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the last chance we have of being together in our and about myself. No clouds, raised by my old way; and I own I should like to know—" superstition, will ever come between us again. His voice faltered, and his blue eyes moistened can't honestly tell you that am more willing a little. He left the sentence unfinished. now than I was when we were in the Isle of
Midwinter took his hand and helped him, as Man, to take what is called the rational view of he had often helped him to the words that he your Dream. Though I know what extraordiwanted in the by-gone time.
nary coincidences are perpetually happening in “You would like to know, Allan,” he said, the experience of all of us, still I can not accept “that I shall not bring an aching heart with me coincidences as explaining the fulfillment of the to your wedding-day? If you will let me go Visions which our own eyes have seen. All I back for a moment to the past, I think I can can sincerely say for myself is, what I think it satisfy you."
will satisfy you to know, that I have learned to They took their chairs again. Allan saw view the purpose of the Dream with a new mind. that Midwinter was moved. “Why distress I once believed that it was sent to rouse your yourself ?” he asked, kindly~"why go back to distrust of the friendless man whom you had the past ?”
taken as a brother to your heart. I now know “For two reasons, Allan. I ought to have that it came to you as a timely warning to take thanked you long since for the silence you have him closer still. Does this help to satisfy you observed, for my sake, on a matter that must that I, too, am standing hopefully on the brink have seemed very strange to you. You know of a new life, and that while we live, brother, what the name is which appears on the register your love and mine will never be divided again?" of my marriage—and yet you have forborne to They shook hands in silence. Allan was the speak of it, from the fear of distressing me. Be- first to recover himself. He answered in the fore you enter on your new life, let us come to few words of kindly assurance which were the a first and last understanding about this. I ask best words that he could address to his friend. you—as one more kindness to me—to accept “I have heard all I ever want to hear about my assurance (strange as the thing must seem the past,” he said ; “and I know what I most to you) that I am blameless in this matter; and wanted to know about the future. Every body I entreat you to believe that the reasons I have says, Midwinter, you have a career before you for leaving it unexplained are reasons which, -and I believe that every body is right. Who if Mr. Brock was living, Mr. Brock himself knows what great things may happen before you would approve."
and I are many years older?” In those words he kept the secret of the two “Who need know?” said Midwinter, calmly. names—and left the memory of Allan's mother, “Happen what may, God is all-merciful, God what he had found it, a sacred memory in the is all-wise. In those words, your dear old friend heart of her son.
once wrote to me. In that faith, I can look “One word more,” he went on—"a word back without murmuring at the years that are which will take us, this time, from past to fu- past, and can look on without doubting to the ture. It has been said, and truly said, that out years that are to come.” of Evil may come Good. Out of the horror and He rose, and walked to the window. While the misery of that night you know of has come they had been speaking together the darkness had the silencing of a doubt which once made my passed. The first light of the new day met him life miserable with groundless anxiety about you as he looked out, and rested tenderly on his face.
Which wild September gales have strown When before the ark of our holy cause With havoc on wreck, and dashed therewith Fell Dagon down
Pale crews unknownDagon foredoomed, who, armed and targed, Men, arms, and steeds. The evening sun Never his impious heart enlarged
Died on the face of each lifeless one, Beyond that hour; God walled his power, And died along the winding marge of fight And there the last invader charged.
And searching-parties lone. He charged, and in that charge condensed Sloped on the hill the mounds were green, His all of hate and all of fire;
Our centre held that place of graves,
And some still hold it in their swoon,
And over these a glory waves.
The warrior-monument, crashed in fight, Aerial screamings, taunts, and yells;
Shall soar transfigured in loftier light, Then the three waves in flashed advance
A meaning ampler bear; Surged, but were met, and back they set: Soldier and priest with hymn and prayer Pride was repelled by sterner pride,
Have laid the stone, and every bone And Kight is a strong-hold yet.
Shall rest in honor there.
FRANCIS ASBURY. THERE is a man, not even named in our Francis. He and a little sister were all the
more deeply into American life in its social, home. She, though lovely and most dear to moral, and religious facts than any other who the small family circle, remained in it but a few lived and acted his part in our more formative summers, when the Good Father took her to his period. His name was Francis Asbury. His own home. The parents and brother clierished life is overlooked, and so spiritual, pervasive, her memory in love, and felt that hcaren was and effective a force is left unnoticed. And this rendered more dear and attractive by her presis but an instance in which history is ever re-ence. The event, so sad in itself, came accompeating its own method. How much broader panied with rich religious blessings. And who the place occupied by Julius Cæsar and Napo- can tell the result? Deep impressions in youth leon Bonaparte than by Plato and Martin Lu- often give tone to a long life. So it was here. ther in European history! Yet a tyro in his. And when, as in this case, that life is singulartoric study knows that the latter were incompar- ly good, and sends out influences that survive it ably the greater forces in forming the real life and go down the ages, only the divine mind can of Europe. So the names of Ethan Allen and estimate the benign results of that early imAnthony Wayne have been more familiar to the pression. popular car of America than that of Asbury; Childhood is ever much the same. The least yet how trivial their influence compared with differences are mainly in fable. Francis slept his!
and waked, smiled and wept, was caressed and In the parish of Handsworth, in Staffordshire, corrected much as other children. Still early England, lived Joseph and Elizabeth Asbury, traits foretokened a good and useful life. He husband and wife, and among the best of the writes: “I remember, when I was a small boy peasant class. In the year 1745 they welcomed and went to school, I had serious thoughts, and to their cottage a little son, and called him! a particular sense of the being of a God; and greatly feared both an oath and a lie. Wicked mon of this day far exceeded his own experias my companions were, and fond as I was of ence, but that experience soon had large inplay, I never imbibed their vices." He dates crease. Soon he began to hold meetings for the beginning of his spiritual life in his four- reading the Scriptures, prayer, and exhortation. teenth year; though he sincerely prayed and Many attended these gatherings, and holy influfelt God near as early as seven. His parents, ences rested upon the people. The fervency of intelligent for their class, were anxious for his his prayers and the eloquence and unction of education, but unfortunately were sadly balked his exhortations were singularly effective. Perin their plan. When sent to school at the age secution soon arose and drove hinn from one and of seven he fell into the hands of a morose, cruel another place of worship, when the parental pedagogue. The wanton beatings which he suf- home became his sanctuary. fered, and only the severer as their victim was A beautiful fact is given in this connection. the better deserving, gare his feelings an uncon- This lad regularly accompanied his mother to a trollable revulsion from school, and turned his religious meeting of females, where he conducted thoughts to a trade. Their only good result, the exercises, giving out the hymns, and readand certainly one due to the good temper of the ing and expounding the Scriptures. These boy, was a deeper religious feeling and more must have been happy hours to his devout and earnestness in prayer. A sudden transition loving mother. And how pure and good the from under the rod of such a master into a fam- moulding of his own youthful life in such fellowily of wealth and fashion was a very great ships! After a while he sought fellowship with change. But here while his trials were not felt the Methodists, who highly appreciated his reto be so great his perils were really greater; markable gifts. Soon he was licensed to preach, and it is much to his credit that, with a con- and multitudes flocked to hear one so young and science peculiarly sensitive, the worst he could yet so effective in his ministrations. At twentywrite against himself is that he became a little one" he began to travel and preach under the divain.
rection of the Wesleyans. This was in 1766. In his fourteenth year he began a trade which Hence it is a fact not unworthy of note that the for several years he prosecuted with great dili- beginning of his regular ministry synchronizes gence. Fortunately his home was with a kind with the origin of American Methodism, in the family who treated him as a son--a fact that founding and building up of which his own life bespeaks his own worth as well as their kind- would have its richest unfolding. ness. His religious feelings, for a while past John Wesley's thoughts were often beyond somewhat abated, now returned with increased the sea, observing the colonies rising on these force. He was regular in prayer and a devout shores. He anticipated their rapid growth, and attendant upon Christian worship. In West looked to them as fruitful fields for the earnest Brunswick he often heard Stillingfleet, Baynel, religious movement, with its peculiarly active Ryland, and others, men who preached the truth, and aggressive methods, now under his own diand who were eminent in the Church. Little rection. It was already begun here, but the thought they that they were ministering to an laborers were very few for fields so broad. So apprenticed lad who in real greatness and in the in the Conference of 1771, Wesley said, “Our breadth of his influence would so far surpass brethren in America call aloud for help; who them. His leisure hours were carefully spent will go ?" Young Asbury, with others, respondin reading and study. His selection of books ed. This call, though unexpected, did not take was most fortunate. While they informed the him by surprise or bring a new subject to his mind they also nourished his piety and inspired mind. Already, while preaching the Gospel noble purposes of a good and useful life. through Northamptonshire and Wiltshire, his
As, long ago, devout minds in Jerusalem wait- own thoughts were turned to America, and he ed for the Messiah, and gladly received him felt his soul strongly drawn toward her. Inwhen he came, so now the mind of young As- deed he had, in a measure, reached the conclubury waited for the manifestation of Christianity sion that here would be the field of his lifein its most spiritual form, and with a readiness labor. So, often, souls are moved by unconto receive it. About this time he asked inform- scious influences toward their true mission. Asation of his good mother concerning the Method- bury, in his peculiar inood, regarded this call ists—a sect much spoken against and in many as from the Master, and hence could not deplaces bitterly persecuted. She communicated cline or even hesitate. Of course so wise an the little she knew, and directed him to an ac- overseer as Wesley promptly accepted him. Imquaintance who would further inform him. Soon mediately he departed for home to commune his steps were directed to a Methodist preaching. with his fond parents, and to inform them of How strange it all seemed! No church; ser- his plan. The communication was a trial both mon without manuscript or notes even; prayers to himself and to them. Specially must it have without books; singing in full and mighty cho- been so to the mother, who had so wisely and rus; but the holy fervor that pervaded all the lovingly nurtured the son. He makes the folservice wrought deeply into his soul. Hence- lowing brief note in his journal: “I went home forth he was a Methodist, though he did not to acquaint my parents with my great undertakformally unite with them till sometime after. ing, which I opened in as gentle a manner as The inner religious life as unfolded in the ser- possible. Though it was grievous to flesh and
blood, they consented to let me go. My mo- In 1760 a company of these people came to ther is one of the tenderest parents in the world ; New York. Among them were Philip Embury, but, I believe, she was blessed in the present a local preacher, and Mrs. Barbara Heck-names instance with Divine assistance to part with me.” worthy of record. But for a while the religious So, after a brief visit among his friends and to life of these Wesleyans declined. Embury, a the fields of his earlier labors, he sailed, Sep- modest man, neglected to preach. Matters grew tember 3, 1771, for this country.
worse and worse. But a better day was at hand. Then America was further away from En. Barbara Heck, finding a number playing cards, gland than now. More than fifty days were re- was deeply moved in her soul, and, seizing the quired to bring him to these shores. The voy- cards, threw them into the fire, and then poured age was stormy and tedious. His discomforts burning words of warning and exhortation into were many. Some strange oversight had let the ears of the men. Straight she went to Philip him depart without a bed or sufficient provi- Embury, and summoned him, as from God, to sions. Sleeping on the boards and short meals his mission, charging upon him a responsibility were not agreeable; but he murmured not, as for their blood. It was enough. Immediately many, with far less motives to patience, had she went and brought four persons to his house, equal trials. The period was not an idle one. who, with herself, formed the congregation; The ship was his parish. He preached, prayed, and he preached and then organized a class. exhorted, and went the rounds of pastoral visit- Thus began the Methodist movement in Ameration. There was diligence, also, in reading ica. The little company grew rapidly and soon and study. Of course it was a period of much overcrowded the house of Embury. He was early devout reflcction; and a little insight into these reinforced by Captain Webb, of the British army. reflections is far more interesting than the ordi. He was remarkably zealous and effective, and nary experiences of such a voyage. His own not only contributed much to the progress of the words afford us that insight:
work in New York, but also successfully preached “ Sept. 12.- I will set down a few things that lie on my the Gospel through the surrounding country. mind. Whither am I going! To the New World. What About the same time Robert Strawbridge, also to do? To gain honor? No, if I know my own heart.
a local preacher from Ireland, began the work To get money! No; I am going to live to God, and to bring others to do so.... If God does not acknowledge me
in Frederick County, Maryland. He commenced in America I will soon return to England. I know my preaching in his own house, and there formed views are upright now : may they never be otherwise!" the first Society. Soon he built, near by, the “ Sept. 15.–1 feel my spirit bound to the New World, noted Log Meeting-house. It was a rude strucand my heart united to the people, thouglı unknown; and have great cause to believe that I'am not running before ture, twenty-two feet square, with holes cut for I am sent. The more troubles I meet with, the more con
a door and windows, but remained without either, vinced I am that I am doing the will of God." He and as, also, without a floor. But it had a pulpit his companion, Richard Wright, landed in Philadelphia and a preacher in it. This unfinished cabin October 27. They were most welcome. The former writes: “ The people looked on us with pleasure, hardly knowing was the cradle of a vigorous, noble Methodism. how to show their love sufficiently, bidding us welcome The Society worshiping in it sent its messengers with fervent affection, and receiving us as angels of and spread its healthful influence through vast God."
regions of the country. Strawbridge himself was The Methodistic movement was already begun full of zeal, itinerated extensively, and preached in America. It commenced in 1766, five years in various parts of Maryland, in Delaware, Pennbefore Mr. Asbury's arrival. Hence, this is its sylvania, and Virginia. When he died his old centennial year.
parishioners of the Log Church bore him to his Events widely separated are often strangely grave, singing as they went a triumphal hymn united. In the latter half of the seventeenth of Charles Wesley. The new religious movecentury the troops of Louis XIV. laid waste the ment constantly spread, and societies began to Palatinate on the Rhine. These sorely perse-be formed at different points from New York to cuted Palatines, being Protestants, were scat- Virginia. Upon the arrival of Asbury there tered abroad, many of them to distant lands. were about six hundred members. About fifty families, through the favor of Queen Asbury landed, as we have seen, in PhilaAnne, escaped to Ireland, and settled near Rath-delphia. Methodism was introduced there by keale, in the County of Limerick. But isola- the zealous Captain Webb in 1767 or 1768. ted, as they were, and with proper pastors, Through his exertions St. George's Church was they became greatly demoralized. Vice reigned purchased in 1770, and was, for many years, the over them with little restraint. But Wesley's great church, the cathedral of American Methitinerants came early among them, and a won-odism. There it still stands. Mr. Asbury was derful reformation was wrought. Wesley, who taken to this church on the evening of his arvisited them in 1758, made record in his journal rival, and there he began his American labors. of the wonderful change. He found "no curs. And we have now before us a ministry ranning ing or swearing, no Sabbath-breaking, no drunk- through nearly forty-five years, and which, for cnness, no ale-house among them. They had its energy and industry, its toils and trials, its become a serious, thinking people, and their dil- travels and suffering, its sermons, pastoral serve igence had turned all their land into a garden.” ices, general supervision, and results, rises upon Out of this vineyard came the vine of Method- our view in almost peerless grandeur. Even to ism for the New World.
sketch such a life through all these years would
far exceed our limits. Brief and rare jottings ing the rules that he urges upon others, and are all that we can give. These, with a summa- specially self-chiding. We give in illustration tion in the proper place, will suffice for our own a few extracts from his journal, running through purpose and the interest of the reader.
several months after his arrival : After laboring a while in Philadelphia, he set
"I find my mind drawn heavenward. The Lord hath ont for New York. But he never forgets the helped me by his power, and my soul is in a paradise. command, “As ye go, preach;" and hence his Whatever I do, wherever I go, may I never sin against God, journey through New Jersey was a preaching that I am in the order of God, and that there will be a
but always do those things that please him!" "I trust tour. On the way he meets with Mr. P. Van willing people here. My heart and mouth are open; only Pelt, who had heard him preach in Philadelphia, I am still sensible of my deep insufficiency, and that mostand now kindly invited him to his house only with regard to holiness. It is true, God has given me Staten Island. Having no fixed time to be in some gifts; but what are they to holiness! It is for holi
ness my spirit mourns." New York, he accepted the invitation, accompanied him home, and preached in his house on Having stated that he prcached three times the day of arrival, it being Saturday. On Sab- on a Sabbath in New York, though very ill, and bath he preached again, morning and afternoon; that the next day he rode to New Rochelle and and in the evening at Justice Wright's. Mr. preached twice, he adds : Van Pelt was a man of worth and position, and "In the night I had a sore throat, but through the help his home furnished a favorite resort for Asbury of God I go on, and can not think of sparing myself: for many years. In the prevalent notion the
«No cross, no suff'ring I decline,
Only let al my heart be thine.' earlier operations of the Methodists were limited to the poor and ignorant. This opinion is er
"I want to breathe after the Lord in every breath." roneous. Their early history contains the names Earnest as these words are, and intense as of many families of affluence and high social the religious feelings expressed, they are yet the position.
utterances of a man remarkably calm, reflective, Asbury now went to New York and began his and self-poised. Nor are they the promptings labors there. But though these were abundant merely of youthful ardor, or the inspiration of in the city, they were by no means limited to it. new scenes. They had no abatement, but rathHe made constant preaching excursions through er increase, through all the years of his Ameriall the surrounding country. Thus Staten Isl- can mission, till in a good old age he finished and, Westchester County, and parts of Long his work and went home to rest. The same Island and New Jersey, were soon added to his fervent piety and glowing zeal pervade his jourparish. This was his invariable custom. Wheth- nal to the very close. And never was a life er in New York, or Philadelphia, or Baltimore, more in harmony with a record. This insight or Norfolk, he always added a large circuit, into his inner life is requisite to any proper esthrough which he would travel and preach, timate of his character. mainly during the week-days. And these ex- Asbury was a most effective preacher. His cursions were often extended many miles. Thus manner was plain, direct, fervent, and devout. he kept constantly moving and preaching. Often he was eloquent; not so much in the
He has now fairly entered upon his American sweep of thought or glow of the imagination as work. He has left his home and come over the in a marvelous pungency of the home truths broad sea to labor among strangers. He has which he uttered, and the holy unction which found an opeh door. Having mingled with the inspired him. He ever looked for immediate people, and preached from place to place already fruits, and was rarely disappointed. In all his in several colonies, he has had opportunity bearing there was a moral elevation that comfor observation upon colonial life, its spiritual manded the respect of the thoughtful. Hence wants, and the probabilities of successfully min- he found a welcome not only in the cabins of istering to them. He has had time too for much the poor, but in the mansions of the rich and personal reflection, and a searching inquisition refined. It was a common thing for him to be into his own motives and aims. There has been invited into families of the higher circles, and time for reaction, had there been any such ten- those not Methodists or members of any church. dency, from the enthusiasm that brought him And as he was the representative man of religto these shores. Under such conditions ob- ious societies as yet little respected-indeed, servations upon his inner life, such as his jour- much contemned, this fact clearly shows his nal enables us to make, picture the man to our personal manners and worth to have been such view more perfectly than any narrative of his as to command the esteem and friendship of daily labors.
Here we find as a chief fact his many who else had regarded him with disfavor. entire consecration to his chosen work. He has He was a chief directive force in the Methono powers to except or hold in reserve. His dist Societies before he became formally their motives are the purest and noblest. The love head; and his influence, so judiciously wieldof God and man is a fire in his soul. And ed, supplied a pressing need. These Societies there is the most utter absence of selfishness wanted a controlling mind. Good men were and worldly aspiration. Intensely earnest, and serving them as pastors; yet each was virtually formed to rule, he is yet free from all fanati- independent, and some evils had already grown cism, arrogance, and severity: indeed is clothed up. The Wesleyan usages were not carefully in humility and kindness, most rigid in observ- l observed. No primary necessity for these was