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short distances, which, however, are often extinguished | terposition of Almighty Power in bringing that plague by the infinite swarms that press on so rapidly that to upon the land. And from what has been already said those in front retreat is impossible—and the fires are of them, we may easily perceive the reason also of literally put out by the load of the carcases. On the their being among the last plagues that were brought failure of all attempts to expel the invaders, the inhabi- on the refractory Egyptians; for as it was the divine tants are obliged to betake themselves for shelter to their purpose to introduce those judgments by degrees, till houses, lest by appearing to stand and contest the prey He had shewn that idolatrous people the vanity of all of the locusts, they excite the resentment of the tiny their hopes from their wretched deities--and alilough enemy—for these creatures, insignificant as they are, hail and thunder had already greatly injured the whole do not, like many larger animals, flee from man. On produce of the fields—so to give, as it were, the finishthe contrary, they do not scruple, when provoked, to ing-stroke, and blast all the fruits which the fertile soil attack the people ; and as from their slender forin, and of Egypt would soon raise again, after these phenomena rapid motions, they often elude the blows that are aimed | had passed—the sovereign anger of His own cause comat them, they are able to cause great annoyance from missioned the locusts to appear, “ which crowded the the poignancy of their stings. Obliged, therefore, to let face of the earth, that we could not be able to see the them alone, from fear of personal consequences, the face of the earth—and cat the residue of that which wretched inhabitants, whose territories they invade, escaped, which remained from the hail, and eat of every abandon themselves to despair, well knowing, from dire tree which grew out of the field." experience, that their fields and gardens will soon be so Nor is the whole of the calamity occasioned by these desolate, that not a vestige will be left of anything fit formidable creatures confined to the produce of the soil. for the good of man or beast. So vast and wide spread, The most fatal consequences to human life often proindeed, is the havoc they produce, that it is scarcely ceed from the multitudes of dead carcases that lie possible for a native of this country to form an idea putrifying on the ground. The effluvia from these is so of the dreadful ravages committed by these insects, be strong and offensive, that, to use the words of a celeing infinitely greater than the worst devastations of brated traveller, any one who crushes them with his those exterminating hordes, that were appropriately horse's foot, or even approaches them, is reduced to the termed the scourge of God. The space of ground necessity of washing his nose with vinegar, or applying which these destructive swarms occupy, sometimes ex- his handkerchief, soaked in that liquid, constantly to his tends over several miles—in one instance, mentioned nostrils. Multitudes of people in different countries of by a Portuguese traveller, over no less than 24 miles. Asia, and especially of Africa, have at different times And no sooner do they alight, than their countless | perished from this cause. Orosius relates one incurmultitudes, gnawing with insatiable avidity every thing sion of them in particular into Africa, when, after makthat lies in their way, make a noise, which the Prophet | ing every vestige of vegetation disappear, they tiew Joel compares to the crackling of fire amid dry stubble, away to the sea and were drowned, and the carcases or the rustling of chariots in a battle. Every thing of being driven ashore, emitted a stench equal to what beauty or productiveness speedily vanishes before these might have been produced by the dead bodies of 100,000 ravenous creatures --nothing can escape_for one swarm Augustine mentions a pestilence produced by succeeds so rapidly to another, that what is left or over- the same cause, which cut off about 800,000 people in looked by the first, is sure to fall a prey to the rapacity Numidia, and many more in the countries that bordered of those that succeed; in the language of one who on the coast. In modern history, instances are recordwas an eye-witness of their havoc, not a leaf was left ed of vast multitudes of locusts being blown by strong upon a tree—not a blade of grass in the pastures, nor winds into the Southern parts of Europe, and occasionan ear of corn in the fields—all wore the marks of dread- ing great distress. In the Venetian territories alone, no ful devastation; and what in the morning was a beau- less than 30,000 people were destroyed by a plague octiful and fertile plain, full of tall stalks of ripening grain, casioned by a visit of locusts in 1487. and adorned with flourishing wood, appeared in a few Strange and loathsome as it may seem, these insects hours a dreary and desolate waste, overspread with are used in some places as an article of food, and they leadless and naked boughs, and bearing the aspect of a are said to taste not unlike red herrings. The way of whole country that had been scorched by an immense preparing them is various, as they are sometimes dried confiagration. Many years often elapse, before the ef- and salted, and sometimes they are eaten fresh, as is fects of these terrible ravages are repaired; for, al. done, in many parts of Arabia and Persia, by the peothough the fields may next season be clothed with ver-ple, who, as we are told by Salt,“ after broiling them, dure, and the trees recover their bark and their leaves, separate the heads from the bodies, and devour the latyet, from the great check given to vegetation, and from ter, in the same manner as Europeans eat shrimps and the fetid excrements left on the ground, the quality of prawns.” Many other travellers testify to their being the grain and of fruits degenerates, a circumstance parti- a favourite article of food in the more mountainous and cularly incident to vineyards, and which was long ago poorer regions of the East; and we cannot but be surremarked, as appears from the language of Joel, who, prised, therefore, with the knowledge of these facts, foretelling a judgment of locusts, enumerates, among that so many commentators should labour to make the the consequences of the visitation, the disappointment food of John the Baptist to be the fruit of some wild tree, it would occasion to wine-bibbers.—(i. 5.) From these when nothing can be plainer, than that the inhabitants circumstances then we may easily judge of the extent of the poor and sequestered district he frequented, of damage done, in any country subject to so terrible would, in all probability, make use of locusts as their a calamity; and we can perceive also, the greatness of successors in the same quarters do in the present day. the judgment that was brought upon the land of Egypt by the plague of locusts, as well as the reason of its be
REVIEWS OF NEW RELIGIOUS ing among the last of the plagues. These insects never
PUBLICATIONS. visit Egypt; and as the Sacred History informs us,
On Natural Theology. By THOMAS CHALMERS, D.D. that they were brought by an east wind- which ac
and L.L.D., Professor of Theology in the University cords with the testimony of all travellers, who say, that
of Edinburgh, and Corresponding Member of the they came from Arabia, their birth-place—and direct
Royal Institute of France. Vol. I. 12mo. Glasing their route northwards, without turning either to
gow, W. Collins, 1836. the east or west, spread over all the adjacent countries so the strangeness of the occurrence, so contrary to the Man, it has been often remarked, is a religious creature ; well-known habits of the creatures, betokeried the in that is, he is fitted by the natural constitution of his
mind to understand and to feel the force of religious | it be darkness or whether it be dislike which hath principle and motive. It is this very peculiarity in the caused a people to be ignorant of God, there is with structure of the human being which prepares him at
bim a clear principle of judgment, that He can extend
even to the outfields of atheism.” once to know that there is a God, and that if there be such a Being, certain feelings of reverence, homage, and
If then the question as to the existence of a Divine obedience ought to be exercised towards him. There Being is of such a nature that no man can safely leave have been individuals, it is true, who have openly pro- it unexamined, the enquiry naturally suggests itself, fessed themselves to be Atheists, declaring their entire
“ Are there not some men who are so situated, that disbelief in the existence of a Supreme Being. But not even the slightest evidence on this subject is within such men are evidently doing violence to the nature of their reach ?” Without hesitation we answer, No. which they are possessed. Reason and conscience are
There lives not a man upon the earth whose path is at one in their attestations as to the reality of the Di- not strictly strewed with proofs the most satisfactory vine existence; and hence, Atheists are without ex- and convincing, that there is a God. Or, to use the case. The evidence around and within them is suffi- eloquent language of our author :cient to convince them, but the secret of their Atheism
“ There is no individual so utterly a stranger to the is, that they will not be convinced. The light shines
name and the conception of a Divinity, as to be without with overwhelming brightness, but such is their un
the scope of this obligation. They have all from their
infancy heard of God. Many have been trained to think willingness to submit themselves to its cheering influ- of Him, amidst a thousand associations of reverence. ence, that they deliberately shut their eyes upon it. Some, under a roof of piety, have often lisped the pray
And even independently altogether of the actual ers of early childhood to this unseen Being; and, in the evidence for the existence of a God, the mere presump- oft repeated sound of morning and evening orisons, they tion that there may be such a Being, is of itself suffi- have become familiar to His name. Even they who cient to bring us under obligation to make further in- glected boyhood, are greatly within the limits of that
have grown up at random through the years of a nevestigation, if possibly we can arrive at a settled con- responsibility for which we plead.' They have at least viction of ihis great question. We dare not remain at the impression of a God. When utterance of Him is rest upon the matter. It is too momentous to be left made in their hearing, they are not startled as if by the unsolved. It is not a mere speculative truth, which it utterance of a thing unnoticed and unknown. They is of little consequence to us whether it be satisfactorily
are fully possessed, if not with the certainty, at least established or not. It is a strictly practical truth, which dom is the universe, and on whose will all its processes
with the idea, of a great eternal Sovereign, whose kinginvolves consequences of vital importance to our com
are suspended. Whosoever may have escaped from the fost and happiness. If the question then shall once be full and practical belief of such a Being, he most asproposed, I must not, I cannot, I dare not, rest until it suredly hath not escaped from the conception of Him. skall have been solved in some way or other. On this The very imprecations of profaneness may have taught subject we may quote some excellent remarks from the it to him. The very Sabbaths he spends in riot and admirable work of Dr Chalmers now before us :
blasphemy at least remind him of a God.
The wor“ Man is not to blame, if an atheist, because of the ship-bell of the church he never enters, conveys to him, want of proof. But he is to blame, if an atheist, be
if not the truth, at least an imagination of the truth. cause he has shut his eyes. He is not to blame, that
In all these ways, and in many more beside, there is the the evidence for a God has not been seen by him, if no
sense of a God upon his spirit—and if such a power of
evidence hath not been forced upon his understanding such evidence there were within the field of his ob
so as to compel the assurance that God is—at least such serration. But he is to blame, if the evidence have not been seen, because he turned away his attention from intimations have been given, that he cannot possibly it. That the question of a God may lie unresolved in make his escape from the thought that a God may be. his mind, all he has to do, is to refuse a hearing to the if it do not arrest him by a sense of obligation, it will
In spite of himself this thought will overtake him, and question. He may abide without the conviction of a Gud, if he so choose. But this his choice is matter of leave guilt upon his soul. It might not make him a condemnation. To resist God after that lle is known, believer, but it ought to make him an inquirer-and in is cininality towards him; but to be satisfied that He though it be against a God who is unknown.”
this indifference of his there is the very essence of sinSoald remain unknown, is like criminality towards Himn. There is a moral perversity of spirit with him In the present Treatise, the argument for the Being wro is willing, in the midst of many objects of gratifi- of a God is carried up from even the lowest presumpetion, that there should not be one object of gratitude. tion to that accumulated, and even still more accumuIt is thus that, even in the ignorance of God, there may | lating, mass of evidence which impresses us with a conbe a responsibility towards God. The Discerner of viction of absolute certainty. The proofs drawn from tbe beart sees, whether, for the blessings innumerable wherewith He has strewed the path of every man, He external nature are so numerous, and have been so adbe treated, like the unknown benefactor who was dili- mirably treated in the work of Dr Paley, that it is ungently sought, or like the unknown benefactor who was necessary to do more than refer to them. But there is dever cared for. In respect, at least of desire after | another class of proofs drawn from the mind and heart God, the same distinction of character may be observed of man himself, which have been but seldom noticed. between one man and another—whether God be wrapt In the discussion of this part of the evidence, accordin mystery, or stand forth in full development to our world. Even though a mantle of deepest obscurity lay ingly, Dr Chalmers has been somewhat extended. As over the question of His existence ; this would not ef
a specimen, we may extract the following remarks upon fere the distinction, between the piety on the one hand conscience :which laboured and aspired after Him; and the impiety “ Now it is in these phenomena of Conscience that upon the other which never missed the evidence that it Nature offers to us, far her strongest argument for the ad not care for, and so grovelled in the midst of its moral character of God. Had He been an unrighteous own sensuality and selfishness. The eye of a heavenly Being himself, would He have given to this the obwitness is upon all these varieties; and thus, whether | viously superior faculty in man, so distinct and authori.
cative a voice on the side of righteousness? Would Ile Had our limits permitted, we would gladly bave en. have so constructed the ereatures of our species, as to larged our remarks upon this valuable work. Suffice have planted in every breast a reclaiming witness against it to say, however, that characterized as it is by the himself? Would He have thus inscribed on the tablet Author's well-known vigour of thought and richness of of every heart the sentence of his own condemnation ; and is not this just as unlikely, as that He should have illustration, it cannot fail to be regarded as an imporinscribed it in written characters on the forehead of each
tant accession to the Literature of Theology, and take individual ? Would He so have fashioned the work its place as a standard work on that department of the manship of His own hands; or, if a God of cruelty, in- science of which it treats. justice, and falsehood, would He have placed in the station of master and judge, that faculty which, felt to
THE CHRISTIAN TREASURY. be the highest in our nature, would prompt a generous Family Worship. A household in which family and high-minded revolt of all our sentiments against the prayer is devoutly attended to, conjoined with the read. Being who formed us ? From a God possessed of such ing of the Scriptures, is a school of religious instruccharacteristics, we should surely have expected a dif- tion. The whole contents of the sacred voluine are in ferently-moulded humanity; or, in other words, from due course laid open before its members. They are the actual constitution of man, from the testimonies on continually reminded of their relation to God and the the side of all righteousness, given by the vicegerent Redeemer, of their sins, and their wants, and of the within the heart, do we infer the righteousness of the method they must take to procure pardon for the one, Sovereign who placed it there. He would never have and the r lief of the other. Every day they are reestablished a conscience in man, and invested with ceiving “ line upon line, and precept upon precept." A the authority of a monitor, and given to it those legisla- fresh accession is continually making to their stock of tive and judicial functions which it obviously possesses ; knowledge; new truths are gradually opened to their and then so framed it, that all its decisions should view, and the impressions of old truths revived. A be on the side of that virtue which He himself disown- judicious parent will naturally notice the most strik. ed, and condemnatory of that vice which He himself ing incidents in his family in his devotional addresses : exemplified. This is an evidence for the righteousness such as the sickness, or death, or removal for a longer of God, which keeps its ground, amid all the disorders or shorter time, of the members of which it is comand aberrations to which humanity is liable; and can posed. His addresses will be varied according to cir. no more, indeed, be deafened or overborne by these, cumstances. Has pleasing event spread joy and than is the rightful authority of public opinion, by the cheerfulness through the household ? it will be noticed occasional outbreakings of iniquity and violence which with becoming expressions of fervent grati ude. Has take place in society.”
some calamity overwhelmed the domestic ci.cle ? it will And again,
give occasion to an acknowledgment of the divine equi. “ It is true that rebellious man hath, with daring ty; the justice of God's proceedings will be vindicated, footstep, trampled on the lessons of Conscience ; but and grace implored through the blood of the Redeeiner, why, in spite of man's perversity, is Conscience, on the
to sustain and sanctify the stroke. other hand, able to lift a voice so piercing and so power
When the most powerful feelings, and the most in, ful, by which to remonstrate against the wrong, and to
teresting circumstances, are thus connected with relireclaim the honours that are due to her? How comes
gion, it is not unreasonable to hope that, through divine it that, in the mutiny and uproar of the inferior facul. grace, some lasting and useful impressions will be made. ties, that faculty in man, which wears the stamp and
Is not some part of the good seed thus sown, and thus impress of the highest, should remain on the side of nurtured, likely to take root and to become fruitful ? truth and holiness? Would humanity have thus been Deeply as we are convinced of the deplorable corrupmoulded by a false and evil spirit; or would he have tion of the human heart, and the necessity, consequent committed such impolicy against himself, as to insert in
on this, of divine agency to accomplish a saving pureach member of our species a principle which would pose, we must not forget that God is accustomed to make him feel the greatest complacency in his own rec
work by means; and surely none can be conceived more
What can be so likely to im. titude, when he feels the most high-ininded revolt of likely to meet the end. indignation and dislike against the Being who gave him press a child with a dread of sin, as to hear his parents birth ? It is not so much that Conscience takes a part constantly deprecating the wrath of God as justly due among the other faculties of our nature, but that Con
to it ; or to induce him to seek an interest in the mescience takes among them the part of a governor, and diation and intercession of the Saviour, as to hear him that man, if he do not obey her suggestions, still, in imploring it for him, day by day, with an importunity despite of himself, acknowledges her rights. It is a
proportioned to the magnitude of the subject ? By a mighty argument for the virtue of the Governor above, daily attention on such exercises, children and servants that all the laws and injunctions of the governor below
are taught most effectually how to pray: Suitable to. are on the side of virtue. It seems as if He had left pics are suggested to their minds; suitable petitions are this representative, or remaining witness, for himself, put into their mouths ; while their growing acquaintin a world that had cast off its allegiance, and that, from
ance with the Scriptures furnishes the arguments by the voice of the judge within the breast, we may learn
which they may plead with God.—Robert Hall. the will and the character of Him who hath invested Family Religion.-Reader, I beg of you, as from with such authority his dictates. It is this which speaks Christ, for his sake, for your soul's sake, your child. as much more demonstratively for the presideney of a ren's sake, for the sake of the church and kingdom, that righteous God ir human affairs
, than for that of impure you will conscientiously and seriously set up family reor unrighteous demong, as did the rod of Aaron, when ligion ; calling upon God, singing his praises, and init swallowed the rods of the enchanters and magicians structing your children and servants in the Scripture in Egypt. In the wildest anarchy of man's insurgent and Catechism, and in a wise and diligent education of appetites and sins, there is still a reclaiming voice,-a youth. Hear me, as if I begged it of you with tears, on voice which, even when in practice disregarded, it is my knees. Alas, what doth the world suffer by the impossible not to own; and to which, at the very mo- neglect of this! It is out of ungodly fainilies that the ment that we refuse our obedience, we find that we world hath ungodly rulers, ungodly ministers, and a cannot refuse the homage of what we ourselves do feel swarm of serpentine enemies of holiness and peace, and and acknowledge to be the best, the highest principles their own salvation. What country groaneth not under of our nature."
the confusions, miseries, and horrid wickedness, which
THE SCOTTISH CHRISTIAN HERALD.
31 are all the fruits of family neglects, and the careless and bound to bestow. Yet you say, What l' no more ? as 21 education of youth? It is a work of great skill and if you took it unkindly that he is not more liberal. constant care to instruct and educate your children, and Even these holy discontentments are dangerous. Deto keep them from tempting company and snares. To sire more, (as much as you can,) but repine not, when cry cut of dumb and unfaithful ministers, while you are you do not attain. Desire, but so as to be free from worse at bome yourselves, is but self-condemnation. impatience, free from unthankfulness. Those that have Are ninisters more obliged to care for your children's tried can say, how difficult it is to complain, with due souls, by nature, or by vow and covenant, than you are ? reservation of thanks. Neither know I which is worse Can they do that for whole parishes which you will not to long for good things impatiently, or not at all to do for one household, or your own children? The first desire them.' The fault of your sorrow is rather in etage and part is yours: if families treacherously ne- your conceit, than in itself; and if indeed you mourn sket their part, and then look that all should be done not enough, stay but God's leisure, and your eyes shall at the church, you may as wisely send boys to the uni- run over with tears. How many do you see sport with Ferties before they are taught to read and write in their sins, yea brag of them ! how many that should die lover schools. If there be any hope of the amendment for want of pastime, if they might not sin freely—and of the wieked, miserable, and distracted world, it must more freely talk of it! What a saint are you to those, be mostly done by family religion and the Christain edu- that can droop under the memory of the frailty of youth, crion of youth. “ Godliness is profitable to all things;” and never think you have spent enough of tears! Yet but the curse of God is in the house of the wicked, and so I encourage you in what you have, as one that perthe ungodly betrayers of souls, of themselves, children, suades you not to desist from suing for more.
It is and servants, will very quickly be summoned to a ter- good to be covetous of grace, and to have our desires rible account ; especially those that should, as rulers, be herein enlarged with our receipts. Weep still, and still exemplary to the vulgar, and are ashamed to own se- desire to weep;—but let your tears be as the rain in rious family religion, as if all beyond some formal and the sunshine--comfortable and hopeful; and let not lip-abour, were a dishonour to their houses, or a need your longing savour of murmur or distrust.
These less thing.–BAXTER.
tears are reserved—this hunger shall be satisfied—this Sanctified Affliction.-Worldly sorrow is worthy of sorrow shall be comforted! There is nothing betwixt pity-because it leadeth to death; but this deserves no
God and you—but time. Prescribe not to his wisdom thing but envy and congratulation. If those tears were
-hasten not his mercy. His grace is enough for you: common, hell would not so enlarge itself. Never sin, -his glory shall be more than enough !_Bishop Hall. repented of, was punished ; and never any thus mourn
Good Fruits.--It is no good fruit that proceeds not ed, and repented not. Lo, you have done that, which out of a heart aiming at the obedience of all God's you grieve you have not done. That good God, whose will: such kind of men are but almost Christians, and act is his will, accounts of our will as our deed. If he shall be almost saved : such as their Christianity is, required sorrow equal to the heinousness of our sins, such shall their salvation be; they are come nearer to there were no end of our mourning! Now his mercy religion, so they shall but come nearer to heaven.regards not so much the measure as the truth of it; Another thing necessarily required to good fruit is, that and accounts us to have that, which we complain to there be special regard had to the duties of that partiwant. I never knew any truly penitent, who, in the cular calling wherein a man is placed by God's providepth of his remorse, was afraid of sorrowing too much ; dence. As God hath fitted every man to live in some Por any imrepentant, who wished to sorrow more. Yea, calling, so each man's calling is appointed him for that let me tell you, that this sorrow is better, and more end, to be, as it were, the testimony of his religion, and than that deep heaviness for sin which you desire. the matter in which he should show himself what is in Hany bave been vexed with an extreme remorse for him. For this is to be held for a rule, that religion some sin, from the gripes of a galled conscience, which doth not abolish ordinary callings, nor exempt any man Fet never came where true repentance grew ;-in whom from taking some lawful way or other, by which to do the conscience plays at once the accuser, witness, judge, good to himself and human society; but rather, it is and tormentor; but an earnest grief for want of grief, a man's only direction for the choosing of a calling, and $25 never found in any but a gracious heart.
for the lawful employing himself in the same. Paul, bappy, and complain. Tell me, I beseech you, this writing to the Thessalonians, and exhorting them to BOTOW you mourn to want : is it a grace of the Spirit increase more and more in religion, persuades them, also, of God, or not? If not, why do you sorrow to want to meddle with their own business," and to work with t? If it be be, oh! how happy is it to grieve for want their hands. It is said of the shepherds, to whom the of race! The God of all truth and blessedness has said, birth of our Saviour was revealed by the angels, that
Llessed are they that hunger and thirst after right when they had been at Bethlehem, and seen the babe in Bisness;" and with the same breath, “ Blessed are the manger, they returned back to their callings. John they that moura, for they shall be comforted !” You the Baptist, preaching repentance to the people, when so you mourn : Christ saith, “ You are blessed.” You they tlocked about him, every man asking what he should as you mourn: Christ saith, “ You shall be comfort-do, put them over all to their callings “ What shall ed." Either now distrust your Saviour, or else confess we do ?” said the publicans. “Require,” saith he, "no Jour own happiness, and, with patience, expect his pro
more than that which is appointed unto you."- And L sed consolation. What do you fear? You see others what sball we do ?" quoth the soldiers. “ Do violence to stand we strong rocks_unshaken, unremoved. You no man, neither accuse any falsely, and be content with are but a reed, à feeble plant tossed and bowed with your calling.”—Hieron. every wind, and with much agitation bruised. Lo, you Crellius was a Socinian, and a leader of that party, are in tender and favourable hands, that never brake The grace of God was signally manifested in bringing ay wborn their sins bruised-never bruised any whom him to right views of the truth. He not only rejoiced tesaptations have bowed. You are but flax, and your to see his daughters bow the knee to the crucified Sasi is not a fiame, but an obscure smoke of grace. Lo, viour, but he himself turning to the Lord, called upon bere his Spirit is as a soft wind, not as cold water; be him as his Lord and his God; and found, at the latter Fil Lindle, but will never queneh you. The sorrow you end of his life, no consolation but in the atonement by wart
, is his gift. Take heed, lest while you vex yourself the blood of Jesus, and wished that all his books could aith dislike of the measure, you grudge at the giver die with him. This has been testified, not only by his Eezzars may not choose. This portion he has vouchsafed daughters, but by all who were with him before bis ; in give you'; if you have any, it was more than he was end. -Note to Latrobe's Hist. of Un. Brethren.
TO “THE SCOTTISH CHRISTIAN HERALD." | the hardest thing is to deny sinful self:" grounding By The Rev. DUNCAN GRANT, A.M.,
his opinion on that solemn admonition of our Lord,
-“ If any man will come after me, let him deny himMinister of Forres.
self.”—“I harangued,” says Mr Hervey,“ upon the imBEAUTEOUS on our heath-clad mountains,
port and extent of the duty, shewing that merely to May our HERALD's feet appear ;
forbear the infamous action is little—we must deny adSweet, by silver lakes and fountains,
mittance, deny entertainment, at least, to the evil ima. May his voice be to our ear.
gination, and quench even the kindling sparks of irreLet the tenants of our rocks,
gular desire. In this way I shot my random bolt.” The Shepherds watching o'er their flocks,
ploughman replied, “ Here is another instance of selfVillage swain and peasant boy,
denial, to which the injunction extends, and which is or Thee salute with songs of joy !
very great moment in the Christian religion : I mean CHRISTIAN HERALD! spread the story
the instance of renouncing our own strength and our Of Redemption's wond'rous plan ;
own righteousness—not leaning on that for holiness, nor 'Tis Jehovah's brightest glory,
relying on this for justification.” In repeating the story 'Tis his highest gift to man;
to a friend, Mr Hervey observed, “I then hated the rightAngels on their harps of gold,
eousness of Christ, I looked at the man with astonishLove its glories to unfold ;
ment and disdain, I thought him an old fool, and wonHeralds who its influence wield,
dered at what I then fancied the motley mixture of Make the waste a fruitful field.
piety and extravagance in his notions. I have seen To the fount of mercy soaring,
clearly since who was the fool_not the wise old Chris. On the wings of faith and love;
tian, but the proud James Hervey. I now discern And the depths of grace exploring,
sense, solidity, and truth in his observations."-Brown's By the light shed from above;
Memoirs of Hervey. Shew us whence life's waters flow,
Ancient Christians.-We learn, from Chrysostom, And where trees of blessing grow,
that women and children had frequently the Gospels, Bearing fruit of heavenly bloom,
or parts of the New Testament, hung round their neck, Breathing Eden's rich perfume.
and carried them constantly about with them. The Love to God and man expressing,
rich had splendid copies of the sacred writings on vel
lum, in their libraries and book-cases; but as the art In thy course of mercy speed; Lead to springs of joy and blessing,
of printing was not known till many ages after, comAnd with heavenly manna feed
plete copies of the Scriptures were, of course, exceedScotland's children high and low,
ingly scarce. Till the Lord they truly know,
It is, however, very observable, that in the primitive As to us our fathers told,
church, children were particularly encouraged in the
efforts which they made to commit to memory the inHe was known by them of old.
valuable truths of the divine volume. Of one Marcus, To the young, in season vernal,
who was well instructed in the morning of life, it is Jesus in his grace disclose;
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two others it is said, that being men of good memories, And from ev'ning's tribes of prey;
they got the Scriptures by heart, only by hearing then And refresh'd with fruits of love,
continually read by others, they not being able to read And with music from above.
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