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though we may the probability of death, is racter of God as revealed in the Old Testament, and there no voice for us in this conviction of particularly in the prophets, with that in which the

Gospels exhibit the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that living? You may live, we confess, every

the representation of God, as humbling himself, is one; and yet it needs 'no spirit of prophecy altogether peculiar to the Scripture revelation. It is to foretell, ere the coming year shall have true that the gods of the gentiles debased themselves gone, some of you shall also have gone

to the lowest level of human intrigues and human hence for ever: ears now listening shall have condescending in the mode of bearing indignities with

vices. But no heathen records represent them as ceased to hear; eyes now gazing have been patience, of meeting insult and ingratitude with longfixed in death; and thoughts, busied" thoughts suffering, and perseveringly endeavouring to overcome have all perished.” Still, you may be cor- evil with good. Such, however, is, I might say, in a rect in reckoning on life ; but do you reckon peculiar and emphatic sense, the character which the

Old Testament Scriptures attribute to Jehovah. therewith the future and increasing account- To take a few of ihose instances which might fill a ableness ? comes there, with the persuasion volume. When the Almighty would represent himself you shall see another Christmas, the remem

as the husband of his people, hear his inexpressibly

tender and deeply affecting language : " For thy brance that it must have brought with it

Maker is thy husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; twelve fresh months to be answered for at and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel : the God the judgment ? comes there the consciousness of the whole earth shall he be called. For the Lord that, though you could be sure of being “a

hath called thee, as a woman forsaken and grieved in hundred years old," it must be with the cer

spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused,

saith thy God. For a small moment have I forsaken tainty of a proportionate responsibility ?-or thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In are you, instead of this, anticipating the a litile wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; weeks and months in prospect as only to be

but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on lived through and enjoyed, and when past

, of thee, saith the Lord, tlıy Redeemer

” (Is

, liv. 3-8).

“ They say, if a man put away his wife, and she go no longer account ? Mistaken man! how from him, and become another man's, shall he return awfully you miscalculate. The years you so unto her again? Shall not that land be greatly polbuild on may, if you see them, bring ages of luted? But thou hast played the harlot with many

lovers; yet return again to me, saith the Lord ” (Jer. woe, every new one multiplying the inter

iii. 1). Or, when he would speak in the accents of minable wretchedness. It is not to live, thus

a parent, to what depths of condescension does he to get through our days ; for a completed stoop! “ Hear, O heavens, and give ear, 0 earth : century thus spent may find us, as regards for the Lord hath spoken: I have nourished and eternity, the manhood of being, worse than brought up children, and they have rebelled against

me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass bis the child who has scarcely begun to live. If, master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people then, the possibility of death have no power doth not consider" (Is. i. 2, 3). But there are yet of impressing you with the necessity of walk- lower depths to which almighty goodness deigns to ing henceforth in Christ Jesus, at least let the

condescend; as in Isaiah xliii. 24, " Thou hast made

me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with hopes of life, bright and cloudless as they thine iniquities." - Behold, I am pressed under you, may be, not be without such effect. You as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves” (Amos ii. may survive through the just-beginning year; 13). “O my people, what have I done unto thee?

and wherein have I wearied thee? Testify against its weeks may bring to you much of earthly

me" (Micah vi. 3). happiness and peace-God grant that they Now, if it be asked, in the language of the Psalmist, may: but O, pause and consider; shall they " Who is like unto the Lord our God, that hath his " bring you peace at the last,” by testifying dwelling so high, and yet” thus “humbleth himself?"

I answer; that between that God who revealed him. your advancement in the pathway of heaven?

self to David, and the incarnate Saviour, there is a Failing of this, they bear with them only fresh

sameness and identity of character which cannot be portions of the curse ; every month of life mistaken. If, for instance, Jehovah describes himself lowers with the terribleness of the second

as the husband of the Church, and as feeling all the death; and the keenest anguish which can

tenderness of that relation; the apostle thus speaks

in reference to the Lord Jesus : " Husbands, love your be experienced over departed childhood, and

wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave youth in its loveliness snatched away, must himself for it ; that he might sanctify and cleanse it be esteemed as joy compared with that which with the washing of water by the word; that he might shall be felt for the living, who, spared even

present it to himself a glorious Church, not baving

spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing" (Eph. v. 25-27). to a hundred years old, at a hundred years And here I cannot avoid observing, that if the Jewish old shall be accursed.

and Christian Churches be, as in truth they are, the same, the one being only the enlargement and perfection

of the other; the fact that Jehovah and Jesuis are each THE CHARACTERS OF THE JEHOVAH OF

set forth in Scripture as the husband of the Church,

would, of itself, be sufficient to establish their identity. THE JEWS AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

Can it be supposed that the Church, which, in her COMPARED.

minority and weakness, was no less than the spouse It has struck me very forcibly of late, that a'new and

of God, should, when advanced to her full maturity, luminous body of evidence to the divinity of the Sa

and arrayed in all her glory, be divorced from the viour might be derived from a comparison of the cha

Creator, and married to a creature? Again, if the

Almighty, under the old dispensation, speaks, in ac• From Rev. Henry Woodward's “Thoughts and Reflections.” cents of the most touching tenderness, as a parent, we

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find the blessed Jesus thus lamenting over the be- their praises will we diminish, “ whether ye will hear, loved city : " O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest

or whether ye will

forbear.” The cathedral, whether the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto it be attended by few or many worshippers, is still the thee; how often would I have gathered thy children perpetual temple of the Holy Ghost - the altar of together, even as a hen doth gather ber chickens imorning and evening sacrifice the oratory of daily under her wings, and ye would not !" (A passage and unceasing prayero ¡Can it be denied that God is which, it may be remarked, establishes on other and glorified by the daily, worship of his Church? We unquestionable grounds the identity for which we are may further remark, on this point, that the cathedrals contending.). And further, do the prophets describe are almost the only places in which the word of God Jehovah in such terms as those of " serving with his is publicly read on every day of the year. The people's sins," &c. ?-we find, in Matt. xx. 27, 28, framers of the calendar, evidently intended to comthe exactest parallel : “Whosoever will be chief bine, in the services of the Church, the two advanamong you, let him be your servant; even as the Son tages of a complete perdsal of the whole Bible, and of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minis- of a more particular application of select portions to ter, and to give his life a ransom for many." And in certain days and seasons. The weekly order of the Luke xxii. 27: “ I am among you as he that serveth.” lessons answers to the one purpose ; and the appointed

In conducting this comparison, it must be allowed lessons for Sundays and holydays to the other. The (though to those who have not considered the point Sunday lessons are read in all churches; the lessons before, it may appear startling), that the condescen- appointed for holydays, in the cathedrals and in a few sions of the Most High are set forth in more frequent parislı- churches : but in the cathedrals almost the and express declarations of patience, forbearance, and whole of the Old Testament is publicly read once in long-suttering, in the Old Testament, than in the every year, and the New Testament, with the excepNew. But the reason of this is plain. The same tion of ille Apocalypse, thrice. Is it, then, or is it Being who, under the former dispensation, “spake not, the bounden duty of beings who derive all their unto the fathers by the prophets," manifests himself hopes and blessings from their knowledge of revelaunder the latter in living and palpable exhibition ; tion, to provide for the entire and constant publication and therefore the humility of the incarnate God ap- of the word of salvation which God has mercifully pears in what he did and suffered, still more than in revealed ? If so, then the cathedral churches perform what he said. Nay, though he spake as never man a service which, though it has been discontinued in spake, his silence expresses what no words can reach. most of our parish-churches, is doubtless acceptable When “the high and lofty One, that inhabiteth eter. in the sight of God, and therefore ought to be venernity," declares that he is "meek and lowly in heart," able in the eyes of men,

The cathedral minister it does, indeed, "revive the spirit of the humble." alone continues to read, “ day by day, from the first But the impression is still more tender and profound, day unto the last day, in the book of the law of when we behold him assailed with taunts and insults, God.”+ to which "he answered nothing;" when we behold Next to the duty of promoting the glory of God, by him “led as a lamb to the slaughter;" and when," as the ordinance of daily worship, the most important a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not office of the cathedral clergy is intercession. Not a his mouth."

day passes in which they do not implore the mercies If, to all that I have urged, it be objected, that the of God for this great and sinful nation, and for every foregoing 'representatious of God, in the Old Testa- one of the sinners of whom that nation is composed. ment, are not descriptions of what he is in himself, Do the people sin? The prayer that rises continually but mere accommodations to our weakness, I admit to heaven, from within the sanctuary of the cathedral, the objection to a certain extent. But, as far as it scens to say, in the spirit of Samuel, "God forbid goes, it still more confirms the view which I have that I should sin against the Lord, in ceasing to pray taken. It proves that Christ is identical with God; for you." Does the great council of the nation err? it proves that he is what the Scriptures declare, “God Within the same walls the prayer is daily heard, that manifest in the flesh."

God " would be pleased to direct and prosper all their consultations to the advancement of his glory and the

good of his Church." Are the clergy negligent? The SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF CATHEDRALS

sanie unceasing voice is heard to pray, that God “would

send down upon our bishops and curates the healthful CONSIDERED.*

spirit of his grace, and pour upon them the continual " Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it

dew of his blessing." Are the laity backward ! Again that we have kept his ordinances!"

the same intercessor offers up his daily prayer to God,

that all men Much of the time which was formerly dedicated to

may shew forth his praise, not only God has already been alienated, and applied to other

with their lips, but in their lives." Does the sin

of schism prevail ? The cathedral minister never The practice of week-day prayers has almost entirely ceased in our parish churches. The festivals

ceases to pray, “ that all who profess and call themof the Church are scarcely remembered. A portion of selves Christians may hold the faith in unity of spirit the nation, inconsiderable neither in numbers nor in

and in the bond of peace.” In short, while the daily fluence, is claiming the Sabbath as a day of worldly

service of the cathedrals is maintained, the sun can enjoyment. Where will be the end of these encroacli

never set upon any national or private sin, for which ments upon the worship and service of almighty God?

prayer has not that very day been offered up to alThe cathedral institutions present the strongest bul

mighty God. This is an advantage entirely distinct wark against further innovations in the national wor

from that communion of prayer which is supposed by

some to be essential to the effect of the ordinance. sluip. They rest upon this broad principle, -- that it is sacrilege to curtail the worship of God. They

“ The prayer of a righteous man," as St. James tells remain as a standing protest against the modern doc

us, “ availeth much." And this peculiar power of trine, that man's indifference to his eternal interests

intercession is well stated by Hooker, " that it is a may justify the desecration of holy places, and the

benefit which the good have always in their power to abolition of holy ordinances. They seem to say to • With the exception of such portions of Scripture as have the fickle and impatient worshippers of the present been intentionally omitted in the calendar, viz. parts of the day, Your fathers worshipped in this house of God;

Levitical law, of the prophecy of Ezekiel, and of the book of

Revelation. and not one word of their prayers, not one note of + Nehemiah, viii. 18. At all events, this practice is a stand

ing warning to remind us what was the original intention of the • From Selwyn's " Are Cathedral Institutions useless ?"

Church, and how much we fall short of it.


bestow, and the wicked never in theirs to refuse." That this crime, for such it ought to be called, is con-
There must always be least communion in prayer at fined to the female sex, cannot be asserted, for every
the very time that prayer is most needed. Abraham day affords instances of the same conduct in men, and
stood alone when he interceded with God. A sinful many an amiable girl sinks into the grave a victim to
world may refuse to pray, but it cannot altogether set their dissimulation and vanity. The misconduct of
aside the mercy which is obtained for it by the inter- one sex will not, however, justify error in the other ;
cession of the faithful. May the time never come both must be amenable to God, and by their motives
when a single living soul shall be able to say with they will be judged. It is possible that a woman may
truth, that prayer is not made “ without ceasing of be so unfortunate as to please, where she has never
the Church unto God for him!”

sought to do co; in such a case she is certainly blame-
less; but, on perceiving a growing partiality, she

should do more than not seek occasion to increase it,
The Cabinet.

she should do every thing in her power, consistent Tue RIGHTEOUSNESS OF Christ. --Adam is a type with good manners, to check it. Is there not danger of Christ. How? In this respect : as the former that she, who in single life practises coquetry to attract was the cause of death to all his descendants, they did homage and attention, may follow the same course not (like him) eat of the forbidden fruit; su Christ is when married ; and by so doing endanger the peace the cause, author, and procurer of righteousness to all of her husband, and expose herself to the consequences his seed, though they have not (like him) been per- of jealousy or wounded affection? No worthy mosonally obedient-even of that righteousness which he tive can be attributed to a married woman who seeks finished for us on the cross. For this reason-to to be admired by any man but her husband, and for ascertain and appropriate the honour of this righteousness him she ought to render her person and manners as to Christ, as a work not wrought in us, but completed for pleasing as she can. A sensible woman, however, us on the cursed tree. He insists and dwells upon that will never expect the same sort of attention from him very remarkable circumstance, one. He iterates and after marriage that she received when single ; both reiterates the emphatical word, one (Rom. v.). He engage in cares and duties before unknown ; his exintroduces it again and again, and can hardly prevail penses are materially increased ; his time must be upon himself to discontinue the repetition, “ As by one devoted to his profession, or his private concerns; and man sin entered into the world. Through the offence in his wife he now naturally seeks a kind and faithful of one many be dead. Not as it was by one that sinned friend, to whom he can confide his cares and his most so is the free gift. The judgment was by one to con- secret thoughts; who will manage his family with demnation. By one man's offence death reigned by propriety, and render his house a retreat in which lie one. As by the offence of one judgment came upon may find peace, order, and rational conversation. To all men unto condemnation. As by the disobedience fulfil such expectations, should be the ambition of of one many were made sinners. Thus the apostle every wife, and she will find the confidence reposed again and again introduces the word one, and can in her more flattering than any homage that could be hardly prevail upon himself to discontinue the repeti- paid to her charms ; for “the heart of her husband tion, that if a Jew should ask How can the world be doth safely trust in her, her children rise up and call saved by the well-doing of one, or by the obedience

her blessed." The desire of admiration is generally of Christ? you may be able to reply, on his own accompanied by dissipation. A vain female chooses principles, How could the world be condemned by the to be seen; she can bave no satisfaction but when evil doing of one, or by the disobedience of Adam ?-- she is attracting notice ; mental pleasures are, thereSt. Chrysostom.

fore, unknown; and the faculties with which she is The Desire of ADMIRATION.t-"Favour is deceit

blessed are suffered to rust, or to be exercised only ful, and beauty is vain ; but a woman that feareth the

op the sbape of a cap, or some such important trifle. Lord, she shall be praised" (Prov. xxxi. 30). The

Will such a life bear self-inquiry? how then will it desire of admiration may originate in that instinct

bear the scrutiny which we must all stand at the last which leads us to seek the approbation and good-will

great day? Let the yomg, while they are yet unconof our fellow-creatures, and which was probably im

taminated by the world, accustom themselves to try planted in the human breast to unite mankind in the

its fashions and manners by the standard of religion : bonds of social amity; but as it ceases to be a virtue

she is not an austere task-mistress ; she demands no when it takes a wrong direction, I beg leave to place

sacrifices that do not tend to our happiness; "her it on the list of those subjects which very properly

ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are demand a serious investigation preparatory to receiv

peace.” Moderate and virtuous pleasures are not ing the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. To lay prohibited, nor healthy exercise, nor social intersnares in order to captivate the affection of others,

course; excess only renders any of these things sinful. merely as a tribute to vanity, without any disposition

Let them recollect how short the season is during to return that affection, is most dishonourable and

which personal charms will attract admiration; and unworthy of a Christian ; it betrays artifice, falsehood,

when this is past, what is to be done if the mind has want of charity, an unfeeling disregard to the happi

been neglected, and if the taste is lost for useful and ness of our fellow-creatures, and a want of that reli

profitable occupation ? A frivolous woman in the gious principle which enforces the acting towards

decline of life is an object indeed of compassion; and others as we desire they should act towards us. Can

heavy must be the years she has to drag on in wearisuch conduct be deemed innocent ? Can the fairest

ness and neglect, not to mention self-reproach, if her form be any thing but deformity in the sight of God,

time has been devoted only to vanity and folly. But in which a vain, callous, and false heart is lodged ?

the young woman who cultivates her mind, whó shares

in the innocent pleasures of life without setting her • From “ The Life of Christ : illustrated by choice passages

heart upon them, who practises her religious duties from one hundred and thirty-eight eminent British and foreigu Divines; and embellished with seventy wood-engravings after

without austerity or ostentation, who displays neither Londor:: Ball, Arnold, and Co."--This is a affectation nor vanity in her manners and dress, who beautiful book, splendidly got up. It contains the sacred text does all the good she can, without being obtrusive or digested into several heads, and annotations or explanations by a variety of writers. The wood-engravings are very good, and

too officious ;--euch a woman will be beloved by her from well-known pictures : for instance, the Crucifixion, and

relations, and esteemed by all who know her; and the Descent from the Cross, after the famous works of Vandyke when the graces of youth are passed, she will neither and Rubens, with many others of the same class. This illustrated Life of Christ would make a most appropriate Christmas

regret them nor miss then, for her lovely well-culti

vated mind will shine forth in her countenance, and + Prom Mrs. Cornwallis's “Preparation for the Lord's Supper." her well-spent life will secure her permanent esteem.

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celebrated masters.


Crush'd are the tendrils of the vine

Which ripen'd once 'neath cloudless skies; Now o'er the hills of Palestine

Each scatter'd branch neglected lies :
To their lost loveliness once more
Those long-forsaken boughs restore.
Go to each far, each distant isle

That glitters o'er the wide expanse,
And let them bask beneath the smile

Of God's approving countenance ;
Till sounds from earth, and air, and sea,
The note of joyous harmony.

If she remain single, her virtues will ensure her many friends; if she marry, her husband's esteem and preference will increase with age, and when she “rests from her labours, her works shall follow her."

The Church. For the sake of the Church and the world, not less than for our own sakes, let us give diligence to clear up our interest in the Gospel, that “the joy of the Lord may be our strength" in bis service. The want of personal assurance not only brings a loss in our own experience, but a hinderance to usefulness within our appointed sphere. Hence our efforts are often powerless in parrying off the attack of “ bim that reproaches us ;' and our attempts to “strengthen the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees" of our brethren, unavailing. At some times, the dread of the charge of hypocrisy-at other times, the absence of the only “ constraining” principle, " the love of Christ" stops the utterance of the "word of truth,” damps our privilege, and obscures our character as a witness of our God and Saviour. Justly, indeed, might he punish our unfaithfulness in the neglect of this spiritual weapon, by forbidding us to speak any more in his name ; and therefore, in deprecating this grievous judgment, the child of God, conscious of guilt, will cast himself at the footstool of mercy, “ Take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth." Not only, take it not out of my heart, but let it be ready in my mouth for a confession of my Master.- Bridges on the 119th Psalm.

HONOUR God's MINISTERS.-Take heed of that; for then God is dishonoured, when any thing is the more despised by how much it relates nearer unto God. No religion ever did despise their chiefest ministers ; and the Christian religion gives them the greatest honour. For honourable priesthood is like a shower from heaven, it causes blessings every where; but a pitiful, a disheartened, a discouraged clergy waters the ground like a waterpot-here and there a little good, and for a little while ; but every evil man can destroy all that work whenever be pleases. Take heed; in the world there is not a greater misery can happen to any man than to be an enemy to God's Church. All histories of Christendom, and the whole book of God, have sad records, and sad threatenings, and sad stories of Korah, and Doeg, and Balaam, and Jeroboam, and Uzzah, and Ananias, and Sapphira, and Julian, and of heretics and schismatics, and sacrilegious ; and after all, there men could not prevail finally, but paid for the mischief they did, and ended their days in dishonour, and left nothing behind them but the memory of their sin, and the record of their curse.-Bp. Taylor.

Go! where the glorious sun doth shine

On fairer climes from brighter skies,
And tell them of the name divine,

And let their glad hosannahs rise,
Fann'd by the breath of hope and love,
Accepted in the realms above.
Go! stay not, till each fragrant breeze

That whispers through the vale at even Bear the rejoicing melodies

Of ceaseless gratitude to heaven; Go! stay not, till th' immortal Dove Wave o'er the world its plumes of love.





(For the Church of England Magazine.) " How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that

bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace, that saith unto

Zion, Thy God reigneth !"--Isaiah, lii. 7. “Go ye, and teach all nations."- Mall. xxviii. 19.

Go! wheresoe'er the light of heaven

Beams on this darken'd world beneath,
And tell of sin and guilt forgiven,

Of ransom from eternal death,
And bid life's gushing waters bless
The shades of this dark wilderness.
How beautiful, on Judah's mountains,

To raise, untired, the Gospel-song!
How beautiful, at Siloa's fountains,

The note of gladness to prolong!
Till earth-born care and conflict cease
Before the messengers of peace.

(For the Church of England Magazine.) “Be strong in the Lord, and the power of his might,” He leads through the desert, still guiding aright; Complain not though weeds o'er thy wilderness spread, And dark may the cloud be that hangs o'er thy head. Remember the word to the faithful of old “ I will help, I will strengthen, yea, I will uphold; The right arm of my righteousness, that is thy stay, My love is thy pole-star by night and by day. I chose thee before earth's foundations were laid; An infant, a sufferer, for thee I was made; I hung on a cross, and I lay in a grave, The souls of my chosen to bless and to save. Unfailing my promise, eternal my love, And firm is the throne that awaits thee above; I am ready to give thee a welcome, and thou, My trembler, what sayest thou ? answer me now," 0, what is the answer? I lie at thy feet; I cling to thy promise, thy words I repeat; Convinced of my sin, self-accused, self-abhorr'd, Yet never despairing, for thou art my Lord. The Lord will conduct by a way yet unknown, And seat me at last by his side on his throne; The Lord hath redeem'd, and he never will lose The soul that he died thus to pardon and choose. Safe, safe to eternity, waiting awhile, Upheld by thy power, and refresh'd by thy smile; Each moment the nearer to home in the skies, Each moment the louder let praises arise.



made some religious reflections on the silent sands of

life slowly passing away, and on the book which, when That call not education, which decries

these sands are all shed, sets before us the “sure and God and his truth, content the seed to strew

certain hope of eternal life;" and I never shall forget

the words and actions of my most benevolent friend the Of moral maxims, and the mind imbue

bishop, who appeared deeply interested in the scene. With elements which form the worldly wise.

“My good old man," he said, with a gentle smile, “in So call the training, which can duly prize

the present days, I fear a bishop's blessing may not be Such lighter lore, but chiefly holds to view

thought so valuable as it has been in ages past; but," What God requires us to believe and do,

placing his hand on the old man's head, he added, in

a manner and voice most affecting, " such as it is, it is And notes man's end, and shapes him for the skies.

given most warmly.” Piously and placidly, this humThis praise be thine, that by the truth set free ble and ancient servant of Christ now waits the end of

Thou still hast trod the right way and the best, his long and weary journey upon earth, an “exile City of God, my mother! yea, of thee

hastening to be loosed," in "the full assurance" of “ Excellent things are said ;” nor this the least,

"faith” and “hope.” Baptised and brought up in the

bosom of the Church, from which, in his maturity and That thou thy children giv'st the path to see

in old age, he never departed, we trust that at his last Of life, and lead'st them by their God's behest. hour, when that awful hour approaches, and his last

sand is shed, with his trembling hand clasping the

Bible to his heart, through repentance and grace, he Miscellaneous.

may be enabled to lift up his eyes to heaven, and

faintly utter, “O death, where is thy sting? O VILLAGE-Churches in ENGLAND.— Blessings on grave, where is thy victory?" We looked on his those old gray fabrics that stand on many a hill, and countenance some time in silence, and then departed in many a lowly hollow, all over this beloved country; with a blessing and a prayer. We left his solitary for, as much as we would reprobate that system of abode not without boding feelings, as, in all human private or political patronage by which unqualified, probability, we should see his face no more.—Rev. W. unholy, and unchristian men have been sometimes Bowles. thrust into their ancient pulpits, I am of Sir Walter

THE SUNDAY - SCHOLAR. Scott's opinion, that no places are so congenial to the

One day," said Mr. holy simplicity of Christian worship as they are. They

Robert Raikes, of Gloucester, the institutor of Sundayhave an air of antiquity about them, a shaded sanctity, schools," as I was going to church, I overtook a and stand so venerably amid the most Englislı scenes,

soldier just entering the church-door ; this was on a and the tombs of generations of the dead, that we

week-day. As I passed him, I said it gave me great cannot enter them without having our imaginations and pleasure to see that he was going to a place of divine our hearts powersully impressed with every feeling and

worship. Ah, sir,' said he, I may thank you for thought that can make us love our country, and yet

that.' Me?' said I ; 'why I do not know that I ever feel that this is not our abiding-place. Those antique

saw you before.' 'Sir,' said he, 'when I was a little churches, those low, massy doors, were raised in days boy, I was indebted to you for my first instruction in that are long gone by; around those walls, nay beneath

my duty. I used to meet you, at the morning service, our very feet, sleep those who, in their generations,

in this cathedral; and was one of your Sunday-schohelped, each in his little sphere, to build up our country

lars, My father, when he left this city, took me into to her present pitch of greatness. We catch a glimpse

Berkshire; and put me apprentice to a shoemaker. I of that deep veneration, of that unambitious simplicity London: and

was there drawn to serve as a militia

often used to think of you. At length I went to of wind and manner, that we would fain hold fast amidst our growing knowledge, and its inevitable re

man, in the Westminster militia. I came to Gloucester modelling of the whole framework of society. We are

last night, with a deserter : and I took the opportunity made to fcel earnestly the desire to pluck ihe spirit of of coming this morning to visit the old spot; and in faith, the integrity of cliaracter, and the whole lieart of

the hope of once more seeing you. He then told love to kin and country, out of the ignorance and blind

me his name ; and brought himself to my recollection subjection of the past. Therefore it is that I have always by a curious circumstance, which happened whilst he loved the village-church ; that I have delighted to

was at school. His father was a journeyman currier; stroll far through the summer-fields, and hear still

a most vile, profligate man. After the boy had been onward its bells ringing happily: to enter and sit

some time at school, he came one day and told me that down among its rustic congregation, better pleased

his father was wonderfully changed; and that he had with their murmur of responses, and their artless but

left off going to the alehouse on Sunday. It hapearnest chant, than with all the splendour and parade and said to him, ''My friend, it gives me great pleasure

pened soon after, that I met the man in the street, of more lofty fabrics.-W. Howitt.

to hear that you have left off going to the alehouse on William Collins.—My last interview was on the Sunday ; your boy tells me that you now stay at home, 30th day of September, 1815, when, accompanied by and never get tipsy.' 'Sir,' said he, I may thank Mrs. Bowles, the Rev. Mr. Skinner, and the Bishop of you for it.' Nay,' said I, that is impossible; I do the diocese (Bath and Wells), I again visited the abode not recollect that I ever spoke to you before.' No, of this sole survivor of a whole buried generation of sir,' said he ; but the good instruction you give my the parish (Uphil in Somersetshire). He was seated boy, he brings home to me; and it is that, sir, which near the window, by a small fire, and seemed more has induced me to reform my life.'"--Penny Sunday collected than when I last saw him, though now turned Reader. of ninety years. He instantly remembered me, and pressed my hand, which he held in his for some time, with tears in his eyes. His voice was clear and

London: Published by JAMES BURNS, 17 Portman Street, distinct. His daughter was with him. The inside of

Portman Square; W. EDWARDS, 12 Ave-Maria Lane, St. the cottage was very neat, and on the table, amongst a Paul's; and to be procured, by order, of all Booksellers in Town few other books, an old Bible was conspicuous, near

and Country. which stood, most appropriately, an hour-glass. I

• From Bishop Mant's "Musings on the Church and her Services."



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