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wave scarcely curling to the evening zephyr of an, cepting that of Paris, in which one professor has unclouded summer sky, and gently rippling to the so many scholars.” To the third question, Sabinus shore. It was a "DEPARTURE"-a SLEEP”—“the replied, "that Melancthon's works were a sufficient earthly house of this tabernacle was pissOLVED!" proof of his belief in both those articles.” The 2 Cor. v. 1.
cardinal said, “I should think him a wiser man if Surely then, "such a pious and tranquil removal he did not believe them.” from a toilsome and afflictive life, ought to be a sub When in consequence of the tyranny of queen ject of joy, rather than of lamentation, and each of Mary, thousands of Puritans fled from England us should entreat God, that in the possession of a into Germany, Switzerland, and France, the Luthersimilar peace of conscience, firm faith, acknow- ans reproached them as the Devil's Martyrs
. Meledgment of the truth and ardent devotion of mind, lancthon contended strenuously against these cahe would conduct us from our present imprison- lumniators, and expressed his abhorrence at such ment to his eternal presence.”
language being applied to a class of men like LatiInformation of this event was immediately trans- mer and others with whom he was well acquainted. mitted to the Elector, and means were adopted to It is painful to reflect that an event which usually bury him with suitable circumstances of respect. checks the hostile feelings of the most determined To gratify the anxious crowds who were desirous enemies, did not, however, subdue the animosity of of seeing ihe body of this venerable person, the pub- those of Melancihon., A persecuting demon seemlic were permitted for a day and a half after his ed to have taken an entire possession of them, for decease to inspect his mortal remains; and of the even after his decease, they shot the envenomed hundreds who.availed themselves of the opportu- arrows of malignity at his character, and borrowed nity, none could resist bestowing an abundant tri- the vociferous tongue of calumny to blast his fame: buie of tears upon his beloved memory. Strangers but in vain to him-he had reached that peaceful who had never seen him while living, pressed 10 asylum so long anticipated, where “the wicked take a view of the yet undeparted symmetry of his cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest!" amiable countenance, and all who came, were de From a considerable collection of Greek and La. sirous of obtaining a pen, a piece of paper, how-tin eulogies and epitaphs, with which he used to preever small, on which he had written, or in short dict that the poets would honor his memory, the any thing he had used, however insignificant in it- following, by Theodore Beza, is selected as a suffiself, which was scattered on the floor of the library: cient and very beautiful specimen :
His remains were placed in a leaden coffin, and deposited close to the body of Martin Luther
Et tu igitur tandem tumuli sub mole repostus "lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their
Die o Philippe, nunc jaces. death, they were not divided.” A long Latin in Et quam invidisti vivus tibi tute quietem, scription was written on the coffin, containing a
Cunctis qietem dum paras, chronological notice of the principal circumstances
Ipsa tibi cura et sancti peperere labores, of his life. Some of the professors in the univer
Carum o bonis cunctis caput! sity attended in funeral robes to convey the body to
At tu funde rosas, funde isti lilia tellus, the parochial church, where it was placed before
Ut lilia inter et rosas, the altar, and after the usual ceremonies and psalms,
Quo nil candidius fuit et nil suavius uinquam, Paul Eberus, pastor of the church at Wittemberg,
Recubet Melancthon molliter. delivered a funeral discourse; after which, the body
Et gravic huic ut sis, caveas juvenisve senexve, being removed into the centre of the church, Doc
Qui nemini vixit gravis. tor Vitus Winshemius pronounced an oration in Latin. The crowd of students, citizens, strangers,
Here then, MELANCTHON, lies thy honor'd head
Low in the grave ainongst the mould'ring dead' and persons of every class, attracted together to
In life, 'twas thine to make all others blest, witness these solemnities, was never exceeded on
But to thyself denying peace and rest; any occasion within the memory of the spectators.
Thine was the boly toil, the anxious tear, Among the rest, were several of the professors
Dear Philip-to the good for ever dear!from the university of Leipsic, and many of the O earth! let lilies here profusely spring, nobility, pastors of churches, and others, from a
And roses all around their odours fling large vicinity. Here our labors are closed. The reader will ac
For rose and lily each their glories bend, cept of this volume as a faithful portrait of Melanc
The sweet, the fair, in our departed friend! thon's character; but before it is parted with, it is
Soft let him sleep and none disturb his rest,
None he disturb'à while living-none oppres! due to the distinguished individual whose likeness we have endeavored to impress upon these pages, to relate two circumstances as a finish to the pic
ODE TO PHILIP MELANCTHON ture: the one is illustrative of his fame, the other of his piety.
Oh! who would envy those who die When Sabinus, his son-in-law, visited Italy, he car Victims on ambition's shrine! ried a letter of introduction from Melancthon to Though idiot man may rank them high, the celebrated Cardinal Bembo; the consequence
And to the slain in victory, of which was an invitation to dinner. Among a Pay honors half divine; variety of questions, the three following are parti To feel this heaving futtering breath, cularly mentioned. The cardinal inquired "what Stillid by the lightest touch of death, was Melancthon's salary-what the number of his The happier lot be mine! hearers—and what his opinion 'respecting the re I would not, that the murdering brand, surrection and a future state ?”—To the first ques Were the last weapon in my hand. tion, Sabinus replied, that "his salary was about He, of whom these pages tell, three hundred florins," upon which, the cardinal He, a soldier too--of truth, exclaimed, “Ungrateful Germany! to estimate at He, a hero from his youth; no higher a price so many and such labors of so How delightfully he fell! great a man!" His reply to the second question Not in the crash, and din, and flood, was," that he had usually fifteen hundred hearers." of execrations, groans, and blood, To this the cardinal answered, "I cannot believe it, Rivetting fetters on the good !because I do not know a university in Europe, ex But happily and well.
No song of triumph sounds his fall,
His sun went down in cloudless skies, No march of death salutes his bier,
Assur'd upon the morn to rise, But tribute sweeter far than all,
In lovelier array, The sainted sigh, the orphan tear!
But not like earth's declining light Yet moin not, ye who stand around,
To vanish back again to-night: Bid not tiine less swiftly roll,
The zenith where he now shall glow What though shade the prospect bound;
No bound, no setting beam can know. He a brighier world has found,
Without, or cloud or shade of wo, Death is the birth-day of the soul.
Is that eternal day. Witness! (for ye saw him die)
History will not write his name,
Upon the crimson roll ot faine,
Mark him in her tablet fair; Breathe, over wearied nature still repose, And, when million names shall fade, And l'ull a lovely evening to rest:
He will stand recorded there!
or THE LATE
REV. SAMUEL PEARCE, A.M.
EXTRACTS FROM SOME OF HIS
MOST INTERESTING LETTERS.
BY ANDREW FULLER D. D.
Oh Jonathan, thou wast slain upon thy high places. I am distressed for thee, my brother
It was observed by this excellent man, during his mostly upon the spur of occasion; and related prin last affliction, that he never till then gained any per- cipally to business, or to things which would be sonal instruction from our Lord's telling Peter by less interesting to Christians in general. It is true, what death he shald glorify God. To die by a even in then it was his manner to drop a few senconsumption, had used to be an object of dread to timents, towards the close, of an experimental kind; him. But, “Oh my Lord, (said he,) if by this and many of these hints will be interspersed if the death I can most GLORIFY THEE, I prefer it to all brief account of him. But it was during his afilicothers.” The lingering death of the cross, by which tion, when, being laid aside nearly a year, and our Saviour himself expired, afforded him an oppor- obliged to desīst from all public concerns, that he tunity of uttering som : of the most affecting sen- gave scope to the feelings of his heart. Flere, tences which are left on sacred record. And to the standing as on an eminence, he reviewed his life, lingering death of this his honored servant, we are re-examined the ground of his hope, and anticiindebted for a considerable part of the materials pated the crown which awaited him, with a jog which appear in these Memoirs. Had he been truly unspeakable and full of glory. taken away suddenly, there had been no opportunity Like Elijah, he has left the chariot of Isteel, and for him to have expressed his sentiments and feel ascended as in a chariot of fire; but not without ings in the manner he has now done in letters to having first communicated of his eminently Chris his friends. While in health, his hands were full tian spirit. Oh that a double portion of it may of labor, and consequently his letters were written | rest upon us!
threw it from him to be scattered by the wind. He His Parentage, Conversiow, Call to the Ministry, and Selement at did not, however, consider his obligation to be the Birmingham.
Lord's, as hereby nullified; but feeling more sus. MR. SAMUEL Pearce was born at Plymouth, on picion of bimself, he depended upon the blood of July 20th, 1766. His father, who survives him, is the cross. a respectable silversmith, and has been many years After this, he was baptized, and became a mema deacon of the Baptist church in that place. ber of the Baptist church at Plymouth, the minis
When a child, he lived with his grandfather, who ters and members of which, in a few years, perwas very fond of him, and endeavored to impress ceived in him talents for public work. Being soli bis mind with the principles of religion. At about cited by both his pastors, he exercised as a proba eight or nine years of age, he came home to his tioner; and receiving a unanimous call from the father with a view of learning his business. As he church, entered on the work of the ministry in Noadvanced in life, his evil propensities, as he has vember, 1786. Soon after this, he went to the acasaid, began to ripen; and forming connections with demy at Bristol, then under the superintendence of several vicious school-fellows, he became more and Dr. Caleb Evans. more corrupted. So greatly was his heart, at this Mr. Birt, now pastor of the Baptist church in the time, set in him to do evil, that had it not been for square, Plymouth Dock, in a letter to the compiler the restraining goodness of God, which somehow, of these memoirs, thus speaks of him :-“Though he knew not how, preserved him in most instances he was, so far as I know, the very first fruits of my from carrying his wicked inclinations into practice, ministry, on my coming hither, and though our he supposed he should have been utterly ruined. friendship and affection for each other were great
At times he was under strong convictions, which and constant, yet previous to his going to Bristol, i rendered him miserable; but at other times they had but few opportunities of conversing with him, subsided; and then he would return with eagerness or of making particular observations on him. All lo his sinful pursuits. When about fifteen years who best knew him, however, will remember, and old, he was sent by his father to inquire after the must tenderly speak of his loving deportment; and welfare of a person in the neighborhood, in dying those who attended the conferences with him, soon circumstances, who (though before his departure received the most impressive intimations of his fuhe was in a happy state of mind, yet) at that time, ture eminence as a minister of our Lord Jesus was sinking into deep despair. While in the room Christ.” of the dying man, he heard him cry out with inex * Very few," adds Mr. Birt, "have entered upon, pressible agony of spirit, “I am damned for ever!" | and gone through their religious profession with These awful words pierced his soul; and he felt a more exalted piety, or warmer zeal, tnan Samuel resolution at the time to serve the Lord: but the Pearce; and as few have exceeded him in the impression soon wore off, and he again returned to possession and display of that charity which isuffolly.
fereth long, and is kind, that envieth not, that When about sixteen years of age, it pleased God vaunteth not itself, and is not puffed up, that doth effectually to turn him to himself. A sermon de noi behave itself unseemly, that seeketh not her livered by Mr. Birt, who was then co-pastor with own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, that Mr, Gibbs, of the Baptist church at Plymouth, was beareth all things, believeth all things, endureth all the first mean of impressing his heart with a sense things.' But why should I say this to you? You of his lost condition, and of directing him to the knew him yourself.” gospel remedy. The change in him appears to While at the academy, he was much distinguishhave been sudden, but effectual; and the recollec-ed by the amiableness of his spirit and behavior. tion of his former vicious propensities, though a It is sometimes observable that where the talents of source of bitterness, yet furnished a strong evidence a young man are admired by his friends, and his of its being the work of God. “I believe," he says, early efforts flattered by crowded auditories, effects “ few conversions were more joyful. The change have been produced which have proved fatal to his produced in my views, feelings, and conduct, was future respectability and usefulness. But this was so evident to myself, that I could no more doubt of not the case with Mr. Pearce. Amidst the tide of its being from God, than of my existence. I had popularity, which even at that early period attended the witness in myself, and was filled with peace and his ministerial exercises, his tutors have more than joy unspeakable.”
once remarked that he never appeared to them to His feelings being naturally strong, and receiving be in the least elated, or to have neglected his proa new direction, he entered into religion with all per studies; but was uniformly the serious, indushis heart; but not having known the devices of irious, docile, modest, and unassuming young man. Satan, his soul was entangled by its own ardor, and Towards the latter end of 1789, he came to the he was thrown into great perplexity. Having read church in Cannon street, Birmingham, to whom he Doddridge's Rise and Progress of Religion in the was recommended by Mr. Hall, now of Cambridge, Soul, he determined formally to dedicate himself at that time one of his tutors. After preaching to to the Lord, in a manner recommended in the se-them awhile on approbation, he was chosen to be venteenth chapter of that work. The form of a their pastor. His ordination was in August, 1790. covenant, as there drawn up, he also adopted as his Dr. Evans gave the charge, and the late Mr. Robert own; and that he might bind himself in the most Hall, of Arnsby, delivered an address to the church solemn and affecting manner, signed it with his on the occasion. In the year 1791, he married Miss blood. But afterwards failing in his engagements, Sarah Hopkins, daughter of Mr. Joshua Hopkins, he was plunged into dreadful perplexity, and al- of Alcester: a connection which appears to have most into despair. On a review of his covenant, he been all along a source of great enjoyment to him. scems to have accused himself of a pharisaical re- The following lines addressed to Mrs. Pearce, when liance upon the strength of his own resolutions; he was on a journey, a little more than a year after and therefore, taking ihe paper to the top of his their marriage, seem to be no more than a common father's house, he tore it into small pieces, and I leiter; yet they show, not only the tenderness of his