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Come, E-, let us have “ The Dove."
rently they looked at different times ! But when And E-, her mother and sisters, taking dif | examined, proving the same unworthy ideas after ferent parts, sang
all, spectre-like, haunting my spirit with their
dark illusions. Ultimately, though adopting "The dove spread o'er her weary wing
such Fabian policy, they had no success. How Above the waters dark; She pluck'd an olive branch, to bring
could they, when we may have with the Eternal The lone ones in the ark.
One intercourse so close and conscious, that
every doubt, however strong and subtile, disWhat peace and joy that token gave,
solves into the veriest nothingness?
To me this little tilt with gloomy unbelief
was extremely valuable, as by it I was led to
meditate more on the subject, made more obserThough waves and storms go o'er my head, Though all around be dark;
vant, and thus became acquainted with so many I have an hiding-place above,
striking facts in the experience of others, as to In Jesus Christ, my ark.'
the direct answering of prayer, as amounted,
independently of my own experience, to demonNever had I heard anything so beautiful, I stration. thought; and while they sang, the weary heart Many of these facts I culled from the experiforgot its smart, and could only wonder at the ence of Mr. and Mrs. A. But though memory power possessed by a gracious spirit, of casting would gladly open up her teeming treasures, I oil upon the troubled waters—or rather, of shed- shall only bring one from the experience of ding around one of life's rugged paths a charm each. that smoothed its roughest ills.
Again Mrs. A. and I are seated, not in the Then memory took a backward turn, and little front parlour, but a much more spacious stirred another train of images, soon to converge room, having one of those delightful talks that again in Mrs. A.
can only be indulged in, when there is not the Distinctly, as at first, I saw the little upper slightest shade of mutual distrust, and at the room, where lived an humble Christian ; and same time enjoying the sight of the children also the horror and distress with which she running about on the grass so beautifully fresh showed me a posé of books, infidel books, which and green; and everything did look so soft and her brother had secreted, evidently for special | lovely in the declining sun, as he poured down perusal. One of them was extremely virulent in floods of his subdued glory through the shady its spirit, written by a woman.
trees. Most of them I had read before_Volney, “Religion is icy without a heart,' it has been Voltaire, Paine, etc.: not from choice altogether; truly said ; but in this home it had a heart. but as in visiting I often met with those who | And the young people were growing up beautinot only read but accepted those writings as ful developments of humour and cheerfulness. truth, I felt it necessary to inform myself. But With such springing, and romping, and jumpso far was the perusal from shaking my faith, I ing as we now witnessed, there could be no could only wonder how any one, in whose heart question as to their enjoying all the elasticities God had revealed his Son, could have a moment's of life. uneasiness through such quibbling.
Something in particular having drawn my Perhaps it was because I had not mind enough attention to Esther, the youngest girl, I asked to see the force of their objections, but they all if Esther was a common name in England. seemed to rebut from it lightly, as a ball of | 'No,' she replied, “there was a special reason india-rubber. Now, however, in merely glanc for her being called by that name. I do not ing over the pages of this one I had not seen be- often speak of it, but I think I'd better tell it fore, it was different.
She advanced nothing new, and differed little And then she began to relate how the Rev. from the other writers, except in the animus of Mr. B., an intimate friend, was in great disher words; for, while she held up prayer to tress. Its nature, however, she did not reveal, ridicule as a mere myth, and also the poor be- further than to say, that through a strange confooled creatures that could be content to believe currence of circumstances, over which he had no that if they prayed and get something, perhaps control, he was brought into such straits, that very different from what they asked, at some unless God was pleased to interpose in a partitime, and in some way, that it was an answer to cular way, the cause of religion would suffer. their prayers, there was a living venom in her He called on Mrs. A. for the double purpose words that assailed one's spirit, and but for care, of taking counsel, and getting the aid of her would have fastened upon it like a vampire. prayers. In praying with him before he left, An instance, I could not help thinking, of like she obtained the assurance that he would be seeking to like. There must have been some helped. latent doubts existing in my mind on that very When she told him so, he doubted. But so point, or there would not have been such readi- sure was Mrs. A., that she thus addressed himness to entertain the doubts of others. I should •Mr. B., you will certainly be delivered, and scarcely, however, say entertain, but rather that so sure am I that I will neither eat nor drink I was tormented with the vile ideas which she until help come; you will therefore at once send advanced about prayer soliciting entertainment. me a token.' How protean also in character! How diffe- Two days and two nights had passed away,
and the third day was drawing to a close. Mrs. helm, through some slight misapprehension of A., faint and weak, was almost beginning to his orders, was steering the vessel right into make the complaint of the prophet, O Lord, the danger, without being conscious of it. A Thou hast deceived, and I was deceived,' when few minutes more, and destruction would have one of Mr. B.'s servants appeared with the been inevitable. Just then Mr. A. was suddenly token.
awakened out of his deep sleep. The intense At the sight of it, Mrs. A. burst into tears, oppression was gone; he felt instead an extraand for some time could say nothing but 'Glory ordinary influence impelling him on deck. He be to God,' etc. "And that is the reason,' she obeyed the impulse, and was just in time to save added, “why the dear little girl I had soon after the vessel. But though the immediate danger was named Esther.'
was over, their situation was still perilous in the Here again I must pause, amid my retrospec- extreme. I do not remember the details, but tions, to state a fact. Mr. A., after many years' they were surrounded on all sides by dangers, walking in the light of God's countenance, gave from which there seemed no egress. At this way to doubt on one point-God's love to, juncture, a distinct impression was made on and care of him, as an individual. Singular the mind of Mr. A., of a passage between some enough, the effect was not what might have sand-banks, through which they would escape. been expected. Instead of becoming indifferent, He called his mate, and asked if ever he heard of he became more earnest in the discharge of every such a course being taken. duty, resolved that if he perished, it would not “Only once,' was the reply, and it was exbe for wilful rebellion against the will of God. tremely foolhardy, even in easy weather.' But his was no longer the happy service of a Still the impression grew clearer and stronger. child rejoicing in the light of its father's smile, Run the vessel up in that direction.' Conbut the hard service of bondage and fear, that vinced at length that this impression was of left him walking in doubt and darkness.
supernatural origin, he obeyed, and in a short In this state of mind he left Scotland, after a time they were clear of all impending dangers. long sojourn there. When several years had | “Ah!' he said, that was a great deliverance passed away, circumstances led me to — ; to me. Not only were we saved from shipand it was with no measured feelings of delight wreck, but “my soul was escaped as a bird out that I found myself once more with these dear of the snare of the fowler.” Unbelief had long old friends, and enjoying a delightful tête-a-tête | held my soul in its icy fangs, but now its spell in the spacious drawing-room of their beautiful was completely broken. These remarkable deEnglish home. Every cloud had passed from liverances were so suited to my spiritual status, Mr. A.'s mind; and fresh with the dews of as to convince me, beyond the possibility of divine grace, it was more clear and vigorous than doubt, that God did indeed watch over me. ever. 'Twas, indeed, the clear shining after And, at the same time, He also revealed his rain !
love afresh to my heart. I rejoiced, yet there One evening, the conversation having turned was something in the very joy that humbled me; somehow upon prayer, I asked if he had ever and the words would keep ever recurring to me had any direct answers.
-"Ah! wherefore didst thou ever doubt!" "Hundreds of them,' was the characteristic | Blessed be his name, I have never doubted since. reply; and began at once relating some of them. • That was on our voyage out,' he continued.
With one of those instances of prayer being 'On the passage home I had another deliverance. directly answered, I was much interested ; and we were within sight of — ; there was a having obtained leave to make any use of it I tremendous gale blowing.' And after describpleased, will here relate it--not circumstantially | ing all that had been done to prevent it, . We as he did, for I forget the names of the places, were,' he said, perfectly helpless, and driving and many of the nautical phrases he used; but before it right on the lee-shore. My mind was the substance was as follows:
stayed on God. Thoughts like this were passAfter leaving Scotland, his distress increased ing through it: “O Lord, Thou knowest that it so much, that he was quite unable to manage is not love of gain that has placed me in these his business—that of shipbuilder; his friends, circumstances. I am following thy own proviurging that a change would be beneficial, pre- dential leadings. It is not a path of my own vailed on him to take the command of one of choosing. I give myself up to Thee. If it does his own vessels that was about to set out on a not please Thee to prosper my honest endeavours long voyage. He did so, and on the passage to provide for the family Thou hast given me, out they were one night in dangerous proximity Thy will be done. I give myself up to Thee. to some sunken rocks or sand-banks, etc.; and | What Thou willest is best. I cheerfully resign though perfectly aware of it, an unaccountable the life Thou hast given into thine own hands." drowsiness stole over him, and despite his ex- While thus engaged, an indescribable peace treme anxiety about their critical position, he stole into my heart, and I praised God, and I could not possibly keep awake. The more he sang. Yes; I sang and praised God with my struggled against this feeling, it grew the more whole heart amid that fearful scene. As I was intense; and at length, completely overpowered, doing so, the mate came up to me and said after he had given most careful instructions | ""Why, Mr. A., you are a strange man, to Tom, the mate of the vessel, went to his singing like that. Don't you see we are driving cabin, and sank at once into a most profound on the rocks?” sleep. While in this state, the man at the ““Yes, I see it.”
6“Then how can you sing, when in a few “Ah, yes !' continued Mr. A., 'He is the same minutes we will be in eternity?"
| Jesus still that arose and rebuked the wind, and 6“Because, Tom, it will be from rocks to | said unto the sea, “ Peace, be still." heaven, from raging seas to eternal glory. But That night, at worship, we sang Mr. A.'s have we left anything undone that could have favourite chant, and never before did it to me prevented this?"
scem so full of meaning :6"No." 6. Is there anything more that we can do ?”
They who descend to the sea in ships, ""You know very well, sir, that we can do
Who prosecute business in many waters :
These behold the works of Jehovah, no more."
Even his wonders in the deep. 6 " Then now is the time to prove God; let He speaketh, and raiseth the spirit of the tempest, us pray."
And He exalteth the waves thereof. So we knelt down on the deck, the men They climb into the heavens, they sink into the abyss, kneeling also ; and amid the howling of the wind
ing of the wind | Their soul is melted because of trouble;
They reel and stagger like a drunken man, and the roaring of the waters, I poured out my
| And all their wisdom is swallowed up. soul to God, and besought Him to manifest his Then they cry unto Jehovah in their trouble, glory, and prove to us a “refuge from the storm, And out of their affliction He delivereth them. a hiding-place from the tempest," and if it was He maketh a tempest a calm, his will, to save us.
And the waves thereof are still;
Then they rejoice because of the stillness. "As we were yet speaking, God heard. The
When He hath brought them to the haven of their wind, which was driving us on the rocks with such wishes, fury, veered completely round, and but a very Let thein praise Jehovah for his mercy, short time had elapsed when our ship was stand And his wonders wrought in favour of men. ing off the rocks, with her head out to sea. We
Sen We And let them exalt Him in the assembly of the people,
And in the counsel of the elders let them extol Him. were saved.
THE PRAYER OF THE WEARY CHILD.
Tired, O God! O Father, tired we!
When shall we rest from toil? when find surcease?
Tired, O God!
Tired, O God! Tired of seeking Thee
Through heathen myths, to find no Father there;
Through reason's maze, to find no place for prayer!
Tired, O God!
Of finding but to wander from Thee; then
Tired, O God!
Tired, O God! O FATHER, tired we!
When shall we find Thee, never to remove ?
Waiting for cord by cord to break; Tired, O God! waiting to rest in Thee.
• Father, I am tired!
Was there no meaning then ?
'Twas human nature issuing there, Call these mere wanderings ?
Through lips half-sealed, its last sad The first pearls, found by pearly gate,
prayer, And dropped to us who weary wait!
One sigh of earth-and never then
To sigh again.
Now let us rest!'
It was the voice of earthThrough all the earth there sounds a dirge,
No, no—the voice of heaven-of each! Beating, beating like the surge;
Words first-last; living—dying speech; A melancholy, changeless rhyme
All hail to heaven !—farewell to earth! Against the shores of Time:
A death-a birth. W. P. L.
your tones and looks. No cant, no whining, no
simpering, no effeminacy, no sentimentalism. Let BY THE EDITOR.
all about you be erect and manly. Be manly, yet 1 COR. XVI. 13, 14.
calm ; be manly, yet gentle; be manly, yet polite HERE are five closing words of warning and counsel | and courteous. A true Christian should be the to the saints of Corinth. If they, who were en- | manliest of men. Such was Paul, such was John, riched in all utterance and in all knowledge,' and such was Peter. Such was Knox, and Calvin, and who came behind in no gift,' needed such words, | Luther. Men walking in the footsteps of these how much more we!
should be, in the best sense of the word, ‘mascuI. Watch ye.—The servant takes up the master's line.' No duplicity, no shuffling, no insincerity. words,- for these are specially Christ's words; and Well wrote the poet: ‘There are no tricks in plain of the twenty-one times that they occur in the and simple faith.' God's design in conversion, and New Testament, twelve are in the Gospels. The | the Holy Spirit's work in indwelling, is to make us Lord saw that his church would need such a word thoroughly what God, when creating us, meant us as her watchword and motto. Our tendency is to | to be,-men, true men, in dignity, in integrity, in be off our guard, to fall asleep ; therefore we are nobleness of bearing, whether of soul or body. I exhorted to watch. We are to watch against things | remember the remark of one regarding a young both within and without. We are to watch con- | man newly converted : he said ‘his conversion had stantly ; one unwatchful hour may work unspeak- improved his very gait, and given him a free and able evil, to ourselves and to others. Were a pilot noble bearing, which he had not before.' So let to fall asleep at the helm, or the keeper of the it be with us. Popish saints are all pictured as lighthouse, or the engine-man on one of our ex- | hanging the head to one side, looking demurely on presses, what would be the consequences ? We the ground : so let us not be; but erect, looking are to watch-(1.) Against ourselves; our unbelief, upward with joyous, stedfast eye. our carnality, our indolence, our selfishness, our IV. Be strong.–The word denotes vigour and covetousness, our bad temper, our vanity, our power, whether of soul or body. It is the word worldliness. (2.) Against the world ; its errors, its used of John : The child grew, and waxed strong follies, its gaieties, its temptations, its open sins, in spirit' (Luke i. 80). It is the word used of Jesus: its novels, its theatres, its ball-rooms, its parties ‘The child grew, and waxed strong in spirit' (Luke of pleasure, its idle companionships. (3.) Against ii. 40). We are to be strong in every way and in Satan; his sophistries, wiles, delusions, arguments, | every sense: strong in mind, strong in will, strong fiery darts. Against all these there must be vigor- | in purpose, strong in faith. Not feeble, cowardly, ous, honest, brave, incessant, uncompromising compromising, yielding, vacillating, changeable, watchfulness. No truce with the enemies of Christ; | timid, and afraid to face danger, or difficulty, or no friendship with the seed of the serpent; notoil, or loss, or shame. A true saint is no coward ; alliance with this present evil world.
no mere soldier on parade, but ever ready for the II. Stand fast in the faith.—The word here is field; not turning back in the day of battle. Chrissimply "stand,' maintain your position ; and the tian strength is a real thing. Christian vigour stress is laid on the faith, the things most surely is one of those things by which we glorify God. believed. The exhortation takes for granted that Christian bravery is that in which we are true we have believed; and it calls on us to adhere to followers of primitive saints, of martyrs, reformers, the truths which we have thus received. It is not covenanters, and confessors. While men deride us of the quantity or quality of our own faith that as professors of the .soft theology,' let us show to the apostle is speaking, but of the excellency, and all what true strength is,-enduring hardness, and fulness, and trueness, and sufficiency of the things fearing no foe. believed. For it is out of these, and not out of v. Let all your things be done with charity.our own acts of faith, that we extract all the peace, Solomon's exhortation is: Whatsoever thine hand and strength, and holiness to which we are called findeth to do, do it with thy might ;' Paul's is, with by the gospel. This “standing' is not founded on charity.' Both must be remembered. The love ignorance, but on knowledge. It is intelligent and and the might must go together. Let love pervade reasonable. It is not obstinacy, nor crotchety ad everything, even your strongest words and most hesion to one's own notions. It is large-minded, energetic deeds. The one need not exclude the large-hearted cleaving to what is revealed, and other; nay, they mutually help: the love makes so ascertained to be true-divinely true. •Stand the might the mightier, and the might makes the fast’ in these days, when so many are falling, or love more loving. Love one another. Love the stumbling, or departing from the foundation. brethren. Lore all men. Let us go forth each * Stand fast,' but be sure that it is in the faith'- day in love to work the works and speak the words the old apostolic faith. The church's creed is not of God. Let all men see that we love, and that moveable, but fixed; for it is made up of the truth the love of God reigneth within. Watch, stand of the unchanging God, not of the opinions of man fast, be men, be strong; yet, above all, be loving! or the speculations of the age.
This is the best of gifts, the more excellent way. III. Quit you like men.—This literally means, We have been loved, let us love. Let us put away * Be men,' or ‘Be manly ;' very different from all hatred, strife, variance, malice, envy, wrath, · muscular' or materialized Christianity. Your unbrotherliness. Let us be kindly affectioned one creed is the creed of men, not of babes; so letto another. Let love make us brave, true, servent, your walk and bearing be,-your whole life, your liberal, noble; yet not soft, timid, effeminate, child. conversation, your recreations, your literature, ish, either in word or deed,
WITHOUT THE GAT E.*
Song of SOLOMON v. 2-vi. 3.
HE place assigned to her whose vary- | •I sleep, but my heart waketh.' Such was
ing experiences are the subjects of her apology—such the plea by which she would
this Song, was not the city. There, | fain have hidden from herself, as well as excused Joomer man had collocated his strength, to others, the truth of her condition. But why
and stamped the impress of his | this difference between her outward circumstances own name; that, therefore, was not the place and her inward feelings? Was it needful? Was designed for her, whose distinctive blessing was it right? And could such discrepancy continue ? companionship with her rejected Lord. Like Would the heart long remain wakeful, if the eye Him, she was called to go without the gate, and the ear ceased to watch, and the hand to act ? bearing his reproach.' She was to find the place And even if the heart could so watch, what use of her rest and her occupation far away from would there be in such vigilance, if no outward man's city ; in the vineyards or at the sheep- , development followed? Who would credit her folds, or in some garden enclosed,' where tale respecting her heart's wakefulness, if all surplants of heavenly fragrance could be trained by rounding circumstances contradicted her saying, her for the Lord.
and proved that her activity had wholly given In the previous chapter, we find her in one of place to slumber? Yet, false as is the plea, it is her highest positions of honour and blessing. We one by which believers have not unfrequently desee her encompassed by plants of pleasant fra- ceived themselves; until their slumber has become grance that had sprung up under the culture of so deep as to preclude the possibility of arousing her hand-herself rejoicing in the presence of her them even to a sense of the delusion. Lord, and acknowledged by Him as one that was She, however, whose history we are here conministering to his joy. She had asked Him to sidering, was not to be allowed to sink into such come into his garden, and He had come and depth of slumber. Her course was to be arrested. tasted of its honeycomb, and spices, and pleasant | She was speedily to be summoned from her restingfruits. He had commended her, and they had place, and brought back to the side of her Lord; rejoiced together.
for her heart had not yet so lapsed as to be altoBut now, how changed the scene! She had gether deaf to his voice, or indifferent to its call. forsaken the sheepfold, and the vineyard, and the Accordingly, when He drew nigh and knocked garden ; she was no longer a sojourner without at the closed door-the door which herself had the gate ; ' she had wandered into the city, and closed against Him; as soon as she heard his call, found her way into one of its palaces ; she had as the call of one who was seeking for himself encompassed herself with its delicacies (for she shelter from the cold and darkness and dew of speaks of her fingers dropping with sweet-smell-night, she instantly recognised his well-known ing myrrh), and there she had lain down to rest. voice. It is the voice,' said she, of my Beloved Her pilgrim-garb was laid aside. She was no that knocketh. Yet she was slow, and even relonger the despised shepherdess, or the keeper of luctant, to unlock the closed door. 'I have put off the vineyards, but rather a princess, treading my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed delicately kings' courts. She no longer said, my feet; how shall I defile them?' Such were as once she had done, “Tell me, O Thou whom the words with which, at first, she responded to my soul loveth, where Thou feedest, where Thou his call. Was it that she was really unwilling makest thy flock to rest at noon ; for why should to reassume, for a brief moment, the garment I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of she had put off? Did she really fear that her thy companions?' Her companionship with her feet, which she had washed, would be defiled by Lord had ceased, and she sought not to renew it. crossing, for a moment, the chamber of her Ile still remained unsheltered—' his head filled luxury ? Or, did her heart tell her that if her with dew, and his locks with the drops of the Lord entered that chamber, He would refuse to night;' whilst she was resting, or seeking to rest, share with her the shelter she had chosen, and in the midst of luxuries and refinements which would surely summon her from it; and that could never have been hers, unless she had aban- | thus, drawn from her resting-place, she too doned the true place of her service, and had would have to say that her head also was ceased to be a sojourner without the gate.' filled with dew, and her locks with the drops of
the night ?' Conscience is quick, under certain * From Mr. B. W. Newton's • Occasional Papers. circumstances, in anticipating results, though its