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drop.fatness"--it was on one of those evenings, as re. turning from the labours of the day, which had been occupied in the humble and unnoticed, but important and apostolic duty of visiting from house to house, that I first saw and became acquainted with her. She was sitting at the door of one of the humblest of our cabins, with the Bible on her knees, intently reading ;-so intently that she observed me not until I was standing close beside her. You are blessedly engaged said I. Looking up with some surprise at the unexpected address, she replied, she was.; that having finished the little business of the day, she had taken the book of God; to hear his comforts, and to learn his will. She then invited me to enter her lowly dwelling: It was small-it was poor-but it was clean-and it had that air of regularity and order which I have ever observed the accompanying mark of a well regulated Christian mind.
She appeared to have fully reached that limit of her years, beyond which the Psalmist says" are labour and sorrow." In reply to my inquiries, I learned she lived alone, with the exception of a little grand-child, whose return she was expecting from a neighbouring school.
“ But,” said she, correcting herself, “I am not alone; I find that God is with me; I have his precious word to cheer and comfort me; I have seen his servant enter my humble dwelling; and though a widow of nearly four-score years, with no other inmate than that little child, yet I am not alone”. and she lifted up her voice in thanks and praises. At the close of a day in which I had much to grieve for, in that want of vital godliness, which I had witnessed in the conversation of many whom I had visited-a day which impressed deeply on my heart the truth of the prophet's declaration :
Many they are and dry,
Spread through the open vale;
Within the Christian pale :
The scattered bones I see ;
A hideous cemetry?”
overlooked by the world, in that day when he would make up his jewels. The last beams of the setting sun, as he was sinking with calm and peaceful radiance behind the low western hills, were shedding their parting light through the little window of the widow's eabis"Emblem said I of peace and rest, as I looked on the aged Christian, whose lowly dwelling he was thus illominating with his lingering rays--sweet type of the closing days of the aged believer now before me. Like you, the beams of a brighter sun, even the Sun of Righteousness, have not disdained to enter to comfort and enlighten the lowly dwelling of her heart ; and like you, when a few days more shall have ruu their course, she will retire from this world in calmness and peace, only to rise with brighter radiance in another.
“Just such is the Cbristian ; his course he begins, -
And travels his heavenly way ;
Of rising in brighter array." It reminded me that it was time to depart, as I had a considerable distance to travel to my own home; and I promised to the widow, if it should please God, I would again return to see her. On my way homewards I felt comforted, my mind refreshed, and my spirits cheered: I had seen and converged with one who was God's work. manship in Christ Jesus ; one who had no other teaching than the teaching of God's Spirit and word, and by these had been made « .wise unto salvation;" and having breathed a prayer of thanks to God for having giveni me such a sight, I determined, if spared, to repeat my visit to the cabin.
It was, however, some considerable time before I was able to accomplish my purpose. When I again saw her, it was a season of trial and sore visitation. The poor were suffering for want of bread. But I found the same unshaken trast, the same cheering confidence marked her conversation. In reply to my inquiries, how slie was supported throughout this trying time, her appeal was to the word of God, and to the comforting influences of the promises. She shewed that she had drink deep of that spirit of the Saviour, when he said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word which proceedeth out of the mouth of God. She had cast herself on the Lord, in confidence of hope, and she firmly believed, that the God who fed the fowls of the air, had left his promise and his pledge, that he would bountifully supply the wants of those who trasted in him. She knew that he who was ministering the bread of heaven for the wants of her soul, would provide the daily bread for the wants of the body : “ O fear the Lord," was the language which came from her heart" fear the Lord, ye his saints : for there is no want to them that fear him. The younge lions doʻlack and suffer hunger ; but they that seek the Lord shall not want' any good thing."
... A cheerful sub. mission to every dispensation of the providence of God, she declared was our duty ; and aged and frail,” said she,
as I am, if the ure of want will compel me, and no other opening in the providence of God appear for my support, with cheerfulness will I take up my bag and staff, and whilst begging from door to door, will bless his adorable name.' It is evident the world, change as it might, could but lightly affect one, who had learned as an apostle had learned long before, " in whatever state" God's providence should place her, there with to be content."
This deadness to the world, with its accompanying unconformedness to the spirit of the world, was strikingly exemplified on another occasion. It was wlien a few of her neighbours, who were gathered round her, were dis. coursing on the subject of our late king's visit to this land : a subject which, at the time, engrossed almost every heart and every tongue; and whilst each was telling of some one or other of the rich and the great who had gone to salute their sovereign, and to welcome him to our shore, I saw the tear trickling down her pale and furrowed cheek, as she sat a 'silent and apparently unconcerned auditor of their conversation. 'I asked the reason why she wept. And never shall I forget her reply. "I heard," said she," while they told of the rich and the noble flocking to do honour, and to pay homage to their earthly king, a poor weak mortal like themselves; and I thought when my Saviour, beaven's glorious king appeared when he left the Father's bosom, the glories of heaven, the service of ministering angels, and the praises of adoring spirits—where were the rich, the noble, and the mighty of the world then? The stable of an inn was the humble dwelling--the manger was the lowly bed. I contrasted the splendour and the costly preparations for an earthly monarch's passing stay, with the sad, the cruel neglect of the King of kings, and therefore was it that I wept.”
She wept 'much for the dishonour done to the Saviour by sinners. But that which most sadly affected her was the deep, the destroying sin of blasphemy-that daring defiance of God, which the blasphemer manifests, by taking His name in vain. So deeply was her heart penetrated with a sense of reverence and love to Jesus, ihat I never saw her name that sacred name without visible emotion. But let it not be supposed, that religion was with her a mere sentiment or a feeling; it was a principle deeply implanted in her heart. The result of the" love of Godshed abroad” there “by the power of the Holy Ghost.” It sustained her in loneliness and want, in age and infirmily, and it upheld her through the trying scenes of the closing hour. During the illness which preceded her dissolution, it pleased God to try the graces which He had wrought in her. The adversary was permitted to assail her with his temptations, as she entered on her passage through the dark valley of the shadow of death. At that trying hour she felt not merely humbled, under a sense of her un. worthiness, she was sorely harassed and distressed. These harassing and distressing thoughts rose like the boisterous waters around the disciple of old, until she almost felt ready to perish. But the distress was only for a brief season: her doubts and fears passed away. The light of faith shewed her the Saviour near, with out-stretched arm ready to sustain his servant: and her latter end was marked with that holy peace, which nothing but an assured trust, and a reposing confidence in a reconciled God in Christ, can impart. "Strong in the faith,” she gave glory to God on the bed of death. Like the priests of old bearing the ark of the Lord, she entered the deep and dark, but narrow river. Its waters parted on either side. And the eye of faith, as it followed her, could behold the aged believer standing safe on the bappy shore. Nor is this conclusion unwarranted or unfounded. Her heart was filled with love to God her Saviour. It was in truth emptied of every thing else. And whence could this love to God.come, but from the source of love. Like the river
of life, it springs from under the throne of God and the Lamb. “We love him, because he first loved us."
“How bless'd the righteous when he dies !
When sinks a weary soul to rest,
How gently heaves th’expiring breast !
So sioks the gale when storms are o'er;
So dies a wave along the shore,
Light from its load the spirit flies;
How bless'd the righteous when he dies."
Yes, “ blessed are the dead whọ die in the Lord, from henceforth, yea, saith the Spirit, for they rest from their labours, and their works do follow them."
THE CONTRAST. As a CONTRAST to the death-bed of this servant of God, I present you with another.
A 'H. was school-master in the village of D_+n; and in respect of literary attainments, was well qualified for the situation. As a teacher, he felt and much regretted the want of a Grammar of the English tongue; and to meet that want, had compiled one for the use of his own pupils, and was about preparing it for the press, when it was superseded by the Grammar of the late venerable Lindley Murray. And when we say it was second to this one, we bestow on it no small meed of praise. But his literary attainments were sadly outweighed by his want of religion and morality. He was infidel in his principles, and dissolute in his life. Were we to assign any other cause, beside the natural alienation of the heart of man from God, we might seek it perhaps in the plan of his early education. Having been destined by bis parents for the priesthood of Rome, and having no other view of religion than what was presented to him by that " mys. tery of iniquity," we need not wonder, as it has led so many thousand others, who have not come to God's revealed word to learn God's revealed will, that it led him first into speculative, und then into practical infidelity. Even the outward forms of religion he had learned to neglect; or if at any time he was seen in the assemblies of God's people, it was only to mock at religion, and make its doctrines a jest.