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than they that he against us, and that as our day so shall our strength be. "Cease to do evil; learn to do well." The work is before us, and we gird ourselves to it. "This is the way, walk ye in it," saith the Lord. We hear, and resolve to obey.
Is it ended? Why, it is nearly an hour by the watoh since he began, but the flow was so easy, and the absorption so complete, and the self-examination so searching and so solemn, and the time so sacred to all that is good, and the world so thoroughly shut out, that we took no note of it. We feel that we have been in the spiritual world, where the measures of this world are unknown. Who can tell the value of those hours? Who that ever knew them would willingly forget them? Who that knew them frequently but must bear about him some impress of their power? And yet it may be doubted whether Mr. Mason's best sermons were equal to his best prayers. In private family devotion nothing could be more concise, simple, and child-like than his addresses to the Fountain of blessing; but in public worship the outpouring of his spirit was copious,—not methodical, but various as his states of life, and exhibiting every phasis of the striving spirit so truly, that they who prayed with him were often startled by his taking- their thoughts upon his lips, and presenting upon the altar of repentance, of which he was the minister, that sacrifice which their hearts had already prepared. Some, indeed, would complain of his "long extempore prayers;" but his habitual hearers did not complain, and for the most part such complaints were the bad effect of set forms upon minds whose piety was cramped by them. Without doubting the utility of set forms, where there is nothing better, I presume that the prayers in heaven are extempore, and that that prayer which proceeds from the fulness of the regenerating heart, is absolutely superior to any verbal music to which human skill can set its varying emotions.
To return. I could imagine that Mr. Mason's prayers were not unlike Robert Hall's; unpremeditated, without rhetorical arrangement, the discursive utterances of a broken spirit and a contrite heart. They were not orations made to the living God as if He were "a God afar off," or a many-headed multitude,
swayed by passion, and to be taken by a storm of language; nor were they skilful pleadings set curiously in order, to convince an unwilling ear. The God to whom he spoke was the God that heareth prayer, and who is waiting to be gracious; not an awful Potentate whose rigours could be softened by pleasing phrases, or subdued by the mighty fervours of a rushing eloquence. The unapproaohable simplicity of the Lord's Prayer was his model, and the spirit which prompted the publican to say— "God be merciful to me a sinner I" was the emotion which chiefly animated those addresses which took his fellowworshippers with him to the Throne of Grace, and bathed them in the light of the Mercy-seat. The Lord was there, and His train filled the temple. The place itself was small and simple, but nevertheless it was none other than the House of God, and the minister had power to enter within the veil. That such power is very rare in our church we are bound to confess, and perhaps we may allowably think that until it is more common and more generally appreciated, the regenerating affections will not be represented as they ought to be in the crown of all the churches. We may hope that Divine worship will not always be a secondary thing in the House of Prayer, and that " Ye people, pour out your heart before Him" will not always mean, Repeat a set form of words with more or less devotion, and then hear an oration. Is not this what we are fast coming to? Did we not in past years yearn for the literary and the eloquent, and are we not getting them now with a vengeance? Is not the fine gold becoming dim with us, and do not the gew-gaws of affected eloquence make one sicken for the tender herb which once nourished the perceptions of simplicity? While William Mason lived, there was a tower of strength among us, to which sincere piety and common sense might continually resort. Upon whom has his mantle fallen? Who now shall take his place, and save us from the inundation of "tinkling ornaments about the feet, and the cauls, and the round tires like the moon, and the chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, and the rings, and the nose jewels, and the changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins," and all the bravery of corrupted Zion? The
solemn duty is on some one, and I venture to call upon him to stand up and do it. "Cry aloud, and spare not," that the plague may be stayed, or a day of burning will come upon our finery, and we shall sit among the ashes ,of desolation.
I have spoken of Mr. Mason's sermons and of his prayers, and am tempted to add a few other reminiscences, but must defer it for the present.—Believe me, my dear Sir, very truly yours,
J. W. Hancock. Berlin, Canada West, July 22nd, 1863.
Nova Scotia. To the Editor.
My dear Sir,—An application to the friends of the church for books, to be sent to the Rev. A. Mc.Arthur, Nova Scotia, having been made through the Magazine, I have thought it desirable, through the same medium, to state that a large number of books and tracts were sent to me by a number of friends,— many of the works of Swedenborg, in excellent bindings, with some from the Swedenborg Society; the whole forming a valuable, and will doubtless be found, in the hands of our rev. friend, an exceedingly useful collection. Through the liberality of the Missionary and Tract Society, the freight and all the expenses were paid, so that it is hoped they will reach their destination uninjured, and prove valuable, though silent, missionaries in the distant northern regions.—Yours most truly,
The following extract from a letter received from Toronto may interest the readers of the Intellectual Repository:—
"We went up to the Park this evening (Sunday), where we found several men preaching to the people—one a woman, and a second-adventist. After these had argued with each other, a youngish, very respectable Englishlooking man got up, and put both them, and also persons in the crowd who questioned him, to confusion, and pleased a great many who were there. Among them was old Mr. Tisson, and a soldier in the Commissariat Staff Corps of the R.A., who told me he was a New Churchman. He had the Indian and the French and English Crimean medals.
He said that there were a great many belonging to the church in Lucknow, at the time of the siege.
"The man who was preaching turned out to be a New Churchman from London, who is about to begin business. He is a very well read man evidently, and thoroughly acquainted with the doctrines, and just the one to push the church along. He is much in favour of having regular service here, if there could be only five or six members of the church got together. He has only been out about four months, and was very sorry he did not know about the Conference. He is well acquainted with Dr. Bailey.
"The soldier told us the following story :—The Brahmins were offered, by an Hindoo institution, a prize for the best essay on the ' True Object of Worship.' One of them got hold of a New Church tract, treating on that subject, translated it, and got the prize! This shows how receptive the Hindoo mind must be of New Church truths."
On the 2nd of September, at the New Jerusalem church, Argyle Square, London, by the Rev. Dr. Bayley, Wm. Mather, Esq., of Lower Broughton, Manchester, to Emma Jane, second daughter of Thomas Watson, Esq., of Highbury Crescent, London.
Departed into the spiritual world, at 28, Regent Quay, Aberdeen, on the morning of the 1st of August, aged 87 years, Elizabeth Hicolson, the loviDg and lamented wife of James F. Kellas. Her illness was severe and protracted; but she was graciously enabled to bear all with Christian fortitude and resignation. Everything was done which medical science could suggest to save a life so valuable to her family. She twice visited London for advice, and on one of these occasions underwent a most dangerous surgical operation, knowing that it might terminate fatally within a few hours. Notwithstanding this, and trusting submissively to the Divine providence, she parted from her husband and a beloved sister, who were present, with the utmost composure; and a few days
after, when her medical attendants believed her to be dying, one of them could not help remarking that he had never, under similar circumstances, beheld a countenance so calm and peaceful. To the surprise of all, however, she so far recovered as to be able to return home, where she rejoiced to meet her dear family again, as one restored from the grave. She gradually seemed to advance towards convalescence for more than two months, when a sad relapse soon convinced her sorrowing friends that she could not long remain with them. When made aware of this unlooked-for change, she calmly said— "It is the Lord's will; let His will be done! I expected to have been spared a few more years of usefulness among you; but since the Lord has otherwise determined, and although I am sorry to part with you all, still I am content and happy at the prospect before me." All were astonished at the cheerfulness and patient resignation which she evinced in passing through so lengthened a period of sore trouble. She continued sensible to the last, and was frequently cheered before her departure with a sight of the beautiful scenery of the spiritual world, and also of its inhabitants, with whom she seemed often to be conversing. On these occasions, an indescribably radiant and pleasing expression lighted up her countenance, and remained imprinted there long after she had gently breathed her last.
It is now about nine years since the subject of this notice first became acquainted with the heavenly doctrines of the New Jerusalem, and her intelligent perception of these was the source of her remarkable composure under peculiarly severe suffering, and of her calm and peaceful end. Her case is a delightful illustration both of the mercy of the Lord and of the power of Divine Truth to illuminate the passage from the natural to the spiritual world.
Departed this life, August 7th, 1863, aged 78, Mrs. Susanna Munson, of Colchester, relict of the late Mr. Arthur Munson, the first New Church preacher of the Brightlingsea society, fifty-four years ago. She came from Colchester to Brightlingsea to visit her son and daughter-in-law, and also to enjoy the pleasure of attending the services of the church. This pleasure she had the
privilege of enjoying two Sabbaths; and! she more than once expressed to several friends how thankful she felt that she had been enabled again to join in the worship of her Lord and Saviour, for his unspeakable goodness to the children of men. The day after her last attendance at the church, she was taken ill; and from her first attack of illness, she felt that nature was gradually giving way, and that her earthly tenement would soon be mingled with the dust. The writer of this notice visited her three times, read each time a psalm, and offered up a short extempore prayer, for which she expressed her thankfulness. Previous to the writer's last leaving her, she said, in a faint voice, "I shall not be long out of the spiritual world," which was verified, for she left her frail tenement of clay at five o'clock the following morning. From all that the writer can learn of her character, she was a pious, just, and consistent person. And last, though not least, she was always ready to do kind acts to the sick and afflicted. She seemed to realize the full force of these words of James: "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world," i. 27. Religion with her was not a mere abstraction, but it was a religion founded on the two great principles of love to God and charity to man. Judging from her life, she was a person in whom the work of religion had made considerable progress. She seemed to have left first principles, and gone on to a state of perfection. Let us hope, then, that she has rested from her labours, and that her works have followed with her. S. T.
Departed on the 8th of August, 1863, Mr. William Barlow, a native of Burslem, and by trade a potter, aged fifty-eight years. When about twenty-three years of age, be joined the Wesleyan Methodists, and was for twenty years a consistent member of that body of Christians. Fifteen years ago he met with, read, and cordially received the doctrines of the New Church, and became one of the most zealous New Churchmen in the Potteries. He was a man in whom there was no guile;—straightforward, simple, affectionate, and honest. The heavenly doctrines were his supreme delight; and
desiring that all should have an oppor- labours have now closed upon earth, and
tunity of knowing what he so highly his active spirit has been removed by
prized, he allowed no opportunity to Him who does all things well, to the
pass without introducing the truths of inner sphere of use in the spiritual
the New Church, regardless of friends world. The friends of the New Church
or foes. He was a constant distributor in Staffordshire feel that an earnest
of our tracts, frequently visiting the brother has gone up higher. Stella.
churches and chapels of his native town
on the Sunday, and as the pastors and At Nottingham, August 30th, 1863,
congregations retired from public wor- in his 70th year, William Jackson, a
ship, he would stand at the gates, and receiver of the doctrines for above
give to all who passed one of these little twenty years. The deceased was not
messengers of truth. He also frequently connected with the society, but was well
distributed them in the streets. His known to the members of the church.
TO READERS AND CORRESPONDENTS.
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The following articles have been postponed from press of matter:—"Report of General Assembly of New Church in Scotland;" "M. Matter's Life and Writings of Swedenborg;" "The Purpose of Life, No. 2.;" several matters of local intelligence; an obituary, and some poetry.
New Church College Library.—The following books have been recently received, namely:—From the Rev. F. De Soyres—Manuscript Memoranda on Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, and Hebrews, 14 vols; New Testament, Greek and English, in parallel columns, Cambridge, 1836; New Testament, Greek and English, interleaved with blank pages, 4to; Calmet's Dictionary, imperial 8vo, 1832; Riddle's Ecclesiastical Economy, 8vo, 1840; Dumesnil's Latin Synonyms, 8vo, 1819; Zumpt's Latin Grammar, 8vo, 1832; Madeley's Correspondences, 8vo, 1848; Swedenborg's Dicta Probanda, 8vo, 1845; Pamphlets—Swedenborg on the Lord's Glorification, 8vo, 1848; Scripta Nova? Domini Ecclesia, 8vo, 1835; Adversaria, 8vo (incorrect date, supposed to be 1845).—From ,T. Vallack, Esq., Derby—Intellectual Repository, 8vo, 1862 (this is a continuation of a former gift of the Repository, from 1824 to the end, as above, of 1862,—all the volumes substantially bound, in all 38 vols); Minutes of Conference from 1857 to 1862, bound in one volume, being a continuation of a former gift.—From David Georsk Goyder—Life of the Right Honble. W. Pitt, by Bishop Tomline, 2 vols, 4to, 1821; the Scriptures in German, small 8vo, 1863.—From Mrs. Galtndo— Letters to the Rev. H. Ward Beecher on the Doctrine of the Trinity, by the Rev. Mr. Barrett, New York, 12mo, 1860.
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NEW JERUSALEM MAGAZINE.
No. 119. NOVEMBER, 1868. Vol. X.
Our relation to God confers upon us most exalted privileges, and imposes upon us most onerous duties. The gift of rationality raises us above the sphere of involuntary impulse and unreflective action, and the gift of liberty makes us responsible for our actions. The capacities which belong to us as immortal beings, cannot be rightly directed by the light of nature. The light of Revelation can alone show us our relation to an infinite Creator and to an eternal world; discover to us the legitimate objects of the desires and hopes of the human heart; and enable us to build for futurity on the knowledge and experience of the present. When Revelation has brought us to the knowledge of God and of ourselves, and has disclosed to us the Lord's beneficent purpose in our creation, it evolves a new element in human nature, and creates a new and higher interest in human existence. It shows the true life of man to be within and above the changeable and evanescent life of the present; it convinces us ihdt our present frame is but the scaffolding of that glorious fabric which we are placed in this world to build for eternity; and that our labours here are to be bestowed with a view to future and permanent, not to present and temporary, results.
This being the case, how important it becomes to build up our future being with the utmost solicitude and industry; to employ means which have been so bountifully provided for us by the Author of our existence and the Fountain of our mercies, and which have been provided for the purpose of making us fit to be the members of His spiritual household, that He may be our God, and we may be His people. Among the means