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gaze upon the monuments of their fidelity and constancy. If we can find a book which they have marked, or if we recognise a favourite hymn of their’s, or if we have access to the room to which they have been accustomed to resort for meditation and devotion, how naturally and strongly
our religious sympathies awakened thereby!
The diminutive volume the reader has now in hand possesses no inconsiderable measure of the interest to which we allude. It is simply a transcript from the Bible. The one hundred and nineteenth Psalm suggests the topics of meditation, and parallel or illustrative texts are selected from various parts of the sacred volume, to impress and enforce them.
This useful and delightful task was self-imposed by the late Miss Susan Allibone,-a lady of such rare attainments in the Christian life, and especially of such exemplary submission to the will of God through a long period of weakness and suffering, that we cannot but regard with a sort of reverence such a memento of her spiritual taste and judgment.
To encourage that most laudable and edifying practice of committing Scripture to memory, it may be mentioned that the portions of sacred truth which are cited in the following pages were brought from the storehouse of the author's memory, without the aid of a concordance or parallel text-book. Her recollection of the words, as well as of the chapter and verse, was verified by others, and was rarely found at fault.
Such a thorough knowledge of the teachings of the inspired volume is a treasure as invaluable
as it is rare.
And it may add to the interest, if not the usefulness of the volume, to accompany it with a brief sketch of the author's character, drawn chiefly from the testimony of those who knew her most intimately.
Miss Allibone was a Christian of the deepest spirituality. One more heavenlyminded is scarcely to be found. Her walk was that of Enoch; her anointing was that of Aaron. It was impossible to be in her chamber
moments without the consciousness that one was in the presence of a believer of extraordinary attainments in holiness.
Truly might it be said of her, she was full of faith and of the Holy Ghost”. -a monument of divine grace—a vessel of honour, that had been fitted to her Master's use. She was more than a polished stone-she was a pillar in the temple of God, adorned and enriched with all the graces of the Spirit, showing forth the praises of Him who had blessed her with all spiritual blessings.
She was wont to express the comfort she felt in having the merits of the Redeemer to depend on-his blood to cleanse, his righteousness to justify. She had evidently taken her station at the foot of the cross, and rested her hopes of acceptance and of eternal life on the finished work of the Redeemer. She seemed to believe unhesitatingly whatever God had said in his word. There
was a directness in the going out of her mind to God's truth. She took hold of it as a child would take hold of the words of a faithful parent. She rested upon it; it formed her whole character.
It has often been remarked, that she was never long with others without saying a word for Christ, or showing her interest in their welfare. By word or by letter, by speaking or by writing, by sending a book or a tract, by one way or another, she appeared always employed in leading others to the Saviour.
IIer love was not a mountain torrent, dependent for its supply upon the melting snows, or the uncertain rain; now brawling, and foaming, and dashing along with inundating force, and now dried up to a little streamlet, scarce threading its sil