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panoply Divine which the Captain of THE POWER OF CHRISTIAN EXAMPLE.
salvation has provided, with which they Who shall set limits to the influence can defy the fiery darts of the Evil Oneof example? We throw a pebble into a assured that they have only to unfurl the stream, and a circle is thereby formed, banner of the cross, and Satan instantly which is succeeded by another and an- flies, abashed and discomfited. other, widening in extent, until the en Think, then, Christian, what a respontire surface has been traversed. We may sible, as well as honourable post is yours, lose sight of the rippling current, but we and determine, in reliance on Him who know that its progress can only be has said :-“My grace is sufficient for stemmed by the boundary of the stream. thee: for my strength is made perfect in In like manner, an apparently trifling weakness,"—to glorify Him, and to benefit action may be performed, which, coming others by the example you set, rememunder the notice of friends, and perhaps bering that to influence we can assign no of strangers also, shall make on each one limits. The thought is cheering, and some impression, varying according to may well stimulate you to increased the dispositions and principles of their effort. There may be much to discouindividual characters. In one it may rage in the disregard shown by our felsuggest some new ideas—in another may low-creatures of our efforts to serve them be created pleasure merely-in another by precept or example, yet He, whose disgust–in the mind of a fourth it may eye is in every place, and who worketh recall some evil consequences, arising in all things according to his own purpose, his own case from a similar action-and will ultimately reward our faithfulness. in a fifth it may revive the conviction of "In the morning sow thy seed, and in some great truth; while not a few may the evening withhold not thine hand : for be induced to inquire whether the action thou knowest not whether shall prosper, in itself be good or evil, and then to dis- either this or that, or whether both shali cover its probable tendencies. The re- prove alike good.” The light of eternity sults may be momentous, either in an alone shall fully reveal the amount of immense increase of good being attained, good which has, by the blessing of God, or an equal amount of guilt being con- resulted from pious examples. tracted.' How responsible, then, are we What says the wasted form and pallid for all our actions, and all our words ; cheek of that youth, lovely indeed, but even our thoughts—the springs of both marked by the hand of death as its early should be rigidly subjected to the cruci- prey? Peace, the peace of God, sits enble of self-examination. Thought is in- throned in the heart, amidst all the decay deed the parent of a numerous offspring, of nature. Already his eye beams in the of all the evil
, as well as of all the good, light of heaven, whilst we hear dropping, which marks our course through life. It in sweet accents from his lips, the heartis only true religion which can so harmo- stirring language of realizing faith, “Yea, nize the thoughts, the words, and the though I walk through the valley of the actions of a man, that they shall be sanc- shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for tioned by conscience, approved of God, thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, and rendered conducive to the welfare of they comfort me. or, with an exultant his fellow-creatures. Still the most ex sense of his approaching change, “I emplary Christian has need to wash him- know whom I have believed," and that if self daily in the fountain that is opened my earthly house of this tabernacle were for sin and uncleanness. For how is it dissolved, I have a building of God, a possible to sail down the current of life house not made with hands, eternal in without contracting some stain, while the heavens ;” and were we to listen to the heart is still vulnerable to corrup- the history of this young believer, we tion, and is surrounded by hostile influ- should most probably hear him tell of ences, by which it is constantly in danger the example of a pious father, or a pious of being enslaved ? When, too, we know mother, and the lessons he learned in the that there are many—the enemies of domestic circle. See, again, that man of God—who are continually waiting for the business, in all the vigour of years, and halting of the righteous, there is especial what is his testimony to the force of need that such should be always on their Christian example ? i To this," says he, watch-tower guarding against the subtle I am indebted for my present standapproaches of every foe, armed in that ing, and all the satisfaction I enjoy. My
heart dictated a course which would have glory. We pray for its pre-eminence.
If pious example has thus a restrain- make us virtuous. The column, however
to prepare the way system seems to be allowed, it is with an for the love of principle, and the love evasiveness which makes us doubt its sinof God.
cerity, with a suspension which makes us But while we sometimes rejoice over suspect its good will, it is with a reserve such results, we have often to lament the which makes us distrust its truth. No vertendency of an opposite example. Too nacular has it catholically sanctioned. frequently, alas! is heard the heart- Diocesan and provincial license there rending reproach, “Oh that I had not may be, but then it is at the pleasure of walked in the counsel of the ungodly, or the spiritual director of every licentiate. stood in the way of sinners, or sat down The Vulgate is the only translation forin the seat of the scornful!"
mally permitted, and this has long since Reader, let such instances, especially taken the place, and usurped the authority if you are a parent, sink deep into your of those originals which it so often disheart, and act as salutary warnings; re torts and misrepresents. Now, go through member you are solemnly responsible for the lands of Europe. See those where the influence which your conduct may the Bible is openly, securely, avowedly have over your children. And if you feel read; in other words, those which have the weight of your accountability to God embraced the principles of the Reformafor the right exercise and inculcation of tion. Their peoples are strong and noble those Divine principles which his grace in their doings and their virtues. The imparts, may you afresh buckle on your climate, the mountain scenery, and atarmour, and go forth to the help of the mosphere may inspire in others the love Lord against the mighty, watching yet of liberty—patriotism may bind them to with more jealousy your own heart— their native soil by a passion which is analyzing more strictly its motives— very disease—but Tyrol and Switzerland, crucifying more entirely its evil desires, ready enough to repel the invader, crouch and more diligently guarding against all beneath their own yoke, and grind to their your spiritual foes, that when you shall own superstition. Look at the German be called to render in your account, you mind. Luther's version of the holy may do it with joy, and not with grief. volume formed the language of that
country. It gave freedom to the studies
the empire. The predictions of Tacitus A sound biblical education is of im- would never have otherwise been fulperative value to our national greatness. filled. Never, otherwise, would its banded Unknown to us be the levelling feeling in nations—with the lyre and the swordrespect of nations, equally with that have driven from their bosom the military which regards individuals! We love our despotism which sought to draw them country. We would exalt it to the truest into itself. Its wild transport and hurrah
EFFECT OF THE SCRIPTURES ON NA.
THE YOUNG NAVAL OFFICER.
HE BECOMES DECIDED FOR GOD,
of hatred to oppression had never else was all. Life had no end, death no rebeen heard. It is this which confers ward, but its defence. Reverse this scene. self-respect on man. He is in constant Bring back the age when revelation was communication with the truth of God. proscribed. Once more set the ban upon Nothing stands between him and it. His it. Chain it to the cloister. Immure it mind is filled with its noble images, its in the cell. And you shall see the fawnmighty conceptions, its triumphant hymns, ing upon pretension, the abandonment to its tender strains. He catches its inspira- dictation, in our countrymen again. It tion. He imbibes its largeness. It is the has appeared, wherever the Bible has book which makes man brave and free. been prohibited. A pseudo-ProtestantThe inlaying and infusion of it in his soul ism has mimicked Vatican expurgation. turn him to another man. Its saving The Bible, we are told, is only capable of blessings apart, its general power is proof as the church-like come algebraic mighty. It reflects itself in the noblest unknown quantity-warrants it, and is efforts of human genius. Poetry, elo- only capable of being understood as quence, music, literature, art, borrow the church interprets it. Its circulation unconsciously, if not directly, from its has been scorned and opposed. And what wealth. The Bible is the nation's sun, is the result? These are the men who reflected when not seen. It is the same repine at our liberty, long for the stagto the individual. He sits at the feet of nancy of public thought and opinion, and no priest. He stipulates not for pardon would sell their country to the basest with his fellow-worm. His soul, bowed dotage of superstition, and to the most before the Deity, is seen in the attitude iron grasp of oppression.—Dr. Hamilton. of seraphs; but it does not stoop to man. It is erect in its own rights and prerogatives. What would our national character be, were the Bible taken from us? Were it a sealed book ? Could we only peruse it at the will of a confessor? How changed would be our manners and our feelings! The interdict would paralyse all that was Had Robert fallen in the battle which noble and erect! It would be the recon soon after took place at Acre, the friend struction of that spiritual tyranny before who felt so anxious respecting him would, which the inward independence of the amid some hopes, have entertained many spirit droops! It is in vain to say that fears, lest he had not wholly given himthe mind of our nation has been most ab- self to God; and it was with much pleaject when most religious. It was then at sure she received the letter containing a pitch for solemn and grave arbitrement the following passages, and written the if it saw itself beset by artifice and over- day after the action. It bore the date of whelmed with wrong. The men who St. Jean D'Acre, Nov. 4th, 1840 :loved the Divine Word were, in the hour “God was very merciful to me yesterof their country's peril, the men of steel. day. He guarded me in the time of They sought peace, but they knew that battle, and I am safe. We attacked this it might be too dearly purchased. They fortress (celebrated for its strength from hated war, but they knew that it was a the time of Richard Coeur de Lion) with better alternative than submission to in- the greatest success. After three hours' justice, and collusion with dishonour. firing, we reduced the forts, and the Reluctantly they called the sword from town, during the night, was evacuated, its scabbard, but, when drawn, they spared leaving us masters of the place. The loss not the quarrel. They stood for all that of life on the part of the enemy was treis dear in affection and great in principle. mendous. It is supposed that in one They urged a fearless way. No Italian explosion, nearly fifteen hundred persons monk could quell them. They had perished, besides others, who were detrodden down the wretched pleas of power spatched by the heavy firing, which was and impiety. They reached the true continually poured in upon them. Thus heroic. The sword of the Spirit flashed has one man, who, from ambition, had from their hands, and they were invinci- already sacrificed thousands, added a ble. Their soul gathered all dint and thousand more to the list of the slain. Our courage. They could resolve. They could loss has been comparatively trifling, yet resist. They could die. Truth to them every ship has suffered, more or less. We
have only had four wounded, but our him from home. Thanks were offered masts, rigging, and sails are much in on his behalf to the God who “had jured. The Commodore's pennant has covered his head in the day of battle," and had two shots through it. Your letter I he enjoyed the advantages of religious received on the 29th, by the Vesuvius.' instruction and sympathy. He afterI read it the best way I could, being busy wards embarked for the Brazilian coast, embarking Turkish troops, various stores, and it was his great privilege to beetc., for the expedition. The morning of come intimately acquainted with a pious the action I had a little time to spare, clergyman, stationed there. From this and opened the tracts you sent me, period, his religious progress became very when, what do you think was the up- apparent; and God was gradually prepermost tract? It was that, asking the paring him for the great change which question, Are you afraid to die?' It was shortly to come to him. The followput a home question to me, and I ing extracts from his letters show the was about to say, "No!' but I read state of his mind at subsequent periods : it through, and that forced me to ac “My experience,” he says, “is knowledge that I was afraid, not being chequered as that of most who have ready to answer the charges which would tasted that the Lord is gracious. I have be brought against me. I however made hopes and fears, zeal and coldness, love a secret resolve to live to the Lord, and and indifference, by turns. My besetting prayed that he would leave yet a little sins still struggle with me, and at times I longer this unprofitable cumberer of the am ready to give up all as lost. My ground. My prayer, you see, was an- heart is naturally so depraved and treaswered, and now, lest I should heap sin cherous, that when I would be solely on sin upon my guilty head, by breaking given up to the Lord, and happy commumy vow, I pray that he may alway be nion with him, sinful thonghts intrude, near me, and protect my soul, as he did and I cannot shake them off. And yet, my body, from harm from the enemy. in all, I think (though I almost fear to Your last supply of tracts is gone to the think so, lest my treacherous heart should hospital; and, instead of any opposition deceive me,) that my spiritual state imbeing shown, as I had feared, they were proves. I hope and pray for the Lord's allowed to be freely distributed.” assistance in this, as in all other matters,
We have seen, in the early part of this connected with my spiritual welfare. I narrative, that when Ellen became a con- often perceive the selfishness of my naverted character, she had an earnest de- ture, and see that beyond my own intesire that others too should be brought rest, my love for my Saviour is weak. into the way of truth. The same evi- Blessed Jesus ! thou knowest all that dence of a sincere change of heart was passes in the hearts of thy people! Assist now manifested by Robert. In a letter that which is good, for the advancement received soon after that last quoted he of thy glory, (for I would have none says: “Have you written to E. on the other interest at least but that,) and root subject you intended to write. If not, out all evil, I beseech thee." pray do. I think it would do good : and July 19th, 1843. At sea, lat. 31° 30' S. will you, my dear Ellen, write to S. I long. 49° 6'. think there is really an appearance of a Speaking of the intelligence he rechange. You don't know what success ceived of the death of a beloved sister, be you may have. Try it, however, and says, " This is a chastisement which I may God bless it.
Write to me soon. pray my God to enable me to receive Remember it was you who first caused without murmuring, and to look at as me to feel that I had to dread an eter- coming from a kind Father, who does all nity. Help me then to spend my life, so things for the weal of his children. Ah! that I may spend it in bliss. Remember little did we think on a past mournful me kindly to Mr. A., and tell him that occasion, that she would be the next I also feel anxious for my fellow-sailors, called to give an account of her stewardand that I shall not fail to mingle my ship. • Boast not thyself of to-morrow, prayers with his for them."
for thou knowest not what a day may Again Robert returned to England, bring forth,' was the text selected for but he was not permitted to enjoy any that occasion, and appears to have been lengthened intercourse with his family, peculiarly adapted for us all then prebefore the duties of his profession took sent; and as we still keep the text be
fore us, on what does it lead us to medi In reply to some remarks of his tate! Perhaps while writing this to you, friends, respecting the unhealthy nature you may be no more; and, perhaps, of the climate to which he was about to before you receive it, I, who am now in be exposed, Robert thus writes : bealth, may be mingling with the dust " Tell
my friends I care nothing for the whence I came.
May we always be coast : an officer should be prepared to ready to receive the Bridegroom when he meet death at any moment. His life is cometh, knowing the joys that shall await his country's. 'I was dumb, I opened us hereafter, if we die in the Lord; and not my mouth ; because thou didst it,'” seeing the fewness and briefness of the Psa. xxxix. 9. pleasures of this life, I often wonder why The last letter sent by Robert to his 'we cling so to the shadow, and lose the family was penned from Sierra-Leone. substance. Of late it has been my lot to It bore no date, but appears to have been witness the very worst passions of men written a few days before his death. let loose without restraint, and no hor " From the much-dreaded Sierra-Leonerors are too extreme for them to commit. I now address a few lines to you, to let Is it possible that these were created you know of my arrival here, in health after the image of the All-Perfect? And and safety. How much have we to be yet it is a world such as this that we are grateful for to the Giver of good for this, all loath to leave, and we are prone to and all other of his mercies! The change seek after its pleasures, instead of eternal I experienced yesterday was as extraordinever-changing bliss."
nary as delightful. I went ashore to the April 30, 1844. Monte Video. church, to hear Mr. Schonn, a German
“It seems that we are to finish our missionary, and there, for the first time, time on the coast of Africa, and we are I witnessed the cheering prospect, before at this moment detained only for a court those servants of our dear Lord and martial, which takes place on one of the Master, who spend their lives in his midshipmen of the squadron. So change- labour. It is certainly the most delightable are the affairs of life! I hope I do ful sight, after leaving Brazils, where the not deceive myself in saying, as dear poor African is debased, purposely, to Mr. L. wrote to me on leaving, that I keep him weak, to see the negroes here know my God is 'the God of the hills, on the sabbath, pouring out their hearts as well as of the valleys;' and that to to their God, in cheerful, and, appahim I willingly resign body and soul. rently, heartfelt praise, singing of his Hitherto I have been allowed to spend mercies. There are, besides the episcomy time, since leaving England, in a pal church, four Wesleyan, one Baptist, manner agreeable to myself, but, I fear, one Countess of Huntingdon’s Communot so usefully to others as it is the duty nion, and several others, which I did not of a Christian to do. I much enjoy the All but one are supplied by black society of the rev. Mr. B. He is a good preachers, and from what I see, they man, and zealous in his Master's cause. have not, and do not labour in vain. It is a cause in which we may all be en- May God in his mercy bless their endeagaged. Christ's store of love is inex- vours, and cause the poor Africans to be haustible, and I feel certain that he deals rich in heaven! They will then, as they it out bountifully to all who worship him do now, bless Britons, who gloriously in spirit and in truth. How can we love strive to bring them into freedom, not him too much? How can we tire of only of body, but of soul. Give my love serving him ? What fresh beauty and to all, and let each of us strive hard to loveliness do we discover in him every come nearer and nearer to Jesus. Let day of our lives! As the heart panteth us live to him, that we may die in him, after the water-brooks, so panteth my and, as Mr. Schonn said yesterday, 'Let soul after thee, O God!' My feelings us follow the apostle as he followed his of joy in the Lord are, however, but too blessed Master,' and be enabled to say, transitory, and I sometimes fear that my · For me to live is Christ, and to die is indifference to the world is not caused gain.' In great haste, dear Ellen, acwholly by that hatred of its pursuits and cept my Christian love, and give me the pleasures, which the people of God should greatest gift you can, in your prayers, I possess. However I pray to God, that much need them. the farther I am from the world, the " P.S. One circumstance I cannot omit nearer I may be to him.”
telling you. When I came on board last