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and a third at Newton Burhill, in ed in Edinburgh from Bath where Devonshire ; all these she left in she had spent the winter, in the bethe hands of trustees, or to her ex- ginning of the summer 1786. Her ecutrix, for their original purpose. friends observed with concern, her She united with others also declining state of health. She in purchasing meetinghouses in spoke much to them of death, and different parts of England. To of her persuasion that, with her, it some able and faithful ministers, was near; and uniformly expresswhose congregations were in poored her satisfaction and joy at the circumstances, she paid the whole prospect. Her conversation was of their salaries ; to others, a stat- nevertheless as easy, pleasant and ed annual sum in part ; to many, cheerful, as ever. Religion, in occasional donations, as she saw her, was not the production of them needful. She educated ma- gloom, either during the progress, ny young men of piety for the ho- or in the near views of the termily ministry. Sensible that igno- nation of life. Almost her last rance and irreligion, idleness and words were," if this is dying, it is vice, go together, she founded and the easiest thing imaginable." endowed schools, and set on foot Disease prevailed, and, not many manufactories for the poor. In hours afterward she expired, on private, the widow and the father. Monday, the 17th July, 1786. Of Jess, the stranger and the distress- her it may be said with truth, ed, experienced her abundant be- “Her path was as the shining neficence. To enable her to light, which shines brighter and prosecute these schemes of be- brighter to the perfect day.” nevolence, she herself carefully Lady Glenorchy was interred, looked into all her affairs, and agreeably to her own request, in a studied the strictest economy; vault in the centre of her chapel in and thongh her dress, her table, Edinburgh. She left 50001. to the her attendants, her equipage, al- society in Scotland, for propagatways corresponded to her station, ing christian knowledge; 50001. vet she denied herself the splen- for the education of young men for dour which her fortune and rank the ministry in England, and othcould well have afforded and ex- er religious purposes ; and the "cused. She knew the world too greater part of the rest of her forwell, not to expect its hatred and tune, which was considerable, for reproach for a zealous and consis- pious and charitable uses. tent profession of the gospel ; but her natural fortitude and great

For the Panoplist. ness of soul, and the force of religion on her heart, rendered this SKETCHES FROM SCRIPTURE.

“Seest thou this woman?of small consequence in her estimation : more than most christ- BLESSED are the tears of the "ians, she gloried in the cross of contrite heart! They are not like Christ. The falsehood and ill-na- those of the selfish and carnal, ture, which some time were prop- which only aggravate the disapagated against her, she made the pointments by which they are ocsubject of the most refined and in- casioned. But they are tears unnocent pleasantry. Full of plans to life, which produce tranquillity, for the glory of God, and good of purify the soul, and prepareit to remen, and busy in the prosecution ceive those consolations of thegosof them, this excellent lady arriv- pel, which are neither few nor smalt,

She hath done what she could,tempt the silly throng, she chose said our blessed Saviour, with eyes to sin in a more sober, retired, beaming compassion and benevo- premeditated manner. Her comlence upon the woman. It was not panions were the free thinkers of much, but it was all she could do the day, who said, there is no Gud, and all that Jesus required. Slie and with them she jeered at the repented, and came to confess her solemn worship of the temple. sins, to mourn for them with hu- With them she vied in magnifiinility, love, and faith. The queen çent entertainments and equipage, of Sheba could do no more. For in the haughtiness of her demeanthe gold of Ophir could not make our, and cruelty of her heart. Or an atonement. Jesus only could perhaps, she was a sinner of a less pay the price of her redemption. conspicuous and more common Much was forgiven, for she loved sort. Her understanding cultivatmuch.*

ed, her temper mild, an amiable This woman, perhaps, had been daughter, sister and wife, and one of the fashionables of Jerusa- lacked only the one thing heedful. lem, and, in the opinion of the “God was not in all her thoughts.” world, sustained an unblemished Religion never appeared to her a character. But the rule, by which inatter in which she had any conthe world judges, is not the law of cern. She beheld the smoke of God, and therefore it is commonly the morning and evening sacrificerroneous. She had been proba- es, as it rose to heaven, and she bly, one of the thouglitless, loqua- heard the songs of praise, which cious, giddy tribe, whose only pur- issued from the temple, yet ber suit is amusement, and who scek heart never glowed with devotion. it, free from the restraints of mo- Not like the holy Anna, who conral principles. Her companions secrated her days to God, she remay have been those, who like garded passovers and sabbaths onherself were never less happy than ly as unwelcome interruptions of when at home, nor ever more so, her household affairs. The law than when at shews and specta- and the prophets were neglected, cles, or wherever a multitude were and her affections entirely engrosassembled. In her mind, actions sed by the world. Alas! where were classed, not into virtuous and is the distinction between indiffervicious, but like her garments, in- ence and contempt; neglect of to fashionable and unfashionable. divine worship, and infidelity and When reflection. exercised hér profaneness? Is it not a heinous mind, her thoughts were of sin to be any thing less than whol"changeable suits of apparel, and ly devoted to God? the mantles, and the wimples, and Whatever may have been the the crisping pins, the glasses, and peculiar traits in the character of the fine lipen, and the hoods, and this woman, it is certain she was a the veils.”+

sinner, and Christ came to call evOr perhaps, more sedate and cry sinner to repentance. Behold lofty in her carriage, disdaining the wandering sheep returning to vulgar vices, and viewing with con- the fold, and observe how kindly

* The porable of which this is the appli. the benevolentshepherd greets her cation, (says Dr. Guise) ; unly shows that her boving much is menciou, not as the cause or

return ! There are no chidings; reason, but as the select and evidence of her nothing cold and repulsive in his it. And in this manner the particle für is often manner. The lost sheep is found and wed. Sie Hosca ix, 15." Editor.

there is joy in heaven. She comes † Isa. iii. 22, 23.

with humility, penetrated with comfort.” It is grace, that trifhame and forrow for her past life, umphs when the proud finner is confefling her guilt, and ready to fubdued, and brought a willing furrender herself to divine justice. captive to the throne of mercy. She comes with ardent love to God, Not like the conquerors of this adoring his character, and over- world whose trophies are the gowhelmed with gratitude for the ry arms and garments of their mercy, which had suffered her flaughtered foes; the trophies of crimes so long, and now submitting the Holy Spirit are the serenity, with all her heart and soul to his the joy, and the holiness of the government. She comes with converted soul. faith, believing that God is in

LA TRAPPE. Chrilt reconciling the world to himfelf, and overpowered with the To the Editors of the Panoplist. vast idea of his condescensiun and

GENTLEMEN, love to a fallen world, which is If the following Proofs of the Universal Dela now unfolded to her mind. She

uge, taken from Brgunt and variods other au

thorities, are deemed of sufficient merit for haltens to cast herself at the feet of publication, they are at your disposal Philo. Jesus, whom she had so long re

The certainty of the universal garded with dislike, and glorying in deluge is of great moment to the repentance, she makes it as publick christian faith. Though the faas her crimes. She enters the house cred hisory stands strong on its of Simon, presses through the own basis, there are men, who crowd, kneels at his feet, washes converse, and write more, than them with streams of rears, kisses they read or think, exerting all them, wipes them with her dishev. their force to invalidate the testielled trees, and pours on them the mony of heaven. Their popular precious spikenard. “Ah Lord !” talents, their burning zeal in the does she seem to say, “ My Lord, cause of infidelity, fometimes gives and my God! Against thee have currency to their fuperficial phiI finned. Punish me and I will losophy, and men of corrupt not murmur. Because thy mercy minds are persuaded to deny one is infinite, therefore it reaches to of the plainest narratives of reve. such a vile worm as I am. I will lation. This renders it a sacred follow thee whithersoever thou go- duty for those, who have leisure, elt, and to bear thy reproach fhall to collect the proofs of the Flood, be sweeter than even the applause found in the volumes of the learnof the world was to me. Those ed, and to exhibit them to the pubwho love thee Thall be my friends lick. We will attempt, therefore, and companions. The world shall to establish the fact from the relig. have no more a share in my heart; ious rites and ceremonies, the hie. Lord I give it all to thee; conde, roglyphicks and traditions of genfcend to make it thine. O that my tile nations ; from various phebead were waters, and my eyes nomena of the globe, and finalfountains of tears, that I 'might ly froin the authority of scripweep for my fins, as I have cause ture. to weep. Othat I could forever It may be reasonably supposed, fit at ihy feet, that I might nev. that so extraordinary an event as er more depart from thy presence, the universal deluge, would leave for no where else shall I find any an awful impresion on the minds of the survivors ; that they would Nufa. In all these countries, not make it the subject of their conver- only cities and mountains rose in fation ; that the tradition would honour of the righteous patriarch, be long continued and far extend- but the fame traditions of the flood ed; that places would be nam- were extended. In all these couned; that publick processions, sacred tries, beside other circumstances rites, and folemn festivals would agreeing with fcripture, Noah is be instituted, having reference to faid to have been preserved in an the amazing cataltrophe ; and ark. Philo afferts that Deucalion that, if idolatry succeeded, Noah and Noah were the same. The and his family would be among Grecians, he says, call the person the early objects of religious wor- Deucalion ; but the Chaldeans Thip. If such events are numer- stile him Noe, in whose time was a ous among ancient nations, they great irruption of water. Josewill be conclusive evidence of the phus says the flood was mentioned flood ; for ivhy should there be in- in the writings of all, who treated stitutions to commemorate a dels of the first ages. He mentions uge, rather than a universal pesti- Berosus of Chaldea, Hieronymus lence or conflagration ? If there be of Egypt, Mnafeas, Abydenus, not traces of such institutions, near Melon, and Nicolaus Damafcenus. the scene of Noah's deliverance, Proceeding eastward we find the the lustre of the Mofaick history event becomes more certain, the will be clouded. We now proceed tradition more particular, and to the examination; but the limits more minutely conformable to the of the Panoplist permit only a small account of Moses. From the recportion of these facts to be brought ords of Babylon and Media Aby. to view,

denus quoted, “that the flood The name of Noah was long pre- began on the fifteenth of Dalius, served among the nations of the that Seithrus sent out birds to ealt. He was called Noas, Naus, learn whether the food had suband Nous. Suidas has preserved fided ; that they returned ; that this tradition of him. “Nannaus," the third time their feet were stain. faith he, “ foreseeing the deluge, ed with mud; that he then quitted collected every body together, and the ark. “ He says, that the ark led them to a temple, where he relted on a mountain of Armenia. offered up prayers for them with Plutarch mentions the dove, sent many tears.” His name has of- forth by Noah. But the most miten become unlike itself, being nute Pagan account is from Lufashioned to the idiom of different cian. He was born on the banks nations ; but the circumitances of of the Euphrates, where the tradihis history remain particular and tions and religious rites, minutely precise. By the Greeks he was represented the flood. Among called Dionnus.

other things, he fays, that the Cities and mountains bore the antediluvians were men of vioname of Noah or Nusa in Ara- lence, inhospitable, and unmercio bia, Ethiopia, Egypt Babylonia, ful, regardless of oaths and laws, Thrace, Theffaly, Cilicia, Libya, for which they were destroyed; Lydia, Macedonia, and Naxos. Al that for this purpose there was an lo on Caucasus and Pelicon, in Eu- eruption of water from the earth, bæa, and India, were places called with heavy rains from heaven. The rivers swelled ; the sea over- stance ; this being a name of the flowed, the whole earth was covered, mountain, on which the ark reitand, excepting Deucalion, alled, the same as Ararat. There Aeth were drowned. Animals of is a large mountain says Nicoevery fpecies followed him into laus Damascenus, in Armenia, callthe ark by pairs.

ed Baris ; and there is a tradition, Most of these authors affert, that that in the deluge one person floatthe remains of the ark were vifi- ing in an ark, arrived at the sum. ble in their time, on a mountain mit of this mountain. of Armenia. Abydenus says, It is said, Sefoftris built a ship that the people used to carry piec- of cedar, 280 cubits long, the outes of the wood, as an amulet. fide covered with gold, the inside Berofus says, they feraped off the with hilver ; that he dedicated it afphaltus or pitch, as a charm. to Osiris at Thebes, an inland city Some of the chriftian fathers in- of Upper Egypt. It was doubtfilt, that the ark was in being in less a representation of the ark. their time. Theophilus says, its re. It was called Theba, as was the mains were visible on a mountain city. Theba was the very name of Armenia. Chryfoftom speaks of Noah's ark. He was ordered of the fact, as well known. to build an ark; in Hebrew, The“ Do not,” says he, “ those ba. In other countries an ark was mountains of Armenia bear wit- among the mysteries of their renefs to the truth ; those mountains ligion, and carried about at their where the ark first rested; and are festivals. At Erathra, in Ionia, the not the remains preserved there to deity was represented upon a float, this day ? So extensive was the in a temple of the highest antiquigentile history of the flood, varied ty. Ac Athens, at Phalerus, at indeed according to the manners Olympia, a ship was carried in of different nations, yet retaining procession with great reverence. the material circumstances. Shrines were generally shaped in

So deeply affected, so devoutly the form of ships ; yea ships and impressed were succeeding genera- temples received their names from tions, that, in commemoration of this event, being stiled Naus and this terrible event, many particu. Naos, and sailors Nautai, in referlars of it were incorporated with ence to the patriarch, Naos, Naus, their religious folemnities. The or Noah. When referring to the priests of Amon, at particular sea- deluge, the Greek writers always fons, carried in publick procession speak of an ark, and, though they a boat, in which was an oracular often call the same person by vari. Shrine, holden in great venera- ous names, they make all of them to tion. In Egypt was a similar be preserved in an ark. Thus Oficustom. These processions are ris, Comates, Deucalion, Perseus, carved in the temples of Upper and Dionusus, were all preserved Egypt. The ship Isis was a sa- in an ark. These are sufficient credemblem among the Egyptians, proofs, that the deluge was well in honour of which they had an known in the gentile world. annual festival ; the rite was bor. Many colonies filed themselves Towed by the Romans. The Thebeans, from Thebe, an ark. name of the ships and shrines Hence many cities were called was Baris, a remarkable circum- Theba, as in Egypt, Bæotia, Cili

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