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which many waters could not quench, or the grave retain; and this at times in SAMUEL SCOTT, beautifully broke through the dark clouds, and shewed that all beyond, was harmony and light; of which there is no doubt his afflicted anxious soul at length gained permanent possession, when the work was finished, and the tempeftuous waves for ever ceased to rage. "O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires, and I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones."*

Here, reader, pause, and wisely consider that although "many are the afflictions of the righteous, the Lord delivereth out of them all." For "the Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants."+ By repeated trials and afflictions permitted or dispensed, they are induced to look at and duly appreciate, the things that can only be discerned by the spiritual eye of the regenerate, the things that are eternal; and are also prepared to receive, and retain, the unsullied joys of heaven. As affliction and trials, well endured, produce the peaceable fruits of righteousness, with quietness and assurance for ever, although grievous when they prevail; how Isaiah liv. 11. 12. + Psalm xxxiv. 19. and 22.


will they be estimated when the work is finished? when faith is lost in fruition, and uninterrupted rewards are possessed. Can they be viewed otherwise than with awfulness and gratitude, as well expressed by a deeply-tried and experienced servant of the Most High, when on the eve of ceasing from his labours, and of receiving permanently glorious rewards: Many and painful have been the probationary exercises of this life to me. Ah! were there probability of strength, how I could enlarge, for my heart seems melted within me in. retrospective view; but all the former conflicts, however grievous in their time, are lighter now than vanity, except as they are clearly seen to have contributed largely to the sanctification of the soul; as they are remembered with awfulness and gratitude before Him, who has not been wanting to preserve through them all; and as they seem likely to introduce, either very shortly, or before a very long time, to an exceeding and eternal weight of glory.'* When afflictions are thus viewed; when, as to duration, they are compared with the permanence of those joys which they may be said to produce; and as to severity, with that exceeding weight of glory which they ensure; great will be the encouragement to seek for patience during

* See Piety Promoted, Job Scott.

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their continuance, and not small the desire, that the design, in their prevalence, may be fulfilled.

Considerations of this kind are well adapted to a state of probation, of infancy, and twilight; where seeing only as through a glass, darkly, we know but in part; and truly profitable, as they tend to prepare for an entrance into those realms, where they see face to face, and know, even as they are known; where that which is in part, shall be done away by that which is perfect being come.

1 Cor. xiii. 12,

R. P.


DIARY, &c.

APPREHENDING that the keeping a Diary might have in sundry respects been useful, and contributed to an increase in the spiritual life, essays have at various times been attempted; the last in the summer, 1776, on being relieved from a disorder which I esteemed dangerous: but after a short continuation, "The bough was lopped with terror."

On the first day of the Sixth Month, in the year 1780, and in the 62d of my age, I renew the recording of some circumstances which have occurred, and which may yet occur. The number of my days, or, perhaps, only hours remaining, being certainly few and evil, the present attempt seems unseasonable. Nevertheless, if it please the Lord to look upon it with approbation, "New wine may be found in the cluster," and the Watcher and the Holy One may say, "Destroy it not, for a blessing is in it."


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