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of gold. They add that between every two loaves dry land. Doubt extinguishes the cheerful light of each pile were laid three semi-tubes, like slit that springs up from a sense of reconciliation with canes, of gold, in order to admit the air, and keep God, and clothes every object around in gloom. the bread from moulding. Of all this the scrip- But this is not all. Though the prisoners of deture says nothing:

spair are involved in darkness, and excluded from “We find” (observes Dr. Kitto) “among the comfort all the days of their captivity, at certain ancient hcathens usages having some conformity seasons they feel more severely than at others the to this of the table with its shew-bread, though power of their tormentor. He pays them, as it it is difficult to determine from what source the were, continual visits, and compels them to feel analogy arose; unless we suppose the idea in itself and tremble at his gigantic strength and malicious so natural, as to render it unnecessary to conclude wickedness. At one time he upbraids them with that the usage must be derived from one nation to the repetition of all their past sins, and makes another. We can find something very similar in them smart under the lashes of an accusing conour own day, anong various and distant tribes of science. At another time he sets before them, in barbarians and savages. The heathens had, in the most frightful colours, the hopelessness of their their temples, tables ; on which they set meat and state, and the utter impossibility of their deliverdrink, in honour of the gods. In general this be- ance, leaving no effort untried to make them decame the property of the priests, but in many in- stroyers of themselves. Then is the


Chrisstances the priests alleged that the gods them- tian brought low indeed. While he suffers these selves consumed what was set before them. There terrors, he is distracted and ready to die. He is is a famous instance of this in the apocryphal story a burden to bimself and weary of life, and his of Bel and the Dragon. The Eyyptians were painful language is, “ My way is hid, and my among those who had this custom. Jerome, in hope has perished.” his gloss on Isaiah Ixv. 11, observes that it was an ancient custom among the idolaters of Egypt,

“The lying tempter would persuade

There's no relief in heaven ; on the last day of the last month in the year, to

And all my swelling sins appear place tables covered with several kinds of victuals

Too great to be forgiven.” in the temples of the gods. This information is confirmed by the monuments; although, from the If the power of despair be limited, and he is un, latter, one cannot determine whether the tables of able to prevail against the trembling and afflicted edible offerings which we see laid out before the Christian, still does he breathe out threatenings, Egyptian idols were periodical only, as he states, and intimate to those whom he has seized that it or permanent."

bad been good for them had they never been born. How well is it for the Christian, when sorely tempted, to have for his companion and

counsellor one of a more hopeful spirit than himDESPAIR*.

self! The full benefit of Christian fellowship is We may see how sad and distressing is the situ- Then it is that the sovereignty of divine grace is

only learnt in seasons of trial and temptation. ation of a real Christian, when, having deviated often seen in making the younger und less expe. from the right path, and having sunk for a while rienced believer the supporter and helper of bis into slothful negligence, at length he awakens out elder brother. Then we are shown that no member of it, only to become the prey of despair. Then in the mystical body of Christ can say to other memis he driven, as it were, by a stern tyrant, and bers, “I have no need of you,” and that “ those made to dwell in desolate places, as those that members which seem to be more feeble are nehave been long dead. He is oppressed with the ." God often comforts and strengthens his most dismal and gloomy doubts. He can derive desponding servants by the instrumentality of no benefit or advantage now from the remembrance of his past experience. He is in the region selves. o, let us all, in our deepest spiritual dis;

those who, in many respects, are inferior to themof doubting; and he doubts every thing. doubts that his past experience was all a delusion; frame of mind, and repel with all our might the

tresses, diligently cherish a believing, hopeful doubts that he ever prayed in earnest, or ever re- gloomy suggestions and dark forebodings of deceived an answer to prayer in his life. He doubts spair. Remember that “ to him that is joined to whether he ever possessed », single grain of saving all the living there is hope;" and it is the enemy faith, and fears that he was deceiving his soul who says, when he imagined that he was a child of God and there is none to deliver bim!” If you are unable

* Persecute bim, and take him ; for a partaker of the Holy Spirit. Or else, what is still more painful and distressing, he fears that he ation, and your soul is in prison and in darkness


at present to rise superior to your painful situhas sioned against the Holy Ghost, that he has instead of conferring with your painful doubts

, or committed the unpardonable sin, that his doom is yielding to diffidence and tamely submitting in scaled, and that there is no help for him in his the bidding of despair, listen to the more hopeful God. As long as he remains in this desolate language of those whose faith is not so uiterly place, his soul is deprived alike of meat and drink

cast down as your own. Consider that others, as and light. Doubt deprives him of the spiritual well as you, have been for a season the prisoner food and sustenance which heretofore he derived of despair, and as sorely handled by him, and you from the word of God. Doubt robs bim of the precious promises of the gospel, which so often their liberty. Consider that despair in this world

at length' have burst their chains, and regained had been to his thirsty soul as rivers of water in a is not immortal. Like every other adversary, it

* From "Cottage Lectures on the Pilgrim's Progress." has the bounds which it cannot pass. It sickens By the rev. C. Overton. London Seeleys. 1848.

and grows feeble with reviving faith; and, when


faith increases, and becomes lively and strong, own wickedness should correct us, and our backslidings despair expires, and his prisoners are set free.

should reprove us, and we should know and see, from sad er

perience, that it is an evil thing and bitter that we have Terrible indeed may be the end of apostates and

forsaken the Lord our God, and that thy fear is not in us. hypocrites, and such as return again to wilful sin

O keep us from turning aside into any by-path, or making to and persist in it, after they have professed subjec. ourselves crooked paths, in which they who go can find no tion to the gospel. These may be the victims and peace. May we never be misled by vain confidence, lest we the trophies of despair ; but no true penitent, who

should suddenly perish, and come to a fearful end. And if humbly applies to Christ, shall ever be numbered

we have wandered out of the way, and our soul has forgot

prosperity, cast us not away from thy presence, and take not among them. And O, remember that, when your thy Holy Spirit from us. Restore unto us the joy of thy trial has come to its extremity, when the help salvation, and uphold us with thy free Spirit. May we not of man is vain, and despair is plotting against you be satisfied with a little shelter, or any thing short of a full his last and most desperate effort, remember, I

return to thy favour, Deliver us not over to the will of our

enemies, uor leave us in the hand of such as breathe out say, that such an alarming crisis is often found to

cruelty. Lord, save us from the power of despair. However be the eve of the trembling Christian's deliver

grievously we may have wandered from thee, may we never ance. It will be so, it must be so, if you give say, There is no hope. Though our strong adversaries may lay yourself unto prayer, and earnestly renew your wait for our souls, and take connsel together, saying, “God application to the throne of grace.

Think of hath forsaken him : persecute, and take him; for there is none Peter, sleeping in the prison, and bound between

to deliver him," O Lord, be not far from us: 0 our God, the soldiers, and how he was delivered from

make haste for our help. May we remember the works of the

Lord, and call to mind thy wonders of old. May we hope Herod and the expectation of the Jews. Wait

still in our God, and believe verily to see the goodness of the therefore on the Lord : be of good courage; and Lord in the land of the living. Thou, which hast showed us he will strengthen your heart, and break your great and sore troubles, quicken us again, and bring us up bands, and bring you out of prison, and deliver again from the depths of the earth. Bring our souls out of

We wait for the Lord, you out of all your fears. Say, as others have prison, that we may praise thy name.

our soul doth wait, and in his word do we hope. Our soul said before you, “Why art thou cast down, O

waiteth for the Lord, as those that watch for the morning; my soul ? and why art thou disquieted within yea, more than they that watch for the morning. O satisfy me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise him, us with thy mercy, and that soon ; that we may rejoice and who is the health of my countenance and my

be glad all our days. And now the God of hope fill us God."

with all joy and peace in believing, that we may abound in hope

through the power of the Holy Ghost, to whom, with the THE HYMN.

Father and the Son, be honour and glory for ever and ever.

Look down in pity, Lord, and see
The doubts and fears that burden me:
Among the wounded and the slain,
Far from thy presence I remain.

This I procured when from thy way
My roving footsteps dared to stray:

Judas, before the commission of his crime, had
The path of peace I once forsook,

thought of nothing but the pleasure which its inAnd now I feel thy just rebuke.

famous gain would afford him. The gain is In crooked paths no peace is found,

realized; but, instead of the pleasure he expected, No pleasure on forbidden ground.

it lies an intolerable burden upon his soul. He What bitter pains transgressors meet !

cannot even keep the money for the sake of which What sorrows find backsliding feet!

he had bound himself to Satan, but throws it Now former comforts all have fled,

down before bis employers, in an agony of remorse, While hope no more exalts his head;

and proclaims the innocence of the Master he had And sweet experience, once enjoy'd,

betrayed And doubtless this was designed by Is all like blighted bloom destroy'd.

God to afford the strongest possible proof that Lo, stern despair, with gloomy brow,

Christianity was no “cunningly-devised fable." Detains me fast his prisoner now;

The putting of a traitor among the number of And Satan, from his dark abode,

our Lord's followers, and the fact that this traitor Whispers, “There is no help in God !”

did, like the rest, although in a very different But, Lord, how long ? O, bring my soul

sense, seal the truth of Christ's doctrine with his Safe from the tempter's fierce control :

blood-this gives an amount of evidence which Unloose my bonds, and set me free,

could not be furnished by any number of the Let thy salvation visit me.

Saviour's friends. It is remarkable, indeed, that,

while Judas undertook to betray Christ, he did not THE PRAYER.

undertake to disclose any secrets or instances of Almighty and ever-living God, in knowledge of whom imposture : he could only point out his private Standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom, haunts, where he might be apprehended without book upon us in great mercy, for the sake of thy dear Son, fear of popular commotion. And this man, who ar Saviour Jesus Christ, and through him communicate to our souls, not the spirit of bondage again to fear, but the

must have known from his position whether any Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abla, Father. Though artifices had been employed in the first preaching we be tied and bound with the chain of our sins, let the piti- of the gospel, and who was interested above all fulness of thy great mercy loose us. O God the Son, Redeemer of the world, do thou set us free; and then we shall

men in exposing them to the world, even he was be free indeed. O God the floly Ghost, do thou dwell in compelled to give in the verdict, “ I have betrayed our hearts, and eonstantly abide with us : then we shall

the innocent blood.” know the glorious liberty of the children of God; for, where But this is not only a remarkable attestation to the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. Keep us, we be the truth of Christianity : ii is also a warning to keech thee, in the good and the right way; so shall we not go back from thee. Surfer us not to forsake the Lord our God,

us all, that, though the fruit of sin looks tempting wibo leadeth us in the way wherein we should go, lest our * From a sermon, by the Rev. F. J. Stain'orth, M.A.


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at a distance, it produces nothing but anguish | wrought miracles in thy name, thus perished in and despair at last. Money was the idol of this bis iniquity? But so it is, that our first temptation miserable man; and, while his heart was bent on is to sin ; and then comes our worst temptation, to acquiring it, and his imagination inflamed with despair. Many a sophism, no doubt, had Satan the prospect of its possession, he believed that it used to beguile Judas into his crime. If Jesus could bring no sorrow with it. Give him that, were the Son of God, he might easily avoid or reand he would be happy: no sense of guilt, did he press the violence of his enemies. The act which then suppose, could overbalance the gratification placed him for a moment in their power might be which its acquisition would afford him. Ah, how the means of calling forth some signal display of often has Satan cheated us with delusions of this his divinity, and add fresh confirmation to the evikind! How often has fancy been employed to dence of his claims, while their common purse gild some iinage which he has set up, till we have would be recruited at the expense of those who renounced our God, that we might fall down and wished to injure him. Some such thoughts as worship it ! But our eyes are opened when the these might be suggested by the tempter; but

, sin has been committed ; and then the object, when the fault was irrevocably committed, then it which seemed so desirable that we would risk was that he urged the consequences which beeverything to obtain it, becomes to us, what this longed to it ; then he filled the heart of Judas with money was to the wretched Judas, an object of notions that Christ would spurn any attempt at loathing and abhorrence. “And this,” we may reconciliation; then he persuaded him that the say, was the bribe for which I forsook my God, guilt which he once extenuated was too great to and for which, unless his mercy restore me, I be forgiven, and hurried his victim to the grave, shall have forfeited my soul. Ah, hide from me as if there were no hope of heaven nor fear of hell the object of my thoughtless choice: let me not beyond it. see the price which won from me my, peace on earth and my hopes of immortality. "I know well the value of that quiet conscience which I have lost; and, bitter as the loss is, its sting is

SIGNS OF THE LATTER DAYS*, sharpened by the worthlessness of what I have acquired. Thirty pieces of silver gained, while While it is impossible to be listless and unconI have thrown away the treasures of heaven, and cerned lookers-on amidst these eventful move. stored up for myself the horrors of eternal con- ments in another country, who can say that our demnation.”

own beloved nation shall remain exempt from the My brethren, this is a foretaste of hell itself to desolating scourge? Who can dare to predict those who are not brought to the foot of the cross, that our mountain is so strong that it never shall and sprinkled with the blood of the Lamb; and in be moved? We may not be able to unravel with the anticipation of that fearful state, where it were satisfaction the mysteries of prophecy; but this too late to cry for mercy, too late to knock for ad- much we may clearly gather-that it is not man mission into the happier abodes, the guilty man alone, in his personal and relative and social poshall be goaded by his own conscience into mad- sition, who is doomed to this revolutionary, proness, the terror of others, and the executioner of cess of which we have been speaking, nor insuhimself. Such, indeed, was the fate of that apos- lated countries like France at the present moment; tate whose awful history is before us. Could he but the whole world is under sentence of revolubut have gone to the feet of Jesus, could he but tion; and, prior to the establishment of that new have cast himself on the mercy of that Saviour heaven and that new earth wherein dwelleth whom he had betrayed, who shall say that he had righteousness, will be wars and rumours of wars, yet exhausted the compassion of that gentle Being perplexities and distress of nations, men's hearts who looked benignantly on the coward who denied failing them for fear, and for looking for those him, and prayed for the ruffians who nailed him things which are coming upon the earth. I may to the cross? But it might not be. He “ repented be greatly to blame for the necessity to acknow. himself,” indeed, after a sort. He did what it ledge that I have not entered deeply into the may seem much for him to have done : he could study of prophecy ; but it is impossible not to outface the malignant Pharisees who had employed take even the most superficial view of it, and at him; for he felt that by them he was an injured the same time to have one's eye on the signs of man, and pride supported him in their presence. the times, without coming to the large expectaHe could fling away the silver he had coveted so tion of the most important events. It is almost fatally; for it had become so hateful to himself, he impossible to take up a newspaper of the present could not bear it in his sight. But there was one day, without regarding it as a marked and won. eye which he could not meet. The rulers might do derful development of prophecy. The very their worst; and he could defy them ; but he dared which I have glanced over, I own to you,

bas not look upon the Master whom he had injured. been perfectly astounding to me in this point of The humiliation of seeking forgiveness from one

view. Not only does it give its copious details of so kind and so abused was more than he could the revolutionary proceedings in France, but all endure; and he rushed into eternal horrors, in Europe seems to be simultaneously shaking to its order to escape the first gnawings of“ the worm very centre. Spain it is needless to revert to. that dieth not,” and the blast of that "fire that Italy, the seat of the beast, is at this moment innever shall be quenched”. Lord, what are we, that ternally convulsed from one end of its territories we should not tremble at this narrative, when a

to the other. Sicily has already gone throug! disciple, an apostle, one who had followed thy

* From a sermon on the French revolution, by the rev. footsteps, and listened to thy discourses, and Carus Wilson.


the revolutionary process. Switzerland is in the you ready for all that may await you? O, let hands of the democracy. Germany, Austria, not God's controversy pass by unheeded! He is Prussia, Holland, are manifesting increasing speaking from heaven with a voice that cannot be symptoms of restless discontent and desire of mistaken. Take care that you distinguish bechange. The newspapers are full of rumours of tween the conviction of truth, and its application wars, and of wars progressing ; and, if all this and saving influence. You know that God is a tells not, and characterizes in clear and legible refuge for us; but have you made him such for signs, the latter days which are to precede the your selves ?. Have you felt your perishing need second coming of the Son of man, it is not easy of him, and fled to him for refuge? And are you to conjecture what could do so more distinctly. daily doing this ? and are you daily fearing lest

And then the signs in the east are not less por- the avenger of blood should find you venturing to tentous. The Mohammedan power, in its pro- stray from your refuge, and live independently of gress and its downfal, is clearly predicted in your stronghold? There is no safety for any of us holy writ, as well as the precise period for the out of Christ. He is the city of refuge. The poor latter under the emblem of the drying up of the trembling soul, who has been awakened to the Euphrates; the way being thus prepared for the discovery of his guilt and danger as a sinner both kings of the east, and the return of the Jews to by nature and by practice, and who is, in conse. their own land. We may think that interpreters querce, overwhelmed with a horrible dread of the of prophecy mistake in venturing to lay down so wrath to come, can find no ease or safety but in precisely the definite period when the events Christ the refuge. There he can repose his burawaiting our world will take place; but with the den and have rest. There he obtaius his freedom manifestly rapid development of facts which from condemnation. There he can ask, with holy clearly barmonize with the predictions of scripture confidence and triumph, “Who is he that conregarding what shall precede the grand consum- demneth ?" mation, we cannot wonder that they should be And, being safe in Christ from the storm of led to the fixing of dates, and to a belief in the Goil's wrath, all other storms are as nothing. Yet near approach of Christ's kingdom. Whether we for every blast that assails him, and that may can venture to concur with them or not, there is await him till he reaches the border of the wildersomething of overwhelming interest in the concur- ness, he has recourse to the same refuge, he finds rent belief of holy and learned men that the Turk- the same security. And past experience of divine ish power will come to its conclusion during the faithfulness and tender mercy encourages him for next year, and that the last portion of the 1,335 the future; so that he fears not to anticipate the days of Daniel will expire in the year 1865, at last bursting of the tempest, the last grapple with which, or soon after, will be the advent of Christ, the enemy, but can say in peaceful confidence, and the first resurrection, and the beginning of “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the the millennium-I say, we may hesitate to adopt | shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art such definite calculations ; but í for one dare not with me. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow venture to assert that they are wrong, or that me all the days of my life ; and I will dwell in the wonderful signs of the times do not so far the house of the Lord for ever." elucidate the scripture testimony as to warrant their expectations.

Yet they who dare not go thus far must admit that God, in an especial manner, is holding a THE CHRISTIAN CITIZEN'S DUTY TO MAN controversy with the nations of the earth, and

AND TO GOD*. thus calling upon us, as with a voice of thunder, to seek his shelter and his favour. No reasonable NATIONAL, like individual afflictions, do not expectation can be entertained that the troubled spring out of the ground: they are the results of sea over which we are passing will stay its tu- divine government, and should teach us all wismult, until he who is our peace comes to take to dom. himself the kingdoms, and subdue his enemies ; Judge ye yourselves then, brethren, that ye be nay, as the latter days advance, we can only, not judged of the Lord : the things that are with the scriptures in our hands, be led to expect Cæsar's, and the things that are God's, are the that its waves and billows will rise higher and subjects of your vocation and ministry upon earth. higher.

Before God and man, as Christians and as citizens, What feelings of indescribable in

est are you are called upon by your consciences and your awakened by the thought that you, who are in the faith, “to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk spring-time of life, may live to witness all that bumbly with your God;" and by whatever man the interpreters of prophecy are looking for at no or by whatever body of men, disobedience to the distant period ! yea, that even others of us, whose King of kings is either practised or taught, it is sun is somewhat declining, may perchance wit- our commission to cry aloud and spare not, to lift ness the clear and unequivocal unravelling of the up our voices, and to forewarn them that it must divine counsels before our course is ended! What be answered hereafter before the judgment-seat a revolution to every thought and desire within of God. It is too true, alas ! that, in all human us does the possibility of such a thing occasion ! societies, made up as they are of individuals, each “What manner of persons ought we to be, in all a world of passions and a creature of infirmity, holy conversation and godliness !”

“ it needs must be that offences come; but woe But, at all events, the present are perilous be to those by whom they come.” It is the curse times; and we see in all directions the materials

* From “ Christian Loyalty :” a sermon, by the rev, J. T. for still greater trials. I would press, then, upon Robinson, M.A., rector of St. Andrew's, Holborn. London: you all the seasonable and prudent inquiry, Are Simpkin and Marshall. Teignmouth : Croydon.

of nations to be prone furiously to rage together, I those to right who suffer wrong, but to keep and of the people to imagine vain things; but those from doing wrong who would war against woe be to those who would ride upon the whirl- right. Denouncing unrighteousness in all men, wind and direct the storm of that rage; who would and respecting the persons of none, our warfare is feed those vain imaginations whose issues are ever resistance to evil; and in that our party is the firebrands, arrows, and death. And, when such church of Christ, our banner is the cross, our oban attitude and position are assumed only for the ject is public virtue, and our leader is God. I do purposes of selfish covetousness or vanity ; when believe that there is no man living, unless indeed pretended patriotism is only a cloke for guilty there be one who is the devoted agent of the inambition, when complaint of oppression is only ternal prince of evil and mischief, envy, batred, the subterfuge of those who gnash their teeth with and malice, who does not grieve in his heart to rage, because they are denied the power to op- see this nation torn by intestine divisions, and the press; when station, education, talent, and pro- unity of spirit and the bond of peace becoming perty are prostituted to seduce the lowly, the more and more a mere vision and a name. But ignorant, the simple-minded, and the poor, and what doth it profit to shake the head and to lift to make them the tools of desperate and wicked up the hands against social evils, if the heart and faction; when liberty is invoked by those who are mind be wanting to practise and to promolgate the slaves of their passions, and therefore igno- those divine principles of the love of the brotherrant of its nature; and, moreover, when the name hood and the fear of God, by which, and which of God is made a convenience to gild and support alone, the plague can be stayed? The peace and an ungodly cause, and when they, who shout tranquillity desired and loved by all men can be “the sword of the Lord and of Gideon,” do the secured only by the muderation, piety, and charity deeds and show the spirit of him who was a of each. For the public treasury of weal can murderer from the beginning; when “evil men never be full unless each man will cast in his mite. and seducers thus wax worse and worse," then so long as men are to be found, who do their best does it become every honest Christian citizen, and, to bring about the divorcement of civil obedience above all, those who teuch men their Christianity, from religious fear; so long as counsels abound, to denounce such Pharisees and hypocrites in the which have forsaken the rock of eternal truth for political world, and to warn all men to shun such the quicksands of human wisdom; so long as the whited sepulchres as tainted members in the na- good old ways of loyalty to the supreme authotional body: such are they who, heady, high- rities, and devotion to God, are pointed out to the minded, and wise in their own conceits, care not vulgár mind as desecrated and out of date; so though they drive their fellow-countrymen to long as the ignorant and the simple are encouraged commit the suicide of civil war, und are ready to to raise the question, “Is it lawful to give tribute cast into the burning fiery furnace of anarchy all or not ?" so long, in fact, as the popular voice is who will not fall down and worship the idol which stimulated to shout against every thing above it, they have set up.

both in heaven and on earth, we may expect, and I know that such plain speaking is not fashion- we shall find, confusion and every evil work. able in these times, when to equivocate is often But we call on all men, in the name of him from to be popular, and to study what is expedient is whom obedience and authority both have their considered wise in speech as well as action. I sanction, to lay these things seriously to beart. know that it is a way which seemeth good in the There is not a man in this house of God, there is eyes of some, to say that, in teaching and ex- not a man in this kingdom, high, low, rich, or horting thus, we go beyond and exceed our com- poor, educated or uneducated, who has not a stake mission from above. If it be so indeed, from man in the mighty question, wbether the text is a dead we must appeal to God. When we tell men here letter or a living and a binding, law. If it be in this sacred place, that their duty to man is a true that those are the words of him “by whom part of their duty to God, they may come against kings reign and princes decree justice;" if it be us with the sling and stone of rebuke; but we true that this precept was given by him in whose have so learned Christ as to know and believe bands are the destinies of empires, to guide them that, in so doing, our example and our command in the ways of peace ; above all, if it be true that ment are both apostolical and divine: we answer, by these words the millions of earth shall be in the name of the Lord of hosts, that we know judged hereafter at that awful bar at which shall and feel that, when we shall come to give an ac- stand alike the king and the slayer of kings, the count of our stewardship hereafter before bis tyrant and his victims, the rebellious and their tribunal, it will be demanded of us whether in our sovereign, I know not where to find words to ministry we have had respect unto all his com express that weight of responsibility which rests mandments alike. We stand here the ministers upon the soul of every Christian subject for the of the gospel of peace, knowing no man after the words of his lips, the actions of his life, and the flesh, and speaking to all men after the Spirit; meditations of his heart. Every jot and every speaking not to a sect, but to a whole nation; tittle of influence, every shade of example, and not to a party, but to the world. Disclaiming every expression of opinion, goes forth to his alike to be the panders to authority or the con- brethren as a minister of evil or good. Well and nivers at licentiousness, we say, what the apostle wisely will he do, then, to keep the door of his lips, said, “Render unto all their dues”, both in hea- to sift his motives, to try his principles, and to ven and on earth; "tribute to whom tribute is due, weigh his heart in the balance of the sanctuary, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, before he lends himself to any work. Let bim, honour to whom honour.” Turning a deaf ear in God's name, be a patriot; but let his be to each who cries, Get thou behind me, here Christian patriotism, seeking to build his country's our object is, as far as we may and can, to lead welfare upon the foundations laid down by ibe

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