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THE COTTAGE VISITOR.-No. V. I HAD procured a young person could not help observing the differto wait upon the childless father, ence in the appearance both of and supply the place of his glo- that and the garden which surrified daughter ; but he needed not rounded it. The jessamine tree her attendance long--the last tie hung careless from the walls; that had bound him to earth had weeds occupied the place of flowbeen snapped asunder, and now ers ; grass sprung upon the path his longing spirit was gradually un- where the feet of industry no robing herself of her burden of mor- longer trod, and every object carried tality, and preparing to wing her the appearance of neglect, as if : way to that "land of pure delight” in accordance with the sorrow that where the tree of life blooms in reigned within. . immortal verdure, and the “ spirits I had entered unperceived by the of the just " enjoy the felicity of old man. He was sat in his usual heaven.
chair, with his hands folded in each I saw him once before he died; other, and his eyes thoughtfully and could the sneering infidel, or bent upon the fire ; his dog lay at the doubting sceptic, have wit- his feet, looking mournfully up into nessed such a scene, methinks they his face, as though sharing in his would have withdrawn their hatred distress, and willing to sympathize to a system so consolatory when in his afflictions. The chair that every other consolation fails, so Maria had once occupied was sisupporting when every other sup- tuated in the same place : it was port is worthless and insufficient; empty, the girl who attended the that unfolds the brightest prospects old man being absent. As I conto the mind of the departing Chris- trasted this mournful scene with tian, and enables him to look for- . the one I had there previously witward, through the gloomy shades of nessed, my bosom heaved with an the dark valley, to the transcendent involuntary sigh. At the sound, glories of the eternal world, and to the old man raised his eyes : he the incomprehensible delights that started as they fell upon mine ; await him in the mansions of his but his surprise soon changed into Father's house. Never to me had joy. the religion of Jesus appeared so “Oh, sir,” he exclaimed, “ I am valuable and desirable, never had glad to see you; I have thought I seen its practical influence so about you many times since I saw powerfully demonstrated, as in the you last. My poor dear child "case of this venerable Christian. he could proceed no fartherHe had been stripped of every Is released," I continued, “from earthly relative--not one was left all her afflictions, and fled to her to support his age, and cheer him in everlasting rest.” the close of existence-but not · He again summoned his fortia murmur ruffled his bosom or tude.-"Yes, she is and I shall escaped his lips. If he wept, it was soon follow her. Oh, happy, happy the “ tear of resignation :" if he time! I have done with the world : spoke, it was the language of sub- « Ther
“ There's nothing here demands my joy, mission; and every feeling of his There's nothing like my God.” heart was in unison with those 'of the Patriarch when he said, " The Oh, sir! it would have done any Lord hath given, and the Lord hath one's heart good to have heard my taken away, and blessed be the dear child. She was happy to the name of the Lord.”
very last. Her last words were, "I As I reached the cottage, I am ready. Yes, dear soul of her MAY 1825,
-Here his feelings were again too -I have finished my course-come, powerful for him. I would have told Lord Jesus !" —Here he clasped his him to have dried his tears, but my hands and raised his streaming eyes own prevented me. .
to heaven: the dog, observant of · “I do not repine, sir.-I thank the action, jumped upon his feet, God I am kept from that. 'Tis all and moaned aloud. “ Poor Carlo," for the best.”
said the old man, as he patted his - “ It is a great comfort for you to head ; “ thou too hast lost a friend." be só assured of your daughter's The faithful creature, satisfied by happiness.”
the notice he had gained, again ex“ Happiness !-who could doubt tended himself at his master's feet. it ?- one. She is as happy as: I now rose to take my last fareheaven can make her.—Oh, sir, she well of this afflicted but happy was a loving child, she was never Christian. He grasped my hand better than when she was doing any with affectionate fervour, as he exthing for me. I miss her very claimed, “ If the blessing of an old much. But I don't want her back man can do you any good,-may. again, for my loss is her gain. But God Almighty bless you in your you know, sir, nature is weak, very goings out and comings in, from weak.”
this time forth, and for evermore.'” . “I know it is," I replied, “and : “ Farewell, John-," I could say the religion of Jesus no where com- 'no more, and I left the venerable mands its votaries to indulge in believer, to see him no more till my apathy and indifference. If the soul shall have passed the impeneAuthor and Finisher of our faith' trable veil that hides him from my could weep over the grave of his view, and stand with him in the friend, surely it is not only harmless, « city of God," decked in the garbut virtuous, in his followers to ment of salvation, and uniting in the imitate so interesting an example. celestial hallelujahs of the redeemed. But they have this advantage, above. Not long after this, all that was those who are strangers to the co. mortal of this follower of Jesus, venant of promise,' they sorrow mingled with its fellow-dust, while not as those without hope :' they his spotless spirit returned to the can anticipate the period when the God who gave it, and to the Sabroken tie will be re-united, to se viour who redeemed it. parate no more for ever--when all Reader ! be thou a follower of sighs shall be chased from their bo- them “ who through faith and pa. soms, and all tears shall be wiped tience inherit the promises,” that away from their eyes.'”
in life you may be thus supported, · "I know it, sir, I know it, by ex- in death be thus triumphant, and perience. I have travelled in the finally and eternally participate in wilderness four-score years ; and their blessedness, and share in their now the blessed Canaan is in sight felicity.
0. II. MATT. IX. 15.-CUNNINGHAM's "5 Morning THOUGHTS.”
CAN we mourn when the Bridegroom is near;
When He draws the dark veil from his face;
And we dwell in the beam of His grace.
Is to feed on the husks of the world,
And in all its fierce eddies be hurled.
Thou hast chased all our inourning away:
What must be the glories of day!
A SHORT ,ACCOUNT OF MRS. S. V. Sir,--Months have now passed that she thus lived to the Lord : away since I committed to the dust in her intercourse with Christians the remains of a dear and amiable and the world, she exemplified the wife, torn from me by a rapid con- spirit of her prayers in her daily sumption, which confined her als practice. Meekness and Christian most entirely to the bed of lan- charity were indeed the ornaments guishing, from the day she présent. of her profession ; and whilst she ed me with a smiling and lovely bore a peculiar affection towards babe, now, with its sainted mother those who professed themselves the singing the praises of the dear Re- followers of Christ, she was undeemer. Though the smooth and wearied in her exertions for the gentle hand of time, aided by the good of all amongst whom she consolations of religion, has partly lived; and not a day of her life was healed the wound inflicted by this suffered to pass away, without call"heavy and severe bereavement, yet ing herself to a strict account as the recollection of my loss will some- to the manner in which she had times open the wound, and cause spent it: and though, to human it to bleed afresh; though, at the observation, no omission of duty same time, it brings before me the discovered itself, yet she daily acmeekness and patient sufferingsof her knowledged herself “ an unprofitwho, when “living, lived to the Lord; able servant ;” and found, as she and when dying, died to the Lord;” used to say, “ more and more the and thus pours into my wound necessity of renewed acts of rethe healing balm of consolation; pentance towards God, and faith in “knowing that,as Jesus died,and rose the blood of sprinkling."
. again ; even so them which sleep in In the month of April, 1823, the Jesus will God bring with him.” first symptoms of her disease began
In communicating a few circum- to make their appearance. Oh ! stańces connected with the dying never shall I forget the first comhours of my dear departed partner, munication made to me that her reI have nothing to record of ran- covery was doubtful, if not hopeturous and ecstatic joys, which, at less !- Alas, every succeeding day best, are of a very doubtful nature; tended to confirm the suspicions of and, alas! too often expressed her medical attendants; and in two where little Christian experience short months, from the commencehas been previously felt; and the ment of her disease, she was almost walk, if not in many respects out- entirely confined to that bed in wardly inconsistent, at least care- which she breathed her last. Posless and lukewarm. Such was not the sessed of a most tender and affeccase with the dear departed object tionate disposition, and, as it regardof my affections: “while living, she ed her afflicted husband, strengthlived to the Lord,” and “walked ened by the circumstance of her closely” and “humbly” with him. having just presented him with her Never will be effaced from my me- first-born child; the prospect of mory the pious breathings of her so early and unexpected a sepasoul, in the sacred hours of retire. ration brought, for a time, a damp ment,when, as an “heir together with upon her soul, and disturbed her myself of the grace of life,” her wonted serenity and peace of prayers ascended to the Throne, mind ; nor was it without great of Grace, in behalf of her now sor. conflicts with the enemy of souls, rowing husband, her relatives and that she was enabled to get the dear friends, the church, and the better of her earthly attachworld. Nor was it only in the closet ments. Weighed down with a sense
of her unworthiness, and too strong be evident that her departure was attachment to the creature, she re- at hand, and that she was rapidly fused, almost, to be comforted : a sinking. Having disposed of a few frequent exhibition, however, of articles to Christian friends, she Gospel promises, so “exceeding now dismissed all worldly cares. great and precious” to believing On the day previous to her death, souls, revived her fainting spirits, she expressed herself to me as willand, though no expressions of rap- ing to sdepart and to be with Christ, turous or ecstatic joys escaped her as far better.” Upon those who surlips, she attained to that calm, un- rounded her dying bed, after having ruffled serenity and peace of mind, spent a few moments with her in for which she had hitherto been prayer, she earnestly pronounced a distinguished. The visits of two blessing, as well as all other ChrisChristian friends and ministers were tian friends who had contributed to particularly blessed to her, especial- her comfort. She expressed herself ly when one of them, who read to as it regarded her own feelings, in her a portion of the 4th chapter the following words: “Oh! blessed of the Gospel of St. John, spoke Jesus ! thou wilt never leave me of the joys of heaven, and brought nor forsake me.' My dear friends, to her view many sweet promises you will perhaps not think me sinmade to humble and contrite souls; cere-I know and feel myself an .namely, that “theirs is the kingdom unworthy servant: oh that I could of heaven.” “Oh!” she exclaim- be more humble ! Do not, my dear ed, with clasped hands-and never husband, say any thing to exalt shall I forget the sweet smile that me.--Satan is very busy now; but brightened her countenance as she Jesus is my Saviour.” From this uttered the words~" Oh! that I had time she was only able to speak a wings like a dove, for then I would few words. Shortly before she died fly away and be at rest! This makes she expressed a desire “ to depart me long to be gone.”—This was and be with Christ;" and, beseechabout six weeks before her departure; ing us to kneel down and pray on from this time, with but few inter- her behalf, she calmly breathed ruptions, she enjoyed a sweet and her last in my arms, and sweetly composed spirit. She frequentlycom- “ fell asleep in Jesus.” Yes, dear plained of her impatience under suf- departed saint! thy sufferings are fering (though not a murmur ever es- now exchanged for “a crown of caped her lips), and never permitted glory that fadeth not away." Thou me to omit in prayer a petition that art now in that happy country, the she might be more patient.” blessed inhabitants of which shall About four or five days before her no more say “I am sick;” and where dissolution took place, it began to sorrow and sighing are fied away.
ON MINISTERIAL UNSUCCESSFULNESS. The remarks in your last on success, or whether there is any “MinisterialUnsuccessfulness,"were difference in the circumstances very sensible, and very much to the connected with it. The Apostles' purpose; but there are a few things ministry was crowned with remarkwhich I wish to say in addition. able success; so was the ministry
One way to know the cause of of the Reformers; and so was the failure in any undertaking, is to ministry of our modern Reformers, find out whether the means are that of Whitfield, Walker, Romaine, different in any respect from those Newton, Berridge, Milner, Robinused when it was attended with son, &c. Now, in what do ministers of the present day differ from deep was his anxiety for their salthose that “ turned many to righte- vation, that he compared his pain ousness?” Do they preach dif- with that of a woman in travail. ferent doctrines ? No; for I believe We may pray for the conversion of that most of those called Evangeli- souls: the duty being set before us, cal, preach the same truths with we may easily see its reasonablethe Apostles and Reformers, both ness, and formally comply with it: ancient and modern. - Do they but to be deeply engaged in it, to preach with the same simplicity, or pray fervently from the heart, is with the same plainness of speech ? quite a different thing. The head, Most, I think, do; though, at the in the present day, is greatly ensame time, there is perhaps a little lightened ; but the heart is not suffidifference in this respect, but no ciently engaged in the business of more, in my view, than what is ne- our office. To labour with the spirit cessary from the improved state of for the salvation of souls; to wrestle society.Is their moral conduct as it were with God, like Jacob, the same? As far as exemption until we prevail, is what we want. from gross sins go, the affirmative We should pray, not only for the is generally true. Is their Chris out-pouring of the Spirit on our tian conduct the same? Is their ab- congregations, but pray also for the straction from, and deadness to, the spirit of prayer and supplication for world the same? Is their heaven- ourselves. We should prosecute ly-mindedness the same? Is their our work with the concern and anxspirit of prayer, and love to souls, iety of those that know the value and zeal for God, the same? Deem of souls,--that feel the infinite imme not uncharitable, I do not mean portance of eternal things. I speak, to exclude myself: we differ, I fear, Sir, from a personal sense of deficigenerally too much from those ency in this respect, as well as from mentioned above in all these re- observation. Hence it is that there spects. A worldly spirit hath is so much of what I may call seized us. We are not now per- theatrical preaching. Many of us secuted ; and we and the world are preach the Gospel as persons acting now on too friendly terms. We a part, without appearing to be in enter too much into its views, ha- any adequate degree concerned in bits, maxims, and customs; we be- what we preach. We speak very come too much conformed to it: and correctly and very fluently of man's hence the cross is avoided, and lost state; of God's glorious provimany can now,without any difficul- sions of mercy; of Christ's fulness ty, without any self-denial, become and sufficiency for our wants; of doctrinally Evangelical preachers. the miseries of vice, and of the feli
The world may become reconciled city of heaven ; but not with that to the speculative part of the Gospel, deep seriousness, and intensity of or rather to its truths speculatively feeling, which would convince all that considered; but to its spirit it never hear us that we really believe all we can.
say. May the Lord reform us in this I shall mention another point of respect, and enable us to feel a deep difference. We in the present day, interest in the salvation of souls ! I fear, do not feel that deep convern How far our public meetings, for souls which the Apostles and and charitable exertions or missionReformers did. That expression ary labours, become, through our of St. Paul is a remarkable one; corrupt nature, injurious to our own “ My dear children, of whom I spirit and spiritual improvement, travail in birth again, until Christ may be the subject of another combe formed in you.” (Gal. iv. 19.) munication. Such was his concern for them, so Yours truly, M. s.