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all things richly to enjoy ;' we were about to enter upon the perusal of the word of God, by way of profitably filling up the measure of time till the hour of rest; when a circumstance occurred, which at once arrested the attention of us both.
The instant we arose from the table, as before observed, there crossed the court-yard of the inn, opposite to the room where we were sitting, a Jew, (as he appeared to be,) with a basket of pens. My friend seeing him, hastily ran to the door to inquire of him whether he knew a inan of the name of Abraham Levi, one of their people. Yes,' he said, " I know him very well; but he is not one of my people.' How is that?' replied my friend ; are not you a Jew ?? « No,' the poor man said, "I thank the Lord I am not. I was once indeed ; but, I trust, I am now a lover of the Lord Jesus.' The effect wrought upon my mind by this short conversation was like that of electricity. Pray, my friend, do us the favour' (continued my companion,)* 10 walk into this room. We are both lovers and humble followers, like yourself, if you are so, of the Lord Jesus; and we shall much rejoice, if you will communicate to us the pleasing information how this change was wrought.' That I will most readily,' replied the man ; ' for if it will afford you pleasure to hear, much more will it delight me to relate, a change to which I owe such unspeakable mercies.
. Without going over the whole of my history from my childhood,' he said, which hath very little interesting in it, and is unconnected with the circumstances of my conversion, it will be sufficient to begin it at that part which alone is worth your hearing. It is about two years since, that I first began to feel my mind much exercised with considerations on the deplorable state of our people. I discovered, from reading the scriptures, the ancient love of God to our nation. In our history, as a people, I saw the many wonderful and distinguishing mercies with which, from age to age, the Lord had blessed us. I remarked also, how, for the disobedience and ingratitude of our people, the Lord had punished us. But what struck me most forcibly was that prophecy of scripture, • That the sceptre should not depart from Judah, nor a law-giver from between his feet, until the Shiloh should come*.' Whereas I saw very plainly, that our nation was without a sceptre, without government, without temple. I remarked moreover that our people were a light, and vain, and worldly-minded people, who took it not to heart. And if the Lord had punished our fathers for their sins, ours deserved his displeasure more. Added to all these considerations, which very powerfully operated upon my mind, I saw a great mass of people living around me who professed themselves to be followers of the true God; and who asserted, in confirmation of their faith, that the Shiloh was come, and to him was the gathering of the people. Distressed and perplexed in my mind, by reason of these various considerations, I knew not what to do, and could hardly find power or inclination to prosecute my daily labour.
• It happened one day, while walking over the bridge of the city, that, my mind being more than usually affected, I could not refrain from pouring out my heart in prayer to God. I paused, as I stood on the bridge, and lifting up my eyes towards heaven, I cried out, O God of my fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who hast declared thyself as keeping covenant-mer
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cy for thousands ! look down upon me, a poor Jew, vouchsafe to teach me what I must do. Thou knowest my desire is to serve thee, if I knew the way. Thou art justly despleased with our nation, and with our people ; for we have broken thy commandments. But, oh, Lord ! direct me.'
It was with words somewhat like these'(continued the poor man,) that I prayed'; in which I wept much. At length I walked on and passing by a place of worship, where I saw many 'assembled, I found my heart inclined to go in. Who knows, I thought within myself, but the Lord may have directed me hither. I went in, and near the door finding a seat unóccupied, I entered into it, and sat down. The minister was discoursing on the mercies of God, in sending his Son to be the Saviour of the world. If this Saviour was my Saviour, I thought, how happy should I be! I felt myself considerably affected, and frequently turned my face to the wall and wept. And many times, during the continuance of the service, so much was my heart interested by what I heard, that I wept aloud, and could not refrain.
"I had disturbed some of the congregation, åt appeared, by my behavior ; so that, as soon as the service was finished, two or three of the men came towards me with much anger, asking me what I meant by coming there to interrupt their worship with my drunkenness. But when they discovered the real state of the case, and I had told them the whole desires of my mind, they almost devoured me with kindness. This served very much also, under God, to convince me, that their religion must be the true religion, which produced such effects.
• Not to fatigue you with my relation, it will be sufficient to observe, that from that hour my mind began to discover hope. And as the kind people, into whose congregation I had thus entered, undertook to instruct me in the principles of the Christian faith, I soon learnt, under God, the fulfilment of the Jewish scriptures in the Christian. And now I find cause, every day, more and more, to bless the Lord for what he hath done for my soul.
One little event more,' (he added,) 'I will, if you please, relate, which happened soon ofter my going into this church. My business of selling my pens obliged me to go to another city, about twelve miles distant from the one where I dwelt; and calling at a pastry-cook's shop, who occasionally dealt with me, a circumstance occurred which became highly service: able to me in my new path of life. There sat