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oes of Macedonia and Achaia us they now appear trivial, seemcontributions were sent to the ed to the early converts of everpoor saints at Jerusalem; and lasting consequence.
Yet notPaul seems to have been delight- withstanding these schisms and ed with being engaged in this occasional jealousies, they did charitable service, and commends not forget the great duty of char- . his distant converts for their rea- ity: this surely was a vew phe. diness. Consider now that this nomenon in the world.
Perhaps generosity was shown from Gen- it cannot be shown in the whole Tiles towards Jews, whom before history of paganism, before the the introduction of Christianity, introduction of the gospel, that the Jews thought upworthy of any a number of poor societies or in. thing but hell;
whom they thought dividuals in Greece or Italy, were il a pollution to converse with; it interested in the distresses of a was shown too at a time when community at Jerusalem, and controversies existed in the Chris- much less that they ever thought tiau community, about of contributing a sum for the repoints of ceremony between Jew lief of the distressed in such a and Gentile, which, though to distant and despised country.
B. (To be continued.)
ALFRED AND SIGBERT.
The following dialogue has been extracted from Cottle's Alfred, a Poem, founded on tho character of Alfred, and the events of his reign. Sigbert was a papal clergyman, whose friends had been kill. ed by the Danes. He laid aside the character of the minister of peace, and assumed that of the warrior, to
he had received. The dialogue commences in a council of war, and embraces the substance of several distinct interviews. Sigbert.
My heart doth pant
But Danish blood.
The heart that meditates on truth, the tongue
We cannot love-e'en our worst enemies.
The Danes are men
What I now declare,
Sigbert, henceforth respect thy character!
Monarch, thy words are just!
New torture, and unbeard of agonies !
Thy many wrongs have so disturbed thy thoughts,
A meek and quiet spirit; shew thyself
Discard the priesthood! or renounce the sword!
I cannot wield the sword, and still reta
Live to consume the Dane!
Discharged my conscience.
Thy sword is bloody! I conjure thee, say,
Whence came it? Stand not thus insensible!
But I do fear to tell thee;— I have slain
The flying foe
Whence came the deed?
He stopped and drew, we fought; I vanquished him.
Strength to reach our presence? Answer these my words!
Pleaded for life, -but mine ear
Alfredo What do I hear? Didst thou disdain a foe
That asked for mercy?
Many and deep, this head hau borne, I said,
Plung'd this my sword.
I now disown thee! Never from this hour
(To be concluded in the next...
EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM GILBERT WEST ESQ. TO DR. DOD.
March 14, 1747. I am glad to find that Chris. the same paradise, to use the tianity begins to be so well un- words of Milton, derstood, and taught by so many
Frisking play'd men of parts and learning in all All beasts of the earth, since wild, and seets; the fruits of which appear
of all chase, in a candor and charity unknown In wood or wilderness, forest or den: to all the
Sporting the lion ramp'd, and in his of the church, exages
paw eept the primitive, I had almost Dandled the kid. said the apostolic age.
Does not this give you a prospect of
To attain this happy state, all the completion of the famous Christians should unite their en. prophecy, that speaks of the lion deavors; and instead of looking and the lamb lying down togethe out for and insisting upon points er in the kingdom of the Mes. of difference and distinction, seek siab. Lions there have been, for those only in which they do hitherto, in all churches; but too
or may agree. They may at many, fierce, greedy, and blood. least sow the seeds of peace and thirsty lions, though often dis. unity, though they should not guised like lambs:
live to reap the fruits of it in lambs there have been simple
this world. enough to think it expedient for
Blessed are the peace-makers, the flock to assume the habits says the Prince of peace, for and terrors of lions. But I hope they shall be called the cbildren they now begin to undeceive of God; an appellation infinitethemselves, and to consider ly more honourable than that Christianity as intending to bring of pastor, bishop, arch-bishop, back the world to that state of patriarch, cardinal or pope, and innocenee which it enjoyed be attended with a recompense in. fore the fall, when in one and finitely surpassing the richest No. 3, Vol. IV.
revenues of the highest eccle- hearty wish of, sir, your most af. siastical dignity. That you and fectionate humble servant. all sincere Cüristians may de- N. B Gilbert West Esq. appears to serve this character, and attain have been of the Church of England. its reward, is the sincere and
NATIONAL BIBLE SOCIETY. To the members of the several Bible And may the blessing of him who is
Soci ties in the United States. sable to do for us abundantly more than Brethren,
we can either ask of think,” give it conIt is with peculiar pleasure that I plete success- urto whom be glory in once more address you on the interest- the church, by Jesus Christ, through. ing subject of extending the Redeem- out all uges - world without end." er's kingdom by means of the unlimit. ed and gratuitous circulation of tbe
Kesolutions of the Board of Man. holv scriptures.
agers of the New York Bible From the most correct information Suciety. that has lately been received, it has 1st. Resolved, That it is highly de. become evident that the demand for sirable to obtain, upon as large a scale Bibles in the remote and frontier set
as possible, a cooperation of the efforts tlements of our country, is far beyond of the Christian community throughthe resources of the several bible so
out the United States, for the efficient cieties now existing in the United distribution of the holy scriptures States
2d That as a mean for the attain. An institution, founded on a more ment of this end, it will be expedient extended plan, that will concentrate to have a convention of delegates from and direct the efforts of our numerous such Bible Societies, as shall be dis. and increasing Bible Associations, posed to concur in this measure, to seems at present to be the general meet at wish of the f:iends of revealed truth.
next f r the purpose of conSuch an ins!itution has a powerful sidering whether such a cooperation claim to the liberal support of the may be effected in a better manner, Christian public This plan, which than by the correspondence of the dif. originated with the New Jersky Bible ferent societies as now established; Society, has within the last year en
and if so, tha: they prepare the draft gaged the attention of the Board of of a plan for such cooperation to be Managers of the New York Bible So- submitted to the different societies for ciety.
their decision. Their resolutions, inserted below, 3d. That the Secretary transmit the contain the result of their deliberations above resolutions to the President of on this important subject. Á brightthe New Jersey Bible Society, as ex, er day appears now to have dawned pressive of the opinion of this Board on our western hemisphere.
on the measures therein contained, That the present effort may be ren. and at the same time signifying the dered an efficient means of salvation
wish of this Board, that he would ex• to many thousands of destitute poor in ercise his own discretion in bringing
own, and more tant lands, the subject before the public. should be the wish and prayer of ey- In pursuance of the foregoing reso• ' ery sincere Christian.
lutions requesting me to designate the