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THE WIDOWER'S LAMENT.
ON THE ENTRANCE OF THE NEW YEAR.
Another transient period gone,
Aud lo! another year began,
How swift the seasons fiy!
My grateful tribute here I raise
To God the guardian of my days,
And source of all my joy.
With deep contrition at thy throne,
My great unworthiness I own
of the least blessing giv'n ;
Thy power prolongs my fleeting breath
Thy grace redeems my soul from death,
And gives the hope of hea y'n.
Preseryed by thine Almighty band,
In life's precarious path I stand,
Encircled by thy care.
But; hadst thou strictly mark'l my si
Long e'er this period, I had been
In darkness and despair.
Thanks to thy name for temporal good-
My health, and raiment, friends, aud food,
Come from thy bounteons hand.
Present supply from thee descends,
And all my future bliss depends
On thy supreme command.
To thee I consecrate my time,
And all my lot in life resign
To thy paternal Jove.
May each revolving season show,
My beart is wean'd from all below,
And fix'd on things above.
G. B :
Written in a Boat, upon the Rioer; between Ness And own his Sovereign controul,
Ross and Waterford, July 14, 1920.
To God that made the world I owe my breath,
My flesh, and soul, with all I am or haye;
And he will fetch my Spirit at my death,
And guard my flesh while slumb'ring in the grave. For realms of endless day; And 'midst the shining ranks above,
Bat, 1 baye broke my Maker's righteous law;.
To make his glory my perpetual aim;
And sin is inix'd with every breath 1 draw;
For conscience tells me I deserve to die;
If God require, I'ye no excuse to shew;
Nor could against his judgment e’er reply. “Return unto thy rest, O my soul."
But, Jesus! O the precious wond'rous name, Like Noah's dove, the spirit seeks iu vain,
My heart rejoices at the heay'nly sound; Whilst o'er the earth she wings her devious way, I
He has the cross endur'd, and borne the shame, Some solid ground-some resting place to gain;
*Y To make his grace with righteousness abound. The world deceitful as the treacb'rous main,
He saw the wretched state our souls were in,
And flew on wings of love to our relief;
Look to my cross and live, the suff'rer cries;
My sacrifice eternal life procures; Where pleasure pe'er betrays, nor ever dies,
The man that on my off ring relies,
Shall never perish wbile my throne endures.
Enough, dear Saviour! I believe thy word; “ Too low they build, who build beneath the
And to tby keeping yield my flesh and soul;
Accept the purchase of thy precious blood.
And bear the praise while endless ages roll.
Tais learned and respectable divinel both in that important situation, and was, nearly thirty years, pastor of the also in the discharge of his pastoral Independent church, assembling in- duties, .were signally useful. During Hare-court, Aldersgate-street, London. the fifteen years that Mr. King conHe was a native of Wiltshire, and born tinned at Chesham, he had the honour June 9th, 1701. His parents were and happiness of educating many pious people, and trained up their son respectable persons, whose gratitude in the nurture and admonition of the through life he could not fail to enLord. Having determined, in early sure. His reputation was spread abroad, life, to devote himself to the work of and offers of preferment in the Esta
the ministry, he was placed under the blished Church were repeatedly made; . tuition of able instructors, and received which, however, he wisely declined.
the advantages of a liberal education. He was a Protestant Dissenter upon At a suitable age he was sent to perfect principle, and had too much integrity
his studies at the University of Utrecht, to sell his birth-right for a mess of . in Holland, where his proficiency was pottage. In his views of the consti"great; and, here he passed his trials tution and discipline of a Christian
for the ministerial office, being ex church, he trode in the steps of Dr. ** amined and approved by the Classis, John Owen, the father of English in
and recommended to the churches independency; but, he was candid in that city. His first public sermon was bis judgment of men, and liberal in his preached in Utrecht, for Dr. De la opinions, cultivating an intimacy with Faye, from Psa. 1. 14, 15.“ Offer unto all who appeared to bear the image of God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows his divine Master. . unto the Most High; and call upon me! Having mentioned Mr. King as enin the day of trouble; I will deliver gaged in the humble station of schoolthee, and thou shalt glorify me." master, the reader will, it is hoped,
Returning to his native country, pardon us for digressing a few moMr. King was chosen by the church ments, to offer a word of apology in of Protestant Dissenters at Chesham, behalf of that most important occuin the county of Bucks, and ordained pation. It has somehow, of late, be. to the pastoral office among them, come the fashion to look down upon April 22, 1725. Here he opened a this class of our fellow subjects with school for the instruction of youth; | disdain. The great Milton, however, an employment for which he was stooped to this occupation, and has eminently qualified; and his labours, been reproached for converting his VOL. VIU,
learning and talents into the means of the Monkwell-street lecture, though it pecuniary profit. But, let us hear his commenced at Silver-street; and likeown defence ;-"Do they think” says wise in the Lime-street lecture, afterhe, “that all these meaner and su- wards removed to Little St. Helens. perfluous things come from God, and In the latter part of his life, Dr. King the divine gift of learning from the den suffered greatly from that painful disof Plutus, or the cave of Mammon? order, the stone in the bladder. This Certainly, never any clear spirit, nursed affliction he sustained with exemplary up in brighter influences, with a soul patience and resignation to the divine enlarged to the dimensions of spacious will, frequently expressing his thankart, and high knowledge, ever entered fulness that it was not worse. The there but with scorn, and thought it first attack of this disorder, of which ever foul disdain to make pelf or am- he was sensible, was in the month of bition the reward of his studies; it be- January, 1765, and it continued to ing the greatest honour, the greatest harrass him at intervals, till the period fruit and proficiency of learned studies, of his death. On the 26th of February, to despise these things.”
1769, he preached his last sermon at In the year 1740, Mr. King removed | Hare-court, from the words, Jude, to London, at the invitation of the ver. 25. “To the only wise God our church in Hare-court, which had now Saviour, be glory and majesty, doheen two years destitute of a pastor, minion aud power, both now and ever, baving been deprived of the labours | Amen.” On the following Saturday, of a most promising and acceptable March 4th, he finished his course, in young minister, Mr. Samuel · Bruce, the 68th year of his age. After his who was cut off, Dec. 5, 1737, at the decease, his body was opened, and early age of twenty-seven. On the a stone extracted, which measured 14th of February, 1740, Mr. King was seven inches in the circumference one settled in the pastoral charge of that way, and five the other! It weighed church; and, about the same time, three ounces and a quarter ; in addition received from one of the Scotch Uni- to which, there were found two smaller versities, a diploma, creating him ones. Doctor in Divinity. In the year 1748, Dr. King possessed a respectable Dr. King was chosen into the Mer portion of learning; but, as a preacher, chant's Lecture, Pinner's Hall, in the he was not popular, nor did he ever room of Mr. Peter Goodwin ; and, in distinguish himself as a writer. He that station he continued to lecture was buried in Bunhill-fields, where the till within a few weeks of his death. following inscription may be found on He was also engaged during many | his tomb-stone: years in conducting what is now called,
Near this stone
Are deposited the Remains
Than for the practice of every social virtue,
Under trying afflictions; .
And pastoral office.
Shall find so doing.
In the 68th year of his age. . .