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entered the channel which leads to the “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou Sunderbunds. From a slight accident to the paddle-box at starting, we were Mr. Jay gives, in his “Reminig. detained two or three hours at the dock cences," the following mournful account opposite to Nimtollah Ghat. It is at of a young man, the only son of his this place the Hinduos burn their dead. predecessor at Bath. He had good Three fires were burning during our abilities, and seemed much inclined to detention. We could easily see the become truly religious ; but he “ bewhole process; both men and women came acquainted with some scrptical, were engaged in performing this last or as, by a patent of their own, they rite. Around the ghat were thousands call themselves, free-thinking young of birds, waiting with solemn mien the men : gave up the house of God and departure of the attendants, to pick the sabbath. Swimming on a Sunday, over and devour the charred remains. for amusement and experiment, he The walls and houses around were caught a chill, which brought on con. covered with vultures, and dogs prowled sumption. This for months gave him about to share in the horrid feast." warning, and space for repentance;

Another writer says: - “ Visiting but it is to be feared tliis grace of God one of the Golgothas, we beheld the was in vain. During his gradual deremains of about eighty human beings; cline he refused all intercourse with some had just been thrown down, some pious friends or ministers ; and when were being devoured by dogs and his good nurse entreated him to call vultures, others were being consumed me in, as I lived close by, and there on the funeral pile, and many had been bad been such an intimacy between us, reduced to ashes, or completely eaten he frowned and rebuked her, and up by dogs."-Biblical Treasury. ordered her to mind her own business.

Oa the last day of his life, unasked, I

ventured into his dying chamber. He " He will be a wild man ; his hand will be against

was sensible, but exclaimed, 'O Vol. every man, and every man's hand against him; and taire ! Voltaire !' He then raised him. be shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” self up in the bed, and wringing his -Gex. Ivi. 12.

hands, again exclaimed, 'O, that young The descendants of Ishmael continue man! that young man!' I said, ' My to this day, to live in hostility to the dear sir, what young man ? With a greater part of mankind. On the countenance indescribable he answered, margin of the Red Sea and Arabian 'I will not tell you.'-What have I Gulf, commerce has exerted some in- seen in a long ministry of the dire fluence; but the Eastern Arabs, or effects of evil associates and licentious Nabatheans, are almost entirely free- publications !”-Ibid. booters, living by plunder. Although spread over a country thirteen hun. dred miles long, and twelve hundred “ Joy shall be in hearen over one sinner that remiles broad, they are comparatively penteth, more than over ninety and nine just secure ; while those who are sometimes persons, which need no repentance."-LUKE xv. 7. hardy enough to follow them, either Angels were in the full exercise of die with thirst, or are compelled to their powers, even at the first infancy of to return, overcome with fatigue and our species, and shared in the gratulasickness. Their water is obtained from tions of that period, when, at the birth of wells, sunk amid the rocks and plains humanity, all intelligent nature felt a which they inhabit, and known only to gladdening impulse, and the morning themselves. Notwithstanding the op- stars sung together for joy. They position they have met with from the loved even as with the love which ancient Assyrians, the Medes, the a family on earth bears to a younger Persians, and the Macedonians, they sister, and the very childhood of our have, from first to last, maintained tinier faculties did only serve the more their independence. No conqueror to endear us to them; and though born bas subdued them; and they still, as a at a later hour in creation, did they rememento of Scripture prophecy, dwell gard us as heirs of the same destiny in the presence of all their breihren.— with themselves, to rise along with Ibid.

them in the scale of moral elevation, to bow at the same footstool, and to

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partake in those high dispensations of | as to the origin of this new name, that a parent's kindness and a parent's care, was already in every one's mouth. which are

ever emanating from the How suitable, then, would be this throne of the Eternal on all the mem- passing remark of the historian (Acts bers of a duteous and affectionate xi. 26), to show when and where it family.

began to be current."-Birks' Hore Wị cannot but remark how fine a Apostolicæ," p. 345. harmony there is between the law of sympathetic nature in heaven, and the most touching exhibitions of it on the face of our world. When one of a sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.”

“But while men slept, his enemy came and numerous household droops under the -Mart. xiii. 25. power of disease, is not that the one to whom all the tenderness is turned, and still literally done in the East. See

Strange as it may appear, this is who in a manner monopolises the in- that lurking villian, watching for the quiries of his neighbourhood, and the time when his neighbour shall plough care of his family? When the sighing his field ; he carefully marks the period of the midnight storm sends a dismal when the work has been finished, and foreboding into the mother's hea to whom of all her offspring, we would goes the night following, and casts in ask, are her thoughts and anxieties is, pig paddy ; this being of rapid

what the natives call pandinellu, that then wandering? Is it not to her sailor boy, whom her fancy has placed seed, and scatters itself before the

growth, springs up before the good amid the rude and angry surges of the other can be reaped, so that the poor ocean? Does not this, the hour of his

owner of the field will be for years apprehended danger, concentrate upon before he can get rid of the troublesome him the whole force of her wakeful weed. But there is another noisome meditations? And does not he engross plant which these wretches cast into for a season her every sensibility and the ground of those they hate, called her every prayer PDr. Chalmers.

perum-pirandi, which is more destructive to vegetation than any other

plant. Has a man purchased a field “And the disciples were called Christiang first out of the hands of another the in Antioch."-Acts xi. 28.

" Then Agrippa said unto Paul, almost thou offended says, “ I will plant the perumpersuadest me to be a Christinn."

-Acts suvi, 28. pirandi in his grounds."-Roberts. “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed."--1 Peter iv, 16.

“ These are the only three places in the New Testament where the name

LIVE. Christian occurs. It is plain that for a long time there was no commonly MAKE haste, O man, to live, recognised term of this kind. Hence

For thou so soon must die; they are called variously, 'they that Time hurries past thee like the breezebelieved' (Acts ii. 44), the disciples' How swift its moments fly. (vi. 1), “those of the way' (ix. 2), &c.

Make haste, O man, to live ! Again, the name of Nazarenes was

To breathe, and wake, and sleep, applied to them by the Jews, as a term

To smile, to sigh, to grieve ; of reproach, but plainly arose before

To move in idleness through earth, the extension of the faith to the Gen

This, this is not to live! tiles. It was at Antioch that the large

Make haste, O man, to live! accession of Gentiles first made it impossible to look upon them merely as a Make haste, O man, to do Jewish sect, and required the use of

Whatever must be done; some more distinctive title. It was Thou hast no time to lose in sloth, natural, therefore, that the use of such

Thy day will soon be gone. a title should first prevail at Antioch.

Make haste, O man, to live! When the book (Acts of the Apostles) Up, then, with speed, and work was written, towards the close of Paul's Thy ease and self away; imprisonment at Rome, the formation This is no time for thee to sleep, of churches in the chief cities of almost Up, watch, and work, and pray! every province would awaken inquiry

Make haste, O man, to live!

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The useful, not the great,

The thing that never dies ;
The silent toil that is not lost,
Set these before thine eyes.

Make haste, O man, to live!
The seed whose leaf and flower,

Tho' poor in human sight,

Bring forth at last the eternal fruit,
Sow thou both day and night.

Make haste, O man, to live!
Make haste, O man, to live,

Thy time is almost o'er;
O sleep not, dream not, but arise,
The Judge is at the door.
Make haste, O man, to live!

DR. BONAR.

Correspondence.

ANOTHERJPRAYER WEEK. the week, and the promotion of brotherly

kindness among all those who love the We very gladly direct attention to the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. January following communication, forwarded to us 8th. The attainment of a higher standard by the Committee of the Evangelical Alli- of holiness by the people of God. Jan

uary 9th. A large increase of true conance :

versions, especially in the families of beTo the Editor of the English Presbyterian

lievers. January 10th. The free circulaMessenger.

tion of the Word of God, and a blessing

upon Christian literature. January 11th. Sir,

Will you allow us, through your A large outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon Periodical, to give further publicity to the all bishops, pastors, and elders of the proposal to set apart a week for special Churches ; upon all seminaries of Christian prayer at the commencement of the year learning, and upon every Protestant mis1861 ?

sionary among Jews and Gentiles; upon All know how general and cordial was the converts of the station, and upon his the response made to the Lodiana mission- field of labour. January 12th. The speedy aries, who invited Christians throughout overthrow of all false religions, and the fuil the world to begin the present year with accomplishment of the prayer, “Thy kingunited supplication for the enlarged out- dom come.” January 13th. Thanksgivings pouring of the Holy Spirit.

for past Revivals, and the enforcement of At the request of those missionary bre- the solemn responsibility resting upon thren, and in compliance also with the wish every Christian to spend, and be spent, in of the promoters of the Missionary Confer. making known the name of the Lord Jesus ence recently held at Liverpool, the Evan- at home and abroad. Missionary sermons. gelical Alliance has issued an invitation to It is gratifying to find that the proposal observe, as a season of special supplication, meets with the warm approval of Christian the eight days from Sunday, January 6th, brethren abroad. Thus, for example, the to Sunday, January 13th (inclusive), 1861. Rev. Dr. Dwight, writing from ConstanThis invitation, bearing the signatures of tinople, says, “We are greatly encouraged many eminent brethren in the ministry, and delighted with the proposition, and we who, “though not all members of the Alli- shall do all in our power to make it widely ance, concur in the general design of the known in Turkey and Persia, and to enlist paper," has been sent to all parts of the the prayers of all God's people in these world, and copies may be obtained by any lands. If we are not entirely mistaken, persons interested, by application at this the world will witness such a scene of office.

united wrestling in prayer with God for While the topics for exhortation and the blessing of the Holy Spirit, during the prager during the week may properly be week specified, as has had no parallel in left to Christian brethren joining in this the history of man, and it will be accomdesired concert of prayer, the following panied and followed by unparalleled blesssubjects are suggested on the successive ings." And the writer adds, “By the days :-On Sunday, January 6th, The pro- time this reaches you, or soon after, the mise of the Holy Spirit. January 7th. circular on the week of prayer will havo Humble confession of sins, and prayer for been translated, published, and sent abroad an especial blessing on all the services of through the length and breadth of this

land, both in Armenian and Armeno-Turk-, Prebyterian Church can do a good work. ish languages.”

The subject is the possibility of devising a : Pasteur Guillaume Monod, of Paris, scheme to give a higher education to working writes :

-“We joyfully accept the invita- men who may aspire after a liberal education to unite in prayer at the beginning of tion. We have our School Scheme for the next year, which has been forwarded to us. children of working men, to fit them to We shall communicate it to all the friends discharge well the duties of life. Cannot of the Gospel in France.”

we have also a scheme for intelligent young Pasteur L. Anet, of Brussels, informs us men, that inight even open up for them the that the invitation is published in the road to our college and to the pulpits of our “ Chrétien Belge,” and adds, “we shall church? A road has already been opened spread the appeal in Belgium, so that it up-and a public road too—but working may reach all the brethren of the various men require to have it pointed out to them, Churches in this land. I can assure you, and to be induced to travel it. The prizes, beforehand, that this invitation to prayer titles, and certificates of merit awarded by will be received with truly great joy in all the middle class examination scheme of the the Churches. We have desired it and Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, are expected it."

tests of the sound scholarships of those who Similar communications have been ad attain such distinction. But the schools dressed to our Committee from America which can furnish candidates to these exand other places.

aminations, are schools from which the May God stir up very many of his peo- children of the poorer classes are virtually ple in this country also to promote this excluded. Provision requires to be made to movement and crown it with his abundant meet their case. The Presbyterian Church blessing,

has done a great deal in Scotland and in We are, Sir, yours faithfully, other countries to supply a higher order of W. CARDALL, M.A.

the poorer classes. Why JAMES DAVIS

} Secretarios. should it not try to do the same for England.

Why not originate an Educational Scheme with the special object of giving working men a chance to obtain a prize, a title, or a

certificate of merit from the Universities. A PLEA FOR PRESBYTERIAN Mechanics Institutes and Working Men's EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTES. Colleges, by means of their evening classes,

afford opportunities to working men to To the Editor of the Presbyterian Messenger.

pursue their studies in the mathematies, DEAR SIR, It was one of the charac- the sciences, and in modern languages. To teristics of our Saviour's ministry, that make these institutions more efficient, they

to the poor the Gospel was preached.” are being grouped in Unions, as for exIs this also pre-eminently characteristic ample, the Lancashire and Cheshire Union of the Ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Mechanics Institutes. These Unions in England ? Or is it not rather the case, give prizes and certificates of merit to that our church is very much a middle class students within their bounds who show church, and that its pews are chiefly occu- the greatest proficiency in their studies, pied by “well-to-do people ?” My expe. The late meeting of the Lancashire and rience on this point goes to show, that few Cheshire Union at Manchester, presided of the poorer or the labouring classes are to over by the Duke of Argyle, is an example be found among the pewholders of the of the interesi now taken in these Institutes, English Presbyterian Church. This is not and shows the benefit they may confer on a healthy condition for a church to be in. the community. The students of these The English Presbyterian Church must Institutes have a still greater stimulus to strike its roots deep down in the affections of diligent study, on account of the prizes and the poorest of the people, in order to become certificates given by the “ Society of Arts" a really useful and genuine English deno- to those students from all the Institutes in mination. To become a visibility” to England who distinguish themselves most thein, it must show sympathy with them in in certain departments of learning. But efforts made to elevate them to a higher they cannot compete at the University standard of intelligence and morality. A Middle Class Examinations, unless they helping hand and a kind heart will draw the have acquired a knowledge of “ the Classics," attention and win the respect of the com- which Mechanics Institutes do not profess munity sooner than an abstract statement of to teach. principles, however lucid and logical it may Presbyterian Educational Institutes, be.

might therefore, be established in the cities, I shall confine my remarks to pointing and in some of the large towns of England, as out one subject where I think the English supplementary to the Mechanics Institute

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and to give, by means of evening classes, hymn and psalm an appropriate tune, and young men an opportunity to acquire a good be careful that as a rule, the music and the classical education, and enable them to com- words be not divorced

Endea pete at the University Middle Class Exam- vour, if possible, to associate certain words inations. These Educational Institutes would and ideas with certain music, so that the become nurseries for the College, and some melody is never dissevered in the mind from inducement might be held out to those who the sentiment; and it will prove a marvellous obtained certificates at the middle class help in the furtherance of congregational examination, to prosecute their studies for singing.” the Church. A certificate of merit, for Let me entreat the attention of our preexample, might be regarded as equivalent to centors and of our ministers to this subject. one year's attendance at the University, and “ A schoolmaster,” says Luther, " ought to that without letting down or lowering the have skill in music; neither should we orstandard of scholarship required for the dain young fellows to the office of preaching, ministry by all sections of the Presbyterian except they had before been well exercised Church, if the remarks made by the and practised in the school of music.” I “ Times," of May 21st, 1860, in its leading observe, that when baptism is administered, article on Lord Brougham's Inaugural and two verses of a psalm are sung before, Address as Chancellor of the University of and two more of the same psalm after the Edinburgh, be correct. “ Certain it is,” ordinance, the precentor is not even then says the “ Times,” “that in the faculty of content with one tune for the four verses, arts embracing what we call a liberal edu- but esteems it desirable to indulge us with a cation, the Scotch universities are only variety. On the other hand, some of our schools, and schools of not a very high ministers make use of about a dozen only of order.” Here, then, is one source of ob- our two hundred and odd psalms and parataining students, having perhaps, a better phrases, so that we have a continual variety preliminary education than the majority of of music to a disheartening monotony of students acquire by one year's attendance at words. a Scotch University. There could be no To a few appropriations suggested in my doubt of their tastes and sympathies being last, let me add : “ St. Asaph’s ” to the 66th adapted for England. A Presbyterian Paraphrase. “ How bright these glorious Educational Institute need not be an expen- spirits shine." I am quite sure that after sive concern. A Church lecture-room, or two or three times singing these together (if the ordinary day-school could serve as the the time be taken quick enough), no conclass-room, and every large town possesses gregation will desire to use another tune to already some one well qualified and having these words. time to devote to teaching the Classics two Another remark before I close. How or three times weekly.

seldom are some of the old tunes, pure, Occasional lectures on scientific and simple, and eminently suitable, heard in our philosophical subjects could also be given churches. One of the most striking among in connection with them, and thus make them all, “Montrose," — which so much them as much as possible levers to contri- captivated the late Dr. Hamilton, of Leeds, bute to raise the standard of education in when he heard it in Scotland, that he pro. England to a higher platforin.

cured the music to bring home with him, PLEBS. I do not remember to have heard in church for many years.

I do not wish to

bar the door against every new tune, but I CONGREGATIONAL PSALMODY.

do say, don't bar out the old. To the Editor of the Presbyterian Messenger.

LEVER Haugh. SIR,-Some months ago* you inserted a letter from me on the subject of Psalmody, urging that a certain time should be appro

A MISSING PRESBYTERY. priated to each psalm or paraphrase, to be always used with it, so that the words and DEAR SIR,- Interested in the welfare and the music might become associated in the progress of a church which is representative memories of the people.

of the labours of the Great Westminster An article in “ Frazer” for September, Assembly of Divines—which is the living induces me to crave a little space in your witness to the noble “Two Thousand,” sons columns, that I may again urge this matter of that assembly, who abandoned their wellwith the assistance of an extract bearing on endowed charges for conscience sake in 1662, the point in question :

and which aspires to maintain the sole and " In order to make your singing congre- undivided headship of Christ, amid "ultras" gational, observe this rule,-attach to each of every form; and having our“ Messenger * April, 1859.

as the only medium of information of the

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