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marked with surprise, how her influence would in- disposed to return to those humble scenes which it sensibly chase away anxiety and fatigue from the had scorned. Then home is charming; and the countenance, as the morning mist is dissipated by tongue that knows no guile, and the heart that the smiling and gentle approach of the blessed yearns with sympathy, and the thousand attentions light.
and thousand decencies which flow through domesBut the most pleasing recollections I have of this tic life, all unpretending as they are, are sure to be period are connected with the winter's evening. rightly appreciated. Happy is he who, in such a Many a time, when the course of daily duty has state of mind, can still find in the mother, the wife, been run, when the world, with its noise and tur- the sister, these real consolations! thrice happy he moil, has been shut out, when the frugal repast has who, early taught to form a just estimate of happibeen shared, has Martha wheeled back the table, ness, has always drunk of these peaceful waters, and pressed us to form our chairs round the lively and has only found their sweetness increased by fire which she always took care to provide for us. the bitter draughts which a vain and insincere This was her opportunity. In this magic circle world has forced upon him! there was no resisting her influence. She had often tried it, and is often found it successful. Frequently, in the consciousness of her power, as we
CHAPTER XI. settled down sugly in our seats, she wonld say, "There now we are happy;" assured that if we
1812–13, were not already so, we were in the way to be so. No sooner had I accepted of a charge in London, And if she could once see her assertion confirmed than Martha determined on uniting herself to it; by her winning kindness, she herself was more and on the 3d of January, 1812, she was admitted than happy-happy in bestowing, happy in receiv- into my fold, and I became her pastor. The soing.
lemnity of the act, and the period of the year, Conversation usually began with her, and always caused her mind to revert, with peculiar seriousin the most easy, generally in the most playful man- ness, to her former exercises of dedication; and ner. When she had won attention, she had some giving herself again to the Lord, she gave herself anecdote to narrate, or some striking portion from an to his people, desirous of continuing in the aposauthor to read, or some question to siart, which had lle's doctrine, in breaking of bread, in fellowship, occurred to her in her day's pursuits. Frequently and in prayers. she would report to me her progress in the books Martha regarded this sacred connection, as not she was studying; and this would often lead to dis- merely bestowing privileges, but as imposing oblicussions on iheir style or their subject. Whether gations. She thought of herself as of ihe least of these discussions were serious or sportive, she was all saints; yet she considered that the least and the always intent on making them interesting to her poorest was possessed of some one talent; and that parents; and wherever the conversations commenc- there was the same proportionale responsibility ed, they commonly ended in religion, an element resting on the application of one talent as of many. in which we were all peculiarly at home.
She was aware, too, that her situation brought If religion became the theme, it was not because with it peculiar claims. She was not only a volunthe tone of conversation was sinking, but because it tary member of a Christian church, which had a was rising above ordinary things. Religion did right to demand of each member a devotedness to not depress our cheerfulness, it refined it. How the common prosperity; she was the relative of its often has the hour of "sweet domestic converse” minister; and if she was previously intrusted with been imperceptibly prolonged, when this has been the talents of example and influence, she felt that our subject! How often has it been dwelt upon, they were now increased in their weight and value till life's tumult was forgotten, or heard only mur-ten-fold. She had been faithful over a few things; muring in the distance; till, alive to our present Providence now committed to her many; and it state of pilgrimage, we greeted each other as citi- was her anxious desire so to keep and employ them zens of a better country; till our hopes blended with as in the sight of her helper and her judge. our meditations, and our meditations were lost amid The instruction of the young first engaged Marthe harps, the joys, the society of that blessed tha's attention; that labor of love in which she had world!
always delighted. I was at this time organizing Then followed the evening hymn and the aposto- the Sabbath-school, and she became a most valuable lic prayer--and the unanimous, fervent Amen. assistant. She conferred with me on the arrangeThen came the parting words, the kind wishes.- ment of the female department; awakened feeling Martha's heart always overflowed with them. The towards the object, as one of eminent importance; sofiness of her voice, the beaming of her eye, the and proposed herse!f as a teacher. Her example gladness of her smile, the happiness of those hours, was quickly emulated; and she became the centre inev are with me still they will never depart! of an excellent band of serious young persons, who
The feeling attached to these enjoyments, and were ready to communicate what they had freely he value set upon those domestic attentions which received. have been briefly illustrated in this chapter, may, Not so much from the whispers of prudence as by those occupying the earlier period of youth, be from her characteristic humility, Martha resolved considered somewhat overcharged. This, how on taking the youngest class. To the interests of ever, is not the season in which they are generally this class she cheerfully devoted hersell. She kept secure of a just estimate. In the first heyday of a list of the children who composed it, with their vonth, when the heart is hurried with the anticipa- addresses; and if any of them were absent without tion of novel enjoyment, when the illusions of hope reason, she visited them. She carefully put down Test on every object, and promise a day without any simple questions or remarks which occurred clouds, a life without fear, and pleasures without to her, as suited to the capacity of her little charge; end, happiness cannot be recognized in the simple and she made a selection of tracts and books for guise, the retiring habits, and quiet tenor of domes- their perusal in the intervals of the Sabbath, which tic life. It is only as these spells are broken by the were lent to the children as rewards for attention rod of experience, as disappointment treads in the and industry. In adopting such rewards, her eye footsteps of hope, as vexation mingles with plea- was directed to the improvement of the parent sure, as the bleak winds of worldly adversity chill through the child; and that she might be satisfied and depress the undue ardor of the spirit, that it is the means were adapted to the end, it was an esta
blished rule with her, not to lend any book which upon it. Martha soon perceived that the labors of she had not read, and could not fully approve. the Sabbath, might be extended with advantage in
Martha was uniformly desirous, in these exer- some portion of the week. She therefore originated cises, of preserving on her own mind, and of in- a working-school, which met on one afternoon in fusing into the minds of her children, the spirit of the week; and was to be composed of the poorer ihe day. She thought she had seen the Sabbath and elder children, as a reward for their regularity profaned, by giving too much of a secular charac- and attention. The design was, to employ them in ier to the instructions and manæuvrings of the making simple articles of dress, some of which they school. She governed her conduct by the necessity were to enjoy, and the remainder were to be given to of the case. It was necessary that a child should the poor. While their fingers were thus engaged, an read, that it might become acquainted with the instructive book was read, or a conversation startScriptures, and to read, it was needful to spell. - ed, which had a tendency to illustrate some duty of To ihese, therefore, she confined herself; and if domestic life, or impress on the mind the importmore, belonging to the elements of general educa- ance of the life to come. The children discovered tion, was to be taught, it must be on a day, and with their relish for this exercise, by a most punctual associations, less sacred. Over those common les- and eager attendance; and the congregation so fully sons which conscience approved, Martha sought to sympathized in the plan, that neither money nor spread a religious character. It neve: appeared to materials were ever wanting; and, in the end, all herself or her children that the principal end of the children composing this school appeared in a their meeting was to read, or to spell
, or to repeat: uniform exterior dress, the mixed fruit of their inthe acknowledged end which was pressed on the at- dustry and Christian kindness. tention of the youngest was, to become acquainted This labor of love operated admirably beyond with the holy Scriptures; to keep holy, the ser-ex
tation. The working-school became a sort of vice of the school, and the worship of the sanctuary, honorary and beneficial appointment, to which the the Sabbath-day; and to anticipate, by prayer and other children were aspiring by exertion and good hope, that better and happier lite of which the Sab- behavior; while the senior children, who from time bath was both the emblem and the pledge. It has to time composed it, were brought into closer and been for the want of such serious views, that many more endearing contact with their steadiest and a child has learned to undervalue the Sabbath, in kindest instructers. It was this intimate and perthe very bosom of a Sunday-school; and that many sonal intercourse, which Martha always valued so a teacher has lost that sanctity of feeling, which greatly, as a means of promoting the ends of once put him at a distance from worldly and daily moral and religious education; and she was affecpursuits.
tionately concerned to make the very best use of it. To the eye of a visiter, Martha would seem to Frequently she would talk apart with the children, have been benefiting twelve or twenty poor child- on their respective failings or duties; many of them ren. This would more than have satisfied her for her she encouraged to write to her, that their minds exertions; but in reality she was blessing ten times might be improved, and that she might have an opthat number. Her spirit diffused itself through the portunity of imparting the most important lessons room. Her young companions in the good work in a less perishable form; and most of them, in copied her plans, and followed in her track. They turn, were trained to the work of benevolence by would not be late when she was punctual to the attending her to the habitations of sickness or of minute; they would not be harsh when her man- poverty. ners were so affectionate ; they would not be dila- It was delightful to see her, when the duties of tory while they were admonished by her persever- the school were closed, going forth with one or two ing assiduities. Such was the efficacy of her gentle of her pupils, like an angel of mercy, in search of influence, that they all speedily became as one hand wretchedness, which she night remove or mitigate. and one heart. The school became conspicuous for Her children always bore some article of clothing, its order and improvement; and it yielded those which their own hands had formed, and which rich and pleasant fruits which, as a method of in their own hands were to bestow, that the difficult structing the poor of the land, it is adapted to pro- lessons of charity, might be rourished by sympathy duce beyond any other imagined plan.
and established by habit. Happy was she if, in There are, undoubtedly, existing plans which thus relieving existing distress, she could see ihe have more of ostentation and of promise about first young tear of generous compassion, glisten in them; and it is well if we are not dazzled by them. the eye which had never before dwelt on want or The trained and officer-like master, who marshals sorrow, in which it was not concerned. And this his five hundred children with a word, or, if he happiness was often hers. Many a time, to me has please, with a nod, is a much more imposing figure she spoken of these instances of kindly sensilvlity, ihan the humble Sabbath-school teacher, almost with correspondent feeling; and now her scholars, concealed in the midst of the dozen children, which some of whom have risen to maturity, and are he is endeavoring to instruct; yet, on a close com- walking in the truth, speak of these visits as makparison, he may appear in better circumstances to ing, more than any thing, a deep and favorable imanswer the great purposes of education. In both pression on their hearts. cases a competent portion of knowledge may be The circle of her charitable ministrations still given; but knowledge, although it is power, is a expanded. Her connection with the Sabbath-school power in itself of dubious character. It may ex- necessarily brought to her knowledge much of plode the whole fabric of civilized society; or it poverty and sickness; and her connection with me may consolidate, and heighten, and beautify it. To and the congregation, which, from being greatly be a power as safe as it is great, it must be combined identified with the port of London, is subject to trywith principle. He who is the sole instructer of ing and sudden reverses, gave her the opportunity multitudes cannot hope, should he desire it, to effect of becoming acquainted with a yet greater proporthis combination; while he who, in the centre of a tion. The opportunity was well and gratefully few, with a serious mind, seeks to familiarize mo- employed. She was eager in ascertaining the exral and religious truth to the consciences of his istence of distress, and as forward in concerting pupils, is making knowledge, valuable as it is, a measures for its relief. secondary and subordinate thing to what is infinitely The will is every thing. Martha had rather a more valuable.
fixed devotedness to the work of charity than ample The field of benevolence enlarges as we advance means for its promotion ; but it is surprising what this accomplished. It gave her energy to strike , ship nor afford to obtain from hired hands. Hapapon a multitude of devices for advancing the ease, pilý, for many years she had lived under the infiucomfort, and friendships of the poor, the sick, and ence of religious sentiment, and it furnished her the dying, which would not have occurred to any with her only consolation. But she was of a social mind' little affected by the object; and it supplied nature, and had much delighted in the exercises of her with confidence in drawing upon the resources public worship; and now she was not merely deof others to assist her in their execution. Fre-prived of these privileges, her very hold on the noquently, when I have seen her involved in these tice and regard of humanity seemed feeble and services, or exhausted by them, I have been dispos- precarious. Day after day passed over her, with ed to say, “How much can be done if we have the scarcely any interruption to her solitude. The idea will to do it! How much is to be done without of her loneliness preyed upon her: she might want, money, or at small expense! How little do they and languish, and die alone! Her spirit yearned do who merely give money! Theirs is only a fine to for some kind hand to help her, some Christian the undeniable claims of charity-hers is the labor voice to cheer. of lore.'The example that is insensibly exciting What she desired she found in Martha, and was such reflections as these is as great a blessing to satisfied. She was visited once, and commonly those who behold it as to those who are the direct twice in the week, during the short residue of her objects of its compassionate exertions.
life. Attentions were paid to her bodily comfort; These solitary visits to the habitations of mourn- and her mind was relieved by expressing itself to a ing were decidedly her favorites. She met with her friend on those hopes to which it was so earnestly own sex, met with them alone, met with them in clinging. Martha soon formed a strong affection the season of helplessness, of want, perhaps of de- for this excellent person. Her contentment in pesertion. There was no from which modesty nury, her patience in tribulation, her serene confianight teach her to shrink; no restraint thrown on dence in the prospect of death, were lessons which her intercourse; no fear of having occupied ground she valued, and which she was anxious to lay to which others might possess to more advantage; no- heart. Her visits became quite a thing of anticithing to feed vanity, to produce observation, or pation; and while conferring an invaluable good create embarrassment. She felt herself at liberty on the last days of an aged pilgrim, she felt herself to confer with the individual as a fellow-pilgrim to be rather receiving than bestowing benefit. through the wilderness of this life to another; as I had heard so much of this good lady that I desubject to the same fears and foes, the same wants termined to visit her. I found her in a low, arched and weaknesses, the same hopes and destinies. She room, containing but few articles of furniture, which entered entirely by sympathy into the state of the had nothing to commend them, except that they sufferer; and all her sensibilities were alive to do, were clean and in their places. She herself was to say something that might lighten the burthens sitting on the skeleton of a bedstead, supported by she had to bear, or smooth the path she had to tread, pillows. She was evidently eighty years of age or or brighten those coming scenes which, to most of upwards. Time had traced many a wrinkle on her our race, are overhung with ominous and impene- countenance; but there was an expression of inteltrable gloom.
ligence and good-nature shed over them. Her eye Even the act of blessing has its disappointments. asked my name or my errand. Martha did not find all her efforts for the poor and “My name," I said, “is Reed.” afflicted successful. Some were indifferent; some What, sir!" she exclaimed, with a countenance were ungrateful; some were promising as the morn- glowing into pleasure,“ do you belong to Miss ing dew, but as deceitful too. These dispositions Reed ?" would distress her, but they never impeded her in “Yes," I replied, glad to claim relationship with her ardent course of benevolence. Neither grati- a name which excited such emotions, and amused tude nor success was the standard of her duty. She at the quaintness of the expression, “ I do belong to had learned of Him who is kind to the evil and un- Miss Reed." thankful as well as the good and gentle. Unworthi- “Sit down, sir-please to sit down.” I took my ness did not kindle her into anger; it melted her seat beside her. to pity. She looked on the subject of it as the She was too happy for the moment to speak. more miserably diseased; and was under the greater "You seem,” said I, willing to prolong conversation concern to apply those remedies which alone can on a name so dear to us both,“ very partial to Miss rectify the perverse mind, and heal the depraved Reed.” heart.
"I have reason to be, sir-I have reason. These instances, however, were exceptions from so lonely—I was, as David says, like a sparrow on a general rule. Martha confidently relied on Him the house-top; and it was fearful to think of having who has said, our labor shall not be in vain in the no one to care for one, let what would happen. But Lord, and the average of her success was beyond Providence sent Miss Reed to me, and she brought her expectations. Many a stubborn mind was soft- other friends; and she is so kind and so considerate, ened by her kindliness, and many an ignorant one you know, sir. Now I want for nothing; I have, as enlightened by her teachings. The withered heart St. Paul says, all, and abound, sir.” was revived by the unction of her sympathy, and “Want for nothing !" I thought to myself. “Here the deserted spirit comforted by the possession of is an individual who has outlived her husband, her her friendship. The orphan would clap his little children, her friends; who is feeble with age, and nands for very gladness at sight of her; the widow's uneasy with pain; whose pain and weakness are Crn heart would sing for joy at her coming, and the the harbingers of a dissolution which cannot be long blessing of those who were ready to perish came postponed; who has sunk from better circumstances upon her. I am happy that my memory supplies me to humblest poverty; whose whole property would with one or two illustrations of the good which she not provide her body with a decent passage to the did, and the gratitude with which it was received. grave; who says she wants for nothing! This is
Among the many persons visited by my sister indeed religion?" was an aged female, who had seen better days. I looked on her with livelier interest. The happy She was now the inhabitant of a garret. She had contentment of her features confirmed the expressurvived her relatives and connections, and was sion of her lips. On one side of her was a little confined to her bed by a chronic disease, which re-waiter, bearing a glass of toast and water, and a quired attentions she could neither find in friend. I cup of jelly; on the other side lay her well worn Bi
ble. 'Yes," thought I, "excellent woman, you are, which had been made to him, and which had been right; you have all, and abound. The warm hand broken; the cruelty of a creditor, who cut him of sympathy supplies you with little niceties for the off from an opportunity of making payment; the bodily appetite, and the book of God is your title treachery of a professed friend, who would throw deed to a rich and everlasting inheritance. What him out of a situation with the hope of getting in; could the mightiest, the wealthiest, enjoy more in the want of confidence in his wise, and the misery your situation ? We must all come to this! Though of his children-seemed to have alienated his mind the universe were our own, a draught of water, a from human sympathy, and to have rendered hiin little sweetmeat, or something as simple and as an outcast from mankind. common, would be all we could derive from it!" I endeavored to meliorate his views, and assuage
I had a pleasing conversation with her, the im- his feelings, by reminding him of what the afflicted pression of which is still on my mind, though the are so apt to forget, that we must not judge unfavorparticulars have escaped my memory. I commend- ably of all men from the unkindness and infidelity ed her to the Divine keeping, in an act of worship, of a few, or even of many. He received the obserand rose to leave her.
vation in silence. I thought if I could refer to parShe pressed my hand, and acknowledged my at- ticular instances it would more affect him. tention; “ And pray,” said she, "give my best love I remarked, "You found many friends when you to Miss Reed; I can never forget ner goodness: if were in our neighborhood." I had a child of my own, she could not be kinder." “Oh yes, sir,” he replied, “ many."
I left her, delighted with reflecting what an ad- “And you remember the kind atiention of a relavantage and assistance a young minister derived tive of mine to your family ?". from possessing such a sister.
“Miss Reed, sir! Miss Reed!” he exclaimed, with The remaining instance arose to our notice by a more animation and a quickened voice. “Oh yes, paper which was presented on the Lord's day, en- she was a friend indeed; I can never forget when ireating the prayers of the congregation in behalf first she came into our room; she was sent from of a family under peculiar distress. On the ensu- heaven to save us!” ing day, some inquiries were made, which ascer- He became more free and composed. I endeavor. tained the residence of this family'; and Martha ed to present him with the religious grounds of went to obtain the particulars.
consolation which were adapted to his trying cirShe found the family the tenants of one room, cumstances, and to direct his mind calmly to the which was dirty and miserable. The mother was means most likely to effect his liberation. sitting over a few dying coals, with several young I left him, rejoicing afresh in that beloved relachildren about her, without heart, apparenily, to tive whose very name seemed to charm away the make the best of her own situation or theirs. The demon of desperation from the heart of man, and father lay in bed, with despondency on his counte- to restore the alien to his inheritance in the sympanance, and a nervous fever preying on his blog thies and hopes of the great human family. It appeared that he had been master of a merchant- But these recollections, pleasing as they are to vessel, but that, from the failure of the firm which me, will not of themselves do justice to the beneemployed him, he had lost his appointment. That, volence of Martha's character. Her affections were week after week, he had been applying for a fresh not localized; they were not influenced by place or appointinent, and had failed in procuring one. party, by name or kindred, by color or clime. The That, in this interval, it had been necessary to dis- emotions of her heart, like the circles from the pose of almost every decent article of furniture and centre of a fountain, were strongest nearest home; clothing, till they wanted even these expedients to but they expanded free to the uunost boundary of procure their daily bread. That, at lengih, sus-human sympathy. Man was her neighbor, her bropense, disappointment, and the approach of absolute ther, her father; she could not be indifferent 10 his want had overcome his spirits, and brought on his welfare, though'oceans rolled, or empires rose, beframe a debilitating and dangerous illness.
tween them. The family, at this time, were literally without She looked at man through inose lights which bread, and incapable of seeking it. Martha took up Scripture supplies—as endowed with capacities by their case with all the proinplitude it demanded. which he might rise to heaven, but as sinking down She provided for the prezent calls of appetite : into sensuality, selfishness, and sin; as living withshowed, through a considerable period, a thousand out reliance on the Divine providence, or submiskind attentions, and succeeded in collecting a con- sion to the Divine authority; as the framer of his siderable sum, to assist the mother in cominencing own wretchedness, and as contributing to the some little trade, while the father was seeking an wretchedness of all around him; as shedding the engagement in his proper vocation.
influence of his crime over the fair face of earth, But the difficulty of such an engagement was be- and the fairer aspect of heaven. She mingled her coming greater; and the wife, instead of supporting groans with those of "the whole creation,” for the her husband in his endeavors, fell into negligent and burthens and the bondage which sin has imposed; intemperate habits, and not only expended what and she sincerely and deeply deplored the state of had been charitably bestowed, but ran him into the a world so full of the Creator's mercy, and so void embarrassments of debt. At last, however, he ob- of his praise! tained an actual appointment to a vessel, and his Mariha turned her eye from this heart-sickening prospects brightened. But an individual who had sight, to dwell on the light and life of the gospel. expec!ed this nomination wreaked his disappoint- She contemplated it as rising above the accidents ment on this innocent man, by inducing a creditor of human character, and the varions forms of soto arrest him for about twenty pounds, and he was cial and artificial life, and as admirably adapted, by thrown into the of the borough
its unity and simplicity of principle, to make its I heard of his imprisonment and went to see him. way to the wants of man as man, whether the inThe poor man was almost desperate. He had habitant of Christendom or Barbary, of Iceland or looked to his appointment as the only means of re- Hindostan. She dwelt often, and with sacred dedeeming himself and family from wretchedness, light, on those prophecies and promises which are and now it appeared to be lost as soon as gained as highly poetical as they are strictly true and moThe high charges for most miserable accommoda- rally important, and which seem to pass over a slain tions in this prison, by increasing his debt, made his world like the breath of the all-creating Spirit, for escape every day more impossible; the promises its renovation and recovery. In the visions of faith
and imagination, she sought to forget the present | Will oft be greeted by the welcome sound disordered state of human existence while antici- Of Father! Father! O with what delight, pating the glorious future. In the devout contem- In lowest attitude, will be present plation of this predicted period she found every These children of the day to God and heaven, thing to fill and gratify the mind; a period in which And all that heaven contains. Ye boly men friendship shall fear nu treachery, kindness no in- Muse on this happiness, so pure, so high, gratitude, simplicity no foe; a period which shall And be encouraged in your deeds of love! be as free from tears as from wretchedness, and Arise, ye sons of Albion, arise ! from wretchedness as from sin; a period which O be not prodigal of time! behold, shall bring with it a day without night, joy without The day of your exertion closes fast, alloy, and life without disease and without end. And the still night advances. Myriads die Then shall the heavens rest in their own eternal For lack of knowledge! Shall they thus expire, light and tranquillity, and the earth rejoice in their Unwept, untaught, while you have pow'r to teach? favor. Then shall the wilderness blossom as the Shall they in anguish die ere you make known rose, and the desert be as a land which the Lord The balm in Gilead—the Physician there? hath blessed. Then shall princes rule in righteous- Do ye then bear a Christian's hallow'd name, ness, and the people live in peace. Then shall And so forget to emulate the zeal names and denominations become the mere land- Of Him you worship ?- remember Him! marks of geography or the lights of history, and no He left the courts of bliss, the highest heav'n, more designate the degrading antipathies of the And condescended, for our sakes, to dwell human heart. Then mankind shall become one In humble clay! A pilgrim and unknown, brotherhood; the world their one blest habitation; He was a man of sorrows, versed in grief, and God, the living Jehovah, their guide, their pro- A spectacle to angels and to men. lector, their father!
When did he shrink from trials ? when complain ? Feeding on these blessed hopes, Martha was emi- See from the cradle to the cross he goes nently thankful that she lived in the present day, a A weary way, rejected, and alone. day in which so many things are moving forward No covert for his head, no want supplied simultaneously to one grand event. Her spirit went No friend to share his sorrows! Like a lamb entirely with those divinely originated societies Led forth to slaughter and to death he goes' which, if not the dawn of a millennial day, were But to the last, and e'en when Justice pours the bright and morning star which foretold its bril. The tide of wrath on his devoted headliant and quick approach. She, therefore, did her E'en then, and for his enemies, he prays! utmost by prayer, by contribution, and by influence
Well, if ye will not rise to tell his love to support their noble exertions; and she reposed Sit still, and take your ease! But there will come in the conviction that, earlier or later, by giving A time, not distant, when your hearts shall grieve unity of aim and effort to the scattered energies of Because you went not up unto the help the good and godly, they would ultimately form one of the Most High! But ab, ye will arise ! great moral power, which shall move and restore a I see ye going forth like to a host. fallen world to its lost orbit of light and glory.
There is a shout within the camp! I hear Perhaps, however, the following lines may be the The Captain of salvation call you on, best exposition of her feelings on this subject :
And noi in vain the summons: Mighty grace
Has won your hearts and fired them! Your whole life
Shall henceforth bear the signature of Heaven; Bless'd be the man whose heart, expanding wide
For Christ you live, and in his cause you die.
O faint not, ye his husbandmen, who plant
The harden'd soil! The sun, the rain, are His! The barren desert smiles; the savage heart
He will command the blessing! When you lie Is melted into tenderness and love.
Forgotten in the dust, the seed will spring The captive exile, bounding from his chain,
Thirty, and sixty, and a hundred fold. Exults in liberty, and pours his praise
'Tis for the generations yet unborn In lowly homage to the King of heaven!
To bless your labors and repay the toil; If aught I envy, it is not the crown
Your monument, their hearts--their lives, your praise ! Bedeck'd with jewels on the monarch's brow;
God will himself be with you, even He, 'Tis not the laurel which the hero wears,
Who speaks, and it is done! Yes, He will try All steep'd in blood; nor, far surpassing these, Your graces, to confirm them. You may feel The meed of him who, by the miduight oil,
His searching hand within your very breasts ; Explores the depths of science, searches out
The gourd in which you boast, he too may smite; Nature's unfathom'd mine, intent to gain
But his own love he will not take away; His country's honor, and increase her stores. Nor shall his promise fail; for he hath said, Ah! 'tis the feelings of that man I crave
The word of life shall not return again Who spreads the triumphs of redeeming love:
Unbless'd by Him who sent it. He will work ; Who listens to the heathen's melting song,
And who shall let? The kingdoms are the Lord's; Himself the instrument of all their joy:
The universe his temple! Distant lands, O happy man! already overpaid
With one accord, shall celebrate his praise;
The Jew shall worship, and Messiah reign
“There are some members of a community,” He shall shine forth for ever as a star
said the sagacious and witty Thomas Bradbury, Of no mean magnitude; and while he strays
" that are like a crumb in the throat; if they go the Across the field of light, methinks his ear
right way, they afford but little nourishment; but if Number 15.