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on you, for examples of patience and perseverance in it. Asia, and Africa, and our western wilderness are crying to you for help. You will not abandon their cause. The satisfaction with which the friends of missions universally regard your labours; the hope that the fruits of them ere long will begin to appear among the heathen; and above all, the approbation of God and the exalted satisfaction of doing good, are cogent motives to excite your continued and persevering efforts, to carry on the great work in which you are engaged. Be not weary then; “ In due time you shall reap, if you faint not.” Go on and prosper! Multitudes, whose faces you never can behold on earth, will meet you at the bar of God, to thank you with emotions which surpass utterance, for your labours of love in rescuing them from destruction!

Dear Brethren, who this day publicly consecrate yourselves to the Saviour, and to declare his gospel among the perishing nations ;

You will indulge me in the exhortation to you, not to be weary in well doing. You have begun a course of the highest honor; but attended too, with the most awful responsibility. God only knows the trials and obstacles, with which you will meet. Your minds should be now made up, never to be wearied or discouraged with them. It is uncertain, from the nature of the case, whether you may not be called to march to the gates of glory, in the bloody but luminous path which Stephen trod. Are your minds made up, to this point; are they settled here, so far as the heart of man can be trusted? If not, abandon now the cause which you profess to espouse. Put not the holy cause which we advocate, to the shame of an effort to cover fickleness and desertion. The missionary of the cross is not to count his

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life dear; he is to count all things but loss, for the escellency of the knowledge of God. So did the best missionary who ever proclaimed redeeming love to the heathen—and you must walk in his steps. Are you prepared to do it? Go then, proclaim the everlasting gospel to every creature. Go publish in India the glad tidings of a Saviour. Go, and with the thunders of the divine word shake the temples of Brahma, and make them totter to the ground. Hold on high the blazing torch of Revelation, and scatter its rays over regions enveloped in more than Egyptian darkness.

Go too, and lift up once more the voice of the jubilee trumpet, on the hill of Zion. Too long have her sacred palaces been desolate, and her walls been broken down. Go, tell the inhabitants of that consecrated city, so long the object of the divine love and vengeance-here Jesus lived; here he prayed; here he taught. There, in that garden, he sweat drops of blood on your account ; Fonder he was crowned with thorns, spit upon, and buf fetted. Here he was crucified-and nature was veiled in mourning. See here; these rocks were rent in twain with the shock which the earth received by his expiring breath. There he burst the bars of death, and ascended to glory. The same Jesus still lives. He offers you pardoning mercy now-he sets eternal glories before

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And if they will not hear; if Jewish obstinacy, or Pagan superstition, or Mohammedan cruelty should light the fires of persecution, and seize you, as the band with Judas did the Saviour; go with them to Calvary; and as you ascend the scaffold there, planted on the spot where Jesus' blood was shed-proclaim once more, with your dying breath, a crucified, an all sufficient Saviour, And if they will not relent; then open your bosom to the pointed dagger, and say ; Strike; you may reach my heart; but Jesus of Nazareth still lives! Imitate the dying Saviour, and the dying Stephen; pray for your murderers; and then follow those martyrs in the bright way which they have led, to the regions of eternal glory.

Dear brethren, we commend you to God, and the word of his grace. May the divine Saviour encircle you in the arms of his mercy! May the divine Spirit make the gospel which you preach, the power of God and the wisdom of God, to the salvation of many perishing heathen!

To the Respected Friends,who by their appearance here to-day, proclaim their interest in the cause of missions, (and to all in our country who love this cause, could my voice reach them,) would I say, “ Be not weary in well doing.” You will not, you cannot desert these dear young men, and others like them, who are consecrated to the great work of God among the heathen. To you they look for encouragement and support. On you they must lean; and under God you must be the means of their future usefulness and success. Will you ever be weary of that cause for which the Saviour died? Will you not make one effort at least, to send back the knowledge of the gospel to that very spot, from which it flowed out to the whole earth? The Board of Foreign Missions, those who are consecrated to this work, the perishing heathen look to your bounty, your prayers, and your efforts. Persevere then, in the good work, which you have begun. In due time you shall reap, if you faint not. Should you not find your reward, in the wished for success of the gospel among the heathen; you will find it in a better world, and receive it from him, who has reserved for all that love him and serve his cause, an inheritance which is incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away. AMEN.

ADDRESS TO THE MISSIONARIES,*

BY SAMUEL WORCESTER, D.D.

Reverend and Beloved Brethren,

It is a transaction of momentous import. Before this day the Lord had set you apart for himself. You were not your own. By obligations never to be violated, you were holden, to live not unto yourselves, but unto him who had called you unto his kingdom and glory :-to do whatever he should require ; to go wherever he should direct.-Now you have your special designation.

Not only are you called, with all saints, to be devoted disci. ples and followers of the Lord Jesus; but you are ordained his ministers, his ambassadors, officially to testify the gospel of his grace, and in his name to persuade men to become reconciled to God :-not ordinary ministers--not settled pastors of churches ;

but teachers of the Gentiles-MissionARIES TO THE HEATHEN. - This is your high-your sacred designation. The work where

unto the Holy Ghost hath called you; and to which, by prayer and the laying on of hands, in the presence of earth and heaven, you are this day separated.

You are separated from the world--from all that is in the world, which is not of the Father-that you may be Christ's. You are separated from all secular occupations, pleasures, emol. uments, and preferments, that you may give yourselves devotedly

* The Rev. ALFRED FINNEY, before an ordained Minister, was joined with Messrs. FISK, SPAULDING, Winslow, and WOODWARD, in the designation to the Heathen, and participated in the Address, or Charge, and Right Hand of Fellowship.

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