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iron, that I might visit every one, last hours, whether retaining the and say, ' Escape for thy life? Ah, control of his faculties, or wandersinners! you
little know how I fearing in delirium, the ruling purpose, that you will lay the blame of your the reigning affections of his soul, damnation at my door !”
were equally manifest. He was so gard to his devotions he seems to sanctified, his heart was a perpetual have obeyed the injunction—"pray hymn. “ He exclaimed with joy. without ceasing ;" and to have un. ful voice, . My soul is escaped as a derstood the parable of Christ, spo- bird out of the snare of the fowler; ken “ to this end, that men ought the snare is broken, and I am escaalways to pray, and not to faint.” ped.' His countenance as he said Yet he had stated seasons for devo- ihis, bespoke inward peace. Ever tional exercises, in which much time afterward he was observed 10 be was occupied each day. Besides, happy; and at supper time that he used often to rise very early in evening, when taking a little re. the morning, especially on the Sab- freshment, he gave thanks, "sor bath, that he might have long con- strength in the time of weaknesstinued communion with God, as ap- for light in the time of darknesspears by the following extracts. for joy in the time of sorrow-for “ Awoke early by the kind provi- comforting us in all our tribulations, dence of God, and had uncommon that we may be able to comfort freedom and fervency in keeping those that are in any trouble, by the the concert for prayer this morn. comfort wherewith we ourselves are ing before light.” “ Must try to get comforted of God.'” " He continearly to bed on Saturday, that I ued most generally engaged, while may rise a great while before day.” the delirium lasted, either in pray. These early hours of prayer on the ing or preaching to his people, and Sabbath he endeavored to have all always apparently in a happy frame, his life, not for study, but for prayer. till the morning of his death. On
His piety was growing from the that morning he lified up his hands day he devoted himself to Christ as if in the attitude of pronouncing till he died. This fact is proved by the blessing, and then sapk down. his whole recorded life, and by his Not a groan or sigh, but only a quiv. writings. In the language of his er of the lip, and his soul was at rest. friend :
As we have already seen, Mc" He was never satisfied with his own
Cheyne had peculiar qualifications attainments in holiness; he was ever for the ministry, in his natural talready 19 learn, and quick to apply any ents and disposition, in his educasuggestion that might tend to his greater tion, and from the teaching of the usefulness. He used, near the close of his life, to sing a psalm or hymn every
Holy Spirit. His success was anday after dinner. li was often,' The Lord swerable to his qualifications and is my Shepherd; or, .( may we stand his fidelity. During the early days before the Lamb.' Sometimes it was that
of his ministry, he saw
no fruits hymn, “O for a closer walk with God;' and sometimes the psalm, 0 that I like among his bearers, though he was a dove had wings. A friend said of him, improving rapidly, and getting ready * I have sometimes compared him to the for the harvest already preparing. silver and graceful ash, with its pensile As if 10 assure him that Dundee was branches and leaves of gentle green, reflecting gleams of bappy sunshine The
to be the field of his stated labor, fall of iis leaf, too, is like the fall of his- two persons were converted the first it is green to-oight, and gone to-morrow- nighi he preached there. He was it does not sear or wither.'"-p. 133.
ordained the 24th of November, As his life was a constant pro. 1836, in his twenty-fourth year, and gress in holiness, so his death was from that time to the day of his death answerable to such a life. In his there were probably very few weeks
when some persons were not un. in preaching, in visiting from house commonly solicitous for the salva- to house in a parish containing four tion of their souls. His preaching, thousand souls, in superintending so far as we can discover, was very Sabbath schools and holding evening plain in style and in the sense of meetings in various sections of his faithfulness in declaring the whole large parish, in conversing with the counsel of God. He had a happy anxious, in correspondence, and in faculty for illustrating the truth, and excursions as an evangelist. “In for gaining the attention and the his brief diary he records, on a cerassent of his hearers. His sermons tain day, thai iwenty anxious souls were instructive in religious expe- had that night been conversing with rience. He soon learned to be him ; many of them very deeply methodical in arranging his discour interested.'' He occasionally fixed ses, and clear in stating his points. an evening for the purpose
of meetHis auditors perceived his sincerity; ing with those who were awakened ; and the affection beaming from his and in one of his note-books there eyes, and every feature of his speak. are at least four hundred visits reing countenance, melted their hearts. corded, made to him by inquiring Many loved him who hated his souls, in the course of that and the message ; and no doubt many were following years.” He was entirely led to Christ through their attach. devoted to his work, desiring no ment to his servant. An awful so. earthly honors. Believing that his lemnity was produced by his preach. Master had called him to Dundee, ing, the audience feeling as if in he had no desire to leave, till he the presence of Jehovah. During had an intimation from the same the first two years of his ministry source. In a letter to a friend, he at Dundee, there was
says: " I have been asked to leave which we should denominate a re. this place again and again, but have vival, but sinners were frequently never seen my way clear to do so. convicted of sin, and brought into I feel quite at the disposal of my the glorious liberty of the gospel. divine Master. I gave myself away And in addition, “it was obvious to to him when I began my ministry, all that the love of Christians was and he has guided me as by the raised as much by his holy walk as pillar-cloud from the first day until by his heavenly ministry. Yet,"
I think I would leave this says his friend, " during these pleas. place to-morrow, if he were to bid ant days, he had much reproach to me; but as to seeking removal, I bear. He was the object of super dare not and could not. If my min. cilious contempt to formal, cold. istry were unsuccessful-if God hearted ministers, and of bitter hafrowned upon the place and made tred to many of the ungodly ; very my message voidhen I would deep was the enmity borne to him willingly go; for I would rather beg by some—all the deeper because the my bread than preach without suc. only cause of it was his likeness to
An anecdote may be men. his Master. But nothing turned him tioned, as bearing on this point. aside. He was full of ardor-ever Conversing with a ministerial friend, gentle, and meek, and generous ; as to what might be their duty in full of zeal, yet never ruffled by case of the disruption of the church, his zeal ; and not only his strength and where they might be scattered, of first love,' but even its warın -the friend said he could preach glow, seemed in him to suffer no Gaelic, and might go to the Highdecay."
landers in Canada. Mr. McCheyne His physical and mental powers said—“I think of going to the mawere tasked to their utmost strength, ny thousand convicts that are trans.
ported beyond seas, for no man ca. During his absence, the Holy Spirit reth for their souls.” He loved to was poured out in a wonderful man. preach, and thousands hung upon " The whole town was mor. his lips with delight. He could
He could ed. Many believers doubted; the scarcely ever refuse an invitation to ungodly raged; but the word of preach. And this did not arise from God grew mightily and prevailed." the natural excitement there is in McCheyne heard the joyful tidings commanding the attention of thou- on his homeward journey, and his bands; for he was equally ready to heart overflowed with joy and gratproclaim Christ to small country itude. There was no jealousy and Aocks. He remarked, “I observe repining because God had wrought how often Jesus went a long way by another, but sincere rejoicing in for one soul, as for example the ma. the work. He returned while his niac, and the woman of Canaan.” flock were in the midst of the revi. In the early part of 1843, he went val, and he was ready to enter into on a preaching excursion, by ap- its spirit. God continued to send pointment of the Convocation. down his renewing and sanctifying
“ He set out as unclouded and happy influences, till great multitudes of as the sky that was above bis head ibat the old and young, the rich and poor, bright morning. During the space of the vulgar and the fashionable, bethree weeks, he preached or spoke at meetings in four-and-twenty places, some
lieved on the Lord Jesus Christ. times more than once in the same place. After some weeks, the work in a Great impression was made upon the peo- measure subsided. We are told, ple. One who tracked his footsteps a month after his death, states, that sympa.
“the work of the Spirit went on, thy with the priociples of our suffering the stream flowing gently; for the church was awakened in many places; heavy showers had fallen, and the but above all, a thirst was excited for the overflowing of the waters had pass. pure word of life. The people loved 10 speak of him. In one place, where a
ed by.” And the stream continued meeting had been intimated, the people to flow gently, but purely, during assembled, resolving to cast stones at him the remaining three years of his as soon as he should begin to speak; but
life. Several hundred were gath. no sooner had he begun, than his manner, his look, his words, riveted them all,
ered into the church of Christ, and and they listened with intense earnest- for the most part, gave evidence ness; and before he left the place, the
of being members of the invisible people gathered round bim, entreating church, whose names are written in him to stay and preach to them. One man, who had cast mud at him, was af
the Lamb's book of life.. terwards moved to tears on hearing of his The secret of his success was his death."-p. 143.
holiness as a Christian, and his fidel. When setting out on his journey ity as a minister. He used to speak to the East, he took pains to secure of discouragement, when God for a for his flock a faithful shepherd, as few months or weeks seemed to be will appear from the following note withholding his hand from saving 10 Rev. William C. Burns.—You souls. The following passage de are given in answer to prayer, and serves to be deeply pondered. these gifts are, I believe, always
“If he was not right in thus hastily without exception, blessed. I hope forgetting the past for a little, still this you may be a thousand times more feature of his ministry is to be well conblessed among them than ever I was.
sidered. He entertained so full a per
suasion that a faithful minister has every Perhaps there are many souls that
reason to expect to see souls converted would never have been saved under
under him, that when this was withheld, my ministry, who may be touched he began to fear that some bidden evil under yours; and God has taken was provoking the Lord and grieving the this method of bringing you into my
Spirii. And ought it not to be so with
all of us? Ougbt we not 10 suspect, eiplace. • His name is Wonderful.' ther that we are not living near to God,
or that our message is not a true transcript would like to depart and be with of the glad tidings, in both matter and Christ—10 mount the Pisgah-top, manner, when we see no souls brought to Jesus? God may certainly bide from our and take a farewell look of the knowledge much of what he accomplish- church below, and leave my body es by our means, but as certainly will he and be present with the Lord. Ah, bring to our view some seals of our ministry, in order that our persuasion of be.
it is far better!” Again : “I do not ing thus sent by bim may solemnize and expect to live long. I expect a sud. overawe us, as well as lead us on to un- den call some day-perhaps soonwearied labor. Ought it not to be the in. and therefore I speak very plainly.” and College-halls_Thanks be unto God, According to his full persuasion, he which always causeth us to triumph in died early, but he has left us the reChrist, and maketh manifest the savor of cord of a godly and useful ministry his knowledge by us in every place.' 2 for our admonition and encourageCor. 2: 14.”
ment. Nor can we wonder that the What valid reason is there for death of such a man made a deep doubting the truth of this view ?. sensation in Dundee. On the eve. When we doubt that God crowns ning after his death, his people were faithful exertions with success, do met together in the church, “and we not excuse ourselves quite as such a scene of sorrow has not often much as we honor divine sovereign. been witnessed in Scotland. It was ly? The ministry of Christ was like the weeping for king Josiah. short, but more than five hundred Hundreds were there; the lower brethren—all his disciples-saw him part of the church was full; and at one time. (1 Cor. 15: 6.) The none among them seemed able to labors of the Apostles were wonder contain their sorrow. Every heart fully successful. Edwards, Brain. seemed bursting with grief, so that erd, Wesley, Tennent, Whitefield, the weeping and the cries could be and other holy men, are witnesses heard afar off. On the day of his that God blesses the faithful and burial, business was quite suspended holy. This was the belief of Mc. in his parish. The streets, and eve. Cheyne. " In the case of a faith- ry window, from the house to the ful ministry, success is the rule ; grave, were crowded with those who want of it the exception. For it is felt that a prince in Israel had fallwritten, 'In doing this thou shalten; and many a careless man felt both save thyself and them that hear a secret awe creep over his harden. thee.' He expected it, and the Lord ed soul, as he cast bis eye on the exceeded his hopes.” At one time solemn spectacle." he writes, " I feel persuaded that if A word about the “ Life and ReI could follow the Lord more fully mains." The author of the one and myself, my ministry would be used the editor of the other, is the Rev. to make a deeper impression than it Andrew Bonar, of Callace, Scothas yet done."
land, a friend of McCheyne, and a We know not what he might have congenial spirit. We earnestly redone, for he was about to be sum- commend the work to private Chrismoned to another sphere of labor. tians and young ministers, as filling Nor was he unprepared. In the a place in the library which no othJanuary preceding his death," he er can. Feeling grateful to the was breathing after glory.” In his friend who called our attention to letters, written a short time before the contemplation of a character so his death, but while he was in usual holy and so lovely as that of Mchealth, there are such expressions Cheyne, we are sure of receiving as these : " I often pray, Lord, make the ihanks of all who may be indume as holy as a pardoned sinner ced by us to read his life and wri. can be made." “Often, often, 1 tings.
We know not how more appro
Not like the shower, whose freshening drops
Wake to new life the sun-parched day, priately to conclude our notice of whose rustle in the tall tree tops this lovely Christian, than by the Sends heart-thrills to each quivering spray:following beautiful lines, before un
Though rainbow's rise to span the scene,
Though grateful songs its welcome speak, published, in which the flimsy in. Sinking from sight, thai crystal's sheen tangibilities of religious transcen- To.morrow thou in vain may'st seek. dentalism, bewildering the head Not like the brook, whose onward rush, while they chill the heart, the rap
So full of sparkling, noisy glee,
Awoke frora emulous birds a gush turous intensity of highly wrought Of ringing, wild-wood extacy :religious emotion, the noisy zeal Alas for flowers, that, on its bank, and pretension of excited animal
Hang their bright heads, and, drooping, die !
The summer's sun its waters drank, feeling, and the deeper and more And now its pebbly bed is dry. powerful, but fluctuating impetus of
Not like the wave, whose measured swell periodical piety-all pass in review Breaks gently on the silver sand, to be condemned, while the true el. Or, gathering might beneath the wing
Of tempests, smites the echoing strand ements of the Christian's interior
Wave asıer wave may seek the shore, life, constancy and progress, are And on their wealih of waters urge evolved from ihe beautiful compari. A few brief hours—then turns the ude,
And backward rolls the inconstant surge. son of Scripture, Isa. 48: 18,“ Then should thy peace have been
But like a river, calm and clear,
A stately river, full and free, as a river."
Whose broad expanse, serenely spread,
The blue sky's mirror well may be, Not like the cloud, whose misty fold
Yet with a steady current's force Gathers around some mountain height
Is ever hastening to the sea :Its graceful wreaths are thin and cold,
No vexing wind, no ebbing tide, Ever most dim to nearest sight.
No shallow sources quickly dried, Its golden haze decks sun-lit skies,
Have power to stay ils on ward course :Or glows beneath the setting day,But night shall dim its glorious dyes,
Such is the peace thine heritage shall be, The wind shall drive it far away.
Peace like a river gives thy God to thee!
THE PROPOSED SUBSTITUTION OF SECTARIAN
FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
In the last number of our last all distinctively sectarian religious volume, in a note to an article on instruction ; and have evinced a de“ The common school controversy sire to have schools which would in Massachusetts, we announced be under their exclusive supervision. our intention to give a distinct con. The Roman Catholics almost unisideration to the subject of "paro versally, their priests quite universalchial schools”—by which phrase ly, have opposed the attendance of we mean church schools-schools children of that denomination upon under the direction, control, and sup- the public schools ; and have, in port of religious sects or denomina. some instances, requested or de. tions.
manded a portion of the public This subject has, of late, been ur- school money for the support of ged on the public attention in vari. Roman Catholic schools. Episcoous ways. For many years past, pal conventions, and Episcopal bishin this country, several religious de- ops in their-charges, have recom. nominations have manifested not a mended the establishment of Epis. little uneasiness at the prevalent copal schools, especially those of a common school system, because it higher grade. The section of the excludes (as from its nature it must) Presbyterian Church, called “old