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easily grown; but of what use is such a garden? Mr. and Mrs. Hunt reached Viwa, August 30, A bad canoe is easily made; but it is of no 1842, just three years after the commencement use. A bad bouse is soon built; but it is of no there by Mr. Cross. Viwa is one of the small use. Good gardens, canoes, houses, axes, knives, islets which rise from the reef on the eastern whale's teeth, etc., are all difficult to get; but coast of Na Viti Levu, or great Fiji. At the they are all useful. Medicine is sometimes very time of Mr. Hunt's landing there, it was of great bitter; but it is very useful. So it is with relig. political importance; in fact, was the seat of the ion. Our minds do n't like it; but it is that by highest power in the group. The Chief of Viwa, which we live.

Namosimalua, was a man of great note. He "Your way of healing your sick is much easier had previously been engaged in every conspiracy, than ours.

When a person is sick, you neglect robbery, and war possible; but under the preachthem, or bury them alive, or strangle them. This ing and tuition of Mr. Cross had professed conis very easy. We watch our sick, give them med version. There was also a society of one hun. icine, and feed them. This is difficult; but our dred and twenty native Christians, who evidenced sick often recover, and yours die. Ours is the by their walk the genuineness of the change in difficult way; but it is the way to live. Yours is their hearts. Notwithstanding, however, these the easy way; but it is the way of death. So it is comparatively-favorable circumstances, the progwith your religion. It is easy; but it is the way ress of the truth was slow. of death. Ours is difficult; but it is the way of life. During the earlier months of 1844, several con

" But our religion is not always difficult. It is versions took place, and a good many made outonly so when we first begin. By and by it be- ward profession of Christianity. Growing influcomes easy.

When we obtain a new heart then ence was gained by the administering of medicine, our way is easy. Begin, then. Do n't mind the and Mr. Hunt had quite a little hospital at Viwa. difficulty."

Day by day, at a fixed time, a bell was rung, In August, 1842, Mr. Hunt went to occupy the when, very frequently, as many as thirty patients Viwa station, vacated by Mr. Cross, whose ill would present themselves; some blear-eyed with health required his removal to Somosomo, where ophthalmy, some scaly with leprosy, and the rest he might be under the medical treatment of Mr. suffering with divers ailments. Persous of imLyth. Referring to his experience in Somosomo, portance were brought as far as ninety miles, to on embarking for Viwa, Mr. Hunt wrote these be under the missionary's care, He was remarkwords: “When we first went to Somosomo, the ably successful in his treatment, and in many principal chiefs were quite impatient of 'reproof. cases the patients joined the Lotu. They did not hesitate at all to say, that the cus Sunday, May 26th, he chronicles as a great day. toms of eating flesh and strangling were good, Prayer meeting, as usual, was held in the foreand considered us their enemies because we lifted noon, at the close of which ten persons were bapup our voice against them. We did not desist, tized. During the ceremony many persons were however, till we had told them the truth; and affected to tears. The Queen of Viwa, a woman we soon saw the result, in three instances es of more than ordinary mental strength, was compecially. A town had been taken in war, with pletely overwhelmed. Her heart seemed literally out a man being killed. A large canoe had been to be broken, and she fainted twice under the launched, and had made her first voyage, without weight of a wounded spirit. She revived only to a single instance of cannibalism; and the Somo renew her strong cries and tears, so that it was bomo people have feasted their superiors—the all that Mr. Hunt could do to proceed with the Mbau people—for several weeks, without a single service. The effect soon became more general. dead body. The practice on the islands is al. Several of the women and some of the men ways to kill a number of human beings, and wash roared for the disquietude of their hearts. As the deck of every new canoe as it goes on its soon as the baptism was concluded, singing fol. first voyage. In the first instance we were one lowed, in which over one hundred persons, many cause, instrumentally, of the people being spared; of them formerly of the very worst type of canin the second, perhaps the only cause; and in the nibals, engaged. “The occasion,” says Mr. third, perhaps the only cause, too; but we had Hunt, "was a very affecting one. These people not directly to interfere; for the influence which chanted, 'We praise thee, O God; we acknowl. truth had on the minds of the people made edge thee to be our Lord;' while their voices were our interference unnecessary. Thus is custom almost drowned by the cries of broken-hearted overcome; Satan's power is broken and the reign penitents. I weep while I think of it. What a of passion is checked; and even Fijians are be- gracious God is our God! and blessed be his gloginning to think, and to allow reason to have a rious name forever! After the services the Queen place in their conduct in life."

came to my house, her countenance sad and her

eyes full of tears. My wife and self prayed and praise, and in their exhortations to otbers, with and directed her, and in a few hours the after they found peace. Some of the cases were perfect liberty was experienced. Glory be to his the most remarkable I have ever seen, beard of, holy name! excellent and blessed for evermore!" or read of; yet only such as one might expect the

The Queen continued, amid many and violent conversion of such dreadful murderers and cantemptations and trials, to witness a good con nibals would be." fession.

About this time an event occurred which tried, In the fall of 1844 the missionaries were in a manner the most terrible, the faith of the cheered beyond measure by the profession of missionaries and converts. We can not better Christianity on the part of a bloody and powerful give it than in the words of the volume before us: chief, named Verani, the nephew of the chief of " While the Gospel brought its blessings of Viwa. His was no empty profession. He aban- peace and love to Viwa the old religion of the doned all his wives but one, and was married to people seemed to have put on the strength of deher. He studied hard, and soon became so well spair, and cursed and crushed them as it never informed as to be able to lead class and subse- had before. On either side of them, and very quently to preach as a local preacher.

near, the Viwan Christians watched the fury of The clouds that had hung so long and heavy the most terrible war that Fiji had known, marked over their path seemed parting, and the mis- by barbarous cruelties more fiendish than the oldsionaries began to rejoice. One of the prayer est could remember. The new converts were er. and love-feast meetings among the native Chris- posed to danger because of their refusal to join tians is thus described. It is a fair sample of Mbau in the war with Rewa; and Thakombau the kind of meetings held during the great re- himself, the King, stated that, had it not been for vival in progress: “I opened the services with the presence of the missionaries, Viwa should singing and prayer, and told the people that the certainly have been destroyed. To a few poor meeting was for the confession of sin, and plead. Christians on the island of Ovalau, he sent word ing for God's mercy, through Jesus Christ. I that they must either give up their Christianity then stated that any one who felt disposed to pray or come to Mbau and be cooked. They replied: aloud could so do; whereupon Paul, a quiet, gen'It is very easy for us to come to Mbau and be tle old Christian, began to pray with much feel cooked; but it is very difficult to renounce Cbris. ing. All the people bowed down in solemn recog. tianity.' Soon after they received a message, nition of the manifest presence of God. And the telling them that Viwa was to be destroyed, and Spirit of life moved upon those prostrate hearts. that they must go to the doomed place and share There was a general heaving, and then a sound its punishment. They all went. of quiet weeping and emotion that could hardly “ The Christians seemed to be made only more be repressed. Neither could it be checked long. faithful by the discipline of persecution and an. A deep groan burst out, and a bitter cry answered noyance, to which their religion subjected them; it; and one after another sobbed and called on and to the joy of their teachers, they stood firm Jesus for mercy,


many voices joined in and prospered, till the storm passed away, and prayer and weeping before God. Some would there was peace once more. have deemed it a sadly-discordant noise; but it “As the war with Rewa neared its crisis, its hormade true harmony with the praise of watching rors increased, and the persecutions of the Chrisangels. Before long, some who had been Christians became more malignant. At the begintians in name for months, trusted fully on Himning of December a number of Somosomo people whose religion they had hitherto only professed; came to Mbau. Thirty captured Rewans were and feeling the joy which comes by believing, cooked for their entertainment, and it was noised they prayed on behalf of others, and many cried abroad that the Christians should furnish the aloud in an agony. The meeting closed early, next meal. A plot was laid for the destruction but the work went on. The penitents went to of Viwa; but it failed. weep at home, and continued all night in prayer. "The Mbau King ordered that no food should And now an ingathering began, and God's serv- be taken to Viwa; but before its inhabitants felt ants rejoiced exceedingly. For several days or the pressure of the prohibition, Rewa fell by dinary business was almost suspended, and from treachery, and its smoking ruins were the scene many a house in Viwa, and from the chief's house of a bloody pillage. The King, with his arms, most of all, could be heard far off the sound of arrived at Viwa, fresh from the slaughter. The those who mourned and cried for mercy. There great man came, in savage mood, to the missionwas nothing silly or wild in what the converts house, just as breakfast was ended. Mr. Hunt said; indeed, we were astonished at the manner had gone into the town; but Mr. Watsford was at in which they expressed themselves, both in prayer home. Thakombau sat down by Mrs. Hunt, who

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offered him tea and food. He drank the tea, but “ After this, the dark and imminent storm
flung the bread back, and asked haughtily for passed away, and the missionaries and their
Mr. Hunt. He had been sent for, and a messen charge were left in comparative security and
ger was dispatched for the Viwan Chief Namosi- freedom.”
malua, who came presently, entering the house, During the years 1845, 1846, and 1847the revival
with submissive respect, on his hands and knees. spirit, with more or less of interruptions, contin-
As he crossed the room, the King said, 'Split his ued to prevail, and on the first day of December,
head with an ax!' Just then Mr. Hunt's voice 1847, the membership of Viwa was 1,730, with
was heard, saying, as if all were well, “Sa lolo- 159 on trial.
ma SakaMy love to you, sir!' This made a The year 1848 opened with fair prospects, but
diversion, and saved the Viwan's head. Tha- there was a chapter of darkness in its last months
kombau then declared that he had come to exe which mortal skill could not now read. In July
cute his threats. Mr. Hunt begged him to ad- Mr. Hunt was prostrated with a disease of the
journ to the stone house; and there the mission. bowels, approaching to inflammation, peculiar to
aries pleaded with him, for a long while, to be Fiji, always dangerous to and much dreaded by

foreign residents. In August he was quite help"The Christian natives were very firm. Two less, and suffered acute and long-continued pain. of them meeting near the mission-house, shook But in his sharpest agony, the sufferer's heart had hands warmly, and, with a cheerful smile, ex rest. Prayer was made without ceasing of the claimed, 'Heaven is very near!' They even Church unto God for him. Some whom he had prepared food to set before their enemies. They been the first to lead to the mercy-seat pow retired to the bush—their usual place for pray- prayed mightily that he might be spared. Veer—and many a voice was heard there in exult- rani, the nephew of Namosimalua, to whose coning praise, and many praying for the salvation version we have referred, especially, was earnest of their persecutors.

in his supplications for Mr. Hunt's restoration: “The heathens said, 'o, if you missionaries “ O Lord! we know we are very bad; but spare would go away! It is your presence that pre- thy servant. If one must die, take me! Take ten vents us killing them. If you would go away, of us! But spare thy servant to preach Christ you would not have reached Moturiki'—an island to the people!" close by—'before all these Viwa people would The disease abated somewhat, and Mr. Hunt be in the ovens!'

was able to sit up again and walk about the room "While the consultation was going on in the with a stick. His heart yearned with a feeling stone house, Lydia Vatea, the converted Queen, more than earthly for the success of the work entered, and on her knees, with many tears, be. committed to him; but he had just trodden the sought her kinsman Thakombau to join the Lotu dim path which lies along the mysterious conwhich he threatened to destroy. She told how fines of the two worlds. The light of the eternal bappy the religion of Jesus made her, and how and unchangeable had broken up the shadows of it fortified her against all fear of death. The that borderland of darkness and storm, causing great chief wondered at this strange religion, him to see things as he never had before; and a which enabled its disciples to be so happy in still, small voice, which the stooping ear of loving prospect of the ovens.

watchers could not catch, had told him that he “ All that day, the returning warriors, armed must die. with clubs and muskets, were arriving at Viwa, In September a relapse came, and then all till the place was filled and surrounded with the knew the end was not far off; but the missionary forces of Mbau, against whom the few Christians had peace. " I have feelings about my Savior," were powerless. But they showed no wish to re- said he, “which I can not express. I feel him a sist. They were God's people, and he, in whom perfect Savior. I never before had such views they trusted, cared for them. In proportion as of his ability and willingness to save-neverthe heathens grew in number, so they seemed to never." waver in purpose, till they said, 'We came to kill He spoke calmly and trustfully about his dethese people, and we can not lift a hand.' To- cease, with Mrs. Hunt; he reviewed the way in ward night they withdrew quietly, acknowledging which God had led them, and then, as they looked that the Christian's God was too strong for them. forth to the coming separation-0 what a lookAs they passed through the bush to their canoes, ing forth was that in that far-away land of the many of the converted Viwans, whom they had south seas!—he said, “Let us leave it all to the come to destroy, accompanied them, carrying for Lord. He knows what is best for each of his them the clubs which had been brought for the own." She replied, “Yes, my dear, we will give expected slaughter.

ourselves to Him for life and for death." He

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joyfully answered, “O yes! that is how we began,

" There followed that coffin a woman, bowed and that is how we'll finish."

beneath the weight of her first day's widowhood. On the 26th, a fellow-missionary, Mr. Calvert, And with her came his fellow-missionaries; after read to him John xviii, and then prayed his whom, in decent attire, there walked the foreign bedside. It was evident that Mr. Hunt joined residents, and a crowd of Fijians.

At the grave very earnestly in the prayer, and he was observed Mr. Lyth read the burial service of the English to weep. When those who had just united in Church, and Mr. Calvert spoke in the language committing their great, crushing care to Him who of the natives, while tears wet many a dark cheek, i cared for them, stood looking at the dying man,

as the earth closed over the remains of the they marked how he kept on silently weeping. preacher of the Gospel.” In a little while his emotion increased, and he Thus lived, thus died John Hunt, whom the sobbed as though in acute distress. Then, when Spirit of God found an unlettered plowboy on the pent-up feeling could no longer be withheld, the plains of Lincolnshire, England. The secret he cried out, “ Lord, bless Fiji! save Fiji! thou of his success in life was his holiness; his undsknowest my soul has loved Fiji! my heart has ing trust in Heaven; his unfaltering perseverance travailed in pain for Fiji!"

in Christian toil. To-day as you read, fair one, “On Wednesday morning, October 4th, Mr. these pages there are in that Fijian group of the Hunt's face showed that mysterious change, South Pacific over 20,000 men and women prowhich no one can describe, but which makes fessing faith in Christ, and some 100,000 who are those who never saw it before tremble—the directly under the sway of Gospel preaching. change of approaching death.

How many of these thousands were conducted “Noon came swiftly to the watching ones into the path of life through the instrumentality around that bed, and he whom they watched of John Hunt, the day of a coming eternity was rapidly getting weaker. An hour after Mr. only can tell. In your field of toil are you Lyth said to him, as he lay there often smiling, doing as he did-all you can? and always worshiping, “You are very happy, brother Hunt.' He answered, 'Yes. I am getting weaker.' 'Yes, you are getting near the

JULIA. port; you are crossing the river, and the Lord Jesus is with you.' A whisper started from the dying lips, 'Glory!' 'You see a bright pros

How vain it is to tell me thou art dead

When I behold thee near me all day long, pect before you,' continued his faithful friend.

With sunbeams shedding halos round thy head, 'I see nothing but Jesus,' was his quick and em

And sweet harps blending with thy cradle song! phatic answer.

And then I watch thy fragile form for hours, “About three in the afternoon his right arm

Moving so quietly among the flowers, rose, as if convulsively, and, as he turned on his Thou dost not startle butterfly or bee; side, grasped his fellow-missionary, Calvert, who And then I hear thine answer to my call; put his arms round him. For a few minutes Now at the door I see thy shadow's fall; there was heavy and broken breathing, and then

Thou dead !-10, sweet, thou art not dead to me. a solemn hush disturbed by the sob of a widow:

I know thy little form once met my sight, 'Lord, comfort my poor heart!' and an earnest Laid in a coffin like a snow-drift fair; *Amen' from those who stood round.

In thy baptismal robes all pure and white, “Leaving his body in his brother's arms, John And violets christened in thy golden hair. Hunt, the missionary, died.

It was no parting kiss that then I gave; “The sad news soon spread through Viwa, and

And though I know there is a little grave the natives came to look on their dead pastor Yet thou, sweet angel of my home and heart,

With marble stone, on which is traced thy name, and friend; and many of the hearts gathered Wert never more my child than now thou art; round that bed were very full of grateful remem

I call thee, bless thee, love thee still the same. brance of him who should teach and help them

If not an earthly flower is vainly sent, “At three o'clock that afternoon a plain cof

So not in vain wert thou, my rose-bud, giren;

The stubborn heart in spring-time earthward bent, fin, borne by native students, was carried out of

Thou drawest back with silken bands to heaven. the mission-house. It had on it no emblazonry, And so thou movest round me day by day, and no record but this:

Breaking so tenderly my bands of clay,

And scattering blooms no other eyes may see;
Slept in Jesus,

Thou makest beautiful the rugged track,
October 4th, 1848,

To win the poor, weak-hearted sinner back,
Aged 36 years.'

To God and heaven, mine angel child, and thee.


no more.


. from thought and the power of invention are a

chief part of that reward which always follows

intellectual efforts. But it is the great First the outer temple, where the world of mind Cause alone that can really say, I create, for the



and indivisible, where Psyche and her handmaiden tive. Yet to the discoverer in science, to the wander hand in hand together, it would seem sculptor, the painter, and the poet, there is a pleasing to a reflective mind to call from the second creation-their appreciation and interpretmaterial flowers of the finite those never-fading ation to others of the beauty of the universe, or flowers of the soul which bloom in the temple of of all that is good, or true, or beautiful in the immortality. As we here have a two-fold exist- wonderful heart of man. Our spiritual being is ence, the things of sense are seen with the eye composed of two parts—the heart, which feels, of sense, while those things which pertain to the and the intellect, which reasons. It is the exerspiritual life are seen by faith, or the spiritual cise of these powers which, under the name of eye. And bow few among the great mass of thought, have brought human knowledge to its humanity ever seem to pierce the vail which present state of comparative perfection. What separates the seen from the unseen; and how then is thought, and what its mission and its many there are to whom the eye of faith be-end? It can not be idle dreams and fancies, for comes blinded by the attractions of earth, and these come without any effort of the will, but it who make that itself the end which should be must be some power of the intellect exercised only a stepping-stone to a better life! Yet the toward some definite object. In the long and great "world-soul" stands not quite alone and ceaseless efforts of the great minds of every age omnipotent in his reign. We read that in the to discover the secrets of nature and to unfold Papal cities of Spain, when the evening sun sinks its mysteries, we find the germ of answer to our low in the west, the bell booms forth the call to question. prayer, and suddenly the pulse of the great city It is a law of matter that not one atom has ceases to beat, the throbbing heart of trade is been added or substituted since the creation of stilled, while each passenger with reverential the world. And so it is with truth, for the plans awe repeats the are-mary, and the streets are of the Deity with regard to man and the laws silent as if an angel had passed over, and, in the which govern the universe were laid ere from solemn hush, whispered the long-forgotten words, darkness light sprang forth. Truth is something God-eternity. And so to the heart of man in which exists, which has its being in mind or the hour of reflection comes the consciousness matter, but may as yet be unknown to man. of the spirit's glorious destiny.

Man was placed upon the earth, but in the glory It has always been a mooted question among and wonder of the new existence saw with the eye theorists what occupation in life is the noblest of feeling rather than of intellect, and sought not and most worthy of honor. The minister, the to discover the hidden frame-work which supteacher, the farmer, and the artisan are all can-ported the glorious vision of light and beauty. didates for the palm of usefulness and dignity. In those early twilight days what a mystery must But when we consider that our life is but a have enshrouded even the most common operasecond to eternity, that very fact itself reveals tions of nature! Man has grown familiar with the the true end of all aspiration. For if it is the face of the outward world, but for ages after the soul alone that lives forever, the importance of creation he must have felt a kind of solemn awe exercising its faculties is in proportion to its steal over him—such as a soul would feel if it unspeakably-greater duration. We should re could be ushered full-statured into the universe member that each human being has attributes we now bebold. Year by year he saw the earth which, though incomparably less, are yet similar clothe herself in emerald verdure, a beautiful to those of the Creator, for the Lord "breathed emblem of his own resurrection. Day by day, into man the breath of life, and he became a like a wonder ever new, the sun arose upon his living soul." And so far as these faculties are startled vision, and at evening, wrapped in a developed, so much the more will it be capable train of golden clouds, passed in majestic silence of enjoyment when it returns to God who through his western gate. And in the grandeur

of the brooding night no wonder his unschooled In the inner sanctuary of the mind, ruling imagination peopled, with ruling and guardian alike the seen and the unseen world, stands spirits, the calm, cold stars which sparkled in thought as man's portion of that divine power the vault of heaven. No wonder that he had which had only to command and a universe feelings so deep that the power of language sprang from chaos.

The pleasures that spring could produce but a faint reflection of them,

gave it.

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