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lief op use, he bound it about with a member of the church to go into
leathern strap, and made it his the country and hear him; and he adjacent e every-day companion. When iņ was then brought before the church integrert the house of God, he was particu- of which the late Mr. Hall was passerie dlarly attentive; and, when ibe mi- tor, for the exercise of his minisa the corner nister rose to give out his text, histerial talents; and, having spoken
book was carefully untied, and he three or four times to the satisfac
would follow the preacher's refer- tion of those who heard him, they alteert ences through the sermon; and it were desirons of bis going directly midade was by the use of tbis mulilated into the mioistry: but he was not bread this book, that he acquired a greater so soon satisfied, and attributed els met aptness for referring to chapter and their opinion to their partiality, and ? attended verse, in numerous passages, than is requested to continue his exercises
common to those who have had before the church for six months. uring B greater advantages.
He had no sooner been called out has " It has been observed, that Mr. by the church, than he was ap
Keeble's residing at a distance from pointed to preach before the meetisturbere the church to which he belonged, ing of the Suffolk Association. When
was the nccasion of his assembling the time arrived, his soul was in the
with a few serious persons in his greatest distress, in the prospect of The neighbourhood for prayer and his engagement; but God was de il kita
Christian conference; and, to pro- wonderfully with him, as has been mote their edification, a portion of very generally acknowledged, and scripture was frequently selected for he himself says, “I know not that I consideration and mutual discus, ever preached with so much ease, sion. In these exercises our de- pleasure, and savour, in all my life.' parted friend used to take his part; I mention this circumstance more and, in the exercise of his gifts, God especially, because upon this single was pleased to bless him, to the edi. hinge turned bis future employment fication and comfort of bis comand usefulness; for a gentleman from panions ; so that, in a short time, London, acquainted with the cir. the whole work of instruction was cumstances of the church at Bland. given up to him; and be, who was ford-street, beard him preach on literally a shepherd, became the this occasion. The text was that spiritual leader of this little flock; admirable passage of which he was and this was his preparation for so fond : . Awake, o sword, more public labours. While he was against my shepherd, against the thus
engaged, a woman who came man that is my fellow, saith the before the church of which Mr. Lord; smite the shepherd, and the Keeble was a member, in giving an sheep shall be scattered ; and I will account of her conversion to God, turn my hand upon ibe little ones.' said, . The first serious impression This individual, in common with I ever had of the importance of di- others, obtained a blessing; he came vine truth, was by a sermon I heard to London and made a good report, John Keeble preach. The minister and Mr. Keeble was sent for to started at this, and said, "John come and labour in this congregaKeeble preach! did you say?' tion, then destitute of a stated mi.
Yes,' said the woman, if ever I nister; which he did, I believe, for heard you preach the gospel, I have six weeks, to the great satisfaction heard him preach; and his preach- of his hearers, and so as to bring ing was blessed to the salvation of about his settlement among them as my soul. This induced a judicious their pastor. This office he sustain
ed diligently, faithfully, and usefully Mr. Keeble's life; nor shall these for nearly twenty-six years : what be referred to for the purpose of the has been the effect of his ministry, provoking remorse, or exposing huong many of you have had opportunity man frailty; but with a view to re-i of observing. When he came here, mind ministers and churches of the past be things wore a very gloomy aspect; instability of all societies on this the last embers were ready to exa side heaven. It was at a time when pire; but God made him a bright Mr. Keeble was the subject of great and shining light, and hundreds personal and family afflictions, that a certain have rejoiced in that light. For divisions broke out in the church; twenty successive years, there were and when his spirit was overwhelmemeli po few churches more prosperous, ed with these waves of calamity, the united, or respectable. I have by unkindness of some, and opposition de ma me a private memorandum, kept by of others, were, to him, as vinegar erlei your late pastor, containing the to drink mingled with gall;---but I names of four hundred and ninety- spare them. May God never lay seven persons, who were admitted this sin to their charge. It was members of the church during the often observed, by his medical attime of his pastoral office,
tendants, that with such a pressure label “ The numerous afflictions of his upon bis spirits, it was not likely resetben family I will not attempt to de. bis bodily health could be restored. 11 scribe; however, amidst these he " While these troubles were going o'rnid was often reduced to great poverty: on, Mrs. Keoble became the subject . ltas das In one of these seasons of sorrow, of increasing afflictions. With a a letter came, of which his wife constitution already shook with complained, and, at first, objected numerous domestic calamities, she to receive, because it required near was incapable of sustaining new ly all their money to pay the post troubles; and, though happily supage; but he said to bis wife, 'Well, ported by the consolations of the never mind, my dear, pay for the gospel, nature gradually sunk under letter; the Lord will provide.' She its burden, and she finished a course did so; and on opening it, they were in which she had seen many an evil presented by the hand of Provi- day: leaving ber husband, at this denee with a two poutrd note for time, incapable of discharging with their supply, and thus they were regularity his ministerial work, and relieved from a state of embarrass. under circumstances that must ment and distress. In such a case, awaken many painful feelings as to I think persons may be excused in his future condition : but that God, not paying the postage of poor whose he was, and whom he served, ministers' letters. For many years, appeared in the time of extremity, his personal afflictions have been and raised him up a friend whose very frequent and protracted; God pecuniary resources removed all saw how much he would stand in apprebension of future embarrassneed of that advice which he had ment, and rendered his mind on this not the means of procuring; be, subject, tranquil and grateful : God therefore, raised him up an emioent knew that his afflicted condition and skilful medical friend.
would require attention, that conld "It would save me an irksome not be purebased at any price; it task, could I, with faithfulness, close was, therefore, the more obvious, this narration without adverting to that the Lord raised her up for such the painful circumstances that at a time as this. May the Lord retended the last five or six years of compeuse her work, and a full re
could be mort
came the same ction, ly
ile ; no del z ward be given her of the Lord God Moses on the mount. I was perfor the page of Israel, under whose wing she has suaded that his work would soon be T3e, elpon been brought to trust.
done; for he felt and spoke as a “For two years past, our departed mau on the borders of the grave-on und chercden friend's bodily afflictions have been the confines of a happy world. Y societer s great and increasing. During this “ With regard to the state of his was ato ten period, he lived and acted as a mind, within the last few weeks, he the subje up dying man. In each of my visits to was very much detached from earthaily affectes hin, during the last year, we parted ly things. When bis partner used out in the sky with the mutual understanding that to speak to him of secular concerns, rit was opere it would probably be the last meet- he would reply; • Never mind! ses of cake ing kere. At my last interview but These are little things; these are ne, and oppose one, he said, 'I am not wonderfully small bubbles; I live ou high :' reto bip, as e transported; but I have a solid and ferring to that passage; “He shall with gal;+ well-grounded hope, and that hope dwell on high: bis place of defence
is built on the truth and faithfulness shall be the munition of rocks.' charge , hill of God; and when I lie down, it is Isaiah xxxiii. 16. When his poor
a matter of perfect iudifference to body was deeply afflicted, he would í such a per me, whether I awake in this world often sing the praises of God, in
or another; death cannot alarm me, the delightful contemplation of hea
for, “I am founded on a rock;" ven. That passage in Watts's pobles wenn
but,' said be, since I have been Hymns was particularly pleasant to
The Lord, that built the earth and skies, for it was just as though my hea
Is my perpetual aid. zh bapers venly Father had lifted up a cloud, Their feet shall never slide to fall,
Whom he desigos to keep;
That fountain in his day;
Wash'd all my sins away." say it? Why, he said, with tears, “It was evident that all his sup'I appear before you as a dying ports and consolations were closely man; and I bear my testimony to connected with this subject; for the excellency and influence of he seldom conversed about them divine truth. What should I have without adverting to that passage, done without it? These two years • The blood of Jesus Christ, his son, past I bave been graciously sup- cleanseth us from all sin.' 1 John i. ported by it. Yes! I bave had such 7. 'A few hoars before his death, enjoyments from the truth of God, there was no unusual apprehension that I have been able to sing songs of danger. He rode, on the mornin the night. He appeared like ing of the same day, in an open
chaise, from his house at Fulhan : "To say of Mr. Keeble that bis 46 to London, and was cheerful; but Christian character was beyond se was, soon after, taken with cold suspicion would be insufficient; for a bi chills, and he thought it expedient he was eminently devoted to God. m to take a coach and return home as He kept up an habitual intercourse soon as possible. After this sudden with him, by fervent prayer and meattack, great torpor and insensibility ditation on the sacred scriptures. seda soon pervaded his whole frame, so His walk and conversation, both in as to render him almost incapable of domestic and public life, were sent, any communication. Having arrived strictly upright, and becoming the in at his own house, and being placed gospel. He exercised great watch-d in his dying chair, he looked affec- fulness over his temper and contionately at his wife, and said, in a duct, and used to say, 'I fear nofeeble tone, being then only just body so much as myself; while thela capable of articulation, 'It is finish- can keep my own temper in subject ed; all is over. This he said with tion, I have nothing to fear from marked complacency, as one who others.' He cautiously aroided the rest had arrived at bis wished-for home, occasions of evil, and would often Hi and who possessed and manifested say, I must keep out of the way of duted the sentiments and temper of the that, my heart is too bad to be :) dying patriarch; I have waited trusted. for thy salvation, O Lord :' and, “ As a minister, he was diligentscharen having uttered a few other words, in study, and spent the greater party he closed his eyes and his lips, withof his time in preparation for public out the smallest appearance of pain exercises, and by which he overor agitation, and finished his course came, in great measure, the disadwith delightful composure, in the vantages under which he laboured.be sixty-third year of his age.. * Mark He came before the people with a the perfect' man; and behold the mind deeply imbued with the most upright: the end of that man is peace. important and distinguishing truths
“ The afflictions with which Mr. of the gospel; these were delivered Keeble was exercised, had evidently with evident marks of godly sin. a beneficial effect. They taught cerity, and frequently interspersed him the fallacy of creature-depen- with original thoughts, hy which he dence, and the necessity of an en- generally secured the closest atten. tire reliance upon an Almighty arm. tion, and promoted the edification It is in the recollection of some pre- of his hearers. Long after he came sent, that in the height of his pros- to London, his mind was often much perity, while preaching on a public distressed in the discharge of bis occasion, and adverting to bis own ministry; and, when looking back prosperous and comfortable condi- to his former laborious employ, he tion, I attribute it,' said be, to considered that light, compared ibe praying men with whom I am with the far greater labours of the connected. I am supported on their mind. On one occasion, he was so shoulders, and enrobed in their af. much distressed for a subject to
But be lived to see the deliver, on a Wednesday evening, insufficiency of this robe, and the that he determined to leave the miinsecurity of such support. It is nistry altogether, and, under the Better to trust in the Lord, than to power of temptation, went from his put confidence in man. It is better house toward Hyde Park, intending io trust in the Lord, than to put to inlist for a soldier; but before coplidence in princes.
he arrived there, the Lord appeared
it of bere
Kebet for him, by bringing a passage of domestic afflictions. We have seen er to the scripture to his mind, and opening the warrior in the field of battle,
it for his meditation; he turned the statesman in the senate, and the dereted as back, arrived at the Meeting-house advocate at the bar; we bave adbitral este in good time, and preached with mired the splendour of their talents, At prese considerable comfort. The Lord and bave supposed them to be, in cred carpe knoweth how to deliver the godly every respect, superior to others. ersation by out of temptation.' He was fond of But when we have been admitted olie lig retirement, and set great value upon into their domestic circles we have d becere his time. He was naturally of a
a character altogether difsed greatyny cheerful disposition, and though he ferent to the one we bad contem"a per endured much inward conflict, he plated, and have found that the say
, "la bad always a cheerful countenance greatest of men have their infirmi. apel; * to meet a friend; and it is rare to ties and imperfections. We have
fud a man in his circumstances, wept over the depravity that would
wbo so seldom introduced his own shew itself, even in those whom we als and troubles as a subject for conversa. accounted the greatest of men, and
tion. His attention was chiefly the benefactors of their race. But
contined to the special object of bis wherever we follow the Messiah we De bedo! charge: I do not pretend he was find him the same. He practised no
without faults, for wbere is the per- deception, and had never to throw off fect character upon earth ? I doubt the cloak. He was all benevolence in not but you will join me in wishing the domestic circle, as well as when that our defects may be as few, our surrounded by the multitude. He excellencies as many, and our end wept with those who wept, and equally honourable. I have no wiped away their tears by removing doubt but all who knew him, though the cause of their sorrow. To the they may conscientiously differ friends of Jesus it must have been from him in opinion, will readily truly delightful to enjoy his society. subscribe to ibe obvious fact, HỂ Here they could unbosom their WAS A GOOD MAN."
griefs, and obtain comfort from him who is emphatically styled “the
Consolation of Israel:"---here they The COTTAGE OF BETHANY. could more fully obtain the lessons
he delivered in his public addresses; LURE X. 38-42. JOHN XI. XII. -here their understandings would "The cottage of poverty, lowly and mean, be enlightened by the Sun of righteWhere the poor and the lumble in spirit are seen, Was the place the Hedeemer most bonour'd on ousness shining upon them, and While he sought not the towers of splendour and their hearts softened by his doc
trine distilling as the dew," and jo" Then away with the pride and disdain that would sinuating itself into the most secret
recesses of their souls. It is in seOver all the Redeemer thus hallow'd below; And when the high heart and proud spirit rebel,
cret intercourse with Jesus that the Its scede let the Cottage of Bethany tell.”
soul of the Christian is most en EDMESTON. lightened in the knowledge of bis.
will, and feels most disposed to THERE are few things in the make an entire surrender of bimself conduct of the Saviour wbile on to the service of God. earth, more calculated to attract at. Bethany was a town situated tention, or gain our affections, than about two miles from Jerusalem ; it the disposition he manifested to is now reduced to a small and mimingle with mankind, and his readj. serable village. Here lived a family bess to relieve their personal and of three persons, a brother and two