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much earnestness as ever you election sure. I know that after fought the pleasures and vanities we have done all that we can do, of life ; but do not make the resowe are unprofitable servants ; yet Jution in your own strength. Go we are told to work out our own to God for affittance; rest not till salvation with tear and trembling, Christ be formed in you the hope for it is God that worketh in us of glory; until you have a hope both to will and do of his good that will be as an anchor to your pleasure. As we have no claim to Soul both fure and stedfast. It is mercy we should the more earnestprobable if you live many years in ly and humbly plead for acceptance the world, you will be called to through the Redeemer. pass through some scenes in which
Perhaps you will think that the you will need that divine-support self-denial which is required in the which the world can neither give scripture, will make Christians unnor take from you; and you cer- happy. On the contrary, those tainly will in the hour of death Christians who live most in the exwhen all dependance upon crea- ercise of this duty, and seek the tures must fail. Then you will glory of God more than their own want a God to go to as a friend. good are the most happy. That Do be persuaded now to accept of you may know by experience what Christ as he is offered in the gol- this happiness is, is the fincere with pel, the chief among ten thousands of your friend and altogether lovely ; view the
EMMA. glorious son of God calling and inviting finners to come to him that some account of the chara&er and they may have life. And can you still refufe ? Is eternal life fo (mall
religious experiences and exercises a trifle, in your esteem as not to
of Mrs. Nancr B1shop. deserve the renunciation of a few HIS person was the daughter transitory enjoyments? How can of Mr. Adino Pomeroy of you act so unlike a rational crea- Middletown in this state. She ture as to sell your immortal soul was born at Northampton in the for the pleasures of a moment ? ; Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Leave them all my friend and join where her father formerly resided,
February 15th, 1764 ; in her that noble few,
childhood Mr. Pomeroy removed Who dare stray upward and pursue The unbeaten way to God.
to Middletown, where she received
her education, and where she reIn what can we manifest such lided until March 2, 1797, when solid wisdom as by choosing that she was married to the Honourable good part which shall not be taken Nathaniel Bishop of Richmond in from us? I trust you have a doc- faid Commonwealth. Her person trinal belief in the spirit and power was tall and graceful—her counof religion, and of the total detenance lively and expressive-fhe pravity of the human heart ; if so was favoured with an uncommon you must believe that God, out of flow of animal spirits—her temper Christ, cannot be reconciled to was sprightly and remarkably playou, and you cannot think a reconcid-her understanding sound and ciliation with the great sovereign well cultivated, and her manners of the universe unimportant ; strive amiable and conciliating. She therefore to make your calling and was active in the practice of rela
tive duties, and adorned the holy ces, could have been expected ; religion which she professed. In and the want of a studied arrange. the prime of life, in easy circum ment is more than compensated by stances, and happy in the tendereft hat artless fimplicity of manner of all human connecțions, lae was which seems calculated to express, attached to the world by many to the best advantage, the genuine powerful ties; yet under the in feelings of the heart. The trans. Auence of divine grace, she met ition from contemplation to prayer the King of Terrors with a smile. is frequently, sudden, but this also She died of the puerperal fever on seems to be, under the circumftan. the 19th day December 1797, ten ces of the writer, deeply impressed days after the birth of her child, with divine things as he was, a . and in the 33d year of her age. more natural effusion of the heart, The infant allo dying the day pre. than could exilt under forms ever çeding, was shrouded with her and lo logical and correct. It is apinterred in the same grave ; the af. prehended best therefore to prefured hope which she had express sent these writings to the reader, fed fome years before, of paffing with little variation of style and in triumph at last thro' the dark none of meaning or sentiment. dominions of the King of Terrors, Her observations begin as follow, thro' the grace of the son of God “ The forepart of July 1790, my her divine conductor, was eminent " thoughts were troubled that I ly realized. Tranquil and com never had owned the Lord posed, at the certain approaches of “ Christ by my own voluntary death, she said, to the inexpresfi- “ profession, nor renewed for myble comfort of her weeping part self
, what my parents had done ner : “ I am not afraid to die." “ for me in my infancy ; I thereThus, as her life had been a pattern “ fore took pains to get what light for imitation ; so the manner of " I could on that subject
. I knew her death was a striking proof of “ my unworthiness of such a feast the value of Christian piety in a " as the Sacrament of the Lord's dying hour.
supper ; yet my Saviour feemed Thus much for her general “ to invite me, in language very character, and the manner and “ pathetic to his table; but how circumstances of her departure.“ to come without a saving change What remains will be to bring the
wrought in my loul, was matreader more acquainted with some " ter of long debate with myself. of the exercises and operations of " That passage in 1 Cor. xi. 29, her mind, at several periods, du “ seemed to forbid that which I ring her progress in the Christian “ longed for.” She then relates course. This will be done by trans. the measures she took to obtaire sateribing some writings composed, isfaction as to her duty, first by as it appears, for her own private writing to a Clergyman and then use, which she left behind her. by conversing with him, and other These writings were never design. Ministers of the gospel on the subed for the public eye, but merely ject, the result of which was, her as a help to private devotion, and doubts were removed, and on the of course no special attention was 14th of November 1790, when a paid either to style or method. preparatory lecture before the SaStill they appear much more cor. crainent was preached, her defire red than, under these circumstan-1 to be admitted into full cammunion
with the first church of Christ in • Command me what thou wilt, Middletown was proposed to the Lord, give me but strength to church. This being done, and obey.--I resign my choice, my reflecting on the subje& in her re' will, my liberty.-I ask thy love tirement, she exclaims," Is it pol.
inheritance.-Let me not • fible they can admit so unworthy live to dishonour, or bring a re. a creature to Christian fellow. proach on, thy holy name. • ship? Yet the eye of man is · Let me not, O my Heavenly • nothing-God is the searcher of Father, grieve thy Holy Spirit
. • hearts, let me abide in his word, ~My devotion to God has been . and prepare for the important mingled with levity and irreve• transaction which is before me.” 'rence ; O God, erter not into She then addresses the throne of judgnient with me, for the belt grace in manner following. " actions of my life cannot bear
“ O Lord God, rectify the dilthy scrutiny. O God, in cove• order that sin has madein my soul. nant mercy receive me, for Christ's '-Renew my soul in the knowl. • fake.--May niy folemn request,
edge of thy grace.-Let me, O now signed on earth, be ratified my God, be made an heir of' in heaven ; and may I awake
glory.- Permit me to be impor-' to the life of a heaven-born soul • tunate with thee for a blessingthro' the mercy of Jesus our
upon this day's transaction.- ' advocate and interceffor-in • I have taken a covenant into my whose worthy name, let me fec
mouth, to give up myself with to my seal that God is true-and • all my powers and faculties to be • let my faithfulness endure to the • thine forever.-Here, on my bended knees, O my God, let
“ Dear Saviour, let thy beauties be • me pay that homage which is
“ My soul's eternal food, • due to thee only. These eyes, " And Grace command my heart away « which look to thee for mercy,
“ From all created good.” • will shortly be closed in death.
• NANCY POMEROY. My original frame is mouldering « December 2d, 1790.” o back to dust.- O God of Grace,
hear me speedily, thou knowelt, On the Sabbath next following, • O Lord, in what I am defective, when the first communed at the
the importance of my eternal Lord's table, she says, “ Be this concerns, my
frail existence, and • day folemnly dedicated to that by what a feeble tenure my life is God who is the giver of all mer• supported.-0 God, I beseech cies, (as oft as ye eat this bread
thee, show me thy glory.-Thou and drink this cup, &c.) This • halt commanded me to love thee institution of Christ is a token of • with all my heart, soul, strength love to his church and followers. • and mind.- O God, kindle the O God, when I cease to love • sacred flame of love in my breast, and praise, let me grow unac" which knows no other love but quainted with peace.-Let my
thee. I refign all to thy dispo • life be a life of self denial.-Let • fal.— I resign my heart and band me learn to be meek and lowly,
to thee.-My heart fill with and may I possess a holy ambition • love to thee. My hand employ to know nothing but Jesus ; and
in thy service, though in the be deeply senlible that no grace • meaneft office in thy family. can be fupported, but by humil
• icy of heart and life. O God, Father's househould who have • fill my heart with faith and love, • been seeking salvation, and have • that I may be enabled to resist to all appearance, left no stone • the temptations of sin, which • unturned, where there was any • doth so easily beset me ; and let probability of finding the prize • my motto be Holiness to the Lord. they have been so long wrestling " -How imperfect is this per- for. Yet the Lord is gracious• formance, which I intended he has set me as a monument of • Ahould be, peculiarly, devoted his sparing mercy, he has ever " to God, the supreme ruler of been drawing me with the tender• heaven and of earth. O God, est cords of love ; I ani con. * guard me against proud thoughts, strained to cry out Why me! I against all self-sufficiency or con- Why me ! My heart aspires, my • fidence in any works of my own. ' wishes fly beyond the utmost ' --My thirsty soul pines for the bounds of creation, I long to be' waters of life.--How long, O " hold thy celestial glory, and to
Lord, Ihall I wander in this del drink at thy exhauftlefsspring.-
ert land ? Give, I humbly pray · In triumph, O my soul, look " thee, give that ray of grace, which forward beyond all terreftrials, * Nall shine more and more to the when you shall rejoice in that un
perfect day, and teach me to bounded lore, though the candle pray
and praise on the receipt of of the wicked shall be put out.a blessing so dirine..
• May I, O God, tread in Rone “ My willing roul would say,
of their paths, but stand as a * In such a frame as this,
'burning and shining light, always " And fit and fing herself away,
• lean upon the Lord, and flay “ To everlasting bliss.”
myself upon my God.” We learn nothing further of the
" I'll praise my maker with my Rate of this Lady's mind, until
breath," &c. The text for this Sunday, March 11th, 1792, when
day's meditation was surely for in a transport of gratitude and
me, Psalm xxxvi. 9. how di. praise the says ; “ Let the Lord 'rectly pointing : For with thee is • be magrified in all his works and
the fountain of life, in thy light ways, and let my pen be employ- pall we see light. On this great • ed upon this important, and, 'I day of the feast this well of fal• believe, heart-renewing change.
vation stands open. If Paul was • If not, why this serenity? Why caught up into the third heavens, s this joy Joy which surpasses
my spirit seems ascending with ' understanding I have heard of
* him. I hear, I fee (by faith) a change of heart : I have often
things which are unutterable. ¢ wished to taste of these joys.
. Either my height of bliss muit ' But my estimate of a whole life
be reduced to a lower scale, fuitspent in the love and fear of God,
ed to a refidence in this earthly was in comparison nothing, to
tenement of clay ; or my soul one moment I now feel. The
• must be removed to that celestial goodness of God in lengthening
' world, where the spirits of the out my life, for so many years,
jutkare made perfect. --The light to the present period, and now
• that breaks in upon me makes me giving ine to drink of the well
pant for more enlargenient.--My • of salvation, is marvellous in my
foul is already on the wing of dieyes. There are thvíe of my
* vine love to present (like Noah's
1800.] Chara&ter and experiences of Mrs. Nancy Biskop. 151 • dove) the signal of peace to my • and foes equally an interest in the • Heavenly Father, in the man. • Redeemer ; for I long to have • fion he has prepared for me.
O them taste of that love which • ravishing the prospect! what • pafleth knowledge. ' inexpressible exstacies shall I feel, -- After the scenes of spiritual de. r when I meet those radient smiles, • light had got to the height of mor
in that enlightened and happy re tal happiness, the temptations be'gion, that exhilarate all the ce « forementioned next succeeded ;
leftial choir in immortal praises and when those had reached their ' and hallelujahs to God and the • limited period, I was reitored to Lamb. Amen.”
• a calm unruffled ferenity of soul In a letter to a friend, dated imno sudden starts of passion, no April 12th, 1792, she says ; "mixture of envy or discord ran“ Dear as your friendship has ever kled in my brealt-all within was • been to me, and highly as I val- harmony and love. Every breath ' ue it, I am constrained to say, I prayer and praise. But with what have found that friendship in language shall I express the full • Deity, which far transcends all meaning of my enlightened soul? earthly friendships. -Many wa • I cannot, I am sensible, I can
cannot quench that divine not give you an adequate descriplove, neither can the sea drown
Come all ye that fear the • it ; my heart exults with the · Lord, and I will tell you what • molt ardent praise and gratitude. he has done for my foul ; I will • How shall I express my thankful ascribe righteousness to my ma• fong? Yet since my enlarge • ker, and will now set my fign • ment of foul, I have strange and and seal with a loud-Amen." * powerful temptations from the In another letter, dated the 8th
adversary to distrust the divine of November following, she says, goodness. But, while I was in “ If you desire to know what is
the gall of bitterness, in the dark. the employment of your friend ' elt moments, the Comforter came. this day, let me tell you, that . I also call to mind the gracious the richest streams of comfort
promise, I will not leave nor for which have been offered me, on Jake those who put their trust in . the terms of obedience to the Di.
I will ever praise and bless | vine will, have made me alas, • his holy name, and not forget top, too soon, trust to my own • his benefits to fo unworthy a ' arm for an enjoyment, which it worm of the dust. What is is God's prerogative only to be O God, that thou art
How thort-fighted we mindful of him, or the children • weak mortals are ! That which I " of men that thou shouldest have thought, just now, within my • compaffion on them.
grasp is, alas, gone, gone forev• After many days of joy and Had I trusted my God feasting between God and the no. more, and my own ftrength less • bler faculties of my soul, I have • I never should have drank the
no relish for temporal sustenance. dregs of this bitter cup. May I • The love and praises of the De • learn this early lesson, and keep • ity are my delight and my lup- it ever upon my heart. The port. I would take the world
ways of God are right and just, • around me, and carry them to • and if I cannot fathom his wif • heaven in my arms, wishing friends 1. dom, I must ever trust his word,