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morals and politics of Athens. The greatness of Socrates remains whether his demon be a poetical fiction or a hallucination. It is the same with Swedenborg. His greatness—I mean his thought—remains, 'whether the character of a medium, chosen of God to be an organ and interpreter of the Word of God to men, be a pious fiction or an illusion the most sincere. His doctrine, so completely explained in his writings, has its value in itself, independent of the visions quoted in its support,— it is given in the sacred texts when understood at last. Every man of sense may do as Count Hopkin did, take the doctrine and leave the visions. The true question for all the world is this—Has Swedenborg interpreted the Holy Scriptures better than the eighteen centuries which have preceded him?"
So the splendid illusion is dispelled!—the Memorable Relations, the Heaven and Hell, the Earths in the Universe, the Last Judgment itself, have all melted into thin air—the brilliant but unsubstantial visions of a long hallucination!
But though the Seer is gone, the Exposition remains; and it is yet to be seen what our philosopher makes of it. Of this we intend to speak in another article.
PROPOSED MONUMENT TO THE LATE REV. WILLIAM
MASON. To the Editor.
Dear Sir,—A few friends of the late Rev. William Mason feel desirous to erect a memorial of their respect for him in the Derby Cemetery, where his mortal remains were interred. They regard this as only due to his valuable services, and as a pleasure in which many who knew and esteemed the deceased would be glad to share. The lesson the epitaph might be made to convey may be useful and instructive, indicative at once of our veneration for our departed friend, and of the glorious hopes the New Churchman cherishes as to the future life. The style of the memorial must depend on the amount subscribed. We, the undersigned, have felt great pleasure in undertaking to act as the agents of Mr. Mason's friends in the matter, and shall be happy to receive and acknowledge by letter any sums forwarded to us for this purpose. Any suggestions or drawings we shall be glad to accept, and, as far as practicable, to adopt them. We beg to urge upon those desirous to subscribe, the advisability of promtitude, and the desirability of soliciting subscriptions with this object, in order that the monument may be worthy of the deceased and of the church. The total amount received, and a description of the monument, will be published in this Magazine as soon as completed.— We are, dear Sir, respectfully yours,
John Hyde, Derby, July, 1863. Thomas Madelei. POETRY. 881
TO A "SPIRIT IN PRISON."
The clouds of anguish dim
Thy spirit's upward gaze; Pain's choking earth-fogs swim
Athwart heaven's quenchless rays. The breath of faith comes thick
In airs despair doth taint; Thy very soul is sick,
Thy very heart is faint,
Beloved! But deem not thou for this
The Father's face withdrawn; It is no night of bliss
Precedes the true heaven-dawn. Think on that midnight's gloom,
When o'er earth's Hope did close The narrow garden-tomb—
Yet what a morning rose,
Beloved! Think on that watch of woe
By love despairing kept; Its only balm to know,
There its lost Saviour slept! Then on dawn's glory burst
O'er death's despoiled prison— Morn of all mornings first!
"He is not here—but risen,"
Beloved! Seems then thy soul such tomb,
Where, death-betrayed, doth lie Life's early spirit-bloom
Of aspiration high--' The holy, healing love,
The gracious, saving truth, So, welcomed from above,
'Mid dews of thy lost youth,—
Faithful amid despair,
Though buried, Christ is there!
There, till the angel-voice
Of Mercy rend His prison,
"Arise! and find Him risen,
Once more, with spirit free,
This earthly Galilee.
Calm, should all terrors blend,
Is with us to the end,
Or should that joy-dawn ope
The two-fold bars for thee,
Setting thy healed soul free;
To love, life, Heaven anew,—
That bids all night adieu,
Maes C. Hdbb.
GENERAL CHTJRCH INTELLIGENCE- at five o'clock prompt. The subject to
be brought under consideration is—
Ensuing Conference At Manchester. "The wants of the Church."
Programme Op Arrangements. The Committee would bejgladtore
Monday Evening, August 10th.— ceive any suggestions upon this subject
Reception Meeting.—The members of from the ministers and leaders of the
Conference and their friends will meet various societies, in order that they
in the School-room of the Church, Peter- may so arrange the propositions that
street, Manchester. Tea and coffee will the whole will be both instructive and
be provided from six to eight o'clock. useful to the ohurch. All communica
Tuesday Evening—Tea will be pro- tions to be addressed to Mr. Broadfield. vided for the members of Conference On the Sunday before Conference, and and friends, after which the Bev. John also on the succeeding Sunday, minisHyde, of Derby, will preach, and the ters from a distance will preaeh in 'ne sacrament of the Lord's Holy Supper Church, Peter-street, will be administered. The alms on this Ministers and representatives who occasion will, as usual, be appropriated desire accommodation, are requested to the pension fund for superannuated to communicate immediately with Mr. ministers and to the widows of minis- Broadfield, 23, Cheetwood-lane, Masters. Tea on the table at half-past five. Chester; Service to commence at seven o'clock. H. Antonie, Sec.
Thursday Evening.—The usual Con- Manchester, July 14th, 1863.
ference tea meeting will take place. Tea =
Conference. It may not be amiss to remind any friends whose "returns" to Conference have not yet been forwarded, that immediate attention is desirable.
Fked. Pitman, Sec. Gen. Conference. July 15th, 1863.
On Sunday, June 21st, our annual Sunday-school sermons were preached by the Rev. Dr. Bayley, of London, to numerous and respectable audiences. The church was crowded; not only were the pews rilled, but forms were placed in every available space. The minister selected for his afternoon discourse the 1st and 2nd verses of the 10th Fsalm. He gave a very clear and lucid exposition of the words of the text, first, as to their power and beauty in a scientific point of view, and afterwards shewed in a very marked and eloquent style, the great truths man might receive from a knowledge of their spiritual bearing upon his life and character, when passing through the states of regeneration, with a view to the creation of a new earth and a new heaven, wherein he can abide in a state of rest and peace. Immediately after the afternoon sermon we had a very heavy shower of rain, which led many of us to suppose that we should not have a large congregation; but to our surprise and pleasure, we had about the same number in attendance in the evening as we had had present in the afternoon.
The preacher made choice for his evening's meditation and instruction of the words of the prophet Malachi, chap. hi., verse 3. The subject was treated in an elaborate, well-matured, and masterly manner. The consecutive and orderly way in which the truths were presented left a great impression upon the audience, which was evident from the attention of the whole congregation. Every sentence contained great matter for reflection, and elicited from the hearers, when leaving the church, expressions of satisfaction and of the delight they had experienced in the day's proceedings. The collections amounted to £80. 3s. Old. This Bum being raised in the present state of trade in Lancashire, shews that both members and friends value the institution of Sunday-schools, and hence each came forward with a cheerful and liberal hand.
In the morning the scholars assembled in the upper school, to the number of 676. This number, together with members and friends, gave a crowded and imposing effect. The singing of the children was truly delightful. Dr. Bayley addressed the children in an appropriate speech for the occasion, which gave great satisfaction, both to the children and friends. School being «oncluded, Dr. Bayley adjourned to the church, where he baptised 17 children, and during the week he baptised 13 children more,— making a total, daring his visit, of 30 baptisms.
We have to thank our Argyle-square friends for Dr. Bayley's visit, and we think they will agree with us that his presence with us has been a work of love and use. The services of the day were very much enhanced by the excellent performance of our esteemed friend Mr. James Cunliffe, on the organ, and by the excellent vocal efforts of the whole choir.
Thursday Evening.—Presentation and Valedictory Meeting to Mr. Westall.— A meeting was convened on Thursday evening, to commence at half-past seven o'clock, when there were about 700 present, for the purpose of presenting a token of respect to Mr. Westall, for his active and continued usefulness as a teacher and superintendent of our Sunday-school for so many years, and who is about to leave Accrington to enter upon the duties of a minister in connection with the Bolton Society. Mr. Bury was in the ohair. After singing a hymn, Dr. Bayley offered up prayer.
The Chairman, on rising to address the audience, said it gave him great pleasure to see so many present on an occasion like this, because it shewed that the object in view was duly appreciated by all, namely, the resolution our friend and co-worker, Mr. Westall, had come to, in deciding to take upon himself the duties of a minister. He earnestly congratulated him for the wisdom of his choice, because in his duties and labours he would have meat to eat that the world knowsnot of. The teachers and friends, on hearing of his engagements, resolved at once to raise a subscription for the purpose of presenting him with a token of their esteem and love. He would, doubtless, in his new undertaking, have many trials and difficulties, but the Lord would be with him to comfort and bless him. He could
assure him he would leave Accrington to take the pulpit at Bolton with the good wishes of all of us, and with all our prayers for his deep and lasting usefulness.
The Rev. Dr. Bayley rose and said: My beloved friends,—It gives me great pleasure to see so many of you present this evening. It reminds me of the many opportunities I have had of speaking to you on similar occasions. It is delightful to all right-minded persons to see and hear of the doctrines of the New Jerusalem given from heaven by the Lord, being taught and received with an earnest desire that such truths should govern men's lives and characters. This delight is from no sectarian feeling. In our trials in the passage through this life, we receive consolation from the Word as opened by these principles, such as cannot otherwise be given. In death these truths are of that inspiring and cheering character that gives us confidence, like that which David expressed when he said—" Though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Thy rod and staff shall comfort us;" and when we contemplate the realities of the eternal world, we find in the teachings of the New Church a fund of instruction, giving us glorious views of the realities and happiness of the life to come, which makes it attractive with a beauty real, true, and wondrous, and which cheers us with hopes that gild and glorify the gloomy passage of the grave. In fact, the New Church gives us truths which cheer us all our journey through; and what is good for us here, we feel will give us happiness in heaven. If ministers were planted through the country to proclaim the glorious truths of the New Church, and were active in their office, a great amount of good might be done. I hope, before long, to see more young men undertake the office of the ministry, and advance the cause of truth and goodness in the world. There is one friend on my right, Mr. Whitehead, who is well adapted for such work, and now that Mr. Westall has led the way, I trust he soon will follow. I have to thank yon for honouring me with the request that I would make a selection of books to present to our esteemed friend, Mr. Westall; and I will briefly explain the principle on which I acted. Care needed to be taken lest he should be in possession of some of the works, and your present not be as useful as you
wished it to be. I knew that he had already in his possession most, if not all, of the works peculiarly containing the doctrines of the New Church. I thought it best, then, to make choice of other books, which 1 was sure would be useful to him, commencing, of course, with the head of all books, the Holy Word. This copy, splendidly bound, and printed with large type, is one of the most useful, as well as ornamental, ever published by the Bible Society. I knew my friend was a great reader of history. My attention was therefore turned to the choice of what would be a good history, and I selected the Pictorial Historyjof England, in 10 volumes, which are splendidly bound, as you see. This work is very different from some of the previous Histories of England, because these volumes contain facts which may be relied upon,—facts for the life of the people, and not only for kings and their wars. |I have also selected Calmet's Dictionary, which contains the facts of the literal sense of the Word, and will form a very great addition to his library, and assist Mr. Westall in his treatment of the Divine Word. In thinking over our friend's engagement at Bolton, I concluded that this meeting would rejoice to hear that Mrs. Westall should be regarded on this occasion. I have therefore, on your behalf, included 4 volumes of the work entitled "The Land we Live in." These volumes contain information respecting the different towns and the beautiful scenery of England. I know that ladies are always anxious to know what is going on now, and what is new at the present day. While her husband is studying England as it has been, Mrs. Westall will be refreshing her mind with England as it is. I next found that our edition of the large-print Hymn Book was ready, and I was just in time to procure the first copy that was issued for this testimonial; that also will form a nice memento to Mrs. Westall of your esteem. The young men who formed the first class, which Mr. Westall taught, wish also to add their tribute of respect on this occasion, by presenting him, as their teacher, with the 4 volumes of the Rev. Mr. Clissold's " Exposition of the Apocalypse;" and this will be doubly valuable from the most active in its suggestion being Mr. Eli Whitehead, now of Heywood. Reference was then made to Solomon's prayer for conduct