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though it is true, “ that whosoever shall, God as its portion before His Name can call upon the name of the Lord shall be be glorified and enjoyed, it is the duty, saved," and though this “promise is to the glorious privilege of the parent to us and our cbildren," and has been sealed convey that knowledge to his child, and to each of them in baptism, yet "how to make it the very end and aim of all shall they call on Him in whom they his labours, that God's gracious wishes have not believed ? and how shall they shall be complied with. believe in Him of whom they have not What a cheering and strengthening heard ?" And how, then, I may further thought is this to a parent, that in thus ask, is the child to hear so as to believe educating his child he is but “a fellow and call on the Name of the Lord, and labourer with God”-he is not alone in thus respond to the calling of itself by his love or labours, for the Father is God? I reply, that it is God's design with him! Christian parents, in all that this should come through the Christ- their teaching and training to bring ian parent. The parent is selected as their children to God, to induce them to God's teacher, missionary, witness, and choose Him as their portion, may thus representative in the family, and to his truly say with Paul: “ We are ambaschildren, as I have already, in the last sadors for Christ, as though God did bechapter, explained to you. Hence one seech you by us : we pray you in Christ's reason why the ordinance of baptism is stead, be ye reconciled to God"_" as dispensed only in connexion with a be- workers together with Him, we beseech lieving Christian parent, because he (or, you not to receive the grace of God in in the case of orphans, sponsers) will, vain !"- and, oh! that children, just as through a Christian education, both im. they awaken and respond in riper years part to the child a knowledge of that to that deep and true love in father or Name-Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, in mother, which rested on them before which the child has been baptized, and they knew it, would also open their the import of those special blessings hearts to that deeper and truer love of offered to it by its covenant God; and their God, which has never ceased to also train it up, so that it shall believe in shine upon them since they were born, God as He is thus revealed, receive the and was solemnly testified to in their blessings thus offered, and himself choose baptism! Nor need they, when the God as His Father, Saviour, and Sancti- divine life is quickened in them, be fier. It was thus that God made certain baptized again! For what truth or precious promises to Abraham and his blessing can God signify or seal to them seed, because He knew that Abraham which He has not already done ; or would so train up his children as that what can God be to them which He has those promises would be realized. “Shall not already declared himself to be?" He I hide from Abraham that thing which is their Father-only let them love and I do; seeing that Abraham shall surely live as His children ! become a great and mighty nation, and when this beautiful and solemn rite all the nations of the earth shall be of baptism is thus understood, what are blessed in him? For I know, that he we to think of those parents who ask will command his children and his house- and obtain it for their children, yet hold after him, and they shall keep the themselves either believe not in the name way of the Lord, to do justice and judg- of God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, or, ment; that the Lord may bring upon by their practical impiety, shew that Abrabam that which He hath spoken of they have disowned that name in which him."

| they were themselves baptized? Can You thus perceive, that as personal such mockery bring a blessing to themfaith on the part of the child, if it lives selves or children? What are we to to become responsible, is required before think of those parents who, while they God's offers of mercy made at baptism are professed believers, and “ seem to can be of any avail; and as it must choose be religious," and bave "a form of God. liness," yet are ashamed even to confess

THE YOUNG VOYAGER. God before their children, or to impart to them from their own lips any teach-in which some vessel floated which no

Has any one ever stood on a pier, withing regarding that great Name by which storm wave had yet toseed? But now it they are called ? What would that parent sails forth, its canvass spread, its crew deserve who concealed from a starving alert, its freight secured, its destination son the offer made to him in infancy,

registered. You marked its progress from and to be communicated in riper years helm, it ploughs the wave, it begins its

the harbour to the open sea. It feels the by the parent, of a property which should course. The skies are chequered, the be his on terms easily complied with ? clouds gather, the winds are strong. You But what would such neglect be when felt an interest in the voyage which that compared to the guilt incurred by the

vessel was to make; you thought of the

hazards of the sea, of the perils of her parent who conceals from his own child

la course; you thought of storm and strugthe knowledge of the glorious inherit- gle, of possible loss and shipwreck, or of ance offered to him by his God! Yet is a sunny and joyous entrance into the it not the case, that in many a family, distant haven beyond the present flood, this Name of God, and all the blessings

where the mariners were to find an exoffered by Him, are never breathed by

pected home; you breathed a prayer that

God would be their guide, their guardian, the parent to his children, as if they and their friend. And what is each little were some awful secrets which he was child, though now inexperienced of life's pledged to conceal! Would not many changes ? what but such a vessel bound on baptized children be able, at judgment,

a long voyage, sailing across a wild sea,

exposed to howling winds and rains, passto testify against their parents, and say

ing by many a reef, and in peril of rocks with truth, “ They never told us of God

and breakers ? How fearful the shipour Father, of Jesus our Saviour, or of wreck of such a vessel ! how blessed its the Spirit our Sanctifier! We never calm arrival on the everlasting shore ! heard from their lips a word to warn us

Who would not pray, that of each such of our danger as sinners, or to inform

vessel, of each such child, God may be

the guardian and the guide-His own eye us of the mercies offered to us, and to be upon its course—His own pilotage at be obtained by us as well as by others, its helm ?~Rev. Gerard Noel. through a Saviour ! Never, never did they tell us either that we had been

THE BABY'S SLEEP. baptised, or what God had revealed to

The Baby wept. us in the ordinance !”

The mother took it from the nurse's arms,

And hushed its grief, and still'd its vain alarms, Parents! this must not, dare not be!

And Baby slept. While thus acting towards your children,

Again it weeps,

And God doth take it from the mother's arms, the very ordinance of baptism which you from present pusu,

| Prom present pain, and future unknown harnis,

.. ask for them, as a matter of form or senseless superstition, condemns yourselves. It witnesses of a name written "One day we met Father Taylor-thie on your own foreheads, which you have founder of the Sailor's Home in Bostondenied ; of a God long revealed, but yet on the street. He told us in a melan

choly manner that he had been burying unknown to you from wilful ignorance;

| a child, and alluded with emotion to the and of mercies long offered to yourselves,

great number of infants he had lately but never yet received from stubborn buried. Then, after a pause, striking unbelief! If such is your state, repent! his stick on the ground, and looking up“ Return to the Lord thy God, for thou wards, he added : “ There must be somehast fallen by thine iniquity." Receive,

thing wrong somewhere! There's a storm

| brewing, when the doves are all flying though late, the remission of sins, and

aloft ! the gift of the Spirit signified and sealed in baptism to yourselves; and then only when you are right with your own

“The colour of our whole lives is

generally such as the three or four first Father, will you do right towards your

years in which we are our own masters own children!

make it."--Couper.

SACRED POETS.

I.-GEORGE HERBERT.

HERBERT was twenty-nine years younger this school, others are turned into pre. than Shakespeare, and fifteen years older | mature dotage; but it is pleasing in the than Milton. Born in 1593, he died in extreme to see more genial consequences, 1633. His life and labours in the inter | to watch the intellect brightening, the val were such that he has been styled faith ever increasing, and the amiability " Holy George Herbert.” No other poet of the spirit becoming greater than beof our country is thus honoured; and yet fore, beneath the influence of affliction. he died at the age of forty.

Health is a great advantage to a truly He had that peculiar blessing-a pious healthy soul; but the frailty of its abode mother. Her days of widowhood began is often the agency for sending the spirit when the poet was only four years of age. out in eager quest of another and a more To her piety and care he owed much of enduring one. It is infinitely more to be the integrity and freedom from common desired, that the living soul should have a vices that marked his youth and early weakly, sickly frame, than that the vigormanhood. He entered Trinity College, ous body should always have to drag Cambridge, in 1608; and after an honour- hither and thither a corpse-like soul. able course of study as a student, and But listen for a little to some of the exfellow of that College, he was elected perience Herbert had of affliction: orator for the University. In this posi- | . At first thou gav'st me milk and sweetnesses ; tion he had to flatter King James in I had my wish and way; Latin ; and afterwards, when he became My days were strew'd with flowers and happiness;

There was no month but May. a courtier, the art of speaking and writ

But with my years sorrow did twist and grow, ing the flattering language with and And made a party unawares for woe. beyond propriety, would be easily ac- My flesh began unto my soul in pain ; quired by one who was naturally eloquent, 'Sicknesses cleave my bones, and of a most generous disposition. But Consuming agués dwell in every vein,

And tune my breath to groans.' the eye of moral criticism must not look

Sorrow was all my soul; I scarce believed, too sternly on the sayings and flatteries Till grief did tell me roundly—that I lived. of a young man of twenty-six. It will

When I got health thou took'st away my life often help us to a fair estimate of a man's

And more ; for my friends die; conduct, as well as of his writings, if we My mirth and edge was lost-a blunted knife find out his age at the time in question.

Was of more use than I.

Thus thin and lean, without a fence or friend, Edmund Burke's Essay on the Sublime i

I was blown through with every storm and wind and Beautiful is of no philosophical value,

Whereas my birth and spirit rather took eloquent and interesting as it is; for he

The way that takes the town; was little more than a youth when he Thou did'st betray me to a lingering book, wrote it; and Mr. Macaulay's article on

And wrap me in a gown.

I was entangled in a world of strife, Milton was an early production, regard

Before I had the power to change my life. ing which he himself says, that hardly a

Yet, for I threatened oft the siege to raise ;
sentence of it is what his mature judg. Not simpering all mine age,
ment would approve.

Thou often did'st with academic praise
Let us silently wonder whether many

Melt and dissolve my rage. bave walked through the spares of life,

I took thy sweetened pill, till I came near;

I could not go away nor persevere. at college and at court, without being

Yet lest perchance I should too happy be more entangled in them than Herbert

In my unhappiness, was. He had one source of trial and | Turning my purge to food, thou turowcst me purification-he was a diligent scholar in

Into more sicknesses.

Thus doth thy power cross.bias me, not making the school of affliction. While some grow

Thinc own gift good, yet ne from my way discontented and snarling creatures in ! taking.

Now I am here, what thou wilt do with me | which this beautiful idea undergoes, is None of my books will shew;

given in the Evangelist's vision of “that I read, and sigh, and wish I were a tree ; For sure I then should grow,

great city, the Holy Jerusalem.” “ And To fruit or shade: at least some bird would trust I saw no temple therein; for the Lord Her household to me, and I should be just.

God Almighty and the Lamb are the

temple of it.” Thus, the high and holy Yet though thou troublest me, I must be meek; In weakness must be stout.

God is said to dwell with, and among, Well, I will change the service, and go seek and in, His people on earth; and they Some other master out!

are said to dwell with and in Him, in Ah! my dear God! though I am clean forgot, Let me not love thee, if I love thee not.

heaven.

While a good man may be called the It may seem as if the quaint familiarity temple of God, it is not at first so trueof Herbert shewed a want of reverence, at nor afterwards is it always true-that times; but there is a sincerity and truth the constant worship and pure service of about the poet all the while, that reminds God, or the joy of God's presence, bave us of the sweet singer of Israel. And their permanent abiding-place in such a besides the plain speaking and quaint man; not, at least, until he has made style of illustration that mark his poetry, wondrous progress in the life of holiness. we must take into account that he re- Herbert marks this well in several parts garded the lyrics of which the Temple” of “The Temple:” is composed as records of the varying

8 « Soul's joy, when thou art gone, moods of his religious life. No one can And I aloneunderstand the drift of the poem who

Which cannot be ; fails to take that view of it. It was Because thou dost abide in me, only a few days before he died that

And I depend on thee; be made known the existence of the Yet when thou dost suppress work to a friend, in these words: “ Sir

The cheerfulness

Of thy abode, I pray you, deliver this little book to my

And in my powers not stir abroad, dear brother Ferrar, and tell him he shall

But leave me to my load ; find in it a picture of the many spiritual conflicts that have passed between God

Oh! what a damp and shade

Doth me invade! and my soul, before I could subject mine

No stormy night to the will of Jesus my master, in whose Can so afflict or so affright service I have now found perfect freedom.

As thy eclipsed light. Desire bim to read it, and then, if he Ah! Lord, do not withdraw, think it may turn to the advantage of Lest want of awe

Make sin appear, any dejected poor soul, let it be made

And, when thou dost but shine less clear, public; if not, let him burn it; for I and

Say that thou art not here. it are less than the least of all God's

And then what life I have, mercies."

(While siu doth rave The idea of Howe's Living Temple, a

And falsely boast, work published about seventy years after That I may seek, but thou art lost!) Herbert's death, may have been suggested

Thou, and alone Thou, know'st. or developed, to some extent, by means of

Oh! what a deadly cold Herbert's poem; but the true source of Doth me infold! the idea employed in both is to be found

I half believe

That sin says true ; but, while I grieve, in the Holy Scriptures. Christ was,-pe

Thou comest and dost relieve." culiarly, THE TEMPLE of God. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise And, again, of the contention of worldit up." Christians, separately and col. I ly and transient thoughts, interests, and lectively, are called the temple of God. fears; their power to mar the pure service “Know ye not that ye are the temple of of God and the peace of His temple, and, God”_" Your body is the temple of the as it were, to prevent His constant preHoly Ghost.” The last and best change sence, we are told in “ The Family:"

suit of knowledge-its increase of capac. His kingdom come. For this we pray in vain ity--its freedom of action-its purifica- / Onless He does in our affections reign : tion and elevation--these become a part

Absurd it were to wish for such a King, of itself, and partake in its immortality.

And not obedience to His sceptre bring.

Whose yoke is easy, and His burden light; • When I die, writes Richard Baxter, I

His service freedom, and His judgments right must depart, not only from sensual de. lights, but from the more manly pleasures

His will be done. In fact 'tis always done ; of my studies, knowledge, and converse

But, as in heaven, it must be made our own, with many wise and godly men, and from

His will should all our inclinations sway, all my pleasure in reading. I must leave

Whom nature and the universe obey. my library, and turn over those pleasant Happy the man whose wishes are confined books no more.' This, perhaps, is a To what has been eternally design'd I thought which has disturbed many who Referring all to His paternal care, yet knew, like Baxter, that to them to To whom more dear, than to ourselves, we are. die was unspeakable gain. And it is true, that at death those pleasant books' It is not what our avarice hoards up; must be left behind. Not true, however,

'Tis He that feeds us, and that fills our cup; that the knowledge, if worthy knowledge,

Like new-born babes, depending on the breast, thence derived, or the discipline and

From day to day we on His bounty feast.

Nor should the soul expect abuve a day culture thereby promoted, must also be

To dwell in her frail tenement of clay ; left behind. We must, at death, leave

The setting sun should seem to bound our race, behind us the means, but not the result

And the new day a gift of special grace. attained through these means. At death the scaffolding must be taken down, but | That He should all our trespasses forgive, the structure, that living temple which while we ia hatred with our neighbours live; it has helped to rear and beautify for Though so to pray may seem an easy task, God's service, will not be taken down. We curse ourselves when thus inclined we ask. There is no wisdom, or strength, or This prayer to use, we ought with equal care purity that is acquired in this world, Our souls, as to the sacrament, prepare.

The noblest worship of the Power above, that does not thenceforward doubtless Is to extol and imitate His love: constitute for the heirs of heaven an

notitute for the boire of heaven an Not to forgive our enemies alone, inalienable possession - nay, there is,

But use our bounty that they may be won. doubtless, no book we ever read, no thought that ever passes through our

Guard lis from all temptations of the foe;

And those we may in several stations know: minds, no emotion that ever stirs our

The rich and poor in slippery places stand: hearts, but will, for good or evil, influence

Give us enough! but with a sparing hand ! our destiny at judgment, and our estate Not ill. per

Not ill-persuading want; nor wanting wealth; throughout eternity."

But what proportion'd is to life and health.

For not the dead, but living sing thy praise ; If our remarks and quotations have Exalt thy kingdom, and thy glory raise. succeeded in conveying any adequate

WALLER notion of the value of the lecture before us,-a lecture which we regard as eminently seasonable,—we are sure few of our

“When very young, Franklin shewed

"Whe readers will rest satisfied till they have passionate fondness for reading, much read it all. And we think we can pro. ingenuity in argument, but, as he acmise them, that the hour spent in read. knowledges, a disputatious wrangling ing it will never be regarded as one " to

ali style of conversation. I have since

observed,' he says, 'that persons of good be put to the account of idleness."

sense seldom fall into it, except lawyers, university men, and generally men of all

sorts who have been bred at IUDINREFLECTIONS ON THE LORD'S

BURGH!!!"-Lord Mahon's History.
PRAYER.
His sacred name, with reverence profound,
Should mention'd be, and trembling at the

The will is tuneless to his ear who feels
sound!
It was Jehovah'tis our Father now;

No harmony within ; the south wind steals

As silent as unseen among the flowers, So low to us does Heaven vouchsafe to bow!

Who has no inward beauty, none perceives, He brought it down that taught us how to

Though all around is beautiful. pray, And did so dearly for our ransom pay.

Dana,

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