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Some may censure me, but is there not a cause? Pul- , and many poor families relieved by the bounty of my pits are denied, and the poor colliers ready to perish for friend Mr Seward. Shall not these things be noted in lack of knowledge.'

my book? God forbid they should not be written on “ Having once taken the field, he was not only encou- the tables of my heart.' raged to persevere in such a course by the multitudes “ His road lay through Kingswood. It must have that flocked to hear, but he was shut up to this as his been very gratifying to him to find these people, so reonly opportunity of proclaiming the Gospel, as these new cently possessed with all the selfish and stormy passions, and irregular proceedings were the means of excluding waiting to greet him with an entertainment prepared him from all the pulpits of the Established Church, in without his knowledge. He had preached to them on which he held deacon's orders. He therefore soon went the duty of educating their children, and urged them to again to Kingswood. His second audience consisted of subscribe for the erection of a school-house ; and he himtwo thousand persons; his third, from four to five, and self was surprised to witness the cheerfulness with which they went on increasing to ten, fourteen, and twenty they parted with their money on this occasion. On his thousand. "To behold such crowds,' he says, 'stand- farewell visit, they earnestly entreated Mr Whitfield to ing together in such an awful silence, to hear the echo lay the first stone, which he did ; after which he knelt, of their singing run from one end of them to the other, and prayed that the gates of hell might not prevail was very solemn and striking. How infinitely more against the design, to which petition the colliers said : solemn and striking will the general assembly of the hearty Amen! spirits of just men made perfect be, when they join in “ Mr Wesley succeeded him, and after a considerable singing the song of Moses and the Lamb in heaven ? struggle against his previous habits and ideas of order, Yet, as the scene was new, and I had just begun to be an took to the highways and hedges, with as much success extempore preacher, it often occasioned many inward as Mr Whitfield. His account, a part of which we exconflicts. Sometimes, when twenty thousand people tract, corroborates all that has been previously said of the were before me, I had not, in my own apprehension, a state of these people. [November 27, 1739.] • Few word to say either to God or them. But I never was persons have lived long in the West of England who have totally deserted, and frequently so assisted (for to deny not heard of the colliers of Kingswood, a people famous it would be lying against God), that I knew by happy from the beginning hitherto for neither fearing God nor experience what our Lord meant by saying, 'out of his regarding man ; so ignorant of the things of God, that belly shall flow rivers of living waters. The first evi- they seemed but one remove from the beasts that perish, dence he observed of having made any impression on bis and therefore utterly without desire of instruction, as rude auditors was their deep silence ; the next and still well as without the means of it. Many, last winter, used more convincing was, his observation of the white gut- tauntingly to say of Mr Whitfield, if he will convert ters made by the tears which fell plentifully down their heathens, why does he not go to the colliers of Kingscheeks, black and unwashed from the coal-pits. • The wood ? In spring he did so. When he was called open firmament above me, the prospect of the adjacent away, others followed to compel them to come in; and, fields, with the sight of thousands and thousands, some by the grace of God, their labour was not in vain. The in coaches and some on horseback, and some in the trees, scene is already changed : Kingswood does not now, as and at times all affected and drenched in tears together;' a year ago, resound with cursing and blasphemy. It is to which was sometiines added the solemnity of the no more filled with drunkenness and uncleanness, and approaching evening, was almost too much for, and quite the idle diversions which naturally lead thereto. It is overcame me.'

no longer full of wars and fightings, of clamour and bit* As might have been expected from people so utterly terness, of wrath and envyings. Peace and love are untrained, except in the savage sports of bull-baiting, there. Great numbers of people are mild, gentle, and cock-fighting, and other works of the devil, as were the easy to be entreated. They do not cry, neither strive, colliers of Kingswood, in no place was the preaching of and hardly is their voice heard in the street, or indeed the Gospel accompanied with more unrestrained outward in their own Wood, unless when they are at their usual demonstration of feeling. Convulsions, cries, in some evening devotion, singing praise unto God their Saviour. few cases blasphemies, which led to the idea of demonia- That their children, too, might know the things which cal possession, were exhibited. Occasionally, even Wes- make for their peace, it was some time since proposed ley, who was accused of being more prone to credulity to build a school-house in Kingswood; and after many than his colleague, suspected that the emotions were foreseen and unforeseen difficulties, in June last the feigned, and treated them accordingly. But in general, foundation was laid. The ground made choice of was in a great mass of the people were savingly converted, and the middle of the wood, between the London and Bath stood well the test of being tried by their fruits. Whit- roads, not far from that called Two-mile-hill, about three field was about to leave them in prosecution of his pur- miles from Bristol. Here a large room was begun for pose to visit Georgia. He prevailed on Wesley to come the school, having four small rooms at the end for the down to Bristol to occupy his place, and introduced him schoolmasters (and, perhaps, if it should please God, to his many congregations. Wherever he took his for some poor children) to lodge in. Two persons are leave, there was loud weeping. 'Oh,' he exclaims, ready to teach as soon as the house is fit to receive * these partings !' An exclamation which, from the day them, the shell of which is nearly finished; so that it is when they whose hearts were knit to Paul at Ephesus hoped the whole will be completed in spring, or early * wept sore, and sorrowed most of all that they should in the summer. Thus we see that in the middle of see his face no more,' till now, has repeated its painful February, Kingswood was a wilderness, and that when echo in the hearts of Christians, and will continue to the month of June arrived, it was already blossoming repeat it, till partings shall cease for ever in the general like the rose.' assembly and Church of the First-born. When he forced “ The effect of the leaven which had been thus placed himself away from Bristol, crowds were waiting at the in this mass of barbarism was made conspicuous in the door to give him a last farewell, and nearly twenty following year, in the case of a riot, of which Mr Charles friends accompanied him on horseback. • Blessed be Wesley gives the following account: 'Being informed God l'he exclaims, 'for the marvellous great kindness that the colliers had risen in consequence of the dearhe hath shown me in this city. Many sinners I believe ness of corn, and were marching for Bristol, he rode out have been effectually converted; numbers of God's to meet them and talk with them. Many seemed dischildren greatly comforted; several thousands of little posed to return with him to the school which had been books have been dispersed among the people ; about built for their children ; but the most desperate rushed two hundred pounds collected for the Orphan House ; | violently upon them, beating thein, and driving them

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away from their pacific adviser.' He adds, “I rode up , and when we look on him coming as a bridegroom to a ruffian who was striking one of our colliers, and out of his chamber, and rejoicing as a strong man to run prayed him rather to strike me. He answered, “No- his race," or pouring forth his noon-day flood of light, not for all the world,' and was quite overcome.

I or sitting beneath his gilded canopy in the West, we turned upon another, who struck my horse, and he also cannot but account him the most wonderful of all masunk into a lamb. Wherever I turned, Satan's cause lost terial things, and the best emblem of his Maker's glory. ground, so that they were obliged to make one general When, however, we come to consider the nature of assault, and the violent colliers forced the quiet ones in this brilliant orb, as that has been exhibited to us by to the town. I seized one of the tallest, and earnestly modern science, the view becomes yet more sublime. besought him to follow me. Yes, he said, that he would, We strive in vain to grasp the truths that have been all the world over. I pressed about six into the service. clearly demonstrated, and fruitlessly endeavour to imaWe met several parties, and stopped and exhorted them gine the probabilities that are founded upon them. to follow us; and, gleaning from every company, we

The sun's distance from the earth is no less than increased as we marched on, singing, to the school. 95,000,000 of miles, his diameter is 882,000 miles, and From one till three o'clock we spent in prayer, that evil his bulk 1,384,472 times that of the globe which we inmight be prevented and the lion chained. Then news habit. When viewed through powerful telescopes, was brought us that the colliers were returned in peace. provided with coloured glasses to take off the glare of They had walked quietly into the city, without sticks or light, which would otherwise injure the eye, it is frethe least violence. A few of the better sort of them went quently observed that there are large and perfectly black to the mayor and told their grievance; then they all re- spots upon his surface, surrounded with a kind of borturned as they came, without noise or disturbance. All der not completely dark. When these spots are watched who saw it were amazed. Nothing could have more from day to day, or even from hour to hour, they appear clearly shown the changes wrought among them than to enlarge and contract, to change their form, and at this conduct on such an occasion. I found afterwards length to vanish entirely, while others break out in that all our colliers to a man bad been forced away. places where none were before. Even those portions of Having learned of Christ not to resist evil, they went a the solar surface, where no spots are visible, are far mile with those who compelled them rather than free from being uniformly bright, and constant changes seem themselves by violence. One man the rioters dragged to be going on. These appearances have led astronoout of his sick-bed, and threw him into the fish-pond. mers to conclude that the sun is not, as was long supNear twenty of Mr Willis's men they had prevailed on, posed, an immense ball of fire, but a dark and solid by threatening to fill up their pits and bury them alive mass surrounded by a luminous atmosphere ; a globe, if they did not come up and bear them company.' in short, like the earth, clothed in a mantle of shining * It was a happy circumstance that they forced so many clouds, which, opening up from time to time, form the of the Methodist colliers to go with them, as these, by spots above described, by exposing to view portions of their advice and example, restrained thó savage fury the solid ball which they enclose. cf the others. . This undoubtedly was the true cause Science, however, has been unable to discover the why they all returned home without making any dis- means by which this unceasing blaze is sustained, without turbance.'

any perceptible diminution either of his size or of his “ And now, after nearly a century has elapsed, Kings- splendour. We may still exclaim with the mountain wood has its humanized population, its Christian mini-bard, “ Whence are thy beams, Oh Sun! thine everlaststers, its schoolmasters, its libraries; and it not only ing light!” cherishes the Gospel in its own bosom, but it forms its The brilliancy of the solar beam must have been obsocieties for extending the blessing, and possesses preach- served by all, yet it is not until we come scientifically ing stations where collections are made for the behalf of to consider it that we can form an adequate idea of its the heathen whom they themselves but recently resem- power. Repeated experiment has proved that though bled. The school which Wesley here describes is not much of its strength is lost in passing through our atnow in the centre of a wood, but has a high road running mosphere, the most vivid flames disappear, and the most close by it. It did not succeed well on his plan, per intensely ignited solids are seen only as dark spots on haps in part from the style of education being too high the disk of the sun, when held between him and the for the inhabitants, but chiefly on account of the rules eye.

Even if it sustained no loss in its passage to the of monkish austerity with which he caused it to set out. earth, when we take into account the law of decrease, For Wesley was in character a stern and high disciplina- (formerly spoken of as proportioned to the square of rian, and, 'mistaking the nature of youth, he exacted the distance) we find, that at the surface of the sun, light rising at five in the rigour of winter, and ceaseless appli- must have three hundred thousand times the intensity of cation to some grave pursuit during all the waking hours. an Indian noon! This failure of Wesley's school is only mentioned lest Ofall objects that the eye can see on earth or in heagainsayers should suppose the fact was purposely con- ven, by night or by day, the sun is thus the most woncealed. It does not in the least detract from the evi- derful and glorious; and not more glorious as an object dence that a great and sudden change was wrought, for the eye to gaze on, than useful and necessary for the and continues to be visible, among the colliers of Kings- support of life and continuance of comfort. From him wood.”

we derive that light which enables us to labour ; that

heat which changes the cold of winter into the genial CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY.

warmth of spring, and that life-giving power which

makes the ground bring forth its fruits, and ministers No. II.

food to every living thing. Thus brilliant in appearTHE SUN THE SOURCE OF LIGHT.

ance and beneficial in influence, the chief of the visible BY THE REV, JAMES BRODIE,

works of God, and the best emblem of his Creator's ma

jesty and beneficence, we need not wonder that unenMinister of Monimail.

lightened man has bent the knee to the sun as God, Light proceeds from various sources, Among natural that “ beholding him walking in brightness, his heart has phenomena, lightning, meteors, and volcanoes, all emit been secretly enticed, and his hand hath kissed his it in a greater or less degree; and man has devised mouth.” various means by which to dispel the gloom of night But if the sun be glorious, how much more so must and fill his habitations with artificial day. But the sun he be who " set him in the firmament to rule the day,” is the great source whence the cheering rays proceed, who appointeth “his rising, and his going down,” and

who, if he see meet, can extinguish him as a spark! | cess, but be filled with the Spirit ; speaking to yourselres When we turn our eye to Christ the Creator and Gover. in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and nor of the universe, " by whom all things were made," making melody in your heart to the Lord.” That it is and unto whom "all judgment is committed," the source intended to be a mean by which believers should inof all the light that shines on matter, and of all the struct others, is also evident from Col. ii. 16., " Let knowledge that enlivens and sanctifies the mind, how the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, in all wisdom, appropriately is he termed " the Sun of Righteousness." teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, and Like the sun in the firmament ne STANDS ALONE. hymns, and spiritual songs ; singing with grace in your The highest effort of any creature, yen, of all creation hearts to the Lord." That it is intended to be the combined, could neither add to his brightness nor dimi-channel througb which the believer's mirth should tow, nish his glory. When he appears, the morning stars of is manifest from James v., 13., Is any merry, let kita the spiritual heaven are lost in his radiance. " For sing psalms." That it is intended to cheer the believer who in beaven can be compared unto the Lord, who in bis saddest moods, to chase away the gloon and among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the pain of the present hour, is plain from the example of Lord?" Excellence in every attribute is his peculiar Paul and Silas, who, when contined in the inner prison, property. One creature may be compared with another, with their feet made fast in the stocks, yet, at midbut no creature may be compared to the Creator ; we night prayed and sang praises unto God, and the pria may measure the strength of the strongest man by that soners heard them.' That it is intended to animate the of the weakest babe ; we may say with prepriety of believer's bosom in the rear prospect of sorrows and the archangel's comprehensive intelligence, that it ex- trials, and even of death, is manitest from the example ceeds by so many times the infant's feeble thought; but of our Lord. We often read that Christ wept. lle when we reach the highest point in the scale of created never read that Christ laughed. And we read but being, we are as far as ever from comprehending infinity. once of Christ joining with his disciples in singing. In Compared wito Jehovah all creatures are alike; the that night in which he was betrayed, when he bad given seraph and the worm are cqually insigniticant.

to his disciples broken bread and poured out wine, to Nor is this all; could we multiply the excellence of be the memorials of his dying love till he should come the noblest creature, even by infinity, the comparison again; when his hour of dark and mysterious ugony conle not be made. There is a difference in kind as was full in his view, it is recorded by two Evangelists, well as in degree. To God alone belongs original self-that, when they had sung an hymn, they went out. existent glory; all beside him shine by borrowed light. The testimony of experience to the uses and importa Whatever wisdom or power is found in any other, flows ance of psalmody, may be briefly added to the testimony from him alone. If man is more noble than the beasts of Scripture. that perish, it is because the Lord hath more richly en- 1. In the surprising work of God and revival of Reli. dowed him. If angels move in a still higher sphere, it gion, which took place about a century ago in New is because he sustains them there. Whatever excellence England, of which Jonathan Edwards was the zealous is possessed by the creature, it is but a portion that Je. promoter and defender, he remarks, that

one fruit of hovah has lent him of his own; and at most we can only the extraordinary degrees of the sweet and joyful incompare it to the Creator's, as we liken the glitter of the tiuence of the Spirit of God, was the great disposition dew-drop to the full blaze of the sun, from which its to abound in the divine exercise of singing praises, not ray is derived.

only in appointed solemn meetings, but when Christians

occasionally met together at each others houses.” InSINGING PRAISES.

deed, he mentions this as one of the things which some BY THE Rev. ROBERT M, M'CHEYNE.

had found fault with, the abounding so much in singing

praises. And he admirably defends it, on the ground Praise is comely for the upright.”—Psal. xxxiii. 1.

that the more the saints on earth are like, in their disThere is, perhaps, none of the means of grace which positions, to the saints and angels in heaven, who sing is so much neglected by believers in the present day, as hallelujahs day and night, without ceasing, the more that of singing the praises of God; and yet there is they will be disposed to do like them. He even gives none in which the wisdom and kindness of the Great his cautious but decided approbation of a practice which Head of the Church is more manifest. Since the fall, was proposed during that happy period, of companies how craftily hath the great enemy of souls made use singing psalms in the streets, going to, or coming from, of the enchanting power of music to be the insidious ve- the places of public worship. It is peculiarly interesting hicle of all things vain, vile and licentious! What worldly to see that man of soberest and profoundest judgment pássion hath the melody of voice and harp not been used thus happily expressing himself:-" When God's people to inflame? What scene of vice or of vanity has been are going to his house, the occasion is so joyful to a left ungraced by the fascinations of music? Is it not Christian in a lively frame, that the duty of singing the case now, as it was in the days of the prophetic herds- praises seems to be peculiarly beautiful on such an ocman, that they who “are not grieved for the affliction of casion. So that if the state of the country were ripe Joseph, yet chaunt to the sound of the viol, and in- for it, and there should be frequent occasions for a convent to themselves instruments of music, like David ?" siderable part of a congregation to go together to the Truly “ the children of this world are wiser in their places of public worship, and there was, in other regeneration than the children of light.' Do the child- spects, a proportionable appearance of fervency of devoren of God really know that our Lord hath consecrated tion, it appears to me that it would be ravishingly beauto his own service this most blessed power, not only to tiful, if such things were practised all over the land, carry the thrill of holy sympathy from bosom to bosom and would have a great tendency to enliven, animate, in the crowded congregation, but to blend the kindred and rejoice the souls of God's saints, and greatly to provoices and kindred hearts of families into one swell of pagate vital Religion. believe the ime is coming devotion, to cheer the pilgrim of faith, when he droops in when the world will be full of such things.” When his solitude, and, above all, to train up little children to such days come, shall not the words of the prophet be love that Lord Jesus whose praises they sing.

fulfilled : “ The ransomed of the Lord shall return and That psalmody is intended by God to be one of the come to Zion, with sonys and everlasting joy upon their believer's private and personal enjoyments, is manifest heads. from Eph. v., 18, 19, where, contrasting the pleasures 2. Some interesting facts relative to psalmody are to of the world with the pleasures of the Christian, Paul be found in the account of the Moravian mission to says, " And be not drunk with wine, wherein is ex- Greenland. When after tifteen years of sowing the

precious seed with tears, a handful of believers at length water, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul sprung up amid the snows of Greenland, the Moravians, thirsteth for God, for the living God, - when shall I " at their catechetical and other meetings, began to come and appear before God !”

If we take such con. teach the Catechumens hymns in honour of the Saviour, tentment in the contemplation of his image in a mirror, which they learned with eagerness and sung constantly. as we sometimes here find, how shall we be transported “A school was begun for the instruction of such as had when we see him face to face, and be united to him, any talent for singing, and as two of the brethren from spirit to spirit ? Can we desire larger possessions than Germany understood the science, they greatly assisted immensity, a surer estate than immutability, a longer in training the young Greenlanders, who not only im- term than eternity, a fuller portion than Jehovah ? proved in vocal, but some of them became even toler- FEATLEY. ably acquainted with instrumental music."

Meditation on God._I know that it is the greatest " A brother, one morning, very early going to let out pleasure and the greatest indulgence to think of God. their sheep, beard uncominonly sweet singing in a tent, Think of any thing else, and you will find disappoin:and drawing near found it was the head of the family ment in it. Whatever you think of long together, will performing his morning devotions with his people. at last give you pain. It will shew you that you must Beckoning to the others to come, we stood still (says be disappointed and mortified.

Whatever man you the Missionary Diary) and listened to this sweet melody, think of, you will find in him some imperfection. Whatwith hearts exceedingly moved, and with eyes filled ever kingdom you think of, you will find it is badly with tears, and thought these people were; no longer governed. Whatever sense you think of, you will than two years ago, savage heathens, and now they sing find that you are met by ignorance and imperfection. to the Lamb that was slain, so charmingly that it strikes But if you think of God, there is no imperfection. He to the inmost soul.” What I shall the voice of Psalms is what he should be, perfectly perfect. He is perfect rise so sweetly from the tents of savage Greenland, amid happiness, and is sucb a fountain of happiness in bientheir snow-clad rocks, and piles of eternal glaciers, and self, that he has enough for all who will seek it. Не is it beginning to die away from the cottages and firesides has so much power, that notlıing can resist him. He is of Christian Scotland ?

so good, that we may be certain every thing is for the Take one fact more. The missionaries were one best; there is no pain in thinking of these things; there year refreshed by a visit from Bishop Johannes de Wat-is no pain in thinking of everlasting bappiness. We teville, who came to inspect the state of the Mission, know, indeed, that when the body is weary, it can no and set in order what was wanting. “He bestowed longer think of any thing, and after the most delightful much attention upon the hymns and the singing of the thoughts, at last sink into sleep. But, if you meditate congregation, remarking that it appeared to him that

on any thing of an irritating nature, it is ten to one but the hymns proved a great blessing amony strangers ; for your meditation disturbs you, and is rather an enemy to the factor told him that being once on a trading round, peace, and quiet, and repose ; but if you think of God thirty leagues distant, he entered a tent that had been and his goodness, there is such a soft delight in it, that pitched awhile in their neighbourhood, and found the if the mind and body are not oppressed by sleep, you children prettily singing several hymns they had learned can continue to think of them longer, with delight, than from the children of the settlement, which furnished you can think of any thing else ; and yet, if the body him with an opportunity of useful conversation.” What ! be weary and wants sleep, there is such a softness in shall heathen children, that know not the Saviour, be the delight of meditating on God, that the mind and found, in the icy wildernesses of Greenland, imbibing body easily and delightfully fall into refreshing slumthe knowledge and love of Jesus, from the psalmody of bers.—MAYOW. the far distant Christians, and shall converted parents, rifle not with Ten ion.—Christ never wi in this land of education and piety, leave their uncon- exposed himself to temptation. Pure and sinless as he verted children untaught to hymn the praises of Jesus, was, and all-powerful to resist it as he knew himself in those plaintive airs," compared with which Italian

to be, Jesus did not go of his own choice into the wiltrills are tame,” those airs which are named from the derness to try his strength against the tempter. Wheresufferings of their martyr forefathers?

ever that event is mentioned, it is distinctly said, “ He

was led of the Spirit into the wilderness," an expresCHRISTIAN TREASURY.

sion peculiar to those passages, as if on purpose to disWhom have I in Heaven but Thee?_That is, Thee Itinguish that act from every other of his life, and show have, and none but Thee in heaven. I deny not that us that he, even he, went not willingly to meet his we have God many ways with us in this life, for we Father's enemy, and listen to the language of seduction. see him in his works, we hear him in his word, we What a lesson, what a reproof! We, predisposed as taste him in the sacrament, we feel him by the motions we are to sin, incapable of resisting it as we know ourof his Spirit within us, we touch him by faith, we draw selves to be, do we go boldly, and without necessity, near to him in love, we rely upon him by hope, we where Satan keeps his court, where he spreads his have fellowship with him by prayer; yet all this is no- blandishments, where we know we must meet him, and thing to our manner of having him in heaven. A man either defeat his wiles, or be seduced by them? Do we can only be said truly to have a lordship, a manor, a venture to say, that if our own principles are good, living, when be entereth upon the fruits thereof, and there is no risk to us in any company, in any place? receiveth the crop. The Lord is, indeed, our lot and Can we walk side by side with the enemies of God, portion even in this life ; but we cannot reap the thou- and sit in the counsels of sinners, without any danger sandth part of the profits and delights he hath in him- of being seduced from our allegiance to God ? Jesus self, and will afford us hereafter. They to whom He was not thus bold, though he might have been. most imparteth himself and communicateth his goodness set one step into the wilderness of temptation without here, have but a taste only of the tree of life, a glimpse the leading of the Spirit, for the fulfilment of some of the Sun of Righteousness, an earnest of their future known command, we follow not in the footsteps of our reward ; but such a taste, such a glimpse, such an ear- Lord. God took him there, that he might in all things nest as they would not lose for all the possessions or be more than conqueror. God may take us there; and enjoyments of the world. These the kingly prophet if he does, it will be to conquer too. But of those who so exceedingly desired, that he compares the ardency go there unbidden, to break a lance with the enemy for of his affection to the thirst of the hart, either long pastime, or, knight-errant like, to free the world from chased, or after the sting of the serpent has set all his his enchantments, let no one think he does as Jesus throat on fire. " As the hart panteth for the rivers of did.-Caroline Fry.

If we

SACRED POETRY.

Bright bird, were mine thy wings of wind,

To cross that dark deep gulf, the Past; An ark, like thee, I yet might find;

There rest and refuge find at last. Vain wish; Time is that fatal bourne, O'er which no traveller may return. To all, life is an onward track;

And tho' it is a changing scene, This is unknown,-returning back

To be again, what we have been. Time past has made us what we are, No Time can make us what we were. An arkless dove art thou, like me,

Of “wandering wing,” of “weary breast :" Poor wanderer on life's stormy sea,

Pin'st thou for refuge and for rest? Tho' tempest-tost, tho' seaward driven, There is a RESTING PLACE IN HEAVEN.

THE MISSIONARY.
“ He was the first that ever bore

Glad tidings to that desert shore."
My heart goes with thee, dauntless man,

Freely as thou dost hie,
To sojourn with some barbarous clan,

For them to toil or die.
Fondly our spirits to our own

Cling, nor to part allow;
Thine to some land forlorn has flown,

We turn,—and where art thou ?
Thou climb'st the vessel's lofty side,--

Numbers are gathering there ; The youthful warrior in his pride,

The merchant in his care:
Hearts which, for knowledge, track the seas,

Spirits which lightly rove.
Glad as the billows and the breeze-

And thou—the child of love,
A savage shore receives thy tread;

Companion thou hast none;
The wild boughs wave above thy head,

Yet still thou journeyest on;
Treading the tangled wild wood drear,

Piercing the mountain glen,
Till wearily thou drawest near

The haunts of lonely men.
Strange is thine aspect to their eyes ;

Strange is thy foreign speech ;
And wild, and strong is their surprise,

At marvels thou dost teach.
Thy strength alone is in thy words;

Yet armies could not bow
The spirit of these barbarous hordes

So readily as thou.
But Oh! thy heart, thou home sick man,

With saddest thoughts run o'er,
Sitting, as fades the evening wan,

Silently at thy door.
Yet that poor hut upon the wild,

A stone beneath the tree,
And souls to God's love reconciled -
These are enough for thee.

W. Howitt.

MISCELLANEOUS. Rev. James Hervey.-—This excellent man, writing to a friend, very shortly before his death, says, “ Were I to enjoy Hezekiah's grant, and have fifteen years added to my life, I would be much more frequent in my applications to the throne of grace: we sustain a mighty loss by reading so much, and praying so little. Were I to renew my studies, I would take my leave of those accomplished trifles, the historians, the orators, the poets of antiquity, and devote my attention to the Scrip. tures of Truth. I would sit with much greater assi. duity at my Divine Master's feet, and desire to know nothing but Jesus Christ and him crucified. This wisdom, whose fruits are everlasting salvation after death, this I would explore through the spacious and delightful fields of the Old and New Testament."

Colonel Gardiner. It is said that Colonel Gardiner, after his conversion, devoted two hours every morning to reading the Word of God and prayer. He determined that nothing should rob him of his precious time for devotion. Hence, if his regiment had to march at six o'clock, he rose at four; and if he had to march at four, he rose at two.

Remarkable Preservation.Dr Calamy, in his " Lise and Times," tells us that he knew a captain of a ship, of the name of Stephens, who resided at Harwich, and was of good reputation, and who, with his crew, once experienced a very remarkable deliverance from drowning, between Holland and England. The vessel sprang a leak, and the water poured in so abundantly, that all on board gave themselves up for lost. But on a sudden it stopped, and the water being pumped out of the vessel, they arrived safely on shore. On examination they discovered that the leak had been stopped by a fish which had got so firmly wedged into it that they could scarcely get it out.

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NOAH'S DOVE.

BY THE Rev. JOHN ANDERSON,
Minister of the Congregation of Original Burghers,

Helensburgh.
Forth from the ark the dove has gone,

On pinions that outstrip the wind.
Day fades, yet, lo! she journies on,

If she a resting-place may find,
Where she may fold her weary wing,
'Tween sea and sky, sole living thing.
Cease, bright creature, cease to roam :-

Burst the dark waters every where:
They roll above thy forest home;

For thee no resting-place is there.
Back to the ark, on drooping plume,
She hastens thro' the closing gloom.
Like thee I left my father's hearth-

Ark of my childhood's joyous hour-
This sin and sorrow-deluged earth,

Eager of foot, to wander o'er.
This “ wandering foot," this “ weary breast,"
Where shall I find a place to rest ?

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