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and I have nothing now to do but go to my Father."
REV. SAMUEL PEARCE.__“I am become familiar with the thoughts of death. I have often taken my leave of this world; and thanks be to God, I have always done it with tranquillity, and frequently even with rapture. Oh, what grace, what grace it was that called me to be a Christian ! What would have been my present feelings, if I were going to God with all the filth of my sins about me? But God, in my nature, hath put them all away, and hath taught me to love him, and to long for his appearing."
Rev.HENRY MARtyn said, “O when shall time give way to eternity! When shall appear that new heaven and new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness !” Scarcely had Mr Martyn uttered these aspirations, when he changed his state of suffering and weakness, for that “rest which remaineth for the people of God.”
MRS ISABELLA GRAHAM, at every interval of sleep, assured her daughter that all was well; and when she could rouse herself to utter a word, that word was, “ Peace.” “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you," had been a favourite portion of Scripture with her, and these were her last words.
PROFESSOR LAWSON, when on the threshold of glory, said to those who were standing around him, “ It is indeed my full persuasion, and my sweet hope, that I shall never be separated from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Then, uttering the following words, " Lord, take me to paradise;" he placidly resigned his spirit into the hands of his Saviour and his God.
Rev. JOAN BROWN of Whitburn said, “I will flee to the blood of Jesus, the precious blood of Jesus. He is my God-he is my Creator-he is my Redeemer.”
Rev. Rowland Hill said, “Upon a review of my public life, and in the near prospect of eternity, if my time were to live over again, I would pursue the same course which have done. I have no rapturous joys, but peace; a good hope through grace."
Mrs Hannah MORE.—Upon Friday the 6th of September 1833, we offered up the morning family devotion by her bed-side. She was silent, and her hands devoutly lifted up. "Her face was as it had been the face of an angel.” The last word she uttered was, "Joy.” She shortly afterward“ entered into the joy of her Lord."
Rev. R. M. M'CAEYNE said, “I often pray, 'Lord, make me as holy as a pardoned sinner can be made. Often, often I would like to depart and be with Christ,—to mount to Pisgah-top, and take a farewell of the church below, and leave my body to be present with the Lord. Ah! it is far better."
Rev. Dr MITCHELL said, “Well, this is the Sabbath; blessed day! I hope to spend it in the heavenly sanctuary.” He then prayed, “ Into thy hands I commit my spirit; thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.”
DEATH BED EXPERIENCE OF EMINENT DEISTS,
There is one single fact which will overthrow all the subtile arguments of infidelity, namely, that no man ever repented of being a Christian upon his death-bed; but many have sadly lamented that ever they were infidels, or even careless about Bible religion, when taking their reluctant farewell of this vain world. I will now give a few specimens, and leave the reader to judge for himself.
CARDINAL WOLSEY, one of the greatest ministers of state that ever lived, poured out his soul in these sad words :-“Had I been as diligent to serve God, as I have been zealous to serve my king, he would not have left me now in my last extremity."
Sir Philip SIDNEY left this farewell address to his friends :-“Love my memory, and cherish my companions; but above all govern your will and affections by the Word and will of God. In me behold the end of this perishing world, and all its vanities !”
The DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM gave the following testimony to Dr Barrow :“Oh what a prodigal I have been of time, the most valuable of all earthly possessions; I have lavished it away with a profusion unparalleled; and now, when the enjoyment of a few days would be worth the universe, I cannot flatter myself with the prospect of as many hours !
“I am now forsaken of all my acquaintances, utterly neglected by all my friends, and the former dependents upon my bounty. Writing to you gives me some relief, especially upon a subject which I could dwell upon for ever. Oh, favour me with a visit, as it is likely to be the last that ever I will solicit from you, and pray for the departing spirit of the poor, unhappy Buckingham."
MR THOMAS HOBBES.—That notorious charac. ter, in bravado, would sometimes speak very blasphemous things of God and his Word; yet, when alone, he was haunted with the most tormenting reflections, and would awake in great terror if his candle went out in the night; and his fearful apprehensions forced him to confess, “ That he was about to take a leap in the dark." The writings of that old sinner ruined the Earl of Rochester, and many other gentlemen of the first talents in the kingdom.
MR EDWARD GIBBON.-The celebrated infidel, Mr Gibbon, just before his death, confessed, “ That, when he considered all worldly
things, they were all fleeting, and when he looked forward all was dark and doubtful.” Surely no one can wish to be an infidel for the comfort of it.
The late LORD P- after he became a professed Deist, took every opportunity to show his contempt of religion. Upon his dying pillow, however, his views were changed. He found that, although those sentiments might suit him in the time of health, they could not support him in the hour of dissolution. When in the cold arms of death,“ the terrors of the Almighty were upon him." Painful remembrance brought to view ten thousand insults offered to God, at whose dreadful bar he must shortly stand; and, conscience strongly impressed with the solemnities of the judgment, he but too justly feared that the God whom he had insulted would spurn him from his bar. With his mind thus agitated, he called to a person in the room, and desired him to go mto the library, and fetch that cursed book which made him a deist. He went, but returned, saying, "he could not find it.” The nobleman then cried with great vehemence, “that he must go again and seek till he found it;" adding, “ that he could not die unless it was destroyed.” The person having at last found the book, gave it into his hands. It was no sooner committed to his power, than he tore it to pieces, with mingled horror and revenge, and then cast it into the flames. Having thus taken vengeance upon