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erally used no notes in the pulpit. His piety and devotion were eminent; his experimental knowledge of spiritual things very uncommon. In every department, and in all relations of life, he conducted himself like a great Christian,* a faithful and loving husband, a tender father, a good master, a prudent governor in places of honor and trust, and a very dutiful, peaceable subject. The following extracts from Mr. CLARKSON's funeral sermon for Dr. OWEN may be here subjoined, in justice to his character: "A great light is "fallen; one of eminency for holiness, learning, parts "and abilities; a pastor, a scholar, a divine of the first "magnitude: holiness gave a divine lustre to his other "accomplishments, it shined in his whole course, and "was diffused through his whole conversation. It was "his great design to promote holiness in the power, life, "and exercise of it. It was his great complaint that "the power of it declined among professors. It was his "care and endeavor to prevent or cure spiritual decays, "in his own flock: he was a burning and shining light.

The following extract from a letter to Sir JOHN HARTOPF, which is not in print, may not be unacceptable, as a specimen of the Doctor's friendly correspondence: "My duty, my obligations, "and my inclinations, do all concur in the estcem I have for you "both; [Sir John and his lady] and I do make mention of you "daily in my poor supplications; and that with particular res"pect unto the present condition of your lady. That God who "hath revealed himself unto us, as the God that heareth prayer, "will yet glorify his name and be a present help unto her, in the "time of trouble. In the mean time, let her, and you, and me, "strive to love Christ more, to abide more with him, and to be "less in ourselves. He is our best friend. I pray God with all "my heart that I may be weary of every thing else but converse "and communion with him; yea, of the best of my mercies, so "far as at any time they may be hindrances thereof. My wife "presents her humble service unto your lady and yourself, as "so doth also, Sir, your most affectionate friend and servant in JOHN OWEN." "our dear Lord,

"He was master of all parts of learning requisite to "an accomplished divine; those that understood him, "and will be just, cannot deny him the reputation and "honor of being a great scholar; and those that detract "from him in this, seem to be led by a spirit of envy, "that would not suffer them willingly to see so great an "ornament among those that are of another persuasion. "Indeed he had parts able to master any thing he ap"plied himself unto, though he restrained himself to "those studies which might render him most serviceable "to Christ, and the souls of men. He was a passionate "lover of light and truth, of divine truth especially; he "pursued it unweariedly, through painful and wasting "studies. He was ready to spend and be spent for "Christ; he did not bury his talent, with which he was "richly furnished, but still laid it out for the Lord who "had intrusted him. He preached while his strength "and liberty would serve, then by discourse and writing. "That he was an excellent preacher, none will deny "who knew him, and knew what preaching was, and "think it not the worse because it is spiritual and evan"gelical.* If holiness, learning, and a masculine unaf"fected style can commend any thing, his practical dis"courses cannot but find much acceptation with those

* Tam in Palæstra, quam Pulpito, Dominatus est:
In Pulpito, maxime Infirmi Corporis
Præsentia minime infirma:
Gestu, Theatrica procul Gesticulatione,
Ad optimas Decori Regulas composito:
Sermone, a Contemptibili remotissimo; Canoro,
Sed non Stridulo: Suavi, sed prorsus virili;
Et Authoritatis quiddam Sonante:
Pari, si non & Superiore, Animi Præsentia;
Concionum, quas, ad verbum, totas Chartis commisit,
Ne verbum quidem, vel carptim & stringente Oculo,
Inter Prædicandum Lectitavit:

Sed Omnia, Suo primum Impressa altius Pectori,
Auditorum Animis, Cordibusque potentius Ingessit:

GILB. Epit.

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"who are sensible of their soul concerns, and can relish "that which is divine, and value that which is not com"mon or trivial. His excellent "Comment upon the "Hebrews"* gained him a name and esteem, not only "at home but in foreign countries. When he had fin"ished it (and it was a merciful providence that he lived "to finish it) he said, Now his work was done it was "time for him to die."

$30. The late Rev. Doctor GIBBONS has given us, through the vehicle of the "Nonconformist's Memorial," an English translation of the Latin epitaph abovementioned, which, as it may gratify the curiosity and pleasure of those in a peculiar manner who are not possessed of that work, or may not be versed in the Latin language, so the inserting of it here is highly proper as a just tribute to the Doctor's memory, and a suitable recapitulation of these memoirs:


Born in the county of Oxford,
The son of an eminent minister,
Himself more eminent,
And worthy to be enrolled
Among the first divines of the age.
Furnished with human literature
In all its kinds,

And in its highest degrees,
He called forth all his knowledge

In an orderly train

To serve the interests of religion,
And minister in the sanctuary of his God.
In divinity, practic, polemic, and casuistical,
He excelled others, and was in all equal to himself.

* Cujus Prælustri e multis unum Sufficiat Epitaphio: AUTHOR QUADRIPARTITI IN EP. AD HEBR. COMMENTARII.

The Arminian, Socinian, and Popish errors,
Those Hydras, whose contaminated breath
And deadly poison, infested the Church,
He, with more than Herculean labor,
Repulsed, vanquished, and destroyed.
The whole œconomy of redeeming grace,
Revealed and applied by the Holy Spirit,
He deeply investigated, and communicated to others,
Having first felt its divine

According to its draught in the holy scriptures,
Transfused into his own bosom.
Superior to all terrene pursuits,

He constantly cherished, and largely experienced,
That blissful communion with Deity

He so admirably describes in his writings.

While on the road to heaven
His elevated mind
Almost comprehended
Its full glories and joys.
When he was consulted

On cases of conscience
His resolutions contained
The wisdom of an oracle.
He was a scribe every way instructed
In the mysteries of the kingdom of God.
In conversation he held up to many,
In his public discourses to more,
In his publications from the press to all,*


1. An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews

Vol I.

Vol II.

Vol. III.

Vol. IV.


When published.

Of the Saints Perseverance


A Discourse of the Holy Spirit

4. A complete collection of his Sermons and Tracts

London 1668







Who were set out for the celestial Zion,
The effulgent lamp of evangelical truth
To guide their steps to immortal glory.
While he was thus diffusing his divine light,


1. A Display of Arminianism.

2. The duty of Pastors and People distinguished


Salus Electorum, Sanguis Jesu: or, The Death of Death in

the Death of Christ

4. Of the Death of Christ



Vindiciae Evangelicae: or, The Mystery of the Gospel vindicated, in answer to J. BIDDLE

6. Of Communion with God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

7. Theologoumena: Sive de Natura, Ortu, Progressu, et Studio Veræ Theologiæ


An Exposition of the cxxxth Psalm

9. The Doctrine of Justification by Faith, &c.

10. The Glorious Mystery of the Person of Christ

11. The Grace and Duty of being Spiritually Minded

12. An Inquiry into the Original, &c of Evan. Churches 13. The True Nature of a Gospel Church

14. A Review of the Annotations of Grotius

15. A Discourse concerning Liturgies

16. Indulgence and Toleration considered in a Letter 17. A Peace Offering, or Plea for Indulgence

18. The Church of Rome no Safe Guide

19. Some Consideration about Union among Protestants

20, Vindication of the Nonconformists

21. An Account of the Nature of the Protestant Religion


1. Two Catechisms

2. Esheol: or, Rules for Church Fellowship

3. Diatriba de Justitia divina

4. Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers

5. A Discovery of the True Nature of Schism


A Review of the True Nature of Schism, &c.

7. Of the Nature and Power of Temptation

8. A Defence of Cotton against Cawdry

9. Exercitationes quatuor pro sacris Scripturis

10. The Divine Original and Authority of the Scriptures 11. A Primer for Children


Animadversions on Fiat Lux

13. Vindication of those Animadversions

14. A Brief Instruction in the Worship of God

15. The Nature of Indwelling Sin


Truth and Innocence Vindicated

17. A Brief Vindication of the Doctrine of the Trinity

18. Dissertations on the Sabbath and Lord's Day

19. Of Evangelical Love, Church-Peace, and Unity


A Vindication of his Book of Communion with God from the
Exceptions of Dr. Sherlock

21. The Nature of Apostasy from the Profession of the Gospel
22. The Reason of Faith in the Scriptures

23. Of Understanding the Mind of God in the Scriptures
24. An Humble Testimony to the Goodness and Severity of God
in his Dealing with Sinful Churches and Nations
25. The Work of the Holy Spirit in Prayer
26. Meditations on the Glory of Christ. Part I.
Part II.


28. Of the Dominion of Sin and Grace
29. Two Discourses of the Work of the Spirit
30. Evidences of the Faith of God's Elect

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