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The following lines appear to have been written soon after, if not before, his entrance into the work of the ministry
EXCITEMENT TO EARLY DUTY:
The Lord's-Day Morning.
I WHENE'ER I look into Thy word,
The Friend of linful man ;
Through all His conduct ran!
2 If I regard the matchless Grace
How he for them became
I can't but love His name.
3 And when I view His love to God,
I long to tread them too ;
As Jelus 'us'a to do.
4 I read that He on duty bent,
To seek his Father there :
Engag'd in fervent pray’r.
5 And did my Saviour use to pray,
And shall I backward be?
Each foe that hinders me.
6 And you, my friends, who love His name, Who love to imitate the Lamb,
And more of Jesus know ;
Our Saviour will beftow.
7 Though fears be great, temptations strong, And though we oft have waited long,
Perhaps He may design,
8 Now cheerful we'll begin to pray,
In His atoning blood ;
That he's a child of God,
On the Scriptures.
I STUPENDOUS love in Chrift doth dwell,
Love which no mortal tongue can tell ;
2 Here in those lines of love I fee,
What Christ my Savionr did for me ;
3 Here we may view the Saviour, God,
Oppress’d by pain, o'erwhelm'd with blood;
Here love and mercy, truth and grace,
By which a finner comes to God.
That brought the Saviour from above ;
Expiring in an agony.
page, And there His love and mercy see, And not love him who dy'd for thee ?
7 O ftupid heart ! O wretched foul !
So cold, so languid and so dull ;
8 Defcend, thou Spirit of the Lord,
Thy light, and help, and grace afford ;
HIS LABORIOUS EXERTIONS IN PROMOTING MISSIONS TO THE HEATHEN AND OFFERING
HIMSELF TO BECOME A MISSIONARY.
MR. PEARCE has been uniformly the spiritual and the active servant of Christ ; But neither his spirituality nor his activity would have appeared in the manner they have, but for his engage. inents in the introduction of the gospel among the heathen.
It was not long after his settlement at Birmingham, that he became acquainted with Mr. CAREY, in whom he found a soul nearly akin to his Own. When the bretiren in the counties of Northampton and Leicester formed themselves into a missionary Society at Kettering, in October, 1792, he was there, and entered into the business with all his heart. On his return to Birmingham, he communicated the subject to his congregation with so much effect, that to the small sum of 1. 13:2: 6, with'which the subscription was 'beguin, was added l. 70, which was collected and transmitted to the Treasurer ; and the leading members of the church formed themselves into an Assistant Society. Early in the following spring, when, it was resolved that our brethren Thomas and Carey, should go on a mission to the Hindoos, and a considerable sum of money was wanted for the purpose, he laboured with increasing ardour in various parts of the kingdom ; and when the object was accomplished, le rejoiced in all his labours, smiling in every company and blessing God.
During his labours and journies, on this in. portant object, he wrote several letters to his friends, an extract or two from which will dis,
cover the state of his mind at this period, as well as the encouragements that he met with in his work at home :
To MR. S TEADMAN.
“ Birmingham, Feb. 8, 1793. “My very dear Brother,
“UNION of sentiment often creates friendship among carnal men, and similarity of feeling never fails to produce affection among pious men, as far as that similarity is known. I have loved you ever since I knew
saw, we felt alike in the interesting concerns of personal religion. We formed a reciprocal attachment. We expressed it by words. We agreed to do so by correspondence; and we have not altogether been wanting to our engagements. But our correspondence has been interrupted, not, I believe, through any diminution of regard on either side ; I am persuaded not on mine. [ rather condemn myself as the first aggressor ; but lexcuse while I condemn, and so would you, did you know haif the concerns which devolve upon me in my present situation. Birmingham is a central place ; the inhabitants are
numerous : our members are between three and four hundred. The word preached has lately been remarkably blessed. In less than five months I baptized nearly forty persons, almost all newly awakened. Next Lord's day I expect to add to their number. These persons came to my house to propose the most important of all inquiries,--"What must we do to be sayed ?" I have been thus engaged some weeks during the greatest part of most days. This, with four sermons a week, will account for my neglect, But your letter, received his evening,