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ceptions, we take courage from the fact that British and American influence, the influence of two nominally Christian realms, is drawn, like a belt, around the globe. And the more efficient religion is at the heart, the stronger will be its renovating and saving force in the remotest members. We also take courage from the commanding position of the principal centres of missionary labor. They are generally in places of note, which are often visited by strangers from surrounding towns and provinces; they are in the commercial or trading dépots of important countries, from which an influence is constantly diffused abroad to distant points. They are established in the different quarters of the globe, and on the most important islands. If all the missionary force were gathered up within a narrow compass, strong light might, indeed, go forth from such a focus, which would draw to itself universal attention. But the end of missions would not be attained. The design of the gospel, as revealed in our Saviour's commission to his disciples, would never be effected. The true policy of missions is to erect a line of spiritual light-houses along the coast of this world's darkness, gradually increasing their frequency until ray meets ray, shining from each to each, and until, by their commingling brilliancy, the whole earth is illumined like an outer-court of heaven. Any one who will trace upon a map the existing missionary stations, will find that this theory is beginning to be realized. We may commence with Britain, which has enjoyed for centuries the light of inspiration; travelling eastward, we find the trophies of the gospel in France, Switzerland and Germany, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Further east, Russia has a corrupted Christianity; thence, missionary effort has kindled . a light in Constantinople, in several parts of Greece, and in the Mediterranean islands. To the south of this, the great continent of Africa has its scattered stations on the east, the south, and the west ; the light at the east answers to the same from Madagascar opposite, where persecution has lately endeavored to extinguish it with the blood of the saints. Returning to the Mediterranean, we see a lamp burning in solitary brightness in the land where our Saviour and his apostles trod the soil, and wept over lost men.
Still following our line to the east, we may go first to Armenia and Persia, thence to the mountains of
Thibet, to Hindostan, Burmah, Siam, and China, and at long intervals, our hearts will be cheered as we look upon the fruits of evangelical effort, and hear the once perishing idolater cry out to his bewildered fellows, "the cross, the cross !” South from these vast and populous countries, we see the torch of gospel-light beaming across the waters to the islands, and from islet to islet, in every direction; from Malacca to Sumatra, from Sumatra to Borneo, from Borneo to Java, from Java to New Holland, from New Holland to New Zealand, from New Zealand to the Friendly Islands, the Society Islands, the Sandwich Islands, and thence to the Western coast of North America, to the missions among the Flathead Indians, and thence across the Rocky Mountains to the Cherokees and Choctaws of the Indian territory, and thence to the United States. Thence we may travel northeast to the stations of the Moravians among the Esquimaux in Labrador and Greenland, to civilized and Christian Iceland, and thence back to Scotland and England.
The girdle of the earth is begun; would that its centres of light were more numerous ! Would that they were melted away in the day, instead of being swallowed up in the death-darkness and damps of night!
We will only add, in this place, that we are encouraged to expect the conversion of the world, when we consider that the success of evangelical labor among the heathen has been greatly disproportioned to the amount of effort. The preaching of the gospel has, in many instances, been far more efficacious than, from the analogies of Christendom, we should expect it to be. The labors of many individual missionaries have been blessed far more, apparently, than the corresponding labors of ministers of the gospel at home. An examination of statistics, we are very confident, would confirm these statements. Though there are painful exceptions, in which the eyes of men have seemed to be blinded, and their hearts hardened, we sincerely believe that in a large number of cases, the amount of success enjoyed has been more than should have been legitimately expected from the amount of labor bestowed. This is as the hand of God, ministering to us the cup of encouragement, lest we should faint and despond. And even when the case seems to be otherwise, we are sure that latent successes are treasured up in the preparatory work that has been done. The seed is buried; but it will not be lost. Future years will see it springing forth in rich luxuriance, sending abroad its branches by the rivers, and trailing its ripe clusters along the hills, giving shade to the weary, and refreshing cordials to those that are ready to perish. And they who have sown it in tears shall reap in gladness, when they receive their Master's plaudit--" Well done, good and faithful servant; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”
We could willingly linger upon this theme. It opens around us visions of the latter days, which it is refreshing to the eye and the heart to rest upon. The considerations which have been suggested seem almost to annihilate the weary distance which must elapse between prophecy and fulfilment, and to set us on the verge of the Messiah's universal kingdom. We already see the nations coming from afar, “their silver and their gold with them,” and thronging to the Saviour, “as clouds, and as doves to their windows." We hear the voice of “harpers, harping with their harps,” as “the ransomed of the Lord” return to Zion, with “songs and everlasting joy upon their heads.” We listen for the voices in heaven, - "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdom of Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” We look abroad upon a world redeemed, renewed ; upon a church, purified, glorified, saved; reflecting from every part the lineaments of its glorified Head. We perceive the results of prayers, labors, self-denials for Christ's sake, watchings, fastings and tears. We rejoice in what we have given, and done, and said in behalf of this sublimest of causes. We witness the prayer fulfilled
" Come, Lord, and, added to thy many crowns,
and we are satisfied. God has fulfilled our desire, and our eyes behold it. Who, in view of these things, can refuse to join in the lay of the Christian poet
“ Time has nearly reached its sum;
It is due to the work, named at the head of this article, to say that it forms a beautiful octavo volume, with fine paper, and an attractive page. The editor has used to very good advantage the materials within his reach, and given a fair portrait of a most worthy man. The volume is distinguished by little that is very exciting; but it bears upon every page the marks of strong intellect, a spirit of acute discernment, and of Christian zeal and effort springing from convictions of duty and of right.
THE HARMONY OF EDUCATION AND RELIGION.
To those whose position enables them to judge rightly, it seems surprising that the intellectual and moral nature of man, and consequently the education which belongs to each, should have been oftentimes forced to so wide and unnatural a separation. We believe that intellectual and moral improvement are and ought to be inseparably one. In educating the intellect, we should labor yet more to improve and benefit the heart. Many good men have indulged prejudices against the education of the intellect, because of its liability to abuse. It has oftentimes been abused. Undoubtedly, a vicious person who is well versed in the philosophy of mind, acquires a very dangerous power. Knowledge gives power, which is injurious ar beneficent, according to the manner in which it is used. Physical strength is dangerous, if guided only by brute impulse; but infinitely more so, under the direction of a perverted mind. And he whose moral nature is so depraved that he has cast off fear, and adopted the motto attributed by Milton to the great spiritual foe of man, “Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven,"—may, if his sagacity and education be sufficient, become another Satan in crime; he may exert the most terrific influence in the community or the world in which he dwells.
But is the liability of any blessing to be perverted an argument against its usefulness? Who would say that our limbs or senses are either worthless or pernicious, because they may be rendered instruments of evil ? And who shall say that the legitimate tendency of intellectual education is to inflate a man with pride, or to nourish skepticism, or to abridge his usefulness? The fact is far otherwise. The man who possesses a cultivated intellect, if he be also truly religious, will be more humble, and at the same time more useful;—just as the possession of limbs and senses, developed and trained according to their nature, enables us the better to discharge the duties of life, and to fulfil the design of our Creator.
If we consult the character of those studies which usually form the course of education, we shall find thern to consist chiefly in the study of God and nature, and of ourselves. In such studies there is every thing calculated to enlarge the conceptions, to inform the understanding, and to improve the heart.
“ The men whom Nature's works can charm,
In like manner, religion and the study of nature exert a reciprocal influence upon each other.
“Acquaint thyself with God, if thou wouldst taste
His works. Admitted once to his embrace,
What, then, can there be incongruous, between the study of nature and the admiration of nature's God? What inconsistency in investigating the phenomena of mind, and submitting the result, with humility, to him who made it? Or what so reasonable, as to task to the utmost our intellectual powers, and then to surrender them, weak and imperfect, to the great source and centre of all minds, their only point of rest?
Where this reciprocal cultivation is carried on, there is generally found a beautifully proportioned and well-balanced character. The greatest power is thus imparted to