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love of God, which is in Christ Jesus emphasis, "Amen! So be it! and
so it will be, to God's glory, and Speaking of his enjoyment of to my peace.” the Scriptures, he exclaimed, with A few days before his decease, something of rapture, “Those glo- the Holy Sacrament was adminisrious Psalms! and that blessed tered to him, together with his Gospel of St. John!” and, in re- sorrowing family. He partook of ference to a Bible meeling in the the sacred rite with marked devoneighbourhood, at which he had iion, audibly repeating a large porusually presided, he said, “ Tell tion of the service, and adding an them, they have my best wishes! expressive “Amen" at the close of and tell them thai, while I was almost every prayer; and, on reable, I felt it my bounden duty and tiring, he said, in his exquisitedelight to support that blessed ly kind 'and endearing manner, cause to the utmost of my power, “Thank you most kindly, most assured that in so doing I was ad- kindly, for this!” vancing the kingdom of the Re At length the time of his depardeemer."
ture drew nigh; and his relatives, On my expressing my grateful shortly to be bereaved of one so inrecollection of the spiritual com- inestimably dear, assembled for munion which I had enjoyed with the last time, late in the evening, him, and my hope that it would be round his dying bed: prayer, earrenewed in a better world, he re nest prayer, was offered up, complied,—“Yes, among the spirits of mending his soul into the hands just men made perfect, and where of his Redeemer; and beseeching all tears shall be wiped away.” He Him, who has promised never to then, in a very distinct and solemn leave nor to forsake those who manner, said—“When I am depo- trust in Him, to be graciously presited in the ground, you will have sent with his dying servant, and to to perform the service: You will let him depart in peace according to SAY SOMETHING OVER ME; PRAY, LET his word.” IT BE AS CONCISE AS POSSIBLE; but Before the morning dawned, remember these words—God 80 his spirit had winged its flight loved the world, that he gave his from this land of darkness and of only begotten Son, that whosoever death, and had become partaker believeth in him should not perish, of the inheritance of the saints in but have everlasting life: That is light. my hope: that is my Rock of Precious in the sight of the Lord Ages, in the Father, and the Son, is the death of his saints, was the and the Holy Ghost.”
exclamation which burst forth His sufferings, which were in- from his medical attendant, as he deed severe, never extorted from saw him expire. him the slightest murmur, nor even a look of repining. “They SKETCH OF HIS CHARACTER. interrupt my quiet,” he said; "but they do not disturb my peace” Let us briefly glance at the cha“I cannot say, in my debilitated racter of him, whose well-regulated state, I have a lively exercise of and well-spent life was crowned by faith, but I have constant com such a peaceful death. munion with my Saviour.” And And, first, let me beg you to rewhen, on a subsequent occasion, mark his real unaffected humility he had repeated the assurance that -a humility, which shed a pleashis mind was kept in peace, and I ing lustre over the other excellenhad prayed that his peace might be cies of his character. Though he as a river, he cried out with joyful had attained the very highest
rank* in the naval profession, and God had given him eternal life, and had received a royal tokent of that his life was in his Son. Thus distinction, rarely granted; and building his hope and trust, in though he had, on more memora- simplicity and singleness of heart, ble occasions than one, exhibited on the only sure foundation, he proofs of prowess and of skill of had, in the trying hour, little of no common order, no one ever the wood, and hay, and stubble of heard him speak of himself or of human device to part with: all his achievements, in any but the was sound, and scriptural, and most modest terms. His deeds, substantial: Jesus was all his saland not his words, spoke for him: vation and all his desire, and no they stand recorded in his nation's cloud of unbelief or doubt seemed history, and in his sovereign's to intercept the vision of his Sagrateful remembrance, who, while viour. condoling with his bereaved fami While firm in maintaining what ly, deeply lamented the loss of “ so he believed to be the essential meritorious an officer, and so ex- truths of the Gospel, he laid no cellent a man.” Applauded for stress on minor differences in relihis publick services, and admired gion; but was ready to extend the and beloved by all who knew him right hand of fellowship to all, of in private, on account of his amia- whatever denomination, who loved ble temper, his unwearied benevo- the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. lence, and his extensive usefulness, “Firni,” did I say, in maintainhe was enabled utterly to renounce ing the truth? Yes, and HE DID himself, and all that he was, and maintain it, through evil report all that he had done, and simply and good report; he bore the burand unreservedly to rely for ac- . den and heat of the day, when he ceptance with God on the atone- stood almost alone in the British ment, the righteousness, and the navy as the bold unshrinking prointercession of the Lord Jesus fessor of the truth as it is in Jesus! Christ. His lesson of humility he Many were the shafts of ridicule, had learnt at the foot of the cross; and bitter were the taunts of scorn, that cross to which he constantly which were levelled at him, for his repaired as a lost sinner, and where then unprecedented zeal in his dihe remained to the very last, dis- vine Master's cause; but these claiming all dependence save on fiery darts were quenched by the the finished work of the Redeemer. shield of faith; he bore them with
His views of divine truth were, the same calm fortitude which he indeed, remarkably simple. Christ is said to have displayed when enwas all in all in his scheme of sal- gaged in the fiercest of the hostile vation. He was not, like many in fight, or when in imminent danger the present day, carried about by of shipwreck; and when adverting every wind of doctrine: his mind to the obloquy which had been was mercifully kept free from the heaped upon him by the enemies strange and startling novelties by of the cross, his only expression of which the Christian world has of regret was, “Oh, that I had indeed late been agitated. Leaving the been worthy to suffer shame for points which were above his com. His name!” prehension to be solved in a future Thank God! the reproach of irworld, he implicitly believed that religion is now being wiped away
from the navy of Great Britain;
and he, whose bright example we * Admiral of the Fleet. + Baton Marechal.
are contemplating, lived to see a First of June, 1794 ; and at Copen- goodly number of that gallant prohagen.
fession men of prayer-men of one
book; living in the fear of God, and gentle, and forbearing, and and glorying in the cross of kind-so that, in very many years, Christ.
scarcely an instance occurred of Whether at sea or on shore, our his being in the slightest degree departed friend duly and devoutly ruffled by passion, or of his giving observed the day of the Lord- vent to any angry or unkind exthat day which is so awfully de- pression. Those who were privi. secrated in this Christian land. leged to enjoy his friendship will During the thirty years in which I long remember the peculiar suahad the happiness to number him yity of his manners-the grace and in my congregation, his attend- gentleness of his demeanour-his ance in the sanctuary was uniform: lively participation in the joys and whoever was absent, he was there, sorrows of his friends—and that as long as the state of his health Christian courtesy, which gave would admit. Nor did he think such an indescribable charm to his it sufficient to come once to wor social intercourse. ship on the Sabbath; this pious of the reputation of others he servant of God made conscience of was delicately tender: the law of attending both the morning and kindness dwelt upon his lips; and, evening services; and whenever with regard to those by whom he the Lord's Supper was adminis. had been ungenerously and untered, he was a regular guest at justly assailed, he spoke only with the sacred table. His devout and pity-never with sore feeling. In fervent manner there—and indeed such instances, and, in those where throughout the whole of divine his somewhat too liberal bounty worship, when impressively re. had been abused, he loved to exerpeating the responses or singing cise that charity which suffereth with glad voice the praises of the long and is kind, which hopeth all Lord-strikingly evinced, that his things, believeth all things, endureth heart was deeply engaged in the all things. delightful work; and we doubt It cannot be doubted that his not, he often found the house of easy circumstances, his many piGod to be the gate of heaven. ous and devotedly attached friends, But his piety, we have seen,
and his own calm and cheerful disnot confined to stated seasons of position, were sources of considerdevotion: he lived under its hal. able enjoyment to him: but he had lowing influence, and discovered besides, another source of rich graits happy effects in every part of tificativn—THE MEANS his conduct. His faith filled his GOOD; and this luxury he fully enmind with peace and joy-raised joyed. How large, how liberal, him above ihe anxieties of life were his benefactions! How feelsustained him under its various ingly alive was he to every imtrials—and animated him with the pulse of benevolence. hope of a blessed immortality. I appeal to the religious and
And here I feel it right to men- charitable institutions of our countion, lest I should be thought to try for proof of this. To which of present one of those faultless cha- them was he not an ample contriracters which the world never saw butor? Gladly did he lend his aid -and I do it to the glory of God's to circulate the word of God-to grace-that his temper is said to send the heralds of salvation to the have been naturally very warm, benighted heathen-to promote and irritable, and impatient; but the education of the poor-and to the genuine influence of religion relieve, in short, the endless wants, had so softened and sanctified it, temporal and spiritual, of suffering that he became eminently mild, humanity. Nor did his liberality
AFFECTING EPISTLE OF POMPONIO AL
to publick charities abridge his M'Crie, all agree can scarcely private acts of bounty; rare was be paralleled. The following is the case of distress which went M'Crie's translation. away from him unrelieved; the “ To allay the grief you feel on blessing of the widow and the fa- my account, I am anxious to imtherless, and of many who were part to you a share of my consolaready to perish, came upon him. tion, that we may rejoice together, He was a FRIEND indeed! and so and return thanks to the Lord with numerous were the demands upon songs. I speak what to man will his bounty, that I have often won- appear incredible: I have found dered where he could find re- honey in the bowels of the lion, sources to meet them; and I have (who will believe il?) pleasantness almost thought his purse, like the in a dismal pit, soothing prospects widow's cruse, must have been mi- of life in the gloomy mansions of raculously replenished.
death, joy in an infernal gulf! Where others weep, I rejoice;
where others tremble, I am strong; From the Christian Observer for July.
the most distressing situation has afforded me the highest delight,
solitude an intercourse with the GIERI, THE ITALIAN MARTYR.
good, and galling chains rest. But Pomponio Algieri, a Neapolitan, instead of this deluded world bewas seized while attending the uni- lieving these things, it will be versity of Padua, and sent bound rather disposed to ask, in an increto Veuice. His answers, on the dulous tone: 'How, think you, different examinations which he will you be able to endure the reunderwent by his Popish accusers, proaches and threats of men, the are still extant, and contain, says fires, the snow-storms, the crosses, Dr. M'Crie, a luminous view of Di. the thousand inconveniences of vine truth, and one of the most your situation? Do you not look succinct and nervous refutations back with regret on your beloved of Popery any where to be found. native land, your possessions, your They caused his fame to spread relations, your pleasures, your hothroughout Italy; and the senators nours? Have you forgot the deof Venice, from regard to his lights of science, and the solace youth and learning, were anxious which it yielded you under all your to set him at liberty; but, as he labours? Will you at once throw refused to recant his sentiments, away all the toils, watchings, and they condemned him to the gal- laudable exertions devoted to study leys: yielding, however, to the im- from your childhood? Have you portunities of the Pope's nuncio, no dread of that death which hangs they afterwards sent him to Rome, over you, as if, forsooth, you had as an acceptable present to the committed no crime? Ő foolish new Pope, Paul IV., by whom he and infatuated man, who can by a was doomed to be burnt alive. He single word secure all these blesswas then only in his twenty-fourth ings and escape death, yet will not! year; and the Christian magnani- How rude, to be inexorable to the mity with which he bore that requests of senators the most aucruel death, terrified the cardinals gust, pious, just, wise, and good; who had assembled to witness his to turn an obedient ear when men martyrdom. The epistle above al- so illustrious entreat you!' luded to was written in his prison “But hear me, blind worldlings: at Venice, and describes his suf- what is hotter than the fire which ferings and consolations in lan- is laid up for you, and what colder guage which Bunyan, Southey, and than your hearts, which dwell in
darkness and have no light? What tongue cut off, one beheaded, anocan be more unpleasant, perplexed, ther maimed of hand and foot; and agitated, than the life you some thrown into the fiery furnace, lead; or more odious and mean others left a prey to the ravenous than the present world? Say, what birds. Here I have no fixed habi. native country is sweeter than hea- tation, and seek for myself in the ven, what treasure greater than heavens the first New Jerusalem eternal life? Who are my rela- which presents itself. I have entions, but those who hear the word tered upon a path which conducts of God? and where shall riches to a pleasant dwelling, and where more abundant, or honours more I doubt not to find wealth, and reworthy be found, than in heaven? lations, and pleasures, and hoSay, foolish man, were not the sci- nours. Those earthly enjoyments ences given to conduct us to the (all of them shadowy, and fading, knowledge of God, whom if so be and vanity of vanities, without the we know not, our labours, our substantial hope of a coming eterwatchings, and all our painful ex- nity) which the supreme Lord was ertions are doubtless utterly lost. pleased to bestow upon me, have -The prison is severe indeed to been made my companions and sothe guilty, but sweet to the innc- lace. Now they bring forth good cent, distilling on the one side dew fruits. I have burned with heat, and nectar, sending forth on the and shuddered with cold, I have other milk and abundance of all earnestly watched day and night; things. It is a desert place and and now these struggles have wild, but to me a spacious valley, come to a close. Not an hour nor the noblest spot on earth. Listen a day has passed without some exto me, unhappy men, and judge ertion: the true worship of God is whether there be in the world a
now engraven on my heart, and more pleasant meadow. Here the Lord has filled me with joy kings and princes, cities and peo- and peacefulness. Who then will ple, are presented to my view. venture to condemn this life of Here I behold the fate of battles; mine, and to pronounce my years some are vanquished, others vic- unhappy? Who so rash as to detorious, some trodden to dust, clare his labours lost who has others lifted into the triumphal found the Lord of the world, who car. This is Mount Sion, this is has exchanged death for life? heaven. Jesus Christ stands in “The Lord is my portion, saith the front, and around are the pa- my soul; therefore will í seek triarchs, prophets, evangelists, him.' If then to die be to begin apostles, and all the servants of a blessed life, why does rebellious God: he embraces and cherishes man cast death in my teeth? me, they encourage me, and spread Oh how pleasant is that death the sacrament; some offer conso- which gives me to drink of the lations, while others attend me cup of God! What surer earnest with songs. Can I be said to be of salvation than to suffer as Christ alone, while surrounded by so suffered! *
* Be commany and so illustrious attendants? forted, my most beloved fellowHere I find an intercourse which servants of God, be comforted, affords me example as well as when temptations assail you; let comfort; for in that circle I behold your patience be perfect in all some crucified and slain, others things, for suffering is our prostoned and sawn asunder; some mised portion in this life; as it is roasted, others fried in the pan written, “The time cometh, when and in brazen vessels; one with his he who slays you will think he eyes dug out, another with his doeth God service.' Tribulation Ch. Adv.-Vol. XI.