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before them.” The Gospel assures us, that Jesus, which his attention was solicited. Indeed his appear. by his blood, has obtained eternal redemption for ance and manners were so very rough and forbidding, his people, and that whosoever believeth on him the whole style and bearing of the man were so coarse shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Con- tendence of the school was sometimes afraid of him, and

and ruthless, that the individual who had the superinfiding in his perfect righteousness, the believer almost wished to be quit of such a pupil. can say,

“ Who shall lay any thing to the charge John's attendance, however, gradually became more of God's elect? It is God that justifieth, who is regular, and, ere long, most punctual; and in the erhe that condemneth? It is Christ that died for ercises of the Sabbath evening meetings especially, he us, yea rather who is risen again.” Being justi- began to exhibit some symptoms of pleasure. From befied by faith, he has peace with God, and views ing at the outset totally ignorant of the alphabet, he all his afflictions as proceeding from the hand of certain rude way, of reading the New Testament, to be

became, in the course of a few months, capable, in 3 a reconciled Father, and as intended to make him competent to do which, in an intelligent way, had fixed inore a partaker of God's holiness, and to prepare itself in his mind as an object of his greatest ambition. him for his heavenly kingdom. He experiences Night after night he wrought away with his letters and that when tribulation abounds, the divine consola- his syllables, and followed the course of reading by the tions do much more abound ; that God strength application, so that, in process of time, he really became

other persons in the school with the greatest anxiety and ens him upon the bed of languishing, and makes

a tolerable reader, although the stock of information his bed in his sickness, and that, in the multitude which he had acquired was more the result of what was of his thoughts within him, his comforts refresh his orally communicated to him, than of his own studies. soul. Even death itself loses its horror in the view It was, however, very striking to observe the gradual of him, whose trust is fixed on the Captain of his influence which his tuition produced upon his ordinary salvation, who was made perfect through suffer- language and manners, and even on his countenance ing, and is become the Author of eternal life to bly melted away, he became grave, even gentle, exceed

and appearance. His sternness and roughness insensiall that obey him. Ile considers death as a con- ingly inquisitive, and very grateful for the kindness quered foe, or rather as a messenger of peace sent shewn him, and the opportunities of instruction which to conduct him to the mansions of perfect pu- he enjoyed, insomuch that the person who conducted rity and peace. Though a high tide of joy is not

the school not only found the greatest encouragement always the privilege of believers, many of them from his progress and good conduct, but could hold him have triumphed at death, in the hope of seeing becoming.

forth as an example to others of all that was proper and Christ as he is, and being for ever with the Lord, In the course of a short time, John became a regular “ in whose presence is fulness of joy, and at whose attendant at Church, and by this means, together with right hand are rivers of pleasure for evermore." his school instructions, made rapid progress in the know

Thus does it appear, that though the preach- ledge of divine truth, till it became manifest that the ing of the cross be to them that perish foolish- Spirit of God had carried home that truth to his conness, it is to those who are saved the power of 4 example of what it is to become “ a new creature.

science and his heart, and he stood forth a very fair God; the most effectual source of consolation Having attracted the notice of the excellent pastor

of under the aftlictions of life, and the prospect of the congregation which he joined, he was, by him, addeath. The saints on earth and in heaven will mitted to the Lord's table, after being fully satisfied as unite their testimony in declaring, that, by the

to the state of his mind and character, and till his death, divine blessing, the doctrines of salvation by a

which occurred several years afterwards, he maintained crucified Redeemer have been the chief means of

an upright, humble, and godly walk and conversation.

There was one circumstance which occurred in the their conversion, of their progress in the divine course of his history, (the introduction of which was life, and of their spiritual joy. I will not attempt the main object of this short narrative) which was a at present to describe the happy effects of the strong trial of John's integrity, and became also a signal preaching and belief of these doctrines in a fu- proof of his worth and sound principle, as well as of the ture state; for though the ministry of reconci- homage which the world is compelled to pay to these qualiation terminates in a present life, its glorious lities

, even amidst the scoffings which it so often pours

upon religion, and upon the conduct of conscientious consequences reach through eternity; and it shall

men. As his general character improved, John's useful. then appear, with the brightest evidence, to have ness and value as a workman proportionally increased, been “the power of God unto salvation." and he was gradually promoted in the different depari

ments of the distillery, until he was stationed at a post of

great trust and responsibility, that of watching the rua. THE INFLUENCE OF CHRISTIAN ning off of the spirits at the last stage of the process of

distillation. This ticklish office had been found to prePRINCIPLE AND CONSISTENCY.

sent temptations too strong for the virtue of others, and had been at last assigned to John, from the condidence

which his employer reposed both in his fidelity and his John W. a native of Africa, after spending several years temperance. But before the close of the first week af a as a sailor in the merchant service, visiting many parts his appointment, John found, to his unspeakable mortis of the globe, and encountering a variety of cruelties and cation and sorrow, that the duties of bis new office must hardships, came, in the course of providence, to reside be performed on the Lord's day, as well as others, and in one of our large cities, and obtained employment as a this he could not acquiesce in.“ What was to be done? workman at a distillery. Having been invited to give at- He went immediately to the overseer of the work, and tendance at a school which had been opened for the edu- explained to him the difficulty in which he was placed, cation and instruction of persons of colour, he entered it, and his decided objection to continue his ordinary wors and made his appearance occasionally, but without, at on the Sabbath. He was told that he was too serurufirst, seeming to take much interest in the objects to lous,—that he must not hamper himself with notions

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of that sort that having got a good place he must and dependents. But if we use the personal pronoun not forfeit it for a trifling circumstance like this, John as the nominative to the verb went, the verse would remonstrated, but was at last prevailed upon to take a read, “Out of that land he went forth Asshur;" which week to consider the matter, and, at the end of it, to is scarcely sense, and, at any rate, cannot convey the make known his determination. Every new reflection sense intended by the variation. The insertion of the confirmed John in his sense of duty, and in the con- preposition into, before Asshur, is totally inadmissible. viction that it was better to obey God rather than man. Nothing equivalent to it is to be found in any copy of On the following Saturday he announced his resolu- the Hebrew original, and the translators were aware of tion, calmly, but firmly, stating his reasons, that had this, as into is printed in different characters from the made him resolve, at all hazards, to keep the fourth rest in their marginal translation. Besides this, the commandment, and to abstain from working on the subsequent history of Nineveh may satisfy us, that its Sabbath-day, let the consequence be what it might. occupants were of a different race from the family of And what was the consequence? Was he imme- Nimrod, the son of Cush, and grandson of Ham, among diately displaced, and a less squeamish person appointed whose descendants the earliest and most fatal corrupto his station ? Far otherwise. No person possessing tions in morals and religion were introduced; whilst the an equal degree of confidence could be found to fill it, virtuous Abraham lived, with satisfaction, in contact -the work ceased to be required of him, or of any one with the Ninevites, till he was called to leave his counelse, on the Lord's day; and John W. continued till his try to fulfil the purposes of heaven. death, occupying the post of honour in the distillery, I have already alluded to the favourable situation of with the highest credit and fidelity, and keeping the Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian empire, for either Sabbath holy, according to the commandment. agriculture or commerce. Its territory extended over

all the space comprehended between the two great riSCRIPTURAL RESEARCHES.

vers, the Tigris and Euphrates; and it commanded these

streams for the greater part of their course : they conNo. V.

stituted, in fact, its riches, its glory, and its strength: NINEVEH.

any person may easily perceive that this must have BY THE REV. JAMES EsdAILE,

been the case, from such rivers with their tributaries, Minister of the East Church, Perth.

in such a country, and in such a clime; and the word

of God, addressed to an imaginative people, never fails In the first settlement of nations and families, when to seize on the most appropriate figures, and the most " the world was all before them, where to choose their picturesque imagery to produce a suitable impression place of rest,” two circumstances must have determined on the mind. Accordingly, the prophet Isaiah, in detheir choice; first, a fertile and well-watered district ; nouncing the judgments of God which were to be exeand, secondly, facility of intercourse with other com- cuted on Israel by the kings of Assyria, personifies the munities settled around them. The situation of Nine- might and the power of those kings by the rivers which reb, on the left bank of the Tigris, the Hiddekel of constituted the strength and resources of their country. Scripture, and, of course, not far distant from the cradle “ Forasmuch as this people refuseth the waters of Shi. of the human race, possessed the first essential requi- loah, that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah's site in a very high degree. This river, skirting the son; now, therefore, the Lord bringeth up upon them eastern boundary of the fertile region of Mesopotamia, the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king which had its name from its situation between the two of Assyria and all his glory; and he shall come up over great rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates, presented all his channels, and go over all his banks.” Isa. viii. 6,7. the most inviting inducements to the formation of a And when another prophet was employed to denounce settlement, and the foundation of a city; and nothing judgment against Assyria, which had been employed as could ever have led to the abandonment of such a sta- a scourge to chastise the rebellious house of Israel, he tion, but the diversion of commerce into a different alludes to the same resources of the Assyrian kings, but channel, or the judgments of heaven inflicted on account declares that they should not be available in saving them of abounding iniquity. The latter of these causes oper- from impending destruction. “ Behold the Assyrian ated first in the case of Nineveh ; and the former has was as a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches,-the probably prevented the re-occupation of the site as a waters made him great, the deep set him up on high, commercial station.

with her rivers running round about his plants, and sent Nineveh lay in the direct line, overland, between out her little rivers unto all the trees of the field. India and the Mediterranean, and was naturally the key Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his of intercourse between them; and we shall find it did branches, for his root was by great waters.” Ezek. xxxi. not fail to avail itself of the advantages of its situation, 3, 4, 7. and that its fourishing commerce, the natural parent of Here a melancholy reflection presses on the mind : wealth and luxury, was the cause both of its power the country is still the same; its resources are still the and its profligacy.

same; but the aspect of nature is totally changed, and Among the ancient nations, the Romans were the presents nothing but unhealthy marshes or arid wastes, only people whose wealth and power did not arise from or unimproved fertility; the scanty and miserable pocommerce. Their trade was war; their treasures were pulation subsisting by plunder rather than by industry, the riches of conquered kingdoms; and without en- and showing what an influence, for good or for evil, the gaging in commerce, to any extent themselves, they mind of man has, not only on human happiness, but on attracted the traffickers of all nations, and paid their the face of external nature. wares with the wealth of plundered provinces.

With regard to the commercial advantages of NineNineveh was built by Asshur, the second son of veh, it is evident, from its geographical position, that Shem. “ Out of that land (Shinar) went forth As- it opens up the most direct communication by land beshur, and builded Nineveh." Gen. x. 11. The trans- tween India and Europe. These advantages were not lators of our Bible have given a different version in the neglected: a communication was opened up with Tyre, margin, which' ascribes the building of Nineveh to the greatest emporium of commerce that ever existed Nimrod. “ He (that is, Nimrod) went out into As- in the world ; and I do not believe that the immense syria," &c. I venture to pronounce, that this sug- trade of Great Britain, which all the world regards gested variation is entirely unfounded. There is no with astonishment and envy, is at all to be compared doubt that Asshur is the Hebrew name for Assyria, as with the trade of ancient Tyre. I may be wrong in well as of him who first settled in it with his family this calculation, but I do not speak at random. Great

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must have been the power of Tyre when it ventured to the Messiah ; the other for herself

, to accompany him oppose the irresistible Alexander, who was appointed in his triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. (See De to tread on the necks of kings. After a most vigorous Lamartine's Pilg. to Holy Land.) defence, it was overwhelmed; and the conqueror, who From ascertained facts in the history of the world, I combined the deepest policy with the most frantic va- think we may infer that commerce, in the first instance, nity, effectually cut off the power of resuscitation by laid the foundation, and ultimately undermined the building Alexandria, with the sole view of attracting strength of all the ancient states whose greatness is reto its very favourable locality all the commercial be- corded in Scripture. It has a very humanizing influnefits which had belonged to Tyre. A singular do- ence over the mind : it removes prejudices and diffuses cument exists to prove the extent of the Tyrian com- knowledge; but it has countervailing disadvantages: it merce. The prophet Ezekiel enumerates the different diminishes patriotism; a great merchant is indeed a cinations that traded with Tyre, and Asshur, that is, tizen of the world: he, somewhat, resembles a Jew who Assyria, or Nineveh, is mentioned among the number, has no country; for it is of little consequence to hiin with a specification of the articles which it furnished whether his establishment be in Britain or Morocco From this document it appears, that Tyre had en- whilst he can command the market of the world. The grossed all the commerce of the Red Sea and the Me- commerce of Tyre was its strength and its destruction, diterranean; that it supplied all Syria, Arabia, Egypt, increasing wealth and luxury: Carthage, the daughter and Greece, and was the sole means of diffusing the of Tyre, was in the same circumstances ; the harvest of productions of the East, over the north of Africa and its riches was reaped on the deep : its defence against the south of Europe. (Ezek. xxvii.)

an invading enemy was committed to foreign generals The importance of Ninevel, in a commercial point and foreign soldiers, and its rulers trusted more to the of view, was clearly discerned by Solomon, who was power of their treasury than to the nerve and patriotism not only an inspired moralist, but an enlightened polic of their citizens. How different from the character and tician. To establish a communication between the policy of their opponents! The Romans met them Euphrates and the Mediterranean, an object which now with a hardy agricultural population, inured to toil and engages the attention of the British empire, he built attached to their country, and the ultimate result of a Tadmor in the wilderness, (2 Chron. viii. 4.) about struggle between such parties could not be doubtful. eighty-five miles from the latter, and somewhat more The pre-eminent talents of three of the native generals than a hundred from the foriner. It is mentioned as of Carthage, prolonged the conflict for some time, and one of Solomon's store cities; and our commentators with them fell for ever the power of the states, and the give an interpretation which they could not avoid, viz. existence of its capital. that it was for storing up grain ; but they do not tell I have already shown that the site of Nineveh was us, that the stores were not intended for the inhabi- the most favourable that can be conceived, as a mercan. tants of the limited district, nor for being transported tile station, for the transmission of the produce of the to supply the deficiencies of Judea, but to facilitate the East into the countries bordering upon the Mediterratransit of merchants and merchandise from the eastern nean; and that it actually traded with Tyre, “ the to the western limits of Asia.

crowning city whose merchants were princes.” But wa This place retains the name which Solomon gave to have still more decided evidence that the wealth and it, down to the present day; it is uniformly called the wickedness of Nineveh arose chiefly from com. Tedmor by the Arabs, which means a palm tree, and merce: for in the unmitigated judgments denounced which identifies it with the celebrated Palmyra, the city against it by the Prophet Nahum, the vast extent of of Zenobia, equally renowned for her powers and her its mercantile transactions is particularly mentioned. patronage of literature; who, (having assumed the title “ Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of Queen of the East, and chosen for her minister the of heaven." Nah. iii. 16. celebrated Longinus, author of the treatise on the Su- The heathen history of Nineveh, and of the empire blime, which, though it has come down to us only in of which it was the capital, from Ninus, the supposed fragments, has excited the admiration of the learned ;) founder, and the celebrated Semiramis, his wife, is full resisted, for a while successfully, the whole power of of fable and undeserving of any serious attention. But Aurelian, till she was, at last, entirely overthrown, and the vast power of this empire is fully established by her favourite minister massacred by the fury of the Scripture; where, however, it is only mentioned inciRoman soldiers.

dentally, and when it bore upon the history of the Jews. This region is still celebrated as a gem in the wilder- Five kings of Assyria are mentioned in Scripture, all ness; and travellers are astonished to find almost the of them powerful princes, and scourges to the rebelwhole of its scanty territory studded over with the mag- lious houses of Israel and Judah. Pul and Tiglathnificent ruins of palaces and temples, whilst it is sur- Pileser carried captive into Assyria, the Reubenites, rounded on every side by the most dreary deserts; its the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, 1 Chron. wealth and its power arose entirely from its being an

Shalmaneser completed the captivity of the entrepôt of cominerce; and the productions of the East kingdom of Israel, 2 Kings xvii. 9-11. Sennabeing now introduced into the Mediterranean, and Eu- cherib directed his resentment against the kingdom of rope, by the Red Sea and the Cape of Good Hope, at a Judah ; but God in answer to the prayers of the pious much cheaper rate than they could be conveyed over Hezekiah, defeated his purpose, and slew in one nizbt, land, the importance of Palmyra as a mercantile station a hundred and eighty-five thousand of the invading is gone for ever; and its ignorant and bigotted inhabi- army. “So Sennacherib, king of Assyria, departed, tants, instead of hailing the appearance of a stranger and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh. And it (for whose accommodation the wise king of Israel plant- came to pass, as he was worshipping in the bouse of ed this district,) as the harbinger of wealth and good | Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer, his tidings, regard bim as an intruder, and no place in the sons smote him with the sword; and they escaped into world contains a set of more inhospitable and blood the land of Armenia ; and Esar-Laddon his son, reigned thirsty savages. No man can approach them with safe in his stead.” 2 Kings xix, 36, 37. ty, without a passport from Lady Hester Stanhope, The most interesting episode in the history of Nine. whom they acknowledge as Queen of Tedmor, and veh, is the mission of Jonah the prophet, to warn it of whose strange eccentricities they ascribe to inspiration ; | impending destruction on account of its sins. He is the she herself seems to be of the saine opinion, if we can earliest of all the prophets whose writings are preserv. believe the latest accounts; for she is said to have two ed, though we cannot ascertain the exact period at which magnificent Arabian steeds in readiness; the one for he lived; only he prophesied of events which came to

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pass in the reign of the second Jeroboam, which stamps | aversion to the mission arose from fear. He was comhim anterior to all the other prophets. 2 Kings xiv. missioned to denounce vengeance against the chief 23–25. He was one of the prophets who belonged to enemy and oppressor of the land of Israel, and as he had the kingdom of Israel, many of whom were men of very not sufficient confidence in the protecting providence of exceptionable character ; and from all that we learn of God, he had nothing to expect but insult and punishhim, there seems to be more room for animadversion ment on account of his supposed presumption; therethan for praise. He was a most reluctant missionary; fore, “ He rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence and was disappointed and affronted because God was of the Lord.” Being defeated in this attempt, he promoved to mercy and compassion by the repentance of ceeded to discharge his duty faithfully, having been the Ninevites. But without dwelling on his character, strengthened in his confidence in the divine protection or on the extraordinary circumstances by which his com- by his remarkable preservation in the belly of the whale. pliance was enforced, I would call attention to the de- This interposition rendered bim fearless in the discharge scription of the city of Nineveh and to the conduct of of his duty; and having denounced the coming judgits inhabitants: It was “an exceeding great city of ment, he waited anxiously, and with earnest expectathree days' journey.” Had this measurement applied to tion for its fulfilment within the specified time. His the circumference, it would have indicated great extent: discontent and disappointment were great when God but it is evident that it does not apply to the circum- announced his purposes of mercy.

Whence arose these ference, but to the length of the place ; for it is said, feelings? Was it because he considered himself af"Jonah began to enter into the city, a days' journey,” fronted in being employed to announce a false predicand he cried, and said, “ Yet forty days and Nineveh tion? This feeling might have some influence in a mind shall be overthrown." Jon. iü. 4. There is here no so undisciplined as Jonah's appears to have been. But room for mistake, whatever there may be for astonish- a more natural motive, I will not say a more excusment and wonder; and all commentators struck with able one, may be found in the feelings of false patriotthe improbability of a city three days' journey in length, ism, which made him delight in contemplating the utter have applied the measurement to the circumference; ruin of the most formidable enemy of his country. He but if language has a meaning, the words quoted compel knew what Israel had suffered, and what it had reason us to reject this interpretation. But why should it ap- to fear from the Assyrian kings; and the denunciation pear incredible that the city should have been three days' which he was, at first, afraid to deliver, he afterwards journey in length ? All the heathen authors declare ardently longed to see fulfilled. These were feelings that Nineveh, or Ninus, as it is styled by them, was quite natural to a sinful and prejudiced man; but en

much larger than Babylon ; and ey represent the tirely forei to the character of a merciful and longEs latter as sixty miles in circumference, being a perfect suffering God, who presents the most beautiful and af

square of fifteen miles each side. But Nineveh was fecting contrast between his feelings of unbounded much larger, and not a square but a parallellogram, and mercy, and the irritable temper of the wayward prophet. consequently, must have greatly exceeded it in length. Jonah exulted over the expected ruin of a hostile and Besides, it is evident that there was a great quantity of wrecked city; God declares his merciful purposes to pasture land included within the walls; for there was the speechless infant, and the irrational creatures. "much cattle,” iv. 11 ; and this would greatly extend Should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein the enclosed space denominated the city.

are more than six score thousand persons that cannot The Scripture affords some means, though not very discern between their right hand and their left hand; decisive of ascertaining the amount of the population; and also much cattle.” it tells us that there were upwards of a hundred and twenty thousand persons in it, who could not “ discern

CHRISTIAN TREASURY. between their right hand and their left;" that is, infants; and supposing each family in which there was an Put on Christ. It is the will of God the Holy Ghost, infant to consist of five persons, including the parents, that we should put on Christ. He at first convinced it would give six hundred thousand as the gross popu- our mind of sin, made us sensible that we have no lation. But I have no doubt that this is greatly below righteousness in ourselves, and caused our consciences the truth; for this calculation leaves out of view every to tremble under a sense of guilt. Why did he do family in which there was no infant, and every unpro- this? Because he is the glorifier of Christ, and the ductive couple, and all the unmarried retainers and do- comforter of all his beloved members. Therefore he mestics in a family. But I will not attempt even an

would drive us out of our naked selves to the fulness approximation to the truth : it is more interesting to of Christ. He sheweth the corrupt judgment we naattend to the deep and unfeigned repentance of the king turally have of ourselves, of sin, and of righteousness, and his subjects. “He arose from his throne, and he that we may take shelter in nothing but the wounds of laid aside his robe from him, and covered him with sack- Jesus for our sins, clothe our minds with his righteouscloth, and sat in ashes,” when he heard of the denun- ness, and ever remember that all our salvation is in ciations of Jonah against himself and his people. The Christ, that so we may find, in and from him, peace whole city imitated his example; God saw their peni- of conscience, joy of soul, and holiness of heart and tence, and heard their prayers, and granted a respite from life.—Mason, the threatened judgments; and to inculcate the efficacy

Charity.- True charity receives her instructions as of repentance and reformation in arresting the ruin of

well as her existence from faith in God's Word; and a corrupted community, seems to be the chief lesson intended by the extraordinary mission of a Jewish prophet without delaying to propose questions, hastens to their

when faith points to human beings in danger, charity, to a hostile and a heathen state, whose overthrow was

relief. Our houses are built, our vineyards are plantirrevocably fixed; for the whole prophecy of Nahum

ed around the base of a volcano; they may be fair and consists of the denunciations of God against Nineveh, proclaiming its utter and irrevocable destruction, and flourishing to-day,—to-morrow ashes may be all that

Open, then, your hands wide, while they pointing out by expressive figures the way in which it

contain any blessings to bestow ; for of that which you was to be accomplished.

This clemency of the Almighty gave great offence give you can never be deprived. -- Payson. to Jonah, “ and he was very angry ;” and we may now Religion sweetens Life.--Religion will always make obtain some insight into the origin of his feelings, both the bitter waters of Maralı wholesome and palateable, in his reluctance to go to Nineveh, and in his chagrin but we must not think it continually will turn water that the threatened judgments were not executed. llis into wine, because it once did. - HARBURTON. ,

SACRED POETRY.

Come then, blest Spirit, holy dove,
Come tell me of my Saviour's love;
'Tis thine to bring his merits nigh,
'Tis thine to quicken, else I die.
The Father's love, the Son's combined,
Have sent thee brooding o’er my mind;
A lamp of light now dwells within,
I see, believe, and mourn for sin.
And hast thou, Spirit, loved me so,
That I through thee these myst'ries know?
Then all is due to love divine
The Father's love, the Son's, and Thine.

W.

HEAVEN. Hail! the heavenly scenes of peace, Where all the storms of passion cease ; Wild life's dismaying struggle o'er, The wearied spirit weeps no moreBut wears th' eternal smile of joy, Attaining bliss without alloy, Welcome, welcome, happy bowers, Where no passing tempest lowers; Where the azure heavens display The everlasting beams of day; Where the radiant seraph choirs Pour their strains from golden lyres; Where calm the spirit sinks to ease, Lull’d by angelic symphonies ! 0, then to think of meeting there The friends whose grave received our tear! The child long lost, the wife bereav'd, Back to our widow'd arms received ! And all the joys which death did sever, Given to us again for ever! 0, Lamb of God, by sorrow prov'd The Friend of man, the Christ belov'd, To thee this sweetest hope we owe, Which warms our shiv'ring hearts below.

H. K. WHITE.

MISCELLANEOUS. A Hindoo Female.-One day, when Lady Raffles, while in India, was almost overwhelmed with griet for the loss of a favourite child, unable to bear the sight of her other children, or the light of day, and humbled on her couch with a feeling of misery, she was addressed by a poor, ignorant, native woman of the lowest class, who had been employed about the nursery, in terms not to be forgotten : “I am come, because you have beca here many days shut up in a dark room, and no one dares to come near you. Are you not ashamed to grieve in this manner, when you ought to be thanking God for having given you the most beautiful child that ever was seen? Were you not the envy of every bods? Did any one ever see him or speak of him without admiring him? And instead ot letting this child continue in this world till he should be worn out with trouble and sorrow, has not God taken him to heaven in all his beauty? For shame! leave off weeping, and let me open a window."

A Seasonable Rebuke. It is related, in the “Life of Mrs Savage,” an excellent sister of Matthew Henry that when some respectable pious gentlemen were one Sabbath evening assembled together, they unhappiiy engaged in conversation unsuitable to the day. Berty Parsons, a good old woman, overhearing them, said,

Sirs, you are making work for repentance." This short and seasonable rebuke restrained them, and turned their conversation into a different and better channel.

Christian Kindness. The benevolent Dr Wilson once discovered a clergyman at Bath, who, he was juformed, was sick, poor, and had a numerous family. In the evening he gave a friend fifty pounds, requesting him to deliver it in the most delicate manner, and as from an unknown person. The friend said, “I will wait upon him early in the morning.” " You will oblige me, Sir, by calling directly, think of what importance a good night's rest may be to that poor man.

Selden.—“ I have taken much pains," says the learned Selden, “ to know every thing that was esteemed worth knowing amongst men; but with all my disusitions and reading, nothing now remains with me to comfort me, at the close of life, but this passage of 8. Paul, 'It is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acreptation, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. To this I cleave, and herein I find rest."

DEATH THE ENTRANCE TO NEVER-ENDING BLISS.

Rejoice for a brother deceas'd,

Our loss is his infinite gain;
A soul out of prison releas'd,

And freed from his bodily chain :
With songs let us follow his flight,

And mount with his spirit above ;
Escap'd to the mansions of light,

And lodg'd in the Eden of love.
Our brother the haven bath gain'd,

Outlying the tempest and wind;
His rest he hath sooner obtain'd,

And left his companions behind:
Still toss'd on a sea of distress,

Hard toiling to make the bless'd shore,
Where all is assurance and peace,

And sorrow and sin are no more.
There all the ship's company meet,

Who sailed with their Saviour beneath,
With shouting each other they greet,

And triumph o'er trouble and death :
The voyage of life's at an end,

The mortal affliction is past,
The age, that in heaven they spend,
For ever and ever shall last.

WESLEY. THE BELIEVER's soLILOQUY ON DIVINE LOVE.

And hast thou, Father, smiled on me?
Thy love how wondrous, Oh how free!
My bleeding heart of sin can tell,
And yet thou say'st that all is well.
Oh! can it be? my sins forgiven,
At peace with God, and sure of heaven;
Yet this thou say’st, and say'st again,
That Jesus died for sinful men.
Oh! thou blest Jesus, Saviour, God,
Thine is the mystery of blood ;
Thine is the righteousness divine,
In which my soul shall ever shine.
By thee redeemed, accepted ever,
Thou art the gift, thyself the giver ;
That I am thine, 'tis all of thee;
The Father's love speaks thine to me.

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