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as illustrative of some of the remarks in the essay reLITURGICAL HINTS.-No. X.

ferred to. It is taken from the 238th Number of the " Understandest thou what thou readest?"-Acts, viii. 30.

Christian Observer, wherein it is stated, that the porSexageSIMA SUNDAY,

tion printed in italics was omitted in the copy of the The word "Sexagesima" means “sixtieth :" this Sun- letter which appeared in the newspapers. It is related day is so called, not because it is sixty days before in the Life of the Rev. Thomas Scott, that when his Easter, being only fifty-seven ; but because sixty is the duties, as morning lecturer in one of the city churches, nearest round number. In the Collect (which is found in the Sacramentary

obliged him to walk from his own house, a distance of of Gregory), we declare that "we put not our trust in

some miles, in the dark and cold, he was stimulated any thing that we do :" and upon this confession we to perseverance in his work, by observing the bustling ground a prayer, that God's power may “defend us activity of those engaged in circulating the producagainst all adversity." The appeal here made is of tions of the Sunday press. And truly the ministers the most solemn kind : it not only asserts our self

of the Gospel, and all friends to the best interests of distrust, but calls upon God as knowing it. We must take good care that we are sincere in making such an

their fellow-creatures, cannot be too energetic in their appeal to Him“ from whom no secrets are hid.” It endeavours to counteract this growing evil. is no easy thing thus to divest ourselves of all self

I am your constant reader, confidence; but when we have done so, then may we

Rectory, Nov. 1836.

Z. Y. cherish a confidence of another kind, and be well assured that we can do all things through Christ

Saturday morning, condemned room, strengthening us.”

Newgate, Dec. 9, 1820. In the Epistle, St. Paul enters upon a defence of

MY DEAR FRIEND, himself, in opposition to the false apostles, who were Little did I think I should be so soon snatched industriously endeavouring to lessen his interest and reputation with the Corinthians. He mentions, in

from you ; but God only knows: his will must be vindication of himself, his equality with the other

done. My dear friend, I always respected you as my apostles, and with the false apostles, in this particular, own brother. I hope my fate will be a warning to that he preached the Gospel to the Corinthians freely, you. I am grieved to my heart to think you are dewithout wages. And, afterwards, he gives a long ac

prived of a comfortable situation through me; but I count of his qualifications, labours, and sufferings, in

hope God Almighty will protect and provide for you. which he exceeded the false apostles. It must not be supposed that St. Paul is here making a display of his

I hope you will not forsake his laws. Always look up merits : he is only justifying his claim to be considered

to him; for if he leaves us, we commit the greatest a true apostle, by the enumeration of his labours in sins. My dear friend, repent of your past sins: never Christ's cause. The Church is much indebted to the

leave your God, and he will never leave you. Begin apostle for this language of" boasting;” but for it, we this night to examine yourself, and repent of your should never have known the extent of his ministry and sufferings. After such a recital, how dignified

sins. Mind! you must be stedfastly purposing to appears the self-devotion of Paul, and how insignifi- lead a new life. Let me persuade you, instead of taking cant our labours for Christ compared with his !

the newspaper on a Sunday after dinner, pray begin on The Gospel is the parable of the sower, a memor- Sunday next, and take your Bible. Read the 55th able passage of Scripture, in which Christ foretels the character of the visible Church to the end of time.

chapter of Isaiah, the 6th chapter of John, and the • The seed is the word of God :" it is sown in the soil

3d of Romans. Mind, and repent; and begin, and of this world : in three instances out of four it is un- sow your seed on good ground. God Almighty is productive; in one only does it bear fruit unto life very good: lie has brought me to see the error of my eternal. The causes which make it fruitless do, in

ways. My present situation is trying to flesh and deed, vary. The way-side hearer is the light-minded

blood; but I hope will be a comfort to my soul. I man, who gives no serious reflection on what he hears : they on the rock are unsteady men, whose principles have prayed heartily to God for his forgiveness. I are not fixed; and who, when put to the trial by any

hope he will receive my soul : he is a merciful God: temptations from within or without, fall away. The it is his will and pleasure. Mind, and do not be thorny-ground hearers are the worldly, the covetous, easily persuaded. Ask yourself a question first; say, and the frivolous part of mankind, whose small move

What am I? What is this world to the value of my ments of conscience are choked, and die away in the bud; but, whatever the cause --- the effect is the same

soul? My dear friend, be particular, and guard in all — they are unfruitful. The fourth class havo an against being a hypocrite. This is almost the worst upright purpose and sincere aim (this is the “ honest sin that can be committed. My dear friend, mind and good heart") in hearing : God meets their sin- and put on the cloak of righteousness in sincerity. cerity, and blesses it. “He giveth more grace ;” and

Pray look more to your Bible. The Lord always be they bring forth fruit with patience.

your protection in this sinful world.

Your well-wisher, and dying friend,

To the Editors of the Church of England Magazine.
I was much pleased with the remarks on Sunday

The Cabinet. Newspapers contained in the 23d Number of your

The Danger Of TIE ARK or God.-While we do publication. I can bear my own decided testimony

not undervalue our spiritual privileges, we must never to the evil they have produced in my own parish; and trust to them to protect us ; nay, we must not even I do trust that the legislature will soon turn their at- expect them to protect themselves.

It is a great tention to this subject. Perhaps you will think the

mistake to say,

The Church and the Gospel will accompanying letter from a condemned malefactor to

• This unfortunate man suffered the punishment of death for a former fellow-servant worth inserting in your pages, an extensive robbery.

defend themselves." There is the ark in Dagon's , thence to bring to you the true knowledge of the temple; and if we conclude, because we have a spi- foundation and excellency of every virtue; the motive ritual Church and a preached Gospel, that that Church by which it should be consecrated, and the extent to must stand, and that Gospel still be preached, God may which it should be carried ; and thence, also, to bring teach us a terrible lesson. We may have Dagon in the probe which shall convict your hearts of sin. It is our temples. We may hear in them the song of its office to go before you into the tomb, with the bright popish idolatry, or the infidel's shout. And worse torch which it receives from revelation, to disperse still—some of us may join in that song, and help to

the blackness of darkness which hangs over its entrance, raise that shout, God may force men and angels to to shew you the place where Jesus lay, to wipe away see in us that he will not have any thing in earth or the tears which are falling upon the mouldering relics, heaven pnt above him ; that he will dishonour any and, when the blood throbs at the heart amidst the thing, however excellent, that takes from him his horrors of the scene, to restore it to its sober, equal glory,-Eli, his servant and priest; Shiloh, the place fow, by reminding you, that Jesus is risen, and that of his tabernacle; yea, the very ark wherein he dwells. this awful dominion, with its awful king, shall be finally He will deliver once more “ his strength into capti- overturned. It is its office to draw aside the veil vity, and his glory into the enemy's hand.” And which conceals from view the eternal world ; to shew hence it is, brethren, that if you would know whether you hell and all its torments, and beseech you to escape you at this time ought to fear for the ark of God, you them; to shew you heaven and all its glories, and enmust not look at the camp of the Philistines, at the treat you to enter.Bishop Dehon. large, and vaunting, and already half-triumphant army of our enemies---come to the camp of Israel, and look there. There, if any where, the danger lies. It is

Poetry. the Church itself that is generally the Church's worst foe. If she falls, it will be her own worldly-minded

LINES TO A CHRISTIAN FRIEND. ness and spiritual idolatry -- her confidence in herself, and her forgetfulness of God, that will lay her low.

Chill'n by keen sorrow's blast, my feeble Muse, She will fall her own destroyer.-Rev. Chas. Bradley. Made feebler still by sorrow's bitter cup, PRAYER. - I have heard of some that, in their

In silence long has slept; but now would I, latter years, through the feebleness of their limbs, At Mary's call, each latent power revive, have been forced to study upon their knees. And I And bid cach faculty awake to tell think it might well become the youngest and the Of friendship’s joys,-joys such as ever spring strongest to do so too. Let them daily and inces

From unity of souls, when 'tis the soul's santly pray to God for his grace; and, if God gives

First care, of heaven's effulgent rays to feel grace, they may be sure that knowledge will not stay long behind; since it is the same principle that The influence, of grace unmerited purifies the heart and clarifies the understanding. And free to taste, so that the stubborn will, Let all their inquiries into the deep and mysterious Untractable before, relies with holy faith points of theology be begun, and carried on, with

On Christ the Son, traces his promises fervent petitions to God, that he would dispose their minds to direct all their skill and knowledge to the

For future good. But when, with sweet delight, promotion of a good life, both in themselves and

On these I dwell, another tie I feel, others; that he would use all their noblest exertions Binding with cords as strong as death my heart and most refined notions only as instruments to To thine,-- and whilst within this breast there lives move and set at work the great principles of action,

One vital spark, a generous flame to raise, the will and the affections; that he would convince them of the infinite vanity and uselessness of all that

May gratitude, with purest ardour, burn learning which makes not the possessor of it a better

To thee, the instrument in mercy's hand, man.-Bishop Bull.

Who led'st my trembling feet to mercy's fount, CONNEXION BETWEEX SANCTIFICATION AND Jus

When conscious guilt had made my soul despair, TIFICATION.-It must always be contended that we And doubts and fears assailed my troubled breast. are justified by faith without the deeds of the law-- 'Twas Mary taught me, at a throne of grace, that our own holiness will not suffice — that our hope With humble faith to wait, casting myself, must rest altogether on the atonement and righteous. My all, at Jesus' feet; 'twas thou, my friend, ness of Christ. Still, let it be remembered, that whom God justifies, them he also sanctifies. True

Who badst me trust in the Redeemer's love ; faith is known by its fruits. Its constant tendency is

And thus from him all needful strength receive, to produce holiness of heart and life; and when they | Who has declared it shall sufficient be do not appear, there is too much reason to conclude To lead us onward to eternal bliss. that a man has not faith, and therefore that he is not

'Twas thy example taught me first to seek, justified.-Rev. T. White.

In active duties, joys which never fade ; Design of PREACHING.---Preaching has a higher object than the gratification of your taste. There are

Which to the mind sweet peace and comfort give, assigned to it more glorious purposes than the mere

And yield an evidence of grace receiv’d. entertainment of your minds. It is its office to pro- And, oh! may Heaven thy future footsteps strew claim to you the only living and true God, and to make With its rich fruits ; may grace, and joy, and peace, you acquainted with his character and laws, that you In closest union bind my friend to him may believe, and, believing, may govern your conduct

Whose heart is formed anew, prepared to give, as becometh the oflspring of such a Being, the subjects of such a King. It is its office to raise before you the

In the endearing interchange of thoughts, cross, to shew you the sacrifice upon it, “which taketh Fresh vigour to thy hopes, increasing faith, away the sins of the world," and to entreat you to take And that exalted view of future bliss, of its blood and sprinkle it upon all your raiment, which, at the closc of life, shall even death that, when the destroying angel shall execute the

Make welcome to thy waiting soul. vengeance of the Almighty upon a guilty world, it may be to you the token of everlasting preservation. It is

MARY ANNE. its office to open for you the oracles of truth; and

that in the army he lost almost every trace of his reOF HEAVEN.

ligion; and the experience he had acquired in younger O BEAUTEOUS God, uncircumscribed treasure years was effaced by the habits of military life. It so Of an eternal pleasure,

happened that he was engaged in one of those great

battles which occurred so frequently during the last Thy throne is seated far

war, and he received a wound which left him upon the Above the highest star,

ground in a state that seemed to be hopeless. Feeling, Where thou prepar'st a glorious place

as he did, that he was on the very confines of the Within the brightness of thy face

eternal world, all the recollections of his past life

rushed upon his memory: the habits that he had acFor every spirit

quired in his military engagements, and all the prinTo inherit,

ciples of his youth that he had lost, presented themThat builds his hopes upon thy merit,

selves most powerfully to his mind; and, from his own And loves thee with a holy charity.

account, he endeavoured to lift up his heart in prayer; What ravished heart, seraphic tongue or eyes,

but he had lived without prayer; he did not know Clear as the morning's rise,

how to pray, and no words whatever suggested them

selves to his mind. Still, in the midst of that awful Can speak, or think, or see

feeling with which his mind was possessed, he struggled That bright eternity ?

to give utterance to his thoughts in the language of Where the great King's transparent throne

prayer, addressing the God whom he had offended, Is of an entire jasper stone :

and the Saviour whose cause he had deserted; at There the eye

length a collect that he had learnt as a boy at school,

presented itself to his memory. It was the language O'th' chrysolite,

of prayer—it was a supplication for pardon-it recogAnd a sky

nised the Saviour as the ground of his hope- it was Of diamonds, rubies, chrysoprase,

offered up in the spirit of penitence and true contriAnd above all, thy holy face

tion; and from that time he felt as if a burden had

been removed, and he had found access to the throne Makes an eternal clarity.

of grace. It pleased God to spare his life ; he reWhen thou thy jewels up dost bind,—that day

turned to his own country; and, feeling how much he Remember us, we pray,

was indebted to what he had learnt in the days of his That where the beryl lies

childhood at the Sunday-school, he made a resolution And the crystal 'bove the skies,

to save the sum of one guinea, and at the very first

sermon that he might hear preached for a SundayThere thou may'st appoint us place

school, to drop the sum into the plate. He did so. Within the brightness of thy face ;

The town where the sermon was preached was Leeds. And our soul

When he dropped the guinea into the plate, the perIn the scroll

son who held it, supposing he had made a mistake, Of life and blissfulness enrol,

and had contributed a guinea instead of a shilling, That we may praise thee to eternity.

brought it back again, and explained the mistake Allelujah

which he presumed he had made: but he said, “ Sir,

it is not a mistake; the sum that I have laid down has BISHOP JEREMY TAYLOR.

been collected during many weeks, and I wish it to be an offering of gratitude to my God.” Being requested

to explain what the circumstances might be, which Miscellaneous.

led to so liberal an act, he retired into the vestry, and The Bible.—The division of the Holy Scriptures

there related the facts which I have had the pleasure into chapters and verses, as we now have them, is not of communicating to the meeting this day. - The of very ancient date. About the year 1240, Hugo de

Witness. Sanctó Caro, commonly called Cardinal Hugo, making DRINKING.—“ The places of judicature which I have an index or concordance to the Latin Bible, found it long held in this kingdom have given me an oppornecessary to divide it into the parts which we call

tunity to observe the original cause of most of the chapters; and further divided each chapter into sec- enormities that have been committed for the space of tions, by placing the letters of the alphabet at certain

near twenty years; and by a due observation, I have distances in the margin. The subdivision into verses found, that if the murders and manslaughters, the burcame afterwards from the Jews; for, about the year glaries and robberies, the riots and tumults, the adul1430, Rabbi Nathan, an eminent Jew, publishing a teries, fornications, rapes, and other great enormities, concordance to the Hebrew Bible, adopted the divi- that have happened in that time, were divided into five sion into chapters made by Cardinal Hugo, and divided

parts, four of them have been the issues and product the chapters by affixing numeral letters in the margin. of excessive drinking, of tavern or alehouse meetings." About one hundred years after this, Vatablus, a French- So wrote Sir Matthew Hale, and yet he never witman, and eminent Hebrew scholar, taking his pattern nessed the magnificence of a gin-palace, or the squalid from him, published a Latin Bible with chapters and misery which issues therefrom. The calendar of crime verses numbered with figures; and this example has in his day was not increased by the malignant influbeen followed in all subsequent editions, in all lan- ence of the beer-shop. When will a stop be put to guages, published in the western parts of Christendom.

these moral pests ? The present division of the New Testament into verses was made by Robert Stephens, an eminent printer at Paris, who introduced it into his edition of 1551. – LONDON:—Published by JAMES BURNS, 17 Portman Street, Dean Prideaur.

Portman Square; W. EDWARDS, 12 Ave-Maria Lane, St.

Paul's; and to be procured, by order, of all Booksellers in WOUNDED SOLDIER. — There was a boy who had Town and Country. been brought up in a Sunday-school, where it was customary that the children should repeat, every succeeding Sunday, the appropriate collect of the day; he afterwards entered upon the world—he left a pious mother-- he became a soldier, and I lament to say ROBSOX, LEVEY, AND FRANKLYN, 46 ST. MARTIN'S LANE.


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Christianity is to be understood a life of faith THEATRICAL AMUSEMENTS.

in the Son of God, of growing conformity Can a real Christian conscientiously attend to his image, and humble imitation of his the theatre?" is a question which will be dif- example, then it may be affirmed, that the ferently answered, according to men's views real Christian will not be found in a theatre. of the nature of real Christianity. It is main- As for the moral benefit to be derived tained by many, not merely of the thought from witnessing a good play, it is at least less and dissipated, but even of those who very questionable. Cases there may be, where profess to be living under the influence of the feelings may be so much wrought upon religion, that there is really no harm, nay, by scenic representation, that a certain check that there may be much benefit derived from may be given to the indulgence of evil witnessing, what is termed, a good play; that, passions; but these cases are of very rare in fact, there are few recreations altogether occurrence: and if an individual will not be more rational; that if any hurt is sustained deterred from the commission of evil by the from attendance at the theatre, the fault lies motives laid down in the Bible, it can hardly with the individual, and not with the amuse- be expected that any sentiments he may hear ment; and that it is at once uncharitable and uttered on the stage, or any catastrophe he unwarrantable to lay down attendance or may see there represented, will have any non-attendance at places of public resort as lasting effect. But, after all, how few plays tests whereby a man's spiritual state may be are entitled to the name of good, are unextried.

ceptionable in sentiment and language. Even Unquestionably many persons who would with all the watchful scrutiny of the lord be startled at the notion of being found within chamberlain, are not expressions and innuenthe walls of a playhouse, or witnessing the dos admitted of the most revolting character ? indecencies of an opera, may be far indeed is not the name of God often profaned, and are from adorning the doctrine of God their Sa- not the most awful imprecations denounced ? viour in all things : they may be giving And the wonder is, how any parent, having way to unholy tempers, cherishing unholy the welfare of his children at heart, putting affections, and indulging in unholy habits ; Christian feeling entirely out of the question, and all this is confessedly far more heinous can allow them to listen to language, which in the sight of God than mixing in worldly has a direct tendency to corrupt the morals, vanities. Yet it can scarcely be allowed by and to harden the heart. Children must any one who thinks seriously on the subject, have relaxation and amusement--this is most that the man, whose soul is brought under readily granted. It is right that they should, the sanctifying influence of the Gospel, will and so should grown-up persons also; but, countenance, or support, or expose himself surely, relaxation and amusement of a less to the contamination of a theatre. This may corrupting tendency than that afforded by appear harsh language. It is not, however, the theatre may easily be obtained ; and a more harsh than is warranted. If by real thousand sources of innocent and lawful


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While he thinketh he standeth, let venly Father.

him take heed lest he fall. Let him recolBút, even suppose the play itself to be lect the case of the presumptuous and selfso wholly unexceptionable in matter and in confident Hazael. The subject ought, indeed, language, that even the most fastidious can to be duly considered in an especial manner find no fault --- suppose its design is to paint by the parents and guardians of youth, whose virtue in its fairest, and vice in its most imperative duty it is to take heed that those hideous, colours--to shew the happiness re- committed to their care should be sedulously sulting from the one, and the inevitable sor- protected from contact with evil; and the row from the other,-still would there be same holds good with respect to their serstrong objections against frequenting the vants. Let them resolutely determine that theatre, or ever entering its walls. No one none under their care shall be exposed to can be ignorant of the fact, that, conducted temptation; but that they shall, as far as posas they now are, theatres are, generally speak- sible, be led into the paths of true holiness. ing, scenes of the most fearful profligacy ; These remarks, should they meet the eye that they are resorted to by characters of the of the thoughtless and dissipated, will be demost abandoned description, and for the very rided as the production of a morbid and worst purposes. It is a delicate point to melancholy spirit, of one who would clothe touch on the character of the performers: this bright world in a sable hue, and deprive among them may be found men of the men of all social pleasure ;-to the true Chrisstrictest moral integrity; although many me- tian they are unnecessary; for the principles moirs that have been published afford most on which he acts will effectually prevent his melancholy details of talent misapplied, of patronage of the stage--and every man pafortune wasted, of health ruined, of a con- tronises it who gives one farthing to its suptinued round of folly and sensuality, and an port ;-- but they may be useful to some wellutter forgetfulness of God, and recklessness disposed persons, who are anxious to do about eternity. But of those who assemble what is right, and who hitherto have seen no ostensibly to witness the performance, how harm at all in being found among the audimany are drawn thither from the very worst ence of a theatre. The sentiments here motives! Thousands and tens of thousands briefly set forth are those of the most eminent of the youth of both sexes may trace their moralists and of the most.devoted Christians ruin to the theatre. They may have gone in ancient and modern times: and assuredly there, in the first instance, with the simple they are well worthy the attention of all desire for what they regarded as a very inno- those, whose aim it is to keep themselves, cent amusement; but time has shewn the in- | and others over whom they have an influcalculable mischief which has accrued. This, ence, unspotted by the world. How, indeed, perhaps, may hold in a more especial manner any man professing to be living under the with regard to the theatres of the metropolis; influence of Christian principle, can shut his but it holds good, to a certain extent, with eyes to the evils attendant on theatrical repreregard to all others. It is vain to say, that sentations, is one of those problems which the this has nothing to do with the performance-- writer acknowledges bis utter inability to that vice is every where to be found -- that solve.

0, temptation besets in all quarters; for the fact is notorious, that vice too frequently stalks in its most deadly fascinating shapes, RECOLLECTIONS OF A COUNTRY PASTOR, and thrusts itself on the observation of those

No. VII.-The Rector's Return. who come merely for the sake of the play Tue advancement of the ensuing spring brought with itself. Was there ever a theatre opened in

it the melancholy, but not unexpected, intelligence any place from which evil consequences, in a from the rector, that his daughter was gradually greater or less degree, did not flow?

becoming weaker. The disease under which she las Let every man, therefore, recollect, that in boured was far too deep-rooted to give way to the attending the theatre he is sanctioning by his

influence of medicine, or of a more genial climate ;

and she at length fell asleep in the arms of her presence, and supporting by his money, a beloved parent, bearing testimony, in her last earthly great moral pest, even though he may himself moments, to the freeness and fulness of that salvation be entirely free from any personal guilt, as

which is set forth in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and far as his own conduct is concerned, and may

to His power, who, through death, hath overcome him not have his mind excited, or his evil passionsceived from the old gentleman a very few days after

that hath the power of death. A letter which I reworked upon. Let him recollect, that though this event strikingly illustrated the irue submission he may attend with the most innocent inten- of his character, his entire resignation to the Divine tions, there are hundreds who do not; that

will, and testified that religion was a vital principle

in his soul. He continued a week or two in Devonthough hitherto he has escaped contamina

shire after his daughter's funeral. He then went to tion, he has no warrant that he shall always visit an old college friend on the banks of the Severn;

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