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"She said, that when the war is o'er,
Perhaps we might our father see;
That God our Father then would be.
"She kiss'd us both, and then she died;
"But when our father came not here,
"We hand in hand went many a mile,
"But when we reach'd the sea, and found
"So we return'd to mother's grave,
"Then since no parents have we here,
Lady, pray can you tell us where
That God our Father may be found."
Yes, interesting orphans! He is every where present; present as the Father of the
fatherless! You will not plead in vain, for here in the sanctuary of mercy, the fatherless assuredly will find mercy. Not a heart but approves of the conduct and responds the language of female benevolence, in relation to such objects.
"I clasp'd the prattlers to my breast,
And said, Come both and live with me;
"And God will be your Father still;
To teach you to obey his will,
Your steps to guide, your hearts to cheer."
Thus speak and thus act the Orphan Asylum Society, to fatherless and motherless children, whom they meet in our streets. Like an affectionate parent, this Institution receives such within its embrace, to save them from misery, and train them up for God. And they now ask you to aid them in the blessed work. Surely you will not, you cannot refuse! AMEN.
THE BENEVOLENT EUNUCH.
JEREMIAH XXXVIII. 7—13. and XXXIX. 16—18.
Now when Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, one of the eunuchs which was in the king's house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon; the king then sitting in the gate of Benjamin: Ebed-melech went forth out of the king's house, and spake to the king, saying, My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon: and he is like to die for hunger in the place where he is: for there is no more bread in the city. Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from hence thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon before he die. So Ebed-melech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence old cast clouts, and old rotten rags, and let them
down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah. And Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, Put now these old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine arm-holes under the cords. And Jeremiah did so. So they drew up Jeremiah with cords, and took him out of the dungeon. And Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.
Go, and speak to Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will bring my words upon this city for evil, and not for good; and they shall be accomplished in that day before thee. But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the Lord; and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid. For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the Lord.
POLITICAL Sovereignty does not spring from the weakness of individuals, nor is it the result of what is called the social compact. They
who embrace the former theory, make muscular strength the source of moral power, which is absurd. The supporters of the latter, claim for man such a power over his own life, as is inconsistent with his dependence upon God, which is impious. "There " is no power but of God"," saith the Holy Spirit. Civil government is his ordinance, for we are expressly told, "The magistrate is His minister for good." It is therefore not an evil, as theoretic maniacs wish to make us believe, but a blessing, and a blessing of the highest kind. The forms in which it may be administered, are left to the choice of men, for they are of little consequence. Let the magistrate only act as the minister of God for good, and it is immaterial whether he possesses despotic or limited authority.
They who contend for forms of government, about which God has given no positive directions in his word, whilst they neglect the qualifications of those who administer the government, which God in his infinite wisdom has thought proper to specify again and again, and that in the plainest
a Rom. xiii. 1.
b Rom. xiii. 4.