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1. For the work which he has accomplished. “His work is honourable and glorions,” and sought out of them that take pleasure therein. (Psa. cxi. 2.)

2. For the liberty and security he has procured thereby. “If the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John viii. 36.)

3. For the provision he has made. “In this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of things, a feast of wines on the lees; of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees, well refined.” (Isa. xxv. 6).

4. For the way that he has opened for access to him,-“ Having, therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us through the vail, (that is to say) his flesh.” (Heb. x. 19, 20).

III.- Honour the third Person, the Eternal Spirit, the Holy Ghost. 1. For his Quickening-2. Converting—3. Comforting; and 4. Sanctifying grace.

Having studied brevity, I have not dwelt upon each particular, lest I should trespass; but, my dear reader, ponder the path of your feet. “In all thy ways acknowledge 'him, and he shall direct thy steps." "Let thy garments be always white, and let thy head lack no ointment.”

.” Do thou worthily in the world. By the kind permission of the Editor, I hope to resume, next month, on the fields of Bethlehem.

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trated by these odd tempers within his (Continued from page 15.)

gates ; the apostle James says (Jas. iii. It was not all sunshine at the Cedars, 5) “Behold how great a matter a little nor is it so anywhere in this world. fire kindleth !" One day he came home If we expect to get through life without and found all the household in disorder, suffering and sorrow, we shall be sadly as Jane said, “The missus had been crydisappointed. Jane found that Mrs. Par-ing her eyes out, the cook had given ker had a temper, and there was no harm notice, and was as cross as two sticks : as in that, for people without a temper are to myself, shame on me, I slammed the generally good-for-nothing sort of folks ; doors, till I was told, if I shewed off my if they do little harm, they mostly do less airs again I should go about my business. good. But, then the lady referred to had The kitten seemed afraid to play, and the not learned to control her temper, it was bird to sing ; in fact, everything was master of her, here is where the sin, the wrong.” When Mr. Parker came home,. mischief, the unhappiness lay. It is of course, he could not help both seeing really a very sad thing when people and feeling that “everything was wrong, allow their tempers to have the mastery and very naturally asked the question, over them ; whole households are often “ What is it all about ?” and what do made wretched by it, and much sin is you think it was all about ? A yard of committed against God. But, to speak the red riband, perhaps less. Jane and the truth, Jenny had a temper too, and she cook had too much of that in their caps was not the best hand in the world at to please the “missus.” She was very managing so unruly an inhabitant of haughty in speaking of it, and they were mortal flesh ; and when two hot tempers disrespectful in replying, and hence the rub together they do not merely throw red riband set the house on fire. Ah ! off sparks but make a blaze and set the Jenny might well say,“ Shame upon me,” house on fire. Unhappily, this occurred when she referred to the " scene they frequently at the Cedars, before Jane had.” Shame upon them all, I say, and and her mistress got used to one another. upon everybody else, who can make Yet the house was never burnt down ; it themselves and all about them both was like Moses' bush (Exo. iii. 2), on fire guilty and unhappy, and all for a mere but not consumed. Mr. Parker often trifle. However, Mrs. Parker valued


Jane Routledge, and the latter was compelled you to go to the little poking very much attached to her mistress too, chapel' as you call it ?" To make a long they got used to each other's tempers, story short, Mr. Parker, there and then, and, on the whole, got on pretty well for settled it, that so long as his servants a long while : but at length a new trial did their duty, they should go anywhere

or nowhere on Sunday to worship, just Jane took a fancy for going, on the as they pleased. “ But what will the Sunday nights when she was out, to the vicar suy ?” cried the astonished wife. little village chapel. Of course that “I care nothing what he says,” replied could not long be kept a secret, for who Mr. Parker; may be he won't dine can keep anything a secret in a village, with me any more, or play a game at where everybody knows everybody and whist with me again ; he can mind his everybody's business but his own ? | own business, and I'll try and mind There, too, they have so little to talk mine—that's what I say." about, that they often spend their time This law of the household soon became in, not only talking, but telling lies, about known, and not only Jane but others of one another. But it was true, Jane had the servants found their way to the “little been to the chapel, and Mrs. Parker got poking chapel,” as Mrs. Parker called it. to know it, and in her esteem it was a There the gospel was preached and there very grave offence, which could not be the word of God wrought a wonderful allowed on any account. But the “scene” change in Jane's heart. Old things with needed not to have been repeated had her passed away, and all things became not temper again reigned supreme. The new ; she saw as with new eyes, and felt lady was very angry and very haughty new desires and walked in new company. in manner when she demanded, “ Jane, At length she sought an interview with is it true that you have been several the minister, and after several conversatimes to that little poking chapel ?" tions on the subject, it was agreed that “Yes, ma'am," said Jane," and I like the the should be baptized and added to the preaching there very much. I can under- little church. And as the ordinance of stand every word; but I cannot under believers' baptism had not been attended stand half that the vicar says." "Then I to in that locality for a long time, there forbid you to go again, or you shall leave was quite a sensation about it. Mrs. me that day month, mind that,” said Parker, not being able to prevent it, Mrs. Parker, and walked out of the ridiculed it. “So you are going to be kitchen. They each went and had a dipped, Jane, and wash your sins away,” good cry, and there is no telling what said she. No, ma'am," Jane replied ; would have been the result had not Mr. “ I hope Christ washed away my sins in Parker interfered. He was not a religious his blood, and I am going to be baptized man, although, to please his wife, he in obedience to his word.”

But were went to church and subscribed to the you not christened ?" “Yes, but that is school. He, however, in his conduct, not baptism, and if it were, there is not shamed many that are, or profess to be a word about babies being either chrisreligious ; he was a just man in his deal- tened or baptized in the Bible.” ings with others and had an especial don't you think the vicar knows better hatred to the idea that one person had than you? and he says babies ought to be any right to force his creed upon an-christened.” “ The Lord Jesus Christ other. Finding there had been another knows better than either the vicar or scene” he asked, “ What is the matter anybody else, ma'am,” said Jane ;

“Why, what do you think, that I want to follow him.” “Well, I never !" girl, Jane, has been in the habit of going exclaimed the lady; “ What next, I wonto that little poking chapel up the lane der! Here's a poor ignorant servant for weeks, and I never found it out till girl setting herself up to know better to-day.” “Well,” said Mr. Parker, “and than the clergy! What next ?” has she not just as much right to go Jane was baptized one beautiful Sunthere as you have to go to church? Sup- day afternoon, in the little river, and repose you were the servant, and she the ceived into the church in the evening. mistress, how would you like it if she The nine-day's-wonder soon passed, and were to forbid you going to church, and things settled down much as usual, both



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at the Cedars and the chapel, except that | And with much feeling she used to sing Jane felt a much deeper interest in both. Cowper's linesShe felt a peculiar respect for her master, “ God moves in a mysterious way, and often secretly prayed for him, in a

His wonders to perform,” &c. special manner, and this because she re

She now controlled her temper much garded him as the indirect means of that better, and spent many happy days in happiness which she enjoyed

in the word.

the “ little poking chapel” and at the Had he been like his wife, (Jane thought Cedars too, where me must again leave to herself,) I should either have left the her for the present. chapel or my situation ; indeed, in that

OLD JONATHAN. case I must have left both, and who can

(To be continued.) tell where or what I might have been.”



WITH GOD. The opportunities and influences of individuals will be very unequal ; but The spirit of devotion should be our all should seek to obtain the commenda- great aim. We are, indeed, buried in tion conferred on Mary in the gospel. sense, and cannot possibly attain or im“She hath done what she could.” Yet prove this spirit, but by proper means; it is not always by direct effort that you yet these means are to be adapted and will best succeed ; a word titly spoken is varied to character and situation. valuable; but, in general, it is better to “I MUST walk with God. In some see your religion than to hear it; it is way or other, whatever be my character better to hold forth the word of truth in or profession, I must acquire the holy your lives rather than in your language, habit of connecting everything that passes and by your tempers rather than by your in my house and affairs, with God. If tongues; the relations in which some sickness or health visit my family, my pious characters are found peculiarly re- eye must see and my heart must acknowquire the observation of this distinction. ledge the hand of God therein. Whether Such, for instance, are professing servants. my affairs move on smoothly or ruggedly, Their province of usefulness is not by God must be acknowledged in them. If teaching, and exhorting, and reproving. I go out of my house or come into it, I One of these was recently speaking to must go out and come in as under the eye the preacher of her master and mistress, of God. If I am occupied in business all and complained,-“ Nothing I say to day long, I must still have the glory of them seems to do them any good.” To God in my view. If I have any affair to whom, knowing the class of the indivi- transact with another, I must pray that dual, he replied, “What you say to them ! God would be with us in that affair, lest but this is not the way in which you are we should blunder, and injure, and ruin to expect to do them good ; but by early each other.” rising, by neatness, and order, and dili- This is the language of a real Christian. gence ; by 'not answering again ; by not But, instead of such a spirit as this purloining, but showing all good fidelity;' among the great body of persons profess

-it is thus that you are to 'adorn the ing themselves religious, what do we see doctrine of God your Saviour in all but a driving, impetuous pursuit of the things.' "-Jay.

world; and, in this pursuit, not seldom -mean, low, suspicious, yea, immoral practice !-Cécil.


THE COMMUNINGS OF CHRIST AND daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by HIS CHURCH :

the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor A Poetic Paraphrase, and an occasional Com

awake my love till he please.mentary upon the Book of Canticles. No. XVI. THE watchmen who on Zion's ramparts stand;

Who guard the city's gates with faithful zeal ; By J. W. COLE, BRAUNSTON.

Who shield the citizens from Satan's wiles;

Who warn proud sinners of the coming doom, CHAPTER III.

And cheer the saints with messages from heaven, Verse 1.—" By night, on my bed, I sought him with vigilance were watching Zion's streets,

whom my soul loveth ; I sought him, but I And found me 'moaning sore my absent Lord. found him not."

They knew my sorrows, understood my state,

And marked with tender gaze my mournful mein. By night, upon my bed, I Jesus sought, And woke the silence with my plaintive moan;

I raised my drooping head, my tearful eyes, By night for him, my soul's choice love, I pined; His name they knew, his glowing charms admired,

Anxious to know if they my love had seen. By night I songht him, but I found him not;

And further search with earnest words they urged. By night, upon the couch of SACRED Truth, While resting on the promises of God,

With hope I listened to their soothing tones; I mourned the absence of my glorious Lord,

But ah!' I found they could not bring him near.

My heart was touched, but still I lacked my Lord. And grieved because he hid his face divine. 'Twas thus he taught that all my times are his;* When, lo! my Jesus suddenly appeared.

I turned from them, but for a little while; That as grace chose and sealed me for his own,

He had been always near,—had seen my grief; So grace provides the visits of his love. He gives no reason why he comes or goes,

Had told my groans, and counted all my tears. But moves according to his holy will:

My eyes were holden that I saw him not :// A place, I know, I have within his heart,

My love he tested, and my zeal he tried,

And there for aye I safely shall abide.

Then, to my seeking soul, himself revealed. In this sweet thought my spirit rests secure;

Thus was I taught that, when his face he hides

None can behold his charms or prove his Yet I desire him near,-his presence crave:


But when I found him, then I held him fastI long to realize my life in him, And feel the kindlings of his precious love;

My righteousness, my strength, my peace, my all, For, when he comes, grim darkness flies apace,

Him brought I to my mother's house, my heartAnd morn's blest radiance floods my waiting eyes. For neither mother, father, child, or friend,

The inner chamber, where affection dwells : Verse 2:—" I will rise now, and go about the To me is balf so dear as Jesus is. city in the streets, and in the broad-ways I will Zion's fair daughters, you do I adjure seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, By the fond beauty of the timid hind, but I found him not."

By the known fleetness of the graceful roe,

Until he please, stir ye not up my love. ALONE, within my chamber's gloomy bounds, One tainted breath of sin my Saviour wakes; By prayer I sought my Lord, but sought in vain. And, swiftly as the roe bounds o'er the plain, Perchance my drowsy soul his Spirit grieved, Will Jesus fly from carnal, vain desires. And he, to punish carnal ease, withdrew.- My fellowship with him is passing sweet : Zion's blest city by himself was built,

Jerusalem's daughters! stir ye not my love. And there continually he loves to dwell. There, in his beauty, saints behold their King,

" HE'S GONE!" And prove his faithfulness, and test his power. Now will I rise, no longer lie supine.

Lines on the death of Mr. R. Harwood, deacon My eager feet shall pace the city round,

of the Baptist church, Trinitty Chapel, BradTo seek the Friend my soul supremely loves. ford, who died, Dec. 17th, 1868, in the 70th His name within the city is rehearsed,

year of his age. And there his proclamations greet the ear. " HE's gone !"-gone where ?—to Jesus' arms There too the singers sweetly sound his praise, To feast for ever on his charms; And bumble suppliants their petitions bring:

To joy, and peace, and rest: I'll seek him there, where oft before we've met:- To be released from ev'ry woe; I sought him; but, alas ! I found him not.

To be secure from ev'ry foe;

To be for ever blest. Verses 3, 4, 5.-" The watchmen that go about

the city found me : to whom I said, Saw ye “He's gone” to join the blood-washed throng, him whom my soul loveth? It was but a little To learn the everlasting song; that I passed from them, but I found him To hear the Saviour's voice whom my soul loveth. I held him, and would Pronounce the wondrous words,“ Well done!" not let him go, until I had brought him into Come, sit with me upon thy throne: my mother's house, and into the chamber of Enter into my joys." her that conceived me. I charge you, O ye

§ Heb. xiii. 17.

|| Luke xxiv. 16. * Psa. xxxi.15. † Eph. i. 11. Psa. cxxx. 6.

Joh xxiii. 9.

" He's gone!" to quit this mortal life,
And all the scenes of party strife

In Church and State below.
He now enjoys a peaceful home,
Where war of tongues can never come,

His peace to overthrow.
“He's gone!" and, if God's word be truth,
He now enjoys immortal youth, -

A bright angelic form;
Which stain of sin, nor wound, nor scar,
Nor spot, nor wrinkle e'er can mar,

Nor anything deform.
"He's gone!" to join his much-loved wife,
To share with her a nobler life,

Amongst the wise ard good,
The host by John in Patmos seen,
In royal garments white and clean

Washed in redeeming blood.

" He's gone !"-nor wish we his return:
Though weeping friends his absence mourn,

Their loss to him is gain.
Disease, infirmities of age,
Temptations, sin, or Satan's rage,

He'll never feel again.
“He's gone!” and we must soon go too;
We know not when, or where, or how,-

The moment may be nigh.
Dear Lord, put forth thy gracious power,
To fit us to for the solemn hour,

When we, like him, must die.
And be the period far or near,
When men of me the words shall hear,

"He's gone!" O then may I
Be found in Christ; for nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousnes
Can fit a man to die.

J. S, A.


[This review should have appeared last month, and the man with ineffaceable characters. but as the elections were over, and other books had a prior claim, it was

postponed. We are sorry the Only think of a Dissenter taking up his pen tract did not reach us earlier.]

on behalf of the institution from which he A Baptist Minister's Appeal to the Non- tions of the ministry, and writes him down

dissents, which denies his right to the funcconformist Churches of England, Ireland,

a schismatic / Innagive this Dissenter to be and Scotland ; or, Ten Reasons in favour

an official person ; conceive of this official of Church and State. By CHARLES WATERS BANKS, Baptist Minister of person as a minister; recognise in this

minister a Baptist minister, noting at the nearly forty years' standing. National

same time the italicised announcement of Protestant Union.

his being a Baptist Minister of nearly forty “ What meaneth this ?” Where are we? | years' standing, and the phenomenon is perIn this world, or some other ? On our fect. Fancy John the Baptist preaching heads, or our beels? Is it ebb, or flood the kingdom of God, and issuing ten with us? Are we going backwards or reasons on behalf of Judaism !

or the forwards ? Advancing, or retrogressing ? apostles, after inveighing against Paganism Turning the left wing of the foe, or having addressing an epistle to the Christian ours turned ? Which is to conquer-priest churches in favour of the established relior people? THERE LIES THE CONTEST. gion! Fancy this, and you fancy what

A learned physician of Italy(Phavorinus), would not only have ruined their characters said there was nothing in the world he as public teachers of religion, but exposed marvelled at but man, and at nothing in both their persons and their acts to deri. man but his mind. Had the author sion, to ridicule, and to contempt. of these ten reasons come under his What serious cheques the National Pronotice, the marvel might have been testant Union may have offered this ready largely magnified; for, never, in all writer, we pretend not to know; but one our days, do we remember reading any would think his conscience-like the thing, from the pen of any person, with dumb ass, on which Balaam the son of greater shame or deeper humiliation than Bosor rode, when speaking with man's the perusal of these pages has produced. voice it forbad the madness of the prophetThe shameless disregard of historic facts ; must have rebuked “the man whose eyes the bold assumptions which occupy the are open," when he took up his parable to place of domonstrations; the semi-Gatherco- bless the Church of England, and to suggest lean spirit evinced towards his quasi hard things against his brethren. brethren, with his venerable impudence in When a speculative builder has erected addressing these ten reasons to * the Non- a house on an awkward bit of ground, he conformist churches,” stamp both the tract is pretty sure to designate it by some

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