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It is not a disputable specimen; it is a | "Thou hast not forgotten the long dreary road,
When Mary took turns with thee, bearing thy God; part of the Devotions of the Fathers
Yet light was that burden, none lighter could be ; of the Oratory, sung by them in an Sweet Spouse of our Lady! O canst thou bear me? assembly to which hundreds habitually | "A cold, thankless heart, and a mean love of ease, repair, printed for their use, purchased What weights, blessed Patron ! more galling than at their booksellers, bearing date, 1849.
these ? My life, my past life, thy clear vision may see ;
Sweet Spouse of our Lady! O canst thou love me? 6 THE PATRONAGE OF ST. JOSEPH.
“O give me thy burden to bear for awhile :
Let me kiss His warm lips, and adore His sweet “Dear husband of Mary! dear Nurse of her Child !
smile ; Life's ways are full weary, the desert is wild ;
With her Babe in her arms, surely Mary will be, Bleak sands are all round us, no home can we see ! Sweet Spouse of our Lady! we lean upon thee.
Sweet Spouse of our Lady! my pleader with thee.
“When the treasures of God were unsheltered on " For thou to the pilgrim art Father and Guide,
earth; And Jesus and Mary felt safe by thy side ;
Safe keeping was found for them both in thy worth; Ah! blessed Saint Joseph ! how safe should I be, O Father of Jesus ! be father to me,
Sweet Spouse of our Lady ! if thou wert with me! Sweet Spouse of our Lady! and I will love thee. “O blessed Saint Joseph ! how great was thy worth, | “God chose thee for Jesus and Mary-wilt thou The one chosen shadow of God upon earth,
Forgive a poor exile for choosing theo now? The Father of Jesus-ah! then wilt thou be, There is no Saint in Heaven I worship like thee, Sweet Spouse of our Lady! a father to me? Sweet Spouse of our Lady! O deign to love me !"
THINK OF JERUSALEM.
“ Remember the Lord afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind."-JER, li. 50.
Sons of a race beloved of God, a race of high renown,
Yet sorrow not with selfish grief, Jerusalem is waste !
She sits in solitude, who ruled, a noble queen, but now;
Think of her sunny vales, between whose banks the Kedron sweeps ;
Think of her, in your midnight dreams-her image be your rest !
And think of Him, the Good, the True, who Egypt's power defied,
To build again those hallowed walls, and worship there in truth,
And have not we a home beloved ? far distant, yet how near !
Thou art in truth a home for souls, in troubled world like this ;
'Tis ours thine "outer courts” to tend—the threshold not the fane ;
With praise, that heaven's own lofty truth our earthen vessels bear,
We'll think of thee,—the night is dark, and tempests are abroad ;
We'll think of thee, in bonds beneath, and yield thee filial love; We'll think of thee, redeemed from death, all free and fair above. And when we burst our captive's bond, and wings immortal wear, We'll soar the distant hills beyond, and pay our worship there. Streatham.
* Ezra iii. 12.
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Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Thomas | the publication of the last volume of
Chalmers, D.D., LL.D. By his Son-in- that interesting posthumous series law, the Rev. William Hanna, LL.D. which has been two years in progress, Vol. I. 8vo., pp. 514. Price 10s. 6d. | and, at the same time, the first volume Posthumous Works of the Rev. THOMAS
of a detailed Memoir of his Life and CHALMERS, D.D., LL.D. Nine Volumes.
| Writings, by the well-furnished memSro. Price £4 14s. 6d.
ber of his domestic circle to whom the
work was delegated. The volume is No theologian has arisen this century peculiarly acceptable, as it includes the who has exercised a more important history of his early life. Comprising influence on his contemporaries than the first thirty-three years of his course, the late Dr. Chalmers, or whose cha- it exhibits the preparatory processes by racter it is more desirable that readers which he was fitted for the services he of all ranks and denominations should was afterwards to perform, and disthoroughly understand. While he re-closes particulars respecting his mental mained in connexion with the Scottish history which could not with propriety ecclesiastical establishment, there was be published while he remained among no section of the Christian church us, but without a knowledge of which whose chiefs did not honour him as an we could have but inadequate views of effective preacher, and an able teacher the wisdom and goodness displayed toof the rising ministry; even then, the wards him. Some glances at his mental magnanimity of his purposes, the history, as pourtrayed in this volume, energy of his intellect, and the com- will we doubt not be pleasing and proprehensiveness of his charity, rendered fitable to our readers. him an object of general esteem and It was not till he was nearly thirty confidence among presbyterians and years of age that Mr. Chalmers underepiscopalians, independents and bap- went that great change which is detists. The circumstances which de- scribed in the apostolic writings as volved on him the leading part in the passing from death unto life. This is heroic procedings of that memorable sometimes ,effected so gradually, and May in which four hundred and seventy- preceded by so much apparent confour ministers of the church of Scot-formity to spiritual habits, that it is land resigned their offices and emolu- not easily perceptible to bystanders; ments in compliance with the dictates but in the case of Mr. Chalmers, it was of conscience, and the admirable manner his becoming obviously, to all his in which he conducted himself amidst acquaintance, a new creature. He had the difficulties of that crisis, invested been from his youth open-hearted, him with additional interest; and now, benevolent, discerning, and energetic; his course having terminated, he can- he had been trained to observe the not fail to be regarded as a specimen forms of religion, and he had taken of human nature which intelligent men upon himself the responsibilities of a of every class will desire to study parish minister. His pastoral duties closely.
were discharged with professional reguIt affords us pleasure to announce larity; mathematics and chemistry were VOL. XIII.--FOURTH SERIA.
his favourite pursuits, but literary | period he had much the appearance of an old celebrity was the object of his most man, of one who would never be able again for
| much exertion. But although the body was ardent desire. This portion of his life
thus weakened and reduced, the mind was left is, however, instructive. His aspiring | in untouched vigour; and into it, now left to temperament and inadequate success its own profound and solitary/musings, there show us a man of superior powers and sunk the deepest and most overpowering imattainments restless and uneasy, dis- |
pression of human mortality.
“For upwards of twenty years death had satisfied with the present and without
never entered his family circle. Perhaps the definite aim in regard to the future. first time that he had ever stood face to face Anxiously seeking for opportunities to in presence of the last enemy, and seen the distinguish himself, he found one in
last stroke given, was when he witnessed the
death of his brother George. But death was accordance with his official predilec
now to be no stranger : already had he borde tions, when in the General Assembly of
away two of the family in his cold embrace ; 1809 he delivered a brilliant speech, and two of his sisters were at this time threatadvocating such advancement in the ened with the same fatal malady. Mr. Ballartemporal circumstances of the clergy
die had passed into eternity in a moment. It
seemed as if, once begun, the quick succession as might increase their “importance,”
was to go on unbroken. A panic seized the and give “splendour and efficacy to family, as if one after another they were their exertions." But, soon after this, doomed to fall. Partaking fully of that panic, it pleased his heavenly Father to com
Mr. Chalmers believed that he was about to
die. For days and weeks he gazed upon the mence a course of operations on his
death brought thus so near, with eye intent and heart, by which he was drawn towards
solemnized. My confinement,' wrote Mr. a Redeemer whom he had served Chalmers, ‘has fixed on my heart a very nominally, but whose love he had never strong impression of the insignificance of time known. A pious uncle died suddenly,
-an impression which I trust will not aban
don me, though I again reach the heyday or leaving him one of his trustees, and health and vigour. This should be the first this was the commencement of a series step to another impression still more salutaryof events which will be described best the magnitude of eternity. Strip human life in the words of Dr. Hanna :
of its connexion with a higher scene of exist
ence, and it is the illusion of an instant, an “ The state of his health did not admit of unmeaning farce, a series of visions and proMr. Chalmers leaving Kilmany till the begin- jects, and convulsive efforts, which terminate ning of August. He returned to Anstruther at in nothing. I have been reading Pascal's the close of September, and it was some exposure Thoughts on Religion : you know his historyin coming home from that second visit, which a man of the richest endowments, and whose threw him into that long, severe, and most youth was signalized by his profound and momentous illness, during which the first stage original speculations in mathematical science, of a great and entire spiritual revolution was but who could stop short in the brilliant career accomplished in him. For four months be of discovery, who could resign all the splennever left his room ; for upwards of half a year dours of literary reputation, who could rehe never entered his palpit; it was more than nounce without a sigh all the distinctions a twelvemonth before all the duties of his parish which are conferred upon genius, and resolve were again regularly discharged by him. His to devote every talent and every hour to the illness, which was an affection of the liver, defence and illustration of the gospel. This, was such as to require the application of the | my dear sir, is superior to all Greek and to all very strongest medicines. 'I visited him,' Roman fame.' pp. 151, 152, says Professor Duncan,' at Fincraigs, where he | “Contemplated from the confines of eternity, was under the medical treatment of Dr. Ram- his past life looked to Mr. Chalmers like a Bay of Dundee, and I certainly never saw any feverish dream, the fruitless chasing of a person so much altered in the same space of shadow. Blinded by the fascination of the time, being then greatly attenuated, while things seen and temporal, he had neglected the formerly he was corpulent. He was scarcely things unseen and eternal. He had left undisable to walk across the room. It was a year charged the highest duties of human life, and or two before he recovered, and during that he had despised that faith which can alone lend