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relaxes and enfeebles the spirit; principle braces | all circumstances, "she endured as seeing him who and invigorates it. Passion is dark, stormy, and vex- is invisible.” By faith she waxed valiant in fight, atious, like the troubled sea which cannot rest; prin- and out of weakness was made strong. By faith ciple, like the rocks of our shore, stands out the bul- she confessed she was not her own, but that she wark of the soul in the night of adversity. Pas- was bought with a price; and that it became her sion is the voice of that old serpent, ever the most not to please herself, but to please Him who had dangerous when most beguiling ; principle is the graciously accomplished her redemption. And voice of God in the soul of man, calling him off what is there may not be effected by such sentifrom the enchantments of earth and sense to com- ments and principles, not merely acknowledged to munion and confidence in Him, without whom the be true, bui framed in the heart as the motives of strongest are weak, and the best protected insecure action ? in the hour of trial!
If it is of importance to trace these victorious exercises of mind, to the energy of real piety, it is at
| least of equal practical importance to inquire by CHAPTER XIV.
what means, piety itself, was nourished to so much
energy. This inquiry will necessarily lead to a PIETY. 1813–14.
brief but, it may be hoped, profitable notice of MarI cannot persuade myself to close a period so tha's devotional habits, as they were particularly strikingly developing the moral energies of my connected with this period, and generally with the sister's character, without distinctly remarking previous and subsequent periods of her life. that they were created and sustained by the influ- Martha sought to cherish the work of personal ence of genuine piety. As religion had refined piety by frequent and secret prayer. She knew her mind and exalted he tastes in the day of peace- whence every good thought and every holy desire ful enjoyment, so it had fortified her heart in the proceeded; and that prayer was only applying for time of calamity. She was enabled to resolve on a them at their proper source. If prayer was regardline of conduct best adapted to her deliverance by ed as a medium of communicating her wants, it the power of principle; and principle derived its was likewise considered as an important means of existence and force from the higher power of godli- grace, for the promotion of every devout affection. ness. Indeed, these two are inseparable; and there it brought her into audience with the Being she would be little necessity for insisting on their union, most revered and loved; and lifted her spirit above were it not that an attempt is constantly made earthly anxieties. It sweetened her mercies, lightio divide them, by many who would fain be thought ened her burthens, and sanctified to her the various to admire the offspring while they repudiate the pa- | allotments of life. rent.
Apart from the share she had in domestic worIt is readily admitted that, without the presence ship, she was accustomed to engage in prayer twice of piety, an individual might recover herself from in the course of the day. Usually, these exercises similar circumstances of trial. The temptation were observed as early in the morning and evening might not fix on the peculiar weaknesses of her na- as was compatible with other duties; that, in the ture; and vanity, pride, resentment, or insensibility one case, her first thought might be rightly engagmight raise her above it; and she would be safe, ed, and in the other, her devotions might not be till
exposed to that ensnarement which better ac- postponed to an hour, in which the body and mind corded with the special frailties of her nature.- would be too fatigued and heavy properly to regard But Martha was assailed at once where she was them. In these devotions, her prayers were not weakest. There was no contrary reigning passion only mental, they were oral likewise; she chose to to oppose evil to the invading evil; and yet she give a regular and distinct utterance to her desires, overcame. Now, though a person may conquer as she thought it assisted the clearness of her consome one sin without giving any evidence of real ceptions, and prevented her from running into a piety, because that sin may be subdued by a stronger loose and careless manner in so solemn an engagecorruption; yet if he is enabled to conquer his constitutional infirmities and "easily besetting sins,” But although Martha found it desirable to mark he furnishes, not merely proof, but the very highest her devotions by time and form, her spirit was not proof of piety. It is not one selfish propensity over- limited by the one or the other. Prayer was not to her coming another; it is every selfish propensity, the a cold duty, to which conscience occasionally drove mightiest and the dearest, vanquished and led cap- her; it was not local, it was not verbal, it was not tive by a principle proves one's self, and distinct a painful and artificial act; it was the breath of her from one's self. This is self-denial ; and this is the soul habitually and imperceptibly ascending tovery essence of all religion.
wards Him who inspired it. It may be said of her Independently on what is possible, it is certain in as the Psalmist said of himself—she gave herself Martha's case that the progress and triumph of unto prayer. The spirit of prayer attended, and principle is to be referred entirely to religious influ- fed upon, every thing in which she was engaged. ence. This might be fairly inferred from every Seldom did she give away a tract, or relieve a thing in her history and character; but it was also want, or discharge a common duty, without inward the subject of her frequent, explicit, and grateful ac- and almost unconscious prayer; and if serious enknowledgment. Religion gave her light to see the gagements were before her, they were made the extent of her dangers; and courage to contend subject of especial supplication. with them; and hope to anticipate brighter pros- The life of piety and prayer was sustained by pects; and benevolence to turn from her own anxi- reading and meditation. The kind of reading eties, and interest herself in the good of others.- adopted was in harmony with the end proposed-it Religion brought her feeble and erring spirit into was strictly devotional. The Scriptures were read communion with Deity, and taught her to lean on in their connection; and their impression was sup, the arm of Omnipotence, to submit to the will of a ported by some of our best pieces of experimental wise and infinite Sovereignty, and to lay hold of divinity, and the biography of eminently pious that righteousness and those promises which are persons. "unto all and upon all them that believe.” She This reading was digested and made effectual by believed; and "this was the victory that overcame meditation, an exercise in which she had great deeven her faith." " By faith,” which is essentially light. It was conducted in the same spirit; and her a disposition to serve God, and trust in him under reflections were not allowed to become discursive
or speculative. She did not seek, at these seasons, ship, which she could consistently embrace. To go to make fresh acquisitions to her knowledge; but to into the house of God, to mingle with the people of apply what she already knew with more force to God, to worship the perfections of God, and to listen her conscience, and to entertain it with greater to the word of God, these were among her highest warmth in her heart. Her thoughts dwelt, there- pleasures-pleasures which never cloyed-pleasures fore, on the elements and first principles of divine which increased the appetite for them by enjoytruth; on her sinfulness and demerit; on her privi- ment. leges and obligations; on the excellence of the gos- The Sabbath was to her a delight; honorable, pel, and the unspeakable love of her Redeemer; and she honored it. She entered on it with an air on the vanity of time, and the awfulness of an ap- of serene cheerfulness, which is not only compatible proaching eternity. That these and similar senti- with, but the fruit of, seriousness. Every thing of ments might never be absent from her, she usually a worldly nature, that could be done previously to charged her memory, at the opening of each day, its arrival was done; there was no bustle, no conwith some short passages from an inspired or other fusion, no needless provision for the filesh. In atwriter, which accorded with them, as a motto for her tending the public services of the day, it was a point thoughts in the intervals of occupation which might with her to be in time. She considered that it was arise. She considered herself to have derived a duty she owed to herself, to her fellow-worshipgreat advantage, and redeemed much time, by this pers, and to the Being she professed to honor and plan; and there can be no doubt that it contributed worship; and that she might not fail in it, she geneio save her from treating with levity, as many do, rally arranged to arrive a few minutes before the the first and simple lessons of religion, which in-service commenced, a practice which she often deed, like our common and daily bread, are by far named as highly beneficial to herself. the most valuable portion of whatever knowledge Her manner and temper were equally exemplary. we may afterward attain.
There was no irreverent posture, no vacant countePrayer and meditation were sustained by self-nance, no eye wandering from pew to pew, person examination. She could not meditate without look- lo person, and dress to dress. She did not attend ing further into her own heart; nor could she pray these public exercises to see and be seen, or to hear without the guilt of hypocrisy, unless she inquired and criticise, or to trifle and be amused. On enterinto her present wants. More or less she habitualed ing the temple, she considered herself at once enherself to this at the close of each day; she “com- gaged with adorable and omniscient Deity, who muned with her own heart, and was still.”. She had promised his presence to his humble worshipcalmly reviewed the motives, the temper, the ac- pers: she was anxious to sit at the feet of her ditions of the day, that she might make sincere con- vine Instructer, and to carry on a large and profitfession, and exercise future watchfulness.
able commerce with the heavenly world.* The object she endeavored to keep distinctly be- In this elevation of mind, the minister in word fore her in these examinations, was the reality and and doctrine was not slighted or forgotten; his ofthe progress of personal piety. She thought that the fice and character were appreciated, as every faithtemptation of the present time is to neglect it; that ful pastor would desire his charge to think of them. if our forefathers erred in preferring the enjoy- He was not in danger of being idolized as a novelty, ments of the closet to the claims of the world, we and finally cast away as a worn-out toy. She did were exposed to the more dangerous error of losing not look at him as a performer, nor listen to him as all relish for the quiet duties of retirement, in the an orator. She wanted not to be delighted, but to excitement and bustle of our numerous public re- be edified; not to be made acute, but to be made ligious engagements. She therefore was jealous holy by his ministrations. She sought by his offices, over herself, lest in attempting to keep the vineyard to be introduced to his Master; to be fed on the of others she should be found to have neglected her bread of life, and the water of life, and to know
more of the will of her Saviour, in its testamentary To assist her in preventing all self-deception on bequests and sacred obligations. If the minister this most vital subject, she formed her judgment of was proposing the same objects to himself, she “esthe state of piety from what it was in retirement teemed him very highly in love for his work's alone. She considered that all spiritual declensions sake;" and in proportion as that work filled bis began in the closet; and that, therefore, they might heart and influenced his labors, she was concerned be earlier detected by seeking them there. She to confide in his instructions, to pray for his succor, knew that, in social religious services, manifold to sympathize in his trials, and, by any means in her considerations-novelty, taste, vanity, party-spirit
, power, to promote his honor, comfort, and usefulworldly interest-might create a factitious relish for ness. them; but that in the closet, where the world was If such conduct as is here briefly specified sprang shut out, where there was no eye to see, no ear to from piety, it will be seen, by a re-action common listen but God's, the heart was liable to no such de- to good and bad principles, it also greatly advanced ception. Whatever, therefore, might be the strength the work of piety. If a loose and partial attendof her emotion, or the height of her joy in public ance on public ordinances has its advantages, what engagements, she allowed them to plead nothing in must be their influence when attended in the spirit favor of her real state of mind, if they left her to and the punctuality now described! And one cannot carry to her closet a heart cold and indifferent, avoid the reflection, that if every member of our without humility and without gratitude.
congregations were thus to fill his proper place in But although Martha would not derive the test of her progress from her regard to the more social * These and some subsequent remarks might seem services of religion, she was far from undervaluing needless in connection with such a character as the
and her devotedness to these public means of writer is describing, were it not that one is called, so grace, must be named as contributing instrument. frequently called, to observe habits grow on persons ally to her advancement in piety. Indeed, her uni- of acknowledged piety and conscientiousness, which form and lively attachment to the ordinances of disfigure their profession, and which, if they could religion was strikingly discovered in her whole de- rightly perceive, they would not in the least approve. portmeni. I believe it may most truly be said, that the young should be strictly cantious of sliding imihroughout her Christian walk, she did not lose by perceptibly into habits and compliances which, if they negligence, or the want of properly economizing should be harmless to themselves, are indecorous in her time, one opportunity of attending divine wor- I the eyes of others
the proper time, and with a becoming temper, our as | appearance or shadow of evil. To resist her enesemblies would present a very different picture of my, she fled from him, well knowing that to parley order and quiet loveliness. One might hope then, was to be fascinated and overcome. Thus it was that the spirit of solemnity would pervade our that the flame of piety lived and brightened in its sanctuaries, and assist our devotions at the footstool own element, and was not rashly exposed 10 every of the Eternal; and that the spirit of conviction counteracting influence. It was not the flower of would more frequently seize the casual visiter, and the field, unprotected from every rude foot or raconstrain him “ to fall down and worship God!" venous animal; it was the flower of the garden,
Martha's pious dispositions were increased by her hedged about with thorns, screened from the biting constant endeavor to improve all events so as to blast, cherished by a watchful hand, and living unstrengthen them. To those who look for them, such der the most genial heat and gentlest dews of Heaevents are commonly to be found. Martha, although ven. her circumstances were happily appointed, was al- Nor can this chapter be dismissed without obways meeting with something, which she thought serving that affliction was undoubtedly among the might be consecrated to these purposes. If disap- means which promoted the work of piety. If Martha pointment arose, she impressed on her mind the was supported beneath her afflictions of body and lessons of resignation; if success, she urged her- mind by the hand of piety, piety, in return, was self to additional gratitude. When eminent piety advanced by her afflictions. Trial and suffering stood out before her, she tasked herself to copy it; are to the spirit what exercise is to the corporeal and the evils she saw daily arising from unholy frame; none are healthy or vigorous without them. and ungoverned tempers, set her especially to watch Amiction, of some class or other, is indispensable over, and seek the subduction of her own.
to our welfare in the present state; and the ChrisShe was particularly affected, during the period tian is “chosen in affliction,” preserved by atflicwhich it is my objeci to illustrate, by the evident tion, purified by affliction,"perfected by suffering." declension of some young persons from the ways
Martha was now becoming a powerful instance of godliness, of whom she had cherished the best of the happy effects of sanctified affliction. It cnexpectations. They had started nearly with her- abled her to form a juster estimate of life, of herself in the profession; they had run well; she had self, and of all things. It called into early exercise hoped to pass with them to the goal: but they were her submission and patience. It gave increased hindered; they were drawn aside by the ensnare- energy to acts of faith, and reality to its existence. ments of error, or by the love of the present world. She had trusted in the Lord, and had been deliverShe was very deeply affected by such occurrences. ed; she had rested on him, and had been supported; She humbled herself on account of them, confess- she had looked to him, and had been enlightened; ing that she was as liable to err and to fall, and she had rejoiced in him, and had been happy; and praying not only for them, but for herself, that she she now feli towards him as a friend, who is not might never be seduced by Satan, or any of his only believed to be faithful, but who has been tried, devices, by the world, or any thing that is in the and found to be so. Prayer was the dearer, from world. Thus it was, that the failings of others its having so often given vent, and brought relief promoted her dependance and security, as we see a to her sorrows; and meditation the more inviting, man urged to a timely repair of his mansion, from since it had frequently borne her on its wings above witnessing the ruinous effects of dilapidation in the sublunary vexation. The world was the more vain, dwelling of his neighbor.
from her experience of its uiter insufficiency in the In connection with these remarks it should be ob- hour of need; and Heaven the more charming, served, that Martha sought the advance of piety in from its having stood in direct contrast with the deher heart by the jealous avoidance of whatever was ceitful and fleeting and shadowy forms of this pre. injurious to its interests. I speak not now of worldly sent life. She could say emphatically, that “it was amusements and worldly fellowship; these are for- | good for her that she had been afflicted.” Tribulabidden; and the allusion is not to what is expressly tion had wrought patience, and patience experience, forbidden, but to what is uncongenial and inexpe- and experience hope; and hope made her not dient. And in judging of these qualities, she was ashamed, because the love of God was shed abroad not governed by the opinion of others so much as on her heart by the Holy Ghost, which was given by her own experience. If any thing was found unto her. prejudicial to her, that was reason enough for avoiding it, though to others it should be wholesome and nutritive. Of course her judgment was
CHAPTER XV. called to pronounce on things innumerable as they
1814. arose; but it may be desirable to state, that she was MARTHA returned with me from C- to her convinced, from observing their effects on others, home, very much at ease in her mind, and consithal anger, levity, and Sabbath-day visiting; idle derably invigorated in bodily health. She cheergossiping, wordy disputation, and party spirit ; ex- fully renewed her attention to those pursuits which cess of foreign engagements, and a desultory occupa- have been described, and continued, through this tion of time; association with those who held their winter, the life and joy of her relatives and conprofession in a formal and worldly spirit; and the nections. perusal of books of light and trisling character, pro- But the flame of life and love burnt too ardently fessedly moral, but not in accordance with the pure for the frail vessel which contained it. Amid so morality of revelation, were eminently unfriendly many opportunities of showing kindness, of mitito the exercise and growth of sterling piety, and gating wo, and instructing ignorance, it was nearly had commonly led to serious defection from the impossible to prevent her doing too much, and, paihs of godliness.
what is even more prejudicial to a weakly frame, Martha was not even content in shunning these; sympathizing too much. It was the only subject it was her concern to avoid whatever might possibly upon which her family held a serious controversy affect her, as she concluded these would. She ne- with her, and often was it revived by the evening ver desired to occupy debatable ground, or to dwellfireside. Frequently she would see serious concern on the borders of good and evil. That worldly settle in her father's countenance on detecting her question, How far may I go and be safe? never real exhaustion under assumed sprightliness, and, arose to her lips; she rather inquired, How far may touched by it, would embrace him affectionately. I retire, and be consistent? She shunned the very "Ah, my dear child," he would say, sighing, and
returning the embrace, “this is wrong-very | keep, more or less, a journal for you. After some wrong!"
suspense and disappointment, we left town for Mar“Wrong, pa’!"
gate. We slept at this place, and then went over He would shake his head.
to Broadstairs, where we have procured lodgings, "I have been doing very little to-day, pa'-very Here we shall enjoy all the pleasures of the country little indeed. You know you say, it is better to wear and the sea, without the bustle and parade of the out than to rust out."
town. I need not say this is what pleases me." “Yes, my love fairly to wear out, but not to tear 5*Went to Kingsgate and Reading-street, two
small villages. It was a pleasant walk. I believe “No, dear pa’; but one ought to do all one pos- I have been to five villages this week, all of which sibly can in a good cause, ought we not ?" turning are near either Ramsgate or Margate, and none of to her mother, whose warmth of devotedness she them has a Sunday school! Oh, my dear, let every knew favorable to the reply she wished.
instance we see, either of activity or lukewarmness “Oh, do not make your appeal to me,” her mother in others, stimulate us to renewed devotedness! would say playsully; "ask your brother."
"I take up my pen under the influence of head“Ah, she will not ask me,” her brother would ache and low spirits, hoping to mitigate the one and remark.
remove the other. 'I feel much the absence from “Yes, but indeed I will, brother! I know you my friends. It is almost three weeks since I saw think we ought to do all we can do."
my dear brother; and though I see so little of you, “I think, with our good king, that we ought ne- I feel being at this distance. How strange thai we der to do so much as we can."
should be so strongly attached
to a state whose plea“ Brother !"
sures are mixed with pain. Let us look at those “I mean by it just what he did, that we are not things which change not-perish not-with the to press our energies, either of body or mind, to the using." very uttermost. By doing more than our strength "I feel very poorly to-day. I should be glad of permits to-day, we shall do less than we might to your company for half an hour; it would rouse my morrow. Besides, there is the danger of over- spirits. I suppose you are at C- and enjoystraining the bow, which may never recover its ing, I hope, much temporal and spiritual good, and elasticity."
not only blessed yourself, but rendered a blessing to "And you remember,” her father would continue, others. Never may we take a journey, pay a visit, "what Mr. Romaine said when he heard of the in- or enter on a day without asking what we can do tó cessant preaching of Mr. Whitefield—I shall, per- show our love to the Saviour! And, that we may haps, preach more sermons, only I shall be longer have it in our power to do all our circumstances about it.'"
will admit, never let us expend a single penny need. Such conversations, however, did not produce all lessly." the conviction that was desirable. In youth, it is “Went last evening to Nort) n, a small but difficult to conceive of injury being done to the pretty village. There are some sweei green lanes, health till it is felt, and the blessing of health is which show the ocean at the end of them; it has a seldom valued but in proportion as it is lost. Yet beautiful effect. The cottages are neat, and the Martha did place restraints occasionally on her- gardens indicate industry and comfort. But there self, in compliance with the known desires of her is no Sunday school! The villagers were amusing friends, and under a sense of duty; but possibly themselves with rural sports: and it delighted me when a partial relaxation was adopted, a total one to see so many youths blooming with health and was necessary, and her spirits uniformly rose above gayety, and engaged in healthful recreations. I her strength. Added to this, her indifference to could not fail, however, to be deeply affected, that herself, the precariousness of life, her love to her they were destitute of all instruction. I offered one Redeemer, and her concern to express it in labors a tract; he said, I cannot read.' I offered it to anof self-denial and benevolence towards his mem- other; but instead of accepting it, he pointed to a bers on earth, formed in her so powerful a motive third lad, who, it was understood, could read it. of action as greatly to raise her above temporal con- How is it that Christians can let all these poor vilsiderations. Nothing is more difficult than, in the lagers grow up and live in ignorance !" midst of much to be done, which it is most import- * Nine o'clock. Just returned from Deal.-- When ant to do, patiently to wait and to do but little, or upon the swelling ocean in a little boat, what help even to do nothing, as Providence shall direct; and less creatures we seem! I thought I understood it is not strange if Martha was yet imperfect in the more than ever the force of that beautiful expreslesson.
sion, 'He holdeth the waters in the hollow of his As Martha could not have all the rest from ex- hand.' But after the sacred writers have employed citement necessary to the fragility of her health the boldest figures, and we have formed the noblest while in town, her friends sought to accomplish the conceptions of which we are capable, how very end by inducing her to change the scene occasion- short they fall of what they ere long shall be! ally. In pursuance of this plan, she went in the When the spirit is relieved of its encumbrances, it summer of this year to Broadstairs with a young will possess in a moment more consistent views of Iriend, and she received considerable benefit from the divine Majesty than in all the efforts of this the comparative quiet it imposed on her. It must mortal life! be termed comparative only, for the circumstance “Went this evening to meet Miss P. at St. Peter's. of being separated from those she most loved gave Walked about the churchyard, and thought on that her uneasiness; and although in a place ever so solemn period which my own feelings, and the strange, she could not be satisfied without seeking ground over which I was treading, united to bring some opportunities of doing good. Those oppor- to my remembrance." tunities, in such a situation, might be few and "My appetite is more than good, and this evening small; but there might often be more real exhaus- I feel uncommonly well. I walked to Northdown. tion of spirits in seeking them and not finding The fields we passed through seemed to invite the them, than in finding and improving them. Per- husbandman to reap the fruits of his labor, and in haps I cannot do better than to allow her to speak some places he has accepted the invitation. When for herself.
last in the country I saw them sowing the seed. “Wishing, my dear to supply as much How very soon will the great barvest come! Who its possible our absence from each other. I mean to I can view such scenes as these, and not raise the
eye of gratitude to that Being who fills the mouths within their power; and they now determined to of his creatures with food, and their hearts with use them. gladness! O how insensible is man!-how insen- Nothing could more fully accord with Martha's sible am I! Awake, my soul, and bless Him who wishes, as far as her parents were concerned. She sends his early and latter rain, and causes his sun had seen, with no careless eye, the labors they had o shine on the earth. Remember, too, that these endured, the sacrifices they had made, for their beblessings are conferred on sinners; and that if God loved family; and she was far from willing that so care for the body of his unworthy creatures, he these should be unnecessarily continued, for the will much more grant to our prayers all spiritual sake of accumulating superfluous gains.' One of mercies !"
the simplest and strongesi wishes of her heart was “I hope in spending a few moments with you to to see them enjoy the fruit of their exertions, excompose my mind. received a letter to-day con- changing worldly bustle for peaceful content, bodily laining unpleasant news; I afterward read a por- fatigue for quiei repose, and earthly care for the tion of history which painfully affected me; and calm anticipation of a heavenly state. Her parenis just as I laid down my book, a trifling circumstance were quickened in their steps by the affectionate aruse which hurt me. O for that me: 'kness which desires of their children; and, before the autumn is of great price! How often a trifle reveals to us expired, they removed to a comfortable habitation much of ourselves! My feelings need constantly to on Bethnal Green. be controlled. This I consider my weakest part; Light and shade are mingled in every scene of they :00 often sway my judgment, when my judg- life. Delightful as this arrangement was to Marment ought to sway them. This lays me open to tha's filial affections, it was attended by regret, for many snares. It is something to discover where it involved a separation of the family. Her browe are most likely to be surprised by the enemy; ther could not be included in it. It gave her deep but this is of little use, except we take care to keep concern to be put at a comparative distance from those passes well guardeil. Let us, my dear, study one whom she now knew so intimately, and around ourselves ; this will afford us fresh matter for prayer. whom her fondest reliances were clustering. HowEspecially let us louk to the Strong for strength on ever, we were not unmindful of the privilege already the first rise of an improper feeling, and cease not enjoyed in the three happy years we had spent beto crave his Holy Spirit to subdue every thing that neath the same roof; and our present separation is contrary to the divine image.”
was of such a nature as not to forbid our seeing “After tea we walked to Pagwell Bay. There is more or less of each other most days of every week. a very extensive opening both by sea and land. The valleys, the hills, the waters, rejoiced together. I was so delighted with the beauty of this scenery,
CHAPTER XVI. gilded with the setting sun, that I could scarcely
1815--1817. take my eyes from it; but it was soon hidden by the shades of night. If this world is so lovely, what In the spring of one thousand eight hundred and must the next be! And if the next is so glorious, fifteen, Martha's complaints assumed new and what must the Creator be!
threatening appearances. During three months
she passed through a course of medicine, and sough. * These are thy works, Parent of good,
afterward to confirm the benefit she had receivell Almighty! thine this universal frame !
from it, by spending some weeks at Frampton, Thus wondrous fair-Thyself how wondrous then.' Gloucestershire. To this place she had been in
vited by some young and valued friends, who hari "It is the contemplation of this wondrous and in- recently removed to it from our congregation in finite Being which will be the employment of a fu- London. lure state. Let us, then, habituate ourselves to the On this visit, therefore, she separated from her exercise; and that our weak sight may not be op- connections with less than her usual reluctance, and pressed by the ajesty of the object, let us behold it was received with most open-hearted kindness. in the face of Jesus Christ.
Her friends, who welcomed her to their habitation, “The quietness and leisure I now enjoy are cal- introduced her to a most pleasing circle of Chriscolated to promote my self-knowledge and mental tian society, in which she found, and assisted to improvement. I am bending all my attention to communicate, real happiness. In the company of history; it is a profitable study. How astonishing some of them she saw much of the beauties of this it is that young persons should be tempted to waste fine and picturesque country; and what from her their time in useless accomplishments, and often in delight in the scenery she was daily tempted to exvulgar decorations of the body, and entirely neglect plore, what from the congeniality of the intercourse the cultivation of the mind, not to say the salvation with which she was privileged, and what from the of the soul.
genuine sympathy every where shown towards her, “ I have only a day or two longer to stay. It is which on a spirit tender and generous as hers alnatural to ask, What good I have done since I came ways works medicinally, her languor and her pains here? I wish I could return a proper answer to subsided, and her countenance became again forid this question. I am very anxious to return, under with health. Martha often referred to this visit with the blessing of Jehovah, that I may prove a blessing pleasure and gratitude. It had not only enlarged to my family and the church of God. I must make the sphere of enjoyment, and brought her into acup lost time. Soon the scene of action will be past. quaintance with several excellent Christians and O that I could always act for eternity! The very ministers; it had given rise to some close and valurolor of my apparel teaches me not to depend on able friendships, which she afterwards cherished earth, and yet I am always prone to do it.” by correspondence.
Soon after her return from Gloucestershire, MarThe remainder of this year passed away without tha became the superintendent of a domestic esinany occurrence of importance, except the change of |Dlishment on which I was then just entering. We family residence. Her parents, after long, indus- i were thus brought, for a period, to dwell again in one trous, and honorable exertions in their secular en- habitation ; and the six months so spent stand out gagements, were induced to seek the comforts of to my sight like the little verdant spots which ocsetirement for their advancing years. Providence casionally meet us by the wayside, on the otherwise had kindly put the means of realizing their desires worn and dusty path of life.