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The cannibal gluts on the carnage of war
Is the victim's funereal pile.
The negro from love and from liberty torn Sadly murmurs the prayer of the slave, "God pity poor negro that suffers forlorn
"By the hands of the white man so brave."
But the cannibal wild from his wildest resort,
Shall be judged by our all-seeing God.
Thou Eden, how fair, how unsullied thy shade
Soften cruelty's winter to love?
And thus have I hurried the wild note along, And heedless have wandered astray;
For the lonely bird's fate was the theme of my song,
But I silence the murmuring lay.
THE VISION OF ELIPHAZ. Job. iv. 12.
Ar midnight's lonely, solemn hour, When silence reigns o'er field and tow'r, When slumbers, such as sleep the dead, (Tho' not so cold and drear the bed) Give ease from pain-from ills of life release For now the weary rest, the bad, from troub ling cease.
As musing by my taper's flickering light. My thoughts like shapeless visions of the night, Roam'd undefin'd o'er scenes of joy and woe, Now turn'd on God above, and now on inan below,
On time and chance-on dark decrees of fate.
On man's sad present, unseen future state
I gaz'd with straining eye-balls-wild des pair,
And trembling seiz'd on me-it still was
At last, it wav'd a hand, and in such tones, As mortals hear not, spake-fear thrill'd my bones
-I heard as if one from the dead had spoke, While thus the spectre, its dread silence broke. "Remember what thou art, and what thy
Epitaph in Margate Church Yard in memary of Ann Sachett, who died the 14th of June, 1802. Aged 25.
How frail and false the hopes of carthly joy. That unperceiv'd our busy thoughts employ Yet still for this we pant, on this we trust, And dream of happiness allied to dust..
But surer hopes, a joy that was sincere, Warm'd the dear breast of her that slumbers here:
On this intent, she smil'd at death's alarms, And long'd to rest within her Saviour's arms; The Saviour saw-he heard the falt'ring
And snatch'd his purchase from a world of
AN IMITATION. "SOUL! thou hast goods laid up-for many years,
"Eat-drink-be merry !"-Fool, go blush
Sooner thy body may exist on air,
This night thy soul shall be required of thee.
NEW EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE,
MEMOIR OF THE LATE MR. ABRAHAM AUSTIN.
ALTHOUGH Mr. Austin, almost from the first of his settlement in London, was classed among the Particular Baptists, yet it is a well-known fact that there are not many ministers of that denomina. tion, whose doctrinal sentiments and views of divine truth in general, fully accorded with his own. At the last interview which the writer of this memoir had with him, and which took place on the Sabbath preceding his departure out of this world, he mentioned this circumstance, and expatiated upon it at some length, remarking that he did not recollect any one of them, whose views in all points were so congenial to his own as those of Mr. Stephens of Manchester, who happened, on that very day, to be supplying his lack of service at Fetter-lane. We believe however that it would be possible to mention another or two, who would come under the same class, though they might not be known, or at least recollected by him at the moment; and particularly Mr. Gray of Blackburn, whose excellent "Circular Letter" we lately laid before our readers, (See Vol. II. p. 363–369, 409— 417.) As Mr. Austin was not in the practice of committing his sentiments to the press, it may. perhaps be acceptable to the reader to be more particularly in
formed respecting them, and especially wherein he differed from the generality of his brethren; and with a view to that, we shall here sketch an epitome of them.
THE GOSPEL, he considered to be a revelation of mercy and grace to guilty men, unfolding the way of salvation, in which all the perfections of Deity gloriously harmonize, and in which they will eternally shine forth with resplendent lustre, to the admiration of saints and angels. This plan originated in the divine mind, and was according to God's eternal purpose, which he purposed in himself, before he gave birth to time or existence to creatures-it is the pure result of his own selfmoved love and pity, irrespective of the least degree of merit or desert in the creatures, who were all viewed as in a fallen and guilty state-a plan directed in all its parts by infinite wisdom-and combining in its result the praise of the glory of his grace with the eternal happiness of the redeemed. In this wondrous scheme of redemption, Christ was Jehovah's first, or chief, elect; and to HIM the heirs of salvation were given to be redeemed and brought to glory. In the fulness of time, God sent forth his Son, (the Word made flesh, John i. 14.) to redeem them from the curse of the law—
which he did by being "himself in general. A few remarks on
three particulars will do this.
1. As Jesus Christ came into the world for the express purpose of saving sinners, so he left nothing undone that was necessary to accomplish that grand design-a design so worthy of God and so beneficial to man. In his death upon the cross he acted as the righ-substitute and representative of his elect people, bare their sins in his own body on the tree, and made expiation for them.
As there could be no remission of sin, without the shedding of blood, so when God's own Son laid down his life as a sacrifice for the sins of many, he at once effected that atonement which was prefigured by the various typical sacrifices of the Levitical economy. This atonement, without any thing
made a curse for them." Thus He who knew no sin, was made a sin offering, that he might put it away, (or fully expiate it) by the sacrifice of himself. In this work of the divine substitute, the law was magnified and made honourable the claims of justice fully satisfied-sin atoned for-the curse removed and everlasting teousness brought in for the justification of the ungodly. In this work of his beloved Son, Jehovah is for ever WELL-PLEASED; and of that delightful truth he hath given us the most indubitable evidence in raising the Saviour from the dead, and exalting him to the highest glory and blessedness in the heavens, as the reward of his obedience unto death. All who are persuaded of the truth and certainly of this fact, accord-more, is the sole requisite to jusing to the apostolic testimony concerning it, namely, that God is reconciled unto us by the death of his Son, (which, however, none are but through divine teaching) they are thereby justified, obtain peace of conscience, and have the promise of a faithful God, that if they hold fast this truth unto the end, walking under its holy influence, and bringing forth the fruits of righteousness, to the praise and glory of his name, they shall assuredly obtain eternal life.
tification. In that wondrous transaction, all the perfections of Deity are glorified in the highest possible degree that can be conceived by men or angels. The wisdom, power, and faithfulness; the mercy, love, and holiness of the blessed God, are all equally displayed in this work of redemption, and each gloriously harmonizes with the other, while all shine forth with resplendent lustre as engaged in effecting the salvation of guilty man, in a way altogether indepen dent of himself, so that the whole of it, in all its various branches is of grace. As the justice of God obtained full satisfaction for our violations of the holy law, in the divine blood of Immanuel, the atonement and that alone exhibits a foundation of everlasting consolation and of good hope, to every sinner who hears of it. The first and leading object of Mr. Austin's ministry, therefore, was directed to point his hearers to the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world,”—to the great work finished on Mount
From this general outline of the scheme of redemption, it is probable that few of the Baptist ministers of the present day would be found to dissent. But, unhappily, while they would be ready enough to yield an assent to it in theory, very few of them really understand it so as to distinguish it from the popular doctrine of the day, or study to regulate their preaching by it. We shall therefore endeavour to be a little more explicit in defining the difference" between Mr. Austin's views and those of his ministering brethren