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with the warm reception which he received from many , frustrated and many minds lost, by stopping at the of the inmates, some of whom, taking his hand in a cor- mere physical treatment, or by not carrying that dial manner, expressed great approbation of what he which is moral to the highest point and fullest extent had said to them on the preceding day. On my in- of which it is susceptible. To the patient who is quiring afterwards, at my respected friend, what had capable of appreciating the kindness of his physician elicited this peculiar expression of feeling, and the re- or his keeper, it can never be irrelevant to attempt admarks which accompanied it, he explained to me that ministering the consolations and the encouragements of he had, either at the request, or at all events, with the Christianity.* concurrence, (I am uncertain which) of Dr Balmanno,
The letter to which Mr Glassford refers, as having physician to the hospital, attended on the afternoon of the preceding day, Sunday, and delivered a discourse before been received from the house-surgeon of the Glasgow such of the patients as, in the opinion of Mr Drury, the Lunatic Asylum, and which bears date 18th June 1836, superintendent, might safely be allowed to assemble ; contains the following statement:and with respect to these, it was left to their own choice.
"In referring to our annual reports, I find that public Between forty and fifty (males and females) did volun- worship was commenced here in 1819, and continued tarily attend, and conducted themselves with great pro
once a fortnight by the city clergy till 1824, when a re. priety. After prayer, Dr Rankin delivered a discourse, gular chaplain was appointed, and now officiates at six from Isaiah xliii. 25, “ I, even I, am he that blotteth o'clock every Sunday evening, the duration of the whole out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not
service being about an hour and a half. On the whole
, reinember thy sins ;" giving a plain exposition of Scrip- you may assure your friend, that the result of our experi. ture doctrine, such as he would have addressed to any
ence here, goes to prove that public worship, judiciously common audience, and, of course, without any refer- conducted, and to patients properly selected, is both ence to the peculiar circumstances of his hearers. The soothing and comforting, even in preserving a link that so physician, matron, and others, in charge of the esta
strongly binds every well regulated mind in a Christian blishment, were present. Several of the patients ap- community, and showing them, that though detached, peared to be deeply affected, and shed tears.
they are not yet neglected, or outcasts from society. It I state these circumstances, as I find that they were noted by me at the time, and as the information the better feelings of our nature, and exhibiting the
also affords an admirable opportunity of appealing to was given by my late friend himself, who was much malignity and debasing consequences of indulging the pleased with the result of this first experiment of worse, and this without personality, or kindling angry conducting divine worship within the walls of the feelings, or even giving room for reply, where the lat : Glasgow Asylum. It seems due, in some measure, to
ter too frequently exist with the disposition to justify k bim, and to the managers of that interesting and well conducted Hospital, that the fact should be generally restraint and self-command which it necessarily im.
them. And lastly, in my humble opinion, the moral known. It may tend, also, to confirm the experience of those who have lately pursued the same benevolent poses, and the relief and variety which in most in
stances it affords, from the tedium and listlessness of a plan in the Edinburgh institution. Not being aware, at the time of reading the report amusements of the inmates are suspended, rank high
day when the usual labours, active recreations, or given in the ChrisTIAN HERALD, whether the practice est, at least in a curative point of view. The numibegun in Glasgow, at the period referred to, had been bers usually attending, of both sexes, are about ninety afterwards continued, I wrote to a friend in that city,
out of one hundred and fifty, the others being obvious to ascertain the fact, and with some general enquiries as to the duty discharged by the chaplain of that ly unfit, unwilling to go, or not permitted for a time
on account of some misconduct, our practice here being Asylum, who is now one of the regular function
not to enforce attendance, but to make the permission aries. The answer which I received from Mr Mackenzie enclosed a letter, which, on his application, Mr the result almost uniformly shows, that it is considered
seem a mark of our confidence and approbation; and Galbraith, the present house-surgeon of the establish- such, as many of them evidently strive to control ment, took the trouble of writing, and which contains their' irregular emotions, and express a hope, that they some interesting facts in relation to the subject. I take the liberty of sending these communications, under the Indeed, the attention and general propriety of our little
may not be considered unworthy of attending worship
. impression that they may afford you some additional congregation is such, as (especially considering their data, on a question so interesting.
circumstances) must at once strike and gratify any 18I recollect, when at Paris in 1828, visiting the establishment for instruction of the deaf and dumb, (Ecole directed benevolence, be particularly pleasing to the
telligent stranger, and amongst other results of welldes Sourds- Muets in the Fauxbourg St. Jacques,) and
humane and generous founders of this institution.” inquiring, among other particulars, what amount of religious knowledge and training the children received,
NOTES OF A FAREWELL SERMON PREACHED who shewed a remarkable quickness in their written answers to questions put by the teacher on various other
AT ETTERICK. subjects. The answer which I received was, that the
BY THE Rev. John Boston, Jun. attempt to communicate religious truth to them had never succeeded, and, in the opinion of the managers,
“Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be
of one mind, live in peace, and the God of love and of peace would be quite impossible with persons in their situation. shall be with you."-2 Cor. xiii. 11. We know from the experience of the deaf and dumb schools in our own country, in Edinburgh, Glasgow, I ENTERED on these words last Lord's day. The meLiverpool, Manchester, Dublin, and other places, how thod I proposed for handling the subject was, First, utterly unfounded this theory of the Parisian teacher is.
To discourse of the several duties as they lie before us And, although the case of the lunatic is not the same
in the text; and then to make some application. The with that of the deaf and dumb, and may in all instances duties are great and weighty indeed, and in the narrow be less promising, it can scarcely be doubted that the
bounds of time assigned to us, I am to do little more experiment, if fully made, would be followed by some
than mention them. I dispatched the first last Lord's day, beneficial effect, at least in many cases, and where the
_“ be perfect.” You will remember, I took notice of the violence of the disease is not so great as to preclude the • The case of Cowper will naturally occur to you as a remarkable application of all moral treatment and persuasive in- | instance in connection with this subject, and atording, in some mua. tiuences. I can suppose that many cures have been
sure, the advantage of a double experiment, in corroboration of your
word perfect as it stands three different ways in Scrip- 1 ye cure the sick-raise the dead heal the lame_cleanse ture. It is ascribed to God, and to him only it can the lepers-cast out devils—and by working all kinds be ascribed in the most strict and proper sense of it. of miracles. No; but none of these is the badge. He He alone is the centre of all true holiness and perfec- brings it down to the simplest thing you can think of, tion. It is ascribed to saints in heaven, and to the love to one another. And now, is it of no weight spirits of just men made perfect. And it is applied to with you, to move you to unity, that it is the badge of saints on earth. It is said of Job that he was a per Christ's disciples? Yes, methinks this consideration fect and upright man,” and Hezekiah says, “remember, o should have great influence upon you, to move you to Lord, how I have walked before thee in truth, and unity and friendship, one with another.. Again, how with a perfect heart.” There is something worth no- pleasant and delightful is it to live in friendship, conticing here ; there is a perfection of parts, and there is cord, and agreement one with another? “Let there be a perfection of degrees. A new born child has all the no strife between us,” says Abraham to Lot, “ for we be lineaments and features of a man, yet he is not a perfect brethren.” Whatever you may think of it, my brethren, man. Even so a child of God has a something of per- I assure you it was greatly held in repute in the heathen fection in every part of him. All the parts of him are world. Agis, one of the kings of Sparta, being once in part perfect ; but no part of him is completely per- asked why Sparta had no walls about it—it being a fect ; “ but he grows up by degrees, until he come to the great city-he, pointing with his finger to the inhabi. full stature of a perfect man in Christ Jesus.”
tants who were then present,—these, says he, be the The second duty exhorted unto in the text is,—“be of walls of Lacedemon,—meaning the unity and concord good comfort." In discoursing on this part of the sub- then there. ject, I laid down several grounds of comfort which the I have had occasion in the course of my ministry, to people of God may take comfort from, and give com- discourse of unity unto you, and I do the rather insist fort to others. As, 1st, The sufferings and death of upon it now, that we are about to part, for I do not Christ afford great ground of comfort to the people of know of any thing that will more conduce to your havGod in the time of trouble and distress. The Apostle ing a well qualified Gospel minister settled among brings it in as a ground of comfort in the 8th chapter you, than your unity one with another. My brethren, of the Romans, “ who shall lay any thing to the charge as there is nothing more pleasing to the Holy Spirit of of God's elect," &c., as if the apostle had said, since God than unity, peace, and concord; so there is noChrist died and rose again for his people, who is he thing more displeasing, more grievous unto him than that shall condemn them? And from this they may envy, strife, and debate. The Spirit of God, my bretake comfort and encouragement. 2dly, The covenant thren, is a tender and delicate thing, so to speak, he of Tace affords great ground of comfort to the people cannot endure a noisy or clamorous habit. You will of God. David, that famous Old Testament saint, found remember, for it is very remarkable, that when Elijah it 80; "although my house be not so with God, yet he was in the cave, “the Lord passed by, and there was a hath made with me an everlasting covenant,” &c. mighty strong wind; but the Lord was not in the There were a great many disorders in David's family. wind :-after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord It was not in that order in which the good man could was not in the earthquake :-after the earthquake a have wished it to be. But from this he took comfort, fire; but the Lord was not in the fire :-- after the fire that “God had made with him an everlasting covenant a still small voice.” And there was the Lord. You ordered in all things, and sure; and tbis, says he, is all my cannot take a more effectual way to dispossess the salvation, and all my desire.” The covenant of grace is a Holy Spirit of God, and make him depart from you, comfort in life, and a great comfort at death. When than by maintaining a wrathful and revenging spirit, you are standing on the march-stone between time and whereas, a spirit of meekness is highly pleasing and eternity, the covenant of grace will yield great com- delightful unto him.
3dly, The intercession of Christ for The last duty exhorted to is, living peaceably with his people in heaven, gives them great ground of com- all men : “ Live in peace." This is a subject that raSort. As in the fore-cited 8th chapter of the Romans: ther needs application than explication. Therefore, I "Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, shall give you some few directions how to perform that yea rather that is risen again, who is even at the right excellent duty of living peaceably with all men. Ist, hand of God.” Now, if the apostle had stopped here then, if you would live peaceably with all men, study and said no more, than to have told a poor afflicted, to get and maintain a meek, yielding, and quiet spirit. disconsolate soul, that Christ had died, and was risen This is an excellent way to live peaceably with others, again, and was now exalted to the right hand of God, to have a peaceable temper yourself. But, Oh, how - he might have said, but what is that to me? Will many are there who are of such a peevish and morose one who is so high as the right hand of God take any temper, that it is impossible for any one to live at peace notice of me,-a poor straying sheep in the wilderness with them. Like the salamander, they are never at Ay! but the apostle comes in with his blessed “ also, rest but when they are in the fire of contention. But, " who also maketh intercession for us,” and this affords I say, to live peaceably with all men, it is necessary that great comfort and encouragement under the greatest you be possessed of a quiet, peaceable temper yourtrials and distresses here. 4thly, What do you think of selves, and if it shall be your unhappiness to meet with the Word of God? It affords great comfort under trials such as it is impossible to live peaceably with, yet, and afflictions !“ Unless the law had been my delight,” suffer it patiently, and comfort yourselves with thissays David, “ I had perished in mine affliction. that it will not long be so, for shortly, you shall depart joice at thy word, as one that finds great spoil.” There the stage of this world, and enter into pure and peacenever was a saint in the world, but he found comfort able regions above, where there shall be nothing to disin the word of God.
turb your peace any more. The third duty exhorted to in the text, is unity 2dly, Rather take sometimes wrong to yourselves among the people of God: “Be of one mind.” And in than strife and debate. That famous Old Testament order to press this upon you, I offer a few things to your patriarch, Abraham, is worth noticing here, who has consideration: First, Remember the badge of Christ's set us a noble example in this particular. When his disciples by his own appointment. “By this,” says he, herdsmen and those of his brother, Lot, could not agree, " shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have because of the multitude of their cattle, Abraham says love one to another.” The wisdom of the world, which to Lot, “if thou wilt go to the right hand then I will is foolishness, would have thought he would have said, go to the left
, or if thou wilt go the left hand then I by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, it will go to the right.” He does not stand to dispute his
fort unto you.
right, as he might well have done, for he was both the seen in the place, and I bless the Lord for it. I have elder brother and the better man, and yet he yields the been sensibly assisted in my sermons among you; but point, and gives Lot that right which he might well | I thought I had a call in Providence to go to another have taken to himself.
place in the Lord's vineyard, and I think so still, what3dly, Be sure to acknowledge the wrong done to ever others may reproachfully say of me. I know there your neighbour. Many there are who, when they have has been much said in this affair, and I earnestly desire any way injured their neighbour, will not acknowledge and beg of God, that he would give me grace to forgive it io be a fault, but count it a great part of manliness to all that hath been uncharitably said of me. One reflec. stand to it “sturdily,” as we used to say. This is not tion, I think, I may make without offending any, viz. the way to cultivate peace among neighbours, my bre- that if there bad been less speaking and more praying thren, but acknowledge the wrong done to your neigh- among us, it had been much better with us. I do not bour, if you would live peaceably with him.
expect, my brethren, but to meet with troubles, go Lastly, Be very cautious of taking up or reporting where I will; but if the God of love and peace be with any evil report of your brethren. Many there are who me, I hope I shall be enabled to combat and overcome are glad when they have any thing, or can get any thing, them all at last. And, dear brethren, I request the to say of their neighbour. If they can hear it, they will help and assistance of your prayers, that they may folbe sure to report it. And if they should be challenged low me, go where I will. They are of great use, both for it, “ 0,” say they, “I am sure I did not make it.” to God's ministers and people; they have been so in This, they think, excuses them. It was brought like a all ages, and are so still. Therefore, I entreat you, snow-ball to their door, and they must give it a kick pray for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that with their foot to drive it to their neighbour's door. I may be enabled to declare the unsearchable riches of Ay! but the citizen of Zion, as David describes him, Christ. And, on the other hand, God forbid, that I will not only not make a report, but will not take it up, should forget thee, O Etterick, the place of my nativity yea, though another should brir.g it to his door.
—my charge, and my now glorified father's charge. And thus, I have shewn you how to live peaceably God forbid, that I should cease to pray for you. And, with all men. The motives for enforcing these duties my dear brethren, it shall greatly comfort and refresh are great and weighty indeed. Do this, and the God of my soul to hear that you are furnished with a well qualove and peace shall be with you. No matter who shall lified Gospel minister, that shall break unto you the leave you since the God of love and peace has promised bread of life, and set before you the water of life. And that he will never leave you. It is an Old Testament | I pray God, that the silver trumpet of the Gospel may promise, that a New Testament saint may take com- be still continued sounding among your green hills
. It fort from; for he hath said “I will never leave thee nor is now upwards of fifty years since the Lord began to forsake thee."
shower down blessings upon you; and yet there is I shall now shut up all, with an address suitable to the plenty of provision in these higher regions; it is yet as present occasion, and what I have now to say, I must be plentiful as ever. Oh, my brethren, be much in prayer; understood as speaking to those of my own congregation. pray severally and co-jointly; lie prostrate at a throne
My brethren, it is now sixteen years complete since of grace, and protest unto God that you will not depart I entered into the ministerial office among you, and I from thence, till he pour out his best blessings among have, during the course of my ministry, laboured among you in such abundance, as that you shall have scarca you, for that time, according to the measure of the gift room to receive them. Finally, brethren, farewell
. given me of God. I was, by the good hand of my God, Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live led to that text of Scripture, Rev. iji. 3. “Remember, in peace; and the God of love and of peace shall be therefore, how thou hast received, and heard, and hold with you.” Amen.' fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know
CHRISTIAN TREASURY. what hour I will come upon thee ;" so that I have left myself little more to say, at this time, but to beg of
Think of Eternity.—When you hear of the death of God that he would give you grace to remember and others, how proper and useful a reflection would this meditate upon what I spoke to you from that subject.
be, “ They are gone into eternity!” When you bear Dear brethren, suffer it not to slip out of your mind.
the solemn sound of a tolling bell, think, “Another The scope and subject of my sermons, since I came soul is gone into eternity!” When you see the funeral among you, has been to preach Christ unto you. My of a neighbour, think, “ His time is ended; he has argreat design was to make you sensible of your sin and
rived at his eternal home, and is fixed in an uncharge. misery by nature,-to commend God and his Christ to able state: Man giveth up the ghost,' said Job, and your souls,-to deter you from sin, and to allure you
where is he?' What is become of him, whom but a to duty. I believe you yourselves will bear me witness few days ago we saw and conversed with ? In what that I never stuffed my sermons with any reflections place, with what company, is he now? While I am upon this or the other particular sect or party. This thus reflecting, what does he see, and feel, and think thing I ever despised. I never dared to bring any
And how soon will the same thing be said concerning quarrel to the pulpit but God's quarrel against sin, for
me also “He is dead !' Oh! that solemn, awful day, none but that I ever thought to be for the glory of which shall finish my course; that infinitely important God. My brethren, I bless the Lord, ten thousand day when I must enter upon eternity !” Surely these times, that he ever was pleased to make me a preacher, just and natural reflections should make me serious, an --that be counted me faithful, putting me into the mi- | they did a very eminent courtier and statesman in Quee? nistry ; and I would not exchange the pleasure of Elizabeth's time, (secretary Walsingham,) whose mepreaching Christ's Gospel for all the gold of the Indies. * This interesting fragment has been furnished by the presenter:
I have laboured for some time in the ministerial cellent and much respected minister of Etterick, Mr Smith. It office among you, and wherein I have failed and come
forms the sketch of a sermon, which was preached by Mr Boston
quitting Etterick for Oxvam. “There is a tradition here,” says: short of my duty unto you, as who does not ?-I desire, Smith, " that among the many injunctions of his dying father, he in all humility, to fly unto that same blood of Jesus
was enjoined never to leave Etterick, nor the Established Churc.
of which he had been ordained a minister ; but the impression sex" Christ that I have preached unto you, for we need to soon to have worn off: the injunctions were neglected, for be!!! make application to the blood of Christ as well as you: we
Etterick and the Established Church, and became one of the fat!
of the Relief. These Notes of his Farewell Sermon were taken ought to fly unto it by faith, and apply it unto ourselves, short-hand by a hearer at the time; they have never appeared r. that we may, with the greater confidence, preach it to you.
print, or any where that I know of, except in the cottage et spa Many a blessed and glorious day of the Gospel have I
shepherd, where they have been kept as a legacy, or relic of preservation,"
morable words cannot fail to make some impression on School. They stopped by the side of a pond to play. every reader. This great man having retired from the They saw a fish floating on the water. They, perhaps, busy world into the privacy of the country, some of his plucked a willow from the bank, and tried to get the gay companions rallied him on his becoming religious, fish to the side of the pond, but in their great eagerness and told him he was melancholy. “ No,” said he, “I they both fell in-struggled for a little while_in vain an not melancholy, but I am serious ; and it is fit I cried for help and were drowned. How just a picture should be so." Ah! my friends! while we laugh, all is this of every man who is full of the love of the things are serious round about us. God is serious, who world, earnestly trying to win its best favours! What exerciseth patience towards us ; Christ is serious, who are they worth to him any more than a golden fish, shed his blood for us; the Holy Spirit is serious, in that some traveller who went before him has thrown striving against the obstinacy of our hearts; the Holy away because it was dead and useless; and what is he Scriptures bring to our ears the most serious things in in danger of losing but an everlasting life, more prethe world; the whole creation is serious in serving God cious than the breath of this life by ten thousand times and us; all that are in heaven or hell are serious :-how ten thousand ? Oh, how many of us stand by the side of then can we be gay? Let us then maintain a stedfast the waters of danger, please ourselves with trying to regard to eternity, wherever we are, and whatever we obtain the false and beautiful images that we see there, do. Were we deliberately to compare temporal and until we fall in and perish for the sake of those darling eternal things, we could never imagine that providing shadows! When the bodies of the two little children for the present life was worthy so many hours' thought were taken home, how many tears did their parents and labour every day, and eternity scarcely worthy of shed over them! So may good angels weep over us half a thought in many hours, and perhaps not one fixed when they see us throwing away our souls for the sake serious thought in many days. Proper thoughts of of any thing this world can give us. Learn to reason eternity will restrain our immoderate fondness for the on every thing you see as if it were a shadow, for you things of time; they will shew us that the riches, ho- may be sure there is nothing solid but eternity: If you nours, and pleasures of this life are all temporary, fad. cannot make such reflections yourself, read the Scrip! ing, and deceitful. They will teach us to follow even tures, or any other pious book, which will help you to our lawful worldly business with moderation, by re- see the value of eternity.--Mayow. minding us that we have more important affairs to at- Safety lies in Christ.-Christ is ever present in and tend to. They will abate our fondness for the distinc- with his people ; and, while he is on board, the ship tions of the world, which are so generally prized. The cannot sink. He may, indeed, seem to sleep for a honours of this world cannot silence a clamorous con
time, and to disregard both the vessel and the storm. science, much less can they suspend their possessor's Do you awake him by prayer and supplication.—DR eternal doom. A great man had an extraordinary mark GIFFORD. of distinction sent him by his prince, as he lay on his death-bed “ Alas!" said he, looking coldly upon it,
A Contrast between Christ and Mahomet.--Go to " this is of immense value in this country; but I am
your Natural Religion: Lay before her Mahomet and just going to a country where it will be of' no service his disciples, arrayed in armour, and in blood, riding in to me."-Anon.
triumph over the spoils of thousands, and tens of thou
sands, who fell by his victorious sword. Shew her the Be Consistent. When we pray to God to mortify cities which he set in flames; the countries which he our worldly-mindedness, perhaps a man runs away in ravaged and destroyed ; and the miserable distress of our debt, and we never imagine this is God's answering all the inhabitants of the earth. When she has viewed vur prayers, but cry out vehemently against the man for him in this scene, carry her into his retirements: Shew running away with our money.--CROLE.
her the Prophet's chamber; his concubines and wives; The Spirit must Bless the Word.—How quick and let her hear him allege revelation and his divine compiercing is the Word in itself! Yet many times it never mission, to justify his lust and his oppression. When enters, being managed by a feeble arm. What weight she is tired with this prospect, then shew her the Blesand worth is there in every passage of the blessed Gos- sed Jesus, humble and meek, doing good to all the pel! Enough, one would think, to enter and pierce sons of men, patiently instructing both the ignorant and the dullest soul, and wholly possess its thoughts and the perverse. Let her see him in his most retired afections; and yet how oft does it fall as water upon a privacies ; let her follow him to the Mount, and hear stone! The things of God, which we handle, are di- his devotions and supplications to God.
Carry her vine, but our manner of handling is human. There is to his table, to view his poor fare, and hear his heaTiile we touch, but we leave the print of our fingers venly discourse. Let her see him injured, but not probelind. If God speaks the Word himself, it will be a voked. Let her attend him to the tribunal, and conpiercing, melting Word indeed. The Christian no sider the patience with which he endured the scoffs knows by experience, that his most immediate joys are and reproaches of his enemies. Lead her to his cross, Luis sweetest joys, which have least of man, and are most and let her view him in the agony of death, and hear directly from the Spirit. Christians, who are much in his last prayer for His persecutors," Father, forgive cret prayer and contemplation, are men of greatest them, for they know not what they do.” When Na. life and joy, because they have 'all more immediately tural Religion has viewed both, ask, Which is the from God himself. Not that we should cast off hear Prophet of God? But her answer we have already ing, reading, and conference, or neglect any ordinance had. When she saw part of this scene, through the of God, but to live above them, while we use them, is eyes of the centurion who attended at the cross, by the way of a Christian. There is joy in these remote him, she spoke, and said, “ Truly this Man was the receivings, but the fulness of joy is in God's immediate Son of God.”_SHERLOCK. presence. We shall then have light without a candle,
Christian Confidence. Even when a believer sees no ad perpetual day without the sun ; for “ the city has light, he may feel some influence; when he cannot close no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it; with a promise, he may lay hold on an attribute ; and for the glory of God lightens it, and the Lamb is the
say,—though both my flesh and my heart fail, yet divine light thereof;" there shall be no night there, and they faithfulness and divine compassions fail not. Though lietd no candle, neither light of the sun, and they shall I can hardly discern at present, either sun, moon, or rtign for ever and ever.- BASTER.
stars; yet will I cast anchor in the dark, and ride it out, The Vanity of Sin.-Some little time ago, two until the day break, and the shadows flee away.-children were drowned in going home from Lathom ARROWSMITH,
No mingling voices sound
An infant wail alone;
A sob suppress'd—again THE LABOURER'S NOON-DAY HYMN.
That short deep gasp, and then Up to the throne of God is borne
The parting groan. The voice of praise at early morn,
Oh! change-Oh! wond'rous changeAnd he accepts the punctual hymn
Burst are the prison bars, Sung as the light of day grows dim,
This moment there, so low, Nor will he turn his ear aside
So agonized,_and now From holy offerings at noontide:
Beyond the stars ! Then, here reposing, let us raise
Oh! change-stupendous change! A song of gratitude and praise.
There lies the soulless clod :
The Sun eternal breaks What though our burthen be not light,
The new Immortal wakes
Wakes with his God.
CAROLINE BOWLES. Blest are the moments, doubly blest,
MISCELLANEOUS. That, drawn from this one hour of rest,
Melancthon. When Melancthon was entreated by his Are with a ready heart bestowed
friends to lay aside the natural anxiety and timidity of Upon the service of our God !
his temper, he replied, “ If I had no anxieties, I should Why should we crave a hallowed spot ? lose a powerful incentive to prayer ; but when the cares An Altar is in each man's cot,
of life impel to devotion, the best means of consolation, A Church in every grove that spreads a religious mind cannot do without them. Thus trouble Its living roof above our heads.
compels me to prayer, and prayer drives away trouble." Look up to heaven! the industrious sun
Missionaries in Greece.--I am looking more, says Mo Already half his race hath run;
Willis, in his “ Pencillings by the Way,” for the amusHe cannot halt nor go astray,
ing than the useful, in my rambles about the world, and But our immortal spirits may.
I confess I should not have gone far out of my way to Lord! since his rising in the East,
visit a missionary station any where, but chance has If we have faltered or transgressed,
thrown this of Athens across my path, and I record it as Guide, from thy love's abundant source,
a moral spectacle, to which no thinking person could be What yet remains of this day's course :
indifferent. I freely say I never have met with an equal
number of my fellow-creatures, who seemed to me so inHelp with thy grace, through life's short day, disputably and purely useful. The most cavilling mind Our upward and our downward way; must applaud their devoted sense of duty, bearing up And glorify for us the West,
against exile from country and friends, privations, trial When we shall sink to final rest.
of patience, and the many, many, ills inevitable to such WORDSWORTH. an errand in a foreign land; while even the coldest poli
tician would find, in their efforts, the best promise for A STANZA.
an enlightened renovation of Greece. But Ah! though time can yield relief,
Prayer and Painstaking. It was an excellent part of And soften woes it cannot cure ;
Luther's character, that in the most critical and difficult Would we not suffer pain and grief,
situations, he could commit his cause to God, whoin he To have our reason sound and sure ? Then let us keep our bosoms pure,
served, with firm and entire reliance on His will; and at Our fancy's favourite flights suppress;
the same time, be as active and indefatigable in using
all prudential means, as if the events depended wbolly Prepare the body to endure,
on human exertions. And bend the mind to meet distress; And then His guardian care implore,
A Word in Season.—Mr Marshall, author of a Whom demons dread and men adore.
treatise on Sanctification, in his early years, was under CRABBE.
great distress for a long time, through a consciousness
of guilt, and a dread of the divine displeasure. At last, THE PAUPER'S DEATH-BED.
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plied, “ You have forgotten the greatest sin of all, No passing bell doth toll,
the sin of unbelief, in refusing to believe in Christ, and Yet an immortal soul
rely on his atonement and righteousness for your acceptIs passing now.
ance with God.” This word in season banished his
fears. He looked to Jesus, and was filled with joy Stranger ! however great,
and peace in believing ! With lowly reverence bow ; There's one in that poor shed
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