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picture of the unhappy man, who gives himself up a prey to an ungovernable temper?-Can any delineation of bodily distortion be too strong to describe his appearance, when under the influence of his insane paroxysms?-And are not these symptoms after all, but faint evidences of the tempestuous turmoil that rages within? Is there one faculty of the mind under due control?-one glimmering of reason to show that the man is not literally possessed by an evil spirit, which is thus rending and tearing him?

And how shall we deal with such a case as this?-It is not an uncommon one. On the contrary, many are the households whose peace is disturbed by it-many the characters, otherwise truly estimable, which are marred by the weakness to which it refers.-And how shall we deal with it?-Shall we try what reason will do ?-Let us make the attempt. Let us point out the extreme folly of yielding to such an infirmity.-Let us show the misery it occasions both to the individual himself, and to those with

whom he is connected-and ask, if, to counterbalance all this, it has in any one instance been productive of a single moment's gratification.-We may enforce, on the other hand, the many advantages of a meek and quiet spirit. We may expatiate on the many evils which it neutralizes, the many blessings which it enhances or creates. And what after all shall we have effected?-Our arguments will have been heard the truth and importance of them admitted-but the man will be unreclaimed." I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out, but they could not."-Reason is a good disciple-a good follower of the higher power, but she cannot do the work of her Lord.

But must we, therefore, despair ?Have we not any remedy to flee to ?— Yes!" If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." There is one who once said "Peace, be still" and and even the winds and the waves obeyed him.-There is one who yet can say, "Peace, be still;"-and violently as the wrathful passions may rage

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and swell within us, let but his voice be heard, and straightway there will be "a great calm."-" Give me a man (says one of the Fathers of the Church) that is angry-furious-passionate-and with a few words from God, I will render him as meek and quiet as a lamb."-And what may these powerful words be?-Surely. some such as the following." This is thankworthy" (worthy the acceptance and reward of God himself, my brethren, for so has he been pleased to declare)," this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffetted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently; but if when ye do well and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called; because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow his steps; who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth; who, when he was reviled, re

1 Mark iv. 39.

viled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not, but committed himself

him that judgeth righteously '." If we would render the violent, gentle as the lamb, shall any thing but the example, and the spirit of the Lamb accomplish it?

"He foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away."--This was another effect produced by the evil spirit on the poor man's son: and it is one which we can parallel both on the right hand and on the left of us. On the right hand and on the left, can we not see many weeping, and like Rachel, refusing to be comforted?-Can we not see many who indulge in sorrow, as if it were a virtue, not a weakness, and make their grief a luxury ?-Again, how many bruised spirits are there, crushed as it would seem and broken, who go about asking, "Who will show us any good?"-Whose senses are perverted so that they can no longer taste and see

how gracious the Lord is-because the sweet has become bitter to them, and all their light is darkness.-These too are cases, perhaps, still more difficult than the former-how shall we deal with them?—Not with any words of man's wisdom, if we would deal with them effectually.-Not by the application of arguments of any secondary authoritybut by listening at once to the voice of him who cries, "Come unto me, all ye that labour, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest; take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, and ye shall find rest unto your souls '."-Surely God who comforteth those who are cast down, will never refuse the aid of his healing Spirit" to those who are in any trouble," if asked in the name of him who was himself "a man of sorrow"-was himself"tempted like as we are."

But once more-(for we must hasten through this division of our subject)-as they brought the young man to Christ,

Matt. xi. 28, 29.

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