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0 Thou! whose judgments must be

right, Occasioned by attending the Deaih

Cause me to how heneath (hy rod; Bed of a beloved Wife.

Make thy good word my chief delicht,
HERE, in Afliction's useful school, And thy dear self my blest abode!

I'll wait, and st'e' iny Father's hand :
He governs by a righteous rule;

By this correction, painful stroke,

Some useful lessou make me learn,
Each cross is by his wise command.

Nor saint berieath ihy kind rebuse,
He speaks': anel, lo! his servan: Death,

Nor soorn the haud ibat makes me
Severs the dearest te I have!
Death brings this faint, expiring breath,

And drags her to an early grave! Dear Father, now reveal thy love,
Sadness and Sorrow Iningle here;

Abdbless thy gentle rol to me,
Each beart with tenderness is moy'd;

That I no more from Thee way rove,
The husband's and the moiher's tear

But act and live alone for 'Thee !
Must drop o'er one so kiuch beluv'd.

In mourning her expiring breath,
With hearis o'erwhelm'd we pensive Thy trun ailords a sweet relief,
stani,

Eternal gain wili bless her death,
To see our Mary's deathly face ; And here I aind' the joy of grief.':.
Yet even here we own his band,
Wbo saves her by his sov'reigu giace.! What, though pale Death awhile may

reigo,
Oh! what a source of peace divine

And break a union form'd hy lore!
Is brought by ey'ry dying word !

Ere long 't will be resum d again,
Each uttrance m'kes his mercy shine,

And rais'd with cobler ties above !
Aud proves the bliss his trutlis afford.
In vain might hunaisysteins aim

There sin, and death, and sorrow cease,
To yoeld tranquility like this,

These storms ne'er reach that blissOur Mary loves pour sesu's name,

ful shore : And hence this calm, this heavenly

The region all is joy and peace; peace!

There we shall meer to part no more! Long ere this last, this solemn hour, Till I arrive at that blest home,

She priz'd the gospel' joyful sound: Farewell, dear wife, a short fare. In early days she prov'l its pow'r,

well! And now in this relief is found! Soon shall some heav'nly envoy come, Fither, ye sceptics, turn your eyes,

And we with Christ shall ever dwell! Nor dare insult the sacred page! With such rich prospects full in view, See how a true belicrer dies,

This sodamo scene has lost its gloom; The Scriptures all her fears assuage.

Tie thou his of liearen niy:joys renew,
Turu hither, all ye sors of Earın.

I look with triumph o'er the vomb!
Ye wand'rers from the ways of Peace,
See here the prize of a wor;

Once more, dear Lord, permit my
Here, see what true Religion is,

prayer,

Thine earthefervent prayer receives; Oh! wliat a scene is here to view!

Look down with illy paternal care
Lord, hear the flying patient pray: On the dear child thine, handmaid
(Why are thy chariot-wheels so slow?

leares !
• Cone, jesus, quitkiy come a way.'
Here, by her side, I love to stand,

Be Thou his Guide, bis Guardian be, "- Affection promots, and bids mestay:

Thro' allihis dreary wilderness; I'll waich her breath, I'll clasp her

Then take him home to reigu with 'Thee, hand,

And sing the praise of yoy'reige grace ! Till ine dear spişir flies away!

There, in the realms of endless light,
Oft bas she prov't her kird concern Saviour reteive us as thine owo,

To raise my joy, and scevhe my care; That we may gloriously unite
My loss, dear Wars, I musé mouin, In glad. Hrannahs round ihy throne !

A loss this world can de'er repair! Greenwich.

Printed by G. ALLD, Greville Street, London.

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THE

EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE.

APRIL, 1810.

MEMO IR

OF

THE LATE REV. EDWARD PIDGEON, A. B.

VICAR OF ST. JOIN AND CLARAGH. [Extracted from the Funeral Sermon delivered by the Rev. Peter Roe, A, M.

Vicar of Dungarvon, Minister of St. Mary, Kilkeriny, and Chaplain to the Garrison of that City]

BROUGHT up

under the immediate inspection and fostering care of a kind and indulgent' father, Mr. Pidgeon spent the morning of his days in an abstinence from many vices of the age; and being naturally vivacious, possessing a clear understanding ands much acquired knowledge, his company was rourted and prized by the men of the world. At length the period arrived when he was raised to the important situation of a Minister in the Established Church.. His new employment. wrought no change in his heart, no reformation in his life: he was careful and anxious about the things of the world, but had no serious concern about-eternity. He therefore lived as before his ordination, - caressed and admired by the world, for the world will ever love its own. The most highly ornamented regimentáls cannot inspire the heart of a coward with courage ; neither can an outward plainness of dress, nor any merely outward appointment, qualify a sinner to be a teacher: of the ignorant, and an example to the church of God. Happy, and highly-favoured are all they who, with the outward designation to the work of the ministry, receive the sanctifying intluence of the Holy Spirit. How lamentable is it to retilect apon the many candidates for the ministry, who rush into the sacred office, declaring That they are moved to it by the Holy Ghost, while they exhibit no one temper or disposition which we are taught in Scripture to regard as the fruits grow, ing from his influence !

Living, as Mr. Pidgeon did, in the follies and pleasures of the world, we cannot wonder that his preaching was unaccom

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panied by the divine blessing, and ineffectual to produce à real change iu the hearts of his hearers. After preaching many years, he and his flock were as much attached to their worldly and sensual enjoyments as ever. At length this day of sin and folly drew to a close, and God, whose thoughts and ways are not like ours,' visited his heart with divine grace, and opened it as he did Lydia's; so that he attended to the things which were spoken by the Lord. The conversations of some pious friends, and a careful pesusal of the writings of some excellent men; were made instrumental of much good to him ; but the Holy Scriptures, applied by the Spirit, gave him a clear and perfect knowledge of those truths which can alone make us wise unto salvation: they settled his wavering mind, and determined him to be on the Lord's side. A most clear and satisfactory light was given him into the great

subject of Redemption : he saw the doctrine of Justification, thro? faith in Christ alone, to be the great subject of the gospel, the highest display of the divine perfections, the happiest relief for his burthened conscience, and the most powerful principle of unfeigned holiness of heart and life. He was rejoiced exceedingly, - found peace and comfort spring up in his mind, - his conscience was purged from guilt, and his heart set at liberty to run the way of God's Commandments : from that hour he began to preach salvation through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Great and observable was the change which took place in him ; but that which ought to have been a source of gratitude to professing Christians, afforded them a ground of opposition to him and his ministry. This circumstance need not, however, excite surprize; for, as in the time of Abraham,' he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.' A man may go through the round of worldly pleasures, waste his time, abuse his talents, neglect the best interests of his own and the souls of all committed to his care, and yet be admired by those around him, who are ever ready to plead his cause, and to applaud his motive. If he be a spendthrift, they say he is a little too generous ; if he be parsimonious, and have no bowels of compassion for the poor, they say he is prudent and frugal; if he resent injuries, they say he has a proper spirit; if he appear as a duelist, and meet his antagonist in the field, they regard him as a man of honour: but, let that man be changed in heart by the grace of God, let him be brought to a sense of his folly and of his danger, - let him forsake the company of the drunkard, the adulterer, and the man of pleasure, - let him lead a new life in righteousness and true holiness, - let him regard salvation as the free gift of God in Jesus Christ, - let him love his Bible, prayer, and the conversation of the people of God, and he will instantly meet with opposition; and perhaps his greatest enemies will be those of his own house

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