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and ornaments, “ dispenses its of God. Often, in the latter choicest cordials in the seasons years of life, did she express her of exigence, in poverty, in exile, wonder and astonishment at her in sickness, and in death." It former insensibility, at the pacan not only refine and elevate *tience of God in waiting thus all earthly enjoyments, but long upon her, and at the oversupply their loss. It can do flowings of that condescension more. It can convert the great and goodness, which could par'est outward calamities into posi- don and save one so unworthy tive, substantial, everlasting bles- and vile as she. Her patience, sings. Nor can any thing be serenity, and even cheerfulness more truly honourable to the under her sufferings (her pain gospel and grace of our DIVINE being, for years, literally without REDEEMER, than the sweet intermission) were remarkable peace and cheerfulness with indeed. Some, 'who familiarly which they have inspired thoy- knew, and often visited her, have sands, on whom a thoughtless declared, that they never witworld has looked down with pity, nessed a solitary instance of im• mixed with horror,
patience, manifested either by Among these happy sufferers, her countenance or lips. Not few occupy a more conspicu- unfrequently, when every nerve ons place, than Miss A. D. a of her franie was agitated by exyoung woman recently deceased. tremity of pain, and when her For several of the last years of bed trembled underneath her, her life, she was confined by a has she conversed at length on complication of maladies, to a religion, and on the many merbed of unutterable, and almost cies vouchsafed her, without unparalleled distress. In the once adverting to her sufferings. early period of her sickness, she It was remarkable that some of seemed a stranger to religion, her best enjoyments seemed to and its comforts. But between occur in seasons of this kind. two and three years previous to She once remarked to a friend, her decease, she exhibited a re- that for a few preceding days, she markable revolution in her senti- had enjoyed a sweeter savour of ments and feelings. Of this divine things, than ever before. happy change, her afflictions “Every thing," she said,“ seemwere, under the divine blessing, ed sweet. Oh,” she exclaimed, the principal instrument. Un- « there was such a sweetness in der their pressure, she was led Jesus! My soul ran out in love into very distinct and evangelic- to a chastening God, and rejoical views of the evil of sin, the de- ed in him! He was all in all. pravity of her heart, the glory of Oh, that all would praise him! the Redeemer, and the infinite My soul delights in him. Oh," worth of gospel blessings. Her she added, “my body was filled heart seemed gradually moulded with pain, but my soul was more into a temper of sweet submis- filled with comfort. Compared sion to the divine will, of hum- to one view of such glories, and bie confidence in the divine mer. the enjoyment of one half hour's cy, and of joyful complacency in communion with God, these af. the perfections and government Alictions are not worth mentionVol. II. No. 2.
ing, ought not to be named; er and goodness of God shine. nay, are not worthy to have a in this affliction. Once I saw no thought of them pass through goodness in it ; but now, the the mind. Oh," said she, “en- sharper the pain, the brighter tertain high and honourable his goodness appears.” In anoththoughts of God concerning this er season of exquisite suffering, thing. I now place this distress she expressed herself thus : among my choicest merciés." “ When one pain is gone, I can Soon after her happy change, welcome another. My heavenshe said to a friend ; * How ma- ly Father waves his rod over my ny nights have I kept myself body, but smiles upon my soul. awake in thinking on and pursu- She frequently manifested a ing the vanities of the world ; very tender anxiety lest any and it is but just that I should should think the less honouranow be kept awake, and smart bly of God and religion, on acfor it.” When exercised with count of her sufferings. Two excruciating pain in her side, of her friends having watched she once said ; “I have been with her in a night of remarkable thinking that any side was only distress, one remarked to the pierced with pain, but Christ's other, that probably she had sufside with a spear. My smart fered more than martyrdom that cannot benefit others; but by night. This she overheard ; and Christ's stripes are many heal. in a feeble and very affecting ed." She added, that though manner saich, “O do not think health was such a great blessing,' hard of God on account of my yet if her's could be restored, sufferings. Think how great the and she must in that case be as consolations are which he affords vain and worldly as she once was, me. He might justly send all she would greatly prefer her pre- these afflictions, and none of the sent painful situation. On anoth- consolations. The one I deserve, cr occasion, she remarked, that and the other I do not. He is she had experienced more en- good, He is kind." joyment on her sick bed, than in She often expressed a lively all the former years of her life. concern for the honour and prosOn a certain occasion, she said perity of religion. She manifestto a friend, that in the night sea- ed a most'tender pity for the mulson, she was in an agony of dis- titudes around her, who lived tress, and much wished for halfan without its blessings, and an arhour of sleep; but immediately dent desire that they might taste a new thought arose ; O, how and see that the Lord is good. good was God to permit her to Whatever tended to bring reTre awake, and contemplate on proach on the name of Christ, his perfections ! O, it was sweet- gave her great pain. She freer than sleep. At another time, quently mourned over the coldafter a night of excruciating dis- ness of Christians, and most of tress, she said, " For a few hours all, over her own. my room was a little heaven. She was remarkable for speakOh, it was sweet being awake, ing of divine things in a manner and receiving pain from such a equally distant from levity and
On, how the glory, pow. ostentation, and which showed
that her very heart was penetrat- The writer of the above enjoy'ed by what she uttered. Amid ed the privilege of frequentiy her highest consolations, she
she witnessing the piety, the sufferseemed deeply sensible of her ings and consolations of this high, unworthiness. Being asked, a ly favoured young woman. He few weeks before she died, how offers this imperfect sketch, in death appeared, she replied: “It the hope that so animating a tesis a solemn thing to die : I wish timony to the truth and excel to examine myself; but I cannot lence of religion, may be instrum make the thought seem terrify. mental in confirming the faith of ing.” At other times, she ex- the Christian, and producing pressed great desires to die. Sbe some salutary impression on the was once heard thus to express mind of every reader,
z. herself in prayer : “ Why are thy chariot wheels so long in coming? hasten them in thy timę :'stilt
The rare phenomenon of a total adding, “ not my will, but thine
eclipse of the sun happened on the be done." At another time, she 16th of June, 1806. A more awfully told a friend that a few nights be. sublime, interesting and impressive fore, she viewed herself upon the
phenomenon can hardly be conceived, verge of eternity, and it was der
It seems impossible that an atheist
could have witnessed it without deep lightful entering. Being asked, conviction of the existence of a God. what made it most delightful, she A valued correspondent has favoured replied," the glory, and the holi- us with the following extract from a ness-to be freed from a body of discourse delivered the Sabbath after sin :" and added, “ Christ is pre
this event, which we insert with cious.” She once declared, that
pleasure. the night preceding, her distress
THOUGHTS was very severe ; but the glory,
BY THE LATE ECLIPSE. holiness and justice of God seemed so clear, that it was sweetly A total eclipse of that lumina, consoling to her mind; and it ry, which is not only the source seemed a favour to be kept awake, of light and heat to the globe we and contemplate upon his justice; inhabit, but the life and soul of and the sharper her pains, the our system, is an event of such more faithful his character ap. rare occurrence, as well as so peared, and the stronger was the grand and sublime in itself, as evidence of his love,
naturally to command a serious said she," to die ; but feel willing and interested notice. It would to live and suffer.” When death be well, if the ideas and feelings, actually came on, her distress which such events are calculated and weakness were such that she to excite, might oftener rest could say but little : yet that lite on the mind; and especially, if tle manifested her mind to be in they might become subserviento the same humble, tranquil, cheer- to our moral and religious imful srame as ever; till, with scarce provement. a struggle or a groan, she yield- Eclipses, particularly those of ed up her spirit into the hand of the sun, are among the most her God.
solemn and impressive specta
“ I long,"
cles, which the world of nature that they can be previously calpresents. In ages of ignorance culated with the greatest cerand superstition, they have been tainty and precision. Instead of regarded with surprise and hor- violating the arrangement estabror. They have been converted lished by Heaven, they strongly into presages of wars and desola- confirm and display it. They tions, of public calamities and in. are constant monitors of an evdividual disasters. Nor does it er present, overruling Power, appear strange, either that a sustaining the world, and pregloomy imagination, or that con- serving unimpaired that perfect scious guilt, should have made order and harmony, which it this use of them. It is not a originally established. Nor have thing unknown, or unusual, even we any reason to confine this in our own enlightened age and sustaining and governing Provicountry, that they have been dence to the system of which productive of terror and conster- our globe makes a part. It canpation. Nor indeed, because not rationally be believed that they are perfectly agreeable to those numberless stars, which the regular course of nature, and occupy the vast expanse of heacan be demonstrated to result ven, were made only to dart a from established laws, does it few feeble rays of light on our follow that they claim na special earth. It is much more natural and serious notice. All the to consider them as suns, surworks of the Lord, as they are rounded by inhabited planets, great, so they are sought out of and communicating to them the those, who have pleasure therein. blessings of light and heat. Nor would it be difficult to shew
an august, what an that these, more particularly, are amazing conception," says one, calculated to lead us into a field “ does this give us of the works of profitable and pious contem- of the Creator ! Thousands plation. As this is my present of thousands of suns, at imdesign, it will not be expected mense distances from each oththat the subject be handled in a er, attended by ten thousand way of philosophical disquisi- times ten thousand worlds, all in tion. Such speculations would, rapid motion, yet calm, regular, in every view, be unsuitable to and harmonious, invariably keepthe place and occasion.
ing the paths prescribed them ; May it not, however, be propa and these worlds peopled with eriy remarked, in the first place, myriads of intelligent beings, that the late phenomenon calls formed for endless progression our admiring attention to the in perfection and felicity." Rapt perfect regularity and harmony, into such contemplations, we which reign in the natural may well add, in the words of world ? It is true, that many of the same writer ; “ If so much the less informed consider ap- power, wisdom, goodness, and pearances as preternatural and magnificence is displayed in the miraculous. But the fact is, that material creation, which is the they take place, according to least considerable part of the stated and invariable rules ; as is universe, how great, how wise, evident from this circumstance, how good must He be, who
made and governs the whole!”. Where the love, the devotion, This leads us,
the obedience, which creatures 2. To a very mortifying and should render to their Creator, humbling thought. How deplor- and beneficiaries to their infin able is the inattention and insen- ite Benefactor ? Alas! the very sibility of man! We are sur- profusion of our blessings conrounded, on every side, and in ceals from our inattentive, stuevery moment of our existence, pid minds, the Giver's hand. In with numberless demonstrations the unvaried, uninterrupted teni of the being, the perfections and or of our mercies, we basely find beneficence of Deity; and yet a pretext for thoughtlessness and overlook and neglect them. ingratitude. A great portion of Such an extraordinary phenome- mankind, we have reason to apnon as we saw the last week, prehend, would sink into absorouses our attention for a mo- lute atheism, were they not rement, and, as it were, forces a minded, in methods awfully inGod upon our thoughts. But telligible and impressive, that must the sun be veiled in dark. there is a God, who rules above, ness, to make us feel there is a and who holds the universe in God? Does not the same sun, his hands. rising in cloudless majesty, tri- 3. Should not the late solemn umphing in meridian splendor, appearance of the heavens call and setting with a softened efful back our minds to contemplate gence, emphatically proclaim the most solemn and interesting his Maker and ours, and call us scene ever exhibited on this to the liveliest sentiments of earth; I mean, the crucifixion veneration and love? Is not the of the Saviour, with the darkwhole fabric of nature a stupen- ness, which attended it? That dous and beautiful temple, in darkness, it is true, was altowhich every rational creature gether supernatural. As it took should be found a prostrate wor- place at the time of the Jewish shipper, glowing with every ten passover, which was celebrated der, grateful sensibility? Whith- at full moon, it could not proceed er can we turn our eyes, and not from a proper eclipse of the sun. behold the brightest evidences Beside, it is well ascertained, of the Creator's goodness, and that in no solar eclipse, does the our own numberless obligations ? total obscurity continue beyond His is the air we breathe, the four minutes ; whereas, at the ground we tread, the food we
crucifixion, the darkness lasted eat, and the stream that slakes' three hours. Whether this our thirst. In thee, O God, we darkness were greater, or less, live; and such is thine over- than that which we recently wit. flowing bounty, that
nessed, cannot be easily deter
-not content mined. But doubtless, some of us With every food of life to nourish were led by what we saw,to revert
man, Thou mak'st all nature beauty to
back to the amazing scene, and
assisted to attain a livelier idea And music to his ear!
of it, than we ever had before. Where then are the humble, It is proper that we should all grateful returns, which we owe ? thus improve įt.
thus improve it. O my breth