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All was calm in a moment-and soon was I rushing

To worship in awe where that blessed cross stood;
My sin and His love sent the tears thickly gushing,

How I long'd to be wash'd in my Saviour's blood!
I awoke—'twas a dream-but this truth is remaining,

That Wisdom is found in our clinging to God;
And Faith is the only true friend for sustaining
Our steps in the path which Immanuel trod.




(For the Christian Guardian.)
'Tis a goodly bark that hath spread her sails

For a land that is far away,
For a balmy land, where the fragrant gales

In the tufts of the palm trees play.

They are priests of Christ, who would plough the wave,

Where the waters are dim and cold ;
There are souls of men they would seek and save,

That are far from their guarded fold.

Where the fanes are dread, as a tiger's den,

Where they carve them the forest trees; And the shapeless idols are lords of men;

Will they rest from the troubled seas ?

Are they bound for shores that in fair Cathay

Have been printed by Christian feet ;
Where they ploughed and sowed in the ages grey,

But the brambles have choked the wheat ?

Where the fields are white, where the fields are void,

And the husbandmen faint and worn, In the hidden vales, on the mountain side,

Will they garner their master's corn?


ye heed awhile, and a cry shall come From the blood of the newly slain, On the winds of heaven, o'er the ocean foam,

Sullen answers of grief and pain.

It is not to havens of fair Cathay,

Where their brethren have gone before;
Tho’ the brambles have grown o'er the trodden way,

And the foot-prints are seen no more.

It is not to thickets of briar and thorn

That they haste with the branch of life;
But amongst the flow'rs, and amongst the corn,

They will scatter the seeds of strife,

In a pleasant isle, that hath long been sown,

That hath budded in Christian eyes, Shall the Rose of Eden be trampled down,

When the seeds from the furrows rise.

They have ploughed the seas, they have furled the sail,

In the haven so far away;
They have come unscathed by the sea-ward gale,

And, alas ! for the evil day!

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There are fearful gleams; it may not be long,

Ere the fires of the latter days,
That have slumbered ages—unseen yet strong-

Shall be fierce with a sevenfold blaze.


Ye will rule the lands for a little space,

(There are signs in the troubled sky,)
But the sealed of earth, with a quiet face,

your furnace will calmly die :
And will yield no word of the precious faith

That is writ in their Saviour's blood;
And will add no word that a creature saith,

Though ye bind them like furnace wood.
We are feeble flesh, and we dare not say

We are sealed for a doom so dread;
But we pray for strength in our trial day-
In the path that is strait to tread.


Review of Books.

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the third year:

CERTAINLY the value of books is not mily; but at the close of the first proportioned to their magnitude :- year he found that the Lord had proshere is a little work, within the reach pered him far beyond his expectaof all for the matter of a few pence, tions. This, instead of elating, had which is better calculated to elu- the effect of humbling him. He cidate, and exemplify, and enforce thought that God was trying him by the genuine and healthful spirit prosperity. At the close of the of practical Christianity, than all the second year he found that he had dusty folios on the student's shelves; been still more prosperous, and the yes, and to allure men into a life of effect on his mind was similar. The Christian devotedness, by the evi- same was also the case at the end of dence of its present luxury as well as

This was a good future reward.

sign: it showed that he had a tender We hope that all our readers will conscience. He thought of God in possess themselves of a copy of the

his prosperity, and had an increasing Religious Tradesman. The narrative sense of his own unworthiness and so strikingly illustrates all that we

responsibility. haye said in our preceding article on “Though deeply engaged in busi“ The Spirit of Benevolence,” that

ness, he was constantly devising new without further comment, we shall ways of doing good. He felt a lively proceed to give our readers copious interest in sabbath schools. One extracts.

season, he engaged with some others Norman Smith was born in Ame

in establishing a sabbath school to rica, in 1800. “He commenced bu- teach adult foreigners to read. Anosiness with capital advanced by his ther season, he walked from two to father, which his success soon enabled three miles on sabbath mornings to him to repay. He did not expect to sustain a sabbath school in a destido much more than support his fa- tute district. He often visited the


poor-house, to converse with and in- that needeth. It is, therefore, my struct its inmates.

purpose to engage in my business “ In the early part of 1829, he had that I may serve God in it, and with great doubt whether it was not his the expectation of getting to give.' duty to relinquish his business, in From that time it was observed part at least, that he might have more by all who knew him, that he made time to do good. At that time he rapid progress in religion. There called to converse on this subject with was a fervour and engagedness of the writer. He said, 'that he found spirit, a purity and elevation of aim, his business engrossed too much of that could not be misunderstood or his time and attention : he wished to concealed. He rose toward heaven be in a situation more favourable for like the lark of the morning; his the cultivation of personal religion business was kept in its proper and doing good to others; and as he place, subordinate to the high purhad acquired property enough for pose of serving God; and he found himself and family, he felt a desire to his path henceforward plain and unretire, that he might enjoy more quiet obstructed. and leisure. In reply it was said to “ One subject seemed to engross him—The Lord has plainly indicated his mind, that of doing good ; and how you are to glorify him in the much good did God enable him to world. He has greatly prospered you do. Besides many large donations in your business; the channels of made in aid of various objects prewealth are open, and their streams vious to his death, he bequeathed at are flowing in upon you, and it would his decease nearly thirty thousand be wrong for you to obstructor dollars (£6,250) to the various benediminish them. Let them rather flow volent societies of the day. The wider and deeper. Only resolve that amount designated for these societies you will pursue your business from a in his will was thirteen thousand two sense of duty, and use all that God hundred dollars (£2,750). But they may give you for his glory and the were also made residuary legatees of good of your fellow men; and your property which he would have disbusiness, like reading the Bible or tributed while living, had it been worship on the sabbath, will be to you practicable, without loss, to withdraw a means of grace; instead of hinder- it from his business. To a brother, ing, it will help you in the divine life, on his dying bed, he said—Do good and greatly increase your means of with your substance while living, and usefulness. The effect of the conver- as you have opportunity ; otherwise, sation was not known at the time, but when you come to die you will be at from an entry made in a journal a loss to know what distribution it is which he began to keep about that best you should make of it. The period, it appears that the purpose trouble and care of such a distribuwas then formed to continue his busi- tion in a dying hour, I think, should ness, and to conduct it on the prin- be avoided by every Christian, by ciples recommended.

disposing of his property, while in life " "The Lord,' he remarks. ‘has and health, as the Lord should prosmade the path of duty plain before per him, and present opportunities of

I have been in much doing good.' Sound advice. Strange doubt as to the duty of continuing that many Christians should hold my present business. My mind has with such tenacity their property till become settled; I have determined death approaches, and then, as if to to continue it, and trust it is not in snatch it from the hands of the pale order to grow rich. I dare not be messenger, give it in their last will to rich. I would not be rich. “They be distributed when they are gone." that will be rich fall into tempta- “ In personal and domestic expention,” &c. I believe the Lord has led diture he studied Christian economy. me and inclined me to pursue my

While he denied himself no reasonbusiness, not to increase in riches, able comfort, it was his habit to conbut that I may have to give to him sider what things he might dispense


For a year


with, that he might have the more to “Ye are the light of the world. If all give for charitable purposes. Modest Christians were like me, how dark and unassuming in his natural cha- indeed would be this world! The racter, he thought it not consistent Christian's light should be on a canwith the simplicity of the Gospel, for dlestick, to give light to all that are one professing godliness to follow in the house. * Let your light so the customs and fashions of the shine,' &c. Resolved, by the grace world. While others were enlarging of God, to live wholly to Him.'." their expenditure, he studied re- And a short time before his death trenchment in all things.

As an ex- he said, he “feared that at the judgample—the house in which he lived ment-day it would be found he had would not have been thought extra- not done enough for the poor. It vagant, considering his means; but was not enough that we should attend he felt that his influence as a Chris- to the wants that come to our knowtian would be impaired, if he should ledge, we must look them out.' be suspected of imitating the extra- The end of this Christian man was vagance into which multitudes have peace," he seemed to have caught a been allured by prosperity. This led vision of the glories of heaven; sayhim to the determination to sell his ing, when his utterance had almos house, and for some time previous to ceased — Home-home-I see the his death he held it at the disposal of New Jerusalem—They praise Him-Providence, using it, while in his they praise Him. hands, for entertaining God's ser- “ He clasped his hands, and while vants and for religious meetings. apparently engaged in prayer, breath

“ Though kind and amiable in his ed his last, and his soul ascended to disposition, he was not naturally dis- the bosom of his Saviour and his God, posed to be liberal or free in the use on the morning of Friday, Oct. 25, of property. When he set out in the 1833, at the age of 33." world, it was with the purpose to be The writer proceeds to give some rich. But grace opened his heart, and valuable observations on this memoir, taught him that the only valuable use from which we must make some brief of money is to do good with it; a les- extracts. And, first, he observes son which he emphatically exemplified thatin practice, and which made him an “1. The great secret of a useful instrument of good, the extent of life is a humble devoted piety. It was which can never be known till it is this, kept alive and active by much revealed at the last day.”

prayer in private, and daily walking And yet amidst all, Mr. Smith's with God, that made Mr. Smith so humility was most striking. The fol- fruitful in good devices, and studious lowing is an extract from his diary :- of opportunities to be useful. This

“ Nov. 11, 1830. — This is my gave him tenderness of spirit, and a birth-day; thirty years of my life are benevolent concern for the good of spent—it is a solemn thought. It others; directed him in the use and seems as if almost all of it had been distribution of his property; gave worse than wasted. In looking back fervour and efficacy to his prayers; upon the sins of my childhood and and enabled him to exert a decided youth, and since I became of age- Christian influence wherever he was, how vast is their magnitude! Those and in whatever he was engaged. that I can bring to mind should over- Let this example be imitated by whelm me:

but how few can I Christians, who, like him, are called remember! Oh, what will be ex- to engage in the toils and business of hibited in the great day! Lord, wash life. It is not leisure, or talents, or them all away. May they not rise up learning, or elevated station, which a in judgment to condemn me. My Christian so much needs to enable sins of omission, how great! How him to be useful, as a spirit of living, little Christian light have I exhibited! active piety. With such a spirit, a Oh! that I might begin to live to Christian who has one talent, can do Christ. He says to his followers. more than he who has ten, without it.


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