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no tongue created, either of man or to realise the surprise of a soul entering angel, can express the same; no imagi- | heaven, he says, “If a poor man that nation conceive, no understanding com- were out of his way, wandering alone prehend it.” They will see the “beauty | upon the mountains in the midst of a of his holiness, the splendour and bright dark and tempestuous night, far from ness of his understanding, the largeness company, destitute of money, beaten of his love, his uncorrupted justice, his with rain, terrified with thunder, stiff unexhausted goodness, his immoveable with cold, wearied out with labour, altruth, his uncontrollable power.” “O most famished with hunger and thirst, kingdom of everlasting bliss, where and near brought to despair with mul. thou, O Lord, the hope of all thy saints, titude of miseries, should, upon the sudart, and the diadem of their perpetual den, in the twinkling of an eye, be glory, rejoicing them on every side with placed in a goodly, large, and rich palace, thy blessed sight! In this kingdom of furnished with all kinds of clear lights, thine there is infinite joy and mirth warm fire, sweet smells, dainty meats, without sadness; health without sor soft beds, pleasant music, fine apparel, row; life without labour; light without and honourable company,—all prepared darkness; felicity without abatement; | for him, and attending his coming, to all goodness without any evil; where serve him, to honour him, and to anoint youth flourisheth, that never waxeth and crown him a king for ever,—what old; life that knoweth no end, beauty would this poor man do? How would he that never faileth, love that never cool. look ? What could he say? Surely, I eth, health that never diminisheth, joy think he could say nothing, but rather that never ceaseth! where sorrow is would weep in silence for joy, his heart never felt, complaint is never heard, being not able to contain the sudden matter of sadness is never seen, nor evil and exceeding greatness thereof." success is ever feared : for that they pos. | What was the impression of language sess Thee (0 Lord) which art the per- like this on the young mind of Baxter? fection of their felicity!" Endeavouring
NINE DAYS FROM HOME.
| religious profit when from home, which I 30th August, 1849.
richly enjoyed among our Great Yarmouib
friends. MY DEAR DOCTOR, - You have always
I am, my dear Doctor, urged much on your “ Trevor” members that
Very affectionately yours, in their summer country sojourning they
A MEMBER OF TREVOR CHAPEL, should be very circumspect, and guard well
BROMPTOX. their Christian character, rather helping for The Rev. J. Morison, D.D., LL.D. ward any cause into juxta-position with which Providence may place them, than using their relaxation from business as an excuse
LEAVING London Bridge by the for folly, if not worse.
steamer, we rapidly went down the As a result of your suggestions, I have en-| river, and, passivg Gravesend and deavoured to spend nine days of release from
Southend, we gained the open sea. We my duties, at any rate, to my own edification ; and having been much delighted with
were not long on the ocean before the what I witnessed at Great Yarmouth, here- | northern swell rolled upon our shir, with send you a few fragments of my itinerary. causing some very considerable lurchI trust you will deem them worthy of the Evang:ical Magazine; and that my observa
ings, and utterly disturbing the pretions inay lead other professing disciples of vious self-complacence of the majoritt the Lord Jesus to seek the same amount of of the voyageurs: quite a sensation
ensued, and the passengers assumed | ings into “rows" or alleys, Yarmouth various outrè positions in the cabins has an indigenous vehicle, almost and at the sides of the steamer. For antique enough to belong to the age those who are good sailors, the voyage of the Trojan war, which can be driven to Yarmouth is most delightful; but for up these "rows;"—in simplicity of conthose whose stomachs rebel at the in- | struction it resembles the ancient subordinate movements of the sea, I chariots used in the Olympic Games, certainly cannot counsel a sail up the excepting that the wheels are under northern ocean. After seventeen hours | the body of the vehicle, so that it is of rolling, pitching, tossing, and heav- , impossible to run against anything. ing, we passed Lowestoft and neared These aboriginal cars are driven with the pier at the mouth of the Yare: great facility, and convey a large steaming through the channels mid the | amount of goods : helter Skelter the sands, we rounded into the river, and | horses gallop up the rows, the good turned our backs on the turbulent waves folks flying for refuge to the door-steps, of the sea. Immediately, as if touched and behind the posts, while the driver by a magician's wand, the decks were stands just like the charioteer of old, alive with passengers; the miserable encouraging his Pegasus with ungentle cabin folks came up the companion, thwacks, and making the "boulders” the many who had, during hours of sparkle with flashes of fire. unmitigated sea-sickness, clung with Yarmouth possesses a great interest tenacious gripe to the sides of the ship, in relation to the cause of religion; released their hold, and all mingled in many eminent Nonconformists have an undistinguished crowd; and al shoue there. Situated on the extreme though pallid faces, shzunken cheeks, of our eastern coast, it is intimately and shivering forms, told of the weary associated with the escape of our hours spent in miserable penance, yet “ Pilgrim Fathers” to their homes at all cheered up, and many a ghastly | Leyden and America. It was in 1639 effort to smile assured us that the ad. (if I remember correctly) that a ship venturous owners of delicate or bilious cargoed with these goodly emigrants systems judged their sorrows at an end. | was driven into the "Yarmouth Roads"
Great Yarmouth is a singularly built for shelter: during the height of the town of some antiquity; it has 30,000 storm, thousands of inhabitants collected inhabitants, is almost surrounded by on the sands, near the spot where the salt water, enjoys the questionable “ hospital” is erected, to witness the privilege of many “high church” dangers of the despised Nonconformists ministers, and sereral devoted congre- | as the ship which contained them, held gationalist ministers: indeed Noncon- | by the bower-anchor only, heaved and formists in Yarmouth are held in high plunged amidst the gale. Many would esteem. A descendant of Dr. Watts' have offered assistance, but the orthodox amanuensis resides here; the family, great man of the town refused it, genuine Nonconformists, showed us saying, “The ship only had Puritans “his" writing table, and a bust taken on board, and their prayers must sare from the Doctor after death.
them.” And to make manifest that it Yarmouth has perhaps ball a-dozen was only bigotry, not inhumanity, he streets, and about 200 “rows,” which sent assistance to a fishing vessel intersect the town in parallel lines which was similarly perilled by the through its whole scattered extent; storm. But He who controls the each row is a passage from street to surges of the angry deep heard their street, about five feet wide: and to ineet / cries; by those on shore the pastors this singular arrangement of the build could be seen, with the crew and the women and children, appealing to two Sabbath days I visited the schools heaven for that mercy which man of the congregational church under the denied them. The anchor held fast, care of the Rev. Mr. Russel. In order, the winds were hushed, and the gallant quietness, and attention, I have never ship soon rode in safety. Such in seen them surpassed. There are cidents as these may have told much scholars of many grades in society in on the public mind of Yarmouth, and these institutions, and of all ages. have handed down the spirit of appro. Sabbath-schools in Yarmouth hare bation with which "the people" there | made a great stride toward the middle now regard Nonconformity.
classes of the people. The teachers Garrianonum (where the gospel was also appear most of them to be of the preached in its purity 1200 years since) upper ranks in life, and the majority and Caistor are two relics of the Roman are gentlemen and ladies of mature authority near to Yarmouth. Many years, not youths. They have an exother Roman ruins also exist. The cellent superintendent (Mr. Fisher) Iceni dwelt in Norfolk, and our noble, who has succeeded in obtaining the Queen Boadicea here made her gallant co-operation of an enlightened and but unfortunate stand against her well-disciplined body of teachers. At country's oppressors. At the “ Broads" | the close of the school each teacher and "Meers” the solitary heron may conducts his class and her class to the be seen sailing majestically along, and street, whence they disperse, thus presoftly alighting in the shallow water, venting much of the noise attendant or on the sandy hillocks, to watch for upon many schools in the centre of the unwary fish. They add much to towns. the novelty of the scenery to a Lon In these schools there are about doner. About midway from the Yare's, two hundred and fifty children, and a mouth, and the town of Yarmouth, there servants' class of about six; a mothers' is a monument, said to be to Nelson, class of about seven; of girls, aged " which constitutes a good landmark for fifteen to twenty, about sixteen; lads, ships. During my sojourn a gentleman | aged ten to sisteen, about fifteen; who was unable to swim, in bathing | infants, about forty; a mothers' class suddenly lost his self-possession, having of about thirty-five, meeting once in a let go the rope, and was swept from the fortnight; and a fathers' class is proshallow water by the refluence of the
posed. rapidly receding tide. Two or threo There are also “ragged" or "mission waves washed him into the deep water, schools," as they are now designated, and lie became insensible; a person | in excellent order. who had just quitted the water, and Rewards of balfpenny and penny was standing at the door of his books or tracts are given monthly for machine, saw the imminent peril he good attendance. The older children was in, erery wave rolling him beneath are permitted to pass several good itself and farther out to sca; he in- | months, and then to receive the aggre. stantly flung himself desperately into gate worth in a larger and more useful the water, and notwithstanding it was volume. ebb tide, succeeded in bringing the The Rev. Mr. Coward delivered a drowning person to shore. I then saw most interesting address, the first practically the inestimable value of a Sabbath, on “ The Serpent and The knowledge of swimming. There is Dove," or to make it more intelligible not at present any “Humane Society" | to English children, “The Bee and at Great Yarmouth. I hope, however, the Butterfly." The second Sabbath, one will shortly be established. During an address was delivered full of anec
dotes, one of which I have penned. , future day, when the cloud which sin It was stated to be a very recent and | had rolled over him should, by his long painful "fact.” A youth, endowed and hard-wrought diligence, be wiped with many amiable qualities, in an away. Ah! how hard it is to recover evil hour was induced by a wicked com- | a lost character ! how easy is it to fall panion to steal: to avoid public into temptation! He returned from punishment he fled to sea, and sailed | another voyage, and cast anchor in a as an apprentice in a trading barque. dock at London, when sudden and He had long felt a secret desire to dangerous disease attacked him : for be a sailor : the tales of “Red Rovers," weeks his youth fought hard with the “ Pirates," and of the beautiful lands malady; kind and tender friends visited sailors visited, induced a great wish to him at the hospital, whithier he be one of them, that he might enjoy had been borne at midnight by his their fun and their pleasures. When, shipmates; but there, in shattered however, he got to sea, he found it a health, his efforts could but be weak different thing altogether, and he was for prayer and for pardon; his lip, pale not long“ before the mast" ere he and bloodless, quivered with agony of felt he had made a great mistake in mind, and the scalding tears rolled wishing to be a sailor for the jolly life down his weather-beaten cheeks unhe should lead: it was anything but checked. - Too feeble to hold the what he expected; the long, lonesome precious Bible, he loved, when his and dreary nights spent in a small weakness permitted him, to hear retrading barque, as it laboured over the peated its life-giving truths; and it was tempest-tossed ocean, induced deep and fondly hoped his prayer might be heartfelt repentance. The moaning answered, and that he might be spared winds, as they sighed through the rig to prove his character was redeemed, ging, or roared in impetuous fury upon and to adorn the remainder of his lifo the reefed sails and naked yards, and with the genuine fruits of Christian the desolation which will creep over | principle. But, alas ! such was not to childhood's heart wben away from home be; he bad sinned, and he was not to and among strangers, by the blessing shine again on earth with a virtuous of God confirmed his sorrowful con- name; the brightening hopes of a trition. But many a sad and dangerous widowed mother, and the tender love hour did this poor boy spend running / of an orphan sister, an
of an orphan sister, and his own up the rigging, and keeping his lonely, prayers for a longer grant of days, were cold, bleak pight watches aloft, when to be denied and withered. Yesterday everything was hushed to slumber but a letter reached my hand with the news the howling wind, the dashing waves, that he had died. Almost bis last and the heart-smitten sailor boy. Now | desire was to see me: to pour out, deeply did he suffer for one, and but with his dying breath, his feeble exone false step,-one sin against the laws | pressions of bitter unavailing sorrow of man. Two years were thus spent, for his sin, which had thus cut him off and the third was half gone; the world in his youthful prime. But he sleeps which had known his sin knew not of in the narrow grave, and you and I his repentance; two or three Christian shall meet poor - in that other friends, who wept over his fall, and world, spirits without bodies; shall it who had prayed for his restoration, | be a happier world with you and I ? shall knew it and rejoiced in it; but he it be a world of glory! glory! glory? longed to replace himself in the world's Oh! reflect I pray you upon his one esteem, to redeem his forfeited cha- sin, his long and bitter sorrow, and weep racter, and he looked forward to a with me over his early grave. VOL. XXVII.
The Yarmouth Congregationalists are whole county of Norfolk formed in a warm-hearted, earnest people, and I ancient times a group of islands. Local spent two happy Christian Sabbaths tradition represents the sea as having with them. I rejoiced in beholding formerly washed up as far as Norwich, their order and their prosperity, and and it was not until the eleventh left them with regret on the Monday, | century that the land on which having, I trust, derived some spiritual Yarmouth is built was wholly gained profit by my transient association with from the sea. them.
Some Christian friends, with the Notes.—“ Broads” or “ Meers” are | Mayor and Coroner, and other gentlelarge sheets of water, some being three men of influence in Yarmouth, hare miles long, and communicating with a consented to establish a “ Yarmouth river and the sea. Termed “Meers” Humane Society." Should this alone probably from “Mer," the French for be the fruit of my visit, I shall be gratesea; as doubtless they constituted a ful that even thus much has been part of the sea at an early period; effected during a few days' holiday in indeed, there is reason to think that the the summer.
OBSERVATIONS ON NATIONAL JUDGMENTS. How soon the lightning falls! | instances half the population of large And awful are its flash and fury:-
districts; and while we write, this withLet the land inquire, Why does it fall on us?
ering epidemic is among us, committing Nugar Canoree.
sad havoc among our people, our beThe subject of the present commu | loved countrymen,-leaving one place nication is deeply, indescribably solemn, for a time, then visiting another; or, if and requires to be contemplated under | remaining week after week, month after the influence of the most profound and | month, in one locality, its continuance serious emotions. It is a subject, too, is only marked by perpetually increasof the gravest importance, one which | ing anxiety, misery, and death. we cannot disregard, with which we Can we not, as a nation, see the hand cannot trifle, without committing al of God in all this? Is not the rod sent grievous sin. And, at the present time from heaven, and is it not uttering a especially, it is most appropriate and loud and fearful voice? “O earth, impressive. It comes home to us with earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord !" remarkable significance, and the warn- “Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel!" ing voice is uttered with unusual dis In recurring, concisely and seriously, tinctness, solemnity, and power.
to the subject, let us inquireWe have been suffering, as a nation, I. What is denoted by Divine judg. and still are, in common with multi-ments? And here we must discrimitudes in America and on the European nate. We must utter nothing that is Continent, from a fearful epidemic, | inaccurate or overcharged. On this which has raged with appalling fury, subject many ignorant, weak, and foolwhich has desolated towns and cities, / ish things are advanced, which we canwhich has introduced mourning and not too deeply regret. woe to thousands, and hundreds of We must by no means term every thousands of families, and which has accllent a judgment; & leg may be swept away one-third, and in several broken, a shoulder may be dislocated,