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Of the value of such consolation, all of us can form believe are said to be given by the Father to the Son some conception; but they only can truly estimate it as the purchase of his sufferings. " All that the who have been actually placed in a situation to expe- Father giveth me shall come to me; and whosoever rience all its efficacy. Are there any such here? Are cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out;" " of those there any who have hung in despair over the death- whom thou hast given me, have I lost none." God bed of him they loved; have gazed on his wasted and must be,-he was, and ever will be,--the Author of anxious countenance caught his last glance, fondly every good and perfect gift; and, amongst these, gifts turned on them ; seen his pale lips move, wishing, but of faith. “ Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by unable, to utter the accents of love and consolation; the word of God. As then by one man's disobedience watching his faint attempt to smile, to express resig- many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one nation, and impart comfort; felt the chill and feeble shall many be made righteous." Lay the whole of pressure of his hand, striving to assure them, that the Scripture together, as it speaks of the efficacy of the heart, in which the last pulse is beating, still feels the Redeemer's sacrifice for sin, and you will find that he warmth of affection ;-if there be any here who have offers you this greatest and best of gifts, salvation, known the agonising feelings of the human soul at without money and without price. In this manner this trying moment, to them I appeal; them I call " the love of Christ will constrain you to be obedient, upon to estimate the value of the " hope that is in because you will thus judge, that if one died for all, Christ Jesus.” What can console, what can support then were all dead;" you will rejoice in a new printhem through this heart-rending scene? What but ciple of life thus conferred upon you; you will rememthat holy religion, whose "still small voice” is gra- ber that he died, that they whi live should not dually heard amidst the fiercest conflict of the passions, henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him that wliich whispers “Weep not!" Jesus Christ is “the died for them and rose again. - Rev. R. P. Beachcroft. resurrection and the life;" he raised the widow's son ; he will raise him whom ye mourn; ye part not for ever. Ye may meet again in a world where “all tears
Poetry. shall be wiped away;" and where hearts, united in the bonds of affection, shall never again be torn asunder.
CHARITY. These are some of the consolations which belong to “Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and have not those who have hope in Christ Jesus. These are, I
charity, it profiteth me nothing."-1 Cor. xiii. 4. say, some of the consolations; for in every situation
BY THE REV. E. B. WERE. of life, in which consolation or encouragement can be required, it may be derived from hope. Frequently,
(For the Church of England Magazine then, habitually, reflect upon that glorious resurrec- O FAIREst of the sisterhood tion, which is the assurance and the first-fruits of our resurrection. Call to mind the unspeakable love
Of graces heavenly, fair, and good ! of that gracious Redeemer, by whose sufferings and
Image of God, celestial birth, sacrifice this blessed hope was purchased for us. Let
Sent down to bless our wretched earth, the remembrance of these mercies accompany us in Dear Charity, I love thy name, every scene, in every situation of this eventful life.
And fain would burn with thy seraphic flame. Let it not be lost even amidst the anxious cares and the urgent duties of our respective stations in the Thou dost the bosom sweetly warm, world ; let it be ever present, to excite us to shew And art of life the hidden charm; forth the praises of our merciful Lord, “not only with
Thou art the source of sacred joy, our lips, but in our lives.” And, above all, let it occupy our thoughts, whensoever we join the congre
Of pleasures pure without alloy; gation of our fellow-Christians, whether to lift up our
Thou art the bliss of saints above,voice in prayer and in praise, or to approach the altar They dwell in God, and God himself is love. in grateful commemoration of Christ's death, and of the inestimable benefits which he has conferred upon
Where'er thy footsteps touch the ground, us. Those especially who have known griefs such as Thou scatterest peace and blessing round; we have alluded to, and have experienced the consola- The sick and wretched hail thy feet, tion of this hope; those whose tears have been wiped And old and young thy presence greet; away, and whose sorrows have been healed ; let those
Wide-open stands each cottage-door ever preserve the recollection of these things when they kneel at the Lord's table. Then let the influence
To welcome thee, the guardian of the poor. of this recollection have its fullest sway. The heart Thou dwell'st not with the haughty crowd, that was once bursting with grief, let it now swell
Who boast their alms and offerings proud; with gratitude; the eyes that were dim with tears, let
The ostentatious sacrifice them now beam with faith and joy; the voice that was broken with sobs, be it now raised in the accents
Shall find no favour in thine eyes; of praise; the hands that were clasped in despair, The humble man is thy delight, be they now uplifted in hope; the knees that once Giving for love of God his last poor mite. sunk beneath the pressure of a broken spirit, be they now bent in holy reverence, in heartfelt devotion. I see thy cheek bedew'd with tears, Behold, Jesus still bids us, "Weep not! weep not!" Not for thine own, but others' fears ; “ for the Lord is risen indeed" (Luke xxiv. 34). At sorrow's call I see thee fly * Christ is risen from the dead, and become the first
On wings of tend'rest sympathy; fruits of them that slept" (1 Cor. xv. 20). "Weep not," then; but "praise the Lord, O my soul; and all
Like Him, indeed, from whom thou art, that is within me, praise his holy name."-Rev. Dr.
Thou com'st to bind and heal the broken heart. Molesworth.
I see thee by the bed of death CONSTRAINING INFLUENCE OF The Love of Christ.
Cheering with hope the parting breath ; - Salvation is every where promised to faith in that
I see thee in the squalid shed Saviour who has purchased this blessing for a lost world; and faith, if it be the saving faith of the Gos
Feeding pale penury with bread, pel, will be fruitful in every good word and work.
And comforting the mourner's breast ; Faith is said to be the gift of God; and they who Blessed thyself in making others blest.
I see thee on the ocean stand,
Almost every mosque, sebee'l (or public fountain), and Bidding farewell to native land,
hho'd (or drinking-place for cattle) in the metropolis About to brave the tempest's roar,
has a kootta'b (or school) attached to it, in which
children are instructed for a very trifling expense ; For some far-distant, barb'rous shore ;
the sheykh or fick'ee (the master of the school) Bearing to many a heathen race
receiving from the parent of each pupil half a piaster The blessed news afar of Gospel-grace.
(about five farthings of our money), or something
more or less, every Thursday. The master of a Oh! may thy banner be unfurl'd,
school attached to a mosque or other public buildAnd float in love o'er all the world
ings in Cairo also generally receives yearly a turboo'sh, Our sinful world, which, without thee,
a piece of white muslin for a turban, a piece of linen, Were one wide waste of misery!
and a pair of shoes; and each boy receives, at the 'Tis thou alone cau'st heal our woes,
same time, a linen skull-cap four or five cubits of
cotton cloth, and perhaps half a piece (ten or twelve And make the desert blossom as the rose.
cubits) of linen, and a pair of shoes, and, in some cases, lialf a piaster or a piaster. These presents are
supplied by funds bequeathed to the school, and are Miscellaneous.
given in the month of Ram'ada’n. The boys attend INFLUENCE OF Mental EMOTION on Health.-It only during the hours of instruction, and then return is well known that the depressing emotions of fear,
to their homes. The lessons are generally written despair, &c. produce a liability to disease in circum- upon tablets of wood, painted white; and when one stances otherwise harmless. For example: persons lesson is learnt, the tablet is washed, and another is who entertain great apprehension of the cholera are written. They also practise writing upon the same very likely to be seized by it; and it is the same with tablet. The schoolmaster and his pupils sit upon the other diseases. Sir George Ballingall, in his valuable ground, and each boy bas his tablet in his hands, or a work on Military Surgery, states about five per cent copy of the Koran, or of one of its thirty sections, on as the usual portion of sick in garrison healthily and a little kind of desk of palm-sticks. All who are favourably situated; while during a campaign it is ten learning to read recite their lessons aloud, at the per cent. But such are the beneficial effects of suc- same time rocking their leads and bodies incessantly cess and cheerfulness, that in the French army, after
backwards and forwards; which practice is observed the battle of Austerlitz, there were only 100 invalids by almost all persons in reading the Koran, being in a divisions of 8000, or only one in eighty.—Curtis on thonght to assist the memory. The noise may be Ilealtn.
imagined. The boys first learn the letters of the Tue Holy Land.—No carriages of any description
alphabet; next, the vowel-points and other orthoor horses being in this country, we travelled on mules,
graphical marks; and then the numerical value of which were of so much service here in the early ages
each letter of the alphabet. Previously to this third (2 Sam. xiii. 29; 1 Kings, i. 33; Judges, X. 4; 2 Sam.
stage of the pupil's progress, it is customary for the xvi. 2); they had no saddles or stirrups, but cloths, or
master to ornament the tablet with black and red ink, the Arab jackets thrown on their backs (Ex. xxii. 27;
and green paint, and to write upon it the letters of Matt. ii. 1). We had in large sacks our bedelothes,
the alphabet in the order of their respective numerical provisions (Joshua, ix. 11), culinary articles, with
values, and convey it to the father, who returns it water in vessels like bladders, which have the property
with a piaster or two placed upon it. The like is also of distending, and resembling a bottle (Gen. xxi. 14;
done at several subsequent stages of the boy's proJudg. xliv. 1-3); these are made of skin, chiefly of a red
gress, as when he begins to learn the Koran, and six colour (Ex. xxv. 5; Joshua, ix. 4), but often black
or seven times as he proceeds in learning the sacred with smoke from being hung up in houses (Ps. cxix.
book, each time the next lesson being written on the 83); and the children of Israel used them in their
tablet. When he has become acquainted with the journey through the wilderness (Lev. xi. 32); when
numerical values of the letters, the master writes for rent, they are patched and sewed up (Joshua, ix. 4, 5):
him some simple words, as the names of men, then indeed, of such materials we find the raiment of our
the ninety-nine names or epithets of God; next the first parents was formed (Gen. iii. 21); and those
fa'i'hlialı (or opening chapter of the Koran) is written saints who wandered about were clothed in like
upon his tablet, and he reads it repeatedly, until he manner (Heb. xi. 37). On many occasions these
has perfectly committed it to memory. He then provessels burst, when wine poured into them is in a
ceeds to learn the other chapters of the Koran: after state of fermentation, confirming the truth of Scrip
the first chapter, he learns the last ; then the last but ture.- Travels of Rae Wilson, Esq.
one; next the last but two; and so on, in inverted
order, ending with the second, as the chapters in NATIONAL CHURCH.—Dr. Jarvis, of Boston, United
general successively decrease in length from the States, alluding to the provision of the federal constitu
second to the last inclusively. It is seldom that the tion for the toleration, but not the support, of Chris- master of a school teaches writing, and few boys tianity, has the following beautiful observations, illus- learn to write unless destined for some employment trative of the effects of such a system :-" The sound which absolutely requires that they should do so, in of the axe may ring through the forest; the plough which latter case they are generally taught the art of may pierce the sod which had been before undisturbed
writing, and likewise arithmetic, by a ckabba'nee, who for centuries, excepting by the hunter's tread; the
is a person employed to weigh goods in a market streams may be pent up in their narrow bed, and or bazar with the steelyard. Those who are to devote powers, not their own, given them to turn the mill
themselves to religion, or to any of the learned profeswheel, and afford nourishment and protection to man; sions, mostly pursue a regular course of study in the villages, and towns, and cities, niay spring up and
great mosque El-Az'bar.-Lane's Modern Egyptians. flourish. But while the smoke is seen to curl from many a domestic hearth, where, alas! are the altars? Where is the village-spire, pointing to heaven, and London: Published by JAMES BURNS, 17 Portman Street, telling to the distant traveller, that he is approaching
Portman Square ; W. EDWARDS, 12 Ave-Maria Lane, St. the abode of Christians, as well as of civilised men ?"
Paul's; and to be procured, by order, of all Booksellers in Town
and Country. Egyptian Schools.-Schools are very numerous, not only in the metropolis, but in every large town; and there is one at least in every considerable village.
ROBSON, LEVEY, AND FRANKLYN, 46 ST. MARTIN'S LANE.
THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE GLORY OF GOD.
his natural perfections, is the effect of inat
tention; men are ignorant, because they do BY THE Rev. J. FAWCETT, M.A.
not seek to know. As far as relates to his Perpetual Curate of St. Cuthbert's, Carlisle.
moral perfections, it is owing to the blindness I.
of their minds; they are ignorant, because Man naturally pants after knowledge : there their understandings are darkened. is a pleasure even in the pursuit of it; and That in thus speaking of man's ignorance the discovering of any thing new, or wonder of God, I may protect myself from the imful, or great, creates a delightful emotion in putation of vague and ungrounded invective, the mind. The objects of science, therefore, I shall make my appeal to every man's heart are worthy of a considerate man's pursuit. and conscience, while I state in this essay the According to his success, his labour will be fact of human ignorance, and the means by repaid, both by the satisfaction he will reap which it is to be remedied. from the knowledge itself, and by the useful I have already made a distinction between purposes to which it can be applied.
the natural and the moral attributes of God : This is known and felt; and therefore many the natural attributes being his power and are they who labour in the varied field of wisdom ; his moral attributes, his justice, knowledge ; much diligence is used, much truth, goodness, and mercy. research made, and many valuable results Now the natural attributes of God, every follow. But useful as are the contrivances man, who possesses the ordinary understandof art, and subline as are the discoveries of ing of a man, may know. Indeed, no man science, they all shrink into insignificance who will exercise his understanding can fail when compared with the knowledge of the of knowing them; they are so palpably glory of God. The most ingenious works visible in the things that are made, that of art are but the contrivances of man, and we cannot view a single object which does not to be compared with one work of God. not testify of its Maker. If we would but And though science is employed about the look into it with open eyes and attentive works of God, and makes her discoveries on minds, the whole creation is a mirror which the field of his operations,-still, what are the reflects to us the glory of its Creator; and works of God to God himself? If we do the reason why we do not see and admire not see him in his works, we lose the highest that glory is, not that we cannot perceive it, instruction which it is in their power to give. but that we do not attend to it. The world And, alas, this highest instruction very fre- is full of wonders; but is it not true that quently is lost ; for, while men would be men see them without one feeling of admirawise, and seek variety of knowledge, this tion, or one thought of their Author ? All best knowledge is overlooked ; and they see nature teems with instruction; and men have the works of God, but see not his glory in capacities to comprehend that instruction, them.
but they disregard it. It meets them at This ignorance of God, as far as relates to every turn, but they pass it without notice; VOL. VII, -NO, CLXXXVII.
(London : Robson, Levey, and Franklyn, 46 St. Martin's Lane.]
and thus while there is a voice in every thing The righteous judgments of God also must testifying of God, they remain in ignorance be manifested very obscurely in a world in of him. There is not a tree, or shrub, or which wickedness often triumphs, and innofruit, or flower, which does not proclaim the cence is oppressed ; thus a fainter light shines handiwork of its Maker ; but the greatest on these moral perfections than on the nawonder is in living beings. We admire tural attributes of wisdom and power. And mechanism; and when human ingenuity has moreover, as to the moral attributes, sin has constructed an engine so happily that it darkened our understandings and corrupted performs its operations with great power our judgments; so that here God is verily a and complete success, we are delighted with God that hideth himself; and in these things it as a work of surpassing skill ; but what our spiritual sight is very dim. Not only are is the most surprising performance of hu- we ignorant because we do not care to know, man art, compared with the meanest living but even when we do care and inquire, we creature ?
Look at the smallest bird upon are still puzzled and perplexed : hence "a the wing, or a dog running in the streets ; man cannot find out the work that is done see how easy and how successful their mo- under the sun : because though a man labour tions are ; how swiftly the one cuts through to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea the air — how rapidly the other darts along farther, though a wise man think to know it,. the ground! And their motions, so natural, yet shall he not be able to find it" (Eccles. and so completely answering their end, are viii. 17). self-exerted. No power out of themselves Is there, then, no remedy in this case ? does works these living machines; they have the there remain nothing for man but to pass his principle of motion in themselves, which they days in a fruitless search after God; and not direct, regulate, stop, or continue, at their being able to find him, to lie down in sorrow? pleasure. 0, if our hearts were right, we No; this ignorance may be remedied. If could never behold the meanest creature not wholly taken away, it may at least be in a without admiration. Familiarity must in- great measure relieved, and the glory of God deed, in some measure, weaken the emotion ; be manifested to the soul. but, on the other hand, if we often turned Here, then, at the outset, it is to be reour attention to these things, our thoughts marked, that the word of God takes away a would almost naturally run in this channel, great deal of the difficulty; and if it does not it would become habitual to us so to think remove the darkness, does very greatly mitiand feel; especially when we surveyed our gate it. The one fact of the fall, which it own bodies, and contemplated our own powers, reveals, goes a great way towards explaining we should confess that we are fearfully and the mystery. If this be a fallen world, no wonderfully made, and that the works of wonder that we see things out of order. Sin God are marvellous.
has disordered our faculties, made us imperBut what is the fact ? Do we thus see the fect judges of right and wrong; and our inglory of God in every thing? or, surrounded ordinate self-love renders us partial to ouras we are by innumerable and daily witnesses, selves ; so that we are slow to trace our sufdo we love the instruction? Can the truth be ferings to their true source, and to feel that denied, that though the works of God testify we suffer because we are evil. What revelaofahim, we receive not their testimony, but re- tion teaches, is not merely that there is such a main in our ignorance? And if such ignorance thing as sin in the world, that wickedness prevails respecting the natural attributes of does exist, or even prevail largely. The God, which are so legibly written on the very heathen knew this without revelation ; we surface of creation, that he who runs may need no revelation to tell us it—it is notorious, read them, how much deeper must be the prominent, forcing itself on our observation. ignorance respecting his moral attributes, on But the thing which revelation has taught which, we must confess, creation and provi- us is, that this sin is universal--not that there dence give no very certain sound! Here are some good and some bad ; but that the there are difficulties which have perplexed disease has spread through the whole family good men in every age. If, on the one hand, of man, and infected every individual. there are many things which shew on the Here much that is mysterious receives its part of God a disposition to make men happy, explanation. If all are sinners, no wonder there are other things of a contrary character. that even the best should suffer. Let those If there are the sun, and the rain, and the who are impatient under suffering, learn to fruitful seasons, filling men's hearts with food feel their sin; then they will submit, and and gladness, there are also the droughts and quietly bear what is laid upon them, and say, excessive rains, dearth and scarceness, some- "Wherefore doth a living man complain, a times even famines and earthquakes, in divers man for the punishment of his sins ?" (Lam. . places.
But revelation teaches more; it not only / glory, to be strengthened with might by his reveals the fall, but also makes known the Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may remedy for the fall. Here God shews him- dwell in your hearts by faith ; that ye, being self glorious in the method of salvation ; holy rooted and grounded in love, may be able to in forgiving sin ; just in the very exercise of comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, mercy. But though all this is revealed in and length, and depth, and height; and to the word, is the glory of it generally seen? know the love of Christ, which passeth knowDo not many hear of it week after week, and ledge, that ye might be filled with all the fülsee no glory in it at all ? Nay, does not ness of God" (Eph. iii. 14-19).
And our every man need to be taught by the Spirit of Lord represents this as a common privilege, God, as well as informed from his word, which he will confer on all who obediently before he can discern it! Every man who is wait on him; " He that hath my commandin earnest to save his soul, is brought to feel ments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth this. It is not enough to have the word me; and he that loveth me shall be loved of revealing Christ to the eye-there must be the my Father, and I will love him, and will maniSpirit revealing Christ to the heart.
fest myself to him" (John, xiv. 21). All good men have been convinced of this, In dependence on this promise holy men in and therefore have been instant in prayer for every age have called upon him, and havea manifestation of the divine glory. How some in a greater, others in a less, degreeearnest is the short prayer of Moses, with been favoured with manifestations of his glory. reference to a knowledge of the divine glory: The most remarkable that I have read of is “ I beseech thee, shew me thy glory" (Exod. that of Dr. Brainerd, as recorded by Edwards. xxxiii. 18). He had no written word, his Edwards was no enthusiast; nor was he slow own books, except perhaps that of Job, being to discern the symptoms of enthusiasm in the earliest; but what he had no opportunity others. Nor was the missionary Brainerd of learning from men or from books, God an enthusiast; he was a sober-minded, as could teach him; and he prays, “I beseech well as a highly spiritual and devoted Christhee, shew me thy glory." David prays often tian. This holy man, after giving an account to the same purpose: he prays to see the of a very remarkable manifestation with which power and glory of God in his sanctuary; he he was favoured, concludes in these words : prays for an experimental knowledge of God's
My soul rejoiced with joy unspeakable to glorious loving-kindness ; “Let thy mercies see such a God, such a glorious divine Being; come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salva- and I was inwardly pleased and satisfied, tion, according to thy word” (Ps. cxix. 41). that he should be God over all for ever and St. Paul had very rich discoveries of the ever. My soul was so captivated and deglory of God; but how did he obtain them? lighted with the excellency, loveliness, greatBy reading only? or hearing only ? No; ness, and other perfections of God, that I was but “God, who commanded the light to shine even swallowed up in him; at least to that out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to degree, that I had no thought (as I remember) give the light of the knowledge of the glory at first about my own salvation, and scarce of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. reflected that there was such a creature as iv. 6).
myself." But Paul, it may be said, was an apostle: was there then another way in which those who were not apostles should discern the PHILIP THE EVANGELIST, AND THE LORD same glory? Was it enough for Paul to HIGH-TREASURER OF ETHIOPIA. teach them what God had taught him?
Acts, viii. 26-40. It was something it was much ; but it By the Rev. Henry George WATKINS, M.A. was not every thing—it was not enough.
Rector of St. Swithin's, London. He therefore prays for those whom he had
No. II. taught; he prays
" that the God of our In my last paper we left the inquirer and his instructor, Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may
the reader of Isaiah and the expositor, riding in the
same chariot, on the road between Jerusalem and Gaza. give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and re
If parishioners sought more than they do interviews velation in the knowledge of him: the eyes for religious conversation with their pastors, I am sure of your understanding being enlightened; both would be more improved. It is because there is that ye may know what is the hope of his
so little of pastoral intercourse on purely Christian calling, and what the riches of the glory of of God which they hear at church ; and because so few
topics that so few understand or lay to heart the word his inheritance in the saints" (Eph. i. 17, 18). read in private the holy Scriptures and religious books, He “bows his knees unto the Father of our the little preaching that they hear does not profit them Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family
as it might. in heaven and earth is named, that he would while riding in the chariot was quite in unison with
The place of the Scripture which he was reading grant you, according to the riches of his what had very lately happened at Jerusalem ; and of