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infinitely easy for Almighty God to effect it; and yet pastures of sweet grass. The whole length of the vale the inquisitive mind that would go beyond this, is soon may be altogether, probably, about ten or twelve miles, brought to a stand. As to the exact way in which the from the spot where the little river abruptly emerges resurrection will take place, -how the identity of each from the recesses of the mountains to where it joins the body will be preserved,—what will be the nature of the Sunday River. The scenery of the upper part of the spiritual body fashioned like the glorious body of Christ, dell is very picturesque. Accompanying the course of —and how bodies will be preserved through eternity; the stream, as it meanders through the meadows, you on these subjects it is easy to conjecture and to dog. bave, on the right, lofty hills covered with woods of matize, but difficult, perhaps impossible, to come to an evergreens, and broken by kloofs, or subsidiary deils, intelligible and satisfactory conclusion. Nor need we filled with large forest-timber. On the left the hills are
It is enough for us to know the simple lower, but also covered with copsewood, and in many fact, in order to confort us for the death of our pious places diversified by rocks and cliffs of deep red and friends, and teach us the wisdom of following Him who other lively colours. The valley, winding among those is the resurrection and the life. It is enough for every woody heights, spreads out occasionally to a considerpractical purpose to know, that “the hour is coming able breadth; and then again the converging bills apin wbich all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, pear to close it in entirely with huge masses of rock and and shall come forth; they that have done good unto forest. At every turn the outline of the hills varies, the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil presenting new points of picturesque scenery; while, unto the resurrection of condemnation.”
scattered through the meadows, or bending over the Many appalling inquiries might be raised on the state river margin, appear little clumps of evergreens, wilof the finally condemned. But let us rest satisfied with lows, and acacias; and sometimes groves of lofty forest. what infinite wisdom has disclosed. As for those who trees (chiefly yellow-wood, or Cape cedar,) enrich the are heirs of glory, they have no occasion to distress vale with a stately beauty not always met with in South themselves with such unwarrantable investigations ; African landscape. This combination of the wild, the and as for those who are on the broad road to destruc- grand, and the beautiful, is heightened in its effect by tion, they will know all about the subject too soon. the exotic appearance of the vegetation : the lofty canWhat more can be needful towards awakening us to delabra-shaped euphorbias towering above the copses fee for refuge to the hope set before us in the Gospel, of evergreens; the aloes clustering along the summits than to know, that if we refuse, we shall bring on our. or fronts of the weather-stained rocks; the spekboom, selves misery, certain, heavy, unmitigated, uninterrupt- with its light green leaves and lilac blossoms; the inore ed, and eternal ?
elegantly shaped mimosa, with its yellow-tufted flowers; Scripture gives us various grand and captivating de- the baboon's ladder, wild-vine, and other parasitical scriptions of heaven, representing its glories and felicity plants and creepers, that climb among the crags, and fesby all that is beautiful and sublime in nature, and all toon in grotesque exuberance the branches of the loftiest that is esteemed exalted and desirable among men. But trees, intermingled with jasmines and superb gerani. if it be asked, how far are these representations to be ums; these, and a thousand other shrubs and flowers, understood literally, and how far figuratively? Where of which only a few are known to our green-houses, is heaven situated ? What is its extent? What its pre- adorn even the precipitous rocks, and till up the intercise nature ? What is it to see the living God face to stices of the forest. face ? In what language do the blessed inhabitants con- The meadows, too, or savannahs along the river verse ? What extent of knowledge have they of what banks, are richly embellished, at least in the spring and is passing in this world ?— These are points to which early summer, with the large purple fowers of a species Scripture either alludes not at all, or alludes in very of amyrillis, which has a very splendid appearance. At general terms; so that, in respect of these and many the time of my visit, which was the autumn of the other inquiries, “ it doth not yet appear what we shall southern hemisphere, the vale was thickly overspread be.” Having, however, the certain knowledge that with a small, white, delicate flower, somewhat resembeaven is a place of perfect holiness and happiness, it is bling the snow-drop. The river itself, like our own much better for us to leave uncertain conjectures, and River of Baboons, is but a large mountain torrent, to improve tbat knowledge, as an encouragement to bursting down, after heavy rains, in floods which sweep lead us to seek both a title and a fitness for so desirable over a great part of the level meads above described, a place,-to lead us to follow Christ, who, having and which fling up, in their violence, immense quanti. opened up and led the way to glory, is now saying to ties of large rolled stones and gravel, through which the us, “ If any man serve me, let him follow me; and stream, when diminished by the summer heats, filtrates where I am, there shall also my servant be.”
silently and unperceived. The current, however, even These examples may serve as a specimen of the many in the greatest droughts, is never entirely interrupted, points which it is often attempted to settle more posi- though sometimes invisible, but always fills the large tively and circumstantially than they are settled in pools, or natural tanks, which spread out like little Scripture ; whereas we ought rather to fix our atten- lakelets along its channel, and which its temporary tion on those things which are distinctly made known foods serve to sweep and purify. to us, as it is in consequence of these, and not at all in The Moravian Settlement of Enon was situate near consequence of opinions of conjecture, or of doubtful in the centre of the valley of the White River, and in the ference, that “the Holy Scriptures are able to make us midst of the scenery which I have attempted to dewise unto salvation by faith, which is in Christ Jesus.” | scribe. It stood upon a level spot of alluvial soil, near
the margin of one of the deep lagoons formed by the
river, and which the brethren have named the Leguan's A MORAVIAN SETTLEMENT IN SOUTH
Tank, from its being frequented by numbers of the large AFRICA. amphibious lizard called the leguan, or guana.
It was The valley of the White River lies at the bottom of also, I observed, well stocked with a species of carp the Zureberg mountains, which rise on this side to an common to many of the South African streams. elevation of about 2500 feet above the level of the ad- The village was laid out in the form of a long street, jacent country. The declivities of the mountain, and at the upper end of which were to be erected the church, the whole of the subsidiary hills which encompass this school-room, work-shops, and dwelling-houses of the glen, are covered with the clustering forest-jungle which missionaries. A small part only of these buildings had as I have described; but the banks of the stream are com- yet been completed; for the good brethren and their paratively level and open, and covered with luxuriant Hottentot disciples had returned but a few months be
fore to reoccupy this station, after having been driven | Hottentot congregation, or to one of the sereral sec. out of it by the Caffres in the war of 1819.
tions in which the people are classed, agreeably to the The number of Hottentots at this institution was then progress they may have attained in knowledge and about 200. Their dwellings were, with a few exceptions, piety. All then retire to rest, with an appearance of sınall wattled cabins of a very simple construction. cheerful satisfaction, such as may be naturally imagined
The extent of cultivation here was much inferior to to result from the habitual practice of industry and what I afterwards witnessed at the elder Moravian Set- temperance, unembittered by worldly cares, and haltlement of Genadendal, where the whole village is en- lowed by the consciousness of having devoted tber veloped in a forest of fruit trees; but, considering the mental and bodily faculties to the glory of God and short period that had elapsed since the inhabitants had the good of men. returned to their labours, as much had been accom- Though the Moravians find it impracticable or iner. plished as could reasonably be expected. The appear- pedient to follow up in their missionary settlements ance of the whole place was neat, orderly, and demure. some of the peculiar and rather monastic regulations, There was no hurried bustle, no noisy activity, even in which are observed in their European establishments, the missionary workshops, though industry plied there such as separating the married and the unmarried, the its regular and cheerful task; but a sort of pleasing pas- youth of different sexes, &c., still their precision and toral quiet seemed to reign throughout the settlement, formality in classification are very remarkable. Among and brood over the secluded valley.
other peculiarities of this description, I may refer to There were at this time three missionaries at Enon, the singular arrangement of their burial-grounds, which besides another brother who was absent on a journey, are divided and subdivided, by walks crossing at right all of them natives of Germany. The eldest of these, angles, into several compartments. One of these plots, who was also the superintendent of the institution, was thus marked off, is appropriated for the sepulture of the venerable Brother Schmitt, who, after spending his the married missionary brethren and sisters ; a second earlier years as a missionary on the desolate coast of | for the unmarried brothers ; a third for the unmarried Labrador, had been sent to Southern Africa. Mrs sisters; a fourth and fifth for baptized and married naSchmitt, an English woman, and at this period the only tives, male and female; a sixth and seventh for the uswhite woman in the settlement, appeared to be a per married and unbaptized natives, and so on. This eerson exceedingly well adapted for the station she occupied. tainly is carrying classification to a most fanciful pitch, The two younger brethren were plain mechanics. especially that of mere mortal dust and ashes! Passing
Regularity is one of the most striking characteristics over this, however, there is unquestionably something of the Moravian system; and a love of order, even to ex- very touching, as well as tasteful and picturesque, in cess, pervades every part of their economy. In order to the appearance of a Moravian burial-ground in South give some idea of this, I shall mention the daily routine | Africa. Situate at some little distance from the vil. at this place, which is, I believe, precisely similar to that lage, yet not far from the house of worship, cut out in established at their other institutions in this country. the centre of a grove of evergreens, and kept as neat
At six o'clock in the morning, the missionaries and as a pleasure garden, the burial-ground of Enon formed their families are summoned together, by the ringing a pleasing contrast to the solitary graves heaped with of a large bell suspended in front of the mission-house. a few loose stones, or the neglected and dilapidated The matin hymn is then sung, and a text of Scripture church-yards usually met with in the colony. The furead, for all to meditate upon during the day; and af- neral service, too, of the Moravians is very solemn and ter drinking a single cup of coffee, they separate to impressive. And still more solemn must be the yearly pursue their respective occupations. At eight o'clock celebration of their service on Easter morn, when the the bell reassembles them to a substantial breakfast, | whole population of the settlement is congregated in consisting of fish, fruit, eggs, and cold meat; each per- the burial-ground, to listen to an appropriate discourse son commonly drinking a single glass of wine. This from the most venerable of their pastors, accompanied meal, as well as the others, is preceded and followed by an affecting commemoration of such of their friends by a short hymn, by way of grace, in which all the and relatives as may have died within the year, and company join. As soon as breakfast is over, they re- followed by hymns and anthems sung by their united tire to their separate apartments, for meditation or de- voices amidst the ashes of their kindred. votion, till nine o'clock, when the active labours of the The missionaries at this place, like their German day are again resumed, and continued till noon. At countrymen in general, appeared to have a fine caste twelve o'clock precisely the bell is again rung; labour | for music; and the voices of the Hottentots being peis intermitted; the school is dismissed; and the breth- culiarly mellow, there was nothing vulgar or discordant ren and their families assemble in the dining-hall to the in their singing, but, on the contrary, a sweet, solemn, mid-day meal. The dishes are sometimes numerous, and pathetic harmony. Nothing, indeed, can well be (especially, I presume, when they have visitors,) but conceived more exquisitely affecting than the riche the greater part consist of fruit and vegetables of their though simple melody of one of these missionary hymns own cultivation, variously dressed. I did not observe when sung by an African congregation in the bosom of that any of the brethren drank more than a single glass their native woods, where only a very few years ago to of wine, and that generally mixed with water. The voice was heard save the howling of wild beasts, or ebe meal is enlivened with cheerful conversation, and is yell of savage hordes.* closed with the customary little hymn of thanksgiving. All then rise and retire, to occupy or amuse themselves as each may be inclined. Most of the missionaries, af
DISCOURSE. ter dinner, take a short nap, a practice generally preva
BY THE REv. E. B. WALLACE, lent throughout the Cape colony, except among the English. At two o'clock, a cup of tea or coffee is
Minister of Barr. drank, and all proceed again with alacrity to their vari- " Quench not the Spirit."-1 Thess. v. 19. ous occupations, which are prosecuted till six. This latter hour concludes the labours of the day; the sound Turs precept, according to the apostle's general of the hammer is stilled, and the brethren assemble practice, of adding, in the termination of his epsonce more at the evening meal
, which consists of light iles, such rules, or exhortations, as he deemed viands, and is soon over. After supper they adjourn suitable, forms one of a considerable number to the Church, where a portion of Scripture is briefly explained, or a homily delivered, either to the whole
* From “ African Sketches." By Thomas Pringle. Lords Mexon, 1834.
thrown together in the concluding chapter. We upon materials so weak and decaying. He speaks propose to make it now the subject of a few ob- to us in the fall of the leaf, and the flowing of the servations,
stream, so universally acknowledged as emblematic In considering the import of the precept, it is of the constant rolling on of the tide of time, and evident from the manner in which it is thrown in with it of the insensible gliding away of the days and amongst others, that we can gather little informa- years of human life. And when we will not hear tion from the context. It is only from the terms the still small voice, unceasingly addressed to us in of the precept, according to the natural meaning the common matters of daily occurrence, God which they bear in themselves, or as they are used again speaks to us in the thunders of his power, in other parts of Scripture, that we can appreciate in sudden alarms, in sore bereavements, in severe the words of the apostle. We are elsewhere disappointments, in painful distempers, in deaths taught, Gal. v. 17, that the “flesh lusteth against at the morning of existence, or the noon-day of the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh ; ” that health, and fulness and freshness of human strength. is, the Spirit of God suggests thoughts, awakens In these, and in many other ways, too minute and emotions, or implants desires, that are contrary to diversified to be particularised, does God speak to the will of the flesh. In the same passage, in the each and to all of us. Most justly may it be said, verse preceding, we are exhorted to walk in the “ Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto Spirit, being assured that, if we do so, we shall night teacheth knowledge. There is no people not fulfil the lust of the flesh, i.e., to walk in the nor language where the voice of God is not heard. exercise of those views and affections, which are Its line hath gone out through all the earth, and called the fruits of the Spirit, and then we shall its words to the end of the world.” And to not be debased by an unholy submission to the whomsoever the Almighty thus speaks, in any of desires and propensities of nature,—the chains the diversified methods, by which he would arouse which bind the soul, and with which it is cast into us to consideration, the language of the precept is outer darkness. Without further proof, then, we also addressed, “quench not the Spirit. shall consider the expression, “ the Spirit,” as sig- In directing your attention to these many ocnifying, what indeed it most obviously imports, casions on which the Spirit of God would exert an the influences of the Spirit, whatever they may be, influence upon the mind, there are three prominent upon the mind. Then, also, the other term in instances which we cannot forbear to draw into the language of the precept, “ quench not,” will more especial notice. evidently mean, give way to these influences, yield 1. We quench the Spirit when we shut our to them, encourage them, desire them, do not ef minds to the knowledge of the Gospel, and preface them, do not oppose them.
vent the entrance of that light which would flow There is a great variety of ways in which in upon the understanding from the reading or the Divine influence is exercised, and in all preaching of the truth. of which the exhortation of the text may be Man naturally shuns the light of evangelical observed or neglected, the spirit received and truth, as the bird of night shuns the light of day. encouraged, or resisted and quenched. God may The light shineth, but man is unwilling to come speak to us in the early instructions of infant to the light, because his deeds are evil. He has a years, or afterwards in the checks of the warning presentiment of the rebuke which it will give. He monitor within us, or in the counsels and admoni- has a feeling that religion, even the knowledge of tions tendered to us by those who take an interest | it, is inconsistent with the course which he has been in our welfare, or in the reproaches and abuses pursuing, and because he is not disposed to abandealt out by an offended partner in guilt. Or the don that course, he therefore puts away from him Almighty speaks to ns in his oracles, where the that knowledge which would trouble and torment word of man is exchanged for “thus saith the him in following it. When therefore the light of Lord God ;” and there he speaks to us either in Divine truth is fled from, when the lamp of reason the language of just indignation, hating sin, mark- and intelligence in spiritual things, about to be ing the ways of the sinner, lifting an arm of ven- kindled, is extinguished, and darkness is courted geance, sweeping with a besom of destruction, and as more convenient for the works of iniquity still consuming the adversary with fire unquenchable; to be done, then is the Spirit quenched, then is or he speaks in the mild and encouraging accents that voice, which would tell us of our errors, and of an affectionate parent, not willing that any should guide us into wisdom, silenced ; and we continue perish, beseeching and exhorting us to return, to prowl under the shades of night, afraid of that sending his own Son to allure and to win us over sun which would disclose our deeds, and hold us to a confidence in his mercy, offering in an un- up to the reprobation of our own minds. qualified manner to wash away all our iniquity by Now I fear there are few who may not have his blood, and giving his spirit to teach, and com- experienced in themselves, at times, a wish to esfort, and sanctify. Or God speaks to us in every cape from a knowledge of Christ and salvation, as thing we see, or know, or hear of in the ordinary if that knowledge were our evil and not our good. events of life. He speaks to us in the daily course And some there may be, or are, who have indulged of his Providence, in the bread which we eat, and the wish, and succeeded in it, and who remain in the water which we drink, reminding us of the a sottish and death-like ignorance. All are not imbecility of a frame constructed of and dependent guilty to the same extent. But all may be conscious that they have often shut their ears to in- | too much upon their own minds; their peace, and struction. The admonitions of teachers have often respectability, and welfare, here and hereafter, are been slighted; the counsels of parents often ne- all too nicely interwoven with it, to allow them glected, and an anger has been conceived against now openly to renounce it. But still they will the friend, who, at the hazard of friendship, has, not be humbled into its lowliness ; they will not through friendship, given a seasonable advice; nay, cultivate its broken-heartedness; they will still blindness and error have sometimes been desired; hold fast their integrity, and rejoice in their merithe office of reason has been sometimes wantonly torious acts, and hope that through them they will abused and perverted, that a criminal purpose find favour with God. All men have naturally a might be the more unhesitatingly accomplished. high and unbending spirit within them. All would Many may be conscious that at this day they might fain build a tabernacle of their own merits for their have possessed much more wisdom and understand stronghold. And whether, therefore, reflection ing, had they not even violently repelled instruction; smite them with a conviction of guilt, or remem. had they not for the very sake of killing thought brance carry them back, with a feeling of shame, and time, plunged into some vain and unsatisfying to actual transgressions, or whether they read the amusement; had they not, not only with mere Divine record, and behold there the sun-bright thoughtlessness, wasted away days, or months, or characters in which human nature is portrayed, years, which might now have yielded the fruits of and which for the moment may compel all to beenlarged views and more exalted enjoyments, but, lieve in the general doctrine of original sin and absolutely and in very deed, put away from them, universal guilt, all do manifest a disposition still to or abused, or slumbered over the invaluable means cling to a righteousness of their own. Some stoutand opportunities of improvement, which were ly, and long, and resolutely put away from there not only within their reach, but solemnly, assidu- the call to repentance. None frankly and freely ously, and repeatedly pressed upon them by the comply with it. None comply with it at all, until course of God's providence, and the warnings and a necessity is laid upon them ; until the mighty admonitions of God's servants.
hand of God takes hold of them ; until their hearts To all, therefore, in these and similar circum- are radically changed; until they are bound by the stances, the precept of the text says, quench no silken cords of Divine love, instead of the chains longer the Spirit of God; shut no longer your ears of sin, and contemplate, in beauty and in power, to instruction ; open now your mind and receive the splendours of redeeming grace, and feel the the word of salvation ; slight not now any more charms and bewitchments of a Saviour's kindness the knowledge of the Gospel ; listen, and listen and generosity, and then look to themselves as attentively to the sound of peace, and of good will children of corruption, as heirs of mortality, as to men, which was first heard in the land of Judea ; slaves who have been hugging the chains of their which has since been heard, and repeatedly beard, own bondage, or as worms of the dust living upon and is renewed to us every day, to us in these dis- their own abominations. Until the effectual charge tant isles, and which will at length be heard, for a is wrought, all men give the same resistance. And witness unto all men, echoing on every shore, and even whilst the change is going forward, they eron every mountain-side within the circuit of the hibit more or less of the disposition. How do they habitable world.
cling to any little virtues, by which they may 2. We quench the Spirit when we refuse, in distinguished amongst others! Or, how do they enobedience to the command of God, to humble our deavour to rear these virtues into the merit of a selves into the lowliness of penitent sinners. sacrifice, by which they may make atonement for
Man may have an aversion to Scriptural know- their sins! How anxious are they to bury their ledge, but he has a still greater aversion to a peni- iniquities in oblivion, as is, because they forgue tential confession, The former aversion may them, God also would forget them! Or, bo therefore be in part overcome, whilst the latter re- do they wish to give to them the gentler names of mains. A general conviction of the truth of misfortune or imperfection, as if the change of Christianity inay be effected, whilst a conviction name changed the character of the act, or world of sin is resisted. It is amongst the many strange alter the mind of God! How careful are men in inconsistencies which we meet with in man, that conceal their faults, as if concealment from me there are persons who both receive and reject were the same as concealment from the eve of the truth, that is, they receive it generally as a Heaven! Or, how do they add sin to sin for this whole, but in many parts of it they reject it; or, purpose, as if the shame of detection were a greater receiving and acknowledging it, they yet practise eril than the wrath of God, and continued inigay a deception upon themselves, and instead of adapt- Or, if their sin be discovered, how often do they ing their minds to it, they colour, and pervert, and harden themselves against confession and repeatexplain it, so as to adapt it to them. This is ance! Or, how do they attempt to justify themparticularly the case with those who retain a self-selves against the clearest evidence, or to prote righteous spirit. They cannot brook humiliation. that, in the circumstances of the case, they were At the saine time, they cannot boldly discard excusable! Now, all this springs from an enChristianity. It has gained too firm a footing in willingness to be humbled and abased, and whea the world. It is accompanied with too clear and persevered in is a quenching of the Spirit. Anne demonstrative evidence of its truth. It has gained if angels in heaven rejoice over the sinner thai
repenteth, they may mourn and weer over him on the contrary, rather studied how to escape from that hardeneth himself against conviction, and per- the serious impressions which the day was calcusists in his error.
lated to make, or, counting it a weariness, have en3. The Spirit is quenched when sin is know- deavoured to get it passed by in as easy, slumbering, ingly committed. Ignorance will not justify trans- and profitless a manner as possible! Or are there not gression, but transgression is dreadfully aggravated also some who have endeavoured to seduce others when committed against the light of the under into wickedness, that they might countenance standing. So great is the aggravation felt to be, themselves in a course of folly which they were that in general, before a deed of wickedness is knowingly pursuing? And are not multitudes perpetrated, an attempt is made to extinguish the daily taking shelter, and that with eagerness and light which shines upon the mind, and to stifle with rejoicings, under another man's example, and, the intimations of a faithful warning conscience. against their own understanding, consciously makWhen the endeavour succeeds, sin is then plunged ing use of a weak and false argument to justify into, crime perpetrated, or unhallowed pleasures and encourage themselves, that because another indulged in, with less disturbance from compunc- man, who ought to know better, and to be better, tious feelings, and fears of the consequences. But unhappily falls into sin, or daringly does wrong, it also happens, that passion is often too violent, therefore, they also may fall into sin without dantemptation too strong, and desire too impetuous, ger, or do wrong and be excusable ? In one word, to wait for the slow and gradual extinction of is there one person here, or any where, who has reason and conscience, and the knowledge and fear not frequently left undone that which he knew of God. Sin is committed then in broad day- and felt he ought to have done, or done that which light, in direct and daring detiance of all those he knew and felt he ought not to have done? It monitors put around us to guard the path of is not here a matter of consequence, what be the righteousness. All the fences of religious truth particular sin of commission or omission ; but the are fearlessly and awfully trodden under foot, and question is, have we not all a thousand times, from man, little man, with the impotence of a worm, the call of indolence, or of pleasure, or of interest, and a duration in the world short and uncertain inviting us in an opposite direction, knowingly as a dreain, maintains a proud will of his own, lifts left undone things which we knew it to be our his arm against the fiat of the Almighty, and duty to do, or done other things which we equally rushes with his eyes open, upon the thick bosses knew it wrong to do at all, or wrong to do at that of Omnipotence.
time ? Considering, then, the broad question, and I wish, my friends, it may not with truth be considering the others that precede it, we are all said, that all, at times, have been more or less compelled to plead guilty to the charge. Perhaps guilty of something of this kind. Is there any there are few who have that awful spirit of barilione who has not sometimes made choice, con- hood, mentioned in the commencement, by which trary to the convictions of his mind, of that which they would avowedly defy God; but others only is evil and profitless, in preference to that which do, in a more covert, artful, and self-deluling is good and wholesome for the soul? Are there manner, the same that the few do openly and learnot many who, at some period of life, have done lessly with the spirit of violent daring. Being a deed of darkness, and yet knowingly, and with then found guilty of often thus quenching the a feeling that if the truth were published, it would Spirit of God, let us humble ourselves and acdeservedly cover them with shame? Have not knowledge our guilt, lest we be doubly chargeable, most of us, at times, cherished within our breasts first, with sinning against light, and second, with wicked thoughts and passions, feelings of irrita- resisting the call to repentance. tion, malevolence, envy, disdain, pride, scorn, im- We should now give, in conclusion, some reapiety, dissatisfaction with the course of providence, sons for complying with the exhortation. Having opposite to the scheme of redemption, or of en- dwelt
, however, so long upon the precept itself
, mity to a life of holiness, to the commands of God, we shall be extremely short. Enlargement, inand the cause of religion, which feelings our own deed, is quite uncalled for. Compliance is equalmind at the moment informed us were wrong, and ly and plainly both our duty and interest. The yet we would not for a season restrain them? Or exhortation carries its own importance in it; and have not all of us, or most of us, at times had op- the observations which have been made, bear upon portunities of doing good presented, and felt it to them, we think, the impress of truth. We shall he our duty to embrace them, and yet, because add a single remark upon the evils resulting from our disposition was contrary at the time, have resistance to the Spirit. turned away like the priest and the Levite, and In reference to them, what can be more disastrous passed by on the other side ? Or, when the Sab- to the best interests of mankind, than an attempt bath of God made its weekly return, and all was to extinguish in the mind the light of truth just quiet and peaceful, and when the tranquillity of the as it begins to dawn? What can he more desday and solemnity of the occasion invited to piety, tructive to the fine moral sensibilities, which we when a favourable occasion was thus offered, and ought to cultivate, than sluutting our eyes to the when, in gratitude, we ought to have felt our- baseness of sin, or coinmiiting it against the conselves called upon to use it for the religious im- victions of the understanding ? This is to exprovement of ourselves and others, have nnt many, punge from our soul the hand-writing of God.