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four amiable and beloved babe greatest good, had from eternity has become an angel? His con- inscribed on the book of life dition is indeed happy. God has both the day of his birth and of conferred upon him the crown of his death. The plans of God, victory before he has been engag- all-wise and all-merciful, have ed in the perilous warfare ; has been accomplished ; and if yours bestowed upon him the joys of have been frustrated, they have heaven before he had experienc- been frustrated in love. ed the miseries of life; has I know that such bereaveshielded him from the influence ments are painsul; that the of temptations before he could heart is tortured in relinquishing feel their power.
I well rec- all its fond hopes, in committing ollect the expressive smiles of to the dust, a dear child, who, we the dear boy, as he lay on the trusted, would survive to close breast of his mother, and listened eyes, and receive to her tender addresses : he is last breath. But I know also now in a securer place. He re- that grace can regulate these poses on the bosom of that Sa- feelings of nature. I say, reguviour who “gathereth the lambs late then, for their extirpation in his arms and carrieth them in is not required by Christianity. his bosom.” He is admitted to his Our Master, who wept at the heavenly converse, and “ follow- tomb of his friend, permits us eth him whithersoever he go- to weep over the graves of our eth.” 0! though we are still connexions ; and to indulge evetossed about on this tempestuous ry sorrow that is consistent with ucean, yet it is joyous to reflect, an entire submission to his holy ibat one whom we thus loved will. Let your graces then, my has safely arrived at the haven dear friends, be exercised.
Let of eternal rest. And what an faith draw aside that veil, which unspeakable honour has God conceals from our view the glothus conferred upon you, in: mak- ries of heaven : you will then ing you the instruments of behold your child praising God bringing into existence a being, without interruption and without .who was born for immortal glo- sin ; receiving in his soul the ry? A being, who is now partak- perpetual communications of diing, and ever will partake of vine love, and looking with pity those pleasures, which are wor- upon the unsatisfactory enjoythy to be the gift of a God, wor- ments of earth. Oh! what cruthy to be the purchase of the blood elty would it be to wish for a of his Son! I recollect how careful- moment, that he should again ly you have inscribed on your reg- be struggling with the miseries, ister the birth-day of your child. the temptations, and the sins I read those plans, which you of earth. Let hope anticipate formed for the regulation of his the day when you also shall be future conduct. He has had a released from this prison of more careful and wise director. clay, and admitted to the kingHis heavenly Father, who loved dom of your God. Oh! what him still more tenderly than you delight will you then feel in did, and who could not err in the again pressing your child to whoice of means to promote his your boson, with a certain
knowledge that he shall never Arise, ye dead, and come 10 judg, more be separated from you. ment. O my brethren! With Then you may triumphantly these ears we shall hear these mosing, This my son was dead mentous sounds. With these and is alive again : he was lost eyes we shall see nature in conand is found.”—I doubt not vulsion, the universe in flames, that all these consolations have the Judge descending, with ten been fully experienced by you, thousand times ten thousand anand have enabled you, like the gels, the throne erected, and all father of the faithful, to offer up the countless millions of the huto God a beloved son with
man race, from Adam to his last submission and Christian pa- born son, assembled before it. tience.”
Behold, he cometh with clouds, K.
BY THE LATE ECLIPSE.
and every eye shall see him, and they also that pierced him ; and all kindreds of the earth shall wail
because of him. Yes; we must THOUGHTS EXCITED
all appear before the judgment
seat of Christ ; and for purposes (Concluded, from page 86.)
of the highest conceivable mo.
ment. In that vast assembly, 4. THE darkness in which we there will be no infidels, no scep: have recently seen the sun in; tics, no triflers, not a wandering volved, should remind us of the eye, nor an unpenetrated heart. great day of final judgment. For All will come before their Judge, at the ushering in of that awful either to be welcomed to the ever, scene, the sun will be turned into lasting joys of heaven, as his darkness, and the moon into blood. friends, or to be banished, as his It is confessedly a solemn and enemies, to regions of endless wo tremendous, though sublime and despair. Now, my hearers, spectacle, to see the glorious orb can there be a wise man among of day suddenly, though but for us, who, knowing that he has an a moment, wrapped in obscuri- immortal soul to save, will not ty; and this, almost amid the endeavour to realize the scene, splendour of its meridian career. to bring it home, to enter into his What then will it be, to see its own heart, and anticipate, as it last ray extinguished ? What were, the solemn business of the will it be, to see this splendid lu- judgment day? The inquiry up, minary blotted out from the face on which our final state will turn, of heaven forever? What will is simple ; and, if we are faithit be, to see the heavens them- ful, not difficult of resolution, selves passing array svith a great How stand our hearts affected to noise, the elements meliing with the Judge? Have we gratefully fervent heat, and the earth, with embraced him as the Saviour? all it contains, partaking in the Have we, as condemned, selfgeneral confiagration and ruin? despairing sinners, fled to his Yet even these scenes will scarce- blood and merits, as our only ly be tremendous, compared with hope? Have we been sitting at the alarm of the last trumpet, his feet for instruction ? Have
the all awakening call; we welcomed his sceptre and his
laws? He we, with cordial af- have been one universal blank fection, embraced his interest as one barren waste; and life would our interest, his friends as our have lost its power to charm. friends, and his service as the Similar to this, but indescribably grand business of our lives? In more wretched, is the condition à word, are we habitually pre- of that man, who dies in his paring to meet him? Do we sins, and destitute of the fuvour love his appearing, and, in some of God. The moment his soul bright and happy moments, long quits the body, the last beam of for it? Do we count neither the comfort, the last ray of hope, vandelights of time, nor life itself ishes forever. Alas! he has lost dear to us, so that we may finish his God! irrecoverably, eterour course with joy,and meet our nally lost him ; and with whatbeloved Redeemer in peace? ever indifference he may have These, these are the questions treated this idea before, he will on which hangs our whole eter- then find, to his everlasting sor. nity. Upon the result of these row, that it is a loss indeed; a it will depend, whether in the loss for which thousands of great day of decision, we shall worlds could make him no comlift up our heads with joy, or be pensation. Farewel God, the overwhelmed with speechless eternal sunshine of the soul. confusion and agony. How He will then find that his im. then can we be sufficiently faith- mortality is a curse ; that pro, ful and in carnest, in pressing tracted existence is but protractthem home now, to our conscien- ed misery. Ah! who can bless ces, and our hearts ?
him whom God refuses to bless ? 5. Let the late memorable What ray of joy can find its way eclipse of the natural sun, lead to that soul, which Jehovah has us to reflect on the wretched- abandoned ? It has been conness of those, who will be finally jectured by some, that there are rejected by the Judge, and thus comets, which have wandered so suffer an eternal eclipse of that far from the sun, as to get quite Sun of Righteousness, whose beyond the sphere of its enlightbeams alone convey true life ening and attractive iniluence. and happiness to the immortal To these irregular and devious soul. During the late darkness, bodies, the apostle Jude may though short, what an unwel. perhaps have allusion, whien he come change did we realize ! describes certain sinners under What a face of gloom and hor- the appellation of wandering ror was upon every object a- stars. And what is their doom? round us! What a solemn. To such, says he, is reserved the pause in the customary employ- bluckness of darkness forever. ments and joys of life ! How These expressions are supedid nature herself seem to lan- rior to all comment. THE guish and mourn ! Had the sun BLACKNESS OF DARKNESS never more emerged from its EVER ! Nothing would obscurity, how certainly should strihingly portray the
unutwe have bidden adieu to the terable anguish, the unallayed principal comforts and delights despair, the never ceasing wo, of this world! Nature would of that man who lives and dies
without the grace of heaven. Obecomes them. It has a foundathat this faithful and salutary tion. Let them cherish it more warning, while it vibrates in the and more. Let the wicked fear ears, might effectually reach the where no fear is; or rather, let heart, of every sinner in this them tremble with just and awassembly! O that all such might ful apprehensions of impending be persuaded, while yet there is wrath and destruction. But let hope, to flee from that wrath, the children of Zion be joyful in and that ruin which they cannot their King. He rules the world. bear!
He controls the elements. He Finalla. Amid all the solemn commands the sun, and it rises appearances in nature, and all not; and he seals up the stars. the gloomy aspects of provi. He turns the shadow of death into dence, how serene, how coura- the morning and makes the day dark geous, how happy, may the with night. And he will render all Christian be. No doubt, some the operations and changes, all the of the children of God have, gloomy and portentous appearanin contemplating the late phe ces of the natural and moral nomenon, been thrown into a de- worlds subservient to his own gree of distress and consterna: glory, and to the felicity of his tion. This may have been owing chosen. Should convulsions to a particular natural tempera- shake the world.; should the ture of mind or body, to want of earth be removed, and the moun. information, to surprise, or to tains be carried into the midst of sinful distrust and fear. Such, the sea, still GOD will be their however, may still be congratu- REFUGE, and their very present lated, that they will soon find help. Should nature faint and chemselves in that blest region, die; should these visible heavens where an unclouded, uneclipsed expire in flames, still may they, sun shall shine, and all darkness, according to divine promise, look Houbt and distress shall fee a. for new heavens, and a net earth, way forever. Other pious per- wherein dwelleth righteousness. sons have, I doubt not, contem- O then, Christians, comfort yourplated the late spectacle with a selves, and comfort one another tranquil and sublime pleasure in with these words. Beloved, realizing in it an unusual and seeing ye look for such things, be striking display of the power and diligent that ye may be found of majesty of the God whom they Him, your adored Redeemer and love ; the Almighty Friend in Judge, in peace, without spot, and whom they trust. This courage blameless. Amen.
EXTRACTS FROM BISHOP CLAG
author. It contains serious and seasonGETT'S PASTORAL LETTER.
able truths, clothe! in an easy and per
spicuous style, and discovers a pious "The arhole of this letter seems well becoming seal in the cause of evangeladapted to the design of its venerable ical truth. The following excrans
may be read with profit by all denomi- the evils of the world, and whom rations of Christians.
we shall have had the happiness
to lead, through dangers and “ To the ministers, vestries, temptations, to the possession of and congregations of the Protes- the promised reward. tant Episcopal church in the
“ First of all then, my dear state of Maryland.
brethren, let me remind you of
the solemn vows, which you « Dear Brethren,
made at your ordination, in the “The convention of this year presence of God, of angels, and baving requested me to address of men, to preach the gospel of to you a pastoral letter, I should Jesus. If your fervent desire is have endeavoured to comply with to increase the kingdom of their request without delay, had righteousness, of peace and joy ; the state of my health permitted. to win souls to Christ ; thereby But since the last convention, diminishing the evils of our falProvidence has thought fit to len state, and multiplying its render my returns of sickness joys—if, with the eye of faith more frequent and severe than Axed on him, who trod the same usual. Yet while the Almighty path before you, whose gracious is pleased to continue to me the Spirit is with you, whose heaenjoyment of reason, I would venly words have been left on employ it, as far as I can, in the record for your instruction and service of our common Lord; comfort, you long to receive and the nearer I approach the that best and most significant of completion of the hopes, which all applauses,“ Well done, good Christianity gives, the more ar- and faithful servants,”—if, like dent ought to be my desire of the apostles, and many of your promoting the temporal and eter- fellow-labourers in every age of nal welfare of those whom I the church, your full determinaleare behind.
tion is to testify the gospel of " To you then, my brethren the grace of God; to finish your of the clergy, I must first ex- course with joy, having many press the earnest wish of my seals of your ministry in the heart, that, as I have been in- day of the Lord ; the difficulties strumental in clothing many of and discouragements, which oc- . you with the sacred character cur in your Christian vocation ; of labourers in the vineyard of the reproach, which, by the Christ, I may, white I live, have thoughtless and profane, is somethe unspeakable joy of witness. times cast upon the ministers of ing the fruit of the united la- religion ; the privation of many bours of us all, in the increase of pleasures, as they are unwisely rational and vital religion ; and called, which to the votaries of that in that kingdom where all the world seem the only desirapainful obedience shall be at an ble blessings-all these will be end, we may be able to join accounted by you as nothing, our mutual congratulations and while you eagerly press onward, praises to the Giver of all good, for the prize of inestimable valwith those souls whom the Re
I cannct, therefore, 100 deemer shall have snatched from earnestly beseech you to buy?!*