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Blessed be the abounding mercy in your immediate approaches to and goodness of the Redeemer, the throne of mercy. Do not delay, that he died to save sinners, that be animated by her example, even " his blood cleanseth from all from a sick-bed, to cast your soul sin,” and that he never will reject on the Saviour, and to feel that he the coming sinner ; every attribute is all your salvation, and all your of his nature, and promise of his trust in the land of the living. word, confirms the security of his With earnest prayer for your willingness to save even to the
sake, and that from this hour you uttermost.” The experience of may be found at the footstool of Miss P. the interesting traveller mercy, I remain your soul's best referred to in the small treatise I friend, inclose, will I hope encourage you
LINES WRITTEN BY A MOTHER.
“Of such is the kingdom of heaven.” J. W. was taken to early rest on Saturday, March 9, 1833, aged two years
and three months. “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.”
He's gone-I watch'd the near approach of death,
OBITUARY OF THE LATE REV, JOSEPH ADDISON,
OF RODWELL, NEAR WEYMOUTH.
It pleases Almighty God in the not so much by formal addresses, dispensations of his providence as by the silent, but powerful often to spare for a considerable influence of his own example, actime the infirm, the feeble, and companied by a word in season those whose dissolution seems nigh of reprehension, advice, or exhortat hand; and to remove almost ation. The behaviour of his young instantaneously those whose years, flock during divine service, was not health, and apparent usefulness only decent and decorous, but so would suggest the hope of years to truly devotional and intelligent, as come, This observation has been to attract the surprise and admirarecently exemplified in the case tion of the numerous strangers who of the late Rev. Joseph Addi- often frequent Wyke church. This son, of Rodwell, near Weymouth, church, being at
some distance who died on the 3rd of December, from Rodwell, when the weather 1832, in the 46th year of his age, was unfavourable, Mr. A. was in after one week's illness. Until the habit of performing divine serthe commencement of the fatal vice at home; on these occasions, attack, Mr. A. was engaged with heendeavoured by familiar, pointed, unremitting diligence and activity, and lively addresses, suited to their in the superintendance of a school age and capacity, to impress powfor young gentlemen, which he erfully their hearts, and he had not conducted with singular ability unfrequently the satisfaction of and success, and obtained in a high seeing the tear of contrition, or of degree the affections of the pupils, devotional feeling, steal down the and the confidence and esteem of cheeks of his
auditors. their parents.
Though a sincere and zealous While the health, the comfort, churchman, yet he gladly availed and the advancement of those in- himself of Dr. Watts's catechisms, trusted to his charge in valuable as the ground work of his catechetihuman knowledge, were the objects cal instructions to his pupils, on of his diligent attention, it was to Sunday evenings; and he often the training them up as “ members expressed himself as being deeply of Christ, and inheritors of the indebted to the aid of these little kingdom heaven," that his most manuals of sound, catholic, and earnest endeavours were directed. spiritual piety. One of the rules "I will endeavour,' said he to a from which he never departed was, parent committing his son to his that no boy should be permitted to care, 'to do my duty to you by dine out on Sundays: the Sunday, your child, and I will endeavour he often observed, instead of being to do it to God also.'
at Rodwell School a day of idleOne of the most striking pecu- ness, was one of their most busily liarities of his character as an in- occupied, as well as most intereststructor of youth, was the extraor- ing days. Austerity, however, dinary degree in which he was (justly so called) constituted no enabled to maintain a religious and part of his religious character; he moral influence over the minds of was possessed of peculiar hilarity his pupils; and to impart to them and gaiety of spirit; and with him as it were, a portion of that holy religion was the never failing founatmosphere in which he himself tain of his joy, for (to quote an lived and breathed. This, under expression from one of his own the Divine blessing, was effected, sermons,) 'Who may be cheerful,
if the Christian is to be gloomy?' run off to their sports again. One • In life, God is my only solace little boy having been ill at Rodand
my succour, and in death he well School, his father said to him, shall be my eternal portion.' Yet, • Well, William, your master is was he aware that it is no light kinder to you than your papa, is he matter to become a Christian; and not ?' No, papa, but he is as in conversation on one occasion, a kind,' was the prompt reply. With friend having asserted the necessity affecting conscientiousness of spirit, of seriousness in religion, he replied, he clung to the duties of his stew• Yes, I agree with you there; I ardship to the last, and during the am naturally of a lively and buoy- week of his lamented illness, as ant disposition, but touch me on re long as memory maintained her ligion, and I am serious instantly.' seat in his mind, his inquiries for
Another peculiar feature in the the welfare of the boys were character of the late Mr. Addison, frequent and earnest; and when as a master, was the extraordinary assured that they were all well, and degree in which he succeeded in diligently attending to their studies, gaining the affections of his pupils; • then,' said he, ' I'am happy.' So and at the same time, the prompt deeply were the feelings of these and implicit obedience which they young gentlemen interested for paid to his commands. A singular their beloved instructor, that it is and happy union of sound judg- said by some of the elder among ment, firmness, and kindness in his them, that during the time of his conduct towards them, enabled illness, a pin might usually have him to attain this desirable result. been heard drop in the apartment He used to say, that he had three where they were all assembled-so rules, from which he never de careful were they not to disturb parted in his conduct towards the him by the least noise. And when youths who were under his care. at length the melancholy tidings
First, never to make a promise were made known to them, that which he did not fulfil.
their revered Preceptor was no Secondly, never to threaten a longer an inhabitant of this world, punishment which he did not inflict. deep and poignant was their sor
Thirdly, to treat them with con row for his loss, and some of them fidence, and make friends of them said they had lost in him a seas early as possible.
cond father !' Alas ! it has pleased Thus, the great point of obedi- God to smite the shepherd, and the ence once gained with the pupils, sheep of his little flock are scathe was at liberty to let all the tered. warmth and kindliness of his affec But it was not only as an intions expand towards them; and structor of youth that our departed the lively and grateful attachment ,friend was useful and valuable to of all those young gentlemen who the public. As a minister of have been under his care, and their Christ, he was far from being an unfeigned sorrow for his loss, afford idle labourer in the vineyard of the strongest testimony to the kind his Lord. He had indeed of late ness of his behaviour towards them, years no stated duty, (except ocof which, it is not too much to casionally, and for a limited time say, that it was parental. As the supplying a vacant curacy) his master and pupils used to take their laborious duties in the school would morning walk by the sea-beat not have allowed time for the due shore, the little members of the performance of those connected flock were often observed to run with a regular cure of souls. But up to him, to take his hand, and it was his delight to avail himself kiss it with playful affection, then of every opportunity (and there
were many afforded him) of preach When the pressure of other indising the great truths of salvation, pensable duties permitted, he deboth at Wyke and Melcombe lighted to dedicate his leisure to Regis, and in other churches in theological study and composition ; that neighbourhood. And this he and it was his habit continually to did, not for • filthy lucre’s' sake, compose sermons at every interval but gratuitously and freely, and of of time which he was enabled to a willing mind. Whenever any seize for this favourite occupation, brother in the ministry needed his although frequently without any assistance, it was always readily immediate occasion for their use : granted ; and the mercenary, or thus, he was always prepared with the slothful pastor, would have a sermon at the shortest notice. been at a loss to discover the mo Such an employment was to him tive of his joy on these occasions, the most delightful exercise of his for he was as happy in improving faculties; and as he mentioned to such opportunities of usefulness, as some of his friends, his rides, and they who find great spoil.' Nor his walks, were usually the seadid he seek as the recompence for
sons when he planned and presuch exertions, the meed of earthly pared his pulpit ministrations. He praise, or honour, for it was to the once familiarly said, “If my horse poor more especially that he de possessed reason and memory, he lighted to preach the glad tidings would know a great many sermons.' of salvation; but he knew that Thus did he “walk with God," “ he who winneth souls is wise,”
delight himself in his staand that “ they who turn many to tutes,” and redeem time for the righteousness shall shine as the most valuable purposes; and could stars of the firmament, for ever inanimate nature speak, it would and ever." His preaching was attest the sincerity and fervour of VERY POPULAR ; and the inti his devotional feelings. mation that there would be His value as a parent can only opportunity of hearing him, was be adequately estimated by his received with general satisfaction, five young sons, who have now to and a full congregation always as mourn the severe and irreparable sembled, among which there were bereavement of all those priviusually included not a few Dis- leges which they once enjoyed in senters. The matter of his dis the possession of such a father, courses was scriptural, solid, and who had also, from their early containing a happy union of doc- childhood, supplied to them their trinal and practical instruction. If mother's loss; and combined in his he had favourite topics, on which care of them, maternal tenderness, he more frequently dwelt than on with paternal judgment and firma others, they were Justification by faith in the atonement of Jesus It may now be neither uninterChrist, and the practical holiness esting, nor unprofitable, to advert of the believer, as the inseparable to some circumstances connected concomitant of his acceptance with with the last illness and death of God, through the merciful influ this faithful servant of Christ. ences of the Holy Spirit. His Some weeks previous to this lavoice was strong and clear, and its mented event, in a conversation modulations pleasing ; his manner with one of his near relatives, who was simple, earnest, feeling, and was very ill, and who had been impressive. It was once said of speaking on the subject of death, his reading of Scripture, by a he said, I have such faith in my poor but intelligent auditor, that Saviour, that if he were to summon it was as good as a commentary.' me at this moment, I should nei
ther be afraid, nor unwilling to go as on that occasion ;-to.which our to him.' This relation said, Could departed friend replied, 'When deyou then give up all your chil- votion comes from the heart, one dren?' Yes,' he replied firmly, can't help reading well.'
I could give them all up. The The following morning that Sunday preceding the Monday on attack of illness commenced, which which his last illness commenced, proved a sickness unto death.” he read prayers twice at Wyke On the Thursday following, his church, and it was observed by usual medical attendant hinted to some of the congregation, that his him, that as there might be some countenance was marked by a more degree of danger in his case, it than ordinary expression of hea- would be desirable to call in the venly serenity. The discourse aid of a physician. To this commupreached in the morning was from nication, (although even then quite Psalm xc. 1, 2. Lord, thou hast unexpected by him) our departed been our dwelling-place in all friend replied with the utmost calmgenerations. Before the mountains
- Oh! if you think it will were brought forth, or ever thou alarm, or distress me to hear that hadst formed the earth, and the I am in danger, you do not know world, even from everlasting to me; a Christian, who is at peace everlasting, thou art God.” From with his God, through the atonethis beautiful passage of Holyment of his Saviour, has no cause writ, the preacher was led to en- to fear death.' He then went on large on the believer's safety and to recite many passages of Scriphappiness, in having found a home, ture, expressing his full assurance and a dwelling-place, in the bosom of salvation, through the sacrifice of his God; and that a home, and
of “ the Lamb of God, who was a dwelling-place, from which nei- slain to take away the sins of the ther the storms of life, nor the world.” To a faithful servant, tempest of death, shall ever be who sat up with him a few nights able to dislodge him. It was ob- before his death, he said, Do served that our departed friend you think that I should be afraid looked, as if he deeply enjoyed, to die? Oh no, for I know that my and realized these blessed truths; redeemer liveth ; MY redeemer,' but it is affecting to survivors to
he repeated,' mark that.' To one consider, how little he could at of his sons, who, on hearing of that moment foresee for how short his father's illness, had returned a future period he was to find a from a considerable distance, he home on earth ; and how rapidly expressed much comfort in the approaching was his hour of trial, consciousness of having brought when his “ heart and his flesh up all his children in religious would fail," and he would need to principles and habits!' be “received into everlasting hab- or two previous to his decease, itations." This season was with near relative began to read him, the calm before the storm ; the church prayers for the visibut the storm is over, and its wild tation of the sick, by his bedside; waves have wafted his favoured another relative, fearing it might bark into the haven of eternal rest! fatigue their beloved friend, wished After divine service, when our late to stop the reading, when he friend went into the vestry, the emphatically said, "Let him go Rector, (who was also his near
At the close relative) thanked him for his as
prayer, he ejaculated, Amen, ' sistance in reading the prayers, with deep devotional fervency, and observed that he had never and at the conclusion, said, “ Into heard them so well read by him, thy hands, O Lord, I commend