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in the kingdom, at the close of the year | Let us never undervalue or neglect his 1817, with the words engraven on it, in mercies. Let us never disesteem or large characters, — Ebenezer, hitherto despise his word. Let us never disobey has the Lord helped us!'".
his requirements. Let us never dese. In closing this unpretending but faith- crate his holy sabbath. Let us never ful narration, the writer would remark, how provoke him, either to depart from us, or proper it is for us, as individuals, as fami to inflict positive and awful judgments lies, as a community, to look back, to see upon us. If ever we were grateful, let the way in which God has been leading us be grateful now. If ever we discovered us, and to mark the unerring wisdom, obedience, let that obedience be unfolded the exquisite kindness and fidelity of all now. If ever we relied on his providenhis arrangements; how they have un- tial kindness and paternal care, let that folded the mercy of his nature, exempli-reliance be exercised now. If ever we fied and confirmed the representations of cherished an earnest desire to love and his word, invigorated and honoured the honour him, let that desire be expressed faith of his people! .
now. No people have seen God's hand And what can be more pleasing than more palpably extended over us than we, for the intelligent and pious mind to during the last year; and no nation will look back, and observe the innumerable be more shamelessly ungrateful, if we do traces of God's progress, the innumerable not repair to his sanctuary, and “compass tokens of God's care, the innumerable his altar with songs of deliverance :"expressions of God's paternal and covenant love-love unceasingly and most
“ Then, gather, Christians, gather,
To praise with heart and voice, variously exhibited to those who repose
The good, Almighty Father, unsuspecting confidence in him ?
Who biddeth you rejoice: Moreover, we inquire, can anything For He hath turn'd the sadness be more beautiful than to look back, and
Of his children into mirih,
And we will sing with gladness, mark God appearing for us at the very mo. The harvest-home of earth!" ment when we required his help. If he had delayed, our situation would bave been | P.S.-As an appropriate pendant to the fearful; but, at the identical period, when above communication, it may be stated, our cloud was so appalling, when our that, so abundant have been the crops distress was so pungent, when our ex- of wheat in the neighbourhood of Farertremity was so sensibly felt, he came sham, in Kent, from the late harvest, and interposed on our behalf, not only as that in many instances as much as eigbt individuals, or even as families, but as a quarters an acre have been reaped ; and large and suffering community. He scat. the vicar mentioned in a discourse on tered the lurid cloud; he removed the the day appointed for general thanksdeadly blight; he shed down his healing / giving, that as much as ten quarters of and benignant influence; he imparted wheat had been grown on a single acre his unmeasured goodness; he communi- l of land, and fourteen quarters of barley cated the rich, the necessary, though the on a like portion. On a single acre perfectly unmerited blessing. As a nation, selected from a field of wheat at Reculthen, disciplined by his rod—awed by his vers, ten quarters and three bushels were terrors, signally crowned with his mercy, the amazing produce! Similar statements
—what gratitude should be awakened, - might be furnished with regard to other what praise should be offered, -—what parts of the country. Everywhere, in consecrations to him should be discovered, relation to the harvest, God signally - what obedience should be rendered, - appeared for us. May his goodness, what confidence with regard to the future never more needed or more welcome, should be induced!
never be forgotten by us, as a pre-emiLet us never trifle with his goodness. nently favoured nation! T. W.
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.
| them with whatever frequency, they What book is there in the compass of
shall always be found budding with new
shall always be found human learning which can confer the and seasonable refreshment.--Hopkinson. same transcendent blessing? In the hemisphere of literature the Bible is the
MEDITATION. sun, and the writings of men shine forth
This is both the privilege and the duty out of darkness only by the reflection of
of the believer. It is the holy and the its rays. The writings of the olden di
healthful digestion of his spiritual food. vines abound with most glowing eulo
In an honest and good heart, we must giums of the Sacred Scriptures. “The
not only receive the word, but keep it. Holy Bible,” says one, “is a spiritual
The soul is preserved in a healthy condiparadise ; the book of Psalms is the tree of life in the midst of it.”
tion by constant prayer, and daily mediOthers ex
tation. This, however, is a self-denying claim, " The psalms are a jewel-cluster,
and pains-taking work; man naturally made up of the gold of doctrine, the
loves it not. Gladly will he go from one pearls of comfort, and the gems of prayer.
means of grace to another. He finds In the Holy Scriptures are doctrines
pleasure in the excitements of social wormost divine, prophecies most certain,
ship; he takes delight in listening to laws most holy, just, and good; cove
pulpit eloquence; but to retire within nants betwixt God and man most gra
himself for a season to make his own cious, promises most precious, privileges
heart his church, conscience the preacher, most ample, providences most wonderful,
and every thought and feeling the audiordinances most comfortable, soul-re
ence, he accounts as dull as it is disviving; that, whatever is taught is truth,
tasteful. The office of the shepherd, whatever is commanded is good, what
therefore, is to make his sheep lie down. ever is promised is happiness." What
He conducts them to the shady spots shall we add in commendation of this
within their pasturage, and thus invites holy book? It is the Tree of Life, bear
them to refreshing rest. And the great ing twelve manner of fruits, and the
and good Shepherd performs this office leaves thereof are for the healing of the
for all the members of his flock. The nations. It is a garden of the most
satisfaction and the joy which they expelovely flowers, and the most delicious
rience under the Divine Comforter, disfruits. The Bible is the well of truth,
pose them to lie down in the spiritual and faith is the vessel that draws up its
pastures.-Ibid. refreshing waters. It is a mirror in which we behold the Almighty God in his beloved Son, as the forgiver of sins
ESSENTIALS. and the reconciler of sinners. In these There are certain grand principles in Scriptures will be found the most perfect religion which must be introduced on truth, the surest promises, the most gra every occasion, and repetitions in respect cious invitations, and the wisest counsels? of them are so necessary and becoming, “ The words of the Lord are pure that no learning, ingenuity, or eloquence, words; as silver tried in a furnace of can compensate for the omission ; such as earth, and purified seven times.” The repentance for sin, faith in Jesus Christinstructions of truth, the consolations of whatever relates to his person, love, atonereligion, display a fadeless bloom, be- | ment, and grace; regeneration, love to cause they possess an everlasting virtue; God and man, and the future state of turn to them at whatever time, return to righteous and eternal retributions. VOL. XXV.
The more full the heart of the writer effectual calling of one soul to the fellow or of the speaker is of the good trea- ship of the Gospel, is more than all that sure, the more will he enlarge on those can be done, given, or suffered. The subjects to the disgust of such as, under man who keeps that money in his purse, the influence of pride and unholy affec- or employs it in trifling gratifications, tions, savour not of heavenly things, which is wanted for the salvation of the Scott.
heathen, is guilty of the blood of souls. And that man who is furnished with gifts
for the work, if, when encouraged by the Purity, like the refreshing rose, sheds church to devote himself to this work, a fragrance, peculiarly its own, over declines it, through fear of danger or love our whole conversation ; and, like that of ease, is also guilty of the blood of souls. lovely flower, leaves its reviving scent Churches not seeking out and encouragwhen we are gone.-— Retirement. ing such gifts, are guilty of the blood of
souls. So that this work is as incumbent
on every Christian as any other duty.ASSURANCE.
Dr. Carey. On the doctrine of assurance we remark, that frequent misunderstandings have arisen, for want of distinguishing
THE SACRAMENTS. the objects of which the mind is assured.
I cannot agree with you that adminisA full persuasion of the truth in general tering the sacraments is the easiest and revealed and testified in the gospel is the least important part of our offiee. I assurance of faith. d full persuasion of always considered them as most importthe reality of future good things pro- ant, and found it more difficult to admimised as suited to our wants with a con- nister them, as they should be, than to scious desire and expectation of them is preach. If any parts of our work be the assurance of hope. A full persuasion more difficult than the rest, it must be of the meaning and design of the Gospel these; because they comprehend every in the most essential parts, is assurance of other. At least, of this I am thoroughly understanding; and each of these may be persuaded, that it requires a great deal of called objective assurance. But a full | pains, with a minister's own heart, to get persuasion of a personal interest in Christ into such a frame for the administration and salvation by him, is assurance of sal of them (especially the Lord's supper) as vation ; and to distinguish it from all the is necessary or desirable, if he would preceding, is subjective assurance.—Dr. spread a flame of gratitude and deration E, Williams.
through the hearts of those who join with him. The superficial and trifling manner
in which many prepare for these ordiThe human soul is of more value than nances (if it may be called preparation) the whole world; therefore, no length of and in which they are administered, has time or expense of treasure can be too been greatly detrimental to the cause and great to be laid out for its salvation. The interests of vital religion. -- Job Ortos.
WORTII OF THE SOUL.
Whate'er thou viewest on this terrene
frame That's great, was little once; from the
broad stream On whose deep breast a nation's nary lies, To the tall cedar, whose green front defies
The frosts and tempests of a thousand Peace, and salvation, through a Saviour's years.
blood ; Hast thou a little grace? Forbearthy fears : They, who all other influence withstood, The precious germ shall flower 'neath Once reach'd by this, their hearts desist heavenly skies :
to harden. Or shine there in the darkness of a land Then 'tis a flower from the celestial garden But a few stars? They numerous may To glad the pilgrim on his upward road; become,
An earnest of the joys of that abode, As night's full host. Yea ; let the truth All-blest, of which the Omnipotent is war.
once root In the world's bosom, and it will expand The Gospel! - 'tis the anthem-note of
Until it cover the wide earth with bloom, heaven,
The Gospel |--'tis the grandest proof e'er THE CONQUEROR.
given “Magna est veritas, et prævalebit."
By God himself, of wisdom, power, and TRUTH, aye, has been an alien in this world; love. A homeless wanderer, with contempt sa- O, waft it on thy wings, celestial Dove ! luted :
Till the blest strain the charm'd world Yet still her steady pilgrimage has footed, surround. Despite the constant storm upon her
hürl'd. Even as a slow-growth'd oak, whose feet are
TAE GRAND REQUISITE. curl'd Around a rock, and cannot be uprooted; thou wouldest come down," &e., Isa. Ixiv. 1.
“O that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that Or as a rill, that seems, indeed, ill-suited
To work its way; yet ever onwards whirl'a Fountain of life ! that dost with love o'erBy a still-strengthening impulse, mountains
If ever, in reply to earnest prayer, And cliffs, and whatsoever else its course
Thou didst vouchsafe thy spirit everywhere; impedes :
Pour out in floods tbe blest effusion now. Yea, even when seeming buried, still pro
The moral wilderness Instruction's plough ceeds.
Has penetrated widely, and with care O Britain ! what an honour Heaven assigns
The heayenly seed is scatter'd: let it To thee-transcending thy most brilliant
The heavenly showers, to make the harvest To spread her glorious truth to earth's grow, confines !
Remember not against us past neglect, Rejoice to execute her blest designs.
Nor of our present vices vengeance take, The cause is thine : thy covenant respect;
And for the blessing of a world, awake. “THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL."
Come quickly, Lord : our souls with long
ing break, What is the Gospel ? 'T is good news of Till thou do come thy kingdom to erect, pardon,
1 Tim. i. 11.
Review of Books.
A HARMONY of the Four Gospels, in the commendable service, in its book depart
Authorized Version. Following the Har- ment, than when it publishes, at a cheap mony of the Gospels in Greek. By ED- rate, a standard work, adapted to the use of WARD ROBINSON, D.D., LL.D., Author students and ministers. With its immense of Biblical Researches in Palestine ; Pro- resources, it may not only do this without fessor of Biblical Literature in Union injury itself, but with great advantage, Theological Seminary, New York. With and increased popularity. Such a volume Explanatory Notes, and References to as the one before us must always continue to Parallel and Illustrative Passages. 8vo, maintain a steady sale, and will be as valu.
able a property ten years bence as at the Religious Tract Society.
present moment. We may assure the Tract Never does the Tract Society do a more Society, that they have seldom done a wiser
act than to publish this Harmony of the, tion, and ought not to be made chargeable Gospels, which will be a boon to many with them. But, with this single kindly. hundreds, not to say thousands, of pastors, | intended criticism, we very sincerely tender with slender incomes, and to not a few pri- to the Tract Society our hearty thanks for vate Christians,-intelligent, indeed, but this valuable addition to the student's library. gifted with very little of this world's substance.
As the four gospels are but one and the same history, though penned by four diffe
HISTORY of the REFORMATION in the Sir.
teenth Century. By J. H. MERLE D'AO. rent writers, it follows as a consequence, that every one who reads them with care,
BIGNE, President of the Theological Semi
nary, Geneva ; and Member of the Société and with the reverence due to an inspired
Evangélique. Translated by David Duscommunication, seeks to make a harmony
DAS Scott, Esq., Author of the “Supof his own. To some extent, every intelli
pression of the Reformation in France." gent Bible student will be able, in com
With Notes from the Netherlands Edition paring the four evangelists, to reconcile ap
of the Rev. J.J. Le Roy, of the Dutch parent discrepancies, to supply the omissions
Reformed Church. 3 vols., 8vo. of one by the statements of another, and thus to obtain a moderate amount of satis
Blackie and Son, Warwick-square. faction, as to the identity of the history, and
This is by far the most splendid edition the harmony of its parts. But without the aid
of this great and deservedly-popular work. of eminent biblical scholarship, difficulties
The admirable portraits of the leading will still press upon thoughtful minds,
actors and opponents of the Reformation, which such a work as Dr. Robinson's will
to say nothing of the illustrative notes, im. greatly relieve, if not entirely remove. Of
part to it a peculiar claim. The portraits are many of the hundreds of harmonies which
not only authentic, but admirably executed ; have been published, it may be said with
and add much to the interest of scenes in truth that they created more perplexities
which the parties whom they vividly repre. than they relieved : so much so indeed, that
sent performed so conspicuous a part. The some years since an impression largely ob
three portraits, for instance, of Luther, tained, even among distinguished scholars,
Charles V., and Leo X., are all equally that little relief was to be looked for from
marked by the qualities they evinced-embody this quarter, and that every man must take
a pictorial representation of the Reformation the evangelists as he found them, and be
struggle, in its distinguished friends and thankful for the facts they contain, without
foes. In the countenance of Luther, you attempting to fill up chasms, which it had
see the very soul of that mighty revolution pleased God to permit in the fourfold evan
of thought and feeling which he was destined gelical record. We cannot but regard such
to effect ; and, in that of Leo and Charles, an impression as erroneous, not to say
you trace the elements of gigantic political dangerous; and, if there were doubt on this
power and ecclesiastical intrigue and cun. head, the progress made by Dr. Robinson
ning with which he had to contend. to a perfect adjustment of the gospel history
It is impossible to express the delight we is sufficient proof that such an opinion ought
feel in the extended circulation which this never to have been entertained.
great work is realizing. Surely a blessing is In the volume before us, the editor has
in it. It is impossible, with so many read“almost entirely followed Dr. Robinson ;"
ers of this enlightened defence of Reformabut “two other very important works bave
tion principles, that we can retrograde to the been diligently compared, as they were not
follies, the superstitions, and the crimes of included in the list of books consulted by
former times. Dr. Pusey and bis antiquityDr. Robinson. One is Greswell's 'Harmonia
loving compeers may dote over the tradiEvangelica,' and the other. Wieselar's Chro.
tions of the Nicene age, and others less bold, nological Synopsis of the Four Gospels.'”
but more daring, may try to sap the founThe result of consulting the former author
dations of Bible Protestantism; but with has been only the introduction of “one or
an evangelical pulpit, and a free and en. two slight changes ;' and, of the latter, " to
lightened press, we may bid defiance to support Dr. Robinson's arrangement."
them all; and cherish bright hope for our We regret that the editor has not spe
children and our children's children. cified all the changes introduced. This was due to such an author as Dr. Robinson ; and if the changes were slight, as they appear to be, it may be matter of doubt | Notes, EXPLANATORY and PRACTICAL, whether they should have been made at ali. on the New TestAMENT. By ALBERT But, certainly, in the preface or the text, Barnes, Minister of the Gospel, Phila. they ought to have been distinctly notified, delphia. Vol. VII. Ephesians, Philipas Dr. Robinson might call them in ques. | pians, and Colossians. 12 mo.