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been worse tried than myself, in the same man ner as you express; though I must be thankful it has not been often.

"You ask direction of me, my dear brother. I am too inexperienced myself to be capable of directing others; yet if the little time I have been employed for God has furnished me with any thing worthy of communication, it will be imparted to no one with more readiness than to you.

"I should advise you when you have been distressed by hesitation, to reflect whether it arose from an inability to recollect your ideas or to ob. tain words suited to convey them. If the former, I think these two directions may be serviceable; First, Endeavour to think in a train. Let one idea depend upon another in your discourses, as one link does upon another in a chain. For this end I have found it necessary to arrange my subjects in the order of time. Thus, for instance,If speaking of the promises, I would begin with those which were suited to the earliest quiries of a convinced soul: as pardon, suistance in prayer, wisdom, &c.: then go to these parts of Christian experience which are usually subsequent to the former: as, promises of support in afflictions, deliverance from temptations, and perseverance in grace closing with a review of those which speak of support in death, and final glory. Then all the varieties of description respecting the glory of heaven will follow in natural order: as, the enlargement of the understanding, purification of the affections, intercourse with saints, angels, and Christ himself, which will be eternal; thus beginning with the lowest marks of grace, and ascending step by step, you at last arrive in the fruition of faith. This mode is most natural, and most pleasing to the hearers, as well as assisting to the preacher; for one idea gives

birth to another, and he can hardly help going forward regularly and easily.


Secondly, Labour to render your ideas transparent to yourself. Never offer to introduce a thought, which you cannot see through before you enter the pulpit.-You have read in Claude, that the best preparative to preach from a subject, is to understand it and I think Bishop Burnet says, No man properly understands any thing, who cannot at any time represent it to oth


"If your hesitation proceeds from a want of words, I should advise you--1. To read good and easy authors: Dr. Watts especially.-2. Fo write a great part of your sermons, and for a while get at least the leading ideas of every head of discourse by heart, enlarging only at the close of every thought.-3. Sometimes, as in the end of sermons, or when you preach in villages, start off in preaching beyond all you have premeditated. Fasten on some leading ideas; as, the solemnity of death, the awfulness of judgment, the necessity of a change of heart, the willingness of Christ to save, &c. Never mind how far you ramble from the point, so as you do not lose sight of it; and if your heart be any way warm, you will find some expressions then fall from your lips, which your imagination could not produce in an age of studious application.-4. Divest yourself of all fear. If you should break the rules of grammar, or put in, or leave out a word, and recollect at the end of the sentence the impropriety; unless it makes nonsense, or bad divinity, never try to mend it, but let it pass. If so, perhaps only a few would notice it; but if you stammer in trying to mend it, you will expose yourself to all the congregation.

"In addition to all I have said, you know where to look, and from whom to seek that wis

dom and strength which only God can give. To him I recommend you, my dear brother, assuring you of my real esteem for you, and requesting you will not fail to pray for the least of saints, but

Yours affectionately,



GOD of our lives, our morning songs
To thee we cheerful raise ;
Thy acts of love 'tis good to sing,
And pleasant 'tis to praise.

Guardian of man, thy wakeful eyes,
Nor sleep, nor slumber know;

S. P."

Thine eyes pierce through the shades of night,

Intent on all below.

Sustain'd by thee, our op'ning eyes
Salute the morning light;
Secure I stand, unhurt by all
The arrows of the night,

My life renew'd, my strength repair'd,
To thee, my God is due;
Teach me thy ways, and give me grace
My duty to pursue.

From ev'ry evil me defend,

But guard ne most from sin
Direci my going out, Oh Lord,
And bless my coming in!
Oh may thy holy fear command

Each action, thought, and word
Then shall I sweetly close the day,
Approv'd of thee, my Lord.""


AUTHOR of life, with grateful heart My ev'ning song I'll raise; But Oh, thy thousand thousand gifts Exceed my highest praise.

What shall I render to thy care,
Which me this day has kept?
A thankful heart's the least return,
And this thou wilt accept.

Now night has spread her sable wings,
I would the day review;
My errors nicely mark, and see
What still I have to do,

What sins, or follies, holy God,
I may this day have done,
I would confess with grief, and pray
For pardon through thy Son.

Much of my precious time I've lost :
This foolish waste forgive;
By one day nearer brought to death,
May I begin to live!"


THE great ends of Christian Biography are instruction and example. By faithfully describing the lives of men eminent for godliness, we not only embalm their memory, but furnish ourselves with fresh materials and motives for a holy life. It is abundantly more impressive to view the religion of Jesus as operating in a lively character, than to contemplate it abstractedly. For this reason we may suppose the Lord the Spirit has condescended to exhibit first and principally, the life of Christ; and after his, that of many of his eminent followers. And for this reason, he by his holy influences stili furnishes the church with now and then a singular example of godliness, which it is our duty to notice and record. There can be no reasonable doubt that the life of Mr. Pearce ought to be considered as one of these examples. May that same divine Spirit who had manifesti so great a hand in forming his character, teach us to derive from it both instruction and edification!


First, In him we may see the holy efficacy, and by consequence, the truth of the Christian religion

-It was long since asked, Who is he that overcometh the world, but he who believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This question contained a challenge to men of all religions, who were them upon the earth. Idolatry had a great diversity of species: every nation worshipping its own gods, and in modes peculiar to themselves: philosophers also were divided into numerous sects, each flattering itself that it had found the truth; even the Jews had their divisions; their pharisees, saducees, and Essenes: but great as many of them were in deeds of divers kinds, an apos

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