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desire and pursuit; and the mutual respect and sympathy which dispose those of differing intellectual convictions to yet work together for the same high aims, and thus to enrich the common stock of wisdom and experience with the treasures peculiar to each. Effectual prayer "for the peace of Jerusalem," therefore, must include an endeavour to promote such union, by enlisting the ability and co-operation of men of varying thought and character in labour for the Church. the conflict of contrasting opinions should threaten any rupture of affection, or if actual dissensions should have unhappily arisen, it demands the spirit of the peacemaker to prevent the menaced breach or heal the enfeebling wound. In short, it requires that a man should wisely and conscientiously take part in the business affairs of the Church, lending his aid to strengthen her by securing in her service the work of each and all, thereby rendering her institutions useful and prosperous, and making herself, like Jerusalem of old, “a city compact together” (Ps. cxxii. 3).

And thirdly : “the peace of Jerusalem” supposes the existence of tranquillity in the mind of each member of the Church. If the heart is divided against itself; if conscience is ever raising her voice in condemnation and warning; if evil is loved or falsehood trusted, the individual attainment of “the peace of Jerusalem is impossible. “ There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked” (Isa. lvii. 21). " Evil shall slay the wicked" (Ps. xxxiv. 21); does actually visit them, even here, with retribution, ending, unless the evil itself cease, in the death of everything spiritually pure and good. The peace of Jerusalem, in the private and personal sense of the phrase, thus requires a clear conscience, and that just balance between desire and knowledge in which the knowledge of what is right is the constant measure of purpose and aspiration ; above all, it demands a sense of conjunction with the Lord, and of a life striving after conformity with His perfect will. And faithful prayer for such peace involves an effort to attain and communicate this happy state: firstly, to realize it in our own experience; and then, having freely received its blessings from the source of all good, to seek to extend them freely unto others. Wise and loving instruction as to the nature of good and evil; the implantation of that knowledge from the Divine Word which alone can establish a just conscience in the soul; the excitement of pure desires and noble resolutions; especially the continual insistence upon obedience as the only genuine service and vital religion; these aids and efforts after the possession, and the diffusion among the individual members of the Church, of mental calm and welfare, are all included in the significant and comprehensive precept, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”

May we not claim our text, therefore, as one peculiarly appropriate to connect with the memory of him whose removal from our midst is now filling the thoughts of us all? The short but full and fruitful life of the Rev. John Hyde was one constant effort to promote the peace of Jerusalem : firstly, to obtain for his own mind those clear convictions of truth which could alone supply a satisfactory basis for useful and energetic action; and, having by the Divine merey obtained them, to labour, generously and with his might, to extend the blessing through the world. Born in London, on the 26th February 1833, he very soon evinced delight in the clear discernment of truth; a favourite amusement as a boy having been the composition of logical syllogisms with his father's help at the breakfast table, before the duties of school or business commenced. His oldest and most intimate friend testifies regarding his early years, “ He was a boy of fifteen when I first knew him, of a bright, happy temperament, delighting in athletic exercises. His attention was soon turned to theological studies, and at the early age of sixteen he took the affirmative side in debates on the authenticity of the Scriptures, holding his own against practised deistical debaters, speaking with a fluency and power qnite remarkable in one so young.” In maturer years, after a struggle for the satisfaction of his yearnings for religious truth of unusual difficulty and interest, he was indebted to the same friend for his reception of the principles of the New Church. Wandering at the time in the mazes of a philosophical Unitarianism, the Doctrine of the Lord, enforced by a vigorous appeal to the Divine testimony (John xiv. 9), “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father, and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?"--wrought conviction in his mind that the only true Unitarianism is that which sees “all the fulness of the Godhead dwelling bodily" (Col. ii. 9) in the glorified Person of the Saviour Jesus. He embraced the principles of the New Church quickly and most intelligently; and on Sunday, the 24th of October 1858, was publicly baptized into her communion at Argyle Square Church, London, by the Rev. Dr. Bayley, delivering on the occasion an address which is still remembered, by those fortunate enough to have heard it, for its earnest eloquence, its manly declaration of faith in the tenets he had thus confessed, and its devout and

fervent assertion of his resolution to hold them loyally until the end. And right well have his solemn pledges been fulfilled.

Mr. Hyde's first official connection with the New Church was as leader of the Society at Brightlingsea, in Essex, rendering at the same time most efficient service to the neighbouring congregations at St. Osyth and Wivenhoe. He very soon began the delivery of the lectures expository of the doctrines of the New Church, for which he ultimately obtained such great and deserved reputation ; his early essays in this direction, on “Swedenborg the Man of the Age,” “Will the Natural Body rise from the Grave?” “The Glory and Divinity of the Holy Bible," and "The Serpent that beguiled Eve," abounding in power and in promise of the yet abler work that distinguished his maturity, After a residence at Brightlingsea of about two years, he removed to Derby, where he was ordained into the ministry on the 29th of September 1861, and where he remained until August 1866, when he settled in Manchester, the scene of his last, ripest, and best labours.

Having succeeded Mr. Hyde in the pastorate of the Derby Society, I can abundantly testify to the affection and respect which the endearing qualities of his personal character, and the distinguished ability of his official labours, won from the members of his congregation in that important town. But how shall I venture to expatiate upon his career in Manchester, standing in this place, which has so often resounded with his voice, and speaking to you, whose deeply-stirred and thrilling hearts have so frequently owned the spell of the beautiful and glorious truths he has proclaimed? As a preacher, who was more persuasive and tender, now melting the affections by some pathetic illustration which went home to all; anon, kindling enthusiasm and resolution, as with a trumpet-call to enterprise and action? Who was so clear and logical, presenting his ideas with such lucidity that none could misunderstand them; and enforcing his doctrine with arguments so sound and considerations so weighty, that the admiration and assent of the convinced hearers testified to his power as a great, wise, and earnest teacher! The same qualities distinguished him as an author; his more important works on “ Our Eternal Homes," “ Emanuel Swedenborg," "The Angels," and "Character," constituting a legacy of lasting value to the Church ; while his frequent contributions to our periodical literature, his numerous and able Tracts, and his sweet and tuneful Hymns, show his command of the various modes of intellectual expression, and prove the untiring industry with which his every faculty was exercised for the dissemination of the good and true. Remember also his eminent skill in the conduct of public business. Thrice President of Conference, on his first appointment, the youngest man erer elected to the office, he is universally acknowledged to have been second to none in the energy, ability, and discretion with which he guided the deliberations of our representative assembly. Who possessed greater knowledge of affairs, or a fuller mastery of details, or quicker readiness in discussion, or richer fertility of resource in meeting the various exigencies and difficulties which from time to time arose? How we shall all miss him! You, as his congregation ; we, whose privilege it was to work with him, and recognize with appreciative affection and esteem his splendid capabilities, and the generous ardour with which they were at all times expended for the Church's good. Of a truth, his whole life shapes itself before our retrospect, as a faithful, practical prayer for “the peace of Jerusalem.”

Nor was it only in connection with our organizations that the activities of our friend found useful occupation. Centring, as was right, among his most intimate associates, and expending there their first and best energies, they yet sought a wider field, and found, beyond his own immediate circle, many opportunities for their beneficial influence. Thus he laboured for “the peace of Jerusalem” by striving to banish evil and error from the world at large, and thereby to bring secular and mundane matters into harmony with the Church, and into subordi.nation to her principles and laws. His interest in politics was at all times keen, his views being those of the Liberal party, to which he gave a consistent though temperate support. In defence of the suggestion to substitute for the unreasoning decisions of the sword, the well-considered and highly-principled judgments of a tribunal of International Arbitration, he wrote a pamphlet which elicited from eminent authorities the warmest expressions of approval, and indicated a direction in which, had his active and useful life been continued longer upon earth, his abilities would probably have found distinguished exercise. His services in behalf of general philanthropy and local charities, moreover, were liberal and most efficient, as evidenced by the fact that the Secretary of the Manchester Hospital Sunday Fund, a clergyman of the Anglican Church, learning that the funeral would take place in a burial-ground of the Establishment, requested an opportunity to testify his respect by officiating on the occasion: a plea honourable alike to the gentleman who made it and to the memory of him whose worth it so eloquently betokens.

Nor must we omit our tribute to the private and social qualities which won for Mr. Hyde a deserved and inevitable prominence in almost every company with which it was his lot to mingle, and secured him—what he valued far more highly-a place in the dearest affections of his associates and friends. His was no narrow mind or limited sympathy. On almost every subject he possessed a fund of information, rendering his conversation brilliant, witty, and wise ; all his acquirements, moreover, being made serviceable to his duties as a preacher, enriched his discourses with a wealth of illustration drawn from the various departments of literature, art, and science, to which they doubtless owed much of their attractiveness and power. How genial he was; how kind! and—what would perhaps have surprised those who only knew him in public-how gently sensitive to the opinions and demeanour of those whose good-will he valued! How the little children and young people loved him! How, go where you will among those who knew him, you hear from all ages and classes expressions of tender affection and regret! He was a many-sided man, with a side for every diversity of temperament and culture with which he came in contact; thus with fellowship for all, and ability to reach and influence all. Not merely a theologian, or scholar, or orator, or man of business, or poet-he improved every faculty, and united the excellencies of many characters. From himn the young especially may learn how to bring religion into the common concerns of life; thus, not how to make religion worldly, but how to render the world, with its multitudinous cares, and pleasures, and claims, and duties, religious, and, as intended by our Heavenly Father, a preparation for our better home above.

Let us not mourn overmuch. To do so would dishonour our friend's own teaching, which was ever clearest, strongest, and most beautiful, when its theme was the reality and blessedness of the life hereafter. His course on earth-short, perhaps, if measured by years -is surely long and full when gauged by its results; the work he accomplished, the benefits he dispensed, the legacy of noble example and of wise and pregnant thought which he bequeathed to the worll and Church. And deem not his life extinguished. The change which severs us from time and matter slays no single good thing.

“ Nor blame I Death because he bare

The use of virtue out of earth :

I know transplanted human worth

Will bloom to profit, otherwhere." Not as last ve saw him is he now to be imagined-distressed, feeble,

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