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when faint and wearied in his pilgrimage, he can ascend some neighbouring eminence, and refresh his exhausted spirits by contemplating its lustre. The events of this life, indeed, sometimes seem strange to him ; but, amidst all the elemental war around, he knows that the laws of nature remain unaltered, that the dominion of wisdom and order is not subverted. He sees a heavenly Hand leading every event to its destined issue, and touching the secret spring of every dispensation. The afflictions which befal him he knows that he has merited, and trusts that the mercy of his God will turn them to his correction and improvement. The sorrows which may sometimes assail those who are dear to him, he beholds, indeed, with the deepest sensibility, yet without dismay; for he has learned that " whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth;" he remembers who they were “ of whom the world was not worthy.” He sees that violence and confusion have taken possession of this world, and that each in his turn, during his sojourn here, must suffer something from the general disorder ; but he is well "assured that the Lord's hand is not shortened, neither his ear heavy;" that "his eyes are over the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers.” Above all, the Christian fixes his eye with humble, yet stedfast confidence, upon his Redeemer. He has not forgotten the day when that merciful Lord called him out of darkness to see the light of his glorious salvation. All that he recollects of his earliest hours, all that he has experienced during his subsequent pilgrimage, concurs to teach him the sad lesson of his own unworthiness, the consoling knowledge of the Saviour's bounty. To him he renders the willing tribute of gratitude for the past, the humble offering of confidence for the future. He entirely desires to be devoted to his glory; and whether that glory be advanced by a few years of happiness or of sorrow, can surely be of little moment. To a mind deeply impressed with the great doctrines of the Gospel, sensible to the value of spiritual strength and consolation, and animated with the cheering hope of a holy, everlasting rest; nothing seems fearful, nothing worthy of a deep or lasting disquietude, but the sense of the power of internal corruption; and the dread that it may yet break forth to the destruction of every hope: Yet the declarations of the Scriptures are full of comfort. “ Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not ! behold, your God will come, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you." “ I am the First, and I am the last--and have the keys of hell and of death.” “ He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live ; and he that liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”

" As then we have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so let us walk in him; rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith.” The unreserved surrender of the whole heart to God will bring with it whatever is really necessary for safety or for happiness. In His hands are all the events of all creation ; and by Him they are ordained,

disposed, employed, to produce the ultimate and inconceivable felicity of his faithful servants. Our part is exceedingly plain and simple: to pray; to watch, to put our trust in Him; to study and to do his will; to live under the constant sense and prô. tecting shadow of his providence; to have a growing love of his goodness, and a cheerful confidence in his unfailing care and kindness; to be the willing instruments of his power, yielded up in every faculty to his directing influence. Thus, out regards fixed on the Redeemer, may we walk with an even step along the rough and twilight paths of life; neither dazzled with the vanities, nor dismayed by the dangers that surround us. Thus shall we be enabled to receive and to survey the changeful events of this world with an heavenly tranquillity; sharing, indeed, its labours, tasting its satisfactions, and sympathising with every sorrow, yet spiritual; cheerful, and serenie. And thus, after a few years of mingled joy and suffering, shall we arrive at that land where fear and conflict, where doubt and disappointment, shall be no more : « into which no eneiny enters, and from which no friend departs."

Vol. II.

ON HOPE.

1813.

WHEN Alexander was about to undertake the conquest of Asia, he distributed his possessions among his friends. Some one, observing the magnificence of his presents, asked him what he intended to retain for himself. He replied, Hope. The servants of Christ, though in general little resembling, and little anxious to imitate, the lords of this world, may justly adopt the language of the Grecian hero. They have engaged in an enterprize so great, they aspire to a kingdom so rich and glorious, that they can well afford to abandon to others the ordinary honours and gratifications of life. Hope is their portion ; a hope “ full of immortality.” How should they exchange it for any worldly possessions, or even consent to share it with transient and perishable pleasures ! « Opes, honores, et universum vitæ ambitum, ad majora nati, non contemnunt, sed relinquunt sæculo ? *"

There is, perhaps, no Christian grace which is more characteristic of the religion to which it belongs, than that which has just been mentioned.

the See Epitaph on Isaac Barrow.

Hope is the natural support of those who are for a time subjected to trials, and whose success depends upon their perseverance. It necessarily supposes a fixed and entire preference of some state of things which is expected, over that which is possessed: And it has the peculiar power of so realizing to the fancy what is removed from the senses; and borrow: ing, as it were, a happiness from futurity, that where it is lively and vigorous, it can shed a light on the most obscure path, can soften every sorrow, and make every labour light. Thus it seems to point out, in a single word, the nature of the Christian Pilgrimage in this world; the views and expectations best fitted to supply refreshment in our journey; and the temper and disposition of mind to which both should give birth ;-a temper at once serious and cheerful; prepared for the trials of relia gion, and sensible of its consolations ; collected; but not gloomy, and joyful without levity and witha out excess.

I have often thought that the goodness of God is; if possible, more distinctly marked in the injunctions whigh he has imposed on us, than even in the promises which he has given us, or the evidences of bounty and beneficence scattered through the natural creation. He has so identified our duty with our happiness;-he has selected with such profound wisdom and unspeakable mercy the sources of our perfection and only lasting good, as the proper evidences of our allegiance, that I know not how any one who has been accustomed to consider human

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