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this, and yet the construction of they are “ productive of confuit gives this idea. Does he mean, sion.” If this were true, it would that the Apostle reprobated the apply bitterly to his own church. practice of social prayer; of be. What a confusion between the lievers meeting together, and desk and the pulpit at times, and praying with and for each other? would his Lordship set aside the We apprehend this is what his church, because of this " confuLordship intends. But what a sion of tongues,” because one strange method is taken to prove “ hath a psalm, and another a it. We are referred to the irre- doctrine ?” Would he not then gularities of a Christian church, see the passage to the Corinto set aside a scriptural duty. thians in the light of a regulation, It is a blessing to have the right and not a prohibition? But we of private judgment in matters of apprehend it will be found, upon religion ; and hence a sentence examination, that prayer-meetings delivered from the Episcopal do not produce confusion. There chair has no further weight with may be a great diversity of gift; thinking minds, than as it ac- but in general, those who lead the cords with the oracles of God. devotion, in social prayer-meetNow in adverting to the passage ings, are supposed to pray in the alluded to by his Lordship, it Spirit, and he is not the author of does not appear that the Apostle confusion. The variety observis reprobating social prayer ; but able in those meetings is often of regulating the disorders of the the most pleasing nature. It is church at Corinth. “How is it frequently found that the conthen, brethren,” says the inspired fession, or petition, or thanksApostle, “ when ye come together giving, which has been omitted by every one of you hath a psalm, one, is introduced by another, and hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, that without any rivalry, or pride, hath a revelation, hath an inter- or self-conceit, or earthly feeling. pretation; let all things be done What the pastors of congregaunto edifying.” Now in this tional churches have to lament, passage there is not a single re- is not that there is much of the ference to prayer; but supposing pride of praying; but that pride there was, and supposing, from keeps many from praying. Were the previous part of the chapter, men of talent, and wealth, and there is an indication of the gift education to be more frequently of prayer being used—what is mingling in prayer-meetings, it the spirit of it? Is it to set aside might be better for their own souls, the meeting altogether? The and certainly this scriptural pracsucceeding verses appear to us to tice would be at a remote discarry quite a contrary view. The tance from confusion, and far directions given, suppose the per- enough from any thing like the petuity of the worship, and they feeling of enthusiasm. are designed not to show that it But the charge is not correct is altogether unscriptural; but to in reference to any prayer-meetregulate the manner in which it is ing conducted on scriptural printo be conducted, that all things ciples. The prayer-meetings may be done decently and in which are often held among poor order.

cottagers, in small obscure vilThe charge which the Bishop lages, where there is no pastor, has brought against prayer-meet- and no individual of rank or taings is vague. He intimates that lent to preside, have not the shadow of confusion, and the prayers tural propriety of the practice of these poor unlettered hinds, alluded to-of the encouragement for uoction, spirituality, scriptu- there is to attend to it--of the ral expression, and simplicity of harmony it promotes in churches style, are not very far behind -of the influence it has in aiding some incomparable Liturgies. the increase of believers, both in

not for any disciple of Christ to only add, that we should rejoice call any man master, and instead to hear, that every christian of acquiescing in a sentiment church in the world had its prayerwhich derives most of its weight meetings; and that those who from rank, and title, and learning; have them already are increasing it would be more scriptural to in the gift and the grace necesappeal to the law and the testi- sary for this hallowed work, and mony, and let that unerring that the Great Head of the Church standard decide our principles, is adding daily to them such as and regulate our conduct. Con- continue steadfast in “ the Aposvinced as we are of the fallacy tle's doctrine and in prayers.” of this excellent prelate's reasoning, and satisfied of the scrip

G. Vectis.

ON THE ABOLITION OF SUTTEES. To the Editors.--Will you gislative interference on this quesallow me to direct the attention tion, has been its supposed inof your readers to a subject of fringement on the rights of conthe deepest interest and import- science. But this objection has ance, viz. the practice of burning been proved to be unfounded. It widows adopted in Hindostan; has been clearly shown, by those and the means of its speedy who have studied and published abolition.

on the subject, that the practice is, On several occasions during the on the one hand, a merely polipast year, you justly expressed tical excrescence growing on the your abhorrence of the system of religious systein of the Hindoos; Sutteeism, and showed that its and, on the other, it is an offspring destruction was both practicable of idolatrous priestcraft. Both and safe. Its practicability is the relatives and the Brahmins demonstrable from the fact that are deeply interested in the deother European powers have abo- struction of the widow, and hence lished the practice in their Indian adopt every possible means to territories, and that many humane enforce a compliance with the and Christian English magistrates horrid and suicidal custom have interposed their own solitary Humanity, therefore, demands and individual authority for its that some measures should be suppression, and have succeeded. adopted to destroy this politico. Its safety is not less manifest, in religious, or murderous system. the fact that no inconvenience has As men, as Britons, as Christians, ever been experienced as the re- we ought, we must, arouse our sult; the natives, in this case, energies, and make some vigorous always cheerfully acquiescing in effort to prevent the barbarities the will of the magistrate.

of the funereal pyre. The great objection against le. The most speedy and effec

tual method that can be adopted tedly taken up, there can be no is the universal and simultaneous doubt. It is a question which petitioning of the British Parlia- has no reference to party politics, ment, intreating that it would or religious differences amongst exert its legislative authority, and ourselves ; it is unincumbered with coinmand the immediate abolition considerations of political expeof the practice. It requires only diency, or remunerative compenthe powerful voice of the British sation. It is a question of pure nation to be echoed by the British and simple humanity, and one Parliament through the plains of which therefore demands the atIndia, and, wherever its rever- tention of every Briton, and of berations are heard, the Brahmin every Christian. On the wise and and his votaries will be awed into liberal character of His Majesty's submission, and the widow's heart Government there needs no com“will sing for joy.”

ment. It has shown itself, on sevePetitions from every town and ral occasions, the friend of humavillage should be prepared and nity, freedom, and Christianity, presented to the Lower House, and there can be no rational through the medium of as many ground of doubt, that this quesCounty or Corporate Members as tion, unattended as it is with any of it is possible to interest in the those embarrassing considerations question.

which often perplex its councils, Nor less numerous should be and paralyze its exertions, will be the Petitions to the Upper House, instantly and unanimously carried. through the medium of the noble And the fiat of the British Goand illustrious Peers.

vernment shall abolish, and that Of the success of the measure, for ever, the system of Suttees. when thus universally and spiri Dedham.

R. A.

POETRY

JESUS WALKING ON THE SEA.-Matt. xvi. 25. 'Twas in the solemn hour,

Her fairy orb was shrouded, When light and shade are blended; The threatening storm did sound. The moon was in her tower,

The labouring twelve were rowing, The sun his course had ended.

To reach the shore in vain; The heaven was all serene,

The adverse winds were blowing, The even star look'd fair;

To rouse the sleeping main. And scarce a cloud was seen,

The air and sea were blended, Nor breathed one breath of air.

The waves ran mountains high ;

The piteous moan ascended,
The Lake of Galilee,

No helping hand was nigh.
Was like a glassv sea,
That bore some favour'd ark;

How dreadful was that gloom, -'Twas the disciples' bark.

O'er Galilee's dark sea! The crescent beam was slumbering Not Egypt in her doom, Upon the calmed deep ;

More reft of light could be; The mountain shepherd numbering Save when the forked glare and mighty His charge of fleecy sheep.

thunder, But creature none was there,

Seem'd like to rend the shatter'd bark Where Jesus was in prayer.

asunder! The inconstant moon was clouded, When lo! as morn drew nigh, Her ebon throne around ;

But still with darken’d sky,

A distant form appear'd;

And still the tempest urges, Some goblin of the deep,

Jesus! be there to save! Or human spirit weird,

Oh! let thy form be seen, The storm had roused from sleep; To Faith's discerning eye, Some phantom dire it seem'd :

Still hovering between
So the disciples deem'd.

My waves and cloudy sky;
It nearer drew, and nearer,

And may thy heavenly voice

Be music to my soul. A light shone all around ; -The angry heavens were clearer,

“ Fear not, 'tis I--rejoice! The billows ceas'd to sound.

I storms and sea control.” Then spoke a voice of love,

Then all within shall be, Mild as the zephyr's sigh,

As when thy voice again, When scarce 'tis heard to move,

The lake of Galilee It whisper'd, “it is I !

Did calm into a plain. It hail'd them cheerfully,

World! thou may'st hide thy sun, And bid their fears be quiet;

Thy stars of promise hide It hush'd the storm and riot

My heaven will be begin, 'Twas Jesus on the sea !

If Christ within abide!
Then while I ride the surges ·
Of life's uncertain wave;

TO A DAISY,

FOUND IN BLOOM ON CHRISTMAS Eve, 1528. Modest little Stranger, say,

In his errand to restore, Why was this thy natal-day?

The blessings earth possess'd of yore? What could make thee raise thy head From thy cold December bed ?

Thou dost not answer my behestWas it that like the orient star,

Well- seek again thy silent rest, That led the Magii from afar,

Beneath the tempest-driven snow, Thou didst seek to tell his birth,

For thou hast by the modest show Who made thee and thy mother earth

Of thy star-like tiny gem, That while the angel choirs of Heaven

Led my thoughts to Bethlehem,
Proclaim the Saviour, God has given,

And he who does to Jesus lead,
Thou too wouldst raise thy humble voice. May be said to live indeed!
To prove that all things do rejoice,

J. B.

AN EPITAPH,

TO THE MEMORY OF MRS. BATTERSBY, AGED 28, IN HENBURY CHURCH. .

By Mrs. Hannah MORE.

HERE rests the gentlest of the gentler kind;
Her form, tho' fair, a fairer soul enshrined,
In her brief course of Christian, Parent, Wife,
Each duty which exalts or sweetens life,
Found its due exercise: though short the space,
That life is long which is the life of grace!
Youth's strong attachments, all that could endear,
Strove to detain, but failed to fix her here.
Not the loved babes, who filled her streaming eye,
Could keep her spirit from its kindred sky.
Ev'n fond fidelity's heart-broken plaint,
Which moved the Woman, could not shake the Saint.
In God's prospective eye, her work was done,
The prize was gained before the race was run!

REVIEW OF BOOKS.

Illustrations of Prophecy; in the course and they that understand the of which, many Predictions of Scrip- words of this prophecy.” ture are élucidated : together with nume

A disproportionate importance rous Extracts from the Works of preceding Interpreters. Also, new Illus. may have been attached by some trations of Prophecy, in Five Disserta to the study of prophecy. It may tions ; on an Infidel Power ; the Abyss, have absorbed, and distracted or Bottomless Pit; the Symbolic Drum them: rendered them self. congon; a Millennium; and the coming of Christ. To which is appended, à ceited, dogmatical, and censoSermon on the Kingdom of Christ. In rious. Let these things operate tuo volumes. London: Baynes, and as warnings; but let them not be Holdsworth and Ball. 8vo. £1. 18. alleged as reasons for neglecting 1828.

to comply with a commanded ATTENTION to every part of the duty, and for not endeavouring word of God must always be re- to ascertain the mind of God. garded with approbation by the As the very mistakes of good men genuine Christian. As it is all are adapted to instruct, and as given by divine inspiration, so it the labours of others are calcuis all « profitable for teaching, lated to induce modesty and hufor conviction, for correction, and mility, especially in such a purfor discipline in righteousness, suit as this, it may not be amiss that the man of God may be per- to take a short review of the infect and thoroughly fitted for terpretation of prophecy, and of every good work.” While dif- some of the periods of prophetic ferent degrees of importance may excitement. be attached to various parts of Among the early writers of the revelation of God, the man the church, it will not be expected who would lightly estimate any that much attention would be part of it, must incur the dis- paid to prophecy, or at least, pleasure of God, and can only that they would throw much light be regarded as presumptuously upon it. The early fathers were arraigning the divine wisdom. no great adepts in the science of Distorted views may be taken of criticism or exposition, and living the Scriptures, and a false judg- remote from the period of proment may be formed of their seve- phetic fulfilment, their labours ral parts, by which they may be and speculations on that subject disarranged and injured ; but this were not likely to be very succan form no just apology for ne- cessful. Possessed of the doubtglect or indifference of any word ful advantage of primitive tradiwhich the Spirit of God hath tion, they gave to many of their spoken.

statements a fictitious authority, That it is the duty of the peo- and contributed to corrupt, as ple of God “to give heed to the much as to benefit the church. sure word of prophecy, until the He who would ascertain the day dawn, and the day star prevalent sentiments of the period, arise," all must acknowledge. from their writings, will frequently And that their interest and their find himself either greatly disduty are combined together, must appointed, or involved in a mass be evident, while it is said, of contradiction, which scarcely “ Blessed is he that readeth, admits of being reconciled.

X. S. NO. 49.

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