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" THY WILL BE DONE.”

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How often are these words of sub- pairing anguish, when “he took mission to, and acquiescence in the the knife to slay his son.”

« The divine will, to be found on the lips, Lord gave and the Lord bath taken without having gained an entrance away," said holy Job, encompassed into the heart! Under the dark with sorrows; but he stopped not cloud of blindness and unbelief we here, that was an obvious truth, he murmur at those things which in had a full sense of the love that reality are making “ for our peace.guided the hand that smote him; “ We sorrow as those that are and in the fulness of faith he exwithout hope,” under the pressure

claimed, “ Blessed be the name of of those heavy trials which indeed the Lord.” “In the multitude of are working " for our good.” We the sorrows that I had in my heart, are so blind, that we cannot see the thy comforts have refreshed my Sun of righteousness, through the soul," was the sweet experience of mist of tears, and the cloud of sor- one who had drank deeply of the row ; and so deaf, that we cannot bitter cup of affliction. Paul was hear the low soft voice of a Sa- “ ready,” he said, “to be offered," viour's love. Why art thou ready to fulfil the will of God ; fearful ?Amidst the storm and looking out of bimself up to Jesus. the tempest of life

He who “ spake as * That voice of love can charm away

spake,” has enjoined us by precept The accents of despair,

and example to make the will of And make the sufferer's darksome way God our will. “ Not as I will, Again look bright and fair.'

but as thou wilt," may be a hard When watching by the death- lesson for frail humanity; but it is bed of a dear and a loved one; a lesson that must be learned in what is it but unbelief that sits at the school of Christ-a lesson that the despairing heart, and whispers can only be taught by the “ Great in agonizing sobs resistance to the Teacher,out of the book, not of decree that is gone forth to the nature, but of grace ! " I can do destroying Angel? When the all things through Christ which cheerful and ready obedience of strengtheneth me,” is a blessed love is looked for, from the altar of experience, an anchor on which the a heart, burning with the sweet weary, heavy-laden soul rests her incense of a devoted zeal to him hopes of an eternal world, with who “ gave himself for us, the just undoubting confidence and unshaken for the unjust, that he might bring faith. The cloud and the storm us to God;" we either reluctantly of spiritual darkness and distress is yield a cold and unwilling obe- broken, and dispersed by the beamdience-a sacrifice unacceptable in ing star of Gospel promise, “ When his sight; or we altogether “set thou passest through the waters, I at nought his chastisement, and will be with thee." Oh dear reader, will none of his reproof.”

We

may you and I realize this by our want the bright unclouded faith of own sweet and happy experience; the Shunamite ; who when alled and wben our day of trial comes, on to participate in the sufferings may we with the calmness and the of humanity, in the bitterness of silence of faith, “cast all our care her hour of trial could

say,
" It is

upon him who careth for us ;” and well.We want the confiding ever look unto Jesus the Author faith that upheld the patriarch in and Finisher of our faith. that dark dread moment of des

C.

ON SERMONS, LECTURES, AND SERVANTS.

SIR,--I have read with consider- head of a discourse would in many able attention the sentiments of cases, admit of such application several of your correspondents on and I have sometimes attempted Sunday Evening Lectures, while my it myself to those members of my own judgment and experience con- family who were precluded with vinces me that those services are, me from hearing our minister's generally speaking, highly import- improvement. ant and valuable; no doubt like I cannot but think, Mr. Editor, every thing else, they may be abu- that week-day evening lectures are sed, but where moderate attention is valuable means of grace; and I paid by parents and masters, little know many tradesmen, mechanics, danger can, ordinarily speaking, and servants, who regularly attend exist.

these lectures to their no small It is not, however, my desire to comfort and edification ; nor would re-open this question, but to refer I drop the least hint which should to one or two other points to which at all abridge their privilege. But I conceive the ministers of Christ I have sometimes wished that will do well to attend. In almost something more could be done for every congregation, there are many the aged, and the infirm, and for persons who regularly attend during those who are so engaged that they one part of the day, but from some cannot with propriety go out in cause or other are absent from

the evening.

Where only one either the morning or evening ser. week-day lecture is established in a vice. I am myself accustomed to town, it appears to me most deattend with my children, &c. in sirable that it should take place in the morning, but am usually con- the evening ; but where the numfined at home in the evening. Now ber of churches and clergy is such, it often happens that our faithful that two or three week-day lecand beloved minister divides his tures are delivered, I cannot but discourse into two parts, and de- feel that one should be in the livers one in the morning and the morning. This appears to me, other in the evening. I thus fre- especially important, when lectures quently hear the doctrinal and ex- are instituted preparatory to the planatory part of his address, but administration of the Lord's suplose entirely the hortatory and per. In the town where I reside, practical application. I know it there are three or four ladies' may be said, that hearers ought to boarding schools, at each of which attend both discourses; but this is there are several young females in my case, and that of many who might reasonably be expected others, often impracticable ; and to attend at the Lord's table, and I cannot therefore but wish that several others whose attention when the discourse is too long to might be profitably called to this be delivered at once, it should be important ordinance.

Now they preached on two successive morn- can scarcely attend an evening serings or evenings, when very nearly vice, though very probably they the same congregation might be could spare an hour or two on one presumed to attend.

morning in a month, were a church I have indeed somewhere read specially opened for such a serof preaching with perpetual appli- vice. The longer I live, the more cation; and I own I have often I feel the importance of young wished that something of this plan

persons being early induced to atwere generally adopted. Each tend at the Lord's table ; and I would therefore humbly suggest to their souls. In the metropolis and ministers and parents, the duty of in large towns generally, the heads endeavouring to render confirma- of the family usually attend on tion more directly the means of an. some able preacher morning and immediate introduction to the evening, while the poor servants Lord's supper. Too many seem to

are often left to the instruction of think that when confirmed they young and very inexperienced may wait awhile; but to me it ministers. Whereas I cannot but seems that the very profession feel that to attract the attention made in confirmation implies that and communicate instruction to the all who are confirmed should be. poor and the young, requires a come immediate and stated com. very high degree of talent and municants.

much experience. Where two or Allow me one remark more; I more servants are kept, one at cannot but wish that more atten- least might attend the rector's tion was paid to domestic or other preaching, as well as the curate's, servants in the stated ministrations and might thus be enabled to make of the sanctuary. Many employers a rapid proficiency in the divine take little care of their domestics. life. They are often allowed to wander [ remain yours respectfully, about as though no man cared for

N.

THE ORIGIN OF PROTESTANT MISSIONS.

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SIR,-It has frequently been said, thens. The earliest mention which that the Society for Propagating I find of a combined movement of the Gospel among the heathen, this description is the · Ordinance was our

earliest missionary institu- of Parliament,' dated July 18, tion. The following statement, 1649.' By this Ordinance, a however, extracted from a charge corporation was to be created in of Dr. Dealtry, Chancellor of perpetual succession, to be called Winchester, shews that the state- by the name of the President and ment is not entirely correct : Society for the Propagation of the

• At the period of the Reforma- Gospel in New England.' The tion, the great men, who, by God's parliament had, doubtless, been blessing, purified the Church of stimulated in this work of ChrisEngland from those errors and su- tion benevolence, by the exemperstitions with which, in the plary labours and success of John course of ages, Popery had but Eliot, commonly called the apostoo effectually corrupted it, had no tle of the Indians, and of his pious leisure to think of foreign missions, coadjutors. With the sums thus nor any means to conduct them. collected, lands were purchased to The establishment of the truth, the value of between five and six and the free use of the gospel in hundred pounds a year, and settled this country, were not accom- in a corporation of citizens of Lonplished without calling for all don.

Upon the restoration of their energies, and, in many cases,

Charles the Second, the

corporanot without the sacrifice of their tion to which this estate was inlives.

trusted, being dead in law, Colonel " Neither can we be much sur- Bedingfield, a Papist, who had prised if we hear little, for a con- sold an estate of £322. per annum, siderable time, of any general which had been settled for the uses efforts for the conversion of hea- of it, re-possessed himself of it,

sons.

and at the same time refused to on the part of some distinguished pay back the money which he had individuals to promote the knowreceived for it.' Mr. Boyle hav- ledge of the gospel; and to a ing' used his interest with Lord churchman it must also be a matter Chancellor Clarendon to prevent of satisfaction to see how intimately this act of injustice, and the corpo

it was associated with the Church ration being revived in 1661, by an of England, just raised from her express charter, he was made degradation. To that church begovernor of it; and the estate, longed the honoured name of Rowhich had been detained by Be- bert Boyle, the first President of dingfield, was restored to the cor- the Society ; and well may he be poration by the Chancellor's de- ranked among the noblest of her cree.

- To this institution, North It must indeed be gratifying to America was chiefly indebted for churchmen, to see how intimately the means of publishing, and that the first Protestant Society for within four years after its estab- sending the gospel to the heathen, lishment, the translation of the is associated with the Church of Scriptures, by Eliot, into the In- England : and to the New-Endian language :- The only Bible,' glanders it must also be gratifying says Millar, that was ever printed to see a clergyman of the English in America since the creation of Church not unwilling to acknowthe world.'

ledge that England was stimulated • But though we are not to to this work of Christian benevospeak of this institution, as either lence, and induced to engage in it embracing very extensive objects, by the holy zeal and self-denial of or as calling forth general exer- their Puritan fathers. tions, it is yet gratifying to ob

V. V. V. serve in it the evidence of a desire

ON I KINGS XIV.

Who is she in lonely state
Journeys forth from Tirzah's gate
Backward with a tearful eye,
Turning oft so wistfully
O'er those lofty towers and sanes
Where the sinful Monarch reigns ?
List not, 'tis a mother's care
Weeping for a loved one there.
Yet that plain and simple guise
Every stately step belies,
Form erect, and lofty brow,
Worn with anxious sorrow now
Tell, no simple peasant she.
(Such perchance she fain would be.)
Daughter of a royal line
Israel's haughty Monarch thine-
Thine that holy, happy, child,
Ne'er with father's crimes defiled.
Vain thy task for him to roam
Hastening to his heavenly home.
Forth she wends in anxious haste :
Burning heat, nor sandy waste,
Long and dreary tho' the way,
Nought that mother's love can stay,
One sadden'd dream her thoughts employ-
But one alone-her dying boy.

Yes, that deep and bursting sigh,
Pallid cheek, and tearful eye,
Tell a tale of deepest woe,
Such as mothers only know;
Sorrow, shame, and fervid care,
Each in turn that bosom share-
Oh, beneath that bosom's swell
Who the bitter thoughts can tell !
Slow and sad the live-long day,
Journeys she the weary way;
Heavily have pass'd its hours,
Now, 'neath hallow'd Shiloh's towers,
Onward hastes she to the cells
Where the aged prophet dwells,
Hoping, fearing, yet to know
What his sacred power may shew ;
Hoping, that the feigned guise
May escape the prophet's eyes ;
Fearing, lest the base deceit
May its retribution meet.
“ Enter: why with feigned state
Dost thou at the portal wait ?
Enter, daughter, well I know
Jeroboam's wife are thou-
Heavy tidings bring I thee,
Ruin, death, and infamy.

Go and tell thy haughty Lord

Pure in thought, his love was given This the God of Israel's word,

Earliest to the King of Heaven.' For, as from the people's train,

List it not her grief to see I have raised thee to reign

That mother's silent agony; Took thy base reproach away,

Wake not now the mournful theme, Made thee prince, and gave thee sway- How from her awaken'd dream, From good David's progeny

Wild, 'disorder'd', and alone,
Rent the throne and gave it thee;

Heartless, hopeless, she is gone.
Yet hast not, as erst he sought
My commands, with humble thought; Ages silently have rollid,
But hast sinned more and more,

Waste is now that city old;
Deeper far than aught before,

Gone each race and lineage fairDidst my jealous laws contemn,

Now, the wild winds moaning there, Made thee Gods and worshipp'd them, Whisper this the wither'd bough, Angering me from day to day

Where that haughty monarch now? With thy proud idolatry.

None can tell, no marble bears Therefore evil bring I thee,

The record of forgotten years ; Evil that thyself shalt see ;

What his fearful doom may be, All of thy rebellious house,

None may know the mystery.
Son and daughter, sire and spouse,

Yet, on each column'd year of time,
Rent thy name, thy race, thy throne, Is chronicled his fearful crime,
Son and sire, till all are gone.

By whose deadly thoughts within
Now arise, to Tirzah haste,

Israel was made to sin. Rest within the city's gates ;

God of my youth, to me impart When thy weary feet shall hie,

The love that rul'd Abijah's heartThen that happy child shall die.

A pure, unmix'd, unearthly love; Deeply shall the nation mourn

That so my last dark hour may prove, O'er that lov'd and cherish'd one,

When life and all to thee were given, Buried 'midst a people's gloom,

That saints of earth are saints of heaven. Sorrowing for his early tomb; For alone of all thy race

Chelsea.

2. His shall be a grave of peace, As of all thy house alone

1 Josephus. Some good thing his heart hath shewn;

LORD! ARE THERE FEW THAT BE SAVED ?

The answer of our Lord to this Beveridge, how few are there that inquiry, clearly evinces that he live as becometh the gospel of regarded it as a curious and spe- Christ ; how many refuse or negculative question; and every repe- lect to worship and serve him upon tition of it may well lead us to his own day; how many never contemplate the reply, “ Strive to receive the Sacrament of the enter in at the strait-gate, for many Lord's Supper ! How many are 1 say unto you shall seek to enter the proud, the passionate, the inin and shall not be able." Why temperate, the profane; in compa. will they not be able ? Doubtless rison of the humble, and meek, and because they neglect their present sober, and holy. But what am I? opportunity; they sin away their Am I penitent, believing, obediday of grace; they refuse to come ent? Lord help me to seek thee until the master of the house has with full purpose of heart, now arisen and shut to the door. Ah, while thou art to be found, that I what reason have we to fear, lest may escape the awful condemnamultitudes will thus be condemned ? tion which cometh on the world of Of the vast company of people the ungodly. called Christians, says Bishop

CLEMENS.

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