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better presently:" Gradually recovering of my observations, she repeated in slow
her self-possession, and feeling the word and measured, but most telling tones,
of sympathy I had ventured to offer, we the greater part of the 103rd Psalm.
now entered upon the best of all themes. As she repeated, in a clear and musical
Her countenance brightened up; the voice, that beautiful fact, "Like as a
tear stood in her eye; and she spoke father pitieth his children, so the Lord
with warmth, and dew, and power, as pitieth them that fear Him. He knoweth
one taught of God, expressing the deep- our frame; He remembereth that we
est gratitude at being permitted to meet are dust, it fell with unutterable
on a journey, under such circumstances, sweetness on my ear; and I silently
with those who spoke the language of prayed, “Lord, send home that truth
Canaan. My dear wife had joined the with power into that depressed one's
conversation, which was maintained al- heart.
most the entire journey.

In turn, Hannah, with her “bitterness
I viewed it as a signal interposition of soul,” was among our topics, and her
of our God, for in the yearnings of my going away “with her countenance no
heart for the spiritual welfare of a fellow- more sad,” as soon as she had got a
sinner, in my unknown but deeply-dejec- word from the Lord. That woman, too,
ted fellow-passenger, I was at a loss for who “had a spirit of infirmity eighteen
any means or opportunity to speak with years, and could in no wise lift up her-
her. This means our God had now, in self," was mentioned, of whom it is re-
the most unlooked-for way, afforded; corded, that, "when Jesus saw her, He
for, addressing myself to my new tra. called her to Him, and said unto her,
velling companion, -herself extremely Woman, thou art loosed from thiné
delicate, and feeling that her days on infirmity. And He laid His hands on
earth were comparatively few—I was her; and immediately she was made
enabled to bring before her, in terms straight, and glorified God."
suitable for, and words loud enough to Oh, how my heart desired that the
be heard by, the previous object of my same Lord would, in the same grace and

compassion, speak to this unknown one. At the extreme corners of the carriage Reaching Westbury, the lady with sat, in appearance, two French ladies, whom we had conversed left the train; whose lightsomeness and frivolity were and at Bath, the other lady and her little a painful contrast. I felt, however, that daughters withdrew also. As the little time was precious ; that it was a season girls passed my wife, in answer to her not to be lost; and therefore I was re- inquiry, they informed her that their solved, to the best of my ability, to mamma was suffering from the prevailing bring the person, and power, and pre- epidemic in the throat. This at once ciousness of the great and good Physi- accounted for her depression; and led cian before my fellow-passengers. I me, during the remainder of my journey, spoke to the one, and at the other, with to pray that in the solitude of her the fervent desire that God the Holy chamber, and perhaps under the circumGhost would convey the words with stances, after such a long and hazardous power to her soul, let her circumstances journey, in the very article of death, she or position be what they may. Though might realize the preciousness and the unconscious of the object I had primarily power of those truths which had thus in view, the remarks of the passenger indirectly been brought before her. sitting next me were admirably adapted Bristol.

D. to further my desire. In reply to some

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The departure of men and angels from When we have right notions of the God began in pride. Our approaches and Divine Majesty, we shall be as worms in return to Him must begin in humility. our own thoughts, and creep as such into The more mortified the heart, the more His presence. The Greek word, to worquickened the service. Nothing can ship, signifies to creep like a dog upon please an Infinite Purity but that which his belly before his master.Charnock.

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I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go."-Ex. vi. 21. A DEAR friend spending the evening hard heart indeed, and if God pleased to with me, in the course of conversation harden yet more this hard heart, in the above text was mentioned as one, in order that He might get Him honour the interpretation of which many of the upon Pharaoh and upon his servants, Lord's people differed.

who shall reply against God? To illusMy friend's opinion was decidedly in trate my meaning-steel is manufactured favour of the plain, literal meaning of by taking the metal iron, which is already the words, while mine was rather that very hard, heating it several times in a the Lord did not actually harden furnace, and plunging it while hot into Pharaoh's heart, but left him to the cold water, until that which before was. workings of his already hard heart, hard becomes hardened. So the succeswhich, tempted by Satan, prompted him sive judgments of God had the effect of to do all in his power, as he thought, in making the hard heart of Pharaoh opposition to God, although he was at harder and harder, until it at length the same time but acting according to became as it were case-hardened; and the Lord's secret will, and doing that after he had let the people go, he

purwhich He had before ordained should sued after them with all his chariots and come to pass. We consulted Dr. Gill's horsemen, and perished in the Red Sea. Commentary on the subject, and he Whenever we meet with statements in writes—"That is, not directly, not for God's Holy Word, which to our weak some time, not until all the wonders are and finite minds seem difficult to reconwrought and plagues inflicted to bring cile with the perfection of His glorious him to it: he first hardened his own attributes, may He be pleased graciously heart against God, and all remonstrances to apply that text to our hearts, "Shall made unto him; it was but a righteous not the Judge of all the earth do right ?" thing in God to give him up to the hard- We poor worms of the earth are too apt ness of his heart, to deny him his grace, to think ourselves capable of judging

1 which only could soften it, and to leave the actions of the "Judge of all the him to the corruptions of his nature and earth.” May we rather be enabled to the temptations of Satan.". We then place such implicit trust and confidence took our Bibles, and read the chapters in our gracious God, that we may be of containing the narrative, and, after much the number of those of whom our Lord meditation, I found myself compelled to said, “ Blessed are ye whosoever are not adopt my friend's opinion, not only be- offended in me.” Yea, “let God be true, cause we find the statement in the text and every man a liar.' repeated many times in the same plain The Lord grant that all His dear peolanguage, but because I conceive it does ple may give Him that praise which is not mean that God made hard what be- so justly due-who has made them to fore was soft. His successive judgments differ from others, and through whose had the effect of hardening, or making sovereign grace alone it is that the stony harder, that heart which before was as heart has been taken away, and a heart hard as is every unregenerate man's of flesh given. May He, by His mighty heart, which the Scripture tells us is "a hand and stretched-out arm, bring us all heart of stone !” If we turn to the through this wilderness into that place 5th chapter, where Moses and Aaron prepared for us, and enable us to sing

go before Pharaoh, and deliver the that new song of praise and thanksgiving Lord's message, Pharaoh replies, “Who to God and the Lamb, which will be is the Lord, that I should obey His voice, our occupation through the to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, eternity. neither will I let Israel go.” Surely such Stratford.

J. a reply evidences the possession of a

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As carnal men after worship sprout up in spiritual wickedness, so do spiritual worshippers in spiritual graces.-- Charnock.


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JOB_WHAT HE HEARD AND WHAT HE SAW. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear ; but now mine eye seěth thee.

Job xlii. 5. Two assertions are made here. Job says favourable to the actings of grace that to God, “I have heard of thee; mine their sinful nature is not called out. eye seeth thee.” Two consequences The friends with whom they associate arise from these, the one expressed, the are so loving, humble, and holy, that they other understood: seeing produces self- draw forth the love and humility that abhorrence, hearing will not produce it; exists in these younger Christians; they indeed, Job does not say anything fol- feel comparatively few evils arising in fowed on the hearing of the ear; yet their hearts; they enjoy the Word's there can be no doubt but that Job was doctrine, and are more taken up

with a man with a new heart before he attained the sweteness than the bitterness of the to this self-abhorrence. He had heard of way. God by the hearing of the ear, and this l'here may be, too, a simplicity about imperfect knowledge had wrought in their faith and love which saves them him a mighty change. It was not nature from many difficulties. In these green that made him so anxious his children pastures they may walk a considerable should not offend God, or that filled his way, or be carried in the Shepherd's mouth with blessing when stripped of arms; or they are like children, happy in everything. Nor did nature draw forth their Father's love, who are too young that magnificent confession of faith, “I to learn the more difficult lessons. know that my Redeemer liveth, &c. It appears, then, that deep self. loathing Job's religion will bear looking into, but is by no means always felt in the first the stone wanted many a blow from the stages of Christian experience, and hammer and chisel to bring it to perfec- hence, in younger Christians, there is tion; there was more hidden evil than often a good deal of self-exaltation and Job was aware of; he kept a good con- self-sufficiency, which the Lord observes, science, and by the fear of the Lord he if man does not. Such proclaim that departed from evil

, but there was a vast their knowledge of God is rather from deal he had not discovered. Doubtless the hearing of the ear. he would acknowledge he was a sinner, But there is a further discovery to be without knowing how great a sinner he made to the soul. “Now mine eye

And is not this just the case with seeth thee," &c. Oh, how greatly is this many now? They know enough of God self-loathing to be desired ! its effects and enough of themselves to make them how blessed ! it puts the soul in its right well aware that nothing stands between place, which is its only happy place, and them and perdition, unless it be a cruci- it exalts God and glorifies Him. But fied Saviour. Sensible of their guilt and how is it produced? for there is a spurious danger, they have fled to Him for refuge, kind with which it must not be conand found

peace ; and who shall dare to founded, and which so pre-eminently say they are not safe, or who shall pre- belongs to the Papists. How much scribe a certain amount of law-terror as their mortifications, fastings, &c., to necessary to salvation ? Many have some might look like this self-loathing, laboured long at Mount Sinai, quite but it is a counterfeit coin; its source is in ignorant of the way of escape, even in the creature, and it rises no higher than the letter. Others, again, have from the creature ; it has not respect to God, infancy heard of the remedy, and, by whereas that which Job speaks of is grace, applied to it, what time they were produced by a sight of God, and must made aware of their danger. Such will therefore come from God, and from Him not know the depths of their heart as only. those who have tried every way to save Ő almighty Saviour, pity my ignothemselves, ere they subinitted to be rance of myself and of thee, and so illumisaved wholly and entirely by another. nate me by thy good Spirit, that I may

But sooner or later God's children will abhor myself, and repent in dust and be brought to confess, I am vile.” ashes. Sometimes they are in circumstances so BY A SERVANT OF THE CHURCH,

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IRELAND, AND ITS WORK. MY DEAR FRIEND IN THE LORD, — can, and we trust will, blast all their I feel I must take the liberty of address- plans. Has not He promised to frusing you a few lines, as your brother trate the tokens of liars, and make di(the Rev. G. D. DOUDNEY) is wrongly im- viners mad? Of this one thing we are pressed as the cause of fear

sure, nothing happens by chance; but attempt to murder the Rev. ALEXANDER why such acts are permitted we must Nixon. From his having copied from leave. Now with regard to your leaving the Standard, proves how the mistake Ireland, I have but one feeling, nor ever arose, and that paper seems to imagine shall have, as I feel the finger of God the cause of the attempt to murder was very plainly pointed it out, that your because he was a minister of the Church work was done there-or, I ought to say, of England. But from my knowledge all the Lord intended or appointed for of the district, such was not the cause. you to do; and since He has so marvelIt was owing to his being a landed lously opened up another and a very large proprietor; and he, with the rest of the sphere of work, proves it beyond a doubt owners of property in that part of the who it was that led you thus far. And I country, were marked men; and I am would ask you, has not the Lord thy told, upon good authority, that among God blessed thee in all the works of the list of people whom those ribbon- thy hands ? He knoweth thy walking men intended to shoot, not one clergy. through this great wilderness; these man's name is mentioned who is not a forty years the Lord thy God hath been landed proprietor; which, I think, with thee. I can well imagine what a proves that the Rev. gentleman was not trial of faith it must have been for you, murderously attacked and shot at be- from the time you left Ireland until your cause he was a minister of the gospel. appointment to Bedminster; but even

Another statement in the Standard is in this, can you not trace the hand of the also incorrect, where it says he had Lord, and feel it was right; and does not just returned from performing service. our heavenly Father say, “I will work, Although a clergyman, he does not do and who shall let it ? " (Isa. xliii. 13). any duty, and, I am informed, has not for Then again, look at that blessed promise many years, having no parish of his in the 19th verse, “Behold, I will do a own or any cure of any description. I new thing ; now it shall spring forth; feel it right to mention these facts, as a shall ye not know it? I will even make misunderstanding might arise in many a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the of your readers minds. I have had desert." I believe even your coming here many years of experience of what the was plainly ordered by our heavenly and Irish Romish peasantry are, and can loving Father, as results now prove. Had come to no other conclusion than this : you not preached, and touched the heart of you may spend your life, your energies, one who heard you, by the mighty power your money_I may say, your all-in of the Holy Spirit, he would not have trying to ameliorate their condition and known you, and the presentation to bettering them in a temporal view; you Christ's Hospital would have been given may show them the errors of their reli- to another. "But our God knows all, gion, and the thraldom they are kept in and orders all; and does not this and by their priests, and the return you many other instances prove how our God may expect is a threatening notice and works for His people ? Oh for more then a bullet. But in the case of Mr. faith to believe where we cannot see ! Nixon, no notice had been given of their You remember those remarkable words (shall í say friendly) intentions. Such of our Lord to Thomas—“Blessed are is the fearful system they are under, they that have not seen, and yet have that should their priests order them to believed;" then turn to 1 Pet. i. 8, commit an act, no matter how diabolical,“ Whom having not seen, ye love; in they must do it. Ribbonism is, I fear, whom, though now ye see him not, yet much on the increase, and so secretly do believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakthey carry on their meetings, it is almost able and full of glory.' impossible to trace them out. But the I feel you have a very arduous work, mercy is, that there is One above who but He who has placed you in your new


sphere will give you strength. Trust in
the promises; they are most sweet.
'My grace is sufficient for thee, for my
strength is made perfect in weakness."
Look at Hab. iii. 19; Ps. lix. 17; Ps.
xviii. 1, 2. Does not the Lord promise
strength, and that equal to thy day?
May the Lord give you faith to be-
lieve and be fully persuaded that what


"O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret of the stairs !"-Cant. ii. 14.
to | As the poor Dove, before the hawk,
Quick to her refuge flies,
So need I, in my daily walk,

The wing which faith supplies,
To bear me where the Bridegroom's love
Places beyond all harm His Dove!
My soul, of native power bereft,
To CALVARY repairs ;
IMMANUEL is the rocky cleft,
The secret of the stairs!

Since placed there by the Bridegroom's love,
What evil can befall His Dove!

"MY DOVE!" The Bridegroom speaks


Whom, think'st thou, meaneth He?
Say, O my soul, canst thou presume
He thus addresseth thee?

Yes, 'tis the Bridegroom's voice of love
Calling thee, O my soul, His Dove!
The Dove is gentle, mild, and meek:
Deserve I then the name?

I look within in vain to seek

He hath promised, He is also able to perform.

In conclusion, may the Lord bless you abundantly in your work, and give you many souls for your hire; and may it be said that "The Lord added to the Church daily such as should be saved." Yours in the best of bonds, Croydon. H. R.

Aught which can give a claim.
Yet, made so by redeeming love,
My soul, thou art the Bridegroom's Dove!
Methinks, my soul, that thou may'st see,
In this endearing word,
Reasons why Jesus likens thee
To this defenceless bird;

Reasons which show the Bridegroom's love
To His poor helpless, timid Dove!

The Dove, of all the feather'd tribe,

Doth least of power possess:
My soul, what better can describe
Thine utter helplessness?

Yet courage take! the Bridegroom's love
Will keep, defend, protect His Dove!
The Dove hath neither claw nor sting,
Nor weapon for the fight;
She owes her safety to her wing,
Her victory to flight.

A shelter hath the Bridegroom's love
Provided for His helpless Dove.
The Hawk comes on, in eager chase;
The Dove will not resist :
In flying to her hiding place,
Her safety doth consist.

The Bridegroom opes His arms of love,
And in them folds His panting Dove!
The Dove can nothing now molest,

Safe from the fowler's snare!
The Bridegroom's bosom is her nest,
Nothing can harm her there!
Encircled by the arms of love,
Almighty power protects the Dove!

Though Sinai's thunder round her roars,
Though Ebal's lightnings flash,
Though heav'n a fiery torrent pours,
And riven mountains crash ;

Through all, the "still small voice" of love
Whispers, Be not afraid, my Dove!'


What though the heavens away may pass,
With fervent heat dissolve,
And round the sun this earthly mass
No longer shall revolve!
Behold a miracle of love!
The Lion quakes, but not the Dove!
My soul, now hid within a rock,
("The Rock of Ages" call'd)
Amid the universal shock

Is fearless, unappall'd.
A cleft therein, prepared by love,
In safety hides the Bridegroom's Dove!
O happy Dove, thus weak, thus safe;
Do I resemble her?

Then to my soul, O Lord, vouchsafe,
A dovelike character!
Pure, harmless, gentle, full of love,
Make me, in spirit, Lord, a Dove!
O Thou, who on the Bridegroom's head
Did, as a Dove, come down,
Within my soul thy graces shed,
Establish there thy throne!
There shed abroad a Saviour's love,
Thou holy, pure, and heavenly Dove!

S. R. M.

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