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them warning from me.” The Rev. Grey, expressed the fellowship of the Mr. Gillet of Hallowell, offered the churches, and the Rev. Mr. Ward of installing prayer.
The Rev. Mr. New Milford, offered the concluding Mosely of New-Gloucester, gave the prayer. charge. The Rev. Mr. Weston of
+ Memoirs of Mrs. Anne Hodge shall be concluded in our next.
The following tender and elegant little poem is from the pen of Mr. JAME'S
Montgomery, the celebrated author of “ The Wanderer of Switzerland."
Ia tbat grave, the infant sleeping
And when night's prophetic stambert
Dreams of love your grief begailing,
Sveet the hour of tribulation,
Till she seem'd to wake from death?
Horror then your heart congealing,
Trembling, pale and agonizing,
Thus amicted, bruis 'd and brokes,
But before the green moss peeping, the poor mother's grave array'd,
A. on " the Piety of the Ancients," is received. We wishi often to hear from this writer.
Leightor, on the Imprecations in Scripture, shall appear in our next.
We invite the particular attention of all, who are concerned for the purity and prosperity of our churches, to the pieces signed Pastor.
Several communications, which have been some time delayed, shall appear in our next number.
Correspondents are requested to forward their communications early in the month.
THE CHRISTIAN's ARMORY.
DECEMBER, 1806. [No. 7. Vol. II.
SOLEMN PROSPECTS AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE
IT is a just though trite re- Whilst multitudes of unthinking mark, that the world in which mortals spend their days and we live is never stationary. It years in vanity, regarding, with self, and all things in it, are suf- a brutislı insensibility, the most fering perpetual change. The striking facts which the progress effects produced in external na- of time exhibits ; let us be wise, ture, by the revolutions of day and attend for a little to those and night, and by the regular suc- solemn prospects, which the comcession of seasons from year to mencement of a new year opens year, are obvious, even to the to our view. Let us admit the most common observer ; and possibility of dying in the course have often furnished the subject of it; and ( that the writer, as of many a delightful song, to well as very reader of this pathose who have viewed them per, might be enabled, through with a poetic eye.
divine grace, suitably to improve Though human society never the interesting prospect ! becomes extinct, yet the individ- “ This year thou shalt die," uals of which it is composed are was the message of God by the continually changing. Every mouth of Jeremiah, to the false day that passes, reinoves many prophet Hananiah : individuals from life; and the year thou shalt die,” is the number must certainly be great, voice of God this day, to many which each succeeding year con- who are putting far from them signs to their eternal home. the thoughts of death, and exultMany, in every department of ing in the hope of many future society, of every condition, of years of prosperity and joy. every age, and of every charac- Ye men of rank and figure, ter, are cut down by the stroke this message is addressed to maof death ; so that the places ny of you ; who, placed in the which they formerly occupied commanding stations of society, “ know them now no more." are raised to a proud pre-emiSuch changes have happened in nence above your fellow creaall the years that are past, and tures. This day ye are receivsimilar events will undoubtedlying the adulation and homage of occur, in those that are to come. servile dependents and flatterers, Vol. II. No. 7.
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but before its anniversary return, the care of the future ; saying, your power and patronage shall with the disciples of Epicurus, have passed to other hands : “Let us eat and drink to-day, The venal crowd shall have for- for to-morrow we die." Should saken your threshold ; death the awful summons meet you shall have laid you low, and in such circumstances as these, brought you to that house where with what consternation will the small and the great, the ser- your souls be overwhelmed? vant and the master, lie down un- Like the king of Babylon, when distinguished together! Prepare at his impious feast he be held
appear before the tribunal of the hand-writing on the wall, that supreme Judge," with whom “ Then the king's countenance there is no respect of persons, was changed, and his thoughts and who shall render to every troubled him, so that the joints of man according to his works." his loins were loosed, and his
Ye high-minded possessors of knees smote one against the the wealth of this world, who other." “ trust in your wealth and boast Many poor afflicted ones, who yourselves of the multitude of have spent their days in obscuriyour riches !” How many such ty, under the pressure of accumuare this day saying by their 'lated hardships, shall, indeed, conduct, with the rich man in this year, obtain a release from the parable, each to himself, the troubles of a present life, and * Soul, thou hast much goods pass, according to their respectaid up for many years ; take tive characters, to regions of perthine ease, eat, drink, and be 'fect bliss, or of severer endless merry !" but the day is coming 'WO. forward, within this year, when This year too, as in all those God shall say to this or the oth- that have gone before, Death er secure worldling;“ Thou fool, shall approach his destined victime this night thy soul shall be re- in various ways and forms. quired of thee." “ Turn away Growing infirmities, slow wastthine eyes, then, from beholding ing disease, or the multitude of vanity.
Seek the true riches, years, shall prove to many the the unfading inheritance ; seek sure harbingers of mortality. A. them in the right order, and cute disease frequently makes they are assuredly thine forever. the transition short, from the vig
Ye who are devoted to sensual our of health to an untimely enjoyments ! " whose god is grave. Should war continue its your belly ;" who are led cap- ravages, how many lives, dragtive by " the lust of the flesh, ged forth by mad ambition, or the lust of the eyes, and the engaged in the honourable depride of life”-this year, Death, fence of their country, may be unwelcome messenger ! may expected to fall in deadly consnatch some of you away from flict! Of those “who go down to the haunts of dissipation, from the sea in ships," it may be fearthe assemblies of gaiety, or from ed, that not a few shall, in the the convivial board, where you raging deep, find a watery grave. labour, in noisy mirth, to drown Nor shall even the merciless el'the recollection of the past, and ement of fire, probably, want its sictims. Nay, some souls, it child, from the embrace of the may be presumed, without the fond reluctant parent; cutting least previous warning, escaping down by a stroke the more adalmost the sensation of dying, vanced offspring, the promised may suddenly, in a moment, drop staff and solace of parental age ; their mortal bodies, and launch or, by taking away its natural into eternity, whilst engaged in head and protector, constraining their ordinary occupations or du- the bereaved family to say, "We ties, in the market or in the are orphans and fatherless ; our field, in their own house, or in mothers are as widows !” Such the house of God. Whatever scenes as these exbibit, in the the designs of Providence to most affecting form, the vanity such individuals may be, their of human comforts, and strongly example sounds aloud to survi- enforce the apostle's admonition, vors the momentous admonition, “But this I say, brethren, the " Whatsoever thy hand findeth time is short; it remaineth, that to do, do it with thy might. Be both they that have wives, be as ye therefore ready also, for the though they had none; and they Son of Man cometh at an hour that wecp, as though they wept when ye think not."
not; and they that rejoice, as tho' Youth and Beauty, whilst re- they rejoiced not; and they that joicing in the days of youth, in buy, as tho' they possessed not ; the days of the gladness and gai- and they that use this world, as ety of their heart, intent only on not abusing it; for the fashion present joy, may receive the un- of this world passeth away." welcome call to go down to the Amidst all the vicissitudes of dark and silent grave, and to ap: time, “the word of the Lord pear before God in judgment.
abideth forever." And the reThe man of business, in the vig- 'lation which individuals bear to our of age, careful and cumbered the dispensation of mercy, discovabout many things, unmindful ers farther, and deeply interestthat one thing is needful, anx. ing prospects, in consequence of ious to advance his fortune, and the changes that may be expectlay up a provision for old age; ed, in the course of the year that who has no time to think of his is now begun. soul, and to prepare for eternity ; “ Do the prophets' live forevmay yet, in the course of this er ?” The gospel of Christ is fear, find leisure to die, and give justly denominated, The Everaccount of himself to God. lasting Gospel; but those, who
This year too, as in every for- preach it, " are not suffered to mer year, is there not reason to continue by reason of death." apprehend, that Death, by unwel. To many invested with the sacome visits, may destroy, in many cred office, the great Lord will ere cases, the happiness of domestic long say, Give an account of society? disjoining, by a heartthy stewardship, for thou may. rending stroke, the strongest est be no longer steward.” To and most endearing ties by which the unfaithful servant, how trehuman hearts can be united ; mendous the summons ! Blessed snatching the smiling, prattling is that minister, who, having
studied through life to approve and perhaps avow an approba. himself to God, and to commend tion of them ; but they perceive himself to the consciences of not their intrinsic glory, nor feel men, is able, in such a prospect, the importance of them to their to say with Paul, “I am now own happiness. They pass their ready to be offered, and the time days in security, and expect that of my departure is at hand; I all shall be well with them at have fought the good fight; I last. But “wo to them that are have finished my course; I at ease in Zion !” To many of have kept the faith. Henceforth this description the last year of there is laid up for me the crown life is arrived. The day of sala of righteousness.”
vation shall quickly go down; The gospel is appointed to be all opportunities of improvement preached “to every creature,” shall soon be past ; and to a long but multitudes of wretched mor- eternity they shall bewail their tals refuse to hear it. They folly, because “the things that make light of the gospel, and belong to their peace are hid despise its ordinances ; they for- from their eyes” forever. sake the Christian assemblies, It is the glory of the gospel, and profane the day of God. En- that it reveals a method of divine slaved by vice, they are forced to acceptance, at once honourable to take refuge in infidelity; and God, and safe for sinful men; joining the tribe of scoffers, they “For therein is the righteousmutually harden one another, ness of God revealed from faith and make strong the bands of to faith." “ Christ is the end wickedness. How many such of the law for righteousness, to shall, in the course of this year, every one that believeth.” Much be arrested in the career of im, is it to be lamented, that many piety! Yes, proud and haughty“ being ignorant of the rightscorner, know that the day is at eousness of God," or too proud hand, when thou shalt appear to submit to it, “ go about to esbefore the despised Saviour, pro- tablish their own righteousness.” voked by thine impenitence and They expect eternal life as the - hardness of heart to act as the reward of some good thing done righteous Judge, and pronounce by themselves : or, if they adthe irreversible sentence, “But mit (as who can refuse to adthose mine enemies, which mit ?) that they are chargeable would not that I should reign with some imperfections, they over them, bring hither, and slay will be indebted to Jesus for that them before me.
portion of righteousness, which How difficult is it to convince is necessary to supply their own many, who profess the gospel, of deficiency; and are willing, at the reality of eternal things, and most, to divide with the Saviour to engage their attention to the of sinners the glory of their salgreat
concerns of salvation ! vation. Thus they fatally stumThough their character be re- ble at that very stone which God mote from infidelity or profliga- has laid in Zion, as the only cy, they are strangers to the “sure foundation, and chief corpower of vital godliness. They ner stone." No description of hear the truths of the gospel, human characters is more inac: