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dangers. Firm, faithful, and devoted, full of energy, and zeal, and
truth, he labours for his race; he clears their painful way to
improvement; he hews down like a giant the prejudices of creed
and caste that encumber it. He may be stern; he may be exacting;
he may be ambitious yet; but his is the sternness of the warrior
Greatheart, who guards his pilgrim convoy from the onslaught of
Apollyon. His is the exaction of the apostle, who speaks but for
Christ, when he says-‘Whosoever will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross and follow me.’ His is the ambition
of the high master-spirit, which aims to fill a place in the first rank
of those who are redeemed from the earth-who stand without fault
before the throne of God, who share the last mighty victories of the
Lamb, who are called, and chosen, and faithful.
St. John is unmarried: he never will marry now. Himself has
hitherto sufficed to the toil, and the toil draws near its close: his
glorious sun hastens to its setting.
The last letter I received from him drew from my eyes human
tears, and yet filled my heart with divine joy: he anticipated his
sure reward, his incorruptible crown.
I know that a stranger’s hand will write to me next, to say that the
good and faithful servant has been called at length into the joy of
his Lord. And why weep for this? No fear of death will darken St.
John’s last hour: his mind will be unclouded, his heart will be
undaunted, his hope will be sure, his faith steadfast. His own
words are a pledge of this‘My Master,’ he says, ‘has forewarned
me. Daily He announces more distinctly,- “Surely I come quickly!”
and hourly I more eagerly respond,- “Amen; even so come, Lord