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144 SHALL WE GIVE, OR SHALL WE NOT GIVE? (Dec. flesh. The turtle gives his shell and his meat. The marten, and the elk, and the seal, give their fur. The elephant gives his tusks, the wolf his skin, the monkey his amusing tricks. Even the sluggish metals give us their various qualities, which fit them to be manufactured into useful implements—the gold and silver their preciousness; the iron, its adaptation for our ten thousand uses, the great helper and guard of civilization; the steel and the brass, for our watches; the lead, for our pipes and our coverings; the copper, for sheathing our ships; the mixture of metals, for our bells and our types.

A thing is valuable in proportion as it has the capacity of giving. When it ceases to give, it is of no further utility, and is cast away. Nay, what, that God has made, does not continue to give as long as it exists ? Even the cinders from our furnaces give us hard paths, or fill for us unsightly excavations, or extend our wharves into the harbours, and our cities into the sea.

Of the army of givers, some are voluntary, some involuntary, in their giving. But God has made them to give. And they give, in fulfilling voluntarily or involuntarily the purpose of their creation. God, the prince of givers, made them that they might give, and He made them competent to give

If the whole unintelligent creation gives, and if God, the perfection of intelligence, gives, ought not man, the moral agent-man, the constant recipient of these gifts—man, on whom all things wait, and to whom they all minister, and for whom thry are formed, that they may give -man, to whom God gives continually—ought not man to give ? " Shall we give, or shall we not give ?

If we have nothing of this world's goods, but live stintedly on charity-if all our earnings are necessarily consumed in meeting the just demands of society, and no reasonable economy would enable us to impart to others—then we have only the influence of a holy life, and our prayers, to give. But these we can give, and we must not withhold them.

But most men have something more to give; the produce of a field, the income of a certain sum of money, the rent of an estate, a tithe of the profits of certain prosperous projects, a thank-offering for mercies-given not in empty words, but in substantial forms, which men can appreciate, and by which men shall be blessed-gifts that should be constant as our demands upon a giving universe are constant; and constant as our receipts from a giving universe and from God, the greatest of all givers, are constant.

In this giving universe, and from this giving God, what have we received ? The body, “ curiously wrought," and “ fearfully and wonderfully made;" the soul, with its mysterious powers and capacities; the blessings of this life, adapted to our double nature, and consonant with our destiny; the gospel, with all the benefits springing out of and attendant on a Christian civilization; the propitiatory sacrifice of the Son of God; a hope, full of immortality. Let a Christian man write out the several things included in this catalogue; and then, when a call is made on his generosity, and the question forces itself upon him, “Shall we give, or shall we not give ?" we make no doubt that he will find an answer ready.

[The Macedonian," May 1856.

THE

CHURCH MISSIONARY

GLEANER.

1857.

« IS NOT THE GLEANING OF THE GRAPES OF EPHRAIM, BETTER THAN

THE VINTAGE OF ABI-EZER ?"-JUDGES VIII. 2.

VOL. VII. NEW SERIES.

LONDON:
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CONTENT S.

Missionary and foreign Intelligence.

CHINA MISSION,

135

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WEST-AFRICA MISSION.
Entered into rest . . . . . . 53 || A hopeful effort: Bing-oo, China
Death of the Bishop of Sierra Leone 66 (with a Cut). . . . . . .
A recent incident of the Slave Missionary labours at Fuh-chau

Trade . . . . . . . . . 112 Latest Intelligence from Missiona-
Renewal of the Slave Trade ... ries in China . . . . . .

Commencement of Missionary work
YORUBA MISSION.

at Ping-hoo, a Chinese city in

Abraham and his drum . . . . 137 the province of Chekeang . . 87

Native African Psalmody .. 139 || Street-preaching in a Chinese city. 141

NIGER MISSION.

NEW-ZEALAND MISSION.

Good News for Africa—The Niger

| A glimpse of New Zealand as it

a highway for the Gospel . 55 ||

I was (with a Cut) . .. . ...

New Missions to Central Africa. 98 || Sarah Davis, . . . . . . . 51

MEDITERRANEAN MISSION.

NORTH-WEST-AMERICA MISSION.

One of the “great multitude

Missionary work around the Win-

which no man can number” . 104 |

pepegoosis L ake, Rupert's Land 28

CALCUTTA AND NORTH-INDIA MISSION.

Ladies Working Associations-Re-

sponse from North America . . 76

Peshawur (with a Cut) . . . .

A Letter to the Hindús. ...

MISCELLANEOUS.

Specimens of Preaching in North Selim Aga, the Turkish convert

India...

The Karen Pastor, Thaghe . . .

Idolatry in India (with a Cut). . 61 The Kuzzel-bash . . . . . .

Delhi . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Fakírs in India · · · · · · 11

New hopes that bloom around the Aborigines of Australia .. ..

martyr's grave . . . . . . 117 The Crimea- The Caraites ..

Preservation amidst dangers . . 121 Another lamb folded . . . . .

Hinduism in its practical influence, 134 The conversion, trials, godly life,

and happy death of Catechist

MADRAS AND SOUTH-INDIA MISSION.

Daniel, the first elder of the Re.

Labours among the Slaves of Tra-

formed Protestant Dutch Church

vancore . . . . . . . .

in Vellur . . . . . . .31, 46

Spiritual work in the Tinnevelly Discoveries in South Central Africa 33, 43

District . . . . . . . .

An Indian Mother's lament . : 36

Conversions connected with the Japan (with a Cut) . . .

educational work in Tinnevelly, New Mission to Bulgaria ...

and trials of the young converts Luther's Psalm . . . . .
Mission labour among the Slaves Heathen Temples, Japan (with a
of Travancore, at the out-station

a Cut). . . . . . . . .
of Thallawadi .... 92 Porcelain Tower, Nanking . . .

“Beyond their power they were The Hindu Mother's teaching. ..

willing". . . . . . . .

114 || Mode of taking elephants in

The Koy people on the Godavery. 114 || Southern Guinea (with a Cut). 73

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CONTEXTS.

Hope for Turkey .... . .
Tidings from the American Mis-

sionaries in Persia . . . . . The tribes of Southern Guinea

(with a Cat). . . . . . . New Mission in Lahál, Western

Himalaya. . . . . . . .
A picture of Egypt-Alexandria,
Kapem (with a Cut) . . . . .
New Missions to Central Africa.
The Gospel Rejected. . . . .
Canton-Yeh and his Cruelties
The Karen Mission . . . . .
American Testimony to the Open-

ings for usefulness at Constanti

nople . . . . . . . . . The French and Siamese treaty

82 Arab and Camels (with a Cut! . . 109

Dr. Livingstone on the capabilities 83 of East Africa .... 110

New bopes that bloom around the 85 martyr's grave . . . . . .

The Zusos. . . . .. . 91 The History of the conversion of a 95 Burmese gentleman, his wife, 97 and three other Burmese, at 95 Rangoon ........ 127 101 Helsingfors, Finland - Contrast be103 iween Greek and Protestant 105 worship . . . . . . . .

" A sensitive vital organ . . . . 131

Dakota gods – An important change 132 107 Nepaul (with a Cut). . . . . 133 108

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Church Missionary School, Peshawur .
“I crept like a thief into my new and strange quarters .
Wai Aniwaniwa (Water Rainbow) Fall on the Kerikeri, New

Zealand . . . . . . . . . .
Women of Simoda, Japan
Temple at Yoku-bama, Japan . . . . . .
Scene at Mírut, North India
Elephant hunting in Southern Guinea
Mission Station of the American Presbyterian Board on

Gabún, West Africa . .
A Kenemma chief

97
Arabs and Camels .

109 Bridge at Delhi, leading to the Mogul's Palace, from the Agra road 121 Travelling in Nepaul . . . . . . . . 133

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