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Η Υ Μ Ν, Composed by the Principal, and appointed to be sung by the Pupils of the Institutions at St. Christopher on Sunday, February 24, 1805, the second Anniversary of the establishment. (See Panoplist, page 177, and 223.)
AGAIN we hail th' auspicious day,
A day to helpless orphans dear;
Of Charity, celestial guest!
(An awful truth from Heav'n reveald)
How sweet her secret wheels survey !
With Heav'n's own spirit gave their aid
Thy shield protective wide extend ;
Η Υ Μ Ν,
O GOD! what language shall express
TO CORRESPONDENTS. 2. On Experimental Religion is fully approved. The additional number on the fame subject is with pleasure expected
2. Z. On Preacbing, was received too late for this number. Beta's pleasant remarks are approved.
Afaph, No 2. on the nature, uses, and effects of prayer ; A third number On the Old Divines ; Thoughts on i Pet. iv. 6. Eufebius, on the Pagan Demons, and Philo's 5th No. on the Deluge, are prepared for the next number.
We thank the Subscriber, who sent us Bishop Horne's ingenious par. aphrase on a passage in Ecclefialtes. It shall appear in the next number.
Q. 'On Redeeming time, and Gamma on another subject, are on file for confideration.
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We thank our respected correspondent, who has furnished us with Contemplations on Christ, a seasonable subject. His observations on the person and character of Christ will be found in the present number ; those on his office, shall appear in our next.
We have just received, Philologos on the Decalogue, in twelve numbers, and approve his “ leading view" in them, “ to vindicate the morality of the Old Testament against the aspersion of infidels, and to furnish armour against enemies of various casts." Our ingenious correspondent has our best wishes for his success in accomplishing his good designs.
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ber, occasioned by a disappointment in receiving paper,
THE CHRISTIAN'S ARMORY.
ACCOUNT OF THE
MARCH 9, 1649.
(From the Christian Observer.) THE execution of the Duke partakers of his inestimable and of Hamilton and the Earl of Hol- boundless mercies in Jesus land having been performed, the Christ; and truly I still pray Lord Capel was brought to the that prayer ; and I beseech the scaffold, and in the way he put God of heaven forgive any inoff his hat to the people on both jury they have done to me, from sides : and being come upon my soul I wish it : and this I the scaffold, Lieutenant-Colonel tell you as a Christian, to let you Beecher said to him, Is your see I am a Christian. But it is chaplain here?
necessary I should tell you someCapel. No, I have taken my what more, that I am a Protestleave of him. And perceiving ant; and truly I am a Protestsome of his servants to weep, ant, and very much in love with he said, Gentlemen, refrain your- the profession of it, after the selves, refrain yourselves. And manner as it was established in turning to Colonel Beecher, he England by the thirty-nine artiBaid, What! did the lords speak cles ; a blessed way of profes. with their hats off, or no ? sion, and such an one as truly I
Col. Beecher. With their hats never knew any so good. I am off. And then coming to the so far from being a Papist, which front of the scaffold, he said, I somebody has very unworthily shall hardly be understood here, at some time charged me withal, I think ; and then began his that truly I profess to you, that speech as followeth :
though I love good works, and .“ The conclusion that I made commend good works, yet I hold With those that sent me hither, they have nothing at all to do in and are the cause of this violent the matter of salvation ; my andeath of mine, shall be the be- chor-hold is this, That Christ ginning of what I shall say to loved me, and gave himself for you. When I made an address me : this is that that I rest to them, (which was the last) I upon. told them with much sincerity, “ And truly something I shall that I would pray to the God of say to you as a citizen of the all mercies, that they might be whole world, and in that conVol. I. No. 6.
sideration I am here condemned brought to suffer by an unjust to die, contrary to the law that judgment. Truly, Gentlemen, governs all the world, that is, that God may be glorified, that the law of the sword ; I had the all men that are concerned in it protection of that for my life, may take the occasion of it, of and the honour of it; but I will humble repentance to God Alnot trouble you much with that mighty for it : I do here profess because in another place I have to you, that I did give my vote spoken very largely and liberally to that bill against the Earl of about it. I believe you will hear Strafford ; I doubt not but God by other means what arguments Almighty hath washed that away I used in that case : but truly with a nore precious blood, the that which is stranger, you that blood of his own Son, and my are Englishmen, behold here an dear Saviour Jesus Christ; and Englishinan before you, and ac- I hope he will wash it away froni knowledged a peer, not condemn- all those that are guilty of it. ed to‘die by any law of England, Truly, this I may say, I had not not by any law of England ; and, the least part mor degree of malshall I tell you more? (which is ice in doing of it ; but I must strangest of all) contrary to all confess again to God's glory, the laws of England that I know and the accusation of mine own of. And truly I will tell you, in frailty, and the frailty of my nathe matter of the civil part of ture, that it was unworthy cow. my death, and the cause that I ardice not to resist so great a have maintained, I die (I take it) torrent as carried that business for maintaining the fifth com- at that time. And truly, this, I mandment, enjoined by God think, I am most guilty of, of himself, which enjoins reverence not courage enough in it, but and obedience to parents. All malice I had none; but whatsodivines on all hands, though they ever it was, God, I am sure, hath contradict one another in many pardoned it, bath given me the several opinions, yet al} divines assurance of it, that Christ Jesus on all hands do acknowledge, his blood hath washed it away ; that here is intended magistracy and truly, I do from my soul and order; and certainly I have wish, that all men that have any obeyed that magistracy and that stain by it may seriously repent, order under which I have lived, and receive a remission and par. which I was bound to obey ; don from God for it. And now, and truly, I can say it very con- Gentlemen, we have an occasion fidently, that I do die here for from this intimation to rememkeeping, for obeying that fifth ber his Majesty our king that commandment given by God last was; and I cannot speak of himself, and written with his him, nor think of it, but I must own finger : and now, Gentle- needs say, that in my opinion, men, I will take this opportunity who have had time to consider to tell you, that I cannot imitate all the images of the greatest a better nor a greater ingenuous- and virtuousest princes in the ness than his, that said of him- world; and, in my opinion, self, for suffering an unjust judge there was not a more virtuous ment upon another, himself was and more sufficient prince known
in the world than our gracious all; God Almighty preserve King Charles that died last: this kingdom ; God Almighty God Almighty preserve our preserve you all.” king that now is, his son ; God Then turning about, and looksend him more fortune and long- ing for the executioner, (who er days; God Almighty so as- was gone off the scaffold) he sist him, that he may exceed said, “ Which is the gentleman ? both the virtues and suficiencies Which is the man ?” Answer of bis father. I pray God re- , was made, he is coming : he store him to this kingdom, and then said, “ Stay, I must pull off unite the kingdoms one to anoth- my doublet first, and my waist. er, and send a great happiness coat." And then the executionboth to you and to him, that he er being come upon the scaffold, may long live and reign among the Lord Capel said, “O friend, you, and that that family may prithee come hither.” Then the reign till thy kingdom come, executioner kneeling down, the that is, while all temporal power Lord Capel said, “ I forgive thee is consummated : I beseech God from my soul, and not only for. of his mercy give much happi- give thee, but I shall pray lo ness to this your king, to you God to give thee all grace for a that shall be his faithful subjects better life. There is five pounds by the grace of Jesus Christ. for thee ; and truly, for my
“ Truly I like my beginning clothes, and those things, if there so well that I will make my con- be any thing due to you, for it clusion with it; that is, that God you shall be fully recompensed ; Almighty wonld confer, of his but I desire my body may not be infinite and inestimable grace stripped here, and nobody to and mercy, to those that are the take notice of my body but my cause of my coming hither, I own servants. Look you, friend, pray God give them as much this I shall desire of you, that mercy as their hearts can wish; when I lie down you would give and for my part I will not accuse me time for a particular short any one of them of malice, truly prayer." I will not, nay, I will not think L. Col. Beecher. Make your there was any malice in them. own sign, my lord. What other end there is, I know. Canel. “ Stay a little : which not, nor will I examine ; but let side do you stand upon ?” (speakit be what it will, from my very ing to the executioner.) “ Stay, şoul I forgive them every one. I think I should lay my hands And so the Lord of heaven bless forward that way (nointing foreyou all, God Almighty be infin- right);” and answer being made, ite in goodness and mercy to yes; he stood still a little while, you, and direct you in those and then said, “ God Almighty ways of obedience to his com- bless all this people ; God Alo mands, to his Majesty, that this mighty stanch this blood ; God kingdom may be an happy and Almighty stanch, stanch, stanch glorious nation again, and that this issue of blood. This will your king may be an happy king not do the business : God Alin so good and so obedient peo- mighty find out another way to ple; God Almighty keep you do it.” And then turning to