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all persons, are most accountable Valuing the image of our Lord to God for their example.
and Saviour, in whomsoever it • The world which is chained appears, and esteeming them most, together by intermingled love, will who are most like him in holiness. soon shatter and fall in pieces, if Loving our enemies, praying charity should once fail and die.'* for them, and doing them good.'
During the next ten years, the September 3, 1682. My neighselections from Mr. Burkitt's jour- bouring minister, Mr. Thompson, nal, are particularly copious. At of Royden, after having preached Easter, 1681, before my approach that Lord's day, was surprised by to the Lord's table, I took some an apoplexy, and died in a short fresh pains with my own heart, to
time. Lord! who am I, that I find out the state of my soul.' should yet survive among
the funeThen follow several marks, which
rals of them who were younger, are set down as indicative of sin- stronger, better, and more useful, cerity.
than myself? O let me double A sight of the deformity and my diligence, in working out my sinfulness of sin, and of the super- own, and helping forward the sal. lative beauty and excellency of vation of others, while the day of Christ.
thy patience lasteth, for thou com• A love to the word of God, not. est in an hour we are not aware only his promise, but his com
of, mand, because of its purity and
He was in the habit of solemnly holiness.
renewing his engagements before • An apprehension of danger in God, on two days of the year, viz. resting upon our own works and New Year's day, and July 25th, righteousness.
(his birth-day,) to which practice Finding it the hardest matter the two following passages relate. in the world to believe aright.
Upon new year's day, 1684, • Grief for want of more godly. I was up soon after four of the sorrow for sin.
clock, desiring earnestly to begin • Jealousy, lest nypocrisy should the year with God, and to renew be at the bottom.
my covenant with him, and to en• To have regard in actions to the gage myself to a holy vigilancy, principle, the motive, and the end. and circumspect walking with and
• Solemn dedications of ourselves before the Lord, the day following, to God.
[and] the year following. The Watching and praying against Lord keep it in the purpose of my the sins we are most inclined to; heart for ever to continue faithful as seeking in religious perform- to him.' ances the praise and applause of . Upon July 25, 1686, my birthmen.
day, 1 engaged myself to devote • Being really afflicted for not my first waking time to God, and loving God more.
my dressing-time to a fruitful me• Due regard to second table ditation of the mercy of a night's duties; to owe po man anything rest, some spending their night in but love ; rather to suffer than do pain, some in prison, some in hell.' wrong; to preserve the reputation The following resolutions alof others; to value others by their though they do not bear any date, real worth, and not by their re- are introduced by his biographer gards to us.
at this period.
I resolve that secret prayer by * One of the worst signs of the latter
myself alone shall be performed days is, that “men shall be lovers of their own selves.” 2 Tim. iii. 2. See also Matt. every morning before any other xxiv. 12.
work undertaken, and that family
at my table.
prayer shall be performed con- year after year, as he saw their stantly and seasonably at most con- necessities called for it. And convenient times.
sidering what a private place he I resolve to speak evil of no lived in, he was a great patron and man ; but if
and in- benefactor to that poor distressed solent, 'to answer them with meek- people.' ness and gentleness.
The first collection he made on · I resolve, if I go into company their account is thus noticed in his not to speak much, and to endea-. diary :vour to divert vain discourse to a • About Midsummer, 1687, I more savoury * subject.
received a petition from Ipswich "I resolve to be charitable ac- on behalf of the French Protestant cording to my ability, and to watch ministers, and communicated their for opportunities to do good. condition to several, whose hearts
resolve to be cautious of the Lord so graciously moved, that promising, and when I have pro- I collected for them above a hunmised, to keep strictly to my word. dred pounds. The Lord make me
I resolve to have innocent thankful, who gave me a heart to mirth mixed with good discourse pity and help them.'
By his account-books, it appears • I resolve to spend some time
that this labour of love for the
poor every day in the week, in fruitful refugees was continued for six meditation, walking in my garden. years successively, viz. from 1687
(The subjects proposed were, to 1692, during which time, by the joys of heaven, the last judg- the merciful hand of his God upon ment, death, the torments of hell, him (as he himself observes) he the various mercies of God, and collected no less than two hundred Christ's passion.)
and sixteen pounds, seventeen shilI resolve every day to have lings, which he regularly distributed humble thoughts of myself. among such of them as were settled
• I resolve to put a charitable in that part of England. Nor was construction upon the actions of his care in administering this relief others.
less than his activity in collecting • I resolve to call myself to an it, for though he sometimes gave account every night how I have it in money, as need required, yet spent the day.'
that he might lay it out for the In the course of the next year, applicants to best advantage, he he was led to take a deep concern rode about the country to the in the French Protestant refugees, cheapest markets, to buy clothes who were driven from their own and provisions, occasionally taking country by the persecutions of a journey of nearly twenty miles Louis XIV. · He had (says his for that purpose. biographer) a fellow-feeling with In closing the account he rethem in their sufferings, as being marks, --- All my charges in living member of the same body journeying from place to place, as of Christ with them, and this put also for the letters to and fro, both bim upon improving his interest on which were very considerable, and their behalf; he got several suns
my labour and pains, I account of money for them, and with a as nothing, but look upon it as the great deal of prudence and faith- greatest honour of my life, that fulness, distributed it among them God made me such an instrument
for the relief of his persecuted
members.' This word has now changed its meaning; the sense in which he uses it is that
He felt a great interest in the of edifying
rising generation, who were much in his thoughts, with desires that prayer for them, to preach conthey might early turn to the Lord, stantly thrice a week, to adminisand remember their Creator in the ter the Lord's supper once in two days of their youth. The follow- months, to catechise the youth at ing entry affords an instance of it. church, and others at my house, • Aug. 24, 1688. I spent some and to go from house to house considerable time in writing letters through the town, warning and of advice to some young academics, directing. and in prayer for a blessing there- • Upon a new-year's day, relying upon both to myself and them.' on God's assistance, I resolved to
In 1692, he was appointed to go through the work of the year the vicarage and the lectureship of cheerfully, humbly begging of God Dedham, in Essex, with the unan- to raise me up above all difficulimous and affectionate call of all ties, and to fortify me against all parties concerned in the choice. discouragements, and to give me He cheerfully complied with the wisdom to walk wisely before my summons, in the hope that his observers. ministry would be favourably • July. Meditating upon the placed, since that parish had long state and condition of the town been blest with the sound of the visited with the small-pox, I eargospel.* He did not, however, nestly desired of the Lord to direct think fit to break off his connec- me to suitable subjects, while untion with Milden, though he de- der that dispensation, and acrived scarcely any pecuniary ad- cordingly during that time, I vantage from it, in consequence of preached upon those texts at the his liberal allowance to his curates. lecture, Psalm lvi. 3. 6. What The reason he gave for retaining time I am afraid, I will trust in it, was, that it might serve as a thee." Amos iii. 6. “ Shall a retreat to him, in case he should trumpet be blown in the city, and be disabled by age and infirmity, -- the people not be afraid ?" Micah for so large a place as Dedham.t vi. 9. “ Hear ye the rod.” Exod.
The views with which he un- xv. 26. “ I am the Lord that dertook his new charge, are thus
healeth thee.” John v. 14. “ Bedetailed in his diary :
hold, thou art made whole, sin no December, 1692. Upon un
more,” &c. dertaking the charge of Dedham, Aug. 4. I began to catechise I resolved, by God's assistance,
at church, the small-pox preventupon the following course for the ing my doing it sooner. During benefit of the people, viz. to pour
which time 1 preached upon Gen. out my soul to God every day in
xviii. 19. Abraham “ will com
mand his children and his house* Particularly by the ministry of the hold after him." From whicb I Rev. John Rogers, commonly called Mr. pressed the general duty of family Rogers of Dedham. His ' Sixty Resolutions' are included in the Evangelical
governors, and afterwards the par
ticular duties of reading the scripDirectory, published by the Religious Tract Society.
tures, and family-prayer, concludt It is related of George Herbert, that ing from John xiii. 17. “ If ye he scrupled holding a prebendal stall in know these things, bappy are ye Lincoln Cathedral, because he lived at a
if distance, and could not attend the duty,
ye but was persuaded to retain it and appro.
Soon after coming to Dedham, priate the profits to rebuilding a ruined he published a little work, entitled church. It is remarkable, that the rea- • The poor man's help, and young sons, why pious clergymen have retained their pluralities, condemn most strongly
man's guide,' containing, 1. Docthe worldly grounds on which pluralities
trinal instructions for the right inare generally bestowed and accepted. forming his judgment. 2. Prac
tical directions for the
the benefit of that ordinance. But ral course of his life. 3. Particu- not satisfied with this, and perhaps lar advice for the well managing foreseeing that it might die with of every day. In his own life-time himself, he exerted himself to raise it went through five editions; and subscriptions (in addition to his is one of the most valuable and own contributions) for a settled useful publications issued by the ministry, which he succeeded in Society for Promoting Christian obtaining. He was also at no little Knowledge.
expense, in maintaining poor stuAlthough he preached three dents at Cambridge. And his times a week at Dedham, he used anxiety for souls extended to the frequently to administer the word colonies, for by great exertions, among the people of a country and at much expense to himself, village, at some distance from his he procured a pious minister to own parish, who seldom enjoyed settle in Carolina.
HEBREWS XIII. 14.
Mid'st strangers, and foes, can I find
Thro' the lonely and wearisome way,
But the longest and weariest day,
To reign with my Father in Heaven.
THE MORNING WALK.
on one of those lovely As we approached the cottage, mornings, when the brightness of
and serious were the thoughts summer was gently declining into that occupied our minds. The the sober serenity of autumn ; that village church embosomed in trees I accompanied my friend in one of appeared before us; here, most his parochial visits. I had always probably before many weeks, or felt a pride (if I may be allowed even days were passed, this aged the expression) and a pleasure in pilgrim would be laid ; his body being singled out as the companion reposing in the cold grave; all the of his daily rambles; but thus to cares, and all the joys and sorrows be mingled in his works and la- of his long life at an end - but the bours of love, appeared to me a soul sleeps not so calmly-the body delightful, and a holy privilege. may return to the dust --but “ the The prospect around us, though spirit returns to God who gave it." not very diversified in itself, yet, Surely we may be led to hope, to the enthusiastic observer of na- that one who had been permitted ture, was not without its charms; to tread the rugged path of life, for and it could not fail of imparting so long a season, had not run in interest to the Christian observer of vain ; perhaps, like Timothy, he nature, who views every thing in
had been taught the scriptures connection with the love of God,
from his youth. Some pious paand joys to see a Father's hand, rent had like Samuel's “ dedicated and a Father's love impressed
him to the Lord," and the grace
of God watered the budding blosA chain of distant hills, formed som like the dews of heaven on the a fine boundary on the west; and tender plant, silently and almost beautiful they rose in their dark imperceptibly causing it to bring sublimity, reminding us of the ever- forth the fruits of righteousness and lasting hills of Zion, where the " holiness unto the Lord.” But weary fly for refuge, and are at it was not so we entered the cotrest. The reapers were busy at tage, and were conducted into the their task in the fields, cutting sick chamber by the sexton's wife, down the corn that was ripe for
who took care of him. We found the sickle and ready for the garner,
him so deaf, that though my friend and an interesting scene it was, approached the bed and spoke close reminding us of that sublime para- in his ear, he could with difficulty ble of our Lord, of the tares of the hear. How gently, how affectionfield :
“ the harvest is the end of ately he questioned him as to his the world, and the reapers are the spiritual state.
He said, angels,” &c. I am sure the same ready to go.' But ah, in what thought passed across our minds, consisted that readiness wbat was we breathed the
same inward bis ground for hoping to be in prayer, that when the angel of heaven? The dark and benighted death put forth his sickle, we too mind could not tell. • He knew might be ripe, and fit for the not what my friend meant, he heavenly garner, the rich inberitance said. Oh no, it was foolishness of the saints.
to him,' for he evidently had not The object of our visit to the been
taught of God.”
My village of was to see a poor
friend offered up a suitable and old man 97 years of age, who had
So edifying and lain in bed for ten years; and also spiritual, that I felt “ it is good my friend had to christen a child. for me to be here.” Ou making
• he was