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achieved. And to this Jesus adds: 1 tive to our common interests, and unite 66 Whosoever shall offend one of these us in a closer alliance." Nor did this little ones that believe in me, it is better distinguished prelate breathe other sentifor him that a mill-stone were hangedments when raised to the archiepiscopal about his neck, and he were cast into the see of Canterbury.
In full accordance with this spirit The age of miracles has passed away, Doddridge writes: “ It is truly my grief but the spirit enjoined on this occasion that anything should divide me from the should be displayed, in reference to the fullest communion with those to whom I truth, to the end of time. A striking am united in bonds of as tender affection manifestation of it appears in the lan- as I bear to any of my fellow Christians ; guage of the apostle Paul to the Philip- and it is my daily prayer, that God will, pians, in which he declared that in the by his gentle but powerful influence on publication of the gospel he would re- our minds, mutually dispose us more and joice, whatever were the motive which more for such a further union as may led to its announcement. With peculiar most effectually consolidate the Protesdevotedness he avows his intention to tant cause, establish the throne of our exult in “ magnifying Christ,” though gracious sovereign, remove the scandal sometimes he could not cordially approve divisions have occasioned, and the means that were employed. The strengthen our hands in those efforts by end that was gained threw into the shade which we are attempting, and might the errors and defects that marked the then, I hope, more successfully attempt, instrumentality, and which was even ren- the service of our common Christianity. dered subservient to so important an In the mean time, I desire most sincerely object, in despite of its own purposes. to bless God for any advances that are
Nor have instances been wanting, of made towards it.” later date, analogous to this rejoicing in An interesting friendship was formed the truth, inasmuch as men of piety have between the late rev. Samuel Walker, been, and still are found, exulting in the of Truro, and the late rev. Risdon Daradvancement of the same object, though racott, of Wellington.
Their correpromoted by means the adjuncts to which spondence, still extant, shows their conare attended by many and weighty ob- cern to encourage one another in the jections. Connected with different sec- diffusion of the truth, their delight when tions of the Christian world, they rejoice it was crowned with success, their deep as they see the pure and crystal stream humiliation in the view of their own flowing in channels not peculiarly their labours, their ardent compassion for the
Individual preferences are for- souls of men, and their enlightened zeal gotten in a common concern, that it for the glory of God. How much is inshould irrigate and call forth to beauty cluded in one sentence from the pen of and abundance this lamentably parched Mr. Walker, after a visit to his friend at and barren world.
Wellington !—“Well, I hope I got a Dr. Sherlock, when bishop of London, little spark among you, and that somethus wrote to Dr. Doddridge: "Whatever thing like zeal is enkindled in the coldest points of difference there are between us, heart in the world.” yet I trust that we are united in a hearty Such, then, are some of the achievezeal for spreading the knowledge of the ments of charity, to which others might gospel, and for reforming the lives and easily be added of later date. As it remanners of the people according to it. gards Divine truth as the only panacea I have lived long enough to know by ex- for abounding evils, so it exults in its perience the truth of what we are taught, widely-extended application. Often has that there is no other name by which it done so in the view of many, and we may be saved, but the name of often, too, when beheld only by a few. Christ.' The distinguished prelate prays When we wish to contemplate the proalso that “ God would bless their united ducts of charity, let it be remembered endeavours to make his ways known.” that we must wait for a season. The Dr. Secker, too, when bishop of Oxford, record has yet to be read of the variety wrote as follows to the same eminent and extent of the whole vintage, and Nonconformist: “ The Dissenters have then many a rich and precious cluster, done excellently of late years in the ser- hidden for a time, and it may be only vice of Christianity, and I hope our com- seen by the eye of the heavenly Husmon welfare will make us chiefly atten- bandman, shall receive due honour for
THE CONCEALMENTS OF CHARITY.
the maturity at which it arrived, and the charity pleads against exposure, because joy of soul it so plenteously and freely many and great evils may otherwise dispensed.
How wise is this! Far better Well would it be if the joy that truth is it to veil that which could only conis calculated to inspire were more culti-taminate, and to bury whatever is injuvated. It was strikingly remarked by rious. Baxter, when holding forth Alleine as a And yet, how lamentably are the claims specimen of the course he recommended: of true benevolence forgotten! It is said "Oh, how amiable it is to hear the tongue that when Plato was a child in his cradle, employed, seriously and frequently, in some bees deposited their honey on his that which it was made for; and to see lips, and that this was deemed a prognosa man passing with joyful hopes towards tic of his future eloquence. Were we to immortality! Oh, did Christians and conceive of another as indicative of the ministers but live with the joy, and gra- course which many have taken and still titude, and praise of Jehovah, which pursue, it would be that they were beset becometh those which believe what they by serpents, who left on their lips not believe, and those that are entering into honey, but venom.
Among the crowd the celestial choir, they would win the who violate the law of candour, are the world to a love of faith and holiness; censorious, who arraign alike sentiments and make them turn away from their and actions, and who cannot allow the unholy foot-games, and come and see tempers and dispositions of men to escape what it is those joyful souls have found." their complacent and severe condemna
In the world much iniquity may be “Charity beareth all things." The mere- fessing Christians, especially in their
expected; but intercourse among proly English reader will have some difficulty
present divided state, furnishes many opin gathering from the word employed in portunities of indulging the same evil the translation, any idea unlike the one feelings. No matter to what extent cersuggested afterwards by another phrase. tain statements are true or false; multiTo endure and to bear appear to be of tudes will find for them a willing ear, equivalent import. The original word whenever they reflect on others with nsed by the apostle* in this instance re
whom they are at issue. The greater the moves, however, all difficulty ; it means, to cover, and thus it happily denotes the volve, the
more acceptable will they be
error or guilt they are supposed to inefforts which charity will make to conceal in some circles. The larger the prey,
the rather than expose many things it dis more do these moral vultures exult over approves. The apostle Peter uses a dif- the carcass. The eagerness and voracity ferent expression, but conveys precisely of such appetites, too, tempt. others, unthe same idea, when he says : « Charity bappily, to their gratification ; and thus shall cover the multitude of sins,” a de- statements are constantly being made claration following the charge: "Above and circulated, to the reckless disparageall things, have perfect charity among ment of the living and the dead; stateyourselves." Not that this Divine principle is liable
ments as injurious as they are false.
That mighty engine, the printing press, to the weakness, and consequent errors, is most lamentably perverted to the proof human affection. Exerting its appro- duction and continuance of similar evils. priate influence, it can never suffer the Parties at issue alike distort the stateinterests of truth or holiness to be in the ments of their opponents. It is con; slightest degree impaired. These must fidently affirmed that opinions are held be maintained, in all their integrity, disre- by some which they entirely resist, garding all sacrifice. Error, whatever be while conclusions are deduced from ac the guise it assumes, should ever be re- knowledged principles which they would garded with invincible repugnance ; and, heartily repudiate. Thus a spirit is as Jeremy Taylor remarks, "we must manifest
, which, so far from attending hate sin in all its dimensions, and in to the claims of true benevolence, would every angle of its reception." But, in cases where the publication of them too; a spirit which, not content
uncover all things, and make the worst of what is wrong would confer no advantage, with stripping the body, would lacerate and concealment occasion no injury, it also, as if its only delight were in tor
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THE HOPE OF CHARITY.
Would that this infatuated course may j fluence of the consoling and joyous inspeedily end! Would that the maxim telligence to which he listened. • Though adopted in violent political struggles, that I made you sorry with a letter,” he says, any means may be used, may for ever be " I do not repent, though I did repent: banished from all avowedly religious con- for I perceive that the same epistle hath troversy! No more may one who claims made you sorry, though it were but for a to be considered an advocate of truth,
Now I rejoice, not that ye were appear as a wolf entering the fold, and made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to retearing vietim after victim in pieces, pentance. And the emotions which while the heart still beats, and the life- thus filled the heart of the apostle will blood is warm in the veins ! Or, if gladden the spirits of all who resign the race should not be speedily extinct
, themselves to the power of charity, in let all who call themselves Christians similar circumstances. unite as with one mind and heart in pursuing the directly opposite course. The only gainers by calumny are error and Satan. To subserve the cause of truth That “charity hopeth all things," is and righteousness there must be the em- equally clear. For a report in reference ployment of directly opposite means. to some object of interest may be un“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, favourable, and then the benevolence and clamour, and evil-speaking be put which credits with delight what it wishes away from you, with all malice,” is the to occur, will manifest itself in hope that charge of an apostle. “The wrath of man the case is better than it is said to be. worketh not the righteousnsss of God." Should, however, full credit for what it
Charity secures its possessor from these hears be demanded, and the act described tremendous evils. It not only points out must be condemned, charity will hope to an appropriate path, but guards against discover some mitigation of its cause,– the advance of a single step on the for- that it is to be ascribed to accident rather bidden ground. Zealous for truth and than design ; to ignorance rather than holiness, it is eagle-eyed rather to excel- knowledge; and to weakness rather than lences than faults. What is favourable extreme depravity. When such geneit perceives with the utmost promptitude; rous conclusions are opposed to evidence, to what is unfavourable it turns, but it is it will not even then despair; it will with a tardy vision. As a matter of hope that the egregious error may be feeling, it would view imperfections seen in its true light, and that the flagrant through a concave lens, that they might evil may be bewailed and corrected. To be diminished, and virtues through a con- this there was a resemblance in the vex glass, that they might be increased; views of the apostle, when he penned the as a matter of principle, it beholds them letter to which reference has just been just as they are. The evil that it cannot made; most sincerely and anxiously did avert it would have perpetrated in the he hope for the best, and with the same thickest darkness, the good over which it feelings we should act while we employ exults, it would bring forth into the the most legitimate means to amend what purest light.
we cannot but lament.
After all, however, it may be ours to look on a very limited amount of good
as the result of benevolent effort, or on “ Charity believeth all things.” This what appears to be its entire failure. There state of mind is the natural concomitant may be a likeness to the husbandman, of others already described. For if there who, notwithstanding all his toils, finds be a complacent satisfaction in whatever that a violent storm has destroyed his is excellent, there will be a disposition to whole crop, or left him only a few solitary believe whatever is favourable to the ob
Such a case is by no means withjects of benevolent regard. It has already out parallel in the annals of philanthropy. been seen that Paul waited with deep Even the eat Mediator is described as anxiety the result of his first epistle to saying: “ I have laboured in vain, and the Corinthians. Did he then, when it have spent my strength for nought, and was reported to him by Titus, regard his in vain ;” and “ the disciple is not above tidings with suspicion, or treat them with his master, nor the servant above his any degree of incredulity ? On the con- lord.” Such, indeed, is not the absolute trary, he yielded his soul to the full in- effect of any “work of faith, or labour
THE FAITH OF CHARITY,
of love,” yet it may appear to be so, the enormous mountain with which the thus inciting to despondency, which is gods and demons churned the—by Euas a paralysis to the human frame. ropeans undiscovered-sea of milk'; the
No aspect, perhaps, is so gloomy as boar that raised the earth at the deluge that which appears when entire devoted with his tusks from the waters; the nar ness to the welfare of others is requited singh (half man and half lion) that darted only on their part by base ingratitude. forth out of a pillar, to destroy a blasWho can forget that it was Israel that phemer, and took his entrails, of which “showed no kindness to the house of he made a necklace; the dwarf, that after Gideon, according to all the goodness he begging from a merciful prince, whose had shown to them;" that it was Saul merits had laid the gods under a debt of who hurled a javelin at David ; that it was obligation they were unable to discharge, Judas, a disciple, that betrayed the Son a piece of land sufficient to place three of man with a kiss; and that those whom feet upon, miraculously filled the whole Jesus came to rescue from eternal woe, heavens with one, the earth and sea with nailed him to the cross, and mocked another, and with the third kicked the him in his bitterest agonies? And yet benevolent prince into hell—and a variety here is the example we are constantly' to of other matters I need not stay to enuimitate : "Charity endureth all things.” merate. Now, however foolish all these
W. things must seem to men having a grain
of sense, or the smallest particle of intel
lect, we must not forget that from their MISSIONARY LABOURS.
very infancy they have been taught to
consider them as indisputable facts, and The rev. J. Stubbins having described it sometimes occupies no little time to a missionary tent, says :
convince them that this is far from being "I must now just mention the al- the case. Generally, however, they are, most daily routine of our work. The to all appearance, pretty well ashamed of first thing is, to rise with early dawn, them before we have done. When driven take a cup of coffee, and a slice of dry from these, they often fly to the supposed toast, mount our horses, and start off for efficacy of their muntras, rantras, bathsome village within a range of about four ings, penances, pilgrimages, offerings, miles. When arrived, we look out for an and a thousand other things, and when eminence or clear spot of ground, and these are all sent after their gods, I have commence singing a Christian poem at often seen the look of despair, the top of our voices, which serves, as a said to another, ‘He has destroyed all
. parish bell in England, to call the folks What have we left ? To which the reply together. Ere we have finished this part is, “Sin, and only sin; and from this you of our work, we are usually surrounded in want a Saviour; that Saviour you have the front rank by a parcel of astonished not got, but we have come to tell you naked young urchins, from two to eight or how
find one able to save to the nine years of age, and behind them a motley uttermost, though vile as the brahmins, group of men, pleased, like children, with down trodden as the soodras, or outcast their malas and poitas, and sacred marks. as pariahs,' etc. Here then comes the Frequently they stand with their mouths gospel in all its vastness, richness, and half open, as though that was their natu- freeness. Sometimes it has seemed to ral position, and were never intended to humble and melt the haughtiest, hardest be closed. Our method of attack upon heart in the crowd. The speaking being them varies considerably. Sometimes the ended, there is usually a great rush for delightful theme of the gospel is our only the tracts, unless there should be some subject; but this is not often the case, interested brahmin, who has sternly withfor they generally want us to swallow, stood the blessed, soul-saving truth of with as much zesť as Kali is said to have Christ, when he will dare the people
, closed her mouth upon a whole army that under threat of the most awful curse, to walked into it! their 330,000,000 of receive the books which are but of gods—wood, stone, and other graven yesterday, and are intended to supplant images, not forgetting the incarnations of their bades and holy books, which, for Vishnoo; such as the fish, which, when millions of ages, have been the light of in the sea, slapped the heavens with his the world,' etc. Our work being finished tail, and put the sun into a regular fright; there, if the sun be not getting too hot, the tortoise, that supported on his back we repair to another village, and then
as one has
RAMBLES IN IRELAND.
perhaps to another, and return with the word who never might have had an a tolerably well-whetted appetite for opportunity of doing so, and carry with breakfast toward ten o'clock. Breakfast them the glorious gospel of the blessed over, and the native brethren returned, God into every nook and corner. Thus, we all assemble together, with a num- from these efforts, an influence is created ber of servants, in our tent for wor- which will operate when we are no more, ship. I read a chapter, and offer and shall continue until time shall end. such remarks as seem most likely to Nor shall it cease even then, for through be useful, and then pray in Oreah alter- everlasting ages thousands may exult in nately with one or other of the native eternal joy, and bless redeeming love for brethren. We then disperse, each to at- the influence now commenced. We may tend to his own business, which, by the not be privileged to witness much of its way, is frequently interrupted by the na- influences, but they are none the less tives coming for conversation, books, etc. certain, for while our God reigneth in the At two p.m., dinner is usually on the heavens and uttereth only truth, “his table, and about four we repair to the word shall not return to him void.“ Still bazaars, villages, etc., to repeat the scenes we wish and pray to see success. of the morning. On a market-day, however, we pursue a somewhat different course: breakfast and worship are despatched rather early, and the greater part of the day is spent in the market, one occupying one stand, another another, and another another; so that at BALLYSHANNON is beautifully situated the same time the word of life is being on the banks of the river Erne, which is dispensed in several places. In each, a here crossed by a stone bridge of several group of people are collected together, arches. A short distance below this is consisting sometimes of several hundreds. the finest salmon leap of which Ireland As we know the people cannot usually can boast. The waters of the stream, stay long, we confine our attention to which is here about four hundred feet just the fundamental truths of religion, wide, are precipitated with great rapidity starting with the acknowledged fact that and violence over a ledge of rocks that they are sinners and need a Saviour, cross from bank to bank, and form a fall briefly show that their gods are refuges of twenty feet. So abrupt is the descent, of lies, and that their most holy works that the huge mass of water which comes are wicked, superstitious errors, as they thundering down from the lake, leaps in see from the fact that those who are most one bound into the basin below, and in the devoted to them are most prolific in vice : vacant space, between the curve of the that Christ Jesus is an Almighty Saviour, fall and the face of the rock in front of just such an one as their case requires, which it bends, a bold swimmer may, by his blood cleanseth from all sin, etc, etc. a dive from the side of the river, obtain a During the day, each occupies several footing, and walk about at his leisure. stands, and addresses several congrega- | This was done a short time before my tions, and at night we usually find our- visit. The view of the cataract from selves so fatigued and hoarse as to feel a such a position must have been most short journey a labour. The fatigue of magnificent. the labour is greatly heightened by the At a distance of eighteen miles from heat of the sun, the crowding multitudes this town, in a direction opposite to that that hem us in, and almost effectually which I was under the necessity of taking, prevent a breath of air coming in contact is the town of Enniskillen, the road to with us, the effluvia from their persons which, on the borders of Loch Erne, one or clothes, and the suffocating particles of the loveliest of Erin's lakes, is enof dust, turmeric, black and cayenne chantingly beautiful. One hundred and pepper, and fifty other things which we ninety-nine islands diversify the surface should be glad to dispense with. As to of the water-many of these covered rest, it is almost vain to try, for anywhere with wood down to the very shore. The you go the people follow you. Tract dis- most famous is Devenish, about two tribution, too, is far from being easy miles from Enniskillen. A religious eswork, as the people almost violently tablishment existed here as early as the crowd upon us. Still, however, they are sixth century. The remains of churches, glorious opportunities, for hundreds hear and a fine round tower, in a perfect