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things, compared with one glimpse of his glory which shines so strongly into my soul. Why should any of you be so sad, when I am so glad! This is the hour that I have waited for."
About forty-eight hours before his dissolution he said again:
“ Praise is now my work, and I shall be engaged in that sweet employment for ever. Come, let us lift up our voice in praise. I have nothing else to do. I have done with prayer, and all other ordinances. I have almost done conversing with mortals. I shall presently be beholding Christ himself, that died for me, and loved me, and washed me in his blood. I shall in a few hours be in eternity, singing the song of Moses, and the song of the Lamb. I shall presently stand upon mount Sion with an innumerable company of angels, and the spirits of just men made perfect, and Jesus the mediator of the new covenant. I shall hear the voice of much people, and be one amongst them who say--Hallelujah! salvation, glory, and honour, and power unto the Lord our God! And again we say, Hallelujah! Methinks I stand as it were one foot in heaven, and the other on earth. Methinks I hear the melody of heaven, and by faith I see the angels waiting to carry my soul to the bosom of Jesus, and I shall be for ever with the Lord in glory: And who can choose but rejoice in all this?”
In such a rapturous strain as this he continued, full of praise, full of admiration, full of joy, till at length, with abundance of faith and fervency, he cried aloud: “ Amen! Amen!" and soon after expired.(1)
(1) Janeway arrived at these high attainments in the divine life, by a constant perusal of his Bible ; a frequent perusal of Baxter's Saints Everlasting Rest, a book for which multitudes will have cause to bless God for ever; and by spending a due propora tion of every day in secret prayer and devout contemplation.
Mirandola, who died in the flower of his age, after he had for some time quitted all his greatemployments under Charles the fifth,
And now, with sentiments of the most benevolent and affectionate regard, for every human being, whether Jew, Turk, Infidel, Heretic, or Christian, I submit these reflections, concerning religion and
vas esteemed the most beautiful person of that age, and a man of the most exalted genius; and yet, after having read all that could be read, and learnt every thing that could then be learned, he wrote to his nephew, an officer in the army: “I make it my hum. ble request to you, that you would not fail to read the holy Scriptures night and morning with great attention ; for as it is our duty to meditate upon the law of God day and night, so nothing can be more useful ; because there is in the holy Scriptures a celestial and efficacious power, inflaming the soul with divine fear and love."
Spencer, though a man of dissipation in his youth, in his more advanced years entered into the interior of religion, and his two hymns on heavenly love, and heavenly beauty, hath expressed all the height and depth of Janeway's experience:
6. Then shalt thou feel thy spirit so possest,
Kindled through sight of those fair things above." Spencer's religion was a religion of feeling ;" which is un. questionably the religion of the Bible. “Whom having not seen ye love; in whom though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.'
This same devout and heavenly spirit breathes strongly in all the old authors. Augustine is famous for it; so were several others of the ancient fathers of the church. Thomas a Kempis is excelled by none in this way. Bernard is very pious. His hymn on the name Jesus is in a high strain of this kind.
“ Desidero te millies,
the Sacred Writings, to your most serious consideration. What impression they may make upon your minds, is known only to the God of the spirits of all flesh.(2) My earnest request to you, is, that you
Augustine's hymn, which begins,
“ Ad perennis vitæ fontem
Mens sitivit arida ;" is in the same strain ; and has been imitated in that favourite old hymn recorded in the Pilgrim's Guide.
“ Jerusalem, my happy home,
O that I were in thee;
Thy joys that I might see!” &c. &c. Almost every thing of this kind, however, which has been left us by our forefathers, is written in a stile highly depraved, and is usually equally devout and superstitious. The pious reader, therefore, will be upon his guard in the perusal of such. authors, and take the good, and cast the bad away. The Bible alone is free from human weakness.
(2) If the reader should find himself dissatisfied with this Plea for Religion and the Sacred Writings, let him by no means give up the cause as desperate, but rather let him lay it aside, and have recourse to those more able and explicit treatises, which I have occasionally recommended. Or, if he thinks himself capable of rendering a more effectual service to the cause of evangelical truth, let him take up his own pen, and confound the enemies of religion. Learned laymen, especially, should come forward in vindication of the gospel ; since every thing which proceeds from the clergy on religion, is supposed to spring from a self-interested
Wilberforce has done himself much honour. He is a bold and able advocate for a much injured cause. Nor less so is Miss Moore. She is a credit to her sex, and a blessing to her country. It is scarcely possible, however, for authors on this sub. ject to be too numerous. We are not wanting in clerical writers; but those who have treated on subjects purely religious, among the other ranks of society, are, comparatively few; and especially among the princes and nobles of the land. Walpole has given us a catalogue of the royal and noble authors of England, Scot. land, and Ireland since the conquest; and he produces only, during all those ages, 10 English princes, 92 peers, and 14 peeresses. To these he adds 24 Scotch royal and noble authors, with 11 Irish peers: In all about 150; a small number, when it is considered they are usually the best educated men in the country.
will give them a fair and dispassionate hearing, and seek truth, at least, with as much warmth and assiduity, as we usually employ in our secular pursuits. No man ever succeeded greatly in life, who did not embark zealously in its concerns. No man ever became a good scholar, without much time and application. And no man ever made
considerable proficiency in things divine, till all the leading powers of his soul were engaged therein. Permit me then to exhort you to be in earnest in your religious inquiries. Apply your minds with zeal and impartiality to the investigation of sacred wisdom. This is the concern, the duty, the privilege, the glory of every human being. The most ancient and sublime author in the world hath exhausted all the treasures of nature to express its intrinsic value. “ Where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found
In Germany have been published in the course of six years, from 1785 to 1790, no less a number than 27,462 books, on the following subjects, and in these proportions :
· 1527 Divinity
2158 Medicine and Surgery
1898 Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy
506 Politics and Finance
1885 Military Sciences
154 Physics and Natural History
1729 Arts and Manufactures
581 Geography and History
4779 Belles Lettres
3798 History of Literature
27,462 The average number of books published in Germany from 1785 to the close of the year 1797, is 5,360 annually.
in the land of the living. The depth saith, it is not
If such be the value of wisdom, the search will undoubtedly repay the labour. But have
we any assurance that the inestimable treasure may be found? The wisest of men will answer to our satisfaction : “ My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; so that thou incline thy ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding: yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding: if thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God thou shalt understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.” All this implies the greatest possible attention to our religious concerns.
With these fine sentiments I take my leave, mending you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, if you will submit to its authority, and to give you an inheritance among all them that are sanctified.” If you are right, in your present state of mind, may you continue in the right way to the end of your days, and increase and abound therein more and more. However, you should be extremely cautious how you contradict and