Imagens das páginas

that she was an ill-deserving crea- | the expressed herself to one prefture ; and was hopefully brought, ent, in the following manner.“ I. about the time she was eight years want now to go. I do not wish old, to a faving knowledge of ever to return to my room any Chrift. She made a public pro- more. It would greatly gratify fession of religion abou: four years me, if I might now be called for. after. She was a person who ever If I might die here, and go from supported her Christian profeffion, this place to my father's house in exhibiting through life increasing glory." In the course of her conevidence of her attachment to the finement, she was repeatedly fupreligion of Christ. The writer of posed to be near the end of life ; these memoirs hath been intimately and her family, and friends called acquainted with her for 30 years. together, to be prefent at her death. He does not recollect an instance At such seaforis, she was wont to thro' all that period, in which she possess peculiar composure, and appeared to be equally entertained confidence, and to improve the on any subject of conversation, or little strength she had, in bearing enquiry, whatever, as on the sub- decided testimony in favour of ject of religion. ; . Christ, and in recommending him,

It was no uncommon thing with and his religion to all around lier. her, in whatever company, to Ata certain time viewing death manifest a degree of inattention, or as near she adverted to those lines, uneasiness, while other concerns “ Tho I should walk thro death's engrossed the principal attention of dark shade, my shepherd's with those who were present. For ma- me there.” On its being observ .. ny years before her death, the ap- ed, that God no doubt would carpeared to possess a very strong af. | ry her safely through, she replied, surance of her interest in the prom- “ O yes ! He will-I know he ises. She was afraid of fin, but will. He is faithful. Though I not of punishment. For about pass through the valley of the shadtwo years since, her bodily com-low of death, I shall fear no evil. plaints were such as deprived her God's friends have been my of the privilege of attending the friends in this world, and he will stated worship, and ordinances of not caft me off at lalt, among his God, with his people. Through enemies. No! I shall join the all this period, she was never happy company-shall be welcome known to manifest the least unca. to the happy mansions in my fafinefs with the disposals of provi ther's house, and shall have a long dence. Often expressing herself to eternity in which to praise him, but this purpose, “ That she was con- it will not be too long.” It being tented, as it was evidently God's noticed that her speech failed her, pleasure, for wise ends, to deprive fhe answered with a smile, “ Yes! her of the privilege.” Once how my redemption draws nigh! I ever, about three months before her am ready to go : but am willing to death, being more comfortable wait as long as God has any thing than usual, she attended through for me to do, or to suffer. Thy the whole religious exercises of the will bedone!--Thy will be done! forenoon ; and joined with her 1. She after this revived, and for a Christian friends in commemora- | reason was more confortable. It ting the death of Christ. After was usual with her, on over hearit was over, still keeping her place, I ing fome enquiry respectinga watch

er, tò observe, “ She should not , God might not originate from an • need any--that she never was apprehension, that he had respect

without one. The watchman of to her, and meant to make her Israel who never slumbers or sleeps, happy? She answered, Alas, I is constantly with me. I shall am a poor sinful creature, it is no need no other.” Some weeks be | matter, what becomes of me. If fore her death, being visited by God can be glorified in me, that some Christian acquaintance, in is all my desire.the course of the conversation, she In the afternoon before her expressed herself as follows“I death, she improved the intervals, want that God in disposing events when her weakness and distress as to me, would regard his own would admit, to converse on the glory. If God is glorified, I want solemnities of eternity. She said no more. I fear no hell, unless the nearer she advanced toward it, it be a separation from God; and the more real it appeared. On beI do not believe he will ever suffer ing asked whether there was certhis. If God be with me, I can- tainly a future state of rewards and not be miserable, there can be no punilhments, as the scriptures rehell where he graciously is.” A presented ? She expressed herself little more than a week before her with unusual engagedness, “ There death, the defired that the confer- is, there certainly is an eternal state ence might be at her house. After of happiness and misery. I shall prayer, and singing, she observed, foon be in a state of perfect happi6. I hope you will all of you sing ness, O praise, free grace.” On hallelujah with me hereafter, in being asked if she did not feel for heaven.” On the question being | poor finners, she replied, “O yes! asked her, whether the depended But they are in the hands of God, on going there, as much as on dy and I can leave them there. I do ing? Her reply was, “ Yes ; just not desire that any of them should as much. Why God took me be admitted into heaven, unless when I was a child, and I made their hearts are changed. I do a covenant with Christ-I chose not with any child of mine should him for my friend, and Saviour be saved, unless they will submit and I have always found hin faith. to God, and love Chrift. It would ful. Not one of all his promises spoil heaven for all holy beings." hath ever failed. He has told me She was asked, but are you not at I never shall be ashamed, or con- | all afraid to die? Her answer was, founded, and I can trust him. I“ No! no! not in the least. I can testify for him. This is the can trust my God, for he never failGod I love.. I can recommended me, he never will." "The Min. him to you all.”

ister was providentially absent, The question was asked her, how 7 when the died. She observed, she accounted for it, that God | The wished to see him. She was fhould so distinguish her with his fa. asked whether the bad any thing vour? She answered to this purpose, new to say to him ? Her answer " not on account of any worthi- was, " She wanted to see him, to ness of mine, I was the meanert, encourage him in his great work. the vilelt, the most unworthy of She was questioned, whether she finners ; but wholly for his own wished him to preach any new docnamc's fake.” On the question be-trine? She replied, “ No, I want ing asked, whether her love to to bear my dying teftimony, to the

truths, which I have been accus. | she repented, and prayed God to tomed to hear. She then fell into change it, she mult link down to a lethargic ftate, apparently infen- endless misery. Theodocia at times fible and fo continued, 'till all to appeared to be very thoughtful, and kens of life disappeared. : 1 would beg her aunt to pray for her. 6 The sweet remembrance of the juft, She seemed to have a sense of her Shall flourish while they sleep in duft.” sinfulness, but on her return to her Torringford, October 1, 1800.

father's, the scoffs of her Gster and gay companions wore off her fe

riousnels. Thus it continued unMESS’rs. EDITORS, .

til Maria was 18, when she marTHE following story and

ried a young gentleman of insinufragment, which are believed to

ating manners, eafy address, and

affluent fortune, but quite a proflibe true, are presented you, by your

gate character. respectful friend,

She had formed PHILOTA.

her ideas of happiness from the books she read, and now thought

all her wishes were gratified. TheThe life and death of two Sisters

odocia, on the marriage of her contrasted ; a real fact.

Gister, went to refide with her aunt, A T ARIA and Theodocia were who had been for some months in

the daughters of a gentle-, a decline, and was then unable to man in easy circumstances, who leave her bed. When the faw lived in a populous town. He Theodocia, she stretched out her took great pains in their education, / arms to embrace her, and with and they were early taught mott of tears said, “Oh my child, that I the polite accomplishments, and to could die with a hope of meeting behave well in company. Maria you in heaven ; how it would sweetwas fond of reading, but there was en my last hours ?” These words Dot proper attention paid to fee struck Theodocia to the heart, for that the read books that would tend the had been mingling in the diffito improve her mind in virtue. pation occafioned by her sister's wed. Novels were her delight, her im- ding, and all serious thoughts had agination was naturally romantic, for a time been obliterated from her and such reading tended to heigh- mind. The feeling with which ten the fault. She was at the age her aunt spoke these words, impresof 15 introduced into company, sed her deeply, and her former and being easy and accomplished in thoughtfulness returned. She was her manners was much caressed. in great distress of mind, she won. Theodocia was two years younger dered at her ftupidity and said than her fifter. She commonly " there was no hope for ber who spent half of her time with a pi- had so many times quenched the ous aunt in the country, who en- Spirit of God.” Her aunt, tho' deavored to instil into her mind she felt for her distress, was rethe principles of religion. She joiced to see her anxiety. She told her that all her outward ac-would often call her to the bedside, complishments would never pre- and pray for her, with such earapare her for heaven ; that though cltness as affected all around them, the might appear agreeable to the and before the diet, had the conworld, her heart was naturally op-folation of seeing her niece rejoice poled to fioliness; and that unless I in the perfections of God, and Vol. I. No 5.


join with her in praising the Re- | ligious character, who was struck deemer.

with her piety. She continued an After the death of her aunt, she ornament to the religion of Jesus returned to her father's, but her for a number of years, and her conduct was not pleasing to her children were taught to know and friends, and they were sorry that fear the Lord, and her Christian her aunt's death had made her so friends were delighted in her comgloomy. Theodocia assured thempany. At the age of 42 her con that she was not glooiny, and that stitution began to decline and it was she never 'till of late, knew what soon perceived that she was in a happiness was. Her filter invited consumption. Her friends were her to spend a feason in her gay distressed at the thought, but she family, intending to laugh her out smilingly said, “ it is the Lord let of her serioufness ; she accepted him do what seemeth him good." the invitation, and there was a During the first stages of her large company invited to spend the disorder, the appeared perfectly first afternoon with her. They tranquil and serene ; and as her were defired to avoid all serious dissolution approached, her mind conversation with her, even if she seemed to be carried above all wished it ; but in the midst of their earthly things. She was transmirth, Maria was suddenly taken ported at the thoughts of death, ill. Theodocia helped her leave and would frequently exclaim, the room, and the company foon “Come Lord Jesus, come quickdispersed. She had a very distres ly.” Her countenance brightensed night, and in the morning med ed at the approach of those whom ical aid was called, which pronoun. The supposed to be Christians, and ced her disorder a. pleurisy. Her | The would say, “ O help me praise mind was most of the time derang the Lord ! how glorious is his ed, but in intervals of reason the character ! eternity will be filled would fhriek out, “ where am. I with his praises, O joyful thought!" going ! Olr, that I was Theodo On a certain time, as her young cia." She would catch hold of childern gathered by her bed, at her and say, “ pray, pray for me, ter looking round on them, with a fifter, I am going to misery,” and smile of ineffable pleasure, tears her words would :hen be unintelli- | at the same time rolling from her gible. Theodocia kneeled by her eyes, she said, “ Sweetest babes, bed, and begged God to have mer- how hard for a mother to part with cy on her soul, and told her to look these, but I think God hath enaunto the Saviour ; but the wretch | bled me to triumph ! Sweet babes, ed Maria said there was no mercy may God bless and preserve you in in store for her. Thus the con- this evil world! Farewel my dear. tinued three days, and then died in est! The ferenity, and sweet inlet the arms of Theodocia. It was of peace to my own mind, that I bitter to part with her thus ; but have felt in praying for you, I the acquiesced in the will of the think affures me, that I shall at Lord, who fitteth on the throne least meet some of you in heaven.” doing all things right. After the She continued in ecstacies for seve death of her fifter she returned eral days, her joys of mind were fo. home, and continued with her fa- great, that she almost forgot her ther about two years, when she pains of body. At length her was married to a gentleman of re- | triumphant fpirit broke from its fee



Ble mansion and it is hoped ascen- , thoughts of family convenience, ded to glory.

drew a chair and sat down by the Thus ended the lives of these fire, and with an easy smile faid filters. Maria living with her fa. \ I have managed them. His wife ther, had no opportunity for gain- left the room for a few minutes, ing religious instruction, (on the and when the returned, found her contrary she was taught to despise husband a breathless corpse on the it) and was left to go on in folly to floor ; a sudden fit of the apoplexy the last, whilst the pious endeav- had fummoned him before his maors of her aunt, were blest as the ker, there to give an account of means of awakening Theodocia to his intentions to his neighbor. a sense of her duty, and finally of As the melancholy tidings spread, bringing her to a happy end. All numbers were drawn to the house, parents and instructors of youth and among the rest Lucon, whose ought to take warning by this, to sympathizing heart led him to ofbring up their children in the nur fer what confolation he could to ture and admonition of the Lord. the afflicted family. He placed It is true that parents cannot give the folds and pins of Misander's grace unto their offspring, but winding sheet, continually saying to when they do their duty God rare- himself, “ I hope that God hath ly fails to bless them.

had mercy on him.” He then retired perfive, and before he sur

rendered himself to sleep, prayed T HAVE made a fine specula- with more fervency than ever bei tion to day said Misander to fore, for the widow, children and his wife as they sat down to dine. grand-children of Misander. I have greatly increased our family convenience : What a good thing it is to have power in one's hands. Messrs. Editors, Poor neighbor Lucon, I can't THE substance of the folhelp but pity him for he has com lowing observations were made at pletely put himself into my hands, an evening meeting, appointed for and I intend within three months | youth, some years since: If you to have the deeds of all his proper. think them calculated to do good, ty ; but it is good enough for him, you may insert them in your Evanhe has always been whining and gelical Magazine. canting about religion, and making my conscience accuse me, but | TT is very common for people with all his piety, he has not been 1 when they come to adult able to keep his property, and I'll | years, to look back with regret, make the most of it. Alas! on the manner in which they spent poor Misander, little, little didst their youthful days. This causes thou know that the sentence had many painful reflections to those gone forth, “Thou fool! This who at a late period of life, are i night shall thy foul be required at bro't to some right views of relithy hands, whose then shall thy gion and eternal things. They neighbor's property be?” Misan- find to their forrow, that they then der are heartily, rose from the ta- neglected their precious opporjuble, and went to a lawyer to draw nities to gain that knowledge, and the attachments for his neighbor. to attend to that practice which He came home exulting in the they now conceive of valt.' mos!

« AnteriorContinuar »