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years of my pilgrimage will soon gent of the episcopal seminary, be ended. Thanks to the Lord and giving out the evening meditawho has sustained me thus far and tions; in the course of these he who will sustain me to the goal. was now come to the duty of a It seems hard to nature when one clergyman towards the parish power after another passes away, school, and thus by a remarkable but, my dear friend, is it not better coincidence, he urged on this the that the Lord should so unclothe last evening of his life, that which us by degrees, rather than roll us had all along been its greatest obin the fulness of onr strength into ject, the religious education of the the grave; this gradual unclothing young. He had finished all that teaches us more clearly our feeble- was necessary on the subject, and ness, leads us more to true humili- arisen to go away, when he again ation under the hand of God, and sat down and said, “When I was enables us to bring one offering in Everswinkle, a neighbouring after the other to him. Lord, wilt priest fell sick, a most estimable thou take away my sight? Good man, who, to a zealous ful6lment -I give it up as an offering to of all his duties, had paid particuThee, with thanks that Thou hast lar attention to the school, and so long lent it to me, and wilt re- gone there three or four times every ceive it again as an offering from week. Believing his death to be Wilt thou take away my

at hand, he sent for me in the night powers of speech, hearing, writing, to remain with him, and so spare moving? Good, Lord, also. 'an aged friend who had already

• The establishment of the Nor- confessed him, and administered mal School at Buren was a great the sacraments. I found him weak, satisfaction to him.

but perfectly collected ; he spoke . He now said, 'I can die in of his death, and of that judgment peace, the seminary at Buren will to which he must soon come : I supply my place; and although have endeavoured to fulfil all my he went on with his lectures and duties as faithfully as I could ; I labours with his usual zeal, he was rely on God's mercy, and have no making preparations for his depar- fears for the judgment, except on ture, by arranging his papers, set- account of the schools, for whicb tling his public and private affairs, I have not worked as I might have self-examination, &c. Once he done. I did not make my visits sent for his colleague, the Vicar to them so useful as they might Bullenhar, and said, I think I have been, and I am in great anxshall die ere long, and yet I have a iety in consequence. I would fain great deal to say to you;

live three years more, in order to seeing his friend in tears, he added, repair the deficiency. But this · Be composed, we must have one man was known as a zealous pasparting ; sit down beside me.' tor, and I knew that he often

• He went on with his lectures visited his schools; but when I without impediment to the end, saw that he still remained selfand concluded them November 7, condemned, I made a résolution 1826, taking leave of the Nor- that night to spare no exertions mal students, and saying, Let us which should seem to me either trust all to God;' and little did

necessary or useful for the best they think that they should see interests of the children. The him only as a corpse three days recollection of this event has often afterwards.

comforted me, when those appa• He seemed cheerful in the rently fruitless labours which we evening, and as well as usual, so often have with children, were going through the prayers as Re- making me impatient; may it be

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the same with you, and then all When his bed was ready he was will go well : good night.'

assisted by his friends to it, and on Thus did the faithful teacher their going away, he desired the take leave of his pupils, and retire nurse to sit quiet and he would try to rest. When bis servant went to to sleep. Very shortly after this awake him the next morning, he she heard an unusual noise, and found him balf dressed, and lying going to the bed he muttered, senseless on the bed, with his head “ Jesus to thee I live, Jesus to hanging over the side. The ser- thee I die." She ran into the vant thought he was dead, but Normal School where the examicalling for assistance, and placing nation at the end of the term was him in the bed, his senses soon going on, and called out, Overreturned, and it then appeared that berg is dying. The professor he had slept through the night, and and some pupils hastened to his was taken with the fit whilst dress- room, but he was already gone.' ing. Two physicians were sent for, Such was the end of Bernard and they had hopes of his recovery; Overberg. In reviewing his charon their forbidding him all study, acter we are compelled to observe he said, · Yes, philosophising is a very painful degree of obscurity now over.'

as to the only sure foundation of a Towards evening, when he got Christian's hope, namely,—the out of bed, a spasm of the limbs atoning sacrifice of our Lord and seized him, and he stood for a short Saviour Jesus Christ. There ap. time without breathing, his hands pears in his whole conduct a deep outstretched, his mouth half open, and abiding sense of sinfulness and and his eyes turned upwards; when unworthiness, a humiliation before his senses returned, he prepared God on account of the defects of himself to receive the sacrament,

his duties and bis attainments, and and this he did after confession, an ardent aspiration after higher dewith great comfort; he went through grees of holiness ;- but there is not the prayers with a low voice, and that distinct recognition of salvawarmly thanked bis confessor when tion by the righteousness of Christ, it was over.

or of sanctification by the power • The next day he was in the same of the Holy Spirit which we could bodily state, whilst bis mind was desire. Doubiless this arose from remarkably cheerful and collected, the defective system under which enjoying, as was thought, the pros- he was educated. Overberg was pect of that speedy dismissal which a member of the Romish commuhis changing features shewed to be nion--in that communion he conapproaching.

tinued to his death ; and it follows * In the evening he wished to get almost as a necessary consequence up, and desiring the nurse to retire, that confession to men, absolution he was assisted by two friends to by men ; imitation of human do so. Being seated in his chair models; attachment to mystical he laid his head on the pillow, writers, all combined, to draw off and on being asked if he had pain his attention from the Psalmist's there, he said, “Not exactly pain, declaration, “ I said I will confess but

my head is very confused; my sins unto the Lord, and so thou still even this is cause of thankful- forgavest the iniquity of my sin." ness, for when our faculties are Yet Overberg was far in adgetting feeble we can more easily vance as compared with Romanists bring them as an offering to God in general; and has doubtless done from feeling (he added smiling) we much to promote the cause of true can make little use of them now religion ; this was especially owing ourselves.'

to the wise regulation of the NOVEMBER 1838.

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Prussian government as described Indeed in Prussia, elementary eduin the following extract :

cation, is in a considerable degree • The government profess very under the Protestant and Catholic great anxiety to make the educa- clergy, which is not the case in tion as religious as they can, when Holland. Both governments howpassing a general act for different ever, equally believe that religion persuasions, saying that the ob

must in some way or other be ject of every school is to train the greatly insisted upon, the only youth with such a knowledge of question is, which is the best way, the relation of man to God, that it because children judge of the immay foster in them the habit of portance of any thing by the time ruling their lives by the spirit of and attention given to it.' Christianity. Prayer and edify- The point especially deserving ing reflections shall begin and end of notice is that the Testament the day, and the master must see first, then the Bible is given to all that these do not become rou- the children; catechisms, public tine.' The government however, worship, fc. follow. Now this is thought they could not make the just the reverse of our Irish Nasystem so far compulsory as it is tional Board ;-They recommend on the poor, if they insisted on one extracts from the Holy Scriptures, exclusive form of Christianity; but render the introduction of the therefore they profess to teach scriptures themselves dependant only the principles which are upon the will of others; and thus common to all, providing at the while the Prussian schools promote same time, as much as they can, Christianity, the Irish schools conseparate additional instruction in nected with the national board will the different persuasions; for this be found to propagate Popery. purpose

the head master is to be Amidst the corruptions of Roof the religion of the majority, and manism, we trust God has his bid. the second of that of the minority ; den ones, who like Overberg, are and whilst the Testament first, labouring for the promotion of bis then the Bible, is given to all the glory and the welfare of their felchildren, the different masters low men. May their numbers be are expected to instruct them exceedingly increased, and may in the different Catechisms as the light of his holy word be so soon as possible, and to see that extensively diffused, as by the inthey attend some place of worship,

fluence of divine grace to purge &c. besides this, the clergy are away every anti-christian corrupexpected to observe that all is tion and hasten that time when the really put in practice, and to la- knowledge of the Lord shall prebour themselves in promoting it. vail throughout the earth.

IN THY PRESENCE IS FULNESS OF JOY.-PSALM XVI. 11.

Lord, it is not life to live, if thy presence thou deny;
Lord, if thou thy presence give, 'tis no longer death to die ;
Source and giver of repose, singly from thy smile it flows;
Peace and happiness are thine; mine they are if thou art mine.

While I tell thy love to me, every object teems with joy;
Here, 0 may I walk with thee, then into thy presence die;
Let me but thyself possess, total sum of happiness!
Real bliss I then shall prove, heaven below and heaven above !

ANON.

SELECTIONS FROM OLD WRITERS.

No. IV.

OF THE WICKED ENLIGHTENED BY THE WORD, AND THEIR STATE

AFTERWARDS. BY JOHN WEEMSE. *

Matt. xii. 43.-When the unclean Spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return unto mine house from whence I came out. Christ having taught long among that soul and that body. Therethe Jews, and illuminated their fore he is compared in the Scripminds by working sundry miracles tures to water and to fire, and to among them, and casting out devils, the fuller's soap, Psalm li. 7. bringeth this parable, of a man Wash me and I shall be whiter dispossessed of a devil; who being than the snow : in the original it cast out, and finding the house is, play the fuller upon me.

We empty and trimmed, returneth with may know then whether we be seven spirits worse than himself. possessed by Satan or not, if we

Here is the parable, and the delight in filthiness or uncleanness, application of the parable; the for uncleanness is the inseparable parable is set down at large, and effect of the unclean spirit. A the application in few words, even man may be overtaken by Satan so shall it be also with this wicked sometimes, and Satan may in part generation.

pollute him, but he delighteth not The parable itself hath three in it; but if he delight to wallow parts: first, possession; secondly, in that sin, and make no resistance dispossession ; and thirdly, repos

to Satan, then he is certainly the session.

habitation of Satan. When Satan Possession in these words, when cometh to pollute the soul, if we the evil spirit is gone out of the cry out with Paul, Oh wretched man : which implieth, that he man that I am, who shall deliver must first have possession before me from the body of this death? he be cast out: secondly, dispos- Rom. vii, 24. then we are not to session; and when he is dispos

die ; but if we hold our peace, and sessed, be wandereth in dry placesdelight in Satan's temptations and findeth no rest until he return : which pollute the soul and the and thirdly, repossession; he goeth body, then we are to die. and taketh with himself seven other Is cast out of a man. There is spirits more wicked than himself, no creature in which Satan delightand they enter in and dwell there, eth to lodge, but only in man. and the last state of that man is

When he entered into other creaworse than the first.

tures, it was only to deceive When the unclean spirit is cast man; as when he entered into the out. He is an unclean spirit; serpent, it was for this end, to wherever he lodgeth he defileth deceive Eve; he cared not for the that soul and that body, therefore serpent itself. So when he entered the Scriptures call such sometimes into the Gergesites' swine, it was dogs and swine. But the Holy not for the swine that he cared, but Spirit in the manner of his opera- only that he might draw the hearts tion is most holy, for wherever he of the Gergesites from Christ by lodgeth he sanctifieth and purifieth drowning of their swine. And the

reason wherefore he delighteth to A learned Scotch divine, who lived in the earlier part of the seventeenth

dwell in no other creature but man century.

is, because there is no visible creature, that can commit sin, but places; his place of pleasure, as man; where there is not a law Psalm lxxxiv. 1. How amiable there is no transgression, for sin is are thy tabernacles, () Lord of the transgression of the law. Rom. hosts ! my soul longeth, yea, eren iv. 15. but no law is given to any fainteth for the courts of the visible creature but only to man. Lord. So he hath his place of This should be a great motive to grief, Woe is me, that I sojourn in humble a man, when he seeth such Mesech, that I dwell in the tents a great change, that he who was of Kedar. Psalm cxx. 5. And he the temple of the Holy Ghost, * hath his place of joy in the should now become a cage for heavens. unclean spirits, and to make the And findeth none. Spirits have house of God a den of thieves. their rest; they are not like quickMatt. xxi. 13. Was not this a silver, which hath the beginning (or great change, when a man's house principle) of motion in itself, but it in which he dwelt was made a hath not the beginning of rest; but dunghill? Ezra vi. 11. But this they have both the beginning of is a far greater change, when man, motion and rest; their soul resteth who should be the temple of the when it is delighted,* as the body Holy Ghost, is made a receptacle resteth when it lieth or sitteth. Safor unclean devils ; it was a great tan's rest is sin, but this is a restchange in Naomi, when her beauty less rest; the true rest of the soul was changed into bitterness; and is God only; therefore David when the Nazarites that were saith, return my soul to thy rest, whiter than the snow,

became Psalm cxvi. 7. When the soul is black like the coal, Lament. iv. 8; not set upon God the right object, and when Nebuchadnezzar, who

then it is out of its centre; and as was a mighty king, became a the needle of the compass trembeast, Dan. iv. 33 ; but those bleth always until it stand to the changes were nothing to this north-pole, so the soul hath no change, when man who was the rest until it be set upon the right temple of the Holy Ghost, should object, God himself. The rich man become the cage of unclean devils. said, Soul, take thy rest, when he

He walketh through dry places had his barns full. Luke xii. 19. seeking rest and findeth none. But riches cannot bring rest to the Satan hath three places : first, bis soul; for the more that a covetous place of pleasure ; secondly, his map hath, the more he coveteth, place of wandering; and thirdly,

The souls of the wicked are in a his place of torment. His place sling, 1 Sam. xxv. 29, a stone in of pleasure is an unclean soul, in a sling is violently tossed about, which he delighteth to walk ; his so are their souls, and they get no place of wandering is, when he rest day nor night. Rev. xiv. 11. goeth about, compassing the earth So David compareth the wicked to and fro, seeking whom he may to a wheel, which always turneth devour; and his place of torment about; and (Solomon] to a drunis hell. Satan is tormented now, ken man that lieth upon the top of when he is in his place of pleasure, a mast. Prov. xxiii. 34.

If thou and in his place of wandering, but wouldest have true rest to thy soul, his full torment is not come. Art disburthen it of sin. Look how thou come hither to torment us the poor ship was tossed, so long before the time ? Matt. viii. 29. as Jonah was in her, but when he So the child of God hath three was thrown into the sea, the storm

was calmed ; so cast out sin, and * This must be understood in the same sense as Heb. vi. 4. See farther on, where * Compare this remark with Gen, i. Satan's return is spoken of.

31; ii. 2.

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