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straining analogy beyond its just bounds ; theirs ; since to begin to be is quite as inthat we have no right to argue from human comprehensible as to exist from eternity. minds to an Infinite Mind, or from what If He communicate to us truths which we lies within experience to what lies outside can comprehend, commands which we can it.......
obey, promises which we can put to the What is experience ? If by experience test, help by which we are consciously we mean that furnished by our own senses, strengthened, love to which the love of our consciousness and metnory, then we have hearts responds, He comes as truly within no experience of the working of any mind the sphere of our experience as do the minds but our own. The invention of a printing- of our fellow-men. And though He infipress, unless we happen to have invented nitely transcends our knowledge, this does one ourselves, lies as truly beyond the not destroy the parallel, for we have but sphere of experience as the creation of a partial knowledge of the mind that is world. And as both lie equally beyond, so nearest our own. “Each in his hidden both may equally come within it. Minds sphere of joy or woe, Our hermit spirits of men are as absolutely hidden from us, dwell and range apart.”. as completely veiled from our perception, • The fact that human minds are conas the Divine Mind. They are revealed sidered to inhabit their bodily organizations by phenomena, intuitively interpreted. is of no consequence to the argument....... We read what is passing, or has passed, in What is it, to speak plainly, but a childish, men's inward consciousness, from their prejudice, which makes any one imagine actions, their gestures, the expression of that he has in a smile, a blush, a tear, the their countenances, the tones of their sound of a voice, the motions of a visible voices ; not by a process of reasoning, but shape, any surer evidence of the presence with an intuition as direct as those on of one of those intelligent, active, passionwhich reasoning rests. With a single sure ate spirits whom he calls his friends, than step our knowledge passes from the seen to we behold in the inexhaustible and unfail. the unseen, from the material to the spiri- ing indications of invention, calculation, tual, from phenomena to substance and prevision, boundless resource, love of the
We transcend experience if that beautiful, the systematic, the harmonious, narrow and shallow definition of experience and delight in happiness—in a word, of is to hold. Precisely in the same way, if unbounded wisdom, power and benevolence, phenomena are presented to us which our -filling this majestic and orderly frame of intellect with the like intuitive discernment nature ; of the being, presence and agency interprets as indications of the presence of an Infinite Mind?' and activity of a Supreme Mind (and can Here we must close our review. interpret no otherwise), we are not reasoning from analogy; we are performing an
The two lectures entitled The Archiidentical act of intelligence, though on an
tect of the Universe and Architectonic immensely grander scale. We transcend Unity, are perhaps the richest and experience by the same law in the one CASO
most eloquent in the volume, so far as in the other. But if by this term "experience" we
at least as respects detail of argument, mean to express the whole of our know
wealth of illustration and splendour ledge, including the inductions and deduc- of language; but, as no array of extions of our reason, and our intuitive tracts consistent with our limits could interpretations of sensible phenomena ; then, supposing the evidence to be adequate,
do justice to their contents, and no the existence, agency and character of analysis in brief would be possible, God are as much matter of experience as or, if possible, of much value, so we those of our fellow-men. His mind, if it feel assured that, after having read the exist at all, must be as near to us as theirs, or rather much nearer ; for we must sup
extracts already given, all our readers pose Him to have the power of reading
who are students of theology or of our thoughts, and of directly communicat- philosophy, will make it their busiing with our minds ; whereas they are re- ness to read this admirable volume stricted to indirect communication through
for themselves. If this should be sigas furnished by sensation. His existence, mysterious—or, if we like to say so, unin
the result, this article will have done telligible-though it be, is not more so than its best work.
SOME REMINISCENCES OF THE LATE REV, JOHN LOMÁS. May I supplement Mr. Bunting's devoted man. I well remember the interesting memento of this sainted last Sunday he preached at Kingsman by a few desultory recollections wood. Before the Sabbath of his which may be gratifying to his many next appointment he had passed to friends, as they to myself always the eternal world. The late Mr. afford peculiar pleasure and, I hope, Thomas Pinder took that appoint
ment and referred to the solemn My earliest acquaintance with Mr. event. Lomas was at Kingswood School more Mr. John Lomas continued as than seventy years ago. The number Master of the School, associated with of scholars at the School at that Jonathan Crowther and William period, from some cause or other, was Entwisle. After my leaving Kingsreduced to about twenty-five. In that wood, in 1813, my next recollection number were several brothers and of him was when taken into full consome orphans, so that not more than nexion at the Leeds Conference, 1824, about twelve or fifteen Preachers had with his old schoolfellows, W. Kelk their sons at the then only Connexional and W. Entwisle. My last interview School. Woodhouse Grove School with him was at Whitehall
, on the did not as yet exist. From 1807 to trial of Dr. Williams before the 1808 John Lomas's father, being Privy Council. Book-Steward in London, himself and Until 1813, Kingswood was a part brother Nathaniel were removed from of the Bristol Circuit, and it was no Kingswood. At the Bristol Confer- small advantage that the boys and ence, 1808, his father was stationed family enjoyed in the Sabbath minisat Bristol, and John Lomas with his trations of the Bristol Preachers : men brother was again placed at Kings- of mark and eminence they were. wood. John Lomas was from the Although seventy years have passed, first a boy of mark, both for conduct the Sabbath services and sermons of and ability : amiable in demeanour, the elder Joseph Taylor, Joseph Cole
, uniformly upright, sincere and Samuel Bradburn, James Wood, transparent in character. On the Dr. Coke, Robert Lomas, Joseph formation of a Sabbath-school at Entwisle, Richard Treffry, sen., the then notorious locality called "Hughes, Thomas Martin, Thomas Cock Road, John Lomas and the Stanley, and Richard Reece, are still present writer, with a valuable and fresh in the memory of the writer, much-esteemed old servant, Samuel and will never be obliterated. Wuyatt, were accustomed on a Sab- This rough sketch will indicate, not bath morning to teach in a cottage the unfavourably, that after all the boys children of that place. What the of that day had not only severe disresult of those early and humble cipline, but also many advantages, labours has been eternity alone will intellectual and religious ; and aldeclare.
though, as Mr. Bunting states, the During that period John Lomas's old Kingswood scholars had to endure father died. I well remember the hardness, yet many creditable specisolemn effect his demeanour and his mens of piety and learning teachings had upon us, boys as we turned out during that period :
His Life, by his friend the Theophilus Lessey, Robert Wood, Rev. J. Entwisle, in this Magazine, Josiah Goodwin, Jonathan Crowther, ives a faithful and edifying delinea
Joseph Beaumont, John Lomas, Wilon of his character. He was a holy,
liam Kelk, Joseph and William
Entwisle, James and William Mowatt London-all these were Kingswood and others, all Methodist Preachers. scholars in that iron age. James Wood, the eminent chemist of It is hoped that now, with increased Bristol ; G. W. Harner, of Bath, a educational facilities and other adcelebrated mathematician; the Rev. vantages, there will be still more Dr. Ogilvie, a distinguished Oxford valuable results, morally and reliDon ; Rev. Mr. Simpson, Vicar of giously, from the institutions which Keynsham ; Dr. Tattershall, of Liver- are so nobly directed and liberally pool; Alexander Suter, of Halifax ; sustained by the Wesleyan Body. A. Mowatt, of Bath ; R. Condy, bar
M. H. rister-at-law; J. Sutcliffe, attorney,
DANIEL QUORM AND HIS RELIGIOUS NOTIONS:
BY MARK GUY PEARSE.
CONCLUSION OF DAN'EL'S SERMON. But now I want to stir up our minds, the prophet saw him, an' cried out : dear friends, by thinkin' o' what the “ By to-morrow this time there shall Lord will pour down 'pon us if only be plenty o' bread, your majesty,the windows be opened again. Win- enough an' to spare.' dows o'heaven ”-well, here's a story • Where could it come from ? All for
you boys an' girls, so well as for the bread in the place was eaten long us old folks. Once 'pon a time there ago; an' nobody could send them was a great city, an' a great army help from outside. There was only came up against it to take it. They one way that it could come, an' the couldn't do that, so they said, “ Let's king's servant turned up his lip an’ starve 'em to death then.” So they
So they sneered. “Pooh," said he, “if the put a guard all round the place, an' Lord would make windows in heaven, watched day an' night so that nobody might this thing be.” should go in or out, an' waited. Well, Ah, friends, that's just what God very soon all the food in the city was was goin' to do! Well, that night eaten up, an' the people began to be there was four poor lepers sittin' in in dreadful want, sure 'nough, an’ the gate o' the city, so miserable as was mad with hunger. The houses ever they could be. “I wish I was was all stript an' bare ; an' the faces dead,” says one.
"So do 1,” says was all pale an' bollow; an' the poor another. “ So I do too,” says both the little children was all cryin' an' dyin' others. “Well, things can't be no o want.
Now when the king worse 'long with us, come what will; o’ the city saw the dreadful state o' so I'll tell’ee what 'tis, comrades. I'm things he got into a rage, an' said that goin' over to the camp o' the enemy. he'd kill the prophet o the Lord for If they kill us, why we shall only die sendin' all these troubles 'pon the a bit sooner, an' if they save us alive, people. An' away he went with one why we shall live.” So away they go. o' his knights for to cut off the • 'Tis just in the twilight. An' now prophet's head. But as he was comin' they do begin to get near to the camp VOL. II.-SIXTH SERIES.
send a spear
an' feel a brave bit frightened, I ex- every one o' them helped hisself to pect, for the sentinel will be walkin' what he mind to; an' by daylight up an' down, an' he may
there was flour so cheap as ever. Ah! a-whizzin' right through 'em afore the Lord had made windows in heaven, they know it. As they come creepin' an' there came a dreadful noise that along, one tumbles over something frightened the enemy all out o' their lyin' 'pon the ground. He picks it wits. Every man o' them took to his up an' finds a lovely robe. Another heels so fast as he could run, an' never kicks somethin' that goes ringin' an' dared so much as to look behind en. shinin'. 'Tis a lovely gold cup. Flingin' away cloak and cup, sword Then another finds somethin' better an' spear, away they went, helterstill ; an' that's a loaf o' bread. But skelter for their very lives. There, there was not a man in the place; that's havin' the windows o' heaven only horses tied an'asses tied an' opened ; an' that's what the Blessed tents all standin', an' all sorts o' things Lord is waitin' an' wantin' to do for lyin' about 'pon the ground. So there us. No more folks goin' about among they were with plenty o'bread an' us, groanin' My leanness, my leanmeat an' a good appetite, too, an' no- ness,' but bread enough an' to spare. thing to pay; so if they didn't make No more folks grumblin' agen
each a good meal 't was their own fault. other because things is come to such
"" But, stop," says one o' them, à pitch; but every man happy an' “there's our poor starvin' neighbours blessin' the Lord. No more the old home. Let us be gone back an' tell enemy gettin' the upper hand o' us them the good news. They'll hardly an' threatenin' every day for to be believe their ears, will they?” So back the death o' us; but, instead o' that, they come, an' knock to the gate of the enemy bruised under our feet.
The old watchman wakes Bless the Lord, 'tis comin', 'tis up tremblin', an' thinks'tis the dread- comin'! My Lord, we will take up ful soldiers come. " Who's there?” the challenge, an' put Thee to the he says, tryin' to speak quite bold. proof. An' before the day is over Then in a minute he hears the voice Thou wilt send the glory. Back of these here lepers :
with the bolts, comrades ; every man (“Open the gate, do'ee ; for the back with his bolt. Down 'pon our enemy is clean gone. An' they've knees before the Lord, an' get the left all their things behind 'em, tents windows opened ; an' before the week an' clothes an' bread an' meat an' all is over the power will come. The sorts. An' there isn't a man left in Lord send the Word home. Amen!' the camp."
And Dan'el closed the book amidst "Well, the news spread like fire, an' the fervent response of · Arnen !' that out come the folks an' found 'twas
rose from almost every heart in the all true, The enemy was gone. So place.
ETCHINGS FROM LIFE:
BY SARSON, AUTHORESS OF 'BLIND OLIVE, ETC., ETC.
A SPIRITUAL PHENOMENON. WHEN Nurse Wilson first undertook merciful forgetfulness had again the care of Mr. Stewart, she did not overtaken him. But one day he had anticipate a long term of service; but a sort of fit. Miss Stewart and as he lingered year after year, in Lyddy, the doctor and nurse all much the same bodily condition, watched anxiously at his bedside, while the recognition of persons and of thinking that surely now the moment things around him became feebler, of release for the tired spirit had she began to predict that possibly he
To their great surprise he might live to see ninety. He did not only rallied, but appeared much not know, save at rare intervals, his better than he had been for a long daughter and granddaughter, but if time. A slight glow and vigour be found nurse absent, there was a seemed to animate his frame, there perpetual worry till she came back was a clearing of the mental faculagain.
ties, and he called Miss Stewart and *It'll be a wonderful waking up Lyddy by their names. for you, my poor boy, when you get ' Are you not going to bed ? 'he among the angels,' nurse would say. said, at six o'clock. Sing the Even
But the waking up came before ing Hymn, my dears.' that; came as the flame of a candle They sang it, and nurse felt sure brightens ere it dies out; or as o'er that the dull ear and feeble mind the western sky is spread a flush of apprehended some of the words. roseate light, ere evening draws her It was evident that he knew what pearly grey curtains over it. Uncon- they had been singing, for he said, scious of the identity of his child *Such a long evening!! and grandchild, he frequently spoke * Yes, dear father, it has been for of the wife who, many years before
you, but at eventide there shall be his affliction, had been taken from light.' him, and of his children, as he had • Will there? I can't see any light. known them long years ago,
Is it there all the same?' "Where's my little reading-girl ? Yes, it's there all
the same. My eyes are tired. Bring her here, "Beyond the dark hills of Time," and give her the book. Ask her to she said, reassuringly. read a chapter. What's Susy doing ? • How do you know? Always out of call when she's wanted.
sure ?' Tell her I want her.'
Dear father, Jesus is the Light, But with an earnestness that was and that Light never goes out; canquite pitiful would he sometimes ask not be quenched.' for their mother :
“My eyes are dim at night, • Where's wifie? Is she gone out honey; but I'll see in the morning.' for a drive ? How long will she be * Yes, you'll see in the morning,' away?' At such times it was most she said, .cheerfully, and then the difficult to divert his attention. There gleam of intelligence vanished. They was no peace for nurse till the had thought the end was near, but