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night came, he went home with a sober pace. The man - followed him all the way, defaming him as he went. Pericles, when he came home, it being dark, called his man, and desired him to get a torch, and light the fellow home.
Bishop Cowper's wife, it is said, was much afraid that the bishop would prejudice his health by over-much study. When he was compiliny his famous Dictionary, one day, in his absence, she got into his study, and took all the notes he had been for eight years gathering, and burneil them; whereof, when she had acquainted him, he only said, “Woman thou hast put me tu eight years study more.”
Such has been the patience of the Saints, that it has struck their very enemies with surprise. Thus Bishop Bonner gave the following testimo. ny
to Cuthbert Sympson's patience. “ I say unto you, that, if he were not an heretic, he is a man of the greatest patience that ever came before me. He has been thrice racked in one day in the Tower, and in my house he has felt some sor. row; yet I never saw his patience broken.'
Mr. Rivet, a learned and pious divine, was an instance of extraordinary patience under excruciating pains, which he bore for many days. “You see, says he, though the grace of God, I anı not tired: I wait, I believe, I persevere. Patience is much better than knowledge. I am no more vexed with earthly cares; I have now no desire but after heavenly things. I have learnt more divinity in these ten days, than in fifty years before.-- This body is feeble, but the spirit is strong and enriched.-Far be it from me that I shoull murmur. How sinall are these pains in compa. rison of that grace, through which I bear, with a quiet mind, whatsoever it pleaseth God to lay upon me! The body indeed, suffers, but the soul is comforted, and filled abundantly.”
Great was the patience of Mr. Gouge, under the visiting hand of God, especially in his old age, when suffering painful maladies. Though, by reason of the bitterness of his pains, by the stone, he has been heard to groan, yet never to complain. He was never heard to call himself great sufferer, but great sinner. He would aften say, "Soul, be silent; soul be patient: it ! is thy God and Father that thus, ordereth thy estate. Thou art his clay; he may tread and trample on thee as it pleaseth him: thou hast deserved much more ; it is enough that thou art kept out of hell. Though thy pain be grievous, yet it is tolerable: thy God affords some intermissions ; he will turn it to thy goods, and at length put an end to all. None of these can be expected in hell.” In the greatest agonies he
“ Well, yet in all these there is nothing of hell or God's wrath."
See articles Constancy, Forbearance, and Submission
THE SUCCESSFUL PEACE-MAKERS.
WHEN Mr. Welche accepted of the call to Ayr, he found the wickedness of the country and their hatred to religion so great, that no one would let him a house, till Mr. John Stewart, an emi. nent Christian, and some time provost of Ayr, accommodated him with an apartment in his house, and was to him a very able friend. Mr. Welsh first addressed himself to the arduous task of healing their divisions, uniting their factious parties, and putting an end to their daily battles, which were so desperate, that no one could walk in the street at day time without the most imminent danger of being wounded. His method was this: after he had put an helmet on his head, he would go between the parties of fighting-men already covered with blood; but he never took a sword, which convinced them that he came not to fight, but to make peace. When he had brought them by little and little to hear him speak, and to listen to his arguments against such brutish proceedings, he would order a table to be spread in the street, and, beginning with prayer, persuaded them to profess themselves friends, and to sit down, and to eat and drink together; which when done, he would finish this labour of love with singing a psalm. Thus, by degrees, labouring among them in word and doctrine (for he preached every day), and setting them a good example, he brought them to be a peaceable and happy people ; and he grew at length in such esteem among them, that they made him their counsellor, to settle all their differences and misunderstandings, and would take no step of importance in civil affairs without his advice.
The famous Mr. Elliot, of New England, was a great enemy to all contention, and would rin a loud curfew bell wherever he saw the fires of animosity. When he heard any ministers complain, that such and such in their flocks were too difficult for them, the strain of his answer still was, “ Brother, compass them; and learn the meaning of those three little words, Bear, Forbear, Forgive.” When there was laid before an assembly of ministers a bundle of papers, containing matters of difference between some people, which he would rather unite, with an amnesty upon all their former quarrels, he, with some imitation of Constantine, hastily threw the papers into the fire before them all, and, with great zeal, said, “Brethren, wonder not at what I have done: I did it on my knees this morning before I came among you."
When Mr. Fletcher was at Trevecka, two of the students were bitterly prejudiced against each other. He took them into a room by themselves, seasoned with them, wept over them, and at last prevailed. Their hearts were broken ; they were melted down; they fell upon each other's necks, and wept aloud.
“Blessed are the peace-makers, for they shall be called the children of God." These are valuable, honourable, and useful members of society. While others go about as incendiaries to destroy the happiness and peace of mankind, by blowing up the fires of discord and contention, these, on the contrary, find the greatest pleasure in being the instruments of allaying animosities, quenching the flames of malignity, and promoting unity and concord among men. Happy characters! Prosperity be with you; and may your numbers be increased, and the God of peace honour you, at last, with a crown of glory, and hold you up to an assembled world as those who have greatly contributed to the happiness of the human race!
LEARNING and science, or rather learned and scientific terms (says the great Mr. Harris), when introduced out of season, become what we call pedantry. The subject may have merit, the terms be precise, and yet, notwithstanding, the speaker be a pedant, if he talk without regard either to place or time. The following story may, perhaps, illustrate this assertion. A learned doctor of Paris was once purchasing a pair of stockings, but unfortunately could find none that were either strong enough or thick enough. “ Give me, says he to the hosier, “ stockings of matter continuous, not of matter discrete. Cited from the Menagiana, by Mr. Harris. “ Never,” says one,
wiser or more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket; and do not pull it out and strike it, merely to shew that you have one. If
you are asked what o'clock it is, tell ; but do not proclaim it hourly and unasked, like the watchman.”
THE PIOUS LA BOURER.
A GENTLEMAN of very considerable fortune, but a stranger to either personal or family VOL. III.