press its gratitude to God in ad- ligion in your commerce with vaneing the interests of his mankind, ihan if you had wilkingdom.

fully shut your eyes against the " True piety, confiding in light of gospel trath, turned , God, is never backward to con

away your ear from the voice fess him ; declines no duties to of reason, and perversely lawhich he calls, and no trials boured to eradicate from your into which he leads it : it is heart those sentiments of reliashamed of nothing but its gion which spontaneously spring imperfections in his service

up there ? Can any man acand afraid of nothing in com- knowledge you for Christians, parison of his displeasure ; is if with all his searching he can solicitous above all things to find no piety about you, or no maintain its character, and to more of godliness than the form? live in the world as a servant

You cannot suspect that it of, and dependent upon God; as would hurt you with your Maentrusted by him with ten ker if you lived godly, as well talents; as indebted to him for

as soberly and righteously, in ten thousand comforis ; as an the world : religion, would not heir of his promises, and an im- hurt you with the great object of itator of his glory.

religion. Do you think, then, 66 In the character of Jesus that it would hurt you with the you have the fairest and most world ? If you thought so, and perfect portrait of the piety if that thought were true, dictawhich ought to distinguish your ted by reason, and established eonduct to the world. Can any by experience, yet who could thing be more reaso

sopable, than hesitate between two such unthat you, who through him equal masters as the world and have such glorious displays of God; and between two such the perfections of God, and unequal periods, as the life that such liberal communications of

now is, and that which is to his love, should not live as be- come? ing without God and without “ But in truth, religion will hope in the world ? Can any not hurt you with the world, any thing be more reasonable than

more than with its Maker. that you should live to his glory “Godliness bath the promise of who gave you life ? Can any the life that now is, and of that thing be more reasonable than which is to come.” According that your religion should ex- to the ordinary course of divine press itself in your conversa- providence, piety enjoys the tion? Can any thing be more happiness of both. For superabsurd than that the followers stitious fancies, for fanatic of Jesus should show no more of flights, for the empty forms of piety in all their conduct than godliness, for the high-strained those who have no knowledge of affectation of religion, it is prohim or of his Father ? Can anybable you may suffer, if in no thing be more unnatural or in other way, yet at least in the excusable, than that there esteem of the wise and good ; should be no more traces of re- and it is just that for these Vol. VI.-No. 2.


things you should suffer in their will endear you to the best of esteem, But pure religion, a men, and render you respectagenuine and unaffected piety, ble even to the worst.”




Thou’rt growing old, thy head is gray, Has envy ne'er thy breast annoy'd
Life, like a spectre, glides away ; All good which others have enjoy'd ?
The evening shades are gathering fast,
Thy feeting day will soon be past ! Hast thou according to thy store,

Been lib'ral always to the poor?
Then on the verge of life's decline

And didst thou, sympathetic, grieve Be solemn Recollection mine! O'er ills which thou couldst not relieve? Review the hours forever gone ; The hour of death comes hastning on. Hast thou been kind to all thy friends,

Not seeking merely selfish ends? Ah! has improvement, Conscience, And hast thou from thy early youth

Adher'd to plain and simple truth? Kept pace with life's advancing day? Have all the hours thou hast enjoy'd Were all thy dealings strictly just, To the best purpose been employ'd ? And faithful always to thy trust ?

Have those who watch'd thee never How much has pass'd in airy dreams,

found In idle visionary schemes ?

Thy footsteps on forbidden ground? But though this time was spent amiss How much was spent much worse Hast thou been thankful for that lights than this?

Which Heaven has shed o'er Nature's

night? Has not thy breast with anger burn'd, Hast thou the Gospel çightly priz’d, And ill for ill how oft return'd ? And ne'er its sacred truths despis'd ? Nay, hast thou not misunderstood ; And evil oft return'd for good ! Say hast thou kept thy heart from sin?

Has all been pure and right within ? Hast thou been thankful to the Power Didst thou in secret always be Which sav'd thy life in danger's hour? As seeing Him who seeth thee ? With blessings who has crown'd thy days,

The past review'd with solemn care Say what returns of grateful praise ? Will call for penitence, and prayer

To Him alone who can forgive, When he chastis'd, think, hast thou And bid the penitent to live ! then

Philanthropist, March, 1816. Submissive to his chastening been ? Say, didst thou not aloud repine The Philanthropist gives these lines When Heaven had cross'd some fond as composed by a gentleman of Bosdesign?

ton, and first published in Poulson's

American Daily Advertiser foi Oct. 9, Or, if thy speech has been restrain'd,

1815. Has not a secret murm’ring pain'd ?

RELIGION-BY J. EDMESTON, JON. THERE is a calm, the poor in spirit There is a peace, that dwells within know,

the breast, That softens sorrow, and that sweetens When all without is stormy and disThere is a light that gilds the darkest to the mistrustful eye no God is seen, hour,



No higher power appears to rule the When danger's thicken, and when scene ; troubles low'r ;

Hence all is doubt, anxiety, and fear, That calm to faith, and hope, and love If danger threatens, or if grief be near, is given

While the believer every danger braves, That peace remains when all beside is Trusts his light bark, nor fears the riven

threatning waves ; That light shines down to man direct And, when the tempest seems to overfrom heaven.

whelm, RELIGION, wanderer! only can be- Faith views a Providence direct the stow,

helm. The all of happiness that's felt below;

Atheneum, June 2, 1817.




PRUDENT MAN'S FRIEND SO- of which sum 4,3611. 16s. 70. have

been received since the last annual Ar Bristol, England, a Society has meeting.”_4191, had been loaned to been formed under the name now be. 1,200 persons. ?,453 vagrants and fore us. The following extracts from travellers had been relieved by the their Report, December, 1816, will bounty of the society. On account of show the character and object of the the great scarcity and distress, the Society,

Committee had established soup shops " To raise the labouring man from at which they distributed a comforta. the degraded state into which the ble meal daily, to about 1000 persons. poor laws and injudicious charity have The Committee add, a tendency to sink him ; to cherish " That at a time when the utmost the konest independence of spirit, exertions of benevolence are barely which would lead him to refuse the sufficient to keep famine from the aid of others in the maintenance of houses of our poor, it is impossible to himself and family ; and to teach him prevent the mind from continually rethat industry and prudence are a curring to the loss, which this society, more certain and inexhaustible re- in common with every distressed indisource than the bouuty of the rich; vidual and every association for the appears now to be the aim not only of good of others, within what he consi, enlightened individuals, but of a large dered as his sphere of action, have body of men assembled in the benevo- sustained in our venerable and relent hope of lessening those distresses spected vice-president, RICHARD which war and a peculiarly unfavora- REYNOLDS. The views of this truly ble season, have brought upon us.” great man, in the science of political

hos Before such just views of the real economy, were as enlightened as his interests of the laboring classes, every benevolence was extensive. Το impediment to the growth of the mo- teach the idle, the thoughtless, and ral and social virtues among them the improvident, the value of industry, must quickly disappear, and especially prudence, and economy, were, in his that monstrous system, by which one opinion, in the attainment of the obman's family is suppor:ed by the labor ject of the labors of his long life, the of another man's hand. Indeed to happiness of his fellow-creatures, and tax industry and foresight for the sup- though he never turned from suffering, port of idleness and improvidence is whether the consequence of impruan anomaly in legislation which can- dence, or the result of misfortune, he not long be tolerated in the 19th cen- knew that, important as is the duty

of relieving distress, there is one still “There have been deposited in higher, that of preventing it. As the your fund of savings 7,3981. 166. 3d, friend of the prudent man, therefore,



this Society might be called his adopt- 66 That a lady approved by this ed child ; without his approbation of Committee be appointed as superinthe plan, the original promoters of it tendant of the establishment, and that would hardly have ventured to make the regulations of the household be it public. From the first meeting, placed under her direction. which was held with a view to its és. “ That one of the managing Comtablishment, to the day on which it mittee be annually elected President; received the sanction of the citizens of and, as head of the establishment visit Bristol and inhabitants of Clifton, in the house and direct the due obserythe Guildhall, his attention to its in- ance of all the regulations. terests was unremitted; he was among The plan is published under the the most bountiful of the annual sub- - sanction of the Queen who has made scribers to its support, he endowed the a donation of 3001. and signified an inloan fund, with the noble donation of tention of subscribing annually 1001. 100 guineas, and his venerated name, Five Princesses have given 501. each. seldom pronounced by the poor man

One Duchess 2001. The contribuwithout a blessing, gave to the bank tors and subscribers are from the noof savings a stability in the eyes of bility and gentry ;-the names given those for whose benefit it was iutend. are numerous, and the contributions ed, which the wealth of the city would of large amount. The Society has 4 not have imparted.

When the name

Patrons and 13 Patronesses ; the Paof REYNOLDS appeared, experience trons are the Lord Bishop of Durham, had taught the laboring man that there the Lord Bishop of St. David's, the was good in store for him.

Lord Bishop of Meith, and the Earl of “ Your Committee with pride and Sheffield. pleasure remind you, that he who gave medicine to the sick ; was ' eyes to

LADIES ASSOCIATION. the blind ; fed the hungry ; clothed To the Editor of the Christian Disciple. the naked; bade the prisoner and the DEAR SIR, -In the summer of 1816 slave be free'; supported the rising I was at Batả in England ; and was fabric of your Society on his shoulders, much interested by an account which till its completion.

I heard there of “ The Ladies Asso“Our central stay is gone ; another ciation" on " a Plan for improving single pillar of equal strength and the situation of Ladies of respectable equal beauty we cannot hope to raise; character and small fortunes." This but let united efforts, like a clustered plan had then, I think, been in operacolumn, continue to support the tion a few months, and the Associabuilding, which, may prove a shelter tion consisted of 'nine or ten ladies. from the storms of adversity to gene- From the lady to whom I was particurations yet unborn."

larly indebted for my information on “ It is now proposed that an estab- the subject, I have recently received lishment on a limited scale be formed the papers which I enclose to you. If by way of trial, and if successful, of you think any part of them will be inexample.

teresting to the readers of the Disciple, t" That a fund be raised by sub- you are at liberty to publish them. scription of the nobility and gentry,

Yours affectionately.' applicable in the first instance to promote and sustain the primary institu- The papers referred to in the above tion; and ultimately to give general note, have been perused. The object extension and permanent security to is of the benevolent character ; but at such establishments throughout the present we have room only for a genekingdom.

ral view of the plan, and a few facts. " That with a view to the immedi- The following are extracts from the ate furtherance of the object, an asso- printed proposal of the 6 Plan for imciation be formed of Ladies, among proving the situation of Ladies of rewhom a certain number will act as spectable character and small fortune. patronesses and superintendants of “ It has been anxiously wished that the undertaking; and that a managing a plan could be effectually brought committee be appointed to establish forward, which should induce Ladies the primary institution,

of rank and influence throughout the

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kingdom, to unite for the purpose of among them as rewards, according to affording assistance and protection to merit, adjudged by the managers and females of reputable families, who are, weekly visitors present. These little by the death of parents, or by other scholars made a decent appearance, calamities, much reduced from the conducted themselves with propriety, state of comfort to which they had and seemed to be highly gratified ; dobeen accustomed.

ing their governess credit, and affordA School for teaching Girls, ing general satisfaction to the comCHILDREN of the indigent poor, to pany. read, write, and sew, was established One circumstance I cannot well .at Guldford, in Surry, about a year mit noticing, for the introduction of ago, by some of the inhabitants, who which, without the author's permiscontribute towards its support by do- sion, I hope to be excused as no name nations and annual subscriptions upon is mentioned. A small box was prothe most liberal plan ; it being open vided, and placed on one of the tato all, without distinction or excep- bles, having the following appropriate tion as to religious professions. lines neatly inscribed on the lid, with

The children, between 70 and 80 in an aperture between, to receive donanumber, were invited lately to the tions; they were composed for the ochouse of a subscriber where, on a con- casion by a respectable female decidvenient adjacent lawn, tables were edly attached to the Institution. spread with various small articles of

M. B : clothing, &c. which were distributed

Stranger! if e'er thy bosom understood
The sweet delight, the bliss of doing good,
Drop here a mite, to aid the kind design

Of guiding youth to virtue's sacred shrine ;
To instruct the Poor in paths before untrod ;
To love their friends, their Bible, and their God.”

Philanthropist, Oct. 1815.

Letter from a Kalmuck Prince 10 the low and the other in red binding-and

President of the Russian Bible So- read therein. ciety.

You request me first to read, myself, To our highly exalted Lord and for my own salvation, the word of Emperor's privy Counsellor, member God contained in this book, and also of the Council of State, General Di- to afford my subjects opportunity to rector of the Spiritual affairs of foreign hear the same and acquire knowledge fellow believers, President of the su- therefrom.-2ndly to grant assistance pereminent Bible Society and Knight to the two men who came to us from of many orders, the most noble Prince Sarpeta the last Spring to learn our Alexander Galitzin ; the Prince of Mongolian language, viz. Gottfried the Choschooten, Tumen Dschirga- Schill and Christian Hubner, for that lang reports in all humility.

purpose, and to interest myself in their On the 19th of the 1st siger month, protection and aid of their other wants I received with joy your letter written and necessaries. on the Ist of the Mouse month of the In pursuance of your first order I last wooden Swine Year, together with not only read myself the doctrine of two copies of the history of the merci- the infinitely merciful God Jesus ful God, Jesus Christ, translated into Christ, but I have also presented our our Mongolian language, one in yel- Lama with a copy which he reads

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