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"\RUCIFIED with Christ,”
“ Buried with Him,” too ;
I awake anew.
That free gift is mine ;
bought” for me
" Thou shalt surely die,” Heaven gave forth The Word,
• Lo, I come! 'tis I!”
Taking sin away!
He that lives for aye!
Mrs. Joseph FEARN, Author of " Plain Rhymes on the Pentateuch,” &c.
1 Thess, iv. 14-17. MY Y thought is of a day, just such as any other, when, as the twilight
spreads, there rise and float above the land of Palestine rich clouds that linger in the light of eve, till sinks the glow and sunset closes into starry night. The heavens are flecked with clouds that gather upwards till the stars are hidden ; while the meridian, onward, ever onward, bears until it touches on the zenith-touches, and then the hush of night is broken-broken by the voice of the archangel, and the sound of a silver trumpet. Soft, and yet clear, the melody is heard ; but heard by only faithful listening ears. Are many such within Immanuel's land, whose thrilling hearts cry out, “ Messiah comes ?”
Low-lying in the dust the myriads hear, and these at once respond; upspringing from the tomb, and wending, like a stream of vivid light, their way to pierce the skies. And swiftly onward moves the midnight hour, its mystic shadows cast o'er land and sea ; and still, from grassy graves and ocean's wastes, the wakening dead arise, and join the glorious throng. It passes over homes where living saints are waiting, watching for the Lord." These are the longing, loving ones; and they are changed and caught away. And thus around our silent earth, where heedless slumberers forgetful lie, amid the tender lights and sombre shadows deep, the solemn hour glides on, and gathers as it goes. At length its course is done. Jerusalem again beneath the zenith lies ; mute darkness reigns awhile; and then another morning breaks upon the earth. But they have gone to be " for ever with the
M. v. S.
of this year,
COLERIDGE ON THE SECOND furtherant to the preparation of ADVENT.
my soul and of Tby Church, for DEAR SIR,—The following note the advent of Thy Kingdom, that may perhaps interest some of your I should be led into the right be. readers. The celebrated philosopher lief respecting the second coming and poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, of the Son of Man into the world, whom Charles Lamb aptly and the
mind wittily described as " an archangel quickened into quietness and singlea little damaged,” was, it is well ness of sight.” W. MAUDE. known, very much in the habit of
Liscard, Birkenhead. largely annotating the books he read, and some of his interesting marginalia, not hitherto given to
" THE TIME OF THE END." the world, were published in Black- SIR,- A word with Mr. T. C. wood's Magazine recently. Among Westfield, if you please, with rethe books from which these margina- ference to his paper in January No. lia are taken, now in the British
“ The Time of the Museum, is a copy of Ben Ezra's End.” Mr. Westfield writes thus : Coming of Messiah in Glory and “ The commencement of the Grand Majesty, valuable prophetic Gallery, without doubt, symbolises work, now very scarce, translated the Birth of our Lord” and, he from the Spanish, and magnificently adds, “Consequently the beginprefaced by the well-known Edward ning of the present dispensation." Irving. Near the end of this Now, I admit (pyramidically) the volume Coleridge writes : “ In all first clause, but in reference to the these marginal notes since those on “ Consequently,” or second clause, the first part of this pre-discourse, I wish to ask a question, which I have written in the character of a I asked Mr. Piazzi Smyth, in Nov., convert to Mr. Irving's main 1878, but which he declined to kupuypa or tenet—the second personal coming of the crucified Son In a work entitled “ Philitis," of Mary. What I object, there. by a Mr. C. Casey, which professes fore, is not objected against the to be an epitome of Mr. Piazzi doctrine, but in support of it in- Smyth's account of the Great directly, at least by removing this Pyramid, it is written that, “ There or that obstacle, this or that un- is, on entering the Grand Gallery, necessary difficulty in the way of a square sepulchral aperture, from its reception.”
the bottom of which a passage At the end of the book Coleridge leads westerly for a short space to breaks out into this remarkable and the edge of a subterranean passage beautiful prayer:
just before it falls into the Hades “O, Almighty God, Absolute Chamber—of course, the grave.” Good, Eternal I Am ! Ground of It is furthermore said that this my being, Author of my existence, shows the date of Calvary, the birth and its ultimate end ! mercifully of the Lord having been thirty-three cleanse my heart, enlighten my years previously. understanding, and strengthen my Now, I ask Mr. Westfield, will; that if it be needful or whether the length of 1882 inches
in the Grand Gallery is to a point pyramid architect bas made some below or above the sepulcbral mark of 334 inches, to note the aperture, or whether there is any length of the Lord's life, and not have distinguishing feature at the lower included it in the 1882 inches. end of the Grand Gallery that If not, then the question arisespoints to the length of The Lord's Considering the dispensational Life ? i.e., 33} inches.
character of the Lord's life, what My reason for asking the question do the termini of the gallery of in reference to Mr. Westfield's 1882 inches point to ? second clause above, will now be Again. Mr. Westfield says, plain. It is this. The present, or “Measuring over the step, however, Christian dispensation cannot, would considerably extend the Scripturally, be said to commence period." Has this any reference till the resurrection of the Lord, or to the above? and what is the till the day of Pentecost. During extra measure ? Be it further reHis life the Lord Jesus
membered, that the Christian age without detracting from any other terminates with the translation of element of His great work of the Church, the body of Christ, Salvation - a divinely vicarious into heaven, according to 1 Thess. Israelite in perfect obedience to the iv., an event that is said to occur Law, fulfilling it, and making seven years before the so-called an end of it, as a principle of end of the world, and appearance righteousness in His death (Rom. in glory and power of the Lord x. 4). See also Gal. iii. 23, 24: Jesus. Those seven years will be “ Before faith came," i.e., faith in anti-Christian ; 3 years of dua risen Christ as the source of plicity and flattery (Dan. ix. 27, x. justification, men were shut up 21), and 3} years of blasphemy and under law; His death, therefore,
persecution. Then, the crisis of terminated the Legal Age..
the world's doom (Rev. xix. 11 to If divinely instructed it would end).
H. GOODWYN. seem extremely probable that the Reading
Eloh-heem the True God. Solar
Light the Garment of the Lord.
flowers are exquisitely beautiful.
Divine and Human. London :
character of the same publisher's its character. Its arrangement “ Biblical Things Not Generally presents a page for every day in Known,” perhaps somewhat more the year. Many of the pages are critical. The writer makes good from the same authors. The biouse of the two versions now before graphical notes which precede have the English-speaking world, that been gathered chiefly from Foxe and of 1611 and that of 1881, and has the Parker Society. Many of the specially in view Sunday School extracts are precious gems. Some Teachers. He has really laid them of them are such atrocious libels on under obligation by these Notes; God that their reproduction in this but, of course, they will be useful year of grace surprises us. Surely to any person who reads them. Mr. Bockett cannot be ignorant of
the clearer light shed upon
the A Chapiet for the Church. Original Divine character during the past
Christian Melodies. By John
New Covenant Ordinances and Or. don : Elliot Stock.
der. The Word, Sacraments and Tue simple outpourings of a thank
Prayer. Practical Reflections in ful heart on a number of religious
Rhyme. Stock. subjects, suggested by texts of A Quaint production, neither poetry Scripture. Indeed, they are poetical nor prose, showing, in its own way, commentaries on texts from which
the writer's notions about baptism, this excellent evangelical clergyman inspiration, and so forth. bas, no doubt, often preached, and The School Hymnal.
London : they express the feelings of devout E. Marlborough & Co., 51, Old believers everywhere.
Bailey. Some Triumphs and Trophies of the This volume contains 313 hymns
Light of the World. By the for use in schools and families. late Dr. MARGOLIOUTH. London: Some are well-known favourites ; Elliot Stock.
others are to be found only in A BRIEF memoir of this very in
comparatively rare books; whilst teresting convert from Judaism to many have not hitherto appeared Christianity precedes his papers,
in any printed collection. It is one which are on “ The Feast of Ho.
of the results of corrupt theology shana Rabba; What think ye of
that so many hymns are put into Christ? The Claims of the House
the lips of children which are at of Jacob; The Feast of the Pass
once contrary to reason and Scripover; and, It is the Day of Atone
ture. People do not wish to dio ment.” Very touching is the story
and go to heaven. It is not true; of Moses Margoliouth's enlighten
and it is cruel to make children ment, and very valuable are his
sing that which fills their young papers in this volume.
hearts with gloom. This little book,
although it is not free from blemish The Speaking Dead ; or, Select Ex
in this respect, is a great improvetracts from the Writings of the
ment in the way of healthy hymns Reformers and Martyrs. Ву
for Sunday Schools. It would be B. BRADNEY Bockett, M.A.
a blessing to the world if one-half Oxon., Vicar of Epsom, Surrey. of the hymns sung throughout London : Elliot Stock.
Christendom on Sunday were deThe sub-title of this book describes stroyed. We know what we say.
I Flagazine of Christian Literature, with Special Reference to the
Bebealed Future of the Church and the Ellorld.
SUBJUGATION OF THE WORLD. “ Thou hast made Me the Head of the heathen” (Psa. xviii. 43).
** Nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee, because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for He hath glorified thee" (Isa. iv, 5).
“ He must reiun, till He hath put all enemies under His feet. ... All things shall be subdued unto Him" (1 Cor. xv. 25, 28). THE conflict between good and evil in our world has continued
long. Shall it ever come to an end ? Will the tremendous struggle, of which it has been the theatre for six thousand years, be prolonged indefinitely ? Shall another long series of generations be born, suffer, groan, and die without any solvent of the fearful mystery, or any sign of an end to the dismal warfare ?
Who that has thought at all has not often put such questions as these to himself? The most sensitive of men, the most humane and tender-hearted, are the greatest sufferers from the sights and sounds of woe that haunt society. It is positively an affliction to be benevolent. Terrible must be the condition of things in a world where the most God-like men are the most distressed on account of " the evils that are done under the sun," and where you are almost tempted to envy the man who is destitute of sympathetic feelings, and who passes through life in utter indifference to the calamities that percolate through every crevice of this rent and shattered world. There is not a human habitation, from the most gorgeous palace that glitters in the orient light to the wigwam of the red Indian or the snow hut of the poor Greenlander, where sorrow has not entered. There is no human heart that has not felt the pressure of some grief. All souls are stained by the inherited corruption, all bodies are marked by the signs of mortality, all nations are full of the deadly leprosy of sin, and all efforts hitherto employed to check or counteract these mournful evils have been only like a light shining in the darkness, which a few have followed, but which the overwhelming majority have despised, “comprehending it not.”