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He gued for mercy all in vain,
For pity loud appeal'd;
His fate on earth is seal'd.
“And to my tale incline; A wondrous treasure, fitting prize
Por kings to win, is mine. Transcendent in its virtue rare
This little twig behold; If planted right, 'twill sprout, and bear
A crop of purest gold. “Now be it thine, dread potentate,
Its wondrous work to prove; And let that proof avert my fate,
And these my chains remove."
" Then, rajah, with the minor fry
Of rogues less rigid be,
At higher game than me."
In mercy planted there
By him who loves to spare,
The waken'd sinner's friend, Who, heedless else, had slept unmoved,
That sleep in hell to end.
THE DYING CHRISTIAN'S “GOOD NIGHT."
(For the Church of England Magazine).
“ Being dead, yet speaketh.” "She bade us 'Good night, good night,' twice, composed herself on her pillow, and in a few minutes entered into her everlasting rest; Emma and our faithful Mary being only present, to witness her peaceful transition.”—MY FRIEND'S LETTER.
grasps it in delight, Thus offer'd to his hand; Nor less o'erjoy'd the pardon'd wight
Unchain'd before him stands. “Now, rajah, be the secret known
Of this gold-bearing tree : 'Tis by an honest man alone
The twig must planted be.
'Twere labour all in vain; A laughing-stock of such 'twould make,
Without a hope of gain."
And gold unbounded ran,
“Am I an honest man ?
And hope to see it grow, Yielding its store of golden fruit ?”
Stern conscience answered, No. He turned him to his prime vizier :
“ 'Tis thine to plant the tree; An honest man, of conscience clear,
I've still considered thee."
“Good night, good night,” the Christian cried,
When, on her couch of death,
With latest, prayerful breath. “Good night, good night.” The plaintive tone
Fell sadly on the ear
They knew her summons near.
And on her pillow prest,
To mingle with the blest.
Jehovah's face to see.
Shall oft to memory rise ;
That fillid our tearful eyes.
Will o'er our spirit steal;
Of life" to us reveal.
Set free from earthly leaven,
And blessedness of heaven.
J. B. 8.
The vizier winced : “Great sir," he cried,
“ 'Tis honour all too high;
Deserves it more than I.”
(For he too felt compunction); “ To meddle in a state affair
Ill suits my sacred function. “ The captain of your royal guard
Has higher claims by far."
His business lay in war.
Each had his different views;
The honour did refuse.
Confus’dly slunk away;
The twig unplanted lay.
As round the titter ran : “What, cannot all my sovereign's court
Produce one honest man ?
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DEATHS OF EMINENT CHRISTIANS. with him Mr. Herbert spoke to this purpose :
“Sir, I pray, give my brother Farrer an account No. XXI.
of the decaying condition of my body, and tell
bim I beg him to continue his daily prayers for REV. GEORGE HERBERT.
me; and let him know that I have considered (Died 1632).
that God only is what he would be, and that I
am, by his grace, become so like him as to be He was rector of Bemerton, near Salisbury, pleased with what pleaseth him; and tell him author of "The Temple,” &c., and a divine emi- that I do not repine but am pleased with my nent for his ardent devotion.
want of health ; and tell him my heart is fixed
ou that place where true joy is only to be found; Mr. Farrert, hearing of Mr. Herbert's sickness, and that I long to be there, and do wait for my , sent the rev. Edward Duncon, rector of Friern appointed change with hope and patience. Barnet, to see him. An interesting account is Having said this, he did, with so sweet a humility given by Izaak Walton of this meeting, at which
as seemed to exalt him, bow down to Mr. Duncon, Mr. Duocon prayed with him. The next morn
and with a thoughtful and contented look say to ing Mr. Duncon left him, and took a journey to him, “Sir, I pray, deliver this little book to my Bath, but with a promise to return back to him dear brother Farrer, and tell him he sball find in within five days.
it a picture of the many spiritual conflicts that According to his promise, be returned the fifth have passed between God and my soul, before I day, and then found Mr. Herbert much weaker could subject mine to the will of Jesus my Master, than be left him, and therefore their discourse desire him to read it; and then, if he can think
in whose service I have found perfect freedom : could not be long; but at Mr. Duncon’s parting it may turn to the advantage of any dejected poor
From “ Last Hours of Christian Men ; or an Account soul, let it be made public; if not, let bim burn of the Deaths of some eminent Members of the Church of it; for I and it are less than the least of God's England;" by the rev. H. Clissold, M.A. London : Society mercies." for Promoting Christian Knowledge. + This Mr. Farrer is the Mr. Nicholas Ferrar, the memo.
Thus meanly did this humble man think of this rial of whom, by Dr. Peekard, succeeds the present parrative. I excellent book, which now hears the name of
“The Temple, or Sacred Poems and Private praying, and rejoicing, till the day of his death Ejaculations," of which Mr. Farrer would say, “There was in it the picture of a divine soul in dear friend, I am sorry I have nothing to preevery page; and that the whole book was such a sent to my merciful God but sin and misery ; but harmony of holy passions as would enrich the the first is pardoned, and a few hours will now world with pleasure and piety.”. And it appears put a period to the latter ; for I shall suddenly to have done so; for there have been more than go hence, and be no more seen ;' upon which 20,000 copies of them sold since the first impres- expression Mr. Woodnot took occasion to rememsion. At the time of Mr. Duncon's leaving Mr. ber bim of the re-edifying (rebuilding) Layton Herbert (which was about three months before church, and his many acts of mercy, to which he his death), his old and dear friend, Mr. Woodnot, made answer, saying, “ They be good works if came from London to Bemerton, and never left they be sprinkled with the blood of Christ, and him till he had seen him draw his last breath, not otherwise." and closed his eyes on his deathbed. In this time After this discourse he became more restless, of his decay he was often visited and prayed for and his soul seemed to be weary of her earthly by all the clergy that lived near him, especially tabernacle: and this uneasiness became so visible, by his friends the bishop and prebendaries of the that his wife, his three nieces, and Mr. Woodnot, cathedral church in Salisbury, but by none more stood constantly about his bed, beholding him devoutly than his wife, his three nieces (then a with sorrow, and an unwillingness to lose the part of his family), and Mr. Woodnot, who were sight of him whom they could not hope to see the sad witnesses of his daily decay, to whom he much longer. As they stood thus beholding him, would often speak to this purpose : “I now look his wife observed him to breathe faintly, and back upon the pleasures of my life past, and see with much trouble, and observed him to fall into that the content I have taken in beauty, in wit, in a sudden agony, which so surprised her that she music, and in pleasant conversation, are now all fell into a sudden emotion, and required of him past by me like dream, or as a shadow that to know “how he did”? to which his answer returns not, and are now all become dead to me,
was, That he had passed a conflict with his last or I to them; and I see that, as my father and enemy, and had overcome him by the merits generation hath done before me, so I also shall of his Master, Jesus ;" after which answer be now suddenly, with Job, make my bed also in the looked up, and saw his wife and pieces weeping dark : and I praise God I am prepared for it; to an extremity, and charged them, “ If they loved and I praise him that I am not to learn patience him, to withdraw into the next room, and there now I stand in such need of it, and that I have pray every one alone for him ; .for nothing but practised mortification, and endeavoured to die their lamentations could make his death uncomdaily, that I might not die eternally; and my fortable,” to which request their sighs and tears hope is, that I shall shortly leave this valley of would not suffer them to make any reply; but tears, and be free from all fevers and pain, and, they yielded him sad obedience, leaving only with which will be a more happy condition, I shall be him Mr. Woodnot and Mr. Bostock. free from sin, and all the temptations and anxie
Immediately after they had left him, he said to ties that attend it: and, this being past, I shall Mr. Bostock, “ Pray, sir, open that door; then dwell in the new Jerusalem, dwell there with men look into that cabinet, in which you may easily made perfect, dwell where these eyes shall see my find my last will; and give it into my hand;" Master and 'Saviour Jesus, and with him see my which being done, Mr. Herbert delivered it into dear mother, and all my relations and friends. the hand of Mr. Woodnot, and said, “My old But I must die, or not come to that happy place : friend, I here deliver you my last will, in which and this is my content, that I am going daily you will find that I have made you my sole exetowards it, and that every day, which I have lived cutor, for the good of my wife and nieces; and I hath taken a part of my appointed time from me, desire you to show kindness to them as they shall and that I shall live the less time for having lived need it. I do not desire you to be just, for I this and the day past." These and the like expressions, which he uttered often, may be said to charge yon, by the religion of our friendship, to
know you will be so for your own sake; but I be his enjoyment of heaven before he enjoyed it be careful of them.” And having obtained Mr. The Sunday before his death he rose suddenly Woodnot's promise to be so, he said, “ I am now from his bed or couch, called for one of his instru- ready to die.” After which words he said, “ Lord, ments, took it into his hand, and said,
forsake me not now my strength faileth me, but “ My God, my God!
grant me mercy for the merits of my Jesus; and My music shall find thee,
now, Lord, Lord, receive my soul.” And with And every string
those words he breathed forth his divine soul, Shall have his attribute to sing."
without any apparent disturbance; Mr. Woodnot And, having tuned it, he played and sung- and Mr. Bostock attending his last breath, and “ The Sundays of man's life,
closing his eyes.
Thus he lived, and thus he died, like a saint,
unspotted of the world, full of alms-deeds, full of On Sundays heaven's door stands ope;
humility, and all the examples of a virtuous life; Blessings are plentiful and rife,
which I cannot conclude better than with this More plentiful than hope."
borrowed observation :Thus he sang on earth such hymns and anthems
All must to their cold graves; as the angels, and he and Mr. Farrer, now sing But the religious actions of the just in heaven. Thus he continued meditating, and Smell sweet in death, and blossom in the dust."
Mr. George Herbert's have done so to this, and I in, and will not allow any room there for such an Fill doubtless do so to succeeding generations. inmate as grief, or allow that any sadness shall be PART OF A LETTER WRITTEN BY MR. GEORGE future things molest you, remember those admi
his competitor. And, above all, if any care of HERBERT, TO COMFORT HIS MOTHER, IN rable words of the psalmist, “Cast thy care on HER SICKNESS.
the Lord ; and be shall nourish thee” (Ps. lv.); MADAM,-I beseech you to be cheerful, and to which join that of St. Peter," Casting all your comfort yourself in the God of all comfort, who care on the Lord ; for he careth for you” (1 Pet. is not willing to behold any sorrow but for sin. v. 7). What an admirable thing is this, that What hath affliction in it, more than for a moment? God puts his shoulder to our burden, and enteror why should our afflictions here have so much tains our care for us, that we may the more quietly power or boldness as to oppose the hope of our intend his service! joys hereafter ? Madam, as the earth is but a To conclude, let me commend only one place point in respect of the heavens, so are earthly more to you: Phil. iv. 4. St. Paul saith there, troubles compared to heavenly joys: therefore, it “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, either age or sickness lead you to those joys, con- Rejoice.” He doubles it, to take away the sider what advantage you have over youth and scruple of those that might say, “ What, shall we health, who are now so near those true comforts. rejoice always in afflictions ?” “ Yes, I say again, I have always observed the thread of life to be Rejoice.” So that it is not left to us to rejoice or like other threads or skeins of silk, full of snarls not to rejoice; but, whatsoever befals us, we must and encumbrances. For myself, dear mother, I always, at all times, rejoice in the Lord, who always feared sickness more than death, because taketh care for us. And it follows in the next sickness hath made me unable to perform those verses, “Let your moderation appear to all men : offices for which I came into the world, and the Lord is at hand: be careful for nothing." must yet be kept in it; but you are freed from What can be said more comfortably ? Trouble that fear, who have already abundantly dis. not yourselves ; God is at hand to deliver us from charged that part, having both ordered yonr all, or in all. Dear madam, pardon my boldness, family, and so brought up your children, that and accept the good meaning of your most obethey have attained to the years of discretion and dient son, competent maintenance; so that now, if they do
GEORGE HERBERT*. not well, the fault cannot be charged on you, Trin. Coll., May 25, 1622. whose example and care of them will justify you In the appendix to the “The Life of Mr. both to the world and your own conscience ; inso- Nicholas Ferrar,” by Dr. Peckard, we read the much that, whether you turn your thoughts on following interesting narrative and prayer : “On the life past, or on the joys that are to come, you Friday (date not mentioned) Mr. Mapletost have strong preservatives against all disqniet. And brought us word that Mr. Herbert was said to be for temporal afflictions, I beseech you consider, past hope of recovery, which was very grievous all that can happen to you are either afflictions news to us, and so much the more so, being altoof estate, or body, or mind. For those of estate, gether unexpected. We presently, therefore, of what poor regard ought they to be! Since, if made our public supplication for his bealth in these we had riches, we are cominanded to give them words: away: so that the best use of them is, having, “O most mighty God and merciful Father, not to have them.
we most humbly beseech thee, if it be thy good But, perhaps our credit and estimation, being pleasure, to continue to us that singular benefit above the common people, calls on us to live in a which thou hast given us in the friendship of thy more splendid fashion ; but, O God! how easily servant, our dear brother, who now lieth on the is that answered, when we consider that the bless- bed of sickness. Let him abide with us yet ings in the holy scripture are never given to the awhile, for the furtherance of our faith. We have rich, but to the poor! I never find, Blessed be indeed deserved, by our ingratitudle, not only the the rich, or, Blessed be the noble ; but, “Blessed loss of him, but whatever other opportunities thou be the meek, and blessed be the poor, and blessed bast given us for the attainment of our salvation. be the mourners; for they shall be comforted." We do not deserve to be heard in our supplicaAnd yet, O God! most carry themselves so, as if tions; but thy mercies are above all thy works. they not only not desired, but even feared to be in consideration whereof we prostrate ourselves blessed. And for afflictions of the body, dear in all humble earnestness, beseeching thee, if so madam, remember the holy martyrs of God, how it may seem good to thy divine majesty, that thou they have been burnt by thousands, and have wilt hear us in this, who hast heard us in all the endured such other tortures as the very mention of rest, and that thou wilt bring him back again them might beget amazement; but their fiery from the gates of death, that thou wilt yet a while trials have had an end ; and yours (which, praised spare him, that he may live to thy honour and be God, are less) are not like to continue long. I our comfort
. Lord, thou hast willed that our beseech you, let such thoughts as these moderate delights should be in the saints on earıb, and in your present fear and sorrow; and know that, if such as excel in virtue; how, then, should we not any of yours should prove a Goliath-like trouble, be afflicted, and mourn, when thou takest them yet you may say with David, “That God whó away from us! Thou bast made him a great help bath delivered me out of the paws of the lion and and furtherance of the best things amongst us; bear will also deliver me out of the hands of this how, then, can we but esteem the loss of him á uncircumcised Philistine," Lastly, for those chastisement of thy displeasure! O Lord, we afflictions of the soul: consider that God intends
* Isaak Walton's Life of G. Herbert, in Wordsworth's that to be as a sacred temple for himself to dwell Biog.
bescech thee that it may not be so: we beseech as the atoning sacrifice, is anew presented to us, thee, if it be thy good pleasure, restore unto us Jesus Christ, in his holy character as a Lamb our dear brother, by restoring to him his health : without blemish, in his mediatorial relation, as so will we praise and magnify thy name and the substitute for the sinful, and as bearing their mercy with a song of thanksgiving. Hear us, o transferred iniquities, and in the great oblation Lord, for thy dear Son's sake, Jesus Christ our of himself for sin, as pouring out his blood, and Saviour. Amen.'
dying for us, to make reconciliation and to atone, REFLECTION FROM THE HOLY SCRIPTURES. fills in the outline here given, and completes this -" Tbanks be to God which giveth us the vic- portion of the type. And we are anew reminded tory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. that the blessed sacrifice of our Redeemer is the xv. 57).
foundation of our brightest hopes, and encircles all our joys.
But Clirist Jesus as the atoning sacrifice is here
presented to us in a new relation, and in conTHE PEACE OFFERING".
nexion with other truths. It is exhibited in con
nexion with the church's praise and peace : it is " This is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which the basis of them both. No praise is acceptable he shall offer unto the Lord.”—Lev. vii. 11.
to God but that which proceeds from those who The cries of sorrow and the groans of anguish are
are in Christ, and which is offered through his ever falling on our cars. Mourning and lamenta
blood. tion are ever in our streets; and where there
This truth is indeed a rock of offence to man. seems to be no mourning, where feasting, merri- Man is sometimes willing to be thankful, and to ment and songs prevail, yet even there sadness bring some gift as an acknowledgment for the has place. It is in the heart. Man's soul is wea- temporal mercies he receives ; but he rejects the ried-wearied with the unsatisfying joys on which humbling truth that he is unworthy to present a it feeds, and with the ceaseless gaieties on which gift, and that in presenting it he must own himself it dares not build a hope of immortality. The a sinner, and hope for its acceptance through the wearied heart needs a 'resting place, even the expiation of Christ Jesus. Through pride he will living and true God.
not confess his fall, his demerit, his desert of wrath, How cheering, then, are the realities of that and his need of the righteousness of another ; but heavenly truth which brings a lasting peace and he comes to God with his praise as if unfallen, a satistying, rest with God, and which produces and as if meet in himself to draw nigh and offer hymns of gladness amidst deepest outward misery. it. Cain is the expressive type of man in this reSuch truth is brought before us in the peace spect. He rejected in proud unbelief the expiaoffering-the last in the series of the Mosaic tory." firstling of the flock,” and brought his sacrifices ; for it symbolizes the happy work of
“ fruit of the ground" for a thank offering. But praise in which God's people should abound, and every such offering is, like that of Cain, rejected. the blessed state of peace and friendship into which Glory unto God is only given in the church by he brings them.
Christ Jesus throughout all ages. The sufferings Let us, proceed, then, to meditate upon this and the sorrows of the Lamb of God alone offering; noticing it first in reference to the work, give value to the joyous hymns men sing. His and, secondly, in reference to the privilege it sym- death alone gives life unto their thankful songs, bolizes. And may the Holy Spirit enable us to that they may rise to heaven and be accepted as a realize the blessedness of the truth here brought tribute of thanksgiving, The atoning sacrifice before us.
is needed as the basis of their praise. Now concerning the offering itself, we observe,
It is equally needed as the basis of their peace that the animals for sacrifice might be taken from and of their life of friendship with God. Little the herd, or from the flock. `In Lev. iii. the as we might have expected to find death in an directions for it are given. The verses 1-5 refer offering such as this, wherein thanksgiving and to the oxen, the verses 6-11 to the lamb, and life with God are symbolized, yet even here death the verses 12-16 to the goat. From these verses is. Sin must be remembered, sin must be atoned we learn that the directions respecting the victim for, when the church draws nigh to her eternal were very similar to those given in the other Father. She must take her place with him only sacrifices; we shall therefore only briefly mention by means of the atoning sacrifice, and with the them. The animal had to be without blemish.” blood of sprinkling upon her. In what other The offerer had “to lay bis hand on the head" of way, indeed, could she draw nigh? for is not God the victim. The victim had to be killed. The all light, and the church by nature darkness ? Is priests had to “sprinkle the blood of the victim not God the holy infinite love? and is not the upon the altar round about.”
church by nature full of unholy enmity ? Only In this offering, then, we have the great truth in Christ is her darkness removed, and she made of atonement again symbolized. Our blessed Lord, light. Only as she is in Christ does enmity give
* From “ Lectures on the typical Character of the Jewish place to love. The depths of Christ's humiliation Tabernacle, Priesthood, and Sacrifices." By the rev. F. G. alone raise her to her high position. The anguish of Simpson, B.A., curate of Ickworth, Suffolk. London: bis soul alone brings her true peace with God, Thompson. 1852. We expressed ourselves pleased with the and leads her to her rest in God's own presence. first view of this book, and a further examination has confirmed our favourable opinion. Ordinary readers are apt to robes ?” said the elder, speaking of men ncar unto
“What are these which are arrayed in white confuse the purport of the various offerings of the Mosaic law. Mr. Simpson, we think, clearly distinguishes these ; and God, even before his throne. They are those," there is a tone of earnest exhortation running through his he replied to St. John, “ who have washed their volume, which we cordially approre.-ED.
robes and made them white in the blood of the