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O! for an humble faith, that hopes to rise
Castle at Deal, 11 o'clock at night.
I saw the broad expanse of ocean covered by innumerable stars! I heard the roar of waves dash successively against the shore! Ah! thought I, how inconsiderable an atom am I, compared to the objects around me! Tet I see, by the effort oo! a small part of my frame, these boundlessly sublime objects; and my mind discovers in their vast extent, only a very sinail part of his works, who is the Comprehensive Miul, operating over this complicated universe. Father Onnipotent, direct iny heart to thee! Teach it to perreive wisdom and goodness in all thy works; and to confide, through all the varieties of life, in that benevolence which directs them!
Sweet solemn scene! which Mem’ry's faithful eye
Sweet solemn scene! - Thc sober veil of night
Sweet solemn scene!-- Silent the trackless ray
Sweet solemn scene ! majestically grand !
Sweet solema scene! — yet ere I take my flight,
Printed by G. AULD, Greville Street, Landon,
[Concluded from our last.]
Having quitted the army, Mr. Scott took up his abode at Wollerton. This was the place of his stated residence for many years. Hehad extraordinary zeal for introducing the gospel into places where it was not preached: this was the prevailing desire of his heart. In the barren district in which he was placed, he had many opportunities for gratifying this pious desire. During some of the former vears of his residence at Wollerton, he introduced the gospel to Newport, where he built a chapel; to Stoke upou Trent, where he first preached in the month of June, 1773, to about a thousand bearers; to Whitchurch, to Newcastle, and, probably, to various other places in the adjacent country. At The three former places he had little success. At Newcastle the work of God was considerably prospered for several years; but, for some time past, has been unhappily on the declinc. From Wollerton, he frequently made preaching excursions to places at a considerable distance. He was probably introduced to preach in London before the decease of Mr. Whitfield; for that great and good man gave some account of him in the Tabernaclepulpit, and said, “I have invited him to come to London, and bring his artillery to Tabernacle-rampart, and try what execution he can do here.” He was one of the supplies there for upwards of 20 years; and, it should be noticed, to the praise of Mr. Romaine's liberality, that he not only gave him encouragement to preach, but was particularly active in bringing him to that place. Notwithstanding he came with so venerable a sanction, a circumstance occurred in his journey which, at the time, induced him to doubt of the propriety of the step he was taking. A tremendous storm of thunder and lightning, which took place as he was entering London, was construed by him as a probable indication of the divine displeasure ; and caused him to fear that the case of the old prophet misleading the young one, was exemplified in his present circumstances. He, liowever, per
several, and came to the Tabernacle, where an immense congre. gation was assembled to hear him; but, when the season for his addressing them arrived, he was absorbed in tears, and his utterance completely failed him; at length he became composed, and was enabled to deliver his message with savour and accept
In London, and indeed in every cther place where he laboured, he was highly esteemed as a zealcus and faithful preacher, eminently devoted to the cause of his Master, Jesus Christ. The following extract of a letter, written a few days after one of his visits to the metropolis, dated Nov. 9, 1773, gives an idea of his views and his hopes respecting the state and spread of religion at that period, particularly in the Tabernacle connexion : -- "I hope the Lord is doing great things in and for poor lost sinners, by the means of his glorious gospel. At least, if we may judge fiom appearances, such as most crowded, serious, attentive, and affected audiences; and these not only upon particular occasions, but for a constancy; and likewise from the many notes put up by persons under distress of soul to the minister, to pray for them; an:l from the many fresh applications there are from divers places to come over and help them. All these things look as if the harvest was great. O! that there may be much wheat found when the great Husbandman taketh his winnowing-fan into his hand to purge his floor ! – and may more labourers be daily sent forth into the harvest! I know you will say Amen!"
Mr. Scott contributed much, under God, to the establishment of a respectable congregation in Chester, which was for many years under the pastoral care of the Rev. Mr. Armitage. He began to visit that pecple in the year 1770, soon after the introduction of the gospel among them. He frequently supplied them two or three Sabbaths at a time. His ministry was exceedingly popular there, and was instrumental in the conversion of several persons.
In December, 1773, he began to visit Lancaster, and continued his visits till about the close of 1776. He had a strong attachment to the people there, considering them as a sincere, hearty catholic pcopie, with, as he said, good large hearts. He was in the habit of staying two or three months with them each visit. From Lancaster he also went to Ulverstone, Garstang, Elswick, and other places in the neighbourhood ; in some of which he had the honour to introduce the gospel, and in all of which it pleased the Lord, more or less, to own his zealous and affectionate labours. Of the encouragement with which he was favoured in and abont Lancaster, he wrote to a friend, Feb. 11, 1774, as follows: “ I know you love Zion; and it will rejoice you to hear of her prosperity. I hope, I may in truth tell you the good news, that the Lord is abundantly blessing his word in and about this place. I have had several doors opened to preach; some in the file (or field) country (west of Preston)