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overruling for good the evil that mer exert their rage out of the had occurred, that his friend would church; while drunkenness, luxury, act the part of Jonah towards the perjury, blasphemy, impurity, adulNinevites in persisting in his re- tery, and other abominable vices, fusal, and, determining to forego overthrow my doctrine, and expose the privilege of his society, de- it defenceless to the rage of our clared to him that he considered it enemies. Rome does not constias his duty to accept the call: so tute the principal object of my that it was finally settled he should fears. Still less am I apprehenreturn to Geneva, as soon as the sive from the almost infinite number second Diet, to which he had of monks. The gates of hell, the pledged his attendance, was over; principalities and powers of evil Viret in the mean time leaving spirits, disturb me not at all. I Lausanne, by permission of his su- tremble on account of other eneperiors the Berners, to encourage mies, more dangerous; and I the Protestant interest among the dread abundantly more those carGenevese.

nal covetousnesses; those deAt length, on the 13th of Sep- baucheries of the tavern, of the brotember, he made his entry into the thel, and of gaming; those infamous city, amid the congratulations of remains of ancient superstition, the Senate, and the shouts of the those mortal pests, the disgrace of people. The Strasburgers, in yield- your town, and the shame of the ing him up to the importunity of reformed name. Of what importthe Genevese, testified their re- ance is it to have driven away the spect and sense of his services; by wolves from the fold, if the pest insisting on his retention of the ravage the flock? Of what use is freedom of their city, and accept- a dead faith without good works? ance of an annual allowance; to Of what importance is even truth which condition he could by no itself, where a wicked life belies it, means be brought to consent. Ą and actions make words blush? crowded auditory recognized the Either command me to abandon a faithful reprover as he thus ad- second time your town, and let me dressed them :

go and soften the bitterness of my “ If you desire to have me for afflictions in a new exile, or let the your pastor, correct the disorder of severity of the laws reign in the your lives. If you have with sin- church. Re-establish there the cerity recalled me from my exile, pure discipline. Remove from banish the crimes and debauche- within your walls, and from the ries which prevail among you. I frontiers of your state, the, pest of certainly cannot behold, without your vices, and condemn them to a the most painful displeasure, with- perpetual banishment.” in your walls discipline trodden His first care after his restorąunder foot, and crimes committed tion was to establish a presbytewith impunity. I cannot possibly rian form of church polity, azd a live in a place so grossly immoral. consistorial jurisdiction, with power Vicious souls are too filthy to re- to exercise censures and excomceive the purity of the Gospel, and munication; which measure met at the spiritual worship which I preach first with considerable opposition, to you. A life stained with sin is some pleading that it would be a too contrary to Jesus Christ to be renewal of Romish tyranny, but tolerated. I consider the principal afterwards passed into a law, in a enemies of the Gospel to be, not general assembly, on the 20th of the Pontiff of Rome, nor heretics, November. He now issued a nor seducers, nor tyrants, but such more extended Catechism, which bad Christianss because the for- was so highly esteemed, that it was translated into most of the Euro- from the malice of the Romanists pean languages, while those noted in France and Italy. To these he scholars Emanuel Tremellius and addressed many admirable lessons Henry Stevens sought to enlarge of advice and consolation. His its sphere of usefulness by giving a discretion, integrity, and perseveversion of it in Hebrew and in rance, gained him the general Greek. As soon as it was known esteem, so that scarcely a measure that he was fixed as pastor, there of public importance was resolved was such an influx of foreigners on without a reference to his opifrom Italy, Spain, France, and nion. The Genevese were jealous even from England, that it was lest he should contemplate a return difficult to provide them with ac- to the Strasburgers, and sought ascommodation. His ministerial la- surances from the latter that they bours were incessant. Every' al- would resign such an expectation. ternate Sabbath he preached twice; A contagious fever raging in the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednes- hospital, he desired to attend the day, he read his divinity-lectures ; ' patients; but the government, on Thursday he sat in the Consis- anxious for his safety, interposed tory for the exercise of ecclesias- an objection, and sent an inferior tical discipline; and on Fridays he minister who soon caught the fatal gave critical discourses on Scrip- infection. Thus did God cause ture difficulties. Besides his public his enemies to be at peace; many writings, and private negotiations, were ashamed of their former conGod so blessed his ministry that duct, when they saw the estimahis judgment was requested from tion in which he was held both at all parts of the Christian world. home and abroad; while his repuThough he found reason to rejoice tation rose superior to all the atin the success of the reformed te- tacks of calumny; as the passage nets in his own immediate circle, of the slimy reptile over the pohe had too much sympathy with lished mirror may partially stain the suffering members of Christ, the surface, but fails to detract not to be deeply affected at the from its intrinsic excellence. persecutions endured by many

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RELIGION.
[FROM BARTON'S “POETIC VIGILS."]
O let it not be said that, in our isle, .

The Poet's page, which should be consecrate

To truths the Scriptures bid us venerate,
Bestows its aid to darken and defile !
Let us not forfeit meek ReliGION's smile,

Hopes cherish'd by the wise, the good, the great,

And blindly bow to dark, mysterious Fate,
Because the Sceptic may those hopes revile.
Here Milton's harp bas rung a SAVIOUR's praise,

With classic majesty and Christian power :
And Cowper's muse, in sweetly varied lays,

Prov'd how exhaustless was her home-born dower;

Then let not later bards, in eyil hour
Show that our lot has fallen on dark, degen'rate days.

CHRIST GLORIFIED IN THE HAPPY DEATH OF A

LITTLE BOY. * The freeness and all-sufficiency quiries, the following conversaof divine grace is eminently dis- tion passed between us. “ Are played when little children are you afraid to die?”—“ () no!" made the subjects of it. When we Z" Why are you not afraid?”— trace the same workings of the “ Because Jesus will save me; Spirit of God, the same repentance, and I pray to Jesus to give me the same faith, the same renun- strength.”—“ Do you not think ciation of the world, the same sur- that you have been a sinner?” — render of the soul to Christ's ser- “ O yes, I know it. I have been vice, the same hope of glory in the very wicked.” experience of a little child as in that And here I must caution my of the oldest veteran in the ranks young readers, not to imagine that of the militant church, we are con- little Benjamin had been what strained to confess the finger of people in general call a bad boy. God. When we hear such little No, on the contrary, he had been ones discourse of the things which very dutiful to his parents, reconcern the kingdom of God with a markably steady in his ways, and divine simplicity and clearness, such as people in general would whilst over the eyes of many a call a very good boy: it was a learned sage there is a film of spi- sense of siu in the sight of God, a ritual ignorance, we are con- feeling that he had not lived and strained to magnify the power of served God as he ought; it was divine grace, and adopt the lan- this that led him to speak of himguage of the Redeemer : “ I thank self as having been so wicked. thee, O Father, Lord of heaven In reply to his expression of his and earth, that thou hast hid these guilt and vileness, it was remarkthings from the wise and prudent ed, what a blessed assurance the and revealed them unto babes." I word of God gives us, that in and do not forget, that those who are through Christ Jesus there is salsages in years may be babes in vation for the greatest sinners. SeChrist; but all must agree, that veral texts to this purport were rewhere grace manifests itself in peated to him. On my reciting to those, who, in respect of their im- him John, iii. 16 and 17: For mature age, are literally babes, it God so loved the world, that he shines forth with a beautiful and gave his only begotten son, &c.” engaging lustre.

' when I came to the words, “ God The subject of this Memoir was sent not his "Son into the world first introduced to my notice early to condemn the world,” he took in the present year, when the fa- up the sentence and completed it, ther brought him to me, and ex- as to the meaning though not the pressed the child's earnest desire very words- but that the world to obtain instruction. He was ac- through him might live." I said, cordingly received, at my request, “ You labour now under a heavy into a little private Sunday school. burden : but it will be a blessed His teacher once ortwice mentioned thing to go to heaven: there, there him to me with commendation, as will be no more sin.” He again being particularly attentive. At took up the sentence and added, the close of the month of March, it “No more sin—no more sorrowincidentally came to my ear that no more affliction !" little Benjamin (for such was his On my second visit, I proposed name) was very ill. I went to see some questions with a view to him. After some introductory in- ascertain in what way he had first

been brought to think seriously his recovery excited anxiety in his about his soul, and to know the mind; whether he would desire to Saviour. He said, it was since he live, or would rather depart. He had been afflicted (for about a year unhesitatingly declared, that he past) that he had been led to think would rather depart and be with of his soul. I understand, that he Christ. On being asked, why he gave the same account to an- preferred departing ? he answered, other friend, applying to himself “ It was far better than to live in the words of David; “ It is good this vain world." I replied, “ It for me that I have been afflicted; is indeed a vain world; but you before I was afflicted I went cannot speak much from expeastray." On being further ques- rience: you have not seen much of tioned, how he derived his instruc- its vanity,"_“ No," he replied, tion, he said, that “ his Father“ I have not seen much ; but I had told him as well as he could.” have seen enough to know that it is Indeed, I have reason to believe, a vain wicked world." I find that that he obtained most of his in- he afterwards mentioned this part struction in private; partly from of our conversation to his teacher, his own reading in his Bible, partly and explained to him more partifrom his father's instructing hinı as cularly what he meant by saying, well as he could: and in no small he had seen enough of the vanity of degree from his attendance at the the world, viz. that he had seen before-mentioned private Sunday so much wickedness and vanity school. He does not appear to even amongst children of his have gained much from public own age; idle boys and girls propreaching; partly because he was faning the sabbath, &c. too ill, subsequently to his receiv The same feeling, of its being a ing serious impressions, to attend blessed thing to exchange this often on public worship, and part- vain world for the next, was forcily (I mention it with shame) be- bly expressed at another time, in cause he could not always under- the presence of a friend who took stand the sermons. “ He could a memorandum of his words. On not," he said, “ understand much speaking of the prospect of his that was said, because of the hard being soon removed, and on his words.I trust this will be a les- mother's saying, that it was hard son to the writer, and to his bre- to part with her dear child, and thren in the ministry, to use all that she had before lost two grownplainness of speech in their endea- up children, who, she hoped, were vours to feed the flock of Christ. gone to heaven; he immediately That little Benjamin should com- remarked, “ But what a comfort plain of " hard words," is indeed to part with them, when you have à forcible admonition of the neces- got no doubt about their being hapsity of using easy ones, because he py with God; for it is a great deal was by no means deficient in un- better that they should be with him derstanding, but on the contrary than that they should stay here." was remarkably quick for his If to any persons it should seem years, as must be evident through unnatural thus to describe a child the whole of this little narrative. of eleven years old, as uttering

At the time I had this conversa- long connected sentences, I can tion with him, Benjamin thought assure them that there is no misrehimself better; so much so, that, presentation or exaggeration in this his parents being out, he had crept respect. Those who visited him down stairs to the fireside of a know that he would at times speak friend living under the same roof. considerably at length, expressing I asked him whether the thought of his ideas in very proper words,

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and without any embarrassment. quantity of matter which is not unIt was also a peculiar feature in derstood, and therefore soon forhis conversation, that he had no gotten. This method of questioncommon-place phrases, or what ing seems to have had the happiest are called “cant ternis." Some- effect on little Benjamin; so that times we hear children talk in a he was competent to explain any religious strain, apparently above easy passage of Scripture; thus their years; it is easy to discover on one occasion I read to him that they rather detail a set of Luke xv. 5—7, the parable of the phrases which their parents have Strayed Sheep, and requested him taught them, than express their to explain the meaning of it. This own thoughts and feelings; but he did very readily.“ We sinthere was nothing of this in little ners,” said be, « are the lost Benjamin. I never heard a man sheep, who have wandered from of thirty or of sixty express himself God" into the wicked world, and in a manner which could more dis- are in danger of being devoured by tinctly show, that his words were the lion, that is, by Satan, the the true and genuine expression of roaring lion that goeth about, &c. his inward sentiments and feelings. But Jesus is the good Shepherd,

As to his sincerity, indeed, there who seeks us out and brings us can be no doubt. He seemed to back. The friends and neighbours speak every thing as in the sight of whom the good Shepherd calls to a heart-searching God. He ap- rejoice with him, on the recovery peared to be deeply impressed of his lost sheep, are the holy anwith a sense of God's presence: gels-_There is joy in the presence so much so, that when his little of the angels of God over one sinsister would repeat her prayers in a ner that repenteth." somewhat hasty manner, I am told Sometimes, whilst I was reading he would reprove her; and ask her and explaining the word of God to if she recollected what she was him, he would put in some little about, and in whose presence she comment of his own, in a pretty was; that she was addressing God, simple way; thus, whilst readwho searcheth the heart, and willing 1 Pet. i. 4, respecting the inhenot be deceived and put off with ritance laid up for God's children, the language of the lip. And if she and pressing the idea that that is said grace before or after meat in an inheritance that “ fadeth not à careless manner, he would re- away,” he said, “ No, fadeth not quire her to say it over again. away. Not like the rose ; that will

His knowledge of Scripture was fade away.” The seventh verse of remarkable, considering his age that chapter fixed his attention inand the short time he had been se- tensely. Whilst I was pointing riously impressed. This may, un out to him, that there is a needs der God, be attributed to a happy be” for all the afflictions God sends inquisitiveness, which led him to upon his children, and that they be always asking questions of those are as a fire in which they are to to whom he looked for instruction ; be proved and purified, he seemand also to the plan which bis sab- ed to enter into the idea with bath teacher pursued, which was his whole soul; and his mother that of asking him questions, con- making some slight movement at cerning what he lcarnt or read, to the moment, he beckoned to her be answered out of his own mind. in the most solemn manner to be This mode of instruction is always still. found very beneficial; far more On Easter Sunday, when I callso than the too common plan of ed upon him after morning service, oyerburdeving the memory with a there appeared a visible alteration

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