Изображения страниц
PDF
EPUB

thy praise and glory; I desire only, to be found at the foot of the cross. Lord! I am thine, I am not my own, I am bought with a price, a precious price, even the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. Lord have mercy upon me, grant me an abundant entrance into thy kingdom! Jesus, my Saviour and my friend !' She talked much of the many mercies of God to her, through her very long life. To an intimate friend she said, she hoped they would meet in glory; for herself she had but one object in view, and that was, to wait the Lord's time. Lord ! strengthen my resignation to thy holy will. Lord ! have mercy upon me, a miserable sinner. Thou hast not left me comfortless, O Lord ! strengthen me in the knowledge of my Saviour Jesus Christ, whom I love and honour. How many parts of Scripture speak of the necessity of our being born again! Raise my desires, purify my affections, sanctify my soul. To go to heaven-think what that is ! To go to my Saviour, who died that I might live! Lord, humble me, subdue every evil temper in me. May we meet in a robe of glory; through Christ's merits alone can we be saved. Look down, O Lord, upon thy unworthy servant, with eyes of compassion. A friend said to her, · Our good works will not save us ;' she said, 'Our good works are nothing, but without them we cannot be saved. You must

pray

for

me, sins may be forgiven me for Christ's sake. After repeating the fifty-first Psalm she said, “ Pour out such a measure of thy grace upon me, that I may be enabled to serve thee in spirit, soul and body, and that loving thee, I may come unto thee through Jesus Christ. Oh! my Saviour, forsake not her whom thou hast re

that my

deemed.' Feeling herself lingering long in her sickness, she said to a friend, ' My dear, do people never die? Oh glorious grave! I pray for those I love, and for those I pity and do not love. She said, “ It pleases God to afflict me, not for his pleasure, but to do me good, to make me humble and thankful; Lord, I believe, I do believe with all the

powers of my weak sinful heart. Lord Jesus, look down upon me from thy holy habitation; strengthen my faith, and quicken me in my preparation! Support me in that trying hour when I most need it! It is a glorious thing to die ! When one talked to her of her good deeds, she said, “ Talk not so vainly, I utterly cast them from me, and fall low at the foot of the cross.

The closing scene of this eminent Christian is thus affectingly described by one who witnessed that melancholy event ;

"On Friday, the 6th of September 1833, we offered up the morning family devotion by her bed-side; she was silent, and apparently attentive, with her hands devoutly lifted up. From eight in the evening of this day, till nearly nine, I sat watching her. Her face was smooth and glowing. There was an unusual brightness in its expression. She smiled, and endeavouring to raise herself a little from her pillow, she reached out her arms as if catching at something, and while making this effort, she once called, ' Patty,' (the name of her last and dearest sister) very plainly, and exclaimed, *Joy ! In this state of quietness and inward peace, she remained for about an hour. At balf-past nine o'clock Dr. Carrick came. The pulse had become extremely quick and weak. At about ten the symptoms

of speedy departure could not be doubted. She fell into a dozing sleep, and slight convulsions succeeded, which seemed to be attended with no pain. She breathed softly, and looked serene. The pulse became fainter and fainter, and as quick as lightning. It was almost extinct from twelve o'clock, when the whole frame was very serene. With the exception of a sigh or a groan, there was nothing but the gentle breathing of infant sleep. Contrary to expectation, she survived the night.

At six o'clock on Saturday morning I sent in for Miss Roberts. She continued till ten minutes after one, when I saw the last gentle breath escape; and one more was added to that multitude which no man can number, who sing the praises of God and of the Lamb for ever and ever.'

Thus have we traced the most prominent events in the life of one of the most amiable and accomplished, most pious and useful of her sex. Though in her early days the world had acquired an undue ascendancy over her heart, she was led by divine grace to turn her thoughts to far higher and purer objects than any which this world can present; and no sooner was her fine enthusiastic mind directed to religion as the chief good, than her whole efforts were put forth to recommend the Gospel of Christ to the attention of others. And in this she was eminently successful. By the institution and judicious management of schools for the instruction of the poor, she was instrumental in the introduction of Christianity into many a peasant's cottage where it had been, till then, unknown; and by her numerous writings, she was the means of gaining a place for Christianity in the circles of the fashionable and polite, from many of which it had been, till then, excluded. If“ they who turn many to righteousness shall shine as the stars for ever and ever," bright, indeed, will be the glory of this most estimable woman. Multitudes now on earth, and multitudes more now in glory, have, we doubt not, been indebted to Hannah More, not merely for their first impressions, but for their matured views of divine things; and if, by the rapid sketch which we have given of her life, we shall induce

any one carefully to study her works, or to imitate her varied excellencies, our object is gained.

[ocr errors]

MRS. ISABELLA GRAHAM.

ISABELLA MARSHALL, for such was Mrs. Graham's maiden name, was born on the 29th of July 1742, in Lanarkshire, Scotland. Her parents being both decidedly pious, she was trained up in the fear of the Lord, and her mind was early imbued with a love of divine things. In consequence of a small legacy having been left her by her grandfather, whose death-bed she faithfully and assiduously attended, Isabella received a more finished education than she might otherwise have had it in her power to obtain. At ten years

of

age she was sent to a boarding school taught by a lady of eminent piety and superior accomplishments. It was under the care of this excellent preceptress that Isabella laid the foundation of those high Christian qualities for which she was distinguished in after life.

The early days of this pious young female were spent at Elderslie, an estate near Paisley, which her father rented as a farm. Here she first tasted and saw that the Lord was gracious. Her mind was deeply impressed with the importance and absolute necessity of obtaining reconciliation with God through a Redeemer. And often, accordingly, did she retire, in a state of painful anxiety, to a bush in the neighbourhood of her father's house, where, unseen by all save him who seeth in secret, she poured out her heart in

« ПредыдущаяПродолжить »