Obrazy na stronie

There was something singularly affecting in the child

LITURGICAL HINTS.-No. XXXI. like simplicity with which they got up, when introduced to me by the mistress, to make an exhibition of

“ Understandest thou what thou readest?"-Acts, vii. 30. their bodily afflictions; and, after a few cursory re

Fifth SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY. marks in unison with the feelings I had brought with The Collect is found in Gregory's Sacramentary, and me down stairs, I left the house, in which dwelt more

is one of that class which were retained from ancient of human misery than I had hitherto been able to con- liturgies at the Reformation. The original Latin form

ive— not without an open and apparently honest stands thus: “Grant us, we beseech thee, O Lord, request, on the part of the master, that I would repeat that both the course of the world may be peaceably my visit as soon and as often as convenient.

directed by thy ordering, and that thy Church may Not more than two or three days afterwards, the rejoice in tranquil devotion. Through our Lord.” knell of death announced the release, from the gripe

This collect is a prayer for the peace of the Church : of earthly wretchedness, of the poor creature indeed. “ Grant, O Lord, we beseech thee, that the course of I never saw her again. Her end, as I was informed, this world may be so peaceably ordered by thy gowas like the last few weeks of her life—without mean

vernance, that thy Church may joyfully serve thee in ing, without sense, without emotion, without pain. all godly quietness.” The peace and tranquillity of the Her mind had been a “waste howling wilderness,” in

Church ought ever to be near to the heart of the which misfortune had striven in vain to cultivate the

Christian ; and, if it be so, he will entreat for it at the poisonous growth of sorrow and despair ; her soul, throne of grace, remembering the injunction, “ Pray therefore, passed the barrier of eternity untouched by for the peace of Jerusalem ; they shall prosper that love hope, unscathed by pain, unruffled by a pang.

thee : peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within The day of interment had been rendered more in

thy palaces” (Ps. cxxii. 6, 7). Although the Church is teresting to the inhabitants of the village by the coin- distinct from the world, and God has promised to keep cidence of an accident which caused another funeral to

it evermore with jealous care, as the apple of his be appointed for the same time—a child, four years old, eye,” yet its outward comfort and repose must be in had fallen into a well and been drowned. But there

no small degree dependent upon the state of the world were additional circumstances, which to me have ren

in the midst of which it dwells. It is, therefore, an dered this day one never to be forgotten. The child

event affecting the welfare of the Church, when God of the deceased mother was brought, before the funeral, “ maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth ; to be baptised; the mother of the ill-fated child came, when he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in after the funeral, to be churched; and, as these cere- sunder, and burneth the chariot in the fire" (Ps. xlvi. monies contrasted affectingly with each other, so was 9). And the Church is encouraged to carry her antithe intermediate burial of the two corpses a season of pations onward to a period when, “ God judging touching reflection.

among the nations, and rebuking many people, they Public baptism is, under all circumstances, a cere- shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their mony peculiarly affecting; but, in this instance, the

spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up offering to God of a babe rendered fatherless by the sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any sad consequences of lust, mnotherless by the stroke of

more" (Is. ii. 4). In the midst, therefore, of the trials death, and yet so utterly unconscious of its lot, was to which the Church of God is called, and shall be moving in the last degree. How strikingly, but only evermore called, until “ her warfare is accomplished ;" literally, was fulfilled the declaration of St. James, in the midst of her heaviness through manifold tempta“ When lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin ; tions and afflictions, she derives the most solid consoand sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." lation and support from knowing that "he that keepeth The departed mother's brother was a sponsor ; and, as Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Ps. cxxi. 4); I marked in his wild gaze the lineaments of his poor that he “ stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of sister's countenance, there now and then stole down

their waves, and the tumult of the people” (Ps. Ixv. his cheek, puckered with a struggling emotion, a tear, 7); and that, however for a time the mixture of the which entered the very recesses of my heart.

evil with the good in the visible Church may dispirit Then came the burial. Some time intervened, and the true servants of God, yet a period is coming when I went to the graves. Rain had fallen in abundance, the "righteous shall", uninterruptedly “ Aourishi” (Ps. and the snow upon the ground had also given its aid Ixxii. 7), and when “ the people of God shall dwell in to the effect-half a foot of water was in each. “And a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in this,” thought I, " is the receptacle of these much- quiet resting-places” (Is. xxxii, 17, 18). cherished bodies — here, in this cheerless mansion, The EPISTLE is 1 Pet. iii. 8-15. As peace and

each in his narrow cell for ever laid,' are to be de- love are necessary to domestic comfort, so are they to posited the bodies of the dead.” The service came ; the prosperity of the Church. Christians should there* the lamentations of a sinner" had been sung, accord- fore study and pray to be all of one mind, to have ing to the wishes of the poor woman's survivors and compassion one of another, to love as brethren, to be the deep-rooted superstition of the parish ; and each compassionate and courteous ;' and instead of rendersad group stood beside a grave.

Here, six young

ing evil for evil, or railing for railing,' they should women in white bespoke the innocence of one victim ; • bless their enemies,' after his example who has called there, the humble pomp and circumstance of a pauper's them from their state of enmity to inherit a blessing.' grave told the past misery of the other. In the former, But how astonishing and lamentable is it, that when there were the loud sobs of maternal grief; in the the way to happiness is so plainly delineated, so few latter, the blanched countenance of humble sorrow should find it! What man is there who does not shewcd how poverty and wretchedness can reconcile desire life, and to live many days that he may see good ? the mind even to the gloom of death.

Yet how few tongues are kept from evil ! how few lips Lastly—the drooping mother, having just consigned from speaking guile! how few decline from evil and do to corruption an earlier pledge, approached the altar good! how few seek peace and pursue it! On the conto thank her God that, even in the midst of a mother's trary, how much low cunning and artifice, and what grief, he vouchsafed to give an earnest of the love with discords and contentions, reign amongst mankind; and which he chides. She was attended by her husband how detestable and miserable do these perverse and and two women ; and, while the tears run down our ungovernable passions render us! But happy are the cheeks, we all joined in a service of praise and thanks- remnant of the righteous ! The eyes of the Lord watch giving, which, if service ever did, came from every over them, his ears are open and attentive to their heart—so much more profitable is the house of prayers, and he delights in doing them good, while he mourning than the house of joy.

sets his face against the workers of iniquity. Who, then, can harm those that are followers of God as dear The lamp was still burning, but the whole room was children, and walk in his most holy ways? Their suf- in motion. The figures on the ceiling seemed to be ferings ' for righteousness' sake' will prove an addition animated, and were changing places ; presently they to their felicity; so that, fearing God, making him were detached from above, and, with large fragments their sanctuary, and abiding safe and comfortable of the cornice, fell upon me and about the room. An under his protection, they need not fear the terror of indefinable, melancholy, humming sound seemed to the wicked, nor be troubled' by reason of their rage issue from the earth, and run along the outside of and malice."'*

the house, with a sense of vibration that communicated The GoSPEL (Luke, v. 1-11) is the account of the an intolerable nervous feeling; and I experienced a miraculous draught of fishes. “The people in Galilee fluctuating motion, which threw me from side to side, with great eagerness pressed after him to hear his as if I were still on board the frigate, and overtaken instructions, not merely in the synagogues, but wher- by a storm. The house now seemed rent asunder ever he went. On one occasion, therefore, we perceive with a violent crash. A large portion of the wall fell him delivering his doctrines by the sea-shore, and out in, split into splinters the oak table, extinguished the of Peter's vessel. When this was done, that he might lamp, and left me in total darkness; while, at the encourage Peter and his three companions the more same instant, the thick walls opened about me, and cheerfully to follow him, by affording them a sort of the blue sky, with a bright star, became for a moment typical representation of the wonderful effects which visible through one of the chasms. I now threw off should be produced by their ministry, he desired them the bed-clothes, and attempted to escape from the to launch into the deep, and let down their nets. Peter tottering house; but the ruins of the wall and ceiling replied, that they had laboured all night in vain, but had so choked up the passage, that I could not open that, animated by his direction, they would make the door; and I again ran back to my bed, and another attempt. He that gave the word commanded instinctively pulled over my face the thick coverlid, success, and proved that he was Lord of the whole to protect it from the falling fragments. creation ; through his influence an immense multitude Up to this period I had not the most distant conof fishes were brought to the net and taken up, so as ception of the cause of this commotion. The whole to fill them all with amazement. The presence of the had passed in a few seconds; yet such was the effect God of nature was acknowledged ; and Peter in par- of each circumstance, that they left on my mind as ticular, overwhelmed with confusion and terror, under distinct an impression as if the succession of my ideas a sense of his unworthiness and unfitness to stand had been slow and regular. Still, I could assign no before such an exalted personage, cried out, Depart reason for it, but that the house was going to fall; till from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.' The Saviour, an incident occurred which caused the truth at once however, instantly dispersed his fears, and then ex- to flash on my mind. There stood in the square plained the miracle, as exhibiting an event of far opposite the palazzo a tall, slender steeple of a Greek greater consequence, the success of his preaching, church, containing a ring of bells, which I had resince from that time he should catch men. Now marked in the day; these now began to jangle with they would not hesitate to devote themselves to Jesus; a wild unearthly sound, as if some powerful hand had for what had they to dread ? With readiness, therefore, seized the edifice below, and was ringing the bells by they forsook their worldly occupations and connexions, shaking the steeple. Then it was that I had the first no longer anxious about their nets, their ships, or distinct conception of my situation. I found that the their friends; and, at his invitation, became his con- earthquake we had talked so lightly of was actually stant followers. Nor did their Lord disappoint the come; I felt that I was in the midst of one of those hopes which he gave them. When three thousand awful visitations which destroy thousands in a souls were converted by their ministry on the day of moment.... Pentecost, they appeared indeed to catch men,' and The elements of the earthquake seemed to have a far more stupendous miracle was wrought than this mingled themselves with the heavens. The very face draught of fishes."+

of nature was changed from its mild and calm aspect to that of a perfect storm; and it was in vain we

attempted to hold communication with the frigate, EARTHQUAKE AT CORFU.I

which we ardently wished to get on board of. No

thing could be more comfortless than our situation ; It was a bright starlight night of uncommon bril

the inclemency of the weather would not sufler us to liancy: the air calm, the atmosphere clear, the sky

remain abroad, and the tottering state of the houses serene; every thing harmonised with the festivity we

did not invite us in, particularly as every hour some had just left; our minds were in unison with the

slight shock informed us that the convulsion was not feeling; the very heavens seemed to smile on our

over, and was likely to prostrate what remained of gaiety; and we laughed, as we had often done in the

the shaken city. There was now formed a solemn course of the evening, at the thoughts of an earth

procession to St. Dionysius, which I joined with the quake.

governor and some of his officers,* as is usual in the When the servant led me to my room, he left a

Ionian Islands on the festivals of the natives. But large brass lamp lighted, on a ponderous carved table,

we were interrupted by a phenomenon more extraoron the opposite side to that on which I slept. My

dinary and as awful as that of the night before. Just bed, as is usual in this island, was without a canopy,

as we set out, the sky became as dark as pitch, the and open above. As soon as I got into it, I lay for

storm increased to a hurricane, and we perceived the some time gazing on the ceiling, with many pleasing

sea close to the shore boiling as if in a cauldron. ideas of persons and things floating on my mind; even

Suddenly a shower of ice burst on us from the skies, the grotesque figures above were a source of amuse- and fell with such violence as to prostrate several ment to me; and I remember falling into a delightful

persons whom it struck! The fall of these concealed sleep while I was yet making out fancied resemblances

masses was generally broken by the roofs of houses, to many persons I was acquainted with. The next sen

whence they rebounded, shattering the tiles, and rollsation 'I recollect was one indescribably tremendous. ing along the streets like cannon-balls! The proces

sion crowded into the church as a protection against • Rev. T. Scott's Commentary. + Rev. T. Robinson's Scripture Characters.

these terrific “stones," which were certainly similar From a Residence at Constantinople, during a period in- to the awful hail of the Scriptures. While engaged cluding the commencement, progress, and termination of the Greek and Turkish Revolutions. By the Rev. R. Walsh, LL.D.,

in solemn prayer, another violent shock of an earthauthor of “A Journey from Constantinople," " Notices of Bra- • We cannot help expressing our grief at such superstition zil," &c. &c.

receivity Protestant countenance.-Ed.


quake shook the church in the midst of the storm. I calmed, made even as the brow of Jesus, and then it never saw the effect of awe and fear more strongly ascends to heaven upon the wings of the holy dove, depicted. The whole congregation remained as still and dwells with God, till it returns, like the useful as death, but burst into a silent Hood of irrepressible bee, laden with a blessing, and the dew of heaven.

Bp. Jeremy Taylor. With all these impressions on my mind, I was called

Use or MEANS.— The promises are wells of comfort on by the governor and the ambassador to read a

to the Church ; and prayer, and the means of grace, thanksgiving service at the palace for our escape. I

are as vessels to draw the water out of these wells. had no time to prepare, as I could wish, for such a

To expect blessings, and not to seek diligently for solemn occasion; but there was no need to seek for

them, is as foolish as if a farmer were to neglect appropriate words. During the prayers another storm came on, and another shock of an earthquake nearly harvest in them.- Aip. Secker.

ploughing or sowing his lands, and yet to look for a caused the book to fall from my hand, seeming to rend the house asunder. My congregation, like those

Charity. — One says, “ I will give to-morrow," to of the procession, were deeply attected. It was the excuse himself from giving to-day. Alas! do you voice of God himself that seeined to address them. know whether you shall be alive to-morrow in this

Immediately after, I was called on to visit a sick place? Another says, “I am poor; I have necil man whom I had formerly known. His family bear- enough myself of all my means." "Yes, you are poor, ing I was on the island, had sent for me, and requested

you are destitute ; but it is of love, of benignity, of my attendance, as they supposed him past recovery. faith, and of mercy. A third says, “Whom do I wrong? In all my professional duties, I never witnessed so keep only my own.” I ask you, from whom did you awful a scene. The man was dying, and he was sur

receive those riches? and whence did you bring them ? rounded by his family in the deepest affliction. The Did you not come naked from your mother's womb; house had been shattered by the earthquake just

and shall you not return naked to the dust? Whence before; and it was expected that every fresh shock, of

did this wealth come ?—from chance? What is this which there were every moment some indications, but Atheism? If you confess that you received it would prostrate it. The storm of wind, thunder, and from God, why did it fall to your lot rather than to lightning, was raging without; the portentous hail

another's ? God is not unrighteous in the unequal stones were battering the roof, and dashing in the division of property among men. Why are you rich ? windows; the awful tremor of the earth, with the and why is this man poor? It is that you may receive dismal and ominous sound that accompanied it, seemed the reward of dispensing your goods faithfully, and like some warning voice that issued from a grave; and that the poor may receive the recompense of his in this appalling commotion of the elements, the soul patience. When, therefore, you appropriate to yourof our brother was about to leave its mortal tenement! self that wealth which belongs to many, and of which In a few minutes afterwards he died.

you are the steward, you are a robber. --St. Basil.

The Cabinet. The Bible.-I use the Scriptures not as an arsenal to be resorted to only for arms and weapons to defend this or that party, or to defeat its enemies ; but as a matchless temple, where I delight to be, to contemplate the beauty, the symmetry, and the magniticence, of the structure ; and to increase my awe, and excite my devotion, to the Deity there preached and adored. -llon, Robert Boyle.

PRAYER.--Anger is a perfect alienation of the mind from prayer, and therefore is contrary to that attention which presents our prayers in a right line to God. For so have I seen a lark rising from his bed of grass, and soaring upwards, singing as he rises, and hopes to get to heaven, and climb above the clouds; but the poor bird was beaten back with the loud siglings of an eastern wind, and his motion made irregular and inconstant, descending more at every breath of the tempest than it could recover by the libration and frequent weighing of his wings, till the little creature was forced to sit down and pant, and stay till the storm was over; and then it made a prosperous fight, and did rise and sing as if it had learnt music and motion from an angel, as he passed some time through the air about his ministries here below. So it is with the prayer of a good man: when his affairs have required business, and his business was matter of discipline, and his discipline was to pass upon a sinning person, or had a design of charity, his charity met with the intirmities of a man, and anger was its instrument; and the instrument became stronger than the prime agent, and raised a tempest, and overruled the man; and then his prayer was broken, and his thoughts were troubled, and his words went up towards a cloud, and his thoughts pulled them back again, and made them without intention ; and the good man sighs for his infirmity, but must be content to lose that prayer; and then he must recover it. When his anger is removed, and his spirit is be

Well may the bells peal sounds of praise,

The organ notes of triumph swell;
For angels here delight to gaze,

And God himself approves it well.
A youthful band in vestinents white

Approach the altar of their God,
At once their duty and delight

To tread the steps their fathers trod.
On earth the sacred vow is made,

The Church records the ardent prayer,
And Heaven, in lines which cannot fade,

Re-registers the promise there.
Come, Holy Spirit, from above,

Fill every bosom with thy flame,
And write in characters of love

Indelibly thy sacred name.
A martyr's spirit, and a lieart

Holy and heavenly grant to all,
Which never can from God depart,

Nor shrink whatever may befall.
May these young soldiers of the cross

Be strengthen'd for the holy strife,
Through good or evil, gain or loss,

Enduring, win the crown of life.
So, when their fathers sleep with thce,

Each having enter'd to his rest,
May this devoted company
Stand in their place to call thee blest!



by the general appearance of the world. " Mohammed

is his prophet.” In declaring this fundamental part Flow winding on, bright rivulet,

of his creed, he was careful to disturb no prejudices, While gentle breezes glide

and treated the feelings both of Jews and Christians

with tenderness. While he asserted his own superiority, Among the white-thorn boughs, that yet

he gave station and authority in his scheme to Adam, Adorn thy sloping side

to Noah, to Abraham, to Moses, and to Jesus. There Resplendent in their new array,

is nothing in his Koran which we are surprised to find Charms that foretell a brighter day!

there: nothing which may not be traced back to exist

ing opinions, or to books within his reach. The truth I love to cull the violets sweet

to which he owed his success, and to which the long That grow upon thy brim;

duration of his religion must be chiefly attributed, the And there in joyous strains repeat

unity of the Godhead, he found in the Jewish and Each feather'd warbler's hymn ;

Christian Scriptures: he had only to pronounce it

anew, and to clear away the intrusive worship of I love to view, within thy stream,

images and martyrs, saints and angels, which had The moon's pale light and playful beam.

corrupted the Church in that dark age and country.

When I subject Christianity to a similar test, no And oft, glad brook, thy prattling sound

such result appears. I cannot account for its fundaI've heard since winter's bands

mental doctrines. They are agreeable, indeed, to exThy dancing waves in fetters bound

perience and observation: they explain appearances Fast to thy golden sands!

which are and always have been universal throughout O may thy soft voice greet mine ear

the world: they suit the character and meet the

necessities of mankind; but they are so far from being Through all the long revolving year!

on that account as old as the creation," that a moment's While spring's gay smiles were pour'd on thee,

reflection on what the tenets of the Gospel really are,

will shew them to be in the strictest sense original. Oft o'er thy banks I hung,

Like the theory of attraction, they explain phenomena Tuned my lov'd harp, and happily

long observed and every where observable ; but, like Thy mystic music sung !

that theory, the explanation was perfectly novel. It is But now the summer's bloom hath shed

difficult to suppose that unauthorised men, of any Rich odours round thy sparkling bed.

rank, education, or country, could ever have under

taken to promulgate such doctrines. Bishop J. B. O bear my thoughts to heav'n above,

Smooth, ever-flowing rill!

Truth is Power.—Some men say wealth is power, Then shall a Saviour's dying love

some that knowledge is power, some that talent is My panting bosom fill:

power; but there is an apothegm that I would place on Then, like thy current fair and bright,

high above them all, when I would assert that truth is Calm waft my soul to realms of liglit.

power. Wealth cannot purchase, talent refute, know

ledge cannot over-reach, authority cannot silence her: Flow winding on, thou silvery wave,

they all, like Felix, tremble at her presence. Fling Heed not the work of time;

her into the most tremendous billows of popular com

motion; cast her into the seven-fold heated furnace of Thy limpid springs still fondly lave,

the tyrant's wrath; she mounts aloft in the ark upon In full harmonious chime,

the summit of the deluge; she walks with the Son of Thy banks, where many a flow'r shall dwell God, untouched, through the couflagration; she is the In after-years to scent the dell.

ministering Spirit who sheds on man that bright and indestructible principle of life, light, and glory, which

is given by its mighty Author to animate, to illuminate, Miscellaneous.

and inspire the immortal soul; and which, like him

self, is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. The Galen.—The celebrated Galen, in the early part of Bible, in the school of the parish minister, is as far his life, was not persuaded of the existence of a God. beyond the philosophy of the schools as the expanse In one of his solitary walks he found a skeleton: of heaven is beyond the surface of this little earth, and having attentively examined the structure of the bones,

the interests of eternity beyond the trifles of an hour. their wonderful accommodation to receive and secure If ever the cause of truth is to be maintained on earth, the nerves and muscles, their texture and figure to

it is against a system which dares to invade the liberties give support, strength, and activity to the whole body, of man as an immortal being, and which robs him and he exclaimed, “ Surely nothing but a God can have his children of their best and noblest privilege, the produced this frame !" Even those who have per- full, pure, and perfect word of God. -Rev. R. Daly. sisted in denying God to his face in the midst of his works, have been forced by the power of conscience to recant before they left the world. One of these main- A new Edition of Vol. I. is now ready, price 5s. Od., embossed

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Christian Patriotism; a Sermon delivered in the Mayor's Mr. Biddulph, in the course of this sermon, makes

Chapel in Bristol, on Sunday, November the 20th, 1836. some important remarks upon the professed identity By the Rev. Thomas T. Biddulph, M.A., Minister of the Church and the State. We agree with him in of St. James's in the said city. Published by request. thinking that there should be no recognised diversity Bristol, Wright; London, Hatchards.

between them; that "there should be no distinction We have before expressed our opinion as to the limits between the members of the civil community and the within which súbjects of a political or public nature members of the Christian Church : the one should be should be discussed in the pulpit. Neither the po- capable of being identified with the other.” It is upon litics, nor the civil occurrences of the day, ought, in this firm and sound principle that we have a national our opinion, ever to be expressly treated of by a Church; an institution for i he religious training of the preacher ; but still, he must never be backward to en- people, co-extensive with the bounds of the people, force the great leading principles laid down in the and embracing, in its objects, every individual in the word of God, by which the conduct of men, as subjects

realm. of the state and members of society, is to be regulated.

The author mentions several obligations which are If the ministers of religion are not to do this, whose comprehended in the comparison of the Christian to duty is it to do so ? The magistrate will certainly not the human body. These are, mutual submission, unanithink that it falls within his province to dwell upon mity of object, and sympathy. The sermon concludes the sanctions of God's law. The laws which he exe- with a striking passage from Lord Chesterfield, which cutes are, indeed, to be framed on the model of God's shews the state of his “ polished but infidel mind, as word and will; still, he is only the executive of those death approached, in reflecting on a life spent in the laws: the authority of the laws themselves, and of all bustle of the world, and in forgetfulness of God and of law, must be proclaimed in the sanctuary of God. eternity."

Mr. Biddulph, during a long life of ministerial la- This discourse, like all that Mr. Biddulph writes, is bour in Bristol, has been a decided upholder of the full of scriptural, solid, and valuable matter. principles of government and civil order; and the sermon before us is an instance of his zeal to inculcate such principles. Ilis text is from that passage of

Ecclesiastical Legislation. Three Letters to his Grace St. Paul, where he illustrates the privileges and duties

the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, on Church Proof Christians, from the analogy subsisting between a

perty, Episcopacy, Cathedrals, and the Clergy. By Clericus Anglicanus.

Seeleys, 1836. Christian community and the structure of the human body : “ For as the body is one, and hath many mem

This pamphlet contains suggestions on matters of exbers, and all the members of that one body, being limits and revenues, the change in cathedral establishi

treme importance. The new arrangement of episcopal many, are one body; so also is Christ." We give from this discourse an extract, which ex

ments, with other recommendations of the ecclesiashibits the author's views, at the same time that it con

tical commissioners, laid in their reports before the tains most important truths :-

public, and already partially acted on, must supply

food for the gravest thought to every reflecting church“ In our text, and in many other parts of St. Paul's

The proposed measures will be powerful for epistles, the structure of the human body is employed good or for evil. They will not be inoperative : they to illustrate Christian privileges and duty. The body will produce, gradually it may be, but surely, results is composed of many members. Its senses, its limbs, of a very decisive character. May the Spirit of wisits joints, sinews, and nerves; the action and reaction

dom be richly shed forth upon those individuals to

whom the guidance of these changes is entrusted! of the heart and its system of blood-vessels, with the The author of these letters is apprehensive of ininspiration and respiration of the lungs, are intro- jurious results; and his opinions are, for more than duced, as furnishing suitable emblems of the Christian one reason, entitled to great weight. IIe first adverts community, its principles, and its conduct. But though that the principle on which the ccclesiastical commis

to Church property and episcopacy. And here he says, the body consists of many members, there is such an

sioners propose to act is dangerous, namely, " that of union between them, that they constitute but one body: the arbitrary transfer of property, settled on one ohTheir vitality, comfort, and usefulness, in their several ject of legitimate and local Church service, by a new functions, depend on inspiration of the surround law of settlement, to other or remote objects not conatmosphere, by the instrumentality of the lungs ; they templated in the original grants.” This principle he are all dependent , for life and health, on a due circu- appropriates Church funds to purposes of general re

conceives to be " but a modification of another, which lation of the Auid of which the heart is the reservoir ; ligious education.” Proceeding to details, he regrets and their sympathetic cominunion, one with another, that the opportunity is not taken, leaving untouched justifies the apostle's remark, that if one member the present hierarchy, for the extension of what he suffer, all the members suffer with it; and that if one calls “ rural episcopacy :” he would have, in fact, member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. suffragan bishops re-appointed, in order to annual In the conclusion of our text, it is added, — So also is and frequent conferences with the clergy, in the spirit

confirmations, parochial visitations, pulpit services, Christ,' i. e. his mystical body, the universal Church, in of primitive and apostolical simplicity.” which Christ is the head both of government and in- the curtailment of any of the bishops' revenues, as it fluence. Such it ought to be ; and such it will here- will diminish the ability of the occupants of the richer after become. The resemblance will then be more

sees to take the lead, as they now do, in works of piety

and benevolence ; and he thinks that those whose inaccurate, and the results more blessed. The spirit of

comes are to be increased will be little benefited, but life will then pervade the whole, and communicate rather degraded, as becoming, in a measure, the stic health and vigour to all its members.”

pendiaries of a “bounty-board."


He regrets

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