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stance that his crime had remained so long concealed. Having retired one evening to rest, one of the other workmen who slept with him, hearing him say in his sleep, . It is now full seven years ago,'-asked him, “What was it you did seven years ago?"
I put bim,' he replied, still speaking in his sleep, 'under the boiling.vat.'-As the affair was not yet entirely forgotten, it immediately occurred to the man that his bed-fellow must allude to the person who had been missing about that time ; and he accordingly gave information of what he had heard to a magis. trate. The murderer was apprehended ; and though at first he denied that he knew any thing of the matter, a confession of his crime was at length obtained from him, for which he suffered condign punishment.
Sometime since, the writer of this article was preaching in a country village, in Lincolnshire, from 1 Kings x. 7,- The half was not told me.' The words were considered in an accommodated view, as appropriate to the felicity of the righteous, and also as awfully applicable to the case of the ungodly, throughout the endless ages of eternity! When speaking upon the latter head, a man exceedingly intoxicated rushed into the room, and sat down; who, nevertheless behaved with decorum during service.
After service was concluded, it was found that he had thus intruded himself in consequence of a wager. -Some one offered to lay him a tankard of ale that he dared not venture in.com · Yes,' added he with an oath ; ó and if Hell-door was open I would go in.'-Solemn reflection! in a few days, and, I think, before the next time of preaching, Death, the king of terrors, arrested his awful progress, cut the brittle thread of life, and consigned him over to the retributions of eternity -[ sit not in judgment; but surely · the wicked is driven away in his wicker'Ress;' sometimes in a very exemplary manner. ARMSBY.
ILLUSTRATION OF SCRIPTURE.
and bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.-John xix. 30. COMMENTATORs have agreed to understand the last words of our Re. deemer upon the cross, as expressive of the accomplishment of our redemplion by him; but they have neither explained the necessity of his using such a phrase, nor the necessity of his uttering it with a loud voicei, whereas, since all that he said at his death, this phrase excepted, yea, every circumstance of that great event has been acknowledged to have been necessary; because they were all either foretold or typified in the Scriptures concerning him, it seems reasonable to think that this expression likewise 19 an allusion to, or is the fulfilment of, some Old Testainent type. Per. haps, the following thought may serve to explain it:
It is well known, that the Jews were commanded to observe the first day
of every new moon as ao holy day to the Lord; for which purpose, it was necessary carefully to observe the change of the moon, that the people might have timely notice of that event. Accordingly, the “inen that had understanding of the times,' who observed the new moon, were to repair, with all speed, to the grand council, and to give notice of it. The President proclaimed the new moon, by saying, 0917 (Mekudesh]-it is consecrated #; which word was twice repeated aloud by the people ; after which it was ordered to be proclaimed everywhere by the sound of the trumpet, &c.
Now, if we consider the new moon as typical of the gospel-day, the new dispensation of grace, and the chance of the moon as typical of the death of Christ, or the time when he died, - if, moreover, we consider Christ as the Grand President oi the Gospel Council, to whom all power in Heaven and on earth is committed, we shall find bis last words full of meaning, and evidently analogous to that word which intimates the change of the moon. We may date the commencement of the gospel dispensation from the death of the Lord of Glory. This was a change indeed! Then • old things passed away, and all ihings become new. This change was intimated by the great Governor, among the nations. He cried,' It is finished.' The Old Testament economy is come to its end, and the New is just about to appear.
It is very observable, that the original word TETEAE50lb, rendered in our translation. It is finished,'is of the same import with the word Melcudesh. Either of them may be rendered - It is consecrated,' or 'It is finished *.' This may shew us, not only that Christ finished the work of redemption on the Cross, but that the gospel requires us to be “holiness to the Lord.' The great Redeemer cried, It is consecraied ;' that is, The time is now come when holiness shall more universally prevail, and when the spirit of holiness shall be poured out upon all nations.
It may be added, that in imitation of the President of the Jewish Council, Christ uttered his last words with a loud voice t; and, in a short time after, be ordered this great change to be proclaimed by the sound of the gospel-trumpet through all the world. Goye,' said he to his apostles,
into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.' Tell them that the old ceremonies and rilual institutions are abolished; and that henceforth, the kingdom of God consists not ia meats and drinks, but in righteousvess, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
To the Editor. What follows, is a description of the manner in which was kept what the
Roman Catholics call Corpus Christi Day, at Valencia, in Spain, in 1803 ; and its insertion would perhaps increase the zeal of some of your readers, to s read the Scriptures in Spain at this favourable time.
Yours, &c. « The day was ushered in by violent rining of bells; and the streets were thronged with people of all ranks in the reala ciothes, and many in masquerade dresses. In the cathedral were a number of giganiic and ridiculous figures opposite to the sainis, and were carried in the same processiop. The church was filled with people, -- the Sacrament exposed on the altar, -- the canons in the choir, habited in purple souians and hoods, sung to a noble organ, assisted by a powerful baid of other instrumeals. The archbishop presided. Smail processions kept moving to the cathedral, carrying the images of the different parish churches and convents to the general rendezvous. Every house had iis saills new dressed, and placed in couspicuous situations. The soldiers, with difliculty, made a passage throm
the crowd for the triumphal cars. The first contained a representation of the Trinity, and of Adam and Eve expelled from Paradise. Between these effigies, a set of boys danced with hoops and bells. The second had the Virgin; the third, Faith; the fourth, St. Vincent, by whose interpo. sition Valencia is supposed to have been delivered from the Moors; the fifth, St. Michael; and the sixth, the Devil, who had differeut accompany. nients from the rest. On his stage the seven mortal sins were represented hy maskss -- the foremost among them was Fornication, dancing to a fiddle, and exhibiting every sort of indecency. A cart, filled with orangeleaves, preceded the procession, which were scattered before it; and it inade the tour of the whole city. It appeared ncarly in the following wrder : -- Gigantic figures of gentlemen, ladies, Moors, and Egyptians, preceded by outrè characters, with enormous heads; saints from the parishchurches, attended by the priests and chief inbabitants in full dress, together with dancing boys and music. , Scripture characters: - Moses with the law; Aaron, in pontifical robes, with the budding rod; David with the harp, Sampson with Goliah's head, Joshua with the sun in his hand, Abraham with Isaac hearing the faggots, Noah carrying the dove, and Balaam on his ass. Then followed the convents of the city, all carrying their saints and candles, and chantin; as they walked. Priests : - The four Evangeliats in masquerade : - St. Luke had a bull's head. Priests again ; three large gilt eagles walking; priests and canons of the cathedral, carrying solid gold and silver statues of saints ; noblemen and gentlemen in full dress; the Host (or Corpus Christi) in a high Gothic frame-work of gold, under a rich canopy, surrounded by a blaze of candles; the four senior canons of the cathedral; the mitre on a crimson cushion ; the archbishop walking bare-headed, with his crosier in his hand; gentlemen of the archbishop, carrying bis red velvet chair of state ; nobles of the city; the goverpor and general with candles. The procession concluded with a detachment of soldiers. Oa the entrance of the Host into the church there was a discharge of artillery; and the building was lighted up in the most fanciful and richest manner. A loud and noisy chorus of rejoicing was sung, accompanied with orgars, fiddles, bells, &c. s and when this confu. sion of tongues and sounds had finished, the archbishop ate the object of adoration, the Corpus Christi, having previously elevaled it before the people. He was surrounded by tapers, incense, and priests in. glittering robes ; and seemed enveloped in a food of light! He then assumed bis mitre, gave the benediction, and the piece concluded.'
Papal Curse on Holy Thursday. We are informed, that the present. mild and virtuous Head of the Roman Church' (as some style the Pope) still continues, in the service of • Holy Thursday,' to pronounce his anathema against all heretics, and especially against the Lutherans, in the following terins :
. We, therefore, following this ancient and solemn cistom, excommunicate and anaihematiz , on the part of Omnipotent God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, as well as on our part, all Heretics, who follow the damnable, impious, and anominable heresies of Martin Luther, and all those who foster and receive them, as well as the readers and general defenders of the works of the said Martin, or of any other of thein,'&c.
This excommunication is indersiood, by believers in the Pope, to take place instantly in all parts of the world. Wherever there is any Heretic, he is on this day, subject to cramps, aches, stitches, and other evils, which his Holiness mercifully dispenses from his exalted station in the gallery of the front of St. Peter's church at Rome!
• The curse causcles shall not come' (Prov. xxvi. 2); and, thanks be to God, such is the light we now enjoy, that nuoe fears that ine wurse of the · Man of Sin’ shali come.
Anecdote of Whiston. Sacs Whistor being one day in discourse with Lord Chancellor King, who was brought up a Dissenler at Exeler, but had conforme!,-a debate arose about signing articies which men do not believe, for the sake of preferment. This the Chancellor openly justified. “Because,' said he,' we must not lose our usefulness for scruples' Whiston, who was quite of an opposiie opinion, asked his Lordship, If in his court they allowed of such prevarication? - He answered, 'We do not.' -66 Then,” said Whiston, * suppose God Almighty should be as just in the next world as my Lord Chanccilor is in this, - wbere are we then ?".
JUVENILE DEPARTMENT. bakt! ILA Brief Account of the Death of J. K. G. ari aged Nine Yürs and even wonths, who died September 6, 1808. $ for several months previons to his death, he was under great darkness and lepeyton of road. He often said, he was lost; and there was no citeres foihin. God would ever save him, &e. On Sabbath-day, July
he was so illas not to b; able to atiend at Stepney Meeting, as he had rederaliy den. In the evning of that day, he expressed a desire to go to the shared a Pell sireei, near where he lived. The text way, Now tinin, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us,
e pray you, ia Christ's stead, he ye reconciled to God.' He was very utentive; and on leaving the place, he said, " This was a nice sermon;' and several times after, mentione! inc comfort he derived from it : but still, shis mind continued in a state of darkness and distress. He had great fear of death, nevertheless he was resigned and patient under his very pain. fui affliction.fo
July 31. He desired his mother to give him the Bible; and he selected the third chapter of Jot to be read before family-worship (where Job *curseth the day of his birth). She asked him if that suited the frame of his mind. He said it did; for that he had no hope. Being asked, by the minister who called tv see him, If he should pray with him, and what he should pray for, he answered, That I may have a good hope !
The next morning he told his niother, he was very comfortable. Being questioned as to the foundation of bis comfort, he said,' It is Jesus Christ."
What ground have you to hope that he will save you ?" He answered, His word : he has said, “Come voto me, and I will in powise cast you out,' and I come,' le mentioned several passages of Scripture, which were very sweet to his mind, particularly,:Unto you that believe, he is precious ;' and Isaiah xlv. 21, ' A just God and a Saviour.' This last passage, he often said, afforded him great consolation ; and he wished he had sirength to write down the thoughis he had upou it. He was desirous of no company but thal of serious persons. On beiog asked, if he would like to get weil again, - he sa'd, he' would rather depart, and be with Christ,' if it was the Lord's will; for while he lived here he should be always sinful; but he would not desire any thing contrary to the will of God.
Soinctimes he said, his mind was so happy, that he could not express it,
the fear of death was quile taken away: Death had lost his stings : but he was not at all times equally comfortable. On one occasion he said to his father, 'If I was an hypocrite, would Satan tempt me to think so?' -The reply was, If he was that awful character, it did not appear to be the inierest of Sälan to disturb him. What a inercy,' said he, we don't know beforehand what we shall have to suffer! At another time be said, * Father, I hope I can now use the words of good old Simeon: Lord, now Lellesi thou thy servant depart in peace,' &c.
August 15. A person called at the house upon business, an entire stranger ; and seeing the child in so afficied a state, he said to him, - My dear boy, Do you know and love the Bible ?' He answered," Yes." "Did you always?" "I knew it,” said he; “ but I did not always love it."
Why do you love it now?' " Becaus: it reveals Christ, who came io save siuners.” “Are you a sinner?' “Yes.” “What ground have you to helieve he will save you? " Ifis word : he has said, • Come unto me, and I will give you rest, and will not cast you out;' and I come.” “Wbat do Fou understand by coming to Christ ? "I cannot waik to him; it is the going forth of the mind afier him." Do you think you shall die ?" “ Yes.” “Are you not afraid of death?' "No; because Christ has taken out his sting."--He then asked for the Hyma-Book; and selecied the 40th Hymn, Book 2:
• Death cannot make my soul afraid,
If God be with me there ! This he desired to be sung; and joined in it with greai delight, and with a voice almost as lond as ever. His sirength declined daily; and it was now with difficulty he could be got out of bed. It was observed to him, " There is no pain, nor weakness in Heaven.' “ Nor any 811" said he " and that is best of all !" Being questioned as to the stage of his mind under his Heavy affliction, he said, his afflictions were nothing; -- he would not wish to change his condition. He appeared to retain his faculties to the last moment. The morning he died, he was asked if he had any fear of death; he said, "No.' “ Are you comfortable?" - he answered “Yes,' and soon after breathed his lasi.
. . G. F.
The Child's Guardian. The world may look pleasing and fair: Now shall my voice prepare to praise its batteries do not believe : The Guardian of niy infant days;
For every sweet has its spare, Who gave my little heart to heat,
· And flatterers always deceive. ! Mine eyes the morning light to meet. Earth's vanities 'last but a while, He taught my feet to press the ground. Then look for your portion above ; Mine ear to catch the passing sound;
Felicity dwells in his smile And while my trembling voice was weak,
Whose name and whose nature is He loos’d my infant tongue to speak.
Love! My thoughts were like the morning
Bit all your gây passions be still, light,
And look uito Jesus for rest; When first it shines upon the night:
Know him, and submit to his will; A feeble, dim, uncertain ray,
And then you are sure to be bles!!
His word is a source of delight And first my mother's face I knew,
When read with attention and care; Turn'd tow'rds me with affection true;
Muse on it by day and isy night, : Her gentle touch, her soothing voice,
And mingle your musings with pray’r. Taught my young bosom to rejoice. The mighty Redeemer will save · But soon these shadows fied away,
The simner who trusts in his blood; And Reason dawns to perfect day;
Himself for our ransom, he gave, in I learn to read his sacred word,
That thus he might bring us to God, To fear his name, to serve the Lord. To him, my dear Lady, apply, Still as my years increasing roll,
Without hesitatios or doubt; And wisdom strengthens in my soul,
Your suit he will never deny, With growing zeal my tongue shall
tongue shall. The comer he never casts out! praise
Don't wonder to be thus addrest The Guardian of my infant days!
By one tar advanced in years : for Coupe..s W. B. C Such tenderness dwells in my breast,
To a Young Ladij . mingle the ids with my tears. of higli Birth and great Expectations. While life's dearest comforts you taste, I HOPE my dear Lady will hear
May God from all eviddefend,
And crown you with glory at last!
ot but fear
This, this is the wish of your friend. These verses, perhaps, may offend.