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possible thing it is for the corruptible to put on incor- | which he hath purchased with his blood; a part of his suption, and for the mortal to be clothed with immor- mystical body, which he hath engaged to keep, not to tality. On that account the Bible is to be regarded as destroy, to purify and to perfect, not to annihilate ; a great and invaluable treasure. Even in regard to nay, tell me that it shall actually be raised again, with ibat one point-the restoration of the mortal and ma- no other change but the removal of all its imperfecterial part of our nature_it contains more sound phi- tions, and arrayed in a loveliness more glorious and losophy, and more solid comfort than can be gathered transcendant than before, and that I shall see it again from the profoundest speculations of all the wise men with my own eyes, and speak to it with my own lips, who have lived since the creation of the world. And and walk along with it for ever through the boundless were it silent on every other subject but that, it would blessedness of heaven. Tell me that, and I am comstill be like a well of living water in the wilderness, pletely satisfied. I feel that I am capable of undera light to cheer and to conduct us amid the darkness standing it. The comfort comes home to my very and the mysteries of death ; a heritage with which the heart. And because I have the prospect of getting wealth of worlds is not for one moment to be compared back the same body, united again with the same soul,

For what is the kind of consolation which is most and that, moreover, in a state of perfection, I feel that suited to the constitution of our nature, amid the the fountain of consolation is filled to the overdowing ; trials and the bereavements of this present life? Sup- and that the hope which passes over the grave, and pose that death has entered into my dwelling, and pierces into eternity, is without shadow and without borne away from me some venerated parent, or some

a cloud. beloved brother, or some affectionate sister, or some Such are the cheering prospects which are opened darling child, or some friend that sticketh closer than before us in the Bible, and which every true believer is a brother, and that every feeling of my nature is wrung permitted to entertain in regard to all his friends who to acony with the awful severity of the trial. Oh! have fallen asleep in Jesus. It not only leads us to then, would it be enough to tell me that I must think understand that their souls do not perish at their death, no more for ever of the image—the bodily appearance but are made perfect in holiness, and do pass immeof my buried child, or my venerated parent, or my be- diately into glory; thus turning into a matter of inbved friend—the very being who was entwined most dubitable certainty, what formerly, and in the view of closely about the fibres of my heart—and whose like human reason, was the object only of dim and uncerress is still associated with every object on which my tain conjecture; but that their bodies also, by virtue eye gazes, and every event which my memory recals, of their connection with the great Redeemer, are now and every scene which my imagination paints? Would resting in their graves, and shall rise again in glory, it be enongh to tell me, that the spirit is disembodied, and incorruptible; thus fetching light out of a dispenand is blessed, and that I must think of it, and of it sation apparently the darkest and the most hopeless, alone? Impossible. I cannot do it. It is beyond the and bringing us to sources of consolation which must power of my nature. And did my comfort depend on have lain for ever beyond the reach or the discovery of the achievement, I should still “ be of all men the most the wisest and the most enlightened of men. miserable." A disembodied spirit, even in a state of Therefore, the grave is not to be regarded as a place perfect happiness! I try to think of it-I try to real- of perdition, where the believer can be divested of ize it. But no power of abstraction, no force of ought that essentially belongs to his nature. It is a thought, no grasp of intellect can bring me to the dis- place merely of transformation, where the earthly house tinct recognition of what a spirit is. I cannot see it, of his tabernacle is to be dissolved, not for the purI cannot hear it, I cannot follow it, I cannot compre- pose of destroying it, but for the purpose of freeing hend it. The bond which united us together appears it from its imperfections, and rebuilding its imperishto be awanting. And I feel myself to be almost as able materials into a more glorious temple for the infar removed from it, and as incapable of entering into dwelling of God's Holy Spirit for ever. And could we its fellowship, as if it had lost its very existence. But only realize the day when the Saviour shall fetch them along with the spirit, Oh! speak to me also of the out from the darkness and the desolations of the grave, body; the body, which my own eyes have seen, and and raise them up to all the glories of a new and endmy own lips have spoken to; the body, about which all less life; could we see the meeting together, after the my associations, and affections, and reminiscences are long and silent sleep in which they have been reposing, eternally entwined; the body, whose living image is of parents with children, and children with parents, of engraven imperishably on the tablets of my heart brothers with sisters, and sisters with brothers, of miTell me that not one particle of its dust shall be lost, nisters with people, and people with ministers,—the and that not one lineament of its likeness shall be de- blending together of kindred spirits that had been long faced. Tell me that it forms a part, and an import- severed, but now re-united for ever; and could we lisant part of the nature, for whose redemption Christ ten to the loud thunders of adoration which shall sound descended from heaven, and clothed himself in our through the universe, when all the mighty host that likeness, and tabernacled amongst our dwellings, and have been loosed from their fetters shall rise triumphlaboured, and suffered, and died, and slept in the grave, ant to meet their glorified Redeemer in the air ; could and rose again, and ascended to heaven, and is now we realize all

we should see enough, and more Teigning triumphant at the right hand of God the than enough, to reconcile us to the most humiliating of Father. Tell me that, though to the eye of sense, it all the changes to which our mortal and corruptible may seem to be brought into a low and most humiliat- nature can be subjected, and to prompt us in faith and ing condition, it is nevertheless preciolis in the sight of in triumph to exclaim, “ O death, where is thy sting? the great Redeemer, because it is his own property, 10 grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is

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sin ; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks , with happy fitness, the intercourse and joys of Christ's be to God which giveth us the victory, through our friendship. Remember, I beseech you at the same time, Lord Jesus Christ.”

that He whose spirit is holy, wise and good, can alone

enable you to live according to His blessed will. If you CHRISTIAN TREASURY.

know the plague of your own heart, its corruptness, Admonitions on the Love of the World.--1. Be ad- | its deceitfulness, be entreated to seek constantly the mnished against the inordinate love of society. In- grace of Him who is able to change it. If you feel tercourse with the world is full of snares and disap- | the depravity of the world, its unhallowed ascendeney, pointments and miseries, and far more men have co- its polluting influence, be entreated to seek from his veted an extension of it, than ever found any satis- mercy the victory that overcometh. He purchased faction in it. 2. Yet, since you have still to enter so- your redemption at the richest price. He reveals in ciety, though you do not excessively love it, be admo- the Gospel the heavenly inheritance. To whom but nished to avoid the circles then in which you have met to Him can you apply, that he may save you with his with hostility to religion. You may not, it is true, great salvation, preparing you for the blessed portion have actually been injured by the scepticism or im- with himself.- MUIR. piety. You may be perfectly able to confute the ad- Meekness of Spirit.-Meekness is a victory over our. versary of the Gospel, and you may even have silenced selves, and the rebellious lusts in our own bosoms; i: him. But the frequency of infidel attack is ready to is the quieting of intestine broils, the stilling of an ininjure the devotional sensibility of the lieart, where it surrection at home, which is oftentimes more hard to does not dislodge a single conviction of the understand- do than to resist a foreign invasion. It is an effectual ing; and it is not profitable to be always stationed on victory over those that injure us, and make themselves the defensive, so as to turn the profession of religion enemies to us, and is often a means of winning their into an exercise of argumentative skill. 3. Be admo- | hearts. The law of meekness is: “ If thine enemy nished especially, not even for another time to repeat | hunger, feed him; he thirst, give him drink; and in your visit to the society of profligates and sensualists. so doing, thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head;' The stain of their words is blacker than that of infi

not to consume him, but to melt and mollify, that he delity. I would rather have my understanding warped may be cast into a new mould; and thus, while the by the cunning sophistry of sceptical gain-sayers, than

angry and revengeful man that will bear down all before sulmit my heart to be acted on for an instant by the bim with a high hand, is overcome of evil, the patient pollutions of those pests of the moral world. The and forgiving overcome evil with good; and forasinuch fallacious sophism, a little reflection will enable me to

as their ways please the Lord, he maketh even their see the weakness of; and an exercise of reason and enemies to be at peace with them. We read in Scripeffort of faith, which is strong in its humility, will en- ture of three whose faces shone remarkably, and they able me to drive it from me; but the evil communica- were all eminent for meekness. The face of Moses tions of the others, though they may not utterly shone, Exod. xxxiv. 3, and he was the meekest of all rupt good manners,” yet leave an unholy impression be. the men on earth. The face of Stephen shone, Acts hind, which hours of serious thought, and days of vi. 15, and he it was, who, in the midst of a shower of prayer,may scarcely be able to remove. 4. Whatever stones, so meekly submitted, and prayed for his persemay be the character of the society to which you have

The face of our Lord Jesus shone in his transaccess, be admonished to keep yourselves independent figuration, and he was the great pattern of meekness. of it. That man is indeed a slave who feels himself | It is a sweet and pleasing air which this grace puts upon chained to the world, who cannot be pleased, save when the countenance, while it keeps the soul in tune, and it honours him; nor cheerful, save when it smiles on frees it from those jarring, ill-favoured discords, which him; nor happy but in the enjoyment of its intercourse. are the certain effect of an ungoverned passion. We He, on the other hand is free, who enters it or retreats must “ put on meekness.” This precept we have, Coi

. from it, as duty may call, and still experiences no real iii. 12. “ Put on, therefore (as the elect of God, holy change on the great materials of his enjoyments. 5. and beloved,) meekness.” It is one of the members of Be admonished, hence, to acquire a growing relish for the new man, which, according to the obligations we a devotional retirement. If you find the Bible as the lie under from our baptism, we must put on. Put it beloved companion of your closet, and if communion

on as an armour, to keep provocation from the heart, of heart with your God and Saviour be a delight to and so to defend the vitals. They that have tried it you, and reading and reflecting on the many subjects will say it is armour of proof: when you are putting which at once please and improve, afford you occupa- on the whole armour of God do not forget this. Pat tion for hours of leisure ; surely you provide a sanc- it on as your attire, as your necessary clothing, which tuary to yourselves, a shelter from the storms of life, of you cannot go without ; look upon yourself as ungirt

, which neither the folly, nor the malice, nor the cala- undressed, unblessed without it. Put it on as the livery mities of the world can deprive you. Lastly, Whilst garment, by which you may be known to be the disci

, you relish, and benefit by such retirement, be admo-ples of the meek, and patient, and humble Jesus, and nished to carry from it when you enter society, a por- belong to that peaceable family. Put it on as an ornation of its holy influence. It is an infuence that ment, as a robe and diadem by which you may be both should breathe over your whole language and deport- beautified and dignified in the eyes of others. Put it ment, the purity and sweetness of Christian virtue, on as the “ elect of God, holy and beloved ;" because causing you to exhibit piety without moroseness, fer- you are so in profession, and that you may approve vour of soul in religion, with becoming diligence in bus yourself so in truth and reality. Be clothed with ineeksiness; the receiving of earthly comforts with the mo

“ the elect of God,"

'-_a chosen people whom deration of self-denial; the obtaining of successes with God hath set apart from the rest of the world, as hols, humility; bearing of disappointments with meekness; sanctified to God, sanctified by him.

We must "shew the preserving of cheerfulness, while avoiding all le- all meekness unto all men," -all kinds of meekness, vity; the pursuing the secular calling, while labouring bearing meekness and forbearing meekness, qualifying for the heavenly; the taking a deep and affectionate meekness and condescending meekness, and forgiving interest in the affairs of men, while living with su- meekness; the meekness that endears our friends and bat preme devotedness to God, or, according to the lan- which reconciles our enemies; the meekness of authoguage of the text, the dwelling “ in Sardis," and yet, rity over inferiors, the meekness of obedience to supera instead of acquiring the spot of its vices, the rising riors, and the meekness of wisdom towards all. We daily in that purity of heart and life which precedes I should study to appear in all our converse so mild, and

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gentle, and peaceable, that all who see us may witness | wlience the vast frame of nature sprang! What stretch. for us that we are the meek of the earth. We must ed out the heavens, established the earth, sustained all not only be moderate, but let our moderation be things! What turned the mighty wheels of providence known.” We must shew our meekness not only to throughout all the successions of time! What orderthe good and gentle, but also to the froward, for this ed and changed times and seasons, chained up devils, is thank-worthy. So exceeding broad is the command restrained the outrages of a tumultuous world, preserved ment, we must “shew all meekness to all men.” We God's little dock ! Especially what gave birth to the “ seek meekness.” Zeph. ii. 3, Seek

new creation ; what made hearts love God, embrace a Lord all ye meek of the earth-seek meekness.” Now Saviour ; what it was overcame their own, and made tae way prescribed for the attainment of meekness is to them a willing people in that memorable day! And seek it. Ask it of God, pray for it, it is a grant of the what do we think of the ravisbing aspects of his love? Spirit, it is given by the God of all grace, and to him When it shall now be open-faced and have laid aside its we must go for it. The God we address is called the veil; when liis amiable smiles shall be chequered with God of patience and consolation, Rom. xv. 5, and as no interiningling frowns; the light of that pleasing such we inust ask him when we come to him for grace countenance be discerned by no intervening cloud; to make us likeininded, i. €., meek and loving one to- when goodness, which is love issuing into benefaction wards another. God's people are, and should be, a ge- or doing good; grace, which adds freeness to goodneration of seekers, that covet the best gifts, and make ness; merey, which is grace towards the miserable, their court to the best Giver, who never said to the shall conspire, in their distinct and varicgated appearwrestling seed of Jacob, “ seek in vain,” but hath given ances, to set off each other, and enhance the pleasure of lis an assurance firm enough for us to build upon, and the admiring soul; when the wonted doubts shall cease, rich enough for us to encourage ourselves with: “ Seek and the difficulty vanish of reconciling fatherly severity and ye shall find.”-MATTHEW HENRY.

with love! When the full sense shall be unfolded to Christian Erample. How powerful is example! is love," and the soul be no longer put to read the love

the life of that description of the divine nature,

“ God How blessed and beneficial is good example! If we

of God in his name, and shall not need to spell it by speak of place, it extends from house to house, from village to village, from city to city, from nation to na

letters and by syllables, but behold it in his very nature tion, and, by the grace of God, its blessings may cover

itself, and see how intimately essential it is to the divine the earth as the waters cover the channel of the sea;

being. Now is the proper season for the full exercise

and discovery of love. This day has been long expectif we speak of time, it descends from age to age, from century to century, and by the divine blessing, the ed, and lo! now it is dawned upon the awakening soul;

it is now called forth, its senses bound, all its powers lamp of wizdom may be handed down, and transmitted through successive eras till time shall be no longer. inspirited on purpose for love, visions and enjoyments; The light of an individual, of a family, of a community, it is now to take its fill of loves.- Ilowe. learing God and working righteousness, may shed a ray No Middle course in Religion.--Often do we hear reof blessedness on the ends of the earth, and on the most miss professors strive to choke all forward holiness by distant isles of the sea, and may shine on the last of the commending the golden mean. A cunning discourageLaman race! Oh! were we Christians in deed, and in ment; the devil's sophistry! The mean of virtue is betruth, our example, by a silent and powerful eloquence, tween two kinds, not between two degrees. It is a mean would convince and confirm others with regard to the grace that loves a mean degree of grace; yet this is the faith that is in Christ, and would turn many from dark- staff

' with which the world beats all that would be better ness to light, from sin unto holiness. The word of God than themselves. What! will you be singular,--walk would sound out from us, as it did from the Thessalo- alone ? But were not the apostles singular in their walk. nians, and be heard in distant places; it would run ing, a spectacle to the world? Did not Christ call for this freely, and be glorified from the rising to the setting singularity, what do ye more than others ?' You that are sun. But if we are wicked and ungodly, cruel and re- God's peculiar people, will ye do no peculiar thing? vengeful, Sabbath-breakers and drunkards, frauduient | Ye that are separate from the world, will ye keep the and overreaching, having our hearts full of guile, and world's road? Must the name of a puritan dishearten our hands stained with the wages of iniquity and the us in the service of God ? St. Paul said in his apology gains of oppression; in vain shall we compass sea and by that which they call heresy, so worship I the God land to make proselytes to our faith ; in vain shall we of my fathers;" and by that which profane ones call mingle the fervours of our zeal with the fire of a verti- puritanism, wliich is indeed zealous devotion, so let cal sun, or the frosts of a Polar sky. We might expect any heart desire to serve Jesus Christ.Old Puritan to hear from those whom we wished to convert, such Writer. hnguage

as this: “ Wbo made thee a judge and a divider among us?” “ Physician, cure thyself.” Christian, the Sun of Righteousness,—the refreshing showers of

Prayer.-Prayer draws down the warming beams of " show me thy faith by thy works,” " and then we may the Spirit of Grace, beneath whose genial influence all hearken more patiently to thy arguments.”_WIGHT

the spiritual graces, which God's own hand has planted,

expand in their fullest bloom, and diffuse all around the The blessedness of the Saints above.--How pleasant sweetest fragrance. Prayer, with outstretched arms, will the contemplation be of the divine wisdom! when fetches from the inexhaustible reservoir above, those in that glass, that mirror of eternity, we shall have the rich supplies of the oil of divine grace ; fed by which, lively view of all that truth, the knowledge whereof the Christian lamp of faith will burn with a steady and can be any way possible and grateful to our natures ! increasing brightness, till, having guided the believer And in His light, see light! When all those vast trea- through the journey of life,-cheered, by its gladdening sures of knowledge, (Col. ii. 3,) which, already, by their ray, the gloom of the chamber of death; and even alliance to Christ, saints are interested in, shall be open- | darted a bright gleam of heavenly light deep down ed to us; when the tree of knowledge shall be without into that dark valley, through which he must pass to enclosure; wlien the pleasure of speculation shall be the city of his God, it will there be absorbed in the without the toil, and that maxim be eternally antiquated, blaze of light that burns around the throne ; for in " that increased knowledge increases sorrow;" when the that city there is no candle nor lamp required, yes, fecords of eternity shall be exposed to view, and all the “ there is no need of the sun or moon to enlighten it, counsels and results of that profaned wisdom looked for the Lamb is the light thereof, and our God its into, how will it transport! How grateful to behold | glory!"-WHITE.

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to disobey their orders. The officer, to convict him of guilt, opened the package; when, to his surprise and

confusion, it was found to contain nothing but New THE FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST.

Testaments! Francke was, of course, honourably disThe Son of God is gone to war,

missed. The effect of this affair was to make it known A kingly crown to gain ;

through the city that he had the Scriptures to dispose His blood-red banner streams afar ;

of, and to increase the demand for them a hundred-fold! Who follows in his train?

A Nail in a sure Place. I think, says Mr Arundell, Who best can drink his cup of woe,

the British chaplain at Smyrna, there is another part Triumphant over pain ; Who boldest bears his cross below,

of this chapter (Isaiah xxii, 16.) the three last verses,

that may be illustrated by a reference to ancient tombs. He follows in his train.

“ I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and they The martyr first whose eagle-eye

shall hang upon him all vessels of small quantity, from Could pierce beyond the grave;

the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons, Who saw his Master in the sky,

In that day, saith the Lord of Hosts, shall the nail that And called on Him to save.

is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut Like Him, with pardon on his tongue,

down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall In midst of mortal pain,

be cut off: for the Lord hath spoken it.” If the sure He pray'd for them that did the wrong :

place can be supposed to mean the sepulchre, or the Who follows in his train ?

treasury,—and frequently, as in the sepulchres of the A glorious band, the chosen few,

kings of Jerusalem, and the tombs of the kings of PerOn whom the Spirit came,

gamus, the sepulchres were converted into treasure Twelve valiant Saints, the truth they krew,

houses, then the tombs in the island of Milo will be a And braved the cross and shame :

happy illustration, within which I have myself seen They met the tyrant's brandish'd steel,

nails fixed all round above the places where the bodies The lion's gory mane ;

were deposited, and upon these nails were fixed "vessels They bow'd their necks the death to fejl: of small quantity," vases of all forms and sizes. Who follows in their train ?

The Earl of Rochester. It is well known that this A noble army, men and boys,

extraordinary man was, for many years of his life, an The matron and the maid,

avowed infidel, and that a large portion of his time was Around their Saviour's throne rejoice,

spent in ridiculing the Bible. One of his biographers In robes of ght array'd.

has described him as “a great wit, a great sinner, and a They climb'd the dizzy steep of heaven,

great penitent.” Even this man was converted by the Through peril, toil, and pain :

agency of the Holy Spirit in the use of his Word. Oh! God, to us may grace be given,

Reading the fifty-third of Isaiah, he saw the truth and To follow in their train,

inspiration of the Scriptures, the Deity of the Messiah, HeerR.

and the value of his atonement as a rock on which sin

ners may build their hopes of salvation. On that WORLD IN THE HEART.

atonement he rested, and died in the humble expectaTHE question is not, if our earthly race

tion of pardoning mercy and heavenly happiness. Was once enlightened by a flash of grace ;

A Word in Season.—The late Rev. Mr Reader, of If we sustained a place on Zion's Hill,

Taunton, having called one day, in the course of his And call'd him Lord,--but if we did his will, pastoral visits, at the house of a friend, affectionately What if the stranger, sick and captive lie,

noticed a little girl in the room, about six years of age. Naked and hungry, and we pass them by !

Among other things, he asked her if she knew that she Or do but some extorted pittance throw,

had a bad heart, and opening the Bible, pointed her to To save our credit, not to ease their woe : the passage where the Lord promises to give a new heart.

He instructed her to plead this promise in prayer, and Or strangers to the charity whence springs The liberal heart, devising liberal things;

she would find the Almighty faithful to his promise. We, cumber'd ever with our own pursuits,

About seventeen years after, a lady came to him, to proTo others leave the labour and its fruits;

pose herself for communion with the church of which Pleading excuses for the crumb we save,

he was pastor, and how inexpressible was his delight, For want of faith to cast it on the wave.

when he found that she was the very person with whom, Shall we go forth with joy to meet our Lord,

when a child, he had so freely conversed on subjects of Enter his kingdom, reap the full reward ?

religion, and that the conversation was blessed to her

conversion. -Can such his good, his faithful servants be ?

Taking her Bible, she had retired, as he Bless'd of the Father ?--Read his Word and see.

advised, pleaded the promise, wept, and prayed; and JANE TAYLOR.

the Lord, in answer to her fervent petitions, gave her

what she so earnestly desired,-a new heart. MISCELLANEOUS.

Published by Join JOHNSTONE, at the Offices of the SCOTTIS! Herman Francke. While the celebrated Francke was CHRISTIAN HERALD, 104, High Street, Edinburgh, and 19. Glass

ford Street, Glasgow ;-JAMES Nisker & Co., and R. H. MOORE, minister at Erfurt, he was zealously engaged in the dis

London; D. R. BLEAKLEY, Dublin; and W. M'Coms, Belfast; semination of scriptural truth. As he was very frequent- and sold by the Booksellers and Local Agents in all the Towns and

Parishes of Scotland; and in the principal Towns in England and ly receiving copies of the Scriptures from Luneburg, his

Ireland. enemies circulated a report that he was distributing Subscribers in Edinburgh and Leith will have their copies de heretical books among the people. The magistrates livered at their own residences regularly, by leaving their addresses issued an order that no such books should be brought drew Street. Subscribers in Glasgow will, in like manner, have into the city. Francke did not suppose that this edict their copies delivered, by leaving their addresses at the Publishing

Oifice there, 19, Glassford Street. was designed to oppose the circulation of the Scriptures,

Subscription (payable in advance) per quarter, of twelve weeks, and therefore persevered in his holy labour. Direc- Is. 6d. ---per half-year, of twenty-four weeks, 3s.- per year, of fortytions were then given to stop every package directed to eight weeks, 6s.--Monthly Parts, containing four Numbers each,

stitched in a printed wrapper, price Sixpence. him. A parcel soon after arrived, and Francke was

Printed at the Steam-Press of Ballantyne & Co, from the Stereosulle setore the magistrates, and asked how he dared | type Plates of A. Kirkwood,

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To the earth which we inhabit, the sun is appointTHE WORKS OF CREATION.

ed to rule by day, and while the earth's diurnal BY THE Rev. DAVID WILLIAM GORDON,

motion round its own axis produces vicissitude Minister of Earlstoun.

of day and night, so necessary to the preservation Trorgh the principal design of the Word of God both of animal and of vegetable existence, its annual is to instruct us in the knowledge of salvation motion round the sun produces the change of by our Lord Jesus Christ, yet it does not confine seasons, by which we are regularly favoured with our attention to this glorious subject. It declares, the sweetness of spring, the glory of summer, and that all the works of the Most High are great, the riches with which autumn, in its turn, adorns and will be sought out by such as take pleasure and blesses the year. Were the earth brought therein.” And having told us, that “whoso is wise nearer to the sun, every living being would perish will observe these things,” it not only presents to through excess of heat; were it placed at a greater our serious consideration the amazing dispensa- distance, the same consequence would follow tions of providence, but directs us to the study through excess of cold; so that the precise situaof the divine attributes, as these are exhibited in tion in which it is placed may furnish every one external nature. It directs our thoughts to the by whom this is considered, with a proof no less fertile valley, to the lofty mountain, to the far re- of the wisdom than the goodness of the Creator. sounding sea, to the moon as she sheds her silver But it is not the heavenly bodies alone, it is light upon the earth, and to the sun pouring forth also in the air, the waters and the dry land, that from his meridian height, the effulgence of sum- we are called to contemplate the wisdom of God. mer day. It speaks of the God of salvation as Every one knows how essentially necessary is the counting the number of the stars, and calling them element of air, to the existence of animal life. all by their names. It speaks of his saints as There are many, however, who have thought but considering the heavens, the work of his fingers, little of its properties, and it might therefore he the moon and the stars which he hath ordained. edifying for such persons to consider, in the words And it says to us all, “ lift up your eyes on high, of a late philosopher, that “the air is so conand behold who hath created these things, that structed as to support clouds for rain ; to afford bringeth forth their host by number, by the great- winds, for health and traffic; to be proper for the ness of his might, for that he is strong in power,” breath of animals by its spring, and for causing not one faileth. On listing up our eyes to the sound by its motion, and transmitting light by its heavens, we behold an order, a harmony, an adap- transparency.” Philosophers are unable to extation of means to ends, all demonstrating the plain the cause of its motion, but to this, whatever most perfect wisdom. We see in the magnificence be the more immediate cause, are to be ascribed, of a cloudless night, the planets preserved in their the refreshment afforded to lands which would circles, and impelled in their course, performing otherwise be scorched with heat, the prevention at certain distances, and in certain periods, their or removal of pestilence in various parts of the appointed revolutions, without collision, without world, together with the preparation made for confusion, without one moment's suspension of sowing the seed in spring, and drying the corn their movements, and without the slightest de- in harvest. Some, on turning their eyes to the viation from their respective paths. And then, ocean, may be surprised at so great a part of the when the sun cometh forth from his chamber, globe being occupied by what seems only a wide rejoicing like a strong man to run his race," then waste of water. But how different would be their is made manifest the wisdom of God, in establish- thoughts of the spacious sea, did they reflect on ing this immense magazine of fire as the centre of the discoveries which men of science have made, attraction to the planets which move regularly round since they would find, that were the proportion of it, the source of light and of heat to them all, water less than it is, the earth would be a parched and undiminished in respect either of its influence I up desert, unfit for the habitation of man. To

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