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eternity? Why should a nation which in declaring that it would give no furowes all its greatness to the triumph of ther allowance."* Protestant principles expend many Most thoroughly has it been demonthousands annually for no better pur- strated, that the Maynooth Bill has pose than to enable Romanists to coun- been mischievous to the community ;teract those influences upon which its that it has, beyond any other act, outtrue glory depends?
raged the religious scruples of the naIf any thing, in the shape of argu- tion;—and that Irish priests have been ment, were necessary to show that state engaged in a fresh crusade against the policy should never tempt men to tram• tranquillity of the Sister-kingdom, ple upon great moral principles, or to doing all they could, short of actual “ do evil that good may come,” it might rebellion, to fan the spirit of social well be supplied by the working of the discord and animosity. Upon his own Maynooth Endowment. Has it con- showing, Lord John Russell ought to ciliated the Roman Catholic priesthood? | be foremost in the ranks of those who Has it abated, in the slightest degree, are now moving for the destruction of their hostility to Protestants and the the obnoxious Bill of Sir Robert Peel. Protestant religion? Has it aided the But let earnest Protestants trust to good government of the Sister-Island ? their own energetic action, and they Has it diminished the number of Irish have nothing to fear. Policy, so ill assassins, urged on to deeds of murder supported by facts, must yield to prin. on the slightest pretences? Has it ciple; and a victory of this kind once facilitated the progress of liberal educa- achieved will render it impossible for tion ?-or done any good thing? any British statesman, in future, to
What can statesmen, who aided the trifle so egregiously with the conscience Endowment of Maynooth, say, in reply of a free and enlightened people. Let to these questions, but simply, No? | the expiring Parliament witness a thoTheir very pleas for the Endowment rough outburst' of sound Protestant are now staring them in the face, as feeling ;-let the same battle be fought, carrying with them their bitterest refu- | if need be, when a new Parliament has tation. When the late Prime Minister been elected ;-and let the struggle was speaking in support of Sir Robert never cease till our country is rescued Peel's Bill, he is reported to have uttered from the awful inconsistency and guilt the following words :
of educating the Priests of Rome. “ But, I will say, that if you found you were doing that which was mis- N.B.—The preceding appeal was chievous to the community, and that written before Lord Derby and his the religious scruples of the community party came into power. It is highly would not allow of the continuance of probable that this event will lead to a this grant, or, with reference to civil speedy dissolution of Parliament. But and political reasons, you found that whether it does or not, let right-minded those you meant to be the teachers of Protestants be up and doing. They religion, had become the teachers and have no hope of success from the Peelconductors of rebellion,-if, I say, you ites,—the Whigs,--the Protectionists,found for any of these causes that there the Manchester school,-or the Radiwas ground sufficient to refuse this cals: their only hope is in the energy grant, then I can see no valid reason and sleepless perseverance of their owu why any compact should restrain you, or why, upon strong grounds of this
* Han-ard's Debates, vol. iii. p. 92, Session kind, the House would not be justified | 1845.
READ-MEDITATE-PRACTISE ! The Prayer that penetrates Hearen. nocent delight, to pluck some fair and
If the arrow of prayer is to enter fragrant flowers near him, but he is heaven, we must draw it from a soul never to forget that his chief object is full bent.--Bp. Hopkins.
to "press forward,” to prosecute his way Importunity in Prayer.
steadily and vigorously, until he arrive There is nothing more pleasing to at the promised land.--Anon. God than holy violence in prayer.
The Religion of Numbers. loves to see us, while trusting in his The religion of muny is Paganism faithful word, disregarding the discour- dressed up in a Christian fashion.agements of his providence.—Jay. Bates. Important Hint respecting Prayer.
Humility and Love. Prayer is not to inform a Being who Humility can never descend too low, is perfectly wise, but that we may be nor Love ascend too high.-Ibid. affected with our condition, and be pre
The Gospel and the Saviour. pared for the display of his mercy. It
If the gospel be the field, Christ is the is we who are changed by prayer, not pearl hid in it; is the gospel be the God. The land is not drawn to the ring, Christ is the diamond in the ring. boat, but the boat to the land—the result Indeed, what would the gospel be withof the contact is the same.-Ibid.
out Christ? where would be its beauty, A valuable Admonition.
its power, its life; indeed, it would be Make a serious business of a holy life. no gospel, no “glad tidings" to siuners We must make piety more than a mat- at all.- Anonymous. ter of form. We must make a study of
Why Christ is not admired. a holy life, in order to advance from
Men admire not the sun, because the strength to strength in the ways of the cloud comes between, shrouding its Lord. It is with religion as with the beauty, and eclipsing its glory; so sinother pursuits of life. In those arts
ners admire not the Sun of Righteouswhere success depends upon genius and
ness, because there is the cloud of naindustry, unless a man have an enthu- ture's darkness or infidelity interceptsiasm for his own profession-unless he ing his beams, and veiling his splenfollow it from choice, and prefer it to
dour. all others, he will never rise to eminence and fame. In like manner, unless a
A good Rule.
Christians should deny themselves, man have an attachment of the heart to
but not undervalue themselves. They the cause of religion-unless he be fer
should be humble, but not base. vent in spirit, serving the Lord-unless
Thomas Watson. he prefer a good conscience to everything upon earth, he will never obtain
Worldly Professors. that crown of glory which is reserved How sordid is it for bim who has his for the righteous.--Logan.
hope in heaven to have his heart on the The grand Business of the Christian.
earth! It is just as if a king should In pursuing the journey of life, the leave his throne, and follow the plough; Christian pilgrim is always to remember
or as if a man should leave a golden and regard his supreme end. He
mnine, to dig in a gravel-pit.-Ibid.
may turn aside occasionally to behold a beani.
Sermons without Christ. tiful scene, to realize a passing and in- Is there anything in that preaching
which leaves out the doctrine of salva- | profession, of God God in Christtion by an atoning sacrifice, that can a holy God, a just God and a Saviour, afford you any relief? Is it not like the you will soon find who is the intruder. priest and Levite who passed by on the God is the intruder ; I desire to speak other side ?- Andrew Fuller.
His name with reverence-He is the The Value of the Atonement.
intruder.-Harington Evans. Is not the doctrine of atonement by
The Sense of Adoption. the blood of Christ, like the oil and wine
Live, Christians, at no uncertaintyof the good Samaritan? Under all the realize your adoption, and look up pressures of life, whether from inward to God as a Father, and repose in & conflicts, or outward troubles, is not Father's love. Consider well the depth this your grand support? What but of the mercy. Who can utter it? It is an advocate with the Father," one
the highest round in the ladder. It “who is the propitiation for our sins," takes in every privilege and relationcould prevent you, when you have ship besides,—the tender relationship sinned against God, from sinking into of a child to an ever-loving Father. despondency, and encourage you to sue Here is a Father, too, who never dies. afresh for mercy ? What else could so We look on our earthly fathers, we see divest affliction of its bitterness, death them was and wane, we see their inof its sting, or the grave of its gloomy firmities increase, and we are prepared aspect? In fine, what else could enable
to expect that we shall soon lose them, you to contemplate a future judgment and they sink and die, and are gone; with composure ? What hope could but here is One whom age never imyou entertain of being justified at that
pairs, “who inbabiteth eternity:" milday upon any other footing than this— lions of ages with Him are less than " It is Christ that died ?"- Ibid.
a moment with me. What a thought! An excellent Definition of Socinianism. -Ibid. The frigid zone of Christianity."
A beautiful Remark. Still it may be asked, is it Christianity
Men of mere speculation play with at all? Is it not rather Christianity
doctrines. It is the plain and serious denuded of everything benignant, vital,
Christian that knows most of their real and efficacious? Some, also, might in
tendency. In a question, therefore, quire, “ Has Christianity any frigid which concerns their happy or unhappy
influence, his judgment is of the greatest The Presence of God.
importance.-A. Fuller. Who can utter what there is in a
Where Faith grows. sense of the Divine presence, when Faith is a plant which grows always a man has it in a deep trial, a bitter in a moist soil; in a weeping eye and a moment, the light of God's countenance broken heart.-Watson. beaming on his heart? What shall we
The Walk of Believers. say of it? Why, it is turning winter into the brightness of summer, and
Christians walk after God as sermidnight into the clear noonday. But vants, with God as friends, and before suppose a man bas not the relationship God as children. Mind how you walk, of a child, and he is brought into the believers in Christ. - Anonymous. presence of God? Why, it would be
Departed Saints. his misery. What forms the great in- They who die in the Lord are not lost, truder to a worldly man? The presence but only sent a little before. We shall of God. He cannot bear to think of it. shortly overtake them; and, when we Talk to a man in his business, or his do, no more separation for ever.
Definition of Hell.
The Feeling of many Believers when Hell may rightly be called Bochim
thinking of the Grave. the place of weepers,—and not only will How often do Christians say, when all there weep, and bewail bitterly, but contemplating death and the grave, “We the tears will be ceaseless, the lamenta- could rejoice at the gain which death tion will be eternal.
will bring; but we fear the pain, the The Worthlessness of Human Merit.
agony, with which it may be associated.
We desire, we long for the fuir, the We may just as well attempt to level
quiet haven, but tremble at the stormy the lofty trees of the forest, with a
voyage." gentle touch of the finger; to overturn, with a breath, the stupendous moun
The Desire of Austin. tain, whose summit pierces the clouds,
Austin wished tbat he had seen three or to move the world, with a lever of things before he diedstraw, as, with our poor performances,
First. Paul in the pulpit. to remove the load of our guilt, and
Second. Rome in its glory. avert the awful consequences of Jeho
Third. Christ in the flesh. Tah's indignation.-Ebenezer Temple.
What, however, would these sights have
been, when compared with the vision of The Marks of real Faith.
the Saviour in his glory in heaven? Genuine faith is always connected with four things:
Excuses for neglecting Religion. I. Divine light.
Ignorance and prejudice respecting II. Holy love.
religion can never be fairly pleaded in III. Ardent desires.
excuse, by minds cultivated by diligent IV. Practical godliness.
inquiry on other subjects. · Hannah
How to increase spiritual Vigour.
Our spiritual strength is increased Prayer is the daughter of charity, and
by the retrospection of former faults.the sister of meekness; and he that
Ibid. prays to God in an angry spirit, is like him who retires into a battle to meditate,
Humility in Prayer. and sets up his closet in the out-quar- Believers are invited to come boldly ters of an enemy, and chooses a frontier to the throne of grace; but does not the garrison to be wise in.-Jeremy Taylor. very word Throne imply majesty on the
one part, and prostration on the other? Fear in the Anticipation of Death. Fear, in the prospect of death, makes The Affections of the Christian. the Christian see double. Shut the eye
A believer's affections are too often of sense, and open the eye of faith, and like a cascade or waterfall, that flows death will appear less formidable.- downward; instead of being like a founWatson.
tain which rises and shoots upwards
toward heaven.--Toplady. The Fulness of Scripture. What a book of inexhaustible subject
Weak Memories. is the Bible! One sometimes unbeliev. Many of God's people lament the ingly fears, lest one should come to the badness of their memory; and yet, end of one's subjects; and yet, the more after all, heart-memory is better than we are led to look into any one of them, head-memory. Better to carry away a the more one finds one has been only little of the life of God in our souls, travelling upon the surface.—Harington than to be able to repeat every word of Evans.
every sermon we have heard.-Ibid.
The Evil of Captiousness.
The Character of our Life. Disputing, captious, bigoted people Our whole life, Austin observes, is do but pump themselves dry.—Toplady. nothing but a temptation. We tread Paul's Three Desires.
upon snares, and we do so everywhere. The apostle had three great desires,
The blessed Result of Death to the and each centred in Christ :
Believer. The first was, to be found in Christ,
Death will free the Christian from Phil. iii. 9.
the imperfections of his holiness. How The second was, to maguify Christ, numerous are they now! but, after Phil i 20.
death, he will be as pure as the angels The third was, to be with Christ, of God. There will be no spot to defile, Phil. i. 23.
no wrinkle to mar, po blemish to disEach was realized.
figure. The robe will be virgin-white,
and completely so for ever. Who should How the Sight of the Heart affects. not desire this state of blissful, of un
Who can look into his own heart with sullied purity ? dry eyes?-Watson.
A JEWEL BORROWED FROM THE EGYPTIANS.
Nearly sixty years, Mr. Editor, have | easy life, to public regard and distincpassed away since the purer delights of tion, by a faithful ministry to the genius religious associations dissipated the of our incomparable Shakspeare. To taste for theatrical amusements, of which effect this creditable purpose, they I was passionately fond. But eloquence, must bring resolute energy and unfrom whatever source, never fails to faltering labour to the work—they must excite a lively interest, and my attention be content to spurn delights, and live was recently attracted by a published laborious days. Remember, whatever speech of a celebrated tragedian, at an is excellent, must spring from labour advanced period of life, taking leave of and endurance." the stage. The concluding paragraph I deem a jewel worthy the acceptance
“Deep the oak must sink in stubborn earth
its roots obscure, of my younger brethren, to whom I beg
That hopes to lift its branches to the sky!" leave respectfully to present it. “I would venture," said the speaker, “to Holy brethren, partakers of a heaexpress one parting hope, that the rising venly calling, know ye that they do it actors may keep the loftiest look, may to obtain a corruptible crown, but we hold the most elevated views of the an incorruptible. duties of their calling. I would hope
SENEX. that they will strive to elevate themselves above the level of the player's Brixton Rise.