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tion where it must be commenced, in order entirely to change the manner of thinking, willing, and perceiving, to which men have been accustomed. He alone extended his views over the whole human family and included all nations in his plan. He alone, with a superiority of mind, to which every thing that bad previously been attempted for the welfare of the human race was far too small and defective, soared to an idea which contained the excellences of all the plans which had ever been invented for the improvement of man, -to the idea of forming a new moral creation. Even here therefore we discover an acuteness, penetration, and extension of thought, which designate a most extraordinary mind.' P.
225. We have no room for further extracts. We will only repeat cur welcome to a work of this character from the School at Andover. We rejoice in every indication from that quarter of a disposition to dwell upon the simple truths of Christianity, in preference to sectarian tenets, which never have been and never can be subjects of agreement among thinking and religious men.
SIR THOMAS BROWNE'S EVENING HYMN.
The following beautiful Evening Hymn, from the pen of Sir Thomas Browne, we presume will be new to most of our readers, as it has not, to our knowledge, been inserted in any collection of sacred poetry. We extract it from “The Religion of a Physician,' just published in the third volume of Mr. Young's Library of Old English Prose Writers. The hymn is introduced in the following connexion :
We term sleep a death, and yet it is waking that kills us, and destroys those spirits that are the house of life. T is indeed a part of life that best expresseth death; for every man truly lives so long as he acts his nature, or some way makes
good the faculties of himself. Themistocles, therefore, that slew his soldier in his slcep, was a merciful executioner. 'Tis a kind of punishment the mildness of no laws hath invented. I wonder the fancy of Lucan and Seneca did not discover it.* It is that death by which we may be literally said to die daily; a death which Adam died before his mortality; a death whereby we live; a middle and moderating point between life and leath; in fine, so like death, I dare not trust it without my prayers and a half adieu unto the world, and take my farewell in a colloquy with God.
- The night is come, like to the day ;
Depart not thou, great God, away.
are open while mine close.
Sleep again, but wake for ever. This is the dormitive I take to bedward. I need no other laudanum than this to make me sleep ; after which I close mine eyes in security, content to take my leave of the sun, and sleep unto the resurrection.'
* Both of whom were permitted by Nero to choose the mode in which they would die.
Methodist Unitarians.-In the last number of the Christian Pioneer, published at Glasgow, Scotland, we find an account of a recent convention of Unitarian Methodists, from different parts of Lancashire, Eng. Very satisfactory and encouraging representations are given of the past progress and future prospects of their community. Some of their congregations, however, have been subjected to many trials and difficulties; but the truly christian temper with which they have met them, as well as their resolute and persevering attachment to the simple principles of Unitarian Christianity, is worthy of all praise, and furnishes another evidence of the power and tendency of these principles, to purify and exalt the charac
The following case is from the account recorded in the Pi
“The congregation at Padiham was represented by Mr John Robinson, and Mr James Pollard, two zealous preachers of Unitarian Christianity, who have labored with that people in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, through much persecution and many hardships for twenty-three years. The members of the congregation, with scarcely a single exception, have to maintaiu one continued siruggle against the severest poverty ; but having known the religion of Jesus Christ, not only in its simplicity but its power, they have found a happiness which no riches could purchase-of which no outward distress could deprive them.'
The account of the venerable John Ingham, preacher at Rawtonstall, is equally interesting. He had prevailed with a friend to attend the convention and speak for him, as the infirmities of age beyond fourscore prevented his personal attendance.
• The old man sent his Christian wishes to the meeting, with which lie was present in spirit, and assured all that he enjoyed the greatest comfort in the simple truths of the Gospel; he had not been able to give up his orthodox views till he was more than 70 years of age; the delight be experiences in the change is almost inexpressible; he compared it to the change of residence from a cold, bleak hut, surrounded only with rush
es and ling, upon a mountain, to a delightful dwelling in a sunny valley, surrounded with the most beautiful flowers.Who asserts (says the Pioneer) that Unitarian Christianity is not a religion for the poor and the afflicted? This old man bending to the grave, is animated with religious joy and religious zeal-joy in the satisfactory and consoling views which the Unitarian doctrine unfolds to him of God his Father, and of Christ his Saviour-zeal that the pure light which has blessed bis heart, may go on spreading from east to west, from pole to pole, when he is slumbering in the dust.'
Unitarian Installation. December 21. Rev Edmund Q.. Sewall, formerly Editor of the Unitarian Advocate, was installed as Pastor of the First Congregational Church and Society in Scituate. Introductory Prayer and Reading of the Scriptures by Mr Sewall, of Danvers ; Sermon by Mr Gannett, of Boston, from 2 Tim. iv. 2. Preach the word,' on the true purpose and character of preaching; Installing Prayer by Mr Brooks, of Hingham ; Charge by Mr Allen, of Pembroke ; Right Hand of Fellowship by Mr Deane, of Scituate; Address to the people by Mr Flint, of Cohasset ; Concluding Prayer by Mr Goodwin, of Concord.
Dedication. The new house of worship recently erected by the First Congregational Society in Plymouth was dedicated December 14. Prayers and reading of the Scriptures, by Mr Goodwin of Sandwich, Mr Brooks of Hingham, and Mr Cole of Kingston ; Sermon by Dr Kendall, Pastor of the Society.
In the afternoon of the same day, the pews were offered at auction. The whole number of pews is 124, of which 21 were reserved, leaving 103 for sale, all of which were sold at an advance above the appraisal, of nearly $1,800. The amount of sales, was sufficient to defray the expense of building the new house, to pay the pew-holders in the old house, and leave a surplus of about $2,500.
The question is often asked—is beaven a social state? The question of course implies a doubt; and, I believe it will be found that the popular feeling, in most Protestant countries, has been against the supposition of a personal acquaintance and social union in the future state. At least it has been so among the Puritans.
And in mentioning the Protestant and the Puritan, distinguished for holding these views, I believe that I have pointed out the cause of them. Puritanism like Stoicism, has, in a measure, overlooked the original tendencies and essential wants of human nature. I will not say that it has proposed to make man too exalted a being, but it has proposed to make bis most exalted affections in a sort his only affections. Thus the duty, worth, and happiness of man have been summed