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very pleasant quarters they were. Mr. door. We carried him in and laid and Mrs. Ainslee (of course that is not his bed-to'die-for he was shot through their real name,) lived in a large, old- the lungs, and only by a miracle, said Dr. fashioned house, with a large flower gär-Leigh, could he live through the night. den attached; and kinder people never Hour after hour I watched by his bedside
He faltered not, nor doubted, but in all The coal from off the altar touched his He felt the peace a conscience pure imlips, i
parts; And through his soul diffused the fire He felt there was no blood upon his divine;
skirts, Then to the work, as strong man who And trusted God to bless the preached equips
word, Himself to run, he bore salvation's sign; And save his hearers from the demon's 'Twas not his thought that he himself
arts; must sbine,
Aad oft his soul with sweetest praise was Or e'er be lifted up with human pride,
stirredBut to be counted faithful his design, Anon in lonely hour this song of love was And sow the gospel seed both far and heard :
wide, And for his Master's flock the heav'nly food provide.
At early morn I walk abroad,
When Nature is awaking, He gave himself unto the blessed work,
And all things in our Maker's praise And studied he to show himself ap.
Are with my heart partaking; proved,
The rippling stream, the smiling flow'r, As one within whose heart no shame should lurk,
The landscape and the world,
The bee, the bird, the leafy bow'r, For teaching ill the truth of Him he
The charming influence of the hourloved;
A thousand things untoldAnd aye, he felt that him it well be
All, all upon my senses move,
I see, I feel, that “God is love."
When Nature is reposing ;
Her tranquil heart disclosing;
Like angels watching o'er us;
The very breezes breathe of One He told the godless man his daily sin; | Whose kindly care is never done, And with his great commission fitly
Whose light is e'er before us; framed,
Both morn'and eve His goodness proveAppealed to mind, and plead the heart I see, I feel, that "God is love."
* to win, And like Hilkiah's son, he paused not in
- 3. A temporizing mood with high nor low; Imbued with Nathan's candor he had If troubles come, my human heart been,
With gloominess enfolding And to the guilty presence dared to go, I seek my Father's holy Word,
" Thou art the man !" and all his. Its promises beholding; danger show.
I call to mind the former days,
When heavenly peace was mine:
I learn that he who humbly prays, What though his burning words appeared Shall walk in hopeful, happy ways, to fall
With blessings all divine; On deadened ears oft times, and callous I ask, I taste the joy abovehearts?
|I ask, I know, that “God is love."
RENAN'S LIFE OF JESUS.*
I see him down the vista of the years, With no pretension to exact critical When, like the vision seen on Patmos' analysis, M. Renan here présents some of isle,
the leading conclusions of modern EuroHis locks are white as sncw; and now he
pean speculation and research in a popular, bears
unsystematic form, illustrated by the fruits The weight of age with the beñignant of personal experience as a traveller tin smile
Palestine, and enlivened by the perpetual Of one whose heart a stranger is to
play of a brilliant and suggestive fancy, guile
and a deep sense of the pathetie and Who sees his starry crown laid up in poetical aspects of his theme. Although
Hoav'n His earthly days well o'er, in which, tendencies which mark the labors of many
free from the skeptical and destructive erewhile,
of his predecessors in this field of inquiry, He in his Master's cause has nobly striv'n,
be departs perhaps no less lely from And to apostate man the holy warning the current traditiens of theology. In furmgiv'n.
ing his theories, he makes no acconnt of dogmas, takes a .purely human point of
view in treating the subject in hand, and His course is finished, 'tis enough, and constructs a biography of Jesus irrespee
tive of the faith of the. Church. At the He lays him down with tranquil heart same time, he writes in a tender and reverto die;
ent spirit, fully recognizing the beauty and With Glory's prelibation on his brow, elevation of the life which he portrays, He bids his weeping household all draw and its vital importance in the bistory of nigh,
humanity. His book, accordingly, is exAnd speaks a blessing to them from on posed to attack from the most opposite high,
quarters-some will accuse it of an excess Then falls asleep, to wake in Paradise, of belief-others will condemn it as the 'Mid sweet acclaim of thousand souls, denial of all that is saered and precious in who by
the religion of Christendom. It will be His word of love were led to seek the censured by the eeclesiastic for its negleet skies,
of the supernatural element in the biogra. And over Sin and Death triumphantly to phy of Jesus--by the unbeliever for its rise.
earnesıness in claiming for him pre-eminence among the sons of men-by the
critical scholar for its looseness and inconHow tells upon the destiny of men
sistency of statement, its inconclusive -Th' influence of a single holy one!
reasonings, and the predominance of im-His words and ways lead up to Heav'n, agination over judgment in its composi,
tion. and when He sleeps in death; th' effects are scarce
With regard to the pregnant question of begun;
the authority of the Gospels as sources of “ His works do follow him," and as upon
history, M. Zenan holds that although to The “ Mount of God” he stands, his struga
some extent legendary in their character, gles o'er,
they possess a high value, as carrying us 'Tis bliss to know what he in Christ back to the half century following the hath done
death of Jesus, and in two cases to eyeHis crown is gemmed with those who went before,
• This review is taken from a Northern
The great interest felt by the And those who still will come, till Time paper.
religious world in regard to the work reshall be no more.
viewed, must be our apology for copying Saluda, Ga., Oct. 21st, 1863.
from such a publication.
witnesses of his acts. The gospel of Luke, not a single mehtion is made in the fourth is a regular composition, founded on previ- Gospel-who was able to write in Greek ous documents, written entirely by the those abstract metaphysical discourses, to same hand and of the most perfect unity. which neither the other Gospels, nor the Its author was undoubtedly the same as Talmud, present any parallel? “All this," the author of the Book of Acts, and if not says M. Renan, "is weighty, and for 'myLuke himself, as is probable from internal self I dare not positively believe that the evidence, was a man of the second apos fourth Gospel was written entirely by the tolic generation, and not a subsequent pen of 'a former fisherman of Gallilee." second-hand compiler.
But it cannot justly be doubted that it was The Gospels of Matthew and Mark co written at least before the first century, not show the same stamp of individuality. and proceeded from the gréat school of They are impersonal in their composition, Asia Minor, which held to John, nor that with no trace of their individual authors. its version of the life of the Master is It is certain that they were anterior to the worthy of high consideration and often of Gospel of Luke, and of a much less ad- preference. In fact, many things in this vanced character as compilations. Most Gospel connot be explained on the suppoprobably we have neither the original sition that it is only a theological disquiworks of Matthew, ñor of Mark, but the sition without historical value; but, on the first two Gospels are arrangements in contrary, are perfectly comprehensible, il which it has been attempted to supply the we see in them, according to the traditions, defects in one text by another. Each com- the recolleetions of an old 'man, sometimes piler wished to possess a complete copy. (of marvelous freshness, sometimes having The one who had only the discourses in suffered strange mutations. his copy, desired to have the narratives, Upon the whole, M. Renan accepts the and the reverse. The Gospel of Matthew four canonical Gospels as authentic. In has incorporated nearly all the anecdotes his opinion they all date back to the first of Mark, while the Gospel of Mark con-century; they are, in substance, written by tains à multitude of traits which are de- the authors whose names they bear; but rived from the notices of Matthew. Each, are of very unequal value as materials for moreover, drew largely from the extant history. Matthew clearly deserves untraditions concerning the dife of Jesus, limited confidence as regards the diswhich were so far from having been ex- courses; he gives actual notes from a clear hausted by the Gospels that the Acts of the and vivid memory of the teaching of Apostles and the writings of the earliest Jesus. The narrative portions grouped in Fathers, contain many sayings of Jesus the first Gospsl around this primitivecentre which appear authentic, and which are have not the same authority. They connot found in either of the four Gospels that tain many legends of a rather flimsy texwe possess.
ture, which sprang from the piety of the The Gospel of John, according to M. seeond Chistian generation. The Gospel Renan, presents questions of more difficult of Mark is much firmer, more precise, and solution. How is it that by the side of less burdened with fables of later origin. definite détails, which savor so strongly of Of the first three Gospels, this is the oldest, an eye-witness, we find discourses so to the most original, and with the fewest subcally different from those of Matthew?sequent additions. The material details in The general plan of the life of Jesus ap- Mark have a precision which we seek in pears mueh more consistent and satisfac- vain in the other evangelists. He is full tory than that of the first three Gospels; of minute observations, coming without but there are passages in which we perceive any doubt from an eye-witness, perhaps, a dogmatie interest peculiar to the com- the apostle Peter himself. As to the work piler's ideas entirely foreign to Jesis, and of Luke, it has evidently less historieven symptoms of a personal and sectarian cal value. It is a second-hand docuinfluence.. Was it indeed John, the son of ment, presenting the sayings of Jesus Zebedee, the brother of James--of whom in a more reflective and elaborate form