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till the Lord, of his great mercy, to ransom fallen, guilty inan ! It set me upon the “ Rock that is surpasses, far surpasses all huhigher than 1.” A sermon, Mr. man power even so much as to

preached from Is. xxvi. 1,2, conceive of it. “ He is altogeth“ In that day shall this sons

be er lovely, the chief among ten sung in the land of Judab ; we thousand.” I find my heart have a strong city ; salvation will drawn out after him ; I love, I God appoint for walls and bulc praise, I wonder. 0! that I warks. Open ye the gates, that could express what at times I the righteous nation, which keep- feel, when enjoying his presence ! eth the truth, may enter in ;" the “ In his presence is lift, and at Lord was pleased to bless to me, his right hand there are pleasand it was the means of restoring ures forevermore.” Jesus is my peace to my troubled soul. This portion and my all : « Whom text also, “ Come unto me, ail have I in heaven but thee, and ye that are weary and heavy la- there is none upon earth I desire den, and I will give you rest,” in comparison with thee." I was graciously applied to me. love him supremely; every thing O! what a change did I then else, compared with him, is less feel! My burden, like poor than nothing, and vanity. Christian's at the cross, seemed the hart pantetb for the water to fall from off my back, and I brooks, so panteth my soul after could go away rejoicing, as he thee, O God. My soul thirsteth did."

for God, for the living God: In the following extract she when shall I come and appear bebe wails her short coming's in fore God?" In him, and in him duty, and her depravity : “ Alas! alone, will I rejoice. “ My soul what do I render to the Lord for shall triumph in the Lord, and all his mercies unto me? Do I make her boast in the God of live to his glory? Do I honour her salvation.” It is the delighthis name? or rather, do I not ful theme of praise, which occudaily dishonour him ? I find, in- pies the tongues of angels and deed, that the good that I would redeemed spirits throughout I do not, but the evil which I eternity. 0! I long to join

! would not, that I do ; and this it with thein in singing ihis song, is which makes me cry out with which is ever new. Jesus is the apostle, “ O wretched crea- gone before to prepare a place ture that I am! who shall deliv- for me, and when he has made er me from the body of this it ready for me, and me for it, death!" May I also say with him, then will he take ine bome to “ I thank God, through Jesus himself, to join the church triChrist, our Lord.”

umphant, in ascribing praise She entertained high and ani. and glory to the Lamb forevermating views of Christ, and the more.” . Till then I would follow method of salvation. In a letter the church militant here on earth, to her mother, she says : “Who and raise my voice with hers, in can describe the love of Jesus! praising our

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These expressions are not to The effects of evangelical prinbe resolved into rhapsody and ciples were conspicuous in the passion; they are such as we conduct of Miss Hutchinson. ought to use respecting him, “ The tree is known by its fruits.” * who is the brightness of the The wisdom of this maxim is Father's glory, and the express universally allowed ; but, unhapimage of his person ;" him, who pily, neither the tree nor its loved his church, and gave him- fruit is, in general, properly disself for it;" him, to whom Miss criminated. Nature is constantH. felt indebted for all her salva- ly confounded with grace, and the tion, and to whom she delighted, fruits of nature mistaken for those from gratitude, to ascribe all the of the Spirit. If a young person glory." We love him because be amiable, discover a decent reshe first loved us ;" and so far are pect for the institutions of religve from carrying this generous ion, and, especially, if correct inaffection to excess, in our admi- bis morals, he is, of course, with ration of the Son of God, that our the generality, a religious and highest and best expressions of good man. We mean not to love to him fall infinitely below disparage amiable qualities, much their adorable object; and come less would we discourage, in short even of the sense of obliga- youth, a reverence for the aption we feel to his rich mercy. pointments of religion, or the

It may be conceived by some a sanctions of morality ; at the same strange thing, to speak of religion, time, we admonish them to beas an in ward, vital, and transform. ware, how they mistake qualities, ing principle. But surely itis more which may be purely natural, for strange to conceive how it can grace; and effects, which may benefit any one, without being so. proceed froin education and habit There is no such absurdity as this only, for the genuine and distin. in the common concerns of life. guishing fruits of the holy SpirRiches, in speculation, are held it. The truth is, these properof little value by those, who have ties, though excellent in themthem in possession; and all per- selves, are manifestly defective, sons can distinguish between the not only in their principle, but reputed efficacy of a medicine, in in the measure and motive. The the prescription of a physician,^ fountain of desire and of action, and its actual effect on the health the heart, is corrupt before God ; of the patient. Persons may ac- and the Lord, who searches the knowledge the authority of the heart, declares, “ A corrupt tree Bible, and express a preference cannot bring forth good fruit.” for certain sentiments, without The tree, therefore, must be the admission of religion into made good, and the fruit will be their hearts. The difference be- good also. Where this change tween the form of godliness and is real, the man not only becomes the power is essential ; and this “ a new creature," but a new important distinction turns en- character; his religious and tirely on receiving, or not re- moral deportment, though forceiving the religion of Christ merly correct, will now receive . into the heart.

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and bear a new impression, aris- ed the words, “ Lacked ye any ing from supernatural principles, thing?” adding, with ineffable and altogether appropriate to the sweetness of countenance, “ Noth: man, who is “born of! Nothing !" and expressing,

Though Miss Hutchinson was at the same time, her wish, that, called, in youth, from the stage if a funeral sermon were preachof life, her removal was not sud- ed, this might be the text. When den. For more than two years speaking of a near relation, whom she lay in the furnace; but the she wished to see, and who had Messenger of the covenant sat been written to at her request, as a refiner. A brief account of she said, “ I should be happy to what passed in her last hours will see him ; but, if I do not, I shall doubtless be acceptable to, the be still happier; tell him, if I do reader.

not, that I am complete in JeWhen speaking of the deep sus"-often repeating with peconvictions she formerly bad of culiar emphasis, “ Complete in sin, she observed, “ At that time him !” On that passage being I saw more of the danger, and repeated, “ Death is swallowed felt more of the terrors of sin; but up in victory,” she instantly connow I see inore of its exceeding tịnued, in the exulting strain of sinfulness.” At different times, the apostle ; " O death, where is she addressed the servants in a thy sting? O grave, where is thy very suitable and impressive victory ? Thanks be to God, who manner ; telling them, u she giveth us the victory, through our had no dependence on any thing Lord Jesus Christ!” After re; she had done, but that the ground covering from fainting, she seemof her hope was Christ, who had ed disappointed, and observed, done all things for her," and re- " that her sight and hearing hav, peatedly expressed her great love ing failed her, she expected to to him on that account. A short have seen the gates of heaven time before her departure, on be opened to receive her,” After ing told, “ You are very poorly," this, she arranged her concerns she said, “I am quite willing, for this life, and spake of death, quite ready ; for me to live is as if she had been going a jourChrist, and to die is gain. I know ney; she even gave directions reswhom I have believed, and I am pecting her funeral. “Well," she persuaded he is able to keep what said, “this poor body will once I have committed to him against more go into the house of God." that day.” When asked by the And afier a short interval added, minister, who attended her, “ Is “ I can now resign you all up, I there any subject, or view of am going to glory! Do you not truth, which, in your present cir- wish you were going with me? cumstances, particularly impress. Well, we shall all shortly meet es your mind, and which you again! Jesus is the hope of glowould wislı ine to recommend to ry!" So strong was her desire the congregation? She answered, to depart, and to be with Christ, after a short pause, with inex- that, on reviving a little, she said, pressible composure," the faith- with tears, “ I feel much better ; fulness of God;" and, immedi- this has been the greatest trial I ately after he retired, she repeat- have bad ! I begin to think of



soming back again !” And, a see, from the sequel, that “God short time after, “ If I desire to is faithful, who will not suffer live, it is to tell what the Lord them to be tempted above that hath done for my soul! I have they are able ;" for her soul was not strength to do it now.” On afterwards filled with such manithe saine day she said, “I festations of divine love, that her very happy, indeed, and quite mortal strength could scarcely willing to go, or to continue in sustain the impression. She the same state.” Afraid of losing said, in the midst of this, “ I am this sweet composure of mind, not in extacies, but I cannot exshe several times repeated that press how happy I am. This is verse of Mr. Cowper :

no new thing. I know not what "But ah! my inward spirit cries, the joys of heaven may be, but Still bind me to thy sway;

this body can scarcely sustain Else the next cloud, that veils my skies, what I now feel!” Repeating Drives all these thoughts away.”

those beautiful lines of Dr. But a faithful God was better Watts ; to her than her fears. Not that “ A mortal paleness on my cheek, she was a stranger to those trying But glory in my soul !” exercises, which arise from the When her brother arrived, she absence of sensible enjoyment, was very happy, and expressed and which are more or less com- her readiness and desire to demon to the people of God. Even part. “ Now," said she, “ I have in this awful season she said, “I taken leave of all, I have nothing walk in darkness, I have no light; to do but to die !” Just before but my stay is on my God! I she died she said, with composhave no sensible comforts; but ure, “ I am going !” and on its what are comforts! they are not being observed to her, “ You are the ground of my hope.” The going to glory,” she replied, with feeble hearted may learn from a faltering voice, “ Yes ; I am this, that their temptation is no going to glory! I love my Je* strange thing ;” and they will sus ! I love my Jesus!"

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Is passing through this pro- to the protruding shades of night. bationary state, many are the In youth, their worldly prospects changes, and numerous the trials, are commonly brightening ; in old which fall to the lot of men. Be- age, they are daily diminishing. ing mere sojourners on the earth, In every period, and under every they are not long seen in any one condition of life, the supports and situation. Their morning sun consolation derived from religion rises, it quickly reaches its me- are necessary ; but, never more ridian, and, if the span of life be so, than when “ the evil days of leagthened out, soon gives place old age come on, when the sun,

the moon and the stars are dark- same thing as to become a new encd, when the clouds return af- creature, or to be born of the hoter the rain, when the keepers of ly Spirit. When aged persons the house tremble, and the strong are found in the way of rightmen bow themselves, when the eousness, they are found in Christ, grasshopper becomes a burden, who, by his Spirit, has renewed and desire fails. Comparing the their hearts, and inclined them to vigour and sprightliness of youth walk with God on the earth. with the infirmities and decrepi- Many, doubtless, who are far adtude of old age, the latter appears vanced in life, and whose probato be a gloomy period. But there tionary state is drawing to a close, is a path plainly marked out in are total strangers to the true the word of God, which, if it has knowledge of God, and, though been entered on and pursued, not they may have been loaded with only counterbalances all the evils worldly honours, have all their and burdens attendant on old age, days been walking the downward but renders that period, in many road. Nothing short of true rerespects, the most honourable of ligion, that religion which is the any part of human life. Allud- fruit of a regenerated heart, and ing to this path, and the happy which consists essentially in selfconsequences of walking in it, the denial, will distinguish the hoary wise king of Israel, guided by the head from the wicked in general; inspiration of the holy Spirit, ob- because there is nothing, short served, The hoary head is a crown of this, which will trauslate one of glory, if it be found in the way of the fallen race of Adam from of righteousne88.

the kingdom of darkness into the To make this paper the more kingdom of Christ. True religInteresting and instructive to that ion is the lowest condition on class of readers for whom it is es- which a standing in the family of pecially designed, it may be per- the Redeemer, and the hope of tinent to notice certain appear a peaceful departare from the ances in aged persons, which world, can be maintained. This never fail to render the evening of the aged must possess, or they their days, with all their infirmi- will be strangers to every degree ties, honourable, quiet and happy. of that support, which they will

1. When this is the case, they need, when they see all their are found fearing God.

worldly prospects contracting. It is recorded in the scriptures 2. Aged persons, in order to of truth, that “ the fear of the possess that hope, which is an Lord is the beginning of wis- is anchor of the soul, both sure dom.” Of no person, whether and stedfast, and which entereth old or young, learned or unlearn- into that within the rail," must ed, can it be said, that he is wise, not be novices in experimental in the scripture sense, who does religion. not possess this fear.

All men Of those of our fallen race, who have, by nature, hearts which are belong to the kingdom of Christ, “ enmity against God, and which much the greatest part were callare “not subject to his law, neie ed into that kingdom in their ther indeed can be.” To begin to youthful days. They were callfear and love God, therefore, is the ed, and justified, and sanctified,

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