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The very language of want and distress! The voice of one that is afflicted and groaning under bis burden; What shalt thou do? Why, are not those at the door, whom God hath appointed to receive what thou canst spare? What shalt thou do? Why, disperse abroad and give to the poor. Feed the hungry. Cluath the naked. Be a father to the fatherless, and a husband to the widow. Freely thou hast received, freely give. O no! He is wiser than this comes to: he knows better than fo. And he faid, This will I do—without asking God's leave, or thinking about him any more than if there were no God in heaven or on earth— I will puil down my baris and build greater, and there will I bestow all my goods and all my fruits. My fruits! They are as much thine as the clouds that fly over thy head! As inuch as the winds that blow around thee; which doubtless thou canll hold in thy fills ! — And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou haft much goods laid up for many years. Soul, thou haft much goods! Are then corn, and wine, and oil, the goods of an immortal spirit? Laid up for many years. Who told thee fo? Believe him not, he was a liar from the beginning. He could not prolong thy life, if he would. God alone is the giver of life and death. And he would not if he could, but would immediately drag thee to his own fad abode. Soul take thy ease, eal, drink and be merry! How replete with folly and madness is every part of this wonderful soliloquy! Eat and drink! Will thy spirit then eat and drink? Yea, but not of earthly food! Thou wilt soon eat livid flame, and drink of the lake of fire burning with brimstone. But wilt thou then drink and be merry? Nay, there will be no mirth in those horrid shades. Those caverns will resound with no music, but weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.

3. But while he was applauding his own wisdom, God said unto him, Thou fool! This night shall thy foul be required of thee. And then whose Jhall those things be, which thou hast prepared?

4. Let us consider his words a little more attentively. He said within himself, What shall I do? And is not the answer ready! Do good. Do all the good thou canst. Leithy plenty supply thy neigbours' wants, and thou wilt never want something to do. Canst thou find none that need the necessaries of life? That are pinched with cold or hunger? None that have not raiment to put on? Or a place where to lay their head ? Canst thou find none that are wasted with pining sickness? None that are languishing in prison? If you duly considered our Lord's words, The poor have you always with you, you would no more ask, IVhat shall I do?

5. How different was the purpose of this poor madman ? I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there will I below all my goods. You may just as well bury them in the earth, or cast them into the sea. This will just as well answer the end, for which God intrusted thee with them.'

6. But let us examine a little further, the remaining part of his resolution. I will say to my foul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years, take thy ease, eat, drink and be merry. What, are these the goods of a never-dying spirit? As well may thy body feed on the fleeting breeze, as thy soul on earth. ly fruits. Excellent counsel then to such a spirit, to eat and drink, to a spirit made équal to angels, made an incorruptible picture of the God of glory, to feed not on corruptible things, but on the fruit of the tree of life, which grows in the midst of the paradise of God.

7. It is no marvel then, that God should say unto him, Thou fool! For this terrible reason, were there no other, This night Jhall thy soul be required of thee !

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A land of deepest shade,

Unpierc'd by human thought ;
The dreary regions of the dead,

Where all things are forgot ?"

And whose then shall all the things be which thou hast provided!

[To be concluded in our next.]

An Account of Mr. WILLIAM BLACK.

[Written by Himself.] I

Was born at Huddersfield in Yorkshire, in the year 1760.

When I was about fix years old, I had serious impressions on my mind, and the thoughts of my state so distressed me, that I frequently said within myself, “O that I were a toad, a ferpent, or any thing but what I am! Oh! that I had never been born, or else, had been greater than God, and then he could not have punished me for my daring sins." I found enmity in my heart, rising against the blessed Author of my being; particularly against his sovereignty, holiness and justice : so that before I was ten years old, had it been in my power, I would have overturned God's throne, and put down the judge of all the earth.

At this time I lived at Otley, near Leeds, with my uncle. Here I went to school; but was inattentive to my learning, and assiduous in wickedness; particularly, fighting, quarrelling, lying, stealing, and disobedience to my uncle. When I was about twelve or thirteen years old, I ran away to my father's, who lived about twenty miles distant. He gave me a severe correction; but, as he had thoughts of going to North America, he did not send me back to my uncle. O! how I desire at this day to be humbled, at the reinembrance of these my youthful

iniquities,

iniquities, and praise the God of grace who had mercy on my worthless foul.

In the year 1774, my father left England, and went to NovaScotia. After going through several parts of the province, he purchased an estate at Amherst,near Cumberland, and in the fall of the year returned. While he was in America, my dear mother paid particular attention to the concerns of my soul. She frequently took me aside into her closet to pray with, and talk to me; after relating God's gracious dealings with herlelf, and affe&tionately pressing the necessity of the New birth on my conscience. Her godly admonitions were not altogether in vain, Many times they deeply affected me, and sent me in my closet to my knees, where, with tears I besought the Lord for mercy; which I surely should have found, had I not believed the subtle fiend, who whispered, “ It is too soon for you to be religious: I will destroy your happiness, cut off all your pleasures, and make you a laughing stock for every boy in the school.” With this, and such like temptations, he prevailed. I quenched the spirit of God, and drove away my concern, so that I could fin on nearly as I did before.

In April 1715, we sailed from Hull, on board the Jenny, Captain Foster, and had a good passage, until we came within light of Halifax, where we ftruck upon the rocks with great violence, and were afraid the ship would have been loft : but it being low water when Ihe struck, through mercy, she was got off again without much damage.

Captain Foster was a pattern to mariners, especially to malters of vessels, both with respect to his private walk as a Chriftian, and his government as a master. I never heard him fpeak a rash word; nor did I hear a rash oath from the time we left England, until we arrived in Halifax harbour, either by mariner or pallenger, although we had about ninety on board. There was religious worship in the cabin, constantly morning and evening, to wbich the Captain invited all to come, that could be {pared from the management of the vessel.

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He used to sing and pray with the people, and affectionately to advise and exhort them to make sure of the one thing needful. What pity it is that so few imitate hiin!

After staying about a fortnight at Halifax, we failed for Cimberland, and arrived in June. Here I grew in wickedness, as I advanced in age, turning the grace of God into lasciviousness; spending whole nights together in the ridiculous practice of Muffling spotted pieces of paileboard, with painted kings and queens on them; and dancing for four or five nighis in the week; until the spring of 1779, when the Lord again began to work upon my mind in a most powerful

manner.

A few old Vietliodists, who emigrated from England foine years before, and had retained something of the work of grace in their souls, began to keep meetings amongst themselves, for prayer

and exhortation. God blessed these means, some being awakened, and several set at liberty: and when this was ru. moured abroad, the people began to think and enquire whether these things were so or not?

One day my brother John, had been over at Fort-Lawrence, and on his return told me that two of our acquaintances were converted and knew their fins forgiven; and that he thought it was high time for him to set out, and seek the same blelling. I replied, “Brother, whether they are converted or not, it is Ceriain we muft alier our course of life, or we cannot be faved." He said, he intended to do it; but said I, “Let us derenine to set out now, and left we should be drawn back, let us covenant together.” We did fo and shook hands, as a confirination of the fame. Yet, as our conviction was not deep, this covenant chiefly re!pected outward things; as the leaving of card.playing, dancing, fabbath-breaking, &c. and resolving to attend the meetings, to read and to pray, &c.

About this time I went over to Mr. Oxley's, (whole family were under concern for their souls) who exhorted me to set oui with all speed, to seek God; and not 10 reft, until my

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