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luminous hills of another and a better country, gave a rapid and parting glance at Stitchell Brae, or the precipitous banks of Redpath Dean.
He repeatedly adverted with much feeling to the great and unremitting kindness of his congregation to himself and his family during the long period that he had been their pastor. It must be a source of inexpressible consolation to his bereaved people, that their liberal, dutiful, and affectionate treatment of their minister, while it secured comfort to his heart and his household during his life, cheered him also on his death-bed, and filled even the clouded visions of his wandering intellect with sweet and grateful recollections.
During Thursday his strength became quite prostrate, and he could make no effort to raise himself in bed, but was lifted, when it was necessary, by his four sons. One of them said, “Father, do you know where you are ?” “Yes, assuredly; in my own house,” he replied. Being asked, “ Do you know that you are dying ?” “ Yes, I know,” said he, “ that I am dying; and my mind is as much composed at this moment as any man's in London.” One of his family inquiring if he was able to tell the state of his mind, he said, “I will try.” After having spoken in general terms of the depravity of human nature, he added, " But I am thankful for the remedy provided — I am thankful for the word of truth. I have endeavoured to live as near to the rule as I could : I cannot say that I have experienced the degree of assurance and close communion with God which some have been privileged to attain; but I have
lived by faith, and I die in the faith of the Son of God. And this I know, that . neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall separate me from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord :'" then emphatically elevating bis hand, he added, with earnestness, “ This is enough for me;" and pointing to those who surrounded his bed, “ and for you, and for you, and for you!” : While we see a man of such eminent piety expressing himself with so much modesty and caution of his religious assurance, it is with feelings of disgust that we must think of the confidence of unruly and vain talkers on this subject. The boast of assurance is too often the result of excited passion, or of strong delusion; and we can say, that in our extensive observation of deathþed scenes, the language of rapture has sometimes come from persons whose sad deficiency in the temper of Christ we had marked with grief and pain, and that the holiest and the best have died with a peace and hope, grateful but lowly, firm but mild. The order in which the blessed Spirit exhibits the attainments he forms is most instructive : he leads to righteousness, and thus to peace, and thus to joy in the Holy Ghost. It was a beautiful indication of his affection for his family, that he wished the consolation of his death-bed to be the happiness of their life, and that separation from an earthly father might be soothed by the impression of their interest in that Divine love which should ever work in its power on their
feelings, and ever rest in its blessings on their hearts. . One of his children said to him, “ Father, do vou know us all ?” He replied, “Certainly;” and accompanied this expression by casting his eye around the circle. It was then asked, “ Father, have you any thing to say to us?” He answered, “ No; you have conducted yourselves so well, that you must just do as you have done. Love one another; be kind to your mother; try to get into closer communion betwixt God and yourselves, and be much in your closet. With regard to communion with God, I have never liked to speak much of this in company, and for two reasons;- if your communion has been very profitable, the world will put down all you say to vanity, and think that you want to make yourself as great a man as Martin Luther or John Brown;—and if you tell the world all that passes between you and your God, the world will then look to your conduct for a pattern of what Christianity is,- and you know this will never do; for after all that you can do, you have nothing to justify you in the sight of God. You might as well buy the duds and old clothes sold by the Jews in the streets, and stand in them before the King of Great Britain, as presume to appear before God clothed in your own righteousness." His mind was deeply affected with the solemnities of the day of judgment; and he inculcated from his death-bed what he had taught from the pulpit, — that for the majesty of that scene there is but one robe, for the strictness of that
trial there is but one plea, and that for the terrors of that day there is but one hope. These counsels are most judicious, and, in an age marked by a fondness for religious display, they are most seasonable. All admit that Dr. Waugh walked with God; and let it not be forgotten how humbly he did so, and that over his most solemn intercourse with God he cast a veil which no curiosity could induce him to draw aside. In that hallowed enclosure his purest tears fell, and his ardent spirit cried out most vehemently for the living God.
What an interesting scene have we here presented to us! The dying Christian parent sealing with the last sanctions the counsels and example of a godly life;—his aged partner, his numerous children, surrounding his death - bed, - not in gloom or in dismay, but in cheerful reciprocity of affection interchanging the last offices of earthly intercourse ; — no fears or misgivings on either side, whether for time or eternity, for all was habitually felt to be built upon the firm foundation of Gospel principles.
Being asked, “ Have you any doubt that your children will do their duty to their dear mother?” He replied, “ Certainly not.” When asked, “Have you any doubt that your children will love one another and continue united ?” he replied, with much emphasis, and a smile of strong confidence, “ Certainly not; you have too much kindness of heart to permit me to doubt this. Love each other, my dear children; love each other very much: seven is love, eight is love, nine is love; have a multiplication-table of love; for all is love !" It must be painful to a dying parent to have variances among his children to reconcile at his last hour, and injunctions to deliver which he fears will not be regarded; but happy is it when, from the good of the past, we can anticipate the future.
Amidst counsels of a higher order, and pointing to eternity and to heaven, he suggested to his children those also which might lead to their worldly comfort and success. And let it not be thought that these were unworthy of notice in such a scene. If the Holy Spirit judged them deserving of a place in epistles fraught with the words of eternal life; if Paul addressed them to churches to which he wrote while in prison and in bonds, good men may surely, when dying, call on their relatives, especially on those of them at a time of life when the spirit is high, to cultivate that prudence and courtesy which have such a happy influence in attracting and securing confidence and regard.
It was then suggested to him, “ Father, you know that John and Margaret (two of his children residing at Berwick) are not here; have you no blessing for them ?" He said, “I know they are not here; may God bless Margaret, her husband, child, and also John, your dear brother, and give them prosperity—spiritual prosperity.” From the distance at which they lived, and the shortness of his illness, it was impossible for them to have seen him on his death-bed; but they have this consolation, that they were near to the heart of a dying father, and that God delights to fulfil from heaven