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that the soul of Felix was created for the go- | the sermon you have heard, that St. Paul had vernment of Judea; and that the grand doc- addressed this assembly. Suppose, instead of trines of righteousness, temperance, and a what we have now advanced, this apostle had judgment to come, ought to serve at most but preached, and filled the place in which we now to pass away the time, or merely to engross stand. Suppose that St. Paul, that sincere one's leisure? “When I have a convenient preacher, that man, who, before. Felix and season.”_
Drusilla, “reasoned of righteousness, temperAh! unhappy Felix, what hast thou to do of ance, and judgment to come." Suppose he had such vast importance? Is it to execute the preached to-day before the multitude now preimperial comunission? But art thou not a sub- sent: let us speak ingenuously. What sort of ject of the King of kings, in whose presence application would he have made? What subCesar himself is but a worm of earth?” Has ject would he have discussed? What vices not God given thee a soul to improve, virtues would he have reproved? What estimate would to acquire, and an eternal kingdom to conquer: he have formed of most of your lives. What Was it to immerse thyself in sensual pleasures? judgment would he have entertained concernBut how canst thou taste those pleasures, after ing this worldly spirit, which captivates so the terrific portrait of a future judgment, great a multitude? What would be have said which has been exhibited to thy view? Does of that insatiable avarice in the acquisition of not the voice of St. Paul perpetually resound wealth, which actuates the general inass; in thy ears; and, like a fury obstinately attend- which makes us like the grave, incessantly crying thy steps, does it not disturb thy indolence ing, Give, give, and never says, It is enough? and voluptuous delight.
What would he have said concerning the inWe suspend here the course of our medita- difference about religion said to be found tion, to close with a few reflections on the among many of us, as though the sacrifices, truths we have delivered. We have affirmed formerly made for our reformation, had been in the body of this discourse, and with the the last efforts of expiring religion, which no greatest propriety, that we should commence longer leaves the slightest trace upon the mind? the application with regard to ourselves. St. What would he have said of those infamous Paul here communicates an important lesson debaucheries apparently sanctified by a frantic to all ministers of the gospel. His sincerity, custom, and which ought not to be named his courage, his constancy, are perfect models; among Christians* Extend the supposition. on which every faithful pastor should form It is St. Paul who delivers those admonitions. himself. Let us follow, my most honoured It is Paul himself who expands to your view brethren, this illustrious model. “Let us be the hell he opened before Felix and Drusilla: followers of him, even as he was of Christ.” who conjures you by the awful glory of the Like him, let us never temporize with the sin- God, who will judge the living and the dead,
Like him, let us speak of righteousness to reform your lives, and assume a conduct to the covetous; of temperance to the volup- correspondent to the Christian name you have tuous; of a future judgment to the great of the honour to bear. this world, and to all those whom objects less To the ministry of the apostle, we will join terrific are incapable to alarm. Let us never exhortations, entreaties, and fervent prayers. say, “ peace, peace, when there is no peace.” We conjure you by the mercies of that God Let us thunder, let us expostulate, let us shoot who took his Son from his own bosom and against them the arrows of the Almighty's gave him for you, and by the value of your wrath; not fearing the Felixes and Drusillas salvation, to yield a ministry so pathetic. of our age. Here is our vocation. Here is Be mindful of “righteousness, temperance, the charge which God now delivers to every and judgment to come.” Observe this equity one who has the honour of succeeding Paul in in your dealings; never indulge the propensity the order of the ministry.
to unlawful gain. “Render to Cesar the things But how shall we discharge the duty? What | that are Cesar's,” Mark_xii. 17. Respect the murmuring would not a similar liberty excite rights of the sovereign. Pay “tribute to whom among our hearers. If we should address you tribute is due,” Rom. xii
. 7. Let the indias St. Paul addressed Felix; if we should de- gence and obscurity of your labourers and clare war against you individually; if we should lowest artists be respectable in your sight; reunmask the many mysteries of iniquity in collecting that the little that a righteous man which you are involved; if we should rend the hath, is better than the riches of many wicked,” veil which covers so many dishonourable prac- Ps. xxxvii. 16. Do not narrow the rules of rectitices; you would interrupt us; you would re- tude; keep in view, that God did not send you taliate on our weakness and infirmities; you into the world to live for yourselves. To live would say, “ Go thy way for this time;" carry solely for ourselves is a maxim altogether unbeelsewhere a ministry so disgustful and revolting. coming a Christian; and to intrench ourselves
Well! we will accomodate ourselves to your in hoards of gold and silver, placed above the taste. We will pay all deference to your ar- vicissitudes of human life, is a conduct the guments, and respect even a false delicacy. most incompatible with that religion whose But if we exercise this indulgence towards sole characteristic is compassion and benevoyou, permit us to expect the same in return, lence. and to make for the moment this chimerical Observe also this temperance. Exclude luxury supposition. You know the character of St. from every avenue of your heart. Renounce Paul; at least you ought to know it. If you are unacquainted with it, the discourse he de
* In Pratt's Gleanings, we have an account of dancing
rooms in Holland, where ruined girls dance under the livered in the presence of Felix is sufficient to
lash of a superior. To these, and other shameful eslabdelineate its excellence. Suppose, instead of l lishments, Saurin seems to refer
in several of his sermons.
all unlawful pleasures, and every criminal in- | Jews converted, the elements dissolved, the trigue. Caution your conduct, especially in heavens folded up as a garment, the foundathis licentious place, in which the facility of tions of the earth shaken, and its fashion passvice is a continual temptation to its charms. ed away. Let your chastity be apparent in your dress, in Enter seriously into these reflections. And, your furniture, in your conversation. “Let since each of the duties we have just prescribyour speech be always with grace, seasoned ed requires time and labour, avoid dissipation with salt,” Col. iv. 6. According to St. Peter's and excess of business. My brethren, it is advice, “Let not the adorning of women be here that we would redouble our zeal, and that outward adorning, of plaiting the hair, would yet find the way to your hearts. We and of wearing gold, or of putting on of ap- will not enter the detail of your engagements; parel; but let it be the hidden man of the we will not turn over the pages of your acheart, even the ornament of a meek and quiet count. We will not visit your counting-houses. spirit, which is in the sight of God of great We will not even put the question, whether price," 1 Pet. iii. 3, 4. Recollect, that the your business is always lawful; whether the law of God is spiritual; that there is an im- rights of the sovereign and the individual are purity of the mind, an adultery of the heart; punctually discharged: We will suppose that that certain desires to please, certain disguised all is fair on these points. But consider only emotions, certain lascivious airs, and certain that the most innocent engagements become attempts to wound the virtue of others (though criminal, when pursued with excessive appliwe may apparently observe the most rigid cation, and preferred to the work of salvation. rules of decorum,) may be as heinous before This maxim belongs to you, merchants, God as the most glaring faults into which a dealers, tradesmen. You see, at this period, man may have been reluctantly precipitated by the poverty and wretchedness which assail an his passions, and in which the will may have infinite number of families. The soldier lanhad the less concern.
guishes in the midst of war without employKeep constantly in view, “ the judgment to ment, and he is in some sort obliged to beg come." Think, ó think, that an invisible eye his bread. The nobleman, far from his means watches over all your actions. Think that a thousand times more unhappy than the they are all registered in a faithful journal peasant-has no industry to procure his bread. which shall be produced before the universe, The learned man is even a burden; and the in the great day, when Jesus Christ shall de- productions of the greatest geniuses, so far scend in glory from heaven.
from receiving remuneration, are not even noMy dear brethren, be not ingenious to en- ticed. feeble conviction by accounting the object re Amidst such a series of calamities, you alone mote. The trumpet is ready to sound, the have means for the acquisition of riches. A books are about to be opened, and the throne government mild and lenient, a commerce is already prepared. The views of the soul vast and productive, opens, if I may so speak, are circumscribed, like the sight of the body. all the avenues of fortune. The eastern and The narrow circle of surrounding objects en western world seem to concur in the augmengrosses nearly the whole of our attention; and tation of your wealth. You live not only retards the extension of thought to superior with ease, but elegance. Your houses are concerns. The reality of a judgment com- sumptuously furnished, your tables deliciously prises so many amazing revolutions in the uni- served: and after the enjoyment of these adverse, that we cannot regard the design as vantages, you transmit them to posterity; even ready for execution. We cannot conceive the after death you still taste and enjoy them in face of nature to change with such rapidity; the persons of your children. But it would and that those awful revolutions which must have been a thousand times better that you precede the advent of the Son of God, may should have lived to augment the number of occur in a few ages. But let us not be deceiv- the wretched; if you permit these favours of ed. I grant you are right in the principle, but Heaven to frustrate your salvation; and put you err in the consequence. There is nothing off the apostle, saying, as to unhappy Felix, in the most distant occurrence of this period “When I have seen a convenient season, Í which can flatter security. If the judgment will recall thee. Go thy way for this time.” be remote with regard to the world, it is near I have payments to meet, I have orders to with respect to you. It is not necessary, with write. regard to you, for the face of nature to be Let us seclude ourselves from bustle and changed, the Jews to be called into the cove-| tumult. Let us seek retirement, recollection nant, the sound of the gospel to go to the end and silence. And may the death which is at of the earth, the moon to be turned to dark- hand, expressing myself with a prophet, inness, the stars to fall from heaven, the cle- duce ns to “make haste and not delay rements to melt with fervent heat, the heavens turning to the testimonies of the Lord,” Ps. to pass away with a great noise, and the earth cxix. 59, 60. to be dissolved. There is only wanting a defi My brethren, you are not sufficiently imciency of humours in your body; only a little pressed with this thought. But we,—we, to blood out of its place; only some fibre disor- whom God has committed the superintendance ganized; only an inflammation in the head, a of a great people;—we, if I may so speak, little diminution or augmentation of heat or who are called to exercise our ministry in a cold in the brain;—and behold your sentence world of dead and dying men, who see lopped is pronounced. Behold, with regard to you, off in succession every member of a numerous the world overturned, the sun darkened, the flock; we are alarmed, when we consider the moon become bloody, the gospel preached, the i delays which predominate in the conduct of
most Christians. We never ascend the pulpit, thee, and as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, to but it seems that we address you for the last Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. Neither with time. It seems that we should exhaust the
you only do I make this covenant and this oath; whole of religion, to pluck our heroes from but with him that standeth here with us this day the world, and never let them go till we have before the Lord your God, and also with him intrusted them in the arms of Jesus Christ. It that is not here this day (for ye know that we seems that we should bid you an eternal fare have dwelt in the land of Egypt, and how we well; that we are stretched on our bed of
came through the nations which ye passed by. death, and that you are in a similar situation. And ye have seen their abominations, and their
Yes, Christians, this is the only moment on idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which which we can reckon. It is, perhaps, the only were among them:) lest there should be among acceptable time. It is, perhaps, the last day of
you man or woman, or family, or tribe, whose our visitation. Let us improve a period so heart turneth away this day from the Lord your precious. Let us no longer say,by and by God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; -at another time; but let us—to-day—this lest there should be among you a rool that bearmoment-even now. Let the pastor say, I eth gall and wormwood, and it come to pass, have been insipid in my sermons, and remiss when he heareth the words of this curse, that he in my conduct; having been more solicitous, bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have during the exercise of my ministry, to advance peace though I walk in the imagination of mine my family, than to build up the Lord's house. I heart. will preach hereafter with fervour and with zeal. My brethren, this sabbath is a covenant-day I will be vigilant, sober, rigorous, and disin- between God and us. This is the design of terested. Let the miser say, I have riches ill our sacraments; and the particular design of the acquired. I will purge my house with illicit holy supper we have celebrated in the morning wealth. I will overturn the altar of Mammon, service. So our catechists teach; so our chiland erect another to the Supreme Jehovah. dren understand; and among the less instructed Let the prodigal say, I will extinguish the un- of this assembly there is scarcely one, if we happy fires by which I am consumed, and should ask him what is a sacrament, but would kindle in my bosom the flame of divine love. answer, "it is a symbol of the covenant beAh, unhappy passions, which war against my tween God and Christians.” soul; sordid attachments; irregular propensi This being understood, we cannot observe ties; emotions of concupiscence; law in the without astonishment the slight attention, most members; I will know you no more. I will men pay to an institution, of which they seem make with you an eternal divorce, I will from to entertain such exalted notions. The tenthis moment open my heart to the Eternal | dency would not be happy in conciliating your Wisdom, who condescends to ask it.
attention to the discourse, were I to commence If we are in this happy disposition, if we by a humiliating portrait of the manners of the thus become regenerate, we shall enjoy from age; in which some of you would have occathis moment foretastes of the glory, which sion to recognise your own character. But the God has prepared. From this moment, the fact is certain, and I appeal to your consciences. truths of religion, so far from casting discour- Do we take the same precaution in contracting agement and terror on the soul, shall heighten a covenant with God in the eucharist, which is its consolation and joy; from this moment, exercised in a treaty on which the prosperity heaven shall open on this audience, paradise of the state, or domestic happiness depends? shall descend into your heart, and the Holy When the latter is in question, we confer with Spirit shall come and dwell there. He will experienced men, we weigh the terms, and inbring that peace, and those joys, which pass vestigate with all possible sagacity, what is all understanding. And, commencing our fe- stipulated to us, and what we stipulate in relicity on earth, he will give us the earnest of turn. But when we come to renew the high his consummation. God grant us the grace! covenant, in which the immortal God condeTo him, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be scends to be our God, in which we devote ourhonour and glory, now and ever. Amen. selves to him, we deem the slightest examina
tion every way sufficient. We frequently even SERMON LXXXV.
repel with indignation a judicious man, who would venture, by way of caution, to ask,
“What are you going to do? What engageON THE COVENANT OF GOD WITH ments are you about to form? What calamities
are you about to bring on yourselves?" THE ISRAELITES.
One grand cause of this defect, proceeds, it
is presumed, from our having for the most part, Deut. xxix. 10–19.
inadequate notions of what is called contractYe stand this day all of you before the Lord your ing, or renewing, our covenant with God.
God; your captains of your tribes, your elders, We commonly confound the terms, by vague and your officers, with all the men of Israel, or confused notions: hence one of the best reyour little ones, your wives, and thy stranger medies we can apply to an evil so general, is that is in thy camp, from thy hewer of wood, to explain their import with precision. Having unto the drawer of thy water: that thou should searched from Genesis to Revelation, for the est enter into covenant with the Lord thy God, happiest text affording a system complete and and into his oath which the Lord thy God clear on the subject, I have fixed on the words maketh with thee this day: that he may establish you have heard. They are part of the disthee to-day, for a people unto himself: and that course Moses addressed to the Israelites, when he may be unto thee a God, as he hath been unto I he arrived on the frontiers of the promised
land, and was about to give an account of the Christ as some of them also tempted, and were most important ministry God had ever entrust- destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as ed to any mortal.
some of them also murmured, and were destroyI enter now upon the subject. And after ed of the destroyer," I Cor. x 5—10. You having again implored the aid of Heaven; after know the language of St. Paul. having conjured you, by the compassion of Farther still: whatever superiority our con God, who this day pours upon us such an abun- dition may have over the Jews; in whatever dance of favours, to give so important a subject more attracting manner he may have now rethe consideration it deserves; I lay down at vealed himself to us; whatever more tender once a principle generally received among bands, and gracious cords of love God may Christians. The legal, and the evangelical have employed, to use an expression of a procovenant. The covenant God contracted with phet, will serve only to augment our misery, if the Israelites by the ministry of Moses, and we prove unfaithful. “For if the word spoken the covenant he has contracted this morning by angels was steadfast, and every transgression with you, differ only in circumstances, being and disobedience received a just recompense of in substance the same. Properly speaking, reward, how shall we escape, if we neglect so God has contracted but one covenant with great salvation?" Heb. ii. 2, 3. “For ye are man since the fall, the covenant of grace upon not come unto the mountain that might be Mount Sinai; whose terrific glory induced the touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto Israelites to say, “Let not God speak with us, blackness, and darkness, and tempest, and the Jest we die," Exod. xx. 19. Amid so much sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words, lightnings and thunders, devouring fire, dark- which voice they that heard, entreated that the ness and tempest; and notwithstanding this pro- word should not be spoken to them any more. hibition, which apparently precluded all inter- But ye are come unto Mount Zion, and unto course between God and sinful man, “Take the city of the living God, the heavenly Jeruheed-go not up into the mount, or touch the salem, and to an innumerable company of anborder of it: there shall not a hand touch it, gels, to the general assembly and church of the but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through;'í first-born, which are written in heaven, and to upon this mountain, I say, in this barren wil. God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just derness, were instituted the tenderest ties God men made perfect, and to Jesus the Mediator ever formed with his creature: amid the awful of the new covenant, and to the blood of punishments which we see so frequently fall sprinkling, that speaketh better things than upon those rebellious men; amid fiery serpents that of Abel. See that ye refuse not him that which exhaled against them a pestilential breath, speaketh: for if they escaped not who refused God shed upon them the same grace he so him that spake on earth, much more shall not abundantly pours on our assemblies. The Is- we escape, if we turn away from him that raelites, to whom Moses addresses the words speaketh from heaven," Heb. xii. 18—25. of my text, had the same sacraments: they Hence the principle respecting the legal, and “were all baptized in the cloud; they did all evangelical covenant is indisputable. The codrink the same spiritual drink; for they drank venant God formerly contracted with the Isof that spiritual rock which followed them, and raelites by the ministry of Moses, and the covethat rock was Christ,” | Cor. x. 2, 3. The nant he has made with us this morning in the same appellations; it was said to them as to sacrament of the holy supper are but one coveyou, “If ye will obey my voice indeed, and nant. And what the legislator said of the first, keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar in the words of my text, we may say of the setreasure unto me above all people, for all the cond, in the explication we shall give. Now, earth is mine," Exod. xix. 5. The same pro- my brethren, this faithful servant of God remises; for “ they saw the promises afar off, and quired the Israelites to consider five things in embraced them,” Heb. xi. 13.
the covenant they contracted with their Maker. On the other hand, amid the consolatory ob I. The sanctity of the place: “Ye stand this jects which God displays before us at this pe- day all of you before the Lord; that is, before riod, in distinguished lustre; and notwithstand- his ark, the most august symbol of his presence." ing these gracious words which resound in this II. The universality of the contract: Ye church, "Grace, grace unto it.” Notwith stand this day all of you before the Lord, the standing this engaging voice, “Come unto me captains of your tribes, your elders, your of all ye that labour, and are heavy laden;" and ficers, and all the men of Israel: your little amid the abundant mercy we have seen dis- ones, your wives, and the stranger who is in played this morning at the Lord's table; if we the midst of your camp, from the hewer of should violate the covenant he has established wood to the drawer of water." with us, you have the same cause of fear as the IJI. Its mutual obligation: “That he may, Jews. We have the same Judge, equally aw on the one hand, establish thee to-day for a ful now, as at that period; “ for our God is a people unto himself; and on the other, that he consuming fire,” Heb. xii. 29. We have the may be unto thee a God." same judgments to apprehend.
IV. The extent of the engagement: an enof thein, God was not well pleased; for they gagement with reserve. God covenants to were overthrown in the wilderness. Now give himself to the Israelites, as he had sworn these things were for our examples, to the in- to their fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. tent we should not lust after evil things, as The Israelites covenant to give themselves to they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as God, and abjure not only gross, but refined some of them. Neither let us commit fornica-idolatry. Take heed, “lest there should be tion as some of them committed, and fell in among you man or woman, or family, or tribe, one day twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt whose heart tarneth away this day from the
“ With many
Lord your God, to go and serve the gods of | in its clearness;" an emblem which God chose these nations; lest there should be among you perhaps, because sapphire was among the Egypa root that beareth gall and wormwood." tians an emblem of royalty; as is apparent in
V. The oath of the covenant; “ Thou enter the writings of those who have preserved the est into the covenant and the execration by an hieroglyphics of that nation. oath."
The eyes of your understanding, were not 1. Moses required the Israelites to consider they also enlightened this morning God was the sanctity of the place in which the covenant present at this house; he was seated here on a was contracted with God. It was consecrated throne, more luminous than the brightest sapby the divine presence. “Ye stand this day all pbire, and amid the myriads of his host. It was of you before the Lord.” Not only in the vague before the presence of the Lord descended in sense in which we say of all our words and ac- this temple as on Sinai in holiness, that we aptions, “God sees me; God bears me; all things peared this morning; when, by the august symare naked and open to him in whose presence bols of the body and blood of the Redeemer of I stand;" but in a sense more confined. The mankind, we came again to take the oath of Most High dwells not in human temples. fidelity we have so often uttered, and so often “What is the house ye build to me, and where broken. It was in the presence of God that is the plaoe of my rest? Behold the heaven and thou didst appear, contrite heart! Penitent sinthe heaven of heavens cannot contain thee, ner! he discerned thy sorrows, he collected thy much less the house that I have built.” He tears, he attested thy repentance. It was in chose, however, the Tabernacle for his habita- the presence of the Lord thy God that thou tion, and the Ark for his throne. There he de- didst appear, hypocrite! He unmasked thy livered his oracles; there he issued his supreme countenance, he pierced the specious veils commands. Moses assembled the Israelites, it which covered thy wretched heart. It was in is presumed, near to this majestic pavilion of the presence of the Lord thy God that thou the Deity, when he addressed to them the words didst appear, wicked man! Thou, who in the of my text; at least I think I can prove, from very act of seeming to celebrate this sacrament correspondent passages of Scripture, that this is of love, which should have united thee to thy the true acceptation of the expression, “Before brother as the soul of Jonathan was knit to Dathe Lord.”
vid, wouldst have crushed bim under thy feet. The Christians having more enlightened no- What a motive to attention, to recollection! tions of the Divinity than the Jews, have the What a motive to banish all rain thoughts, less need to be apprized that God is an omni- which so frequently interrupt our most sacred present Being, and unconfined by local resi-exercises! What a motive to exclaim, as the dences. We have been taught by Jesus Christ, patriarch Jacob, “How dreadful is this place! that the true worshippers restrict not their de- This is none other than the house of God, and votion to Mount Zion, nor Mount Gerizim; this is the gate of heaven." they worship God in spirit and in truth. But JI. Moses required the Israelites in renewing let us be cautious, lest, under a pretence of re- their covenant with God, to consider the unimoving some superstitious notions, we refine versality of the contract. “ Ye stand all of you too far. God presides in a peculiar manner in before the Lord.” The Hebrew by descent, and our temples, and in a peculiar manner even the strangers; that is, the proselytes, the heads "where two or three are met together in his of houses, and the hewers of wood, and drawers name:" more especially in a house consecrated of water; those who filled the most distinguished to his glory; more especially in places in which offices, and those who performed the meanest a whole nation come to pay their devotion. services in the commonwealth of Israel; the woThe more august and solemn our worship, the men and the children; in a word, the whole more is God intimately near. And what part without exception of those who belonged to the of the worship we render to God, can be more people of God. It is worthy of remark, my breaugust than that we have celebrated this morn-thren, that God, on prescribing the principal ing? In what situation can the thought, “I am ceremonies of the law, required every soul who seen and heard of God;" in what situation can refused submission to be cut off, that is, to susit impress our hearts if it have not impressed tain an awful anathema. He hereby signified, them this morning?
that no one should claim the privileges of an God, in contracting this covenant with the Israelite, without conformity to all the instituIsraelites on Sinai, which Moses induced them tions he had prescribed. So persuaded were to renew in the words of my text, apprized then the people of this truth, that they would have that he would be found upon that holy hill. regarded as a monster, and punished as a deHe said to Moses, "Lo I come unto thee in a linquent, any man, whether an Israelite by thick cloud, that the people may hear when I choice, or descent, who had refused conformity speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. Go to the passions, and attendance on the solemn unto the people, and sanctify them to-day, and festivals. to-morrow, and let them wash their clothes, Would to God that Christians entertained the and be ready against the third day: for the third same sentiments! Would to God, that your day the Lord will come down in the sight of all preachers could say, on sacramental occasions, the people, upon Mount Sinai,” Exod. xix. 9. as Moses said to the Jews in the memorable disIt is said expressly, that Nadab and Abihu, and course we apply to you: “ Ye stand all of you the seventy elders, should ascend the hill, and this day before the Lord your God; the captains contract the covenant with God in the name of of your tribes, your elders, your officers, your the whole congregation; they saw evident marks wives, your little ones, from the hewer of wood of the Divine presence, “ a paved work of sap- 1 to the drawer of water.” But alas! how dephire-stone, and as it were the body of heaven i fective are our assemblies on those solemn oc