with so much cheerfulness that I could not help expressing the hope that he might yet weather the storm. I was particularly struck with his eye. There was a brightness and fire about it I had never noticed before; but its lustre was of heaven, not of earth; it was soon to close on earthly things, and to gaze on the “King in his beauty.” He told me he had no fear of death, his trust had been firmly fixed on Christ for seventeen years, and for him the last enemy had no terrors. He requested me to read the Fifty-first Psalm, and pray with him. Jesus, who has said, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them,” fulfilled His promise, for as I rose from my knees and wiped away the blinding tears from my eyes, my full heart said, “Surely this is none other than the house of God and the very gate of heaven.” This interview has taught me a lesson of humility which I shall not soon forget; for as I gazed upon the thin, emaciated form, confined to one position, the humble soldier's cot on which he lay, I thought, “Jesus, the King of kings, dwells here, and I had rather be this poor soldier than to be the tenant of a palace.” I bade him “good-bye,” and promised to call soon and see him again, but death came sooner than I expected, for when I heard from him again he had fallen asleep in Jesus; earth bore another grave, but heaven had won a sweeter strain of praise to Him who doeth all things well. Oh, blessed Jesus! Oh, thou divine Redeemer! when we see our friends treading the verge of Jordan, free from fear because Thou art with them, we would raise our hearts and our voices in adoration, and praise, and thankfulness to Thee,Rev. C. F. Fry writes, from Staunton, Virginia:
Who captive leads captivity
And takes the sting from death.
While I was preaching at the hospital a young man, confined to his bed, wept most bitterly. After the service was over he said to me, “I have been thinking a great deal about my condition, but never, until now, could get the consent of my mind to trust the Saviour. God being my helper, I shall never cease looking unto Jesus for life, joy, and peace.”