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-“ Stop traveller; bow the head to the mother of wish knowledge ?-by Mary let us seek it. Do we God—the queen of heaven.” When men recover wish talents ?-by Mary let us seek them. Do we from sickness, their cure is ascribed mainly to her, wish consolation ?-by Mary let us seek it. But, and votive offerings are hung up in her churches, as above all, do we ask divine grace ?-by Mary let us! in the temples of Pagan idols in ancient Rome. seek it. Let us seek grace, my dear sinners, let us Indeed, it seems obvious to the most superficial ob seek grace, and by Mary let us seek it. She is that server, that she has here supplanted the worship of most precious of women, who has found a jewel so! the Redeemer, and that Satan has completely traves- precious as divine grace; and for whom has she tied Christianity in that city to which he still, with found it, if not for us ?-for us, so wicked, so perfigreat subtlety, points men as the metropolis of Chris- dious! Let us go, then, let us go to her, and freely tianity. I found only two churches dedicated to the ask it; she will never be able to deny it." No Saviour, and in one of them the Virgin's name was mother, at least no Roman mother-none but al coupled with his; while she has (as I counted) twenty Christian, could resist this; and it is thus that the nine dedicated to herself, an altar perhaps in every religion of Rome mimics all that is called Christian, church in Rome, and images at every corner and and degrades all that is holy in religion to the rank cross-way. And, not satisfied with this, they carry of an earthly passion. her images in procession-miraculous images they are
grand error involved in all these superstitious | sometimes called; but the finest we have seen was a practices, indeed the basis of the Popish creed, is a wax-doll, as large as life, dressed in a pink gown, an corruption of the fundamental doctrine of Chris embroidered mantle of light blue, and a crown on her tianity-salvation by the righteousness of a Mediator.
11 head-an object of as essential idolatry as could be This was the plan which God, in mercy, divulgeu found at this moment in any Heathen land. In her for the redemption of lost man. It was effective and ! arms she usually carries the infant Saviour; the complete, because it was divine. But, to corrup: || streets through which she is to pass are strewed with what he could not crush, Satan established at Rome flowers; the windows are hung with the finest tapes a monstrous perversion of what the Lord Jesus bat! tries; monks and nuns conduct the procession; and established at Jerusalem. Instead of one Mediator li the whole city does homage on these occasions to her between God and man, we have hundreds of mediawho is beyond all controversy their household god. tors; yea, so many, that on the day of All Saints . She is called “ The Consoler of the Afflicted,” when these hest of mediators are worshipped, the “The Helper of Christians," "The Refuge of Sin- idolatrous Romans, wearied and hoarse with theiners,"
," "The Dispenser of Consolation, of Peace, of supplications to the saints, called over by namne, as in i Divine Aid, of Divine Love." In a word, under a muster-roll, are obliged to take refuge at last ir. Popery, the Virgin is all that the Lord Jesus is under an “et ceteri sancti, orate pro nobis." Christianity.
strength would fail them even to repeat the names After witnessing these things, one is at no loss of the whole. Withdrawing men's thoughts frou. to understand the effect which the Roman preachers the true Intercessor, to fix them on the imaginars have upon the hearts of their hearers. They mediators, who yet cannot mediate if they would. can represent to them the Virgin weeping, or re and would not if they could, Satan has accomplishe joicing over her child, just as any mother of earth his object; men's souls are allured to destructio: would do; and all this finds a quick response in the down a path made apparently smooth by being like minds of people so impassioned as the Italians. There the religion of revelation, but, in effect, destroying is nothing spiritual, nothing immaterial presented to it-extirpating it—annihilating it. them. Their religion just refers to the common re But it is vain to argue or remonstrate against Ro lations of life, a little elevated by being connected manism. The Christian indeed rejects it at once, as, with a sacred name; and, by the help of such ma an incubus on the spirit of man. By the semblance chinery, Satan enthrals, darkens, and destroys, the of religion involved in it, it lulls conscience, by a souls of men who are posting to the bar of God, with soporific from which it seldom awakes; and if cona lie not merely in their right hands, but in their science be lulled, the Romanist feels satisfied his duty hearts. Nor is it only among common-place preachers is done, and all is right. The master-stroke of it: that such things are done. Their choicest and most policy is thus to keep conscience quiet, not to en! eloquent men use the same language, and plead | lighten it, not to convince it of sin, and lead to Him with their fellow-creatures from the same motives— who taketh sin away; but to prevent it from discover. I faith in the Virgin is the substance of all they say. | ing sin, by prescribing certain forms of religion, in “ Yes, yes,” exclaims Segneri, one of their most elo- which men are to engage with the spirit and on the quent and original preachers; "ply this lovely prac- principles of men of this world in their business tice of devotion. Ask of God no favour, great or The task to be performed, or the problem to be small, which you do not ask for the merits of Mary. solved, is manifestly this—“ Given a certain number Represent on all occasions to Jesus that bosom so of crosses to be made, of aves, puternosters, and pure on which he clothed himself with human flesh; prayers to be repeated; required the most speech that milk which nourished him; those tears which mode of doing it?” To this work men, women, ani bathed him; and doubt not that your prayers will be children, priests and laymen, the consecrated and the l accepted every hour. Let us seek grace; and by vile, hasten with an industry that would be com Mary let us seek it. Thus teaches the most wise mendable in any other work, and yet with a manifes. St Bernard, because Mary cannot be frustrated. Do want of interest in what they do, which would be we wish health ?-by Mary let us seek it. Do we | ridiculous, did we not know and feel the mockery
CHRIST'S PRESENCE PRECIOUS.
that is offered to God by the supposition that he looked on a leopard's den. An order has arrived to exacts or can receive prayers by tale. It is not to be bring the Galilean prisoner to the emperor's judgdenied that we find exactly the same spirit of for- ment-hall. The apostle had just time to warn a few mality in Protestant countries; but, in the one case, friends, and like enough they came and condoled
with him; but they thought it prudent not to go the error originates in the fact that religion, or rather with him'into court. It might compromise their superstition, prescribes the error–in the other the own safety, and it could do him no effectual good; error prevails in spite of religion; and it is for this and he did not urge them. The soldiers arrived, and reason that Romanism should be prayed and watched he went away cheerily with them--the old weather
beaten man-without his cloak, for he had left it at against by all who know the value of souls on the one
Troas; without his friends, for he had left them behand, and the simple religion of Jesus Christ upon hind 'at his own hired house — as forlorn as ever the other,
prisoner stood before Cæsar. And how was it that the infirm old man passed, with so serene a look, the clashing swords and scowling sentries at the palace
front? How was it that he trod the gloomy gateway CHRIST'S PRESENCE PRECIOUS.
with a step so full of merry innocence and martyr(From "Mount of Olives,” by Rev. James Hamilton.) zeal, and never noticed Nero's lions snuffling and
howling in their hungry den? And how was it that LET me mention some benefits of Christ's perpetual in the dim and dangerous presence-chamber, where presence with his people, especially when that pre- cruelty sat upon the throne of luxury-how was it sence is recollected and realized.
that, with that wolf upon the judgment-seat, and 1. It is sanctifying. The company of an earthly those blood-hounds all around him with none but friend is often influential on character. If he be one Pagans present, and not one believing friend to bear of a very pure and lofty mind, and, withal, one who thee company--how was it, O Paul! that in such an has gained an ascendency over your own soul, his hour of peril, instead of pleading Not guilty, and very presence is a talisman. If an angry storm be falling down on suppliant knees, thou didst commit gathering in your bosom, or lowering in your counte the very crime they charge against thee—the crime nance, the unexpected sunshine of his heavenly of loyalty to Jesus—and urge Christ's claims on aspect will disperse it all again. If mean or unworthy Cæsar? Why the secret of this strange courage thoughts were creeping into your mind, the interrup- was, “ At my first answer no man stood with me, but tion of his noble presence will chase them all away. all forsook me. Notwithstanding, THE LORD stood If you are on the point of declining some difficult with me and strengthened me, that by me the preachenterprise, or evading some incumbent duty, the ing might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles slance of his remonstrating eye will at once shame might hear; and I was delivered out of the mouth of away your indolence or cowardice, and make you up the lion." and doing. So the Saviour's recollected presence is And you, my friends, will all be brought into agia constant reproof and a ceaseless incentive to an tating circumstances. It is not likely that it will be affectionate disciple. Is he provoked? Is his temper said to you, “ Fear not, for thou must stand before rufiled? Is he about to come out with some sharp Cæsar." But you may be arraigned before terrible or cutting sarcasm, or to deal the indignant blow? tribunals—the tribunal of public opinion--the tribuOne look from the Lamb of God will calm his spirit nal of private affection -- the tribunal of worldly -Will cool the flush of fury in his burning cheek- | interest for Christ's name's sake. From time to will make his swelling heart beat softly. Are you time you may be constrained to pass through ordeals tempted? Do evil thoughts arise in your heart? which will make you understand how Paul felt when One glance from these holy eyes can chase away a passing in at the palace-gate. When called to give whole legion of devils, and banish back into the pit your testimony for Christ, the filesh may be weak, each foul suggestion. Are you seized with a lazy or and the willing word may be like to expire in your selfish fit? Are you wearying of work which for choking utterance. Worldly wisdom may beckon some time you were doing, or refusing work which you back, and, like Paul's fearful friends, cautious or God is now giving you to do? Are you angry carnal Christians may refuse to support you. It is at an affliction, or averse to a given task? Lo! he not Nero's hall, but a quiet parlour you are entering; puts to his hand, and offers to help you with this but before you come out again you may be a poor cross, and you observe that it is a pierced hand; and man, or a friendless one. The Yes or No of one he offers to go before and show you the way, and you faithful moment may have spurned the ladder of notice that the footprints are bleeding, and it wounds promotion from under your feet, and dashed your you to think that you should have needed such an brightest hopes on this side the grave. Or, by the admonition. Or you have just come away from a time the letter you are now penning is closed, and scene of guilt--from a company where you have sealed, and posted, and the sinful assent, or the comdenied him—where you have just been saying, by promising proposal, or the resolute refusal is written, your conduct, by your silence, or your words, “I the Lord Jesus will have said, “I know thy works, know not the man;" and as you encounter the eye that thou hast a name, that thou livest and art of Jesus, whom they are leading away to crucily, dead;” or, “I know thy works, that thou art neither O Peter, do you not go forth, and weep bitterly? cold nor hot;" or, “I know thy works; behold, I
2. Christ's presence is sustaining. The apostles have set before thee an open door, and no man can were wonderfully calin and collected men. People, shut it; for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept considering that they were, many of them, unlearned my word, and hast not denied my name. I also will and ignorant, were anazed at their dignified com keep thee.” In such fiery trials of love and fidelity, posure in most difficult circumstances. It was
there is nothing 60 sure to overcome as the recollected scarcely possible to alarm or agitate them. When presence of “Lo! I am with you.” And, oh! it is. brought before kings and rulers, it was usually their sweeter, like the three holy children, to pace up and judges who trembled, but they themselves were tran down beneath the furnace's flaining vault, arm in arm quil. And Paul tells us the secret of it. When he with the Son of Man, than to tread the green pashimself was brought before Cæsar, it was an agitat- tures of an earthly promotion or a carnal tranquillity ing occasion. Nero was a cruel prince, and the purchased by the denial of Jesus, and so with the people looked on his palace much as they would have wrath of the Lamb.
3. Comforting. You have noticed the difference
Passing away! in travelling the same road solitary and in pleasant As we think of the brilliant but ever lost star, company. * What! we are not here already! It
Which sparkled for ages in that group afar, takes three hours to do it, and we have not been half that time. Well ! I could not have believed it; but There cometh a voice from the bright ones that stay: then I never before travelled it with you." No Man's life, like the Pleiad, is passing away." doubt Cleopas and his comrade used to think the
Passing away! road from Jerusalem to Emmaus long enough, and were very glad when they reached the fiftieth fur- | The dear ones we loved in our youth's happy morn, long. But that evening when the stranger from Je Now gone to that bourne from which none may returz, rusalem joined them, they grudged every waymark Speak gently unto us—oh! list while ye maywhich they passed; and as, in the progress of his ex
Man's short life is passing, is passing away." positions, Moses and all the prophets beamed with light from heaven, and their own hearts glowed warmer and warmer, they would fain have counted the mile-stones back again. “How vexing! This WHERE DID HE GET THAT LAW: is Emmaus; but you must not go on. ‘Abide with In a neat and beautiful city, in one of the Northern us, for the day is far spent.'' Any road which you travel solitary is long enough, and any stage of life's States, lived a lawyer of eminence and talents. I do journey where no one is with you, will be dreary and not know many particulars of his moral character, desolate. But you need have no such companionless but he was notoriously profane. He had a Negro boy, stages—no such cheerless journeys. If you be a dis at whom his neighbours used to hear him swear with ciple, the Lord Jesus always is with you. And whether awful violence. they be the silent weeks which you spend in search
One day this gentleman met an elder of the Presof health in some far-away and stranger-looking place, or the long voyage in the sea-roaming ship, or byterian Church, who was also a lawyer, and said the shorter journey in the rattling stage or railway to him; “I wish, Sir, to examine into the truth of car-if, in reading, or musing, or lifting up your the Christian religion. What books would you adheart, you can realize that Saviour's presence, who vise me to read on the evidences of Christianity?” is about your path and compasses all your ways, you will be almost sorry when such a journey is ended, is a question, Sir, which you ought to have settle
The elder, surprised at the inquiry, replied: " That and when such a solitude is exchanged for more wonted society.
I can almost believe that John long ago. You ought not to have pat off a subject Bunyan left Bedford Jail with a sort of trembling, so important to this late period of life." fearing that he might never find again such a Bethel “ It is too late," said the inquirer; “ I never knew as he had found in that narrow cell for the last much about it, but I always supposed that Christwelve years; and I can understand how Samuel tianity was rejected by the great majority of learned Rutherford wrote from his place of banishment: “Christ hath met me in Aberdeen, and my adver
men. I intend, however, now to examine the subject saries have sent me here to be feasted with his love. thoroughly myself. I have upon me, as my physiI would not have believed that there was so much in cian says, a mortal disease, under which I may live a Jesus as there is. But · Come and see, maketh year and a-half or two years, but not probably longer. Christ be known in his excellency and glory." What books, Sir, would you advise me to read?"
“The Bible," said the elder.
“I believe you do not understand me," resumed PASSING AWAY.
the unbeliever, surprised in his turn; “I wish to
investigate the truth of the Bible." “ His days are as a shadow that passeth away."-Psalms.
“I would advise you, Sir," repeated the elder, " to
read the Bible; and (he continued) I will give you Passing away!
my reasons: Most Infidels are very ignorant of the 'Tis told by the dew-drops that sparkle at morn, Scriptures. Now to reason on any subject with corAnd when the noon cometh are gone, ever gone; rectness, we must understand what it is about whic They all in their diamond-like glittering say,
we reason. In the next place, I consider the internai “ Man's life, like our radiance, is passing away.” evidence of the truth of the Scriptures stronger than Passing away!
“ And where shall I begin?" inquired the unbe 'Tis written on flowers that bloom at our side,
liever --" at the New Testament." Then wither away in their beauty and pride;
"No," said the elder: “at the beginning-a: Though speechless, they warn us cach hour of the day,
Genesis." “Man's life, like our bloom, is fast passing away."
The Intidel bought a commentary, went home, ani! Passing away!
sat down to the serious study of the Scriptures. Hie: 'Tis sung by the birds, in each musical note,
applied all his strong and well-disciplined powers of That borne on the morning air gaily doth float;
mind to the Bible, to try rigidly but impartially it3 They warble while springing "from arbour to spray,"
truth. “Man's life, like our music, is passing away.”
As he went on in the perusal, he received occs.
sional calls from the elder. The Infidel freely re Passing away!
marked upon what he had read, and stated his cb 'Tis sighed by the leaves when the chill autumn breeze jections. He liked this passage--he thought that Tears rudely their hold from the wind-shaken trees; touching and beautiful--but he could not credit o They whisper alike to the thoughtful and gay,
third. Man's life, like the autumn leaf, passeth away." One evening the elder called, and found the un
believer at his house or office, walking the room with intellect. We were not surprised, however, to find a dejected look, his mind apparently absorbed in that, after all, it was doubtful whether the lawyer thought. He continued, not noticing that any one referred to, now dead, had ever truly embraced Jesus had come in, busily to trace and retrace his steps. Christ as offered in the Gospel. There is more of The elder at length spoke :
intellect than of heart in his experience, as above “You seem, Sir," said he, “ to be in a study. Of narrated--more of setting God's Word at the bar of what are you thinking ? "
man's reason, than of man, a sinner, finding himself “I have been reading," replied the Infidel, “the at the bar of God's justice. No doubt intellectual moral law."
may, by the guidance of God's Spirit, lead to heart “Well, what do you think of it?" asked the elder. conviction; but the work which begins at the heart,
"I have been looking," said the Infidel, “ into the and through it reaches and humbles the inteilect, is nature of that law. I have been trying to see whether more likely to prove genuine and lasting. ] I can add anything to it, or take anything from it, 80 as to make it better. Sir, I cannot. It is “ per
BERÖE. fect.' “The first commandment," continued he, “ directs
BY THE REV. D. LANDSBOROUGH, STEVENSTON. us to make the CREATOR the object of our supreme
In giving an account of what fell under our notice il love and reverence. That is right. If he be our
the way from Brodick to Corrie, I intentionally Creator, and Preserver, and Supreme Benefactor, we
omitted one discovery, that I might return to it, and ought to treat him, and none other,' as such. The speak of it more fully. One of the greatest treats we second forbids idolatry. That is certainly right. had in this lovely summer morning's walk was our The third forbids profaneness. The fourth fixes a falling in with a whole ileet of Beröes. And what is time for religious worship. If there be a God, he
a Beröe? It is a living creature; and in Professor ought surely to be worshipped. It is suitable that Fleming's “ British Animals” it is ranked among there should be an outward homage, significant of Radiata aculepha. As astronomers give classical our inward regard. If God be worshipped, it is pro names to planets, and stars, and constellations, fron: per that some time’ should be set apart for that their imaginary resemblance, in some respect, to purpose, when all may worship him harmoniously, some person, or animal, or inanimate objects—such and without interruption. One day in seven is cer as Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, the Ram, the Bull, ths tainly not too much, and I do not know that it is too Lyre; so naturalists, in imitation of astronomers little. The fifth defines the peculiar duties arising often give classical names to the animals they defrom family relations. Injuries to our neighbour are
scribe. Now, Beröe is mentioned as one of the seathen classified by the moral law. They are divided nymphs by Virgil in the striking fable of Aristau: into offences against life, chastity, property, and
and his bees; and were it justifiable, thus as it were character. And," said he, appigiag a legal idea with
to honour Heathen mythology, we would say tha: legal acuteness, " I notice that the greatest offence the name is well chosen; for our Beröe correspond in each class is expressly forbidden. Thus the great to the description given by Virgil of his sea-maid:-est injury to life is murder; to chastity, adultery; to “ Clioque et Beros soror: Oceanitides ambe, property, theft; to character, perjury. Now the Ambæ auro, pictis incinctæ pellibus ambæ." greater offence must include the less of the same “ Clio and Beroe, from one father both, kind. Murder must include every injury to life; Both girt with gold, and clad in parti-coloured cloth." theft every injury to honesty, and so of the rest. This description was still more applicable to another And the moral code is closed and perfected, by a species afterwards found, though this one was a: command forbidding every improper desire in regard times entitled to it, from the golden iridescence o. to our neighbour.
its hues. The Beroe now found was not unknown to “I have been thinking," ne proceeded,
but it was new to my young companions, who did Moses get that law? I have read history: the beheld it with much interest. It requires a practisei Egyptians and the adjacent nations were idolaters; eye readily to detect this fragile diaphanous creature. so were the Greeks and Romans; and the wisest and It is not very rare in the Firth of Clyde; but it mus. best Greeks or Romans never gave a code of morals be rare in some of our seas; for a first-rate naturalist, like this. Where did Moses get this law which sur who is acquainted with almost all the creeping crenpasses the wisdom and philosophy of the most en tures, and all the natant beauties of the deep, menlightened ages? He lived at a period comparatively tioned to me that it has never been his good fortuno barbarous, but he has given a law, in which the learn to find a Beröe; and Dr Fleming, at the time his ing and of all subsequent time can detect no “ British Animals” was published, seems to have flaw. Where did he get it? He could not have seen but one specimen, though I know that he is now soared so far above his age as to have devised it him- acquainted with five or six species. The first I ever self. I am satisfied where he obtained it. It came saw was caught in a gauze net by Professor Edward down from heaven. I am convinced of the truth of Forbes, when he and I were with Mr Smith of Jorthe religion of the Bible!”
danhill in his yacht, the “ Amethyst," in the Kyles of The Infidel--Infidel no longer-remained to his Bute. Having thus learned to be on the outlook for death a firm believer in the truth of Christianity. them, I found them afterwards in tranquil creeks at
[This story is not without its value, as showing the Milport and at Ardrossan. I was going to say that power of the evidence for the divine origin of Chris- it is one of the most beautiful and interesting of the
en when brought to bear merely on the little inhabitants of the deep; but so many of the
dwellers in the deep are beautiful and interesting, “Now morn, her rosy steps in the eastern clime that the one under consideration at the time is apt Advancing, sowed the earth with orient pearl. to be regarded as the most attractive. This, how
Awake! the morning shines, and the fresh field ever, is not a bulky beauty-not of the Dutch make;
Calls us. We lose the prime, to mark how spring for it is only about an inch and a quarter in length,
Our tender plants; how blows the citron grove : and three-quarters of an inch in diameter; and it is
What drops the myrrh, and what the balmy reed; almost as transparent as the limpid element in which How Nature paints her colours; how the bee it floats. It is, I believe, the Beröe ovata of Profes Sits on the bloom'extracting liquid sweet."
MILTOX. sor Fleming; and I shall extract part of the description given of it in his “ British Animals :" “ Beröe We are no longer in Paradise; we are not the inovata.—The body orbicular, slightly depressed at the habitants of Eastern climes; but we have no cause to summit, and a little protuberant at the base. There murmur. I question whether odours fresh from were eight vertical bands or ribs extending from the Araby the Blest were ever more delightful than summit to the base. These were narrow, denticu- those wafted by the zephyrs from a blooming beanlated on the margin, confined to the surface, and of field; or whether the rich perfume of citron or a denser substance than the gelatinous interior. cinnamon groves ever surpassed the fragrance arising, From the central substance of the ribs a number of after a shower, from a birchen copse, intermingled filaments proceeded, which were lost in the substance with hawthorn, and honeysuckle, and sweet-smelling of the body. The mouth, or opening at the base, eglantine. Was ever hum of Hyblæan bees happier had some appearance of having its margin divided or more peace-speaking than that which arises from into four lobes. .... Each rib is furnished with a the sunny side of a Highland hill, clothed for Iniles tube, uniting with it near the middle. I could easily with wild thyme and purple-blooming heather? observe the water enter the tube at the summit, pass Though tropical birds have gayer plumage, can they into the lateral vesicles, and go out at their external equal in song our cheerful mavis, our mellow merle, openings; and in some cases the motion of the cur or the happy, heart-fraught hymn of the soaring skyrent was reversed,” &c.
lark, pouring, as she soars, a tiood of song in at the Our Beröe also was egg-shaped, and divided into gates of heaven, and down on the inhabitants of the equal compartments by eight longitudinal ribs. It earth ? saying, it may be, to subjacent mortals : consisted of pellucid gelatine, so that it was like a “Sit loose to the earth; seek your home in the sky." Hoating egg of fine crystal. But the most wonderful | It is during the hour of prime that the feathered part of the animal is the tubular ribs through which warblers delight to raise their matin song. Were streams of water flow. They are close set externally, we oftener to hear them in that fresh and tranquil with fine ciliæ, upwards of a hundred on each rib; hour, we might be more disposed to rival them by 80 that when it wishes to move, these ciliæ, like a singing, with grateful hearts, songs that were once thousand paddles, are instantly in a state of the sung in Zion, and which are still listened to with most rapid motion. At first we observed only one, pleasure by Zion's glorious King. which, lifting cautiously in some water in the hol The morning hour is a precious one for the natulow of the hand, we dropped into a little rock-pool, ralist, when Nature has, as it were, turned over a where we could better observe its evolutions. We fresh leaf of her works. Let him, then, after prayercould then inspect, not only its external workman- fully perusing a portion of a better book-the “ more, ship, but also its internal machinery; for it was sure Word”-sally forth to drink in knowledge fresh so transparent, that we could see into its very core. from the fountain; and the more that he sees of the A las for us frail mortals, if our neighbours could Lord's handiwork by flood and by field, the more i see into our hearts ! But though they cannot, we will he be disposed-if he looks up to him as a Father, should not forget that there is One who not only can, to adore him for his kindness, not only to man, but but does, search all hearts, and who understands all to those numberless creatures, both great and small, the imaginations of the thoughts. “He who formed with which he has peopled the earth. His kindness the eye, shall He not see?” He that made the heart, towards man is fitted to fill heaven as well as earth shall He not know all that passes therein ? When with astonishment. He made him but a little lower we reflect on this, well may we humble ourselves in than the angels; he crowned him with glory and the dust, and cry: “Behold, we are vile; what shall honour; he made him lord of this lower creation. But we answer thee?” Lord, be merciful to us sinners; dark is the second page of the early history of man! behold us in the face of thine Anointed; blot out How is the gold changed! How has the most fine our iniquities, and accept us in the Beloved.
gold become dim! The children of God have beThough at first we observed only one solitary come the slaves of Satan. The inhabitants of paraBeröe, we had not gone far till we found them in dise were driven out into the world, brought under a abundance. In one little creek there was a flotilla curse for the sin of man. And why were not these of fifty. What life—what beauty-what happiness proud and ungrateful children of rebellion driven in that little fleet! Fifty thousand paddles, of ex down into the deep abyss of woe? It was because quisite workmanship were in rapid, noiseless motion, mercy, the loveliest attribute of Deity, hitherto untwinkling with all the iridescent beauty of the morn- known, shone forth in all its benignant brightness, ing dew. I had not before observed this lovely iri When angels revolted, for reasons not revealed to us, descence; and I ascribed it in part to the more there was no forgiveness; but when man rebelled, the favourable inclination of the sunbeams at this early Lord said: “Redeem from going down to the pit; hour,
for I have found a ransom. When the earth said