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THE OLD PLOUGHMAN.
fied intellect a capacity to understand the truth, as invisible world have been drawn aside, and had the he can give a susceptibility to the flinty heart to feel faculty of vision been rendered capable of seeing the its purifying and consolatory power.
angels of God, and the faculty of hearing rendered At parting, Dean said to him, " I wish you would capable of hearing their many voices blended in the come next Sunday morning and go with me," which harmony of praise, we should have seen them, and he engaged to do, thinking it was to take a walk in heard them rejoicing over this poor old man brought to the country. He was punctual at the hour; apd to repentance. When the plate was handed to the after resting a little preparatory to his expected pew, for the offerings of the church in behalf of its ramble, tbey took their staffs in their hands and set poor members, without any suggestion from his off. As they were walking up the pathway leading friend he put in his penny-all that he had along from the cottage, Dean said in reply to a question, with the other contributors. On walking away, he “ I am not going into the country, but to what your walked some distance in silence, walking, as we may country people call a church, and I suppose you will imagine the paralytic walked, when carrying to his have no objection to go with me." "Why, as for home the bed on which he had been carried to the that, I sha'n't tell what to do, for I never go'ed house in which the miracle of healing had been to one but when I was married, near fifty years wrought, with a quick and firm step, age having reagone last Easter Sunday.” “You will have no sumed the vigour and activity of early manhood. thing to do but sit still and hold your tongue, At length he broke silence by repeating his first and just hearken to what the minister says.” “ Part startling utterance: “ I'm in a new world, yes, I be of that, methinks, is easy enough, as I shall soon in a new world.” This he repeated again and again be off to sleep, if I be to sit still and do no as they passed along to their home, apparently inthing." I happened to be in the pulpit when Dean sensible to every interrogation or allusive remark walked up the aisle, followed by his rustic com | which his friend uttered. panion, whose simple appearance, and almost ludi On entering his son's house he excited no small crous stare, as his eyes rolled over the congregation, | degree of alarm, by saying to his son, and some of seized my attention. As this was the morning when the neighbours who were sitting in the tap-room, “ I I had to administer the Lord's Supper, I preached, have been and heard a man who has taken me into as my custom was on such occasions, on the design a new world; you must all go with me and Mr Dean of the death of Christ, and on the obligation of its to-night. It is a main wonderful world.” He called
mmemoration. Now and then during the sermon, on his friend Dean in the early part of the afternoon, my eyes turned towards the pew in which he was and took tea with him, and then accompanied him to sitting; and I was more than once very forcibly | the evening service. The text was taken from Luke struck with the singularity of his attitude and ap xv. 2: “ This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with pearance. He sat motionless, with his hands holding them." I saw him as I read the text, and his eye the little book shelf in the inside front of the pew, told the tale of the wondrous effect of the morning's with his mouth wide open, looking at me with a fixed discourse, as it let fall more than one tear---the tear ness and intensity of look, as though he had never | of penitential joy. The following passage produced previously beheld the form of man. When this part a powerful impression, judging from the quick reof the service was over, the congregation withdrew, laxation and rapid changes of his long set and almost leaving the members of the church to engage in the petrified features. “ Yes, my brethren, Jesus Christ solemn act of commemorating the great event of the | is able and willing to save the chief of sinners; those death of the Son of God in behalf of sinful and who have gone to the greatest length in wickedness, worthless man. On descending the pulpit stairs, I rendering themselves offensive to others of a less de. accidentally saw a slight confusion in the pew in praved order. In confirmation of the truth of this which he was sitting, which somewhat disconcerted assertion, I will refer your attention to some of the my feelings, as I knew not the cause of it; but I | recorded facts of his history, which will tell you subsequently ascertained that it was occasioned by what he has done. There is Zaccheus, who grew his positively refusing to go away when the congre- rich by the crimes of oppression and extortion; there gation withdrew. His first remark rather astonished is the dying thief, a robber and a murderer; there his friend Dean, especially as he uttered it in a very are the sinners of Jerusalem, who imbued their hands firm and rather loud tone—“I am in a new world; in the blood of his life, and who derided and insulted and I sha'n't go till you go; and I shall do as you do;" him when in the agonies of death ; there is Saul of What to do John Dean knew not, as he was unwill- Tarsus, the chief persecutor of his age ; and there ing to let him remain, and equally unwilling to force are some of the citizens of Corinth, who were guilty hira away; but at length he resolved to leave him to of the most flagrant crimes; though the eye of Omact for himself.
niscience could not find out more depraved and atroHe now resumed his seat, and sat speechless. His cious sinners on the face of the earth, yet they were countenance assumed a more intelligent aspect; his forgiven, and renewed, and sanctified, and are now features relaxed from the stern hardness of dull mingling their praises with the spirits of the redeemed stupidity to the expression of a tranquil tenderness before the throne. And Jesus Christ is the same of emotion; and the tear was seen to fall from his now as when he saved these men from the gall of eye. He took the bread, and ate it; and he took the bitterness and the bond of iniquity: the same in wine also, and drank it: many eyes were directed power, and the same in compassion,-elevation to the towards him; and could the veil which conceals the throne of glory having produced no change in his disposition towards fallen humanity. And are not “Because he com'd down from heaven, and died some of you, my brethren, living witnesses of the on the cross. I don't know how to make out very cruth of this assertion? Have you not gone with the well what I mean. But I think Jesus Christ will multitude doing evil, surpassing many in the number save me. This makes me love him. I feel a great and aggravation of your sins? Do you not even now change here," putting his hand over his heart. “I tremble when you look back on that moral precipice can't tell it, but it is something real." on which you once stood with careless indifference? “Are you quite sure that you feel a real change of Can you retrace your moral history without being heart?" stung with remorse, and overpowered with shame “Why, if there be no change in my heart, where and contrition? Is any language too strong to de- do my fresh thoughts and feelings come from? I scribe your guilt and your depravity ? Will you never had none such till yesterday morning. I don't object to own that you have taken rank with the know much now; but I wouldn't be again such a chief of sinners ? and yet through the exceeding poor old ignorant sinner I was before yesterday riches of divine grace you hope to be saved, even as morning for all the lands and houses in our village, others.”
or all the parish." Having expressed an earnest desire to be intro “I hope your change is real, and that it will prove !! duced to me on the following evening, as I sat in my a lasting change." vestry musing on the grand and awful realities dis- “ I hope so : I should cry a power of tears if I closed by the Bible, he entered, preceded by his thought I should be changed back again. The Lord friend Dean. I at once recognised him, and rose, save me from that !” offering him my hand. For a few moments there “ Then you must thank him for making this great was obvious embarrassment, which I endeavoured to change in you, and pray to him to make the change relieve, but still he was embarrassed; he looked on a lasting one." me with great benignity of expression, and his eye “I do. I'm sure I do. I cried hundreds of tears spoke the deep upliftings of his soul at this crisis in last night when I was in bed, and they be such tears the history of its new creation, but he remained as I never cried before. Tears of heart sorrow, and silent, the power of utterance was suspended. I heart gladness." avoided, in the few remarks I made, all allusion to ' “ You hope to be saved ?" mental excitement, adverting very casually and “I do, and am main thankful for it." briefly to the scenes of his early life ; and he very “But how do you expect to be saved ?". soon recovered himself, and said, in a firm tone, “Il “Why, just how you told yesterday morning. By am now, sir, in a new world. I'll tell you what I Christ, and by nothing else. I should not like mean. I know I am in the old world; but what you another Saviour, because he was so good as to die for said yesterday morning has led my heart into a new us. How wonderful! I never heard any thing like world, and my heart, not my eyes, sees wonderful it before. I wish I had heard that blessed sermon things."
fifty years agone." I knew his meaning, and therefore sustained the I was much pleased with the artless and guileless conversation without breaking up by interrogation simplicity of the old man, who, though unable to the form of expression which was probably the most describe in appropriate language the great change correct embodiment of his thoughts which he could through which he was now passing from a state of construct.
spiritual death to newness of life-said enough to “And what have you seen in this new world ?" satisfy me, and ultimately the whole church, that he
“I have seen myself a sinner. I have lived near was become a new creature in Christ Jesus; and, as seventy years sinning against God, and didn't know such, we received him into fellowship with us. it till yesterday morning.”
(To be continued.) “ What sins have you committed ?"
“ A power of sing. I've been a great sinner. Why, sir, I didn't love God nor fear him. I didn't know nothing about him till yesterday morning."
HINTS TO TRAVELLING CHRISTIANS. “What else have you seen in the new world ?" I In reading the account of Elisha's acquaintance with
“ I have seen Jesus Christ. O how kind to come the Shunamite, one cannot fail to be struck with the down from heaven and die for us! This is new to facility with which the servant of the Lord was reme-it is wonderful."
cognised, not in the character of a prophet, but as a “ What made you stay and take the bread and the good man. His introduction to the distinguished wine yesterday morning ?"
family at Shunem seems to have been casual. “It “ Why, sir, you said all should do it who loved fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where Jesus Christ. I felt I loved him. Yes, my heart was a great woman, and she constrained him to eat told me so. It has been telling me so ever since. It bread." It does not appear that she knew who tells me so now. I can't speak his name, but I feel Elisha was, but she treated him with the hospitality I love him. I can't think about any thing else very due to a respectable stranger. Elisha had frequent well. If I think of any thing else, my heart gets occasion to pass through Shunem, and having been dull and cold; but when I think about Jesus Christ 80 cordially entertained by this lady, “as often as he it gets young again.”
passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.” Elisha • But why do you love Jesus Christ ?"
was a plain man, and travelled on foot with his staff
TRUST IN GOD.
283 in his hand, but his brief visits made a very favour. | racter comes into view at all, it is seen to be the chaable impression on his illustrious hostess. So she racter of a good man. He does not need letters of said to her husband one day when Elisha had just introduction nor of commendation, but is himself left the house, “ Behold now I perceive that this is an epistle of goodness open to inspection, known and an holy man of God which passeth by us continually." read of all men. Sie wished that so good a man might feel at home Unhappily, however, what is here said is not true in her house, so that she could have the pleasure of of all professors of religion. Some Christians leave lenger visits; and with a woman's ready invention in their characters behind them when they set out upon sich matters, she has her plan of accommodation all a journey. They prepare their apparel and their ontrived, and only waits for the approbation of her, purses against any contingency; they take their notelusband. “Let us make a little chamber, I pray books, and expect to use their faculties of observathee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, tion; but their Christian character they strangely ind a table, and a stool, and a candlestick; and it shall | leave behind. Sometimes they purposely throw off de, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in all restraint, and aim to make themselves in every thither.” Thenceforth Elisha had a right in that respect different from what they are at home. They house as a tribute to his character.
appear to have no sense of responsibility, no concern And thus it is that the character of the good man about their character and intluence, and to think of reveals itself wherever he may be. The sincere nothing but mere personal enjoyment. Christians Christian, when away from home, is recognised as a who reside in towns bordering upon the lakes, holy man by those who meet him but casually. When rivers, and railways, are often scandalized at the he finds himself a stranger in a great city, he does not disregard of the Sabbath by travelling professors of think of doing any thing of doubtful propriety be- religion, and even ministers. cause he may escape detection. He does not visit ! How desirable is it that the Christian should every the theatre, or other places of idle or vicious amuse- / where appear as a Christian, never in painful and ments. He does not resort to the bar, nor waste his perplexing contrast with his profession-that he time at cards. His fellow-lodgers who may be ad should uniformly exert at least the silent influence dicted to such things soon discover that he is not a of goodness, and leave at all times, in all places, on man of their sort. Though they may not know his all observers, the one impression that he is a holy! name, his residence, nor his profession, they cannot long be with him without forming an opinion of his character from what he will not do. If such a man is travelling, his fellow-travellers
TRUST IN GOD. will find out his character.in the same way. He does From Dr Tholuck's “ Hours of Christian Devotion." not regale himself at every stopping place with in
I once read in the book of a Mohammedan, quite a toxicating drinks; he does not travel on the Sabbath.
Bensible and pious man, that there are three degrees | If he is thrown for days together into evil company, I of trust in God; the first, when we trust God as the he does not join in their idle and profane conversa proper ruler of affairs, who will wisely guide our contion, he does not sit down with them at the wine.
cerns to a good end; the next, when we trust him as table and the card-table, to win the reputation of a
the child the mother; and the third, which is said to be
altogether above the others, when we give ourselves very clever fellow, hoping that they will afterwards
up to his hand as the corpse to the hand of the deaddiscover that he is a professor of religion, and take washer! That was indeed a peculiar taste, because his good advice, and believe him when he tells them if one can serve his God in an undeath-smitten man. that religion is not such a stiff and gloomy thing as ner, who would not prefer it? All respect for the they have taken it to be!. But though he is not un
dead --(I pass not a corpse in its shroud without reli
gious and reverent thoughts); but as long as I am social, he keeps aloof from all wickedness, and by not
among the living, it is still better, I think, to keep doing what is wrong, he shows to bystanders that he with the living, and we always find ourselves better is another sort of man.
off with a mother than with those who wash the dead. But there is also a positive side to the good man's As now among us Christian people there is no lack character, by which he becomes known wherever he
of heathens, or even of Jews, what wonder if there is. At home or abroad, he sets an example of regard
are also Turks among us, whose taste resembles that
of the pious Mussulman as one egg another ? Have for religion; his reading is not frivolous, but instruc
we not, e. g., heard them say in the time of cholera, tive and often devotional ; without courting the “ Now's the time to furnish ourselves with Turkish notice of others he will nevertheless read the Bible faith ?" They fancy that here faith first comes to in their presence without being ashamed; however | full power and the heart to true rest-ay, they may secret in the exercise, he is yet discovered to be a well say to rest, only not that of the Sabbath, but of
the churchyard. The Turk is not a particle better man of prayer; his conversation is of a useful, if not
in his views than the heathen idolater. He believes of a serious turn, and he improves every fit occasion
in a rigid omnipotence, which, without the eye of for giving it a religious character. This he does so love and of wisdom, is nothing different from the saturally and so heartily, that his sincerity is obvious blind fate in which even the heathen believed, as o all. He is alive to every opportunity of doing
that highest might which ruled over all gods. Therefood. He shows a kind heart where he can do no
fore, they too know nothing of applying the gifts and
means which a good providence has given them to thing more, and a liberal hand where that is within
use in the struggle with circumstances; thus even the lis power. In short, in his uniform walk, in his busi
severer appointments of God do not make us sluggish tess, and in his journeyings, just so far as his cha --they rather rouse and spur up our power. Let
others who know no better give themselves up with the first preachers of our own and of other churches bound hands and feet to coming destinies; among us are accustomed to indite their discourses. This is, Christians shall they rather excite and call out what perhaps, of all methods, the best. It is, however, of power is bound in us. How many powers in laborious. It requires great mental discipline, and every individual had probably for ever remained great self-denial to carry out this method. It is also slumbering, but for the hammer-strokes of divine expensive. Discourses thus prepared perish usually destinings, which sounded so mightily that they were with the delivery. We have heard it said by sone waked up!
who adopt this method, that it is as difficult for them Ah! it is indeed not so easy to believe in the to preach an old sermon as to make a new one. This almightiness in a right Christian manner. How is / is a great disadvantage. For so much depends on the unbelief of my heart ever revealed anew to me, the bodily and mental state of the man when called as often as it pleases God to hedge up my way with upon to prepare a discourse, that if he must always thorns! We know, and say to ourselves hundreds depend on his present state, and have no provision of times. since eternal wisdom, righteousness, and | laid up from whence to draw, he must often labour love, are also omnipotence, it can in any moment do to great disadvantage. also what it wills. And how hard it is still for one to The second method is to write out the discourse, recognise just as much among thorns as among roses and then commit it, or familiarize the mind with it the ordination of omnipotence ; how hard to believe so as to read it more or less freely. There are inde Ithat God's will calls us precisely as much to suffering | finite degrees of confinement to notes in the delivery as to doing! Therefore it is always imposing itseif of a written sermon. This has been the plan adopted upon one, as if only the deed which lies behind the by many of the greatest preachers the world ever suffering, the condition of freedom which lies back of knew. This was the method of Bossuet, Massillon, the chain were God's will, not the suffering, not the Bourdaloue, Saurin, of Edwards, Davies, Tennent, chain itself, as if this were only shoved in between Chalmers. Even Whitefield and Wesley often by some strange h
range hand: but in this way the blessing | adopted this method. This plan is laborious. escapes our notice, which the Lord designs to bestow | There is, indeed, such a thing as extempore writdirectly through suffering, chains, and restraints ing, as well as extempore speaking. But most themselves. That divine omnipotence averts suffer men when they write, must think. The very ings, is a thought upon which probably every one process of putting their thoughts on paper gives dwells much longer than upon this, viz., that He also them a definite form. Writing is the very best mesends it, and that for sending He must have just as thod of mental discipline. And the exceptions are good reason as for averting. “God will make it up 80 few to the remark, that no man understands a again,” we always say to ourselves ; but why do we subject on which he has not written, as not to need not say just as often to ourselves that it is He also being taken into account. Writing sermons and who has made it so ?
using notes more or less in their delivery, we therefore O Almighty One! whose hand no one can resist, believe to be one of the very best means of securing not and to whom no one can say, What doest thou ? merely instructive and effective sermons, but a stuthy child congratulates himself that all that he has dious and progressive ministry. We hail the increase and is lies alone in thy hand. Why should I oppose of this method as proof of the intellectual progress myself to thee-I, a powerless child-since I must of our Church, and as one of the best omens of its after all succumb? Of what use for me-me, a true prosperity. We heard one of the most popular foolish child--to question, since thou surely knowest preachers of Alabama, if not the most popular in best what thou doest? I congratulate myself that that or any of the southern states, say, that he althou art my unlimited God, and that I am the work ways wrote his discourses, and that all the most proof thy hand; and why should I not, since I know mising ministers of his part of the country were in that Thy almightiness is only the almightiness of the same habit. While this method secures studious wisdom and of love? It becomes him who believes | habits, intellectual progress, and instructive preachthis to be always strong, but nevertheless I am con
| ing, it has the further advantage of associating itself stantly weak, Furnish me, my God, with the strong naturally with the other methods. It is impossible sense which, in the bitternesses that thou metest that a minister should write all the sermons he is out, not less than in sweetnesses, tastes thy almighty
called upon to deliver. Those most addicted to writwill of love!
ing, probably deliver two discourses without notes, Is indeed the cup bitter, and shall not the hand to one with. Their weekly lectures, funeral and ocwhich dispenses it make it sweet? Let, then, suns casional sermons, are seldom or never written. It is expire in night, and worlds sink into the abyss of
said a young man asked the late Dr Richards how nonentity-I have known thee Almighty, so as never many sermons a man could write in a week. The more to doubt thee ; I wrap myself in the outermost Doctor replied, a first rate man could write one, & seam of thy garment, shutting my eyes in sweet rest, common man two, and that he knew some men who as the child upon the mother's lap, for I know what could write a dozen. The danger is not that writing eyes stand eternally open over me!
will become too common, but that speaking without writing, which every minister must do so frequently,
will supersede the more laborious method of preparaSERMONS READ OR NOT READ.* There are three different modes of preaching which | The third method of preaching is what is properly have their peculiar advantages and disadvantages.
ager and disadvantages. called extempore. By this we mean the plan of deThe first is that of mental composition, when not
pending on the moment not merely for the language, merely the heads or outline of the discourse, but the but for the thoughts. This, of course, admits of whole sermon is fully elaborated and impressed on
degrees. The common method of extempore preachthe mind before going into the pulpit. This is the ers is to think over a subject, and frame a general method in which the great speeches of such men as
outline of the discourse in their minds, and leave the Webster and Calhoun, Lord Brougham and Sir filling up to be suggested at the time of delivery. Robert Peel, are prepared. And in this way some of This previous preparation may be carried so far as no
merge this plan into the first above mentioned; or it * From the Princeton Review, in reference to a discus.
may amount to nothing more than may be done in a sion in the American Presbyterian General Assembly on the use of notes in the pulpit.
This is the easiest of all methods of preaching. people, we yearly engulph in strong drink, the There is not one man in a thousand who cannot at- thought which afflicts and appals us is, that this tain the gift of extempore speaking. Ninety-nine terrible impost is mainly a tax on the working man hundredths of all men who enter the ministry make the attainment. It is the lowest of all attainments, re
The lamentation is, that many an industrious man will quiring nothing beyond composure, which to some men spend in liquor as much money as, had he saved it, is natural, and by others is soon acquired. As it is the would this year have furnished a room, and next year easiest, so it is the laziest of all methods. A man would have bought a beautiful library-as much may teacb, or farm, or engage all the week in what
money as would secure a splendid education for every business he pleases. He wants but a few minutes before service on Sabbath, to be prepared for an
child, or in the course of a few years would have hour's flow of words. As it is the laziest, so it is the
made him a landlord instead of a tenant. Why, my st unprofitable method both to speaker and hearer. friends, it would set our blood a-boiling if we heard Some men of natural eloquence will occasionally stir that the Turkish Sultan taxed his subjects in the style up the emotions of an audience, and produce a power-that our British workmen tax themselves. It would ful effect, but the general run of such preaching is
bring the days of Wat Tyler back again, nay, it would vapid commonplace, None but a man of rare abilities, of large and varied attainments, of mature and
create another Hampden, and conjure up a second well-digested knowledge, should venture to turn the
Cromwell, did the Exchequer try to raise the impost spigot of his mind, and let the thoughts that first which our publicans levy, and our labourers and arcome run out for the nourishment of the people. If tisans cheerfully pay. But is it not a fearful infatuathe sole object of preaching was excitement, there tion? Is it not our national madness to spend so might be some reason in preferring a method whose
much wealth in shattering our nerves, and exploding only advantage is fervour. One of the speakers on
our characters, and ruining our souls? Many work1 the floor of the Assembly asked how & lady would make out who should undertake to scold from notes. men, I rejoice to know, have been reclaimed by total | The very illustration betrays the lowest possible con- abstinence, and many have been preserved by timely ception of the office of a preacher. A preacher is no religion. In whatever way a man is saved from that scolder, nor is he a mere exhorter, but a didarxa2.05. horrible vice, which is at once the destruction of the Teaching is his peculiar official duty; and none but body and the damnation of the soul, " therein I do a very thoroughly informed, or an inordinately con
rejoice, and will rejoice." Only you cannot be a ceited man, would think of teaching any grave subject extempore-least of all, the awful mysteries of
Christian without being also a sober man, and the God. These remarks have reference, of course, to more of God's grace you can get, the easier you will extempore preaching, properly so called, and not to find it to vanquish this most terrible of the working mere preaching without notes, after due preparation. man's temptations. The main thing is preparation. And it is because writing, in the great majority of cases, is essential to the habit of preparation for the pulpit, we are so
HEAVEN'S SHOWERS: desirous it should not be neglected. All the tendencies are towards such neglect, and the authority THERE is a great deal of difference in the showers of of the Assembly, in our humble judgment, was far rain that fall upon the earth. Sometimes you have more needed in the other scale.
a liearty shower which deluges the roads and streets, but it is gone presently, the earth has but little bene
fit by it: and sometimes you have a sweet, gentle, SELF-IMPOSED BURDENS.
soaking raid, that refreshes the earth abundantly.
This is called “the small rain," and the former "the BY THE REV. JAMES HAMILTON OF LONDON.
great rain of his strength."-Job xxxvii. 6. So it is THERE is something very appalling in the thought,
in these spiritual showers. The effects of some serthat Britain expends every year fifty millions of
mons are very transient; they touch the heart a little
for the present, by way of conviction or comfort, but money on intoxicating drink. We often complain of
the feeling they produce flits away immediately. our high taxation, and we often grow nervous at the At other times, the gospel, like a settled moderate thought of our enormous national debt. But here is rain, goes to the root, to the very heart. The ina tax for which we cannot blame our rulers-a tax fluences of it are sometimes abiding, and remain self-imposed and self-levied—a tax for which we can
much longer in the heart than the rain does in the only blame ourselves-a tax which would pay the
earth. There are effects left in the heart by some
sermons and duties that will never go out of it. “I interest of our national debt twico over-a tax as
will never forget thy precepts," said David, “ for by large as the entire revenue of these United Kingdoms. them thou hast quickened me.” We thought it a great sum to pay in order to give The rain is most beneficial to the earth, when there the slave his freedom; we thought the twenty mil | comes warm sunshine with it or after it. This the lions given to the West India proprietors a mighty
Scripture calls “ a clear shining after rain." So it is sacrifice; and certainly it was the noblest tribute any
with gospel showers, when the Sun of Righteousness
shines on the soul under the word, darting down the nation ever paid to the cause of philanthropy;-but
beams of grace and love. large as it looks, half a year of national abstinence O how comfortable is this! and how effectual to would have paid it all. We rather grudge the eight melt the heart! And as the warm rain is most millions which Ireland got last winter, seeing it has
refreshing, so when the word comes warmly, from failed to set our neighbours on their feet; but it was
the melting affections of the preacher, who imparts
not only the gospel, but his own soul with it, it does eight millions given to save a famishing people; and
abundantly more good than that which drops coldly large as the grant to Ireland sounds, two months of from the lips of the unaffected speaker. national abstinence would have paid the whole of it. Showers of rain exceedingly refresh the earth, as But tremendous as are the fifty millions which, as a a man is refreshed by a draught of water when his