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Η Υ Μ Ν Sung by the Children of a Sunday-School. FATHER Almighty ! God of love!

How condescending is thy care ! That we should thus thy favours prove,

And of thy sov'reign bounty share ! Neglected from their infant days,

What thousands walk the parhs to wool While we are thewo thy better ways,

And up to Heav'n are call'd to go ! Thy pity sought us when distressid,

Just on the brink of deadly streams; With gen'rous friends our lot is blest,

In whose kind care thy mercy beams. While warn'd betimes thy name to fear,

And taught thy sacred word to read, May grace divine be ever near,

Our youthful hearts to wisdom lead.
From sea to sea, from shore to shore,
í Let rich and poor obey thy voice,
Then shall the sons of want adore,
And daughters of distress rejoice.

E. W.


Take therefore no thought for the morrow.

How wise and tender this command,
When cares, in number as the sand,

Our anxious spirits press ;
'The future doth our thoughts engage,
To morrow's cvils we presage,

And lose our present peace.
Base unbelief and fears perplex
Our anxious thoughts, and often vex

And wound our Beble mind;
And yet we know 'uis weak and vain
T'anticipate, and then complain
Of ills we ne'er


Why should I for tomorrow care,
And pore on ills i may not share,

Anticipating grief
Scripture and reason both combine,
And confidence in God enjoin,

To bring a sure relief.
God's wise decries and promises,
His conitazt and his kind supplisi,

And his Almighty pow'r;
Alike my anxious mind inpress,
My spirits raise, ---my cares suppress,

And blessings round me thow'r!
This kind command o may use,
Never its meaning so abuse,

My duty to neglect;
Afive and watchful, casting care
Upon that God, whose love I share,

Who will my cause protect.

Hlappiness of the Righteous

after Death. When Jesus calls, by death,

His saints from earth away,
How nature fears to cread the path

To endless day;
The spirit longs to soar $

Toine bright worlds abort,
To tread upon that heav'nly shore,

Where all is love.
And opening to its view,

What glorious wonders shine ;
The Lord will to the righteous show

His courts divine:
The New Jerusalem

Will then appear in fight;
'Twas Jesus that prepar's for then

That world of light.
Then the angelic bands

Shall 011 their spiriis wait,
And safely guide, thiru' unknown lands,

To Heaven's gate :
The Saviour whoin they lov'd,

While rifident below,
He, whom with ardent zeal they serv'd,

Shail owu them now.
Jesus will those reccive

Into the heavenly reft ;
The souls who here on him believe

Shall ihere bc bleit.
There shall they help to ang

With those that went before,
Salvation to their God and King

For evermore.
The whole seraphic trains

Shall join 'h'harmonious lays,
And sing in sweat exalted strains

Jehovah's praise ;
When saints these scenes behold,

All raptur'd they will cry,
That not one half was to them cold,

Of joys so high
Arise, my soul, and turn,

Frois earth's delulive toys,
And with aspiring ardour burs

For lasting jys :
That so I may at last,

Thru' Jesus' sov'reign grace,
Attain u everlasting reft,

Aud see his face.

Priuted by G. Auld, Grerille Street, London.

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JULY, 1803.



MR. EYRE had been educated in the Established Church; and, from a conversation which took place while he was at the Mulberry-gardens chapel, between hinself and his old friend Mr. Brown, who happened to be in London, as well as from some other particular circumstances, he determined to go to Oxford, in order to prepare for episcopal ordination, and the exercise of his future ministry in the Church of England. With a respectable knowledge of the Latin and Greek classics, and of the Mathematics, he was entered at Emanuel College, in that university, in the year 1778; adınitted into deacon's orders, by Dr. Lowth, then Bishop of London, the 30th of May, 1779 ; and into priest's orders, by the Bishop of Lincoln, on the 19th of December following, when he was licensed to the curacy

of Weston. Some time after this, he assisted the Rev. R. Cecil, at Lewis, till about the year 1781, when he removed to Reading, where he engaged as curate with the late Hon. and Rev.W. B. Cadogan, Vicar of St. Giles's, in that town; the memoirs of whose life have been presented to the public, from the able pen of his friend Mr.Cecil. At Reading, Mr. Eyre was highly respected. His labours were truly acceptable to the pious part of his audience, and much honoured in the conversion of others. To one family he was particularly useful. "Mr. and Mrs. S. had been awakened under the ministry of Mr. Cadogan; and, in consequence of their religious deportinent, met with great opposition from their relatives. In Mr. Eyre they found a friend and counsellor. To them, his memory is peculiarly precious. “ Seldom, if ever,” says Mr. S.“ did he enter into our house, without endeavouring to impress upon the minds of the children the great importance of real religion.” Two of these children, and three of their relatives, were converted under bis ministry. At Reading, he remained about a year, and then removed, under the same Vicar, to St. Luke's, Chelsea, where he was attended by a very crowded audience.

It was during his residence at Reading that he became acquainted with Miss Kcene, whom he married in November, 1785. Few erents in the life of a minister are of more importance than that of marriage. Mr. Eyre found in his valua- , ble partner a character just adapted to his own.

At this time the chapel at Homerton was vacant; and the gentlemen who had purchased it, for the purpose of introducing the gospel into that place, fixed their attention on Mr. Evre. Though the parish is populous, the place of worship was then very small.“ Ainidst these unpromising appearances, Mr. Eyre, alter much deliberation, advice with friends, and prayer for divine direction, determined to make trial. He left his beloved residence at Chelsea (repeating to his dear partner the last lines of Milton's Paradise Lost) and entered upon his new engagement about Christmas 1735; which introduced by far the most eventful period of his life. At his first arrival he went into lodgings ; but, as his prospects of usefulness began to enlarge, he took a house, and soon after opened a school; which he continued some years, and for which he was eminently qualified, not only by his talents, but especially by his affection for youth. Accordingly, no man couid be more beloved than he was by his pupils; who derived as much advan. tage from his free conversation in the parlour, as froin the regular instructions in the school.

lle now considered himself as fixed; by the Divine Providende, at Homerton ; where his labours were evidently blessed, his congregation rapidly increased, and his chapel was considerably enlarged. As it pleased God to continue this connection to the close of his valuable life, we shall here review the manner in which our departed friend discharged the inportant duties of his pastoral office, rejoicing that many living witnesses can bear us testimony, that we exhibit no exaggerated portrait.

Mr. Eyre bad subscribed to the Articles of the Church of England, and received them in their plain and obvious Calvinistic sense. The sentiments they contain were, however, by bim ackuowledged of still higher authority. The Bible was his body of divinity, and the Lord Jesus was his only Master. His hearers can bear witness that he did not shan to declare the whole counsel of God. His sentiments neither verged towards Antinomianism, nor sunk into Arminianism. Like the immortal Calvin, he adopted and acted upon the motto, The middle way is the sufist. §

Mr. Eyré was once preaching in Cornwall, and having occasion to notice the doctrine of election in the course of his sermon, he dwelt upon it for some time, as part of the gospei truth, to the entire satisfaction of those who belonged to the place, and even inany others; but as he was leaving the

| Two of the first of these are now in the ministry : Mr. Vardy, among the Dissentors; and Mr. Wilson, in the Established Church. Beside these, Mr. Eyre had the honour to instruit for the minisusy, Messrs. W. Pricstley, Pine, Wildbore, and Goodwin

Medio tutissiinus ibis.

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