Page images
PDF
EPUB

DROPPINGS OF THE SANCTUARY

69

our

own

The host of mendicants that infest the convinced of sin, humbled, renewed, invig. community, especially in our large towns, orated, comforted, assisted in its struggles will be found to issue from cellars and with this conflicting world, brought forward garrets that have never been consecrated on its spiritual pilgrimage, sanctified, preto the observance of the Lord's day. Let pared to triumph over death and the grave, a man look round upon the world with the made meet for heaven, clothed as an angel eye of a philanthropic economist merely, of light, and presented before the throne and he will see abundant evidence that the of God, without spot or wrinkle, or any Sabbath was instituted in kindness to man, such thing?. All this light and purity, and that a sacred and strict observance of and consolation, and honour, and glory, it tends directly to promote the temporal she owes instrumentally to the Sabbath. prosperity of mankind.

Is this the happy allotment of the Church Let the Sabbath be forgotten for half a of God collectively? Are such the poscentury in our own favoured land, and in sessions of the nations of the saved, comvain might you look for a single Christian posed as they are of a great multitude temple througout this western hemisphere. which no man can number, from every There are

towns and villages on this kindred, and tongue, and people? With continent, and even within

one voice must they ascribe this inestimable commonwealth, where, for half a century inheritance to the influence of the Sabbath. the Sabbath has been neglected and Blot out the Sabbath, and you blot out the despised; and if you will visit them, you last beam of hope from the troubled and see that you have no necessity of going desponding heart. Blot out the Sabbath, into India, or the Southern ocean, to find and no longer will the salutary lessons of immortal beings who are ignorant of their the Bible lead ungodly men to repentance immortality, and men who must soon and salvation. No longer will the silver appear before God in judgment, who clarion of the Gospel proclaim liberty to have seldom heard of God and his Christ. the captive, and the opening of death's

The various means of grace so abun. prison doors to those that are bound. No dantly blessed of God, are all by his own longer will the voice of supplication ascend appointment brought into action on this from this ruined world, to draw from holy day. But for the Sabbath, they heaven the blessing now so munificently would not be once thought of on other imparted by the hearer of prayer. Blot days; but for the Sabbath they would out the Sabbath, and in one mighty crowd soon be erased from the recollections of of pilgrims, this world's population would men, and blotted out from the records of march quietly on to the gulf of remediless human affairs. Is the soul enlightened, ruin.

Droppings of the Sanctuary.

Mental

prayer, when our spirits wan- yield the calmest satisfaction, as some der, it is like a watch standing still, flowers shed the most fragrant odours because the spring is down; wind it up just at the close of the day! And peragain, and it goes on regularly; but in haps there is no better method to prevocal prayer, if the words run on, and vent a deadness and flatness of spirits the spirit wanders, the clock strikes from succeeding, when the briskness false, the hand points not to the of our passion goes off, than to acquire right hour, because something is in an early taste for those spirital delights, disorder, and the striking is nothing whose leaf withers not, and whose but noise.-Jeremy Taylor.

verdure remains in the winter of our Habitual devotion would settle the days.-Langhorne. ferment of our youthful passion, and Grace received fron Christ, is a tosweeten the last dregs of our advanced ken in hand, yea, a seal on the heart, age! how would this make our lives and a most certain promise in God's

70

DROPPINGS OF THE SANCNAURY,

own hand writing, of all that his love finger of God in a renewed heart, and has engaged him to confer.--Seaton. learned of the lowly Jesus.Boston.

The great subject of revelation and The beginings of sin are modest, the object of faith in the covenant of re- issues of it are impudent. demption, was Christ, in whom were The example of Christ directs the concentrated all the blessings of grace silent stream of concealed beneficence, and glory, which in the promises, as to the witbered root of the widow's so many stars in the Jewish hemis- vineyard. phere, became visible to faith in the In heaven we shall form connexions night of the world, diffusing holy splen- that will never be broken ; we shall dour and influence over the church, till meet with friends who will never die. the rising of the Sun of Righteousness. Among celestial things there is firm and - Ibid.

lasting constancy, while all that is on Temptations increase experience, pro- earth, changes and passes away.mote the exercise of grace, make us Blair. more serviceable to others, redound to A tomb is a monument situated on our honour, make us more frequent and the confines of both worlds. more abundant in the work of prayer, It is not possible for Christian piety make Christ's people more and more to exist, without the brilliant light of conformable to his image; and, finally, truth, and the burning zeal of charity. make sin more hateful, the world less He that putteth a Bible into the delightful, and relations less hurtful. hands of a child, gives him more than

A temptation perceived is half con- a kingdom; for it gives him a key to quered, for our greatest danger lies the kingdom of heaven.-Buchanan. from snakes under the green grass. - What majesty is there in a Christian's Henry.

death? what a glory in his hope ! “As The approaches of sin are like the the rivers roll the smoothest the nearer conduct of Jae). “It brings butter in they approach the ocean; as the rose a lordly dish.” It bids high for the smells the sweetest when dying ; as soul. But when it has fascinated and the sun appears most glorious when lulled the victim, the nail and hammer setting ; so it is with the Christian.” are behind.-Cecil.

A fire in a picture, may afford The bud of God's purpose becomes amusement to the beholder, but it will the flower of promise in the hands of not warm; so hearing sermons may Jesus Christ. - Smith.

amuse the hearer, but cannot warm the The law presseth a man on till he heart, or do any good to the soul, unflies to Christ, then it says, Thou hast less the blessing of God attends it ;gotten a refuge, I forbear to follow thee this surely shews the necessity of —thou art wise—thou art safe.- prayer, for if I go to a place of worship Bengelius.

without imploring a blessing, it is but Lowliness of mind is not a flower in reasonable to expect that I should be nature's garden, it is planted by the sent empty away.

Pulpit Anecdotes.

went.

66

Melancthon and Luther. goading it. "Go, Robin ! as it is so long

since, I hope it is not true;" and away she WHEN Melancthon arose to preach on some occasion, he took this text, "I am the good Shepherd.” On looking round upon his numerous and respectable audience, his "Where are your Ears?" natural timidity entirely overcame him, and he could only repeat the text over and over A MUSICAL amateur of eminence, who was again. Luthur, who was in the desk with intimately acquainted with the Rev. Mr. him, at length impatiently exclaimed, “ You Cadogan, had often observed Mr. C.'s inatare a very good sheep;" and, telling him tention to his performances. He once said to sit down, took the same text, and preached to him, “Come, I m determined to make an excellent sermon from it.

you feel the force of music;—pay particular attention to this piece.”—It was played.

Well, what do you say now ?” 5 Why, Funeral Sermon.

just what I said before.” “What! can you

hear this, and not be charmed ? Well, I am MRS. CRESWELL, an abandoned character quite surprised at your insensibility, in the reign of Charles II, desired by will Where are your ears?"* " Bear with me, my to have a sermon preached at her funeral, Lord,” replied Mr. Cadogan, “since I too and for which the preacher was to receive have had my surprise. I have often from ten pounds, but with this express condition, the pulpit set before you the most striking that he was to say nothing but what was and effecting truths: I have sounded notes well of her. A preacher was with some that have raised the dead: I have said, difficulty found who undertook the task, Surely he will feel now; but you never After a sermon preached on the general seemed charmed with my music, though insubject of mortality, and the good uses to finitely more interesting than yours. I, to be made of it, he concluded with saying too, have been ready to say, with astonish—“By the will of the deceased, it is ex- ment, Where are your ears ?” pected that I should mention her, and say nothing but what was well of her. All that I shall say of her therefore is, she was born well, she lived well, and she died well; for

The Disconcerted Tyro. she was born with the name of Creswell, she lived in Clerkenwell, and she died in The late Andrew Fuller was always ready the parish of Bridewell.

to assist a modest young minister, in the explication of a subject, or the composition of a ermon: he also knew how to chastise

vanity, ignorance, and conceit. Awful Ignorance.

man calling on him one Saturday, and an

nouncing with much consequence that he DURING one of Mr. Whitfield's excursions was going to preach on the morrow at a in Yorkshire, he preached in a field near little distance, Mr. Fuller asked him for Sheffield, to a large audience, a very affect- his text. He readily answered, that he was ing sermon on the sufferings of Christ. A going to preach from—“One thing is need. poor woman who was driving some asses ful.” And what is that one thing ?” said laiden with bricks, stopped some time to Mr. Fuller. Tyro replied, without hesitahear him. When he mentioned the circum- tion, “ Jesus Christ, certainly !” “Why stance of his having suffered fur sinners then,” said Mr. Fuller, “ you are worse than without the gates of Jerusalem, upwards the Socinians: they do allow Christ to be of seventeen hundred years ago, she said, Man, but you are going to reduce him to addressing herself to one of the asses, a mere .THING'.”

A young

[ocr errors]

The Traveller

St. Peter's Tomb.

it was alive, whilst others stoop and rub their

hands backwards and forwards against the LIKE every stranger who comes to Rome, sole of the sandal. In any other situation, I visited St Peter's; or rather once every I might have smiled, but the grandeur of day, and often twice, I went to admire that the place prevented all intrusion of lighter wonderful structure.

thoughts, and I could only pity this striking Right under the centre of the doom, and instance of the degradation of the human sunk below the pavement, is a kind of mag- character.- Semple. nificent vault, constructed of the finest mar. ble, and ornamented with precious stones, Building of Churches in Portugal. lapis lazuli, jewels and guld.

Here rests, or is said to rest, the body of the great For building their new churches and reliApostle. Gold and silver lamps are kept gious houses, certain taxes are granted by continually burning round the tombs; and government, and as these taxes are conthe pious votaries throw themselves on their tinued till the building be finished, it is knees, as they approach the marble balus. astonishing how long a time it takes to trade, which surrounds a spot so sacred. A superb canopy, supported on four rich complete them. The pious man who has waved pillars of bronze, covers the vault, contributed, perhaps voluntarily, a certain and although upwards of one hundred and annual sum towards building a church, feels thirty feet high, it is so lost in the great- loth that for want of one more year, and ness of every object around us, that we can with difficulty conceive it to be half of that work should fail; he therefore goes on con

one more year's contribution, so good a height. Yet there is one object in St. Peter's which is little, either in itself, or tributing to the end of his life, and when through the use made of it: this is a bronze he dies, makes sure of his soul by a donastatue of the Apostle, to the right of the tion in his will to the church of the mother aisle, sitting, and holding the key of heaven of God, or of the heart of Jesus. Meanin his hand. One foot projects beyond the while, the monks, who have the administrapedestal, and no good catholic enters or leaves the church without kissing it. Sometion of all these sums, go on thrivingly, repeat this ceremony three or four times, and are indeed, the only fat people in Porsome stroke it down with their hands, as if tugal.-Ibid.

Our Young people.

The Devoted Negro.

behind him, in the care of a poor black

servant, two infant sons, the one four and The late Hannah More related, in the year the other five years of age. When the 1782, the following anecdote, which she ship became unmanageable, and was rapidly had just received on original and unquestion- filling with water, the seamen found themable authority:—The captain of a Dutch selves so suddenly imperilled as to have ship having gone to dine with a superior scarcely time to lower the long-boat, and officer on board another vessel, a violent make a desperate effort for the saving of storm arose which prevented the possibility their lives. Amidst the bustle of their of his returning while it continued, and hurried and last exertion, the poor black which, in a short time, drove his ship into servant of the absent captain, coolly busied a state of complete wreck. He had left himself in tying his masters two son's into

MAXIMS ON FRIENDSHIP.

73

a bag, placing beside them some condiments disinterestedness and surpassing love and and provisions, and making other hasty glorious excellence of Christ ! When the preparations to afford them a chance for negro's death for love of his kind master safety. Just as his task was completed, was mentioned, a British nobleman “ fairly the long-boat had been filled with the ship’s burst into tears," and a British queen recrew, and was ready to be pushed away quested that it might be “made into an from the wreck. Voices shouted to the elegy;" but when the death of Jesus for negro, as he approached the side, that the love to his guilty and perishing creatures boat was already over-loaded, that it would is proclaimed, alas! tens of thousands of certainly sink if he attempted to force a both rich and poor turn away from the passage for both himself and the boys, and wonderful announcement, as a theme insufthat he must instantly resolve either to ferably sanctimonious, or as one deserving meet destruction in his own person or to to be thought of only amid the gloom and abandon his master's children. “Very desolation of a season of extreme affliction. well,” exclaimed the devoted and heroic How different the conduct of cherubs and negro, committing, without a moment's seraphs and redeemed men in heaven, who hesitation, the two boys to the boat; "give rest not day nor night to sing, “Worthy my duty to my master, and tell him I beg is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, pardon for all my fauits;”—and the next and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and moment, he plunged into the billows, not honour, and glory, and blessing!” to rise again till the sea shall give up her dead. “I told this anecdote the other day,"

Maxims on Friendship. says Hannah More, “ to Lord Monboddo, Never make a coward your friend, nor a who fairly burst into tears. The greatest drunkard your privy councellor; for the lady in this land wants me to make an elegy one will desert you on the approach of the of it; but it is above poetry.”

least danger, and the other will discover all One cannot reflect on the remarkable de

your secrets. Both are dangerous to human votedness of the negro, without thinking society. of the text: “For scarcely for a righteous Never make a friend suddenly; for man will one die; yet, peradventure, for a though the first affection makes the deepest good man, some would even dare to die; impression, yet that love is most permanent but God commendeth his love towards us, which dives into the soul by soft degrees of in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ mutual society, and comes to be matured died for us.' The negro died for love to a by time. Friendship, too soon contracted, kind and indulgent master, and for fond at- like plants which shoot up too fast, are not tachment to two smiling and affectionate of equal strength and stability with those children; and who does not applaud his which nature takes time to perfect. Con devotedness, who is not deeply affected sider of a friendship before it be contractwith his disinterestedness, as a display of ed. We should look upon our thoughts to bright and marvellous moral excellence ? be as safe in our friend's breast as in our But the Saviour of men not only died, but He is not a true friend whom we died ignominiously, and in circumstances could not so trust. A friend should be a of unutterable anguish, for his own crea- second self; so he should be made, if worthy tures, for rebels against his government, of it. An unworthy man can never be a for enemies to his glory, for despisers of

The acquaintanceship of the his

person, for apostates covered with in- wicked are to be called rather conspiracies famy, and criminals stained with the foulest than friendships. Amongst all human enguilt; and yet how slow, how reluctant, joyments, nothing is so rarely acquired, so how positively averse are men to laud, to dearly possessed, and so unhappily lost, as believe, or even simply to acknowledge the a true friend.

own.

good friend.

« PreviousContinue »