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" God hath commended his love to- ance take its rise from a knowledge ward us, in that while we were yet of the perfections of God, does it sinners, Christ died for us." Christ not follow, that those who are igis the fruit of the Father's love to norant of him must be in a deplor. sinners. How great the Giver! able state, strangers to the power How unspeakable the Gift! How and practice of religion, and that if worthless the objects on whom it they die in this state, they must is bestowed ! Here, indeed, God is perish everlastingly? How inexcusshewn to be love. Power, wisdom, able, then, are those parents who holiness, and justice, shine in the do not diligently train up their chil. cross of Christ; but above all, grace dren in the knowledge of Divine and mercy prevail there, and things! How inexcusable, also, are " reign through righteousness unto those diasters who fail to instruct eternal life.” Sinners “ shall look their servants, and suffer any under upon him whom they have pierced, their roof to perish for lack of knowand they sball mourn for him as ledge! And here I cannot help reone that mourneth for an only marking, that the more conscienson;” they shall abhor themselves liously masters perform their duty to and repent in dust and ashes, their servants, the more honestly and “ Therefore also, now saith the diligently will servants perform theirs. Lord, turn ye eren to me with all We have numerous complaints of seryour heart, and with fasting, and vants; but, if we consider seriously with weeping, and with mourning: the duty of masters, there will be and rend your heart, and not your found, förhaps, as great faults on garments, and turn unto the Lord this side as on the other. There your God; for he is gracious and are some, who seem to expect in merciful, slow 10 anger, and of poor uneducated persons, alt manner great kindness, and repenteth him of propriety of conduct, sweetness of the evil.”
of temper, integrity, and diligence, I proceed now to make some im- and are ready to shew the most vioprovement of what bas been said.
lent displeasure at the least defect 1. We may learn from this sub- of those qualities, who, at the same ject the force of those passages of time, shew no example in their own Scripture in which the knowledge of conduct, but of a neglect of their God is put for the whole of reli- duty both to God and man. gion.—“know the Lord.” “ This is have pily on the ignorant, and lalife eternal, that they might know bour with all our power to teach thee, the only true God, and Jesus them the things belonging to their Christ whom thou hast sent.” On peace. the other hand, the wicked are de 3. We may learn also, from what scribed as those " that know not has been said, the absolute necessity God.” The truth is, God is either of regeneration, or
inward wholly unknown to wicked men, or change of heart. It is not, as has greatly mistaken by them. None been already observed, a speculative but his servants do truly see his knowledge of the nature and perglory, and the more they see of fections of God that leads to repenthim, the more like him do they be- ance, but an affecting view of his
“ But we all, with opeo excellence and amiableness. This face, beholding as in a glass, the none can have, but those who are glory of the Lord, are changed into in some measure changed into the the same image, from glory to same image. Wicked men do not glory, even as by the Spirit of the cherish, but avoid the thoughts of Lord.”
God; they feel no desire of union 2. From what has been said, we with him, no cordial submission 10 may also learn the great danger of him. The devils, also, have doubta state of ignorance.--If repent. less a clear understanding of the
pature of God; yet it has no purify- when his wrath is kindled hit a little. ing effect upon them. The more Blessed are all they that put their they know of bim, who is so die trust in him.” rectly opposite to them in all things, And true Christians will see, from the inore they hate him. Let these what bus been said, bow closely considerations excite us to pray, connected the right knowledge of that it would please God to reveal God-inother words, true religione himself to us by his Spirit, and give is wilh humility and self-abasem-nt. us the saving knowledge of hini, as Even the clearest views which a he is “ in Christ Jesus reconciling believer can take of the riches of the world unto himself.”
the Divine mercy through a Rę. And now, in conclusion, let me deemer, while ibey afford him unentreat those who are strangers to speakable consolation, tend also most true religion, whilst the Spirit of deeply to humble him under a sense God is still striving with them, to of his own unworthiness. The doclay down the weapons of their rebel. trine of the Cross is 'pot more relion against him, and to lay hold by freshing to the broken in beart than faith on the atooing blood of Christ it is abasing to the proud; for it was for their reconciliation with God. chaseu of God for this very purpose,
Acquaint yourselves with God,“ that no flesh should glory in his and be at peace, that thereby good presence." And we may be well may come unio you.” Some, indeed, assured we have then the best evia may unhappily succeed for a time in dence that the various means of banishing every dismal foreboding. grace which we use are profilable to The false and flattering pleasures of us, when they serve to clothe us with life may engross ineir thoughts, and bumiliiy, and to lead us to adopt and intoxicate their minds. But in a
relish the words of Job, in the text, little time the Judge shall come “I have heard of thee by the hear“ with clouds; and every eye shall ing of the ear; but now mine eye see him, and they also which pierced seeth thee.
Wherefore I abhor him, and all kiodreds of the earib myself, and repent in dust and shall wail because of him.” He ashes *.” still waits to be gracious to you. . Most of the readers of the Christian ObEmbrace, therefore, the happy sea.
server will probably recognize the above son. · Kiss the Son, lest he be sermon, which is only an abridgment of one angry and ye perish from the way, that is very generally known.
Tothe Editor of the Christian Observer. there are in the practical applica
tion of all principles to explain The readers of the Christian Ob. the two sides of the question to server cannot but own their obliga. common minds; that is, to the imtioos to the author of the luminous, mense majority of those persons, of acute, and discerning essay on the both sexes, to whom is entrusted the Principle of Emulation; and the moral culture of their successors on guardians of young persons will do the great theatre of life. Into their well to introduce the exercise of hands, and not into the hands of that principle, as defined and modi. philosophers, you have to deliver fied by Vindex. into the general sys- an engine of wondions potency ; tem of education. The difficulty, capable of effecting much good, but however, will be for difficulties (it this be not begging the question) Carist. OBSERY, No. 152.
far more mischief; and, after deli- the true shew-rooms of life, where very, to say to the receivers, Take the parents, their children, and their care how you use it, lest it reçoil, relations, visitors, or dependants and dash you and your disciples to combine to form one varied and atoms. Indeed, as to emulation in instructive exhibition of the general the gross or popular sense, we all character of our nature. Is it a know ihat it is ihe informing spirit libel on the parlakers of that nature of mankind, the true anima mundi, to say, after travelling round the displaying its vivific influence in vulgar circles of life, till we have the court, the camp, the senate; seen and seen again all which these and rot less operative in situations expeditions can offer to our placed, according to the calculations riosity,—that the world is one ceaseof some theorists, out of the reach less struggle for superiority, a war of its controul ; namely, in the of extermination against our rivals; sphere of scavengers and scullions, a system of decorous jealousy; and in the last retreats of beggary and a masquerade, where all the actors feculence. Yes, sir, "the glorious are known while they think themfault of angels and of gods” is com selves concealeit, and where every mitted, not puly by those who pirformer perseveres, or retires, “ hold their routs in Juno's heaven," under the hope or conviction of but by the sublunary deities of having outwitted the rest! I do not Wapping. Among these, the prin- urge this inquiry by way of holding ciple reigns and revels; no matter up a contemptuous exhibition of our what be its object, or peculiar mode fallen race ; for notwithstanding the of operation. I would merely assert desolation inflicted on his nature, its existence and activity every man is only « less than archangel where
ruin'd ;” but ihe suggestion is made Being myself little conversant with a view to discover, whether a with the highest or lowest orders principle innately pure and ennoof sociery, I shall not penlure to go bling, has not been polluted and into the details of my subject other. desecrated beyond what may be wise than as it affects the “ tenants called the average measure of human of lite's middle state ;" where my abuse. If so, ihe guards around its own renure is to be found, and where purity ought to be doubled, or, the fearures bith of individual and divesiing the subject of metaphor, naljonal character are generally the mass of mankind should be disunders'ood to be most legible, as tinctly warned of the unusual dewell as most accessible to a. pbilo.. gree of danger attached to ambitious sopher's examination. Every one feelings. who has lived among his fellows of If I were to lead you through any the middle stale for some forly or given number of families taken at fifty yrars, must have read many a random out of the respectable orders long chapter in the book of human of society, I should expect, of manners; open as its pages perpe course, to meet with individual sentually are, in all the shops and par. sualists, sharpers, blackguards, bulJours where business or social habits lies, and garnesters, scattered along lead him. In these two favourite our line of march; and in various resorts of the British public (for we instances, exercising their several are not so exclusively a naiion of vocations as far as these could posshopkeepers, as 10 seek no repose sibly be pursued within the usual from the iniportunity of customers limits of worldly decency ;-but, in our private apartments), it has leaving tbese individuals out of the been my loi lo encounter ihe prin- question, as persons uiterly disapciple of emulation in full exercise ; proved or even shuoned by the rest, but especially in the parlours them- let me ask, should we, or should we selves, which may be regarded as not, find the decorous remainder im.
pelled and impelling, according two substantial houses; inhabited to ihe diversified and apparently by families who, in point of rivalry, irregular agency of what passes for are the Montagues and Capulets of emulation ? Now, in the case of the the district. Whatever may be the insulated offenders referred to, I lighter shades of character discoassume, that we should gain a verable among the several members knowledge of their characters, ra of these establishments, each party ther by witnessing certain overt has one paramount object; which acts of depravity, than by discern is, in explicit terms, to raise itself ing a general air and mien of evil; by depressing the other. To this but in the other instance, the air object, all the resources of nature and mien would speak more intel and art, as far as so powerful a ligibly; or, on the supposition of mass of means is placed under the the culprits being able to veil the controul of the rival houses, are put mighty secrets of their bosoms, into hourly requisition. The feels there would appear, in evidence of ings of the parlour diffuse themselves, their guilt, various domestic arrange- "gliding meteorous as evening mist, ments in regard to dress, furniture, over the kitchen, out-offices, and engagements, connections, projects scables; imparting to every servant of business or festivity, all of these and underling something of those things breathing, and almost enun- high sensations which agitate the ciating articles of impeachment bosom of the master; and producing against the subjects of our obser. a correspondent effort to elevate 'vation.
his (and their own) magnificence. As a practical man, sir, you must To me, it is a propitious circumbe fond of practical illustrations; stance, that my own establishment, and, as the matter of my address being obviously inferior to that of receives elucidation, every day, in either family, not merely excites no every village and town (and, I was jealousy, hul conciliates both pargoing to say, in every family) in ties; with whom I pass as a person the United Kingdom, to say nothing of innocent intentions, and, more of the universe at large; I cannot
than this, " as one of the worthiest refrain from giving a little detail men in all the world;” my innoof the effects of emulation's wide- cence and worth being self-evident wasting pest in the town or townlet in the obsolete decorations of my where my arocations usually detain best parlour, and in the simple me, I reside in one of those third manners and dress of my wife and or fourth rate places which has the 'her children. I have indeed heard fictitious credit of maintaining, a it whispered, that both the Moniae market.---It chiefly consists of a gues and the Capulets frequently long wide street, with a dilapidated bint at the gothic state of our fakind of town-house, and jail, stand. mily; and even declare, that it is ing or falling about the middle; a sad pity we should read so much, before which, the stocks yet retain and shew off so livile; and that such their sinecure situation, and, with sensible persons (su are they pleased the steps of the house, serve as a to call us) might do things with lounging seat for all such sinall effect, if they would but come out ; tradesmen as, wearied with perpe not considering, by the way, that tually leaning over their shop doors, the effect and ihe coming out, howseek relaxation from that severer ever recommended rebus sic stana duty in the society of their fellows- tibus, might soon annihilate the Vestibulum ante ipsum, primisque in fau- to above. However, we visit and are
puted innocence and worth referred cibus orci.
visited by the persons who would At the western entrance of the town, rub us brighter; but if they are are situated, opposite to each other, gratified by the intercourse, I wish
I could return the compliment. off to a vase of flowers placed on a What is intercourse without sym. slab in one of the piers, and to pathy? And what is it, when a great smell away all their fragrance, in man invites a little one, in order to order to conceal the embarrassment overpower him with a display of occasioned by a lady's frowns. We grandeur, or to describe, in tones were relieved by the entrance of her of mawkish triumph, the abortive youngest daughter, who was inefforts of a rival! I scarcely make stantly directed to exbibit her a morning call at either house, powers of elocution, by repeating without witnessing the deepening her last hymn;" and this last blushes, and hurried pulsation, pro- hymn bappened to be the twentyduced by some new suspicion, ibat second of Dr. Watts's, against pride the opposite family are rising. No in clothes. The child got through pencil of mine can paint the sensa the first stanza with tolerable suc. tion which pervaded Mr. Pork wick's cess; not, however, without discoestablishment, at the launch of Mr. vering a peculiar attachment to the Gabbe's new curricle. Had the eighth letter of the alphabet, by curricle been a close carriage, the forcing it to precede every initial consequences must have been very vowel. In the second yerse the serious indeed. Tranquillity, bow. performer balted about the middle, ever, was restored at length; but it ibus ; was only when an anti-curricle When first she put the cov'ring hon, made 'ils appearance from the rival Her rube of binnelinnowas gonem coach-house, drawn by two unblemished bays; to the utter discom.
“ Hinnocence,” cried the mother, fiture of the Gabbe family, one of who partook of the child's partiality whose bays turned out to be a
for the redundant letter, wbile router, and the other to have been Louisa proceeded, down, when in possession of its Hand yet her children vainly boast former owner.
In the dreary inter. Hin the sad marks of glory lost ;val of mortification and conscious And there the performance closed ; inferiority on the part of the Pork. the mother declaring that the actress wicks, some private business of mine should go to church on Sunday in obliged me to wait on the lady of a new hat and spencer, and perhaps that house; whom, on entering the with her sick sisier's parasol. “ Yes, room I surprised (though my name mamma," said Louisa, “and you said, was formally announced) in the that when papa came from Hessex, act of nail-biting and watching, her- he would bring me shoes of the same "self till then unseen, the fatal cur colour with Miss Gabbe's.” Poor ricle, which had been standing half Louisa bere louched the wrong the morning on the other side of the sering, was sent into the nursery, way, preparatory to its occupation and I once more abandoned to the *by its audacious proprietor and pelting of the storm. We managed his equally criminal wife. With most infelicitously to get back to the most innocent intentions, I paid the curricle; and the last thing I the compliments due lo a carriage remember from the lady's lips, was, which was certainly an extremely
• Curricle indeed! it will be well if handsome one; and I admired its some people are not curricled into abstracı beauty, without any refers the King's Bench;” and so forth, ence to the sensibilities of my com according to the latest improvements panion. Not so Mrs. Porkwick; in the phraseology of feeble satire. who, transferring the guilt of the I could not but wonder at Mrs. proprietor to his carriage, poured Porkwick's singular ingenuity in forth such elaborate abuse of the bringing together such a variety of colours of the wheels and lining, wrong things into so small a comthat I was at last compelled to sidle pass. The child repeats a hymn