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and even our enemies ; and St. Paul tells , whither he went. Jacob, yielding to the us, that " love is the fulfilling of the law;" fears which the weakness of his faith created, that is, to act from a principle of love to declared, " all these things are against me," others includes all that is contained in the though he lived to see that the very events law, which regulates our duties to our fel. which he so much lamented were working low-creatures. And, my brethren, do we together for bis good. And thus will it be not see in this law the image of that God who with every follower of Christ: what the Lord is love? If it were universally acted upon, doeth, he may not know or understand now, it would spread peace and happiness in our but he shall know hereafter. He knows, if families and in our neighbourhoods, and go he can but believe it, that not even a hair of far to convert the strife, and discord, and mi- his head can fall to the ground without his sery, which sin has introduced into the so- heavenly Father's knowledge ; and he is asciety of this world, into tranquillity and love. sured that " God is love," and that " he that

In the instances which I have adduced, we spared not his only-begotten Son, but freely may see clearly and satisfactorily, if we do gave him up for us all, will, with him, also but reflect, that “God is love," viz. in his work freely give us all things :" and with firm of creation, and still more in the great work of reliance on these promises, he should learn, redemption, and the various means by which in every thing which concerns him, by prayer he is making known and rendering effectual and supplication, with thanksgiving, to make among men this display of bis infinite love. known his request to God; and anticipate, But we may rest assured also that God is with humble confidence, the fulfilment of the love, as certainly, though perhaps not always promise, that "the peace of God, which as evidently to our present perceptions, by the passeth all understanding, shall keep his daily events of his providence ;-1 say we may beart and mind through Jesus Christ ; and rest satisfied that God is love, by the daily while in possession of that peace which our events of his providence, as certainly, though Lord bequeathed to his people, he will reflect we are not always permitted to understand or also upon the admonition which followed, trace the manner in which his love is exer- "Let not your heart be troubled.” And in cised towards us in this respect: he is pleased the firm persuasion that the very obscurity to try our faith in the clear assurances and and mystery which at present conceals the promises of his word, that "all things shall purposes of a God of love from our sight work together for good to them that love proceeds from love, we should cling more him;" "that our light afflictions, which are closely by faith to his promises and precepts ; but for a moment, are intended to work out knowing that hereafter, when we are perfor us a far more exceeding and eternal mitted to look back on all the way by which weight of glory;" that although“ no chasten. God has led us through the course of our ing for the present seemeth to be joyous, but earthly pilgrimage, we shall have occasion grievous, nevertheless afterward it yieldeth again and again to renew our praises for the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto those very events which, if possible, we them which are exercised thereby." These would have avoided, or ordained otherwise, and various similar passages are intended for and shall be permitted to see how goodness our comfort and direction under the mys- and mercy have followed us all our journey terious and often inexplicable visitations of through. The more this faith is brought God's providence; that the trial of our faith, into exercise, the more earnestly shall we being much more precious than of gold that desire, and the more fervently shall we pray, perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might that our wills may be brought into subjection be found unto praise, and honour, and glory, to the will of God; “not as I will, O Lord, at the appearing of Jesus Christ."

but as thou wilt." Surely God has given us sufficiently clear And here, my brethren, we may observe, evidences that he is love, to induce us to trust how consoling and how cheering is the prein his love, though we may be required " to sent peace and tranquillity of mind of that man walk by faith, and not by sight;" and when who has this faith under trying and mysteri. ever we may be led by a dark and gloomy ous events ! " the trial of his faith worketh way, in which we are not able to discover the patience, and patience experience, and expeend to which it will lead us, let us be more rience hope:" his very trials and afflictions, anxious to ascertain that the hand of God is instead of producing despair, increase his directing us, and that we are desirous of hope ; and though all around and without be following humbly, patiently, and cheerfully, dark and gloomy, within there is light, which than of curiously inquiring why we should will shine more and more until the perfect be led by such a path, and whither it will day shall dawn upon him, which shall disclose conduct us. Abraham, at the command of the love which appointed all that has called God, obeyed, and went forth, not knowing faith and patience into exercise ; and there is

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also, in the midst of all his trials, a joy with events of God's providence may be considered which a stranger intermeddleth not. "O, then, as an evidence that " God is love." my brethren, seek thus to realise to your And now, my brethren, in conclusion, what selves the truth that “ God is love," as the do we learn from this subject? If“ God is best remedy against hopelessness, and the love," it becomes us to adore, and praise, and firmest support in the hour of affliction. love God with all our hearts, to submit our,

But again; that "God is love," is evident selves with resignation to his will, to desire also from considering the effect intended to what he has promised, to love what he has be produced by those events of his providence commanded, especially to seek after a saving which at first sight might convey a contrary knowledge of God's redeeming and sanctifyimpression. When we reflect that our condi- ing love, recollecting that they only are the tion in this life is not one either of ultimate sons of God who are led by the Spirit of God. reward or punishment, but that it is one of Let us faithfully examine whether we are led probation and discipline, to fit and prepare us by a spirit of love, both towards God and for another,--we shall see an evidence of love towards our neighbour, more especially those even in the afflictions and chastisements with who are the children of God. It is a sad which we are visited; and knowing that and a fearsul thing to be living careless or “ whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, even negligent of God, slighting his infinite love, as a father the son in whom he delighteth," which sought us even when we were sinners, we shall be more anxious, in the time of and freely offered reconciliation and peace affliction, to search and try our hearts, and through Christ. You, my brethren, who are pray that the correction of a Father's love here, have heard of the love of God to you; may produce in us a beneficial effect, than

you make up your minds to that it may be removed from us.

resist his love, to go away and think no more desire that it may produce in us a greater of your own danger as sinners against God, conformity to the mind which was in Christ, and of God's love in giving his Son to redeem more decided separation from the evil that you from sin ? O, recollect that, although I am is in the world, its pleasures, its vanities and now privileged to proclaim to you, and you follies, and more zeal and devotion to the are permitted to hear, that “ God is love," cause of God. And, my Christian brethren, that “ God in Christ is reconciling the world you who, by God's grace, are, as living unto himself;" yet remember, that God out branches, bringing forth fruit to the glory of of Christ is “a consuming fire," that shall God, may expect the pruning-knife of afflic destroy the ungodly. Now is the accepted tion to purge and cleanse you; for our Lord, time; but, brethren, " the time is short." comparing himself to the vine, and his people Come while you are assured of admittance, to the branches, declares, "Every branch that lest the door of mercy be closed, and your beareth fruit, my Father purgeth it, that it day of grace passed away for ever. may bring forth more fruit." The most emi. But another lesson which the apostle nent and distinguished servants of God are teaches us from this subject is," Beloved, those who have been called to endure a great if God so loved us, we ought also to love fight of afflictions ; but they have ever found one another." Surely we ought to love the grace of God sufficient for them. And those whom a God of infinite purity and those who are described in the Apocalypse as holiness has condescended to love; and the nearest to the throne of glory, "clothed with best way we can shew our love to them, is white robes, and having palms in their hands, to use all the means in our power, with are those who came out of great tribulation." prayer to God, to make them partakers of Cast not away, therefore, your confidence, the blessings of salvation, which, through the beloved, which hath great recompense of unmerited love of God, we have ourselves reward ; for “ye have need of patience, that received. If we did but more justly appreafter ye have done the will of God, ye might ciate the value of the soul, how much more receive the promise." When we reflect, zealous should we be in seeking the salvation therefore, on the purpose for which afflic- of the souls of others! But towards those who tions are sent, to correct, chasten, and purify reflect the image of a God of love in their the heart of the source from which they hearts, it becomes us more especially to culproceed, from that God who is love, who doth tivate those holy affections which should ever not willingly afflict his people--and of the unite those who are influenced by one and end which they are intended to accomplish in the same Spirit, ransomed by one and the us, to prepare us for a far more exceeding same Saviour, adopted into the same family, and eternal weight of glory-and also the and, through the grace of God, are fellow. gracious promises of Divine support, assured heirs of the same glory. To you, beloved to those who cast their burden on the Lord,- brethren, I would say, let the love of Christ we may safely affirm, that even the afflictive constrain you; let it bear you down its full tide. Strive to loosen your souls from the at the perambulation; and those that withdraw and ties which bind you down to earthly things ;

sever themselves from it, he mislikes, and reproves as and let the current of holy love bear you on

uncharitable and unneighbourly."

And of Hooker, so celebrated for his learning ward in your course towards heaven. Soon

and piety, it is observed, that he was remarkable will it leave darkness and sorrow behind; on these occasions for the benevolence and devo

th which and, having burst the opposing gates of death, tion, mingled with decorous cheerfulness, shall beyond them swell into a sea of holy, and old. And in the Book of Homilies, an address

he at once edified and pleased his parishioners, young heavenly joy, which shall never ebb; when

to be read to the parishioners when walking their " You shall bathe your weary soul

boundaries was published by authority; and we conIn seas of leavenly rest,

clude this article with an extract, which will shew the And not a wave of trouble roll

devout spirit in which it was composed. And here, Across the peaceful breast."

in this, as well as in most of his acts, public and pri

vate, the Christian can bring into exercise the social PERAMBULATIONS; OR, WALKING OVER

principle of his religion, cherish piety and brotherly

love, and feel his relation to both God and man. THE PARISH BOUNDARIES..

“If now, therefore, ye will have your prayers heard “ That every man might keep his own possessions,

before Almighty God, for the increase of your corn and Our fathers us'd, in reverend processions,

cattle, and for the defence thereof from unseasonable (With zealous prayers and with praisefull cheere,) To walk their parish-limits once a-year,

mists and blasts, from hail and other such tempests ; And well-knowne markes (which sacrilegious hands

love equity and righteousness, ensue mercy and chaNow cut or breake) so bord'red out their lands,

rity, which God most requireth at our hands. Which That ev'ry one distinctly knew his owne,

Almighty God respecteth chiefly in making his civil And many brawles, now rife, were then unknowne." Wither's Emblems (1635).

laws for his people the Israelites, in charging the

owners not to gather up their corn too nigh at harvest This formerly was done every year, and, generally, on season, nor the grapes and olives in gathering-time, one of the three first days of rogation-week. It is but to leave behind some ears of corn for the poor now no: performed so regularly as it was in old time, gleaners. (Levit. xix. 9, 10; Deut. xxiv. 19.) By nor with the same solemnities. But in many places this hie meant to induce them to pity the poor, to reit is still kept, and commonly on ascension-day. In

lieve the needy, to shew mercy and kindness. It candeed, it is much to be regretted that it should not be not be lost, which for his sake is distributed to the more constantly and carefully attended to, as a great poor. For he which ministereth seed to the sower, deal of wrong, and many lawsuits and quarrels were and bread to the hungry (2 Cor. ix. 10), which sendeth thereby prevented; as the poet has quaintly stated in down the early and the latter rain upon your fields, so the lines with which we have headed this article. But to fill up the barns with corn, and the wine-presses especially may we deplore, that the religious charac- with wine and oil (Joel, ii. 22); he, I say, who reter of this practice sbould have been altogether aban- compenseth all kinds of benefits in the resurrection of doned. The custom of processions, at this season, is the just, he will assuredly recompense all merciful of very remote antiquity, and by some is considered to deeds shewed to the needy, howsoever unable the poor have taken its rise from imitating, or perhaps from is upon whom it is bestowed. "0,' saith Solomon, a desire to present to the converts a better substitute Jet not mercy and truth forsake thee. Bind them for those processions which the heathens used, at the about thy neck,' saith he, and write them on the same season, in honour of their idolatrous deity Ter- table of thy heart; so shalt thou find favour at God's minus, whom they considered as the “guardian of hands' (Prov. iii. 3). Thus honour thou the Lord fields and landmarks, and the keeper up of friendship with thy riches, and with the first-fruits of thine inand peace among men. The primitive custom used by

crease ; so shall thy barns be filled with abundance, the Christians on this occasion, was to accompany the and thy presses shall burst with new wine : nay, God bishop, or some of the clergy, into the fields, where hath promised to open the windows of heaven upon litanies (or supplications) were made, and the mercy the liberal, righteous man, that he shall want nothing, of God implored, that he would avert the evils of He will repress the devouring caterpillar, which would plague and pestilence, and give them, in due season, devour your fruits. He will give you peace and quiet the fruits of the earth.”+ The litanies, or rogations, to gather in your provision ; that ye may sit every then used gave the name of rogation-week to this

man under his own vine quietly, without fear of the time. After the Reformation these holy purposes foreign enemies to invade you. He will give you not were not lost sight of. Queen Elizabeth directed that only food to feed on, but stomachs and good appetites “the Church, at certain times and convenient places, to take comfort of your fruits, whereby in all things should admonish the people to give thanks unto God, ye may have sufficiency. Finally, he will bless you on the beholding of God's benefits, for the increase with all manner of abundance in this transitory life, and abundance of his fruits, saying the 103d Psalm," and endue you with all manner of benediction in the &c. It was also among the inquiries of the archdea- next world, in the kingdom of heaven, through the cons, whether the practice was duly observed in the merits of our Lord and Saviour: to whom, with the several parishes; and Herbert, in his “ Country Par- Father and the Holy Ghost, be all honour everlasting. son," mentions the pious and sociable uses of this Amen." custom.

“The country parson," he says, "loves procession, and maintains it, because there are contained therein TIIE PREACHING OF THE CROSS. four manifest advantages. First, a blessing of God, for the fruits of the field; secondly, justice in the On mere human computation, the preaching of the preservation of bounds; thirdly, charity in loving, cross is, of all engines, the least likely to effect a walking, and neighbourly accompanying one another, moral revolution amongst men.

It would have been with reconciling of differences at that time, if there be

easy for Nahomet to predict, that by the processes any; fourthly, mercy in relieving the poor by a liberal distribution and largess, which at that time is or ought

which should be employed for the promulgation of his to be used. Wherefore he exacts of all to be present • From a Sermon by the Rev. H. Melvill, preached at the • From the “ Penny Sunday Reader."

anniversary of the Newfoundland and British North America + Brand, Popular Antiquities.

School Society.

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doctrines, multitudes of adherents would be gathered | present concerned with the fulfilment of his prophecy to bis standard. When the sword was to hew down in its largest sense ; we have only to observe, that the refractory, and the faithful were promised a para- whilst the preaching of the cross has been and is dise in which the wine-cup should sparkle and the " foolishness" to them that perish, to them that are cheek of beauty smile, it required no vast shrewdness saved it has been and is “the power of God." In to calculate that the pretensions of the false prophet spite of what we have advanced respecting the antiwere likely to be favourably received. Give man a

pathy of the men of every age to this doctrine, preachreligion which flatters his pride, or which panders to ing has been successful in the exact proportion that his passions, and you will not be long in surrounding it has been the preaching of the cross. When the yourself with votaries. But you should carefully ob- ministers of Christ have given out the truth in simserve how little there is in the doctrine of the cross plicity--when there has been the least of endeavour which could seem to adapt it for making way on earth. to smooth down what is rugged, or to varnish over That all dependence is to be placed on the merits of a what is distasteful to the natural heart, multitudes both crucified Redeemer; that his death is to be our life; of men and of women have been added to the Church. his blood-shedding the sole procuring cause of the And if you combine the facts on which we have inforgiveness of sin,--these, the glorious and fundamen- sisted—the fact, that nothing could have appeared less tal truths of the Gospel, are practically the great likely to produce a moral re tion than the preachstumbling-blocks to its reception. The words of the ing of the cross, and the fact, that nevertheless to this apostle have lost nothing of their force in the lapse of preaching must be referred whatever moral revolution centuries; for to them that perish the preaching of has been actually produced - you can hardly fail to the cross is still “ foolishness.” We may go the round allow, that the Being who uttered our text must have of nominal Christianity, and wherever we find self- had a keener view of the future than could be gained righteousness, or Antinomianism -the idolatry of by mere human foresight. He prophesied (if you will works, or the neglect of works (which is just as bad) allow me the expression)- he prophesied against pro-we shall find, that an imperfect reception of the babilities; he affirmed that results could be brought doctrine of the cross lies at the root of the evil; and round, which, on the commonest principles of human even the indifference and opposition to religion in calculation, were sure not to be brought round. He general, which characterise the great mass of our com- took, as it were, the offensive part of his system munity, are to be traced to repugnance to this doc- religion,--the part which every one decides must be trine. The doctrine can make no compromise with kept in the back-ground, if you would not have the human pride, and it wages interminable war with whole contemptuously rejected; and he declared, that human passion. If I receive it, then, from its very this very part should be the engine for the subjugation nature, I become pledged to the crucifixion of the of the whole family of man, And by thus freeing flesh, with its affections and lusts. If I am an idolator himself from all earthly computations, and dealing of intellect, I must throw to the ground the censer in with the future as none could have dealt who could which I have burnt incense; if I am an indulger of only have applied to its secret the shrewdness of a appetite, I must place a bridle where I have given | guess, or the reckoning of a finite arithmetic, he as the reins ; if I delight in accumulating the gold and powerfully manifested his Divinity as when he poured silver, I must count as dross what has engaged my light upon the darkened eye-ball, or hushed the affections. It cannot for an instant be concealed, even waters, or broke up the sepulchres: and we commend from the dullest of calculators, that, in becoming the it to you all, as a line of argument worth following out disciples of a self-denying and crucified Lord, we in your own meditations,—the prediction of improbable pledge ourselves to a holy and determined war with results a proof of more than human wisdom. It was sin; and on this simple account, the whole array of quite improbable the Gospel would prove a sword on carnal emotions is in arms against the Gospel. So the earth; it was quite improbable that the preaching that it is not too much to say, that even when the of the cross would be effectual and influential preachclaims of the Christian religion are outwardly admitted, ing. Had Jesus, therefore, spoken only as a man, he the listing up of the Saviour is virtually the impedi- would not have spoken in the very teeth of probabiment to his triumphs.

lities: he might have predicted what was false, but at Yea, and if you go back, for an instant, to earlier least he would have predicted what was likely. And scenes, and remember the difficulties with which hence we reckon our text amongst those internal eviChristianity had to struggle at the outset, you will dences of Christianity, which are all the more valuable readily discern that the crucifixion of its Founder was because indirect; and connecting the prophecy with of all things the most calculated to shut up the world the fulfilment, we feel, that had not Christ spoken by to an obstinate rejection of his claims. It would have the Spirit of God, he never could and he never would seemed enough to have told the polished nations of have said, “ And I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men antiquity, that the author of this new faith had died unto me." as a malefactor, by the hands of his own countrymen, in order to have riveted them to a contemptuous infidelity, and to have for ever closed all inquiry into

The Cabinet. the truths of those announcements which apostles were

INSENSIBILITY.--Never to ask ourselves what our busied in proclaiming in their cities. Yet it was in

great want is, or what we should ask of God, if we the face of all this apparent likelihood, nay, of this might have the wish of our hearts

, is great blindness

and stupidity; and yet it is the case, not only of the absolute certainty of vehement opposition, that Christ grossly irreligious, but of all those who are in the made the representation in our text. We are not at practice of an external work only. - Rev. T. Adams.

CHRIST.—He who himself put on a crown of thorns, Lord, dost thou care? The waves are high, never intended that his followers should wear a crown And slumberest thou so peacefully? of Powers: he who has told you to take up your cross

The beggar and the leper came, daily and follow him, well knew that you would not be able truly to follow him without having daily crosses

And learn'd the wonders of thy name: to take up. Rev. H. Blunt.

Dost thou not care for us thine own? Christianity. Wherever Christianity goes, civi

Shall now no miracles be shewn? lisation follows in her train; wherever she goes, the

Dost thou not care? A watery grave duties and the rights of mankind are practised and Is threatening, Lord; canst thou not save ? recognised--the fetters of the slave are lightened and removed — the female sex are restored to their natural

O, who replies? Some voice must wake, situation and their kindly influence in society; and the And answer for that Saviour's sake; profession of godliness is shewn to be great riches, as Now by the lowly manger-bed, contributing to the wisdom, the wealth, and the happi

Where once was laid his infant head; ness of the nation which receives it. Let us compare our present condition with that of our forefathers,

By all the varied forms of woe while the Gospel was yet unknown to them. Let us

The Man of sorrows knew below; recollect that the poorest man who now hears me is By hunger, thirst, and wearied limb, more warmly clad, more comfortably lodged, enjoys a And fig-tree with no fruit for him ; mind better stored with ideas, and greater security of

Ay, by his tossing on the sea, liberty, life, and property, than a king among the wild Americans or the ancient Britons; and we shall feel

That very sea of Galilee, and understand the blessings of a religion which has

While the same cry was uttered there, been a principal agent in a change so beneficial -a “ We perish, Lord! dost thou not care ?" religion by which the ignorance of man is enlightened By every wave the bark that toss'd, and his manners rendered gentle; which, by protecting

And every cloud his sky that cross'd; the fruits of industry, has encouraged every useful invention; and which, even amid the increasing luxury

By every sacred tear he wept, of the rich, has lessened the distance between them

And by the very sleep he slept ;and the poor, by calling the attention of both to that For, O, that very sleep declar'd awful moment when all shall be equal in each other's Man's feebleness the God-man shar'd! eyes, as they are now in the eyes of their Maker.

Now, by thy shades, Gethsemane,
Bp. Heber.

And, Mount of Calvary, by thee,
HEATHENS. A large part of the world are heathens. He watches o'er our daily lot;
I call those heathens who either have no God at all,

He careth-and we perish not.
or false gods. Whoever is living without God in this
world — whoever is walking after his own heart's lusts
- whoever is the servant of sin — whoever speaks a
good word for it, and says of it, " What can it signify?

THE OMNIPOTENCE OF GOD. there is no great harm in it, it is a mere trifle," though he knows that God has forbidden it-whoever has set Great God, may I, a dust-form'd mortal, dare up his idol in his heart, and is worshipping Belial the Essay thy power, thy blessings to declare ? god of debauchery and profaneness, or Moloch the

Shall I, when ransom'd spirits, all thine own, god of revenge and hatred and all fierce passions, or Mammon the god of riches and worldly-minded Sing hallelujahs round the eternal throne, ness, -all these are heathens in spirit. They may

Raise my weak voice to thee? Dare I from hence, have been christened, but they are not Christ's'; they From earth, declare thy vast omnipotence ? have left him, and chosen another master. They may profess to believe in God, and may even draw nigh to

But none may all declare the learn'd, the wise, him with their lips, but their hearts are far from him. | May to the height of earthly wisdom rise They deny him in their actions and in their lives : May measure heaven's bright orbs, and ever be what part, then, can they have in Christ? It is the

Lost in the mazes of philosophy; duty of the preacher to tell such men that they must be looked upon as heathens. “ Let him be to you as a

Yet-though their lives were ages, and their days heathen man,” is our Saviour's own sentence (Matt

. Spent in untiring search and ardent gaze xviii, 17) against persons calling themselves Chris- Upon thy countless works —nor time, nor sight tians, yet persisting in an evil course of living. -- Rev. Could number them - could view thy all of might. 4. W. Hare.

We stoop to cull the wildest, simplest flower,

The mind is lost in wonder at thy power;

Hues, odours, unity of parts, combine

With life to prove that flower a work divine ; " MASTER, CAREST THOU NOT THAT WE

Like man, it hath its infancy, its prime,

Buds, blossoms, withers, and in given time

Sinks to its native earth; and soon we trace (For the Church of England Magazine.)

Another gem, that fills its vacant place. Wuo dares to ask, thou faithless one,

And man succeeds to man as flower to flower ; For whom thy Lord so much hath done?

Each in his sphere demonstrating thy power, Thou whom he lov'd and pitied so;

Each drawing nourishment and life from Thee, He died, and would not let thee go.

Creator of the world's immensity, One of his Church, that chosen band,

The world! we gaze from earth to heaven's vast height, Heirs of his purchas'd heavenly land ;

And worlds on worlds, spheres upon spheres of light, O canst thou perish? Dost thou dare

Shine with their Maker's brilliance as they roll, To doubt and question of his care?

Each in his orbit 'neath divine control.


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