« VorigeDoorgaan »
And then he thought he must have committed" the sin | to escape such a calamity! Jesus Christ, the Son against the Holy Ghost, which will never be forgiven of God, saveth poor creatures; and, oh! how He in this world or in the next." sembled Judas the Traitor, in his sins and in his despitied them, when He perceived that, instead of pair; and he would have killed himself like him if he running to Him as a friend who could ease them could have hoped that God would be provoked to an
of their burdens, they fled from Him as if He were nihilate him. But to be brought nearer to what he felt an enemy and a task-master. And here He stands so near already, was to him an awful thought, and this by the wayside, and tries to convince the infatuarestrained him.
ted men, that they are now nothing better than After Honestus had remained in this fearful condi- slaves and beasts of burden, and those who are betion some time, he went to his parish church one
come sensible of this, and feel weary of the gallSabbath morning. From that time Honestus has not known despair nor slavish fear which hath torment, ing yoke, He encourages to cast it off resolutely, but has understood that the gift of God is eternal and for ever, and to take on them his yoke which life through “ Jesus Christ our Lord;" he has had is easy, his burden which is light, and he gives the liberty, and he confides in the love of one in whom them the Word of God for an assurance, that there is the spirit of an adopted child, crying, fa
they shall find rest to their souls.” ther, my father.” Nor hath it since come into his mind to doubt, that as one who is his brother, and the pro- laden," seeking rest to their souls,” but finding
There are many persons “weary and heavy pitiation for his sins," as a God maketh intercession for him with the Father, so the Spirit proceeding from it not, who have heard of Jesus Christ, and these the same Father, maketh intercession in him as a God, “ gracious words which proceeded out of his “ with groanings that cannot be uttered.” Oh, how mouth;" why then hear they not what the Son of blessed to know, that the yoke and the burden which God so freely offers ? The causes seem to be he had begged all men and all things to take off, and chiefly these : 1st, They want faith in Him that which he found not one of them could remove, hath been removed by the hand of God himself; yea, God makes this gracious offer, they have no confidence who became flesi, for this express purpose of mercy,
that He will do what He says; or, 2dly, They that we who have exhausted ourselves in seeking rest, suspect the rest which Christ proposes to confer might from him receive it to our souls.
is not the kind which will suit them—they cannot The sermon which Honestus heard on the occasion comprehend, that “ learning of Him to be meek above-mentioned, and which was made the means of and lowly,” should prove so pleasant a yoke, as to illuminating the eyes of his mind, so that he perceived
to what hope he was called,” (Ep. i. 17–20,) and also, give rest to their souls ; or, 3dly, If convinced whence must come both pardon for past offences and both of the veracity of Jesus Christ, and that His power to do the will of God, was a very plain and burden is as light as he says, yet they imagine it ordinary production; probably the reader hears two is too great a favour for them, they are not worthy much better sermons every week. And the effect to receive it, and that therefore they must remain which so feeble a weapon produced, the minister who
weary and heavy laden unto eternity. In order to preached it always looked upon as a signal illustration of the words, – "Not by might nor by power, but by correct these three mistakes, let us set ourselves my Spirit, saith the Lord;” and of these,—“ This to answer the three following questions :treasure we have,” not in vessels of gold or silver, but 1. Who is the person that makes the promise “in earthen vessels.” This Gospel is oft committed to in the text ? Our confidence in the truth of the men who are not able to enforce it by the most powerful message must depend very much on the character arguments, or to press it with the most striking eloquence, of Him that delivers it. But who speaks the pro“ that the surpassing power of it might be evinced to be of God and not of men;" that its effects in appease God speaks it. The wisdom of God speaks it.
mise, “ I will give you rest ?" The Word of ing the conscience, purifying the heart, transforming the life, might be acknowledged to be the issue not of God's Son, His messenger, His apostle, speaks it, any human but of a divine power. And yet his mind in whom His promises are all of them yea and was forcibly arrested in listening to the following amen, i. e. faithful and true, to whose divine com
mission the Father set His seal, when there came DISCOURSE.
that voice from the surpassing glory, “ This is my “ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, beloved Son.” Will any man call God a liar to and I will give you rest."-MATTHEW, xi. 28.
his face ? Doubt not, then, reject not His word, It is incredible what pains men take to render turn not away. When God commands, “ hear ye themselves miserable—what diligence they use to Him,” i. e. listen, believe, obey. In short, since quicken their progress to hell. They are not content God speaks, let us receive, without the least doubt to be carried thither in the natural course of things, or hesitation, with absolute and implicit faith, but they will strain every nerve to go as fast as pos- whatever He says. For I tell you plainly, that sible, as if terrified lest others should outstrip them God will sooner extinguish hell, and revoke His in the road. If they only walked in ways of their sentence of condemnation against all reprobate own, they would very soon come to the end of men, angels, and devils, than any one who comes their journey, but to arrive in the bottomless pit to Jesus Christ and takes His yoke upon him, very soon, is not soon enough for their impatience shall be disappointed of finding that rest to his and fury, hence they run post-haste, and lose no soul which the Lord Jesus has given him reason time. They appear terribly afraid lest God's to expect. God willeth that all his threatenings mercy should catch them, lest it should rob them should be void rather than any one of his proof their dearly-beloved sins, and forthwith plunge mises should fail to be accomplished. them into heaven. What infinite pains they take 2. To whom does this exalted person speak ? To what manner of men does He address himself ? | it, groazing on a cross, derided of men, assaulted Perhaps to those who are very joyful, or very sa- of devils, forsaken of God ? Hath He done and tisfied, or very good ? To them who are very endured so muuch to bring us a remedy for our prosperous and very happy? To such as have weary and labouring spirits, and yet will He not heard of calamity and a sorrowing spirit only by give the remedy but to some, who happen to be the hearing of the ear? Is any among you in dis- weary after a special manner? This is not the tress, is any in fear and great dismay, harassed by way in which his grace proceeds. If you are present misfortunes and painful doubts? Who is weary and heavy laden, so that you wish to be in perplexity, or despairs of God's mercy, or sus- relieved and delivered, let this be your gratification, pects that he has sinned away all his day of grace, this your title and warrant. And let no man and and for him now nothing remains but night and no devil persuade you, that you are presumptuous, thick darkness? Who is there, that when he reads or will be unsuccessful, till Jesus Christ himself the Bible, the message of God's mercy, the good revokes his own words, “ come unto me all ye news of His grace, fancies that the threatenings that labour and are heavy laden.” To thee, O and the curses, the condemnation, the fire and the man, the Saviour speaks, who art troubled and worm, alone were prepared and designed for him ? seekest rest, which thou knowest not where to To thee, O man, Jesus Christ speaks this mes- find. Put not away his gracious words which He sage of peace now by his spirit, as truly as if he penned, so that thou mightest understand they had addressed it to thee actually in his flesh. are addressed unto thyself, and, that thou being What persuades the man that he has not a right weary with running elsewhere to seek relief, to obey the command “come,” when Jesus Christ mightest find it here--that thou who art sore gives him that command ? Who should know bet- spent with the huge burdens of sorrow, which sin ter than Jesus Christ? And how can any imagine, hath loaded thee withal, mightest by that gracithat coming, he will not be heard by Him that ous hand, which touched the blind, and they saw, said, “ I will give you rest,” _“ He that cometh and being stretched out, saved the drowning and to me I will in no wise cast out ?” Does the Lord frighted disciple, and broke the symbol of His own Jesus not know what he means ? or not mean body in the sacramental bread, having first been what he says? Does he give us commands which raised to bless it,,by that gracious hand which he does not permit us to obey ? or hold out hopes was fixed through with a nail, and fastened to the which he will never realize ? Resist that thought. cross, which convinced His disciples, and struck “ Let God be true, but every man a liar." His the distrusting Thomas dumb—that hand which word is true whether we believe it or not, for was lifted up to bless His followers before he left " He continueth faithful, He cannot deny himself.” the earth, and is even lifted up, in intercession to
Say not, you are perhaps “not weary and heavy the Father, for them in heaven—from the fulness laden” in the particular way, or from that parti- of whose grace, blessings perpetually descend upon cular cause, intended by the Saviour. What them; and that by that gracious hand, thou, O have you to do with particular ways or causes ? | my soul, mightest have thy burden taken off, and Not one word does Christ speak about any such mightest run in the way of His commandments, thing. But, to those who are in the state he “ with enlarged heart.” And wheresoever thou art, mentions, by what means soever they may have thou canst find no other just argument to shew come into that state, or whatever may be its pe- that these words are not meant for them, except culiarities, the gracious words of the Lord are this, that thou art not weary and heavy laden. spoken. Do you suspect that the great Physician 3. Such being the person who speaks, and first sends messengers round the world, to assure such being the persons to whom He speaks, let us all people, that every one labouring under a cer- hear next what it is He says to them.
66 Come tain mortal distemper, shall
, on coming to Him, unto me, and I will give you rest.”. First, a combe infallibly cured, but that, when the poor mand, then a promise. “ Come.” How ? As creatures have prevailed on themselves to come a scholar comes to his master—as a patient to his and get the infallible cure, the Physician begins physician—as a man who had taken poison would to explain to one that his distemper, though that to a person who, he knew, possessed an antidote which He promised to cure, did not arise from -as one who hath a great need, to another who that particular cause which rendered him a fit hath an ample store, and a ready will and an open subject for His applications; to another, that heart. “ Come,” as a condemned criminal would though he was seized with the genuine disease, apply to him who could reprieve and pardon him, yet there were peculiarities in his case which pre- and had assured him he should have a pardon, if Tented his being taken on treatment;—to a third, he would but apply for it. Thus come, ye weary that his disease was not far enough advanced ;- and heavy laden souls, to this Master and Lord to a fourth, that his was too far? Oh, who can of life, nothing doubting, casting away fear, for think thus dishonourably of the great Physician, your own doubts and fears are more formidable who travelled all the distance from heaven to obstacles than all the things you fear. How dare Earth, from the throne and the bosom of God, to you fear, when God commands you to hope ? the bosom of a poor woman, and assumed the form How dare you doubt, when God bids you be conof man, of a servant among men; who began fident? Nay, but obey the precept " Come,” and His life in a manger among the beasts, and ended you cannot but receive the promise—“ Rest."
Still do you hesitate! When the terrors of meek and lowly), and ye shall find rest, not only the Lord have driven you so far from hell, that from fear of punishment, but from sinning, which you are come closer to the gate of heaven, can causes that fear.” “ Unto you, God having raised you not find courage to knock, though this be up His Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, with written there, with the very sun-beam of God's rest and peace in this life and the future, by grace,
“ Tó him that knocketh it shall be turning away every one of you from his iniquiopened.” And though He stands and invites you, ties." For the Son of God hath come even from beseeches you by his incarnation and all his bumi- heaven, and assumed the form of man, to take us liation, by his life of sorrows, by his temptations, by the hand, and keep us out of this slough of by his hunger and thirst, by his mockeries and iniquity. He comes to give us power to become bloody sweat, by his agony, his crown of thorns, sons of God; He takes away the slavery to evil his wourds, his cross, his grace, by his passion, passions, and the badges of it, giving us the liberand all his love stronger than death, by his many ty, the name, the station, the privileges, the spirit sighs, his many tears and many prayers, oh, when of the sons of God, and the sure hope of the eterHe who endured them all, beseeches you by all nal inheritance which is reserved in heaven for these, is it obstinacy, is it blindness, or is it that us, who “ are heirs of God, and joint heirs with disbelief which makes Him a liar, that hinders you Christ,” and are “ kept by His mighty power coming and finding that rest, which the Prince through faith unto salvation.” Seek then to of Peace alone can give, and which is the fore- know Christ in the saving power of His cross. taste of that rest " which remaineth for the peo- By it be ye crucified unto the world, and let the ple of God?” You are heavy laden with guilt. world be crucified unto you.” Seek to have “ the Scared with visions of punishment, the terrors body, laden with fleshly sins,” nailed to the tree of wrath take hold upon you, and your frighted whereon Christ made expiation for the sins of conscience cries out, “ Oh, how shall I appear ?" the world; thus shall you know Him in the fellowLet the word of God be heard. “ Through this ship of his sufferings,” thus shall your old man be Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of destroyed, that you should not serve sin ; thus, sins." “ There is, therefore, now no condemna- having with the apostle cried out, “ Oh wretched tion to them that are in Christ Jesus, (even to man that I am, who shall deliver me,” you will them that believe on his name), who walk not af- with him exclaim, “ Thanks be to God that givter the flesh, but after the Spirit.” “ Therefore, eth us the victory," a present and real conquest being justified by faith, we have peace with God, over sin, through Jesus Christ. Love is stronger through Jesus Christ our Lord." And if you ask than all chains, more powerful than all reasons, Jesus Christ, whether He will or can pardon and arguments, inducements, and the cross is theredeliver you, he will answer as he did to a certain fore the power of God for saving men; because half faithless man, “ If thou canst believe, all things therein God commendeth his love to us, even (promised) are possible to him that believeth.” when we were yet sinners, and the cross is thus
But perhaps, the service of sin is your plague. the mightiest instrument of salvation, because it You are groaning like the Israelites under the is the strongest argument of God's love to us. Egyptian task-masters, and crying out with St. Oh may the love of God subdue us, Oh may the Paul, “ 0, wretched man that I am, who shall love of Christ constrain us, to love Him who first deliver me from the body of this death!" It is loved us, and to secure that belief, that peace, no wonder the sinner groans, when his eyes are that rest which consists in being so actuated, peropened to know good and evil, for he there dis- vaded, filled with love, as not to live to ourselves, covers, that he is an abused slave of a tyrant, who but to Him that died for us and rose again. And repays his labour with more labour, and moreover, so may the Holy Spirit of God, who is the comchastises him with scorpions. How can he en- forter, and whom the Lord sent from the Father, joy any rest, who is under the dominion of evil to secure and increase that peace which He bepassions, tempers
, habits ? As impossible as to queathed to his disciples, fill us with all joy and have quietness in the midst of a battle, or to be peace in believing, that the rest which we seek, we cool among flames of fire. Anger, envy, pride, may find and enjoy, now and through eternal ages. lust, ambition, avarice, will suffer those in whom
« He that committeth sin, is the slave of sin." they reign to have rest, when they change their “ If the Son shall make you free
shall be free nature and cease to be evil. For this burden, indeed.” Jesus Christ prescribes the same remedy as for Now, to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, one the former, « Come unto me, learn of me, take eternal God, be honour and glory, for ever: Amen. my yoke upon you ;" for this yoke, our Master,
A WALK TO CALVARY, whose name be blessed for ever, hath made his
Part I. own, in that He himself condescended to bear it for our instruction and encouragement. He was
BY THE Rev. Marcus Dods, not like the Pharisees, who laid heavy burdens
Minister of the Scotch Church, Belford. and grievous, on other mens' shoulders, but could Let us take a walk to Calvary, where three crosses not themselves touch them with one of their display the last earthly agonies of three persons. fingers. Oh no, “ take my yoke, which I not shall not at present direct our attention to the middle only impose on others, but bear myself ; (I am cross, and Him who hangs upon it, for this would en
fage us in the consideration of the ancient prophecies The one has had her heart torn by the course which which were there fulfilled,—in unfolding the revelations she had seen her son follow, after having taken all pains of the divine character which were there made,-and to instil into his young mind a sense of his duty to in tracing the privileges, 'he duties, and the hopes which God and to man, after all her instructions, and all her flow from thence to the fallen sons and daughters of prayers; and now it is torn by seeing him perishing by
We shall turn our view, therefore, for the pre- a painful and shameful death. Probably she had often sent, to a subordinate, but by no means uninstructive besought him, with all a mother's love, and a mother's portion of the scene.
tears, to remember the instructions of his youth. But Let us look to the two thieves. The first thing that in vain. She sees him brought to a preinature end by strikes us here is, that two men may be associates in his crimes, and she feels like a mother. But she sees, guilt, and may be brought into condemnation for the too, that the misery of his fate has awakened all those same crime, and yet may be men of very different cla- principles which his guilty career had weakened, but racters. These two thieves were condemned for the had not extinguished. The trial which unfolds to the same crime, and it is distinctly admitted that their con- world his guilt,—the fatal sentence in which it termi. demnation was just. Yet it is clear that there was a nates,-and the awful scene which carries that sentence very wide difference between the men. The one seems into execution, all wring even to bursting a mother's to be completely hardened in guilt, suffering, he is, | breast, and make her wish she had never been a mother. all the pain and the infamy which he had brought upon
But then she has much consolation. She can aphimself by his guilt, he yet feels no compunction what- peal to God that her son has not been lost for want ever. He is only anxious to escape from his punish- of careful instruction. She has done her duty; and ment; while, at the same time, he manifests a disposi- that, in every situation, is a gratification of the highest tion just to plunge again into a fresh course of iniquity. kind. But this is not all. She sees that her son's He has apparently no fear of a judgment to come, but sufferings have revived, in all their strength, those prinjoins in the scoff's which the persecutors of the Lord ciples of piety which she had early taught him, but were uttering against Him. He dies while his heart is which his intercourse with the guilty had for a time Fet burning with all that intensity of passion which had stified. She hears him reverting now to those Scripurged him on to the commission of those crimes that tures in which she had early instructed him, and earhad brought him to this fearful end.
nestly calling on that Saviour to whom all the prophets The other, on the contrary, seems to be impressed bore witness, and whose coming had long been the with a very proper sense of the awfulness of his situa- prayer and the hope of the pious in Israel. His cross tion. He looks not on his executioners with the in- has accomplished what her remonstrances had been diuuant ferocity of an untamed savage, but acknowledges unable to accomplish. It humbles him in the dust that his punishment is just. He looks not forward to under a proper sense of his guilt,-brings him back to fucurity with reckless disregard; for he feels that when his God,—and she retires, sorrowing, it is true_deeply his crimes against society have been expiated on the sorrowing, but still richly consoled with the assurance, cross, he must appear before another tribunal, when that if her son has perished in blood, yet he has been the sufferings which he has endured, however painful, recalled to a feeling of genuine repentance; and that can forto no expiation, and when he needs the interest now, she could meet him in judgment, with all the joy of a powerful advocate. He feels all the impropriety of a mother who could say, “This my son was dead, of his associate's sentiments and conduct, rebukes him and is alive again ; was lost, and has been found.” for them, and turning to his other fellow-sufferer, makes When she thought of her son's agonies, she would this request, “ Lord, remember me when thou comest think also of the blessed result in which they had issued, into iby kingdom.”
- when she mourned over his errors, she would be What instruction either of these men had received, consoled by the recollection of his dying prayer,—when We are not informed, but it is certain that there must she thought of the pain and the infamy of the circumhave been a cause for the very remarkable difference stances in which she had parted with him, she would in their characters; and that, too, a cause not springing also think of the happy and glorious meeting with him up at the moment when its effect became apparent, but there, where guilt and sorrow are no more. Yes, she a cause which must bave been of long standing, and is a mourning, but still a happy mother. must have been in active operation at the time when Let us look now for a little to the mother of the the principles which distinguished their characters were other criminal. The view is too painful to be dwelt first formed. In short, it is obvious, that as in their upon. She sees the sufferings of the son for whom she niper years they had been associates in crime, the dis-had felt all that foolish fondness which made her spoil tinguishing features of their characters must have been him by fatal indulgence. She sees him perish like a impressed in childhood. The one had evidently had wild beast which gnaws its chain in its agonies; and good principles instilled into him in childhood ; for it she justly recognises in this the work of her own hands. is absurd to suppose that they sprung into being all at His sufferings serve only to exasperate his ferocity. Once on the cross. The other, apparently, had never They cannot awaken in his breast any dormant princireceived any instructions whatever.
ples of early piety, for no such principles has she ever This scene then may afford a most instructive and attempted to plant there. She sees him perish in all impressive lesson to parents. The mother of Jesus was the exasperation of rage against those who have brought there; and we may, without any violence, suppose the him to punishment, but utterly insensible to the guilt Dothers of the other two sufferers to have been there of his crimes. She retires from the bitter scene, but also. Let us consider the different feelings with which not with any feeling of consolation. She retires only they would contemplate the death of their offspring. to brood in secret over the melancholy recollection of her own want of real love to her child, and over the template them without alarm ; and thus composedly fearful anticipation of meeting him in judgment, and of we descend into the grave without one serious thought hearing him accuse the author of his being, as the guilty of that judgment to which we are hastening. If such cause of all his crimes and all his sufferings.
be the sinner's death, where can be his repentance ? Being bound to economize our space, we shall occupy
There may be anxiety, there may be fear—deep anxie
ty, trembling fear-without one emotion of godly grief; little of it, in pointing out to parents the important les- but there can be no true contrition without something sons which result from the scene we have been placing of anxious and fearful thought. And the careless sinbefore them, and which they can hardly fail to draw ner is deceiving himself, not only in counting on dying for themselves. We shall therefore do no more than repentance and faith, but in counting on death-bed simply request them to think of the deep responsibility awakening or alarm. If he is anxious now, he may
reckon indeed on being anxious then, whether penitent that rests upon them, and press upon their attention
or not; but if he is careless now, he may reckon, not the two following remarks :
indeed with certainty, but with strong probability, on First, That in this land of Bibles, no man can perish being then equally devoid of care and fear. through ignorance, without somebody, and especially Eighteen months have not yet elapsed since the fishparents, being guilty of his blood.
ing village of was visited with cholera, a disease Second, That neither the care of parents towards which more than almost any other seems to suffer the their children, nor their neglect of them, can fail, sooner
mental faculties to continue in full operation. One of
the victims was remarkable for his bodily strength, and or later, to produce its proper fruit, and to meet its
not less remarkable for having lived alike fearless of due reward.
God, and regardless of man. In a state of society We propose, next week, to return to the same scene, where right is frequently measured by force, he was a which is still rich in important instruction.
man not lightly to be accounted of, possessing as he did
muscular powers above all his comrades, many of DEATH-BED SCENES.
whom might have been reckoned men of might. His No. II.
strength, however, was but that of the savage, una
dorned by any ennobling qualities of mind. Even As men live, so do men die. We are often warned
courage did not characterise him. It was neither his against relying on a death. bed repentance, by the un- skill nor his prowess in combat, that his companions questionable fact, that such repentance is rarely found feared to encounter; but they shrunk from the grasp to have been genuine where we have the means of of his mighty hand, with which, if he once seized testing its sincerity by the unexpected recovery of the them, they had no chance to contend. His slouching apparent penitent: returning life usually bringing along gait, and the sideward and downcast glancing of his with it a fatal return to vanity or to vice. This consi
eye, with which he seemed afraid to meet you full in deration ought to prove alarming to those who are
the face, pourtrayed his mental features. In a word, living secure in present impenitence, and comforting as his bodily strength was compared to the tiger's, so themselves with the expectation of repenting before were also his inward dispositions : cruel, cunning, they are summoned into judgment. But they have cowardiy, fierce, dogged, revengeful, untractable. He the reply, that late repentance is not necessarily insin- was formidable to all, but chiefly to his friends; and cere, and some may even suppose that the sorrowing some idea both of his superior strength and savage fesinner would then have been fit to die, although the rocity may be gathered from the circumstance, that result has proved that he was not fit to live. There
when at one period of his last illness hopes were enis, however, another truth with which the careless tertained of bis recovery, his nearest relatives did not must be plied, more alarming than the mere insincerity hesitate openly to express their regret. He possessof dying contrition; a truth more frequently overlooked resolution and firmness of purpose, which might ed, and which, when stated, sounds more harshly in have been available for much good, had they been their ears, and is more ready to startle them into directed to worthy objects. On one occasion, when thought. It is, not simply that death-bed repentance I pressed on him the necessity of his making a decidis rarely sincere, but that such repentance, whether ed effort against intemperance, to which he was a sincere or insincere, rarely occurs. If we except the slave, he told me that he had once abstained from children of God, and along with them those who bave
every thing stronger than water, during a period of been habitually more or less anxious about their souls' six weeks. I was curious to know his reason for salvation, we believe we may safely conclude that such self-denial, and to my question on this point the death, when it has fairly drawn near, seldom awakens reply was most characteristic of the man,
“ Just be even anxiety in the minds of men; and that the at
cause I took it into my head ;” and acting according to tendants on the dying bed are usually more solemn, the same rule, when he took it into his bead again, he more sorrowful, and more afraid, than is the dying man returned to his former habits. His intemperance, himself. We are aware that death, at its first approach, however, had neither impaired his constitution, for almost always produces a transient alarm, as in the malt liquor formed his principal beverage ; nor wasted threatening or commencement of deadly disease ; and his little patrimony, for he was laborious, and spent that where the final stroke is sudden and instantaneous, no more than his daily earnings. Another and rather as when life is forfeited to the laws of the country, this annoying instance of his self-will and firmness of puralarm may frequently continue to the last. But in
pose I encountered in reference to the Sabbath. I most other cases, whenever the work of death com- was endeavouring to impress the fishermen with a sense mences, the fear of death ceases. The culprit trem- of the impropriety of casting their herring-nets on the bles for a moment, and resists the grasp of the officer day of rest, and to obtain their consent to refrain from of justice; but when he finds resistance vain, he walks the practice in future. Many earnestly desired the requietly along, and even enters into friendly colloquy formation, and all seemed willing to comply; only they with the man who is conducting him to the judge. And wished that it should be matter of general agreement just so we tremble for an hour, and struggle with death, and compact. Having succeeded thus far, I entertaintill finding that he has indeed laid his hand upon us, ed little doubt of carrying the measure; there being and that we cannot escape, we coolly yield to his sum- usually such a feeling union amongst them, that a mons; we gradually become acquainted with his fea- small minority was almost sure to accede to the wishes tures, which seemed strange at first, and learn to con- of the majority. The person we have been describing hap