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The change requisite for this exaltation shall pass the voice of God to his conscience. Such was the
on the body without destroying its saineness--as arousing, convincing effect upon his feelings, he inflesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. I stantly fell upon his knees, and exclaimed.-“ Such
It is sown in corruption, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown
will be the shipwreck of my soul, O Lord, if thou dost a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body"-fit for
not undertake for me!” From that moment he che occupations and enjoyments of the heavenly became an earnest seeker of the Lord Jesus. Seekworld.
ing, he found the Saviour, and finding the Saviour But how are these transformations to be effected ?
he found the chief good, the satisfying good, and he How? By that same power which calleth things
was happy! To the surprise and regret of his comchat be not as though they were. God shall bring his risen ones with Jesus Christ. This is our short
panions, he withdrew from the world, and attached inswer. I cannot open my ears to the objections himself to the little band of Christians assembling of unbelief. We are upon too high ground to stoop together for the worship of God in the island. His o the caviller who marshals his ignorance and im- | friends mourned that he had imbibed “Methodistiecility against the knowledge and the might of God.
cal opinions," which had so “ spoiled him for the Let him puzzle himself with his theories about
world;" but he had found an all-satisfying, sanctiersonal identity; let him talk about one part of he body being interred in Asia, another in Africa,
fying good in Christ, and from the moment that ind a third in Europe; let him ask as many questions this precious treasure obtained a lodgement in his
he can devise about limbs devoured by ravenous heart, in the face of scorn, obloquy, and reproach, inimals, and become, by nutrition, part of their bo he “ forsook all and followed Jesus in the way.” lies; which bodies again have passed, by the same
Reader, are you not afraid of the shipwreck of your jrocess, into the flesh of other animals; and these, in their turn, consumed by man, and incorporated
soul? You are voyaging to eternity. There are vith the substance of a human body: let him ask
sunken rocks, many and treacherous, in your way. such questions, and ten thousand like them. Has he The most concealed and fatal of all is self-righteouslone? “Dost thou not therefore err, not knowing ness.-0. Winslow. he Scriptures, nor the power of God?"
It will be time enough to plead thy difficulties when God shall commit to thee the raising of the
THE PSALMS. lead. For it is sufficient that he who rears up the living blade from the rotten grain, will be at no loss
WHEN we come to the book of Psalms, we seem to to rear up an incorruptible from a corruptible body,
leave the world, and to enter the temple of the Most chrough what forms and varieties soever it may have
High God. Hitherto we have been in patriarchs' passed.
tents, in royal courts, and in the camp of the warThe main question, however, is not what Omni
rior. But now the gates of the tabernacle swing potence can, but what it will perform. That God
open before us, and we hear the solemn voices issuing
forth—“ How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord should raise the dead, if it so please him, will not appear incredible to any sober man. But what proof
of Hosts! Blessed are they that dwell in thy house. have we that our faith on this head is not fancy, and
O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel chat our hope shall not perish? The best of all pos
before the Lord, our Maker !” sible proof. We have, in the first place, the Divine
As we enter the sublime house of prayer, we feel promise. God has engaged to raise his people up by
our minds drawn away from outward things. The Jesus, and to present them together with him. "Je
paltry vanities of earth pass from our sight. Our sus himself has said, “I am the resurrection and the
souls are tranquillized into repose; and something of life: he that believeth on me, though he were dead,
the feeling which overawed the disciples on Tabor's yet shall be live: and he that liveth and believeth on
summit steals over our spirits. Every thing around me, shall never die."
us is calculated to subdue and to solemnize, and yet A thousand scientific demonstrations are not
| to elevate and to purify. Before our spiritual eye equivalent, as the ground of our confidence, to one
are unfolded things the most majestic, the most tenword of Him who cannot lie. And so shall we find
der, the most enlivening. At one time we are lifted it in our last extremity.
into adoring rapture as we hear the voice of inspiration chanting forth-“ The heavens declare the glory
of God, and the firmament showeth his handiwork. CONVERSION BY A SHIPWRECK. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night CAPTAIN B. possessed all the attributes of a man of
Then the mighty roll of triumphant anthems shakes the world. He was admirably fitted by nature to
the arches—“O sing unto the Lord a new song, for participate in its scenes, and to contribute to its en- he has done marvellous things! His right hand and joyments. He danced gracefully, retained his box at his holy arm have gotten him the vic
Let the the opera, and was the attraction and the soul of sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they every gay party in the regiment. At the time that
that dwell therein." most momentous event of his life took place, which
And then again, a low and plaintive sound steals
upon the ear, like a lamentation for the dead. It we are now recording, his regiment was quartered at
comes from a smitten and anguished spirit. And as Aubege de Castle, Malta, commanding a beautiful we listen, we hear a voice, as the voice of the mourview of the harbour. Standing one day at his win ner, wailing forth-“ Have mercy upon me, O God! dow he beheld a ship sailing out of the harbour, and according to thy loving-kindness; according to thy stretching for the ocean. As he gazed upon the
tender mercies blot out my trangressions. Create in beautiful object, he observed her guddenly tremble,
me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.
| The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken the masts went overboard, and she sunk! She had
and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise !" struck upon a rock; and so severe was the concussion, Thus every utterance of devotion, from the loftiest she instantly went down. This solemn spectacle was praise to the lowest penitence, finds here a place.
In this “ Epitome of the Scriptures,” every thing we and out of a plantation. Having approached, he can conceive of as belonging to the Divine glory, or found two nests placed side by side, and in each to the Christian's experience, is embodied. Elo
several young ones, newly hatched and still unquently has it been said, that “the outer universe of God, and the inner heart of wan, are alike unfolded.”
fledged. When he retorned to his work he freAll that can alarm tbe wicked, revive the penitent, quently looked at these birds as they went out and console the afflicted, and confirm and elevate the returned, carrying nourishment to their young ones. saint, is found in this comprehensive book of Psalms. But, behold! at the moment when one of the mo-T. L. Cuyler.
thers is returning with her bill full, a vulture seizes
her, carries her off, and the poor mother, vainly FORETASTES OF HEAVEN.
struggling beneath his grasp, utters a piercing cry, De Payson of Portland, speaking of the work of the
At this sight the man who was working felt his soul Spirit on the hearts of believers, says:
more troubled than before ; for, thought he, the ** He abeds abroad his love in their hearts, makes death of the mother is the death of her young ones. them know the great love wherewith he has loved | Mine have only me-no other !-What will become them, shines in upon their souls with the pure, dazz- of them if I fail them? All the day he was gloomy ing, transforming beams of celestial mercy, truth, I
and sad, and at night he slept not. On the morrow, und grace; displays to their enraptured view the inffable beauties and glories of Him who is the chiefs
of as he returned to the field, he said, "I should like, unong ten thousand, and enables them in some mea. to see the little ones of that poor mother-several. ure to comprehend the lengths and breadths, and without doubt, have already perished." He set oft: heights and depths of that love of Christ which towards the plantation, and looking into the nests, he "asseth knowledge. While the happy Christian, in saw the young ones alive and well_not one seemed hese bright, enraptured moments, sinks lower and
to have suffered. Astonished at this, he hid himself. ower in self-abasement and bumility, the Spirit of God, stooping from his blessed abode, raises him, as
| in order to see the cause. After a little while he t were, on his celestial wings, and places him before heard a light cry, and perceived the other moth he open door of heaven, and enables him to look in bringing back in haste the food she bad gathered, ind conteinplate the great I AM, the Ancient of which she distributed to all the young ones without Jays, enthroned with the Son of his love, the bright
distinction. There was some for each, and the orless of his glory. He contemplates, he wonders, he dmires, he loves, he adores! Absorbed in the rav
phans were not abandoned in their misery. In the shing, the ecstatic contemplation of uncreated love evening, the father who had distrusted Providence, iness, glory, and beauty, he forgets himself-he al- | related to the other father what he had seen, who jost forgets that he exists. His whole soul goes observed, “Why fret yourself? God never abandons orth in one intense flame of admiration, love, and his children ; his love has some secrets which we do iesire; and he longs to plunge into the boundless
not know ; let us believe, bope, love, labour, and cean of perfection which opens to his view, and to e wholly swallowed up and lost in God. With an
pursue our course in peace ; if I die before you, nergy and activity of soul unknown before, he roams you may be able to be a father to my children, and ind ranges through this infinite ocean of existence if you die before me, I will be a father to yours ; ind happiness, of perfection and glory, of power and and if we both die before they are of age to provide visdom, of light and love, where he can find neither for their own necessities, they will have for father Bottom nor shore. His soul dilates itself beyond its Our Father who is in heaven.'» rdinary capacity, and expands to receive the tide of elicity which fills and overwhelms it. No language an do justice to his feelings, for his joys are unspeakuble; but with an emphasis, a meaning, an energy,
THE SABBATH-SCHOOL. which God only can excite, and which God alone
It is wonderful to observe throughout God's system, can comprehend, he exclaims, in broken accents, 'My
how vast a disproportion often exists, in respect of Father, and my God!'”
visible importance and power, between the effect which is produced and the cause which produces it. ?
The light comes to the earth so silently each mornTRUST IN PROVIDENCE.
ing that no ear catches the rushing of its wares; and FROM THE FRENCH.
yet each day, and week, and season, it new-creates ERE were two neighbours who had each a wife the world. The acorn seems perishable and insig.
Inificant, yet folds within itself the planks and ribe and several little children, and their wages as com
of the world-famous ship. The spring is little and mon labourers were their only support. One of unnoticed—a stone will obstruct its waters; yet in these men was fretful and disquieted, saying, “If I it and in its equally tiny neighbours lie the head die, or even if I fall sick, what will become of my waters of mightiest currents that shall, if need be, family?” This thought never left him, but gnawed
bear ravies upon their bosom, and shall sweep to the his heart as a worm the fruit in which it is hidden.
sea through broad estuaries.
In the spiritual world—the world of feeling and Now, although the same thought was presented to
thought and sensitive mind-this fact becomes more the mind of the other father, yet he was not fretted obvious still, and more impressive. An influence by it, for he said,-“ God, who knows all his crea there exerted partakes of the immortality of the tures and watches over them, shall also watch over soul which feels it. It changes or quickens the me and mine." Thus he lived tranquil whilst the
states of feeling. It implants or eradicates the germs other never tasted either repose or joy. One day, as
of principle. It sends the currents of desire and
hope in one course or another. And so it affects for the latter was labouring in the field, sad and cast
ng in the neld, sad and castever the history of the soul. Invisibly though it down because of his fear, he saw some birds go in enters, it exists there as a guiding or modifying
« I WISHED MYSELF AMONG THEM.”
power. It may not be itself distinctly perceptible are your chief recommendation, it is a proof that they thereafter; but if not, it will certainly combine with occupy the chief place in your heart; in other words, other elements of character and activity, and shape that you are a vain and frivolous character. them differently, and through them shape the life. | Guard against the love of dress, lest it should lead So it is that a chance word has sometimes decided you to self-flattery, extravagance, dissipation, and the course of a soul that was wavering and undecid ruin. Remember that neither fine dress nor persoed. So it is that whole systems of belief bave grown nal beauty will last long. In a very few years, at up in some minds, from a single remark, or text of most, we shall have nothing to wear tut a shroud and Scripture, heard and pondered. So it is that revolu- a coffin, and instead of being admired we shall be tions which have shaken the earth, as though a loathed. falling planet had dashed its bulk against it, bave On the other hand, do not rush into the extreme had their origin, under God's providence, at mo- of rigid simplicity and singularity. The medium of ments and in agencies theleast to be suspected; in some propriety in dress may be expressed by the terms advice of parental piety; in some well-considered plain, becoming, and dignified. precept of a revered instructor; or, on the other hand, | Let your dress be neat, modest, appropriate to in some rash and exciting appeal of the misguided times and seasons, and, as far as is consistent with the and discontented.
toregoing cautions, agreeable to those with whom you We almost never enter a Sabbath-school without associate. thinking of this, or without feeling that we are standing in the midst of a spiritual seed-field, under a silent shower of influences, the fruits from which
CLOUD OR SUN. are to be reaped hereafter-in public engagements faithfully or carelessly performed in domestic scenes
He sendeth sun, he sendeth shower, of enjoyment or of bitterness in characters of beauty
Alike they're needful to the flower; or characters of shame-in heaven or in hell. And
And joys and tears alike are sent it certainly seems to us, that if Christins felt this as they ought, they would oftener remember such
To give the soul fit nourishment. schools in their prayers, would oftener be in them
As comes to me or cloud or sun, themselves to work effectually for the Church; and
Father! thy will, not mine, be done. that if teachers felt it, they would prepare sedulously for their vocation, and count it among the noblest to
Can loving children e'er reprove be found on earth.
With murmurs whom they trust and love ?
Creator, I would ever be
A trusting, loving child to thee;
As comes to me or cloud or sun,
Father! thy will, not mine, be done. works, is faith in Jesus Christ. From this all others ought to proceed; they are all the vassals of
Oh, ne'er will I at life repinefaith, and receive their efficacy from it alone. A Christian who has faith in God does all with a free
Enough that thou hast made it mine. and joyful spirit; whereas, the man who is not one
Wbere falls the shadow cold of death, with God is full of anxieties and still in bondage;
I yet will sing with parting breathhe asks himself in his anguish how many good deeds
As comes to me or shade or sun, are required of him-he runs hither and thither-he
Father! thy will, not mine, be done. questions this man and that man--he nowhere finds peace, and does every thing under the influence of fear.
“I WISHED MYSELF AMONG THEM." Where is this faith to be found, say you, and how can a man receive it? This, in fact, is what it is of
so said the dreamer of Bedford jail, when he had che utmost importance to know. Fáith comes from looked into the celestial city, as the gates had opened Jesus Christ alone, freely promised and bestowed.
to receive Christian and Hopeful, and bad closed O man! place Christ before thee, and contemplate again, leaving him still a pilgrim. I do not wonder he display wbich God makes of his mercy to him
at his wish. He saw things there which might make without being anticipated by any merit on thy part. any one who loves what is holy and blessed, desire From this display of bis grace draw forth the belief be there. "Now I saw in my dream, that these two and assurance that all thy sins are forgiven thee. men went in at the gate, and lo ! as they entered, Works cannot produce it. It flows from the blood, they were transfigured; and they had raiment put on from the wounds, from the death of Christ: from
that shone like gold. There were also that met them these it gushes forth in the hearts of believers. with harps and crowns, and gave them to them; the Christ is the rock whence flow milk and honey,
harps to praise withal, and the crowns in token of (Deut. xxxii).
honour. Oh, those harps of praise !—that crown God values all things by the standard of faith. which the Lord the righteous Judge will give to all
who love his appearing ! That shining raiment ! |
Shall the time come when my soul shall be as one of SUGGESTIONS ON DRESS.
those shining ones?" Shall I be clothed in the DRESS is intended for warmth, decency, and comfort; spotless robe of a Saviour's righteousness ? Shall I not for gaudy show, nor to excite vanity and pride. yet be near him, and like him, and praise him as I Be careful, then, never sacrifice health, decency or ought? Shall I, through his infinite grace, have the comfort, to a love of finery.
crown of victory over sin? Why do I not think of Bestow but a small portion of your time, money, these things more? Why am I not daily, and hourly, or thoughts, upon dress; there are things of far praying for them, and seeking to be prepared for greater moment which demand the larger part. them? What is there in the world that should keep
Always have something better to recommend you my heart from Christ, and hold me back from than the garments that cover your person. If these heaven? The world has riches. Suppose it should
give them all to me. How long could I enjoy them ? song. Sorrow subdued becomes a friend, and sacred Would they satisfy the soul's desires ? If I had not joy is mingled with tears of holy recollection. Thus Christ, those riches might be unsparing tormentors. as grief ascends the mount of time, she seems to pass Besides, heaven has riches. “ I looked in after them,
through a sort of transformation. The convulsive and behold, the city shone like the sun; the streets were paved with gold.” They who have treasures agony changes to passive sorrow; and querulous mislaid up in heaven need not linger here to enjoy the givings to quiet meditation. There must be distress : uncertain riches of this world. In heaven are things let, then, the gushing tears flow, for it is the course ** more precious than silver and gold," and which of nature; but, even with this, let there be the vicsecure bliss and glory, which gold cannot purchase,
tory of Christian faith, the glorious hope of our holy and which they whose hearts are set on the world's
religion. For riches can never have.
The world has honours. Well, let those covet them “ Such a hope, like the raiubow, a being of light, who will. My prayer shall be that I may not desire May be born, like the rainbow, in tears." them. They are exceedingly dangerous. How few who have them are not elated by them, and made to
SONG OF MAULMAIN. lespise the humility which is before honour. One
DR JUDSON, writing to the editor of an American who is infinite in wisdom has asked, “How can ye
dical, says :-Having just met with the followbelieve, which receive honour one of another, and
ing lines in Mrs Judson's portfolio, I lay hold on teek not the honour that cometh from God only ?"
them, and send you a copy for your periodical, agreeHow can ye" seems here to have the force of " ye
ably to the direction in the last line of the first cannot." And nothing is more true. They who
Ply the lever, pioneers!
Here the Holy Ghost is pleading, from the Saviour! How true is it, that “ she that
And the promise of Jehovah iveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth." I suppose it is as true of one sex as the other. No, ye
Stands upon his blessed book. pleasure-seekers, I desire not your joys. Would that Cheerly, cheerly ply the lever ! I had never known them! The remembrance of
Pause not-faint not-falter never ! them is anguish to my soul. I long to be purified
Course the river, thread the alley, from all their stains, and freed from all their power
From the hill-top to the valley, to defile the heart.
Go this barren desert over, There are pleasures which I desire. But they are not the pleasures of the world. They are such as
Scattering seed in every nook. the world see not, neither have known. They are discerned only by the eye of faith. Much of them Gifted with a little wing, may be seen, many of them may be enjoyed even here, Far the seed shall float and spring. by those who are on pilgrimage, who are going to the
Trim your lamps; dark Burmah's centre, celestial city." But if you would know their per Shrouded, sealed, their light must enter, fection and their fulness, you must look into those
Even the sacred groves of Boodha, gates-you must enter there. Yes, let me be a stranger and sojourner, unhonoured and unknown
And the monarch's golden hall. of men, so that I may at last, through grace abound
Cheerly, cheerly ply the lever! ing to the chief of sinners, reach those celestial gates, Pause not-faint notfalter never! and be one of the least among those shining ones. With a trusting heart and humble, “ In thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand
Toil till Boodha's throne shall crumble ! there are pleasures for ever more."
Monastery and pagoda
Reel before the cross and fall.
| “All things to all men," in any sense but the right one we lost continues in youth. It looks as we last
one, signifies nothing to any body.--Tupper. saw it in health. The imagination hears its sweet
One who has been at the gates of death, brings back' voice and light step, and sees its silken hair and clear rich clusters of grapes to the wilderness for fellow bright eyes—all just as they were. Ten or twenty travellers.--Miss Plumptre. years may go by-the child remains in the memory as at first, a bright happy child. Its young and
FEAR.-Ills that never happened, have chiefly made beautiful form moves before us; and what is such a
thee wretched.- Tupper. memory but an angel-presence ? Certainly, next to | ANGER is like a ruin; it breaks itself upon what it seeing an angel, is seeing, with a parent's beart, such falls. a cherished form. Amidst this world of ambition and show, who shall say that this is not a means, Earth hath its bubbles as the water bas.Shakeunder Providence, of subduing and spiritualizing the
speare. mind? Thus, in order to cherish such a remembrance,
The cross of Christ is the sweetest burden I ever we are at times willing to turn even from the charms bare; it is such a burden as wings are to a bird, or of the living. The sigh becomes sweeter than the sails to a ship.- Rutherfurd.
THE CHRISTIAN TREASURY.
BY BISHOP HALL.
UPON THE SIGHT OF A LARK FLYING UP.
UPON THE SINGING OF THE BIRDS IN A SPRING How nimbly doth that little lark mount up sing
MORNING, ing towards heaven in a right line! whereas How cheerfully do these little birds chirp the hawk, which is stronger of body and swifter and sing, out of the natural joy they conceive of wing, towers up by many gradual compasses at the approach of the sun and entrance of to his highest pitch. That bulk of body and spring, as if their life had departed and returnlength of wing hinders a direct ascent, and reed with those glorious and comfortable beams ! quires the help both of air and scope to ad- No otherwise is the penitent and faithful soul vance his flight'; while that small bird cuts the affected to the true Sun of Righteousness, the air without resistance, and needs no outward | Father of Lights: when he hides his face, it is furtherance of her motion. It is no otherwise troubled, and silently mourns away that sad with the souls of men in flying up to their hea- winter of affliction; when he returns, in his ven; some are hindered by those powers which presence is the fulness of joy; no song is cheerwould seem helps to their soaring up thither ; ful enough to welcome him. O thou who art
great wit, deep judgment, quick apprehension, the God of all consolation, make my heart sen''send men about with no small labour for the sible of the sweet comforts of thy gracious pre
recovery of their own incumbrance, while the sence, and let my mouth ever show forth thy good affections of plain, simple souls raises them praise ! yup immediately to the fruition of God. Why |
UPON THE SIGHT OF RAIN IN THE SUNSHINE. should we be proud of that which may slacken our way to glory? why should we be disheart
Such is my best condition in this life-if the ened with the sinall measure of that, the very
rv sun of God's countenance shine upon me, I may want whereof may (as the heart may be affect. We
well be content to be wet with some rain of ed) facilitate our way to happiness ?
affliction. Ilow oft have I seen the heaven
overcast with clouds and tempest, no sun apUPON THE LENGTH OF THE WAY.
pearing to comfort me; yet even those gloomy How far off is yonder great mountain ! My and stormy seasons have I rid out patiently, very eye is weary with the foresight of so great only with the help of the common light of the a distance ; yet time and patience shall over- day; at last, those beams have broken forth come it; this night we shall hope to lodge be- happily, and cheered my soul. It is well for my yond it. Some things are more tedious in their ordinary state, if, through the mists of my own expectation than in their performance. The duluess and Satan's temptations, I can descry comfort is, that every step I take sets me some glimpse of heavenly comfort. Let me nearer to my end : when I once come there, I never hope, while I am in this vale, to see the shall both forget how long it now seems, and clear face of that sun without a shower : such please myself to look back upon the way that happiness is reserved for above ; that upper I have measured.
region of glory is free from these doubtful and It is thus in our passage to heaven; my weak miserable vicissitudes. There, O God! we shall nature is ready to faint under the very conceit see as we are seen. Light is sown for the of the length and difficulty of this journey; my righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. eye doth not more guide than discourage me. Many steps of grace and true obedience shall UPON THE SIGHT OF O FLY BURNING ITSELF IN THE bring me insensibly thither; only let me move,
CANDLE. and hope, and God's good leisure shall perfect Wise Solomon says, that the light is a pleamy salvation. O Lord ! give me to possess my sant thing; and so certainly it is: but there is soul with patience, and not so much to regard no true outward light which proceeds not from speed, as certainty. When I come to the top fire; the light of that fire, then, is not more of thine holy hill, all these weary paces, and pleasing than the fire of that light is dangerdeep sloughs, shall either be forgotten, or con- ous; and that pleasure doth not more draw on tribute to my happiness in their remem- our sight, than that danger forbids our apbrance.
proach. How foolish is this fly, that, in a love