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minds greatly depends thercon. He is no wise man, nor exercised in those things, who would part with any truth out of its proper place, where the Holy Spirii hath disposed and fixed it. The Psalmist saith of God's testiinonies, “ They are ihe mer of his counsel ;" and no inan will make choice of a counsellor, whose wisdom consists in savings and rules casi inio a certain order and method. He alune is a good counsellor who, out of the largeness and wisdom of his own heart and mind, can give advice according to ali present occasions and circumstances. Such counsellors are the testimonies of Good Artificial inethodizing of spiritual truths may make men ready in 'notions, cunning and subtle in disputations ; but it is the Scripture itself; in its own present arrangements, whieh is “ able to make us wise to salvation,'
To the Editor. Should the following delightful Prayer, composed and used by the late
Reverend and venerable Mr. ADAM, of Winiringhain, when he retired to prepare his Pulpil-Addresses, be considered as worthy of admission in your valuable Magazine, its insertion may benefit sonie of our younger ministerial friends ;, and will oblige
CLERICOS. “O BLESSED Lord God, who teacheih man knowledge, and givest wisdom to the siruple, assist and bless me in all my siudies and undertakings, , and especially in the work I am now about, of meditating and preparing what I am to deliver to thy people in thy name! Open mine aves, that I may see the wdoderous: things of thy law; illuorinate my understanding with thy saving truih, purify my lieart with ihe love of it. Enahie me rightly to divide thy word from my own inward experience; and io dcclare ji boldly, in fult assurance of faith, with true compassion for souls, and a holy zeal for thy glory! O Jesus, bless the labours of all who are em. ployed in propagating thy gospel of peace and salvalion! If it be thy blessed will, increase the number of them; and let thine arm be with them to protect them; and thy Spirit to guide, support, and comfort them. Send out thy command tirent, that thy word may run swiftly, and fulfil all thy good pleasure. Let thy way be known upon earth, and thy saving health to all nations ! -- let the knowledge of the Lord cover the earth, as the waters cover the sea! Arise, o Lord! bare mercy upon Zion) ; for it is time that thou have mercy upon her, yea, the time is come! Have mercy upon all unbelievers, take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of thy word; and bring them home, blessed Lord, to thy flock. Thou art our Saviour and mighty Deliverer ; and without thy gracious nely we perish! Remember thy holy covenant. "O God, mahe speed to save us! O Lord, make haste to help us!”. Bless me, even me aiso, O God, in my ministry in this place! I know I am utierly unworthy to eak at all in thy name; bui thou sendelh to man by man, and canst perfect praise, even out of my mouth. Raise up, we pray thce, thy power, and come amongst us; and, with great might, succour us, and send out thy light and thy truth to guide us jut the way of peace! Send down ihy reproving Spirit to convince us of sin, and to comfort us with the knowledge of thy righteousness ; to be in us as a refiner's fire, and like fuller's scap, sitting in judgment upon our lusts, cleansing and consuming all our iniquities, and casting out the Devil from our hearts ! O let us not say, we will not have thy blessed Son to reign over us; bat bring us, with penitent hearts, to the fountain opened for sin and uncleanness, that thro' him, and by faith in his precious blood-shedding, we may rejoice before thee in righteousness and true holiness, all the days of our lives! And, o gracious God, pardon mytoul omissions, myunbelief, and wretched thoughtJessness, in neglecting to pray for my fock; and grant that, for the time en come, I may waich over them with godly jealousy, and be very
earnest with thee in the overflowings of a faithful and true heart, for a blessing upon my endeavours ainong them. O Lord, look upon me in mercy, in thy
greater mercy, because for the place and calling I am in, I must give a stricter account to thee. Look, therefore, upon me, O Lord !-- but not till thou hast nailed my sins to the cross of Christ, - not till thou hast bathed me in the blood of Christ, -nottill I have hid myself in the wounds of Christ, that so the punish meat, which should else 'overtake me, may pass
Then look, and say unto iny soul, “ I have forgiven thee;" and by the work of thy mercy in my soul, make me feel it, through Jesus Christ our only Lord and Saviour'Amen."
DIVINITY OF CHRIST. Two gentlemen were once dispuling on the Divinity of Christ. One of them, who argued against it, said, “If it were 'true, it certainly wouid have been expressed in more clear and uneguivocal terins." Well,' said the other, 'admitting that you believed it, were authorized to teach it, and allowed to use your own language, how would you express the duce trine to make it indubitable?' "I would say," replied the first, "that Jesus Christ is the true God.' You are very happy,' rejoined the other, • in the choice of your words ; for you have happened to 'nit upon the very words of inspiration. St. John, speaking of the Son, says, " This is the true God, and eternal life.”
SWEARING REBUKED. A young man having returned from sea, where he had unhappily acquired the habit of profanc swearing, went to visit à fricaid in the couns try; when, walking m the garden, and approaching too near a bee hive, one of them stung him on the head; which so excited his wrath, that he began to strike violently at the bees with his hát, útlering at the same time the most dreadful baths and curses. In the inidst of his fury, one of these little combatants stung him on the tip of that unruly member (his tongue) which was then so actively employed in blaspheming his Maker. Thus can the Lord engage one of the meanest of his creatures in reproving the bold iransgressor, who dares to take his name in vain.
A CONSTANT READER wishes some of your Correspondents would favour him with an explanation of the following words, in 2 Pet. ii. 20, 21,
For if afier they have escaped the pollutions of the world thro' the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning; for it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteous. ness than, after they have known it, to turn from thc holy commandment delivered unto them,"
Yours, JUNIOR, What is the true meaning of those words in Exod. xxxiv. 7,“ And that will by po means clear the guilty ?". As they immediately follow that charming declaration of the name of the Lord, " Ke ping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin ; and as they precede an awful threatening, "visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children,' &c. I am much at a foss to understand them; and shall, therefore, be very glad to see a clear and consistent view of the words, as connected with the
QQ. Ir the Qu in page 354 be answered in the affirmative, it is asked, Are professing Christians, whose employments are regulated by others, jusr tified in attending to business of reputed urgency, which may be alloited to them for the Lord's Day, if they have not before them full means of judging whether such business is of a nalure to come willing the definition of a work of necessity ?
CASE OF A BOY BITTEN BY A MAD DOG. About the 1st of May last, John tained by afffiction, or some sufficiBoltwood, a boy about 12 years of ent cause. Nor had any of his age, in crossing a field in the parish school-fellows, at any time, occasion of Hackney, was bitten by a dog to lodge any complaint agaiast belonging to a man then walking in him. The texts of Scripture which the same field. The wounds were he heard cxplained on the Lord's healed; and he returned to school, Day, he repeated on the Monday no further danger being apprehend- morning, with an outline of the ed. The dog, at the time when he sermons. This he usually performed bit the boy, displayed no signs of better than any other task assigned madness; but on Saturday, May 30, bim. the boy was taken ill. On Monday When he was detained from the following, he was much worse; and school by the bite of the dog, he decisive symptoms of hydrophobia sent his sister for his books, that he appeared." Three or foor medical might read at home; and when ungentlemen attended, and afforded able to leave his bed, his Bible was all the aid in their power : but the his companion... On the Monday, case was desperate. His reason, when taken so ill, he sent for Mr. however, was quite unimpaired: he Shepherd, the master of the school ; Nived to afford the most satisfactory and here I use his words. evidence of his piety; and died on went; and bis expressions filled me the Tuesday, about one o'clock in with surprize. He took me by the the morning.
hand; and said, he was glad i bad His little history was singular; come to see him. I asked him how and as it may afford some advantage he was. He replied, “ I am very to the young, I give you its outline: bad; but never was so happy in my At an early age he was introduced life: I am washed in the blood of to the Sunday School, supported by the Lamb ! God has taken away the Rev. Mr. Palmer's
congregation. my heart of stone, and given me an There he gained the first rudiments heart of flesh! I am going to Je. of religious knowledge; for which
After I had spoken to the he expressed his thankfulness. Ia doctors, I returned to the poor boy. that school be made such progress, He said,
The dectors: can do me and behaved himself so well as to na good: I am going to the bosom obtain, on leaving the school, a of Jesus! I am the third boy that testimonial in his favour, written will have died out of our school. The in a Psalm and Hymn-Book, pre- two Adamses died: I hope they are sented to him on that occasion. happy! I have often thought of Early in 1806, three gentlemen them. I am very happy; but I shall founded a free-school, belongiwg to be better soon, in the bosom of Je. Well Street Meeting, which is aided sus!" On informing him that a phy. by voluntary subscription, for the sician was sent for, he closed bis Education of Boys, the children of eyes, and, folding his hands, said, reputable parents, who, either from "O, my God, thou canst do more the demands of a large family, or for me than the doctors can ! from having been reduced by mnis. Thon bast wasked me in the blood forturs, are unable to furnish them of the Lamb, take me to thyself! with a good education. Young I shall not stay long now; I must Boltwood was one of its first scho- dic, and go to the bosom of Jesus. lars, His behaviour at school was I hope we shall meet before the highly satisfactory to the master; throuc! Give iny love to all the his temper was wild and peaceful. boys: tell them to read their Bibles, From the school he was never ab. tell them all to pray that God sent, except when unavoidably dc- would take away the stony heart,
and give them hearts of flesh. 0 and he repeated after kor: but when God, thou hast taken away my she came to the lines, heart, of stone, and washed me in
“ 'Twill please us to look back, and see the blood of the Lamb, take
That our whole lives were thine," away their hearts of stone, and wash
he said, “ O it will be pleasant in them all in the blood of the Lamb !”
Heaven to look back, and soe that “ About 10 o'clock in the evening
our whole lives were thine !" be sent for me and Mr. Hoakinson,
“After asking for a little jelly, he one of the founders of the school. To me he said, That he had learned said, “ o blessed be God, I shall not more of the Scriptures that day than
want a drop of water to cool my
tongue ! 0 that blessed book the ever before.
enquired of hin, Bible! Aunt, tell every body to
read it ; and tell them to raiad the gaged his attention 1 - and giving
89th Psalm." him a Bible, he turned to the 89th
“To bis sister, he said, “I can tread Psalm; most earnestly requesting me to read it to him. Whilst I was
Satan under my feet: I have but thus engaged, I observed hiin fer
one step more of the laddor lo go to vently repeating each verse. When
be with Jesus.. My breath is siort : I read, “Blessed are the people who
I have got what I wanted, - my Jeknow the joyful sound; they shall
sus! I pray for my wicked playa walk, O Lord, in the light of thy love them, because the Scriptures
mates, though they are wicked : 1 countenance,” &c. he repeated, witk still greater emphasis. Here I paus, then that curse you, do good to
say, “ Love your enemies, bless ed, to ask, Whether he understood
them that hate you, and pray for whose righteousness the Psalmist
them that despitefully use you." I referred to: He replied, with un
have learned more of the Scriptures common fervour,“ O yes, the right
to-day then ever because Jesus is cousness of Jesus ! - that alone can
my save my soul !” He then requested
To his father, he said, “ Dear me to pray with him. In prayer
he most solemnly repeated every sen.
father, weep not for your only son : tence. To Mr. H. he said,“ í bless children that remain, and follow me.
he is happy; but take care of your God that you put me into such a
I have prayed for you all. The school : through eternity, I shall bless God for that school t' of Mr. angel is about to sound the trumpet,
and I shall follow to the bosom of s. his master, he took an affecting Jesus: I am washed in the blood of farewell, earnestly desiring him not the Lamb !" to forget his love to all his school. fellows; particularly charging him his hand to his head, and said,“ O it
“ A little before his death, he put to tell them al)," That if their stony hearts are not taken away, they wi
is getting into my head now; and
desired his sister to give him her not be happy when they die, as I am! This (said he) is my dying testimony but be sure to wash the bed-clothes
“ I won't hurt you ; to them!” - To his aunt, on entering the bed." He was quite sensible of the
before they are put on any other room, he said,“ Do not weep, aunt ; do not weep for me. If you were so
cause of his malady; and said, happy as I am, you would not weep: I will hurt nobody. O that dog!
Though I foam like a mad dog, i am not afraid to die, for nothing but it was the will of God.” can hurt me; I am safe in the arms
6. He breathed his last about one of Jesus!"
After he had began to o'clock on Tuesday morning, June read the 12th of Dr. Watts's Divine Songs,
2, aged 12 years and four inonths.”
Well Street, Hackney. G. C. “ Happy the child, whose tender years Receive instruction well,”
We cannot close this account with.
out regretling, that human life beiag unable to proceed, he desired should be so inuch exposed to this kis sister to read it; which she did; inost drcadrul malady, Surely, sezas means might be adopted to prevent the least hint that his sickncss might it.
Poor people, who can scarcely end in death. maintain their own children, must Some of Mr. Dyer's relations bekeep a dog, even when their occu- ing serious, and part of my charge, pation in life does not require one! pressed on him the necessity of faith No less than four of these animals in Christ, justification through his have been bitten in one day, within blood, renewal by the Holy Ghost, the distance of 100 yards ; and tho' &c. Bnt these things tended to prono doubt was entertained of the voke the enmity of his heart; and, fact, these people could scarcely be for a time, they suspended direct prevailed upon to kill their dogs. conversation with him on these
A rumour had circulated, that points. Evidently, and rapidly improper means had been used to wearing away, he began to fear ke shorten this poor boy's life, when might die ; and in order to obtain the malady was found to be des. certaiuty, he required from the ineperate. This report excited the at. dical gentleinan who attended him, tention of a very respectable gen- lais opinion on his case; who freely tieman, well-known for his philan-' said, it was next to impossible he thropy and steady perseverance in should recover. Like a criminal ree every good work which he advo- ceiving his death-warrant, his whole cates; and we are happy to say, ihat attention was arrested with the ques. the scrutiny ended in his entire sa- tion, What must I do to be saved?" tisfaction that it was without foun- He was now willing to listen to his dation.
relatives, on subjects before upThe character of this little boy pleasant to him; and to others also may afford an additional recoinmen- who were requested to visit him. dation to Sunday and free-Schools, One of these put into his hands two for the Education of Children : they tracts ; by which he expressed hime are part of the glory of our land. self greatly instructed. They were Many thousands now read the pre- Numbers 35 and 29, “ A Traveller cious Scriptures, who, otherwise, and Yourself,” and “ The Good Old would have lived in gross ignorance Way.” all iheir days.
It was within fourteen days of his Let the invocates of Superstition dissolution that the writer was rehoodwink the Scriptures as they quested to sec hia. Eager to hear please; but lei all who know their all I had to say, though greatly value, study by all means to diffuse worn down, he never appeared thein. Lei us admire the wisdom tired; but regretted, when times and grace displayed in the inspired were better with him, that he had so volume, That whilsi angels desire forgotten God and his ways. On to look into ihese things, a child, one occasion, he said, " Ah, sr, I a poor and otherwise an ignorant have been a gay rebellious young child, is abie, by the divine blessing, man!”
To which one of his rela. to understand the Scriptures, and tions replied, But you must rememibecome wise unto salvation, by ber, Coorge, what a situation you faith ia Christ Jesus ! “ Lord, our were then iu ;' alluding to his being Lord, how excellent is thy namel
abroad. “No excuse for tlial, Out of the mouth of babes and said he," for both пу suchlings hast thon ordained heart scre againsi God. No excuse strength, and perfected thy praise !" for that!”
He appeared to obtain so much MR. GEORGE DYER
advantage by hearing the Scriptures
read and prayer, thai al one time he Came to Woburn about August, said to this elteci : Iliave two phy, 1806, for the recevery of his health, sicians, one for the body and tbe which had been greatly impaired other for the soul (the former haywhile he was engaged in bis Majesty's ing just leit his chainber as I enservice in the Wesi Indies. Intent tered); but it I must give up one, ou restoration, he could bot bear it should be the physician for the
will and my