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that her very heart was penetrat The writer of the above enjoy'ed by what she uttered. Amid ed the privilege of frequentiy her highest consolations, she
she witnessing the piety, the sufferseemed deeply sensible of her ings and consolations of this high, unworthiness. Being asked, a ly favoured young woman. He few weeks before she died, how offers this imperfect sketch, in death appeared, she replied: “It the hope that so animating a tesis a solemn thing to die : I wish timony to the truth and excel to examine myself; but I cannot lence of religion, may be instrum make the thought seem terrify. mental in confirming the faith of ing.” At other times, she ex- the Christian, and producing pressed great desires to die. Sbe some salutary impression on the was once heard thus to express mind of every reader,
z. herself in prayer : “ Why are thy chariot wheels so long in coming? hasten them in thy timę :'stilt
The rare phenomenon of a total adding, “ not my will, but thine
eclipse of the sun happened on the be done." At another time, she 16th of June, 1806. A more awfully told a friend that a few nights be. sublime, interesting and impressive fore, she viewed herself upon the
phenomenon can hardly be conceived, verge of eternity, and it was der
It seems impossible that an atheist
could have witnessed it without deep lightful entering. Being asked, conviction of the existence of a God. what made it most delightful, she A valued correspondent has favoured replied," the glory, and the holi us with the following extract from a ness-to be freed from a body of discourse delivered the Sabbath after sin :" and added, “ Christ is pre
this event, which we insert with cious.” She once declared, that
pleasure. the night preceding, her distress
THOUGHTS was very severe ; but the glory,
BY THE LATE ECLIPSE. holiness and justice of God seemed so clear, that it was sweetly A total eclipse of that lumina, consoling to her mind; and it ry, which is not only the source seemed a favour to be kept awake, of light and heat to the globe we and contemplate upon his justice; inhabit, but the life and soul of and the sharper her pains, the our system, is an event of such more faithful his character ap. rare occurrence, as well as so peared, and the stronger was the grand and sublime in itself, as evidence of his love,
naturally to command a serious said she," to die ; but feel willing and interested notice. It would to live and suffer.” When death be well, if the ideas and feelings, actually came on, her distress which such events are calculated and weakness were such that she to excite, might oftener rest could say but little : yet that lite on the mind; and especially, if tle manifested her mind to be in they might become subserviento the same humble, tranquil, cheer- to our moral and religious imful srame as ever; till, with scarce provement. a struggle or a groan, she yield Eclipses, particularly those of ed up her spirit into the hand of the sun, are among the most her God.
solemn and impressive specta
“ I long,"
cles, which the world of nature that they can be previously calpresents. In ages of ignorance culated with the greatest cerand superstition, they have been tainty and precision. Instead of regarded with surprise and hor- violating the arrangement estabror. They have been converted lished by Heaven, they strongly into presages of wars and desola- confirm and display it. They tions, of public calamities and in. are constant monitors of an evdividual disasters. Nor does it er present, overruling Power, appear strange, either that a sustaining the world, and pregloomy imagination, or that con- serving unimpaired that perfect scious guilt, should have made order and harmony, which it this use of them. It is not a originally established. Nor have thing unknown, or unusual, even we any reason to confine this in our own enlightened age and sustaining and governing Provicountry, that they have been dence to the system of which productive of terror and conster- our globe makes a part. It canpation. Nor indeed, because not rationally be believed that they are perfectly agreeable to those numberless stars, which the regular course of nature, and occupy the vast expanse of heacan be demonstrated to result ven, were made only to dart a from established laws, does it few feeble rays of light on our follow that they claim na special earth. It is much more natural and serious notice. All the to consider them as suns, surworks of the Lord, as they are rounded by inhabited planets, great, so they are sought out of and communicating to them the those, who have pleasure therein. blessings of light and heat. Nor would it be difficult to shew
an august, what an that these, more particularly, are amazing conception," says one, calculated to lead us into a field “ does this give us of the works of profitable and pious contem- of the Creator ! Thousands plation. As this is my present of thousands of suns, at imdesign, it will not be expected mense distances from each oththat the subject be handled in a er, attended by ten thousand way of philosophical disquisi- times ten thousand worlds, all in tion. Such speculations would, rapid motion, yet calm, regular, in every view, be unsuitable to and harmonious, invariably keepthe place and occasion.
ing the paths prescribed them ; May it not, however, be propa and these worlds peopled with eriy remarked, in the first place, myriads of intelligent beings, that the late phenomenon calls formed for endless progression our admiring attention to the in perfection and felicity." Rapt perfect regularity and harmony, into such contemplations, we which reign in the natural may well add, in the words of world ? It is true, that many of the same writer ; “ If so much the less informed consider ap- power, wisdom, goodness, and pearances as preternatural and magnificence is displayed in the miraculous. But the fact is, that material creation, which is the they take place, according to least considerable part of the stated and invariable rules ; as is universe, how great, how wise, evident from this circumstance, how good must He be, who
made and governs the whole!”. Where the love, the devotion, This leads us,
the obedience, which creatures 2. To a very mortifying and should render to their Creator, humbling thought. How deplor- and beneficiaries to their infin able is the inattention and insen- ite Benefactor ? Alas! the very sibility of man! We are sur- profusion of our blessings conrounded, on every side, and in ceals from our inattentive, stuevery moment of our existence, pid minds, the Giver's hand. In with numberless demonstrations the unvaried, uninterrupted teni of the being, the perfections and or of our mercies, we basely find beneficence of Deity; and yet a pretext for thoughtlessness and overlook and neglect them. ingratitude. A great portion of Such an extraordinary phenome- mankind, we have reason to apnon as we saw the last week, prehend, would sink into absorouses our attention for a mo- lute atheism, were they not rement, and, as it were, forces a minded, in methods awfully inGod upon our thoughts. But telligible and impressive, that must the sun be veiled in dark. there is a God, who rules above, ness, to make us feel there is a and who holds the universe in God? Does not the same sun, his hands. rising in cloudless majesty, tri 3. Should not the late solemn umphing in meridian splendor, appearance of the heavens call and setting with a softened efful back our minds to contemplate gence, emphatically proclaim the most solemn and interesting his Maker and ours, and call us scene ever exhibited on this to the liveliest sentiments of earth; I mean, the crucifixion veneration and love? Is not the of the Saviour, with the darkwhole fabric of nature a stupen- ness, which attended it? That dous and beautiful temple, in darkness, it is true, was altowhich every rational creature gether supernatural. As it took should be found a prostrate wor- place at the time of the Jewish shipper, glowing with every ten passover, which was celebrated der, grateful sensibility? Whith- at full moon, it could not proceed er can we turn our eyes, and not from a proper eclipse of the sun. behold the brightest evidences Beside, it is well ascertained, of the Creator's goodness, and that in no solar eclipse, does the our own numberless obligations ? total obscurity continue beyond His is the air we breathe, the four minutes ; whereas, at the ground we tread, the food we
crucifixion, the darkness lasted eat, and the stream that slakes' three hours. Whether this our thirst. In thee, O God, we darkness were greater, or less, live; and such is thine over than that which we recently wit. flowing bounty, that
nessed, cannot be easily deter
-not content mined. But doubtless, some of us With every food of life to nourish were led by what we saw,to revert
man, Thou mak'st all nature beauty to
back to the amazing scene, and
assisted to attain a livelier idea And music to his ear!
of it, than we ever had before. Where then are the humble, It is proper that we should all grateful returns, which we owe ? thus improve įt.
thus improve it. O my breth
Ten ! let us this day, in solemn stout hearted, impenitent sinner! contemplation, pay a visit to O Christians ! meditate often Calvary. Let us endeavour by with wonder, love and gratitude, faith to behold a scene, which on the suffering Saviour. He yonder sun refused to witness, drank the cup of trembling, that Ah,
he might put into your hands Well might the sun in darkness hide, the cup of consolation. He vanAnd shut his glories in,
quished the powers of darkness, When God, the mighty Maker, dy'd that you too might everlastingly For man, the creature's sin,
triumph over them. Amid the Doubtless, the darkness, which agonies of crucifixion, he endur, overspread the sun, was em- ed the hidings of his Father's blematical of that horror, which face, that you might enjoy the filled the human soul of the im, beatific smile of his countenance maculate Jesus. His heavenly in death, and to all eternity. O Father stood aloof. Not only ye, who reject the Saviour! can did earth refuse its pity, but hea, you hear these things unmoved? ven withheld its consolations. Are they nothing to you? Shall This was the bitterest ingredient the Son of God expire in ag. in his bitter cup. What tongue ony ; shall the very heavens put can describe, or imagination con, on the attire of mourning ; shall ceive, the sensations of the di- yonder luminary avert his face vine Sufferer, when, during from the awful scene ; shall the three hours of silent horror, he earth tremble with amazement, retired within himself, received and the solid rocks rend asun. in his spot?ess soul the awful der; and can you still remain impressions of that wrath, which unmoved ?-0, at length re. was due to sin, and at the same lent! Flee from that dire, un. time, maintained a conflict with heard of wrath, which you can: all the principalities and powers not sustain ; and rejoice, by of darkness ? Oh, what a crisis your repentance, the heart of was that, in human destiny! that compassionate Saviour, How pregnant with salvation whom you have so long pierced and felicity to millions of hum- by your sins. ble believers, and with aggravated, intolerable perdition to every
(To be continued.)
they have still something to
groan under : nor so ill, but they Wie Israel marched thro? have still some comfort to be the wilderness, the blackest thankful for. In the church night had a pillar of fire, and the militant, as in the ark of old, brightest day a pillar of cloud. there are both a rod and-a pot of So, in this world, things never inanna, -99 so well with God's Israel, but Di Arowsmith's Chain of Principles.
If we would well understand casions, neither to" fear God, nor the Scriptures, we must bestow to regard man." pains in comparing one part with A few months after my last inanother ; for the Lord seems to terview with him, I was informed have arranged them, as they are, that he was no more! Struck purposely, to exercise our dili- with the event, I was solicitous gence, and to distinguish those, to know how such a man would who value the knowledge of the die! The amount of my
informtruth from such as do not. ation was, that, as death approach(Prov. ii. 1-9.)
ed the confidence he had before Scott's Notes the Bible, expressed in his deistical opinions Num. chap. 22.
forsook him, and in its place a deep horror seized his mind! A short time before his departure,
supposing himself quite alone, ANECDOTE.
he was overheard by an unobservThe following communication ed friend, giving vent to the agois from a gentleman, on whose nies of a tortured conscience.
With furious despair he expostuauthority the reader may place the most unreserved reliance.
lated with the man, (Dr. D.) It was my lot, some years ago,
whom he now reproached as his occasionally to meet a disciple of deceiver ; and, after loading his the late Dr. Darwin, who had name with execrations, which I drunk so deeply into the system closed the horrid remonstrance
dare not put upon paper, he and spirit of his master, that he in such terms as the following: considered him the very first poet and philosopher of the age. end of your boasted philosophy!
« Monster! wretch! Is this the I have heard him expatiate with Have you brought me to this ?" enthusiasm on the writings and character of that deist, and, in
Reader! though such examthe same conversation revile the ples are seldom brought forHoly Scriptures, with all the ward, you are not hastily to in. rant of vulgar blasphemy.
fer that they rarely happen, or Of all the examples of a mind
that the principles of modern emancipated from religious and infidelity do not lead to such moral restraint I ever met with,
The tentbis unhappy man was the most
derness of survivors may often offensive.
conceal the dismal story ; and His conversation, though abundantly larded with even when such men leave the the cant and slang of the new
world with composure, we should philosophy, was lewd, profane, remember there are such judg. and conceited; and when infuri. ments denounced against obstiated by zeal for his principles, nate opposers of revelation, as a
i a (which happpened as often as they were opposed) every rule of
“ reprobate mind !” How differdecorum was trampled under
ent the end of those, who foot; he appeared on such :oc
sleep in Jesus !"
M. Christian Mag.