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his corps! And what is there at the court "Make 'way! Make way!" And who is this? bit of clay, with a ribbon tied round it! Now makes nothing against the comparative emptines and littleness of these things, that I or any ma should be ensnared by them, and play the fool with the rest of the species. Truth is truth, and dignit) is dignity in spite of the errors and folly of any ma living.

But this is the outside. What are the greates minds, and the noblest projects of the world, com pared with a Christian! Take Mr. Pitt for an instance, and contrast him with the most insignitas cant old woman in the church of Christ! If the Bible be not true, you have no standard: all you reasonings, and science, and philosophy, and metaphysics, are gross absurdity and folly. But, if the Bible be true, Mr. Pitt, great and noble as he yet, considered as a mere politician, éven Mr: Pit has a little, contracted, mean mind!a driveller:an earth-worm! Compared with his projects and i schemes, the old woman, who rises at two o'clocks in the morning, lights her farthing candle, stands i all day over her wash-tub, at night puts on her o red cloakmesteals out to some place of worship, hears the truths of the gospel mangled perhapsd with ignorant yet honest zeal, but draws in good into an honest and prepared heart-why, this wala inan is a heroine noble mind-:compared with the greatest of men, considered as a mere man of this world!

Bishop Wilkins has said admirably, That nothing i in man is great, but, so far as it is connected with God. The only wise thing recorded of Xerxes, is his reflection on the sight of his army-That no one of that immense inultitude would survive hundred years; it seems to have been a momentary gleain of true Light and feeling.

APPENDIX.

REMARKS BY MR. CECIL, COMMUNICATED TO

THE EDITOR BY SOME FRIENDS,

A HIDING-BLACE implies secrecy, He, who can say unto God, Thou art my kiding-place, may go abroad about his affairs, and may pass through a thousand dangers, and yet, at the same time, have such a hiding-place, in the favor and protection of God, that, when he seems to be exposed on every side, still he is secured and hidden from every eyil,

A GREAT man,however high his office and talents, is dependent on little things. Jonah was exceeding glad of his gourd. However splendid and towering, man is crushed beneath the moth, if God does not uphold him: so that, while we are admiring the

great man as he is called, and however he may be | disposed to admire himself and to speak great

swelling words of vanity, facts will shew that he is I a poor, dependent creature, who cannot live a mo. ment without God. If the Holy Spirit opens his eyes, he will perceive that he cannot stand alone; but can only support himself and climb, like the ivy, by clasping one stronger than bimself,

DREAMS are common to sleeping. No man begins to slumber in religion, but he falls into some golden dream. It is a device of Satan to seduce men into a drowsy state, and then to beguile them with some dream. When the duties of religion become irksome, then he presents some novelty

which allures and deceives us: whereas, had wel been in life and vigor, we should have detected the deceit.

THERE are no greater objects of pity in the world, than men who are admired by all around for their la nice discernment and fine taste in every thing of a ) worldly nature, but have no taste for the riches that endure for ever-10 love for God or his word ?

no love for Christ or their souls. In such a state, se however admired or respected, they cannot sce theu kingdom of God.

A SPIRITUAL man is a character that rises faran above all worldly wisdom and science. He is d described by our Lord as born of the Spirit. Spir-o itual senses are given to him. He has a spiritual L TASTE, that rejects whatever is injurious, and 6 gladly receives whatever is salutary to the spiritual y life; he desires the sincere milk of the word, that he may grow thereby. He has a spiritual sight:he looks not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. He ŞMELLS a sweet savor in the things of God: His name is as ointment poured forth. He has a quick FEELING. And he has a spiritual EAR: My sheep hear my voice. He lives in a world of his own: he is tried by spiritual conflicts, and supported by spiritual conforts. If the things of God do not afford him consolation he droops, and nothing in this world can lift up his head: he will say to every other object, Miserable comforters are ye all! He is pursuing a spiritual end, and while others boast and are puffed up with their great attainments, he is humbled in the dust and gives all glory to God.

THERE are critical circumstances, under which man who is in general on his guàrd, is called t

redouble his Christian vigilance. If he is about to encounter imminent danger, for instance, he will take care to secure himself by every possible means. A house may be well guarded and secured, but, if there is any fear and expectation of thieves, every place will be doubly barred and watched. Good care may be taken, in the general habits of a family, to guard against fire; but if it be known that a spark has fallen among any combustibles, every possible search is made to discover it and to prevent its ravages. Thus should every servant of Christ redouble his guard in critical circumstances. He should remember, that, while awful providences seem to be threatening us, and while we are surrounded with dangers on every side, and while the enemy of our souls is going about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, it ill becomes us to trifle. Let us stir up ourselves, and attend to our Master's admonition, Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning, and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their Lord.

IF St. Paul had not been an entire character, he would not have spoken so ingenuously of himself as he does in the 7th to the Romans. He would have acted as many others have done: he would have put the best aspect on things. He would not have opened the chambers of imagery; and have shewed, while all the church was admiring him, what was passing within. Here were real simplicity and humility-nothing of that Pharisee which he once was. The Pharisee is become a Publican: the reality is coming forward; and he seems to say, "Is any man groaning under a body of sin and death?-on searching his heart, does he find that therein dwelleth ne good thing? This is my case

also; and if I have any thing wherein to glory, it i in Christ and not in myself."

CHARITY should teach us to exercise hope and love toward all men-hope toward those who are without, and love toward those who are withia, the walls of the city of God. Of those without, we are apt to despair too soon, and to say There is no hope; when we should labor to allure them into the church of God, and to impress them with a sense of its glory and its privileges. Toward those within the walls, we sometimes fail in the exercise of love: we are too much influenced in our feelings toward them by a difference of education, taste, or disposition; while the great question ought to be, "Are they really fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God?_and if so, whatever their defects may be, we ought to honor and love them as the temples of the Holy Ghost.

When Christians are delivered from trouble, they are apt soon to forget it; and to lose sight of the holy resolutions formed while under affliction: the strong impressions soon decay. Whereas if we were enabled to glory in tribulation-if our con science were made tender-if more reality were put into our prayers--we should take heed how we give way to an evil heart of unbelief: we should remember, too, how our troubles were brought on us, and the benefits which we received while they continued: we should watch that we might not estimate them falsely; and at all times, we should bear it in our mind, that it is not suffering which hurts' us, but sin.

Some men will follow Christ on certain conditions Lif he will not lead them through rough roads

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