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are reaping in joy;"

stand refers to those now under notice ; and, firm in assurance and hope, while as the suffering and affection of one others, in humiliation and sorrow, heart meets the heart of another, it will “cry out for the living God.” Thus in perhaps explain how, by the witness of every state the heart inay pour forth its one spirit, they attained their popu. melody, and prove the truth well ex- larity. For the benefit of such as are pressed by Kent :

not acquainted with the narrative, we

venture to run the risk of repetition, 66'Tis well when they can sing,

None will, therefore, be surprised to As sinners bought with blood ; know that the original MS. had this Or when they touch the mournful note in the handwriting of the afflicted string,

author :-“I recollect deeper feelings of And mourn an absent God.”

mind in composing this hymn, than, perhaps, I ever felt in making any

other.” Dec. 3rd, 1777. In the last paper were named thirty

John Ryland, jun., aged twenty-four, six hymns by which Newton was familiarly known as one of our Chris

was on the eve of marriage to a most

estimable tian poets, and that number might

young lady who fell danger

ously ill. One day, in deep solicitude, he have been increased ; but there is a

called at the house to inquire respecting wide contrast respecting the produc

the object of his warmest affections, and tions of the esteemed writer now under

received from the maid-servant this consideration, from the rather singular fact which has not been much noticed, reply: "The doctors are now upstairs

and she is as ill as she can be ; if you that his fame as a hymn writer appears

call, sir, in a quarter of an hour, you to have rested chiefly on two hymns of

shall know what they say.” He turned such general acceptation that they are to be found (as they well deserve) in

from the door in anguish of heart, to almost all our selections. Besides

spend the fifteen minutes until the pro

bable confirmation of his distressing these two, there are only three or four,

fears. Not far from the house a large but slightly known, and no others

building was under repair ; so, seating scarcely to be met with. Dr. Ryland

himself on a heap of stones, he picked did not much cultivate the small

up a piece of slate and scratched thereon poetic gift he possessed, for his whole

the utterances of his troubled breast, in collection entitled," Hymns and Verses

those verses which have found an echo, on Sacred Subjects," does not reach one hundred in number. All are excellent

and proved, for a century since, a balm in sentiment, some also in composition, writer can testify) in tiines of sore

to thousands of wounded spirits (as the but with scarcely any pretension to

bereavement and grief. poetry. Many are very defective even in rhyme, which accourts for their

The hymn is the twenty-seventh in long neglect - few reaching mediocrity,

his own collection, without any text or

title, beginningand the rest falling far below that point.

“O Lord ! I would delight in Thee, Still, his two “favourite hymns” And on Thy care depend, merit all the honour bestowed on them,

To Thee in every trouble flee, since none have more sweetly uttered My best, my only friend ! ” the submission of the child of God to his Heavenly Father's will, and the 6 When all created streams are dried, satis(ying permanence of the blessings Thy fulness is the same; from the fullness of grace in Christ May I with this be satisfied, Jesus, when earthly comforts fade and And glory in Thy name.” die, Waen we know the circumstances urder which certain hymns were com- But, better than their fears, the day fosed, bw much is our interest in- of sorrow was postponed, the lady recreased ? This remark unquestionably covered and became the young pastor's

wife. After the enjoyment of a full measure of human bliss, for one year only, she gave birth to a son, who survived his mother, and the hand of “ death did part” them. This bitter blow occasioned the other equally celebrated hymn; for on the day following, driven to the only refuge, poor Ryland, with his motherless babe upon his knee, penned those lines, the language of many a heart in loving submission to “Him who performeth all things for us” (Ps. lvii 2). This (No. 28) also is without any title :

“Sovereign Ruler of the skies !
Ever gracious, ever wise !
All my times are in Thy hand,-
All events at Thy command.”


“ Controlling all, by nono controlled,

Thine arm is ever strong ;
All-wise, most holy, just and kind,

Thou canst do nothing wrong. 6 Worm as I am, a rebel once,

But now subdued by grace ;
I glory in Thy Sovereign love,

And there my hope I place.
“In Thee delighting, to Thy care

I would my way commit;
Thou orderest every step I take,

And holdest up my feet.
"Into this world to do Thy will

(And not my own) I came;' So said Thy Son; and may


grace Teach me to say the same. “Body and soul redeemed with blood,

O God, are both Thine own;
I lay them at Thy footstool, Lord,

Before Thy sacred throne. “My outward ways, my inward

Direct, succeed, prevent;
Give, or withhold, or re-assume,

I ought to be content.
"Nothing I absolutely ask,

Except more grace to be
With Thy good pleasure satisfied,

And swallowed up in Thee." 1775.

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“Thee at all times will I bless;

Having Thee, I all possess :
How can I bereaved be,
Since I cannot part with Thee ?"

Instead of giving, as is usual, the whole of one of these “favourite hymns,” found in all selections, it may be more acceptable to insert one, very similar in its strain and sentiment, but which, after a careful search, in most of those in use, has not been found even once, which omission is somewhat singular. It is No. 6:

“Rejoice, the Saviour reigns

Among the sons of men ;
He breaks the prisoners' chains,
And makes them free again :

Let hell oppose God's only Son,

In spite of foes, His cause goes on." There is another, entitled, “Anticipation of Death and Glory,” very good, but seldom seen, which, the author states, was Composed while walking through the streets of London ;"_ “Ah! I shall soon be dying,

Time swiftly glides away ;
But, on my Lord relying,

I'hail the happy day.

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“ The day when I must enter thoughts of the Christian ministry. Upon a world unknown;

Sanctioned by the church, he began to My helpless soul I venture

preach while but young, and, in 1781, On Jesus Christ alone."

agel twenty-eight, he was ordained as

co-pastor with his father, and, after his To add one more, a nice "Hymn for

removal, became sole pastor. He was a Child," written, he says, at the request much blest in his labours, and was a of the wife of his intimate friend, Rev.

shining light as a devoted preacher in Andrew Fuller, for her little daughter

the town and the country around. He Sarah, who died May 30th, 1786, aged became the intimate friend of such men six years and a half

as John Newton and T. Scott, and the “Lord, teach a little child to pray,

earnest co-adjutor of the noble founders. Thy grace betimes impart,

of the Baptist Mission to India in all And grant Thy Holy Spirit may

its early struggles and discouragements, Renew my infant heart.”

so that he stands with Carey, Fuller,

Sutcliffe, and Pearce in the foremost John Ryland was born in 1753 at the rank of “ Baptist Worthies.” rectory house at Warwic in which The year 1793 witnessed a great town his father of the same name was change in his career. At that time a Baptist minister and kept a seminary, Bristol was the only Baptist College in till he removed to Northampton in

England, and required a president in 1759, where he laboured with some connection with the pastorate of Broademinence as a preacher, an author, and mead Chapel in that town. Classical a scholar for twenty-seven years, until learning was then rare in the denomina1786, when he went to Enfield, where tion, and it was at once generally conhe died in 1792, aged sixty-nine. Mrs. sidered that no one could be found so Rylands was a pious mother, and qualified for the_united important trained her children in the fear of God. offices as was Mr. Ryland. They were His father was so fond of languages affectionately offered and earnestly that he taught his son Hebrew when earnestly pressed on him, till, with but a child, who was so apt in learning great reluctance and the sorrow of his that often has been told the facts people, he felt it his duty to accept, it (almost incredible but for proof) that which he did to the great relief of all when only five years old he read and interested. Nor was the judgment translated from Hebrew the twenty- wrong, as the responsible duties were third Psalm to the celebrated James faithtully fulfilled by him for thirty Hervy, who lived near, and, to his years with the manifest tokens of the father's great delight, who recorded blessing of God and the profit of many. respecting his child's subsequent pro- Not only in the western city, no ficiency in Greek :-"Finished reading minister was better known or appreand translating the whole Greek Testa- ciated ; but in continual services far and ment, Saturday, December 12th, 1761, near, no one was in more request for in eight months and twelve days. Aged services of all kinds, which he was eight years and ten months.” [!!] always ready to fulfií. Among these

But, better than human learning, he owned to having assisted at eighty John, the younger, early sought the ordinations in twenty years, wisdom from above. He was remark- Dr. Ryland was blest with a singular ably tender in his feelings, and often power for continuous public speaking, wept at the mention of the future and never appeared weary alter his punishment of the wicked ; and, follow. efforts. He used to say playfully that ing after holiness, said how “he wanted he could preach sermons all day long to be like Christ.” He recorded the without fatigue, if he were conveyed date and circumstances of his

from place to place, as walking was sion in his fourteenth year, and was trouble to him. His sermons were well baptized in 1767, and had serious digested and much esteemed by bis



hearers for their fulness of spiritual | himself. He was most kind, humble instruction and depth of thought; yet and free from ambition, and three the manner of their delivery was any- times refused the posts of distinction he thing but attractive to strangers, with so long and honourably filled. a small Bible held by both hands close But in his sixty-ninth year the tokens to his face. Yet such was his pathos, of decay gave warning of the end. He cogent reasoning, and appeals that his visited his friends till the final struggle hearers bore with and scarcely noticed

After uttering the words, “No any peculiarity, or the above ungrace- more pain,” the faithful servant entered ful attitude. He used a few notes into rest May 25th, 1825, aged seventywritten in a beautifully small hand ; two years and four months, well deindeed, few could read them, but his serving the application of the passages vision was singularly clear, of almost from the Old and New Testament by microscopic power.

Several of these Robert Hall in his funeral sermon, are kept in the Bristol Library, where “O man, greatly beloved," and as we have seen them, and are really “ That disciple whom Jesus loved." illegible without a glass, yet plain to


In memoriam.

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ful days he was very fond of theatricals, and, for a time, strove with all his might to find permanent satisiaction in those soul-bewitching pleasures. God, however, spoke to him one night when in the theatre, in the voice of conscience, inducing a conviction of his sinful and lost estate, that he was unable to shake off, and causing him shortly afterwards, for the first time, to utter with heartfeeling the cry, 6 God be merciful to me a sinner.” He forsook his pleasureseeking ways, and burnt his theatrical books, notwithstanding the remonstrances of his companions, who offered to purchase them. He exhorted his giddy young friends to flee from the wrath to come, but they took no heed, and he felt compelled to quit their society. It was some time before he obtained a sense of pardoning mercy as full and free through the precious atonement of our Lord ; but a gleam of hope one day arose in his mind from hearing an old woman,

“Blind Mary," singing in the street he hymn, “How sweet the Name of Jesus," and speaking a few words about the pre

is over.

He has now reached the goal, obtained the prize, gained the victory, and, amongst the glorified, is holding communion face to face with Him whose name he delighted to exalt, and to whose truth he bore faithful testimony for many years on earth.

Our departed brother was born at Camberwell, Aug. 5th, 1822, his parents being members at Grove Chapel, under the ministry of the late Joseph Irons, of blessed memory. In his early youth

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ciousness of Christ to her soul when the was unanimously accorded, and he was hymn was finished. This poor woman, sent forth by them to preach the Gospel it seems, was a hearer of the late Mr. of Christ wherever God in His proviGeorge Comb, and, being blind, got her dence should open doors for him to do living by thus singing in the streets the so. He was then in his eighteenth year. songs of Zion. The reading at a book- After preaching about at different stall the hymn, “Come, ye sinners, poor places -at first very much in the open and wretched," was made a great com- air in London-he became settled at fort to his burdened soul, repeated Sunningdale, remaining there about readings of that hymn causing his eighteen months. Here he was much heart to leap for joy. Attending a legal tried in circumstances, owing to the ministry, however, for some time, he smallness of the support the people was, the meanwhile, kept in consider- were able to give him, and the perseable bondage of spirit uutil directed, in cuting conduct of the clergyman of the the providence of God, to Woodbridge parish in driving away customers from Chapel, where, under the ministry of a little shop he had taken to add to the Mr. Richard Luckin, he was brought small income of eight shillings per into Gospel liberty, and favoured with week received from his church. great joy and peace of soul in receiving Leaving Sunningdale, after preaching the testimony of the Word of God by awhile at Hammersmith, and then for the power of the Holy Ghost accom- twelve months at Birmingham, he panying it from the lips of that good eventually settled at Hadlow, in Kent,

where he was ordained as pastor in Becoming convinced of the Scrip- July, 1848 ; Mr. Foreman giving him turalness of believers' baptism from the charge from the words, “ The work witnessing the administration of the

of the ministry." Here he continued ordinance at Bethel Chapel, City Road, about six years, much success attending he made application to Mr. Lucombe, his labours ; but here, as before, the the minister of that chapel, and was people were unable to support him, and baptized by him, and joined the church he had to engage in business, difficulthere. That good man has now long ties in which arising he resigned his been dead, the church extinct, and the

pastorate. After this he was induced chapel displaced by a warehouse, but to think of going to Australia, and was the labours of Mr. Lucombe, although encouraged by the Kent and Sussex his ministerial gifts were but of a Association of Particular Baptist humble order, were much blessed of Churches to do so, there being a great God, repeated' instances of which have need of ministers of our denomination from time to time come within the in those colonies. Friends in London knowledge of the writer of these lines, and elsewhere were very kind in furboth before and since the good man's nishing him with the means of taking death.

himself and family to that distant part ; Shortly after his baptism, Mr. McCure collections on which behalf were made, became exercised in mind about preach- realising the amount required and ing the Gospel of the Kingdom, and, “two pounds over.”' after much prayer, and some consulta- Mr. McCure embarked for Australia tion with friends, preached his first with his wife and six children on sermon in the open air, near Islington, September 2nd, 1852, and arrived at from the words, “ Lord, remember me Melbourne on December 20th.

No when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom," arrangements had been made for his on Lord's-day, March 1st, 1840. Friends rece tion on his arrival, nor support who heard him were much pleased with afterwards; and the time being that the effort, and he was after a while when the gold - digging fever requested by the church, of which he raying, and everything exceedingly was a member, to exercise his gifts dear, at first he had to endure great before them for their approval, which hardship, and accept very menial


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