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Olive looked up surprised. She was the stranger said, this will take all stains lying in bed, looking out on the green from your dress, for look — He pointed fields, and there, beside her, instead of the to the cross, on which Olive read, - What angel's sad face, was the bright and smiling are those which are arrayed in white garone of her mother.
ments? These are they who have washed Olive's arms were around her mother's their robes and made them white in the neck in a moment, as she told her her blood of the Lamb.' Then Olive waited no dream, and the tears started afresh as she longer, and when her dress had been washsaid, “ And, O mother! the beautiful ed in the stream of blood which flowed angel, with the saddest face I ever saw, from the rock-behold it was white and said, “No! little Olive, you can't come clean. Then the stranger took her again
in his arms. This time the path seemed Tears were in the mother's eyes, too, as smooth, and where the ugly thorns had she wiped them away from Olive's, and in been before, were now beautiful flowers. her heart she prayed, “O! blessed Jesus, As they drew near the gate of the city, littake my little Olive in."
tle Olive said, “O sir, I can't go in with“Shall mother finish the dream, Olive?". out a crown. "Yes,' said the stranger,
“Oh, yes; that will be beautiful,” she 'ng one enters the beautiful city with a said, laying her head back on the pillow, crown—they are all given to them at the and waiting for her mother to begin. gate. A crown of glory that fadeth not
Taking her hand her mother said, “ After away.' As they reached the gate, the angel little Olive had sat for some time crying by that kept it looked now with a happy face, the gate of the beautiful city, she thought, and said, 'Yes, little Olive, you may come 'I will try again to make my dress clean ; in,' and a band of little children came out perhaps, if I try long enough, I can do it.' to meet them." So brightening up, she started to the little The mother could say no more, the tears stream and tried again. At last, tired with were coming so fast, but Olive said, the vain effort, for the dress only seemed “ The crown, mother, what of the more soiled than ever, she sat down on the bank and began to cry. What is the mat “O! yes,” she said, “they gave her a ter, little Olive?' She looked up, and crown of never-withering flowers. Dear there stood by a stranger, with such a beau. Olive, can you tell who the kind stranger tiful face, and he looked upon her so kindly was who carried you in his arme?" that she could not help loving him. “ Yes," said little Olive, “it was Jesus.”
What is the matter, dear little Olive?' " Yes, we can never make ourselves pure 'O sir,' she said, 'I want to go into the in his sight, but he can make us if we trust beautiful city, and the angel by the gate in him. We can never do anything to won't let me, because my dress is not clean, crown ourselves, but Jesus will crown all and I've washed and washed, and I can't those who love him when they reach that make it any better.' 'Will you go with beautiful city. Shall we ask him, Olive, to me, little Olive, and I will show you where make us to enter the golden gate ?" you can wash it white and clean?' 'Yes, I Little Olive closed her eyes, while her she said, “I will go.' Theu he lifted her mother prayed to the blessed Saviour to in his arms, and carried her very gently l wash away all her sins in his own precious past the green fields to a dreary-looking | blood. place, where the stones in the path and the Dear little children, this is Olive's dream. thorns in the way seemed to hurt the feet | I do not think it is all a dream ; I know of the stranger; but little Olive was safe, that somewhere there stands just such a for she was carried in his arms. At last beautiful city as little Olive saw. And let they came to a great rock, on the top of us all pray that to none of us the angel at which there stood a stone cross; and as the golden gate of heaven may say, “ No, Olive looked nearer, there trickled from the little one, you can't come in." rock drops of blood. 'Here, little Olive,' I
A WORKING SERVANT AND A i vows in covenant with God and his people. WAITING SERVANT.
But I would rather visit him at his home
--see what sort of a husband and father he Soon after I began to exercise the public
| has become-whether he is gentle and ministry, while I was comparatively young
self-restrained, when he used to be petulant and inexperienced, I received a word from
and irritable-whether he is monarch of all a poor man which has served me for a
he surveys, or the servant and minister of lesson on the point for more than twenty
all— lives to receive the incense of the fsyears. In the course of visitation one day
mily homage, to be saved trouble, and to I entered a house where an aged labourer
guard his personalcomfort and convenience was sitting in his chair, unable, from the
from interference and restriction, or to nature of his ailments, to lie down either
lavish thought and toil and care upon all by night or day. In his health and strength
the dependent circle. Let me know, are he had been a disciple of Jesus, and in his
his angles rounded off in the home? Is age and suffering he was enjoying in large
he eager to lift off the household burdens measure the consolations of God. In an
from the frailer form at his side, and adjust swer to my first inquiry, he said, with a
them to his own broader shoulders ? Essmile on his wrinkled face, and a glimmer of mirthfulness in his half-closed eyes, “I
pecially, has he become, in a spiritual and
meaning phrase, a “nursing father" to the am promoted noo.” In further conversa
little ones there ? Are they only the playtion, he explained his meaning thus: “I
things of his idle moments, with whom he was lang the Lord's workin' servant; and
frolics as so many kittens when he is goodnoo he has promoted me to be his waitin' servant." Since that time I have lived a
natured, or looks upon as so many stum
bling-blocks to be kicked out of the way busy, laborious life; the labour has been
when he is moody and hasty ? Or are they in some sort undertaken in the service of
young plants to be watched and matured the Lord. When I grow weary, and detect
for the garden of God, youthful learners a tendency to complain, I recall that old
to be taught the way of life, early pilgrims Christian's words, and with them silence
whose feet he is to lead with his own in the mutiny. It is far easier, if you are in
the path to heaven ? Show me the evia state of grace at all, to do the Lord's will
dence that he has discerned and accepted than to bear it. We need more grace to
his most privileged and responsible calling wait patiently his time under lengthened
of nurseryman for the great Husbandman suffering, with few to sympathise, than to
in this little plantation of immortals. I work hard on the affairs of the kingdom,
wish to see him kneel with his right arm with many looking on approving. The
around his eldest born, and his left on the silent, secret bearing of his will, in faith
cradle of his babe- to hear him, with a tax and hope, is as pleasing to God as the
which he shall feel, because it is painsmost faithful public witnessing. Will you
taking study and effort, and yet for love's and I, who now, it may be, by the aid of
sake shall not feel, because it is freely and Divine grace, serve the Lord by working,
gladly borne, reading and expounding to be able in our turn and in his time to serve the Lord by waiting? It will be too hard
young learners the way of truth and salva
tion. If his heart is not to his children, it for us, but not for our Saviour. “My
is not turned to Christ.- Rev. A. L. grace is suficient for thee.”
THE HOME TEST THE BEST. TAKE HOLD OF THE PROMISES. You tell me a man is changed by the HE that can lay his hand upon any one converting and renewing grace of God. Is promise that God has made for them that he? Let me look at him. It is something love him, and truly say, This promise is that I may see him with the Bible in his | mine, may safely lay his hand upon every hands. It goes as confirmation that I be- | promise that God has made to them that hold him on his knees. It helps the evi-l love him, and say, These are mine. He dence that I hear him speaking publicly his that can lay his hand upon any one pro
mise that God has made to them that fear him, and truly say, This promise is mine, may assuredly lay his hand upon every promise that God has made to them that fear him, and say, These are all mine. He that can lay his hand upon any one promise that God has made to faith in Christ, to believing in Christ, and truly say, This promise is mine, may safely lay his hand upon every promise that God has made to faith in Christ, to believing in Christ, and say, All these promises are mine. He that can lay his hand upon any one promise that God has made to the returning sinner, and truly say, This promise is mine, may securely lay his hand upon every promise that God has made to the returning sinner, the repenting sinner, and say, All these are mine. He that can lay his hand upon any one promise that God has made to the waiting soul, and truly say, This promise is inine, may without peradventure lay his hand upon every promise that God has made to the waiting soul, and say, All these are mine. Prove but your right in one, and you may safely infer your right to all. -Brooks.
NEARER HOME. ONE sweetly solemn thought
Comes to me o'er and o'er : I'm nearer home to-day
Than I've ever been before. Nearer my Father's house,
Where the many mansions be : Nearer the great white throne,
Nearer the crystal sea. Nearer the bound of life,
Where we lay our burdens down ; Nearer leaving the cross,
Nearer wearing the crown. But lying darkly between,
Winding down into the night, Is the dim and unknown stream
Which leads at last to the light. Father, perfect my trust,
Strengthen my feeble faith, Let me feel as I would when I stand
On the shore of the river of death. Let me feel as I would when my feet
Are slipping over the brink; It may be I'm nearer home,
Still nearer than I think.
sea, the river Ganges divides into in
streams. On the most westerly of the ili formed, the Hoogbly, stands Calcutta; most easterly, the Barigunga, stands
te distance between the two cities is one hundred and eighty miles. Calcutta owes its existence to the English, and from a small village has become the seat of empire. Dacca was the capital of the
or the Mohammedan ruler of Bengal, and rose into importance nearly two hundred years before commerce made Calcutta the emporium of
one hindbe distanterly, the Baris
Dacca did ncentre of British Nother emporium of
Dacca did not, however, long enjoy the presence of the ruler of Bengal. He removed the seat of Government to Rajmahal in 1639: but Dacca nevertheless continued to be a favourite resort of traders, and the abode of the celebrated muslin manufac. tnre of India. The palace of the prince is in part a ruin, in part a prison, and the muslin manutacture has sullered decline: but the city is still the residence of a laro
of a large population, probably two hunased thousand in number, and the resort of the Sople inhabiting the districts of Eastern Bengal,
In the early days of the Serampore mission, the Gospel was occasionally preached there, both by European and native itinerants. A Mr. Cornish, &
ember of the Serampore Mission Church, who had an appointment in a fe
at in a factory near Dacca, about the
year 1811, made some efforts to communicate to its Mussulman population the word of life. A native preacher was also sent from Serampore to preach in Bengali. A little progress was made, and a small church formed; but in two months Mr. Cornish left for another part of Bengal, and the native returned to Serampore.
Two years after it was resolved to establish schools in Dacca, especially for the instruction of indigent Christian children. Mr. 0. Leonard, a deacon of Lal Bazaar church in Calcutta, was sent for the purpose. He arrived there in 1816. He at first endured great opposition. It was difficult to rent even a hut for a school-room. By degrees, as prejudice diminished, schools were established, and the Scriptures were daily taught in Bengali, Urdu, and Persian. At one time, besides an English school in his own house, he had twenty-six native schools in the city and the adjacant villages under his care. The number of pupils, of both sexes, was about 1,400. The failure of the Serampore mission, after its separation from the society, led to the closing of all these schools, except the one in his own house, which Mr. Leonard continued till his death. His labours were not confined to the heathen. Many respectable Europeans sought his counsel, and learnt from his lips the way of life. In 1838, he wrote, “I have had the gratification of baptizing twenty-six individuals, of whom eighteen are Europeans and East Indians; a Jew and a Jewess; two Portuguese, and four natives."
Mr. Leonard came in contact from time to time with a peculiar Hindu sect, known as the Satya. Gurus,-individuals of which continue occasionally to visit the missionaries. They are thousands in number, have cast off the authority of the Brahmins, have abandoned the worship of idols, but retain many superstitious notions, and transfer their bomage to their leader. A few of these have been converted; but, hitherto, the mass have remained in their isolation from Hinduism. Their leader has read the New Testament, and appears to have adopted some of his views from that authority; but he steadily urges his people to reject the Gospel. Mr. Leopard died in 1818, nearly eighty years of age. He was too enfeebled the last few years of his life to be engaged actively in missionary work.
The Rev. William Robinson arrived in Dacca in January, 1839. He joined the Serampore brethren in 1806, and had endeavoured, in his earlier days, to carry the Gospel to Bootan, and also to the island of Java. He had been for some years the pastor of the Lal Bazaar church; but on the re. union of the Serampore mission stations with the Parent Society, he was located at Dacca. His mastery of Bengali enabled him to preach in that language, spoken by pearly one-half the population. Mr. Leonard had chiefly devoted himseli to the Mohammedans, who mostly speak Urdu, and who are the largest portion of the inhabitants. Almost daily he preached by the road-side, or in a bungalow chapel, erected at his own expense. He also made many excursions into the country. In 1845 he opened a brick chapel, which, during his ministry, was well attended. Full of years and labours he fell asleep in Jesus in September, 1853.
Before his decease, Mr. Robinson had the pleasure of baptizing, in September, 1850, and afterwards receiving as his colleagues in missionary work, two German missionaries,-Mesers. Bion and Supper. These brethren had gone to India under the auspices of a Dr. Häberlin. Their union with the mission was a most seasonable help, for the infirmities of Mr. Robinson's increasing age, and the want of suitable men offering themselves in England, had occasioned many fears lest this interesting field must be abandoned. Shortly after the decease of Mr. Robinson, one of his sons, Mr. Robert Robinson, was accepted as a missionary, and entered on missionary labours in the sphere so lately occupied by his father.
The labours of these brethren have been arduous, well sustained, and successful. Mr. Bion has especially devoted himself to itineracy. In his boat he has traversed all the rivers of eastern Bengal, has entered the districts of Cachar, Sylhet, and Assam, and carried the Gospel to many places where never Christian trod. It was on one of these voyages that he came to a town where he was received with welcome, and where one of his hearers, receiving a New Testament, seemed convinced of his need of a Saviour. Subsequent visits gave the missionary much hope that the man was truly converted, and he had concluded to baptize him the next time. On arriving at the place the man was missing, and the missionary was told that he was mad. He found the poor sufferer truly gone out of his mind, and he left sorrowful. Two years after, on visiting the market-place of another town, the native preachers were suddenly addressed by this very man. He was again in his right mind, and with joy accompanied them to the missionaries' boat. He related that when his brother found him disposed to be a Christian, he en. deavoured, by persuasion and by threats, to hinder him. He then proceeded to blows. Once the brother took him to the river side, and plaited a circlet of thorns, and forced it on his head, the
thorns entering the flesh, and producing both agony and blood. At length, as nothing moved him, the brother put poison in his food, the effect of which was for nearly two years to reduce him to idiocy, but not to injure his life. He was now recovered, and in his joy was glad to meet tbe mis. sionary, and declare his attachment to Cbrist, for whom he had suffered persecution,
Many are the interesting incidents which might be related of the journeys of the missionaries into the interior. They have not been without fruitful results. Besides the church in Dacca, churches have been formed at Comillah, Jangalia, Mun. shigunge, and Dayapore, and the word of God made known to many millions of people.
The Rev. Robert Robinson is the pastor of the church in Dacca, which comprises both Europeans and natives. The chapel is well attended, and requires enlargement. Since the mutiny, several of the English soldiers who occupy the barracks have been brought to the Saviour, while among the Sikh troops also are converts to the faith. Lately, the missionary and his native preachers have gone much into the adjacent villages, besides preaching in the bazaars and market-place of the city. There are great numbers who daily or weekly come into the city, but who can only be beneficially spoken with at their homes. The Bengalees are a peculiar people in this respect; they are very susceptible to all the influences of home, and of neighbours and friends. There are many that seem on the verge of a confession of Christianity, who are restrained from fear of their connections, or are unwilling to break the tie that binds tbem, or desirous of waiting till others become Christians, in order not to be singular.
A short time ago, a deputation came from a ril. lage to the native preachers, requesting them to come and hold a discussion in their midst. The preachers went, and spent a whole day in the vil. lage, and were most hospitably entertained, and another meeting was requested. This has yet to be held. There seems among the Bengalees & grow. ing disposition to examine the claims of the Gospel with candour, Thus the Lord is preparing the way, and gradually leavening the mass of the Bengal people with the knowledge of his word. The day sball surely come when it will burst forth into visible life, and multitudes be found among the redeemed of the Lord.
BAPTISTS IN IRELAND.
(Concluded from page 277). It is not an uninteresting inquiry, Horo are our brethren in Ireland regarded by other Protectant Churches? That they should share with them in the hostility of their common enemy-the Church of Rome-is naturally to be expected. Probably our voluntaryism frees us from the hostility felt by Romanists against Episcopalians and Presbyterians, on account of national support, which Romanists cannot see granted to any but themselves without envy and hatred ; and, doubtless, our principles as Baptists shield us from the charges of inconsistency in their view, denying, 23 Pædobaptists do, the authority of the Church, as held by Papists, and yet obliged, as the Papists affirm, to go to that authority for their infant baptism, being unable to find any trace of it in the New Testament. These things probably give our brethren some advantage over those who are sustained by national funds, and who practise the ceremony of infant baptism. Still, it would be
held by Pani 40, the authorit New, denvino se
only with the more thoughtful, intelligent few; fold more than it actually is; and still we should while, from the vast mass of the Roman Catho- | be inclined to think that our brethren have been lics, they would meet with an equal share of more amazed and more moved than the case rightly opprobrium and hostility, because of their hated considered would have caused them to be. For, Protestantism,
first of all, we must remember the effect on a body The manner in which the Baptists are regarded of men of a long period of almost undisputed by other Protestant denominations varies accord religious sway such as that which has been for so ing to the relations between the different bodies. many years maintained by the Presbyterians in the Certainly the Episcopalian clergy in Ireland, when north of Ireland. It is not at all to be wondered they profess to fraterpise with Nonconformists, do at that such a body should have imbibed the spirit it more thoroughly than is commonly the case in common to all churches that have gained supreEngland. One reason of this is, doubtless, to be macy in the State. For though it may be said found in the presence of the common enemy, so that they are not able to claim the social distincoverwhelming in numbers, relatively to all Pro- tion of a church established by law, yet they have, testants together, and especially to the Episco if possible, felt the influence of their social position palians alone, albeit they are the Established | even more, because they have not only fallen under Church, a perpetual testimony to the distinction the corrupting influence of State pay, but they between the National Church and the Church of 1 also feel the pride of superiors in having gained the Nation.
their social distinction in spite of a State-estabThe spirit of the Presbyterian body, especially lished Church. The Regium Donum has infused among the ministers, greatly varies. Nor is this into them the spirit of a State Church, and when to be wondered at, when we remember how much they see themselves paramount to the so-called human nature will always be affected by the National Church itself, the feeling of supremacy is accidents of a case. Where the Presbyterian body still more strengthened by the very fact that they is relatively weak, there will be found greater have gained their ascendancy in defiance of such readiness to fraternise with others than in districts apparent obstacles. In addition to this, it must where they are predominant. And even in those be borne in mind that they are a connexional localities where they are the dominant sect, there body; and enough has been seen, even in our own are to be found men of lovely spirit who delight country, of the action of the connexional spirit, to to hail their Lord wherever he is to be found, prepare us to expect that the selfishness and exand who can acknowledge as brethren persons who clusiveness of connexionalism would certainly do not subscribe to all their dogmas. Still there obtain in a body like that of the Presbyterians of can be no doubt that the prevalent feeling among Ireland. We do not say these things by way of the Presbyterian body towards the Baptists of excuse or apology. On the contrary, we hold them Ireland is one of determined hostility. That hos to be their reproach. We are only stating them tility may sometimes utter the language of con as accounting in some measure for the opposition, tempt, as though they esteemed the Baptists virulent and rude and disgraceful in some cases, unworthy of their notice; but, with all the with which the Baptists have been lately met; affected contemptuousness of manner, it is evident and as showing also that we need not be surprised that there is real alarm lest Baptist sentiments at the opposition itself. Not long since the should obtain. The vehemence of certain authors, presence of the Baptists had been little seen or and the denunciations of certain Presbyters felt. Attendant on the revival was the spirit of assembled in synodical conclave, clearly attest inquiry respecting the subject of Baptism. “At the this. It is a remarkable fact that, together with same time, the efforts of Baptists themselves bethe recent revival, a spirit of inquiry was awakened came much more vigorous; not for purposes of to a considerable extent respecting baptism. In mere proselytising we are well assured; but though many instances this was entirely self-originated ; mainly evangelistic, they naturally aroused the it was purely spoutaneous; it sprang up among opposition of men who had been wont to look upon the converts themselves, and was not the result of the land as all their own, and who, therefore, any proselytising efforts put forth by others. would be provoked when they saw, what was really This very naturally attracted the attention of to many of them an almost unknown and unheard ecclesiastics, and certainly has caused them to of sect, making inroads on that which they had furnish many proofs that "Presbyter is but been wont to regard as almost exclusively their old Priest writ large.” The language uttered, own domain. Our counsel, therefore, to the anol the measures adopted, have in some instances Baptists in Ireland would be, not to appear as her n such as we should nuch regret to have em ren startled by some unexpected violence of op
hoed in behalf of any cause that we espoused. position, but to endure patiently, and to work ou We can only rejoice at the forbearance which our bravely, as men who know enough of the world brethren have exercised, and that when they have and of the Church to lay their account that pure, been compelled to speak and act, they have done voluntary, spiritual Christianity will be opposed so in a manner that has given them great advan by the majority of a body subject to influences tage not only as to the subject in dispute, but such as we have now indicated. . We say by the also as to the spirit in which it has been discussed. majority, because we rejoice to know that in IreStill in the consideration of the case, as it has land, as in other lands, there are men who have appeared before us, we are inclined to think that proved themselves to be superior to these prejuour brethren have been somewhat more surprised dices, and who delight to let the Christian rise and affected by the hostility that has arisen above the sectarian and the exclusionist. Let our than a careful and enlarged view of such things brethren still hold on. Let them continue to be
have sanctioned or even permitted. We would
earnest, prayerful, faithful, in their work. The
truly spiritual among their opponents, sooner or are quite aware that in saying this we are in
later, and to a greater or less extent, will be condanger of exciting that strong feeling which in
strained to render homage to their zeal. the Northern Scot can display in such
The a caset
with the Southern Celt. They will formal and the worldly may still revile and conworth
not know the bitterness of the temn; but the servants of Christ can endure all tell u
kot has arisen, or we should not so that. Brethren at home will sympathise with persec
our object is not to deny the degree them in their trials, their toils, and their triumphs.
ve would allow it to be ten | And above all, their Lord will not fail to verify of tha
3 we do not know ution that has arise
Now, our object is persecution; we won