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There is what, rising from the earth,
Can pierce beyond the sky;
As it ascends on high.
It to the heaven has gone !
Unto Jehovah's throne.
Swiftly to that bright messenger
The seraphim, that dwell
Till it its mission tell.
It is that cleaves the air,
'Tis prayer-believing prayer. And tell me from what heart it went ?
From yon poor troubled one, With manifold temptations worn, With manifold afflictions torn,
So feeble and fore-done.
I saw the light fade from his eye
How quick his spirit fell ! When Satan, striding 'thwart his path, At his poor head, with bickering wrath,
Hurled the hot bolts of hell !
CILIOGRADES AND SEA-WEED. BY THE REV. DAVID LANDSBOROUGH, STEVENSTON. Under the last part of this general title I might have a wide range, seeing that it might be understood to comprehend one of the most interesting departments of botany; but instead of availing myself of this privilege, I mean, on the present occasion, to keep within very narrow bounds, and to speak only of one rare alga. And before attempting to describe it, as our gleanings in Arran are very near a close, I shall take the liberty of mentioning another Ciliograde or Beroi which was discovered in Arran. In the month of July, when my daughter M- was on a visit to her friend Miss R--y, at that time residing in Arran,' they fell in with a Beroë, some specimens of which were as large as a common-sized lemon. I was sorry that I was not of the party, but I had not long cause of regret, for the succeeding week, when my young people were bathing at Saltcoats, they fell in with a squadron of them, and having captured some, they brought them home for my inspection. “ Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord. ..... Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them." It would be paying them a poor compliment, were I to rest their filial attentions on nothing better than their capturing of Beroës; and yet, as I have little time myself for strolling on the shore, I count it some advantage to have occasionally younger eyes and hands at work
When they were younger than they are now, a penny was promised for every new shell or sea-weed, &c., they found on the shore; and when new ones became rare, the premium rose to sixpence. This I thought one of the cases in which bribery was not corruption. For some weeks after this the Beroës in fine weather were found in considerable abundance. I brought some of them home, and putting them in sea-water, in a jar, I had the pleasure of observing their movements. The largest one we observed here was three inches in length, by about one inch and a-half in diameter. It was very beautiful-much more magnificent than the Beroë ovata. In shape, it resembled an antique pitcher contracted at the neck, with a graceful revolution, or turning back at the brim. It did not permanently retain this shape, however, for it could vary it at will. The shape which it more generally assumed was that of a clasp purse, rounded at the base, and somewhat truncated at the mouth. They were of various sizes, from the size of a lemon, a little truncated above, to the diminutive size of a lady's thimble. Being in general much larger and heavier than the Beroë ovata, they are more likely to attract attention; and yet I nerer heard of their being observed on our coast before. As I knew that some fine Beroës had been found on the Irish coast, I sent a figure of this one to Mr William Thompson, Belfast, who showed it to Mr Patterson, Belfast, who has written very scientifically on Beroës, and who kindly sent me his interesting publications; but as it was new to both these gentlemen, Mr Thompson forwarded the figure to Professor Edward Forbes, London, who informed us that it was Beroë cucumis; and that he had found numerous
Long toiled the sore assailed one
In the unequal fight : Foiled many a blow, and many a dart Took on his shield, which else his heart
Had pierced with poisoned bite.
As swiftly speedech down
The tried and faithful One!
Bright were its rainbow wings, and ah,
How joyfully it came ! And breathed fresh life into the heart; Fresh vigour wrought through every part
Re-knit the weary frame !
The baffled foe has fled; with joy
The saint pursues his way; Soon shall his journey lead where death Opens for him a joyful path
Into eternal day.
* From “ Songs for Wayfarers," by the Rev. J. C. Fair. bairn, Allanton. A little book, full of instruction and refreshing for Zion's pilgrims. The “Songs" are, many of them, quaint, but all vigorous and expressive.
CILIOGRADES AND SEA-WEED.
specimens of it that season in Lochtine, and had that it is a creature of treat beauty and elegance. spent two whole days in the examination of them. Its form, as its specific name implies (pomiformis, As it is a rare animal, I may give a short description apple-shaped), is more globular than either (Beroë of it. It is gelatinous, like the sea-jellies, and hol- ovata or Beroë cucuinte. * Its consistence, and also low inside, like a pitcher. The whole body has a its movements by cilia (hence ciliagrade), were tinge of pink, and the eight ribs closely set with cilia, pretty much the same; but what most obviously disare beautifully adorned, having on each side an edg- tinguished it from the genus Beroë, was that it had ing like fine crimson lace. In the larger specimens, two tentacula--one from each side-which, when exthis lace-work was studded with little orange oval tended, were five or six times the length of its body. shaped bodies, like little grapes, attached by a capil. These tentacula were of great beauty, being beset lary peduncle. When the Beroë was at rest, they with delicate hair-like cilia, diverging like branchrested; but when the cilia began rapidly to play, and lets from the main stem; at times, indeed, rolled up the current of water, mixed at times with air bubbles, like beads, but at other times moving gracefully, like to rush through the tubes of the ribs, then all the the tentacula from which they sprang. The tentacula little orange bodies were in quick motion, as if themselves were not always visible, as on any alarm, dancing to the music of the spheres; or, believ- they withdrew with a sudden jerk into their sheathing in fairies, as our forefathers did, one might like tubes, in which they lay concealed till the alarm have fancied that they were lace-bobbins, moved by was over, when, as they wheeled onwards, rising and nimble, invisible fairy hands, weaving the beautiful falling at pleasure, they exhibited in great perfection lace edging with which they were intermingled. their locomotive powers, and displayed in the sunProfessor Forbes, however, says, as I had conjectur- shine the splendid iridescence of their colouring. ed, that they are the eggs attached to the placentary Another thing remarkable in them was their seemmembranes; and I doubt not that they are thus ing insensibility of pain. An active little Medusa' shaken by the motion of the cilia, that when fully having laid hold on one of them, before they could ripe they may thereby be detached.
be separated, it had cut out from the side of the But why should I attempt to describe this animal, Cydippe, a segment of a circle extending to more than when, having been found by Dr Maccartney, on the a third of its breadth and fully two-thirds of its shore of Kent, so good a description is given in my length. Did the Cydippe die, when three ribs with Vademecum-Professor Fleming's “ British Ani- their gelatinous clothing, were thus like a crescent mala ?" I shall subjoin part of it: “ This most ele- cut out of its body? No such thing. During four gant creature is of a colour changing between purple, days that it was afterwards kept, it continued to riolet, and pale blue; the body is truncated before, career through the jar, and seemed as active and and pointed behind; but the form is difficult to assign, happy as before it met with the seemingly ruinous as it is varied by partial contractions, at the animal's mutilation ! When any of them happened to be pleasure. I have represented the two extremes of shattered by the storm, the principle of vitality conforin that I have seen this creature assume. The tinued in the fragments. And when one of the fragfirst is somewhat that of a cucumber, which, as be- ments was clipped into sınall pieces, the cilia on the ing the one it takes when at rest, should perhaps be smallest bittock persisted in their rapid movements considered as its proper shape. The other resembles for a night and a day after an operation which a pear, and is the figure it has in the most contracted might have seemed as deadly as if performed by the state. The body is bollow, or forms internally an in- scissors of the Fates. fundibular cavity, which has a wide opening before, Mr Patterson describes another Ciliograde which and appears also to have a small aperture posteriorly. he had the pleasure of discovering, and to which he The posterior two-thirds of the body are ornamented has given the name of Bolina Hibernica. It comes with eight longitudinal ciliated ribs, the processes of near the shape of Beroë ovata; but it had four tenwhich are kept in such a rapid rotatory motion, while tacula, which were very beautiful—sometimes erect the animal is swimming, that they appear like the like the ears of a horse, and at other times hanging continual passage of a fluid along the ribs," &c. down like the ears of a lap-dog. The only thing I
As it is not likely that I shall return to the Beroës shall advert to respecting the Bolinæ is their phosagain, I have been tempted to subjoin some informa- phorescence. When about thirty were put into a glass tion respecting two of that tribe, so well described jar, and the water agitated, the whole contents of the by Mr Patterson, in the papers he so kindly sent me. vessel became so completely lighted up as to render They are distinguished from the Beroës that have all the adjoining objects for a moment visible. On come under my observation, by having tentacula. stirring them round, they were seen like lamps susThe first bears a considerable resemblance to one de- pended in the water. “It was impossible to behold scribed by Professor Fleming in his “ British Ani- these bodies of innocuous flame floating amidst the mals,” under the name of Pleurobrachia pileus. brightness which they themselves diffused, without Mr Patterson points out in what respect his differs feeling that to convey an adequate idea of their from Pleuro. pileus. His, to which he has given the beauty would be a task more titted for the imagery name Cydippe pomiformis, was found by him in con- of the poet than the language of the naturalist.” siderable abundance at various times, near Larne, in The rare sea-weed to which I alluded at the comthe county of Antrim. It had not before been re- mencement of this article, was Gloinsiphonia cacorded as British. From Mr Patterson's description, pillaris, which was on this occasion found by my son which is ably and tastefully written, it is evident David, in a rock-pool not far from Corrie, being the
only known habitat of the plant in Scotland, except, fountains of waters, and God shall wipe away all one. It is rare in Ireland, and still more rare in Eng- tears from thine eyes.” land. A year or two ago it had been found by me in Saltcoats Bay. I had observed it at low-water, in a
PICTURE OF A PILGRIMAGE. little channel betwixt two rocks, as I was retreating
(From Cheever's “ Pilgrim in the Shadow of the with all convenient speed, lest I should be circum
Jungfrau Alp.") vented by the returning tide, as I had been some EINSIEDELN constitutes the very head-quarters of days before. In my haste, I snatched only a small the worship of the Virgin Mary. All day long, if portion from a large plant of it growing on a bed of you come into the region as we did, nigh about the shale, thinking that it was some common thing, with
season for the great annual worshipping festival or rather an uncommon aspect. On floating it in fresh
Virginal levee, you will meet pilgrims on the roads in
every direction hurrying thither, or returning from water, spreading it on paper, and exposing it to the
the shrine; old men and robust peasants, maidens and air, it changed in a short time from a dull brownish- little children, troops of old women telling their red to a fine bright crimson. I then found that it beads and repeating their prayers, as they tramp was not an old friend with a new face, but an alga along the wet road, as if praying for a wager. What of great beauty, which was new. to Scotland, viz., countenances ? Their lips move, and they do not look
an intense, haggard zeal is depicted in some of their Mesogloia, now Gloiosi phonia capillaris. Next sea
at you, but hurry on undistracted from their great son it was found in considerable abundance in the work; for they probably have a certain number of same locality, in shallow water; but from being too aves to repeat, or perhaps a bead roll of prayers so much exposed to the light, or to some other cause, it constructed, that if they miss one, they must go over
! had lost much of its fine crimson colour. My son, the whole again from the beginning. by wading into deep water and catching the plants beings who have heard of Jesus Christ, and of the
And is this religion ? Is it taught for religion by with his toes, got fine specimens, which, on being Sacred Scriptures, and of the character of God? Is plunged in fresh-water, and then exposed to the air, this the influence of the Virgin Mary upon the soul ? assumed the rich crimson hue.
Do men expect thus to climb to heaven? Pass on If some can find sermons in stones, and good in to the great building, the spacious Temple of the
It is a vast and guady everything, may not we extract lessons even from Virgin, and you will see. weeds? The prescribed address of a certain order of ing a black image of the Virgin, almost as black as
church within, a stately structure without, enshrinmonks in meeting each other is: “Il faut mourir, mon
ebony, which some believe came miraculously from frere;" and the regular response is : "Oui, mon frere, heaven, as fully as ever the Ephesians believed in the il faut mourir /" The “il faut” (the must) shows heaven-descended character of the image of their that Death naturally is anything but welcome. But great goddess Diana. This singular shrine is fresince he will come, however unwelcome, and since quented by multitudes of penance-doing people, who
go thither at the impulse of their anxious halfhe may come at an inconvenient season, when we are
awakened consciences, under guidance of their priests, ill prepared for receiving him, should we not consi
to deposit their offerings, perform their prayers, and 1 der whether it may not be so ordered that death, instead quiet their souls with the hope, by Mary's help, of of being met with reluctance, may be hailed as the escaping unscathed both hell and purgatory. harbinger of a blessed change? This very alga which
The multitude of pilgrims is sometimes prodigious. has been under our consideration, when living in its secration of the shrine comes on the Sabbath, it lasts
When the anniversary festival of the miraculous consubmarine habitation, is but an ungainly weed; and fifteen days, and is a great collective jubilee. From when torn from its native rock, and exposed to the every quarter the pilgrims flock, as to the opened gate air, after being plunged in fresh-water, death ensues. of heaven. Here they may have pleasure by the way | Yet it is only then that its worth appears. Then only commuted for by light penances
, or by the pilgrimage it becomes permanently beautiful, when it is clothed itself, indulgences for future pleasure, and pardons, in the unchangeable loveliness of death. If death is unlimited, for sin. From the year 1820 to 1840, the
number of pilgrims annually has been at an average to make a change for the better on thee, gentle of more than one hundred and fifty thousand. This reader, instead of saying mournfully, “ We must die," vast concourse of strangers keeps the town and paare you not ready to say, “ I would not live alway" rish of Einsiedeln in a thriving business of inn-keep-“ willing rather”-yea, “having a desire to depart ing, merchandise, and various light manufactures for and to be with Christ, which is far better." It was a
the “ Star of the Sea,” the “ Queen of Heaven." As mystery hid from ages, how the merciless king of and by her worship got their own wealth, so the Einsie
of old the Ephesians made silver shrines for Diana, terrors might be converted into a friend-how, by delners make images, shrines, and pictures for Mary, dying, the happiest and loveliest of human beings may and by this craft maintain a thrifty state. Around become for ever unspeakably more happy and lovely. the great church in front and on each side, as well as The mystery is over-the secret is divulged. The in the village, are rows of stalls or shops for the sale Volume of Inspiration reveals it. If thou believest knicknacks in honour of the Virgin, and as a port
of books, beads, pictures, images, and a thousand in Jesus, the change which death effects is unspeak- able Memoria Technica of her worship. The pope's ably for the better. The earthly house of this taber- letter in her behalf makes appropriate display among nacle dissolves; but thou shalt have a building of all these treasures, and as it were fixes their value, God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the just as the pontifical stamp coins money. It makes heavens. “ Thou shalt hunger no more, neither
one's heart ache to see the mournful superstition of thirst any more, neither shall the sun light on thee, Virgin in the Romish worship is one of the most pro
the people. Indeed the whole establishment of the nor any heat; but he who is in the midst of the digious transactions of spiritual fraud, one of the vastthrone shall feed thee, and shall lead thee to living est pieces of forgery and speculation, in the history of
PICTURE OF A PILGRIMAGE.
It is a great South Sea bubble of religi- mad enthusiasm of the tunic-worshippers at Treves, ous superstition, by which thousands make a for- Holy Coat, pray for us !" And what is to be said of tune in this world, but millions make shipwreck of a religion which, instead of endeavouring to cure their souls for ever.
people of their ignorance, just takes advantage of it, The pope and the priesthood are joint stockhold- enshrining and maintaining in state every absurd ers of a great bank in heaven, which they have reared phantasm that a frightened superstitious brain can on false capital, and of which they have appointed coin? It is the veriest trickery, worthy of a Turkish Mary the supreme and perpetual directress. So the santon, a religious jugglery, not half so respectable pope and the priests issue their bills of credit on as that of Jannes and Jambres to cajole the common Mary, and for the people the whole concern is turned uneducated mind in this manner. And it passes one's into a sort of savings' bank, where believers deposit comprehension how educated men, in other respects their ave marias, their pilgrimages, their penances
, upright and honest, can connive at the cherishing of their orisons and acts of grace, receiving now, for conve- such lunacies among the people. nience in this world, drafts from the pope, and expect- It is not merely the nature of these things as a ing to receive their whole reversionary fortune from curious system of superstitions that we wish to look Mary in paradise. If this be not as sheer, pure, unso- at. The philosophic traveller desires to observe, and phisticated a form of Paganism as the annals of Hea- is bound to observe, their effect upon the character
then mythology ever disclosed or perfected, we are at a of the people--the manner in which they take hold ! loss to know what constitutes Paganism. The artful of the mind-the sort of atmosphere which they form
mixture of the Gospel scheme of redemption, and around the common heart and life of the multitude. reference to it, in this Marianic system, makes it, if | This is one of the most curious and instructive invesnot a stronger poison, a far more subtle and danger- tigations in all a man's journeyings in Europe, espeous delusion for the mind.
cially when he comes upon an enclosure into which The Romish scheme, as here demonstrated, is a sys- the light and influences of the Reformation have never tem of mediators and courts of appeal, which puts penetrated, and where Romanism, not having come in the soal as far as possible from the Great Mediator, contact with systems or controversies that might and prevents all direct access to the fountain of a shake the faith of its votaries, may be sounded in | Saviour's blood. Here we have the pope accredit- its depths in the souls invested with it. There is too
ing the saints--the saints interceding with Mary- much of a disposition to set down a Protestant traMary interceding with Christ. The system in general, veller's notes on the Romish system as he sees it to and Einsiedeln in particular, with the legendary lite- the score of bigotry or religious prejudice. This is rature and litanies connected with it, constitutes a both unfair and unwise; for it tends to make travelgreat development of the common faith and litera- lers neglectful of observing the workings of foreign ture of the middle ages, the idea of which, examined religious systems, or restricted and uncandid in givnot in the common mind, but only in a few great in- ing their impressions to the public. There is nothing tellects, has been in some quarters so applauded, that a traveller ought to watch more closely, or reeven by professed Protestants. Ages of faith, for- port more fully and fairly, than the nature of these sooth, where true faith was rendered almost impos- two things, religion and education, among the peo
sible, and all the life of the soul was one vast super- ple where he journeys. What should we say if M. | stition !
D. Tocqueville, in writing of us in America, had abIn front of the great Einsiedeln Church there is a stained from all notices and remarks on our religious i fountain with fourteen compartments or jets, at one system, because this would have rendered his book of which the common people say and believe our obnoxious to some, and distasteful to others, and Saviour drank, though when, or how, or by what might have injured its popularity and acceptablepossibility, it would puzzle the stanchest Judæus ness ? A man travels in Europe blindfold, who Apellas to tell. If this place were Sychar, nigh to either does not observe, or neglects to record, the the parcel of ground which Jacob gave to his son workings of the great religious system, or who sees
Joseph, or even if Einsiedeln were on the way to it, not in its effects on the whole character of the | Egypt from the Holy Land, such a legend were more people, or on common minds, but only in its festival possibly accountable and admissible; but here in the ceremonies in gorgeous cathedrals. It is to be feared Alpine Mountains, on the way from Schwytz to that many persons look upon Romanism only with Zurich, no man can imagine how such a tradition the outward eye, and only in its outward observances, came about. And yet the poor people believe it. without attempting to trace its progress and its inį I saw a peasant with the utmost gravity and reve- fluence on the mind and in the heart. rence taking fourteen drinks in succession, in order I purchased and brought away with me several ot that he might be sure he had got the right one; and the little images of the Virgin, which are sold in probably all the more ignorant pilgrims do the same. countless quantities for the use of worshippers. Simultaneously with him, a flock of geese were drink-They look very much like the portable images of the ing round the fountain, but with much more wit, to household gods of Egypt, which I obtained several save the trouble of going the circuit, they, dipped years ago while travelling in that country. They may their splashing bill-cups in the reservoir below, into lie on the same shelf in a man's cabinet of curiosities. wbich all the fourteen jets pour their streams to- And what a curious concatenation, after four thougether, being sure that the contents of the sacred sand years, which brings the idolatry of the earliest one must necessarily be there also.
Pagan system and that of the professedly Christian And do you really think that a goose has so much system, at the two extremes, so singularly together! sense? Do think a man can have so much folly? | Looking at these two sets of images, which a man may I would answer: Which ought to be the greatest carry side by side in his trousers pocket, it is diffimarvel-that a goose should conclude, since all the cult to believe that there was one particle more or jets fall into the pool, that there can be no one jet less of superstition and idolatry in the use of the one the water of which is not there, or that a man should than of the other. For a poor peasant now may be i have so much sad and blind credulity, as to believe as complete and unconscious an idolater of his “ Star
that Jesus Christ once drank there, and that if he of the Sea," with the rude image which he carries in drinks at the same jet, his soul will be benefited ? his pocket, or about his neck, as the ancient Egyptian Which, I ask, ought to be the greatest marvel? Is it peasant ever was of his Isis or Osiris. Indeed, the not a folly almost incredible, almost equal to the idolatry, whatever it be, which comes after Chris
tianity, must, in some respects, be worse than that known him for many years as a High Churchwhich preceded it.
man, and a thorough-paced man of the world, I gathered likewise several of the little tracts who paid no regard to the Sabbath, and hated issued at Einsiedeln concerning the Virgin, the shrine, and the pilgrimage, constituting the catechisms of the religious people. I considered it, of course, people, and revealing, better than anything else, the my duty to go, and the parable of the ten water-courses, so to speak, of the superstition in their virgins came with power into mind. Well, I, hearts. One of these consists of Litanies for the thought, here is a fulfilment of that part, invocation of the Virgin, with an incredible number “Then said the foolish, Give us of your oil." and repetition of her titles, and accompanyivg prayers I entered' his chamber, and found him inand supplications to her in all hours and circumstances of danger and distress, from the first moment of deed very ill. He looked at me with a vacant temptation to the hour of death and the day of judg- stare, which seemed to say, You know some ment, with a depth of earnestness and even anguish thing which I ought to know, and wish to know, of soul, that exhausts all the religious sentiment of but I am ashamed to tell you how ignorant I am. our fallen nature. “ O Virgin, Mother of God! in I endeavoured, as he was an aged man, to treat all our pains and tribulations come to our aid, and we will love and bless you to all eternity. Amen.”
him with respectful tenderness, and to convey Another of these tracts consists of an ancient song
instruction to his mind without putting him to upon the miraculous dedication of the Holy Chapel confusion by asking questions which he could of the Virgin, which is said to have been visibly con
I learned that he could not read a secrated by our Lord Jesus Christ in honour of his word, although he had carried on a considerable mnost holy mother, the 14th of September, of the business, and gained a decent property. He said before the Holy Chapel or the Holy Image said, “When I was a boy, there were no Sabbath of our Lady, and a shorter prayer to be said before a
schools, and my father sent me to work all the portable image, by those who cannot serve the Vir week, and I had no opportunity to learn. I gin at her grand altar at Einsiedeln, for which last have felt the want of it a long time; but never prayer two hundred days' indulgence are gained by so much as since I have been ill.” “Then,” I gift of the pope. uve marius answer instead of this prayer for those said, “ as you cannot read the Bible yourself
, who do not know how to read. Then follows a
you must take it on trust from others." He prayer to St Meinrad, the first worshipper of the seemed to think there was a great deal to be image, and a martyr in the chapel, addressed in the learned and to be done before he should be fit to prayer as the mignon or dear one of Mary. die. This was the impression uppermost in his Meinrad is called upon to intercede with the “ Al- mind, and I found him as teachable as a little mighty Mother, and to obtain for devout penitentschild. I asked him if he felt himself a sinner! the pardon of their sins, and the preservation of their bodies from all dangers, and their souls from “ Yes,” he said, “I do feel myself to be a very damnation. In the supplication to the Virgin, the great sinner; but I fear I do not feel it so much soul is represented as fleeing from the wrath of God, as I ought.” “Can you pray?” “A very little," to be protected by her in the day of judgment; and he said; “I ask God to forgive me, but I do not the sinner renders up his last sigh into her hands, know whether I pray right.” I replied: “ It is a that his soul may praise her for ever in a blessed great mercy that God hears short prayers, if eternity. O wide, and sad, and powerful delusion! To all
they come from the heart; and that the Bible this variety of expedients, to all these successive gives many instances in which short prayers ranks of spiritual lawyers, men run with costly fees have been heard.” I said, “ You can say, God in their hands, rather than straight to Christ! All be merciful to me a sinner."" To my surprise, he this stately apparatus of ages--altars and images with clasped his hands together, and with great fermen adoring them, crosses on the garments, crosses
vour cried, “God be merciful to me a sinner." about the neck, crosses by the road-side, and pilgrins kneeling at them; while the Lamb of God, that Finding this prayer congenial to his feelings I
taketh away the sin of the world, stands by unnoticed, continued, “ Lord, save me, or I perish. Create I and the voice, “ Some unto me!" is never heard. in me a clean heart. Teach me thy way. Take
away all iniquity, for Christ's sake.” He re.
peated all I said, and after reading a portion A SOUL SAVED.
of the good Word to him, and praying with “ In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold him, I left him, encouraging him to try, when not thy hand, for thou knowest not which shall prosper, he was alone, to carry up his desires to God in
those short sentences I had mentioned to him. It was in the spring of 1827 that a good woman “ Yes,” he said, “I will, I will try.” called on me, and said Mr
was very ill and I saw him again in the evening of the same wished to see me. I had been suffering the day; the interview of the morning had excited whole day from illness, and really felt disqua- in my mind a deep interest on his behalf. I lified to go into a sick-room. I therefore found that he had been praying at intervals begged the good woman to ask the Rev. Mr through the day, and his wife told me that since
the curate, to go. The next morning she I had visited him his temper seemed quite called again, told me the clergyman had been altered; that he was calm, and thankful for there, but that the sick man was not satisfied, everything, whereas before nothing was right. and would be glad if I would step over to see
I mentioned some texts of Scripture to him, him. This affair greatly surprised me. I had and said, “ They are in the Bible." I was much
this or that."