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after an illness of a few days, never consiCHRISTIAN PRAISE. dered serious until the noon of the day on
which she died. On the Lord's day preTHE NEW HYMN BOOK.
vious, there was a large gathering of The following facts led to the determina
Christian brethren from the adjacent
churches to bid farewell to our respected tion of publishing an enlarged and much im
Brother Thomson. In the festival held proved collection of hymns for Christian on that occasion, she was conspicuous for praise. 1. The book hitherto in use among vivacity, freedom, and service of love, the brethren has been out of print some time manifesting all the amiability of her nature. past, and consequently the demand could
A few days after we sadly committed her
to that dark and silent cave where the not be supplied even to those who had been
young and the old, the great and the mean, recently added to our number. This has the rich and the poor, lie side by side been attended with great inconvenience, and without any ceremony. She was remarkcaused much discouragement in some dis | able for gentleness of spirit, submission to tricts. 2. It was deemed exceedingly desi her parents, and beaming love towards rable that another edition should not be her friends generally. Latterly she was equally smail and incomplete with the one becoming much interested in thescriptures now in use, provided only that an additional of truth, frequently reading, and often number of hymns, embodying truth, could earnestly seeking the meaning by proposbe selected and added to the work, arranging
ing questions. It was expected that she each hymn, as far as possible, under its ap. / would, in a short time, freely and publicly propriate head. These desires have been devote herself to the Lord and his people attended to, and we hope with considerable in the ancient manner-that she would success. Not that every hymn will be ap enter the fold kept by the shepherd of proved entirely by the brethren : this was souls as one of those who might be carried not to be expected. Still, the book, con- in his bosom. But so far as our earthly sidered as a whole-containing as it does congregation is concerned, our hopes have most of the hymns sung from the previous been suddenly blighted. The angel of edition, with upwards of three hundred addi death has no pity and no remorse, but tional-cannot: we conceive, prove other- | carries desolation alike through the haunts wise than satisfactory to all.
of sin and misery, and the dwellings of To sing the truth only, expressed in suit
peace and prospective glory. We have, able language, and as much as possible in
however, no doubts concerning the state the first person, is very important-nay, in
of our dear departed young friend. She dispensably necessary to personal edification
| reposes serenely in the fatherly arms of and the glory of God. To sing language
him who will safely keep all committed to which is merely imaginary or poetical, may
his charge until the auspicious period when gratify temporary feelings, but will not build
he brings them from the dust and corrupup the renewed mind in the faith and hope
tion of the earth, into the condition of of the gospel.
immortal youth and unfading beauty.
Blessed be God that there is one stronger There are some who object to hymns in the than death and mightier than the grave, first person : but, in our opinion, their rea- 1 whose love is equal to his power-both sons do not appear either valid or cogent. It being so large and so steadfast as to admit must be remembered that while we are com- of no increase and no diminution. The manded to offer prayers, supplications, and parents and friends of the dear departed thanksgivings for all men, singing is of per- girl, though not so stoical as to forbid the sonal application, and cannot, with equal fountains of nature to flow when the heart propriety, be presented with reference to swells, are, nevertheless, perfectly resigned others. We should be happy to see the day to the will and the wisdom of God, being when the disciples of Jesus, having one bible | assured that his pleasure and our happiness -and no other bond of union, written or un
are strictly combined, though weakness written-shall also have one hymn book,
and tears may often prevent us from seeing from which to make melody in their hearts the immediate connection. May the symunto the Lord.--J. W.
pathies of the brethren and the consolations of the truth support our dear brother and
sister in their bereavement; and may we OBITUARY.
all reflect more solemnly and more freHuddersfield, May 23, 1848.–The fa
quently on the uncertainty of this life, mily of our beloved Brother Shaw have
and on the necessity of preparation for met with a heavy affliction in the sudden
the city of God, where rivers of pleasure death of Mary Elizabeth Shaw, in her 12th
will roll unceasing among the pure and year. She expired on Wednesday night,
G. G. the 17th instant, at half-past seven o'clock,
THE CHRISTIAN'S RESIGNATIOX.
THOU rollest on, oh! deep unmeasured sea,
Thy length and depth a mystery profound;
Days, weeks, years, centuries-in immensity
Pass on, por leave a footstep nor a sound.
Thon liftest up thy smooth unwrinkled brow
Beyond the limits of our utmost thought,
A shoreless space-where ages mutely bow
Like bubbles on thy bosom, and are not !
We hear a tramp of feet, we see a throng Oft have we felt a flliction's rod;
of generations lashing through the gioom; But when the blow was given,
They fade, and others rise, and far along We meekly said, thy will on earth
The caverns yawn, and nature finds her tomb Be done as ’tis in heaven.
In thee-but thou, nor young, nor old, art evermore Teach us, oh, Father, day by day,
Ode all pervading space-a sea without a shore !
The most remote bodies which the telescopes dis. Teach us no longer to repine
close to us are, probably, the nebulæ. These, as their When earthly ills shall come;
name i nports, are dim and misty -looking objects, But calmly say, with thy dear Son,
very few of which are visible to the unassisted sight. Oh! Lord, thy will be done.
Powerful telescopes resolve most of them into stars,
and more in proportion to the force of the instrument, Father, thy will on earth be done
while at the same time every increase of telescopic As it is done in heaven,
pow'r brings fresh and unresolved nebulæ into view. Be all our needful wants supplied, And all our sins forgiven.
A natural generalization would lead us to conclude that all such objects are nothing but groups of stars,
forming systems, different in size, remoteness, and DEATH IN HIGH STATION.
mode of aggregation. This conclusion would, in.
deed, be almost irresistible, but for a few rare examTHERE is a peculiar sclemnity and mournful ples, where a single star of considerable brightness grandeur inspired by death in high station, which appears surrounded with a delicate and extensive at. adds much to the moral impression made by mere
mosphere, offering no indication of its consisting of grief or regret. Through such visitations of the stars. Such objects have given rise to the conception mighty ones and rulers of the earth, death speaks of a self-luminous nebulous matter, of a vaporous or to all beneath them, and gives a warning which gaseous nature, of which these photospheres, and reaches alike to the humblest subject and the greatest per aps some entire nebulæ may consist, and to the rulers and leaders.
further conception of a gradual subsidence or conThe strange and stately verses of Shirley (which densation of such matter into stars and systems. It are said to have chilled the heart of Cromwell him- | cannot be d nied, however, that the weight of induc. self, by moving some mystic sympathy), marked as tion appears to be accumulating in the opposite di. they are by an obscurity that deepens their gloomy
rection, and that such “nebulous stars" may, after sublimity, suggest themselves here as they often do all, be only extreme cases of central condensation, in similar circumstances.
such as two or three nebulæ, usually so called, offer The glories of our mortal state
a near approach to. A part, then, from these singuAre shadows, not substantial things:
lar bodies, and leaving open the questions they go to There is no armor against fate;
raise, and apart from the consideration of such pecuDeath lays his icy hand on kings.
liar cases as planetary and annular nebulæ, the great Sceptre and crown
majority of nebulæ may be described as globular or Must tumble down,
spheroidical aggregates of stars arranged about a And in the dust be equal made
centre, the interior strata more closely than the ex
terior, according to the various laws of progressive With the poor crooked scythe and spade.
density, but the strata of equal density being more Some men with swords may reap the field.
nearly spherical according to their proximity to the And plant fresh laurels where they kill; centre. Many of these groups contain hundreds, nay But their strong nerves at last must yield; thousands of stars.-Edinburgh Review. They tame but one another still. Early or late
ORGANS OF PERSPIRATION.-The perspiratory They stoop to fate,
pores on the palm of the hand are 3528 in a square And must give up their conquering breath, inch. Each of these pores being the aperture of a When they, pale captives, creep to death. little tube of about a quarter of an inch long, it fol. The garlands wither on your brow:
lows that in a square inch of skin on the palm of the Then boast no more your mighty deeds;
hand, there exists a length of tube equal to 882 Upon death's purple altar now,
inches, or 73, fret. Surely such an amount of drainSee where the victor-vietim bleeds!
age as 75 feet in every square inch of skin, assuAll heads must come
ming this to be the average for the whole body, is To the cold tomb;
something wonderful, and the thought naturally obOnly the actions of the just
trudes itself, what if this drainage were obstructed ? Smell sweet and blossom in the dust.
Could we need a stronger argument for enforcing the necessity of attention to the skin ? On the pulps
of the fingers, where the ridges of the sensitive laver WHAT IS NECESSARY?_There are many things of the true skin are somewhat finer than in the palm that are not necessary. It is not necessary that we of the hand, the number of pores on a square inch a should be rich or great in this world; or that we little exceed that of the palm, and on the heel, where should be gay and gaudy in our dress; or that we the ridges are coarser, the pores on a sqnare inch shoulu enjoy sensual pleasures. It will not be a pin was 2268. The average number of perspiratory pores to choos, ere long, what part we have acted here: ou the whole surface of the body, may be taken as when the sceptre and the spade shall have one com 2800 to the square inch! mon grave, and royal dust shall be blended with the beggar's ashes. But it is necessary that we should | Printed by Edmund Renals, at his Office, No. 2, be born again-it is necessary that we should submit South-parade, in the parish of Saint Peter, Notting. to the yoke of Christ, and own his commands, and ham, and published by the Proprietor, JAMES live to the Lord. There is nothing necessary but WALLIS, of Park-terrace, at No. 12, Peck-lane, this.-Martheu Mead.
in the said Parish.-Saturday, July 1, 1848.
THE QUESTIONS OF THE Though the soul of the Christian PRESENT AGE,
soar heavenward, yet the feelings CONSIDERED IN THEIR RELATION TO and passions of humanity will often DIVINE TRUTH.
drag it down, even in its loftiest NO II. CONTINUED THE CHRISTIAN'S
flight, and trail its weak wings in MISSION: MOTIVES FOR ACTION.
the dust; and the very extremity of It is in the exercise of the moral its weakness shows the grandeur of energies that we find the true guar- energy, the marvellous denial of self, dian against the supremacy of sin by which it has often manifested the and sorrow. The enthusiasts of the power and beauty of Christianity. If early Christian ages, who sought in we are to comprehend the triumph of the deep silence of the woodland | our own Lord, we must turn to the shades or the trackless wilderness to garden of Gethsemane; we hear the subdue the passions of their own voices of the Spirit and the Flesh. souls, found that they were there The Spirit says, “ Noi my will, but assailed with sin in its most revolting thine, be done.” The agonized man forms; they found that the godlike says, “Oh! my Father, if it be posenergies of the mind, which require sible, let this cup pass from me.” an eternity for their development, The agony of the body bears witness could only acquire dominion, could to the greatness of the soul; and it only triumph over passion, by stern is not till we have laboured for one and constant conflict for God and for great end, with a willing spirit, yet a his truth. It was only by wrestling / weak nature, and still conquered, that with the angel that the Patriarch we can truly say, “We have overcome could obtain the blessing; and he, the world.” We need not repine crippled by the angel's stroke, yet because this"world is to most of us a elevated above all mankind by the vale of tears, or that death has often blessing he had gained, is but the rent asunder the tendrils by which type of the Christian's labour and kindred hearts were bound together ; his lot.
for as the æolian harp never gives forth its sweet and dirge-like notes sons : he gathered the rose without till it is swept by the wandering feeling the thorns. The pleasures of winds, so Christian character never youth have not been attended with manifests its strongest and noblest its crimes. Like the sun-dial, he has faculties till sorrow, oppression, or marked only the bright hours; and temptation, have roused the immortal when he arrives at the period in which powers which so often slumber with-| the hopes and aspirations of manhood in us.
crowd over his mind, and Ambition Time, who robs us of so much, is raises her trumpet voice, the transition not wholly unkind. If we have no is attended with no pain. longer the buoyant and trusting feel-« Time did beckon to the flowers, and they ing of youth-if we have passed the By noon most cunningly did steal away,
And wither in his hand."" period when
And as he gazes on the track he has “ Sweet thoughts, like summer buds unfolding,
wandered over, he can, indeed, say, Waken rich feelings in the careless breast,”
when he thinks on a pure childhood, we are no longer so prone to trust,
| “ Farewell, dear flowers, sweetly your time ye or so easily deceived. As our feel spent.” ings deepen in their character, we The Christian, clinging by faith to acquire the cold wisdom of distrust, the precepts of his master, enters the and this is the most dangerous period field of action endowed with that of our lives. Our destinies here hang I experience which is supposed to be in the balances ; our earliest impres- the prerogative of old age. In his sions were as flowers thrown on a character alone are combined the two swiftly gliding river-they float for a
great qualifications for success—the few moments on the surface, and then
energies and aspirations of youth, and sink for ever ; but when manhood more than the wisdom of age, inasarrives, the impressions are engraven
much as his teacher of wisdom is on our hearts as on the granite rock.
divine; so that, while his promised It is then that a few, nay, even one reward is greater, his task is no circumstance will change the whole heavier, for with extended labour he character. Many a gifted spirit has has extended powers. sunk into misanthrophy and indolence,
In reviewing the springs of action gnawing his own heart, wbom an which Christianity discloses, there is extended sphere of conscientions
one still more holy and lasting in its action might have rendered happy in
influence; it is the memory of the himself, and useful to mankind.
righteous dead—those pure spirits “ 'Tis when the rose is wrapt in many a fold, that have diffused peace and love Close to the heart, the worm is wasting there Its life and beauty : not when all unrolled,
over the household hearth. They Leaf after leaf, its bosom, rich and fair,
mark for us on the dial of time the Breathes freely its perfumes throughout the ambient
years that have gone by, admonishing But on the mind and heart of the
I heart of the us of our errors by the remembrance Christian, Time has lost his corroding
of their virtues, telling us that we, power. By communion with the too, shall soon struggle in the dark Divinity, the Christian has renewed
sea; and that if we are to meet them the purity of his own soul; he has
where there is joy for evermore, our realized the old Greek legend; he
hearts must be meet for the dwellinghas bathed in the fountain of eternal
place of the Lofty One that inhabiteth youth. Happy, thrice happy, is he
eternity, and how few there are who who, from earliest youth, has bowed | have not this remembrance serving as under the sway of Christ; he has
a guardian angel !
" And for the loved and lost, “Made a posey while the time ran by."
Their memory moves us as naught else may move,
When wildly tempest tost, His life is but as the changing sea- ! "They to the soul as guiding stars may prove.
And many a gentle word
A traveller was one day wandering of precious counsel, all too long despised By memory may be stirred,
through the valley of the Nile, and as 'Now to be thought upon, and weighed, and prized. the sett
the setting sun caused the pyramids And when the wayward heart Doubts how it shall some dark temptation shun,
to cast their dark shadows over the They may decide its part;
plains, his eyes fell on those won• So will we do, for so would they have done.'”
derful edifices, which have defied the So sang one whose strains have awak-hand of Time; and while he wondered ened a responsive chord in every at the intellect which was capable of heart; and while the solemn cadences such vast designs, he sighed as he of her verses have not yet died away, confessed the littleness of their aim. our spirits bow in love and wonder He turned aside to a column on which before the all-wise Being who has was curiously carved a representation caused Christianity to appeal to this, of royal life : here was the monarch as to every other feeling for our returning from his conquests, crowned Redeemer, our elder brother, is re- kings of the Eastern nations following membered by us as one who, “ being as captives behind his chariot ; further dead, yet speaketh.”
| up the column were the warriors and Another powerful motive for the priests, the ministers of murder and exercise of the moral energies is, that superstition, following their dreadful the Christian can attain the purest avocations; and on the pedestal was earthly fame. There are some names inscribed the sentence, “Behold, O which are enshrined in the hearts of stranger! and tremble at the name all men, whose glory is known, like of Osymandyas the Great, the ruler the comet, by the light which remains of a hundred kingdoms !” And the long after they have passed away ; traveller asked History if she could at whose words the eye flashes, the narrate the tale of triumph and of cheek warms, and the blood runs blood; but she was silent-she had through our veins like electric fire ; forgotten Osymandyas. He asked and who are these mighty ones ? Science if she knew aught of the king? The successful speculator? the greedy and she only answered, “He was the capitalist ? the proud despot? the inventor of the sun-dial.” Yes, as sanguinary revolutionist? Ah, no! the hero of a hundred battles, he had They are such as Hampden, who for been forgotten; but as the benefactor his country's liberty braved the most of his race by one single gift, he had daring monarch that ever sat on the been remembered nearly three thouEnglish throne ; such as Ridley and sand years. But the Christian has a Latimer, who promulgated the great greater triumph. Deputed to present principles of Protestantism when in to mankind the fairest offspring of the midst of the consuming fire; such | divine love, he knows that, if he even as Milton, who deliberately relin- be forgotten by man, he shall be quished his sight rather than desert remembered by God, and' “ shall his country in the hour of her need. shine as the stars of heaven for ever They are the whole band of lofty and ever.” He shall possess a happispirits, whose graves are the shrines ness which the world cannot give, to which the noblest of every land and which it shall never take away; wend their way as pilgrims. And he shall be as the water-lilies, which, wherein lies the power of their names? whether in the calm or storm, still It is that they were identified with float tranquilly on the surface of the some great principle; they were the waves ; and when the tide of life is originators, or auxiliaries, of some fast receding, leaving him on Death's great intellectual and social move- dark shore, then, oh! then, how ment; they were the benefactors of greatly shall he rejoice that he has mankind.
served his Lord. And the last