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our families, and our schools-coming down upon the young heart " like the small rain on the tender herb." "He will make his work appear to his servants, and his glory to their children.” * Instead of the fathers shall be the children, a seed to serve Him, which shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation."

Piscellaneous Papers.

(Original and Selected.)

MR. BROWNLOW NORTH'S PARE- away, that I may go to my master. It is WELL ADDRESSES IN LONDON. always so. The devil says, To-morrow; the

world and self say, ' A few days, at the least This honoured servant of God has left ten. I can't say to-morrow ; no man can

London for a season. His visit to the say to-morrow. A great proof to my mind 1 metropolis will be long remembered by of the divinity of the Lord Jesus is that he

many who are now faithful followers of the could say, 'I do works to-day and to-morrow.' Saviour. He lately held a series of mid. My message to you is 'To-day.' Will you day meetings of the upper classes of society go with this man? Will you ? Now is the in Willis's rooms, and on each occasion the accepted time." large hall was filled to overflowing; some By reference to the Epistles to the Rohundreds going away unable to find admis- mans and Corinthians, it was beautifully sion. The following jottings of his closing shown from among whom the Bride, the addresses we take from the Revival. They Lamb's wife, is chosen : fornicators, idolaare very fragmentary and imperfect, but ters, &c., &c. ; " but ye are washed, but ye they contain many precious hints which are sanctified, but ye are justified, in the some anxious souls may thank us for re- name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit priating:

of our God." The delight of his own heart, In Mr. North we see a chosen vessel ; at being espoused to the one husband, and his qualities of mind, his heart's deep expe- presented as a chaste virgin to Christ, and rience, his wonderful apprehension of the of inviting others to the same love, quite spiritual sense of Scripture and not less overcame him. “I often preach from this wonderful utterance of the truth he sees, text,” said Mr. North, "and I have never the great grace given him, his unreserved done so without its having been owned of consecration to his Master's service—all God. I did once in Edinburgh; and, as mark him out as one of David's mighty far as I knew, no one received the word.

men; and we devoutly thank our gracious But on the day before I was leaving a per! God on his behalf; still may he do glorious son called to see me. I heard, sir,' said

battle, lifting up his spear against the Phi- she, that you were going to leave tolistines, that of many a day it may be said, morrow, and I felt that I must come and "And the Lord wrought a great victory that tell you how blest I am.

I heard you day.”

preach from that text--and oh, sir, I'm i

Mr. North's address at Willis's Rooms married to Jesus! I get plenty of persecu. on Monday (28th ult.), was from Gen. xxiv. tion, but I tell them all I'm married to 58, “ And they called Rebekah,' and said Him.' I never preach on this subject withunto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And out warning believers against that step so she said, I will go.” Whilst the entire absolutely forbidden, and which, I believe, subject of the choice of Rebekah for Isaac's is the cause, more than anything else, of wife was treated of, all was made to bear sorrow and weakness in the Church-marupon the question and answer contained in riage with unbelievers. Abraham said, 'I the text, “ Wilt thou go with this man? will make thee swear by the Lord, the God and she said, I will go.” “Abraham's ser- of heaven, and the God of the earth, that vant was not more really sent to seek a wife thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of for his master's son than I am here this after- the Canaanites among whom I dwell.' noon to seek a wife for my Master's Son; put Nehemiah says of those Jews that had mar. me pot off to a more convenient season. 'Her ried wives of Ashdod, and Ammon, and brother and her mother said, Abide with us a Moab, 'I contended with them, and cursed few days, at the least ten, after that she shall them, and smote them, and plucked off their go. And he said, Hinder me not; send me hair.' Oh, how many of your children

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speak half in the speech of Ashdod, and to, and unhesitatingly obeying, the voice of cannot speak in the Jews' language, but the Spirit. Thirdly, taking up the cross. according to the language of each people You are saved if you believe on the Lord (see Nehemiah xiii.)." God did not say his Jesus Christ ; you have everlasting life. Spirit should not always strive with men, But what is it to believe on the Lord Jesus until the sons of God saw the daughters of Christ ? “ Whosoever believeth that Jesus men that they were fair, and took them is the Christ, is born of God.” A leper wives of all which they chose. Well, you comes before the poor and humble cardo this; you say to the Holy Spirit, 'Go penter's son, and says,

“ If thou wilt thou away, go away, I kuow it's wrong, but I canst make me clean." Notwithstanding mean to win her over afterwards.' Ah, I his poverty and shame, lie believes he is the have preached on this subject to, perhaps, Son of God. " And whatsoever is born of not less than 200,000 persons, and I've God overcometh the world; and this is the always asked if any one could tell me if victory that overcometh the world, even our they knew of one instance of getting over faith.” Who is he that overcometh the the unconverted husband or wife to the world, but he that believeth that Jesus (the Lord's side; but I have never heard of one carpenter's son) is the Son of God? There such case.

If any of you know of one, I are but two classes ; there is no neutral should estcem it an especial favour if you ground. Ah, but there is a great third will let me know. I don't say there is class, shown us in Ananias and Sapphira, such a case to be found. God forbid! His who did a great deal for Christ, but kept grace is sufficient for everything."

back part ;--in the man who had not on a In conclusion, Mr. North announced wedding-garment; he thought he had some. that, on Wednesday afternoon, he would thing of his own good enough to stand in meet all who in the meantime in the closet before God ;-in the unprofitable servant; had resolved by God's grace to say, like "I knew that thou wast an hard man," &c. Rebekah, “I will go ;” and he begged all Very well, I'll judge thee out of thine own who would not say so, to give ten minutes' mouth; thou knewest I was an hard man. serious consideration to the question-How Bind him hand and foot, and put him into they will estimate in the judgment-day hell. God won't be parleyed with in this those things for which now they barter way. He (Mr. North) had been blessed eternal life?

to a young man in Edinburgh ; many On Wednesday afternoon, Mr. North inquirers were visiting him. He remarked said, addressing those who had accepted his to this young man, "It is very pleasing to invitation :

see so many anxious about their souls." It is very delightful to see so many “Oh,” said he, “I'm not anxious about my young persons present, believing, as I do, soul; I've heard you preach, but I don't that you have all been alone with God care anything about it. I want to know before coming here." And truly it was a why God permitted sin ? " Because he blessed response to the solemn invitation of pleased to ; and he will cast you into hell Monday-perhaps not fewer than from five because he pleases to; and he gave his Son to six hundred of the residents of the most to die for you because he pleased to. Now, fashionable part of London, some of all sir, go home and read the 9th chapter of the ages, though the majority were young. We Epistle to the Romans; “Who art thou, O speak as we feel when we say that it was one man, that repliest against God?” Two or of the most delightful meetings we ever three days after he came again, with a face attended. The Lord was present to help radiant with delight. “I think,” said Mr. his servant in speaking; he was anointed North, “I never saw a fellow in such ecstawith fresh oil; his earnest and affectionate sies. • Don't you know me,' said he, words were just the outpourings of a full. I'm the man you told to go and read the heart; it was his farewell address for a time 9th Romans, and I see it is all because

- to come, perhaps, for ever. He felt this, God pleases ;' and so to this day he goes on and hardly knew how or when to finish. answering every objection with 'Because it Yes, and many a chord was struck then pleases God.'” which shall vibrate through eternity. The “Don't suppose you are not great sinners most we can do in our limited space is to because you are not drunkards, or blasgive a brief outline of the subject, and phemers, or thieves; these are sins you are gather up a few thoughts. The 16th chapter not tempted to commit. What then is the of the Acts was read and treated of. First, sin of your life? It is the love of self. You showing the blessedness of an abiding trust have lived to please self, not to please God. in God; an unwavering reliance upon his You cannot call to mind one single action of faithful Word under all circumstances, never your whole life done out of pure love to God. listening either to the temptations of Satan Now, Christ don't please himself. He gave or the false-witness of our own hearts. up all for you; yet there was one thing left Secondly, the necessity of carefully listening 'him: he could always say, 'Yet I am not

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alone, for my father is with me;' but oh, time of trouble I have got out of my bed, how beautiful! he not only forsook all, but and, by the hear, writhed in agony upon the he was forsaken by all, even by Him. Hear floor; but hardly realising at all that I was him cry, My God, my God, why hast speaking to God, much less that he was thou forsaken me ?! Ah, had he loved self there in the room, until once it caine to me

better than us, when he took that bitter cup -- Believest thou that I am able to do this.' | in his hand; had he hesitated, had he but I did believe he was able, and all was done.

thought, I can't do this, twelve legions of Try to get family prayer established in your angels would immediately have rescued houses. Be bold; make the decisive wrench him; but he gave himself for us, and at once. It is far better than to let your shall we give him less? You are called to religion appear bit by bit. Introduce this exchange self for Christ – self past, self subject. Gently ask, “Can't we have the

present, self future—for Christ past, Christ servants up ?' Think what a triumph it | present, Christ future. For all your past of would be over Satan. I know a little girl,

sin, he gives you all his past; you stand in the youngest of four daughters of a titled his righteousness, his obedience, his works, lady, very high in life; they were all the his prayers. You may see yourself a sinner, most worldly of the worldly. This daughter but God does not see you 30. "He hath was converted through being spoken to of not beheld iniquity in Jacob.' There is but Jesus, by a companion at a boarding school. one thing God is said to forget—that is, the They were both about thirteen years of age. sins of his people. You fall down before On her return home she was the means, not him, and feel, and cry, 'Oh, I am such a only of family worship, but of the conversion vile, wretched creature.' 'No, no,' God of her mamma and her three sisters. One says, 'I don't see it, it's all gone, put away, of these young ladies was not long since I remember it no more,' You mourn that spending a month in Scotland, and was the you don't pray- you can't pray; well, Jesus means, by her visits to the poor, &c., of prayed for you, he continued all night in doing more good in that neighbourhood, prayer. Christ present.-He says now, during that month, than had been effected You live to my glory on earth, and 1 for many a year previously. She is a blessrepresent you in heaven, and manage all for ing wherever she goes. Oh, what a jewel you.' You are called to serve him. His will sparkle on the crown of that dear little was no sluggish service for you. Speak for girl! Oh, I not only wish you to be him. May he cast out the dumb spirit. Christians, I not only wish you to be rejoic. *They brought to him a dumb man; and ing Christians, but I wish you to be hello when the devil was cast out, the dumb shaking Christians. What more can I say? spake, and the multitude marvelled.' What May God-God bless you." a victory! Oh, I would preach Christ if I As is Mr. North's invariable custom, he were damned at last-it is such a glorious begged to be prayed for, and for the unconwarfare. Christ future.- His home yours, verted members of his family-and he will his glory yours.

• To hin that overcometh be borne up in many a closet from many a will I grant to sit with me in my throne.'” heart.

Mr. North concluded with a few special directions to the young believer. member, however amiable or loveable you may have been hitherto, you have now to NEVERMORE AND EVERMORE. reflect Christ-in his humility, his meekness, his forbearance, his patience, his heavenly. Two worlds there are.

To one our eyes we irindedness. You have to live a life of faith strain, in him, to hear him in his Word. I know Whose magic joys we shall not see again :

of no more trying time to the young Bright haze of morning veils its glimmerI believer, than a few months after conversion,

ing shore. when all excitement has passed away, and Ah, truly breathed we there everything has subsided into, perhaps, the Intoxicating airhard, cold course of every-day life. Jesus,

Glad were our hearts in that sweet realm so to speak, is parted from us, a cloud has

of Nevermore. received him out of our sight; and lo! a voice from heaven now says, “This is my The lover there drank her delicious breath, beloved Son, hear him.' It is no visionary Whose love has yeilded since to change or life now, no running here or there, but hear

death; ing him in this his Word, and following The mother kissed her child whose days him. Neglect not the diligent study of the

are o'er. Bible and prayer ; wrestle with God; guard Alas! too soon have fled against saying the same things habitually in The irreclaimable dead; prayer; ask for what you really want; We see them-visions strange-amid the always try to realise what He is. In my

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The merry song some maidens used to sing- The scene of baptism was on steps lead. The brown, brown hair that once was wont ing down to the river, before the mission to cling

premises. The Governor, the Europeans, To temples long clay-cold-to the very and a vast crowd of natives, assembled.

Carey walked forward with two candidatesThey strike our weary hearts, his own son and the Hindu, Krishnu--on

As some vexed memory starts either hand. The other converts had quailed From that long faded land- the realm of at the last hour. As he advanced from the Nevermore,

mission house, poor Thomas was raving

wild in a room on one side of the path, and It is perpetual summer there. But here his own wife hopelessly sick on the other; Sadly we may remember rivers clear as if the spirit of darkness had permission And harebells quivering on the meadow to rage at the first triumph of Christianity floor.

among the natives of Bengal. Down to the For brighter bells and bluer, water went the Baptist preacher and his two

For tender hearts and truer, disciples, the one the son of his own heart, People that happy land, the realm of the other the first-fruit of a great nation. Nevermore.

Silence and deep feeling prevailed. Brave

old Governor Bie shed manly tears. The Upon the frontier of this shadowy land, waters went over the Hindu, and the name We, pilgrims of eternal sorrow, stand. of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, What realm lies forward, with its happier sounded across an arın of the Ganges. That store

evening the Lord's Supper was celebrated in Of forests green and deep,

the language of Bengal. The cup of the Of valleys hushed in sleep,

missionaries was full of joy and hope. And lakes most peaceful ? 'Tis the land Krishnu was but one, but a continent was of Evermore.

coming behind him.

Very far off its marble cities seem-
Very far off-beyond our sensual dream-
Its woods unruffled by the wild wind's

THE POWER OF A BOOK.
roar;
Yet does the turbulent surge TOWARDS the close of the reign of Queen
Howl on its very verge,

Elizabeth, more than two hundred and One moment and we breathe within the fifty years ago-while Raleigh was purEvermore.

suing his fabled “El Dorado” in the

New World, and Bacon was just enterThey whom we loved and lost so long ago ing upon those pursuits which were to Dwell in those cities, far from mortal woe- lead to fame, - an obscure Puritan Haunt those fresh woodlands, whence minister, named Edmund Bunny, fell sweet carolings soar.

in with a work written by the Jesuit Eternal peace have they :

Parsons--not many years since reprinted God wipes their tears away : They drink that river of life which flows

in this country—which had some good for Evermore.

things in it, reminding us even now of

the pungency and point of Baxter, for Thither we hasten through these regions dim, Parsons was educated under Puritan But lo, the wide wings of the seraphim teachers, and even in his apostasy to Shine in the sunset! On that joyous shore Romanism carried with him all his Our lightened hearts shall know

vigour of intellect and force of appeal. The life of long ago :

The good things in the book Edmund The sorrow burdened past shall fade for Bunny thought too good to be lost ; so Evermore.

he took the book, cut the Popery Dublin University Magazine. out of it, shaped it to a new pattern, and gave it to the printer.

It went abroad, and the first we hear of it is,

that two, who afterwards became NonTHE FIRST HINDOO BAPTISM. conformist ministers, Mr. Fowler and What an interesting and sublime moment Mr. Michael Old, received from it their is that in which the germ of Gospel truth is first serious impressions. Next we find first planted among a far-off and benighted that " an old torn” copy of it strayed people! The following scene in the mis. away to a humble cottage in Shropshire, sionary life of the lamented Carey is a case and was loaned by its owner, a poor in point:

man, to Richard Baxter's father. The

boy, then fifteen years of age, read it, carelessly and asked its character. The and it pleased God to make it the means question was addressed to a young man of awakening his soul and leading him -afterwards the celebrated Milner-who to feel the inexpressible importance of was about to accompany him on a joureternal things. From that hour he de- ney to the South of Europe. “ It is one voted himself to a work which closed of the best books ever written,” said only with his life-the work of saving Milner ; " let us take it with us, and souls. His efforts were crowned with read it on our journey." The young glorious revivals, till the name of his man readily consented, and the reading parish of Kidderminster has become of that book left upon his mind an classic in religious literature. Who that indelible impression. He began to exhas traced his course of unwearied dili- amine the Scriptures for himself as he gence, persevering energy, and conse- had never done before, and the result crated purpose, felt the power of his was the conversion of William Wilberglowing words, and his pungent appeals, force, the man whose name is for ever or the hallowed thoughts of his "Saints' associated with the history of Legislative Rest," will venture to compute the Reform and Christian Philanthropy in results that Aowed from that old torn England. book which the cottager lent to Baxter's He in turn wrote a book-his “Practi. father?

cal View of Christianity," of which it is Baxter died in 1691. But among the estimated that more than one hundred live books which he left behind him was editions have been published, which has his “Call to the Unconverted," of which been read on the banks of the Ganges and it has been estimated that more than the Mississippi, and which the great 20,000 copies have been sold or dis- statesman Edmund Burke spent the last tributed in a single year. Who can trace two days of his life in reading, declaring the harvest of such seed on the world's that he had derived much confort from broad field?

it, and if he lived would thank Mr. Wil. About twenty-five years after Baxter's berforce for having given it to the world. death, a copy of his “Call” is said to The book had been published but a few have fallen into the hands of a young months, when a Christian friend placed student at St. Albans, and to have it in the hands of a careless worldlyresulted in his conversion. That student minded candidate for the ministry. Not was Philip Doddridge, and it is certain knowing what to do with it, and dislikthat one of the most powerful influences ing to read it, he sent it to a college which shaped the character and life of friend, almost as worldly-minded as Doddridge, came from Baxter's writings. himself, a curate in the Isle of Wight,

Doddridge became the faithful and with the request that he would read it successful pastor of the Church at North- and send him word what reply in regard ampton, educated several young men for to its contents he should give to the the ministry, contributed by his corre- donor. The young curate sat down to spondence with Edwards to the revival of read it, and became so engrossed in its religion in this country, wrote the“Family perusal, that he finished it at a single sit

Expositor,” which has found its way into ting. A decided change was wrought in · tens of thousands of families, composed his views of Divine truth, and he declared, | not a few of the sweetest hymns that for “I feel it a debt of gratitude which I a century nearly have been sung in owe to God and man, to say, that to the Christian sanctuaries, and which we sing unsought and unexpected introduction of now, besides producing his Rise and Mr. Wilberforce's book I owe, through Progress of Religion in the Soul," a book God's mercy, the first sacred impression which in German, Danish, French, which I ever received as to the spiritual English, and heathen languages, has nature of the Gospel system.” That preached to millions, and resulted in the young curate was Legh Richmond, who conversion of tens of thousands. " being dead, yet speaketh,” and will

Thirty-three years after Doddridge continue to speak, while there is a heart died, a copy of his book found its way to to be moved by the simple story of the the table of Mr. Unwin, a correspondent “ Poor African,” or the Dairyman's of the poet Cowper. There it was met Daughter." with by a young English statesman, But this was not all. Wilberforce's wealthy, eloquent and accomplished, but book crossed the Tweed, and some fourgay and worldly minded, who took it up'teen years after its publication, fell into

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