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548 EXTRACT FROM THE BISHOP OF HEREFORD'S LAST CHARGE.
out a risk and probability of inju- nestly desire the good of our people. rious and baneful offence? Surely It
to them, “We seek not yours this is at least to act conformably but you.” It will melt the heart of with the Apostle's injunction, and the gainsayer, and take away all his to “follow after things which make bitterness. It will be more satisfacfor peace, and things wherewith tory to ourselves than any state interone may edify another”—especially ference, and not less effective towards among
own flocks. Such the settlement of troubles which have forbearance on our part will carry lately, agitated some parts of the its own
recommendation on its kingdom, and disquieted and alarmed front; for it will show that we ear- other parts.
PROTESTANT MINSTRELSY.—No. XI.
Although the day be never so long,
See how the merry townsmen are thronging forth to-day;
Hark! how the music soundeth, and † in prison lie!
O Sun! when wilt thou hasten across the clear blue sky?
O summer day, so bright, so long,
When will they ring to even-song?
At matins they made ready my fiery couch for night;
And I am weary watching the fading of the light;
O summer-day, &c.
And pleasant angel faces will meet me on the road,
And from my bleeding shoulders lift off the fleshly load;
O summer day, &c.
Farewell, ye sunny meadows ! farewell, thou sunny plain !
, thou ancient abbey! where truth should nurtured be,
O weary day, &c.
Oh, wherefore do they linger? My soul would fain go home;
The wood is laid in order, and wherefore will they wait?
I hear my master calling-He knocketh at the gate
-the gate is opened, how gladly will come!
* The words of George Tankerfield, awaiting his martyrdom, while the Sheriffs were at a marriage feast. He had been sent to St. Albans, to be burnt in a field near the Abbey,
There is a merry bridal, therefore they wait so long ;
Mine enemies are merry, but they forget not me;
Thou weary day, &c.
My Lord hath made it ready, the garment that is meet,
When at the heavenly supper, to-night, I take my seat.
Thou weary day, &c.
my Master's signal, it is His bridal train;
Sweet summer day, so bright, so long,
At last they ring to even-song.
The fiery pain will not be long,
Review of Books.
THE LIFE OF LORD HILL, G. C. B., Late Commander of the Forces.
By The Rev. EDWARD SIDNEY. Murray, 1845. This biography is not one of great tumult and the exuberance of buoyand exciting interest, either as detail- ant energy and strength, quietly and ing the experience of a Christian steadily, modestly and unobtrusively, mind, or the “hair-breadth escapes” in a kind, conciliatory, and generous of a soldier. It was perhaps hazard- spirit, pressing forward through a ous to a village pastor to step so far long series of years in a peculiarly out of his line and habits as to write a successful and glorious career; the purely military memoir; in which he friend and brother of his officers, the could hardly be expected to employ father of his men, the idol of the army, himself, con amore, even in recording and the object of malicious envy to no the facts of this “just and necessary”
Even when he reached the war. And, in fact, the extreme mo- highest post of military honour that desty and freedom from selfishness of could be conferred on him, it was the Lord Hill, and his intense and untir- wish of all the changing parties in ing devotion to his profession, have power that Lord Hill should continue rendered those epistolary communi
at the head of the army.
This is cations, on which Mr. Sidney relied surely a pleasing contemplation. for the substance of his Memoir, too There is something in the natural brief and too cold to supply raphic temperament of that highly respectand animated recitals of events, in able family from which Lord Hill themselves the most splendid. We came—the Hills of Hawkestone-that are called upon, however, in the main, was calculated to give rise to this asto survey a soldier from principle, not semblage of excellent qualities; but, from the natural loye of bustle and besides this, it is to be remembered,
that true religion-the Gospel of our the needless sacrifice of human life, Lord and Saviour-has been long had the 93rd Highland regiment was orin reverence among them; and that dered up. They were a body of vethe names of several very eminent terans, and of known Christian charChristians are on record, who gave acter. They at once stated their lustre to the family by their piety : readiness for the duty, however arduand there appears good reason to sup- ous; but, knowing what was before pose that, during his military careeer, them, they asked for a delay of Lord Hill was not without serious three minutes. This was granted. thought and sound religious principle; The whole regiment was at once prosand that in the decline of life, when trated for that period in silent prayer, he felt more and more the compara- They rose, and moved onward; and tive worthlessness of this world's in twenty minutes more they were a fleeting honours, his mind was turned skeleton regiment! still more effectually to the glorious Now, however strange to realities of eternity.
be the union of true piety It is on this ground especially, that with legalized bloodshed, it is quite we notice the work.
We cannot sup
evident that it exists; and that true pose our readers to take peculiar in- piety in the soldier's bosom is as terest in the details of war. Not all much the principle of the heroic fulthe adornment of military skill and filment of duty as in any other proprowess, nor all the national interest fession. Of this fact our army has which must be taken in such strug- supplied abundant and unquestiongles as the last continental war for able proofs—such, that if the military the world's liberty, can hide the me- authorities are to be led by undoubted lancholy reality of those scenes of experience, they would encourage the deadly strife and carnage. And it is increase of religious instruction to be hoped most sincerely, that as among the soldiery, as the true way education, and the intluence of divine of improving their morale both in truth spread in the earth, and indi- “ field and foray.” It is at the viduals see the battle-field in its true same time both painful and pleasing character, both nations and govern- to notice an allusion to the fact, that ments will be increasingly unwilling “Lord Wellington did not view with to unsheathe the sword. Whilst, indifference the melancholy destituhowever, imperious necessity still lays tion of the means of grace" in the this duty upon men, it is well to know, Peninsular force, and “twice vainly from examples like this before us, made urgent representations to govthat, in proportion as a man is a ernment on the subject, asking for Christian, he does not make the worse, active and efficient clergymen;" and but the better soldier; that Christian that when at last, through the spreadprinciples, early imbibed, lead to the ing influence of a few pious individusteady and honourable fulfilment of als, many banded together to seek duty in all the trying vicissitudes of among themselves in private the prithe military profession, till, in the vileges they could not enjoy in public close of life, they ripen into deeper ministrations, “officers who, during views of a more awful warfare, a more the campaign, regarded these promomentous victory. It is a well- ceedings with disapprobation, have known fact in the army, that at the though deeply attached to our own storming of St. Sebastian's, the sol- excellent church, with its order, disdiers who fell highest upon the breach cipline, and doctrine, since spoken of in the storming-party, had carried the leaven then working in the ranks, their Testaments in their bosoms. with wonder and respect, and with And we cannot refrain from record- grief at the apathy of the government.” ing another equally interesting fact. It would have been desirable if At the siege of New Orleans, when it some details of the life of this very had become quite evident, even to the amiable and worthy man could have men, that any further continuance of been furnished by some companion in that unfortunate attack would be only arms; for the daily traits of such a character could not but be interesting. of us, including his lordship--all but And as it is, we are left to learn the myself asleep." exercise of his principles merely from Now what we desiderate, is to know the routine and obedient fulfilment what were the feelings and commuof the duties of his calling, and from nications of nine such men, on the eve the occasional acknowledgments in of such a death-strife and after its his short private letters, of the kind- close. How gratifying it would have ness of Providence to him and his. been if the intercourse of thinking, We learn, however, with much plea- and pious, and brave men, could have sure, that “ Lord Hill was not at that risen up before us. What was the ball at Brussels from which the chief- expressed sense of a merciful protains were summoned to the field of tecting providence? what was the Waterloo." “ He was at his post, blessing and thanksgiving over their attending to the movements of the moderate meals, when so many of their enemy, and his own duties. The fellow-men were groaning round them night previous to the battle was spent and so many had “ bit the dust”? by Lord Hill and his staff in a small The proverbial reserve of the Enghouse by the road side leading from lish character is well known; and in Brussels to the field.” Sir Digby religious feelings it is greatly increasMackworth, who was on his staff, ed from an unnecessary fear of what says, that, at the grand crisis of the is called “cant”; but, surely, it could day, “he placed himself at the head not be that in such crises, amidst such of his light brigade, and charged the men as Lord Hill and his chosen flank of the imperial guard as they companions, thrown together,day and were advancing against our guards. night, in one room, some demonstraLord Hill's horse was shot under tion should not occur of the deephim, and, as he ascertained the next seated feelings of the soul. In a morning, was shot in five places. letter to his sister, Lord Hill says, The General was rolled over and se- “ let us be thankful for all mercies, verely bruised, but in the melee this and never forget that Providence was unknown to us for half an hour. which has protected us." Could we We knew not what was become of but have heard what each one who him; we feared he had been killed.” had escaped with his life, in the “When the tremendous day was over, warmth of present gratitude, said to Lord Hill and his staff again re-occu- his fellow ! pied the little cottage they left in the Lord Hill, however, said little in morning. His two gallant brothers, society on this or any other subject. Sir Robert Hill and Colonel Clement In fact, his letters to his relations Hill had been removed wounded to are little more than field-written deBrussels. The party was, neverthe- spatches to head-quarters at Hawkeless, nine in number; a soup, made stone; but his biographer
that by Lord Hill's servant, from two “having had the advantage, in early fowls, was all their refreshment, after life, of instruction from several emihours of desperate fighting without a nently pious members of his family, morsel of food. Lord Hill himself their example left an indelible impreswas bruised and full of pain. All sion on his mind.” The great upnight long the groans and shrieks of rightness of his conduct, was the sufferers were the chief sounds that result of an earnest desire to have a met their ears.” Sir D. Mackworth, “ conscience void of offence before fatigued as he was, wrote a very
God and man.” graphic account of this last tre- After his decease a paper of notes mendous struggle, which he has per- was found in his drawer, which, mitted to be inserted in this volume, intended as it was for his own eye and which he concludes with these alone, affords remarkable evidence words. “ Lord Hill and staff retired of the spirit in which he fulfilled the to a small cottage, where we now are. duties of his distinguished office.” We have but one room between nine We give a few sentences :
“ Cannot God, who raised me without myself, cannot he raise me or keep me up though my ruin should be designed and attempted. And, perhaps, it may never come to this; for who knows but God may give a blessing to my honest endeavours. Now if I neglect that which I take to be my duty, or for fear of danger or any consideration put it off, I may justly expect *
“ I know that I have not the least pretence to what I enjoy. I am His debtor, and can make no other return, but by doing my duty honestly, and leaving the event to Providence.
"Be strong and of good courage: fear not nor be afraid, for the Lord thy God he it is that doth go with thee. He will not fail thee nor forsake thee: and the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee. He will not fail thee, neither forsake thee : fear not, neither be dismayed.?”
“These (and other) passages,” says his biographer, “show that he was a reader of the Bible, and that he desired to regulate his conduct according to its rules. He generally dined with Lord Teignmouth, the president of the Bible Society, on the days of its anniversary, and seemed to listen with interest to the conversation of the good men who formed the parties on these occasions. What he heard he treasured up in his own bosom; and it pleased God when sickness incapacitated him for all public duty, to make the word of eternal truth his joy and consolation.
“ His attachment to his uncle, the Rev. Rowland Hill—the irregular, the eccentric, the holy, and the useful—was another very pleasing feature of his character.
“He constantly showed him the most delicate attentions; and his first dinner, after he was commander-in-chief, was given to his uncle; nor did he lose any opportunity of adding to the comfort of his declining days. His funeral took place at Surrey Chapel, on the 19th of April ; and though Lord Hill had been commanded to attend the King on that day, he begged his Majesty's gracious permission to be excused, that he might be present on the solemn occasion."
In August, 1842, Lord Hill resigned his important and arduous charge; and appears speedily to have laid aside all care about worldly concerns, and to have turned his attention mainly to another world.
“ On the Sabbath it was most pleasing to see the fervour of his devotion, and his anxiety to attend the services of the day. 'He took great interest in his village church at Hodnet, and assisted most liberally to put it into a state of tasteful but unostentatious repair. The last day I ever saw him in his own house, he invited myself and others to see the alterations he had made in the church. We went, and as he left the interior, he walked pensively round the tower. standing on the spot which he felt conscious would soon be his grave. He gave an indistinct answer to some question, and relapsed into silence.” " He seemed to have entirely thrown off all worldly cares, and to have fixed his thoughts on the mighty interests of the world to which he was rapidly hastening. He said little, but his solemnity during worship, and at the prayer of the family, was perceptible to every one present." * All observed,” says his eldest sister," the deep feeling expressed by the invalid, when the glorious plan of redemption was dwelt upon, through the atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ: and those who attended his death-bed, had the comfort of believing, that the name of the Saviour was a comfort to him in his weak
On one occasion, he selected the 51st Psalm to be read to him, as particularly suited to his feelings; and he said to one of his nephews,
with regard to my religious feelings, I have not power to express much, and never had; but I do trust I am sincere, and hope for mercy.""
How delightful it is to see the sun of a long life of successful military conflicts thus setting in religious peace! Lord Hill reached the highest honours of his profession, wore them meekly, conciliated all hearts in the use of them, laid them quietly aside, and meekly took his station, preparatory to his migration into another state of being, at the foot of the