Imágenes de páginas

died, and risen again, all the powers of man could never have produced such lives of benevolence, nor a death so full of contrition, yet so embalmed with hope. "Hallelujah unto Him who loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father: to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."

Mrs. Graham's death created a strong sensation in the public mind. Several clergymen in New York made. this event the subject of their discourses; and in the annual reports of many charitable institutions, an affectionate tribute of respect was paid to her memory. Two of the chief magistrates of the city said to Mr. B—, that they considered the death of Mrs. Graham as a public loss. The Rev. Doctor Mason was requested to preach a sermon on this occasion. How ably he executed this trust is well known to the public. The hymn she quoted to him was sung after the sermon.


At the weekly Prayer meeting which she usually attended, the circumstances of her death were made subjects of improvement. On the 16th of July she was a worshipper with her brethren and sisters there, and on the evening of the 30th they were called to consider her by faith as in the immediate presence of her God, among "the spirits of the just made perfect."

The services of that evening were closed with a hymn from Dobell's collection, which being descriptive of her happy change, shall be given here at length, as a proper conclusion of this imperfect sketch of her life.

* The perusal of this sermon has already led to the establishment of two respectable orphan societies, and of one adult school in the United States.

"Tis finish'd! the conflict is past,
The heav'n-born spirit is fled;
Her wish is accomplish'd at last,
And now she's entomb'd with the dead.

The months of affliction are o'er,

The days and the nights of distress; We see her in anguish no more

She's gained her happy release.

No sickness, or sorrow, or pain,

Shall ever disquiet her now; For death to her spirit was gain, Since Christ was her life when below.

Her soul has now taken its flight
To mansions of glory above,
To mingle with angels of light,
And dwell in the kingdom of love.

The victory now is obtain'd;

She's gone her dear Saviour to see ; Her wishes she fully has gain'd

She's now where she longed to be.

The coffin, the shroud, and the grave,
To her were no objects of dread;
On Him, who is mighty to save,

Her soul was with confidence stay'd.

Then let us forbear to complain,

That she is now gone from our sight; We soon shall behold her again,

With new and redoubled delight.


Edinburgh, March, 1789.

JEREMIAH xlix. 11.

Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let thy widows trust in me.

THE Lord's promise which he made to me in the days of my widowhood, and which I have made the subject of my prayers from day to day-taking the words in a spiritual sense. The Lord has done wonders for me and mine, since the day I was left a widow with three orphans, and the fourth not born, in a strange land, without money, at a distance from friends; or rather without friends. Hitherto he has supplied all my wants, and laid to hand every necessary, and many comforts; supporting character and credit; making a way for me through the wilderness, pointing out my path, and settling the bounds of my habitation.

For all these blessings I desire to be grateful to the God of providence, whose is the earth, and the fulness thereof: but these I cannot take as the substance of the promise; neither have they been the chief matter of my prayers. The salvation and the life I have wrestled for, is that which Christ died to purchase, and lives to bestow, even spiritual life, and salvation from sin. My God knows I have sought first the kingdom of God for my children, leaving temporal things to be given or withheld,

as may best suit with the conversion and sanctification of their souls. I have not asked for them health, beauty, riches, honours, or temporal life; God knows what share of these consists with their better interests: let him give or withhold, accordingly. One thing I have asked of the Lord, one thing only, and will persist in asking, trust in him for, and for which I think I have his promise, even the life of their and my souls. My petition for myself and mine is contained in 1 Thessalonians, v. 23; -and my anchor of hope is found in the following verse, and in Jeremiah xlix. 11.

Edinburgh, March 17, 1789.

This day, from the head of his own table, did the Lord by his servant Mr. R-, proclaim his name the I AM, and call on me to write under what I would, for time and eternity. My soul rejoices that God is, and that he is what he is; nothing less than himself can content me, nothing more do I desire.

This great I AM is my portion-what can I ask beside? He has opened mine eyes to see his excellency; he hath determined my will to choose him for my portion. He has arranged and set in order, a rich testament sealed by the blood of his own Son, containing every blessing for time and for eternity. All my heart's desire is there promised, and faith given to believe there shall be a full performance. What have I to say then, but, Amen, do as thou hast said? Father, glorify thy name. Thou hast said, "Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean; from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take

away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh; and I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God." Amen. Lord, do as thou hast said. Behold I will take hold of thy covenant for myself and for my children. It is well ordered in all things, and it is sure. My heart accords to every part of it. Wilt thou guide us by thy counsel while we live, and afterwards receive us to thy glory? Amen, and Amendo as thou hast said.

If we forsake thy laws and go astray; if we depart from thee, and break thy commandments, wilt thou visit our faults with rods, and our sins with chastisements? Blessed promise! Amen, Lord, do as thou hast said: seeing thy loving-kindness is secured to us, and thou wilt not cast us off from being thy people, nor alter that which thou hast spoken; wilt thou keep us as the apple of thine eye? Wilt thou cover us with the shadow of thy wing? Art thou my husband? Art thou the Father of my fatherless children? Wilt thou be the Stay of these orphans, and their and my Shield in a strange land? Wilt thou perfect what concerns us? Wilt thou care for us? Wilt thou never "leave us, never forsake us?" In the valley of the shadow of death, shall thy rod and staff support us? What can thy servant say, but, Amen, do as thou hast said.

New York, August 26, 1790.

READING over my former experience has a little revived this cold heart. Strange things hast thou done for

[ocr errors]
« AnteriorContinuar »