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among the converted heathen, at one introduced to move the first resolution. chapel, at a prayer meeting early on a He commences by apologizing for harSabbath morning. Is it with pleasure, ing come unprepared ; he had no inor with pain, that a missionary stands tention of speaking, but as the chairup at such meetings to address little man has called upon him he must say more than empty seats ?
something. He then descants for Another source of pain arises from twenty minutes, or more, upon the ex. the improper manner in which many of cellent report just read, and sits down the public meetings are conducted by apologizing for having detained the They commence with singing five or meeting so long with what his deep six verses ; a neighbouring minister is humility leads him to call his crude rethen called upon to pray. Instead of marks. The gentleman called upon to a few appropriate petitions, I have second the resolution cannot think of heard a prayer of twenty minutes long; detaining the meeting one moment commencing with adoration and going after the eloquent speech by his friend through all the parts of prayer as who has preceded him; but, lest his divided by Dr. Watts and others. silence should be construed into inThen the chairman thinks he must difference to the cause, he must say a necessarily make an opening speech, few words. After a speech of about and he commences by expressing his half an hour, prepared for the occasion, surprise that they should have called he most cordially seconds the resolution him to the chair, while there are so so ably moved by his friend. The many other persons who could fill it chairman reads the resolution, though much better than he. The object of it has been read twice before ; but the meeting is then stated as minutely prior to putting it for their adoption, as though all present were perfectly he must comment a little upon the exignorant of the purpose for which they cellent speeches to which they have had assembled. He next states that it just listened. is not necessary for him to bring forth Their old friend, the Rev. B. C., of any arguments in favour of the mis- D., is now introduced, to move the sionary enterprise. A variety of ob- second resolution. He begins by exjections are then enumerated which pressing the pleasure he feels in meetformerly used to be brought against ing them again ; but having spoken to this work. Twenty minutes or half-an- them so many times on this subject, he hour having elapsed, the secretary is feels at a loss to know what view of requested to read the report. As the the missionary work he should now secretary does not generally have to take. He then gives the greater part move or second a resolution, he works of a missionary sermon, which he has up his speech in the report. Instead lately preached in the neighbourhood. · of a brief report of what has been done I was at a meeting, not long since, by that auxiliary during the past year, where I heard from the platform a rethe reins of the imagination have been gular missionary sermon, with its divigiven to fancy, and the most beautiful sions, subdivisions, &c., just as it had pictures of the millennial glory are pre- been delivered from the pulpit. The sented to our view as the effect of mis. gentleman called upon to second the sionary labour. Then comes the finan- resolution states, that he should think cial account. Esquire B.'s guinea must it the height of folly, at this advanced be mentioned separately, and the sum period of the evening, to detain the collected by Miss T. must be published meeting by anything which he could with a long list of others, lest any offer, especially as the missionary, who should think their services are slighted. has much interesting matter to comAt last the sum total is announced municate, has yet to speak. He will, fifteen, or it may be twenty or twenty, however, venture to make one observafive, pounds. The Rev. A. B. is now tion. Having spent ten or fifteen mi
nutes in making that observation, he your sermons, your prayers, and your sits down, begging pardon for having conversation with the individual memtrespassed upon their time. After a bers of the church? Do the people of few more remarks by the chairman, the your charge feel convinced, from your resolution is carried. Now the mis- public services and your private intersionary is introduced. It is considered, course with them, that it is as much by these friends, good policy to keep their duty to propagate the gospel, as the missionary till towards the last, for it is to believe it? Are your people they say the people will be sure to deeply affected with the solemn thought stop to hear the missionary. But what that they are not their own ? that, is the time of night? Nearly nine having been bought with the precious o'clock, or perhaps a little after. I blood of Christ, they are bound to glohave frequently been called upon to rify God, every day of their lives, with speak after nine o'clock. A brother their body and their spirit, which are missionary, who had many interesting his? Many of the people have not facts to relate, was called upon five an opportunity of reading the misminutes before ten. Many servants sionary intelligence as published in the and the heads of families had been un- various periodicals of the day. Do der the necessity of leaving the meet you take every opportunity of making ing long before it was over. Late as them acquainted with the information it may be, another hymn must still received from time to time from misbe sung, and, according to custom, the sionary stations? I have learned, from singers must repeat the last two lines. personal observation, that where there I have heard the last part of a hymn is a missionary pastor, there is a missung eight times over, the tune re sionary people. I know a minister quiring it four times. Then, instead of who, a few years ago, said to a mispronouncing the benediction, another sionary, who went to preach at his prayer must be offered. Are meetings chapel, “ Every sixpence you take thus conducted calculated to produce from my people, you take out of my pleasure or pain? While these pro- pocket." For the last two or three fessed friends of the Redeemer have years, there has been no collection for been congratulating each other on the the Missionary Society at that place. "mighty works " which they have done I need not say what is the state of towards saving a ruined world, souls things in that church. Anything but have been perishing. While the minis- prosperous. ters of the gospel have been apolo- I am acquainted with a minister who, gizing for not being prepared to plead when he settled over a church and the cause of missions, multitudes of congregation, some eight or nine years the heathen have gone beyond the ago, found them doing nothing for the reach of mercy.
missionary cause. He attended a county Fathers and brethren in the minis- missionary meeting. Having nothing try! bear with me. Permit me to ask from his people, he felt so ashamed, you, and I do it most respectfully and that he advanced 51. 2s. in their name, affectionately, Where shall we look - resolving, that when he returned home, to whom shall we look-to find the he would preach a missionary sermon principal cause of this want of interest and make a collection, out of which he in the missionary cause, so painfully would pay himself the 5l. 2s. He manifest in thousands of church mem- took an early opportunity of bringing bers? Is it to be attributed altogether the subject before his people. A colto the people themselves ? Have none lection was made, which amounted to of you satisfied yourselves by bringing 21. 12s., leaving him minus 21. 10s. the subject of missions before your He determined to try what could be people at stated periods, instead of done during the ensuing year. He did making it a very prominent feature in not wait till the next anniversary, and
then try what his people would do ; he commenced at once, and they collected that year 251.; the following year, 281. ; and the next, 421. In addition to this, they added, (without a word being said to them on the subject,) 301. per annum to their minister's salary. That church is now in a very flourishing condition. Them that ho nour God, God will honour.
I attended a missionary meeting where it was stated, in the financial account, that, two years ago, the various churches united had sent to the Parent Society 6001. ; but that last year the same churches sent only 2001.; and the reason assigned was, that there had been no deputation the last year to visit them. To what conclusion could a missionary come, on hearing such a statement as this ? Must not his mind be painfully impressed with the convic. tion, that neither ministers nor people could feel much interest in missionary work; that the salvation of the heathen
must depend upon the Society, and not upon them ; that if the directors send a deputation, some of the ministers would lend them their pulpits, some of the people would lend then their ears, and a few would part with a little of their money, to assist in sending the gospel to the perishing heathen ? Oh! when will the day come when minister and people will see the importance of this subject, and feel their own awful responsibility ? Tremble, my dear friends, lest the blood of the heathen should be upon you, and upon the people of your charge. Time is shorteternity is at hand-souls are going to perdition by millions, saying to each other, as they sink to the bottomless pit, “ No man cared for my soul." “ My beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always aboumding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
At supper, when the bread he took,
“Men of Galilee," they said, And bless'd, and brake, and gave,
“ Why thus gazing stand ye here? It was the very voice and look
In like manner shall your Head, Of Him who died to save !
This Jesus, re-appear."
Now no more their loss they mourn, They knew him then-their bosoms burn'd
But wait the event with joy, He vanish'd from their sight;
To Jerusalem return, They to their brethren swift return'd,
And fervent prayer employ; And told them with delight.
Power descending from above,
At the season fix'd was given, Vouchsafe a visit, Lord, like this,
As the influence of His love, But never disappear :
Who intercedes in heaven. In life, in death, 'tis perfect bliss,
To feel the Saviour near!
Acts i. 9-12.
His royalties to claim !
Upon his followers came :
Felt as they upward gazed.
Judges xili. 19, 20.
And thus the conference ended :
With fear and wonder blended.
And see the Saviour bleeding, -
To heaven, where he is pleading,
With love and joy exceeding.
Then two men beside them stood,
In beautiful array,
Which bore their Lord away;
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
A HEBREW GRAMMAR ; containing a co. authors; while others, such as those of Ge
pious and systematic development of the senius and Nordheimer, though more simEtymology and Punctuation of that Lan. ple, are more for the use of those who are guage. By SAMUEL RANSOM, Classical
advanced in the language, than adapted to and Hebrew Tutor in Hackney Theologi. the exigences of students who wish to be cal Seminary, Author of “ Biblical To.
initiated into its elements. Others, of which pography,'' &c. 1843. pp. 201.
we have abundance, are exclusively elemenSnow, London.
tary, furnishing a mere skeleton of the first Of Hebrew Grammars, both in our own principles, so that, however suitable they and foreign languages, there is no lack. may be as helps to those who enjoy the They are to be found of every form and benefits of oral instruction, they leave stusize, and in number amounting to several dents generally in a state of great uncerhundreds ; so that, on hearing of any new tainty with respect to the phenomena which production of the kind, we are almost tempted meet them at almost every step. to regard it as the offspring of enthusiastic The work before us is not liable to any of sciolism, and exhibiting indications of pe- these objections, but treats the subject in a dantry and pride, rather than furnishing manner sufficiently simple to facilitate the proofs of solid scholarship, or of real philo efforts of a beginner, and is at the same time logical improvement. Some of those pub eminently calculated to render his progress lished abroad are so involved in obscurity by solid and satisfactory. It is divided into the influence of the transcendental philoso- three parts. The first part, consisting of phy, that, in many instances, there is no twenty-three chapters, is occupied with acpossibility of divining the meaning of their cidence, or an explanation of the vowel signs, syllabication, pronunciation, and the people and principles upon whom they have different parts of speech. The author com- turned their backs. mences with the simpler elements of the We are of opinion that Nonconformists language, such as the conjunctions, preposi. have been too little anxious to provide a tions, articles, pronouns, and adverbs, and popular literature for the use of the younger then takes up the verbs, nouns, and adjec members of their churches ; they have their tives. In the second part, containing eleven standard works upon the history of Dissent; chapters, he enters into a full and systematic and are by no means wanting in able trea. examination of the principles involved in tises upon theology, biblical criticism, and the vowel changes, showing how they are hermeneutics, but there is a great lack effected by increment, construction, apo. among them of that class of writings which cope, paragoce, accents, euphony, &c. The tends, in a popular and engaging manner, to third part is occupied with the accents, familiarize the young with the honourable showing their forms, designations, positions, ancestry of Nonconformity, with the names and uses. Great pains have been bestowed and virtues of those distinguished men who upon the composition of the work, especially have espoused its principles, and with those in determining the diversified changes of the touching incidents in its history which ought vowel points, and developing the principles to rivet the attachment of its friends, and which operate in those changes. The book engage their piety itself to hold it fast to the is got up in the best style, and, so far as we third and fourth generation. Among churchhave observed, with great accuracy; and, men there is a kind of floating literature, what is none of the least recommendations, is some portions of it indeed very objection. the boldness of the Hebrew type, which not able, which tends to foster attachments to only gives no pain to the eye, but must, recognised usages; but among Noncon. through that organ, produce an impression formists little of this kind exists, save in the greatly favourable to the exercise of memory. lucubrations of the periodical press.
We most cordially recommend this Gram. The times are such as to require of Non. mar to all who are desirous of acquiring a conformists a greater attention to this negsolid acquaintance with the ancient and sa. lected department of literature. They are cred language of the Hebrews; and cannot now in a position, arising from the affecting entertain a doubt that the reception it will aspect of the Establishment, to exert a meet with from the public, will encourage mighty influence for good or evil. If they the author to proceed with the additional are true to themselves, and filled with the volume on Hebrew Syntax and Prosody, to spirit of truth and love, they may confer inwhich he refers in his preface.
calculable benefits on their country and posterity. We firmly believe that many of them
feel the great responsibility which now LETTERS ON PURITANISM and Noncon.
presses upon them as witnesses for the truth FORMITY. By Sir JOHN BICKERTON
of God. May all of them be made fully Williams, Knt., LL.D., F.S.A. 12mo.
alive to the high service to which God is pp. 202.
now calling them! Jackson and Walford.
We are much gratified to find a layman of This is just the kind of volume we have Sir J. B. Williams's piety and intelligence for some time wished to see. Without en taking up the defence of scriptural, en. tering into the formal defence of Noncon- lightened, and catholic Nonconformity. His formity as a system, it is calculated to foster letters exhibit a fine specimen of the Chriscandid and enlightened views of Noncon- tian, the scholar, and the gentleman. They formists themselves. There is a tendency in show to demonstration that Puritanism and many departments, both of the secular and Nonconformity have ranked on their side religious press of this country, to depreciate men of the first intellect, of profound erudi. the learning, piety, and virtue of Noncon- tion, and of seraphic piety. They hold up an formists; and to indulge in a style of remark example for dissenters to imitate, and enter respecting them obviously tending to lower
a protest against that low and contemptible them in public opinion, and to withdraw, il treatment which they so often receive at the possible, from their communion, the more hands of churcbmen, and more especially educated classes who now belong to their since Tractarianism and high Church prin churches. The species of traduction to ciples became rampant in the country. A which we refer, and which has been indulged more seasonable contribution could scarcely in too freely by evangelical church organs, have been made to our literature at the preas well as others, has had its effect. Not a sent moment. We recommend it to the few of the children of Dissenters have gone whole reading population of Great Bri. over to the Church of England, and have tain, more especially to the intelligent and become almost rabid in their opposition to wealthy classes of the community. If can. their former connexions; and some of them did and right-hearted churchmen would look have betrayed lamentable ignorance of the into it, they would be constrained to blush