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plished; and I speak of the great mass of our city and suburb population, when I say, that through the week they lie open
to every rude and random exposuremand when Sabbath comes, no solemn appeal to the conscience, no stirring recollections of the past, no urgent calls to resolve against the temptations of the future, come along with it. It is undeniable, that within the compass of a few square miles, the daily walk of the vast majority of our people is beset with a thousand contaminations ; and whether it be on the way to the market, or on the way to the work-shop, or on the way to the crowded manufactory, or on the way to any one resort of industry that you choose to condescend upon, or on the way to the evening home, where the labours of a virtuous day should be closed by the holy thankfulness of a pious and affectionate family; be it in passing from one place to another, or be it amid all the throng of sedentary occupations; there is not one day of the six, and not one hour of one of these days, when frail and unsheltered man is not plied by the many allurements of a world lying in wickedness--when evil communications are not assailing him with their corruptionswhen the full tide of example does not bear down upon his purposes, and threaten to sweep all his purity and all his principle away from him. And when the seventh day comes, where, I would ask, are the efficient securities that ought to be provided against all those inundations of profligacy which rage without control through the week, and spread such a desolating influence among the morals of the existing generation :-Oh! tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon—this seventh day, on which it would require a whole army of labourers to give every energy which belongs to them, to the plenteous harvest of so mighty a population, witnesses more than one half of the people precluded from attending the house of God, and wandering every man after the counsel of his own heart, and in the sight of his own eyes-on this day, the ear of heaven is assailed with a more audacious cry of rebellion than on any other, and the open door of invitation plies with its welcome, the hundreds and the thousands who
have found their habitual way to the haunts of depravity. And
Oh! how it tends to quiet the agitations of every earthly
rounding villages were a}} in readiness for the merry peal of gratulation, and that the expectant metropolis of our empire, on tiptoe for the announcement of her future monarch, had her winged couriers of despatch to speed the welcome message to the ears of her citizens, and that from her an embassy of gladness was to travel over all the provinces of the land; and the country, forgetful of all that she had suffered, was at length to offer the spectacle of one wide and rejoicing jubilee. O Death! thou hast indeed chosen the time and the victim, for demonstrating the grim ascendency of thy power over all the hopes and fortunes of our species ! Our blooming Princess, whom fancy had decked with the coronet of these realms, and under whose gentle sway all bade so fair for the good and the peace of our nation, has he placed upon her bier! And, as if to fill up the measure of his triumph, has he laid by her side, that babe, who, but for him, might hare been the monarch of a future generation; and he has dove that, which by no single achievement he could otherwise hare accomplished--he has sent forth over the whole of our land, the gloom of such a bereavement as camot be replaced by any living descendant of royalty-.he has broken the direct succession of the monarchy of England-by one and the same disaster, has he wakened up the public anxieties of the country, and sent a pang as acute as that of the most woful domestic visitation, into the heart of each of its families.
Sermon by John Kello, preached at Bethnal Green.
Job, chap. xxxiv. v. 19, 20. “ For they all are the work of his hands.
In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight." 1. THE stroke of death is the occasion of trouble to individuals. Those in a more immediate and intimate colia Dexion are particularly interested in and moved by it. It casts
a damp over all remaining enjoyments, and excites those inward emotions which experience alone can conceive and the knowledge of which can be attained in none other way. The peace of families 'has often been destroyed; the domestic circle has suffered irreparable losses; and trouble, unparalleled in its nature, and destructive in its effects, has been occasioned by the ravages of death.
2. This applies to nations generally. When king Josiah died, we are told, (2 Chron, xxxv. 24,) "And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.” They lamented the breach that God had made. Yea, there was an ordinance in Israel for speaking of him in their lamentations, ver. 25. Good reason had they to be troubled, for it was an event that was followed by many awful judgments on them as a people.
The death of those who are in high and exalted stations, and are enabled to fill them with propriety and usefulness, is productive of the same effect. Their influence is lost the expectations we had entertained from them are cut off our hopes are blasted;--and unless we are enabled to make the Lord our refuge, unabated trouble must prevail-midnight darkness must come over us--and horror and dismay be its inseparable attendants.
IMPROVEMENT. 1. What a stain does this subject put on all worldly glory! Glittering as it is in the eyes of mortals, highly valued, and eagerly sought after by the carnal multitude, what is it? A vapour and an empty bubble. Death may destroy every towering hope, and inya moment plunge the most mighty monarch into a state of the greatest degradation and meanness. That alone is worthy of the choice, that alone is worthy the pursuit of an immortal soul, which can defy the ravages of death, and survive the corruption of the grave. Such are the spiritual honours, such the heavenly kingdom which are revealed in the gospel-secured by its promises and only to be attained by an experience of its grace. Honours, these, which shall be the everlasting portion of every believer in Jesus, whether their place on earth be
le of the
the most magnificent throne, or the meanest and most humble cottage-whether their character here be that of the most powerful monarch, or the most obscure peasant.
2. Learn, the nisery that attaches to an earthly portion. Not only is such a portion vain ; it has an unspeakable misery inseparably entailed. What will all the riches, all the honours of a present world avail us, when death shall make us its prey? Pose your souls with that striking address of our blessed Lord, in Mark viii. 36, 37. « For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul ?” Worldly honours and greatness can afford no alleviation under the smallest temporal affliction. They are utterly insufficient to be a substitute for the deprivations which death makes in our comforts here. But should these be our only portion, with unspeakable misery must we be overwhelmed for ever hereafter. They will leave us at the most important period : and having chosen these in opposition to the favour of God, and an interest in him, we must be banished from the heavenly mansions, and have our lot with devils and damned spirits for ever. Make, then, an interest in the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the favour of God, through him, the object of your hearty and earnest pursuit. Plead with him for an experience of his grace, which alone can subdue your unbelief, and spiritualize your affections.
Begin this exercise betimes; you that are in early life, make it your serious concern to obtain it. You are dying creatures, and there is no age or situation in life secure from the attacks of death. Should it be your happiness to be found in Christ, a blessing shall attend you amidst all present changes; and death will introduce you into a state of inconceivable and everlasting happiness. Be concerned early to obtain this grace, lest in wrath you be rejected for ever.
3. What an unspeakable happiness and attainment is, a readiness for the Lord's will. This was the pursuit of Epaphras respecting the believing Colossians, as testified by the apostle