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to" the house appointed for | Is thy mercy clean gone for all living."
ever: Wilt thou be favourable His exercises of mind, under no more?” But, amidst all his tedious and painful afflic- this, I dare not give up; I dare tion, were, at its' commence not despair. I will, even against ment, and during a considerable hope, hope to the end; and part of its progress, very dis- fain would I wait the Lord's tressing. Nevertheless, he was time of deliverance, when he resigned to the divine will; shall give me to see the reasons and, at some lucid intervals, of his conduct, and explain the when the anticipation of death whole mystery of his dark diswould force itself upon his pensations; after which explamind, he would give vent'to his nation, either in part, or perfeelings in the language of Dr. fectly, I hope to jom saints on Watts :
earth, or in heaven, saying, • O glorious hour! O blest abode!
“God doth all things well." I shall be near, and like my God! I feel, that I love God so little, And flesh and sin no more control whom I am sensible I ought to The sacred pleasures of ny soul! Ny flesh shall slumber in the ground
love so much. I feel, that I serve Till the last trumpet's joyföl sound;
him so indifferently, being alThen hurst the chains with sweet surprise, ways backward to the best of And, in my Saviour's image, rise."
service. I feel that my mind The emphasis with which he is so seldom in heaven, where I would repeat these words, can would wish to have my portion, be conceived by none but those let it cost me whatever it who witnessed it.
would. I feel, I should so disIn a letter to a fellow-stu-honour Christ, by being afraid dent, he thus describes his ge- to rely wholly upon him, when neral experience. “ Obro- I am sensible that I have nother! methinks how trifling thing else to rely upon. But would all my pains and afflic- I will rely upon him, and, at his tions be, which weaken, and feet, either live or die. "Tis tend to bring down this body of only here that I can" live while flesh, if only my soul were I live. Tis only here that I healthful and strong, being al- can live when I am dead." ways able to triumph in Christ. Such was the general tenor But it is otherwise with me, of Mr. Holtby's religious expeeven at present, as, perhaps, rience; but he, like most other you know it has been, during Christians, had his more lucid, the whole of my illness. This and his beclouded intervals. kind of dark experience has At one period, especially, he long been mine, almost from was greatly distressed, owing to my first attending to' religion, his being unable to discover though, I hope, I have both la- any satisfactory evidence of his boured and prayed that it might personal interest in Christ. But be different with me. Hence, a letter from his worthy tutor I am, like the Psalmist, ready was of great service to him "on to say to God, “Why hidest this occasion. In this letter, thou thyself in time of trouble? Mr. Steadman mentioned hie having been in circumstances friends, at the time of his death, very similar to those of his pu- and his going off rather sudden pil--in expectation of death, ly at last, little is known of his but in great distress as to the experience during his final safety of his state. But, in this struggle with the last enemy; situation, it occurred to his but, from the account given by mind, i" that, if he never had his mother, he appears to have applied to Christ for salvation, expired in circumstances which he was welcome to make that ap- the sinner may envy, and the plication then;; and that Christ' saint be thankful to enjoy in the was as able and as willing to same struggle.fi save him then, as he ever was To his friends in general; to to save him, or any redeemed the church, of which he was a sinner actually, in heaven.” Un- members to those who were der this conviction, he did ap- favoured with an opportunity ply to the Redeemer, as a of hearing the gospel from his poor, guilty, helpless-sinner, as lips, but especially to his brethough he had never applied thren engaged with him in acabefore; and it was not long,ere demical pursuits, his affliction he found joy and peace in, be- and death furnish an instructive ļieving. The reļation of this lesson. To the latter, in partigreatly, encouraged Mr. H. and, cular, they loudly proclaim the by inducing him to adopt the necessity of watchfulness and same measure, was the means diligence, and forcibly urge the of imparting a considerable de improvement of the talents, gree of comfort to his mind. with which they are instructed, But it did not perfectly remove working“ while it is day, for the gloomy which sometimes op- the night cometh,” how soon, pressed hiß spirithi: He was none can tell, « in which no often agitated with doubts and man can work.".
J.J. fears, till towards the close of Bradförd.; : life. But then, when he was led to relinquish all hopes of recovery, and to anticipate death as already on the thresh- THE PRICE OF A VICTORY. old, and prepared to execute bis commission, the gloom and THE Providence which gothe fears which depressed his verns the affairs of mortals, has mind, and beclouded his pros assigned us an existence in a pects, were graciously dis- very singular period of time. persed; “ the Sun of righteous Events, of astonishing interest ness” arose upon his soul; and, have rapidly, followed each to use the words which he often other.
Within a few years, we quoted in the last stage of his have heard of such occurrences affliction, as applicable to his as the history of any former age own case, at evening time it does not contain. “ The earth was light.”
has been removed, the mounOwing to his residing at a tains have been carried into the distance from his Christian midst of the sea, the waters
thereof have' roared and been Alas !, alas! how gréat is the troubled, the mountains have price of a victory! It amounts, shook with the swelling there- indeed, to an enormous total! of.” But the inhabitants of When we rightly estimate the this country have been remark- powers of the human mind, in ably preserved from the general one man, and especially in a calamity! We have only heard multitude, they are capable of of the din of wars, of the clan- astonishing effects; therefore, gour of trumpets, of the roar of we may regret that such ener
artillery, of the shrieks of the gies are not applied to schemes wounded, and of the groans of of blessing mankind, rather than the dying! We have only read to military studies; for, if they <the affecting descriptions of lead to victory, they terminate battles, and sieges, and human in human destruction. Considestruction. As a nation, our dering the almost incalculable sincere and most animated gra- sums lavished in making those titude is justly demanded; for, vast arrangements which introwhile other empires have been duce a battle, may we not dewrecked in the tempest, Britain, plore, that these heaps of trealike the sacred ark, has survived sure should be offered to bloody the storm; while some coun- Mars, and that they are not de tries have been overwhelmed by voted to those benevolent inhostile forces, for us God has stitutions, which feed the hun k: appointed salvation as walls gry, clothe the naked, heal the anda'sil bulwarks;" while the diseases, instruct the ignorant, armies of other powers have and dispense that restorative to been defeated and routed, our all our woes, “ the gospel of troops ' have usually wore the the grace of God.” But what laurels of victory. But, in how a vast price does a victory cost many instances have they been the country where the battle has wreathed with the eypress! Re- been fought. Through what an flecting on the dreadful slaugh-extent of territory do the enter of our countrymen, in a re- gines of war spread their deso'cent conflict, the mingled joy Iation! How many square and grief of the men of Israel miles of fruitful land are devasdescribes our own feelings; "the tated! The domestic gardens, viëtory, that day, was turned the generous corn-fields, the intoai mourning unto all the luxuriant vineyards, the valuapeople.”. As pious patriots, we ble merchandise, and the habiwould ever express our grati- tations of numerous families, tude, if the decisions of the de- share a common ruin. And if plored battles are to our advan- we cast our eye on that extage; but, as serious Chris-tended plain, there we see a tians, we cannot approve of dreadful spectacle; thousands that frantic mirth, whose voice of slaughtered men, our fathers, is so clamorous as to drown the our brethren, and our sons, plaintive tones of the bereaved amongst whom death reigns in orphan and the disconsolate his most appaling terrors ! widow.
Alas!" how are their bodies
mangled, as if the voracious" In human discord is thg dite delight,', beasts of the forest had torn
“ The waste of slaughter, and the rage of
fight; them in pieces! Or, if we turn No bound, no law, thy fiery temper to those who survive the fate of quells." their companions, we see thousands lying in agony, pierced
Here I would drop the curwith shots, or gashed with cuts; tain, and relieve my feelings by their wounds inflamed; some, a more pleasant scene; for, if it every minute, dying a most ex- be drawn yet higher, and I gaze cruciating death, others linger- on the distant prospect, someing in torture many weeks and thing more awful presents itself months; and great numbers to view. All those who have doomed to drag on a miserable lately fallen were immortals, existence the remainder of life, capable of the bliss of heaven, with diseased and mutilated boor of the miseries of hell ; but dies!
their probationary state is ended, But who can calculate the and they have entered on their sum of misery, which is the final condition ; and whither are consequence of a victory, to they gone? By the fashionable survivors ? If we suppose that, sentiment of the day, all who in late events, forty thousand fall in battle, are wafted to have been slain (and this, we glory; by the plaudits of the fear, is less than the amount), multitude, they are promoted and that each one who has to the bliss of the celestial fallen, has left three persons to state. But where is the sanclament his loss (parents, wives, tion of this popular opinion? or children,) by this calculation shall we find it in the Christian
there will be a hundred and scriptures ; or in the epic poetwenty thousand human beings, try of Greece and in the verses whose eyes have been stream-dedicated to their heroes, by ing with tears, and their bosoms our ancient British bards? Inswelling with grief!
dulging a charitable feeling, we As yet we have taken no ac-may hope, that many, slain in count of the vast population, battle, were pious men; but, of plunged into poverty and misery the mass, we must form a difby the wide-spreading desola- ferent judgment; nor can we tions of war; nor of the multi-suppose, that the cause of a tades of captives, driven, by war is ever so meritorious, as forced marches, into remote to cancel their numerous vices regions, shut
up in miserable who may expire around its banprisons, subsisting on ordinary ners; and may we not fear, provisions, and dragging out à that, in many instances, the wretched existence. How ap-origin and progress of wars inplicable are those lines, in which volve in greater guilt their auHomer makes Jupiter address thors and their agents. In the himself to Mars :
hands of the righteous Gover* Of all the gods who tread the spangled nor of the universe, we must skies,
leave the future destinies of the Thou most unjust-most odious in our victims of battle, confident that eyes;
his decisions will display the of man! Is it not tao evident mingled glory of his justice and to be disputed, that man is an his grace; and yet, as we gaze apostate from the God of love at the horrific piles of slaugh- and peace? That he has lost the tered men, in pious soliloquy image of moral beauty, which he we may ask, Where are now originally enjoyed, when we see the immortal spirits - which so him under the dominion of that lately inhabited those bodies?” spirit which war enkindles in
How mysterious is the pro- his breast? His passions have vidence of God! That Jeho- subdued his reason; his huvah reigns over the circle of the manity is made cruel by his res skies, and that righteousness sentments ; his conscience is and judgment are the habitation stupified by his ambition; fury of his throne, is a consolatory flashes from his eyes; indignaand animating truth. But how tion boils in his heart; his arm solemn is the darkness which aims the stroke of death on envelopes him! By our feeble creatures he has never before sight it cannot be penetrated, seen, and by whom he cannot that we may discover his secret have been offended; every mopurpose. In our present infantral feeling which distinguishes age of understanding, we can- his nature, through the laws of not perceive the course and the combat, is expelled his bosom; termination of events, so as to the mutilated bodies and the compose our tumultuous spirits, bloody corpses of his brethren, and satisfy our anxious inquiry, are trampled beneath his feet; " How is it that a being of infi- limbs, torn from their former nite benevolence, and almighty frames, are scattered all around; power, should not restrain, but and misery, from ten thousand permit, the direful instruments tongues, sends forth its moanof war so hastily to destroy ing voice ! O sin, what hast thousands of his rational crea- thou done? It is thou who art tures, and that, as in the pre- the universal conqueror, and sent instance, the primary spring war is one of thy dreadful en. of this calamity should exist in gines ! the breast of an ambitious indi- How excellent is the gospel vidual”A depraved philoso- of Christ! A sincere friendship phy would solve this difficulty to mankind pervades the whole, by affirming," there is no pro- and presides supremely. “The vidence, but a blind fate pre- Prince of Peace,” is the proşides, swaying an arbitrary phetic appellation of its Author, sceptre.” The Christian spurns Peace on earth, good-will tothe answer, devoutly listening wards man," was the angelic to the voice which proclaims, proclamation at his birth. " I will do all my pleasure;" “ Blessed are the peace-maand, in humble submission, he kers," is the style of the Sam replies," I am dumb with viour's benediction. To prosilence; I open not my mouth, mote" peace with God, through because thou hast done it." our Lord Jesus Christ,” is the
How depraved is the nature nature of the dispensation.