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trump of God! Oh! my friends, the work is not our's, but His ? 'tis glorious thus to recognise the 'Tis enough for us to know, in the deathless principle that animates loss of beloved friends who die in us, when surrounded by these sad Jesus, and in the contemplation of mementos of our own decay, and our own departure, that He shall to preach Christ, as the resurrection change our vile body, that it may be and the life, amid the gloom and fashioned like unto his glorious body, desolation of the grave! Yes! according to the working whereby even the ashes of the saints are the He is able even to subdue all things care of Christ-his eye is on their unto himself. It is sown in corrupsleeping dust! Though the body tion; it is raised in incorruption : is the meanest and the most worth- it is sown in dishonour ; it is raised less part of our nature, yet not a in glory : it is sown in weakness; particle essential to its identity it is raised in power : it is sown a shall be lost. That body,—which natural body; it is raised a spiri. sin defiled, which disease wasted, tual body. which pain convulsed, which is now cold, and emaciated, and loathsome in death,—that body NOTICES OF THE PURITAN DI. was reared at first by the Divine VINES GARBUT AND BREIRLY. Architect with exquisite skill: and though the monster has dashed
(To the Editors.) it all to ruins, and crumbled it to GENTLEMEN-It is probable that dust—the expressive countenance the inquiries of Hornbookius, in .-the active limb the eloquent your Number which has just come tongue-the piercing eye!-yet, to hand, may elicit much more satis“ These ruins shall be built again,
factory information than I am able
impart ; but in the mean time, and And all that dust shall rise."
should nothing else offer, you may Rise - in loveliness and beauty tell your correspondent, who ask's
in energy and expression-far after Richard Garbut, that a misurpassing that which secured for nister of that name was Lecturer at it a short-lived admiration upon the parish church in Leeds, from earth. I pause not now to answer the year 1624 to the time of his the inquiry, How are the dead death in 1630; the excellent Alex. raised up, and with what body do ander Cooke, who distinguished they come? Why? because in himself by his satirical writings truth, I cannot. And why should against the Church of Rome, and I, if I could ? Must I explain to who might properly be classed you the hidden and mysterious with the puritan divines of his process which is at this moment day, being at the same time Vicar. going on beneath the surface of The principles both of the Vicar the earth, too remote, and too and Lecturer seem to have been minute for the inspection of man, such as would have rendered them in order to produce in your mind nonconformists, had they lived to the conviction that spring will the critical season of trial; they again revisit this earth in gladness, were men of a kindred spirit with and smiling harvests reward the Mr. Robert Todd, who was Mr. husbandman's toil? And why Garbut's immediate successor, as should it be thought a thing incre- Lecturer at the Old Church, and dible with you, that God should afterwards first minister of St. raise the dead? Is any thing too John's, or the New Church, and hard for Omnipotence? And one of the worthies of Bartholowhy should we be required to ex- mew's day. Within the parish plain how He will do it, seeing church, upon a marble, originally N.S, No. 35.
belonging to the Langton family, was the penetrating power of God is the following record of Mr. Gar- in his ministrations, that if thoubut:-" Here lyeth Mr. Richard sands were before him under it, in Garbut, late Lecturer of Leeds, very few hours' discourse, every March 7, 1630." Of course, the man's several condition, whether book alluded to by H, must have under light or darkness, should been either a republication or have been spoken to, laid open, posthumous.
bare, and naked; that every one Having given all the particulars might truly have confessed that in my possession respecting this the word was spoken to them in good man, allow me to ask your particular. Hearers were drawn readers for information about one from divers places about, several of his contemporaries, who appears miles distant, to wait on his minito have excited some attention in stry, and the echo and fame of it his day, though I have hitherto went abroad. Some saw and heard sought in vain for any record of the wonders of God, and believed; him beyond some scanty allusions others, astonished, went away wonin a posthumous volume, which dering that they never heard any contains imperfect sketches of his preach like him; and many others sermons, and is entitled, “ A Bun- came to hear and see what should dle of soul-convincing, directing, cause such strange reports, seeking and comforting Truths: clearly de- to catch something that they might duced from diverse select Texts report also.” The writer goes on of Holy Scripture, and practically to say, that these powerful excite. improven both for conviction and ments gave occasion to suspicions consolation : being a brief sum- and surmises, so that some who mary of several sermons preached were jealous or envious of him at large by that faithful and pious charged the preacher with heresy, servant of Jesus Christ, M. Rodger and styled his hearers GrindleBreirly, minister of the Gospel tonians, after the town in Craven at Grindleton, in Craven." Two where he then exercised his minicopies of this little book have stry, thinking by that name to rencome into my hands, the one pub- der them odious, and brand them lished in Edinburgh, printed for for some kind of sectaries: but they James Brown, bookseller in Glas. could not tell what sect to parallel gow, A. D. 1670; the other in them to; hence rose the name of London, printed by J. R., for Grindletonism. And yet they rested Samuel Sprint, in Little Britain, not with this nick-naming, but 1677. In an epistle to the reader, raised aspersions against this au(signed J. C.) Mr. Breirly is de- thor, informing the High-Commis. scribed as “a minister whose mes. sion against him, who sent their sage was mighty and piercing, to commands to bring him to York, the laying open, in the very heart where he was kept in prison for and conscience of man, the most a while, during which tiine fifty secret and hidden things of dis- articles were exhibited by his adhonesty, though never so closely versaries against him before them, infolded in the deepest mistery of not one of which, when he came iniquity; so as many, yea, and to his trial, was directly proved. many that stood fenced in the Whereupon, after a sermon preachfield, with the weapons of their ed by him at the Cathedral, he own self-righteousness in the flesh, was dismissed, and liberty granted and the covenant of works, fell him by Archbishop Tobias Matwounded to the ground, and were thews, to exercise his ministry as found to be of sinners the chiefest formerly. After much travail and And to this I bear record, such pains in witnessing the glad tid
ingy of salvation, he ended his My rebel sense, self-soothing still affects.
What it would fly, what it would ply, neglects.
Concording discord doth my life sastain, says the writer of the above ac Discording concord kills me soon again.
Myself at once I both displease and please, count, these few head-notes of Without
Without myself, myself I fain would ease : some of his sermons came to my For my too much of me, me much annoys,
And my self plenty, my poor self destroys.
Me as myself, hermaphrodite in mind. not mentioned, nor the period of
I am at once male, female, neuter, yet his trial at York; Archbishop Whate'er I am, I cannot mend, I weet.
I am not with myself as I conceive,
I from myself banish myself away. 1628. The London edition con- Myself agrees not with myself a jot,
Knows not myself I have myself forgot. tains, besides the heads of ser
Against myself I have mov'd wars unjust : mons, nearly a hundred pages of I trust myself, and I myself distrust.
Myself I follow, and myself I fly; poetry, in' which Mr. Breirly.
Besides myself, and in myself am I. defends himself at considerable
Myself am not myself, another same.
Unlike myself, and like myself I am. gainst the charge of error Sell-sons, self-furious, and thus, wayward elf, and licentiousness which had been
I cannot live with, nor without, myself." brought against his doctrines. This Grindleton, the principal scene is followed by a poetical dialogue of Mr. Breirly's labours, is a pobetween Christ and the soul, which pulous village, in the parish of concludes with “ the song of the Milton, about four miles from soul's freedom;" and the last is a Clithero, in the adjoining county poem of 200 lines, which he calls of Lancashire, and rather more is Self Civil War," of which I than the same distance from the subjoin a few verses as a speci- small market-town of Gisburn. men.
Should my worthy friend the
historian of the puritans, or any " I sing not Priam, nor the siege of Troy, Nor Agamemnon's war, with Thestis' joy ; other of your antiquarian corI sing myself, my civil wars within,
respondents, be able to throw adThe victories I honrly lose and win; The daily battle, the continual strife,
ditional light on the character and The wars that end not, till I end iny life. Vouchsafe, O Father, succour from above,
history of this almost unknown Courage of soul, comfort of heavenly love; but evidently devoted and zealous Triumphant Captain, glorious General, Furnish me arms from thine own arsenal.
minister of Christ, it will yield O Sacred Spirit, my spirit's assistant be,
peculiar satisfaction to, And in this conflict make me conquer me. Virtue I love, I lean to vice; I blame
Gentlemen, This wicked world, yet I embrace the same.
Your sincere Well-wisher and I climb to heaven, I cleave to the earth both; I love myself, and yet myself I loathe.
and devoted Servant, Peaceless, I peace pursue in civil war, With, and against myself, I join, I jar.'
DIENSIS. I burn, I freeze, I fall down, I stand fast;
October 3, 1827.
REVIVALS OP RELIGION IN In diverse fractions I myself divide,
(Continued from page 538.) I will merely quote the con
5. OCCASIONAL seasons of fastclusion, lest you should charge ing and prayer. When a church me with an unreasonable demand can be brought to feel the import
ance of such seasons, they have on your pages, and the patience of your readers.
ever been useful. If one or two of
the days appointed for a lecture " My mind's a grief; a labyrinth my reason ; Miné eye false apy, the door to fancy's treason: preparatory to communion, were in the course of the year spent in origin in the heart, and makes its fasting and prayer, we believe first appearance in the cold perthey would be more useful to our formance or neglect of private churches. Let the former part of meditation, self-examination, and the day, as recommended by Pre- prayer. So long as our old prosident Edwards, be spent in little fessors and our converts are faithsocial meetings for prayer; and in ful in these private duties, religion the afternoon let the whole church will not visibly decline in our assemble together.
churches. 6. It would be useful to our 8. Let judicious discipline churches occasionally to renew be faithfully maintained in our their covenant with God and churches. This is one of the one another. Great pains should means which Christ has enjoined be taken to prepare a church for for the honour of his name and this solemn act. It had better not the purity of his church. If nebe done at all, than in a formal, glected, we have no reason to exunfeeling manner. We would re- pect his blessing. We are percommend that it should be done suaded that the church of Christ on the Sabbath succeeding a sea- suffers very much from an alarmson of fasting and prayer.
ing neglect of this duty. In some 7. Great pains should be taken churches in our land it has so long to keep up and to increase that been neglected, and scandalous spirit of prayer, which has pre- sins have become so extensive, vailed in our churches the year that it is difficult, if not impospast, and which still prevails. One sible, to exercise discipline. God or more weekly prayer-meetings forbid this should ever be the case in every neighbourhood, for pro- with our churches, by neglecting fessors, would tend to cherish this this duty while it can be perspirit. Occasional meetings for formed. But even when discipline members of the church with their is administered, it is often done in pastor, for free conversation and such a manner that it does comprayer, would tend to preserve this paratively little good. While it is devotional spirit in our churches. prosecuted with decision and firm. In family prayer, where there are ness, let it be done with christian several members who are profes- meekness and tenderness, not as sors, it would be useful' occa- though we were lording it over sionally for all to take a part, God's heritage. After discipline especially on the Sabbath. We is commenced, churches ought to should like to see such family pray specially for the subjects of prayer.meetings common among it, that it may be effectual in reus. Young professors would thus claiming them. When ministers become accustomed to leading in and elders are engaged in visiting prayer, and would be prepared for convicted sinners and conversing a more public performance of the with them, the prayers of the duty. Such young converts would church are deemed important to be less likely to neglect the im- the success of these means; and portant duty of family prayer in why not in the administration of future life. But secret prayer we discipline? The great body of our deem the most important of all; members seem to feel as though and think it particularly incum- they were not particularly interbent on ministers, at this time, to ested in the administration of dispoint out the nature and import cipline. This is verily a fault ance of this duty, and to urge among us. Let our churches be professors to a faithful perform- exhorted to pray for the subjects ance of it. Declension has its of discipline, that they may be reclaimed. If they are excluded not required at their hands, by nefrom the communion of the church, glecting to "warn the wicked from let them be exhorted still to pray his way." The reason why those that this last act of discipline may who attempt this duty, are conbe blessed to their good, to the sidered by some as meddling with good of the church and of the what does not belong to them, is, world.
that it is so generally neglected. 9. Let meetings of inquiry be It is deemed impolite and even kept up, wherever they can be, in unnatural not to inquire after the our churches. Relinquishing such health of our neighbour; but if his meetings has sometimes hastened soul is sick unto death, are we to the decline of revivals. In some be unconcerned? The politician churches these meetings have been thinks himself justified in conkept up for years. To give them versing with his neighbours, yea, interest, when there are few in- with Christians, upon politics, and quirers, it may be useful to vary discussing every subject connected the instruction. Some doctrinal with the welfare of the commuor practical subject might be dis- pity; and shall it be deemed imcussed, and questions put to those pertinent for Christians to conpresent.
verse with their neighbours re10. We would urge the mem- specting the character and gobers of our churches to converse vernment of the King of kings and with their friends and neighbours Lord of lords, and the duties on the subject of religion. There which his subjects owe him ? Sinis a remarkable backwardness ex- ners have taken the lead in con. tensively prevalent among Chris- versing with Christians upon subtians on this subject. A professor jects of interest to themselves, of religion will live for years on long enough. It is time for the intimate terms with an impenitent church to assert her rights; and if neighbour, converse freely with the world will not permit her to him about all his worldly con- converse with them, let her refuse cerns, and never open his mouth to listen to the world. If religion to him upon the momentous con- ever prevails extensively, a very cerns of his soul. Why is this ? great change will take place in If his neighbour were in danger of the churches of Christ in relation losing his property, and such pro- to this duty. Brethren, were you, fessor foreseeing the evil, should who are members of our churches, neglect to give him timely notice, in the habit of conversing with he would be regarded by the each other, and with the impeni. whole community as a cold- tent, on religious subjects, in the blooded monster. Is not much same free and familiar manner of the infidelity of the world to be that you do on other subjects, you ascribed to this sinful neglect on might do more to promote religion the part of professors of religion ? than your ministers can do by Men of the world are not fools. their parochial visits. We beseech May they not often thus reason you, therefore, brethren, “Let your with themselves? These professed conversation be such as becometh the Christians do not believe we are in gospel of Christ.” danger of going to hell, unless we i . Let heads of families be repent and embrace the gospel. If more attentive to the religious inthey did, they would show their struction of their households. If love to us, by warning us of danger, we mistake not, there is danger in and urging us to flee from the wrath this day of public action of losing to come. Let the members of our sight, in some measure, of this churches, as well as our ministers, important duty. All experience take heed that the blood of souls be teaches us, that those converts