Hat, Emma (1816-1837)
Died at Shalbourn, August 14th, 1837, Emma Hat, in her twenty-first year. She was among the first fruits of the P. Methodists in this place; but after a time declined. But in 1834, in a revival at Bagshot, she was stirred up, joined society, and continued till death.
The last eighteen months she grew much in grace, and often observed that her departure was at hand. I was with her when visiting a young woman, who expired while we were with her. Ah! little did we think that Emma, in the spring of life, would so soon be called to pay the debt of nature; but, —
“Nipt by the wind’s untimely blast,
Parch’d by the sun’s director ray,
The momentary glories waste,
The short.liv’d beauties die away.
While conversing on the deep things of God, she adverted to his goodness in supporting and delivering his people in the hour of trial; observing that she was determined to praise him and live to his glory.
Her affliction was short but severe. She was visited by several of our friends, and her confidence was strong in God. A little before her departure she said, “I have been to heaven, and have seen Jesus Christ. And he shone with such a brilliancy that it seemed to me as if I could not endure the brightness.”
A short time before she expired, she sung:-
“We shall range the sweet plains,
On the banks of the river,—
And sing of salvation
For ever and ever.”
Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1838. Page 356.