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LINES ON THE MISSIONARY O God! accept my humble praise
SOCIETY.

For ev'ry blessing giv'n;

And, while upon thy works I gaze,
O TURN from scenes of distant woe,

Oh! bear my soul to heav'n!
And realms in wild destruction hursd;
To hail sweet mercy's mildest glow,

Delightful hour! I'll ne'er forget
That thus consoles a mourning world,

Each sweet sequester'd grove,

Where now the truest hearts have met Here still exists a faithful band,

Of friendship and of love! The sons of God, and heirs of heav'n;

W. HERSEE. Who shrink not, with unwearied hand To heal the wounds by sorrow giv').

LINES TO A SISTER
Nor this alone-their nobler aim,
The sound of sweet salvation sends;

On her Birth-Day.
And still their Saviour's hallowed name,
O'er climes, involved in night, extends, Methinks on this auspicious day
The long-neglected heathens start,

I hear the voice of wisdom say; Awaken'd from their dream of fear; Come, and a grateful tribute bring And hasten, wiih impatient heart, “ To win whose overspreading wing The soul-reviving news to hear.

“ Has sheltered thine' expanding form The tortured Hindoo, prostrate long,

From many a wild and ruthless storm;

☆ And who has blest thy tender youth Before his Brahma's idol-shrine; Now pours on high his joyous song,

With brightest beams of sacred truth. Redeemed from death by grace divine. Come, and life's early scenes review,

Thy youthful covenant renew; Nor ye, of fancied science proud,

Let gratitude, new trophies raise, Their humble efforts dare condemn;

To Him, who claims thy highest praise ; A dying Saviour's hallowed blood,

For he, in helpless infancy, That flowed for you, was shed for them.

Sustained, defended, cherished thee, Blest Jesus! may that promised hour, And his unceasing care uprears, That long expected time be near; The structure of suceeeding years." When the wide world shall own thy power, Come, and, with penitence, lament And perfect rapture banish fear.

Oer wasted days, and years mispent;. AQUILA.

Come, and the tear of sorrow shed,

Oer golden bours for ever fled,
STANZAS

Neglected, unimproved, for know,
WRITTEN IN CHINKFORD CHURCH-YARD Sweet is the bitterness of woe,

IN COMPANY WITH A PARTY OF YOUNG Which gives the burdened mind relief ; FRIENDS.

And exquisite “ the joy of grief." Scene of enchantment! wide around “ Let meekness be thy constant guide, The lovely vale extends;

Shake off the tyranny of pride,
The whisp’ring breeze, with gentle sound, Yield 'not to passions impulse blind,
Its cheerful welcoine sends.

But cultivate a lowly mind;
O who with feeling here can gaze,-

So shalt thou know that tranquil rest, Who view great nature's pow'r,

Those joys serene' shall fill thy breast, And deem, as carelessly he strays,

Which meek humility bestows Unblest the happy hour?

On all, who languish for repose.” If such there be, I envy not

Come, ere the bloom of youth shall fade, The workings of his mind,

Its flowerets withering and decayed : For certain mis’ry is his lot

Ere life's bright morning shall be past An outcast of mankind!

And its gay scenery overcast;

Whilst health in rich and copious tides Bat here, Ograteful is my heart!

Still through uncumbered channels glides, Here is the scene of love!

Come, dedicate thy future days Here, far retired, I would impart To uru, who claims thy highest praise." My soul to him above!

“Yes," is the language of that sigh, Here, bounteaus father! would I kneel That tear which glisters in thy eye, In thankfulness and joy!

“ Yes, from this day, I will be thine, And oh! to suffer what I feel

And thou shalt be for ever mine." Do thou my tongue employ!

May heaven confirm the solemn vow! I feel, I see, thy boundless care

Such is his earnest prayer, who now To all thy creatures here!

Prepares his tributary breath Raptures divine inspire the air,

'Tis all a Poet can bequeath. And prompt the silent tear.

JUVENILIA

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THE

NEW EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE,

AND

Theological Review.

MAY, 1815.

ON THE DIGNIFIED CHARACTER OF CHRISTIANITY.

It must be a source of peculiar | troversy, are not to be overlooked satisfaction to a reflecting mind to by the reflecting Christian. Of contemplate the accumulated mass this kind are many topics which of evidence which supports the come under the description of indivine origin of Christianity-Pro- ternal evidence. If the external phecy, miracles, testimony, history, proofs be needful to silence the the successful propagation of the sceptic, the internal are necessary gospel, the character of the Re- to confirm the believer. He can deemer, and the lives of his apos- survey the ground of his confidence tles; all these, connected with the under every different aspect; he internal proofs arising from the may examine it in all its bearings. doctrines themselves, combine to As the alluremepts of pleasure, stamp with the seal of Heaven, the honour, and interest ever tend to dispensation of the Messiah. The weaken the impression of heavenly privilege, or rather the right, of free truth upon his mind, he will need discussion, while it allows every ob- to ask himself what it is that he jection against Christianity to be has believed? Is there any thing fully stated, has been attended with in Christianity which is peculiarly advantages inconceivably great on interesting--that com mends itself the side of truth: it has brought to his affection—that raises his adforward a fulness of evidence which mirationthat enlarges his views, obviates every objection; while the or elevates his piety? Is it such a acknowledged talents and acute system as ennobles our nature, as ness of its adversaries have served opens a boundless prospect of futo make the triumph of Christianity ture happiness, or is it only a system more complete; and as no source so supported by external proofs, hath been left untried to furnish that it silences our doubts, but weapons against it, the advocates does not affect our hearts ? of revealed truth, have found them- Under such refiections as these, selves more than equal to the com- permit me to remark, that there is bat. It now only remains that they something in the dignity of Chrismaintain the advantageous ground tianity, when considered in its which they already occupy. original purity, that impresses on

The general evidence of Chris- the mind a conviction of its heatianity to which I have adverted, venly origin. When I mention the is much strengthened by many dignity of it, I mean that all which collateral proofs, which, though pertains to it is elevated above not necessary in the public con- meanness; is rational as opposed

VOL. I.

nary

to superstition; and is pure in himself condescends thus to give, distinction from the corruption of as knowing in whom he has beevery other system. The most lieved. If he take a comprehensive general prejudice of the human view of all his doctrines, they are mind against Christianity arises found worthy the majesty of the from associating with the very speaker-they do not indeed enter name of it, an impression of weak- to the concerns of earthly states ness or meanness, as though there and kingdoms; they have an object were nothing in the principles or more interesting: they regard the practice of it which suits a mind affairs of man as a moral, a rational, any way elevated above the ordi- an accountable, and an immortal

level. But can we have any being—a being conscious of the just conception of what real Chris- obligations which arise from the tianity is, and not admit that it is relation he stands in to the great the ornament of our nature—that Supreme. He views his divine a consistent Christian is the highest Teacher, in all bis instructions, as style of man?

placing man in this dignified state, If we consider a Christian in re-in distinction from all the other lation to the truth he believes, we creatures in the world. In this shall perceive what corresponds to view he listens to him enforcing this description. The doctrine he considerations of infinite weight receives is not insignificant or and moment—the perfections of mean; it is not indeed in unison the eternal God-the value of an with the wisdom of this world, or interest in his favour—the worth the prince of this world, which of the immortal soul-its redempcome to nought; but it is the tion by his own blood—the resurwisdom of God in a mystery. He rection from the dead—the glories is called to receive only what ac-, of heaven, and the miseries of hell. cords with an enlightened under- These divine topics are set before standing, and a judgment exercised him with such infallible certainty to discern both good and evil. If and indisputable authority, as to he believe that Jesus Christ is the render all other subjects, in comSon of God, and the author of parison, as only the amusement of eternal salvation, it is because God children. It is no disparagement to himself hath borne witness to it by his understanding to have it occuirrefragable evidence. If he make pied about matters which angels a profession of his faith before desired to look into, and for which many witnesses, it is a profession the Son of God visited this world. of his own individual conviction The more he enters into the mind of divine truth; he believes, and of his Redeemer, the more must therefore he speaks. If he is as he consider his own nature to be sured that the heavenly teacher, raised in the scale of being, and a whom he now owns as his only greater importance is consequently guide, was in the bosom of the attached to this present state of Father, yet tabernacled on earth; existence, as preparatory to one that in him are hid all the treasures that will ensue-a life immortal and of wisdom and knowledge; he heavenly. What is there in the thinks it no reflection on his own system of Deism, Paganism, or Maunderstanding to allow him to ex- hometanism, to be compared with plain his own purpose and design Christianity in this view of it! in coming into this world, fulfilling Nor will the dignity of Chrishis ministry, and expiring upon the tianity appear to less advantage, if cross; he sees it consonant to the we view it in its influence on the most enlightened reason to receive life and conduct: keeping in mind, that exposition which the Redeemer however, that it is not the imperfect

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