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uniformly diminishing in distinctness. tains rent by earthquakes, equally
He may have observed the reflection retains and communicates, through all of those waves from the edges of the its countless atoms, their apportioned pool. He may also have noticed the shares of the motions so impressed. perfect distinctness with which two, Whilst the atmosphere we breathe is three, or more series of waves each the ever-living witness of the sentipursues its own unimpeded course, ments we have uttered, the waters, when diverging from two, three, or and the more solid materials of the more centres of disturbance. He globe, bear equally enduring testimony may have observed, that in such cases of the acts we have committed. the particles of water where the waves the Almighty stamped on the brow of intersect each other, partake of the the earliest murderer the indelible and movements due to each series. No visible mark of his guilt, he has also motion impressed by natural causes, established laws by which every suc or by human agency, is ever oblite- ceeding criminal is not less irrevocably rated. The ripple on the ocean's chained to the testimony of his crime; surface caused by a gentle breeze, or for every atom of his mortal frame, the still water which marks the more through whatever changes its severed immediate tract of a ponderous vessel particles may migrate, will still regliding with scarcely expanded sails tain, adhering to it through every over its bosom, are equally indelible. combination, some movement derived The momentary waves raised by the from that very muscular effort by passing gale, apparently born but to which the crime itself was perpedie on the spot which saw their birth, trated. leave behind them an endless progeny, which, reviving with diminished energy in other seas, and visiting a thousand shores, reflected from each, and, perhaps, again partially concen- By Charles Gosbell. (Ward and Co., Lontrated, pursue their ceaseless course don.) A very valuable little book, containtill ocean be itself annihilated. The ing a perfect example for imitation. It will track of every canoe, of every vessel bear the crucible and the fire without yieldwhich has yet disturbed the surface ing any alloy. of the ocean, whether impelled by "Obligations of Young Men" is the manual force or elemental power, re- title of A Sermon preached on behalf of mains for ever registered in the future the British and Foreign Young Men's Somovement of all succeeding particles ciety, by the Rev. E. N. Kirk, of America, on Wednesday, June 14th, 1837, in Surrey which may occupy its place. The Chapel; and, by desire, repeated on the furrow which it left is, indeed, in- following Sabbath in Hackney." It is pubstantly filled up by the closing waters; lished by request; and the profits of the sale but they draw after them other and are to be given to the British and Foreign Young Men's Society. Every individual of larger portions of the surrounding the class for which it is intended, would do element; and these again once moved, well to peruse and lay to heart its important communicate motion to others in end-statements, and stirring appeals.
NOTICES OF BOOKS.
"The Saviour's bright Example," Vol. I.
less succession. The solid substance of the globe itself, whether we regard the minutest movement of the soft
clay which receives its impression from the foot of animals, or the con
YOUNG MEN'S SOCIETY.
DOES each church draw out the youth of
cussion produced from falling moun- its congregation and employ them in the
work of the Lord? How delighted we should be to answer yes,-to resign our labour into their hands. There are a few who are up and doing, but many sleep in Zion. Where is the spirit to call them forth? Where is the voice to rouse them from slumber? What apparatus of means will suffice? We point to the Young Men's Society; and trust, under God, that it may be made availing. Ministers complain of the paucity of young men in their churches;-let them support this Society, for it is a co-worker with them. Christian parents who grieve over their sons, seduced by worldly associations,-the companions of their youth,-should support this Society, for it brings them in contact with youthful ardour devoted to God. The philanthropist should support this Society, for it raises young men from indolence and vice to activity and benevolence. Christians at large should support it for its Catholic principles, its great design, and the glorious results that may follow in its path.-An Address by the British and Foreign Young Men's Society.
(For the Young Men's Magazine.) "Tis sweet at the call of Spring to see The flowers burst open to view; Yielding to heaven in fragrancy
Meet thanks for the sun, rain, and dew.
And sweet 'tis to hear the woodland choir
Fill the air with their warbling praise; Their ceaseless hymn never seems to tire, 'Tis the joy of continuing days.
But sweeter, lovelier far, to see
The soul early yielding to God The bloom of its youth, with joy to be His love, and his Spirit's abode.
To see all its contrite tears dried up,
To hear its warm burst of grateful song,
When it thinks o'er its sins forgiven; And joyful rests, with faith firm and strong, Upon the sure promise of heaven.
This is a sight making angels rejoice;
J. A. W.
ANSWERS TO EXERCISE. No. VI. "I. WHAT is the right use of reason in matters of religion?'
"The question proposed for consideration is one on which men differ greatly in the present day. While one party, exalting reason as the highest gift of God to man, make it the standard by which to weigh all doctrines, even those of revelation itself; another, recoiling from a theory so presumptuous, and falling into the opposite extreme, wholly reject the aid of reason in matters of religion. A middle course will probably be found safest and most consistent. It is difficult to define the precise limits that should be assigned to the exercise of reason, but the following may suffice.
"In the contemplation of the works of God-their number, extent, and perfection
reason derives a proof of the existence of a Being, powerful, wise, and good; and further, in the supplies his creatures receive from day to day, beholds a superintending Providence, overruling the affairs of time.
"The exercise of reason with reference to revelation is limited, but yet important. It examines the evidences of its Divine origin, and asserts the claim it thereby has on the attention and regard of man; but over its contents it has no authority or control. Whatever is revealed, if it be apparently inconsistent with reason, faith must receive, and reason approve the reception of it, on the ground of the veracity of the Author of revelation.
"Reason, when brought to bear on matters of everlasting moment, shows the folly and ingratitude of that man who presumes to slight the commands and invitations of a being so great, so glorious, and so beneficent as Jehovah; and to neglect a salvation so full and so free as that offered in the Gospel. And for the employment of reason as an auxiliary in the great work of redemption, we have the warrant of Scripture, where it is written, Come now, let us reason together saith the Lord, though your sins be as scarlet,' &c.
"There are productions of the creative power of God, the object of which reason cannot discern. There are dealings in His providence, the design of which reason cannot comprehend. There are mysteries in His word, which the reason of finite man cannot explain. But the continual progress of knowledge, while it renders the ignorance of man more apparent, gradually developes to reason the truth of the statement, that God does all things for the best purpose, and by the employment of the best means."G. A., Jun.
ON Monday the 19th instant, upwards of eighty of the members and friends of the "Newcastle Branch of the British Young Men's Society for Religious and Intellectual Improvement" took a trip to Workworth, in the powerful Steam-packet Active, Capt. Brown.
The delightful day, and good feeling which pervaded the company, combined with the ancient castle and beautiful scenery of the neighbourhood, tended much to make it a day which will be hereafter referred to with pleasure and satisfaction. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, June 27th, 1837.
Newcastle, June 30th, 1837.
SINCE we last had this pleasure of addressing you, we have been successful in forming a Branch Association at Gateshead Fell, a village about two miles from this town. Our Society is steadily increasing, and the discussions are carried on with great spirit, being frequently adjourned three and four times.
We are, Sir,
Your obedient Servants, J. POTTS,
Jos. TEMPERLEY, } Secretaries.
INDOLENCE AND the Love of PLEASURE.
(Davis's Directions for the Young.)
I WILL attempt to guard my youthful reader against indolence and a love of plea
A partial or superficial glance might lead to the conclusion, that there can be no connexion between indolence and a love of pleasure. The one requires active exertion, and the other relaxation. But experience teaches us, that those who pursue with the greatest eagerness the sinful pleasures of the world, have been prepared for this in the school of indolence; a school in which the understanding loses its power, in which the affections of the heart are contaminated, and in which the imagination is filled with impure and unholy imagery. Indolence, although incompatible with the healthy and well-regulated action of the intellectual powers, is very frequently accompanied with a morbid excitement of the mental faculties, and of the bodily frame; like the uncultivated ground, which produces every noxious weed in luxuriant abundance, while no valuable plant will, in such a soil, bring any
fruit to perfection. Youth is the season for salutary exercise; and if, during this important season, the body and mind are suffered to remain in indolence, the health of the former will be destroyed, while the latter will be, either a "barren wilderness," or a "cage of every unclean bird." An idle man is a blank in the creation. He is his own tormentor; a curse to his family, and a dead weight on society.
Some young persons may be ready to say, This would be applicable to us, were we called upon to fill those important stations in society, which fall to the lot of many, and were we exposed to those temptations to sinful pleasures by which the rich and elevated are assailed." To this we reply, that sinful pleasure is not restricted to the wealthy and refined. The degrading and unholy pursuits to which men are impelled by the love of the world, are within the reach of the lowest and most abject of our species. The beggar may take his share with the Prince: and the intellectual and moral character of each be equally debased. The poor are too much inclined to imagine that they cannot sin like the rich; and the rich, that the refinements of iniquity which they practise place them, as to moral character in a state of elevation above the poor. But sin, whether grovelling in filth, or clothed in purple, is equally hateful in the sight of God. His eyes are too pure to look upon iniquity: and pollution, whether clothed in rags, or arrayed in all the decorations of the most splendid fortune, is Pollution still. Never for a moment, therefore, indulge the thought, that the pursuits of sinful pleasure are confined to any particular class in society.
Never give way to the idea, that any station in life, occupied by a rational and accountable creature, can be unimportant. No individual human being, however limited the sphere in which he moves, and however trifling his influence on those around him, will be despised by the thoughtful and the pious. Though you may not be called upon to occupy a station of commanding influence, yet, to yourself personally, the station which you do occupy is infinitely important. Your religious, relative, and personal duties require careful attention, well-formed habits, and fervent prayer, or they will never be so fulfilled as to be "acceptable to God and approved of men."
It is indeed true, that we are not all called upon to become philosophers, or poets, or historians, or ministers of religion; but all may secure in youth some valuable knowledge, which may be useful in after life. And be it ever remembered by the young as one of the strongest inducements to rouse them from their indolence, and to
call them off from every sinful pursuit, that advice, who by the light of nature alone dethere is one book with which all ought to beclared, that to suffer death for one's country acquainted, one science which all ought to was not only necessary, but honourable. So, master, and one practice which all ought I think, every lover of true piety should dilimost carefully and perseveringly to pursue. gently seek the truth of God in the ScripNeed we say that that book is the Bible; ture; maintain it, when found, to his latest that science, religion; that practice, the prac- breath, serve God in his calling according to tice of piety! Here is occupation at once for his word, and not be deterred by any perils the mind, the heart, and the hands. "Get or menaces from supporting the truth, and this wisdom, and with all thy getting get holding on his course: as, then, this is my this understanding." Let the keeping of fixed determination, it is in vain that you enthy soul be regulated by this divine rule, and deavour to draw away me and others from there will be activity, peace, and purity the genuine doctrine of God's church, which within; while thy lips will not be froward, you yourself ought likewise to profess.thy feet not deviating from the right path, Diaz, in reply to Malvenda. and thine hands be prepared to do whatever God commands.
THE CHRISTIAN GENTLEMAN.
IN a peculiar sense the Christian gentleman must be absent from the world: not,
THE KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST.
"I count all things but loss for the excellence of indeed, from the intercourse of business with the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." the world; such an abstraction may not be consistent with his duties and engagements; neither does it comport with his general character and necessary relations to withhold himself from the commerce of good offices and cheerful hospitality: but he must separate himself by a decided line from the loose practices and careless demeanour of worldly men. He who sets God always before him cannot "sit among the ungodly," without a depression of spirit. The communication with the godless he cannot altogether avoid: he cannot avoid the contact, but he may avoid the intermixture. As he has his delights, with which they cannot intermeddle, so does the nature of their pleasures exclude his participation. There
is, however, a neutral ground, on which they which they may be temporarily associated; may stand together; common interests, by reciprocities which hold them in occasional correspondence: but the Christian gentleman looks below him on the crowd of pleasure's votaries. While he meditates in the fields, or converses with God in his chamber, or sits in his watch-tower, to "muse upon his works," he sees through dust and smoke the plain beneath him, the "dwellings of Mesech," and the "tents of Kedar," or perhaps the turrets of the distant city,
"Where the noise
I MUST honestly confess, that I have made up my mind, in a cause of such immense importance as altogether affects our salvation, to undergo any dangers rather than purity of doctrine should suffer injury. I should even deem it an honour to lay down my life in testimony of the truth. For what is the life of man, but a continued series of evils, if a knowledge of real religion be wanting, which can alone minister safety and consolation? Nor do I think, Malvenda, that I have learned so little, under the teaching of the Holy Spirit, as to pay more regard to the displeasure of the world, or the authority of man, than to the will of the everlasting God, clearly revealed in the oracles of truth. But this I know to be the standing command of the Son of God, given from above to all generations: "Whosoever will not confess me before men, him will not I confess before my Father which is in heaven." An awful threat, indeed! not proceeding from mortal tyrant, but pronounced out of the secret counsel of the Supreme. If you can hear it, and not tremble, I could scarcely think that you had human feeling, but that your breast must be made of iron or marble. You would persuade me on account of worldly dangers which, however tremendous, can be but temporal, to renounce a Christian profession, on which depends that salvation which is eternal. Yet the very Heathen gave better-Portraiture of a Christian Gentleman.
Of riot ascends above her loftiest towers,
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action. Were they always subjected to the government of enlightened reason, they would become sources WHAT ought you to avoid? "Flee of innocent gratification; indulgence youthful lusts." The objects of ab- would leave no stain, and rememhorrence and detestation are distinctly brance would awaken no remorse. specified in this short but impressive But from their fatal predominance caution. No palliating, softening over the convictions of the underepithets are employed to lessen their standing, and the remonstrances of enormity, or divest them of their conscience, what streams of sin and disgusting qualities. They are not misery have inundated the world! pleaded for by being called, as too To these, as their immediate sources, many in modern times represent may be traced innumerable diseases them," mere juvenile indiscretions," which ruin the body, by causing its
youthful follies," which maturer age premature debility, and securing its will correct; but they are marked inevitable destruction.
by a term, which at once describes and condemns them. Lust, in the language of Scripture, has an extensive latitude of meaning; it is applied to evil desire in general-the desire of what is in itself unlawful and forbidden, or the intemperate desire of what is in itself lawful and allowed. This explanation accords with the assertion of the apostle John in his first epistle, in which he gives an accurate classification of evil desires: "All that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but of the world." (1 John ii. 16.)
But their direst evil is, that they war against the soul," (1 Pet. ii. 11,) impair the mind, and pollute the heart. How soon does their pernicious influence corrupt the very faculty of judging, and destroy the sensibility of conscience; "searing it as with a hot iron," and rendering it callous to all the impressions of guilt. "Whence arise wars and fightings? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members ?" (James iv. 1.) Domestic feuds, national antipathies, and all the unutterable horrors of war, are the awful consequences of ungoverned passions; "they defile the whole body, set on fire the course The passions and appetites of our of nature, and are themselves set on nature are powerful principles of fire of hell," (James iii. 6.) VOL. 1.
ADMONITIONS TO THE YOUNG.