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or woman whispered. There, in their mutable but unerring characters, mixed with the earliest as with the latest sighs of mortality, stand forever recorded, vows unredeemed, promises unfulfilled, perpetuated in the united movements of each particle, the testimony of man's changeful willi” And. I may add, the proof of man's guilt; and equally, also, the evidence of the sorrow of the penitent, and of the zeal and fervor of the pious.

“ If the Almighty stamped on the brow of the earliest murderer the indelible and visible mark of his guilt, he has also established laws, by which every succeeding criminal is not less irrevocably chained to the testimony of his crime. For every atom of his mortal frame, through whatever changes its severed particles may migrate, will still retain, adhering to it through every combination, some moveinent derived from the very muscular efforts by which the crime was perpetrated."

“When man and all his race shall have disappeared from the face of our planet, ask every particle of air still Aoating over the unpeopled earth, and it will record the cruel mandate of the tyrant, the bitter words of unkindness, the oaths of the profane, the filthy words of the wicked. Interrogate every wave that breaks unimpeded on ten thousand desolate shores, and it will give evidence of the last gurgle of the waters which closed over the head of the dying victim of piracy, or of suicide. Confront the murderer with every corporeal atom of his immolated victim, the seducer with the victim of his baseness, and in the still quivering movements of each atom he will read the evidence of his guilt, and hear the echo of the damning charge, Thou art the man !'"

Most truly then may it be averred, that the air we breathe, the loud booming of ocean's billows dashing on the sandy shore, the earth itself, and every individual particle of which its vast mass is composed, unite in corroboration of what the Son of God declares : "There is nothing hid that shall not be manifested."

Man is responsible in every act and every word, and ample and minute is the retribution awaiting him!

For : His structure, corporeal and moral both, implies it; the perfections of God his Maker demand it; the Bible unequivocally asserts it ; men have always, everywhere, universally expected it, and they do now expect it. Many facts are constantly occurring, even now to foreshadow it ; for the guilty has to work in secret, and vengeance, though tardy, is sure to overtake him; man's internal structure prepares him for it, since conscience foretells it, and undying memory qualifies him to meet and appreciate it ; while the material universe itself is so arranged as to establish and secure it, in the preservation of evidence full in point to every fact, and that cannot be lost; for even the eleinents are God's ever vigilant and active police !

himself, “ There is nothing hid that shall not be manifested;" and What

ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light." The art of man can, even now, catch and delineate the features of our countenance, with the expression they wear at any moment, and can fix the likeness permanently there. That likeness the artist does not create; it is there already, floating in the gun-beam ; the artist has merely found the means of ascertaining its existence, catching, and retaining it. So the skill of Go: has made the very elements his instruments, and every moment, as it flees away to join the ages past, bears with it a dagoerreotyped likeness of the man, soul and body both, and fixes it forever. Every object is a plate, and the world itself is a great gallery of historical paintings, each true to the life.

Ohi when this moral chemistry, which is continually operating, has at length done its work, and the process is complete. what a task to look on the result. and there to see our life's history, in all its minutest points, depicted with unerring truth, stamped on air, on earth, on sea, and on every object around us, and stamped on the soul itself!

In the cycles of by-gone ages, the rolling floods of ante-Adamic oceans bore away and deposited beneath the comminuted wrecks of the worlds they had inhabited, race after race of former occupants of earth and its waters, and deposited them in succcessive series, layer above layer. In subsequent ages these strata of fossil races were by fresh convulsions of the globe cast up, and they are now laid bare to our inspection. They are gazed upon now, the medals of creation, as they have been felicitously designated, a palpable evidence of the life, the habits, and the condition of earth-born races, long, long since passed away!

So now the waves of time are continually bearing away, and depositing in due order, in a regular series, the debris of this moral world,the impress of our thoughts, and words, and actions, borne away and deposited on the shores of eternity,-the fossils of our deeds, the buried remains of our passing existence, the imperishable evidence of the successive stages reached in our spiritual development; i. e., in the progress of our moral being, good or evil.

To use the language of another, (see Babbage, the ninth Bridgewater Treatise, Chap. IX., pp. 113, 114, 119,) who has, I find, anticipated me in this idea, which, until I met with this passage, I did really suppose had originated with myself:

“Thus considered, what a strange chaos is this wide atmosphere we breathe! Every atom, impressed with good and with ill, retains at once the motions which philosophers and sages have imparted to it, mixed and combined, in ten thousand ways, with all that is worthless and base. The air itself is one vast library, on whose pages are forever written all that man has said, or woman whispered. There, in their mutable but unerring characters, mixed with the earliest as with the latest sighs of mortality, stand forever recorded, vows unredeemed, promises unfulfilled, perpetuated in the united movements of each particle, the testimony of man's changeful will!” And. I may add, the proof of man's guilt; and equally, also, the evidence of the sorrow of the penitent, and of the zeal and fervor of the pious.

"If the Almighty stamped on the brow of the earliest murderer the indelible and visible mark of his guilt, he has also established laws, by which every succeeding criminal is not less irrevocably chained to the testimony of his crime. For every atom of his mortal frame, through whatever changes its severed particles may migrate, will still retain, adhering to it through every combination, some movement derived from the very muscular efforts by which the crime was perpetrated."

" When man and all his race shall have disappeared from the face of our planet, ask every particle of air still floating over the unpeopled earth, and it will record the cruel mandate of the tyrant, the bitter words of unkindness, the oaths of the profane, the filthy words of the wicked. Interrogate every wave that breaks unimpeded on ten thousand desolate shores, and it will give evidence of the last gurgle of the waters which closed over the head of the dying victim of piracy, or of suicide. Confront the murderer with every corporeal atom of his immolated victim, the seducer with the victim of his baseness, and in the still quivering movements of each atom he will read the evidence of his guilt, and hear the echo of the damning charge, Thou art the man !'

Most truly then may it be averred, that the air we breathe, the loud booming of ocean's billows dashing on the sandy sbore, the earth itself, and every individual particle of which its vast mass is composed, unite in corroboration of what the Son of God declares : "There is nothing hid that shall not be manifested."

Man is responsible in every act and every word, and ample and minute is the retribution awaiting him!

For : His structure, corporeal and moral both, implies it; the perfections of God his Maker demand it; the Bible unequivocally asserts it ; men have always, everywhere, universally expected it, and they do now expect it. Many facts are constantly occurring, even now to foreshadow it ; for the guilty has to work in secret, and vengeance, though tardy, is sure to overtake him ; man's internal structure prepares him for it, since conscience foretells it, and undying memory qualifies him to meet and appreciate it ; while the material universe itself is so arranged as to establish and secure it, in the preservation of evidence full in point to every fact, and that cannot be lost; for even the eleinents are God's ever vigilant and active police !

So that the elements amid wbich we dwell, the very material Bubstance of which our bodies are composed, the roar of the restless ocean, the howl of the wintry tempest, and the softest breezes of the summer's eve, all--all proclaim it : “There is nothing hid that shall not be manifested !"

There is one thought awakened by the subject now discussed, which mav well arrest our attention : How unutterable is the worth of the blood of Christ ! The God of nature is the God who will judge us ! On every particle of the material universe we inhabit, this God has impressed laws, the laws of nature, which render every atom upon us and around us, our whole life throngh, a witness to the truth, in every act and deed of our probationary life; the very act we do stamps upon the earth we tread and upon the air we breathe the impress of the fact, and secures the evidence of our guilt, truthful, unchanging, incorruptible, and eternal. Man's vigilance we may baffle, man's power we may elude; but Omniscience we can neither baffle nor deceive ; and Almighty power we can neither resist nor flee from. Let life flow on, then, smoothly and tranquilly to its close, still judgment awaits us ! Oh! my hearer, in the hour when, summoned to meet God as your judge, you look around for shelter from the gathering storms of wrath, whither will you flee? If you look to the earth on which you passed your term of probation, its every particle bears the marks of your sin, and presents evidence of your guilt! If you would breathe forth the words of entreaty on the air, the air itself rolls back upon you the thick-coming echoes of your words of folly, of siu, it may be of daring blasphemy, spoken on earth. If you would lift up your hands to deprecate the stroke of justice, every particle of matter that goes to form the substance of those hands, and of that whole body so long perverted to purposes of sin, shows the dark stains of your ill doing, the evidence of your guilt. Heaven blazes on your head with the kindling fires of justice! Hell rolls its billows, dashing and roaring hoarsely the demand for justice! Your own trembling heart groans forth its foreboding of justice! Nor heaven, earth, nor hell, yields one solitary spot secure from the desolating storin of Heaven's avenging justice--save only the Cross of Christ, and where the blood which flowed down that cross has been applied. That blood oleanses from all sin. That blood alone washes out the stains of guilt, stills the rolling thunders of God's vengeance, quenches the kindling fires of his wrath, and with its soft pleadings for mercy, overpowers, gently, but effectually, the rising cry of justice, of hell, and of the whole universe arrayed against the trembling offender, and demanding his condemnation! With all nature rising up in evidence against you, every material atom you have ever used, or touched, or felt, standing forth in attestation of your unworthiness, demanding your doom, and ex.

hibiting the proof, clear, full, and imperishable, of your guilt, the pledge and guarantee of your condemnation,-proof, to buy off which the wealth of both the Indies were worthless, to rebut which the learning, the wisdom, the skill, and ingenuity of men and angels combined were all impotent,-nothing, nothing but the blood of Christ will aught avail. But that blood extin. guishes all this damning proof of guilt, calms the frowning face of Justice itself, shields the trembling believer from all harm, and leads him safely home to the bosom of God-the paradise of the blest!

Fellow-sinners, now—now, while yet it may avail-ere yet the storm of Heaven's wrath bursts upon your he:id-apply to that Saviour-trust in that precious blood-and you shall live, live forever! To you and to me, there's nothing worth a thought in comparison of the one grand inquiry : How may I find myself washed in the blood of Christ ? Seek it now-plead for it now --trust in that blood now, and the fact that you have done so will stand forth prominent above all else, in that last awful day, when it shall be obvious to all, amid the roarings of the last conflagration." There is nothing hid that shall not be manifested !" Amen!

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