« AnteriorContinuar »
Fathers in Christ, from Britain far. rerpote,
Ye know our loss, for oft lis worth ye prov'd; To you the portrait of his soul le wrote ti
Ve saw the God, the men, the cause, he loy'de Tho' dift'ring much in outward form and name
(And party-rancour rage mistakes for zeal) One gospel-spirit prompts one holy ain;
Alike the gen'rous Name of love ye feel. Among the foremost, Eyke was ever found,
Nor felt discourag'd by success delay'd;
When cold Reluctance lent unwilling aid.
A little moment and the cloud was past :
And the sweet bond of brotherhood stood fast,
To mend its morals and instruct its poor: To spread the knowledge of redeeming love,
And ope in ev'ry town a gospel-door I. He felt the int'rest of the rising race
And led their doubtful feet to Wisdom's ways; For he had known the bliss of early grace,
And gave to God the blossom of his days. Oye who heard his voice, still list’ning hear,
For he, tho' dead, yet speaks aloud to you a
And from his death-bed catch a sermon new.
" To God I leave my charge, from whom it came; “ Soon shall my feeble pow'rs be lost in death;
“But his firm love and care remain the same,” And ye who bear his name, who felt the ties
Of dearest kindred twine about your heart, A husband lovid, a father valu'd dies;
And ye are wounded in the tend'rest part. · Yet sorrow not as those of hope devoid,
For he has finish'd well his course below; .
And triumph'd o'er the last invet'rate foe.
He heard the sweet sustaining plaudit givin,
Enter thy Master's joy, and rest in Heav'n s."
Nor the frail body wound the soul with pain;
Nor death dissolves the bonds of love again.
The spirits of the just made perfect Chine :
Their joy is full, cternal, and divine.
Blost promis'u mansions of redeeming fore!
Then change their hope to certainty above!' . ALIQUIS. .
lei 26 643 United to its mother Earth,
Boast not, O Death, before our eyes, We mourn the slumbring frame;
Thy tortures, darts, or stiogs! The soul enjoys a heav'nly-birth,
"The Sun of Rightcousness shall rise, And we expect the sani ,
With healing in his wings !" To life, eternal life, we haste,.
of holy cherubim, the voice to bliss without alloy;
Shall ecbo thro' the air;
Responsive from afar.
Relcas'd icon Earth's alarms,
To our Immanuel's arms.
LONGING TO DEPART.
ODE TO THE LARK,
At the Approach of Spring.
Welcome the returning spring;
Now the shades of night retire;
Higher, higher still aspire :
Sweetly strikes the ravish'd eye; .
Seck, o seek, thy native skyi
THE LATE REV. JOHN EYRE, À. M. .
While we narrate tlie lives of others, we ourselves are dying. The hand is now cold in death which first introduced this Work to the public, and has, in the course of ten years past, recorded so many bright examples. It is a debt we owe, both to our late respected Editor and to the public, to add his example, as another instance of holy zeal in life, and blissful piety in death.
- The great ends of Christian Biography,” says Mr. Fuller, " 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*.” This observation will be found to apply to the subject of these memoirs, no less justly than to the amiable PIERCE: as they were natives of neighbouring towns, they were also men, in many respects, of kindred minds.
Of the earliest part of Mr. Eyre's life, our materials are, unhappily, very scanty. He was born at Bodmin, in Cornwall, of very respectable parents, in the month of January, 1754.. It appears they gave him a liberal education ; for he was taught Latin at an early age : not, however, being intended for any of the learned professions, he was, at fifteen, removed from school, and placed as an apprentice with a Mr. Oliver, clothier and shopkeeper at Tavistock.
Prior to this event, even so early as at four years old, he was not without serious' thoughts. At that period, a godly man, taking him up in his arms, said, “ There is such a thing as the pardon of sin, and there is such a thing as knowing it ;” an impression was made thereby on his mind, which, when recollected at the age of fourteen, urged him to pray, in order to obtain this blessing for himself. Of such importance is it to implant the
* Memoirs of Mr. Pierce, p. 288.