博亿I could hold no longer: I took him in my arms and embraced himeagerly. "How far," said I to him, "have I been from understandingthe most essential part of a Christian, viz. to love the interestof the Christian Church, and the good of other mens souls! Iscarce have known what belongs to the being a Christian." - "Oh,sir! do not say so," replied he; "this thing is not your fault." -"No," said I; "but why did I never lay it to heart as well as you?"- "It is not too late yet," said he; "be not too forward to condemnyourself." - "But what can be done now?" said I: "you see I amgoing away." - "Will you give me leave to talk with these poor menabout it?" - "Yes, with all my heart," said I: "and oblige them togive heed to what you say too." - "As to that," said he, "we mustleave them to the mercy of Christ; but it is your business toassist them, encourage them, and instruct them; and if you give meleave, and God His blessing, I do not doubt but the poor ignorantsouls shall be brought home to the great circle of Christianity, ifnot into the particular faith we all embrace, and that even whileyou stay here." Upon this I said, "I shall not only give youleave, but give you a thousand thanks for it."博亿堂98手机博亿
博亿I now pressed him for the third article in which we were to blame."Why, really," says he, "it is of the same nature. It is aboutyour poor savages, who are, as I may say, your conquered subjects.It is a maxim, sir, that is or ought to be received among allChristians, of what church or pretended church soever, that theChristian knowledge ought to be propagated by all possible meansand on all possible occasions. It is on this principle that ourChurch sends missionaries into Persia, India, and China; and thatour clergy, even of the superior sort, willingly engage in the mosthazardous voyages, and the most dangerous residence amongstmurderers and barbarians, to teach them the knowledge of the trueGod, and to bring them over to embrace the Christian faith. Now,sir, you have such an opportunity here to have six or seven andthirty poor savages brought over from a state of idolatry to theknowledge of God, their Maker and Redeemer, that I wonder how youcan pass such an occasion of doing good, which is really worth theexpense of a mans whole life."博亿博亿堂98手机博亿I was now struck dumb indeed, and had not one word to say. I hadhere the spirit of true Christian zeal for God and religion beforeme. As for me, I had not so much as entertained a thought of thisin my heart before, and I believe I should not have thought of it;for I looked upon these savages as slaves, and people whom, had wenot had any work for them to do, we would have used as such, orwould have been glad to have transported them to any part of theworld; for our business was to get rid of them, and we would allhave been satisfied if they had been sent to any country, so theyhad never seen their own. I was confounded at his discourse, andknew not what answer to make him.博亿博亿He looked earnestly at me, seeing my confusion. "Sir," says he, "Ishall be very sorry if what I have said gives you any offence." -"No, no," said I, "I am offended with nobody but myself; but I amperfectly confounded, not only to think that I should never takeany notice of this before, but with reflecting what notice I amable to take of it now. You know, sir," said I, "whatcircumstances I am in; I am bound to the East Indies in a shipfreighted by merchants, and to whom it would be an insufferablepiece of injustice to detain their ship here, the men lying allthis while at victuals and wages on the owners account. It istrue, I agreed to be allowed twelve days here, and if I stay more,I must pay three pounds sterling PER DIEM demurrage; nor can I stayupon demurrage above eight days more, and I have been here thirteenalready; so that I am perfectly unable to engage in this workunless I would suffer myself to be left behind here again; in whichcase, if this single ship should miscarry in any part of hervoyage, I should be just in the same condition that I was left inhere at first, and from which I have been so wonderfullydelivered." He owned the case was very hard upon me as to myvoyage; but laid it home upon my conscience whether the blessing ofsaving thirty-seven souls was not worth venturing all I had in theworld for. I was not so sensible of that as he was. I replied tohim thus: "Why, sir, it is a valuable thing, indeed, to be aninstrument in Gods hand to convert thirty-seven heathens to theknowledge of Christ: but as you are an ecclesiastic, and are givenover to the work, so it seems so naturally to fall in the way ofyour profession; how is it, then, that you do not rather offeryourself to undertake it than to press me to do it?"
博亿博亿Upon this he faced about just before me, as he walked along, andputting me to a full stop, made me a very low bow. "I mostheartily thank God and you, sir," said he, "for giving me soevident a call to so blessed a work; and if you think yourselfdischarged from it, and desire me to undertake it, I will mostreadily do it, and think it a happy reward for all the hazards anddifficulties of such a broken, disappointed voyage as I have metwith, that I am dropped at last into so glorious a work."博亿This scarecrow was set up at the outer side of the village; andwhen I came near to it there were sixteen or seventeen creaturesall lying flat upon the ground round this hideous block of wood; Isaw no motion among them, any more than if they had been all logs,like the idol, and at first I really thought they had been so; but,when I came a little nearer, they started up upon their feet, andraised a howl, as if it had been so many deep-mouthed hounds, andwalked away, as if they were displeased at our disturbing them. Alittle way off from the idol, and at the door of a hut, made ofsheep and cow skins dried, stood three men with long knives intheir hands; and in the middle of the tent appeared three sheepkilled, and one young bullock. These, it seems, were sacrifices tothat senseless log of an idol; the three men were priests belongingto it, and the seventeen prostrated wretches were the people whobrought the offering, and were offering their prayers to thatstock.详情