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bare our sis, He bore the Lord's righteous wrath : | sense of the being of God, and of the reverence wirich sitness the cry on the cross, My God, my God, why is due to him; of the eharacter of a Saviour, and his bast thou forsaken me ?” But he was not given over. infinite merits ; of the duty of prayer, and the manner ** Thou wilt not leave my soul in Hades, neither wilt in which it ought to be offered up at the throne of thou sutīer thy Holy One to see corruption.” (Psalm grace. Her way of enforcing these subjects was like mi. 10.) I shall not die, but live“ I am he that one who felt their importance, and wished her child to direth and was dead, and behold I am alive for ever- do so likewise. First instructed by her to read, I have fwere." (Rev. i. 18.)

not forgotten, in my Bible lessons, with what simplicity Part II. Messiah ascends up on high, claims and and propriety she used to explain and comment on the receives admission into the true sanctuary, into Heaven word of God, its precepts and examples. These inabore, and is welcomed, his work being finished, as the fantine catechetical exercises still vibrate in my recolRighteous One, (ver. 20.) His righteousness entitling lections, and confirm to my own mind the great advanhimself and his people to enter into the Holiest of all. tage attendant upon the earliest possible endeavours to And appearing there as the Captain of our salvation, his win the attention, and store the memory with religious in care still is to glorify the Father (ver. 21) acknowledge. Her natural abilities, which were of a sua cording to his own prayer and his practice while yet on perior character, enabled her to converse with a very earth, " Father, glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may

little child with much effect; and there was a tenderglorify thee _I have glorified thee on the earth, I have ness of affection, united to a firmness of manner, fizished the work which thou gavest me to do.” (John, which greatly promoted the best interests of a nursery Ivii

. 1-4.) And all his exaltation, as well as all his education. kumiliation, is primarily intended to be “to the glory My mother had six children, three of whom died in of God the Father.” (Phil. ii. 11.) The angels and infancy. A very affecting circumstance accompanied attendant spirits, “who desire to look into these things,” the death of one of them, and was a severe trial to her and “ to whom, through the Church, is made known maternal feelings. Her then youngest child, a sweet the manifold wisdom of God” (Eph. iii. 10), admir- little boy, just two years old, was, through the carelessing the finished work of redemption (ver. 22–24), join ness of his nurse, precipitated from a bed-room window with the redeemed in giving God the praise. Then upon the pavement beneath. I was at that time six Te bave (ver. 25) Messiah as intercessor, pleading for years of age, and happened to be walking on the very his people ; and (ver. 26) the blessing merited by him spot, when the distressing event occurred; I was, there tápensed to them by his ministers, whether the angelie fore, the first to take up, and deliver into our agonized bosts above, or his ordained servants below. And now mother's arms, the poor little sufferer. The head was Messiah's people (ver. 27) " having boldness to enter fractured, and he only survived the fall about thirty into the Holiest by his blood ......... draw near with a hours. I preserve still a very distinct and lively retrze heart in full assurance of faith” (Heb. x. 19–22:) membrance of the struggle between the natural feelings “ rizn with him,” and admitted with him immediately of the mother, and the spiritual resignation of the to the Divine presence and favour—they offer “ the Christian. She passed the sad interval of suspense in scrifice of praise to God, i.e. the fruit of their lips, almost continual prayer, and found God a present help Cring thanks to his name : to do good and to commu- in time of trouble. Frequently, during that day, did tate not forgetting, since with such sacrifices God is she retire with me; and, as I knelt beside her, she utwell pleased.” Laying hold of the sacrifice of propi-tered the feelings and desires of her heart to God. I isim provided, as their own, they, as reconciled, “ per- remember her saying, “ If I cease praying for five miseaded by the mercies of God, present their bodies a living nutes, I am ready to sink under this unlooked-for dissacrifice of thanksgiving) holy and acceptable unto God.” | tress; but when I pray, God comforts and upholds me: Rom. xii

. 1.) Finally, (ver. 28,) Messiah “ seeing of his will, not mine, be done.' Once she said, 'Help me the travail of his soul, and being satisfied,” (Isa. liii. 11,) to pray, my child : Christ suffers little children to come rests in the fulfilment of the eternal covenant, having to him, and forbids them not,—say something.' . What done the will of the Father,” (Ps. xl. 8,) and obtained shall I say, mamma ?—shall I fetch a book ? · Not Lite for the people given to him. (John, xvii. 2.) And now,' she replied ; speak from your heart ; and ask 3 at the opening, so now at the close (ver. 29) of this God that we may be reconciled to his will, and bear Peterd of salvation—the call to praise being justified this trial with patience.' by the magnificent detail, and all yoices and all hearts The day after the infant's death, she took me to sures carried along in one tide of sympathetic song,

the bed on which my little brother lay; and kneeling the pled and grateful strain again rings through all the down, she wept for a few minutes in silence; and then anirese

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pleasure, it had not been thus. Thy will be done! I LEGH RICHMOND'S MOTHER;

needed this heavy trial, to shew me more of myself, and OR,

to wean me from the world. Forgive my sins, O God! THE INFLUENCE OF A PIOUS PARENT. and let me not murmur.' Then looking at the cherub Ir the interesting Memoirs of the Rev. Legh Richmond, countenance of her babe, she added_ Thou art not Te following passage occuts , strikingly descriptive of lost, but gone before !

She then put his hand into s beneficial effect produced upon his mind by the in- mine, and said—“ If you live, my child, never forget structions and admonitions of a beloved parent." I well this ; and may I one day meet you both in heaven !' rasmember, in the early dawn of my expanding reason,

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quently told me, that it was not only the greatest shock | word is expressive of fixed, earnest, and scrutinizing which her feelings were ever called upon to sustain ; inspection. The same term is elsewhere used to debut that she was persuaded it was over-ruled by God scribe the exercise of the angels in hegven, when it for the most salutary purpose, as it concerned the spi- is said, in reference to the redemption of Christ, ritual discipline of her own heart. To the end of her " which things the angels desire to look into.It life, she wore a little locket attached to her watch ; it denotes the posture of bending forward the body in contained a lock of her poor little Henry's hair ; and the spirit of eager curiosity, and in the act of minute she often looked at it, and spoke of it, as a remembrance investigation. Such is the disposition of the Chrisof God's goodness to her at a most trying season." tian enquirer, looking into the perfect law of li

berty. He does not take matter on trust, or at DISCOURSE

second-hand. It is not enough that he has been

instructed in the truths of the Gospel in his youth By The Rev. JAMES Barr, D. D.,

by parents or others : He must look into it with Minister of Port-Glasgow.

his own eyes, and form a judgment of it from per“ But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, sonal observation. Nor is he satisfied with a su

and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful perficial inspection, or general survey: He must hearer but a doer of the work, this man shall be look into it particularly-embracing in his enquiry blessed in his deed."_James i. 25.

every doctrine it reveals, every precept it recomThe real Christian is distinguished from the merely mends, and every ordinance it appoints; considernominal Christian, by nothing so much as by his ing the nature and importance of each separately, perseverance in well-doing. In almost everything estimating the evidence and excellence of the whole else, religion may be counterfeited, and that, too, collectively. He gives it not a mere passing with a resemblance so exact, as to deceive not glance, but considers it with a steady, deliberate only observers, but the individuals themselves, who attention ; reflecting on it calmly, dispassionately, are the subjects of the delusion. A consistent with personal application, and fervent prayer. I perseverance, however, in the path of duty, is the need hardly remark, that by this exercise of lookcharacter of the true Christian only. Others may ing into “ the perfect law of liberty,” is meant a endure for a while, he continues faithful to the a course of diligent, patient, humble, and prayerful death. Others, sooner or later, draw back unto searching of the Scriptures, in which this perfect perdition, he believes to the saving of the soul. law” is presented to our view, and where everything He makes a profession of the Gospel

, not like may be learned that is necessary to be known conothers, from considerations of worldly interest or cerning it. The Bible is justly, though familiarly, reputation, but under a deep conviction of its compared to a looking-glass; it exhibits to a man truth, and from the experience of its peaceful and the reflection of his own image. In a glass he sanctifying influence. "Religion is with him not beholds his natural face: but in the mirror of Remerely a matter of necessity, but of choice: not velation, he contemplates an exposure of the inner only is his conscience affected ; his heart also is man: he can discover the state of the heart; and engaged. The service which it demands is at once see what is his character in the estimation of that his duty and his happiness. You have a correct God on whom he depends, and to whom he is acand discriminating account of him in the compre-countable. But the glass of this “ perfect law” hensive and pointed language of our text: “ But sets before him other objects of the deepest intewhoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and rest. It discloses to him the glory of God in the continueth therein; he being not a forgetful hearer, face of Jesus Christ : it unfolds the plan of rebut a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed deeming mercy ; opens up of reconciliain his deed.”

tion, through the blood of the cross, by the operaWithout, however, adverting further to the ob- tion of the Holy Spirit; makes manifest the ject of the believer's contemplation, as stated in privileges of the people of God, both in a state of this passage, than simply to remind you that it is grace, and in the kingdom of glory. These, and the Gospel which is here styled, with the utmost numberless other topics of supreme importance propriety, “ the perfect law of liberty,” we would connected with them, or included under them, inproceed to the consideration of the main subject of vite the inquiries of the student of Scripture, and the text, which you perceive is intended to point engage his attention from day to day. He looks out the manner in which the believer views the into them not merely with the bodily eye, but with Gospel.

the eye of faith, realizing their truth, persuaded of “Whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty.” their necessity, continually discovering more and A law must in the first instance be known and under- more of their grandeur and efficacy, contemplatin; stood. There are two ways in which we may arrive them with unfeigned growing delight; and by each at a correct acquaintance with the perfect law of li- new discovery animated to pursue his researches, berty, It is by means either of the eye or the ear ; until, in the light of eternity dissipating every by examining it for ourselves, or by receiving an shade of ignorance and error, he shall in God's account of it from the testimony of others. Both light see light, and know even as he is known. of these are alluded to in our text. The man whom But our acquaintance with this subject may be the apostle pronounces “ blessed” is he who

promoted by other means. “ Faith cometh by hear“ Looketh into the perfect law of liberty.” He ing.” The man whom the apostle has pronounced does not merely look at it; he looks into it. The blessed,” employs not only the eye, but also the

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ear. He not only “ looketh into the perfect law | that is, their own personal interest in what they of liberty," but is

hear. They forget that their design in hearing “ A hearer” of it, and attends to the preaching should be the same with God's design in speakof the word, as well as the reading of it. Some ing, and that is, that the heart may be made betattempt to excuse their absence from the House ter. What they hear, however, makes no lasting of God, by pleading that they read their Bibles at or practical impression. Having once heard it, home. Admitting the truth of the plea, still we they have done with it for ever. The sense passes say that they are without excuse. Reading can- away from the mind almost as quickly as the not serve as a substitute for hearing. Both are sound ceases to vibrate on the ear. They resemenjoined by the same authority, nor can the Di- ble him who “ beholds his natural face in a glass, vine blessing be expected on either, unless that who goeth away, and straightway forgetteth what authority be respected and obeyed in the obser- manner of man he was.” But the man whom the rance of both. But there is reason to suspect, apostle declares to be blessed, is “not a forgetful that those who seldom hear the word in public, do hearer.” He listens with deep attention, having not often read it in private. Were they to read both the understanding, the conscience, and the it in a proper temper, and with real profit, the ef- heart in exercise. He mingles faith with what fect would appear in a disposition to hear it. Our he hears, and endeavours to make it his own, by Shorter Catechism has laid down the doctrine of retaining the substance of it in his memory-by Scripture on this subject, where it teaches, that reviving it in his private meditations—by comthe Spirit of God maketh the reading, but espe- paring it with the standard of God's word ; above cially the preaching of the word, an effectual means all

, by faithfully taking it home in the way of selfof convincing and converting sinners, and of build- application “ for doctrine, reproof, correction and ing them up in holiness and comfort through faith instruction in righteousness.” He hears with a unto salvation.” What then are we to understand view to the purposes of edification and practice ; by a hearer of the gospel ? Of those who statedly carefully extracting from what he hears, motives attend on the preaching of it, do all possess, in to excite, principles to influence, rules to direct, the sense intended by the apostle in our text, the cautions to guard, and consolations to support character of hearers ? Let me refer you to the him. Above all, he endeavours to follow the parable of the sower for an answer to this ques- design, and to secure the profit of hearing, by a tion. Various characters are there described, who course of devoted obedience. It is not enough are said to have heard the word, but all of them, that he cultivates a knowledge of “ the perfect law with the exception of one class, were hearers only of liberty" by looking into it and by hearing it. deceiving their ownselves. For this reason, our There is no necessary connection between a knowLord found it necessary to give the caution, “ take ledge of the truth and the experience of it's sancheed how ye hear,” as well as the caution, “ take tifying influence. We can suppose the whole heed what ye hear.” We cannot venture to say contents of the Sacred Volume to be treasured up which of these admonitions is the more important in the understanding and memory, without a sinof the two; but we can feel no difficulty in decid- gle sentence of it being written on the heart. ing, and no hesitation in declaring, which of them What the better are we for knowing the doctrines receives the greater degree of attention from the of the Gospel, if our knowledge discovers itself generality of professing Christians. Their atten- only in the fluency with which we talk about tion is so much engrossed with what is said to them, and in the ability with which we contend them, that they seldom think of how it is received for them ? The truth must be known, but so as ly them. With some, the hearing of the Gospel to be felt and acted on ; it must be received not degenerates into a mere exercise of taste ; they with a merely intellectual and speculative faith, are pleased with a discourse according as it is well but in the exercise of a faith which unreservedly put together and agreeably delivered. A large submits to be guided by its light, and governed by proportion hear rather in the capacity of judges its power. The views of doctrine which we emthan in the character of learners ; they are satis- brace, having found their way to the heart and fed or offended with what they hear, just in pro- conscience, must exhibit the character, and exert portion as it accords more or less witń their pre- the influence of practical principles : For true conceived opinions on the point that happens to religion is altogether a practical thing. In this be discussed; or are ready to catch or cavil at view, the apostle here contemplates it. The man every expression that does not coincide with their whom he pronounces “ blessed,” is, in opposition toode of speaking, though it may be susceptible of to the “ forgetful hearer," a meaning quite consistent with soundness in the 66 A doer of the work." It is observable that faith

, or zeal for the holiness, of the Gospel. I he says nothing of believing, and speaks only of night enumerate other classes of hearers in great doing. Nor was it necessary that he should. Tariety, all of them equally in error with those now True religion necessarily includes principle, and alluded to ; but time does not permit, nor does the begins with it. The obedience which the Gospel subject call for it. Our text contains a descrip- demands is supposed to spring from faith as its tion that includes them all. They are all “ forget- principle. The “ doer of the work” must, in the ful” hearers. They all forget the very thing which first instance, be a believer of the word. The they should be most concerned to remember ; and fountain must be cleansed that her streams may

be pure.

The tree must be made good that the / go on from strength to strength ; they cannot fall fruit may be good. But as principle must pre- away, because they are divinely upheld

. Some cede, so it will produce practice. The believer, are called disciples, of whom it is said that they in obedience to the impulses of his renewed na- went back and walked no more with Jesus. But ture, will also become a doer. Infidels talk much they were disciples only in name, not in reality. about virtue, and make lofty pretensions to it; “ They who go out from us make it manifest that but to praise it is one thing, and another thing to they were not of us, else they would have conpractice it. You must look to the disciple of the tinued with us.” Of them that are in Christ he Cross if you would see the reality of it embodied will lose none, neither can any pluck them out of and maintained. Others may put on a fair ap- his hand. They continue in his love, and persepearance, but he keeps the heart with all diligence. vere in his service. Of the man whom our text Others

may be doers of some things—the slave of commends, it is said, not only that he looketh, intemperance may be a very humane man—the and doeth, and heareth, but that he “ continueth votary of Mammon may boast of his sobriety, therein." He continues to look,—is not satisfied persons who follow their inclinations in breaking with gazing for a while, and then desisting from habitually the second table of the law, may find it his enquiries ; but resumes them daily with intheir interest to pay some outward regard to the creasing ardour and delight ; exploring more fully requirements of the first ; forgetting that he who the height, and depth, and breadth, and length of professes to love God, but “ hateth his brother, the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge. He is a liar, and the truth is not in him." “ Ile that continues to be a hearer, esteeming it his high offendeth in one point is guilty of all.” But that privilege to have the Gospel preached to him; and man who from right principles yields obedience to feeling the heavy responsibility which this priviany one precept of the law, will, under the impulse lege has imposed upon him, he carefully embraces of the same principles, yield obedience to every and improves the opportunities of public instrucother precept ; will resist sin in all its forms, and tion that are afforded him, statedly repairing to the pay a regard to duty in all its branches. He loves courts of God's House, and watching at the posts the things that are excellent, and, therefore, pur- of his doors ; listening with teachableness and resues the things that are lovely and of good re- spect, even to the weakest of Christ's ambassadors; port; he walks in the fear of God, and runs in giving earnest heed to the things which are spoken, the way of his commandments; shines forth in and not driven about by every wind of doctrine. the beauty of holiness, having his path like that And, as the happy effect, he continues a “ doer of “ the morning light, which shineth more and of the work,” following the Saviour through good more unto the perfect day.” What he ought to be and bad report—holding fast the beginning of his at any time, he desires and endeavours to be at all confidence—still pressing on towards the marktimes. To complete the description of the man not weary in well-doing—stedfast and unmoveable whom he pronounces “ blessed,” the apostle in--ever abounding in the work of the Lord ; for cludes this thought. It is added, that he

as much as he knows that his labour in the Lord 66 Continueth therein.” Of what use are mo- is not in vain. He knows this from the best aumentary impulses and superficial impressions ? thority. The apostle has said of him, in most There is a goodness which promises fair, but it emphatic language, “ This man soon vanishes, like the morning cloud and the early “Shall be blessed in his deed.” This blessedness, dew. Let none conclude that they are converts though principally future, is partly present. He from the ardour of first impressions. Some begin is even now blessed with an assured confidence, well

, and for a time run their race with apparent built on the rock of ages, against which the gates zeal and devotedness, but by and bye difficulties of hell shall not prevail ; he is blessed with an aparise, and obstacles stand in the way, for which proving conscience, which bears testimony to the they were not prepared, and which discover to sincerity of his profession, or the genuineness of others what had never once been suspected by his character, and holding out to him the prospect themselves, that their hearts are not right with of a gracious reception, and a triumphant acquittal, God, and that the root of the matter is not in at the tribunal of his Judge. He is blessed with them. “ But if any man draw back," saith God, a good hope, which rests on the surest foundation, my

soul shall have no pleasure in him.” The is warranted by the clearest evidence, and is anicharge of the Saviour to each of his disciples is, “Be mated by the most glorious prospects. He is thou faithful to the death and I will give thee a blessed with a contented mind, satisfied with the crown of life.” But occasional intervals of serious- dealings of his Heavenly Father, thankful for his ness will not make up the life of faith, or illustrate mercies, patient under his chastisements; but the the power of godliness. The seed sown by the cup of the Christian's experience has in it a mixwayside may spring up, but it cannot strike its ture of bitter ingredients. The consummation o roots deep into the earth, and therefore speedily blessedness is reserved for the just made perfect withers away. But the Spirit of God having once who shall suffer neither the misery of desire un taken possession of the heart, can never be ex- gratified, nor the sickness of hope deferred; who pelled, and will never resign his charge. He who shall drink deep in the river of pleasures, and be has begun the good work will perform it unto the replenished with that fulness of joy which is a day of Christ. The children of God, therefore, God's right hand for erermore. Yet this blessed

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Dess, perfected in heaven, is begun on earth. The was the fall of it." May God, by his Spirit, keep berierer has already the blessing that maketh rich. you from falling, and preserve you through faith Our Lord enumerates no fewer than nine bless- unto salvation, and present you before the preings, commonly called Beatitudes, in the outset of sence of his glory with exceeding joy.—AMEN his sermon on the Mount, the whole of which are

LOCUSTS. ucited in the experience of the man whom the apostle has characterized in our text. But this

By The Rev. ROBERT JAMIESON, blessedness should be viewed in its connections

Minister of Westruther. with character. The apostle associates it with The little insect, so well known by this name to the the doing of the work. He shall be blessed, yet reader of the Scriptures, from the frequent allusions not for doing, but in doing it. The blessing is made to it by the Prophets, and from its baving been not the recompense, though it is the accompani- sometimes employed as one of the most formidable ment of the deed. Every man shall receive ac

agents in executing the judgments of an angry Provicording to the deeds done in his body, and yet the dance, is a native of Arabia. Its most prominent fea

tures are, its yellow colour—the peculiar structure of reward is of grace, not of debt ; he has his reward its head, which, on account of its resemblance to that of in his work. In the keeping of God's command- a horse, has suggested the language of Joel, who says, ments there is a great reward. Every true disciple

that they have the appearance of horses”—a wide and says with the Master, “ My meat is to do the open mouth, and in the two jaws, four large teeth, so will of Him that sent me ;" and with the apostle of scissors, and so remarkably sharp and powerful, that

formed, as to cross each other, like the limbs of a pair declares, “ Not by works of righteousness that we in the bold language of the prophet just alluded tu, hare done, but according to his mercy he saved they are called “the teeth of a great lion." In size, us ;" and in the same spirit, the redeemed in glory the locust is from five to six inches long, and about an cast their crowns at the foot of the throne, and inch thick, although, from there being several varieties consider it their noblest privilege, and find it in the species, there are some mentioned by travellers their sweetest enjoyment, and make it their con

of a much larger description. The manner of their prostant exercise to trace the source, and celebrate scribed by a celebrated natural historian : “ The fe

duction, which is singular and interesting, is thus dethe mercy of their deliverer, while they say, male, having chosen a piece of light earth, well protected * Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive by a bush or thick hedge, makes a hole for herself, so power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and deep, that her head just appears above it, and there bonour, and glory, and blessing.” It only remains deposits an oblong substance, exactly the shape of her that I exhort you to

own body, which contains a considerable nuniber of

eggs, arranged in neat order, in rows, against each Make this blessedness your own. For this pur- other, which remains buried in the ground most carepose, look to the perfect law of liberty; or rather, fully, and artificially protected from the cold of winter.” through this law, look to Christ himself, the law- As the season advances, and the heats become stronger, giver and the dispenser of liberty. If the Son the eggs are gradually hatched by the influence of the makes you free, ye shall be free indeed. Take his sun, till at last the young insects, bursting the shell, Toke upon you, which is easy, and his burden, bands, and commence their flight in search of food a

and emerging from their sheltered holes, form into which is light. Having received him as your circumstance in their natural history noticed by Nahum, righteousness and strength, commit your souls to who says, (iii. 17,) “ The locusts camp in the hedges God in the faith of his atoning blood; and thus de- in the cold day,” or season ; "and when the sun arisetb, livered from the fear and the power of your ene- they fee away." Few of the insect tribe equal the lomies, you may serve God acceptably in holiness cust in fecundity ; and the numbers of them, which and righteousness all the days of your life.

appear fying together, are so immense, as almost to

the bounds of credibility ; for according to one Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has traveller, who saw a swarm of them in Abyssinia, it made us free. Beware of abusing this liberty as was so great, that their approach was indicated a whole a cloak of licentiousness. Being no longer under day before their appearance, by the tinge given to the the law, but under grace, reckon yourselves to be ground from the reflection of their yellow wings; and, dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God. Let according to another, they looked in the distance like a not sin any longer reign in your mortal bodies ; extending in columns of two or three miles in length,

succession of dense, sombre clouds, darkening the airmortify your members which are upon the earth ; and half of that in breadth ; and as they approached the pe are not now your own, but bought with a place where the observer stood—the immense extent of price. No man is his own master ; yet every this winged army cast an awful gloom, like that of an iran has a master. One is your master, even eclipse—that portion of it, which was directly over the Christ. You have said to him, “ Lord, Lord,” by head of the traveller, was more than an hour in passing a religious profession : Let it now appear that you gulated by the means of obtaining food; and the count

him. Their flight from one place to another is always rehave been sincere in this profession, by your ad- less numbers that swarm together, make them a terrible herence to his service, and your readiness to for- scourge to any country that is subject to their visitations. sake all, and follow him. Remember our Lord's Justly alarmed at the approach of such unsparing dedescription of the man who heareth his sayings and predators, the people of the East have recourse to doeth them not; and beware, lest in you be veri- various expedients for frightening or driving them fied the folly and wretchedness of the man “ who away-sometimes by the noise of drums and pipes, or

by loud shouts which both Niebuhr and Morier saw built

his house on the sand ; and the rain de adopted by the peasantry in Arabia and Persia, and scended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, which Job alludes to, (xxxix. 20,) as a common pracand beat upon that house, and it fell, and great | tice in his day—and sometimes by kindling fires, at

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