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to "bring forth the fruits of the Spirit.” May the quiet of - families, the obedience of servants, the kindness of masters, the duty of children, and the affection of parents, all result from the preaching of thy Holy Word.* May the study of the Sacred Oracles employ their leisure, and edify their minds; and may it be thy good pleasure, to “ make a covenant of peace with them, to set thy Sanctuary in the midst of them, that they may be thy people, and thou be their God, in truth and in righteousness." Produce, I humbly implore thee, this conversion unto thee, this change of will and renewal of heart, that as often as thou shalt call those entrusted to me, to give an account of their conduct, I may have the consolation of believing that they have “ died in thy faith and fear; that their peace was made with thee; and that their names were written in the Book of Life."
When I pray that all the flock may be thine, humbis. and earnestly do I beseech thee, thal the Shepherd mai not be abandoned of thee, Let not my unworthiness to minister at the altar, be the cause of my reprobation : but when thou shalt summon me lo give an account of my stewardship-of my behaviour as a man, of my piety as a Christian, and of my fidelity as a Minister-grant that my soul may be supported by faith, and enlivened with hope ; that the retrospect of a life passed in " keeping of thy commandments,” in preaching thy word, and promoting thy glory, may smooth the face of death, and bereave the grave of all its terrors.
And whilst I implore thy blessing on my labours, and on the people committed to my charge, beseeching thee, that our lives may be holy, in order that our deaths may be happy, I pour out my soul in supplications, that tify Gospel may dispense its benign influence through every land: may it be faithfully preached, and conscientiously practised; and may it be productive, in the hands of all thy ministers, of the everlasting salvation of those to whom it is announced. May the peace which it proclaims, be universally established, and nation go to war with nation no more: may the several families of the earth be actuated by religious principles; and may conCord and unanimity, brotherly love and christian charity, be the distinguishing characteristics of all those to wliatever sect they belong, and to whatever party they are attached, “ who name the name of Christ.” in Above all,' humbly entreat thee, that tly Provi
dence may in an especial manner be extended over this thy Church, “which thy own right hand hath planted;" do thou be pleased to dwell in the midst of it, that it inay be called “ the dwelling of truth, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts, the holy mountain : may the inhabitants of every city and of every place, go one to another, saying, let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts in his holy temple:” may it no longer be said of any of its members, that “they trust not in the Lord, and that they draw not near to their God :" but do thou, in mercy,« make of them a name and a praise among all people of the earth.” May the gospel be preached in it, in all its purity, and inay the lives of its ministers be its brightest ornaments; “ may the law of truth be in their inouth, and let not iniquity be found in their lips; may they walk before thee in peace and equity, and turn many away from their iniquity:" may its worship be duly frequented, and its Sacraments, in particular the commemoration of our redemption, in the Holy Communion, be religiously observed ; may that blessed ordinance be no longer a “ stone of stumbling” to the ignorant, and a “rock of offence” to the weak; but may the “ old men and all the inhabitants of the land, receive it to their comfort,” and may it no longer be " the reproach of their children, that they go away from the heavenly feast, and do not keep it:" may schism be extirpated from “ the habitation of tby House;" and may attachment to it, proceeding from a conviction of its purity and truth, be individually established; may the voice of joy and salvation be heard in every dwelling: and may the several families of which this thy Church is composed, erect an altar unto thee, and may they daily offer upon it, “ an oblation of great gladness; saying, blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and Thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God, for ever and ever, Amen.!"
ACADEMIANA. V. VI.
lisbury, has given some very entertaining anee dotes of that profound divine and mathematician Dr. Barrow, of which we shall here select one or two.
The Bishop had offered the Doctor the archdeaconrra of North-Wiltshire, which he modestly declined. « Not long after," says Dr. Pope, “ a Prebendary died whose corpse, I mean revenue, lay in Dorsetshire; this also the Bishop offered him, and he gratefully accepted it, and was installed accordingly. I remember about that time, I heard him once say, “I wish I had five hundred ponnds." I replied, “that's a great sum for a philosopher to desire; what would you do with so much?"-" I wonld," said he, “ give it my sister for a portion, that would procure her a good husband :" which sum in a few inonths after he received, for putting a life into the corpse of his new prebend; after which he resigned it to Mr. Corker, a Fellow of Trinity College in Cambridge.
"We were once going," says the pleasant biographer, " from Salisbury to London, he in the coach with the Bishop, and I on horseback; as he was entering the coach, I perceived his pockets sticking out near halt a foot, and said to him, “What have you got in your pockets ?” He replied, "sermons." " Serinons," said I; give them to me, my boy shall carry them in his portmanteau, and ease you of'the luggage." “ But,” said he, “suppose your boy should be robbed ?” That is pleitsant,” said I, “ do you think there are parsons padding upon the road for sermons?"-" Why what have you?" said 'he, “it may be five or six guineas; I hold my sermons at a greater rate, they cost mę much pain and time.”-“Well then," said I, " if you will insure my five or six guineas against lay-padders, I'll secure your buna dle of sermons against ecclesiastical highwaymen."
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The sermons of this great inan are of unusual length, but they are of incomparable excellence. Charles the second used to call him an unfair preacher, because whatever subject he took, he exhausted it, and left nothing for others to prove or illustrate.
“The sermon of the greatest length,” says Dr. Pope, " was that concerning charity, before the Lord Mayor and Aldermen at the Spital, in speaking which he spent three hours and an half. Being asked, after he came down from the pulpit, whether he was not tired : “ Yes indeed,” said he, “ I began to be weary with standing so long."
n THUS judicious divine and incomparable writer was a relation of that great Protestant champion, Bishop JEWELL, by whom he was sent to Corpus Christi college, Oxford, Honest Izaack Walton relates a curious and pleasing anecdote of Mr. Hooker and his worthy patron, as follows: ." As soon as Hooker was perfectly recovered from this sickness, he took a journey from Oxford to Exeter, to satisfy and see bis good mother, being accompanied with a countryman and companion of his own college, and both on foot; which was then either more in fashion, or want of money, or their humility made it so; but on foot they went and took Salisbury in their way, purposely to see the good bishop, who made Mr. Hooker and his companion dine with him at his own table; which Mr. Hooker boasted of with much joy and gratitude when he saw his mother and friends : and at the bishop's parting with him, the bishop gare him good counsel, and his benediction, but forgot to give him money; which when the bishop had considered, he sent a servant in all haste to call Richard back to him, and at Richard's return, the bishop said to him, “ Richard, I sent for you back to lend you a horse which hath carried me many'a mile, and I ihank God with much ease;" and presently delivered into his hand a walking staff, with which he professed he had travelled through many parts of Germany; and he said,
« Richard, I do not give; but lend you my horse; be sure you be honest and bring my horse to me, at your return this way to Oxford. And I do now give you ten groats to bear your charges to Exeter; and here are ten groats more which I charge you to deliver to your mother, and tell her I send her a bishop's benediction with it, and beg the continuance of her prayers for me. And if you bring my horse back to me, I will give you ten groats more to carry you on foot to the college; and so God bless you, good Richard."
“And this you may believe was performed by both para ties. : But, alas! the next news that followed Mr. Hooker was, that his learned and charitable patron had changed this for a better life. Which happy change may be believed; for that as he lived so he died, in devout meditation and prayer, and in both so zealously, that it became a religious question - Whether his last ejaculations, or his soul did first enter heaven!”
Of this story Dr. Goldsmith has made a pleasing use in his beautiful moral tale of the Vicar of Wakefield.
HYPOCRISY AND FANATICISM. FROM piety to hypocrisy may be considered as a singular transition; but our anecdotes are miscellaneous, and given as they occur.
« À parliament officer in the days of King Charles the first received a musket-ball upon a Practice of Piety, which he happened to have in his pocket, which providential deliverance was ascribed by the Presbyterian par: ty to the righteousness of their cause. One of the king's common soldiers afterwards received a musket-shot at the second battle of Newbury, upon a pack of cards. He took the bullet and the cards out of his pocket, and called to his comrades to bear witness that he was even with the colonel for his practice of piety."
· SELDEN. THIS great lawyer and antiquary took a pleasure in parliament and in the assembly of divines to perplex the Puritanical party by turning their arguments into ridi. cule. An alderman in the long parliament made a prolix canting speech against episcopacy, and thus concluded : “ Mr. Speaker, there are many clamours against such Pol. X. Churchm. Mag. for Jan. 1806. "