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to her pious solicitude for their salvation.” Christ and his religion, and totally neglected those For some years, however, she did not reap things which alone can afford solid consolation." where she had sown, at least in the case of him

At that time the idea of his being a miswho is the subject of this memoir. The work sionary of the Cross would have been laughed of conversion was not her's, but the Lord's, and

at by himself, and reckoned by his friends as his good time had not yet come.

of all things the most improbable. But the When the period arrived at which it was neces

Lord's ways are not as the ways of man, nor sary to determine upon their son's future course, are man's thoughts like His. He is “found of and he himself having no predilection for any those who seek him not;" and He was found particular line, his parents bound him as ap- of Williams. prentice to a Mr Enoch Tonkin, a furnishing ironmonger, then residing in the City Road, sion are of a remarkable kind. Having be

The circumstances attending his converand who, with his wife, was held in high esteem by Mrs Williams for consistent and unobtrusive like himself, disregarded the Sabbath, and

come the associate of several young men who, piety. She had resolved that the spiritual inte had forsaken the sanctuary, he was in the rests of her son should not be sacrificed to any custom of spending his Sabbath evenings with secular advantage, and thus took care to place them at tea-gardens and taverns. It had been him with a family in which the Lord was feared. agreed to spend, in this way, the evening It was provided in his indentures that young of Sabbath the 30th of January 1814; and, at Williams should be taught only the commercial the appointed hour, Williams was at the place part of the business, and exempted from its of rendezvous. But, his companions not being more laborious and merely mechanical depart- equally punctual, he was kept waiting, and that ments. But very providentially, as it afterwards very much to his annoyance; for not only was turned out, this arrangement was not adhered he thereby detained from his “

pleasure,” but to. We are told that

was also greeted with unwelcome recogniIt was not long before it became evident to those tions from many of his own and his mother's who were with him, that the implements and pro- friends, who were more appropriately hastening cesses of the workshop presented to his eye attrac- to the house of God. Among others, Mrs tions far superior to those of the finished and po- Tonkin, the wife of his employer, came up, and, glittered on the shelf. Frequently did the members discovering his features by the light of a lamp, of Mr Tonkin's family mark with a kindly snile the stopped and spoke with him, inquiring the reamanifest pleasure with which “ John" left the coun son of his remaining there. This he did not ter and loitered near the workmen, eagerly watching endeavour to conceal, but frankly avowed, exevery stroke of the hammer and every movement of pressing, at the sametime, his great vexation at the hand; and not a little were they amused to find the disappointment which his friends had octhat when, at the accustomed hours for meals, the casioned him. The good woman seized the men had left the shop, he had stolen into their place, and was occupying some deserted bench, or busily opportunity, and, after a few words of kind blowing at the forge, for the purpose of bringing his remonstrance, affectionately entreated him to previous observations to a practical test.

accompany her that night to the Tabernacle. was often repeated, and in this way he taught him “ A word spoken in season, how good is it!" self, in a surprisingly short time, to form and finish He had no relish for either church or sermon; many of the common articles belonging to the trade.

So beautifully, indeed, did he turn out” his but, mortified by the non-appearance of his work, that at lenyth Mr Tonkin found it for his own friends, and, in their absence, not having any interest to request him to execute orders in which ready excuse for refusing to comply with her regreat delicacy and exactness were required.

quest, he did go. The preacher for the evening But while thus diligent in business, and “amia- and the subject of discourse was the question

was the Rev. Timothy East, of Birmingham, ble,” besides, in the world's sense of that term, “ What is a man profited if he shall gain the

one thing he yet lacked," and that was“ the whole world and lose his own soul ? or what one thing needful.” His“ heart was not right shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" with God;" and, as he grew in years, and came

This solemn inquiry was pressed home by the more in contact with the world, the serious impressions produced in childhood, by his mother's Word came to the mind of Williams “ with

preacher with great point and energy; and the holy example and earnest prayers, gradually faded from his mind, and were at last all but power, and with the demonstration of the Spieffaced and forgotten.

rit.” The “brand was plucked from the burn

ing”—the missionary was formed. Speaking Referring afterwards to this period, he writes : afterwards of that night from the same pulpit,

My course, though not outwardly immoral, was Mr Williams himself said, very wicked. I was regardless of the holy Sabbatha lover of pleasure more than a lover of God.” And “It is now twenty-four years ago since, as a stripto this he adds, what his mother did not even sus ling youth, a kind female friend invited me to conie pect, but a feature too frequently associated with that into this place of worship. I have the door in my already described :—“ I often scoffed at the name of view at this moment at which I entered, and I have

all the circumstances of that important era in my * Life of John Williams. By the Rev. Ebenezer Prout, history vividly impressed upon my mind; and I have Holstead. Snow, London,

in my eye, at this instant, the particular spot on

This course

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which I took my seat. I have also a distinct im my mind by the solemn manner in which our beloved pression of the powerful sermon that was that even brother Mr James of Birmingham put the Bible into ing preached by the excellent Mr East, now of Bir- my hand. With all the affection for which he is dismingbam; and God was pleased, in his gracious tinguished, and with all the power and impressiveness providence, to influence my mind at that time so

of his manner,

he said, 'Go, my beloved brother, and powerfully, that I forsook all my worldly compa with the ability which God has given you, be faithful, nions." Nor was this the only effect. “ From that in season and out of season, in proclaiming the prehour," he wrote subsequently,“ my blind eyes were cious truths which that volume contains; and then opened, and I beheld wondrous things out of God's good Dr Waugh, with heaven beaming on his benelaw. I diligently attended the means of grace. I volent countenance, and the big tear of affection glissaw that beauty and reality in religion which I had tening in his intelligent eye, speaking to me upon my never seen before. My love to it and delight in it youthful appearance, said, "Go, my dear young broincreased; and I may add, in the language of the ther, and if your tongue cleave to the roof of your apostle, that I grew in grace, and in the knowledge mouth, let it be with telling poor sinners of the love of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”.

of Jesus Christ; and if your arms drop from your

shoulders, let it be with knocking at men's hearts to How striking are the accidents of Providence! gain admittance for him there." ** But for the delay of his companions, Williams would have been off to the tavern. But for of the four set apart for the South Seas, and

At this designation, Williams was the youngest the passing of that Christian woman, or even but for the light which, as she passed, the lamp

Robert Moffat the youngest of the five for

Africa. threw upon his features, he would not have gone to church; and Williams, not converted, so far as man can judge, many of the isles NO SALVATION OUT OF CHRIST. which now see a great light would, to this

BY REV. ANDREW THOMSON, A.B., EDINBURGH. hour, have been sitting in darkness! Soon after his conversion he determined on

ACTS X. 34, 35. devoting himself to the work of preaching the The scene presented in the house of Cornelius, on the Gospel to the heathen. · The thought of doing occasion on which these words were uttered, was one of so first struck him during an address from his

very unusual interest. For the first time in the history pastor, the late Rev. Matthew Wilks, at a

of ages, the distinction between Jew and Gentile was quarterly meeting of the Tabernacle Auxiliary practically merged—the wall of partition had completely to the London Missionary Society.

disappeared, and the Gentile soldier, from the far off “ At the time,” he writes, “ I took but little no- banks of the Tiber, was seen standing, side by side, tice of it; but afterwards, the desire was occasionally with the son of Abraham, eager to receive, from the very strong for many months. My heart was fre- lips of the apostle, the good news of the common salvaquently with the poor heathen. Finding this to be

tion. There was a world of meaning in that little the case, I made it a subject of serious prayer to God that he would totally eradicate and banish the desire, group. Looking forth upon the novel and touching if it was not consistent with his holy mind and will spectacle, and receiving from it the impressions it was but that, if it was consistent, he would increase my fitted to convey, “ Peter," we are told,

opened his knowledge with the desire."

mouth and said, Of a truth I perceive God is no reAfter still further considering the matter, and him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.”

specter of persons; but in every nation, he that feareth having consulted his pastor regarding it, he, in

This statement has been much misunderstood, and the month of July 1816, sent in an application not unfrequently perverted to the support of opinions to the Directors of the London Society; and, directly opposed to the teaching of our Lord and his after having passed the usual examination, was apostles. It is to the sctting forth of the true meanunanimously received by them as a missionary. ing of the passage that we devote the following reLoud cries for help were at that time coming

marks :from the South Seas and from Africa; and it

“Here,” it has been said, “it is evident that a man was determined that Williams, and other eight

be saved without a divine revelation. It matters missionaries who had been fixed upon for the

little whether he be a Jew, or a Mohammedan, or a various stations there, should go forth on as early a day as possible, although the Society Heathen, if he just be sincere in his worship of God,

or of that object which he is pleased to regard as God, wished that years, instead of months, had been allowed for the preparation of some of them. and leads a just and decent lise, he is quite as sure of Accordingly, on the 30th of September, a public salvation as if he were a Christian. Moreover, it is service was held at Surrey Chapel for their quite evident, from Peter's words, that persons · feardesignation to the work; and, after the usual ing God, and working righteousness,' may be found in questions to the missionaries had been put and every nation.” Such is the comment which some have

proposed upon these words of the good apostle-a comanswered, his biographer tells us :

ment which we sometimes meet with deliberately The Rev. George Burder and John Angel James stated and defended in books, and which we meet stood forward, and in the name of the Society, pre with far oftener still in the current and conversational sented a Bible to each of the brethren, as a token of theology of thousands who are ever ready to arm themregard, the bond of their union, the basis of their

selves with excuses for the want decision in their reliefforts, and the pledge of their support. “ I shall never forget,” said Mr Williams, many years after gious principles. Surely it should make these persons this interesting scene, “ the impression produced upon pause a little, when they are reminded that such a view

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of Peter's words makes him flatly contradict himself, be his teacher, to show unto him the way of God more not only in the uniform tenor and spirit of his writings perfectly, and to guide him forward into all the priviand addresses, but just in so many words, as in that leges and liberties of the Church of Christ. Of a truth, well-known declaration to the hostile rulers and elders then, I perceive, that God is no respecter of persons. of the Sanhedrim: “Neither is there salvation in any And who am I, that I should withstand God? other : for there is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved ;" while words of verse 35 “ But in every nation he that

In perfect harmony with these explanations are the the further effect of such principles would be, to render feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted the seriousness and earnestness of inspired men in with himn." These two phrases are very comprehensive preaching the Gospel inconsistent and unaccountable ; in their meaning, including in them the various duties to represent their self-denial in carrying the Gospel to

which we owe to God and to our neighbour. The former remote countries as enthusiastic; and to mark as al

“ he that feareth God”_describes the principle of most a work of supererogation any divine revelation at piety; not slavish dread, but that confiding veneration, all. Let us see whether a calm and accurate examina- that filial reverence which springs from a just view of tion of Peter's words, as well as a consideration of the the holy and benignant, the infinitely awful, infinitely circumstances in which they were uttered, will not only amiable, character of God, and which manifests itself in bring out their entire harmony with the doctrine of the corresponding and appropriate acts of worship and obeNew Testament, but lay before us a large amount of dience. The latter expression—“He that worketh valuable and wholesome instruction,

righteousness"-we understand to be a comprehensive It will serve greatly to elucidate this passage, if we description of all those duties of fidelity, justice, and fix with precision the signification we are to attach to kindness, which one man owes to another. And I conthe phrase "respecter of persons.” The meaning of ceive the direct reference here, also, is to the prayers this word will necessarily give its complexion to the and alms of the devout centurion, which had come up whole exposition. Let it be noted, then, that the as a memorial before God. Greek word from which the phrase “ respecter of per The general meaning of this important passage is now sons" is formed, does not convey the same idea as an completely before us. We see what it does not teach English reader would receive from the word " * person.”

—we see what it does teach. It does not say that God It does not properly refer to individuality at all, but to may not, and does not, distinguish one nation from anoutward appearance, and is often rendered “face," other by external privileges. The Jews had actually “countenance," presence.” In this simple statement been so distinguished for centuries from all the other we have the key by which to unlock the passage. The nations of the earth. It does not say, that men might meaning evidently is, God is not regulated or influ- be found in heathen lands who, by the mere light of enced in his judgment of men by any outward distinctions nature, had been led to the knowledge of the true God, or differences. “ Man looketh on the outward appear- and who performed works of piety and benevolence acance, but God looketh on the heart." You would call ceptable to God. This was not the case now before that judge a respecter of persons, who favoured one of the apostle at all; for Cornelius was not a man left to the parties brought before him, because he was a man

the mere light of nature. He had the Old Testament of rank or wealth, or influence or power—because he he knew and worshipped the true God, whom it rewas a native of the same country, or adhered to the vealed—he expected, and longed for the Messiah whom same creed in politics. But, says the apostle, God does it promised. It does not say, that Cornelius was acnot act in this spirit. As a sovereign benefactor he cepted on account of his works; the meaning seems may, indeed, confer his favour upon whom he will, but rather to be, that his works were accepted as the fruit as a judge he receives or rejects according to character, and evidence of his faith. It says none of these things, The standard is not a geographical, but a moral ore. A which some have attempted to extort from it. But it service will not be accepted, on the one hand, merely does say, that genuine piety and benevolence are acbecause the man performing it is a Jew; or rejected, on ceptable with God by whomsoever performed; and the other, merely because he is a Gentile. It is the that as no distinctions of rank, or wealth, or birth, or same sentiment which is expressed by Peter in his First nation, will obtain the acceptance of hypocritical serEpistle: “If ye call on the Father, who, without re vices; so neither will these distinctions, on the other spect of persons, judgeth every man's work.”

hand, procure the rejection of those which are the ge“Of a truth," says Peter, “I perceive this.” The nuine fruits of the knowledge of God, and the faith of meaning is, I am strongly and infallibly led to this

the truth. Show me a Cornelius, in short, and be his conclusion by all that I have now seen and heard. | nation or descent what it may, his prayers and his alms This is what I distinctly gather from the information of will ascend as a memorial before God. As Peter's be i Cornelius, and from the scene before my eyes.

The

loved brother Paul has expressed it : “ There is no difreference is to what Cornelius had told him, in verses

ference between the Jew and the Greek : for the same 30, 31, “ of the man that had stood before him in bright Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For clothing, and said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of be saved.”—Rom. x. 12, 13. God;" and also of his own mission to Cornelius, in Such we believe to be the correct view of this pascompliance with a direct heavenly intimation, to make sage, to which an examination of its terms, as well as known to him more fully the mind of God. Here, an intelligent consideration of the circumstances which says Peter, is a Gentile, uncircumcised, and yet ac drew it forth, not to speak of a comparison of Scripture pected; and here am I, an apostle and a Jew, sent to with Scripture, infallibly conducts us. But it fre

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quently happens, that when a passage has often been should be impelled by a distinct and supreme regard to dragged forth, as this has been, into the arena of con his authority; and, besides, that these should be accomtroversy, and has been clung to as the last forlorn re- panied with such sentiments of enlightened devotion as fuge of certain forms of error, even when a faithful ex a just view of his character dictates, and with such acts position has disencumbered it of dangerous conclusions, of worship as his law prescribes. You must fear God and shown its perfect harmony with the entire system as well as work righteousness; and even your works of of inspired truth, it continues to be regarded rather as righteousness must be the fruit and expression of your a trophy wrested from the enemy, than as a treasury of fear of God. What if you could boast that you had valuable practical lessons. We know of few

passages, never robbed man, if the charge could yet be substanhowever, which, when rightly understood, are more

tiated against you,

that

you had robbed God. And you profitable for reproof and correction than this.

have robbed him, if you have withheld from him those Thus, with what words of warning does it speak to sentiments of filial love, and those corresponding acts the formal-to those, I mean, who are resting their of holy service, which are his due. We urge upon you hopes of salvation on the possession of valuable religious the rights of God. What would you think of children opportunities! “ I have been baptized," say they, who should enter into a secret covenant to be faithful “ I have been brought up in a religious family-I am and kind to each other, while they shut out the father well informed in doctrines-I am a Church member !" who had nourished and brought them up, and never Well, but what have you made of all your inestimable named him, except to fortify themselves in the denial religious advantages ? Have they brought you to the of his claims? Or, conceive to yourself a company of feet of Jesus as believing penitents, as obedient chil- brigands in some mountain-fastness, binding themselves, dren, not fashioning yourselves according to your for- by a secret oath, to be honest and true to each other, mer lusts in your ignorance, but fearing God, and while they cherished no feeling of loyalty, and yielded working righteousness ? Remember, “ God is no re not the service of subjects, to that paternal government specter of persons." “ Think not to say within your whose dominions they infested. Would their fidelity selves, We bave Abraham to our father; for I say unto to each other make amends for their disaffection towards you that God is able of these stones to raise up chil the sovereign, and commend them to his favourable redren unto Abraham." “ Circumcision verily profiteth, gards? Such is your mere morality, which is without if thou keep the law."

holiness and without holiness no man shall see the It speaks, also, to the unbelieving—to those who, Lord. from a perverted view of the character of Cornelius And how affectionately does the passage address the and of the words of Peter, imagine that their salvation desponding! You say you wish you could assure youris possible, independently of the Saviour. How strange self of welcome to mercy, and to all the blessings of that you should thus fatally mislead yourselves with a salvation; and have you not this assurance in the text? mere sound! You refer us to the case of Cornelius, Does it not declare that, in this respect, Jew and Genbut he was a believer in Christ. First, he expected tile, rich and poor, learned and uniearned, stand on the and longed for his coming; and then he cordially em same platform of privilege and equality? Away with braced him when he knew that he had come. You cite doubts and dreams. All are welcome who are willing. Peter's words_"God is no respecter of persons;" but In

every nation he that feareth God, and worketh you

have now discovered that this does not declare that righteousness, is accepted with him.” be will make no distinction between a believer and an unbeliever-between a Jew and a Gentile. He will not judge you according to your country, or your colour, THE CLOSING DAYS OF THE APOSTLE or your kindred ; but he will judge you according to

JOHN. your character. And even supposing you may have proved to your own entire satisfaction the possibility of salvation being extended to those who have never heard

AFTER the death of St Paul, John chose Asia Minor

as the scene of his labours. Here his attention of the Saviour, how does this apply to your case, who

was naturally directed to the farther extension of have heard of him? You are convinced, you tell us, the cause of the Gospel. He went about establishof the safety of those who have never had it in their ing new Churches, ordaining pastors over them, and power to accept of Christ; but how does this apply to exercising his apostolic authority for the benefit of your case, who have had the alternative presented to the brethren. Some of the Churches mentioned in you, and have rejected him? You stand on a higher along with others not recorded, probably owed their

the Apocalypse as requiring his superintending care, ground of privilege than the heathen, and, therefore, origin to his missionary zeal. His energies, however, you are encircled by other and more awful responsibi- seem chiefly to have been directed towards confirming lities. Oh! do you not come within the terrible the communities already established in the knowsweep of these words: “ If any man love not the ledge and love of the truth. And his Gospel and Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha ?" Epistles remain an enduring monument of the wisdom

of divine Providence, in directing to this sphere of " How shall we escape, if we neglect so great sal- labour an individual whose mental conformation, as vation?"

well as the tenor of his Christian experience, rendered The gentiment of the apostle also presses upon the him peculiarly qualified for opposing the speculative conscience of the merely outwardly moral, who ima- and practical errors which had begun to manifest gine the whole sum of human duty to be included in

themselves in the time of the Apostle Paul, and the the rigid observance of the laws of honesty and truth.

farther development of which he had clearly foretold,

not so much by dialectic art, as by the earnest exGod demands this; but he demands a great deal more. pression of his heartfelt and deep-reaching intuitions He requires that, in the discharge of these duties, you of divine truth. Upon the rise of the persecution

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HEATHEY DARKNESS. of believers in the pages of the Ascea ymse tan We atract the following interesting details from a the death of Domitian, be obtainei, with other exies. mrk 'atziy punishevi, nier the title of - Protestant the remission of his sentence of banisnment; and the cinsing years of his lite were spent at Ephesus, as the suns in Bengal Liustrated;** by the Rev. Mr central point of his apostolicai ministrations.

| Watbrecht of the Church Missionary Society. One or two aneciiotes have been recorded by the fathers of the Church, which, as they correspond

1. HINDU IDOLS. with the qualities existed jy him, a maie mow! The idols worshipped consist of various kinds; but to us in Sacred History, may be received as probabie, the Brahmans llave ürded them into two classes, thongh the externai evilence is not conclusive. viz., such as are made to last, which they set up in

During one of his hissionary journeys, he ris me temnies: anither intendeti caly for particular struck with the appearance of a young man who he festival celebracions. The first consist of some solid abgerved in an zasembiy of the brethren, and warmly material, as stone. copper, si ver.geld: shuse belonging perommendert him to the care of the newly-ordainel to the second class are made of Food, stras, and minister. Cpon a subsequent visit, when inuniring clav. of the pastor respecting his interesting charge, he Liels of stine and metal are sold in the larger jearned that, afer his baptism, the youth and been towns in the bazaar. I have been informed, tha: betrayed into vicious havics by ile companions; and some merchants if Birmingham have made a good that, torswing aside all rsstraint, be hui proceeded spectacun 'acely, in minututuring idols of brass for *f every extremity of zrilt. and had now taken up the Irian market, por which they have found a hiu atste on a neighbouring rountain, where he realy sale. Is vis mentioned to me as a fact, last was intesting the erur.try as a captain of bar-üsti!

rear. that two missionaries were er barking for CalThe apostle, in the arıtrar of his love, proces led i

cucca on board the same snip which carried several ince, anarmeri, towards the haunt of the oatia #s, and chesis ini with weis. being soon laid hod of by one of the band. he it! I s ot wol ini clay are manufsetured in every manied to be brought to his leader. When che! Hiniu village. Wien the festival is over, they are yenng robhep beheld the holy man approaching he broken up, I thrown into the water. In the eyes of turnert away in shame, to avoid his presence. But the natives, the fabrication of idols is as honourable the apostle followed after him, and refused to leave a hanteraft as thas ot' a carpenter, or incre so. The mim tiu, lrg his prayers, and tears, and expostulations, maker fistets two pieces of bamboo into a board; he ke brugt him back to the true toid.

tuen ties struw round them to give them a shape, Cson another occasion, in his zeal against error, he and prepares his finer materiais ty kucading clay, manifested perhape some remains of the natural tem- mixed with masure and chafi, together: with which perament which, at an earlier period, had procured' the striw figure is esveredIt costs him no scall for nia and his brother the appellation of the “Sons trouble before the eyes, and other delicate parts, are of Thunder;" when, in proceeding to bathe, he per- finished. On the whole, these idol makers may be ceived the heretic Cerinthus, and turning hastily said to have brought their business to a considerable away, exclaimed, “Let us fee from this place. lest degree of perfation. A nicely-wrought idol will the bath should fall while this enemy of the truth is cost about siitzen or twenty shilings, including paint, within it."

and other materials. On the morning of the idol fesThe prevailing sentiment, however, of his declining tival, the priest comes to undertaše the consecration gears was love; and we are told by St Jerome, that I of it. He touches the forehead. the eyes, breast, and when he was too much oppressed with infirmity to ocher parts, pronouncing each time the words, “ May permit him to exercise his public ministry any longer, the spirit of Shiva or Durga, descend, and take poshe was acciatomed to be carried into the church, and session of this image." By virtue of these citations, after stretching forth his feeble arms and crying, Little or muntrus, the spirit is received; and of this the children, lore one another, to retire from the assembly. Hindu is as certain as of his own existence. HenceSo deeply was he imbued with the seraphic love of forth it is considered as a dweiling of the god. Many the bosem on which he leaned, that it remained un- Brihmans go even further, in asserting a kind of tranimgraired amidst the decays of nature and the eclipse substantiation, viz., that the materials of straw, mud, of intellect.

or stone, are changed into the substance of the god. The precise year of his death is not known; but it Such a power does the Brahman possess, according took place during the peaceful interval in which to the often-repeated prayer of the Shasters. “ The Trajan pursued the mild policy of his immediate pre world is under the power of the gods; the gods are decessor, at a date which is usually considered as under the power of the muntrus; and the muntrus corresponding with the end of the second century.- are under the power of the Brahmans; consequently. Dr Welsh's Church History.

they are the principal gods!”

If you express your surprise to a Hindu as to how

a lump of straw and clay can become a god, he anIIUMAN LIFE.

swers, “Why should this be impossible? God can

do everything.". But if a dog, or a woman, or an Man's uncertain life

European should touch the idol, the god will make Is like a rain-drop hanging on the bough,

his escape from it. If it be of clay, it must be thrown Amongst ten thousand of its sparkling kindred, away; but if it be of solid material, the Brahman unThe retonants of some passing thunder-shower,

dertakes the consecration of it a second time. On Which have their moments, dropping one by one,

passing through a village, I once had the imprudence And which shall soonest lose its perilous hold

to touch the stone image of Shiva with my stick, and We cannot guess.

some persons saw it indistinctly from a distance. The

following day, a number of villagers came to the misJoanna BAILLIE. sion premises, when their chief speaker said: “The god

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