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that love that he who is altogether lovely perfected in the celestial world. There, hath put into my heart, years ago, for distance of place or difference of sentimy dear Mr. Savage. I believe it is ment will never interrupt the commureciprocal; and though business, and nion of saints. other avocations, prevent our frequent Othat our thoughts were more eminterview, yet in heaven our mutual ployed in meditating on the heavenly love will be known, and we employed world! Probably this might have a in praising the God of love for ever- tendency to stir us up to give more dilimore. Till then, I desire to work hard gence to make our calling and our election for him here below. It is very plea- sure. We profess to be only strangers sant, and our Lord causes it to prosper and sojourners here; that here we have in my unworthy hands. Great is the no continuing city, but to be looking for harvest, indeed --greater than ever. It one to come. A young man under age, is supposed that, in Yorkshire, in about who is heir to a large estate, is often a week, above 60,000 souls heard the ready to be looking forward, and thinkGospel. On Whit-Sunday, Howarth ing how rich and happy he shall be at church was almost thrice filled with such a period. And may not the heir communicants. We had a feast of fat of glory do so, with infinitely greater things. Even in Manchester, some, I propriety ? Most certainly he may. I believe, have listed under the Redeem- rejoice that Providence seems to be aper's banner. All was quiet there. I pearing for you, in sending you a mi. am now going to Kendal and White- nister. I wish he may be one divinely haven, to beat up for fresh recruits, and furnished for sanctuary service. To have to exhort those that have already listed an able gospel minister, in the discharge to behave like good soldiers of Jesus of whose work faithfulness and affection Christ. This is a petition I beg my are united, is an inestimable mercy. dear, dear Mr. Savage to put up for me. Your trials at Bicester have been sin. Fain would I die fighting. Fain would gular. Perhaps the Lord has thereby I hold out to the end. Fain would I been fitting you for a degree of prosbe kept from flagging in the latter stages perity. A severe winter often prepares of my road. Jesus is able to do this the ground for fruitfulness in summer. for me and you. And he is faithful who We want preparing for the suitable rehath promised, and he also will do it. ception and proper enjoyment of our Let us, then, look up, my dear brother, mercies. The Lord frequently does this my dear friend, and go on our way re- by trials. Unsanctified trials are the joicing. I commend you, and your sorest of all judgments. May the refiner dear yoke-fellow, and dear little maiden, and purifier of the sons of Levi answer to his never-failing mercy. I send you his glorious character in his gracious as hearty good wishes as ever came from conduct amongst you. His dealings the soul of one friend for another, and with his people, as one said, may be why? Because I am, my very dear Sir, sometimes keen, but always kind. It
Yours most affectionately, becomes us always to be on our watchin our eternal Lord Jesus, tower, looking out for the coming of the
G. W. Son of Man. Yesterday an aged ChrisTo Mr. Savage.
tian was as well as usual, and died in a few moments, in our town. What a
change! To be conversing with morV. From the late Rev.John Sutcliff. tals, in a world of sin and sorrow, and of Olney, to a Friend in Oxford
singing before the throne with adoring
angels and admiring saints, in the reshire.
gions of purity and peace, within the DEAR SIR-I embrace an opportunity compass of an hour! Imagination canof sending you a line, as a token of love. not conceive the nature and happiness The friendship I received from you and of such a change. others at Bicester has made an impres-. But I must have done.
But I must have done. Begging an sion on my heart, that, I trust, will ne- interest in your prayers at the throne of ver wear away. Christian friendship is grace, the sweetest of all connections. 'Tis the I rest, dear Sir, very life and soul of every other. Souls
Your affectionate Friend joined together with this heavenly ce.
and sincere Well-wisher, ment are eternally united. Such ac.
JOHN SUTCLIFF. quaintance and intercourse are begun. Olney, May 22, 1783. here below, but are to ripen and be
ON THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST.
So spake the voice divine,
While heavenly quires attending,
Their harmony combine : That spring, or winter drear,
“ Glory to God Most High ! Or autumn's golden ear,
O'er earth let peace and love Didst with thy beam adorn :
Their balmy pinions move; When, of the Hebrew maid,
Bid humau tears be dry :The SON OF God was born,
All silent is heaven's thunder, And in a manger laid.
And God is reconciled, --Then that prophetic star,
Through the blest Virgin's child :
Let men and angels wonder !"
“ Canst thou by searching find out God ? That charmed each shepherd swain, Canst thou find out the Almighty to perLoud as the swelling main ;
fection ?"-JOB xi. 7, Heaven's highest minstrelsy!
We see, O Lord, from day to day,
In every work of thine, For angels bright and holy,
Thatgoodness, power, and skill --which say, Through the mid-air descending,
Thou art! and art DIVINE !
We feel this truth, from hour to hour, And shadows melancholy,
When deep within the heart Their light and music blending.
Thy Spirit, with resistless power “ Ye midnight watchers, hail !
And love--declares Thou art. That tend your fleecy sheep,
More would we know--Thyself alone And ceaseless vigils keep,
Canst banish every doubt ; Lest ravening beasts assail,
Vain all researches of our own While all mankind do sleep.'
Must be to find thee out. Fear not- to you we bring,
Oh! teach us, then, thine outward word From heaven's eternal King,
To study more and more, The wondrous, joyful story;
And be its oracles preferr'd, For even now is born,
To perishable lore. (This long-expected morn,)
Instruct us to thine inward voice The Prince of light and glory!
To lend a wakeful ear; And Satan's reign is ending,
In its approval to rejoice,
At each rebuke to fear !
Thy word our law, thy voice our guide, And lost his victory.-
Thy truth our only stay, To David's city haste,
Show us a Saviour crucified, The shadows now are flying,
To Thee, the light, the way. The deeper gloom is chased,
Thus be that saving knowledge won, From off the mountains wild ;
Which only their's can be, Go! find the holy child,
Who through the Spirit, and the Son, In humble manger lying."
Are brought, O God! to Thee.
SONNET, ON INTERRING THE REMAINS ON A YOUNG LADY, AGED NINETEEN YEARS, Nov. 1825.
O GENTLE spirit! fled away so soon,
In flowery morn of youth, and maiden grace ;
Didst dight thee with thy gems, to hail the morn,
That should thee with thy matron-stole adorn,
Thy bridegroom death-thy bridal maids the dead !
TO THE MOON.
CYNTHIA ! I view thy pure and placid face,
On ! thou art fairer than the eye of day,
thou inspiring planet! could I guess
But though I cannot see thy face,
-Yet as Chaldea's King
Thy character doth cling;
SEEN IN NATURE.
Though thou art ever by!
But meets thy sleepless eye,
Thou art infinity!
That mind to comprehend :
Shall never have an end.
New SERIËS, No. 13.
The sun and stars - the storm and sea-
And heaven and earth proclaim
The wonders thou canst frame...
The favourite of thy name.
REVIEW OF BOOKS.
The Domestic Preacher ; or Short Christian ministry has been im
Discourses from the original Ma- peded in its operations through an nuscripts of some eminent Mi- influence not recognized in the nisters. In two vols. London: New Testament, and a greater Holdsworth and R. Baynes, curse has been entailed than the 1826. Price 8s. pp. 475.
flames of Smithfield, or the dunThis collection consists of forty
geons of the Inquisition. The one discourses, intended, as the
latter proved to the church but the title imports, for the use of fami
furnace of purification, the former is
a millstone about her neck; nor is lies. They are, accordingly, very brief, seldom extending to sixteen
it the less weighty and ruinous, pages. We are mistaken, how
though fastened with a chain of
gold. The passage we allude to ever, if they will not be found deeply to interest the general
is the following : reader, both by the variety of the
" Another motive to Christian fel
lowship is, that we may receive and imsubjects they comprise, and the
part spiritual blessings, and be edified by eminent talent not a few of them the mutual faith of one another. Solitary evince. They are all, as we un- piety is in danger of being extinguished, derstand, by living writers, who
or if not its flane languishes; but as iron
sharpeneth iron, so a man sharpeneth the have furnished, we presume, their countenance of his friend. Who has not several manuscripts to form the found his mind invigorated and inspired whole; but as there is no index of with new energies, by uniting in social the reader must be left worship, where all the varied gifts of
Christian brethren are engaged in supplias we are, to his own conjectures
cation and in praise, and where the cloud in solving the question, who are the of incense ascends from the altar to the authors.
throne above. Here it is we have the In the fourth sermon, on the
power of co-operating with God, in the
diffusion of truth and piety; and in no subject of Christian Fellowship,
other way can we so effectually advance from Acts ii. 47, after a descrip- the great' purposes of bis kingdom upon tion of the primitive converts, as earth. While however it is the duty and those who should be saved, the duty
the interests of all real converts to unite
themselves to a Christian society, it is of uniting in communion with be
much to be lamented that any but such lievers is enforced, and the follow should obtrude upon the sacred enclosure. ing passage occurs, containing, All unconverted persons that are admitted as we think, remarks highly im- to communion bring with them an alloy
that debases the gold of the sanctuary ; portant to Christian churches,
instead of adding strength to the church who, in the present day of cheap
by their accession, they debilitate and and facile profession, are not un- relax all its energies, they weaken the frequently in danger of being too hands that already hang down, and the much influenced by the secular
feeble knees. Along with their influence
or their wealth they bring with them so respectability, rather than the piety much carnal policy, so much of a worldly of those who are candidates for spirit, and so much moral contagion, their communion; hence worldly that they corrupt and defile the holiest men have, not unfrequently, gained
things, and paralyse the affections and the
efforts of the most efficient constituents. that 'ascendancy which was only By their means the ordinances of the due to moral and Christian worth; Gospel fall into disesteem, and its disci. and as a necessary consequence, pline into neglect and desuetude."--pp. the church has been secularized in 51, 52. her administration, where the form The discourse on the “ Agency was scriptural and pure ; the of Providence,” from Rev. xii. 16.
contains the following pertinent re- on the work. Without attempting marks on the connection between to be more explicit, we shall leave the progress of knowledge and the to our readers the pleasure of advancement of religion; a sub- judging for themselves, assuring ject which, in our humble opinion, them they will not fail to be amply needs yet more, in some quarters, repaid. The following beautiful to be understood and enforced; remarks are selected from the serwe would particularly recommend mon on the “ Glory of the Resurit to the attention of our youthful rection.” readers, who have a taste for in. “Our present corporeal frame, though tellectual improvement. The fol- fearfully and wonderfully made, is of lowing views have our most cor
a feeble texture; it is a frail taber
nacle, fitted only for a temporary residial suffrage.
dence, and liable to innumerable accidents “ The earth is still aiding the church
and dangers. On the least exertion we by a great variety of institutions, which
are subject to fatigue, and require repose bare for their object the general improve
in order to recruit the exhausted energies ment of mankind. Seminaries of learn
of nature. The senses also are weak and
feeble, and unable to meet the demands ing, scientific projections, benevolent
of the mental faculties ; the eye becomes societies, the circulation of books, and a
dim with seeing, the ear is oppressed with general system of education among the
hearing, and all is vanity and vexation of poor, have their origin in human wisdom
spirit. In process of time the keepers of and policy, without any immediate view
the house begin to tremble, and the strong to the interests of religion; yet those in
men bow themselves; the silver cord is terests are materially served by them. It is by the grossest ignorance and darkness
loosed, and the golden bowl is broken.
But the body we shall receive at the resurthat men become the passive instruments
rection is strong and durable, a house not of power, that their minds and consci
made with hands, eternal in the heavens. ences are enslaved; and it is chiefly
We shall be as the angels of God, who through the operations of voluntary in
excel in strength, and flourish in immortal stitutions, where a large mass of intellect
youth and vigour. The lapse of ages is concentrated for the purpose of sending
makes no impression on their celestial forth the streams of knowledge and sci.
forms, but they retain all their pristine ence, that the human faculties are fertilised
youth and beauty ; hence the angels which and improved, and the lowest ranks of
appeared at the sepulchre resembled young society rise into the independence of
men, clothed in long white garments, human beings, and are prepared for the
though they must have existed some thouinvestigation of moral and religious truth.
sands of years before. Of the powerful Whatever tends to excite a love for read.
agency of these celestial beings we may ing, or to awaken a spirit of enquiry, is
form some conception, from the account ultimately beneficial to the church of God.
given of their operations in the Holy ScripThe nature also of Christianity is such
tures. In one night an angel smote all that it can never be injured, or its evidence
the first-born of Egypt, and in one night impaired, by the most powerful efforts of
a hundred and eighty-five thousand of the reason; like the pure gold it loses none of
Assyrians. Well, therefore, may they be its worth or its lustre by the fire. Real
styled the mighty angels, or giants of the learning is its most efficient ally, and can
celestial order : yet shall the saints vie not but advance its iaterests; it is a reli.
with them in strength, when they come to gion of evidence, and light is essential to
bear the image of the second Adam, who its growth and propagation. No intelli
is head over all principality and power, gent Christian, no one who understands
thrones and dominions being made subject the genius of the Gospel, can possibly be
unto him. averse to the advancement of learning ; it
6. The body in its present state is: is a harbinger to prepare the way, and ac
liable to constant fluctuations, to pain and celerate its progress through the earth."
sickness, and a great variety of disorders ; pp. 223, 224.
the seeds of which are thickly sown in the In perusing the collection, we
numán constitution, and the causes of life
and death are so interwoven that they may discover the unequivocal traces of
both be in operation at the same instant. a master, whose hand may be Every thing within and without tends to known, like that of some eminent disturb the order of nature, and the least artist, though employed only on a
collision with other bodies may disorganise
its several parts ; hence a numerous train sketch. This circumstance alone of evils is produced, from which no one is will confer a value and inportance exempt. The ordinary course of things