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God Glorious in Condescension.
AWAKE once more, my lyre, and sweetly move, To strains harmonious with redeeming love. Let others sing the glories of the field, The blood-stain'd falchion, and the shiver'd shield ; Of heroes skilld in slaughter, great in arms, And laurels pluck'd in blood, defeats, and palms; In strains e'en worthy of my subject tell, How this host vanquish'd, and that bravely fell. A nobler theme inspires my heart ; the plan, A God in treaty with rebellious man. A God, self-glorious, underiv'd his bliss, His all perfection, and all counsel his ; Equal his power, of dust, or stones to raise, A world of seraphs to their Maker's praise ; Encompassed by worlds on worlds, his throne, From each whose wisdom reflex ever shone ; A spirit boundless, yet for ever full, Wide as existence, just, as wide his rule ; Swift at whose presence earth's foundations fly, Beneath whose thunders worlds dissolve and dic; He lowly bending from his lofty seat, And suing peace with rebels at his feet ! With man! base man! to whom all ills belong, Man first....man last....man only in the wrong : Rude and ungrateful, helpless and forlorn, An heir to mischief, and to misery born. Man daring war with Heav'n, on Babels rear'd, And God indulgence asking, to be heard. Reason! his boast of reason, still the scorn, Foe to his God....God's vengeance still forborne, On his own ruin bent, in ruin brave, Yet God more fix'd the ruin'd wretch to save. Oh ! for an angel's heart, an angel's tongue, On this vast theme, too deep for mortal song ; The end, the means, the glory to display, And pour on night-swath'd man the heav'nly ray. The end, salvation ; means, Emmanuel slain ; The glory, God still just, tho mercy reign. God condescending to a human form, To meet on equal ground an adverse vorm! To end the strife, and glut insatiate pride, Concentrate every crime in deicide ; Jesus the Prince of life and glory's giv'n To the mad world, assailing God and Heay'n.
By his own death to purchase peace for earth,
Mysterious wisdom ! more mysterious love!
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The Life and Death of Professor ments, contracts, and judicial Gellert.
acts; an exercise which, in a less
ardent mind, might have stifled C
HRISTIAN F. GELLERT, the poetic spirit which soon burst
the third among thirteen forth in Gellert. In his thirteenth children, was born at Haynichen, year he wrote a poem on his in Saxony, in 1715. His father father's birth day, which must was second minister of the place; have possessed considerable fulfilled the duties of his charge merit, as many could recite it by for fifty years with exemplary memory, and preferred it to his zeal and fidelity; and died Dean other compositions. at the age of seventy-five. His Gellert went in 1734 to Leipmother, by her precepts, im- sick, and studied there four pressed on the mind of her chil- years, when bis father was oblidren the principles of piety; and ged to recal him from inability by her example, conducted them to support the expense of mainto the practice of active virtue. taining him at the university. She lived to see her eldest son, On his return home he began Frederic, principal commissary to preach ; and his first attempt, of the posts in Saxony; and her which was very inauspicious, he youngest, inspector of the mines thus relates in his memoirs.
" It was at the age of fifteen, Christian Gellert received his and in my native town, that I first education at a public school made the first essay of my elat Meissen, where his friend- oquence. One of the citizens ship commenced with Gartner had requested me to be godfaand Rabener, a friendship which ther to his child, which child much contributed to the happi. died a few days after. I underness of his future life. At the took his funeral sermon, though age of eleven he was employed my father agreed rather unwilin copying a multitude of docu- lingly to my so doing. The
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child was to be buried at noon ; His limited circumstances did at eight in the morning I began not allow him to devote his to compose my discourse, which whole time to the cultivation of was not completed till very late. his own talents. In 1739, he I lost what time remained in undertook the care of several composing an epitaph, and had pupils; and, zealous in the disbut one hour to fix what I had charge of this important duty, just written in my memory. he trusted not to his own However, I boldly entered the strength ; he prayed for superichurch, and began my discourse or assistance. On the right em. with much solemnity, and at- ployment of the Sabbath he tained nearly to the third sen- justly laid particular stress; he tence. Suddenly my ideas be considered it as “ an indispensacame confused, and the pre- ble means, and the most useful sumptuous orator found himself of all, for quickening our proin a state of anxiety, from which gress in religion and piety;" he it was difficult for him to recov- thought that on our mode of
At length I had recourse to employing the Sabbath,” de. my papers, written in the form pended “the use we made of of a deed, on one large sheet, I the week." unrolled it slowly before the eyes “ For on that day, (he would of my audience, who were as say,) to withdraw ourselves from much disturbed as myself ; I all earthly occupations, to make placed it in my hat and continuo a serious examination of our ed my discourse with tolerable hearts, to raise them to heaven, boldness.-Ardent youth ! let to nourish them with the truths my example teach thee to con- founded on faith, is to fortify duct thyself with more pru- them for the whole week, to predence. I presumed too much pare ourselves for a faithful disupon myself, I was punished charge of the duties of our callfor it, and I frequently after- ing. Amidst the tumults of the wards deplored my foolish te world, and the occupations of merity: be wiser than I was !" life, we too easily lose the senti
It is, pleasing thus to see a ment of our weakness and mise. man profit by his errors, and ry, if we do not set apart a cer. even disclose them for the bene- tain portion of time for medifit of others ; as the mariner tating on our insufficiency, and marks in his chart the fatal sands on the power and goodness of on which his vessel struck. God; on our nothingness, and From this incident Gellert con on his greatness.
The better ceived a timidity, which he your dispositions, the more acwas never able to overcome, and (tive your zeal in discharging which, together with bad health, your duties, the more secure weak lungs, and a memory not you may think your progress very firm, prevented him from in virtue, the more reason you becoming that ornament to the will have to fear the surprises of pulpit, which his early attempts spiritual pride. Consecrate, promised, and engaged him to therefore, the Lord's Day to acts employ his talents in a different of humility. Impress your heart line.
[deeply with the meditation of
this great truth : that your ex- | Matthew Hale, " is the Lord of istence, your felicity or your mis- our time, and lends it to us, and, ery, your faith, your piety, are as it is but just we should conentirely and wbolly dependent on secrate this part (the Sabbath) the Supreme Being. Entertain of that time to him, so I have a deep sense of the goodness of found, by a strict and diligent God, and of your own weakness. observation, that a due observaAwaken your mind to the sense | tion of the duty of this day hath of God's mercies ; enjoy the ever joined to it a blessing upon conversation of your pious the rest of my time, and the friends, rejoice in the felicity week that hath been so begun which is their portion, in the hath been blessed and prosperous beauties and in the wonders off to me ; and, on the other side, nature.”
when I have been negligent of This testimony from Gellert, the duties of this day, the rest whose assiduity in the discharge of the week hath been unsucof the arduous duties of his sta- cessful and unhappy to my own tion was unremitting, is surely secular employments ; so that a sufficient answer to those who I could easily make an estimate plead the toils of the week as an of my successes in my secular apology for the dissipation in employments the week followwhich they spend that day which ing, by the manner of my pasGod has claimed for himself. sing this day ; and this I do not If to adore their Creator is bur- write lightly or inconsiderately, thensome ; if to hold commun- but upon a long and sound obion with their Redeemer, and servation and experience."* gratefully to contemplate the In 1741, Gellert having conwonders of his love, is not a ducted his nephew, to whom he delightful employment; if a had for some time been tutor, to sense of their own insufficiency the University of Leipsick, there does not lead them to implore continued to instruct him, and the assistance of the Holy Spi- undertook the education of some rit; it is a sure proof that their other pupils. Soon after his rehearts are not right before God; turn to Leipsick, a periodical and no other argument is want work was commenced, called, ing to shew how necessary it is “ Amusements of the Heart and that they should diligently use Understanding," in which Gelall the appointed means of grace, lert “ inserted many tales and and thankfully acknowledge the fables, some didactic poems, and wisdom and goodness of God, several discourses in prose." in having set apart one day in “ Those," says his biograseven for peculiar attention to pher, “were perused with eagerour spiritual concerns.
ness, they were read over and To the opinion of Gellert we over, and learned by heart. The may add the testimony of one, easy and natural style of his eminent for his profound know narrations, perfectly simple and ledge of English law, and still more eminent for his unshaken
• Directions touching the keepintegrity and exalted piety.
ing of the Lord's Day, to his chil. “God Almighty," says Sir dren.