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studies as usual, and occasionally walk- great deal of difficulty. He again ed to see a few poor people.
preached with animation in the evenOn Saturday night he had two vio- ing, from 1 Cor. ii. 12. lent attacks of his complaint, which Through the whole of the evening obliged him to sit up till he was a little he was particularly cheerful, and often recovered: but though he felt himself very spiritual. He retired about elev. much enfeebled, he accompanied Mr. en, and intendiog to accompany Mr. Holland to Bolton the next morning, H. to Manchester the next morning, where be preached from—“Our light he shaved before he went to bed. Oa afflictions,” &c. 2 Cor. iv. 17, 18. It Tuesday morning Mr. Holland, thinkwas observed by his bearers, that he ing that he lay longer than usual, as he was particularly animated, and that did not hear him stir, tapped at his his views of glory, in the discussion of door, but no answer being returned, his subject, were more than usually be entered the room, and found him bright. He dined at Mr. Rothwell's, lying by the bed-side at full length, where be evidenced a spirit of lively more than balf dressed, but perfectly gratitude and animated praise. But composed, as in a quiet sleep; the the effects of his morning exertions chariots of Israel and the horsemen soon became so visible io much weak- had come, aod the prepared saint had ness and bodily pain, that his friends ascended with his bright convoy. judged it improper for him to under- Grateful to Mrs. Holland for the take the evening service; Mr. Hol- foregoing account, and for the honourland, in particular, was very importu. able testimony which she has given in nate in dissuading him from the at- favour of Mr. Taylor's eminent piety tempt. No entreaties, however, could and usefulness; we shall briefly mendissuade him from his purpose of set- tion a few particulars relative to bis ting out for the Old Chapel ; in going character. to which, he was obliged frequently to 1. Throughout the long course of pause, and once for the space of near- his ministry, so uniform was his Chrisly a quarter of an hour. Having arriv- tian walk, that he never brought the ed at the chapel, he went into Mr. slightest reproach upon bis sacred Griodrod's, where he remained a short profession. The present race of Methspace, in order to gain breath ; during odist preachers know, from experiwhich time, a local preacher began ence, little or nothing of the difficulthe service. When he had concluded ties with which the first race had to prayer, he found the veteran saint contend. Hunger, cold, weariness, ready to enter upon his office, which bad lodgings, and persecution, in varihe did, by taking these words for his ous forms, were their lot ; and of each text, “ Thou wilt keep him in perfect of these Mr. Taylor had his share. He peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.” lived long enough to see Methodism He seemed to have forgot all his weak. in comparative bonour and himself, ness, and to be unusually led out, whilst and brethren, in general, comfortably explaining the passage. In one part provided for. But so great a change of the discourse he raised himself, and in his circumstances, had no bad effect said with great emphasis, “ I should upon his spirit, temper, or conduct.-like to die like an old soldier, sword in He was the same man of God when in hand.” That night he had another at- London, Manchester, Liverpool, &c. tack in his breast, which painfully in that he had been when subjected to terrupted his sleeping, and caused more than ordinary privations. A considerable exhaustion the following great change in outward circumstanmorning ; notwithstanding which, he ces, especially from penury and respent two hours in visiting the sick, proach, to plenty and honour, bas frebut the effort was attended with a quently proved fatal to many; but from such a change Mr. Taylor suffer- brethren all, however opposed to hin ed no physical, inental, or moral injury. in matters of opinion, who, he had rea
2. The diligence which he used for son to believe, were true followers of ihe purpose of improving his mind, the Lord Jesus. that he might be able to feed the peo- 6. By continuing to walk humbly ple with knowledge and understand- and closely with God, and to be diliing, is highly creditable to bis memory gent in reading and study, he retained, as a Christian minister. He drew his to the last, the spirit of preaching, as divinity from the sacred volume; and well as the talents, by which he had such was the estimate which he set been enabled so long to feed those of upon that pure source of truth, that, the flock of Christ who sát under his in addition to his perusing particular ministry. parts of it, upon numberless occasions, 7. Mr. 'Taylor's views of both the there is sufficient ground to believe, law and the gospel were clear and disthat he read the whole of it regular- tinct; and hence while he maintainly through upwards of fifty times.- ed, that evangelical obedience is not But his extraordinary attention to the only a fruit of faith, but indispensably Scriptures did not make him inatten- necessary in order to its being retain. tive to those works with which a min- ed, he did not neglect to inculcate, as jster of Christ ought, if possible, to a truth of vital importance, that the be acquainted. Hundreds upon hun. holiest men on earth are every moment dreds of ancient and modern publica- indebted to the merits and mediation tions, on theology, sacred and profane of Jesus Christ, for their continuance history, natural and moral philosophy, in a state of acceptance with God. He &c. he read with care and attention. did not glory in his works; for be well
3. He was a man of strict order, knew, that however sincerely and conpunctually attending to whatever he scientiously performed, they could not took in hand; and perhaps few have stand the rigour of divine justice ; and ever excelled him in the practice of therefore he availed hiinself of the cor. that very important, but much-neg- enant of mercy, not that he might sin lected duty, the redeeming of time. — with impunity, but that, potwithstandHe was too sensible of its value, to ing all bis defects, of which he bad an waste any part of it in trißing conver- exquisite and humbling sevse, he might sation, or mere complimentary visits. still be able to “worship God in the Jlis not ordinarily suffering his hours spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have of study to be broken in upon, may pos- no confidence in the flesh.” Some sibly have induced some to imagine, preachers, by not entertaining similar that his prevailing disposition was um- views, have exbibited the gospel in a social, if not morose; but those wbo mutilated state, and preached it in a koew bin well were of a different dry, cold, and unedifying manner. Se opinion.
did not the venerable Thomas Tay4. His devoting two hours every day LOR; hence the divine unction which (Sundays and Conference time ex. generally accompanied his sermons. cepted) to visiting and relieving poor We cannot see the heroes of Methand afilicted persons, proves that he odism, however aged, drop, one after was a true philanthropist.
another into eternity, without being 5. To the doctrines and discipline of sensibly affected. We love, nay, we the Methodists he was a steady and venerate the memory of those men of firnı adherent; and he manifested up. God, who, with little less than apostolon all occasions, a sincere and cordial ical intrepidity, in breaking up the love to the objects of bis pastoral care. ground which we now peaceably occuMeantime he was so far from being a py, endured many a fight of afliction. bigot, that lie esteemed and loved as But they rest from their labours, and
We are bastening to the conclusion of greatly worn hy age; but like a ma
chine, well constructed in all its parts, Precious in the sight of the Lord is and all those parts so skilfully united the death of bis saints, whether occa. as to wear alike, it continued to be a sioned by the lapse of “ slowly rolling suitable, and, upon the whole, a comyears,” or an acute or lingering dis- fortable habitation for his spirit, till at ease. The time, place, and circum- last stances of the death of each of them, are all under the controul and direc- “ The weary springs of life stood still." tion of Him, who for the welfare of his people regulates and over-rules every Next to Mr. Wesley, be filled the Mr. Taylor's death was
place of an effective man considerasuddea, that he experienced little or
bly longer than any other Methodist nothing of the formality of dying. His
Preacher. strong and well-formed body was
A TRIBUTE OF RESPECT TO THE MEMORY OF THE REV. THOMAS
COKE, LL. D. WHO DIED MAY 3, 1814, ON HIS PASSAGE TO THE EAST INDIES.
He was a burning and a shining light. St. John.
Mors noluit quotidie imminet. WHEN worth acknowledg’d drops the Sweet sounds of mercy, and the cross mantle here,
display'd, And claims from us the tributary lear, Columbia's churches bail'd thy tuneWhat stoic breast can check the rising ful voice, sigh,
Which bade the wilds of Africa reOr blame the gem that trembles in the joice : ege.
Her sable sons, in western isles conWe feel as men, since Coke, alas! is
Have ot around thee in devotion join'd, His race accomplished, and his efforts Shed the expressive tear, and bent the done.
knee, 'Tis right to feel-yes, we his loss de. To thank the Christians' God-for plore,
hearing thee. Submissive bow, and silently adore. Wealth and preferment were in his Great friend of Missions! whose ex- esteem panded soul
The pageants only of a splendid dream; Would have embrac'd mankind from Superior to the trifles most pursue pole to pole;
He spurn’d them all as fleeting and unAnd preached the gospel, such as angels sung
Hence like a seraph, passing through At Jesu's birth, in ev'ry clime and the world, tongue.
Charg'd with the precious tidings he Oft has thy zeal to distant lands con- unfuri'd,
The bow of promise sbone where'er he But when, or how, or where, affects trod,
not those And tens of thousands bless'd this man Whose faith and love in Christ alone of God.
reposé. Where'er a famine of the word was To live for ever wrap'd in shade or kpown,
gloom, Or the blest seed of life but thinly sown, Would make us languisb for the friendlo spirit and affection he was there, ly tomb, And made their wants the subjects of Invert the order of our hopes and
fears, Anxious to see the waste, the thirsty And prove the earth, indeed, a vale of field
tears : Fruitful appear, and crops successive Hence death may frown, and soft conyield;
nexions rend, Fresh springs break forth their heal- Propel the shaft, or call away a friend; ing streams disclose,
The faithful trav’ller pleas’d with the The desarts smile, and blossom as the command,
Exults in prospects of the promis'd land, When India open'd to his eager view, Resigns the cares which here oppress'd Where Ganges rolls the tepid wave,
bis mind, he flew
And leaves this weary wayward state
behind. To publish peace: this was his latest aim,
How vast the change! there Coke we The Hindoo casts, and Bramins to re- fondly trace, claim;
Who finds the mandate but an act of And thro' the islands of the east, con- grace, vey
A sov’reign passport sign'd by love The sacred sound—the news of gospel
Tojoin the elders Dearest to the throne. Of ease regardless, and devoid of fear, Him Lutber, Calvin, and a Wesley Extremes of climate warp'd not his
Whitefield and Fletcher, (names we Safe in the care of him, whose hand should revere) can guide
With Swartz and Vanderkemp illus-, The whirlwind's rage, and still the trious train, threat’ning tide;
Who labour'd to extend the Saviour's He brar'd repeatedly th’Atlantic main, reign, And northern rigors of stern winter's Embrace in turn, whilst kindred spirits reigo,
rise, Then, in the wane of life, the worthy To bail him welcome, welcome to the sage
skies. Still unsubdu'd by study, toil, and age, Such worth demands far nobler lays Shap'd his advent'rous course across
than mine, the line,
To raise some trophy for his ballow'd Wbere fervid sun-beams more in- shripe. tensely shine ;
To form the wreath that shall his deeds But, ere he reach'd the shore, his la- adorn, bours ceas'd,
And trace the virtues bending o'er his And angels waft him to the realms of peace.
Bid truth, immortal truth, record his That men must die is heaven's indul- fame, gent law,
And glory guard his apostolic name. The pledge of favour, yet the fruit of
FOR MARCH, 1818.
EVIDENCES OF THE TRUTH OF THE CHRISTIAN REVELATION.
Extracted from the new Edinburgh Encyclopædia.
(Continued from page 48.)
22. Let us suppose, for the sake of further illustration, that Tacitus had included some more particulars in his testimony, . and that, in addition to the execution of our Saviour, he had asserted, in round and unqualified terms, that this said Christus had risen from the dead, and was seen alive by some hundreds of his acquaintances. Even this would not have silenced altogether the cavils of enemies ; but it would have reclaimed many an infidel; been exulted in by many a sincere Christian ; and made to occupy a foremost place in many a book upon the evidences of our religion. Are we to forget all the while, that we are in actual possession, of much stronger testimony ? that we have the concurrence of eight or ten cotemporary authors, most of whom had actually seen Christ after the great event of his resurrection ? that the veracity of these authors, and the genuineness of their respective publications, are established on grounds much stronger than have ever been alledged in behalf of Tacitus, or any ancient author ? Whence this unaccountable preference of Tacitus ? Upon every received principle of criticism, we are bound to annex greater confidence to the testimony of the apostles. It is vain to recur to the imputation of its being an interested testimony. This the apologists for Christianity undertake to disprove, and actually have disproved it, and that