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My thoughts on dreadful subjects roll, For mercies countless as the sands,
Which daily I receive
From Jesus my Redeemer's hands, Upon a dying bed."
My soul what canst thou give ?
And so from Psalm lxxi. Now though this is true, and 'My Saviour, my Almighty Friend, awfully true, in some cases, yet
When I begin Thy praise, I cannot see the propriety of intro
Where shall the growing numbers end,
The numbers of Thy grace? ducing such declarations, when invited to sing to the praise and
As to the manner, I would just glory of God, " whose mercy en
observe, that if the singers, instead dureth for ever;" " and of Him who of assembling together at one corloved us,”
"5 and who is able ner, were dispersed in different to save to the uttermost.' It is parts of the church, many of the true, He is a just God; but it is congregation would soon learn, and equally true, “ He is a Saviour,' be induced to join in the air. It for “as is his Majesty so is his
is not those who sing loudest that mercy; ” and in this latter attri- sing the best ; Elijah was speaking bute he is “the rather glorious,"
ironically when he said, “ Cry and more eminently so to me as a
aloud.” But those are to be comSINNER.
mended who sing audibly and fearA few words more---just to give lessly, but above all, humbly, a sample of what I think claims adoringly, gratefully, and reveunqualified approbation- and I rentially. have done ;-thus Psalm cxvi.
W, L. W.
ANNIVERSARIES IN DUBLIN.
DEAR SIR.-It has been my high the numbers who attended, and on privilege to attend the Anniver- some days there was quite an oversary Meetings of the religious flow. This was the more pleasing, societies which were held last as some eminent servants of the month in Dublin ; and I have no Lord who are very
highly esdoubt, but that it will afford teemed for their works' sake,” were gratification to
many your read- prevented by illness or other causes ers, to receive some intelligence from attending. The unavoidable respecting them. Their order was, absence of the Archbishop of Tuam, as heretofore
who was engaged in his diocese 1. The Jewish Society.
of Ardagh; of Lord Roden, who 2. The Sunday School Society was attending his duty in Parliafor Ireland.
ment, and of other old tried and 3. The Hibernian Bible Society. influential friends, who had often
4. The Church Missionary So- acted as chairmen, was, as might ciety.
be expected, a subject of general 5. The Society for the Deaf and regret; but they will be gratified Dumb.
to learn, that the cause which they 6. The Continental Society. have so much at heart prospers,
The meeting of the Irish Auxil- and that although there are many iary to the London Missionary adversaries, yet there is One who Society, was held previously, as defends that cause, and makes it was also that of the Religious to prosper ; one whose wisdom is Tract and Book Society for Ire- infinite, whose love is boundless, land. There was no diminution in and whose power is Almighty,
The speaking was throughout The clergy who were privileged marked by plainness, faithfulness, to meet, seemed deeply to feel the and affection; and it was delight- sparing mercy of which they had ful to perceive the deep impression been made partakers, often in the which was made upon a large por- midst of appalling scenes, and tion of the assembled multitude by throughout all their conferences, the unadorned exhibition of the not a word was spoken, or a hint truth which is worthy of all accep- given respecting their temporal tation. An Irish audience is not distresses, which were in many satisfied, unless there be ALIQUID instances of a very afflictive charCHRISTI, (as I believe the enligh- acter. tened and devoted Archbishop On the morning of the Church Usher expresses it) in every speech. Missionary Meeting, ONE HUNThis circumstance greatly encou- DRED AND TWENTY-SEVEN clerrages a speaker, and also operates gymen breakfasted together, and as a warning to him, altogether to were afterwards addressed by the cease from man--to have his eye Rev. J.H. Stewart, from the 10th single, and to aim above all things chapter of the Gospel by St. at promoting the glory of the great John, with an earnestness, faithfulHead of the church. Such occa- ness, and simplicity, which deeply sions as these, should be regarded affected all present.
We were in the light of Christian privileges, little aware that on that very morinvolving great responsibility, and ning, the highly esteemed Presicalling for the exercise of much dent of the Church Missionary gratitude, fidelity, and humbleness Society, Lord Gambier, had been of mind ; and should never be called into the immediate presence allowed to minister to pride, self- of his long-loved Saviour, having seeking, or any unholy principle. successfully fought the good fight, The marked attention, sobriety of and finished his course with joy. manner, and plainness of dress, May the Lord Jehovah raise up which were strikingly discernible another devoted follower of the in each of the numerous assem- Lamb, full of faith and of the blies, could not but be gratifying Holy Ghost, to discharge the duties to every sober mind, and were at
of the situation he so long held, least indicative of respect for the with such credit to himself, and objects which possessed sufficient such advantage to the cause of attraction to draw together such missions. Sermons to overwhelmlarge auditories.
ing congregations, were preached The reports were short, com- on the evenings of Tuesday, Wedprehensive, and touching, and it nesday, and Thursday, during the spoke much for the religious feeling principal week of the meetings. of the country, that notwithstand- The Annual Sermon for the ing the widely extended spread of Jewish Society, was preached on Cholera, and the disturbed state Friday evening, and Sermons for of many districts in Ireland, which the Church Missionary Society prevented the holding of public were preached on the following meetings, as also the increased dis- Sunday in the Cathedral of St. tress which existed during the past Patrick's, in St. Werburgh's, and year, there was no diminution in the Free Church, and in Stillorgan the receipts of the different soci- Church. The word of truth was eties. It is a most gratifying fact, held forth in its fulness and beauty that during the same period, there by several witnesses, and the hunwas an increase of six THOUSAND gry sheep, looking up, were fed COPIES in the SALE of the Scrip- with the bread of life. tures over the preceding year. Upon the whole, the meetings
were calculated to cheer the des- given to us is virulent and deterponding—to shame the fearful—to mined: but after all, the great revive abated love-to stimulate to evil dwells within us--the evil heart increased exertion—and to rouse of unbelief—the heart, that in all all to pray that God would give us its workings evinces its' enmity a little reviving in our bondage, against God. To this we are to Ezra ii. 8. for truly in some re- ascribe all our fears, doubtspects, God's word and God's
unfaithfulness, and inconsistencies. ple are bound in this land of May the new heart obtain and keep superstition and ignorance. Gloomy the mastery over it—and may the as our prospects are in general, Spirit of God, subduing all things there is hope for Ireland in these unto himself, uphold us, so that we and similar meetings, for they keep may not be weary in well doing; alive an interest in the spread of but being strong in faith, and truth, and they produce a combin- giving glory to God, may walk ation of effort in those who are sen
Christ walked, endure sible of the infinite worth of God's unto the end, and then rejoice toword; while they bring its glorious gether for evermore with those who truths under the attention of many have sowed and reaped in the field who, from various causes, possess
of the Lord. not the blessing of a gospel ministry.
Ever your's We have therefore reason to thank
Most sincerely, God and take courage. Our ene
PETER Roe, mies are mighty-our discourage
Kilkenny, May 17, 1833. ments are numerous—the opposition
CLAIMS OF OUR NEIGHBOURS.
The annual meetings of religious The late excellent Mr. Townsend societies call forth the rejoicings observed in his diary, I long to of many at this season; and while
think, to speak, to act as one stepwe observe what has been accom- ping into eternity.' Ah! dear plished by a divine blessing on reader, if we do this, we shall be such means, let us not forget that active, ardent, self-denying, and much yet remains to be done. diligent in promoting the converLet us examine whether we have sion of souls, and thereby aiding excited ourselves to the extent the triumphs of the dear Redeemthat we might have done, or whe- er's kingdom. We should no longer ther, if we had been more self- be supine and inactive, while so denying, prayerful, zealous, and much around calls for prompt and diligent, an increase of labour might Zealous exertions, or leave the not have gladdened our hearts, and work to be done by a few, while blessed the church and the world. means and opportunities are with
in our reach. No, but with holy " What have I done, my Saviour-God,
ambition, and a laudable emulaTo prove my love to thee, Have I convinc'd the world—I trust tion, we should strive to excel In him who died for me?
- we should rise to the dignified Have I provok'd the saints around station of “ labourers together with. To bless their Saviour's name?
And surely the obligations we
are under to the Redeemer, and Saviour, shall every power be the yet existing moral wretched- drawn forth, and the devotion of ness that abounds, are loud calls all our energies be secured to his upon us for untiring efforts in the delightful service; then will our cause of God and humanity. Can light shine before men, we shall we look with indifference on the become truly as we ought, “ the wants of our neighbours perishing salt of the earth;” others will be for lack of knowledge, when we roused and quickened by our holy know that in the Lord Jesus there example, our zeal will provoke is an abnudant supply for all their very many, and our works of faith necessities! Shall we forget that and labour of love and mercy, will his glory in bestowing salvation is be productive of good to our neighintimately connected with their bours, and glory to God. happiness in receiving it? That If another consideration be yet giving doth not impoverish him, wanting, let us think of the shortand that their participation does ness of time, and the uncertainty not at all lessen our enjoyments ? of life. Many to whom we have Ah, these are considerations that access to day, may be in eternity we but seldom indulge in ; we are to-morrow; the opportunity gone too inconsiderate; we are too sel- --gone for ever, of doing or saying fish ; too well contented to live to anything for their salvation. Eterourselves, forgetting that we have nity—changeless, awful, eternity, avowed the contrary, and before will be their abode; and if they have the church and the world have died without hope—if their dying said, we are not our own."
hours were not cheered by the light Oh that the time past may of the gospel-if in a nominally suffice us to have been so indiffe- Christian land, in the day when rent : let it make us weep, to think revivals are talked of as desirable that so many have gone down to - if as neighbours to professors the grave without hope, to whom they sink into the “ blackness of we might have made known the darkness for ever"- pitiable inglorious gospel, and invited them deed will be their case. Ah! their to the Saviour. The past, dear unavailing lamentations may be in reader, is beyond recal ; tears, the world of ceaseless sorrows, ' had eyen of blood, cannot restore one I lived in Otaheite or in Greenlost opportunity; but let us im- land, a Missionary would have prove the present hour ; let the brought me the glad tidings of result of the present anniversaries, mercy, then I should have been be to renew our vows of consecra- visited in my hut, and the glorious tion to the service of the blessed gospel pressed upon my attention.' God, and to set out afresh in seek- Reader, improve the present moing his glory, and in order to our ments, that such regrets may be being persevering labourers, that spared to the miserable subject in we may not again tire and faint in another world, and that your dying the blessed employ; let us begin hours may not be clouded by the in the closet, seek a revival of bitter remembrance of selfishness religion in our hearts before God or indifference to the souls of your in secret, and a fresh supply of the neighbours. 6. Work while it is Holy Spirit's influences, and then called to-day: the night cometh we shall go forward on right prin- when no man can work; and there ciples, not merely excited by the is no desire, nor knowledge, nor fervour or eloquence of a public wisdom in the grave whither thou meeting ; but from love to the
NARRATIVE OF FACTS characterizing the supernatural manifestations
in Members of Mr. Irving's Congregation, and other individuals in England and Scotland, and formerly in the writer himself. By ROBERT BAXTER, Second Edition. 12mo. Pp. xlviii. and 156. Nisbet.
THE MODERN CLAIMS to the possession of the extraordinary Gifts of
the Spirit, stated and examined, and compared with the most remarkable cases of a similar kind that have occurred in the Christian Church, with some general observations on the subject. By the Rev. WILLIAM Goode, M. A. 8vo. Pp. viii, and 260. Hatchards.
The subject of these publications spirit ? If they are not supernatural is of a very painful nature, and how can they be accounted for ? such as on some accounts we should
The first question is, Are these be desirous of passing over in si- manifestations supernatural? We lence; it seems however on the think not. Mr. Baxter has given whole, advisable to offer a few ob- a detailed account of his own feelservations on events which have ings and experience; he decidedly attracted considerable attention, considers himself as having been have perplexed the minds of many under the constraining influence of serious, well-disposed persons, and an invisible power, but to us there given occasion to the enemies of
appears nothing in his case but the Lord to blaspheme.
what may fairly be traced to the It is matter of general notoriety effects of an over excited imaginathat in the latter end of 1831 Mr.
tion. Thus for instance, in a letter Irving's congregation was inter
dated Oct. 14, 1831, he says, rupted by the utterance, in a very unusual tone and manner, of certain On Sunday morning, whilst sitting sounds unintelligible to any persons alone, under the buffetings of Satan, the present, and which
Lord visited me by the power of the Spithemselves could not explain,
rit, and gave me utterance in the Spirit in though these unintelligible sounds prayer, in great power, and yet in great were usually followed by an exhor- composure of mind. My mind was much tation of an awakening and alarm
disturbed before the power of the Spirit ing nature. Mr. Irving and his
upon me, but was immediately
calmed; and whilst the prayer was made friends consider these interruptions
my prayer, by a constraint upon body and as manifestations of the Spirit, and
soul, to which my soul yielded with demaintain that the unintelligible
light and my body with much agony-I sound is an unknown tongue simi
was at the time perfectly conscious that I lar to that spoken by the Apostles
was made to pray; and had it simultaneon the Day of Pentecost. Mr.
ously impressed upon my mind, that as it Baxter regards them as supernatu- was the mind of God's Spirit I was utter. ral manifestations, which he attri- ing, it was the mind of God, and would butes to an evil spirit; but both surely be answered. The prayer was, that parties appear to coincide in the the Lord would have mercy upon, and deidea that these manifestations
liver me from the anguish of my fleshly seriously interfere with, if not
weakness, that he would bestow upon me wholly destroy, voluntary agency;
the gifts of his Spirit, the gift of wisdom,
the gift of knowledge, the gift of faith, hence they speak of being in the
the gift of working of miracles, the gift of power ; of the power coming upon
healing, the gift of prophecy, the gift of a person largely ; of an exercise of
tongues, and the gift of interpretation the power, &c. Are then, we may
of tongues; that he would open my ask, these manifestations superna- mouth, and give me strength to declare tural ? and if so, are they the ma- his glory in the coming again of the Lord; nifestations of a good, or of an evil that I might be bold, and his word in my JULY 1833.