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and forewarnings, its projects and calcu- | (Rom. v. 3—5) to mention only one of the lations, are of momentous account, and re- happy fruits of the experience of the tried garded with profoundest interest in every Christians of the early days of the Gospel, department of social life.
-namely, Hope ; but, taking a larger view And surely, in proportion to the infinitely of the subject, we may properly bring a few greater importance of the concerns of the others within the range of our considerasoni, and of the spiritual and eternal world, tion. One of these will form the subject of is esperience of moment in regard to them. our present paper. This world is a tempestuous sea, and, wanting experience, we are liable to be driven at the mercy of the winds---dashed, it may be, on some unseen, unapprehended rock,
I.-CHRISTIAN HUMILITY. or engulfed in the foaming billows. If we ask those who are farthest advanced in Humility is an important part of the the spiritual course, they will tell us ein. Christian's conformity to his incarnate phatically of what use, in this scene of Lord. We do not mean by this term perils
, the experience of their spiritual his merely condescension, affability, kindness, tory has been to them: “We have had,” to those who may be our inferiors in they say, “some happy seasons of light, worldly circumstance and state. That is, and gladness, and triumphant joy; and, but no doubt, a noble and lovely moral virtue. for the Word, and the Spirit, and the re- The man of wealth and rank, stooping down tarting providence of our God, we would in large-hearted kindness to the poorhave said, 'Our mountain stands strong, casting the shelter of his care over the and we shall never be moved.' We have fatherless and the widow-lending his aid suffered much," they say, too, "in our pils to impart knowledge and comfort to the grimage course, but our sufferings have not ignorant and forlorn,- this is an amiable been without profit to our souls. We have and estimable character. The condescenfound that 'tribulation worketh patience;' sion of such a man to those of humble rank this has wrought'EXPERIENCE ;' and now, adds dignity to his station, and sheds an as the blessed fruit of this hard-earned attractive and endearing iniluence over his experience, we have hope'-a hope that history and his name. But we must never * maketh not ashamed,'-—shedding light forget that this amiable, condescending over all our future course—onward to a disposition may exist where there is no glorious immortality beyond the grave." true scriptural religion in the heart-no
Of our incarnate Lord himself it is testi“ repentance toward God,” and no “faith fied, that he was “made perfect through toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” Alas, that suffering"--completed in fitness for his it should be so! A considerate Christian compassionate, sympathising, sacerdotal cannot but be moved to tears of compasfunction-by his experience of the pains and sionate regret in contemplating such a Sorrows of the “ children" whom he en scene :-so much that is lovely, and worthy gaged his heart in eternal covenant to re- of admiration ; while, nevertheless, the pos. deem. He, it is true, knew not personal sessor of all these estimable qualities is sin-could know no personal abasement as living “without Christ, having no hope, a sinner--had no experience of a depraved, and without God in the world.” O, if these sinful, worldly heart. But he had experi- men of so many noble and amiable disposience of most of his people's trials, and suf- tions would but come, with the docility of ferings, and griefs ; indeed, this was one of little children, to the Gospel, and learn the leading purposes for which he assumed, there that, with all their fellow-men, they not the nature of angels, but our poor are sinners before God, and must obtain humanity,-namely, that he might be “a forgiveness through the only Saviour—the Inerciful and faithful High Priest in things Lord Jesus Christ ; and learn, too, that pertaining to God;" and that, he himself their hearts are naturally alienated from baring suffered, being tempted, he might be God, and in enmity to him, and that they " able to succour them that are tempted.” need to be “born again "--made"
new He, our adorable Lord, was pre-eminent in creatures "-regenerated by the Almighty esperience ; and never did his Mediatorial Spirit of God, ere ever they can serve him dignity appear greater, never did his Media- acceptably, or have part in his kingdom, torial glory shine forth more illustriously, what a blessed thing it would be ! If, under than amid sufferings, sorrow, conflict, and the solemn impression of these divine and death. Above all these he is now eternally precious lessons, they would but be conexalted; but he has left his footsteps--his strained to come, and at the throne of heaexample behind, that through them his fol- venly mercy seek part in this Saviour, and | lowers may pass to the “ many mansions" implore the grace and power of this Holy of their “ Father's house."
Spirit, they would be heard : Jesus would It suits the argument of the apostle receive them under the canopy of his atoue
ment, and put on them the robe of his undone ; because I am a man of unclean everlasting righteousness; and the Divine lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of Spirit would come into their hearts, and unclean lips; for mine eyes have seen the shed over them his blessed influence, and King, the Lord of hosts." Calling to remake them "new creatures in Christ Jesus." membrance the marvellous kindness of the And then, from the time of this great and Lord toward him during many a chequered happy change of state and character, conse- year of his earthly course, and feeling at the crated to God and his Christ, their amiable same time his own deep unworthiness, the dispositions would be transformed into humbled patriarch breaks forth into these Christian graces, and their mere worldly strains of wondering and adoring gratitude: condescensions would be imbued and per- "O God of my father Abraham, and God vaded by a nobleness, a sanctity, a divine of my father Isaac, I am not worthy of the blissfulness of motive, purpose, and feeling, least of all the mercies, and of all the truth which heretofore they had never known, which thou hast showed unto thy servant ; and which it had not entered into their for with my staff I passed over this Jordan, hearts even to conceive.
and now I am become two bands."
And Christian humility is a grace of the Holy kindred to these, and illustrating the same Spirit wrought in the soul in the day of its truth, are the grateful and humble acknowhappy regeneration; a grace, however, to ledgments of the Pealmist of Israel :the formation and strengthening of which, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my various parts of the Christian's experience house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? are rendered subservient. A deepening and this was yet a small thing in thy sight, sense of his guiltiness before God; a grow. O Lord God; but thou hast spoken also of ing perception of the depravity and deceit- thy servant's house for a great while to fulness of his heart; a painful feeling of come. And is this the manner of man, O his proneness to depart from God, and Lord God? And what can David say more yield to the temptations of sin and Satan unto thee?” Call to mind, in fine, to menand the world; an overpowering conviction tion only one other example, the language of the sin that taints his most sacred ser- often uttered regarding himself by the vices ; a cherished remembrance of the noble, humble-minded apostle of the Geninfinite obligations he is under to his God tiles : “I am the least of the apostles, that for all his saving and providential mercy, am not meet to be called an apostle, because and a deep feeling of how faint and defec- persecuted the Church of God.
Unto tive his gratitude has been in referenence to me, who am less than the least of all saints, them all: —these are the springs of Christian is this grace given, that I should preach humility—the elements out of which is among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches formed that lovely garment with which of Christ.” the Christian exhorted to be clothed Thus is it evident that true Christian (1 Pet. v. 5), and arrayed in whicb, God humility is one of the happy fruits of has condescended to declare that he will Christian experience; and, moreover, that look down on him with complacency, and the longer the believer in the Lord Jesus dwell with him : “For thus saith the high lives on earth,—the more he progressively and lofty One_that inhabiteth eternity, knows of God and of himself, the purity whose name is Holy ; I dwell in the high and grace of his blessed Lord, and his own and holy place, with him also that is of a manifold imperfections, shortcomings, and contrite and humble spirit, to revive the sing—the more deeply will this lovely spirit of the humble, and to revive the Christian grace be impressed on his soulheart of the contrite ones.” (Is. lvii. 15.) the more profoundly will he be abased
It is, we say, the fruit of spiritual experi- before his God, and the more lowliness of ence ; and we find it illustrated by many mind will he feel constrained to manifest interesting and affecting examples in Holy toward and before his fellow-men. And, if Writ. Listen to the afflicted patriarch of we were to pursue the illustration of our Uz, when the holy majesty and glory of the subject down through the history of the Most High had been vividly brought before church in modern times, we should inthe view of his mind: “I have heard of variably find, that those Christians who thee by the hearing of the ear ; but now have been most eminent for exalted piety, mine eye seeth thee: wherefore I abhor most distinguished for ardent love to the myself, and repent in dust and ashes." Lord Jesus, and zeal for his glory, and the Listen to the words of the deeply humbled advancement of his cause, have been most prophet, feeling his own unworthiness and remarkable, too, for their deniedness to sinfulness, in the light of the infinite purity themselves, the depth of their humility, and majesty of Jehovah-Jesus, which he and the condescending lowliness of their had beheld in vision in the temple, and minds and conduct. Well has our Christian which he had heard the burning seraphim poet embodied this fact, of which, for so adoringly proclaim : "Woe is me! for I am many years, he was himself an amiable
example, in these simple but beautiful He waled him out the partin’ sang, his voice Lines :
rose firm and clear,
And read the 14th o' St. John, nor did he HUMILITY.
shed a tear.
Sae is it wi' the man of God, when life's The bird that soars on highest wing,
day's darg is dune, Builds on the ground her lowly nest; Nae future fears disturb his min', nae ruefu’ And she that doth most sweetly sing,
THE Scotch language is perhaps destined to And Lydia's gently opened heart Was made for God's own temple meet :
perish. There are many Scotch words and | Fairest and best adorned is she
Scotch expressions which ought to be saved Whose clothing is humility.
from the wreck. By their adoption, the
English language would be immensely 1 The saint that wears heav'n's brightest crown enriched. The Scotch language bas no In deepest adoration bends;
Roman majesty, but it lends itself most The weight of glory bows him down,
Then most, when most his soul ascends: opulently to pathos and humour. It has Nearest the throne itself must be
been kept free from those pedantic JohnThe footstool of humility.-Montgomery.
sonianisms which have been so fatal to the English language. In its homeliness there is a power after which the English lan.
guage often strives in vain. What in effect FAITHER'S DEATH.
is homeliness, but that which, coming from "My day is dippin' in the west, it's gloamin' impulse and irresistible force? A language
the home, goes back thither with natural wi' mne noo, I hear the sough o' Jordan's wave, that I loses its moral empire, when it deserts maun travel thro,'
entirely, as the English language has Yet it's na Jordan's wave I fear-the gie'in deserted, the common speech of the people;
up o' life, Buto! this sinderini' o' hearts, this leavin' learned air and rhetorical embellishment ?
and that moral empire gone, what avails a Fean and wife.
Critic. " What tho' we ken o' better things, a fairer
kand abune, Where lost frien's are awaitin' us, and a' maun
OUR FOREMOTHERS. follow sune, This rendin' o' the siller strings, that tether
We hear enough about our forefathers. heart to heart,
They were nice old fellows, no doubt. Per. It tries puir human nature sair, and makes fect bricks in their way. Good to work, us laith to part.
eat, or fight. Very well. But where are "Gae rax me doon the Bible, wife, while yet
their companions—their “chums ”—who, I'm fit to see,
as their helpmates, urged them along? Ere death creep o'er my cauldrife brow, and Who worked and delved for our forefathers, flap my failin' e'e,
brushed up their old clothes, and patched And let us sing a partin' sang, the last we'll their breeches ? Who unpetticoated them. sing the gither,
selves for the cause of liberty ? Who nursed For noo ye canna hae me lang, the bairns
our forefathers when sick-sang Yankee maun lose their faither.
Doodle to their babies—who trained up "There, pit the pillow to my back, an'ease me their boys ? Our foremothers. up a wee,
Who landed at James River, and came An' bring them a' to the bed-side, to see
over in the Mayflower, and established the their faither dee; Noo raise the Bible up a thocht, it's ower
other early settlements ? Were there any laigh on my knee,
women among them ? One would think An' shift the light a kennin back, it's ower not. Our Yankce neighbours, especially, strong for my e'e.”
make a wonderful talk about the Pilgrim
Fathers who squatted on Plymouth Rock, history shall blot them for ever from our and there is a great ado made over it every memories. Canadian Paper. time they wish to get up a little enthusiasm on liberty, and refresh themselves by crowing over freedom ; and the chivalry of Vir. WORDS OF THE WISE. ginia are not a whit behind them, when they There is no manner of inconvenience in take a notion to vaunt themselves upon the having a pattern propounded to us, of so glory and greatness of the Old Dominion ; great perfection as is above our reach to and our staid Pennsylvania Quakers, too, attain to ; and there may be great advan. like to plume themselves slyly upon the tages in it. The way to excel in any kind merits and doings of William Penn and his is to propose the brightest and most perfect associates; but, with all the "blarney" so write after too perfect and good a copy ;
examples to our imitation. No man can plentifully distributed on all sides, what do and, though he can never reach the perwe hear or gather about the foremothers? fection of it, yet he is likely to learn more Didn't they land on a rock, too? Didn't than by one less perfect. He that aims at they encounter perils and hardships? And, the heavens, which yet he is sure to come after all, didn't they, with their kind hearts that aims at a mark within his reach.
short of, is like to shoot higher than he and warm arms, sustain the flagging spirit Tillotson. of their male companions, and keep the
IIappy is be who is engaged in controstalwart but chilly old forefathers from versy with his own passions, and comes off freezing to death, during those horrible cold superior: who makes it his endeavour that i winters which some of them had to shiver his follies and weaknesses may die before through ?
him, and who daily meditates on mortality We have our monuments commemorat
and immortality.-Jortin. ing, and our speeches, our songs, our toasts, We all complain of the shortness of and our public dinners, celebrating, the time, and yet have much more than we
Our lives are wonderful deeds of our forefathers; but know what to do with. where are those in honour of our foremo- doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing
either spent in doing nothing at all, or in thers? We had better be getting them nothing that we ought to do.
We are ready. We talk ourselves hoarse, and write always complaining that our days are few, ourselves round-shouldered, while boiling and acting as if there would be no end of over with enthusiasm about the nice things
them.-Seneca. our forefathers did ; and yet nothing is said Repentance is not like the summer fruits, about our foremothers, to whom many a
fit to be taken a little, and in their own virtuous act and brave deed may be ascribed, support of life, the entertainment of every
time; it is like bread—the provision and such as any hero would be proud to own. day'; but it is the bread of afiliction to Besides, we forget to remember, that if it some, and the bread of carefulness to all ; had not been for our foremothers, we our- and he that preaches this with the greatest selves would not be here to know, and be activity, it may be, takes the liberty of an proud of what our forefathers did.
enemy, but he gives the counsel and assist.
ance of a friend. - Taylor. We wish not to detract. All hail to the noble old boys, our forefathers, say we.
TIME. May the glory of their deeds never be less ; but the good Book tells us to "render unto Time was, is past; thou canst not it recall: Cesar,” etc., and we wish to speak a word Time is, thou hast; employ the portion
small : in season for women generally, and espe- Time future, is not; and may never be : cially for our noble and self-sacrificing fore. Time present is the only time for thee. mothers, lest time and the one-sided page of
THE REV, ALEXANDER GRANT TO THE TREASURER.
Amoy, October 8th, 1859. without fear. In addition to the usual MY DEAR JIR. MATIESOX,-For nearly complaints against foreigners there was 1 year the churches here have had the at one time much excitement in conseprivilege of Dr. Burns's presence and quence of the Coolię trade. A large ! special interest. He is now on the point Spanish ship lay at Amoy for several of leaving us for a new field, after hav- months seeking a cargo of Coolies; for ing in vain sought an opening in Chang. which men were seized or decoyed in a cuer, and the region hereabout. The shameful way, 10 such an extent that i special work for which Mr. Douglas in some places the people threatened to urgently requested a visit from himn- arouse their magistrates to serious namely, setting in order what was in action in the matter, by taking some confusion in these country churches, foreigner's life. I may give an instance and strengthening the weak-has been of how this iniquitous business was in a great measure accomplished. Dur. managed: only a specimen of the way ing these months a singular blessing in which hundreds, it is to be feared, las rested on efforis made to remove were deceived. This man, along with the evils that were pressing on us, in four others, was released through Mr. which the hand of God, more than the Morrison's kind efforts to check this : agency of man, has been apparent, traslic; and from him we learned the even as it was evident in the infliction facts, after much examination and of these evils. Fact after fact has, in cross-examination. The way he was enpruridence, come to light, manifesting trapped was this: He had an acquaintthose who were . not approved; and ance, who was now, unknown of course most unexpected light has been thrown to the poor man, engaged as a Coolio on what, if undiscovered, would have ayeut. This agent induced him to enter I continued to infest the church, and into a trading agreement with himself, under the work among us. Three or in prosecution of which they visited tofoar persons have been suspended, or gether a place called Kang-Boey. On deprived altogether of church-member their arrival there the agent invited ship; while those who remain have his victim to enter what he called a passed through an ordeal more or less " friend's ” house, and there they sat severe, from which some bave come down to supper together. A messenger forth as gold. The efforts of Mr. soon called out the agent, who reBurus have included several improve. quested his victim to be seated, and ! nents in the external affairs of the finish his meal-till his return. Ho churches-particularly the improve. waited accordingly till late, and then ments in the Bay Pay (Maping) chapel, rose to leave; but was told by the peoin consequence of which it has been ple of the house that he was a prisoner, made easy for a foreign missionary to -in fact was sold, and the money for reside there--as I have done, even in him paid to the other man, who was the heat of summer. The only thing gone. This man, when released, was that might prove an obstacle to such of service, seemingly, in showing the residence is in the case of bad feeling people of the district to which he bebeing excited against foreigners in the longed (near Maping), that the misminds of the natives. That it has not sionaries have nothing to do with the been so to any great extent, is surely trade ; and to this is, I think, partly to matter of thanksgiving, and calculated be attributed the subsiding to a large to encourage us to enter where God extent of the former threats and bad seems to open the way. During the feeling. The village of Kang-Boey, past summer, events have occurred mentioned before, is near the coast, which render it matter of wonder that south of Amoy, a sort of depôt for We are enabled to be among the people Coolies, and appears to be a resort of