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That on the bowsprit led the way to death Alone illumin'd. What a deafning roar From bursting billows, how the breaker's voice, Conflicting with the sea-beat crag, arose And bellow'd through the gloom; the sea dog there, Mounted above his danger, howl'd and bay'd; The tlying whale, dash'd on the splintery rock, Groan'd out his giant soul; the cormorant Flapp'd his black wings around my head, the loon, Perch'd on the top-mast, sent his baleful scream, Like the mad moanings of a tortur'd man. So rag'd the storm around me, till a light, Dimly discover'd through the darkness. show'd, Where help might yet be found ; a secret hand Then seem'd to grasp the rudder, o'er the waves The bark right onward held its steady course; The tempest seem'd to mitigate its rage, The thunder ceas'd, the clouds spread out their veil In thinner folds, and through a transient break Sent a faint gleam of sunshine; from behind A gentle wind blew steady; in the west The golden sky shone out, a larger curve Of brightness every instant open'd, till The sun unveil'd his face, and far away The tempest hurried o'er the mountain waves : It darkling-few, till on its bosom rose The many-colour'd bow; serenity Then fill'd the air, the white gull o'er me flew, And the blue halcyon came and on the wave Alighted, hid its head beneath its wing, And slept as on a pillow; still the sea Lifted its broad green back and seem'd to rock Its fury to repose: I near'd the land, Blue hills first smil'd, then sandy shores, like snow Bleach'd on the heaven-ward mountain, caught my eye, The light-house next, that with its warning fire, Calls from the deep the wanderer to his home. The sun in cloudless majesty, as king Of nature, kindled ocean with his rays, And made the land more lovely; on I sail'd, The haven spread its arms to call me in, And claps me in its bosom; there I steerd, And casting anchor, where no storm can rage, Nor tempest rock me, on the peaceful breast Of love eternal moor'd my bark forever.
FROM THE SAME
SEE how the flow'ret blushes in the morn-
'Tis thus with beauty, lovely, transient flower-
FROM THE LONDON BAPTIST MAGAZINE.
I am a gleaner, and I beg the liberty of presenting to my readers the few
handfuls I have gleaned to day: it was plucked up in different fields, but I think the corn is good.
THE first handful is from the field of Observation. I have observed among professors, that the most active are the most happy: diligence in every good word or work, carries with it its own reward. Those who serve God with their time, talents, property, influence, &c. serve a good master: their work is graciously rewarded here and hereafter. I have observed that the most humble are the most happy : nothing is more offensive to God, or contrary to his nature, perfections, and commands, than pride. Proud professors may soar high, but their fall is inevitable. I have observed that the most spiritual are the most happy. I mean those whose conversation is most about spiritual things : I do not mean speculative conversation, nor controversial wrangling, but free conversation, about spiritual blessings, personal experience, and future prospects. I hear but little that is worthy the name of spiritual conversation among Christian professors, and that little is chiefly among the poor and afflicted. I have observed that those who are most attentive to their Bibles are the most happy. Scripture truth is calculated to inform the judgment, regulate the conduct, and comfort the heart. I have observed that men are benefitted or injured by the company they associate with: people insensibly drink into the spirit of those with whom they are intimate. I observe some professors, who may be Christians for aught I know ;-but I sometimes think it will be time enough to be intimate with them when I meet them in heaven. I have observed that the falls of professors have generally been gradual: perhaps they have been very careless and trilling, or very vain and haughty, or very negligent in the use of the means, and then we hear they are fallen into open sin. Give motion to a ball down a hill, and the further it goes the faster it goes; and unless something considerable inpede its progress, it will surely go to the bottom.
My second handful is gleaned from the field of Experience. I have experienced that secret prayer cannot be neglected without danger and loss: there is danger of increasing carnality, barrenness, and leanness, ; danger of going into unprofitable company, pernicious errors, and secret sins : loss of fellowship with God, and the relish of spiritual conversation ; loss of freedom, of comfort, of watchfulness, and of evidence; loss of a Father's smiles and of a shining Sun. I have experienced that visiting the sick and afflicted, and conversing and praying with them, have contributed to promote contentment, spirituality, and devotion, and to wean my heart from the world. I have found, from many years experience, that reading a portion of scripture on my knees every morning, and praying over every verse, or every sentence, has a tendency to endear the word
to my soul, to inspire the spirit of devotion, to rivet the word in my memory, and to create a hungering after it as my daily food; and I find no part of the word so generally useful for this sort of reading as the book of Psalms. I have experienced the greatest support from the word of God in affliction, and frequently from those passages which have been treasured up in the memory when in health. I have often said in sincerity, “ Unless thy law had been my delight, I should then have perished in my affliction.” I have generally enjoyed most in public means when I have been most fervent and regular in secret prayer, reading, and meditation; and even my daily bread is doubly sweet, when my mind is spiritual and happy in the enjoyment of God: yea, when my mind is spiritual, every thing in nature yields me some spiritual instruction—The sun reminds me of Jesus; the wind preaches me a lecture on the Holy Spirit's influences; the changes of the day, and of the seasons, and even the crowing of a cock, or the barking of a dog, teaches me some useful lesson. And when I am spiritually minded, I am not much elated with the smiles, or depressed with the frowns, of divine Providencc. I feel that I may confidently say, “ My times are in his hands; he performeth the thing that is appointed for me; all things are working for my good; surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: the Lord is my portion, I shall not want." My third and last handful is gleaned in the field of divine Rrevelation. Pray without ceasing-watch unto prayer-pray and not faint-pray with the spirit and with the understanding also-this is the confidence we have in him, that if we ask any thing according to his will; he heareth us—come out from the world, and be ye sepa rate-love not the world—ye cannot serve God and mammon---the world passeth away-not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together-Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house-I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever-a day in thy courts is better than a thousand—blessed are they that dwell in thy house-I am a companion of all them that fear thee-the saints that are on the earth, the excellent in whom is all my delight-being let go, they went to their own company-love one another-your enemy the Devil goeth about-ye are not ignorant of his devices think it not strange concerning the fiery trial-resist the Devil-when the enemy comes in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him-blessed is a man that endureth temptation-let thy garments be always white-let your lamp be trimmed, and your light burning-yet a little while, and he that shall come, will come, and will not tarry-the night is far spent, the day is at hand-he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved." Amen,
Twenty-second Anniversary. WE cannot forbear making a few extracts from addresses delivered at the Anniversary above-mentioned.
Ret, William Dealtry. I would allude to another circumstance mentioned in the Report,
I mean the benevolent spirit of the Christian negroes collected in the settlements in Sierra Leone. It struck me, while hearing the statements respecting these lately-liberated slaves, that if it had occurred in the pages of ancient Ecclesiastical History, that some traveller had lighted upon a people, so anxious for religious instruction, and so devoted to their worship, that they attended daily in great numbers at morning and evening prayers that they exhibited their christian charity in a way so remarkable, that, when some outcasts landed on their coasts, they ran to them, pouring as it were oil and wine into their wounds, carrying them on their backs to their town, and supplying them with every necessary—this would be a fact to which we should allude, as one of the most interesting which the page of history could produce. We should have said, “ Happy are the people ander the influence of a spirit like this !" But, my Lord, this is an event of our own day! there is now such a Goshen, where the inhabitants have light to their dwellings! There is an Oasis of this kind, even in the deserts of Africa! It might, indeed, be thought, that these people were naturally of very amiable character: but the report states explicitly, that this was not the case; and that, previous to the introduction of Christianity among them, if some of their re-captured countrymen were landed on the coast, they would perhaps inquire if there were among them, a brother, or a relative, or a friend, but were quite indifferent to the wants and sufferings of others: but we find, on the occasions stated in the Report, that they inquired not who is my brother, or my friend, but they eagerly supplied the wants of all, and shewed their love to God by their love to their fellow-creatures.
And I ain the more forcibly impressed by this fact, from the contrast which it affords to the state of the slaves on board Le Rodeur, a French vessel, among whom, as she was crossing the Atlantic in 1819, with 160 slaves, and a crew of 22 men, the Ophthalmia appeared. From the slaves, the disease reached the crew; all of whom, except one man, became wholly or partially blind. A question naturally arises, “Why did not the negroes rise upon the crew p” as it is known, that such is their love of liberty, that when they could seize the opporturity they leaped into the sea. The real cause of their not rising was their mutual hatred. Consisting of different tribes, they looked upon one another with malice; and, though in chains, were ready to tear one another in pieces! Mark the contrast, produced by the blessing of God on the residence of a few years at Sierra Leone !
And as a proof of the power of the Gospel, I would recal to your recollection the statement of the Report, that these negroes had been under christian instruction, only for the short period of four years. Well might the naval officer who accompanied Sir Charles MacCarty, on a visit to Gloucester Town, express his astonishment at this fact, as we have heard from the Report that he did ; and well did Sir Charles reply, that this was the effect of Christianity, for no such effect could be produced by any other means.
Rev. Theophilus Blumhardt.
What we had scarcely deemed practicable, considering the geographical situation of the Protestant churches on the continent, being encouraged by the striking appearance of a mysterious Providence, and cherished from an impulse from your Society, our friends on the continent resolved to attempt. They determined to unite themselves into a Missionary Society, and so to take a part in this great and glorious work of the Lord. In Switzerland, in the southern, and nothern parts of Germany, in Persia, and among the Protestants in France, Auxiliary Missionary Societies arose in multitudes; and what we had scarcely ventured to indulge in imagination, we beheld realized before our astonished eyes, with the deepest emotions of gratitude to the Lord, whose name is Wonderful. We beheld servant-maids, and widows, and orphans, offering with the greatest cheerfulness their little savings, young ladies their trinkets, and careful matrons, their long-cherished bridal ornaments, to support our Christian Society; and so we have been enabled, by the hand of our God and Saviour, to send missionaries into the countries bordering on the Black and Caspian Seas.
William Wilberforce, Esq.
It is most encouraging to hear that our funds, instead of diminishing in the present time of difficulty, are still augmenting-indicating, we may hope, that our countrymen have been rendered, by the sufferings which they have experienced, more sensible that this world is not our home, and that it is our duty to render to others the means of salvation. Thus will the very evils which we experience here, increase our sum of happiness, and prove a blessing to the world.
And it is a still more delightful circumstance, that the augmentation of our funds is not produced by the diminution of the funds of kindred societies; but, on the contrary, they also increase. I rejoice in this fact, which our Report states with pleasure : but I know not if I do not rejoice still more, in the expression of satisfaction with which it was stated. It is delightful to hear ourselves thus called on, in the true spirit of missions and the true spirit of Christianity, to rejoice together, and all to form one concert of praise to the Giver of all mercies. It is an honor, I think, bestowed on the times in which we live, that Christians have been more filled with divine wisdom and heavenly love. Nay, even in political and