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gelic or human, cannot be happy, memorized and frequently sung with a melljmust we not conclude that if humana

uous voice, in the softest and sweetest strains.

Amongst these were the following:- Rock spirits, when absent from the body I of ages, cleft for me ;' "And is the gospel are present with the Lord, they must, peace and love;' Not all the nobles of the in order to happiness. be employed ? earth;' • Time is winging us away ;' • The This being admitted, as we presume it

Saviour! O what endless charms;' • Jesus,

and shall it ever be;' • Lord, in thy presence will be, by all who with Paul believe

here we meet;' •0! Jesus, the glory, the that our spirits after death are present wonder, and love;' • The world can never with the Lord, may we not then, with give;' • Come, every pious heart;' 'Safely

through another week, God has brought us all safety, most rationally conclude

on our way;' 'Lo, the stone is rolled away;' that all the happy spirits of the dead · Rise, o‘my soul;' • Prayer is the soul's are employed in useful services in sincere desire:' Father of mercies, in thy other parts of God's universe ! Hence word.' Wickliffe had always been taught

that in obeying his parents he was obeying the strong probability that multitudes

God; because it is written, “ Children, obey of pure and noble spirits are being your parents in the Lord, for this is right." constantly drafted from earth to He was, therefore, conscientiously obedient. minister to the increasing wants, or

-Before his father left home, he asked and

obtained from him leave to swim in the creek to the accumulating pleasures, of a

-an art which he had practised for three universe more rapidly increasing in years, and in which he much excelled. || its tenantry than we can form any Though fond of the practice, and also of idea of from all the ratios of increasing ska

fincreasino skating on the ice, he would not presume to

indulge in either without permission. His population registered in the annals of

parents have never urged any of their chilour own little world. If any one can dren to be baptized. They have always been give a better reason for this chapter fearful and cautious lest they should be inof the mysteries of Divine Providence

duced simply by their authority to make a

public profession of their faith before they than we have here given, we shall

understood and realized the solemnity and most gratefully and thankfully receive meaning of it. They have rather retarded it and report it.

A. C. than hastened such a profession on the part

of their children, until they were satisfied it

was solicited by thein, not through some sudOBITUARIES.

den impulse, nor of any gratification they · (From the “ American Millennial Harbinger.") might suppose it to afford their parents; but

WICKLIFFE EWING CAMPBELL, whose from a fixed and confirmed purpose and desudden and much lamented death was an- sire of obeying the Lord. There appeared nounced in our October number, as then during the suminer a remarkable enlargeintimated, was a child of much more than ment of mind on bis part, vigorously indicated, ordinary promise. Possessed of a beautiful | especially in his love of prayer. Daily he countenance and person of a good understan:- | would fall upon his knees beside his mother, ing, and of a inost amiable disposition, he and often request her to teach him to pray, was universally admired and beloved by all or to unite with him in prayer--a practice in that knew him. Conscientious, truthful, which she often engages with her children, and honorable in his whole deportment and by means of which she is enabled to pious and devotional for his years — fond appreciate their growth in knowledge and in of learning and of his books, he was a piety. The very day preceding his death he child not only beloved by all his relatives declared to his sister's son, Henry Ewing, and acquaintance, and dear to his parents, | his determination to be baptized, with whom but one on whom clustered many a hope of and another sister's son, Thomas Henley, he eminent usefulness to society is coming years. I was swimming at the time the Lord took bim After his father left for Europe, he com- home. He was in truth, both in heart and menced with still greater earnestness and life, a Christian-much more consistent than diligence than ever before, to treasure up in the great majority of the adult family of the his memory and heart the oracles of God. faithful. No son, we presume to say, ever He frequently carried his Bible under his arm loved a mother more than he, and no mother into the fields, and, besides his regular studies could have been more devoted to a son. The and the reading of sereral volumes, in a few trial, therefore, has been one of superlative weeks, in addition to his former acquisitions, severity. May the good Lord, who does committed to memory four chapters of Johu's not willingly afflict nor grieve the children Testimony, twelve chapters of the book of of men, make it an enduring blessing to his Proverbs, and fifteen hymns. His taste was relatives and all his youthful acquaintances! fairly represented in those hymns which he | And may those on whom this affliction has

fallen with peculiar force, in the letter and Ah! not here, not here our dwelling, in the spirit of the last bymn which he com In this changing world of time; mitted to memory and repeated the day be Thanks to God, all change is telling fore his death, say with all their hearts

Of a holier happier clime. "0! may these heavenly pages be

Thanks to God, this parting, paining, Our ever dear delight,

Weans the heart from earthly ties; And still new beauties may we see,

Life's night of surrow, darkly waning, And still increasing light!

Will break in worn beyond the skies. Divine instructor! Gracious Lord ! Be thou for ever near;

Weep not over hopes departed,
Teach us to love thy sacred word,

Seek not here the scaiter'd band;
And view our Saviour there!"-A.C.

Soul of mine, rouse up! Jook forward

To the glorivus spirit land ! On Friday, the 10th December, William Reynoldson Scott, aged 22 years, eldest son of William Scott, of Lincoln, late of Asterby. Previous to his affliction, which was protracted and severe, he had been robust and THE NEW HYMN BOOK. bealthy. In his trouble he was led to look unto the Lord Jehovah, and ready pardon Ar length we have the pleasure to found. On the 18th of October be was, by

announce this work in the printer's brother Greenwell, then on a visit to Lincoln, baptized into Christ for the renission of sins, hands, and trust it will shortly be out. and from that time until his death he beld

Our anxious desire is, that it may fast his confidence, and the rejoicing of his hope in Christ. As his end drew near, all prove so acceptable to all our brethren fear of death was entirely destroyed; and he and sisters in the three kingdoms as earnestly prayed that his heavenly Father, for Christ's sake, would speedily take him to be generally adopted. unto himself. Truly his end was peace; and

We can truly say no pains have although we deeply feel the loss of such a son, yet we do not sorrow as those who have | been spared to make it all that could no hope.

be desired—a book scripturally and Brother Gainsley, aged 63, and Sister pleasingly expressive of our thanksDexter, aged 55, members of the Church in Nottingham, have, during the last month, giving, confidence, trust, hope, love, been removed by death. 1 Thess. iv. 13, 18.

and joy ;-of adoration of our heavenly ONE BY ONE LOVE'S LINKS ARE

Father-his attributes, his pity, grace, BROKEN.

bounty, and care ;-of remembrances One by one Love's links are broken, of Christ Jesus—his life, love, excelOne by one our friends depart,

lencies, sorrows, death, resurrection, Voices that have kindly spoken,

Heart that throb’d to kindred beart. ascension, reign, gifts, priesthood, and Some are resting in the ocean,

second coming ;-of our blessedness, Hidden 'mid the secrets deep, Heedless ofits wild commotion,

privileges, motives, delights, mutual Sleeping there a dreamless sleep. affection, brotherly kindness, devotedSome have wander'd o'er the billows, ness to the words and ways of the Prayers nor tears their lives could save;

Lord, &c. &c. Nor have less pains Deep their rest beneath the willows,

In some distant churchyard grave. been taken to make the obscure clear, And some are near us lonely lying, the harsh and stiff easy and flowing, No love-words e'er can break their sleep;

| and the erroneous scriptural ;-to No answer comes; wild winds are sighing

Through the grass o'er which we weep. | omit the bombastic and otherwise List we for the heart's warm greeting, exceptionable;—to avoid bitter words,

Loved and prized in days gone by; Look we for fond glances meeting

hell-dooming denunciations, and party Ours from out the soul-lit eye ? asperities ;-to give decided preference Ask we for the joyous beaming

to hymns in the first person, containOf the smiles that radiant shone

ing individual and collective praises Round us in our youthful dreaming

Ask for these, Where are they gone ? and rejoicings in the Lord ; and, by

30.. 43 44.. 56

avoiding puerility on the one hand, words and phrases. May we entreat and extravagance on the other, to that so common a defect may, as far give utterance to steady and warm as possible, be exchanged for an gratitude in beauteousness of imagery, ardent desire to rise higher and strength and elegance of style, and higher, and become more and more scriptural accuracy of expression. perfect in the overflowings of grati

The book will contain many most tude to our heavenly Father and our sublime themes from the sweet singers exalted Redeemer, in thoughts and in ancient Israel, when, in plaintive language so chastened, accurate, and or in delighted strains, they antici- heavenly, as to be suitable when we pated the sufferings of Jesus and the stand in the very presence and amidst succeeding glory. But the great the innumerable company. object has been to enable the “holy ARRANGEMENT OF SUBJECTS. priesthood” to offer, in New Testa

PART FIRST.

1 Love of God to man .... ment terms, and through the One

2 Creation & Providence of God 8.. 29 Mediator, “ the sacrifice of praise to 3 The Word of God ...... God continually — the fruit (calves)

4 The Birth of Christ .......

5 Crucifixion of Christ ..... 57.. 69 of lips confessing and giving thanks 6 Resurrection of Christ ..... 70.. 75 to his name.” And the heavenly

7 Gospel of Christ....... 76.. 94

8 Immersion into Christ ....... 95..100 model we have taken is the “New

9 Salvation in Christ alone..... 101..117 Song” presented before the throne of 10 Forgiveness of Sips and

Adoption...

... 118..129 God and the Lamb, declarative of

11 Christian Hope and Security 130..141 Jesus' worthiness, because he had 12 Jesus reigns ................ 142..148 done all things for us, to receive all

13 Priesthood and intercession of
Christ ....

.. 149..163 honor, and glory, and blessing. Gladly 14 Lord's Day......... .. 164.,180 would we have brought every hymn

15 Lord's supper...

181..203 would we have broughoven "yan | 16 Throne of Grace....

204..229 to this divine standard !

17 Life and Death ............ 230---236 Our endeavour has, indeed, been

PART SECOND. to supply the best and most appro

18 Name of Jesus Precious ...., 237..262

19 Jesus All in All............ 263..269 priate Hymn-book ever published ; 20 Jesus Worthy.............. 270..274 one which Jesus' disciples may open

21 Devotedness to Jesus

....... 275..295

| 22 Praise to God and the Lamb.. 296..331 at any page, and find suitable expres 23 Walking by Faith.......... 332..336 sion for praise, without fear of error 24 Christian Pilgrim .......... 337..345

25 Christian Soldier ........... 316..351 or impropriety. This we have faith

26 Christian Love and Union ... 952..368 fully and prayerfully done as in the 27 Church Triumphant on Earth 369..383

28 Second Advent............. 384..401 presence and fear of God. It is not

29 Resurrection of Saints. ...... 402..406 in human nature to have entirely 30 Future Glory .............. 407.417 succeeded ; but we earnestly hope

31 Morning and Evening Hymns 418..429

32 Close of the Year ........... 430..437 our brethren and sisters will regard 33 Hymns for Children........ 438..450 our efforts with affectionate indul- Besides the thirteen hymns in the gence, even should any thing appear above lists especially appropriated for fanciful or unnecessary. We are so the use of children, many of those on much “creatures of habit,” that some- the Love of God to Man-Creation times even nearer approaches to and Providence of God-Word of perfection are disliked if they differ God — Birth of Christ-Gospel of or depart from long-used and favorite Christ-Throne of Grace-Morning

hours.

and Evening-Life and Death-may Ireland, and that too at a time when entfer

ing was at its height. Through his influence be committed to memory, and sung

| a large proportion of the most liberal conin the social circle, or Sabbath-school, tributions of New England have been sent

to Ireland. It was in consequence of his with the greatest propriety. Every

appeal to Lord John Russell, that an order sentiment is worthy of being remem was issued by British government to transbered throngh life, and perhaps for

mit, at its own expense, all the benevolent

contributions of Americans. But his great ever. The book, when completed, central thought is Peace--the formation of a will be duly announced.

league of the universal hrotherhood of the whole human family. He has succeeded in

banding together most of the choice spirits ELIHU BURRITT.

of Britain and America in a pledge of per

petual peace, and an earthly hostility to war I wish to introduce Mr. Burritt to the ac

| and oppression of every kind. quaintance of my readers. He is being one

Having nearly completed the preparatory of the most distinguished men of the present

work in Britain for the general dittu ion of century. He is the Howard of the age.

peace principles, he will soon, if he has not His name ought to be familiar with all the

already, cross the English channel to begin lovers of freedom, jieace, and benevolence.

the work in France. And now he will make He is a native of Connecticut--the land

his knowledge of the modern languages availof steady hab.ts. At the usual age he was

able in the circulation of peace principles in apprenticed to learn the art and mystery of

ail she languages of modern Europe. a blacksmith. He resolved to prove by

May many of our readers itoitate his peractual experiment, how much may be learned

severing industry in every good cause, that by properly improving odd moments and

the work of faith, and labour of love, and

patience of hope in the Lord Jesus, inay be He placed his Greek grammar in his hat,

as apparent as our zeal in the advocacy of at the side of the chimney, near the firge, and studied the conjugation of the verbs

the first principles of the gospel of Christ.

W. W. E. while he blew the hellows. He soon b-came a Greek and Latin scholar. The moderu languages he studied with native teachers.

ITEMS OF NEWS. He first made bimself acquainted with the heads of a family of languages, and he was Perth, January 5, 1848. Beloved brothen goon introduced to all its members. ther: As good news is refreshiny and pleaThus a familiarity with Hebrew soon gave sant, I would communicate to you, and him notonly a taste for Oriental literature, ut through the Harbinger to the public geneenabled him to gain a knowledge of Syriac rally, that the cause of original Christianity Chaldaic, Ethiopic, Arabic, &c. By the is making some progress amongst us in the time he had attained the age of thirty, he North of Scotland. Since writing to you a had mastered FIFTY languages! During statement of our numbers last month, we have all this time he labored as a blacksmith eight had the pleasure of adding four to our church, hours per day. The reader must not sup- three of them hy immersion; and our future pose that Mr. Burritt is only a linguist: that progress is brightening. So far as I can he is one of those excelling in one depart judge, our little congregation is now securely ment merely. Phrenologically speaking his fixed on the proper foundation; and although organ of language is one of the lesser de in consequence of the want of solid building, velopments. Matheinatics and the sciences and other things, arising from ignoranice, are his favorite studies.

some stones broke off from the house, leaving For the last five years he has been the an unpleasant breach, yet we find that the Editor ofa inost excellent paper, called the good and lively stones are all finding their “Christian Citizen," published in Worcester, way back to their own places, while the

others are making for themselves dark and What constitutes Mr. Burritt a great man solitary abodes in the mines of sectarianism in our estimation, is: he consecrates all his from which they were dug. I have also the literature and science, all his income and pleasure to inform you, that a church of Baptalents, to the promotion of " peace on earth | tist believers in Auchterarder, 14 miles from and good will among men.” For this purpose this place, formerly in connection with the he has written and travelled, and lectured, Baptists, have renounced all human honds of quite extensively in the United States; and union, and from a letter I have received this though in a poor state of health peregrinating | moruing, it appears they have determined to England, Ireland, and Scotland, much of be united to their brethren of the Reformathe time on foot, during the last year. He tion. Let us, dear brother, rejoice at every has visited and examined personally the most advance made on the part of our Baptist distressed hovels, cabins, and districts in 'friends to the ancient order of things, and

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hope that the dav is not far distant when one added to our Church since brother every one who has been immersed into Jesus, Campbell's visit, who promises much usefulwill cease their peculiar war-cries, and unite ness to us. We have taken six additional in one holy and concentrated army for the numbers of the Messenger. We are living destruction and downfall of the kingdom of in peace. May the peace of God, which Satan. I may mention, that I preached in passeth all understanding, be with all the the above place on Lord's day eight days, incongregations of the Lord Jesus in this our the afternoon on Christian Union, and in the native land, and throughout the world, is the evening on the same sub ect, in connection prayer of yours in faith, R. GRAHAM. with the Aucient Gospel, the result being an

Wigan, January 5, 1848.-- Weare happy application on the part of three for immer

to inform you, that we have added 2 to our | sion, and 1 for restoration. I shall (our Father being willing) be there again shortly.

number during the last inonth; one upon a

mi confession of faith in Jesus Christ, who havPerhaps you know that Auchterarder was the

ing obeyed from the heart that form of sound | birth-place, if not the cradle also of “ The

doctrine delivered to the Apostles, she is now Free Church of Scotland.” It cannot boast

filled with peace and joy in believing. Hav. as much of the “ Free Church of Christ."

ing died to sin, been buried with Jesus in | Jerusalem alone can claim that honor. Il

baptism, and now risen to walk in newness I am happy to say that we have succeeded in

of life. What a glorious and beart-cheering 1 more than doubling the number of subscribers

thought, that all the Christian's duties are to our periodical. Have not yet seen the

real privileges, and the more obedient to January Harbinger. Wishing you strength

Christ, the more peace and satisfaction of from the Lord to conduct it, I am, your bro

- mind ensue. What a blessed system is the ther in Jesus, ROBERT ANDERSON. I Christian system. The other having made I LEITH, December 16, 1817.--Reloved a public confession of sin, was restored to the

brother: Although little among the thou- fellowship of the saints. We are going on sands of the Reformation, we are not willing in peace and harmony, and, I believe, into be altogether overlooked, and do hereby creasing in Christian virtues, and aspiring intimare to you, that with the consent and after holiness. We should be most happy to approbation of the church in Edinburgh, we see you in Wigan; we remember that you formed ourselves into a church in Leith, on greatly encouraged us when here, and we the 3rd day of October last, muinbering 14 were stimulated to more zeal and devotion. members. On the 31st of the same month | My prayer is, that we may be excited to another was added to the church from the more diligence and usefulness--time is short. Scotch Baptists; and on the morning of the

T. Coop. 7th of November, three put on Christ hy im- (Nothing would afford us greater pleasure mersion, and were added the same day to the | than to visit Wigan, and all other places congregation, inaking a total of 18 members. where we could be useful, and our services Our little company are enjoying and exhibit. acceptable to the brethren. At present, ing spiritual mindedness, with its happy re however, we cannot leave home for any sults, life and peace in no ordinary degree; length of time. Let but the brethren he and being thus blessed by our beloved Lord, faithful to the Lord, to each other, and to we anticipate that He will make us a bless the world, and their success and prosperity ing. Any communication may be addressed are certain in the cause of truth and right. to me, Shrub-place, Leith Walk. Yours in eousness. Be not conformed to this world the best of bonds, Wm. Nicolson. --but be ye transformed by the renewing

GRANGEMOUTH, December 22, 1847. of your mind, that ye may prove what is Respected brother: I have to accuse myself that good, and acceptable, and perfect : for not sending the statistics of the Church will of good.--Ed.] sooner. I bad entirely forgotten your re WAKEFIEI D, January 1, 1848.-I have quest in the Messenger for Norember, until received this day the first number of the reminded of it by your remarks in the last,“ British Millennial Harbinger," and am which was only received the 19th instant. I well pleased with its contents. I find in your now inform you that our present number of notices tu correspondents that you have in membersis twenty-seven-seventeen of whom hand a manuscript of 450 hymns. I hope you have their residence here; six of that num- will arrange for their speedy publication, and ber do business on the great waters, another send ine 25 copies without delay. During in the service of Customs--all of whom are 1847, we have admitted four members by frequently absent. The other ten reside from immersion into the Lord's death. We are three to four miles distant, which is much to now holding a meeting almost every night in our disadvantage. At one time we numbered the week, and hope that much more fruit forty; but from various causes, three having will be realized in 1848 than in 1847. Our died, some having removed to other places I prospects are cheering. It only wants to follow their calling, and others who. I am energy, zeal, fidelity, and perseverance on sorry to say, have gone back to the world, the part of all the brotherhood, and prosperity have thus reduced us. We have had 'must follow. Yours, &c. J. Hodgson.

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