxiously and constantly attending his deeply trying, but well-sustained, passage to the grave. On Lord's day, August 4, 1850, about one o'clock, it was evident that the last struggle was at hand, and that he knew it. He calmly said, “Raise me! I am dying !" and shortly afterwards, “Jesus calls me! I am going home !" After this his breathing became very difficult; and it was thought that a few moments must “end the strife.” He rallied, however, and said, “Why, how is this? I thought it had been said to me, “This day shalt thou be with
me in Paradise !' Well, never mind! It is a long struggle—but—I shall go at last !” To the question—“Does Jesus support you now 2" he answered, “Yes, I have a satisfactory assurance. God is taking my soul to Himself.” This was his dying testimony. At half-past seven o'clock on that evening, the spirit departed to be “present with the Lord." His remains, borne by his people to the graveyard of All Saints' Church, were interred in the sepulchre of his friend Mr. Harman. They were accompanied to their resting-place by the Rev. Messrs. Goulty, Moore, Judson, and Lawrence, and by members of the family and of the church. Funeral sermons were preached on the following Lord's-day, at the Cliffe Chapel, by the Rev. W. Davis, of Hastings; and at the Baptist Chapel, by the Rev. Henry Lawrence. “Devout men carried JoHN PARRY to the grave, and made great lamentation over him.”
Thom As MANN.
West Cowes, Isle of Wight, December 30, 1850.
P.S.–It is not known whether further papers from the pen of Mr. Parry will, or will not, be published. He left some on which he had long been employed, for the young, especially a “Diatessaron," nearly ready for the press.
THE YOUNG CHRISTIAN. “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby."—l Pet. ii. 2.
THE young Christian, who has but just entered on the spiritual life, is, in all respects, an object of intense and peculiar anxiety. The great change through which he has passed, the new scenes which have opened on his view, —the new joys which have sprung up in his bosom, the new duties to which he is called,—the new conflict on which
he has entered,—together with his inexperience, his weak faith, and the manifold temptations to which he is exposed, all combine to invest his position with a character of extraordinary and touching interest. I look around me on many such this evening, and feel deeply anxious to say something to them, on this annual occasion, which may tend to brace them for the duties of their Christian calling, and to prepare them for a useful, honourable, and happy course, in the present life; and for the glories and felicities, which lie beyond death, and the grave, in the life to come. The text reminds us of their standing they are “newborn babes;"—of the prevailing spiritual appetite which they should cultivate, they are to “desire the sincere milk of the word;"—and of the grand aim which should ever be present to their minds, “that ye may grow thereby." I. WE ARE REMINDED of THE YouNG CHRisTIAN's standing.—He is a “newborn babe." As such he is 1. To be congratulated. What an unspeakable mercy, dear young friends, if you have reached the standing of “newborn babes," in God's spiritual family. If you are “born again," what a change has passed upon you? “Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." You are “created anew in Christ Jesus." You have “passed from death unto life;” out of “darkness into marvellous light." You are in friendship with God.—Your “sins which are many are all forgiven you." You are the disciples of Christ. You are candidates for heaven. You are heirs of immortality;-" heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ.”—You have been delivered from the bondage of sin, and Satan, and the world, and evil passions, and corrupt fellowships; —and translated into “the glorious liberty of the children of God.” The young Christian, as a “newborn babe,” is 2. To be sympathized with. Who can look upon a “newborn babe" without feelings of intense sympathy? Its helplessness, its absolute dependence upon the care of others, its exposure to danger, its entrance upon an imperfect and sorrowing stage of existence, its immortal destiny, all tends to awaken sympathy on its behalf—And ought there not to be a higher and nobler sympathy
for the “newborn babe,” who has just entered the world of grace? Is he not feeble and helpless, every spiritual faculty as yet in its infancy? Is he not in a sense absolutely dependent upon foreign help and succour, all the graces of the Christian life being as yet immature and comparatively undeveloped 2– Is he not exposed to innumerable dangers, from inexperience, remaining darkness, lurking sin and unbelief, temptation, old companionships, the world, the impressions made upon him by the failures and inconsistencies of religious professors?—Has he not entered on the most arduous of all undertakings, to struggle his onward and upward course to the celestial City, with foes all around him in the wilderness?—Does not a conflict and warfare await him at every step?–Has he not, amidst a thousand diverting influences, to keep “the mark of the prize of his high calling of God in Christ Jesus" constantly in view 2 Is not the young Christian, then, to be sympathized with ?—Ought he not to be taken by the hand, by more experienced believers, and helped forward in his interesting but arduous course? He is a “newborn babe," and needs the care of those who know how to deal with the early stages of the Christian life. He should have their prayers, – their wise and prudent counsels, their kind encouragements;—above all, the advantage of seeing their deep piety, their cheerful deportment—their meek spirit —their loving temperament—their freedom from censoriousness—their unmistakable humility and devotion. But as the young Christian is “a newborn babe," he ought 3. To be conscious of his real position. He must not think more highly of himself than he ought to think. He must not mistake lively feelings, for matured piety. He must not be puffed up with the thought that he has yet attained, or that he is already perfect. It is a mercy to be a “newborn babe" in Christ's family; but it would be destructive of character and happiness for “babes in Christ" to imagine that they are “young men" or “fathers in Christ.” Nothing is more lovely in the young Christian, than the humility and diffidence which belong to the early stages of the Christian profession. Such a state of mind saves from a thousand snares—blunts the arrows of temptation—prepares the heart for receiving fresh supplies of grace—leads on to new attainments in knowledge, faith, and holiness — increases the benefit of Christian means and ordinances, and opens up the soul to the descending showers of Divine influence. You, dear friends, whose Christian career is but of yesterday, let me affectionately entreat you to pray to God that pride may be hidden from your eyes, that you would not think of yourselves as advanced Christians,—that you would remember you are yet in the dawn, and not in the meridian of the Christian life, in short, that you are “newborn babes," and not full-grown men. This will be your protection,-your strength —your consolation—and your security for future progress. What, then, II. Shou I.D. BE THE PREVAILING APPETITE, which NEwBorn BABEs IN CHRIST JEsus should HABITUALLY culTivate 2 My dear friends,-your prevailing appetite should be to “desire the sincere milk of the word." As in nature, so in grace, there is an aliment which is specially and peculiarly adapted to the “newborn babe."—Now, let me impress you most deeply with the thought, that God's blessed word is that aliment. It is the food by which you must be nourished up into eternal life. It was the seed, the “incorruptible seed,” by which you were newborn— born from above;—and it is the Divine provision on which alone you can live —and grow, and thrive. 1. You must desire it. That is, have a strong relish for it, feel an unquenchable love to it, — resort to it, from day to day, as the parched soul would to the cool refresh
ing fountain. Let your Bible, dear young followers of the Lamb, be the Book of your marked preference, — your guide, as a young pilgrim, to the heavenly country, your constant and familiar companion,-your instructor— your comforter—your sanctifier—your reprover—your guardian from evil—and your constant stimulant in every path of zeal and holy duty. Seek to become Bible Christians, in the fullest sense of that term;—by the close and daily study of God's word;—by cultivating the inward and heart-felt relish of its truths;– by imbibing its spirit;-by fully embracing all its merciful revelations;–by relying on its gracious promises;—and by striving to conform your hearts and lives to its perfect and matchless precepts. Value sermons, and all the public teaching of the sanctuary, as they lead you to your Bibles, unfold the meaning of your Bibles, and cause you to love and value your Bibles. 2. View the word as the sincere milk, whereby you must be spiritually nourished. The idea attached to the “sincere milk of the word,” is that of simple, wholesome, nutritive food, nothing to corrupt, weaken, pervert, vitiate the “newborn babe." The Bible is pure truth, truth unmixed with any human error, truth from God himself-truth intended as the medicine and the immortal food of the soul. Desire it, then, young Christian, with an intense spiritual thirst;-desire it as the infant longs for its mother's breast; let not a day pass that does not find you pondering and praying over the word of God. Let it “dwell richly in you in all wisdom and spiritual understanding." It will enlighten your darkness, it will scatter your doubts, it will banish your fears, it will vanquish your corruptions, it will diminish the power of temptation, it will strengthen all the power of faith, and weaken the antagonist powers of sense and sin. But III. WHAT should BE THE GRAND AIM EVER PRESENT TO THE MINDS OF NEW