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are the Latin of the first five words, “Glory be to the let us never be weary of repeating this hymn, but Father.” It is sometimes called the Lesser Doxology, in psalms, litanies, or wherever we find it, let us utter in contradiction to the Angelical Hymn or Great it with a fresh sense of God's infinite love. Doxology, which begins “Glory to God in the high It is much to be wished that persons in our public est," &c., which we find in the Communion Service. service would stir themselves up to use aright those This doxology (Ascription of glory) is not merely ex and similar forms of praise. If we were to enter into cellent as a hymn, but it is likewise a comprehensive this part of our devotional exercises as we ought to do, Catholic Creed, for what is the substance of the Chris- it would spiritualize our joy, and help us, both in heart tian's faith but to believe in God the Father, the Crea- and voice, to glorify our Father which is in heaven. tor; God the Son, the Redeemer; and God the Holy | If we were but to reflect that the “holy, blessed, and Ghost, the Sanctifier ? From the times of the apostles, glorious Trinity” whose praise we have just uttered or from a period very near their times, it has been the with our lips, is the “Majesty in the heavens,” and custom of all churches to incorporate words of “glori- yet the God who has wrought out a gracious provision fying" with prayer, and to conclude psalms, hymns, “for us men and our salvation,” we should find our serinons, and homilies, with ascribing “Glory to the souls, in the use of this doxology, raised aloft to the Father."
things which are above; and we should be refreshed But of all the doxologies that have made up a part with visits of our spirits into the regions of blessedness : of the public service, the “Gloria Patri” is the most com vacancy and a sense of weariness, which now are too inon, the most celebrated, and the most ancient. Basil, often painfully apparent in many who, without a one of the early fathers, says that this doxology was thought, say the words, would be banished, and we used by the apostles themselves, and that he believes should be brought to feel, that if heavenly emotions that this was one of the ordinances which the apostle be not always kindled in our breasts in the use of this commended the Corinthian church for retaining in formula of praise, and others of the like nature throughthose words, "Now I praise you brethren, that ye re out our services, the fault is to be charged, not upon member me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as the words, but upon our own lifelessness—upon the I delivered them to you” (1 Cor. xi. 2). And again - want of a responsive sensation in our own souls. “Hold the traditions which ye have been taught whether by word, or our epistle” (2 Thess. ii. 15). Whether this ancient divine was correct in this supposition or not, there can be no doubt, that ascriptions of
Biography. praise to the Trinity, were of very early and general use in the church. The Arians attempted to change
THE LIFE OF SIR NATHANIEL BARNARDISTON, the orthodox forin into the following :-“Glory be to It is a notion far from uncommon, and one which the Father, by the Son, and in the Holy Ghost,"
we sometimes hear openly expressed, that religion whereupon the church enlarged the old form, and annexed it to their liturgies :-thus "Glory be to the Fa- is the business of the clergy. Accordingly, when the ther, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, now and character of pious ministers of God's church is drawn ever, world without end,' and so the Greek church out, those who hold such an opinion as the above now uses it; to which the Western church, added, in feel that there is nothing remarkable in such cases, a council, in the year of our Lord 442, " As it was in for that the excellence described is all in the way of the beginning" to shew that this was the primitive their calling. The professional advocates of godli. faith, and thc old orthodox way of praising the Trinity, the God of the scriptures. If we are disposed to make ness, say they, ought, in all conscience, to be what a full use of this doxology, we shall apply it to two they recommend. It is a satisfaction, therefore, to purposes. First it will be a remembrancer of our faith be able, from time to time, to record the effects of which is not in an “unknown God,” but in God in religious principle upon those who did not belong to three persons, whom we worship in communion of the clerical order. It was well said by an old divine, spirit with the “ holy catholic church,” that is, the universal body of sanctified believers, and in opposition that “ It is barbarous inhumanity in nature, injuto all heretics, who deny this great and distinguishing rious detraction in morality, and wilful disobedience article of our faith. Another and immediate use of in divinity, to bury in silence and obscurity the it (the one intended by the church, when she placed memory and reputation of those whom the Lord, it where it stands, or is otherwise appointed to be dised) will be, as a condensed hymn of praise to the by the manifestation of his grace, has raised to emiGod of our Salvation. We magnify the Father, not
nence, and exalted above the standard of the world." only as our Crcator, but because he sent the Son to be For, what is humane in nature, or praiseworthy in the Saviour of the world.” The Son we glorify, for morality, or commended in divinity, but what bethat he has “ redeemed us and all mankind.” To the longs to the life of godliness ? And it is in this point Holy Ghost, we give honour as the sanctifier of ourselves and all “ the elect people of God.” In using
of view that the memory of the man whom I shall such a hymn as this, we strike in with the seraphim,
now speak of, deserves to be cherished. whom the prophet Isaiah, in a vision of God's glory
Sir Nathaniel Barnardiston was born in Suffolk, in heard crying Holy,
holy, holy, is the Lord of Hosts, the year 1588, memorable for being the year in which the whole earth is full of his glory” (Is. vi. 3). We do the Pope and the Spaniard designed to have taken away but chaunt the very hymn of glory," as it was in the beginning" sung by the angels who praised the Trinity
the lives of the English Protestants; and with them in the morning of the creation ; for such we receive to have put an end to their religion ; a design carried as the meaning of that allusion in the book of Job.' on with the most vigorous effort, and which, at the “When the morning stars sang together, and all the beginning of its operations, appeared to be very like sons of God shouted for joy?" Yea, we swell the the title of the navy that was to have executed it, note of patriarchs, prophets, apostles, saints, and martyrs, who thus worshipped "God from the beginning,
Invincible,” had it not pleased God to dash in
this and of the whole church militant and triumphani; pieces, in a wonderful manner, pompous display which now does so, and shall do it for ever, not only of strength, pride, and presumption. It was no small in this world, but in that which is without end. Let glory for such a man to date his nativity from a peevery Person of the glorious Trinity have due praise; | riod so conspicuous; and he would often entertain and as God is not weary of repeating his blessings, himself with the remembrance of it.
Sir N. Barnardiston was not of mean origin (though, did not spring, as in most cases of youthful dedicathe world's history has shewn that it is very possible tion, from the stings of repentance following upon for one springing from a mean source to become great some notorious actual sin, for he lived more harmand good), but he derived his pedigree from an ancient lessly than, (for the most part) young men of his family, which included no small number of noble station do; his convictions dated their origin from ancestors. He was the twenty-third knight, lineally hearing that text explained, “ Behold I was shapen descended of a family which, to that time, had en in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me" joyed the paternal estate they had before the Con- (Ps. li. 5). His mind and conscience were so deeply quest. He was styled by one who knew the country affected by the discovery made to him by these words well, “ The top-branch of the Suffolk cedars.” To of the greatness and odiousness of original sin, that, be of a more elevated descent than the ordinary class from that very time, and through the whole course of men is a thing not to be despised, even in the of his life, they were the means of abasing all high judgment of Infinite Wisdom. Speaking of David thoughts of himself, and making him to lie down at (2 Sam. vii. 9), the Lord says, “ I have made thee a the footstool of God in the mournful source of his great name, like the name of the great men of the own emptiness and vileness. He was more conearth.” The greater men are, the greater blessings stantly humbled and “ broken in heart” for his nathey are to all that have to do with them, if they be tive vileness, through the impression this passage but true subjects of divine grace; “Blessed art thou, made upon him, than many are for all the sad fruits O Land, when thy prince is the son of pobles” of it which are shewn by their actual transgressions : (Eccles. x. 17); but, as this is an advantage shared in in him they were happily prevented. Pliny says, in common, by the world of the irreligious and the im- his “ Natural History,” that “they who are once moral, as well as by the most eminent believers, and stung with scorpions, are ever after privileged from excellent men ; so, it cannot possibly be allowed to being stung with wasps and hornets ;" so here, whohave in it that value which the proud minds of car ever is once deeply humbled for his native vileness, nal man fancy; all noble blood without the grace of wbich in the language of theologians is called OrigiGod, being no better than tainted. Abel was of the nal sin, will seldom aftewards have cause to be younger house to Cain, but yet transcendantly more
wounded with the guilt of positive offences, of a honorable. Juvenal, a Roman satirist, says, in one more serious description-a truth which received of his poems, “ The only and unique kind of no confirmation by the life of this holy youth. It is bility is virtue !" Substitute for his notion of virtue worthy of being noticed also, that the foundation of the higher and purer idea of Christian excellence, and his faith rested not upon fear, nor upon any of those the sentiment is as true as it is dignified. It is neces. grounds (some of them perfectly lawful) which sary therefore to shew how God honoured him in usually influence men; such as the all-sufficiency giving him another birth, more noble and great than of Christ's merit, or the general offer of God in the the most high-born worldling ever enjoyed. Here gospel, tendering Christ to their acceptance; por we may say, he was “ born from above," born“ not even, generally, upon the love of God to sinners; of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will but upon pure obedience to God, as it is set forth in of man, but of God. The Lord enabled him to " that saying, “ This is his commandment, that we member his Creator in the days of his youth," by should believe on the name of his son Jesus Christ." casting into his heart the seeds of grace, when he He felt that he durst not refuse the message of God was at school;-the very time when others of his rank in his Son, coming to him with an express injunction. and station give up themselves to licentious wanton- | This surely is the most sublime reception of Christ, ness and excess, pretending that the fervour of youth the submission of ourselves to the gospel, because it is a sufficient apology for such faults, and vainly per- | is God's authoritative requirement that we should do suading their consciences that the plea will be allowed so. Sir Nathaniel was great by his natural birth, but as a reason why, for all these things, God should not greater by his heavenly. bring them into judgment : but at that very period He had a great dignity of outward demeanour, divine grace effectually apprehended him, so that which prevented any one from taking those liberties with devout Abel he offered bis “ first fruits' unto in his society, which are sometimes ventured upon God. It is an admirable contemplation when we see by persons of no very scrupulous behaviour, when young men bearing Christ's yoke in their youth, at a they think that their improprieties will be either time when the animal spirits are brisk and importu-palatable, or pass unrebuked by those with whom nate; when the blooming world spreads its colours they are associating. It was said of Basil's countebefore their sight, and fawns upon them with obse- nance, whilst he was performing holy exercises, that quious attention, pursuing their steps, and soliciting so much Divine majesty and lustre was visible in it, them to fall in with her proposals ; when Satan puts that it made the Emperor Valens to tremble before on his smoothest appearance, strews their path with it. And, in like manner, there was in this gentleman roses, and applies to his hook the most inviting such a presiding correctness of feeling that it banished baits, and presents to unexperienced flesh and blood, from his presence all those practices and manifestaall those objects that are “ taking” to the eye, but tions of a censurable kind, which loose-minded and which are most dangerous. Then, to hold off; then impudent persons fear not to exhibit in the sight of to be crucified with Christ; to be mortified to these God and their betters. Four lines of an elegy written seductions of the heart, is glorious; but, alas ! it is at his death by one who knew him well, and was an rare.
impartial friend, will testify to this part of his cha. The first serious impressions which he received
"Shall I not once again on earth behold
he was chosen to represent the county ; not that he had That countenance so grave, so brave, so bold, Which with a look could daunt the face of sin,
a patent for his place, as some of his enemies reported, And make offence to hide itself within ?"
envying him the honour of being constantly elected by To the humblest persons that had intercourse with
the people, but because he was found to be one who him, when their characters were good, and their de
executed the trust committed to him“ for conscience mands reasonable, he was accessible and complying;
sake.” He accepted the office from time to time, not on the other hand, there was no one who could put with any corrupt ends in view, to raise his own
out of ambition, to advance his own greatness; not on a sterner obstinacy, or give a more peremptory refusal, than he would do to the loftiest commands, himself by the ruin
of other men : nor was he influ
estate by exhausting the public coffers ; not to enrich or the most beseeching entreaties, even of the great. cnced by loftg arrogance, that he might domineer est man, if what was urged was unjust, or against and trample upon his neighbours and inferiors in the his rule of life-the word of God. It was said of bim, that “there was in him a blessed conjunction of country, under cover of the privilege of a parliament those things that rarely meet in any other, an admi
man ; and, least of all, did he seek to abuse his starable facility, and easiness to be entreated;” (a yield- licence to run into an excess of “lasciviousness,
tion to purposes of impurity, and to an imagined ingness of spirit, that is, when any good might be wine, and abominable idolatries,” to which some in done thereby ;) and yet at the same time, “a strong high station, as well as in the lowest, (and with much resolution, unmovableness, and steadfastness of mind,
more guilt) have run out; who, nevertheless, as in opposing all evil in whomsoever.” So that he
well as the profligate poor, inust “ give an account was truly what Athanasius was said to have been “
to him that shall judge both quick and dead;" but, loadstone and an adamant;" a loadstone, for his at
he was led to the office because his conscience intractiveness in drawing on that which was good and holy; and an adamant for his hardy courage in sup: weal upon godly principles. Neither fear, nor fraud,
clined him to serve God, and to serve the public pressing eril. The former quality entitled him to
nor flattery could draw him to act or vote at all bethe praise bestowed on Titus the Emperor, who was called " The Delight of Mankind;" the latter would yond the directions which his divinely-enlightened
conscience gave him; he absolutely refused to disestablish his resemblance to that Nathaniel whose name he bore, described as an Israelite indeed, in grace himself by any departure from the rule of duty,
whatever might be the inducement which such a dewhom was no guile." In his public capacity as a
flexion from the straight path held out. justice of the peace, he was active and impartial, holding the balance of justice with an even hand; became a holy man to be. He lost his father when
In his relative capacity as a son, he was what it never favouring the great to the prejudice of " men
he was comparatively young, but remembering him of low estate;" making himself “ a terror to evil doers, but a praise" and an encouragement to all
to have been a very godly man, he often spoke of him them that did well; by this means making religion his will he desired his executors to remove the bones
to his own children and friends, and when he made and justice grow about him. When he was high of his parents from the places of their interment, sheriff, (which he was in the twenty-first year of the reign of King James) he was not only a scrupulous and lay them beside his bones ;” that, as he had
not lived with his pious parent as long as he could servant of his king, and the country in which he
have wished, their bodies might lie together until the exercised his shrievalty, but he took care to set a
Resurrection day, and might together be raised up. religious example in his public capacity. He desired
This was a pardonable and amiable feeling, and as to see God faithfully served on the week-day as well
both father and son had been “ raised from the death as on the Sabbath,” “ taking with him his sheriffs
of sin unto the life of righteousness in this world," men to a weekly lecture at some distance from his house;" feeling, doubtless, that the best way of it was not a presumptuous anticipation that they
should be “ children of the resurrection” in the life securing the fidelity of those that acted with and under him, was to cause them to hear in the house
to come. As a grandson too, he carried out his prin
ciples; for his grandfather, when young, was edu. of God that their allegiance was ultimately due to a
cated under the famous Reformer Calvin, in Geneva, “ Master in heaven."
The office of a Christian magistrate is a most having been sent there by his guardians, in the unimportant one; and, we might confidently hope happy days of Queen Mary; but he failed, it would that strength would be given from on high to appear, to do justice to bis education in some part discharge its functions aright, if members of of his subsequent life, at least. His grandson, howour congregations would offer up from the heart ever, lived the life which his progenitor ought to that petition in our litany, “ That it may please have lived, and would confess that he thought merthee to bless and keep the magistrates, giving them cies shown to forefathers entailed obligations upon grace to execute justice, and to maintain truth.” It posterity, and pointed out the duty of improvement. were well also if all those who bear the sword, and Whenever any livings became vacant in the family those who act in the commission of the peace, would gift, he petitioned to be allowed to present, because remember that scriptural admonition, “ Take heed he was likely, according to the common course of what ye do, for ye judge not for man, but for the nature,” to have the longest enjoyment of such men. Lord” (2 Chron. xix. 5, 6).
The grandfather yielding to his suit, he became the Equally conspicuous was the subject of this memoir instrument of many excellent pastors being put into for his conscientious discharge of the duties of a Meni- the vacant benefices, there being many in the patron. ber of Parliament. On every occasion of a vacancy age of that family. From this accrued credit to his
grandfather, comfort to himself, and, above a!), re reply; “ Thou couldst have no power against me, exligious prosperity to the parishes so blessed. cept it were given thee from above; therefore he that
N. delivered me unto thee, hath the greater (sin.” Yes ; (To be continued.)
when we endeavour to gloss over an evil action by a
fair name, to give iniquity the colour of justice, to MEDITATIONS FOR LENT.
cover avarice, selfishness, or any other sin beneath the
cloak of rectitude, we may deceive ourselves, we may The Condemnation of Man's Surety.
blind the eyes of others, but we only contract the By the Rev. J. II. A. WALSH, M.A.,
heavier condemnation. of Baliol College, Oxford, and Minister of Christ
This remonstrance had its weight. His mind viChurch, Warminster.
brates; but a single insinuation turns it completely.
A voice from the crowd exclaiins, “ If thou let this No. y.
man go, thou art not Cæsar's friend." Alas! how TRIAL CONTINUED BEFORE THE ROMAN often has a similar insinuation produced the worst GOVERNOR.
effects ! how unstable is man unless the friendship of “ It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put any
God is his paramount delight! Could Pilate mistake confidence in man--than to put any confidence in
the meaning ? If he could, the insinuation is preprinces.” Thus do the scriptures repeatedly warn us
sently repeated and explained : “ Whosoever maketh against placing excessive reliance on the power and himself a king, speaketh against Cæsar.” Tiberius fidelity of man. Man may indeed, (especially a Chris
Cæsar was confessedly of a suspicious turn of mind. tian man may) within certain limits, be trusted.
Pilate must have known this, and could not help Miserable in truth would the world be, if mutual confi- fearing the misrepresentation of his conduct, should dence were a thing unknown. But, at best, man is a
he venture to acquit Jesus. Perhaps, too, there were dying, frail, sinful creature, and therefore implicit con passages in his past history into which he had no wish fidence is misplaced, if it reposes any where except in
to attract investigation. He could not afford a misthe Almighty. What a forcible lesson to this effect representation. The misrepresentation which vexes may be learnt from the situation of our blessed Lord,
the best, will overwhelm the less incorrupt. We shall at the next point where we meet him! Pilate had
do well to set a pretty high value on character-on scourged him. The soldiers had mocked him. At that character which is the result of long-tried conthe governor's command he is led forth, wearing
sistency. Like well-proved armour, it will bear us the crown of thorns, and the purple robe,” and gar
unharmed through the points of a thousand bitter ments distained with his own blood. Of his immediate words, and will make us less afraid to encounter them disciples, one had sold him, the boldest had denied
when duty calls us to the hazard. Pilate could not him, the rest had forsaken him and fled. Pilate,
risk an accusation. “ The voices of the multitudethough his conscience was awake, was begging in his (the chief priests)—“ prevailed.” Adjoining, perbehalf that protection which it was his duty to have haps, to the governor's house, was a tribunal ; known afforded, so that empty was the boast, “ I have power by the name of “ Gabbatha,” or “the pavement.” to release, and power to condemn.” The priests had It derived, we presume, its Hebrew name from its been always his foes; the people who had been his height, its Greek name from the mosaic work with safeguard hitherto, had exchanged the shout of “Ho- which it was adorned. Thither Pilate repaired, and sannah,” for the cruel cry “ Crucify, crucify him!" there he proceeded publicly and soleinnly to proWas it not well in such an hour to have a better arm
nounce the unjust sentence.
“ Shall I crucify your to trust to than“ an arm of flesh ?" Oh! let us learn, king?” he asks, with an obvious mixture of conflicting from the otherwise forlorn condition of our Master,
feelings; the reply was, we have no king but the happy art of trusting in the Lord. “Trust ye in Cæsar; Pilate then took water and washed his hands the Lord for ever, for in the Lord Jehovah is everlast
in the presence of the multitude, saying, “ I am innoing strength."
cent of the blood of this just person, see ye to it!" It was a politic step to call the prisoner forth, and
Was it possible that water could wash out the stain, pointing to that derided, bleeding, mangled form, to
or that a protest of this kind could exonerate him of try whether such a sight could not stir the compassion his guilt? No. Pilate must have known that it was of the multitude. We can fancy the chief priests impossible. This was, however, a very significant would tremble for fear of a re-action, as they instantly action, and forcibly brings to mind a similar protest, renew the cry, Crucify him !" It does not, how
and an action of similar significance, recorded of St.
Paul. ever, appear that any impression was made in favour
“ I am innocent of the blood of this just perof the prisoner, and Pilate, who had made three un
son," said Pilate, and washed his hands before the
“ Your blood be successful attempts before this, finds his last stratagem assembly in token of his innocence. fail.
upon your own head, I am clean," said the apostle, Not but that Pilate still persisted in pleading, argu
and shook his raiment in presence of the Corinthian ing, enquiring, fruitless as such perseverance must be Jews (Acts xvii. 6), by way of asserting his innocence. in a case as clear as day. “ Take ye him and crucify
The assertions and actions were alike, but the diffehim, (says he) for I find no fault in him.” He ought had done his utmost, Pilate had said much that was
rence in the agents was the greatest possible. Paul to die, they answer, because he makes himself the Son of God.” Pilate now began to doubt whether true, but had done nothing, except indeed an act of this could be merely a man; he asked him, but re
injustice, in scourging an innocent man. Pilate was ceived no answer, having abundant proof that he was
a reluctant “ partaker in other men's sins;" Paul had an innocent man, which was alone to the point at
not ceased to press his gospel message, till the Jews, present. Offended (it seems) at the silence of Jesus, by their own undivided guilt,“ contradicted and blasPilate further inquires, “ Speakest thou not unto me, phemed.” In the day of righteous retribution, Piknowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and
late's hands will be stained with the blood of his pripower to release thee?” Jesus, in reply, mildly reminded soner ; Paul's raiment will be undefiled, and the guilt the governor that his power and jurisdiction came
of soul-murder will be entirely with those who had from God; that God is the source and origin of civil
“set at nought his counsel, and would none of his reauthority; and that therefore Caiaphas and his agents proof.” May we be preserved from the self-deception were only the more guilty, in endeavouring to obtain of Pilate, and upheld by divine grace, in the uprightthe solemn sanction of the civil magistrate to their
ness of St. Paul! wicked and malignant purposes. This seems the in And now, listen to the infatuated reply of the Jews, terpretation which best unites the two clauses of the “his blood be upon us, and upon our children !"
This fearful imprecation* was most dreadfully fulfilled | goodness of God, and it will be followed by a long eterupon the Jews, as a nation, at the destruction of their nity in which to study with greater advantages, with city by the fire and sword, and severity of the Ro- wider survey, and more unclouded minds, the doings
66 His blood" did indeed come upon them and permissions of the Almighty. Till then contented, and upon their children.” Dreadful, however, as the in a few instances, to trace the rise of great good out imprecation was, it proved effectual for the purpose of visible evil, regard them as specimens of his general for which it was uttered. It sealed finally the Surety's dealing, affectionately and confidently trust him furdoom. “ The voices of them and of the chief priests ther than the eye can reach. Much may be harrassing prevailed. Pilate gave sentence that it should be as
now, but they," not as justice, "required.”
“God is his own interpreter, “ Their voice prevailed !” What an instance have
And he will make it plain." we here of the prevalence of vice over virtue, of evil over good! Barabbas goes free, Jesus is laden with his cross, envy is gratified, innocence is crucified! It
ST. PAUL AT ATHENS. seerns almost as if the Lord of heaven and earth had resigned the reins of government to chance, and had The other apostles were mostly,-and certainly in consented to behold with indifference the triumphs of comparison with St. Paul-unlettered men. But inmischief. So it seemed at the time.
In the present instance, however, we are acquainted spiration is the same in one case as the other. Now with some of the causes and consequences of this pre
St. Pete was not selected to cope with the learned : dominance of evil over good ; the present was, indeed, St. Paul, capable of arguing with the philosophers, the hour of triumph for the powers of darkness; Satan, and using their own weapons, was especially sent on who had ruined Adam, and who had ever since been this message, and called by supernatural agency-aye going about “as a roaring lion” to devour his poste-called by a distinct voice, amid thunder and lightrity, was just gaining a more signal conquest. He was overbearing the innocent, and Imrrying to a cruel and ning, and converted from an open persecutor and blasdegrading death, him, who was " declared to be the phemer, to be an instrument of God for that purpose Son of God with power.” To this sad length did Sa- a learned man, to cope with the most learned of the tan and his emissaries prevail, and continued to pre-earth. Behold, then, this apostle, eloquent in speech, vail, till the very last gasp dismissed Christ's spirit and adorned with human learning-behold him not as from its mangled tabernacle. But now, mark how good came out of evil; the tears and conflict in Geth- before at Lystra, a city in the dust, whose foundations semane, the mockery, the scorns, the scourge, the are sought in vain-lchold him, a stranger, despised pangs that told out those sad hours, were parts of one and unknown, in the nidst of the most splendid and grand expiation by which man is saved, and God is illustrious city in t... globe, renowned for arts, for glorified ! In that hour every sin of every sinner was poured like molten lead upon his soul, failing indeed learning, for eloquence, for the wisdom of her philosoto defile, but not to afflict. He sank beneath the phers, for valour, and the imperishable fame of her weight of our sins; his sacred head sank beneath the orators, artists, and heroes. Behold the city "given billows, but when he rose again, the load was gone, to superstition !" See the temple of the stern god of and man was ransomed!
battle, of the god of health, and the goddess of licenBlessed result of that temporary prevalence of evil; tious passions—here, in subjection to the majestic Who can say how much every believer may trace to it? For the sake of that temporary prevalence of evil, the goddess of wisdom, standing aloft over all, with her original taint of his nature, and his every actual, but helmet and spear pointing to the skies, on rock that now lamented, transgression, shall be forgiven. To far overlooks the city, and the sea at its feet. Among this shall he trace his eternal exemption from pain, this splendid array of fabled deities, appears a stone, shame, loss, regret! his eternal enjoyment of the
inscribed to the “ UNKNOWN God." An ancient hisboundless blessings of licaven ! No more a ruin with broken gates and walls disinantled, desolation without torian, with undesigned testimony to truth, mentions and gloom within ; the believer shall one day resemble the remarkable circumstance of this altar; a heathen a glorious building entirely renewed; order shall be poet also speaks of the temple of Mars, the sanguinary restored; “joy and gladness shall be lacard therein, lord of battle, standing on the hill still called by its thanksgiving and the voice of melody.” Its proper Lord shall have returned; his own banners shall afresh
name, Mars' hill: this neglected stone naturally leads be floating on its turrets; itself shall be among the
to St. Paul's animated and glorious oration! But the noblest works of its divine Author, and eternal on his mighty scene is before us! The city, with all its temthrone!
ples, and porticoes, and palaces; the city, whose anSuch is the mighty good resulting from the tempo- cient glory is yet witnessed by the marble ruins and rary prevalence of evil. Here, therefore, we know mayuificent remains of those very temples, on the something of causes and consequences, and we find that great blessings result from partial ill. Reader,
same hill where the poor apostle stood, near eighteen are you ever perplexed by present appearances ? by hundred years ago, preaching the lowly Jesus, and the the existence of evil in God's creation, or by any simi LIFE TO COME!- And reflect, in the seat and city of lar facts or considerations? From this specimen of the most eloquent orator the world ever heard, this God's wisdom and goodness, learn to wait. The same counteracting and controuling power and love may
poor stranger was as superior, in eloquence, fervour, in like manner be bringing unmeasurable good, out of and power of speech, as he was in the grandeur of his that which now appears inexplicable. Wait then, and theme. And if we think of the dying Socrates, who wait patiently; never attribute harshness or undue to heathenism not only imparted the most moral wisseverity to God, nor venture to charge hiin foolishly.” | dom, but approached the confines of Christian light, How little can those who are short-sighted and shortlived as we are, penetrate into consequences! Wait
can we avoid the thought, how much more glorious to therefore, and give the Almighty credit. The day of such a mind it would have been to hear the certainties judgment will bring out in strong relief the entire of “Jesus and the resurrection,” with faith thus glow
See the retributive character of this dispensation beautifully ing and exalted, set before his hearers by this apostle! exhibited in Bp. Porteus' Lectures on St. Matthew's Gospel. Still more, when he thought of those celebrated fune