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Terms which we trundle smoothly o'er our
As though he had no wife to pine for him,
GLEANINGS ON THE WAR,
afflicted people, whose faith is stimulated into constant exercise by adverse events.
PRAYER AND THE WAR.
And thus, though war, pestilence, and fa“ The Lord reigneth.” God already mine be judgments upon God's enemies, governs the innumerable multitude of they also serve as most merciful rememmaterial worlds; but He does not yet brancers to stir up God's people to a fer. reign in all hearts. A few rejoice in vour of prayer unknown to their more His sovereignty; and those few will soon prosperous days.
We have an apparent become many, and the many will become example of this in the present war: the all. How beautiful is the harmony of chief revivals which we at present exthe heavens! How dark and stormy perience are connected with that war. the convulsions of the earth! Yet order, The danger of relatives and the losses of even here below, will spring out of dis- friends have evidently raised up an earorder, and the Spirit of God, brooding nestness of intercession, which has had over the dark and stormy deep, will give power with God, and has prevailed. rise to a new moral world of light and The careless, in many instances, have beauty.
become thoughtful; the doubtful have The great lesson which we have to been brought to decision ; and those who learn and to practice is, that in human have already been in the faith, but weak affairs God does not work without man, ) in the faith, have waxed strong. The but makes bim co-efficient though subor- war, however, bears evident tokens of dinate to himself. All great and ame God's judgments, as well as of His merliorating changes are to be preceded by cies. In many respects it has been most prayer. Prayer is the law of the king- disastrous for Britain; and though these dom of heaven, and its motive principle. disasters may be traced to human inEven to the King Messiah it is said, capacity, they have not less to be re“Ask of me, and I will give thee the garded as signs of God's displeasure. nations for thine inheritance, and the We must look for the remedy higher uttermost parts of the earth for thy than man. Our appeal must be, in the possession;" and the voice of God's first place, to God. He has raised up, people to the future Subduer and Sav. in former days, a Marlborough, a Nelson, iour of the world is, “Gird thy sword and a Wellington, who overbalanced the upon thy thigh, O most Mighty;" where incapacity of former ministries, out of we see the language of prophecy is ex
weakness waxed strong, and put to flight changed for the expression of prayer. the armies of the aliens. "I therefore If God's people ask, the promise will exhort,” says St. Paul, “ that supplicaassuredly be performed, and the victory tions be made for all men, for kings, and and dominion be secure.
for all in authority.” Prayer should Prayer should be the habitual lan. therefore arise for the Queen morning guage of the believer, for it is the cry and evening. None of our misfortunes of want addressed to the source and are attributable to her, who still has the centre of plenty and power. But we do cause of Britain at heart, and who still not feel our deep need in any adequate possesses the hearts of her subjects. May degree, till we are brought by pain and she never lose them! Prayer should be misery to cry out for relief. Hence, in made continually for the Queen's minisorder that God's people may be a pray ters. May God deliver her from hollowing people, they are also a poor and hearted or weak-headed men, and sur
round her with those who are fitted for, Let thine eye pity them; let thy hand as arduous a situation as man ever oc- help and spare them. Let them not percupied !
ish miserably by famine and pestilence.
Let them not be cut down by their Wise, upright, valiant, not a venal band, enemies. Cover thou their heads in the Who are to judge of danger which they fear, day of battle. Grant them victory; and And honour which they do not understand. if good in thy sight, may the stronghold
of the enemy yet fall into their bands. Prayer, also, should be made for both Above all, we beseech thee, grant an Houses of Parliament, lest they be outpouring of thy Holy Spirit upon weighed in the balance and found want them all. Make every one a good ing, when they come up in remembrance soldier of Jesus Christ. Fill them with before God, with all other bodies to the Holy Ghost and with faith." Teach whom political power has been entrusted, the sick, the wounded, and the dying, by before the angel pours out the fulness of that ever blessed Spirit, to look only to his vial into the political heavens, and Jesus for salvation; to “Behold the before the storms are let loose which Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin will shake to their centre all the institu- of the world." tions of the world. Above all, prayer May all who are gone forth to teach should be made for the people, the true them be taught of thee, and “ know heart of Britain, whence all that is vital nothing among them but Jesus Christ circulates to the remotest branches of and Him crucified.” the political body, that they may nain- Grant these mercies also to our allies; tain integrity of purpose and firmness and shew pity and mercy towards our of resolution. They have the real and enemies. Deal tenderly with all who ultimate power in their hands, as far as are suffering the miseries of war. they possess the power of election and Give wisdom to all those who are in the choice of Members of Parliament. authority, to see the things that are right Let them never entrust men with the to be done, and enable them to do such affairs of the nation to whom they would things with vigour and success. not commit their own private affairs. O Lord God, the Holy Spirit, do thou Let the elected at least be honest, and, teach our people to pray, and help our if possible, religious-men who fear God unbelief, that, as a nation, we may indeed and hate covetousness, and who will ask believe that thou, God, dost govern the counsel of the Most Wise before they kingdoms of the earth,—that with one give advice or instruction to others, and, voice we may cry unto thee, and with with God's blessing, all will yet be well.* one heart trust thee,-and may we know,
and that speedily, that thou art a God that heareth prayer._“O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do. Defer not, for thine own sake, O
We ask all for the sake of thy blessed
Son, Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen, O Lord God, our Heavenly Father, we come before thee in this our time of national affliction, believing that there is help for us in thee, and only in thee.
O Lord, have mercy on our country. Though our sins have been without number, yet, for thine own great mercy's
“ Bostoy, July 29th, 1745. sake, deal not with us after our sins. “ DEAR Madam,—You will be surTake not utterly away thy loving-kind-prised to hear that a messenger of the ness from us. Thou hast been in times Prince of Peace, especially such a weak past our strength and our shield. Oh! creature as I am, should beat up to arms. forsake us not utterly.
No doubt, you have judged me, as well Thou art full of compassion and of great kindness; oh! have mercy upon me to it. You have now heard of the
you may; but Providence seemed to force the sufferings of our poor soldiers. Look Cape Breton Expedition, which was carupon them in cold, and hunger, and ried on and finished with the greatest weariness—in sickness and in death. secrecy and expedition here, before it From the first of a series of tracts, by Mr.
could be scarcely known to you at home.
was fixed upon Douglas of Cavers, on The Coming of the King: Worthy Colonel
to command. The day before he ac
OUTLINE FOR UNITED PRAYER FOR THE
LETTER OF GEORGE WHITEFIELD.
cepted of the commission, he purposed officers to act like David's worthies; then to dine with me to ask my advice. II made no manner of doubt but we should told him that I boped if he did under- receive good news from Cape Breton. take it, he would beg of the Lord God After this I preached to the general of armies to give him a single eye; that himself, who asked me if I would not be the means proposed to take Louisburgb, one of his chaplains ! I told him, I in the eye of human reason, were no should think it an honour ; but believed, more adequate to the end than the as I generally preached three times sounding of ram's horns to blow down a-day in various places to large congreJericho; that the eyes of all would be gations, I could do my king, my country, upon him; and if he should not succeed and my God, more service by stirring up in the intended enterprise, the widows the people to pray, and thereby strengthen and orpbans of the slain soldiers would his and his soldiers' hands. Through be like lions robbed of their whelps; but divine grace I was enabled to persist if it pleased God to give him success, in this practice for some weeks; but, envy would not suffer him to take the at last, news arrived that the case was glory; and, therefore, he would take desperate ; letter upon letter came from great care that his views were disinter- one officer and another, to those who ested; and then, I doubted not, if Pro- planned the expedition, and did not know vidence really called him, he would find the strength of the fortress. I smiled, his strength proportioned to the day, and tol my friends that I believe
now and would return more than conqueror! we should have Louisburgh; that all He thanked me, and his lady having having confessed their helplessness, God giving her free consent, he commenced would now reveal His arm, and make general.
our extremity His opportunity. I was “ The sound was now, .To arms! to not disappointed of my hope; for, one arms!' New recruits were eagerly day, having taken a weeping leave of sought after, and my worthy friend Mr. dear Boston, and being about to preach S
was appointed one of the com- a few miles out of the town, news was missaries. Being at his house, he told brought that Louisburgh was taken ! me, one evening, that he was preparing Numbers flocked with great joy from all the flag, and that I must give him the quarters, and I immediately preached to motto, and that the people must know them a thanksgiving sermon from these it too. I absolutely refused, urging it words: “By this I KNOW That Thou would be acting out of character. He FAVOUREST ME, SINCE THOU HAST NOT replied, that the expedition, ho believed, PERMITTED MINE ENEMIES TO TRIUMPA was of God; and that if i did not en- OVER ME.' Here ends, dear Madam, my courage it, many of the serious people beating to arms; it is left to you to judge would not enlist. I still refused. He as you please of yours, &c., desired me to consider, and sleep upon
“ G. W.”+ it, and to give him my answer in the morning. I retired - I prayed - I slept ; and upon his renewing his request in the morning, I told him, that since he
SONNET was so urgent, and as I did not know but Divine Providence might intend to My grief pursues me through the land of cleop, give us Louisburgh, therefore he might It winds into the secret of my dreams, take this motto, Nil DESPERANDUM And shapes their shadowy pomp. When CHRISTO Duce."* Upon this, great Fancy seems numbers enlisted; and, before their em- To charm my fevered spirit into deep barkation, their officers desired me to Forgetfulness, the restless thought will creep give them a sermon. preached from From its dim ambush, startling that repose ; these words: As many as were dis- And glooms, and spectral horrors round me tressed, as many as were discontented, as many as were in debt, came to David, Like iron walls I may not overleap. and he became a captain over them. And then I seem to see thy face again;
But not, beloved ! as thou wert and art, Officers, soldiers, and others attended. 1 spiritualized the subject, and told them And, with thy sweet voice tingling in my brain, how distressed sioners came to Jesus To feel the slow throb of habitual pain,
From this great agony of fear I start, Christ, the son of David; and in my
And undulled anguish grasping at my deart. application, exhorted the soldiers to be
J. D. BURNS. have like the soldiers of David, and the
+ Extracted from a tract published by the • Nothing to be despaired of-Cokist being “ Soldiers' Friend and Army Scripture Readers' our Leader,
PRAYER FOR THE SOLDIER OR SAILOR ABROAD BY HIS
RELATIONS AT HOME.
O GRACIOUS and compassionate , from the arrow that flieth by day, God! Thou art everywhere present and the pestilence that walketh by beholding the evil and the good night; keep his body in health and To Thee all hearts are open, and all strength, and his soul in peace, desires known. Thou knowest our through the blessed assurance of frame, and rememberest we are Thy presence. Oh! draw his heart dust, and Thy name is Love. We mightily towards Thee, that he may come to Thee through Jesus Christ, have no pleasure in murder and dewho was a man of sorrows and struction, but in Thy fear may shew acquainted with grief; who died love and compassion even to the enefor our sins; who ever liveth to my. Be ever with him as his shield make intercession for us; of whom and mighty defence from the powers the whole family in heaven and of evil; let him not fall into sin, wanearth is named; and through whom tonness, or levity; work powerfully all have access by one Spirit unto in him by Thy Holy Spirit; quicken Thee. We thank Thee that Thou him, that by earnest repentance and hast graciously commanded us to faith in Thy Son he may prepare himbe careful for nothing, but in self for death ; and if it be Thy will everything, by prayer and suppli- to call him away, give him a blessed cation with thanksgiving, to make ending, and let him come to Thee in our requests known unto Thee, Thy kingdom of glory. But while promising that Thy peace, which we beseech Thee to spare him, we passeth understanding, shall keep also pray, that he may be so strengthour minds and hearts through ened by Thy grace as to be made Christ Jesus. To Thee, our Fa- willing to lose his life in the doing of ther, we cry in the sorrow of our Thy will, rather than to save it by hearts, supplicating Thee gracious disobedience, or neglect of duty. ly to protect our beloved friend | Hear us, O Lord! We cast our [husband, brother, son] amidst the care on Thee, for Thou carest for tumult of this war, in which he must us ; and we beseech Thee, Father bear a part; and so to protect him, of mercies, to answer our petitions that he
be delivered from for the sake of Him in whose words danger, and that we may again we would pray, saying : “Our behold his face in the land of the Father," &c. ' living Preserve him, O Lord,
WANDERINGS IN CORSICA.*
MR. CONSTABLE furnishes us, month after door, and a fireplace with a mantelpiece montb, with such a rapid succession of of yellow marble, ornamented with some delightful volumes, that it is hardly pos- the 15th of August 1769, Napoleon was
mythological reliefs. In this room, on sible to keep up with him in reading or born. It is a strange feeling, hard to put reviewing them. The two volumes be- in language, which takes possession of fore us, entitled, Wanderings in Corsica: the soul on the spot hallowed as the its History and its Heroes, are equal to birthplace of a great man. Something any of their predecessors, and furnish a sacred, mystic, a consecrated atmosphere, most delightful melange of the history of pervades it. It is as if you were casting
à glance bebind the curtain of Nature, Corsica, wanderings through its pictur- where she creates in silence the incomesque mountains and valleys, fresh and prehensible organs of her action. But artist-like descriptions of its scenery, with man discerns only the phenomenal, he stories of its wild inbabitants and re- attempts in vain to ascertain the how.
To stand in silence before the unsearchvengeful bandits, all written with singular able mysteries of nature, and see with taste and raciness of style.
wonder the radiant forms that ascend There is some difficulty in gleaning from the darkness--that is human reliextracts from its pages, as they are all gion. For the thoughtful man nothing worth perusing. The following may in- is more deeply impressive than the starry terest our readers, on the Napoleon I saw other 'rooms, the ballroom of the
sky of night, or the starry sky of history. family:-
family, Madame Letitia's room, Napoleon's NAPOLEON'S EARLY HOME IN AJACCIO.
little room where he slept, and that in
which he studied. The two little wall. “Bonaparte's house, which has, I am
presses are still to be seen there in which assured, sustained but slight alteration, his school-books stood. Books stand in though no palace, bas plainly been the them at present. With eager curiosity dwelling of a patrician family. Its ap- I took out some of them, as if they were pearance shews this, and it is without Napoleon's; they were yellow with age doubt a palace compared with the village- -law-books, theological treatises, a Livy, cabin in which Pasquale Paoli was born. a Guicciardini, and others, probably the It is roomy, handsome, and convenient. property of the Pietra Santa family, who But the rooms are destitute of furniture; are related to the Bonapartes, and to the tapestries alone have been left on the whom their house in Ajaccionow belongs." walls, and they are decayed. The floor, which, as is usual in Corsica, is laid out
NAPOLEON'S INFANCY, in small hexagonal red flags, is here and there ruinous. The darkness produced “Little is known of Napoleon's infancy. in the rooms by the closed jalousies, and His mother Letitia was in church at the their emptiness, made them quite dismal. festival of the Assunta of the Virgin
“ Once, in the time of the beautiful when she felt the first pangs of approachLetitia, this house was alive with the busy ing labour. Şhe immediately hastened stir of a numerous family, and brilliant home; but had not time to gain her own with joyous hospitality. Now, it is like a room, and gave birth to her child in a tomb, and in vain you look around you for small cabinet, on a temporary couch of a single object on which fancy may hang tapestry representing scenes from the associations with the history of its enig. Iliad. Gertrude, her sister-in-law, atmatic inhabitants. The naked walls can tended her. It was eleven o'clock in the tell po tale.
forenoon when Napoleon came to the “I entered a little room with blue world. tapestry, and two windows, one of which, “He was not baptized till the 21st of with a balcony before it, looked into a July 1771, nearly two years after his court, the other into the street. You birth, along with his sister Maria Anna, see here a wall-press, behind a tapestried | who died soon after. It is said that he
resisted vehemently when the priest was Wanderings in Corsica: its History and its about to sprinkle the consecrated water Heroes. Translated from the German of Fer. dinand Gregorovius, by Alexander Muir. Edin.
on him; perbaps he wanted to baptize bargh: Thomas Constable & Co.
himself, as at a later period he crowned