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LINES, Occasioned by attending He Death
■ Bed of a beloved Wife. • Here, in Affliction's useful school, 1 I'll wait, ami see' my Father's hand: . Jip governs by a righteous rule;. 'Each cross is by his wise commandHe speaks"; and,to ! his servant Death,
Severs the'dearest tie I have.! Denthbrings this faint, expiring breath, < And drags her te an early grave!
Sadness and Sorrow mingle here;
Each heart with tenderness is mo'v'd; The husband's and the moilier's tear
Must drop o'er one so much belov'd, "With hearts o'erwhelm'd we pensive
stand, i To seeour Mary's deathly face; Yet even here we -own his hand,
Who saves her by his sov'reigs grace. Oil! what a source of peace di»ine •
Is brought by ev'ry dying word! Each utt'rance makes his mercy sliine,
And proves the hli^s his truths afford.
Jn vain might bunvn systems aim
To yield trauq-.iU.ity like this, — Our Mary loves our Jesu's name, And hence this calm, this heavenly peace! , .
Long ere. this last, this solemn hour, She priz'd the gospel s joyfulioiind: . Iii early day's she proved its pow'i, And now in this relief is found'!
Hither, ye sceptics, turn vour eyes, . -Nor flare insult the s'acred page! See how a true believer flies, —' '.
The Scriptures all her Tears -assuage. Turn hither, all ye sons'of Earth.
Ye wand'ters from the ways of Peace, See here the prize of Bra I wor'li;
• Here, see. what true Religion is.
Oh! wl,af a scene is here to visw!
'Why are thy chariot-wheels so slow?
Here, by her side, 1 love to stand, —
• Affection prompts,and bids me slay: I'll watch her breath, — I'll clasp her
• hand, .
Oft has she prov'tl her kird concern
My loss, dear Mary, I must mourn,—
O Thou! whose jufigments must be right,
Cause me to bow beneath thy rod; Make thy good word my chief oelifcht,
And thy dear self my blest abode!
By this correcting, painful stroke.
Nor faint bei.eath thy kind r.-bit'-'e, Nor scorn the baud that makes me" mourn.
-Dear Father, now reveal thy love,
That I no more front Thee may rove,
In mourning her expiring breath', i
Eternal gain will bless her death,
What, though pale Death awhile may feign,
And break a union form'rrby love! Erelong.'twill be resound again,
And rais'd with nobler ties above!.
There sin, and death, aim sorrowcease, These storms ne'er reach that blissful shore:
The region all is joy and peace;—■ There we shall meet to part no more!
Till I at rive at that blest home,"
Farewell, dear wife, a short farewell!
Soon shall someheav'nly envoy come, Aj)d,we with Christ shall everrtwell!
- With such rich prospects full in view, This solemn scene has lost its gloortt} The-thnughts of Heaven my joys renew, , 1 look with triumph o'er the-tomb!
Once more, dear Lord/ permit ray prayer, -— Thine earlhe fervent prayer receives; Look down with thy paternal c-ire . On the dear child thine handmaid leaves1 •» ' .
Be Thou his Guide, his Guardian be, Thro' all this dreary wilderness;
Then take him home to reigu wiih Thee, And sing the pr'aisVofsov'reigu grace!
There, in the rea'.ms of etidless light, Saviour reieive us as thine own,
That we may gloriously unite
In clad-He-Hannahs round thy throne\ . .-. Greenwich.
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EVANGELICAL . MAGAZINE.
THE LATE REV. EDWARD PIDGEON, A. B.
VICAR OF ST. JOHN AND CLARAGH.
[Extracted from the Funeral Sermon delivered by the Itev. Peter Roe, A. M. Vicar of Dungarvon, Minister of St. Mary, Kilkenny, and Chaplain to (he Garrison of that City,]
Brought up under the immediate inspection and foster-; ing care of a kind arid indulgent father, Mr. Pidgeon spent the morning of hi* days in an abstinence from many vices of the age; and being naturally vivacious, possessing a clear understanding and* much acquired 'knowledge, his company was tf-ourted and prized by the' men of the world. Al length the .period arrived when he w;as raised to the important situation of a Minister in the Established Church.. .His new employment, wrought no change'in his heart, no reformation in his. life: he was careful and anxious about the things of the world, but had no serious concern about eternity. He therefore lived as before his ordination, — caressed and admired by the world, for the world will ever love its own. — The most highly ornamented regimentals cannot inspire the heart of a coward with courage; neither can an outward plainness of dress, nor any merely outward appointment, qualify a sinner to be a teacher of the ignorant, and an example to the church of God. Happy and highly-favoured are all they who, with the outward designation to the work of* the ministry, receive the sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit. How lamentable is it to reflect upon the many candidates for the ministry, who rush into the sacred office, declaring That they are moved to it by the Holy Ghost, while they exhibit no one temper or disposition which we are taught in Scripture to regard as the fruits growing from his influence! , _ *
Living, as Mr. Pidgeon did, in the follies and pleasures or the world, we cannot wander that his preaching was y-iaccom
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panied by the divine blessing, and ineffectual to produce a real change hi the hearts of his hearers. After preaching many years, he and his flock were as much attached to their worldly and sensual enjoyments as even A,t length this day of sin and folly drew to a close-, and God, whose'thoughts and ways are not like ours,' visited his heart with divine grace, and opened it^aahe did Lydia's; so that he attended to the things which were spoken by the Lord. The conversations of some pious friends, and a careful perusal of the writings of some excellent men; were made instrumental of much good to him; but the Holy Scriptures, applied by the Spirit, gave him a clear and perfect knowledge of those truths which can alone make us wise unto salvation: they sefttled his wavering mind, and determined him to be on the Lord's side. A most clear and satisfactory light was given him into the great subject of Redemption: he saw the doctrine of Justification, thro* faith in Christ alone, to be the great subject of the gospel, the highest display of the divine perfections, the happiest relief for his burthened conscience, and the most powerful principle of unfeigned holiness of heart and life. He was rejoiced exceedingly, — found peace and comfort spring up in his mind, — his conscience was purged from guilt, and his heart set at liberty to run the way of God's Commandments: from that hour he began to preach salvation' through faith in Jesus Christ alone.' Great and observable was the change which took place in him; but that which ought to have been a source of gratitude to professing Christians,afforded them a ground of opposition to him and his ministry. This circumstance need not, however, excite surprize; for, as in the time of Abraham,' he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.' A man may go through the round of worldly pleasures, wastehis time, abuse his talents, neglect the best interests of his own and the souls of all committed to his care, and yet be admired by thoss around him, who are ever ready to plead his cause, and to applaud his motive. If he be a spendthrift, they say he is a little too generous; if he be parsimonious, and have no bowels of compassion tor the poor, they say he is prudent and frugal; if he resent injuries, they say he has a proper spirit; if he appear as a duelist, and meet his antagonist in the field, they regard him as a man of honour: but, let that man be changed in heart by the grace of God, — let him be brought to a sense of his folly and of his danger, — let him forsake the company of the drunkard, the adulterer, and the man of pleasure, — let him lead a new life in righteousness and true holiness, — let him "regard salvation as trie free gift of God in Jesus Christ,— let him love his Bible, prayer, and the conversation of the people ©f God, and he will instantly meet with opposition; and perhaps his greatest enemies will bo those of his own house