Images de page

pp. cxi. cxii.


conversation of a friend or a companion, plete redemption.' • Almighty Redeemer, —and from his debility unable even to purchased by thy blood, to thee I wholly enjoy the solace of a book-it was his surrender myself. All the powers of my calm recreation, to be gently raised in bed soul, all its desires and hopes, shall be and moved near to one of the windows in engaged in thy service, and centre in thy his apartment, from which he could con love !' Upon the great leading doctrines template the expanded prospect afforded of the atonement and the three-fold relaby his elevation of three thousand feet, tion which God sustains to man, as our and watch the setting sun's mild rays, as Father, our Redeemer, and our Sancthey gradually disappeared in the soft sky tifier,—he would often dwell with a peof an Italian landscape.

culiar earnestness.” pp. cxiv. cxv. * With a taste for natural scenery, it has been observed by moralists, are generally

Of Bishop Hobart's last illness united the kindliest emotions of the hu- and death, we have already given man heart. Bishop Hobart, in his social the recital, and therefore shall not intercourse, was an illustration of this recapitulate the affecting particulars. truth. His friendships were peculiarly We quote only the following passages warm."

“ These kind endearing sympathies made from the narrative before us. the soul which cherished them susceptible “ He experienced also the powerful inof the purest pleasures in domestic life. fluence of his faith, in his repeated soEmphatic truth commends the observa lemn calls to be prepared for his departion of a distinguished writer, . It is at

• While with him at New York, home, that every man must be known by

as early as the year 1802,' one of bis those who would make a just estimate nephews observes, he faltered, and reeither of his virtues or his felicity.' And peated a clause, in the family eveningin his hours of relaxation,—his robes of

prayer,—then stopped, and fell suddenly office laid aside, and his cares of office for

in a fainting-fit, from which he was rea while intermitted,,Bishop Hobart in- covered with some difficulty.'. The imdulged sensibilities and partook of enjoy- mediate cause of such alarming symptoms, ments, to which one who knew him well

was that derangement of his digestive • for more than seven-and-twenty years,' organs, which was induced at the early gives, in one of the following pages, this period of his boyhood, and increased in attestation : · His amiable and engaging its effects as he advanced in life. During manners in social and private life, his his annual tour of visitation in the year affectionate and tender deportment in all 1826, when alone at evening in his chamthe relations of friendship, and of blood ber, he was heard suddenly to fall ; and and kindred, formed, after all, the prevail- when his room was entered, he was found ing charm of his character. Those only lying on his face, faint and convulsed.' can truly appreciate him, who have seen

If in one of his charges to his clergy, him when, released in some measure from speaking of vanity of vanities,' ' stamped the cares which almost incessantly preyed upon all objects and all motives not upon him, he gave himself up to the en sanctioned by the grace and hopes of the joyment of the society of those he loved. Gospel of Christ,' he specially alluded to In such hours there was a child-like sim

. serious monitions of his uncertain plicity, an ardour and tenderness which hold on life,'—it was because this truth many who knew him best will never for- exerted at that time a most solemn and get.” pp. cxjii. cxiv.

salutary controul of his affections. “ It was in the bosom of his family also “ By the appointment of the great that his most engaging religious sympa Arbiter of life and death, the


chamthies were indulged. There, giving vent ber where so impressive a monition had to all his feelings,—in his devotions at been given in the year 1826, was, in the the domestic altar, in his free interchange year 1830, to be a chamber of the most of spiritual sentiment, and in his ardent, dread solemnities. The Bishop was again graphic delineations of the things which engaged in travelling on his annual tour, are unseen,'-he evinced a heartfelt con

He had made official appointments with viction of the momentous doctrines of our

remote western parishes, but was unexholy faith, and a full reliance on its tran, pectedly induced to change his course sporting promises. ' That genuine faith,' and visit Auburn. It was an event of said he, which will lead the soul to peculiarly affecting interest; it was his Christ as her only refuge, must be founded final visitation. Åt Auburn he adminison a lively conviction of our guilt and tered confirmation for the last time. It misery.' The faith which wil vitally was the closing act of his Episcopate. unite thee, O my soul, to thy Redeemer, His sermon was the concluding sermon and prove effectual to thy salvation, of his ministry; and, by a striking coin. founded on a deep sense of thy guilt cidence, as his first theme in the pulpit and misery, must lead thee cordially, su was Divine Wisdom, . Her ways are ways premely, and joyfully to rely on the all- of pleasantness, and all her paths are sufficient merits of Christ' for pardon; peace,'—so was his last theme, The fear and on his all-powerful grace for com of the Lord, that is wisdom.'.

[ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small][ocr errors]

“ At the parsonage, a few hours after however, will be with her : God will depublic service, an oppression at his sto- fend her.' mach was the symptom of his last illness. “ He often exclaimed, “I wish to talk He repaired to rest,—in the very cham- of God and salvation),— I wish to die with ber where, four years previous, and at the the name of God in my mouth ; but then,' same time in the same month, he had been he added, “not God without the Saviour : warned of his mortality. On the second Christ is all ; God over all.' 'I die at day of September his last sickness com peace with all men, for I am sure I formenced; and on the twelfth it terminated.” give all.' p. 69. pp. cxv. cxvi.

We are much obliged to Mr. “ Some of his distinctive traits of cha- Schroeder for the interesting narraracter were very strikingly evinced. Two tive before us; from which we have days before he looked for the last time upon the scenes of this world,-as the extracted the more largely, as it is setting sun's last beams shed a golden not likely to fall into the hands of light into his apartment, the mild radiance many, if any, of our cis-Atlantic attracted his particular attention, and gested a devout thought of that Sun of readers. Perhaps he will allow us Righteousness, in whose light we shall with all due courtesy to suggest see light. In his intense concern for the somewhat greater simplicity of style. absent members of his family, who were We thought his funeral discourse for more than three hundred miles away from him, he desired to be raised in bed, and Bishop Hobart deficient in this vaasking the direction of his beloved home, luable quality, and we cannot say --so soon to be the house of mourning,- that the present narrative is wholly he then fervently clasped his hands in faultless in this respect. There is prayer, and for some moments remained

too much about the “ mitre” and in a thrilling silence, as he bowed toward the sanctuary of his earthly joys. Of one

“lawn of office,” and “the hierarchy" of his forefathers it is related, that after and other high sounding matters, and under his confinement, the singing of to be perfectly in keeping with quiet psalms was an exercise wherein he took a particular delight, saying that it was the good taste ; particularly under the work of heaven which he was willing to

actual circumstances of the Protestant anticipate ;' and this too was the depart. American church. In the old world ing Bishop's heavenly enjoyment. He was these figures of speech may be tolermuch in praise. On one occasion, just able, as accredited by long usage, and awaking out of sleep, he commenced singing select_verses of Bishop Ken's Morn

as referring in their origin to actual ing and Evening Hymns; and the last realities; but when our valued friend, verses of the ninety-third hymn he sang Bishop Chase, was honourably enwith a clear voice, the very day before his gaged, like the Apostle,

“ in workdissolution. best of ancient prelates, a bishop should ing with his own hands," his flock die preaching.' And the Diocesan of being too poor to minister to his New-York, as he illustrated in his life necessities, he would probably have the dying sentiment of Archbishop smiled at contrasting the plough Whitgift,—the church of God. pro ecclesia Dei

, 'illustrated in his death Bishop and the bill-hook with the prelatical Jewel's memorable record.

He died mitre. The following passage expreaching, eloquently preaching.. Ten- emplifies the false ambition of style der sympathies, fervent prayer, animated to which we allude : we, however, praise, and pious exhortation,—these were the appropriate employment of his last quote it, not for its faults of style, hours.” pp. cxvii. cxviii.

but for the facts contained in it. Among the last words of our lamented “ When nineteen annual revolutions bishop, one of the accounts adds the fol- of the earth bad measured the whole pelowing : I have been sanctified, I trust, riod of his prelacy, he had issued from by the Divine Spirit ; I will, therefore, the press, beside his larger works, mumehope I shall not be denied the lowest seat rous sermons, pamphlets, catechisms, and in the kingdom of heaven.' . Be sure,' tracts, with frequent communications to said he to one of the clergymen who were religious and other periodicals,—he had with him, “ that in all your preaching, ordained more than a hundred servants of the doctrines of the Cross be introduced : Christ to the first order, and more than no preaching is good for any thing without ninety to the second order of the ministry; these.' And in reference to his approach- consecrated seventy sanctuaries of the ing dissolution, and to the future condition Lord; had taken part in conferring the of the church, he remarked, “ Her affairs Episcopal character on nine successors will be managed by other hands; God, of the Apostles ; confirmed not less than

[ocr errors][merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors]
[merged small][merged small][ocr errors][merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors]

twelve thousand children of God and in with mournful gratification; when it was heritors of the kingdom of heaven,-and permitted me to be his attendant on a bed thus in bold relief set his seal to that com of sickness of sickness nigh unto death. prehensive record of St. Augustine, the His friends thought him to be in extreme office of a bishop in the Church of Christ danger-his physicians desponded-and is not merely the dignified leisure of a he himself believed he was about to die. non-resident, · Episcopatus non est arti In that · honest hour, and faithful to its ficium transigendæ vitae.'” p. ciii.

trust,' when deception, if intended, is imWe have no space to quote from possible, and the heart is laid open to view, the numerous funeral discourses ap

I saw the triumph of Christian faith over pended to the narrative ; which form bodily suffering, over all the attractions of

this perishing world, over the strongest an honorary wreath of affection to

ties of earthly affection. Then I heard the memory of this lamented prelate. and beheld an humble believer, prostrate Nor is it necessary, as we have al

at the foot of the Cross, confessing his ready laid before our readers the guilt, and deeply deploring his unworthi

ness, in the sight of the all-holy God; chief particular in his life and cha- renouncing as utterly unscriptural, absurd, racter. And this, we trust, we have and untrue, all merit in himself ; expressdone in no jealous or niggardlying his reliance, his only reliance for par

don and salvation, in the precious blood spirit, considering how wide were the differences in many important fervent and impassioned supplication !

of atonement; praying, Oh with what respects between our own views and praying God, for Christ's sake, to be those of our Right Reverend friend. merciful to him a miserable sinner. Then Those views, so often expressed, we

I saw the scholar, the talented divine,

the eloquent preacher, the dignified prestill, upon the fullest reflection, main- late, merged in the lowly servant of Jesus, tain in all their force; we believe bowing with meek and uncomplaining them to be immoveably grounded on

submission to the will of God, and desiring Scripture; but we would not on this

to live, as he frequently and emphatically

expressed himself, only that he might account shut our eyes to whatever do more for his Master's cause, and do it was really lovely, and of good report, better than he had hitherto done.' Then whatever sprang from love to God, I witnessed the peace and the joy of the faith in Christ, and zeal for the souls sanctified soul in the near prospect of dis

solution, its devout aspirations after heaof men, in the life and spirit of our

venly bliss, its deadness to present things, departed prelate. His death-bed em and its absorbing love of things above. phatically shewed what were his own

Then I beheld one who had much to grounds of hope of acceptance with fasten him here, much of earthly enjoyGod; if he inclined to some notions and rising on the wings of faith to his

ment to give up, crucified to the world; which we should almost term semi- home in the skies, holding converse in papistical respecting “ the church,” spirit with its beatified inhabitants, and making it as it were a sort of third uniting in delightful anticipation, with

angels, and archangels, and all the comestate interposing between the hu

pany of heaven,' in rapturous praise of man soul and its Creator ; yet there God and the Lamb. That was a scene, was nothing papistical in his opi- my brethren, fraught with invaluable innions and feelings relative to the struction to me, which I pray God I may great foundation of human depend- recollection of it fully prepared me for

never forget, nor cease to improve. The We need not quote again his the rich legacy which our departed father solemn dying avowals on this subject; in God has left to the church, in the exbut we will add a single passage illness. I recur to both, with gratitude

ample and testimony of his last and fatal from one of the funeral discourses

to God for such bright and shining en(Dr. Upfold's), just to shew that his samples of Christian penitence, and faith, sentiments had long been equally and submission." pp. 114, 115. fixed and settled on this momentous question. Our readers will recol. lect his former illness before alluded A Guide to Acquaintance with God. to; speaking of which, Dr. Upfold By the Rev. J. SHERMAN. Eighth remarks:

Edition. London. 1831, “ The period is fresh in my recollection mand denied the privilege of being with Tuisexcellent tractate has just reachhim in his last moments, I recur to it now ed us, in the eighth edition. It is




e d

therefore too late to review it, and ward ;-who do not feel that heavenly it were superfluous to quote much relish for divine things which engaged

some few months since; from it; but its subject is so highly who see less strongly the necessity of interesting and important, and the cleaving to the Lord with full purpose of treatment of it so instructive and heart, of diligent perseverance in his edifying, that we shall cite a few ways, and of unreserved devotedness to

him, as their Lord, their life, their all. passages, sufficient to allow our

This should be considered as an exhortareaders an opportunity of judging tion from the lips of him from whom whether they might not, with much they have revolted, to bring them back spiritual advantage and consolation, again to the original fountain of their

bliss, their first husband; to revive their procure a copy to assist their devo- first love to him, by resuscitating its tional meditations and “acquaintance withering roots with his own; and to with God.” May it be abundantly convey an assurance that, to whatever blessed to these momentous ends;

sources they may go for spiritual delights,

• their delectable things shall not profit,' for, alas! what are all our contro

since the supreme good they seek is to versies and nice distinctions and po be found only in perpetual friendship lemical zeal, and even our orthodox with the Lord of life and glory.” pp.

11, 12 notions, if we are ignorant of the

“ The object of this acquaintance, is blessings of communion with God; the ever blessed God; with whom no the basis of which is union with him science, or creature of the most beautiful and adoption into his family, through form, or heavenly endowments, is worthy the blood of Christ, and the

renewing dignity of our nature to know our great

of comparison. It pertains to the highest of our minds by his Holy Spirit ? Original, from whom we derive our all,

“ The Apostle declares of wicked men, and it must be a part of our highest hapthat they do not like to retain God in piness to serve and adore him. He has their knowledge.' A few thoughts of given us capacities and desires which nohim will occasionally force their way into thing but himself can satisfy. Creation the mind, but they do not like to retain cannot do this, with all the variety of its them. They consider them at best but objects; riches, honours, friends, comforts, intruders, unwelcome guests; and they pleasures, content not the mind. They are glad when they depart, and the door leave a void and contain an alloy, which, of the heart is once more closed against in their highest enjoyment, generate disthem. And oh! it is sadly to be regretted, satisfaction. They were intended only that many who profess his name, though as guides to lead us to God. There is they like to retain him in their thoughts, a supreme good wanting, a fountain of yet are so much engrossed with the world eternal excellency, from which the soul and worldly things, that they are almost may be ever drawing without fear; sostrangers to that constant heavenly com lacing itself in purity, love, light, truth, munion which it is their happy privilege the elements of its primeval happiness, and bounden duty to cultivate. It is not to which it must return before bliss will merely therefore to the wicked man, return to it. And where can this supreme whose heart is in the world and the world good be found, but in the infinite fulness, in his heart, that this exhortation is ad- and unsullied glory, of the Almighty dressed; but to the beloved children of God? An acquaintance with such an God, to the blood-bought sons of his object is worthy of the highest intellect own family, to those who have already and the most splended gifts. Reason begun to walk with God. It is adapted may here find its legitimate employment, to encourage and stimulate them to press in contemplating and adoring his perfecforward to the attainment of that object tion. God, revealing his glories in the for which they have been • apprehended person of Christ, is sufficient for the of Christ Jesus,' by giving the strongest soul's eternal entertainment. Love may possible pledge that, through the favour spend itself here without fear of exhe bears unto his people, they shall see cess, or of evil consequences. He will the good of his chosen,-rejoice in the never deceive us; our love shall be regladness of his nation, and glory with turned to us in full measure, pressed his inheritance.” pp. 9, 10.

down, and running over.

Pleasure, un“ The advice is applicable especially utterable pleasure, may be had in God, to those who are hesitating whether they our exceeding joy. All prospects of deare not sacrificing too much for Christ, light, and fountains of life, spring up in and whether they may not unite the plea- him. The river of his pleasures contisurable follies and maxims of the world nually flows to his children ; the banquet with decision on the Lord's side ;-who of his love is always spread, the welcome have already gone some few steps back- always cordial; himself always present; Christ. OBSERV. No. 354.

3 B

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]


and in his presence there is fulness of • Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah !
joy, at his right hand there are pleasures The Lord God omnipotent reigneth."
for evermore,'"
pp. 16—18.

“ Then what unutterable joy, and love,
“When all that is earthly passes from and wonder, shall fill your redeemed,
you in the article of death, you will pre- purified, and exalted spirit, when you find
eminently prove the worth of that spiri- yourself in heaven, that country which
tual good which this heavenly acquaintance you sought, and which God had promised
has brought you. Then to be calm and you: when you hear the ten thousand
peaceful; to be anticipating glory; to be times ten thousand, and thousands of
like a child leaving school for his father's thousands, before the throne, pour forth
house; to be saying with joy, · I shall their hosannas in celestial harmony, and
behold thy face in righteousness—the welcome you to the glorious mansions,
time of my departure is at hand—I have

while fresh ardour kindles as they rise to
a desire to depart, and to be with Christ, the source of your blessedness : saying,
which is far better for me to die is gain Blessing, and glory, and wisdom,' and
- death, where is thy sting? O grave,

thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and
where is thy vietory? The sting of death might be unto our God for ever and ever.
is sin, and the strength of sin is the law : Amen.'” pp. 173—176.
but thanks be to God, which giveth us
the victory, through our Lord Jesus
Christ: this, this, at that hour, is a good
indeed ; compared with which, the wealth
of worlds is poverty.

1. The Dignity and Use of the
“ Finally, by acquaintance with God,

Priesthood; rmon preached eternal goodness shall come unto thee. May 28, 1831, at the Visitation

“ From one heaven you shall go to an of the Venerable J. H. Pott, Arch-
other, a better, a brighter, a purer : the

deacon of London. By the Rev.
perfection of that in which you have lived
on earth. Here, your highest bliss was

to love and serve your Lord; and there, Christ Church, Newgate Street.
your love shall be perfected, and your London. 1831,
service uninterrupted. Lodged in the

2. Christian Greatness delineated ; a
ark, you shall ride out safely every storm
of life ; and when the rain ceases to fall,

Sermon preached April 28, 1831,
and the winds to roar, this ark shall at St. Michael's, Cambridge, at the
safely convey you to the haven of rest,

Visitation of the Venerable the
whence you shall ascend to the hill of

Archdeacon of Ely. By the Rev.
Zion, the mountain of the Lord's house,
the celestial heights of that wealthy place.

William Cecil, A.M. Cam-
You shall then have done with this mortal bridge. 1831.
life. The silver cord, which fastened
the soul to its earthly cage, shall be cutThese two visitation discourses,
and wings given to it, to fly away and be

You shall have done with mortal preached within a month of each

You shall lay aside the incum- other, have reached us together, and
brances which impeded your progress, as the juxta position appears to
a traveller takes off his heavy garments singularly opportune ; for, if we
when he finishes his journey. No more
domestic trouble ; no more anxiety about mistake not, Mr. Preston's address
the temporal or spiritual interests of your requires exactly that modification
family; no more cares for the church; which Mr. Cecil's excellently fur-
no more tears for the ungodly; such evils nishes. Mr. Preston thinks that
cannot exist in that peaceful realm. You
shall be interested in all that concerns

in this lax and licentious age, men
the kingdom of Christ on earth, but have lamentably forgotten "the
without vexatious care. You shall have dignity of the priesthood;

done with sin. Your inbred adversary, Mr. Cecil seems to think that both
which has interrupted every duty and
marred every pleasure, which has caused priests and people are too apt to for-
clouds of sorrow to gather in your heart, get in what that dignity consists.
and drop like rain from your eyes; which We can imagine that some of Mr.
has occasioned your heavenly Father's Preston's lay auditors left the
desertion, and your own unfruitfulness;
shall be not only subdued, but destroyed church fancying that he wished to
Standing upon the banks of the heavenly revive the days of Popery, when the
Canaan, you shall sing the song of Moses verylatchet of a priest's shoe was held

over sin and all its associates :
* The enemies which I have seen this has been put upon this unhallowed

sacred, and exulting that some check
day, and which have followed me all my
life I shall see them no more for ever.

lordliness; while we can also con

at rest.



« PrécédentContinuer »