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and hoped (and who would wish to appeared entering her soul; and destroy this hope?) he would be her sins stood in array before her, merciful to her. But Mary knew while the thunders of Sinai were not that God was just as well as bursting over her head. O! who merciful. She knew not that Divine can describe the feelings of the justice required satisfaction, ere awakened sinner? What language mercy could be exercised. She was can express the horrors of an a stranger to the Scripture cha- awakened conscience? What heart racter of Jehovah, and altogether can conceive the terrors of that ignorant of the way in which he soul who, after a long course of could be « just, and yet the justifier iniquity is awakened and convinced of the ungodly:" hence it was ne- of sin by the Spirit of God? None cessary to tell her that God was of but those who have passed through “ purer eyes than to behold ini. these “ deep waters; " those only quity;” that he hates sin with a who have been driven into the fold perfect hatred; that he, in whose of Christ through the terrors of the sight the heavens are not clean, law. Painful as it was to Mrs. H. had declared, “ the soul that sinned (in some respects) to behold the should die.” The awful nature and agonizing feelings of Mary, yet consequences of sin were then point- she could but inwardly rejoice and ed out to her; the spiritual nature of give God thanks. She knew that the law of God was laid open ; the these distresses were antecedent to least violation of which, even in comfort and peace that this darkthought, proved our condemnation: ness would be followed by lightwhile the violation of the seventh that he who bruised would bind up in particular was brought to her the broken heart, and in his own remembrance, and charged home time restore health to her soul. with as much tenderness as possible The trying part of Mrs. H.'s to her conscience. Allusion was duty was now over. With feelings then made to the curse denounced better conceived than described, against sin; the nature and extent and which many of the readers of of it. These things were all new to this paper can duly appreciate-esMary, and failed not to alarm her pecially ye, the faithful ambassadors in a manner different from her of Christ, who delight to proclaim former fears. The Spirit of God was the love and mercy of God to penigraciously pleased to own and bless tent sinners, and who have been so these momentous truths. She be highly distinguished and honoured came alive to her real character and as to be the instruments in his hands situation. The tears of contrition of “ turning sinners from darkness and penitence, which before began to light, and from the power and to roll down her pallid cheeks, now dominion of satan unto God.” Yes, flowed fast. Her heart appeared to ye, the heralds of the Cross, know tremble within her-her clasped what are the peculiar feelings of bands denoted the agony of her that heart which has been made mind-her eyes, still looking on the useful to a fellow-immortal, to a face of Mrs. H. bespoke compassion soul that is of more value than the and pity, while their language an- whole world. She now spoke of peared to be, “ Is there no hope Christ, the Saviour of sinners : but for one só vile? Is there no mercy Mary knew nothing of Christ; she for one so wicked ? Is there no way had never heard of the love of the of escape from the wrath to come ? Father in sending his dear Son into Must I be lost for ever? Tell me, the world to die for sinners; she had O tell me, what must I do to be never been told of the grace and saved!”_What heart could remain compassion of the Lord Jesus Christ, unmoved at such a scene as this? “ who came to seek and to save Truly the arrows of the Almighty them that were lost: she was alto
gether unacquainted even with the vites all who feel themselves to be name of Jesus, as her answers to sinners, to “ come unto him, and he the following questions testify. will not cast them out:” That he
“ Did you never hear who Jesus himself says, “ Come unto me, all Christ was?"_“ No, ma'am.” . ye. that labour,” &c.- Many pas
“ Did you never hear whose Son sages from Scripture were read to he was ? "-" Never, ma'am.” her, confirming what was said; and
“Do you know who he came into ended by speaking of the willingness the world to save ?”—“No, ma'am.” of Christ to receive all that come
It might appear strange that any unto him. Did she want repentone residing in a Christian country ance? “ Christ was exalted to give should be thus ignorant of the Sa- repentance.” Did she want forviour of sinners. But, alas! this is giveness? He was ready to bestow by no means a solitary case; those it. His language is, “ Look unto who are accustomed to frequent the me, and be ye saved.” In a word, she beds of the sick poor, find it con- was exhorted to come unto Christ firmed in the experience of not a just as she was; to pray earnestly for few;mso gross, alas ! is the dark- thegift of the Holy Spirit,whose office ness which covers the minds of it is to “take of the things of Christ many in this land of Gospel light and reveal them to the soul,” &c.&c. and privileges !
Such are the circumstances conMrs. H. then told her of the Go. .nected with the first visit of these spel message: That God,perceiving ladies to the sick-bed of Mary.the lost and miserable condition of Many and important are the reflecman, and that he could never, of tions arising from this brief account; himself, make satisfaction for his but I forbear enlarging. Mary sins, was so moved with love and thankfully expressed her gratitude compassion, that “ he sent his only for their kindness in calling on her, begotten Son into the world, to and wondered who could send them. redeem us from the curse of the “I feel very thankful, ma'am. law :” That the Lord Jesus Christ Come again soon. Will you come came to save sinners, by dying in again soon?” After promising they their stead, and was crucified for would, they left the chamber of their sins, that " whosoever be- sickness, thankful to that God who lieveth in him should not perish, but had conducted their steps thither. have everlasting life:” That he in
ON PSALM XLII. 11, AND HEBREWS XIII. 8.
TRANSLATED FROM MALAN'S SACRED POETRY. ♡ Why, my soul, O tell me why
“ Can I,” thus I hear thee mourn, Terror thus bedews thine eye?
“ Hope again his love's return? Where's thy trust in God to-day? No, too long my rebel heart Whither's fed thy hope away?
Has denied his faithful part." What! He change who dwells above? " What! He change who dwells above Has the Saviour ceased to love ?
Has the Saviour ceased to love?” Why when whelmed with toil and pain, “ His compassion's gone," you cry, · Flee thy Lord, and then complain?” “ Justly now he dooms to die: “ No, no more before his face
Can his wrath surprise create ? Meets me now one smile of grace!” I too well deserve his hate!” “ What ! He change who dwells above? « What! He change who dwells above ? Has the Saviour ceased to love?"
Has the Saviour ceased to love?" “ Thou art feeble, languid, cold;
“ Constant Saviour, hear; I call; Therefore fears thy bosom fold,
Hardness, folly—pardon all; Lest, amidst thy deep unrest,
I forgot thy truth could ne'er God should still surcharge thy breast.” In thy creature's weakness share : “ What! He change who dwells above? No, thy banner waves above* : Has the Saviour ceased to love ?” · No, thou canst not cease to lovet." * Cant. ii. 4. + Heb, xiii. 8.
THE LOSS OF THE KENT EAST INDIAMAN, BY FIRE,
IN THE BAY OF BISCAY, EXTRACTED FROM THE NARRATIVE JUST PUBLISHED. NARRATIVES of shipwrecks and top-sail only, with the dead lights marine disasters have always been in, and with the whole watch of found to excite a peculiar interest soldiers attached to the life-lines, among English readers. It is not that were run along the deck for often, however, that a case of this this purpose. nature is found to furnish matter for The rolling of the ship, which such profitable reflection, and such was vastly increased by a dead encouraging hopes as arise out of weight of some hundred tons of shot the present instance. It is not often and shells that formed a part of its that the principles which seem to lading, became so great about halfhave supported many of the inmates past eleven or twelve o'clock, that of the Kent, are seen in such active the main chains were thrown by operation; or that their power has every lurch considerably under wa. been proved and asserted by so ter; and the best cleated articles of competent a witness as the writer furniture in the cabins and the cuddy of the present narrative. We know were dashed about with so much no way of recommending this little noise and violence, as to excite the work so strongly to our readers, as liveliest apprehensions of individual by laying before them a brief sketch danger. of its contents, assuring them of the It was a little before this period greater interest and advantage with that one of the officers of the ship, which they will peruse the work itself. with the intention of ascertaining
that all was fast below, descended The Kent, Captain Henry Cobb, with two of the sailors into the a fine new ship of 1350 tons, bound hold, where they carried with to Bengal and China, left the them, for safety, a light in the Downs on the 19th February, with patent lantern; and seeing that the 20 officers, 344 soldiers, 43 women, lamp burned dimly, the officer took and 66 children belonging to the the precaution to hand it up to the 31st regiment, with 20 private orlop deck to be trimmed. Having passengers, and a crew (including afterwards discovered one of the officers) of 148 men, on board. spirit casks to be adrift, he sent the
With slight interruptions of bad sailors for some billets of wood to weather, the ship continued to secure it; but the ship in their abmake way until the night of Monday sence having made a heavy lurch, the 28th, when it was suddenly ar the officer unfortunately dropped rested in lat. 47 deg. 30 min. long. the light; and letting go his hold 10 deg. by a violent gale from the of the cask, in his eagerness to resouth-west, which gradually in- cover the lantern, it suddenly stove, creased during the whole of the and the spirits communicating with following morning.
the lamp, the whole place was inThe activity of the officers and stantly in a blaze. seamen of the Kent appeared to The orders of Captain Cobb and keep pace with that of the gale. other officers were promptly obeyed The larger sails were speedily taken by the seamen and troops, who in, or closely reefed; and about used every exertion by means of the 10 o'clock on the morning of the pumps, buckets of water, wet sails, 1st of March, after having struck hammocks, &c. to extinguish the her top-gallant yards, the ship was flames. Finding, however, that the lying to, under a triple-reefed main- devouring element was rapidly spreading, and that volumes of hatches, and to exclude the external smoke were issuing from all the four air, in order if possible to prolong an hatchways, Captain Cobb, with an existence, the nearand certain termiability and decision of character nation of which appeared inevitable. that seemed to increase with the The scene of horror that now imminence of the danger, resorted presented itself baffles all descripto the only alternative now left him tionof ordering the lower decks to be Then rose from sea to sky the wild furescuttled, the combings of the hatches well; to be cut, and the lower ports to be Then shriek'd the timid, and stood still opened, for the free admission of the brave. the watery element.
· The upper deck was covered with These instructions were speedily between six and seven hundred huexecuted by the united efforts of man beings, many of whom, from the troops and seamen; but not previous sea-sickness, were forced before some of the sick soldiers, on the first alarm, to flee from beone woman, and several children, low in a state of absolute nakedness, unable to gain the upper deck, had and were, now running : about in perished. So dense and oppressive quest of husbands, children, or was the smoke, that it was with parents. While some were standing the utmost difficulty that Captain in silent resignation, or in stupid Cobb's wishes could be fulfilled; insensibility to their impending fate; which were no sooner accomplished, others were yielding themselves up than the sea rushed in with extra- to the most frantic despair. Some ordinary force, carrying away, in on their knees were earnestly imits resistless progress to the hold, ploring, with significant gesticulathe largest chests, bulk-heads, &c. tions and in noisy supplications, the
Such a sight, under any other mercy of Him, whose arm, they ex. conceivable circumstances, was well claimed, was at length outstretched calculated to have raised feelings to smite them; others were to be of horror; but in the natural solici- seen hastily crossmg themselves, tude to avoid the more immediate and performing the various external peril of explosion, the crew and acts required by their peculiar perpassengers endeavoured to cheer suasion, while a number of the each other, as they stood up to their older and more stout-hearted soldiers knees in water, with the hope that and sailors, sullenly took their seats by these violent means they might directly over the magazine, hoping, be speedily restored to safety. The as they stated, that by means of immense quantity of water that was the explosion which they every inthus introduced into the hold, had stant expected, a speedier terminaindeed the effect, for a time, of tion might thereby be put to their checking the fury of the flames; sufferings*. Several of the soldiers' but the danger of sinking having wives and children, who had filed increased as the risk of explosion for temporary shelter into the afterwas diminished, the ship became cabins on the upper decks, were water-logged, and presented other engaged in prayer and in reading indications of settling previous to the Scriptures with the ladies, some her going down.
* Captain Cobb, with great forethought, Death, in two of its most awful
ordered the deck to be scuttled forward, forms, now encompassed them ; and
with a view to draw the fire in that directhey seemed left to choose the ter tion, knowing that between it and the rible alternative. But naturally pre magazine were several tiers of water casks;
while he hoped that the wet sails &c. ferring the more remote, though
thrown into the hold would prevent it equally certain crisis, they tried to from communicating with the spirit-room shut the ports again, to close the abaft.
of whom were enabled, with won. From the violence of the gale, it derful self-possession, to offer to seems, that the report of the guns others those spiritual consolations, was not heard; but the ascending which a firm and intelligent trust volumes of smoke from the ship in the Redeemer of the world aps sufficiently announced the dreadful peared at this awful hour to impart nature of its distress; and after a to their own breasts. The dignified short period of dark suspense, the deportment of two young ladies in brig hoisted British colours, and particular, formed a specimen of crowded all sail toward the Kent. natural strength of mind, finely To prevent the rush to the modified by Christian feeling, that boats, as they were being lowered ; failed not to attract the notice which, from certain symptoms of and admiration of every one who impatience manifested both by solhad an opportunity of witnessing it. diers and sailors, there was reason .: Some of the older children, who to fear ; some of the military officers seemed fully alive to the reality of were stationed over them with drawn the danger, when reminded, Now swords. But from the firm deteris the time to put in practice the mination which these exhibited, instructions you used to receive and the great subordination obat the regimental school, and to served, with few exceptions, by the think of that Saviour of whom vou troops, this proper precaution was have heard so much; replied, as afterwards rendered unnecessary. the tears ran down their cheeks, Arrangements having been con40, sir, we are trying to remember siderately made by Captain Cobb them, and we are praying to God." for placing in the first boat, previ· It was at this appalling instant, ous to letting it down, all the ladies, when « all hope of being saved was and as many of the soldiers' wives now taken away,” that it occurred as it could safely contain, they to Mr. Thomson, the fourth mate, hurriedly wrapt themselves up in to send a man to the fore-top, rather whatever articles of clothing could with the ardent wish, than the ex- he most conveniently found; and pectation, that some friendly sail about two, or half-past two o'clock, might be discovered on the face of a most mournful procession advanced the waters. The sailor, on mount from the after-cabins to the staring, threw his eyes round the horizon board cuddy port, outside of which for a moment,-a moment of unut- the cutter was suspended, Scarcely terable suspense, and waving his a word was uttered- not a scream hat exclaimed, « A sail on the lee was heard; even the infants ceased bow !” The joyful announcement to cry, as if conscious of the unwas received with deep-felt thanks- spoken and unspeakable anguish givings, and with three cheers upon that was at that instant rending the deck. : Flags of distress were in-. hearts of their parting parents: nor stantly hoisted, and minute guns was the silence of voices in any fired; and the Kent bore down way broken, except in one or two under three top-sails and fore-sail cases, where the ladies plaintively upon the stranger, which proved to entreated permission to be left bebe the Cambria, a small brig of hind with their husbands. But on 200 tons burden, Cook, bound to being assured that every moment's Vera Cruz, having on board 20 or delay might occasion the sacrifice 30 Cornish miners, and other agents of a human life, they successively of the Anglo-Mexican Company suffered themselves to be torn from · For ten or fifteen minutes it was the tender embrace, and with the doubtful whether the brig perceived fortitude which never fails to chathese signals, or, perceiving them, racterise and adorn their sex on was disposed to lend any assistance. cocasions of overwhelming trial,