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The same question was put a that all he had he had received short time before he expired by from Christ; and that it was bis one of the Missionaries, when he desire that it should be given nodded assent, and laid his hand back to Christ, and devoted to on his heart, but was unable to the spread of his gospel. Poor speak.
man! he had nothing to leave “ The total absence of the fear except the Chapel he had built of death was most conspicuous : near his own dwelling; but the when exhorted to take medicine, wish to make some return to the he objected to it as unnecessary Redeemer proved that he was and fruitless. But being pressed, sensible that the Gospel, introhe yielded, still positively forbid- duced to bis attention by Dr. ding them to give him laudanuin, Thomas so many years ago, had (though generally considered as done great things for him. a necessary part of the prescrip- “ Such then was the religion of lions for this disorder,) as it this Hindoo convert : sumning it would produce insensibility, and up, it amounts to this confession; put a period to those comforts O Lord, I was once a poor stue which he then enjoyed. He beg-pid heathen. I worshipped dumb ged that those who prayed for idols, and knew not but that and with him would not pray for these were the true God. To rehis recovery; and once or twice move guilt from my conscience, he asked if the grave had been I bathed in the Ganges, I worprepared.
shipped my teacher (Gooroo) ." He appeared to have con- and licked the dust of his feet; Í quered all bis worldly attach gave my property to the priests; ments, delaring that he did not I visited holy places; 1 repeated wish to remain any longer in this the name of my guardian deity. thorny world; that his Saviour And lest these acts of religious had sent his messenger for him, service should not prove suffiand he wished to go.
ciently meritorious, I hoped for a “ Although his mind was thus son to perform those rites after weaned from the world, and deli- my death, which might deliver vered from all anxiety respecting me from any difficulties into the future circumstances of his which my spirit might fall after family, yet he was concerned for leaving the body. Thus blind I the salvation of his friends, and lived, and thus deluded I should hence when asked by an attend. have died. But, blessed be thou, ant if he was desirous of prayer, O Father of mercies, I heard the he seemed pleased with the pro- tidings of mercy through an atonposal, and said, 'Pray that I may ing Mediator. These vidings led be saved, and that all my family me to a knowledge of my spirimay be converted;' thus exhi- tual state ; and I found myself biting the last anxieties of a lying nyder a dreadful load of christian parent, and pouring out guilt. By faith, I fled to the Lord his last breath for the good of Jesus for refuge from the wrath those whom God had given him to come; and the Saviour gave in the flesh.
me peace and joy in believing. “ Nor was Krishna, in these Now it is my joy to speak of Him, his last moments, unmindful of to spread the knowledge of his the cause of Christ in Bengal. death, and to communicate his He declared to those around him, unsearchable riches to my poor
countrymen. I love my Saviour, / ing up his voice amongst a conthough not as he loves me. 1 gregation of converted heathens, find bis promise good, “I will and singing in the Bengalee a not leave you comfortless." Thymu, written by himself, of have no fear in death. My only which a free imitation is annexed. wishes are, that I and my family Look at heathen Krishna overmay be his ; that all I have may whelmed with debt, and daily be devoted to him; and that I eluding his creditors, and then may depart and be with Christ, look at the man punctually diswhich is far better.'
charging all his engagements, and “He left behind him a widow, exhibiting through life the stronga widowed sister-in-law, four est contrast to the heathen in this daughters, and eleven grand respect. Look at the heathen children. One of these grand by the side of the Ganges, callchildren, who was at his funeral, ing upon their dying relations to was buried the next evening, and repeat the names of Narayun, of one of his sons-in-law survived Gunga, of Ram, and of a whole him only twenty-five days. rabble of gods, pouring the wa
“ Do any doubt whether Chris. ters of this river down the throat tianity be a good worth bestow- of the dying, exposing them in ing on the Hindoos ? Let them the agonies of death to the chilllook at this simple account which ing damps by night, and to the this converted heathen has given scorching beams of the sun by of himself; an account which day; and listen to the cries of flowed spontaneously from his the dying, “Tell me not of works own feelings, and in writing which of inerit; I have been committing he was wholly left to bimself, and nothing but sin.
And nowhad no expectation of its publica- whither am I going ?-What is tion. Look at heathen Krishna there beyond this wretched exist. receiving his idolatrous teacher, ence? Am I going into some repwashing his feet, and anointing tile or some animal body; or his head with the dirty water, shall I at once plunge into some and look at the same man sitting dreadful place of torment? I see with his christian pastor, or deli. the messenger of Yuma (the king vering a sermon from the pulpit. of death) coming to seize me. Look at heathen Krishna, repeat- Oh! save me-save me! O moing an unmeaning incantation, or ther Gunga give me a place near teaching it to others as a religious to thee. Oh! Ram ! Oh! Na. nostrum-and see him afterwards rayun! O my gooroo (his spirisurrounded with a group of hea. tual guide) bow dark and heavy thens reading to them the Beati- the cloud which envelopes me! tudes. See heathen Krishna Is there no certainty, no ray of worshipping a wooden image of light from any of the shasters to his lecherous name-sake, and guide and comfort me in my dethen look at the same man wor-parture? Must I take the irrecoshipping the true God, and pour- verable plunge, to be seen no ing out his heart in prayer in the more? And when they have midst of his christian brethren. seen and beard all this, let them Look at heathen Krishna while look at the death of Krishna, the he joins in the filthy songs and christian, consoled by the ad. dances in honour of this idol, dresses of his christian brethren, and then bear the same man lift- by the hymns which they sing, by the words of the everlasting Discharging all thy dreadful debt;Gospel which they repeat; and And canst thou e’er such love forget? let them listen to the pleasant | Renounce thy works and ways with words which proceed from his
grief, dying lips : “My Saviour has sent Nor Him forget who left his throne,
And fly to this most sure relief; his messenger for me, and I wish And for thy life gave up his own. to go to him,'—and then let them
Infinite truth and mercy shine say, Whether the Gospel be a
In Him, and he himself is thine ; boon worth giving to the hea- And canst thou then, with sin beset, then.
Such charms, such matchless charms,
forget ? Imitation of a Hymn in Bengalee, Ah! notill life itself depart, by Krishna.
His name shall cheer and warm my
heart; O Thou, my soul, forget no more
And, lisping this, from earth I'll rise, The Friend who all thy mis'ry bore; And join the chorus of the skies. Let ev'ry idol be forgot, But, o soul, forget HIM not. Ah! no-when all things else expire,
And perish in the general fire, BRUHMA for thee a body takes, This Name all others shall survive, Thy guilt assumes, thy fetters breaks, I And through eternity shall live.”
PHILOSOPHICAL the human frame; and, subse-
quently, as transcendently exen)
plified in the wonderful powers of No. XXX.
the human mind;-first survey
ing the tabernacle, and secondly THE HUMAN FRAME.
its inhabitant, agreeably to the “ Of ev'ry part due observation make;
order of the supreme Architect, All which such art discover, so conduce
who formed man of the dust of To beauty, vigour, and each destin'd use; The atheist, if to search for truth inclin'd,
the ground, and then breathed May in himself his full conviction find, into his nostrils the breath of life, And from his body teach his erring mind.”
and man became a living soul. May the blessing of Him whose
glory we aim to display, constantHAVING glanced, at the prin- ly and richly accompany the encipal inanimate substances which deavour, so that the youthful compose
and enrich the earth, we reader and the writer may be propose,
should a merciful Provi. alike benefited ! dence kindly preserve health and One of the most obvious consistrength, to survey the most dis-derations in beholding man, is tinguished of the various beings the dignity of his person, arising which inhabit it, first directing from the peculiar posture of his our attention to man, as standing body, the beauty of its various supremely conspicuous among parts, and the symmetry of the them.
whole. In thus directing our reflec- The erectness of the body was tions, we propose, first, to admire often noticed by the ancients, nor the divine perfections as display could it escape the grateful noed in the admirable mechanism ottice of the contemplative mind,
Tully adınires it: and many of animal, which would have been our young friends will recollect very painful and wearisome to these memorable lines of Ovid :
carry, if the neck had lain paral“ Pronaque cum spectent animalia lel or inclining to the horizon.” cætera terram,
It is well kuown that a perpendi. Os homini sublime dedit, cælumque cular position is by far the
tueri Jussit, et erectos ad sidera tollere strongest for sustaining weight. vultus."
It is most convenient for obProne to the earth while other animals servation. We naturally betake look,
ourselves to the loftiest eminence To man he gave a lofty face, and bid to enjoy a prospect, that we may
him lift His countenance erect towards the be raised above the interruptions stars,
of intervening objects. The head And look at heaven.
is accordingly placed on the sumWe can imagine no other po- mit of the body, and the eyes, sition of the body that would the sentinels of the soul, are siso advantageously display the tvated loftily in the face; hence beauty of the person, and the we overlook a thousand obstruccharms of the countenance. The tions that would otherwise interhead is finely adorned with hair; vene; we are thereby assisted in those organs and limbs which the avoidance of danger, and in would have appeared awkward the discovery of objects of utility alone, are beautifully distributed and delight. in pairs; the eyes are adorned This posture is best suited to with brows, lids, and lashes; the our general formation. arm is terminated with fingers, conveniency of this site of our and the legs with feet; every bodies will more clearly appear," projection is finely turned, every says Mr. Ray, “ if we consider turning exquisitely formed; each what a pitiful condition we had part so finely adapted to the been in, if we had been constantother, that not one could be lost ly necessitated to stand and walk without impairing the symmetry upon all fours; man being by the of the whole.
make of his body, of all quadruBut the consideration on which peds, (for now I must compare it is more important to dwell, is him with them.) the most unfit the utility of this position, Mr. for that kind of incessus; and Ray has enumerated these three besides that, we should have particulars; it is more commodi- wanted, at least in a great meaous for sustaining the head; it is sure, the use of our hands, that most convenient for observation; invaluable instrument, without and, lastly, best suited to his ge- which he had wanted most of neral formation : to which we those advantages we enjoy as reainay add, it is best adapted for sonable creatures.” bis command over other crea- It best adapts him for contures; and, finally, for the advan- mand. Infidel writers have octageous exercise of speech. casionally ridiculed man in the
It is most commodious for sus- character of lord of the lower taining the head. The human creation. It is, however, the head is very heavy. “The brain character in which it pleased the in man,” says this author, “is far Great Creator to place hiin. It larger, in proportion to the bulk is that character for which his of his body, than in any other organization peculiarly fits him, VOL. XV.
and in wbich he is more or less
O that the conduct of man were acknowledged by the various consistent with the dignity and ranks of sublunary creatures. beauty of his person! Instead, He has a look piercing and com- however, of a rational employmanding; a voice harmonious, ment of his advantages, we see a grand, and powerful; a dexterity debasing imitation of brutal senpeculiarly his own, afforded by sualities; instead of a temperate the free use of his hands; a posi- and merciful use of the creatures tion of the limbs by which he can submitted to his care, a tyranniplace himself on the bodies of cal and cruel abuse of them; inother animals, and control the stead of an intelligent and gratemovements of some of the most ful use of bis eloquent powers, & powerful, rendering them subser- thoughtless, rebellious, and even vient to his use and his pleasure. blasphemous debasement of such
It is well suited also to the ad- amazing talents; instead of humivantageous exercise of speech.lity and contrition, pride and preSpeech is one of the most distin. sumption. We wish our young guished peeuliarities of man-the friends to become familiar with source of pleasures as endless as the early history of man, as faiththey are rational, and of uses as fully recorded in the book of Ge. numerous as they are important. nesis. Let them cheek the risings The organs of speech being ele- of vanity, and a fondness for pervated in the system, like those of sonal decorations, by the rememvision, the voice is raised above brance of the sad cause of their the innumerable impediments adoption. How degrading that which would otherwise obstruct an intellectual creature should the undulations of the air, and occupy an excess of time and ex the consequent progress of sound ; pense on the adornments of a while it is the most favourable perishable body, whose native position for tlre harmonious and beauty is best displayed in neat. forcible exercise of those organs. ness and simplicity of attire !
In short, by this arrangement How dangerous that an accountthat most important part of the able being should so fritter away system, the head, eminently the his time and resources, as to seat of the senses, containing pe- neglect the salvation of his soul culiarly the inlets to the soul, and for the adornment of his body: the seat of speech, its most happy that he who has eternal destinies means of communication, is at stake, should, on the precipice placed comparatively out of dau- of destruction, linger to adjust his ger, and above those accidents dress! which so frequently befal other
N.N.' parts of the body.
Obituary and Recent Deaths.
MRS. ANGUS, Sen.
descended from ancestors eminently Of BROMLEY, Northumberland.
great-grandfatlier was Mr. Henry Blackett of Bitchburue,
Durham, a zcalous and taborious Ir was the happiness of the vene- Baptist minister, whose praise in liis rable subject of ibis Memoir, to be day was in many of our northerr