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years after he had lost his liberty, and been sold as a slave.
Loveg. Well, Mr. Henry, as we shall now, I trust, have frequent interviews with each other, I should be glad if on a future occasion you could re. Collect some of the most material circumstances of his story, and the narration of them may be profitable to us all; but I dare say, soon after that you got acquainted with their ministers.
Henry. Why directly when poor Sancho, forthat was his name, could find time, he went and told their minister that there were some buckra sailors that loved the Saviour, and the venerable grey-headed man soon came to see us; and as I was then but lately awakened to a sense and sight of my sins, the remembrance of them lay very heavy on my conscience; and I bless God for the consolations I soon began to receive from the affectionate and tender way in which he recommended me to the Son of God for salvation. On the Sunday following all of us went to their Cha. pel : it was a most affecting sight to behold so large a number of poor blacks, notwithstanding their slavery, rejoicing in the liberty of the Gospel.
Loveg. Blessed be God, the calamities of a christian shall always be counter-balanced by his consolations : it is the privilege of the believer, notwithstanding all his troubles, to rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
Henry. And so it should seem, sir, for during the week Sincho took us to see a poor woman singing and rejoicing in dring circumstances, in a manner remarkably glorious; crying out, “My dear Saviour is just coming for me--he has loved me he has given himself for me! O' how he warms my heart, and blesses me—death is now noting to me: how I long to be dissolved, that I may be with my precious Jesus! and how I love all of you, my dear broders, because you love him.
love him. In heaven, we shall none of us be cruel against each other, but we shall all be like our loving Saviour, and see him as he is, in all his glory.” Thus she went on, praising and blessing God, and triumphing in the forgiving love of Christ.
Loveg. Well, Mr. Henry, we shall have other opportunities to talk over these matters; but we should not conclude this joyful interview without some praises to God for his great goodness in returning you again to your father's house, and bringing you to the knowledge of yourself.
Henry. O, Sir! what an ungrateful wretch should I be, to forget my God after such mercies !
Littlew. My child, you cannot think what a nice hymn Mr. Lovegood has made on your conversion and return. Nancy, call in Thomas Newman, that he may pitch the tune.
[Thomas comes in, and the hymn is sung; but poor Henry's harp was on the willows; the case expressed in the hymn was so much his own, that every line brought a fresh tear trickling from his eye.)
THE PENITENT'S SONG OF PRAISE.
Did ever one of Adam's race,
Vile was my heart, deep plung'd in sin,
A deep apostate from my God,
VILLAGE DIALOGUES. .
REV. MR. LOVEGOOD AND MR. WORTHY's FA
MILY AT FARMER LITTLE WORTH's.
THE EVILS OF THE SLAVE TRADE DELINEATED.
Worthy, mindful of Farmer Littleworth's invitation, attended, with Mrs. Worthy and their eldest daughter, to drink tea at Gracehill Farm. It has already been noticed, that all correspondence between Mr. Worthy and the family of the Blusters of Revel Hall was completely closed. Nor could he keep up any further intimacy with Lord Rakish's family, than to give them a morning visit after their return from town, or some other places of dissipation. A man of his superior mind could discover, that, while the scriptures directed him to be courteous, yet, knowing that “evil communications corrupt good manners," he was also instructed to be cautious. His maxim was “ to be civil to the great, but intimate with the good.” He therefore never supposed he disgraced himself by a familiar intercourse with persons of inferior rank, while they sustained the character of real goodness of disposition and conduct. Mr. Lovegood, as we naturally suppose, was invited to be one of the party. Mrs. Lovegood, ever attentive to her domestic concerns, and burthened with the large care of a little family, though the sincere wish of all parties, could seldom attend on these occasions. VOL. I.
Mr. and Mrs. Worthy and Mr. Lovegood made it a point to come early, as they wished for some conversation with the newly converted prodigal, as also to gain some information respecting the poor negroes in Antigua. After the accustomed salutations, they were ushered by the farmer and his wife into the best parlour, where Miss Nancy had been preparing all things for their reception; and thus the conversation began.
Farmer. Ah dear! had any one told me, three years ago, that I should have had such an honour as to have our worthy 'squire and his lady at our house, I could never have believed them, when I used to laugh at your honour's religion : but, the Lord know., it was when I had none of my own.
Mr. Worthy. Well, but you know, my good friend, we were all nearly alike, till we were better instructed. But where is your son Henry? for we are come to hear something of the gracious provi. dences' which have broughť about ihis wonderful change upon his mind; and which have attended him ever since he left these parts in his thoughtless days.
Far. He is only gone out with Thomas and Sam to see your honour's horses put properly into the stable: but, for sure, it is to admiration what a blessed boy he is, and how loving and good the Lord has made him ; it quite overcomes me when I think of it! we seem to enjoy a little heaven upon earth.
Lovegood. They who are born again are born to enjoy two heavens instead of one: a heaven of grace here, and a heaven of glory hereafter. But, through the mercy of God, what a wonderful alteration has taken place in your family, when compared to what it was three years ago, when you were all living without God in the world!
Far. Aye, so I thought last Tuesday evening, when my son and Billy Traffic, and three or four other young men that frequent our church, came