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It is a wonder that God did not cut me down in the not to be held objects of actual devotion, or possess. midst of my course. Most richly did I deserve the ing in themselves any sanctity. As the sole apology lowest place in the world of the lost. In the midst for what is quite indefensible by any argument drawn of storms at sea, when the thunders and lightnings from Christianity itself, it may be very well for them were abroad-faint emblems of the wrath of God to put such construction upon it; yet, I ask, do the and when far upon the mast, or out on the yards, in generality of Romanists-supposing them to be not imminent peril of being plunged into the deep, Imerely nominally such - limit themselves within have called on God to curse my soul. Thus I went these bounds ? do they attribute to “graven images" on from year to year, seeing the works of the Lord, no positive efficacy to the immediate contact of such and his wonders on the waters, and experiencing his images ? To reply in the negative would just be congoodness all the while, till the year eighteen. This tradicting daily evidence and experience : why then year I shipped under a pious captain, which I had are not some pains taken to extirpate the error, and never done before. He was a good man, and did abolish this trumpery which has crept into their much for the good of his crew. He read the Scrip- church. If entirely wrested from its original purtures to us, and prayed with us. For a while I was pose, the use of images is found to lead to a monunmoved. After some time, however, I began to strous and universal abuse, the sooner these, with tremble. The word of God convinced me of sin and relics, and other amulets of the kind are abolished of righteousness, and of judgment to come. I saw the better. According to their apologists, images, at my danger, and felt it too. My sins came up before least, are non-essential-nothing further than incenme, and appeared as mountains that must for ever tives to spiritual worship-consequently might safely separate me from peace and happiness. I was a be abandoned, when discovered to occasion some miserable man, and thought I must always be so. serious error. For most unquestionably it is a serious At last I opened my heart to the captain. He felt wrong to suppose that the touch of a piece of metal, for me, and told me of the mercy of God in Christ “ stock or stone," can avail any thing; or that a Jesus. With tears in his eyes, he directed me to be- prayer recited before a senseless statue can be more hold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin efficacions, or more acceptable to heaven, than if of the world. My heart broke. Tears of penitence offered up to the living and omnipotent God, who ran down my cheeks; my faith took hold on the alone knoweth our most inmost thoughts, and can Son of God, as he reached out his hand to help me. read the deepest recesses of the heart. Dull and With all my soul I yielded myself up to him. He sluggish of mind indeed must those be, who cannot poured the oil of joy and peace into my broken fix their thoughts in prayer without having some heart, and bound up my bleeding wounds. Yes, he sensible object before their eyes. But the error it spoke peace, perfect peace to my soul. I was born is to be feared, is not only gross in itself, but has again. I felt that I was a new creature. With the also something more than a merely speculative one. cup of salvation in my hand, I called on the name of Hardly should we find those who are so openly im. the Lord. My joy was full, and thus it has been moral in their general conduct, that it is impossible from that time till now. () ! that all would come to to suspect them of hypocrisy, so frequently display the waters and drink. Come to the wells of salva- their devotion after this fashion, did they not actually tion, ye dying children of men."
believe that the simple mechanical act of religion Here he paused. His emotions were too great to was an equivalent for their sins, and that upon such permit him to go on. At that time, the writer of easy terms they can keep a fair debtor and creditor this was in his sins. The sailor's words went to his account with heaven. No better result is to be ex. heart. A few weeks after, he was standing before pected from a practice, permitted in direct opposition the altar of God publicly professing his interest in to the express will of the Almighty himself, who the blood of Christ. In the judgment day he hopes has most positively forbidden the use of “graven to appear as a star in the crown of the pious sailor. images,” declaring that he is “a jealous God" and
claims the whole of our worship. - Records of a
Route through France and Italy, with Sketches of STATUE OF ST. PETER AT ROME.
Catholicism, by Rae Wilson. Little is it to be wondered at, that a form which addresses itself so strongly to the senses as that of the Catholic church does, should still retain such
UNION WITH CHRIST. influence over those who profess it, as to blind them to its errors. It is impossible for a Protestant-nay, “ I am the vine, ye are the branches,” said our Lord even a bigoted one,-to remain coldly insensible to the to his disciples : “ As the branch cannot bear fruit of fascinations of the religious pomp and pageantry so itself, except it abide in the vine ; no more can ye, abundantly displayed in the church of St. Peter except ye abide in me” (John xv. 4, 5). Inculcating here. Yet admiration would, perhaps, succeed a the same doctrine, the apostle Paul says to the different feeling, should he happen to witness that Roman believers, “ But ye are not in the flesh, but most superstitious reverence paid to the bronze in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in effigy of the apostle himself. This figure is on one you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ side of the altar, and said to be a true likeness of he is none of his” (Rom. viii. 9). him, who is represented seated in a marble chair, Union with Christ then consists in being made beneath a canopy of metal, holding two keys in his one with him: we must be baptized with the bapleft hand. The foot, which projects a little beyond tism of Christ which is the Holy Spirit: we must the pedestal on which it rests, bears ample testi- suffer with Christ, and drink of the cup that he mony to the fervour of his devotees, the metal being drank of. In a word, we must receive his portion quite polished by the innumerable kisses and slab- of contumely and scorn from an ungodly world, and bering from their lips. This practical devotion- bear the sneers of unholy men, even if we are not among a thousand similar instances-seems to con. exposed to their active persecution. tradict the assertion of Catholic writers, who main- Adoption into the family of God is, however, intain that the "images" or “ idols" of their saints, separable from union with Christ; and thus, by a are intended only to excite a religious fervor, and vital faith, the believer lives in a joyful security on earth, and is prepared for a blissful immortality. | influence) it is more especially incumbent upon her, O what a glorious and blessed union! Well might whose presence is more frequent and conspicuous the apostle, in contemplating spiritual wickednesses there. Who can tell the power of a wife's religious in high places, as the enemies of the adopted family. example, in converting an unbelieving, reclaiming a of heaven, exclaim, not only with regard to himself profligate, or fixing an inconstant husband ? It seems but each believer, “I am persuaded, that neither hardly possible to imagine, that vice should not death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor surrender itself to virtue, when clothed in the attracpowers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor tive form of female loveliness, and seconded by moheight, nor epth, nor any other creature, shall be desty, tenderness, and affection; but should its brutal able to separate us from the love of God, which is in insensibility be still deaf to the voice of the charmer; Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. viii. 38, 39).
she has yet a cause upon her hands of unspeakable S. importance, which imperiously demands the exer
cise of female piety — the cause of her children.
Nature and custom have entrusted to her the charge CHRISTIAN LADY'S FRIEND.
of their early education, and if the principles of religion be not instilled into their tender minds by
her care, and confirmed by her example, they will A GOOD WIFE.
grow up without God in the world; they will pass
through life without the blessing of Providence; It is of immense importance to the happiness of the and when they are translated from it will have to rational world, that the appropriate duties of the attribute their everlasting ruin (O horrid thought !) husband and the wife be rigidly and conscientiously to their mother. There is a religion of the HOME, fulfilled; for as their performance ensures the purest my fair friends, as well as a public worship of God; and most solid bliss that this world of sorrow can
a religion over which the wife must preside; whose afford;" the only happiness of Paradise that has altar she must serve; whose sacrifices she must survived the fall; so their neglect introduces into superintend;
and as the most fatal consequences the cup of life a bitter poisonous drop, of the most will follow her omission of it, so the sorest retribudeadly taste, and lasting influence. Îndisputable is tion will punish its neglect. the truth, that each is bound to co-operate with the Such, if we may believe the united voice of reason other, in drawing tight that bond of union which
and revelation, are the appropriate qualities of woman has connected them together for life; that they are in her unconnected state, and her peculiar duties mutually obliged to increase, Ly every means in their when she enters upon the married life. They have power, the stock of conjugal felicity. But as do- been recognized as such by prophets and apostles ; mestic life is more especially the proper province of and the wisest of men has confirmed their representhe wife ; as she is constituted by nature, and com- tations, by the following animated portrait of an estimanded by God, to exercise those gentler virtues mable, an amiable, and an exemplary wife. “ Her which have a peculiar reference to home, and a direct price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband tendency to render it the scene of happiness and doth safely trust in her; she will do him good, and peace; so her obligation to manifest in her conduct
not evil, all the days of her life. She layeth her the feminine graces of modesty, tenderness, and hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. piety, presses upon her with peculiar force.
She stretcheth forth her hand to the poor ; yea, she Entirely and exclusively the precious possession reacheth forth her hands to the needy. Her husband of her husband, her thoughts must not wander is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the abroad for other conquests, or foreign admiration, elders of the land. Virtue and honour are her Ill does it become her who has solemnly pledged clothing, and she shall rejoice in the time to come. herself to one, to seek, by the arts of coquetry or She openeth her mouth with wisdom, and in her levity, to attract or captivate the many; to court the tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to public gaze, to be the theme of general conversation, the
ways of her household, and eateth not the bread or the object of particular remark. The sacrifice of of idleness. Her children arise up and call her a matron's modesty may indeed purchase the admi- blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. ration of the coxcomb, or the flattery of the villain; Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman but transient will be her triumph, and worthless her that feareth the LORD she shall be praised."—Warreward, if for this she have given up the favour of ner's Scripture Characters. her Maker, and the esteem and affection of her husband. Equally incumbent is it upon her to cherish in her bosom, and to exercise in her behaviour,
PIETY OF THE WIDOW OF A COUNTRY the grace of tenderness ; a sweet solicitude to soothe
CURATE. the cares, and tranquilize the perturbations, of the companion of her bosom; and to perform those thou- EXPERIMENTAL godliness is the most precious trea. sand endearing offices to her infant offspring, which sure which any human being can possess, not only maternal love alone can properly fulfil. Oh! who can as the sure preparation for a glorions immortality, speak the value of this female quality in domestic life? but as the means of solid support and consolation to It is the precious cement of its happiness;
the mind under the most painful trials. This will port of all its charities; whose absence no external be strikingly illustrated by the following paragraph circumstance can recompense or supply. Fashion, from the diary of Mrs. Hannah More, relating to splendour, and pleasure, may load the married fair the funeral of the worthy curate of Cheddar :one with all they can bestow; but their accumulated “ Monday, Oct. 17, 1803. After breakfast the gifts will leave a gloomy vacuity in her heart, if her Wilberforces departed for Bath, and P. and I for chief solace, refuge, and delight be not in the tran- Cheddar, to pay the last sad duty to Drewitt. When quil joys and tender offices of home. Finally, my I saw the poor widow-no tears, no murmurs, no sisters, the quality of piety must crown and consum- complaints, it was the most heroic piety and exemmate the character of the exemplary wife. It is plary fortitude. We attended the widow with her essential indeed in every human being, but in the three young children, to take her last leave of the domestic circle (if we measure its necessity by its body, before it was carried out of the house. She
leaned in a praying posture for a long time over the coffin, embracing it—her little ones beside her-but not a groan escaped her, she was solemnly silent, but her heart was praying.
“Mr. B. preached a most interesting funeral sermon to above two thousand weeping auditors; and it fell to his hard lot to read the prayers, and to bury the friend of his heart. After sermon, the widow solemnly walked out of her pew, took her babes by the hand, and went to the grave, over which she stood, without indulging any emotion during the last sad ceremony. When all was over, she walked with her children back to the house, to which the mournful procession all returned. The sight and sorrow of R-, the beloved friend of her husband, at length forced a flood of tears from this heroic mourner. If I am not the better for her example on this occasion, it will be among the number of my sins. Lord, sanctify to us all, and to me in particular, the solemnities of this day; and grant that the sight of youth, genius, and virtue consigned to the grave, may quicken my preparation for it. Such were the last honours paid to an obscure country curate, whose talents and acquirements would have adorned the highest station ; but whose humility and piety eminently fitted him for that which he filled.”
emained looking upward, without taking the least notice of her. When he returned into the house she was very much displeased with him.
Mother," he said, “ I could tell you the reason why I stood still, and why I looked at the sky, if you would only give me a pencil.” She gave him one, and in less than five minutes he laid a bit of paper on her lap with these lines on it:
“ Loud o'er my head what awful thunders roll!
Let hardened sinners thy just judgments fear.". His mother was used to repeat these lines as the first effusions of her son's genius, when his fame, through his brilliant writings, had filled the whole country.
A LADY'S JUDGMENT RESPECTING THE
POLICY OF A WIFE. It is not unfrequent that a wife mourns over the alienated affections of her husband, when she has made no effort herself to strengthen and increase his attachment. She thinks because he once loved that he ought always to love her; and she neglects those attentions which at first engaged his heart. Many a wife is thus the cause of her own neglect and
That woman deserves not a husband's generous love who will not greet him with smiles as he returns from the labours of the day—who will not try to chain him to his home by the sweet enchantment of a cheerful heart. There is not one in a thousand so unfeeling as to withstand such an influence, and break away from such a home.
A LADY'S SOLITARY MUSINGS.
tenor of my mind
Mrs. Hannah More at the age of eighty-one.
“ MAMMA! WON'T GOD BE YOUR
HUSBAND ?" A little boy six years old, whose father had recently died, had gone to bed one evening, when his mother sat by the nursery fire, weeping at the remembrance of her loss. She supposed her son was asleep; but after a little time he raised his head, he said, Mamma, won't God be willing to be your husband?" “Why, my dear," said his mother, “how came you to think he would ?" “ Because you say, now that papa is gone to heaven, God will be my father, and I don't see why he won't be willing to be your husband too."
DR. A. CLARKE CONVERTED BY A WOMAN'S
LOAN OF BOOKS. WHEN Adam Clarke (author of the celebrated Commentary on the Bible) was a boy, a pious woman in Coleraine, in Ireland, lent him two books-an abridgement of Baxter's Saints' Rest, and the Life of Brainerd. To these two books he ascribes, under God, the formation of his Christian and ministerial character. Baxter, Brainerd, Clarke, and the woman who gave these books to the Irish boy, are doubtless now together in heaven.
SIR WALTER SCOTT AND HIS MOTHER.
A LADY'S CONFESSION. Sir Walter was esteemed by his master who in- “ I BELIEVE I do wrong to judge of others by myself, structed him at the High School, Edinburgh, a re- for I declare to you I have such a constant sense of markably dull boy. His mother entertained the imperfection in my best thoughts, words, and actions, same unfavourable opinion of him, with excessive that I continually need the refuge of a Saviour, and grief
. When between ten and elecen years of age, continually petition for pardon through him, and she saw him one morning in the midst of a tremen- for the purifying and comforting assistance of his dous thunder storm standing still in the street, look- Spirit.”
Hannah MORE. ing at the sky. She called him repeatedly, but he
HINTS FOR THE MORE PROFITABLY
of God," is manifest from the contents of the Bible, READING THE BIBLE.
though some things, as might be expected, may be
difficult for us at present to understand. The following “ Hints” were written by a minister VII. The design of the Bible is manifestly to of high reputation, for the use of a youth, whose make us wise unto salvation; giving us satisfactory opportunities of reading were few, and limited mostly information concerning the creation of all thingsto the Bible. They will probably be useful to many God's universal government of the world--the means of the more favoured readers of the Christian's of reconciliation with him by Jesus Christ-and the Penny Magazine.
way to inherit immortal glory. “ In my last letter, as you had informed me that VIII. The Bible, as designed to make us wise you had not the Companion to the Bible, I promised unto salvation, must be read with a humble, believ. you some practical hints for the more profitable ing, and obedient mind—not merely assenting to reading of the Scriptures; and these I will now put what it declares-but, as the apostle expresses it, down in a series, that you may frequently refer to “ believing with the heart unto righteousness" them for your spiritual improvement, which, from (Rom. x. 8—13). your letters, I trust you are now making your great IX. While all parts of the Bible are profitable, concern.
even its histories, the Levitical laws, and its prophe1. The Bible is itself a library. This is now pub- cies, yet the New Testament and the Psalms are lished in one volume; but it contains sixty-six books, more especially adapted to promote our edification the last of which was written upwards of 1600 years and consolation, the former as exhibiting to us more after the book of Genesis.
fully the way of salvation, and the latter as furnishII. The Bible being a collection of books, written ing us with helps in prayer, expressive of most of at different and distant times, must have been the the varying states of a serious mind, whether of work of several individuals, living in ages remote sorrow or joy. from each other, and independently of each other. X. As the Bible was given, in its various books,
III. The several books of the Bible have diversi- by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, those who ties of style according to the subjects to which they read it with most attention and saving profit, pray relate, and the characters and circumstances of their for the illumination of their minds by his gracious several authors.
influences; and these influences are promised to all IV. All the books in the Bible are treatises of | who seek them to enlighten, invigorate, and comfort piety, relating to the dispensations of God towards their minds, revealing and applying to their souls mankind, giving an account of several things of the the doctrines and blessings of Christ and his salvautmost consequence to all men according to their tion. various stations in life :
These holy, comforting, and indispensable influ. 1. The creation of the world and of all things ences, let me charge and intreat you to seek by convisible and invisible by one Almighty and glorious stant prayer, that you may receive and enjoy all the Being.
blessings of God's new covenant in Christ Jesus2. The fall of man from his original state of holi. exhibit all the fruits of the Spirit in your temper and ness and happiness by disobedience to the law of behaviour-and finally inherit everlasting life in the God, and the consequent mortal, depraved, and kingdom of God. miserable condition of all mankind.
For your special meditation of this subject, I refer 3. God's gracious visitations of man, promising a you to a few passages of Scripture, that you may Redeemer, revealing his will, and instituting various more clearly understand and enjoy the promised forms of religious instruction.
blessing: and I would recommend you to consult 4. A succession of God's merciful interpositions in them in the order in which they are written. favour of nations, families, and individuals, for the Rom. viii. 9-16; v. 5; 1 Cor. ii. 10–14; xii. 13; preservation of religion upon earth.
Gal. iv. 6; v. 22; Eph. i. 13, 17 ; iii. 16–19; iv. 30; 5. A series of prophecies concerning various na- Luke xi. 13; John xvi. 13, 14; Psal. li. 10, 12. tions and events, until the appearance of the promised Saviour.
6. A history of the advent, ministry, and death of the Messiah, to accomplish the design of God in the
REVIEW. redemption of the world. 7. Records of the first establishment of Christia
Heaven Anticipated ; or, the Present Time In.
fluenced by the Prospect of Future Felicity. By nity in the world, and the state of the earliest churches,
JOSEPH FREEMAN. 18mo. cloth, pp. 240. London: 8. Predictions conce
J. Ward and Co. ncerning the future glory of the church, in the conversion of all nations to the faith MR. FREEMAN's former volume of “Heaven Unand obedience of Christ-the end of the world—and veiled,” we felt pleasure in commending to our the eternal condition of mankind, according to their readers, as adapted to promote their spiritual edifi. character on earth, either in misery or blessedness. cation and consolation. The present volume is, per
V. The several books of the Bible, though written haps, still better adapted for that purpose, at least in different ages, by different men, and under differ- as regards those who are conscious of drawing near ent circumstances, contain throughout, the same to the world of spirits, having unshaken faith in the harmonious representations of God, of our duty to sure promises of God in Christ Jesus. him, of sin, of the consequences of transgression, of Whether Mr. Freeman is correct in his apprehenthe way of salvation by a Mediator, and of the hap- sions of a deficiency in the ministers of the Gospel piness of serving God.
in relation to their exhibition of the glory and blessVI. The writers of the Holy Scriptures, treating edness of heaven, may admit of a question. He of many things beyond the reach of human wisdom says, “ To those who are engaged in the office of and knowledge, appear evidently to have been in- Christian instruction, the author submits whether a structed from heaven; and what some of them plainly greater prominence should not be given to the subdeclare, that “all Scripture is given by inspiration ject of immortal life and blessedness than that which
it usually receives, and whether, instead of endeavouring to force the thoughts of men to the subject of death, from which they will start away at the first opportunity, greater efforts should not be made to fix them on heavenly things, which, when vividly, powerfully, and affectionately exhibited, can hardly fail to interest the thoughts and engage the affections of a rational and intelligent being.”
Mr. Freeman has given eight papers on his attractive theme, as follows:-Heaven anticipated in the Season of Youth-in the Activities of Life-in Adversity-in Bereavement–in the Decline of Lifein the Period of Dissolution-Necessity and Influence of Faith in anticipating Heaven-Concluding Remarks.
The prince of darkness on this earth
Doth various means possess, But drunkenness, man's direst foe,
Works with the most success.
So deadly is the bait;
And meets an awful fate.
Oh! shun those glittering palaces
Where Satan hath his throne,
And seals them for his own.
And the simple hearted crowd, Seeking midst liquor, fumes, and oaths,
Destruction and a shroud. ,
The Young Servant ; or, Aunt Susan and her
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Society. Domestic comfort is one of the greatest of our earthly blessings; for without this, however ample the fortune and numerous the friends, the possessor of the most convenient, elegant, and delightfully situated habitation is truly miserable. Domestic comfort arises from many sources, which wealth and friends are unable to procure : but the enjoyment of no inconsiderable degree of it certainly depends on the character, principle, and temper of female servants. To promote the improvement of this class of the community is a service of no trifling importance ; and nothing that has fallen under our observation is equally adapted to this end, with this very interesting volume. It is full of the wisest practical directions, illustrated by examples drawn from the life in a peculiarly attractive style, by one who richly deserves to be regarded as the FRIEND OF YOUNG SERVANTS.
Oh! think to wake athirst in hell
With inward raging fire, Where absence of the thing you crave
Will but increase desire. There you may madly rave for wine,
But wine there's none to drink; Reflect then, sinner, while you may,
While only on the brink. List to the touching parable
The holy Saviour told, Of wicked Dives cast away
From feasting, drink, and gold; Who seeing Lazarus thirsted not,
Pray'd that he might but dip His finger in some cooling stream
And touch his parched lip.
Oh! listen to the voice of one
Hath worn that guilty stain,
Let him not plead in vain.
Repenting of thy guilt,
Thro’ blood the Saviour spilt.
In an accepted time,
That flows from heaven sublime.
And yield thee life and peace, They'll purify thee for that land
Where bliss can never cease.
THE RECLAIMED DRUNKARD'S
ADMONITION. MR. Editor. It is particularly requested that the enclosed lines may be inserted in your useful Magazine. They are the production of one labouring under affliction, whom it has pleased the Lord to convince of the enormity of this prevailing sin, and who feels anxious to warn others; and humbly trusts they may meet the eye and convince the soul of some who may be indulging in this destructive temptation. May the Holy Spirit seal the conviction in their hearts, as he has mercifully on his. « They also have erred through wine, and through strong
drink are out of the way.”—Isaialı xxviii. 7.
Vaunt o'er thee in his pride.
And crush the guilty bowl;
Oh! murder not thy soul.
Suppress that idle laugh;
Ere you the poison quaff.
And then the drunken hour
To crimes unknown before.
Take now salvation's proffered cup
And taste of Gospel grace, Enrich'd with the Redeemer's blood,
Shed for the human race. Drink it by faith this side the grave
And when death close thine eyes,
With Christ in Paradise.
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