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now and then groaning and act or dispose of myself as I gnashing his teeth : but soon pleased ; then would my horafter, opening his eyes, he grew rors cease, and the expectations sensible again, and felt his own and designs of my formidable enpulse, saying, “ How lazily my emies be frustrated. But, oh! minutes go on! When will be this cannot be, for " the last breath, the last pulse, His voice failed again, and he that shall beat my spirit out of began to struggle and gasp.for this decayed mansion, into the breath ; which having recovered, desired regions of death and with a groan so dreadful and horhell? Oh! I find it is just now rid, as if it had been more than at hand! and what shall I say human, he cried out, “OH, THE now? Am not I afraid again to UNSUFFERABLE PANGS OF HELL die? Ah, the forlorn hopes of AND DAMNATION !” and then him that has not God to go to! expired.
V.D. Nothing to fly to for peace and conifort !" Here his speech failed him : we all believing him
The confessions and petitions contained to be dying, went to prayer ;
in the following PRAYER are perfectly which threw him into an agony ;
adapted to the present state of our na
tion, and we recommend it to the re. in which, though he could not ligious attention of all our pious speak, he turned away his face, readers. and made what noise he could A PRAYER, EXTRACTED FROM to hinder himself from hearing. BISHOP HALL's HOLY ORDER Perceiving this, we gave over.
OF MOURNERS IN SION.” . As soon as he could speak, O OUR God, thou hast remov. (which was not till after some ed our souls far from peace, thou time) he said, “ Tigers and hast most justly filled us with monsters, are ye also become thine indignation ; for we have devils to torment me, and give deserved that thou shouldest pour me a prospect of heaven, to make our iniquities upon us, and my hell more intolerable ?"
shouldest bring upon us the fruits « Alas, Sir," said I, “it is our of our own thoughts, and measdesire of your happiness that ure our works into our bosoms, casts us down at the throne of and cause us to drink at thy hand grace ; if God denies assistance, the cup of thy fury; yea, even who else can give it? If he will to have the dregs of the cup of not have mercy, whither must trembling to be wrung out to us, we go for it?”
for we have walked every one af. He replied, “Oh, that is the ter the imagination of his own dart that wounds me! God is evil heart. Our transgressions become my enemy, and there is are with us and are multiplied benone so strong as to deliver me fore thee ; and though we have out of his hands. He consigns professed to be humbled under me over to eternal vengeance, thy mighty hand, we have not and there is none able to redeem cried to thee in our bearts, neithme! Was there such another er have we loathed ourselves in God as he, who would patronize our own sight for the evils that my cause ; or was I above God, we have committed ; so that we or independent on him ; could I do now justly lie down in our
shame, and our confusion cover. magnify thine infinite goodness eth us; willingly acknowledging in thy gracious forbearances and
that our iniquities have most de- our powerful conversion to thee. • servedly turned away thy bless- And though we cannot but con
ings from us, and drawn thy fess we are a sinful nation, a people judgments upon our heads. laden with iniquity, a seed of evil
But, O Lord, hast thou so smite doers, yet, Lord, thou knowest ten us that there is no healing for thou hast thy secret ones among us ? have we put ourselves utter- us, a people that prayeth and ly out of the reach of thy bound. trembleth at thy judgments, and less miercies? art thou not the waiteth humbly at the door-posts God that retainest not thine an- of thy sanctuary ; a people that ger forever, because thou delight. desireth to walk close with thee. est in mercy ? O thou, the hope their God, and to be approved of of Israel, and the Saviour thereof thee in all their ways; a people in the time of trouble, return, that sigheth and mourneth for return to thy people in the tender the abominable sins of the land bowels of thine infinite pity and of their nativity : 0), for their compassion, humble our souls sakes be thou entreated to hold thoroughly under the sense of off thy revenging hand from this our many backslidings and griev. sinful nation, and even yet still ous provocations of the eyes of provoke us by thy goodness to thy glory. Oh, strike thou our repentance. Othou, the righteheart with an unfeigned repent- ous and merciful Judge of the ance of all our evil ways, and world, who even for ten righteous once again speak peace unto thy persons would have spared a Sodservants. Was there ever om and Gomorrah from their fimore stiff-necked and rebellious ery execution, be pleased tenderpeople, O Lord, than thine ly to regard the cries of thy Israel? more eminent in a- many hundred faithful and debused mercies? more notori- vout souls that sue to thee for ous in all kinds of abomin. the stay and removal of thy deable wickedness? more exer- served judgments. Oh, do thou cised with variety of judg- look down from heaven and be. ments ? yet when they cried to hold from the habitation of thy thee in their distress, thou wertholiness and thy glory, the unstill ready to hear and deliver feigned humiliation of thy serthem, and to renew thy so often vants, who are prostrate before forfeited blessings upon them, thee with fastings, and weeping, and wouldst not let loose thy ven- and mourning : turn away thy geance upon them till there was heavy displeasure from us, and no remedy.
pity thy sanctuary which is desoBehold we are thy people, late ; so shall our mouths be full though a sinful one, a second Is- of the praises of thy name, and rael both for sins and mercies: thy saints shall rejoice and sing now, Lord, since it is thy mar new songs unto the God of our vellous mercy that we are not yet salvation. AMEN. consumed, be still pleased to
bunal was respected as the rery seat of justice. Even the Ros
mans themselves appealed to it EXTRACTS FROM DR. ODMANN's in weighty matters. Pericles, on
GEOGRAPHICAL POCKET DIC- being refused admittance as a TIONARY OF THE NEW TESTA. member, diminished its power, MENT.*
and from that day the Areopagus, AREOPAGUS, Aguasaayos, the and the morality of the Athenians celebrated tribunal of Athens, suffered a common fall. It was held on a hill of that name. before this tribụnal, which was Here Mars is said to have been held in the open air, that St. acquitted by twelve of the gods, Paul delivered the address refor having killed the ravisher of corded by St. Luke, Acts xvii. · his daughter. This circumstance 22, &c. seems to have been invented, in Chios, Xios, an island in the order to add solemnity to the tri- Archipelago, a few miles south bunal. It is not known, whether of Lesbos ; called by the Greeks it was instituted by Cecrops, or Chio, but by the Turks Saki AdasCranaus, or Solon, The number si, (Mastic island.) It occurs onof the members is variously state ly in Acts xx. 15, at the last deed to have been 9, 31, and 51. parture of St. Paul from Greece. They were chosen from among It is about 50 miles in length, the most virtuous citizens, and and 25 in breadth, mountainous such prefects, as had distin, and of a poor soil, but famous for: guished themselves by their pa- the mastic, with which it supplies triotism. The office was held the royal seraglio. This gum, for life ; but if a judge behav- which is chewed by the Turkish ed improperly, intoxicated him- ladies, in order to preserve their self, or uttered any indecent teeth clean, and their breath words, he was immediately de. sweet, is collected by the Chrisposed. Here sentence was pro- tian inhabitants of the island, nounced, not only on capital who, as a remuneration for it, are crimes, but also on immorality exempted from half the poll tax. and idleness, which last was The manner of collecting it is looked upon as the parent of all described by Tournefort, Bellovices. Disrespect for religion nius, Thevenot, Monconys, Carwas treated with the greatest se: reri, Pocock, Chandler, and othverity, and forensic oratory was Although the climate of totally prohibited, lest it should the island is reckoned healthy, influence the judges. This tri- it is often visited by the plague.
The number of inhabitants is * Dr. Odmann is minister of Up.
100,000, and all live comfortably sal, in Sweden, a learned and respectable divine, author of several works by industry. An old building is in high repute in his own country.
stiil to be seen, which goes by The work, from which these extracts the name of Homer's School ; but are made, and which was designed
according to Mr. Chandler, it for a companion to the younger clergy, highly approved by the Eng.
was a temple of Cybele. The lish Reviewers, and a translation of island is circumstantially describit recoin mended.
cd by Myller
MELITA, Minion, now Malta, a
ANECDOTES. island in the Mediterranean sea, distinguished in the New Tes One of the most renowned tament by the shipwreck of St. philosophers and statesmen of Paul, Acts xxviii. The inhabit- this age, Dr. Benjamin Franklin, ants,, who spoke in an African informs us, that all the good he dialect, (Bae Begoe) received the ever did to his country or mancrew with great humanity. They kind, he owed to a small book kindled a fire, on account of the which he accidentally met with, constant rain (Pusata); but when entitled, “ Essays to do good," the apostle was laying on a bun- in several sermons from Gal. vi. dle of sticks, which he had gath- 10. “ As we have, therefore, ered, a very venomous viper opportunity, let us do good unto (sziv) roused by the flames all men, especially unto them came out, and twisted itself round who are of the household of his arm (re-Inte) The islanders faith.” These sermons were now thought themselves wit written by Dr. Cotton Mather, a nesses of Divine vengeance de- very able and pious minister of manding that justice, which the the gospel in Boston. “This waves had failed to execute ; but little book," he says," he studied the apostle shook off the animal in- with care and attention ; laid up io che fire, and felt no hurt. They the sentiments in his memory, then passed to another extreme, and resolved from that time, (prazan dojesvou) and took him to which was in his early youtlı, be a god. The reader will find that he would make doing good the best description of Malta in the great purpose and business Nieburh's travels through the of his life.” Levant, and Brydone's Letters en Sicily and Malta. I have on ARCHBISHOP Williams, in the ly this to add, that although no close of life, said to a friend of serpents are now found in Malta, his, “I have passed through there can be no reason to sus many places of honour and trust, pect St. Luke's relation ; for the both in church and state ; more island consists of a chalky rock, than any of my order in England, of which, at present, no spot re- these seventy years before ; yet, mains uncultivated. In the were I but assured, that, by my same manner of late in some of preaching, I had converted but the West India islands, serpents one soul to God, I should take have been totally extirpated by therein more true joy and comthe extent of cultivation, having fort, than in all the honours and thereby lost all places of retreat. offices which have been bestowed The saying of the inhabitants, upon me.” Fuller's Church Histhat serpents, which are brought tory. B. II. 11. 228. hither cannot live, is a fable. The petrified substances com. The celebrated Dr. Manton monly called vipers' tongues, was appointed on a public occa. which are found in the softer sion to preach before the Lord hills, are nothing else than the Mayor and Aldermen of Lonteeth of fish.
don. His sermon was learned,
ingenious, and elegant. As he she found, that she had no use was returning home, a plain old for her Bible there : and, on gentleman pulled him by the coming away, said to a friend, “I coat, and desired to speak to him. should have left my Bible at The doctor stopt, and the stran- home to day, and have brought ger thus addressed him. “I was my dictionary. The
Doctor one of your auditory to day. I does not deal in Scripture, but in went to be fed with the gospel, such learned words and phrases,
usual ; but have returned as require the help of an interempty. Dr. Manton was not preter, to render them intelligiDr. Manton this morning. ble." There was, indeed, much of the Doctor, of the florid and learned The pious and learned Mr. man, in the discourse ; but little Halyburton, Professor of Divinior nothing of Jesus Christ : it ty in the University of St. Anwas, in short, no sermon to me.” drews, being asked, when a " Sir,” answered the Doctor, “ if young man, by an aged minister, I have not preached to you, you if ever he sought the blessing of have now preached a good ser God on his studies, ingenuously mon to me : such as, I trust, I acknowledged that he did not. shall never forget, but be the bet « Sir,” said the minister, with an ter for, as long as I live.” austere look," unsanctified learn
ing has done much mischief to A GENTLEWOMAN went one the church of God.” These day to hear Dr. preach, and words made a deep impression as usual, carried a pocket Bible on his mind, and from that time with her, that she might turn to he looked up to God for his any of the passages the preacher assistance and blessing in the imight happen to refer to. But prosecution of his studies.
Review of New Publications.
Memoirs of eminently pious wo the name ought to be as concise
men, who were ornaments 10 as possible. Let the finished their sex, blessings to their fam. works of ancient or modern times ilies, and edifying examples to be consulted. None of them the church and world. Abridg- justify the prolixity, with which ed from the large work of Dr. a Gothic custom has lately disGibbons, London. By DANIEL figured title pages. DANA. pp.396, 12mo, New The judicious author of this bury port. A. March. 1803. abridgment points out the gen
eral design and utility of the This title page is unfortunate work in his concise, well written ly encumbered with a part of that, preface, which, with a few omiswhich constitutes the matter of
sions, is here quoted. a preface. Authors forget that
Of Biography he says, the design of a title page is to “ No species of writing seems so give a name to the book, and that happily calculated at once to inforn