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ho may go to "a city of habitation.” firmed; and thus is he more and more When, we say, the servant of the Lord is prepared to "endure hardship as a good enabled to exemplify such a temper as this, soldier of Jesus Christ,” to “walk by faith how blissfully is his mind sustained, and and not by sight,” to follow his glorious his heart filled with strong consolations ; Leader through whatever dark and devious with what celestial dignity is Christian paths he may be pleased to conduct him, principle invested that can thus tranquillise and to wait for that better world where the the soul in days of darkness and sorrow ; mysteries of Providence shall be all unand how signally is the Christian's Lord ravelled, the most trying dispensations of honoured by the faith and the hope that his Heavenly Father eternally vindicated, believe and rely on his wisdom and love, and clouds and darkness for ever scateven when he “moves in a mysterious tered from around his throne. Deeply way;" when his “way is in the sea, and his experienced was the heart that suggested, path in the great waters, and his footsteps and the hand that penned, these beautiful are not known"!

An illustrious example of this noble, unhesitating resignation to the Divine will

“God moves in a mysterious way

His wonders to perform; occurs in the history of the royal psalmist, He plants his footsteps in the sea, in regard to one of the bitterest trials he And rides upon the storm, was ever made to experience. Supplanted “ Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take, in his kingdom and throne by his un. The clouds ye so much dread natural son, the heart-embittered king Are big with mercy, and shall break leaves his metropolis, and passes over the

In blessings on your head. “Brook Kidron" with his little band of “Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,

But trust him for his grace ; weeping attendants. There, turning his

Behind a frowning providence eye on Zadok and Abiathar, and the Levites, He hides a smiling face." who had brought with them “the ark of the Covenant of the Lord,”—“Carry back,"

V.-HOPE. he

says, “the ark of God into the city: if I shall find favour in the eyes of the Lord, Among the advantages of Christian EsHe will bring me again, and show me both perience, that of HOPE is none of the least it and his habitation. But if He thus say, interesting and precious. This the apostle I have no delight in thee, behold, here am particularly and emphatically specifies as 1, let him do to me as seemeth good unto resulting from the experience which he and him." Bitterness-bitterness unspeakable his brethren had, amid their manifold --was in the heart of the king of Israel tribulations, of the power and faithfulness when he uttered these deeply - saddened and grace of God, -"Experience worketh words. But they contain no inurmur, no

HOPE” (Rom. v. 4). complaint. God is recognised as the The pleasures of hope are proverbial. Supreme Disposer of the mysterious dis. Every one knows it to be the sweetener of pensation. In the mind of the sufferer human life, and the sustainer of the mind there was, doubtless, the sense and feeling under its heaviest burdens. Accordingly, of chastening on account of sore trans- there is no affection so universally and gression ; but he believes that God waz habitually indulged and cherished as this. bringing it to pass in righteousness, and Other passions operate on particular ocprostrates himself before him, that he may casions and in certain peculiar circumdispose of him and all his concerns as stances of human life. Hope springs up seems good in his sight.

in its very morning, with the first feeble By the endurance, as well as by the power of comparing our actual with our doing of their Heavenly Father's will, do possible state, and attends us through every God's people glorify him. By uncomplain- stage and every condition of life; urging us ing, believing acquiescence in the myste- forward to new acquisitions, holding forth rious and trying dispensations of his Provi. to your view many distant blessings, prodence, do they as really honour him, as by mising us either relief from some real or positive obedience in the patlis of duty. imagined ill

, or large augmentations of And to this gracious temper is the Christian enjoyed good. more and more disciplined as he gains If hopo, generally considered, be so acquaintance with the character, the Word, precious, how unspeakably precious must and the ways, of God. In the progress of be CHRISTIAN HOPE-a hope based on the his Christian course his confidence in the power, and faithfulness, and grace of that wisdom, faithfulness, and grace of God is glorious Saviour, in whom “dwelleth all invigorated; his views of God's dealings the fulness of the Godhead bodily," and in with his people are matured and enlarged; whom, as Mediator, “it hath pleased the his reliance on the “covenant, ordered in Father that all fulness (for his Church) all things, sure and ererlasting,” is con- should dwell ;” a hope embracing all the

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exceeding great and precious promises” renovated life,-perseveringly, even unto of the everlasting covenant; a hope, in the end! short, reaching onward through all the And now, having "received the atonedays and all the varied scenes of the ment,"-having "put on the Lord Jesus," Christian's earthly course ; nor staying its -having obtained mercy of the Lord, — magnificent aspirations, till it has grasped being now “saved by grace," HOPE springs the unrevealed glories and felicities of the up in his once desolate and cheerless soul " kingdom eternal in the heavens." Well hope “full of immortality,” and that may the partakers of this precious grace "shall not make ashamed;" the hope of take up their song of humble, adoring enjoying in time, and throughout eternity, gratitude, and say,

all the inconceivable good which a dying “Bless'd be the everlasting God,

Saviour has purchased, and a covenantThe Father of our Lord;

keeping God has purposed and promised Be his abounding meroy praised,

to bestow on his redeemed people. And this His Majesty adored!

“good hope" is encouraged and strength“When from the dead he raised his son, ened by the Christian's progressive “EXPE

And call d him to the sky,
He gave our souls a lively hope

” in the Divine life. Looking back That they should never die.

from time to time on "all the way in "'fo an inheritance divine,

which the Lord his God has led him," on He taught our souls to rise ;

all he has participated of the “exceeding 'Tis uncorrupted, undefiled,

riches” of Divine grace, on the many Cafading in the skies!”

interpositions of God's providence, and Of this hope the Christian is made a the many fulfilments of God's promise, partaker in the day when, by the enlighten that have marked and gladdened his earthly ing and regenerating spirit of Christ, he is course ; his hope is confirmed, and he brought to receive and submit to him, as looks forward with humble confidence over "ma le of God to us wisdom, righteousness, all the scenes through which he may have sanctification, and redemption.". Previous yet to pass, while sojourning at a distance to that day, or that period in his history, from his heavenly home. “Having obtained he was " without Christ," and "without belp of God,' will he humbly and grateGod," and, therefore, "without HOPE in fully say, 'I continue unto this day. He the world." Dark and dismal, he now has led me forth, and been with me in sees, were the days and years of his unre- the way I have hitherto gone, why should generate life. He dreamed of happiness I doubt of his presence still ? 'In past when on the brink of destruction; he days of trial he has not forsaken me, and I whispered to his soul, “peace, peace!" will not dishonour his faithfulness by dewhen there was no peace. And “what”-spairing of his support in all that may be oh! how often is the thought forced on yet to come. He has taken me from the his mind—“what if I had been cut down in grasp of the destroyer, and he will not those melancholy days! removed from time permit me now to become his prey. In a ere my great work in time was begun! day of sovereign mercy he made me seek launched into eternity while, as yet, no the way to Zion with my face thitherward, serious thought of eternity had ever yet and he will not now sutier me to go back taken hold of my mind! What everlasting to the city of destruction.' Having led thanksgivings do I owe my gracious Lord me on a part of my perilous journey, he for sparing me in my unconverted state, will not forsake me as I approach its close. bringing me beyond its dismal boundaries, He has been a refuge for me, and a strong and causing a day of love, light, liberty, tower from the enemy; I will abide in his and joy to dawn on my poor, benighted, tabernacle for ever, I will trust in the covert enslaved, cheerless, forlorn soul! Surely, of bis wings (Ps. lxi. 3, 4). surely, “it is of the Lord's mercies that I Thus is the Christian “saved by HOPE" have not been consumed”! That I have (Rom. viii. 24). "Fear not," is its cheernot, long ere now, "lifted up mine eyes in ing whisper, especially in " the cloudy and hell, being in torments”! And now, what dark day.” Persevere, servant of the unspeakable obligations of gratitude as well Lord Jesus ; follow on to know the Lord. as of duty rest upon me to "redeem the Temptations may alarm, opposition may time," of which so much has been already discourage, darkness may perplex thee. lost in pursuing vanities and lies, and to But fear not! more are they that are with labour with my heart and soul in the three, than all that can be against thee. service of that gracious Lord who "took Thy Leader is almighty. His strength is me from a fearful pit, and from mire where “ made perfect in weakness." Surely, there was no standing, and set my feet "goodness and mercy shall follow thee all upon a rock, and established my goings"! the days of thy life, and thou shalt dwell Help me, blessed Lord, to feel these obli- in the house of the Lord for ever"! Such gations, and to embody them in my new,l is the Christian's Hope: and this hope he

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“ an anchor to the soul,” cast The vale of aflliction my footsteps have trod, upward, as never anchor was before, "en- With trembling, with grief, and with tering into that within the vail, whither tears, Jesus, the Forerunner, is entered for us”- I joyfully quit, for the mountain of God : the blessed pledge that where He is, there, There,—there,-its bright summit apin due time, shall his people be.

pears.

No lurking temptations, defilement, or fear, " Then cast away thy fears,

Again shall disquiet my breast;
Hope and be undismay’d;

In Jesus' fair image I soon shall appear,
God hears thy sighs, and counts thy tears;
God shall lift up thy head.

For ever ineffably blest. “Through waves, and clouds, and storms, Ye Sabbaths below, that have been my

He'll gently clear thy way;
Wait thou his time, go'shall the night

delight,
Soon end in joyful day."

And thou the blest volume Divine :
M. Ye have guided my footsteps like stars

during night ;-
Adieu my conductors benign.

The sun that illumines the regions of peace, THE CHRISTIAN BIDDING ADIEU

Now shines on my eyes from above;
TO THE WORLD.

But oh, how excessively glorious the sight :

My soul is all wonder and love. YE objects of sense, and enjoyments of time,

Which oft have delighted my heart, Thou tottering seat of disease and of pain,I soon shall exchange you for views more Adieu, my dissolving abode ; sublime,

But I shall behold and possess thee again, And joys that shall never depart,

A beautiful building of God: Thou lord of the day, and thou queen of And when death's cold hand my eyelids the night,

shall close, To me ye no longer are known;

And lay my pale corpse in the tomb, I soon shall behold with increasing delight My soul shall enjoy an eternal repose, A sun that shall never go down.

Above, in my heavenly home. Ye wonderful orbs that astonish my eyes,

But oh! what a life,—what a rest,—what Your glories recede from my sight;

a joy, I soon shall contemplate more beautiful Shall I know when I've enter'd above; skies,

Praise, praise shall my triumphing powers And stars more transcendently bright; employ, Ye mountains and valleys, groves, rivers,

My God! I shall burn with thy love. plains;

Come, come, my Redeemer, this moment Thou earth and thou ocean adieu ;

release More permanent regions, where righteous

The soul thou hast bought with thy blood; ness reigns,

And bid me ascend the fair regions of peace, Present their

To feast on the smiles of my God. green

hills to my view.

My loved habitation and garden adieu ;

My footsteps no longer ye greet;
A mansion celestial stands full in my view,

HUMAN NATURE.
And paradise welcomes my feet.
My weeping relations, and brethren, and haave, relates, that he never saw a criminal

The learned, judicious, and pious Boer.
friends,
Whose souls are entwined with my own; self, Who knows whether this man is not

dragged to execution without asking him. Adieu for the present, my spirit ascends,

less culpable than myself?” On the days Where friendship immortal is known. when the prisons of this city are emptied

into the grave, let every spectator of the My cares and my labours, my sickness and dreadful procession put the same question to pain,

his own heart. Few among those that crowd And sorrows are now at an end ; in thousands to the legal massacre, and look The summit of bliss I shall speedily gain, with carelessness, perhaps with triumph, on

The heighths of perfection ascend. the utmost exacerbations of human misery, The sight of transgressors shall grieve me would then be able to return withont horror no more,

and dejection. For who can congratulate With foes I no longer abide ;

himself upon a life passed without some act My contlicts with sin and with sinners are more mischievous to the peace or prosperity, o'er,

of others than the theft of a piece of With saints I shall ever reside.

money ?-Old Jonathan.

fault constantly with their particular busiDAVID'S TUNES.

ness, and deeming themselves unfortunate

because fastened to it by the necessity of The church has always contained some rather eccentric members, troubled with gaining a livelihood. In this spirit men fret, very fidgetty consciences. A good, but their work; or they change their business

and laboriously destroy all their comfort in iguorant woman, once went to Dr. Gill, with ker loaded soul, to receive consolation. She thing to another, till the grave or the poor

and go on miserably, shifting from one was much grieved with the fact that they house gives them a fast grip: But while Fere in the habit of singing unholy tunes. occasionally a man fails in life because he * Perhaps so,” said the doctor ; " well, is not in the place fitted for his peculiar what tunes shall we sing?" "Why, David's talent, it happens ten times oftener that tunes, sir,” said she. “Ah, well; that failure results from neglect and even conwould be very good. If you would get us tempt of a honest business. A man should a eopy of David's tunes, we will never sing put his heart into everything that he does, anything else ; till then, we will endeavour There is not a profession that has not its to do the best we can."

peculiar cares and vexations. No man will escape annoyance by changing business. No mechanical business is altogether agreeable.

Commerce, in its endless varieties, is affected, PHYSICAL TRAINING.

like all other human pursuits, with trials, Wor to the class or the nation which has unwelcome duties, and spirit-tiring neces: no manly physical training! Look at the for a man to search out the frets and bur

sities. It is the very wantonness of folly manners, the morals, the faces of the young dens of his calling, and give his mind every men of the shopkeeping classes, if you wish to see the effects of utterly neglecting the day to a consideration of them. They physical development of man, of fancying Brooding, then, only gives them strength.

belong to human life. They are inevitable. that all the muscular activity he requires On the other hand, a man has power given under the sun is to be able to stand behind to him to shed beauty and pleasure upon a counter, or to sit on a desk-stool without the homeliest toil, if he is wise. Let a man tumbling off. Be sure, be sure, that ever since the days of the Persians of old, adopt his business, and identify it with his effeminacy, if not twin sister of cowardice life, and cover it with pleasant associations ; and dishonesty, has always gone hand-in- for God has given us imagination not alone hand with them. To that utter neglect of beautify homely things. Heart varnish will

to make some poets, but enable all men to any exercises which call out fortitude, patience, self-independence

, and daring, I Look at the good things. Accept your lot

cover up innumerable evils and defects. attribute a great deal of the low sensuality, the conceited vulgarity, the utter want of a

as a man does a piece of rugged ground, and high sense of honour, which is increasing begin to get out the rocks and roots, to just now among the middle classes ; anå deepen and mellow the soil

, to enrich and from which the navigator, the engineer, the plant it. There is something in the most miner, and the sailor, are comparatively forbidding avocation around which a man free. -Kingsley's Miscellanies.

may twine pleasant fancies—out of which he may develope an honest pride.

SELF SEARCH.

DO SOMETHING. READ not books alone, but men; and among There is not a spider hanging on the king's them chiefly thyself; if thou findest any

wall but hath its errand; there is not a thing questionable there, use the com- nettle that groweth in the corner of the mentary of a severe friend, rather than the churchyard but hath its purpose; there is gloss of a sweet-lipped flatterer. There is not a single insect fluttering in the breeze more profit in a distasteful truth than de- but accomplishes some divine decree; and ceitful sweetness.

I will never have it that God created any man, especially any Christian man, to be

blank, and to be a nothing. He made you HONOUR YOUR BUSINESS.

for an end. Find out what that end is ;

find out your niche, and fill it. If it be It is a good sign when a man is proud of ever so little; if it is only to be a hewer of his work or his calling. Yet nothing is wood and drawer of water, do something more common than to lear men finding in this great battle for God and truth.

Jissions.

CHINA.

LETTER FROM TIE REV. A. GRANT TO THE TREASURER.

Bay Pay, 9th March, 1860.

negie has twice visited this and Pechuia, My Dear MR. Matheson, - It is dispensing medicines, &c. On both not surprising to see or hear that the occasions large numbers of people have churches here, as elsewhere, have to pass come, especially to Bay Pay ; so much through much tribulation.

At present so, that, after treating case after case for there seems to be a spirit of persecution several hours without intermission, it specially stirred up against them. At has been necessary to send many away: Pechuia, the preacher and elder, Bu-liat, Notwithstanding this, and possibly has been enduring a good deal of late for stirred up by this success so far, some the gospel's sake. About the beginning threats have been uttered against the of the year two accusations against him Christians here. The chapel-keeper, a were entered at the Mandarin's Court at worthy man, gives this account of it.Hai Teng, the district city; one of which Several of the class of literati caine one bore that Bu-liat had broken in pieces day to the chapel to speak evil of this his ancestral tablet, and when remon-way-threatening to binder the Chrisstrated with, insulted his relatives. The tians from worshipping God. The two were brought into court together, ground of their opposition was the probably to prejudice the mandarin alleged abuse of printed paper, which is against him, and obtain a verdict more carefully burned by Chinese out of easily. As it is contrary to the treaty respect to Confucius and learning. that Christian Chinese should be perse- Christian Chinese naturally lose this cuted for their religion, application was superstitious feeling ; but, on this occamade to Mr. Gingell, the consul atsion they denied the charge, saying they Amoy, who kindly sent a message to the so prized and loved the word of God, Hai Teng magistrate, reminding him that they would not abuse the page that that such was the case. The conse- contained it. Some of the heathen, they quence has been that, though the war- said, despising foreign books, might have rant had been issued, yet, up to this committed the offence. Confucius, they time, no further step has been taken said, teaches you to practise justice and against him. It is rumoured, however, benevolence ; you value the letters and that the magistrates are displeased that cast away the doctrine; at the last day Bu-liat should depena on foreigners, and he will rise and testisy against you. threaten to use their power over him as God," said the chapel-keeper to me, their own subject. It has been the “is sending trouble on us because he occasion of much prayer being made for sees we do not value his word and spread the persecuted by the churches in Amoy it abroad. Also we want brotherly love ; and elsewhere, and Bu-liat has been and it is God's way to send these things, enabled to rejoice in hope of help from and by them make the brethren love on high.

one another." Last week some of Bu-liat's more dis- Two preachers, Lamsan and Jin-lo, tant relatives came to the chapel, and have returned from a visit to Soatau, a pretended to have something to say to village to the east of this, and report that him, on which he followed them out; the church members and hopeful conand in the street, in presence of many verts there are very stedfast, and showing spectators, they took his outer clothes much affection to the disciples of Jesus. and shoes from him. He goes on, how. They have a prayer-ndeeting on Tuesever, boldly preaching, enduring as seeing days. Some of them have held fast since Him who is invisible.

the gospel was first brought to this disAt this place, also, some murmurs of trict, at Mr. Burns's visit, several years opposition have been heard.

Dr. Car- ago.

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