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meaning of that twenty-first verse. And I con- of his Church that his Father might be gloriceive it to result, as naturally as possible, from the fied; and how elevated was Christ's judgment or tenor of our Lord's discourse in the preceding opinion as to the state of moral feeling in that verses. For, besides receiving many assurances Church when, calling these its primitive repreof the ardour of their attachment, and witnessing sentatives around him now, he could think of no many natural signs of the deep distress and dejec- other appeal half so likely to move them as this, tion which his approaching departure, as oft as he by which he simply asks their obedience as a token spake of it, did very visibly call forth, our Lord, of personal kindness, and a compensation which he you perceive, in the twelfth, thirteenth, and four-could not but think they were more than willing teenth verses,—that is, in the verses immediately to yield him. And just as did you hear of a friend preceding this one—had been tendering to his dis- on his death-bed, or a father on his death-bed, callciples such immensely generous and immeasurable ing his children around him and committing thus promises, as were best of all fitted to call their love to their charge some one most special interest into present exercise, and make them feel at the which they had observed to engross him during the moment that he had laid them already, and would whole of life,-just as did you see that dying father continue to lay them, under accumulating obliga- reminding his disconsolate family of the kindness tions, which could never be thought upon without he had shown them up to this very hour of his affecting their hearts. He had just told them of going away, and then, after simply making menthe transcendent and even yet unprecedented mani- tion of that one special interest which still engrossed festations of miraculous power which they should him, suppose he were to add, “ If, then, my chilbe cluthed with through faith in bis name; and to dren, ye love me, you will mind this one concern, this he bad added the asseveration, twice repeated, and suffer nothing to withdraw you from pursuing because of its surpassing and almost incredible it stedfastly,” you would be far indeed from imaliberality, that absolutely he would do any thing gining that that man designed to suggest any whatever which they, as his believing disciples, doubt of his children's regard for him. On the might think it needful to ask him. And then, you contrary, you would understand well, that, countwill observe, it is when they must, he supposed to ing on the affection of those children, who wept to have the fullest, freshest, most lively, and over- think of a separation, he was addressing them now whelming sense of their obligations to him; then peculiarly as his children and his own.

He was it is that he tells them, in the words of our text, trying, in fact, to move them by a consideration what was the object which even then, as always, lay which could absolutely have no effect whatever next to his own heart, so that, by attending to that but on his children and his friends,—which could one object, they would do him, as it were, a personal absolutely have no effect on others if brought in prokindness, and make him some return by forwarding miscuously from the streets. He sought to attach that re-establishment of the reign of his Father's them to his own favourite pursuit, by means of law, and that restoration of peace and righteousness that attachment which their disconsolateness, as in this miserable world, for the compassing of his children, proved beyond all question they really which he had left the heavens, and which, now felt for himself. And you would remark that, if that he was returning to the heavens again, con- any thing could exceed that dying man's confidence tinued to be dear to him as existence itself. He in the affection of his children, it was only his dethus proposes their “keeping the commandments,” | votedness to that one pursuit which, with his last not as necessary to prove the sincerity of their pro- breath, he so commended to their never-ce

-ceasing fessions, and prevent their falling back into some regard. ruinous delusion, but he proposes their “keeping Now, just in the same way, according to our the commandments” as all the return he sought for view, our Lord, in this verse, suggests the two those immeasurable promises; as the one grand following, out of many others, as suitable and apobject on which his own affections centered, and propriate inferences. In the first place, how peto the attainment of which, therefore, they who culiar, in such a selfish, hard-hearted world as were at that moment so sensible of their obligations ours is, must needs be Christ's people, when, acto him, would assuredly direct their most earnest cording to Christ's own judgment of them, their aim. Instead, therefore, of prescribing here a test love for Him furnishes the broadest, the firmest, of their love, he points out the way in which that and every way the surest basis on which he can love so unquestionable might most richly be gra- submit any duty to them. Our Lord was, as I tified, adjuring them by that gratitude, which they have said, like a father on his death-bed, seeking could not but at the moment feel, to attend to his out for the weightiest of all arguments, the most commandments, as his own personal interest, and solid and most lasting of all possible consideraas they would watch over the concerns commended tions, by which to decide and bind down those to their care by his last dying request. And thus, men for ever to a life of holy obedience resembrethren, instead of being led here, as I should bling his own; and it is surely very remarkable, have been, by the twenty-first verse, to point out that present, as were to His mind, all possible arthe necessary indissoluble connection, in the very guments within the whole compass of thought, he nature of things, between love and obedience, I am chose the very one which such a father would as naturally led to consider how intense and ever choose, when, observing how tenderly his children bnrning was Christ's desire for the sanctifying loved him, and how they could not think of a separation, and wonld not for the world refuse | behoves is all to inquire, whether really the inhim any thing to make him bappy, he adjures terests of Jesus Christ our Lord would be safe in 'thema by that very love to him, to mind always our hands, were he to peril them with us on the the great concern, and look to the family interest, strength of the same attachment. I do not wish and hold themselves as if bound to it by their very to inquire whether, if all other motives were conlove for himself. Surely Jesus Christ, when he clusively withdrawn from the sanction and supspuke tbus, reckoned on there being in these men port of a holy life, and nothing but our love to s love for himself in no wise less active or less Christ were left to influence us, that love, so natrust-worthy than are the instincts of nature. ked and so stripped of all subsidiary motives, would There might be much less of a trembling, thril- be found to be competent. It were exceedingly ling, transporting, and ever-glowing emotion, but unwise to make any such supposition, which can there was at least equal vigour and stability, and never become the subject of actual experiment, in all that is requisite to determine a man's mind uni- time or eternity; inasmuch as the word of God forinly and unalterably to the main purpose com

will ever continue to address to us more than one mended to him. One might have rather thought, class of statements, and the soul of man will never that, among a world of selfish men, Jesus Christ, be so impoverished as to be susceptible of only one seeking to make his very last and most effective uniform and unvarying series of emotions. I impression, would have sought, as he often did, so merely wish that we should ask ourselves, wheto interweave his cause, and so perfectly to iden- ther, when all our actuating motives to obedience tify it with the selfishness of man's heart, that are summoned into play, is a concern for Christ's every man might see clearly that he never could honour and advantage at the head of these moseparate the one of these from the other; and that tives ? What place does it occupy? Are we even the only way of securing his own safety, is for sure it is there at all? If you have not made this the glory of his God to keep the holy command- experiment, I pray you to make it now; for if ments, “doing unto others as he would have others your heart will not stand this test, so that when do unto him." But though Jesus Christ does all your motives are really sifted and summoned make that appeal to man's selfishness very com- forth for inspection, the chiefest, and foremost, monly, and at every turn when he must speak and mightiest of them all, is not a concern for merely in an interesting, awakening, or reproving your Redeemer's rights and your Redeemer's adstrain, whether to his people, or to the world, vantage; then you cannot but know, that you are what can be plainer than that when these his own miserably unprepared for the final day of examinpeople are really awakened, and in earnest to hear ation, when a full account will be demanded of all bin, he counts upon making absolutely more of that you have done or suffered for the glory of their love for Himself than of all other motives his name. And when on that day you shall bewhich he could ever employ. As soon might a du- hold those placed on His right • hand, who were tifui affectionate family cease to concern themselves constrained to a holy life by regard for their Re. alwut their dying father's request, as these blessed deemer, as loving children are constrained to any disciples would forget the force of the appeal thing by a dying parent's request, how shall you urged by their Redeemer, when about to depart escape the everlasting shame and confusion of that to bis Father and their Father, he left with them day, as it is told you that you yielded to every this entreaty: “ If ye love me, keep my command- good, and generous, and praise worthy motive but ments.” Many things else they might forget. All one,—and that the great motive of gratitude to things else they might forget. They might forget | Him who laïd aside his glory, and left the bosom the world. They might forget each other. They of the Father to seek after and to save you! might almost forget their own interests altogether, The only other reflection which I shall detain ere ever that most mighty and peculiar pleading you with illustrating, and I shall do it but very for good works could be effaced from their me- briefly, is that other which I have already noticed mories. And ever as they called to mind how in the course of these remarks, namely, how inChrist had besought them, by all the love which tense and unremitting, and how decidedly parathey bore him, “to keep the commandments,” mount to every other which may have actuated his pitting it thus upon the footing of a personal mind, was not the Redeemer's desire for the sanckindness, and condescending to ask it as a favour tification of his people, that, as he himself declares personally to himself, they could not but resume, in the foregoing verses, through him and his with fresh alacrity and ever-growing enthusiasm, finished work“ his Father might be glorified.” their labours of love in the way of all the com- In perusing the Scriptures, whether of the Old mandments, as men who could truly say, Let our or New Testaments, we are ever and anon called right hand forget her cunning, and our tongue upon to remember that, notwithstanding all that cleare to the roof of our mouth, if we forget these is declared about the compassions of God for the holy commandments of our God; yea, if we pre- sufferings of men, it is not the removal of these fer not these commandments above our very sufferings, but of the sins which occasion them, chiefest joy.

that is the ultimate purpose of the administration Now, before going further, and taking up the by Christ. We are constantly reminded that consideration of any other of the reflections sug- though, in the natural judgment of such corrupt gested so obviously by this view of our text, it creatures as we, deliverance from punishment would be a far greater mercy than deliverance called row to behold him throwing the whole from sin, supposing, for the sake of illustra- weight of his personal influence, so to speak, in tiɔn, that the one could be effected without the favour of his Father's law, and imploring men, other, yet, according to the judgment of a holy by the love which they felt for himself, to award God, it is otherwise. And nothing, accordingly, the like love and reverence for his Father's boly is more remarkable in the manifestations of the commandments, even so, brethren, let every one mind of Christ, than his unceasing desire not to of you turn to the same account whatever affecshield his people from affliction, but to sanctify tion for yourselves any are pleased to bestow. them by means of it, and to present them to the Let parents, for example, and let every mother Father“ a glorious Church, not having spot or especially, keep urging that argument, as none so wrinkle, or any such thing." Although, there well as a mother can, upon the hearts of their fore, I do not say that Christ now, in this parti- children, pleading solemnly and affectionately, as cular instance, gave the greatest of all proofs of Christ did, “ If, then, you really love us, or think the weight with which the consideration of that that you owe us any thing, keep the commandgreat interest ever pressed upon his heart,—for, in ments of our God, and especially bethink yourthe midst of so many and various prooss, it were selves of this first and great commandment under presumption to do so,—yet, were I asked now to the constitution of a fallen world, to believe on produce some one grand and commanding instance that Redeemer whom the Father hath sent you." of his overruling desire for the sanctifying of his Let masters of a generous mind in other matters, own, I would go no farther than the

passage

be- so that they do and must have a firm place in the fore us.

I would refer the inquirer to the solemn affections of the whole household around them, words of my text, and, quoting again that parallel let them try and turn that affection to the same instance from common life and well-known feel account, and in the very same way as Christ did. ing which I have employed to illustrate it, I Let friends, and companions, and brothers, and would ask him to say, whether our Lord could sisters, and, in a word, every creature who has a well have given a more memorable proof of his firm place in the affections of another being bedesire for the progressive and perfect sanctifying sides, try thus to turn that affection to his Saof his own, than when, like a parent on his death- viour's account, entreating them, just as Christ bed, he commended to them the great concern, did, hy all the love which they bear you, to do and charged them for His sake, as it were, to look many good works, and think habitually of that to the family, putting their obedience thus upon Redeemer. I will not say, brethren, what were the footing of a personal kindness, as being all the issue, supposing that to be practised genethe compensation he really asked, as it was the rally throughout the Church, for we know too well only compensation with which he wonld be satis- that, to any so great extent, this is not to be fied ; reminding them, in effect, that if they che- counted on. But of those who make the attempt rished any love for him, and felt ever inclined to in good earnest, and sustain it perseveringly and return him any kindness, then all he had to ask with good will, we say, as we are taught by this was, that they would, as it were, transfer that passage, that, inasmuch as they love Christ inlove to the commandments of his Father's law, deed, they are loved of His Father, and “whatand bestow that kindness in caring for, and adorn- soever they shall ask in the name of Christ, that ing with every Christian grace, their own souls, will he do for them, that the Father may be gloand those souls of his brethren, whom he had rified in the Son.” given himself to redeem.

Surely, surely, my bretbren, did we more frequently call to mind that ERASMUS AND LUTHER. such was in very deed, and still continues to be, It is scarcely possible to conceive two characters more the anxiety of Jesus Christ our Lord, that as

dissimilar than the two individuals whose names we many as follow him should be signalized by good have prefixed to the present article. The period at works, and shine as lights in the world,—surely, which they appeared was one full of the most intense did we oftener think of this, it would not seldom interest among the nations of Europe, when God was reanimate our all but expiring zeal, and carry us about to avenge his own cause, and by the glorious up to a pitch of most holy devotedness. And, events of the Reformation, to shake to its foundations therefore, I pray you to secure it a permanent the proud superstructure of the Popish hierarchy, that and most conspicuous place among your ordinary masterpiece of Satan's craft and skill. thoughts. Let but the thought of Christ's so

and animated description of the part which Erasmus fervent desire to signalize you by a holy and gener- and Luther severally took in protesting against the ous life, liker always his own,—let the thought errors of the apostate Church, and in asserting the of that but show itself, and it will quell many pure principles of the Protestant faith, is given by selfish clamours, from mortified pride and disap- D’Aubigné, a recent writer on the history of the Repointed ambition, and make you proof against formation, whose work is one of the most fascinating temptations, when else the world, and your own pieces of history which has come under our notice for deceitful hearts, would constrain you to be con- a very long time. We strongly recommend it to the formed to the world which lieth in wickedness. attention of our readers, more especially at the present Nay, more, do you follow in this very thing time, when the grand principles of the Reformation Christ's precious example. And as you have been are beginning to be called in question in some of

A very lively

“ The

the Churches even of our own country, which call | depreciated by others. Erasmus never was, and never themselves Protestant. But we hasten to our quota- could have become a Reformer; but he prepared the tion :

way for others. Not only did he in his time diffuse a

love of learning, and a spirit of inquiry and discussion, A man, full of vivacity and wit, named Gerard, a

which led much farther than he himself would follow, native of Gouda, in the Low Countries, formed an attachment to the daughter of a physician, named Mar- but, in addition to this, he was able, sheltered by the gret. The principles of the Gospel did not govern unveil and combat the vices of the Church by the most

protection of great prelates and powerful princes, to bis life ; or, to say the least, his passion silenced them. His parents, and nine brothers, urged him to enter into pungent satires. tbe Church. He fied, leaving Margaret on the point

He did more; not satisfied with attacking abuses, of becoming a mother, and repaired to Rome. The Erasmus laboured to recall divines from the scholastic shane-struck Margaret gave birth to a son. Gerard

theology to the study of the Holy Scriptures. beard nothing of it; and, some time afterwards, he highest object of the revival of philosophy,” said he,

“ will be to discover in the Bible the simple and pure received from his parents intelligence that she he loved wis no more. Overwhelmed with grief, he took priest's Christianity.” A noble saying! and would to God orders, and devoted himself to the service of God. He that the organs of the philosophy of our days underreturned to Holland ; and lo ! Margaret was still living. stood as well their proper duty. "I am firmly resolved," She would never marry another; and Gerard remained said he again,“ to die in the study of the Scripture. faithful to his priest's vow. Their affection was con

In that is my joy and my peace." “ The sum of all centrated on their infant son. His mother had taken Christian philosophy,” says be in another place, is the tenderest care of him. The father, after his re

reduced to this: To place all our hope in God, who,

without our deserts, by grace, gives us all things by turn, sent him to school when he was only four

years old. He was not yet thirteen, when his master, Sin- Jesus Christ; to know that we are redeemed by the themius of Deventer, embracing him one day in great death of his Son; to die to the lusts of the world; jay, exclaimed, “ That child will attain the highest and to walk conformably to his doctrine and example, sur:mits of learning." This was Erasmus of Rotter

not merely without doing wrong to any, but doing dam.

good to all; to bear with patience our trial, in the About this time his mother died; and shortly after, hope of a future recompense; and finally, to ascribe bis father, from grief, followed her.

no honour to ourselves on the score of our virtues, but

to render praise to God for all our strength and works. The young Erasmus,* alone in the world, felt the

And it is with this that man must be imbued until it storgest aversion to the monastic life, which his tutors would have constrained him to embrace. At last a

becomes to him a second nature."

But Erasmus was not content with making so open friend persuaded him to enter himself in a convent of

a confession of the evangelic doctrine ; his labours did reguiar canons, which might be done without taking

more than his words. Above all, he rendered a most orders. Soon after, we find him at the court of the Archbishop of Cambray, and, a little later, at the uni- important service to the truth by publishing his New versity of Paris, the great resort of men of learning. Testament, the first, and for a long time, the only There he pursued his studies in the greatest poverty, critical edition. It appeared at Bâle in 1516, the year but with the most indefatigable perseverance.

Whenprevious to the usual date of the Reformation. He ever he could obtain any money, he employed it in accompanied it with a Latin translation, wherein he the purchase of Greek authors, and then of clothes. boldly corrected the Vulgate, and with notes defending Often the poor Hollander solicited in vain the gene- read the Word of God in the original language ; and

his corrections. Divines and learned men might thus rosity of his protectors; hence, in after-life, it was bis greatest satisfaction to contribute to the support

at a later period tbey were enabled to recognize the

“ Would to of young and poor students. Devoted incessantly to purity of the doctrine of the Reformers. the investigation of truth and learning, he yet shrunk God," said Erasınus, in sending forth this work, " would from the study of theology, from a fear lest be should

to God it might bear as much fruit for Christianity as discover therein any error, and so be denounced as an

it has cost me labour and application.” His wish was

realized. beretic.

In vain did the monks clamour against it. The babits of application which he formed, at this

He pretends to correct the Holy Ghost !” said they.

The New Testament of Erasmus shed a brilliant period, continued to distinguish him through life. Even in his journeys, which were generally on horseback,

light. he was not idle. He was accustomed to compose on

This great man also diffused a taste for the Word the high-road, or travelling across the country, and, on of God by his paraphrases of the Epistle to the

Romans. arriving at an inn, to note down his thoughts. It is in this way that he composed his celebrated · Praise of

Erasmus served as a stepping-stone to several others. Folly, during a journey from Italy to England.

Many who would have taken alarm at evangelical Erasmus very early acquired a high reputation among suffered themselves to be drawn on by him, and be

truths, brought forward in all their energy and purity, scholars. Bat the monks, irritated by his · Praise of Folly,' in

came afterwards the most zealous actors in the Re. which he had turned them to ridicule, vowed vengeance

formation. against bim. Courted by princes, he constantly ex

But the very canses that made him a fit instrument cused himself from their invitations, preferring to gain

to prepare this great work, disqualified him for accomhis livelihood with Frobenius the printer, by correcting plishing it. “Erasmus knows very well

how to expose his proofs, to a life of luxury and favour in the splen- error,” said Luther, but he does not know how to did courts of Charles V., of Henry VIII., and Francis I., teach the truth.” The Gospel of Christ was not the or even to encircling bis head with the cardinal's hat, fire that kindled and sustained bis life, the centre which was offered to him.

around which his activity revolved. He was first a From 1509 he taught at Oxford. In 1516 he came

learned man, and secondly a Christian. He was too to Bale, fixed his abode there in 1521, and died in the much influenced by vanity to acquire a decided intluence same city in 1536.

over his contemporaries. He carefully weighed the What was his influence on the Reformation ?

effect that each fresh step might have upon his own It has been too much exalted by some, and too much reputation. There was nothing that he liked better to vanity, at the period when he declared himself the ad- custom of the Turks to bury without coffins, in graves versary of Luther, “the Pope has sent me a diploma three or four feet in depth.—Mr Whiting's Journal at full of good-will and honourable testimonials. His | Beirout. secretary declares that it is an unprecedented honour, and that the Pope himself dictated it word for word."

talk about than himself and his own glory. “The • He was named Gerhard after his father. He translated this Dutch name into Latin (Desiderius,) and into Greek (Erasmus.) Pope' he wrote to an intimate friend, with a childish green leaves.

CHRISTIAN TREASURY. In our next we shall insert the masterly comparison

Directions to the afflicted.-1. Wonder not at your which D’Aubigné gives between Erasmus and Luther.

trials be they ever so strange and grievous, and distress

ing. “All is well.” Some secret end is to be answered THE GRAVE.

wbich you see not. God is in all, the hand and love of FROM THE GERMAN OF SALIS.

a father is there. They are to purge from sin, to

wean from the world, to bring you to the footstool The grave is deep and still, Terrors around it stand ;

of God, to show you that your rest is not here, tbat it It covers with a darksome veil

lies beyond the grave.

What though tbey make you

smart, they do you the more good, this argues your The mighty unknown land.

sensibleness under the rod; that is not a rod which The nightingale's sweet notes

does not cause smart. There is not one of our many Pierce not the chilly ground,

trials which we could well spare. 2. Do not think any And friendship's roses wither

trial sanctified till you have a suitable frame to the Upon the moss-grown mound. trial whatever it be. Are you humbled ?

Are you Forsaken widows weep,

prayerful? Are you submissive? Have you looked And wring tbeir hands in vain;

inward and confessed your sins, saying, take away all The father hears no more

iniquity?" If affliction has not brought you to this it His orphan babes complain.

has done you no good. For all you may have burne

his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched Yet vainly after peace

out still. 3. Do not think of other means wherehy We weary pilgrims roam ;

God's end in visiting you might have been as well an'Tis only by this dreary gate

swered, that is, in fact, to quarrel with God in what That man can reach his home.

he has done, or is doing. Have a care of your thouglits, The weary heart oppressed,

unsubmission slips in at that door before one is a ware. Of countless storms the seat,

“ It is well,” is the only soul quickening and God Ne'er finds the wished for rest

glorifying frame. God that has appointed the end, Till it has ceased to beat.

has settled, and he will order the means, rest there and

“all is well.”—Hill's It is well." MOSLEM FUNERAL IN SYRIA.

Why do you go to Church ?- If a professing Chrisa This afternoon our attention was arrested by the tian were asked, “ For what purpose do you go to noise of a multitude passing in the road not far church ?” the answer would very probably be the same from our house. The servant said it was a Mos- in substance with either, or both, of the following, lem Mahommed funeral. I went to the roadside, viz., “ To worship God,” or, “ for the purpose of where I had a good view of the procession, but getting my soul edified.” Doubtless, every one ought did not arrive till many of the people had pass- to go there for these and similar purposes. Again, if

The procession consisted of men and boys, any professing Christian were asked, whether he went who marched without the least regard to order, all for the purpose of sleeping, there can be little doubt crying with loud voices, and without intermission that he would be highly offended. But while it is not • There is no other God but God—there is no other presumed that any one goes to church for this express God but God. Mohammed is the prophet of God.' | purpose, yet certain it is that a very great many are to be These words were repeated incessantly by almost seen sleeping as regularly as they are to be seen there. every individual in the company; and with so much It cannot charitably be supposed that such persons are rapidity, that scarcely a syllable could be distinctly aware of the extent of this sin, otherwise they would understood; and in a tone and manner indicating any not indulge in it so very heedlessly. It is, to say the thing but the solemnity of feelings suited to a funeral. best of it, “ insulting the Almighty to his face." Who The body was preceded by a man carrying on his can compute how much spiritual edification such perhead a copy of the Koran, an immensely large volume, sons lose by this sinful practice ? If a man were to over which was thrown a loose piece of cloth, that entertain a party of friends, what would be think, how hung down six or seven inches below the book. On would be feel, if, in the inidst of the entertainment, this cloth were written, in large Arabic characters, and in spite of all his efforts to make his guests happy, the sentences which the multitude were repeating. | a considerable portion of them fell fast asleep? And This book was, as I suppose, the one that belonged to what person, in his senses, would dare to insult the the deceased—it was to be buried with the dead body. master of the house, by suffering sleep to gain the asThis man was followed at a little distance by another cendency over him on such an occasion ? And yet bearing a large ensign of black and red stripes, on how many think nothing of mocking God by sleeping which the same sacred sentences from the Koran were in his house instead of listening to his Gospel minisinscribed. The corpse was borne by four men. It ters! From this it is plain, that their fellow-sinners are was laid, not in a coffin, but on a kind of bier, or paid all due respect, and that God is made the exceprather board, placed in a little frame, somewhat in the tion to their love and homage, instead of the object of form of a common bier. This was partly covered, ap- both. They seem to think (if, indeed, such persons parently with canvass. The top was strewed with can be said to think) that they are entitled to treat hier

Small green boughs were also set up as they please, ,-even Him“ in whom they live, move at the head and feet. The bier, though partly cover- and have their being," -- who hath given them every ed, was so far open at both ends, as to leave the body, thing which they enjoy and possess in this world, and (which was closely wrapped in cloths,) exposed to hath, by Jesus Christ, done all that he can, so to speak, view. The bearers, and indeed the whole company, for their eternal salvation. No doubt many will be walked on just as carelessly, and about as fast as the ready to defend themselves by saying that their pressure porters whom I have seen carrying burdens in the city of business on Saturdays is so fatiguing that they canI did not go to the burial, but am informed it is the not help feeling heavy in church, and insensibly falling

ed.

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