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out,' What must we do to be saved ?" Should it even be granted, though it certainly need not be granted, that these were extraordinary cases, yet, unless human nature, or our mode of preaching be essentially changed, I do not see why the same effects niay not be expected now. That his Lordship has witnessed none of these effects in his ministry, I can readily believe. Judging from the writings which have been ascribed to him, and especially from this Charge, I should imagine he possesses liitle of that fervent animated spirit ; and displays little of that direct, powerful appeal to the understanding and the heart, on which, under God, such effects depend. Å tame insipidity of preaching, which treats all mankind as good Christians; and merges, rather than exhibits, the grand peculiarities of the gospel, together with a gentlemanly pliancy of manners, and suttic,ent zeal against evangelical fanatics, may mount a man to an episcopal throne, in the absence of those powers which might have secured the approbation of an apostle, and have produced effects in which an apostle would not have been ashamed to have gloried.
[To be concluded in our next.]
HINT TO HEARERS. DIONYSIUS, of Sicily, being extremely delighted with a minstrel that gung well, and played admirably on the harp, promised to give him a great reward. This so encouraged the man, that it made him play still better : but when the music was done, and the man waited for the fulfil-. ment of the promise, the king dismissed himn empty, telling him, that he should carry away as much of the promised reward as himself did of the music ; and that he had paid him sufficiently with the pleasure of the promise for the pleasure of the music; both their ears had been equally delighted, and the profil just none at all. So it is with many people bearing sermons: they admire the preacher, and he pleases their ears; but deither of them get any good. The hearer forgets the sermon, and the preacher is little profited by unmeaning applause, while what he has said is not reduced to practice.
C. B, SCRIPTUR. ILLUSTRATED.
THE ASWAMEDIA JUG. This is an ancient Indian rite, in which a horse was brought and sacrificed, with some rites very similar to those prescribed in the Mosaic law. The horse so sacrificed, is in place of the sacrificer, bears his sins with him into the wilderness, into which he is turned adrift (for, from this particular instance, it seems that the sacrificing-knife was not always employed) and becomes the expiatory victim of those sins.' Mr. Halhed observes, that this ceremony remiuds us of the scapc-goal of the Israelites ; and, indeed, it is not the only one in which a particular coincidence be. tween the Hindoo and Mosaic systems of theology may be traced.
See Halhed's Prejace to the Code of Genļoo Laws, phen'
SERMONS TO YOUNG PEOPLE. The next class of books to which we shall direct the attention of our youn, readers, is one particularly devoted to their use : we mean Sermons, and other Serious Addresses to Young People. To notice the single sermons, and serinons in miscellaneous volumes designed for them, would be endless. We shall begin therefore with Mr. Henry's beautiful little work, on • 'The Pleasantness of a Religious Life ;' of which nearly 17.000 have been circulated by the Society for promoting Religious Knowledge among the Poor;'and we have the satisfaction to learn that an abstract of it, as a cheap Reward Book in Sunday - Schools, is just ready for publication. Every Christian must be glad to give circulation to sentiments so important, in language so engaging. Of similar character is a small volume by the excellent Dr. vavid Jennings, on The Beauty and Benefit of Early Piety ;' which contains sermons addressed to young people, on several successive New Year's Days.
Dr. . oddiiige published • Seven Sermons to Young Persons,' on several very interesting subjects, which have heen held in the highest esteein for many years; and these also are widely circulated by the society above referred to.
A few years since, the Rev. G. Jerment published a small volume of • Discourses on Early Piety,' which may be confidently recommended, both for the matter and the style. They are all founded on that striking precept of Solomon, · Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth ; and the preacher particularly states and answers the objections which young people are loo apt to raise against religion at their time of life.
Mr. Faucell's • Advice to Youth,' written before the preceding, and now in a sixth edition, is founded on the same passage of scripture; only, instead of being in distinct sermons, the book is thrown into sections, in the manner of a treatise. The style is good, and enriched with many striking poetical passages.
The Rev. Mr. i hornton has very recently added to the variety of our sermons to youth, · A Series of Plain Discourses,' as he calls them, but very sensible, judicious, and affectionate, on The Advantages of Early Piely;' the last of which will particularly interest our young female readers, as having been originally addressed to a boarding-school of Young Ladies.
Many of our readers would not perhaps excuse our omission of Dr. Haukir s• Paraclesis,' tho' not in the form of Sermons; but of• Letters from a Father to his children,' recommending spiritual religion as the only source of Consolation in a Dying Hour.' The very tender and affectionate strain of these epistles, makes them highly interesting to young minds; and it is hardly necessary to say of any of the Doctor's Works, that they abound with unction, and with evangelical truth.
Though, in these literary sketches we do not make Sunday-School books a primary object, it may not be unacceptable to point out a few works, under this department, peculiarly suited to them. At the head of these we may place. Twelve Addresses to Sunday-Schools,' by a Minister of the Gospel, whicb were actually delivered to a school of that kind at Cand must be highly interesting to such an auditory, as they enter into the sentiments and circumstances of youth in a peculiar manner. --- A mipiature volume of sermons, published by a Lady, possesses peculiar merit, in the chaste simplicity of style; and there is a companion volume, by Messrs. Burder, keader, Mason, &c. - Two small volumes of Sermons, by un they Lady, possess some merit; but they are less evangelical, and much dearer, than the former. - On the subject of Reward Books in geperal, we cannot pow enter, though we may find a future opportunity.
soul will be at rest. What a bless An Account of the Lord's gracious
ing to know God, and not to have Dealings with Mrs. SARAH PAYN
hiin to seek now! His word is my TER, lale of Denmark lill, Cam
life and my hope! he will not leave berwell, during her lait Illness.
me.' On Tuesday morning she sufShe departed this Life on Thurs,
fered much. One said, " Do you day, Dec. 20, 1810.
find yourself comfortable now?" Mrs. Paynter was called by di “No,' said she, “ not in this pain.' sine grace to the knowledge of the “ But you look for comfort from truth some years ago; and from above? · Yes, blessed be God, I that period she was preserved, by do! Blessed be his holy name for the power of God, in a course of this comfortable state of mind ! holy obedience to the divine will. he keeps me in peace.' Her pain Her faith was discovered in its increasing, she exclaimed, ' It will works; by these she was declared, not be long before I am released! in the sight of all who knew her, O Lord, dear Lord, come down and to be a child of God. She was at support me! What a mercy that I tacked by indisposition some time am not racked both in mind and previous to her lası fatal illness. body! Dear Lord, dear Jesus, I From that, however, it pleased God have this soft bed! to restore her. It was not expected • Coarse and hard my Saviour lay, that her continuance in this vale of When his birth plare was a stable, tears would be long; yet no one,
And his softest bed was hay!' even among her most intimate Referring to heaven, she said, friends, entertained the least idea "Yes, I shall be there, but I am of so sudden a removal as God was afraid to wish, lest it should not yet preparing for her. It was not until be the will of Christ. Upon hearing Wednesday, Dec. 12, that her life these beautiful lines, was thought to be in danger. Her • The soul that on Jesus has lean'd for illcess had then continued but a few
repose, days. On the following Lord's Day I will not, I will not desert to his foes: all hope of her restoration was given That'soul, who' all lleil should enceaup: her disorder was an uncon
vour 10 shake, querable obstruction. Her bodily I'll never, no never, no never forsake !" sufferings were very great ; but her She appeared in extacies. She said, reind was supported by the conso. • Blessed be God for such promises ! lations of the Holy Spirit. A few I have much to be thankful for. He of her remarks will be recorded. does not suffer the enemy to buffet May the Lord bless the record to me at all: he is kept at a distance the encouragement of his people's from me!' faith and hope in Christ Jesus ! On this day her minister (Dr. D.
On Sunday a friend addressed her of Camden Chapel) came in to visit thus :—*•You find Christ precious." her. lhe following conversation -0! yes ;' replied she, i can think passed between them: “'I trust of little else but bim now; he has you find that Christ is precious to made with me an everlasting cove your soul.' “ Yes, I do indeed, Bant, ordered in all things and sure; indeed i do, very precious !” • This upon this Kock my soui is fixed.'. is a blessed instance of the worth, as Os the following day it was observed well as the reality of our divine rel ber by one, Christ is all-sufii. ligion. “It is indeed: it is imposcient." She replied, : It is an un sible for any one to be carried more speakable mercy to belong to Christ! steadily through all my nights than I trust I have bad his presence! I the Lord has carried me!" • It is a have found him a prayer-hearing mercy that we have the grcat Friend and a prayer - answering God! I to look to. " Yes, I find it to be skall soon reach home, then my so. My sufferings are very great i
but our Redeemer also suffered ! minister, enclosing them both in Tes; what would have become of one of hers. She then lifted up ber me if he had not suffered for me! eyes to heaven, and appeared to be and what are my sufferings com- in fervent prayer; and also to ex. pared to his! Bless him!'
perience much inward delight. On the following day, her minis- She released the hand of her son, ter again visited hier: to whom she retaining that of the Doctor ; and said, I bave reason to thank him soon after, in sweet undisturbed se. for afflictions. Oh, bless him!' - renity, she gave up her spirit into She vas observed to be much fa- the hands of her Redecmer, with tigued by the exertion of conversa- whoin shę now dwells in the fulness tion. The 25th of Isaiah was read of everlasting joy. by Dr. D. he said, This is strong Her mortal remains were interred Language ? -- She replied, I think in the following weck at Bunhill the prophecy of Isaiah one of the Fields, by the Rev. Dr. D—, who finest in the Scriptures; this is my improved the solemn providenco strong food. Speaking of rivers of on Sunday evening, Dec. 30, 1810, waters, she observed, We drink of at Camden Chapel, in a funeral serthem for ever. Bless him, my dear mon froin Isaiah li. 6. Our dear Jcsus, my Lord, he will in his own bord is the saine yesterday, and totime, he has delivered me; blessed day, and for ever. He will be the be his pame! It will soon be over; support and refuge of all his people. I shall soon be home; oh, l!css him! They may not all of them go bome Yes, he is my support, and so may in joyful triumph; but every one every soul say that can lay hold on of them shall find, by happy expe. him and, with as much animation rience, that, however his heart and as her strength would allow, she ex- fåesh may fail
, God is the streugth of claimed,' A sinuer saved by grace: his heart, and his portion for ever. a sinner saved by the blood of the Lamb:'-Thus did the Lord support his dear servant. 0, reader, seek
MRS. SARAH HUBBARD this blessed Saviour wiihout delay, Was the wife of Mr. Zech. Hub. that he may be your support! Lard, of Taplow Mills, near Maiden.
On Thursday morning, her mi- head; after a month's illuess, ennister again called: she was lying dured with exemplary patience, she in the cold embrace of death; how- fell asleep in Jesus, Oci. 8, 1810, in ever, she was still able to speak a the 40th year of her age. The fol littic. Her heart was evidently full lowing extracts from a letler, adof Jesus and his great salvation. dressed to her sister, Miss Poule, She said, “ The first Adam,- the Se- dated Oct. 30, 1792, when she was cond Adam is mine: it is the re admitted a member at the Tabercond Adam l' mean. Happy art nacle, London, will shew, that ber thou, O Israel, who is like unto religious education, and early atthee, a people saved by the Lord !" tendance on the gospel, accompa. o, be pleased to open the eyes of nied by a divine blessing, deterthe blind, and the ears of the deaf.' mined her to take Christ's yoke Sonne little time after this, with ''pon her, and learn «f hin, as her considerable difitulty, she spoke teacher and example, whilst ske as follows:-'I am numbered to trusted in him alone for salvation. enter into the seast: I must be inar *Dear Eetsey,--I make nodoubt ried this day: I shall be with him, but it will be a pleasure and satisand he with me.'-Life ebbed very faction to you, as well as others in fast: her speech, but not her re the family, to know upon what collection, began to fail. She heid foundation I am buildiog for eterout her hand to Dr. D. who stood nity; -- and, as I find a strange by her bedside. He gave her his back wardness to tell what, I trust, which she laid hold of; then she the Lord has done for my soul, I looked towards her eldest son, who thought I would commit it to paper, was present; she received bis hand and endeavour to write down a also: staf joined it is that of her reason of the hope that is in 1€
with meckness and fear. I hope thing else but real religion, that and trust I have experienced a I think I shall never be happy, change; I am certain I am not without I can say “ This God shall what I once was. I have seen my be my God for ever and ever. I self a worthlesss and miserable sin trust he will be my guide even unner, condemned by God's righteous til death ; for knowing he is of one law, and utterly unable to help my
miod, and none can turn him, I self. I think I have been led to don't fcar but that if the good Jesus; and have been enabled to work is begun, he will carry it on; put my whole trust and confidence
and I shall be more than conqueror in him; I have not only seen him over sin, death, and hell. If Jesus the able, but the willing Saviour, has undertaken my cause, I need not willing to save every coming sinner, fear; I know he is a powerful Adand, therefore, willing to save me; vocate and he can speak well; and and I think my resolution has been, as I gave up myself to him in public, that if I perished it should be at his and thereby professed to this world feet. I was then glad to go to God
and the church that I am not afraid as a poor worthless sinner, rejoic nor ashamed to own this Jesus, 0, ing that Christ Jesus came into the that I may never do any thing to world to save sinners; and feelingly
offend hiin! but may I be more said, I am a poor worthless worm: watchful over my conduct and conbut, Jesus, take me as I am ; I can
I am ; I can versation, avoiding the appearance now rejoice that salvation is all of of evil, and give occasion to none free, rich, unmerited grace; and to say that I profess what I do not that my justification does not de practice! may I find the ordinances pend upon any thing of myself: in of the Lord to be increasingly predeed, if it did, I should for ever cious; and the way of duty, the despair ; for when I look into my way of pleasure and safety.' own heart I find that it is a world In a letter addressed to a friend of iniquity,--that in it are the secds before her inarriage, dated Feb. 27, of all manner of evils; and, if it 1801, she says, ' I think the past was not for restraining grace, they
Sabbath was as comfortable a one, would break out into open acts ;
upon the whole, as I have had so and, indeed, I am daily and hourly
tiine. I think I could say • a day in constrained to pray, · Lord, cleanse thy courts is better than a thoame from my secret faults ! I would sand. rejoice to think that sanctification
My willing soul would stay is a progressive work. ' I hope to In such a frame as this;' have a sweet assurance of my inte
I have fondly hoped when I have enrest in Jesus; and to have these
joyed the Lord's presence that I evidences of it, by my dying to sin
should have retained this frame for daily, and growing in every grace. some time, and that I should not I have been dealt with in such a
get into that stupid uncomfortable gentle manner,, that I don't know
way that I have too frequently exwhether I have made appear perienced; but, . ere one fleeting plain, that' once I was blind, but
hour is past,' &c. and am again now I can see ;' in the general, I convinced that frames and feelings cannot doubt it; but at all times my
are too changeable to trust to. prayer is, ' Lord try one, and search
Christ alone is the foundation of a me, and see if there be any evil in believer's hope and expectation.me; and lead me in the way ever It is well when we can build alone lasting. Never suffer me to deceive
here; but have often thought how myself, but inake thorough work prone we are to legality: When ! in my heart;' and,
have narrowly watched my own If I am right, 0, keep me right, heart, I have felt something of the Still on the right to stay!
spirit of Saaman, the Syrian,“ May ! If I ain wrong, (), each my feet not wash in them and be clean?” and. To find that weiter way!
the servants said, If the prophet had For I am so sure that there is no bid theedo some great thing wouldst real happiness to be found in any
thou not have done it: --- how