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ed, and then only for inevitable to Jænicke. He was the same reasons : he preached for the last man in the pulpit and out of it, a time in the beginning of June

connection too little preserved by 1827; it was then ascertained that many, who suffer “ strangers to he was afflicted with a dropsy in

devour their strength,"* by purthe chest, and that it would prove suing objects uncongenial with their mortal. He retained however, the calling. At the beginning of his use of his faculties to the last, and sermon, he usually announced the was able to receive the numerous divisions he intended, but did, visits of his friends, and to talk of not always tie himself down to that Saviour in whom he placed them ; this however is mentioned his hopes, to their mutual edifica as a trait in his manner, and not tion. On the 21st of July, it by way of recommendation ; he became evident that his strength always spoke from the impulse was failing him, the last words that of his heart, and blended with could be collected from his lips his sermons such anecdotes as he were these, During my long life I thought illustrative and edifying, have always found that the Lord which practice it may be observed, is faithful. His friends, who were is calculated to engage the attenwatching his departure, together tion of the young. He always with the pupils of the Missionary spoke of the Saviour, or to the House, surrounded the bed, and to Saviour ; by which one is led to respond to his joy, they began in understand, that he used the law a low voice, two verses of a hymn, in its


character of a schoolexpressive of the death of the master, to bring the souls of men Christian; when they had finished, unto Christ. The great object they turned toward him, but his of his preaching was to declare the spirit had fled.

excellency of Him who has called Jænicke at the time of his death, us out of darkness into his marwas aged seventy-nine years

and vellous light. This is a singular few days. He had been so far man, (said a person who saw him in favoured in respect of health and his last years) he knows how to strength, that it might almost be speak of nothing but the Saviour ; said of him, as of Moses, that a remark which naturally reminds “ his eye was not dim, nor his us of St. John's reputed daily exnatural force abated;" towards the hortation, · Love the brethren.' close of his life he is described as Jænicke was as simple in his entering the pulpit at seven o'clock mode of life as in his sermons. He on a December morning, to preach did not disdain the humblest occuin German, and returning two hours pations, if he could be of service after to preach again in the Bo to his parishioners; even in advanced hemian dialect. It is said that the age, he constantly visited the poor present King of Prussia went once and sick, who lived in the most on purpose to hear him, and that distant parts of the city. Such he preferred the simple and occa however was his humility, that few sionally common language of the instances have come to light. A humble Jænicke, because he found physician being one day called in it an edification which a more to see a poor patient, who had elegant style could not have con nobody to take care of him, asked veyed, unless it had been equally the man how he would send to evangelical in its matter.

have his medicine made up, as it What has been remarked of must be taken the same evening : Henry Martyn, that there was a he answered, There would be no well-proportioned symmetry in his religious character, may be applied * Hosea vii. 9.

Gal. iii. 24.


difficulty;' but seemed averse to these fruits, must have borne many tell who was to go on the errand : of the same kind; it is only to the physician insisted, and was in- be wished that more had been formed that the aged pastor preserved. Jænicke came every evening to Such was the Bohemian pastor, make the poor man's bed, prepare and his example cries loudly to his victuals, and do whatever else him that hath ears to hear, to was necessary

At another time, drink at the same fountain, that he Jænicke having received from a may go and do likewise. Jænicke rich man a large alms for the relief had a brother, who studied at of a poor man who lived a long Halle, and went out as a Missionway off, and some pence for the ary to India; he died at Palamcotta, person who was to carry it, pre- after having seen his labours blest ferred taking it thither himself, in of the Lord.* order that these pence might be

I. I. M. saved, and so increase the relief a

* The personal part of this memoir is little. The tree that produced taken from the Archives of Christianity.


And among

A BOOKSELLER's lounge is pro- him (for much weightier reasons verbially delightful.

than this) to seek for it without the religious world, (for indeed it delay. is a world peculiar to itself) the One of the first ideas that ocsame taste exists in

no small

curs to the visitor will be, the degree. It is refreshing to step valuable_testimony paid by the occasionally into a religious book- French Protestants to his own seller's, and run over titles and country, by adopting and translattitle-pages, peep between uncut ing so many English works. Here leaves, and survey the portraits he will see Wilberforce on Chrisof eminent persons.

Sometimes tianity, Newton's Cardiphonia, too, one picks up a new idea in Scott's Bible (in a course of pubthis way, a new train of thought lication) and many others. He is struck out, a new subject of opens Bogue on the New Testameditation suggests itself, or a new ment, and will be surprized to find and precious example is gained. that it was read and appreciated Much then might be said, not only by the captive emperor at St. on the pleasures of such a lounge, Helena, a circumstance which but also on its advantages. But strongly marks it out as a present if the pleasure be great in London, to Frenchmen of a speculative turn what must it be in Paris, where of mind. Keith on Prophecy will novelty enhances it!

Perhaps also meet his eyes, a book which very few of our English travellers is singularly well calculated for make a point of going into a small distribution on the Continent, and shop, in a street named from the which will doubtless be mainly Protestant chapel of the Oratoire, instrumental in advancing the Lord's where formerly dwelt Henry Ser- kingdom among unbelievers. The vier, whose successor is J. J. Rister, Pilgrim's Progress too, is transat No. 6.

lated, (at least the first part) but To enjoy such a place requires whether it was wise to preserve some Christian taste; if the visitor the famous sentence about Pope has it, so much the better; but and Pagan, I very much doubt. if he has not, I would advise In my humble opinion, it impedes

the circulation of the book, and But let us remember what they perhaps Pagan and Persecutor were. No one who has not studied would have done better. * Mr. the subject can imagine what bufErskine's little works are also to foonery, what vulgar nonsense, was be found here. Here too is Father uttered from the Romish pulpits in Clement, Jessy Allan, &c. here is Paris, till the middle of the sevenJesus Shewing Mercy, translated teenth century. Yet at that time by the late Madame Falle. Here the Protestant church produced are Burder's Village Sermons, and some of its brightest ornaments, the more argumentative, but not and Amyrant, Mestrezat, and more powerful ones of Chalmers, Daillé, were awakening and edifywhich are greatly esteemed among ing mankind. It would be diffiFrench Christians. Here are the cult to find superior sermons to principal works of English writers those of the early French Protesupon the Evidences, from Derham tant divines. And what made to Beattie. Here are the lives them so clear and so forcible ? of Fletcher of Madely and his ex Sincerity, sacrifice for conscience' cellent wife ; the first is not con sake, deep study of the Gospel, sidered a happy translation, but and a faithful practice of holding the matter shines through the lan- fast the form of sound words. guage; the second has found its Their volumes are so scarce, owing way into the royal palace, and is to numbers of them having been understood to be in high estima- destroyed, that book-collectors tion with the present queen of may reckon them among their France. How far her exaltation rarest treasures. A reprint of may have contributed to her hap- selections from their sermons has piness, she knows best; but we been commenced, but I fear it must all own, that the earth brings languishes, though it well deserves forth thorns and thistles to every

encouragement. Saurin and NarLet us hope and pray, that din are the standard books with she may in due time gain an incor modern readers. The latter has ruptible crown, and in this wish the talent of drawing out the we trust, that the warmest repub- spiritual improvement of a text lican, and the most zealous Carlist in the highest degree. will readily join.

But let the visitor look around, Nor must he overlook Bicker and he will see there is no cause steth on the Scriptures, the Life for blame. Here are reprints of of Henry Martyn, (improved by Drelincourt's valuable works to many useful notes) and the Memoir begin with. Here is the Corresof Caroline Smelt. The Paris pondence of La

pondence of La Chaise and Spon, Religious Tract Society has also which is sufficient to decide the adopted many papers from the balance in any unbiassed mind beLondon one, and the visitor will tween the two communions; and a be pleased at the sight of many an similar work of great excellence, old acquaintance in a new dress. intitled Correspondence of Two And now he will begin to ask, is Ladies in the Seventeenth Century. all the Protestant literature of Here is the Journal of Jean MiFrance exotic ? have they nothing gault, which details so affectingly original ? Alas! many circum the exile of the French Protestants. stances have conspired to depress Here is Bayssiere's Letter to his and enfeeble the churches of France. Children, which has been instru

mental in preventing a hasty change I had almost forgotten Doddridge's

on the part of some English. Here Rise and Progress, and Milner's Church History, of which several parts have

is the Life of the late Baron de appeared.

Stael, whose existence was indeed


devoted to the glory of God. Here lished in Paris. Among them are is the Protestantism in Spain, a the Life of Henry Martyn, the work which serves as a compen

Collection of Christian Letters, dium of Dr. M‘Crie's. Here too Lives and Specimens of the Faare the works of Monod, a name thers, (now in progress) the various of increasing lustre in the modern works of Cellerier, which are so church of France, together with the esteemed, as to sell high even at productions of Grandpierre and the book-stalls, the Sermons of Vinet, which have deservedly ob- Gaussen, and others. It would be tained the highest praise. Here unjust not to mention the truly are many collections of hymns and Christian zeal and liberality of a sacred music. Here is the Gla- publisher at Geneva, Madame neur, that precious little selection Suzanne Guers, who readily enpassages from different writers.

gages in printing any work that is And let the visitor take especial likely to glorify the Lord, at great notice of the Archives du Chris- hazard to herself. Each

person tianisme, a periodical containing has his talent, and she has not many excellent articles, both of trifled with hers. doctrine and controversy : as well Having thus given the visitor as of the Ami de la jeunesse, one his first directions, it only remains of the best books ever designed for to desire, that in his choice of youth. Nor let the volumes which books he may be guided to whatcome from Geneva be overlooked, ever is best for his soul, or most though (from whatever cause) they calculated to answer his plans are rather dearer than those pub- of benevolence.



HAPPY END OF A CHRISTIAN. In a large village in Derbyshire, The eldest of several unmarried there died in the month of April sisters and brothers,

was to 1832, at the age of 36, one of those them as a mother, and her loss has valuable Christian females, who, been regarded as the loss of a exempt from the cares of the mar- second mother. The privacy of ried life, make it their business to domestic life suffers not the detail do all the good they can according of many of those circumstances, to their means and opportunities; which testify most strongly to staand of whom not a few, we would bility of Christian character. Many fain believe, are in mercy scattered of our severest trials are those, up and down in the villages of our which can be known and estimated much favoured land. It is good to only by the all-seeing God. And, bear testimony to departed worth. moreover, there is a sameness in all Others are built up and comforted. these matters in the case of every They rejoice to hear how the Lord member of Christ which renders has dealt with those that have gone such detail uninteresting, however before them; and how 'very gra- valuable in itself regarding each. cious' he has been to one and Possessed of earthly wealth or another of those his servants that greatness she was not, but her have departed this life in his faith station was just that in which piety and fear.' Because of these we often best prospers, and the life of should ever bless his holy name, God in the soul of man is most giving thanks at the remembrance perfectly developed. Perhaps we of his holiness, his truth, his faith- may


say, it was such as gives fulness, and his love.

the largest opportunities for spiri

see the

tual usefulness among the


illuminated the distant hills, she These she failed not to improve.

was in Abraham's bosom. In the A persevering collector for the midst of life we are in death : “So Bible and Church Missionary So teach us to number our days, that cieties, she rejoiced to

we may apply our hearts unto Lord's pleasure prosper in their

wisdom.” We are all much in hands. She visited the cottages of sorrow. A mere allusion to the the poor. She sought out among

event of the morning left scarcely them the sick and needy. For a dry eye in the church. Their seventeen long years, she was a unworthy pastor, the writer of these steady, constant, unwearying teach- lines, grieved bitterly, feeling that er in the Sunday school. Whoever he had been deprived of a most might be absent, she was there, valuable helper, and that not of unless from home, or hindered by himself only, but of others also. illness. The Lord's day morning The first burst of grief has now found her early with her God, and subsided, but we still feel our loss. she went forth from her chamber In the end of this excellent to communicate with the unin Christian, there was no vain-glostructed young

She sold and cir rious boasting, but there was a hope culated among the children Prayer full of immortality. The triumph Books, Hymn Books, Tracts, and of grace was entire ; deep selfsimilar publications. For this pur

humiliation and unshaken confipose she had her monthly packet of dence in the perfect work of Christ; Friendly Visitors, &c. It might be the sure mercies of the everlasting said of her, that like her Divine covenant. She was occasionally Master, she went about doing good. delirious, but it was delirium of Her perseverance and diligence in a very pleasing kind ; harmless whatever she took in hand were truly and inoffensive - indeed almost admirable. She was not of those playful-and throughout evincing who put their hand to the plough the devout tendencies of a religious and look back. It was by means soul. I saw her several times of these habits, that she was during her short illness : always enabled with but a sickly frame,

sickly frame, with satisfaction. In our last into have time to spare from the terview, when I reminded her that immediate duties of her calling. to depart and be with Christ was

But the time was come, that she far better, with an ardent smile, must die. And, as afterwards ob she emphatically answered, Yes ; served by one of her friends, she and then, after a moment's condied, just as the Christian would sideration, referring to a sermon I wish to die, in the midst of had preached some time before, her work. “ Precious in the sight added, but I have been thinking of the Lord is the death of his that perhaps my desire to depart saints,” and truly her end was and be with Christ, has been more peace. One Lord's day found her, occasioned by the difficulties I morning and afternoon, in her usual have had to contend with in life, post at the church, and in the than pure lore to God. In such Sunday School, and the next she thoughts we see the tokens of a had entered into rest. The knell soul jealous of itself with a godly of death was the earliest that that jealousy. In reply. I requested morning sounded from the village her to recollect, that He who steeple. Monday and Wednesday here guides us by his counsel, is she was somewhat unwell: Wed the same who appoints our lot nesday seized with an inflammation and portion, our troubles and on the chest, and before the sun difficulties ; using these for the acof the next Sabbath morn had complishment of his own purposes



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