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as suitable to his own case.
Some of them were, • The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin.'
Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.' • The Lord is my shepherd.' 'Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.' Mr. Russell being about to quit the room, Dr. Good called out, begging him not to go. It was most strikingly impressive to hear his quivering lips uttering the words of scripture, at a time when intense agony occasioned such convulsive motions of the whole body, that the bed often shook under him. His youngest daughter, who was then holding his poor cold hands, said to him, 'Do you remember your favourite hymn ?? • There is a fountain fill'd with blood:' he had repeated it in the earlier part of his illness, and told Mr. Russell that sometimes when walking through the streets of London he used to repeat it to himself. In one instance he altered it unintentionally, but still strictly preserving the sense.
“ Dr. Good repeated it as given in the St. John's collection of hymns, with this exception-Instead of
"When this poor lisping stammering tongue
Lies silent in the grave.'
When this decaying mouldering frame
Lies crumbling in the dust.'
This little variation may not be regarded as altogether unimportant, since it shews that his mental powers were still vigorous.
« Sometimes when those around could not remember the exact words of the passage of scripture intended to be quoted, he corrected the error, and repeated them accurately. One of the texts he appeared to dwell upon with most earnestness and delight was, Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever.' When Dr. Good's former Unitarian views are remembered, the dwelling upon this particular text could not but be consolatory to his family. Another text, which, without any suggestion or leading remark, he repeated several times, was, “Who art thou, O great mountain, before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain; and He shall bring forth the head-stone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, Grace unto it,' dwelling with peculiar emphasis upon the words, 'Grace, Grace unto it.'
“ He also appeared to derive great comfort from these texts repeated by Mr. Russell, 'When flesh and heart fail,' &c. Also, “When thou walkest through the fire, I will be with thee,' &c. He also listened with much apparent comfort to that portion of the Te Deum suggested to him by his wife, When Thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death, Thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.'
“On the afternoon of this day, (Monday,) Dr. Good perfectly knew every one, again expressed himself thankful to be placed in the midst of his family, and to be near Mr. Russell. When Mr. Travers arrived in the evening, he immediately recognized him, addressed him by name, and submitted to the means used for his relief, though painful. Upon the last opiate draught being given, he would not rest satisfied until told the precise quantity, which consisted of 50 drops of laudanum; and, considering the great quantity administered
at different times, it is indeed surprising that his memory and mental powers should, up to this period, have been so little impaired. Mr. Travers, having employed all the means which surgical skill could devise, seeing they were of no avail, did not remain long with Dr. Good. After this time he was constantly convulsed, and uttered but one or two connected sentences. Seeing one of his family standing by, he made use of his frequent appellation 'dearest. But his power of comprehension appeared to last much longer than his power of articulation or of expression. His hearing now became greatly affected. Mr. Russell called to him in a loud voice, ‘Jesus Christ the Saviour:'-he was not insensible to that sound. His valued clerical friend then repeated to him, in the same elevated tone, • Behold the Lamb of God:' this roused him, and with energy, the energy of a dying believer, he terminated the sentence, 'WHICH TAKETH AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD:' which were the last words he intelligibly uttered, being about three hours before his death. Mr. Russell twice commended the departing spirit into the hands of Him who gave it. The last time was about one o'clock on the morning of Tuesday the 2d of January 1827, and at four o'clock the same morning, the breath, which had gradually become shorter and shorter, ceased entirely."
And now let us retire from this solemn scene,assured that the blessed spirit, as it escaped from the incumbrances of mortality, soared to the eternal regions, and joined the “innumerable multitude” who“surround the throne” and “cast their crowns at the feet of the LAMB;"—consoling the bereaved relatives with that
assurance,-and seeking benefit to ourselves by contrasting the peaceful end of the Christian believer with the numerous instances which daily occur of men who die “without hope:"-- remembering that the main “ difference between one man's death and another's, dependeth on the difference between heart and heart, life and life, preparation and unpreparedness ;”—a difference which is essential, and flows from the grace of God.
APPENDIX TO SECTION III.
Dr. Good's Summary of the Character and Labours
REV. SAMUEL MARSDEN.
DURING the short residence of Mr. Marsden in England, (mentioned p. 372,) he obtained the cordial friendship of many individuals of talent, benevolence, and piety; among others, that of the late Mr. Daniel Parken, Barrister, a gentleman well known and much esteemed as the tasteful and impartial conductor of « The Eclectic Review” for several years. Not long after Mr. Marsden quitted his native shores, in 1809, Mr. Parken noticed a warm eulogium upon him in M. Péron's “Voyage of Discovery to the Southern Hemisphere,” performed by order of Buonaparte. Regarding this as a favourable opportunity of doing justice to the character, motives, and undertakings, of his reverend friend, he immediately solicited the assistance of Dr. Good, whose friendship he also enjoyed. The aid which he thus entreated was supplied with such cheerfulness and promptitude, that within