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Donations towards Building the New Chapel at Pinang.

Span. . Doll.
John Palmer, Esq.
Rev. Mr. Burn
Gunner Robinson.
Baddeley

Legacies.
Mr. B. Melville..

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Mr. G. Burton

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The Thanks of the Directors are respectfully presented to the following:

Miss Mary Ann Cowie, for Whitfield's Works, , vols., Ambrose's ditto, Green's ditto.Mrs. Wood, for a parcel of books.--Mr. Ireland, for sundry Reports.-T. W. for a Bible with Notes, folso.-Mesars. Cranbrook, Moxley, Paine, Slack, Capt.

Killwick, T. and G. F., and Anonymous; Mesdmes. Hill, Price, Weeks, and Adams, for 5 vola. and 1,221 Nos. of the Evan. Mag, and other periodical publications.

THE INFANT. I saw an infant; health, and joy, and light Bloomed on its cheek, and sparkled in its

cye, And its fond mother stood delighted by, To see its morn of being dawn so bright. Again I saw it, when the withering blight Of pale disease had fallen, moaning lie On that sad mother's breast-stern death

was nigb, And life's young wings were fluttering for

their flight: Last, I beheld it stretched upon the bier, Like a fair flower untimely snatched away,

Calm and unconscious of its mother's tear, Which on its placid cheek unis 'eded lay; But on its lip the unearthly smile ex

pressed, “ Ob! happy child, untried, and early

bless'd!”

A FATHER'S PRAYER, On the Birth of his First Born. Hail! thou dear infant pledge of love

mature ! Long may'st thou live, and may thy life be

pure. May God, who gave thee being, plant within Thy breast His grace,---an antidote to sin; So shalt thou, then, in truth a blessing prove, Secure of godly and parental love. Lord of my life! with gratitude replete Prostrate I fall before thy mercy seat, Whence issues every comfort, every sweet. What shall I render to my God, I cry For all his mercy. Lord do thou draw nigh; Accept a thankful tribute for this gift, And bless the infant, wbile to thee I lift My heart in prayerful rapture, praise sincere, And smile upon us while we're waiting here,

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REVD EBENZR MORRIS.

LATE OF CARDIGANSHIRE

Puvished Aprü 126. by E. Westley &AH.Davis. Samener i urt.

THE

EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE

AND

MISSIONARY CHRONICLE.

APRIL, 1826.

MEMOIR OF THE LATE REV. EBENEZER MORRIS,

OF TWRGWYN, CARDIGANSHIRE.

THE Rev. E. MORRIS was born in to North Wales not long after, and the parish of Lledrod, in the county preached with that eminent and much of Cardigan. His father, the Rev. beloved minister throughout his jourDavid Morris, was a preacher of con- ney in that part of the principality. siderable celebrity among the Welsh Upon the death of his father, two Calvinistic Methodists ;-an honoured years subsequently, he finally left instrument of bringing' many to the Trecastle, and became the occupant knowledge of the truth. Ebenezer of the paternal house and farm in the was the eldest of four children. : No- parish of Troedyraur, in Cardiganthing particularly worthy of mention shire. is related of his early youth. When Integrity, firmness, and unfearing about seventeen years of age, he re- promptitude to act, when his judgmoved from his father's house in ment was satisfied of the necessity Cardiganshire, to Trecastle, in Bre- and expediency of any measure, were conshire, and kept a school there for always prominent traits of his chasome time. To this period, he re- racter; and they were early manimained ignorant of the things that fested in exertions to procure and pertained to his peace, and unim- support the exercise of due church pressed respecting his spiritual state; discipline, when prejudice and corbut a sermon of a pious and useful ruption, with the utmost pertinacity, itinerant, D. W. Rees, was now ex- opposed all such efforts. In his more ceedingly blessed to him, and he public province also, his talents were very shortly became a member of the gradually developing, and his serCalvinistic Methodist Society at the mons were attended with frequent abovementioned place. Having given evidences of divine influence on many satisfactory evidences of piety and in the multitudes who flocked to hear suitable ability, he was permitted and them. From the commencement of encouraged, when about nineteen his ministry, his popularity was unyears of age, to commence preach- usually great; and continued unaing; and it appears, accompanied bated in every part of Wales to its the Rev. D. Parry, of Breconsbire, close,

0

VOL. IV.

and energy,

Those natural advantages and qua- To prove, that without Christ all gain is lifications, which serve to render a

loss, public speaker popular, Mr. Morris All hope despair, that stands not on his

cross ! enjoyed in extraordinary variety and amplitude. His voice was remark- The predominant, and most strikable for its power, capability of mo- ing feature of his preaching was dulation, and melody. His style of force. The elevation of his thoughts speaking never failed to rivet the -the grandeur and nervousness of attention by its diversity, eloquence, his language--subdued and filled the

His retentiveness of minds, and solemnized the feelings memory and his readiness and co- of his audience. In addressing the piousness of expression often ap- careless and irreligious, constituting peared to astonishment, in carry- a majority of his numerous hearers, ing him through sentences of great his abilities appeared particularly to length, comprehension, and vehe- adapt him; and the bursts of his oramence, with perfect perspicuity and tory had an indescribably petrifying precision. His ardency was un- and overpowering effect. To adopt a common, but seemed fully justified, scriptural phrase—“ His heart was and, indeed, demanded by the ob- moved, and the heart of his people vious importance of that which he as the trees of the wood are moved inculcated. His action was consider with the wind !” able, but at all times dignified and Mr. M. was of middle stature, but becoming; and his countenance ge- very corpulent. His address was nerally wore a striking expression frank and familiar. At the first, it appertaining to the nature of the might be occasionally deemed wanttopic he might be treating.

ing in friendliness and warmth ; but Mr. M. was no pulpit trifler. From upon further intimacy it was found the beginning of his discourse to its peculiarly calculated to inspire conconclusion, he strove with all his ar- fidence; and he would promptly dour to awaken the conscience, and prove that he deserved the confito affect the heart. He discovered dence he had inspired, by discovermuch skill in accommodating his ing himself a much interested friend ideas to every capacity; placing and a valuable adviser. He was them in various aspects before the shrewd and humorous in familiar mind with admirable readiness. Few mtercourse. Although he had much sermons could be listened to, equally ready wit, yet he never lowered the intelligible as were his to the obtuse minister by indulging in sarcasm or and vulgar, that were at once so levity. In conversation of a religitheological, so replete with sentiment, ous nature, he would present an imso free from truisms, and so accord portant truth-urge a serious consiant in imagery and diction with good deration, with address and irresistaste. He was happy in familiarly tible effect. No sentiment dropped illustrating the passages of Scripture from his lips unheeded. The deepest he quoted to bear on his point, with- solemnity, the most intense fervour, out perversion or sophistry. His were his constant powerful auxilimode of paraphrasing was clear, ap- aries, to shew what he uttered to be posite, and highly interesting. If in no common degree worthy of rehe could be esteemed more ex- gard, and to impress it on the mind cellent in treating one subject than strongly and permanently. another, it was when expatiating The pulmonary disorder, which upon the person of Christ; and brought the life of this valuable man when he proceeded with closeness to a close, attacked him shortly after and pathos,

his return, last spring, from the me

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