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giant's strength over us, and lay us prostrate | transgressions and brought upon them' a before them. See how jealousy, by not Hood of misery, instead of fostering them being resisted, led to murder in the case of into desire, and letting them conceive and Cain. Mark again how the rise of the lust bring forth sin, they would not have known of concupiscence in David, by his not resist that guilt of which they were the subjects, ing the first motions to sin, led to adultery nor had the disapproval of heaven to rest and secret murder. Beliold, also, how a upon them as they had. From their exa spirit of covetousness and hypocrisy, led ample, then, let us learn wisdom, and, in Ananias and Sapphira to lie unto the Holy every hour of temptation, lift up our hearts Ghost, and what fearful punishment followed to heaven through Christ

, and cry, “ I am it! And see, in the case of Joseph's bre- thine; save

“ Lead me

not into thren, also, how a spirit of envy indulged in, temptation, but deliver me from evil.” led to hatred of their brother, cruelty to his But, lastly, we learn from the subject,person, deceit to their father, grief to his 4. That the providence of God attends mind, lies against their own consciences, and those that love him An inspired apostle after misery to themselves. If we would, declares that, “ the eyes of the Lord are over therefore, successfully resist those feelings, the righteous, and that his ears are open those enemies," which war against the soul,” unto their prayers” (1 Pet. ii. 13). How we must combat with them on their first ap- exemplified was this delightful assertion in proach, and give them no quarter. We must the case of Joseph! Through every step of not permit them to gain strength by any in his way the eye of God was upon him; at dulgence of them in the heart, since that would every winding and intricacy in his path he be like conspiring with them to our own de was present with him to order and direct for struction. But, then, have we power to resist him. Being a follower of that which was sin? power to resist envy, jealousy, evil con- good none could really harm him (1 Pet. iii. cupiscence, and a whole train of other evils ? 13), though for a time they might try him, "Of ourselves we have no power to help and cause him anguish of spirit. But even ourselves,” since " the heart" within us " is this, God would take care, should afterward deceitful above all things and desperately yield to him the peaceable fruit of righteous. wicked" (Collect for second Sunday in ness (Heb. xii. 11). Not only was he proLent). Nevertheless, there is a source tected on his way down to Egypt, but, even whence every one of us may derive power when he had arrived there, his way was to have victory over the world, the flesh, and opened before him; he was “ led in paths the devil-a source whence spiritual strength that he had not known; darkness was made may be obtained to repress the feelings of light before him, and crooked things straight" envy; to deaden the workings of jealousy; |(Is. xlii

. 16). And when trouble arose to calm down the raging of evil concupis- when “ for righteousness' sake” he was cast cence, and to bring over the whole soul the in- into prison, even those circumstances transfluence of “ that wisdom which is from above pired that tended ultimately to bring forth and which is first pure, then peaceable, gen- his righteousness as the light, and his judgtle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy ment as the noon-day (Ps. xxxvii. 6); 80 and good purity” (James iii. 17). To that that his hard fate of being cast into prison source we should ever apply, “ praying al- for cleaving to God, and resisting temptation ways with all prayer and supplication in the to evil, was a link in the chain of divine spirit, and watching thereunto with all per- Providence, that led him from his situation severance,” that we may have grace accord in the house of Potiphar to the becoming a ing to our day, and be made“ more than father to Pharoah, king of Egypt, and lord conquerors through him that hath loved us." of all his house, and a ruler throughout all And in thus supplicating at the throne of the land, and to his being placed in a posi. heavenly grace for spiritual power and in- tion to be an instrument, in God's liand, of fluence to overcome everything that rises up providing sustenance for his father and for against us, we should “'not walk after the his brethren, and of preserving them a posflesh” to fulfil the desires of the flesh and the terity in the earth, and of saving their lives mind (Eph. ii. 3), but be enabled to “cast by a great deliverance,” (Gen. xlv. 8). down imaginations, and every high thing that But God does not lead all his children to deexalteth itself against the knowledge of God, grees of hononr and usefulness equal to those and to bring into captivity every thought to of Joseph. Among his people there are the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 1. 5). those who may be compared to " vessels of Had Cain, had David, had Ananias and gold, and of silver, of wood, and of earth ; Sapphira, and had Joseph's brethren fled to some to honour and some to dishonour” (2 the strong for strength on those objects first Tim. ii. 20); that is, some who are designed being suggested to them, which led to their and qualified for, and used in, more honour


able posts and offices than others. Take, as stirring extempore sermon was delivered, and the instances, Moses, the lawgiver of Israel, and Lord's Supper completed the solemnities. Lazarus the beggar, full of sores, at the rich I happened to be witness of a curious scene in a man's gate.

Moses in this life might be similar place of worship near Kenyon College. It termed a vessel of honour, and Lazarus a

was the time of the annual convention of the diocese vessel to dishonour, though both are now

of Ohio, and the clerical and lay delegates assembled lodged in Abraham's bosom. Though we

at Gambier. It was also the period appointed for cannot tell why God setteth up one of his the annual commencement of the college, and a great children among princes, and places another gathering of the neighbouring population was exon the dunghill (1 Sam. ii. 7); why he gives pected. Rosse chapel being incomplete

, there was to this man five talents, and to that two, and occasion, and accordingly a large arbour was erected

no room in Gambier sufficiently capacious for the to another only one, we may be assured that for temporary service. It was formed of a number he, as Judge of all the earth, doeth right in of poles fixed in the earth, united at the top by cross all that he does. Whether his children are

pieces, and covered with a profusion of green placed in positions of honour, or of dishonour, boughs. The sides were protected in a similar manthey may rest satisfied, if children, and led

mer, and thus a complete chapel was formed about by God's providence to the particular posi- sixty feet square. On a platform, at one extremity, tions they occupy, that those positions are was a pulpit and a communion table, and the rest the very ones which are the most suitable for of the area was occupied by benches. The conventhem—those which are the most conducive to tion assembled and was dnly organized, after which God's glory and their own individual good. morning service was performed, and Bishop Chase It is not the post we occupy that should proceeded to read his episcopal address in the pretrouble us, whether it be of high or of low sence of a numerous congregation. In the course of degree; but we should rather be concerned this address, he animadverted severely on the conto use the talents that God has committed to duct of the Rev. Mr. West, in respect to his agency our trust to his glory, and whether we are in England in behalf of Kenyon College. Just as used as vessels of gold or of silver, of wood the condemnatory expressions were abou: to issue or of earth, to be sanctified and made meet from his lips, a tall figure in black was seen gliding for the master's use (2 Tim. ii. 21).

And behind the boughs, and Mr. West himself, who w if this is our care-if this is our object—if supposed to be at least a thousand miles distant

, we seek first the kingdom of God and his quietly entered the arbour, and, unobserved by most righteousness, become reconciled unto him of the assembly, scated himself in front of the by faith that is in Christ Jesus, then his eyes bis address, and at the conclusion was about to give

bishop. Bishop Chase not perceiving him continued will be as assuredly over us as they ever

out a hymn, when, to the surprise of all, Mr. West were over Joseph. His mercy will be upon stood up, and requested that a copy should be furus, and he will cause, by his watchful provi- nished him of that part of the address relating to dence, all things to work together for our himself. The bishop complied with his request, and good in this life, and then at last cause to be on the following day Mr. West was heard in his deministered unto us an abundant entrance into fence. It will be recollected that the same Mr. West the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and afterwards asserted his Episcopal character on the Saviour Jesus Christ.

ground of an alleged consecration by Bishop Chase, and made some ineffectual attempts, near Liverpool,

to produce a schism in the Church of England. He CHURCH SCENES IN OHIO.*

has since been suspended from the performance of

the clerical office. CAMP-MEETINGS, as such, are never held by Epis.

Places of worship like those mentioned above are copalians. Yet occasionally, for want of a church, certainly very agreeable during the warm days of an our services are performed in the open air, and I | American summer. But it is obvious, that, even in recollect with pleasure an interesting occasion of the most sequestered regions, all who have any this kind in Delaware county, Ohio. The place of relish for the regular service of the sanctuary will worship was a beautiful orchard, and the time was

desire something more permanent and better adapted the month of May, when the abundant blossoms of

to the great varieties of weather. Accordingly the the apple and the peach filled the air with their de

erection of a log-church is often one of the first icious odour. A table for the communion was

efforts of the well-disposed settlers of the western placed on the green grass and covered with a cloth forests. Such a church was that at Perry in the viof snowy whiteness. Adjoining the rustic altar a

cinity of Gambier. It was the work of a few Irish little stand was erected for the clergyman, and a

Episcopalians who had been educated in the estabnumber of benches were provided for the congrega. lished religion, and who in this distant land se tion. A large number of persons attended, who be

mained faithful to the Church of their fathers. Their haved with the strictest decorum and propriety. pious undertaking was quickly accomplished. They Besides the service for the day, baptism was admin- Sallied forth into the woods with their axes, and, istered by the missionary to three or four adults, a

having chosen a spot, felled the tall trees, hewed * Rev. H. Caswall's " America and the American Church." them square, cut them into regular lengths, and with

their united efforts heaved up the great logs and them, or whom they have directed and encouraged, constructed the walls of their sylvan temple. The to proceed in the paths of righteousness. From the floor was soon formed of planks, and the roof was

former they shall turn away with shame and fear; easily superadded. Benches supplied the place of There they shall view the wisdom of religion in the

the latter they shall behold with joy and rejoicing. pews, and the same stand answered for both the

persons of the righteous, and wonder why they did reading-desk and pulpit. In a building of this kind. not see it before, and give themselves up to the study of course, both tower and bell are out of the ques,

of it; there they shall clearly behold the folly of tion, and nothing can be expected in the way of irreligion in the persons of the wicked, and be decoration.

astonished at their insensibility in following so hard after it. Amidst all this unimaginable multitude, there shall not be une idle and unconcerned spec

tator'; not one that shall have leisure to trouble The Gabinet.

himself with the affairs of his neighbour. Every

man will have a cause to be heard, and how will he LENT.-We are now in the midst of that hallowed | be straitened until it be determined !-Bishop Horne. season, when the Church, by the voice of all her holy services, calleth the world to repentance, from the rising of the sun to the going down thereof. And if ever there was an institution calculated to promote the glory of God, by forwarding the salvation of man,

Poetry. it is this appointment of a certain set time for all

« SWEET ARE THE USES OF ADVERSITY." persons to consider their ways, to break off their sins, and to return from whence they have fallen, through

( For the Church of England Magazine) the infirmities of the flesh and the prevalence of

BY THE REV. CHARLES S. BIRD. temptation. For though most certain it is, that sorrow should be the constant attendant upon sin,

'Twas a bright summer's day; and daily transgressions call for daily penitence, yet The sun rode gloriously on high, fatal experience convinces us of another truth no less Mid clouds that Aitted o'er the sky certain, that in a body so frail, and a world so cor

To soften, not obscure his ray. rupt, cares and pleasures soon oppress the heart, and, insensibly, bring on the slumbers of listlessness and

Long suffering had been mine; negligence as to its spiritual concerns, which, unless

And tho' I owned my Father's will dissipated and dispersed by frequently repeated ad

I felt not as beseemed me, still monitions, will at length seal it up in the deep sleep of a final impenitence. It was wisely foreseen, that

How gracious was the hand divine ! should the sinner be permitted to reserve to himself Stretched in the shade, pursuing the choice of a convenient season wherein to turn

I know not what sad train of thought, from sin to righteousness, that convenient season would never come; and that the specious plea of

I suddenly instruction caught keeping every day holy alike would often be found to From what an idle bird was doing. cover a design of keeping none holy at all. It seemed

Hour after hour this bird, good, therefore, to the Church, to fix a stated time, in which men might enter upon the great work of

Hopping, twittering, peering round their repentance. And what time could have been A small, dark spot of withered ground, selected with greater propriety than this Lenten or 'Neath a thick tree, my wonder stirred. Spring season, when universal nature, awaking from

Why shun the gladsome day? her wintry sleep, and coming out of a state of deformity, and course of penance, imposed for the trans

What could so long content him there? gression of man, her lord and master, is about to Had he not wings and fields of air rise from the dead, and, putting on her garments of To bear to sunnier spots away? glory and beauty, to give us a kind of prelude to the renovation of all things ? So that the whole creation

The grove on yon hill-sidemost harmoniously accompanieth the voice of the

Hark! from his fellow-warblers' throats Church, as that sweetly accordeth to the call of the What bursts it sends of joyous notes ! apostle, “ Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from

Why thus his own sweet treasure hide ? the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”Horne's Discourses.

So ran my thoughts of wonder, THE DAY OF JUDGMENT.-All the senates that

When lo! a hand I could not see ever were convened, and all the assemblies that ever Discharg'd a missile 'gainst the tree, met upon business or pleasure; all the armies that

And roused my little friend like thunder. were ever conducted into the field, and all the generals who conducted them ; in a word, all the men Instant, with airy bound, and women that shall have lived, from the first pair Up to the nearest bough he flew; to their last born son and daughter, are to appear

Anon - his fluttering o'er -- he threw together, and to take their respective trials at the day of the great assize. High and low, rich and

A hesitating glance around: poor, learned and unlearned, will then be distin Shall he descend below? guished only by their virtues and their vices; so that

Yes! stood implied in every look; the whole world shall perceive and acknowledge that “God is no respector of persons." The injured

When lo! another stroke, that shook virgin, the afflicted widow, and the oppressed orphan,

The wood, sent fearful answer, No! shall then see those, face to face, who have spoiled

Up to a higher bough, them of their innocence, their reputation or their substance. There men shall meet all those who seduced

And so to higher still he rose, them, or whom they have seduced into the ways of

As blows successive followed blows sin; and all those who have directed and encouraged Till on the very topmost now,

Conscious, at length, of wings,

interests and its duties, and to leave the people to He spreads them forth with glad surprise ; the chance of having no teachers at all, and to the Then launches on the clear, blue skies,

certain evil, if they have, of being subject to many

systems instead of one. An age of busy excitement, And, as he launches, sweetly sings.

and stimulated to every species of inquiry by politiBehold! I cried, and see,

cal circnmstances, will necessarily afford a party

of this kind many opportunities of promoting its inMy drooping soul! how man is driven

terests. They have been carefully seized upon and To change this wretched earth for heaven,

employed; and however willing church men may And bless the Hand that spares not thee.

have hitherto felt to trust themselves simply to the Burghfield.

goodness of their cause, they cannot fail to see that whatever be their station, they ought now to declare

openly that they are fully and deeply sensible of the THE SINNER CALLED.

sacred authority of their church ; of its claims to the

nation's fidelity ; of the inestimable value of its “ Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and

evangelical ordinances. When we look, on the Christ shall give thee light.”—Ephesians v. 14.)

other hand, to those who assail us, in the name and WAKE, sinner, wake!

spirit of another and a foreign church, we find new The stork hath known her stated time, *

reasons for caution, and for mingling our caution

with sorrow. The members of the Church of Rome, The swallow watch'd the change of clinc,

if aware of the nature of their own principles, must The ant hath felt the morning ray,

know that it is a high and fearful sin to do aught The bee begun the work of day.

that might tend, even remotely, to the dismemberWake, sinner, wake! ment of a church. They have solemnly promised, Wake, sinner, wake!

and openly, and plainly, that they will refrain from

any such attempt; and the genius of their faith, the The spring hath broke the wintry spell,

tenor of their religious education, as well as their The earth hath wak'd in hill and dell,

promises, would, if fairly followed up, bind them to The corn hath rear'd its verdant leaf,

this course of forbearance. How can they, without The blossom burst its tender sheath.

involving themselves in deadly guilt, without comWake, sivner, wake!

mitting a crime of the nature of which they are fully

aware, promote schismi in a church and nation? Wake, sinner, wake!

How can they favour a state of things which tends The Lenten call hath gone abroad,

to separate the people from their pastors; to set The Christian wakes to seek his Lord,

aside the due laws of long-established ecclesiasti

cal government; to introduce novelties, and leave The Spirit lends his holy night,

cvery thing to the hazard of untried experiments ? And Christ hath risen to give thee light.

Let it be said that they cannot be expected to proWake, sinner, wake! mote the interests of our church, we will allow it;


but let it be further said, that it is their duty to oppose those interests, and supplant that church ; and our answer must be, that their justification then is a

solemn call to the whole Protestant world never to Miscellaneous.

cease from a vigilant and active circumspection.

Our forefathers denied the supremacy of the Pope, PRESENT POSITION OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND.+ and separated, like others, from joint communion -The divisions promoted by many of our Protestant with the Roinan church, because they regarded the brethren on the one side, and the ambitious ad-former as a usurpation, and believed the latter to vances of the advocatos of Romanism on the other, have einbraced and propogated doctrines unsupported render this confessedly an age of trial to our church. by Scripture. In the progress of their advance toIt was considered in former times, a sufficient reason wards a more perfect emancipation, they had ample for the strenuous exertion of its energies, when only proofs of the sanguinary and persecuting spirit one of these classes of adversaries came to the assault. which animated the hierarchy of that church. Now, Surely, then, when we are attacked by the united is independence Jess sweet to us tban it was to forces of two pawies, whose enmity to each other them ? ' Or has the Pope made more manifest the has, till now, been only exceeded by their hostility righteousness of his claiins to universal domination ? to us, we are bound to leave nothing undone which Or have we have we changed our opinion as to the may contribute to the safety of our church. The unscriptural character of some of the doctrines of plans of the enemy embrace every art and stratagem Rome? Or is there any clear and definite promise which might be expected to result from such a con at present in existence ? Is it in the nature of things junction of forces. While the one proclaims loudly that any promise should be made, that a church so that there is, properly speaking, no church at all, constituted should afford an assurance that though and that we are but one sect among many, the other endowed with the power, it would never again light insidiously whispers that we are worthy of a thousand the fires of persecution ? never again allow inquisi. curses, because we deny that Rome is a church uni- tions to exist; never think itself justified in sacrifice versal. The means of supporting the church, the ing on its altars the helpless opponents of its creed? value of her liturgy, the fair authority of her clergy ; the rights attached to their parochial appointments ;

If you quit the world, the world will soon quit you these are questioned by the former party with de

- Thomas à Kempis. grees of boldness, varying according to circumstances, but always intimating a hope that the nation may at length be persuaded to forget both its

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and Country. Lord."--(Jeremiah viji. 7).

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or misunderstood mission; the nature of his HISTORICAL and external evidences of the work, and the bitterness of his agonies, had most varied and satisfactory character attest all been seen by him in prospective, and he the divine original of the gospel of the Son of had concurred in the determination of his God, and Christians may employ a portion Father, that upon no other terms could of their time most profitably in the perusal pardon be offered to a guilty and ruined of those volumes in which learned men have world consistently with the moral dignity of collected the interesting particulars of this the divine administration. When, therefore, part of the sacred fabric of Christianity. But the hour of trial came, and when the terrific the wisdom and goodness of God are most and unknown weight of the burden seemed signally displayed in the fact, that the simple at times to make his human nature tremble character of Jesus Christ, as it is recorded beneath its load, he appears to have invariin the four gospels, furnishes complete and ably recurred to the original views which unanswerable demonstration of the divinity had been taken on the subject, and to have of his mission; so that those individuals who banished all rising emotion by the recollechave neither the time nor the talent to inves- tion that the glory of his Father imperatively tigate and comprehend the historical evi- demanded 'the endurance of every pang: dences of their religion, are yet able to arrive On one occasion the expressions he employed at a conviction of its veracity not less com- are deeply affecting, and will serve as a plete (to their minds at least) than the most powerful illustration of these remarks. The minute exhibition of details could produce. prospect of the accumulated miseries of his One of those features in the character of our last hours appears to have awakened some blessed Saviour, which cannot fail to attract of those intense agonies of mind which formed, our highest veneration, is the heartfelt and no doubt, a part of the great work of the devoted piety with which he evermore men- atonement, and he is recorded to have asked tioned the name of the Deity, and the un- aloud, in what form of prayer he should give bounded submission with which he yielded utterance to the troubled emotions of his soul. to his appointments, however great might be And as the apostacy of all his chosen friends, the sufferings which were thereby entailed the fiendish cruelty of one of them, the upon himself. A brief consideration of the malice of his persecutors, the injustice of his principles upon which his piety appears to sentence, the malignity of Satan, the cross, have been founded, may be of great service and the mysterious withdrawal of the divine in assisting us to improve and strengthen a protection, all rose up to his imagination, he similar disposition in ourselves.

is stated to have said, Shall I say, save me I. It was based upon a perfect knowledge from this hour? But the very utterance of of the purposes to be answered and accom- such words, even in the form of a question, plished by all these sufferings, and a convic-confirmed all his unparalleled magnanimity, tion of the inestimable importance of the and he triumphantly exclaimed, No, I will not fulfilment of the divine intentions. Our Lord do that. This hour, this dreadful hour, this was not sent into this world upon a doubtful hour, the like of which neither has been nor VOL. VIII.-NO. CCXVI.

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