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it is well known, that the cold is less intense than on with her pathetic story, we cannot better introduce the its surface. However severe the frost, the earth, when explanation of them, than by a brief enumeration of the protected by a layer of snow, is but little affected, and civilities commonly practised at their entertainments by never very greatly chilled. Hence plants live, wrapt the better classes of the Jews. On such occasions, no in its fleecy mantle, which shelters them from a cold sooner was the arrival of the guests announced, than the that would otherwise destroy them. Hence the earth master of the house, who was in readiness to receire is ready, almost as soon as the temperature of the air them, went up to each, and gave him the kiss of salutais changed, to receive the plough, and to undergo the tion, the universal token of welcome and friendly >preparation for the seed. Hence, too, we see the wis. gard; after which, he ordered an attendant to conduer dom of the arrangement, by which the leaviest snows his friends to an apartment, where they were recered fall where winter brings the intensest cold,—an arrange- of their sandals, and provided with the grateful refreshment, of which the effect in retaining the earth's heat ment of water for the hands and the feet; and on their is so great, that even in those lands, where winter being ushered into the banquet-room, were again rereigns eight or nine months in the year, the plants, on galed, after a little time, with a profusion of sweetthe breaking up of the storm, are found already growing scented oils, sprinkled over the head and clothes, which, beneath the snow. And thus plenty for the inhabitants in consequence of the excessive heat of an Eastern is drawn from a soil, where, but for this provision, blank climate, were felt to be a valuable accession to the com. desolation would hold sway.

fort and enjoyment of a crowded party. These pracHow good then is God! How much of beneficence tices, which are of high antiquity, have descended to the is there planning and presiding over all his arrange- present day; and we are enabled therefore, from the ments! How much of kindness mingling even with recorded testimony of those who bave witnessed them, to those events, which are found to bring to individuals form a tolerably correct idea of those little niceties of trouble or injury! When we take a survey of the whole, manner and decorum in social intercourse, to which alhow patient may we be under the evil!

“ Shall we

lusion is made in the evangelical narrative. Buckingreceive good at the hand of the Lord, and shall we not ham mentions, that an Arabian widow, at whose house receive evil? ” asked Job, as if he had said, “ Shall we he lodged, received him with the greatest kindness, and take and enjoy the good of God's arrangements, and “ insisted on going through the ceremony of wasting sball we not take and endure the evil that may be con- his feet herself." Jowett tells us, that at a supper to nected with them?

which he was invited by a Syrian of rank, the nate How easily may God chasten us, or overthrow and of the house desired a servant to bring a large brass pan destroy us ! " The treasures of the snow ... which full of warm water, “ in which, for the first time," siri he has reserved against the day of trouble,” furnish he, “I experienced such attention. He illustrated the ample means for both. Had winter's snow come, in ancient custom of washing the feet of strangers, a any deptb, two months earlier, and been continued on no compliment could have been more agreeable.” And the ground, it had made a famine in the land, with all Keppel, in his interesting Narrative, aiter stating the its attendant misery, violence, and bloodshed,

,-a bitter he had been received with the usual mark of attention chastisement to the land for its sins. But the same to the feet of a traveller, says, that in balf an hour atra scourge might be employed to destroy. Let it be pour- they had been seated at table, the attendants brought ed forth on the earth in summer, and left unmelted as in rose-water and chafing-dishes, containing incense fut in the cold of winter, and how very speedily would the perfuming the head and beard—a ceremony which was whole population of the world perish by hunger, or by performed by every one present.

The guests of the mutual destruction! It is easy for the Lord to over- ancient Jew were entitled to look for these customat whelm. Not “ the stars, which fought in their courses civilities being paid to them by the master of the feet against Sisera,” are needed. The air we breathe may But Simon, although, in compliance with the ostetsbe so charged with particles of snow and ice, as to tious display that prevailed at that period, he hal is. choke us, or may drop such a covering of it, as to ren- vited Jesus and his friends on the Sabbath ereit, der ineffectual all our labours on the earth, (from which cherished no respect either for the character or the pet it is our doom to win our bread by the sweat of our son of Christ. He seems rather to have regarded an brow,) and so shut us up to death. What gratitude in the light of a poor and houseless wanderer, to wie, should we feel for the long-suffering mercy of God ta as such, the tables of the rich were usually spread a wards us, who, with a thousand messengers at his com- the return of the week, but who had no claires to thes mand to bring suffering, or to inflict death, has borne respectful attentions which he would have readily be with our many provocations, has not requited our sins, stowed on a guest of a superior order. Or if we but continued to bestow on us the riches of his good pose farther, with some commentators

, that this set ness, and to compass us about with numberless proofs was the father of Judas Iscariot; actuated with the of his kindness.

same secret malignity as his perfidious son; and son Let us stand in awe, and sin not. Let us not abuse with the rest of his proud fraternity as spies upon the patience of our God, lest he arise to visit our sins he might studiously withhold from him the ordinariori upon us, and to render recompence to them that forget lities of life, as a person whom, although he necessari him.

entertained, he yet deemed it unnecessary to treat 12

the courtesy that was due to those whom he recke OUR LORD'S ENTERTAINMENT AT THE

more respectable visitors. It was this want of attentat HOUSE OF SIMON THE LEPER.

on the part of the landlord that Mary was anxious tecum

ply. She saw and lamented the little respect that ** By The Rev. ROBERT JAMIESON,

shewn to Christ, who, in her estimation, was worthy a Minister of Westruther.

all honour, and, in the fulness of her heart, she cared at

for the censures which ber attention to him might [From the forthcoming volume, being the Second of “ Eastern Manners.")

forth from the spectators. She stood indebted to his so

obligations which she felt it was impossible for bei Conciuded from p. 633.

to repay. By the timely exercise of his miradas The effusion of the contents of the alabaster-box was power, her affection had been recently gratified by only a preliminary part of Mary's attention to Jesus ; reanimation of a beloved brother ; by his timely noite and in considering the dialogue that ensued between our strances and faithful instructions, she who had Lord and Simon respecting the singularity of that wo-time been a gay and unprincipled votary of pleasure, tai man's conduct, and the other circunstances connected / been induced to choose that good part which weze

ver be taken from her; and, with a heart strongly im- | spread under the canopy of heaven, and was accessible pressed with a sense of her personal and family obliga- to the same promiscuous visitors as are found hovering tions to her Saviour and her friend, she could not sit about at the entertainments of the most respectable calmly by while any deficiency of respect, or any inten-Orientals of the present day. “In formerly perusing tional insult, was offered to a person so dear to her. this affecting relation,” says Forbes, “ I have been surShe went forward to the place where Jesus was re- prised at the admission of such a woman into the man. clining, and, with every consideration lost in the ardour sion of the Pharisee; but when I noticed the open of her attachment to him, performed a service which halls and gardens, in which the Oriental feasts are given, was then ranked among the duties of a menial's office. the variety of strangers admitted, and the familiarities Jesus was then reclining, as was the universal custom which I have seen taken, and myself experienced, I of the Jews of that age, when taking their meals, rest- cease to wonder at the familiarity used by the woman ing on his side with his head toward the table, so that with the alabaster-box of ointment, which is not only his feet were accessible to any who came through the common, but far from being deemed either disrespectful vacant spaces between the couches; and those would, or displeasing. During my visit at Cambray, I usually according to Eastern fashion, be divested of their san- wore a cornelian ring, containing my name cut in Perdals: and it is easy to imagine, therefore, how she could sian characters, which I used as a seal to official papers, render to Jesus the grateful service of ablution without This being observed by the nabob's attendants, when I any inconvenience to the object of her respectful atten- supped at his garden-house, they approached me with tions.

that sort of freedom I have just mentioned, not only Nor was it only in rendering the duties of an attend to admire the ring, but to take it off my finger, and ant that she manifested her love to Jesus. She far ex- hand it round among each other, and to the servants of ceeded the civilities which the manners of the age and the vizier and noblemen present." country required from the master of the house ; for, The presence then of this woman at the entertainment instead of bending over the shoulder of Jesus to salute of Simon was no evidence of impertinent intrusion. It him on the cheek or the beard, which, though the uni- was perfectly in accordance with the customs of the versal forin of salutation, appeared too presumptuous place, and it seems to have been noways offensive to an act for a woman so unworthy, to perform, she kiss- the landlord, although, no doubt, he must have been ed his feet, the greatest token which a native of the stung with the pointed, though tacit, reproof she gave East can give of affection for the person, or reverence him, which he, either too sullen or too crafty to betray for the rank of another. Thus Sir Robert Ker Por- his feelings in language, left it to the disciples to utter ter mentions an instance of a Persian, who having re- the thoughts which were boiling in his own bosom. It ceived from that gentleman some trinket, on which be was impossible but they, as well as Mary, must have had set an immoderate value, threw himself on the been sensible of the scanty attentions by which his hos. ground, and kissed the Englishman's feet, and uttered pitality was marked. But either from not possessing a profusion of thanks. Thus, too, we read of the Per- the same watchful jealousy of their Master's honour, or sians on a remarkable occasion kissing the feet of Cy- from a wish to turn away attention from the conduct of rus, their popular king, and of the Romans, who in Simon, by impugning the motives, and censuring the later times imported many of the customs of the East, liberality of Mary, as a case of blameable extravagance, kissing the feet of Otho, after his victory over luis ri- “they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this val, and calling him the only emperor. By kissing the waste? for this ointment might have been sold for fect of Jesus, then, this woman demonstrated to the much, and given to the poor.” It is of no consequence whole company the profound sepse she entertained of to our illustration to inquire by which of the disciples his dignified character, and she heightened the effect of this observation was made, and whether it was a mere this pious action by wiping his feet-moistened by a affectation of benevolence; it is noticed here solely beflood of tears with her hair. Towels could easily cause it contains a hint that the box of ointment which have been procured, had she needed them, or chosen to Mary broke over the head and feet of Christ was of employ them; and the extraordinary substitute she great value. They were generally made of a very small adopted, shews more, perhaps, than any other cir- size; but from various passages of ancient classic aucumstance in the story, her willingness to devote her thors, it appears that some of these boxes were of conall to Christ. Hair has ever been, in the East, a prinsiderable capacity; and the quantity which one of them cipal part of attention in female decoration, being worn might contain is (John xii. 3,) estimated “to be a by all classes (1 Peter iii. 3,) to an immense length, pound weight of those times, or somewhat more than sometimes, when loose, even reaching the ground, twelve ounces of our avoirdupois weight ;” and the adorned with the costliest gems, or filings of gold, or value of which, at the rate in which these articles are garlands, and when these were wanting, elaborately sold in Eastern countries now, is computed to be upplaited into a variety of fantastic and elegant forms; wards of nine pounds sterling. The most generous ind we may appreciate, therefore, the ardour of Mary's and liberal disposition could never be supposed capable feelings on this occasion, when she scrupled not to em- of prompting any person to sprinkle such a costly quanploy her luxuriant tresses_her own and her country-tity of perfume on a single guest; and hence it was, women's pride—in this office of respect to the Saviour. that as the prodigality of Mary had become the subject

The presence of this woman, perhaps unknown and of anxious observation, our Lord, knowing the purity unbidden, among the guests whom a Jew of rank was and piety from which ber assiduous attentions to bimentertaining in his own house, and the liberties she al self had flowed, was pleased not only to offer an apolowed herself, seemingly without the fear of being chal-logy for her, but to place her conduct in such a light as enged, to take in the very presence of the landlord, to merit the warmest commendations, as if he had said, we not among the least difficulties of this story. But “ As the precious ointment she has poured over my he dificulty arises solely from the mind of the reader head and feet is so profuse, that it seems much more associating with this banquet in ancient Judea, the cha- like the quantity needed on a funeral occasion, than the Facter of a select and secluded party, as obtains among more economical way in which a visitor is greeted, the us; whereas, as feasts are frequently given throughout action of this penitent and believing woman must be all parts of the East, in the open air, on the green considered as suited to my dying situation, and intended sward, or in the outer courts of houses, furnished with as an enbalment of iny body, preparatory to its burial.” carpets and seats for the purpose; and as there is free ad- It is obvious, that, by breaking the box of ointment, nothing mission at such times to every stranger who comes, it

more is meant than breaking the cement by which it was closed. To

prevent the perfume from evaporating, it was customary to seal is probable that Simon's table was, in like manner, hermetically the boxes every time they were used,

us.

reason,

The whole of this affecting conduct of Mary was dic- particular talents and place assigned him in the world tated by the most amiable feelings—a feeling of love for by the Great Governor among the nations; and the the person of Christ—of respect for his character---gra- man who fancies he has no place to fill, no talent to titude for his goodness—and a generous desire to de- employ, is equally with him who in the plenitude of yote her best, her all, to his service : and although we his self-conceit, would look down upon all who are cannot now render such attentions to him as it was the not engaged in the same sphere of duty with hinel, privilege and honour of this humble believer to bestow, ignorant of the very first principles of the social state. yet it becomes every follower of the Saviour to cherish We are each of us stewards of the divine bouty; the samne lively sense of obligations to him, and to be and though it be a very sınall thing to be redged o ready to say, in the same spirit of resolute devoted- man's judgment, in comparison of the judgment * ness,

God; yet assuredly we are answerable to both God Were sceptres, crowns-with all their glittering show and man for the exercise of the talents confided to Subjected to iny choice, I'd rather go

It is thus the apostle reasons, when exhorting the To wash my Jesus' feet with floods of tears, And, whilst I weep, to wipe them with my hairs.

Christians of Rome and Corinth to cultivate the guts

severally bestowed on them by God, without dispusing PHILOSOPHY OF THE SOCIAL CONDITION.

the relative importance of those gifts towards the gene.

ral good; be compares the Church to the human fraibe. BY JAMES STARK, Esq., ADVOCATE.

God," says he,“ hath set the members, every one of We are born in society, and all our feelings, as well as them, in the body as it hath pleased him."-(1 Cor. our many wants, concur to retain us in it. Our life xii. 18.) And · as we have many meinbers in one begins with the helpless years of infancy, when we are body, and all members have not the same office, so we, as incapable of supplying our wants as we are ignorant being many, are one body in Christ, and every one of the means doing so, and are unable to express members one of another."--(Rom. xii. 4, 5.)

" There them though we knew them : it terminates in the are diversities of gifts, but the same spirit; there are scarcely less helpless years of second childhood; and differences of administrations, but the same Lord ; and throughout its whole course, from the cradle to the there are diversities of operations, but it is the same grave, it is exposed to every variety of weakness and God which worketh all in all."-(1 Cor. xii. 4, 5, 6.) distress, to loss of property, to loss of health, to loss of Christianity, indeed, is signally adapted to the burias

Of independence, therefore, as of pride, we constitution, and its social character affords a new prox may say with the son of Sirach, it was not made for of the divine origin of our holy religion. God is eiers man, nor impatience for the offspring of woman.

where present, and in every place men may lift up to But see him in the vigour of health, and in the maturity hearts to him, as universally the hearer and answeter si of his age ;-see the well built bark of man upon the tide prayer ; but in condescension to the social charam of life, and carried as it were between earth and hea- and constitution with which he has endowed man, “T:* ven by the kindly breezes of prosperity,-he was not Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the de made to remain so, to continue an isolated, any more lings of Jacob."— (Psal. Ixxxvii. 2.) The temple 1: than an idle, thing upon the ocean of existence, without which the Psalmist, whose words we have now quoted, a purpose and witbout an object, but, like the vessel alludes, is no more, and the law under wbicb it to which we have compared him, he was formed for erected has passed away, as the shadow before the 4export and import, and, by intercourse with man, to proach of light; but the nature of man remains the bring new accessions of wealth and glory to his owner. same, and that nature is not more lasting than the We find accordingly, that though man had no physical

condescension of Jehovah. We find, accordingly, the wants, and stood in need of no friendly aid, he is, by the prayer which Christ taught his disciples, is dish. his constitution, so essentially a social being, that he guished by its social character ; it is the prayer noe of m could not permanently remain out of society without individual but of a community; and he has been gracionsmanifest violence to his nature. It is true, that in the ly pleased to promise his peculiar presence to the assent Church of Rome, which ministers to every diseased lies of his people, and to ascribe to their united prayers feeling of the mind, convents are erected, wherein the peculiar power and efficacy. “Again I say unto su, excellence of the solitary life is proclaimed, and the that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching 2017, deluded votaries fondly imagine they have escaped thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for the of the corruption that is in the world, because they have my Father which is in heaven ; for where two or three renounced its business and its bustle ; but the history are gathered together in my name, there am I in tis of these abodes is but the history of vice and crime, and midst of them."-(Matt. xviii. 19, 20.) We may sa the repeated reformations of the monastic orders loudly indeed, that the Church exists but as a commit; declare the subtilty, as well as virulence, of that moral for its ordinances can be observed only in that size; poison which lurks in the heart of the system.

and as the unity of the Church constitutes its prima The moral constitution of man is also most evidently beauty, so every schism and division in it not only is social. His feelings of attachment, love, and mercy; his that beauty, but is the occasion of moral weaknes 10 powers of imitation; his desire of others' approbation ; spiritual debility. For if in the tender, but limitation his sense of justice ; and the sentiments of awe and relation of marriage, alienation is to be aroided to reverence which swell his bosom, and force utterance our prayers be not hindered, (1 Pet. iii. 7.), how tek in audible language even when there is no creature pre- more in that state, of which the unity of human triezda sent to whom that language is intelligible: all these ship and the closest and most lasting relation of bte 3 bespeak him a being formed for society.

The same

but a faint and imperfect image ? Well, theretur, thing appears from the intinite variety of intellectual might the Psalmist rejoice when he bebeld the triks." power and capacity which exist among mankind, and up towards the holy mount, proceeding from strengta i fit men for the different stations and occupations of life. strength till they appeared before the Lord in Zwec Society, rightly constituted, is not a promiscuous crowd Every representation which we have of the Church 3 of human beings, each independent of, and unconnected heaven, conveys to us the same idea ; it is there, with, the others': it is a community, a great scheme, the deed, it will attain perfect unity, power, and glory. Az several parts of which perform in harmony their appro- if

, in this twilight of our existence, where it is see priate functions, and, like the different members of an cult to discern the real qualities of moral atents

, organised body, conspire to form one important and “ where we know but in part, and prophecy that harinonious whole. It is the doctrine of Scripture, and part," there may nevertheless be such a cordal the dictate of common reason, that every one has his in the great "ruth on which the Christian Church is

built, " that the gates of hell shall not prevail against | feigned. Human love is but a rule ruled, a law subsidiit." How will not its enemies be confounded, and sink ary to the ultimate law of the universe, which is the into the dust in everlasting despair, when, in the realms glory of Him of whom, through whom, and to whom, are of light, and reflecting the glorious heams of the Sun of all things; and wherever the light of divine truth apRighteousness, the living stones of the heavenly temple pears, whether in the Holy Scriptures, or by natural shout one simultaneous note of triumph, and the finish- conscience, which is as “ the candle of the Lord” shined fabric stands forth in all the moral grandeur of unity ing upon the tables of the heart, there the path of duty and truth! The joy of David must, therefore, be the is. What the divine will enjoins, is essentially right; joy of the Saint in every age : "I was glad when they what it forbids, is essentially wrong; and every deviasaid unto me, let us go up unto the house of the Lord.” tion from the prescribed way will prove the inevitable

From what has been already said, we may see the occasion of misery and disorder. We must, therefore, principle of the great proportion of our duties. Society keep ourselves pure from the blood of all men; see imposes on us, by its very nature, new obligations, and our way with our own eyes; and in no case prefer any contracts the narrow path of solitary life. For as we approbation to the testimony of an approving conscimust always keep before us the end of our being, we ence, and the favour and approbation of God, who is must, in society, not only do what is right absolutely, greater than our hearts, and knoweth all things, and will but what is right socially : in other words, we must so render to every one according to his works. conduct ourselyes, as that others, seeing our good works, may, in like manner, glorify God, (Matt. v. 16., John

CHRISTIAN TREASURY. xv. 8.); and so use our absolute liberty, as not by any act of ours to raise up a moral stumbling-stone in our Folly of Inconsistency.- The comforts of the Gospel brother's way, or induce him, directly or indirectly, into neither require nor admit such poor assistance as worldly sin. This may explain to us the apostle's language, amusements offer. The new nature and the old have “all things are lawful for me, but all things are not ex- each their respective proper food, suited to their difpedient,” (1 Cor. x. 23.): they are lawful absolutely, ferent appetites and relish; and what is nourishing to but yet they may not be lawful when considered with re- the one, is death to the other. The best that I can say of ference to others; and accordingly the apostle adds, "all professors that hanker after the world is, that if they things are lawful for me, but all things edify not: Let are not dead, they are at least lamentably sick. It indi. no man seek his own, but every man another’s good." cates a distempered constitution ; and till they are debarThe first and universal rule of life is, Do all to the glo- red such trash, they will not recover their natural appery of God: “Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or tite. I must thus judge of Gospel bearers, who are to be whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God,” (1 Cor. seen at one time sitting under the ordinances, and at x. 31.); and the primary canon of social life is, “Let others mixing with the world at their plays, assemblies, all be done unto edifying,” (1 Cor. xiv. 26.), or, in the and other diversions: either they never had a savour of language of the Psalmist, “ to build up the walls of Je-divine things, or they have lost it ; and to join with rusalem,”- -to build up the Church, nay, the entire them and countenance them in their follies, far from fabric of society, and frame it into a temple to the great being the way to gain them, is the direct way to harden Creator. Subordinate and auxiliary to these, and as it and deceive them; and they are much more likely to were explicative of them, are all the precepts which en- draw us into the same spirit, than we are to reclaim join and promote the various Christian and moral vir- them to a better conduct.-NEWTON. tues; and particularly charity, (1 Cor. xvi, 14.), and

Evil Speaking. It is not good to speak evil of all meekness, (Tit. ii. 2.), peace, (Rom. xii. 18.), de- whom we know to be bad : it is worse to judge evil of cency, and order, (1 Cor. xiv. 40.) But as in the heathen morality all the virtues ledge, shows a want of charity. To speak ill upon sus

those who may prove good. To speak ill upon knowwere summed up in love of country, so in the Christ- picion, shows a want of honesty. I will not speak so jan scheme with a largeness of mind and heart

bad as I know of many. I will not speak worse than I worthy of its divine Author, that, disregarding the know of any. To know evil of others, and not speak accidental and temporary distinctions of colour, place, it, is sometimes discretion: to speak evil of others, and and nation, views all mankind as the children of one

not know it, is always dishonesty. He may be evil himgracious Parent, and every one who needs our help self who speaks good of others upon knowledge ; but he and assistance as a neighbour and a brother_" all the

can never be good himself who speaks evil of others law is fulfilled in one word, even in this, Thou shalt

upon suspicion.-WARWICK. love thy neighbour as thyself.” Mutual love is the condition of social existence, and a duty co-relative to that

The fulness of Scripture. It is a saying of Lord which we owe to the common Father of all; “ For he Bacon's, “ that the Bible contains the seeds of things.”

The seed of his own celebrated maxim is derived from that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen. And this com

the Bible. “ Knowledge is power,” saith the philosoanandment have we from him, that he who loveth God pher. What else has Solomon expressed when he says,

* The wise man is strong ? "--H. love his brother also.” (1 John iv. 20, 21.)—It is the salt which preserves society from corruption, and, like The Christian Ephod.- When the Christian finds it he sanative power inherent in the living body, it quick- difficult to acertain the path of duty, he will say, “ Bring y beals the wounds which society receives, and " me the Ephod,"_“ Rax me the Bible !” He will in.

multitude of sins ;” it is the fountain of manners as quire which of these two ways would Paul have chosen ? -f morals, and the living spring of patriotism; it is the which would our Saviour have recommended ? He est of Christianity, as given by the Saviour himself, will hear a voice behind him, calling him back, saying, Matt. xii. 35.); it is the bond of perfectness, (Col. iii. “ This is the way. That is the way which covetous, 4.), connects the Church on earth with the Church in ness pursues; that the way which lewdness chooses ; eaven, and, like the vital principle within us, pervades, that is the way which the lover of the loftiness of life nimates, and sustains the world.

follows; but this is the way, walk ye in it." No one But let us not mistake here, nor suppose we exercise can say, “ I was distressed about the path of duty, and le love that edifieth, (1 Cor. viii. 1.), when, out of a though I sincerely searched my Bible, and earnestly or:d complaisance, we either surrender our judgment to prayed for direction, yet I went wrong."

The Word Chers, or countenance their sins. No; the charity of God, and that alone, is competent to settle every hiek is the end of the commandment proceeds out of a doubt, if we are honest in our inquiry._Rev. DB re heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith un

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'Tis the parting hour of the saint, when his cheek SACRED POETRY.

Is tinged with delightful emotion ;

When his eye and his smile in silence speak
TIE DYING CHRISTIAN.

The spirit's sublimest devotion ;

When liis earthly beauty and vigour have flora, BY THE Rev. David LANDSBOROUGI!,

But the brightness of heaven is over him thrown. Minister of Stevenston.

BERNARD BARTOS. Saw you that look! Her eyes had long been shut;

MISCELLANEOUS.
But when the hand of death was lifted up
To fix his seal for aye, their lids unclosed.

Firmness in Duty.--The celebrated Latimer, upon S:tw you that smile! if smile indeed it was,

his promotion to the bishopric of Worcester, was called That beamed seraphic rapture. Not on earth

to preach before King Henry VIII. He was determinWas turned their wondering gaze, but raised to heaven.

ed faithfully to discharge his duty, notwithstanding the The veil seems now removed, -seems now beheld tyrannical temper and ferocious cruelty of the king; and Immanuel's land, and Zion's glorious King !

Providence signally honoured and protected him in the She longs to reach His throne,--to join the throng

execution of his determination. His auditors were unOf happy worshippers; and swell the strain

able to bear his just rebukes; his sermon, in a convoRaised by the ransomed to the Lamb of God.

cation of bishops, was declared to be seditious; the The parting soul already spreads its wings,

sentence was communicated to the king, who sternly And rapt in vision beatific, gives

called upon Latimer to defend himself. The holy man, To the pale frame, ere the last thread is cut,

with undaunted courage, and recollecting his allegiance Some presage of the bliss to be revealed,

to tbe King of kings, said, “I never thought myoclf When this frail tenement of mouldering clay,

worthy, and I never sued to be a preacher before you Renewed and fashioned by the power of Christ,

grace, but I was called to it; and would be willing, v Shall rise a palace for the heaven-born soul!

you mislike it, to give place to my betters; for 1 grunt

there may be many more worthy of the room than I TEMPORALS AND SPIRITUALS.

And if it be your grace's pleasure, to allow then

for preachers, I could be content to bear their bocki What is lovelier far than the spring can be

after them. But if your grace allow me for a prescit', To the gloom of dark winter succeeding,

I would desire you to give me leave to discharge ay When the blossoms are blushing on flower and tree,

conscience, and to frame my doetrine according to ET And the lambs in the meadows are feeling,

audience. I had been a very dolt indeed, to bare While the earth below, and the heavens above,

preached so at the borders of your realm, as I can Resound with the anthems of joy and love?

before your grace.” This bold and conscientious is "Tis the spring of the soul ! when on sin's dark height ply, instead of accomplisining Latiiner's ruin with A ray from above is descending,

king, and gratifying the malice of his accusers, was the And the tear of contrition, lit up by its light,

means of insuring his safety and promoting his ies With its beauty is silently blending ;

rest. When the heart's broken accents of prayer and and he dismissed the preacher with every mark of his

The frown of the king was changed into a serie, praise,

favour and esteem. Are sweeter than nature's softest lays.

A Profane Swearer.—The Rev. Nicholas Thorour)What is stronger and brighter than summer's sun, good was a minister of the Church at Monkton, in Kert, In his noontide effulgence shining ?

in the 17th century, and a bold reprover of sin. Le Yet gentler than he when his goal is won,

had once preached so pointedly against swearing, tix And his beams in the west are declining ;

one of his hearers, who was addicted to this vice, Ibort" More glorious than summer's most cloudless day, it particularly aimed at him, and was so exasperate, Whose loveliest splendour soon passes away?

that he determined to kill the minister. He accorts 'Tis the Christian's zenith, the summer of him

ly hid himself behind a hedge in the way which Mr īt.Whose strength to his God is devoted ;

roughgood usually took in going to preach bis weed Who, whether his pathway be bright or dim,

lecture. When he came up to the place, the mail : By mortals admired or unnoted;

intended to shoot him levelled his gun, and attens From strength to strength, and from grace to to fire, but it only flashed in the pan. The next to grace,

he went to the same place to renew his attempt to Outshines the sun in his glorious race,

the same event again happened. The man's cances What is richer than harvest? what gladdens the heart

immediately smote him ; he went after Mr Thermal Beyond autumn with bounty o'erdowing ?

good, fell upon his knees, and with tears in his et What is wealthier than all the proud trophies of art,

made a full confession of his sinful design, ans at More ripe than the red vintage glowing;

his forgiveness. This providence was the means cits

man's conversion. Yet majestic and touching as autumn's eve,

When the sun's calm glory is taking its leave? "Tis the saint's ripe harvest; the gathering in

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