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commending it to your imitation, therefore, I am pleading the cause of your own elevation and happi. ness, as well as the cause of God, and the cause of mankind.
My young female friends! it ought to be your am. bition to possess and to evince a sound understanding, and a respectable portion of literary knowledge. All that has been said, serves to show that the cultivation of female intellect is as important, and as necessary, as the intellectual culture of the other sex. But it ought to be more especially your ambition, to cultivate your hearts. The Heart I repeat it-the Heart-sanctified by religion, warmed and softened by benevolence, and taught to throb in affectionate response to every sigh of suffering, and every claim of humanity this is the grand ornament of womanthis is the strong hold of woman. To be so many Tabithas, adorning' the doctrine of God, your Saviour, and diffusing happiness among all around you, would be infinitely more to your honor as well as your comfort, even in the present life, than to stand in the list of those masculine females, who, while they gain a proud civil pre-eminence, really disgrace their sex.
When therefore, ' I see a young female devoting her şupreme attention to external accomplishments ; absorbed in the love of ornament, and of admiration; habitually venturing, in obedience to fashion, to the gery verge of decorum ; never satisfied but when ei. ther preparing for the splendor of a public appearance, or discussing the merits of a past exhibition, I say within myself.--The hand of some infatuated parent, or of some incompetent or unfaithful guardian is here. What perversion of talents! What misapplication of exertions! What waste of time! What pains to trea. sure up sorrow and tears for after life ! How much more attractive would be that fair form, were it em: ployed in works of charity, and more frequently seen bending over the couch of poverty and suffering ?
How much more beautiful would be that lovely face, were it habitually beaming with benevolence and pie. ty! And how unspeakably more happy, and more respectable its possessor, if the cultivation of her heart, and the employment of her time, on evangeli. cal principles, were the great object of her care !
Let the young, let females of all ages, be indu. ced to consider the duties incumbent upon them in their respective situations in life. A sphere of action is assigned you by your Creator, and you are capable of being eminently useful in the age in which you live. Your exertions are calculated not mere. ly to relieve present disstress, but to improve the condition of society, to cultivate the hearts of the young, and confer blessings on generations yet un. born. How great the satisfaction, how exquisite the pleasure of doing good, of adding to the sum of hu. man happiness! "What is there in all the pageantry of state, in all the gratifications of sense, in all the delirious joys of giddy dissipation, once to be compared with this? O pleasures cheaply purchased, pla. cidly enjoyed; eyer rising, ever new ; never languid, never remorseful, why are you pursued so seldom, and attained by so few ?"*
Brethren! the time is short, and the fashion of this world passeth away. Like Dorcas, we must all soon sicken and die. Are we habitually anticipating the solemnities of that hour ? Are we daily directing our pursuits, employing our property, and framing our lives, agreeably to this anticipation ? Do we resem. ble the excellent Woman, on whose example we have been meditating, in our character and hopes, as well as in our mortality ? We cannot resemble her, un. less we are disciples indeed. We may 'give all our goods to feed the poor,' and ' our bodies to be burn. cd,' and yet be nothing more than • a sounding brass,
* Hunter's Occasional Sermons, II. p. 140.
and a tinkling cymbal. But those deeds of charity which spring from a living faith in a living Redeemer; those works of obedience which are performed from a principle of love for his name ;--- these are the good works, and the almis-deeds, which shed a lustre around the bed of death, and upon which, in a dying hour, we may look back with holy satisfaction, with heavenly joy :---riot as the ground of our confidence; not as the price of pardon; not as our title to everlasting life :---no; the righteousness of Him, who, through the eternal Spirit, offered himself without spot to God,' is the only foundation of a sinner's hope: but as means by which a Divine Saviour has enabled us to glorify the riches of his grace ; as the fruits of his blessed Spirit; as evidences of a vital union to his body; and as pledges of admission to the glories of his presence.
May that God, who has declared himself the · Father of the fatherless, and the Judge of the widow, in his holy habitation, fill us all with the spirit and the consolations of his children, enable us to imitate his holy benevolence, and prepare us, in due time, for his heavenly kingdom ! And to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, one God, be all the praise, both now and ever! Amen!
PASTOR OF THE ASSOCIATE-REFORMED CHURCH, IN THE CITY OB
Heb. i. viii. But unto tbe Son he faith, Thy Throrte, O God, is for ever and ever.
IN the all important argument which occupies this epistle, Paul assumes, what the believeing He. brews had already professed, that Jesus of Nazarethi is the true Messiah. To prepare them for the consequences of their own principle ; a principle involving nothing less than the abolition of their law, the subversion of their state, the ruin of their city, the final extinction of their carnal hopes, he leads them to the doctrine of their Redeemer's person in order to explain the nature of his offices, to evince the value of his rpiritual salvation, and to shew in both, the accomplishment of their ceconomy which was now ready to vanish away. Under no apprehension of betraying the unwary into idolatrous homage by giving to the Lord Jesus greater glory than is due unto his name;' the apostle sets out with ascribing to him excellence and attributes which belong to no
creaturc. Creatures of most elvated rank are introduced ; but it is to display, by contrast, the pre-eminence of Him who is the brightness of the Father's glory, and the express image of his person." " Angels are great in might and in dignity ; but 'unto theme hath he not put in subjection the world to come.
Unto which of them said he, at any time, Thou art my son' To which of them, Sit thou at my right land ? He saith they are spirits, ministering spirits, sent forth to mwister into them who are the Heirs of salvation, But unto the SON, in a style which annihilates competition and comparison, unto the SON he saith, thy throne, O God, is forever and
Brethren, if the majesty of Jesus is the subject which the Holy Ghost selected for the encouragement and consolation of his people, when he was shaking the earth and the heavens, and diffusing his gospel among the nations ; can it be otherwise than suitable and precious to us on this occasion ? Shall it not expand our views, and warm our hearts, and nerve our arm, in our efforts to exalt his fame? Let me implore then, the aid of your prayers; but far more im. portunately the aids of his own Spirit, while I speak of the things which concern the king :' those great things contained in the text-his personal gloryhis sovereign rule.
1. His personal glory shines forth in the name by which he is revealed; a name above every name, THY throne...O Gop! * To the single eye nothing can be more evident, in the
First place, than that the Holy Ghost here asserts the eessential deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Of his enemies, whom he will make his footstool,' some have, indeed, controverted this position, and endeavoured to blot out the text from the catalogue of his witnesses. Instead of thy throne, O God; they