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eyes, with a countenance expres. ers it; and soon I shall drop sive of his beaveply transport. this curtain, and be set at liber.
The next morning, seeing his ty! Then, putting his hand to sisters by his bed-side, he said, his breast, he exclaimed, I re“Through the goodness of God, joice to feel these bones gire we live to behold each other a. way!'--repeating it, I rejoice gain!--this is a mercy! but, if it to feel these bones give way, as had pleased him, I should have it tells me I shall shortly be with been glad to have been taken the my
God in glory ! past night.' His sisters replied, Notwithstanding these supThat God would take him in his ports and enjoyments, our young own time, which is the best. 'It friend not permitted to is,' said he, cand in the mean time pass through the valley of the I hope to enjoy communications shadow of death' undisturbed. of his grace, by continual inter. The powers of darkness molested course with Heaven ; for, in pro. him, and, for a short season, portion aswemaintain habitualin. almost overwhelmed him with tercourse with God, we shall taste despair. Let not the reader the consolations of his Spirit.' suppose that we ascribe all the Late in the evening he called them distress which is felt on a death. to his bed-side, saying, 'My time bed, to the influence or suggese is now come.' He then took tions of Satan. It is sometimes each of their hands, and commit. to be imputed to the just re. ted them most affectionately to proofs of an enlightened and the care of their heavenly Father. guilty conscience, and frequent.
On Tuesday afternoon, feeling ly to imperfect views of religion, the approaches of death, he broke or to the mere effect of bodily in. out in these rapturous expres- firmity;—but let it not be imagin. sions :- 1 find now it is no de. ed, on the other hand, that we lusion ! My hopes are well are to discard all ideas of the founded! I shall soon join the agency of evil spirits on these blissful company
around the affecting occasions. If Satan throne ! Eye hath not seen, nor was permitted to infest the Cap. ear heard, neither hath it entered taip of our salvation in his dy. into the heart of man to conceive ing agonies, can we wonder that the glory I shall shortly partake his followers are exposed to his of! Read your Bible! I shall attacks in similar circumstances? read mine no more!--no more If he practised his devices on the need it ! When his brother primitive Christians, we have no said to him, “ You seem to en. reason to expect an exemption joy foretastes of heaven,” “O! from his malicious assaults. In replied he, this is no longer a consequence, therefore, we preforetaste !--this is heaven! I sume, of such temptations, our not only feel the climate, but I friend experienced a sudden tran. breathe the fine ambrosial air of sition from the highest joy to Heaven, and soon shall enjoy the very deepest distress. His the company! Can this be dy- countenance suddenly changed, ing? This body seems no longer and he exclaimed, “What a cloud to belong to the soul! It ap. has come over me! What can pears only as a curtain that cov. this be? I am lost! I am lost !
I was taken,' says he, to the I know it was not a delusion; I portals of heaven, and was about have had such joysin the ways of to enter it, when the door was God, as the wicked know not shut against me; and now I of;—such delightful anticipa shall bever, never see that glori. tions of the bliss of Heaven, ous place! When he was that I thought I should certain. minded of his past enjoyments, ly arrive there.' He continued “Yes,' said he, I have been faa in this state for a considerable vored with the manifestations time; and neither the prayers of his love ; but I have grieved nor conversation of his friends his Spirit, and he is withdrawn afforded him any relief. from me for ever; repeating these afflicting circumstances he these words, 'If thou forsake addressed the Lord, with such him, he will cast thee off for ev. an importunity and awful solem, er.' Then, turning to his friends, nity as his attendants had never he said to them, in a most pa. seen on any occasion. “Have I thetic manner, Take warning not,' says he, given myself ap by me!' He then addressed him, to thee ? Have I not chosen self to God, lamenting the mise, thee for my portion ? Hast thou ry of his absence, and dreading not assured me of thy love ? And an eternal separation from him ; wilt thou now cast me off for saying, 'O, my Father! shall I ever ?”--- After uttering these,
see thy face ?--Shall I and other expressions, to the be banished for ever from thy
same purpose, a divine light ir. smiles,—from those smiles which radiated the gloom; and he make the bliss of Heaven? How was enabled to triumph over the can I bear the thought? Have I delusions of the tempter. not, at times, experienced such After this, as much as his ill, joys in thy ways, as to make me ness permitted, he was general, esteem all things here as dung ly employed in devotion or in and dross, as unworthy my re. religious conversation, which gard !--and shall I never realize indicated the happy state of his those delightful anticipations ?' mind. At one time he said, ' I His father then said to him, have always considered that re"But could you enjoy the com. ligion was not to be made a by. pany of the wicked in the re
concern, but the supreme object gions of despair ?”—0, no!' of life. On another occasion, said he, their company here is he said to his father, “I desire my abhorrence !!—66 What is it to be thankful for the restraints then, which gives you so much of a good education.' At anothdistress?". Because I have er time he said, “This. bed has tempted his Spirit, and he is been witness to many sweet seq. withdrawn from me for ever.' sons of communion with my “But are you not grieved for God.' his departure ? and do you not On the Friday morning precel. wish for his return?”_- I would ing his death, being asked if Christ give all the world, if I possessed was precious to him, he replied, it, to obtain one hope, of it.' in an ecstacy of joy, "Oyes, he "Do you think then your past is precious indeed! very precious! experience a delusion ? No, I am very confident of this pery
prayer for them.
thing, that he who hath begun the the scene of an untried eternity. good work will perform it.' He We hope that this narrative spoke much more to the same may serve to obviate an objec. purpose ; but part of what he tion, which the young often feel said, his friends could not fully against serious religion. If they understand.
think that it is adapted to make On the Lord's Day morning, them up happy, let them consider shortly before he died, having its effect on the subject of this called his father and sisters to memoir. Possessing all the arhis bed-side, he addressed each dont feelings of youth, he made of them for some time ; and af. light of present plcasures, and terwards offered up a fervent the most flattering prospects of
But his voice honor and interest; in conse. failing, little could be under. quence of the superior comfort stood. But after this he lay per
which he derived from religion. fectly composed, with a heaven. It is surely then the want, not ly serenity of countenance. His the possession of piety, which at breath became gradually shorter, any time renders men wretched till at length, without a sigh or or gloomy. a struggle, he fell asleep in Jesus. What an affecting proof has The last words which he was been here exhibited of the unheard to utter were, Glory, certainty of worldly hopes and glory, glory! He died on the enjoyments! The youthful eye, Lord's Day, April 17th, 1808, that may be now moving over in the 24th year of his age. this page, may also before the
The preceding memoir - may end of another short year, be probably be read by some young mouldered to dust ; and the persons who have devoted much immortal spirit by which it is an. of their time to literary pursuits. imated, be fixed in a state of It is possible, that in conse. happiness or misery. How dreadquence of their connexions, or ful will the consequence be, if the course of their reading and time shall have been presumptu. study, they have been accustom- ously trified away, and a prepaed to associate all that is igno. ration for eternity have been en. rant and grovelling with their tirely neglected ! ideas of what is denominated Vital We hope that pious parents Religion. But let them here con. will be encouraged by this me. template a youth of distinguish- moir, to attend to the most im. ed abilities, who gloried in the portant concerns of their chil. truths which they have learnt to dren. The best education in. despise. It deserves too their deed cannot produce real relig. serious consideration, whether ion; and whether a Timothy or the principles which they have a Zaccheus be converted to God, substituted for them, can inspire the change must be ascribed to such a superiority to worldly the operation of the Spirit. But attractions, or make them equal. prudent, pious, persevering en. ly willing to quit all that is dear deavors have seldom failed of and lovely in life, and enter on ultimately obtaining a blessing. LIFE OF BERNARD GILPIN. he had passed the requisite time
at a grammar school, where he is This excellent divine, who said to have distinguished himmerited and obtained the glori. self, he was removed, in the year ous titles of the father of the 1533, to Oxford, and was there poor, and the apostle of the north, admitted on the foundation of was born at Kentmire, in the Queen's college. His application county of Westmoreland, in the to the various branches of learn. year 1517.
He was descended ing then taught in the universi. of an ancient and honorable ty was great. He was very confamily ; but being a younger versant with the writings of E. brother he was under the ne. rasmus; and to these he was cessity of directing his attention probably indebted for his early to some profession: and he chose emancipation from the shackles the church, for which his serious of prejudice, the freedom with and contemplative habits, even which he pursued his theological from early life, seemed peculiar. inquiries, and the diligence with ly to qualify him. An instance which he was induced to study of acute discernment, while he the Scriptures. To a knowl. was yet an infant, is related of edge of the logic and philosophy him by his biographer. A friar, of the day, he added a thorough pretending to be a zealous acquaintance with the Greek preacher, came, on a Saturday and Hebrew languages. And evening, to his father's house, such was the esteem in which he where he was hospitably enter- was held as a scholar, that he tained; but was tempted, by was one of the first who was good cheer set before him, both nominated a member of Christ: to cat and drink to excess. The church
college, by Cardinal next morning he preached at Wolsey, who founded and en. church, and in his sermon in. dowed that noble institution. veighed with great vehemence At this period, as well as for against the licentiousness and some time afterwards, Gilpio, sensuality of the times, and par. though much less bigoted than ticularly against drunkenness. most of his contemporaries, was Upon this, young Gilpin, who nevertheless adverse to the priosat on his mother's knee, and ciples of the reformation. He seemed much interested by the was even induced, by the impor. friar's discourse, cried out with tunity of his friends, to dispute indignation, “Oh mother, do you publicly against Hooper, and hear how this man dares to speak afterwards against Peter Martyr, against drunkenness, and yet he who had been appointed by was drunk himself last night?” King Edward the sixth to the diBut his mother stopt his mouth vinity chair at Oxford. On this with her hand, it being in those last occasion, that he might be days an unpardonable sin to find better able to defend his cause, fault with the clergy.
he carefully perused the ScripHis parents, perceiving him tures and the ancient fatbers; to be a boy of quick parts, were but the more he read, the less anxious to afford him every ad. confidence did he entertain in vantage of education ; and after the truth of the tenets he was
engaged to support. This state But what perhaps more than of mind greatly indisposed him any thing else determined him to to enter the lists with Peter Mar. withdraw from the popish com. tyr; but he resolved, that at munion, was the declaration of the least, he would use the disputa. council of Trent, which had been tion as a means of bringing his called together for the express old opinions to the test of reason purpose of reforming ecclesias. and scripture ; and that, laying tical abuses, that the traditions aside the temper of a caviller, he of the church were to be esteem. would make truth the sole ob. ed of equal authority with Scrip. ject of his pursuit. His candor ture, and ingenuousness were so strik. These and other things, paring, particularly when compared ticularly the opposition made by with ihe perverseness and bigot. the priests to the reformation of ry may
of the other impug- even what they acknowledged to ners of the new doctrines, that be amiss, much “grieved me,” Peter Martyr used to say, “For as he observes in a letter of his my other hot-headed adversaries, which is yet extant, " and made I am not much concerned for me seek for quietness in God's them: but I am troubled for Gil. word; for no where else could pin; for he speaks and acts with I find any stay.” “My nature,” a singular uprightness of heart.” he proceeds to remark, And he would often pray that
fed controversy so God would be pleased at last to much as I could. My delight convert to the truth this honest and desire hath been to preach and pious papist. And he pray
Christ, and our salvation by him, ed not in vain ; for, from this in simplicity and truth; and to time Gilpin determined, both by comfort myself with the sweet study and prayer, to search out promises of the gospel and in the truth. And it pleased God prayer." at length to enlighten his mind Mr. Gilpin continued at Ox. to perceive the errors of popery,
ford till his thirty-fifth year, and the necessity of separating when he was presented, by king from the apostate church of Edward the sixth, to the vicarage Rome. To this result, an ac.
of Norton, in the county of quaintance with the early histo. Durham. But he was first apry of the church greatly con. pointed to preach before the tributed. A diligent examina- king, that conscientious mon. tion of the subject convinced arch being unwilling to grant him that the doctrines of tran. preferment to any clergyman of substantiation, indulgences, and whose attachment to the princi. works of supererogation, the ples of the reformation he had worship of images, the denial of not reason to be satisfied.
On the cup to the laity, and the this occasion he took for his prohibition of the common use of subject the gross venality and the Scriptures, were inventions corruption of the age, against of later times, wholly unknown which he inveighed with great to the purer ages of the church ; boldness. His freedom did not and his attachment to them was prove offensive at court. It greatly shaken by this discovery. even recommended him to the VOL. II. New Series.