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Ah no! l'in left to wander 07in So teach us to number our days, that
Forsaken, wretched, and forlorn, we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Ere I was twelve, relentless Death,
Regardless of my heaving sigh, O Tnou ! the Parent of the day,
Stretch'd forth his arm, and snatch'd their The God of ev'ry hour,
briath, Fain would I dwell upon thy love,
And rent in twain each render tie! Thy goodness, and thy pow'r.
Oh, mournfu! hour, when I, poor I, May that reflection now be mine
Was left a wand'ring orphan boy! The season should inspire,
Some guardian angel take their place, The lighter thoughts of day supprest,
Or whisper in some gracious car, Supprest each vague desire! . . Whose pitying heart shall feel my case, Perhaps, at this still, soleinn hour,
Who e hand shall wire the falling icar; Some spirit wings its way;
That no disaster mav destroy Or, in the chamber's sullen gloom,
A poor and helpless orphan boş. Now sickens to decay ; And ere another morning's sun
TO YOUTK. At thy command shall rise,
Ye who are bless'd with parents dear, Commission's Death's unerring hand
Floor comforts day by day increase, May close these waking eyes!
Comeshed one sympathizing tear Tremendous thought! and can my doom Oer the poor oject in distress! The Heating moments seal?
And leail of a joor orphan boy, Seme moment, swiftly hası’ving, will To prize the mercies you enjoy. Th' amazing truth reveal.
1. B. Crcat God! while roll the midnight hours,
O let me own thy rait;
THE YOUXG CONTERT'S PRAYER
Mr youth, my youth, O Lord, secure A dark confusion throw,
Froin ev'ry lorking foe; Ver in this bosom darker still,
Tcach me to flee each reinpting lure 'Tis thine each thought to know.
That seek's my overthrow. Oh! there, with gratitude and love,
For On, what foods of lust and pride May Faith and Joy reside ;
Unite their subtle force Nor aught beneath von vaulted skies
To court and draw iny heart aside; My brighter hopes divide.
But thou canst stay their course. " So, when the day of life is past
Direct mine inexperienc'd feet, (The mortal veil withdrawn)
That they shall stray no more; Then on my raptur’d, longing sight,
Thou kuow'st their proneness to repeat Eternity shall dawn!
The steps they've trod before.
Lord, send ihy Spirit froin above,
To shed its rays beoig!,
That I decidedly may prove Orphan Boy's Lamentation. Myself a child of thine! Ah, what a,cloud o'ersi reads my sky,-
O then I'll let my neighbours sce Neglected and forlorn I roami,
That Jesus is my friend; A pour unikought of wretched boy,
My Saviour and niy refuge he, Bereav'd of parents and a home!
On whom my hopes depend. From place to place i pensive go, While some may sing of beauty's charms, To ease the bitter pangs of woe.
And some of pleasures vain, Once had I parents, parents dear,
And some of wealth, and some of arms, More precious far to me than gold;
I'll sing a rouler stran:
Thrice happy days were those to me; And mine atfections will I place
Eut ah! what diff'rent days I see! On chce and thine above. No father now to guide my feet,
Yca, earth shah sink beneath my feet, No mosher's tender voice I hear!
If thou but speak the words
Fills with delight my list’ning car! But to exalt my Lord. J. B.
G. AUL]), Printer, Greville Street, London.
It is impossible to view the various distinguishing excele lencies of the servants of our dear Immanuel, without admiring the wisdom of the Spirit of the Lord, who divides to every man severally as he will. To some he imparts qualifications for extensive usefulness,. in awaking the careless : - to others, skill instrumentally, to bind up the broken heart, and comfort the feeble mind. One is indulged to gather a church, another is peculiarly fitted to tend and feed it when forined: all bave reason to be thankful ; none have any occasion of boasting. Men of the greatest talents have not every talent; there is a wise and gracious distribution. It will not, however, be deemed presumptuous to say, that those whom the Lord has been pleased to favour with the necessary requisites for general usefulness and continued reputation, wbo never were exposed to the snare of momentary popularity, nor ever sunk into neglect and oblivion, are among the happiest and most honourable, not to say the most enviable, of all the ministers of Christ. , Such a one was the subject of the present memoir.
The Rev. Joseph Radford was born in the parish of Stepney, July 21, 1752. His father, who was a reputable tradesman, died when he was but two years old ; and the business continued to be carried on by his mother; but, alas ! with so little success, that when the Lord removed her by a fever, dure ing his apprenticeship, it appears, that not only all her own property was consumed, but also an estate of seventeen houses, which his father had left him by will; so that all his earthly XI.
hopes were dashed at once. He was, however, an eminent instance of the divine goodness; for that God, whose name is “ the Father of the Fatherless," now began to shine into his heart, to give him the light of the knowledge of his glory, in the face of Jesus Christ. It appears from some papers found since his decease, that he had prevailed on a young man of his acquaintance, in whom the Lord had begun a good work, to accompany him on the Sabbath Day to Hackney church ; and afterwards persuaded him to stroll about the fields. The conscience of his young companion sınote him; and he expressed great concern at having left the minister under whom he had lately sat; and he spoke so highly of him, that young Radford was anxious to hear what there was in his preaching that could so interest his friend.-This desire continued strong upon his mind; and on the following Sabbath evening, about the middle of the year 1768, he first heard the Rev. Mr. Bazeley, who then preached in White's Alley, Moorfields. He had not listened many minutes, before the Lord was pleased to bring the word home to his conscience with divine power. He looked round about, and beheld many in tears as well as himself; and immediately concluded that something must be done in tim, more than he had ever thought of. These were his own words; “ and,” continues he," from this time I found the Lord drawing me with cords of love." But little time had elapsed before bis master discovered a great change in him, and began to think religion would so affect his mind, as to incapacitate him for bis business, and therefore forbade his hearing the Methodists ; restraining him also from going out at all on the Lord's Day. This opposition did not, however, quench his desire for spiritual things; and his master observing, that since "he had been serious, he was a better servant than before, soon gave him leave to attend worship whenever he could make it convenient.-May we not stop here, just to remind young conFerts, that they honour Christ most, when zeal for his name as joined with a becoming deportment to those with whom they are connected? It is probable that young Radford would have bad greater obstacles in his way, and have endured more opposition, had not bis conduct testified the conscientious integrity of his mind, as influenced by divine grace. It seems, that during the three following years, he experienced much, ersolations, but had comparatively very little insight of his own corrupt heurt; and was often at å loss to coinprehend what his ininister meant by speaking so much of the « plague of a man's own heart.” But now the Lord began to deepen the work in his soul, and to prepare him for future usefulness, by shewing him the unbelief ot' his heart, that it was such as (ind described it," deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked,”In short, he went through fire and through water; but at last God brought hien out into the wealthy place. The