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Paul, (Col. iv. 12.)" Always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God." The experience-the influence—and the establishment of grace, are included in this desire. Seek these from God. Seek them earnestly. Such a spiritual attainment fits for
Lastly. What a privilege is it that we are permitted and encouraged to commit every concern to God! Our present national circumstances occasion many misgivings of heart. Our prospects are disappointed! and we exclaim, what will be the issue ? Commend it to the Lord. He has appeared. His salvations, as a people, we have often experienced. He is still a God of infinite mercy and almighty power. His church is his peculiar care: this he will preserve amidst the tossings and changes of a present world: the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. This is his promise; and he will accom
Sermon by William Marsh, A.M., preached at Colohester.
1 SAMUEL, chap. iii. v. 18. * It is the Lord : let him do what seemeth him good." we calculate, and calculate, and know not the result. We say this will be our king, but he has no issue. We say that will be our Queen, but she has no heir. God can overrule it for good. Our beloved Princess may have been taken from overwhelming cares and " from the evil to come.” Isaiah, chap. lvii. v. 1. The dependence of the nation also may be more simply fixed on himself, rather than on any creature. But still it must be regarded as a pational calamity; it must be received as a chastisement from the Most High. We must also endeavour to profit by the event; and, thank God, we may profit by the example of the lamented individual herself, and that of her beloved consort.
Their union was one of mutual choice. Their life was a life
of retired habits, sharar.g etjaments and occupations. The one was seldom seen without the other. The splendour of their rank serred to render their happiness more conspicuous. Domestic blies, seldom witnessed in courts, was well known at Claremont. Their life, did I say, it was the dawn of a life of wefulness. TŁough born presumptive heiress of a throce, she cheerfully condescended to enter the cottage of the poor. A patroness of education, she herself was a teacher. What an example to the nation! Let i: be followed, and there shall be no uneducated child in the land. “ Have you no better lible than that, good woman?" said this lovely Princess to a poor woman reading the Scriptures in very small print; “ Hate you no better bible than that? then I will give you one." Let her example again be followed by the nobility and gentry; and every poor woman shall be found with a bible, and a bible that can be read, when eyes grow dim, and the head shakes with palsied age. The Sabbath was no weariness to them. The Princess was of religious habits, and a strict observer of that sacred day. After public worship, the Prince was accustomed, on that evening, to read a sermon of one of the eminent divines of our church. Let their example again be followed. Let that sacred day be employed in sacred exercises. Let religious knowledge be pursued, and religious feclings be cherished. How worthy this pursuit of rational creatures. How suitable these feelings to immortal souls.Happily she had been under the care of a pious preceptress, and had been grounded in the principles of the protestant religion, by an amiable and learned prelate. The one gone before her beloved pupil, to a better world; the other, left to grieve, as over the loss of a beloved child. I have reason, from certain information, to hope that these things fowed from Christian principles. She possessed self-knowledge. A friend of my own waited on her Royal Highness, to request the sanction of her name to a benevolent institution, which had, for its object, the reformation of the licentious and profane. He thought the state of the objects of this charity required
some apology from one who would plead their cause. But she answered all objections herself, by saying, “ Sir, we are all sinners."
Sermon by Nathaniel Philipps, D. D., preached at the
Unitarian Chapel, Norfolk-Street, Sheffield.
EZEKIEL, chap. xxiv. v. 16. * Son of Man-Behold I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes
with a stroke."
THIS excellent and amiable Princess, gave an early promise of qualities, which appeared eminently to fit her for that high station she was about to fill, and the important destiny, which, it was trusted, was in reserve for her.
She possessed a truly noble independence of mind, and cherished a just sense of the value and importance of LIBERTY. This regard to that which constitutes the greatest blessing man can enjoy, she manifested in her own case: for, rejecting all political considerations, she resolved to unite herself with the husband of her choice, and to give her affection, with her hand, before the Altar. Nor did her Royal Father oppose her wishes, but gave them his full sanction and support.
When this union was confirmed and established, she devoted herself principally to the duties of retirement and of domestic life.
Averse to dissipation and shew (while unmarried), when she became a wife, her feelings and her taste were unaltered, and she sought her chief delight in the company of an affectionate husband, retired from the tumult of the city, and the splendid circle of the court-in which, however, she was fitted to shine as a star of the first magnitude.
She is said to have united in her manners what the Romans
loved 0, android suit att nuortal: Dus precio e proizvode
called, the “Simplex munditiis,” and 'the “ Decus morum dignitate conjunctum,” or an unaffected simplicity of manners, with grace and dignity; a deportment, which ensured the highest respect and esteem from all who partook of her society.
Though “ young in years," she was “old in that wisdom” “ which is more precious than rubies;" (Prov. ii. 15.) for she was in the habit of religious reading, serious reflection, and religious conversation; and it has been asserted, (and I doubt not with truth) that she familiarized her husband with the English tongue, through the medium of the best theological writers in our language.
Her selection of these writings, for such a purpose, affords a pleasing evidence of the serious turn of her mind : and the proniptitude with which this mode of improvement was adopted by the Prince, was not less honourable to himself, than to her by whom it was recommended. In truth—her natural cheerfulness of temper and vivacity of spirit were seasoned with the heavenly “ salt of religion,” to which she failed not to shew her regard both in her family and in the presence of the world. The sacrifice of prayer was offered on the domestic altar with each returning day, and the Sabbath was “ her delight, honourable, and the holy of the Lord,” (Isaiah, Ivini.) Her attendance on the public duties of religion with her consort, was most highly exemplary: for she was very seldom absent from the church of the parish in which they resided, and is said to have been present on the sabbath before her death.
Of the benevolence of her disposition, and of her charity to the poor, they will long speak, who live in that neighbourhood, which was charmed with her affable and generous behaviour.-In truth, she has left po character but that of good. ness behind her. The slightest breath of calumny, has never passed athwart the polished mirror of her fame.- Pious-virtuous--beloved-she will this day be consigned to the sepulchre of her ancestors, and “ her flesh shall rest in hope,” (Psalm xvi. v. 9) awaiting the resurrection of the just,
(Luk: xiv. v. 14.)* For her, how many bosoms will heave this day with the sigh of tender regret. How many tears shall bedew her bier, and consecrate her memory! Those, who, like ourselves, are distant from the scene of mourning and of death, unite their offering of a just and generous sympathy with her illustrious house ; abuve all, with a bereaved husband and father; and—that far distant mother-who, in the “ tidings will receive the blow;" and whose hopes are now buried -in a daughter's grave.
Two Sermons by Thos. N. Toller, preached at Kettering.
Psalm lxxxii. v. 6, 7. “ I have said, ye are gods; and all of you children of the Most High.
But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes." THE VANITY of human greatness is a truth obvious and acknowledged. In all ages of the world and the church, this has been the common topic of declamation. Patriarchs, prophets and apostles, pastors and teachers, and moralists, together with experienced and reflecting men, of every description, have united in exposing the vanity of wealth, the emptiness of honour, and the frivolousness of shew and parade. “ Seekest “ thou great things for thyself? Seek them not. Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie : to be laid in the balance they are altogether lighter than vanity.” “ We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” But notwithstanding all that has been said on this subject, how few hearken to the voice! how few adopt the principle!--men acknowledge it in theory, but reject its influence.
Hence, then, the Almighty sees fit to bring home the senti
* Early, bright, transient, chaste as morning dew,