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• Celestial fruits on earthly ground,

• From faith and hope do grow.
" The hill of Sion yields

“ A thousand sacred sweets
• Before we reach the heavenly fields,

“ Or walk the golden treets."

« But I shall be singular!”—This is partly true, and partly otherwise. And suppose you are fingular ; how will this injure you? You will have the approbation of your own mind. You will have God, and CHRIST, and ngels, and all good men your friends. And is not this sufficient, but you muit have the approbation of the devil and :]] his fervants too, the children of vice and folly? Mistake not, fond man; the approbation of both is incompatible. You cannot serve God and Mammon; neither can you have the friendship of God, CHRIST, angels, and good men, and at the same time possess the approbation of the devil, and his servants, whose portion is in this life. The thing is impossible. You may as well attempt to reconcile light and darkness, fire and water, heaven and hell.—Eut fuppore you should become a convert of the Gospel of Christ, and be truly in earnest about the salvation of your soul, and, of course, singular in your way and manner of life; what inconvenience would you sustain ? or what real dishonour would you undergo? Was not SOCRATES fingular among the Athenians? Were not Enoch and Noah fingular among the Antediluvians? Was not ABRAHAM fingular in Canaan, and Lot in Sodom? Were not ELIJAH, ELISHA, ISAIAH, and all the prophets very singular perions in their day? Our blessed Lorn, his holy Apostles, and all the primitive Christians, were they not uniformly the same? And where was the misfortune of all this? When we read the story of these ancient worthies, don't we admire their wisdom, their courage, their choice, and their noble fuperiority to all thofe poor creatures who opposed them, and cast out their name as evil? What man of talte does not approve the conduct of ABDIEL in MilTON? Never character was more enviable, or more worthy of imitation:

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“ The seraph ABDIEL faithful found * Ainong the faithless, faithful only he ;

Armong innumerable false, unmoy'd,

Un shaken, unseduc'd, unterrify'd
* His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal;
* Nor number, nor example with him wrought
“ To swerve from truth, or change his constant mind

Though single. From amidst them forth be pass'd,
Long way through hoftile scorn, which he sustain'd

Superior, nor of violence fear'd ought;
" And with retorted scorn his back he turn'd
On those proud tow'rs to (wift destruction doom'd.-

Gladly then he mix'd
“ With his own friendly Pow'ss, who him receiv'd
« With joy and acclamations loud, that one,
" That of so many myriads fall’n, yet one
« Return'd not loft. On to the sacred hill
"They led him high applauded, and present
“ Before the seat fupreme; from whence a voice,
From midi a golden cloud, thus mild was heard.
« Servant of God, well done, well bast thou fought
The better fight, who single haft maintain's

Against revolted multitudes the cause
* Of truth, in word mightier than they in arms;
And for the testimony of trutb hast borne

Universal reproach, far worfe to bear
« Than violence; for this was all thy care

To stand approv'd in light of God, though worlds
Judge thee perverse.

From all these considerations it is evide it, that there are times and circumstances, when if a man will be truly religious, and preserve an unshaken fidelity to his CREATor and his Saviour, he must be singular; he must step aside; he must beg to be excused in a variety of cases. He must be singular, or lose his soul. Let not the fear of this odious imputation, therefore, deter any man from exemplary piety. The giddy multitude, and the fons and daughters of pleasure, falsely so called, may pretend to {neer and deride; but yet, notwithstanding, they will secretly applaud your virtuous conduct. There is a certain dignity, a real nobility, a secret charm, in a consistently religious character, which none can defpile*. And

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* Lord PETERBOROUGH, more famed for wit than religion, when he lodged with FENELON at Cambray, was so charmed wich the piety and

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sooner or later, the whole human race will be of one opinion concerning it.

Instead of being Heroes in wickedness then, or ring. leaders in the cause of Infidelity (for there are not a few who make a mock at fin, and glory in their shame) let it be your highest ambition to become Christian Heroes Heroes who can forgive, and love, and bless your enemies; who can conquer the world and all your own degenerate propensities; Heroes whose heads are big only with schemes of mercy and of kindness; whose hands are continually stretched out in prayer and acts of benevolence! and who are never at ease, but in going about doing good to the bodies and souls of men; Heroes t in whom religion

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virtue of the Archbishop, that he exclaimed at parting: “If I stay here

any longer, I shall become a Christian in spite of myself.”

* Sir RICHARD STEEL's Christian Hero, is a little book worth the attention of the reader, especially of the reader who is disposed to reject the Gospel. It contains an argument to prove, that no principles but those of Religion are sufficient to make a great man. In this little book we have a fort of comparison between the characters of Cato and CÆSAR, Brutus and Cassius, Jesus CHRIST and St. Paul. These illustrious Hea hens make but a very poor figure, when placed by the fide of these Christian Heroes.

+ One of the most illustrious Heroes that England ever bred, a man equally celebrated for valour, for genius, und for learning, was not ashamed to address his wife in the views of approaching diffolution in the following pious strain : -' Love God, and begin betimes. In him you shall find true, everlasting, and endless comfort. When you have travelled and wearied yourself with all sorts of wordly cogitations, you Thall fit down by-forrow in the end. Teach your son also to serve and fear God whilft he is young, that the fear of God may grow up in him. Then will God be an husband to you, and a father to him, an husband and a father that can never be taken from you."

This is true Heroism! Such was Sir Walter Raleign!

How different is the conduct of the French and the English during the course of the present unhappy. war, on the subject of Religion. It does not appear, that the former have ever acknowledged the government of the Divine Being, or ascribed any of their successes' to his all-superintending Providence; whereas the Generals and Admirals of the latter have frequently, if not constantly ascribed all their successes to his blesfing. The gallant Admiral Nelsow very properly introduces his account of the victory with which he has been favoured with the tremendous

ALMIGHTY God has blesied his Majesty's arms, in the late “ battle, by a great victory over the fleet of the enemy.” This is projer; this is infinitely becoming a brave man; this is the way to in

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fits, as it were, in triumph, with all the passions in subjection around her; with all the lustre that wisdom, and prudence, and piety, and learning, and good sense, and good breeding, can bestow to make you amiable; Heroes, in short, whose daily endeavour is to clothe the naked, to feed the hungry, to visit the sick, to initruct the ignorant, to be a father to the fatherless, a husband to the widow, and a friend to the friendless of all parties and denominations of men. If such is your Heroism, the ear will bless when it hears you; the eye will give witness when it sees you; the blessing of him that is ready to perish will come upon you; and the widow's heart will dance in your presence for joy. Simple as this account may seem, it is an Heroism which few, comparatively, ever attain to, or have

sure the Divine protection. Them that honour me, I will honour ; but they ihat despise me, hall be ligbtly effeemed. 1 Sam. ii. 30. If the French have been successful in many of their efforts, let it be considered that God cannot succeed their attempts upon the nations out of any regard to them, as a virtuous people, but only to answer his own purposes, and to fulfil his own predictions, concerning the subversion of the seat of the Beaft, and to bring in the MESSIAH's kingdom in all its glory. The French are only the tools and instruments in the hands of God's indignation. They have yet a deal of direful work to do. When that is accomplished, they shall be laid aside; and, I hope, chastised and turned unto the God of their fathers.

Dr. CROME, a German writer, calculates, that the present horrible war, from 1792, to the end of 1796, has cost the several united powers, 232,166,666 pounds, with 700,000 men, and France, 326,938,332 pounds, with 1,000,000 of men! At the same period he confiders England alone as having lost 150,000 men, and spent 93,333,3 32 pounds. Is it not evident from hence that the time is come when God is pouring out his vials of wrath upon the nations which compose the seat of the Beaft?

See the Monthly Mag for Nov. 1-97. Some people are extremely alarmed at the confideration of our national debt, which, being about four hundred millions of pounds sterli-g, they suppose must crush ys to atoms. Let such persons, however, select for their comfort, that a single ten per cent. upon all the national property would wipe off the whole. The permanent and immoveable property of the

country, it is supposed, would produce on fair sale, the enormous fum of 2,500,000,000 pounds. The moveable or chattel property of the country is probably of equal value at least. Here then is a national flock of 5,000,000,000 pounds sterling. If from this we deduct the 400,000,000 we owe, there will remain a surplus of four thousand fix hundred millions of pounds fterling; Consult CHAMOCK's Letter on Finance, and on National Defence.

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any idea of. It will require all your fortitude, and the ut. most stretch of your best powers. In pursuing such a line of conduct, in conjunction with your temporal occupation, wou will be employed usefully and comfortably while you live, and you will be training up for the general assembly, and church of the first-boril, which are written in heaven, when you die. Be strong in the Lord, then, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of ihe devil. Fight the good fight of feith, and lay hold on eternal life. Let the well known advice of the justly celebrared Locke, which is both wife and seasonable, be acceptable in your eyes. It will assuredly do you no harm, and, if you pay due attention to it, it will do you eternal good. He himself was an example of his own precepts.

his own precepts. For fourteen or fifteen years he applied himself closely to the study of Holy Scripture, and employed the last period of his life hardly in any thing beside. He was never weary of admiring the grand views of that sacred bork, and the just relation of all its parts. He every day made discoveries in it, that gave him fresh cause of adiniracii n. And so earnest was he for the comfort of his friends, and the diffusion of facred knowledge among them, that even the day before he died, “he very particularly exhorted all

about him to read the Holy Scriptures, exalting the love “ which God shewed to man, in justifying him by faith “ in Jesus Christ, and returning him special thanks for

having called him to the knowledge of that Divine “ Saviour." It has been offen repeated too, that, to a person who asked him, which was the shortest and surest way for a young gentleman to attain to the true knowledge of the Christion religion, in the full and just extent of it, he replied—“Let him ftudy the Holy Scripture, especially “ the New Testament. Therein are contained the words " of eternal life.--It hath God for its author --SALVATION ~ for its end—and TRUTH, without any mixture of error, ! for its matter,

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* The ingenious and pious LAVATER, after predi&ing, like Sir ISAAC Newton and Dr. HARTLEX, the general spread of Infidelity, thus exa

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