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is a single nation under heaven destitute of that light which has so long gladdened the habitations of our fathers—a single continent groping its way in worse than Egyptian darkness, and no Goshen there with light in their homes—a single island deprived of a Luminary, which has arisen to enliven far happier vales—80 long does it become us to labour and pray, repeating the anthem once heard in the Jewish temple, and ascending still in every Christian church: “Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone doeth wondrous things. And blessed be His glorious name for ever ; and let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and

amen."

PRESENT VICTORY. "I will sing unto the Lord, for He bath triumphed gloriously,"_EXOD. xv. I.

CHURCH of God I as faithful watchmen,

Let our beacons broadly blaze ;
Sure of conquest with our Captain,

On our foes we'll fearless gaze,
Present victors 1 - Present victors!
Shouts of triumph let us raise.
Oh may we, as faithful brethren,

Mourn the wide.spread ruin round;
Sigh o'er all our sad condition

While we still maintain our ground,
Present victors l-Present victors!
Ever in our Conqueror found.
Oh may we, a faithful priesthood,

Love and truth together blend-
With “ fresh oil " each day anointed,

For our "holy faith" contend-
Present victors !--Present victors!
Strong in our Almighty friend.
Oh may we, the bride of Jesus,

Spotless, lovely, sanctified-
For His joyful advent waiting,

In his power and love “abide "-
Present victors 1-Present victors !
We shall soon be glorified.

OUR JEWISH MISSIONS. In the Report read to the last General Assembly by the Rev. Mr. Tait, the Convener of the Committee for the Conversion of the Jews, we find the following sentences, which we quote to encourage our prayers and our hopes of success in seeking the salvation of the seed of Abraham. Speaking of

GERMANY The Report says:

“Two instances of the power of the truth in persons who have been admitted to the fellowship of the Christian Church by baptism, are related in the letters of Mr. Sutter, and to them your Committee beg to be permitted, in their present Report, to refer. The former is the case of a young man, an itinerant tradesman, who was brought to the knowledge of the name of Jesus in Rhenish Prussia, and received baptism as a disciple of the Christian faith. He had returned recently to Baden, and at the date of your missionary's letter (27th October) was residing at Karlsruhe, in pursuit of his calling. The Jews had made various attempts to turn him from the truth, and insisted on his accompanying them to the Rabbi at Heidelberg, for having his errors confuted. To this proposal he assented, but was only confirmed, by the result of the interview, in the persuasion that he had found the pearl of great price, while his blameless deportment gave to the adversaries of the truth no ground of exception to his testimony in behalf of the Gospel. The latter of the cases now referred to is that of a young man, who received baptism in the beginning of March, having withstood, with great firmness, yet with blameless humility and wisdom, all the attempts of his relatives to prevent his confession of the Gospel. It was,' says your missionary, . with all confidence, without the slightest alloy of any misgiving, in full spiritual joy and assurance, that I could admit bim into the fellowship of Christ's people.' Your Committee may be permitted to add, in reference to this station, that in the latest communication from your missionary, an interesting account is given of two new candidates for baptism. One of these, the individual referred to in Mr. Sutter's letter of 27th March, is now under regular instruction at Karlsruhe. It is an interesting circumstance in this case, that he is a person of mature years, and of independent worldly estate. Your missionary states, that his earnestness and assiduity as a disciple give pleasing proof of sincerity. The other candidate mentioned by Mr. Sutter, is a young man of eighteen, a native of Austria, whose father, formerly a rabbi, was baptized in London about two years ago. This young man, whose profession is hopeful, arrived at Karlsruhe in the beginning of April, and was to be placed, on the first of the present month, in the seminary

of Professor Stern, father of your missionary at Speyer. In referring to those pleasing instances of the power of the Gospel, your Committee desire to take courage in the persuasion that the set time to favour Zion is nigh at hand.”

THE CHRISTIAN SOLDIER. AMONG the brave men who fought and fell before Sebastopol, on the 18th of June last, none was more distinguished for every quality of a good soldier, than the beloved colonel of the 57th regiment. It is very instructive to learn, (what the following touching letter from him bears witness to,) that the secret of Colonel Shadforth’s noble devotion to his duty as a brave soldier, is to be found in his piety towards God as a Christian man.

“ Before Sebastopol, June 17, 9 P.M. “My own beloved wife and dearly-beloved children.At one o'clock to-morrow morning I head the 57th to storm the Redan. It is, as I feel, an awfully perilous moment to me, but I place myself in the hands of our gracious God, without whose will a sparrow cannot fall to the ground. I place my whole trust in Him. Should I fall in the performance of my duty, I fully rely in the precious blood of our Saviour, shed for sinners, that I may be saved through Him. Pardon and forgive me my beloved ones, for any. thing I may have said or done to cause you one moment's unhappiness. Unto God I commend my body and soul, which are His; and, should it be His will, that I fall in the performance of my duty, in the defence of my Queen and country, I most humbly say, 'Thy will be done. God bless you and protect you; and my last prayer will be, that He, in His infinite goodness, may preserve me to you. God ever bless you, my beloved Eliza, and my dearest children, and if we meet not again id this world, may we all meet in the mansion of our Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ. God bless and protect you; and ever believe me, Your affectionate husband and loving father,

66 THOMAS SHADFORTH." It ought to be the unceasing prayer of the Church that our soldiers may ALL be found sharing in the consolations that are in Christ :-then we could be sure of every man of them shewing, in the face of any danger, the courage and constancy of those WAO HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR. But of what man, save he who is in CHRIST, can it be said that he has NOTHING to fear ?

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ITALY.
E present our readers with a sketch of the far-

famed Bay of Naples. And in that lovely land

scape, basking in the glories of an Italian summer, at the foot of yon burning mountain,-we seem to see a striking symbol of the present political and religious state of unhappy Italy. That country is literally like a richly luxuriant garden planted on a slumbering volcano. How often has it been disturbed by the rumblings and heavings of political revolutions ' threatening ruin to society! And then, alas ! the sad spiritual desolations wherewith Popery has everywhere cursed the land, do but too exactly resemble the terribly destructive issues which are vomited from that abyss of fire of which Vesuvius is the vent.

It is only a month or two ago, that, after the lapse of five years, Vesuvius again burst forth with most destructive violence. For a year before this last eruption took place, an unwonted stillness had reigned over the mountain. Naples was shaken with occasional earthquakes, and the wells now and then dried up, but Vesuvius shewed no signs of an eruption :-till suddenly on the morning of the 1st of May last, at half-past four o'clock, a noise like the discharge of artillery was heard, and fire with stones was thrown up from several new. openings in the mountain.

When the evening arrived, “the whole heavens," says an eye-witness of the awful scene," appeared to be on fire. Scarcely any portion of the mountain was visible, for as the wind was rather a sirocco, the dense swelling clouds were congregated about its summit and its sides, 80 as to conceal its outline, and render the scene as mysterions as it was grand. The flames which were thrown up, too, were only perceptible from their effects being reflected from cloud to cloud until the sky appeared to be one mass of flame. In the centre only was there any opening, and there might be seen a portion of that burning stream which was now

pouring down on the devoted country beneath.” Next night, Mr. Henry Wreford, whose account we have been quoting, ascended the mountain :

“A plain of burning coke, some two hundred feet

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