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All was calm in a moment—and soon was I rushing
To worship in awe where that blessed cross stood;
How I long'd to be wash'd in my Saviour's blood!
That Wisdom is found in our clinging to God;
THE AUTHOR OF “VERSES BY A Poor Man."
THE ROMISH MISSION.
(For the Christian Guardian.)
For a land that is far away,
In the tufts of the palm trees play.
They are priests of Christ, wlio would plough the wave,
Where the waters are dim and cold ;
That are far from their guarded fold.
Where the fanes are dread, as a tiger's den,
Where they carve them the forest trees; And the shapeless idols are lords of men;
Will they rest from the troubled seas ?
Are they bound for shores that in fair Cathay
Have been printed by Christian feet ;
But the brambles have choked the wheat ?
Where the fields are white, where the fields are void,
And the husbandmen faint and worn, In the hidden vales, on the mountain side,
Will they garner their master's corn?
heed awhile, and a cry shall come From the blood of the newly slain, On the winds of heaven, o'er the ocean foam,
Sullen answers of grief and pain.
It is not to havens of fair Cathay,
Where their brethren have gone before;
And the foot-prints are seen no more.
It is not to thickets of briar and thorn
That they haste with the branch of life;
They will scatter the seeds of strife,
In a pleasant isle, that hath long been sown,
That hath budded in Christian eyes, Shall the Rose of Eden be trampled down,
When the seeds from the furrows rise.
They have ploughed the seas, they have furled the sail,
In the haven so far away;
And, alas ! for the evil day!
CERTAINLY the value of books is not mily; but at the close of the first proportioned to their magnitude :- year he found that the Lord had proshere is a little work, within the reach pered him far beyond his expectaof all for the matter of a few pence, tions. This, instead of elating, had which is better calculated to elu- the effect of humbling him. He cidate, and exemplify, and enforce thought that God was trying him by the genuine and healthful spirit prosperity. At the close of the of practical Christianity, than all the second year he found that he had dusty folios on the student's shelves ; been still more prosperous, and the yes, and to allure men into a life of effect on his mind was similar. The Christian devotedness, by the evi- same was also the case at the end of dence of its present luxury as well as
the third year,
This was a good future reward.
sign: it showed that he had a tender We hope that all our readers will conscience. He thought of God in possess themselves of a copy of the
his prosperity, and had an increasing Religious Tradesman. The narrative sense of his own unworthiness and so strikingly illustrates all that we responsibility. have said in our preceding article on Though deeply engaged in busi“ The Spirit of Benevolence,” that ness, he was constantly devising new without further comment, we shall ways of doing good.
He felt a lively proceed to give our readers copious interest in sabbath schools. One extracts.
season, he engaged with some others Norman Smith was born in Ame
in establishing a sabbath school to rica, in 1800. “He commenced bu- teach adult foreigners to read. Anosiness with capital advanced by his ther season, he walked from two to father, which his success soon enabled three miles on sabbath mornings to him to repay. He did not expect to sustain a sabbath school in a destido much more than support his fa- tute district. He often visited the poor-house, to converse with and in- that needeth. It is, therefore, my struct its inmates.
purpose to engage in my business “ In the early part of 1829, he had that I may serve God in it, and with great doubt whether it was not his the expectation of getting to give.' duty to relinquish his business, in “ From that time it was observed part at least, that he might have more by all who knew him, that he made time to do good. At that time he rapid progress in religion. There called to converse on this subject with was a fervour and engagedness of the writer. He said, 'that he found spirit, a purity and elevation of aim, his business engrossed too much of that could not be misunderstood or his time and attention : he wished to concealed. He rose toward heaven be in a situation more favourable for like the lark of the morning; his the cultivation of personal religion business was kept in its proper and doing good to others; and as he place, subordinate to the high purhad acquired property enough for pose of serving God; and he found himself and family, he felt a desire to his path henceforward plain and unretire, that he might enjoy more quiet obstructed. and leisure. In reply it was said to “ One subject seemed to engross him—The Lord has plainly indicated his mind, that of doing good ; and how you are to glorify him in the much good did God enable him to world. He has greatly prospered you do. Besides many large donations in your business; the channels of made in aid of various objects prewealth are open, and their streams vious to his death, he bequeathed at are flowing in upon you, and it would his decease nearly thirty thousand be wrong for you to obstruct or dollars (£6,250) to the various benediminish them. Let them rather flow volent societies of the day. The wider and deeper. Only resolve that amount designated for these societies you will pursue your business from a in his will was thirteen thousand two sense of duty, and use all that God hundred dollars (£2,750). But they may give you for his glory and the were also made residuary legatees of good of your fellow men; and your property which he would have disbusiness, like reading the Bible or tributed while living, had it been worship on the sabbath, will be to you practicable, without loss, to withdraw a means of grace; instead of hinder- it from his business. To a brother, ing, it will help you in the divine life, on his dying bed, he said—Do good and greatly increase your means of
substance while living, and usefulness. The effect of the conver- as you have opportunity; otherwise, sation was not known at the time, but when you come to die you will be at from an entry made in a journal a loss to know what distribution it is which he began to keep about that best you should make of it. The period, it appears that the purpose
trouble and care of such a distribuwas then formed to continue his busi- tion in a dying hour, I think, should ness, and to conduct it on the prin- be avoided by every Christian, by ciples recommended.
disposing of his property, while in life The Lord,' he remarks. ‘has and health, as the Lord should prosmade the path of duty plain before per him, and present opportunities of
For a year I have been in much doing good.' Sound advice. Strange doubt as to the duty of continuing that many Christians should hold my present business. My mind has with such tenacity their property till become settled; I have determined death approaches, and then, as if to to continue it, and trust it is not in snatch it from the hands of the pale order to grow rich. I dare not be messenger, give it in their last will to rich. I would not be rich. “They be distributed when they are gone." that will be rich fall into tempta
“ In personal and domestic expention,” &c. I believe the Lord has led diture he studied Christian economy. me and inclined me to pursue my
While he denied himself no reasonbusiness, not to increase in riches, able comfort, it was his habit to conbut that I may have to give to him sider what things he might dispense
with, that he might have the more to give for charitable purposes. Modest and unassuming in his natural character, he thought it not consistent with the simplicity of the Gospel, for one professing godliness to follow the customs and fashions of the world. While others were enlarging their expenditure, he studied retrenchment in all things. As an example—the house in which he lived would not have been thought extravagant, considering his means; but he felt that his influence as a Christian would be impaired, if he should be suspected of imitating the extravagance into which multitudes have been allured by prosperity. This led him to the determination to sell his house, and for some time previous to his death he held it at the disposal of Providence, using it, while in his hands, for entertaining God's servants and for religious meetings.
Though kind and amiable in his disposition, he was not naturally disposed to be liberal or free in the use of property. When he set out in the world, it was with the purpose to be rich. But grace opened his heart, and taught him that the only valuable use of money is to do good with it; a lesson which he emphatically exemplified in practice, and which made him an instrument of good, the extent of which can never be known till it is revealed at the last day."
And yet amidst all, Mr. Smith's humility was most striking. The following is an extract from his diary :
“ Nov. 11, 1830. — This is my birth-day; thirty years of my life are spent—it is a solemn thought. It seems as if almost all of it had been worse than wasted. In looking back upon the sins of my childhood and youth, and since I became of agehow vast is their magnitude! Those that I can bring to mind should overwhelm me:
but how few can I remember! Oh, what will be exhibited in the great day! Lord, wash them all away. May they not rise up in judgment to condemn me. My sins of omission, how great! How little Christian light have I exhibited ! Oh! that I might begin to live to Christ. He says to his followers
‘Ye are the light of the world. If all Christians were like me, how dark indeed would be this world! The Christian's light should be on a candlestick, to give light to all that are in the house. Let your light so shine,' &c. Resolved, by the grace of God, to live wholly to Him.""
And a short time before his death he said, he “feared that at the judgment-day it would be found he had not done enough for the poor. It was not enough that we should attend to the wants that come to our knowledge, we must look them out.'
The end of this Christian man was peace,
“ he seemed to have caught a vision of the glories of heaven; saying, when his utterance had almos ceased — Home-home-I see the New Jerusalem—They praise Himthey praise Him.
“ He clasped his hands, and while apparently engaged in prayer, breathed his last, and his soul ascended to the bosom of his Saviour and his God, on the morning of Friday, Oct. 25, 1833, at the age of 33."
The writer proceeds to give some valuable observations on this memoir, from which we must make some brief extracts. And, first, he observes that
“ 1. The great secret of a useful life is a humble devoted piety. It was this, kept alive and active by much prayer in private, and daily walking with God, that made Mr. Smith so fruitful in good devices, and studious of opportunities to be useful. This gave him tenderness of spirit, and a benevolent concern for the good of others; directed him in the use and distribution of his property; gave fervour and efficacy to his prayers; and enabled him to exert a decided Christian influence wherever he was, and in whatever he was engaged. Let this example be imitated by Christians, who, like him, are called to engage in the toils and business of life. It is not leisure, or talents, or learning, or elevated station, which a Christian so much needs to enable him to be useful, as a spirit of living, active piety,
With such a spirit, a Christian who has one talent, can do more than he who has ten, without it.