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died in the Bastile, others lived under the constant
a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unex. dread of being poisoned.
ercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees Meanwhile, those who have been described as com- her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that posing the third class escaped unhurt. They were immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust known to be adherents to the Jansenists partly, but and heat." Happy that Christian who while using were saved by their high rank. Among these the most this world as not abusing it, intent above all things on remarkable was Anne Genevieve de Bourbon, duchesse promoting the glory of God, and furthering the salvade Longueville; “ that haughty princess," as she has tion of the soul, testifies in the various scenes of active been termed, “whose beauty, whose wit, and whose labour in which he is engaged, that his conversation is talents, had hitherto been made subservient to the in heaven; and that the duties of life, to the performmost boundless ambition; that same person who ance of which he betakes himself with alacrity, are not plunged her country into the horrors of a civil war suffered to impede him in his journey towards the city to gratify her own disappointed pride that heroine, of the living God.
Y. who had so long withstood the great Condé, had become suddenly an altered character." Impressed with a deep sense of religion, and bewailing her former con
The Cabinet. duct, she now sought to devote the remainder of her
THE BRIGHT SIDE.-In trouble, people try to per. days to God. Meetings were held at her house for deliberation as to the most effectual method of warding it will not return again ; and this they call looking at
suade themselves that it will soon be over, and that off persecution. Under her protection the Archbishop
the bright side. Now the Bible tells us that “ man is of Sens, the Bishop of Chalons, with Arnauld and
born to trouble,” that it is his daily portion; so we Mole, drew up a plan of pacification ; the duchess
must learn to get used to affliction, and not to be surwrote herself to the pope upon the subject, Clement IX., a quiet and peaceable man, who had just prised at it. We need not be afraid to see things as entered on the pontificate. He had long deplored the
bad as they really are, if, at the same time, we can wretched state of the Church in France, torn by fac
find real and strong consolation under them. The tions, religious as well as civil, and gladly sought to
times are bad. Yes; but if you are a Christian, my restore order and tranquillity: he accordingly issued a
poor friend, you are looking forward to a happy eterbrief of reconciliation in 1688.
nity. You suffer pain and sickness; but there is per
fect health in heaven. You have difficulty in procurIn obedience to this brief, the imprisoned nuns were released, the confessors and deserted were restored,
ing bread to eat; but the Saviour of sinners speaks of
himself as the bread of life. You want clothes to and Port-Royal for a season surpassed its former emi
wear; but he offers you the garments of salvation. The greatest joy was manifested even by those who had taken no small share in the persecution. The
You may be a wanderer without an earthly home; but joy of the common people was unbounded ; they had
in his Father's house are many mansions, and he will always regarded the Jansenists as saints, and had ad
prepare a place for you, if you believe in him. Now mired the sanctity of their manners and the purity of
is not this looking at the bright side of things? It their lives. The power of working miracles was claimed
does not want what the world calls learning, to look at by them not only at the earlier but even later period things (I would say it with reverence) even as God
looks at them. of their existence; and this circumstance added not a
Do not think others to have no little to the veneration in which they were held. It is
troubles, and so wrong them; perbaps the richest
man you know has trials greater than any you have unnecessary here to point out the absurdity, if not the impiety, of arrogating to themselves such a power;
Only try to be content in the state in and it is difficult to conceive how they could have
which God has placed you, and look forward to a been guilty of so doing: it cannot be denied, how
better world, and then you will be happy.Job Nott. ever, that the supposition that they possessed it, Tue Way of Salvation. Then, seeing that the added to the veneration in which they were held. heart of man is not right exactly, unless it be found in Unquestionably their piety caused them to be regarded all parts such, that God examining and calling it unto with respect; and the many beneficent acts which account with all severity of rigour, be not able once to they performed made their restoration to be hailed charge it with declining or swerving aside, (which abwith delight.
solute perfection when did God ever find in the sons We have much cause to be thankful to God that
of mere mortal men ?)-doth it not follow, that all flesh clearer light has been vouchsafed to us in this blessed must of necessity fall down and confess, We are not Protestant land, with reference to religious subjects. dust and ashes, but worse; our minds, from the highHowever much the Christian may delight to commune est to the lowest, are not right; if not right, then unwith God in secret, and however much he may esteem doubtedly not capable of that blessedness which we it a privilege to be enabled, in imitation of his ador- naturally seek, but subject unto that which we most able Redeemer, to absent himself from the busy multi- | abhor-anguish, tribulation, death, woe, endless misery, tude for the purposes of private devotion, and serious For whatsoever misseth the way of life, the issue thereof reflection, and diligent self-examination, he will re- cannot but be perdition. By which reason, all being member that each individual has his allotted sphere wrapped up in sin, and made thereby the children of action, in the diligent performance of the duties of of death, the minds of all men, being plainly conwhich he is to bear a part. Non-conformity to the victed not to be right,-shall we think that God hath world does not imply an entire abstraction from the endued them with so many excellencies more, not duties and occupations of the world ; God may be as only than any, but than all the creatures in the world acceptably served amidst the bustle of daily life and besides, to leave them in such estate, that they had the business of the crowded city, as in the remote val- been happier if they had never been ? Here cometh ley far from the haunts of man. The great point to in necessarily a new way unto salvation ; so that they be attained is, the entire subjection of the heart to his which were in the other perverse, may in this be authority—the aim that the life may be conformed to found straight and righteous. That the way of nature; his blessed will. We are not to seek to be taken out this the way of grace. The end of that way, salvation of the world, but to pray to be kept from the evil that merited, presupposing the righteousness of men's is in the world ; and to endeavour in that situation in works; their righteousness, a natural ability to do them; which we may be placed to testify that the leading ob- that ability, the goodness of God which created them ject of our pursuit is," the kingdom of God and his in such perfection. But the end of this way, salvation righteousness." We shall thus be qualified to act not bestowed upon men as a gift; presupposing not their only a consistent but a useful part. " I cannot praise,” | righteousness, but the forgiveness of their unrighteous
ness, justification; their justification, not their natural
Poetry. ability to do good, but their hearty sorrow for their not doing, and unfeigned belief in Him for whose
ELIJAH IN THE DESERT. sake not-doers are accepted, which is their vocation; " And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the their vocation, the election of God, taking them out Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong from the number of lost children; their election, a Me- wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before diator in whom to be elect; this mediation, inexplicable the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind : and after the mercy; his mercy, their misery, for whom he vouch- wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: safed to make himself a Mediator. The want of exact and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the distinguishing between these two ways, and observing fire: and after the fire a still small voice. . . And behold there what they have common, what peculiar, hath been the came a voice and said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah ?" cause of the greatest part of that confusion whereof - Kings, xix. 11-13. Christianity at this day laboureth.-Hooker, Sermon on
(For the Church of England Magazine.) the Nature of Pride.
Upon the mountain stood SIN THE STING OP Death.—The sting of death is
Elijah once, the holy man of God, sin, says the apostle. And what says the history of man, throughout all the realms and all the ages of
Watching the fitful blast heathenism? How was it in those days which the
That bow'd the lofty fir-trees as it past; long-suffering of God winked at and overlooked ? Watching the hallow'd gleam And how is it at this day in those countries which That bathed the landscape in a fiery stream, still continue to weary his patience by the multitude And touch'd the dazzl'd eye with glittering light, of their abominations? What was it that in ancient times demanded the fruit of the parent's body, but
Too pure and bright for all but consecrated sight. the sin of the parent's soul? What was it that caused Thither, to meet the Lord, the children of the idolaters to pass through the fire to Moloch? And what is it which at this day prostrates
The Tishbite came, led by his holy word : the eastern pilgrim beneath the chariot-wheels of a
Snares for his life around monstrous and mis-shapen idol? What are all these
Were spread, and all to him was dangerous ground; atrocities, but visible commentaries on the text of the Yet there the prophet stood, apostle? What is there but the inward sense of
Confiding in the Lord to aid the good, wickedness, and a persuasion of the necessity of atone
And anxious watch'd the wind and light to see ment, which can account for those prodigies of voluntary sacrifice and martyrdom? If death had no sting
Whether the Lord of hosts, perchance, in them might but that which it inflicts upon the body; if the suffer
be. ings of life, or the agonies of dissolution, were all that
The blast swept o'er the plain, mortals had to apprehend, -why is it that fathers should ever consign their children to the fire, or their own
And bent the trees, and cleft the rock in twain ; bodies to extremity of torment? Throughout the And as the whirlwind past, world there is, and ever has been, a deep and indel- He sought the Lord within the roaring blast; ible sense of guilt, which poisons every source of But as its angry course human enjoyment; which makes life restless, and
It urg'd along, he heard its murmurs hoarse, the end of life terrible. It knocks at the door of the peasant, and thunders at the portals of monarchs.
That fill'd his heart with awe and holy fear
It tells the cottager at his meals, and the sovereign at
“ If that thou seek'st the Lord, prophet, he is not his banquet, that he is weighed in the balance and here." found wanting. It whispers terror even to the sage in the retirement of his chamber, and turns his boasted
The earthquake rollid around, wisdom into foolishness. And what is all the will
And shook the hills, and rent the solid ground; worship, and all the voluntary humiliation, and all the And from the mountain's height superstitious vanity and corruption, which the world Burst the volcano, with its blazing light: has ever seen,—what are they all, but expedients to
But it was not the Lord, blunt the sting which can never be taken out, and to deaden the anguish which its point is constantly
Who in that earthquake shook the verdant sward ; inflicting? Why is it that man hath ever sought to
And though the bright volcano's mighty glare hide himself in falsehood, but that he may escape that might seem to veil a God, Jehovah was not there. fearful looking-for of judgment, which shakes his spirit to its inmost recesses; which makes cowards of
Then came the “ still small voice" all alike ; which reduces to one wretched level him That oft has bid the wicked not rejoice that tills the earth in the sweat of his brow, and him Before the eternal God: that is canopied in grandeur and in power; aye, and him too that is endowed with might, which surpasses
Elijah sunk abash'd upon the sod;
For in that voice He came, the glory of the kingdoms of the earth-the might of a capacious and commanding intellect ?—Rev. C. W. Le
Who was not in the blast, or the volcano's flame: Bas.
Then struck the awful words upon his ear, God's JUDGMENTS.Though God's judgments may
" I am the Lord thy God; prophet, what dost thou
here?" be secret, yet they cannot be unjust ; like the great deep, indeed, an abyss unfathomable: but though we have no plumb-line of reason that can reach it, our
DEVOTEDNESS. faith assures us there is justice at the bottom. Clouds and darkness are round about him, saith the Psalmist; My heart I, Lord, devote to thee entire ; but, as it follows, righteousness and judgment are the The victim light with thine own heavenly fire ; habitation of his throne : so much we may easily dis
Preserve, employ, and form it as thine own: cern through all the veils and curtains that envelope him, that justice stands always fast by his judgment
O, change my frozen to a torrid zone ! seat.-Archbishop Sancroft.
Knowledge divine into my mind instil ;
Do thou my senses guide, control, restrain : which devoured them, and frogs, which destroyed 0, may thy love o'er all my passions reign!
them.” Some recent commentators accordingly are of All I design, endeavour, hope, desire —
opinion that the Egyptian beetle (blatta Ægyptiaca) is All that I am, or have, or shall acquire,
denoted in this plague. The beetle, it is well known,
is every where a nuisance, and is particularly so in Without reserve I to thy will resign
Egypt. All the allusions in different parts of the Jesus! I am no more mine own, but thine.
sacred Scriptures concerning the arob apply to this Bishop Ken. species. It devours every thing in its way, even
clothes, books, and plants, and does not hesitate to
inflict severe bites upon man. And as it appears to Miscellaneous.
have been one of the great objects of the plagues to VENTILATION.-In the construction of houses and
chastise the Egyptians through their own objects of
reverence or abhorrence, the beetle might have been public buildings, there is, for the most part, but little care taken to provide for due ventilation ; which is
fitly employed for this purpose. Although it cannot
be determined what place it held in their religious capable of being regulated on the strictest scientific principles . Who has not experienced the ill effects quently in Egyptian sculpture and painting, that it
system, it is evident, from its figure occurring so freof this neglect, in headaches, flushings, languor, and debility, incurred by attending meetings of large
occupied a conspicuous place among the sacred crea. numbers of persons ?' These evils are caused by the
tures. In the British Museum there is a remarkable inhalation of air from which much of its oxygen has
colossal figure of a beetle in greenish-coloured granite, been abstracted, and which is thus unfit for the pur
and it is also delineated in various specimens of Egypposes of respiration. Persons of delicate health, es
tian antiquities preserved in that national institution. pecially those whose lungs are weak, ought to beware
At the same time, if the popular reading of flies be of frequenting numerous and crowded assemblies: the
retained, the preceding observations are equally aptheatre, the ball-room, and other fashionable places plicable. The Egyptians, we learn, were worshippers
of Zebub, or the god fly. “The land of Egypt," says of resort, have destroyed many a victim.-Curtis on
Bryant, “ being annually overflowed, was pestered Health.
with swarms of fies. They were so troublesoine, that The Flies or EGYPT.-Swarms of flies came “ into the people were in many places forced to lie on the all the land of Egypt, and the land was corrupted by roofs of the houses, which were flat, where they were reason of the flies." The Hebrew word arob denotes obliged to corer themselves with a net-work. As the a mixture; and hence St. Jeroine, in the Vulgate, trans- country thus abounded with these insects, it might be lates it omne genus muscarum, " all sorts of fies;" from thought that judgment was effected in a natural way, which, in our version, is the phrase gricvous swarm if it were not that it was brought about, as was also (Ex. viii. 24); for the critical reader will observe that that of the frogs, in the coldest and most ungenial the words of flies are printed in italics in our version, season of the year in Egypt. These noxious animals and are not in the original. We are thus left to con- could not have been produced at such a scason by jecture what kind of fly is meant, or whether the natural means; it was contrary to all experience. plague really consisted of fies. Bishop Patrick, after They used to be produced at a different, and for the observing that flesh-flies, or dog-flies, are very trouble- most part an opposite time of the year; and before some and venomous, says, that some think the He- this season they were either diminished or extinct."brew word means a mixture of different insects, as Edinburgh Scripture Gazetteer. Jerome has translated it; and those who adopt that
JAPAN. - The Japanese are quite intolerant to father's view are supported by Josephus, who observes,
Christianity. The Catholic priests, who formerly that God "filled the country full of various sorts of
lived in Japan, enjoyed every possible freedom, and pestilential creatures, with their various properties.”
converted a great number of the natives; but, at last, “ Perhaps,” says Bruce, “ this is the insect called zimb in those countries. As soon as this plague ap
the progress of the new religion gave rise to a dread
ful civil war. For this reason, after the extirpation of pears, and its buzzing is heard, all the cattle forsake
the Christians, the following inscription was placed at their food, and run wildly about the place, till they the head of the stone tablets of laws, which are fixed die, worn out with fatigue, fright, and hunger.” The
up in all public places. " Whoever knows any fly of Egypt becane proverbial; and Isaiah, in one of
individual who has taught Christianity, and can his predictions against Ahaz, says, " It shall come to
convict him thereof, shall receive a reward of five pass in that day that the Lord shall hiss for the fly
hundred silver pieces.” There is likewise a law that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt;"
which prohibits masters from hiring servants, until but if we attend to the reading of the passage in Exo
they receive from them a written assurance of their dus (viii. 24), “ the land was corrupted by reason of
not being Christians. In Nangasaky, where Christithe swarm," recollecting that the word flies is always
anity had made the greatest progress, there is a stairinserted in italics, and is nowhere in the original, we
case, on the steps of which are laid various ornaments must admit that it can hardly refer to a fly, properly
and utensils of the Catholic Church, and on the first so called. We have indeed various historical facts
step a crucifix. On new-year's day, all the inhaproving that flies are an intolerable plague ; many
bitants of Nangasaky are obliged io ascend these places near lakes and pools having on their account
steps; and, as a proof that they are not Christians, to been deserted and rendered desolate. Such, according
trample on the articles. It is said, that many Christo Herodotus, was the fate of Myus in Ionia, and of
tians who live at Nangasaky comply with this regulaAtarnæ; the inhabitants being compelled to abandon tion from interested inotives. These facts, we presume, those cities, unable to withstand the swarms of flies
are true ; but it is mournful that the intrigues or bad and gnats with which they were infested: the emperor Trajan was obliged to raise the siege of a place in the
conduct of these papal missionaries should be identi
fied with Christianity.--Christian Obscrver. Arabian peninsula on account of the swarms of those insects; and Moses, in a much more early period, informs us that the hornet drove out the Canaanite; London: Published by JAMES BURNS, 17 Portman Strect, which means that before the conquest by the Israelites Portman Square; W. EDWARDS, 12 Ave-Mariu Lane, St. several cities had been deserted from terror of this
Paul's; and to be procured, by order, of all Booksellers in Town
and Country. insect. But in the 78th Psalm the arou is described as devouring the Egyptians, which is not applicable to a fly: “ Ile sent divers sorts of lies among them,
ROBSON, LEVEY, AND FRANKLYN, 16 ST. MARTIN'S LANE.
when, speaking to the Ephesians of their THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE GLORY OF GOD. being sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, By The Rev. J. Fawcett, M.A.
he calls it “ the earnest of their inheritance ?" Perpetual Curute of St. Cuthbert's, Carlisle.
(Eph. i. 14.) Some must have it in a greater,
some in a less, degree ; but in all who were II.
thus sealed, it was the earnest of that inSuch a manifestation as that referred to inheritance, something of heaven enjoyed bea former essay is not made to one in a forehand. What else does Peter mean when thousand, -I might even say, not to one in he asserts of the dispersed and afflicted Christen thousand; yet if we want to examine tians," that believing in Him, whom having an object correctly, we should contemplate not seen they loved, they rejoiced with joy it where it is found in large dimensions - unspeakable and full of glory?" (1 Pet. i. 8.) just as when we want to ascertain the exact Or what views of the Divine glory had David, form of a minute insect, we magnify it. when he said, “Whom have I in heaven but The parts thus magnified are seen distinctly; thee? and there is none upon earth that I yet they are nothing else but the very same desire beside thee?" parts, in the very same shape, and with all Let not, then, any man despise such manithe same appendages, which exist in the festations as enthusiasm ; but let him greatly creature so small as to be invisible to the court them, and diligently seek them : they unassisted eye. So, though not a man in are akin to the joy of heaven itself, and a ten thousand has so bright a manifestation preparation for it. Nor let any one who is of the glory of God as Brainerd had, yet seeking thus to be visited with God's salvaevery man, who has any manifestation at all, tion be discouraged, though he seem very has one of the same kind. If his views and far from it-cold, and dark, and even unable feelings could be increased to the same in- to pray. Let him still breathe out the desire, tensity as those of Brainerd, they would be “ I beseech thee, shew me thy glory;" and like his ; and if they could be increased still when he feels himself in the deepest darkfurther, and made more and more intense, ness, he may be on the confines of a marwithout being at all changed in their nature, vellous light, which will ere long break in they would be like the views and the feelings upon him, to the joy and refreshing of his of saints in glory; for what else is it that soul. Paul means when he speaks of “ the peace It remains only, that I shew the blessed of God, which passeth all understanding ?" effects of such manifestations. (Phil. iv. 7.) What else means he, when In the first place, wherever there is any he tells the Corinthians, that we, “ behold- degree of such manifestation, and in proporing as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are tion to the degree of it, there will be an inchanged into the same image from glory to ward reverence for God; it will be a reverglory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord ?" ence not unmixed with awe, but chiefly a (2 Cor. iii. 18.) What else does he mean, delightful blending of admiration and love. VOL, VII. NO, CLXXXVIII.
(London: Robson, Levey, and Franklyn, 46 St. Martin's Lane.]
Now this is the very best state of mind in Lastly,~I would remark, that he who has which a creature like man can be ; it is one had a sight of the glory of God in the face which becomes his condition and character. of Jesus Christ will be able to conceive of It humbles him ; it exalts God. It makes nothing higher or better in heaven itself than him see how mean and evil he is; how great to have God for his everlasting portion. He and holy, God. The approaches of such a can enter into the meaning of David, when one to the footstool of the Most High will he says, “ As for me, I will behold thy face be such as suit his circumstances, and the in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I relation in which he stands to so gracious a awake, with thy likeness” (Ps. xvii. 15). He Being. He will wonder almost that he is can understand the language of John: “ We permitted to draw nigh, and will say, “Be- know that, when he shall appear, we shall hold, I have taken upon me to speak unto be like him; for we shall see him as he is" the Lord, who am but dust and ashes" (Gen. (1 John, iii. 2). Nothing can be imagined xviii. 27).
by him as promising such a fulness of joy as Another effect which will follow from such to be at God's right hand, to see face to face, manifestation, and proportioned to the degree to know even as he is known. Every pleaof it, is self-surrender. He who has this sure of sense, all the glory of this lower knowledge of the glory of God will rejoice world, seems poor and beggarly in the comto see himself, and all his concerns, in such parison, and God alone capable of filling the hands. When troubles come upon him, the soul with substantial bliss. bitterness will be almost taken out of them If such a glimpse of the Divine glory as when he looks upon them as the appointment le can catch on earth be so ravishing, what of so glorious a God. Can such a God err ? must the perfect vision in heaven be ? Then Can he ordain any thing but what is wise, the blissful communion will not be interrupted and right, and good? Would his weak, erring by withdrawment or desertion on the part of creature dethrone him, and alter his arrange- God, or by dulness of understanding and ments ? Far from it. He feels so sure that coldness of affection on his.
The joyous, all which proceeds from God is as it should holy fellowship will not be disturbed by be, that he would not change one thing. It temptation, nor saddened by affliction, nor is his satisfaction to lie in his Father's hands. polluted by sin; it will be a perpetual lightHe accepts willingly the good or evil of the an unclouded brightness - a sun which shall present time; and resigns himself confidently never go down - a moon which shall not for the future, prepared to receive, with meek withdraw itself; for the Lord himself shall and cheerful submission, whatever a God so be the light of his people, and their God glorious shall appoint. Nor is it for time their glory. Thus in heaven the view of the only that he thus resigns himself to God; it Divine glory will not be, like the best that is for eternity-his soul, as well as his body good men are favoured with below, a transient and estate ; his soul to be accepted in Christ, vision, a momentary glance; it will be etersanctified by his Spirit, preserved from falling, nal; the days of mourning will be ended ; and at last made perfect in glory.
every enemy being put under the feet of It is easy to see that obedience will follow. Jesus, death, the last of them, will be deThe will of that Being, whom the favoured stroyed; and the victory and triumph of the soul sees to be so glorious, will be sacred to redeemed complete and everlasting. him. He will be sure that every command proceeding from him will be excellent; the line of duty enjoined by him the best and the
ZEAL FOR GOD'S GLORY.. happiest that could possibly be. He will be
In meditating on the Lord's prayer as containing the sure that he cannot depart from it a hair's expression of the primary elements of piety, we have breadth, but he must depart for the worse. found that it gives utterance, in the first place, to that He will not only obey from gratitude, be- elevating sense of confidence in God's relation to us,
the enjoyment of which is so prominent a characteristic cause God is his benefactor, though he will of the children of God. feel this ; or from love, because God is his But they who recognise God as their Father-their Redeemer, though this will be a constraining heavenly Father -- cannot but be filled with filial zeal motive; or because the path of obedience
as well as with filial confidence. The relation of leads to heaven, though this consideration parent and child, as it is the closest which can exist,
so it most entirely identifies the interests of each, and may worthily weigh with him. But he will makes the desires, purposes, and plans of the father, also obey, because he is well pleased that so to live again, as it were, in the son. Him whom we glorious a God should in all things command love, we reverence and obey; and him whom we reverhim. He feels it an honour and happiness
• From a very interesting work, just published, entitled “The to be doing the will of such a God; and Lord's Prayer; contemplated as the Expression of the Primary longs to do it perfectly, even as the saints
Elements of Devoutness." By the Rev. Thomas Griffith, A.M.,
Minister of Ram's Episcopal Chapel, Homerton, author of "The and angels in heaven.
Spiritual Life," &c. &c. London, 1839. Burns.