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II. Tbe happy change which this aged man experienced You teacb," said the Emperor Trajan to Rabbi aged şimers
" that same blessing
that he resides anionist your nation; I should like to Yes, aged friends, it affords encouragement to you not
see hiin.'--" God's presence is indeed every where," to live any longer as you have lived, but now at the eleventh hour to seek niercy. The hoary head is a crown of glory,
replied Joshuah, “ but he cannot be seen; no mortal if it be found in the way of righteousness; but what an eye can behold his glory.” The Emperor insisted. awful sight is a grey-headed sinner, unprepared to die, un- “Well,” said Joshuah, "suppose we try to look first at prepared for heaven! This was once the condition of my one of his ainbassadors ?" The Emperor consented. Tie old friend in Russia; but he forsook his sins. Ile parted Rabbi took him in the open air at noonday, and bid him with his siosul companions. He cast bimself upon the look at the sun in its meridian splendour. “I cannot, mercy of Christ for salvation. He delighted to retire from the world, and to pour out his heart in prayer before the
the light dazzles me,'' 6 Thou art unable," said Joshuah, Lord: in this way he became bappy himself, and then
to endure the light of one of his creatures, and canst laboured to make all around him happy also. He had neg
thou espect to behold the resplendent glory of the lected sacred things when he was young, but now be de- creator: Would not such a sighit annihilate yon "" termined to work for God when he became old. He knew that he had only a short time to work, anl he made the
Attempt at a Paraphrase of the xc. Fsaim, best of it, and, did, much in a little time. Nothing seemed Lord! Thou wast-ever our sure ahode, to move him from his purpose. When he net will dificul.
Ere the first pran rejoic'd in Eden's bloom; ties, they only roused him to greater activity. “I am not Or ever earth was form'll, Eternal God! discouraged, sir,” he would say. “I will never gire up. Our God Thou art, our Guardian from the womb; No! I will work for Christ to my dying day.” And onght And yet Thou causest our proud hopes to fade, not his example to encourage you to go and do likewise ?
Turning to dust the beings Thou hast made. If God had mercy on him, would he not bare mercy on you
What in Thy sight are e'en a thousand years ? if you sought it? If God made him happy, would he not
As yesterday when passed-ta' wateb by night: make yon bappy also if you prayed to him ? If God made
Mau's transient life, like some brief dream appears, bim useful, would he not make you useful also if you desired it and employed God's appointed means for doing
'Tis borne along as by a torrent's might;
Like grass whose verdure greets the morning ray, good ? To be sure he world. O then come to a deci
Cat down and faded with the fading day. sion. While Jesos calls, do you answer. While Jesus invites, do you run. While Jesus oilers a free pardon,
When Thou art angry, Lord, Thy creature dies, stretch ont your hand to receive it, and having obtained it.
For with Thy wrath life-wasting grief begins; then siug aloud, O Lord, I will praise thee; though thou
All our iniquities before Thee rise, wast angry with me, yet now thine anger is turned away,
Thine eye las noted our most secret sins : and thou comfortest me. Behold, God is my salvation,
Slain hy Thy wrath, we lire not to be old, I will not be afraid.
Our years fly from us, as a tale is told. Ill. It presents a fine sabject for contemplation to Lord! by Thy teaching make us wise in time, devout young tradesmen.
And satisfy us early with Thy love; One morning when I met him he said to me, “I feel Thus sball we taste Religion's joys sublime, very anxious about the souls of my people, tell me what I Thus shall we pant the more for joys above. can do for their souls." Think of this. Oh what wonld
Best compensation for our by-gone grief, Britain 'soon become if all pious tradesmen felt like this Elcrual bliss for trouble that was brief.
E. What did his anxiety lead to? My tract tells you. And I hardly ever saw a man “feel deeply," but it led to
JESUS, good results. Matthew Henry says, "Deep impressions Written on the first page of an Album, by the Rer. R. Af* Ghce. produce strong expressions," and we see the truih of ine remark in this good old man. And if he in bis old age
When to a sinner's hand 'tis gir'n to trace planned and accomplished so much, how much more might
In this unwritten book the earliest live, you do who are now in the morning or midday of life?
What name, 0 Blessed Savioui, should we place Try, yes try; and “whatsoever thy hand findeth to do,
The örst upon the virgin leaf but thine ?
A pledge throughont it's future pages be,
T'hey ne'er shall bear a trace unwortby thee!
Fair are they now, like young life's promis'd days, There is madness somewhere. If Festus was not
But e'er the leaves are fill'd and number'd o'er, beside himself, Paul certainly was. The one party or
Oft shall the glist’ning eye recall the trace, the other is dreaming. Who is it? Paul or Festus?
Of hands that write, and hearts that beat no more. Reflection..--I suppose one important distinction of the Oh! then, when many a heart and hand is cold, present world from the futare, to consist in the power | Whose fond memento stands recorded here; we have now of hiding from the trnth--of selecting cer- May the sweet thought that in thy Book enrollid tain subjects of meditation, and excluding others---in Their names are written, chase the rising tear! short in flying from thought. Hereafter it will not be
Bát if the tear will fall, the soul will mourn, Then thought will overtake the fugitive from it. An
And memory hang o'er memory's sever'd ties; eternity of reflection is coming after this life of action.
0, bid it to this page in peace return, Oh God, when man, by creature, shall be laid under the
And read thy name, “ The Friend that never dies," arrest of his own thoughts, when thou, 'by the simplest action on bis memory, shalt set all his sins in order before him, eren as they are now in the light of thy coun
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JOHN — is a dyer, residing in the parochial dis- however, wearied out with annoyance, and ashamed trict annexed to my church. Some years ago he of the cross, even they betrayed their principles, was a reprobate of the darkest stamp; habitually abandoned the meeting-house for the atheistic drunken ; blaspheming fearfully; a noted boxer; assembly, and, as is usually the result of apostacy, 1 wretched husband, and if not an open infidel, at became the most shamelessly profligate, and the east a covert sceptic. In consequence, his house most daringly profane. John was thus left alone was the image of destitution ; his family were as a sheep in the midst of wolves-yet he was not vadly clothed, and worse fed; and debt and des- alone, for the Lord stood by him. Modest, disperation still goaded him on to deeper"wretchless- trustful of himself, watching unto prayer, he was less of unclean living." At last he came under strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. he notice of a District Visitor; his wife was in- He sometimes reasoned, at other times entreated, luced to offer her house for the purpose of a but more frequently acted like his Master, and ottage lecture, and John was gradually led to pay answered not a word.” His meekness under the
stealthy attention to religion. Ultimately it greatest insults was the more lovely, because he Jeased Him “who bringeth the blind by a way had been the terror of his companions; fierce as a hat they knew not," to draw him to the House of lion, and more than a match for the strongest of Prayer; where, after much and intense mental them. Though short in stature, he was so broadly nguish, he found pardon and peace; his mourn- built and tightly knit together, that his pugilistic ig was turned into joy.
powers were perfectly formidable. The transformation in his whole character and On one occasion only was he thrown off his ircumstances was as complete as it was immedi- guard; and certainly the provocation was such as te. All things became new. Decently clad, his almost to justify his indignation. Yet so tender eatly dressed wife by his side, the church never was his conscience, that he afterwards bitterly beInfolded her doors but he was there ; his children moaned his infirmities, and came to confess it to vere put to school, his cottage was progressively me with many tears, before he could again aplirnished; he girded himself to the task of wiping proach the table of the Lord. “ All my shopway the heavy scores which stood against him in mates," he said, “had been badgering me the other any a tavern and shop, until the last count was day, and pouring all kinds of insult upon me, when bliterated, and his entire tenor of life was such at last a great big fellow, six feet high, went so far becomes the Gospel of Christ. So great a
as to cast some filth into
my dye-vat. I felt the lange in one who had been so notorious could not old man rising in me, and said, now that is spoil? hid. He became a wonder unto many. Some ing my master's property, and I'll not take it; if Imired, others mocked, and many persecuted. thou do'st it again I'll lay thee flat, and thou knowlis infidel associates of former days were exceed- est I can do it. Presuming on my patience, he g mad against him. They left no species of repeated the act, when I up with my fist and laid olestation untried. In his dye-house more es- him at his length on the ground. I was carried cially, he was unsparingly assailed. It was his away at the moment, but it has cost me many a ird lot to work amidst a band of infidels, the tear since.
2." Indirectly, however, this circumstance sperate dupes of that most silly, yet most pesti- had a good effect, for it convinced his tormentors, nt form of infidelity, which under that lying that though grace had subdued the fierceness, it ime of “ Socialism" marks the elements of Hell. had not shorn the strength of the lion ; so that here were but two exceptions amongst all his they learned to restrain their outrages within cerlopmates, two young men who professed godli- tain limits. ss and were class-members amongst the Metho- It is but a short time ago that John was enabled sts. Those stood by him for a season. At last,
completely " to set his assailants fast,” as he ex
The First Murderer.
pressed it, and to silence' them at least for a season.
SCRIPTURE PORTRAITS. It was in this manner he did it :- The scoffing “Socialists" were vaunting about the beautiful tendency of their system, and boasting of the purity and peace which would reign were their “New Moral World” set up; at the same time, cursing Christi- So dark, louring, repulsive are the features of anity as the cause of all misery and crime, and as the portrait, which now invites our contemplathe grand obstacle in the way of their philosophi- tion, so pervaded by an air of pining discontent, cal Millenium. At last the solitary Christian, | rankling envy, and settled despair, that some “faithful amid the faithless," turned meekly but
might wish to pass on at once to other objects of firmly upon them, and answered, “Well, I am a
a more attractive character. But they who are plain man, and I like to judge of principles by too prudent to reject the study of what is prohtopractices, and of trees by fruit. Let us look at ble, because it may not be pleasing, who reflect the effects of your system. I suppose it will do that most important instruction may be reaped on a sinall scale what it would do on a large. Now from gazing upon the unsightly portraits exhibi. there is Tom and James; (pointing to the two lapsed ted in the Scriptures, as well as upon those professors,) you have tried your principles upon which are marked by an expression of high and them, and what have you done for them? They holy decision in a righteous cause, of a com, used to be civil, sober, good-tempered, comfortably manding majesty which, through divine grace clothed, faithful husbands, and fond fathers; their could trample under foot the allurements of time houses were snugly fitted up, and they owed no as it pressed onward to the glories of eternity, o one anything What are they now? Look at meek sanctity, glowing devotion, winning gen them, they have not a whole coat to their backs ; tleness, or captivating loveliness, will pause and they cannot give one a kind word; their mouths look at Cain. are full of cursing and filthiness; they are drunk A small leak, through which the cozing wate whenever they can get drink; their children are
is at first scarcely perceptible, may sink th nearly naked, their wives almost broken hearted, vessel which, with its towering masts, sails un their houses desolate, and they have run into debt furled to the breeze, and solid timbers, presents till no one will trust them a penny. That is what as it floats in its pride upon the bosom of the your principles have done for them. Now what
ocean, an appearance of strength and security have mine done for me? I need not tell
And the first thought or feeling of envy, indulge I was; you all know right well.
There was not and cherished, instead of being suppressed an one of you that could swear so desperately, or stifled, may gradually acquire a force whic drink so deeply; I was as restless and fierce as a impels the soul to the commission of deeds, fru wolf; my wife was half starved and often abused, the lare thought of which it would have one my children were in rags, and received no educa- recoiled with horror and indignation. tion ; I was a pest to others and a torment to my- Unhappy Cain!, hadst thou, when first til self. What am I now? What has the grace of envious feeling sprung up within thy, basou God made me ? Go and see my children and you cast thyself before the God of all grace in ferve can judge. Go and ask my wife, and she can tell supplication for strength to overcome it, what you. Go and look at my house and let that speak. pang would the heart of thy parents, haye be Am I not happier? Am I not a better servant spared, while thine own hands would have bar to my master, a better companion to you? Would unstained by the blood of a brother! I once have put up with what I have taken from But that man is not likely to be a man you all ? Do you ever hear a foul word come out prayer, who is a stranger to his own sinfulne of my mouth? Do you ever see me in the public and weakness. He, who is unconscious of house? Is there any one that has a score against deeply rooted corruption of his fallen natu me ?- There is what your principles have done,- will, by a necessary consequence, be unconscig Here is what mine have done-which are best ?" of bis absolute dependance upon divine grace. The appeal was irresistible. The mockers were who, in fond self complacency and fancied abashed. They could not gainsay the logic of the rity, reposes upon his own righteousness a life. “Thank God!" added the poor man, “I strength, who imagines that he can approa was not afraid to challenge their attention to my God without reference to the only " Media conduct. The Lord had helped me to walk with between God and man," -- that he may sta all care.”
before him with acceptance, without faith. O that every Christian set in the midst of foes, the blood of the Lamb, is not the man, of wh I may thus vindicate his principles and silence his at the first assault of temptation, and the fi - slanderers; overpowering them by the eloquence of appearance of danger, it may, be said, example, by the irrefutable logic of the life.
“Behold!" said the servant of Israel's pro- pears to be the import of this language) all prophet, “ there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea fession of regard for religion, and acknowledgment like a mau's hand.” But that little cloud rapidly of God. He sought to stisle reflection, and amuse stew and expanded; and soon “the heaven was and occupy his mind by building a city; and Lack with clouds and wind, and there was a many imitate his conduct. They seek to drown great rain."
As soon as the little cloud is seen the voice of conscience in the hurry and tumult rising from the sea, though it may appear no of worldly engagements; and for a time they may larger than a man's hand, as soon as the first succeed.' The voice of conscience may sink into evil thought glances upon the mind, as soon a death-like silence. The eyes of conscience may as the first evil feeling agitates and darkens be closed in a death-like slumber. But ere long the heart, they, who, taught and enlightened the slumber will pass away for ever; ere long the by the Spirit of God, know themselves and silence will be broken for ever. It's searching hnow their weakness, will take the alarm. glance will penetrate the inmost recesses of the Hariag, by "reason of use, their senses exer- soul, and thrill every feeling with unspeakable cised to discern both good and evil, in that dismay and anguish. It's awsul voice will speak first thought, in that first feeling, they mark the like the deep toned, thunder, in all the severiiy of approach of a foe, they hear the sound of the just accusation, in all the bittemess of well foundtrumpet which gives the signal of battle, they ed reproach. hasten to a throne of grace, they fervently im- There was a voice in the blood of Abel. It plore their God to “strengthen them with miglit' called loudly and effectually for vengeance on a s his Spirit in the inner man,” and are thus brother. How much sweeter the voice which tabled to “stand in the eril rlay.”.
cries to the Lord in the blood of Jesus! It calls The power of sin in blinding the mind is not
for mercy upon the sinner wiio draws from it lis is remarkable than its influence in hardening
every plea, and builds upon it his every hope. he heart. See this power exemplified in Cain,
Well might the apostle, in enumerating the priAnd the Lord said to Cain, Where is Abel, thy vileges of-the people of God, propounce of that rother? And he said, I know not. Am I my
blood of sprinkling to which they have come, that Fother's keeper?" We may well feel surprise at
it "speaketh better things than that of Abel.” he spirit of insolence which is here manifested,
PASTOR. nd disgust at the selfish principle which is decloped; but what language can adequately de
CHARITY --1 Cor. xiil. ribe the infatuation which led him to believe Thought an angel's harp employed, lat he could impose upon Him, whose "qyes
And sang in seraph's strain; te as a flame of fire?" Too well he knew where Yet were my heart of love devoidy e had left the pale corpse of the brother, whom
My language would be vain. is lands had deprived of life. Could he ima- Yea, could I future times foresce, ine that the assertion, "I know not," would for
Unravelling mysteries rare ; moment deceive the Lord?
Yet all as “sonding brass"? wonld be,
Were lore not cherished there. ** An I my brother's keeper ?” How many & in the very spirit of the selfish principle which
Yea, though the bungry poor to feed
With all my goods I part; question indicates? 'Ask them to aid in the Yet did not love my actious lead, mevolent work of sending Missionaries to the
How cold and dead my heart! tions that are “sitting in darkness and in the Lore sutters not proud enry's cares adow of death" thic'cold spirit of selfishness, To ranıble iri the mind !
spirit of Cani, contracts the heart, and with- " But hopes, endures, and all things bears,
, to mitigate those woes, they will contri- Bright beanis of comfort here! te no exertion.
But Love alonie shall perer close
lis glad and blest career! The blood of Abel “cried" to the Lord, and voice was heard.. A “ fugitive and a vaga
For ever praised be that Lore od
Which wrought with heavenly grace, upon the earth," which was commanded not
And brought our Maket from above yield" to bim "her strength," Cain exclaim
To save our sinful race! that his “punishment was greater than he uld bear;" but we hear of no acknowledgment
Through endless ages we shall sing, ; - * : *.
Reedleening Love, Tlıy praise ! his guilt, no espression of contrition, no sup- With Hlöllelujahs to our Kiog! ication for pardon. He" went out from the In Angel's tunefullays ! ésence of the Lord," abandoning (för ap
The establishment of Christianity,
ing or eloquence, or rank, or power enlisted on its AN UNANSWERABLE ARGUMENT FOR ITS DIVINE ORIGINAL. side, (since its first preachers and patrons rose alto(Continued from page 123.),
gether destitute of these,) but it must also lie exWill he point to the rank-the wealth-the power plained, bow it could triumph, in opposition to the of the Founder of the Christian faith? The re. most formidable array of all these combined forces, puted Son of a Carpenter--a Carpenter himself-So leagued together, in determined and uncompromis. poor, that he had not where to lay his head, per ing warfare against the infant church.
Remember, forming all his wearisome journeys on foot, and (I would say to the infidel,) that the Christian cause obliged to borrow, when making his triumphal entry had to encounter in its infancy, the wbóle weight of into Jeruslam, the humble animal on wbich he rode! the power of the Roman Empire, put forth in ten Such, as to external circumstances was the Founder successive persecutions, of unparalleled severityof Christianity!,,." A Jewish Carpenter," says when every effort, that diabolical cruelty could Paley, "overturned the religion of the world !" suggest, was tried to crash the new-born system in Surely this is strange! Surpassing strange! Admit its cradle, and compel its votaries to renounce the rethat this Jewish Carpenter was invested with divine ligion they had embraced. Remember the garments power that He was the Eternal Son of God-that, of burning pitch-the amphitheatre of wild beasts
though in the begining He was with God, and and all the horrible tortures of the most excruciating thought it not robbery to be equal with God," yet, death, by which the faith of the early Christian for the purpose of accomplishing the redemption of was assailed. And tell me, if Christianity had no a ruined world, he was willing, in the manifestation been sustained by the Omnipotent arm of Godof most mysterious love, to stoop to such amazing if her origin and support had not been from on big humiliation, to take on Him the form of a man,
-how could she survive such a stoim? How could even a man of sorrows, and submit unto death, even she have triumphed in such a conflict? If she ha the death of the cross--admit all this and the mys- been an imposture-mast sbe not have been crushe tery, to which we have adverted—that “ a Jewish heneatla the chariot wheel of imperial Rome, goin Carpenter overturned the religion of the world,” is forth in all its might and majesty, to trample he at once and satisfactorily solved. Deny this-and beneath its feet to the dust? And thus then are w tben, on any rational principle, solve the mystery. brought back, after this investigation of the variou We feel that this is a fact, which would baffle the assignable causes, of an earthly character, whichingenuity of all the infidels that ever appeared upon they had existed, might serve to explain the esta earth.
blishment of Christianity upon earth, but not one : But can it be said, that though the condition, as which can be adduced, to account for that phen to external circumstances, of tbe first Founder of menon, we are brought back, I say, to our origin Christianity cannot in the least degree account for proposal to the infidel. How, if he deny the teu its success, still the rank of its first apostles and of. Christianity, and therefore that its success is to !
preachers is sufficient to explain the perplexing explained on its behalf, how will he rationally accou 1.. phenomenon of its establishment, What! A few for that success !
fishermen from the sea of Galilee!Is the solution Ilow unanswerable, the argument, and hows 1..of the problem to be found in their earthly condition? lemn the warning, in connection with this view
Was it by the influence which they possessed--the the subject, supplied by the advice of Gamalie awe inspiring terror of their name or the irresisti- as recorded in the Acts of the apostles -(v. 38, 39 ble energy of their genius--by the wealth they could 4 If this counsel or this work, had been done lavish, or the power they could wield, that the gos- men, long ere, this it must have come to nought pel achieved its triumph over Jewish prejudice, and but, since it is of God, its enemies have striven heathen superstition. Is the victory of Christianity vain to overthrow it-beware therefore of opposi over the fabled deities of Greece and Rome, and it, as thus you must be found in the most awful pe the dark and depraved passions of their idolatrous dicament in wbich a worm of the dust enn be place inbabitants, to be attributed to the matchless, elo- fighting against God." And can you for one mom quence, or the exalted station, or the martial prowess, doubt, or bear to contemplate, what must be of the first preachers of the gospel ? Would it issue of such a conflict between a worm of the da not be the veriest waste of words to dwell on this and the Almighty God. subject one moment longer, or to adduce a single I press this point the more anxiously, because argument, in confutation of a sentiment so absurd. feel assured, that, as far as the external evider Surely the most prejudiced infidel must have at least for Christianity is concerned, it suppliesa nosta a sufficient sense of shame to compel him to ac- vincing-indeed an altogether unanswerable an knowledge, that he cannot account for the establish- ment for its truth. The infidel, if he bas ang a ment of the Christian religion by a reference to the dour in his composition, must surely admit, tha rank of its first promulgators. But this is taking he rejects the theory of the divine original of Chi too low ground, on this point !--for it must be re- tianity, and the exertion of divine power in membered, that not merely is it possible to explain behalf, which is incontestably an adequate soluti the establishment and progress of Christianity, by of the problem,“ how the success of such an its having bad in its commandments, human learn- gion is to be explained," he is bound to supply sa