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I have wished to be in heaven, and now the hour
That night she repeated these lines:
"In peaceful confidence I keep
My soul, and close my eyes:
The 29th September, a short time before her death, which took place about four in the afternoon; she requested a hymn might be sung ; and when it was ended, she observed, that her deliverance was near, and then said to her troubled friends, who were standing around her, "Now all of you leave me in peace; my eyes fail; I can see no longer." She then clasped her dying hands, lifted them, and prayed, "Now, O Lord! come to my help, and be thou greatly, greatly, glorified in me!"
Thus she fell asleep amidst the prayers and tears of her surrounding friends, and in the flower of her youth, being not more than 21 years and 10 months old.
MISS ELIZABETH RUSSEL.
MISS RUSSEL, was born at Portsea, in the year 1798. Favoured with a religious education, and under the guidance of parents who knew the importance of the charge committed to them, she happily escaped many errors into which she might otherwise have fallen; and her days glided peaceably away, occupied in assisting her mother in domestic affairs, and in endeavouring, to the utmost of her power, to promote the harmony and happiness of the family. When about fourteen years of age, she was received into the SundaySchool as an assistant-teacher; where her affable manners, and excellent disposition, soon secured for her general esteem. In the sixteenth year of her age, she heard a sermon, which produced a strong impression on her mind, and led her to reflect with deep seriousness on the important truths of religion. She now saw, and felt herself a sinner; and though she had been preserved from many of the follies, and vanities to which others were addicted, and had uniformly paid
a conscientious attention to the means of grace, yet she was convinced, of the necessity of an internal moral change, and that her salvation, like that of the dying malefactor, must be by grace alone.
Her religious experience was of the most genuine description. She lamented deeply the depravity of her nature; and feeling her need of mercy ardently implored it of her heavenly Father. Her petitions were heard and answered. By the illumination of the Holy Spirit, she discovered the way of salvation through the atoning blood of Christ. She understood how the Almighty could be "just, and yet the justifier of him who believeth in Jesus ;" and, relying on his merits and intercession, she obtained peace of conscience, and went on her way rejoicing.
Her subsequent conduct was such as adorned her profession. Indeed, diffident and modest, she said but litttle; and seemed desirous that her actions should speak louder than her words. To her duties, as a teacher, she attended with punctuality; and there was no class in the school that exceeded her's in good order, and attention to learning. Steady and regular in her attendance on the means of grace; particularly kind and affectionate to her relatives; loving and obedient to her parents, and ever most anxious to serve and please them;-she cheer
fully passed on her way, bringing forth the fruits of the spirit, to the honour and glory of God.
A short time before her last illness, in a letter, dated February 23d, 1821, she mentions having entered into a solemn engagement with God to live more closely to him, and to set apart some portion of time thrice every day for private prayer. During the summer of 1821, she complained of indisposition; and her countenance too plainly told, that the fears of her friends concerning her were not without cause. Yet cheerful and serene, she endeavoured to bear up against her disorder, and not till it became impossible for her to go out, did she relinquish her attendance in the school, or on the public ordinances of religion. In October, her illness much increased, and a friend inquired of her what were her views of divine things, now that she was afflicted. She replied, 66 Since I have been worse, I find my confidence in God stronger than ever pray that I may be supported, and resigned to his will." From this time, her disorder continued to gain strength, but she did truly manifest the most exemplary resignation.
"Amidst accumulated woes,
That premature afflictions bring,
Warbling from every mournful string.
When o'er thy dawn the darkness spread,
Religion heard no 'plainings loud,
The sigh in secret stole from thee:
In the visits paid to her by the writer of this account, he always found her enabled to converse on death and eternity without terror. Her language was, "If I live, it will be well: if I die, it will be well." And when her enfeebled frame was racked with acute pain, her spirit was calm and tranquil; no murmur escaped her lips; her trust was in God; to Him her prayers were offered; and from his bounteous hand she received supporting grace. Her principal concern was, not for herself, but for her affectionate mother, whom, with the greatest tenderness, she entreated not to grieve for her. "O my dear mother," she frequently exclaimed, "do not grieve for me: your tears distress me." On one of these occasions, a friend observed to her, "Perhaps your mother's giving vent to her grief may give her some relief; she must feel; she has a mother's heart;"-"Yes," she replied," and I have a daughter's heart;" her countenance at the same time glowing with filial love, and her tears of affection mingling with those of her much-loved parent.