the man. Indeed, so easy and unaffected and un- , produced by the address that day--a conviction of pretending was his whole manner and deportment, the downright honesty and sincerity of the speaker, that it threw you off your guard. He inade you a confidence in his integrity and unflinching firmforget the rank, in the man. The first impression ness, and a persuasion that his talents would ever he left on me (whether I was right or wrong in be exercised on the side of virtue, religion, truth, my conclusions I cannot certainly say)—the first and public order. impression left on me was, that he seemed like And this methought is the best solution of the one who bad resolved that he would owe nothing problem, “How the high spirit of other days, if of the influence he might acquire to the accessories sanctified by the grace of God, would now mani. of rank or name or position, but that whatever fest itself. This is what best illustrates noble impressions he might make 'should be owing to descent. This is the best exponent of chivalrous superiority of mind, intellect, and personal cha- spirit which animated the chiefs of old. racter ; that, if he were to excel any others, it Beautiful and attractive is nobility of mind should be simply because he was superior to them when it displays itself by the ardour and fearlessness in intellect, in integrity, in purity of principle with which it espouses the cause of God and of and conduct, in moral courage, in lofty and truth. Go on in thy path and prosper. Leave generous thought and feeling. O proud dis- to others to shine in the scene of selfishness and tinction of nobility! He looked, to me, like one vanity and frivolity. Let thy example proclaim who would not stoop to accept of any conventional the man of high birth to be the man of sterling homage which might be conceded to him on worth and virtue, the friend of purity and truth. account of his high rank; but who, on the con- Be it thy praise that the selfish, the vain, the trary, seemed to rather take pleasure in laying beartless, the ungodly, the immoral, shall never aside his coronet, in descending from the lofty have it in their power to quote thee for their platform which bis rank entitled him to occupy, model. But be it thy ambition to be quoted as an and in mingling with others, foot to foot, in this example of virtue, integrity, firmness, industry, poble arena of intellectual conflict. This be ac- and moral courage. This is the best reflection of complished so successfully that he made you forget the spirit which made the name thou bearest a the nobleman in the man; and, in truth, I had not distinguished one. This is the best way to honour myself listened to him many moments, when every that name, and to show how the bigh and chivalother thought was absorbed in one of admiration rous spirit of the men of former times would (I had almost said of envy) of the skill and dex- display itself, if that spirit were sanctified and en-terity and workmanlike (2 Tim. ii. 15) manner in listed on the side of “him who is the Head of all which he handled his subject, and arranged and principalities and powers.” gave point to the bold and almost daring thoughts to which he was giving such forcible utterance. All made me think only of the scholar, the man of study, the man of laborious thought, of lofty and

FAMILY WORSHIP. generous enthusiasm. As I listened to that eloquence, manly, nervous, chaste, rapid, delivered | If you would wish to ascertain whether a person with unaffected ease, I thought to myself, “This whom you may have discovered in a helpless is the man who has the boldness to think for him- state is alive or dead, would you not immediately self. These are the thoughts and words of one listen attentively whether he breathes, as concluwho boldly and fearlessly throws himself into his sive evidence in that case of his being alive ? And subject ; who disdains to follow in the wake of an- did not the Lord, after Paul's conversion had other, or to repeat mere common-places, though ot taken place, assign, as a certain proof of the reality the most approved stamp and order. It was plain of his having passed from death unto life, “Bethat one object absorbed him : he spoke from hold, he prayeth”? Now, do we not learn from conviction. His aim was to convince others. His this circumstance that prayer is as much the object was to serve the cause that he had taken breath and evidence of the life of our Christian in band. The mind was bent upon it: the heart state, as the breath of the body is of its life? was full, the thoughts were clear, the tongue elo- What other conclusion, then, can we come to, of quent, the words rapid and copious. It was his the state of those who live without prayer, than evident sincerity and boldness which struck me that they are dead in the sight of God as to their most. None could hear him without being satis- spiritual state ? forgetting, as they do, that God fied of the high and intrepid spirit of the man. I is a Spirit, and must be worshipped in spirit and could read all generous and noble and daring in truth. But, when we speak of worshipping thoughts in that clear, intelligent, expressive eye. God in spirit and in truth, we must remember I saw, or thought I saw, in him that stood before that to draw nigh to him with the lips, whilst the me the stamp of the mild yet firm resolve, the heart is far from him, is not prayer; and that the generous, the lofty, and the noble aspirations. I only prayer which is acceptable to God is fervent could discern nothing indicative of the artful, prayer, proceeding from the heart, from a sense self-interested, temporizing politician. I saw the of our siniulness and need of forgiveness, and of man that would never servilely follow in the God's mercy in providing a way of reconciliation wake of others, but would boldly take his stand to himself, through the merits and intercession of in the fore-front. I observed also the shrewdness his dear Son Jesus Christ, in whose name our of the man who knew the true worth of popular prayers must be offered in order to find acceptance applause; who would accept it if it came to him with him. in the right, the fair, the direct path ; but who The importance of private prayer cannot be would never stoop to any questionable

acts to over-estimated. It has been well remarked that obtain it. There was but one feeling, I believe, a Christian grows most in his closet; but, if we




are Christians indeed, we shall worship God also things on the earth, to delight in the presence, and in our families, as well as in his bouse of prayer. ardently desire the fruition of God, is that holy love These ought we to do, and not to leave the other which is here commanded; and every thing that is undone. Perhaps there is not a surer sign of the contrary to or falls short of this is the evil we ought low state of religion in a family than in the neglect to eschew, and is forbidden in his law.-Wogan.

CAVILLING.-0 take heed of a cayilling spirit in of family worship. The word of God speaks of

matters of God: they that will not believe shall not the whole family of heaven and earth, as if com

understand. The gospel that is all light to the saints prising one body of Christians; but can it be sup' is all darkness to the cavillers—as the pillar in the posed that those who do not worship God in their wilderness; it was light to the Israelites, but to the families can be comprehended amongst the happy Egyptians darkness.-Brownrig. number above described ? Surely we need only to ask ourselves whether is of the greater value, the bodies which are so cared for in families, or the souls which are often so sadly neglected? And we must come to the conclusion that those heads

Poetry. of families, who provide for the former to the neglect of the latter, are, to all intents and pur

HYMNS FOR THE SUNDAYS IN THE YEAR. poses, starving the souls of those whose spiritual

BY JOSEPH FEARN. welfare they are bound especially to care for. And can it, then, be said that such heads of families (suggesTED BY are not disregarding a paramount duty, when they

VICE FOR THE DAY). neglect family worship? What says the word of

(For the Church of England Magazine.) God in this respect?“ Pour out thy fury upon the beathen that know thee pot, and upon the

Second SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, families that call not on thy name" (Jer. x. 25).

One object of the writer is to warn parents that, Awake, awake, Deborah ! utter a song, Arise, Barak ! unless they are fellow-worshippers with their chil- and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam.”dren on earth, they have no right to expect to JUDGES v. 12. (First lesson for the evening service). unite with them in singing the praises of their

Wake the song of Deborah ! Redeemer in heaven, and to have the blessedness

Son of Abinoam, arise ! of exclaiming, “Here am I, and the children Sing the triumphs of the Lord, which thou, O God, hast given to me.''

Shout his praises to the skies! Suppose that God Almighty should send forth his destroying angel to slay the first-born of all

Wondrous things for Israel the families who call not upon his name in family

Hath his holy arm achieved.

Great and sore their troubles were, worship, what lamentations would proceed from numbers of professed Christians who neglect this

Till his mighty hand relieved. important duty! And may it not be said that Not by human power or might the heads of such families expose themselves to a

Was the man of war o'ercome; still more fearful doom than the slaying of their But by woman's feeble hand, perishing bodies, even the destruction of their

Slain within her cottage home. never-dying souls, by neglecting family worship?

So let all thy stubborn foes God grant that every head of a family now living

Perish, Lord, before thy sight : ir the neglect of family prayer may, on reading

Let thy friends be as the sun, what is here said, come to the resolution, " As

When he travels in his might. for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

G. H.

Jesus is our glorious chief;

He has trod the press alone,
Overcome the world for us,

From the grave has rolled the stone,
The Cabinet.

Greater gifts than Sisera,

Jesus liveth to impart : Love to GOD.-As his supreme excellence can ad

From the prey he nobly won mit of no equal, so neither will his love allow of any

Spoils which satisfy the heart. rival. To love any creature whatever before God, is

And he cometh yet again, to deify that creature; for, whatever we love most, that

Evermore to make us blest, becomes our god. God only is “lovely :" he is love

Lo! his saints, in solemn train, itself; and nothing can be a greater or more fatal

Wait for their predicted rest. error, than to mistake the object of love, and prefer the creature, which is a thing of nought, before the

O my anxious soul, look forth; Creator, who is “ over all, God blessed for ever.” It

Light across the darkness steals; is therefore a most kind admonition as well as com

Thro’ the lattice lift the cry, mand : “Thou shalt have none other gods before me."

Why delay his chariot wheels ?” As much as to say, “ In all thy wants and difficulties, and in all thy dangers and distresses, come to 'me:' thou shalt have no other helper or defender, no other guide or director, no other comforter, no other friend, HUGHES, 12, Ave-Maria Lane, St. Paul's; and to be

London: Published for the Proprietors, by JOHN but me. For I'am all in all;' and all without me procured, by order, of all Booksellers in Town and Country. is empty, delusive, and vain." To have our hearts filled with thanksgiving and praise, devotion,

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DBATHS OF EMINENT CHRISTIANS. to God for his especial love to him, in taking

him into his own hands tɔ chastise, while others No. XXIV.

were exposed to the fury of their enemies, the power of pistols, and the trampling of horses. He expressed great sorrow for his sins; and, wben

it was told him that his friends conceived he did (Died 1644, aged 52.)

thereby much harın to himself, he answered, works in poetry and prose, of a moral and religious his friends that came to visit him were most diHe was the author of “Emblems,” and of other they were not his friends that would not give

bim leave to be penitent.”. His exhortations tsh kind. He was appointed under-secretary to archbishop Usber, in Ireland, from which country he vine, wishing them to have a care of the expense was driven, with the loss of nearly all his pro- of their time, and every day to call themselves to perty, by the rebellion of 1641 ; and during the an account, so that when ihey came to their bed civil wars in England the remainder of his pro- heart. And doubtless such an one was hiť, inso

of sickness they might lie upon it with a rejoicing perty, with his books and manuscripts, became sequestrated.

much that he thanked God that, whereas be As gold is purified by the fire, so were all his might justly have expected that his conscience Christian virtues more refined and remarkable should look him in the face like a lion," it rather during the time of his sickness. His patience had forgiven him his sins, and sealed his pardon ;

looked upon him like a lamb;', and that Goci was wonderful, insomuch that he would con fess no pain even then when all his friends perceived and many other heavenly expressions to the like his disease to be mortal, but still rendered thanks effect.. I might here add what blessed advice he • From “ Last Hours of Christian Men; or an Account widow, still to trust in God, wbose promise is to

gave in particular to her about to become a of the Deaths of some eminent Members of the Church of provide for the widow and the fatherless, &c. England;" by the rev. H. Clissold, M.A. London : Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.

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mies was equally Christian-like; and, when he a more perfect epitome of religious England, Scotheard that the individual whosé vindictive con- land, and Ireland, than in a regiment of the line. duct towards him had been the chief cause of his Indeed, if there be any difference between the reilluess, was called to an account for it,” his an- ligious condition of a regiment and that of a civil swer was, “God forbid : I seek not revenge: I community of similar magnitude, the bias is against freely forgive him and the rest.”

the regiment. There is a larger proportion of Ro. The remainder of his time was occupied in con- man catholics in our service than you will find templation of God and meditations upon the anywhere out of Ireland; indeed the balance of holy scripture, especially upon Christ's sufferings, numbers may be said upon the whole to agree and what a benefit those hare that by faith could very nearly with that presented by the population lay hold on him, and what virtue there was in the of the three kingdoms : about one-fourth of our least drop of his precious blood; intermingling soldiers are Ronanists, and of the remaining here and there many devout prayers and ejacula- three-fourths, one, if not more, belongs in part to tions, which continued with him as long as his the church of Scotland, and in part to other speech, and after, as could be perceived by some denominations not in conformity with the church imperfect expressions, at which time a friend of of England. To introduce into a body so cuthis exhorting him to apply himself to finish his stituted an educational system, which without course here, and prepare liimself for the world to putting in abeyance religious instruction, shouk come, he spake in Latin to this effect: “O yet deal with it in such a manner as to gratify alı sweet Saviour of the world, let thy last words without offending the prejudices of any, was a upon the cross be my last words in the world. undertaking from which timid or bigoted theorist Into thy bands, Lord, I commend my spirit; and, would have shrunk. For they greatly mistake what I cannot utter with my mouth, accept from the construction of the army who suppose that my heart and soul;” which words being uttered you can control the religious opinions and pracdistinctly to the understanding of his friend, he tices of the man by the word of command. "The fell again into his former contemplations and soldier is quite as sensitive on this head as the prayers, and so quietly gave up his soul to God, civilian; and the authorities, civil and military the 8th day of September, 1614, after he had lived under whom he acts, pay (as they ought to do) fifty-two years, and lieth buried in the parish the utmost deference to his prejudices. Divite, church of St. Leonard's, in Foster-lane.

worship our men are indeed required to attend:Francis Quarles in his religious principles was we trust the time will never come when such & firmly attached to the church of England ; and, regulation shall be dispensed with ; but they are when dying, he requested his friends that they at perfect liberty to choose the particular forms would make it universally known that, as he under which they shall worship their Maker, and was trained up and lived in the true protestant branch off any Sunday into parties, according a religion, so in that religion he died"*.

they happen to be churchmen, Roman catholics, or Reflection: It has been said truly, and agreea- protestant nonconformists. You could not force bly with all men's experience, that, if Christians sectarian teaching of any kind, or in any place, excelled in no other privilege, yet far happier are upon men so circumstanced, or upon their children. they than other men, for that their hopes are al- Yet the men themselves would reject any systein ways better.

of education which was avowedly divorced fron religious instruction. What has been done? That which we are satisfied might be done in every

town, district, and parish throughout the kingdom. MISSIONS AT HOME.

The business of the school, we mean of the chil. No. XXIV.

dren's school, opens every morning, in barracks, ut

a quarter before nine o'clock, with prayer. This "If we direct our life by Christian love and charity, then may occupy perhaps five minutes ; after which the Christ doth promise and assure

us that we be the children of trained master reads to his scholars, collected toour heavenly Father, reconciled to his favour, very members gether, a portion of scripture, and explains it in of Christ” (Homily VI., of Christian Love and Charity).

its grammatical and historical bearing deducing REGIMENTAL EDUCATION.--" The British

from the whole such a lesson in moral and reliis composed of men taken generally from the lower gious truth as it seems to convey. He touches, is orders of society. With few exceptions, our re- He has been trained to speak as the scriptures

so doing, upon no topic of sectarian controversy. cruits are composed of agricultural labourers, and speak, without casting about for inferences which operatives out of work; to whom may be added lie beneath the surface. He tells how men were a small sprinkling of tapsters, clerks, scriveners, created, how they fell, how the work of redempserving-men, and broken-down young gentlemen. tion was prepared and consummated, and illustrate They come to us from all parts of England, Scot- the moral and religious duties of the present gener land, and Ireland, and profess as many forms of Christianity as are to be found among the five-and-ration, by referring to the virtues and the vices of twenty millious of human beings which together scriptural character. Moreover, he omits no opKake up the sum of the population of the United portunity, whether he be giving a lesson in hi Kingdom. After four or five years' service, a

tory, in geography, or in natural science, of dilarge proportion of them marry ; and their children the wisdom, the justice, and the goodness of God;

recting the attention of his scholars to the power, are of course brought up in the religious opinions and it is fair to our grown-up men to state

that of their parents. So that, upon the whole, you they receive such allusions, as often as they oceur

. could not find gathered together in any one place quite as submissively and thankfully as the abil

. * Church of England Magazine, vol, iv. pp. 71, 72. dren. But beyond this the schoolmaster is

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strictly forbidden to go. To the clergymen or His age was 18 years. He never had been at any ministers who have charge of the troops is com- school. A more grossly ignorant person I think mitted the care of seeing that the lambs of their it would be impossible to find in this country. His respective flocks are fed on such crumbs of doc- notion of right and wrong was that so long as he trine as appear to them necessary for edification” obtained a living by any means he was quite jus(Edinburgh Review, April, 1852).

tified, as long as he did not commit murder: he THE BIBLE.-Some visitors of the Brunswick looked upon that as a grave crime. As there was square

“ Ladies' Bible Association" called at a no hope of his becoming a better member of house in

lane. The door was opened by a society but by taking him into the institution, I man of most repulsive aspect. The cards on the made him an offer, which he accepted. It cost table and the company by the fire plainly showed him a month's labour to learn the alphabet. So in what manner they were occupying their time. slow was he, that he was considered by the teacher In answer to his look of inquiry, the visitor asked a hopeless case. However, he was taught to read if he had a bible? "A bible? No, we ha’n’t.” and write, and to turn his hands to industrial em"Would you like to subscribe for one ?” “No, ployment. His bible was af:erwards the only we don't

want none of them sort of things bere.” book he was fond of reading. He said that, beO." I hope that you will change your mind. You can fore he came into the institution, he thought, when

have a very nice bible for ten pence; and you may people died, there was an end of them; and he pay for it by weekly payments of one penny.” always looked upon ministers of the gospel as He again replied, "We don't want one,” and taking to it as a trade to make a living by; attempted to shut the door ; but the visitors urged but," he added, 'I can understand it now. bis taking the papers at least, and promised to call He often said, 'I pray earnestly that God would again. They did 80 repeatedly, without any prog- forgive me for my sins and crimes. He left us on pect of success. On one occasion they saw his the 5th April, 1851. I received a letter from him

wife. She wished to have a bible, but feared her on the 6th of June, in whic, he states that he is = husband knowing it. She bad a baby in her in the employment of a farmer, and is in the re

arms, which was very ill ; and, after being ques- ceipt of two dollars per week, and that his master tioned as to the pature of the child's indisposition, had pronised to advance this one dollar more. He was promised that a physician should be sent, observes, that he was once an ignorant vagabond, whose skill

, with the blessing of God, would miserable in this life, with no hope in this world ; restore the child to health. The medical friend of while, as for the next, it never gave him a thought.

the visitors benevolently attended the infant, and Now,' he says, “I am happy. The bread I earn t its health was quite re-established. This evidently is sweet, because I earn it by honest means.

I I touched the heart of the father, for the aspect of often tremble when I think of what I was.' And

things was now changed. His wife was allowed he concludes by saying, May God bless you, to subscribe for a bible; and that man, formerly and all missionaries." " o repulsive, is become himself a bible subscriber, RAILWAYS AND THE LORD's Day.The and now opens the door to the visitors with a growing magnitude of the evils which are spreading kind expression of face, and the card and penny throughout the nation, through the instrumentalin bis band. The last time he was called upon ity of the Sunday cheap excursion trains, renders the bis wife was out. “Never mind,” said he, "I'll following portion of an address from the Lord's-day pay.' The visitors are always careful to inquire Society to the clergy of the parishes along the vafor the baby-the unconscious instrument 'em- rious lines well worth attention: “The injury to ployed by him whose“ ways are not as our the religion and morals of the population, caused ways,” to procure the word of life for its parent. by this open violation of the divine law, is maniThe cards have never been seen ever since. fest. The servants of railway companies, already

THE OUTCAST RECLAIMED.--"The schools much occupied with the trains ordinarily run on established by the Ragged School Union in St. the Lord's-day (there being upwards of ten thouMargaret's, Westmilster, continue to work effi- sand occasions on that day on which passengers ciendly. Upwards of 300 children are receiving are taken up and set down), are to a still greater daily instruction ; besides the institution (in Pear- extent deprived of its religious privileges by the street) in connexion with the school for affording necessity of attending on these trains. Strong an opportunity to male adult thieves, whom I temptations are held forth to vast masses of the meet with in the district, to reform their charac. population to abandon their homes and places of ters: it has been much blessed during the past worship in order to travel by them; a powerful Fear. Since my last report,”, observes the stimulus is given to indulgence in intoxication and excellent missionary whose words' I quote, “I licentiousness in those places to which the traivs have admitted from the streets and prisons 53 run; the sabbath quiet of country towns is inadults

, 22 of whom have emigrated, 5 have gone vaded and disturbed; trading on the Lord's-day to situations, and 8 still remain with us, giving is encouraged ; and the morals of the inhabitants evidence that they are sincere in their desire to are deteriorated. The committee feel that it is the reform their characters

. From many of those who imperative duty of all who are interested in the emigrated last year I have received interesting glory of God, and the religion and morals of the letters

, shewing that the labour of instruction has country, to protest against this fearful evil. With not been in vain.” The writer cites several most this view the committee would respectfully recomtouching instances of God's mercy in the conversion mend that attention should be called to the subof these poor outcasts of society. I select the ject from the pulpit, particularly of those parishes following:

is a young man whom I have more immediately affected by these trains; that known for some years, as residing in Duck-lane. memorials, numerously and respectably signed, He supported himself by passing counterfeit coin. embodying in them any facts that may have

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