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The Servant Man Turned Soldier; Or, The Fair-Weather Christian

By Hannah More - Posted at "Sir," said he, "I quarreled with the family and I thought I was at once fit for the army. I did not know the qualifications it required. I had not reckoned on discipline, and hardships, and self-denial. I liked well enough to sing a loyal song, or drink to the king's health, but I find I do not relish working and fighting for him, though I rashly promised even to lay down my life for his service if called upon, when I took the bounty money and the oath of allegiance. In short, sir, I find that I long for the ease and sloth, the merriment and the feasting of my old service; I find I cannot be a soldier, and, to speak truth, I was in the very act of deserting when I was stopped short by the cannon-ball. So that I feel the guilt of desertion, and the misery of having lost my leg into the bargain." William was a lively young servant, who worked and lived in a great, but very irregular family. His place was on the w

THE PILGRIMS (an allegory) by Hannah More

Posted at : "These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and  pilgrims  on the earth." Hebrews 11:13  "Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and  pilgrims , abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2:11 I thought I was once upon a time traveling through a certain land which was very full of people; but what was rather odd, not one of all this multitude was at home--they were all bound to a far distant country. Though it was permitted by the Lord of the land that these pilgrims might associate together for their present mutual comfort and convenience, and each was not only allowed, but commanded to do the others all the services he could upon their journey, yet it was decreed, that every individual traveler must enter the far country singly. There was a great gulf at the end of th

Hannah More (1745-1833)

By Brycchan Carey - Posted at Biography Beyond any doubt, Hannah More was the most influential female member of the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the African Slave Trade. She was educated at Bristol, an important slave-trading town, and began to publish her writing in the 1760s, while she was still a teenager. Her first play, The Inflexible Captive , was staged at Bath in 1775. Later in the 1770s, and for much of the 1780s, she spent time in London and made the acquaintance of many important political and society figures, including Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, and Elizabeth Montagu. Her play Percy was produced by David Garrick in 1777, and Fatal Falsehood was staged in 1779, but she came to regard the theatre as morally wrong, especially after the death of her mentors; Garrick and Johnson. She turned to religious writing, beginning with her Sacred Dramas in 1782. In 1784-5, she 'discovered' Ann Yearsley , the so-called &#

Grace Gems: "The Christian should remember that every day he lives, he has..."

a God to glorify, a soul to save, repentance to perform, a Savior to believe and imitate, a body to mortify through the Spirit, graces and virtues to nurture by earnest prayer, sins to weep over and forsake, mercies and deliverances to be thankful for, a Hell to avoid, a Paradise to gain, an eternity to meditate upon, time to redeem, a neighbor to edify, works of charity to perform, a world to fear, and yet to conquer, demons to combat, passions to subdue, and perhaps, death to suffer, and judgment to undergo! And all these must be met and performed in the grace of Christ, and not in your own strength, which is perfect weakness. "Hold me up, and I shall be safe!" Psalm 119:117 (Hannah More, " Self-Examination ") Source: