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return, and find their best entertain- | supposed that I was frightened into ment. But I always indulge, with it by my complaint. But I feel thankfearand self-suspicion in these most in- ful that this was not the case, for it teresting contemplations; and doubt was not till after I had consulted Mr. less, the enjoyments arising from Clyne that I felt any alarm about it; them, belong rather to the advanced nor had I, before, any idea of its beChristian, than to the doubting, waning of a formidable kind. My mind, dering beginner. I am afraid I feel all the summer, had been much in practically, rather than piously, on the state it has been in for years past, these subjects; and while I am in- that is, unable to apply the offer of dulging in vain conjectures on the the gospel to myself, and all confusion employments, and enjoyments of a and perplexity when I attempted to future state, I must envy the humble do so. One evening, (about three Christian who, with juster views, and weeks before going to London for. better claims, is longing 'to depart and advice, while alone in my room, and to be with Christ.' Norwould I mistake thinking on the subject, I saw, by an a fretful impatience with the fatigues instantaneous light, that God would, and crosses of life, for a temper for Christ's sake, forgive my sins.weaned from the world. I could, in- The effect was so powerful, that I deed, sometimes sing:

was almost dissolved by it. 'I long to lay this painful head,

unspeakably happy; I believed, that And aching heart beneath the soil ; To slumber in that dreamless bed

had I died that moment, I should have From all my toil!'

been safe. Though the strength of And I have felt too these lines : the emotion soon abated, the effect in The bitter tear--the arduous struggle ceases a great degree remained. A fortnight here

afterwards, I told Isaac what had taTho doubt, the danger, and the fear, All, all, for ever o'er.'

ken place, and he urged me to be proBut in these feelings, though they posed immediately to the church. It may afford occasional relief, I could was in this state I went to Londonnot indulge."-Vol. i. p. 100.

and when I heard what was to me In 1817, Miss T.'s distressing wholly unexpected, I could not but doubts as to her personal religion for- consider the change in my feelings sook her, “and she admitted joyfully as a most kind and timely preparation the hope of salvation.” She imme- for what, but a few weeks before, diately improved this gracious interposition on the part of her heavenly

would have overwhelmed me with Father, by publicly professing her consternation and distress. As it faith as one of Christ's disciples; and was, I heard it with great composure, in the month of October, 1817, was and my spirits did not at all sink till united to the church at Ongar, in after I returned home. Since then, I Essex, under her father's pastoral have had many desponding hours, Upon this solemn occasion she

from the fear of death. The happiwrote the following impressive letter ness I enjoyed for a short time, has to her sister:

given place to a hope which, though "My mother told you of my having faint, secures 'me from distress.” joined the church. You may have Vol. i. p. 164.

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During all this, while the seeds of Soon afterwards she repeated, with disease were inaking rapid progress the same emphasis, the verses of Dr. in a frame naturally delicate, she was Watts:much affected by the death of her

“Jesus, to thy dear faithful hand uncles, the Rev. James Hinton, of My naked soul I trust; Oxford, and Mr. Charles Taylor, of

And my flesh waits for thy command London; and thought within herself To drop into the dust." that these heavy strokes had not come Repeating with intense fervour the alone. Her anticipations were but words, too correct; for in a few months after

"Jesus, to thee my naked soul the death of her uncle in London, My naked soul I trust." she was herself conveyed to her long Calm and tranquil to the last, she home. She bore her afflictions, though breathed her redeemed and happy of the most excruciating kind, with spirit into the bosom of her exalted most exemplary fortitude and pa- and compassionate Saviour. Thus tience:

lived, and thus died, one of the sweet“Though she had, at this time, be- est of writers, and one of the most come incapable of long.continued re-interesting of young Christians. ligious exercises, yet, to the last day admirable « Memoirs of Miss Tay

We would again recommend the of her life, her stated times of retire- lor,” just published by her brother, ment were observed by her usually in from which we have gleaned the prethe evening. By her request, her ceding sketch. We can assure our brother read to her some portion of readers that the work is written in the Scripture, and a few pages of Ben-first style of biography, and does nett's Christian Oratory-a book she

equal honour to the head and heart

of the esteemed writer. highly valued. On these occasions her conversation, though not eleva- Mr. Cuyler's Charge delivered at the ted by the language of unclouded

Installation of Dr Milledoler, as hope, frequently contained express

Professor of Didactick and Polemions of a humble and growing trust

ick Theology in Rutgers College. in the power

and
grace
of our Savi.

(Concluded from p. 369, vol. 1.] our."-Vol. i. p. 187.

Nor are the duties arising out of In her last moments one of her the polemick branch of your

office brothers arrived from London. To light or unimportant. Every Theohim she spoke with the most emphatic logical truth has its opposite error ; earnestness, professing, very distinct- and the mind can think of few errors ly, the ground of her hope, and the which have had no advocates, and deep sense she then had of the reality which have not been wielded against and importance of eternal things.- the truth with more or less skill. It Her voice was now deep and hollow, is the business of the Christian Miher eyes glazed, and the dews of nistry not only to teach the truth, but death were on her features; but her to defend the truth against every sperecollection was perfect, and her soul cies of error by which its purity may full of feeling. While thus sitting become contaminated, and its influup, and surrounded by her family, in ence hindered. The defence of the a loud but interrupted voice she said, truth requires not only a correct and « Though I walk through the valley accurate knowledge both of the truth of the shadow of death, I will fear and its opposite error; but of the no evil; for thou art with me: thy arguments by which the one is suprod and thy staff, they comfort me.” ported, and the other confuted. This

is not unimportant with respect to any the prophets” able and skilful preachof the truths of religion; and especi- ers. The science of Theology is the allyis it important with respect tothose main furniture of the preacher. Syswhich are leading and vital. This is tem is the hand with which knowdoubly important to a Professor of ledge is grasped--the crucible in

Theology, for he is a teacher of teach- which it is concocted and prepared ers--and his errors, or his want of for use. The systematic knowledge skill in the defence of the truth, may of Theology is the preparation necescarry their influence through a whole sary, rightly to divide the word of church, and affect many generations. truth, in order that the preacher may

Every age has its peculiarly promi- be qualified to give to every one his nent errors ; and the present age is by portion in due season; opening the no means destitute of them, It is lively oracles of truth, and carrying not my present business eveu to enu- home the truth to the hearts and conmerate them, much less to give them sciences of his hearers. They are a detailed consideration. The promi- ever to be considered as but taught, nent ones impugn the character and who are best qualified for the proper work of the Divine Redeemer, and the and peculiar work of the ministryequally Divine Spirit; the doctrine of winning souls for Jesus, and edifying total depravityof human nature, and the his mystical body. Let it never be justification of sinners by faith, only forgotten that there is a wide differthrough the imputed righteousness of ence between preaching the gospel, Christ. The life and soul of these and delivering lectures on systematic errors lie in the corruption and pride theology. The means should never of the human heart-putting them- be mistaken for the end. selves forth as a spirit of philosophy, It has been said, that the heart as refusing to believe, or receive any well as the head, may be cultivated. thing which will not submit to its self- It may be added, that grace is cerenacted laws. The church looks tainly as important as knowledge, for under God to her Theological Profess- those who minister in holy things.ors to teach and defend the truth, by The church needs instructors who the instruction, which they give to her are full of the Holy Ghost-who future pastors.

have tasted that the Lord is gracious; This work, my brother, the church, who have had experience of the grace with which we are mutually connect- of God in their own hearts—who ed commits to you—and she gives know, because they have felt, the you her text book, the bible, and her power of the truth-who, having views of what is taught in the bible, themselves had fellowship with Christ, in her Catechism, her Confession of can feelingly commend him to others, faith, and the Canons of the Synod of as the chief among ten thousands, Dordrecht, which she has adopted as and altogether lovely-who can tell her own. She expects you to seek of a Saviour's love, because his love out the good old ways, and teach her has subdued and constrained themsons and future pastors to walk in selves. Such men are infinitely more them-paths in which confessors have desirable than mere guide posts by walked to glory, and truths for which the way—mere scaffolding about the martyrs have bled. She looks to you temple, to be taken down, and burnt to train them in the knowledge of up when the edifice is completed. Theological science, and to form them It is true, our youth come to the to be well instructed scribes.

Schools of the prophets, with characBut they are expected to be more ters for piety, of which, we hope, than systematic Theologians. The they are really worthy. But still, being church expects from this “ School of young in the divine life, and in christian

VOL. II.-2.

part of

experience, and standing as much in sus is putting in array his sacramentneed of enlargement in grace as in al host, not only to defend the truth, knowledge; much, very much, will de- and occupy the ground already gained pend upon the cultivation which their --but to march in triumph through the hearts may receive while preparing for enemies' country, conquering and to the work of the ministry. In proportion conquer. His American Israel forms to their moral culture and spiritual a division of his army, and her sons growth, will be their efforts to increase already occupy some of the outposts, in the knowledge of our Lord and not only in the wilds of their native Saviour, Jesus Christ; and the inter- country, but in Asia, Africa, and the est which they will take in the glory islands of the sea. The kingdom, of God, and the salvation of souls. and the greatness of the kingdom, are, It will

, therefore, be an important ere long, to be given to the saints of your

business to cherish and the most High. Zion is not only cultivate, in those committed to your strengthening her stakes, but lengthcare, a spirit of sound and fervent ening her cords. The place of her piety. Labour, and pray, as the tent is becoming too straitened, apostle did, that your precious charge and she is breaking forth on the right nay hare Christ dwelling in their hearts hand, and on the left

. And can we by faith, that they, being rooted and believe that none of the leaders, as grounded in love may be able to com- well as soldiers of this host, are to be prehend with all saints, what is the trained in this School of the prophets? breadth, and length, and depth, and Much, very much, will depend upon height, and to know the love of Christ, those to whom this sacred trust is which passeth knowledge, that they committed. And we expect much, may be filled with all the fulness of from you, my brother, who have alreaGod. Thus cultivated, they will come dy been so extensively engaged in warm and animated to their great this work of faith, and labour of love. work, and will bear along with them Inculcate that spirit, which cries, an unction from the Holy One To “Here am I; send me." this end, mingle the spirit of vital re- Your work is before

you. You ligion with your ordinary Theological called to occupy a post of high honinstruction. And not only so, but our, of arduous labour, and of deep devote special attention to this parti- responsibility. And now, called to cular leading object. Consider your your post, and occupying your alloted pupils as your own children in the station, in the name, and by the auLord, whom you are training up to the thority, of that Church which has stature of men, not only in the know- called you to this work, and of our ledge, but in the grace of our Lord common Lord, we cordially and affecand Saviour Jesus Christ. To this tionately greet you, and wish you, you will be impelled by all the interest God speed. Guided by her Lord, which

you take in the glory of God, she has already given you the most and the salvation of your fellow men; unequivocal pledges of her confifor both are very deeply involved in dence, and her affection-earnests of the success with which you may be her support and her prayers in time to crowned in this particular part of come. Nor will the Head of the

Church, who has so long been with you Remember, also, that while your pu- in other spheres, deny you his love, pils will require large and solid Theolo- his direction, and his help, in this new gical attainments, and a spirit of fer- work to which he has called you. vent piety, to fit them for their work; Only rely upon him, and follow him ; the present is an age of peculiar and he will never leave you, nor forenterprise and activity. Jehovah Je-sake you." Therefore, my beloved

are

your work.

On our ears.

was

brother, be thou stedfast, unmove- could melt him to tears. And to able, always abounding in the work of this love of Zion ever warm and anthe Lord, for as much as you know imating, we owe some of the finest that

your labour is not in vain in the strains of sacred poetry, which have Lord. “The Lord be with your ever rolled their melodious accents spirit.”- Amen.

What, for instance, can

be more tender and moving, than CHRIST THE GLORY OF HIS CHURCH. that feeling lamentation, “ By the A sermon, delivered in the Reformed Dutch rivers of Babylon, there we sat down;

Church at Lodi, Seneca County, New-
York, at its dedication to the service of yea, we wept, when we remembered
Almighty God; By The Rev. Mr. Abm. Zion; we hanged our harps upon the
MESSLER, A. M. Pastor of that Church.

willows in the midst thereof." “The glory of this latter house shall be The Jewish Rabbins enumerate

greater than of the former, saith the Lord five things, in which the second, of Hosts."--Haggai ii. 9.

inferior to the first Temple. The These words were spoken, con- ark of the covenant and mercy-scat, cerning that temple, which the Jews both of which had been lost during erected, after their return from the the captivity. The “l'rim and Thumcaptivity of Babylon. This house, min." The sacred fire kindled from though much inferior to the Temple Heaven on the brazen altar. The of Solomon in outward magnificence. cloud of glory, or visible presence, they were assured, should, notwith- overshadowing the mercy-seat-and standing, surpass it in glory, by being the spirit of prophecy, which ceased honoured with the presence and min- about this time. Each of these, it istrations of Jesus the Messiah. The must be confessed, added no inconsidesign of the Prophet is to give them derable lustre to the Temple of Solocomfort in their affliction and wretch- mon. And yet, notwithstanding that edness. The condition of those who the hearts of the old men were sad, returned to Jersalem, after a captivity, when their minds rested on the glory of so long and wasting, was so impov- the first temple, amid whose ruins they erished that they were unable, suit- laboured with sighs and tears, to ably to decorate the house of God build a house for God, the Prophet which they were then engaged in re- assures them that the glory of the building ; and feeling this disgrace, latter, should exceed that of the foras sensibly as they did, their hearts mer, because “the Prince of life" were filled with anguish. Josephus would honour it with his presencerelates that the sorrow of the elder and by his coming confer upon it Jews, who had seen the first Temple more glory, than all the decorations in all its splendour, as it stood previous or divine manifestations, possessed to its destruction by Nebuchadnez- by the former, could possibly give.-zar, was so great, when they returned "For thus saith the Lord of Hosts; yet and beheld the comparatively mean once, it is a little while, and I will appearance of the second, that they shake the heavens and the earth, and could not refrain from tears. The the sea and the dry land, and I will happiness of their former state, and shake all nations; and the desire of the departed grandeur of their city all nations shall come; and I will fill and temple, pressed with an insuppor- this house with glory saith the Lord of table weight on their minds. The Hosts. The silver is mine, and the glory of God, it seems, was so dear to gold is mine, saith the Lord of Hosts. the heart of a pious Israelite, that even The glory of this latter house, shall the want of external magnificence, be greater than of the former saith in the house dedicated to his worship, the Lord of Hosts.”

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