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discharge of our high office, we must and in all committing our ways to expect difficulties and trials from day our Father and our God, pledged to to day, we be found faithful, patient, direct and bless his servants in the learning what the will of the Lord is; path of duty.
ARCHBISHOP OF ARMAGH'S CHARGE,
We strongly recommend to our readers the Primate of Ireland's admirable
Charge, just delivered. It contains a lucid and faithful representation of the present condition of the Irish Church, with which the friends of the Church of England cannot, at the present time, be too well acquainted. We are only able to give our readers the conclusion of the Charge at pre
sent, but we hope to refer to it more largely hereafter. Ат my
advanced time of life, it may ment, called upon the Sovereign to not be given to me to see the day when promise to preserve “inviolably” the the perils that surround the Irish * settlement” of the “united Church” Church shall have disappeared, and -to the people of England we natuthe beams of temporal prosperity rally look for effectual aid in guarding shine once more upon it. The clouds the interests of that Church which that now overhang and darken its they have thus pledged themselves to worldly prospects may not be dis- uphold. And, at the same time, we persed before my eyes are closed in owe it to the people of England to death; but, if it should be so, I shall, remove the deceptions which are nevertheless, bless God that the practised upon them by those eneChurch which I leave in earthly mies of our Church who circulate troubles and adversity, is in state of misstatements respecting it, and who spiritual health, and life, and order, seek to make it appear undeserving aud devotedness, such as, I believe, of their succour.
It is due to them, never adorned it in
on our part, to show that this Church, of its history. These are favours be- which is a part of theirs, is not the stowed upon it by God's mercy and corrupt mass of abuses—is not the goodness. These are blessings which “ badand “mischievous institution” are not in the power of states to give which those who are labouring to or take away. They are of higher effect its downfall represent it to be; value and nobler worth than any but that it is, in truth, worthy of their worldly prosperity. And is it when protection, their sympathy, and their our Church is thus improved, that support. But we must not rely on an our brethren in England will allow it arm of flesh,” though it is our to be overthrown? To them we have wisdom to appeal to those whose duty a right to look for sympathy, for en- it is to render us aid. couragement, and for aid.
One in standeth in the name of the Lord.” doctrine, discipline, government, and To Him we are to look as able to worship, the Churches of England and
preserve us- “ who hath delivered Ireland were united together, and, as us, and doth deliver-in whom we we were led to believe, united indis- trust that He will yet deliver us.” solubly and for ever at the period of Our prayer must be made unto Him; the union of the kingdoms. To the and, although we would endeavour to people of England, who, when our vindicate our Church in the sight of legislature was incorporated with men, from aspersions unjustly cast theirs, entered into a solemn treaty upon it; yet when we draw near to with us to preserve our Church as God to offer our supplications to the Established Church of the coun- Him, we must humble ourselves betry; and who, as a further security fore Him, ever acknowledging our for the permanence of that establish- unprofitableness in his sight, our
failures in performance of our duties
our sinfulness our unworthiness. On His mercy we must cast ourselves, relying only on the intercession of our Saviour to obtain his forgiveness and blessing. Let us, then, lift up our hearts with our hands to Him that dwelleth in the heavens, and say,
“O Lord, we beseech thee, let thy continual pity cleanse and defend thy church; and because it cannot continue in safety without thy succour, preserve it evermore by thy help and goodness, through Jesus Christ our Lord.—Amen.”
LETTERS TO THE WIFE OF A YOUNG CLERGYMAN.
that we must soon grow weary in
well-doing ; because trusting to our MY DEAR YOUNG FRIEND - You
own strength, our support is gone. have, I trust, long known the privilege Is not this the real cause why so of access to a throne of grace for your
many young persons engage in a own personal wants, and I doubt not
work like yours with much zeal and that you will now feel its increasing apparent
devotedness, which gradually value in all your parochial employ
decreases, as the novelty of the emments.
ployment lessens, or their family cares PRAYER has been justly called the
perplex them? I would not for a “ Christian's breath," and it has also
moment wish you to neglect home been said, that a “breathless state is a
duties, nor substitute others in their lifeless one.” As it respects our spi
ace; on the contrary, I hope to ritual enemies, it may be added that point out a way in which, by them, “Restraining prayer, we cease to fight;".
the best interests of your flock, and
the glory of your God and Saviour, and that the vigour of all our duties may be most efficiently promoted. depends upon the earnestness and But the few hints which I wish to frequency with which we plead for give on this subject, will be better divine aid. Every thoughtful mind introduced in another part of our must be struck with the wisdom and correspondence. Remember, that unlove which has adapted all the ordi- der all circumstances, the growing nances of grace to the constitution of spirituality of your mind, will be our original nature, as well as to the manifested by the increasing interest wants of our fallen state. In this, as which you take in
your in many other ways, has God shewn
sphere of labour. This can only be us, that “He knoweth our frame, he secured by much earnest prayer. You remembereth that we are but dust.” will invariably find, that the most You will never want subjects for efficient labourers in the Lord's vineprayer,
your own heart be kept alive yard have been those whose interto the great importance of your work. course with God in prayer has been You must, therefore, first plead for a the most constant. If your stated large supply of the Holy Spirit's seasons are more limited than they influence, that your spirituality may formerly were, let your ejaculations be maintained and increased, not- be proportionably increased. Who withstanding all the deadening effects might have pleaded public duties as of daily employment, even in the interfering with spiritual communion cause of God. You will soon find more than Nehemiah? But he shows one of your great enemy's devices to us most strikingly how this difficulty be, that you should mistake working may be overcome. for God, for working with God; and If
have not read the “ Letters when he can effect this, he well knows of Miss Ellen Plumptre," you will, I
every part of
think, find them truly valuable, as I cannot now enter into other subshowing you how great spiritualityjects which you are peculiarly called of mind may be maintained in the upon to remember, but I must add midst of the most indefatigable ex- one essential benefit, which
will ertions in the cause of God; and this derive from much secret prayer : it is secret you will discover in the Intro- the support and increase of
faith. duction, which tells us, that “when in It is through this channel that God tolerable health, at least three hours usually maintains the life of faith in each day were given to prayer and the souls of belivers. And if benesearching the Scriptures" in her own volence of feeling be so essential to room; and by early rising, and strict counteract the many disappointments method and punctuality, she found which you must expect, surely faith time for this as well as her many
other is equally needful to realize the “subavocations. This she spoke of as stance of things hoped for," and to be “God's time;" and any interruption the “evidence of things not seen.” would have been met with the obser- The apostle describes the man who is vation, “should a man rob God?" not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of In addition to the benefit which you the work, as blessed in his deed." will derive from much communion (James i. 26.) Why have we not with God, in supporting your spiritu- more of this enjoyment ? The same ality of mind for your work, you will apostle would reply, “ye have not, find that nothing else so increases because ye ask not.” (iv. 2.) Did we that benevolence of feeling, which is ask for more faith, we should have not less needful to stimulate your ex- far more enjoyment in our work, and ertions when every thing around, and be much less discouraged by disapeven within, tends to lessen them: so pointment. Our hope as well as our greatly is this effect produced, that faith being in God, we could at all although we do not now expect the times rejoice in him; (Phil. iv. 4.) and miraculous shining of the face, as in we should then find the “joy of the the case of Moses (Ex. xxxiv. 29.), Lord to be our strength” for increasyet we may generally observe the ing devotedness. May this be your most benevolent expression of coun- daily experience, and you will then tenance, and consequently the most enter into the meaning of Moses, happy one, in those Christians who when he speaks of “the days of cultivate the closest communion with heaven upon the earth.” (Dan, xi. 21.) their God. This was strikingly manifested in the case to which I have
Your attached friend, alluded; and it is equally so in many who carry out the same principle in Bristol, Sept. 10th, 1845. ejaculatory intercession.
ON MEDITATION AND PRAYER.
MEDITATION and prayer are like the spies that went to search the land of Canaan ; the one views and the other cuts down; and both bring home a taste of the fairest and sweetest fruits of heaven. Meditation, like the eye, views our mercies; and prayer, like the hand, reaches them in; or, meditation is like one that goeth abroad to gather what we want; and prayer, like a ship, brings in what we desire.
It is my misery that I cannot be so perfect as not to want; but it is my mercy that I cannot be so miserable as not to be supplied. Meditation cannot findout a real want, but prayer will bring it an answer of comfort. Lord ! if
mercy be so free, I will never be poor, but I will meditate to know it; never know it, but I will pray thee to supply it; and yet not rest till thou shalt do more for me than I am able to ask or think.
PROTESTANT MINSTRELSY.-No. X.
WARRIORS.—THE MONK OF ERFURT. EARTH is not hasty to forget And stooping from unclouded skies, Her valiant sons of yore;
God's Spirit with him spake. In many a grey old church are set The shield and sword they bore. He heard, and in the holiest place
His Master's house within ; Half hidden in a gorgeous gloom, He turned, and he beheld the face She keeps their ashes cold;
Of the false man of sin.
the tomb, As misers look on gold.
The house without was fair and white,
But dead men's bones were there, In many a quaint, chivalric scroll Unseen by the dim taper's light
Their mighty deeds are writ; Through clouds of incense rare. And, even yet, the hearkening soul By such old words is lit.
He gazed, and then he lifted high
His newly kindled lamp; What did they ? For their king and He gazed, and then he raised a cry land,
Of “ treason" in the camp.
Echoed the bondman's voice;
It made the rooted mountains thrill, And shuddered not to hear the cry The lowly vales rejoice.
Of babes and women pale, Shut in, betwixt dark walls and high, But who shall say how fierce the pain Till bread began to fail.
Ere Luther boldly rose,
Despising life, despising gain, So wrought they; and their work has To slay his Master's foes ?
life, Through many a minstrel's skill; And who shall say how many a night, Such were they; whom a world of When he was bowed in prayer, strife
There came an angel, clothed in light, Delights to honour still.
And bade him yet beware
Review of Books.
THE TRUE CHURCH, as Scripturally shown in FOUR LETTERS,
from a MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND to two Ladies, who had left her Communion, and joined with the Plymouth Brethren. By A LAYMAN. London: Royston and Brown, Old Broad Street. Perris,
Liverpool. The great enemy of souls has not There is something so insidious in been the least successful in his mys- the system of the Plymouth Brethren, terious influences as an angel of light. that we had need to take care that we And what a fearful thought it is that are not ignorant of its devices. In doceven under the abandonment of dark- trinal points we believe that they are ness, and the allowance of the light generally sound and scriptural. Then of truth, yea, and pressing withal they aim at what all faithful Chrishigh and spiritual and evangelical tians are coveting and longing after, sentiments, Šatan can succeed in lay- namely, entire deadness and indiffering waste God's heritage, and effect ence to the world, simplicity in the his ruinous purposes by dividing and whole system of living, practical, exscattering the flock. There is no tensive, brotherly love. Who does new thing under the sun. Tares not mourn over the lamentable want sprang up amongst the wheat in the of all this in the Christian Church, earliest ages of Christianity. Luther and who is not ready to catch at anyand the other reformers had to con- thing and everything which professes tend with the fiery and radical Ana- to effect it? And with such pretenbaptists; and thus, while demolishing sions, can we wonder that many a what was of man, they had to begin faithful soul should be entrapped, and to combat those who were demolish- resolve to make any sacrifice in order ing that which was of God. The to have greater facilities for living a same peculiarity appears in our days; simple, loving, self-denying, heavenly and our position is only that of our life? A Christian, really anxious to fathers in the faith. Now it is a cer- do God's will, is ready to adopt any tain mark that an opinion is not ac- scheme which promises to help him cording to the truth, when its follow- out of his difficulties, and to afford ers, instead of seeking to convert to advantages for a life of faith. And Christ the worldly, the superstitious, thus many are entrapped. But, to infidels and idolaters, throw them- say nothing of other errors of the
sysselves into fields where there are tem of Plymouthism, its radical dealready men of God, and seek to con- fect is sufficiently detected in the vert Christians to their own peculiar exclusiveness which characterizes it, views. This is what the Irvingites and in the bitter acrimony and randid in their day, what the Plymouth cour which the brethren maintain brethren do at present, and what towards all who differ from them. other sects do, which are founded on Overturn, overturn, is the watchword some human and particular scheme. of the party. They live in the very This is very natural. All Christians, element of destruction. “ Down with for whom Christ is above all, will go it, down with it, even to the ground," among Papists or among Pagans, to is their language towards all who convert the unconverted; but as to differ from them; and the brotherly the teachers of all sects of errorists, love of which they boast is only a Papists, Irvingites, Plymouthists, love for those of their own commutheir principal affair is to convert nion. Yet, withal, you may be in Christians-to themselves. Thus, their company for hours, and never while the Missionary Society of Lon- discover the cloven foot. There may don sees Popery assail Otaheite, we see be the exhibition of everything that is our Church assailed by Plymouthism. lovely and of good report, everything