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I think (answered I) my situation is like that
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
“It is my uniform custom,” (said the In-
through Divine grace, to bring to their re-
me up. As the Interpreter presented this paper
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
“ 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