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« Fierce lions lead their young abroait,
And roaring, ask their meat from God;
are the lion's favourite food: therefore though he passed their horses, camels, and cattle, and was in the midst of their tents, he was satisfied with selecting a victim from their focks.--The Sicilian said, that the sight of a tiger would have been more dreadful, as his favourite food is man." Page 289.
Then man to daily labour goes ;
MRS. MARY SHEPHERD. Christ; who seemed to say to her,
as he did to Peter,
“ Whither I go,
thou canst not follow me now, but That the “ memory of the just is thou shalt follow me hereafter.” This blessed,” is a truth frequently real- dream, together with the preaching ized by us, when we reflect on de- of the gospel
, wrought powerfully parted worth, while
on her mind, and became the power Busy, meddling memory, musters up
of God to her salvation. From this The past endearments of their softer hours."
time she was eminently distinguished When the tongue that once charm- for her piety; and, on the 27th of ed and instructed us, lies silent in August, 1769, she was baptized by the tomb; when the eyes that once Mr. Lacy, and united to the church sparkled with cheerful vivacity, are at Portsea, where she continued an closed in darkness; when the hands ornament to her profession, until which were employed in acts of kind January 31, 1811, when she was disbenevolence, cease their activity ; missed, with five others, who lived and when our friends are laid beneath in the same neighbourhood, to form the clods of the valley; their past a new church at Forton, near Gosexcellencies and wortli crowd upon port. The interest she felt in the our attention, and we feel a motin- newly-raised church, increased the ful pleasure in contemplating the holy flame which had been so long painfully-pleasing theme. These re
kindled in her heart, and which dismarks will apply to the subject of covered itself in an affectionate conthis Memoir.
cern, and an unquenchable zeal, for Mrs. Mary Shepherd was the the welfare of Zion. Of this church daughter of Edward and Mary Riggs, of Gatcomb, in the Isle of * It will be gratifying to the friends Wight. Both her parents were of the Redeemer to learn, that this members of the Baptist church then church bas, since its formation, been existing in Newport. She was born blessed with an unusaal degree of prosé in the year 1744, and, through the perity. It is situated in a village, (whero tender concern of her father for her the gospel was not preached, about a spiritual welfare, was introduced at mile from Gosport. The gospel was first an early age into a godly family introduced by preaching in a very small
room. After this a store-room was fitted at Portsmouth. This providence brought her under the ministry of up for worship; and in 1811 a church was
formed, consisting of twelve persons. Messrs. Lacy and Meadows, minis- Since that time, a new place of worship ters of the Baptist church in Portsea, has been erected, and the church has now under the pastoral care of the increased, from its commencement in Rev. D. Miall. About this time she 1811, to July, 1818, tó 136 members. had a remarkable dream, in which There are also a large congregation, and she thought she saw the Lord Jesus a considerable Sunday-school. VOL. X.
she was an exemplary member, till inclemency of the weather in the Saturday, August 15, 1818, when way to the house of God.” She, she suddenly closed her eyes in however, became very feeble the last death, and took possession of her few years of her life, and said, a little heavenly inheritance.
before her death, that it was the In her religious experience, she love of Christ which constrained her, had a deep sense of her depravity or she should not drag her feeble and unworthiness: this, however, body such a distance. appeared more visible in the humility She attended the three services of of her mind before God, than in any the last Sabbath of her life, and also outward confessions before men. communed at the Lord's table, where Her mind was well informed on the she seemed unusually happy; and, great doctrines of grace, and the way as if on the verge of heaven, she of salvation revealed in the gospel could then adopt the language of to a guilty world; and she was ena- | the poet, bled to exercise an entire confidence and hope in the Rock of her salva
« Well, we shall quickly pass the night,
To the fair coasts of perfect light: tion.
Then shall our joyful senses rove She sometimes felt, in common
O'er the dear object of our love.” with others, darkness of mind, and internal conflicts with the enemy of
Thus she appeared to be only her peace; but, supported by divine waiting for the messenger of mercy grace, she said, in the most trying from him who has the keys of hell seasons, with the wife of Manoah, and of death, to “ The Lord would not have showed us all these things, if he had intend
“ Unbind her chains, break up her cell, ed to destroy us." She did not fear
And give her with her God to dwell.” her mightiest foes, but exclaimed, in A great concern for the salvation the exercise of faith, “I know whom of her children formed another chaI have believed, and am persuaded racteristic of this distinguished that he is able to keep that which I Christian, and will not be easily forhave committed unto him against gotten by those who were the obthat day!"
jects of her concern, her prayers, her One important feature in this aged admonitions, and her example. It Christian was, a great attachment was her desire that Christ might be to the public worship of God, and to formed in their hearts, the hope of the ordinances of his house; she was glory. Nor was her attention conalways glad when they said to her, fined to those who more particularly “ Let us go up to the house of the shared in the affection of her heart: Lord.” And though at one part of she always recommended religion as her life she lived at Fareham, a town the “chief concern" to the attention nine miles distant, she was generally of young people in general; and, found in her place as a member of from her own experience, she would the church at Portsea, from whence point out the advantages of it, sayshe generally walked home in the ing," The ways of wisdom are ways evening. Nor was her zeal di- of pleasantness, and all her paths are minished by the lapse of half a cen- peace.” tury; but, like the path of the just, The scripture was her constant it increased in brightness; and, be study and delight: its doctrines the weather what it might, notwith- formed the foundatiou of her hope; standing for the last nine years she she enjoyed the sweetness of its had a mile to walk, she was not to promises; and she maintained a be prevented from appearing in the practical regard to all its precepts, assembly of the saints, either on confessing at the saine time that she Sundays or on week-day evenings. was an unprofitable servant. Hence And if she heard any persons making the Bible was her chief companion excuses for their non-attendance, for more than fifty years, and, with, she would say, “ If you knew the Coles on “ the Sovereignty of God," value of such privileges, you would Booth's “ Reign of Grace," and her not think it a hardship to endure the hymn book, formed the whole of her
library. She often retired from the whilst contemplating her title to busy scenes of domestic solicitude, heaven, she would exclaim, for the purpose of reading, selfexamination, and prayer.
“ There, wliere my blessed Jesus reigns,
In heaven's unmeasur'd space, As a member of the church, she
I'll spend a long eternity felt a great respect for the ministers
In pleasure and in praise. of the gospel, esteeming them very
Millions of highly in love for their works' sake.
f years, my wond'ring eyes
Shall o'er his beauties rove; She did not resemble many, who
And endless ages I'll adore unworthily do all they can to inter
The glories of his love. rupt a minister's peace, and to prevent his usefulness. She knew
Haste, my Beloved, fetch my soul, the discouragements attending the
Up to thy bless'd abode: ministerial office; she manifested her
Fly; for my spirit longs to see affection and sympathy by holding
My Saviour and my God.” up their hands; and she duly appre
Though she felt much pleasure in ciated their laboursi as the servants that heavenly part of worship, the of God.
praises of God, she could not join in For many years she was the sub-it, exceptin spirit, for want of breath; jeet of inuch affliction. This was but she said, “I shall sing as loud exceedingly trying to nature; but as others, when I join the society under it she discovered great resig- above." nation to the will of her heavenly
From the nature of her affliction, Father, and in the most trying sea- it was expected she would suffer sons would say, “His will be done." much in the dissolution of nature; When a friend said to her, “ The but from this she was happily exLord hath Jaid his hand heavily upon empted, being in usual health in the you,” she replied, “I have not one morning of the day she died. She more affliction than be will enable fell into a lethargic state; and before me to bear. My covenant God and the evening, without a groan or a Father has promised to support me; sigh, her disembodied spirit winged he has done it many years; and he its way to the blessed shores of in is the same yesterday, to-day, and mortality. for ever. He has said, I will help A funeral sermon was preached thee, I will aphold thee, and not for her, from Psalm xxvi. 8. one word has failed of all that he has promised." She was a stranger and a pilgrim
BASIL STEWART. on the earth, and the pilgrim's song was her delight:
BASIL STEWART, of Foléshill, near *** Rise, my soul, and stretch thy wings; Coventry, lived, before his converThy better portion trace:
sion, a very profligate life, and kept Rise, from transitory things,
the most abandoned company. The Towards heav'n, thy native place. Sabbath was to him a day of sinful But a season, and we know
pleasure. Many times' have I, as Happy entrance will be given ;
well as others, been the objects of his All our sorrows left below,
scurrility, as we passed by the place And carth exchang'd for' heaven"
of his horrid resort, on a Lord's-day,
to the house of God. He was so | For several years she has been great an adept at wrestling and subject to repeated attacks, which fighting, that his very frown inspired threatened a speedy dissolution. At terror, and he held a kind of terrible such seasons she felt a strong desire dominion over his wretched compa. to depart and be with Christ, and nions. But mark the change! God, would say,
Why is his chariot so who is rich in mercy, was pleased at long in coming ?” She even felt dis- length to stop this greatsinner in the appointment on recovering, saying, midst of his career, and to make him "I thought I was going home. In a monument of sovereign grace. the prospect of dissolution, and At the request of a friend, he was
prevailed with to hear the gospel. Lord, he maketh even his enemies It was a life-giving sound. Deeply to be at peace with him." affected with a sense of bis guilt, he As a husband, he was kind, genexclaimed with astonishment and tle, affectionate, and forbearing: in fear, “What must I do to be saved?” friendship, he was faithful, steady, His former practices were immedi- and persevering; and if, at any time, ately abandoned; the people of God he had occasion to administer rebecame his associates; the Sabbath proof, he so conducted himself, as his delight; and sin his greatest to give room to the party reproved, burden. About this time he came to conclude, that "faithful are the to me, filled with anxiety and dis- uounds of a friend.” As a Christian, tress, to relate the dealings of God holy zeal was not the least of those with his soul. I directed him to graces by which he was distin“ the Lamb of God, who taketh guished. For several months beforo away the sins of the world;" and his death, in connection with some such was the interest we both felt in of his pious friends, he took an ac, the wonderful grace of God, that six tive part in the establishment of hours, in the coldest night, were Sunday-schools, and in carrying on sometimes deemed by us insuffi- the worship of God in several of the cient for Christian conversation. neighbouring villages. At Wyken The pleasure of these hours, when coal-mines, God has greatly blessed all nature around us was wrapt in their pious lạbours; so that, in those darkness, has left, an impression on dark and deep caverns of the earth, my mind which will not soon be ob- where horrid oaths were heard, men literated. To see this lion-like sin call upon the name of the Lord. ner laid prostrate at the throne of! We are pow come to the “chạmgrace, and to hear him, whose mouth ber where the good man meets his but a few days before was “full of fate.” Here we are called upon to cursing and bitterness,” now pour- "mark the perfect man, and bebold ing out his soul in fervent prayer, the upright; for the end of that man and entreating forgiveness through is peace.” The messenger of death the blood of Christ, in the soft and arrested him ; but he was clothed broken accents of a little child, con- with “the armour of righteousness strained me to say, “ This is the on the right hand, and on the left." Lord's doing, and it is marvellous iņ | As soon as he felt the first blow of our eyes."
the tyrant, he exclaimed, "I am a From this time, he became not dead man." After a severe strugonly decided for God, but “ valiant gle, which lasted eighteen days, the for the truth upon earth.” After conflict was finished, the glorious joyfully submitting to the ordinance victory was won, and the happy of baptism, he was united in Chris- saint was clothed with immortality; tian fellowship with the church at, and he is now a king and a priest Rugby, now under the care of the unto God and the Lamb for ever and Rey. E. Fall; and until within a few ever. But let us draw near his days of his death, he laboured hard death-bed. His only hope was in a to spread, in every possible direc crucified Saviour ; his mind was setion, thạt fạith which he once wished rene; and if, at any time, those who to destroy.
| attended him seemed agitated, he He possessed no literary advan would say, “Be calm, be calm;" tages; but“ he was a faithful man, adding, and feared God above many.” He “This heavenly calm within my breast, took pleasure in the welfare of his Is the dear pledge of glorious rest." fellow-creatures : he learned to re-! He had a melodious voice, and was joice with those that rejoice, and to remarkably fond of singing the weep with those that weep. Up
praises of God. He frequently rerightness and integrity preserved him
marked, that whatever might be from the practice of every thing
said of fine singing, none could sing mean and sordid; and be lived to like pious Christians. As long as prove the truth of that scripture, strength permitted, he frequently G. When a man's ways please the sang the following verses:
*From Thee, my God, my joys shall rise, hour before his death, he said to his And run eternal rounds :
attendant, “Do not you see them Beyond the limits of the skies,
coming ? Christ and his angels are And all created bounds.
coming for me. In one hour I shall The holy triumphs of my soul,
be at home!” A few minutes beShall death itself outbrave; fore he expired, he exclaimed, Leave dall mortality behind, And Hy beyond the grave.” &c.
“They are coming; they are com
ing; they are just here!" These Those who heard him will not were the last words he was able to soon forget with what animation he utter. He then silently and sweetly exclaimed, “O what a mercy it is entered into that rest which remainto be translated out of darkness into eth for the people of God, on the marvellous ligbt!" When the pangs morning of May 3, 1817, aged 40 of death were upon him, he said, years. May I live the life of tho “That pang was lighter: what a righteous, and may my last end be A little more than an like his!
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“ To prove to the young, that their