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we are to receive according to the deeds done in condescend to reward them; Christ will welcome the body; that as the tree falleth so sball it for them as the fruits of his successful intercession, ever lie; and that one of the chief miseries of and there will be joy in heaven over their repentthose who shall fall short in the account of their ance. stewardship, will consist in a sense of their loss, But, if still the tree should bear no fruit-if it in the contrast between what their condition is still should disappoint the expectations that are and what it might have been,-between the fire formed of it, after that it shall be cut down. The that is always kindled, and the worm that never punishment of unfruitful men is sure, though it dies, and the lake that ever burns, and being ap- should not be swift; the infliction of it is certain, proved and applauded by Him, who would have though it may not be speedy. The season of grace, crowned them with exceeding happiness and eter- long as it may be lengthened out, will go by. The nal glory, and enriched them with a variety of opportunities of reconciliation, much as they may be blessings, greater and mightier than tongue can multiplied, will pass away; and then, if they still tell, or heart conceive.

misimprove the means that are given to them, they We have yet to consider,

will assuredly be taken out of the vineyard of the IV. The last point of instruction presented to us Lord, and their roots shall be rottenness, and their hy the parable, which is this,—That, besides be- blossoms shall ascend like the dust; “for, as the iny long-suffering toward them, God allows of earth, which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft Jesus Christ as the Intercessor of men; he allows upon it, and bringeth forth herbs, meet for them by of his supplications being offered up for lengthen- whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing of God, so ing the season of his mercy, and trying them still that which beareth briars and thorns, is rejected, and farther with the means of his grace. The prayer is nigh unto cursing, whose end is to be burned.” which the dresser of the vineyard is here repre- Nor can such a termination be regarded as unsented as putting up for the fig-tree is,—“ Lord, just. If vengeance be wantonly provoked, what let it alone this year also.” The object of it is wonder if at last it be inflicted, and what vengenot that it may never be cut down, but only that ance can be equal to that of disappointed afiecit may not be cut down now. The trial wbich he tion? It is in vain to imagine that God should entreats may be given to it, is but for a time,- make those bear fruit who obstinately refuse it,and if during that time, it do not revive, become that he should continue his favours, when his fafruitful, and yield a return adequate to the addi- vours are regularly perverted. If they have ears tional pains that are taken with it, that after that to hear, and yet will not hear, of what use to send it may be hewn down, and cast into the fire. forth the voice of inspiration, or the sound of the

And what is it that, if it be thus spared, he here truth? If they have eyes, and will not see, all promises to do for it? He promises to “ dig about light will be lost on them. If they have hands, it," and to “dung it,”—to use the fittest means by and will not do the work that is appointed to them, which new vigour is likely to be infused into it. it is of no avail that they are preserved in the place And does not Christ, as the great Intercessor of where it may be done. No mercies will melt, no the human race, do the very same thing ? Every privileges profit, no means reach, minds so stubyear that transgressors are spared, is he not mul- born and so stupid as these! And will it be just tiplying to them the instruments of their improve to complain, when they meet with the issue of ment-affording to them still more opportunities which they now are forewarned ? No, my brethof turning to a good account the field of occupa- ren; God tells them here, that if they abuse his tion into which he has put them? He who, while grace they must feel his justice; that if they rethey were sinners, did give himself up for their ject the offers of his love, they must endure the saivation,—who, even upon the cross, could offer stripes of his wrath. He gives to them now the up a prayer for the forgiveness of his very mur- most positive assurance that a day is approaching derers who were impiously depriving him of that when he shall ease himself of his enemies,—when life which was both taken up and laid down for he will be avenged of his adversaries; that he, if their sakes,—exbibits, now in heaven, the same he cannot obtain their acquiescence in the way

of kindness toward his enemies ; prays to his Father cordial submission, will at last fulfil his pleasure that he would still exercise his long-suffering pa- upon them in the way of righteous indignation -tience, and is afraid only of this—that they should that he must reign, he must rule over them, if not, fail to turn it to any answerable account.

as loyal subjects, for their happiness, at least, as If the tree bear fruit, “ well,”—both the owner rebels and as reprobates, for their everlasting perand the dresser of it will be unspeakably pleased. dition. And if the unfruitful professors of Christianity Seeing then that these things are to come to will, even at the eleventh hour, but turn from the pass, brethren, take ye heed that ye walk worthy unfruitfulness of their ways, work out their own of that vocation wherewith ye have been called. salvation, in a full reliance on those succours that Improve, with diligence, preparation, and prayer, are freely offered, and that will never fail, and, as all the dispensations of Providence, all the means the stewards of the Most High, will do the work, of grace, and all the opportunities of improveand improve the trusts of their Lord and Master, ment with which God has favoured you. For. they shall reap the fruit, and receive the recom- get not that solemn account, which you one day pense, of faithful servants. God will graciously I must give, of the talents you have received, and


that awful sentence which one day will be pro- we will obtain his approbation for the employment nounced on those who have misimproved them to which we have turned them, then let us give To you, to me, to every one of us, He hath said, to him the glory of them, and be grateful for the is occupy till I come,” and blessed will it be for us succours He has been pleased to bestow, and reall if we, when He doth come, can give a good solve that we will love him with still greater account of our occupation.

ardour, and serve him with still greater diligence, It must indeed be acknowledged that, to look and pray to him with earnestness and in faith that back upon time squandered away and opportuni- He would enable us daily to make still greater atties let slip, and advantages turned to no profit or tainments, and to preserve those we may have alfruit, must indeed be unpleasant, and were this ready made ; that He would strengthen us for yet our only state, we should gain little by our doing farther progress in our Christian course, and guide 80. But if there is to be another life, and that us to run the race of this life that we may not an eternal one, and if we are assured that much lose the prize of the life that is everlasting. But will be required where much has been given, then if, on the other hand, we can arrive at no such the unpleasantness of the thing, instead of being a conclusion, if we have the clearest and most reason why we should not pursue them, becomes convincing proof of having perverted, or even the strongest of all reasons why we should. The hidden, the talents that have been given to us, sense of our own iniquity, the pains of a guilty then, let us repair instantly and without delay, to mind, the pangs of a repentant heart must be ex- the throne of grace, and pray that repentance may perienced by all of us at some time, and we should be granted to us ; that our unfruitfulness may be rather that they come upon us now for a little, forgiven; that through the intercession of the Great than hereafter for ever. Better that we discover Mediator another year may be added to us, and our real state in this life, where an atonement for that the God of grace, stablishing and strengthsin is held out, than suffer it to be concealed ening us, may enable us to do wbat is well pleasuntil the next world, where there remains no ing in his sight, and to work the work which He more offering for sin. Better that we now make

Better that we now make hath given us, habitually and stedfastly, to our the most active inquiries after our sin, and life's end. mourn over their number and aggravated nature, and implore their pardon, for His sake, through THE CONFUSION OF TONGUES. whose blood they can be cancelled, than suffer

A mighty hunter thence he shall be styled, them to remain a debt upon our spirits at the

Before the Lord, as in despite of heaven,

Or from heaven claiming second sov'reignty ; great day of account. If we cannot now endure these spectres of guilt which it may be our memuries do present to us, how will we endure them [In a very useful work which has recently appeared hereafter ? If to view them during the short under the title of “ The Evidence of Profane History period of self-examination occasion such uneasi- to the Truth and Necessity of Revelation,” we find ness, to what a height will not that uneasiness the following remarks on a very interesting subject.] rise when we shall find them in the next world

The sons of Noah were Japheth, Shem, and Ham. haunting us unremittingly for ever? That un

The first two were blessed by their father for their easiness, that anxiety, that torment which, with dutiful and respectful conduct to him. The possessuch good effect, they might now produce in us, sions of Japheth were to flourish, and their colonies

were to be diffused, while the posterity of Shem was if we sought after their forgiveness, will be turned

marked out for the peculiar people of God. Ham had into a remorse unspeakable and eternal. I ain

wickedly insulted his father, and he was cursed by himn not recommending these to your liking, nor at

in the posterity of his eldest son Canaan, of whom it tempting to reconcile your sentiments to their ex

was said, “ A servant of servants shall be be to his perience. This only am I contending for, that brethren." Each of these prophecies has been literally

fulfilled. upon the principle of a regard for our own interest, we should never shrink from that severe Japheth peopled the “isles of the Gentiles," as the

European countries are termed in Scripture, and his scrutiny of our own hearts, to which one day we

descendants have spread out in colonies over every part must submit. The recollection of our past life, of the globe: the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the the suspicious examination of its different parts, English, have " dwelt in the tents of Shem,” by their is a duty that must be done frequently when it possessions in the East. From Shem the Jews are may be of use, or once for all when it can be of descended, to wbich nation the apostles and the earliest

Christians belonged, and from which Christ himself none; and if we are not willing to purchase an

Lastly, che negro races of Africa, who are the interval from present pain at the price of eternal sorrow, if we do not wish to forfeit things eternal children of Ham, have even to this day been the ser

vants of servants, the lowest and the most abject of for the sake of a deceitful tranquillity that is but slaves. temporal, then let us have submission to the re- After the deluge, Josephus informs us, “ Mankind proaches of a mind that may repent, and be con- long remained together as one family, inhabiting the verted, and be forgiven, rather than fall at last a tops of the mountains round Ararat." While they were prey to the gnawinys of that worm that never dies. thus united, it is generally allowed that their future

destinations were assigned to them by Noah, speaking If upon inquiry, we have the happiness to find that under the divine inspiration. Moses mentions the we have made a profitable use of the gifts God divisions of the earth, when the Israelites were in bas bestowed on us, and know, and are sure that sight of the Holy Land; and reminds them as of a

and from rebellion shall derive his name.

Paradise Lost.


thing well known, that Canaan had been from the be- to guide the stranger in his journeying, and which in ginning the lot of their inheritance. “ Consider the those days, as in the present, were a sea of land, and years of many generations : ask thy father, and he will

the compass unknown." show thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee,- When The enterprise of the giants in heathen mythology the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, appears to be a mutilated record of the tower of Babel. when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the Ovid represents this as before, instead of after the bounds of the people according to the number of the deluge ; but such confusion, under the uncertainty of children of Israel.” Many learned men are of opinion tradition, and the want of chronology, is quite natural. that some of the families of Noah dispersed in an

And, that high heaven no more secure might feel orderly manner to their respective settlements; and that Than earth, the giants the celestial realm attempt ; this was the first dispersion, related in the tenth chapter

And raise a pile of mountains to the stars,

The sire Omnipotent Olympus clave, of Genesis. The whole of the earth was at this time

And with his thunderbolt threw Pelion down " of one language, and of one speech."

From Ossa's top ; the horrid form beneath

Their own vast heap lay buried. Earth, 'tis said, Nimrod, whose name is said to mean a rebel, is by Was soaked with blood impregnated with life, profane authors named Belus, signifying Lord; the The warm gore of her sons. Lest no remains

or this her savage progeny exist, first being bis Scripture name, on account of his re- She turned it to the form of men. But these bellion against God, and the last his Babylonian name, Alike defied the gods, and furious were, on account of his empire there. He was the son of Cush

Grcedy of cruel slaughter.-Offspring of blood

They seemed. and the grandson of Ham; and "he began to be a mighty one in the earth.” “ And the beginning of his Babylon became the capital of Nimroa's dominions, kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Cal

--the Babylonian or Assyrian monarchy. This was neh, in the land of Shinar."

the first empire established in the world. Erech, one The identity of the land of Shinar with that of of the cities which Nimrod built, is supposed to be the Babylonia, may be said to possess all the certainty same which occurs in Ptolemy under the name of which can be desirable for an inquiry referring to times Araca. Accad lay northward of Erech, and both of such remote antiquity. The physical characters of places were near the joining of the Tigris and Euthe country,—the ineffable impress of the hand of phrates. Calneh is supposed to have been the same nature,-every existing monument, and all the tradi- with Ctesiphon on the Tigris, as the country around it tionary and valid records which have been saved from is called Chalonitis, a name which appears to have been the scythe of time, unite in determining the land of derived from the Scripture word Calneh. Shinar and of Babylonia on the alluvial plains of the The great mounds of Erech are called by the nomad Euphrates and the Tigris.

Arabs Irák, Irká, and Senkerah, and sometimes El There Nimrod and his followers determined to build Asayah, “the place of pebbles." This interesting a city and a tower which they vainly boasted should ruin, which has been identified by Colonel Taylor with reach to heaven, to make themselves a name, and to the Erech of the Scriptures, is surrounded by almost prevent their being scattered abroad upon the face of perpetual marshes and inundations. In the territory the earth. While they were building this tower, which of Sitacene a remarkable pile of buildings is still met they intended as a monument of their glory, they were with. It is one hundred and twenty feet in height, dispersed by a miracle ; for the Lord confounded their and the brick-work is about four hundred feet in cirlanguage, so that they could not understand each other, cumference. Its structure of sun-burnt bricks and and they were scattered over the face of the whole layers of reeds announce it to be a Babylonian relic. earth. On this account, the place was named Babel,- The embankments of canals and of reservoirs, and the a word signifying confusion, “because the Lord did remnants of brick-work and pottery occupy the surthere confound the language of all the earth.”

face of the plain all around, while the name bears a Josephus says that “the place where the tower was close affinity to that of the Accad of Scripture, which built is now called Babylon,” and that “ traditions of ought by force of circumstances to be in the same the building and overthrow of it and of the division of neighbourhood with Babel and Erech. language which then took place, were contained in the At the same time that Moses relates the account of books of the Sibyls (or heathen oracles) preserved at Nimrod, he adds, “ Out of that land went forth Asshur, Rome.” And it is recorded by most of the ancient and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Cahistorians, that an immense tower was built by gigantic lah, and Resen, between Nineveh and Calah." “ It men at Babylon, at a time when there was but one appears indubitable that Assyria owes its name to language among mankind, and that the attempt dis- Asshur, and was also called Aturia, by the transmutapleased the gods, who therefore demolished the tower, tion, according to Dion Cassius, of the s into é by the overwhelmed the workmen, and dispersed them over barbarians. Benjamin of Tudela corroborates the fact the face of the whole earth.

that the great Nineveh was called the great Asur.' About six miles distant from the site of ancient Hyde says that Assyria was first named from Ashur, Babylon, a vast heap of ruins is still to be seen, which and Abu-el-Fedah notices Nineveh as the capital of the is with probability conjectured to be the remains of the domain of Atúr.” And Mr Rich mentions that the tower of Babel. It is nearly half a mile in circum- better-informed Turks who reside at Mousul, say it ference, and about two hundred feet in height; on the was El Athur or Ashur, from whom the whole country summit is a solid pile of brick, broken at the top, and was denominated. There is a town in the same situarent by a large fissure. Around it lie immense frag- tion as Rehoboth, called by Ptolemy, Birthæ, which ments of brick-work, of no determinate figure, tumbled signifies streets in the Chaldee language ; and as Rehotogether and converted into solid, vitrified masses, as both has a similar meaning in the Hebrew, it is conif they had undergone the action of the fiercest fire. jectured to be the same city. Resen is supposed to be It is known by the name of the Birs Nimrood. the same with the Larissa of Xenophon, the situations

Its situation in a vast and dreary solitude, in a desert being alike between Nineveh and Calah, and described of immense extent, is very striking; and “the idea by him, as well as by Moses, to have been “a great entertained by the first of the nations of men, of pre-city.” Mr Rich, who visited this spot in 1820, gives venting their being scattered abroad upon the face of a very interesting account of these venerable ruins, the earth, by building a lofty tower which should reach which lie“ four horseman's hours from Mousul," the to the high heavens, is applicable, in the most remark- ancient Nineveh. A pyramidical mound stands on an able manner, to the wide and level plains of Babylonia, oblong platform, and round it are traces of ruins like where scarcely oʻre object exists different from another those of a city, which spread to a great distance east



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ward. Fragments of burnt bricks with cuneiform utter them, must be of the most injurious nature. It inscriptions on them are scattered about, thicker than is no doubt true, that the spirit in which such remarks those of Babylon, and much resembling the Nineveh

are made, may often proceed from the natural hostility bricks.

About a quarter of a mile from the ruins, is the large of the unrenewed mind to what is good. Even the most village of Nimrod, sometimes called Diraweish, and it amiable to outward appearance, may have a deep-rooted is curious that the villagers still consider Nimrod as

aversion to the doctrines of the Gospel. But admittheir founder. The village story-tellers have a book ting this, how does it become Christians to give no which they call • Kesseh Nimrod,' or Tales of Nimrod, occasion for suspicion being cast on their profession! with which they entertain the peasants on a winter Taking the very lowest view of the subject, it is an night. Near this place there is a dam built across the easy thing surely for a reasonable being to maintain Tigris, constructed of large hewn stones, cemented

that courtesy with his neighbour, without sacrificing with lime, which at low water stands considerably above the river, and which the inhabitants attribute to any principle, which may lead him to be respected by Nimrod. These anecdotes would be of small import- that neighbour. It consists with our own experience, ance in themselves, did they not serve to show that that when such a one has been removed from this tradition still preserves the memory of the immediate lower world, men of all classes with whom he has indescendants of Noah in the country whic as Scrip-tercourse, have joined in one common feeling of regret. ture instructs us, they first inbabited.

But if a Christian, who is beset with many infirmities

so long as he is in the body, still feels the risings of ON COURTESY.

natural passion within him, where is his confidence ? AMIDST the spiritual knowledge which abounds in the He surely cannot be ignorant of that.

Will He, in present day, it is to be feared that many of the relative whom he puts trust, not direct him to a way of escape? duties and graces which belong to the Christian charac- Assuredly he will.

Set thou a watch upon my lips,"

" that I sin not with my tongue.” ter are in danger of being overlooked. One may be said the Psalmist, very sound among his fellows upon the great doctrines So may every Christian, so should every Christian, of the Gospel, and it would be a want of that charity pray, every morning that he rises, that in his daily which tbinketh no evil to say, that be was not fully business and intercourse with his fellow-men, he may persuaded of their truth in his heart. From sad ex- show all the graces of the Christian character, perience, bowever, it may be otherwise : for we are Courtesy costs little trouble to any one,-it should told, that even Satan can transform himself into an cost none to the Christian. He should lay account with angel of light. But take the most favourable view of trials and afflictions which await him in passing through the case, it becomes a subject of inquiry, how the doc- the world. His course here cannot be always smooth. trines of the Gospel affect the every day practice. To Let him, therefore, as the Apostle says, as much as in guide us in this inquiry, let us look to the third chapter him lieth, live peaceably with all men;" and whether of the First Epistle of St. Peter, where the Apostle in his dealings in business, or in the retirements of do. concludes a long list of Christian graces, by calling on

mestic life, let him exhibit that meek and quiet spirit, the believer, amongst other things, to “be courteous.” | which, in the sight of God, is of great price. Thus

“ Courteous," in the ordinary meaning of the word, will be exemplify, in his conduct, the influence of those applies to that civility which should subsist between man

higher principles, which will not only command the and man in their intercourse one with another. How

esteem of all around him, but may also lead others, from often it has been shown in the conduct of men of the his good conversation, to search for themselves that world, must be familiar to all who have had dealings Word, which has made him wise unto salvation. with them. If this disposition proceeds from the mere

CHRISTIAN TREASURY. impulse of good feeling and good manners on their part, how much more ought it, as a matter of higher and The iniquities of the Fathers visited upon their Chil. nobler principle, to actuate the conduct of those who call dren.—God has declared, that he will visit the iniquithemselves Christians! An opposite behaviour not only ties of the fathers upon the children. The enemy of injures their own peace,—it gives occasion to those divine revelation may find this declaration incompatible who have intercourse with them to consider their sumption an objection to the divine origin of the Book

with his views of justice, and may found upon this asChristian profession as consisting merely in words, and in which the declaration is made. But what shall be having no meaning. Such a consequence is deeply to said of the validity of this objection, when we find the be deplored, and be wilders those who otherwise might fact itself broadly and prominently meeting us, in the bave been desirous to attain to the knowledge of the administration of the divine government ? To follow truth. It is no uncommon thing to hear the remark,

out the objection consistently now, it will be necessary "Oh, so and so, I dare say, is a very good man in his

to conclude, that the world is not governed by a being

of infinite perfection; nay, that the Ruler and the Judge own way; but I wish to have no business transaction

of all the earth, if such there be, is deficient in justice, with him. He is void of all courtesy, and I cannot and does not do that which is right. But this is a conmeet him even on the terms of ordinary civility."- clusion at which Deism itself would shudder, and which Again, if another be a Christian, it is remarked some- can find admittance only into the cold and the dark times, “ He is a very ill-natured one, harsh to all with bosom of Atheism. Where then does the fact meet us? whom he has any thing to do. I would rather deal Every where: in the history of nations and individuals, with one who would knock me down, than with him and in our own daily observation. In the history of the

Jewish monarchy, we find the guilt visited apparently who professes religion, and does not act up to it.”

less sometimes upon the actual transgressor, than upon These, and similar remarks, are of more frequent his descendants ; so that, in his day, were

peace and occurrence than professing Christians are at all truth," while captivity and its worst evils awaited them. aware of. Their influence on the minds of those who I (2 Kings xx. 19.) And without going remotely into

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antiqnity, who knows not of whole nations suffering, him to form a favourable opinion of us or of our creed. in various respects, for successive generations, on ac- It is, no doubt, far more congenial to the spirit of a count of crimes and profligacy, comınitted before they

Christian, to associate only with such as are like-minded; were born ? Take next individual human beings, and

but if he restricts himself exclusively to their society, is mark the effects of the good or evil of their conduct and character upon their children. Take, first of all,

he not seeking his own gratification rather than his a dissolute parent, and let him be one that moves in

Master's glory? Surely, having himself received grace, the lower ranks of life. The first form, in which his he ought to go forth into the world, not to partake of children suffer for his misconduct, is that of hunger and its evil, but to show, in his own deineanour, the truly cold; while they are obnoxious to the diseases which amiable and delightful character of the religion of Jesus. often accompany these privations, and not seldom fall

(Matt. v. 15, 16.) In his words, his actions, and his their victims. Again, they are exposed to the two-fold evil, which arises from misgovernment, on the one

countenance, should be seen, as in a glass, the attractive band, and the contagious example of vice, on the other.

beauty of boliness, that spectators may be made to feel Another consequence of the dissolute father's conduct the desirableness of a religion that enables its followers is, that there is withheld from his children the educa- to subdue irregular passions, calmly to bear afflictions tion necessary to their acting a useful and respectable and injuries, thankfully to enjoy the common blessings part in life; as well as the yet more needful and im- of Providence, and joyfully to look forward to a scene portant instruction in religious faith and duty. Then,

of bliss beyond the grave, without fear of nature's last with what peculiar disadvantage does the child of an

enemy. Our blessed Saviour prayed, not that his disimmoral and dissolute parent, compared with that of the virtuous, enter upon the business of life? Do we

ciples should be taken out of the world, or how could want a servant? There are few situations, and these they shine as lights in it? The habitual conduct and the very lowest, which his neglected education enables conversation of the pious and highly gifted individual him to fill, and, even for these, we are desirous, if who forms the subject of the following narrative affordpossible, to obtain the child of religious and virtuous ed a lively commentary on this most blessed and invita parents, who has never been familiar with vice, and ing passage of Holy Writ. The child of distinguished has been taught at least a sacred regard to truth and the rights of his neighbour. Thus it appears that God

Christian parents, his mind became early instructed in has, in point of fact, so connected the fortunes (if the the lessons of piety. In advancing years, he discovered word be allowed) of children with their parents, that

an intense thirst for general knowledge, and a versathey must suffer for their iniquities.-Rev. Dr Cor- tility of talent rarely equalled. Deeply versed in litera. MACK. (Inquiry into the Doctrine of Original Sin.) ture and the sciences, refined even in thought, and pos

The Gospel a trial of men's spirits.- The Gospel sessing all that is most attractive in mind, manners, and becomes a trial of men's spirits, and by it “the thoughts person, his society was anxiously sought and duly apof many hearts are revealed." The man who loathes his preciated. The buoyancy of his spirits, and playfulness dungeon will gladly take this la'np and explore his way of his humour made him the darling of youth and age ; to liberty; while another who loves his bondage will children hailed his appearance with rapture, and the old only dispute or slumber by it.—Cecil.

caressed him with parental affection. Witb babitual cheerfulness there was blended a beautiful propriety of

deportment, creating in beholders so much respect that THE REV. JAMES B. HOWISON. his presence was at all times a check to unbecoming The following Sketch of one whose many estimable

The man of the world has forborn to scoff at things qualities endeared him to all his acquaintances and friends, sacred, and the infidel to avow his impious creed, awed we have received from a highly respected minister, to by the presence of this young but established Christian, whose care it had been committed by the author. We

and there is reason to believe that his example and give it insertion all the more cordially, that we can

conversation were eminently blest to several such charourselves attest, from personal knowledge, the fidelity acters. To do good in a quiet unobtrusive way was with which the character of this amiable and pious his constant aim, Sin was never committed in his young man is drawn.

presence, in word or deed, without a reproof, yet so Speaking of the happiness accruing to believers from delicately was that reproof administered that the offender religion, the wise man says, “Her ways are ways of plea- never thought of resentment, but eyed his monitor with santness, and all her paths are peace." To the truth

complacency, not unmingled with gratitude and selfof this declaration of Scripture every Christian will be condemnation. Few better understood or practised the ready to set his seal. Yet, it is to be lamented that apostolical precept, " to become all things to all men, many, who not only bear the Christian name, but whose that he might win some." No one abhorred more the faith and practice afford hopeful evidence that they bave pharisaic spirit; no one was ever more truly imbued emerged from darkness into light, should do so little to

with that of the publican. Conscious of his own shortprove to “them who are without," the easiness and

comings, and knowing who had made him to differ from lightness of their blessed Master's yoke. Too fre- others, he regarded his fellow-creatures with a lenient quently do we see even such persons betraying a want eye; and, wbile he never spared the sin, felt a tender of charity and fellow-feeling, both in speech and con- compassion for the sinner. Instead of shunning and duct, towards those on whose souls the clear light of despising the fallen, bis endeavour was, by the most Scripture truth does not appear to have arisen. And gentle attractive means, to awaken him to a sense of what is likely to be the result of this unseemly deport- his guilt, and point out the way of return to God, ment? To despise or shun one from whom we differ, They who knew him personally, and may peruse this -to meet him with a severe or gloomy countenance, humble tribute to the memory of departed excellence, is surely not using the most probable means of inducing will be able to call to mind bis habitual self-denial,



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