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"William Steel, who escaped death from the perse- | cutors, and lived many years after the Revolution, said often, if ever there was a time in his life that he would wish to enjoy over again, it was especially that day and night he spent in the moss hag. They all thought it would be their last meeting on earth. He was the first that ascended from the ravine, to look if the enemy were in view; and it being a clear morning, and no person in sight, they all followed, and were standing to consult on the separate paths they would take home, to prevent them from being seen, when they were struck silent by a voice, sweeter than any thing they had ever heard, passing over the ravine, singing these words :
"Oh! let the prisoners' sighs ascend
That are ordained to die.'
heaven, as a witness in our Redeemer's cause, against the ruler of Scotland. Are you willing that I should part from you?' Heartily willing,' said she, in a voice that spoke her regard for her husband, and her submission to the Lord, even when he called her to bow before his terrible things. That is all I wait for: O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where will be thy victory?' said the good man, while he tenderly laid his arms around her, kissed her and his little boy, and lastly Janet; saying to her, My sweet bairn, give your hand to God as your guide; and be your mother's comfort.' He could add no more; a tide of tenderness overflowed his heart. At last he uttered these words, 'Blessed be thou, O Holy Spirit! that speaketh more comfort to my heart than the voice of my oppressors can speak terror to my ears!' Thus, when the Lord
"And again, while they stood speechless, another voice brought his witness to be tried, he discovered a magnasung, in tones of exultation:
Though ye have lain among the pots,
Like doves ye shall appear,
Whose wings with silver, and with gold
"After standing for some time looking at one another, some of them thought they had left other worshippers in the moss hag. Others thought that the sound echoed from a greater distance. Whoever or wherever the words come from, we have little concern,' said John Brown; one thing we may take comfort from, they are God's words to his Church in affliction; and that is our situation.'
"As usual, he had arisen with the dawn, and had offered up the morning sacrifice. His wife often told how remarkably the Psalm, sung that morning, tended to gird up the loins of their minds. It was Psalm xxvii. 1-4.
nimity which, as he fell, conquered his persecutors.
"If, in the Christian's life, there is a light that discovers the spots of the wicked; so, in the martyr's heroic grappling with death, there is a heat that scorches them past enduring. It was doubtless under this feeling that Claverhouse ordered six of his dragoons to shoot him, ere the last words were out of his mouth; but his prayers and conduct had disarmed them from performing such a savage action. They stood motionless. Fearing for their mutiny, Claverhouse snatched a pistol from his own belt and shot him through the head. And while his troops slunk from the awful scene, he, like a beast of prey that tramples and howls over a fallen victim, insulted the tender-hearted wife, while she gathered up the shattered head, by taunting jeers;
What thinkest thou of thy husband now, woman?' 'I ever thought muckle good of him,' said she, and now more than ever.' He seeing her courage, said, ‘it were but justice to lay thee beside him.' She replied, ‘if ye were permitted, I doubt not your cruelty could go that
After worship, the gudeman went to the hill to prepare some peat ground; the servants were also out, and engaged at some distance in their wonted employ-length;-how will ye answer for this morning's work?' ments. Of a sudden Claverhouse surrounded the helpless man with three troops of dragoons, and brought him down to his own house. He left his implements of industry with great composure, and walked down before them, more like a leader than a captive.
"Meanwhile Janet had alarmed her mother, by telling her that a great many horsemen were coming down the hill with her father. The thing I feared is come upon me; O give me grace for this hour,' said her mother, hastily taking up her boy, and wrapping him in her plaid; and taking Janet by the hand, she went out to meet her foes, praying in secret as she went.
"The leisurely way of examining persons by law, in which there was some semblance of justice, was now departed from. Claverhouse simply asked John Brown, Why he did not attend the curate? and if he would pray for king James? Upon hearing his answer, Claverhouse said, 'Go to your prayers, for you shall immediately die;' which command John immediately complied with, and that in such a manner as filled the troops with amazement. On his family it had a different effect. His wife, who was near her confinement, with a child in her arms, and Janet at her side, stood while he prayed' that every covenanted blessing might be poured upon her and her children, born and unborn, as one refreshed by the influence of the Holy Spirit, when he comes down like rain upon the mown grass, as showers upon the earth.'
"There is a light in the Christian's life that discovers the spots of the wicked, and torments them before the time. When Claverhouse could bear his prayers no longer, and had succeeded, after interrupting him twice, with the most blasphemous language, to raise him from his knees, John Brown said to his wife,-Isabell, this is the day I told you of before we were married;' and added with his usual kindness, You see me suinmoned to appear, in a few minutes, before the court of
With a countenance that belied his words, he answered, 'To men I can be answerable; and as for God, I will take him in my own hands: Thus saying, he hastily put spurs to his horse, and left her with the corpse. She tied up his head with her napkin, composed his body, covered it with her plaid, and when she had nothing farther to do or contend with, she sat down on the ground, drew her children to her, and wept over her mangled husband."
BY THE REV. JOHN BRUCE, A. M., Minister of the New North Parish, Edinburgh. "Therefore, whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it."-MAT. vii. 24-27. IT is the reflection of Solomon, the wise king of Israel, that " though a man live many years, and rejoice in them all, yet should he remember the days of darkness, for they shall be many;" and again, in various ways, but to the same purpose, we find him referring to "the evil days which are coming, and the years which are drawing nigh, of which we shall say, that in them we have no
pleasure." But though it makes it all the more | holy apostles, seemed plainly to have lived and interesting and instructive to know, that such were the reflections of the wisest of men,-even when, surrounded with all that could banish care, and keep the presentiment of future trouble far away, there are perhaps but very few, if indeed there be any, to whom reflections of the same nature have not occurred, and on whom they are not in the way at least of making some such serious impression about the necessity of remembering God, and having their religion ready as a refuge against the arrival of some unseen but inevitable evil.
Our Lord, therefore, you perceive in this sage, likens every professing disciple to a man more or less occupied about the building of an house, so as to have it all in readiness before the rain and the floods descend; and though no doubt he distinctly saw, that between the two great classes or divisions of men who are all so occupied, there are many points of distinction ;-although, for instance, he distinctly saw, that while occupied apparently about the very same kind of work, inasmuch as they may all be said to be building an house to dwell in, yet it may also be added (if carrying out the illustration,) that the plans of their houses are not the same, nor are their materials the same, nor indeed is there any thing about the whole style or progress of the different structures the same;-though our Lord had all these thorough differences perfectly in his eye, it is important to notice, that he instances just one, when discoursing of that which the storm, on its arrival, did all in due time discover. The one of these
houses, he tells us, stood, for "it was founded upon a rock," and the other of these houses fell, for "it was founded upon the sand." He knew well, as I have already said, that throughout the whole form and substance of the buildings, there obtained very many, and all pervading distinctions; but he confined himself to this one, at the foundation, because, whatever the rest might be, this one, at the foundation, was decisive of every thing. And his fixing upon this one distinction, and mentioning not another, is just meant to remind us, that when the rain and the floods descend, or in other words, in the day of the great and the final judgment, every thing will be found right, or every thing will he found wrong, just according as we are or are not on the one tried foundation.
Now that one foundation, as every person acquainted with Scripture knows, is both expressly and constantly declared to be Christ himself. To prepare mankind for receiving this declaration, the prophets, throughout successive ages, testified in the name of the Lord, before he came in the flesh: “Behold I lay in Zion a chief corner-stone, a tried stone, elect and precious, and whosoever buildeth thereon, shall never be confounded." And again, lest any should mistake, in regard to a testimony so perfectly strange to our natural feelings, and so iminensely peculiar, not only did our Lord himself express, by various illustrations, the very same truth, but St Paul, in like manner, and all the
written for no other purpose, than to enforce the commandment to choose that foundation and build on it indefatigably, for how oft, and in how many ways are we reminded, that "other foundation can no man lay than that which is already laid, which is Jesus Christ." But observe what is as plain, that while our Lord here ascribes the perfect safety of the one, and the utter ruin of the other, to the difference in the nature of the foundations on which those persons had severally built, he also, at the same moment, and as expressly declares, that the one is an image or representation of a man who heard his sayings, "and did them," the other of a man, who heard the very same sayings of Christ, and "did not do them." The one, building his house upon the only sure foundation,that rock which is Christ,-was found ultimately safe and impregnable, just because he did so; but he, you perceive, was the very individual man, who heard Christ's sayings and did them. The other, either not knowing or not heeding the only sure foundation, built his house upon the sand, and was ultimately ruined, just because he did so. But it is no less obvious of him in his turn, that he was the very individual man who heard Christ's sayings, and did not do them. On the one hand, therefore, the choice of the sure foundation, and the devoted doing of the precepts, are here represented as invariably uniting in one and the same person. On the other hand, the choice of the false foundation, and the disregard of the precepts, are as distinctly represented as invariably uniting in one and the same person. This, brethren, is the fact, the plain and simple fact, however it may be accounted for. And just because, as I shall presently shew you, there cannot, in the very nature of things, be any reversal of that arrangement; our Lord speaks in this, as in all other passages, of every man who heareth these sayings of his and doeth them, as one who shall be saved; while every one that heareth these sayings of his, and doeth them not, shall as certainly perish.
To apprehend then how this must be,-so that from the very nature of things, of these four proper ties, which go always in pairs, the very same two are invariably found together; and no force can transpose or compel them to change places, and God himself having joined them, none can put them asunder, -to apprehend how this is, we have just, in fact, to consider what those sayings of Jesus Christ really are; and what that is which distinguishes those sayings of Jesus Christ from those of all other religious teachers, so that of him it was said truly, "never man spake like this man." There is evidently nothing in these sayings of Jesus Christ, so ornate or ingenious, so argumentative or profound, as to compel every man's reverence, and cause all comparison with what is earthly, to seem an impious profanation. And while there is nothing in them of what mankind admire in the discourses of each other, what then, it may be asked, is their illustrious distinction? What constitutes their peculiar, indefeasible, and unrivalled glory?
In other words, (and dropping the figure,) when that day shall come, of which Christ, in the foregoing verses, had just spoken so terribly, calling it that day just because, without saying more, he found in every man's conscience, a certain fearful looking for it; the last day, which shall come upon all the world, as a thief in the night; the great and terrible day of the Lord, when the Son of Man shall sit on the throne of his glory, and shall assemble all nations before him, and the books shall be opened, and in the presence of the righteous angels, according to the things that are written therein every man shall be judged,-when it
"The law of the Lord is perfect. The statutes of the Lord are right. The commandinent of the Lord is pure. The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold." It is then the heavenly purity of his maxims; it is the stupendous heights of holiness which he stedfastly pointed to, and besought his hearers, as for their life, to ascend along with him; it is the certainty and determination with which he prophecies of the worldly, and all the careless, as about to be cast, both soul and body, into hell; it is the tone of solemn and inflexible earnestness, wherewith, even when most compassionate, he kept urging up-shall be demanded of us, for instance, if we fed on us sinners, the demands of his Father's law, as a being descended to us from a higher and far holier world in a word, it is the whole aspect and bearing of a speaker, whose soul laboured and was in heaviness with this weighty presentiment, that none but the pure in heart shall see God;" so that to remain contented in any sin, or to desist from striving to ascend nearer to God in purity, is just, in other words, to renounce salvation. It is this pure and elevated tone in which Christ urges the necessity, in fact, of a life and character conformable to his own; it is this, and nothing else, which constitutes the grand unrivalled and indefeasible peculiarity of Christ's maxims or moral sayings. And plainly, therefore, whenever any of us thinks, in good earnest, of beginning to keep them, we are thrown at once upon Christ, as our advocate, for immediate enlargement. We are thrown upon him at once for preternatural supplies of pardon and of strength, which is naturally none of ours. We feel then, for the first time in our lives, how true is Christ's testimony, "Without me ye can do nothing." We cry, as David cried, whenever we begin to think of climbing these awful heights, "Lord lead thou me in thy ways. Uphold thou my goings." "Hold me up by thy hands, for I cannot take one step without thee." And thus it is, that whenever you apprehend distinctly that awfully urgent holiness, which is all that makes these sayings of Jesus Christ so different from the moral maxims of men, you are driven upon maintaining closest intercourse with Christ, as the great intercessor, by the irresistible prevalency of whose name alone in heaven you can, even on this earth, work out your salvation.
I trust, therefore, you see both how true and how very plain it is, in the nature of things, that the man who heareth Christ's sayings and doeth them, is a man united to Christ by faith, or, in other words, resting confidently in his righteousness and his strength, for renewed pardons and for advancing purity. And that, therefore, inasmuch as Christ is that "foundation already laid," which can never deceive him, every such disciple is most appropriately likened to a man who built his house upon a rock, so that "when the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock."
the hungry, and clothed the naked, and bore other men's heavy burdens, and worshipped God in the spirit, having no confidence in the flesh, and came out from the world, striving always to ascend and keep high above it, faint indeed, yet still pursuing our heavenward journey, upheld by the everlasting arms of him "who hath called us to glory and to virtue;"-when this, I say, shall be demanded of us, it will, doubtless, be seen how perfectly the good works of Christ's people are intrinsically different from the good works of the world; that, in other words, as I said at first, their house is different in its entire form and material, from the edifice of the others, and therefore, even for these reasons, might stand when the other is swept away; yet our Lord just refers, as I also said, to the one and the simple fact, that the foundation is all secure. And what one thing, more clearly, shall that day discover than the everlasting strength and stability of that precious foundation? Jesus Christ, on that day, passing by all other, however weighty reasons, for rewarding such disciples with a weight of glory, which, from profoundest awe and astonishment, they would almost decline, saying "Lord when saw we thee an hungered and fed thee, or when saw we thee naked and a stranger and clothed thee and took thee in ;"-Jesus Christ, I say, passing by the intrinsic excellence of their preternatural works, will simply refer again to the one sure foundation. He will simply reply-and his reply is decisive-ye heard my most holy sayings, and knowing well that I called you to deny yourselves, and take up your cross and follow me, and ascend, as it were, to the very gate of heaven, and do innumerable things impossible to flesh and blood, ye did all in my strength, imploring pardon and help of God continually, as became a sinner, in my name, and for my sake, and because of my mediation. This, brethren, you well know, is substantially the only reason which Jesus Christ will assign; because by raising him from the dead, God, the everlasting Father, shewed that the righteousness of the Son is the ground or foundation of his whole gracious procedure towards the fallen and redeemed. And thus, on that day, it shall be abundantly verified, that "when the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock,”—that rock which is Christ.
If, therefore, brethren, the house built upon | moralists of this world have counselled you to prothat sure foundation shall stand the lashing stormceed. It is to their sayings, therefore, and their and fury even of that fearful day-the great and authority that you choose to succumb, and not to terrible day of the Lord-I need not detain you Jesus Christ. These are your favourite, revered dwelling upon any other, such as the day of some instructors, and it is not the Lord. You will not great national or domestic affliction. I need not quit the smooth and level thoroughfare though it now speak to you of the day of one's natural leads onward to death. You will not turn at the death-the day of pain and sickness, and unutter- voice of Christ, and ascend those awful heights, able sorrows and heart-rending separations; for though the path which runs along them leads diwhat can be plainer than that the man who is so rectly to heaven, and the everlasting arms of the established by faith in his arisen Saviour, can Almighty would for ever uphold you. This you never be confounded? Let the storm of affliction have never done; and it is plain that you never burst around and above him, and shake terribly will, from very dread and discouragement, until you the house he hath so laboriously reared, that man take up your confidence in Christ's great name; will be found still secure, and free from all dis- or, to use the figure of our text, begin to go on, tressful alarms, knowing well the strength and and build on the one sure foundation. stability of the one tried foundation. He will say I entreat you also to go on and build most diliwithin himself, like every true child of God, and gently and without delay; for should ask me, ever as he says it he will recover his own so bliss- brethren, whether there exist on earth greater folly ful and almost divine tranquillity, "Nevertheless, and madness than is chargeable upon him who the foundation of God-the foundation of God persists in building upon the sand, I would answer, nevertheless standeth sure." Be entreated, there- that I know just of one other instance that can at fore, brethren, to make very sure for yourselves of all be compared with it, and that is, the folly and building on that only one tried foundation, and not presumption of him who knowing, or professing upon the sand. Nothing is more possible than to know, that there is a foundation already laid in that such afflictions as are befalling daily, discover Christ, so sure and so satisfying, yet indolently or to you every now and then, and alarm you ex-perversely refuses to build at all. The very fact ceedingly lest the discovery should grow more complete, that the foundation on which you are building is neither sure nor satisfying. And if such be the alarm occasioned by every casual rumour of the day, by every light and passing affliction which endureth but for a moment, oh, how shall you escape being amazed and confounded when you arise from the grave to behold the heavens and the earth depart! One should imagine it the first and most natural thought of all, in this as in other cases, to try well the foundation ere ever you proceed to build; but in this one affair of mightiest consequence, this is very possibly what up to this moment you have neglected to do. You have committed, perhaps, this strange blunder-this most egregious unnatural oversight. You have forgotten, or refused, perhaps, to consider whether in all that you are doing, no doubt with desire to promote your salvation, you be not like a man building laboriously on the sand. If so, it is quite sure and evident, that though hearing Christ's sayings, you are not actually engaged in doing them. You may indeed be attempting habitual conformity and compliance with the letter of some some commandments which you think you can in your own strength most easily compass; but all that is high, and holy, and spiritual, in the sayings of Jesus Christ, all that which distinguishes them from the sayings of mere earthly moralists, and makes them so properly and so peculiarly Christ's, -all that you discard: as, for example, when he tells you to worship God in the spirit, to strive to be pure in heart, to set your affections on things in heaven, to deny yourself daily, and to take up your cross and follow him. You will not accompany Jesus Christ thus far on the way. You will go no farther with him than the
of there being such a foundation already laid is more than all else to condemn every one of us who says that he knows it, and yet is not striving diligently to perfect the great work assigned him ere the coming of the Lord. Go then, beloved, and choosing Christ's glorious work as the commentary and the grand enforcement of all his commandments, seek always to do such good works in his name, depending on his strength, and because being in yourself both helpless and sinful, you rely on the prevalency of his great mediation. Show thus, that hearing Christ's sayings, you verily and indeed believe as Christ did, how blessed are the poor in spirit, and the mourners, and the meek, and the merciful, and the peacemakers, and they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, and the pure in heart, and the persecuted for righteousness sake, since they most especially have their rewards in heaven; and thus adding to your faith virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, and, above all things, charity, your labour shall not be in vain in the Lord; and you shall openly appear at last as God's spiritual building-one holy and everlasting temple, whereof Jesus Christ himself is the chief corner-stone. Amen.
BY THE REV. ROBERT M'CHEYNE. "Who hath heard such a thing? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day ?"-ISAIAH lxvi. 8.
THERE exists in some truly religious minds a rooted antipathy to anything like suddenness in conversion. Men are, in this case, sometimes apt to judge only from their own experience; and because they, and all whom they know in the Lord, were brought to the saving reception of the truth by steps slow and almost impercep
tible, they think that every one else must be brought in something of the same way. In opposition to this narrow way of judging, let us take the testimony of analogy, of Scripture, and of experience, and we shall find that God does by no means confine himself to slow and progressive methods of bringing souls to the knowledge of the Saviour.
1. All analogy shews, that a total change of mind may occur very suddenly. In solving a mathematical problem, every student knows, that often when the mind has pored over the diagram in vain for a whole night, and nothing but perplexity has been the result, the introduction of one small truth into the mind casts a flood of light over the whole, the truth of the proposition flashes across the mind with the rapidity of lightning, and yet he may require much time and pains, or he may even find it impossible to go slowly over the different steps by which he was led to the truth. But if this be true in mathematics, it is much more true in those cases where the affections as well as the intellect are engaged. In all cases of prejudice, where the understanding is blinded and turned aside by the heart, it often requires but a slight shifting of the affections to rectify the judgment and enlighten the whole mind. Now, this shifting of the affections may take place in the twinkling of an eye. How often have the prejudices that for half a century had been building themselves up in the mind against medicine and medical men, been swept away in the first half hour of a dangerous illness; so that the judgment has been thoroughly changed simply by the awakening of fear?
2. Now, Scripture shews plainly that there may be, and often is, the same suddenness in the turning of a soul to God. Many of the invitations of the Word are made upon the understanding, that conversion may be sudden: "To-day, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.' "Turn you at my reproof. Behold I will pour out my Spirit upon you." "Behold now is the accepted time. Behold now is the day of salvation." The Bible would never invite men to turn now, and this very day, if immediate conversion were a thing impossible. Again, we have many Scripture examples of men being brought suddenly from darkness into marvellous light.
In one day 3000 souls, among whom were many who had helped to crucify the Lord of Glory, and many who, but a few minutes before, had mocked the holy apostles, saying," these men are full of new wine," were thoroughly and lastingly converted. And again, the heathen jailor of Philippi, in the same night in which he had drawn his sword and would have killed himself, "rejoiced, believing with all his house." In both these cases, though the supernatural power of the Spirit of God was manifested in a way that may well shut the mouths of cavillers, there was no miraculous agency employed, but the simple preaching of the Word was the instrument of conversion.
3. The experience of faithful ministers has treasured up many memorable testimonies of the truth we are maintaining. The following example, from the labours of that blessed Missionary and man of God, David Brainerd, is peculiarly striking.
He had been labouring for more than a year among the American Indians of Pennsylvania and Susquehannah without success. This damped the spirits of the ardent Missionary, and led him to seek new hearers among the Indians of Crossweeksung, in New Jersey. In June 1745, he began his labours among them, and was not long without singular and precious fruits of his ministry. The following account is in his own words, and is dated 8th August in the same year :
"In the afternoon I preached to the Indians; their number was about sixty-five persons, men, women, and chi.aren: I discoursed from Luke xiv. 16-23, and was voured with uncommon freedom in my discourse.
There was much visible concern among them while I was discoursing publicly; but afterwards when I spoke to one and another more particularly, whom I perceived under much concern, the power of God seemed to descend upon the assembly like a rushing mighty wind,' and with an astonishing energy bore down all before it. "I stood amazed at the influence that seized the audience almost universally, and could compare it to nothing more aptly than the irresistible force of a mighty torrent or swelling deluge, that with its insupportable weight and pressure, bears down and sweeps before it whatever is in its way. Almost all persons of all ages were bowed down with concern together, and scarce one was able to withstand the shock of this surprising operation. Old men and women who had been drunken wretches for many years, and some little children not more than six or seven years of age, appeared in distress for their souls, as well as persons of middle age. And it was apparent these children (some of them at least) were not merely frighted with seeing the general concern; but were made sensible of their danger, the badness of their hearts, and their misery without Christ, as some of them expressed it. The most stubborn hearts were now obliged to bow. A principal man among the Indians, who before was most secure and self-righteous, and thought his state good because he knew more than the generality of the Indians had formerly done, and who, with a great degree of confidence the day before, told me, he had been a Christian more than ten years, was now brought under solemn concern for his soul, and wept bitterly. Another man advanced in years, who had been a murderer, a powow, (or conjurer,) and a notorious drunkard, was likewise brought now to cry for mercy with many tears, and to complain much that he could be no more concerned when he saw his danger so very great.
"They were almost universally praying and crying for mercy in every part of the house, and many out of doors, and numbers could neither go nor stand. Their concern was so great, each one for himself, that none seemed to take any notice of those about them, but each prayed freely for himself. And, I am led to think, they were to their own apprehension as much retired as if they had been individually by themselves in the thickest desert; or, I believe rather, that they thought nothing about any but themselves and their own states, and so were every one praying apart, although all together.
"It seemed to me there was now an exact fulfilment of that prophecy, Zech. xii. 10, 11, 12, for there was now ' a great mourning, like the mourning of Hadadrimmon; '—and each seemed to mourn apart.' Methought this had a near resemblance to the day of God's power mentioned Josh. x. 14, for I must say, I never saw any day like it in all respects; it was a day wherein I am persuaded the Lord did much to destroy the kingdom of darkness among this people.
"This concern, in general, was most rational and just; those who had been awakened any considerable time, complained more especially of the badness of their hearts; and those newly awakened of the badness of their lives and actions past; and all were afraid of the anger of God, and of everlasting misery as the desert of their sins. Some of the white people, who came out of curiosity to hear what this babbler would say' to the poor ignorant Indians, were much awakened, and some appeared to be wounded with a view of their perishing state.
"Those who had lately obtained relief, were filled with comfort at this season; they appeared calm and composed, and seemed to rejoice in Christ Jesus; and some of them took their distressed friends by the hand, telling them of the goodness of Christ, and the comfort that is to be enjoyed in him, and thence invited them to come and give up their hearts to him."