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notions and principles. The ways of “ Jesus, refuge of my soul, such as held them seemed only to dis- Let me to thy bosom ily," &c. turb his mind, rather than to afford any On observing his wife bitterly weeping, real help to him. So that after one of he said, “Why do you cry? I have a this class had been visiting him, pro- better prospect; God will be a Father longing his visit to a very unreasonable length, he requested that it might not widow." This little hope did not forsake

to the fatherless, and the God of the be repeated again; he thanked them, and spoke most kindly of their motives, but him. “I want a greater

one I want wished his wife to inform them that he more faith,” he would say, and still his was regularly being visited by myself.

eye was upward, and his heart crying The Memoir (which I had in manu

after Jesus. script) of E. Scotten was also read to

On the following day, which was the him, from which he seemed to derive day before he died, his last earthly day, help. He seemed affected with the view I read to him the slth of John, Christ's of the great condescension and tender visit to his friend Lazarus, and to the favour and love of God exhibited in his grave of that friend, and endeavoured case, and to get encouragement to hope sometimes to delay, when the cry of

to show him why Christ was pleased in the same mercy. A few days before his death, be was much steadfast attention, and when I

need reached his ear. He listened with much buffeted by the enemy of souls, and on one of these occasions, I had read, forth,” said, that that was what he

reached the words, “Lazarus, come and endeavoured to open up, Zech. iii., showing him how Satan ever was at the wanted the Saviour to say and do for place of help, but how Jesus would him, even to loose him and let him


I reminded him then of the promise, accomplish his purposes of grace and mercy notwithstanding.

“ His going forth is prepared as the He said to a friend, a few days before morning,” &c. (Hosea vi

. 3.), and he his death, “For three days Satan has was encouraged still to hope." He said buffeted me, but I am happy now.” In

but little after this. Once he uttered deed, on the Monday before his death, the words, “ Jesus is all I want," and he seemed in much quiet assurance,

once again, which were almost his last

distinct utterances, though still in a measure ignorant whence

My Saviour !" his light had sprung. The words of 'My God!" gently breathing his last, Psalm cxviii. were on my tongue, though in sweet composure and rest, about I could not recal for the moment, the one o'clock on Wednesday morning, whole verse to recollection, God is the

June 29th, 1859. Lord that hath shewed us light,” and

J. S. S. turned down the hymn to be read to

3, Wiltshire Street, Southsea. him,


Fear not, thou that longest to be at tality, there will be nothing but the home; a few more steps and thou art short valley of death between you and there. Death, to believers in Christ, is the promised land; the labours of your as a ferry-boat; every day and at every pilgrimage will then be on the point of hour the boat pushes off with some of conclusion, and you will have nothing to the saints, and then returns for more. do but to entreat God, as Moses did, Soon, I believe, it will be said of them, "I pray thee, let me go over and see as it was to her in the Gospel, “The the good land that is beyond Jordan.”' master is come, and calleth for thee." Many go weeping into this river, but

When you are got to the boundary of never was there a saint yet who went your race below, and stand on the verge weeping all the way through it.-- Toplady. of heaven and the confines of immor

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Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.”—Luke xiii. 12. THERE are many things in this sad be accomplish his will, he would fill world which make the heart of man to God's creation to overflowing with the stoop, tinge his head with grey, and same hatred, bitterness, and despair, cause his body, prematurely to bend which dwell in himself without diminutowards that kindred earth, where, tion or vent. sooner or later, he must find for a time This being the temper of man's great his last home. To the many evils which foe, the sighs of this “daughter of sin has entailed upon man, and by which Abraham,” whom he had smitten, were he is frequently oppressed, must also be music to his ears, while her tears had added those which are brought upon been his solace, as he gazed upon her him through the influence of Satanic tottering steps and drooping form. He agency. Of that inflence, as exerted had seen her brow furrowed with care, upon the body at least, we hear but and marked her fruitless attempts to little in these modern times. That our break his bonds. She, poor creature, Saviour may have gathered in some few had often thought the hour seemed long, links of Apollyon's chain, in this parti- and with her the days rolled wearily cular, is not improbable ; but that he away. Into the bosom of paternal love had power in by-gone ages grievously she had often poured out her grief; and, to afflict the body as well as the mind, I like Paul, besought the Lord many times is abundantly evident from the Gospel to remove the thorn" from the flesh. narrative.

Again, and again, had she cried to the The evangelist Luke brings before us Lord for that help which she could not a woman whom a “spirit of infirmity ." find in herself or her friends; and which had bound for many years; and the all the skill of this world failed to bring. Great Teacher tells us that satanic But the answer was delayed; the cloud agency was the source of her disease, - still hung upon her path, and her foe that the same hand which ravished the revelled in her grief. The summer came, temple of man's soul at the beginning, and the earth rejoiced in its fresh mantle and robbed it of all its celestial furni- of beauty; the birds sang with joy, and ture, with infernal malice, had so mal- all around her appeared happy; but her treated the frail tenement in which she burden remained the summer departed, dwelt, that for eighteen years she had and in the lap of winter nature slept to never stood erect. During all these regain her strength; but her body reyears had the great adversary been mained weak. The sun gilded her path tightening his cords about her, and fre- by day, and the stars smiled upon her quently, no doubt, under the influence by night, but she could not look up. of that spirit of cruelty which ever lives Her neighbours tripped gaily along, and in his heart, rejoiced at the thought that the sons of Belial walked proudly erect he should hold her body in misery to the by her side, and sometimes, it may be, end of her days. Of the intensity of she did think it hard that the God of diabolical hate we can scarcely form an her fathers appeared to shut out her adequate idea; but who can doubt its prayers, and her body still pressed existence in the mind of him who felt a towards the earth. malicious delight in the fearful agonies But the day of her deliverance caine. of the Son of God ? His meat and his “ And when Jesus saw her ;" what, had drink is to oppose the Almighty, while He not seen her before? Yes, doubtthe sufferings of God's creatures ever less, her history was well known to add additional relish to his infernal re- Him. Behoid, these eighteen years she past. Misery into the heart of Christ hath been bound," said He. While these he cannot now introduce, or he would. years passed tediously along, she could But as he cannot reach the Master, he scarcely help thinking that her sorrows will; if possible, wound Him through were entirely overlooked; but the days those who love and obey Him. Could' of her affliction were numbered, and the

time appointed when they should cease His name, and men while they read it, had now arrived. He who counted the shall exclaim, “This is the Lord's dostars will not be too late, either to con- ing!” O Satan, thine eighteen years' found her adversary, or loosen her bonds. labour has glorified Christ! was this Satan had not had the house entirely to thine intention? Where once thy malice himself. Could he have pulled down its was seen, now the grace of the Lord: walls he would have done so with fiend- will this serve thy cause ? Men now ish glee; but Christ held them up. She see thou art cruel, and Jesus is love; was a daughter of Abraham," and that that thou art weak, and Jesus is strong; stooping and oft weary body was His that thou art foolish, and Jesus is wise. temple; He knew the place well, and it A weak woman is thy master, and what had long been determined that Satan's canst thou say? Thou didst pull down cruel work should all be undone. her body--it now pulls down thee;

And now the eye of Christ is upon through her weakness tbou didst wound her; yes, he looks upon the poor, and her-her weakness now wounds thee; despises not the weak. He saw her ;" her frail body shall bruise thee-the did her beauty attract Him? Alas! no : body thou didst bruise. See, the woman she was deformed and bound. Still He walks erect ! Try, now, canst thou looked

upon her, and mercy beams from make her stoop? Come, now, scheme, His eye, while love moves His heart. O labour, toil-speak! Ah, 'tis vain! favoured woman, to excite the attention mercy has lifted her up to proclaim thy of Him whom angels obey ; to command defeat, and to exhibit His power, which His regard, whose favour is life. Upon thou art ever seeking to hide. Thus the her deformed body the curious had often Captain of salvation spoils the works of gazed, and ignorant mirth had sometimes the devil, plucks from his hands the pointed the finger of scorn; the wise heralds of his fame, and makes his had pondered the cause of her infirmity, malice but the foil of His love. and the benevolent expressed a passing Let us rejoice in these truths; but regret. But now One sees ber who will let us not forget that we have drooping not only look, but help; not only speak, souls now, who stoop by the way, and

." Woman, thou art loosed who in bondage through fear, can from thine infirmity !" Oh, what a sur- scarcely look up; who feel their bonds, prise, what a deliverance was this ! How and sigh for relief; who carry their unexpected, how free! Her only merit chains, and cannot get free. Let us was disease, but one word brings her point such to Christ; let us speak of

She now stands erect, and her His blood ; let us tell them of His grace, lips pour forth praise. Oh, how easily and of His power to save. Has Christ the sinner conquers when Jesus gives made us free ? Has His love melted him strength! while he struggles alone our chains ? And shall we be silent with his sin, how vain his efforts to rise; among the captives of hell ? God for. but, when Christ speaks the word, the bid ! may all our movements declare, all conscience goes free; then faith finds a our words loudly proclaim, that Christ refuge, and Christ makes a friend. 0 has redeemed us, and lives to loosen the sinner, wouldst thou be free? take thy bound. Can we expect to enjoy Christ bonds to Christ; look to His blood for if we serve not His cause ? Why passes thy pardon, and to His grace to subdue the Church homewards through the all thy sins.

world's highway so frequently like a The woman is free, and He who has decrepit woman whom Satan has bound ? released her body has loosened hertongue. Because she lives so much to herself, And will she praise a man? And she and so little to her Lord; looks so much glorified GOD! Who but God could at her burdens, and so seldom to Him. have loosed her? And can she be silent ? And what must arouse her, and quicken All her movements are vocal Çevery step her movements onwards and upwards ? utters praise. The broken harp is re- The voice of her Beloved. And how is tuned, all its strings are awake, and in she to hear it? Through the Gospel of the man who has healed her, she finds His grace, and the breath of His Spirit, the God whom she adores. On that Then let us cleave to the former, and once infirm body Christ has now written pray for the latter ; and let us antici

but cure ;


pate the period when the voice of Christ like a stooping woman whom Satan has again shall be heard, and when, spread-bound, but like a youthful bride adorned ing His hands over the dust of His for her husband, to exhibit His glory sleeping Church, she shall arise, and and laud His name.-From Lessons standing upon the shining summit of from Jesus.By the Rev. W. P. Baleverlasting day, shall no longer appear fern.

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The following incident in my own life in the least aware of my danger, I may serve as an illustration of the truth, found myself fascinated, no less by the that “the fear of man bringeth a snare.

." noble courtliness, than by the generous Soon after my ordination, I was ap- bonhommie of his manner. Some weeks pointed to a very comfortable curacy in passed ; the visitors I met at the Castle the county of My Rector, were all apparently of good standing in was much from home, and, his health the world, and I never once found any. requiring a mild climate, he generally thing offensive in their manners or conspent the winter in Italy: I occupied versation. the Rectory during these long absences, I have already said that Lord and passed my time very pleasantly. was liberal, he was, in fact, lavishly The few county families called on me, so,--and I took care to distribute his but their formal politeness died a natural gifts to the poor in the best manner death : study, not society, was my possible. I went on tranquilly, silenced pleasure, so that I never found the my conscience, and visited at the Castle

, winter evenings long. Just before in the fond hope that I might do Christmas, Lord the patron of good by so doing; Castle was in the living, arrived at the Castle, and, truth my “ enchanted ground,” and I the day after, sent me a most liberal began to feel lulled into a fatal calm, present of game and fruit, together with from which I was soon destined to have à kind message.

His character was, a terrible awakening: unfortunately, notorious all over the The few county families I occasioncounty, and for many months I had ally met at Castle had left the dreaded his return to the Castle. I neighbourhood, either for visits or parfeared my pleasant time at would liamentary duties, and I was told by my, soon be at an end; for I had thought housekeeper that visitors had arrived and prayed much since

. coming to this whose character rendered them quite place, and determined that if I saw unfitted to associate with persons callanything in Lord which in any ing themselves either moral or religious. degree offended against religion and The good old woman ended her recital morality, I would speak freely on the by saying, “It is a sad thing my lord subject.

does not grow steady as he grows older; The kindness with which Lord but we must not be too hard on him: received me won my heart, even at our we are told, Judge not, that ye be not first meeting; and when he left, I judged;' and that Charity covereth sighed to think that one so kind and the multitude of sins. I am sure that generous was an open profligate, an Lord -'s charity will go a great way enemy to all that was “ lovely, virtuous, to cover his sins, poor man! He has or of good report.”. He urged upon sent you another basket of game, sir

, me the free use of his noble library, a and á hamper of wine; and, sir, before horse was always at my command, and I go, I must not forget to say that my he said he meant to rub up his classical Lord hopes to see you to dine tolore, or he should be no match for a morrow. young curate fresh from the learned I had not time to point out to the shades of College. Before I was old servant the sad way in which she

* From Tract 230 of the English Monthly Tract Society, 27, Red Lion Square, London.

used, or rather perverted, the texts of then, should I fear? I was not called Scripture; for I was called away, and to go forth in my own strength. Oh, all the rest of the day, I had parish no! that precious promise was sure and visits, and an evening lecture, which certain : " And when they shall bring fully occupied my time. One of these you unto the synagogues, and unto visits was to a person whose habits and magistrates and powers, take no thought principles were fully, as depraved as how or what thing ye shall answer, or those of Lord I spoke plainly to what ye shall say; for the Holy Ghost him; I pointed out the error of his shall teach you in the same hour what ways, and warned him solemnly that his ye ought to say.' vices were hurrying him along that The next morning I set off to the fearful “ road which leads to death." Castle. I met the old postman, but

As I walked home I felt self-con- all the letters looked like circulars, and demned; for this poor man had only I was so pre-occupied, that I thrust acted as Lord so frequently did, them into my pocket. It was an exyet I had fearlessly reproved him, while quisitely lovely day, and after my night I could not disguise it from myself, of feverish thought, I felt the fresh air that to utter a word of reproof to the quite a luxury. As I passed on, I heard friendly nobleman would excessively the old church bell of the village toll, pain me. I shut myself in the study, as if some one was just dead; but I and began seriously to examine myself

, saw no one to inquire which of the few and the result was very painful; I had and scattered members of my flock had sadly neglected my duty, but I resolved, been taken away, and I rapidly walked with God's help, to redeem the past. It on. Tired and out of breath, I sat was not prayer alone that was needed. down to rest. The beautiful purple No. I must put on the whole armour haze of early autumn rested on the of God,” which would alone enable me lovely landscape. The winding river, to “stand in the evil day," and resist the grand old Castle, in all its baronial “ all the fiery darts of the wicked one." pride and splendour, were full in view, I felt that the time for action had come, and the belt of fine trees which divided and determined, by God's assistance, to Lord —'s estate from the parish, see Lord - and plainly point out to were just tinged with brilliant autumnal him the error of his ways; and that sin tints. I felt, while gazing on the beauticould, in the end, be attended with but ful scene before me, that this might one result-everlasting punishment. perhaps be my last friendly visit to this

The pleadings of self-interest would fine old place. Then I rose, and once have kept me silent. If I offended my more lifting up my heart in prayer, patron my position would be very un- walked on, and was summoned into the pleasant, and as the Rector was one of private sitting-room of Lord the

family, he, too, would be He shook hands more cordially than angry with me, and not desirous of my ever, and then said, "I was coming to longer stay in his parish. That night I call on you, Edmund; but I see, like had no sleep, so painful were the the rest of your brethren, you have a struggles between self-interest and my keen appetite for the loaves and fishes. - duty to God. Besides all this, I had Why do you look so astonished? Are conceived a warm personal attachment you not come to ask for the living ? to the generous nobleman, who had Do you not know that to-day's post ever treated me as a friend or son; has brought me the account of the and it was only after long and earnest death of our old Rector ? It is a good prayer that I felt strengthened for the thing, for, poor old man, he was quite coming trial; and rose from my knees, past all enjoyment; and I hope you feeling that, if I trusted entirely to my will take the living, as a token of my heavenly Father, I need not fear. His esteem, and may you long enjoy the

strength would be made perfect in my gift I have so much pleasure in bestowweakness," and I should be able to fight ing: the battle of truth, not only firmly, but I assured Lord - that the death successfully. The glorious panoply of of the old Incumbent was totally unex. the armour of God was promised; why, Ipected by me; but a good-humoured

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