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in which they will, with bitter and fruitless who are already in the midst of their course,
remorse, eternally deplore and condemn their and have lost much time, may "give all dilii past folly and madness in having misemployed gence to make their calling and election sure." 4 and squandered away, during life, so much And, finally, may God grant that those who
precious time. O, let us learn to be wise at are drawing near to the end of their days, their expense ; and remember, that we must and who have lost the better part of their life, be confronted, at the tribunal of God, with may be penetrated with godly sorrow, and all our mis-spent hours and days.
devote the rest of their days to Him, by These then, brethren, are the reasons why whose long-suffering mercy they have been we should redeem time present, past, or permitted to enter upon
another future-viz. because it is short, and flies with resistless rapidity ; because it is uncertain, and, when once gone, is irrevocable ; because CHURCH-EXTENSION IN SOUTII it has a momentous influence on our eternal
AUSTRALIA. destiny; and because we must one day give We beg to call very particularly the attention of our an account of our time.
readers to the information with which we have been To conclude: Since nothing is more favoured from this interesting colony. It is manifest precious to us than time, or more important that in a new state of society, like that to which we to us than to make a right use of it, how invite the public eye, the efforts of the inhabitants lamentable is it that so much time is lost for must be inadequate to provide the necessary funds for want of due solicitude to redeem it! How building churches. To the mother country they must much time is lost in vain and frivolous pur- therefore look; and it should be remembered, that a suits or amusements, which have no relation colony, unless it be furnished with Christian ministers, whatever to our true happiness! How much
to icach the duty which is owed to God, will sooner or time is lost in useless visits, which are perhaps
later forget the duty owed to the parent-state. A sense not more disagreeable to the visitor, than
of interest, if no higher motive be felt, should then
rouse us to exertion in such a case as this. When we to the person whom the imperious tyrant,
add, that the Roman Catholics are, we are assured, fashion, compels to receive them! 'How
zealously endeavouring to gain a footing in South Ausmuch time is lost in idle gossip, in needless
tralia, we feel no doubt that many of our readers, to attendance on the decoration of the person,
whom God has given the means, will readily forward and in other pursuits, which dissipate the
their contributions to the Office of this Magazine, mind and render it unfit to resume the proper where, and at Hatchards', Piccadilly ; Seeleys', Fleet duties of life! to say nothing of the time that
Street; and Nisbet's, Berners Street, they will be is lost by too many in wicked or criminal
thankfully received. We proceed to lay before them pursuits.
some extracts from letters written from Adelaide, in Another year has just closed upon us, and Dec, 1838, and Jan. 1839; also March 17, 1839 :it is a considerable space in our lives. What “The pewing of our neat stone church was finished use have we made of it? Have we improved two Sundays ago, and will hold 300 persons, init to the glory of God, in the discharge of our cluding free sittings : it is filled to overflowing, and respective religious, civil, and do nestic rela- it is now being enlarged to hold 300 more ; and the tions and duties ? Brethren, let us cach governor, on giving the grant from the Christian interrogate our own hearts, as in the presence Knowledge Society of 2501., granted June 1838, and of God; and if we find, on review, that we the money entrusted to him by some friends, made have lost our precious gift of time, let us
it a condition, that sittings should be reserved for redeem it by redoubling our efforts, in order
the aborigines and the police. The influx of emithat, during the remnant which may yet
grants and settlers is immense, and the present enremain to us, we may do what we ought to
largement quite paltry; every pew is already taken, and have done in time past. Let us avail our
the church, as it now stands, is considerably in debt, selves of the time present, and of the oppor
and another is immediately required. A piece of ground tunities given us for our improvement in the is appropriated for the building in Victoria Syuare ; but
where are the funds ? where are the labourers ? O, I knowledge of our duty towards God and
would invite some of our excellent English and Irish man, and for our growth in grace and holi
clergy to come in faith over and help us. Mr. Iloward is ness. Instead of postponing any thing to a
the only clergyman here ; le is a decidedly pious man. future day, let us now do what we ought to
We have a very cheering letter, containing a draft for do for the time to come ; and may the blessed
a second grant of 2501. for the Church-building Fund influence of our example be felt in future
in Adelaide, from the Society for Promoting Christian ages! God grant that the present year may Knowledge. This is to be applied towards the building not be spent like the years which are irre- of a sccond church: but what are we to do for a clercoverably past! God grant that the young, gyman? It will be a sad thing to build a church, and who have lost comparatively but little time, then to have it closed for want of a minister. Mr. may understand its vast importance for their Iloward's health is by no means good; and what must present and future happiness; and that those we do, if he were taken from us? our church-door
must be closed then the little flock is scattered, and word and sacraments ordained by our Lord and the enemy pours in like a flood. Do try and send us Master, and therefore may do it as effectually to the a good man and his wife, who can assist Mr. How
salvation of mankind as they did. For as they were, ard, and superintend the building of another church,
so are we, ambassadors for Christ.--Bishop Beveridge. with plenty of money to do it. A census has been THE TREE OF Life.-To whom, blessed Lord Jesus, ordered to be taken of the population, which is sup
should we go ? Thou bast the words of eternal life. posed to be now nearly 7,000; and four emigration- Thou art the true tree of life, in the midst of the ships are hourly expected. Raise all the money you
paradise of God. For us men, and for our salvation,
thou didst condescend to be planted, in a lowly form, can for church-purposes, and all the books for Sunday- upon the earth. But thy head soon reached to heaven, school rewards and lending-libraries; and pray send and thy branches to the ends of the earth. Thy head us some common coarse printed calico for clothing for is covered with glory, and thy branches are the branches the aborigines--they are most anxious for it, and
of honour and grace. Medicinal are thy leaves to heal always wear it when given to them, as of course they immortality. It is our hope, our support, our comfort,
every malady, and thy fruits are all the blessings of are not allowed to come within sight of the houses and all our joy, to reflect that, wearied with the labours unclad. Interest all our kind friends and relations in and worn out with the cares and sorrows of a fallen behalf of those objects. We are also trying to raise a
world, we shall sit down under thy shadow with great school for the natives : we have a host of them daily, delight, and thy fruit shall be sweet to our taste.and employ them in carrying water, sawing wood, &c.;
Bishop Ilorne. and some we have already begun to teach their letters,
IDOLATRY.—There are divers ways of breaking the
first and second commandments beside worshipping and others to sew, and the use of soap, and make them
Baal, as wicked Ahab did, and bowing down to stocks wash themselves and their clothes : they will do any and stones. Many a man has set up his idols in his thing for coarse brown biscuit.
heart, who never dreamt of worshipping a graven “ March 17.-We are more and more anxious on
image. The root and essence of idolatry, as St. Paul the subject of churches and clergymen for South Aus
teaches us, is the worshipping and serving God's creatralia. Some gentlemen, who have engaged in a spe
tures more than God himself. Whoever, then, serves
any one of God's creatures more than he serves Godcial survey at Port Lincoln, came to the governor the whoever loves any one of God's creatures more than other day, and said they were going to build a church he loves God-whoever makes any one of God's creathere, and begged he would appoint them a clergyman.
tures more an object of his thoughts, and allows it to Towns and villages are rising thirty miles round Ade
fill a greater space in his mind than God fills,-that laide, and churches and clergy wanted. As soon as we
man is guilty of idolatry in the spiritual and Christian
sense of the word. When I say God's creatures, I have money to guarantee our commencing another
mean not living creatures merely, but creatures of church in Adelaide, we shall begin."
every kind, - every thing which God has made for us, or enabled us to make for ourselves, - all the sweet
and relishing things we can enjoy in this world, The Cabinet.
pleasures, honours, riches, comforts of every kind.
Therefore, if any man foolish and wicked enough to Christ's AMBASSADORS.—Any man may read the give up his heart to any one of these creatures, and Scriptures, or make an oration to the people; but it is suffers himself to be drawn away from serving God by not that which the Scriptures call preaching the word it, he is an idolater in the sight of Heaven. – Rev. of God, unless he be sent by God to do it; " for how A. W. Hare. can they preach except they be sent ?” (Rom. x. 15).
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.—Like the cloud between A butcher might kill an ox or a lamb as well as the
the hosts of Israel and Egypt, the holy Scriptures are high-priest; but it was no sacrifice to God, unless one of his priests did it. “And no man taketh this honour
a light by night to those who have eyes to see ; while to himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron"
they are darkness even by day to those who are ene(Heb. v. 4). Any man may treat of public affairs as
mies to the truths which they contain.—Bp. Griswold. well as an ambassador ; but he cannot do it to any EARTILY AND HEAVENLY ENJOYMENTS.-And first purpose, without a commission from his prince. As, for the perishing state and quality of all these worldly suppose a foreign nation should set up one among enjoyments; a thing so evident, or rather obvious to themselves to make a league with England, what common sense and experience, that no man in his would that signify, when he is not authorised by the right wits can really doubt of it, and yet so universally king to do so ? And yet this is the case of many contradicted by men's practice, that scarce any man among us, who, as the apostle foretold, cannot "endure seems to believe it. No; though the Spirit of God in sound doctrine, but after their own lusts heap to them- Scripture is as full and home in the character it gives selves teachers, having itching ears" (2 Tim. iv. 3). of these things as experience itself can be, sometimes But such teachers as men thus heap to themselves, expressing them by fashions, which we know are always howsoever they may tickle their itching ears, they changing; and sometimes by shadows, which no man can never touch their hearts; for that can be done can take any bold of; and sometimes by dreams, which only by the power of God, accompanying and assisting are all mockery and delusion,- thus degrading the his own institution and commission. Insomuch that most admired grandeurs of the world from realities to if I did not think, or rather was not fully assured, that bare appearances, and from appearances to mere noI had such a commission to be an ambassador for Christ things. Nor do they fail only, and lose that little and to act in his name, I should never think it worth worth they have, but they do it also by the vilest and the while to preach or execute any ministerial office; most contemptible things in nature, by rust and for I am sure that all I did would be null and void of cankers, moths and vermin, things which grow out of itself, according to God's ordinary way of working ; the very subjects they destroy, and so make the deand we have no ground to expect miracles. But, struction inevitable. And how can any better be ex, blessed be God, we in our Church, by a successive pected, when men will rather dig their treasure and imposition of hands, continued all along from the comforts from beneath than fetch them from above? apostles themselves, receive the same Spirit that was For it is impossible for such mortals to put on immorconferred upon them for the administration of the tality; or for things, in the very nature of them calcu
lated but for a few days, to last for ever. All sublunary There is a “rest” but found in worlds above,
Where seraphs hymn their Master's praise, swim above the stream for awhile, but are quickly
And cherub-notes unite the heavenly lays. swallowed up and seen no more. The very monu- Then haste, my soul, to find this “rest ;" ments men raise to perpetuate their names consume and moulder away themselves, and proclaim their own
O, haste to be for ever blest ; mortality, as well as testify that of others. In a word,
Attune thy heart to join that quire, all these earthly funds have deficiencies in them never
And learn on earth to string the “ golden" lyre! to be made up. But now, on the other side, the enjoy
C. O, ments above, and the treasures proposed to us by our Saviour, are indefectible in their nature, and endless in their duration. They are still full, fresh, and entire, THE PREACHING OF JOHN THE BAPTIST. like the stars and orbs above, which shine with the same undiminished lustre, and move with the same un
(For the Church of England Magazine.) wearied motion, with which they did from the first The western sunbeams faintly fell date of their creation. Nay, the joys of heaven will
On Jordan's ancient stream, abide when these lights of heaven shall be put out, and when sun, and moon, and nature itself, shall be dis
Whose stately trees and reedy banks charged their stations, and be employed by Providence
Have furnish'd oft a theme no more; the righteous shall then appear in their full
To the outcast sons of Israel glory, and being fixed in the divine presence, enjoy
Of many a mournful dream. one perpetual and everlasting day, commensurate to the unlimited eternity of God himself, the great Sun
The wild ass from the mountain-side of Righteousness, who is always rising and never sets.
His thirst was quenching there; -Dr. South.
A calm unknown in northern climes ENCOURAGEMENT.—No man is alone who has Christ
Was brooding o'er the air ; for his companion; no man is without God, who, in his No thoughts, save holy ones, might bide own soul, preserves the temple of God undefiled. The
Amidst a scene so fair. Christian may indeed be assailed by robbers, or by wild beasts, among the mountains and deserts ; he Then through the desert's solitude may be afflicted by fainine, by cold, and by thirst; he
There went a sudden cry, may lose his life in a tempest at sea,—but the Saviour himself watches his faithful soldier fighting in all these
“Repent, ye viper-sons of sin, various ways, and is ready to bestow the reward which
The looked-for hour is nigh: he has promised to give in the resurrection. - St. The long-foretold Messiah comes ; Cyprian.
His herald-voice am I."
And who is this amidst the wild
With leathern girdle bound,
With sackcloth robe of camel's hair (For the Church of England Magazine.)
His shoulders wrapt around;
Who makes each cliff and rugged dell
With one wild cry resound ?
'Tis he whom prophet-bards foretell, Again thou dost with sinful man
Elias come again ;
The greatest and the holiest
Amongst the sons of men; “ The year is with thy goodness crown'd.”
Whose home is in the wilderness
Beside the wild wolf's den.
And while to Jordan's sacred tide
Astonish'd thousands throng, “Our daily bread" supplies :
Still hear him bold and fearless chant With cheerful voice his praise we'll sing
The same unwelcome song, “Lord of the harvest"_"heavenly King."
That strikes them like a thunderbolt,
So stunning and so strong :
“Ye valleys, rise ! ye mountains, bow! “ TIIERE REMAINETH A REST TO THE
Prepare a pathway clear -
The Lamb of God, the Saviour comes,
His footsteps now are near; There is a “rest” beyond this world of sin,
The sandals from whose holy feet Where nought but peace shall enter in;
I am not meet to bear. Rais'd high above these scenes of strife,
He comes to sift the tribes of earth In which alone is found “ eternal life.”
With wrath upon his browThere is a “ rest," where labour finds an end,
To triumph over death and hellWhere friend meets each departed friend ;
To bring the proud ones low; Where tears are wip'd from sorrow's eye,
Yet mildly shall the chains be loosed And ne'er is heard again the mourner's sigh.
From off the captive now.
He comes to heal the broken heart
particularly servants in the houses of great men, wear To light the darken'd eye ;
a white shirt, a soodey'ree, and a ckoosta'n or gib'beh, The lame shall leap like Judah's roe,
or both, and the blue shirt over all. The full sleeves Free and exultingly;
of this shirt are sometimes drawn up by means of cords,
which pass round each shoulder and cross behind, The deaf shall hear his blessed name
where they are tied in a knot. This custom is adopted In the dumb man's joyous cry!"
by servants (particularly grooms), who have cords of AN OXONIAN. crimson or dark-blue silk for this purpose. In cold
weather, many persons of the lower classes wear an
’abba'yeh, like that before described, but coarser; and Miscellaneous.
sometimes, instead of being black, having broad stripes Moslem EGYPTIANS.—The Moslem Egyptians are
brown and white, or blue and white, but the latter descended from various Arab tribes and families which rarely. Another kind of cloak, more full than the have settled in Egypt at different periods; mostly
'abba'yeh, of black or deep-blue woollen stuff, is also soon after the conquest of this country by Amrou, its very commonly worn; it is called diffee'yeh. The first Arab governor; but by intermarriages with the shoes are of red or yellow morocco, or of sheep-skin. Copts and others who have become proselytes to the
Lane's Modern Egyptians. Islam faith, as well as by the change from a life of RIO DE JANEIRO.-Passing one day by the convent wandering to that of citizens or of agriculturalists, their of Santo Domingo, my attention was attracted to one personal characteristics have by degrees become so of the domes of it, on which I saw conspicuously much altered, that there is a strongly marked differ- painted a great number of cannon-shot of all sizes. ence between them and the natives of Arabia. Yet " Is it possible," I remarked to Mrs. Torrents, with they are to be regarded as not less genuine Arabs whom I was walking, “ that so many shots could have than the townspeople of Arabia itself, among whom struck that devoted turret, and yet left it standing ?" has long and very generally prevailed a custom of No, no,” she replied, “ two or three did strike it, keeping Abyssinian female slaves, instead of marrying but the friars have painted all these to superinduce their own country-women, or (as is commonly the case tlie belief that the balls of you heretics could make no with the opulent) in addition to their Arab wives; so impression on catholic towers. And the common that they bear almost as strong a resemblance to the people believe it. But we ladies, though not soldiers, Abyssinians as to the Bedouins, or Arabs of the desert. know better than that; for look at what your balls did In general, the Moslem Egyptians attain the height at Montevideo. For my part, I believe that no right of about five feet eight or five feet nine inches. Most religion can have any thing to do with powder and of the children under nine or ten years of age have ball."— Robertson's Letters on Paraguay. spare limbs and a distended abdomen ; but as they Medical Profession.-Some years ago, it hapgrow up, their forms rapidly improve. In mature age
pened to me, before I had connected in my mind the most of them are remarkably well. proportioned: the study of medicine with its practical benefits, to exmen muscular and robust; the women very beautifully formed and plump, and neither sex is too fat. In Cairo, press with the inadvertency of youth, to one whose
talents have since raised him to well-earned eminence, and throughout the northern provinces, those who
my surprise that he should make choice of a profeshave not been much exposed to the sun have a yellow- sion which entailed upon him the necessity of visiting ish but very clear complexion, and soft skin; the rest
so many sick chambers. You do not take into the are of a considerably darker and coarser complexion. account, he replied, the satisfaction we experience The people of Middle Egypt are of a more tawny from relieving the sufferings which you describe. You colour, and those of the more southern provinces are do not know what we feel at seeing our patients rise of a deep bronze or brown complexion-darkest to- from their sick beds, with recruited strength, and wards Nubia, where the climate is hottest. In general, spirits again made buoyant by our means, under the countenance of the Moslem Egyptians (I here Providence. If we do witness, as indeed we do, speak of the men) is of a fine oval form ; the fore.
scenes of misery, do we not also notice the brightenhead of moderate size, seldom high, but generally pro
ing eye of returning health turned towards us with all minent; the eyes are deep sunk, black, and brilliant;
the animation of gratitude ? A parent thanks us for the nose is straight, but rather thick ; the mouth well
his restored child; a child for his parent; a husband formed; the lips are rather full than otherwise; the teeth particularly beautiful; the beard is commonly house," the result of our skill, the reward of our care ;
for his wife. We can often say, "There is joy in that black and curly, but scanty. I have seen very few and our heart throbs with a satisfaction which is in individuals of this race with grey eyes, or rather, few alliance with the purest aspirations of noble feeling. persons supposed to be of this race-for I am inclined
When I mention, that these were the sentiments of to think them the offspring of Arab women by Turks Sir Benjamin Brodie early in life, I rest assured that or other foreigners. The Fellahs, from constant ex
I need say no more to give them their full weight in posure to the sun, have a habit of half-shutting their
your eyes, from the estimation in which the character eyes; this is also characteristic of the Bedouins.
of that individual is held. But observe, I do not Great numbers of the Egyptians are blind in one or
bring this forward as a solitary or unusual instance of both eyes. The costume of the men of the lower
correct and generous feeling ; being persuaded that orders is very simple. These, if not of the very Sir Benjamin Brodie is only one among many who poorest class, wear a pair of drawers, and a long and
would return the same answer, in a profession which full shirt or gown of blue linen or cotton, or of brown
abounds with gentlemen of the most Christian-like woollen stuff (the former called 'er'ee, and the latter
tone and temper, and of singular humanity; remarkzaaboo't), open from the neck nearly to the waist, and
able alike for the strength, the correctness, the richhaving wide sleeves. Over this, some wear a white or
ness of their highly cultivated and Christian minds. red woollen girdle. Their turban is generally composed of a white, red, or yellow woollen slawl, or of a Medicine and Surgery.
- Chancellor Law's Address at Birmingham School of piece of coarse cotton or muslin, wound round a turboo'sh, under which is a white or brown felt cap,
London: Published by JAMES BURNS, 17 Portman Street, called lib'deh; but many are so poor as to have no
Portman Square ; W. EDWARDS, 12 Ave-Maria Lane, St. other cap than the lib'deh - — no turban, nor Paul's; and to be procured, by order, of all Booksellers in Town drawers or shoes, but only the blue or brown shirt,
and Country: or merely a few rags; while many, on the other hand, wear a soodey'ree under the blue shirt; and some, ROBSON, LEVEY, AND FRANKLYN, 46 st. MARTIN'S LAXE.
strangers to happiness and ease. On the THE BELIEVER'S PEACE.
contrary, we may enter the hovel, and we 1.
may behold in the wretched inmates objects The marks which distinguish the righteous struggling against the sad combination of from the wicked are not limited merely to poverty and sickness; or we may go to those outward circumstances or actions. This is institutions, the receptacles of affliction and no where more clearly to be seen than in suffering, and we may see there cases of our the contrast which the Scriptures exhibit as fellow-creatures writhing under acute agony, to their respective states of mind; comparing lingering from day to day under the cruel the one to “ the troubled sea when it cannot effects of disease ; and yet we shall be able rest, whose waves cast up mire and dirt;" to find many a one, notwithstanding the aggraand portraying the “ peace” of the other by vated circumstances and accumulated misery the emblem of a " river," which“ goes of the individual, in possession of an inward softly" onward through the many windings comfort, a support and a solace under his of its course. How is it that there should afflictions. And why? even because “ the be such a striking difference in men enjoying Lord God"
Lord God" hath “ spoken peace unto them.” the same advantages, partakers of the same If, however, we ask the Christian for an outward privileges, situated in parallel cir- answer to the question proposed, he will at cumstances as regards this life, and alike once take us to that blessed volume, which destined in the next for eternity? Would is alone infallible, to which we should always we have the question solved ? let us ask refer in doubts and difficulties, and make it the world. The inequality of men's disposi- “ the touchstone" of our faith and conduct. tions and tempers; the sorrows and pleasures The Christian will shew that the condition which checker this fleeting scene; or the of every one that cometh into the world is effects of station, as high or low, as rich or one of sin and alienation from God; that, poor,—will probably be adduced as the causes consequently, we are deservedly under his which contribute to the misery of the one, or displeasure and just judgment; but that God to the happiness of the other.
has provided a Lamb, which has made a sufThese shallow reasons may, however, be ficient sacrifice to atone for our sins, to remove soon confuted by experience ; for we shall God's displeasure, and to obtain the Holy find, that it is not wealth that bestows peace, Spirit, whereby we may overcome the inclineither is it poverty that necessarily takes it nations of the flesh, and serve God accept
We may go, for instance, to the man- ably. But, alas, men 66 will not come unto sion, and visit those who have even more Christ, that they may have life;" they will than heart could wish ; " the harp and the not embrace the offers of free pardon and viol, the tabret and pipe, may be in their salvation through the blood of the Lamb; feasts ;" and yet in the midst of such mirth they still persist in "minding earth," and there is often heaviness; and the poor pos-loving the things of the flesh; their minds sessors of such seeming advantages may be are carnal, and “ enmity against God!" And VOL. VII.-NO, CLXXXIX.
(London : Robson, Levey, and Franklyn, 46 St. Martin's Lane.]