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will suffer if the boon be withheld God one of the most momentous for any trivial and insufficient reason. duties He has laid
and as We often, however, cannot under- the earth, fashioned and furnished stand the restorative process by to be His abode, was planned by which, in our pleasant country Him in perfect adaptation to all His sojourns, our wasted powers have necessities, as these stand revealed been recruited; or, at least, we do to Infinite knowledge, there would not thoroughly comprehend those be in the dwelling and its furniture parts of it which, by subtle and a large expression of sympathy with delicate agencies, affect the mind the life-work of the inhabitant, and and spirit. Change of scene, full plentiful aid richly provided for his draughts of pure fresh air, sufficient help in its prosecution. That this is muscular exercise, a gladdened heart the case, we have ample proof; and a resting brain, will sufficiently mighty tempests career through it, explain the improved state of bodily inspiring a salutary awe and fear; health; but a change has been fruitful seasons minister joy and wrought in us more interior still, gladness, and excite him to gratitude which these things do not suffi- and praise, but we have sometimes ciently explain. What longings felt that there are other auxiliaries, have been begotten in us for not less real, but of gentler influence, a holier, purer, better life, a life less obtrusive, and therefore not so more earnest, simple, kindly, and easily recognized, which he might true; grateful tears of penitence make mightily helpful in the task have watered our recognition of of adding to the substantial buildings past shortcomings. “Seeds of hope of solid virtues those graces and and of prayer
have been sown adornments of character, which are for the future: we feel the re- needed to perfect it in beauty and sults. Whence the power and how completeness. "For has it wrought? Of course in the
“ 'Tis not timber, lead, and stone new life of the Christian, which is
An architect requires alone, wholly of Divine workmanship, the To finish a fine building: power is one, the renewing, sancti- The palace were but half complete fying energy of the indwelling spirit
If he could possibly forget
The carving and the gilding." of God. We can but trace the subordinate means by which He works, To some of us, at least, there are and these are manifold. In these such auxiliaries in the direction we brief pencillings we purpose only to have already indicated, for there, in touch lightly upon one amongst the
countless forms of living beauty, we many, and in making selection shall find in flower-life exemplifications of pass by the most prominent, and re- those lovelier attributes of human stricted by our subject to the flower character which God would have us creation, shall only raise the question cultivate, which we covet for ourspringing from it. What kind of selves, and admire and esteem in work in this ministry of blessing has
others. Is it without design that year been done for us by those lowly after year the snowdrop reveals her neighbours of ours, the flowers of stainless purity, and the violet nestling garden, forest, and dale, with which in shady nooks, lends her fragrance we have been communing ? Now and her beauty to commend to us we have sometimes thought that as the fair grace of modesty ? and the building up of character in all whence is it that lessons of humility Divine rectitude, is to the mind of have always been conned from the sweet bells of the lily of the valley ? suredly be the richer in many sweet Oh! some will say, these are mere influences, ministering to greater poetic imaginings with which the purity and simplicity of life. Who flowers have been invested; but these has not admired the wistful, timid have sprung from existing analogies, glance, with which some of our and resemblances too varied and too flowers look out upon this disordered, striking to be entirely resolved away unlovely life of ours; who has not by ascribing them all to the creative felt in their society the unworthiness power of fancy. We think that of mean low desires, and unholy it must at least be granted that the thoughts ? Let us look oftener into capacity they discover for receiving, their friendly faces, and take to ourretaining, and henceforth exhibiting, selves their teachings, and rememin resemblance, appropriate attributes bering that intercourse creates asof character assigned to them, is similation, let us not turn aside from sufficiently remarkable to excite some this, or any other treasury of help, amount of wise thoughtfulness in the however lowly; the flowers have minds of any who are lovingly often ministered to us unconsciously, searching the works of Nature, that but recognizing their help, and seekthey may therein read the manifested ing it, we shall find there are good thoughts of God. We do not, how- gifts still in reserve. Our highest ever, claim for Flower Physiognomy intercourse is indeed with Him who a higher rank than this, that it may is the Father of our spirits, and next be included amongst our possible to that we value with untold appremental recreations, and we grant that ciation, communion of thought and in its practice we may be often dis- feeling with earnest Christian hearts, porting ourselves with fancies, yet yet the necessities of our inner even these will be found of healthy spiritual life are so varied that we and purifying tendency.
cannot allow a single aid, wheresoever make the trial as the summer growths stored, to lie by unused. of floral grace and beauty are gather
S. E. ing around us, and we shall as- Winslow.
The Rise and Progress of Religious communion with Christ and with God Life in England. By S. R. PATTI- in which a truly religious life consists sox. London: Jackson, Walford & Theology is there; the strife of eccleHodder, 1864 ; 12mo. pp. 368. siastical parties is there ; the rise and Ecclesiastical history is not necessa- fall of churches are duly chronicled ; the rily a history of religious life. Few of the debates of councils and the errors of multitudinous tomes that weigh down heretics are fully set forth. But the our shelves are devoted to the history story of the men of lowly heart, “who of that fellowship with the unseen, that
have lived in habitual realization of the * Froude's Hist., i. p. 152.
Divine love through our Lord Jesus “ The trump of the archangel will call up Christ,” receives but scant recognition,
strange forms from the grassy graves of and often no place at all.
our remote forefathers; they will come from
cromlech and cairn, from the soil of buried In looking back over the ages, we see cities, from the margin of the silent Roman the gradual spread of Christian truth roads; but their utterances will be the same: softening the manners of nations, chang- * They, with united breath, ing laws and institutions, building up Ascribe their conquest to the Lamb! hierarchies, and determining the course
Their triumph to his death."-P. 13. of history. And with the events con- And again :nected with this progress church his- “Never has the great theatre of human torians chiefly busy themselves. Inade- creation, since our Lord's advent, been to. quately as Dean Milner accomplished tally free from the presence of His followers. his task, yet he was the first among
The recognitions of heaven will comprise
some strange surprises. The motley liveries the moderns to grasp the idea that the
of earth often separate brethren. Many who history of spiritual religion was not the have anathematized each other, have neversame as the history of the Church, and theless been together loving the Lord Jesus to attempt to trace through the cen
Christ, though after a strangely separate and turies preceding the Reformation that
incomplete method."-P. 84. silver stream of real piety, which, in Thus our author has attempted to show the darkest times, ran its quiet course,
that, independently of all surrounding sometimes sparkling in the light of circumstances, there have always been joyous recognition, at others hidden be- in this country persons who have lived neath the dark corrupting masses of in newness of life towards God and man; human superstition and hate that over- in hearty enjoyment of Divine favour ; shadowed it. He sought to establish in firm hope of a heavenly inheritance; the fact that there existed in every age, and in diligent endeavours for the diffua number of persons bearing the Christ- sion of evangelical truth. ian name whose lives proved them to be In prosecuting this object Mr. Patti" the excellent of the earth,” and whose son rarely walks in the ordinary paths piety welled up from a heart at peace
of ecclesiastical history. The story of with God. He found that there was bishops, and their strifes for pre-eminence, conjoined with this holy and inner life have no attraction for him. He passes by an'attachment to the doctrines of grace, the intrigues of courts and the ecclefrom which the bitterest trials could siastical politics of parliaments. He not sever it, and which the fear of fixes attention on the saintly life, the death could not quench. In some holy words, the devout songs, the heaven cases it might be seen burning with aspiring prayers of the true believer. calm lustre on a throne, at others spark. He tracks vital godliness in its desert ling in the cottage of the poor, or dart- life among the ancient Britons. The ing forth rays of dazzling brilliancy monasteries of our Saxon forefathers, from some cavern, or lonely dell, whither furnish their roll of humble followers it had been driven by the persecutions of the Lamb, and fervent missionaries of a so-called Catholic Church.
of the Cross. The days of Wycliffe and Our esteemed friend Mr. Pattison, in the Lollards give abundant proof how the volume before us, endeavours to do large was that band of “cobblers, for English religious life what Milner weavers, carpenters, trade apprentices, attempted for the church at large. He and humble artisans, men of low birth passes in rapid and too brief review the and low estate, who might have been ages that have elapsed since the first seen at night stealing along the lanes planting of the Gospel in Britain to the and alleys of London, carrying with close of the eighteenth century, bring- them some precious load of books, ing into the clear sunshine some of the which it was death to possess, and many gems of vital godliness that the giving their lives gladly, if it must be Divine Spirit has quarried from the so, for brief tenure of so dear a treamine of human misery. Very beautifully he says:
Of their lowly unobtrusive life Mr. the Commonwealth, except to mark our Pattison lovingly says :
author's appreciation of the piety of “The humble daisy unfolds its petals at
Cromwell, and to quote the following the dawn, and continues open though clouds passage with which he concludes: obscure the sky all day; so these children of God, having once lifted their hearts in faith
“We feel that we have been in the pretowards their heavenly Father, continued
sence of one who, with all his faults and fail. stedfastly regarding Him, though the firma.
ings, was a striking exemplification of the life ment of His providence was overclouded dur
of God in the soul, a man of prayer and piety. ing all their pilgrimage.”—P. 81.
The explicit testimony of Mr. Richardson, a
person of calm judgment, keen mind, and in. The Reformation period next yields dependent habits of thought, a contemporary our author abundant material to illus.
and a Londoner, probably expresses the exact trate the advance of genuine piety. principle that will hold all that fear the Lord,
truth :-He hath a large heart, spirit, and Nor does he fail to mark the germ of though of different opinions and practises in religious liberty which lay enwrapped religion, and seek their welfare. I am perin that great movement.
suaded there is not a better friend to the
nation and people of God among men, and “ The principle that man is directly ac- that there is not any man so unjustly cencountable to God, and to Him only, for his sured and abused as he is.”—P. 232. personal religious belief, lies at the founda
The somnolency and spiritual apathy tion of all the acts of the Reformers. They felt, that in spiritual things, Christ is entitled that crept over the churches, and the to paramount obedience. They sacrificed decay of real piety, which ensued on the reputation, comfort, property, and even life
Restoration, till it deepened into itself, in support of their convictions. They denied the authority of the Government to
stillness like death, in the first half of impose on them a creed at variance with the eighteenth century, are vividly detheir conscientious interpretation of Scripture. scribed. Then comes the revival under But they never saw the correlative truth, that Wesley and Whitfield, the rapid awakenwhatever is not within the jurisdiction of Go. ing, the renewed pulsation of life, and vernment, cannot rightly affect the Govern. ment with any responsibility. If there is no
the dawn of that great thought which duty on the one hand, there can be no obliga - has impelled the servants of Christ to tion on the other."-P. 175, 176.
visit heathen lands, there to preach the
unsearchable riches of Christ. The next age marked the advance of
Such is a brief sketch of the picture piety from individuals to families. The men who rendered the Commonwealth
of England's religious life in past ages famous had been brought up in homes
that Mr. Pattison has endeavoured to where the incense of true worship like this to give our readers a full idea
draw. But it is impossible in a review daily ascended to the Lord of glory. There they acquired that earnestness, that
of the interesting facts selected, of the robust faith, that manly endurance, that
charming bits of biography set in every fearless honesty, that strong faith in
page, and of the taste which charac
terizes the work. There are many wise God, which made them victors in the senate and the field. It was also the
remarks, and gems of thought, scattered era of " powerful ministers and preach- up and down. A few we have already ers” who went through the nation, and
given ; but we cannot withhold the folby " he powerfulness and efficaciousness
lowing, taken almost at random as we
turn over the leaves. of their preaching," as well as by the exemplary holiness of their lives, awoke THE GATHERING OF THE CHURCH. multitudes from death in trespasses « The fulfilment of history in the gathering and sins. It was a period of revivals.
of the Church of Christ, is one long Roman Wales and Scotland were moved by the
triumph. Group after group pass on in the outpourings of Divine mercy, and men
stately procession, attired in different cos.
tumes, with varying physiognomy, each bearwere prepared for the great struggle at ing the spoils of its own warfare, but all inhand between tyranny and liberty, a
tent on the one entrance into the city, whence religion of sacraments and the free
they hear from afar off the plaudits which
arise from around the throne, to which their grace of God.
great Leader has been exalted by the suffra. We shall not dwell on the period of ges of an innumerable company.”P. 191.
ADAPTATION OF CHRISTIANITY TO EVERY AGE. womanly book like this, and see in every
“Although the foundation, facts, and argu. page that the writer knows what she ments of Christianity are unchangeable, and is writing about, and what is the true the identity of the Divine life in all ages and places unquestionable, yet there is no limit principle upon which all help of the to the adaptations by which it becomes a new poor must proceed. No district visitor, power to the individual and to society. All however large his or her experience, its great organizations have been successfully could read these admirable letters withan outgrowth in connexion with the peculiar events and circumstances of the age in which
out receiving, if not new hints, at least they were set on foot. They have not been encouragement in labour which often struck out perfect at a heat, but welded seems to be unproductive, yet is never piecemeal as the occasion arose. The work really lost; and if our advice can preof the Holy Spirit amongst men depends vail with those Christian matrons among upon the earnest faithfulness of the daily orison, Thy kingdom come;' and it is given
our readers who are anxious that their in accordance with the promise, ' As thy day, daughters should be trained to do good so thy strength shall be.!"-P. 349.
in a very unostentatious manner, we GOSPEL TRUTH,
strongly recommend them to place this " Wherever and whenever the clear ring of
book in their hands, and to converse Gospel truth is heard in the air, it acts as with them about its suggestions. It is an effectual call-note to the souls of men." P. 284,
every way fitted to train Christian
mothers and maidens to do good to the DOCTRINE AND ACTION.
poor, according to the ability which God “The essential identity of Christian doc
has given them, and it has, therefore, trine in all ages is paralled by the close correspondence of Christian action in all time."
our earnest commendation. -P. 279.
The volume contains twenty-one letSTUDY NOT ALONE SUFFICIENT. ters: On Scripture encouragements to “ The lise of God in the soul, is not often
charity, The labour of love, The pauper kindled by mere study, and real students are spirit, (four on) Visits in a district, 'The always few in this busy world. The noblest
nursery, Nature's teachings, Mother's considerations concerning God's ways are devoid of interest, until the soul is touched with
love, Practical lectures to ladies, The unpower from on high. The latter sometimes pauperized poor, The guiding hand, The surprises with its genial glow the earnest bonds of circumstance, Complaints, Selscholar, for it is ever the reward of devout fishness and sympathy, Workhouses, Givresearch into the oracles of God; but the multitude are wrought upon by fervid, re
ing away, Affluence and poverty, The peated exhortations, and not by the slower
monster evil, and a final letter stating process of study.” – P. 297.
succinctly The discouragements and enThe typography of this book is of the
couragements of the work. A short, first order, and it is printed on tinted
but very valuable, appendix on helping paper. It is a book worthy of the
" the fallen,” fitly concludes the book. widest circulation, and should be in the
We must find space for a long extract, hands of every family.
which is but an average specimen of the Christian wisdom with which all the
letters are filled. It is taken from the Thy Poor Brother. Letters to a letter on the unpauperized poor.”
Friend on Helping the Poor. By
“During the long period of my acquaintBallads," "Mother's Last Words,
ance with the labouring classes, I cannot
recal to memory more than two or three &c. London: Jarrolds.
cases of deliberate ingratitude; but countVery few persons know how to give less touching instances of overflowing grasuitable advice to those who wish to titude, altogether disproportioned to the help the poor. Many rely upon their benefit conferred. own crotchets and plans, others are so
“Poor people understand the value of our fond of patronizing the dependent and
crusts of bread, and worn-out garments; confiding, and, still more, have such il.
they can calculate pretty well the sacrifice
we make in giving them away; and yet, limitable faith in money as “ answering they mostly receive very old things as new all things” amongst the poor, that it is To us, it is often a relief to get such refreshing to take up a sensible and things out of the house, especially in a way