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his own righteousness and holiness alone. 4. The martyrs knew that they must suffer death ; but it was only the death of the body ; for Christ, they knew, had delivered them from eternal death * ; but Christ inust struggle with both, for both were the wages of our sin. 5. The martyrs drank the cup, but Christ had taken away ils bitterness. Christ himself drank the cup of divine wrath to the very dregs; and tasted death for them all t. 6. They endured tormients and death; but singuli pro singulis, says Leo, every one died for himself, and not for others; but Chris' alone bore the sins of all, and publicly satisfied for them. 7. The marivrs fought with Satan, Death, and Hell; but they had been previously overcome and laid prostrate by Christ, so that, in the contest, ihey could sing with triumph, : 0 Death, where is thy sting ?' &c. But Clirisi altacked them while they were fresh and vigorous, - while the empire of Death was yet standing, and exerting its power over men. This cannot be better expressed than in the words of Basil: - Christ receives his cross with anguish, and Fear anticipates his passion. Why? Because Christ contended with Death while he was yet alive: he wrestled with him before his tyranny was broken, while he (or porhaps Bell, o aons) was yet boasting of the power he had gained over mankind from Adam.' Ali these bhings plainly show that the death of Christ was totally different from the death of martyrs, wheiher you consider the origin, the manner, or the end of his sufferings. They were corrected in their bodies by God their Father from fove, for the glory of God, and to seal the truth ; but Christ was pu. nished, both in body and soul, by God the Judge, from justice for the expiation of sins. Their sufferings were experimeotal and medicinal; but Christ's was penal aad satisfactory.'

* John v. 24.

* † Heb. ii. 9.

Col. ii. 14, 15. Feb. ii. 14.

TUE REVEREND BLACKSMITH. A SMITA, with his leathern apron on, came to Archbishop Usher. intreating his Grace to ordain him. The good bishop looked on him with a smiling; not a disdainful countenance, and asked him what he was. A Blacksmith, said he. llast thou any learning ? said the bisbop. No other but my mother tongue, said the smitb. Canst thou answer gainsayers ? continued the bishop ; dost thou not know this kingdom of Ireland is filled with priests and Jesuits ? The smith replied, that if bis Grace would examine him, he would answer him accordmg to his ability. Whereupon the bishop tried him as to several points in divinity; in which the smith gave him satisfaction, to his admiration. The bishop asked hina what parish he lived in ? He told him, and that the minister of the place was very sickly, and seldom preached, “Well, said the bishop,' I see thou hast good natural paris; I will write to the minister, to let thee have his notes to preach ;' which, as soon as the smith received, he got a gown, and mounted the pulpit. The bishop sent one of his chaplains to hear hima The chaplain acquainted his Grace, that he delivered all by memory, with great affection and pathos. The bishop thought wiih himself that this man may do some good; so sent for him, and not only ordained him, but gave him a living of so!. per annum. In that parish (bere were about fifty families, whereof thirty were Papists, and about twenty Protestants. The smith, by his good preaching and living, in a year or two made strango alterations; so tbat in a short time, about thirty o the famvies were Protestants, and about twenty Papists.

Life of Archbishop Usher, prefixed to his Body of Divinity.

MALIGNANT SCANDAL. A Waiter, who styles himself, very improperly, MELÁNCTION, ventured to make the following boid assertion, which appeared in a monthly satirical publication, about two years ago :With regard to sectarics them. selves (speaking for the Established Church) I maintain, That all those who are not with me are against me ;' an axiom equally applicable to the established government; and, since we perfectly well know that Dissenters from the church are, generally, rebels to their king, the present alarming increase of the former, raises an bost of enemies against both. Hence we perceive the momentous necessity for checking the dreadful multiplication of Methodists.' Let the reader peruşe the numerous sermons preached by Dissenting Ministers on the 25th of Ociober last, aud he will find a full refutation of this base aod unfounded calumas.

JUVENILE DEPARTMENT.

TO YOUTH.
My son, give me thy heart. Prov. xxiii. 28.

Give me thy heart,'the Saviour cries :

Justly he doth it claim :
Q! do not then the call despise,

. But giye it to the Lamb ! Soon as man enters on the busy stage of life, how many claimants demand his heart! To secure this prize, the world assumes its gayest blandishments, and exhibits all its charms. Satan is very active', concerts his deepest plans, and 'vryes his most incessant endeavours. Jehovah stoops from his radiant thronc, and, in the language of supreme authority and paternal love, makes the solemn demand,' My son, give me thy heart!'

O, my God! thy claim is indisputable! Creation, providence, aud bleeding love, forin that threefold cord which shall for ever bind my heart to thee! But, O! canst thou accept the poor surrender ? Condescending grace! Lørd, siainp the likeness of thy love and holiness upon iny heart! O! refine it, and form it for thy self alone! · My youthful reader, are thess your deliberate resolves ? Are these the habitual breathings of your inmost sul? Remember, to withholil the heari, renders every other sacrifice not only unavailable, but an abumina. tion before the Majesty of Heaven, Let Immanuel preside in the supreme affection of thy mind, and let his word regulalc tby conduct !- thien will thy happy experience attest, that all his ways are pleasantness, and all his paths are peace !" Dublin.

ANNA MARIA. Wilh the above affectionate address, we may with propriety recommend to our young readers the fullowing lines by Dr. Dordridge; which, lo many of thein, are probably new:YE hearts with youthful vigour warm, "The soul that longs to see my face lo smiling crowds draw near,

l's sure my love to gaio ; And turn from ev'ry mortal charm, I. And those that early seek my grace, · A Saviour's voice to hear !

Shall never seek in vain.' He, Lord of all the worlds on high, What object, Lord, my soul should Stoops 10 converse with you ;

· If once compar'd with thee? Įmove, And lays his radiant glories by,

What beauty should command my love, Your friendship to pursue.

Like what in Christ I see?
Away, ye false, delusive toys,

Väin tempters of the mind !
'Tis here I fix my lasting choicom

Aud bere true bliss I find!

MR. W. HINDS

do not know of any other Saviour

than Jesus Christ : I believe his fulWas a native of Pershore, in ness and sufficiercy; but I wish to Worcestershire. The former part see my interest in him.' To one of his life was spent in great ignor. who expressed her wish that it was ance, as it was not until bis 27th in her power to afford him any reyear, about the period of his con- lief, he said, “You can.' 'It was version, that he was taught to read. replied, " I suppose you mean by From the age of 17, he was exer. prayer ?” Yes,' added he, that cised with deep convictions of sin, is the best help!' and of his ruined state by the Fall. About four hours before he deThe horrors of conscience, which be parted, he evidently felt the swift then endured for several years to approaches of the lasi enemy; and gether, frequently excited a wish expressed his wish to see his pastor that he had never been born; and and the medical gentleman who atthat God had made him a beast, and tended him. On the foriner enterDot a man, possessing an immortal ing the room, he said, I do not soul, which he then firmly believed wish, Sir, ta bave my name applaudmust be miserable to eternity. The ed; but the passage which has lalely terror of his mind, however, did been much upon my mind, and from Dot quench his love of sin, nor pre- which I request you to improve my vent bis frequent commission of it: death is, ' 'This is a faithful saying, he was parlicularly addicted to and worthy of all acceptation, That drunkenness and swearing. When Christ Jesus came into tbe world to he was about 27 years old, it pleased save sinpers.' (1 Tim. i. 15.) With Divine Providence to bring him to strong emphasis he added, " The Dunmow; where, under the preach- gospel says, “ Be thou faithful unto ing and conversation of thc Kev. death, and I will give thee a crown Aaron Wickens, his mind became of life.” Notwithstanding my weak. gradually enlightened in the truths bars and infirmities, I bave been of the gospel; and a change was faithful, not by works of rtg hieouswrought upon his heart by the power ness, which I have done, but acof the Holy Spirit. From this meino. cording to his mercy hath he saved rable era, * his profiling appeared to me, by the washing of legeneration, all.' For the lasi 19 years of his and by the renewing of the Holy life, by jstegrity and diligence in Ghost ?' Some of his last words business, by unseigned meekness were, The Lord Jesus shall be reaud humility, and by a boly life vealed from Heaven,, with his migbly and conversation, he adorned his angels, in flaming fire,' &c. Tho profession of religion in all things. the whole life of Mr. Hinds, from He had been long afflicied with an the period of his conversion, was asthma ; but the sickness which ter. remarkably steady and cousistent, minated in his death was of short yet his characler was particularly duration. He was taken ill on marked for meditation upon the Thursday, the 25th of February, things of God, his attendance upon 1808; and died carly on the Mon prayer,, and his unfeigoed humi. day morning following. His mind lity:- He prayed without ceas. was remarkably serene, though the ing. Besides family - worship and pain wbich he endured was very mental ejaculations thro' the day, violent. On the Saturday moroing it was his custom to retire to his be said to a friend, - If I feel this closet, both before and after sup-, paip so sharp, what should I have per, for privale devotiou ; and every said to the sufferings of the martyrs ? Lord's Day, besides engaging in faWhat is this small pain I endure, mily-worship morning and evening, compared with what unhappy sin. being present at the public and soneis feel in an awful eternity? I cial meetings of tbe church, and vi.. siting the sick and afflicted, he salvation : his sole reliance was that 21sually resorted to his closet four or of a lost sinner on an almighty and five times in the day for communion merciful Redeemer. and fellowship with God. In early life He was eminently of a meek, genhe had sirong convictions for sin; tle, and cheerful spirit. His affecand for 10 years was harrassed with tions being set on ihings above, that riolent temptations from Saian. wisdom descended into bis heart During the greater part of thai pe- which is pare, peaceable, easy to be riod, he was driven to ihe borders entreated, full of mercy and good of despair, removing from town tɔ fruits. In regard to his worldly town, -- seeking peace, and finding affairs, he was not without many none; and when once he found rest, trials: his income was small, and by a sieadfast reliance on the gospel his family increasing ; but every of Christ, his knowledge of the bus trial seemed to have its proper end man heart, and his exuerience of the answered in him, by spiritualizing grace of Christ, ever kept him his mind, and lifting it up more and walchfui agd humble, jealous more to high and heavenly things. over himself with a godly jealousy! In the midst of a useful course, it It was this deep humility which led - pleased God to arrest his labour. him to admire the first glimmerings An infiamination in the bowels, comof divine light on the minds of mencing on the 27th of November, others; for he' the circumstances al two o'clock in the morning, ter. atlending his own conversion were minated his carihly existeace at six certainly very singular, he never o'clock the succeeding evening. His laid any slr043 upon the manner in disease was rapid and excruciating; which the change had been produced on his death - bed, therefore, he in the heart of a sinner, but upon could say but little. What he did the evidence which such a sinner utler, indicated a temper most subgave, by his spirit and conduct, that missive to the divine will; and to he was really born of God.

those who performed the affecting Dunmow.

R.K. iflices of friendship towards him in

bis last hours, it was evident that, in the midst of his sufferings, he was

occupied in thinking on Him who REV. MR. WILTON.

had redeemed him with unknown [From the Christian Obscrver.] and inconceivable sufferings on the

cross. - To the Church of England On Nov. 29, 1809, died the Rev. his loss is great ; he was cordially W. Wilton, aged 39, Rector of S. attached to her doctrines and disci. Sloke, near Arundel, already kcown pline; aid he may with justice be to the public as the author of a reckoned amongst her most faithful work, written wiih nuch piety, en ministers. In a private point of titled, The Christian Spectator. As view, bis death is the source of deep a minister, he was bot little known, and almost overwhelming affliction. -- the Lord having scen fil to con. He has letî a widow and seven chilfine his services to a small and re- dren, wilh an expectation of an tired splere. la this he laboured eighth, without haying had it ia bis incessantis, ly doctrine, exhortan power to juake the smallest pecution, and example, noi only pun diary provision for their support. ticly, but from b(153, to house, A subscription, however, has been having within him that true and Art on foot for their assistance; and only principle of ministerial cxer. there is little doubt that so truly tion, the love of Jesus Chrisi. Noi viiable a case requires only that it was he less exemplary in the prin suvuld be kuown, in order to obtain formance of every rlative dut, dequate relief. - Subscriptions are through That faithi and love, froia received by Messrs. Bushby and Co. wheace he coestanty crew big Arundel; Mess: s. Miichot and Co. strangib, his inolives, and his ca. Brighton; Doin, Thoruton, and Co. - solations; vel upon 10 work of his Bartholomew Lane; and Mr. Hatchunu did he place any dependence for ard, l'isoslilly, Lundva.

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