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but with contempt and abhorrence; when, however, she was better acquainted with the history of the birth and work, life, death, and resurrection of our Saviour, her eyes were opened to see the truth, and the love of Christ took possession of her heart. Having at last resolved to make a public profession of her faith, she avowed her intention to her mother, and begged her consent to her baptism. At first she met with much opposition, but she persevered in her faith, and declared that, having now found her Lord and Saviour, it was impossible for her to live without him ; until her mother, who herself was no strict Jewess, at last complied with her wish. She now received instruction from a Roman Catholic priest, and finally went in company with her mother to Kelze, in the kingdom of Poland, in the Cathedral of which town she received the rite of baptism.

Having thus become a member of the Christian Church, Miss G. returned to Cracow, and continued to reside with her relatives, but had to suffer much from their enmity towards that Saviour in whom she believed with her whole heart. Notwithstanding these trials, however, she scrupulously observed all precepts and statutes of the Roman Catholic Church. She went to the Church at least once a day, and sometimes oftener; observed rigorously all prescribed fastings, and went frequently to confession. Her confessor was a serious and well-meaning man, who to the best of his knowledge endeavoured to strengthen her in the Christian faith. Her integrity and piety became so manifest, that both among Jews and Christians she was known as

the pious Anna."



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In the year 1840, Mr. C. J. Behrens was appointed to missionary labour among his Jewish brethren in Cracow. In the pursuit of his calling he became acquainted with the family Grünbaum; and the spiritual state of that member of it to whom these notices refer, could not but engage the special attention of a Protestant missionary. Mr. Behrens was privileged to be the instrument in her becoming a convert to evangelical truth. Referring to the state of her mind at that time, when her faith, though sincere and zealous, was not that of the Gospel, Mr. B. states :

"Notwithstanding her deep piety, she felt some uneasiness, because she felt her inability of performing so many good works as her Church

prescribed. On her speaking to me about this, I showed her from the Word of God, that all our good works are nothing but filthy rags, and therefore of no value before the Lord. I gave her a copy of the New Testament, and of our Scriptural Liturgy, exhorting her diligently to read the first, and to pray in the spirit of the latter. She followed my advice; and it pleased the Lord so to bless these means, that the gold of her faith became purified from the dross of human invention, and, finally, grace was given her to acknowledge and avow the evangelical faith,—that salvation is to be sought and found solely in the merits of our High Priest, who has offered


a sacri. fice for our sins, and wrought out an everlasting redemption."

Mr. Behrens having become a widower five years after his arrival in Cracow, was led to believe that this daughter of Abraham would make a suitable helpmate to him in his labours; and


with the ready consent of her Jewish relatives, they were married in April, 1847.

The Lord saw fit, however, to take her into the school of suffering, and to purify her faith still further in the furnace of trial and affliction. At the close of the year 1847, the mission in Cracow had been broken up, by order of the Austrian Government, and Mr. and Mrs. Behrens removed to Posen. Here, illness was almost without interruption an inmate of their dwelling, Not many months had elapsed before Mr. B. had a severe attack of gout, from which during the next two years and a half he had but few intervals of relief. During this illness, his wife cared for him with untiring patience and Christian devotion; but she sank under the exhausting duties thus imposed on her, in addition to other family afflictions: and scarcely was her husband enabled again to resume somewhat his missionary duties, when she was laid on a bed of sickness, which she only left for a better world. She died at the age of thirty-five years, on July 12, 1851. Her bereaved husband writes :

" She could say with our father Jacob, Few and evil have the days of my life been.' The Lord has counted me worthy to live with her four years and a half, during which she has been the faithful partner of my life, as well as a good mother; and what is more than all, she has been a truly pious Christian, and disciple of our great Lord and Master. Only a few hours before her end, she testified of her faith. Having read to her several passages of Scripture, full of consolation, and exhorted her to fix her eyes on the Lord and His merits, she lifted up her hands and eyes

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to heaven, and said with a loud voice, · Yes, my Lord Jesus! thou art my God, and Saviour, and Redeemer, my Comfort and Hope. Into thy hands I commend my soul!' As she had a great desire to partake of the Lord's supper, I sent (as brother Graf was absent on a journey) for the Rev. Dr. Siedler, from whom she received it in full resignation to the will of God. From this moment until her happy end, twelve or fourteen hours afterwards, she would hear of nothing pertaining to this life, but her heart and soul seemed to be with the Lord her Saviour. Thus she lived and thus she died, dedicated to Him, and in peace with all men. She has fought a good fight, she has kept the faith to her end : henceforth there is a crown laid up for her, the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to all who are faithful unto death. God grant that I also

may die the death of the righteous, and that my end may

be like hers! A large assemblage of both Jews and Christians, amounting to four or five hundred, followed her remains to the grave. In the address delivered in the churchyard, by Dr. Siedler, on the words of Job, “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord,' special reference was made to the Jewish descent of the deceased, to her conversion, and steadfast belief in Him whom her nation have for centuries despised and rejected.


Is, lxiii. 4.

THE Year of Christ's Redeemed! would it were come!
Bright stars look down upon the New Year's birth,
Longing to raise once more the glorious hymn,
They sang with angels o'er the unstained earth,
And nature wearies to exchange the notes,
Which ever, in low breeze, or billowy main,
Speak of the curse,—for some rejoicing chords,
Fitting to swell redemption's thrilling strain.
The Year of His Redeemed! would it were come!
The burdened Christian's fervent lips repeat,
As, soiled with battle, stained, and worn, and faint,
For grace and strength he seeks the mercy-seat.
He knows not what this untried year may bring;
One thing he knows, when Jesus shall appear,
He shall be like Him, by His presence saved,
And fear no enemy, and shed no teår.
The Year of Christ's Redeemed! would it were come!
For Zion's recompense is promised then,*
And who, with beating heart and glancing eye,
Does not add joyfully his loud Amen ?
For Israel shall “ see evil ” never more,+
Nor hold “the cup of trembling" in her hand;"I
But double joy shall compensate her woe,
And beauty crown her long deserted land.
Would it were come! We will not give Thee rest;
Thou Star of Jacob, till Thy radiance beam
O'er Salem's zone of hills, and Carmel's mount,
And Galilee's blue wave, and Jordan's stream.
Oh, take thy sceptre, long-expected King;
That sceptre, by the “ Man of sorrows
And, this year,

let the kingdoms of the world Be “ kingdoms of our God and of His Son." Leyland.

J. T. * Is. xxxiv. 8, † Zeph. ii. 15. Is. li. 22.

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