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is sent into the world for infinite purposes--that eternity is suspended upon the present moment—that it is to be secured only by faith in the sacrifice and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ-that there is " no difference, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”—that “none other name is given under heaven among men whereby we must be saved”that whoever will avail himself of this great salvation, must feel his guilt and misery, and “ come unto Him that they may have life”--that the power which called the universe into existence, and shall raise the dead, can alone renew the heart, and cunstitute the christian—that God is “ waiting to be gra. cious,"—and that what is to be done, must be done now, or may be left undone for ever: if these iufinitely important truths shall be impressed upon the heart by this awful providenceall will not be lost! And this is the voice which arises from the tomb-let all ranks hear it, for it speaks to all : “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might: for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”
Sermon by Henry George Watkins, M. A., preached in the
Church of St. Swithin and St. Mary Bothaw.
Psalm, cxlvi. v. 3, 4, 5. " Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no
help; his breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish! Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.”
ALL who dwelt at Claremont, from the highest to the lowest, have witnessed with pleasure the domestic sabbath worship in which the Princess Charlotte and his Serene Highness her consort took so devout a part. Aware of the rocks on which some other public characters had nearly made ship
wreck, it was the studious care of this happy couple to avoid, by a prudent management of their income, what they themselves called running in debt.” These things, as far as they were known, gave the religious and moral part of the community a pleasing hope, that such an example afforded by persons in the highest rank of society, might give a tone, now so much wanted, to the morality and religion of fashion i able life, and thence diffuse habits of sobriety, contentment, and subordination, among the inferior classes. These things endeared the Princess to the country she was expected to govern; and every one when he thought of her, felt a livels interest in her welfare. But how is this gold cow become dim-bow is the fine gold changed!
Sermon by William Steadman, D. D., preached at the Baptist
Chupel, at Bradford, in Yorkshire.
Karak, chap. xxii. v. 12. · And in that day did the Lord God of Hosts call to weeping, and to
mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcleth." SUCH is the case, when a family in the ordinary ranks of society suffers so painful a bereavement. But the impressions become more extended, in proportion as the station of the parties concerned is exalted. In the present instance, painful stroke has been inflicted on those whose station was the highest. The British empire, though in its domestic territory it be by no means the most extensive, yet is on every account the most important, and the most distinguished empire on earth. In its constitution, in its wealth, its commerce, its manufactories, in the cultivation of the liberal arts, in its internal strength, its arms and its conquests, it standa without an equal; and has drawn upon it the attention of the world. Yea, more, in its liberties both civil and sacred, in
its being the residence of true and vital religion, in the efforts
Sermon by John Styles, D. D., preached at Acre-Lane
Isalah, chap. xl. v. 6, 7,
and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field. The grass
“ The word of God shall stand for ever.”
for ever: its doctrines shall eternally shine in the clear evidence of truth; its promises be realized in the possession of the « inheritance which is incorruptible, undefiled, and which fadeth not away;" it will remain the record of God, and of the faithful and true witness," through every succeeding age of time, and the revolving periods of eternity.
Now we behold it in contrast with the frailty and mortality of man; but soon, very soon, shall this contrast cease, and man shall be as immortal as the word that makes him so; for “ the word of our God shall stand for ever."
Sermon by John Mason, preached at the Octagon Chapel,
1 Thess. chap. V., v. 2–4. “ For yourselves know perfectly, that the day of the Lord so cometh as
a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and Safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.”
METHINKS I see the unbeliever upon a death-bed. He is alarmed, surprised, and sore afraid. He views the world that he is about to leave, but sees nothing that can afford the least satisfaction; he looks forward to the world into which he must shortly enter, and beholds nothing but darkness and everlasting woe! He shudders at the thought of dying! He was forming plans, and flattering himself that he should live to execute them, perhaps heaping up riches—living in the unrestrained liberty of sensual enjoyment-without the least concern for the salvation of his soul; or, if at all concerned, unacquainted with Jesus, the only way of salvation-When, lo! death seizes him-puts an end to all his schemes---drags him, however unwilling to go, to endless perdition !
Behold the opposite character! View him in his dying moments ! That religion, by which he has lived, supports him in
the hour of death. He looks back, and sees a victory obtained, on Calvary, over sin, death, and hell. He looks forward, and sees his Saviour waiting to receive his departing spirit. Instead of a gloom on his countenance, he smiles, and says of death, “ It is a messenger from my Father, with the glad tidings of a final release from every pain." He adopts the language of the Psalmist, and says,
Though I pass through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil," (Psalm xxi. v. 4.). He sings, “ Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” (1 Cor. xv. v. 57.) “ In one moment, his happy spirit leaves the earthly house, and enters the temple of God, whence he shall not go out,” (Rev. iii. v. 12.) View him now in the possession of a mansion—a crown—a harp. Now, he is exploring the unsearchable riches of Christ; admiring and adoring the unparalleled love, and matchless grace of a dying, risen, and exalted Saviour.
Sermon by Andrew Reed, preached at the New Road Meeting
House, St. George's in the East.
JEREMIAH, chap. ix. v. 21. " Death is come up into our windows and is entered into our palaces."
WE are all pleased to recognise in the dignified inhabitants of Claremont, a steady observance of household devotion--a reverence for the hallowed services of the Sabbath-a condescending concern for the welfare of the poor--and a taste for those simple and domestic pleasures which were once the characteristics of our country. Oh! it was a lovely sight, and the eye rested on it with delight, to see two princely persons " whom love had joined and sympathy made one,” retiring from the glare of public life, and venturing on their own