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world is short and uncertain, and that those | learn that the “fashion of this world passeth things in which we are so apt to pride our away?” When will you be convinced that selves, our health, our goodliness, our riches, that man only is truly wise, who is making our possessions, and all our creature comforts, preparation for a life" which has no end, are, like the flower of the field, fleeting and laying up for himself a good foundation fading, beginning to decay perhaps at that against the time to come.” very moment when their beauty is at its There is a treasure, a rich and exceeding height, when they are fullest blown—and all glorious treasure, within your reach ; one about to pass away without leaving a trace which is freely offered to you, and which, of their existence behind them! But then the unlike all the treasures of this world, is not same word unfolds to our view a better world, subject to decay or change. That treasure where all is enduring—where all is substance, is the word of God. In one sense, no doubt, not shadow; where those who enjoy the it is your's already. You have the word of pleasures which are at God's right hand, God in your possession; you have it in your shall enjoy them for evermore. It addresses houses ; have you it also in your hearts ! It us as strangers indeed, and pilgrims upon is there only that it can be safely laid up. It earth, and exhorts us not to suffer ourselves is only by having it hidden there that you to be entangled by its snares, or captivated by can really be enriched by it. And thus the its allurements; but it also bids us look upon apostle exhorts “Let the word of Christ dwell ourselves as having a home-a city--a sure in you richly in all wisdom.” You must dwelling-place-a blessed mansion in heaven. know it as the word of your God, your own, And, whilst it calls to us, and says “ This is not your covenant God, or else it will be of little your rest, nor your inheritance, for it is de- comfort to you to know that it “ shall stand filed;" whilst it bids us “come out and be for ever." For that word contains many and separate” from the ungodly, and from those grievous threatnings and denunciations of whose whole care is for this lower world; God's wrath against the rebellious and imit encourages us to come to him who is will- penitent, as well as exceeding great and preing to adopt us into his family, and to give uscious promises for his own people. His in his house a place and a name better than sheep, indeed, hear his voice, and they know that of sons and of daughters.” And still it and follow him; but to those who will not further, whilst it plainly points out the end to hear his invitations of mercy, who are disobewhich the broad and flowery road, upon which dient, and “obey not the truth, but obey unsuch multitudes are walking, must infallibly righteousness," it declares that there is in lead; whilst it shews the weakness and the store for them, “ tribulation and wrath, infallacy of all those humansystems, which have dignation and anguish," a horrible tempest, been devised for turning away the righteous which shall infallibly come upon them and anger of God, and for paying the debt which sweep them away, with all those refuges of is due to his offended justice; whilst it says, lies to which they have trusted. (6 Cease

ye from man, whose breath is in his I am speaking to some who are old. Is it nostrils, for wherein is he to be accounted possible that there are any amongst you who of,” it sets clearly before us the “ way of are not yet convinced of the truth of the

prolife,” the ransom by which the captive is set phet's declaration, “all flesh is grass, and all free; the surety who has undertaken for us the goodliness thereof as the flower of the and paid the very last farthing of our delt; field?” Have not you been disappointed in the great propitiation and atonement, which many of those hopes which you indulged whilst has been made for sin. It leads us to the Sa- you were young? Have not many of those viour, and tells us, that, if we wash in the creature-comforts in which you once rejoiced fountain which he has opened for sin and been taken from you? Do not increasing for uncleanness,” our“sins,” though they have infirmities and decreasing strength prevent been “as scarlet, shall be white as snow, you from enjoying to the same extent as forand, though they have been “ red like crim- merly those which still remain ? Can you son, they shall be as wool.”

conceal it from yourselves that you are very Where, let me ask you, my brethren, is fast approaching the utmost limit of your your hope fixed? What foundation are you earthly existence; and that very soon the laying? Is it on earth, or in heaven? Has whole world must be nothing to you? But this world a firm hold upon your heart and on the other hand, in the course of your long your affections? Is your whole, or your chief life have you been in the habit of studying thought, how you may provide food for the God's word ? of looking into it and meditatbody; or how you may increase your riches; ing on it frequently, and comparing the events or how you may while away that time, which which you have witnessed, and those which seems to hangs so heavy on your hands, have happened to yourselves, with the dein levity and pleasure? O when will you clarations therein contained respecting the manner of God's dealings with his creatures ? | pleasures here below. But it holds out a And if so, have you ever found that word in light which is able to dispel the darkness, to

Have you ever sought for counsel cheer and gladden the heart of every pilgrim there, and been misdirected ? Have you ever who has his face turned Zion-wards. made trial of the truth of the promises which 0! then, dear brethren, suffer not yourare there recorded, and found yourselves de- selves to be deceived by the vain promises ceived? Above all, have you been led by which are made you by the world. . As you the invitations which are there given, to come go hence, look at the flowers which lie witherto that Saviour who promises rest to the weary ing around you, and think, there lie the emand heavy laden, and yet found that your bur- blems of those pleasures and vanities in which den was not lightened, that greater peace was I am spending so much of that precious time not vouchsafed to you, that you were not able which was given me in order that I might to go on your journey with greater joy, caused prepare for eternity. by the expectation of reaching at last that Then go and look into the word of God, good land which Jesus has purchased for you, and see in it those blessed promises of imwith his own blood? O, my brethren, the mortal happiness and everlasting joy, which shorter your time becomes in this world (and are there made to all who will receive them. you know how rapidly it is every day con- Give those promises a place, the chief place, tracting) let God's word be more precious to in your affections ; let that word be rooted in you. Like David, take it for your “ portion your heart; and then, whilstitshall please God and your heritage.” Let it be to you, as it to keep you here, you will be enabled to show was to him, your counsellor and your guide, forth the praises of him by whose right hand and like him you shall experience, even to you have been planted ; and when the flower the end of your pilgrimage, that all its pro- shall droop and wither and disappear from off mises are « faithfulness and truth,” and that the face of this earth, it shall be only that it even in the dark valley of the shadow of death, may be transplanted to a more genial climate it shall be a “lamp to your feet and a light to and a better soil, where it shall no longer be your path.”

subject to decay and death; but where it But there are others before me who are shall bloom for ever in the garden of the still young, or in the prime of life. Let me Lord. add a few words in conclusion to them. We have already seen that neither the gaiety nor the beauty of the flower of the field is able to THE SERVICES OF THE CHURCH. protect it. And have you made any covenant

No. V. with death? Have you any promise made “Understandest thou what thou readest ?"--Act: viii. 30. you of long life? The flower indeed, as long as

THE NINETY-FIFTH PSALM, USUALLY CALLED it is permitted to bloom and flourish, glorifies

" VENITE EXULTEMUS." God, and praises him by its beauty and its fra- “ It is evident,” says Dr. Boyz, “not only by grance. You, too, have a work to perform for church history, but also by the scripture, that psalms him. He has endowed you with better gifts (Matt. xxvi

. 30). When ye come together, every than he has bestowed on any other of his

one of you hath a Psalm' (1 Cor. xiv. 26). Let not creatures, and he looks to you to employ any, then, wonder at our often psalmody, both after them in his service. And do you consider and before the word expounded and read, and sometimes that voice, which, by God's command is interlaced between both ; a custom continued in all

other reformed churches of Scotland, France, Flanraised to warn you of the transitory nature of ders, &c.

Above all others, our church hath fitly this world's pleasures, and of the uncertainty chosen this, as a whetstone to set an edge upon our of your own continuance on this earth; do devotions at the very beginning of public prayers in you consider that voice the voice of an

the temple; teaching plainly for what matter, and enemy, because it breaks in

after what manner, it behoveth us to serve God in his those

upon gra- sanctuary.” Some think that this psalm was detifications in which your heart is so much en- signed for the public service on the feast of tabergaged? Is it not, on the contrary, the part of nacles; others, for the Sabbath; and, so it has been a friend to warn you that, if you continue to

used in all the Christian world, as the liturgy of St.

Basil teaches, for the Greek church; the testimony of (6 walk in the

ways your heart, and in the St. Augustin witnesses for the African church; and sight of your eyes,” “for all these things God for the Western church, all its ancient offices retain will bring you to judgment ?" Religion does it; and in the capitulars it is called the Invitatory

Psalm. The Jewish doctors themselves have confessed not, as you perhaps suppose, sadden or cast

that it belongs to the times of the Messiah ; and therea gloom over your path; it assures you in- fore our reformers prudently placed it here before the deed that you cannot always continue to psalms, collects, and lessons. Whatever the occa“walk in the light of your own fire and of the sion may have been, the author of the epistle to the sparks which you have kindled;” it tells you believers under the gospel dispensation (Heb. iii

. 15).

Hebrews has taught us to consider it as an address to that a gloom and darkness will and must In this psalm there is a peculiarity of composition come over the path of him who seeks his which is not undeserving of notice; the former part to


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the conclusion of the seventh verse is conceived in the and, therefore, one of our reformers is of opinion that first person, and contains an invitation to praise and David uttered this speech upon the Sabbath ; as if he worship God from the consideration of his alınighty should say, "O come, let us sing unto the Lord, not power and providence, by which he created the world, in private only, but let us come before his presence and still continues to govern and direct it. The sub- with thanksgiving ;” as in the hundreth psalm, “O ject then changes, and the psalmist, whom St. Paul, go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and in commenting on this psalm, affirms to be David, into his courts with praise.” The consideration of this speaking in the character of the God of Israel, cau- one point, that God is in every place by his general tions his people against obduracy and contempt of his presence, and in this holy place by his special presiword and works, enforcing the precept by a recol-dence, may teach all men to pray, not hypocritically, lective admonition of what befel their rebellious an- for fashion, but heartily, for conscience; not only forcestors in the wilderness, " to whom he sware in his mally to satisfy the law, but also sincerely, to widen wrath that they should not enter into his rest.” If our love to the “Lord our maker;" giving we fail of entering into the eternal rest, it is for the Cæsar the things which are Cæsar's, and unto God same reason that the Israelities were excluded from the things which are God's ;” that we may not only the earthly rest in Canaan, because we refuse to hear pray where we should, but also to whom we should; God's word, and harden our hearts against his reproofs “Let us sing unto the Lord, let us rejoice in the and calls to repentance.

strength of our salvation, let us show ourselves glad I. We have, in verses, 1, 2, 6, an exhortation to in him.” “Every one,” says the old writer above repraise God: “Let us sing, let us come, let us worship.” ferred to, “in his merry mood will say, 0 come, let David is not content alone to praise God, but exciteth us sing, let us heartily rejoice; but as good never a all other about him to do the same : “Let us sing whit, as never the better. Silence is a sweeter note with our heart, heartily; with hands and knees, 0, than a loud, if a lewd sonnet.” If we will needs recome, let us worship and fall down and kneel before joice, let us, saith Paul, “rejoice in the Lord” (Phil. the Lord our maker.” David may be considered as a iv. 4); if sing, saith David, “ let us sing unto the private man, or as a public character, embracing the Lord." Vain toys are songs sung to the world; lasoffices of priest and prophet. Here then is a three- civious ballads are songs sung to the flesh; satirical fold pattern in one ; an example for inasters to stir up libels are songs sung to the devil. Only “psalms and their families; an example for preachers to exhort hyms and spiritual songs are melody for the Lord” their people; an example for princes to provoke their (Colos. iii. 16). Augustine says, on this latter passubjects unto the public worship of the Lord. It be- sage, “We may not exalt, but insult over (triumph, cometh great men, especially, to be good men, as being, he means,) the world, the flesh, the devil; our exaltaas Nazianzen says, “unprinted statutes,” and “speak- tions and exultations are due to God only." ing laws" unto the rest. This “ affection was in Abra- “Let us worship, and fall down, and kneel before ham, Paul, and Joshua,” and ought to be in all “ the Lord our maker" (v. 6), not before a crucifix, not horting one another while it is called to-day.” We before a rotten image, not before a fair picture of a hold it a good rule in worldly business not to say to foul saint-these are not our makers--we made them our servants, come ye, go ye, arise ye; but, let us --they made not us. Our God unto whom we must come, let us go, let us arise. Now shall the children sing, in whom we must rejoice, before whom we must of this world be wiser in their generation than the worship, is a a “great King above all gods;" he is no children of light? Do we commend this course in god of lear, no god of bread, no brazen god, no worldly affairs, and neglect it in religious othces? wooden god; we innst not fall down and worship our suredly if our zeal were so great to religion as our love “Lady," but our “ Lord,” not any martyr but our is towards the world, masters would not come to Maker, not any saint but our Saviour. Let us heartily. church, as many do, without their servants, and ser- rejoice, let us fall down and kneel, with all that is vants without their masters; parents without their within us, with all that is without us, let him that children, and children without their parents ; hus- made all be worshipped. Here let us make a stand bands without their wives, and wives without their and behold the wise choice of the church assigning husbands; but all of us would call one to another, as this place to this psalm, which excites us to come to Isaiah prophecied (Is. ii. 3), “Come ye, and let us go the temple of God quietly and jointly, “O come let up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the us sing,” and when we are come to demean ourselves God of Jacob, and he will teach us of his ways, and in this holy place cheerfully, heartily, reverently. I we will walk in his paths :" and as David here prac- would fuin know of those who despise our canons, as tised, “() come, let us sing unto the Lord, let us not agreeable to the canon of the holy bible, whether heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.” sitting in the time of divine service be this “kneeling," “Let us come before his presence, &c.” (v. 2). God whether standing be this “falling down?” “ I would,” is everywhere," whither shall I go from thy Spirit, or says an old writer, “that such as do imitate the Turks whither shall I go from thy presence ?" True: God is in habit (who are luxurious in dress) would likewise a circle, whose centre is no where, circumference every follow them in humble comportment while they pray; where: yet is he said in holy scripture to dwell iu hea- it is said of them that they exhibit great ceremoniousven, and to be present in his sanctuary more espe- ness, and are very attentive in their sacred rites." cially; manifesting his glory from heaven, his grace Think of this, ye that forget God, he will not be in the church principally. For he said in the law mocked, his truth is eternal,“ heaven and earth shall (Exod. xx. 24), “In all places where I record my pass, but not one jot of his word shall pass." If an name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee:" | angel from heaven, or devil on earth; if any private and, in the gospel (Matt. xviii. 20), “Where two or spirit shall deliver unto you rules of behaviour in the three are gathered together in my name, there am I church, contrary to this canon of God's own Spirit, let in the midst of them.” Although every day be a Sah- him be accursed. David having exhorted us to praise hath, and every place a sanctuary for our private de- | God in the congregation, next gives votions, according to the particular exigence of our II. Reasons why we should praise him (v. 3, 4, 5, occasions, yet God hath allotted certain times and 6, 7,), which are drawn from his mercies in general places for his public service (Levit. xix. 30), “Ye as the Creator and Ruler of the whole world ; aud, in shall keep my Sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary ; | particular, for his election of the church. “The Lord I am the Lord.” Gorl is to be worshipperl ever, is a great God,” in himself so great that the heaven of and everywhere; yet, the seventh of our time, and heavens cannot contain him, much less any“ barren the tenth of our living must more specially be conse- brain inwomb him;" and therefore David, unable to crated to that honour which he requires in the temple; describe his greatness in the positive degree, shows


what God is in comparison of others: “a great King | the same righteousness to clothe, and the same above all gods ;" tha nall things that is, which have the Spirit to sanctify us ? Should we not all equally name of God, whether they be such in title as angels in tremble at the thought of being excluded from the heaven and princes on earth. (" I said, ye are gods :") or in opinion, as gold to the covetous; to the epicure,

same table hereafter? Why do we then make a sehis appetite; to the superstitious man, his idol. Of paration here? all gods in title, the Lord is the King, for he made Young Men : is it because you possess some feel. them; of those which are such in opinion he is Lord, ings of a false and unholy shame at being seen to be for he can destroy them. “In his hand are all the corners of the earth," subject to his power and provi

so engaged? We honour the scruples of a tender dence; " and the height of the hills," which are out of conscience, however mistaken ; but we are afraid our reach is his also. This may, possibly, be taken too many have no better and no wiser reason than figuratively; the most mighty monarch on earth is false shame, for absenting themselves from a duty king, as it were, but of a mole-hill, a lord of some one equally binding upon all. When the “ Canaanite angle, but in God's hand are all the corners of the earth and the strength of the hills, that is of powerful with Abram at his altar ; you will not be found

was in the land" then, you would not have stood potentates, in comparison of whom, all others are low valleys--both these are his, “ the sea is his and he made ranged on the Lord's side in the day of battle; neiit.” David names here first and principally the sea, ther then can you hope to be among his people when for a reason which may be given in Pliny's words, they rejoice in the day of his great and final victory, who says, “God, who is wonderful in all things, is most wonderfully wonderful in the sea,” he gathered

"as men rejoice when they divide the spoil." Or its waters and fixed its shores, “and his hands

must we attribute your absence to another motive?

prepared the dry land,” when his word, at the creation, Is it because the licentiousness of your habits in primade the dry land to appear. As this is a psalm of vate tells you too plainly and too truly, that while evangelical reference, we may transfer these praises to you thus live, the altar of the Lord is no place for Christ, since it is he that sets one foot on the sea and you? O, if it be so, pray, earnestly, faithfully pray, the other on the earth as Sovereign Lord of both (Rev. x, 2). Another class of reasons for praising God that God may grant you a clean heart, and renew a is that drawn from God's judgments upon the ancient right spirit within you. Israelites who failed to offer unto God acceptable wor- Young WOMEN : why do you absent yourselves ship (v. 8--11) “To-day, if ye will hear his voice, from the table of the Lord? Is it because you have harden not your hearts, &c.” . If you will yield obe suffered the trifles, the worthless trifles of the world, dience, for this is the scripture import of the word vanity, pleasure, dress, so to occupy your thoughts “hear,” to God's word, and profit by what you hear, then do not obstinately settle yourselves in sin, as did and hearts, that you have no real feelings for these the Jews, in the provocation ; or in Meribah, the place high and heavenly ordinances, no heartfelt love for where they quarelled with God and Moses, (Exod. Him who appointed them ? If it be so, may he xvii. 2–7); and in the wilderness, notwithstanding whom you have forgotten, “ the many sensible proofs of God's power and tokens the gentle influences of his grace, as he did the heart

'open your hearts," by of his favour bestowed upon them: “ Forty years long of Lydia of old, to “attend to things belonging to was I grieved," &c. God kept an account how often they had distrusted him (Numb. xiv. 22), and this your peace, before they are hid from your eyes." really grieved him, for the sins of those who profess MEN OF BUSINESS AND OCCUPATION : why do you to know God, not only anger but grieve him, and he absent yourselves from the table of the Lord Is it passed upon them a dreadful sentence, “since they because your whole time and thoughts are so enerred in their hearts,” and would not interpret aright grossed by the perishing things in which you are en. the way of his providence and of his commandments, a sentence which thus recorded : “ Unto whom i gaged, that you have never yet so far reflected upon I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into the purpose for which you were sent into the world, my rest.” In his just and holy displeasure against as to feel that you are sinners, and to fly to the Satheir sin, (not in passionate revenge) God sware that viour for relief? May it please God to write these none of them who were enrolled when they came out of Egypt, should be found written in the roll of the

solemn words upon your consciences—" What living at their entering into Canaan. To the universal shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and execution of this sentence Caleb and Joshua were the lose his own soul ; or what shall a man give in es. only exceptions. “These things are written for our change for his soul ? admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are Persons ADVANCED IN LIFE : why are you absent ? come.”

Is it because you have so long neglected this ordiAN EXHORTATION TO THE LORD'S TABLE.*

nance or the Saviour who instituted it, that you can. You have assembled this day in God's house of not ruuse 'yourselves from your lethargy, though the prayer and praise, and you are invited to draw still opening grave be yawning at your feet? May you nearer to him at that altar which commemorates the be brought to know that the “hoary head is a crown dying love of the Redeemer, and presents to us his of glory" only “when it is found in the way of body broken and his blood poured forth for man.

righteousness !" Here then is another command, which as Christians

My beloved brethren, I do not, God knows, say you cannot doubt, and yet of which alas ! so many

these things in bitterness of spirit, but with a single, are neglectful. Why, let me ask, are any of a Chris heartfelt desire for you and for your salvation. I tian congregation, except those whose professional would, if your time would permit, address you thus duties oblige them, absent when we assemble round separately and individually, and would ask you all the altar of Christ? Do we not all acknowledge, and and cach, why you thus trifle with a positive com. ought we not all to love the same Saviour ? Ought mand of your dying Lord, the obligation of which I we not all to be looking to the same blood to cleanse, am certain not one among you would venture to dis* Rev, Henry Blunt.


But it is enough. I will not urge you to that as a beauty of thy example; draw us by the merit of thy mere command, which you cannot perform accepta- gracious death, and by the power of thy holy Spirit; bly and profitably unless you regard it as one of your draw us, “ good Lord, and we shall run after thee.” highest privileges, and choicest blessings. Once obs given unto us thine only Son to be unto us both a sa

Collect after Easter.— Almighty God, who hast tain, by the prayerful application of God's good crifice for sin, and also an ensample of godly life ; Spirit, a real abhorrence of sin, a sincere love for the give us grace, that we may always most thankfully Saviour, a disregard for the opinions, and a disrelish receive that his inestimable benefit; and also daily for the sinful pleasures of the world, and there will endeavour ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his be no need to urge to expostulate, or to entreat. Lord. Conclusion of Dr. Barrow's Sermon—" Of

most holy life, through the same Jesus Christ our Like Abram, you will never pitch your tent without walking as Christ did.erecting your altar, and offering up your sacrifices of THE CROWN OF GLORY.-Compared with this, praise and prayer in the midst of your assembled how worthless is the flash of transient gaiety, or the households; you will never hear the invitations to

false glare of worldly pride! Oh! my friends, where the table of the Lord, without rejoicing in the op. Why are not our eyes, our desires, and our hopes,

is our faith; nay, I will add, where is our reason ? portunity it affords you of drawing still nearer to the

more constantly directed upwards to that crown of God of all your mercies. You will look foward to glory, reserved for the followers of God ? Surely, one the day of the Lord, and the house of the Lord, and ray from that resplendent diadem might be sufficient the supper of the Lord, as the bright spots in your

to overpower and extinguish the glittering charms of earthly pilgrimage, the green and tranquil resting the darkness in which they are placed ! Surely, when

those transitory vanities, which owe all their lustre to places in your weary journey, where you may our spirits are overwhelmed within us, one glance of joy draw water out of the wells of salvation;" and this celestial glory might be sufficient to animate and to you, communion with your Redeemer, whether brighten them; and might enable us to exclaim with in private or in public, in his word or at his table, the apostle, though in the midst of sorrows, of danwill be the looked for, longed for, anticipations of sers, and of death—“In all these things we are more

than conquerors throngh him who loved us !"-Dean an intercourse which shall never fatigue of a com- Graves' Sermons. munion which shall never end.

rs with

The Cabinet. CHRIST OUR EXAMPLE. If any earnest desire of happiness, any high esteem of virtue, any true affection to genuine sanctity, do lodge in our breasts, we should apply this most excellent means of attaining them: the study and endeavour of imitating the life of our Lord. If we have in us any truth and sincerity, and do not vainly prevaricate in our profession of being Christ's disciples, and votaries of that most holy institution, let us manifest it by a real conformity to the practice of him, who is our master, and author of our faith. If we have in us any wisdom or sober consideration of things, let us employ it in following the steps of that infallible guide, designed by heaven to lead us in the straight, even, and pleasant ways of righteousness, unto the possession of everlasting bliss. If we do verily like and approve the practice of Christ, and are affected with the innocent, sweet, and lovely comeliness thereof, let us declare such our mind by a sedulous care to resemble it. If we bear any honour and reverence, any love and affection to Christ; if we are at all sensible of our relations, our manifold obligations, our duties to our great Lord, our best friend, our most gracions redeemer ; let us testify it by a zealous care to become like to him ; let a lively image of his most righteous and innocent, most holy and pious, most pure and spotless life be ever present to our fancies ; so as to inform our judgments, to excite our affections, to quicken our endeavours, to regulate our purposes, to correct our mistakes, to direct, amend, and sanctify our whole lives. Let us with incessant diligence of study, meditate upon the best of histories, wherein the tenor of his divine practice is represented to us. Revolving frequently in our thoughts all the most considerable passages thereof, entertaining them with devout passions, impressing them on our memories, and striving to express them in our conversation : let us endeavour continually to walk in the steps of our Lord, and “ to follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.” Which that we may be able to do, do thou, O blessed Redeemer, draw us; draw us by the cords of thy love ; draw us by the sense of thy goodness; draw us by the incomparable worth and excellency of thy person; draw us by the unspotted purity and


( For the Church of England Magazine.)
God wounds, but 'tis to heal the heart,

Th'immortal soul to save;
He bids man “ choose that better part,"

That shall survive the grave.
How desolate then, and forlorn

Is he, whose home's on earth ;
Who feels he is “ to trouble born,"

Yet knows no second birth!
How poor, who has no wealth above,

No portion in the skies !
On earth through life he rests his love,

That fails him, when he dies.
The Christian knows-and only he-

The secret of true bliss,
For time, and for eternity,

The next world, and for this.
To him, indeed, each cloud of grief

Bears impress of his God;
That love, he knows, will send relief

Which sends the chast’ning rod.
He knows on whom his sins were laid,

And who his sorrows bore;
He knows the rich provision made,

The joys that are in store.
He suffers still—God doth not spare-

But oh ! he soothes his grief;--
The Christian has a cross to bear,--

But has a Christ's relief!
A crown was purchas'd by his cross,

A paradise by pain;
Aud, for bis sake, each present loss
Shall prove eternal gain!

Doncaster, Nov. 18th, 1839.

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