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of the same.

purpose of the Christian Church; true reli- | may prove to be, if she speaks in the vernacular tongue. gion suffers greatly in our own souls, and

With them, words are not only the signs of things, but among our neighbours, for want of a correct things themselves. appreciation of the Gospel ministry. Be it our happiness to love the house and worship RECOLLECTIONS OF A COUNTRY PASTOR. of our God, to pray for and co-operate with his ministers, that the word of the Lord may

No. IX.-The Ostler at the Crown. have free course and be glorified in our- The town in which I now resided was on one of the selves and in the world. We who are minis- great roads, on which there was a constant traffic. ters, admitted into the solemn, the respon

Stage-coaches were not so well conducted then as they sible office of “ambassadors for Christ,” of salutary influence of Macadam.

have been of later years. The roads had not felt the

There was "labourers together with God" (oh the awful posting ; and the Crown was, at one time, an inn where import of this peculiarly impressive designa- much was done in this way. The landlord, however, tion!), of "watchmen,” of “overseers over the

was a man of the most profligate habits. His wife was flock of Christ,"

separated from him. The other house, more rewe are earnestly solicitous

spectably conducted, soon gained the lead, and was for you, and importunately desirous humbly patronised by the more respectable inhabitants of the to execute our office, proving the honoured neighbourhood. Politics ran very high at the time. instruments of bringing you within the Church

There was a strong ministerial party; but the landof Christ, and then of rendering you, by di

lord of the Crown was a thorough and avowed demo

Ile had wished to change the sign, but was vine grace, stedfast and consistent members afraid it would injure his trade. Clubs used to be

held at his house, at which he usually presided; and which had for their object nothing short of a combina

tion for overthrowing the constitution in Church and PHRASEOLOGISTS.

State. The evening of Sunday was the usual time for

these meetings, which were attended by the loosest chaTheir religion consists more in a sort of spiritual racters, though one or two who were men of property gossiping, than holiness of life. They diligently look

were among them. It was always a busy night thereout after the faults of others, but are rather lenient

fore, both in the house and in the yard; and it was no

torious, that neither waiter, chambermaid, nor ostler of to their own. They accuse of being legal those who

the Crown were ever seen at church or meeting. There act more in the service of Christianity, and dispute was a large meeting-house in the town, of which more less about certain opinions. They overlook essentials, in another paper. I will only remark, that the minisand debate rather fiercely on, at best, doubtful points

ter was a truly conscientious and pious man ; and had of doctrine ; and form their judgment of the piety of

he been alive, I am sure would have firmly set liis others, rather from their warmth in controversy, than

face against the conduct of many of his brethren at the

present day. from their walking humbly with God.

It was late on a Sunday evening that a respectable They always exbibit in their conversation the idiomparishioner called upon me to say, that the ostler at of a party, and are apt to suspect the sincerity of those the Crown, who rented one of his cottages, had rewhose higher breeding, and more correct babits, dis

ceived a kick on the head from a horse, which threat

ened to prove fatal. He had consequently been cover a better taste. Delicacy with them is want of

brought home on a shutter, and was now in bed. The zeal; prudent reserve, want of earnestness; senti

person giving me this information requested me to ments of piety, conveyed in other terms than are found

visit the poor man ;

for," said he, " I do not think in their vocabulary, are suspected of error. They Tom is any better than a heathen.

I feel quite make no allowance for the difference of education,

ashamed to think I have never given him some good babits, and society: all must have one standard of

advice, though he is one of my own tenants." language, and that standard is their own.

I immediately accompanied my informant to the

cottage, where I found Tom in a very deplorable conEven if, on some points, you hold nearly the same dition. No medical attendant had as yet visited him. sentiments, it will not save your credit; if you do not The more respectable surgeons were all out; and the express them in the same language, you are in danger only one near was a man of loose character and prinof having your principles suspected. By your profi

ciples-in fact, a confirmed infidel,--who found, to his

astonishment, that his patients were gradually leaving ciency or declension in this dialect, and not by the

him, and who, this evening, was too busily engaged greater or less devotedness of your heart, the increas- at the club, planning measures for healing the constiing or diminishing consistency in your practice, they tution, to attend to the case of the ostler. He had take the gauge of your religion, and determine the rise been twice sent for to the Crown, but had not made and fall of your spiritual thermometer. The language

his appearance,--which was, so far, well; for the state

in which he was, from the influence of brandy and the of these technical Christians indisposes persons of re

excitement of politics, would have rendered his aid finement, who have not had the advantage of seeing very doubtful. Meanwhile, however, another medical religion under a more engaging forn, to serious piery, man arrived, and dressed the poor creature's wounds. by leading them to make a most unjust association be

They were not of a character, it was supposed, to

create much alarm. But it was thought that for some tween religion and bad taste.

weeks it might be impossible for Tom to attend to his Wlien they encounter a new acquaintance of their

business. He had, in fact, received two or three seown scliool, these reciprocal signs of religious intelli- vere blows on the head, besides having one of his legs gence produce an instantaneouz sisterhood; and they dreadfully bruised. I took an early opportunity of will run the chance of what the character of the stranger seeing Tom in the week, and found him then perfectly

sensible, which was not the case on the first evening I * From Hannah More.

saw him ; for he was stupified and stunned with the

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blows he had received. And truly, the statement | mily worship in the room that has been assigned them, made to me, “ that Tom was no better than a and that they have usually found the offer gratefully heathen," was but too correct. Of religion he knew accepted; and that the waiters and other servants nothing. He had been wont to hear it ridiculed by have appeared pleased at the proposal. Certainly it his master and his associates; and he used sometimes, is worth while to make the offer.

It may be blessed by the way of procuring an additional sixpence, to of God to the good of some one present. The minisJaunch out against all that was sacred. I could ter has, at least, shewn himself not ashamed of his scarcely have believed it possible that such utter ig- holy calling. norance could have been found in a man living in a Truly glad shall I be if these remarks should nation professedly Christian, and, not like Gubbens, induce any brother in the ministry, or any private associating with gipsies only.

Christian, to direct his thoughts more fully to the Tom's short history was as follows:-He had been class of persons now alluded to, should there be such thrown upon the parish when a lad, by the death of his in his parish or neighbourhood. And, not less so, mother. He had never known the blessings of pater- should they meet the eye of any landlord of an inn, nal care; and the overseer of the day, being the then and induce him to give every possible facility to his landlord of the Crown, sent him into the yard, in servants attending divine worship, and keeping holy which he had passed through one grade of promotion the Sabbath-day. Those who travel much, whether for to another, until he became head ostler. He could business or amusement, may do incalculable good not read: there was, in fact, no school in the parish this way; and may have the satisfaction of knowing for poor children when he was a boy; and all his ac- that their labour has not been in vain. Hlad Tom at counts of corn, &c. were kept by chalk marks, of which the Crown received some important advice from those he alone knew the meaning, but which were most cor- who frequented the inn, instead of being led on to rect. No one recollected ever seeing Tom at church. reckless indifference, his character might have been The Wesleyan Methodists had been endeavouring, that of a real and consistent Christian. and with success, by various means, to bring many I would only, in conclusion, remark, that the indiprofligate persons to a sense of sin; but Tom had vidual, a man of property,—whose horse, notoriously never come within their notice. Churchmen and a most vicious one, kicked Tom, aud thus made him Dissenters were alike guilty in this respect, that they the inmate of a workhouse, and nearly an idiot for never endeavoured to benefit this poor creature. In

life,--though frequently applied to in the poor creareply to my first question, as to his health, he replied, ture's behalf, never, to my certain knowledge, gave " I'm very bad — and to this he added an oath. him a farthing; and yet he was regarded as a stanch

I immediately stated my horror at hearing him “ friend of the people.” Nor do I believe the landtake God's name in vain, and asked him if he did not lord of the Crown ever offered him a meal. So much think it was a sin, for which he should be called to for principles which are not founded on a Christian answer ?

basis ; so inuch for that spurious philanthropy which He said, he did not think about it; he hoped there pretends to have in view the interests of the lower was no offence: he heard master say it was all stuff about orders; but which will, almost universally, be found sin. And then he repeated many other sayings that he to be little more than empty declamation; and which, had heard, with which I need not shock the reader. while it harangues on the people's rights, and the Suffice it to say, that I found him in a state of utter people's privileges, and the people's hardships, would ignorance and hardness of heart. Death and judgment, willingly leave the people destitute of the means of heaven and hell, had never entered his mind. He sustaining life. Tom, at the Crown, is not the first was an utter stranger to prayer-in fact to religious nor the last who has experienced the folly of being duties of every kind.

led astray by the enemies of God and of godliness. The wounds he received did not prove fatal immediately; but he was ever afterwards incapable of work. His brain was obviously injured, for lie sank into a

PARTING ADVICE. state not far from idiocy. He was removed, with his wife and child, to the workhouse, where he lived some

One country has its dangers as well as another; but I years. I had frequent opportunities of seeing him and trust that the same restraining grace of God that has conversing with him; and I did all in my power to in- kept me here will watch over you wherever you are : struct him, but I had never any satisfactory evidence

and oh, neglect not to seek it earnestly in humble that he was in any way impressed by what I said.

Now this, it may be remarked, perhaps, is an inci- prayer; for if we ask not amiss, and if we avail ourdent in clerical life scarce worth recording, and yet it selves of our all-powerful Intercessor, the Lord Jesus is one which I confess made a deep impression upon Christ, in and through him we shall assuredly be my mind. The yard of a large inn is a soil, indeed, blessed. Be particularly watchful of the society you most unfavourable for the growth of religion,-a most

are in; for evil communications are always corruptcontaminating place, which has led to the ruin of many a honest servant; and those who are engaged in ing. If we attempt to stand on the enemy's ground, it are, in too many instances, almost entirely deprived

he soon foils us; but if we cleave to the Lord, and of attendance on the means of grace. The tap, and unfeignedly seek his face, he will be found of us, and not the house of God, is usually the sabbath resort. he will teach us himself. I will point out some of his The church was at no great distance from the Crown ;

monitors, from each of whom you may have a lecbut its door was never entered by the landlord and his servants. Constant Sunday travelling; the chang

ture every day. You have a close intimate, called ing of horses; waiting upon guests; the necessity of conscience, which, when an enlightened one, being in attendance at alî hours,-render it very diffi- I trust yours is, is always a faithful friend. Its cult for a servant in an inn to frequent the services of language is, “ Keep me tender, quick of feeling, religion. Hence many of them for years never enter void of offence towards God and man. Consult me a place of worship: Exceptions there are, of course, to this rule; but I am speaking of what is too gener

upon all occasions, and act according to my dictates : ally the case. I have known several clerical friends,

but shouldst thou grieve me, beware of a deceitful one--a man of deep practical piety and unbounded beneficence—who make it a point, when travelling, to * For a striking instance of the value of religious instruction propose to the landlord of the inn at which they may

imparted at an inn by the Rev. Henry Venn, see vol. I, p. 131. be remaining for the night, that there should be fa

+ Extracted from a Letter to a Young Friend, by the late John Thornton, Esq.



reconciliation; I will be satisfied with nothing less a love of thy holy name; since thou never deprivest than a fresh pardon from the blood of Christ. He of thy governance those whom thou dost bring up that first gave me quiet, must keep me in peace.”

under the stedfastness of thy love. Through the

Lord." Another friend you will have continually with you, I. The invocation or first member of this collect is and that is the Bible; and it will speak a true lan- this: “O Lord, who never failest to help and govern guage, though in a different dialect. It will shew you them whom thou dost bring up in thy stedfast fear and the great and glorious salvation of Jesus, a perfect

love." We here express our confidence, that where

God hath “begun a good work" in atonement, righteousness, justification, and glorifica


of he will tion. It says, “Soul, fix thy faith here continually;

" perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." To che

rish such a confidence as this, is the privilege of all look upon this as far superior to all thy humiliations, those—though of those only——who feel their affections gifts, graces, and highest attainments ; look upon it, drawn up to high and heavenly things. This is the also, as far more extensive to cover and pardon heritage of such as truly fear God's name; and it is all thy sins, corruptions, and imperfections, than thy

so far from being presumptuous to lay claim to it, that sins and omissions can be to condemn thee." The

the apostle requires of Christians to hold it fast :

“We desire that every one of you do shew the same Bible speaks also the language of precept. This diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end" voice must be attended to. It


“ Walk in the (Heb. vi. 11). And it is their happiness to know that path of duty, as the redeemed of the Lord; shew thy God's promise so to “ help and govern them" stands love to him, by keeping his commandments ; demon

on record; “ even to their old age, and even to hoar strate that the Gospel is according to godliness, and

hairs he will carry them” (Is. xlvi. 3, 4). He is con

tinually with them, holds them by his right hand, by well-doing put to silence the ignorance of foolish

guides them with his counsel, and shall afterward men.” It speaks also the language of promises-ex- receive them to glory. (Ps. lxxiii. 23, 24.) We must ceeding great and precious promises, many in number, equally regard both the particulars of God's superinand rich in variety, suitable to every case, calculated

tendence here mentioned-help and government. The for every emergency, secured by covenant-love and

aid of his grace is granted in order that they may

remain under the dominion of his Spirit. Our sins everlasting mercy. There is a summary of these in

bring us into difficulty: God promises to “ help" us Heb. viii. 9-13. There is also the still small voice of the

out of this state, not that we may remain or relapse Spirit, which will insist much upon your keeping up into sin; but that we may henceforth submit ourselves communion with God, guarding against temptations,

unreservedly to his holy “ government.” They who striving against the flesh. It says, “I appeal to thine

are resolved to do so, and who, with this view, apply own experience, soul: when art thou so happy as under

to God for his aid, may confidingly "put their trust

in the Lord, for he is their help” (Ps. cxv. 10, 11). my smiles ? When is thy faith so delighted as when Happy are they whose steps are thus ordered by the I am taking of the things of Jesus, and shewing them Lord, who have the God of Jacob for their help. unto thee? When is the throne of grace so privileged

II. In the petition or second member of the collect a place as when I am in thee-a Spirit of prayer and

we pray (1.) “ Keep us, we beseech thee, under the

protection of thy good providence.” Safety from evil supplication, making intercession in thee and with

is the matter of this prayer; and it has been promised thee? Therefore grieve me not, for I am a Spirit of by God,-“ Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them holiness, and will not dwell with the unclean." There that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy" is also the voice of the Beloved; and what is its affec- (Ps. xxxiii. 18). He is pledged to preserve them tionate declaration ? “Behold, I stand at the door

from all evil: they may lie down, and sleep, and take and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the

their rest, for the Lord has engaged to sustain them.

He shall defend them under his wings, and they shall door, I will come in to him, and sup with him, and he be safe under his feathers: his faithfulness and truth with me.” Time is another monitor of God, and it shall be their shield and buckler (Ps. xci. 4). The speaks loudly: “Live to-day; redeem what has been Christian's Lord, to remove his fears, has mercifully mispent; improve thy talents; prepare for death

reasoned the case with him: “ Are not two spar

rows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall and judgment." Trials also may speak, and must be

not fall on the ground without your Father: but the attended to; hear the voice of the rod, and of Him

very hairs of your head are all numbered; fear ye who hath appointed it. . I will only mention two voices not, therefore: ye are of more value than many sparmore, from very different people, in very opposite rows” (Matt. x. 29-31). Let the believer, then, hush dialects. May they be sanctified to us both! The

all his alarms; for the “God which has fed him all one is manifested, Luke, xvi. 19, &c.; and the other,

his life long unto this day—the Angel which redeemed

him from all evil” (Gen. xlviii. 15, 16)-shall “ Rev. vii. 10-12. I have now given you a few thoughts, leave him nor forsake him" (Heb. xiii. 5). which, if properly attended to and improved, may be (2.) Preservation from inward decays is the subject advantageous to the soul. And now, recommending of the remainder of the petition of this collect:“ Make you to the grace and love of our blessed Saviour,

us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy name."

These two graces make up the entire disposition of I remain yours with sincere regard,

mind which God's servants are to cherish towards JOHN THORNTON. him. Fear of God's name is not a slavish dread of

his power: this would be " the spirit of bondage

again;" but it is a reverential sense of his character, LITURGICAL HINTS.-No. XXVIII. such as a dutiful child would shew to his parent; and "Understandest thou what thou readest!”- Acts, viii. 30.

is, therefore, quite compatible with the other quality,

the love of God's name. The Israelites were enjoined Second SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.

to manifest both these dispositions towards God : The Collect is a prayer for outward and inward pre- “And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God reservation. In 1662, the order of the petitions was in- quire of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God; to walk verted—the original Jatin form standing thus : “ O in all liis ways; and to love him, and to serve the Lord Lord, make us to have a perpetual fear, equally with thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul"


(Deut. x. 12). The Christian must be careful to join | sake, therefore they must be excused. One has together these two states of mind; for his Divine bought a piece of ground-complacency in worldly Master has said, concerning his heavenly Father, things kept him back; another has bought five yoke Yea, I say unto you, fear him:" and likewise, “ Thou of oxen-inordinate worldly care hinders him; another shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart." has married a wife, and pleads inability to attend to

The EPIsTLE (1 John, iii. 13-24) contains, first, 13-18, religion, when really he is averse to it. `His servants, an exhortation to brotherly love. Marvel not (says the wlio are his ministers, give an account of the ill suc

ostle), if an evil orld, under the dominion of cess of their ministry; they do so even now at the Satan, hate you who belong to that Seed of the wo- throne of grace, and they will do so hereafter at the man, which is shortly to bruise Satan under your feet. judgment-seat of Christ: and he shall justly resent We know it to be a token of our having passed into a this affront. They who despise Christ's grace, forfeit justified state, that we have a peculiar love to those who it as Esau forfeited the birthright he had despised: belong to the family of God. No murderer hath eternal they that will not have Christ when they may, shall life abiding in him; but he who hates his brother is a not have him when they will. Go, saith Christ, and murderer ; such an one, therefore, hath not within gather an abundance of guests from among the most him the principle of eternal life. The example of unlikely: invite those that will be glad to come; for God and of Christ should inflame our hearts with this the provision made for precious souls in my Gospel holy love ; for this great God has given his Son to shall not be in vain: if some reject, others will thankdeath for us; and we owe it to him, for such good- fully accept it. Though Israel be not gathered, yet ness, to be willing to suffer death for the good of the shall I be glorious, a Light to the Gentiles.” (Is. xliv. Church, for the safety and salvation of the brethren 5, 6.) beloved in Christ Jesus, either in exposing ourselves We learn from this parable, that the offers of the to dangers for their preservation, or in the supply of Gospel are of the most general and comprehensive their necessities; for there can be no true love of God kind; that worldliness keeps men back from embracing in him who, having the means of " distributing to the Christ's salvation and service : but that God will have necessity of saints," refuses to do so. Let us not a church in the world--the unbelief of man not being "shew much love with our mouth,” using hollow com- able to make his promise of none effect; that thougu pliments, and expressions of good-will that cost us many have been brought in to partake of the benefits nothing; but let us give proofs of a sincere and sacred of the Gospel, there is room for more-the riches of affection in services of love.

Christ being “ unsearchable” and inexhaustible; and, The apostle next speaks (19-22) of the testimony of finally, that the Gospel excludes none who do not conscience. Hereby (he says), by thus abounding in exclude themselves. love to the brethren, we are assured of our integrity in religion, and may confidently appeal to God from the censures of the world. For if our heart, that

NINEVEI. judicial power which resides within ourselves, pass

"Nineveh is laid waste : who will bemoan her?"--Nahun, iii. 7. upon us a condemnatory sentence, God is a greater witness than our heart, and knoweth more against us Nineveh, the splendid metropolis of the Assyrian than it does : he is a greater judge than conscience. empire, was anciently a city of great importance : it But " if our heart condemn us not,” if conscience

was founded by Asshur, the son of Shem (Gen. x. 11), acquit us, then have we assurance that God does so now, and will acquit us at the great day of account.

and by the Greeks was called Ninus, to whom they The privilege of those who have a good conscience

referred its foundation. It was erected on the banks toward God is, that " whatsoever they ask they re- of the Tigris, and was of great extent: according to ceive of him;" it is supposed that they ask nothing Diodorus Siculus, it was fifteen miles long, nine broad, which does not tend to God's glory, and their own

and forty-eight in circumference. It was surrounded spiritual good: then they shall receive, because they by walls, 100 feet high, on the top of which three cha"keep his commandmenis, and do those things which are well-pleasing in his sight.” Their obedience pre

riots could pass together abreast, and was defended pares them for his blessings; and the promise of au- by 1500 towers, each of which was 200 feet high. In dience at the court of heaven is annexed to it.

the time of the prophet Jonah (who lived between The apostle mentions summarily what these com- 810 and 785 B. c.) it was “an exceeding great city of mandments are (v. 23): to believe on Christ, and to love one another; and represents the blessedness of

three days' journey''—"wherein were more than six obedience (v. 24), especially of obedience to these two

score thousand persons that could not discern belast-named commandments of faith and love ; that we tween their right hand and their left hand" (Jon. ini. “ dwell in God” by a divine relation to him ; and 3; iv. 11). Its destruction, which that prophet had God " dwells in us” by his spiritual presence: the announced within forty days, was averted by the getest of this divine indwelling being the

Spirit which

neral repentance and humiliation of the inhabitants he hath given us”—the holy frame of soul which he hath conferred upon us.

(iii. 4-10). That repentance, however, was of no The Gospel (Luke, xiv. 16-24) is the generous, but | long continuance: for the prophet Nahum, soon after, neglected invitation. This discourse was occasioned by predicted not only the utter destruction of Nineveh, one of the guests at an entertainment, where Christ

which was accomplished one hundred and fifteen was present, saying, “ Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.” Yea, saith our Lord,

years afterwards, but also the manner in which it was

to be eflected. it is true; they are blessed who shall partake of the

“While they were folded together as privileges of Christ's kingdom; but who are they that thorns, they were devoured as the stubble full dry" shall enjoy that privilege? This question he answers (Nah. i. 10). The Medians, under the command of by a parable. Christ in his Gospel has made

a feast

Arbaces, being informed by some deserters of the for all people” (Isa. xxv. 6); and all things are now ready: now is the accepted time, and now is the day negligence and drunkenness which prevailed in the of salvation. Christ bids all men welcome, saying, camp of the Ninevites, assaulted them unexpectedly “ Eat, О friends ; drink, yea drink abundantly, ó be- | by night, discomfited them, and became masters of loved." But the invited guests give a cold reception their camp, and drove such of the soldiers as surto his invitation. All find out some pretence to escape from attendance; they cannot refuse for decency's • From Illustrations of the Bible. 2 vols. Murray.

vived the defeat into the city. “The gates of the on the north-eastern extremity of this artificial mound. river shall be opened, and the palace shall be dis- Its greatest height, as measured by Mr. Rich, was 178 solved" (Nah. ii. 6): and Diodorus Siculus relates feet; the length of the summit, east and west, 1850 " that there was an old prophecy that Nineveh should feet; and its breadth, north and south, 1147 feet. А not be taken, till the river became an enemy to the short time before Mr. Rich visited these remains, out city; and in the third year of the siege, the river being of a mound on the north face of the boundary " there swollen with continual rains, overflowed part of the was dug an immense block of stone, on which were city, and broke down the wall for twenty furlongs. sculptured the figures of men and animals. So reThen the king (Sardanapalus), thinking that the markable was this fragment of antiquity, that even oracle was fulfilled, and the river become an enemy to Turkish apathy was roused ; and the pacha and most the city, built a large funeral pile in the palace, and of the principal people of Mousoul went to see it. One collecting together all his wealth, and his concubines, of the spectators particularly recollected, among the and his eunuchs, burnt himself and the palace with sculptures of this stone, the figure of a man on horsethem all: and the enemy entered the breach which back, with a long lance in his hand, followed by a the waters had made, and took the city." What was great many others on foot. The stone was soon afterpredicted, therefore, in Nah. i. 8, was literally fulfilled: wards cut into small pieces for repairing the build“With an overflowing flood will he make an utter end ings of Mousoul ; and this inestimable specimen of of the place thereof." Nahum (ii. 9) promises the the arts and manners of the earliest ages was irreenemy much spoil of gold and silver; and we read in coverably lost." These ruins evidently indicate the Diodorus, that Arbaces carried away many talents of former existence of some very extensive edifices, silver and gold to Ecbatana, the royal city of the which most probably belonged to ancient Nineveh, Medes. According to Nahum (i. 8; iii. 15), the city and which attest the literal accomplishment of the was to be destroyed by fire and water; and from Di- prophecy, that that “ rejoicing city, which dwelt careodorus we learn that it was actually destroyed by fire lessly,” should " become a desolation, dry like a wiland water.

derness, a place for beasts to lie down in.” (Zeph. ii. Nineveh was taken a second time, by Cyaxares and 15, 13.) Nabopolassar, from Chinaladin, king of Assyria, A. M. There are appearances of mounds and ruins extend3378, after which it no more recovered its former ing for several miles to the southward, the space besplendour. It was entirely ruined in the time of Lu- tween which is a level plain, over every part of the cian of Samosata, who lived in the reign of the empe- face of which broken pottery and the other usual remains ror Hadrian: it was rebuilt under the Persians; but of ruined cities are seen scattered about. was destroyed by the Saracens about the seventh century. Its utter destruction, as foretold by Nahum (i. ii. iii.) and by Zephaniah (ii. 13-15), has been so

The Cabinet. entirely accomplished, that no certain vestiges of it PIIARISAISM.--I cannot see two sawyers work at have remained. Several modern writers are of opi

the pit, but they put me in mind of the Pharisee and

the publican; the one casts his eye upward, whilst nion, that the ruins on the eastern bank of the river

his actions tend to the pit infernal; the other standing Tigris, opposite to the modern town of Mousoul, point with a dejected countenance, whilst his hands ard out the site of ancient Nineveh. The late learned and lieart move upward. "Tis not a shame to make shew intelligent political resident at Bagdad, Claudius of our profession, so we truly possess what we make James Rich, Esq. states, that on this spot there is

shew of; but of the two, I had rather be good, and an enclosure of a rectangular form, corresponding publican went home to his house rather justitied than

not seem so, than seem good, and not be so. The with the cardinal points of the compass, the area the Pharisce.--Warwick. of which offered no vestiges of building, and is too

NATURE VIEWED WITH small to contain a town larger than Mousoul; but


one train of thinking be more desirable than another, it may be supposed to miswer to the palace of Ni

it is that which regards the phenomena of nature neveh. Four mounds are observable, the longest of with a constant reference to a supreme intelligent which runs north and south, and consists of several Author. To have made this the ruling, the habitual ridges of unequal height, the whole appearing to ex

sentiment of our minds, is to have laid the foundation tend four or five miles in length. These mounds, as

of every thing that is religious. The world from

thenceforth becomes a temple, and life itself one conthey shew neither bricks, stones, nor any other mate- tinued act of adoration.- Paley. rials of building, but are in many places overgrown

PRAYER.–Prayer is an all-efficient panoply, a treawith grass, resemble the mounds left by intrench

sure undiminished, a mine which never is exhausted, ments and fortifications of Roman camps. On the

a sky unobscured by clouds, a haven unrum.cd by the first of these, which forms the south-west angle, is storm ; it is the root, the fountain, and the mother, of erected the village of Nebbi Yunus, where is shewn a thousand, ten thousand blessings. I speak not of the supposed tomb of the prophet Jonah or Jonas. The

the prayer which is cold and feeble, and devoid of

energy; I speak of that which is the child of a connext, which is the largest of all, Mr. Rich conjectured

trite spirit, the offspring of a soul converted, born in to be the monument of Ninus: it is situated near the

a blaze of unutterable inspiration, and winged, like western face of the enclosure, and is called Koyunjuk lightning, for the skies. When a Christian stretches Tepè. Its form is that of a truncated pyramid, with forth his hands to pray, and invokes his God, in that regular steep sides and a flat top; and it is composed and traverses on the wings of intellect the realms of

moment he leaves behind him all terrestrial pursuits, of stones and earth, the latter predominating suffici- light; he contemplates celestial objects only, and ently to admit of the summit being cultivated by the knows not of the present state of things during the inhabitants of the village of Koyunjuk, which is built period of his prayer, provided that prayer be breathed

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