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The Eminent Dead-The Triumphs of Faith in the Dying Hour.

The Eminent Dead-The Triumphs of Faith in the Dying Hour.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY KEY. A. STEVENS, A. M.



[ A cloud lay cradled near the setting sun,
A gleam of crimson tinged its braided snow ;
Long had I watched its glory moving on
O'er the still radiance of the lake below.
Tranquil its spirit seemed, and floated slow !
Even in its very motion there was rest ;
While every breath that chanced to blow,
Wafted the traveller to the beauteous West.
Emblem, methought, of the departed soul '.
To whose white robes the gleam of bliss is given,
And by the breath of mercy made to roll
Right onward to the golden gates of Heaven."



BY BRADFORD K. PEIRCE.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY KEY. A. STEVENS, A. M.



[ A cloud lay cradled near the setting sun,
A gleam of crimson tinged its braided snow ;
Long had I watched its glory moving on
O'er the still radiance of the lake below.
Tranquil its spirit seemed, and floated slow !
Even in its very motion there was rest ;
While every breath that chanced to blow,
Wafted the traveller to the beauteous West.
Emblem, methought, of the departed soul '.
To whose white robes the gleam of bliss is given,
And by the breath of mercy made to roll
Right onward to the golden gates of Heaven."



BY BRADFORD K. PEIRCE.

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THE EMIET DEAD-THE TRIUMPHS OF FAITH I THE DYIG HOUR. WITH A ITRODUCTIO BY KEY. A. STEVES, A. M. [ A cloud lay cradled near the setting sun, A gleam of crimson tinged its braided snow ; Long had I watched its glory moving on O'er the still radiance of the lake below. Tranquil its spirit seemed, and floated slow ! Even in its very motion there was rest ; While every breath that chanced to blow, Wafted the traveller to the beauteous West. Emblem, methought, of the departed soul '. To whose white robes the gleam of bliss is given, And by the breath of mercy made to roll Right onward to the golden gates of Heaven." BY BRADFORD K. PEIRCE. BOSTO: CHARLES II . PEIRCE. M D C C C L I . HO. FRACIS 0. WATTS: My Dear Feiend, Allow me to inscribe your name upon this volume, both as a tribute of respect and Christian affection, and as due to the interest which you have been pleased to express in its preparation. It was at your suggestion that the work was at first undertaken ; and in now presenting you the consummation of your wishes, and my gleanings through the precious and abundant fields of Christian biography, I am oppressed with but one painful sentiment — a sorrow that so noble a theme has fallen into hands so unequal to bestow upon it adequate justice. Trusting that He who " hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty," will sanctify this work for the accomplishment of
 
some pious oflices, it is humbly placed upon his altar. Truly Yours, In the Fellowship of Christ, B. E. PEIRCE. PREFACE. The design of the present volume is not original, neither has the compiler the vanity to suppose its execution to be superior to others, published both in England and in this country, covering much of the ground embraced in this work. He was both surprised and gratified, while collecting his materials, to find how vast and encouraging was the harvest before him, into which he might thrust his sickle. From the well-known publication of Lindley Murray, the noted grammarian, entitled the "Power of Religion in the Dying Hour," down to the present day, numerous compilations have been prepared by accomplished Christian scholars, and have met with a cordial reception on the part of the religious community. Christian biography, as it is one of the most interesting and profitable branches of our Christian literature, has also become one of the most ex- tensive and voluminous, and is every year rapidly increasing. " It is a homage due to departed worth," says Robert Hall, " whenever it rises to such a height as to render its possessor an object of general attention, to endeavor to rescue it from oblivion, that when it is removed from the observation of men, it may still live in their memory, and transmit through the shades of the sepulchre some reflection, however faint, of its living lustre." One of the chief objects of this class of publications is, in a measure, lost by the multi- plication of its volumes, rendering their general perusal impossible. Here arises the necessity for compilations and Encyelopasdies of religious biogra- phy, presenting, in abridged forms, the life and labors, the sufferings and triumphs, of the glorious dead. " By enlarging the cloud of witnesses with which we are encompassed," remarks the eloquent writer from whom we have  just quoted, "it is calculated to give a fresh impulse to the desire of imita- tion ; and even the despair of reaching it is not without its use, by checking the levity, and correcting the pride and presumption, of the human heart." The Christian manuals in which these summary sketches of religious charac- ter and life are given, have aimed, by practical illustrations, to present differ- ent views of the gospel scheme of redemption, in its operation upon the
 
human heart. Thus, one volume before us exhibits the power and beauty of female piety ; another aims to bring out, with peculiar distinctness, the first stages in the experience of eminent Christians, — their various and yet har- monious emotions, while passing from " death unto life." Quite a number of volumes have been devoted to the collection of the dying scenes and sayings of pi-ominent Christians of different ages, as they were passing the river of 1* V VI PREFACE. death and entering upon the promised rewards of a higher life. This is the principal office of the present work, and it hases its claim for a separate hearing from the Christian public, upon several important differences, and we trust improvements, in its plan and arrangement, from its numerous coadjti tors. early every work of this class is largely devoted to recitals of the dying hours of martyrs and confessors in the earliest periods of the history of Christianity ; the interest in which is abated by their often repetition, and weakened by the traditionary records upon which they rest. The sketches contained in the present volume commence with the Reformation, have been compiled from full and authentic memoirs, and many of the names recorded upon its pages have lived within the present century, and are still precious in the memory of living Christians, and powerful in their posthumous influence over modern society. Another distinction consists in presenting a short biographical sketch of the life, in connection with the account of the final hours and divine solaces of noted Christian disciples. The volumes referred to above, record only the dying expressions — the holy courage and conduct of the eminent dead in the hour of their final triumph ; and as there is a remarkable similarity in the exercises of devout persons under the sustaining power of the Divine Spirit, the attention of the reader wearies with the constant recurrence of almost the same thoughts and expressions. Besides, the Christian argument founded upon the happy deaths of believers in all ages, depends for its moral force chiefly upon the virtue and nobleness of their previous lives. To secure, if possible, an unflagging interest in the pi-esent volume, and add every truthful element to the sublimity of pious death beds, we have attempted to present, from original sources, sufficiently extended outlines of the life and influence of those whose calm or triumphant deaths added only the crowning excellence to a life-long confession for Christ. We have also sought to present every variety of Christian development; the power, beauty and unity of religious experience, as exhibited by persons of different ages in life, of different social positions, and filling different relations to society — clergymen, laymen, lawyers, plrysiciar.s ; of different Christian

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