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So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon tianity with literature and the arts; the fourth, of the the face of all the earth : and they left off to build the worship and ceremonies of the church. city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel ; because Having thus stated the general plan, let us enter on the Lord did there confound the language of all the the first part of the subject; and as a preliminary step earth.” Gen. xi, 1-9. By this ineans, the prediction to the consideration of the Christian mysteries, let us of Noah began to be fulfilled, and hence the origin of inquire into the nature of mysteries in general. The the different languages among mankind, of which the most wonderful sentiments are those which produce Bible alone gives us information.
impressions difficult to be explained. This is the case How far Noah consented to the rain project, we have with regard to virtues : the most angelic arc those, no means of ascertaining, and who was the chief which, like charity, emanating immediately from God, director of that work we know not : but Nimrod, a studiously conceal themselves, like their source, from grandson of Ham, "a mighty hunter,” took possession mortal view. The early inhabitants of Asia conversed of it, and laid the foundation of the Babylonian empire, only by symbols. There is nothing in the universe but of which he was the first monarch, Gen. x, 8-10. what is hidden and unknown. Is not man himself an Babel was the beginning of the Tower of Babylon, so inexplicable mystery? Considering then the natural famous in the time of Nebuchadnezzar.
partiality of inapkind for mysteries, it cannot appear Noah lived, after this confusion, above two hundred surprising that the religions of all nations should have vears, and beheld, doubtless with the bitterest grief, had their impenetrable secrets. God himself is the wickedness abounding among his descendants, and great secret of nature. The Divinity was represented inultitudes of them become apostates from true re- veiled in Egypt, and the Sphinx was seated on the ligion to practise abominable idolatry!
threshold of their temples. In regard, however, to mysteries, Christianity has a great advantage over the
religions of antiquity. Their mysteries afforded, at the THE BEAUTIES OF CHRISTIANITY.
utmost, a subject for reflection to the philosopher, or
for song to the poet : ours coinprehend the secrets of Abridged from the Visc. Chateaubriand."
our existence. It is a pitiful mode of reasoning to
reject whatever we cannot comprehend. Were we to [This work possesses uncommon interest, not only from begin with the most simple things in life, it were easy its intrinsic excellence, but from the fact of its poble to prove that we know nothing; and shall we then preauthor having been in his young days a professed infidel tend to penetrate the depths of divine wisdom? The of the French Republican school, and being awakened Trinity was known to the Egyptians. Heraclides reto light and immortality by the death-bed letter of an cords a celebrated oracle "In the beginning was God, affectionate mother, whose last prayer was, that her son then the Word and the Spirit.” Plato is supposed to might be again brought to believe the faith be had re- have had some idea of the Trinity. The doctrine of the nounced. The author's aim is not to treat on the Trinity is known in the East Indies and Thibet. Our Internal Evidences of Christianity, but to show its va- missionaries to Otaheite have found some traces of it rious excellencies, and its indisputable superiority over among the religious notions of the natives. Some all other systems.]
obscure tradition of it inay also be discovered in the
fables of polytheism. The philosophers too divided Since the first publication of Christianity to the world, the moral man into three parts; and the fathers have it has been continually attacked by three kinds of ene- imagined they discovered the image of the spiritual mies, heretics, sophists, and those frivolous characters Trinity in the human soul. To delineate the divine Son who use the shafts of ridicule. Numerous writers have of God, we need only borrow the words of St. John, given successful answers to subtleties and falsehoods, who beheld him in his glorified state. “He was seated but they have not been so successful against derision.
on the throne : his face shone like the sun in his It thus became necessary to prove, that the Christian strength, and his feet like fine brass melted in a furreligion is the most humane, the most favourable to His eyes were as a flame of fire, and out of his liberty; that the modern world is indebted to it for mouth went a two-edged sword. In his right hand he every iinprovement; that nothing is more divine than held seven stars; and in his left, a book sealed with its morality, and more lovely and sublime than its doc- seven seals. His voice was as the sound of many trines; that it developes virtuous passions, imparts waters. The seven spirits of God burned before him energy to the ideas, corrects the taste, and that there is like seven lamps; and he went forth from his throne no 'disgrace in being believers with Newton and Bos- attended by lightnings and voices and thunders.” There suet; – in a word, it was necessary to summon all the is a sublimity in these images, unequalled by any human charms of the imagination and the interests of the heart,
coin position to the assistance of that religion against which they had
(To be continued.) been set in array.
But, it may be asked, may there not be some danger in considering religion in a merely human point of view?
MR. WHITFIELD'S PREACHING. To this we answer: Our religion shrinks not from the Jight; and one great prout of its divine origin is, that it DURING one of Mr. Whitfield's excursions in York. will bear the severest scrutiny. Christianity will not be shire, he preached in a field near Sheffield, to a large less true for appearing more beautiful. We can no audience, a very affecting sermon, on the Sufferings of longer say, "Believe without inquiring :” people will Christ. A poor woman, who was driving some asses inquire : --- and will it not be found sublime in the anti- laden with bricks, arrested by the energetic manner of quity of its recollections, which go back to the creation the preacher, stopped for some time to hear him. of the world; ineffable in its mysteries; adorable in its When he mentioned the circumstance of our blessed sacraments; interesting in its history, celestial in its Lord having suffered for sinners, without the gates of morality; attractive in its ceremonies; and fraught Jerusalem, upwards of seventeen hundred years ago, with every species of beauty?
the woman, addressing herself to one of the asses, and To illustrate our work, we have divided the subject goading it, said, with the utinust simplicity, “Go, into four parts: the first treats of the tenets and doc- Robin! as it is so long since, I hope it is not trine; the second and third, of the connection of Chris.
true ! »
Letters to a Mother, upon Education, yet it is plain that if he is not brought into circum.
stances wherein he is required to act, his practical LETTER XXXIV.
acquaintance with virtue can be but limited. Besides,
when he comes to take his part in the great business of On the question of Public or Private Education, concluded. life, it will be found that there is a slowness about his
decisions, as to what is proper or improper, little indeed Another argument for public education is derived consistent with the speed required by most of the petty froin the fact, that much of our safety and success in transactions of human life. On the other hand, the life depends upon our being able to form a judgment boy brought up in the world, and who has been exerof the character of those individuals with whom we cised by a great number of cases, brings his experience have to deal. Our Creator has afforded ample means to bear upon each practical question as it comes before of forming a judgment of the characters of mankind him. He has already seen most of such cases, or most from their manners, countenance, tones, gestures, &c. &c. varieties of them : he acts therefore, not from calcula. A knowledge of men by these means is indispensable to tion so much as from precedent. He acts quickly our dealing with them safely to ourselves. Unless we therefore, on the same principle as the accoinplished possess it we shall be liable to every form of ruin which advocate giving you his opinion upon a case which has che unprincipled and base part of mankind may inflict been proposed to hiin a thousand times over. He will upon us: we shall be literally at the mercy of all with also have a chance of acting more correctly than if he whuin we come into contact. Every man has ample were slower in his determination. Virtue is oftener ineans of learning the character of mankind by these associated with the spontaneous and ready action of the modes, at least of learning the character of that class man of the world, than of the calculating moralist. of them with whom he is likely to come into collision ; The one has no time, or gives himself no time, to spe. and all men who have been bred up in the intercourse culate ; the other reasons, and balances opposite arguwith persons of their own class, do actually get habits ments, and generally reasons himself into an error. of penetration into human character as far as they need The moral senses, like the bodily, when acting in them. The villager, whose simplicity towards things highest perfection, act without reasoning: beyond his own sphere is so amusing, has very little of All this readiness is, however, to be referred to habit, this simplicity among persons of his own class. And and habit to experience, and experience to a tiine when persons of his own class, as indeed with us all, consti- principles were first comipunicated, and when the child tute that sphere of society in which he is to do and to was taught to act from a consideration of principle. obtain good. Your son however can never know man. But as the experienced physician does not refer to his kind should he be privately educated. His simplicity books when an every-day case comes before him, yet as to their wickedness, as well as to their virtues, will with whatever facility he comprehends it and prescribes lay him open to be deceived and wronged by them at for it, really acts upon a facility acquired in the first their pleasure. The vile and abandoned will mark him instance from these very books; so the reaily action of out for their prey, and devour and distress him, even virtue required by our worldly concerns, ought to be with a determination proportioned to his unsuspecting- indeed derived in the first instance from principle, but ness or inability to deal with them. He will be unfit as afterwards from habit. an infant to cope with mankind, unless he has been Still I acknowledge there may be a supposed case, habituated to them. Fatal is the acquirement - detri- and one which I would wish may never happen to yourmental the knowledge to his own peace-despicable the self, in which a private education would be preferable. experience of the modes of human wickedness! Yet It is when some very peculiar and incurable defect or while he is in a fallen world, he must mingle with it: infirmity, especially of mind, would absolutely incaand he cannot mingle with it, and escape a vast propor. pacitate your son froin sharing in the routine of the tion of misery, unless he knows how to take care of einployments of a school. It would have been better kimself. For this purpose he ought to be acquainted that the poet Cowper should have been educated at with the workings of human nature, from the earliest home, on account of his well known and early developed period of human life, hy actual community with man. tendency to mental depression. Still it is not erery kind. Nor is this knowledge incompatible with recti- defect which should be allowed to preclude a boy from tude, and even innocence of heart. In a certain sense, the inestiinable advantages of an education in the sohis knowledge of the wickedness of mankind renders the ciety of his schoolfellows. His schoolfellows soon get path of virtue more distinct to his own mind. His ad- used to his defect, and it passes without notice. Whenherence to it has more of the personal selection, which is ever it is remembered, it is generally as a motive of essential to the consistency of virtue. A man may and kindness; and there is much real kindness to one anought to unite in himself the qualities recommended by other among boys at school, much readiness
help the Redeemer to his apostles, and exhibited in supreme the weak and to protect the defenceless. I have seen perfection by himself, the wisdom of the serpent and the cripple leap along upon his crutch in the race with the harınlessness of the dove.
as much delight as the foremost runner. A boy with a Still further. It is obvious that although virtue must defect is far less apt to be rendered unhappy by it when be founded in principle, yet that a readiness in the mingling with his companions, whom he will soon find application of the principle must depend upon practice. cease even to notice it; or if they do, it is good-huHabits of virtue, as habits of every other kind, are mouredly; whereas the same boy would brood upon it, gained by practice. The greater practice we have, the and gain settled habits of mental suffering, if he were greater readiness we acquire, both of knowing what brought up in solitude, that nurse of all imaginary evils. ought to be done, and also of doing it.
Still," whenever the supposed case really occurs, I But the practice from which excellent results are to should still advise a private education. It may be probe expected, can only be obtained from circumstances per to put this tender plant under the protection of a which present a great number of various cases. It is glass cover; but let the nakling, be planted amid the also plain, that the habit of virtuous speaking and act. trees of the forest, that he may with them gather vigour ing, ought, like every other, to be commenced and from
breeze, every shower, every sunbeam of established carly. But the system of private education
the open sky excludes this advantage. However carefully the princi.
I am, dear Madam, yours, &c. ples of virtue may be grounded in the mind of a boy,
ILLUSTRATION OF ISAIAH LX, 5.
and the income derived from property invested in Fo.
reign Securities, including the sum annually remitted “ The abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee." from India, is estimated at 4,500,0001. Lastly, the ca
pital, labour, and machinery employed in all the nu“GLORIOUS things are spoken of thee, O city of God,” merous and expensive branches of Manufactures, annu. (Psalm lxxxvii, 3) said the prophetic psalinist, when ally raise produce valued at the enormous sum of contemplating the future prosperity of the Christian 148,050,0001. church. Part of that glory has already been realized ; “ Thus the grand result of the combination of the so that an intelligent survey of the world at the present prodigious capital above stated, with all animate and day, contrasted with the wide-spreading heathen dark- inaniinate power, is the annual creation of produce and ness and corruption of the period when the prophet property to the amount of 514,823,0591.!!” wrote, must lead every devout mind to exclaiin, with grateful admiration, "What hath God wrought !" But who can conceive the moral splendour of that day, when LETTER FROM THE LATE REV. A. FULLER, “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea ?” Isa. xi, 9; - when “the Addressed to a Young Lady in Exeter, who had been kingdomy of this world shall become the kingdoms of greatly impressed by a Sermon which he preached, our Lord and of his Christ?" Rev. xi, 15; — when “all in passing through that city, on John xxi, 17, shall know the Lord, from the least even to the “Simon, 'son of Jonas, lovest thou me?" greatest?” — when the astonishing predictions of the inspired prophets, especially of the sixtieth chapter of
Kettering, May, 1801. Isaiah, shall be completely fulfilled?
My dear young Friend, Were the resources of a mighty nation employed
I received yours just as I was going a wholly to glorify God for his mercy in the diffusion of journey. There needs no apology for your writing to his gospel throughout the world, by missionaries, me, though perhaps my answer may be short, owing to schools, and the Holy Scriptures, what might not be other nuinerous engagements. It gives me pleasure soon effected, if approved by the Almighty Sovereign, to learn that any thing I delivered was of use to you, and blessed by his Holy Spirit? Truth would shine especially in endearing to you the name of the Lord with celestial brightness in every nation, holiness would Jesus. This is the tendency of true religion. If Jesus soon characterize their inhabitants, and Paradise would be precious to us in his true character, we are believers be restored even upon earth! And this shall be reality in him, and interested in his salvation. Jesus is the in God's appointed time.
friend and Saviour of sinners; and we cannot discern his Such were some of our reflections when we met with glory, or properly love his name, but as we are made Pebrer's “ Resources of the British Empire." His esti- sensible of our sinful state. It is in the character of mate of the aggregate of the wealth, capital, and power sinners, even the chief of sinners, that we must come to of Great Britain, led us to the declaration of the pro. him : for the whole need not a physician, but those that phet, “ The abundance of the sea shall be converted are sick. “You never was permitted to give into the unto thee;" and we contemplated the blessings arising excesses which most young people are.” Perhaps you from these amazing. " resources being “converted, may have valued yourself a little on this account, and from purposes of selfishness to the honour of God and cherished a hope that you should be more likely to obtain the advancement of human happiness. Perhaps a re- mercy ; but the truth is, you have been a much greater view of our national resources, as given by that intelli- sinner than you are aware of. The difference between gent writer, will serve as an occasion to animate the one sinner and another is but small, in coinparison of hopes of our readers in their anticipations of the times that wherein they are alike. We have all transgressed in which their children and their children's children are God's holy law, and all possess a heart averse to him, to live; especially as "the signs of the times,” not- and every thing that is truly good; and, therefore, are withstanding many things are calculated to awaken all exposed to his eternal displeasure. And had not gloomy apprehensions, certainly indicate the fulfilment God so loved the world as to give his only begotten of many of God's merciful purposes to onr world. Son to die for us, we must all have perished without
It appears that, according to the mo- hope. As it is, our hope is only in him : for his sake derate calculation adopted in these estimates, there alone, and not for our own good deeds, our prayers, exists in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ire- and tears, we are accepted. His righteousness must be land, a capital, public and private, of 3,679,500,0001. our plea, for in him God is well pleased. The grand
The greatest part of this enormous capital is proof of the truth of our religion is, that we be of the beneficially employed in creating , substantial pro- same mind as God with respect to Christ. Hence he perty, and in promoting industry and enterprise in the that is chosen of God and precious, is said to be premultilarious pursuits and occupations by which the cious to them that believe, 1 Pet. ii, 7. Now Christ is necessaries, the comforts, and the luxuries of life are precious to God on several accounts: he is the Sou of raised and provided. The most useful and important of God, and as such dear to him : and is he not as such these is Agriculture, which raises, in all its branches, dear to us, as being our great high-priest, and able to annual produce to the value of 246,000,0001.; or fifty- save to the uttermost? He is also the Son of man, two millions and a half more than the total produce of and as such dear to him, John v, 27. Aud for this this branch in France, considered to be the first agricul. sake also he is dear to true believers ; for being flesh of tural country in Europe. The value of the produce of our flesh, he can feel for our infirmities. He is beloved the Mines and Minerals in the United Kingdom, is of the Father, because he laid down his life, John x, 17; 21,400,0001. The produce and profits of the numerous and surely for this we also must love him. Finally, classes engaged in Inland Trade, amount to the large the Father loves him, because of his regard to righsum of 48,425,0001. And of those important branches teousness. “He loveth righteousness and hateth iniquity, to all maritime nations, the Coasting Trade and the therefore God hath anointed him with the oil of glad. Fisheries, the former yields 3,550,0001. and the latter ness above his fellows.' In becoming our Mediator 3,400,0001. The annual gains of all those engaged in and Saviour he has shown himself the enemy of sin, Shipping and Foreign Trade amount to 34,398,0591. while he saves the sioner. And if we be true believers The profits of Bankers may be stated at 4,500,0001.; we shall love him on the same account. If we love him
only because we hope to escape hell by means of his mercy, and compassion of God in his dealing towards death, and not on account of his saving us from our sins, me; they have indeed been marked with great mercy, this is merely self-love, and has no true religion in it. My preservation in bodily health, without a day of real I may add, if you love our Lord Jesus Christ in sin- illness for thirty-six years. His patience towards me in cerity, you will love him supremely: while you will be bearing with me so long ; his kindness in blessing my dutiful to your parent, you will love Christ before him, labours as a preacher to the conversion and edification and before any person or thing in the world.
of so many hundreds of my fellow-creatures - some are I wish you could read, if you could procure it, a now ininisters of Christ -- in supporting me in many little book containing accounts of the trials and ex- troubles, and in bringing me to my present place in a periences of several eminent Christians about one wonderful and mysterious way, and for enabling ine to hundred and thirty years ago, one of whom was a give myself for eternity to the Lord Jesus Christ, who young woman of the name of Agnes Beaumont. It is my hope, my refuge, my hiding-place, my shield, and was published some years ago by Mr. James of Hitchen. the tower of my desence. • Bless the Lord, O my soul, I cannot recollect the title, but I have often read and and all that is within me bless his holy name! Bless wept over the trials of poor Agnes, whose father was the Lord, O my soul, and furget not all his benefits !' for a long time set against her religion, but at last Let this be my motto through the year, should my life died under an acknowledgement of his great sin in be so long spared ; and if not spared, may the Lord opposing her. It was by a kind, obliging, obedient Jesus receive me into the arms of his rich grace. O to behaviour in all civil matters that his heart was noved. grace how great a debtor !' shall be my song for ever.
Though I cannot engage to correspond with any This is not only my birth-day, but the day appointed person for a continuance, yet if you have any particular for the anniversary of my settlement as ininister of exercises on which you would wish for my advice, or
Crown Street chapel. It appears to me singular that counsel to ask respecting your spiritual welfare, write both should be on the same day, without the least intento me with freedom, and I will at any time answer you.
tion or design, either in me or iny brethren; but, I thou I remain, in our dear Lord Jesus,
Ruler of all circumstances and events, not without thy Affectionately yours,
knowledge and design. Let it be, gracious God, a time A. FULLER. of refreshing from thy presence, and let some great good
be done this day to the souls of inen. I would, O Lord,
erect my Ebenezer, and to thy praise acknowledge that THE LATE REV. JOHN REES,
hitherto the Lord hath helped me." OF CROWN STREET CHAPEL, LONDON.
His Dying TestimONY, We have been repeatedly requested to insert in the Is thus given, in a letter from the Rev. J. Leifchild to Christian's Penny Magazine, the “Dying. Testimony of the biographer, and will be read with deep interest the late Rev. John Rees," as peculiarly adapted to pro
by all. mote the edification of our readers. It affords us plea- On my last visit, I saw that he was going, and forsure to be able to gratify our friends in this respect bore to trouble him much. But I put it to him seriously, from an interesting Memoir of that useful servant of
in the full prospect of death, to give ine the exact state Christ, by the Rev. Henry Heap, dedicated to the of his mind. Mr. R., I may survive you ; I
may have “Right Hon. the Earl of Rodeu.' The following in
to tell whether Christianity was able to surport you in structive extract from the “Diary” of that devoted minister may be regarded as
these moments : let me know, exactly, what you feel;
for these moments are too solemn for hesitation, vague. His Living TestimONY.
ness, or reserve: tell me, my dear Sir, all, as briefly as
possible, and I will disturb you no more. I saw him “Sabbath day, April 20, 1828. Fifty-eight years this
touched : his full form was shrunken by his long-contiday I was born at Carmarthen, in South Wales. Thirty
nued malady and confinement, his swollen limbs (punceight years I have been a professor of religion, and thirty-five a preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. But,
tured to prevent inflammation) gave him great pain;
blanched was his cheek, and sunken his eye: but this O my soul, what a chequered path hast thou walked !
appeal to the honour of his religion roused him. It The prevailing and sincere feeling of my mind on this
freshened his dying lamp; his colour returned, his eye my birth-day is deep regret, that I have in all these
was lit up with animation; and, raising himself, he years lived so little unto God; my exercises in religion, looked me full in the face, and, with great deliberation, as to bodily labour, and the uumber of sermons, inore
energy, and dignity, uttered the following words :than com mon; but what is bodily exercise ? God seeks
“ Christ in his person, Christ in his offices, Christ in the the heart in every duty; and in many duties he has
love of his heart, and Christ in the power of his arm, is found me like a silly dove without a heart, or a heart
the rock on which I rest ; and now (reclining his head like the fool's eye, wandering from him. I have to
gently on the pillow), Death! strike !' These words regret the duties omitted, neglected, or formally ful
were not lost in air ; they entered the tablet of my filled, and the sins committed in thought and deed, for
memory, and have remained fixed. I have no other which I would humble myself in deep abasement before
wish than that they may express my sentiments and the footstool of mercy, and pray for grace, that I may, feelings in similar moments. * So may it happen to me as the chief of sinners, come this day to the blood of
to die!' sprinkling, that fountain which is open for sin and un- “If it were right, I could say much on the affection cleanness. This is my only refuge after my prayers, of his widow, and on the numerous instances I witand after my preaching, and after my Sabbaths ; for I nessed of all that should exist between two such parties, stand in need of being sprinkled with it, and washed I fear her claims to attention and kindness are not fully from all the stains of iny sin and the imperfections of my services. O thou Lamb of God, wash ine in thy cleans
understood, or at least duly appreciated. But all this
is far better in your hands than in mine ; and I sincerely ing and soul-purifying blood ! O cover me in thy soul
wish that your expectations in the projected publication justifying righteousness, and sanctify me with thy sanc
may be realized to the utmost extent. tifying Spirit, that I may be more devoted to thy ser. vice! While I have every reason to complain of myself,
Your sincere friend and brother, I have more reason to extol and magnify the grace, Rev. Henry Heap.
NIGHT AND DAY.
those passages of scripture, which speak of being "in
the fear of the Lord all the day long"-" The fear of All sleeps !-- for drowsy darkness reigns,
the Lord is to hate evil” “Blessed is the man that And deals his potion round,
feareth always" -“To this man will I look, who is With which, as adamantine chains,
poor, and of a contrite spirit.” He holds existence bound.
Ignorance, however, of the grand scheme of ChrisNo light illumes the cheerless scene,
tianity, as contained in the Holy Scriptures, may be the Save Luna's faintest gleam,
occasion of much uneasiness to a tender conscience, and That clouds reflect, which sometimes 'tween
lead to serious mental distress. This may probably There steals a brighter beam.
have been the case from reading the language of this
text, without carefully examining its connection, or No sound the list’ning ear doth seize,
seriously considering its import. Dr. Doddridge's trans. The death-like stillness breaking,
lation and paraphrase will assist the reader greatly in Save the faint rustling of the breeze,
perceiving the true import of the verse: the italics are Or th' ocean's distant raking.
his translation. * For if we sin wilfully and presumpNight disappears ! its glooiny train
tuously by apostatizing, after having received the knowNow vanishes away;
ledge of the truth with such incontestible evidence and Mild beams of light illume the plain,
power, there remaineth yet no more sacrifice for sin ; And speak th' approach of day.
nor is it possible to find any atonement that shall be See yonder, where the ocean lies,
efficacious, after having thus ungratefully and wickedly Bright Phæbus lifts his head ;
disowned that which God has appointed.” See him majestically rise,
Sinning wilfully imports a course of sinning - not And gild his wat’ry bed.
only willingly, which some conscientious persons seem
to confound with wilfully - but deliberately, resolvedly, How chang'd the scene! Night's gloomy reign obstinately, and against the clearest light and knowledge Spread cheerless silence round;
of the word of God. Persons guilty of such cocduct But now all nature smiles again,
can have no benefit from the sacrifice of Christ, whose Her plains with joy are crown'd!
blood cleanses from all sin in the case of every penitent Thus doth a burst of heav'nly light
believer. Infidelity and apostasy “ trample under foot The Christian pilgrim greet,
the Son of God, and count the blood of the covenant Who wings his way from Earth's drear night
wherewith he was sanctified an unholy thing, doing The ess'd above to meet.
despite unto the Spirit of grace,” ver. 29. Such, how. Sweet truth, to Christian virtue join'd,
ever, cannot be the state of mind described by our corÀ light within displays,
respondent W. And let every anxious reader of these That Heav'n revealing, doth the mind
passages consider, that their design is to awaken the
careless to seek salvation — to convict the impenitent Beyond Earth's midnight raise.
of the guilt of their condition -- to excite the established It is as 'twere the faintest break
believer to gratitude for an interest in Christ -- and to Of morn's incipient beams :
bring glory to the Redeemer, by the exhibition of his But, oh! when saints immortal wake,
sacrifice as all.sufficient for every believer.
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daily occurrence in domestic government and practical Our Correspondent W. has proposed for consideration life a passage of Scripture, which has occasioned much alarm in the minds of many who have truly feared God; but it has also been the means of leading them to a
“The soul is a spark kindled by the Deity, which can. prayerful course of studying the sacred volume. Mis- not be extinguished by the damps of this dark valley." iakes of the meaning of this passage alone occasion per
“There dwells in man a vital spark, plexity to the sincere disciples of Christ; for, however
Lit up by power divine, terrible it may be in its aspect towards apostates, it has
Which feeting time can never dark, nothing really alarming to the pious.
Nor death's damp vale confine." Tenderness of conscience is essential to spiritual reli
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