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MILTON'S MORNING HYMN.
HEAVEN. Tukse are thy glorious works, Parent of good, A home for the weary–far sweeter than this;
HEAVEN is a land of light, freedom and bliss, Almighty! thine this universal frame, Thus wondrous fair: thyself how wondrous Its mansions are glorious, its joys are all pure,
And its brightness and beauty for ever endure. then,
I'm now in a desert of sorrow and woe, Unspeakable who sitt'st above these heavens
But no tears are shed there, and rough winds To us invisible, or dimly seen
never blow; In these thy lowest works ; yet these declare
No clouds will they gather, no sighs swell my Thy goodness beyond thought, and power
But all will be freedom, and victory, and rest. Speak, ye who best can tell, ye sons of light, Angels : for ye behold him, and with songs
No temper annoys there, no sinful thoughts
pain, And choral symphonies, day without night, Circle his throne rejoicing ; ye in heaven,
Nor death's awful form will affright me again; On earth, join all ye creatures to extol
Thereguilt will not gnaw, nor fears cast me down Him first, him last, him midst, and without There the light will be glorious, my thoughts
But there will be peace and eternal renown. end. Fairest of stars, last in the train of night,
all divine, If better thou belong not to the dawn,
In the image of Jesus the saints will all shine;
False friends wont distress me, but joy ne'er Sure pledge of day, that crown'st the smiling
[Friend. With thy bright cirelet, praise him in thy There glittering crowns will adorn every brow,
I shall find in the presence of Jesus, my sphere, While day arises, that sweet hour of prime.
And from fountains all pure, healing streams Thou sun, of this great world, both eye and There white robes are worn, there palm bran
ever flow :
[ches wave, soul, Acknowledge him thy greater ; sound his praise There life's battle is over, life's sorrows all
In honor of Him who is mighty to save. In thy eternal course, both when thou climb'st, And when high noon has gain'd, and when there my spirit shall rest, filled with rapture
(and peace; thou fall'st. Moon, that now meets the orient sun, now
There with all the redeemed, I shall sit near
the throne, fly'st With the fix'd stars, fix'd in their orb that flies;
With Jesus my Saviour eternally one.
T. J. MESSER,
HAPPY KITTY IN HER COT.
My heart and my tongue shall unite in the
blood, Vary to our great Maker still new praise, And bids me inherit the peace of my God. Ye mists and exhalations, that now rise My lot may be lowly, my parentage mean, From hill or streamy lake, dusky or gray, Yet born of my God there are glories unseen, Till the sun paint your fleecy skirts with gold, Surpassing all joys among sinners on earth, In honour to the world's great Author rise; Prepared for souls of a heavenly birth, Whether to deck with clouds the uncolour'd Removed from a thousand allurements to sin, sky,
I find in my cottage my heaven begin; Or wet the thirsty earth with falling showers, And soon shall I lay all my poverty bý, Rising or falling, still advance his praise. The mansions of glory for ever enjoy. His praise, ye winds, that from four quarters By the sweat of my brow while I labour for blow,
bread, Breathe soft or low; and wave your tops, ye Yet, guarded by him, not an evil of dread; pines,
And while I'm possessed of all riches in thee, With every plant, in sign of worship wave. My poverty comes with a blessing to me. Fountains, and ye that warble as ye flow, My labouring dress I shall soon lay aside Melodious murmurs warbling time his praise. For a robe bright and splendid, a dress for a Join voices, all ye living souls : ye birds,
bride; That, singing, up to heaven-gate ascend, A bride that is married to Jesus the Lamb, Bear on your wings, and in your notes, his Shall shine in a robe which is ever the same. praise.
If my fare shall be scanty while I travel below, Ye that in waters glide, and ye that walk Yet a feast that's eternal shall Jesus bestow; The earth, and stately tread, or lowly creep; No sorrow nor sighing shall ever annoy Witness if I be silent, morn or even,
The heavenly banquet I there shall enjoy. To hill or valley, fountain or fresh shade, if my labouring body goes weary to rest; Made vocal by my song, and taught his praise. Yet, saved by the mercy of Jesus, I'm blest; Hail, universal Lord! be bounteous still Fresh strength for my labour on earth he To give us only good; and if the night
bestows, Have gather'd aught of evil or conccala, And above I shall bask in eternal repose. Disperse it, as now light dispels the dark.
THE BRIGHTON RAILWAY PORTER;
BY SPECIAL REQUEST.)
FRANCIS Brown Knight was born Lewes, anticipate in the liveliest manner the pleasure in Sussex, on the 26th of July, 1823, of truly of hearing him again. He heard again on God-fearing parents, and lived under their every possible opportunity; the truth was roof until he was eleven years of age, at which deepened in his mind; his early and long-fortime his father died. Of his early days little gotten sins arose up before him, and he beis known except that, as in the case of came, in all the solemn seriousness of the many others, the religion of his parents had word, a broken-hearted man, suffering an anno particular influence on his mind. After guish which, to use his own words," no tongue his father's death he lived with a butcher in can describe." Whoever, doubts the existence the town till he was fifteen years old, when an of God, the truth of the Scriptures, or the opportunity was afforded him to gratify a evilof sin, he then neither did nor could doubt of strong desire he had for a seafaring life. He either. But he had a doubt--a doubt that went on board a man-of-war, bound to China, fearfully heightened the dreadful torment of where he stayed about five years; during his mind, and shut up every entrance to his which time he suffered many hardships. soul against hope, -it was : My sins are too When be returned, he married, and entered great to be pardoned; there is no hope for the Brighton Police. After two years spent me in God." He now wanted to pray; necesin that employment, he engaged himself as a sity urged him, though doubt disheartened porter at the Brighton Railway Station. He him. "Oh! I have been a blasphemer, a profound that many of his fellow-workmen had fane swearer, and a despiser of God and retimbibed infidel notions.
ligion,-how can I pray? How can God have Francis Knight did not become an infidel in mercy on me? Ob? hell, I fear, must be my the usual sense of that word, but he disliked dreadful doom !" Such were some of the terreligious worship, and would' invent a lie to rible reflections of this humbled sinner's heart. excuse himself from going with his friends to Yet he was led to pray; an unconquerable the house of God. About four years before he constraint was upon him; it was the power of died there were some signs of incipient con- pecessity; and the following lines are a just sumption about him, which subsequently be interpretation of his case :came confirmed; still there was no relenting, “ I can but perish if I go, no manifest change; he was the same heedless
I am resolved to try ; sinner as ever.
For if I stay away, I know In the month of July, 1855, there were
must for ever die." some annual religious services to be held at This blasphemer, profane swearer, and deWivelsfield, near Brighton, in a chapel, in the spiser of God and religion, was now on his burial-ground attached to which say the re- knees before God. Strange change! What mains of his father; and, not having seen his did he say? « God be merciful to me a sin. father's grave for several years, and knowing ner !" What was the result ? his two sisters would go over to the place on He had heard of mercy-that God will the occasion, be, singularly enough, and have mercy-that there is' forgiveness with strangely to them, proposed to accompany God that he may be feared, through Jesus them. He went, and saw again his father's Christ dying for sinners. He had heard that grave. Afterwards his sister said to him, Christ in his death was made sin for sinners,
You will go with us to the chapel this morn that sinners might be made the righteousness ing, Frank; won't you?" "Oh, yes,” said he, of God in him. He had heard that the most "I intend to go this morning. He entered infamous persons, being humbled and penitent, the chapel, and after singing, reading, and had been welcomed to come to Jesus Christ for prayer, Mr. Atkinson, of Brighton, who was salvation, and had not been sent empty away; the preacher, that morning, read for his text, and that whoever came to him in the grief of " Is it well with thee?" From the remarks broken-heartedness for sin, would not be made in the course of the sermon, he solemnly scornfully cast out, but compassionately re. felt for the first time in his life that sin was aceived and blessed. These things heartened fact he could not deny, a fault he could not him in hope. He cried and he was board. atone for, a debt he could not pay, a wrong he God, for Christ's
sake, delivered his soul from could not set right, and a work the wages of death, and his eyes from tears; healed his which is death. He could neither frown nor broken heart, and bound up his wounds. He laugh the thought away, that he himself was realized that, through the death of Christ, a sinner, and that, therefore, it was NOT WELL all his faults were atoned for, all his debts WITH HIM. "I never," he remarked to his were paid, and all his wrongs were righted. sister after the service,“ heard such a sermon He now enjoyed the peace of God which before; I suppose that gentlemen is from Lon passeth all understanding ; peace with God, don." On being informed that Mr. Atkinson peace in his conscience, and peace of mind in preached in Brighton, near his home, he ap- the prospect of death, the judgment, and peared most agreeably surprised, and seemed to eternity. Now he could happily answer our
question—the question by which his heart's | PRECIOUS, yes, his PRECIOUS BLOOD! attontion to eternal things was first seriously Oh, I can never, never cease to praise him. arrested : now he could say in truth, with con- Thére is, indeed, a reality in religion, and I fidence and joy, “ IT IS WELL!”
have found it. What should I now do without Shortly after this, he sickened apace-sick- it? It is the blessed reality of religion that ened for death ; but“ it was well with " him; affords me this solid peace and happy prospect death he knew, would be a gain to him. He on my dying bed. I never found happiness rejoiced with triumph in the prospect of it, like this before. It is well with me now. in more than an ordinary manner. On the This, this is solid peace. I know of a truth 31st
of March, 1856, he was much worse, and that, his friends were hourly expecting to witness ''Tis religion that can give his last agonies and last triumphs. He was Sweetest pleasures while we live ; indeed happy-yea, he was in raptures. Fre- 'Tis religion must supply quently he exclaimed, “ Happy ! happy! Solid comfort when we die.' bappy! Can this be dying ? Oh ! how de.
To one of his fellow-workmen, who occalightful! shall soon see my blessed Jesus in glory, and sing his praises for ever.” 0b-sionally sat up with him the few remaining serving
his friends in tears, he said, “ What? nights of his life, he spoke in the most solema crying? I can't cry,-I am so happy; no! to the rest the circumstances and experiences
and begged he would communicate I can't cry. I shall soon be with my blessed of his dying hours. “Tell them," he said, Jesus in glory.” Shortly afterwards he took “there is a reality in religion, and that I have each of his children and his wife successively found it so; tell them that poor Frank Knight, in his arms, and, mingling his dying admoni. who has joined them in wickedness, has found tions to them with fervent prayer to God for that there is nothing but real religion will do them, bade them all "good-bye,” in a man. ner overwhelmingly affecting; adding, I
on a dying bed; tell them that Christ died for shall soon be in glory."
sinners, and that I have found pardon and
peace through His blood ; tell them I would From eight o'clock in the evening of the 2nd not exchange my bed of affliction for the throne of April until three in the morning of the 3rd, of the greatest monarch in the world, to be he was in a perfect ecstacy of bliss, standing, deprived of the love of God in my heart.”. seemingly, on the very threshold of heaven
The night before he died, when he was in itself. Some of the many rapturous express- a violent agony, he said, “ Sweet affliction ! ions he then uttered, in the transports of his sweet affliction! My pain of body is, indeed, soul were the following: “Oh! to think that so great, no tongue can describe it ; but my Christ died for the redemption of bis people, joy in Jesus is a thousand times greater-it is and that he died for me! Yes," said the dying inexpressible. I shall soon be with my blessed man, with a peculiar emphasis, " for poor, Lord. But can this be dying? I am so wicked me! Ah!" said he, “ interest in Christ happy! How delightful! Come, Lord Jesus, is everything. It is the having and realizing and take me home! Oh! happy, happy, happy an interest in the precious blood of the Lamb, home! I long to be at home. I now am not which affords me this solid pleasure now. afraid to die, for Death has lost his sting ; Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not yes, Death has lost his sting! I shall soon all His benefits ; who forgiveth all thine ini. be singing his praises for ever and ever; yes, quities ; who healeth all thy diseases ; who for ever and ever for ever and ever! More redeemeth_thy life from destruction; who happy I cannot be here, and crowneth thee with loving-kindness and ten, der mercies,' Oh!" continued he,
"If such the sweetness of the streams,
What must the fountain be!'" not a brand plucked out of the fire? Yes! plucked out of the fire? Yes, poor wicked In this truly happy state he continued with Frank is plucked out of the fire! What an little variation to the last hour of his life, and unspeakable mercy to be plucked out of the died easily on the 12th of April
, 1856. fire! Ah! he is merciful to sinners. Tell Reader, what think you? Is it well noe my fellow-workmen-tell everybody-God is with the once poor, wicked Frank," as he merciful to sinners ; for poor, wicked Frank styled himself? Is there not, think you, Knight has found him so. He has pardoned something real and profitable in religion? my sins; he has washed me in his precious Were Frank Knight's raptures the mere blood ; he has made me white in the blood of dreams of a superstitious fancy? Were they the Lamb." After this manner he continued not the sober joys of a thoroughly sane mind? almost without the least interruption for hours, Can you now, even if you would, think the while his listening friends were sitting around Bible a cunningly devised fable ? Is such him, swallowed up in wonder, gratitude, and Christianity as this mere priestcraft?, Can joy. At length one of his sisters suggested to that doctrine be but a base fraud, which prohim that he would most likely exhaust him- duces such results ? Contrast the end of the self by 80 much talking. This remark, irreligious and the infidel with this man's. however, only served to feed and fan the Let conscience speak for once. Is there pot flame. " What !” said he, with increas- a conviction in your mind which you can ing energy and rapture, “ exhaust myself !– neither suppress nor gainsay, that it is well Cease talking of the love of Jesus
! No! I with him. But, what was the secret of his never can. I must, I will praise him as long happiness P He himself tells you. It as a As I have breath! See what he has done for realised interest in the pardoning blood and
He has washed me in his precious, justifying righteousness of the Lord Jesus
Christ. Without this, reader, it can be well | jority are Methodists, and nearly all the others with no man! With this it must be well are (more or less) Arminians in sentiment, and with any man !-well in life! well in death! there are none, even of those who call themwell for ever!
selves Calvinists, who preach the doctrine of (This beautiful narrative can be had sepa- the gospel clearly, and unmixed with duty. rately of “The Baptist Tract Society,” at faith. Å good man, a Baptist minister, told Houlston and Wright's, Paternoster-row, 25 me but a few days since, that he believes in the copies for 4d.]
doctrine of election, and that it is clearly set
forth in the Scriptures, but he does not be. GOOD NEWS FROM CANADA. lieve in preaching it; and I judge from others
I have heard that they all view it in the same To the Editor of the EARTHEN VESSEL. light. Hence, we never hear the great docMY DEAR BELOVED BROTHER.-I gladly em
trines of the gospel said much about, except brace this opportunity to write you a few lines. in private conversation, while duty-faith is May the Holy Spirit of all truth and grace urged upon the universal mass of people, and enable me so to write that we may hold com- this, I believe, is the reason of the weak 'state munion with each other in things concerning of the churches, even where they are numerithe kingdom and grace of the Lord Jesus cally strong. Christ. “That which we have seen and heard The Baptist cause is very low in the eastern declare we unto you, that ye also may have part of this province; we have no standard fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship erected in this town, with a population of 6,000 is with the Father and with his Son Jesus or 7,000, except a week-night prayer-meeting, Christ. And these things write we unto you when there is often no one but myself and the that your joy may be full.” 1 John i. 3, 4. sister at whose bouse we meet. I am united
When I wrote you before I little thought with a church a few miles back in the country, that my letter would appear in the Vessel, but we are far from being in a healthy and as it did in August. On the same day that it prosperous condition. Oh! that I might here reached me, I also received a letter from my see the daughter of Zion arise and shake her. beloved friends of Hill-street Chapel, Dorset- self from the dust, and put on her beautiful square, in answer to one I had sent them. garments. May the Lord pour out upon us My soul was truly humbled within me in view his Holy Spirit, and revive his own work in of the solemn position I occupied, and I was this part of his vinyard, that we may stand led to cry to God for mercy lest I should be forth before the world - clear as the sun, fair deceived myself, or be deceiving you, who are as the moon, and terrible as an army with his own beloved people; but, thanks be to banners." But, alas! truth hangs her head God, sinful and unworthy as 'I truly am, I like a bulrush, and often sits alone in silent am not left without hope according to his sorrow and breathes this prayer, "Help, Lord, word, but humbly trust that I share in his for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful love with all his saints. Hereby we know fail from among the children of men.” Ps. that he abideth in us, by the spirit which he xii. 1. But, thank God, that there are a few hath given us." 1 John iii. 24.
kindred spirits who meet here, and rejoice I thank you for the answer to my last, together in the hope of the gospel. I have which I read with much pleasure, and I hope witnessed the ordinance of baptism but once with some real profit; you entered deeply into during the two years I have been in Canada. my feelings; and it is this ononess of spirit Last November, our minister baptised one with God's people, that is an evidence to me female in the river Moira, in the presence of a that I am born again; and I have the wit- large assembly composed chiefly of Wesleyans ness of this truth also within me viz., and Roman Catholics. We sung at the river ** They that fear thy name will be glad when side the 822nd bymn, in Denham's Selection. they see me." Ps. cxix. 74. So that while I Our pastor preached to a large audience from love those, who by the light of truth stand Acts viii. 35-39, and nobly defended the manifest to my conscience as the children of truth as set forth in this much dispised ordi. God, these are the very people who eare most nance. Truly it was a good day to my soul, for my company; this humbles me in the dust, and I felt much comforted and cncouraged. but it brings sweet comfort to my soul, and There are one or two others whose hearts I strengthens me to pursue my journey, which believe the Lord has opened, and enlightened I travel much alone, and often almost in the their minds on the subject; may the love of dark; and I find it to be a narrow road, with Christ constrain them to follow him through but here and there a traveller.
the water, and may be ever lead them in The cause of God and truth is very low paths of righteousness for his own name sake. here; there is a great deal of religion, but My dear sir, I hope I shall over feel thank. very little real godliness; nevertheless, the ful to God for his good providence in sending Lord is the same in every place to the soul the Vessel amongst us, and to his servants that seeks his face, and we have much to be for their work and labor of love in supplying thankful for here; we enjoy, unmolested, the it with gospel matter every month. In some Sabbath-day, with all its privileges, and the parts of America, in our "church covenant" word of God is freely and widely circu- with each other, we engage to“ esteem our pas. lated through almost every part of this vast tor very highly in love for his work's sake," country; and noble edifices are reared for the &c. This may be done never so solemny, but worship of God by almost every denomination unless God commend their ministry to our of professing Christians ; but the great ma- consciences we can never fulfil our agreement;
and if he make his word through them precious form of a branch church. In former days, to our souls, we do love them “ for their that plan was carried out extensively. Thus work's sake;" and cannot do otherwise, whe- to the old Baptist church in Colchester, Essex, ther we have given our word this, or that way. there was no less than ten branches of that And can I help loving those dear servants of church, and seven ministering elders, the God, whose words are like ointment poured pastor visiting them every quarter. forth in my soul, while I read in the VEBSEL It seems our friends at Maidstone are privi. such as “Advantages of the Sanctuary” (in leged to have the gospel through the medium April No.), and many, many other such sa of the gift called ". Helps." However, for voury pieces ? I am glad to be able to tell you some, to me unaccountable reason, such good that your labor in Canada is not in vain in ministers of Jesus Christ, ordained by the the Lord; I have heard four or five of the Holy Spirit, are not thought fit and proper dear children of God in this neighbourhood to wait upon the Church at the table of ihe speak of the instruction and comfort they Lord; thus making the Supper to stand have received from the VESSEL. I have now ecclesiastically above the preaching of the ten subscribers for the Vessel; and three for glorious gospel. I have always thought the Gospel Standard. These two works I prize that what the gospel is in word, the Supper more than all the other means of grace I am was in figure, and that a commission to now favoured to enjoy. This is saying a preach the gospel involved the right to attend great deal, but I think that I am not quite to the administration of baptism, and the alone in this.
celebration of the Supper. Protestant nonA short time since, a dear brother wished conforming Christians know nothing of cleme to write you, and tell you how we get on rical supremacy; we are all in that sense laity. in gospel matters here, and how highly we The gifts of the Spirit are for the edification value the VESSEL. I told him I would of the church, and ordination by the church, like to write, but I had been wishing to is only the recognition of a pastoral relation send you (for the VE88BL) some pecuni- among themselves. It can give no office stand. ary help just at this time of need; we ding elsewhere. Then, if an ordained mini
once agreed each to give something, ister of one church comes to supply in the and I sent around a subscription sheet to the gospel another, he comes to them as a friends of the VESSEL ; a copy of which I en is in relation to a people so assisted. There
Help ;” and is what the itinerant brother close, with the result, which you will please to accept; I feel that it is a very small sum is a simplicity, as well as sacredness, in the indeed to send so far, but we have done what gospel rule. A church may exist where God wo could, and although it be but a trifle, I has not raised up a pastor, and though one so to believe it is given cheerfully, and for the fill office is desirable, and should be prayed truth's sake.
for, we ought not to suppose that gifts for
mutual edification do not exist in the body. May the Lord make you glad with his Let the church meet and break bread among countenance, and bless you abundantly, that themselves. It is a commemoration, not an you may abound in every good word and work. administration. They are gifted to think, I have just been looking over the inventory of your estate ; I see there are infinite resources pray, and to receive out of the fulness of of exhaustless wealth, eternally secure, and a plicity and sincerity, "Do this in remem
Jesus ; and surely, they may in godly simcrown of glory that fadeth not away; you will brance " of their Divine Lord. find it in 1 Cor. iii. 21, 22, 23, and i Peter This brings to my remembrance a meeting v. 4. Yours in Christian love,
of gracious souls held many years ago, monthly,
WILLIAM PECK. at the house of a friend at Camberwell, for Belleville, Canada West, North America,
prayer and converse on spiritual subjects. July 11, 1857.
At such meetings, we enjoyed the communi
cations of the late G. Francis, of Snow's-fields, P.S. - If you meet with Mr. Foreman, and J. Castleden, of Hampstead. We had no please give my Christian regards to him, with 1 ordained pastor of a church amongst us, but all my friends at Mount Zion Chapel. we had the gracious aids of the Holy Ghost,
the Enlightener and Comforter, and we broke
bread together in the name of the Lord, to LETTER FROM H. DOWLING mutual edification ; and during my twenty
one years of pastoral service at Colchester, if to
preach the gospel beyond them I left home (To the Editor of the EARTHEN VESSEL),
on an ordinance day, the church always met,
one of the deacons, being the most gifted, was MY DEAR BROTHER IN THE LORD.-In invited for the time being to preside at the your January (1857) number, a Baptist church table, and I have no doubt the presence and near Maidstone, designated “A Little Sis- blessing of a God of love was with them. ter,” states that they have only had the I hope our “ Little Sister," who hath no Supper of the Lamb six or seven times in breasts, will take courage, and meet to " dithree years; and why? Because they have vide it among themselves,” feeding on Jesus not had the aid of what is called an or- by faith, free from the trammols of men, and dained minister. It is a question whether the mere formalily of external services. such churches would not be better provided Yours in our one glorious Christ, for, as to pastoral relation, by their standing
HENRY DOWLING. related to a church in the neighbourhood in Tasmania, Australia, April 1, 1857.