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25 all men to Christ." And the people of future genera
tions will as clearly discern the same relation in the circumstances of our day.
I am about to urge a crusade to the heathen world ; far different, however, from that dreadful superstition, 30 which in the midnight of the dark ages, disturbed the
deep slumbers of the globe, and bursting forth like a volcano, precipitated all Europe in a state of fusion, upon the lovely valleys of Judea. Our object is not to
recover the holy sepulchre from the possession of here35 tics, but to make known the death of Him that descend
ed to it, to wrest the keys of empire from the king of terrors :—the weapons of our warfare, are not carnal, as the sword, the spear, and the battle axe; but spirit
ual as the doctrines of the Gospel exhibited in the ser40 mgns of our Missionaries :--the line of our march will
not be marked by ensanguined fields, and the reign of desolation, but by the comforts of civilization and the blessings of Christianity. We shall not be followed in
our career by the groans of dying warriors, and the 45 shrieks of bereaved widows, but by the songs of redeem.
ed sinners, and the shouts of enraptured angels; our laurels will be stained with no blood but that of the Lamb of God, and drip with no tears, but those of pen
itence and joy:-while our trophies will consist, not of 50 bits of the true cross, or shreds of the Virgin's robe, but
in the rejected idols of Pomare, with the regenerated souls of those who once adored them.
Apart altogether from the evil of war, let us just take a direct look of it, and see whether we can find its char- . acter engraven on the aspect it bears to the eye of an attentive observer. The stoutest heart of this assembly would recoil, were he who owns it to behold the destruction of a single individual by some deed of violence. Were the man who at this moment stands before in the full play and energy of health, to be in another moment laid by some deadly aim a lifeless corpse at your
10 feet, there is not one of you who would not prove how
strong are the relentings of nature at a spectacle so hideous as death. There are some of you who would be haunted for whole days by the image of horror
had witnessed,—who would feel the weight of a most oppres15 sive sensation upon your heart, which nothing but time
could wear away,—who would be so pursued by it as to be unfit for business or for enjoyment, who would think of it through the day, and it would spread a gloomy
disquietude over your waking moments --who would 20 dream of it at night, and it would turn that bed which
you courted as a retreat from the torments of an evermeddling memory, into a scene of restlessness.
But generally the death of violence is not instantaneous, and there is often a sad and dreary interval between 25 its final consummation, and the infliction of the blow
which causes it. The winged messenger of destruction has not found its direct avenue to that spot, where the principle of life is situated ; and the soul, finding obsta
cles to its immediate egress, has to struggle for hours 30 ere it can make its dreary way through the winding
avenues of that tenement, which has been torn open by a brother's hand. O! if there be something appalling in the suddenness of death, think not that, when grad
ual in its advances, you will alleviate the horrors of this 35 sickening contemplation by viewing it in a milder form.
0! tell me, if there be any relentings of pity in your bosom, how could you endure it, to behold the agonies of the dying man, ---as goaded by pain he grasps the cold
ground in convulsive energy, or faint with the loss of 40 blood, his pulse ebbs low, and the gathering paleness
spreads itself over his countenance, or wrapping himself round in despair, he can only mark, by a few feeble quiverings, that life still lurks and lingers in his lacerat
ed body, --or lifting up a faded eye, he casts on you a 45 look of imploring helplessness, for that succour which no sympathy can yield him ?
It may be painful to dwell on such a representation, -but this is the way in which the cause of humanity is served. The eye of the sentimentalist turns away from
50 its sufferings, and he passes by on the other side, lest he
hear that pleading voice, which is armed with a tone of remonstrance so vigorous as to disturb him. He cannot bear thus to pause,
in imagination, on the distressing picture of one individual ; but multiply it ten thousand 55 times,-say, how much of all this distress has been heap
ed together on a single field,--give us the arithmetic of this accumulated wretchedness, and lay it before us with all the accuracy of an official computation,--and,
strange to tell, not one sigh is lifted up among the crowd 60 of eager listeners, as they stand on tiptoe, and catch
every syllable of utterance which is read to them out of the registers of death. O! say, what mystic spell is that which so blinds us to the suffering of our brethren,
--which deafens to our ear the voice of bleeding hu65 manity, when it is aggravated by the shriek -of dying
thousands --which makes the very magnitude of the slaughter, throw a softening disguise over its cruelties, and its horrors,—which causes us to eye with indiffer
ence the field that is crowded with the most revolting 70 abominations, and arrests that sigh, which each individ
ual would singly have drawn from us, by the report of the many who have fallen, and breathed their last in agony, along with him?
92. The Preservation of the Church. The long existence of the Christian church would be pronounced, upon common principles of reasoning, impossible. She finds in every man a natural and invete
rate enemy. To encounter and overcome the unani5 mous hostility of the world, she boasts no political strat
agem, no disciplined legions, no outward coercion of any kind. Yet her expectation is that she live forever. To mock this hope, and to blot out her memorial from
under heaven, the most furious efforts of fanaticism, the 10 most ingenious arts of statesmen, the concentrated
strength of empires, have been frequently and perseveringly applied. The blood of her sons and her daughters has streamed like water; the smoke of the scaffold
and the stake, where they wore the crown of martyrdom 15 in the cause of Jesus, has ascended in thick volumes to
the skies. The tribes of persecution have sported over her woes, and erected monuments, as they imagined, of her perpetual ruin. But where are her tyrants, and
where their empires ? the tyrants have long since gone 20 to their own place; their names have descended upon
the roll of infamy; their empires have passed, like shadows over the rock--they have successively disappeared, and left not a trace behind !
But what became of the church? She rose from 25 her ashes fresh in beauty and might. Celestial glory
beamed around her; she dashed down the monumental marble of her foes, and they who hated her fled before her. She has celebrated the funeral of kings and king
doms that plotted her destruction ; and, with the in30 scriptions of their pride, has transmitted to posterity
the records of their shame. How shall this phenomenon be explained? We are at the present moment, witnesses of the fact; but who can unfold the mystery.
The book of truth and life, has made our wonder to 35 cease.
"The LORD HER GOD IN THE MIDST OF HER IS MIGHTY.' His presence is a fountain of health, and his protection a 'wall of fire.' He has betrothed her, in eternal covenant to himself. Her living head, in
whom she lives, is above, and his quickening spirit 40 shall never depart from her. Armed with divine vir
tue, his gospel, secret, silent, unobserved, enters the hearts of men and sets up an everlasting kingdom. It eludes all the vigilance, and baffles all the power of the
adversary. Bars, and bolts, and dungeons are no ob45 stacle to its approach: Bonds, and tortures, and death
cannot extinguish its influence. Let no man's heart tremble, then, because of fear. Let no man despair (in these days of rebuke and blasphemy,) of the Chris
tian cause. The ark is launched, indeed, upon the 50 floods; the tempest sweeps along the deep; the billows
break over her on every side. But Jehovah-Jesus has promised to conduct her in safety to the haven of peace. She cannot be lost unless the pilot perish. Mason.
93. Obligations to the Pilgrims.
Let us go back to the rock, where the Pilgrims first stood, and look abroad upon this wide and happy land, so full of their lineal or adopted sons, and repeat
the question, to whom do we owe it, that “the wilder5 ness has thus been turned into a fruitful field, and the
desert has become as the garden of the Lord ?" To whom do we owe it, under an all-wise Providence, that this nation, so miraculously born, is now contributing
with such effect to the welfare of the human family, by 10 aiding the march of mental and moral improvement,
and giving an example to the nations of what it is to be pious, intelligent, and free? To whom do we owe it, that with us the great ends of the social compact are ac
complished to a degree of perfection never before real15 ized; that the union of public power and private liber
ty is here exhibited in a harmony so singular and perfect, as to allow the might of political combination to rest upon the basis of individual virtue, and to call into
exercise, by the very freedom which such a union gives, 20 all the powers that contribute to national prosperity ?
To whom do we owe it, that the pure and powerful light of the gospel is now shed abroad over these countries, and is rapidly gaining upon the darkness of the
western world ;--that the importance of religion to the 25 temporal welfare of men, and to the permanence of wise
institutions is here beginning to be felt in its just measure;--that the influence of a divine revelation is not here, as in almost every other section of christendom,
wrested to purposes of worldly ambition ;-that the ho30 ly Bible is not sealed from the eyes of those for whom it
was intended ;-and the best charities and noblest powers of the soul degraded by the terrors of a dark and artful superstition ? To whom do we owe it, that in
this favoured land the gospel of the grace of God has 35 best displayed its power to bless humanity, by uniting
the anticipations of a better world with the highest interests and pursuits of this ;-by carrying its merciful influence into the very business and bosoms of men ;