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did he leave me to linger out a mise. many indeed have been my groanings rable existence in apprehension of a for fresh anointing of the Spirit's dreaded futurity; no, blessed be his power, and I speak it to the honour dear name, there were blessings, rich, of my dear Lord, wany have been and free, treasured up in the cove- my liftings up, as well as my castings nant of grace, to be communicated in down. due time, to the joy of my heart ; I had not long been blest with the the night of spiritual conviction hav. sweet liberty of the gospel, before ing now passed away, and the day. Satan my old master and companion, star of saving grace, and atoning came in upon me with his great blood having arisen upon my soul, power, if possible to destroy my soul my sighing was turned into dancing, for ever; after failing in his attempt and my groaning into praise.
to persuade me that all my religion Yes, every thing connected with was nothing else but the works of the the work of the Spirit is a divine flesh, he set in upon me by denying reality, he makes the sinner feel that the personal glory, and deity of the he is condemned by the law, in Lord Jesus Christ, to whom he knew thought, word, and deed; in his lost I had committed the interest of my and helpless conditiun, the Saviour deathless soul. This indeed was a passes by; the singer for the first very sore trial; they had taken away time catctes a glimpse of his com
the Lord, and with him all my hopes passionate eye : he hears his voice, he of eternal glory. In the unbelief of feels his power, and ere he is aware, my mind, I thought I had never he wakens up into newness of life, known savingly the things which no longer howed down with the make for my everlasting peace, but weight of his transgressions, but that all my expectations were nothing comes furth as a liberated captive, else but the wild imaginations of a from the power of sin, unbelief and heart unrenewed by grace; but bles. Satan, with this triumphant song; sings on his dear name, I have lived He brought me up also out of an
bis faithfulness in supplying horrible pit, out of the miry clay, all my needs to the present hour; and set my feet upon a rock, and for truly I can say,
When the eneestablished my goings; and he hath my came in like a flood, the Spirit of put a new song in my mouth, even
the Lord lifted up a standard against praise unto our God; many shall see him.” it and fear, and trust in the Lord.” Having, my dear sister, expe.
rienced so much of the loving kind "Oh what a sweet exalted song
ness of my heavenly Father, and When every tribe and every tongue, Redeemed by blood, with Christ appear,
tasted so sweetly the streams of that Aod join in one full chorus there.
river, which maketh glad the city of
our 'God, I feel, my dear sister, My soul anticipates the day,
anxious to call you off every false Would stretch her wings and soar away, To aid the song, a palm to bear,
way, that your faith and bope might Ana box, the chief of sinners there."
be in God alone. O, never think
you can obtain' stability of mind, of My dear friend, my time, and I consolation, of Dearness of access in am sure your patience,) demand that prayer, and victory in every conflict, I should now close my remarks; how- by that which you call improvement ever, I cannot forbear saying that of grace, but may you be led, under many have been the trials, and con- all your felt weakness, guilt, and ficts, since the happy moment I first miserý, to také refuge under the sha felt the power of the precious peace.dow of the wings of the Almighty; speaking blood of the Lamb of God; and do remember he' bath" said,
Letters of that faithful man of God, most useful servants, the privations
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learn like their great master, to sym. Three letters were originally pub- pathize feelingly in the sorrows and lished by Bp. Coverdale in his valu.
difficulties of God's elect, who are able volume, entitled . Certain most emphatically a poor, and ar. afflicted godly, faithful, and comfortable letters people : always poor in spirit, and of the Martyrs, &c.," and which generally poor in purse, volume has been lately republished, Mr. Harris is, unknown to us, by the Rev. Edward Bickersteth. except by this publication. From This little extract is issued by Mr. this we learn, that he was born in Septemus Sears. They are written 1784, in the town where he now in the quaint style of former days, preaches; while a child, he thought and have nothing of the inflated deco- as a child, and when pricked by con. ration now so esteemed; but in its science, certainly did many
childish place possess a savour and unction, things, and cherished many childish which will come warm to the heart of ideas, in reference to the Common the believer, and attract his love to the Prayer Book. By and by however writer, and the writer's God. We the Holy Spirit began his work in should be happy to adorn our pages
his heart. Taught by him he learnt with an extract, but consider we better the spirituality of God's law, his own assist the publication, by recommend- unworthiness as well as his own weak. ing our friends, to obtain a copy for ness, and in due time, the same di. tbemselves.
vine teacher manifested the Lord Je.
sus Christ co bis soul, as his Saviour. A Narrative of the Life and Experi- The author's call to the ministry is
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whom our author seemed to retain a
clo connection, and at whose chapel, This Author, like the prophet or at least to whose bearers, if we Elisba, began at the plough be- understand aright, he preaches occaore he attained to the polpit; sionally now. experiencing like many of God's
The narrative will well repay a
perusal, whilst to those, by whom the ordinance will be to every participator author is known, it will be an inter- of it, a profitless and unmeaning esting record of the way, in which sign. We cheerfully recommend it. the Lord has led his servant, furnisb. particularly to those of our readers, ing to them without doubt full proof who may be in the ministry of the of the author's call of God to the Church of England, as admirably ministerial work, a call which in that adapted for distribution amongst case, will doubtless be followed by their parochial charge. We copy one ministerial usefulness.
But before we proceed further in The first and second Coming of Christ the contemplation of Jesus, as the
Contrasted, by the late John Ry, source and fountain of life, let us land, 12mo. pp. 4. London : Pal- glance at man's condition in relation mer and Son.
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haustless resources of the awakening productions which
gospel. have read for a long time.
And what is man's state by nature ?
If we believe the record of God, yea, Every Living Soul the Epistle of
unless we disbelieve the testimony of Christ, à Sermon, by Septimus
our own convictions and experience, we know
to be a state of death ; Sears, 12mo. 18. Gosport : Ham.
· Death hath passed upon all men. mond.
« In Adam all have died.” * By one
man's offence judgment came upon We merely announce this Sermon :
all men to condemnation.” But this we know not if published by or with the sanction of the author, or whether is not all; it is not a mere fæderal it is not merely taken down by
death, so to speak, but, besides this, a some short hand writer, in which voluntary and chosen separation from case it is not, in our view, open to
the source of life ; a death, the fruit
not merely of Adam's transgression, criticism. Every thing which comes from this author's pen is deserving in our own persons, of that transgres,
but of our own deliberate repetition, attention.
sion, of our own self-desti uction. And
what were tbe effects of this death ? Thoughts on the Inward and Spiritual was it a mere suspension of the phy.
Grace of the Lord's Supper : an sical life ? a state of inaction, and of Exposition of John vi. 53; by a
torpor? No, far otherwise, it is a Clergyman of the Church of En. death of which the suspension of gland, 12mo. pp 24. London: Pal- physical animation, is but a faint mer and Son.
type and image : it is the death of
the soul; a death so complete, so We have read this tract with some hopeless, that it is termed in scrippleasure : its young author has ture, destruction : “ Thou hast desmade many very judicious observa- troyed thyself." tions, and in some parts of the tract, And not mere lifelessness, but so written so very feelingly and beauti- to speak, an active death, a state fully upon the subject, that we can- of incessant opposition and restless not doubt for a moment bis being resistance to all that could give, or himself a partaker of the inward and even tell of life ;
a struggle that spiritual grace, without which the reached its climax, when the Prince
of life himself, became the voluntary estimate we have given to be only too victim of its violence.
trvé, of the generality of professors. But is this true of all ? it may be Nor must we confine our attention, applicable to some remarkable and would we rightly feel the force of the singular instances of depravity, but is truth we are considering, to the death it not an overdrawn picture, if meant considered in itself, but must look at to be a universal portraiture ? No, its consequences, at the curse, at the brethren, however we may be reluc. condemnation which it involved, at tant to believe it, it as as true of you the awful punishment, in which it and of me, as of the murderers of our must terminate. We cannot DOW blessed Lord. Our circumstances dwell on these, and they are all in. may vary. and the developement of cluded in separativo from God, in bathe principle may be more or less nishment from his frivour; for, " In evident in one case, than another; his favour is life," and away from but this is the patnre, the tendency, that, is only death, and all its most the character of that death, of which fearful accompaniments. But let us we are all by nature the subjects, turn from this dark side of the pic. and shall continue to be, unless we ture, to that which is illumined by receive life by eating the flesh and rays emanating from the cross; for drinking the blood of,” or, in other thence there streams a light, capable words, by receiving the Lord Jesus, of penetrating, yea more than peneas our propitiation, and as our life. trating, of dispersing the deepest
Do you doubt, beloved, the truth shades which death hath cast over of this assertion, that such is the man's path and prospects. There state of us all by nature ? Only let it is that “ the intolerable burden,” us endeavour to ascertain, whether it falls off from the weary pilgrim; be so or not, by the application of there that he drinks of those living tests'analagous to those employed in streams, which enable him to sustain ascertaining the existence of physical all the hardships, and to encounter all life in cases of doubt. How do we the perils, of his long and wearisome distinguish a living body from a journey. corpse, or from a statue ? Not surely And whence this virtue of the by a reference to the external form cross? why is it the only theme of and feature, for in these there may be the · christian's boast? why, its sha. no discernille difference between the dow his only place of refuge? it is one and the other ; is it not rather by such, because he regards it as the al. a reference to the symptoms indicative tar whereon the sacrifice which expiof the presence or absence of the in. ated his sins was oftered, the altar forming animating spirit within ? whereof he himself is privileged to whether there be breath, pulsation, eat, even to "eat the flesh, and drink power of action ? Now let us apply the blood,” of his crucified Redeemer. the same tests, in judging of our own Oh, bis love to the cross, is no superstate. Let us 'not ask if there be the stitious reverence for a lifeless relic! form of godliness, but whether we it is not the sign, but the thing signiare the subjects of its power : whe. fied on which he rests his fixed and ther there bę the breath
of rapturous gaze! he seeks not " the prayer, not the mere expression of dead, but the living,” yea more, desires but the out.pouring of the the life.giving ! nor seeks he in vain : heart; whether the pulse of our af- he finds the promise true, " He that fections beat with love to God; whe. followeth me, shall not walk in dark. ther our faith evidences its life by its Dess, but, shall have the light of fruits. The faithful application of life. He receives " of his fulness, such a test would I fear show the and grace for grace.”'
From conquering unto conquer go,
Break down tbe strength of every foc, “ Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most And bring thy peeple in, mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. From east to west, from north to south ; And in thy majesty ride prosperously, be- And may they own thy sacred truth, cause of truth and meekness and righteous- And bate the paths of sin. ness, and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things Thine arrows are sharp Then thou shalt see thy chosen seed, in the heart of the king's enemies, whereby For whom thou didst on Calvary bleed, the people fall under thee.”—Psalm xlv. 3,
(The travail of thy soul ;) 4,5.
They all shall come and bow their knee, Gird on thy thigh thy conqu'ring sword,
With holy joy to worship thee,
And crown thee Lord of all. Thou great victoriouş mighty Lord,
Thy power and strength display ; According to thy great renown,
Thy mighty arm great things shall do
Thou hast engaged to bear us through
This howling wilderness :
And when to Zion we shall come, Ride on, thou prince of life and peace,
Our happy, blissful, peaceful home,
We 'll chaunt thy love and grace. (And let prosperity increase,)
In majesty, and power,
There with the chosen blood-wash'd band, Meekness and love and righteousness;
With palms of victory in our land,
The chorus we will join ;
With harps of gold we'll sweetly sing, Jesus ! thou King of Zion's throne !
The conquest won by Christ our King,
In joyful songs divine.
WRITTEN AFTER HEARING A SERMON BY Terrible things thige hands hath wrought,
REV. R. LUCKIN, EASTER SUNDAY, ON Thy precious blood thy church hath bought,
ACTS xxv. 19.
The appellation gave,
It will remain the sweetest name,
Of him who died to save. Thine arzows are exceeding sharp,
One Jesus : heaven 'mongst all her thrones, Piercing the very inmost heart
No other Jesus yields, Of ail thy mightv foes ;
And earth has none which can compare
Through all her fragrant fields.
One Jesus ! ere yon radiant svn
Sprang bounding in its race, Oh, thou eternal Son of God!
One Jesus ratified and sealed Send forth thine arrows dipp'd in blood,
The covenant of grace. To pierce poor sinners' hearts ;
Appointed, chosen, well approved, Melt down our stubborn hearts of steel.
Our Substitute he stood,
Engaging then to pay our debts,
And justify with blood.