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to the Missionary, "I may do as the THINGS THAT FRIGHTEN US. gods do: they sin, and so may I.” If “AND the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth this man had read the Bible, he would thine hand, and take it by the tail.” have found it written therein, “Be (Exod. iv. 4.) ye holy, for I am holy,” saith the Moses was one of the most remarkLord. (1 Peter i. 16.)
able men in the Old Testament. His Heathens often treat their gods with life was a scene of chequered change. disrespect and scorn. They have been He was born in trouble, cradled in heard to say to an idol, “ If you will danger, schooled in splendour, edugrant us our request, we will give cated in solitude, and called to heaven you an offering of sweetmeats, fruit, in mystery. Like all other great and flowers; or, we will worship you men, he was disciplined in the midst for many days to come: but if you of difficulties, and sanctified in the will not give us what we ask, we will midst of sufferings. We have him keep you without a drop of water; or, here in the presence of something we will put a rope round your neck, that frightened him. Let us learn a and drag you round the house ; or, lesson from the circumstances. which will be worst of all, we will 1. That in passing through the duties beat you with a slipper!" If there of life, we often meet with things that should be a want of rain, they have frighten us.—Moses did. Once it was been known to build up a wall of a man, now a serpent. These may be bricks round their idol, and threaten taken as types of difficulties we all to keep him a prisoner, until he helps meet with in passing through life. them. Some years ago, at a place 1. Hard lessons. 2. Hard labour, called Nussack, the people bricked up 3. Hard living, &c. their poor god, and presented neither 2. That fleeing away through fear offerings nor worship, until the rain is not the way to put to flight things began to fall : they then took away that frighten us." Moses fled from the bricks, and begged pardon of the before it.” But still it remained a idol for treating him so unkindly serpent. Such a course could not What low ideas must they have of alter its form or character. their gods when they can treat them So with hard lessons, hard labour, in this manner!
hard living, hard fighting; if we flee Can they love such gods ? No! away in fear, we shall only make They may be filled with fear and
matters worse. “ Resist the devil, terror, but they cannot truly love and he will flee from you." Examples, them; they may join with delight in Jonah, Elijah, &c. the sinful feasts, but they cannot feel 3. That there is a right way to deal any reverence for these vain idols. with things that frighten us.—“Put But the God whom we worship is forth thine hand, and take it by the worthy of, and claims, our highest tail." love. We love Him for what He is There is no difficulty but there is a in Himself; great and good, holy and way out of it, and no furnace but merciful. We love Him for what He there is a way through it. With a is to us, our Father in heaven. We right method, and strong resolution, love Him most of all, when we think the hardest lesson can be learned, the of the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ hardest labour performed, the hardest our Lord. He freely gave Him to living endured, the hardest fighting die for us, that through Him we sustained. might obtain the forgiveness of our 4. That if we don't know the right sins, and the salvation of our souls. way to deal with things that frighten
us, there is One who does. — "The
RELIGION IN PAYING DEBTS.
Lord said unto Moses," &c. The boldly, and you shall have supplies Lord is, 1. All-seeing ; 2. All-wise; exceeding all you ask or think. 3. All-powerful. Let us be, 1. Peni- “Hitherto you have asked nothing : tent; 2. Prayerful; then we shall be, ask, and ye shall receive, that your 3. Powerful to overcome all difficulties,
joy may be full.” and to put to flight the things that frighten us.
It has been remarked by the cele "COME BOLDLY TO THE
brated Haller, that we are deaf while THRONE OF GRACE.”
we are yawning. The same act of If you want your spiritual life to drowsiness that stretches open our be more healthy and vigorous, says mouths closes our ears. It is much Ryle, you must come boldly to the the same in acts of the understanding. throne of grace. The secret of your A lazy, half attention amounts to a weakness is your little faith and little mental yawn. Where, then, a subject prayer. The fountain is unsealed, that demands thought has been but you only sip a few drops. The thoughtfully treated, and with an bread of life is before you, yet you exact and patient derivation from its only eat a few crumbs. The treasury principles, we must be willing to exert of heaven is open, but you only take a portion of the same effort, and to a few pence. O, man of little faith! think with the author, or the author wherefore do you doubt ? Awake to will have thought in vain for us. know your privileges; awake, and sleep no longer.
RELIGION IN PAYING DEBTS. Tell me not of spiritual hunger, and thirst, and poverty, so long as the
WRITES one, “Men may sophistithrone of grace is before you. Say
cate as they please. They can never rather you are proud, and will not make it right, and all the bankrupt come to it as a poor sinner; say rather
laws in the universe cannot make it you are slothful, and will not take right, for them not to pay their debts. pains to get more. Cast aside the There is a sin in this neglect as clear grave-clothes of pride that still hang and deserving church-discipline as is around you. Throw off that Egyp- stealing or false swearing. He who tian garment of indolence which ought violates his promise to pay, or withnot to have been brought through the holds payment of a debt when it is in Red Sea.
his power to meet his engagement, Away with that unbelief which ought to be made to feel that in the ties and paralyses your tongue. You
sight of all honest men he is a swindare not straitened in God, but in ler. If religion does not make a man yourself. Come boldly to the throne deal justly, it is not the religion of of grace, where the Father is ever the Bible.” waiting to give, and Jesus stands by Good ! every word. If you owe Him to intercede. Come boldly; for anybody a penny, and have a penny you may, all sinful as you are, if you in your possession, go and pay come in the name of the great High it. If you have none, go work, dig,
ditch, plough, work any honest work, Come boldly, and ask largely, and until you get it, and pay it. You you shall have abundant answers ; will breathe freer, and sleep easier. mercy like a river, and grace and
You will honour and love all men and strength like a mighty stream. Come yourself more.
THE BANKS OF THE TAMAR. however, that he was wandering among No. XV.
the footprints of One whose “paths drop
fatness.” I was in a depth of luxuriance. “The glories of our birth and state
The walls which bounded the orchards, Are shadows, not substantial things; There is no armour against fate :
and for some little way shaded the path, Death lays his icy hands on kings; were most curiously but beautifully manSceptre and crown
tled with an interwoven variety of creepMust tumble down, And in the dust be equal made
ing plants richly embroidered and gemmed With the poor crooked scythe and spade."
with the wood-strawberry blossom, grouped
with wild geraniums, primroses, and linNow then I was on my way over the gering violets. On passing down the hill to Cargreen. I had formed, I thought, lowly street, which was as quiet as ever, a sort of tender friendship with every I found my boatman at his post, lounging object, the lowliest thing even, that with a sort of dreamy watchfulness in the helped to give a distinctive beauty to the stern of his well-trimmed “Water-Witch.” road; and yet something fresh and new The parlour of the “decent public," which seemed now to unveil itself at every step. overlooked the village-jetty, afforded very It was on the Cornish side of the river, agreeable shade and rest while our cheerbut there could be no lovelier specimens ful hostess was making a hasty dinner of the true Devonshire lane. The peculiar ready for us. This was soon forthcoming, depth, the verdant richness, the mellowed with many apologies from the good light, and the mysterious whisperings woman, as she laid the cloth, for what breaking on the balmy stillness, all were she called the “rough fashion" in which there to touch one's soul. There at it was set out. Kind-hearted creature! she length was the little hamlet, gently bend- little knew how many worse fashions I ing towards the river from the ridge of had met with in much grander places. its green headland. An open path down She managed, after all, to furnish the through a steep meadow brought me to table with a plentiful, tempting, and the village-orchards, and a narrow way savoury meal. The fare was wholesome, which might help to recall an inspired and it was cleanly served. Nor is it a story about one who met an angel in "a small enjoyment under such circumstances path of the vineyards, a wall being on this to prove that “hunger is the best sauce.” side, and a wall on that side.” No vine- All natural cravings being properly stilled, yard-path even in the land of promise my mind was set upon Clifton. As I could be richer, sweeter, more refresh- turned off towards the storied spot, a ing, or more full of simple pure enchant- loving glance was cast towards a small ment than that little shaded gully-like building at the top of the village, around road into Cargreen. And then I was free which holy memories must ever cluster, to enjoy it. There was no unearthly form
while there is “left one
stone upon to check my steps, or point his faming another.” It was a house of prayer. sword at my conscience. Nor was I in a And within those hallowed walls some of temper to need reproof from the tongue of the purest Christian spirits that ever an ass. No, the sight of the rural homes, lived had received “with meekness the from whose simple hearths there now engrafted word," and had often “lifted up came the healthy and grateful scent of the their voice with one accord to God,” “ in smoking fagot, called up too many holy psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs.” and happy recollections for me to think of “Blessed souls !" thought I, in passing, any other than “the Angel of His pre- “I shall never again see those intelligent sence," who once said, “My presence happy faces, upturned, and seeming to shall go with thee, and I will give thee reflect other light than what fell from the rest.” Any person might have thought, bright chandelier which hung from the
roof, and cheered the little sanctuary rock-rose, and the tall feather-grass on the during a winter-evening's service. No, hill-side over against the home of His holy most of them are gone to their reward ; childhood. No,“ sweet nurslings of the but we shall meet again. Though unseen, vernal skies," I will never they are not far off. In the meantime,
“Scorn, too proudly wise, I, for one, will bless the memory of the
Your silent lessons, undescried men who in simplicity of faith and spot- By all but lowly eyes: less zeal sought out the neglected nooks For ye could draw the admiring gaze of rural life, and planted many living
Of Him who worlds and hearts surveys :
Your order wild, your fragrant maze, churches upon the fruitful hills of Tamar
He taught us how to prize." side.” My road now crept along near the course of the river. At first it was a But now Clifton was before me. It was narrow lane, hedged on either hand by a seated near the point of a spur which wilderness of sweets, in which oak, and sloped from the range of Tamar's guardian ash, and hazel, lent their variegated hills, and jutted towards the Devonian greens; while the dog- and the field-rose border, so as to make the river turn back lavished their pink-and-white blossoms, on its own course, with a curious infoldand seemed proud to shelter the modest ing twist. I knew that the venerable groups of more tiny beauties which peo- abode had fallen into the condition of a pled the recesses of the wild garden. An mere farm-place; but who that thought of opening between the bushes here and those who had found a last refuge there there, or a gateway, afforded me a peep at from the storm which had wrecked an the bright blue river. Then I came down empire, could lift the latch of that gate, upon the damp margin of a small creek, and enter without feeling? The trees where a lone tree-stump served to mark which still shaded the homestead and the for the traveller the depth of the rising few remains of garden and orchard-ground tide. From thence the path led over a served to show that Clifton had seen swelling headland, now covered with better days. The remains of the old ripening corn, in the midst of which the
mansion, however, formed the chief object eye caught, now and then, the bright- of my visit. I had fondly cherished the blue disk of a corn blue-bottle (Centaurea thought of seeing what had been seen Cyanus) or a pretty flower of the perennial within my own times; for I remembered fax (Linum Perenne). There was another a visiter's report that “the old mansion creek, and another hilly corn-field, at the remains, with its hall, chapel, and other bottom of which one must needs linger by apartments; much dilapidated, but occupied a quiet well, and look into its clear depth. as a farm-house." Ah! like many others, Nor could any pilgrim who loves chaste I had failed to mark the flight of time, and simple beauty pass on without paying and to calculate on the changes which may a tribute to one of the finest specimens pass over a scene during even a short of musk-mallow (Malva Moschata) I ever interval of absence. I was sadly disapsaw. It was rejoicing by the well-side, pointed. I looked for the "old mansion,” and seemed happy to greet the passenger, but there was an ugly modern farm-house or to be admired by him. Now those built of the refuse material of the ancient whose taste or whose interest keeps them home, which had been torn down to make shut up to the study of their own species, way for it. The farmer, with his wife, may put me down for a crazed body, fit was in the front garden, gathering fruit. only to be classed among those who in “Excuse me," said I, as I opened the gate, Job's days were “solitary; fleeing into “ but is this Clifton ? " the wilderness in former time desolate “Ees, I reckon, Zur." and waste. Who cut up mallows by the “But where is the old house? bushes, and juniper-roots for their meat. I never zeed any other than thees." Who were gathered together under the
“But there was another once : do you nettles, and brayed among the bushes." know where it stood ?" Nevertheless, I shall not give up that secret “I've heerd 'em tell how there uzed to be of joy which I learnt from Him who used a houze t'other zide there; but the Squire to watch the breeze playing with the pulled 'n down, I reckon, an' took the best
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o' the stuff up to hiz houze to uze up. Will 'ee plaize to go in and drink a cup o zider, Zur?"
Hospitality must always be honoured. We went in; and sat together on the form by the long table, and chatted over a cup of cider; which, “rough” as the farmer politely feared it was, was a great deal better than what so many aro now affecting to sport at their tables, under the name of “Rhenish wine.” But people will be in the fashion, though it be at great expense both of pocket and paunch.
“Well now," I remarked, “about this old house :
: you never saw it, you say; but you must have heard something about it; you know Sir Nicholas Lower used to live here."
“Ees, I've heerd 'em tell. I b'leeve 'tes found in ould books or zumthing, I kean't tell what they call ut.”
" You mean a register, perhaps.”
“Not far; but who owns this estate now?"
“Squire Currit'n, Zur, auver to Pentillie on the hill there. Hee's taking all the varms about here into hiz awn hands, and puts hinds like upon 'em : they zay that hee'll do the zame withées, when my türm ez out.”
"Ah! so it is,” thought I, as I shook hands with the good farmer, “this centralizing power of capital makes itself felt on these quiet acres as well as amidst the humming swarms of a steam and iron world. Is it for good, or for evil : I cannot tell : does anybody know?" One could but turn and take a last look at Clifton. My hope had been cut off, but still even that dull farmhouse gave out an impressive lesson. The walls within which the broken remnant of an Imperial line found a retreat and breathed their last, were sacred no longer than they suited the convenience of the tenant and the interest of the landlord. They could not be allowed to stand as bare memorials : cui bono? As long as they stood, they must occupy a plot which might make "returns;" while, if taken down, they would supply cheap materials for a new house. And there ends the glory of the Constantines on Tamar-side. The Turks honoured and kept up the dome which witnessed the public devotions of the last reigning Paleologus; I wish the Christians could have afforded to respect the chapel, at least, in which the relics of his fallen house offered their latest prayers.
Religion and Morals.
THE DIVINE AUTHORITY, AND injunction," REMEMBER," implies prerions
UNIVERSAL AND PERPETUAL knowledge, with a tendency to forgetfulOBLIGATION, OF THE SABBATH.
It will be seen upon an examination of No. I.
BY THE REV. GEORGE MAUNDER.
the fourth commandment, that there is a
reason assigned in the law, for the law, (Continued from page 49.)
which carries with it strong presumptive THIRDLY.-The Ante-Judaic institution
proof, to say the least, not only of the of the Sabbath may be fairly inferred from existence of the Sabbath at that time, but the terms of the moral law itself.
also from the date of the grand event it was “Remember the Sabbath-day, to keep designed to commemorate. "For in six it holy." “ Remember.” We are shut days the Lord made heaven and earth, up by this word to the conclusion that the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the law about to be recited was not a new the seventh day: WHEREFORE the Lord one, but the re-publication of an existing blessed the Sabbath-day, and hallowed statute. The form of expression here it.” (Exod. xx. 11.) Here the reason of employed could scarcely have been used the Sabbath is stated to be the completion if the people had never before been cogni- of creation : but where is there an exzanit of the claims of a Sabbath. The ample in Scripture of any instituted com