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We bless and adore while we reason, never, never bamle so partake of these immense fa- sweet a faithi.- Reminunts of vours, and gratitude is Time by Dr. Il atts. overwhelmed with wonder!
We wish our readers to attend 0 let our spirits rejoice in seriously to this account of the this blessed article of our relig- character of the Father, the Son ion! And may all the tempta and the Spirit, and inquire tions we meet with from men of whether it is not scriptural.
The following striking re- variable tenor of his conduct marks are extracted from a sere is that of a man determined at mon of Cappe.
every hazard, at every expense 66 The piety of Jesus was not to himself, to do whatever is merely the piety of devotion, of well-pleasing in the sight of prayer and praise and thanks. God. To explain his will, to giving. His religion was not assert his providence, to magni. merely the religion of retire. fy his excellences, to set forth ment and secrecy; it was not the vast importance of his famerely the first and the last mo- vour or displeasure, to correct ments of the day, and besides every error that he met with these, one day in seven, that he concerning these interesting subdevoted unto God; every hour jects, to engage men to consider of every day he consecrated these things, to awaken in their unto bim. “ He set the Lord hearts those sentiments and afalways before him, and in all fections which ought to be ex. bis ways he acknowledged God." eited by them there, and to perWas bis doctrine excellent and suade them to submit their conamiable? They were not his duct to the influence of these own words that he spake, but things, Jesus was continually atthe words of the Father who tentive. His glory, is the sersent him. Did his miracles ex- vice to which he is appointed, cite the wonder and reverence and his joy, the interest he posof the beholders? It was not he, sessed in the friendship of him it was the Father that did the who sent him.
His diligence works. Did he call upon the in the work of God bespake the world to believe his doctrine high esteem in which he held and obey it ? It was not his own his service, and the pleasure it honour that he sought, it was to him to conform to his that his Father might be glori- will. His content and cheer. fied.
fulness amidst all his privations 66 It were superfluous to allege and wants ; his patience and any particular instances of his resignation under all his various piety ; it shines in every thing dangers and afflictions, which he says, and is displayed in never could deter him from his every thing he does. The in- duly, nor damp bis zeal in the
discharge of it, declare unto conceptions of the obligations the world in the most credible that we owe to him, thinks well and affecting language, that of all that he appoints, takes his confidence in God, was pleasure in all that he com not to be shaken, and that he mands, reverences everything loved his Father better than his that comes from him or relates life
to him, and delights to hold - Such, Christians, was the communion with him in the piety of Jesus ; such the honour contemplation of bis works, in that he did to God and to reli. the perusal of his word, in the gion in his intercourse with man- celebration of his ordinances, in kind. Compare your piety with the prayers and praises and his; does it'show itself in your thanksgivings of his sanctuary, conduct, as well as your devo
as well as in the sacred exertions : If it does, you
cises of devout retirement. It worthy of your name.
is a principle, which, remember will any man call himself a ing that God is every where as Christian, 'will any man pre- well as in his temple, carries tend that he has the spirit of with it a reverent sense of the Christ Jesus in him, who does divine presence into company, the work of God with a reluct- into business, into scenes of ant mind, and bears the will of care and pleasure, no less than God with an impatient spirit ? into scenes of leisure and devoWill any man usurp these sa- tion ; which, perceiving or beered appellations, and assume lieving the goodness of God in the hopes that belong to his dis- all things, does all unto his ciples, who despises the word glory; which, esteeming his of God, who profanes the day favour to be life, and preferring of God, who forsakes the as- his loving-kindness to all that semblies of God's worship, and life can give, looks with a jealneglects the wordinances of re
every thing that ligion? Can any man think will endanger its interests with himself a follower of Jesus who God; which, glorying in his js afraid or ashamed to confess service, abhurs the very thought the truth, and discharge his of denying God, or of dissemduty before men ; frighted out bling its relation to him ; which, of his religion by the frown of rejoicing in the hopes and conpower, or laughed out of it solations of that service, would by the jests of folly : It was have all men to lay hold on this not thus that Jesus had his con- happiness and honour; which, versation in the world: this sensible that its obligations to is not the piety that will glorify the great Ruler of the world your heavenly Father, and adorn are continually increasing, emyour Christian profession. True braces with joy and gladness piety is a purer, a nobler, and a
every opportunity that occurs to steadier principle ; which ari- 'serve the cause of truth and sing from just ideas of the na- virtue among men, and thus to ture, the character, and the go- promote their present and their verament of God, and from true future happiness, and so to ex
press its gratitude to God in ad- ligion in your..commerce with vancing the interests of his mankind, than if you had wil. kingdom.
fully shut your eyes against the “True piety, confiding in light of gospel truth, turned God, is never backward to con
away your ear from the voice fess him ; declines no duties to of reason, and perversely lawhich he calls, and no trials boured to eradicate from your into which he leads it : it is heart those sentiments of rcliashamed of nothing but its gion which spontaneously spring imperfections in his service up there ? Can any man acand afraid of nothing in com- knowledge you for Christians, parison of his displeasure ; is if with all his searching he can solicitous above all things to find no piety about you, or no maintain its character, and to more of godliness than the form? live in the world as å servant
You cannot suspect that it of, and dependent upon God; as would hurt you with your Ma. entrusted by him with ten ker if you lived godly, as well talents; as indebted to him for as soberly and righteously, in ten thousand comforts ; as an the world : religion, would not heir of his promises, and an im- hurt you with the great object of itator of his glory.
religion. Do you think, then, 66 In the character of Jesus that it would hurt you with the you have the fairest and most world ? If you thought so, and perfect portrait of the piety if that thought were true, dictawhich ought to distinguish your ted by reason, and established conduct to the world. Can any by experience, yet who could Jhing be more reasonable, than hesitate between two such unthat you, who through him equal masters as the world and have such glorious displays of God; and between two such the perfections of God, and unequal periods, as the life that such liberal conimunications of now is, and that which is to his love, should not live as be- come ? ing without God and without “ But in truth, religion will hope in the world ? Cao any not hurt you with the world, any thing be more reasonable than
more than with its Maker. that you should live to his glory “Godliness hath the promise of who gave you life ? Can any the life that now is, and of that thing be more reasonable than which is to come.” According that your religion should ex- to the ordinary course of divine press itself is your conversa. providence, piety enjoys the tion? Can any thing be more happiness of both. For superabsurd than that the followers stitious fancies, for fanatic of Jesus should show no more of flights, for the empty forms of piety in all their conduct than godliness, for the high-strained those who have no knowledge of affectation of religion, it is prohim or of his father ? Can any bable you may suffer, if in no thing be more unnatural or in other way, yet at least in the excusable, than that there esteem of the wise and good ; should be no more traces of re. and it is just that for these Vol. VI.-No. 2. 8
things you should suffer in their will endear you to the best of esteem. But pure religion, a men, and render you respectas genuine and unaffected piety, ble even to the worst."
Thou'rt growing old, thy head is gray, Has envy ne'er thy breast annoy'd
Been lib'ral always to the poor?
Not seeking merely selfish ends? Àh! has improvement, Conscience, And hast thou from thy early youth say,
Adher'd to plain and simple truth? Kept pace with life's advancing day? Have all the hours thou hast enjoy'd Were all thy dealings strictly just, To the best purpose been employ'd ? And faithful always to thy trust?
Have those who watch'd thee never How much has pass'd in airy dreams, found In idle visionary schemes ?
Thy footsteps on forbidden ground? But though this time was spent amiss Hlow much was spent much worse Hast thou been thankful for that light, than this?
Which Heaven has shed o'er Nature's
night? Tras not thy breast with anger burn'd, Hast thou the Gospel rightly priz'd, And ill for ill how oft return'd ? And ne'er its sacred truths despisid ? Nay, hast thou not misunderstood ; And evil oft return'd for good ! Say hast thou 'kept thy heart from sir?
Has all been pure and right within ? Hast thou been thankful to the Power Didst thou in secret always be Which sav'd thy life in danger's hour? As seeing Him who seeth thee? With blessings who has crown'd thy days,
The past review'd with solemn care Say what returns of grateful praise?
Will call for penitence, and prayer
To Him alone who can forgive, When he chastis'd, think, hast thou And bid the penitent to live ! then
Philanthropist, March, 1816. Submissive to his chastening been ? Say, didst thou not aloud repine The Philanthropist gives these lines When Heaven had cross'd some fond as composed by a gentleman of Bos design?
ton, and first published in Poulson's
American Daily Advertiser for Oct. 9, Or, if thy speech has been restrain'd, 1815. Has not a secret mutm'ring paiu'd ?
RELIGION-BY J. EDMESTON, JUN, THERE is a calm, the poor in spirit There is a peace, that dwells within
the breast, That softens bertow, and that sxveetens When all without is stormy and dis
There is a light that gilds the darkest To the mistrustful eye no God is seen, hour,
No higher power appears to rule the When danger's thicken, and when scene i troubles low'r ;
Hence all is doubt, anxiety, and fear, That calm to faith, and hope, and love If danger threatens, or if grief be near, is given
While the believer every danger braves, That peace remains when all beside is Trusts bis light bark, nor fears the riven
threatning waves; That light shines down to man direct And, when the tempest seems to overfrom heaven.
whelm, RELIGIon, wanderer! only can be Faith views a' Providence direct the stow,
helm. The all of happiness that's felt below;
Atheneum, June 2, 1817.
FAE PRUDENT MAN'S FRIEND 80- of which sum 4,361). 16s. 70. hava CIETY.
been received since the last annual Ar Bristol, England, a Society has meeting;”
"'_4191. bad been loaned to been formed under the name now be- 1,200 persons, 2,453 vagrants and fore us. The following extracts from travellers had been relieved by the their Report, December, 1816, will bounty of the society. On account of show the character and object of the the great scarcity and distress, the Society.
Committee had established soup shops To raise the labouring man from at which they distributed a comforta the degraded state into which the ble meal daily, to about 1000 persons. poor laws and injudicious charity have The Committee add, a tendency to sink him ; to cherish 66 That at a time when the utmosf the honest independence of spirit, exertions of benevolence aré barely which would lead him to refuse the sufficient to keep famine from the aid of others in the maintenance of houses of our poor, it is impossible to himself and family, and to teach him prevent the mind from continually rethat industry and prudence are a curring to tặe loss, which this society, more certain and inexhaustible re- in coinmon with every distressed indisource than the bovuty of the rich ; vidual and every a sociation for the appears now to be the aim not only of good of others, within what he consienlightened individuals, but of a large dered as his sphere of action, have body of men assembled in the benevo- sustained in our venerable and relent hope of lessening those distresses spected vice-president, RICHARD which war and a peculiarly unfavora- REYNOLrs. The views of this truly ble season, have bronght upon us.” great man, in the science of political
“ Before such just views of the real economy, were as enlightened as his interests of the laboring classes, every
benevolence was extensive.
To impediment to the growth of the mo
teach the idle, the thoughtless, and ral and social virtues among them the improvident, the value of industry, must qụickly disappear, and especially prudence, and economy, were, in h. that nonstrous system, by which one opinion, the attainment of the obman's family is suppor:ed by the labor ject of the labors of his long life, the of another man's hand. Indeed to happiness of his fellow-creaturës; and tax industry and foresight for the sup- though he never turned from suffering, port of idleness and improvidence is whether the consequence of impruan anomaly in legislation which can, dence, or the result of misfortune, he not long be tolerated in the 19th cen- knew that, important as is the duty tury."
of relieving distress, there is one still “There have been deposited in higher, that of preventing it. As the your sund of savings 7,3981. 105. 3d. friend of the prudent man, therefore,