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THE CLOUD OF WITNESSES.
Do they, indeed, surround our path, the high,
The holy ones, the spirits whom we call
Departed, are they often by our side,
At golden morn, or in the still, deep night!
They who have wash'd their robes, once all impure,
White in atoning blood, who walk on high
The sapphire streets of heaven, and with sweet voices
Join in celestial song—do they come down,
From thrones and palaces of light, to linger
Invisible, 'mid scenes of former love?
Or from celestial hills look down to view
The homes that ence were theirs' of this dim earth?
Yes; they do mark our footsteps, as we glide
On to their happy bowers, oil 1 when we turn,
And look with eyes of fondness on the world—
The world of vanity—they pity us,
And wonder how wc can, how once they could,
Bestow such love on its poor transient shades!
Perchance into our softening hearts they whisper
Some talc of real joy, or picture fair.
To our minds' eye, some scene of other lands,
To win us back to heaven; and then their task,
Their holy task, fulfilled, they spread their wings.
And, swifter than a sunbeam, dart again
Up to its blessed shores. But when they mark
The beings whom they loved as their own souls,
With steady foot, and heavenward gazing eve,
Their upward course pursuing, gladness thrills
Even through their happy bosoms.
Not alone Do human spirits hover round thi3 earth,— Angelic creatures, all unseen, are walking Amid our dwellings oft; their holy footsteps From many a peril guard us, and their eyes Behold our conduct. Oh I how strange they think it That beings, with immortal souls like ours, Should idly waste their energies sublime On poorest trifles, and forget the prize Of everlasting joy, to hunt some bauble, Some very vanity! How they admire The riches of that wisdom infinite, And boundless love, that at so high a cost Reclaimed such wretched creatures from their choice, And freely gave them holiness and heaven! But think, my soul, of Him, that higher witness, Who ever compasseth thy path, whose eye Surveys thine inmost thoughts, and penetrates The dark recesses of thy deepest heart, Thy Saviour and thy Judge! Oh let his presence Dwell on thy ever, ever wakeful consciousness I
METRICAL VERSION OF HEBREWS XII. 18 29.
Bv The Rev. Alexander S. Patterson*.
Ye have not reach'd that threatening form,
The burning mount of fear;
And words so dire to hear.
Wild scenes, and terrible! But now,
Wc Zion's heights have found,—
And countless angels round
The assembled saints of earliest birth,
(A Church enroll'd in Heaven;)
Untainted have been given,—
Consistency commands Respect William Bedell, Bishop
of Kilmore in Ireland, was one of the most celebrated men in that country in the seventeenth century. The blameless character of his deportment corresponded frith his piety, and his diligence in the discharge of the funttions of his office was equalled by his general benevo. lence. When the rebellion broke out, the respect whics was entertained for him by the ruthless and fruiDc savages, whose will for the time was law, and whose brutality was unrestrained by government, prevented him from feeling the effects of their fury. In the »W« county of Cavan, his was the only bouse which m un violated, notwithstanding that its outbuildings, the church, and the church-yard, were filled with peflffe, who had taken refuge beneath the shelter of bis influeset and name. At length, principally in consequence of tk machinations of a Popish prelate, an order came frn the rebel council of state at Kilkenny, requiring bin* dismiss the multitude who had surrounded him. Tk), however, he positively refused to do, declaring thuk was determined at all hazards to share their fate. Vft* it was intimated to him, that if this were his resolution. the messengers had orders to remove him to prison, it replied, "Here I am, the Lord <io unto me as see*** good to him; the will of the Lord be done.'' I*** castle to which with many others he was taken, hrslministered the ordinances of religion to his fehlo*-fisoners; and rude, barbarous, and unrelenting si wW his guards, they never disturbed him in his hallowed employ, and repeatedly told him that the sole reason of his confinement was that he was an Englishman. Aft« having suffered this imprisonment for only three vreeb, he was liberated, and soon afterwards died ia the ho** of a clergyman, whose name was Sheridan.
A Hearer The Rev. Mr Erskine mendow'sifc*
which may afford a very useful hint to every hearttoi the Gospel. A person who had been to public ship, having returned home perhaps somewhat' than usual, was asked, by another member of the ly who had not been there, " Is all done ?"' replied he, "all is saiJ ; but all is not done little is commonly done of all that is beard! are they that hear the Word of God and keep it-'
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SCOTTISH CHRISTIAN HERALD,
CONDUCTED UNDER THE SUPERINTENDENCE OP MINISTERS AND MEMBERS OF
THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH,
THE SCOTTISH EMIGRANT..
By Thb Ret. George Bitrns, D. D.,
Minister of Tweedsmuir.
It is indeed matter of high congratulation that the sympathies of our National Church have at length been awakened in behalf of her children, scattered throughout our transatlantic territories, and that a call is in course of being addressed from all her pulpits, to the people of this country, to give as God has prospered them, for the relief of that spiritual destitntion which these wandering sheep of our Israel are? doomed to experience. The case is one of the strongest and most affecting that has ever been submitted to Scottish patriotism, and Christian benevolence. I say Scottish patriotism, for every one who is truly animated by that generous emotion, (and where is the Scotsman whose breast does not beat high with the love of country ?) every one who is truly animated by feelings of genuine patriotism, must long to witness the most valuable institutions of his native land fixing their roots and rearing their heads in every country under heaven. I said also Christian benevolence, for where is there a human being, -whose bosom glows with but one spark of that heaven-descended principle, who can contemplate thousands and tens of thousands of immortal creatures "perishing for lack of knowledge," even within the territories and dependencies of a country called Christian, and yet whose ey« fails to affect his heart? I am well aware that there are many readers, with high claims to sound intelligence, if not to religious feeling, ■who would be particularly pleased were I to enter into a detail of the comparative advantages and disadvantages attendant on emigration to the British North American Colonies; to point out their natural capabilities and commercial relations; to descant on the geography and natural history of the country at large, together with the peculiarities of its cities, towns, and hamlets; to exhibit, in glowing colours, the rivers and the lakes, the forests and the valleys which diversify its surface; and, in fine, to depict the dress, habits, and general aspect of the Indian aborigines, and the native population. But a subject greater than all these is to engage our attention, and though the writer might be supposed in some measure qualified for such disquisitions, in consequence of a long residence in one of the most prominent cities and flourishing provinces of that interesting land, yet he is disposed to estimate the value of his opportunities chiefly from the local knowledge which they enabled him to acquire of the moral and spiritual circumstances of our countrymen there, and the testimony which they have thus enabled him to bear as to that "famine of the Word of God," which prevails almost throughout the whole land of their adoption. For the support of a few common schools a small legislative
provision has been made, in addition to the efforts of the people in erecting school-houses, and affording a certain scanty maintenance for the teachers, who are generally of the very humblest pretensions, but with the exception of an inconsiderable, temporary, and precarious annual allowance from Government to certain Presbyterian ministers in the Canadas,—to one in Nova Scotia and one in New Brunswick,—nothing whatever is granted from the public funds for the support of religion in its purest form, throughout the length and breadth of British North Ameriea. And when we think of the straitened circumstances which most frequently compel our countrymen to emigrate; the utter destitution in which they are generally landed on a foreign shore, after defraying the expenses of the voyage, (if not bound, as a large proportion commonly are, to do work for their passage, after their arrival;) the indescribable hardships and privations to which they are subjected in making a mere opening in the vast wilderness, and then rearing even n miserable but for themselves and those consigned to their care; the awful separation made between the different settlements by the interminable forests, rendering unity of exertion altogether impossible, though the means of supporting the Gospel were the result of their combined operations, and occasioning the necessity for such a multiplicity of ministers and catechists to accomplish even a tithe of what we are accustomed to in this highly favoured land, as is quite sufficient to demonstrate the utter hopelessness of the attempt; and, in fine, when we consider that in most cases a mere sulisistence, by the productions of the soil, is all that these hapless wanderers realise during the better half of their lives, if indeed they ever get beyond it at all, how are those to be supported who are employed in guiding their steps to "the better country, that is an heavenly?" It is required of those who are "put in trust with the ministry," to "give themselves wholly to the work," but how can they do so if, from the work, they derive no means of subsistence? And bow can they carry on any other occupation for a livelihood, when, from the beginning to the close of every week, they must be travelling from one clearing in the wood to another, answering the calls of those who are looking to them for spiritual sustenance, and, in the accomplishment of their arduous but godlike undertaking, often experiencing what the great apostle of the Gentiles was doomed to encounter in the prosecution of his ministry, "in journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren. In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness." In our colonies indeed, as well as throughout the United States, there are many itinerating preachers of different sects, or of no sect at all, who are literally "hewers of wood and drawers of water," eking out the bare subsistence gained by the labour of their hands during the week, by the scanty pittance contributed at the close of their Sabbath services, who have all the poverty of the apostles, with few of their more attractive and valuable qualities, who have it not in their power to exercise any pastoral superintendence at all, even though they had both the will and the capacity to do so, acceptably as well as beneficially. Nay, there are many regularly ordained Presbyterian ministers in these regions of the West, who, as soon as their circumstances admit of it, betake themselves to agricultural or other pursuits in the first instance, to make up the deficiency of the inadequate and ill-paid remuneration promised them for their professional labours, but with the determination, at the same time, that, eventually, they will give themselves wholly to their farms or their merchandise, when these begin to yield them a return commensurate with their wants Now, is it to be supposed that persons in these harassing Biid secularising circumstances can find their minds in a condition for spiritual duties, or that those who attend on their Sabbath ministrations can expect to enjoy the pleasure and advantage of their week-day counsels? Can such a ministry be respectable or efficient, or really valuable? And is it to be wondered at, that while the love of many waxeth cold, their free-will offerings should gradually become few in number and trilling in amount, and that the labourers in the vineyard being unable, from the disadvantages inseparaole from their situation, to " make full proof of their ministry," should hasten to make their escape from all the fearful responsibilities of the sacred office9 Thus it happens, that in the midst of all that life and energy which are conspicuous in the new settlements the goodly plant of Christianity has taken no root, and is withering and dying for want of nourishment. But this is to be viewed as the bright side of me picture: here something has been done to secure the blessings of a Gospel ministry, and an oasis may be descried in the vast and gloomy wilderness. How hard, then, must be the fate of the Scottish emigrant who has removed from the full light of religious institutions, with which the land of his birth is so signally blest, to that deep and unbroken wilderness of heathenism, of which the physical condition of his adopted country presents so apt and striking an emblem! And yet, alas.I how many abandon the one without a sigh, and plunge into the other without a murmur or complaint 1 Their case is the more deplornbli: that they nre themselves unconscious of its wretchedness. The world at best is their grand object of attraction; for its sake they have left behind them the country of their fathers, and to secure its good things they regard us worthy of their best energies and unwearied efforts. Far be it from us to blame them for their industry, their contentment with the lot assigned them, and the cheerfulness with which they set themselves to the task of redeeming a portion of land from the forest which has waved over it from the era of the great Hood. 13ut why this insensibility to their spiritual privations? That men compelled, for a length of tune, to live without religious ordinances, should, through habit, become, in the end, reconciled to the want of thcin, is too easily conceived, as it is too frequently realised; and, hence, a fatal indifference can number among its victims a far larger proportion of our expatriated countrymen than open and avowed infidelity itself. This is, unquestionably, one of the gloomiest aspects in which their case can be contemplated. They are living in the pleasure of apathy, (if pleasure it call be called,) and " they are dead while they live." And shall no eiforts be put forth by their Christian "kinsmen according to the flesh," to disturb that false tranquillity, to break that stillness which portends a coming storm, to arouse from that lethargy which is the pre
lude of " the second death?" But, blessed be God, there are multitudes who have not thus "forgotten their first love," who find " nought that can comperaate for the calm and beauteous lustre which they left behisi them in the abode of domestic piety;" who "look lack through the dim and distant recollection of many years, to the days of their cherished and well-taught boyhood;" who bear in mournfully pleasing remembrance, "tbe solemnity of a father's parting voice, and all the tenderness of a mother's prayers." And how is the heaven'.; flame to be fanned? How are the sacred impressiu:.* to be revived and perpetuated? What is there in the land of their exile to-cause those things, which belon; to " the new man," to live and grow in the soul? The sound of the axe may ring through the forest; [:..■ plough may pierce the sod which had before been undisturbed, save by the hunter's tread; the streams mar be pent up in their narrow beds, and powers, not their own, given them to turn the mill-wheel, and afford nourishment and protection to man; villages, and towns, and cities may spring up and flourish; but while the smoke is seen arising from many a domestic hearth, where, alas I are the altars? Where is the village spire pointing to heaven, and telling the distant traveller that he is approaching the abode of Christian, as well as of civilized man? The Sabbath returns, but where are its wonted joys? No temple, no missionary of salvation, no songs of Zion to usher in that blessed day. The wind is heard roaring among the trees which sarround the humble dwelling, but no voice of devotion ascends to heaven, except it be in the sighs and whispers of a broken heart. In such a scene the description of our justly admired Christian poet is fully realised.
"But the sound of the church-going bell
And those who retain any " love for the habitation of God's house," and were accustomed, in the days that are gone, to join the Psalmist's declaration, " I wssgW when they said unto me, let us go into the hou«eof ifce Lord," are ready to "hang their harps upon the willows and to weep when they remember Zion."
In the first generation religion wears itself away hy a gradual decline; in the second it is scarcely known to have existed. As the population increases, therefore, the prospect is shrouded in a more portenwi; gloom, and there is great danger that unless some immediate and extraordinary efforts are made by the pious and benevolent in this and other Christian countries, those who have gone out from amongst us wiU,_with their children and descendants, freed from all Chrutar. restraints, become a nation of heathens, a race daily ripening to be outcasts from God. If so much ii doutf in this age of missionary zeal, for those in the dart places of the earth, with whom we are connected o&.r as being members of the great family of mankind, su-7'! our countrymen and fellow-subject* ought not tot* neglected, merely because they are separated from >-< parent isle by the waters of tie western main. God forbid that we should give utterance to a single SB"0ment, tending to damp the ardour of Christian feefc*. which has given birth, in our age and country, to » many associations for ameliorating the condition « Pagan and idolatrous nations, but surely it may ^ safely affirmed, that next to those immediately witui the sphere of our personal and individual channfi and which strictly come under tbe designation of if*-' objects, the Scottish emigrant to our possessions sbrc*. has the strongest claim on the intercession of your pr>? ers, the benefit of your contributions, of your etuis' ened Christian efforts. "Listen, for a moment, to * silent, but not unmeaning, eloquence with whirlK circumstances of their lot plead in behalf of the**1 Christian brethren. They bear in cointnin mri 5B' selves a name which all hold dear, the name of Scotsmen; like us, they are the children of the same favoured land, though, unlike us, compelled by less prosperous fortunes to seek in a foreign clime an unwilling exile; their fathers, together with ours, trod the soil we now inherit, and mingled, perhaps, each others blood in defence of its religion and its laws; like us, they are the children of sires who were the fathers of tie Covenant, whose voices rose in the suppliant hymn, whose bosoms braved the battle's strife in those fields of conflict, which, in a former age, sealed with blood the charter of Scotland's faith and freedom. They appeal to us, moreover, as members of our National Church; they are not only, like ourselves, children of the same land, but they are worshippers at the same altar. The faith which they profess, is the faith of our Israel; the songs of praise in which they join, are the songs of our Zion. However strong the claims which the natives of heathen lands have upon us, they cannot be stronger than those of our expatriated countrymen; the former, however pitiable their state, can never experience that pang of sorrow, which gives to destitution half its bitterness; they cannot feel, that what they now have not was once their own. But to these outcasts of our Church, this thought must recur with painful frequency; and when in the distant land of their exile, they call to remembrance these high and holy privileges of their birthright, which now unwillingly and guiltlessly they have forfeited, has not the sorrow to which that recollection must give birth, a stronger claim on our sympathy than even the silent gloom of darkest Pagan land." As distance from home has a tendency to call forth into more lively exercise the feelings of patriotism, and to rivet attachment to national customs, national language, and national music, so it strengthens attachment to national institutions. And without being chargeable with injustice towards those who really remain under the influence of right religious principle, whatever may be their changes in respect of place, 1 may affirm, that, in general, love of country has the effect of creating a partiality for the religion of their fathers, in the minds of those who are strangers to higher and nobler principles of regard. Many who are altogether careless and indifferent about real Christianity, manifest an inextinguishable affection /or the religious forms and usages of the father-land; and not a few of those who were in the way of attending public worship, from habit or custom, and without at all appreciating the boon of weekly Christian instruc-' tion, while in this country, where the want of such a privilege is not felt, have been distinguished as leaders in carrying forward measures for securing the same privilege to themselves and their countrymen in other lands. There is, in short, a stronger predisposition for the reception of Christian truth, through the medium of the accredited representatives of onr Church in foreiirn lands, than there is at home,—a circumstance which should act as a powerful stimulant to us all in our endeavours to supply, with faithful labourers, such remote and destitute parts of the vineyard. And O could I describe the intensity of delight with which the Scottish emigrant hears of the arrival of a Scottish minister, and the rapidity with which the tidings of a promised visit from such a quarter are spread through the widely scattered settlements; the warmth of affection with which we are received into the dwellings of these aliens from the land of their nativity; the assemblies of such humble worshippers in the woods and wilds "full °f life and interest, eyes moistened and glistening with varied emotions," you would rejoice in an opportunity of contributing to secure for them such high gratification and invaluable privileges. You would account no cruelty equal to that of disregarding the voice which addresses from the wilderness afar these imploring accents, " Come over and help us 1" Little did many of them know of the same excitement, when
the light and the blessings of the Gospel were poured around them in rich abundance in the land of their fathers ; but now, having known the. heart of a stranger, and an exile from all that a Christian holds dearesi upon earth, they appreciate the value of these advantages, which they could not rightly estimate till deprived of them, they hail with rapture every ray of heavenly light which dawns upon their minds, and chequers mid relieves the grim solitude of the desert. Would any of you be willing to exchange situations with them? and to exile yourselves from all that is peculiar, and cheering, and elevating, in Christian lands, that you might live amid the horrors of a "darkness that might be felt," and die unblest by a single visit from a messenger of peace? How woidd you feel were their circumstances your own? Were you doomed to spend silent Sabbaths, having no living voice to warn you of "the things which belong to your peace," no ambassador of heaven dispensing to you the bread and the water of life? By contrast, then, be taught the value of your Christian privileges, that you may, at the same time, learn rightly to estimate the extent of the Scottish emigrant's loss, and deeply to share in the sympathies and exertions of those who are employed in providing the means of his relief. Those who go forth as heralds of the cross to so interesting a field of labour, must make great sacrifices, and " endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ." They must abandon their friends and country, and choicest privileges, and most encouraging prospects, and commence their mission at a vast sacrifice. They must brave the fury of the elements, and toil, and study, and labour in season and out of season, and "preach the unsearchable riches of Christ," amid privations and hardships numerous and severe. And shall not ice, who continue to enjoy the comforts of home, give them a place in our best affections, and do what we can to alleviate the pangs of separation, and to brighten those prospects which are so gloomy and appalling to nature? Are not Churches and Societies bound to make strenuous efforts and costly sacrifices, not only to augment the pecuniary resources of tho?e who have embarked in the glorious enterprise, but also to advance religion at home, that the fountain of Christian benevolence may rise higher and send forth more copious streams, that the number and piety of the missionaries may be greatly increased, and that thus a noble army may be enlisted to storm the strongholds of Paganism, and cause the banner of Zion's King to wave in the remotest dependencies of the empire? While the cause which has now been pleaded is the cause of God and of human happiness, it must commend itself to every liberal and enlightened Christian; it must find an advocate in the breast of every true philanthropist.
Br THE LATE REV. JOHN Brown PATTERSON, A.M., Minister of Falkirk.
(Continued from page 684.^
"After that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep," &c John xi. 11-23.
Orm Lord having1 thus encouraged his disciples to expect that the journey to Judea, which excited, in their bosoms, such alarm, would turn out to "the furtherance of their faith,"—would contribute to their spiritual improvement, and to their ultimate salvation, invites them to dismiss their fears, and presently address themselves to the way; "neTertheless let us go unto him."
Perceiving, therefore, that their Master was thoroughly and finally resolved to confront the peril, the disciples at length make up their minds, deadly as seemed the hazard, to meet it in his company. The first to express his sentiments upon the subject, we are told, was "Thomas, who is called Didymu6,"—these two names, the one of which is Syriac and the other Greek, both having the same signification, that is, the twin. You have similar examples of the permutation of the two languages I have referred to, among the Jews of this era, in the proper names and designations of individuals, in the interchangeable use of such appellations as Cephas and Peter, that is, the rock; Tabitha and Dorcas, that is, the antelope; Messiah and Christ, that is the anointed. This disciple, then, whose character, as expressed in the few brief anecdotes recorded of him, seems to have been marked by a certain unsusceptibility of persuasion and pertinacity of opinion, exceeding the limits of rational and proper firmness, shows something of his characteristic obstinacy even in exhorting his brethren to comply with their Lord's injunction—" Thomas saith unto them, Let us also go and die with him,"—words, on which, I fear, we cannot put a more favourable sense than this: If it must be so, if our Master i3 determined to rush upon apparently inevitable death, we must not, we cannot desert him, though we should be dragged to slaughter in his society. The spirit of the remark, if we have rightly caught it, you will observe, is partly commendable, and partly the reverse. It is commendable, and to be imitated, in so far as it breathes such an intense attachment to the Saviour's person, and such a resolute determination to share his fate, as vanquished even the terrors of expected death. It is, on the other hand, to be blamed and avoided, in so far as it seems to intimate a lurking sentiment of dissatisfaction with Christ's command, as one that made too little allowance for the feelings and the safety of his followers,—a prescription which, since it had been issued and insisted on, it was proper and morally necessary to obey, but which human nature could not help feeling to be, in some measure, harsh and arbitrary,—an injunction which, while of authority to commend the conduct, was not so apparently right and reasonable as to commend itself to the heart. Alas! my brethren, how much of our professed and overt obedience to Christ's law is tainted and polluted with this spirit of secret dislike and disapproval! How often, when we are impelled to what is right, or deterred from what is wrong, and that too from a higher principle than the mere dread of consequences, by a sense of duty and moral obligation, is there, nevertheless, a secret, low-voiced murmur at the strictness and the rigour of the Christian law, expressed, if not in the matter of our actions, yet in their manner,—if not in the direct import of our words, yet in their accent and their tones,—or, if neither in uttered word nor in overt act, yet in hidden thoughts and stifled emotions! That Christian does, we readily confess, to a certain extent act well and creditably, who, in any cuse in which he feels his desires thus
warring with his duties, compels the former to give way to the bitter,—whose conscience extorts obedience from a shrinking and recoiling heart.—»ho manfully puts his neck beneath the Master's yoke, and submits his shoulder to the Master's burden, when, if he allowed the nature, yet alive within him, to speak, it would pronounce these the reverse of easy, the reverse of light. Yet SEch obedience, though infinitely to be preferred to direct rebellion, is plainly very imperfect, very corrupt, very little accordant with the spirit of the Christian dispensation, one great aim of which is to turn our duty into our delight,—to attract us to the keeping of God's commandments, by "the cords of love and the bands of a man,''—to put an end to that fatal and intestine war which passion has so long maintained with conscience, and, by bringing these two into harmony, making them move in one direction, changing them from contending into co-operating forces, to render obedience at once more tranquil and more vigorous, and " enlarge the heart to run in the way of God's commandments." Let us labour, my brethren, more and more to acquire and to exemplify that spirit of uncomplaining, unmurmuring, approving, and delighted compliance with Christ's precepts, and submission to Christ's appointments; that habit of counting "all his commandments, concerning all things, to be right," and of " delighling in the law of God, after the inward ma*' which shall prepare us even, should we require t. to follow him to prison and to death, "with a perfect heart and with a willing mind j" ready to suffer for him the loss of all things; yea, '' «"'• counting our own lives dear unto ourselves," if » we may express to him our honour and our low; and, with all the faith, and affection, and fortitude of Didymus, without the alloy, by which they were tainted, of reluctance and secret murmuring to say, "Let us also go and die with him. For " it is a faithful saying, if we die with hiai, we shall also live with him; if we suffer will him, we shall also reign with him; if we A*1: him, he also will deny us; if we believe not, t* abideth faithful, he cannot deny himself."
The sentiments of the other disciples seem w have coincided with those of Thomas, at le-» they did not venture to propose any farther objeftion, but, with hearts distracted between hope «w fear, accompanied their Master, as lie set out towards the guilty city—the murderer of the J*0" phets, the stoner of those who had been sen. '. her—whose bad pre-eminence was, "It cannot be that a prophet should perish out of JerusalemAfter a journey, rich in. important and interests? occurrences, some of which have been recorded by the other evangelists, they reached the neighboC" hood of Bethany, a village in the immediate acuity of the metropolis, or, as the evangelist sta* the distance a little more minutely, " nigh u^ Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off." In ^ village he had left, on last retiring- from Jnd*1 holy and beloved family, a brother and two s^5* flourishing in health and strength, and muA»lf*»