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and magnificent world, to be carried captive by the “ The Greenlanders have neither a religion por idol. force of irresistible conviction. In the motion of every atrous worship, nor so much as any ceremonies to atom and the breathing of every insect,-in the paint- perceived tending towards it. Hence the first Missioning of every flower and the radiance of every star,-in aries entertained a supposition, that there was not the
least trace to be found amongst them of any concepton the waving of the golden barvest and the verdure of the of a Divine Being, especially as they had no wad to everlasting hills,—in the rolling of the solemn thunder express him by. When they were asked, Who made and the sounding of the solitary ocean,-in the fasci- the heaven and earth, and all visible things their an. nations of the bright day and the unnumbered glories swer was, “We know not;' or, “We do not know of the starry night,-in the operations of intelligent him;'or, 'It must bave been some mighty person ;'-, men and the vast movements of mighty and magnificent Things have always been as they are, and will always worlds,—there is a voice that can scarcely be mistaken. language better, they found quite the reverse to be
remain so.' But when they came to understand tbeit It is full of majesty and of power. It enters into the true, from the notions they had, though very vague and silent soul. It discourses to it of the glory of God. various, concerning the soul and concerning spirits ; It stamps the sentiment indelibly on the heart : “ Thou and also from their anxious solicitude about the state art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and after death. And not only so, but they could plainly power : for thou hast created all things, and for thy gather from a free dialogue they had with soine pero
fectly wild Greenlanders, that their ancestors must pleasure they are and were created.”
have believed in a Supreme Being, and aid render Nor are such impressions, in regard to the existence him some service, which their posterity neglected by of a God, confined altogether to Christian lands, or to little and little, the further they were removed from men of cultivated minds. Everywhere, and to all na- more wise and civilized nations, till at last they lost cions, “ the heavens declare the glory of God, and the every just conception of the Deity. Yet, after all, it is firmament she weth his handy-work; day unto day ut- manifest, that a faint idea of a Divine Being lies contering speech, and night unto night shewing knowledge. cealed in the minds even of this people, because they Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their directly assent without any objection to the doctrine of
a God and his attributes, except they are afraid of the words to the end of the world; and there is no speech consequences of this truth, and so will not believe it nor language where their voice is not heard.” And Only they suffer their natural sluggishness, stupidity, þence, when we search into the experience, even of and inattention, to hinder them from attaining just the most savage hordes that wander on the face of the and consistent principles, by a due reflection on the earth, we discover this much, that whilst amongst them works of creation, and on their own timorous forethere are multitudes who may be regarded as atheists of them, though perhaps not all, must have had some
bodings concerning futurity. But still further, some in point of practice, and from habit, and by reason
meditations and inquiries in their mind concerning of the ungodliness of their lives, yet there are few this matter before they saw any Missionary; at least perhaps, if any, who are atheists in point of principle, in their younger years, before family cares were a: and from conviction, and by reason of the force of ir- cumulated upon them. This is plain from the foliowresistible evidence. They may not like to retain God ing anecdote :in their knowledge, and their foolish hearts may be baptized Greenlanders, expressed his wonder, how they
" A Missionary being once in company with some darkened through the ignorance that is in them, and could formerly lead such a senseless life void of all repractically they may be living without God and without flection. Upon this, one of them answered as follows: hope in the world. But not, we conceive, because • It is true we were ignorant heathens, and knew no. their darkness is so deep as to prevent them from dis- thing of a God or a Saviour; and, indeed, who stund cerning the faintest traces of the Deity, but just because tell us of him till you came ? But do not imagine tid it is true of them, as it is of multitudes who are living have often thought. A kajak, (that is a canoe or bea.
no Greenlander thinks about these things. I msxd in a Christian land, that they walk not according to the light which is shining around them, nay, that they love existence of itself, but must be made by the labour até
with all its tackle and implements, does not grow the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds ingenuity of man; and one that does not understand are evil. For what saith the Apostle Paul, when re- it, would directly spoil it. Now the meanest bird has ferring to the condition of such men? He tells us, that far more skill displayed in its structure than the best " that which may be known of God is manifest in kajak, and no man can make a bird. But there is them: for God bath shewed it unto them, because the still greater art shewn in the formation of a man than invisible things of him from the creation of the world bethought me, he proceeded from his parents, and they
of any other creature. Who was it that made him? I are clearly seen, being understood by the things that from their parents; but some must have been the 14 are made, even his eternal power and Godhead ; so that parents ; whence did they come ? Common report 2 they are without excuse.” And why? Not because forms me they grew out of the earth.
But if so, they know not God, or are incapable of knowing him, does it not still happen that men grow out of the earta but because “when they know God, they glorify him And whence did this same earth itself, the sea, the sec". not as God, neither are thankful, but become vain in there must be some' Being who made all these this
the moon, and stars, arise into existence ? Certaa. their imaginations, and change the glory of the incor
a Being that always was, and can never cease to ruptible God into images made like to corruptible men, He must be inexpressibly more mighty, knowing, wrw and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping wise than the wisest man. He must be very good t** things, and worship and serve the creature more than because every thing that he has made is good, usein the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen."
and necessary for us. Ah, did I but know him, £? But we quote as illustrative of the foregoing remarks, Who has ever conversed with him ? None of us we
would I love and honour him! But who has seen in and as a specimen of the reasoning, even of heathen minds, in regard to the existence of a God, the follow thing of him; O could I but speak with such ! This
Yet there may be men, too, that know ing passage from Crantz's History of Greenland,
fore, as soon as ever I heard you speak of this fiel
Being, I believed it directly with all my heart, because his throat with a pardon sealed in the blood of Jesus I had so long desired to hear it.'
Christ. He is never out of war, never without victory. “ This testimony was confirmed by the others, with Those roaring fiends set upon him proudly, and he beats more or fewer attendant circumstances. As, for in- them down triumphantly. The shield he always bears stance, they superadded : 'A man is made quite differ- with him, was never pierced_faith. He bath been often ent from the beasts. The brutes have no understand-tripped, once or twice foiled, was never vanquished. ing, but they serve for food to each other, and all for His hand liath been scratched, his beart is whole. Tythe use of man. But man has an intelligent soul, is ranny bends on him a stern brow, but could never dash subject to no creature in the world, and yet man is him out of countenance. Is he threatened drowning? afraid of the future state. Who is it that he is afraid he sees Jonas diving into that inextricable gulf. Burns of there? That must be a great Spirit, that has the do- ing ? he sees those three servants in their fiery walk, minion over us. O did we but know him, o had we and the Son of God amongst them. Is he threatened but him for our friend !'”
devouring? he sees Daniel in that sealed den of lions. Such are the views which seem to have been held Stoning ? he sees that protomartyr of the Gospel' sleepby these Greenlanders, when left apparently to the
ing in peace under so many grave-stones. Heading ? natural working of their own minds, and before they
he sees the Baptist's neck bleeding in Herodias's platter. had actually been brought into the glorious liberty is not weaker in him ; what could they suffer without
He is sure that the God which gave them such strength wherewith Christ maketh his people free. And they God ? what cannot he suffer with God ? If he must are views, certainly, which are as instructive, as they endure their pain, he looks for their faith, their patience, are remarkable. In point of fact, they embody the their strength, their glory. The terrors of death amaze most important principles of natural theology; and the him not, for first be knows whom he bath trusted, and demonstration which they give of the existence of then whither death shall lead him. He is not more a God, drawn as it is from the objects with which
sure to die than to live again, and out-faceth death
with his assured resurrection. Like Enoch, he walks they are most familiar, and characterised at the
every day with God, and confers familiarly with bis same time by great simplicity, is just as pointed, and Maker. When he goes in humbly to converse with forcible, and conclusive, as that which has ever been him by meditation and prayer, he puts off his own followed out by the most enlightened and cultivated clothes, and takes a rich suit out of the wardrobe of minds. Infidels, in the face of all this, and amid the his Redeemer, then confidently he entereth the presence light of a Christian land, may deny the existence of a chamber, and faithfully challengeth a blessing. He
hath clean hands and a white soul, fit to give lodgings God, or affect to deny it; but there is something about
to the Holy Ghost,-not a room is reservell for the human nature which declares, that there is a lie in their enemy, He that gave all finds all returned to bimself, right hand. The presence of God is manifest in every He is so certain of his eternal election, and present justi. thing that surrounds them. It is impossible to escape fication, that he can call God father, his Saviour bro, from it; and were they even to annihilate the Bible, ther, the Holy Ghost his comforter ; the devil his slave, and to withdraw themselves from every land on which earth his footstool, heaven his patrimony, and everlastthe light of Christianity has ever shone, and to banishing life bis inheritance. Those celestial spirits do not themselves to the habitations of darkness and of horrid
scorn his company, nor refuse to do him service. His
heart is so devoted to Christ, that if misery, if death, cruelty, even there witnesses would not be awanting to
if torments stood in his way on the right hand, he rise up against them, and to testify to the shame and would disdain all obstacles, and break through all dish. confusion of their faces. Even the heathen, in their culties to come unto him whom his soul loveth. He most abandoned and degraded state, would become their fixeth his spiritual eye upon the eternal things that are monitors and their teachers. Oh how interesting the
not seen; others see that is present, he that is to come. thoughts of these poor Greenlanders! How they wrought He hath laid up a sure treasure in heaven, a portion
He walks upon earth as a stranger, his heart is at home, their way through the thick darkness that was brooding that shall never be taken away. He vexeth not himon their spirits! and how powerful the impressions self with cares, he knows that he lives not at his own which they felt of the existence of a God! And surely cost. Without omitting good means, he rests on the wben we discover such glimmerings of celestial light Lord's providence. Without the warrant of God he even amid the shadows of death—such gropings of the dares do nothing, with it any thing ; nor is his faith immortal mind after God himself-Oh, who would not
more valiant, than his bowels are compassionate. He lend his aid to help them out of their darkness, and to
hath tears plenty, both for his own sins, and others' lead tbem on from the majesty of an unknown Creator, he is sure never to weep hereafter.
sufferings. He is no niggard of those showers on earth
When he departs to the tender mercies of a divine and all-sufficient Sa- this life, his body sleeps in a peaceful grave, and the viour !
glorious angels bear his soul with triumpbant songs to
the glorified saints, where it is married to the BrideCHRISTIAN TREASURY.
groom, Jesus Christ, for ever.--Adams. Character of the Assured Christian. Let me now
Christ is all-powerful. Many people talk about havcharacterize to you the man in whose heart there is this | ing strong corruptions. Why, if I have a strong cor
He' stands like an impregnable fort, upon ruption, I have got a strong Christ to conquer it, and whom misery and malice would spend all their shot; then it is a weak corruption.-R. Hill. much they do to their own shame, but to his glory. The Obligation of Belief - It is the duty of all to be. Sin, like a flattering neighbour, hath often knocked at lieve and embrace the overtures of mercy made to us in his door, and would have come in, but found cold wel the Scriptures; it is not at our option. We are not at come; and if it was importunate, was sent away, not liberty to embrace or reject the Gospel, as we may please without repulse and blows. Perhaps it lurks about his to decide. No! I am no more at liberty to refuse the outhouses, and in spite of him will be his tenant, but Gospel, than I am to imbrue my hands in my brother's shall never be his landlord. He hath some faults, but blood ; for the same authority which says thou shalt do God will not see them. He meets at every turn with no murder, commands all men every where to repent his railing and accusing adversary, Satan, but be stops and to believe the Gospel.–Rey, De Waugh.
Events in the far-distant future appear
Many thousands of years slowly rolling away,
In the reckoning of heaven are only a day.
See ! the night clouds evanish, the dawn hath appeared;
The banner of hope on Mount Zion is reared;
The people assembling, in ecstacy hail
The peace-speaking symbol afloat on the gale.
Let the bed of thy billows, Euphrates, be bar'd!
Let a way for the kings of the East be prepar'd! bland,
Lo! they come with the morning, the sceptred_the And the roar of the surge as it rolled on the strand,
crowned Not a voice might be heard ; there was nought to disturb
From the isles of the ocean, from earth's farthest bound;
The princes of Tarshish peace-offerings bring,
In lowly obeisance to Israel's King;
From Sheba and spice-bearing Seba they come-
The palace is empty, its minstrelsy dumb.
The merchants of Tyrus their treasures unfold,
And Ophir presenteth her gems and her gold;
And the incense that breathes through the grove and
In the land of the sun, on the altar is laid.
The false prophet is speechless, the crescent decays,
The star of the East hath out-rivalled its rays:
The Arab his desert of drought is forsaking
For the hills whence the waters of life are out-breaking;
To the votaries of Brahma the word hath been spoken, In token of peace and repose to the world ?
And the spell which for ages had bound them is broken;
And the Ethiop, freed from inglorious bands,
To the mighty Deliverer is stretching his hands. They the objects had gained which ambition engage
They unite who erewhile, amid ruin and rage,
Had mingled—to crimson the annalist's page; The power of the prince and the lore of the sage;
The earth is at rest; all her kingdoms are one; Yet science, with all her resources, denied
Messiah is reigning, unrivalled, alone.
Great King of the universe! hasten the mour
An intended Assassin Converted.- Mr Thomas Brasil And the glory and gladness of Eden recall ;
bury, the nonconformist minister, who officiated in the Whose greatness and power should increase and extend meeting-house in New-Court, Carey.Street, Lincoln'sA realm without limits a reign without end.
Inn-Fields, was a man of great eccentricity and of arThe Spirit of wisdom-the Spirit of light
dent and somewhat intemperate zeal. His abhorrence Unfolded the counsels of peace to their sight;
of popery and of papists, was so extreme, that he adopeIn their vigils nocturnal to them it was given
ed the strongest language he could collect, to express To trace the mysterious band-writing of heaven :- his feelings and convictions. His enemies once exHe had come whom the nations, in bondage, desired, ployed a person to take away his life. That he might Whose advent, seen darkly, the patriarchs inspired;
make himself familiar with Mr Bradbury's person, tits Of the household of David, so low and forlorn,
miscreant was accustomed to attend at the meeting. A Prince had arisen, a child had been born;
houses where Mr Bradbury preached, to place himself in And the radiant herald by mercy was sent
the front gallery, and sted fastly to look at the preacher. To announce to mankind the amazing event.
Of course he could not avoid hearing what was s. Directed by wisdom and prompted by love,
The truths which Mr Bradbury exhibited soon affected Led on by the brightness that beamed from above,
his mind; he was rescued from his wickedness; be The rulers of Araby basted to pay
became a true penitent; he went to Mr Bradbury, and Due homage to one who was greater than they..
with trembling and confusion he told him his melanchols Nor distance, nor danger their ardour restrained history; he gave the most satisfactory evidence that Till the cot in the vale of Bethlebem they gain'd,
he was a converted man; and lived and died an honourWhere lay, a weak infant, creation's great Lord
able and consistent member of Mr Bradbury's church. They beheld—were astonished—they knelt and adored. Holy prophets have told that there cometh a time
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abounded in deeds of mercy towards the children By The Rev. George BURNS, D.D.,
of men, in the face of ingratitude from which the Minister of Tweedsmuir.
benevolence of the world would have turned away Is forming a just estimate of any individual's char- with disgust and disappointment; and that, under acter, it is obvious that regard must be had to the circumstances which would have quenched less situations in which he has been placed, to the fortitude than his, he went onward in his course of various and contlicting circumstances with which holy obedience, bidding defiance at once to danhe has been assailed, and to the nature and mag- ger and to difficulty. But there is one circumnitude of the evils he has had to encounter. Ex- stance worthy of heing particularly adverted to, cellencies, or defects, in his moral conduct, will as tending to place his fortitude in a very inbe more or less conspicuous, just in proportion teresting and peculiar point of view. And the as the advantages he enjoyed, or the difficulties he circumstance we allude to is, that he knew from surmounted, are more clearly ascertained, and more the beginning every particular that would happen fully appreciated. Many minute particulars which in his eventful life; that he heheld through to us nay have escaped superficial observation and limit- the dark vista of futurity, a direful phalanx of ad acquaintance, may have, when fully discovered, misfortune staring him in the face; and that, duI mighty share in determining the reality of his ring every step of his despised ministry, he disretensions ; may partially obscure, or wholly over tinctly foresaw the many disasters which would hadow, his imaginary lustre, or diffuse around accompany it, and the miserable termination to sim a greater degree of moral loveliness, and a which it would come. He knew, from the berighter radiance of moral grandeur. Little praise, ginning, that his doctrines would be misrepresentlirely, is due to the man who is courageous only ed, his character calumniated, and he himself subhen the day of battle is distant, or who, in sus- jected to privations unexampled both in number uning a manly reputation, never had the trial of and severity. And during the whole continuance ne sacrifice to make, or the bitterness of one mis- of his thankless, though laborious, exertions, he rtune to endure ; whilst, on the other hand, high had ever before his eyes the malice of his relentthe place that is due to him, at least in the es- less persecutors, and the treachery of his weak but nation of every intelligent mind, who has main- false friends; the ignominy and sufferings which ned all the dignity of an unimpeachable charac- were to mark him as their victim; the injustice , amid the treachery of pretended friends, the of that trial, and the cruelty of that death, which position of avowed enemies, and the hardships he was to undergo at the capital of Judea. When, a wicked and ungrateful world. Now, these therefore, with such gloomy and overwhelming varks have a very peculiar and decided bearing prospects continually before him, we see him “setthe history of Him whose conduct in every part ting his face stedfastly to go to Jerusalem;" when, it once instructive and interesting to the ge- “ with such a baptism to be baptized with,” we ne believer. For, in contemplating the charac- hear him complaining of being straitened till it of Christ as delineated in the sacred page, we be accomplished, how much is our conception of not fail to be struck with the uniform and per- his magnanimity increased! And who, viewing his
consistency visible throughout, exhibiting a character in connection with these circumstances, al symmetry for which we look in vain in any does not feel himself compelled to acknowledge, acter merely human. We cannot but perceive, that it sets at an infinite distance the most cele
admiration, that he maintained a steadiness brated examples of fortitude which have ever been irpose, which no prospect of danger, and no recorded; that it stamps a littleness and a mockery ctions of pleasure, could move him to relin- on all that poets have feigned and philosophers 1; that he persevered in doing good when described for the admiration of mankind ; that it i to struggle with the malice of the wicked, resembles more what men might imagine and adhe opposition of the powerful; that, in the mire in speculation, but which they could never
hope to see realised in human nature; and that it | task of treading the wine-press alone. But is the only and unquestionable pattern of all that the influence of such foreboding apprehensions is bright, and beautiful, and great, and glorious, in was only momentary; and the misgivings to the character of man? Nor is this all. Another which they gave rise, were banished by sentiillustration of the Saviour's self-possession and calm ments approaching to self-accusation, as betraying composure has thus been forcibly given by an ex- a state of mind apparently inconsistent with the cellent writer :—“ Just after the last Supper, when dignity of his character, the willingness of his otJesus had immediately and fully present to his dience, and the purpose of his mission. Au? mind the sufferings he was about to endure, the therefore, with collected firmness and boly resizforesight of which soon afterwards dreadfully af- nation, he gives utterance to this memorable de fected him, he girded himself with a towel, and claration, " But for this cause came I unto this washed, in succession, the feet of all his disciples. hour. Father, glorify thy name." Thus, alin This apparently trifling act, trifling at least in when the weakness of feeble humanity shrunk comparison of what he had done, and was about from that scene of anguish which was to awaken to do, Christ performed in a moment which seem- the sympathies of inanimate nature, and extor: ed to call on him to awaken all his energies for from him the piteous request, “ Father, if it be the approaching conflict; when a deep reserve, possible, let this cup pass from me," a nobler
, a and severe self-collection, would, in any other heaven-born energy, which never failed to triumpa man, have appeared more suitable to the occasion. over every other feeling, echoed to the trembling Great men have sometimes assumed an air of care-sound, “ Nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be lessness on the near approach of peril, when it was done!” On the whole, have we not reason to necessary for their safety; many have evinced admire the combination of apparently opposite composure in their sufferings, while sustained by qualities which shone forth in our divine Redeemei the admiration of the multitudes who witnessed with matchless effulgence! With what unciathem; some have even risen so high as to ap- querable energy of soul did he act and endure! proach, with a dignified fortitude, to tortures for His whole life was passed in labours and the endurance of which no compensation could be tions. He was harassed, weary, hungry, with found in applause; but never was it before heard, a home, despised, defamed, forsaken, persecuted that a man, affected with the deepest sense of the still his constancy was unshaken ; and, pressa sufferings about to overtake him—sufferings known towards the mark of his high calling, he triumpaonly to hiinself-should not only possess sufficient ed over the infirmities of nature, defeated the oprecollection to perform every office of benevolence position and malice of his enemies, and trama koka to those around him, but even stoop to the hum- under his feet the powers of darkness. Sare. blest act of condescension, in an hour which seem- such lofty and masculine qualities could not be ed to demand assistance from the loftiest and allied to a gentle and tender disposition; the sternest principles of his nature.” Nor was this softer virtues could hardly have lived amidst the fortitude which our Lord displayed the result of severity of such continual suffering and condo! insensibility, or of a mind destitute of the finer He wept over Lazarus ; he wept over Jerusalep : feelings and affections of our nature. That he he pitied the unhappy; he instructed the igua possessed the largest portion of these his bitterest rant ; he healed the sick; he fed the hungTV; të enemies never ventured to deny. He partook of bore with all the dulness and contradiction of saall the passive infirmities of which our nature ners ; in the hour of darkness, when himself busi is susceptible; and in so far as was consistent with needed comfort, he consoled and strengthene the most immaculate holiness and spotless pu- those who were about to forsake him in his extra rity," he was in all points tempted like as we inity; from the cross he commanded Joha io
And while, in the tenderness of divine sustain his desolate parent ; in death be paita compassion, he wept for others, he also felt for for his murderers. Truly we may exclaim 6,2 himself. There were even seasons of painful the apostle, “ Thou art the Son of God, thoa ant misgivings, in which the apprehension of the the King of Israel!” gloomy events which awaited him, weighed down his spirit with heaviest sorrow, though it could
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF not overwhelm his soul, or change his purpose. THE REV. THOMAS SPENCER, Such seasons, however, were few and transient,
Late Minister of Newington Chapel, Liverpool and, instead of detracting from the lustre of his character, served greatly to enhance its glory. THOMAS, Spencer was born at Hertford on 21s ? Thus we are told that Jesus having spoken of his uary 1791, of parents who, though pious and respecta decease, exclaimed, “ Now is my soul troubled, school, his talents soon enabled him to reach the same
were not in attuent circumstances. When plans and what shall I say ? Father, save me from this place in the class, and to carry ott its higbest hotel hour!”. This was a prayer extorted by the ap- lle displayed at this time great fondness for resia prehensions of human nature, which could not and the perusal in solitude of a novel, or other aix** fail to be awakened in the breast of the incarnate book, which he was in the habit of procurins Saviour, at the contemplation of miseries so com
his father's knowledge, afforded him more pleasure plicated, and sufferings so appalling, and which levity, however, was excessive, though he had se
any of the amusements common to boys of his 27. strongly pleaded for his escape from the awful times seasons of' serious reflection, in one of which 7