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nomenon, moral as well as natural. In tracing the history of the church down through succeeding centuries, we have, in the errors that have prevailed, a most melancholy picture of the fallen condition of man. Enough of conscience remaining, and of divine illumination, to make liim a subject of moral government; but with passions allied to earth, and a mind which but dimly sees the truth, and discriminates between the light and the darkness. One great and principal benefit resulting from error has been the more perfuct development, and disincumbered purity of the truth. Among errorists (with whom I include infidels,) have been ranked, in succeeding ages, some of the brightest intellects the world has ever seen.

The tendency of their writings has been to undermine every fallacy, and every argument which is not based on truth. The correctness of the received copy of the scriptures, has been put to the test by original investigation, and no error of any considerable importance has been discovered. It is most pleasing to reflect that this ordeal should have transpired at such a time, when all the important manuscripts are still extant. After so thorough and satisfactory an examination as has been made in Germany and Great Britain, it is not likely that another attempt of this kind will be made to overthrow the truth. And so too of docrinal topics. The frail mind of man under these inauspicious circumstances, in v hich bad governments and bad institutions place bim,-although he may have piety at heart, will create to itself visionary good, and fall down and worship it. Thus it is that the dark cloud of popery hangs lowering over two thirds of the nominally christian world. But truth is shuning clearly and brightly on bere and there a moutain-top, from which error has unintentionally assisted in clearing the growth' of centuries.

Chr. Soldier.

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P 0 E T R Y.

[The Song of Solomon is supposed to be a sacred dialogue between Christ and his Church, dressed in the highly figurative language of the East. Viewed in this light, it appears worthy of the spirit of inspiration. In this light our correspondent viewed the closing passage, whose meaning he has developed and expanded in the following lines.]

For the Hopkinsian Magazine. PARAPHRASE OF SOLOMON'S song-Chap. viii. verses 13, 14. Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it. Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe, or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices.

Bride, in the fruitful gardens of this world
I leave thee, for a while, to toil and care.
Go, watch the vines, and their aspiring guide-

Go, take the little foxes, lest they spoil
The heavenly fruit ere it is fully ripe.
Anel look thou to thyself, lest tares spring up,
In thine own soul, and choke the precious wheat
Which I have planted there. Farewell, my love,-
I'm going to the spicy mountains. Fair
They stand around the everlasting throne.
There will I intercede for thee, that all
Thy prayers in sweet remembrance may come up,-
And all thy sins, though they be red like crimson,
May be as wool. Mourn not, my stay, my dove,
As they who have no hope, for I will come
Again, when all thy work is done, and take
'Thee home to glory. Mourn not, then, my stay,
My undefild, for, surely, if thou wait
With patience till I come, I 'll clothe thee with
A spotless robe, and set upon thine arm
My everlasting seal, and this right hand
Shall hold thee up forever.

Think, too, of thy companions, nor sit down
At ease in Zion-Are there any babes
In Christ? Go, take them gently by the hand,
And prompt their untaught feet to walk the way
Of holiness :. And are there any cold,
And prone to dull formality? Go, thou,
And let them see the spark of holy fire
Which in thy bosom burns, and bid them look
To the great moral sun, whose light and heat
Revive the dying graces. Let them hear
Thy voice, and they will hearken to thy word.
Cause me to hear thy supplicating voice,
And I will answer, aud a blessing send,
Exceeding all thy bopes. That mighty arm
Which captive led the powers of death and hell,
Is able to sustain thee, in the hour
Of darkest trial and extremest need.
Fear not, for as the solid mountains stand
Around Jerusalem, so will I be
A guard to thee that thou may'st ne'er be moved.

“O my beloved, haste; the needful work
Perform in heaven, nor let thy stay be long.
Without thine intercourse, how dark this world!
Haste, my beloved; on the spicy mountains
Be like a roe, or a young hart, and come
Again, and make thy heart to burn, is in
The day of our espousals. Come, and guide
My erring feet through this dark wilderness.
And when the hour of my release shall come,
O take me up to dwell with thee forever.”

S. P.

INTELLIGENCE.

THEOLOGICAL SEMINARIES.

Andover.-Rev. Dr. Skinner of Philadelphia has been appointed Bartlett Professor of Sacred Rhetoric in the Theological Seminary at Andover, hy a unanimous vote of the Trustees of that Institution.

Bangor.–Five thousand dollars have been subscribed in Bangor, towards the $30,000 proposed to be raised by subscripton for the Theoligical Seminary in that place. The Rev. Mr. Bond formerly of Massachusetts, where he was several years a successful pastor, after he left the Seminary at Andover, well known to the community as the Author of Pliny Fiske, and the Rev. Mr. Pond, late Editor of the Spirit of the Pilgrims, have been inaugurated as Professors., The library has been enlarged by a very valuable collection of books,purchased by a munifient donation from Mrs. Lord of Kenebunkport.

Hamilton.—This flourishing institution is under the control of the Baptist denomination, is situated near the centre of the State of New York.

Auburn.-Rev. N. S. S. Beman, D. D., of Troy, is elected to fill the professorship of Sacred Rhetoric.

Newton.-The Rev. James D. Knowles, of Boston, has requested and received a dismission from the Pastoral office of the Baptist Church and Society in Baldwin Place, of which he has been the beloved and highly acceptable Pastor for six years, and accepted the appointment of a Professorship in the Newton Theological Institution. The dissolution of this relation has been effected with perfect good feeling and Christian harinony.-Ch. Watchman.

THE TENDER MERCIES OF A RUM-SELLER.- A washer-woman in a certain town in Mass., by hard labor had earned thirty dollars, which she permitted to remain in the hands of her employer, until her confinement, intending then to use it in furnishing those comforts which her drunken husband neglected to provide. Considering her money safe, and ready for her at a moment's warning, she had waited in perfect security, until the time of trial approached, when on applying io the debtor he informed her " that the hard-hearted rum-seller had served a trustee process upon him, and fleeced her of her little all.” Thus in the hour of trial,' she was thrown destitute upon the charity of others, through the hard-hearted cruelty of the rum-seller; who, after making her husband a torment to her and her fainily, took the avails of her hard-earned labor to pay for it.-Surely the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel!- Journal of Humanity.

A Good Offer.-At a meeting of a town Temperance Society, not far from Rochester, a few days since, a tavern keeper came forward and subscribed the constitution; but he did not stop here, he offered every man, who was indebted to him for ardent spirit, who would, in good faith, join the Temperance Society, to forgive him the debt. How many accepted the offer we are not informed. This tavern keeper, it will be remarked, some weeks since, among many others, in the same place, resolved to renounce the service of the world and declared himself wholly on the Lord's side, and the very day he made this resolution he banished ardent sdirits from his bar and house.-He did not long doubt whether he could keep his resolution to serve the Lord and him only, and still be engaged in the inanufacture of drunkards and paupers.--Rochester Observer, 1830.

Consumption.--Some very inteaesting experiments have been lately performed at Paris by Dr. Cotteren, a phyisician of eminence, on patients inflicted with ihe consumption. Having conceived that the anti-putrescent quality of chlorate of Lime and Soda, might be applied with effect to ulceratated langs, he invented an apparatus for the purpose of administering it in the form of gaseous vapor; and if he and others are to be believed the effects has even exceeded expections.Some of the patients in very advanced stages of consumption, after infaling this gus a dozen times, threw up in the expectoration turber(les which had been detached from the lung—and the diseased parts being thus removed, the lungs healed and again become healthy.Should this statement, which now rests on the authority of M. Cottereu and several other respectable physicians, be true, we may congratulate the faculty on a discovery which in many cases must prove an incalculable blessing.--Dublin Liturgy.

Expensive work.—Mr. Audubon, in his late stop in Boston, obtained eight additional subscribers to bis work « The Birds of America," at $800 each, $6,400. He has proceeded to the Bay of Funday.

Natural Curiosity.--Isaac Simon, an Indian of the Marshpee tribe is becoming white. He is about sixty five years of age, and we understand was born of parents who had no mixture of white or African blood.—He was as dark colored as any of his tribe till about 5 years ago, when several small spots of white appeared on his legs and arms. These have since extended and now cover a large part of his body. The spots are of a pallid white without any tinge of red. He enjovs good health ; the change of his color was not attended with a sensible disease.- Barnstable Journal.

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VOL. IV.]

October 31, 1832.

(NO. 15.

From the Boston Telegraph.
GOD INTENDS MEN SHALL CHOOSE OR ACT FOR THEMSELVES.

When God sont Ezekiel to prophecy or preach to the children of Israel, he did not excuse bim from giving the most plain and faithful exhibitions of diving trutlı, bccauro of thoir wiol. edness, and unwillingness to hear it; but he commanded him to go, and deliver his messages from time to time, and to speak the very words which were put into his mouth, whether they would lear or forbear. Indeed he was commanded to go, and say, Thus saith the Lord; He that heareth, let him hear; and le that forbeareth, let him forbear.'

The instructions, which God gave to Ezekiel, will doubtless apply to the ministers of the gospel. They are under obligation to preach the preaching which God has bidden them, whether men will hear or forbear; and God says to those, to whom the gospel is preached, 'He that heareth, let him hear; aud he that forbeareth, let him forbear.' He is willing that mankind should choose or act for themselves, under the light of the gospel, whether they embrace or rejeet it.

In order for men to choose or act for themselves, it is pot necessary for them to act independently. It is impossible to conceive how any dependant or finite being can act independently. Every created being is dependant in his own nature. No created being can act independently, any more than he can exist independently. He is just as dependant upon God for action as for existence. The apostle Paul, speaking of our dedependence on God, says, For in him we live and move and have our being;'—'we are insufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God. If every person moves as well as lives, and has his being in God; if he is insufficient of himself to think any thing as of himself, but his sufficiency is of God; then he is just as dependant on God for every action of life, as for life itself. It cannot be necessary, therofore, for mankind, in order to choose or act for themselves, to act independently.

Nor is it necessary for them, in order to choose or act for themselves, to possess a self-determiuing power, or to originate their own volitins. A self-determining power in man to originate his own volitions, must be a power to act independently; which is absurd. We may just as well suppose that a man is capable of originating his own erisience, as that he is capable

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