Imatges de pÓgina

and then should die, and lose his soul, what

CONVERTS FROM INFIDELITY.-No. IV. shall it profit him? Profit him! my brethren: I should mock you, did I


question by way of simple inquiry. It is not meant

George LYTTELTON, the eldest son of Sir Thomas so, but rather to intimate his unutterable loss,

Lyttelton, Bart. of Hagley in the county of Worcester,

was born at Hagley, Jan. 17, 1709. He was sent to “ He loses himself, and is cast away.” He Eton when very young, where he speedily distinsells himself for nothing. He barters his guished himself; and on his removal to Christ Church, everlasting inheritance, and dooms himself to Oxford, he continued to pursue his studies with ardour, the rack of unending misery for a momentary of " Blenheim," and by composing. the " Progress of

and to testify his genius for poetry, by the publication satisfaction. How many of us, my brethren, Love.” Here he also sketched the plan of his "Perare making this bargain! How many of us sian Letters.” Having left Oxford when nineteen, he are exposing ourselves to all its consequences!

set out on the tour of Europe. On his arrival at Paris How many of us are taking the world in bar

he became acquainted with the hon. Mr. Poyntz, the

British minister at Versailles; who was so much pleased ter for our souls! Do you say, my breth- and struck with his abilities, that he invited him ren, " But I am doing this only for the pre- to his house, and employed him in several political sent; and by and by I shall reverse it, and, I negotiations, which he transacted in the most satis

factory manner. hope, save my soul,"—then at this hour you

After remaining for a considerable

time at Paris, he proceeded to Lyons and Geneva, and confess you make and stand to this bargain, thence departed on his route. At Rome he studied and non, at least, mean to choose the world, with much intenseness and success the works of art though you should lose your soul. Oh! abounding in that city, and arrived at a thorough what shall it profit you? If each one of you architecture.

knowledge of the merits of painting, sculpture, and could gain all the world, what would it profit “During the whole of his travels," says Mr. Crichyou? But this not one of you can do. ton, * "his moral conduct appears to have been highly It is not for all the world that you lose


correct and exemplary, and he displayed a literary soul, but for a small and vile portion of it,

enthusiasm rarely to be met with among young men for its “riches, that take to themselves wings coffee-houses frequented by the English, and indulg

of fortune. Instead of spending his time at the and fly away"- for its pleasures, that leave ing in all the fashionable vices and follies of the counthe heart hollow and corrupt-for its cares,

tries through which he passed, his constant practice that oppress you with a yoke “grievous to

was, to divide his hours alternately between study and

the society of men of distinguished character or literary be borne ;"—it is for these that men barter acquirements. By such habits alone he considered their own souls. What doth it profit them? that the great object of travelling,--the enlargement Ask Haman, the wealthy and powerful prince of the mind, --could ever be effectually accomplished; of Persia, and he will tell you, "All these

and this object he never ceased to pursue with the

most laudable diligence and zeal. With his relations things profit me nothing." Ask the wisest and friends at home he regularly corresponded. Seand richest sovereign that ever swayed a veral of his letters to his father are still extant, no less sceptre, and he will answer, " The profit of all admirable for the elegance of their composition than these things is but vanity and vexation of for their expressions of filial affection and duty; and spirit.” Ask Dives, whom our blessed Lord they display acute judgment and sound principles, as

well as tender attachment to his relations." has shewn us enduring the loss of his soul, It is to be feared, that far different use of foreign and he will point to his scorching fires, and travel has been made by many who have set out on it say, “ I am tormented in this flame."

for the enlargement and improvement of the mind;

and that too much of that laxity of religious principle, Let us remember, my brethren, it is our

and licentiousness of conduct, which is the bane of our own soul that is at stake — that soul whose country, may be traced to imbibing continental habits, salvation the Son of God humbled himself and imitating continental customs. The youth sent to unto death to secure,—it is our own soul

travel anters on very dangerous ground; snares and whose loss we endanger. Let me entreat

temptations meet him at every step of his journey;

and any mental culture, any enlargement of views, you, my brethren-let me conjure you all

which may be gained by visiting the continent, will be by the value of your souls, and the terrors of far more than counterbalanced by the adoption of their loss, resolve this day by Divine grace principles which have a tendency to relax those

restraints which religion imposes.f It will be seen, to save them. Come humbly as sinners, but

that even though not engaged in the licentious scenes come believingly, to that blood of sprinkling which lead too many to visit the continent, Mr. Lyttelwhich was shed for our salvation. Remem- ton's principles were not improved by his tour. ber that the agonies of Gethsemane and Cal- On his return from the continent in 1729, he was vary were endured that we might not lose

made page of honour to the princess royal, and soon

after elected M.P. for Oakhampton, for which place our souls. Then will you lose them? Oh he was returned for several parliaments, with the that the Divine Spirit would so apply his entire approval of his constituents, and without exword to our hearts, that each of us might save pense to himself. He joined the list of Sir Robert his soul, though he should lose the world!

Walpole's opponents, and distinguished himself for bis oratory, and full knowledge of the measures on which he spoke. He became secretary to the Prince of Wales, father of George III., who, being driven

• Converts from Infidelity, by Andrew Crichton + See some excellent remarks on this subject, in sermons by Mr. Jell, Canon of Christ Chureba

from the court in 1737, became the head of the oppo- length led to believe the Gospel to be the revealed sition. He still continued his love for poetry. In

word of God. Well would it be, were infidels in 1741 he married the daughter of Hugb Fortescue, Esq. general to follow the example, and to imitate the of Filleigh in Devonshire: she lived but for a few candour, of Mr. Lyttelton. Most, almost all of them years, leaving behind her one son and two daughters. in fact, have never read the volume they condemn, or În three years afterwards he married a daughter of entered honestly on the investigation of the evidences Sir Robert Rich; but imprudence on the part of the of Christianity: this is a notorious fact. Flippancy lady led to a separation by mutual consent.

of remark is substituted for argument; wit and It is not suitable to our pages to follow Mr. Lyttelton raillery turn the subject of religion into ridicule. through the various grades of his political career-to This, in their view, may be all very well; but is this approve or disapprove of his views: suffice it to say, to act on right principle, as men of candour and comthat he relinquished office in 1757, and was called to mon sense ? the upper house, by the title of Lord Lyttelton, Baron There is no statement more true, or borne out more of Frankley, in the county of Worcester.

fully by daily experience, than that they who are It unfortunately happened, that the mind of Mr. brought to a just apprehension of the Saviour's reliLyttleton had for a long time been in doubts as to the gion, are most anxious that others should be brouglit truth of the Christian religion ; he may, in fact, be re- to the same just apprehension. He that has tasted of garded as having been nearly an infidel. " Of these the well-spring of the water of life, will delight to roll doubts," says Mr. Cricliton, “it is not now easy to away the stone from the mouth of the well, that all ascertain the origin or the cause: they arose, in part, may freely partake of that living water. Selfishuess most probably, from a superficial acquaintance with is a principle utterly at variance with a Christian state religion, as he appears to have studied tlie subject of feeling : and it was the desire to set forth the truth only so far as to discover that it contained mysteries of the Gospel, which induced Mr. Lyttleton to publish which he could not comprehend. In the pride of his “Dissertation on the Conversion of St. Paul." juvenile confidence, which is impatient under diffi- The University of Oxford, to testify their regard, culties that impede the ardour of mental pursuit, and proposed to confer on him the degree of D.C.L. : this, forgetting the impotence of human reason to scan the however, he declined, lest it should seem as if he works of the Almighty, or penetrate the secrets of coveted worldly honours; and that should he, at any infinite wisdom, he was disposed to reject revelation, future period, publish a work of a religious character, as propounding things hard to be understood; without it might not seem as if he did so from worldly motives. considering the tendency of its doctrines, or examining His father was much pleased with the work, as may the evidence on which they were founded. In this be learned from the following letter :-“I have read state of imperfect knowledge, and presumptuous re- your religious treatise with infinite pleasure and liance on the supposed omnipotence of reason, it is

satisfaction. The style is fine and clear; the argunot surprising that he should have listened to the ments close, cogent, and irresistible. May the King of blandishments of infidelity. Entering into the world kings, whose glorious cause you have so well defended, with these sceptical tendencies, the society with which reward your pious labours; and grant that I may be he mingled unfortunately contributed rather to con- found worthy, through the merits of Jesus Christ, to firm than to remove them. It does not appear what be an eye-witness of that happiness which I doubt not influence his visit to the continent had upon his reli- he will bountifully bestow upon you. In the meangious principles, although it is more than probable time, I shall never cease glorifying God for having that he could not breathe in so tainted an atmosphere | endowed you with such useful talents, and given me so without imbibing a portion of its contagion. Certain good a son." it is, however, that the companions with which he “Of this Dissertation, published in 1747,” says Mr. associated strengthened his prejudices against the Crichton, we need only observe at present, that it is Christian religion; and if they did not succeed in the best and most original of all Lyttelton's works. It making him an avowed infidel, they sapped the was written by the

Mr. West, in consequence foundation of his faith, and impressed his mind with of a suggestion dropt by his friend in conversation, scruples and objections that remained with him for that he thought the conversion and apostleship of St. years."

Paul alone, duly considered, was of itself a demonLet it be borne in mind, that these companions, as stration sufficient to prove Christianity to be a divine has been already stated, were not the gay and volup- religion ; independent of all the other proof's of it, tuous, for with them we have seen he did not asso- which might be drawn from prophecies in the Old ciate: but perhaps as much evil may arise where no Testament; from the necessary connexion it has with evil is looked for—from the philosophic literati of a the whole system of the Jewish religion ; from the country--as from its most abandoned voluptuaries. miracles of Christ; and from the evidence given of his Probably as many have been ruined by the one class resurrection to all the other apostles. A proof so as by the other; and of the latter the greater hope of compendious, Mr. West was persuaded, might be of amendment may be entertained. There is a dogged use to convince those unbelievers who will not attend sarcasm, an unflinching superciliousness, which ge- to a longer series of arguments. To this bint we owe nerally mark the philosophic infidel, which, while they the excellent • Observations on the Conversion and render him an object of pity, fail not at the same time Apostleship of St. Paul.'” to call forth feelings of disgust. It is hard to say After retiring from public life, Lord Lyttelton's which are the more powerful enemies to the reception time was chiefly spent in literature; one of the fruits of divine truth-the pride of the understanding, or the of which was his "History of Henry 11.” carnality of the heart.

of his last illness and decease, a full account has At the age of thirty-seven, Mr. Lyttelton appears been landed down by his physician, Dr. Johnson of to have become uneasy as to the nature of his prin- Kidderminster :-"On Sunday evening the symptoms ciples, and to have been anxious to have many doubts of his lordship's disorder, which for a week past had removed, and many difficulties solved. A conversation alarmed us, put on a fatal appearance, and his lordwith his friend Mr. West, at Wickam, induced him to ship believed himself a dying man. From this time "search the Scriptures;" and with him, as with the he suffered by restlessness rather than pain; though people of Berca, that search was made with eager his nerves were apparently much fluttered, his mental anxiety to ascertain the truth. At length light broke faculties never seemed stronger, when he was tho. upon his soul; scruple after scruple disappeared ; roughly awake. His lordship's bilious and hepatic argument after argument was weighed ; and under the complaints seemed alone not equal to the expected guidance and teaching of the eternal Spirit, he was at mournful event; his long want of sleep, whether the

consequence of the irritation in the bowels, or, which to the foot of the cross for pardon,-than had he is more probable, of causes of a different kind, ac- reached the highest summit of political greatness. The counts for his loss of strength, and for his death, very eloquence that entranced the senate has passed away; sufficiently.

but the touching appeal to the unbeliever's conscience “Though his lordship wished his approaching dis- has not passed away; and the most valuable record solution not to be lingering, he waited for it with resig- that Lord Lyttelton left behind, was that little volume, pation. He said, “ It is a folly, a keeping me in which the infidel cannot read without a qualm, and misery, now to attempt to prolong life." Yet he was the believer without gratitude to that God who en. easily persuaded, for the satisfaction of others, to do lightened the eyes of the author's understanding, and or take any thing thought proper for him. On Satur- enabled him to bear his testimony to the truth of the day he had been remarkably better, and we were not Gospel.

T. without hopes of his recovery.

"On Sunday, about eleven in the forenoon, his lordship sent for me, and said he felt a great heavi

The Cabinet. ness, and wished to have a little conversation with me, in order to divert it. He then proceeded to AUTHORITY or Christ's MINISTERS.--What though open the fountain of that heart from whence goodness the winds of doctrine and opinion should be let loose had so long flowed, as from a copious spring. •Doc- from every quarter of the heavens, to fight against the tor,' said he, 'you shall be my confessor. When I first honour of the Church and the authority of her minisset out in the world, I had friends who endeavoured ters;-what though a feverish thirst should come (as to shake my belief in the Christian religion: I saw it undoubtedly has come) upon the intellect of man, difficulties which staggered me; but I kept my mind and many a hand should eagerly be stretched out open to conviction. The evidences and doctrines of towards the tree of knowledge, even while the tree of Christianity, studied with attention, made me a most life is often scornfully passed by? What do these firm and persuaded believer of the Christian religion. signs tells us, but that we are fallen upon days in I have made it the rule of my life; and it is the ground which the word of authority must be uttered in no of my future hopes. I have erred and sinned; but faint or languid accents, if we would have it stir the have repented, and never indulged any vicious habit. spirits of the people ? It must be uttered as if it In politics and public life, I have made public good came forth from a heart in which the truth of God is the rule of my conduct. I never gave counsels which enshrined. It must sound like a response from the I did not at the time think the best. I have seen that sanctuary inhabited by Him who sitteth between the I was sometimes in the wrong ; but I did not err de- cherubim. We hear much of the perils which array signedly. I have endeavoured in private life to do themselves against the bulwarks of our Zion : but the all the good in my power, and never for a moment sound of this warning should speak to us only of could indulge malicious or unjust designs upon any increased faithfulness and zeal. It should admonish person whatsoever.' At another time he said, 'I us not to pace round the towers of our fortress, and to must leave my soul in the same state it was before number them with a proud and indolent security. It this illness: I find this a very inconvenient time for should prompt us to strengthen and adorn them by solicitude about any thing.'

our own labours, that all who look upon them may "On the evening when the symptoms of death came say, “ Of a truth, this is a city compact together, and on, he said, I shall die ; but it will not be your at unity with itself; a city whose walls are salvation, fault.' When Lord and Lady Valentia came to see and her gates praise.” It is indeed a noble thought, his lordship, he gave him his solemn bencdiction, and that Christians form a royal priesthood to the whole said, “ Be good, be virtuous, my lord; you inust come human race, and that Christian ministers are the to this.' Thus he continued giving his dying bene- priesthood to this holy generation. It is awfully diction to all around him. On Monday morning, a lucid glorious to think that, if Christian people are the interval gave some small hopes, but these vanished in elect of God, the Christian clergy are " the chosen of the evening; and he continued dying, but with very his choice, the elect of his election." But what much uneasiness, till Aug. 22, 1773, when, between would all these privileges and glories be, but a burn. seven and eight o'clock, he expired, almost without a ing reproach, if those who wear them should seem to groan.”

set them at nought, and cease to magnify the office to There is something peculiarly delightful in observ.. which they have been consecrated? And how can ing the triumph of divine truth over the scepticism of they better magnify their office than by shewing that the natural heart. Such a triumph is eminently cal- it is an office which hath brought their own spirits culated, in the dispensations of divine mercy, to pro- into perpetual communion with heaven-and hath duce a beneficial effect on the hearts of infidels; and tauglii them to go forth, strong only in the majesty there is abundant proof that Lord Lyttelton's work and power of God ? What is it that men expect to has been greatly blessed in awakening serious in- see when they come into the presence of a Christian quiry in the mind of many deeply opposed to revela- minister ? A reed shaken by the win or a goodly tion. We are far from maintaining that Lord Lyttel- cedar of the Lord, whose roots are deep enough to ton's views of the grand fundamental truths of the defy the tempest? Do they look for one clothed in Gospel were clear; there is no evidence that they softness and self-indulgence; or for one who is familar were so : but God forbid that we should affirm that with toil and self-denial ? Do they not look for a they were not lle is now brought under our notice, prophet, yea, and for more than a prophet? for the as one who, from a sceptic, was brought to believe the least of the ministers in the kingdom of Christ is truth of the Gospel as a merciful revelation from greater than the messenger who was sent to prepare heaven. Certainly, much better advice might have his way. But I will cease from these words of exhortabeen given than®“ be good; be virtuous.” Alas, tion, which it might better perhaps become me to listen what will human goodness and human virtue avail us to than to deliver. I stand in the midst of men who need on a dying bed, where the sinner's hope must rest on not to be told by me, that if the words of eternal life are Him by whose stripes we are healed! Should his work to be spoken with authority, they should be spoken by have been the instrument in the conversion of one lips which may seem to have been touched and purified unbeliever, it cannot have been written in vain. It by fire from the altar. You have not to learn, that will be a far greater source of enjoyment to the au- nothing could so effectually silence the thunders of a thor, in the day of the Lord Jesus, that through his Boanerges, as the slightest suspicion among the people instrumentality one wandering soul has been re- that faintness and lukewarmness had come upon the claimed, one perishing sinner saved, one doubter led spirits of hiş brethren and fellow-workers in the miniş. try. You well know, that nothing could strike the ments, and the difficulties of our earthly pilgrimage.tongue of authority with so fatal a palsy, as the very Rev. R. Anderson. thought of unworthiness in them to whom the word of authority is committed. You likewise know, that the

WATCHFULNESS implies a due regulation of the majesty of truth has no ally on earth more powerful

body, as relates to the refreshment of sleep: and in this than the righteousness and the sanctity of them that

view it furnishes a useful hint to those who plead that are called to be the ministers of truth.-Rev. C. W.

they cannot spare time from their necessary avocaLe Bas's Visitation-Sermon.

tions for reading and prayer. Let such honestly ask

themselves, whether they could not, without any injury CHRISTIAN ZEAL.-We have great reason to sup- to their bodily health, but, on the contrary, with much pose that much good remains undone, because we have benefit to it, abstract another hour from those now not boldness of zeal properly adapted to our present devoted to sleep, for the purpose of devoting it to God circumstances. We are too much alarmed at objections, and to the refreshment of their souls. But the watchtoo much given to calculate natural probabilities; we fulness here spoken of is principally of a spiritual magnify the obstacles, we lose sight of the all-sufficient nature ; a watchfulness over the frame and temper of power. True, it may not be God's will; but we are our minds, and over the circumstances in which we are to try whether it is his will: the result alone can prove placed, so far as they are influential upon our spiritual it, whilst we cannot take upon ourselves to be the state. It is a watchfulness against the assaults of that judges beforehand, but only the obedient instruments wily and powerful adversary who goeth about seeking for the work of the Lord, whensoever and wheresoever whom he may devour; who with ever-waking vigilhe may be pleased to shower down the riches of his ance watches each avenue which our sin or negligence mercy. Christian zeal is in no age to be diminished ; it may leave open, in order to enter and make a lodgcannot look back and say, How great things are done! ment in our souls. It is a watchfulness against the it presses forward to those which remain undone ; it

snares and temptations of a world which lieth in the is the same principle now as in the days of the wicked one, which is at enmity with the blessed God, apostles ; and it is to be hoped that many attempts and of which Satan is "the prince" and "the god;" for the salvation of souls are made in the present day, a world whose friendship is enmity with God; and in a revival of the apostolic spirit. The Reformation, which, if any man love, the love of the Father is not in the zeal of our Protestant forefathers, was of this him. It is a watchfulness against the solicitations of nature. A spirit of ready, enlightened, and courageous our own corrupt nature, and especially against that zeal, aiming only at the welfare of men's souls, de- sin which doth most easily beset us. It is a watch sirous of the conversion of vast multitudes perishing in fulness against the indulgence of evil tempers and ignorance ; assured of the happiness produced among wandering thoughts, and vain conceits of our own mankind by the extension of Clirist's kingdom.-Rev. goodness or ability: a casting down imaginations, with H. Butlerfield.

every high thing which would exalt itself against God "COMMUNION OF SAINTS. — The holy communion

in the sanctuary of the heart, and a bringing into capbetween the Church on earth and the Church in hea

tivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. In a ven, as constituting together that one mystical body,

word, to watch is, in the apostle's mind, practically to of which Christ is the head, is plainly inculcated in

offer that daily prayer to God, "Lead us not into various parts of our Prayer-book. In one collect, we

temptation."--Rev. J. M. Hiffernan. call upon that “ Almighty God, who has knit together Clerical Consistency. - We may remember, his elect in one communion and fellowship, in the brethren, that there was a time when the prophet mystical body of his Son Christ our Lord;” beseeching Elijah, overwhelmed by the terrors of the moment, him to "give us grace so to follow his blessed saints terrified by the threats of Jezebel, and still more by in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to the faithlessness of the people, yielded to the storm those unspeakable joys which he has prepared for which he seemed incapable of stemming, and fled for them that unfeignedly love him." In another, we his life into the wilderness. We read again, that the beseech him “ of his gracious goodness shortly to word of the Lord came to him as he was sleeping, and accomplish the number of his elect, and to hasten his that its language was, What docst thou here, Elijah ? kingdom ; that we, with all those that are departed in While idolatry is triumphing at court; while ignorance the true faith of his holy name, may have our perfect is covering the people ; while God is forgotten by high consummation and bliss, both in body and soul, in his and low, and none is standing up for the truth, What eternal and everlasting glory." In another, we" bless doest thou here, Elijah! And will not the same word his holy name for all his servants departed this life in follow the man of God at present? Will it not repeat his faith and fear; beseeching him to give us grace to each and every one of us hereafter, whatever our 80 to follow their good examples, that with them we employment, whatever our condition, at all times and may be partakers of his heavenly kingdom.". And in in all places, What doest thou here? I need hardly another, all who have been fed at the table of the speak of the places where the world assembles; for the Lord "with the most precious body and blood of their world is ready, now-a-days, to anticipate the question, Saviour Jesus Christ,” most heartily thank God for and to greet the clerical intruder with asking, What “ assuring them thereby of his favour and goodness doest thou here? The world itself, blind to its own towards them; and that they are very members in- inconsistencies, is quick and sharp in marking ours ; corporate in the mystical body of his Son, which is and intimates plainly enough that a clergyman is out the blessed company of all faithful people.” It is of his place when he appears as one of them. But the plain, therefore, that in the judgment of our Church question must be asked when the world is silent; and the devout contemplation of the Christian cloud of at every time and place you must be prepared to hear, witnesses is one of the holiest and happiest occupa- and you must be prepared to answer to the question, tions in which we can be engaged ; one of the surest What doest thou here? Is it thy Master's service, or is methods of obtaining the height of holiness, and the it thine own will that thou art doing? Is it to win souls depth of peace here; and one of the most effectual to Christ ? is it to awaken the dead in heart; to bind preparatives for that perfection of bliss which awaits up the wounded spirit, to pour in the wine and oil of the triumphant Church in the regions of eternity. the Gospel, that thou art going from house to house ? And, assuredly, such associated love, in this its fullest or is it to while away time which ought to be otherwise and highest sense-a love by which we realise in all employed; and to seek in the world, or from men, its blessedness “ the communion of saints” spoken of that degree of comfort which the man of God ought to in the apostles' creed, is beautifully suited to animate find in God and in the things of God? At other times and encourage us under all the trials, the discourage- | you may be found engaged in study. Again the ques

tion comes, Man of God, what doest thou here ? Are Through earth's extended circle-to the bed
you searching the word of truth, that you may be able Of sickness—to the dying and the dead,
to give to each his portion in due season, teaching Where orphans shed affliction's bitter tear,
yourself that you may teach others; or are you gra-
tifying mere literary curiosity, and feeding the vanity

Grief's incense, clinging to a parent's bier, of a carnal mind? Are you at rest in the retirement

Where parting spirits linger in their Alight of your own home ? Man of God, what doest thou To realms of darkness, or to realms of light,here? Is not thy Master's cause in danger ? is not his Where anguish'd friends watch life's expiring spark, flock scattered abroad? Are not his sheep in peril,

And linger breathless e'en when all is dark,and must not thou give account of every one that is

There art thou present, in each grief hast part, lost through thy indifference? O my brethren, what a name is it that we are bearing! What warnings and

Canst still the troubled soul, the throbbing heart; what motives, what fears and what hopes, are not in- Canst bless, when life, and light, and hope seem fled, cluded in it! Take it, then, as you will, from this day To living man the chambers of the dead. as your own; but take with it the admonitions, the pledge which it conveys. Remember, that henceforth And where thy servants humbly bend the knee you no longer are your own. Devoted to the service


prayer and praise, and humbly lauding thee; of Him who has called you, forget the things that are

Where, at thy altar, hearts in reverence bow behind, and reach forth to those that are before. Con

To thee, as God and Father,-there art thou ; sider yourselves no longer as your own masters, as free to choose your occupations and pursuits ; but re

Thy Spirit, hovering round the blest abode, member that the service of this day impresses on your

Dwells in the midst of those who seek their God lite a character which is indelible; and while it ele- Fills with its unseen presence heaven and earthvates you to the highest distinction which man can

Was, ere the rolling worlds themselves had birth ; contemplate for himself, it involves you in the most

And when those worlds no longer are, shall be fearful responsibility which man can undergo.-Chancellor Raikes's l'isitation-Sermon.

Still omnipresent to eternity.

Weston, near Ross, Herefordshire.





(For the Church of England Magazine.)
Fly, gentle spirit, from a world of woe,

From scenes of sin and sorrow haste away;
We would not keep thee, lingering here below,

From realms unfading, and a brighter day.
But as we follow on life's darksome road,

May thy example guide our pilgrim-feet,
And light us onward to that blest abode,

Where pain shall cease, and friends again shall meet.
For thou hast fought of faith the goodly fight,

And soon shalt rise, the soul's last conflict done,
And, glory beaming on thy raptur'd sight,

Wave thine immortal palm in joy that heaven is won.

(For the Church of England Magazine.)
O Thou, who didst with holy theme inspire
The voice that woke great Judali's tuneful lyre ;
Thou, to whose glory Israel's harp did raise
Melodious notes, her king glad songs of praise,
Give to my muse a flight on seraph's wing,
Transport her heavenward, grant her power to sing
Thee great, thee good, our omnipresent King,
Jehovah! name to which the mighty bow,
Where heaven, earth, air, and sea extend, art thou ;
Where northern lights diffuse their brillant glow
O'er fields of ice, o'er pathless wilds of snow;
Where earth's extremities are lost to sight,
Midst frozen waves, unsearchable as night;
Where man is not, and verdure, tree, and flower,
Have never been,-thou dwell'st alone in power :-
In the drear wilderness, in desert wild,
Where springs the oasis, solitary child
Of desolated mother,-thou art seen :-
In those sand-bounded isles of brilliant green
That freshly bloom beneath the Arab skies,
Like scattered remnants of thy paradise-
Where dwell the great and mighty of the land
(How small to thee! small as one grain of sand
To earth and ocean), where the mighty dwell
In gilded hall, or in sequester'd dell,
Where kings, thy nether delegates, do reign,
To thee sub-minor orbs, that wax and wane
At thy command; where frown the stately towers
of prince and potentate ; where earthly powers,
And riches, honours, titles, rank, and fame,
Their share of sublunary greatness claim,-
There, there art thou! thy sceptre wielded high,
Lord of all lords, great God of earth and sky!
But turn we to the poor and lowly cot,
The abode of misery, the humblest spot

Lord, wheresoe'er the sun doth shine,
Thy creatures taste thy love divine,
And still throughout the varied year
Thou mak’st thy bounteous hand appear.
Thy breath calls forth the flowers of spring,
While round the hills and woodlands sing ;
Thy mercy sends each genial shower,
To temper summer's sultry hour.

• From "Metrical Paraphrases; or, Selected Portions of the Book of Psalms." By the Rev. Robert Allan Scott, late of Balliol College, Oxford, Curate of Sheriffholes and Woodcote, Shropshire. London, Rivingtons. 1839. A neatly got-up little volume, dedicated to the Dean of Lichfield, reflecting great credit on Mr. Scott's taste and poetical talents. The numerous selections of metrical paraphrases, &c., however, render it almost impossible to recommend one in preference to another. It will be a great point gained, when there shall be a fully authorised collection of Psalms and Hymns for public worship. The subject is one of great importance. While we have one liturgical service, we ought to have one book of devotional psalmody,

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