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cause of God, and liberality in its support, were equalled by very few of her age and sex.
In the summer of 1831, she had a slight affiction, and often afterwards experienced considerable indisposition and debility, but was at all times exceedingly patient and resigned.
About three weeks before her last illness, she attended the funeral of one of her cousins. On the evening previous she went to the class; when she was unusually serious, and prayed most devoutly that she might go from her cousin's grave, and prepare for her
Her last affliction commenced on the evening of Christmas-day. In the morning she arose deeply impressed with the apprehension that something very important and awful was at hand; and prayed earnestly to the Lord to prepare her for all his righteous will. Though scarcely able to walk, she attended the service of the church in the morning, and the preaching at Brough-Green in the after
At tea she was seized with violent pain ; but being immediately put to bed, her friends anticipated her speedy recovery. But herein the Lord had otherwise determined. On the Wednesday following her Class-Leader visited her, and asked her most affectionately if she felt her heart was right with God, and if she was assured of her interest in Christ. She replied, “ Yes; I feel that Jesus is my Saviour.” On Thursday morning her friends thought her end was drawing near; and inquired if she wished any one to be sent for; when she requested her Class-Leader might be called. On his arrival, she expressed strong confidence in God, declaring that her soul was happy, and Christ precious. When her acute pain had in some measure abated, she talked of Jesus, her class, and the cause of God; and afterwards prayed in a most impressive manner, separately for herself, her father, brothers, and sisters, and their children, her Class-Leader, and class-mates, for the church, and then for the whole world. She never murmured at the dispensation of Providence ; but was thankful that she was enabled to endure pain with patience; never expressed the least desire to recover, but prayed that she might do and suffer all the will of God. She faithfully warned all her friends and acquaintance of their dangerous situation while destitute of the saving grace of God.
About ten o'clock in the night previous to her dissolution, she fixed her eyes first on one, then another, who stood by her bed, as if taking leave of them, and bidding her last and long adieu. She endeavoured to pray, but weakness appeared to prevent. She then lifted up her heart to Jesus, and said, “ O Lord, if it be thy will, strengthen me that I may pray once more.” She then prayed in a louder and stronger manner than she was wont to do, and that for near an hour, , until she appeared quite exhausted ; and then sunk imperceptibly into the arms of death. The last words which were distinctly heard were, “Glory, Glory! Lord Jesus! Amen, Amen!"
Thus died one of the most patient, consistent, and pious young 2. Died, at Dodworth, near Barnsley, February 23d, Sarah Slack, aged twenty-three years. From her infancy she was of a mild and affectionate disposition, possessed of fine feelings, and was a subject of restraining grace.
When she was about fifteen years of age, it pleased the Almighty to remove her pious mother out of time into eternity, and this made a lasting impression on her mind. Accompanied by the operation of the Spirit of God, this event induced her to seek the Lord with her whole heart. In the spring of the year 1824, she became a member of the Methodist society; and seeing her uniform conduct, and regular attendance on the means of grace, an attempt was made by a friend to obtain a knowledge of her spiritual state. She said that she had not satisfactory evidence that she was a child of God; but frequently felt happy in the service of the Redeemer: at other times she was much depressed, feeling herself an unworthy and unprofitable servant. About this time a revival of religion took place, and a prayer-meeting was established on Monday evenings. Then it was that, by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ with her whole heart, she obtained a sense of the divine favour, and began publicly to exercise in prayer. The humble yet earnest manner in which her petitions were offered, showed that her desire was to sit at the feet of Jesus, and meekly learn his will concerning her. After she had found salvation, she began to feel greatly concerned for the spiritual welfare of her father and brothers; and never is it recollected that she omitted praying that God would " strike with the hammer of his word, and break their hearts of stone.” Nor were her prayers in vain; for she had the happiness of seeing one of her brothers brought to a saving knowledge of the truth. She was not only a diligent attendant on the public means of grace, but loved to pour out her soul when none but God was near. Full well she knew that as the body could not be kept alive without the bread that perisheth, neither could the soul, without that which cometh down from heaven: hence it was her custom to retire to her closet immediately after having partaken of the bounties of Providence. But the meek and gentle spirit was soon called to bear the sufferings of affliction, which she endured with equanimity, and profound submission to the will of God. Soon after her recovery she became a subject of temptation. The anchor which sustained her soul almost lost its hold ; the shield of faith was well nigh wrenched from her trembling hand; but after wrestling with God some time in prayer, several passages of Scripture were applied to her mind, and she was again made a happy recipient of the grace of God. Her reliance for eternal glory was on that foundation which God hath laid; and while she indulged in the most humiliating views of herself, she gloried in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
She was again called to suffer affliction, which she bore with Christian fortitude and resignation. She was persuaded that her affliction was unto death ; and she looked forward with delight to where is fulness of joy, and to His right hand, where there are pleasures for evermore. She could say with the Apostle, “ I know that if the earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, I have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."
She frequently desired her attendants to leave the room, that she might enjoy uninterrupted communion with God. On being asked if she was happy, and being unable to articulate, she immediately raised her hand in token of victory. A few minutes before her departure, with outstretched arms, and in a most emphatic manner, she exclaimed, “ Come, Jesus! come, Jesus!” These were her last words ; and thus her happy spirit winged its way to mingle with the blood-washed throng in the more immediate presence of her God.
A MOTHER'S GIFT.
When other days shall come;
Sleeps in her narrow home :
The holiest, for her son ;
She chose a goodly one :
The parting hour should come,
In an eternal home :
Laugh that fond faith to scorn,
Which he from youth had borne;
Goes with this lovely thing;
Must to the other cling:
ON SEEING THE PORTRAIT OF THE REV. JOHN
BY MRS. REDMAN.
Thou man of God! thou chosen of the Lord!
Methinks the gracious smiles which on them rest,
The darling theme on which thou lovedst to dwell,
But thou art gone! No longer could thy soul,
And while the angel-choir around their Lord
Yes! thou art gone, as brilliant lights expire
But did thy setting sun reflect no gleams
That I, with all thy flock, may meet thee there. Lewisham, March 26, 1833.
BY MISS ALLISON.
'Tis not in the harp's soft melting tone
I hear it in every murmuring breath