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PILGRÍM. 159
« Well, my friend,” (cried the Interpreter,
when I had finished reading the inscription)
“ what are your ideas of infidels now? Here
“ they speak plainly what are their real sentie.
ments.”

I think (answered I) my situation is like that
of David's, when he went into the sanctuary of
GOD. I now understand the end of these
men-How truly awful !

Turning myself round by way of passing from the contemplation of a sight so very distressing, I beheld in one niche, two sculptured figures together, on one column. Who are these? (I cried). “ This on your right hand (answered the Interpreter) " is the great Apostle " of Infidelity (as he affected to be called) of a.; “ neighbouring nation. And him on your left, “is a celebrated historian of our own.

“ The former, in great agonies of mind, ex« claimed to his physician, 'I am abandoned - both by God and man. Doctor, (cried he)

I'll give you half I am worth if you can give s me life six months! And upon the Doctor's “ telling him he feared he could not live six 5 weeks; then (he replied) I shall go to hell!'. " and expired soon after

" The latter spent his last days in playing es at cards, in cracking jokes, and in reading “ romances. He is said to have acknowledged, 66 that with all his bitter invectives against the « Bible, he had never read the New Testament 56 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 groupe of other tombs, some with inscriptions, and others without, whose memorials were perished with them; but 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 honor 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 labor 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 others 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.

MOTTOS.

“It is my uniform custom,” (said the In-
terpreter) ~ 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
as wearing it in their bosoms, may serve at once,

through Divine grace, to bring to their re-
“ membrance 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, bear-
ing 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 -

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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
6 the subject of your own everlasting welfare :
6 and I am much pleased to see, from the evi-
“ dences which appear in your experience of
“ the renewed life, that a, work of grace is
“ wrought in your heart, and that your hopes
« 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. The first 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, 24. And, 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 o of hearts, as Paul did, God is my witness, " whom I serve with my spirit in the Gospel of

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His Son, Rom. i. 9. If the approbation of “ GOD, and not the applause of man, be the 66 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 com“ manded 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 anti“ dote 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 wintry dispensations to be exer“ cised with. Nothing can serve more effec“ tually, through Divine grace, to bear up the

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