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to do evil, and learn to do well. When such is the case,-and may the Lord grant it so to be !-I shall rejoice on their behalf, and perbaps hope for the country; but till then, I must try to familiarize myself with thoughts of coming judgment on this guilty land. Look at the last triumph of the presented pistol-look at the Socinian endowment Bill, and say if the measure be not well nigh filled up. It does seem to me as though the whole infernal machinery of 1829 was thus unexpectedly laid open to the public eye as a merciful preparation for what, in His most righteous judgment, the Lord may be about to inflict on such a nation as this."

THE

CHRISTIAN LADY'S MAGAZINE.

SEPTEMBER, 1844.

THE TOUCHSTONE OF HISTORY.

CHAPTER XV.

THE coming of the Son of Man will be an unlookedfor event to the world in general. As it was in the days of Noah, and as it was in the days of Lot, so shall iż then be. Planting and building, marrying and giving in marriage, feasting and revelling, will be the characteristic of the age, even to the moment of the Lord's visible descent from heaven ; with the addition of fiercely hostile operations in lands then marked as the theatre of war, and plans of conquest, and a daring grasp at universal sovereignty, even whep signs thicken in heaven above and on earth beneath, shewing that the LORD is about to take to Him his great power, and to reign-to reign“ One King over the whole earth, and His Name One.”

All this we know, for it is the familiar language of the Bible--of those parts which are most frequently brought within the hearing of Christians : but how

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near we tread on the verge of those awful events, few among us seem disposed to realize. There is a covering cast over all people, and a veil spread over all nations, that blinds them greatly to the simple truth ; and among ourselves the exceedingly erroneous, ensnaring systems that prevail in the important operation of moulding the mind of youth into such shape as it is intended to retain through after years, have essentially wrought to weave that covering, and to bind on that veil. False views of matters of fact are among the most dangerously effective of these harmful influences, and under that conviction, more especially impressed with the importance of promoting historical accuracy, not merely in reference to the chronological, geographical and narrative branches of the subject, but to its moral and spiritual bearings, when measured by the only safe chart—the word of the living God, we took up the matter; and have so far proceeded in tracing out a few of the more glaring evils that have grown upon, or resulted from, a very imperfect and inconsistent plan of tuition. Little did we anticipate, deeply do we deplore, the practical illustrations that have accompanied our progress, furnished by the proceedings of the British legislature; every member of which bas, at some period of his life, been more or less influenced by the course of study that we so earnestly deprecate: a course that may be aptly characterized as perverting history from its right use, and setting scripture at defiance.

That parent must indeed be of a sanguine temperament who, with his eye fixed on what has been done and what has been undone in the frame-work of the British Constitution within the past year, an

ticipates for his children a position answerable to that which he himself holds in society. Be he peer, or be he peasant, he has hitherto enjoyed the blessings of civil liberty, national tranquillity, and the undis. puted ascendancy of scriptural religion. That Eng-, Jand may, some fifteen years hence, be equally free, equally peaceful, and equally Protestant as now, we must desire, we may bope, but believe it we cannot. God is not recognized among us as the Supreme Ruler: His laws are not held of paramount obligation, His sabbaths are not hallowed, His Name is not honoured, as they must be by a people who could conscientiously proclaim “ The LORD is King."

This public declension has long been silently but rapidly progressing; and now we stand for the first time, in a position of open hostility " against the LORD and against his Anointed.” Casting His word behind them, our legislators have perpetrated some deeds of no questionable character : they have perpetuated the oppression of the poor, not that they considered it to be no oppression, but, avowedly, because a menace was breathed to withdraw the weak and worthless arm of flesh in which they vainly trusted, forgetful that on such dependence God has breathed a curse. They have set Socinianism on high, and given a great triumph to the blasphemers of the Lord, while also violating a principle of jastice heretofore held sacred among men; perverting to a use the farthest removed from its testators' declared will the money bequeathed by pious Christians, for the propagation of scriptural truth. They bave declared war against the Bible, throwing the whole weight of government authority and influence into the scale that contains partial, false, mutilated

fragments of God's word, farther rendered void by the glosses of Popery, prepared to act at once as a substitute for and an antidote against the Holy Scripture; rendering it, indeed, compulsory on all who have not wealth sufficient to support schools at their own expence for the youthful poor in Ireland, to innoculate them with this anti-christian virus. And, lastly, they have, with a high and wanton hand, rent down and scattered to the winds the few defences round which Protestantism might yet have rallied ; discouraging by every possible means the bearts, and weakening the hands of God's people, while setting on high the avowed enemies of that faith for which our fathers laboured, legislated, or bled, according as events called on them to manifest their deep attachment to the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ.

That man may even yet build up again what man has thus impiously cast down; that repentance may be given, where sin so deep, so daring, so presumptuous has been committed against God and his Church, we do not deny; for we cannot limit either the power or the goodness of the Most High: but certain it is that England has fallen from a comparatively high estate to a singular depth of degradation. Some darling delusions have been rudely dissipated : some confident boastings have been turned into blushing shame. Foreign espionage, the licentious liberty claimed and abused by other governments of clandestinely prying into domestic and personal matters by means of forged impressions in wax, and so forth, have furnished a contrast of which we haye been exceedingly proud, and on the strength of which we have vaunted ourselves and our supposed privileges not a little. This is now at an end ; public confidence is annihilated ;

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