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glorious presence in heaven hereafter for ever little child, (indeed, in the Septuagint version and ever! Ah, if all this were true, if this the word is translated infants)—those who are were sure, what a blessed, what an invaluable wishful to sit at Jesus' feet to learn what they treasure would this book be!" All this is must do to be saved,--whose prayer is, “draw contained in the Bible, and is sure; is sure us, and we will run after thee:" “ Lord, and true every whit: the “ testimony of the open thou mine eyes, that I may see wondrous Lord is sure.” It is the word of the living things out of thy law.” Such simple ones the God, which abideth for ever: for "all Scrip- Bible, as the instrument of the Spirit, makes ture is given by inspiration of God,” for wise, and converts their souls. They search "holy men of old spoke and wrote it as they it diligently, knowing that therein they have were moved by the Holy Ghost.” You may eternal life. They learn from it their fallen, firmly believe it, you may confidently rely corrupt condition, their condemnation by the upon it: it is sure ; and it contains all that law of God; their need of repentance and your hearts could desire to make you wise faith, of a Saviour, of the teaching and sancand happy for time and eternity. All human tification of the Spirit; their need of prayer, learning and wisdom is but the work of mail: of holiness of heart and purity of life; they it may be sure, or it may not; there is much find in it various promises suited to their that may please, entertain, and instruct; and wants--that “if they ask, they shall receive; much that may pervert, deceive, perplex, and if they seek, they shall find ; if they knock at poison the mind; and all perishes with this the door of mercy and grace, it shall be opened life. But the word of God is sure, and true to them.” They come to the throne of grace without any mixture of error, and maketh deeply sensible of their wants, and in faithful wise for eternity. The everlasting covenant, earnest prayer for God's pardoning mercy sealed and ratified in the blood of Jesus, is and acceptance through the appointed “ ordered in all things and sure.”

Saviour. God, in mercy, hears their cry; The Septuagint translate this word faith-blesses his word to them, whether read or ful :-the®“ testimony of the Lord is faith- preached ; applies it to their souls, according ful.” Yes, it is faithful, as well as sure; to their several necessities ; and leads them by all its sweet and blessed promises, invitations, the way through such trials and experiences and encouragements, are faithful; they are as shall ultimately end in their being made all “ vea and amen” in Christ Jesus. And savingly wise, and in the conversion of their let it not be forgotten, that the threats, denun- souls. It teaches them the only true wisdom ciations, and judgments against sin and im- for this life or the next--to be “ diligent in penitent sinners are faithful and true too; hell business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; and eternal misery, as well as heaven and to follow peace with all men, and holiness, everlasting happiness.

without which no man shall see the Lord.” II. We are to consider, secondly, the effects It assures them that “godliness is profitable which the law and the testimony are said to for all things, having the promise of this life, produce ; which are these, converting the and also of that which is to come ;' that “all soul, and making wise the simple."

Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and The word simple in Scripture has very dif- is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for corferent significations. It sometimes denotes rection, for instruction in righteousness; that the careless, the godless, the unconcerned, or the man of God may be perfect, thoroughopenly wicked sinner.

These indeed may ly furnished unto all good works.” It have the word of God in their possession, but « maketh wise unto salvation, through faith they are likely to read any thing rather than in Christ Jesus.”

in Christ Jesus." It is the “sword of the it. Or if they do occasionally look into it, it Spirit,” by which we are to overcome all our benefits only the head, it reaches not to the corruptions and spiritual enemies. Thus the heart and life. It is read for curiosity, or to law of the Lord is perfect, converting the kill time. Shall I say it is sometimes read soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, makfor a worse purpose to cavil, to ridicule, to ing wise the simple." speer, to blaspheme? Seldom indeed is it Who then is truly wise, but they who know read by such from a sense of duty, or for


God, and Jesus Christ whom he hath sent? fit. Yet I would call upon all such, if any All other wisdom is folly in comparison; for such unhappy persons be here, to begin to it perishes with the body. But, if you wish read the Bible as the word of God, for in- to be made thus wise unto salvation, come to -truction in righteousness; to read it prayer- the word of God in an infant-like, teachable fully for divine teaching, that it may make form of mind ; open your hearts to its inthem wise unto salvation and convert their structions whether read or preached, divested souls.

of all prejudice and self-conceived opinions, But by the simple in the text is meant the and pray for the simple guidance and teachsincere, the single-minded, the teachable as a ing of the Spirit of truth, who is promised to

all men.

lead such into all truth. I would exhort all , rice, profaneness, and immorality, which is set forth to reverence and read the word of God; let at the commencement of each reign, and commanded

to be read in open court by all judges of assize, jusno day pass away without some portion of it

tices at quarter-sessions, &c., the following requirebeing diligently pernsed; it will, by God's

ment is made among others :-"We do hereby strictly blessing, diffuse through the life a leaven of charge and command all our judges, mayors, sheriffs, holiness, tranquillity, and cheerfulness. I I l justices of the peace, and all our loving subjects whom would call upon those in the higher stations

it may concern, to take care effectually to suppress all

gaming-houses and places." Still, the fact is notoof life to set an example in this respect to the rious, that gaming-houses are to be found in almost lower. Their too general disregard of religion every town of any considerable population, and not and the word of God has contributed much seldom patronised and frequented by those from to the irreligious and unsettled state of mind

whom better things might have been expected; and

that in the metropolis they abound, suited in their so prevalent in this country among the lower scale of expense to all classes of the community. orders. It is the Bible alone which can While, in fact, they are patronised as they are by counteract the mischievous spirit of many many of the noble and wealthy of the land, it is almost of the publications of the day, teaching sedi

in vain to hope for their extinction. The Christian

philanthropist, however, will not cease to endeavour tion, blasphemy, and discontent; whose ob

to point out the incalculable mischiefs to which they ject is to uproot the most sacred institutions give rise; and it will be the object of the present of the country, and subvert the


and paper to consider their baneful influence, directly well-being of society. Let me advise you all leading to loss of time and loss of principle. not to be led away by such devices of wicked

With respect to the loss of time naturally resulting

from attendance at the gaming-table, this of itself men : make the word of God your study; it alone were sufficient to point out the evil. It is nowill teach you ways of pleasantness and torious that on the continent, and it is to be lamented peace. The only secret of being truly happy life is spent in gambling; with whom, in fact, it is a

even in our own country, there are many whose whole is by fearing God and keeping his command profession, into all the mysteries of which they are ments, and following peace and charity with regularly initiated, and who scarcely allow the body

You then have the covenanted pro- time sufficient for its necessary repose, nor for remise of God's blessing for this life and that covery from that feverish state into which it is which is to come. Parents, read the word

brought by sleepless nights and the exciting effects

on the mind which games of hazard are calculated to of God yourselves, and teach your children produce. to do the same. Young people, let me advise But how many, who can scarcely be termed proyou to store your minds with the treasures of fessed gamblers, being actually engaged in business, divine knowledge, instead of trifling and un

spend hours and days and nights at the gaming-table,

and betake theinselves thither when opportunity offers, profitable reading. The word of God con

to the serious detriment of their calling to the untains every variety of reading, and is the only fitting of their minds for attention to their ordinary book which will assuredly make wise the duties! I am not now considering the awful résimple, and convert the soul.”

sponsibility of the Christian to redeem the time--that talent vouchsaled to hiin by his heavenly Father, for the use or abuse of which he must one day render a

solemn account—though unquestionably this subject, GAMBLING AND ITS CONCOMITANT VICES.

in all its tremendous importance, should be urged on the serious consideration of the gambler;—but, taking a lower ground-merely with reference to this world

can that man be a useful member of the community, No. III.--The Gaming- house.

whose whole soul is wrapped up in the desire of ill. Sir NATHANIEL WRAXALL, in his History of golten gain-who leaves the solemn discharge of the France," vol. vi, chap. 4, speaking of the rage for duties of domestic life, that he may associate with the gambling, which in the reign of Henry IV. prevailed dissolute, and spend his time in the society of those more universally and attained to a greater pitch of whose contact cannot fail to be contaminating ? If enormity than it had ever done before, justly terms it moving in a higher sphere, can that man become, in one of the most destructive to morals of any which can any degree, a benefactor to his fellow-creatures, or an be tolerated in society. It received every possible en- ornament of the circle in which God's providence bas couragement from the king's example, and forms one placed him? Is that man fit to be a senator, to legislate of the greatest defects in his character. The conta- for the good of his country, or to be a magistrate to gion was not limited to the court; it pervaded private carry the laws into effect, who wastes his hours amidst life, fatally corrupting the manners of the inferior the excitement of a gaming-louse? or, if moving in a orders. If, indeed, there be one atmosphere more lower, can he be a respectable tradesman or a faithful pestilential than another, and more destructive to the servant, who spends every spare moment in such a well-being of man, whether it respects his temporal place ?* And yet it is notorious that thousands in interests, his spiritual improvement, or liis eternal hopes, it is that of a public gaming-house, the ordi

• “Bear in mind... the fictitious hope, entertained by many,

of easily accumulating wealth by gaming; the inducernents held nary designation of which too manifestly proves, that

out, and the efforts made to entice them (young men) into gamits frequenters are under the influence of the prince ing-houses. Passing by Crockford's and the niinor houses, let of darkness. No efforts of a Christian legislature

us take one of the thiri class. The number of persons (nobleshould be left untried to get rid of such intolerable

men's and gentlemen's servants, and shopmen with small salaries)

usually to be found at one time in one of this class of gaining. nuisances, Enactments, indeed, among ourselves, houses is from forty to fifty. In the course of twenty-four hours have been made with reference to this, and in some it is calculated that one hundred and twenty persous visit one instances have been carried into execution with success.

such house."-See “Young Men; or, an Appeal to the several

Classes of Society in their behalí, by the Rev. Stephen Davies, In the royal proclamation for the encouragement of

B.C.L." This circumstance is perhaps but little known to the piety and virtue, and for the preventing and punishing masters of such servants, and by some of them may scarcely be


led ?

this way waste their time ; that in an especial manner taking advantage of the ascendency produced by his the hours of the Sabbath are, in many instances, rank, he easily contrived to strip the young noblemen devoted to gambling; that every precaution is used to at his court of their fortunes. He actually ruined escape the vigilance of those who are anxious to prevent several; and the indigence to which he saw them such a fearful desecration of the day of rest,--and ge- reduced only served to excite his raillery. Another nerally speaking with success. Can it be wondered at, speculation of the same kind also proved uncomtherefore, that the natural consequence of such a waste monly successful. He introduced horse-racing, after of time, such a desecration of the Lord's day, should the English manner, into France, and so effectually lead to consequences the most detrimental to the spi- displayed his jockeyship, as to be always victorious. ritual, as well as temporal welfare of the gambler ? *I The king being at lengih informed of the low and cannot turbear," says the present Bishop of London, despicable tricks practised by his unworthy relation, in his letter on the neglect of the Lord's day, ad- abolished horse-races; and this is the only punishdressed to the inhabitants of London and Westmin- ment which this too-indulgent prince inflicted on a ster, “ from taking this opportuvity of lifting up my wretch who disgraced the blood of the Bourbons. voice-inetfectually, I am too well aware-against the Soon after this, the duke went into England, and made scandalous and shameless manner in which the gam- that island the theatre of his exploits. A great pering-houses are now resorted to on the Christian Sab- sonage (the Prince of W.) perinilted himself to be bath. The number of those dens of infamy, those imposed upon by the apparent amiableness of his monuments of splendid profligacy, is every year in- maniers ; and this connexion cost him several thoucreasing : one lias been lately opened within a few sand guineas, which the artful Philip procured by doors of my own residence, which, for a time, was means of his usual practices. But as his royal highclosed upon the Lord's day; but the plunder of every ness was also an adept in the game at which the money seventh day was too valuable to be long foregone; and was lost, lie one day perceived that he was cheated, now the work of fraud, and rapine, and ruin goes on, and actually caught the duke in the fact. His soul without even the decent show of intcrmission on the revolted at an act of baseness, which he could not Lord's day. Yet for this enormous evil, destructive have expected in a man of such an illustrious rank, as it is of individual and domestic happiness, and of and he next day sent him a challenge, which he had national character, the law, it seems, has provided no the cowardice to refuse." Not that the refusing the effectual remedy."

challenge was blameable-quite the reverse ; but the And this leads to the consideration of another motive was not the right one which induced him to effect of attending the gaming-house, namely, loss of decline meeting the prince. principle. Is not the professed gambler's character Can it be wondered at, that loss of principle should notorious for want of honesty ? Have not some, be the result of intercourse with the unpris born to move in the bigliest sphere, hy associating The whole tenor of a gamester's life, the whole tone with unprincipled men, proved guilty of conduct fla- of his feelings, his notions of right and wrong, his grant in the extreme, in comparison of which the moral integrity, are all blighted and blasted by the petty larceny, which renders the culprit amenable to sin so dear to his heart. The principles of the gampunislıment by the laws of his country, is not to be bling-room are carried out into the ordinary dealings named, and which conduct has brought upon their rela- of life ; and the same foul play, which is regarded as tives, no less than themselves, shame and reproach ? perfectly lawful, is unblushingly practised on every

The annals of gambling in our own country could occasion and under all circumstances: the mind, in fact, unfold many an instance of gross trickery and swind- loses its moral tone; the conscience becomes scared; ling, in those of whom, from their rank, better things the law of man, as well as of God, is set at nought. might have been expected ; and it were not difficult The unwary youth, or the casual visitor in town, is to recall to mind many such instances, as occurring not unfrequently entrapped into a first attendance at within the last few years. It may be better, however, a gambling-table, induced to visit it, not improto advert to the case of the infamous Duke of Orleans, bably, from mere curiosity, and without any love of whose base conduct in the affairs of the French revo- play: he is gradually, however, led to join in the lution can never be forgotten : "The passions suc- game, heated probably by the wines so bountifully ceed each other with such rapidity in the heart of a supplied: he is permitted to win; this may be vicious man," says the author of a sketch of his life, the case for some tiine, to lure bim nore ef" that it is almost impossible to point out the reigning fectually into the snare ; until at length a love of vice. His lighness became addicted to gaming; and, gambling is engendered; habits are formed which canas in a depraved soul no passion ever takes root with- not without ditliculty be relinquished ; and from one out being accompanied by its corresponding crime, step to another the wretched dupe is hurried on the Philip had no sooner become a gambler than he also road to misery and ruin. Many have become probecame a cheat. A prince of the blood; a nobleman fessed gamblers, from the circumstance of having enjoying several millions of annual income, to turn been led to make one visit. Let none, then, suffer black-leg, and to be as notorious as any one rogue in himself to be tempted to enter a gambling-house; its the whole capital! This may appear extraordinary, gates are assuredly those which open to the broad but it is nevertheless the truth. Such was his ardour path leading to the chambers of death. lle may rest in the pursuit of illicit gain, that he became pupil to assured, that those who would lure him hither can Jonas, Comus, and Pinetti, received lessons from have nothing but some sinister object in view,- that them daily, and was initiated in all the mysteries and object, to deprive him of his property. Let him not subtleties of the profession. From the theory of this think that he has resolution enough to resist the perfidious art, be passed rapidly on to its practice : temptations which will surround him ; or give utterwill lose his wife and children, and personal liberty: | this troublesome world, that finally we may come to the other will throw away, in the same manner, what the land of everlasting life," where all the tossings and should support his wife and children, and keep himself agitations of human affairs shall cease, or, as St. John out of a jail-and it is well if he stop short of self- expresses it, where there shall be " no more sea."murder. Is it possible to keep at too great a dis- Bishop Horne. tance from such enormities ? and can the man who

ance to the language of Hazael, “Is thy servant a eredited ; but such is the fact. The temptations which beset dog, that he should do this great thing ?" for, to use men-servants in fashionable families are very great. One season in town is often sufficient to undermine every virtuous and

the forcible language of Dr. Beattie, " Persons who honest principle. They are not unfrequently more thic objects of take pleasure in play, sellom fail to become immodepity than of blame: their means of religious instruction are rately attached to it; and neglect of business, and the often scanty; and they are too apt to itsitate the conduct of those in whose service they are; in almost total neglect of the solemn

ruin of fortune, family, and reputation, are too frerequirements of God's law. In not a few instances they have quently the consequence. Savages are addicted to been known, on their return to the country, to introduce among gaming; and in this respect, whatever difference there the rustic villagers the vices wliich they have become conversant with in the metropolis, and none more frequently than that of

may be in dress, or colour of the skin, the characters gambling. Does not this especially merit the serious considera- of the gentleman gambler and gambling savage are tion of the masters of familics!

not only similar, but the same. The savage, at play,

RELIGION PROGRESSIVE.-The holiness of God, inonce engages in this dreadful business say when he

deed, is confined by no limitation ; ours is bounded, will stop, or how far he may go ? Let no such man be trusted."

finite, imperfect. Yet let us be sedulous to extend our little sphere ; let our desires be large, though our capacities be contracted ; let our aims be lofty,

though our attainments be low. Let us be solicitous The Cabinet.

that no day pass without some augmentation of our THE DIVINE IMAGE EFFACED BY THE FALL.

holiness, some added height to our aspirations, some Measure now this creature with himself-the wonder- wider expansion in the compass of our virtues. Let ful powers of his mind, the grasp of his memory, the

us strive every day for some superiority to the precedlightning of his invention—with the depravity which is

ing day; something that shall distinctly mark the passwithhel i from the beasts of the field; the impurity ing scene with progress. The celebrated artist, who which brings his soul into bondage to his body; the

has recorded that he passed no day without drawing a malice and revenge that make him the abode of the line, drew it not for repetition, but for progress; not spirit of darkness. Truly the wild beasts are in our

to produce a given number of strokes ; but to forward ruins, and the dragons are in our pleasant places.

his work, to complete his design. The Christian, like These are the fragments of an image that once was; beall

the painter, does not draw his line at random; he tiful enough to shew that it once existed, and that now

has a model to imitate, as well as an outline to fill. — it is broken. And among the ruins there is a voice

Mrs. Hannah More. sometimes heard, like the spirit of a departed inha- The Church of Christ.-God in his Scriptures bitant, unwilling to leave even the ruins of the palace compares his Church to a vine, which he has planted which he once had occupied ; a voice that reasons of himself, and which he cultivates with his own hands. righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come ; He is the celestial husbandman, of whom he speaks to that sometimes catches the ear in the momentary still. us in the Gospel. He has begun by removing from ness of the day, and still more in the dead of night, the vicinity of the vine, which he has transplanted before “deep sleep falleth upon men;" but men cannot from Egypt to the promised land, all the nations of bear to listen to it. And thus does conscience sometimes

the unfaithful, communication with whom might be remiud us of former days—of hours of sin-of time injurious to the development of its roots and foliage. squandered away, that can never be recovered—of an He has surrounded it with a hedge of protecting impure heart, and a worldly and carnal mind, and angels, commissioned to defend it against the attacks proves that it is a remnant of God; for it tells us that of robbers; in the middle of it he has constructed a for all these things God will bring us into judgment. wine-press, true image of the tribulations it would exBut, alas, it does no more than reproach and condemn; | perience in the course of time, containing in it a mix. for, alas, it cannot change an old heart; it cannot create ture of good and bad : and he has built a tower in his a new spirit within us; it cannot raise our affections vineyard, to indicate that those who fly to him for from the dust upon which we are treading; it cannot refuge, will find an asylum impenetrable to the arrows fill us with heavenly dispositions; it cannot make us of the adversary. The most furious persecutions are look forward with delight to scenes of future glory. let loose against the Church, without its foundations Alas, this is beyond the power of conscience. It serves being shaken. Enemies have started up from its own to reproach, but cannot restore ; it is but a spectre bosom, and declared no less formidable war against it, among the ruins--but a voice among the tombs; it is without being able to scale the walls of this fortress, a poor remnant of what was once a living temple of protected by the promise, “the gates of hell shall not the Almighty-enough to shew that it once existed, prevail against it." This promise proceeded from the and that it is now broken.-Rev. Charles Wolfe.

mouth of God himself. Is it surprising that the same The Sea. In the holy Scriptures the sea is fre

Word which created the heavens, established the earth quently considered as an emblem of the world and upon the waters, and gave to the mass of the universe what is passing therein. Under a smiling deceitful

the liquid and indomitable element for its support, surface both conceal dangerous rocks and quicksands ;

should maintain his Church, far more precious in his both abound with creatures pursuing and devouring sight than the earth, the heavens, and the elements ?-each other, the weak becoming a prey to the powerful;

St. Chrysostom. while in both there is a grand “ destroyer, a leviathan

Ricues.-Riches are no security against outward taking his pastime," and seeking the perdition of all.

accidents and contingencies. God hath placed man in In the voyage of life, we may set out with a calm sea and

this world in the midst of many hazards and evil a fair sky, but ere long cares and sorrows overtake us. At

chances, which fall not under any certain rule, but God's word, either to punish or to prove us, the stormy

that of divine foresight and providence. To these the wind ariseth and listeth up the waves; we are carried

rich man is as liable as the poorest beggar. A tile or sometimes up to heaven with hope, sometimes down to

stone may as soon fall on and crush the rich man's the deep with despair, and our soul melteth because of

head as the vilest peasant's: the rich man stands on trouble. Then it is that our lieavenly Father sheweth

no better legs, and hath no other arms, than the poor us what poor helpless creatures we are without him;

man; and he may, and as often doth, need the surgeon and tribulation becomes the parent of devotion. If

to cure his broken leg or arm. He that is clothed in we cry unto the Lord in our trouble, he will deliver us out of our distress; if, with the disciples of the Gospel; of lightning than a man in rags. In the time of war

purple is thereby no more secured from a sudden blast we go to our Master saying, "Lord, save us, we perish,'

and public calamity, the rich man generally fares the he will, as he did then, arise and rebuke the winds and

worsi of all, and is exposed to plunder, rapine, and the sea; there will be a calm, and we shall arrive in

violence; whilst the meaner man is overlooked, and safety at the desired haven. Let us, then, beseech the

his obscurity is his greatest security and safety. Bp. Almighty, in the words of our most excellent Church,

Bull. that we who by baptism were received into the ark of Christ's Church, being stedfast in faith, joyful through

The Common PRAYER.We are plainly reminded hope, and rooted in charity, may so pass the waves of by the very title of our Liturgy, the "Book of Common

But yet the works we all approve

In which thy life was past;
And they who shar'd thy bounteous love

Clung round thee to the last;
Our Lord's apostle heard them breathe

Their plaint of hopeless pain,
And rais'd thee from the shroud of death,

To bless their sight again.
Ye who lament your means confin'd,

Your talents plain and few,
Mark the good works, the alms-deeds kind,

That cheerful love can do.
Oft on the sunny heights we see

Domestic virtues fade,
Oft the meek flowers of piety

Best flourish in the shade.

Prayer," how our Church would inculcate, to the utmost possible extent, the doctrine of Christian fellowship. In the first and most obvious sense of these words, we are taught to regard the Liturgy as an exercise of united worship in the public house of prayer. When viewed in this light, the Liturgy holds forth to us the sweet and comfortable assurance, that, as often as we approach the courts of the Lord's house, under a heartfelt conviction of our common infirmities, our common wants, and our common sorrows, we shall find a common source of joy, and hope, and strength, for the support and the refreshment of our souls. And the more we dwell upon the language of our Book of Common Prayer, the more we shall feel how it expresses our common miseries, our common hopes, and our common joys, in a manner beantifully adapted to the highest purposes of devotion.-Rev. Robert Anderson on the Book of Common Prayer.

Tule SINNER DENIED BY CHRIST.-0, the inexpressible horror that will seize upon a poor sinner when he stands arraigned at the bar of divine justice! when he shall look about, and see his accuser, his judge, the witnesses all of them his remorseless adversaries; the law impleading mercy, and the Gospel upbraiding him; the devil, his grand accuser, drawing his indictment, numbering his sins with the greatest exactness, and aggravating them with the cruelest bitterness; and conscience, like a thousand witnesses, attesting every article, flying in his face, and rending his very heart; and then, after all, Christ, from whom only mercy could be expected, owning the accusation. It will be hell enough to hear the sentence; the very promulgation of the punishment will be part of the punishment, and anticipate the execution. If Peter was so abashed when Christ gave him a look after his denial-if there was so much dread in his looks when he stood as prisoner, how much greater will it be when he sits as a judge? If it was so fearful when he looked his denier into repentance, what will it be when he shall look him into destruction ? Believe it, when we shall hear our accusation from our Advocate, our eternal doom from our Intercessor, it will convince us that a denial of Christ is something more than a few transitory words. What trembling, what outcries and astonishment will there be, upon the pronouncing this sentence! Every word will come upon the sinner like an arrow striking through his reins-like thunder, that is heard and consumes at the same instant. Yea, it will be a denial with scorn, with taunting reprobations; and to be miserable without commiseration, is the height of misery. He that falls below pity can fall no lower. Could I give you a lively representation of guilt and horror on this hand, and point out eternal wrath and decipher eternal vengeance on the other, then might I shew you the condition of a sinner hearing himself denied by Christ; and for those whom Christ has denied, it will be in vain to appeal to the Father, unless we can imagine that those whom mercy has condemned, justice will absolve.-Dr. South.

O, give, my Christian sisters, still,

To charity's demand,
The fervent heart, the ready will,

The quick and active hand :
A course in quiet zeal pursued,

Like that by Dorcas trod, Trust me, shall win man's gratitude,

And gain the love of God.

TO THE DEAD.. “ Heu! quanto minus est cum reliquis versari, quam tui

AND would we win thee back to life?

How selfish and how vain,
To stir the settled waves of strife

In that calm breast again ;
To call thee back again to bear
The long-borne load of toil and care,

O'er earth's rough path of pain,
And lift the lids of those seal'd eyes
To gaze once more on clouded skies !
Would we on that pure, placid cheek

Life's varnish'd hues bestow,
That o'er their flush the tears should break

That furrow as they flow;
Unseal once more the death-clos'd ear,
Cold flattery's hollow voice to hear,

And melt at sounds of woe;
And loose the tongue to tell again
Of unheard grief, unpitied pain?
No; hush'd be nature's yearnings now,

Let sorrow's voice be stillid,
There lives no trace on that pale brow

Of wishes unfulfill'd:
The holy hush of answer'd prayer,
The calm of cloudless peace is there,

The saint's last sleep to gild;
"Twere more than crime to mar a rest
So tranquil, so supremely blest.
Supremely blest; for o'er that sleep

The promise breathes its spell,
Replete with joy for eyes that weep,

And hope for hearts that swell;

Poetry. DORCAS.


(For the Church of England Magazine.) MEEK follower of our gracious Lord,

Of thee we are not told That thou couldst boast a lavish hoard

Of shining gems or gold ;
We read not that thy rank impress'd

The humble with respect ;
Or that thy mind the fires possess'd

Of dazzling intellect.

• From “ The Christian Examiner."

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