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whilst I urge my fellow-Christians uni- | and equally liable to fall. Oh,' then, versally, to seek to restore those who whilst we seek for protection from Him once sat with us to commemorate the who is "able to keep us from falling," Saviour's death, whom we once esteemed, and to "hold up our goings, that our in whose prayers we have delightfully footsteps slip not,” let us also earnestly joined, but who have dishonoured by labour, “in season and out of season," to their fall the worthy name by which bring back to the fold of God those who they were called. Such are still our once enjoyed its comforts, but whose sin brethren. Though fallen, let our em- has separated between them 'and their ployment be to raise them up; let us God. If in this employment we are sucshow kindness and Christian compassion cessful, our success will be our reward. for the transgressor, whilst with the I remain, dear Sir, yours truly, deepest indignation we frown on the sin.

A Young PASTOR. We are ourselves exposed to the tempter,


They are once dead when there is no If a church in such a state does not re


This kind of antipathy of heart to plain When is a church twice dead and gospel truth denotes that they are twice plucked up by the roots ?

dead. spiritual life in the members, when their

pent and do its first works, there is danger services are merely formal—when one

that the candlestick will be removed out attends social or public meetings because

of its place, or that the Spirit will enanother does, or because their pastor or

tirely withdraw and leave the church their brethren will notice their absence

with the mere selfish and worldly form, where no personal effort is made for the instead of the power and purity of the salvation of the impenitent, and no in- gospel. terest is felt in their own sanctification,

“ Brethren, it is bigh time to wake out —where their zeal, so far as they have

of sleep.-- Christian Treasury. any, is for their own church, as their own, rather than as Christ's church—when EPITAPH ON THE TOMB OF TWO INFANTS, their interest in a sermon is, that it may Bold infidelity, turn pale and die ! please men; not that it may please and Beneath this stone two infants' ashes lie; glorify God. Such a church is dead, and Say-are they lost or saved ? its fruit, if ever it bore any, is withering. If death 's by sin--they sinn'd, because they'ro

When, in addition to this, its members are not only dead so far as spirituality is If heaven 's by works, in beaven they can't apconcerned, but when they dislike to hear pear; their own condition portrayed, or urged

Ah! Reason, how depraved ! on their attention ;-when they are res

Revere the sacred page, the knot's untied; tive under appeals to wakeful devotion

They died, for Adam sinn'd; they live, for and self-denying labour; — when such

Jesus died !-ROBINSOX. truth as Jesus preached in relation to cherished sin,-"If thy right hand of

PRESUMPTION. fend thee, cut it off; because it is better A religious professor, of Antinomiant to enter into life maimed than to be cast sentiments, boasting to Rowland Hilt into hell-fire;"_when, in order to please that he had not felt a doubt of his safety them, the sins of life must not be noticed for many years, was answered by Mr.' at all, or noticed in such a form that Hill, “ Then, sir, give me leave to doubt tbére' is a graceful side to a lower note.

for you."

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a treasure to enrich, a sun to enlighten, Prayer is that by which a man engages and a fountain to cleanse them.— Brooks. all the auxiliaries of Omnipotence itself against his sin, and is so utterly contrary

TRUE PERFECTION. to, and inconsistent with it, that the same heart cannot hold them both, but one Naaman was a mighty man; but he must soon quit possession of it to the was a leper. Every man has some but other; and either praying must make a or other in his character; something that man leave off sinning, or sinning force blemishes and diminishes him — some him to give over praying.--South. alloy in his grandeur--some damp to his

joy. He may be very happy, very good; yet, in something or other not so good as

he should be, nor so happy as he would Oh, sirs ! there is in a crucified Jesus, something proportionable to all the could make him; and yet, as Bishop Hall

be. Naaman was as great as the world straits, wants, necessities, and desires of remarks, the basest slave in Syria would his poor saints. He is bread to nourish

not have changed skins with him.--Henry. them, a garment to cover them, a physician to heal them, a counsellor to advise them, a captain to defend them, a

ETERNITY. prince to rule them, a prophet to teach,

A gulf whose large extent no bounds engage, and a priest to make atonement for them, A still beginning, never-ending age : a husband to protect, a father to provide, which, when ten thousand thousand years are a brother to relieve, a foundation to support, a root to quicken, a head to guide, ' Is still the same, and still to be begun.




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" Come unto me, ye weary,
And I will give you rest!"
How sink these blessed words of Christ
Into the sorrowing breast.
Lord, I have oft beguil'd
My mind with visions bright
of fame, and love, and wealth, and all
That maketh earth's delight.
Or I have kept my guilty eyes
Full on my path so dreary,
Instead of looking on the skies,
And listening to the voice that cries,
“Come unto me ye weary."
Oh, do thou give me rest!
Weary and sad I come,
Timid and fearful, lest
I never gain my home.


Thy saving health, great God! impart,

In this our early prime,
Tbat we may serve thee as we ought,

While sojourners of time.
Oh, let thy Spirit's sacred fire

Refine and purify
The hearts we consecrate to thee,

That if we live or die
We may be thine,-on earth, in beaven -

The children of thy love;
Thy church may hail us here below,

And welcome us above.
Thus clothed in righteousness Divine,

And sanctified by grace,
Our path may brighten, till we see
The glories of thy face.

J, S.



Give us, O Lord, thy way to know,

That we may cleanse our own,
By thy blest word,--the guiding star

That leads us to thy throne.


13TH, 1847, AGED 21 YEARS.

" Thy brother shall rise again."
I look upon the bright hedge-flowers

In the glimmer of dawning day,
Cheering the lively summer hours

With sweet odor and colors gay :

And they say, “We were lately as branches, But it pointed our faith to what Jesus spoke, dead

“Thy brother shall rise again!" No bloom, no beauty then;

P. D. W. Therefore, O mourner, be comforted, • Thy brother shall rise again.'"

AMERICAN SLAVERY. I look at the east with its crimson glow,

Hark! the Macedonian cry 'Till the rising orb of day

Sounds across the Atlantic wave, Pours a flood of light on all below,

Christian brothers, come and help us ; And the shadows flee away;

From the bonds of slavery free us. And it says, “When I sink in the glowing Oh set free the Christian slave ! west,

“ Sisters of the sea-girt isle, I look for the morrow, when

Lift on high thy gentle hand;
I come with new beams of splendor drekt-
Thy brother shall rise again!'"

Pree-born children of the free,

Join in one united band;
I look at the growing fields of corn, - Send thy voices through the land ;

First the blade, and then the bursting ear; Break the chain of slavery.
And they point me to the same blest morn, “ Is there one who loves the Saviour,
My faith and hope to cheer-

Is there one who knows his love,
Sown in corruption, yet raised anew,

Can refrain from prayer and effort With identity of grain :

On earth below to heaven above, So with the dead believer too,

To remove this blood-stain'd chain" Thy brotber shall rise again!"

This darkest spot on Christian fame?" I look on the painted butterfly,

Hark! that sad, that bitter cry
With its light and airy wing;

Sounds aloud o'er land and sea,
Flitting o'er flowers 'neath the sunlit sky, Let it not be raised in vain-
Like an ethereal thing.

'Tis the soul's deep misery From the lifeless chrysalis how it broke Christians, break the cursed chain We try to explore in vain ;

Of wicked, hateful slavery !

Review of Books.

The TYPOLOGY of SCRIPTURE. Mosaic Now, the work before us may be regarded DISPENSATION. By Ren. PATRICK

ICK as an application of Mr. Fairbairn's prinFAIRBAIRN, Salton. 12mo. pp. 564.

ciples to the earlier revelations of the Divine T. and T. Clark, Edinburgh; and Hamilton, Being, considered as preparatory exhibitions Adams, and Co., London,

of the leading truths of the gospel. It is, MR. FAIRBAIRN is a theologian of more in fact, the completion of the plan sketched than ordinary penetration and research, by him in his first volume; and will be read especially in the department of sound with more than ordinary satisfaction by Biblical interpretation, the only true basis those who really wish to understand the of a genuine theology. He has availed him: real character of Judaism, both in its moral self of all the modern aids in the depart. 1 and ceremonial elements. The question of ment of Biblical Criticism, without falling the moral law is here fully discussed ; and into sympathy with the speculative tenden we think Mr. F. has made it fully manifest cies of the age, which have been imported that the ceremonial of Judaism can never largely from the German school. His first be well understood, in the absence of a work on the Typology of Scripture, of which clear and proper estimate of its moral code. this may be regarded as a practical illustra. We cannot but cherish the conviction that tion of the principles there embodied, is one | this part of Mr. F.'s critical labours will be of the most valuable investigations of the | highly valued by all who are able to form a question of types which has appeared in any satisfactory judgment on such questions. age. Indeed, we do not know any work of 1 The present work consists of three Parts : its kind in which so much valuable inform- i 1. The religious truths and principles emation could be obtained ; or in which the bodied in the historical transactions conextremes of laxity and over-severe restric nected with the redemption from Egypt, tion are so carefully eschewed. It is a viewed with an especial reference to their book of solid worth, that will go down to typical bearing in regard to the higher posterity.

things of Christ's redemption. Here, the bondage of Israel, the deliverer and his naan, and the institution of the kingly gocommission, the deliverance, and the march | vernment. through the wilderness, with all the signs We beg to express the deep sense we and wonders attending it, and its strange entertain of the value of Mr. Fairbairn's aod perplexing duration, are all investigated. labours, in the department to which he has

II. The direct iostruction given to the devoted a large portion of patient and critiIsraelites before the erection of the Taber. cal research. nacle, and the institution of the symbolical service. Here Mr. F. shows that the Deca. logue, in the strict and proper sense, was

The Year-Book of Missions : containing termed the Law; that it could not effect

a comprehensite Account of Missionary certain things, as was manifest from the

Societies, British, Continental, and Amefact, that the covenant, standing, and privi.

rican. With a Particular Survey of the leges of Israel preceded the giving of it;

Slations, arranged in Geographical order. that there were certain purposes answered

By ELIJAH HOOLE, one of the General by the giving of it; and that there was an

Secretaries of the Wesleyan Missionary intimate connection between it and the symbolical institutions. Then follows an

Society. 8vo. pp. 432. admirable chapter on the relation of be.

Loagman, Brown, Green, and Longmans. lievers under the New Testament to the This volume embodies an admirable con. Law, showing in what sense they are free ception, peculiarly appropriate to the times from it, and why it is no looger proper to in which we live,-times, bappily, in which keep the symbolical institutions connected the great and glorious cause of Christian with it.

missions begins to take that hold of the III. The religious truths and prin. public mind to which it is entitled, on prin. ciples embodied in the symbolical institu ciples of general philanthropy no less than tions and services of the Mosaic dispensa on the higher considerations of religious tion, considered in their typical reference benevolence. Though different sects will to the better things to come. Many ques. naturally look with a concentrated glance tions of great interest are here investigated, upon their own mission schemes, we have as-Why Moses was instructed in the wis- tbat good opinion of the friends of missions dom of Egypt? What was the general generally, that they regard with a profound structure and design of the tabernacle ? interest the whole agency now employed for What the object of its ministers? What the spiritual evangelization of the world ; the design of the separation of the taber- and the combined effects produced by the pacle into two apartments—the fore-court, friends of the gospel upon the darkness and with its laver and altar of sacrifice; and misery of the heathen world. Of one thing the most holy place, with its furniture, and we are sure, that so far as the friends of the services connected with it on the great missions are truly Christian, they will conday of atonement ? Here the fundamental sider their work and their record to be subidea of sacrifice by blood, and the three stantially one. main points connected with its presentation, To those who think and feel aright on are ably elucidated. Then we have all this great subject, a volume which, at a the minute appendages of the holy place glance, enables them to see the position of explained,-such as the altar of incense, the every Christian mission extant, and to forin table of shewbread, the golden candlestick, | an accurate idea of the actual change proand also the offerings and services connected duced on the intellectual, social, moral, and with the brazen altar in the court of the religious condition of those portions of the tabernacle,-the sin-offering,-ihe trespass. human race, who have been subjected to offering,--the burnt offering,—the peace. missionary culture, must be a very welcome offering, - and the meat-offering. And, addition to their means of correct informafinally, we hare a very enlightened examin

tion. ation of certain special rites,—such as the We, therefore, thank Mr. Hoole very red heifer, the purification of the leper, the sincerely for the important service which he offerings of the Nazarite, the distinctions of has rendered to the cause of missions by clean and unclean food; with a full deve. this labour of his useful pen. And so far lopment of the stated feasts and solemnities as we have been able to test the accuracy of -such as the sabbath, the passover, pente. i bis details, we can speak with much concost, the new moons, the day of atonement, fidence of them. They have been evidently the feast of tabernacles, and the sabbatical supplied as the result of much faithful and year, and year of jubilee. In the conclud. | laborious effort. Most cordially do we reing chapter, Mr. T. furnishes a brief but spond to the concluding paragraph of the striking sketch of the special developments, author's preface : in the subsequent history of Israel, espe. " It has been thought that, to present in cially the conquest and possession of Ca. 'one view, as in this volume, all the opera

tions of missions throughout the world, may | lations to the Christian church. We could induce the conclusion, that enough is al. not by any means commit ourselves to all ready done, and that nothing more need to the individual views of the author; but she be attempted. Such an inference would be has furnished ample proof in these pages, as unjust to the eternal interests of men as that she has well and deeply pondered her it would be disastrous to Christian enter theme, and that she has brought to its prise. It is, in truth, very gratifying to elucidation a more than ordinary share of observe bow all Christians of orthodox faith practical knowledge and sound experience. have entered on the work of extending their It may be difficult to carry out, except in some religion abroad. But it is mournful to re- ' rare instances, a few of her recommendaflect, that this zeal for missions is only of tions ; but of the mass of them we are permodern date. The churches are beginning suaded that they would work well for the to awake to their duty to the world; but greater efficiency of the cause. woe to them and to the world, should they Nothing is more important than the hold again slumber and sleep! No reparation over the Sunday-school wbich she maintains for the supineness of past ages is possible. on behalf of the pastor ; and we are per. The present duty has not yet been dis. suaded that where the superintendent and charged ; nor will the sacred command of the teachers are anxious to secure his inthe Saviour, " to preach the gospel to every fluence and co-operation they will rarely be creature," be fulilled, at the present ratio withheld. On the mode, too, of introducing of effort, during the life of the present gene- teachers, we think that the remarks of the ration. There are, without doubt, wealth author are extremely weighty and pertinent; and energy enough, in the professing Chris. for much of the imperfection which has tian church, to fill the world with the sound hitherto attended the Sunday-school system of the gospel before the present generation has been owing to the introduction of in. shall have passed away. It remains to be competent teachers. We recommend earseen, whether the wealth and the energy are nestly Mrs. Davids' plans for augmenting under the control of Christian principle. It the qualifications of teachers. They are truly becomes tbose to whom talents of so vala- rational, and in most cases attainable. But able a character are committed, to consider | the most valuable portion of the whole book whether the riches and power which might is that which relates to the adoption of a be employed in the extension of the king. more uniform and perfect system, which dom of Christ should be allowed to stagnate shall pervade the whole land, and, in fact, in their possession; and whether there are the whole world. It is time that the organnot higher and more desirable objects than ization of our Sunday-schools should be those of worldly ambition and self-indulg- perfected, and that these institutions should ence. Happy they, who, when their Lord rise to that measure of efficiency which shall require from them an account of their lengthened experience ought to have secured. stewardship, shall be able to say, “Thy ! Mrs. Davids has made a noble contribu. talent hath gained ten talents,' and shall be tion to the Sunday-school cause, for which admitted to an eternal reward."

posterity will revere her memory, and place i her among the philanthropists of her age.

The Sunday School. An Essay. In ;
Three Paris. By Louisa DAVIDS, 12mo.


FRANCIS WAYLAND, D.D., President of Sunday-school Union.

Brown University, and Professor of Moral This is the first complete treatise that has

Philosophy. Small 8vo. pp. 404. 48. 6d. appeared on the Sunday-school, considered in

Maclehose, Stewart, and Co., Edinburgh. allits important bearings, as a settled institu Mr. Wayland is a clear thinker, and a tion for the benefit of mankind. That it should correct writer; and has altogether a mind proceed from a female pen is a circumstance fitting him to deal effectively with subjects not more natural than it is creditable to the connected with moral science. The work enterprise of the amiable author. Variety i before us has reached a fourth edition in of opinion will doubtless arise among the the United States, and has gone far to supfast friends of Sunday-schools in reference plant other treatises on the same interesting to many subjects wbieh Mrs. Davids has topic. As a class-book, it is, perhaps, seen fit to discuss; but we promise them, better adapted to the ordir ary run of stu

dents than any similar production extant. examination of almost every conceivable The author's plan occupies a wide range ; topic connected with the Sunday-school and is so handled as to render a branch of system, whether it relates to the qualifica. | study somewhat dry and uninviting, pecu. tions of teachers, the best modes of instruc. | liarly interesting. He has very wisely tion and discipline, or its well-defined re- | eschewed the classic and technical phrase.

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