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we would commend a cold and formal tivity, and brings its noblest powers system of religion, and discourage into healthful exercise. The brightthe ardent and irrepressible desires of est talents are consecrated in unan overflowing heart. Oh, no! that reserved devotion to the service of religion which is destitute of enthusi- the Lord; and the deep tide of love asm wants an important proof of its which rises in the heart of a Christian, heavenly origin. The dweller in some bears him fearless on through many ice-bound region may pass his wintry a perilous enterprise and toilsome days in the coldness of a frigid insen- undertaking. In moments of wearisibility, but he whose home is cast ness and difficulty, when all outward beneath the genial beams of a cloud- stimulus has ceased, he is sustained less sun, must have caught its glow- by the never-failing principle which ing influence. The Gospel of Jesus regulates all his actions. Christ, wherever it meets with a cor- May this principle, dear young dial reception, arouses every dormant

friends, be yours. energy of the mind into life and ac

C. C.

LAST DAYS OF A YOUNG OFFICER.

I FORGET whether you remember After the exposition was over, we that we have two nephews and a sang that hymn which begins with niece (orphans) in whom we have always felt particularly interested. “Show pity, Lord; O Lord, forgive! A- the eldest, has been abroad in Let a repenting sinner live.” the West Indies and Canada, and having lately returned to England, he When all had left the room but his was living at a club-house in London, uncle and myself, A- burst into among the officers of the “regiment, tears, saying, “There is no hope for in which he was a lieutenant. We me, I am such a sinner!” His uncle heard he was looking ill. and went to

thanked God mentally for this proof see him, and perceiving how ill he that His Spirit was given him, and really was, we invited him to come which appeared so wonderfully to and stay with us in the country, for

have convinced of sin. We then told change of air. He came, and we felt our dear nephew that “the blood of much anxiety respecting his spiritual Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin, state; for it was evident to us and to and though his might be red like others that death was upon him, but crimson they should be white as we had no indications of preparation

snow.” Monday, Tuesday, and for his great change until the memo- Wednesday, our dear invalid continrable Sunday, the 28th of August. ued earnestly to seek for pardon, and He said to me on that memorable on Wednesday afternoon he said to afternoon, “that if we would only me, “I am beginning to see much have our own servants in at evening clearer into the way and plan of salfamily prayer, he should wish to at- vation than I ever expected to do.” tend; but that when the neighbours The following Saturday I went up to were admitted, the room was so close bid him good night, as I always did, he could not breathe.”

Of course,

after he was in bed, and observed he his wish was complied with, and his was in tears, but I left the room uncle took the 1st verse of the 8th without seeming to notice them. The chapter of Romans, “There is there- next morning, when he came down fore now no condemnation to them stairs, his sister being in the room which are in Christ Jesus, who walk with me, he said, “After you left me not after the flesh but after the spirit;" last night, aunt, I had all my sins upon which he spoke at some length. brought fresh before my mind, and for some time I felt as if I must be

evening, a few days before his death, lost for ever, and I was miserable! as this

friend was sitting by him, on but, by and by, faith was given to me, the lawn before the house, and adand I was enabled to see the efficacy miring the peaceful country scene of the blood of Christ to wash away before them, he asked him—if he did all my sins, and to reconcile me to not enjoy it? He replied, “ Yes, but God, and the peace, comfort, and joy I have such inward peace, that I feel I felt no one can believe.

outward things make little difference He lived after this only to the 14th

to me. I could be quite as happy in September, but he never lost his con- a garret in London, as here.” It was fidence. His faith increased daily, delightful to be with him, and to beand he received every Scriptural truth hold the power of Divine Grace in with the docility of a little child. He turning the rebel into a child. In now expressed a wish to see a friend, reading Scripture he chose all those who had formerly spoken to him upon portions descriptive of the pardoned religious subjects, but to whom he sinner; such as the 7th of Luke, from then turned a deaf ear.

But no

the 36th verse, &c. What a happy sooner were his natural powers sanc- instance of Divine power and mercy tified by Divine Grace, than he begged was this dear young officer, when he this gentleman might be sent for, and laid down his arms of rebellion at the he came, and rejoiced to see exempli- feet of his Heavenly King, and enfied in our dear sufferer, that pro- listed in that army, named in Rev. xx. mise—“thy people shall be willing in 14, clothed in fine linen, white and the day of my power.” One fine clean.'

Poetry,

“I ONLY WANT THE ROSE."

(For the Christian Guardian.)

“A pious child in India, when dying, called to his mother for some flowers. She gave him some; but separating his favourite from all the others, he said, “I only want the rose, Mamma!'- From a Letter by Mrs. Fletcher, in Chorley's Memorials of Mrs. Hemans. Vol. I. p. 182.

To her sick child a mother brought
Some flowers, with those rich odours

fraught
Which summer's breath bestows;
The dying boy his fingers laid
Upon his favourite flower, and said,

“I only want the Rose.”

And thus when death approaches near,
And whispers in the Christian's ear

That now his days must close,
In vain you tell him Fame will fling
Flowers on his grave through many a

spring-
He only wants the Rose.

Oh, thus, when o'er the sinner's soul He only asks to view the face Dread thoughts of coming judgment Of Jesus, Lord of Love and Grace, roll,

Where Heaven's sweet sunlight And Hope no refuge shows;

glows; The flowers of pleasure lose their hue, Long have earth's gaudiest flowers For Christ he sighs, the Good, the for him True

Been scentless, colourless and dim He only wants the Rose.

He only wants the Rose.

M. N.

265

PROTESTANT MINSTRELSY.-No. V.

(For the Christian Guardian.)

THE MARTYR’S SHROUD.

In more than one instance it is recorded, that the garments in which the martyrs suffered had been expressly prepared for the occasion by friends.

In cloisters old, the weary nun Oh

never yet, by fingers small, Toiled, with her wasted hands, Was wrought a work so fair Till the fair altar-cloth was done As hers, whose shining tear-drops fall A gift for Christian lands.

Amongst her loosened hair : Deftly, the cunning needle wrought, Their mother toiling silently, With silk and twisted gold,

With the rude hempen thread, Till many a dim monastic thought And folding, calmly, on her knee By flower and leaf was told.

The raiment of the deadAnd when, on high and solemn days, Raiment that never shall be wound

It glimmered from the shrine, About the martyr's clay, The church accounted Mary's praise, Where kindly hands have shaped the Pale sister! surely thine.

mound,

And torn the weeds away.
And erring, read amongst the flowers,
Sweet rose and lily white,

Woe! woe! for him no grave is made Thy title to the blessed bowers

Amongst the fragrant grass, Íhat feel no earthly blight.

Where often, in the yew-tree shade,

The blithe wood-robins pass. False dream! yet who would coldly say,

No forest bird will hover near Frail hands and aching eyes,

The red and blazing brands, Busied the long bright summer-day, And not a cup of water clear Were only worldly wise ?

Will shine in friendly hands. If fervent hearts so wrought for Him, The human flesh, the woven shroud, On whom the spikenard fell,

Like a frail parchment scroll, When Christian truth was burning Must shrivel in the fiery cloud, dim,

But not the Christian soul; It was accepted well.

For that a brighter crown shall wear And yet a fairer work, I deem,

Than England's Romish queen, Was wrought by hands as true, And that a greener palm shall bear Struggling with tear-drops in their Than living eyes have seen.

stream, The holy task to do.

And so she toileth patiently,

Twining the hempen thread;
Open some chamber, in the day The morrow's woe full soon shall be,
When pity there was none,

For, lo! the skies are red.
And while the sunlight fades away,
Behold what there is done.

Brave heart! that failed not in the

fight Methinks it is the vigil-night

Amid the gnawing flame; Of some true martyr's doom, True heart! that toiled that mournful And children, with their faces bright, Are wond'ring at the gloom.

Till the dread morrow came. JUNE 1845.

night

2 M

And then dried up the falling tear, Spake never of the cold hearth-stone, And when the fame was nigh,

The children's wond'ring eyes, Spake never word of doubt or fear, But turned to tread the world alone, But thought of rest on high

Her treasure in the skies.
Oh never yet in cloistered cell

Was wrought a work so fair
As hers, whose shining tear-drops fell
Amongst her loosened hair.

Ελενη.

Review of Books.

TRAVELS IN FRANCE AND SPAIN, chiefly in the year 1844, by the

Rev. F. TRENCH, in Two Volumes, 12mo., pp. 648, London: Bentley. Do Christians ever make mere plea- of foreign rambling, to forsake homesure tours? is an inquiry to which an duties, that they may gratify curiosity answer in the affirmative will too

by the exciting incidents and novel readily be given. And yet, remem- adventures of continental travel? We bering the deep responsibilities which

are not speaking of the evils attendant gather round the Christian, it is an on such excursions; we confine our answer which ought never to be given. attention to their object. But it may He is not his own, for he is bought be alleged that the mind is expanded, with a price; he has surrendered and knowledge is increased, and the himself to another's will, and he is bygone events of history are vividly bound-bound it is true by willing recalled by a sight of places which are ties, but still bound—to an eternal still eloquent of the past. All this service. And if his body and his may be true; but the charge of selfspirit are God's, surely all else that gratification is not by it refuted. he has is God's. His time therefore Whether the selfism be that of pleabelongs to his Divine Master. Not sure, intellect, or even religion, still if only is he forbidden to waste it, but it be selfism, it is unworthy of the he is forbidden to employ it for him- Christian character. And, alas, in self. Like his other talents it is to be how many narratives of travels which traded with for his Lord's advantage.

come before

we trace an entire And on time a special value has been forgetfulness of the fact that we ought stamped, since, as it has been well always to be about Father's busiobserved, "God demands a seventh ness! In how

many

of such narraportion of our time, while he only tives, narratives too written by prorequires a tenth of our wealth.”* Has fessed disciples of Christ, do we look this value been properly estimated and in vain for an exemplification of the recognised by those who confess same spirit which actuated Him who themselves stewards for God? Alas, “went about doing good.” We have we fear that, passing by the manifold beautiful scenery, almost as beautiproofs to the contrary at home, the fully pourtrayed; cathedrals, chatravels abroad of those who bear the teaux, towns, villages, &c., interestChristian name, too sadly furnish a ingly described ; remarks, lively and long record of days, weeks, months, profound, on men and manners, and and years absorbed by schemes of all the adventures and misadventures self-gratification.

of a ramble abroad amusingly told; Are these things so? If they are, but we notice no word spoken in due ought they to be so? Ought Chris- season; no seed scattered by the way; tian families, ought Christian clergy- no doing good unto all men as oppormen, in compliance with the fashion tunity is given. * Vide " Guesses at Truth."

Stíll, though we fear they are few,

us,

do

our

we believe that some who journey into

realize his Lord and Master's comother lands, do so under a deep feeling mand : “As ye go, preach."" of their avowed dedication to God's service, and under the influence of a At Orleans, he found a considerable truly Christian motive. In this mino- number of Protestants, at least suffi rity the author of the work now under cient to form a good congregation, notice appears to rank himself. under the care of Mr. Rossellotry.

Here, on Sunday, Mr. T. heard a clear “ From the commencement of my statement of the truth; and in a subexcursion,” he says, “I was desirous

sequent conversation with Mr. R. and that the absence from home should

his wife, “ he heard that their Church not be without those accompanying

was prospering; that many Roman objects and aims in accordance with

Catholics had joined the Protestant the character of a clergyman of the Communion; that they had ColporChurch of England : and when the teurs for the distribution of the Scripjourney was prolonged, I became still

tures and religious Tracts, and that more anxious on the subject. I will

no persecution, of any moment, was not hesitate to notice what these ob

at present exercised against them in jects and aims were, under the sense the place.” While thus engaged in of the responsibility for time, attention, conversation, a distribution of reliand interest, attached to one occupy- gious books was going on in the next ing the position of a minister.”

room, and a class receiving instruc

tion in Church music. The Orphan He goes on to state, that he had in view to ascertain the respective posi

Asylum was visited. The last report

of this institution shows its efficiency: tions which Popery and Protestantism maintain in France; and to take every

and its value is illustrated by the fact

that, except where received into some opportunity of affording to his countrymen abroad his pastoral ministra

such asylum, the orphan children of tions. With this aim, this “telos,”

Protestants fall under Popish influhe continued a journey which origi

ence, and are almost sure of being nated in a desire of benefiting his

educated in the faith of Rome. Mr.T. health. We purpose, though of ne

had an interesting interview with M, cessity hastily, to follow him in his

Bruit, who had recently quitted the

Church of Rome; “ salvation by carrying out of such intentions, and therefore must excuse ourselves from

grace and Christ's finished work any critique on his work viewed sim

seemed the very joy of his heart.” At ply as a traveller's narrative.

a later period he met, at Toulouse, While at Rouen, Mr. French de

M. Maurette, also a Romish priest layed his departure, that he might

formerly, now a Protestant pastor. administer the ordinance of Baptism ;

From Orleans he passed to Tours, and surrounded by forty or fifty per

four miles from which is situated

the Agricultural Colony of Mettray, sons, chiefly connected with the railway, he had what seems to have been

an institution of general approval in

France. “ The objects of its care are a very interesting service. Seven children were baptised, and “the

youths who have subjected themselves French servants, and other inmates

to legal punishment," but who are of the house looked on with much

not hardened beyond hope of ameliocuriosity and interest.”

At the con

ration. Religion forms one branch of clusion, he says

their education; but what kind of

religion will be evident if we give an “One man came up and told me extract from a Sermon, recently that he had heard me preach before, preached by the Archbishop of Tours, both at Reading and Southampton. at the consecration of a church built I trust that many opportunities of

for the institution : exercising my ministry will be granted to me during my journey: the minis- “O Marie! pourrai-je oublier que ter of Jesus Christ, when in adequate ce temple auguste est dédié sous votre health, should ever remember and invocation! Vierge fidèle, consolatrice

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