Imatges de pÓgina

I conclude with a short observation upon Solomon's evidence in this case.

Never did the busy brain of a lean and hectic chymist search for the philosopher's stone, with more pains and ardor than this great man did after happiness. He was one of the wisest inquirers into nature—had tried all her powers and capacities; and after a thousand vain speculations and idle experiments, he affirmed at length it lay hid in no one thing he had tried like the chymist's projections, all had ended in smoke, or, what was worse, in vanity and vexation of spirit. The conclusion of the whole matter was this—that he advises every man who would be happy, to fear God and keep his CHmmaudments.

Y. On the Death of Christ.—Biaik.

THE redemption of man is one of the most glorious works of the Almighty, If the hour of the creation of the world was great and illustrious; that hour, when, from the dark and formless mass, this fair system of nature arose at the Divine command; when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy ;"--no less illustrious is the hour of the restoration of the world; the hour when, from condemnation and misery, it emerged into happiness and peace. With less external majesty it was attended, but is, on that acount, the more wonderful, tha!, under an appearance so simple, such great events were covered.

In the hour of Christ's death, the long series of prophecies, visions, types and figures, was accomplished. This was the centre in which they all met: this, the point towards which they had tended and verged, throughout the course of so many generations. You behold the Law and the Prophets standing, if we may so speak, at the foot of the cross, and doing homage. Yo« behold Moses and Aaron bearing the ark of the cove nant: David and Elijah presenting the oracle of testimony. You behold all the priests and sacrifices, all the rites and ordinances, all the types and symbols, assembled together to receive their consummation. Without the death of Christ, the worship and ceremonies of the Iaw


would have remained a pompous but unmeaning institution. In the hour when he was crucified, "the hook with the seven seals" was opened. Every rite assumed its significancy; every prediction met its event; every symbol displayed its correspondence.

This was the hour of the abolition of the Law, and the introduction of the Gospel; the hour of terminating the old, and of beginning the new dispensation of religious knowledge and worship throughout the earth. Viewed in this light, it forms the most august era which is to be found in the history of mankind. When Christ

was suffering on the cross, we are informed by one of the Evangelists, that he said, "I thirst ;" and that they Elled a sponge with vinegar, and put it to his mouth.

After he had tasted the vinegar, knowing that all things were now accomplished, and the scripture fulfilled, he said, "llsis finished," that is, This ottered draught of vinegar was the last circumstance, predicted by an uncient prophet, that remained to be fulfilled. The vision and the prophecy are now sealed; the Mosaic dispensation is closed. "And he bowed his head and gave up the ghost."—Significantly was the veil of the temple rent in this hour; for the glory then departed from between the cherubims. The legal high priest delivered up his Urim and Thummim, his breastplate, his robe«, and his incense: and Christ stood forth as the great High Friest ef all succeeding generations. By that one sacrifice which he now offered, he abolished sacrifices forever. Altars on which the fire had blazed for ages, Were now to smoke no more. Victims were no more to bleed. "Not with the blood of bulls and goats, but with his own blood, he now entered into the holy place, there to appear in the presence of God for us."

This was the hour of association and union to all the worshippers of God. When Christ said, "It is finished," he threw down the wall of partition, which had so long divided the Gentile from the Jew. He gathered into one, all the faithful, out of every kindred and people. He proclaimed the hour to be come, when the knowledge of the true God should be no longer c»nf fed tn one nation, nor his worship to one temple;

but over all the earth, the worshippers of the Father should serve him in spirit and in truth. From that hour, they who dwelt in the uttermost ends of the earth, strangers to the covenant of promise," began to be brought nigh." In that hour, the light of the gospel dawned from afar on the British Islands..

This was the hour of Christ's triumph over all the powers of darkness; the hour in which he overthrew dominions and thrones, "led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men." The contest which the kingdom of darkness had long maintained against the kingdom of light, was now brought to its crisis. The period was come, when "the Seed of the woman should bruise the head of the serpent." For many ages, the most gross superstition had filled the earth. "The glory of the incorruptible God was," every where, except in the land of Judea, changed into images made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and beasts, and creeping things." The world, which the Almighty created for himself, seemed to have become a temple of idols. Even to vices and passions, altars were raised; and what was entitled religion, was, in effect, a discipline of impurity. In the midst of this universal darkness, Satan had erected his throne; and the learned and polished, as well as the savage nations, bowed down before him. But at the hour when Christ appeared on the cross, the signal of his defeat was given. His kingdom suddenly departed from him; the reign of idolatry passed away; he was beheld to fall like lightning from heaven." In that hour, the foundation of every Pagan temple shook ; the statue of every false god tottered on its base; the priest filed from his falling shrine; and the heathen oracles became dumb forever.

De th also, the last foe to man, was the victim of this hour. The formidable appearance of the spectre remained, but his dart was taken away; for, in the hour when Christ expiated guilt, he disarmed death, by seearing the resurrection of the just. When he said to his penitent fellow-sufferer, "To-day thou shalt be with me in Paradise," he announced to all his followers, the eeriaiuty «f heavenly bliss. He declared the cheri

bims" to be dismissed, and the "flaming sword" to he sheathed. which had been appointed, at the fall," to keep from man the way of the tree of life." Faint, before this period, had been the hope, indistinct the prospect, which even good men enjoyed of (he heavenly kingdom. "Life and immortality were now brought to light." From the hill of Calvary, the first clear and certain view was given to the world, of the everlasting mansions. Since that hour, they have been the perpetwal consolation of believers in Christ. Under trouble, they south their minds; amidst temptations, they support their virtue; and, in their dying moments, enable them to say, "0 death! Where is thy sting? O grave i Wbere is thy victory "



I.Speech of the Earl of Chesterfield, in the House of Lords, February 23, 1740, on the Pension Bill.



Tis now so late, and so much has been said in favor of the motion for the second reading «f the Pension Bill, by Lords much abler than I am, that 1 shall detain you but a very short while with what I have to say upon the subject. It has been said, by a noble Duke, that this bill can be looked on only as a bill for preventing a grievance that is foreseen, and not as a bill for renredying a grievance that is already felt; because it is not asserted, nor so much as insinuated, in the preamble of the bill, that any corrupt practices are now made use of, for gaining an undue influence over the other House. My Lords, this was the very reason for bringing in the bill. They could not assert, that any such practices are now made use of, without a proof; and the means for coming at this proof is what they want, and what they propose to get by this bill. They suspect there are such practices, but they cannot prove it. The crime is of such a secret nature, that it can very seldom be proved by witnesses; and therefore they want to put it to the trial, at least, of being proved by the oath of one of the parties; which is a method often taken, in cases that can admit of no other proof. This is, therefore, no argu ment of the grievance not being felt; for a man may, very sensibly, feel a grievance, and yet may not be able to prove it.

That there is a suspicion of some such practices being now made use of, or that they will soon be made ase of, the many remonstrances from all part* of the

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