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“ For yet above these wafted clouds are flock, that there
be one fold
under one Shepherd ! O call, call In a remoter sky still more sereneOthers detach'd in ranges through the air,
in thy straying sheep! Let theň Spotless as snow and countless as they're hear thy voice, blessed Redeemer, fair;
and ( commission thousands to feed Scatter'd immensely wide from east to west, thy lambs! Order thou my goings, The beauteous semblance of a flock at
that I, an unworthy messenger of thy These to the raptur'd nind aloud proclaim
mercy, may never forget thy sacred Their mighty SherHERD's everlasting injunctions, nor the object of my
vocation—Thy glory in the good And thus the loiterer's utmost stretch of of man!! O grant, gracious Sa
viour, that I may persevere to the Climbs the still clouds, or passes those that end, and be faithful even unto
roll, And loosed imagination soaring goes
death!” Higb o'er bis bome, and all his little woes." “O may my name, though o'er me lies no
“ As I descended the hill, leav, ing the wood, my route conducted To blazen virtues which were not my own,
Live on the table of some heart engraved, me through fields of luxuriant grain, The fond memorial of a singer saved! which rustled as I passed along, Let there be one, who, wandering through ripening for the sickle. Ah! thought the gloom I, the fields are indeed already of the lone cypress that o'ershades my white unto a harvest to be gathered Can say, while grateful tears bedew the sod, by a higher hand. But, how few
• Here sleeps the man who led my steps to are the labourers! O thou, the God!'" Lord of the harvest, send forth thy
R.T. servants and collect thy scattered
PSALM CXLVIII. Ver. 5. “ Let them praise the name of the Lord; for he commanded and they were created." HER Maker let Creation bless,
The wonders of your Maker sbew,
Jehovah's matcbless praise renew.
Ye seraphs, who, on wings of fire,
Heaven's sacred conclave fill, And humbly bow before his throne.
Whose whole enraptur'd souls aspire
To do your Sovereigo's will; Ye cheerful bours of beaming light,
To bless his name your voices raise,
And swell the tuneful notes of praise.
But more, ye ransom'd sons of earth,
Ye saints of ballowed pame,
Adore the grace which gave you birth,
Your Saviour's power proclaim. Let e'en the rapid lightning's form,
Ye sons of heaven and earth accord,
To spread the triumphs of the Lord.
Their beaven-sent powers let' each employ
To honour heaven's high king; And bear bis praises through the sky.
Till with glad shouts of heavenly joy.
The empyrean arches ring, Each beast within its untracked lair,
Till earth below and heaven above,
Adore and praise redeeming love.
W. A, S.
THOUGHTS IN RETIREMENT.-No. VI.
[Continued from page 186.] I HAVE no objection to the word explain it, but all have left it just condition. It was a word often where they took it
It seems used by no less a man than Dr. to us, and ever will in this world, Owen. The promises are all con- without further light, altogether inditional, without a single excep- equitable to impute sin to those tion; but then we must remember who never committed it; to punish the condition itself is the subject of for sin committed before a man was promise “I will subdue your born.
Yet there is no arguing iniquities; a new heart I will give against fact. The man, with his you.” The idea of condition any denial of imputation, who allows further than of cause to effect, a condemnation for inherent corrupmean to an end, a capacity of en- tion; or the man who talks of joyment, is inadmissible. Repent- a compensatory law; or the uniance, faith, and obedience are all versalist, with his final restoration conditions, but they are God's of all things; they all do nothing. gifts, " that not of yourselves” may In whatever sense we take the be said of every thing. It is grace atonement, still the question refor grace, or a gracious promise, turns, How came man to need made to a gracious state. If the atonement at all. If we allow the conditions of salvation are not so consequences to deserve condemnaunderstood, man has whereof to tion, we are still in as great a boast. He is his own Saviour. straight as if we maintain imputa
Explain the term theologically, tion. To say God has provided a and there can be no objection to remedy, is really saying nothing to it.
purpose. If the death of The perfection of government is Christ be not of obligation (and a meek firmness.
who would maintain so impious a To deny discrimination in tem- tenet), but of mere mercy and porals or spirituals, is to close our grace, then Christ need not have eyes against facts.
Is not one died, and man might justly have born rich, another poor, one heal- been condemned, though involved thy and strong, another weak and in ruin by another. I say, the resickly, one under a dispensation of medy as a free gift supposes the light and truth, another exposed to justice of the condemnation, and delusion and abomination from the the sin of nature deserving such cradle to the grave? It may asto- condemnation, must be traced to nish us, it is nevertheless the fact, the first offence as its cause. Now deny it who can. Let us, how- can reason make this out? ever,
be rather thankful than curi- Shall I then deny primitive evil
It is a beautiful thought of independent of personal volition? Leighton, “O the depths: 1 choose Then I must deny fact; for is it rather to remain in silence on the not manifest that children suffer for sea shore, than venture out into an their parents' crimes, and inherit abyss from whence I
diseases communicated to them at return.'
their birth yea, while in the Other men are my looking-glass. womb. A deist is as much conIn them I see myself. Sin de- cerned to explain the fact, as a beceives and makes fools of us, or liever in Revelation ; yet he knows we should need no mirror.
no more about this matter than Reason staggers and stumbles others. at original sin. It is one of the I think the American divines, in most mysterious doctrines of theo- attempting to explain the difficulty, logy. Many have attempted to have done mischief. They are not
on right ground. This is a matter pleased at intrusion and disturbof faith, not of knowledge. I ance; at unseasonable and unreatake pleasure in giving credit to sonable approach. It is, therefore, the Lord, and am satisfied. “ Shall a time to mount our watch-tower, not the judge of all the earth do and keep the door of our lips. right?”
Man unconverted may be comSatan can easily foil me in me- pared to a wheel without a linchtaphysics; with the shield of faith pin; he goes for a time, but there I am safe and easy. Time and is no dependence on him. He has trust will set all to rights. If I no regulator; he rolls about, but is now see through a glass darkly, I sure to fail in the end. hope to see face to face.
Who but an inspired writer Time is mạch better employed in could have drawn such a character labouring to get out of ruin, than as that of Christ. Novelists, when
inquiring how we came into it. they would describe a good man,
How is it I delay to pray. I make him weak, ridiculous, and shuffle-I admit excuses; and if unnatural. In bad characters they there are none, invent some, I succeed, but fail in their heroes. must read a little, write first, by Sir Charles Grandison makes me and by go to God, and converse sick. with him. How is it
mind will If Christ were not God, how wander like a fool's eye to the ends could he be without sin ? John, viii. of the earth-earnest only in afflic- 46. All other men, the best of tion- dull in deliverance, heartless men, have ever been weak and sinin comfort-proud in enlargements ful. If Christ had not been the -glad it is over-presenting a Son of God, he would have been hundred petitions for one act of so too. praise. Ah! I am carnal, sold under Our Immanuel was ever in chasin: any thing but God. Wonder- racter, and on the most trying ocful, I may come. I am not sent casions exhibited the most perfect into hell on my knees; but there is wisdom--the most perfect holiness one whom the Father delighteth to —not a word but in place. An honour. It is for his sake I am impostor could not be this characborne with admitted after all, ter, nor describe such a character. Rev. viii, 3.
It could never enter into a heart If we influence each other, one full of deceit, intending to impose man's spirit another's spirit, why on mankind, much less could he be should it be deemed preposterous always on his guard, and ready for to suppose God's spirits working in all occasions. our hearts. Cannot he do what I doubt the least when I am we do every day, convey ideas most holy. Scepticism is my puby his word, and affections by his nishment for not walking with God. grace?
Man, by the fall, has not lost so discovers much pride, but much the approbation of good as he is a weak man, and shows him- his inclination to practise it.— self. Another has more pride and “ When I would do good, evil is more sense to bide his nakedness.
present with me." Strong spiritual affections re
“ Video meliora proboque quire special watchfulness. The
Deteriora sequor.” body partly exhausted, and greatly They disliked to retain God in excited, is irritable. Satan em- their knowledge." braces an opportunity to inflict a Experience gives demonstration. wound on our profession. The My greatest trouble in
late soul after converse with heaven is perilous situation arose from a fear averse to the worry of life; is dis- of dishonouring God by my cow
up my last.
Mr. Newton is said to spirit gliding away to this and that have endured a very severe opera- wearying, vanity.
I have long tion without a groan. The opera- done with vows and resolutions. tor expressed surprise at his forti- “ They are deceitful
Why, Sir,” said this ex- weights." But to thee, O Lord, cellent man, “I have preached do I turn for life and power, to some years from my pulpit about keep me to dying thoughts and divine support, and shall I live to feelings. O that I may die daily, negative all by my cowardice." and live every hour as if it were Alas! my frame is not braced to a firm endurance, but is disso- Calvinists and Arminians, said luble and weak. I have not a bit Mr. S. are both wrong, and both of back bone in me. There is a right. They are right in what noble hardihood, but I shrink from they assert, and wrong in what a man with his instruments. God they deny. There is a preordinasaw my weakness, and saved me tion to eternal life, says the Calfrom the trial. He may yet bring vinist. You are right; Scripture me into it,
Be it so: He can is full to the point. I deny it, says carry me safely through; and if he the Arminian. Then you are leaves me to discredit myself, his wrong. Rom. viii. 19. I assert, name shall some way or other be says the Arminian, that God willglorified. Let the whole earth keep eth the salvation of all men. silence before him. He can make are right; it is expressly affirmed a man timid
as a hare, to be bold in Holy Writ. I deny it, replies as a lion. He won't leave me: I the Calvinist. Then you deny am satisfied he will stand near me what is affirmed and implied in a more terrible condition than throughout the Bible. Ezek. xviii. man can put me, even in the dark 23, 32. 2 Pet. iii. 9. Then, exvalley of the shadow of death; claim both, you are inconsistent. thither shall I descend after a few I am content. I dare not evade or years at most, and there shall his skuffle, or explain away, or charge staff support me.
O how little God foolishly. I will submit my does the world and all its concerns opinions to Scripture, and not torappear by the side of such thoughts ture the Scripture to meet my wis-such expectations.
dom. I see through a glass darkly, How unspeakably precious did and I wait with patience to see opportunities of preaching Christ face to face. seem to me, in a moment when I Works foreseen or works done, feared I should never more be al- it is still work; and if God's purlowed to preach him! I am per- poses are formed on either, man mitted to enter my pulpit again; has whereof to glory. Salvation is and if the savour is still in my not of grace. remembrance, I begin to feel my
SLAVE TRADE. To the Editor of the Christian consolatory when events, whether Guardian.
of a public or private nature, seem The wisdom and power of God, as taking a course exactly opposite to displayed in bringing good out of what we most desire and pray for, apparent evil, often calls forth the to look upon them as parts of that wonder and adoration of the pious grand machinery, which Infinite mind: and it is sometimes. most Wisdom is guiding and managing
for the accomplishment of designs, have ceased. Cultivation and comwhich shall at last fill heaven and
merce might gradually have been earth with admiration and delight. introduced. But still an almost I, Sir, am old enough to remember insurmountable obstacle to her bealmost the first measures which ing Christianized, arising from the were adopted for terminating the want of persons whose constitutions Slave Trade, that curse of Africa would bear the climate, or who and disgrace of Europe. In every could accommodate themselves to step that was taken I felt the most the habits of the natives, would lively interest; and when the Bri- remain. God, however, seems to tish Parliament decreed its termi-. be overruling the iniquity of the nation, my heart leaped for joy. European nations, and of some of In this I only shared the feelings the natives of our own land, so as of thousands and tens of thousands to remove this mighty impediment of my countrymen; and I have an to the spread of the Gospel in that equal number of associates in la- large portion of the earth. menting the continuance of the At Sierra Leone are collected horrid traffic by other European together a vast number of native nations; and in deploring the mi- Africans, from the various tribes series which that unhappy portion that inhabit the country. They are of the earth still seems doomed to receiving instruction in the arts of suffer, to gratify the avarice of men civilized society; and more than called Christians. This is one of all, they are taught that which is.. the mysterious events of Provi- os able to make them wise unto saldence, to which we ought to bow vation through faith which is in with silent submission; assured that Christ Jesus." The success which “ the Judge of all the earth will has attended the labours of the do right,” though we cannot under- Missionaries among them is most stand the reasons of his decision. cheering. Is it then too much to
But while we thus adore the hope, that from amongst these redepths we cannot fathom, it will captured negroes many will be still be very satisfactory to see found to convey back to their some rays of light issuing out of countrymen that knowledge which this thick darkness-to trace out they themselves would not have some purpose
mercy, which the attained if they had not been once dispensation may be intended to the wretched inhabitants of a slave
With this view I would ship? Is it enthusiasm only which beg leave to call your attention to leads me to expect, that many the accounts with which the Re
more successful preachers of the ports of the Church Missionary Gospel to the African tribes will be Society furnish us, relative to the found among them, than we could state of things at Sierra Leone.
ever hope to export from the shores Had our wishes and prayers for of Europe? I confess I cannot the complete extinction of the help indulging the expectation, that Slave Trade been granted; had the froin the colony of Sierra Leone powers of Europe agreed to brand (a colony which may be called the it as piracy, and punished with child of many prayers, though they just severity all engaged in it, remained many years unanswered) which was undoubtedly their boun- light will burst in upon the dark den duty, how very different would regions of Africa; and that ere the state of things have been! It long its “ wilderness shall blossom is true, 'Africa would have been
as a rose, and its desert be like the greatly benefited. The predatory garden of the Lord; joy and gladwars, which have constantly been ness shall be heard therein, thankscarried on to procure Slaves, would giving, and the voice of melody.”.