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SCRIPTURE BIOGRAPHY.

Letters to a Mother, upon Education. NOAH.

LETTER XXXII. The State of the World in the Age of Noah.

The extent to which Education should be carried. The religious character of Noah will appear tu shine with additional lustre, when we reflect upon the corrupt

Dear Madarn, state of the world at the time in which he lived. Virtue

We are now arrived, if I mistake not, at is always lovely and noble: but it never appears to so a point in our correspondence, which must be decided great advantage, as when surrounded with increasing before proceeding further ; namely, — the extent to difficulties, and exposed to powerful temptations. In which education should be conducted. the case of Noah, these were as numerous, and as It will not be imagined, I presuine, that every body mighty, as the depravity of man could make them. is under the necessity of becoming thoroughly acquainted Men had exceedingly multiplied upon the earth, and with every thing. Neither do I fear that you are one they had increased in wickedness in full proportion to

of those persons who inconsiderately and ignorantly their number. Iniquity had now arrived at its utmost say, “ Learn every thing within your reach, for you do enormity, and loudly called for some terrible manifes- not know what you may need before you go out of the tation of the Divine indignation.

world.” This maxiin proceeds upon an equal measure Long before the birth of Noah, the marriages of the

of wisdom with that other relating to housewifery,apostate sous of Seth, with the fair, but profane * Buy every thing that is offered you for sale, that daughters of the Cainites, had produced a race of men, when you need any thing you may not have to go and giants in bodily stature, and monsters in works of evil. purchase it.” You will, I doubt nut, admit with me, But in the time of this patriarch, the earth was wholly that life is too short, the cares of subsistence too cerspread with corruption; every kind of violence pre- numerous, and the human faculties too imperfect, to vailed, and virtuous principles seemed eradicated from

admit of time and attention being bestowed upon the hearts of the whole human race. The sacred acquirements, which there is no present likelihood will historian says, “ And God saw that the wickedness of

ever become useful. Nor do I much doubt your acqui. man was great in the earth, and that every imagination escence in another maxim, which is, that geuuine exof the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

cellence can only be obtained by giving our entire, or And it repented the LORD that he had made man upon

at least our chief attention, to one particular pursuit or the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” Gen. vi, 5, 6. subject of study. The justice of these principles will, The age advanced; and it is added, “The earth also I believe, be intuitively perceived by every person poswas corrupt before God, and the carth was full of sessed of a sound understanding. They also furnish us violence. And God looked upon the earth, and behold with a few desirable rules for the conduct of education it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way

in general. upon the earth.” Ver. II, 12.

The first of these is, that the kind and degree of eduHere we learn, froin the testimony of God himself, cation given to any individual, ought to be regulated by that the principles of the antediluvians were utterly the profession, art, or trade, to which he is to be ex. depraved: their crimes had become so enorinous, that pected to devote his time during the remainder of his it seemed to no purpose to afford thein religious in

life. struction. External reproofs were useless, and internal

The question is, what is likely to be really of service checks of conscience were scarcely ever felt.

to your son as a member of society ? — what is he likely Self-polluted, lost, debased,

to need? You will reply, that before you could answer Every noble trait defaced,

this inquiry, you would require to know to what partiTo rapine, lust, and murder given,

cular art or trade or profession he may be devoted for Denying God! defying heaven!

the rest of his life, when he shall come to act his part Spoilers of the shrine and bearth, Behold the impious sons of earth!”

in the great concerns of human life. “And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always

I hope in my next Letter to offer you some observastrive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days

tions upon the choice of a profession; but my observashall be a hundred and twenty years." Gen. vi, 3. The

tions at present being of a general nature, will equally wickedness of men having become irremediable, the

apply to him in any art or trade or profession which he awfal period was hastened, when the evil nature of sin should be made manifest in the sight of all intelligent

In the first place, it appears plain to ine, that the beings, by its dreadful consequences upon the earth,

parent should never attempt to communicate to his son and upon all its living inhabitants. In the counsels of

an education, which either as to the length of time or heaven their total destruction was deterinined. “The

the sum of money it may require, may tend in any ma. end of all Aesh,” says God, "is come before me. I

terial degree to shorten the comforts of his own home, will destroy man whom I have created from the face of

or to diminish the advantages of his other children. the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing,

Yet how often do you hear inconsiderate parents deand the fowls of the air." Gen. vi, 7.

clare, that their son, or their daughter, uaming some These expressions indicate the righteous displeasure

particular child, shall at all events be a scholar, shall of the LORD against sin and sinners : sin is unspeakably

have a first-rate education. Accordingly this child is offensive to his holiness, and his justice requires that

sent to a school, the terms of which distress the parent he should punish transgressors. His awful threaten

to comply with, and by the consternation and anxiety ings and his executed vengeance should serve as au

they occasion him, diffuse a cloud during several years effectual lesson to us, that with true humility of heart

over the domestic circle. The lad, in the mean time, is we may prize that propitiation, through which God can

often sent to a school where he mingles with boys whose be "just, and the justifier of him that believeth in

inanners and habits make him feel his inferiority: to Jesus.” Roin. iii, 26. May all our young readers re

them he becomes a sycophant, or is neglected and defect upon the threatened indignation of a righteous

spised by thein, or when he returns home finds the God, and "flee youthful Justs, following after righ

manners of his own household very different from those teousness, and lay hold on eternal life in Christ Jesus."

of his companions; whence he learns to be disgusted

with it, and alienated from it; and not unfrequently (To be continued.)

the ignorant parent, upon the first domestic storm, will

may select.

vent his displeasure upon the unfortunate lad, by telling foreseen, had been made thoroughly acquainted with him what amazing sacrifices he has made and is making those qualifications which he would assuredly need. to continue his education. Then, in the pride and The specimen selected is certainly from one particular tyranny of his heart, he will expatiate upon the extent class of life, but the principle of these remarks will of gratitude his son ought to evince, and the implicit hold good with regard to every other. There is as much and zealous obedience which he ought to render. "Un- propriety, that is to say, impropriety, in the case of a happy parent] your grey hairs ought to be the crown boy whose talents, station, parents, or means, entitle of wisdom ; your experience of the world and of him to look forward to become a member of a learned your own heart should long ago have led you to dis- profession, learning to plough or sow, or keep sheep, cover the pride and vanity of your own self-will, as there is for a lad who is to be a driver of oxen, or or your own thoughtlessness, which, rather than any a measurer of cloth, to learn heraldry, or chemistry, peculiar wish for the welfare of your child, prompted or geology, or the Latin language, or any other branch you to engage in the ruinous scheme of sending him to of knowledge which his circumstances will not allow a school so expensive. Blame not your child, blame him to learn perfectly, and which would be useless, or yourself; and learn, if you can, that in this as in every rather an incumbrance to himself, if they did. In all other instance of human life, the reason why your this, however, we may see the necessity of strong good plans are attended with inconvenience, is because they sense on the part of the parent. To such persons the were not laid and conducted in reason and fore. communication of useless knowledge to their offspring, thought.

that is, of knowledge which they are not likely here. Another rule which appears to ine of invaluable im. after to need, will seem as bsurd a proposal as to load portance is, that the course of education should be con- a man, who is about to run a race, with needless gar. ducted scrupulously with a view to his future profession. ments and ornaments. I have already intimated my intention of offering you

I am, dear Madam, yours, &c. some remarks respecting this topic in a future Letter ;

CLERICUS. but I may now say, that in this respect many parents are ill advised in their system. Thus the son who is to be a farmer must learn book-keeping; or though he is

Sunday School Lectures. to be a linendraper, he inust learu Latin, and even begin

LECTURE I. Greek also. They would also deemn it a matter of re

“OUR FATHER WHICH ART IN HEAVEN." gret, and even a cause of shame, if he came away from school without some knowledge of French. If they have What two things do these words teach us ? — 1. That a girl at school, the father and inother, who are daily we may pray to God without fear, because he is our occupied in the farm, would think it a grievous neglect Father: 2. That nevertheless we must pray to him with if she did not learn music and drawing. In a short reverence, because he is in heaven. time the lad comes home from school, with a deficient How is God our Father? - Because he acts the part kuowledge of the things he ought to be acquainted of a father. with, and a still more defective knowledge of the use- What do our fathers do for us? - They love us. less things he has been attending to. He writes a worse What does that love lead them to do for us? - It hand than he would have done, he is less advanced and leads them to take care of us, and to give us those expert in arithmetic than he would have been, had it things of which we are in need. not been for the wretched and worthless commencement What does God do for us? - God loves us. of Latin, into which he has been whipped. He has What has that love led God to do for us? - It led him learnt a few rules, which he does not understand; he to pity us, and to open to us a way by which we may has been crammed with the knowledge of a few pages escape from that destruction and misery into which sin of some inferior Latin author. He can, however, con- has brought us. found his parents with admiration. Their vanity is gra- How has God saved us ? - He saved us by sending tified, though their money is squandered, and his time Jesus Christ into the world to die for us ; who, by dying wasted.

for us, bore the punishment of our sins, and obtained Through the doses of adulation they administer to the Holy Spirit, to make us free from sin, and fit for him, he may perchance actually thiuk himself a scho- heaven. lar, and spuru the degrading pursuits of trade. Hence What return can we make to our parents for their he will sigh over the ledger in remembrance of poetry, kindness towards us ? — We can do what they tell us to and perhaps fancy himself another Henry Kirke White, do, and try to please them. a genius obscured by the hard fortune of being con. What return can we make to God for his goodness demned to earn his daily bread by a mechanical em- towards us ! - We may obey God's commandinents. ployınent. Let but this notion gain possession of him, What are God's commandments ? - Thou shalt love and he will become discontented, unhappy, idle, unsuc- the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and thy neighbour cessful, and perhaps dissolute.

as thyself. Should he, however, have sufficient strength of moral What is the meaning of God's being in heaven? - It constitution to withstand the praises of ignorant parents, means that God is able to do all things, that he knows he will find that all the Latin lessons, which cost him so all things, that he rules over all things, and that he is many hours intense study, so many tears, and so many surrounded by angels who do what he tells them to do.. foggings, are absolutely worse than useless. He for- Is God in heaven now? - Yes. gets them all as soon as he can; and within a twelve- Is God vn earth now? - Yes. month the linendraper's apprentice retains no recollec- Can God be in two places at the same time? — Yes, tion of his classical acquirements. The same may be God is everywhere at the same time. said of his acquirements in the French language. The If then God is so great and glorious, that he can do time, the money, were equally thrown away which were all things, and see all things, and that he knows all spent for the acquirement of a few sounds, which cer. things, when we pray to him, in what manner ought we tainly never were heard in France, and never would be to pray? And how ought we to behave ourselves, wheunderstood by any human being in all the Gallic domi- ther we are at his house, or at play, or at work, or whatnions. How much better had it been, if this lad, cver we are doing? - When we offer to God our prayers, whose future destination the parent could easily have or are at his house, we ought to be very serious, and to think about what we are doing; and when we are at high wall of the same thickness with those of the city. play, we should never say wicked words, or do wicked In these walls, over against every street that led to the things, because God has told us not to do so.

river, were gates of brass, and from thein descents by Will God be angry with you, if you say wicked words, steps to the river. The bridge was not inferior to any and do wicked things ? - Yes.

of the other buildings, either in beauty or magnifiHow do you know that he will be angry ? — Because cence: and before it was begun to be built, they it is said that God is angry with the wicked every day." turned the course of the river Euphrates, and laid its

What has he said respecting future punishment? channel dry, as well for the purpose of laying the foun. “ The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the peo- dation more conveniently, as to raise artificial banks on ple that forget God.”

both sides the river, to secure the country from those Teacher. Then how careful we ought always to be, annual inundations, whereby it overflowed its banks, in to do what God tells us to do, and never to do what he like manner as the Nile does in Egypt. The river tells us not to do. We ought never to forget that God being turned out of its course to facilitate these works sees us, whether we are in his house, or at play, or was received iuto a prodigious artificial lake, dug for walking in the fields : we ought never to forget that that purpose to the west of Babylon. The lake was God sees us, or forget his commandments, because he fifty-two miles square, and fifty-five feet deep, accordis so kind to us, has done so much for us, sent his Son ing to Herodotus, seventy-five according to Megasto die for us, and is willing when we die, if we pray to thenes. Into this lake was the whole river turned by him, to take away our sips and to take us to heaven; an artificial canal, till all the work was finished. But but he has told us, that he will turn into hell, into ever- that the Euphrates might not overflow the city through lasting misery, the wicked, all those who forget God's the gates on its side, this lake, with the canal from the commandments, and that he always sees them.

river, was still preserved. At the two ends of the C. R. A. bridge were two palaces, which had a communication

with each other by a vault built under the channel of

the river: the old palace, which stood on the east side SCRIPTURE GAZETTEER.

of the river, was thirty furlongs in circumference; and (Continued from p. 207.)

the new palace, which stood on the cther side of the BABYLON, the capital of Chaldea, built by Nimrod, in river, was sixty furlongs iu circumference. It was the place where the tower of Babel was begun. Baby

surrounded with three walls, one within another, with Jon being the capital of Nimrod's empire, its antiquity some considerable space between them. These walls, is not to be questioned ; and indeed profane authors as also those of the other palace, were embellished with themselves, who know nothing of the Scriptures, make an infinite variety of sculptures, representing all kinds the son of Belus, whom they will have to be the founder of animals to the life. In this last palace were the of Babylon, to have lived two thousand years before hanging gardens, so much celebrated in history: these Semiramis. Marsham brings down the foundation of were of a square forin, every side of which was four this city so late as the time of Nabonassar; but the hundred feet long; they were carried up in the air in opinion most generally followed, and best grondded, is, the manner of several large terraces, one above another, that Nimrod founded it, Belus enlarged it, and Semi- till the height equalled that of the walls of the city. ramis added so many great works and otherwise The ascent was from terrace to terrace, by stairs ten adorned it, that she might not improperly be called feet wide; and the whole pile was sustained by vast the foundress of it: but Nebuchadnezzar was the arches raised upon other arches, one above another, person who put the finishing hand to it, and made it and strengthened by a wall surrounding it on every one of the great wonders of the world. Herodotus side, twenty-two feet thick. On the top of these has described it nearly in the following words : “The arches were laid large fat stones, sixteen feet long, and whole city,” says he, “which stood on a large plain, con- four broad: these were lined with bricks, closely sisted properly of two parts, which were divided by the cemented together with plaster, and that covered with river Euphrates. The walls were every way prodi. sheets of lead, upon which lay the mould of the garden. gious: they were in thickness 87 feet, in height 350, Another of the great works of Babylon was the temple and in compass 480 furlongs. These walls were drawn of Belus, supposed to be the tower of Babel, built round the city in form of an exact square; they were there at the confusion of languages. The richness of surrounded on the outside with a vast ditch full of this temple, in statues, tables, censers, cups, and other water, and lined with bricks on both sides. In every sacred vessels, all of massy gold, was immense : among side of this great square were twenty-five gates, that is, other images, there was one of forty feet high, which an hundred in all, which were made of solid brass ; weighed one thousand Babylonish talents of gold*.". between every two gates there were three towers, and Such were the chief works, which rendered Babylon four men at the four corners, and three between each so famous; most of which are, by profane authors

, of these corners and the next gate on either side ; so ascribed to Semiramis. From the Assyrians this great that the whole number of streets was 50, each fifteen and noble city came into the hands of the Persians, and miles long, whereof twenty-five went one way, and from them into the hands of the Macedonians; and twenty-five the other, directly crossing each other at right here it was that Alexander the Great died. But not angles; besides these there were also four half streets, long after his death the city began to decline apace, by which had houses only on one side, and the wall on the the building of Seleucia, about forty miles above it, by other : these went round the four sides of the city next Seleucus Nicanor, who is said to bare erected this city the walls, and were each of them 200 feet broad, and in hatred to the Babylonians, and to have drawn out the rest about 150. By these streets thus crossing of Babylon five hundred thousand persons to people it; each other, the whole city was cut into 676 squares, so that the aucient city was in the time of Curtius the each of which was four furlongs and a half on every historian lessened une-fourth part; in the time of Pliny, side. Round these squares, on every side towards the reduced to desolation ; in the days of St. Jerome, streets, stood the houses. The space within the middle turned into parks, wherein the kings of Persia were of each square was all void ground, employed for accustomed to hunt; and, according to the relation of yards, gardens, and other uses. A branch of the river soine late travellers, only one tower remains to inark Euphrates run across the city from the north to the the place of this vast and splendid city. See Isa. xiii, 17. south side. On each side of the river was a quay, and a * See also No. 47 of the Christian's Penny Magazine.

Death-Bed Testimontes.

more." His friend replying, “ But your life is for COLLECTED BY THE LATE REV. WILLIAM BUTTON.

service;" he said, “ God is the best judge of that:

pray that God would glorify himself in my life or No. VII.

death : I submit.” Having inquired what time it was, REV. THOMAS COLE, M.A.

he said, “ Time passeth into eternity. We live but

dying lives in the body, till death is swallowed up of He was brought up at Westminster school, and thence life. I long to be immortal.”. elected student of Christ-church, Oxford. In 1656, This eminent saint entered into the joy of his Lord he became Principal of St. Mary's Hall, where he was on Thursday, Sept. 16, 1697, in the 70th year of his tutor to Mr. West, and many more divines of the age. From Lime Street, where he had resided, his church of England, as well as of other eminent scho- remains were removed to Draper's Hall, and from lars, particularly of the great Mr. Locke.

thence for interment to the upper ground in Bunhill At the time that the controversy was so warmly agi- Fields. tated respecting what is called the Neonomian doctrine, he was one of those who vigorously opposed it; and his

DR. THOMAS GOODWIN. opposition seems to have been made in the integrity of

Died, Feb. 1679, in the 80th year of his age. his heart, and from a firm persuasion of the truth and importance of the doctrine he espoused. Mr. Trail, In Feb. 1679, a fever seized him, which in a few days who visited him npon his death-bed, desired him then put an end to his life. In all the violence of it, he disto deliver his thoughts upon that subject. He answered, coursed with that strength of faith, and assurance of the “With all my heart: I have enough to say of that. love of Christ, with that holy admiration of free grace, One thing I am convinced of, that it is a foolish thing with that joy in believing, and such thanksgivings and to seek for the justification of a sinner without satisfac- praises, as extremely affected all that heard him. He tion to the justice of God, which nothing can make but rejoiced in the thoughts that he was dying, and going the righteousness of Christ imputed to him.” Mr. Trail to have a full and uninterrupted communion with God. then asked him if he had no kind of repenting for having I am going,” said he, “to the Three Persons, with given occasion for the contention there had been about whom I have had communion : they have taken me, I this doctrine. "Repenting! No, I repent I have been did not take them. I shall be changed in the twinkling no more vigorous in defending those truths in the con- of an eye: all iny lusts and corruptions I shall be rid of, fidence whereof I die. If I desire to live, it is that I which I could not be here." Mentioning those great may be inore serviceable to Christ in defending his examples of faith in Heb. xi, “ All these,” said he, name in the pulpit. But he can defend his truths when died in faith. I could not have imagined I should his poor creatures are laid in the dust.” Mr. Trail then ever have had such a measure of faith in this hour: no, said, “We desire, Sir, to know the peace and comfort truly I could never have imagined it. My bow abides you have from these truths, as to your eternal state.” in strength. Is Christ divided ? No:- I have the He replied, " They are my only ground of comfort. whole of his righteousness; I am found in him, not in Death would be terrible indeed, if it were not for the my own righteousness, which is of the law, but in the comfortable assurance faith gives me of eternal life in righteousness which is of God, which is by faith of Christ, and of the abundant flowing in of that life: not Jesus Christ, who loved me and gave himself for me. what I bring to Christ, but derive from Christ; having Christ cannot love ine better than he doth; and I think received some beginning of it, which I see springing I cannot love Christ better than I do. I am swallowed up to eternal life.”

up in God. Now I shall be ever with the Lord.” With The frame of his mind with regard to his approach- this assurauce of faith and fulness of joy, his soul left ing end, was the most happy imaginable, which he this world, and went to see and enjoy that blessed state expressed to several persons at different times, in such of glory, which in a discourse on that subject he had words as these. “I wait for a peaceable dismission. I so well described. He was interred in Bunhill Fields, long to see his salvation. I would not live always. I where, upon a low altar tomb, there is a long Latin long to be with Christ. It is a pleasant thing to die : inscription.

S. J. B*****. but God's time is my time; my work is done when His is.” To one who visited him a little before his death, he said, You are come to hear my last dying groans ;

ON THE EXCELLENCY OF THE SCRIPTURES. but know, when you hear them, it is the sweetest breath

Read the Bible daily, nay, even night and day; for all I ever drew since I knew Christ. I have a promise I

arts and sciences are contained in the book of God. shall be for ever with the Lord. I long to be released ;

This one book is a library. Here you may confer with but not my will, but thine be done. I long for death,

the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and ancient saints. as a weary traveller doth for rest. Nothing troubles Here is a looking glass to show you your spots me but life, and nothing will relieve me but death; but

(James i, 23), and a laver to wash them off (Eph. v, 26.) let God do what he will with me; all he does is best." Upon a friend saying, “You seem to be sleepy, Sir;"

See, here is a garden full of flowers : here is a casket

full of jewels : here is a heaven full of stars; here is a he replied, “I shall sleep quickly, and awake in ever

book full of God.Cheynell. lasting day. Ere long, my days and nights will be all one. The apprehension that faith gives me of a better life is my consolation. As for my going, God can

CONVERSION OF SAUL. make it no loss to you. He can set on and take off his workmen as he pleases.”

Did not Christ show himself in this act to be a God of There having been a public meeting for prayer on his judgment? He sat watching in heaven for the season account, he said to Mr. Griffith, who had attended it, to turn Paul with the greatest advantage. His wisdom “I thank you for your prayers, but I am a subject too answers many ends at once. He struck dead at one low for such a public solemnity; only that little corner blow Paul's sin, his people's fears, the high priest's exof God's vineyard in which I laboured, shvuld have pectations, and the devil's hopes. He triumphs over his been thus engaged.” Being asked what he would have enemies, secures his friends, saves Paul's soul, and prothe church pray for, he answered, “Nothing for me, motes his interest by him : he disappoints the devil of but a strong faith in Jesus Christ; I desire nothing his expectations, and hell of her longing.--Charnock.

THE SABBATH.

MISSIONARY RECORDS. — NORTH AMERICA. Hail, peaceful morn! thy dawn I hail !

One vol. 18mo. cloth, pp. 434. Tract Society. How do thy hours my mind regale With feasts of heavenly joy!

The history of our holy religion is a history of misNor can I half thy blessings name,

sions, recording the most benevolent, philanthropic, Which kindle in my soul a flame,

and godlike efforts to glorify God and promote the hap. And all my powers employ.

piness of mankind.

Missionary labours by Protestants are by many sup. Thou hallow'd season of repose !

posed to have originated with the London, or Baptist Thou balm to soothe the throbbing woes

Societies ; or at least with the efforts of Dr. Coke and Of this care-stricken breast !

the Methodists, or the apostolic Moravians. This most Thy sacred hours I'll ever greet,

interesting volume will show that such divine under. And with the faithful will I meet

takings date at least a century earlier than the Moravian To taste thy holy rest.

missions. We sincerely rejoice to see such a compila. How shall I best improve thy hours?

tion as this work exhibits, published by the Religious Lord, on me shed, in copious showers,

Tract Society. Its “ Records” have been collected with Thy Spirit and thy grace!

much industry and judgment, and it deserves to be read That when thy sacred courts I tread,

by every young person who is engaged or invited to My soul may eat the heavenly bread,

contribute to the furtherance of the Missionary cause. And sing Jehovah's praise !

The details of the labours of Eliot, the "Apostle of the May every sermon, like the dew,

Indians,” of the Mayhews, and Brainerd especially, will Gently distil, refresh, renew,

be read with the deepest interest, particularly as their And consolate the mind;

successes were so remarkable in establishing " towns of Receiv'd with meekness, truth, and love,

praying Indians." We shall have pleasure in referring Engrafted, fruitful may it prove,

again to this most instructive volume. And leave its joy behind. Then to my chamber I'll repair,

THE ARCHBISHOP OF TUAM AND THE With awe to talk with God in prayer,

BAPTIST IRISH SOCIETY.
And all my griefs to tell :
His kind compassion will relieve,

Infidelity, crime, and ignorance, never will be deHis bounteous hand will mercies give;

stroyed in the British Isles, until the ministers of Christ With mourners he will dwell.

of every depomination shall cordially co-operate as

Christian brethren. This being our conviction, we reThus may my Sabbath pass away

joice to find the following in the report of the “Baptist My best, my holiest, happiest day

Irish Society."
The sweetest of the seven :

"The Rev. Josiah Wilson, one of its ageuts, having But yet a rest for saints remains,

died during the past year, the archbishop of Tuam bore A Sabbath free from cares and pains,

testimony to his excellent character, in a letter to a Eternal, and in heaven!

clergyman, in the following terms. I sincerely Ranelagh.

R. H. Shepherd. mourned over the death of that valuable and godly

man, Mr. Wilson. I must ever remember him with

reverence and respect. And, during his agency under CHRIST IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE.

the Society, I inost heartily encouraged the co-operation A wreath of glory circles still his head ;

of the clergy of the Established Church with the SoAnd yet he kneels and yet he seems to be

ciety, in the good work of moral and religious educaConvuls'd with more than human agony.

tion. And I have the satisfaction of hearing that all On his pale brow the drops are large and red, went on in Christian brotherly harmony, having a single As victim's blood at votive altar shed.

eye to the glory of God, the exaltation of the Saviour, His hands are clasp’d, his eyes are rais'd in prayer. and the promotion of his kingdom upon earth.'”

Alas! and is there strife He cannot bear,
Who calm’d the tempest, and who rais'd the dead?

DETACHED THOUGHTS.
There is ! there is ! for now the powers of hell
Are struggling for the mastery : 'tis the hour

If we are taught of the Spirit to see the depth of When Death exerts his last permitted power :

iniquity which lies within our hearts, and the tendency When the dread weight of sin, since Adam fell,

of our disposition towards caroal security, we shali see Is visited on Him, who deign'd to dwell

the absolute necessity of strong cries to Jehovah for A man with njen, that He might locar the stroke

restraining and preventing grace. To adorn the docOf wrath divine, and burst the captive's yoke;

trines of God the Saviour in all things, is no less the But, oh! of that dread strife what words can tell !

duty of the Christian than to believe in his atonement

and righteousness for justiớcation and salvation; and it Those, only those, which broke with many a groan is the happy harmony of those two principles which

From his full heart .“ Oh! Father, take away constitutes that "beauty of holiness" with which the The cup of vengeance 1 inust drink to-day :

church is adorned. Whilst we grow in the knowledge Yet, Father, not iny will, but thine be done!”

of our Lord Jesus, and are able to comprehend more It could not pass away: for He alone

of the lengths and breadths and depths and heights of Was mighty to endure, and strong to save ;

his love, may we be assiduous to demonstrate to the Nor would 'Jehovah leave Him in the grave,

world that heavenly-mindedness and cautious walk and Nor could corruption taint his Holy One.

conversation, which are the necessary fruits of being in union with Christ.

P. N. ON AFFLICTION.

London ; Printed and Published by C. WOOD AND SON, Poppin's Couri, When thou afflictest, Lord, if I repine,

Fleet Street; to whom all Communications for the Editor (post paid)

should be addressed ; -- and sold by all Booksellers and Newsmen in the I show myself to be my own, not thine.-QUARLES. United Kingdoin.

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