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Boston beautifully observes “If the wood of the temple were to choose, no iron instrument should ever come upon it; yet if it did not, it would be only fit for the burning, not for the building.'”
“Neglecting to watch for an answer to our petitions, looking upon them as mere passing breath, and not expecting any result from them, is perhaps the cause why we are not more frequently found giving glory to God.”
“It has been said, Alice, thanksgiving is good, but thanksliving is better. Many offer up thanks who do not live thankfully. Some fancied good withheld often renders us insensible to a thousand we possess. We are sick, like Ahab for Naboth's vineyard : or, like Haman, the king's favour availeth us nothing while some Mordecai is near to vex us. A great blessing sometimes elicits heartfelt expressions of gratitude and praise, while the many lesser ones which day by day add so much sweetness to our lot, pass by unnoticed. This is quite wrong ; every meal Elijah eat was no less of God's providing, than those miraculously given by the brook Cherith, or in the wilderness of Beersheba. 1 Kings xvii-xix. It is our own sinfulness, and not our Father's unwillingness, which withholds good things from us. Jer. v. 25. The Lord may delay to answer our prayers, and we become impatient, and faint in our entreaties. • He covereth himself with a cloud, we say, 'that our prayer cannot pass through.' Lam. iii. 43. We forget how often he knocked at our hearts before we would open to his voice, and we go on our way in gloomy doubting, when we might journey forward in cheerful trust.”
“ In general, aunt, we are very sad towards our God.”
" True, indeed, dear Alice. Slow to take bis promises as our undoubted heritage, doll to perceive a blessing in our sorrows, borne down beneath a cross not laid upon us by our God, we do not realise the love of Christ. We forget that he, who shed his blood to save us, lives still to make intercession for us. And we pray coldly and lifelessly, scarce believing that the Spirits helpeth our infirmities.' • He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall be not with him also freely give us all things. Rom. viii. 32."
“ What is meant by all things, aunt? Believers want many things-sometimes even necessaries."
“They shall not want any thing that is good for them. The promise standeth sure, ‘They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.' Psalm xxxiv, 10. And now, dear Alice, remember our knowledge of what prayer is, is no proof that we possess the Spirit of prayer. Put not your trust in prayer, for Christ alone is our hope, and without faith in him our petitions will not be the vials full of odours, which are offered upon the golden altar before the throne of the Lord of Hosts ; (Rev. v. 8; viii. 3.) 'building up ourselves on our most boly faith, and praying in the Holy Ghost; let us watchfully keep ourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.' Jude 20.”
An IRISH LADY. .
Review of Books.
THE “ FIELD OF HONOUR;” or scenes in the
Nineteenth Century. By Anne Flinders, Author of “ Felix de Lisle,” sc, fc.-Dalton.
The subject of this work is the dreadful practice of Duelling, illustrated by four Tales, fictitious of course, and somewhat romantic, but abounding with plain facts that it would bave been unpleasant to narrate in all their particulars of name, time and place. It is written with great power, and many of the details are exceedingly affecting. We confidently look for much good to result from the application of the Author's rich and varied talents to such a subject.
Next after seeing a gallant soldier or sailor forward in this righteous cause, it is the most gratifying to see the only child of one of the most truly brave and truly valuable of England's naval officers, taking op such ground as her father would surely, by God's grace, have occupied, had he been now living. Years, however, have elapsed since Captain Flinders fell a victim to the effects of arduous service, and a long, cruel captivity in a hostile prison ; and while every navigator sent forth by the Admiralty is furnished with his charts, the result of his devoted application of the highest talents to a very difficult and dangerous branch of the service—while every experienced officer knows that hundreds of valuable lives are yearly saved to that service by the adoption of his wise, judicious, scientific plans, based on the knowledge that deep experience gave him-while, in the far distant territory of Van Diemen's land, which England mainly owes to him, a principal river bears bis name, and a conspicuous monument records bis services ...we-we in grateful England, only hear that name when his young daughter has with difficulty been persuaded to lay aside the retiring incognita, and to prefix it to the writings by which she contributes to the comforts that a beloved mother's advanced years require. Truly, were we in the British Parliament, this stigma should not long rest on the nation; one voice at least would demand of those whose prodigality showers gold upon the gift of genius, when it is desecrated to the service of Satan, perverting the ways and polluting the minds of our countrymen, “Why is England thus disgraced in the eyes of foreign nations, by withholding from the aged widow of that distinguished officer, whose services you all know to have been, and still to be, so conducive to our naval and territorial interests, herself, in ber own gentle sphere not one whit less worthy than be in his bolder one-the tribute of an acknowledgment which would carry with it the
accordant voice of thousands ?” Such neglect is a blot on our national honesty: the sailor king, William IV, felt this, and warmly urged its removal, but he urged it in vain; and death stayed his generous purpose. Let Anne Flinders persevere in her course of pious usefulness: the day may come when governments shall learn to do justly; and if so, her gallant father's claims will no longer be thrust into a dark corner: till then, she has with the inheritance of his talents, a heart given her to devote them to the service of her God; with Him is her work; from Him, in due season, will be the reward.
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST PRAC
TICALLY CONSIDERED: being Lectures delivered during Lent, 1844, at St. George's Church, Bloomsbury. By twelve Clergymen of the Church of England, with a Preface by the Hon. and Rev. H. Montague Villiers, A.M., Rector of St. George's, Bloomsbury.-Nisbet and Co.
• There is much reason for thankfulness to Almighty God that this most important part of his holy book, “the sure word of prophecy,” continues to excite increased and increasing attention. So says the excellent Mr. Villiers, and so echo we. It is fast becoming almost the only ground of rejoicing among the true members of Christ's true church as a body; for to those who have been dreaming of a gradual conversion of the whole world by the preaching of the gospel, and a spiritual reign of righteousness, the daily darkening of the scene around, and