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frequently express his grief, saying, the promise to his son-in-law, Sir • These are the sad presages of Thomas Tyrrell, under the pretext greater miseries that will befall of his being a malignant, that is a this church and kingdom, and Royalist. make way for popery, to which In Nov. 1655 the Protector and our own divisions and wicked lives his council issued a declaration give the greatest advantage ; and which made it penal for any perat length they will prove a scourge sons to keep in their houses any of to the nation, if not cause the the sequestered or ejected ministers greatest blow that has been ever as chaplains or tutors, forbad any given to the reformed churches !” such ministers to keep either a
These forebodings seem to have public or a private school, and been strongly impressed upon his made it penal for them to preach to mind; and were perhaps not a any other than members of their little confirmed by the assurances own families, to perform any of sent to him by some friends abroad, the offices of religion, or to use the with whom he corresponded, that book of Common Prayer. The certain English, Scotch, and Irish extremities to which the deprived papists were trained
abroad clergy were reduced by this declawith a knowledge of the chief ration induced the Archbishop to points of difference between the apply to Cromwell on their behalf ; Church of England and the multi- at first the Protector promised the tudinous sects which united for her clergy should not be molested prosubversion, that so on their return vided they did not interfere in any to this country they might take way with his government, but at a part against her, by advocating any subsequent interview he declined cause which might seem most likely to interfere. to do her injury.
The aged prelate, troubled and After the King's death the heartsick, returned sorrowfully to Archbishop cultivated retirement his home, and retired to his chamas much as possible, attending ber. When his friends presented closely to his studies and preaching themselves to him, he complained regularly at Lincoln's Inn, and with tears in his eyes of the defeat occasionally at St. Martin's or of his charitable mission. He also other churches. His attachment declared his belief that God would to the Church of England still not long prosper so unrighteous a continued, and indeed rather in
• This false man,' he said, creased with his increasing years ;
hath broken his word with me, and he exerted his influence in and refuses to perform what he various directions to procure relief promised ; well, he will have little for its suffering members and mi- cause to glory in his wickedness, nisters. In 1650 the Archbishop for he will not continue long. The published his Annals of the Old King will return; though I shall Testament, and in 1654 was in- not live to see it, -you may. The vited by Cromwell to visit him, government both in church and with whom he conversed on the state is in confusion; the papists best means of promoting the pro- are advancing their projects, and testant interests at home and making such advantages as will abroad. The Protector pretended not long be prevented. to grant to the Archbishop a lease Having thus failed of success, for twenty-one years of some part he went down once more to his of the lands of the Archbishopric country retirement at Reigate; of Armagh, but delayed passing where he pursued his literary octhe grant till the Archbishop's cupations being especially desirous death, when be refused to perform of completing his work on Sacred
Chronology. He was still blessed return, some counsel respecting the with as much health and vigour interests of her soul. as commonly fall to the lot of his He then desired to be left alone, period of life, though his sight that he might think more calmly had been greatly impaired by severe of his approaching change, and study.
disengage his heart and mind still The days of his pilgrimage were more from earthly things; and nearly accomplished. And as he thus, amidst holy meditation and
wont on his birth day in communion with God, he fell January, every year, to set down asleep, in sure and certain hope of his age in his almanac ; so, on its the resurrection to eternal life recent return in 1656 he had en- through our Lord Jesus Christ. tered the following remark with The last, and they are memorahis own hand :-Now aged 75 ble words, which this holy man was years. My days are full !' and heard to utter, were, O Lord forjust below, in capital letters give me, especially my sins of omisRESIGNATION !
sion!' So terminated the mortal life The archbishop was acting wise- of this man of God; and although ly in thus girding himself for his the chamber of death is a dark departure. On the 20th of March, chamber, and the house of mournhaving passed all the earlier part ing a gloomy house, yet, where the of the day as usual in study, he Sun of Righteousness has shone went to visit a sick lady, then in upon the departing spirit, the surthe house, and spoke to her in so vivors may well be taught not to heavenly a manner of holiness, sorrow like others who have no death, and future glory, that it hope, for surely the bitterness of seemed as if, like Moses upon
death has passed away. mount Pisgah, he had then a The following sketch of the prospect of the celestial Canaan. Archbishop's character from the
That night he complained of a pen of Bishop Burnet may well little pain. Next morning it in- close this brief memoir. creased greatly, and the attempts
• In his conversation he expressto remove it were ineffectual. ed the true simplicity of a ChrisThese sufferings he bore with tian; for passion, pride, self-will, Christian patience ; but his strength or the love of the world, seemed was rapidly sinking, and he felt not to be so much as in bis nature ; that the time of his departure was so that he had all the innocence of at hand. During a little interval the dove in him. He had a way of ease, he availed himself of the of gaining people's hearts, and of help of the chaplain of the house touching their consciences, that in prayer; and then, addressing looked like somewhat of the aposbimself to those who stood around tolical age revived; he spent much his bed, spoke to them of life and of his time in those two best exdeath, and particularly besought ercises, secret prayer, and dealing them to prepare for their end while with other people's consciences, they were yet in health, that at either in his sermons or private the last they might have nothing discourses; and what remained he else to do but to resign their souls dedicated to his studies, in which to God in his good time.
many volumes that He next took leave of the from him showed a most amazing Countess of Peterborough, thank- diligence and exactness, joined ing her for the kindness and friend- with great judgment. So that he ship which she had exercised so was certainly one of the greatest largely towards him for several and best men that the age, or peryears, and giving her, as his last haps the world, has produced.'
“I will remember the days of old."
How full of signification is that visits I could not get her to utter one word reminiscence'! How one single sentence in the way of much of the tender, the pensive, conversation, she would reply only the thrilling does it embody! How in monosyllables ; I tried every does it awaken the half obliterated method of rousing her in vain, until recollection of the distant, the I proposed change of abode in the departed, the loved, and the lost hope that a purer atmosphere of other days. How forcibly does might afford some relief. She it remind me of the era of buoyant started at the proposition, and hope and ardent expectation, when hoping she would agree to it I I thought that was but a sum- added - Then Rachel you will mer season, and that its sunny days consent to be removed to Mrs. would last for ever, and could not Bright's lodgings to-morrow.' believe that the clear skies and Her reply was firm and decided brilliant hues of autumn were to —No, never.' usher in the dull and drear decay • But a change of air and scene of winter!
would certainly help to raise your How does it tell of joys and sor- spirits, if it did nothing for your rows which are, as though they bodily health.' had never been; of loves and • Not it.' friendships nipped by early frost, · But you should try. You of blighted hopes, faded flowers, can't think what a pretty little disappointed expectations.
garden she has, the roses But has this favourite word no into the windows, you are fond of other voice but that of gloom ? flowers, and I shall be nearer to Does it not also speak of the good- you, and able to see you oftener, ness, forbearance, and mercy of and the kind gentleman who sends God, of blessings in providence and you so many comforts could see blessings in grace, of deliverance
Would you not like to see from pressing troubles, of support and thank him ?' in wearisome nights, of joyful The tears trembled in her heavy reaping after a tearful sowing ? eye.
Let us consider the days which • You've been very good to me, are past, and then, when we ponder and I do beg to the Lord to reward over the word reminiscence, we you
and the dear good gentleman ; shall be constrained to acknow- but James was always good and ledge that “goodness and mercy kind to me. I would not go for to have followed us all the days of desert him, and what would he our lives.”
say when he comes home and finds As soon as the warm weather us all away? set in Rachel became much worse. But, my poor creature, he canHer sallow complexion and sunken not return for many a day- he will eyes, pinched nose, difficulty of not.' breathing, and increased size, all * Hush !' said she, interrupting betokened that death would ere me, don't I know he'll be here long claim her as his victim. It
very soon. You'll see.' was heart rending to see her fixed And I saw she believed in her deep-settled depression. For many heart that he would, and though I JULY 1838.
mourned over the delusion under sure ; and when I said so, she was which she laboured I could not so angry with me, and said I resolve to leave her quite without should bave no breakfast, was hope that her vision might be rea- all I could extract from the poor lized in some unlooked for manner. boy. I endeavoured to lead her mind to And the child was right, it was dwell upon the future meeting at not his ' father, but her own brothe bar of God, and she listened ther, whom she had in a fit of deliwith interest whilst I spoke of the rium taken for her husband. glories and blessings of that land • There, there,' said she, as soon where the captive's bonds are as I entered, “I knew he would loosed, and where the inhabitant come, but he could only stay half shall never say I am sick. I left an hour, and so he's gone again, her in prayer that she might be of bless him! but I knowed the Lord this happy number. I saw she would be as good as his word. was anxious, and wbilst I thanked You have always told me the God that she seemed somewhat Lord would answer my prayers, more alive to the importance of and he has; but now pray for me, eternal things than she had hitherto and give thanks to God for for been, I prayed that he would spare her breath was failing fast. I her a little until she recovered knelt down and repeated that beaustrength, and was made meet for tiful commendatory prayer from the inheritance of the saints in the office for the visitation of the light.
sick, which I had so often rePoor thing ! she little thought peated for my dying brother, her end so nigh. I had not seen her - Promise me,' said she with refor three days after the above inter. newed energy, ‘promise me before view, when early in the morning, I go, that you will tell James all before I had left my room, her
about me, and how content I died eldest boy, a fine intelligent child after seeing him, though he stayed of seven years, came to say his mo- so short a time.' ther wanted me, and begged I would I promised to do all she rego to her as soon as possible. It quired; God for ever bless you,' was very wet, and the walk at best was her reply. of times was far from good ; but I The cold dews of death were could not think wind or rain, a on her; she breathed with great long rugged walk, or my own difficulty; there was a gurgling feelings of weakness and weariness, in her throat, a slight heave of furnished any legitimate reason for the chest, and life was ebbing turning a deaf ear to the solicitation fast. Yet whilst these faint indiof a dying woman : and in defiance cations that all was not yet over of my careful servant's prudent but remained, I prayed that God somewhat calculating remarks upon would restore her faculties, if it the duty I owed to myself as well were only for one minute, that I as my neighbour, by which she might have some hope in her end, thought to prevail upon me to em- and I did not pray in vain. ploy her as my substitute on the It was a mournful, a harrowing present occasion, I went, attended interval; but at length she opened by little Robert, who was far too her eyes, gazed upon me with a much overpowered with fright to searching doubting earnestness, and have any breath for replying to said, ' It is you ; well, mind, mind my numerous questions about his you see him, and bid him follow mother.
me: but where! where! Oh, I says
father's come home : have begged to the Lord to take but it is not father I am quite
me; but will he?'
My poor Rachel, be. com- raise
those which are fallen, forted. “ He willeth not the death and cheer the faint. of a sinner. He"-Stop, stop, If in these things our hearts do what said he to Ephraim ? and she not condemn us, then may we have spoke with agonizing vehemence.' confidence towards God, that
• How shall I give thee up?' whatsoever we ask of him in ac"Oh
no, not that, something about cordance with his will, we shall idols, but I can't say it.
You receive. have been so good, so blest to me, But whilst we are on our guard you said there was hope for me, against that presumptuous and unfor me. I might have died with- charitable disposition which might out knowing or feeling that :-- tell lead us to decide upon the final bim, I prayed the Lord would state of the departed, let us not have mercy on him, pity on my forget the lesson which every event poor children, and take them all to of this nature is appointed to conhis mercy.'
And in the case before us, I It was her last prayer, and in a saw and felt how evil and bitter a few hours she was released from thing it is to have the affections so the body of sin and death.
firmly settled upon the creature. Was there hope in her end ? It The Lord had stirred up my is not for us to presume to form or heart, when he found that I was express an opinion. It is enough building upon low ground for hapfor us to know that much may piness and comfort; he had repass between the soul and its moved the gourd which had been Baker, of which an outward ob- to me as an all-sufficient shelter server is ignorant, and with which and protection. He had made me a stranger cannot intermeddle ; to feel how empty, how broken that the dew of God's Holy Spi- were the cisterns of earthly waters; rit may
visit and fertilize the barren but he had spared me the anguish desert, where there is no sound of of that reflection which so fearfully an abundance of rain; that it is a agitated this poor woman's dying part of the providential guidance moments. He had graciously perof many
souls to be directed rather mitted me to be the messenger of to secret and retired intercourse mercy to one who in the hour of with their God, than open confer- death perhaps for the first time, ence and public communion with felt that she had mocked her Cretheir brethren. And in cases of ator by worshipping the creature; this nature, it is not for the visitor that she had set up an idol in her to speculate, much less to pro- heart, that her fondly-loved husnounce upon the safety or the band had been dearer to her than misery of a departing soul. The her God or her Saviour, and the question is, have I been faithful sentence, “ Ephraim is joined to with such an one ? Have I done
idols, let him alone, came home what I could to lead him to to her with awful individuality of Christ? Have I been instant in application. season and out of season? Have I May the writer, and all who watched, and prayed, and laboured read this short reminiscence, never to win, to reclaim, to restore the forget the solemn lesson which the lost, erring, and wandering sheep, eath-bed of Rachel S- was into comfort the weak-hearted, to
tended to convey. strengthen the feeble-minded, to