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Daughter died, whose funeral Mr. Richmond attended attractions such an inward feast as the mental assoat the request of the latter ; and where, on a visit | ciations of this day's travel had supplied. about a week after, he had his first conversation with We were fatigued in body, but refreshed in spirit. her, whose religious experience, as narrated by that At the close of a day so occupied with contemplation faithful minister, has had a more extensive influence of the works of God, and of the wonders of his grace, in the world than ever attended any similar publi- it was not a little gratifying to find ourselves in a cation. He gives in the Dairyman's Daughter a quiet inn, where, after taking tea, we commended correct account of the situation and appearance of ourselves to the care of our heavenly Father, and Appuldurcomb and of the adjacent scenery. We saw retired to rest. " the summit of the hill adjoining" the venerable mansion, to which he ascended after the visit referred to the triangular pyramid of stone near which he sat THE DUTY OF ADORNING THE GOSPEL: down to meditate, and the magnificent surrounding prospect. In full view of this elevated spot, we read
A Sermon, his extended description, and turned southward, and
By the Rev. Thomas BISSLAND, M.A. south-eastward, and northward, and westward, and admired, as he had done, the unequalled beauty of
Rector of Ilartley Maudytt, Hants. the scene. Certainly neither of us had ever read the
Titus, ii, 10. descriptive part of the Dairyman's Daughter with the
"That they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour like interest and emotion. My feelings obliged me to Tesigu the book to my companions, and, under the
in all things." Tarious emotions the narrative and the scene ex The Gospel of Jesus Christ, so far from cited, it was difficult for any of us to prosecute our
having a tendency to undermine the institureading ; but with an intensity of interest we gazed upon the lovely prospect until it could be no longer
tions of civil society, an objection which has seen.
been urged against it, is peculiarly calculated We now approached Arreton, the village in the
to uphold those distinctions among men, which churchyard of which lie interred the mortal remains of Elizabeth Wallbridge, the sainted daughter of the
have been wisely ordered in the good providairyman. About a mile from it we stopped before
dence of God, and which are essentially rethe cottage from which her soul ascended to its rest, quisite to man's happiness as a social being. and were kindly received by her surviving brother, The Gospel clearly points out the duties a man now advanced in years, and still a resident
which attach to that sphere of life in which in the mansion of his birth. He shewed us Elizabeth's Bible, in which was simply written, “ Elizabeth
an individual is placed. In one point of Wallbridge, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Wall view, indeed, it puts all men on an equality; bridge ; born 1771-died 1801 ;" and took us up stairs for it pronounces all to be guilty in the sight into the room in which she expired. We added our
1 of God; and it proposes to all the same names to a long list, in a book kept by her brother for the purpose, and then took our leave,--Mr. W. in
means of escape from condemnation, namely, a very respectful manner thanking us for our visit. by that Saviour who declared himself to be
Our simplicity in finding satisfaction in such a visit “ the way, the truth, and the life.” But would be a fruitful subject of derision to men of the
while it pronounces all to be equal in this world; but if they will indulge our simplicity, and we can enjoy feelings such as these scenes excited, let
| respect, it unequivocally condemns that turthem laugh, and we will delight in every thing calcu bulent spirit which renders a man disconlated to cherish the memory of the pious dead. On tented with his lot; and it has, consequently, leaving the cottage, our path was the same as that over
been the policy of the promoters of anarchy which moved the funeral procession of the Dairyman's Daughter, in the manner so affectingly described by
in a state, to endeavour to sap the foundation Mr. Richmond. It lay through a narrow but excel.
of the Christian's faith, from the conviction, lent road, winding between high green hedges, and that while it remains a vital principle in the sometimes under an arch formed by the trees on
heart, it will never suffer him to rise in reeither side ; a lofty cultivated hill on the right, and a charming view of the luxuriant valley now and then
bellion against lawful authority. breaking upon us to the left. As we read the account
The words of the text form part of that of the solemn passage of the mourning yet rejoicing solemn injunction which St. Paul required relatives and friends of the deceased, we were ready
Titus to lay upon servants, whom he was to almost to realise its actual vision, and hear the pious strains of melody as they then filled the air and
exhort “ to be obedient unto their own masascended to the skies. Thus prepared, we reached
ters, and to please them well in all things, Arreton church, and leaving our carriage to ascend not answering again, not purloining, but the hill without us, we went to the grave of Elizabeth, shewing good fidelity.” It would appear read the beautiful lines which love of her character,
that certain Judaising teachers had endeaand the recollection of her triumphant death, have caused to be inscribed on her simple monument,
voured to draw servants from the faith, by meditated for a while on her present glorious state, flattering them that they were not called to dropped a tear of sympathy, but not of sorrow, and shew ready obedience to their masters. The silently retired. From this to Newport, our destined resting-place,
| Apostle was anxiously desirous to correct We could only talk on things connected with thé this error. He would have them understand scenes, and incidents, and reflections of the day ; | that the Gospel required of them all due uniting in the sentiment, that Paris, with all its pa- | respect and submission to their superiors ; laces, and gardens, and paintings, and statues, had
na | and that, if they did not testify such feelings, afforded no such gratification to our eyes, as the glorious works of God on which they had dwelt in
they could not be adorning the doctrine of
they could not be adorning the age This enchanting island; and none of its multiplied God their Saviour in all things.
It must be obvious, however, that the in- , religion as consisting in mere outward oba! junction in the text is of universal obligation, servances, in acts of public devotion, in the equally binding on Christians of every age belief of certain truths. They forget, that to and of every rank; and it will be useful, be real, it must be heartfelt; that it is utterly therefore, for us, in the first place, to inquire worthless in God's sight, when it does not into the nature of the injunction itself, and, bring every thought into captivity to the in the second, to point out its importance. obedience of Christ, and lead to the adorning
1. The Christian is required to adorn the of the Gospel " in all things.” doctrine of God his Saviour in all things. Observe the extent of the requirement. The doctrine to be adorned is unquestionably The doctrine of God the Saviour is to be the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and the expres- adorned in all things; that is, under all cirsion employed implies that the life is to be cumstances — in every thought, word, and framed after the Saviour's model, that there action. Not merely in the house of prayer, is to be an entire conformity to the Saviour's in the retirement of the closet, in exercises image, and an earnest desire to possess the of a peculiarly religious character ; but in the Saviour's spirit. The direct tendency of the ordinary duties, the daily business, the comGospel is to ameliorate the condition of man. I mon actions of life. The Christian is to reIts spirit is that of gentleness, kindness, collect whose he professes to be---into whose unity, and peace; and though its triumphs name he has been baptised. He is therefore have hitherto been limited, and few have to be distinguished for his close adherence been benefited by its blessed message, com to the rule of Scripture, for a walk evidently pared with the countless myriads who have regulated by the principles and precepts of never listened to its joyful sound, yet, wher- the Gospel; a holy singularity will distinever the banner of the cross has been planted, guish him from the men of the world ;-not the moral wilderness has begun to blossom an affected singularity of demeanour, put on and rejoice; wherever the streams of salva for some sinister purpose, but arising from tion have flowed, the thirsty have been re the marked influence which religion has upon freshed, and the polluted cleansed : however his heart. He will be prayerfully anxious to ungenial the soil, in which the good seed has keep the whole law, even in its most extended been sown, a harvest has been gathered into spiritual sense. He will watch lest at any the garner of the Lord.
time, through mortal infirmity, he should The sceptic cannot close his eyes to the transgress, even in one jot, the commandfact, that wherever Christianity has takenments of his Saviour. He will be sedulous in root, there it has worked a change in the cultivating all those heavenly graces imtone and spirit of society. Let him compare planted in the soul by the Spirit of God. He the state of our own favoured land with its will recollect that the character of the bestate when the Gospel of Christ was unknown, liever is a beautiful character — that every or with heathen countries at the present mo evil temper, every unhallowed desire, every ment; and he will be compelled to admit, angry word, every impure thought, every that there is a gain in religion, as far as this departure from the simplicity of the Gospel, world at least is concerned ; and that if the is at variance with that character. He will Gospel is a fabrication, it is one admirably regard no model sufficiently faultless for his adapted to add to human comfort. But imitation. He will recollect that imperfection, Christianity is not designed merely to work in a greater or less degree, attaches even to an external change on the face of society, the most eminent saints, the most devoted to give a more merciful character to human servants of the Most High. His aim, therelaws, and to lead men more implicitly to obey fore, is to be perfect, even as his Father in the restraints so needful for the coercion of heaven is perfect; and though convinced, their evil passions. Like leaven leavening that while in a corruptible body he will never the whole lump, it is designed to produce a be free from the assaults of spiritual advermighty change on man himself, in the state saries, and never reach that conformity to of his heart, in the current of his affections, the divine image, at which he seeks to arrive, in the object of his desires; and then only still he will make it his great object to aphas it duly performed its destined work, proach nearer and nearer to the mark. In when it works a transformation on the soul. | one word, he is to put on the Lord Jesus Men are apt to lose sight of this mighty Christ, and to make no provision for the flesh change on the whole man, which it is one to fulfil the lusts thereof. Let no man rest great design of the Gospel to effect. The contented with any state of religious feeling, crucifixion of the flesh, with the affections and or with any outward demeanour of conduct, lusts, the putting off the old man, and putting short of this. Let no man suppose that the on the new, are subjects which they do not mere belief in doctrinal statements, however comprehend. They are too apt to regard / correct, is the saving faith of the Gospelo
Therever true saving faith exists, there will | pheme, the child that was born unto him be the necessary fruits which spring from it, died. The Christian is not only to be upon and which are enumerated by the Apostle. his guard, lest he should do any thing unWherever Christ is really looked to as the worthy of his privileges, but he is to be Saviour, and his love is shed abroad upon anxious to impress others with a due sense the heart, there will be an earnest desire to of the value of those privileges. He is not dorn his doctrine in all things ; and no de- only to be cautious not to give occasion to Insion can be more lamentable in its effects, the enemies of the truth to blaspheme, but both on the soul of the man himself and the he is to endeavour to lead these enemies to cause of religion in general, than that under inquire into the nature of those principles, which he labours, who, having imbibed an the blessed effects of which are manifested in antinomian spirit, conceives that the believer his whole deportment. He is thus, within is exonerated from the law of God as a rule his own sphere, to become “a preacher of of life, and that there is not an imperative righteousness;" to shew forth the transcomunand laid upon him,—“ Be thou holy, forming power of the Gospel, to testify the Even as I am holy.”
blessedness of having sat at the feet of Jesus, II. The importance of thus adorning the ---of having imbibed his doctrines, enlisted doctrine of God the Saviour in all things | under his banners,---of having held him up bust be obvious, when we reflect that it is as the just model for imitation. Our Lord the only true evidence of the existence of sought to impress this upon his disciples, real religion in the soul; that where there is when he commanded them to let their light bot a heartfelt desire to comply with the in so shine before men, that others seeing their junction in the text, there cannot be a heart good works, might glorify their Father which felt reception of Christ as the Redeemer ; is in heaven. St. Peter enlarges upon the and that where there is not this reception, subject, when he exhorts the converts, as there can be no solid, well-grounded hope of pilgrims and strangers, to abstain from fleshly gaining admission into the kingdom of glory. lusts, which war against the soul, having It is with reference, however, to the effect their conversation honest among the Genproduced upon others, that we would view tiles; and urges as a motive for so doing, the subject.
that “ whereas they speak against you as The evil which has arisen to the cause of evil-doers, they may, by your good works, religion from the inconsistent conduct of those which they shall behold, glorify God in the Tho have professed to live under its influence, day of visitation :" and the same motive is kas lamentable as it is incalculable. This repeatedly urged by St. Paul. Were the beheonsistency has probably done more to swell | lievers in apostolic times branded with the the ranks of infidelity - to cause men to rest title of evil-doers; did malice invent, and satisfied with a low standard of religion, than calumny spread, false reports concerning the can easily be imagined. The conduct of no disciples of the Son of God; did persecution, manal Christians in heathen lands has noto- in its most cruel shapes, too often await the nously impeded the progress of the Gospel, | profession of faith in the Gospel,-an hostility and acted as an insurmountable barrier,' in little less rancorous exists in the minds of many cases, to the reception of the truth : many at the present day, against the sincere ad when those in a Christian land, who and devoted servant of the Lord Jesus. He profess to act up to a higher standard than who would make an unreserved surrender of Deir neighbours, fall in many respects in-himself to God, must count the cost of this huitely below that standard, ridicule and re- holy resolution of purpose. He will be deproach are cast upon true religion. If the ceived, if he expects that he shall meet with minister of Christ is to take heed that through no opposition, even from those who ought to dus misconduct the ministry be not blamed ; rejoice at his decision of character. The i he is bound to exercise a strict watchful- offence of the cross has by no means ceased; less over his daily walk, lest an inconsist- | the carnal mind is still enmity against God. Elicy in his living should mar the effect of his It cannot tolerate that spirituality of feeling preaching, and cause his message to fail ; which the true believer possesses. Time Surely the private Christian is not exonerated and circumstances may have changed men's From the heavy responsibility laid upon him opportunities of persecuting their brethren self, not to give offence in any thing, that even unto death, for their stedfastness to moristianity be not blamed. Even though the truth ; but no time, no external circumDavid sincerely repented of his crime in the stances, can eradicate that sort of bitterness matter of Uriah the Hittite, and though the which the worldling feels to the man whose Lord was in mercy pleased to put away his treasure is in heaven, where also is his consih; yet, because by this deed he gave great versation; and who testifies, in his ordinary occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blas. | intercourse with the world, that he is the citizen of a better country, and that while, and quiet spirit.” It is not enough that yo he gratefully enjoys the unmerited blessings are free from gross sins, that your lives ar mingled in his earthly cup, and sedulously | not polluted with the indulgence of Aeshl attends to the duties of that sphere in which lusts; it is not enough that your conduct i he has been placed, his affections are obvi- ostensibly respectable and decorous in th ously set on things above, where Christ sitteth world's estimate: something more than thi on the right hand of God.
is required-even the most scrupulous cii How important is it, then, that they who cumspection in the most trivial events of lifi profess to receive the Gospel, should habi- If, indeed, you make a profession of religioi tually adorn that Gospel, and testify that they not in the pharisaical sense of the term, bu do indeed experience it to be " the power of if you really feel yourselves called upon * God unto salvation.” How important that aim at nonconformity to the maxims an believers should be epistles “ read of all precepts of the world, and that a more unri men,” from whom the value of those prin- served surrender of all your powers, you ciples may be learned, which the Saviour in faculties, and your substance, to God's ser culcated on his followers; that they may thus | vice, is required, than the world thinks ne come forth from the fiery trial of invective cessary, and this will unquestionably b and reproach, as gold refined and purified, your desire, if you have been brought to and be able to refute the slander of those who | sense of your obligations to the Saviour, an have maligned their characters, depreciated have been aroused from the deep slumbe their religious attainments, and represented of spiritual death;-if, in a word, you fei their holy deportment as the result of a pha- | anxious to lead a life of Christian consistency risaical and self-righteous spirit, and put on and by so doing you condemn the world,-to hide some deformity of character, and to collect there will be many eyes upon you cloak some darling cherished indulgence. narrowly scrutinising your conduct, eagerl
It was the praise of the early Christians, anxious to discover something at variant even their "enemies themselves being judges," with your prescribed rule of duty. Th that they walked unblamably in that path in faults of religious professors are usually es which they were led by God's Spirit--that aggerated. The world delights to magnif they evinced the sincerity of their faith by them. Blind to the beam in the eye of it the consistency of their practice : their re- own votaries, it readily scrutinises the mot ligion was that of love; their commendation, in the eye of the servants of God. Ready t “ behold how they love one another.” The palliate the most shameful libertinism in th effect of this deportment was visibly appa slave of fashion, it will not pass over th rent in the multitudes who flocked to their slightest departure from rectitude in th assemblies, and enlisted themselves in their man of God. Exercise, therefore, continui ranks. And were those, who in this day pro watchfulness. Pray for increasing strength fess to act upon Christian principle, and to that you may daily advance in the cultivatio have a zeal for the glory of God and the of Christian graces; that, being watered wit salvation of their fellow-sinners, more care- | the dew of God's blessing, you may realis fully anxious to do nothing which shall in in your own experience the beauty and th any way bring discredit upon religion, a much stability promised to Israel,-—"he shall gro larger number of persons, at home and abroad, as the lily, and cast forth his roots a would unquestionably be brought to the ac Lebanon." knowledgment of the truth.
Recollect that there is an eye upon yo I would urge upon you, therefore, my still more serutinising than the eye of th brethren, the incalculable importance of thus | world,—the eye of an omnipresent, omniscien seeking to adorn the doctrine of God your heart-searching God. May a sense of hi Saviour “ in all things." The glory of God, presence check every emotion, eradicat the salvation of your fellow-creatures, your every feeling, prevent every action, unworth own well-being demand it. Cultivate, I im your high and holy calling. May his Spiri plore you, those heavenly graces, which, shed abroad in the heart, kindle a flame though never to be regarded as possessing holy love, implant a holy desire in all thing the slightest claim to heaven's blessedness, to obey his will, and to adorn his doctrint are yet evidence of meetness for the enjoy-| Thus may you expect to be the humble in ments of its blessed society. Recollect that strument in his hand of leading some pod every uncharitable feeling, every censorious | transgressor to the reception of the truth, remark, every petulant expression, every un convincing some wretched prodigal of his gui warrantable assertion, is, in its very nature, at and danger, of bringing home some wanderin variance with the principles and the practice, sheep to the fold of the heavenly Shepherd the precepts and the example, of the adorable of converting some sinner from the error Jesus, whose ornament was that “ of a meek his ways, thus saving a soul from death
Thus may you trust that your light will not looking up to heaven, like the martyr Stephen, he shine in vain. Thus you may be assured
G he coure
with Jesus ;" bringing to recollection the exclamation that you will speak with a language far more
of that illustrious martyr in the cause of Jesus, St. persuasive, with arguments far more forcible, Polycarp, in this very place, “ I have served Christ, than if you were invested with the noblest and how can I revile the king who has kept me ?" On gifts of human oratory, or could discourse pronouncing the above words, his head was struck off
at one blow, in the presence of crowds of Greeks, who, with all the eloquence of a seraph's tongue. considering their countryman to have suffered in the
cause of Christianity, dipped their handkerchiefs in MARTYRDOM.*
his blood, as memorials of so extraordinary an event.
The head was then placed under the left arm, and, Ás event of a deeply tragical nature occurred at with the body, remained on the scaffold three days Smyrna about the time I was there, which will ever exposed to public view, after which the Greeks were remain an indelible stain on the character of Mussul permitted to bury it. men, and cannot fail to be as interesting, as it must be Such was the magnanimity of this youth, who shed revolting, to the feelings of Christians. Truly has it his blood for the testimony of Jesus Christ. This was been said, " the dark places of the earth are full of the the third instance of the kind which occurred within habitations of cruelty."
the last twenty years ; and most devoutly is it to be A Turk had prevailed, by artifice, on a Greek Chris- wished that it may be the last. tian, 24 years of age, to enter his service, abandon his This, and similar examples of inviolable fidelity exfaith, and embrace the tenets of the lawgiver of the hibited by the disciples and primitive Christians, who Årabians ; when he assumed the costume of the Mus rejoiced in the consideration, that they were accounted salmans. On the expiration of his engagement, the worthy to suffer for Christ's sake, most impressively Greek departed for Mount Athos, situated in Mace- teach us, who are called to seal our testimony, not donia, and called by the Greeks “the Holy Mountain," by our death, but in our lives, to be firm, and not to from there being many of their convents upon it, and “marvel if the world hate us," to be zealous in our from its ancient fame in the Eastern Church, as the religious principles, and courageous in their defence, Esylum of sanctity and learning. He was absent about not fearing the face of man, or those whose power twelve months, when he returned to Smyrna ; but his reaches only to the body; but recollecting that an conscience having reproached him for the act of apos | eternal blessing is promised to those who * are pertacy of which he had been guilty, he proceeded to the secuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingTurkish judge, threw down his turban, declared he had dom of heaven;" and that our Lord has, in the strongest been deceived, and that as he was originally born, solanguage, proclaimed, “ that he who loseth his life for would he still live and die, a Christian. On this occa | my sake shall find it." sion every effort was made to prevail on him to continge in the principles of Mahomedism, by offering him great rewards if he did, and by threatening him with
Reviews and Notices. the severest penalties if he did not.
The Greek having rejected every bribe, and as Probation for the Christian Ministry practically consiwaters could not quench, nor floods drown that love he dered : four Discourses, preached before the University had to Christ, he was thrust into a dungeon, where of Cambridge in the month of March 1836. By the tortures were inflicted upon him, which he most heroi Rev. Thomas Dale, M.A. (of Corpus Christi Colcally braved, as if he had said, “ The Lord is on my lege), Vicar of St. Bride's, Fleet Street, London, side, I will not fear what man can do." In truth he Richardson. 1836. was in nowise terrified by his adversaries, determined
The university pulpit is a most important station : not to know any thing but Jesus Christ and him cruci.
none can occupy it without incurring a high degree of hed, and assured that if he suffered with Christ, he
responsibility. It is an opportunity of imparting the should also be glorified with him. After this he was
lessons of eternal truth to an assembly of men whose led forth in public to be beheaded, with his hands tied
future influence upon the great body of the Church behind his back. The place of execution was a plat
will be weighty and enduring. Such an impression of form opposite to one of the principal mosques, where
the nature of the trust seems to be increasingly felt by a blacksmith, armed with a scimetar, stood ready to
those who fill the office of preachers in our universiperform the dreadful operation. To the astonishment
ties : of this, the sermons before us are a striking inof the surrounding multitude, this did not shake his
stance. The author of them is now well known to the fortitude ; and, although he was told that it would be
public as the clergyman on whom Sir Robert Peel quite sufficient if he merely declared he was not a
conferred the unsolicited preferment of the vicarage of Christian. Rather, however, than do so, he chose to
St. Bride's. There is, probably, no clergyman in the die.
Church, whose whole position is more completely Still entertaining a hope that this young man might
honourable to himself than Mr. Dale's. The station retract, especially when the instrument of death was
he occupies, as Professor of English Literature at exhibited, these offers were again and again pressed
King's College, is one in which his solid and elegant upon him. This, however, being done with no better
attainments have alone placed him. The living he success than before, the executioner was ordered to
holds was bestowed on him because of his former peel off, with his sword, part of the skin of his neck.
pastoral diligence in the same parish, as its lecturer ; Excruciating as this was, it was endured by him after
while his university shews her sense of his value, by the example of those of whom an honourable record is
recalling him, from time to time, to fill the office of preserved in the volume of inspiration, that “they
one of her stated preachers. This is the third occasion, were tortured, not accepting of deliverance; and nei
within five years, that Mr. Dale has been chosen the ther sword, peril, nor distress could separate them”
monthly preacher at Cambridge. These sermons are, from their affection to their Great Master. The for
as he states, “ an appropriate, if not a necessary, titude and strong faith of this Christian, who expressed
accompaniment" to the course delivered last year ; the most perfect willingness to suffer, enabled him
and will be found to contain much most valuable truth, to reach that highest elevation of apostolic triumph
which, though expressly intended for the young men evinced by rejoicing in tribulation, when, stedfastly
my at Cambridge preparing for orders, will be read with • From Mr. Rae Wilson's Travels in the Holy Land. Egypt. | infinite profit by veterans in the ministry. Were we
I to give any one passage as a sample, we should not