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As it regards the general subjection to God, and of comquestion we agree. You would placency in his service, I do not deem the piety of the individual see that we are justified in supwho should marry an openly posing that real religion exists. irreligious person,' as more than Knowing that it is wholly wanting questionable; the Christian who in an unrenewed heart, and reshould marry without possessing quired by God to be avowed for satisfactory evidence of piety in the honour of his majesty, by the the person of his choice, as com- person on whom he has bestowed mitting sin ; and if any member it, and that, from its natural chaof a church violates any one of racter and invariable effects, it the commands of Christ, you say can scarcely be concealed where it is the duty of his fellow-mem- it exists, the absence of its mabers to admonish and reprove nifestations goes far to prove the him.

want of the thing itself. That it The duty of admonition, &c. may be assumed where it is not on their part, of course, you re- possessed is unquestionable, but gard as enjoined upon them by this affords no ground for supthe laws of Christ, since the posing its existence where its inchurch has no authority but dications are wanting. Some of what it receives from Him. And the appearances of life may be the design of church-fellowship, counterfeited, but life itself canchurch discipline, and of every not exist without respiration and thing pertaining to it, though con- emotion. ducive, in a variety of ways, to Instead of regarding a mathe advantage of the church itself, trimonial connection with a merely (excommunication even being sa. negative character as only impru. lutary in its design, and in re- dent in an avowed Christian, viz. ference to the subject of it, a one who professes to identify his remedial measure,) has yet for highest happiness with the honour its ultimate object, the preserva. of Christ, and to have no interests tion of the honour of Christ in of his own separate from the prosthe world; this being indeed the perity of Christ's kingdom, I great end of the formation of must think it indicative of a lathe church, and the conversion of mentable and most dangerous deevery individual Christian. Now, cay of personal religion. I bewith these views, I would ob- lieve that a Christian is not at serve that it appears to me, that liberty to put himself in circuma professed Christian acts, not only stances so disadvantageous to his imprudently, (which, if I mistake progressive improvement in holinot, is your view of the case,) but, ness, usefulness, and religious in a very sinful manner, in marrying comfort; that his doing so betrays a. merely negative character.' For far more regard to his own nasuch a description of character tural inclinations than to Christ's we know is never recognized commandments; that he is bound by heaven. On the contrary, not to have no unnecessary associa. to be for Christ is declared by tion with irreligious persons, (exhimself to be against him, and cept for their advantage,) much not to love God, is to be crimi- less be inseparably “yoked' with nally disaffected towards him. one who has no sympathies And where the prevailing spirit in common with him in the most and general behaviour indicate the important of all concerns, viz. existence of no habits of mental the daily worship of God, com


munion with the saints, and the applicable to such cases; while formation of children's minds, the apostle's principle, Them tastes, and characters for eternity that sin rebuke before all, that and heaven.

others may fear,' seems to me to But with regard to the sinful. prescribe both the mode of treatness of the conduct probably we ment, and the end to be kept in are agreed. The next question is, view. how is such an offender to be My own feelings make me fully treated ? To overlook such a aware of the difficulty of this style matter, appears to me to be nearly of conduct. The difficulty, howequivalent with a participation in ever, consists, in my view, not in the guilt of the offender-it is determining the propriety of apsuffering sin unrepented of to rest plying censure, but in the incon. upon our brother—the honour of veniences resulting to the pastor Christ is allowed to be tarnished from a faithful and conscientious ground is furnished for the forma- performance of duty. Here, howtion of a low and trifling estimate ever, faith in God must sustain of the evil of sin-and the way is prepared for fresh offences. It will be said by some, such And, estimating the magnitude of measures are calculated to irritate the evil by the natural and direct and repel an individual who might consequences resulting from it, have been won over and brought does it not appear exceedingly into the church by his or her partgreat ? Is there any thing so ob- ner, if the conduct of the latter viously calculated to break down in forming the alliance had not the divine distinction between the been censured. To this I reply, church and the world to con- such a conversion I should sus. found those things which in their pect to be mere external conown natures are essentially op-formity to the conduct, and composed-to mingle things which pliance with the known wishes of God requires to be kept 'sepa- the other party. But I would rate'-and to establish a com- ask, is God likely to bless the munion' between light and dark- efforts and prayers of a person to ness ?'

Do not innumerable facts the conversion of an individual, prove that nothing so effectually with whom himself had forbidden militates against the religious edu- an alliance, and which alliance cation of children ? And is there was deliberately contracted in any thing more manifestly condu- direct and wilful opposition to his cive to the formation of that low, known will ? wretched, and delusive standard Still it will be said, perhaps, of character, which, I fear, is too by some, that severity and harshgeneral in our churches, and ness is not the spirit of Christ, which is so prejudicial to the calculated to recommend honour and increase of true reli- religion. To such I should region ?

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sharp rebukes," Upon these grounds, I think and public censures which Timosuch transactions imperatively thy and Titus (1 Tim. v. 20; call for censure.

And censure,

2 Tim. iv. 2; Tit. i. 13. ; ii. 15.) if applied at all, must be public, are directed to administer, were the offence being committed open- benevolent, both in their origin and ly. The rule which Christ gives design. Their object was the us for the treatment of private and destruction of sin, and the salpersonal offences, is manifestly in- vation of the sinner, the flesh

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was to be mortified, that the spirit by any measures that spring out might be saved.' But to feel of policy, expediency, or worldly complacency towards a sinner, is prudence. Our only hope of directly contrary to the will of being successful, as his servants, God, and would argue that our is founded upon our being obeown heart was not right with him. dient to his will. In maintaining

If any reduction of the claims his own institutions and authority of Christ, or any relaxation of inviolate, we are sure of securing his requirements be deemed a re- his approbation and favour, and commendation of religion, I need we doubt not thus of being innot say, “We have not so learned dulged with prosperity. Christ. We have no authority

I am, my dear Sir, to propose a compromise, nor do Your affectionate Brother, we expect to see religion aided



To the Editors. Few occur- right to inquire. Charity will rences produce more agreeable believe that, like the industrious emotions than suddenly meeting a bee, he has been working to friend who has been long absent; enrich the community—a surmise or than hearing the voice of such which his recent lucubration well an one in pleasant converse, after supports. a lengthened fit of taciturnity. He has, indeed, re-appeared It signifies little, under such cir- most auspiciously; presenting to cumstances, whether the forbear- notice the profound and venerable ance of speech have proceeded Meric Casaubon; and in a way too, from disease, or sloth, or caprice; so thoroughly manly and genteel, or yet from that queer state of as not once to remind an observer mind, once so felicitously illus- of those stupid Clergymen whom trated by an allusion to “ sweet Dean Swift ridiculed, because of instruments hung up in cases, the awkwardness of their bow. which keep their sounds to them. Possessing a letter in the handselves.”

writing of Dr. Casaubon, adSince the silence which has dressed to the learned William long brooded over your uncom- Wotton, but hitherto concealed monly intelligent « Bookworm” from the public eye, it will not is broken, it is not very impor- form an uninteresting sequel to tant to what cause it should be the paper of your anonymous attributed. It may be that, like correspondent. While it will the acquaintance he mentions in gratify the curious, it will, I hope, his last communication, (April act upon that nameless, but 1826), he has been enterprising “right merrie” supporter, as a some elephantine folios; or trans- stimulus to more frequent contrilating the innumerable quotations butions. His excellent composiof some Gatakerian sermonizer; tions possess one powerful recomor eating his way straight on till mendation, that sarcastic as some some allotted task was perforated. of them, (for instance, that in Be the fact, however, what it may, your present volume, p. 87, &c.) no one, I apprehend, has any may strike strangers, they are

not merely sarcastic. Those who to understand it rightly, yi acknow him know also, that he cordingly you may think of it. believes every word.

My journey to London (for which Can any of your readers state I have bene ready this good who Dr. Casaubon married ? whyle) is somewt suspended. I am, &c. 2. I know not we to think of it.

I doubt my printing busines will « Good Mr. Wotton—The Tar.

be putt back by it. But I must gum of Jerusalem, you know, is

be content. I am gladd soe much but here and there a verse by

is ready, and out of my head. I patches, whereas Jonathan's Para

shall be in Hampshyre, or therephrase is a continued paraphrase

abouts, anong my wyves friends, upon ye whole Pentateuch. Now

most part of this summer; except because the Jerusalem Targum

I goe to London. About Michael hath most affinitie with Jonathan's,

S; mas you may heare of mee again, and is, for the most part, taken out if I live soe long. I committ of it, it is commonly joyned with these enclosed to you: and shall it, soe y Jonathans Paraphrase be gladd to heare (y? I shall be and ye Jer. Targum, make but

sent to mee wherever I am) ye one booke, for ye most part; and

they are safely come to y' hands, soe it is in my Latin Translation,

but I will not promise you any where ye Jerusalem Targum comes anst very speedily. I heartily in here and there in ye margin

conmitt you to God, and rest, only; Jonathans makes ye body

“Y' very loving friend, of ye booke, soe y! I cannot part

“Mer. Cas. with ye one, but ye other must "23 May. goe along. By y' L' you seeme to mee to apprehend ym as dis “ My wyfe (who rem" her to tinct: which if they were, I could you kindly) goes abroad againe, easily contrive how to pleasure and is able to ride about, but her Mr. Tayl', and doe myselfe noe cough continues, and makes us wrong. But whome I trust with still doubtfull of ye issue. ye one, I must trust with ye other “ My boy salutes you, and his also; and though I am willing Cosin. He would have been conto give him a copie of ye Targum tent to have written to him, but of Jerusalem, yet I am not of not in Latin, he durst not venture Jonathans. . I would have you upon it.”


Did we feel thy spotless nature, LORD, the God of Hosts art Thou ! Did we know thy boundless might, Self-existent, reigning ever,

Or imagine, how abhorrent,
At thy throne pure spirits bow;

Is the sinner in thy sight,
Pure to us, but not to Thee,

Surely, scarcely should we dare,
Infinite in Purity!

To present ourselves in prayer.
But as infinite in mercy,

As in purity and power;
'Tis by thy supreme compassion,
We are holden to this hour,

And a Saviour's righteousness

Thou wilt sure approve and bless!


WHAT HAST THOU DONE?-John xviii. 35.

BEHOLD the May! What hast thou done, And much she loved her bounteous Lord, The Roman Judge inquires,

For much had been forgiven; Quickly the baneful crime make known, And well remember'd that dear word, That so much rage inspires.

Which seal'd her peace with heaven. Submissive He, and disinclined

Now, Lazarus who once came forth, His own just cause to plead,

Escaped from gloomy death, Jesus to them the task consign'd,

Come forth again, proclaim his worth, Who witness'd every deed.

Who then renew'd thy breath. But who shall dare the angry frown That matron, by disease oppress'd, Of Priest and Pharisee ;

Twelve tedious years had mourned; Who shall the suffering Saviour own, She, trembling, touch'd Emmanuel's vest, Or stay his destiny ?

And glowing health return'd. There, view with speechless grief o'er. The lame, the blind, the leprous,- heald, whelm'd,

The deaf and dumb-restor'd ; At her Redeemer's wrong,

0! let their mercies be reveal’d, Mary, by ruffian hands repell’d,

To justify the Lord. - Contending with the throng.

These, and a cloud of witnesses, The servile Pilate she would see,

With grateful hearts might tell, And in his presence prove,

To raging pride and prejudice, With all a woman's constancy,

“ He hath done all things well.” The ardour of her love.

J. S.


From the Missionary Journal of the Rev. J.Wolff.

PRECENTOR. Thou source of light and love divine,

On Sion bid thy mercy shine;

To exile now no more condemn

The children of Jerusalem.
PRECENTOR. Redeemer of thy Sion haste ;

Why lies thy ancient dwelling waste ?
PEOPLE. Speak words of peace- and cheer with them

The heart of thy Jerusalem.
PRECENTOR. May Sion be with beauty crown'd-

May rays of majesty surround ---
PEOPLE. Mercy is still thy brightest gem;

Show mercy to Jerusalem.
PRECENTOR. Thy Sion's liberty proclaim;

Remember her reproach and shame;
People. Repair--for why should men contemn ?--

The ruins of Jerusalem.
PRECENTOR. Again, with glory in his train,

Let Sion's king on Sion reign;
PEOPLE. Cheer, thou who art their diadem,

Thy mourners at Jerusalem.
PRECENTOR. May joy and gladness now distil,

In sacred drops, on Sion's hill;
PEOPLE. Arise, thou Branch of Jesse's stem,

And flourish at Jerusalem.

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