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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:
cessible than this, to the truth ple for himself, who know his and grace of the gospel. If to name, and have tasted his love ; any such self-righteous, self-de- who live by the faith of the Son ceiving souls, this shall prove a of God," and " walk in holiness dying year, they shall, alas ! too and righteousness before him, late discover, that they are in all the days of their life. To the deed " wretched, and miserable, friends of Jesus, the prospect of and poor, and blind, and naked." dying this year, ought to give no
How awful the thought, that dismay. They have reason rathamongst the professors of Chris- er to expect it with joyful hope. tianity, some assume that sacred Many “old disciples” shall this name with no other view than to year arrive at their Father's "make a gain of godliness!” Tho' house. Many who “ groan beconscious of the insincerity of ing burdened in this earthly tabtheir hearts, they call Jesus, ernacle,” shall soon obtain the Lord, and join themselves to the long desired release, and enter number of his disciples, only into rest. And, O thou afflicted that they may acquire reputation soul, “ tossed with tempest, and among men, or in some other not comforted," by reason of way promote their worldly inter perplexing doubts and fears, and est. But “ let the sinners in the tedious painful conflict with Zion be afraid ; let fearfulness temptation and sin, rejoice, and surprise the hypocrites ;" the “ lift up thy head, for the day of year of vengeance may now be thy redemption” draweth nigh. come.
This year,' 0 false pro- Soon shall " the days of thy fessor, in some fatal hour, death mourning beended.” may place thee before the Judge warfare shall be accomplished," of all. Though thou shouldst and thou thyself be “ more than succeed in deceiving thy fellow a conqueror through him that mortals to the end of life, “ God loved us." Are any cut down in will not be mocked." Thy se, the midst of their days, and in cret hypocrisy shall at last be un- the midst of useful service to theveiled; “the hidden things of church and to the world? Those dishonesty shall be brought to who survive may have cause to light;" and " what is the hope regret the loss, but the servant of the hypocrite," or what hath of God is called to a more exhe gained, “ in the day that God tensive sphere of service; to subtaketh away his soul ?”
limer enjoyments ; to a purer How vast the number of indi. and nobler society above. In viduals, belonging to these vari- every possible case, “ blessed ous classes of ungodly or unbe- are the dead who die in the Lord ; lieving men, to whom the year they rest from their labours and which hath now commenced is their works do follow them.” pregnant with everlasting de- Happy art thou, o Christian, if struction !
the commencement of this year But“ though all men have not beholds thee “ abounding in the faith," yet there are some who be. work of the Lord,” and waitlieve and obey the gospel. Amidsting for his salvation.” But it all the degeneracy of the times, shall indeed be the happiest of the Lord has still reserved a peor all the years thou hast ever seen,
" Thy if its conclusion find thee with dismissed perhaps forever! Christ, and with God above, pause for a moment, and lift up “serving him day and night in thy soul to Heaven, and address his temple.”
to thyself this solemn inquiry, Such are some of the prog. If I should die this year, where pects which this, the first day of shall my eternal habitation be? the year, presents to our contem- “ O that they were wise; that plation. Thousands, amongst they understood this ; that they whom there may be some who would consider their latter end." now read these lines, shall find “Lord, so teach us to number them fully realized before its' our days, that we may apply our next return.
hearts to wisdom.” Reader, before the subject be
MEMOIRS OF PRESIDENT captivating and impressive. Con. DAVIES.
veying his ideas with the utmost
facility, and, by the aid of a live (Concluded from page 256.)
ly imagination, imparting the The eminence and lustre of charms of novelty, even to comMr. Davies' character as a Presis mon subjects, he could not fail dent, were generally confessed. to rivet the attention of his pu. In his mode of governing the pils. And generously commucollege, the firmness of authority. nicative, as he was, of his ample was tempered with benignity, intellectual treasures, he was mildness and condescension. He scarcely less sure to enrich their watched over his pupils with the minds. But while thus assidu. tender solicitude of a father. He's ous to promote the literary imrepressed their youthful irregu- provement of the youth commitlarities by the gentlest methods". ted to his charge, he was still possible ; nor did he ever inflict more anxious and engaged to punishment, without evident re- cultivate their hearts. He conluctance and pain. The conse sidered religion as unspeakably quence was, that he was equally the best and brightest of all acrevered and loved by every mem- complishments; the only sure ber of his literary family. They foundation, either of usefulness, esteemed it not a confinement, honour or felicity. He there but a privilege and happiness, to fore bent his principal attention, be under his care. They com- as every instructor should, to implied with his injunctions, and press the youthful mind with the the general regulations of the importance of this object. seminary, less from fear, than seized with avidity every occafrom principle and inclination. sion'to inculcate on his pupils, in In his method of instruction, private, the worth of their souls, there was something unusually and the pressing necessity of