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MR. ROBERT ROLFE, minister of the when blessed with a sense of the pargospel, West-row, Mildenhall
, was mer- doning love of God upon his soul, in the cifully removed from this sinful world fen (for he was a cultivator of land) he to his heavenly home on the 5th day of had such holy communion with the Lord February, 1858, aged 48 years. But Jesus that he felt quite willing to go although the event was to the deceased then from earth, to be for ever with Him an unspeakable mercy, for it opened to whom his soul loved. “ Whom have I him the gates of heaven; yet to those in heaven," he would say, who loved him on earth, and who still and there is none upon earth I desire survive him, it was a distressing be- beside thee.”. Once, when (as he often reavement, and his loss will long be did) feeling his barrenness and unfitness deeply felt. Deceased had long known for the ministry, and mind cast down, and loved the Lord, and for the last few and knowing not what to say to the years had preached the gospel, as the people, he entered the barn, the reader Lord enabled him, to a goodly number gave out the hymnof souls in his own barn, which he had “ If dust and ashes,” &c.; converted into a chapel, and where a few had been formed into a Church, and and when he came to the words — met for prayer and reading, prior to his
“ To see thee bow beneath my guilt, speaking among them. He had been the
(Intolerable load 1) means of the gospel being preached
To see thy blood for sinners spilt, in that hamlet for many times during
My groaning, gasping God!” a period of some twenty years; as many a minister could testify who have how his soul was melted within him, and spoken there in the name of Jesus—and his mouth was enlarged, and he spoke to sometimes large assemblies have listened the praise of God. Nor did the Lord to the Word of life in that good man's Word to the souls of some who heard.
leave him without a blessing on the barn—and there are some now living And the solemn earnestness of his who well remember the power and blessedness which attended the Word spoken prayer, the nearness of access to the by some who are still labourers in the Lord, seemed to betoken some coming Lord's vineyard. Deceased has many
event not yet seen by mortal men. And times rode miles to hear the Word, and when administering,
for the last time, then invited the minister to his home known to be the last time then), how
the ordinance of the Lord's Supper (not He was for many years a lover of good deeply affecting were his words those men, and his honest heart was ever open who were present will not soon forget; to receive ther; and the Lord made
and he said, more than once, we shall him willing, not only to spend, but to be spent, in the cause of God and truth, not, I think, all meet here again ; we may He was a very humble man, and esteemed
be called away before another Sabbath,
may others better than himself, feeling that one of us, and it none were so weak, none so unfit for the
Tuesday evening, at the prayer-meetministry, none so little and insignificant ing, he was particularly impressive, and as himself. But those who best knew with great feeling repeated that versehim could see in him the grace of God,
“ Wisdom and mercy guide my way, shiving, as it were, upon his countenance
Shall I resist them both; and in his conduct, and really believed
A poor blind creature of a day, him to be ripening for glory. On one
And crushed before the moth." occasion, when referring to the affairs of With his mother he stayed till rather this life, he said, “Oh! how I some- late that evening, lingering at the door, times wish I could be quite rid of these and then going back into the room. things, and devote my whole life to the She is a very afflicted person, but cause of God!” And at another time, one who fears God. And he usually
met the friends at her house on Tues. I to be dying, and was quite insensible, days. Thursday, again, he appeared to the great alarm of the other, who among his little band, who met for called for help; and when assistance prayer in the evening. And they sung -- could be procured they carried him in,
- “ As when a child, secure of harm," &e., his colour came, he revived, became senone of HART's hymns. It was a solemn sible, and asked what was the matter; meeting (it was the last on earth). He and on being told about the horse, &c., read, he sung TOPLADY's hymn
he seemed to remember something about
being in the straw-yard with the horse. "Emptied of earth I fain would be, The world, myself, and all but thee;
He said, perhaps it would cause his Only reserv'd for Christ that died,
death; then, “O that it may be for the Surrender'd to the Crucified."
glory of God;" and, with hands up
lifted, said in prayer, “O that my sins The meeting over, they parted; not one of them knew or thought of the coming is this world worth ?” and such-like
may not be imputed to me;", “ O what mysterious erent. Friday morning came once more. He expressions, all tending to show how
blessedly submissive the good Lord was prayed in the family meeting; a friend, pleased to make him under such a
the family, joined, and heard stroke. How encouraging to those who from his lips, “Thou dear Redeemer,
so often fear death, to see a man in the with such emphasis and feeling,; it was midst of life, health, and strength, and the last time she heard that well-known voice in prayer, and scarcely bad noon to the will of God, under such circum
many temporal comforts, so acquiescent arrived when the blow, the fatal blow, stances. His friends and relatives soon was struck, which was the means of collected around him, to whom he spoke placing him in that blessed home—that sensibly for some three quarters of an glorious mansion which was prepared hour. When medical aid was procured, for him by Jesus Christ, his dear Sa- the wound was dressed, and the bleeding viour. “In my Father's house there are many mansions : if it were not so, I stopped ; but he rapidly got worse, and would have told you. I go to prepare a breathe about nine o'clock on Saturday
became unconscious, and ceased to place for you."
evening. About twelve o'clock, a man called to see a young horse Mr. R. had for sale ; "Why should the wonders God has wrought, and inquiring for him, was answered by
Be lost in silence and forgot ?”. the wife, who called him.
His remains were interred the followappeared, and went into the yard with ing Wednesday afternoon, when a large his neighbour, and a something caused concourse of people, besides relatives the horse to startle suddenly, and push- and friends, helped to show how greatly ing against his master, knocked him he was esteemed, how deeply lamented. down and scampered over him. The A sermon was preached on the occasion animal's foot struck the head, and in the following Thursday evening, by his
Alicted a deep wound nearly behind the intimate friend and brother, the Rev. ear, which bled profusely. He appeared | Mr. To, from Acts xx. 32.
ACCOUNT OF HARRIET PURKISS,
H. P. was born in sin, and lived the night what God had done for her soul, greater part of her life in a natural state. Harriet turned sharply round and was About two years and a half ago she angry, because her mother would not showed she still had that carnal mind let her go to sleep. She could not believe which is enmity against God. It was at in such things. * I remember after this this time ber mother found the pardom her telling me she felt angry because she of sin; and when, in the joy of her could not enjoy what her mother did. heart, she was telling her daughter at She became a regular attendant at our * Yes,
week-day lectures, and also, for some you with an everlasting love ?" time before her illness, a teacher in our I can see my election. Are
you sure Sunday-school. She used latterly to tell of that, for if you have seen that God her mother the delight she felt in the has chosen you in Christ from all etertruths she heard. She liked to read nity, there must be peace ?” She was good books, especially those which told silent. He begged her not to be satisfied of Jesus, and avoided all light reading. with anything man said, but to go to the She hearkened to the voice of friendly Lord for herself. After he left, she counsel, for when one remarked to her, said, “He was very hard upon me, he that the bonnet she wore was beyond her seemed quite to discourage me. A few station, she laid it aside, though it had days after, she saw that all he said was been given to her by a friend, and not true. One day her mother found her purchased. At the time she showed weeping, and said, “Is there anything some anger at being interfered with in the matter ?” “No, mother, you know her dress, but afterwards her neat ap- what is the matter."
“Can I do any. pearance was remarked by several, giv- thing for you? Is there anything you ing rise to the hope that an inward want ?” No, only one thing." Latchange was being wrought. She seemed terly she passed through much darkness at times to be troubled on account of of soul, and was several times found in sin, and said she had been struck by tears. But the Lord was moved with those words, “Behold, the Lord's hand compassion; for one night she said to is not shortened that it cannot save; her mother, “I have got such beautiful neither His ear heavy that it cannot words come—Keep close to me'-are hear;", but it was not till her illness, they not in a hymn ?" (The mother which began with a cough, in the summer searched the hymn-book through that of 1858, and almost confined her to the night, but could not find them; the next house after Christmas, that she was fully morning she opened the book directly on convinced of sin; she was then very the hymn.) Harriet was thus encoufond of the fifth hymn in Hart's Ap- raged to wait still upon God, and was pendix, beginning
often reading Psalm cxxx. Jesus, to thee I make my moan,
The friend, whose visit has been My doleful tale I tell to thee;
already mentioned, called a second time For thou canst help, and thou alone,
to see her; and, after asking a few quesA lifeless lump of sin like me.
tions, said, “Is there any particular "Fain would I find increase of faith;
portion of God's Word you would wish Fain would I find fresh graces bloom;
me to read ?” She said, “No; you read But ah! my heart's a barren heath,
just where you please.”
He read part Blasted with cold and black with gloom.
of Rom. iv., and dwelt on Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and
whose sins are covered.” He told her “Still on thy promise I'll rely,
it did not say we had no sin, but that From whom alone my fruit is found; Until the Spirit from on high,
they were covered, remarking, that the
same blessed truth was in the 32nd Enrich the dry and barren ground.”
Psalm and also in the 85th, and then Oh, mother,” she said, “ read that read the 32nd Psalm, pointing out that hymn, it is just like me.” God was “For this,” in the 6th verse, meant the showing her what she was. So when a pardon of sin. Harriet then complained Christian friend, who called to see her, of her not being able to read on account asked whether she thought the Lord of her weakness. He told her it was had done anything for her? Yes," not her reading, nor her prayers, but she said, “He has shown me more than faith in what Christ had done; adding, ever He did before.”
“ Have you seen that a real desire and looking to the that you are a lost sinner ?”
Yes, I Lord was prayer.
“ Can you see any have;" and she burst into tears. “Have one,” he asked, “worse than yourself ?” you had any help from the Lord ?” “No," she said; “but I see myself “Yes, from those words, ‘Yea, I have worse than any one else." Abraham loved thee with an everlasting love.'
.!" believed God," he said again ; “but you “Can you see that the Lord has loved find, Harriet, you cannot believe." "I
can,” she said. “You mean you cannot.” | after Harriet's death. She was led to “I can,” she said again. “ You mean pray for her. She walked into the garyou cannot, for if you did the pardon of den the day before she died; she often sin would come.” She showed by her fixed her eyes on her mother during the countenance that the truth had entered. day and smiled, and said in reply to a The friend asked her to pray over remark, Mother, you may have all my Psalm xxxii., where it shows, in the 6th clothes when I am gone;" and from verse, that every one of God's people something else that was said she obseeks the pardon of sin; and to read the served, “I shall triumph when the 91st hymn in Hart's; and, as her time world's in a blaze." She was taken was short, to keep close to the prayer, worse in the night, and could not get “ Search me, O God.” After he was in the morning. She sent for me; gone she said, “I do love that . . . . I found she had received this precious liked what he said ;" she felt comfort in promise, “He will come and save you? his
prayer, and hoped he would come (Isa. xxxv. 4). She felt the Lord near, again. Since her death the friend has and was still waiting on Him for the told me, that for some days before he pardon of sin. After I left she said, went to see her, he had felt ignorant * None but Jesus, none but Jesus ;" and and distressed himself, and doubted"I have not yet got what I want.” Her whether he should visit her in this state; mother read the 13th Psalm, and exbut this is the way the Lord trains His horted her to wait with patience till the servants (see 2 Cor. i. 4-7). Let not Lord should reveal Himself. The work felt darkness make the servant of God of conviction was deepening; for she weary in well doing, "for he that re- said very slowly and distinctly, “I have gardeth the clouds shall not reap "been a liar and a hypocrite, and all that (Eccl. xi. 4); but in due season we shall is bad;" and prayed, “Come, Lord Jesus, reap if we faint not. Harriet's love to come quickly, come and take me :” and the people of God was seen in her ill- was often looking up very earnestly. ness; she spoke of them with affection, Surely,” she exclaimed, Satan has and wished to see them. She loved not been keeping me in a delusion all those she once hated. She used to be this while." “ No, the Lord is above angry because her mother often asked a Satan,” said the mother; and taking the poor Christian, who goes about with Bible which lay on the bed, read to her goods, to come in ; but now was glad to out of Isaiah lix.,
• When the enemy see him. About a poor blind man who shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of had called she said, " I wish I had given the Lord shall lift up a standard against him more, for he is one of the Lord's.” him.” I believe all in that book," said And of JOHN WARBURTON, whose life Harriet; and directly afterwards, “I had been read to her, “Though I have want to praise my dear Jesus.” “For never seen him," she said, “I love him." what ?" said the mother. “I have got Thus her love for the brethren showed a little light.” Her mother told her to that she had passed from death unto keep pressing on, for she would have life. Other fruits of God's grace were more light yet. “Yes,” Harriet said, seen. Her fondness for her mother, like "He will do as He has promised. She a beautiful flower, bloomed in that heart was led latterly into the firm belief that she had felt to be like a barren heath. the Lord would not take her till He had “I never felt till now," she said, "the revealed Himself; showing she was value of a mother.” And again, “Í have under the teaching of the Holy Ghost, a dear mother, and a dear Saviour; but who revealed unto Simeon "that he I love my Saviour best.” Her concern should not see death until he had seen for others showed also that the Spirit the Lord's Christ.”. To her aunt, who was enriching the dry and barren ground. stood by the bedside, she said, Of her cousin she said, “I hope she will stand there, do you not ?" "Yes, dear," take warning from me, and not go about was the reply: « To-morrow I shall so careless."
And she was often inquir- stand before the Lord; I shall shout ing concerning one in the parish, who and sing. Come unto me, all ye
that was ill of the same disease as herself, labour and are heavy laden,' is a proand who departed this life twelve hours mise to rest on. I love my dear Lord,”
as You “I an
she said. "He died for you,” replied
We scarce can say she's gone;
Her mansion near the throne.”
“ Yes, I shall soon be landed,
On yonder shores of bliss ;
Shall dwell where Jesus is.
With Jesus on His throne;
And sacred peace made known.
I shall for ever reign;
And every good obtain.
To which I speed my way;
And there for ever stay.
This life's tempestuous sea ;
For I confide in Thee.
I may be hielped to sing ;
The triumphs of my King."
The Comforter ; or, the Holy Spirit in teaching where He, in His own Divine His glorious Person and gracious Work. Personality and power, is not merely By the Author of "God is Love," acknowledged, but ardently and rever. “The Brother born for Adversity,” ently insisted upon. The non-declara&c., &c. Second Edition. London : tion of this is one-if not the-crowning
Darton and Co., Holborn Hill. sin of the day. ON former occasions we noticed the works referred to in the title just quoted, Our Heavenly Home; or, Glimpses of the and we have had the happiness of know
Glory and Bliss of the better World. ing how much those books were blessed.
By the same Author. London: We therefore feel the greater pleasure
Darton and Co. in hailing the companion volume, “The This is a companion volume to the foreComforter.” The title itself is suffi- going, and a beautiful volume it is. ciently expressive of the contents of the Whilst Mr. Grant, in his former works,
and it is needless for us to add has insisted upon the distinct personality more than this, that, in these days, when of each person in the adorable Trinity, the person and work of the Holy Ghost and has set forth, in the most striking is virtually ignored, nothing can be more and scriptural way, the work of each in important than testimonies which go to the great economy of salvation, he has, prove His distinct personality and co- in the present volume, conducted the equality with the Persons of God the reader in his contemplation to the conFather and God the Son. The Holy summation of all in eternal glory. “Our Ghost is no mere emanescence or prin- Heavenly Home” is fraught with richest. ciple, but, as this invaluable work de- reflections; the spiritual reader soars clares, is a Divine Person, and who will high as thought after thought is sag not countenance or smile upon any gested to his ravislied view. As he reads,