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Worthy.-But how did you get through the service? Lovegood.-Indeed, Sir, I could not get through the service: and the children who were appointed to sing a funeral hymn, as he was carried from before the reading desk to his grave in the Chancel, could not finish their office, before they were so overcome that many of them actually wept aloud, and I was so overpowered by the sight that I could not speak nor read another word.
C. and C. Whitting ham, College House, Chiswick.
M%. Sprightly. As far as the hymn was sung, I bave a copy of it.
Wor. Then I beg we may hear it.
If ever on a mortal Bier
To whom such pangs of grief belong.
To preach his grace, that seals your peace. [Mr. Sprightly then adds.] And it was in attempt ing to sing the last stanza, that all were so affected thạt they could not sing any more.
Wor. But I hope Sir, you will give us the rest of your hymn.
Loveg. Sir, there were but two stanzas more, and e cannot recollect them.
Wor. Well Sir, I hope you will let us see the whole of your hymn on another day. But how did you get through the funeral sermon on the Sunday?
Loveg. 0 Sir! the Church yard was crowded an hour before the Church doors were opened ; and I was actually obliged to get in at the window, behind the pulpit and reading desk, to perform my office, while I was under the necessity of hiring Mr. Anything, to read the prayers, as I found preaching the sermon would be quite enough for me.
Wor. What was your subject ?
Loveg. “ Help, Lord, for the godly man ceaseth, for the faithful fail from among the children of men."* And when I had to give the outlines of his character, as a truly godly man, I was frequently interrupted at the consideration, that so many excellencies were now completely lost to us, while the body which possessed them, was buried out of our sight; and while the remembrance of them, was all that was left for us to improve, that we might follow him, as he followed Christ; and that it was an awful judgment, when such godly men were taken from us, as a deprivation of the greatest blessing we could enjoy.
Wor. Did you say much concerning the astonishing change that had been wrought upon him?
Loveg. Being myself much concerned in that event, my remarks on that subject were rather general, than particular. All the Parish who had seen him in both states, had a much stronger exemplification of the power of divine grace on the human heart, than any words of mine could have illustrated. But my principal aim was, (as far as I could aim at any thing, through the overflowings of my affection,) to excite the people to cry earnestly to the Lord, for his help, who alone could appear for them as a congregation, under such a loss; and who had grace and power enough to create, and send forth a thousand like him, whenever he might chuse.
* Psalm xii.
Wor. I suppose you quoted much of what he said in his dying moments, as we generally receive all such expressions as being of the most solemn importance.
Bri. [To Mr. Lovegood.] As the daty at Brookfield prevented my being with him during the last days of his life, I should be thankful if you would tell me wha those expressions were, especially such of them as you
introduced into the funeral sermon. Wor. I hope you mentioned the interview we had with him, about three days before his death ; when we had our apprehensions, that his dissolution was near at hand.
Bri. O Sir! let me hear it.
Loveg. Why Sir, after uttering many delightfu things, though almost breathless, and ready to fain, away
into the arms of death, I cannot express with what rapture he uttered the following lines !
The goodly land I see,
With peace and plenty blest,
There milk and honey flow,
There oil and wine abound;
With mercy crown'd.
The Lord our righteousness :
The Prince of Peace.
His kingdom still maintains;
For ever reigns.
While he thus lay panting for breath, he paused for a while, and then apparently in a greater rapture still, be further added,
He by himseli hath sworn,
I on his oath depend ;
To heav'n ascend;