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eous one-such by way of eminence, or, that and sufficient såcrifice, oblation, and satishe is righteousness itself in the abstract, is faction, for the sins of the whole world. He easy to be understood. But the mystery hath (to use the words of the interpreting lies in the pronoun our. In this little word
In this little word angel to the prophet Daniel on the subject) there is a perennial stream of comfort, flow- “ finished transgression, made an end of sin, ing from an inexhaustible fountain, for the and brought in everlasting righteousness.” refreshment of the contrite believer in Jesus. And, to adopt the declaration of an inspired
Fallen man has, and can have, no personal apostle, “ He was made sin for 'us, who knew righteousness, either by inherency or opera- no sin; that we might be made the righteoustion. He is a moral bankrupt. Born in sin, ness of God in him." “ Such (says that and a child of wrath, he can make no atone- bright luminary of the Church of England, ment for the past, nor promise any adequate the judicious Hooker), such we are in the obedience for the future. “ If we say that sight of God the Father, as is the very Son we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and of God himself. Let it be counted folly, or the truth is not in us.” “ Now we know," frenzy, or fury, whatsoever; it is our comfort says St. Paul, “ that whatsoever things the and our wisdom: we care for no knowledge law saith, it saith to them who are under the in the world but this, that man hath sinned, law : that
may be stopped, and and God hath suffered ; that God hath made all the world may become guilty before God. himself the son of man, and that men are Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall made the righteousness of God.” In like no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the manner, Bishop Andrews, in his discourse on law is the knowledge of sin. But now the justification in Christ's name," says,—“He righteousness of God without the law is mani- is made righteousness to us, that we may fested, being witnessed by the law and the be made the righteousness of God in him.' prophets ; even the righteousness of God, In which place,” he adds, referring to St. which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and Paul's words just quoted, “St. Chrysostom upon all them that believe : for there is no says, the very word righteousness the apostle difference: for all have sinned, and come short useth to express the unspeakable bounty of of the glory of God.” (Rom. iii. 19-23.) that gift : that God hath not given us merely
But the possession of righteousness is in the operation or effect of his righteousness, dispensable to salvation. The law of God but his very righteousness. He speaks of peremptorily requires it. The condition of Christ not only as having done no sin, but as acceptance with God is a perfect conformity having known none; and yet him hath God with his revealed will. “ This do, and thou made, not a sinner, but sin itself; as in anshalt live."
other place, not accursed, but a curse itselfJehovah, as appears from his word, had sin in respect of the guilt, a curse in respect determined, before the world was created, to of the punishment. And why this? To the manifest his own glory to men and angels, by end that we might be made (not righteous the salvation of lost sinners. But there were persons, that was not full enough, but) rightobstacles to the accomplishment of this mer- eousness itself; and yet more, the very rightciful purpose, which were insurmountable by eousness of God.” human wisdom or human ability. These Two things are implied in the possessive obstacles could only be removed by a surety- pronoun our ; viz. imputation and reception. ship, by a vicarious offering, and by a vica- The former is the act of Divine mercy, and intelligence could effect the magnificent ob- the creditor enters a debt, which is due to ject of Divine compassion. But let us listen him, in one column of his ledger. In another to the voice of mercy, " I have laid help column he places against it the sum which he upon one that is mighty ; I have exalted one has received in payment of that debt, whether chosen out of the people” (Ps. Ixxxix. 19). derived from the debtor or his surety. Let No one conversant with the language of Scrip- me open before you the awful book of Divine ture can hesitate to recognise, in this prophetic justice. Therein is placed to your account a language, Him who is elsewhere called" the debt of 10,000 talents : you have nothing to mighty God - the Prince of peace.”
pay; you must despair. But must a sinner The Father of mercies, then, ordained that lie down in everlasting despair? No. Cast atonement should be made, and righteousness your eye on the creditor-column of the book : fulfilled, by his co-equal Son: his co-equal see there the righteousness of God placed to Son undertook to perform the conditions on your account ; and the result of that suretywhich human salvation was suspended. He ship righteousness is a receipt in full of all has accomplished the work which was given demands, and Justice is heard saying, “ Dehim to do : he has made, by the one obla- liver him from going down to the pit ; I have tion of himself once offered, a full, perfect, found a ransom."
Now, this righteousness is made ours by could not be justified by the law of Moses." believing the record concerning it: and this And in this confidence 1 adopt the words of marks the contrast between the Law and the another dignitary of our Church, and say, Gospel. The former, in the language of the “ Had I all the faith of the patriarchs, all the creditor in the Gospel, cries, -—" Pay me that zeal of the prophets, all the good works of thou owest." The latter addresses us and the apostles, all the sufferings of the martyrs, says,—“Accept the gift of righteousness and all the glowing devotion of the seraphs, freely offered through Jesus Christ our I would renounce the whole in point of deLord.”
pendence, and glory only in the atoning blood This doctrine of justification by faith is and justifying righteousness of Jesus Christ the grand doctrine of Protestantism. It is my Lord.” that on account of which, chiefly, our forefathers separated themselves from the Church
LOWLINESS OF MIND.* of Rome, and laid down their lives in the fires of Carfax and Smithfield. The converse doc- It is not by the opposition the world offers to an innotrine, of justification by personal righteous- cent and holy life ; it is not by the severe self-denial ness, is the foundation and corner-stone of all and oppressive services which the Gospel exacts from the monstrous errors of the papal creed. us; it is not even by the strict observance required of Thereon is built the efficacy of masses for the life is rendered so narrow, and that man is so reluctant
moral purity and social duties alone,--that the path of living and the dead, the worship of saints and angels, its pardons and indulgences, the fic
to enter upon it. The difficulty consists not so much tion of a purgatory, with all the other fan- spring up within him. The control of sinful appetites
in the evils which lie around him, as in those which tastical dogmatisms, the belief of which the and desires does indeed demand his constant care and apostate Church has made essential to salva- vigilance: but it is the pride of his heart which pretion. That the papal creed has found a revived sents the chief obstacle. He cannot bear to be told credit among Protestants of the nineteenth
that his nature is a corrupt, a fallen, a sinful nature ; century, can only be accounted for by con
that the carnal, or in other words the natural, mind is sidering how deeply the pride of self-right- at enmity with God; that if he seeks to be reconciled eousness is rooted in the fallen heart of man.
with God, he must seek it alone through the merits of Let us, my brethren, thankfully receive the a Redeemer. To him,- not to his own doings, hofinestimable benefit offered to us by the Gos- ever diligently lie may labour in the regulation of his pel. Let us adore its Author, and resign up own mind, or in the service of his fellow-creatures, -10 ourselves to his service, which is perfect free- his Saviour he must refer the whole merit and the dom; not the service of a slave, who labours whole efficacy of his salvation. That Saviour hath said, through fear of punishment, or to earn wages that “he came to seek and to save them that were from his master, but that of an affectionate lost." And every man who would be his disciple, let child, made such by adoption and grace.
him be the wisest and the most virtuous of men, must Faith worketh by love, and is the only parent believe that he himself was one of those lost creatures of works vitally good, and so acceptable to
whom Christ came to save. He must not only acknowGod.
ledge with his lips, but in his heart he must feel, that With an assured persuasion that the doc- in the sight of God his best deeds are nothing worth : trine of the text, as I have endeavoured to
that however they may tend, as they certainly will expound it, is the doctrine of the Bible and of tend, to make him happier upon earth, they have no our scriptural Church, which has incorporated power whatever to raise him to heaven. it, frequently and explicitly, with all her for
Nay, more than this ; if he trust to himself, if he mularies; and that it is the “ doctrine accord-indulge himself in setting a value before God upon any ing to godliness ;" believing that, as Bishop strumental cause of his ruin ; they will lead him from
thing that he does, these very deeds will be the inHorsley has forcibly expressed himself, the doctrine of the reformers from popery,
that gate through which alone he can enter, and will that it is older than the reformers, and is the
carry him farther and farther in a wrong direction.
His good works will never bring him to Christ; but doctrine of the fathers,---that it is older than the fathers, and is the doctrine of the apostles, easily and quickly bring him to good works. He is
if he'lay hold on Christ in sincerity of faith, he will --that it is older than the apostles, and is the the way, the Truth, and the Life. He is emphatidoctrine of the prophets,--that it is older than cally called the Door of the kingdom of heaven. No the prophets, and is the doctrine of the patri- man cometh to the Father but by him. archs ;-in short, that it is the pith and mar- If, then, there be in any man's breast a secret long. row of revealed truth : having this assured ing after self-righteousness ; if there be a dispositio. persuasion, I cheerfully rest all my hope of however faint, to justify himself by his own performeternal salvation on this inspired axiom, that ance---any lurking conceit, that he, being so much through Him whom our text designates “ Je- better than others, stands less in need of that atoning hovah our Righteousness," "all who believe are merit than the worst of his fellow-creatures; let not justified from all things, from which they
• By the Rt. Rev. Edward Copleston, D.D., bishop of Llandaff.
uch an one think that he will receive any thing from influence, in spite of all the powers of darkness, his the Lord. He may perhaps, upon examination, find grace will preserve us in it. that he has exercised himself in doing what he thinks his duty-that he has abstained from excess-that he
RECOLLECTIONS OF A COUNTRY PASTOR, has dealt justly, and worked diligently for the good of mankind-that he has even practised many of those
No. VI.-Brown Gubbens. virtues which are most truly Christian—that he has Brown GUBBENS was the terror of the neighbourhood. been kind, patient, humble, charitable, meek, for- Children were startled by the very name, which was giving; yet if his heart be a stranger to God, giving too often wickedly employed to frighten them on any its affections, not to things above, but to things on the act of disobedience ; for to be told that they would be earth, --if he suffer it to plead any one of these ser
taken away by him, was sufficient to overwhelm them
with dismay. Even persons advanced in life had a vices as entitled to reward from God, or as fit even to
horror of this strange individual. The farmers were bear his inspection, he is still in his sins-he will be
sure, although there was no positive proof, that many left to wander on according to his own wayward fan- of their sheep and poultry had been stolen by him; cies, and will never find the gate of salvation.
while he was strongly suspected of being concerned Such was of old the pharisaical pride which pro
in two or three highway robberies; and the mangled
body of a female, found in a large pond upon the voked the severe rebuke of our Saviour ; Verily I
waste, excited the fear that his hands were not clean say unto you, even the publicans and the harlots enter of the blood of murder. He was at large, however; into the kingdom of God before you." The case of for every attempt to bring guilt to his door was in vain. gross sinners is less desperate than yours. It is pos- | The constables, in fact, were not very willing to have sible they may be brought to a sense of their wretched- any thing to do with him. The prevalent maxim ness, and may throw themselves upon the only Refuge Shan't meddle with him."
seemed to be, “if Gubbens don't meddle with us, we that is open to them; but you, who not only neglect Brown Gubbens was apparently about the age of this help, but who wilfully betake yourselves to an- forty-five. He was a very tall man, of a dark, swarthy other, are altogether without hope. Ye shall die in complexion, with long matted hair and huge whiskers. your sins. Be your deeds what they may in the sight
His occupation was that of a tinker. He travelled of men — be they just, upright, benevolent, liberal
, accompanied by the mother of his two children- for
the greater part of the year with a small donkey-cart, humane--- while they spring from a corrupt and unre- there was no evidence that this woman was his wife : generate source, they cannot please God. For without and during the short and seyere days of winter, he faith it is impossible to please him; and without holi- lived in a small miserable hut, built upon the edge of ness no man shall see the Lord.
a common, about five miles from my parish. Gubbens If now we reflect on the prevalence of this proud
was a man of notoriously abandoned habits. He had spirit among men-on their proneness to value them
never been seen in any place of worship. It was
known that he could not read. He kept up no interselves upon their own worth-on the unwelcome and course with any of the people in the neighbouring humiliating confession required by the Gospel from village, further than to purchase a few necessaries, the best and wisest of mankind, as well as from the and quantities of spirits at the public-houses. How wickedest and the most ignorant--we shall not wonder
he procured the money, or how he employed himself at the strong comparison by which our Lord illustrates inquire; or how he obtained the means of subsistence.
in the winter, nobody knew, and nobody dared to the straitness of that road through which we must He never asked for alms, or endeavoured to throw pass to salvation. For not only our sinful appetites, himself on the parish. There was a mystery about but, what is much harder, every “high thought and him and his doings, which inspired such a degree of vain imagination that exalteth itself against the know- terror, that, as I have said, he was suffered to remain ledge of God, must be brought into captivity to the
unmolested; and for the magistrates to have issued a obedience of Christ."
warrant for his apprehension, would have struck dis
may into the hearts of the bravest of our officers of Neither have we yet described the full extent of justice. that humility to which the heart of man must bow It was late in the evening of a cold bleak winter before he can be a disciple of Christ. And the part day, that I was informed that a fearful accident had
befallen Gubbens. which remains to be told will perhaps to many minds
He had been returning on his appear much harder than what has been already state of intoxication, and when near our village had
donkey from a town at some distance to his hut, in a stated.
fallen down on the road, and soon sunk into a profound For in thus turning from the lying vanities of self-sleep. Owing to the extreme darkness of the night, righteousness to the true and living God, he must not
he was not discovered, and a broad-wheeled waggon Matter himself that the change is his own work. Hc
went over both his legs, which were lying in a rut, and, must not take credit to himself for the victory ; but carried, as I was informed, to the cottage of a poor
of course, maimed him most frightfully. He had been must give God the praise for having called him out labouring man at the extremity of the village, the of darkness into his marvellous light.
nearest habitation to the spot where he had been found, cometh to me,” saith our Lord, “except my Father
and to which he had been carried by the waggoner in a draw him." To God, then, be our thanks and praise
state of great alarm. I immediately went to the cottage, rendered, as the giver not only of our natural, but of
where I found the wretched being in a state of utter
insensibility. Mr. ----, the surgeon, was endeavour. our spiritual life. He is, as our Church often con- ing to do all in his power to minister to the necessities fesses, the Author of all godliness. “Of his own will of the case, and had sent over to the neighbouring begat he us with the word of truth.” “ It is God that town for farther surgical aid. The spectacle was most worketh in us both to will and to do of his good plea- awful. The wretched man now and then opened his sure." His grace brought us to the knowledge of the altogether stupified. One ancle was nearly crushed to
eyes, and uttered most piteous groans, but he was truth; and unless we resist or neglect his gracious pieces. I need not enter into the details of that fear
• No man
ful night, or state the precise operations performed on searching the hovel, after the death of Gubbens, there this miserable creature. Every thing that human skill was nothing found to throw any light upon his past could do, as far as the surgical strength of the neigh- life. There was no paper or document of any kind. bourhood could afford, was done for him; and great He had been known in the neighbourhood for nearly hopes were at one time entertained that he might re- fifteen years. It was supposed that there might be cover, although he must, of course, be a cripple for life. money discovered in the place, but the search for it These hopes were vain. Mortification took place. He was vain. The hovel was soon after removed; but, I died, after lingering for a few days, during the greater have been informed, that even now the spot where it part of which time he was perfectly sensible, and I had stood is viewed with a species of horror, from the supfrequent opportunities of seeing him. The first inquiry position, probably, that many foul deeds were there he made, when his senses returned, was for his chil- perpetrated or concerted, which have as yet eluded dren. Their mother had been dead of fever four or the scrutiny of man. five months before; at least, so he said. Certainly, The question presents itself, Are there no such chawhen he returned with his children to the hut for racters to be found among us as Brown Gubbens ! their winter abode, she was not with him. Some per- Unquestionably there are. Whether or no he was a sons thought he had probably murdered her, but the real gipsy it is difficult to say. In some of his habits truth was never ascertained. The children had been he resembled that extraordinary people, in others he locked up by him in the hut, while he went to a differed from them ; but there can be little doubt that neighbouring fair, and a person was immediately des- he was no uncommon instance of ignorance in those patched for them. The wretched creatures were found wandering families who are found encamping in our in extreme misery: they had tasted no food since lanes, attending our wakes and fairs, imposing upon their father had left them the morning before. There the credulous by fortune-telling, and generally comwas no vestige of fire in the hut, and they were nearly mitting petty depredations wherever they sojourn, wild with terror. On their being brought to him, a And yet for the spiritual instruction, and for the moral tear started in his eye, the only evidence that I could amelioration of such persons, nothing effectual seems discover of any approach to the common feelings of to be done. Efforts have been made, indeed, by a humanity; but he spoke little to them or of them, few benevolent individuals, perhaps, in their respective and he did not express any anxiety as to their future spheres, but nothing has been attempted on a scale support.
commensurate with the object. And yet it is one During the opportunities I had of calling upon him, which ought to be of vast importance in the estimaI used every method I could devise of arriving at a tion of every true Christian. He need not look to the correct knowledge of his state of mind, and of seek- dark places of the earth for utter ignorance of Gol
. ing to impart to him a saving knowledge of divine He will find this ignorance fearfully manifested at truth, as far as I understood it; for though I did not home in his own beloved country. I am a warm friend discover any sullenness or unwillingness to speak, I to missionary exertions. I rejoice to hear of the ex• did discover such an ignorance of divine things as tension of the kingdom of the Redeemer. I deplore I could not have conceived existed in a Christian that I have done so little to promote so great an obland. He seemed, poor creature, to have no notion ject as that of carrying to the remotest bounds of the whatever even of the existence of God. He had earth the knowledge of a Saviour's name ; and yet I never thought upon the subject of religion, and had cannot but think that the class of persons referred to scarcely the notion that he had a soul. He looked deserve our commiseration as much as any other of upon death as the end of his existence. In fact, the fallen children 'of Adam; and that we are verily throughout the wide wilderness of heathenism, I do guilty of the grossest inconsistency, if, while we exnot think it possible that more utter ignorance could press an anxious desire to enlighten those who are in have existed on subjects of all others the most im- darkness in other lands, we seek not the amelioration portant, than in this poor man, born in Christian of those at our own doors who are perishing for lack England, and whose whole life was spent within the of knowledge. sound of the Gospel-message of peace. What effect Assuredly the recollection of the wretched Gubbens my conversation, under the divine blessing, had upon will not easily be effaced from my memory. The him, I presume not to know; he gave me no clue to spectacle which presented itself when I beheld his arrive at a true knowledge of his state. He made no mangled limbs even now fills me with horror. Druakconfession of having been engaged in any of the trans- enness was the leading cause of his death ; and yet the actions which were imputed to him. Neither did his state of his soul was more wretched than that of his conscience seem to be burdened. Of this I am sure, body. Truly thankful shall I be if these few remarks that until I witnessed the scenes of his dying bed, I shall lead any brother in the ministry, or any private had not the most remote conception that such a case Christian, to seek to do what in their power lies to of deplorable ignorance could have been found in lead some such characters as that now brought before our own highly favoured land. On inquiring of the their notice to a saving knowledge of " the truth as it children their respective names, I found they were is in Jesus." mere cant words. It was obvious they had not been baptised, nor, although one was apparently ten, and the other eight years of age, for they could give no
The Cabinet. account of themselves, had they, as might be supposed, The Ark of God in DANGER. --The people proany notions of religion. They were sent to the work- faned the ark [when it was carried by Hoplini and house of the parish, where every attention was paid Phinehas to the camp of Israel, about to fight with to them. They were speedily baptised, a subscription the Philistines].
Who bade them send to Shiloh for was raised in their behalf; and it may be satisfactory it, and take it from its holy secrecy there into the to know, that through the kindness of a neighbouring tumult of a camp? The Lord had commanded Moses squire, they were, in process of time, apprenticed, and that it should be kept in the secret place of bis that both boy and girl have turned out extremely tabernacle ;" but now, to answer their earthly purposes
. well. Bob Smith was indefatigable in giving them the command of God is to be set aside, the sacredness instruction. Perhaps it is not presumptuous to trace, of the holy of holies to be violated, a battle-field en in the removal of their father, a kind and a gracious become the dwelling-place of the ark of God. And purpose. We dare not scan the dispensations of un- the priests of God consented to this. The two sons erring Wisdom: but, unquestionably, we are led to of Eli, who had the charge of it, seem to have carried suppose, that had their father lived, he would have it to the camp without the least reluctance. If, therebrought them up in his own vicious course of life. On fore, a time should ever come in England when our
people or rulers shall care less for the Gospel than misdeeds and bad deserts ; but thanksgiving includes they care for their own glory or power ; when God's nothing uneasy or unpleasant, nothing but the memory Church in England shall be given up into the hands and sense of exceeding goodness.-Barrow. of those who hate it; when men, who ought to shield
SCRIPTURE DIFFICULTIES.- In places of dark and it from harm, and are pledged by their office and solemn oaths to do so, shall cast it to any who will
ambiguous meaning, it is sufficient if we religiously
admire, acknowledge, and confess, maintaining neither take it, and allow them to do with it whatsoever they will-let such a time come, and then there will indeed
side, reprobating neither side, but rather recalling be cause to tremble for the ark of God. It is under
ourselves from such bold presumption. To under
stand belongs to Christ, the Author of our faith ; to us valued, it is profaned, and God will not bear this : it is in danger of being lost. Rev. C. Bradley's Series of of knowledge, nor knowledge of antiquity, nor sharp
is sufficient the glory of believing. It is not depth Practical Sermons.
ness of wit, nor authority of councils, can settle the THE CROSS. There are ever men, to whom all the restless conceits that possess the minds of many doubtways of heaven are grievous; whom nothing pleases ing Christians. Only to ground our faith on the but the vain offspring of their own proud minds. To plain, incontrovertible text of Scripture, and to wait these, it is to be expected, “ the cross of Christ” will and pray for the coming of our Lord,- this shall yet be “ foolishness." From the doctrine of their compose our waverings, and give final rest unto our depravity; from the mysterious nature of Christ; and souls.-Hales. from their own views of the character of the Deity, they will attempt to raise a scorn upon the sufferings of the Redeemer for our salvation. But shall our
Poetry. faith, which rests upon the fullest evidences of the
" THE ANCHOR OF HOPE"--AN truth of the Gospel, be shaken by the cavils of speculative men? Shall we, who have found, in the doc
ASPIRATION. trines of Christ, that rest for our spirits which they
Hebrews, vi. 19, 20. need, quit it because it presents to us wonders which surpass our comprehension? There is, indeed, some
Tuat hope be mine! that anchor of the soul, thing in our redemption through the blood of Christ,
Stedfast and sure, howe'er life's billows roll; which fills us with amazement. The apostle styles it, Which, grappling fast its unseen ground, doth lie the “mystery" of the cross. And what is not myste- Deep in the ocean of eternity; rious with which we are acquainted? Can we more And binds us to that blest and boundless shore, clearly discern the wisdom of the arrangements for our present subsistence; or the mercy of the Deity in
Where the great Captain, landed safe before, the miseries with which the earth is filled ? Badly,
Now waits to welcome home each wave-worn bark : then, must it become us to doubt the expediency of -Oh, be that hope my anchor, heaven my mark ! the means which the Most High hath chosen for our salvation. Whether any other way might have been devised for man's deliverance ; why the expiatory
AUTUMN. sacrifice was deferred to so late a period ; whether the Rep o'er the forest peers the setting sun, sufferings of the Saviour might not have been dispensed with, or diminished,- it is not our business to
The line of yellow light dies fast away, inquire. It is enough for us to know, that those
That crown'd the eastern copse; and chill and dun things which God had before shewed by the mouth of Falls on the moor the brief November day. all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. Consider, then, ye doubtful, the evidences
Now the tired hunter winds a parting note, which encompass you; that “we are born in sin, and And Echo bids good night from every glade : are the children of wrath.". Reflect how imperfect, Yet wait awhile, and see the calm leaves float with all your efforts and attainments, is the purity and Each to his rest beneath their parent shade. virtue of your character. Contemplate yourselves as going into the presence of the infinitely holy and How like decaying life they seem to glide! awfully just God, and ask yourselves, if you have not And yet no second spring have they in store ; need of a Mediator with him; of something more than But where they fall forgotten to abide, your own merits to propitiate his favour. But turn
Is all their portion, and they ask no more. from the Son, whom he hath set forth as your Redeemer, and to whom else will you go? Will you make Soon o'er their heads blithe April airs shall sing; atonement for your own transgressions ?
Ah ! where
A thousand wild flowers round them shall unfold; with will you make it?
Look back and see, everywhere, the indications which man has given of his
The green buds glisten in the dews of spring, sense of the need of an expiation of his guilt. See, in
And all be vernal rapture as of old. the thousand libations and the ten thousand sacrifices, with which he hath sought to propitiate his God, his
Unconscious they in waste oblivion lie,want of something more than his own virtue to com- In all the busy world of busy life around mend him to his Maker; his want of something more No thought of them; in all the bounteous sky than his sorrow to turn away the wrath of the Most
No drop for them of kindly influence found. High. Rejoice, then, that God hath condescended to provide for the world a sacrifice, which would be Man's portion is to die and rise again, acceptable in his sight, whose blood would be of
Yet he complains; while these unmurmuring part sufficient value and efficacy to take away sin. Under your consciousness of the wounds of the serpent, for
With their sweet lives, as pure from sin and stain the healing of which, Jesus, by Divine appointment, is
As his when Eden held his virgin heart. lifted up upon the cross,
“ look to him, and be ye And haply half-unblamed his murmuring voice saved, all the ends of the earth."— Bishop Dehon.
Might sound in heaven, were all his second life THANKSGIVING.–Other duties of devotion have only the first renew'd—the heathen's choice, something laborious in them, something disgustful to A round of listless joy and weary strife. our sense. Prayer minds us of our wants and imperfections ; confession induces a sad remembrance of our
• From Grinfield's Sacred Poems.