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rows, knowing as he did that such multitudes | ency, or a decided follower of Christ attempt would not heed him, and would render his to serve two masters. coming a means of heavier condemnation? Again, then, men and brethren, let me He made, indeed, “ the deaf to hear, and the ask, “ What do we?" If our blessed Lord dumb to speak :” but “ he knew what was in were now to visit us -- to say to our spirits, man," and that many a heart would be deaf | “Ephphatha, that is, be opened," would he to all his appeals, and many a lip unopened have occasion to sigh, as over a crooked in prayer or praise.

and perverse, a stiff-necked and drowsy My brethren, how is it with us? Our generation? Would he have occasion to de Lord has spoken to the hearts of all of clare, These are outwardly my servants, nous, “ be opened.” He has addressed the minally my people, avowedly my followers ; ears of each of us, “ hear, and your souls but their allegiance is merely outward, their shall live." He has sent his Spirit in various subjection only nominal, their obedience ways to convince us of our sins, and to work simply avowed: having eyes, they see not; in us an effectual conversion from them. having ears, they hear not; having hearts, Have we turned an attentive ear to his | they will not understand? Would he have warning and awakening voice? Are we reason to groan in spirit, at finding that we ready to listen to his call, and anxious to were casting away all our bright prospects observe his commands ? He directs all of for eternity, and would only go with him so us every where to repent- he invites us to long as we were permitted to retain our love believe in, and receive him-he enforces the of this world, our dependence upon externals, necessity of casting away our besetting sins, our indifference to essentials? Would he be and renouncing all vain confidences, and led to weep as over children who had wansimply resting on his all-sufficient merits. dered from their Father, and would not reHe announces to us the need of spiritual turn--who were perishing for lack of saving Worship, of a consistent walk with God, of knowledge, and would not eat of the tree of making a decided choice, and keeping to one life, that they might be rescued -- who reMaster. The careless ones must rise up, and mained slaves in spite of their redemption, care for the one thing needful. The sensual and lost with salvation in their hands? Oh! and profane must be made sensible of their if any such there be in this congregation, impurity and ungodliness, and study to be who are halting between two opinions, and pure in heart and circumspect in deed. The are fast forming that which will destroy formal and self-righteous must learn that the them ; who are setting religion at nought, or form of godliness is worthless without the qualifying its requirements, or building their power of religion in the heart --- that in our- | hopes upon its forms, or its professions -- let selves we are “poor and miserable, and blind | me implore them to be deaf no longer to the and naked," and can only look for acceptance, voice of merty, which calls them this day to when clothed in the righteousness of Christ's make once for all their choice for eternityspotless robe. The breaker of God's day to take up their cross and follow Christ, and must remember to keep it holy, and find the | to build a sure foundation upon his all-sufso keeping it a means of refreshment to his ficient merits and precious death. Think of soul, not of weariness to his body. The un- your blessed Saviour sighing, when he condevout must become much in prayer to God, siders that so many for whom he tasted death regular and attentive in public worship, and are perishing - that such numbers, to whose constant, not merely in the outward recep- hearts and ears he cries out, “Ephphatha”tion of the Lord's supper, but in holding spi should remain closed against him, alike deaf ritual communion with his Redeemer. All to the declarations of his wrath, and the acmust cast their care upon God, must worship cents of his love! him in spirit and in truth, must set their And if with ears that are opened you will affections on things above, and shew them- | not hear, with hearts that are addressed you selves rejoiced to give up time for eternity, remain obdurate, remember that you add a earth for heaven, this world for the next. fresh pang to the sufferings of the Man of In this way it must be seen that the dead in sorrows. You cause him to heave a new trespasses and sins are indeed alive unto sigh--- that ears which he has unstopped, are God - that those who have hitherto been still deaf to their best interests -- that hearts deaf to the remonstrances of conscience, the which he has preached to, are unconverted warnings of Providence, and the suggestions that souls which he died to save, are lost of the Spirit, are disposed and desirous to through eternity. He who looked up to hear. In this, as in every thing else, by our heaven, and is now exalted in the glory, which fruits we shall be known; for as “a good he had with his father before the world tree cannot bring forth evil fruit," so neither began, will indeed sigh, that when he shall can a consistent Christian act with inconsist- exchange the grace of the Saviour for the glory of the judge, his professed followers | sadors, proclaims the blessings of his Gospel, causes shall be found to have made the Gospel a “ the wilderness and the solitary place to be glad foi ministration of condemnation, and against his | them, and the desert to rejoice and blossom as the most urgent remonstrances, and most affec

rose;" and so waters the garden.which He has planted tionate entreaties, shall have preferred the

and the seeds of grace which He has caused to be pleasures of the body to the welfare of the

sown, that the earth brings forth and buds, giving soul, the cares of time to the concerns of

"seed to the sower, and bread to the eater;" and in

stead of the thorn comes up the fir-tree, and instead eternity, the endless sufferings of hell to the

of the briar comes up the myrtle-tree; which is to unspeakable and eternal rewards of heaven.

the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign, that My brethren, may our ears be opened be

shall not be cut off. times ; may our hearts be awakened and converted. May we seek to make our peace with God, while yet there is time, that our

CHRISTIAN LOVE.* souls may be saved in the day of the Lord. This is the token that Christ is reconciled unto us, it Amen.

we be at one with our neighbour, if we be reconciled to our Christian brother. For if we shall hate our

brethren whom we see, if we shall be at debate with A SABBATH IX NEW ZEALAND.* our neighbours being daily conversant with us; how

can we love God, whom we see not ? how can we agree The bell rings at half-past eight in the morning, and

with Christ, with whom we are not conversant? But divine worship commences in the chapel at nine. A

to declare further unto you that God accepteth not native hymn is first sung; the liturgy of the Church of our sacrifices, that he regardeth not our petitions, that England, which has been translated and printed in the he is not pleased with our prayer, unless we be at one language of the country, is then read; which is fol

and pleased with our brethren, he crieth out by Esay lowed by another hymn, and an address delivered to

| his prophet, and saith, “When you shall call upon me,

I will not hear you: though ye make many prayers, the natives: the morning service then concludes witli

yet hear I nothing at all," saith God. And wherea sermon in English to the Europeans; all of whom, fore? “Because your hands are full of blood." It is belonging to the station, are present ; with the ex written in Genesis, that God would not look upon Cain ception of one, who, in rotation, visits a distant native

and his offering, that he would have no regard to his village. The chapel at this time is crowded to excess,

sacrifice. And wherefore? Because his heart was full

of malice. Solomon saith, “The prayer of the wicked by an attentive and devout congregation ; and I have

is abominable, the sinful man's prayer is abominable seen hundreds pressing for admittance, for whom | in the sight of God." David also; “Let their prayers room could not be obtained. After service, each be as a sin:" let their prayer be turned into sin, saith one has his particular duty to attend to; some to he. ( miserable man thou art, if thou be not in chateach in the schools, and others to visit the villages,

rity: wretched and too sinful thou art, if thou be not taking in a circuit of about five miles in each direc

in love and unity; thy prayer is abominable, yea, thy

prayer is no prayer, thy prayer is sin. Thou prayest tion. The day concludes with the evening service of

concludes with the evening service of to be forgiven, but thou thyself wilt not forgive : this the Church of England, and another sermon to the is enough to condemn thee. For our religion is none natives in the chapel. How many happy Sabbaths

other but a brotherhood knit together in the love of have I spent at the Waimate! and how has my inmost

God: our profession is none other than charity and soul rejoiced, as I have seen the once-deluded people

brotherly love towards all men in our Saviour and

Redeemer Jesus Christ. God is the God of love, of this land listening with delight to the sound of the Christ is the Prince of peace, his Gospel is the Gospel "church-going bell," and hastening with willing feet of peace; and we, that are God's servants, ought to to the house of the Lord! There is something pecu live in godly love; we, that are Christ's brethren, liarly pleasing in the sound of the bell, amidst the

ought to live in brotherly peace. We are all bapwilds of New Zealand.

tised in one water, whereby we should have in remenOurs, at the Waimate, is

brance, that we should in love live as one together. erected at the back of the chapel ; and its mellow These, and such other, are, or may be, sufficient to notes are echoed from the sacred grove above men bring us in remembrance of brotherly love, of faithful tioned. In the spring of the year, at the time of its

amity, and unfeigned concord, if we of ourselves were first sounding in the morning, the mountain mists

not too forgetful. O how oft said Christ to his disciare just descending and resting upon the valleys be

ples, “I give you my peace, my peace I leave unto

you." By this cognisance, and none other, shall mell neath; the stillness of nature has previously been know you to be my disciples, saith Christ, if ye love broken in upon by the lowing of oxen, the bleating of together, if ye have love one to another. He saith sheep, the singing of birds, and the rustling of the

also, “A new commandment give I you, that you love rising wind ;~-then follows the murmur of approach

together, as I have loved you." What a zealous fire, ing voices, as the worshippers are drawing toward the

what an earnest love had Christ, when he prayed and

said, “O Father, cause that these be one, as thou and house of God; then the flag, on which is emblazoned I are one ; that like as thou, Father, art in me, and I the cross of Christ, with a dove bearing an olive in thee, that they also may be one in us." Because ye branch and the words “Rongo PAI," or " Tie Gos

be few, said Christ to his disciples, and in the midst PEL,” begins to unfold itself, and to display its colours

of your enemies, live you in concord and peace one to the freshening breeze: again the notes of the bell

with another, one bear with another, and all you hold

together. St. Paul saith, « that he which loveth his strike upon the ear, and proclaim the hour of worship, brother hath fulfilled the whole law." "Let not the the glad and holy hour of Christian worship in a sun go down on thy wrath,” saith Paul. And again: heathen land-the hour when Jesus, by his ambas " Revenge not, but give place unto displeasure ; • From the Rev. W. Yate's Account of New Zealand.

. From Bishop Jewel's Sermons.

wreak not yourselves, but give room to the wrath of services, walking in the old paths of primitive order, God. David when he was in most extreme persecu and according to the early usages of the apostolic tion, and his enemies laid daily wait for his life, Church. This was exemplified in the consequence he seeking his destruction, even then fell he to most ear attached to the rite of confirmation ; in the preparation nest prayer: he sought not to be revenged, but he | for which, according to the plan of the episcopal bade his prayer unto God, and said, O Lord, they | Church, he was successful and blessed beyond any speak evil of me, they revile me, they call me traitor, person I ever heard of." Pref. p. xvi. they call me all that naught is; but I have none other We fully agree with the following remark in the help but to pray unto thee; my only succour is to fly preface, which is peculiarly deserving the attention of

to thee. Thus did that holy prophet David, and so those who would desire an alteration in the manner ld the Christians in the beginning of Christ's Church. of appointing bishops in our own country :Far Tertullian, an old and holy father, saith, “ They called themselves brethren, and one would not stick

" The brightest instance of his peaceful and charito die for another." O what a charity, what a love, able spirit was, I think, shewn in his character in rewhat a brotherly affection, was this among Christians, ference to the election of a bishop. We are, in this in the beginning of God's Church! St. Stephen, when

country, exempted from such trials as that under he was stoned, all his bones crushed and burst in

which the clergy around Philadelphia appear to have pieces, and his soul ready to leave his body, even then le prayed for his tormentors, even then he cried out

suffered so much. We may see from this memoir unto God, and said, “Lord, lay not this sin to their

some of the evils which would result from the election charge." So that holy father Nazianzen; when the of bishops by the inferior clergy. By whatever authohangman, that most cruelly had tormented him, de rity the rulers of the Church ought to be appointed, sred pardon of him, he meckly answered, “He that

| nothing, I conceive, could be more unscriptural than

nothing. I conceive. could be more u Bath forgiven me, the same forgive thee:” God hath pardoned me, and I beseech him that he will, in like

that they should actually be chosen by those whom inanner, pardon thee. Even so, likewise, Christ, when they are to govern. We see in this book how the le hanged on the cross, when his hands and feet were election of a bishop divided the clergy into factions, sailed to the tree, and he in the midst of all his woe, and at last resulted in leaving a large body of them etaa then he prayed for his persecutors, then he de

to be governed by one whose election they resisted, sred his father to pardon them, and said, “Father, fargive them ; for they wot not what they do." This

placing them in a situation most unfavourable to that is an example for us to follow; thus ought we to do,

confidential fellowship which ought to subsist between in the beginning of Christ's Church the Christians every Christian bishop and the clergy whom he is apcid, who called themselves brethren, and one would pointed to superintend and govern." tie for another : thus ought we to say, as St. Stephen

The clergy will find in this volume much useful inaid, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge : thus should we do, as that holy father Nazienzen did, and

struction, and many most important hints; the lovers

of order will perceive “how deep and powerful a zeal ey, He that hath forgiven me, the same forgive thee. And lastly, so ought we to pray for our enemies, as

may be exercised without any infringement upon the

order that they love; and the “zealous, what large Christ did for his persecutors, and say, Father, forgive * them; they wot not what they do. Thus ought we

success in every thing their hearts can desire may be to do, if we mind to live according to our profession,

attained, whilst rules, and order, and discipline, are and if we will be Christians, as we are called Christians.

stedfastly observed."

Reviews anù Notices.
Femeirs of the Rev. G. T. Bedell, D.D. Rector of St.

Andrew's Church, Philadelphin By S. II. Tyng.
With a recommendatory Preface by the Rev.
Thomas Snow, B.A., Rector of St. Dunstan's in
the West, London. Seeleys. 1835.
The attention of the members of our Church has
lately been, in a peculiar manner, directed to the
condition and wants of the Episcopal Church in the
United States. On this subject, much ignorance as
well as prejudice had existed, which the visits of
Bishops Chase and M'Ilvaine, referred to by us in
our first number, have tended in no small measure to
remove. The memoir before us appears eminently
calculated to convey a correct notion of the state of
episcopacy among our transatlantic brethren, and on
this account is exceedingly valuable; and Mr. Snow
deserves the thanks of the Christian public for this
edition. The work, however, is, if possible, even
more important, as setting forth, in an interesting
point of view, the energetic labours in the cause of the
Redeemer, of one in whose comparatively short life
(for Dr. Bedell was born at Staten Island in 1793), it
is well observed, “we see the result of Divine teach-
ing, in a life wholly devoted to God, in which sobriety,
humility, zeal, faithfulness, order, charity, wisdom,
and true churchmanship, are blessedly combined, in
a ministry of uncommon usefulness." For “Dr. Be-
dell," says Mr. Snow, "was devotedly atiached to the
principles of the Church of which he was a minister,
peculiarly exact and regular in the discharge of all her

The Spiritual Claims of the Metropolis. A Sermon on

Luke, xix. 41. Preached at St. John's Chapel, Bedford Row, Sunday, May 29th, 1836, in aid of the Design of the Lord Bishop of London, to build Fifty additional Metropolitan Churches. By Baptist Wrio

thesley Noel, M.A. London, Sampson Low. 1836. An eloquent and powerful sermon for the furtherance of the important object of the Lord Bishop of London, to which we referred so fully in our second Number. The effect produced by Mr. Noel's energetic appeal was speedily testified by a very large amount being immediately subscribed among the members of the congregation, and to which there have been important additions made since. We rejoice to find that there is such a ready answer to the call of our diocesan; in a more noble work he could not have engaged. At the last meeting of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Dr. Chalmers stated some interesting facts as to the ready zcal which had been manifested towards the enlargement of the means of grace afforded by that Church. We hope and trust a similar spirit will be shewn in the south, and that our landowners and merchants, on whom God has bestowed great wealth, will lay to heart the solemn declarations of Mr. Noel: "God gave you your wealth; God demands that you consecrate it to his service. Withhold it not, as you would not contract the guilt, and be involved in the condemnation, of unfaithful stewards. If any wealth be misused, it is that which might have in. structed myriads of immortal spirits around us, hastening to perdition in their ignorance and sin, but was withheld, that it might be made subservient to per, sonal ambition, be consumed in luxury, or devoted to part of God, that he will magnify the inexhaustible selfish accumulation."

riches of his goodness, in the free pardon of the guilty, and in the full safety of the lost. The sinner par

doned shall owe all to the boundless love of God. The Love of God: a Sermon preached in Hampstead Church. By C. C. Bartholomew, M.A., Curate of

His own claims shall be utterly annihilated, and God

shall have all the glory. No human being shall tread Hampstead. Rivingtons. 1836.

the courts of heaven but through God's undeserved A SERMON of which we are glad to be able to speak act of favour. No human being shall partake the well.

blessedness of the just, but as he receives the qualifi

cations for that blessedness simply as a gratuitous An Elementary Course of Theological Lectures. By the benefit from God. No human being shall breathe forth

Rev. W. D, Conybeare, M.A. F.R.S., &c. Second the hallelujah of adoring gratitude, but in complete edition. London, Sherwood, Gilbert, and Piper.

renunciation of his own worthiness, and in unreserved 1836.

ascription “of praise unto Him that loved us, and

washed us from our sins in his own blood."--Hon. A most valuable course of lectures, delivered by a

and Rev. G. T. Noel. man of great talent and deep piety; and divided into three parts :-I. On the Evidences of Religion, na Reading Or THE SCRIPTURES.--Much pains must tural and revealed. II. On the Criticism and Inter- / be taken in pondering on the Word of God; we must pretation of the Bible. III. On the peculiar Doc. | read it with as much attention as we do a mathematrines of Christianity. The Lectures were delivered tical proposition ; and add to our attention, earnest under somewhat peculiar circumstances, which cannot prayer, that our understanding may be opened to unbe more clearly set forth than in the words of the derstand the Scriptures.--Rev. H, Venn. author :

Happiness OF THE TRUE CHRISTIAN.-There is “It having been considered desirable to found at none worthy to be counted a Christian, except he can Bristol a collegiate institution for superior education,

| find in his heart, for Christ's sake, if the confession of

| his truth doth require it, to renounce all which he it was determined to place the establishment on the

hath, and follow him; and in so doing, he gaineth an most extensively useful basis; and, therefore, im

hundredfold more in this life (as our Saviour said to partial admission to all the advantages it offers was Peter), and hereafter is assured of eternal life. Beconceded, without distinction, to the members of dif hold, I pray you, what he loseth, which in this life referent religious communities. At the same time, a

ceiveth an hundred for one, with assurance of eternal large portion of the council (being members of the

life! O happy change (perchance your outward man

will say)! if I were sure of this great recompense here, Established Church) felt it their duty in no manner to I would be glad to forsake asl. But where is this neglect the providing sufficient means for the religious hundredfold, in this life, to be found? Yes, truly; for instruction of the pupils belonging to the Church | instead of worldly riches, which thou dost forsake, of England. To this effect the seventh article of which be but temporal, thou hast found the everlasting the general constitution of the college declares, “That

riches of heaven, which be glory, honour, and praise,

before God, angels, and men; and for an earthly habithe institution shall be open to students of all religious

tation, hast an eternal mansion with Christ in heaven; denominations, without preference or distinction ; but for even now thou art of the city and household of the that it shall be competent to a committee, consisting saints with God, as it is verified in the 4th to the of those members of the council who are also members

Philippians. For worldly peace, which can last but of the Church of England, to institute lectures, and

a while, thou dost possess the peace of God, which provide instruction in theology, under such regula

passeth all understanding; and for the loss of a few

friends, thou art made a fellow of the innumerable tions as they shall determine upon.”

company of heaven, a perpetual friend of all those The author has been appointed visitor of the institu

that died in the Lord, from the beginning of the world. tion; and merely volunteered to supply pro tempore,

Is not this more than a hundredfold ? Is not the and, of course, gratuitously, the office of theological

peace of God, which we in this world have through lecturer, until arrangements could be made for plac

faithful imitation of Christ (which the world cannot ing the appointment on a permanent footing.

take from us), ten thousandfold more than those things Mr. Conybeare is too well known, not only as a

that most highly be esteemed in this world, without man of science, but of sound theological attaininents,

the peace of God? All the peace of the world is no to require any commendation from us. The work will

peace, but a mere anguish. --- Archdeacon Philpot. be found exceedingly useful by all students of divi DependeNCE ON God. It is no little matter to be nity, for whose use, more than that of the private a Christian. Nothing, not the union of all earthly Christian, it has evidently been published,

power and human advantages, can make or keep you one. It requires the exercise of omnipotent strength,

the strength of Him who called light out of darkness, The Cabinet.

and brought water from the flinty rock. Fear, there: PROGRESSIVE SANCTIFICATION.-It is not with the fore, continually for yourself; but look to God, and trees of righteousnesse as it was with the trees of Para

fear nothing. From the first moment of his pilgrimage dise, which were created all perfect, and full of fruite

to the last, the Christian has but one point of safety, the first day. But in nature there is first a seede,

| and its name is “constant dependence."--M. J. Jews then a plant, then a tree, then fruit (as a mighty oake

| bury. riseth of a small akorne); so in grace. We are con

MINISTERIAL ENCOURAGEMENT.-What is spoken ceived of immortal seede, borne of the Spirit, bring forth the buds and blossoms of grace ; and so go on

| from the heart, in truth, and earnestness, and sincerity, to perfection, yearly encreasing in the fruits of obedi

will never be permitted by the great Head of the ence. We get not at one jumpe into heaven, nor at

Church to be uttered altogether in vain. And as in

the Jewish Temple there was “no sound of hammer, one stroke kill we the enemie.-- The Cure of Misprision, 1646.

axe, or ofany tool of iron, beard in the house while it was

building ; so does God, in the same mysterious silence; · THE RICHES OP the Gospel.The Gospel is al

carry on secretly, and unobservedly, his purposes of revelation of pure mercy; it is a declaration on the grace in a tumultuous world. Amid clamour, a

Spirit of charity, dispense

Thy grace to every heart; Expel all other spirits thence,

Drive self from every part: Charity divine, draw nighBreak the chains in which we lie !

All selfish souls, whate'er they feign,

Have still a slavish lot ; They boast of liberty in vain,

Of love, and feel it not. He whose bosom glows with Thee, He, and he alone, is free.

Oh, blessedness all bliss above,

When thy pure fires prevail !
Loye only teaches what is love;

All other lessons fail :
We learn its name, but not its powers ;
Experience only makes it ours.

Mad. Guion, translated by Cowper.

strife, and opposition, and misgiving, the work of God goes on, like the gorgeous Jewish edifice, gradnally, surely, silently, constantly. And thus, in the labours of an anxious minister, the seed he has sown will be advancing to maturity; the fruits of his ministry will be ripening into a glorious harvest, long after his mortal vestments have mouldered into the clad of the valley, and his emancipated spirit has ascended to the bosom of its God.- Rev. Erskine Seale.

FAITHFULNESS OF God.- He who fears, that God will be less than his promise, let him fear that God will cease to be himself. It was the motto of the wise and learned Dr. Donne, the late dean of St. Paul's, which I have seen more than once written in Spanish with his own hand, “ Blessed be God, that he is God divinely, like himself.” As the being of God is the ground of all his blessed ascriptions, so of all aur firmitude, safety, consolation; since the veracity and truth of God, as his other holy attributes, are no more than his eternal essence. Fear not, therefore, O thou weak soul, that the Almighty can be wanting to himself in failing thee. He is Jehovah, and his counsels shall stand. Fear and blame thine own wretched infirmities; but the more weak thou art in thyself, be so much the stronger in thy God; by how much more thou art tempted to distrust, cling 80 much the closer to the Author and Finisher of thy salvation.-Bishop Hall.

CHARITY.-Charity is a virtue which never goes alone, and is busied in solitary places, being reserved and excluded from the society and communion of other graces; but it is that which seasons, gives life and efficacy to all the rest ; without which, if it were possible for me to enjoy all the graces that the bountill hand of God ever showered upon a reasonable Creature ; yet, if St. Paul speaks truth, I should be nothing worth: it is that which fulfils all the commandments. This is evident to all that shall but slightly, and in haste, read over 1 Cor. xiii., beginning at verze 4, and so onwards, where we may behold almost all the virtues that can be named, enwrapt in one virtue of charity and love, according to the several acts thereof, changed and transformed into 80 many several graces: it suffereth long, and so it is longanimity; it is kind, and so it is courtesy; it vannteth not itself, and so it is modesty ; it is not paffed up, and so it is humility; it is not easily provoked, and so it is lenity; it thinketh no evil, and so it is simplicity: it rejoiceth in the truth, and so it is Terity; it beareth all things, and so it is fortitude ; it believeth all things, and so it is faith ; it hopeth all things, and so it is confidence; it endureth all things, and so it is patience; it never faileth, and so it is perseverance.-Chillingworth.


How happy are the new-born race,
Partakers of adopting grace ;

How pure the bliss they share !
Hid from the world and all its eyes,
Within their heart the blessing lies,

And conscience feels it there.

The moment we believe, 'tis ours; And if we love with all our powers

The God from whom it came, And if we serve with hearts sincere, 'Tis still discernible and clear,

An undisputed claim.

But ah! if foul and wilful sin
Stain and dishonour us within,

Farewell the joy we knew; Again the slaves of nature's sway, In labyrinths of our own we stray,

Without a guide or clue.

The chaste and pure, who fear to grieve
The gracious Spirit they receive,

His work distinctly trace ;
And, strong in undissembling love,
Boldly assert and clearly prove

Their hearts his dwelling-place.

All are indebted much to thee,

But I far more than all,
From many a deadly snare set free,

And rais'd from many a fall.
Overwhelm me, from above,
Daily, with thy boundless love.

Oh, messenger of dear delight,
Whose voice dispels the deepest night,

Sweet, peace-proclaiming Dove ! With thee at hand to soothe our pains, No wish unsatisfied remains,

No task but that of love.

What bonds of gratitude I feel,

No language can declare ; Beneath the oppressive weight I reel,

"Tis more than I can bear. When shall I that blessing prove, To return thee love for love?

"Tis love unites what sin divides ; The centre where all bliss resides ;

To which the soul once brought, Reclining on the first great Cause, From his abounding sweetness draws

Peace passing human thought.

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