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And now, most gracious Father, dost thou speak to me? Dost thou bid me listen to thy words? Has my plea met with acceptance. Have I indeed prevailed? Oh, with thankfulness and rapture will I listen to thy words. "Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth."

away all iniquity. I cannot be satisfied I have died to the first Adam, and he to that thou shouldst remove merely part me, as to any creature hope, or righteousof it; but I would be altogether free. Iness, or strength. In this sense I am would be washed, and cleansed, and destitute; thus and thus an orphan; but purified. I would be holy even as thou in thee all such "findeth mercy." Thou art holy, and pure even as thou art pure. art my hope-thou alone my help. "O wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin; for against thee thee only-have I sinned, and done evil in thy sight. Moreover, "receive me graciously.' Extend to me a welcome arm; receive again thy returning prodigal to thine own everlasting embrace; take me afresh to thy bosom as my own dear Father in covenant; for thou art my Father still, though I have sinned against thee. "Whom have I in heaven but thee, and there is none upon earth I desire in comparison with thee." I cannot be happy with a frown upon thy brow. I cannot dare not-stand aloof from thee, my Father. Thy smile is heaven, thy frown hell! Oh, restore me to thy favour. Encompass me with that favour as a shield. Hug me to thy breast. Kiss me with the kisses of thy mouth. Say again, "I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and have clothed thee with change of raiment." Do thus; "So will we render the calves of our lips." "I will sacrifice with the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving." Thou shalt have the fruit of my lips, which shall be praise, praise unto my God. Thou hast said, "He that offereth praise glorifieth me." Thus bless me, Lord-thus pardon -thus receive me, and my heart and lips shall praise and magnify thee. I will render thee praise and adoration with the best member that I have. will tell of all thy wondrous acts. I will show forth all thy praise. I will say, "Come, all ye that fear God, and I will declare to you what He hath done for my soul."

"I will heal their backsliding." That is exactly what I want, Lord. None but thyself can do it. Thou art the good and the great Physician. Thou "healest the broken in heart, and bindest up their wounds." Oh, pour in of the oil and wine of Divine consolation into these wounds that sin hath made. Let me indeed afresh feel that "there is balm in Gilead, that there is a Physician there." Grant me to feel anew the blood of the Lamb dropped upon the conscience, and realize again its peacebestowing properties. "I will love them freely." More precious still. "I will love them." I, the great and the lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, will love them, sinners as they are, backsliders though they be I will love them, and that freely; "for mine anger is turned away from him" from Christ, upon whose sacred head, as the Substitute, and Representative, and Daysman of my Church, I poured out all my indignation and wrath; Mine is turned away anger from him," as the sin-bearer of my people. He hath honoured me; He hath fulfilled my covenant; He hath vindicated my justice; in Him, and by Him, I am reconciled.


"Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy." No, I will not turn again to any human source for help. I will reject all creature aid. I will not go again to Egypt for help. "A horse is a vain thing for safety." In no human helps or aids will I place any confidence for "in thee, Lord, in thee, the fatherless findeth mercy." "I pretending; "And cast forth his roots am fatherless-my first father is dead. as Lebanon." He shall take firm root

"I will be as the dew unto Israel." Soft, tender, refreshing. So sweet and so suitable after a time of drought; and that after the night season, when darkness hath long prevailed. His dew shall now lie all night upon my branch. There shall be a dewy sweetness, and unction, and power, with the Word. And who is this I but the Lord Jesus? by virtue of union to whom, as the living vine, shall he derive nourishment, and grow even as the lily; so chaste, so beautiful, yet withal so lovely and un


hold, even as the tall cedars of Lebanon. be as the olive trees, and His smell as “ His branches shall spread.”. Is not Lebanon.” And by virtue of union to this a change of person, and doth it Him, and a oneness of life with Him, not, in the primary sense, apply to the shall those engrafted into Him, “take Lord Christ Himself? for it is “ His root downward, and bear fruit upward." branches shall spread;" there shall be a He shall open out and adorn my truthvisible expanding and increase of His yea, “ His beauty shall be as the olive kingdom, as set up in the hearts of His tree, and His smell as Lebanon.” In all people, and in those whom He will these varied respects shall He adorn the gather out of a world lying in the garden of the Lord. wicked one. Yea, “His beauty shall


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RAILWAY NOTES; OR, “WHO MAKETH THEE TO DIFFER ?” It was Saturday night, and a week of believe that such a change could have pressing occupation in the service of the taken place in those few short bours. best of Masters, was closing. After the couch on which he reclined the preaching evening after evening during evening before was vacant, and its the week, I began to be somewhat occupant was now laid out in the stillanxious about a portion for the Sunday. ness of death. Perfectly sensible to the That uppermost on the mind was, "Lord, last, and, just as his beloved sister had if thou hadst been here, my brother had been reading, at his own request, a not died.” Whilst musing upon it, Ideath-bed narrative, in which I had felt met a young friend belonging to my a peculiar interest, he calmly, gently fell congregation, who said, “Oh, sir, I am asleep! Thought I, " Here's an illusso glad to have met you; my brother tration of my subject.” With still has ruptured another blood-vessel, and greater force were the words brought to is very ill.” I directly arranged to go my mind, “Lord, if thou hadsť been and see him. At the given hour I was here, my brother had not died.” I read by his side. He was on a sofa, and the precious facts connected with that partially reclining. He looked, as he language to the weeping family, and had been long wont to do, exceedingly unitedly we bowed the knee in prayer, delicate ; but still, as I had been for thanking the Lord that he had "demany weeks visiting a similar case, in livered this our brother out of the which an immense quantity of blood had miseries of this sinful world," and been thrown up, and still the patient sur- praying for grace that we, each of us, vived, "I was not at all apprehensive, in might be in readiness for the Master's the present case, of immediate danger. call

. But there was one of that houseKnowing his state of mind, I did not hold absent. The father, some two deem it necessary then to tax his little hundred miles away, had been teleremaining strength. I merely quoted a graphed for. I feared the shock which

I few Scriptures, to which he gave a clear the drawn blinds would produce upon and intelligent response, and prayed with his reaching his house, and gladly would him.

have been in waiting for him at the Dear fellow! I left him looking from train, had I known the hour of his his sick couch upon the pleasant green arrival, to have broken the tidings to fields, and the beautifully setting sun; him, painful as those tidings were. But but little did I think that soon after that this was not to be; I was at the station, sun again arose, his ransomed spirit in waiting for some dear young relatives, would have winged its way to another who were to arrive that evening, but. and, I doubt not, a brighter world; but him I saw not. so it was. Near the spot where I had met As train after train arrived and dethe sister on the previous evening, I met parted, I could but contemplate the a mutual friend on the ensuing morning, variety of countenances, and reflect upon who told me he was no more! I was the diversity of circumstances with which not at all prepared for the intelligence. each was conversant. There might be I directly turned back, and made for the some lightsome hearts among them, but house of mourning. Scarcely could I others, how deeply oppressed! A rail- .

way station, with its trains coming and the scene I had just before witnessed at going, afford ample material for reflec- the house of mourning, would impress tion. It is Saturday night, and here is the mind, especially on a Saturday, with a minister just arrived with the intention the sacred duties of the Sabbath in prosof pleading on behalf of some missionary pect. How distressing, then, the concause on the morrow. There is a com- trast which a little incident produced, mercial traveller, who, after the turmoil and which led to the thought at the head of the week or month, is glad to reach of this paper,

“ Who maketh thee to home on the Saturday night, in order to differ?" My young relatives had a spend his Sunday in the bosom of his goodly

, quantity of luggage, but its de- : family. There is a barrister returning livery had been considerably delayed in from the circuit, with his face flushed consequence of its being last in the van. with the excitement of the broken nights All the other passengers would seem to and long pleadings of each day during to have claimed theirs, and, for aught I the sessions. There is a widowed mother, knew, had all taken their departure. My who has just seen her only married young friends' luggage was placed upon daughter depart by the train, and who the scale, and lowered down to the now returns in sadness to her desolated under-stage. There stood a passenger home. Yonder is a physician, who has | (somewhat respectable in appearance) in been telegraphed for to a distant patient. waiting, the absence of whose luggage Nor less varied in condition and cha- only proved a signal for his bursting racter those in waiting the arrival of forth, not only in a strain of abuse friends. The anxious bearing of some against the poor porter who had charge tells that something has occurred since of the luggage in question, but in a low last they saw the person whose arrival blasphemous tirade against all concerned. they are anticipating. They dread the I ventured gently to check him for his meeting. The countenances of others blasphemies, as he was standing close are animated to a degree, and they are beside me, and my very soul agonized upon the very tip-toe of expectation; as they dropped upon my ear; but this and then as the passengers and their rebuke, gentle as it was, only drew forth friends disperse, under what a variety of louder and still more blasphemous ; circumstances do they go to their several anathemas against myself. His abuse destinations, and what a very different was of the lowest kind, and my simple state of things shall be opened up there. dress as a minister of the gospel the

The train for which I had been wait- more excited his ire, and led him to ing and was over-due, at length arrived. address me as nothing less than a Deeply-at the same time most painfully murderer! I felt angry-very; but -interesting were the cases of those said nothing. I was glad to see the whose coming I had anticipated. Dis- last of the luggage placed on the fly, to tressingly had they been bereft; stroke take my seat, and depart. But I could after stroke had they most keenly felt; not help thinking withal, what a poor, not only were they orphans; not merely miserable man that individual was. I had they seen their loved parents taken, thought that the bereaved father, whose but brothers -sisters—one by one had arrival was hourly looked for, and left them too, summoned to a better for whom such a painful scene was in land; one bad subsequently formed waiting, was in reality in far, far more another tender association, but that desirable circumstances; and when I tie also had been broken, and she was thought of that poor wretched creature's now a widow, with a sweet babe at her blasphemies, and of the Saturday night breast, whose father's spirit had taken its of time closing in upon such a condition, flight, ere the babe had entered upon the I mentally exclaimed, “Who maketh stage of time. The reader can readily thee to differ, and what hast thou that conceive how these facts, coupled with thou hast not received ?"


PRAYER.-Let every action be begun action to God; holy and well-intended with prayer, that God would not only actions being the best oblations and bless the action, but sanctify your pur- presents we can make to God. pose : and make an oblation of the


To the Editor of the Gospel Magazine.

On Friday, 8th, I proceeded to Ply mouth. It was a hot and dusty ride. The express train in which I travelled was an hour late, yet I had just time to dine, and be at church by seven o'clock. The service this evening was at Christ Church, of which the Rev. T. G. Postlethwaite, a man after your own heart, is incumbent. My text was Ps. xlv. 1, 2. There was but, as it were, a handful of people, yet He was with us who makes the heart to "bubble up" (see margin), and my tongue was employed in speaking good of His name. I may here say, that I never occupy the time devoted to preaching in giving details or statistics; reserving them for meetings.

On Saturday, 9th, I found out and spent a little time with some relatives, whom I had never before seen; and as we were all of one mind in the Lord, we had several sweet and profitable seasons together during my short stay in the town.

MY DEAR FRIEND AND BROTHER,I feel that a few lines descriptive of the good providence of God, and His kind and gracious favour to His unworthy servant, during my short tour in the west and south of the kingdom, may be acceptable to you and your readers.

The object of my journey was to advocate the cause of missions to the East, as carried on by the Church Missionary Society; and this was to occupy me a week at Plymouth, and two days at Totnes. I would just observe that, if the attendance of numbers at the services and meetings be a criterion as to the interest felt in any work, then I must say that there is but little interest felt in missionary work by the Church at Plymouth, for a poorer attendance was seldom seen anywhere, if we except the meeting held in the school-room of the parish of Charles. I have heard various attempts to account for the fact, but whether any or all of them were correct, I cannot say; but this I can say, that those who did attend evinced a heartiness in the cause which was cheering, notwithstanding the de

Sunday, 10th. The weather exceedingly hot; the sun seemed to shine fiercely on Plymouth. In the morning preached at the Church of Charles, the

pressing effect of so few collected toge-parish that has been for so long a period ther out of such large populations. God blessed with such excellent vicars, from is blessing the operations of the Society the time of the "dear doctor," as he is to a great degree in a variety of ways. still emphatically styled by many, down I may here mention one remarkable in to the present time, when the Rev. H. stance: At Mirut, where the revolt of A. Greaves lives in the hearts of His the Sepoys first commenced in 1857, believing people. The Lord enabled me there has been a great outpouring of the to speak with great ease and comfort Spirit of God, and a small church of from John x. 16. The Shepherd-speaker native converts is now flourishing. -the other sheep-the necessity laid upon Him of bringing the other sheepthe mode of bringing-and the result. In the evening my duty was to preach at St. George's, Stonehouse, and then my text was 1 Thess. i. 8. Reviewed the history of the Thessalonians; and showed, first, the means used to bring them to the Lord; the blessing vouch

I left home on the morning of Thurs day, July 7, and having promised to take one of a course of special services at St. Paul's, West Smethwick, near Birmingham, where my brother and relative, the Rev. J. P. Shepperd, is labouring well and faithfully, I went thither first, and in the evening preached with great assistance from Rom. iii. 23, 24; exhi-safed, and its effect on their hearts and biting the natural state of all, and the in their lives, and the evidence it grace, or spiritual state, of the Church. afforded of their election of God; and There were near 400 persons present. then, as a consequence, their desire to We had a sweet season in the vestry, a sound out "the word of the Lord." prayer meeting before the service commenced.

On Monday evening, 11th, the meeting at Devonport; some stirring ad

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dresses were made to a very few those who do know it; the nature of people.

their blessedness. On Tuesday, 12th, at noon, we had a When we reached the vestry the meeting in the Mechanics’ Institute. vicar şaid," Do you know, I was trying Very few attended, yet the meeting was to find a bit of paper just to send you deeply interesting. In the evening of up a message to you the same day we held a meeting in the self equal to a third service, please give school-room of Charles Church'; well out there will be one." “Why," attended. In addition to the Rev. H. said I, “if you had no paper you should Gibbes, the Association Secretary, your have come yourself; in your own church cousin-brother, G. D. D., gave a power- you surely need not have minded.” ful address. I made a special appeal Would you have given us one ?” said on behalf of a church about to be built he. Certainly, with all pleasure," I in India (Tinnevelly), for some one to replied. He hastened out, and told the collect 100 rupees (£10), all that is departing people that I would preach wanted to enable them to begin at once, again at half past six. It was soon and this was cheerfully responded to. spread abroad; and we had, in the

Wednesday, 13th. Meeting at Stone- evening, a congregation of about 400, house. Its interest was increased be- to whom I preached from 1 Pet. ii. 24. cause we were assisted by a young naval We felt that the power of the Lord was officer just returned from India, who felt there to bless the Word. moved to speak, because he had heard On Monday morning took the train, missionaries traduced, and he had seen and went to Torquay, as well to call on and could testify of the reality of the a friend or two, as to feast my eyes with work, and had himself experienced the a sight of its beautiful bay, and surroundkindness of missionaries in time of deep ing coast; enjoyed it amazingly. distress.

Ỉ have been unwilling to take up your Thursday, 14th. An interesting meet- space, or I ought to have alluded to ing at Milbrook, a small village on the much unrivalled scenery which I beheld Cornish coast, far better attended in throughout Devonshire. Returned to comparison to numbers than the Ply. Totnes to dinner, and then the meeting, mouth meetings. Our sailor captain pretty fairly attended and interesting. helped us again.

Tuesday, 19th, I left early for Exeter, Friday, 15th. Meeting at Christ having many pressing invitations to Church Schools, where I was the only repeat my visit; stayed at Exeter three speaker besides the chairman.

or four hours, and visited a relative

; On Saturday, 16th, I left for Totnes, after which I proceeded to Bristol, and very much refreshed by intercourse with you kindly met me at the station. My the various clergymen at whose houses hasty visit to you was most satisfactory. I had been entertained, and by conver- I found you, as I believed I should, sation with laymen, civil, military, and doing the Lord's work in the Lord's naval, whose hearts the Lord has opened. way, and in the place in which He Arrived about noon at the house of the Himself has manifestly placed you. I open-hearted vicar of Totnes, and spent am quite aware that many

of two days and a half, as I humbly hope, thought you hasty and premature in profitably as well as agreeably. leaving Bonmahon. I am often sur

On Sunday, 17th, I took the whole prised that men, Christian men in par. service, the dear vicar having lost his ticnlar, should venture to give an voice through some throat disease. opinion about the movements of a Preached from Acts xxvi. 17, 1&man brother, unless they know all the parincident related in the life of the first ticulars; and everyone ought to know missionary to the heathen. The mis- that, in all such cases, there are many sionary sent forth—his mission—its things which cannot be published in a intention and result.

book which meets the general eye. In the afternoon service was very If God, in a special way, sent you to much assisted again in preaching, from Ireland, of which neither you nor I have Psal. lxxxix. 15, 16. The joyful sound; the least doubt, He has as manifestly the knowledge of it; the blessedness of sent you to Bedminster.

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