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Great alarm was excited. No less than three physicians were called in to rescue this favourite child from death ; but alas! all was in vain; their utmost efforts were ineffectual. All aghast at the attack of the fierce invader, an awful silence took place, interrupted only by the sobs of a fond mother, broken hearted and in despair. The physicians agreed in judgment that this young creature must die, and that she could survive the attack but a very short period. Judge what a scene of distress must ensue! See the faiher's heart agonized to distraction! But what she said before she died, must, if possible, increase the agony of both parents. She was informed that she must now fall a prey 10 death-that a few hours would terminate her existence upon earth! Judge how this gay young lady must herself feel. Collecting all her strength, she requested that her gay companions might be sent for. They were immediately sent for; and with great anxiety entered this mansion of misery. The dying young lady, on seeing her associates in folly, addressed them to the following effect"I am going to die! How awfully have we neglected God and religion, and mis-spent our invaluable time. With my dying breath I exhort you to repent before it is too late ;?' and then, in the presence of this company of fashionable young people, she thus addressed her own father“ You have been the unhappy instrument of my being-you fostered me in pride, and led me in the path of sin ; you never once warned me of my danger :-now, now it is too late. In a few hours you will have to cover me with earth; but remember--while you are casting earth upon my body, my soul will be in hell! and yourselves the miserable cause !" —Here she paused, and presently closed her eyes in death!
What think you of this fact? Are you a parent ? What must these parents feel on hearing this charge, these accusations of their own child in her dying moments ? Would not the chamber become to them a scene of indescribable distress ?-Would not the mother bedew her dying pillow with her tears, and try to
ring back the departing spirit by her frantic shrieks? Ah! what a scene was this! How petrifying to the feelings of a humane heart!
Parents, can you contemplate this scene without feelings of the deepest melancholy? Oh, had she been your daughter! In these last complicated agonies, no comforter at hand—no messenger of peace who should say, "Behold the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world.” Alas! all was silence.
Young people, had you witnessed this scene, what impression would it have made on you? Would you have resolved to renounce the world, to read the Scriptures, to believe in Christ, to walk with God? By his grace go and do so now: for "now, and now only is the accepted time."
Translated from the German. Near Spin, in Norway, five persons experienced the following remarkable preservation of their lives on Easter Monday, 1817. A father, and his two grown children, a son and a daughter, reiurned home in company with several other persons from their church, which lay at some distance from their dwelling-place. The children took a bye road, which was a shorter route, but led them across a water that was still covered with ice. An aged person, who had been a servant to the father for many years, soon grew uncasy about the children, and exhorted them to be on the look out after them. They then struck into the bye road together, and found, to their consternation, that the children had broke into the ice, but at some distance from each other, and in such a situation, that by holding to each other's arm, they kept themselves above water. Without delay or consideration the father ventured upon the ice, in order to come to the assistance of his son, who was nearest to him. It required but ten paces more to reach him, when he likewise broke in. In this dreadful situation, these three persons saw nothing but certain death staring them in the face; for every attempt to extricate themselves proved abortive--the ice continually breaking under them, and every time the breach grew 'wider. At this critical juncture, a man came to the spot, who was united to the father not only by the bonds of social friendship, but also of brotherly love. With a stick in his hand, he ventured upon the same danger; but he fared nearly in the same manner as his predecessors had done ; yet while falling, he threw himself sideways on the ice, where it was something stronger, and creeping on his hands and feet, he again reached the shore in safety. In the same posture, the above-mentioned aged person entered upon the same unsafe path, fervently imploring the assistance of the Lord, in order, if possible, to rescue the daughter; and what she had prayed and hoped for, and what she believed, in that she succeeded. But still the father and the son were left. After many fruitless at. tempts, the former at last succeeded in working himself upon the ice; but, unmindful of his further escape, he, while crawling on his belly and praying to God, approached his helpless son. Being sufficiently near, he reached a stick out to him, by the help of which the son, though already greatly exhausted, likewise got out of the water. In this posture of their bodies, with the necessary precautions, they then retraced their way, and got safe to land. Each individual rejoiced exceedingly to see themselves, and the other four, saved from death and danger; and when, several weeks after, the father related the circumstance to the writer, tears of the warmest gratitude to his Almighty Preserver, ran down his cheeks. *
• Extracted from the diary of brother Hans Peter Bau, in Knissland, parish of Wandsoe, on the peninsula Lyster. VOL. VII.
To the Editor of the Christian Herald.
Sir --The recent union of Christians of all denominations, for the support of a monthly meeting of prayer at the Mariners' Church, with the express design of interceding at the Throne of Grace, for an effusion of the Holy Spirit on our city, must be regarded as the harbinger of good. With the spirit of united pray er for such an object, sectarian animosity must be forgotten, and the mind of every true believer be drawn forth in the contemplation of an event so desirable as a general revival of religion. The professed people of God have long been too much disposed to excuse their neglect of active exertion and fervent prayer, by saying, with the Israelites of old, The time is not come, the time that the Lord's house should be built. But the reality of such occurrences as special outpourings of the Spirit, has become so manifest of late as to dispel, in a great measure, this delusion, and to give efficacy to prayer, by seasoning it with faith. :
In this state of feeling, it is presumed that many of your read. ers would peruse with interest and profit, the following extract from the writings of a deceased divine, containing observations
IMPORTANCE OF A REVIVAL OF RELIGION IN THE CITY OF NEW
A reformation extending to every house in this city, would be the noblest sight the lover of humanity ever saw. Its indications would be strong and decisive. The reign of vice, which now regards no limit, but throws its malign influence within everygenclosure, would on all sides be curtailed. The horrid clang of profaneness, the bloated features of dissipation, the haggard spectacle of prostitution, the inanity of vicious idleness, the menace of unbridled passion, deliberate revenge, curtained behind human features, and heard remote, sometimes like thunder in the bosom of darkness ;-in fine, the conflicts of interest, the wiles of dishonesty, the deep-laid snares of covetousness, which now, at every step, arrest your attention, if not endanger your repose, would suddenly disappear.
What if there were even a temporary suspension of business, a circumstance I have known to attend the progress of such a work? Would that be any evidence against it? Is this world of darkness and sin so vastly important that nothing for a moment must ever interrupt man's complete and universal servitude to its toils and cares, till he plunges into eternity ? Must a man be the subject of sarcasm and contempt, because in the first hours of his solicitude to secure eternal felicity, in the first days of his espousal to the adorable Redeemer, he has neglected worldly pursuits ? Alas! those that bring this objection, I fear, have never been informed that “the love of money is the root of all evil;" have never considered, that "it is easier for a camel to
go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into. the kingdom of heaven." Christians belong to a kingdom which is not of this world ; and shall they not sometimes make every thing give way to the interests, pleasures, and joys of that kingdom? Especially, whilst their interests in it are apparently insecure ; whilst they are solicitously and painfully endeavouring to obtain "a name and a place in that kingdom, shall they not consider this world's wealih and enjoyments as “lees, and dung, and dross ?"
When were the people of this city known to relax their attention to business, under the powerful sway of religious impulse ? Does devotion to God, and the solemn acts of worship, infringe on the days of the week; or do the schemes of amassing wealth, the delirium of incessant business, still fever their souls on the sabbath, distract their attention, and palsy their devotions in the house of God, and surcharge their conversation in the intervals of worship? Nor yet does it all avail them: for in this perpetual and endless whirl of business, they resemble the conflict of thousands endeavouring to gain a slippery summit, where there is not room for hundreds to stand. When half way up the hill, they suddenly slide into the vale of poverty, and from thence sink to the grave.
The King of heaven himself is the dispenser of all the blessings of this life, as well as the life to come. He has said, “Be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, or wherewithal ye shall be clothed; but seek first the kingdom of God and the righteousness thereof, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Accordingly, it has been actually and repeatedly observed, that those towns and villages why, seemingly, neglect their business, in times of religious awakening, have been favoured with abundance and peculiar
prosperity in those seasons. There is, indeed, the promise of God to this effect; and I assert what is known to many.
While I figure to myself all the inhabitants of this city, devoutly and earnestly attending to the most important of all concerns, I cannot but consider in what a variety of respects this would be, by far, the happiest city on the globe. The great and sudden dimunition of the number of the miserable victims of vice-of criminals which throng our courts, and crowd our prisons--of invalids which fill our hospitals of paupers in our alms-houses and asylums of helpless age, without provision--and infancy, without protection of beggars patrolling the streets, whose story is, generally, but a veil to their faults; but, most of all, of that numerous banditti of thieves, robbers, swindlers, pilferers, incendiaries, borglars, and ruffians, whose concealment from the public eye alone prevents a general alarm.
The immense accumulation of human masses of the above de 'scription, in great cities, and which make incessant demands o
the justice and vigilance, as well as the charity and liberality of society, become, at length, like a putrid diathesis in the human body; or, to say the least, the perpetual recurrence of these loathsome objects is one of the pests and torments of great cities. Yet the immortal souls of all these miserable people are of immense value; the reformation that should reach and recover them, would plant new stars in the firmament of glory. And how delightful the thought, that the light of truth should dispel the gloom from these dungeons, and, through such wide departments of pain and horror, should pour che healing balm of salvation.
Far above these Augean stables of sin and pain, and which no Herculian labour could cleanse, there is another department of vice in this city, but connected with the former by innumerable doors and headlong steps. This region appears brilliant and fair ; its precincts resound with bilarity, feast, and song, and it contains thousands of the opulent, the fashionable, the young and the gay. Vice is clad in splendour, and a spirit reigns here which knows no moral law but inclination, and recognises no god but pleasure. But one use is made here of Jehovah's awful name, and that is to give bravery and relish to the idle clamours of folly—to embellish the fulminations of wit and mirth, and to give force and grandeur to the language of passion, rage, and falsehood. Is this the abode of happiness? Its chief characteristics are restless pride without gratification-ostentation without motive or reward-professions without sincerity-ceremony without comfort--laughter without joy-smiles which conceal rancour-approbation alloyed with envy, and vociferous praises dying away into the whispers of calumny..
“ Tumultuous grandeur crowds the blazing square,
The rattling chariots clash, the torches glare.” What changes a work of God's spirit would cause in this numerous class; and, O! how greatly to be desired, even for the purposes of present happiness! But do you think that these gay people, on whose countenances often dwells the smile of peace whose every step appears light and airy as the radiant footstep of Aurora-whose very form and features are luminous with contentment and hope ; do you imagine they live otherwise than in a continual round of unmingled enjoyment? How false is the estimate made of human happiness! These people are as mistaken in their pursuit of pleasure as others are in judging of their felicities from their exterior.
They are strangers to happiness; and I am in no fear of contradiction. No, the immortal mind is not thus made. The glit. ter of dress-the splendour of apartments—the loftiness of houses -the beauty of equipage, have all the potency of their charins from the supposed admiration they excite in the eyes of specta