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MARY ANN RAYSON. tempted to dispute the reality of
her religion. A daily sense of her MARY ANN Rayson, of Wake- imperfections rendered lier very dif. field, in Yorkshire, died, February fident, nor would she at any time loth, 1808, aged 32. It was her speak in stronger terms ,than I privilege to receive a religious edu- hope I am not deceived !' Some cation. During her childhood, she time elapsed, before she had suffi. paid great attention to the historical cient confiderce to join in church felparts of Scripture; and to Dr. lowship! but ber fears were over. Watls's Hymns. Under the ministry come at last, by an impressive of Mr. Brewer, then at Sheffield, sense of duty; and about the age divine things frequevtly made a deep of 22, she embraced the privilege impression upon her mind. The of sitting down at the Lord's table. sense she had of religious duties, Mrs. R. was visited with several and especially of family prayer, nay severe afflictions, which were seabe discovered by the following cir- sons of great spiritual profit. She cumstance: - A friend invited her, was very submissive aud patient. when about 9 years old, to spend a Tbe prayers of her Christian friends few days at his house in the coun- she esteemed as one of her greatest try; but on the second day of her mercies, and frequently said, “O visit, she was deterinined to return what a mercy it is to have praying bome: no persuasion could prevail parents, -a praying husband, and upon her to stay:-- her only reason, praying church, all pleading as it afterwards appeared, was that my cause with the Lord !' She had
she durst not continine another night long been in bondage, through fear, jo a house where there was no fa. of death, yet, in her last sickness, mily prayer.' So important did this the power of religion was eminently duty appear to her, that, when she manifested. About six weeks bebecame the head of a family, fore her death, she was delivered she performed it herself, when her from imminent danger. Upon rehusband was from home. The evil viving a little, she said, Let us pature of sin rendered her, at sea- bless the Lord for another instance sons, exceedingly miserable. A ser- of his sparing goodness. This is the mon when she was about 14, from last trial I shall ever have of this Eccl. xi. 8. distressed her for seve. kind. I expected to have been now ral weeks. The death of a younger in eternity. I am a miracle of sister, was another means of awaken. mercy! I have enjoyed the most ing her attention to eternal things. delightful sense of Heaven. At the This solemn warning induced her moment when I thought myself to engage, more frequently, in jusi expiring, I had such confidence reading the Scriptures, and praying of my interest in Jesus, that, for with greater fervor. When she was some minutes, my joy entirely overabout twenty, it pleased the Lord came all sensibility of pain.'. The to give her more ciear and cn- prospect of her recovery was very couraging views of his mercy in Battering ; but her mind was deeply the Sa viour. She had often heard impressed, with the apprehension of the most animating discourses from a speedy change. She was not misu Mr. B. on the atonement and grace taken. A paralytic stroke, by which of Jesus; but now she discovered she lost the use of her right side, the vlory of these divine truths; was the monitor of dissolution; and and felt their power. Her consola in the short period of a week, she tions, however, were neither sidden was oumbered with the dead. The
por rapturous. From the gradual use of her reason and specch, which . manner in which the love of Christ had been suspended, were mercifully
was manifested to her, she was often restored. Finding herself very
weak, and observing the grief of Jesus can make a dying bed her attendants, she asked if some Feel soft as downy pillows are.' particular change had taken place. Her speech now failed; and her des She was answered in the affirmative. parture was expected every moShe then desired to know the parti- ment. After some time, she again culars; which she heard with great
opened her languid cres; aod, fixo composure, "Now,' she said, 'my
ing them on her husband, as if des time is come! The Lord will not
sirous to speak, be asked her if forsake me. All I desire is to know
the Lord were still with her in the a crucified Saviour. O, may [
valley: she iminediately replied, glorify God in this trying season ! The following Sabbath was a season
A mortal paleness on my cheek, of much joy. O what a Lord's
But glory in my soul ! Day I shall have,' said she, when She was again raised up, and apa I drink the new wine in the king. peared to be much revived. With dom of Heaven! Pray that I may à feeble voice, she said, r You glorify the Lord in suffering and thoughi I was dying; but I may yet death. I still enjoy confidence in see to-morrow.' The Lord's time Jesus. I know in whom I have will be the best. I have lost all my believed.' His honour is engaged pain. I feel nothing of my afflic. to save the meanest, yes, the lion.' Being told that this was the very meanest of his sheep.' effect of death, she exclaimed, From the Sabbath evening, until o the will of the Lord be done!' Monday afternoon, she was very These were her last words. She Beverely afflicted; but not one mur. then laid down, with great commuring word escaped her lips. posure, and a little after six in the « Pray for me,' she often said, that morning she calmly entered into my faith may not fail. On Tuesday rest. Mr. Boden, of Sheffield, night she had all the symptoms of preached from John xiv. 2, 3, to a dissolution, and so difficult was her numerous and attentive congrega. breathing, that she desired we tion. would iinmediately pray with her.
B. R. Ask of the Lord,' she said, 'to give me, either a little respile, or
MRS. DAVEY, more strength. But his will be done. In a short time, she was
OF TRORO, more easy. 50! may I have but Had the happiness of being called, patience,' she said ; dying is hard in early life, to the knowledge of work. You see me on the brink herself as & sinner, and of Jesus the of eternity; but I am happy, only Saviour. It appears that her Christ is all in all.' After pausing convictions originated in the habisome time, she continued, “ What tual reading of the Scriptnres, toare my sufferings compared with gether with Dr. Walts's Hymns for glory! I would cheerfully endure Children, and the Assembly's Cate. ten times more, rather than part chism. Her holy life proved her with my confidence. ' Christ and his conversion to be genuine. While cross is still my theme.' After repos. her knowledge of evangelical truth ing some time, she was asked if her was remarhably clear, her spin consolations were still continued: rituality and heavenly mindedness She replied, · More, and more, and were no less evident, in the world, more! O that I had strength to the church, and the family. As tell of the Lord's goodness to my she constantly set before her dear soul!' About two o'clock on Wed. children a holy example, so she ben nesday morning, she desired to be stowed on them the most affentionate raised up; but, so far had death advice and admonitions. Such was prevailed, that the paralised side ber anxious concern for their eternal was nearly cold, and it was difficult welfare, that she would frequently to accomplish her wish. She said take them aside, read the Scriptura • Death is heavy l and added, with to them, and pray with them, with a cheerful smile,
maoy tears. Indeed, her solicitude
for their best interest was so great, Before the funeral, the body was that it took place of every other taken to Ebenezer Chapel, when the consideration, and was remarkably Rev. Mr. Paddon delivered a dis. felt in that state of bodily weakpess course suited to the occasion, from which gradually came on, and Joho xiv. 19. On tbe Lord's Day which termipated her existence on evening following, the Rev. Mr. carth. Her last illuess, which was Taylor preached her funeral serFery severe, she bore with Christian mon from Psalm xxxvii. 39. resignation to the divine will. The hope of Heaven which she cherished,
MISS ELIZ. REEVE, was founded alone on Christ, the rock of ages. She derived her com.
LONDON, fort from the love of a triune God; ; Was brought up under the sound from the stability of the covenant of the gospel; but was first led to of grace; and the efficacy of the serious prayer by that common obrighteousness and death of Jesus: servalion, “A prayerless soul is a the sanctifying effects of which Christless soul." She then became truths, through the gracious opera. diligent in closet religion, and in tions of God the Spirit, sbe richly reading the Scriptures. Her conexperienced in life and death.- stitution was but delicate ; and at About three days before she died, length she fell into a consumption. on her being led to the window, For a time, she felt unwilling to and seeing the fields at a distance leave the world; but it pleased God which looked green, she, with a smile 80 to visit her soul with his light and on her countenance, said,
love, that she exulted in her adore& Swect fields beyond the swelling flood, able Redeemer, saying, “ My Jesus Stand dress'd in living green.' .
is all my desire: I long to be with Reduced now to very great weak
him, that I may see him face to ness, her confidence in Christ re
face without a vail. I am fixed on mained unshaken. A minister ask the rock, and ain going to glory! ing her respecting the state of her More happ);: but not more secure, mind, she answered, -" The work . The glorified s its in Heaven.' of Jesus is a finished work, and well for me that it is; or I should be un. She took much pleasure in speaking done for ever; but here I rest.' At to a young friend who visited her, another time, she said, with sweet on the great importance et seeking composure of soul,
the Lord in the time of health, say.
ing, “o what should I do now, if o Jesus I love thy charming name; I had to seek for a Saviour !'. 'Tis music to my ear;'
A few days before her departure and then, turning to her husband, she presented a Bible to her sister, • Ah! how little do I love Jesus, - saying, “My dear Mary, I give yoll I don't love him enough! To which my Bible: it is the greatest gift I he replied,- My dear, the Lord can give you; it is the greatest gift Jesus graciously accepts the desire that God ever gave to the world of bis people to love him more.' next to Jesus Christ ; for it is that Her illaess, which continned twelve which testifies of him. Read it weeks, reduced her so very low, that much with prayer, as I have done, pature seemed incapable any longer and the Lord will bless it to you, as to sustain the load ; and she was he has done to me.' ., unable fully to express her delight. Some of her last expressions were, ful feelings; but her holy ejacula- ! I embrace Jesus in my arms. tions were numerous and fervent; He is the autidote to death!' and just before she expired, she was "What wait I for? I wait for the comenabled to utler these sweet words : ing of my Lord to take me to him. • How can I sink with such a prop
self. He will soon come!'- Glory, - As the eternal God !
glory, glory be to Jesus. He is
the glory of the whole world! She fell asleep in Jesus, Oct. 261h, She departed this life, March 22, 1808, in the 17th year of ber age. 1808, aged 22 years.
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