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Country's ruin. They don't conceal that their wish is to property or taking their liyes. We have not forgotten the establish a Democracy, to dethrone the Queen, and over Bristol Riots yet. turn the British Constitution. They don't scruple to say Dudgeon. Well farmer Steady, I have long known. it is their wish to abolish the National debt and taxes; in you to be an honest and sensible man. You are a far other words, to ROB not only the rich and all who depend bette: judge of these things than I am. I am right glad on them, and live by them, but also the many industrious I've met you and heard your good counsel. I always bad per»ons in the middle and lower ranks, who have property a secret liking to the old Government of King and Lords in the funds from £10 and upwards,-the many widows and Commons,--though these speeches and newspapers and orpbans on whom property in the funds has been abont the People's Charter bambooozled me for a time. settled as their only means of support, and wbo is such an But I see how it is all men are not equal, and 'tis imposiniquitous plan could be accomplished would be reduced sible to make them so. to beggary and starvation. They tell you of these in. Farmer. As impossible as it is to get the sane good famous schemes before hand, but they neither tell you, crops of wheat and barley and trips from the worst as nor do they know themselves, how much more they would from the best land. But since right and reascn are a. do that is wicked and horrible if they once got the upper gainsi the Chartists, they go another way to work. They haad. Don't let us trust them. Don't let us part with say “ We will have Universal Suffrage" and a'l tle rist that quietness and order in whicb our property and lives of it" by force." And whom do they urge to use force ? are safe, for the troubles and robbery and bloodshed which Why as many of the People as they can manage to be. such injustice and violence would bring upon us.

wilder and deceive. But as soon as the superior force of Dungeon. So you don't think we shoukl be so well off the Government and the well-disposed part of the Nation with a National Convention to rule over us as with the old is used to put them down, away go the speechmaking c'onstitution.

ringleaders, the waggon orators, into koles and corners. Farmer. National Convention! Long may we be Some run off to America and some to Botany Bay, as preserved from such a curse. May God save the Queen Papineau and Dr. Mackenzie, did the other day in Canada, and preserve the Constitution, say I, from the bottom of leaving the poor misguided People to bear all the punish: my beart. I told you already what we might expect from ment, which these runaway patriots deserved above all a National Convention, and will add, that when war was who suffered. They have printed the People's Charter in declared by the French National Convention, which these blood colour! Let the people remember from all past exChartists want to copy, they forced all young men to be. perience of such mad attempts, that their own blood must come soldiers, and made many others work without wages. flow, if they lend theniselves to such unconstitutional reThey seized uron the Farmer's Corn without paying for volutionary desigos. Such is revolutionary patriotism! it, and divided it among the Soldiers and People. The And what is the law and the liberty proclaimed by these Paris fish women, and other women of the most abaudoned deceivers, on heaths and highways and hill-tops in the cbaracter had great influence over their proceedings, and night seasou ? It is the law of force, it is the liberty of when the rabble they had stirred up became too trouble. the highway man who goes out in the dark, puis a pistol to some and unmanageable, the Convention used canuon to your breast and cries ont, “ your purse or your life, my silace them. My Father garë me a good education, and friend, deliver or die." Power is now wisely distributed I lave read and heard enough of history not to be led among the Sovereign, the Lords, and the Conmons. The away with such wild and new-fangled notions. Has not last is the most powerful body, and is chosen and conoor old Constitution of King, Lords and Commons stood trolled by the people. These several parts of the Consti. fast, and been tried' for many a year? Has it not been tution check each other, and as long experience has praised and admired by learned and wise nien, and by the shown, prevent the great evils and abuses which would best and ablest Statesmen that England ever saw? Do arise if all power were in one body. But the wild plan of you really think that these half educated inexperienced the Chartists would pull down our good old form of governm a who are clamouriog for a change, can make a better? ment, and raise up instead their National Convention to Has Trauce, or Spait, or Porinyal, or any country you rule over us with undivided power. If such a tyrannical Cau name more real comfort and true liberty than our government could be set up in England, it would bring silves? Some grumble about the Poor Laws. I dare upon the people a heavy yoke and a grierous curse. It say they may be improred. But shew me another country would be a horrible kind of political monster, which, after in the world where Eighi Miilions a year are given to sup creating it and giving it tremendous power, the people port the Poor-besides the immense sums spent annually would look upon and fly from with terror. in the support of Hospitals, Infirmaries, and many be. Dudgeon. Why so Farmer ? nevolent and religious Tastitutions, and to do good to our farmer. Because such an Eogine of tyranny could sculs and bodies, and the many private charities of the | never be set up in this country, except by injustice, robbery, geutry? Some complain about the Corn Laws. There's and murder,-by “ plysical force," as the Chartists say, no other country but England where the working classes and it could only be kept up by the same means. Those live upon good wheaten bread, not forgetting the roast men that parade about the country talk glibly enough beef of Old England. I heard in passing through Bir. about government; but what do they know abont it as minguam, that when wages are bigh, (and in some trades business? Tiey have neither character, por influence, they are often 22 a-week and upwards) the working nor ability, nor experienc? to fit them for high places and Classes eat the best meat and poultry in the market. The their difficult duties. They would be in constant fear railway labourers get now about 30s a-week, or at the themselves of another change, which would hurl them rate of £75. a.year. Nerertheless, these Chartists want down and bring them to the punishment and end of traitors. I make you beliсre that we are a set of poor degraded Their own fears and suspicions would make them cruel slaves, the worst used and most miserable beings on the tyrants. Their reign would be short but terrible. After face of the whole earth. Like all other Quacks, they give many an honest citizen bad been pundered and murdered, us a long and terrible list of our disorders, for which they while trade was at a stand still, and England's prosperity have one Universal Remedy. The poisonous dose of the was going fast to ruiry, and her former glory was laid low (liartists is titengeti Surfrate, and sure I am in the dust, and foreigners were preparing to attack and EXIVERSAL SUITERING would be the effect ofil. They crush us in our disorder and weakness, the people would till the People they will soo become atheir own Rulers, recorer their senses. Having paid dearly for their folly which is the same thing as to be without any Government, by sad and bitter experience, they would begin to repent Would that be Liberty to have no law to protect honest and mourn over their lost liberty. They would discover, men, and keep rogues from plundering and burning theirI hope before it was to late, that they formerly were freemen, but that traitors had made them slaves; and, I | days at that picturesque Hotel at the Grindelwald, which appears trust, they would still have the courage and strength to to be at the very foot of the glacier, though you have in reality, break their chains, to punish the traitors, and to return almost half a leayge to walk, before you actually attain to it. from a state of most cruel bondage to the forsaken paths

After a morning of incessant rain, the evening cleared up, with

all those glorious cffects of lights and shades, and rolling vapours, of order and peace and prosperity again.

which give to Alpine Scenery so peculiar a character. We made Dudgeon. Farmer Steady, hand me these vile papers to ligbt my pipe with. No more of the People's bloody a pilgrimage to the Glacier, and afterwards visited the little

Church; and I cannot describe to you the thrill that went to my Charter for me, but OLD ENGLAND FOR EVER. This

! very heart, as my eyes rested on the little tablet which records half crown, which I was thinking to send to the barusts, the fate of the young Pastor-a fate I had never before heard shall be better spent. If ever you catch me going alter them ailuded to. The monument is the more striking, as it is the again, I'll give you leave to send me all your team to be

only one visible within the precincts. Indeed, I did not see even shod for twelvemonth, and will not charge you one far: the trace of a grave in the little green inclosure surrounding the thing for the job.

Church. The tablet stands erect against the wall, under a sort of Colonnade or Porch, at the front of the little edifice.

TO THE PASSION FLOWER.

Written at Thirteen.
Flower of a day! how proudly bright
Thy beauties met the morning light!
Thy purple disk so richly glowing,
Thy tendrils green so lightly flowing,
Where could we view a fairer flower
In woodland shade, or cultured bower?
Where is that early splendor flown,
Where are those tints of radiance gone?
Did the light Zephyr as it sprung,
Sweet beds of balmy flowers among
Brushi with light wing thy bosom gay,
And bear the pencillod hues away?
Did the Bee steal those colours bright,
To deck some other favourite?
Or is thy gorgeous mantle fled
With the bright dews that bent thy head?

A TRUE STORY. The late Sir Rowland Hill, of Ilawkstone, great grandfather to the present Baronet, in the latter period of his life, selected a bedroom for himself on the ground floor of his house, in consequence of its vicipinty to the Park, through a door which opened into a portico. He was a man of plain and active babits, and was not accustomed to wait for his valet to tell him that it was time to risebut preferred this room, lonely as it was, and apart from his family and servants, that he might at an early bour let himself out through this door (the upper part of which was of glass) to enjoy the beautiful and varied scenery of his domain. He was a good man, and in this solitary apartment he reposed calmly, and without fear, for be knew that his God was about his path, and about his bed. At the dead hour of the night a man stood at this door, having made up his mind to enter the chamber, intending to rob, and, if resistance should be offered, to murder the venerable master of the mansion. There be stood with his hand upon the handle of the door, no bolt or lock prevented bis entrance. Undiscovered he had passed from the lurking place where he had been concealed for sometime; indiscovered be bad reached the spot, and he stood there with pothing to oppose his entrance into the chamber of the unconscious sleeper. But he could not enter. The band which held the latch had suddenly become powerless. lle felt unable to advance another ster, but stood there like one spell-bound. The well known character of his intended victim, kind, good, fearless and unsuspecting in his peaceful slumber, bad suddenly formed in itself a barrier which he felt he could not pass. Conscience stricken and confounded he stood and trembled---a sodden panic bad seized bin.---It was impossible--- he did not enter. The door was left unopened, the latch unturned... he slunk away.--and the good old man rose as usual on the following morning, safe and hearty, and blessing God for having brought him through the dangers of the night, but little knowing to what dangers he had been exposed. • Some years after the circumstances of that night were made known by the man himself, shortly before his execution for highway robbery and murder. He mentioned them to the Chaplain who attended him, when confessing the various crimes which he had committed. The wretched man had been at one time in the service of the late Sir Watkin Wynne, and having attended bis master when visiting at Hawkstone, he was well acquainted with the localities of the house. To believers in the gracious providence of God this account needs no comment.

Once brilliant bloom, so faded now,
Ilow like to human pride art thou !
Chil:Iren of beauty, wealth and power,
Like thee may shine one little hour;
The next, they fall—and who can save?
Their pride, a name – their wealth, a grave,
Yet, hallowed flower, though thine a reign,
Shorter than all thy sister train,
With higher honours wert thou bless'd,
With holier marks wert thou impress d..
On thee bad Nature's pencil true
Her Saviour's sufferings brought to view,
The Cross on which for us He bled,
The thorns that rent His sacred head;
The nails that pierced for us alone,
The crown of light that round Him shone;
And last, the twelve, a faithful band
Who round their heavenly Master stand.
So should the Christian's fervent breast,
With the same image de impress'il;
In years of grief, in hours of pride,
Remember how his Saviour died ;
Nor fear to think, how short, how vain,
The joys of life's uncertain reigu.

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July number of the Christian Beacon, the account of the death
of poor Monsieur Mouron.

Just five weeks ago, my friend and myself were staying two

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“SINNERS, SELF-DESTROYERS."

I have attended some meetings of those unhappy men, of water to cool their parched tongues, and God will not who call themselves Socialists, and profess to learn allow them any." wisdom at the feet of the deceived and deceiving Robert C. “But one thing I don't understand. What does Owen; and I have looked into many of the wretched tracts God do all this for ?” and books which they have published.

F. “The man in black says, because God is angry Among the ignorant and cold blooded accusations unless you come to hear him preach, and do what he which they continually bring forward against the holy bids you." religion of the Gospel, I find the assertion that the Word C. “Does he say God is angry with me, and will of God, and the ministers of that word, . are always burn me for ever, for that ?” threatening the vengeance of God against sinners, and F. « Yes." declaring that flames, which must burn for ever, will be Now there may to some be a shew of justice in this their doom.

attack, and careless persons, unacquainted with the truth To give a specimen, from one of the works of Robert as it is in Jesus, the Christ of God, may be led to receive Dale Owen, the son of Mr. Owen, the following is such statements as true; nay, their own opinions, una part, a very short part of a conversation between consciously formed before, may now be discovered by a child and his father the child, let me first men them to be the same. I would, therefore, offer a few plain tion, is thus described as a child brought up by observations on the subject. bis parents in some remote island perhaps, in ig We do most certainly, most plainly declare the uncomnorance of our religious imaginings, his creed the creed promising character of the religion we preach with of common sense. The father tells the child that in every reference to sin. It reveals the wrath of God against all village there is a man who wears a black dress, and who unrighteousness and ungodliness of men; but there is tells them what God likes and what God does not like, this senseless blunder in the fierce, and I might almost and the black dress seems to be always uppermost in the say fiend-like attacks of the Socialists upon the word of mind of the child, for in almost all his questions he | life, and the ministry of reconciliation, they do not disspeaks of him as the man in black.

criminate that, in the mind of God, the most tender comFather. “ He tells them that they must believe the book passion for the chief of sinners can exist, with the most he reads to them; and that they must pray, just as he deadly hatred of the slightest sin. So far is it from does; and that they must not dig or plough or amuse the fact that the Gospel scheme of religion declares the themselves on the First Day of the week; and that they hatred of God against sinners, that on the contrary, it sets must always come to hear him preach.”

forth God thus commending His love towards us in that Child. 16 What is the use of all that?"

while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, and when F. “He says, that if they do so, they will be taken to we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death a good place called heaven, and that unless they do so, of His Son. This, indeed, is a faithful saying and God will burn them in a great fiery lake.”

worthy of all acceptation, that Jesus Christ came into the C. But how can that be? I never went to hear him world to save singers. God so loved the world that He preach and God never burnt me."

gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in F. “But he means after they are dead.”

Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. And if O. “After they are dead! Then it won't signify. They any man sin we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus can't feel after they are dead, even though God does Christ the righteous, and He is the propitiation for our burn them."

sins, and thus, along with the deadly hatred even of the F, “ He says, they will feel.”

least sin, the Gospel declares the tender compassion of C.“ Ah! that is very strange! but what does God the Lord our God towards the chief of sinners. burn them for? to make them better ?"

The whole Bible sets forth sin and misery as cause F. “Oh no, they say he burns them for ever; and and affect. It reveals sin as the earnest of hell, because you know there is no time after for ever for them to get it is nothing less than the misery of hell undeveloped better in."

sin is hell begun on earth. The annihilation of sin is the C. “ Do they say that this burning hurts them ?” great subject of the Gospel scheme, from that first germ

F. « Certainly; the book that men tell us that God of prophecy that the seed of the woman should brin. wrote says, there shall be weeping and wailing and l serpent's head, 10 the still unfulfilled completi. gnashing of teeth; and that they shall cry out for a drop cy that death and bell shall be cast :

The Christian Religion is at once the announcement of he might have been found lounging near the public house, life to sinners-dying perishing sinners and death to and for a time stealing out of sight when I was seen comsin, and this, which is the grand subject of our preaching, ing along the streets."Months and months passed away is the glorious theme of our rejoicing, for it is the revela and the young man was again in rags, and even in worse distion of the only way of deliverance from sin ; the subject tress than before, and again clothes and other relief were of rejoicing, I say again, to every redeemed sinner, to provided for him; and we did not stop here, for though every renewed spirit-for in the destruction of the cause our efforts continued to be made in vain, we still endea(sin) he beholds the destruction of the effect (misery and voured to serye him. We did not fail to reason with

him, and to speak kindly to him, while we did what we That such a religion should be misunderstood is no could to help him to help himself. It was all in vain, great matter of surprize. The hindrances in the way to he always replied civilly and respectfullv, but he took his a clear knowledge of the truth are rather moral than own way. mental, rather in the perverseness of the will than in the At length the time came when the sin to which he bad obscuration of the intellect. Singleness of mind, honesty yielded himself up plainly shewed itself to be his desof purpose, a humble and teachable disposition, these are troyer at least in body. He had not been missed from his some of the chief qualifications requisite to the reception usual haunts, but it was afterwards recollected that he had of the truth... y te postojanje bring me to be put on Bigtiges not been seen for some little time-had a supposition been

So far from having any great dread of disobeying the made on the subject, it would have been imagined that he word of God, the ungodly have but little fear and dread was away as in times past with a drove of cattle. * of God Himself. They dislike and reject all that may The fact was that he had kept purposely out of sight, disturb their own stagnant tranquillity, or cross their His clothes were dropping to pieces with filth and vermin, own carnal pleasure.

for he had again accustomed himself to wear them night Alas ! how true it is, that the wicked shall do and day, never taking them off to be washed, and he was wickedly, and none of the wicked shall understand, but ashamed to be seen in his half naked state. He hnd long the wise shall understand. Daniel xii. 10. instein quitted his lodgings, and was accustomed to lie down at

The Holy Bible is throughout a series of expostula- night in stables, and other out-buildings; and a neglected tions on the part of God with lost sinners. His forcible cold settled itself upon bis chest, it was the beginning of statements, His holy restrainings, His tender entreaties, the consumption which at last brought him to the grave. all breathe one language! Why will ye die, I have As soon as his state of wretchedness and ďisease was given you eternal life, and this life is in my Son—but it known, he was taken to the poor house, and treated with is also throughout a series of rejections and provocations great kindness. There I frequently went to him, and on the part of man. Rejecting light, refusing mercy, other Christian friends visited him; and there, after the trifling with all the means of grace, and chusing sin to word of God had been often read to him, and many pray their own eternal destruction. Truly the sinner is a self ers had been offered up for him and with him, he was destroyer. I will give an instance, and I will not, as I awakened by God the Spirit, and brought to know himmight easily do, bring forward the case of one whose self: and often with the tears of real, yes I think I may destroying sin was theft, or drunkenness, or murder. ' say, evangelical repentance, streaming down his pale

There was in the parish of Hodnet a young man well thin cheeks, did he confess his guiltiness, and implored to grown, of a pleasing countenance, and of quiet manner. be received as a poor, lost, but returning prodigal for the How and when he had been brought up I know not, but sake of Him who came both'to seek and to save. How. I speak of him as I found him. His time was passed ever his sin, and that no greater sin than the sin of sheer hanging about the door of a public house, and occasion incurable idleness, had wreaked its vengeance upon the ally going a few miles to a fair or market to take charge mortal frame of the poor young man-in spite of all the of a fock of sheep, or å herd of cattle." I was told that arguments, and all the entreaties, and all the efforts of he was an inveterate idler,' and that he had long prefer-' | his anxious friends, the sin was permitted to be the selfred the miserable existence that he led to a life of ho- | destroyer; and though I do fervently hope and trust that nest industry. The account seemed true enough, but I his sin has been blotted out for ever in the rich blood of determined to make an effort to help him to help him the Redeemer, which he sought so eagerly, his mortal self, which we all know is one of the best ways of help- frame sunk a pallid, feeble, exhausted victim to his own ing the helpless. The worthy overseer of the parish sin at the age of twenty-one years: "Hi ! did every thing in his power to assist me. Poor had no home; a lodging was found for him in a house Infidels, Socialists, 'consider these things, and ye that where the kind-hearted mistress offered to wash his clothes are careless Christians, perhaps I might almost say pracand keep them in order, without being paid for doing so. tical unbelievers, do the same. God waits to be gracious,

His clothes were in rags-decent clothing was sup. | He willeth not the death of a sinner. He sets before you plied to him, and we gave him a piece of ground to dig the record of the most astonishing love in that most holy up for potatoes, hyvin, of course agreed to pay him for and most blessed word which you blaspheme, or at best his lavour. I thosht I would go and see how he got on neglect. Be wise in your way of juding that word if with his work; and not many hours after I went to the you presume to pass your opinion iipon it. Search its spot on Hodnet Heath, wiere we had set him to work, I contents, and learn to understand its real statements and found him with the spade i nis hun, and a very small its true character, before you build up your weak and vain portior of the ground throv upBut I had scarcely and silly conclusions upon false premises. You will be

left the spot when he threw down the spade, and never well employed in searching out your own besetting sin, - took it up again, but șauntered away, and not long after and considering its true character and its sure consequences, before, like the poor young man, of whose short sad | Paul cautions them against the "concision, and false story I have told you, you are anticipated by the hand of teachers, sbewing that himself had the greater cause to death. The time is frightfully short between you and

trust in the righteousness of the law; which, potwithstandthe grave. And remember this is our state of pro

ing, he counted as loss.--to gain Christ, and his righteousbation, there is no repentance in the grave. He that

Dess; ---V. 10. “ to know him, and the power of his resur

rection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made is unjust, when summoned to quit the body, shall be un

conformable unto his death ; if by any means, he might just still; he that is filthy shall be filthy still-if hell is

attain the resurrection of the dead.". Then at 1., 13, truth known too late, it is also the sinner given up from “5 forgeting those things which are behind, and reaching his own free choice to his own sinful self, to his owu sinful forth unto those things which are before, I press toward ways for ever and for ever.

the mark for the prize of the bigh calling of God in Christ Let me quit you with this short address from the pen of Jesus." one who is indeed a master in Israel--Archdeacon Bather.

It appears to me therefore that it is the period of the "God has given the infidel evidence of the trnth

resurrection of the dead which St. Paul intended by the

expression “ the mark,'', because that must first beat. enough; but he loves darkness rather than light, because

tained before he could receive “the prize.. I think also his deeds are evil.' He loves sin, but he is afraid of hell; that he must have meant especially the first resurrection; and as he will not forsake his sin, he must, if possible, by the words ir by any means he might attain," he get rid of the fear of hell, that he may sỉn in quiet. This could not have intended to express any doubt as to the he can only do by getting rid of the Bible. He trishes,

certainty of the general resurrection. "Blessed and holy therefore, that it were false, and then shuts his eyes and

is be that hath part in the first resurrection on such the persuades himself that it is false. Were religion all

second death hath no power, but they sball be priests of hcaren 'without any hell, there would not be an atheist,

God, and of Christ, and shall reign with bim albousand

years," except he were mad, in Christendom; no man in his

This appears to be a peculiar distinction to be conferred senses educated in our holy religion, ever did or could on those “wbo were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, fall from it to atheism, till by considering his own actions | and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped and designs, he despaired of the promises of Christianity, the beast, neither his image." The rest of the dead live and looked upon it with fear and terror." See that it

not again until the thousand years shall be finished."... be not so with you, I said there was danger : but your

Revelations XX. i blad 1, and mor

3 danger is not from the argnments of infidels.

In the New Testament, we read frequently
They have

the day

of the Lord,"---a blessed period, when this earth, the no argoments. But their impudent false assertions and

scene of Christ's humiliation, shall be also that of his their profáne scoffs may hurt you through the sin of your triumph; when the power of Salan and his servants shall own bearts' and lives. In proportion as you go on in any be restrained, and when Christ's chosen people shall be wilful wickedness, you will be tempted tu listen, and pos with him. Those « who are alive and remain at his sibly to yield; and then woe unto your, for you are lost." coming," shall be "changed," and those who have died Whilst the Scriptures are not disbelieved, and the fear of a

in the Lord, and shall be thought worthy shall be raised to judgment to come remaineth, there is hope of the worst

meet him. .

The first ressurrection therefore being considered as that they may be recovered. But when the restraints

“the mark," the prize is easily understood. It will coninposed by a belief of the Scriptures, and the fear of

sist in being permitted to witness, and take part, in the judgment are gone, recovery, in the ordinary course of triumphs of Christ over sin the world and the Devil, during things, is become impossible."

the period usually called the Millennium, when the glad The * Mark" and the “ Prize."

tidings of the gospel will be communicated to the uiter Philippians iii. 14. “I press towards the mark for the prize of

most parts of the earth; the Jews, having us anation been the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

previously converted, and made eminent Missionaries for

the faith wbich they once destroyed; so that there will An excellent clergyman lately observed at the table of eventually be one fold and one shepherd; and although a friend, who had invited a few individuals.--clergy, and Satan is to be loosed for a short period at the end of the laity, to meet him,.--"I have a difficulty in clearly un.

thousand years, and before the general resurrection, yet derstanding the distinction between the mark and

there will be no change for the worse in the situation of the prize,' mentioned in the 3rd cbapter of St. Paul's

those who have had part in the first, and who during their Epistle to the Philipians. What is the mark' and what

lives had looked for and loved Christ's appearing. They is the prize ?". The words (he continued) appear to have

will be ever with the Lord, and follow him wberesocrer be an allosion to the games and the races which were so

goeth; their salvation being complete in him, they will common at the time when St. Paul wrote the Epistle.

live for ever and ever. With regard to them, the mark' would be the terminus,

"And I looked, and, lo a Lamb stood on the Mount and the prize the reward to be gained by the wioner.”

Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, The master of the house observed that in a christian

having their Father's name written in their foreheads.... sense, he conceived that “the mark', must mean chris

Rev. xiv. 1. “These were redeemed from among men, tian perfection, which we must be always striving to attain,

being the first fruits unto God and the Lamb---0.4. however mnch we might fall short of it; «the prize'

“ After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, wbich being the salvation of our souls through Christ. Another

no man could number, of all nations, and kindred, and individal said, “our duty is to be always endeavouring by

nieopta, ind tongues, stood before the Throne, and before the grace of God to make progres in our christian race:"

be amb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their a third, we must go on unto perfection, not laying again

lands; and cried with a loud voice, saying Salvation to the foundation of repentance from dead works."

our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unio tbe Having since been induced to read the cbapter from

Lamb..-- Rev, vii, 9. which the words are taken, I observe, that although the

* Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord' from answers given above, contain truth, they do not appear to henceforth: Yea, saith the spirit, that they may rest embrace the whole truth. After having in the first verse from their labours; and their works do follow them.... exhorted the Philippians to “ rejoice in the Lord," St. | Rey, xiv. 13.

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