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victims. Nay, some souls, it child, from the embrace of the may be presumech, without the fond reluctant parent ; cutting Jeast 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 due the bereaved family to say, 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 weep, as though they wept when ye think not."
not; and they that rejoice, as tho' Youth and Beauly, 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 re
The 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, ia the course of this er ?” The gospel of Christ is year, 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 heart- thy stewardship, for thou mayrending 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 shatching the snailing, 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 salof 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 tale 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 gospely 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 right. scorner, 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 ad. those 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 stum: Though their character be re- ble at that very stone which God mote from infidelity er profliga. has laid in Zion, as the only cy, they are strangers to the " sure foundation, and chief cor. power 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-righteois, 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 be conscious 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, o false pro- Soon shall “ the days of thy fessor, in some fatal hour, death mourning beended.”
Thy 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 the veiled; “ 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. 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 bave not beholds thee “ abounding in the faith,” yet there are some who be- work of the Lord,” and “waitlieve and obey the gospel. Amidst ing for his salvation.” But it all the degeneracy of the times, shall indeed be the happiest of the Lord has still reserved a peo- all the years thou hast ever seen,
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 pros- 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- " () 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 or PRESIDENT captivating and impressive. ConDAVIES.
veying his ideas with the utmost (Concluded from page 256.)
facility, and, by the aid of a live
ly imagination, imparting the The eminence and lustre of charms of novelty, even to comMr. Davies' character as a Presi- mon subjects, he could not fail dent, were generally confessed. to rivet the attention of his puIn his mode of governing the pils. And genemusly 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 assidutender solicitude of a father. He 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 therebut 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
their immediately sécuring the tion, that light is come into the blessings of salvation. And his world, and men loved darkness public discourses bear frequent rather than light, because their witness how near their immor- deeds were evil ;-we find the tal interests were to "his heart. following pungent address to his Toward the close of a new year's pupils : “ There is not one in a sermon, he expresses himself in thousand of the sons of men that this tender, glowing language : enjoys your advantages. Light, “. I beg leave of my promiscuous human and divine, natural and auditory, to employ a few min- supernatural, ancient and modutes in addressing myself to my ern; that is, knowledge of eveimportant family, whom my pa- ry kind shines upon you, and you ternal affection would always sin- are every day basking under its gle out from the rest, even when rays. You have nothing to do I am speaking in general terms but to polish your minds, and, as to a mixed crowd. Therefore, it were, render them luminous. my dear charge, my pupils, my But let me put you in mind, children, and every tender and that unless you admit the light of endearing name! Ye young im- the glorious gospel of Christ to mortals, ye embryo angels or in- shine in your hearts, you will fant fiends, ye blooming, lovely, . still be the children of darkness, fading flowers of human nature, and confined in the blackness of the hope of your parents and darkness forever. This is intolerfriends, of church and state ; ably shocking, even in supposithe hope, joy and glory of your tion. Suppose any of you should teachers ! Hear one that loves be surrounded with more light you; one that has nothing to do than others, for no other purpose in the world, but to promote your but that you may have a strongbest interest ; one that would ac- er conflict with conviction, and count this the greatest blessing that your consciences may with he could enjoy in his pilgrim- greater force raise tumults and age ; and whose nights and days
insurrections within you ; supare sometimes made almost pose your sins should be the sins equally restless, by his affection- of men of learning and knowlate anxieties for you : Hear him edge, the most daring and giganupon a subject in which you are tic sins on this side hell; supmost intimately interested ; a pose you should turn out sinners subject the most important that of great parts, fine geniuses, like even an apostle or an angel could the fallen angels, those vast inaddress you upon, and that is, the tellects; wise, but wicked; wise right improvement of time, the to do evil, but without knowlpresent time, and preparation for edge to do good; suppose it eternity.” He then proceeds to should be your highest characurge their immediate attention ter that you can harangue well, to religion, by the most cogent that you know a few dead lanarguments, and in a manner pe- guages, that you have passed culiarly awakening and persua- through a course of philosophy ; sive.
but as to that knowledge which In another sermon, on this sanctifies all the rest, and rentext; And this is the condemna- ders them useful to yourselves or