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Strange have been the allotments of a just and wise providence to Germany. She hath been the beast that purtured the whore of Babylon; the centre of those political intrigues, that have tormented the world for six centuries ; the country and the hotbed of religious intolerance ; an empire of nations; the nursery of Christians; the fomenter of persecution ; the sacred closet of unfeigned piety; the cradle of the reformation, and the sink of infidelity. God hath now given her up, to receive according to her deeds.
PRUSSIA, She professed to be protestant ; but from this profession she sunk into infidelity, and is now receiving her wages at the hand of the Lord.
THE UNITED STATES OF HOLLAND, God grant they may not be emblematical of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.- In those States, there once was a pure faith and a pure Church ; but the children had departed from the God of their fathers, and deserved his sorest judgments. In this country the blood of the martyrs had been shed in profusion, and to prepare the way for the fulfilment of the prophecies, that this blood might be visibly avenged in the earth, God left the children to sin in the sin of Tyre. For a season they gathered riches and were prospered ; but now, behold, they are laid low!
POLAND. POLAND, known under several names in history, embraced Christianity in the year 955. It was not among the first to receive the Gospel ; but was among the first to deny the divinity of Christ. Faustus Socinus, from whom the name Sociniau is taken, died in the year 1604. As if to mark the indignation of God against those who should deny the divinity of his Son, this kingdom hath been among the first sufferers, in this day of devastation by the anger of the Lord. After having been divided among the great despots of Europe, at present, it is under the military despotism of France.
FRANCE, The rod in the hand of the Lord to execute his judgment on the anti-christian church. We say nothing of her troubles ; her last struggle for liberty ; her endless persecution of the saints; her strange revolutions, through the last twenty years; or of the actors God hath raised up to produce her present conspicuous agency in the tumults of the world. The Lord hath formed her and her sons to answer his own purposes of wrath on the earth. Her children are the most miserable of the children of men ; yet they know it not. National ambition hath killed her sense of internal misery. The splendor of her arms hath hid from her the misery of her cottages. She is now shedding the blood of her sons, and of tributary nations in Russia.
RUSSIA, A mighty northern empire of recent origin. In her, luxury hath been courted, and many of her princely sons have drunk deep in the cup of Infidelity. In Russia the pure principles of civil liberty are unknown. According to the strict principles of the ancient feudal system, her inhabitants are transferred with the soil on which they live, to lordly proprietors. Her religion is of the Greek church, which between the years 7 and 800, wholly separated from the Western or Romish church. The Greek church have preserved themselves in greater purity than the Romish or Western, and how far they have to drink of the eup of divine plagues, time only can discover. To the overspreading power of France, in the old continent, there appeareth no efficient opposing power but Russia and Great Britain.
GREAT BRITAIN, She also was once a child of Rome ; she hath shed the blood of the martyrs, and how far this cries against her, we presume not to say. At present she is the arbitress of the ocean. A thunderbolt of war on the sea, reared up to repress a thunderbolt of judgments on the land. Oh, how deep are thy counsels, Almighty God, and how wonderful are thy judgments !
But while I write, my heart returns to itself, and to my own country.-O AMERICA! With whom art thou connected, and what is thy destiny? I fear for thee; my bowels yearn over thee! For thee shall my midnight prayers be offered to the great Intercessor, before the Father's throne.-From divided counsels and the desolations of war, may the good Lord deliver thee !
A New-Year's Address. with the manner of their jina
provement, are noted in the preN the opening of the New-sence of an all-seeing God, and
of the Magazine will naturally ventful day of his decision. be led to a number of solemn These opportunities cannot be and useful reflections. Another recalled. The many prospects year is deducted from the term of ideal happiness, not founded of our short lives ; by another on our experience of the oryear, our period of probation, dinary dispensations of divine infinitely important, is dimipish- Providence, or on the promed ; another year's amount is ises of God, in which our fanaffixed to our names in the book cies fondly ranged at the comof the remembrance of God.- mencement of the year, have The vast account of moral ac- been disappointed. The most tions, of all intelligent beings, of our reasonable expectations for the year now closed, are of good, notwithstanding our sealed for the great day, and great desert of evil, through the will affect the happiness and merciful kindness of heaven, misery of millions, through e- have been abundantly realized. ternity. The manner in which A great portion of the services we have maintained the vows, and duties, which, at the beginand performed the resolutions, ning of this period, we calculawith which we commenced the ted to perform, through inattenlast year, is recorded on high, tion and sloth, through indiffernever to be erased. All oppor- ence and a regard to trifling obtunities, which have been af-jects, we now sind undone. Maforded us in the good provi- ny promises, which we made to dence of God, for doing good, ourselves and to God, through for ourselves, our friends, or for the operati of causes which the kingdom of the Mediator, conscience will not admit as a sufficient excuse, though the fulness of God. Thus, though stipulated conditions on the part we learn to distrust ourselves, of divine Providence have been and perceive that relying on our faithfully regarded, are not per- own resolutions we shall always formed. In many instances, fail ; we discover, in the faithmercies, not less unexpected than fulness of the Most High, the undeserved, have been liberally broadest basis, on which the granted us by Him who giveth us neediest dependant may rest richly all things to enjoy. with safety. Relying on this
These, and many similar re- prospect, we form our resolutions flections naturally arise in every with perfect propriety, we fix, in contemplative mind at the close submission to providential apof the year. Such thoughts ne- pointments, our plans of future cessarily place us in the presence conduct, and hope for prosperiof Jehovah, before whom we ty and a divine acceptance. I stand for the review of our past can do all things through Christ lives, and with all our hopes for which strengtheneth me. the time to come. Standing in Apostles were never afraid to rethis holy presence, on that ele- solve and engage for the service vated station which we assume of their Lord, because they reliat the close of one year and the ed on his mercy for help and beginning of another, we review strength to perform. God dethe past and contemplate the mands much of us, but he knows future with deep solemnity. In our weakness, and the many the retrospect, we see every difficulties with which we must reason to lament our deficien- ever struggle, and the willing cies, to be humble for our un- mind, the grateful heart, the filfaithfulness, and to be deeply ial confidence, will ever meet penitent for our exceeding trans- his holy approbation. gressions.
In the prospect, With such views it becomes while divine truth has made us to enter upon a new year, and plain the way of duty and bles- however often we have failed in sedness, having learned to dis- the hope of a more faithful pertrust our own fidelity, we look formance, we should still resolve forward with solicitude, but, in to contend against every opposiview of the promises of grace, tion, to hope for the gracious with comfort and hope. These aids of the Holy Spirit. Of genpromises proceed from infinite eral duties which concern every inercy, they are designed for individual, perhaps there is no the needy, for the perishing, for one more proper to be particuthe guilty.
larly noticed, than industry.Just reflections on the time There is no duty in which all that is past, are the best means human characters are more defiof directing us to proper designs cient, than in a proper diligence for the period before us. While in doing good. The passing year in the review of past scenes, we forcibly admonishes of the shortdiscover great cause of humility ness of human life, and teaches and repentance, we find no less the necessity of the most active occasion to admire the compas- diligence in the performance of sion, the goodness, and the faith-' its duties. There is no more pro
minent characteristic in Christ The passing cvents of divine our great example, than indus- Providence demand our seritry. I must work the works of ous attention. The season, for him that sent me while it is the past year, has been upcomday ; the night cometh, when no mon. It has been singularly man can nork.
I have a baptism cold through the year, and the to be baptised with ; and how am latter harvest has been, in a I straightened till it be accom- great measure cut off. Yet in plished. And in the morning, the variety of the productions rising up a great while before day, of the earth which we enjoy, he went out, and departed into a through divine mercy, we have solitary place, and there prayed. a competent and an abundant When human life is so short, supply. No New-Year, in the when the imbecility of child memory of any person living, hood and old age, with pecessa- has seen so great a portion of ry relaxations, must deduct one the civilized world involved in half at least from this term, war, as the present. For sewhen so much is to be done in verity of desolation and indithis period, for ourselves, for our vidual suffering, the present war fellow-mer, for the church of can scarcely find a parallel. -God; that hours, and days, and The scourges of Cod are inweeks, should constantly pass Dicted as with a rod of iron ; the uvimproved, how painful is the long established corruptions of thought ! The lives of some in- Christendom are to be removed dividuals afford us a most strik- as by a destroying fire. Never ing example and reproof. The were the footsteps of the Lord venerable Calvin died at the age of hosts among the nations more of fifty-five, and performed more apparent. The enemies of truth than has been done by almost are most active and indefatiga. any other man. The Macedo- ble, to overthrow the consecranian Conqueror of Asia died at led fabric, and to erect the thirty-two. The man who is colossus of error. They imathe astonishment of the present gine great progress to have been age, for his great and numerous inade towards the accomplishachievinents, has lived but for- ment of their designs. The ty-three years. If the servants same impression must rest upon of earthly empire can labor with every mind that looks merely unremitted assiduity, what at human calculations; but the ought to be expected from the attentive observer of God's servants of the kingdom of providential dealings, comparChrist ! If Jerusalem's conquer- ing them with the predictions or could exclaim “ I have lost a and promises of his word, disday, ,” because he could recollect covers far other prospects, “ avd no good deed which he had sees in darkness beams of hope.” done, how ought the friends of - The extraordinary exertions the Jerusalem which is above to which have been recently made Jament and condemn themselves by the Christian world, and for every day in which they do which are still increasing, to nothing to restore Zion's desola- place the holy scriptures in the ted wastes !
hands of the destitute, affords VOL. VI. NO. 1.