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was now roused; and nothing but his blood could give the people satisfaction. He was condemned by both houses of parliament ; ard nothing remained but for the king to give his consent to the bill of attainder. But in the present coinmotions, the consent of the king would very easily be dispensed with ; and imminent danger might attend his retusal.' Charles, however, who loved Straftord tenderly, hesitated, and seemed reluctant; trying every expedient to put off so dreadful an office, as that of signing the warrant for his esecu. tion. While he continued in this agitation of mind, and state of suspense, his doubts were at last silenced by an act of great magnanimity in the condemned lord. He received a letter froin that unfortunate no. bleman, desiring that his life might be made a sacrifice, to obtain reconciliation between the king and bis people: adding, that he was prepared to die ; and that to a willing mind there could be no injury. This instance of noble generosity was but ill repaid by his master, who complied with his request. . He consented to sign the fatal bill by commission : and Stratford was beheaded on Tower-hill; behaving with all that composed dignity of resolution, which was expected from his character.
An eminent instance of true fortitude. All who have been distinguished as servants of God, or beoefactors of inen; all who, in perilous situations, have acted their parts with such honour as to reader the naines illustrious through 'succeeding ages, have been eminent for forti ude of mind. Of this we have one conspicuous example in the apostle Paul, whom it will be icstructive for us to view in a remarkable occurrence of his life. After having loog acted as the apostle of the Geniiles, his mission cailed hio to go to Jerusalem, where he knew that he was to encounter the ut nost violence of his egevier. Just before he set sail, we called together the elders of his favourite church at Ephesus; and, in a pathetic speech, wbich
does grat honour to his character, gave them his last farewell. Deeply affected by their knowledge of the certain dangers to which he was exposing himself, all the assembly were filled with distress and melted into tears. The circuinstances were such, as might have conveyed dejection even into a resolute mind; and would have totally overwhelmed the feeble. "They all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him; sorrowing most of all for the words which he spoke, that they should see his face no more.”- What wero then the sentinents, what was the language, of this great and good man? Hear the words which spoke his firm and ondaunted mind. “Behold, I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there, save that the Holy Spirit witnesseth in every city, saying, that bouds and aliictions a.
But none of these things inove mne; neither count I my life dear to myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have re. ceived of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God." There was uttered the voice, there breathed the spirit of a brave and a virtuous man. Such a man knows not what it is to shrink froin danger, when conscience points out his path. In that path he is determined to walk; let the coosequences be what
This was the magnanimous behaviour of that great apostle, when he had persecution and distress fall in
Attend now to the sentiments of the saine escellent man, when the time of his last suffering approached, and reniark the wajesty, and the ease, with which he looked on death. “I am now ready to be of. fered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight. I have finished my course. have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.” How many years of life does such a dying moment over balance Who would not choose, in this magner, to go off the stage, with such a song of triumph in his mouth, rather than prolong his existence through a wretched old age, stained with sin and sbame?
The good man's comfort in affliction. The religion of Christ not only arms us with forti. tude against the approach of evil; but supposing evils to fall upon us with their heaviest pressure, it lightens the load by many consolations to which others are strangers. While bad men trace, in the calamities, with which they are visited, the hand of an offendedi sovereigo, Christians are taught to view them as the well-intended chastisements of a merciful Father, They hear amidst them, that still voice which a good conscience brings to their ear : “Fear pot, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God." They apply to themselves the comfortable promises with which the gospel abounds. They discover 10 these the happy 19sue de reed to their troubles; and wait with patience till Providence shall have accomplished its great and good designs. In the meantime, Devo. tion opens to them its blessed and holy sanctuary; that sanctuary in which the wounded heart is beald,and the weary mind is at rest; where the cares of the world are forgotten, where its tumults are hushed, and its mise. ries disappear; where greater objects opeu to our view than any which the world presente ; where a more sel'ene sky shines, and a sweeter and calmer light beams on the afflicted heart. In those moments of devotion, a pious man, pouring out his wants and sorrows to an . Alunighty Suppoter, feels that he is not left solitary and forsaken in a vale of wo. God is with him; Christ and the Holy Spirit are with him; and though he should be bereaved of every friend on earth, he can look up in heaven to a friend that will never desert him.
The close of life. WHEN We contemplate the close of life; the termiration of man's designs and hopes; the silence that
now reigns among those who, a little while ago, were so busy, or so eay; who can avoid being touched with sensations at once awful and tender? What heart but then warms with the glow of humanity ? In whose eye does not the tear gather, on revolving the fate of passing and short lived man ?
Behold the poor man, who lays down at last the burden of his wear some life. No more shall he groan under the load of poverty and toil. Vos more shall he hear the insolent calls of the master, from whom he received his scanty wages. No more shall be be raised from needful slumber on his bed of straw, nor be hurried away from his homely meal, to undergo the repeated labours of the day. While his humble grave is preparing, and a few poor and decayed neighbours ai e carrying him thither, it is good for us to think, that this man too was our brother; that for him the aged and destitute wife, and the needy children, now weep; that, beglected as he was by the world, he pos. sessed, perhaps, both a sound unders ta nding, and a worthy heart; and is now carried by angels to rest in Abraham's bosom.-At no great distance from him, the grave is opened to receive the rich and proud man. For, as it is said with emphasis in the parable," the rich man also died, and was buried.” He also died. His riches prevented not his sharing the same fate with the poor man; perhaps through luxury they accelerated his doom. Then, indeed," the mourners go about the streets;' and while, in all the pump and fagnificence of wo, his tuoeral is preparing his heirs, impatient to examine his will, are looking on one another with jealous eyes, and already begruning to dispute about the division of his substance.-One day, we ste carried aloog, the coffin of the smiling intant; the flower just nipped as it began to blossom in the paa rent's view: and the next day we behold the yourg iDan, or young woman, of blooming form and promis. ing hopes, laid in an untimely grave. While the fu. neral is attended by a numerous unconcerned company, who are discoursing with one anotber about the news of the day, or the ordinary afairs of life, let our
thoughts rather follow to the house of morning, and represent to themselves what is passing tere, There we should see a disconsolate family, silting in silent grief, thinking of the said breach that is made in their little society; and with tears in their eyes looking to the chamber that is now.left vacant, and to every inemorial that presents itself of their departed friend,
y such attention to the wies of others, the selfish hardness of our hearts will be gradually softened, and melted down into humanity,
Another day, we follow to the grave, one who, in old age, and after a long career of life, has in full maturity sunk at last into rest. As we are going along to the mansion of the deari, it is natural for us to think and to discourse, of all the changes which such a person has seen during the course of his life. He has passer, it is likely, through varieties of fortuge. lle las experienced prosperity, and adversity. He has seen families and kindred rise and fall. He has seen peare aard war succeeding in their turns; the face of his country ondergoing many alterations; and the very city in which he il welt, rising, in a manner, new around him. After all he has beheld, his eyes are now closed for ever.
He was becoining a stranger in the midst of a new succession of men. A race who knew hiin not, had arisen to fill the earth.Thus passes the world away. Throughout all ranks and conditions,“one generativo passeth, and another generation cometh;" and this great inn is by turns evacuated and replenished, by troops of succeeding pilgrims. O vain and incon. stant world! O fleeting and transient life! When will the sons of men learn to think of thee as they ought when will they learn humanity from the affictions of their brethren; or moderation and wisdom, from the sense of their own fugitive state ?
Exalted society, and the renewal of virtuous connex.
ions, two sources of future felicity. Besides the felicity which springs from perfect