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The Stone with seven Eyes—the Candlestick with seven Lamps—the Book

with seven Seals.

To my beloved Brother William Skelton, Pastor in came that precious word, “When my of the Baptist Church, Aldringham Suffolk.

heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock

that is higher than I.' This softened my COMPANION IN TRIBULATION.-It is laid hard heart; this brought tears into my eyes; with much weight upon my heart this morn- this sent me down on my knees, and with ing to write you a few lines, just to inform some fervency I really did cry unto the you that I am not yet wholly swallowed Lord to come down and deliver and bless up-nor cast away-nor without hope-al- my poor soul, and lead me to something though so heavy have been my temporal that might be for his glory and for the good afflictions of late that sometimes I have al- of his people. And, certainly, William, do most sunk into despair. I have seen the you know I am constrained to believe that heaviest clouds gathering around my heart; the Lord answered me; for this word was and hurl me into darkness and death, í fastened upon my soul-" In the time of have thought they certainly would. Up trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion ; in the to the present moment, however, a little secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me: he shall help has been granted, so that I still con- set me up upon a rock.” This brought me uptinue to proclaim the glorious gospel of the on my feet: my five and twenty years troublessed God with all the power and ability ble melted away like snow before the sun; the Master is pleased to give me.

and my mind was fixed upon the fourth, I will just lay before you one instance the fifth, and the sixth verses of the twentysomewhat descriptive of the path in which seventh Psalm. “One thing have I desired I am now walking, and which I hope of the Lord, that will I seek after ; that I may may be called a fair sample of the Lord's dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of dealings with me.

my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord ; and I awoke rather early yesterday morning- to enquire in his temple: for in the time of (Lord's Day, March 12th,) and you must trouble, he shall hide me in his pavilion ; in the know that I have so often determined and secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he desired and prayed to get a text on Satur- shall set me upon a rock. And now shall mine day for Sunday, without being able to do so, head be lifted up above mine enemies round that I now most frequently arise on the about : therefore will I offer in his tabernacle Lord's Day morning entirely ignorant of sacrifices of joy: I will sing : yea, I will sing what subject or text I may have to bring be- praises unto the Lord." Here I saw was my fore the people: and yet, although I fre- text and my subject for the day; and with quently preach seven times a week, hitherto this I went up in the morning, and began I have never been forsaken. Well, yester- to speak about the nature and objects of a day morning when I awoke instead of living soul's desires. I told the people, having my mind occupied with the best William, (I don't know what you will say things, I was carried back in a train of most to it-) that Limitation runs right through unhappy feelings to the time of my ap- the scriptures, and through the history of prenticeship-five and twenty years ago; the church, and through the experience of and there I was led to see, that through one the believer. In the Antediluvian world, temptation which then assailed me, and led when the deluge came, only Noah and his me astray, I had had, more or less, five and family were saved; when fire and brim. twenty years right down hard and heavy stone fell upon Sodom and Gomorrah, ony trouble. Oh, dear William, you can scarcely Lot was taken out; of all the sons of Jesse, conceive how condemnation, self-pity, and only David was chosen-Oh, what solemn unbelief began to work. I arose: but“ five things are these! Because you cannot help and-twenty-years trouble was staring me thinking—“What became of the rest ?” So I right in the face. I came down into my noticed limitation is ofttimes expressed as room, and lighted my fire, but “five-and- regards a believer's experience: David says, twenty-years trouble" was distressing my “One thing have I desired of the Lord.". The poor soul: and, something kept on telling man in the gospel said "One thing I know me-"this trouble will be your ruin at last! whereas I was blind, now I see.” Paul saidWell, I felt really a wretched man; and I “ This one thing I do, I press toward the mark," was walking across my room, when these and so on. I was led to shew that true bewords were gently whispered in my soul, “Is lievers did pre-eminently desire Spiritual this thy kindness to thy friend?” Again." Is blessings; and each one often appears of this thy kindness to thy friend ?". Why, think's such value and importance, that they tbink I, I have never sought nor thought of the if they could but be sure of thatone blessing Lord this morning. Up to that moment, all would be well, Then I came on to speak William, I had not so much as thought of of the fruitfulness of living desires; they prayer; so entirely absorbed had I been in are sure to lead the soul to prayer : "that my trouble. But, the Lord Jesus Christ, will I seek after." I said something, too, re(said I to myself) certainly has been my specting the objects of a living soul's desires; friend : how many years has he blessed me; but I leave that. The morning service beand helped me; and comforted me. Then, ing ended, I came home, and returned again

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to my room, and began to meditate some-, history, you may see how strong a living what further upon my text; but for a desire is; and how sure it is to prosper. length of time, all seemed confusion, so First-Ruth desired to go with Naomi; she that although there appeared to be plenty went: then, she desired to glean in the of precious matter in the text, yet I could fields of Boaz; she went: then she desired not see how I was to speak from it.

communion with Boaz himself; and this Presently, this thought struck mem

-“Up- was granted : and, at last, Boaz took her to one stone shall be seven eyes : be- wife. So groweth a living desire; first, the hold I will engrave the graving thereof, poor seeking soul takes a likeing to some saith the Lord of hosts." What can that dear old saint; goes with them to hear mean? thinks I. Then: “behold a candle-Christ preached; there the poor soul falls stick allof gold, with seven lamps thereon.” in love with Christ's person, Christ's And again :- a book written within, and ministers, Christ's gospel, Christ's ordion the back side, sealed with seven seals." |nances, and a union between Christ and What can all this mean said I to myself. this désiring soul is sure to take place. Something said to me, “the stone with “ The desire of the righteous shall be seven eyes; the candlestick with seven granted.” Peter makes it quite certain lamps; and the book with seven seals, are that this living desire is a divine principle all in your text." I then saw that this wrought in the soul by the Holy Ghost; for stone with seven eyes was a figure of the he says they that desire the sincere milk of foundation stone, the elect precious corner the word are new-born babes. Come, poor stone which God lays in Zion, in the hearts doubting sinner; black and barren as you of his people, which is Christ Jesus, the may be, is there not a living desire in thy Lord, and the seven eyes, that seven-fold de- soul after the Lord Jesus ? Where this gree and seven-fold perfection of divine desire is, there is a living lamp lighted up, grace which God the Holy Ghost works in and the secret mysteries of grace are beginthe hearts of elect sinners. I saw the ning to be opened. Candlestick all of gold figurative of that Secondly-Here, in the text, is the grace vital and manifested union which the of fervent prayer—that will I seek after.Church has unto Christ, and to one an. There is a permanence-a life-and a mystery other, and the seven lamps, that seven-fold in prayer that is not easily described. But degree and seven-fold perfection of divine see it in practice. Prayer is a living.“ eye” knowledge which the Lord the Spirit leads that looks to God through Christ: it is a quickened sinners into! and I saw the bright and shining "lamp” that adorns Book as an emblem of the whole Mind and and beautifies, and throws much light upMystery of Zion's Covenant Triune Jehovah; on the church of Christ: and it is an open and the seven seals illustrative of that seal which discovers and makes known the solemn exclamation of Christ, “I thank hitherto hidden experience of the soul, and thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, much of that unveiled glory of the Majesty because thou hast hid these things from of Heaven, which none but heaven-born the wise and prudent, and hast revealed sons can either see or declare. Prayer will them unto babes." By the Holy Ghost the go in unto the king, though it should perish. children of God have revealed and made Prayer will arise, and bring the Prodigal known unto them the Mysteries of the to his Father's house, though he has greatly kingdom; for so the Master spake, and so sinned; prayer will persevere, and make his people find, that “Unto them it is its way through thick and thin, though a given to know the Mysteries of the king- mighty crowd oppose it. As Christ is the dom.”

great Representative of the church before Thus I saw, the mystical design of the the throne of God, so prayer is the represtone, the candlestick, and the book. But the sentative of the soul's desire before the question was, how am I to find these in the throne of grace. text? Well,

Prayer makes the darkened cloud withdraw, First Here is the grace of a living desire : Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw, One thing have I desired of the Lord.”

Gives exercise to faith and love, Here is one of the eyes in the stone, for no

Brings every blessing from above, one will ever desire that which he has Thirdly-Here is the grace of communion : never seen. Unto the blind, unenlightened “That I may dwell in the house of the Lord sinner, there is no beauty in Christ that he all the days of my life; to behold the beauty should'desire Him-no glory in the gospel of the Lord ; and to enquire in his temple.". that he should desire it: but when spiritual To dwell with the saints of God; to gaze life and light is given unto a sinner by the upon the beauties of Christ's person, work, Holy Ghost; when, after a sense of sin and grace, and salvation; and to look into and condemnation has been felt, Christ, as a experimentally to learn out the mysteries SAVIOUR of sinners is revealed in the soul; of divine grace; these are the elements of it is then a living desire springs up. This the believers' happiness and communion living desire sometimes is felt and brought while on the earth; and I do firmly believe into exercise by coming in contact with a these things in a higher and more perfect child of God, as in Ruth's case. She saw a sense-will constitute much of our glorified something in Naomi that drew out her happiness in a better world. Let a living heart towards her; and go with her she spiritual soul be shut out from all com. would. Therein, if you examine Ruth's munion with the saints—let them be en.

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tirely debarred from going to God's house ; I know, William, and so do you, 'it is a let darkness veil the mind; and all the good thing that the heart be established glorious mysteries of grace be hidden from with grace. Why, bless your heart,Satan and the eye; and, then, oh, how wretched, how professors together would frighten my soul unhappy will the soul be! Therefore he out of its very existence, if they could. I desires and prays to “dwell in the house, to will just give you two specimens of this. A behold the beauty of the Lord; and to minister said to his friend the other dayenquire in his temple.” Had he any sus- 'As to Banks, the devil sent him to preach picion or fear that he should ever either at first-and now he has sent him again ; be forsaken or be driven from the Lord's and it is the devil's work altogether.' house? Ah, the seeking soul may have Well, really William Skelton, this has many such fears.

made my very soul to tremble, for I have "To behold the beauty of the Lord.” thought. Suppose it is so! who can tell, There was a three-fold beauty in the temple but I have been deceived allalong! Oh! how of old. It was very grand and beautiful in awful to think a man, who never knew me its porch and entrance. (2 Chron. iii. only by report; never saw nor spoke to me 4,5,6.) It was beautiful for its stability, in all his life, should undertake to say, my being ceiled with fir-tree, and overlaid with ministry is the devil's work altogether. gold ; and it was beautiful for its internal Ah, William, I have painfully learned that grandeur, being “garnished with precious many of these very deep experienced, and stones for beauty," and having cherubims very faithful men, as they are called, are on the walls. The beauty of the Lord is the greatest back-biters, slanderers and seen in the Gospel temple, when Christ is persecutors in existence. If you were to preached clearly, boldly, powerfully, and see a man in the streets take a poor dog, savingly. When the minister stands well, and kick him, beat him, cut his throat, and preaches well, and God the Holy Ghost and then cast him away, why you would gathers in sinners who can declare what say, what a cruel brute ! But some of God has done for their souls; it is then the these great ministers make nothing of beauty of the Lord is seen in the porch or taking half-a-dozen of us poor gentile sinentrance. And when saints are established ners, not only to stab us in the dark, but in grace, and walk and live as becometh also to send us to hell withall! Why, my the gospel; and are not entangled, or easily dear lad, if it were not for something strong offended, or drawn aside; it is then you see and powerful in my soul, keeping me in a the stability of the house. And when the knowledge of, and love to, the things of God, hidden stones of grace, and faith, and love, I am sure I have seen and heard enough of (with which the inside of the temple is ministers in London, and felt enough of my garnished,) come out in labours of love, and own heart, to make a world brim full of infia life devoted to the glory of God; it is then dels. Oh, it it is painful. I was talking the you behold the beauty of the Lord in the other day to the printer of a certain gospel rich and genuine experience of the dearly periodical, and he said to me- Why, I beloved spouse of Christ.

know a minister who, from the pulpit, deFourthly-Here is the grace of faith. “In clared that he knew you was living in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his adultery now, and so were many of your pavilion; in the secret of his tabernacle congregation. I said, " Is it possible?” shall he hide me.” Here is a time of trouble He said, 'It is true. My friend heard him anticipated ; and preservation in that say it. I said, 'Who was it?':

Ah'(said trouble expected. It is impossible but that the printer,) must not mention names.' the believer must have trouble. His con- Now, William, this is a sorrowful specistitution, (flesh and spirit) ensures it; his men of the base wickedness, and the lying circumstances, (being subject to the fiery spirit that there is even in some of those darts of the devil, and the envy of wicked pretended faithful men, whose principle men,) ensure it, beside which, the word of work is to exalt themselves on the ruins of God declares it. But precious faith runs others. But, I am kept on the Rock; bless in front as a protection and guard to the his holy name; or into despair with a soul, and it says, “God is our refuge, and broken heart, I should have fallen long ago. strength, a present help in trouble.” Faith 'He will set me up upon a Rock. Be of is not always in exercise; so that the good cheer. The floods have lifted up their believer sinks under troubles; but still it voice; but the Lord on high is mightier is true, he is hidden in the secret place of than them all. Read Psalm, the 93rd. the tabernacle of the Most High. In the Sixthly. Here is the grace of perfect attributes of Deity, in the Covenant of liberty And now shall mine head be liftgrace, in the Person of Christ, in the ar-ed up above mine enemies round about.' rangements of God's providence, as well as And by the judgments of his hand; all these form Seventhly. Here is the grace of Praise. the pavilion wherein God hides his saints, The grace of God leads the soul to praise, and brings salvation near.

honour, and adore Him. In coming to the fifth eye in Zion's William-read these lines with prayer. spiritual foundation—that is, “ Christ in If you discover anything wrong, write and you the hope of glory," I must be very brief. tell me. For I am your Brother in the It is the grace of ASSURANCE and establish- faith of the gospel, ment in the truth and ways of God. “HE SHALL SET ME UP UPON A ROCK."

CHARLES WATERS BANKB.

A Visit to the Grave of Daniel Herbert. a poor fallen sheep, though restored from

his backslidings to the fold of Jesus, whom “I now entered the town of Sudbury, which no one sought

or cared about. I was anxirecalled to my mind many pleasing and ous to find him, and asked a pious one for painful recollections. Here rested under him, who, repulsed at my inquiry, told me the-clods of the valley' the remains of my We set off and went to his house, When

that he lived two miles out of the town. beloved friend Daniel Herbert; and here was the spot my once dear partner spent he saw me he burst into tears of joy, clasped many pleasing and profitable days, months, my hand, and wondered how the Lord and years; but now they were gone, them- should have sent me to him that day; nor selves too, and their dwelling-place occu- could he make it out, he said, that so great pied by strangers.

a favour should be conferred upon such a 11.1. was obliged to procure a lodging at a vile and hell-deserving sinner

as he had public-house, where clamour and noise been--that a man of God, as he thought I prevailed all the night, and to us it ap- was, should come under his roof. He told peared like a hell upon earth. The next me he was cast out, and looked upon as the morning was the Sabbath, and we walked vilest monster on the earth; but not more early to visit the spot where my dear friend so than he saw himself in his own eyes to lay buried, there I talked with him, and be; yet there was a poor friend or two that fancied I heard him say, 'Dear brother G., sometimes met as his house for prayer, and is it you now beholding the hillock where he expected them that afternoon. He said lies the mortal body I have put off ? Re

I knew them, and they would be as glad to

One of them soon joice rather; you will soon, with me, hear see me as he was. unutterable things.' Sin no more clogs arrived, and blessed be the God, we had a and discomforts me. I am now in the refreshing season, together in reading, presence and full enjoyment of Christ. I prayer, and praise.”—“Wilderness Mercies, behold you weeping in the dark valley, but by James Groom. tribulation's path shall prove a blessing, Several copies of this interesting Work are sanctified to all the seed. The sealing now on sale at our Office, for the benefit testimony of divine grace is a sure earnest of the late James Groom's widow: they of future glory, Rest satisfied to believe can also be had at her residence, 26, Great the promise realized; for ‘My God shall Turner Street, Commercial Road.] supply all your need. 'Not more secure my glorified spirit above, than yourself.

Heart Religion. left the spot, trodden upon and unheeded by the passing multitude, with these words on my mind, 'The Lord's portion is his Midst all the opinions, contention, and str saints.' He will not suffer one of them to concerning repentance, salvation, and life, be lost, and sure I am one who longs to be That ring from the pulpit, and teain from the press, made like him.

There's this consolation, we're not left to guess ;

For Jesus assures us in language quite plain, Turning away from the churchyard, We cannot be saved unless born again. and taking a last view of the house where the work of a creature, however he live, he once lived, I bent my course to the A fitness for heaven no sinner can give : bridge, where I had a full view of the The heart must be changed, the mind be renew'd, little summer-house which stands at the An appetite given for heavenly food; bottom of the garden, near the river, where and needs made apparent that God must supply.

Desires implanted that never can die, he wrote most of his hymns and poems. This change is effected by power divine, This little retreat had many times been a For none but Jehovah the soul can incline,

Bethel' to his soul. Here many an ago Tho' some men assert with a positive airnizing moment had been spent also; while That all that is needed is reading and prayer. the walls thereof inside, marked, in pencil And tell all their hearers Christ knocks at their hearts, lines, many Ebenezers to the God of Jacob. And urge them to open that he may come in, Here used to be placed his scraps and Or he may be offended and not knock again. papers, with an old Bible, a chair, and and then there are others who differ from these, table. Bless his memory! Daniel was

Who study and strive all their hearers to please, beloved of God, and his lot was blessed. Tho' in what they say we see little to blame,

But in what they don't say is of what we complain. (Dan. xii. 13.)

But a 'thus saith the Lord' concludes the debate, After breakfast we went in search of The vile from the precious God's servants must take, spiritual food for our souls, and turned into the work of the spirit and flesh must describe, a small baptist chapel, hoping to find some that the living may know that they are alive: good things; but alas! it was only

to hear for the mind may be moved, the man be reformid, a poor legal erroneous discourse, which re- No change

is sufficient but that of the heart,

The head may be right, but the heart may be wrong. minded me of the lines in my old friend's To cause the transgressor from sin to depart; poems :

The tears of an Esani, the prayers of a Saul, The half-and-half sort are the gospel's worst foe;

The repentance of Judas doth very short fall; We are plagued with such wherever we go.'

A Cain may be sorry, a Pharaoh confess,

And all this arise from the work of the flesh. He had been plagued in the same manner, But regeneration cuts open the heart, and in the same old town, for more than Dissecting the sinner in every part, fifty years. There was, however, one old and raises him up to the image of God. friend whom I had known for many years

To shew forth the praises of Jesus the Lord.

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LIFE, EXPERIENCE, ILLNESS, AND DEATII OF SUSANNAH SHITI.

DEAR CHRISTIAN BROTHER—The following upon Jesus, that he was my scape goat, and interesting account was related to me by bore all my sins away, I felt such joy and Mr. Daniel Smith, of Pent-side Chapel, rejoicing in my soul which no language can Dover, whose mind has long been impressed utter, nor no tongue can describe. Ï bless to send to you the account of the Illness, God for laying this affliction upon me: my Experience and Death of his sister Susan- prayer became Oh Lord, under all this nah. I give it you without any flourishing, affliction, keep me from murmuring. I see myand must leave it to you to put the facts self to be the biggist fool, and worst of sinners ; together. Your's &c.,

and yet Jesus is so precious to me, that words Dover, Feb. 1848.

W. BALLARD,

fail me to express it;' while in this joyful and

blessed feeling in her soul, one of the SUSANNAH SMITH was born on the 26th of Established Clergy came to visit her, and August, 1827 ; and appeared in youth and brought a book of prayers for her to use, as childhood always solemn and reserved ; no- he thought they would just suit her. She thing very particular occurred during that says, 'he called again in a few days after, period, till she became eighteen years of and asked me which prayer suited me? Í age, when she went to live with Mr. A told him not one in his book; for when and whilst there was afflicted with an abscess prayed, the Holy Ghost taught me how to in her hands, which followed to her legs, pray, and what words to use; though many, com pelled her to leave, and again enter her very many times my heart „was so full, I paternal roof. In her illness she said she could not speak, and no utterance with thought the Lord was dealing very hard words; so no men-made prayers would, or with her, in thus depriving her of the use could, suit me : he then asked me if I did of her hands and other members of her not think I was very wicked for not receivbody; her heart fretted and murmured ing the sacrament after I had been conagainst Him, because she only wanted to firmed? I told him, 'no; for if I had, I obtain an honest living, and not to be a should have been eating and drinking my burden to her parents. She told her brother own damnation: upon which he replied, if in her last illness—'I continued for months none of the world came, no one would come in this dull, dark, and dreadful state of at all. No, I said, I don't think you would mind, and pain in body, finding no place get many communicants, if they knew what for rest like Noah's dove, because I was not they were doing.?. So he left me. in the Ark : until the Lord showed unto me

Her illness and affliction increased, and that I was a most awful sinner, and had continued to get more severe, and thus sinned against him. All my secret sins rendered her completely helpless, but she appeared in the light of God's countenance, said, though no one but God and herself and I could see no way by which I could knew the pains she felt in her body; so also escape the wrath to come ; nell appeared to God and I only know the happiness and me certain, and I could see no way of es- comfort I enjoy in my own soul from Christ cape, I knew not what to do, nor yet where being formed there my hope of glory.to go. I continued to read the Bible, and

Though bereft of my health, could see there was plenty of sinners recorded in the Word of God, as vile as I, who

Yet will I not fear,

For in all my affliction obtained mercy, but I could not see any mercy for me. In this state of mind, I

My Jesus keeps near, went to a Wesleyan Chapel, and when She was never heard to complain or murthere, something seemed to say with such mur in all her afflictions, but though she force, that it sunk deep into my soul- longed to get home, yet she said ' All the days What doest thou here?' I sat awhile, but of thy appointed time will wait until my this had such an effect upon my mind I change come. (Job xiv. 14.) She told her could not hear anything that was going on, brother that many times her soul was dark, but was compelled through anguish of mind and full of doubts and fears, which filled to get up and return home. On my way her with anguish, because she thought her thither a voice said.' Go and read thy Bible. religion was not real; but she was led to I did so, and opened Luke xviii. 13, the cry out unto Jesus; and when he came all prayer of the poor publican was mine, for I was right again; the sight of him put all could utter no other, only God be merciful things right again, 'In His strength, I can to me a sinner.' He answered me to the tell the enemy of God's family, he is a comfort of my never-dying soul; ‘I pardon deceiver, and a liar from the beginning.' all thy sins and blot out all thy transgres- Her father went to see her one evening; sions the power that accompanied the on his asking her how she felt, 'Oh, (she words melted my soul before the Lord, I said) I have had such a welcome and became a little child, and my soul as it were precious visitor to see me to day.' Have became unfettered from the chains of dark- you, my dear? Yes, Father-the Lord, my ness, I could see that all my sins were laid | Jesus, has been here -

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