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him, he was very thankful, and said sometimes to us, " We must not complain much, were it only on account of these poor people, who certainly do their best, lost we should render their attendance more burdensone to them."
"On the 10th, in the morning, lais tongue was quite parched, furred, and blackish ; and strong spasms in the bowels, witli dificulty of breathing, came on. By his desire, we offered up a prayer, and thought this would be his last; but, towards evening, he again feit easier, and the fever und greatly abated. On the following day care Samuel, the physician (who, however, had nothing to do with the pinieni in the capacity of a physician, butinerely assisted in lifting him and applying the embrocations ; and who yesterday announced to me liis approaching dissolution) and said, The Lord has workedi a wonder ; syniptoms which yesterday gave reason to expect impending death, have disappeared. The English plıysiciani also said, upon inspection of the foot, that he was astonished at the sudden amendment; adling, that he was no longer apprehensive that the patient would die of an external mortification, although a recovery was not to be expected.
“On the 12011, I intendel, in the afternoon, to have set out on my return home. The patient also gave me my dismission, and said, “ You intend then to leave ns to-lay. Salete all the breihren, and tell them to attend always to the chief point. I shall now soon go to the Lord Jesus : if he will receive
and not enter into judgment with me, but deal with me according to liis mercy, all will go well with me, and I will praise him. He miglit reject is also on accout of our works, because siir cleaves to them all.” He thanked God that he suffered hiin to leave the world in the inidst of his faithful brethren, and that he had conducted things so, that he should come to liim in his greatest weakness, in order to extol Jesus as the only Saviour, the Resurrection, and the Life. “Now," he added, “ pray still once more wiih me." I knelt dowu with Mr: Kohiholl, who, in the mean time had entered the chamber, and adapted! my pra ver to the contents of the hymn, “To thee alone, Lord Jesus Christ,” &c.
6 Aiter fresh dressings had been applied to the disease) foot, an! we had given him some refreshment, and had him removed into another chamber (which was done once every day, because the air in the close room was very much vitiated by the embrocations, the coal-fire used in preparing them, and the many attendants that were required) we for the first time perceived the extreme state of debility to which he was reduced, and he seemed even nearer to his dissolution than he had done the Saturday before. I was therefore again detained. In the afternoon he conversed much with Mr. Jenicke. In the evening I came to him with the physician, whom he knew very weil, and said to him, “Let us all take care that none of us be left behin:1." lle expressed his
gratitude for the attention of the physician and the assistance of his brethren and Malabar attendants. The latter did every thing in their power with the greatest alacrity: their love to their piternal teacher made everything easy to them; and every word of instruction which he spoke to them, they caught up with the greatest avidity, and delighted to be about him.---The plıysician was much ailected, and said, he hoped I would not leave the patient and set out on my retum, as he was so weik.
“This evening le sufered more than he had done before ; for the lifting him and moving liis body, on account of the embrocations, which it was necessary should be often repeated, and even sitting and lying in bed, were extremely burthensome to him, But his patience and resignation did not diminish ; not a complaint was beard from him ; his sigbs only expressed how much e suffered. I said to him, imong other things, “ God grant that we may one day, in our last extremity, await our dissolution in such peace, and such a happy frame as you to our comfort ani? satisfaction now enjoy.”-May he grant it!' lie rejoine!, ' in the richest measure.' All our hearts were moved by the affectionate energy with which he uttered these words.
“In the night between the 12th and 13th, heenjoyed some sleep in the intervals when he could be left quict; and the following forenoon he fell into a kind of stupor; and his pulse was very feble. When he awoke he spoke indeel; but only detached worils were intelligible; however, he seemed clearly to understand whatever was spoken to him. We thought he was about to slumber thus out of the body ; but about noon he became again more lively. We sung the hymn, “ Christ is my life,” &c. in which he began to join us. Ile spoke very humbly of himself, and in praise of his Redeemer, wishing to be dissolved, and to be trith Christ. “Ilad it pleasel him,' he said, that I had remained here longer, I shond have liked it, tor then I might have spoken a word more to the poor and sick ; but Ilis will be done! May lie only receive me in mcrcy! Into thy hands I commend my spirit ; thou hast redeemed me, thou friiliful God!'. The Malabar attendants' afterwards sang the last verses of the hymn, “Head full of wounds and bruises !” in which he frequently joined. He then rested a little ; after which he desired to be raised up, and suddenly he opened his mouth (out of which so much instruction and comfort, so much fervenit prayer had issued till the 730 year of his life) and expired between four and five o'clock, in the arms of the faithful and affectionate Malabar fellow-labourers of this place. It was very affecting to hear the wailing and lamentations of the inhabitants of the two Chris, tian villages on both sides of the garden, which we could do the whole night through. The sorrow at having lost him who had been their teacher, their comforter, their tutor, their bencfactor, their adviser, their advocate, was universal. Not only we, the
congregations, the schools, and the mission, but the whole couña try, has lost a father. Whoever had but known fim, wept.
66 On the foilowing day, between four and five in the afternoon, we deposited his, remains in the grave, which was dug in the church in the garden. Serfogee, the Tanschaur Prince, whose tutor he was, came to see his corse before the coffin vois nailed* down, bedewed it with his tears, and accompanied it to the grave. The Malabar assistants wished to carry the body; but as Europeans had already been engaged the day before for the purpose, we let it remain so. We had intended to sing hymns on the road to the burial-place; but the lamentations of the people did not permit
In the church we sung, before and after the interment; and when the English were gone, the Malabars also sang a hymn, and expected an address from me ; but I could scarcely utter a word; and was obliged to summon up all my resolution to enable me merely to read the prayers. The servant of the deceased stood rrext to me, and said, in the tone of one ready to sirik into a Swoon,
Now all our hopes are gone! This penetrated my heart for this is the sentiment not only of one, but of many, oldt and yonny, great and small, far and near, both Christians and Heathens.
“ After I had changed my apparel, I went to the Prince, who still remained in the neighbourhood, and endeavoured to comfort him. The principal servant of the widow of the late king also begged me to come to lier and comfort her; but she lives at too great a distance. The next morning we all went to the physician, and thanked him for the kind attention which he had shown to our deceased brother in his last illness. I also examined the papers which he had left behind him, as I am appointed exccutor to his will; and I found that the Mission at Tanschaur, and all the poor and the establishments belonging to it, are his heirs. In the afternoon I spoke for an hour with the assistants, and prayed with them. In the evening the Malabar congregation assembled in the church, and wishel to hear a discourse : i took for my text the words of Jacob on his death-bed : " I dic; but God will be with you.” I quoted many things said by the deceased respecting the congregation, and his hope that the kingdom of Christ would be established here. I endeavoured to animate them to the demonstration of such a mind as dwelt in our departed brother, whose tomb we saw before us *.
* A nonument to the memory of Mr. Schwartz has been executed by Mr. Bacon, at the expence of the East India Company, which is now onits way to India, where it is to be erected.
The Níissionary labours of Mr. Schwartz being so well known in that country, it was thought unnecessary to represent him (as the artist at first intended) in the character of a Missionary ;, and that to give in his monument an idea of ihe correspondence of his last moments with the well known course of his life, would be a more desirable plan of design.
The principal compartment of the monument is, therefore, occupied with an alto-relievo representation of Mr. Schwartz in the closing scene
“On the following day, I prayed once more with the brethren, and departed.”_Thus far Mr. Gerické.
Thus this excellent man, who has been of such importance to the Mission, is no more ! O that his upright mind may animate all who labour in each of our Missions; and thus the hope of the deceased, for the extension of the kingdom of Jesus in the East Indies, be fulfilled!
CONCIO AD CLEROS:
Ask not who it is that here ventures to teach the teachers of the church. His name is worthless. Suffice it to know, that, though a fellow-labourer with you in the gospel, he is so far from thinking himself wiser or better than those whom he thus addresses, that he is profoundly conscious of being worthy to wash the feet of one of the least of the servants of his Lord.”
Far be it from him to cast any reflection on his brethren ; he has just risen from his knees, imploring the Fountain of all Honour to pour on them that Spirit which will make them precious in the eyes of the saints, and prove more abundant blessings to the church than, alas! the writer of this has ever been. But, penetrated with the importance of your situation, convinced that in you, Zion is blessed or poisoned in the spring,
grieved that, though we also need it, we have few sermons addressed to us, one who is less than the least of all saints, and not worthy to be called a Minister, has ventured to obey the impulse which, he trusts, you will not call enthusiastic, in addressing to you a counsel at the opening of the new year. We present our flocks with such pastoral new year's gifts, why should we not hail each other irr the language of faithful love? of his existence. He is surrounded by a group of the infant pupils to whom he gave an asylıım in his house, and several clerical friends who attended him at the time. One of the children is embracing his dying hand; and a brother Missionary is supporting his head; but the attention of Mr. Swartz is directed to, and his hand raised towards, an object in the upper part of the bas-relief; namely, the Cross, which is borne by a descending angel, implying that the grand subject of his ministry is the chief support of his soul, when “flesh and heart fail.”
Over the bas-relief is the ARK of the Covenant, which was peculiarly the charge of the Priests, and was a striking emblem of the constant theme of his preaching, before referred to.
Under the bas-rejief are futher emblems of the pastoral office; namely, the Crosier ; the Gospel Trumpet, distinguished by the banner of the Cross, which is attached to it, and the open Bible, on which is inscribed the divine commission, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
We rejoice that the Honourable Company have borne this public testimony of their approbation to a Christian Missionary, who laboured in their territories.
My Brethren, we are placed in a station which, like every other eminence, bas in it something very awful and dangerous, as well as pleasant and honourable. We shall be no common, but most eminent, blessings or curses, both to our flocks and our own souls. Woe to us, if we possess not eminent personal religion! Let us see that, as we make a more public profession, we may have more secret devotion. If the tree which towers on high, strikes not its roots proportionably deep, it will be surely overthrown by the blast. We watch over the flock of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood, and sound the alarm if we see a soul declining ; but we ourselves must go to the Shepherd and Bishop of Souls in secret, that he may watch over our souls, and preach much to us by his Spirit and his word. By more secret religion we must supply the want of those privileges which other Christians enjoy. When religion is our element, when we breathe the atmosphere of Heaven, and live only for our Lord and his work, we shall bless him for it: we shall pity princes, and scarcely envy angels. But, when we lose this, which ought to be our spirit, we shall be lashed into the pulpit as to the pillory. Be assured, our flocks know better than we think, whether our religion flourishes or droops. I have been overwhelmed with confusion to see a heavenly-minded Christian sigh over the deadness and carnality of his minister, whom he yet struggles to love as well as he can, and to screen from shame as far as truth would allow. But, oh! how opposite the sensations I have felt when the beloved flock has triumphed and gloried to say, “Our pastor is a man of God; he has a right to teach us, for he knows more of God and religion than we!”
Your Study will sympathize with your Closet. When it goes well with our own souls, we find too much work cut out for us, to have any time to lose in idle gossip; we shall “ study to approve ourselves to God workmen that need not be ashamed :"" we shall give ourselves wholly to these things." To our dying day we shall feel abundant need to study the theology of the Bible. A thousand schemes of usefulness will arise, which will need to be digested with study: if we are men of the right stamp, we shall wear ont many à pen in our Master's service. My dear brethren, how disgraceful it is to us to be Jounging about, as if we had nothing to do! hindering our people who are hard at work to support us in our idleness, when we have more reason to be industrious than they can have! The Lord, who ordained that they who preach the gospel should live by it, never intended we should have a lazy moment; but he will bless the industrious use of our time and talents ; and the church, v:hose bodily labours afford us opportunity to give ourselves to mental and spiritual employments, will be edified and delighted by the evidence of a laborious lite, consecrated to God.
From the closet and the study you will find an easy step to