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beholding a son of Abraham lay aside his his initiation into the church of Christ, rabbinical errors, and in the Name of the produced a kindred feeling in our hearts. Father, and of the Son and of the Holy It anew induced that gratitude to Him, who Ghost, receive the rite of baptism at the is Lord of the vineyard, and whom we hands of a brother Hebrew, zealous for the rejoice to obey, wbich must be felt in order truth, and thus become a member of the to be known. May the band of the Lord church of Jesus Christ.
be upon him for good, and may he through In our day we witness a recurrence of life and in death witness a good confession. these conversions, at short intervals of time, Amen.
W. ColdwELL, so that they have ceased to become a no King Square, June 13th, 1831. velty ; but the interest therein by no means wears away. Crowds are yet attracted to the scene of these initiations out of the rabbinical into the Christian church, many
July, 1831. of whom cannot obtain a place to stand, The Sun enters the sign Leo on the 23rd, much less to sit, within the walls of the at 28 minutes past 4 in the afternoon : his sacred edifices wherein the rite is performed. semi-diameter on the 1st, is 15 minutes, 45 These, nevertheless, stand without, listening seconds, and 5-tenths; and on the 25th, to, and catching a glimpse, through the open 15 minutes, 46 seconds, and 6-tenths. doors and windows, of the proceedings.
The Moon enters her last quarter on the Joy appeared to reign visibly on the gentile 2nd, at 40 minutes past 11 in the evening; features ; and the countenances of the un she is new on the 9th, at 47 minutes past 1 converted Hebrews, who attended on this in the afternoon ; enters her first quarter on occasion, possessed less of that lowering the 16th, at 3 minutes past 6 in the evening; rancour against the name of Jesus of Na- is full on the 24th, at 5 minutes past 9 in zareth than heretofore : in these appear. the evening ; and again enters her last ances of good we cannot but rejoice. quarter at 41 minutes past 5 in the morning
Missionary labours have at length become of the 1st of August. She passes near the predominant subjects; and a desire for the planet Saturn about 2 in the afternoon of conversion of the Jews, as well as of the the 12th, and near Venus about 10 in the heathen, is the popular feeling among evening of the same day : also near Jupiter Christians of every denomination. Some, about 9 in the morning of the 26th. On indeed, contrive to steer clear of this feel the 12th, at 4 minutes 22 seconds past 9 in ing, especially towards the Jews; but their the evening, she is in conjunction with number is gradually diminishing : success, Leonis, which will prove an occultation ; and which ever heightens desire, leads many on the 31st, at 56 minutes 29 seconds past to espouse a cause, who, under adverse 12 at night, she is in conjunction with 2 circumstances, would behold it with apathy. Ceti; the careful observer will be gratified May the cause and the effect yet more in consequence of this also proving an ocabound, until the multitudes of the Gentiles cultation. and the thousands of Israel become one The planet Mercury passes the Sun at his people, one in Christ, their living Head, for superior conjunction on the 19th, at 12 at
night. Venus continues to gild our evenings On Wednesday, June 8th, also, the rite with her superior brilliancy; she is noticed of baptism, by the Rev. T. J. Judkin, in the constellation Leo, and passes near M. A. of Gonville and Caius College, Regulus on the oth; her approach to this Cambridge, and minister of Somers Chapel, star and the planet Saturn, which is seen a was administered in that chapel to Frederick little to the east of it, is an interesting feature Julius Ruben, a converted Israelite, who in her course; on the evening of the 6th is an inmate of the Hebrew Institution, and 7th, she is noticed between them, and Camden Town. On Thursday, June 9th, to the north of a line joining them : after the this convert was favoured with the rite of 7th, the youthful astronomer will derive confirmation, by the Lord Bishop of Llan- considerable gratification in observing her daff, at the church of St. Pancras, in the recess from them. Her passage by p Leonis vicinity of the Hebrew Institution.
takes place on the 12th, and on the 27th Thus far hath the Lord helped us, in she passes - Leonis. On the 30th she whom we rejoice, beholding His hand upon arrives at her greatest eastern elongation. us for good. The pious feeling manifested Mars is progressing through a portion of by this convert, snatched from the haughty Leo, there is nothing particularly interesting prejudices of rabbinical observances, to the in his course this month. simple doctrines and spirit of the gospel The noble planet Jupiter is exceedingly of Jesus Christ, both previous to and after interesting, on account of several eclipses of
his satellites; there are three immersions of
CONTEMPLATION. the first, in the following order : on the 11th,
" Ye valleys low, where the mild whispers rise, at 35 minutes 42 seconds past 12 at night; Of sbades, and wanton winds, and gushing lirooks."
LYCIDAS, on the 19th, at 30 minutes 5 seconds past
SWEET woodland dells and mossy groves, 2 in the morning; and on the 27th, ai 53 Where the fond child of nature roves, minutes 12 seconds past 10 in the evening.
And holds communion with each flower, Two immersions of the second : on the 1st,
Each tree, each rock, each sunny bower.
The fountain, and the silver rill, at 25 minutes 52 seconds past 11 in the The feathered songster's joyous thrill;
The rural glen, the leafy dale, evening; and on the 9th, at 44 seconds past
The mountain side, or cottage vale, 2 in the morning: an immersion of the
Thelonie-scene, or the savage wild, third, on the 12th, at 29 minutes 48 se How sweet they are to nature's child. conds past 1 in the morning; and an im To linger near the woody brake, mersion of the fourth, on the 25th, at 33
And hear no sound your spell to wake,
Save the old rooks that restless fly, minutes 19 seconds past 1 in the morning. Beneath the bright and azure sky; The planet is still situated in the tail of the
Or the slight wliispering of the trees,
And the rich humming of the bees, Goat. Saturn is seen to the east of Regulus, Or zephyrs, bearing on their wings and the Georgian is observed in Capricornus. The perfume of all beauteons things;
All nature's charms a richness yield,
The birds, the sky, the breeze, the field;
The rivers, and the seas declare-
How rich, how lovely to behold,
The setting sun in rays of gold ;
Each mansion, cot, and village spire, The day perceives it, blushes, and expires :
Are lighted by his radiant tire; Or rather with the eve so nicely blends,
Then wellow tints of "yober gray" Unseen, where this commences, or that ends. Soon chase the gorgeous clouds away; Then twilight, with a chaste though feeble light, And the soft twilight that succeeds Ilumes the gloomy face of coming night.
Steals fast o'er forests, grores, and meads ; Thus He ordains, who wisely for us cares,
While “ Philomel" pours forth her song, That darkness ne'er may meet is unawares.
And strains of harmony prolong;
And the soft planet of the night
Shining through groves where fays might dance And all commingled, melt into a gray.
Beneath the splendour of her glance;
O'er many a tower, and ruin'd hall,
She flings her light on the wild shore,
Bounding before the breezy gale.
Where painters with their pencils rose,
The scholar finds a book to read, And all their hearts seemn swell’d with sympathy; In ocean, forest, rill, and mead, Yet there too oft 'tis all external show,
The Christian, who such scenes has trod, No pure philanthropy their bosoms know,
Wonders, admires, and praises God. M. F.G.
And hosts of hell assail,
Jesus, the rock of ages, They re’er can be respected, or belored;
Shall o'er my foes prevail. Though fair their words, their heart no gond in His strength, through all my weakness, tends
Shall still unsullied shine, The worst of foes such sympathizing friends.
And blend with lowly meekness Within my breast no latent wish remains,
A fortitude divine. That would prefer the crowd to silent plains.
0! shall I then, despairing, All sensual joys, and pleasures unrefined,
To Satan's sceptre bow ? Without regret are gladly left behind.
When God, in flesh appearing, For I rejoice, when business will permit,
Has wept for buman woe? The town and all its tasteless scenes to quit.
When He, the good, the holy, To wander on some lonely streamlet's briuk,
Will every aid impart;
And lead to endless glory,
Each humble, waiting heart.
The sun is ever glorions,
And soon his beams victorious
Their lasting power reveal. Withdraw my thoughts from worldly cares to The midniglit hour is dreary, beaven
And dark the shades of night; Nor spent in vain this fine autumpal even.
But soon the wanderer weary Nottinghamshire.
M, A. C.
Is cheer'd by morning light.
The Christian's God is present
appearance, is now before us, and we are His power supreme, incessant,
assured that the fourth, already in the press, Shall save from sin and heli :
may be very soon expected. Rejoice then, blest believer ! Thy Rock shall never fail,
The extensive circulation which the Po. Thy God shall reign for ever,
lynesian Researches of Mr. Ellis have And orer all prevail.
already obtained, shews how deeply the THOMAS A. CHALLIS. Overton, Hants.
public are interested in faithful accounts,
which relate to distant, and comparatively STANZAS, ON PSALM LXXIII. 23.
unfrequented, portions of the globe. To
the character of strict fidelity, this work has " Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And there an indisputable claim; and the memorials is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee."
having been written on the islands by the In purest vision rose my soul
author, at the seasons and on the occasions To hearin's all blissful sphere :
to which they refer, nothing of recent ocThe heart's deep music throbbing stole In sweetness on my ear.
currence is drawn from tradition, or left to Around me rose, iu rainbow hue,
the uncertainty of vague report. Gemmed thrones and crystal gold ; Such as no mortal sight could view,
That the ability of Mr. Ellis to delineate Or earth's stored wealth unfold.
the multifarious subjects, events, and inciThe scroll of time and mystery,
dents, on which he has employed his pen, In light I saw unsealed; Dark truths and things that were to be,
is not inferior to his integrity in detailing To mortals unrevealed.
facts, all who have perused his volumes But still in vain had heav'n appeared,
must be fully sensible. Of this we have So beautiful and fair, Had not the great Jehovah reared
given many specimens in the extracts tranHis tabernacle there.
scribed from his pages in our previous Without thee, mighty God! each joy Is dashed with bitterness ;
review ; and the selections which follow Anil cursing will at length destroy
will bear testimony that this volume is not The heart it seeing to bless. But with Thee, e'er to dwell above,
inferior to its predecessors. From earth's temptations free'd,
E.rpedient to procure a Substitute for Books.Stringing the sweetest notes of lore :
I have often been amused with the ingenuity and This, this is hear'n indeed!
perseverance manifested by the natives in their On earth I wandered, while pursued
endeavours to obtain a substitute for books. The My soul-life's sweetest chod
bark of the paper mulberry was frequently beaten Wealth, beauty and each tempting good to a pulp, spread out on a board, and wrought and Man's bosom has adored.
dried with great care, till it resembled a coarse Long did it pause o'er treacherous hearts, sort of card. This was sometimes cut into pieces And think on broken vows ;
about the size of the leaves of a book ; and upon On those whose friendship but imparts
these, with a reed cut in the shape of a pen, and A thousand bitter throes.
immersed in red or purple vegetable dye, the It sought the ball where splendour shone; alphabet, syllabic, and reading lessons of the spellBut ever, underneath
ing-book, and the scripture extracts usually read The crown that glittered on the throne,
in the school, have been neatly and correctly copied, It saw the form of death!
Sometimes the whole was accurately written on It sighed o'er hope's delusive dreams,
one broad sheet of paper, like native clotlı, and, And, ling'ring o'er despair,
after the manner of the ancients, carefully rolled Soon found that earth, whate'er it seems, up, except when used. This was often the only Is not indeed so fair.
kind of book that the natives in remote districts Then like the weary dove, that found
possessed ; and many families have, without any No rest pon the sea,
other lessons, acquired a proficiency, that has It sought in vain some solid ground,
enabled thein to read at once a prinied copy of Till brought, O Lord, to thee.
the scriptures. It has also gratified us, as indi. Still inay earth's pleasures fade away,
· cative of the estimation in which the people held Still may my thoughts aspire ;
every portion of the word of God, and their desire And, lest my soul from thee should stray, to possess it, to behold them anxiously preserving Be still my chief desire.
even the smallest piece of paper, and writing on it Beaconsfield,
J. A. B. texts of the scripture which they had heard in the
place of worship."—p. 7.
Memorable Conversion of a Native.-"One reReview.- Select Library. Polynesian markable instance occurred during the year in
which I left the islands. The native name of the Researches. By William Ellis. Vol.
individual to whom I allude was Hiro. He was III. pp. 406. Fisher & Co., London, the priest of one of the principal temples of Parea, 1831.
in the lesser peninsula of the island, or Huahine
iti. He was a priest of Hiro, the god of plunderers The two preceding volumes belonging to
and thieves, and, in perfect accordance with the this Polynesian series, we noticed in our spirit of his office, was the captain or leader of a number for April last. We then observed,
band of robbers, who spread terror through the
surrounding country. He was one of the first and that a third volume, relative to the natives, most determined opposers of Christianity in Huaclimate, and productions, of the South-sea hine; reproaching its adherents, defying the power,
and disclaiming the authority, of its Author. But, Islands would speedily appear, and that this like Saul of Tarsus, he found it hard to resist. would be followed by a fourth, devoted “ He was in the prime and vigour of manhood,
being at the time between thirty and forty years almost exclusively to the Sandwich Islands.
of age. When the number of Christians increased The third volume having lately made its in his reig libourhood, and the Sabbath-day was 2D SERIES, No. 7.- VOL. I.
Arst publicly observed, in order to shew his utter contempt of Christian institutions, he determined to profane the day“ in detiance of Jehovah." He repaired, for this purpose, to some grounds in the neighbourhood of the temple, and engaged in erecting a fence; but while thus einployed, his career of impiety was suddenly arrested. The twig of a tree came in contact with his eyes ; al. most instant blindness followed; and, like Elymas, he was leid home by his affrighted companions, who considered it a visitation from the Almighty.
" I had frequent interviews with him afterwards, one in the precincts of his own temple, which I visited in company with Messrs. Beinet, Tyerman, and Barit. His spirit was subdued: he subsequently became a humble, and, we trust, sincere disciple of that blessed Redeemer whom he had persecuted. He died trusting in the merits of Christ for acceptance with God the Father. The history of the conversion of the great apostle to the Gentiles interested and affected hiin much ; and though the scales on his bodily eyes were not removed, but his blindness continued until his death, which occurred in 1824, such was the im. pression which analogy of circumstances produced, that when he presented himself for baptism, he desired to be called Paul."'--r. 10.
Animated Description.-"Sometimes we have been six, nine, or twelve months on the island of Huahine, and during that, or a longer period, have seen
no individual, except our own two families, and the natives. At length, the shout, E pahi! e pahi!“ A ship! a ship !"" has been heard from some of the losty mountains near our dwelling. The inhabitants on the shore bave caught the spirit.stirring sound, and “ A ship! a ship!!! has been echoed, by stentorian or juvenile voices, from one end of the valley to the other. Numbers flock to the projecting rocks or the high promon. tories, others climb the cocoa-nut tree, to obtain a glance of the desired object. On looking out, over the wide-spread ocean, to behold the distant sail, our first attempt has been to discover how many masts she carried ; and then, what colours she displayed ; and it is impossible to describe the sensations excited on such occasions, when the reil British banner has waved in the breeze, as a tall vessel, under all ber swelling canvass, has moved towards our isolated abode.
* We bave seldom remained on shore till a vessel has entered the barbour, but have launched our boat, manned with native rowers, and, proceeding to meet the ship, have generally found ourselves alongside, or on deck, before she had reached the anchorage. At the customary salutations, if we have learned that the vessel was direct from England, and, as was frequently the case, from London, our hopes have been proportionably raised ; yet we have scarcely ventured to ask thé captain if he has brought us any tidings, lest his reply in the pegative should dispel the anticipations his arrival had awakened. If he has continued silent, we have inquired whether he had brought any supplies ; if he has answered No, a pause has ensned; after which, we have inquired whether he bad any letters; and if to this the same reply has been returned, our disappointment has been as distressing, as our former hopes had been exhila. rating. We have remarked, that probably onr friends in England did not know of his departure. This has been, we believe, the ordinary cause why so many ships have arrived in the islands from England without bringing us any intelligence, except what we could gather from two or three odd newspapers that have been lying about the cabin. Though it has been some alleviation to believe, that, had our friends known of the conveyance, they would have written : yet the relief thus afforded is but trilling, compared with the prin resulting froin the absence of more satis. factory cominunications. Notwithstanding the length of time we had often been without seeing an individual who spoke our native language, ex. cepting in our own families, we would, in general, rather the vessel had not at that time arrived, than that such arrival should have brought us no intelligence."-p. 162.
Instance of Judicial Impartiality.--"In the autumn of 1922, the queen of Taliiti, ihe widow of Pomare, visited Huahine. Her attendants, who followed in her train from 'Tahiti, requiring a piece of timber, she directed them to cut down a bread. fruit tree, growing in the garden of a poor man on the opposite side of the bay, near which her own residence stood. Her orders were obeyed, and the tree was carried away. Teuhe, the owner of the spot on which it stood, returning in the evening to his cottage, saw that the spoiler had been there: the stump was bleeding, and the boughs lay strewed around, but the stately trunk way gone. Informed by his neighbours that the queen's men had cut it down, he repaired to the magistrate of the district, and lodged a complaint against her inajesty the queen. The magistrate directed him to come to the place of public justice the following morning at sun-rise, and substantiate his charge : he afterwards sent his servant to the queen, and invited her attendance at the same hour. The next morning, as the sun rose above the horizon, Ori, the magistrate, was seen sitting in the open air, beneath the spreading branches of a venerable tree; on a finely-woven mat before him, sat the queen, attended by her train ; beside her stood the native peasant ; and around them all, what may be termed the police officers. Turning to Teule, the magis. trate inquired for what purpose they had been convened. The poor man said, tliat in bis garden grew a bread-fruit tree, whose shade was grateful to the inmates of his cottage, and whose fruit, with that of those which grew around, supported his fainily for five or seven months in every year; but that, yesterday, some one had cut it down, as lie had been informed, by order of the queen. He knew that they had laws--he bad thought those laws protected the poor man's property, as well as that of kings and chiefs ; and be wished to know whether it was right, that, without his knowledge or consent, the tree should have been cut down.
"The magistrate, turning to the queen, asked if she had ordered the tree to be cut down! She answered, 'Yes.' He then asked if she did not know that they had laws ? She said · Yes, but she was not aware that they applied to her.' The magistrate, asked if in those laws (a copy of which he hell in his hand) there were any exceptions in favour of chiefs, or kings, or queens?
She answered 'No,' and despatched one of her attendants to her house, who soon returned with a bag of dollars, which she threw down before the poor man, as a recompense for his loss. "Stop,' said the magistrate,' we have not done yet.' The queen began to weep. Do you think it right that you should have cut down the tree, without asking the owner's permission?' continued the magistrate. It was not right,' said the queen. Then, turning to the poor man, he asked, 'What remuneration do you require?" Teule answered, 'If the queen is convinced that it was not right to take a little man's tree without his permission, I am sure she will not do it again. I am satisfied. I require no other recompense.' His disinterestedness was applauded ; the assembly dispersed; and afterwards, İ think, the queen sent him privately a present equal to the value of the tree."--p. 214.
We had marked some additional extracts for insertion, but other articles warn us to desist. They are, however, too interesting to be wholly omitted, and are, therefore, reserved for our ensuing number. In the meanwhile, the selections now before the reader cannot fail, by making a strong impression on his mind, to awaken an earnest solicitude for the welfare of these amiable natives; and we feel assured, that a perusal of these volumes must tend to increase the favourable emotions that may have been excited.
Review.— The Nature, Reality, and of the atonement, the revealed will of God,
Efficacy of the Atonement. By Daniel and then urges his grand inquiry,—Is this Dewar, LL.D. Minister of ihe Tron doctrine clearly and unequivocally made Church, Glasgow. 12mo
552. known in the sacred scriptures, or are the Whittaker, London, 1831.
supposed intimations of such a doctrine Tue doctrine of the atonement is so closely so vaguely and doubtfully expressed, that connected with the divinity of our Lord, the passages, in which it is presumed to be that they must stand or fall together. With- included, will fairly allow a negative interout his divinity, no atonement could be pretation ? made; and without an atonement, his divi In prosecuting this inquiry, Dr. Dewar nity would be in vain. These two im- ranges through the Old Testament and the portant doctrines constitute the great and New, surveys types, symbols, sacrifices, distinguishing characteristics of the gospel. and ceremonial rituals, and thence adverts They remove the whole system beyond the to the great antitype who was appointed dominion of philosophical decision, and to take away sin by the offering of himself direct us to seek its fundamental principles once for all. On this great subject he has in the justice, love, and mercy of God. made it clearly to appear, that the lan
Philosophy, without all doubt, is of ce guage of scripture is unambiguous and exlestial birth, but, with some few exceptions, plicit; that the whole tenor and genius of in its application, it is of the earth, and revelation inculcate this doctrine; and that, earthly. In the affairs of this life it is our admitting the bible to be true, no art, no great and surest guide : arts and sciences sophistry, no ingenuity, can ever separate are its legitimate offspring; and the regions it from the sacred pages. From this mode of thought acknowledge its authority, and of arguing, and the luminous evidence with yield submission to its dictates.
which he is every where surrounded, it But when, from this ample range, we may be fairly inferred, that, if the atonement turn to the gospel of Christ, we enter an of Christ be not a doctrine of scripture, the empire over which philosophy can hold no bible is one of the greatest deceptions that commanding dominion. It is a higher, was ever sent into the world ; and that, a brighter, a more elevated region, in which under a pretence of unfolding a way in which faith expands her sails, and mounts from God can be just, and yet the justifier of philosophy to the throne of God. Some- him that believes in Jesus, it is a book of times, indeed, philosophy participates in imposition, calculated to delude mankind. her excursions, but the pilotage, the helm, To Unitarian objections the author has and the compass are never committed to paid particular attention ; and from the
In her own element, philosophy cavils of philosophy, he appeals to the may issue commands, and exact obedience, authority of scripture. Even upon a supbut here she must frequently bow in ho- position, that God, through mere mercy, mage to a superior spirit, and follow with could pardon sin without an atonement, humility the progress of her celestial guide, this, he contends, cannot take from him the while traversing through ethereal spaces, and power to pardon sin through an atonement. soaring to everlasting day.
He who can pardon without it, must be On the contrary, there are times and equally able to pardon through it; and seasons, when the religion of the gospel then it becomes no longer a question of condescends to visit the abode of phi. mere possibility, but a question of fact. losophy, and to submit to the inspection of To decide this, he appeals to the sacred all hier votaries. But when, from hence, word, which asssure us, that“ the Lord hath these votaries attempt to infer that she is at laid on him (Christ) the iniquity of us all.” all times under their control, and ame Having established the certainty and the nable to their tribunal, she frowns at their necessity of the atonement, upon an impresumption, and forbids them to touch moveable basis, Dr. Dewar adverts to its what they cannot comprehend.
objects and the extent of its application. It is in a light somewhat analogous to It has, he observes, been made a question, this, that Dr. Dewar surveys the doctrine of whether the atoning sacrifice of the Rethe atonement. He views it, not as a dictate deemer was offered for all mankind, or or discovery of philosophy, but as a truth exclusively on behalf of those who shall in which God has condescended to reveal; the event be saved by him. In discussing as a branch of that system through which this question, he takes the limited or Calhe displays his mercy, and makes his sale vinistic side, and argues as follows : vation known to sinners.
1. “That the scriptures expressly affirm, that Partially disregarding the disquisitions of Christ saves his people from ibeir sins, and laid
down his life for the sheep. 2. That bis death philosophy, Dr. Dewar claims, as the basis
as an atonement for sin, is restricted to those who