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his work so, that if the hearers are more, and more learned men get not a demonstration of great amongst us, the darkness comes on parts and learning, yet they have apace? Is it not because they were a demonstration of the sanctifying men filled with the Holy Ghost, and Spirit of God in the minister.
with power; and many of us are 2. Paul preached so as gave a only filled with light and knowdemonstration that the Spirit of ledge, and inefficacious notions of God was with him, assisting and God's truth? Doth not always the helping him in his work; even spirit of the ministers propagate when he was amongst them in itself amongst the people? A lively much weakness, fear, and trembling, ministry, and lively Christians. ver. 3. Happy is the minister that Therefore be serious at heart; becan preach this way. He must be lieve, and so speak; feel, and so a depender upon assistance from speak; and as you teach, so do; the Holy Ghost.
and then people will feel what you 3. Paul preached so as a demon- say, and obey the word of God. stration of the power of the Holy And, lastly, for people: It is not Ghost was given to the hearts of unfit that you should hear of mithe hearers. The Spirit of God nisters' work, and duty, and diffi. so wrought on them by his power culties. You see that all that is of in and by Paul's preaching.* This your concernment. All things are is the principal thing to be aimed for your sakes, as the apostle saith at, and it is the proper source of in another case. all profitable preaching.
Then only I entreat you. 1. Pity To conclude: You that are mi- us. We are not angels, but men nisters, suffer a word of exhorta- of like passions with yourselves. tion.
Be fuller of charity than of cenMen, brethren, and fathers, you sure. We have all that you have are called to an high and holy call- to do about the saving of our own ing Your work is full of danger, souls; and a great work besides full of duty, and full of mercy. You about the saving of yours. We are called to the winning of souls; have all your difficulties as Chrisan employment near akin unto our tians; and some that you are not Lord's work, the saving of souls: acquainted with, that are only miand the nearer your spirits be in nisters' temptations and trials. conformity to his holy temper and 2. Help us in our work. If you frame, the fitter you are for, and can do any thing, help us in the the more fruitful you shall be work of winning souls. What can in your work. None of you are
we do, say you? O! a great deal. ignorant of the begun departure of Be but won to Christ, and we are our glory, and the daily advance made. Make haste to heaven, that of its departure, and the sad ap- you and we may meet joyfully bepearances of the Lord's being about fore the throne of God and the to leave us utterly. Should not Lamb. these signs of the times rouse up 3. Pray for us. How often and ministers unto greater seriousness? how earnestly doth Paul beg the What can be the reason of this prayers of the churches! And if sad observation, That when for- he did so, much more should we merly a few lights raised up in the beg them, and you grant them; for nation, did shine so as to scatter our necessities and weaknesses are and dispel the darkness of popery greater than his: 2 Thess. iii. 1, 2. in a little time; yet now when there Finally, brethren, pray for us, that
* 2 Cor. iv, 2. Commending ourselves the word of the Lord may have free to every man's conscience in the sight of course, and be glorified, even as it God.
is with you: and that we may be
delivered from unreasonable and Yet is the voice of comfort heard, wicked men: for all men have not
For Christ hath touch'd the bier
The bearers wait with wondering, eye, faith.
The swelling bosom dares not sigh,
But all is still, 'twixt hope and fear.
Even such an awful soothing calm
We sometimes see alight
On Christian mourners, while they wait “ And when the Lord saw her, he had In silence by some Church-yard gate, compassion on her, and said unto her, Their summons to the holy rite. Weep not. And he came and touched the bier; and they that bare him stood And such the tones of love, which break still. And he said, Young man, I say
The stillness of that hour, unto thee, Arise."-St. Luke, vii. 13, 14.
Quelling the imbitter'd spirit's strife
“THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE, Who says, the wan autumnal sun
"Am I: BELIEVE, AND DIE NO MORE." Beams with too faint a smile To light up nature's face again,
Unchanged that voice—and though not And, though the year be on the wane, With thoughts of spring the hearts be
The dead sit up and speak, guile?
Answering its call; we gladlier rest
Our darlings on earth's quiet breast, Waft him, thou soft September breeze, And our hearts feel they must not break.
And gently lay him down
Far better they should sleep awhile Where bright leaves redd’ning ere they Nor wake until, new heaven, new earth,
Within the Church's shade, fall, Wave gaily o'er the waters brown.
Meet for their new immortal birth,
For their abiding place be made,
On our frail love once more.
How grows in Paradise our store.
Through prayer onto the tomb, A kinder, truer voice I hear,
Still, as yo watch life's falling leaf, Which even beside that mournful bier Gathering from every loss and grief, Whence parents' eyes would hopeless Hope of new spring and endless home. shrink,
Then cheerly to your work again Bids weep no more-Oh heart bereft, With hearts new braced and set
How strange, to thee, that sound! To run, untired, love's blessed race, A widow o'er her only son,
As meet for those, who face to face Feeling more bitterly alone
Over the grave their Lord have met. For friends that press officious round.
the charm of philosophy. But if
Plato be entitled to veneration, we THE RETURN OF MAN TO THE GAR
cannot release men from strong ob
ligations of reverence for the name « Thou shalt be with me in Paradise."
of Milton. In his day, strong pas" And lo, an olive leaf was in her mouth."
sions agitated England, and in his Tully always spoke of the les- meridian lise, his course seemed to sons and language of Plato as di- lie along the lines of the torrid vine. He who searched out the zone. He gradually receded from neglected tomb of Archimedes, a fierce tropical influence, till we could not have been insensible to find him, in the evening of life, unshaken, indeed, in his integrity, more.
One rosy drop from David's seed, but looking more dispassionately
Was worlds of seas to quench thine ire: on all around. He set himself to
Oh, precious ransom, which once paid,
Thal consummatum est was said." compose a lasting song. The light of the body is the eye, but this
The restoration of the world, is a light was stricken away. He was
theme more pleasing than its fall. neglected by the reigning party, All who live in the world, must, to lightly esteemed by courtiers, and
a certain extent, be acquainted well nigh forsaken by all the with its evils, both natural and world. But who cares now for moral. The earthquake sinks the the vulgar greatness, and voluptu- proud city. Its towers disappear ous court of the Second Charles? in a moment, from the beholder's Whilst he was leaning on the arm
eye; or time
more gradually of pleasure, Milton was traversing brings on decay. Already have the walks of Paradise, and the Carthage, Persepolis, and Thebes, moons of Eden were investing him and Nineveh, gone to ruin beneath with their peerless light. At his its resistless touch. The volcanic feet, his daughters waited for the mountain overwhelms the fertile strains of melody which broke plain, and the city by which it is from his impassioned lips. He graced. At times the sea bursts finished his work, but even then
its appointed barriers, carrying his task was not done; for a friend desolation into adjacent islands. said to him, “what hast thou to Famine stalks abroad at noonday, say of Paradise Regained?”
and pestilence roves about in We have seen that man was dri- darkness; war sounds its trump, ven away from Eden, but is there and thousands flock to the house of no way of return? Are its gates the inferior orders of creation, we
death. But when we descend to forever closed, and is there no olive leaf plucked by its Almighty may ask, with the inspired king of Planter? A possibility of return Israel, “ as to these sheep, lo, what has been effected for us, by him have they done,” that their plaintwho said “ This day shalt thou be ive death song should be heard with me in Paradise.” He here se
from every field of animated exlected an individual guilty of atro- istence? why weave such a heavy cious crimes, on whom to bestow chain around the neck of brute
of repentance, and the unconsciousness? The sin of man beatitude of heaven. By this we
is the cause of all. But let us inare taught, that all who desire to quire in what sense this fallen return, however profound their world has been restored. It has guilt, may come back to Eden. been restored to the possession of But in going we must pass by the many temporal mercies. “Of Jointerment of him whose death is seph, he said, Blessed of the Lord our life. His temples waxed pale be his land, for the precious things in anguish, that ours might be of heaven, for the dew, and for the crowned by our omniscient Judge. deep that coucheth beneath, and In returning, the courtier and the for the precious fruits brought peasant must alike pass by this forth by the sun, and for the preman of sorrows. A courtier,* in cious things put
forth by the moon, his pilgrimage by the cross, and for the chief things of the ansung this pilgrim's song:
cient mountains, and for the pre
cious things of the lasting hills." " No hallow'd oils, no gums I need, The greatness of our temporal No new born drams of purging fire, mercies, we can scarcely know, un
less, in the place of them, we were * Sir Henry Wootton.
afflicted by so many opposite evils.
In addition to this, the stability of ted, or count the myriads it has the earth, is secured by express safely conveyed to Heaven, we are promise. The world once perish- scarcely prepared to do justice to ed by water, but it shall perish by the importance of the Christian water no
Our Creator system. But there is a period places his token in the cloud. He pointed out in prophecy, when its bends in our sight the graceful trophies shall be numberless. arches of the rainbow. The hills Let us now consider, for molook all brilliant to the eye, and ment, how the world was restored. every form of beauty is pictured Had it been restored without in the flowing stream.
some sublime process on the part Further, the world is so far re- of its Maker, the evils of transstored, that a source is opened, gression would not have appeared whence all our woes may be alle- sufficiently profound in our estiviated. “The whole creation mation. For this reason, the degroaneth and travaileth in pain;" velopment of Christianity was but Paul was employed in direct- gradual. The first promise was a ing the attention of men to the beam, which eventually accumuproper sources of consolation. lated to a volume of light. The Christianity adds greatly to the whole system of Jewish rites was comforts of the poor. Whilst phi- an increase of this light.* These losophers have done much to en- rites were all set aside, when our lighten the minds of the wealthy, Saviour was found in fashion as a our Saviour addressed himself man. To this Saviour, the governprincipally, to the neglected or- ment of the world has been comders of the people. We justly re- mitted. There is something capgard death as a great evil, but its tivating to the pious mind, in the sting can be drawn by Christian theory that the world of nature consolations. A philosopher like is but the shadowing forth of spiSocrates may die with composure, ritual objects. This theory has or an Indian chieftain may die been countenanced by some diswith sternness, but we need not tinguished scholars. Among them call on the chieftains of Christiani- are Parkhurst, Rev. Wm. Jones, ty to test its power over death. and Bishop Horne. Somewhat They are sometimes found among allied to the feelings inspired by its obscurest disciples.*
this theory, are the feelings inspired The world, too, is so far re- by the theory that all this world is stored, that a system is put into committed into the hands of a meoperation by which the earth is to diatorial Governor. This Mediaundergo a complete moral change. tor was the atoning agent by whose Christianity has hitherto had only merits the world has been rea partial sway over the passions of stored. The atonement was an emamen. Still, the good it has done, nation of divine mercy. The dicannot be calculated. Unless we vine justice had just as much of could tell what crimes its influence eternity about it as the divine mermay have prevented, or what unseen cy. The divine mercy was a founodorous deeds it may have origina- tain scaled up, till some agent
should place a key in the hand of * Legh Richmond, in the Dairyman's Divine Justice, by which the founDaughter and Little Jane, shows how consoling Christianity is to the poor. To * The reader may see the types amply these might be added a thousand instances explained in Lightfoot's Horæ Talmudicæ, published by Tract Societies. See also Faber's Hore Mosaicæ, Paxton's Illustrathe Shepherd of Salisbury Plain, by H. tion's, Brown's Jewish Antiquities, or JenMore, of Barley Wood.
nings and M'Ewen on the Types.
tain should be unlocked, and then ing harvest, if there be no reapers, the stream of this fountain be- or what signifies plenty, if there be comes to thirsty man,
none who feel their wants.
Our Saviour has provided for "Sweet as the streamlet's limpid lapse leading this world, so long astray, To the sun brown'd Arab's lip.”
back to the universal fold. He has To all that the Redeemer has done given us many privileges, and to restore the world, must be add. many mercies. He has planted ed the purifying influences of the his church in the world, and sent Spirit. It is his office to enlighten us Sabbaths that steal over our the mind, to awaken the con
heads with a delicious influence. science, and renew the heart. In He now holds out the olive leaf of all renewed hearts he plants and reconciliation, and if we embrace fosters the germ of grace, and the offer, he will say to each of us at all his operations upon the heart the hour of death,“ This day thou are beautiful, beyond the power of shalt be with me in Paradise.” words to express. Now he breaks the chains of the captive mourner, or expands the heart into philanthropic emotions, or at times kin- Radical Principles brought to the dles a blazing fire of love, in the
Test of Revelation. furnace of the soul. It is the office of the Spirit to interpret the scrip
In resuming the discussion of tures to the spiritual understand this subject, we owe our readers an ing of those who read them. When apology for the delay and long inthe scriptures are largely used, the terruption of our numbers. Want restoration of the world is going on
of health has been the sole cause apace. The Waldenses have taught of the interruption. us a lesson in past ages, of the va
We now begin with an examilue of the scriptures. They were
nation of the radical principles, hunted down by power, over the mentioned in the close of our last mountains and among the valleys number It is this, the mind has of Italy.
three distinct faculties, which we
have called understanding, heart, « E'en in the lowly, rural vale,
and will. Truth, weeping, tells the mournful tale."
Before we proceed to examine But the dove, that once beautified several passages of the Scriptures the person of their Saviour, shed in detail, one general remark demeekness over their hearts. Their serves consideration. The suppolight as a people, is nearly extin- sition that God has made a reveguished, but the light of the Scrip- lation to men, necessarily involves tures, is inextinguishable, and it the position, and the general tenor will shine brighter and brighter, of the Scriptures establish its when that sun shall rise which truth incontrovertibly, that if God will gild the earth for the long speaks to men, it must be on the space of a thousand years.
ground that they are capable of If the world be restored, then intelligence, or knowing soinething ought we to partake in that restora- of what he says. The supposition tion. If a lost world has been also involves a capability of feelfound again, how promptly ought ing, or being impressed with the we to seek its finder. Of what apprehended communication, else avail will it be that new light the communication is useless: and should be given to the earth, un. if any good result is to be obtainless that light shine into our ed, men must be capable of acting hearts? What signifies the bend- under the influence of feeling and