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The sun shone about ten miles in circumference, upon the windows of the build bounded by high cliffs of white, ings and the flags of the ships red, and brown-coloured earths. with great brightness, and added Beyond this lay a range of hills, much to the splendour of the whose tops are often buried in view.
cloudy mists, but which now ap. I thought of the concerns of peared clear and distinct. This empires, the plans of statesmen, chain of hills, meeting with anothe fate of nations, and the bor-ther from the north, bounds a rors of war. Happy will be that large fruitful vale, whose fields, day, when he shall make wars to now ripe for barvest, proclaimed cease unto the end of the earth, the goodness of God in the rich and peace to be established on its provision which be makes for the borders !
sons of men. He prepares the In the mean time, let us be corn : he crowns the year with thankful for those vessels and in his goodness, and his paths drop struments of defence, which, in fatness. They drop upon the the hands of God, preserve our pastures of the wilderness, and country from the hand of the ene- the little hills rejoice on every my, and the fury of the destroy- side. The pastures are clotbed er. What, thought I, do we not with flocks; the valleys also are owe to the exertions of the nucovered over with corn : they merous crews on board those shout for joy, they also sing. ships, who leave their homes to As I looked upon
the numerous fight their country's battles, and ships moving before me, I remem, maintain its cause, while we sit bered the words of the Psalmist; every man under his vine and " They that go down to the sea fig-tree, tasting the sweets of a in ships, that do business in great tranquillity unknown to most waters : these see the works of other nations, in those days of the Lord, and his wonders in the conflict and bloodshed !
deep. For he coinmandeth and On my right-hand, to the south raiseth the stormy wind, which and southeast, the unbounded lifteth up the waves thereof. They ocean displayed its mighty waves. mount up to the heaven, they go It was covered with vessels of down again to the depths ; their every size, sailing in all direc- soul is melted becaose of trouble. tions. Some outwardly bound to They reel to and fro, and stagger the most distant parts of the like a drunken man, and are at world; others, after a long voy their wits' ends. Then they cry age, returning home laden with unto the Lord in their trouble, the produce of other climes. and he bringeth them out of their Some going forth in search of the distresses. He maketh the storm enemy. Others sailing back to a calm, so that the waves thereof port after the hard fought engage- are still. Then they are glad, ment, and bearing the trophies of because they be quiet: so he victory in the prizes which ac- bringeth them unto their desired companied them home.
haven. O! that men would At the southwest of the spot praise the Lord for his goodness, on which I was riding, extended and for bis wonderful works to a beautiful semi-circular bay of the children of men." Ps. cvij. VOL. II....No. 8.
The Negro Servant then oc-votion. The Creator appeared curred to my mind. Perhaps, in the works of his creation, and thought I, some of these ships are called upon the creature to hobound to Africa, in quest of that nour and adore. To the beliermost infamous object of merchan- er, it is doubly so.
He dise, a cargo of black slaves. In- a covenant right to the enjoyment human traffic for a pation, that of nature and providence, as well bears the name of Christian! Pero as to the privileges of grace. His haps these very waves, which are title-deed runs thus : “ All things now dashing on the rocks at the are your's ; whether Paul, or Apfoot of this bill, have og the shores ollos, or Cephas, or the world, of Africa borne witness to the hor- or life, or death, or things prerors of forced separation between sent, or things to come ; all are wives and husbands, parents and your's ; and ye are Christ's, and children, toro asunder by merci-Christ is God's." less men, whose hearts have been I cast my eye downwards a lithardened against the common tle to the left towards a small feelings of humanity by long cus-cove, the shore of which consists tom in this cruel trade. “ Blessed of fine hard sand. It is sur are the merciful, for they shall rounded by fragments of rock, obtain mercy.” When shall the chalk cliffs, and steep banks of endeavours of that truly Chris broken earth. Shut out from hutian friend of the oppressed negro man intercourse and dwellings, it be crowned with success, in the seems formed for retirement and abolition of this wicked and dis- contemplation. On one of these graceful traffic ?*
I unexpectedly observed a man As I pursued the meditations sitting with a book, which he was which this magnificent and varied reading. The place was near two scenery excited in my mind, 1 hundred yards perpendicularly approached the edge of a tremen-below me : but I soon discovered dous perpendicular cliff, with by bis dress, and by the black cowbich the Down terminates. I lour of his features, contrasted dismounted from my horse, and with the white rocks beside him, tied it to a bush. The breaking that it was no other than my neof the waves against the foot of gro disciple; with, as I doubted the cliff at so great a distance be- not, a Bible in his hand. neath me, produced an incessant joiced at this uplooked for opporand pleasing murmur. The sea- tunity of meeting him in so soli
. gulls were dying between the top tary and interesting a situation. 1 of the cliff where I stood, and descended a steep bank, wioding the rocks below, attending upon by a kind of rude staircase, their nests, built in the holes of formed by fishermen and shep: the cliff. The whole scene in herds' boys in the side of the cliff every direction, was grand and down to the shore. impressive : it was suitable to de He was intent on bis book, and
did not perceive me till I ap* The day has since arrived, when the persevering efforts of Mr. Wilberforce to
near to him. accomplish this happy purpose, have been
“ William, is that you ?” fully answered. The slave trade is abo “ Ah! Massa, me very glad to lished. The church of God rejoices at this triumph of Christ over Belial.
How come Massa inte
this place? Me thought nobody sinner's ransom. You can say in here, but only God and me." the words of the hymn, “I was coming to your mas
“I the chief of sinners am, ter's house to see you, and rode But Jesus died for me. round by this way for the sake of the prospect. I often come here
"O yes, Sir, me believe that in fine weather, to look at the sea,
Jesus die for poor Negro. What and the shipping. Is that
would become of your
poor Bible ?"
Negro, if Christ no die for him. Yes, Sir,* this my dear goot
But he die for the chief of sioBible."
ners, and dat make “ I am glad,” said I,
sometime quite glad."
to see you so well employed.
It is a
“ What part of the Bible were good sign, William.”
you reading, William ?"
“ Me read how de man upor “ Yes, Massa, a sign that God is goot to me; but me never goot Christ spoke to him.
the cross spoke to Christ, and to God.”
Now dat « How so?"
man's prayer just do for me. “ Me never tank him enough:
Lord, remember me.' Lord, re
member me never pray to bim euough :
poor negro sioner: this me never remember enough, who is my prayer every morning, and give me all dese goot tings. Mas- sometime at night too ; when me sa, me afraid my heart is very
cannot tink of many words, then bat. Me wish me was like you.
, me say the same again, Lord, re“ Like me, William ? Why,
member poor Negro sioner." you are like me, a poor helpless
“ And be assured, William,
the Lord hears that sinner; that must, like yourself,
He perish in his sins, unless God, of pardoned and accepted the thief his infinite mercy and grace, upon the cross, and he will not pluck him as a brand from the reject you ; he will in nowise burning, and make bim an instance cast out any that come to him.” of distinguishing love and favour. No, Sir, I believe it; but There is no diference ; we have
there is so much sin in my heart,
it make me afraid and sorry. both come short of the glory of God: all have sinned."
Massa, do you see these limpets,* “ No, me not like you, Massa ;
how fast they stick to the rocks me tiak nobody like me, nobody
here? Just so, sin stick fast to feel sach a heart as me. “Yes, William, your feelings,
“ It may be so, William, but I am persuaded, are like those of take another comparison : do you every truly convinced soul, who cleave to Jesus Christ by faith in sees the exceeding sinfulness of his death and righteousness, as sin, and the greatness of the price those limpets cleave to the rock, which Jesus Christ paid for the and neither seas nor storms shali
separate you from his love." * In the course of conversation, he some. times addressed me with the word “Mas
“ Dat is just what me want.” sa,” for “ Master,” according to the well
“ Tell me, William, is not that known habit of the negro "slaves in the very sin which you speak of, a West Indies; and sometimes, “Sir," as he was taught since his arrival in England ; # A kind of shell-fish, which abounds in but the former word seemed to be the most the place where we were, and which sticko familiar to him.
to the rocks with exceeding great force.
burden to you? You do not love in Christ, will show his faith by it: you would be glad to obtain his works, as the Apostle says. strength against it, and to be freed Is it not so, William ? from it, would you not ?"
Yes, Sir, me want to do so. "( yes ; me give all this Me want to be faithful. Me sorworld, if me had it, to be without ry to tink how bat servant me sin.”
was, before the goot tings of Je“ Come, then, and welcome to sus Christ come to my heart. Me Jesus Christ, my brother; his wish to do well to my Massa, blood cleanseth from all sid. He when he see me and when he gave himself as a purchase for not see me, for me know God alsinners. He hath borne our ways see me. griefs, and carried our sorrows. « Me know, dat if mesin He was wounded for our trans- against mine own Massa, me sia gressions ; he was bruised for against God, and God be very anour iniquities; the chastisement gry with me. Beside, how can of our peace was upon him, and me love Christ, if me not do with his stripes we are healed. what Christ tell me. The Lord hath laid on him the “ Me love my fellow-servants, iniquity of us all. Come, freely though, as I told you before, they come to Jesus, the Saviour of not much love me, and I pray sinners."
God to bless them. And when " Yes, Massa,” said the poor they say bad tings, and try to fellow weeping, “me will come : make me angry, then me tink, if but me come very slow; very Jesus Christ were in poor Neslow, Massa; me want to run, me gro's place, he would not revile want to fly. Jesus is very goot and answer again with bat words to poor Negro, to send you to and temper, but he say little, and tell him this."
pray much. And so then, me say “ But this is not the first time nothing at all, but pray God to you have heard these truths.” forgive them."
“ No, Sir, they have been com The more I conversed with fort to my soul many times, since this African convert, the more me hear goot minister preach in satisfactory were the evidences America, as me told you last week of his mind being spiritually enat your house."
lightened, and his heart effectualWell, now I hope, William, ly wrought upon by the grace of that since God has been so gra- God. ciously pleased to open your eyes, The circumstances of the place and affect your mind with such a in which we met together, congreat sense of his goodness, in tributed no little to the interestgiving his Son to die for your ing effect which the conversation sake; 1 hope, that you do your produced on my mind. The little endeavour to keep bis command-cove or bay, was beautiful in the ments ; I hope you strive to be extreme. The air was calm and bave well to your Master and serene. The sun shone, but we Mistress, and fellow-servants. were sheltered from its rays by He that is a Christian inwardly, the cliffs. One of these was stuwill be a Christian outwardly ; he pendously lofty and large. It that truly and savingly believes was white as snow, its summit
hung directly over our heads. that he was very desirous of conThe sea-fowl were flying around forming to them. He appeared it. On the otber side, and be to me to be well qualified for rehind us, was a more gradual de-ceiving the Sacramental pledge clivity of many coloured earths, of his Redeemer's love ; and I interspersed with green patches rejoiced in the prospect of beof grass and bushes, and little holding him no longer a
“ stranstreams of water trickling down ger and foreigner, but a fellowthe bank, and mingling with the citizen with the saints, and of the sea at the bottom. At our feet bousebold of God." the waves were advancing over “ God," said I to bim, “ has shelves of rocks covered with promised to sprinkle many nagreat variety of sea-weeds, which tions," not only with the waters swam in little fragments, and dis- of baptism, but also with the played much beauty and elegance dews of his heavenly grace. He of form, as they were successive- says, he will not only “pour waly thrown upon the sand. ter upon him that is thirsty,"
Ships of war and commerce but, “I will pour my Spirit upon were seen at different distances. thy seed, and my blessing upon Fishermen were plying their thine offspring." trade in boats nearer to the shore. “ Yes, Massa," said he, “ he The noise of the flowing tide, can make me to be clean in heart, combined with the voices of the and of a right spirit; he can sea-gulls over our heads, and now purge me with hyssop, and I and then a distant gun fired from shall be wbiter than snow." the ships as they passed along,.“ May God give you these blesadded much to the peculiar sen- sings, and confirm you in
every sations to which the scene gave good gift.” birth. Sometimes the striking of I was much pleased with the oars upon the waves accompa- affectionate manner in which he nied by the boatmen's song, met spoke of his parents, from whom the ear.
The sheep aloft upon he had been stolen in his childthe down sometimes mingled their hood; and his wishes that God bleatings with the other sounds. might direct them by some means Tbus all nature seemed to unite to the knowledge of a Saviour. in impressing an attentive ob “ Who knows,” I said, “ but server's heart with affecting some of these ships may be carthoughts.
rying a missionary to the country I continued for a considerable where they live, to declare the time in conversation with the Ne-good news of salvation to your gro, finding that his Master was countrymen, and to your own gone from home for the day, and dear parents in particular, if they had given bim liberty for some are yet alive.” hours. I spoke to him on the “0! my dear father and mo. natare, duty, and privilege, of ther: my dear gracious Saviour;" Christian Baptism ; pointed out exclaimed he, leaping from the to him from a prayer-book which ground as he spoke, “if thou wilt I had with me, the clear and but save their souls, and tell them scriptural principles of our own what thou hast done for sinners--church upon that head, and found but—".