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this inscription, ' Holiness unto the Lord.' destined laminary of his own parish, in The work of the ministry, to be prosecuted which he is placed as the centre of the successfully, most commence in opr own system, to communicate the blessings of light souls. We shall never be really earnest in and heat to all who are within the sphere of urging our people to work out their salvation, his influence. His path too should be, not till we have been really earnest in working like that of the meteor, now attracting by its out our own. Who will paint sin in such splendor, and now lost in darkness ; nor like lively colours, as he who has seen its deformity that of the comet, surprising by the eccenpourtrayed in his own breast? Who will set tricity of its orbit; but steady and undebefore his people the doctrines of the Gospel viating, like the sbining light of the firma. with such force and feeling, as he who bas ment, that shineth more and more unto the himself experienced their practical influence? perfect day. And where the shadows of the Who will display the cross of his Redeenser evening of life are gathering around bim, the so strikingly, as lie who has found it to be horizon should gleam with his setting beams; the power of God unto his own salvation ? the emblem of his rising, on the morning of Or with what effect will he exhort others to the resurrection, in another world, there boliness of living, who is not himself a pattern ordained to shine forth, with additional eo the flock? Words alone cost little, and lastre and unclouded glory, as the sun in the are therefore, of themselves of little value kingdom of his Father." "It is not not with mankind. The evidence of a consistent a question to be proposed for our deliberate life carries such an appeal to the conscience, consideration, whether or not we are willing
as, all our adversaries can neither gainsay to incur the awful responsibility of the mini* nor resist." The Christian minister will sterial office. We have incurred it. A din
therefore be peculiarly watchful over his own pensation of the Gospel has already been spirit. He will preach' to himself every committed to us, at our own request. By sermon, before he preaches it to others, our own act and deed we have set our seal to and in order that he may preach it more the engagement; and, in the most solemn effectually to others. He will lay the axe to transaction of our whole lives, pledged the root of every corrupt tree within his own ourselves, in the presence of God and or bis territory, before he ventures to apply it in people, to the performance of it. Our own the territory of his neighbour. He will vows, therefore, are apod us; and no power dread, as not less painful to his owu private can dissolve our obligation to fulfil then. feelings, than injurious 10 the interests of his Necessity, paramount necessity, is laid upon ministry, that most poignant of all sarcasms, us. We cannot draw back from our engage • Thon that teachest another, teachest thou not meat without drawing back unto perdition. thyself?' He will tremble to approach the We cannot turn away our eyes from the confines of the kingdom of the prince of dark. work before us, but our own hand-writing, ness, He will be an example to the believers more dreadful than the writing on Belshazin word, in conversation, in charily, in spirit, car's wall, shall instantly rise to uur view, iu faith, in pwity.' He will not offeud by and prove not only the beans but the Reedless singularities; nor, on the other ground of our confusion. Of all dissemhand, will he sacrifice lis conscience for the blers, shall not the clergyman, who trifies sake of peace., He will be all things to all with his most solemn vows, be justly promen, except in their vanities and in their nounced the worst? If when he professed sins. He will be serious without austerity; to trust that he was inwardly moved by the firm without obstinacy; meek without cow. , Holy Ghost to take upon him this office and ardice; cautious without lokewarmness; ministry, he came with a lie in his right hand, Jaborious without ostentation; courteous can he help anticipating, at least can any one without Aattery.". - Many who place help anticipating for him, that heart-rending themselves beyond the reach of public or question of God to bis soul, . Why hatte private admonition, will get be won by Satan filled thy heart to lie onto the Holy his unblameable conversation in Christ Ghost ?." Is not Christ's fold now Jesus; and thus, seeing his good works, will as dear to Him, as when He first purchased glorify biş, Father which is in heaven.- it with his own blood ? Or is the case of a Are we, 'my fellow ministers, the appointed hireling who careth not for the sheep imposa lights of the world ; -of a world that sitteth sible, visionary, improbable! Judas was in darkness, and in the shadow of death? amoug the apostles. • I have chosen you Then should we be burning and shining twelve, and one of you is a devil. Is the lights, glowing with the reflected beams of church of Christ more likely in itself to have the Sun of Righteousness. Each is the laborious servants, now the Lord of those CHRIST. OBSERV. No. 152.
servants has ceased personally to appoint the Lord are, no doubt, unspeakably imtheni to their office? To betray the cause portant to every individual. But the miniof Christ in any age, is to betray Christ sters of Christ seem to have a more than himself. Every unfaithful steward imitates ordinary interest in its proceedings. Our the conduct, participates the guilt, and visitation, whether of judgment or of mercy, approximates to the doom of the apostate is not the visitation of all men. Nothing Judas. There is no neutrality in this cause. seems ordained to be dealt out to us on a · He that is not with Christ is against Him. scale of common calculation. Our destinies · How important is the decision to whom we are not to be weighed in the general balances belong! While the remotest possibility of the aniverse. We seem appointed to be exists of a single individual among us held up, in both worlds, as a spectacle to treading in the steps of the primitive betrayer men and angels. Are the vials of God's of his Master, shall we not each, in the wrath to be poured out from the cup of his sincerity of our hearts, anxiously appeal, with indignation? Upon whom will they be this question, unto Him who alone can search poured out so copiously, and wilh so little them, • Lord, is it I?"_"Can we look 'mixture, as upon the idle and unprofitable around in any parish, however small, without servant? If the wicked, dying in their own being filled with serious apprehension, that transgressions, though unwarned by their some are still in the gall of bitterness and the minister, perish deservedly, and without bond of iniquity, pressing forward with fatal remedy, what shall become of the minister unconcern in the broad road that leadeth himself, perishing under the load of his own unto destruction? And is there no language guilt, and the additional guilt of every in this misery? Do not the cries of those individual who is lost through his neglect ? aliat are ready to perish penetrate our ears, If the one be cast into a fumace of fire, and loudly call upon us to deliver then, how much more will the furnace be beated that they go not down to the pit? Shall for the other! I confess, I cannot comprenot we the appointed ministers of Christ, in hend what those persons mean, who accuse our day, weep between the porch and the us of excess of zeal in oar ministerial doties, altar, and say, Spare thy people, O Lord, unless they mean that we should be willing spare them; and let not thine heritage be to suffer this excess of torment. But are we brought to confusion ?" On what principle, willing to suffer it? • Can our heart endure, is less zeal, less faithfulness, less compassion, or can our hands be strong, in the days that required in our days, than in the days of God shall thus deal with us?' (Ezek. xxii. old ? What circunstances have arisen, 14.) Is it not sufficient that our fellow. during the lapse of ages, to authorize any creatures perish themselves, without involp. abatement of ministerial ardour? Is tlie ing us in the consequences of their perdition? heart of man less deceitful, and less despe At least, let it be more than sufficient in our rately wicked ? Is Satan less active and eyes. If others trenible not for us, let us vigilant? Is the nature of sin less ensnaring? learn to tremble for ourselves. And we ask, Are its consequences less treniendous? Is its Is there not a cause? If private Christians Juistory less marked, like Ezekiel's roll, with are reasonably exhorted to work out their lamentation, and mourning, and woe? Is own salvation with fear and trembling, shall the salvation of the Gospel less needful, or not we, who have more at issue than they, are men of themselves more disposed to not feel equal apprehension? Shall we see einbrace it? Away with every refuge for no reason for entering into the feelings in activity and delay! Let us arise to save and language of the apostle, and for taking our fellow-creatures from the ruins of the beed to ourselves, lest, after having preached fall. Let us place ourselves in the breach to others, we ourselves should be castaways?" between them and their offended God. pp. 25–37. Even with our utmost diligence and earnestness, it will be extremely difficult to persuade While admonitions of this solemn our congregations not to thrust away from character are uttered from the pulthem their own mercies ! They will be but scarcely saved, after all that we can do."
pits of the Establishment, addressed “We must give an account of our steward
by a clergyman to his brethren, and ship. The Lord, whose servants we are,
published at the request of the Vi. cometh to reckon with us. Here the subject
sitor and his clergy, we feel that assumes a most solemn aspect. Behold! the vitality of godliness yet circuHe cometh, and every eye shall see him.
lates in the bosom of the United The events of that great and terrible day of Church. They are substantially
the sentiments which breathed sincerely adhere to it; and, consefrom the souls of her martyred re- quently, its clerical adherents are formers, when they anticipated her the last to assume their own religiliberation from the bonds of error ous consistency. The more they and superstitious observances; and exert themselves to save men's souls, foresaw that the principles for which the more, as they think, remains to they died, would authorize her mi- 'be done ; and in telling the world nisters to gather their views of the what are their own calculations on pastoral care directly from the Chris- the subject of pastoral duty, they are iian Scriptures; and that her ordi- frequently ready to interrupt the nation offices, deduced from the course of inquiry by exclaiming, same inspired source, would possess Who is sufficient for these things! more than a human measure of spic and by expressing convictions of ritual beauty.
But these devout their own inability, and of unfaithfathers of our communion knew fulness to their own engagements. human nature too well, to anticipate With the adherents of a more flexa succession of pastors whose per- jble scheme, the case is very difsonal sanctity and ministerial fide- ferent ; since their views of clerical lity would restore the apostolic age. excellence seldom disquiet themThey left behind them, however, a selves, and never permanently disconfession and a liturgy, to serve as turb the deep repose of others. rallying points to such as should love Hence spring visitation charges and their memories, and aspire to believe sermons, which seem to have no and live like them; and, farther, la- better aim than the occupation of bour to lead their flocks into the the usual half-hour, with words same pastures. Whenever we are pri- forgot as soon as uttered, too unvileged to meet with shepherds who meaning either to invite intellectual not only feed and protect their attention, or to interest the heart. sheep, but discover an ardour and This is not thrown out as a careless an ability to communicate the re sarcasm, but as a correct account of sults of their own experience to what has passed when we and our their fellows, while equally anxious associates have been witnesses. 2o be themselves guided and re From other quarters we have gaproved in their turn, we recognise thered reports still less propitious the faithful ministers of the New to the vital interests of the United Testament, and the genuine sons of Church. On this point, we have our own reformed establishment. only to repeat our allusions to such -If the author of the Sermon under orations ad clerum, as shoot over the consideration be a living illustra-, enemies' lines towards objects scarcetion of his own doctrines, we con. ly within the range of ecclesiastical gratulate his parish, on the posses- artillery, and which, if reached at sion of an instructor who combines. all, can receive no serious damage with the authority of office the effi, from a spent ball. As to those enciency of example. We speak, it gineers who turn the guns against will be observed, hypothetically ;, their own comrades, we leave them aware of the necessity, as indirecily to the recoil ; and in the mean time, urged in the discourse itself, of re counsel the governor of the fortress collecting that extremely vivid re- . to prefer that officer who most presentations of pastoral fidelity ably contributes to its defence, even may be drawn by persons conscious though he may chance to be a subof copying from originals borrowed ; altern, and have nothing to recomfor the occasion, and not from a mend him but science, valour, and home model. The fact, indeed, is, fidelity: that the doctrinal system on which this discourse is founded, invariably tepds to, bumble tħose who most."
ing his turn for reading. He afterPoems, Moral and Religious. By wards quitted the business of teod
JOAN STRUTHERS. 2 vols. Fools. ing cattle, and betook himself to cap 8vo. Glasgow: Lang. 1814. the more sedentary occupation of a Pp. 176 and 160.
shoemaker; and when be first became
known to the world around him as a These two little volumes are the poet, be was earning his daily bread production of a person originally in
as a journeyman in that trade.
He low, and even meán circumstances, now works on his own account; and and who possessed in early life few by his own labour, with the aid of two advantages of education. He enjoy- apprentices, maintains himself and ed, however, the blessing of a pious his family. His residence ig Glasand affectionate mother, who endea- gow having placed books within his voured to store his mind with the reach, he has diligently availed lessons of true wisdom. We were
himself of this advantage, and has much pleased with the filial tribote found time to study with great care paid to her memory, in a few verses the best writers in the English written “ on visiting the scenes of language. The friend to whom we his youth.”
are indebted for this brief account “ Never morc shall mect me there, of our author, has told us, what we She, who to a masters's air,
had great pleasure in bearing, that Watchful, joined a mother's care, he retains all the simplicity and Still so soft, so tenderly :
plainness of his origin, and, above all, Nomin solemn silence laid,
is a man of real religion : ” and he Low she rests among the dead,
has added, wbat these volumes abunFrom the storms for ever hid,
danıly confirm, that “ his writings Dark, that dina mortality.
are deeply imbued with a religious And upon the very spot,
spirit." Where was cast her active lut,
If our readers have been as much Passed her deeds—her worth forgota interested by these scanty memoirs, Perished even her memory.
as we ourselves have been, they will Spirit pure! in bliss divine !
be desirous to know more of the Vain th' attempt for verse of mine Glasgow shoemaker and his writHere thy virtues to inslırine,
ings: for, however little there may Child of meek humility!
be of enchantment in that designa Yet, to fame if worth impart
tion, particularly after we have been Title true, thy feeling heart,
accustomed to hear so much of pou Manners pure devoid of art,
etical ploughmen and ploughboys, Justly claim celebrity.
shepherds and dairymaids; yet we Ne'er can I forget the hours,
will venture to affirm, that they will Closed upon the storm the doors, derive more profit, if not more pleaWhen unlocked, thy mental stores Streamed with sage garrulity;
sure, from a further acquaintance
with the productions of this untutor." Teaching many an ancient say,
ed minstrel, than with those perhaps Useful for life's troublous day,
of any of the attractive names to Many a precious roundelay,
which we have alluded. Even his Many a tale of piety;
countryman Burns, though he was Then, engaged, my thoughtless youth endowed with so extraordinary a Caught spontaneous from tby mouth,
portion of true genius, and though Warm, the rapturous strains of truth,
he occasionally employed his pen, Rich, that glad eternity."
as in the Cotter's Saturday-E'en (too Vol. i. pp. 109-111,
much however, we fear, for the sake His early employment was that of of poetie effect), in religion's cause, a herdsboy;—a mode of life which, if is at times so profane and licentious, he had access to books, would afford that we have never seen bis volumes him many opportunities of indulg- in the hands of young persona
without a feeling of deep regrei*. The lips profan'd with ravings wild and
The eye o'er which death's deepening timent in his pages which,“ if
shades prevail, dying, be need wish to blot." Nor is Enlarg'd, shall clear, with angels' ken, descry
-His footsteps mild on earth, who reigns it this negative recomendation alone
above the sky.
At rising morñ, at noon, or day's decline, ter. His great object appears to be, From winds and brooks—from trees and to mend the heart and elevate the
flowers shall hearaim of those who may perose bis pro From trills and vales, Heaven's mainstrelsy ductions. Of the success with which divine. he has endeavoured to please their ear But chief the humble holy heart shall joia and gratify their taste, our readers To bid the grateful chorus warmer rise, shall themselves judge; and to ena Till bright, at length, the Son of Glory ble them to do this more satisfacto
shine, rily, we shall lay before them, in the Scattering, on earth the last dark cloud that first place, no partial extract, but the greater part of a poem, called "The And all be raptrous praise that glows be. Cross." It thus commences.
neath the skies.
Supreme delights, unceasing transports dwell, " Celestial Harp! that once in Salem shed
Celestial Harp! upon thy trembling strings; The balm of bliss on spirits steep'd in Seraplic forms bend listening to thy swell
And cherubs hover round on burning Whose powerful tones, Despair's dark dells
And Hope divine, her glittering radiance
Dejection pale, bold into action springs,
bound, Accordant with thy heart-reviving strain, While cowardly Despair flies far the hallow'd Lest haply thy bold swell he camp with ground. louch profane?
Then wake! O! wake with energy divine,
Till this cold heart with heavenly ardour
Prevail o'er distance, darkness, doubt and
Before the swelling tones melifluous flow, still
Time's curtain dark fies wide in sunder
Nor sacred mount, nur consecrated rill-
The long lost years their slumber deep
While ages long to come, in day's broad But once to taste of that clear stream, which
lustre barn. holds
Darkness, again, rolls deep across the sky; Its winding course thro' Zion's peaceful
Despair's dark groan still deep and vale,
deeper grows, O'er which life's tree its golden bloom unfolds, Before their Idul shrines the nations lye, And health and fragrance breathe upon While higher still the tide of misery flows, the gale,
Dread, thro' the gloom Rome's ravening
eagle shows It surely would be worth the while of His eye of tire, and flaps his wing of power; soide bookseller to publish a editia expar. Quakes. Superstition with redoubleds gata of his works