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bers of the congregation, - and the London Directors of the Missionary Society followed, in about twenty-five coaches, attended by a prodigious concourse of spectators, whose countenances evidently declared the general respect and esteem in which Mr. Eyre was held by all who knew him. The Rev. Mr. Glascott read the funeral-service; and the Rev, Rowland Hill affectionately addressed a very crowded and sorrowful audience, from Mat. xxv. 21, “ Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”
Mr. Eyie was of a stature which approached to the tall; his countenance was fair, open, and strongly expressive of a benignant and enlightened mind. Flis perceptions were quick, bis memory was retentive and ready, bis powers of invention were remarkably good, and his țaste was highly polished. His manners were extremely graceful; and, although his feelings were quick and casily wounded, his heart was the seat of kindness; and anger and resentment had no abidance there. His education was regulară, and his diligence great in improving his mind, with such stores of literature as enabled him to discharge respectabiv the duties of the station, to which he had devoted himseif.
from the beginning of his ministry his indefatigable labours bore a proportion to the zeal which warmed his bosom, and received increase daily, from the divine benediction which rested upon tiis ministry. His life was employed in the uniform pursuit of the great object which engrossed his heart, the glory of his crucified Lord, displayed in the salvation of those who were the purchase of his blood :-them he sought diligently, scattered throngh this present evil world, with inuch success; and multitudes are living witnesses, and have borne their dying testimony, how much they owed to his fidelity. He preached the word in season and out of season; everywhere exhorting, reproving, rebuking, where Providence and the desire to hear is all the words of this life,"opened a door of usefulnessy He counted his work his wages; and souls gained to Christ were his most coveted reward.
In every relation he was a burning and shining light ; nor was the inan less eminent than the minister : the best of husbands, the tenderest of fathers, the kindest of masters, and most faithful of friends.
His eager activity to be useful, often urged him beyond the powers of a body, enfeebled by labour and disease. I'he sword was too sharp for the scabbard; his vivid feelings and exertions shook the tabernacle of clay; and, his spirit plumed for flight to the eternaliest, he never looked on death with dismay,--butas “a consummation devoutly to be wished.", His affections embraced all mankind. His increasing cares and parsuits, more
He received his classical education in the public grammar-school, under the trition of the Rev. Jol:n Fisher; and his mathematical learning, at a private school at Forra: bury, under the Rev. Jus. Thorpe, Rector of Furrabury and Trevelga, Cornwall,
[287 *) abundantly to diffuse the gospel of the grace of God, overwhelmed å frame become broken, yet exulting in the pleasure and prospect of doing good; and he died just at the moneat when tne great object of his heart appeared ready to be accomplished.
His last bours dispiayed the triumphs of faith"; and, amidst every endeared attachment, and the love of all his brethren, his work being done upon earth, he meekly bowed his head on the bosom of his Lord; of whom he had often said, in the inidst of esteem, affection, and earthly comfort, “That to depart, and be with Christ, was far better,
-“ Mark the periect man, and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace. Though dead, he yet speaketh,"
To live is Christ, -- to die is gain.
ANECDOTE, The substance of which was briefly related about a month ago,
in one of the pulpits in town, A POOR girl, whose parents lived in the country, came at an early period of life to reside with some of her relations in London, who were religious people. They took pains to instill into her mind the fear of God; but their labours appeared to be all in vain. From her childhood she discovered a strong aversion to that which was good : and when religion was recommended to her, her heart rose against it with the utmost dislike. This, together with the moroseness of her temper, which led her into much evil, induced her and her relations at length to part. About nineteen years of age she left London; and going into a very profane fainily, soon became addicted to almost every kind of wickedness, even to cursing and swearing. After a while, she left this family, and wandered about the country a mere vagrant. The issue was, after having an illegitimate child, she was reduced to complete wretchedness; and obliged to be taken home to her parisli-workhouse.
But God's ways are in the deep. It was here that he met with her, as with the prodigal in distress, and, by degrees, brought her to herself. She thought nothing of her deplorable condition as a sinner, till one day she observed her poor child, which was now three or four years old, beginning to follow her evil example. This cut her to the heart.
" What a life," said she to herself, “ have I lived ! and what a course am I leading this poor unhappy child! What can I do?" The utmost she could think of was to muster up sixpence, and buy it one of Watts's Songs for Children. On obtaining this little book, she first looked into it herself, and there met with the following lines ;
es Just as a tree cut down, that fell
Fix'd in the state wherein he dies." These lines, and some others, made considerable impression upon
her mind. From that time she left off most of her grosser vices, went to hear the gospel, and was very desirous to get out of her disagreeable situation ; which in a little while she accomplished. Still, however, she lived without prayer. The only effect was, a striving to be better ; but it was wholly in her own strength.
The preaching of the word, which she now attended, increased her convictions, and rendered her exceedingly gloomy and melancholy She could not consider herselt, notwith. standing the retorm in her conduct, as being in a state of salvation. She felt there was something wanting ; but knew not what it was. It was then that she began to pray: but even this duty was performed only as a duty, hoping to add something to her former endeavours. She obtairied no relief to her mind; but continued sinking under a load of melanchols. Musing on these things one day, with a heavy heart, those words occurred to her mind with inuch light and force: “Hitherto ye have asked nothing in my name : ask and receive, that your joy may be full.” Now she began to pray as a lost sinner, in the name of Christ; and in this way presently found rest for her soul.
Soon after this, she heard a sermon from 1 Pet. ii. 7.“ Unto you that believe, he is precious;" which was singularly blessed to her in leading her to a more satisfactory view of the gospel of salvation by the cross of Christ than she before had ever enjoyed. This fixed her determination to follow Christ in his ordinances; and to offer herself for membership in a Christian church. She soon after did so, and was accepted. In this relation she continned for the last ten years; and though not a faultless character, yet, upon the whole, she has lived honourably; and, a few months ago, died happily. Gaius.
ANECDOTETI. Mr. P. of II. once said, “ I cannot but lament my folly and madness, in not obeying the voice of Conscience in my youth. By this time I might have been an old man in Christ; but I am not born yet. Unhappy me! but, by the grace of God, I will not give it np yet. There are proinises which I can sometimes almost lay hold of. God helping me, I will go on to scek his face, and practise wh t I know.”
Remarks. — 1. The sins of youth lay a foundation for bitter repentance in after-years. – 9. To be called and sanctified in early life, is an unspeakable mercy. - 3. Resolutions to persevere in the good ways of God, when formed upon the principles of the gospel, are highly promising :- they are beautiful as the morning, and deserve every possible encouragement,
THE CARNAL MIND ALWAYS THE SAME:
WITH A QUOTATION FROM CELSUS.
THAT “ the carnal mind is enmity against God,” is a most awful truth; as plainly verified in practice as it is positively asserted in the sacred scriptures. This evil principle is the fruitful root from whence arises opposition to the will of God, both in, his law and in his gospel; and to the same source we may trace the persecution of the church, in every age and in every form. Those who, in our days, may incur the hatred of relations, friends, or others, on account of their adherence to evangelical sentiments and persons, must not conclude that some new and strange thing hath befallen them. No: whether it be Cain, or Ishmael, or the Jews, or Celsus, or any other mocker, the principle is the saine, — “ enmity against God.”
To illustrate this, especially for the sake of those who are not conversant with church-history, I transcribe from Milner a few sentences from that ancient adversary of Christianity, Celsus, who lived and wrote in the latter end of the second century. “ The reader must be prepared to hear bitter things. A more spiteful calumniator hardly ever existed; but he may serve a purpose which he never intended.”,
“ The Apostles (said Celsus) were infainous men ; publicans and abandoned mariners.
“ You say that God was sent to sinners; but why not to those who were free from sin ? What harm is it not to have sinned?
“ You encourage sinners, because you are not able to persuade any really good men; therefore you open the doors to the most wicked and abandoned.
“ Some of them say, Do not examine, but believe, and thy faith shall save thee.
“ These are our institutions” (speaking of Christians with a sneer); “let not any man of learning come here, nor any wise man; for these things are reckoned evil by us; but whoever is unlearned, ignorant, and silly, let him come without fear. Thus, they own that they gain only the foolish, the vulgar, the stupid slaves, women, and children.
“We see these itinerants shewing readily their tricks to the vulgar, but not approaching the assemblies of wise men ; but wherever they see boys, a crowd of slaves, and ignorant men, there they thrust in themselves, and shew off their doctrine.
“ In other mysteries” (that is, in the heathen ceremonies) “the crier uses to say, 'Whoever has clean hands, and a good conscience, and a good life, let him come in.' But let us hear whom they call: ---Whoever is a' sinner, a fool, an infant, a lost wretch, the kingdom of God will receive him.' An unjust man, if he humble himself for his crimes, God will receive him;
but a just man, who has proceeded in a course of virtue from the beginning, if he look up to him, he will not be received."
“ You will hear them, though differing widely from one another, making that boast,“ The world is crucified to me, and I to the world."
And now, reader, wilt thou not say, “ As it was in the beginning, it is now?". The pharisaical opposers of justification by faith, and of the insufficiency of man's righteousness, say just the same things, and despise us on the same account as Čessus did the first Christians; because the poor and ignorant, the wicked and abandoned, unite with us. This, however, is no inconsiderable testimony to the despised doctrines of grace; no small consolation to the humble followers of the Lamb.
ON THE RESPECT DUE TO AGED CHRISTIANS.
While the feeble lambs in Christ's fold deserve our attention, and call for our regard, it must not be forgotten that those who have borne the burden and heat of the day, are worthy also of our esteem. Old age, indeed, is always venerable; but it is peculiarly so when influenced by the precepts, and adorned with the graces of Religion. Hence, Solomon says, “ The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness *.” It is but too common, however, to observe those who are naturally lively, self-conceited, and of little experience, deficient in the exercise of that respect, which ought ever to be shewn to those whose judgments have been matured by length of years, and whose experience has been rendered considerable by diversified trials.
The young, often flushed with vanity, excited by warm emotions, and pushed on by a desire of superiority, too frequently step forward to give opinions without prudence, and to pronounce sentence without deliberation ; while the aged, and those of superior wisdom, are thrown into the back ground, where their knowledge is obscured, and their experience neglected. Ilow directly opposite is this to the scriptures of truth, which say, “ Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man y.!”
It is true that the aged may have their infirmities, and the superficial ornament of younger days may have worn off; but those infirmities are more to be pitied than ridiculed. The little moroseness sometimes attendant on such a state, although not pleasing, aflords po excuse for the petulance of youth. So far from it, that it should be the peculiar study of the young to soften the asperities of the aged, to support them in their