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hope, and love; but the greatest of is studded with sparkling gems, and these is love.” Among the redeemed sustained by mountain columns whose there will eternally be something to capitals are brilliant glaciers of magbelieve, and something to hope for: nificent proportions, and carved with the three sisters are all immortal, but more than Corinthian elegance. To love is the fairest and the most ex- | them the sun shines forth through alted. Faith and hope are means to the stained windows of the East, only an end. The product, the result is to sparkle in the dew-drops, or to love. God is love; it is his name paint the flowers, or to relieve with and his nature: hence all his marvel- light and shade the imagery of earth lous dealings are designed to conform and heaven ; and he sinks into the us to his own nature, and transform golden æreal seas of the West, amidst us into his resemblance. We, as clustered islands, glowing with the dear children, are to be imitators of tints of the ruby and the amethyst, God; imitation grows into likeness the fancied residence of perpetual dein the divine household as it does in light. The orbs of the firmament the human. Victorious overflowing are, to them, the lamps which night love is the consummation — love suspends to the lofty vault, to cast a stronger than death, and more sacred silvery radiance over field, and stream, than life-love continually rising to and forest, and increase enjoyment by that supernal source whence issues the charms of variety, and the mysall things pure and vital. In such terious wonders of her still and shalove, awakened by him who first dowy hours. The whole earth, inloved us, there is strength and joy- deed, to them, is but a magnificent there is life, power, and consecration. suite of apartments, carpeted with Duty loses its stern aspect, and ap- verdure, or paved with marble, and pears bland and beautiful. Pains embellished with living pictures. In are ministering angels, and sorrows the vast halls and spacious courts of are sanctified and salutary. Heaven their abode, the ear is soothed with is around the heart, and God dwells the melody of birds, and the senses there for evermore.
lulled by the murmur of gushing G. GREENWELL. fountains, and the sweet odour of
flowers, borne on the wings of gentle COMMUNINGS IN THE zephyrs. In its secret cabinets are SANCTUARY.—No. V. treasures inexhaustible of gold, and
silver, and precious stones. Its plea“ He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most
High, shall abide under the shadow of the Al. sure grounds—its gardens—its groves mighty.”—Ps. xc. 1.
-its rivers, and lakes, and oceans, THERE is a religion of the imagi- filled with the various tribes of anination, as there is a religion of the mated nature-are created to be adintellect, or of the heart; for God mired, and are but varied orders and may be an object of fancy, as well as forms of beauty. In a word, the of reason, or of love. Alas, how world, with all that it contains, is, to many are the gifted souls who dream them, but an exhibition of glory and away the trial-time of life in vain il- beauty—an emanation from the Beaulusions, unawakened to the realities | tiful, which is their Deity and their of true devotion ! And how earnestly IDOL. To this alone they offer the they seek to prolong those visions of incense of their hearts—to this alone ideal beauty, and dwell within those they build their altars, not only in palaces of enchantment which have the fair fields of Nature, but in the arisen at their pleasure !
temples of Art. The sculptor, the To them this universe is but as a painter, the musician, the architect, fairy mansion, whose cerulean dome the poet, and the orator, are the true
priests of their religion. Praise is yond earth's limits, in outer darkness their only oblation, and pleasure their and perpetual winter. It is this relisole pursuit.
gion which inspires that spiritual How generally are these the dreams pride which dogmatizes in matters of of youth ! How often, too, are they opinion ; and that intolerant bigotry the only realities of manhood! How which persecutes in matters of faith. many there are who live merely to It is this religion which infuses into cull earth’s fading flowers ! How men the lust of power, and coolly many there are who worship at no calculates the profits of oppression. other shrine than that of an ideal Before its tribunal, the rights of conperfection of beauty-a sensual image science are invalid, and the pleadings -a worldly sanctuary—an earthly of the heart are disregarded, for its Zion, out of which the true Jehovah laws are the speculation of opinionism, has never shone! With them a re- and the decisions of its judges are the fined taste is the true standard of cold abstractions of a perverted reapiety; and an admiration of the son. In a word, under its dominaworks of the Creator, true devotion. tion, to think right is to do right, and Nor is their discernment of moral to worship reason is to worship God. beauty less acute or accurate, than But oh ! that “ Lamb as it had their perception of the charms of Na- | been slain !”-that form that was ture. They contemplate, with de- marred !-that loving heart that was light, its noble examples—they honor pierced !-these sacred memorials of and admire magnanimity and courage, that divine love now spread before patience and fortitude, benevolence us ! Surely it is not here that such and nercy, and all the moral virtues religions as these can triumph. It is
-but, unfortunately, as they commit not in the sanctuary of God that we the error of thinking piety to consist shall either bow in the chambers of in a proper reverence for the beauti- imagery, or yield to the idolatry of ful in the works of God, so, they ima- reason. How poor, and weak, and gine that, in morals, to honor virtue valueless do they appear, when the is to possess it—and that to admire heart feels the love of God, and the morality, is to practice it.
soul rejoices in the Beloved! How A thousand charms, however, clus- evanescent now the glories with which ter around this religion of the fancy, Fancy may deck her day - dreams ! as compared with the barren and un- How visionary and false here are decorated religion of the intellect. reason's partial revelation of the InfiHere calm Philosophy seeks to ana- nite! “ It is Christ that died ; yea, lyze the organisms of the spiritual rather that hath risen again !” “ It system ; or, prying curiosity would is God that justifieth : who is he that dissect those outward forms from condemneth ?” “ It is the Spirit which all life and beauty have de- that quickeneth : the flesh profiteth parted. Here minute distinctions, nothing." Before the cross of Jesus remote discoveries, ingenious specu- the magnificence of the earth is vanity, lations, are the grand essentials of and the power of intellect but pride, both piety and morals. And, while And oh ! how much have they to the religion of the fancy would revel unlearn, who have been taught in in the sun-light which imparts its these schools of error, before they can splendours to earth, and delight to realize that God's grace is gloryrange amidst the charms of a terres- that His foolishness is wiser than trial home, the religion of the intellect men, and His weakness superior would soar aloft to seek the source of strength ! day ; and, in the vain attempt to gain But, oh my soul, rejoice thou in superior knowledge, become lost be- I the Lord, and be joyful in the God of thy salvation! The Lord God is a the perfection of beauty shall be ensun and a shield-a strong tower of joyed for ever. Here Reason may be defence to them that trust in him. He borne, on wings of faith, to know and crowneth thee with mercy and loving- to admire the mysteries of the unikindness, and satisfieth thee with verse ; while unfailing Love, enthrogood things. He leadeth thee by the ning the Deity in the heart, consestill waters in the green pastures crates every pursuit-sanctifies every where he feeds his flock. “ He emotion—refines every enjoyment, guideth thee in the paths of right- and brings the whole man, in all the eousness for his name's sake." How departments of his nature, under the happy they who are permitted to blissful influences of true religion. dwell in the courts of the Lord, and
R. R. to behold his beauty as he appeareth in the sanctuary! Here shines for
REFORMATION.—No. V. ever the true lamp of wisdom-here is continually provided the bread of In endeavoring to present the basis life-here ascends the most accepta- upon which, in our judgment, the ble incense-and, behind the veil of reformation of the existing religious outward symbols, we are admitted to communities should rest, we have bow before the spiritual mercy-seat, stated, by implication at least, two overshadowed by the wings of cheru- truths which we wish now to consider bim and the radiant glory of the di- in their direct relations to each other. vine presence. For this is the house These truths are: 1. That the Chrisof God—the “ greater and more per- tian community should be united by fect tabernacle” which the Lord him- the ties of a common Christianity. self has erected for his own abode. That there should be one faith, univerIt is here he would receive the grate- sally received as evangelical, and ful homage of the heart. It is here one all-pervading family-affection,-a that he will meet with those who love bond of perpetual peace. In other him, and hope in his mercy.
words, that all who profess faith in And it is here that the deceitful Christ should be united together as visions of Fancy must be exchanged one body, having Him alone as their for the sacred promises of Christian head, and acknowledging a common Hope, and that Reason must be sub- standard of doctrine and of duty. 2. jected to the mysteries of Revelation. That, on the other hand, each indiviAnd oh, how gainful is that exchange! | dual member of that body, must for how blissful that subjection ! For himself, at his own responsibility, and Christian Hope admits to scenes more at his own peril, in the exercise of the glorious than unaided Fancy ever right of private judgment, determine sketched, and the mysteries of Faith this faith, ascertain this doctrine, and are more sublime than those of Rea- render this obedience. son. And it is in the unsearchable When these truths are thus placed riches of Christ–in the infinitude of side by side, they may appear irrethe divine perfections—the depths of concilable with each other, at least to his wisdom-the greatness of his a mind disturbed and hesitating, in power—the wonders of his redeem- view of the endless dissensions and ing love—that all the faculties of our bitter controversies of the religious nature may find their noblest exer- world. This contrariety, however, cise and most illimitable freedom. can only be apparent; for there can Here Fancy may range in fields of be no real inconsistency or incompatidelight, or rest in bowers of Eden ; bility between any two truths in the for Hope and Joy shall lead her to universe. And that these are truths, the realms of eternal glory, and where is admitted clearly and definitely, at least in theory, by the whole Protes- false pretences, to wrest from the peotant community. The first, indeed, ple the privileges of which we speak. is an express declaration of scripture; And it must surely, by this time, be and the second is a necessary impli- evident to the whole Protestant world, cation. For no one can act for him that it is utterly impossible to attain self, unless he first think for himself. Christian unity by persisting in the And Christianity itself is denuded of course heretofore pursued. This meall its sanctions and obligations, when thod has produced, indeed, nothing man, to whom it is individually ad- but discord from the time of Carlstadt dressed, is denied permission indivi- until now; so that the history of Protdually to believe and obey it. estantism is really but the history of
We candidly confess, indeed, that partyism ; a sad detail of religious if the history of Protestantism were strifes ; a sickening record of litigation to be taken as an exemplification of at the bar of undecided opinionism. the true nature and tendency of these But if the Protestant world can be principles, which, as we then stated, convinced that the course which has are among the original and essential been pursued results in religious disfeatures of this portion of Christendom, sensions, there is also another fact of we should be constrained to admit which the same experience may conthem as fallacious. For how would vince them, viz: that all this sectarian it be possible to reconcile with these animosity and prejudice has failed to truths the sectarian antipathies, dis- prevent entirely a spiritual unity cords, feuds, and animosities that have amongst the truly enlightened, liberal, prevailed among Protestants ;-the and pious of opposing parties. This divisions, heresies, and endless wars | fact, fortunately, stands forth in bold and fightings that have characterized relief, and while it demonstrates that every portion of this wide-spread re- unity is not incompatible with liberty formation from Popery? It would of judgment, it proves, still further, seem, almost, at first view, as if, in that the real tendencies of heart-felt seceding from Rome, and rejecting that religion are to produce peace and unity, unity which the latter boasts under and that whatever creates or perpetthe sovereign Pontiff, Protestants had uates division, must be opposed to plunged into a hopeless state of divi- | Christianity. When men, who, in sion; and that the very claim of private the deliberate exercise of judgment, judgment itself had been the means in have attached themselves to different practice, of placing unity of faith or religious bodies, are able by the eleany other unity for ever beyond their vating influences of divine truth and reach. Could it be shown that such love, to rise above the narrow limits a result was the natural effect of these of sectarian prejudice, and to embrace principles, in their just and legitimate each other as children of a common application, there would be no longer Father, and heirs of a common inany question of their fallacy, or that heritance, the power of these divine a blind submission to human dictation principles is shown to be such that in matters of religion and conscience, they require but a fair and open field should be regarded as the only safe- of action to gain a complete and gloguard of Christian faith and Christian rious triumph. unity.
There is, then, through the influThis, however, cannot be shown. ence of divine truth, and in direct On the contrary, it is not difficult to opposition to the genius of sectarianperceive that these divisions have orig- ism, a union of heart between the inated from unlawful restrictions of pious. Amidst the conflict of parties, the rights of conscience, and from an the shock of contending creeds, the intolerant bigotry, which sought under theological thunders of anathemas, and the fires of persecution, there sider, dispassionately, the express obhave been always found some who jects and tendencies of Christianity, have alike distinguished with tremb- without perceiving at once that partyling reverence the still small voice of ism and discussion are as remote and God himself, and have each pondered distinct from these designs and tenin doubt and solicitude the inquiry, dencies as earth from heaven. It is " What doest thou here?” Amidst in direct opposition to such alienathe interminable debates of partizans, tions and divisions, that the Apostle there have been some who have felt has declared there is one body, as as Christians, and recognized the there is one Spirit, one Lord, one image of the divine object of their faith ; and that he so earnestly beaffections, even amongst the opposing sought Christians to be of one mind, hosts, and with the tender cares of to speak the same things, and to have charity have sought to heal the wounds no divisions among them. It is in which bigotry had inflicted. But reference to the same matter that the this is merely a spiritual union-a Lord prays the Father to keep the secret sympathy. It is an invisible disciples whom he had given him, union, while there is, at the same that they might be one. “Neither," moment, a most visible disunion. It adds he, 6 pray I for these alone, but is a star of hope, however, amidst the for them also which shall believe on clouds of the tempest. It is the Spirit me through their word, that they all of God moving upon the face of may be one ; as thou Father art in chaos. It is Christianity itself, strug- me, and I in thee, that they also may gling amidst the discordant elements be one in us ; that the world may of human passion, to bring order out believe that thou hast sent me.” It of confusion, and create anew the is by a visible union among Christians heavens and the earth. But is not alone that the world can be convinced this mighty spirit to throw off the of the divine mission of Jesus Christ. burden of human crimes and follies ? Christianity, though a spiritual reliMust it struggle for ever in an un- gion, is not such a religion disemboequal conflict? However unjustly it died. It rules the body, as the soul. may have been once shorn of its It has its externals, as its internals strength, is not its power increasing its form as well as its power. It must in the prison-house of its foes ? And be recognized by its results, and may we not hope to see a visible, as among these there are none more there is an invisible unity in the fa- characteristic than unity, peace, and mily of God ?
good-will among men. There are many who regard such In the present effort at reformation, a unity as impracticable. Discouraged it is this unity which has been chiefly with the prospect, they are disposed urged upon the religious community to “ bear the ills they have,” and seek Christian union and intercommunion to convince themselves that no visible were the original and ruling thoughts union was ever contemplated in the with those with whom this movement Christian system. They even seek to began. To produce another schism justify the schisms of Christendom, -to add a new party to those already on the ground that they induce greater existing, was abhorrent to their feelvigilance, and serve to maintain purity ings and their principles. It was, inof doctrine and discipline, and greater deed, for the very purpose of avoiding activity amongst the religious com- this, that they, in the beginning, munity. But evil is never justified, united with one of the principal debecause it may, by an over-ruling nominations of the day, after a candid hand, be made productive of good. I statement of their actual position, and Nor is it possible for any one to con- 'of the basis of union which they ap