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willing to accept of the terms on which world, however various, all have one it can be obtained; but if the nation are common nature ; and all come from for war, the war must be continued. We God: “ With thee is the fountain of life.” have cause to be thankful, that it is oth-|Every river has its fountain : And all the erwise in our war with the king of heav- rivers of celestial enjoyment can be traen. He offers to make peace with ourced up to God, as their fountain. Al whole world, if they will submit to the the rills, rivulets, brooks and rivers head terms which he proposes. “ Look unto in the same place, even in God, the founme, and be ye saved, all the ends of the tain of living waters. Here bead all earth.” If all the ends of the earth those over-flowing rivers of pleasures, would reinember and turn unto God, he which so abundantly satisfy the exalted would be at peace with them all. But spirits of heaven. These rivers will rise any one nation, town, family, or individ-higher and higher to all eternity. O nal, may, separately from other nations, what an infinite, inexhaustible fountain towns, families and individuals, conclude there must be in God, to supply such an infinitely advantageous and lasting numerous and overflowing streams of peace with the offended Sovereign of bliss forever and ever! O let my conthe world. “ Him that cometh” (evenceptions of the High and Holy One be if he come alone)“ I will in no wise cast greatly enlarged ! While on earth, let out.” Let every child of Adam know, me have some sweet prelibation of those that if he has not become reconciled to i rivers of pleasures wbich water the parGod it is his own fault. It is becauseadise of God ! that he himself is in favor of keeping up the war with his Maker. If it were not the following REPORT of the Revival of Re.
ligion in Princeton College, was presented to so, earth and hell combined could not
the board of Trustees, at their meeting, on prevent his possessing the peace of God
the 4th day of April last, by Dr. Grceni, Pree which passeth all understanding.
sident or that Institution. 10." And thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with On this subject I have thought it my thee is the fountain of life.” Ps. xxxvi. 8, || duty to make a correct, though it must 9. The joys of heaven are all of the same be a very summary, statement to the holy nature; but yet they are various. | board; both because the subject is im. 'The pleasure, which a christian receives portant and interesting in itself, and befrom hearing the word preached, is dif-cause imperfect and erroneous accounts ferent from that which he receives in respecting it have been circulated. prayer, and yet they both partake of the For nearly a year past--that is, since same holy nature. Sometimes the saints the commencement of the last summer hold communion immediately with God session--- a very large proportion of the himself--at other times they have com-students bave attended on all the relimunion one with another, and are great-gious exercises and instructions of the ly delighted with each other's society. college with more than ordinary seriThus in heaven, there may be rivers of ousness : and the minds of some of them pleasures. There will be fellowship with as now appears, were ripening, through the triune God. Saints in heaven will this whole period, for what has since have the most intimate and endearing taken place. There was nothing more fellowship among themselves. It is not apparent, however, for six weeks after improbable, that in heaven every saint the commencement of the present seswill become very intimately acquainted sion,* than an increase of this serious atwith every other saint. The pleasures tention to the religious duties of col. of frienilship will in that blessed world be
* The winter session of the college commen. fully realized. There will be the pleas- ces six weeks after the last Wednesday of Sepure of beholding divine glory—the pleas- ember, and continues till the first Thursday ure of adoring the Holy One, and chant- after the second Tuesday of April. The suming forth the praises of Him, who was last mentioned period, and continues till the
mer session commences four weeks after the dead, and is alive, and liveth forever last Wednesday of September, which is theday more. These pleasures of the upper of the annual commencement.
A REVIVAL OF RELIGION IN THE COLLEGE.
lege; an increase both of the degree of which are stated and customary, but seriousness, and of the number of those those which are occasional, and the atin whom it was visible. Every reli- tendance on which is entirely voluntary. gious service, both on secular days and Thus, of the students who are now in on the sabbath, was attended with a so-the college, a majority* nay be viewlemnity which was sensible and impres- ed as hopefully pious; and a large prosive. In this manner the revival com- portion of the residue appear to posmenced, or rather became apparent, in sess much tenderness of conscience, and the 2d week of January, without any un-show a very desirable regard to religious usual occurrence in Providence, without duties and obligations. any alarming event, without any extra It has already been intimated that rodinary preaching, without any special this revival of religion commenced withinstruction, or other means that might be out noise, and without any other means. supposed peculiarly adapted to interest than those which had been a considerathe inind. The divine influence seem ble time in use. Rut having thought it ed to descend like the silent dew ofiny duty to converse with my pupils, as heaven; and in about four weeks there often as they requested it, at the time were very few individuals in the college when their ininds were filled with anxedifice who were not deeply iinpressed ious sears and enquiries; and also to eswith a sense of the importance ofspiramine them individually and carefully, itual and eternal things. There was since hope bas, in some measure, sucscarcely a room-perhaps not one-ceeded to fear; I have had a favorable which was not a place of earnest secret opportunity to enquire, and have atten. devotion. For a time it appeared as if tively enquired, after the instrumentai the whole of our charge was pressing in-causes of this revival, as indicated by the to the kingdoin of God; so that at length views and feelings of the parties conthe inquiry, in regard to them, was, notcerned. Four such causes appear to who was engaged about religion? but have had a manifest agencywho was not ! After this state of things 1. Aud chiefly, the study of the Holy had continued, without much variation, Scriptures ;t accompanied with comfor about two months, it became mani znents on the portion read, and a practijest that a change was taking place.- cal application of the leading truths conSome were becoming confirmed in the tained in it. God has remarkably honorhopes and habits of evangelical piety ; ed and blessed bis own word. Strange some were yet serious, thoughtful and as it may seem, this study of the Bible prayerful, though perhaps potin so great has always been a favorite one among a degree, or at least not so apparently, as the youth of the college, not excepting once they had been ; while some were the most gay and dissipated. Pains have, plainly loosing the impressions which indeed, been taken to render it interest they had lately felt. And such has con * The whole number of students in the class.. tinued to be the state of this interesting es of the college is one hundred and five; of concern to the time of making this re whom twelve were professors of religion when port. The result is, that there are some
the revival began. what more thau forty students, in regard
*For more than ito years, the Holy Scrip to whom, so far as the time elapsed will tures had been made the su'ject of as regular permit us to judge, favorable hopes may ematics, or philosophy. The afternoon of the
study and examination as the classics, the math. be entertained that they have been made Lord's day was appropriated unifortiily to the the subjects of renewing grace. Per- recitation of a certain number of the students, haps there are twelve or fifteen more, be prepared) on five chapters of the Bible, as
taken promiscuously for all were required to who still retain such promising impres- signed to them the preceding week. The resions of religion as to authorize a hopecitation was always accompanied with exposithat the issue, in regard is most of them, tions, critical remarks, and a practical :) may be favorable.
And nearly the tion. The exercise was concluded will whole of the remainder show a great || and singing, and was considerded as readiness to attend on all the social ex-morning, public worship, in thc us
noon religious service of the colleg crciscs of religion; not only on those was celebrated.
ing; but the degree in which it has been l. 3. The effect of moral discipline has so, has been truly surprising. And au been manifestly favorable to this revival. der the divine blessing, it has served to This discipline, vigorously and vigilantenlighten and instruct the youth in theirly maintained, bas preserved the youth, duty; it has repdered their minds sol- l generally, from those practices, habits emn and tender, beyond what they and vicious indulgences, which counterwere themselves aware of at the time ;| act, dissipate, and destroy all serious and it has given them a deep reverence for religious impressions. It has had an induthe truths of divine revelation ;t it has eace in preventing that hardness of heart qualified them to hear preaching with and insensibility of conscience, which are advantage ; and at length revealed truth the natural and usual effects of unrestrainhas, we trust, been powefully and effec-| ed vice. It has formed a practical testitually applied to their consciences, by mony against the moral vileness of sevethe Spirit, by whom it was indited. ral things which youth are apt to consid
2. The circumstances in which the er, if not as entirely innocent, yet, as evistudents have lately attended on publicdences of manliness and spirit. After worship have been peculiarly favorable many efforts to resist these effects of to their religious improvement. They discipline, by the least virtuous part of have worshipped, in consequence of the the college, the attempt was seen to be burning of the church in this place, in vain ; and it was clearly perceived that the prayer hall of the college, for more the effects mentioned were sensibly felt, than two years past. For about eighteen by the great mass of the students, before months they have worshipped separately the revival. It was also very noticeable from the people of the town; and have, that the revival made its appearance with the theological students, who joined with an act of discipline. A student (one them partially at first and generally of of three dismissed at the same time) late, formed an audience or congrega-was almost immediately seized with a tion by themselves. This has given an remorse of conscience and anguis, of opportunity, which has been carefully mind that were very affecting-He has improved, to choose such subjects and since become hopefully pious. But beadapt such a manner, in preaching to fore any thing of this was known in the them, as appeared best calculated to ar-college, the remarks which were made rest their attention. Appropriate ad-when the dismission of the three studresses have frequently been made, and dents was announced, seemed to prothe service has, in all respects, been con duce a powerful effect on a number; ducted with a special view to their advan- and during that week feelings and exertage and religious edification. In these cises which had, in a certain degree, circumstances, they have felt an unusual long existed in secret, could no longer interest in the solemnities of the sanctu.be concealed.-Nearly at the same time, ary—they have felt that they were the an admonition, given in private, was parties directly and particularly con-| remarkably blessed to the individual cerned in these solemnities; and the concerned. good effects of this sentiment have been 4. T'he few pious youth who were incalculably great, and were very ap-members of college before the revival parent before the revival was visible. In were happily instrumental in promoting a word, this mode of conducting public it. They had, for more than a year, worship must be considered as having been earnestly engaged in prayer for been a powerful instrumental cause, both this event. When they perceived the in producing an awakened attention to general and increasing seriousness which religion at first, and in cherishing it thro' has been noticed, several of them made the whole of its progress.
an agreement to speak, privately and +In the month of February 1813, a Bible So-tenderly, to their particular friends and ciety was instituted in the college, composed | acquaintance, on the subject of religion: of the literary and theological students indis. And what they said was, in almost every criminately. It has been very active in distribyting Bibles, gratuitously, especially to the sol. || instance, not only well received, but diers and sailors of our country.
those with whom they conversed be.
same immediately and earnestly engag-||the means used to cherish it, to guard it,
gance and enthusiasm. I know of nothThe special means made use of toing, in regard to this revival, that I think :: promote and cherish this revival, besides would be called extravagant or enthusi
the circumstances already mentioned,|| astic, by any one who really believes in -- were the following—A short address on the great doctrines of the protestant re
the subject of religion was made, after formation. Particular pains were early prayers, on every Saturday evening. taken to guard against the evil here conIn preaching on the Lord's day morn-templated; and, by the divine blessing, ing, silhjects were selected suited to the they have been made so successful that existing state of the college in this par-I am not acquainted with a single inciticular we are deeply indebted to the dent or occurrence, indicative of intemTheological professors, who have gen-perate feeling or conduct, that we are erally conducted the morning service. called to regret. A particular reference was often made 2. There has been no sectarian spirit to the religious attention which had been accompanying or mingling with this reexcited among the students, in the re-vival. There are students in the colmarks which accompanied their bible slege belonging to four or five different recitations. A weekly lecture, intend-denominations of christians. At first, ed for the students exclusively, was there appeared to be some apprehengiven by myself, on every Tuesday |-ion in the minds of those who were not evening. A social prayer meeting was presbyterians, lest they should be drawn helu, on every Friday evening, at which into a union with this denomination, if one of the Theological professors com- they yielded to the sentiments and feelmonly made an address. A family lings which began to be prevalent. But prayer meeting (as the students called it)||I told them, in the first address that I was, every evening, held among them- made to thein on a Tuesday evening, selves, at which a large proportion of the that it was my fixed purpose to incutwhole college attended. Smaller and cate no doctrine or tenet that was not more select associations for prayer were found in all the public orthodox creeds also formed. The individuals whose of protestant Christendom-that I was minds were anxinus and labouring, were indeed earnestly desirous that they as often as they requested it, carefully should all become real practical chrisconversed and prayed with in private-tians, but that I had no wish to make a in this service I am to acknowledge the single proselyte. This, I believe, reassistance received from the professors moved every apprehension-and the inof the serninary, from their pupils, and timation then given bas been sacredly from the pious students of the college: regarded. Not a single thing has been Finally, writings of approved character, said by myself, nor, I am persuaded, by on doctrinal and practical religion, were the Theological professors who have pointed out and recommended to the preached to them that has had any inperusal of the students; and a short sys-tentional tendency toward pruelytisin. tem of questions and counsel, which I On the contrary, every thing has been herewith submit, was drawn up by ny general. The great catholic doctrines self, for the use of those who began to of the gospel have been exclusively cherish the hope that they had entered culcated. It is believed that there on a life of practical piety.
an individual of the college who v Having thus mentioned the chief in-i if questionreu, complain that he struniental causes of this revival, and any instance, felt himself presso
opinions which interfered with his edu-liness of particular acts of transgression, but cational creed.
also that your heart is the seat and fountain 3. There has been no neglect of study. of sin ?-'That in you, naturally, there is no A report was circulated that study was
good thing? Has a view of this led you to
despair of help from yourself? To see that laid aside in the college to attend to re
you must be altogether indebted to Christ ligion. Nothing could be more false. for salvation, and
to the gracious aid of the Study has probably never been pursued Holy Spirit for strength and ability rightly with more diligence and success. Our to perform any duty ? pupils were informed that if, at any par
2. On what has your hope of acceptance ticular recitation, an individual should with God been founded? On your refor. find that his mind had been so exercised | mation? on your sorrow for your sins? on as not to permit him to get his lesson, your prayers? on your tears? on your he should, on application to his teacher, || has it been on Christ alone, as your all in
good works and religious observances? or be specially excused; and this indul. || all? Has Christ ever appeared very pregence bas been frequently asked and cious to you? Do you mourn that he does granted. But not a single recitation of not appear more so ? Have you sometimes a class has been omitted ; and every in-| felt great freedom to commit your soul to dividual lesson or recitation, incidental-him? In doing this (if you have done it) has ly omitted, has been strictly required to it been, not only to be delivered from the be made up for the quarterly and semi-punishment due to your sins, but also from annual examinations. It was early and tence of sin in your soul ?
the power, polution, dominion and exisearnestly inculcated on the youth of the 3. As far as you know yourself, do you college, that not only did christian duty hate, and desire to be delivered from, ali sin require as regular an attention as possi - without any exception of a favorite lust? ble to all the lawful concerns of life, but | Do you pray much to be delivered from that their minds would act more vigor-sin? Do you watch against it, and against ously and more correctly on religious temptation to it? Do you strive against it, subjects, and in religious duties, if a suit- and in some good degree get the
victory able portion of their time should be dili- have your soul really set against it?
over it? Have you so repented of it as to gently employed in their proper studies.
4. Have you counted the cost of follow4. There have been no compulsory ing Christ, or of being truly religious ? That exercises. Every thing, beyond the it will cut you off from vain amusements, stated religious instructions and duties of from the indulgence of your lusts, and from the college in ordinary times, has been a sinful conformity to the world? That perfectly voluntary ; unless the short ad- it may expose you to ridicule and condress, on Saturday evening after prayers, tion? In the view of all these things, are you
tempt?--possibly to more serious persecumay be considered as a slight exception. willing to take up the cross, and to follow No one has suffered either censure or Christ whithersoever he shall lead you? reproach, who chose to be absent from Is it your solemn purpose, in reliance on any religious exercise or engagement his grace and aid, to cleave to him, and to wbich had its origin in this revival. his cause and people, to the end of life?
Snch, gentleinen, is the statement 5. Do you love holiness ? Do you love a which I have judged it proper to make Holy God, and because he is holy? Do to you, in regard to a work, which in its you earnestly desire to be more and more
conformed to God and to his holy law? To salutary efficiency, has been all of God ;| bear more & more the likeness of your Reand the whole praise of which is to be deemer? Do you seek, and sometimes find, ascribed, most unfeignedly, to Him communion with your God and Saviour? alone.
6. Are you resolved, in God's strength,
to endeavor conscientiously to perform QUESTIONS AND COUNSEL FOR THE STU- your whole duty--to God, to your neighDENTS OF NASSAU HALL, WHO HOPE bor, and to yourself? Do you perform com
mon and relative duties conscientiously, as
part of the duty which you owe to God? Questions.
7. Do you make conscience of secret 1. Have you seen yourself to be by na prayer daily? Do you not sometimes feel ture, and by practice, a lost and helpless sin- a backwardness to this duty? Do you at her? Have you not only seen the sinful- || other times feel a great delight in it? Have
THAT A WORK OF SAVING GRACE HAS