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Under such circumstances, real christians are liable to be mere "children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the slight of men and cunning craftines, by which they lie in wait to deceive." Unto the churches of New England, there is abundant occasion to say, at this day, what Paul was obliged to say to the churches of Galatia, "I marvel, that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ, unto another gospel; which is not another; but there be some, that trouble you and would pervert the gospel of Christ." Yet to these churches he could say, "I bear you record that if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me." Still then might he say, "Am 1 therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" From the present state of theological education and religious instruction in New England, it might be expected, that delusion and wickedness, divisions and contentions should arise and swell like a mighty flood and threaten to destroy every religious ordinance, privilege and enjoyment. Every church and every christian is in great danger from the most deceitful and destructive errors, under the profession of an improved and most successful method of preaching the gospel. Nevertheless, if real christians were taught the truth in a proper manner, they would, as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that they might grow by it, "in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." For it was, with the highest propriety, that the apostle said to the church of God at Corinth, "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment."

Boston Christian Herald.

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From the Christian Mirror.

ANTIPAS.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICE OF THE REV. NATHAN WALDO.

Died at Haverhill, N. H. Aug. 12th, 1832, Rev. NATHAN WALDO, aged 65 years. The subject of this obituary notice was born in Canterbury, Conn. Oct. 5 1767. On the side of his father he was decended from the persecuted Waldenses so famous in the ecclesiastical history of France and Europe.At the age of fifteen he was prepared to enter college, but in consequence of ill health he was obliged to forgo his object, and pursue his collegiate studies at home. Having accomplished the course of legal studies in the office of Elisha Paine, Esq. of Windham, Conn. he was admitted to the Bar in 1788, at the age of 21. Soon after this, he removed with his father's family to Cardigan, now Orange, N. H. where he resided for twelve

years. During this time, having, as he hoped become a subject of renewing grace, he abandoned the profession of law, and pursued the study of theology with Dr. Emmons of Fanklin, Mass. For some years after being licensed to preach the gospel he was engaged in the work of the ministry in various places in N. H. Maine, and N. York. In Feb. 25, 1806, he was ordained over the church and congregational society in Williamstown, Vt. from which he was dismissed in 1812— From that period till 1825, he continued to preach as a stated supply, or in the service of Missionary societies in various places in New England. With feeble and precarious health be returned to Orange where he resided till about two years repvious to his death. In 1803 the honorary degree of A. M. was conferred on him by Dartmouth College.

In regard to his religious views, he embraced, and understood, and defended, those great doctrines of the Gospel, which glorify God and humble the sinner; docrines which were the glory of the early New England churches, and have produced revivals and the most happy consequences wherever preached and .believed; in these docrines he retained unshaken confidence to the last, and rejoiced in them as his only hope when heart and flesh failed him.

In his ministry, he was faithful and persevering, and it is believed, many seals of his ministry in the destitute and forsaken churches will be found as his reward at the great day.

He had a mind naturally quick and vigorous, a judgment sound and discriminating, all of which were seen in the judicious and instructive discourses he preached. Whilst he laid the foundation of all his sermons in the devlopment and exhibition of truth, he did not fail in the power to press it home upon the consciences of his hearers with warmth and earnest

ness.

With few days only of actual sickness, he had from the first a premonition of its being his last. This he often mentioned with all the calmness and tranquility, and joy of a child about to return to his father's house. He often and deeply lamented his unworthiness and imperfect life. He entreated the christian friends who surrounded his bed to aim at greater attainments in religion and to live wholly for God. His only hope for himself, was, as he often expressed it, that the divine grace would reach beyond his guilt and unworthiness; and almost the last words he breathed out when articulation was past were, "There is joy and peace in believing."

TRUTH.

It is an interesting field for speculation, to ascertain what relation errors in religion have to the advancement of the truths of religion. It may be set down as an axiom, that good will accrue somewhere in the Universe of God, from every phe

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nomenon, moral as well as natural. In tracing the history of the church down through succeeding centuries, we have, in the errors that have prevailed, a most melancholy picture of the fallen condition of man. Enough of conscience remaining, and of divine illumination, to make him a subject of moral government; but with passions allied to earth, and a mind which but dimly sees the truth, and discriminates between the light and the darkness. One great and principal benefit resulting from error has been the more perfect development, and disincumbered purity of the truth. Among errorists (with whom I include infidels,) have been ranked, in succeeding ages, some of the brightest intellects the world has ever seen. The tendency of their writings has been to undermine every fallacy, and every argument which is not based on truth. The correctness of the received copy of the scriptures, has been put to the test by original investigation, and no erior of any considerable importance has been discovered. It is most pleasing to reflect that this ordeal should have transpired at such a time, when all the important manuscripts are still extant. After so thorough and satisfactory an examination as has been made in Germany and Great Britain, it is not likely that another attempt of this kind will be made to overthrow the truth. And so too of docrinal topics. The frail mind of man under these inauspicious circumstances, in which bad governments and bad institutions place him,-although he may have piety at heart, will create to itself visionary good, and fall down and worship it. Thus it is that the dark cloud of popery hangs lowering over two thirds of the nominally christian world. But truth is shining clearly and brightly on here and there a moutain-top, from which error has unintentionally assisted in clearing the 'growth' of centuries. Chr. Soldier.

POETRY.

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[The Song of Solomon is supposed to be a sacred dialogue between Christ and his Church, dressed in the highly figurative language of the East. Viewed in this light, it appears worthy of the spirit of inspiration. In this light our correspondent viewed the closing passage, whose meaning he has developed and expanded in the following lines.]

For the Hopkinsian Magazine.
PARAPHRASE OF SOLOMON'S SONG-Chap. viii. verses 13, 14.

"Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it. Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe, or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices."

Bride, in the fruitful gardens of this world
I leave thee, for a while, to toil and care.
Go, watch the vines, and their aspiring guide-

Go, take the little foxes, lest they spoil
The heavenly fruit ere it is fully ripe.
And look thou to thyself, lest tares spring up
In thine own soul, and choke the precious wheat
Which I have planted there. Farewell, my love,—
I'm going to the spicy mountains. Fair
They stand around the everlasting throne.
There will I intercede for thee, that all
Thy prayers in sweet remembrance may come up,-
And all thy sins, though they be red like crimson,
May be as wool. Mourn not, my stay, my dove,
As they who have no hope, for I will come
Again, when all thy work is done, and take
Thee home to glory. Mourn not, then, my stay,
My undefil'd, for, surely, if thou wait
With patience till I come, I'll clothe thee with
A spotless robe, and set upon thine arm
My everlasting seal, and this right hand
Shall hold thee up forever.

Think, too, of thy companions, nor sit down
At ease in Zion-Are there any babes
In Christ? Go, take them gently by the hand,
And prompt their untaught feet to walk the way
Of holiness: And are there any cold,
And prone to dull formality? Go, thou,
And let them see the spark of holy fire
Which in thy bosom burns, and bid them look
To the great moral sun, whose light and heat
Revive the dying graces. Let them hear
Thy voice, and they will hearken to thy word.
Cause me to hear thy supplicating voice,
And I will answer, and a blessing send,
Exceeding all thy hopes. That mighty arm
Which captive led the powers of death and hell,
Is able to sustain thee, in the hour

Of darkest trial and extremest need.

Fear not, for as the solid mountains stand
Around Jerusalem, so will I be

A guard to thee that thou may'st ne'er be moved.

"O my beloved, haste; the needful work
Perform in heaven, nor let thy stay be long.
Without thine intercourse, how dark this world!
Haste, my beloved; on the spicy mountains
Be like a roe, or a young hart, and come
Again, and make thy heart to burn, as in
The day of our espousals. Come, and guide
My erring feet through this dark wilderness.
And when the hour of my release shall come,
O take me up to dwell with thee forever."

INTELLIGENCE.

S. P.

THEOLOGICAL SEMINARIES.

Andover.-Rev. Dr. Skinner of Philadelphia has been appointed Bartlett Professor of Sacred Rhetoric in the Theological Seminary

at Andover, by a unanimous vote of the Trustees of that Institution. Bangor.-Five thousand dollars have been subscribed in Bangor, towards the $30,000 proposed to be raised by subscripton for the Theoligical Seminary in that place. The Rev. Mr. Bond formerly of Massachusetts, where he was several years a successful pastor, after he left the Seminary at Andover, well known to the community as the Author of Pliny Fiske, and the Rev. Mr. Pond, late Editor of the Spirit of the Pilgrims, have been inaugurated as Professors.The library has been enlarged by a very valuable collection of books,purchased by a munifient donation from Mrs. Lord of Kenebunk

port.

Hamilton. This flourishing institution is under the control of the Baptist denomination, is situated near the centre of the State of New York.

Auburn.-Rev. N. S. S. Beman, D. D., of Troy, is elected to fill the professorship of Sacred Rhetoric.

Newton.-The Rev. James D. Knowles, of Boston, has requested and received a dismission from the Pastoral office of the Baptist Church and Society in Baldwin Place, of which he has been the beloved and highly acceptable Pastor for six years, and accepted the appointment of a Professorship in the Newton Theological Institution. The dissolution of this relation has been effected with perfect good feeling and Christian harmony.-Ch. Watchman.

THE TENDER MERCIES OF A RUM-SELLER.-A washer-woman in a certain town in Mass., by hard labor had earned thirty dollars, which she permitted to remain in the hands of her employer, until her confinement, intending then to use it in furnishing those comforts which her drunken husband neglected to provide. Considering her money safe, and ready for her at a moment's warning, she had waited in perfect security, until the time of trial approached, when on applying to the debtor he informed her "that the hard-hearted rum-seller had served a trustee process upon him, and fleeced her of her little all." Thus in the hour of trial, she was thrown destitute upon the charity of others, through the hard-hearted cruelty of the rum-seller; who, after making her husband a torment to her and her family, took the avails of her hard-earned labor to pay for it.-Surely the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel!-Journal of Humanity.

A Good Offer.-At a meeting of a town Temperance Society, not far from Rochester, a few days since, a tavern keeper came forward and subscribed the constitution; but he did not stop here, he offered every man, who was indebted to him for ardent spirit, who would, in good faith, join the Temperance Society, to forgive him the debt. How many accepted the offer we are not informed. This tavern keeper, it will be remarked, some weeks since, among many others, in the same place, resolved to renounce the service of the world and declared himself wholly on the Lord's side, and the very day he made this resolution he banished ardent sdirits from his bar and house.--He did not long doubt whether he could keep his resolution to serve the Lord and him only, and still be engaged in the manufacture of drunkards and paupers.-Rochester Observer, 1830.

Consumption. Some very inteacsting experiments have been lately performed at Paris by Dr. Cotteren, a phyisician of eminence, on patients inflicted with the consumption. Having conceived that the anti-putrescent quality of chlorate of Lime and Soda, might be applied with effect to ulceratated lungs, he invented an apparatus for the purpose of administering it in the form of gaseous vapor; and if he and others are to be believed the effects has even exceeded expections.

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