Elizabeth Low was born in Cooperstown, New York, June 10th, 1818. She appeared to possess a truly noble mind, an amiable and benevolent temper. Her pious resignation, and religious deportment, under the pressure of very deep distress, afford a highly instructive example, and an eminent instance of the glory of religion to sustain the mind, in the greatest storms and dangers, when the waves of affliction threaten to over-whelm it.
This young lady spent a great part of her time in perusing the Holy Scriptures, and other religious books. She had a just esteem for all persons whom she thought religious and virtuous. She appeared to be happily disposed from very early life, being good and gentle before she was capable of knowing that it was her duty to be so. This temper continued with her, through the whole course of her life.
At the age of fourteen, she made a public profession of her Christian faith. Whatever her other virtues, their lustre was greatly increased by her humility. She was strict in the observance of religion. She adopted the rule of the Psalmist, "evening, morning and noon, will I pray," and retired three times a day for secret prayer.
But her health which had always been feeble, began to decline. Consumption was deeply seated.
She was at last confined to her room, no more to go out of it. She was visited by many pious persons, to whom she expressed a desire and willingness to die; to depart from this world of sorrow, to be with her God. The whole time of her sickness, she was in a cheerful, thankful frame of mind; leaving all to God, and referring to the disposal of Providence.
She was continually blessing those around her, as death approached. "May we meet in an eternal, a glorious world! Beseeching them to press forward, for a glorious prize awaited them; to be faithful unto death and they should obtain it."
She expressed a wish to a female friend to have her present, when she should breathe her last. When the time approached, she said to her mother, "send for this dear friend, that she may witness my death." Ere that friend reached her, she had fallen asleep in the arms of her Saviour.
A short time before she died, she said to this friend, "I have an article of dress in such a place, which will answer for my Shroud . If you will have the goodness to prepare my grave clothes, and have them in readiness, that I may see them before I die, you will be rewarded, and I receive satisfaction."
According to her wish, those garments were prepared, and brought to her room. The friend told her mother, that she need not show them to her unless she called for them. She did not however call for them, until this friend arrived. At length she called for them; they were shown to her. A benignant lustre enkindled in her dim eyes, while surveying the robes, which, at her own request, had been prepared to deck her for the tomb!
At one instant, she found death stealing upon her; a little while after, and she would be singing that sweet song,--"Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb for ever and ever!" She made a request to see all her dear friends around her bedside.
She mentioned the names of those, whom she thought would take the most interest in witnessing her death. They were sent for; all of them came except one; he being a minister of the Gospel, was out of town. As soon as they gathered around her, she said that one was absent. On being told the cause, she appeared satisfied.
Thus she lived, and thus she died. An eminant instance of Christain fortitude, patience, and meekness. Thus was she prepared to say, "Oh! death, where is thy sting! Oh! grave, where is thy victory!" It was on the 15th of September, 1838, that her spirit departed, to become an inhabitant of those regions above, where just spirits reign.