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Or when I contemplate that ocean wide
Oh mourner, with a broken heart !
He speaks to thee,
The oil and wine
Of love divine,
By him bound up,
And thou the cup
Go on thy way,
He is thy stay,
His arm shall guide
Thee through the tide,
Thou'lt join the song
Of the blood-washed throng,
And thy mourning shall be ended.
T. G. C. A.
OH MOURNER, WITH A BROKEN HEART!
Oh mourner, with a broken heart!
Doth bear thy cry,
Lo, he is nigh,
Pour out thy plaint
MISS PHEBE PERRY.
hopeless, she said, “I thank them for their The subject of this memoir was a native have a dark, cold river to cross, and I am
candour in not deceiving me ; but oh! I of Homerton, Hackney, London. She was a female of retiring habits, good sense, and going all alone; how awful !” She prayed fond of reading. She attended the minis- would reveal himself to her, and go with
continually and most earnestly, that Jesus try of the word at Homerton-row Chapel, her through the deep waters. Her prayers where her excellent mother had been a
were answered. In his own time he spoke member for many years, and where her father yet remains; but she never joined which she never for a moment doubted her
peace and forgiveness to her soul; after the church herself; never openly professed interest in his love. A calm, settled peace the gospel of Christ; nor was it till her took possession of her soul, and her lanlatter end that religion developed itself in her. But during the whole of her illness guage was— (which lasted nearly three months), her
" I rest my soul on Jesus,
This weary soul of mine." conduct was marked by calm resignation to the will of God; and she was never So long as she had sufficient strength, she known to give utterance to a murmuring was continually repeating Scripture and word. For some weeks, at the commence- hymns, with which, from a child, her mind ment of her illness, she was in a very dark had been well stored; but her extreme state of mind. When informed that her sufferings and weakness very soon premedical attendants pronounced her case vented her from doing this, and then her
chief pleasure was in listening to others as I will, both during her life and in her dying they repeated them. One great favourite hours. The day before her death she told with her was the hymn, commencing- her friends that she could see angels sitting “Oh, talk to me of heaven, I love
by her bed, waiting to convey her longing To hear about my home above." spirit to the land (as she expressed it) another was
“Where everlasting spring abides,
And never-withering flowers." “I heard the voice of Jesus say, Come unto me and rest;
She said, “I shall soon be there ! Comes
chariot wheels tarry.'
In her dying moments she clasped her
handa, and her lips moved in prayer. Her And he has made me glad."
voice was gone; but the words, “Cut it The painful disease which was consum- short,...patience, resignation,” were dising her, prevented her from taking any tinctly heard. Shortly after this her ran. nourishment, and the sufferings caused by somed spirit took its flight to her Lord, hunger were intense. When anyone ex- whom not having seen, she loved. pressed sympathy with her, she would say, She was born, Nov. 20th, 1845; died * This is my cross; you know, 'No cross, Dec. 17th, 1868; and was interred in the
Tower Hamlets Cemetery, Dec. 23rd, 1868. When in the midst of intense agony, she On the following Lord's-day, the pastor of would often say, “Jesus is helping me; Homerton-row Chapel preached, in the and if it were not for that, my pains would evening from Rev. vi. 14, when he drew the make me mad; but He is near, so I don't attention of his hearers to the triumphant mind."
conclusion of a Christian's sufferings, and She used to say "This is a hard battle, read a paper on the affliction of the debut
ceased, the state of her mind, and her “Now we fight the battle,
“The days of our years,” said Moses, silver;" and after hearing a description of
are three-score years and ten,” and it is the process of refining silver, she said, seldom that the span of mortal life is ex. "Then Jesus is sitting
by and watching to tended to four-score years. The life of our see his image reflected in me, that is why departed brother, however, exceeded even he does not take me yet. I do not mind the latter limit, he being nearly ninetymy sufferings, if Jesus is sitting by, and will two years of age, at his death; and in his only conform me to his image.'
history the Psalmist's words were exempli: She was frequently in prayer; and it fied: “They shall still bring forth fruit in old was noticed that she never asked the Lord age; they shall be fat and flourishing, to for a speedy release from her sufferings, shew that the Lord is upright.” without also asking for patience and re
Mr. William Chater was born at Olney, signation to wait bis will. She had bright Buckinghamshire, on Nov. 15th, 1777. He anticipations of heaven, and would often
was the subject of early religious training, say, "I shall indeed be one of those who and though the advantages for children in have come out of much tribulation, and the last century, were in singular contrast have washed their robes, and made them with the facilities for instruction in the white in the blood of the Lamb.
present day, he was well taught—his friends She told her weeping friends that her proving their solicitude for his welfare sufferings
when he was but four years old. He was
then taught to repeat the hymn,commencing “Though painful at present, Would cease before long,
“There is beyond the sky
A hcaven of joy and love;
And holy children, when they die
Go to that world above. She was particularly fond of the hymn
Before he knew the value of prayer, he “Thy will be done,"
was taught by his mother the necessity of every line of which expressed the real feel- making known his wants to God, and en. ings of her heart; and those who knew her couraged to repeat the prayer which our best can testify to the submission and Lord taught his disciples, on retiring to patience with which she bore her Lord's rest each night. A popular writer remarks
A BRIEF SKETCH OF THE PEACEFUL
of this prayer : “In the gospel of Matthew value, that at his request the writer made it is written, After this manner, pray ye.' the words in Joho v. 39: “Search the In the gospel of Luke it is written, When Scriptures,” the subject of his remarks ye pray, say.' The former teaches that when improving the death of his friend. the spirit of the Lord's prayer is the chief His love to the saints, and especially to the thing, and the latter that its words are so poor among them, was great; his visits to simple, so full, and so suitable, that no them being especially welcome. His unbetter can be used.”
deviating faith in his heavenly Father was Mr. C. had the privilege of attending almost to be coveted. Like Moses, he the ministry of Mr. Sutcliffe who was the “endured as seeing Him who is in visible," author of a catechism for children, and in communion with whom his pilgrimage who held a class for the instruction of the was spent. young on the Lord's-day afternoon, which He is now gone to be with that Saviour, our friend attended.
in whom he trusted. He went " to his He was called by grace in early life, and at grave in a full age, like a shock of corn the age of nineteen was baptized in the river cometh in in his season. His excellencies Ouse, by Mr. Saffrey. After his apprentice are mentioned with no view of unduly ship, he settled-in London, and united him exalting the creature, but to magnify the self to the church which worshipped in the grace of God which appeared in him; and old Mitchell-street Chapel, under the to stimulate others to be followers of them pastorate of Mr. Powell, which he after- who, through faith and patience, inherit wards left, and for a time attended the the promises. ministry of Mr. Church and Mr. Davis.
J. T. B. He subsequently became a member of the church at Jireh Chapel, then in Brick-lane, under the pastorate of the late Mr. J. A. Jones. After this he removed his membership to Bethesda Chapel, John's-row (now
MRS. ELIZABETH ROWLAND. Lover-street), and in connection therewith continued (with but a few years
intermis. The old borough town of Guildford, sion) till the time of his death.
Surrey, is not by any means a fruitful soil In the providence of God he was, some for primitive Christianity; but for manyfew years ago, removed to Woburn, Bed- very many years, the truth has been fordshire, where, in the society of a few maintained, and still lives, notwithstanding Christian friends he formed a comfortable the withering influence of ritualism, formhome-his chief regret being that he was de alism, and sentimentalism. Our brother, prived of meeting with the church of Thomas Rowland, came from Clapham, which he was a deacon, and to which he and as pastor of the old Baptist chapel was so much attached.
here, has been labouring some four or five Though so far advanced in life, the years. Most of the churches in London health of our departed friend was generally and in the provinces, know that from good, until a few months before his decease. his infancy he has been deprived of the The immediate cause of his death appears faculty of sight, and for more than half-ato have been a fall, by which he broke one century an earnest labourer in the vineyard of his ribs. In prospect of dissolution he of truth. He has been favoured with a was both calm and happy. On a minister, large measure of domestic felicity, and who visited him, remarking that he was a long companionship with the faithabout to enter the dark valley of the ful, devoted wife of his youth, who shadow of death, he promptly replied, “No, not only brought up a large family, whom no, it is not dark! there must be light to she lived to see respectably settled in life, produce a shadow. And I read, Thou art but was devoted and unremitting in attenwith me,' and it is always light where God tion to her beloved husband. She was his is !” Though his sufferings were great, his companion in travel-ever close by his side end, at last, was most peaceful; he gently at home and abroad, --she was eyes to the fell asleep in Jesus, on Feb. 3rd, 1869, in blind-bis loving ministering angel by day the ninety-second year of his age.
and by night. His character was marked by strict in. But the messenger, death, has been comtegrity and rigid adherence to conviction, missioned to snap asunder those silken and for attendance on the worship of God bonds which made them as one flesh for he was a pattern. His love of the Scrip- more than fifty-two years. Our dear tures was intense. Several hours in every sister had been failing for the last twelve day being devoted to this sacred employ months, her earthly tabernacle shaking and ment; such was his conviction of their extremely feeble ; but as the outward man decayed, the inward man was renewed day rounded by her bereaved husband and sor. by day. She was a blessed illustration of rowing family, in sure and certain hope of a that Scripture, “To be spiritually.minded glorious resurrection at the last trumpet's is life and peace;” and manifesting to all sound. Those who were present left the who knew her that she possessed “the grave mentally ejaculating, “Let me die ornament of a meek and quiet spirit which the death of the righteous, and let my last is in the sight of God of great price." end be like hers."
When in “the swellings of Jordan,” the He who pens these few lines can truly afflicted husband whispered in her ear a sympathise with his bereaved brother in favourite text: “ I have loved thee with an the intensity of his grief. During the last everlasting love,” &c. “Ah !” she said, year his own beloved wife was only rescued "everlasting love ! — everlasting ?” — And as by a miracle from he jaws of death, when
brought from the bottom of a well 20 feet “One gentle sigh, her fetters broke,"
deep | and, for the third time, is now an And she was called up higher to be " for inmate of the Royal Hospital for Lunatics,
at Bethlehem. ever with the Lord,” on the 1st Feb., 1869,
Brother Rowland is therefore not only in the 78th year of her pilgrimage. The writer paid the last tribute of brother and companion in tribulation.
our fellow-labourer in the gospel, but our Christian affection, in words of sympathy and hope, to those assembled in the chapel
CORNELIUS SLIM. of the Guildford Cemetery, and committed Guildford, Surrey. her earthly remains to the silent tomb-sur
The Inquisition of Dissent. No. 1. Price by his recreant conduct, should refuse to 2d.
recognize him as a minister of their deThis lusus naturce has come into the cold; nomination, or to hold denominational fel“stark naked born and raving mad,” direct lowship with him? This silent reproba. ing its “ foamy venom" against the Congre- tion of his. conduct was necessary to gationalists and Particular Baptists. Against preserve their integrity, their efficiency, the Congregationalists, for striking from
their and their hold of public confidence. Union roll the name of Mr. Brewin Grant,
The Particular Baptists have no other on the grounds of having suspended his min organization than what belongs to their isterial duties, and devoted himself to de respective churches. This, perhaps, is liverances in the shape of lectures on behalf their weak point. They have, however, of Church Establishments ; against the Par- their public organs which represent their cular Baptists, for having given unfavour- principles and their practice, and through able notices of a tract entitled “A Baptist them they have sufficiently expressed their Minister's Appeal; or, Ten Reasons in condemnation of “A Baptist Minister's favour of Church and State.” We cannot Appeal.”. It is the kind of notice these see what injustice, or what hardship, Mr. periodicals have taken of these reasons, Brewin Grant has to complain of.
When that has roused the irate author of “ The a man adopts a set of principles antago- Inquisition of Dissent” into untransferable nistic to the denomination he has
represented; when he adopts and avows these
The “Inquisition of Dissent" seems to principles at a particular crisis, and under
us an undignified apologia for making merconditions which are suited to wound de- chandise of anything you can.
It sets a nominational susceptibilities, if not to ex
marketable value on all sorts of principles, cite grave suspicions respecting the finer and puts up religion to the highest bidder. secrets that touch the springs of action ; Shakespere is the writer's oracle, and from and when to this is added an industrious his oracle we were tempted to make a quocirculation of these new principles just tation or two; but judging the author is when and where the old ones might have no stranger to the Biglow papers, we prefer done good service,—when these facts are a quotation from them, in which Lowell conned over, can Mr. Grant, can his new lays down the theory that, admirers, can any thinking man feel sur- “A merciful providence fashioned us holler, prised that a whole body of men who had On purpose that we might our principles swoller.” been betrayed, grieved, and dishonoured | Presuming the nameless-we will not say
shameless_author of No. 1, has trans- | author of it is ready with his proofs. But ferred Lowell's conception to himself, he what we most admire is the sagacity and must have swallowed his principles, pero prudence of his closing sentence, which is haps long since, that is to say, supposing one by itself, and eminently emphatic, half he ever had any to swallow, so that his of it being italicised. As if fancying among conscience by this time, if by this time he his numerous readers, some might have has a conscience, must be peacefully lolling the fear of Basinghall-street before their in the easy chair of universal scepticism, eyes, and portray a bankrupt author or under a plenary deliverance from all moral editor, or both, he soothingly assures these obligation. To him fair is the wind when timid souls that he has a stock in trade fortune is kind; for all is grist that enters sufficient for future demands : “ We have his mill. Principles or no principles, these more to say,” he adds, “about the Inquisior those, are the same to him. The only tion of Dissent." So has Mr. Grant. We question is, which will suit best, which shall see. will pay best-principles or no principles ? This line or that? Old principles or new? The Foreign Protestant Pulpit. Part 1, Adherence or change?
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as models; and as they are free from Ger"makes gain godliness.” To every human
man neology and ritualistic tendencies, soul we accord the natural, indefeasible they have a better claim to our attention right he has to his own mind, and the than the general run of sermons. The right of exercising it upon all religious first sermon reminds us of Saurin and subjects, free from Government control and Claude. human restraint of any kind. What we plead for is, not restriction but integrity. The Plan Unfolded. By JAMES BIDEN. We hold that this sacred franchise, which
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gion;" the serpent “stands a symbol for One piece of information is new to us, the subtle ingenuity in man which leads for which we suppose the author of Ten him to trespass,” with much more of the Reasons, with ourselves, feels some little same kind, which, should the reader not be indebtedness. The author of this new sated thereby, he may turn to the works serial says—but he may any hour swallow of Emanuel Swedenbourg and study the what he says—“Mr. B. is known as a celestial senses." minister and a gentleman in almost every circle.” Certainly we shall not controvert The Garden Oracle and Floricultural Year $0 pleasant a statement, especially as the Book for 1869. 1s. Groombridge.