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fading leaf-the withering flower—the tale “ The soul looks wishfully
A little longer, yet a little space
O might she stay! existence was a thousand years. Seventy years,
But the foe, less than one-tenth of its former measure, is Like a staunch murderer, steady to his purpose, the utmost that the many now arrive at. Some Pursues her close through every lane of life, pass a little beyond it, “yet is their strength
Nor misses once the track, but pressos on, labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and
"Till, forced at last to the tremendous verge,
At once she sinks !" we fly away.” But how few of those who read this page will ever reach their fourscore years! WIrat, then, is your life? Knowing that you Think of this, my soal !
must die, and stand in judgment--that at any The uncertainty of its continuance is a view moinent the weary wheels may stop—that the of time no less solemn and instructive. How blood may mount to thy brain, or chill at thy treacherous does it often appear! Blooming heart-o turn you to feeling and to thoughtful with health, budding with promise, beguiling ness - betake you to reflection, to penitence, with hope, it sheds its brilliant light around and to prayer. From all these shadows--yourour path, and again, like a meteor, in a mo
self a shadow as fleeting as any-turn away, and ment disappears. I met my friend but yester- lose yourself amid the grand, the awful realiday; his manly countenance was redolent of ties of an endless, an advancing immortality. health; his bright eye beamed with gladness; Ilasten to Jesus from the wratlı to come--fruin his warm hand pressed mine in fond affection; the undying worm of remorse—from the unand he spoke of coming joys and pleasing an- quenchable fire of torment.
O how have you ticipations, with a voice whose deep and mellow been living! What precious tiine have you intonations seemed to rise from the very foun- killed, what costly privileges have you abus de tain of health. I called upon him to-day, and what useful talents havo you buriod, what prowas ushered into his chamber. There reposed perty have you squandered, what Sabbatiis his body as it was wont to do, as in calm and liave you broken, what a God liave you hated, placid slumber, but he himself was not there; what a Saviour liave you despised, what a Holy he had, in the still watches of night, passed sud- Spirit lave you slighted, what a salvation have denly away. I called to him, but he heard not; yon nieglected, and what a soul lave you, shii I spoke to him, but he answered not again. 1 I say-Lost! Is it not a wonder that you are took his hand in mine, but it was cold as a clod; not now beyond the reach eren of infinite I pressed my lips to his, but they were as mar mercy ?— that you are not now in hell, lifting up ble. My friend had laid himself down to sleep, your eyes in torment, calling in vain for a drup but he woke no more, nor will wake again of water to cool your parched tongue? But the until the archangel's trump shall sound, “ Arise long-suffering of God waiteth now, as it did in ye dead, and come to judgment.” O by what the days of Noah, while the ark was preparing. an uncertain tenure do we hold our present The Ark of salvation is finished-iis door is lease of lite !-the strongest often the first to open-it hath not left the shore-over its pordroop; the fairest often the first to die. Ye tal, in letters of gold, it is written : "God so votaries of worldly pleasure and pursuit! thiuk LOVED THE WORLD, TIIAT HE GAVE HIS OXLY BLof it in connection with your sweetest and most GOTTES Sox, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETR IN lasting joys. Are they not born but to die? Com IIIM SHOULD NOT PERISII, BUT HAVE EVERLASTINO press them between the periods of feeble in- LIFE.” As one lying under the curse and the fancy and grey decrepitude, what is their value? condemnation of the law-doomed as a cri: Take an inventory of them, when you come to minal, helpless as an infant, abject as a share, lie down upon your bed of death, what is their lost and ruined as a sinner--escape for thy life; sum? What fruit will ye have in them then? | look not behind, nor stay in all the plain, but See! they pass before you, one by one--sank, flee, this moment flee to Christ, the Ark of salvabirth, beauty, health, estate, honour, pleasure, tion, the City of refuge. The day of a finished each casts its farewell look upon you as it fits and free salvation has come, in which it is your away. But what avail they now ? Will they mercy and your privilege to receive and avail smooth your dying pillow? Will they cool yourself of the wondrous tidings of God's puro your fevered brain? Will they brinr back to don throngh Christ,“ in whom (poor sinnos! the lieart the warm and genial current of life? have redemption throngh his blood, even this Will they bribe the king of terrors to stay forgiveness of sins.” In the spirit of a humble, awhile ? Will they fit the soul for its passage beseeching penitent, must you receive this great to eternity? In that awful moment, when the and gracious boon of God's forgiving love. curtain parts asunder, and lets down the light Think not to obtain it on the ground of your of the judgment-seat, streaming upon your pil- own worthiness, or to purchase it by works of low, what will be all the bygone joys and de. luman merit. If you receive salvation not a lights of the fancy, of the taste, of the imagina- a gratuity, the free gift of God, you receive i tion, of the intellect--the “lust of the flesh, the not at all. It is of faith, that it might be bę lust of the eye, and the pride of life !” Awful grace.” If, then, it is of faith, simply believing moment! Tremendons crisis ! See on the Lord Jesus, then it is no more of works
LIFE, THE ANTECEDENT OF IMMORTALITY.
Salvation, therefore, is as free to the vilest of and more emphatic words, Christ is his life. vile as God can make it; yea,“ without money And thus is this great and spiritual truth set and without price.” “ Ho, every one that forth :
“ Hath quickened us together with thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that Christ.”— Eph. ii. 5. “Ye are dead, and your * hath no money; come ye, buy and eat; yea, life is hid with Christ in God.” — Col. iii. 3.
come, buy wine and milk without money and “ Who died for us, that we should live together without price.” Are you prepared to avail with him.” - 1 Thess. v. 10. “ Dead with yourself of this condescending proposal, and to Christ” — “Risen with Christ.” Such are the accept this gracious gift! It may be you are terms, and they might be greatly multiplied, just the one which its full and free invitation which set forth this ainaziug truth—the beembraces. Are you thirsting for true happi- liever's oneness with Jesus, and his consequent ness? Come, then, and draw water out of these life in, and from, and with him for ever. As in wells of salvation. Are you weary! Jesus is the first Adam he died, so in the second Adam your soul's rest. Are you heavy ladened ? he lives. As he fell in the first, so he rises in Jesus is the sinner's burden-bearer. Are you the second. So that the renewed, pardoned, bowed down with grief and pain? Jesus un and accepted believer stands before God as one covers his stricken bosom, and bids you come who was dead with Christ, was buried with and lay it there. Have you spent your all upon | Christ, rose again with Christ, and is ascended physicians of no value, and are nothing better, up on high with Christ. The resurrection of but rather grown worse! Jesus is a great Phy- Jesus, was the resurrection-life of all represician-one touch of his hand will make you sented by him. As when he stirred in the whole. Do you feel yourself to be the greatest tomb, and broke from its imprisonment, he resinner in the universe ? Jesus died and rose ceived a new life, a resurrection life, a life un. again to save to the uttermost all that come unto known, unfelt before; so all his members, who God by him. O what a Saviour is he! So are not merely joined to him, but infinitely lovely, no object of beauty surpasses him. So more, are one with him, partake of that new, loving and compassionate, no affection or ten- risen life, such as they never could have posderness like his. So precious, all other objects sessed had not Jesus risen again from the dead. lose their sweetness and their value in compari- The lead coming back to life, was the transson. So dear, that life were a blank and beaven mission of a new principle of life through every itself were no heaven without him. Repair to meinber of the body. Thus much for the behim, then, just as you are, and my life for liever's new, heavenly, and immortal life. yours, if he will not save you from hell, and fit If you are in possession of this divine life, you for heaven : “Him that cometh unto me, dear reader, then you will be found exempliI will in no wise cast out”-“ Believe on the tying in the minute detail of your daily walk Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." and conversation, its practical influence. You
But I turn for a moment to the Christian will be walking in the holy liberty of a dear LIFE. It, too, is the antecedent of immortality, child, as one who stands not only in, but as one but an immortality, O how glorious! It can, with Christ. O glorious privilege! What houin truth, be affirmed only of the believer in our! what security! what glory! what happiness ! Jesus, that he lives. What an awful blank is All your interests are the Lord's for time and for a man's life until the moment of his spiritual eternity! You will live, too, as one whose converquickening by the Holy Ghost! All has been sation is in heaven, because your Life is there. moral death. His soul dead, his faith dead, Risen with Christ, you will rise daily in spirit his works dead, his religion dead. The dark and affection above the things that are on earth. pall of spiritual death wraps all in its fcarful | You will come out of the world, and be sepafolds—the awful, and, if sovereign grace inter- rate-a holy, humble, self-denying, cross-bearfere not, the certain prelude of the “ second ing follower of your crucified but risen and death." But the believer lives. God the eter- exalted Ilead. You will be seeking to draw nal Spirit has breathed into his soul the breath more life from him, remembering that he came of a new, a spiritual, and a divine life. “ You not only that you should have life, but that you hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses should have it more abundantly. Hastening from and in sins.” But let us inquire more particu- all below, you will long to depart, and to be with larly into this great truth. Many are too con Christ. Exiled in spirit from the worldly and tent with mere superficial or crude ideas of its creature attractions around you, you will be
looking for, and hastening unto the coming of We do not reject the term regeneration, nor your Lord. “ And when Christ, who is our life, the grand idea the word imparts, in our esti- shall appear, then shall ye also appear with mate of the spiritual life of a child of God; hin in glory.” but we do not rest here. We think something beyond this is implied. UNION TO CHRIst is This house is to be let for life or years; that doctrine which gives the truest, and the Her rent is sorrow, and her income tears: most perfect and vivid idea of the life of God Cupid, 't has long stood void; hier bills make inown, in the soul of the regenerate. The belirrer She must be dearly let, or let alone. lires only as he is one with Christ. lu other
sacrifices at all. The last words of the brother wb “ BROTHER COMSTOCK;" made such sacrifices, were, “Six men for Artacan.
Ilis grave is now at Ramsee. Sister Comstock's grav
is at the same place, under the tamarind trees ne. TRIALS OF THE MISSIONARY.
the place where she lived and laboured so many yea The Rev. Mr Kincaid, a Baptist missionary, in ad
and her children lie by her side. in Ranısee is the
grave of sister Abbott; and there her children lie tra dressing lately the Baptist Convocation at New
Ah! my friends, could you have seen them, you woul York, gave several interesting particulars regard. have known what it was to make sacrifices for ti ing the Karens, a people in the west of Asia, ir: the missionary cause. Brotier and sister Stiison ar country of Arracan, among whom he had been labour- | there alore, by the graves of those with whom the ing. The mission was commenced in 1837, and the bad toiled and laboured; and I ask you, in the wor Gospel has taken root among them with promise of of brother Comstock, Shall we go back without t.
“six men for Arracan?"
“SIX MEN FOR ARRACAX!"
Upon each little brow;
She never made till now:
Will greet ye o'er the sea.
I've bid my idol ones farewell,
For thee, my God, for thee. named Comstock, who had laboured long in the same
But off they'd gone--those little ones field, and who, with his wife and children, had since
I saw them gaily trip,
To see the gallant ship.
The stricken sire-he'd often drank
Sad draughts at duty's beck-
And stands upon the deck; convert in all that time. With all this I never heard
As pale as polished Parian stones,
As white as arctic snows,
Beside those young and cherished ones with brother Comstock and his wife. They had come
The stricken father bows. down to the coast to see us off, and one evening while He breathes one prayer, he prints one kise, we vere at their house, word was sent from the
And turns him toward the shore:
He felt, till now, the babes were his,
But they were his no more.
That bound their hearts, was riven, she had walked some little distance she paused a
And floating on an angel's breath,
Rose up and clung to heaven.
Why lingers he upon the shore?
Why turns he towards the deck? house. Brother Comstock, and his two children, who Perhaps to say farewell once morewere to return with us, for the purpose of being edu
Perhaps one look to take. cated in this country, came off to the ship together,
O no; but calm as angels now
That kneel before the throne,
Where twice ten thousand thousande lote upon their heads, he bestowed a father's blessing upon
And say “Thy will be done," them, tears all the while streaming down his checks. He said, My brother, when you stand He took his leave of me with a gentle pressure of the
Beyond the raging deep, hand, and I followed him to the side of the vessel,
In that delightful, happy land,
Where all our fathers sleep
When you shall hear their Sabbath-1-ell his face up to me, still bedewed with tears, and ex
Call out their happy throngs, claimed, “ REMEMBER, BROTHER KINCAID, SIX MEN And hear the organ's solemn swell, FOR ARRACAN." I never saw him again, and the very
And Zion's sucred songs, day we took on board a pilot ofi Sandy Hook was the
Tell them a herald, far away,
Where midnight broods o'er min,
Bade ye this solemn message soy-
“Six men for Astucan."
While in that happy land of theirs
short time, not only through Lisbon, but through They feast on blessings given,
the greater part of Portugal. It was even repeated And genial suns and healthful airs
by the Miguelite officers to their soldiers at the head
of the ranks, and had, as was intended, the effect Come speeding fresh from heaven,
of exciting their zeal in the cause of the petty tyrant Tell them that near yon idol dome
as Miguel proved himself to be for the comparaThere dwells a lonely man,
tively short time that he was in possession of the Who bade ye take this message home- usurped throne. “Six men for Arracan."
The last day but one, however, of its acting was
destined to open the eyes of the people, and to give Sweet home-ah, yes! I know how sweet, them an idea of what priestcraft is capable of in Within my country thou
order to arrive at its ends. At the close of the serI've known what heartfelt pleasures meet
mon, and when the preacher turned, as usual, to I've felt-and feel them now.
apostrophize the image, and to implore it to signify
its pleasure and assent to Miguel's government by Well, in those lively scenes of bliss,
moving the head, as it had done the seven preceding Where childhood's joys began,
days, since the commencement of the norm, the I'd have ye, brother, tell them this
image retained its inanimate position, to the great “Six men for Arracan."
disappointment of the people, whose expectations
were so highly wound up, and to the consternation O when the saint lies down to die,
of the priests, who were privy to the cheat. The And friendship round him stands,
request was repeated with some additional flowers of And faith directs his tearless eye
Thetoric from the preacher, and the most stunning To fairer, happier lands,
vociferations from the people; but all in vain-the
image neither moved its head nor changed its posiLow culnı he bids poor earth adieu,
tion. At length, on the preacher's repenting the With all most dear below!
request the third time, and hinting that the Virgin The spirit sees sweet home in view,
was angry on account of the presence of some freeAnd plumes her wings to go.
masuns, who mingled through euriosity among the Stop, dying saint--O linger yet,
erowd of worshippers, a voice was heard issuing
from the inside of the image, and complainingly cryAnd cast one thought on man;
ing out, " It is not my fault that the Virgin does not Be this the last that you forget-
more her head, tor I have pulled the cord till it “Siz men for Arrucan."
broke, and what can I do more?" The voice was Norinch E.cuminer (American).
wstinetly heard by every one; but the speaker was invisible. At last, one of those who were present, more courageous than the rest, attempted to ap
procł the image, bit was repulsed repeatedly by A POPISH MIRACLE.
the priests, who well knew the consequence of the disDuring the contest between Don Miguel and Don covery; but being seconded by some others equally Pedro for the throne of Portugal, an incident ee
desirous of unraveling the mystery, he at length suceurred which affords a good illustration of the cha
ceeded in coming close to it, and, on removing the Tacter of Popish miracles. In one of the Madonna folds of the garments with which sueh like images erurches of Lisbon there was worshipped an image are decked out, he found an opening in the side, of the Virgin, which was held in the greatest repute large enough for tlae admittance of a full-grown boy, by the inhabitants, in consequence of the numerous
whom he pulled out, and who was immediately recogs miracles said to have been performed by it in former nised as the nephew of the bishop, placed there by his times. The priests thought that making this image uncle, for what purpose it does not require an extraorpuuk in favour of their patron, Don Miguel, would dinary degree of neuteness to guese. 'l'he whole secret be an irrefutable argument with the people for his was now explajued; the people met the discovery with pretensions. With this intention, a novena was
the ridicule it so well merited, and little was wanting ordered in honour of the image, and the church that they did not massacre on the spot the impostors splendidly decorated for its celebration. The people who got up the cheat. These thought it their best decembled in crowds from all parts of the city to pay plan to cousult for their own safety by flight, which their devoirs to the Virgin, and to hear the panegyric they immediately made good through the doors of preached in her honour. The preacher, after enu
the sacristy, amid the hisses and curses of the infumerating the many benefits, teniporal and spiritual, riated populace. which the people derived from their devotion to the Queen of Heaven, and afterrelating the many iniracles performed by the image then and there worshipped,
THE JEWELS. turning toward the image itself, and casting himselt (A Tradition of the Publins, translated by Coleridge.) on his knees before it (in which idolatrous act he was imitated by his audience), he addressed to it a The celebrated teacher, Rabbi Meir, sat during the fervent prayer for the good of the Church, and im whole of one Sabbath-day in the public school inplored it to manifest, by a miracle, whether she was well pleased th: Don Miguel should reign over the
structing the people. During his absence from his kingtion of Portugu!. The image (mivairile dictu!) house his two sons died, both of them of uncommon at the conclusion of this fervid appeal, bowed its beauty, and enlightened in the law. His wife bore head in sign of assent three times in succession be them to her bed-chanaber, laid them upon the mar
fore the eyes of the assembled multitude, all of which, riage-bed, and spread a white covering over their | with one voice, simultaneously cried out, " A miracle! bodies. In the evening Rabbi Meir came home.
a miracle !--long live Miguel the first, the chosen of the Virgin, and the beloved of Heaven!” This miracle
“ Where are my two sons,” he asked, “that I may was repeated frequently on the following davs of the give them my blessing? I repeatedly looked round festival, and in presence of a still greater concourse,
the school, and I did not see them there." She attracted by its fame, which spread in an incredibly I reached to him a goblet; he praised the Lord at the
going out of the Sabbath, drank, and again asked : / while destitute of that faith which alone made Abra“Where are my sons, that they too may drink of the ham illustrious, was but to proclaim a relationshi; cup of blessing ?” “ They will not be far off,” she which he disgraced. And for any ininister to boos said, and placed food before him that he might eat.
of his descent in regular orders from the apostles He was in a gladsome and genial mood, and when he
while destitute of the apostles' faith, or corrupting had said grace after the meal, she thus addressed their doctrine, or void of their humility, or a stranger him: “Rabbi, with thy permission I would fain to their labours, is but to glory in that of which is propose to thee one question." “Ask, it then, my ought to be ashamed. love !” he replied. “A few days ago, a person in
We met lately with a good illustration of this trusted some jewels to my custody, and now he de- fashionable boasting about apostolical succession, and mands them again; should I give them back again ?” sufficient material at the same time for proving its “ This is a question,” said Rabbi Meir, “which my absurdity, in a work entitled “ Polynesia," by Bishop wife should not have thought it necessary to ask.
Russell of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and the What, wouldst thou hesitate or be reluctant to re well-known compiler of several works for the “ Edinstore to every one his own ?" “ No," she replied; burgh Cabinet Library." In speaking of the mis “but yet I thought it best not to restore them with sionaries whose labours have been so signally blessi out acquainting thee therewith.” She then led him in the South Seas, he says :to the chamber, and stepping to the bed, took the They act as pioneers—they prepare the way for white covering from the dead bodies. “Ah, my
the advance of a more regular force; they cut out a sons, my sons !” thus loudly laniented the father; path in the wild thicket or moruss, by which their suc
cessors may proceed to complete the work begun with “ my sons—the light of mine eyes and the light of my
so much labour; they sow the seed with an anskilfu! understanding—I was your father, but ye were my hand, perhaps, and on ground little cultivated, but teachers in the law.” The mother turned away and whence, at no distant day, a crop will spring to eli- ; wept bitterly. At length she took her husband by rich and beautify the whole land. The missionary the hand, and said: “Rabbi, dilst thou not teach
in due time is followed by the Churchman, who sveta
matizes the elements which the other has created me that we must not be reluctant to restore that
Like a wise master-builder, the latter polishes the which was intrusted to our keeping? See, the
materials already in some degree prepared to his hand, Lord gave,
the Lord has taken away, and blessed be and erects with them an orderly editice, complete in the name of the Lord!'” “ Blessed be the name of all its parts, and having for its foundation the lizel the Lord !” echoed Rabbi Meir, “and blessed be his stones of an apostolical priesthood, qualified to other name for thy sake too; for well it is written:
the oblation of a spiritual suurijice."
) •Whoso hath found a virtuous wife hath a greater The bishop, of course, reckons himself among the treasure than costly pearls; she openeth her mouth apostolical priesthood, but refuses the title to the i with wisdom, and in her tongue is the law of kind-rude, unskilful missionaries ! It appears never to
have entered his imagination that they could by pos sibility be apostolical. But here the bishop treats
on ground which burns him. He could not hare APOSTOLICAL SUCCESSIO.V. brought his apostolical pretensions into a more dan
gerous collocation, or one in which comparisons surely
and deservedly damaging both to him and to his cause “ THINK not to say within yourselves, We have Abra are more inevitably called forth. One is tempted to ham to our lather; for I say unto you, that God is ask: Who most resembles an apostle ? he who, as the able of these stones to raise up children unto Abra- missionary, spends his days and years in proclaiming ham." This is a text against the spirit which keeps to the Heathen the unsearchable riches of Christ, and alive the arrogant dogma of apostolical succession. is made the means of turning whole islands to the “We are the children of Abraham,” boasted the Lord; or he who, as the author, sits at home writing Jews. We are the successors of the apostles," is the books on all imaginable subjects, enlivened only with boast of others in our day. But as the Baptist re passages so cold and presumptuous as the above buked the former, so may the latter be rebuked. It Bishop Russell might decide the question in favour of was not mere carnal descent froin Abraham which himself, and all of a like mind in the kingdom might could profit; but "they which are of faith,” we are back him; but a hopeful appeal would lie to Chris told, “ them are the children of Abraham.” In like tianity and common sense. Take, for example, such manner, it is not mere ministerial orders, received in a man as John Williams. Follow him from his coan unbroken ordination-chain from the apostles-even version to his martyrdom. See him taking his life in could that be proved, which it cannot--which would his hand, and, burning with a zeal which labour could avail as a ground of confidence or boasting. It is not diminish, nor difficulties damp, nor persecution those who are “strong in the faithı” by which the destroy, going from island to island, denouncing to apostles overcame, “ stedfast in the apostles' doc- the idolatrous and often savage barbarians, the gods trìne,'' and abundant in the apostles?“ labours," who whom they ignorantly worshipped-charging upco are their true successors in the only sense in which them the multitude and grossness of their sins, telling they can be said to have had successors at all. them of the blood of the covenant by which they
might be cleansed from them all, and striving to con “ They who on noble ancestry enlarge, Produce their debt instead of their discharge."
strain them by love, or to persuade them by terror,
to flee from the wrath to come, and yield themselves For a Jew to boast of his descent from Abraham, to God-till, the Spirit inspiring the prencher, and
THE BISHOP AND THE MISSIONARY.