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leave behind you; and what you call your own there be such a God, he ought to be supremely will swell the account of another's wealth. But honoured. Is it not reasonable that he who if you do good, real, moral, and religious good, gaveus memory,should be remembered that he it will not prove so perishable. If the tens, or who gave us belief, should be trusted--that he twenties, or hundreds of labourers intrusted to who made us think, should be thought of-that you are benefited by the relationship-are ren- he who implanted love, should have the first dered more sober, more thoughtful, more blame- place in our affections ? The positions have an less, more devotional-this is a return which almost axiomate certainty; and you may be, will cross the grave with you, and still remain therefore, well assured that tenets which when heaven and earth shall pass away. Your withdraw you from God withdraw you from five talents, instead of being lost, will bring ten, truth; and that theories, be they ever so plausiand elicit for yon the joyous salutation: "Well ble, which involve you in iniquity, must be done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been themselves founded in error. On the other faithful over a few things, I will make thee hand, you have a strong presumptive proof that ruler over many things.”

the Scriptures come from God, if they lead you 2. I should now speak to those who are ser to him, and that a system must have truth for vants in public works. But as the remarks its pathway, which has holiness for its end. On already made have greatly exceeded the limits these subjects, however, I cannot now exI had proposed for them, I must be brief on patiate. this topic.- It is the duty of all who are em Read the Word of God for yourselves, and ployed in the manner supposed, to support that will supply all omissions. It is a good masters in adopting such measures as I have character of which the admiration grows upon recommended. Welcome the scrutiny from you with acquaintance; and that is the characwhich evil-doers shrink, and which is to save ter of the Scriptures. The more you ponder you from their contagion. Comply with regu- them and prove them, the more will you be lations, and submit to restrictions which may be disposed to say: “Thy testimonies have I taken severe in their aspect, but are salutary in their as an heritage for ever; for they are the redesign. Allow your children the entire bene- joicing of my heart.” Think it not enough to fit of the instructions accessible to them; oc- read or to learn the Scriptureslice them. cupy the spare time which may be extended to Are others active and bold against God ?-much you in cultivating personal improvement, or in more show your activity and courage on his doing good to others; and should any malign side. Meet for intellectual improvementthese constituents of righteous superintendence, meet for religious exercises. Betake yourselves be ever rea-ly to defend them with the energy of to Christ, and become, if you are not already, courage and the fervour of gratitude. In thus members of his Church. Whatever be the speaking, I have taken for granted what will section of it to which you attach yourselves, hardly be denied—that if you have something stir up zeal among its members. Join its to fear from masters, you have also not a little senior classes for your own edification, and if to apprehend from one another. You mingle it be in your power form junior classes, and with destroyers; and the equality of footing superintend them. To do the utmost possible which they occupy with you, aids all their at- good-to fill life with as much beneficence as tacks. Already committed themselves, they its limits will allow -- be this the aim of your sing from the fowler's cage, to allure you to its honourable ambition. Such a career is the wires, promising you liberty, while they them- best antidote to Atheism and profligacy, as it is selves are the servants of corruption; for of the best vindication of Christian doctrine: “ For whom a man is overcome, of the same is he so is the will of God, that with well-doing ye brought in bondage. The strive to render you put to silence the ignorance of foolish men." the victims of bent principles and bud practices. I have not room to discuss either of these in its details, and descant on the characteristic COUNTESS OF HUNTINGDON. features of its ensnaring insidiousness ; but I may remark on their alliance, and point to the The following incident in the life of this truly lesson which it teaches us.

Christian lady, will be read with interest:

A conjunction like this is more than suspicious. If they who urge

At one time Lady Huntingdon engaged in an you to discredit Scripture, and contem

the affair which had excited much of the public atten. Sabbath, and hold all piety in derision, be the tion, and ultimately drew forth the censures of same persons who tempt you to waste time, and during the

preceding winter, had given several large

royalty. Dr Cornwallis, Archbishop of Canterbury, revel in the gin-shop, and practise lewdness, balls and convivial routs at' his palace. Mrs Cornand

pass, by successive stages, into every species wallis was also recognised, in all the journals of the and excess of wickedness—have you not cause day, as a leading personage in the fashionable world, to consider opinions false of which the opera- who eclipsed everybody by the splendour and magnition is so flagitious ? No truths are better sub- ficence of her equipages and entertainments. These stantiated than these two-first, That there is a

outrages on all decency attracted the notice of every

friend to propriety, and even drew forth many satiGod, an all-perfect God, in whom we live, and rical observations from some of the gay personages move, and have our being; and, secondly, That if | who were most frequently at the palace. Although

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Lady Huntingdon did not feel herself called upon to His Majesty then spoke of the talents of some of be a regulator of public morals, she nevertheless felt her Ladyship's preachers, whom he understood were that such gross violations of established order and very eloquent men. “ The bishops," said he, “ are decency required some check. With the Archbishop very jealous of such men;" and he went on to menther Ladyship was unacquainted ; but, through the tion a conversation he had lately had with a dignitary medium of a family connection, she was resolved on whom he would not name. The preiate had come making some attempt, in a private way, to put a stop plained of the conduct of some of Lady Huntington's to what was so loudly complained of on all sides. students and ministers, who had made a great dis George, first Marquis of Townshend, had married her turbance in his diocese. “ Make bishops of themLadyship's cousin, Lady Charlotte Compton, only sur make bishops of them," said the king.

** That might viving child of the Earl of Northampton, who in be done,” replied the bishop; “but, please your herited, in his own right, the baronies of Compton Majesty, we cannot make a bishop of Lady Hunting and ferrars of Chartley. The Marquis was nephew, don.". “ Well, well,” said the king, "see if you can! by marriage, to Charles Earl of Cornwallis, brother not imitate the zeal of these men.” The quiecu to the archbishop; and by this means Lady Hun added, “You cannot make a bishop of her, 'tis true: 1 tingdon obtained an audience with his Grace of it would be a lucky circumstance if you could, for Canterbury, having been introduced by the Marquis she puts you all to shame." His Lordship made of Townshend, who attended her to the palace, and some reply, which did not please the king; and lis! seconded her Ladyship's remonstrances.

Majesty, with more than usual warmth, remarked, Although this matter was conducted with the ut “I wish there was a Lady Huntingdon in every most privacy and delicacy on the part of Lady Hun diocese in the kingdom.” It is remarkable, that tingdon and the Marquis of Townshend, his Grace was this bishop never after made his appearance at violently offended; and Mrs Cornwallis scrupled not court. to reprobate and ridicule Lady Huntingdon in all the “ We discussed a great many topics," says Lady fashionable circles. But this, instead of having the Huntingdon; “ for the conversation lasted upwards effect she so much desired, only drew additional of an hour, without intermission. The queen spoke odium on the archbishop, whose popularity sustained a good deal, asked many questions, and, before I rea severe shock by a line of proceeding so utterly in- | tired, insisted on my taking some refreshment." consistent with the gravity and decoruni of the sacred A few days after this interview, the good monarch character of a prelate.

addressed the following admonitory letter to the Lady Huntingdon, having failed in this attempt, Archbishop of Canterbury :next applied to Mr Madan, whose brother, Dr Spencer * MY GOOD LORD PRIMATE,-I could not delay Madan, afterwards Bishop of Peterborough, had mar giving you the notification of the grief and concern ried Lady Charlotte Cornwallis, niece to the arch- with which my breast was affected, at receiving bishop. But his Grace, still disregarding every re authentic information that routs have made their monstrance, and becoming more violent in his abuses way into your palace. At the same time, I must of those whom he was pleased to brand as Methodists signify to you my sentiments on this subject, which and hypocrites, Lady Huntingdon made application hold these levities and vain dissipations as utterly for a private audience with the king (George III.), inexpedient, if not unlawful, to pass in a residence which was most graciously granted.

for many centuries devoted to divine studies, religious Or the day appointed, her Ladyship, accompanied retirement, and the extensive exercise of charity and is by the Duchess of Ancaster and Lord Dartmouth, benevolence-I add, in a place where so many of went to the king's palace at Kew, where she was re your predecessors have led their lives in such sancceived in the most gracious manner by both their tity as has thrown lustre on the pure religion they majesties. The king listened to everything she said professed and adorned. with great dignity and marked earnestness, but with • From the dissatisfaction with which you must evident emotion. Madam,"

,” said he, “ the feelings perceive I behold these improprieties not to speak you have discovered, and the conduct you have in harsher terms--and on still more pions principles, adopted on this occasion, are highly creditable to you. I trust you will suppress them immediately; so that The archbishop's behaviour has been slightly hinted I may not have occasion to show any further marks to me already; but now that I have a certainty of of my displeasure, or to interpose in a different man. his proceedings, and his ungracious conduct towards ner. May God take your Grace into his almighty your Ladyship, after your trouble in remonstrating protection! with him, I shall interpose my authority, and see " I remain, My Lord Primate, your gracions what that will do towards reforming such' indecent friend, practices."

The first time their Majesties saw Lord Dartmouth, Lady Huntingdon had the honour of conversing after the interview with Lady Huntingdon, the king with their Majesties for upwards of an hour, on a told him he thought her Ladyship one of the best of great variety of topics.

women - a sentiment in which the queen heartily The king, and also the queen, complimented her concurred. “ I was much taken with her appearance Ladyship, in the highest terms, on the many benevo and manner,” said his Majesty: “ there is something lent actions which had been reported to them, and so noble, so commanding, and withal 80 engaging her great and commendable zeal in the cause of re about her, that I am quite captivated with her Lady. ligion.

ship. She appears to possess talents of a very suiHis Majesty then told Lady Huntingdon that he perior order; is clever, well informed, and has all the was no stranger to her proceedings; but added, that ease and politeness belonging to a woman of rank. he often found it difficult to obtain an unprejudiced With all the enthusiasm ascribed to her, she is an account of what she said and did. “I have been honour to her sex and the nation." told so many odd stories of your Ladyship,” said the The Duchess of Ancaster was for some years & king " that I am free to confess I felt a great de constant attendant at Lady Huntingdon's house, and gree of curiosity to see if you were at all like other always professed a great respect for religious persons, women; and I am happy in having an opportunity with whom she frequently associated. For Lord of assuring your Ladyship of the very good opinion Ì Dartmouth she had a very high esteem, and always have of you, and how very highly I estimate your lived in habits of great intimacy with him and Lady character, your zeal, and abilities, which cannot be Dartmouth. This union was strengthened by a pear consecrated to a more noble purpose.”

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Anecdotes. became the subject of conversation; when a lady of Tuc late Rev. Mr Young (United Secessior), Jedrank observed, she thought her “so great an enthusiast, that she certainly must be deranged in her burgh, was once visiting the death-bed of an aged intellect.” The king, who had been listening most

member of his congregation, who was hourly looking attentively, replied, with great quickness: "Deranged, for his last change, Well, my friend," said the Madam, did you say?" “ Yes, please your Majesty,

minister, “how do you feel yourself to-day?" said her Ladyship; " for no one could act as she does

Very weel, Sir," was the answer, that was not insane:” and then related the circum- just a wee confused wi' the flittin'." stance of Lady Huntingdon having called on the

One stormy winter day he was visiting another of Archbishop of Canterbury to “preach to his Grace

his people, an old man, who lived in great poverty for presuming to see company; which impertinence,”

in a lonely cottage a few miles from Jedburgh. He she said,

“ Mrs Cornwallis resented with a becom found him sitting with the Bible open on his knees, ing spirit.” Their Majesties and the Duchess of but in outward circumstances of great discomfortAncaster exchanged looks, and the king laughed

the snow drifting through the roof, and under the heartily.

door, and scarce any fire on the hearth.

“ What are The Duchess of Hamilton, who was present, fear

you about to-day, John ?" was Mr Young's question ing the unfortunate marchioness would get deeper

on entering. “Ah ! Sir," said the happy saint, “ I'm into the scrape, made a motion to her to be silent;

sittin' under His shadow wi' great delight !" which the king perceiving, immediately demanded of her Ladyship what Mrs Cornwallis had said of Lady

Miscellaneous. Huntingdon, and if the archbishop had not given her his blessing “His blessing !" repeated the mar LOVE to Christ.–Dear brethren, get love to the chioness, with much surprise; no, indeed, please Lord Jesus, and you have everything. Union to your Majesty; I am sure she had no right to expect Jesus is salvation. Love to Jesus is religion. Love any such favour. I really don't know what I might to the Lord Jesus is essential and vital Christianity. have said, had she intruded herself upon me in a It is the main-spring of the life of God in the soul of similar manner." Observing the Duchess of Ancas It is the all-inclusive germ, which involves ter smile, the marchioness added : “ If your Majesty within it every other grace. It is the pervasive wishes to be further informed of Lady II untingdon's spirit, without which the most correct demeanour is practices, I dare say the Duchess of Ancaster can but dead works, and the seemliest exertions are an give you every information, as she is a very great elegant futility. Love to Christ is the best incentive friend of her Ladyship’s.” “I am proud of the to action--the best antidote to idolatry. It adorns friendship of such a woman,” replied the duchess; the labourg which it animates, and hallows the friend"and know of nothing to condemn, but much to ships which it overshadows. It is the smell of the comiend in the Countess of Huntingdon.” The ivory wardrobe—the precious perfume of the believer's queen, perceiving the temper of the marchioness a character—the fragrant mystery which only lingers Little ruffled, observed that she had lately derived round those souls which have been to a better clime. much pleasure in the society of Lady Huntingdon, Its operation is most marvellous; for when there is whom she considered a very sensible, a very clever, enough of it, it makes the timid bold, and the slothful and a very good woman. The unfortunate mar diligent. It puts eloquence into the stammering chioness was all astonishment and confusion; and tongue, and energy into the withered arm, and ingewould have withdrawn immediately, had not the nuity into the dull, lethargic brain. It takes possesking in the kindest manner taken her by the hand, sion of the soul, and a joyous lustre beams in languid and assured her she was “quite mistaken in the eyes, and wings of new obedience sprout from lazy, opinion she had formed of Lady Huntingdon.” leaden feet. Love to Christ is the soul's true heroism, * Pray, Madam,” said his Majesty, “are you ac which courts gigantic feats, which selects the heaviest quainted with her?" The marchioness replied in loads and the hardest toils, which glories in tribula the negative. “ Have you ever been in company tions, and hugs reproaches, and smiles at death till with her?" inquired the king. .“ Never!” replied the King of Terrors smiles again. It is the aliment the astonished marchioness. “Then,” said the which feeds assurance--the opiate which lulls suspimonarch, "never form your opinion of any one from cions—the oblivious draught which scatters misery the ill-natured remarks and censures of others. and remembers poverty no more. Love to Jesus is the Judge for yourself; and you have my leave to tell beauty of the believing soul; it is the elasticity of the every body how highly I think of Lady Huntingdon." willing steps, and the brightness of the glowing coun-Life and Times of the Countess of Huntingdon. tenance. If you would be a happy, a holy, and an use

ful Christian, you must be an eminently Christ-loving disciple. If you have no love to Jesus at all, then you

are none of his. But if you have a little love-ever AFFLICTION.

so little a little drop, almost frozen in the coldness

of your icy heart-oh! seek more. Look to Jesus, METHINKS if ye would know

and cry for the Spirit till you find your love increas How visitations of calamity

ing; till you find it drowning besetting sins; till you Affect the pious soul, 'tis shown you here.

find it drowning guilty fears--rising, till it touch that Look yonder at that cloud, which, through the sky index, and open your closed lips-rising, till every Sailing along, doth cross in her career

nook and cranny of the soul is filled with it, and all The rolling moon. I watched it as it came,

the actions of life and relations of earth are pervaded

by it---rising, till it swell up to the brim, and, like the And deemed the deep opaque would blot her beams;

apostle's love, rush over in a full assurance : “ Yes, But melting like a wreath of snow, it hangs

I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor In folds of wavy silver round, and clothes

angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things preThe orb with richer beauties than her own;

sent, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor Then, passing, leaves her in her light serene.

any other creature, shall be able to separate us from

the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” SOUTHEY. -Hamilton's Life in Earnest.

MONDAY.
Daily Bread.

* I have seen all the works that are done under the sun;

and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.”FRIDAY

Eccles. i. 14. « Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and

Sin has spread a curse aro und
I will give you rest."-MATT. xi. 28.

Poison'd all things here below;
Does the Gospel word proclaim

On this base polluted ground
Rest for those who weary be?

Peace and joy can never grow.
Then, my soul, put in thy claim-
Sure that promise speaks to thee :

Think how little the world can do for you, and
Marks of grace I cannot show,

what it doth, how deceitfully-what stings there are All polluted is my best ;

with its honey-what a farewell succeeds its welcome! Yet I weary am, I know, And the weary long for rest.

When this Jael brings you milk in the one hand, Resolve to take no rest till you be in the element

know she hath a nail in the other.Bishop Hall. and place of soul-rest, where solid rest indeed is. Rest not till you be with Christ. Though all the

TUESDAY. world should offer their best, turn them by with dis

“God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our dain; if they will not be turned by throw them down,

Lord Jesus Christ."--GAL. vi, 14. and go over them and trample upon them. Say, You have no rest to give me, nor will I take any at your

When I survey the wondrous cross

On which the Prince of glory died, hands, nor from any creature. There is no rest for

My richest gain I count but loss, me till I be under His shadow, who endured so much

And pour contempt on all my pride. trouble to purchase my rest, and whom having found,

The glory of the cross of Christ which we are I may sit down quiet and satisfied; and when the men of the world may boast of the highest content, fections displayed in the work of redemption. God's

chiefly to esteem, is the glory of God's infinite perI will outvie all with this one word: “ My beloved is

love to his people is from everlasting to everlasting; mine, and I am his."-Leighton.

but from everlasting to everlasting there is no mani

festation of it known, or conceivable by us, that can SATURDAY.

be compared to this. The light of the sun is always “And other (seed) fell on good ground, and did yield fruit."MARK IV. 8.

the same, but it shines brightest to us at noon; the

cross of Christ was the noon-tide of everlasting love But where the Lord of grace and power

-the meridian splendour of eternal mercy. "There Has bless'd the happy field, How plenteous is the golden store

were many bright manifestations of the same love The deep-wrought furrows yield!

before, but they were like the light of the morning, The good ground is the good heart. No one is that shines more and more into the perfect day; and

that perfect day was when Christ was on the cross, good but through the grace of God. It was a mercy

when darkness covered all the land.-M Luurin. of thee, O Lord, to purchase, at so dear a rate, such barren and accursed ground, full of thorns and briers, and fit only to be burned, that thou mightesć make

WEDNESDAY. it a rich and blessed soil, fruitful in every kind of

“Be ye holy."-1 Pet. i. 16. good fruit !

Blind and miserable must that man be who attributes this work to himself, and gives not

True faith unites to Christ the root, thee the glory of it, O my Saviour !-Quesnel.

By him producing holy fruit;
And they who no such fruit can show,

Still on the stock of nature grow.
SABBATH.

I wish for no other heaven on this side of the last “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever."Heb. xiii. 8.

sea I must cross, than this service of Christ-to make

my blackness beauty, and iny deadness life. I long This God is the God we adore,

much for that day when I shall be altogether holy.
Our faithful, unchangeable friend,
Whose love is as great as his power,

O what spots are yet unwashed !---Rutherford.
And knows neither measure nor end.
'Tis Jesus, the first and the last,

TIIURSDAY.
Whose Spirit shall guide us safe home;
We'll praise him for all that is past,

" Seek ye the Lord while yet he may be found.”—Isa. Is. 6. And trust him for all that's to come.

He will not let me seek in vain ; Oh! how cheering to know that Christ is now the

For all who trust his word same in heaven as he was when on earth; that the

Shall everlasting life obtain, glory of heaven has not changed him; that, when he

And favour from the Lord. died, he did not throw aside our nature, but resumed it at his resurrection, and still retains it in personal that cannot die; seek for a lodging for your poor soul;

Know the Lord and seek Christ. You have a soul union with the divine; that, amidst the joys of heaven, for that clay-house will fall! "Set your thoughts he has not forgotten any one of his “ little flock," for whom he suffered in the garden and on the cross;

often upon death and judgment. Fear not men, but

let God be your fear, and make the seeking of Christ that he who was “bone of our bone, and flesh of our flesh," is now made“ head over all things," yet, that your daily task.-Ibid. he still regards us with a brother's eye; that, having borne our grief, he still sympathizes with our sorrows

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PRACTICAL REMARKS FOUNDED ON JOHN XVII. 1-5.

BY JOHN ROBSON, D.D., GLASGOW.

« The

& These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Fathor, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that

but become honourably instrumental in adthy Son also may glorify thee : as thou hast given him vancing Zion's prosperity, in spreading the power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as Redeemer's glory, and in hastening the time many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus

when it shall extend to earth's remotest bound. Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on 2d, A second reflection suggested by the the earth : I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with

passage is, that prayer forms the best preparathine own self with the glory which I had with thee be. tive for trials.—This prayer was presented by fore the world was."

the Saviour immediately before the last scenes To give a full exposition of this passage would of suffering which awaited him. Ile says: require more space than can be afforded in a hour is come;" and, in the prospect of that journal such as this. It is a passage familiar to hour, he commits himself and his followers to every Christian mind, and the general import of his Father in the solemn supplications which which cannot be mistaken. Taking into view this chapter contains. No Christian need ex| the circumstances in which the prayer of the pect altogether to escape trials; and, generally Saviour was uttered, as well as the substance speaking, at one period or another of his life, of the prayer itself, various reflections seem trials of some kind will come in close succession. Daturally enough suggested by it, with a brief The standing law of Christ's kingdom is : " In illustration of which this paper will be occupied. | the world ye shall have tribulation.” The best

1st, The first we mention is, that prayer is a preparation for these trials, whether they be proper conclusion to religious exercises.-Jesus expected or come upon us unawares, is that had been employed in instituting the sacrament which I have specified. Prayer has a direct of the supper, and communicating instruction tendency to induce that habit of mind which is to his disciples, and he concludes the whole with the surest safeguard in the hour of temptation fervent supplication. In this he has “left us and of trouble. It leads us to put our trust in an example, that we should walk in his steps." all-powerful protection. It conducts us to a We believe that if the public ministrations of fortress and a hiding-place, where we may stand the Word, and the private instructions of the unmoved amid the assaults of enemies, and family, were more frequently followed up by amid all the storms which may assail us, how. earnest prayer at the throne of grace, both by ever dark and tempestuous they be. The man ministers and people, we should receive more of prayer is doubly armed. Although weak in enlarged communications of spiritual influence, himself, he is “strong in the Lord, and in the and should see brought forth in richer abun power of his might;” and is thus enabled to dance those fruits of holiness which are to the sustain the sharpest and severest afflictions praise of God's glory. It is ours to plant and which may be mingled in his lot: and not only to water; it is God's to give the increase. He so, but he possesses, so to speak, a talisman has connected the bestowment of blessing with which converts these apparently great and opour asking it; and it is because the outpouring pressive evils into rich and inestimable blessof the heart before God is restrained, that so ings. Prayer brings him out from the furnace little apparent good results from the adminis- | brighter and more resplendent than ever. It

tration of public ordinances, or from the more lifts his head above the deep waters which had i private means of religious improvement. Were well-nigh overwhelmed him, and bears him to

this duty more faithfully discharged, who can the Rock of Ages, where he may ever stand tell what might be the blessed consequences ?

It raises him to a spiritual elevation, Might we not expect to see more earnest from which he looks down on all the clouds and thirsting after spiritual knowledge—more ar darkness in which his worldly prospects are dent longings after the courts of God's house enveloped, while all within him and above hiin -more deep, and lasting, and saving impres- is tranquil and serene. Would you, O Chrissions produced—less rejoicing in iniquity, and tian! be fortified against those trials which are more rejoicing in the truth-greater delight in awaiting you, or sustained under those which heavenly communion, and higher degrees of may even now be pressing heavily upon you ? holiness? Might we not expect to behold the Then“ watch unto prayer”-abound in prayer ! spirit of deadness and insensibility, which pre- and, as an angel from heaven was commissioned vails to so lamentable an extent, giving way to strengthen our Saviour amid the agonies of before the all-powerful agency of prayer ? Let the garden, so will heavenly aid be imparted to us, then, acknowledge God in every exercise in your soul, and you will thus be enabled to which we engage. Let us implore his blessing, glory even in tribulations.” which maketh rich, and addeth no sorrow; and 3d, A third reflection is, that the glory of thus shall we not only benefit our own souls, God should be the great end of all our actions. No. 8.

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