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The Redeemer.
a In his torn and in his pity hE redo's/meet as."
A little babe, a helpless child,
Amazing wonder I can it be .
That God the Son, the undefiled,
Became a helpless child for'me?
A child for me.
And when' to years of manhood come,
Like man he toils, t and groans, and weeps;
A weary one, without a home,
On shipboard,' in the storm he sleeps,
• . In storm he sleeps.'
Alone, he in the garden prays,
Oh take away this cup from me,
But not my will, but thine," he says,
Then drinks the cup, my soul for thee,
My soul for thee.
Upon the cross to God he cries,
" Oh why haat thou forsaken me?"
He bows his head, the Saviour dies;
Yes, wond'ring soul, be dies for thee,
He dies for thee 1
A sufferer once, with pierced hands
He hung upon the accursed tree,
But now, my soul, in healien he stands,
An Advocate, to plead for thee,
To plead for thee.
He died, he rose, he lives on high,
Z.:sited, Prince, Redeemer, Ring,
Now thro' his blood to God brought nigh,
Rejoice my soul, his praises sing,
His liaises sing.
8. L. C
Por the Presbyterian Banner.
Christian Discipleship;
I am the vine, ye are the branches.—Jorm xv: 5.
We have here the fundamental idea of all
Christian discipleship—identity of life be
tween him that believes and him that is
believed on—" I am the vine, ye are the
branches." A disciple of Plato is one who
adopts the doctrines of Plato, and lives
them. A disciple of Mohammed is one
who believes the teachings of Mohammed,
incorporates them in his life, and 'lives
them out. A disciple of any great medical
teacher is one who adopts his views, lives
as he directs, eats, walks, and sleeps ac
cording to his rules. Christianity is almost
the only thing in which it is thought a man
may profess one thing s and be another
say he will do this, and go and do just, the
opposite. A disciple of Mohammed who
did not adopt his principles and act on
them, would be considered a very strange
man ; everybody would say, "Why profess.
to be a Mohammedan, when you are not ?"
And the inquiry would be most reasonable.
But Jonathan Edwards said to the people
of Northampton, "Why profess to be.
Christians, when you are not 7" and they
resisted it as an impertinence, and drove
him from their town. So, I say, Chris
tianity, seems to be the only thing in which
it is thought a man may profess one thing,
and be and do just the opposite of what he
professes. Identity of life between Christ
and the Christian is the fundamental idea
of all Christian discipleship. ..".I am
the vine, ye are the branches." This
is very suggestive. I suppose Christ
meant just what he said, when he said
to his disciples, "I am the vine,
are the branches." He meant to teach
this identity of life between himself and
them. The life of the branch and the
vine is the same, the branch is part of
the vine. You never saw a branch with a
life independent of, or different from the
life of the vine. And you never saw a
Christian with a life independent of, or
essentially different from the life of Christ.
Believers were first called Christians by
the world because the world saw they were,
in the main, like the Christ who lived and
died in those days. A disciple is a learner.
The word means that. • A disciple of Christ
is one who learns of Christ. He looks to
him, not mystically, but actually, and looks
to understand, and understands to imitate.
A disciple of Christ is one who imitates
Christ; not as a mimic imitates, by doing
mechanically what he does, but really—
copies from his inmost, hidden life, and
asks so to be imbued with that life inward
ly, that outwardly he may be Christ-like,
just as naturally as the branch, pervaded by
the life of the vine,
blossoms as the vine
blossoms, and bears fruit as the vine bears
Identity of, life between him that believes
and him that is believed on. I speak of
idenity, not quantity, I do not say that
every Christian must possess the whole of
the life of Christ, but what of life he does
possess, must be identical with that life.
Each branch does not possess all the life of
the vine. The vine's life may be diffused
through a thousand branches, yet if there
be but one drop of sap in the branch, that
is identical with the great life-current
which flows through the vine. So with the
Christian. What of life he does possess,
be it ever so little, must be identical with
the life that is in Christ. I speak of
quality, not quanta& ; Christ's 'Vein you,
not all of Christ's life in you; a branch,
not necessarily a branch covered all over,
and always, with bright blossoms, or ripe
fruits. Real life, not perfect life; manly,
honest struggle and
,protest against all sin,
not " sinless perfection."
Are we like Christ? should be the clues
tion of' all earnest Christians. Are we so
much like him that men would, point to us
at once and say, " There is a Christian—a
Christ-man ?" Are we as much like Christ
as A.hranch is like the vine on which it,
grows ? Could men, ignorant of what'
. Christ is, tell what he is by looking at us;
just as men could easily tell what a vine is
like, only , by looking at one of its branches?
. We need these days—we Christians of.
these days—to burnish up that old rusted
idea, "the imitation of Christ,"+and wear
it as a jewel on our hearts. We need some
Thomas h, Kempis to write another "Imi
tation of Christ," from the, text: " He that
saith he abideth in Him, ought himself also
so to walk even as He walked." IL
Learn to Sing.
MA'SSUS. EDITORS :—lt is sometimes
thought proper to kick the ball when it ii
rolling, to keep it in motion. There is
much written in these times concerning
Church Music, ome writers have lately
published much which meets my amain
tion, and I need not repeat. bi
C. 1?. Worrel has taken a wide range—
proposing so much that even if the Assem- •
bly and the Board of Publication enter up
on the work, it will require years to accom
plish what he proposes.
Another writer proposes that we have
our Psalms and Hymns` set to tunes, so that
the eye may embrace'botla at once, and thus
have all our people singing correctly.
I have often noticed that some are so well
educated, that they cannot conceive how far
many are below them in acquirements. I
have been teaching Music, 'and' leading in
churches about forty years, and tknow that
Music Notes are a dead letter to very many
who are well informed in many other
branches of learning.
Now, I suggest a shorter , course to accent
push some good in tne way of congrega
tional singing, to have an increase' of shit,-
For the Presbyterian Bauder
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VOL. VIM, NO. 34.
inn sooner than by some or any of the
courses proposed, and to help forward the
work proposed by some previous writers.
I have two reasons for not delaying this
communication; one, that it may appear
before the meeting of the Assembly; and
the other, that the Sunday-Schools now, in
the beginning of their Summer terms, may
do good by following my suggestion.
1 have taught Music Classes containing
nearly all ages,. and have discovered that
young children learn fastest. I have tried
the experiment in common district schools, ,
devoting only ten minutes each day; and
in Sabbath-Schools ten to thirty= minutes,
each Sabbath, before regular Sabbath-
School hours. It is surprising how much
children will learn in these small portions
of time..
My course has been to use the black
board, or cards printed, or written with a
pen or brush. The Sunday-School Union,
about A. D. 1828, published a set of Music
Cards, whiCh I bought and used, adding
many by my own hand. Many Sabbath-
Schools meet in houses containing good
black-boards, on which with little trouble,
tunes could be written, and the children
In many neighborhoods one or more,
(male or female '
) may be found capable of
writing and teaching the plainer rudiments
of Music and tunes of the easier kind;
and in this way our worshipping assemblies
may 'be filled with sacred song, in a time
much shorter than people generally suppose.
I speak from facts that have passed under,
my own eye, and propose a measure which
I know is feasible. Let Sabbath-Schools—
yes, and district schools—try it, even six
or twelve months, and they will prove to
themselves the truth of what I write. I do'
not propose to stop with this—it is a mere
beginning,' and a help to accomplish higher
attainments, such as others propose.
.. church' may be filled with music in
this way, while some other methods would
be only be. 2 otnning, or getting ready to be
gin. Yours, respectfully,
For the Preebyterian Banner
Jacobus' Notes on the Acts.
MESSRS. EDITORS :—Although I have
had Professor Jacobus' "'Explanatory
Notes on the Acts of the Apostles," a good,
in my possession, I had not leisure
to examine the book until lately. Dr. A.
Alexander used to say that it was part of a
pastor's duty to recommend good books to
the people; and I ask permission to recom
mend this as a good book, an invaluable
aid not only to the Sabbath School Teacher,
but to the more erudite and mature student
of the Scriptures. The Sunday School
leachers of Amy charge are already, upon
my suggestion, in .possession of the work,
and that part of the Scripture is now being
studied in our Schools; and I would like
to meet the book in every family. Having
already expounded that portion of the
Word, in extenso, three several times—l am
somewhat:prepared for judging of a corn
mentary upon it, and I can most cordially
commend Dr. J.'s notes. His "Introduc
tion " and " Synopsis " are learned, lucid,
compact, and enable the student to get a
clear and satisfactory outline view and com 7
prehension of the design, plan, and order
of the book ; whilst his explanations are
lucid, suggestive, rich, scholarly, brief and
comprehensive. Without committing
self to •the absolute correctness of the inter
pretation in every instance, I must =say
that the Dr. has given to the Church avery
valuable helper in studying this part of the
Word of God—the MISSIONARY book of
the New Testament. D. X. J.
For the Presbyterian Banner
It was a lovely day in the early part of
Summer, that an old man was observed
passing along the road that led to the vil
lage of D A single p.,:anee at the
old man's mien, satisfied the observer that
he had led a stormy and unsettled life. A
long snow-white beard covered his breast;
while the deep furrows on his massive brow,
and the settled gloom that wrapt his fea
tures, showed that his had been no small
part of this world's trouble.
Pressing on with as much speed as his
worn-out frame would permit, he came to
where a rugged mountain rose up abruptly
before him; passing around its base, he en
tered upon a retired upland valley situated
between two ridges of mountains. The
valley consisted of smooth meadow land,
Which at this season of the year, was cov
ered with wild-flowers of-every description,
filling the atmosphere with their fra
grance. •
A clear little brook ran winding along
through the middle of the valley. The
hills on either side, were for the most part
covered with forests; but here , and there,
a pe 4k rose up higher than its companions,
and stood out in bold relief against the sky
without a tree to disturb its symmetry.
The road, over which the traveller passed,
wound along at the foot of the hills.
Near the middle of the valley, the hills
fora small distance, receded from their di
rection, forming a semi-circle with the road ;
in the, middle of this space stood a little
cottage. 0, how that old veteran's heart
beat as he saw it in the distance I how the
expression, - of his care-worn-features worked
between hope and fear ! but as he approach
ed nearer, and beheld the dilapidated state
of the cottage, the fallen-in roof, the ivy
clambering up over the door and window,
looking as if it had not been inhabited for
years, he was seized with the most hopeless
It was just forty years ago from that very
morning, that he had east a farewell linger
ing look upon that little cottage, that con
tained all that was dear to him on earth;
he was then running aivay from his mother
and dear little Ellen, to be what he had so
long wished to be—a sailor—a mere child,
only fifteen Summer's old. The sun .was
shining just as brightly now as it did that
very morning, forty years 'ago ; the birds
were singing just as sweetly; and nature
looked just as gay ; and there on the old lo
cust before the cottag?, door, a robin was
caroling away, just as the old robin that
used tb build her nest in the forks of that
old locust, did that very morning, when he,
ran away from home. For a moment he half
thought it was the same old robin. As he
looked upon the decayed dwelling, the most
inexpressible anguish settled over his fea
tures; he turned away, not knowing whither
he went, until after a fewmoments, he found
himself standing under a large elm on the
banks of the little brook, where he and El
len used to recline,in days long since gone.
As the recollections of the former innocent
sports in which he and Ellen engaged, came
up before his mind, the involuntary excla
mation broke from his lips, " 0 where is
Ellie, now."
Simultaneous with the exclamation those
eyes that had been dry for forty'years, were
turned into fountains of tears. Unable to
endure the recollections that came up, he
turned away, when the tomb-stones in the
distant church-yard .arrested his eye. In
the most intense agony, he hastened to the
church-yard. How changed from what he
knew it, when le•and little Ellen used to
repose upon the soft grass on the little
green mounds. At every step, strange
tomb-stones greeted'him ; yet he could'find
no trace of those after whom he sought.
He was just going to give up the fruit
less search in despair; when he espied - twe
tomb-stones standing side by side in a re
tired corner of the church-yard; he hast
ened thither and there, at length, the mys
tery was solved: As he gazed on Ellie's
tomb,- and saw there carved the words,
" Suffer little children to come unto me,"
all his early teachings and admonitions
came back to - his memory. All that angel
mother's prayers and counsels, -that had
long been forgotten in a life spent in sin?*
suddenly rose up before him. -
When he thought of his mother and El
len's tears, when he wickedly left them,
hardened as he was, he sobbed as if his
heart would break. He knelt d'oWn upon
the graves of the only two beings whose
heart's had ever beat for him. He arose,
and stood for a little while gazing npon'the
tombs in silence,' gave utterance to 'the
words, "Rave killed my poor mother; I have
spent my youthin sin and debauchery. No
one cares for me. lam a wanderer and an
outcast upon the earth. I will go and
throw away the rest of my life where I
squandered my youth." e
Tears of sorrow are not always tears of
penitence. Let youth beware how they
despise warnino• b and, instruction, and fly
from the parental home. Horne l Blessed
home, where the . Christian parent dwells.
Forsake it not. W.
For the Pmbyterian:Bander.
Marian ‘Prratrytery.
Since our last regular meeting, one of our plum
ber has been called to his reward. On the first
day of February, bur 'deal. biother, P.m William
Hutchinson passed from this scene of his trial !
and his suffering, to one where the tcary are at
rest. r
He came among us when it was yet the 'day of
small things with our beloired Church in this vi
cinity—came to make sacrifices for Christ. ' Af
ter ten 'years of arduous labor in our midst, in
times of self-sacrifices and toil, his tongue was
silenced for the time by hemorrhage of the
lungs. ' He then removed to Salon, Tennessee, in,
the hope that the salubrious atmoaphere of 4
Southern and mountainous region might. be in
strumental in restoring his health.
But placed amid destitution of the word of life,
his Christian heart, full of yearning love to souls,
would not allow him to be long idle. He was
soon laboriously engaged in originating rind con
ducting Sabbath-Schools, and in preaching. Thus
he labored till stricken down by paralysis, under
which suffering the partial deprivation-of all the
bodily senses, and much discomfort and pain, his
time passed wearily on till he departed for that
rest. that remaineth, foi the people of God.
Eight Months before his death, he returned to
Eticyrus, 0., to a people wham he loved, and for
whose good he had labored. His'last days were
not dark ones—they were made light by the evi
dence of his Father's love. With the emphasis
of strong faith, he remarked bow little earthly
trials would seem, when he should get away, in
the better world. His view of passages in' the
Word of God,. he frequently remarked, were
higher and more precious than ever before. His
state was that of hoping, believing, waiting till his
change should come. Therefore,
Resolved, That it becomes us to box in humble
submission to the mysterious providence of God,
whose ways are not our ways, nor his thoughts
our thoughts.
Resolved, That it is our duty to learn that' our
time is short, and our opportunities of doing good;
Resolved, That we heartily sympathise with
the widow of our' deceased brother in her deep
afilietion. • -
For the Presbyterian Banner
The Presbytery of Zanesville
Melon the 10th Of April, at Newark. (hiring to
the great freshet, only four ministers and two el
ders were present.
Mr. H. R. Pamirs, a Licentiate of the Presby-'
tery of Allegheny City, was received under the
care Of Presbytery.
And it was then agreed to adjourn to meet iri
the same place on the 24th inst. .At the appointed
time and place, Presbytery again met. Present,
seventeen ministers and ten elders.
'Rev. W. V. Milligan, and Elder J. H. McCall,
were appointed Commissioners to= the next Gener
al Assembly; and Rev. John Kelly, and Elder
Samuel Price, their alterna',es.
• The pastoral relation existing between Rev. W-
Morris Grimes and 'the church of Bristol, was
dissolved; (this church having 'one-half his time.)
And the request of the , church of INVConnells
vile; asking for , all Mr. Grimes' time, instead of
one-kalf, was granted.
- Calls from the churches of Brownsville and-
Uniontown were put into the hands of Mr.
Peairs. He having signified his acceptance of
them, and having passed his examinations pre=
paratory to ordinatlon,. Presbytery agreed to,
hold a meeting; in Brownsville .on the 24th of
May,'to ordain and , install him. Rev. Wm. M. -
Robinson was aPPointed to priach the sermon;
Rev. James'M. Platt to offer the ordaining pray
er; Rev. M.R. Miller to charge the pastor; and
Rev. Samuel Willson to preside and charge the
Revs. J; M. Drake and A. R. `Hamilton; were
appointed a Committee to install Mr. Peairs at•.
Uniontown, at some convenient time, 'after -the
A Committee consisting of Revs. S. Willson,
R. Duncan,. and 'W. V. Milligan, was appointed
to organize a church at Claysville, if the way be
'Mr. Henry Fulton, a student' of the Western
Theological Seminary, was received under the.
care of Presbytery, as a candidate , for liceniure:
The churches of Bristol,-Cross Roads, and ML
Pleasant obtained leave to supply themselves till
the next stated meeting of Presbytery ; and the
folloWing supplies were appointed to the church
of-Marietta, viz.: - Rev. Wm. M. Robinson, one
Sabbath, at discretion ; Rev. W. M. Ferguson,
Third Sabbath of June; Rev. John Kelly, Third
Sabbath of August.
Presbytery adjourned to meet , in 'Brownsville,
on the 24th day. of May, at 2 o'clock, P. M.
W. K ROBINSON, Stated Clerk.
Roman Catholics.
There are 'more than one .hundred and
fifty -millions of -persona in cur, world; en
rolled as Roman -Catholics. How , many of
them are honest -in -their errors, only the
Omniscient can tell. But -we are permit
ted 'to know that Inanyare. Their zeal.may
not, be.according to -knowledge,,but it is a
"zeal of God." Noble; spirits have lived
and died within that, communion; men in
radical antagonism to its fundamental prin
ciples, but never, seeing that, what they
attacked was what gave it its charm to its
leading spirits. Blaise Pascal was,a Prot
estant in intellect, in heart, in his power
ful writings. But he lived and died a sin
cere member of the Latin Communion.
Martin Luther had beerris sincere in ad
hering to that Church as he was in forsak
ing it. And when we feel constrained to
ex.pose the enormous evils of that organi
zation, -we no more imagine three fourths
of that peciple to intend 'all those evils than
we ourselves do.
For the millions of the Roman Church
who have no desire to do wrong in sustain
ing that Church, however mistaken they
may be, however much mischief they may
unwillingly do, we should feel the tender
est sympathy. We should labor for their
conversion with the same spirit which' ani
mated Paulin his labors to bring the Jews
about him to a knowledge of the truth as
it is in' Jesus. "'Brethren, my heart's de
sire and prayer to God for Israel is, that
they might be saved."
Nor will these labors he in vain. There
are throughout the Protestant world, some
eight or ten organizations having special
reference to the evangelization of Roman'
Catholics, and a .glance at the field will
show that the blessing of God is resting,
upon their efforts.
Belgium,, by a wonderful movement of,
Providence in 1839, has more freedom than
any-Catholic , State! • Since that , time; fif-
teen thousand souls have
to embrace Protestantisi
and congregations hal
thirteen sclumls establ;
Bibles and tracts are nil
colporters supported,
tgachers of whop's.
In Lomfiardy, a d s we,
Bible is_ a free book.
Ten tho - usand Tuseai
oppression is taken off.
" Bible-readers."
In France, forty yet
but few places of 01
There are now twelve
In Ireland converts
melons that the Rom;
are alarmed, and call
devil, and are selling ra4
to protect from its pow,
lu the United States
three millions of Para,
and Foreign Christian
missions in the cities
bany, Utica, Pittsburg
cinnati, Detroit, Chical
St. Louis; also in Br;
several places in th;
Massachusetts, New H;
cut, Georgia, and
attends these labers.
In South' America,
are opened. The Won
uted with joys
We may surely pere( .; facts
that the prospect is hi God is
leading his people forty„ _, )rk of
aggression upon the strongholds• of the ad
versary. Let the churchesejoice at these
harbingers of the wreak* of, a glorious
day, andlet every. Christiati feel his ;indi
vidual responsibility in la.b4ring and pray
inm that the rising of the ,Sun of Righteous
ness may be hastened.—triict Journal.
KAT Dirarrixoa—Tax Cumuli :diem r 50011 ? ? AND ITS
LONDON,; : Aril 12, 1860.
TIM EASTER HOLIDAY. are now over,'
and ,business has resumed i course, whi ch
here 'in London is as a ' ` . hty,, 'rushing .
river, ever deepening ann . denin . tiiiits
flow. . .Bnt during the - liday. , season,
Church matters have 00140 with. fresh
prominence beforethe publi',iirconnexion
with the follies of the Rev.. rpm King, at
St[George's in the , East, a t the riotous
conduct - of the 'people. "On Good Friday, .
the church waslound to IYe moitin dark-
nese, the gas being turned:. wn, and the
altar covered with dark cove. ings, in order
to be sensuously in harmony ith the 'trag
edy of Calvary, - of Which'thit day was the
memorial' celebration. *Tliiiiii Was, and is,
,of the in tenebris of the
Romish Church, and until 'recently quite
unknown in the Church of - E
!island. On
Sunday morning 'the 'altar cif, it.' George's
was decorated with fiowerso Ida - Vies, and
crosses. In the evening,_ the crowd . was
kept waiting outside, whqe Mr. Killed;
Tracterian friends, stout nung Men. from:
the West End, were admitted by a priiife
door. This was Aiscoveredihy the moh i and
excited thein'to + - fifty:. ;sTreritishpi 'lurid
last,, took possession of the, chancel, add
there were violent, personal eollistons,' arid
summary ejections froni the
and mockeries Of the' intoning,.,
and reading of the clergy, were fieqUent, i
and altogether the•scene lias , Shookinvirld' .
disgracefirl. There is a popular, instinetife
hatred of Popery in all this, which may be'
overruledfor good ; but it -is more infidel;
in its actings than anything else. AS for
Mr. Xing, he is like Mr. Liddel, of Knights
bridge, a conscientious bigot to the•wre,
thinks himself-the champion of Christ and
his. Church, receives addresses from.OxfOrd•
graduates and• others ' and replies in . a
martyr-like tone, and seems' resolied; if
need be,' to • die :rather than yield. .The
press, the:•police; the Bishop of London,
have all failed. This man's invincible A:
,stinacy, and , his outrageous blindness and
folly, have occasioned all the mischief. We .
shall 'see what the 'Billidp Will "do next."
.Rectors' Pariabes have independence in'
their .own spheres; as long as.-they keep
within the letter of the, law. ~In lts.elfx it
is desirable that Presbyters ahould . ..this,he
free: from any tyranny Of the kiiiipate;
whether Low -or Higll - Churete; whethist.
Evangeline! , or 'Unclean. - • •. •
At Knightsbridge therehas been a repeti:
: tion of the usual•seene en Easter ; Tuesday.
It is on that day that a ohnroh-warden, Is
annually elected. Mr. Lidderia:Obliged to.
take the chair. He Is* 'sure inliebuffeted
well - by thaLow Chrireh - party, and has a
.great many personalities .directed against'
km. This year Mr. Westerton, his old
enemy, is fastened'. 'upon him as churph-,
warden, and as a "'tribune of the people,".,
went beyond Chiistilin deenrnm — andehatitY
by asking' quationa;•as to -the :disposal Of
funds, which Mr: li..concidered iithenio*
his dignity to answer, and leftrthc :chair..
It is ilia as a rule, , : tiiii thine meetisigs
end. . ,
. .
THE I.ItACTARUNS, meanwhile, arelry
all the' year round, and . dxfciiatrniverstty
18 constantly ad d i ng to theiiclericidlifiength.
They 'have " sisterhoode," , dred .
like.the Sisters•of - .Mercy Of. the Church of
Rome; the Mother Supergor PamillgAeYel
and a cross at her girdle, and
. slikand her
lady associates residing initmiiiratelionse,,
as celebates; 'and Imparting 'edUctiititii . to:
yowl.' c orphan, or poor girls, who are'lßuiraL,
ed, lodged,.anCtskeit tb regularly to Tracts: -
rian services, twice evetylay..The religiona
education given irittninY ;P6pfsh:t in its
teachings, exalting therChurch, the priest
hood, and the sacrament.. Mr. Westerton
made a good point at lnightsbridge, in
reading, or rather proposing to read, along
list of Tractirian 'perverts to Riiiiie. - 111 r.
Liddel and Dr. Pasey (thelittar recording,
longsince; avow that•lie , wcruld die . in the
bosom of the Church of England,): retain
their places, and look on with mild sadness
while their neethytei go a step too far.
The 'money at the'Conimatid:Of the,partji
very considerable. Altogether, they are le
most un-English and detestable .body, and'.
working out the interests of
with a vigor and zeal Which, in relbdtter7
cause, would accomplish mariellous results::
Minims MEN in - the die noiv iiert
common. rapeak •netizferely of the" Broa d,
Church tarty, properly so 'called, including-
Maurice,. tlowett, Kingsley, ancLothera, but
of a large ! class who blow hot and. cold,,
and whoori asking in the ClericiilJciiirtuil
advertisement sheet for eurates,"or in 'seek- ing for "titles"-. to holy orders, or's new'
curacy, profess to hold " moderate views."
The . " moderation" implies treachery to
Evangelical truth, and 'a desire to please
a High Church rector, and • at populum to
appear evangelical: Of all• men, an Apos-
Successionist, and a priest in heart,
spirit, and bearing, who 'yet preaches even
,gelism, is the most intolerable. He, is a'
hybrid, whom religion diaoivni,andreminds,
.one of Horace's ..appeal to..the brothers ,
Piso; in his 'f Art - of,Poetry," about the
creature ending with.the tail of 'a fiSh, ris
) ght
Its of
if the
, and
td in
1120 S,
to-whether at the sight. they-could refrain
from laughter. But here, in matters per
taining to reliaion, there is need for tears,
rather than laughter.
Try: EVANGELICALS, as abody, however
are large and powerful, faithful to the truth,
and increasingly catholic in 'spirit. Each -
Incumbent does his own work, and there
are a number. of Bishops, who encourage
and foster their efforts,. They also sustain,
with great earnestness, the Pastoral Aid
Society, flir the supply of faithful -men for
populous districts, (its 'contrast, the (High ,
Church " Curates Aid Socigty.") They,
and their congregations also, do much , for
the funds of •the Bible and Tract Societies,
arul especiall3r for the Church Missionary,
and Jewish' Convelsion Societies. .
Trn MAY MEETINGS virtually begin in
Aprl, especially the meetings connected
with the missions of the Baptists. But
their main Strength. is put forth in the first,
second, and third weeks of May. We ex
pect, that they , will, be very interesting this
year. 'The deriaind for tickets for the
Church Mission Anniversary is so great,
that two public meetings must be held. It
ought to be
COLONEL EDIVANDES; famous in Indian
warfare, and as the powerful supporter of
British interests in the Punjaub, is to take,
the chair at the annual meeting of the
Tract Society. He speaks well, and the
moral influence of his nameand testimony
is great. It is probable he will now reside
in this country; and go into Parliament..
The more legislators of that class the bet
ter, no matter what their party politics are.
We want men of high Christian principle
and integrity. As Dr. Murray (" Kir
wan ")-is,. I bear, coming to London, his
name is appropriated•already by the Score-,
tary of the
.Tract Society at the Annual
REEORMATTON, will be celebrated this year
not only in Scotland, but also in' a meas.:
ure in England. Next week the English
Presbyterian Synod' meets at Sunderland;
and it has been arranged. that a Whole day,
shall be *riven to the subject. Addresses
will be delivered by'ministers 'appointed
for the purpose and it, is expected that
Principal ,Cunninnbarn of Edinburg'h
take part, in the:proceedings. Such a dein
meMoratiOn is "to find a Sympathetic re
sponse in the United Sthtes. and Canada is
well as in the British Colonies and in the
United Kingdom. It will 'surely' stir up
at once, gratitude, humiliation, faith, hope,.
and prayer, and lead . to afresh rally around
the old blue banner of the Covenant. The
following will be interesting to many of
your readers : ,
which for thelast century h asbeen the
of the 'c kirk session of Queen . Anne
Street, Dtinfermline, wbequest of Ralph Erskine's,
has recently been rescued from the charter chest,
and handsomely framed had glazed, and hung up
in the session. house of , that-church. It is the
pfiginal' parchment signed by the King 'and his'
;hinliehOldi and afterwards - by the nobility, gen
.and ,commoners of all, ranks and, couditiOns
parish of Dunfermline,U the year 1580
oild; and is sornewhatinteresting shatfing how,
many.old family names still linger among our
burgesses.. The document is in perfect preserva
tion,' butitbe oaligraphy is - mutt-very easy -to- deci,
• „THE PARLIAMENT is adjourned till next
week, and Belgravia- and the West-End
g,finerally 'is " out of town " at. Brighton;
Richmond, and country seats; all over the:
land. The Easter lireathing time is a great .
•relief to' our Legislators, especially to the.
House of Commons. The Lords take•mat
ters more easily. I was ye,ste,rday, in Hyde'
Park and Belgravia, that intensely
ionable district which lies behind 13u4k r .
ingham palace, and :comprehends •Loundes•
Square, Eaton Placa, and Belgiave
Nobles, landed proprietors, millionaires, and
parvenus, occupy Ate vast district, almost
exeliisiiely. Here and there On the' front
of the. mansion (which "Ticllida
who o .aequdpede," takes the libertrof ask
ing adniission: to the palace or mansion .as
well as' to , the!peasant's cottage,) you see ,
hatchment,4 square piece of board; painted
black,, with heraldic 'devices,mild the:wids
" Resurgam "emblazoned in lettere, ef:so,l4
leaf. The ." Resurganc"..; is a sometimes
painfully 'suggestive 'of the -great,: ones of
the land 'who have died after lives of sin- -
after the guilty waste of God's gifts., whose ,
resurrection will be to condemnation.:: But,
thank God! of an increasingiiumber ofthe
:upper ; classes, we , r,can say . thattheyaara
among the chosen: and: redeeniedi'or , tlie:
Lord,.and , 'using their position and all their'
tidents, fir his service and glory. •
m peregrinations, that,
Many of hones in :the - West End were
Ishut:up; the owners being for a fortnight '
ontrof town. Among them was the man
of Lord John Russel, ,in Chesham
1 1 %6. rtisticatirigin the
handsomelLciage within the' boundaries ;of
'the beautiful: Richinond Park, which :the
'Queen presented to -hini-ato iti.token :of 'her
fsiendship and . , regard , some years ..ago. '
He has a , large 'family which • rules, in
%belief of God:,' Altogethe r iit
'Of: greet Merit socialk,; and his ' repitiXton .
as statesman will-be always great:. ,ge'
hint acquitted, himself nobly in recent'
.correspondence with the French .kfieistes,
'on this Imperial annexation of Savoy' nod:
'Nice. "His syMpiitliyualSo - 'With ifiLliuy.
liberty;iB gentiine,
moral make-weight in:the, favorable
yeiopment which „the .canes liaa-now
THN.I Quilts/ is now 'gat ;Windsor, and.
therefOrkiethedlpgrntaff on *the top of .Buck-1
inghain • - :Palace,i from Which,.-when she is ,
in Iowa; flung,out by' the brieze, the - old ,
.White'Cross• Banner of St. George, to, tell
that her Majesty is " - at home," was yester
day but, a )?are .and undemonstrative pole:.
Night di4ped down on old Westminster
Abbey; as In.pprOacheil it; and °nee - mild - not
but think !of it asAlie•retting place of illus
trious dust; whose .faunae and: deeds renind
successive generations that they too may
• " Make their live sublime,
And departing leave behind them
' " Footprints on the sands'imf time."
The statue of George. Canning looks
doilvifinlstouy yet•eloquent,muteness; , froei
pedestal . upon Palace Yard, and Au!
: Westminster ,itself is ~lighted, up.
'What meanethtiOnt I approach the great
door, And as it operig r6ateli . a , glimpse, and
nal , enter I have' ' fill. view of. aAtirrin. ,
And martial scene. lids is one of :tee
many, training .spotn ins.,the metr,opolis for
the young, and Ard.ent ,Rifie • Volenteers:
Here'lieforenielirelhe - Scotisii 'itifleth and
whetiltei ivati at there in the Ordinary
gray unifarmNir thatpoition ,
kilt and' long' pendant' plaid,• all shincadlai
rably. I rocognise one andanother. ',There
is Captain John Maegreger,, tbe . Chris ; ,
tian sou of the brave and. 'Christian_ Sir
Duncan kilegregor, whO Head of the-
Poliee forcisin Ireland; ind . :who• long com
manded a regiment of Highlanders. This
John Macgregor, in the Dalt-grown develop
anent of ,the infant.. boy Raved from the
burning. the ship Kent, as related'in the
welatiewnirecoairitten father many
years ago.' And' heti' thikvidting .rnae is
the, life and soul of the Ragged School,
and Shoeblack Brigade tnovements r and is,
a zealous member of the Church of RAng-,
land's Young Blen's Society. And see how
busy he is side by aide by that fine looking
Drill Sergeant of .the Coldstream Guards,
in putting his companythrough their evo
lutions. Lords Abercorn, and Elcho, and
the Honorable A. Kinnard, are zealous
members of the Scottish iorps. It is an
•interesting Spot where they are drilled, su.--
gesting grand patriotic reminiscences and
scenes emphatically historical for twelve
hundred, years. The volunteer movement
gathers Strength. One cannot help feeling
when looking on these drilling Scenes, how
much discipline has to do with 'war, and
how, without it, raw levies of the' warmest
.patriots are ,almost ,powerless,
seeking to, quiet, the apprehensions of Eu
rope as to supposed designs of covetitigand
annexing Belgium and the left baiik of the,
'Rhine. The French press; or at least ,a
portion uf , it, has received a moderate . re
buke for stating that the Carlist insurrec
tion in Spain, and especially that which
now seems to be , --ki - some headway in
id encouraged by
s in:both i .e.sses is
;till cold, - Ultlicnigb.
Spring has begun to put forth its buds and
its first born flowers. The public health - has
suffered greatly for the last four months.
On the Chevoit hills, snow is now lying , .
In the North of Ireland, hay and straw, are
at a fabulous price, as the result of the
drought of last year. 'But farmers there
and elsewhere' reCeive prices for the
products of, the dairy. and for cattle.,
It is feared that overtrading with India
in cotton goods, may ,bring on. commercial
disasters "erelong. Australia is depressed
by being overstocked from this side. Bank
'interest, is rising, and the , funds are de
pressed. Railway- property is greatly, in
creasedin value. - ,
At the beginning of his supplications,
probably early in the nlor c uire of this
memorable` day' of :faStifig and , 'prayer' the
commandment w6nt , forth to Gabriel from
theAhrone,of the-Ilternal, to,fly swiftly to
this earth on, this errand of revelation:
Swiftly he flew, no doubt, in obedience to
this high swiftly, that he %
rived upon our:planet' that, same dayy
cupying probably not more thaw six hours,
or, at, the ,veryanost, ten hours in ,his
pasFage. ,‘
But here the que,stion occurs, how far
had he to travel, and from 'what , place 'did
he conic ? ' We cannot' answer the , first
question ; but, in regard to the second, we
may be•.assureit that it was from some 'dis
tant world in space. Was it from one of
'the sister planets of our own solar system,
tem, or ' was it from some other star or
rather some other =system connected :with
our own Milky .Way? There is still
one other alternative; may it
,nothave been
from beyond the confines of even this great
galaxy----from some distant nebulae' that
trembles in'the field of our MOst powerful
telescopes ?,
If so, it would not be difficult to imagine
the scenes through which he passed 'in his.
stupendous flight. After springing:upwards
from the orb on which he lived, and bend
it* his eye Onlhe far AiStaittrp6int toivai'd
which his flight mast be directed, he would
press onwards with increasing .swiftness,
rivalling at, length the velocity of light..
In the first hour, he, would' hate left behind
hiM firmament'the' f his 'native 'World," and
'entered 'the great Wilderness Of the uni
verse, where no Single stall was visible, and
where the blackvault above, 'benea•th,, , ,and
around, was sprinkled only with its distant
nebillm. Here he is alone with God; and,
probably, in 'the soledm silence 'of his soli
tary-flight, is, receiving upon his inmost
spirit the prophetic message that he :was to
_bear, to earth.. , '
For hours together the same dread gran
deur of nebulous scenery would continue;
and Yet the inconceivable Of his
progress would produce, as it were, a moving
panorama around him, the nebalm in, front
opening and enlarging themselve,s •before
him, ,passing on each side at greater and
less distances, a.ecording'to the line of his
flight; and finally closing tip and disappear
ing in the distant Waite. Such would be
the characteristic: ; scenery: of,
histhe 'greater,
part of voyage., T.4ke the 'vessel that
leaves its port, and, after passing- through
the forest of shipping, and Witnessing ler
a few hours the surrounding scenery of its
enclosing bay; enters at, length the wide
ocean, and continues ; sailing there, perhaps
for weeks, before it sees the corresponding
scenery of the port to Which it is bound;
So would Gabriel's'flight ''be one ot 'weary
sameness during the greater part of its con-
tinuance. '
Sometimes, no doubt, the stranin outlines
of the distant clusters would present inter
esting objects of stn.' y e angelic
astronomer. Ring-shaped nebulm, con
trasting• with, spherical or lenticular Con
formations (these would apprbach: and
enlarge, and, after decreasing again, ,would
ultimatelY disappear. Grotesque arrange
merits of congregated stars; Some like spiral,
comets, others like fringed ero*ns; sonic
like tangled , clouds,, others like rocket,
showers, would appear to , sail, along the
heaveni as his 'flight bore on. Some-,
times'his' 'way - would lie so near their
confines, thatioecaiionallY the form of some
distant nebula, would growin brightness as.
it, neared, him, and; when it sailed closely
by, perhaps only.a few quadrillions of miles
distant, it Would expand and resolve itself
little myriads of stars, till, being'past,
it Would , again' gather up its glories into
some-new;and strange outline, and at length
fade. away in the ethereal distance.
Toward the, c ose of is voyage, - his
coeliac direeted`to one particular nebula,
from whichlie'airerves not, - either to the
right 'haft& or - the left. It; is - evidently the'
sought-for object of his flight. [t=ie our
Milky Way, although, as yet, it is no more
than a small speck in the distant, night:
'By and by it grows brightness, and be
comes more distinct in outline, like a small
/flat cloud, split - along "AS flanks. Onwards
and onwards , he- flies toward this bourne,
and, as, he approaches, its outline gradually
diaaPpears, and the stars of which its dim
light 'Was "ccenposed disengage themselves,
• and -open up on his 'field , of , view. Now he
must gradually 'slacken his .flight, because
he is approaching the termination of his
voyage. Like the ship entering the port of
its destination, and passing `through another
forest' of shipping, so' would , Gabriel 'find
the.atars , Of :the Milky Nay open out upon
his .view; and, gradually. radiating from
the central point, toward which his ,flight
is'directed, they:would at length brighten_
into a starry flrmainent''aronnd, so Ra j
meet* our admiring gaze on, a cloudless and
moonless night. ,1 , • ~
=Having entered the firmament , of ; the
Milky. Way,,his eye is, now, directed toward
a feeble, undistinguiShed Star, upon Which
all his interest is concentrated. Swift as
the light he =makes 3,toward it, and, as it'
brightenaefore hint he can look around
and notice the,same .well-known stars. and
eonstellations that ,wP 'touted to
vaat we are, aceust, A nea
'see,' with" no Breat ar
W.H.Q.Lr -. .iN0:.;:39:.
The Angel Gahriel's Visit 'to` Daniel.
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DAVID 111 9 1101:NiMir
. -
rangements. There is Sirius, la fighter
than, all ; there is Orion, with 'his
cloudy sword; there are the Pleiades, 'that
vast system of congregated suns,:around
which. our own appears to be revolving;
there is the Southern Cross•; and there are
the: glorious Magellanic clouds, from which,
it may be, his morning flight began. The
sky is blacker than night, and the stars
sparkle with a brilliancy that no mortal
eye has ever seen. • •
Meantime, his star has grown a sun—
small, indeed, as the morning star, tout daz
zling with , a light which no planetman ever
equal. He has come within the orbit of
Neptune, and .there is Uranus withr his
moon, and there isSatnra with his -moons
and rings,- and , Jupiter, also, with his hands
and moons. He can even perceive, in close
proximity to, the enlarging sun, a red speck,
which is the planet Mars.: But where is
the Earth, of which he is yet in search ?
His still invisible, because it is yet im
mersed in the solar rays. Onward he flies,
and, .entering successively the 1 orbits of
Uranus and Saturn, his piercing eye , can
now detect aelittle 'speck emergingfroutthe
glowing; sunshine in ;which it was pre
viously lost—it is the Earth at. last. It
brightens into a small blue star, growing
richer, and larger as he enters .successively
4,tho t tc,o4,o4.4upituil.andAmlitero planets ;
and when at length, he has reached the
orbit of .Mars, the disc of the earth has
become visible, and the rich blue tint of
our planet, is conspicuous over all the
Onward and onward the pilgrim angel
flies, keeping our little planet still before
him, until its growing disc ezpatids into a
gigantic moon and, in a few minutes more,
he dips beneath the blue atmosphere that
covers the Babylonian plains, and lays his
hand upon the prostrate Daniel. It is the
time of the evening , oblation.—The Stars
and the Angels.
Whoever believes the Bible or rejects it,
his formed an opinion as to what it teach
es. No one can assent to the instructions
of Revelation till he has-satisfied himself
aa to what they are. And no one can con
sistenlyreject these instructions till he :has
fOrmed an ,opinion concerning them. In
its drapery of symbols, or in the more di
dactic forms of revelation, the Bible un
folds great'princilifes and doctrines. These
become a reality to men only when they
are understood and believed, or become a
savor of death unto death, only when un
derstood and 'rejected.
It is idle for us to say the Bible is our
creed. - This is ;to. confound things. How
few there are who do not profess to accept
the teachings of the Bible in some form,
and yet how widely do men differ as to
what those teachings 'are. To be definite
and fair we must go farther and state what
we regard the Bible as teaching and as de
nying. As this, book is addressed to our
faith and spiritual conceptions, various, and
conflicting interpretations of it are possi
ble, and hence the importance Of creeds and
cornpends •of truth, 'or clearly expressed
views-and statements of doctrine. Till this
is done, the_ boundary line between truth
and error cannot be ascertained; the differ
ence between the Calvinist and the Trans
cendentalist the man of evangelical and of
• •
latitudinarian views cannot be known or
Made to appear. Till, we come down to
particulars •or definite „statements, wor as
sertion that we believe ltTeltible or that
the Scriptures are our creed, amounts to
just nothing. If a man says' ,he believes
the Bible,
but declines to state what doe
trind he believes the Bible to teach, he is
confused in his own mind, or wants the grace
of Christian frankness.
It is said that creeds are not inspired, and
that other ages may change them. This
does not militate against their value. But
their use does not lie on this ground. They
are, useful as tests of religious, thought, or
the landmarks of Christian faith. Creeds
`are not meant to be, snares in which to
catch heretics, -hotlines rather to bound or
exchide heresy. ,`'They are tests 'of Christian
fellowship rather than stakes of Christian
martyrdom. But when we hear persons
speak• reproachfully of them, we cannot re
frain from the conclusion either that they
do not precisely understand themselves, or
that they wish for a latitude of belief a lit
tle broader than the Bible, or for a somewhat
larger faith than its immutable doctrines.
Denominations that have made a prdper
use, of creeds have been the most stable. and
progressive in their . Christian eliaraeter and
history. They have carried their research
es farthest into biblical interpretation and
science. On the other hand, those sects
that have discarded the use of creeds, and
have:,pr'ofessed, to go to the,Bible as their
standard of faith, have been the first to
'abandon its teachings, and drift into, trans
cendentalism. The history of theological
, discassion• for thee-last half century in this
country and in Europe, demonstrates this
If established and clearly stated princi
ples Are essential to the plogresS of natural
science and of mental and Moral philosophy
—if something like aplatform of Views and
.principles are indispensable to the success
of 'a political 'party, or an assAiation for
:morale and reformatoty purposes, we 'ask if a
= clear =and positive statement of _>y ristian
doctrine does not hold somethi4 like the
=same relation to the Prosperityand progress
of the •Christian Church on earth:
We feel disposed to make these inquiries
noW; , -from our' knowledge of the restive
-of''certain 'men who' are eteeedingly
- pepulavand. influential in our :order with
respect to creeds and platforms in the
Church. We would not be uncharitable or
,censoridus ; we do not court persecution
under 'the name of heresy hunters. We
put these: points. and ask these questions in
good faith.---Christian Mirror.
A father, said - that - he remeinbered _his
father'taking him info' a 'room alone - , and
kneeling down and praying' with him.
Farther back" thatihe could - remember
'nothing. that prayer, ithoiigh he-was
a very little child, he well remembered ;
and , he often thought that he owed-
hopes of salvation . to the fact that
ractiberecl nothing beyond t4t -
It Made 'ati indelible impression on his
mind... "It was forty years ago-;"-"said he,
', that :I heard that prayer, back- of which
my memory cannot run. My father is
dead and gone; but here I stand a witness
for God, that he bears and answers prayer.
And I beg of •sTou - fathers., pray with your
little ehildreir, not-in the family merely,
bukpray with'and for them alone, and the
Father who heareth in secret will reward
you z•
- ItLie a great practical principle in the
religious life, that a state orsufferingiftirn
ishes. the test ;of love. ,; Whew- . God ; is
pleased to bestow his' favors upon ma, when
his blessings are repeated every hour, how
can we r tell whether - We love him for what
he is, Or for 'what - le givei? But' when,
in seasons of , deep 4 'And Varie'd'fifili•ctions,
our heart ,still -.clings to hint as our only
hoPe, VI dr only joy,E(aY4 ;" Thou
knoWeic all things thou s knowest that I
love thee."
The Value of Creeds.
Praying with 'Little' Childien.
The Thee Test of -Love