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ROBERTS AT MORRISTON. Crowded Meetings, but the "Fire" Absent. Tremendous Crush at Tabernacle I Chapel, Mr. Evan Roberts paid his first visit to the Swansea district on Thursday evening, whom the young revivalist who is creating such a stir in the religious life of Wales addressed a denseiy crowded congregation at the Taber- nacle, Morrist.on. H; had been expected the whole day, and from shortly after ten in the morning cne practically continuous service was held. The spacious chapel was, cleared at the close of the afternoon pro- ceedings, which, even without the presence of the central figure in the "revival," were of a remarkable character, but such was the religious fervour that held the people to- gether, no doubt, with a good deal of curios- ity to see Mr. Evan Roberts, that for over an hour the crowd thronged the main entrance and gave a sort of al fresco sacred concert in order to beguile the time. At length the chapel was re-opened, and for tne next few minutes there was a tremen- dous crush for seats. Hundreds were un- able to obtain even standing room in any part of the building. People crowded the aisles three and four deep, no divisions r" 1 traceable in the gallery scats, and the pulpit and up the pulpit stains there was a dense crowd. The Rev. W. Evans (Pembroke Dock), Rev. Emlyn Jones \P :stor), Rev. Penar Griffiths, Rev. J. H. Parry (Llansamlet). Rev. Morris Morgan a' other well-known Nonconformist minis- ters managed to congregate around the om- table and in the "set fawr." Before th? i.frtss throng had time to become seated revival hymns were started, and then the Rev. E/nlyn Jones offered up an earnest T<r:»yer, following which "Ar graig i adei- "Yn Eden coflaf hynnv byth." "I am coming Lord, "Gome to Jesus just now," "I^iolch Iddo." and other hymns alternated prnyor* and personal testimony. At seven o .ck Mr. Evan Roberts had not arrived, aH it was thought he might be attending r»;i over-dow meeting that was being held m 1:Jf) vestry below. At this time a young woman n the gallery became hysterical, and g the cause of the commotion, some called ..vjt from below "Why doesn't some- one -all attention to that panic there." An ol'! gentleman who sat at the communion table W33 in the midst of an earnest prayer at tb» time. He stopped. A young lady, L: •r<R softest tones possible started "For ()r Y'- u praying," and the vast congrega- subdued tones, took up the refrain, effect was very inspiring. At length, te "oung woman was got out, and the ser- vice resumed its customary course. A mature of the proceedings up till now ^as the solo singing of Miss Kate Morgan Llewelyn, Dowlais, wnosc rich. sonorous voice was neard in the leading off of a number of hymns, "here was ono other fact brought out Pretty clearly, and that was sympathy with the attitude of "Hands off the revival"* kcr; by the Rev. Cynddylan Jones. Dur- :>o worship the English missioner from — r.vse-r, who had taken part in both < morning and afternoon services, rase the. pulpit, on the steps of which he hap- to be standing, and sang the solo, "ib my mother I'll be there." The ministers in the "set fawr" gave furtive S'auce-. at one another as the congregation 1n half hearted manner took UT'l the refrain, and before the' closing words had been sung up jumped ^ivi- i'enar Griffiths, and with both hands < he o ,-p as if in supplication, commenced a pray".r in Welsh. The Leominster visitor dowTi without adding a word, though in the morning and afternoon he had followed I reading of Scripture with a few personal *'v'Mrifnces. Later on he essayed to sing another solo, and this time the Rev. Morris ) Morgan of Swansea, rose in the hwr" and, interrupting the singing of the h:, Tin, called out several times, "I appeal to \TNl for confessions; this is the time for 1 confessions I appeal t<o you for confessions." The Englishman sat down. Al 7.4-5 a stir among those assembled round tnc, pulpit signalised the arrival of Mr. Evan Uoiierts, and 1 very soon the whole on!»,yre''a- t'on f.-rrgot about confessions, and stood "up in warr to catch a glimpse of the young yf- 'gh.frr student ?s he elbowed his way with difficulty to the pulpit and up the 'pulpit G'^irf Arrived in the pulpit he pulled ifi_ overcoat as if desirous of rrr.wing the fight in earnest, and with that fascinating smile of his, lighting up his În:¡.'ctua\.lookil1g countenance, he looked irwud upon the sea of facecs below, in front fj behind, and seemed more tha.n gratified. ..oo biggest sceptic present could not but \e struck with the young man's demeanour, ind the .scene whilst the congregation was singing, led by .)iss Llewellyn, was cer- ) thinly very Rtriking. -it free and easy style, now leaning over lbc pi/ipit, at times swinging his right arm u, ting both hands, and continually turn- mg »-ound to those se ated round the organ, Mr. Roberts appealed for ,soul-saving. "If God has saved in other places, He will save here, too," he began, and then urged that Gcvl led the whole place, but they were no there unless God filled the heart. If they came there seeking the Divine they WU1; find the spiritual. Worship meant more than praying, singing, and preaching. -g. ip meant all that and more. Worship a submission in all truth to God. Taking the H-hle in his hand he asked if they knew I it ;¡ the Word of God; did they believe it? i he -,irit was present that night; the Spirit was there at work. At this st-ace the lady miasioners who had accompanied the revivalists sang ever so Fwe-».ti*y Cardinal Newman's hymn, "Lead Kindly Light," and till,, wa-r. the beginning of a number of interruptions by praise and prayer that eventually led the missioner to assist in stirring the flame. "Quench ;;ot the Spirit" he would say, and again would the 1 congregation burst out in prayers and hymn- •tctrirg. it was nothing to find two or three Toang men on their legs at tiie .3anie time, and the r, a congregation singing whilst they gesticulated in th' most frantic manner, though, of course, their prayers were not audible. One young ma.n near the window in the body of the chapel had all the appearance of being in a fit. when he twice prayed, so excited was he, whilst two others for fully nve minutes simply piayed 11 one another. Still the leader of I V.'iiis Tf marliuole movement was pleased at this opening of hearts. Miss Morgan broke in. with that supplicat- ing hymn, "I need Thee, oh, I need Thee," and tho congregation took nn the words with fervour. More hymns u-nd prayers followed, Roberts giving no opportunity for a lull the emotionalism of a highly emotional people. Las>r on a youth m his working clothes en- tered (he pulpit, and said that on his way to ciiapei his mates asked hun to corne in and bav.; drink. He said-No; he was going to •drsnk out of the best cup. ("Amen.") ';> llcn then struck up "Dioich Iddo, byth OitO llwch y llawr," and whilst singing 'a:lo;tT youth rlad in working clothes walked utJ to the "eet fawr," and mounted on the 8(tar. 'Jh" congregation .sung, "Ar Li ben ^"On His head the crown.") !1' %ey had finished he said, "I hope you won t It^Q^ at, niy clothes; a man is to b ].cigftj by his clothes. I am not like Bal- four in n\7 box hat and frock coat, but am f^ti suit-" The "Aniens" that lollov ed tni^ were numerous. Another young '■ *nen Npj whilst the first one slapped on bis 0iic <vand the two remained there fo some time- Mv. McTaggart rt -n t^e ^^00 vhi'h lasted till ""Nglft. In addition to the c v.r{]ow meeting in the nroom, IhcrtJ v, another meeting in n Chapel, Llangyfela^.road PRAYERS EXCITE- MENT YVANTW, r, revival e«rvices continued at -tath^rnacle Chapel, Morn^:>'» on priday *"Jn'ing. Shortly after clf;V.n Yclock the t.r°Uiid floor was filled, and tne ^gan tj fc\; occupied. The meeting did ir'>m those already chronicled i^ ^be Qews. The favourite revival hynnis sjere nnd prayers were said. Several rnix^ p J" fathered round the pulpit, but Mr. EvS^ was uo^ t'10r0' Mr. McTaggart gave an address, in which n? stated that Mr. Evan Roberts was grieved J hursday night at the absence of the poj;?r at meetings. They must fff^ftiilv distinpui^h lietweon excitement and Hpr/it oi tho Lord. They wanted tnor-j PT^y^jrs. At^a Quarter to one the meeting •djdi.rr.ed. -lir- Robr-rts v,as expected during <L, "ftsnjeon. ) Morriston presented quite an holiday ap- pearance, and there was little business done during the morning. An overflow meeting has been arranged at Zion Chapel, which the revival leader has promised to attend. At two o'clcock Tabernacle Chapel was a-gain filled and flooded with sacred melody. This continued with occasional prayers, whi'e the crowd still gathered. At half-past two tiiere was no standing room in any part of the building. The rendering of the old tunes by so YMt a congregation was most impressive. A general feeling of expectancy prevailed, and the least unusual movement in any part of the chapel brought about a craning of necks to see what was about to happen. The con- gregation was expecting .sensational thingis, but up to four o'clock they were disap- pointed. During the singing of "Mae yn disgwyl MI danat ti nawr," Sir. Evan Roberts ar- rived and sat in the pulpit. It was a long while before he could get an opportunity to speak, and when he did his address was soon interrupted. The whole proceedings were a medley of song, prayer, exclamation and testimony. The meeting went ( n without any order and without any conduct. A fea- ture was the rendering by Madame Kate Mor- gan of "Mae Iesu o Nazareth yn myn'd heibio," the refrain of which was taken up again and again. The missioner from the North, who at tempted to rela-te his experiences as a gambler, was drowned in "Throw out the life-line" and "Diokh Iddo." The singing of Miss Annie Davies again thrilled the vast assembly. The loud wierd chanting of bers continued almost incessantly during sp<>>ech and prayer like the sighing of winds among the trees. The overflow meet- ing at Seion Chapel was very poorly at- tended. FFORESTFACE WOMAN'S VISION. A further scene of excitement was enacted at Calfaria Chapel, Fforestfach, on Thursday evening. A young married woman who Was engaged in praying and speaking said, among other things, that she had seen an angw come down to Calfaria Chanel and throwing out ropes. On.} of the ropes was caught by a local person, whose name she mentioned, and that person had seised the rope. EVAN ROBERTS ON PLACES OF AMUSEMENT. Evan Roberts went to Clydach on Thurs- day afternoon, to Hebron Chapel, which was crowded. As he entered a man was praying so ef- fectively that the revivalist leaped along, crying, "That is tho way!—that is the ay!" He entered the pulpit and gave a simple, forceful address. The public-house, theatres, and music- halls, ho said, should not be preached at but all the people should be told of the love of God, and before they asked anything of God to first see that they had given everything to Him, and not part. He had been afraid sometimes that he might swer^6 a ^Ue,st"m perhaps could not an- But now (as he looked up, as if commun- ing with the Almighty) he felt as if he could answer any questions. He put it to rit and the answer was near. PL ASM ART, PASTOR ON THE RUIN OF "DIOLCH IDDO." Rev. Hugh Davies, of Plasmarl, writing of "Diolch Iddo" fqyS: "I shall not say much about why and how this popular tune (Casrsalem) was altered so as to meet the modern 'craae for uniformity' in time, in tunes, and to meet the montony of 'one note, one syllable,' and by so doing rob- bing the tune of its beauty and power, by writing and singing the latter part in the same time as the first part. "If it was sung as the author (Edward Roberts, Liverpool) intended, and as it was sung always until it was ruaned as stated, it would be immensely more in accord with foyous feeling of this revival. "I feel qnite sure, when the people have inng it in thds way once they will feel it. immeK-ely more like 'I-ioleh Iddo.' "I would like also to call attent inn to a sl- ather old tune that is very popular now again, viz., 'Pen Calfaria,' by William Owen, Pryscol, which is now sung mostly in the major instead of the minor key. This tune has also lost its beauty and power owing to fink absurdity. When, as is often the case, some sing in the major and others in the minor, it is anything but acceptable." "SHAKE HANDS AND LET US BE FRIENDS." When the spiritual ecstasy was highest ct a. meeting at Penuel Baptist Chapel, Cwm- avon, an incident occurred which was dra- matic in the intensity of feeling shown by the prominent figures in it, and in the pro- found impression it lef t on all who witnessed it. A commotion was heard in the gallery, and a young man in a state of great agita- tion, with the tears streaming down hiis iace, descended the gallery staircase and made his way to one of the front pews, where another young man was seated. To this young man he held out his hands, and with an appealing look and in a voice choked with emotion, said, "Forgive me,' forgive me; let us be friends again." They were old friends who bad quarrelled and become bitter enemie6. At first the appeal was not responded to it was evi- dently a difficult task to forgive and forget. The congregation prayed for the wished-for- reconciliation. The two men eventually retired to tho vestry together and shortly after they wer-c on their knees together praying, clasped in each other's arms, reconciled. PROPHECIES OF A BARMOUTH WOMAN. A peculiar story comes from Capel Egryn, between Barmouth and Duffryn Ardudwv. A woman states that in the little chapel where the meetings have been held she has eeen a beautiful light in the form of three fita £ s, which shone brilliantly. Ine light is said to appear every evining ax SIX o clock, arfti it has been seen also by a number of ministers and deacons. The most singular part of the story, how- <*ver, is that the woman who first saw the light claims to see in it the faoes of those 7. ho will be! converted each evening. One evening she said that there wou'd be four converts. Only threx? were to be seen in the chapel. She insisted that there four converts. Only t hrel) were to be seen in the chapel. She insisted that there should be four, and on the door being Open- ed one was found standing in the porch. At other times this woman has stated that there would be none, and she has been 1 or rcct every time. there would be none, and she has been or rcct every time. 1 SHOP'S CALL FOR WATCHING AND PRAYER. Writing of the revival in the "Recosd," the Bishop of Durham says: — "Those of us who remember the great days of forty-five years ago feel as if again one of those times of mysterious but mani- fest blessings might be at our doors, not in Wales only, but over England, when—by transcending great organisations and striking personalities, by a power secret dl Divine—the old cry of the soul tor a true salvation is met by the-eternal answer, the Lord Jesus Christ, with rezlult6 imme- diate, wonderful, and on a mighty scale. "Of course, every such movement, a,h{l every such period, has its drawbacks and perils, and they will calI for watching aiJlj prayer. But. I write to appeal meanwhue for not watching only, but welcome- FERVENT SCENES AT LOUGHOIt An extraordinary meeting was held at Horeb Chapel, Loughor, on Thursday night. The "fire" has not been as it ought to here (writes a correspondent), but it cam*, out right. The meeting opened by the reading of portions of Scripture by *w young lads, then prayer followed. A man offered a P^ay?1' lor "her loved ones. The singing of "Diolch Iddo" brought the meeting to its climax when an old man (a backslider) surrendered again. A young man entered the "set fawr" and prayed. Anotlier said he had felt ^1€ Spirit whilst at his work in the coal mi*16* "It is now," he said, "heaven at lf,y home." In the middle of the meeting about 20 young men rushed one after another to the set fawr," some for the first time, aud prayed fervently. ENTHUSIASM ON THE INCREASE A'f y PONTARDULAI&. "In these last days" strange and wondrous Ebings are being enacted at Pontardulais. wave of religious'fervour is being felt ln district with daily increasing force. I \irsday night at Hopo. Hermon, Cal- *a.m, .aM other places of worship were w iUK.sseitx eau&ed whole congregations to weep -V joy. Men and ^riieQ^ oeVGr to tate part in public divine service before, spoke with a sweeping eloquence, astonishing their hearers. Old footballers prayed for their erstwhile comrades, and backsliders have become mis- si oners. Previous meetings—which created quite a sensation at the time—were tame compared to what has been experienced this Veek. We have the evidence of a representative publi- can that the revival is having a very palpable I cfkct on the "trade" in the place. Nothing but "diwygiad" is spoken of at I places and all times. Not including this week, the following ad- ditions have been made to Pontardulais churches during the last few weeks:—Hope (Cong.) 56, Tabe-rnacle (Bap.) 48, English Wesleyan 30 (membership almost doubled), St. Teilo's Church 25, Capel Newydd (Cong.) 20, Libanus (C.M.) 20, Calfaria (Bap.) 20. Siloh (Cong.) 15, Hermon (C.M.) 20, Welsh Wesleyan 8. Statistics for other churches in the place are not yet a.vailab]e. VICAR OF SWANSEA AT MORRISTON MEETING. Rev. and Hon. Talbot Rice, the Vica.r of Swansea, and Mrs. Rice were among the con- gregation at the overflow meeting at Zion Chapel, Morriston, on Thursday evening.

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