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Cotton Distric: Distress
Ingham, Rev. R., Letters from
Ministry, On the Work of
Salter, Rev. W. of Lineholme, Letter from... 28
Query on Reply to ditto
Kegworth, April 7, 1863
Re-marriage, Another Cage of
Spain, European Deputation to ...
South Australia, Baptists in
Town versus Country Pastorateg
Heild, Mr. S., to Miss Mary Heaton
Andrews, 8. K.
Manchester Calicoes in India, Idolatrous
Services 38, 198, 398, 439, 473
320, 399, 467
238, 399. 440, 473
Rev. I. Stubbins
English people are very often com-covered with purple heather mingling plaining of the fickleness of their in rich abundance with myriads of climate. There is so much un- feathery ferns,) and at a distance certainty about it, say they, that of a few miles, was an irregular you are never sure what weather wooded ridge, in shape not unlike may turn up. A garish morn may the humps of a Bactrian camel. herald a drenching day, and a dawn The soft velvety masses of foliage dark with clouds may precede a of that wood at once arrested the sunny noon. Your business demands eye. Beyond this wood, far away, that you should be out in the fields; and visible for many a mile, rose but before your plans can be executed, a dome-like clump of trees. Below the face of the sky changes, and your the centre of the bill lay a range of arrangements are upset. Or, your broken slate rocks, beyond whose love of nature tempts you out for a jagged peaks nestled a modern ramble to some favourite hill; and manor house, embosomed in gibefore you have had time to inhale gantic oaks of hoary age. Still the sweet upper air, or to dwell farther on stretched the line of a with a lover's eye on the beauties straggling village, by which the of the landscape, you are driven white smoke of passing trains to seek the nearest shelter from trailed in curvy lines along the the pitiless pelting of the storm. air, like a shadowy serpent. And
One such episode as the last the still on, at the confines of the writer will not soon forget. The central view, were grouped large cloudless sky and bright clear square fields, bright with green air drew him out to gaze for the tints of every shade. To the left hundredth time on the uplifted land- were pleasant hedgerows, snug scape visible from a well-known hill | homesteads nestling
nestling by larch in the centre of England. The top spinnies, and near the middle of was reached, and there, sure enough, that part of the landscape a small was the splendid panorama, for a dull market-town, which now looked favourable sight of which he had cheery and even beautiful. A fringe willingly toiled. To the right of the of woods filled up the space between hill, (whose eastern sides were now this town and the stuccoed houses of
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visible on of the fading character of worldly the very edge of the northern properity.. In the heyday of horizon.
do not think of Presently the sky grew dark with reverses. The spectral Banquo of clouds. The wind moaned in the a gloomy future rarely disturbs trees, and down came a heavy shower their feast. And even when the that drove him to seek refuge in thought of possible adversity obthe small coppice of fragrant pines trudes, it finds a heart indisposed a little below the hill top. The for its reception. The present is shower was long and heavy; and more suasive than the future. The when a second time the hill was material, palpable gains of to-day are mounted, the whole landscape had real, but the probable losses of tovanished. A thick white mist had morrow are shadowy and unsubcrept up from the heated ground, stantial. When, however, the rich now soaked with rain, and had become poor, and the poor are spread itself over the whole plain clamouring for bread-the lesson below. Homesteads, villages, fields, pushes itself under our notice, and hedgerows, all were invisible. A few will not be put off. It is no longer trees taller than their fellows peered an Oriental figure that riches are above the rising banks of cloud, and swift-winged and fly away. It is a the irregular shaped wooded hill to plain, stern, visible, present, crushthe right looked like a green island ing, disheartening fact; especially floating in a sea of milk.
to those who have served only In the varying moods of nature Mammon. which such scenes reveal, have we Have we not also suggested the not a living and perpetual parable ? necessity for a life fixed upon the Is there not in this alternation a real and permanent, and not upon picture of human life, with its the seeming only, and the fleeting ? flashes of broad sunshine, and its Is there not such a life? Does not darkness of obliterating, cloud ? the Best of Books describe it, invite Have we not here something akin into it, and with winning love and to their history whose present suffer. noble example ? A life of faith is ings have so deeply touched the neither unknown nor untried. To Christian hearts of England ? Time walk by faith is to walk with beroes. was when their homes laughed with Men have found their strength in it, plenty, and their hearts throbbed and women their sublimation, For with praise; when mills whirled in this living with strong reliance on busy life the livelong day, and the unseen, instead of paralyzing flashed out through the winter's our capacity for the world's work, darkness the fire-flame of a thousand shows how best it may be done, gives burning eyes.
But alas! those a grandeur to the life of every saint, mills are dark and silent now. and lifts the poorest out of the dull Hearts are sad. Homes are dreary. routine of commonplace to sit in And but for the generous aid of a heavenly places in Christ Jesus. nation that weeps with those that With Him all is real and permanent. weep, grim famine and pestilence Riches may melt away: Prosperity would stand twin sentinels at their may cease. But His love still re. doors.
mains an exhaustless spring. For In the day of prosperity, be joyful, the mountains shall depart, and the says the wise man; but in the day of hills be removed : but my kindness shall adversity, consider : God also hath set not depart from thee, neither shall the the one over against the other, to the covenant of my peace be removed, saith end that men should find nothing after the Lord that hath mercy on thee. him. The day of adversity, sug- Solomon tells us that these al. gests many appropriate subjects ternations of prosperity and ad. for meditation. Ånd, first and versity are, by Divine Providence, most obviously, we are reminded set over against one another. They