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tle could look them all in the face, and ask, Who is he that overcometh the world? The same question might safely be asked in every succeeding age. The various kinds of religions that still prevail; the pagan, mahometan, jewish, papal, or protestant, may form the exteriors of man according to their respective models; but where is the man amongst them, save the true believer in Jesus, that overcometh the world? Men may cease from particular evils, and assume a very different character; may lay aside their drunkenness, blasphemies, or debaucheries, and take up with a kind of monkish austerity, and yet all amount to nothing more than an exchange of vices. The lusts of the flesh will on many occasions give place to those of the mind; but to overcome the world is another thing. By embracing the doctrine of the Cross, to feel not merely a dread of the consequences of sin, but a holy abhorrence of its nature; and by conversing with invisible realities, to become regardless of the best, and fearless of the worst, that this world. has to dispense; this is the effect of genuine Christianity, and this is a standing proof of its divine original. Let the most inveterate enemy of revelation have witnessed the disinterested be nevolence of a Paul, a Peter, or a John, and whether he would own it, or not, his conscience must have borne testimony that this is true religion. The same may be said of Samuel Pearce : whether the doctrine he preached found a place in the hearts of his hearers or not, his spirit and life must have approved itself to their consciences. Secondly, In him we see how much may be done for God in a little time.-If his death had been foreknown by his friends, some might have hesitated whether it was worth while for him to engage in the work of the ministry for so short a pe riod: yet, if we take a view of his labours, per


haps there are few lives productive of a greater portion of good. That life is not always the longestwhich is spun out to the greatest extent of days. The first of all lives amounted but to thirty three years; and the most important works pertaining to that were wrought in the last three. There is undoubtedly a way of rendering a short life a long one, and a long life a short one, by filling or not filling it with proper materials. That time which is squandered away in sloth or trifling pursuits,forms a kind of blank in human life: in looking it over there is nothing for the mind to rest upon; and a whole life so spent, whatever number of years it may contain, must appear upon reflection short and vacant, in comparison of one filled up with valuable acquisitions, and holy actions. It is like the space between us and the sun, which, though immensely greater than that which is traversed in a profitable journey, yet being all empty space, the mind goes over it in much less time, and without any satisfaction. If that life be long which answers life's great end,' Mr. Pearce may assuredly be said to have come to his grave in a good old age. And might we not all do much more than we do, if our hearts were more in our work. Where this is wanting, or operates but in a small degree, difficulties are magnified into impossibilities; a lion is in the way of extraordinary exertion; or if we be induced to engage in something of this kind, it will be at the expense of a uniform attention to ordinary duties. But some will ask, How are our hearts to be in our work? Mr. Pearce's heart was habitually in his; and that which kept alive the sacred flame in him appears to have been,-The constant habit of conversing with divine truth, and walking with God in private,

Thirdly, In him we see, in clear and strong colours, to what a degree of solid peace, and joy

true religion will raise us, even in the prescrit world.--A little religion, it has been justly said, will make us miserable; but a great deal will make us happy. The one will do little more thati keep the conscience alive, while our numerous defects and inconsistencies are perpetually furnishing it with materials to scourge us: the oth-' er keeps the heart alive, and leads us to drink deep at the fountain of joy. Hence it is, in a great degree, that so much of the spirit of bondage, and so little of the spirit of adoption prevails among Christians. Religious enjoyments with us are rather occasional, than habitual; or if in some instances it be otherwise, we are ready to suspect that it is supported in part by the strange fire of enthusiasm, and not by the pure flame of Scriptural devotion. But, in Mr. Pearce, we saw a devotion ardent, steady, pure, and persever ing; kindled, as we may say, at the altar of God, like the fire of the temple, it went not out by night nor by day. He seemed to have learnt that heavenly art, so conspicuous among the primitive Christians, of converting every thing he met with into materials for love, and joy, and praise. Hence he laboured,' as he expresses it, to exercise most love to God when suffering most severely ;' and hence he so affectingly encountered the billows that overwhelmed his feeble frame, crying,


Sweet affliction, sweet affliction,
Singing as I wade to heaven.'

The constant happiness that he enjoyed in God was apparent in the effects of his sermons upon others. Whatever we feel ourselves we shall ordinarily communicate to our hearers ; and it has been already noticed, that one of the most distinguishing properties of his discourses was, that they inspired the serious mind with

the liveliest sensations of happiness. They des scended upon the audience, not indeed like a transporting flood, but like a shower of dew; gently insinuating itself into the heart, insensibly dissipating its gloom, and gradually drawing forth the graces of faith, hope, love, and joy: while the countenance was brightened almost into a smile, tears of pleasure would rise, and glisten, and fall from the admiring eye.

What a practical confutation did his life afford of the slander so generally cast upon the religion of Jesus, that it fills the mind with gloom and misery No leaving futurity out of the question, the whole world of unbelievers might be challenged to produce a character from among them who possessed half his enjoyments.


Fourthly, From his example we are furnished with the greatest encouragement, while pursuing the path of duty, to place our trust in God.-The situation in which he left his family, we have seen already, was not owing to an indifference to their interest, or an improvident disposition, or the want of opportunity to have provided for them; but to a steady and determined obedience to do what he accounted the will of God. He felt deeply for them, and we all felt with him, and longed to be able to assure him before his departure, that they would be amply provided for: but owing to circumstances which have already been mentioned, this was more than we could do. This was a point in which he was called to die in faith and indeed so he did. He appears to have had no idea of that flood of kindness, which, immediately after his decease, flowed from the religious public: but he believed in God, and cheerfully left all with him.


Oh that I could speak,' said he to Mrs. Pearce a little before his death, I would tell a world to trust a faithful God. Sweet affliction; now it


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worketh glory, glory! And when she told him the workings of her mind, he answered, 'Oh trust the Lord! If he lift up the light of his counten ance upon you, as he has done upon me this day, all your mountains will become mole-hills. I feel your situation: I feel your sorrows: but he who takes care of sparrows, will care for you and my dear children.'

The liberal contributious which have since been made, though they do not warrant ministers in general to expect the same, and much less to neglect providing for their own families on such a presumption; yet they must need be considered as a singular encouragement, when we are satisfied that we are in the path of duty, to be inordinately carefu! for nothing, but in every thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, to let our requests be made known to God.'


Finally, In him we see that the way to true excellence is not to affect eccentricity, nor to aspire after the performance of a few splendid actions; but to fill up our lives with a sober, modest, sincere, affectionate, assiduous, and uniform conduct. -Real greatness attaches to character; and character arises from a course of action. Solid reputation as a merchant arises not from a man's having made his fortune by a few successful adventures; but from a course of wise economy, and honourable industry, which gradually accumulating, advances by pence to shillings, and by shillings to pounds. The most excellent philosophers are not those who have dealt chiefly in splendid speculations, and looked down upon the ordinary concerns of men as things bene th their notice; but those who have felt their interests united with the interests of mankind, and bent their principal attention to things of real and public utility. It is much the same in religion,

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