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portion of the solemn and the . For ev'ry trifle, scorn to take offence, tender chords. . On a late even
It either shows great pride, or little ing I went into a Moravian congregation; both the preaching
I hope that you, my good friends, and the prayers were such as are
will be honourable exceptions to exceedingly common among most
the rule which has now become denominations of Christians; but but too general. Cultivate harthe singing was so deliciously soft mony, not only in your performand harmonious, that I am per- ances, but in your tempers, and suaded almost
in individual every
your intercourse with each present must have regretted that other. Be assured that it will be
for the hymn was so soon closed. A
your comfort, credit, usefulselection of the hymns and tunes, ness, and interest : ‘Look not previous to the commencement every man on his own things, but of the service, and a little
on the things of others.' Each care,
have will readily guard you from the
your own peculiar improprieties I have mentioned. gifts and excellencies; if you o be concerned to act as those sing a very excellent base, your who are evidently conscious that neighbour, perhaps, sings a tenor, they are engaged in bis service, or some other part
, with equal who cannot be deceived by vain excellence. John has a very suprofessions, and who will not be perior voice, but David has a mocked by solemn sounds on judgment much better informed thoughtless tongues !
in the grounds of music. Recol• II. Be harmonious among
you are all important in yourselves. The disagreement of your places; none of you of much singers is so common, that it is consequence out of them. The become almost proverbial, that band cannot say to the foot, I the sons of harmony are really
have no need of thee.' Take each some of the most discordant
of you for your motto, creatures in the creation. Other • I'll not willingly offend, persons in our congregations may
Nor be easily offended;
What's amiss I'll strive to mend, have differences, but they are And endure what can't be mended.' too prudent to publish them im- And I think you will be respectmediately to all around them; able and useful. but singers usually leave their
“ III. Sing with melody in seats, and from their appearance your hearts unto the Lord. Do in some other part of the place not forget that real religion has of worship, declare to every one
ever to do with the heart; in their want of mutual forbearance reality, it is the penitence, the and harmony. The most incon- faith, the love, and the obedience, siderable and trivial circum- of the heart. To sing with mestances, (I am really almost lody, is to sing with emotions of ashamed to make the remark,) heart in full unison with the senleave too often been sufficient en- timents of the song. Is a hymn tirely to break up an excellent or psalm given out, descriptive of choir of singers. I have some- the sorrows of the penitent? He times really thought, that it might who utters the words with corbe useful to have the celebrated responding emotions of heart
, couplet inscribed in a conspicu- sings with melody. Is the comous place in the singing gal position expressive of praise to lery:
God for his mercies? or of love
to our divine Immanuel ? or of of heaven-threatenings unspeakdevotedness to his honour and ably awful and alarming-I treat glory? or does it anticipate the constantly of themes which eminfinite blessedness in reserve for ploy the angelic harps in glory the people of God? He who -and no sympathy is awakened sings them with melody, is con- in your bosom.-You are scious of a spirit of holy grati- affected, unalarmed, unconverttude, and sincere affection, to ed :-no raptures of love, gratiwards the Divine Being; he tude, or admiration are enkinknows, and, in some happy mea- dled in your bosom. O, have I sure, feels, that it is infinitely not reason to be amazed at your reasonable that he should be the indifference ?' Let your hearts, Lord's; and, on the wings of as well as your voices, be found faith, he rises above terrestrial in tune,-and God will lend a things ; surveys, and longs to listening ear to your songs of enter on the regions of everlast- praise, nor will your
fellow. ing bliss. It is, indeed, my very creatures withhold their approearuest prayer, that you may be bation. inspired with this holy melody of “ How pleasing the reflection, heart. How lamentable is the that if you now thus celebrate consideration, that many utter the praises of God, the moment sentiments, which infinitely con- is not distant when, after a life of cern them, of a kind the most de- usefulness and felicity on earth, lightful and awful, with the most you shall mtet together to celeentire indifference. Do not be brate, in a manner inconceivably guilty of this hypocrisy and pro- more sublime, the infinite perfanity. Pray God to give you a fections, and the everlasting new heart and a right spirit. You loving kindnesses of him who cannot endure discords in music: las redeemed you by his own O that the more direful discords precious blood, and who will which too commonly subsist be- present you faultless before the tween the heart and the tongue, throne with exceeding joy. This were equally abhorred! Be is, indeed, the sincere and ardent anxiously concerned, my dear prayer of your unworthy friend, friends, to ' sing with the spirit, Coseley.
B. H. D." and with the understanding also.'
“ It is well known, that the late excellent Mr. Cadogan had
LETTERS but little taste for music. An eminent musician, who was one
LATE REV. A. FULLER, of his bearers, occasionally sung some of the finest pieces of composition, in his hearing; and, REV. JOHN BIRT, OF HULL. since he was in raptures himself, he often expressed his astonish
Kettering, March 7, 1812. ment that his minister was not in DEAR SIR, raptures also. One day, how- YOURS I duly received, coever, Mr. Cadogan said to him, vering a bill of &c. &c.; No. "Give me leave, my good riend, XXII. of the P. A. is out, and to be astonished in my turn-Iyou will soon receive them. In bring forward invitations of addition to what you will see mercy, sweeter than the melody there, recent intelligence is since
arrived. The work is going on fidelity, are to be conquered; but gradually, yet gloriously. The under the period of the vials, preundertaking is now so much ex. paratory to it. The word of God tended, and the parties concerned rides forth at the head of the arso numerous, that some painful, mies of heaven, prior to the taking as well as pleasing events, must of the beast and the false probe expected to attend every com- phet, chap. xix. and, of course, munication. But there are no prior to the millenium. We are deaths, no dangerous afflictions ; not likely to live to see the latter : and, what is better, no scandals but we have entered, I think, on amongst the brethren. All are the former. It is ours to work at work, and God is with them. and war in this glorious cause. Scarcely a month without additions, nor a day, without new en.
affectionately yours, quiries after the new book and the
A. FULLER, new way. Within the last two years, I
FROM THE SAME, TO THE SAME. have gone over the Apocalypse, Kettering, April 14, 1812. in a way of exposition, on the MY DEAR BROTHER, Lord's-day morning; and the re- HAVE prepared the MS. of sult is, that I am persuaded the my lectures on the Apocalypse, seventh trumpet, in chap. xi. has and may perhaps some time print sounded--that the pouring out of them. Having just begun the the seven vials, (which are subdi- Epistle to the Romans, in the visions of that trumpet, as the course of exposition, I was struck seven trumpets are of the seventh a few days ago, with the stress seal) began at the same time that is laid upon godliness, or that that being the seven last plagues, part of religion which has imme. (chap. xv. i.) their work is to beat diate respect to God. The bea. down and destroy the antichris- then, I observe, are charged with tian powers-and that while God unrighteousness, and with holding, is doing this, by the pouring out or, perhaps withholding the truth of the vials, “the kingdoms of in righteousness, chap. i. 18, and the world will gradually become which charges are proved against the kingdoms of the Lord, and of them, in the following verses ; his Christ.” The period of the but the origin is UNGODLINESS. vials, (which commenced with all the immorality in the world the sounding of the seventh trum- bas its root, as you will see, in pet, and will terminate in the reading the chapter, in a dislike millenium) will be a period of ar- of GOD. Of this, the prevalence dent struggle, successful effort, of all the abomivations there enuand glorious victory. It will, i merated, are represented as a juconceive, be that to the mille- dicial punishment. Because of nium, which the reign of David this, they were given up to the was to that of Solomon. David other. The Lord is jealous of his was engaged in war, and so must honour. If his name be diswe; but the Lord prospered Da-honoured, (as it must before idovid whithersoever he went, and so latry could be introduced,) he he will us, if we engage in faith will punish it by giving up the and love. It is not under the parties to dishonour their own millenium, that Paganism, Maho-bodies, and wallow, like swine, in metism, Judaism, Popery, and In. the mire of their own corruptions.
OF TIPE LATE
Some of our men of science ORIGINAL LETTER would persuade us, that the idolatry of the heathens is a very innocent thing, only a mode of wor
MR. ARCHIBALD M LEAN. shipping the Supreme Being. Such are the ideas of Pope's Universal Prayer : but if Paul's doc
Edinburgh, Dec. 15, 1799. trine be true, it is the root of all
DEAR MADAM, other immorality, and the prime By a line from Mr. S. I am inground on which the wrath of formed that you have met with God is revealed from heaven an afflicting dispensation of Proagainst them. I rejoice in the vidence, in the loss of your connection of Britain with India, youngest child, by the small-pox. when I view the blessings that we You will, no doubt, feel this the are imparting; but i tremble more sensibly, from its being, I when I think of the numbers of suppose, the first affliction of the our youth who go over to acquire kind you have experienced, and fortunes, and return the apologists from the natural tenderness of a of idolatry, and but for the cus. mother's affections and feelings. tom of their country, would Insensibility, under the land of doubtless practise it.
God, would be criminal, and, in Others of our men of science such a case as this, unnatural. have been very eager to introduce He hath implanted in us natural a system of morals for a country, affections, and when he deprives that should have nothing to do with us of the objects of them, he wills religion, that is, with God. But that we should feel. True, inif Paul's doctrine be true, God deed, these objects are his gifts, will not suffer this. If men think every thing amiable in them is to preserve peace and order from him, and he has an unamong themselves, while they cast doubted right to recal them at off his fear, they shall find it to pleasure; yet be impossible. Till the world « The God of love will sure indulge returns to him, they sliall never The flowing tear, the heaving sigh,
When tender friends and kindred die." be at peace with one another.
“God is jealous, and the Lord But as, on the one hand, we are avengeth!" We lately excluded not to despise the chastening of one of our members for drunken- the Lord, through a stoical or mess. In a letter that he sent me, callous insensibility; so neither after his exclusion, he confessed, ought we, on the other hand, to that he had lived in secret wick- faint, when rebuked of him, so as edness eight years, and now God to be overset, and sink under the had “ left him to disgrace him- trial. As both these extremes are self,” in a manner taken away his sinful, as well as hurtful to ourpower of self-government; and selves, so we may be sure that he concludes with these words, neither of them corresponds with “ The Lord is a jealous God !" the designs of a gracious and
Remember me affectionately to merciful God in afflictiug us. your and my friends, and when
I might suggest to you, upon you see then, to the brethren and this occasion, that all our worldly fathers in the ministry.
comforts and enjoyments are from Affectionately yours,
God, and lent us but for a season A. FULLER. —that we are unworthy of the
least of his favours—that he has | priving us of these ; but when we a sovereign right to recal them, consider that God proposes himwhen he sees meet—that afflic- self as the object of our happition is the common lot of man- ness, who is a satisfying and everkind-that death will undoubt-lasting portion, and whose favour edly, sooner or later, close this is better than life ; when we think transitory scene, with respect to of this world as only a passage to us all—and that impatience, or an eternal state of happiness, in excessive grief is sinful, unreason the presence and enjoyment of able, unavailing, and only in God, where there is fulness of joy creases our distress. But, though and pleasures for evermore ; and such reflections are just and pro- when we think of the Son of God per, they are not sufficient, of coming into this world, bleeding, themselves, to give relief to the and dying, and rising again from mind smarting under affliction. the dead, to procure for us the Religion ! the Christian religion remission of sins, and eternal life alone, is calculated to assuage our with himself, beyond death and grief in every trial, and to make the grave. This will lead us to us not only submissive and re- consider afflictions as but light signed, but even cheerfully to and momentary, when compared acquiesce in the divine disposals. with the glory that shall be re. It assures us that none of our af- vealed--the faith and hope of this flictions come by chance, but by will support us under every
trial. the special appointment of our It is only in this view that we can heavenly Father-that they are perceive how chastisements are under his direction and special effects of divine love, and subsermanagement, as to their nature, vient to our true and everlasting degree, continuance, and effects, interest. They serve, when sancti-that he is possessed of infinite fied, to humble our minds,-teach wisdom, and knows what is best us submission to, and acquiesfor us; and also of intinite good-cence in, the will of God—remind ness, whereby he makes all things, us that we owe all our comforts even the sharpest afflictions, to to, and hold them immediately of, work together for good, to them God-discover to us the transithat love him. His chastisements tory nature of all earthly enjoyare the effects of his love to his ments, and the folly of setting our people, and he therein acts the supreme affections
them, or part of a tender-hearted Father; of placing our happiness in them is for whom the Lord loveth he -convince us that our true and chasteneth and scourgeth, every permanent hąppiness lies only son whom he receiveth.” And in the enjoyment of God-make though “no affliction for the pre- us relish the comforts of the gossent seemeth to be joyous, but pel, which are suited to a state of grievous, yet afterwards it yield- affliction in this world—and tend eth the peaceable fruits of righte- to lead our views and desires forousness to them that are exercised ward to that state, where sin and thereby."
sorrow shall never enter. These, Had God intended no other and such like effects, are what happiness for his people, no other God intends by afflicting us, as portion but the transitory enjoy- he has declared in his word. Are ments of this life, we could not, they not all conducive to indeed, perceive his love in de chief good ? and ought it not to