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hopeless wanderer is delivered up to me

lancholy: the chains of habit-are riveted · for ever; and melancholy, having tot"tured her prisoner for a time, consigns « him at last to the cruelty of despair." But let us arise and go hence ; let us leave the shocking scene ; let us never forget that the Christian life is a state of activity, that we are to strive, to run: and let us proceed to consider, in the

Second place, the qualifications necessary for our success, the discipline that must fit us for the race, that must enable us to go through it with vigour, and to finish it

with joy.

It was indispensably necessary that the candidates in the Grecian stadium should previously submit to a severe regimen, and preparatory exercises, regulated and directed by a number of illustrious persons, appointed daily to superintend them. Many passages from the ancient writers will occur to your memories. That of Epictetus per

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haps is most full and in point. You disc. “ would conquer at the Olympic games-“ You must conform to rules; submit to "a diet, refrain from dainties; exercise “ your body, whether you choose it or not, .." at a stated hour, in heat and cold. In a « word, you must give yourself up to your

master, as to a physician.” Thus the body was to be purified and lightened by strict temperance, braced by exercise, hardened by being inured to the changes of the atmosphere; when the day came, the afpirant was to be freed from such garments as might incumber or intangle him; and to observe the laws and rules reçited by the herald before the games began.

.: To us who are engaged in the Christian race St. Paul applies the first of these particulars in the words immediately folowing those of my text; " So run, that ye

may obtain.” If any alk, how, and in what manner? « He that striveth for the

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DIS.C. " mastery is temperate in all things." The

Apostle strengthens his precept by pro-
pofing his own example ; “I therefore fo
“ run, not as uncertainly"-- Our ws adrias
not as one unprepared to distinguish himself
in public, as one preluding only in private,
not yet trained and fitted for the conflict :
“ fo fight I, not as one that beateth the air,"
in a previous fictitious combat with mine
own shadow ; “but I keep under my body,"
UTWTIMEW, contundo, fugillo, I deal blows
in earnest, that do execution ; “ and bring
“it into subjection” douraywow, lead it cap-
tive with all it's appetites, obedient to my
better part, my mind; and all this I do,
« left that by any means, when I have
" preached to others," am 2015 xmpučas, pro-
claimed to others the laws and the rewards,
like the herald at the Olympic games,

myself Thould be a castaway” adoxijos disapproved; be rejected as unworthy; come off without honour and approbation.***

Nothing can be stronger or more forcible upon the subject than this passage. « He

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" that striveth for the mastery is temperate DISC. “ in all things.”. Otherwise, he will never strive long, or to any purpose, in the conflicts to which he is exposed. At all times and in all circumstances, “ the cor“ ruptible body in some degree presseth “ down the soul ;” how much more, when itself is oppressed with a load of meats and drinks! The time lost by fitting too long at the table is inatter of some consideration; but this is not all : the mind becomes indisposed towards any rational, manly, noble employment, for many hours afterward; perhaps, till the fumes of an intemperate meal shall have been carried off by a night's rest. When we are told that “ the people os fate down to eat and to drink,” the next information we receive concerning them is, that they “ rose up to play ;" to something trilling and frivolous, at beft; but, probably, to something much worse ; to something bafe and vicious, intemperance having awakened every other corrupt appetite and evil paffion dormant in the heart of man. Daily experience evinces the truth of what is

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There is no person who has not often perceived and lamented the difference he has found in himself, when cool and sprightly at one part of the day, and when heated and stupified at another. Believe it, and let it sink deep in your minds —" He that striveth for the mastery," either as an Academic, or a Christian, either in the prosecution of learning, or his advancement in religion, if he wishes to succeed, “ must be temperate in all things." It was not more necessary for a candidate in the Grecian games to be so, than it is for him. And if an Apostle of our Lord, one not a whit behind the chief of them, with all his gifts and graces, thought that, without a strict and constant adherence to this discipline, he was not safe, but after converting the nations, might hiinself be loft; what are we, that we expect by any other means to secure our salvation ? You have heard the words of the disciple; let me subjoin those of the Master—" Beware “ left at any time your hearts be overcharged," Bapurtwosv, made heavy, weigh

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