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his flesh and blood. Thus, according to his thankfully exclaim, “I will bless the Lord, promises he “lives by” him, and has a who hath given me counsel.” pledge which leads him to hope that he shall In the word of God, moreover, he has live for ever. His spiritual hunger and thirst found peace. He is assured by it of God's are in a great degree satisfied even now by ready forgiveness of all his past sins, and can the word of God; and therefore, as a “new- regard him as a merciful Father, lifting up born babe,” he “desires the sincere milk upon him the light of his reconciled counteof the word,” that he may“ grow thereby.” nance in Christ Jesus. This sense of the In fact, he finds it to be “the power of God divine pardon and love spreads a holy calm unto salvation.” It has revealed the Saviour through his soul, and enables him to “reto him. That Saviour, working by his Holy joice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” Spirit through the word, is now saving him | * Great peace have they who love thy law.” from the dominion of his besetting sins. He The word of God, too, gives the believer sanctifies” him by that word which is freedom. Many an one who is now a real
truth,” and, as the same word assures child of God was once the slave of Satan, of him, will, if he“ holds the beginning of his the world, of his own lusts. The strong confidence firm unto the end,” complete in man armed” held him in an iron grasp. But heaven the work of salvation which he has the bible has sent him to " a stronger than thus began on earth.
him ;” and his fetters have been loosed. “I Again: this divine word has given and will walk at liberty,” he can now say; " for still gives the believer light. It has opened I seek thy precepts.” He has been brought the eyes of his understanding. “Whereas I into the gloricus liberty of the gospel of was blind,” cannot some of us say in a Christ. Having “looked into the perfect law spiritual sense, “now I see”? “The com- of liberty and continuing therein, being not a mandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this the eyes.” “ The entrance of thy word man is blessed in his deed”. giveth light: it giveth understanding unto Once more, the word of God consoles and the simple.” “Simple,” indeed, will not supports the true believer in distress and such persons confess that they once were, with temptation. Is he tried by temporal losses regard to divine things ? Ignorant (in any and bereavements ? “Whom the Lord loveth real sense) of God, oft'themselves, of the fear he chasteneth,” it tells him, “and scourgeth ful nature of sin, of the beauty and excel- every one whom he receiveth." “ Fear lency which are in Christ; in all these re- thou not; for I am with thee: be not spects have they not now been enlightened dismayed; for I am thy God : I will by the word of God? Can they not now strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; enter a little into David's meaning when he yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand says, not in the spirit of boasting, but in the of my righteousness." He is encouraged spirit of humble and devout gratitude to God, by these gracious assurances, and can praise “Thou through thy commandments hast God for them, saying, “ Unless thy law had made me wiser than mine enemies; for they been my delights, I had perished in my afare ever with me. I have more understand- fiction.” Is he tempted to sin? “ There ing than all my teachers; for thy testimonies hath no temptation taken you,” the word of are my meditation. I understand more than God whispers, “but such as is common to the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.” man; but God is faithful, who will not suffer For, while the enemies of God and of his you to be tempted above that ye are able, people are “blind, and cannot see afar off, but will with the temptation also make a way but“stumble at the word,” being disobedient, to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. vainly“ puffed up by their fleshly mind” with But are the assaults of the tempter so violent “philosophy and vain deceit,” the true believer that the believer is almost led to doubt whesees in scripture, as in a mirror, his true ther he can indeed be a believer, a true condition in the sight of God. The divine child of God ; or whether his Father in heaword is “a lamp unto his feet, and a lantern ven is willing to receive and own him as a unto his path." It leads him first by faith to son? “Him that cometh unto me,” says Christ, and then in the path of holiness through the Saviour in his word, “I will in no wise this world of dangers, and through the dark cast out.” He goes to bim accordingly, and “valley of the shadow of death,” to the hea- finds rest unto his soul. “Faith cometh by ven where Christ dwells. Is he in doubt or bearing, and hearing by the word of God.”, difficulty about his duty in any respect? Thus does he, who hears and receives the word “ Thy testimonies are my delight and my of God, obtain through it “the shield of counsellors," is the language of his heart. of faith,” whereby be may “quench all the Directed by their unerring guidance, he can fiery darts of the wicked."* That word itself he uses as “the sword of the Spirit.” Like die in like manner; but my salvation shall be his blessed Master, he can resist the devil” for ever, and my righteousness shall not be with “It is written;" and "he will flee" abolished.” from him.
Seek these blessings, the righteousness and Thus does “the man of God” find “the salvation of God; seek them by faith and word of truth” profitable for doctrine, for prayer; seek them as they are revealed in reproof, for correction, for instruction in God's word; and, when he, who is "the righteousness, and is throughly furnished Lord our Righteousness," and who now calls *unto all good works." From a sense, there on "all the ends of the earth” to “look
fore, not only of its own intrinsic worth and unto him and be saved,” shall return to excellence, but of the great things it has done judge the world, you shall not “ be ashamed and still does for him, “his delight is in the before him at his coming." Begin now, if law of the Lord.”
yon have never begun before, to meditate in III. But, lastly, and very briefly, What the law of the Lord, and in his gospel too; for is the result of this delight with which the to do this is not only the result of the delight believer views the holy scriptures? What which the long-established believer feels in effect does this feeling produce upon his prac- the divine word, but it is one of the first acts tice? He “meditates” in the law of the of his spiritual life. By meditation on the Lord “day and night.” The word here things of God, delight in them grows, and translated “meditate” appears to mean more delight again leads to meditation. than we usually understand by that term. It Let those of us, who may perhaps but lately further signifies, to think over a thing with have taken the word of God as our portion, intent to do it. The same word in Prov. not be discouraged if we do not at first feel xxiv. 2, is rendered “studieth :" “ for their the positive delight we expected in it. With heart studieth destruction” (clearly with intent more experience, doubtless, more of this will to execute it). Another sense of the word is, come. Let us prayerfully meditate upon the to speak of any thing. As in Psalm xxxy. divine promises and the divine commands, 28, “ My tongue shall speak of thy righteous- endeavouring in the divine strength to obey ness and of thy praise all the day long." the latter, while we believe the former; and
Thus, according to these two senses of the in due time we shall, no doubt, be able to say term, does the believer“ meditate” in the law with joy, “Not one good thing hath failed of the Lord, with a full purpose of obeying its of all that the Lord hath spoken.” righteous commands, and carrying them into And let the heart of those whose happy every-day life; and he shrinks not from experience agrees in the main with that of speaking of them and defending their cause the psalmist, or of the man whom he describes before men.
He is not content with reading in the text, who delight even in that which his bible every morning and evening, and is strictly called “the law of the Lord,” for then shutting it up and thinking no more of the holiness which it enjoins; let the heart of it. No; "day" and night is his "study such rejoice, but "rejoice with trembling. in it. He makes it his rule of life, the stan- How strong an evidence they have of the dard of his thoughts, words, and deeds. Hear work of the Holy Spirit within them, asDavid's practice: “I prevented the dawning suring them that “old things are passed of the morning, and cried, I hoped in thy away; behold, all things are become new”! word :" "mine eyes prevent the night. “Blessed” are they. They “shall be like a watches, that I might meditate in thy word.” tree planted by the rivers of water, that Sooner than neglect that, he will lie awake bringeth forth his fruit in his season : their upon his bed. How different the practice of leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever multitudes who nightly return home from the they do shall prosper," prosper at all events ensnaring scenes of the world, wearied with a to their final salvation. "The ungodly are not gaiety how soon past ! and utterly unfitted so, but are like the chaff which the wind for prayer or any thought of that better por- driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall tion which, did they choose it, would never not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the be taken from them! O let us think of those congregation of the righteous. For the Lord solemn words, “The fashion of this world knoweth the way of the righteous; but the passeth away!” “The world passeth away, way of the ungodly shall perish.” and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever:” “ Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath ; for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke; and the earth shall wax old like a garment; and they that dwell therein shall
bour. The following extract from the “Kerry
Evening Post,” Nov. 10, 1847, will show the NOTES IN DINGLE, IN 1848*.
importance of these towers in a public point of
view: On Saturday, June I left Tralee upon the
“Not only Dingle, but the empire at large, owes " royal mail for Dingle ; and a true Irish mail the rev. Mr. Gayer a deep debt of gratitude for it was an outside car with a pair of horses, one
the erection of these works of national importance in the shafts and the other out-rigger, the driver and usefulness. Locally, these beacons will conwearing a huge frieze coat ; and after passing the fer many benefits on the deep sea fisheries of that tidy English-looking village of Blennerville, we
locality, by diminishing the dangers that attend were soon upon the mountains, with a magnificent
that perilous employment. We confess ourselves view before us— Tralee bay, whitened with many rochial clergynan of the Irish church has under.
much gratified in baving to announce that a paa sail; the neat village and spa of Ballybunnion ; the fine strands of Ballyheigh, and in the distance taken, and we hope soon to say has completed, a Kerry Head stretching out far into the Atlantic, work of such public utility that should have and marking the southern point of the estuary of been many years since executed by the nation. the Shannon. I will not attempt to describe
“Since the above was put in type, we received the beautiful variety of scenery between Tralee the following from our Dingle correspondent: and Dingle: hill and dale, slope and cliff
, 17th inst., the French brig Leontina, William
“Put into Dingle, by stress of weather, on the rivulet, bay, and ocean—all combined to give an interest to it. I enjoyed it much; and, after Morris, master, from Galatz, in the Mediterrathirty miles performed in good style by the nean, laden with Indian corn, bound to Cork for "royal mail," I found myself in the coffee-room orders. Ship and crew are all well. of the hotel in Dingle; the old waiter giving
“ The above vessel was driven into this bay by me his best welcome: “Right glad to see your bon- the violent gale on Sunday last, running before our in Dingle.” And very comfortable “mine the wind, not knowing where she was, and no host” and the old waiter made me during my pilot able to get on board. Had it not been for stay. True, the hotel was none of the grandest, nor
the towers built outside the harbour's mouth, by the coffee-room the best furnished I had ever been the rev. Mr. Gayer, in which there are large the easy chair was fully entitled to a pension, She made this harbour in safety and without a in : the writing-table had both leaves broken ; and hands pointing to the harbour, she would have
been wrecked on the dangerous Bar of Inch. having long since lost one of its arms in the service. But I was perfectly content: great civility pilot." and attention, and a well-aired bed, are at all
My curiosity having been satisfied as to the times to be met with at the hotel, in Dingle. tower, I strolled along the beach : the houses for
I walked out to see the town, once a place of the most part poor, some of them miserably so; note, and still remembered in the page of history. but on the Ventry road, near the entrance to the A charter of incorporation was granted to it by town, I perceived a square of clean substantial queen Elizabeth ; and, while Drake successfully cottages. On going inside, I could see another adengaged the Spaniards by sea, it was here that joining. On inquiry, I found this to be one of the sir Walter Raleigh vanquished the same foes by colonies established by Mr. Gayer. When perland: a ruined fortress on the shore, even now
secution was strong, it was thought desirable to called Fort Doloro, marks the place where, in locate the converts in colonies : funds were protimes gone by, flying from the brave Raleigh and vided, and two were established-one upon the his followers, they were driven headlong into the hill, the other, that to which I allude. I have never waters, and perished. Here also was a brisk and in England seen better houses for the poor, nor lively trade; entries in the customs as late as 1750 better kept; the inhabitants cleanly in their rooms showing that Dingle annually exported linen to and persons, diligent in their business, and orderly the value of £60,000, besides butter and the agri- and respectful in their conduct; but they are procultural produce of the soil. The town consists testants-converts from Romanism to the truth of chiefly of one long street, dipping into the valley, the gospel of Jesus. I have often been struck and rising upon the hills on either side, with seve
with the visible outward difference between the ral cross streets, leading to the mountains, or to dwellings and habits of popery and those of a the calm and placid barbour, which from the town purer creed. I have seen it in the retired valleys has all the appearance of a lake.
of the Alps, and amidst the bustle of the large It was the twilight of a summer's night. I stood towns of England; and what Irish tourist has not close to the water, and looming just before me, perceived the difference in that country ?-the on the opposite shore, was a hill of consider latter, generally speaking, clean and industrious, able heightt, separating the harbour from the bay the former quite the reverse. But the bible inculof Castlemain ; and on its summit I could perceive cates practical Christianity; and I am thankful to a tower with a gigantic arm, pointing to the har- say that the Dingle converts appear to have bour's mouth : it was a beacon-tower, one of five, taken as their motto, “ Be not slothful in busithe last public work of the much-lamented rev. C. Dess; fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.” Gayer, commenced for the purpose of giving em
I questioned several of the colonists as to their ployment to the Roman-catholic destitute poor, spiritual state: they appear to be well instructed and as landmarks for the entrance to Dingle har- in religion. One man said he had been a Roman;
but now he trusted for salvation to the blood of Irish Intelligence, No. 10; published by the “Irish So- Christ alone:” he also said, work was scarce, ciety of London."
but the Lord would supply his need. Indeed a † Mount Eske.
volume might be written concerning the simple
faith of the converts under trial, want, and perse- Now he “ sleeps in Jesus,” waiting for the sound cution. One fact I will relate: it was communis of the archangel's trumpet. The “ martyr's cated to me by the secretary of the Dingle mis- crown” he did not obtain ; but another glorious sion, and will, I am sure, be read with interest. crown shall be bis, even a crown of righteousShe was reading the scriptures to some of the poor ness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall convert women: she was led to the subject; and, give him at that day ;” and when “that day” while endeavouring to impress it as a source of shall come," his work of faith, his labour of comfort, that, while man may repulse us, God love” shall not be forgotten; for “they that be never will, but is always ready to hear sinners wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmawhen they come to him in his own appointed ment, and they that turn many to righteousness way, a poor woman exclaimed: “I had an evi- as the stars for ever and ever." dence of that only yesterday: I had not a sod of turf in the house, and went down to the gate to see if any one would sell it to me: each man and boy refused, saying, they would not give their turf to the soupers. I waited for more than two EMIGRATION AND EMIGRANTS*. hours: it was bitterly cold, and the day was passing on, and I feared we must go without fire or
This subject, and its objects, are calculated to food. Tired and out of spirits, I returned to my awaken many interests and feelings in Britain
house, shut the door, and went on my knees. I and in her church. 4 thanked the Lord that I was a 'souper' as they When, by the blessing of God, a country
call us, but told him he knew my heart, and that becomes over-populated, and there is not suffiI did not join the congregation for gain, but that, cient employment for the maintenance of an being convinced of the errors of popery, I was led industrious people, it is the wisdom of a vation to listen to the precious word : let them call me
to seek for sources of employment on a foreign names if they liked for his sake, I did not care. I shore. The committee will not dwell upon the then asked him to incline the heart of some one
schemes adopted by various companies for the to sell me turf. I returned to the gate, and had encouragement of emigration to America, the not stood there more than ten minutes, when a
Canadas, Nova Scotia, Mexico, Peru, and other poor man brought the turf to me. Was not that foreign parts, but on the present occasion desire an answer to prayer, miss? If we only trust him, to direct your attention, and the attention of the he will never disappoint us.”
Christian public, to the wise policy of her majesty's The poor colonists appeared deeply to regret government, in appointing commissioners to contheir late much-loved pastor; and mournfully, yet duct, and to give large facilities for emigration to gratefully, they spoke of his untiring efforts for the various colonies under British government in their temporal and spiritual welfare, and of his the vast territories of Australasia. And, doubtkindness to them in every time of need. One less, the scheme of emigration to Australia, which woman remarked to me, "O sir, our love for Mr, forms a very large portion of those territories, has Gayer was too great: he came between us and been commenced upon the soundest priuciples, and the Almighty: it was right to lose him, though is conducted—at least in every department of we feel it sore.” Indeed, sorrow for the loss of outfit and provision-in the most benevolent, this devoted servant of God seems to pervade all creditable, and comfortable style imaginable. classes in Dingle. Soon after the lamented oc
The close inspection of all matters, both in refercurence, a Roman-catholic man said, “He was a
ence to the condition of the ships hired by the good man, a real friend to the poor, and an awful government commissioners, and their fittings-up loss to them: I would rather at this moment see for the comfort of the people, and also the quality two of the priests lying dead before me than him ; ) and quantity of food provided for their voyage, for they would not be missed.” A Roman- is worthy of great admiration. Nor less so the catholic female also remarked, nearly at the same careful examinatiön of all the people in reference tine, " It is not to-morrow or after, but for years to health, qualification of labourers, servants, &c., to come, Mr. Gayer will be missed out of and character, is highly to be commended. NeiDingle.” How changed the feeling towards this ther does the care of the government commissionservant of God within a few short years! always ers for the welfare of their fellow-countrymen indeed loved by the followers of Jesus, but op- cease upon their leaving the British shores. The posed by those who obeyed the tyrant commands people are allowed to remain on board ship fourof Rome. So far did this opposition proceed, that teen days after their arrival at their place of desa threatening letter was once sent to his house, at tination, if they do not find employment in their the same time a notice of a similar kind was sent adopted country in a shorter period of time; but to a neighbouring patriotic nobleman, who kindly the very longest time any party has remained on lent his influence and his aid in furthering the board ship after arrival is reported to have been scriptural education of the poor.
only four days. But now how changed the feeling ! how fallen
Herein we appear to see the mercy of God to the opposition ! It was remarked that Mr. this nation. In the course of divine Providence, Gayer lived till even the Roman-catholics could first, wisdom was given to her majesty's governmourn for his loss, many of whom joined in his ment to explore the land ; and, when it was proved funeral procession, and mingled their tears with to be fertile, then, secondly, the people of the those of the converts. Truly his work on earth united kingdom were encouraged to emigrate, was finished : he had found the Saviour precious to his own soul, and to the end he laboured to
• From a report just published by the Prayer-book and make known the preciousness of Christ to others. Homily Society.
and a free passage was provided by the govern- | persuasive reasoning, the people are informed that ment for eligible persons.
the book will be presented, in the name of a ChrisNext in order—it would seem to be by the tian society in London called the Prayer-book and special grace of God-schemes were propounded, Homily Society, to such persons as are willing to and funds specially provided by the British make use of it in the manner recommended in the public, for the maintenance of colonial bishops. address. Of the thousands of persons visited And, to complete this part of the work, her during the past year, ending 31st March, only four majesty and the government instantly manifested or five Roman-catholics have refused the book. their care to provide for the spiritual and eternal The occasional reading of two or three of the welfare of the people, by appointing bishops to prayers has, under the blessing of God, invariably New Zealand, Tasmania, South Australia, Philips- removed prejudices from the minds of Romanland, and New South Wales.
catholics and others. The Prayer-book and Homily Society has
These people have likewise been supplied with become deeply interested in this matter; and the the homílies of the church, published by this committee are thankful to report that every pos- society. A selection of subjects suitable for the sible facility is given to this society's visitors of emigrants has been bound up for their use. A the ships, to encourage its objects and labours, Tocopy of this book has been supplied to every mess Lieut. Lean, R.N., especially, the principal in- of the single men and women, and to every father of specting agent of the government commissioners ;
a family, on board all the ships visited in the Lonto Mr. Smith, of the royal navy, his assistant; and don river, and bound to Australia or New Zealand. to all other persons acting under or for her majesty's In the addresses delivered, the subjects of these government commissioners, the society is greatly homilies have been introduced: they uniformly indebted for the visitors' free access to the emi- obtained the strictest attention of the people, and grants, both at the dépôt at Deptford and on board afterwards prompted many expressions of gratiship; also for their cheerful and important aid in tude. promoting the benevolent object and labours of this society.
Other useful books and tracts published by the In consequence of such facilities, the visitors of society have been put into the hands of the surgeonthe ships have carefully watched every opportunity distributiou during the voyage ; and, uniformly,
superintendent on board every ship, for use or to visit the emigrants both at the dépôt at Deptford, and when they have embarked on board divine worship, and some copies of the morning
one large prayer-book for his own use at times of ship. A portion of two, and sometimes three, successive days have been devoted to this work and evening prayers printed in consecutive order On board most of the ships all the families have
as read on Sundays, to be lent to presbyterians, or been spoken with separately; and, of late, ad- others around him, who may have been strangers
to the use of the book of common prayer. At the dresses bave been delivered, respectively, to the
same time, the assistant visitor has offered the single women, then to the single men; and afterwards to two or four messes of married people and society's prayer-books for sale at the reduced prices their families collected at one time. Thus hours fixed by the committee. have been occupied with stating means for pro
Thirty-one ships have been specially noticed, as moting peace and good will among the various having been visited once, twice, or three times each parties on board ; also, the advantages to their vessel ; and the following numbers of books have present and eternal interests that would follow a been gratuitously distributed, viz.: 390 prayerplan of daily reading the holy scriptures, and books and Sunday services, to assist divine workneeling down between decks to pray for divine ship, on the Lord's-day; 1,307 books of select blessings; to spend a portion of their time in mu- homilies, for instruction in the gospel of Jesus tually imparting or receiving instruction in read-Christ ; 2,205 family prayers, to unite the coining, writing, and cyphering. They have also panies of strangers in the social worship of Albeen recommended so to conduct themselves that mighty God; 860 copies of the collects and catethe surgeon may give a good account of them, as chism, for the use of schools formed on board; a well-behaved and religious people, at the end of 800 copies of a tract formed of the baptismal ser
vice, &c., for distribution to parents and married Of late, every single man and woman has been people on their leaving the ship; 8,050 homily supplied with a book of family prayers, taken tracts, to be given as rewards to those who learn from the liturgy; arranged for every day in the well in the schools. week, and published by this society. Every From the same source, to which we are infather of a family has been supplied with a copy debted for the foregoing, we add a very striking of the same book : and two copies have been illustration of the catholicity of the book of comgiven to those who have more than three chil
mon prayer : dren. The supply of these books has been gratui- On the arrival of the society's visitor at Plytous, with the hope of recommending unity and mouth, in September last, he found the people at uniformity in prayer throughout the ship's com- the emigrant dépôt, who were to embark on pany of emigrants. This is the more desirable, board the trip * Athenian.” They were all as the people, for the most part, are strangers to assembled in their large mess-room, and an opporeach other. These books, although freely offered tunity was granted him (the visitor) to distribute to every one-to whatever Christian denomination the society's books amongst them. On his athe may profess to belong-are forced upon no tempt to open a parcel of books, he was surrounded man; but, after an address has been delivered, in by a large body of the people. which the people are invited to prayer, and the A Roman-catholic asked the visitor: “Have difficulties that might possibly arise are met by you any catholic books there for distribution?"