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LIVES

Dost thou for riches vainly sigh ?

Or Honour's empty show? written during a Norihern Gale. .

Or dost thou look with envious eye BUSHING from the frozen north, On those by pow'r exalted high Whce the frigid breezes blow,

Above the crowd below? Le lies any issues forth,

Se rire Dail, and frosi, and snow! Can these, e'en all of them combin'da Chic: Winter, once again,

In all their varied forms, te upon the piercing blast;

Afford contentment to the mind, Binding in his icy chain :

For immortality design'd, I ds, and fields, and vapours fast! Midst life's tempestuous storms? Mute pine the feather'd choir, . Ah, no! 'tis Friendship's generous glow Per hing on the leafless hough;

And sympathizing eye And the flocks and herds retire,

That constitute our bliss below! Asking man for shelter now.

No greater boon can Heav'n bestow Dreadful is the wand'rer's fate,

On mortals doom'd to die!
Pacing the unshelter'd plain,
Weary, cold, benumb'd, and late

Grant me, my God, this one request, Longing oft for home in vain!

And I will ask no more!

Oh let me, with thy Friendship blest, Dashing o'er the bursting wave,

Enjoy in thee that heav'nly rest
Mighty ships like atoms roll;
Scud the mount, or plunge the grarc,

.! To which my wishes soar! Owning not the helm's controul. Somersetshire.

J. D. Now the shatter'd fabrics fail,

..? ? R. Found'ring sink, to rise no more ; Or, urg'd onward by the gale,

ON THE MOTTO
Scatter wrecks along the shore.

OF THE
Through the veins of hoary age
Slowly life's red current creepg;

EARL OF KINGSTON'S ARMS.
And beneath stern Winter's rage,
Shiv'ring Mis'ry silent weeps:

Spes tutissima Cælis. Hov'ring o'er the embers glow,

“ The safest Hope is in Heaven.” While the gust their hut doth shake, Wrap'd in wretchedness and woe, HOPE, sweetest comfort, steady friend, Round the glimm’ring hearth they Who ever dost thy succours lend, quake.

Whene'er my mind's opprest: Ye who, clad in garments warm,

Oft have I found thy genial rays • Shelter'd in a safe retreat,

Dispel the clouds of darkest days, Shudder when you hear the storm

• And set my soul at rest ! • Rudely at your windows beat,

But ah! on Earth I dare not cast Feel, oh feel, for those who need !

Ilope's precious anchor, lest the blast Now, the Christian maxims prove;

Of Time's rude winds should shake, Clothe the bare, the hungry feed,

And loose its hold, and in this gade Thus fulfil the law of Love!

Of snares and tempests me should fail, ALIQUIS.

And my fond schemes should break. ..>.> . TO MY SOUL..

The safest hope's in Heaven above! Poor hapless, helpless, bopeless thing,

Stable and firm 'twill ever prove,

For God will ne'er deceive;
Say what is thy desire;

'Tis in his Son that I confide, Since all the flow'rs that grace the 'And with his promise satisfy'd, spring,

I safe and joyful live!
And all ttat summer seasons bring,
Can bought of joy inspire !

Westminster.

Printed by G. Auld, Greville Street, London,

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EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE.

MAY, 1807.

MEMOIR
.:** OFF
THE LATE REV. J. MOODY.

Mr. James Moody was descended from pious ancestors, who resided at Paisley, in Scotland : his grandfather and grande mother were the first of the family who removed to London.

When Mr. Moody was a child, he discovered many marks of genius; and it was soon perceived by those about him, that he was likely to become a superior man. He was active, sprightly, inquisitive,' and enterprizing; and at the saine time remarkably dutiful to his parents.

At school he was attentive and studious, and gained the friend ship of his master by his diligence. Here he acquired some knowledge of the Latin and French languages; but as no thoughts were then entertained of his becoming a minister, he was taken from school at the usual period, and placed apprentice to a reputable tradlesman. In this situation also he became a favourite with his master, by his industry and usefulness, so that he obtained peculiar indulgences.' He was, however, strongly addicted to vain and worldly pursuits. His heart was devoted to music, dancing, and thcatrical amusements. Of the latter he was so fond, that he used to meet with some young men of a similar cast, to rehearse parts of plays; and used to entertain a hope that he should make a figure on the stage. To improve himself in music he would rise vory early, even in severely cold weather, and practise on the German flute. By his skill in music and sing.' ing, with his general power of entertaining, he became a desirea able companion, and was led into company in a manner very dangerous to youth. Ho would sometimes venture to profane the day of God, by turning it into a scason of carnal pleasure, and would join in excursions on the water to various parts of the vicinity of London.

Bui the time was approaching when the Lord, who bad

designs of mercy for him, and for many others by his means, was about to stop him in his vain carerr of sin and folly.

There were two professing servants in the house where he lived. One of these was a porter, who, when brushing his clothes before he went out to the playhouse, would say, “ Master James, this will never do. You must be otherwise employed. You must be a minister of the gospel.” This worthy man, earnestly wishing his couversion, put into his hands that exoellent book, which God hath so much owned, “ Allein's Alarm 'to the Unconverted;" which, it is believed, proved of great

service to him. Several years before this, a person who knew him, tapped him on the shoulder, and said, “ Well, James, how do you hope to be saved ?" Ignorant of the gospel, he answered, “ Why, like other people, by doing as well as I can;" but the question, and the conversation that followed, made an impression that he never forgot. One of the servants above mentioned, used to amuse herself by singing hymns; one of these was," Come, yé sinners, poor and wretched,” &c. which words so struck his mind, that they followed him for many days together.

About this time, it pleased God to visit him with a disorder in his eyes, occasioned, as it was thought, by his sitting up in the night to improve himself in drawing. The apprehension of losing his sight occasioned many serious reflections; his mind was impressed with the importance and necessity of seeking the salvation of his soul, and he was induced to attend the preaching of the gospel. The first sermon that he heard with a desire to profit, was at Spa-fields Chapel: a place which he had formerly frequented, when it was a temple of vanity and dissipation. Strong con. victions of siu fixed on his mind; and he continued to attend the preached word, particularly at Tottenham Court Chapel. Every sermon increased his sorrow and grief that he had not earlier sought the Lord. It was a considerable time before he found comfort from the gospel. He has stood in the free part of the chapel, hearing with such emotion, that the tears have flowed from his eyes in torrents; and, when he has returned home, he has continued a great part of the night on his knees, praying over what he had heard.

The change cffected by the power of the Holy Spirit on his hcart, now became visible to all. Nor did he halt between two opinions, as some persons do; he became at once a decided character, and gave up for ever all his vain pursuits and amusements; devoting himself with as much resolution and dili. gence to the service of God, as he load formerly done to folly. Next to his own soul, the salvation of his former vain companions hccame his care. He went to them, one by one, and touk his Bible with him, having previously turned down suitable texts; commenting on which, he gave them a faithful warning to « flee from the wrath to come;" and then took his fioal leave of

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