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DESIGNED PARTICULARLY FOR THE
By The Rev. ROBERT MAY,
Author of "Lectures To The Young."
With A Preface,
tWNTED SY A.O. BALfOUR, AT THE GOvERNMENT
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MAN cometh forth like a flower, and » cut down, he fleeth also as a shadow and, continued! not." Painfully as well as peculiarly have these words of the afflicted Job been verified, as it respects the Author of tl>e following Lectures. His mind, engaged in maturing extensive plans for promoting the glory of his Maker, and the welfare of his fellow creatures; his hands, occupied in the practical duties of piety and benevolence; anticipatmg many years to be added to his life, and to have extended opportunities of sowing the seed of the kingdom of God ; the Rer. Robert May, at the noon day of bis life, was discharged from his labours and called to his reward. "Watch therefore," advises one whose counsel is powerfully enforced by this afflictive event, " for at such an hour as you think not the Son of man cometh."
It is not within the bounds of a Preface to give a detailed history of the Author's life. At the same time it is trusted that the mention of a few particulars of Mr. May's short, but active and useful, career, may not be deemed unsuitable.
The Author of these Lectures was born at Woodbridge, in the County of Suffolk, England, in the year 1788.
In 1806 he was taken under the patronage of the Loudou Missionary Society, and placed at the Missionary Academy in Gosport, u%i iter the tuition p£tJie.Ke,vi;^lr.JBoGUE,,
Among Mrt May's manuscripts a paper lias been found,'contaming his answer to one i^f'those Questions, publicly put to-him byrflie officiating Minister, (according to the practice of the denomination with which lie was more immediately connected,) at the time of -liis ordination.
The Question and Answer seem both of sufficient interest to b<5 noticed, and art as follow's. 'Question; ,r What reason have you to conclude that you ari a Christian*" Answer, " lliverend Sir, this question demands
- a serious answer, and whije I tremble at its importance, I rejoice in the Lord, and trust. that by his assistance 1 shall endeavour to give. a reason of the hope that is in me, with meek, ness.aud fear. I feel a humble confidence in the mercy of Gap, through his well,.beloved Son; on his merits alone I build my hopes of. eternal life, depending on his promises. I have given myself to hhn, to be his for even; trusting to thefuhiess of his grace, who fill
. elh all in $11, I go to proclaim his gospel, to. preach forgiveness of iniquity, through that proud which was shed on Calvary, for ttie re
_inission of every sin. When I was very young 1 trust ['felt the need of that Saviour, in whosp
name I-now glory :-.the need of that Saiva, fiou in which I now rejoice: the want of that
'grace, which I intend to preach ; and 1 trust I then'felt th.-powerful efficacy of that blood,
"which, 'chi&n&Jth from all sin. I remember