A young soldier, while dying very happily, sung the following stanza:
Great Jehovah, we adore Thee,The chaplain then asked him if he had any message to send to his friends. ‘Yes,’ said he. ‘Tell my father I have tried to eat my meals with thanksgiving.’ ‘Tell him that I have tried to pray as we used to do at home.’ ‘Tell him that Christ is now all my hope, all my trust, and that He is precious to my soul.’ ‘Tell him that I believe Christ will take me to Himself, and to my dear sister, who is in heaven.’ The voice of the dying boy faltered in the intervals between these precious sentences. When the hymn, commencing, ‘Nearer, my God, to Thee,’ was read to him, at the end of each stanza he exclaimed, with striking energy, ‘O Lord Jesus, thou art coming nearer to me. ’ Also, at the end of each stanza of the hymn commencing—
God the Father, God the Son,
God the Spirit, joined in glory
On the same eternal throne;
To Jehovah, three in one.
Just as I am—without one plea,he exclaimed—‘I come! O Lamb of God, I come!’ Speaking again of his friends, he said, ‘Tell my father that I died happy. ’ His last words were, ‘Father, I'm coming to Thee!’ Then the Christian soldier sweetly and calmly fell ‘asleep in Jesus.’ This was witnessed by about twenty fellow-soldiers and the effect upon the feelings of all was very marked. Said a Roman Catholic, who lay near the dying one, with tears in his eyes, and strong emotion, ‘I never want to die happier than that man did.’ Said another, ‘I never prayed until last night; but when I saw that man die so happy, I determined to seek religion too.’ A colporter writes from ‘Seabrooks’ hospital, Richmond, to Rev. N. B. Cobb, North Carolina: ‘We had a very interesting young man in our hospital, who made a profession of faith ’
But that Thy blood was shed for me,