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precious seed with tears, a handful of believers at length 1 water, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul sprung up arnid the snows of Greenland, the Moravians, thirsteth for God, for the living God,--when shall I at their catechetical and other meetings, began to come and appear before God!" If we take such conteach the Catechumens hymns in honour of the Saviour, tentment in the contemplation of his image in a mirror, which they learned with eagerness and sung constantly." as we sometimes here find, how shall we be transported “ A school was begun for the instruction of such as had when we see him face to face, and be united to him, any talent for singing, and as two of the brethren from spirit to spirit ? Can we desire larger possessions than Germany understood the science, they greatly assisted | immensity, a surer estate than immutability, a longer in training the young Greenlanders, who not only im- term than eternity, a fuller portion than Jehovah :proved in vocal, but some of them became even toler. Featley. ably acquainted with instrumental music.”
Meditation on God. I know that it is the greatest " A brother, one morning, very early going to let out pleasure and the greatest indulgence to think of God. their sheep, heard uncommonly sweet singing in a tent, Think of any thing else, and you will find disappoin'. and drawing near found it was the head of the family inent in it. Whatever you think of long together, will perforining bis morning devotions with his people. at last give you pain. It will shew you that you must Beckoning to the others to come, we stood still (says be disappointed and mortified. Whatever man you the Missionary Diary) and listened to this sweet melody, think of, you will find in him some imperfection. Whatwith hearts exceedingly moved, and with eyes filled ever kingdom you think of, you will find it is badly with tears, and thoughi these people were, no longer governed. Whatever sense you think of, you will than two years ago, savage heathens, and now they sing find that you are met by ignorance and imperfection. to the Lamb that was slain, so charmingly that it strikes But if you think of God, there is no imperfection. Ile to the inmost soul." What! shall the voice of Psalms is what he should be, perfectly perfect. He is perfect rise so sweetly from the tents of savage Greenland, amid bappiness, and is such a fountain of happiness in bintheir snow-clad rocks, and piles of eternal glaciers, and self, that he has enough for all who will seek it. He is it beginning to die away from the cottages and firesides has so much power, that nothing can resist him. He is of Christian Scotland ?
so good, that we may be certain every thing is for the Take one fact more. The missionaries were one best; there is no pain in thinking of these things; there Fear refreshed by a visit from Bishop Johannes de Wat-is no pain in thinking of everlasting happiness. We teville, who canie to inspect the state of the Mission, know, indeed, that when the body is weary, it can no and set in order what was wanting. “ He bestowed longer think of any thing, and after the most delightful much attention upon the hymns and the singing of the thoughts, at last sink into sleep. But, if you melitate congregation, remarking that it appeared to him that on any thing of an irritating nature, it is ten to one but the hymns proved a great blessing among strangers ; for your meditation disturbs you, and is rather an enemy to the factor told him that being once on a trading round, peace, and quiet, and repose; but if you think of God thirty leagues distant, he entered a tent that had been and his goodness, there is such a soft delight in it, that pitched awhile in their neighbourhood, and found the if the mind and body are not oppressed by sleep, you children prettily singing several hymns they had learned can continue to think of them longer, with delight, than from the children of the settlement, which furnished you can think of any thing else ; and yet, if the body him with an opportunity of useful conversation." What! be weary and wants sleep, tbere is such a softness in suall heathen children, that know not the Saviour, be the delight of meditating on God, that the mind and found, in the icy wildernesses of Greenland, imbibing body easily and delightfully fall into refreshing slumthe knowledge and love of Jesus, from the psalmody of bers.—Mayow. the far distant Christians, and shall converted parents, Trifle not with Temptation.-Christ never wilfully in this land of education and piety, leave their uncon- exposed himself to teinptation. Pure and sinless as he Ferted children untaught to liymn the praises of Jesus, was, and all-powerful to resist it as he knew himself in those plaintive airs,“ compared with which Italian
to be, Jesus did not go of his own choice into the wiltrills are tame," those airs which are named from the derness to try his strength against the tempter. Wheresufferings of their martyr forefathers?
ever that event is mentioned, it is distinctly said, “ He
was led of the Spirit into the wilderness," an expres. CHRISTIAN TREASURY.
sion peculiar to those passages, as if on purpose to disWhom have I in Ileaven but Thee?-_That is, Thee I tinguish that act from every other of his life, and show have, and none but Thee in heaven. I deny not that us that he, even he, went not willingly to meet his we have God many ways with us in this life, for we Father's enemy, and listen to the language of seduction. see him in his works, we hear him in his word, we What a lesson, what a reproof! We, predisposed as taste him in the sacrament, we feel him by the motions we are to sin, incapable of resisting it as we know ourof his Spirit within us, we touch him by faith, we draw selves to be, do we go boldly, and without necessity, near to him in love, we rely upon him by hope, we where Satan keeps his court, where he spreads his have fellowship with him by prayer; yet all this is no- blandishments, where we know we must meet him, and thing to our manner of having him in heaven. A man either defeat his wiles, or be seduced by thein? Do we can only be said truly to have a lordship, a manor, a venture to say, that if our own principles are good, living, when he enteretb upon the fruits thereof, and there is no risk to us in any company, in any place ? receiveth the crop. The Lord is, indeed, our lot and Can we walk side by side with the enemies of God, portion even in this life; but we cannot reap the thou- and sit in the counsels of sinners, without any danger sandth part of the profits and delights he hath in him- of being seduced from our allegiance to God ? Jesus sell, and will afford us hereafter. They to whom He was not thus bold, though he might have been. most imparteth himself and communicateth his goodness set one step into the wilderness of temptation without kere, have but a taste only of the tree of life, a glimpse the leading of the Spirit, for the fulfilment of some of the Sun of Righteousness, an carnest of their future known command, we follow not in the footsteps of our reward ; but such a taste, such a glimpse, such an ear- Lord. God took him there, that he might in all things nest as they would not lose for all the possessions or be more than conqueror. God may take us there; and enjoyments of the world. These the kingly prophet if he does, it will be to conquer too. But of those who so exceedingly desired, that he compares the ardency go there unbidden, to break a lance with the enemy for of his affection to the thirst of the hart, either long pastime, or, knigbt-errant like, to free the world from chased, or after the sting of the serpent has set all his his enchantments, let no one think he does as Jesus throat on fire. As the hart panteth for the rivers of did. CAROLINE FRY,
Bright bird, were mine thy wings of wind,
To cross that dark deep gulf, the Past; An ark, like thee, I yet might find;
There rest and refuge find at last. Vain wish; Time is that fatal bourne, O'er which no traveller may return. To all, life is an onward track;
And tho' it is a changing scene, This is unknown,-returning back
To be again, what we have been. Time past has made us what we are, No Time can make us what we were. An arkless dove art thou, like me,
Of “wandering wing,” of “weary breast :* Poor wanderer on life's stormy sea,
Pin'st thou for refuge and for rest? Tho' tempest-tost, tho' seaward driven, There is a RESTING PLACE IN HEAVEN,
Glad tidings to that desert shore."
Freely as thou dost hie,
For them to toil or die.
Cling, nor to part allow;
We turn,—and where art thou ?
Numbers are gathering there ; The youthful warrior in his pride,
The merchant in his care:
Spirits which lightly rove.
And thou—the child of love,
Companion thou hast none;
Yet still thou journeyest on;
Piercing the mountain glen,
The haunts of lonely men.
Strange is thy foreign speech ;
At marvels thou dost teach.
Yet armies could not bow
So readily as thou.
With saddest thoughts run o'er,
Silently at thy door.
A stone beneath the tree,
MISCELLANEOUS. Rev. James Hervey.—This excellent man, writing to a friend, very shortly before his death, says,
" Were I to enjoy Hezekiah's grant, and have fifteen years added to my life, I would be much more frequent in my applications to the throne of grace: we sustain a mighty loss by reading so much, and praying so little. Were I to renew my studies, I would take my leave of those accomplished trifles, the historians, the orators, the poets of antiquity, and devote my attention to the Scriptures of Truth. I would sit with much greater asciduity at my Divine Master's feet, and desire to know nothing but Jesus Christ and him crucified. This wisdom, whose fruits are everlasting salvation after death, this I would explore through the spacious and delightful fields of the Old and New Testament.”
Colonel Gardiner.-It is said that Colonel Gardiner, after his conversion, devoted two hours every morning to reading the Word of God and prayer. He determined that nothing should rob him of his precious time for devotion. Hence, if his regiment had to march at six o'clock, he rose at four; and if he had to march at four, he rose at two.
Remarkable Preservation.--Dr Calamy, in his “ Life and Times," tells us that he knew a captain of a ship, of the name of Stephens, who resided at Harwich, and was of good reputation, and who, with his crew, once esperienced a very remarkable deliverance from drowning between Holland and England. The vessel sprang a leak, and the water poured in so abundantly, that al on board gave themselves up for lost. But on a sudden it stopped, and the water being pumped out of the ves sel, they arrived safely on shore. On examination they discovered that the leak had been stopped by a tish which had got so firmly wedged into it that they could scarcely get it out.
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By the Rev. JOHN ANDERSON,
On pinions that outstrip the wind.
if she a resting-place may find,
Burst the dark waters every where:
For thee no resting-place is there.
Ark of my childhood's joyous hour-
Eager of foot, to wander o'er.
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THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH.
THE FEAR OF THE LURD, THAT IS WISDOM."
Vol. I. No. 20.
found, by unfolding the mercy of God in Cbrist, By the Rev. ROBERT Cowe, A. M.,
the beauty of holiness, and the power and excel
lence of divine truth, he had effectually succeeded Minister of the High Meeting, Berwick-upon- Tweed.
in captivating their affections, and rendering them PRIMITIVE Christianity was distinguished by that ardent and devoted friends. He had resolved their
ingenuous simplicity of spirit that so usually and doubts, enlarged their spiritual knowledge, listened hamiably marks the spring-tide of life. Full of with tender interest to the unburdened sorrows of
youthfal vigour, and unembarrassed by those damp- the penitent, and, by many kind words and deeds, ing calculations of worldly expediency, which so endeared himself to old and young. They had unhappily impair the quality of devotion, and re- worshipped God together in the name of their strain the flow of religious feeling, wherever they common Saviour ; their hearts had been warmed prevail, it was not ashamed to show itself in its in company by the same divine Spirit ; their finest plain and native attire, or to give an honest ex- sympathies had been awakened by sweet, devopression to its sentiments and hopes. And, as tional intercourse; and how could they be unmoved the prevalence of hostile opinions did not deter the when the hour of separation arrived? They had early Christians from a frank disclosure of their lived in amity, like brethren in the Lord, and view's, so the frowning aspect of ungodly habits were they to part with the cold adieu of strangers ? was not sufficient to bar their performance of im- | Their farewell was not of an ordinary kind, not portant duties. In this season of youthful fervour the dictate of formality, but the spontaneous effuthey were not more candid than brave; the shame sion of piety and friendship. In the prospect of of the cross was their glory; they nobly honoured parting from a spiritual benefactor, who had treated what the rest of the world despised; Religion, them with the affection of a guardian and a father, with them, lay near the heart; and to preach, vin- directing them by his counsel, and enlarging their dicate, and practise it, they resolutely and cheer- love by his prayers, they deplored their loss, while fully encountered every danger ; their piety did they saw its necessity. When he rose to go away, not play like moonbeams on the surface of a lake, instead of exchanging the usual courtesies of farebut shone steadily through their lives, with a bril- well in their own dwellings, and allowing him to liancy emanating from the central and heaven-fed depart alone with his companions, they flocked light within. Accordingly, they entered warmly around him with every mark of gratitude and into the Lord's work, willingly lending to his fol-esteem—husbands, wives and children, were his lowers the aid of their sympathies and prayers. honourable escort from the city to the shore. To reflect his image was the surest passport to This was a body guard that royalty might envy, a their favour; in those days, Christians loved each tribute of true affection, a warm expression of love other because they were Christians; they saw in and regret. each other a family likeness, that drew their hearts But how did the scene close? It closed in a together, producing mutual confidence and esteem. manner worthy of the Gospel, and honourable to
Of the influence of this ingenuous and affec- Paul and the Tyrians. Their work was divine, tionate spirit, we have a beautiful and an instruc- and, ere they parted, they made a solemn and hartive illustration in the touching scene that occurred monious appeal to Almighty God, commending when Paul took leave of the Tyrian converts :- each other, and the cause they had most at heart, to “ And they all brought us on our way, with wives his fatherly care. They kneeled down on the and children, till we were out of the city, and we shore and prayed.” Under the broad canopy of kneeled down on the shore and prayed.” A resi- heaven, they prostrated themselves, with the bare dence of no
more than seven days among them, ground for their cushion; and the voice of supplihad been employed with such prudence, zeal and cation, blending with the murmuring of the waves, love, as completely to win their favour. Though rose on the wings of faith to the Hearer of Prayer. faithful in the discharge of his apostolic office, They did not heed the scoffs of the bystanders ; correcting errors and reproving sins, wherever God looked on and approved, and that was en
couragement enough to them. Consulting their | arise from the loose hold Religion has of our hearts? own feelings, and their sense of duty, loving the Were we thoroughly pervaded and leavened by praise of God more than the praise of men, in- divine love, it would unostentatiously discover spired with more love to Paul, than fear of the itself in all the relations of life in which we should heathen, they were not ashamed to pray with be placed. It would season our friendship, as well him openly, as well as pray for him secretly. It as every thing else, cementing it with the warmest was a noble and spirit-stirring sight,—a sight affection, and embellishing it with the sweetness which it does the heart good to think of, and of the Christian spirit. If we are friends of the which must have soothed and ennobled those who right stamp, shall we confine our sympathy to were engaged in it. Even Paul must have been worldly interests, or bodily wants, or even mental the better of such a parting, and must have often tastes; shall we not be most anxious for what is reverted to the scene with a grateful and refresh- most valuable, and, while wishing our friends well, ing remembrance in after days. It was, indeed, a and contributing to their happiness in temporal fare and noble adieu, so fraught with benediction, things, shall we not enter with a lively and deep so richly seasoned with Christian love. The cross concern, into whatever pertains to their immortal triumphed more sublimely there, than ever martial souls? Though the better our friends are, the hero did on a victorious battle-field. It was not a sadder is it to be separated from them; yet is it a victory of death, but of life, love, and praise. The consolation to leave the shore on which they stand, trophies were ransomed souls and grateful hearts. waving to us their last adieu, conscious of their The shore on which they kneeled had been long benedictions, sure that, when out of sight, we the theatre of very different exploits; the hum of shall not be out of mind, but shall be remembered merchandise had been triumphantly heard there from the heart by them at the throne of grace. many a day; the choicest treasures of the world We deprive ourselves of much help and comfort, had been imported there when Tyre was in her when we do not reciprocate such feelings ; we reglory, “ when her merchants were princes, and fuse to others, and withhold from ourselves
, one her traffickers were the honourable of the earth ;" of those consolatory supports provided by the but the gayest, most enterprising, and splendid goodness of God, and are not alive to that hols sights that eve had ever witnessed there, even in brotherhood, whose tongue knows not how to the days of her highest grandeur, were infinitely silent, when it has the power to strengthen and surpassed by the simple and sublime scene of bless. Our prayers are a debt due to our brethren, kneeling worshippers. The most richly laden ves- which it is unjust not to pay. sel that ever sailed majestically into that port, con- But that friends often bid a long adieu to each tained nothing half so precious as the treasure of other, without any recognition of the love and guarkindly feeling and heavenly aspiration in the hearts dianship of God, is not the only ground of complaint ; of that Christian circle. The wealth of no empo- it is painful to think, and deeply to be lamented rium could rival theirs. Love and godliness were that parting scenes are sometimes debasing exhibiin triumphant exercise, uncontrolled and unabash- tions of ungodliness and dissipation. Among some ed by the adverse influence that prevailed around. persons a foolish opinion prevails that it is cold and The city, it is true, was not intoxicated with joy ; ungenerous to separate in a sober state of mind. the rich were not elated ; the poor were not filled Accordingly, the maddening influence of intoxicawith admiration at the sight, but angels were ap- tion is courted as a kind of set-off to the long abproving spectators,—God bowed the heavens and sence in prospect, as if eager to take revenge on came down, and his blessing was there.
the future by large draughts of ill regulated and Parting scenes are generally of a character very boisterous merriment. How dishonourable to bu. different from this. How many members of the man nature, how symptomatic of a depraved moral same family, how many friends endeared to each condition, to consider this a rational or pleasing other by congenial tastes, and long, affectionate mode of spending the last hours that friends mar intercourse, part
, with little prospect of ever meet- enjoy together on earth! Are such scenes reverting again in this wo without the most distant ed to with complacency on a death-bed, when the allusion to their eternal interests
, in commending immediate prospect of eternity leads the mind to each other, in prayer, to the Preserver of Life. a more correct estimate of the value of time, and Precious hours of converse glide away, while the forces upon it the conviction of duties neglected mind is taken up with things comparatively trifling, and privileges misimproved ? And how must it to the exclusion of those great concerns that sadden the remembrance of such a season, when should be dear to every heart. Compliments are the person whose society we last enjoyed, under sent to absent friends, but few breathe this request, these circumstances, is called to his account " Commend me in prayer to God.” And when a short time after his departure! Will it add to the farewell scene is over
, and time for calm re- the serenity of the mind, relieve the conscience of flection enjoyed, regret is often felt and expressed rebuke, or render the recollection of that name welfor forgetting to speak of something interesting come and delightful, to think that the last time we to both parties; but how seldom does it happen were together we tempted him to sin, and left him that this has any relation to the grave demands of in a state in which we should tremble to die the eternal world ? if God is not in all our Surely such interesting and important periods of thoughts in such interesting seasons, does it not life may be spent cheerfully and happily without
being spent sinfully, by the interchange of kind | compatible with due devotion to God; or fearing, at
feeling, uncontaminated by the gross appendages least, that, in her own case, they might ensnare her int of riotous iniquity.
affections, and betray her into a neglect of her highest The feelings , in the prospect of separation from interests. Such a resolution, taken on such grounds,
was not a good proof of the soundness of her piety, nor those dear to us, are generally in a very susceptible did it hold out favourable promise of its constancy. state, and therefore very accessible to religious In many, a “necessity," as the apostle speaks, impressions. Such periods constitute favourable marry," is the dictate of sound discretion and Christian seasons for distilling, in the feelings, the influence principle. But the absolute purpose to forego the relaof piety, by dropping sentiments of a spiritual cha- tions of social life, from the notion that they are hurtracter , likely to insinuate themselves into the mind. the soul, cannot be referred to the same honourable
ful or hazardous to the life and progress of religion in to The melting of the heart by the overflow of the source. That notion impugns the constitution of nait tender sympathies, is a kind of spiritual tillage, ture; it counteracts the destinations of Providence ; it
thich, bý judicious management, may be rendered distrusts or denies the provisions of grace ; and as often highly conducive to the reception of the good seed as it is acted on, (we appeal to the history of Monaof eternal life. As the Egyptians cast their seed chism for the proof,) it corrupts or withers those affecinto the soil, while saturated with the waters of tions which it seeks unnaturally to purify and elevate,
and annihilates or contracts those services of usefulness the Nile, so should the truth be cast into the heart,
which it professes to multiply and extend. In truth, while it is softened by the springing up of those it is altogether the offspring of a romantic feeling, which
fountains of emotion which God has wisely and soars above the humble realities of man's earthly conmolt graciously lodged within us. Advice given, warn- dition, and forgets the proper nature and sphere of duty ings uttered, allusions made at such a time, are fre
and discipline which God bas appointed to him. Like
all such high-flown feelings too, it is always short-lived, quently more memorable and efficacious than at
and the purposes which it gives birth to are made other seasons.
They are affectionately retained, much oftener than they are kept, for they die away, or because they may be the last heard from the same are borne down before the power of those stronger emolips
, and are bound like chains around the neck. tions which are awakened amid the changing circumSuch things approximate to the sacred character, stances of life. It was thus in the present instance.
Miss associated with the last counsels of the dying, and
kept her purpose only till a temptation
was presented to her to break it. And it will not surthe heart feels as if it would betray a delicate trust
prise any one who judges of the style of her Christiever to forget them. These are not opportunities
anity by this specimen of it, to learn that, after her to be slighted, especially by parents, guardians, and marriage, she fell away from her Christian profession friends ; let the seal of divine truth, with the and character, and, amid her cares fort he things of this iruage and superscription of the King of heaven world, left off caring for the things of the Lord. Her
domestic circumstances, which were rather straitened, upon it, be applied to the soul in this melted state, and who knows but the likeness of God may be have maintained in a higher style of comfort than her
and her rising family, which her ambition would fain left behind !
husband's income could afford, produced a crowd of
worldly cares, which seemed utterly to choke the good A PASTOR'S SKETCHES.
seed of divine grace in her heart, and to make her unNo. II.
fruitful in the work of God. This result of her mar
ried life, though realizing sadly all her early apprehenMEMORIAL OF THE C* *
sions, must not, by any means, be considered as justiIn very many instances, especially in cities, where fre. fying them. It is, indeed, but too true,-being evinced, quent pastoral visitation is impracticable, a pastor's in- not merely by an occasional instance, but by universal extimacy with the families of his flock begins in the sea- perience,-that in our natural hearts the tendency of sons of their distress. This circumstance, though it may every care, and of every comfort in social life, is to create much painful embarrassment in the commence- exclude God, and to fix down our thoughts and affections ment of his intercourse with them, serves, I am per- upon the things which are seen and temporal. Even suaded, to give a deeper and more tender interest to in minds religiously disposed, which would recoil from iss growth and continuance. The seed which falls into the indulgence of grosser sins, the love of kindred, of the moistened earth finds a deeper root, and shoots up husband, or wife, or children, is very apt to usurp into greater strength and luxuriance; and in like man- an unlawful place and power in them. The amiable Der, those affections which are first awakened amid the habits which it forms, and the delightful pleasures which softening influences of affliction, take a stronger hold, it yields, procure for it an easy ascendancy, and many, and ripen into more intimate and confiding friendship; many are the instances in which it comes to reign, to than those which spring up and are cherished only amid the exclusion of the love of God, over those who, like Ehe lighter and less trying scenes of life.
Mrs C -, entered life with the serious purpose of It was in the day of their deep affliction that I first consecrating it to his service. But this is not the neecame acquainted with the interesting family, whose cessary consequence of the social condition. On the memorial I am now briefly to record. Mrs C contrary, that condition affords the finest scope for the be widowed head of this family, had been in her early exercise of the best affections, and for babits of most outh, as she told me,
very religious," - at least, she eminent usefulness to the Church and the world ; and as the subject of very strong and ardent religious im- there are many who, under the guidance and blessing essious, and, under their influence, continued for a of God's Spirit, signally improve these advantages. The re in the diligent and delighted observance of her opposite result proceeds from sinful neglect of their Pristian duty. So inviting did God's service then duty, and their resources. They cease to watch and pear to her, that she gave herself to it, as not only to pray that they enter not into temptation. They thus e chief, but the sole employment of her life. That forfeit that promised grace, without which, every scene thing might distract or diminish her attention to it, and circumstance of life is, to our fallen nature, fraught = formed a solemn resolution that she would never with the power of ensnaring and corrupting us; and rry,- judging that the cares of domestic life were in- hence obey their downward earthly tendencies, and settle