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, “ that ye are not your own, for ye are sentiments ought to be present in every human bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your breast, whatever be the aspect under which we body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” Hence, contemplate ourselves. Every thing we owe to to lead boly and virtuous lives, and in all things to God; and without his blessing and presence with conform to God's will, who has “called us out of us in all our undertakings, in nothing can we darkness into his marvellous light,” is a duty more prosper, or bring to a successful issue any of the incumbent upon those who acknowledge this his works of our hands. How much more ought feelunmerited loving-kindness, than upon the rest of ings of abasement and self-distrust to fill our minds, mankind. The favour is greater which prompts when we consider ourselves as sinners, and reflect to the duty, while the condition in which we are upon the amazing exhibition of divine love, in the placed renders the performance of it both practic work of our redemption ? Here, above all, ought able and easy. Heathens can only conduct them- we to regard ourselves as wholly and entirely in selves by the direction of a blind and perverted the hands of God, and receive with humble, though reason ; but Christians are in possession of the assured faith, the perfect work of righteousness unerring instructions of the Father of Lights. which he has planned and executed, and is alone From them no part of his will lies concealed, they able to complete for us in Christ Jesus. We know it in the full extent of its demand—they know then truly exalt his goodness, when, viewing ourit in the full extent of its sanction—they know it selves as utterly lost and deserving of being so, we in the full extent of its spirituality—and, “ con- acknowledge his wisdom in receiving his own Son strained by the love of Christ,” and knowing what as our substitute,—the efficacy of his grace, and is “ the hope of their calling,” they aspire after the the all-sufficiency of his power in raising us, loftiest heights of holiness, by endeavouring to have through the agency of his Spirit, to newness of Christ “ formed in their hearts the hope of glory,” life,—his righteousness in admitting none to his " that they may be pure even as he is pure," and favour but the pure in heart, who are enabled by striving to shew forth the praises of God, to serve him with a willing mind,—his infinite in studying “ to be perfect even as their Father in mercy and love in fully qualifying and making heaven is perfect.” The view, in short, which is us meet for the heavenly inheritance, and in all bere exhibited of the divine nature and conduct, this we do honour to the riches of his grace by the account which is given of the present state accepting of his unspeakable gift, and rejoicing in and condition of man, and the prospects which are him as our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctiopened into a future and eternal world, are cal- fication, and complete redemption. culated, more than all other considerations and rea
Praying, therefore, that the name of God may sonings put together, to interest the active powers be hallowed, let us study to live in obedience to of the soul on the side of duty, and to engage all his holy will, and to sanctify him, not only in our the finer feelings of the heart in its behalf.'
God, hearts and by our mouths, but also by the whole in Christ, reconciling the world to himself; Christ, tenor of our deportment. Men, unquestionably, the just suffering for the sins of the unjust, that do then only glorify their Maker, when they make he might bring them unto God; and the Holy his moral perfections the model of their conduct, Ghost descending from above to instruct, and com- and it is then that the character of the Supreme fort, and strengthen the heirs of salvation ; are Being becomes truly illustrious in the eyes of the truths that afford the most powerful persuasives world, when his servants discover that their belief to godliness and virtue which can possibly be ad- in his attributes has an influence on their actions dressed to the mind of man. He who can shut and behaviour. Hence it is enjoined upon them, his eyes from beholding their force, and steel his that they are to let their light so shine before men, heart against being moved by their influence, must that others seeing their good works may likewise not only be destitute of all sense of duty, and all be led to glorify their Father in heaven. But feeling of gratitude, but utterly regardless about while God is the greatest, the holiest, the most his own happiness, and the perfection of his nature. august being in the universe, it becomes us also They urge to eminent and universal holiness, by to rejoice in him as the most gracious, most comevery argument that can convince ; by every con- passionate, and merciful, out of whose fulness we sideration that can attach ; by every representation receive all our supplies,—grace to sanctify, mercy that can allure ; by the mercy of God; by the love to pardon, wisdom to direct, strength to nourish of Christ; by the example of his life ; by the pro- and support us; and never should we take his name pitiatory efficacy of his death ; by the consolations into our lips, or breathe a prayer at his throne, of his spirit ; by the terror of eternal misery, and without feeling that, as rational beings dependent by the offer of everlasting happiness.
upon his bounty, and sinners whom he has ran3. But in order that we may duly and reverent- somed from destruction, and new creatures whom ly hallow the name of our Father in heaven, we he has formed after his own image, our highest must live under a habitual sense of our depend praises are due to him, and that it is not merely
grace, for strength and our duty, but our most distinguished privilege, to ability to serve · him, and cordially acquiesce in aim at a resemblance of His holy and righteous the full extent of a method of salvation which im- attributes, who perfects strength in our weakness, plies absolute helplessness on the part of man, and and aids us by his Spirit, that we may “ become ascribes the glory of our recovery to God. These holy, even as he is holy."
Finally, God's name is hallowed, when we yield appearance, every thing, indeed, in her dwelling, seemwith submission to the dispensations of his provi- ed to partake much of the character of her mind-though dence, receive his mercies with thankfulness, and plain, all was comfortable, and even respectable. The soften our hearts under the chastenings of his hour I spent in her little room, passed quickly over, but afflictive hand. . We have had fathers of our high range.
it was unusually interesting. The conversation took a
She spoke with surpassing clearness, intelflesh,” observes the apostle, “ which corrected us, ligence, and precision, and with a peculiar fervour, of the and we gave them reverence : shall we not much general Church of Christ in the world ; that portion of rather be in subjection to the Father of Spirits, it existing in Scotland, with which she was connectand live ?” Were God a tyrant, and the evils of ed; the leading spirits or pastors of that Church in the life the instruments of his wrath, prudence would West, in her younger yearsRussel, M-Kinlav, Balfour
, teach us to receive them from his hand with silent &c., onward, till her last communion with the Church
in Oldham Street. She did not hesitate to speak of acquiescence. But when we discover evident herself, but it was with characteristic and becoming difmarks of kindness in the severest dispensations of tidence. She could not point to any period in her his providence, it becomes us to submit to the Christian experience, of which she could say, 'I was hardships of our condition, not with acquiescence born on such a day,' but she was brought up from her only, but with gratitude and reverence.
infancy in the light of the Gospel, and her expressions
of thankfulness on this account were abundant,mur and repine at the circumstances of our lot, is,
goodness and mercy,' she said, “ had followed her all in effect, to set ourselves in opposition to God, the days of her life.' She reverted also to her present and to distrust his power, wisdom, and goodness. situation and circumstances, under the certainty of fastPlaced, as we are, under the government of the approaching death; but to her death seemed stript of all greatest and the best of all beings, we should not its terrors—its sting already and for ever taken away. barely be silent in the season of affliction, but It appeared a subject familiar to her thoughts, while the should embrace the calamities that are sent us
deepest awe sat upon the spirit as she spoke of it; and the peace she experienced manifestly arose from a clear
, from on high with cheerfulness. However pain- unhesitating, yet humble and rejoicing conviction of a ful to the feelings of nature our condition may be, personal interest in the glory that is to follow. Thankour spirits should rejoice in the conviction, that fulness seemed the prevailing disposition of her mindwe suffer by the appointment of our Heavenly expressions of it mingled with every mercy—and faith was Father, whose name we should hallow, both when pearing, at times, to lose itself in a flickering enjoyment.
obviously its living principle—her unwavering hope apwe are abased, and when we abound. When the When speaking of the love of God to the world; the fintide of adversity runs highest, conviction of an in- ished work of Christ, as the ground of her confidence; the terest in his favour, through Jesus Christ, should sufficiency of the atonement; the depth of the Redeemprove to us an anchor, both sure and stedfast, and er's sufferings; the preciousness of his name ; her out in the darkest night of our affliction, it becomes unworthiness, side by side with her personal interest in us to take up the confidential hymn of the Pro
the covenant, ‘ ordered in all things and sure,' I shall phet :-“ Although the fig-tree shall not blos- appropriating fervour which seemed to breathe in every
never forget her solemn but elevated appearance, and the som, neither shall fruit be in the vines,—the labour word. When about to take leave of her, for a time, I of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no was startled at being told that she was to be sent to the meat ; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, Infirmary on the following day. Whatever I thougbt and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet we will respecting this movement, when contrasted with her rejoice in the Lord ; we will joy in the God present quiet and retired comfort, I said nothing beyond of our salvation.”—Amen.
expressing my surprise ; but she, as if guessing at what was passing in my mind, laid her hand, very solemnly
, on mine, and said, “ It is the Lord's will
, and what OLD SUSAN.
have you or I to say to it? While I could, I worked, “ To the poor the Gospel is preached,” and it is often and maintained myself, and even saved a little for the remarked, that the finest examples of the power of Re- day of trouble, but it is all gone. God saw good to lay ligion, as a vital principle in the heart, are to be found for the future, I must be dependent on others; • shall
me under his afflicting rod; I felt it was his doing, and, in the huts and cottages of the Christian poor. Of this we receive good at the band of God, and shall we truth, we have been forcibly reminded in perusing the not receive evil also ?' • Why should a living inan simple story of “ Old Susan," which we are about to complain?” There was not the slightest misgiving in present to our readers. It is contained in the interest- her countenance ; she made me feel as if it were a deing Report of an Agent “ appointed to visit, at their cided matter, and that if I interposed, I must be cautious
how I did so. own dwellings, the Scottish Working and Poorer Classes in Liverpool."
“ Immediately after leaving her, I called upon a re
spectable innkeeper in the neighbourhood, who had taken “ In the month of May I was appointed to visit a a great interest in · Old Susan,' as she was usually poor woman, supposed to be dying, residing in the neigh styled, and had arranged for, and procured her admis. bourhood of London-road. I called upon her in the sion to the Infirmary. He stated, among other
, all afternoon of the day on which I received my instruc- shewing the regard he had for her, that the Infirmary was tions. She was ill of dropsy. On my entrance into her proposed, only because she would have the best mediroom she was sitting up in bed, having just taken some cal advice and treatment there ; and added, that he inrefreshment. A living countenance so wasted, I think tended keeping her house for her, in the event of her I never saw; but I was soon made to perceive that the return to better health. I also called upon 8 spirit which animated her calm and vivid eye, was as physician, who had been attracted to Susan by ber ex. unaffected by the state of her body, as if it had no rela- cellent character, and gratuitously attended her throughtion to it. Her mind was of an order and character dif- out the period of her illness, who assured me it was ficult to reconcile with the humble occupation of her conviction that she would be better taken care of there, life—a washer and dresser of clothes; and her personal than she could be any where else. I then saw, as Susa?
saw, that, whatever might be the issue, it was a decided the end of the world, what is duty in such a case_' Inmatter, and, while humbly and cheerfully acquiescing, asmuch as ye did it to one of the least of these my brefelt that we were all as instruments in the hand of thren, ye have done it unto me;' or the commentary Susan's God, unconsciously, perhaps, fulfilling his gra- upon them by the Apostle, “Whoso hath this world's cicus purposes towards one whom he had taught with goods, and sceth his brother have need, and shutteth up simple confidence to sing and say, as she often did, his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want;' whom, love of God in him?' The Church, as a public body, in such measure as it pleased him, he had fed all her having allowed half-a-crown a-week towards her suplife long,' and now, `even to old age would carry her.' port, had done its duty; the propriety of a Church, as
" Next day I called at the Infirmary, and found her such, giving more, seems questionable, but the streams sitting by the fire, her little Bible on her lap, and her of private, neighbourly, and Christian benevolence, spectacles in her hand, meditating, as she acknowledged, ought to be opened and directed towards such peculiar on a favourite passage in her favourite Book of Job, i objects. In every Church, it is to be hoped, there are know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand individuals who would esteem it a privilege, and a very at the latter day upon the earth; and though, after my high pleasure, to smooth the rough lonely pillow, and skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh I shall comfort the self-denied heart of such as Susan ;-one see Goil, whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes who, we are constrained 10 believe, has now joined the shall behold. Here, as in her own room, I was struck throng represented as around the throne of God and of with her remarkable self-possession, and even dignity, the Lamb, clothed in a pearly robe of heavenly white,
when she pleased ; and I could perceive that she had the palm of victory in her hand, and sings, in no feeble ber
need of it among those with whom she must now, of strain, the song she had learnt on earth, and, as she necessity, mingle. She had rested a little through the could,' had sung, unto him that loved us, and washed night; her thoughts, when awake,' were sweet,' and, us from our sins in His own blood, and hath made us being refreshed, she was thankful.
kings and priests unto God and his father, to Him be " It was, I think, when she had been about three glory and honour, dominion and power, world without weeks in the Infirmary, that I one day observed a sudden end.' change for the worse in her appearance. I generally visit- “ Several deaths had taken place in the ward of the ed her twice or three times a-week, and having recently Infirmary in which Susan lay, one on each side of the seen her in what she considered an improving state of bed she occupied; and two of them of the same disease health, I was naturally anxious to ascertain the cause of with which she was afflicted. Not to feel, in such cirthis change. She admitted that her bodily ailment was cumstances, were more than human; but it was not the nothing worse, and that her spiritual comfort was nothing death which shocked her, it was the accompaniments, abated; but I got no further information from her then, the recollection of which afterwards made her shudder. and we parted as usual. On looking around me, how- | She was removed, therefore, as soon after the intimaever, as I left her, I observed that two beds near her, tion she gave as possible, to her old residence, then ocwhich were occupied two days before, were now empty, cupied by another, who became her nurse, and Susan and on inquiring of the nurse as I came out, found that the lodger, where she remained till her death. two individuals, one of whom had the same complaint " To the last she evinced the same unbounded faith as Susan, had died the preceding night in great agony,
in God her Saviour. Her conceptions of the person and she thought this circumstance might perhaps shock and glory of the Redeemer were exceedingly exalted. the old woman's feelings.
This topic was a distinguishing feature in the theology Next day she was considerably relieved, but still in of the divines among whom she was, in her earlier years, bed, and able to give forth of those consolations which nurtured, and tended greatly to give strength and power seemed, amidst all, to abound. A lady of much respec- to her singularly elevated Christian character. Deep tability visited her this day, who had been for some time worshipping awe, assimilating to that of those of whom past in the country, and who, I afterwards found, was, we read, they cast their crowns before the throne,' from a child, attached to Susan; the meeting, the con- seemed to overshadow her mind when she spoke of Imsequent anxious inquiry after her health, and the part manuel. He was to her, not only the chief among ten ing, were alike affectionate, condescending, and beauti- thousand,' but, pre-eminently, 'God over all—the King ful. It suspended, for a few moments, my interview eternal, immortal, invisible—the Mighty God, the Everwith Susan, but we had afterwards our usual conversa- lasting Father-the great I AM. Whatever kindness tion and fellowship; and, as I was about to take my was done to her, she received as from him, but was leave, she held my hand more earnestly than usual, and never wanting in grateful expressions of thanks to all said, 'I hope I shall not die here; I would not like to who were instrumental in administering to her comfort; die in this place. I at once said, this is what I feared, there was a dignity, spirituality, and propriety in this Susan, as it is inseparable from the Infirmary, and had feeling, which no words can express. I known it sooner, you should have been removed, as “ She entertained a great regard and affection towards there are a few Christian friends around you, who, I am her pastor, who so long attended her in her illness. His confident, will esteem it a pleasure to contribute to your temporary absence was a subject of much regret; and, support, if you will but lean on them, and trust to my as her end drew near, and when the thought that she exertions on your behalf. Her trust was elsewhere, I might not again see him on earth became painful, it have no doubt, but she seemed satisfied, and in a moment always merged into the meeting · before the throne.' glanced to every thing connected with her removal, ar- When told of his return, the feeling it gave rise to did ranging the whole with her usual precision, expressing not want for appropriate expression, and although then only the wish to be taken back, if possible, into her own very weak, and suffering beyond what I had yet seen, house. I undertook to fulfil her wishes, and once more she appeared, for a moment, to forget her pain, while departed, her heart, apparently, not a little lightened. her spirit rose in benediction to Him to whom she was
“ Susan's case was, unquestionably, one of a peculiar accustomed to go, sorrowing or rejoicing. character. Most evidently she possessed that claim “ In this weak, but, latterly, not apparently suffering upon Christian sympathy which the Divine Redeemer state, she remained for several days, and, during the last bas, in marvellous condescension, been pleased to place two, took no sustenance, except a little wine; she on a footing with that which we owe to Him. It was scarcely ever after opened her eyes, and all articulations impossible to know Susan intimately, and not be satis- was gone. Arranging, previous to this, respecting her fied that she had the “ Spirit of Christ,' and these words funeral, she cared little about her body, she said, and if of the Saviour may dictate to every follower of Him to the physician, who had so long attended her, expressed
a wish to that effect, it might be opened ; this, bowever, and, like the keepers of a puppet show, to extort money was not done. A parish coffin, she said, would do for from every looker-in. The weak and the ignorant, her, but neither was this permitted. The lady already therefore, stand and gaze, and are deceived ; while the alluded to, as her earliest and constant friend, and the intelligent either pass by in silent contempt, or stop to gentleman living in her neighbourhood, who so respect- inspect its machinery, and trace its movements to their ed her, paid their last tribute to her memory, by order
And thus it is that one part of the Monte ing her a richly furnished coffin, and paying every ex- Videans are bigots, and the other infidels. My limited pense attending the funeral. A favourite desire was means of observation render me, perhaps, incompetent to that she might be buried in Oldham Street Church-yard, form an exact estimate of the relative proportion of and there her dust reposes. So far did the loving- bigotry and infidelity that prevail among them. But I kindness of her God and Saviour follow his aged hand have had no difficulty in adopting the opinion, and I maid ; and thus was she brought, dust to dust, asbes think all I have seen and heard will justify me in sar. to ashes,' there to rest until the morning when what was ing, that rank, superstition, and radical scepticism, are sown in corruption shall rise in incorruption, not having striving together for the mastery. The former has for They have no idea of the necessary and inseparable con- Secret Prayer.- If you live in the neglect of secret nection that subsists between true religion and morality, prayer, you show your good-will to neglect all the worand they seem to think, that if they only go the round of ship of God. He that prays only when he prays with empty ceremonies and external observances, and do all others, would not pray at all
spot or wrinkle, or any such thing.' • Blessed are the her devotees, most of the old men, and all the old wodead that die in the Lord.'”
men, with the children in their train, a few of the young ladies in their company, and occasionally a young man
or two, driven, perhaps, by the lash of a guilty conSTRAY LEAVES FROM A JOURNAL IN SOUTH
science, to join their devotions. The latter has for her AMERICA, IN 1830 AND 1831.
followers almost all the young men and some of the old, BY THE Rev. DAVID WADDELL.
who, however, are not very zealous in her cause, and,
not being molested in their opinions, shew no anxiety No. 1.
to propagate them. These seem to constitute the inaTHE RELIGION OF MONTE VIDEO.
jority, but though they are in general the more intelii
gent, they do not form the more powerful party of the The religion established in the Banda Oriental, of which two. The others make up by their zeal what they want Monte Video is the capital, as well as in all the new in numerical strength, and would undoubtedly be able, states of South America, is of the Romish persuasion. should they ever come into collision on any point, to Here, as in some other of the provinces, an attempt was over-master their opponents. Like all zealots whose made by some of the more liberal and enlightened of the zeal is neither for godliness, nor according to knowledge, patriots, who had long felt the soul-enslaving tendency they are sometimes very violent; and when a priest, of Popery, to establish the Christian as the national re- more faithful than his brethren, happens to caution them ligion, without any reference to a particular sect; and, against any of the worst tendencies of their superstitiofi, by this artifice, to escape at once the thraldom of Popery such as relying too much on the efficacy of confessions, and the domination of priest-craft. It was, accordingly, indulgences, &c., they are all up in arms together, and proposed in the congress, assembled for the purpose of they will not rest till the obnoxious Padre is discharged considering the articles of the constitution, “ that the from bis office.* Seldon, however, have the people oereligion of the state should be the pure religion of Jesus casion to direct their zeal against any of the clergy. The Christ.” The priests who, in this country, are never clergy are but too forward to foment it against the resleeping at their posts, when they conceive the Church fractory members of the community, as well as those of to be in danger, asked the mover of the proposition, their own body. All their endeavours, indeed, seem what he thought was the pure religion of Jesus Christ ; to be directed, not so much to make them Christand, being of course obliged, as a good Catholic, to adians, as good Catholics; not so much to render them mit that it was the Roman Catholic, the priests then the holy children of a holy God, as the blind and obedemanded, why he did not propose at once that the dient sons of a blind and apostate Church. Their reli. Roman Catholic should be the national religion. As gion being the same in all its essential doctrinal points the subject could not be satisfactorily settled at that as it is in every Catholic country in Europe, presents meeting, they agreed to postpone the consideration of it nearly the same outward aspect. It chietly consists in to another occasion ; and, in the meantime, the clergy, external observances, and when the people have once raising a hue and cry through the town, that “the gone the round of these, they think their task is done, Church was in danger," instigated the female part of and all is well. If they attend the confessional-box at the community, who bave bad, from the beginning of the appointed hours, and pay the penalties imposed by the world, the prime agency in the administration of the priest, the penitence of the heart is not supposed to buman affairs, to interpose their authority, and exert be requisite. If they repeat a certain number of Patet their influence, to prevent the disruption of the Romish Nosters and Ave Marias ; if they visit all the Churches religion from the state. And such was their success, a certain number of times in a day; if they present to the that when the proposition was noved, at the next meet- Saints a certain number of candles, and lend their ing of the congress it was rejected by a large majority. trinkets and gew-gaws to deck their images, they seein The Roman Catholic was then established as the reli- to imagine that the whole work of religion is finished, gion of the state, and the priests seem to take special and that, if they continue to go through the same procare, that it shall be not only lord of the ascendant, but fitless routine of “ bodily service," their claim to eterreign without a rival.
nal life is indisputable. They do not appear to know, But the Monte Videan Church, though it bears the and their priests neglect to teach them, that the divine name, and holds the doctrines of Popery, has renounced commandment is exceeding broad, and extends to the its allegiance to the Pope, and all connection with | feelings of the heart, as well as to the actions of the Rome Its head, therefore, bas been cut off, and the life; that religion must be every thing, or it is nothiny; dead body is all that remains. It is, indeed, a dead and that it must pervade the whole heart, the whole temiheadless trunk, all its vitality appears to have ded, and per, and the whole conduct. They seem to regard it as if any of its members shew any of the symptoms of life, a sort of holiday garment, to be worn only on festivais, they are the effect of a kind of galvanic intiuence, not or at oration times, and then laid aside, as mechanics the motions of a living body. It is, in short, a mere auto- lay aside their Sunday clothes till the next feast-day. maton, depending for its power of loco-inotion on a It is not surprising, then, that the religion of the former system of secret machinery, which is conducted by the should be as ineffectual in sanctifying their character, as clergy behind the curtain, whose object is to astonish the Sunday suits of the latter are in sanctifying theirs. the ignorant, to awe the timid, to delude the simple, | . A case of this kind occurred during my residence in Monte Videv
, were it not that the eyes the penances imposed by the Church, the peaceable of others are upon him. He that will not pray where fruits of righteousness are quite unnecessary either to none but God seeth him, manifestly doth not pray at adorn their character, or to secure their salvation. all out of respect to God, or regard to his all-seeing
Such is the opinion I have been led to form of the eye; and, therefore, doth in effect cast off all prayer. general character of the Religionists in Monte Video, And he that casts off prayer, in effect casts off all the and though it may, perhaps, be deemed a very uncharit- worship of God, of which prayer is the principal duty. able
one, it is, I am afraid, but too correct. That there | Now, what a miserable saint is he who is no worshipare some, if not many, among them, who, though walk- per of God! He that casts off the worship of God, in ing in the darkness of an abject superstition, neverthe effect casts off God himself: he refuses to own him, less fear the Lord, and trust in his salvation, I sincerely or to be conversant with him as his God. For the hope and would gladly believe. I earnestly trust that, way in which men own God, and are conversant with amidst this great mass of ignorance, and error and su- him as their God, is by worshipping him.-EDWARDS. perstition, God, who can bring light out of darkness,
Sinfulness and Unprofitableness of Discontent.-Of and order out of confusion, has some chosen vessels, re- how many mercies is discontent the grave! How does served for his own use and for his own glory; But it make the heart, where it is harboured, like the sandy though a little leaven may leaven the whole lump," desert, receiving a rich abundance of blessings from on yet, I am afraid, that leaven is so little, and that lump high, without yielding, in return, one grateful acknowso large, that there is but small probability of any true ledgment, but remaining, after heaven's richest showers Christian amalgamation taking place for many years. of mercy have fallen upon it, as barren and unfruitful But this religion, clouded though it is with the shades
as before !_WHITE. of superstition, is, at least, superior to none at all. Poor
Contrast of Earth with Heaven.—Heaven is the ele. fallen humanity never appears more pitiful and cheerless than it does when it is “without God and without
ment of faith, of pure, sublimely intellectual, and of
ever progressing faith, and of hope, brilliant and infalhope in the world." Such is the sad and forlorn condition of the infidel, and it is to be lamented that the have no end, because based on that immutable faithful
lible hope, which looks forward to enjoyments which number who have forsaken the God of their fathers is
ness of God, which is alike the tried corner-stone of so considerable. Infidelity was introduced into Monte celestial and terrestial felicity: The chief constituent of Video, and the other states of South America, by means
the charity which shall last for ever, as well as all the of the French sceptical books about fifteen years ago;
other graces of the saints is faith ; but faith divests of and since that period, it has made, and is still mak- all that hinders its unfettered exercise in this state of ing, rapid strides. And as the priests, whose business probation and of imperfection, still it can only grasp the it chiefy is, have taken no effectual steps to counteract their pernicious tendency, the bane, but not the great outline of God's moral government, and there it antidote, has been before them; and, while the poison- there it looks abroad into infinity, and contemplates
sometimes contemplates through a clouded medium ; ed chalice has been handed round, many have drunk its objects of exalted delight, which shall suffer no change fatal contents and become its victims. In Buenos Ayres, indeed, a few months ago, the government, at
in the light of the beatific view of God. Here the hope
of believers, though generated by a faith which is often the instigation of the bishop, caused all these noxious books to be collected and committed to the fames, and strongest in those whose profound humility leads them imposed a heavy penalty upon those who sold them.
to expect least, is necessarily imperfect, and is apt to But this measure, instead of being productive of the
wander from its proper aim; there it is secure in all its desired effect, defeated itself, and, by exciting the curio- calculations, and realizes to the full that which it anti
cipates; here it may be impeded by doubts, and depressed sity of sɔme and the cupidity of others, tended to en
by fears; there it is sustained and progressive. Here the crease their sale and circulation by clandestine means.
charity which accompanies faith labours under many The Monte Videan priesthood have very wisely abstain: disadvantages, it may become contracted from the frailty ed from so injudicious a measure, but they have not
of the mind in which it is deposited, or may lose its shewn, nor appear inclined to shew, any disposition to
fervour from the ingratitude of those whom it seeks to adopt another to strike at the root of this growing evil. benefit ; there it will have immensity for its sphere of It is said, indeed, that some of the most influential of operation, the myriads of the blessed for its beneficiaries, the clergy themselves have imbibed the fatal poison, and the infinite love of God at which to kindle that and the rest, who are men of no education, and whose Aame of holy affection, which death or sin shall never influence in the country does not extend beyond a few old women, want the power, if they had the inclination,
extinguish.Sreele. to give it any effectual check. O that God, in his wise Think of Christ.—Let a man profess what he will, if and holy Providence, would raise up among them a
his thoughts are generally conversant about worldly and Wickliffe
, a Luther, or a Knox, to sound the tocsin of sensual things, he has an earthly and worldly mind; as alarm, and announce to the Church her true danger
. he thinks, so he is ; there is the image and likeness of Then, but not till then, will the axe be laid to the root
the soul. If, then, we are affected with the love of of this corrupt tree, and hew it down, that the true vine Christ, it will beget in our souls many thoughts of snay be planted in its room. Then, but not till then, Christ, in our lying down, and in our rising
up, in our seal the wilderness and the solitary place be glad, and beds, in our ways, on our occasions, as well as in ordithe desert rejoice and blossom as the rose ; and instead
love of Christ, our thoughts of Christ will abound, and toe brier shall come up the myrtle-trees
: and it shall be those thoughts will work again on our affections, and shathe Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign, that conform us more and more to the image of Christ.“
Christ is All. Come here and see the victories of CHRISTIAN TREASURY.
Christ's wounds are thy healing, his agoPersevere.—Believers
, go on ; your last step will be nies thy repose, his conquests thy conflicts, his groans for the head of the old serpent, but crush it, and spring thy songs, his pains thine ease, his shame thy glory,
his froin it unto glory.-MASON.
death thy life, his sufferings thy salvation.HENRY.