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walk in the steps of our Lord, and “ to follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth." Which that we may be able to do, do thou, o blessed Redeemer, draw us — draw us by the cords of thy love-draw us by the sense of thy goodness-draw us by the incomparable worth and excellency of thy person-draw us by the unspotted purity and beauty of thy example--draw us by the merit of thy precious death, and by the power of thy Holy Spirit," draw us," good Lord, " and we shall run after thee."--Dr. Isaac Barrow.
The Burden or Sin.-As it happened to the paralytic man, so does it happen to us. When Christ had said to him, " Thy sins are forgiven thee; arise and walk," he arose and took up his bed, and went to his home. Thus we too are naturally palsied and lame and halt with sin; but when Jesus says to us, “ Repent, and your sins shall be forgiven,” we too are strengthened and encouraged to arise and walk in the paths of righteousness. We leave our burden of sin behind us, and take up our bed, and carry it along with us; that is, in our duty we find our rest. Let none of you say within himself, “ This is all very well for gross and open sinners; but it does not apply to decent, well-behaved persons, such as I am." "Remember that a man may sleep upon his burden instead of carrying it; and then to be sure he does not feel it. Yes, he may so sleep, and may even dream that he is moving onward; but he who moves only in a dream will not make much way. Besides, his dream must come to an end; he must awake at last. Does not St. John tell us, that " If a man say he has no sin, he deceives himself, and the truth is not in him?" Does not St. James say, * In many things we all offend ?" Surely these texts are plain enough. He who has never felt the burden of his sins, and his need of pardon, will do well to ponder and consider them. Want of feeling is no proof of life and health, but the contrary.—Rev. A. W. Hare.
Though not the Bridegroom, at his voice,
Amidst the earthliness of life,
All meet as brethren, mix as friends ; Nature her general groan suspends ; No cares, no sin-born labourers tire; E'en the poor brutes thou bidst respire : 'Tis almost as, restor'd awhile, Earth had resum'd her Eden-smile. I love thy call of earthly bells, As on my waking ear it swells; I love to see thy pious train Seeking in groups the solemn fane : But most I love to mingle there In sympathy of praise and prayer, And listen to that living word Which breathes the Spirit of the Lord ; Or at thy mystic table placed Those eloquent mementos taste Of thee, thou suffering Lamb divine, Thy soul-refreshing bread and wine ; Sweet viands, kindly given to 'suage The faintness of the pilgrimage !
Sever'd from Salem, while unstrung
But if on earth, so calm, so blest,
BY CHARLES BAYLY.
(For the Church of England Magazine.) When amiction casts o'er us her mantle of grief,
And sorrow and pain waste our spirits away, In Jesus alone can the heart find relief,
To Jesus with patient devotion can pray. Thou, Lord, wilt not suffer the penitent's cry
Unheard to ascend from his tear-moisten'd bed ; For thou in the moment of anguish art nigh
To all who to seek thee in earnest are led. 0, when fainting from pain we insensibly sink,
Let thy arm bear us up, and refresh us again; From thy fountain of grace, dearest Lord, may we
drink, Then to live will be pleasure, to die will be gain. And when these frail bodies to dust we resign,
And our spirits soar back to their glorified Lord, Cloth'd anew in immortal effulgence to shine,
Let thy love be through ages eternal ador’d.
SUNDAY. RETURN, thou wish'd and welcome guest, Thou day of holiness and rest; The best, the dearest of the seven, Emblem and harbinger of heaven:
no parent can
Where all is holy bliss, that knows
expressions, are constantly occasioned by the pestiNor imperfection nor a close ;
lent practice of gaming. Even gain at first may bring Where that innumerable throng
to the winner ruinous losses afterwards, as it excites Of saints and angels mingle song;
a spirit of covetousness to gain more, and in that
endeavour every thing is often lost. Where, wrought with hands, no temples rise, have the least confidence in a child, nor master in a For God himself their place supplies ;
servant, when this pernicious and ruinous babit, the Nor priests are needed in th' abode
love of play, as it is called, is once formed in the Where the whole hosts are priests to God!
mind. It has tempted many to supply themselves Think what a Sabbath there shall be,
with money for the gaming-table by robbing their
masters; or some other mode of fraud has been The Sabbath of eternity!
invented and practised, which at length has been Rev. T. GRINFIELD.
detected, and ihe delinquent has fallen into deep distress, and perhaps under condign punishment.
Many horrible suicides in high life have been the Miscellaneous.
effect of losses at the gaming-house. Those who St. Spiridione.*—The principal church, or rather acquire an inclination for gaming will find little the cathedral of Corfu, which contains the relics of St. inclination for business. The disposition for the one Spiridione, is superbly ornamented and enriched with is quite the opposite to that for the other. Caution, many valuable paintings. There, too, the body of the frugality, modesty, self-denial, strict honesty in word saint is preserved entire within a shrine ; and although and deed, must all meet together to form a respecthe died in Cyprus seven hundred years ago, his flesh able tradesman; but the very reverse of all these at this day yields to the touch. This valuable treasure good qualities belong to the gamester. He soon is deposited in a silver coffin set with precious stones; becomes extravagant, fraudulent, licentious, and inand the Corfiots assert that the Venetians made many temperate in every thing. He, therefore, that would efforts to remove the body to Venice, and were only not expose himself to shame, punishment, and ruin, prevented by the miraculous interposition of the saint must be careful not to spend his time in cards, dice, himself. It is well known that fanaticism attained a billiards, &c. “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be lamentable height during Venetian domination in these diminished; but he that gathereth by labour shall islands, when the superstitious bent the knee but too increase" (Prov. xiii. 11). Let my young reader, often at the shrine of Spiridione. It was then ima. therefore, avoid all such company as may lead to this gined that money, jewels, and worldly riches, were deadly evil of gaming, as he would avoid offending esteemed by the saint, and would procure his inter- God. Obtain all that you spend in an honest way, cession in heaven for the repentant sinner. This led and not by the loss or the pain of others, as you to the accumulation of vast treasures in the cathedral would stand high in the credit and esteem of your of this little island city. On Spiridione's festival-day, master, and enjoy a quiet, peaceful conscience. No the wretched remains of the saint, if a fragment of the money will wear well that is not gotten honestly, original body could remain, are taken from the shrine, placed in a glass case resembling a sedan-chair, and
INTOXICATION.--If we may justly condemn that borne in procession through the principal streets.
powerful body of men professing themselves to be The face is placed sufficiently close to the front of Christians, who, with whatever motives, and under the case to admit distinct observation, and presents a
whatever mistaken views, make a trade of idolatry, and miserable, nay, contemptible exhibition, calculated to
raise a large annual income by the profits of pilgrimdeceive those, and those only, over whom a victory is
ages to the temple of Juggernaut, and the maintenance
of other cruel and licentious rites of paganism, (and no triumph. Returning to the cathedral, which is dedicated to the patron saint of Corfu, the body is
we trust that few disinterested men will be found to again enshrined, and all around are placed cande
defend such practices as these in this enlightened age Jabra and lamps of solid gold and silver-offerings of
and country,)-then assuredly that government will not fanaticism, superstition, and bigotry, that have been
be held guiltless, who, professing to deprecate the made there from time to time.
misery and depravity of the lower orders, and to uphold
the laws and religion of the country, yet act in such a GAMBLING.T-Games of mere chance with dice, or
manner as to afford encouragement to that very vice, with cards, or other things, in which money is won or which is confessedly the parent of almost every other lost merely by play, have been viewed by all sober
offence against religion and morality; who také under minded men as a most pernicious pleasure; and very their protection those receptacles of the wicked and severe laws have been enacted to prevent, or
depraved of both sexes, the beer-shops and jerry.shops punish public gambling, even in respect of the no
of the country; and foster, by their legislation, the bility and gentry. One of the articles of the appren- growth of those stately temples of iniquity, the gintice's indenture expressly forbids the practice, under palaces of the metropolis. Mr. Pownall, a highly the penalty of losing the freedom of the city. Gam
respectable magistrate of the county of Middlesex, bling is an offence, from its consequences, of a very informs us, that no less than 3000 children, under the grievous nature against God, your employers, and age of fourteen, were committed for crimes, arising out yourselves. It is a sad waste of time, and is a source of drunkenness, during the last two years; and when we of distraction to the mind. It leads people to become learn, from the same authority, that there are at preconnected with swindlers of every description, and it sent not less than 45,738 beer-shops in the country, promotes idleness, theft, and sensuality of all sorts, as
well may we shudder at the awful system of demoraliit generally associates itself with the most profligate sation which is thus carrying on under the licence, habits. One person can only gain as another loses; and, so far at least, with the sanction, of governand therefore deceit, and evil tempers, and bad ment.-Whytehead's Claims of Christian Philanthropy.
• From “The Shores and Islands of the Mediterranean; a Series of Views from Nature, with Descriptions." By the Rev. G. N. Wright, M.A. 4to. Fisher, London and Paris.-- About London: Published by JAMES BURNS, 17 Portman Street, eight parts of this very interesting work are published; the en- Portman Square; W. EDWARDS, 12 Ave Maria Lane, St. gravings are beautiful, and thic descriptions good. We recom- Paul's; and to be procured, by order, of all Booksellers in Town mend it to our readers' favourable notice.
and Country. + From “ Affectionate Advice to Apprentices," &c. By Rev. H. G. Watkins, Rector of St. Swithin, London-stope. Sceleys. -This is an excellent little work, and especially deserving the attention of masters and apprentices.
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THE SAVIOUR'S ABODE WITH HIS PEOPLE.
OF THE UNITED
ALTHOUGH We can never expect to be blessed with the company of the Saviour in the same way as the disciples, the chosen companions of his earthly ministry, yet there is a sense in which each one of us may participate in the like blessed privilege. "Behold," says Jesus, "I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and sup with him, and he with me." Here he voluntarily offers to take up his abode with those who are ready to give him admittance. Although ascended up on high, he will condescend to enter the dwellings of every one desirous of his presence. And what a privilege is this, to know that he will take up his abode with so rebellious a creature as man! But how is this effected? The Holy Spirit is the agent employed upon this errand of mercy. In one of his last conversations with the disciples, Jesus encouraged them by the promise, "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth." And on another occasion he declared, "It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.' While on earth, Jesus instructed the disciples himself, as we find from his intercessory prayer: "While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name." But when he had accomplished his part in the scheme of man's redemption, then the task of rendering
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the great sacrifice effectual, and of carrying on the work which he had commenced, was left to the Holy Spirit. The Father had devised the scheme for man's rescue; the Son carried that scheme into execution; and the Holy Ghost undertook to prosecute the great work thus begun. Hence, in the apostolic writings, we always find the Holy Ghost spoken of as abiding in the Church, both collectively and individually, overruling and directing every thing connected with the body of Christ. Thus St. Paul, when comparing the Jewish and Christian dispensations, and shewing the superiority of the latter, uses this expression, "How shall not the ministration of the Spirit be rather glorious?" that is, how much more glorious is that dispensation which is one of life, and under the guidance and superintendence of the Spirit of God, than that which was one of death, and written and engraven on stones! And the same apostle, when speaking of what he calls "the mystery of Christ," tells the Ephesians, that in other ages it was not made known unto the sons of men, "as it is now revealed unto the holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit." Here, then, in these two quotations, we find instances of the abiding of the Spirit in the Church collectively: and it is a wondrous thought, to consider that, although unseen by mortal eye, there yet remains in the Church, and pervading every part of it, this Divine Agent, ever ready to put forth his influences in any way that may be beneficial to the whole. But he abides also with us individually; and this is what we are at present more concerned with; "Know ye not," says St. Paul, "that your bodies are the temples of the Holy Ghost?" And again;
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“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, | infused into the soul, or by what means that if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you." is accomplished; I am only speaking of the And the same apostle writes—"But if the general principle inculcated by Christ, and Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the enforced by his apostles, ---that a change of dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ heart is necessary, and that it can only be from the dead shall also quicken your mor- produced by the influences of the Divine tal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you." Spirit. When, then, a reception is given to So numerous are the passages bearing upon the visits of the Comforter, and we grieve this subject, that it would be easy to multiply him not, it will be found that a desire after them indefinitely; but those that have been holiness and conformity to the character of brought forward are sufficient to shew that God is produced : and whereas formerly the the Holy Spirit dwells in the hearts of indi- man had no wishes but those which are vidual Christians. Now, as there are three bounded by this present passing scene, he Persons in the unity of the Divine essence, now possesses a taste for holier and more and as they are nevertheless but one eternal sublime gratifications, even those which enand everlasting God, it follows, that what is gage the attention of the holy angels and of said to be done by one Person, is, in a mea
a God himself
. To be like God, is his most sure, also the act of the other two : so that earnest desire; and he can enter into the senwhen we are told that the Holy Spirit dwells timent of the Psalmist, when he said, · As in the heart, we at the same time know that the hart panteth after the water-brooks, so the Son dwells there likewise. And thus, panteth my soul after thee, O God." To then, does he abide with us, and though not such an one sin will become a burden, from visible to sight, as he was to the disciples at which he will desire to free himself, and, as Emmaus, yet it will most assuredly be found, it were, to shake it off from him; and by when a welcome is given to his approach, the influences of the Holy Spirit constantly that to such he will certainly “go in, and granted, he will be enabled to subdue sin tarry with them.”
more and more, and continually to increase Various are the happy results arising from in holiness. For, let it be remarked, that the abiding of Jesus by his Spirit in the the work of this Divine Agent is a graheart of man. Among others
be dual one; and as the world which we inhabit tioned, the excitement of " a desire after occupied the six days of creation before it holiness,” and “the renewal of our corrupt was completed, so also is it with the regenature. When the Holy Spirit really in- neration of the soul : and therefore St. Paul fluences the soul, he produces in it a wish speaks of being "changed into the same for conformity to the divine likeness. Natu- image, from glory to glory, even as by the rally, we well know that this is not the case. Spirit of the Lord.” There are various deAny other object, rather than that of the will grees in the divine life; and perhaps there are of God, engages our attention. No man, but few Christians, comparatively, who can unless his heart is renewed by the all-pow- with sincerity express a wish with the aposerful influences of the Holy Ghost, can an- tles, “ to depart and to be with Christ, which swer the description given by our Saviour of is far better." Such a state of mind is not hungering and thirsting after righteousness. easily attainable; and it is not usually till We desire the objects of worldly attraction, after years of walking with God, that men -the gains, the honours, and the amusements are brought to feel as St. Paul did. The of time; but we have no power to set our highest standard, indeed, is that at which we affections on things above : we cannot walk ought to aim: and if the Holy Spirit is inby faith and not by sight; we cannot shake fluencing our hearts to any saving purpose, off the trammels of flesh and sense, and rise we shall not be satisfied to remain stationary to the contemplation of heavenly things, and in the divine life; we shall daily aspire after hold communion with the Father and with a greater likeness to God; ever bearing in his Son Jesus Christ. No natural powers, mind the precept of our Saviour, "Be ye no high intellect, no extraordinary acquire therefore perfect, even as your Father which ments, can produce this ; for we too fre- is in heaven is perfect." But, at the same quently find men blessed with every advan- | time, while we cannot fix our standard of tage of this nature, total strangers to the perfection too high, let not any one despond, character of true religion. This is a doctrine because he cannot as yet attain to that state plainly declared by our Saviour, when he of holiness which he sees to have been gained tells us, “ Ye must be born again ;" that is, by others. If, I would say to such a person, we must be born with different feelings, and you are striving against sin, and to keep different desires, to those which we bring down the corrupt propensities of your nature, into the world with us at our natural birth. in whatever those propensities may consistI stop not to inquire when the Holy Spirit is if you are endeavouring to follow the example
of your Saviour, however humbly, and at how- , with thirteen passengers and servants, making fortyever great a distance,—then be assured that six souls. They had experienced light and variable the Holy Spirit is truly abiding in your heart,
winds; and on the morning of the 27th September
were in latitude nine degrees thirty minutes south, and will, by degrees, subdue in you what is and seventy-six degrees east, with fine weather, having repugnant to God's holy will; and will carry that morning found themselves in the south-east trades, you forward to that land of blessedness, where
to the steady course of which their eventual preserva.
tion is to be attributed. there will be no more sin, and where we shall
At four o'clock in the morning of the 27th Sept. be like Jesus ; for we shall see him as he is. the officer of the watch reported to the captain that Such, then, is one happy result produced by faint lines of smoke were seen occasionally issuing the abode of the Holy Spirit in the heart.
from the fore-hatches ; a discovery which does not appear to have occasioned the least apprehension of what was to be the result. A portion of the cotton
had been embarked in a wet state, the Eldon having NARRATIVE OF THE LOSS OF THE SHIP loaded in Bombay in the rains; and Captain Theaker “ ELDON" (Capt. E. Tasaker),
appears to have at once adopted and acted on the Destroyed by fire in the Indian Ocean, Sept. 271h, 1834.
impression, that it was merely a chemical process in BY DR. R. HARTLEY KENNEDY, Bombay Presidency.*
the injured cotton, of damp-rot and self-combustion ;
and he had heard of such cases, in which the affected Tue inscrutable dispensations of Providence, by which bales" had been promptly discovered and thrown our lives are checquered with such varieties of fortune, board. will no doubt have their full and sufficient explana- The first tier of cotton bales which could be got up tion in another and a better world : the veil is not to were perfectly clean and untouched, and were piled be removed here, and we can only submit to whatever upon the decks; but during this process the smoke befalls us—too happy if able to exercise those virtues was increasing; and at half-past seven, Capt. Theaker wbich adorn human nature, and mingle with its infir- sent to request Major Hart and the passengers to mities some faint traces of its divine origin and its assemble on the quarter-deck, and made them acdestined immortality.
quainted with the situation of the cargo. No alarm The destruction of the ship Eldon by fire, in the whatever was expressed or felt; his appearance and midst of the Indian Ocean, at the tempestuous period manners were in no respects altered. A very laborious of the equinox, and upwards of a thousand miles from examination of the cargo was the worst that he apprethe nearest attainable land, was a calamity whiclı
hended ; and his communication with the passengers ordinary foresight or care could have prevented. The was to prevent alarm, not to warn them of danger. singular preservation of every individual of the crew So perfectly cool and collected were all parties, that and passengers, of whom four were females, and one a they went to breakfast as quietly as usual; the men, howchild of five months, was almost a miraculous instance ever, were requested by the captain to make the most of what the human frame is capable of enduring, and of the present opportunity, as they had a hard day's also of what it is capable of performing, when aided work before them, and many hours might elapse ere by unbroken spirits, good sense, and firm virtuous they could enjoy another " comfortable meal." He determination to hope and work to the last. Under little dreamt of the prophetic truth of the warning, the mercy of God, it was solely accomplished by the
which his natural and usual kindness induced him to exemplary conduct of every individual of the party; deliver as the men were proceeding to their food. and the unshaken nerve, self-possession, and skill, of After breakfast the fore-hatches were opened, and the worthy captain, an English sailor of the true the cotton removed with great expedition to the British class-quiet, conciliatory, and kind to his men, deck ; but in about an hour and a half, the smoke, when all was well; and firm, active, keen, intelligent, which from the first had continued rapidly increasing, and not to be dispirited, when the occasion required became so dense, that the men could no longer work unusual exertion. What might have occurred, had below, and the after-hatches were opened to permit any single individual forgotten his duty, or bad the its escape. At this period the captain crept in as far excellent head been unequal to his, would be frightful as was practicable, betwixt the bales and lading, in to contemplate. Happily these evils were spared to the direction where the smoke issued, and appears to the poor sufferers; and their eventful history conveys have then first conjectured the extent of the mischief, the instructive lesson of what may be performed by and its possible consequences. All the hatches were virtuous energy, struggling against all dangers, and closed down to prevent the current of air; a hole was overcoming all difficulties, even in their worst form cut through the deck near the main-mast, and water and most strange combinations. It is indeed a lesson poured down; and orders were quietly given to prewhich should not be lost; it forms a bright passage pare the boats, as a precautionary measure, should the in the delineation of character, and in the history of worst befall them. mind; and is au example and beacon for future suf- About twelve o'clock, when the boats were partly ferers, how to hope, and how to labour, that they may prepared, the captain resumed the now dangerous task not only survive to recite another like history of of subduing the fire; the main hatch was first opened, energy and success, but may deserve and enjoy the which, on removing its cover of tarpaulin, was discoapprobation of their own consciences, and the admira- vered to be lifted up four inches by the force of the tion and applause of their friends and countrymen. steam. On approaching the fire in this direction, the
The Eldon, Captain Edward Theaker, sailed from extent to which it had proceeded, and the length of Bombay on the 24th August, 1834, bound to the Cape time it must have been in progress, were ascertained. of Good Hope and London. Her burden was rated On attempting to remove the burning bales of cotton, under 600 tons admeasurement; but she was actually it was found that all the lasbings were consumed, and laden with nearly 1,000 tons of miscellaneous cargo, any handling of them only increased the evil by shaking consisting of Bombay black-wood, ebony, gums, drugs, them loose; others again were totally burnt through, rice, and cotton: the heavy goods below, and the and were a mere mass of tinder, into which the men cottons above, piled up to touching the main-deck, could thrust their arms unopposed. During this hour, and crowded to the utmost she could stow.
the heat and smoke continued increasing, and the copsisted of the captain, three mates, the surgeon, and urgent duty of procuring provisions, water, and other twenty-eight men and apprentices-total, thirty-three; necessaries for the boats, became a painful and hazard• Extracted from the Canterbury Journal.
ous labour. At one o'clock, the female passengers