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September, 1817.) A Morning Soliloquy.
287 thoughts of man cannot conceive; ted out. Watch and pray, that you joys,
which the tongues of angels can- may die in the peace of God, and live . not express! The redeemed of the with him to all eternity. Lord receive this sentence with trans
The Prayer. porting thanks and hallelujahs, and will be amazed at the greatness of O blessed Saviour, thou moet wortheir salvation, so far beyond all that thy Judge eternal, fit and prepare me they expected or deserved. Must not for the last great day! Cause me so the grace of God be exceeding abun- effectually to think on it at present, as dant
towards them in rewarding their that I may not dread its terrors herepoor services with an exceeding and after; but be justified by thy sentence, eternal weight of glory!
and cleared when I am judged. O Blessed be the God and Father of that my heart may pass that true our Lord Jesus Christ, for begetting judgment on its state and condition in us again to this lively hope, by the this world, which thou, O blessed Reresurrection of Jesus Christ from the deemer, wilt pass on it in the other; dead.
and if I find iny conscience condemn But now I turn my eyes and see, me, grant I may escape that condem. methinks, the ungodly rising last, nation by a speedy repentance; and shaking and trembling at their ap: always live as if I heard that sumproaching doom. O with what de
O with what de- mons in my ears, Arise, ye dead, and jected eyes, and trembling hearts, do come to judgment! Quicken me, o they stand, expecting their Judge ! Lord, that I may daily prepare for What shall they do, when, wherever this important time, expect it with they look, they behold nothing but hope, meet it with humble assurance, blaek despair? Above, the justly of- and at length, through the merits of fended Judge ready to condemn them: Jesus Christ, my only Saviour and below, hell gaping to devour them. Advocate, I may rise from this world In that day a book will be opened, of misery, to a paradise of endless and every one's accusation read, mens' bliss; where I shall live for ever in consciences at the same time bearing God's presence, and where I shall witness, and accusing them in that praise my God to all eternity. fearful judgment! Miserable and lost souls! what shall they do, when the terrible voice of their Judge shall
A MORNING SOLILOQUY. strike them suddenly down, with, Go,
By Mrs. Hasmah Mure, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels! Soft slumbers now mine eyes forsake,
My powers are all renew'd : Once they had a day of grace, but May my freed spirit too awake they hardened their hearts, and would With heavenly strength endued ! not hear the voice of God mercifully Thou silent murd'rer, Sloth, no more calling them to amendment of life.
My mind imprison'd keep; And now this is God's day, when he Nor let me waste another hour, shall speak in terror, and punish un- With thee, thou felon, Sleep! gudly men for their evil deeds. Then Think, O my soul, could dying men shall they suffer the vengeance of One lavish'd hour retrieve, eternal fire, and live in torments Though spent in tears, and pass'd in pain, which will be without intermission,
What treasures would they give! without end ! O my soul, who art But seas of pearl, and mines of gold,
Were offer'd them in vain : now taught these dreadful truths, as things afar off, know, thou shalt then Their * pearl of countless price is lost,
And where's the promised gain ? be present, and see them with thine eyes, and be thyself concerned. Think Lord, when thy day of dread account now, o careless sinner, what you Oh let not this increase th’amount,
For squander'd hours shall come, would then give, if you had repented And swell the former sum. in time. Therefore, repent and be converted, that your sins may be blot
See Matt, xiil. 46:
Teach me in health each good to prize
The lord-lieutenant of Ireland liaving I then shall.worthless deem.
presented Dr. Sheridan, who was a keen
sportsman, and loved shooting better than For all thy wondrous mercies past praying, to a living in the country; the My grateful voice I raise,
first Sunday he preached to his new paWhile thus I quit the bed of rest,
rishioners happened to be the anniversary Creation's Lord to praise.
of the king's accession to the throne, and he undesignedly took these words for his text; Sufficient unto the day is the evil
thereof. Though the sermon itself had RELIGIOUS INTELLIGÈNCÉ. nothing of politics in it, yet some people
took occasion to represent him to his exNew-Haven, Sept. 6. cellency as a disaffected person, and int. In the late Visitation of the Congregationis of deed his excellency was so much offended the Protestant Episcopal Church in the state at the impropriety of the choice he had of Connecticut, the Right Rev. Bishop lobart made of a subject, that he gave him to unpreached and officiated as follows:
derstand, he had nothing farther to ex
Persons pect. This was soon whispered about,
and when it was told to Dr. Swift, who Wednesday, 6th, P. M. at New Canaani, 35
indeed loved him, but could not spare his Thursday, 7th, A. M. at Wilton, 51 Friday, 8th, P. M. at Weston,
23 jest ; Poor Sheridan, said he, is so true a Saturday, 9th, P. M. at Redding, 45
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LIFE of CLEMENT, Bishop of Rome. great apostles, Peter and Paul, and (Abridged from Cox's Lives of the Primitive Fathers.) thein on their journeys among the
frequently to have attended each of LITTLE more is known with cer- heathen. tainty of the subject of this narrative, In the year 62, Saint Paul, in his than that he was for several years epistle to the Philippians, having spobishop of Rome, and author of an ken of Clement as his fellow labourer, epistle to the Corinthians, which is observes, that his name is in the still extant.
book of life.” How honourable is this Clement is supposed to have been testimony concerning him! And, at a native of Rome, though the time of the same time, how consolatory is the his birth is not ascertained. His fa- reflection, that it is not more applicather's name was Faustinus. Several ble to Clement than to every humble particulars relative to his early life follower of our Lord Jesus Christ ! are given by Dr. Cave on very doubt
Hitherto the Christians, though alful authority. But the following cir- most always despised, and frequently cumstances, connected with his con- insulted with impunity, had never been version, appear worthy of notice. subjected to any legal persecution. When he had arrived at man's estate, But the time was now at hand when he was perplexed respecting the in an imperial tyrant, after having long thortality of the soul and a future glutted himself with the blood of his state; and endeavoured, without suc- Pagan subjects, was about to spread cess, to obtain a satisfactory solution devastation in the Church of God. of his doubts at the schools of the phi
Foremnost in the rank of persecuting Josophers. He then thought of con- emperors, whom the Church will ever sulting some Egyptian magicians, sup- regard with horror, stands the cruel posing, that if souls existed in a seNero, whose conduct to the Christians parate state, they would be able to adınits of no palliation, but was to the recall one from the invisiblé world to last degree unprincipled and inhuman. satisfy his curiosity. Whilst he was He commenced his ravages against in this state, he heard that the Son of the defenceless Church of Christ about God had lately appeared on earth, the middle of November, 64. It apand delivered the most excellent and pears from Tacitus that he brought important doctrines to his disciples. no accusation against the Christians The intelligence deeply interested on the ground of their religion, but him; and the apostle Barnabas being imputed to them the perpetration of at that time in Rome, he applied to a flagitious act, of which he himself him for information, and learnt from was the author. This merciless tythat son of consolation" the first rant, having for his mere amusement elements of Christianity. He after- caused several houses to be set on fire, "wards met with the apostle Peter, by kindled a flame in his capital, by whom he was farther instructed in the which a great part of it was destroyed. things of God; and at length was join. The corflagration of a city, with all ed to the congregation of believers, its tumults of concomitant distress, it by the sacred ordinance of baptism. has been justly remarked, is one of the For many years after this he appears most dreadful spectacles in the world. to have been highly respected by the How perverted then must have been Vol. I.
the feelings of the emperor, who is in skins of wild beasts, and torn to reported to have expressed great plea- pieces by dogs; others were nailed on sure at the spectacle, and from an
crosses ; and others, covered with elevated spot to have amused himself, combustible materials, were lighted amidst the surrounding, flames, with as torches at the close of the day. . singing the burning of Troy. This spectacle, accompanied with the
Hardened, however, as Nero was games of the circus, was exhibited in in vice, an exasperated public made the emperor's gardens. Nero himself him anxious to avert from himself the was not merely present ; but, clad in infamy of being reckoned the author the dress of a charioteer, sometimes of this calamity. But these attempts mixed with the populace, and occahe found to be in vain. At length, in sionally contended in the race. Hence order, if possible, to divert the tide of a degree of commiseration was at popular indignation from its proper length excited in behalf of the Chrischannel, he charged the crime upon tians, though criminal, and deserving the innocent Christians, and displayed the most exemplary punishment, bethe utmost eagerness in directing cause they were sacrificed not so much against them all the vengeance of the to the public good as to the cruelty of state ; putting them to death without an individual. mercy, and even making a jest of their Who can read this account without torments. The above mentioned his- being deeply affected with the miseratorian gives the following account of ble and destitute situation of the opthis event, which points out at the pressed Christians? If an author, so same time the severity of the persecu- celebrated for accuracy as Tacitus, tion, and the enınity of the Roman could manifest such hatred and ignopeople to the followers of Christ. rance of the persons of whom he was
"Neither the emperor's donations, writing, how inveterate must have nor the sacrifices he offered to the been the prejudices of the generality gods, could avert from him the infa- of the people against them? We have my of being the author of the confla- indeed repeated instances of the most gration. Hence, to suppress dreadful sufferings of the Christians mour, he charged the crime, and in- being but too congenial to the feelings flicted the most exquisite tortures, on of the savage Romans, and of the reaa people detestable for their wicked- diness of their magistrates to indulge ness, who were commonly known by them with the exhibition of such the name of Christians. This sect horrid orgies. Under these circumderived its name and origin from stances it is not a little remarkable, Christ, who in the reign of Tiberius that some writers have supposed that was put to death by the sentence of the persecution was confined within Pontius Pilate the procurator. For the walls of Rome, for surely it can a time this destructive superstition never be conceived that the emperor was suppressed; but afterwards broke would rage against the Christians in out afresh; and not only spread the capital, and suffer them to remain through Judea, the source of the evil, unmolested every where else. It is but introduced itself into our metro- besides evident, from a passage in polis, the common sewer in which Tertullian's Apology, that Nero proevery thing filthy and flagitious meets mulgated edicts against the Christiand flourishes. Some individuals, ans, and if this be allowed, not a who confessed themselves Christians, question can remain of their having were at first apprehended, and a great been carried into effect throughout all multitude afterwards, upon their evi- the provinces. dence, shared the same fate. These How Clement escaped this dreadful were all condemned, not so much for persecution we are not informed. the crime of setting fire to the city, as he was in Rome at the time when it for their hatred of mankind. Their commenced, it is probable that he protortures were embittered with insult vided for his safety by immediate and derision. Some were enclosed flight, or so carefully secreted himself
291 in the city, as to elude the vigilance a little contributed. And 'as Cleof his cruel enemies; for in times of ment's long residence at Rome, and persecution the ministers of the differ- faithful discharge for five and twenty ent churches were naturally the first years of the duties of his episcopal objects of the popular fury.
office, had rendered him an object of But though Clement avoided the general respect to both parties, the fury of the present storm, it was other- cordiality united under the presidenwise with his great apostolical friends, cy of " a man who," to use the lanPaul and Peter, who now closed their guage of Irenæus, “had seen the long, laborious, and eminently use- blessed apostles, and conversed with ful lives by honourable martyrdom. them, and had their preaching still,
The dreadful persecution of Nero sounding in his ears, and their tradicontinued nearly four years; during tions before his eyes.” which period the Christians were ex- Ecclesiastical records gives us little posed to every species of insult and information respecting the manner in outrage.
which Clement acted in his bishopric; The Romans were too much occu- though we may rest assured, from the pied by their own quarrels during the testimony of many ancient authors, short turbulent reigns of the follow- as well as from certain evident indiing emperors, Galba, Oiho, and cations in his own writings, that his Vitellius, to pay much attention to piety was most eminent, and his conthe despised Christians. Indeed we duct in the highest degree exemplary. have no particular accounts of their Interesting and profitable indeed sufferings till the reign of Domitian, would have been the perusal of an though it is not probable that the fire authenticated account of his characof persecution was ever completely ter-to have read the various regulaextinguished during any part of that tions he made for the introduction of period.
Christianity where it was unknown, As soon as there was an interval of and the increase and establishment of peace, we may suppose, that Clement it where it already existed. But, resumed his situation in Rome. It alas! whilst the minutest details have is also probable, from the testimonies been given, with the greatest preciof various writers, that he was ap- sion and elegance, of persons, whose pointed by Peter, a short time before names deserved to be forgotten, or his martyrdom, to preside over the remembered merely to be abhorred, Jewish Christian Church in that city, little is known of the lives of " men St. Paul having about the same time of whom the world was not worthy," nominated Linus to the like office and who, under the Divine blessing, over the Gentile Church ; the preju. were the instrument of verlasting dices between Jews and Gentiles be- salvation to thousands of their fellowing still so inveterate as to make it creatures. All that is related reinexpedient to unite them together in specting Clement is, that he appointed the same community. Linus, having notaries to inquire after, and faithfulpresided over the Gentile converts ly record, all the acts of the martyrs upwards of twelve years, was suc- that suffered within his district, and ceeded by Anacletus, who held the that he deputed missionaries to prosituation about the same time, and pagate Christianity in those parts of was then removed by death.
the world, where the sound of the Time, and a more clear under- Gospel had not hitherto been heard. standing of the nature of Christiani- In the year 95, the emperor Domi- . ty, had now apparently removed the tian, who had not hitherto persécuted unhappy jealousy which had too long the Christians, began to oppress them. subsisted between the Jewish and This persecution ceased in the Gentile Christians : to which recon- year 96, when the emperor Domitian, ciliation we may add, that the ruin of was assassinated. He was succeeded Jerusalem, and the extinction of the by Nerva who recalled those that temple-worship, together with the were banished, and suspended the downfall of the temple itself, had not bloody edicts of his predecessor.