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and pity in every company. It growth in grace. She had a was found out that she had been heart peculiarly formed for the meddling with religion, and there enjoyments of Christian comwas not a doubt but it had made munion, and she frequently stood her mad. Every expression of in need of the counsel, and somesympathy for her was mingled times of the gentle rebukes of with caution against having too her judicious friends. Her inmuch to do with religion ; and experience in religion, and the her connexions rejoiced in the
warmth of her temper, frequentpersuasion, that they had just ly led her into errors. She was enough to carry them to heaven, always judging of her state in without the possibility of its caus- the sight of God, by her own ing any derangement on earth. frame and feelings : thus, if she Indeed, her distress was so great, was in a lively frame, she would that, had she not met with re- think well of her state, but when lief, it might have ended in real her natural spirits sunk, she lunacy : but he, who knoweth would then imagine there was no our infirmities, and remember- grace in her heart.
The last eth we are but dust, administered sermon she heard was the worst, to her strong consolation. Un- or the best she had ever heard in der hearing the same minister, her life : and if the preacher did who had filled her mind with ter- but move the passions, however ror, she experienced a degree of injudicious, or erroneous, if not comfort. While he was repre. grossly so, he was sure to have senting Christ as the able and
her applause. If any person apwilling Saviour of the chief of peared at all under serious imsinners, her fears were dissipat- pressions, Miss L. would at once ed, the garment of praise was pronounce them converted, and given her for the spirit of heavi- was, sometimes, angry with the ness, and the oil of joy for more grave and thoughtful, who mourning. She now became as wished to judge of the tree not cheerful as ever, but her happi- by its blossoms, but by its fruits. ness flowed from a different Her friends lamented her want source : praise was continually of self-government; she was in her lips. She became anxious somehow betrayed into levities to bring her acquaintance to the unbecoming her profession. Besame Saviour whom she had ing in the habit of feeling and found, and fondly imagined if speaking warmly, she often made they would but give her a hear strong declarations of attaching, they must be convinced. ment, when, perhaps, she hardly
“ As her carnal acquaintance meant half what she said ; and soon forsook her she acquired a
sometimes she would make new set of acquaintance, who, promises, without considering though inferior to her former whether she could fulfil them; ones in quality, in fortune, and not to say that she now and then in rank, were greatly superior to forgot to fulfil them when she them in virtue, piety, and solid was able to do it. worth. Their society contribut- Hasty in her decisions, she ed much to her comfort, and would often say and do many im. Vol. III. No. 10.
prudent things, and frequently them occasionally. At first her did not use the best means for visits were short, and she was alattaining desirable objects : ways upon her guard ; being though it must be allowed, by generally accompanied by some her activity in embracing seasons Christian friend. But one day, of doing good, she often accomo unhappily, she made one among plished her end, when the more a large party, composed of carprudent and cautious Christian nal and worldly persons. Miss L. has lost the season, in reflecting was determined to show them upon the most proper means of she was not ashamed of her reimproving it. The poor often ligion ; indeed, pride, under the felt her benevolence, and the af- disguise of zeal, was her princiflicted were often refreshed by pal motive for making this visit: her kind and friendly visits : her accordingly she took the first opsoul was disposed to sympathy ; portunity of introducing her fashe wept with them that wept, vourite subject; none of the comand rejoiced with them that re- pany seemed disposed to listen to joiced. Lukewarm professors her, except a military gentleman, would be disposed to mark every who was too polite not to attend little failing in a character whose to a lady. Miss L. delighted zeal reproached their own indif- that at length she had obtained a ference: and it is to be lamented hearing, went on most fluently, that she so often furnished them began to fancy she was doing with an opportunity. Her more good, and at last could not help intimate friends admired the ex- exclaiming, Dear captain D. how cellencies, without overlooking I long for your conversion!" the defects of her character, and The captain replied, with his acwould sometimes warn her of customed politeness,' I should her danger : neither was she be happy, Miss L. to be convert. backward in taking reproof: buted by you, would you favour me whether the warnings were not with another interview. This given with sufficient faithfulness, was agreed to without a moor repeated with sufficient fre- ment's thought. From that time quency, we cannot determine : they became intimate. The caphowever it was, Miss L. seemed tain left off swearing, and other but little benefitted by them ; her outward immoralities, attended natural disposition got the better Miss L. with the utmost assiduiof every effort, and she continued ty to the house of God, admired the same imprudent, affectionate, all that she admired, and so comchangeable, amiable creature. pletely won her affections, that
“ At length her haste and im- he very soon possessed himself prudence became its own cure ; of her fortune, and her person, and the kind providence of God by a precipitate marriage. It accomplished that by afflictions, was in vain that her friends arwhich the concern of her friends gued with her on the propriety had in vain attempted. A few of waiting to see if there was months after Miss Li's conver- really a change in the heart of sio her relatives became so far the person to whom she was areconciled as to behave towards bout to attach herself for life. She her with civility, and she visited was too proud of her convert to
doubt a moment of the reality of the severity of affliction ; and a the change. All remonstrances degree of excellence appeared in were useless ; she declared that the character of this lady which the finger of Providence was so had never before been manifestevident in the whole affair, that ed. Her cheerfulness appeared nothing should restrain her. As truly amiable, and unmixed with soon as captain D. had gained the the frailties to which she had been object, he was not very ceremo- subject. As she was now forced nious in throwing off the mask to read more, and converse less which Miss L. had given him about religion, her judgment bethe trouble of wearing but for a came more solid. Her zeal was short time : at first he laughed at in nothing diminished ; but it all religion as fit only for women was tempered with prudence. and fools, and at length, he open-By her meekness and patience ly and violently persecuted his she has often disarmed the rage amiable wife.
of a brutal husband ; yet she dis“ It is unnecessary to enter played fortitude in what she into a particular account of the knew was right and consistent trials which Mrs. D. was now with the divine will : but she had -called to undergo. With diffi- already, to her cost, experienced culty, and very rarely, could she too much the sad effects of the attend the public means of grace; weakness of her own judgment and in a great measure she was
to shew any thing of vain-glory, cut off from all her religious con- or positiveness in defending her nexions. These were heavy tri- opinions. als. She had no companion but
“ This flower, which now disher Bible, no friend but her God played new charms, and appearand Saviour, no means of grace ed peculiarly beautiful, was not but those of a private nature : long to adorn the garden of God nevertheless, she has often said on earth. Severe trials, in a few that before her afflictions, she years, exhausted the spirits of talked about religious enjoy- the once animated Miss L.; and ments ; now she knew what they though her mind was vigorous, were. Her devotions were in. and her soul in prosperity, yet deed often interrupted by blas- her body sunk under the pressure phemy and abuse, her Bible some- of accumulated trials, and after a times taken from her ; but noth- short and rough continuance ing could separate her from the here, she was removed into that love of God, and the enjoyment state“ where the wicked cease of his presence.
She now lived from troubling, and the weary .and walked by faith, in a more are at rest." eminent degree than she had ever done before. She had abundant occasion for all her natural spirits, and if she had not been remarkably favoured in this re- In the sacred writings, the spect, must have sunk under her name of luthers is given to the heavy burden. What the kind ancient elders and prophets of endeavours of her friends could the Jewish church. In the chrisnevor effect was now produced by tian world it is employed in allu
sion to the more early apologists Prosper, and martyrs for the cause of the Fulgentius. Redeemer. As reference is of. The sixth and seventh centuries. ten heard, in discourses from the Gregory the Great. pulpit, to their writings and char
The eighth century. acters, the subsequent statement
Beda, taken from the “ Ecclesiastes"
Damascenus. of bishop Wilkins, it is presum
The ninth century. ed, will be acceptable, especial
Nicephorus. ly to our youthful readers.
« The ancient Fathers are The tenth, eleventh, and twelfth usually reckoned up according to
Peter Lombard. Ignatius,
There are a few others who Dionysius Areopagita,
are called lesser fathers, but the Polycarp.
above are the principal.” The second century.
The characters of some of the Justin Martyr,
most eminent are thus drawn by Athenagoras,
Basil is luminous, pious, sound, The third century.
sweetly grave, and gravely sweet, Tertullian,
employing no exuberance of Theophilus Antiochinus,
words. Clemens Alexandrinus,
Athanasius in teaching is wonOrigen,
derful. Gregorius Thaumatergus,
The writings of Chrysostom Cyprian,
are popular, and accommodated Arnobius,
to the ears and affections of the Lactantius.
uneducated multitude. The fourth century.
In Gregory Nazianzen there Eusebius Cesariensis,
is much quickness of intellect, Athanasius,
and a sufficient vehemence. Hilarius,
Tertullian is unpolished, yet Cyril,
keen in consuting heretics, and Basil,
severe in exposing vices. Gregory Nazianzen,
Cyprian is open, vehement, Epiphanius,
serious and pleasingly fluent. Ambrose,
The sentences of Ambrose are Gregorius Nyssenus,
shrewd, affected, and often very Theodoret,
Hieronymus is apt at every Chrysostom.
kind of writing, and ardent in The fifth century.
exciting the affections. Augustine,
Augustine is happy and eloCyril of Alexandria,
quent in unpremeditated compoChrysologus,
sition, but he is rather pleasing Salvian,
Prudentius breathes much of the building is called the Tower Christian eloquence.
of Repentance. It is said, that Bernard is cheerful, and Sir R. Steele, while riding near prompt in awakening the pas- this place, saw a shepherd boy sions.
[Evan. Int. reading his Bible, and asked him
“ what he learned from it?"
The way to heaven," answered the boy: “ And can you shew
it to me?” said Sir Richard in On the top of a hill, near to banter. “ You must go by that Hoddom castle, there is a square tower," said the shepherd; and tower, over the door of which he pointed to the Tower of Reare carved the figures of a dove pentance. and a serpent, and between them
[Scott's Minstrelsy. the word Repentance ; whence
Review of New Publications.
Essays in a Series of Letters to a Friend on the following Subjects.
1. On a man's writing Memoirs of himself. 2. On Decision of Character. 3. On the Application of the Epithet Romantic. 4. On some of the Causes by which evangelical Riligion hur been rendered less acceptable to persons of cultivated Taste. By John Foster. 2 vols, in one. 1 2mo. First American from third London edition. Hartford. (Con.) Lincoln & Gleason.
Concluded from p. 380.
The Essays, which we have a happy delineation of the feel. already examined, are equally ings of his own mind, and a interesting to all classes of peo- striking view of some of those ple. The subject of the fourth reasons, which have kept him an and last is peculiarly so to Chris- alien from the family of God. tians and men of taste. It is an The first cause suggested by inquiry into the causes of “the Mr. F. is, “ that this religion is aversion of men of taste to evan- the inhabitant of many weak and gelical religion.” It claims the uncultivated minds. Contractattention of Christians, and, es- ed and ouscure in its abode, it pecially, of Christian ministers. will of course appear, as the sun Mr. F. a man of evangelical sen- through a misty sky, with but riments and unquestionable taste, little of its magnificence. In and no ordinary judge of the op- taking such a dwelling the reerations of the human mind, ligion seems to imitate what was thinks he discovers in Christians prophesied of its Author, that themselves some of the causes when he should appear there, of this aversion. The man of should be “no beauty in him that mere taste will find in this essay he should be desired.”