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word of God, which is able to all its predictions are fulfilled, and make them wise unto salvation, Anti-Christ falls like Dagon te while they are required to place fore the Ark. implicit confidence in those who Pardon me, Sir, that I, as an withhold from them the word of life. unlettered man, should have pre
If infidels reject the Scriptures, sumed to address you on so imthey were such before they read portant a subject. Should the them; or they would not have re- whole or any part of what I have mained so afterwards. It has not written meet your approbation, yon been shown that ever
will make what use of it you please made an infidel by reading the for the furtherance of the cause in word of God; but it has been no which you are so ably and so aruncommon thing for many such to duously engaged. become converts after having read
I am, Sir, the sacred volume.
with much deference and respect, May every one who loves the Your constant Reader, Scripture pray more fervently for
and humble Servant, its success; and they will have the
JN. happiness of this assurance, that Hackney, 17th Nov. 1824. the word of God shall prevail until
Oppressed by anxious care,
"Tis sweet to kneel in prayer.
Re-animates the soul,
Each sinful thought controul.
To streams of pure delight,
In sorrow's gloomy night.”
And mind unknown to rest-
With agonizing breast.
And breathes her genial fire;
All former doubts retire.
The glittering of his eye;
With tints which cannot die.
Beyond this world of night,
Where dwells eternal light.
With hope of sins forgiven,
And waft his thoughts to hcaven.
in the county
THE COTTAGE VISITOR.-No. I.
deserve not the appellation when mend.”
Pope. placed in competition with those If we follow the footsteps of the which the philanthropic and beneincarnate Immanuel through the volent mind experiences in the exthorny path of life, we shall find that ercise of charity, and in obeying pity and compassion were blend- the dictates of humanity; and if ed with every word that he uttered, experience may be admitted as a every
action that he achieved, proof, I can set to my seal,” that and every pang that he endured. to pass but one day in ameliorating He could weep for the miseries of the condition of our fellow-creahis persecutors; could drop the tures, " exceeds ten thousand days sacred tear upon the ashes of his of mirth, or spent in the empty friend, and employ the moments of frivolities of fashion. à suffering existence in hushing the Possessed of a small but inderising sigh, calming the troubled pendent fortune, I have long rebreast, wiping the falling tear, and tired from the noise and bustle of restoring the afflicted and the dis- the world, to spend the remnant tressed to health, to happiness, and of my days in solitude and retirepeace:
: and if “ that mind be in us ment. My residence is situated which was also in Christ Jesus, we on a gentle eminence in the beautitoo shall” weep with those that ful vale of E weep, sorrow for the sorrows, and of G-, through which the risympathize in the afflictions of the
majestically rolls its wretched and forlorn among the silver current; it commands in children of men.
front an almost immeasurable
prosSome there are, indeed, who can pect, terminated by the Mhear, unmoved, the voice of in-hills, which, coloured by the disdigence and the tale of woe. The tance, mingle their lofty summits finer feelings of humanity have with the skies. At the foot of the been frittered from their bosoms by eminence stand the straggling cotthe pleasures of the world, and the tages that compose the village of pursuits of fashionable life. A D -; a little to the right is siscene of misery would fill them tuated the village church, embowith disgust, not with compassion; somed in a cluster of chesnut trees, and to disseminate comfort and above which arises the lofty spire, peace, an employment that affords whose glittering vane first receives to a mind susceptible of feeling, and last retains the golden beams and sanctified by religion, the most of the ascending or departing sun. exalted pleasure, and the most re- On the other hand is seen the noble fined delight, appears to them des- park connected with the mansion titute of interest and unworthy of the village squire, which, entheir attention. To such charac- livened by the multitudes of grazters is applicable the language of ing deer, the spacibus shrubberies,
the glassy ponds, the oblique and And soft-eyed Pity and forgiveness bland, extended walks, all converging And melting Charity with open hand, into one point, which is crowned And Mercy stretching out ere Want can
by the elegant mansion itself, renspeak, To wipe the tear from pale Amiction's ders the prospect beautiful, and cheek
Indeed words are These ye have nerer known.
too feeble to convey any adequate
conception of the scene'; and as He who caused the wound apthe delighted eye rolls from side to plied the balm. The healing inside of the almost illimitable view, Auence of time blunted the edge of it alights on many a clustered ham- my affliction ; and though the relet, many a cottager's home, and collection of these enjoyments of many a consecrated fane, where my younger days, which are now the name of the Most Higli is fled for ever, will often flash across heard, and the Gospel of his Son 'my mind, yet taught in the school is proclaimed. Behind the house of Christ the important lesson of is a small thicket, through which a submission, even the recollection little path winds in romantic sim- affords me pleasure, and the conplicity, where," hid from the solations of the Gospel, like the vulgar gaze," I oft retire to in- tree cast into the waters of Madulge in meditation; — before it rah, changes even the bitter into a closely shaven lawn sweeps in sweet. Need I then repine ? O a gentle declivity, till it is termi- no! for if the relentless' hand of nated by a little brook, whose mur- death tore from my aching heart its muring voice is heard as it quar- dearest earthly comforts, it carried rels with the pebbly foes that ob- with them my attachment to this struct its progress. The house polluted world, and taught me to itself is small, but extremely rural; “ set my affections on things a Chinese rose creeps each side above;" so that my heaviest trials the door, and runs along the have “worked together for my veranda in the front, and at the good.” back a branching vine fastens its No sooner, however, had I twisting tendrils on the wall, and committed to the dust the moulwraps it in its spreading leaves; dering remnants of these blasted while the gardens, which surround joys, than the world lost all its the whole, are clothed in beauty charms for me. The din of busiand enveloped in fragrance. Such, ness and the bustle of life now then, is the habitation where I became intolerably irksome, and hope to linger out the remaining having purchased this cottage, I portion of my life, till summoned, retired hither about twelve years I trust, to the possession of a ago. But even in this peaceful mansion, incorruptible, undefiled, vale the miseries of human life are and that fadeth not away, eternal experienced, and the sympathies in the heavens.
of the human bosom are excited ; There was a time when I was and, conscious that in every situablest in the embraces of an ami- tion of life it is both our obligaable wife, and the smiles of a tion and our privilege to labour in lovely offspring; but, ah! the the cause of Him“ whose we are pleasures of life are fleeting and and, whom we ought to serve, evanescent; and often when we are I have here endeavoured to happy in the possession of some firm the feeble knees, to lift up the desired object, it again eludes our hands which hang down,” to pour grasp, and we lose it perhaps for the balm of consolation into the
The destructive shaft of afflicted bosom, and alleviate the death bereft me of these soothers distresses of those of my cares, and tore them one
* From wave to wave on sorrow's ocean by one from
grasp ; tossed.” but
And I humbly trust there are some “ Sunk in self-consuming anguish,
now in this land of sorrow and of Can the poor heart always ache?
death, and some uniting in the No: the tortur'd nerre will languish, triumphant chorus of the redeemed, Or the strings of life would break.” who afford sufficient demonstra
tion, that I have not“ laboured in tion ; for the present I shall take my vain.” “ Not unto me, not unto leave, hoping that both reader and me, O Lord; 'but to thy name writer may ever bear in recollection be'all the glory."
the apostolic injunction, “ThereI have met in these “ labours of fore, my beloved brethren, be
ye love” some occurrences which I steadfast, immoveable, always think will prove interesting to the abounding in the work of the Lord, readers of “ The Ch stian Guar- for uch as ye know that your dian," and in some future numbers labour is not in vain in the Lord. shall intrude them on their atten
“ Sin," says
ON DESPONDENCY. DESPONDENCY is, I conceive, query has often been debated in my of two kinds, and arises from two mind; and nothing but a train of different causes; the one from a experience, and a more enlarged deep impression of guilt and aggra- view of God's dealings with his vated offences, and the other from people, has enabled me to solve the power and prevalence of inbred the difficulty. The experienced depravity, from its raging and Christian knows that this painful bearing down all the remembrances dispensation answers many valuof conscience, and all checks which able purposes—it renders sin bitter an enlightened mind opposes to and odious—it demonstrates our it. This last is a severe struggle native enmity, rebellion, and helpfrom which few are exempted; lessness-it endears the atoning especially when first they begin to sacrifice of Christ -- it proves seek God, and
to relinquish former the glory and sweetness of the indulgences. The opposition then promises--it evinces our constant made to natural corruption has a dependance on God for all suptendency to irritate and inflame the plies of grace and strength—it sensual affections.
debases our natural pride and selfthe Apostle, “ taking occasion by sufficiency—it excites a compasthe commandment, wrought in me sionate, forbearing temper-it proall
of concupiscence." motes earnestness in prayer, dead(Rom. vii. 7.) The enemy, no ness to the world, &c. &c. But doubt, by these means also endea- when the soul yields to fears and vours to harass and alarm the soul, desponding apprehensions, these and thus regain it to his thraldom. gracious ends are defeated,' and
But if under these storms the Satan for a time gets the advantage. heart continues to struggle and to We are called to maintain the conpant after deliverance, if these fict “ striving against sin"-to reworkings of depravity are inwardly sist the enemy ® steadfast in the abhorred, and excite self-loathing faith”--to be strong in the and shame before God, it is a hap- that is in Christ Jesus," &c. The py evidence that the Divine Spirit “exceeding great and precious procontinues his operations; and that mises” are given, that by them ultimately, though perhaps gradu- “we may be made partakers of the ally, victory is insured.' It may, divine nature, and escape the corperhaps, be inquired, what are ruption that is in the world through the designs of Infinite Wisdom in lust.” These must be searched permitting this awful prevalence of after, confided in, and pleaded bemoral evil, and how can it be re- fore God. But a sullen supineconciled with the purity and holi- ness of soul, which relinquishes all ness of the Divine Nature! This hope of relief, greatly dishonours
the faithfulness and compassion of a “ multitude of his tender mercies." covenant God, the merit and alle These views melt the heart into sufficiency of the sacrifice of Jesus, holy contrition. and the grace and consolations of If you are ashamed to bow bethe Divine Spirit. “ The joy of fore the throne of Grace, let your the Lord is our strength;" • hope heart be frequently darting up maketh not ashamed," but proves earnest breathings and pleadings;
an anchor of the soul both sure such as, Gracious Lord ! subdue and steadfast. Look then to this these vile corruptions of my heartstrong hold as
a prisoner of display the power of thy gracehope. If you are “ weary and rebuke the enemy of soul-give me heavy laden," you are the very cha- to see the all-sufficiency of thy saracter to whom the Saviour pro- crifice to remove my guilt-bring mises to “ give rest.” Your guilt, me with self-loathing to thy feetunworthiness, and helplessness, subdue the enmity, pride, and unare your best recommendations. belief of my heart! Lord Jesus, Such' he seeks, and on such he de- thou art my only hope and refuge. lights to magnify the power and If I perish, I will perish at thy riches of his salvation.
feet. Preserve me from dishoExamine the experiences of an- nouring thee by doubting thy cient saints, consult the conflict power or willingness to save me. and pleadings of holy Job, the pe- Such aspirations as these will ennítential breathings of the Psalmist, courage your heart, and no time or and the affecting moans of Jere- place is unseasonable for them. I miah in his Lamentations, and you have uttered these in the crowded will observe each of these take street, and sometimes the tears hold of God as infinite in compas- have gushed from my eyes. They sion and mercy. David begins his are very suitable wlien composing fifty-first Psalm with pleading yourself to sleep, and when first God's “ great goodness," and the you awake in the morning. A. J. S.
ON AN ASSERTION OF THE CHRISTIAN REMEMBRANCER CONCERNING IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS. SIR,
Editor, to refer you to one which, WHEN certain individuals take I think, may be considered in upon themselves to assert, that point, in a late number of the such and such doctrines are not Christian Remenıbrancer. the doctrines of the Church of Eng- In the number to which I alland, it surely may reasonably be lude, the writer, " at a venture” concluded, that those individuals. I presume, asserts, in his remarks have taken no inconsiderable pains on the expression “ merits of Christ to make themselves thoroughly and imputed to us," made use of by the intimately acquainted with the author of “ Body and Soul," that STANDARD AUTHORITIES of or.. the doctrine of imputed righteousthodoxy. I say, this might rea- ness is not authorized by any of sonably be concluded; but, how- the formularies of our Church. If ever reasonable
so, to conclude, this writer be correct in the asserthe conclusion is not, generally tion he has ventured to make, I speaking, warranted by facts. Se- hould glad if he would refer us veral instances of this kind have to some better explanation of the occurred within the observation of XIth Article than that contained the writer. But without adverting in the Homily on Salvation, and to any of these, allow me, Mr. to which the Article itself refers us