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THE REV. MR. DENSHAM.

[See p. 395 of this Mag.).

A CHILD of dust, a creature of a day;
A feeble frame, the best estate of man ;

Rais'd from the earth, and form’d of brittle clay,
His journey here a short contracted span.

In ev'ry stage of life we trembling stand,
Amid the vary d scene expos'd to death :

In num'rous ways be thrusts his fatal hand,
Shuts ev'ry vein, and draws the vital breath!

This conqu’ring pow'r, commission'd from the skiring
Aware or not, consigns us to the comb;

Alike it hurries hence the rude or wisc,
The hoary head, or dow'r of youthful bloom !

Nor does the gracious renovated mind,
Or useful life, the great decree revoke :

These meeten us for pleasures well refin'd;
They sanctify, but not remove the stroke.
Yon mournful sight, of grief a painful cause,

Confirms these truths in plaintive strains of woc
Alas! there Densham lies, a breathless corse ;

A victim fo the tyrant's fatal blow!
Callid on a sudden from a world of sin,

Surrounding friends may well their loss deplore :
That tongue, so late employ'd with work divine,

In silence seal'd, proclaims the truth, no more.

With zeal inspir’d, to spread the Saviour's name,
He publish'd of the gospel's joyful sound:

His theme, his constant theme, where'er he cameg
Pardon and peace in Jesu's blood is found !"

His Spirit, now dislodg'd from cumb'rous clay,
On Seraphs wings is kindly wafted home;

There, in the regions of eternal day,
The church triumphant joy to see him come!

Among the blessed, the celestial throng,
His much-lov'd Patron, just arriv'd before,

Scems standing foremost with a rapt'rous song
To hail him welcome to the blisstul shore !

Oh, ye who witness'd their employ of love,
Review their toils ! but while the wound you feel,

Be not depress'd ; our Jesus reigns above,
Head of his Church, and King in Zion still!

Ye honour'd few, who from the city go,
Each Sabbath.morn, to speak in Jesu's name ;

Your cause, to Densham dear, his worth ye know,
Wis early tomb should n-w your zeal enflame.

This solemn call with others loudly join;
Ah, what a train have late been call'd away!

Ye gospel heralds, hear the voice divine,
Your arduous work pursue while yet 'tis day.

O Thou, whose steps mysterious and profound,
No finite wisdom ever can explore !

May we, amidst the dire aifliction round,
Await thy will, and all thy ways adore!

But while thy various judgments are abroad,
And faithful servants thus are gather'd home,

We look to thee, for thou art Israel's God;

Regard thy church, and let thy kingdoit come! NULLUM, • Mr. Eyre.

London Itinerant Society.

Messis. Towle and} Mt. Kello and Mr. Booth.

} Mr. Gaffee and Mr. Butión.

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ENGAGED IN THE WEEKEY EXERCISE OF PRAYERS

ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS,
on Account of the present State of our Country.
Time.
Place:

Ministers to engage.
1803
July 27,

{ Aug.,3, Mr. Jennings's, Mr. Wall and Mr. Knight. o Mr Bootli's,

Mr. Hutchings a:rd Mr. Burder, 17, Mr. Burder's; Mr. Coxhead and Mr. Waugh. 24. Mr. Kello'si

Mr. Thorpe and Mr. -Booth. 31. Mr. Hutchings's, Mr. Humphrys and Mr. Taylor, Sept.7, Mr. Gaffee's, Mr. Goode and Mr. Jennings. 14, Mr. Goode's, Mr. Clayton and Mr. Barber.

Mr. Knight's, of

Soutlwark, 28, Mr Taylor's, Mr. Waugh and Dr. Rippon. Oct. 5, Mr. Wall's; Mr. Taylor and Mr. Towle.' 12,

Mr. Button's, • Mr. Brooksbank and Mr: Humphrysa
19, Mr Clayton's, Mr. Knight and Mr. Kello.
26,{

Mr. Humphrys's,
of Southwark,

Mr. Button and Mr. Jennings.
Nov. 2,
Mr. Thorpe's,

Mr. Gaffee and Mr. Hu chings.
9. Dr. Rippon's, Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Barber.
16, Mr. Coxhead's, Dr. Rippon and Mr. Burder.
23, Mr. Reynolds's, Mr. Brooksbank and Mr. Clayton.

30, Mr. Brooksbank's, Mr. Wall and Mr. Goode. Dec. 7, Mr. Waugh's, Mr. Thorpe and Mr. Coxhead,

Service to begin precisely at Half past six.

The Minister of the Place concludes. Should any Minister; who is appointed to engage, be unable to attend, it is expected that he will procure one to supply his place, whose name is in the above list.

17 When a new List is formed, it will probably include the names of other Ministers who were not preseňt, or conld not be consulted, when this was drawn up.

We are happy to find that these prayer-meetings have hitherto been well attended. At a Meeting of several of the Ministers above-mentioned, and

others of their Brethren, on Tuesday, Aug. 16, it was agreed, Respectfully to submit to the sitention of their Christian Friends, the following short

ADDRESS: THE alarming state of this kingdom loudly calling for extraordinary prayer and humiliation, several Ministers, in town and country, hare es. pressed their earnest wish that a particular day be chosen, in which religious persons, of different denominations, may present their common Snp. plications to the Tirrone of Grace in behalf of our King and Country.

A considerable number, therefore, of Ministers have agreed to propose to their respective congregations, Wednesday, Sept. 21,

ai a suitable day for this solemn purpose ; and they take the liberty of affectionately recommending the observance of the same to as many of their brethrein throughout the kingdom, as inay approve of this measure, and to whom the day proposed may be convenient.

It has been suggested, that the union of two or three congregations in exe place, where local circumstances permit, might be beneficial, by enabling them 10 avui themselves of :he assistance of several Ministers, and be productive of other Hatvantages.''

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This able and faithful minister of the New Testament was a native of Scotland, being born at the village of Fettercairn, in the shire of Kincardine, about twelve miles from Montrose. When he was seven years of age he lost his father, who was a serious man; but this event did not deprive him of that inestimable privilege, a religious education. His pious mother discharged, with affectionate fidelity, the important trust that devolved upon her, and watched for the souls of her children as one that knew she must give an account. Her instruction and example made a deep and lasting impression on his mind; and he would frequently mention the familiar but striking manner in which she encouraged her children to seek the God of their father, saying, “ God loves to hear children pray." From this early period he never wholly omitted prayer; and was always afraid of sin. Indeed, tenderness of conscience was a prominent trait in his character through life; some remarkable instances of which, have left an impression on the mind of the writer, that can never be effaced. "To the pious labours of a worthy school-master, under whose care he was placed, Mr. Crole ascribed, under God, much of his early improvement in religious knowledge. This good man used 10 catechise his pupils, and, with great seriousness, would explain and inculcate the important truths and duti-s of religion in a manner adapted to the understanding of his juvenile auditory. A text of Scripture, commented upon one of the occasions, greatly affected Mr. Crole's mind at the time it was mentioned, and was never wholly forgotten ; but, in the hour of temptation, frequently suggested the most powerful restraint

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