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MORNING.

advantages which I have reckoned above, as eth nothing, and uncircumcision nothing, but the likely to be connected with the allotment system, keeping of the commandments of thy God and our are trifling things; but small impulses, all tending God. Grant unto us the like spirit of obedience ; one way, may lead to great results.' The main that we may seek, not our own will, but his who objection which I suppose will be taken is, that to sent thee, and strive not to please ourselves, but make allotments in crowded districts is scarcely him in whose pleasure is life. practicable. Some beginning, however, has been O Lord our Savionr, even as thou didst present made at a place so crowded as Leeds; and, at any this the morning sacrifice of thy entire obedience, rate, in any future building arrangements, room and perfect it afterwards in the evening sacrifice, might be left for allotments of land, which would wherein thou becamest our passover and didst also secure many advantages with respect to the taste death for every man, even so let the grace sanatory condition of the people. It may be re- of thy Spirit overshadow us ; that we may, in marked, too, that any manufacturer, who possessed spirit and in truth, show forth thy loving-kindcottages with allotments to them, would have an ness in the morning, and thy faithfulness in the easy mode of rewarding good behaviour. Such night-season. Clothe our souls with the beauty cottages would be eagerly sought after by the men, of holiness, that we may, gather ourselves togeand might be given, in preference, to those of good ther in thine house with holy fear and reverence, character.'

and offer up unto thee our vows and supplications For much more excellent matter we beg to re- in an acceptable manner. commend this book to our readers and the public Bless us, gracions Father, bless us, and give us at large".

hearts, not only to devote ourselves wholly to thy

service, but to dedicate unto thy honour and SABBATH MEDITATIONS.

glory the children whose precious souls thou hast

committed to our charge; that, growing up in No. XXXII.

thy fear and nurture and obedience, and in the FEBRUARY 2.-QUINQUAGESIMA SUNDAY.The

love and knowledge of Jesus Christ, they may,
PRESENTATION op CuriST IN THE TEMPLE, I in the end, sleep in bim, and see and taste his
COMMONLY CALLED “The PURIFICATION of great salvation. Amen.
ST. MARY THE VIRGIN."

S. K. C.
Morning Lessons: Wisd, ix. ; Mark ii.
Evening Lessons : Wisd. xvi.; 1 Cor. xiv.

“I will pray with the Spirit, and I will pray with the under

standing also."- I Cor. xiv. 15. Gospel for the Day: “They brought him to Jerusalem, to

Meditation.-"In the catholic church it is divinely present him to the Lord.”—LUKE II. 23.

and unexceptionably delivered that no creature is to Meditation.

be worshipped by the soul. No worship is to be paiil “Lo! to thy kingdom here below

but to hiin only who is the Creator of all things” (St. We little children bring,

Augustine).
For to that kingilom such we know

“We must pray to God alone, who is God over all; The meetest offering ;

and we must pray to the Word of God, his only beThat they, in thee, may here put on

gotten, and the first boru of all his creatures; and we Thy kingdom's panoply,

inust intreat him that he, as high-priest, will present And in the path of duty run,

our prayer, when it is come unto him, to his God and Like children of the sky."

our God, and to his father and the Father of all who

WILLIAMS. rule their lives according to his holy word" (Origen). Prayer.-— Most holy and blessed Jesus, who him with a foul thought; and no sacrifice is pure by.

“ Ile that offers a pure lamb to God may dishonour by conception and birth wast alike without spot, the skin and colour, but by the heart and hand of and, knowing no sin, wast the only meet sacrifice him that presents it (Bp. J. Taylor). and oblation for us, thy erring creatures, we earnestly beseech thee, lct thy grace and Holy Spirit Prayer.-0 Lord, heavenly Father, of whom be with us, that we may offer unto thee in thy is the precious promise that to him who asks, betemple a holy sacrifice, even onrselves, our souls lieving, it shall be given, even unto him who is and bodies. 0, present us this day unto thy hea- atlıirst and comes unto thee, that thou wilt vouchvenly Father, not in the unworthiness of our poor safe him to drink of living water, look down upon and corrupted Hesh, but cleansed with thy pre- thy servant, labouring and heavy laden, and, I cious blood and clothed with thy righteousness ; beseech thee, fulfil my humble and hearty desire for thus only shall our prayers and praises find that the grace of thy Holy Spirit, the Spirit of acceptance in his sight.

prayer and supplication, may rest upon me. 0, Thou, () Christ, wast holy from thy mother's let his divine influence be a light unto my soul; womb, and didst not need that she should dedicate that it may lift itself up unto thee in holy aspirathee in the flesh unto the Lord of lords ; neither tions, and ask only such things as shall please didst thou know stain or blemish, to call for the thee. In all my spiritual sacrifices may the legal requirements of his ancient covenant; but, in blessed cross and him who gave himself for man thy wonderful humility, didst condescend to an be a sign unto me, like as was the brasen serpent earthly ordinance, that thou mightest set before us to the perishing Israelite ; and especially when the example of fulfilling all ghteousness, and wounded and stricken may I look upon it, and thereby teach us, likewise, that circumcision avail- take a good heart with me, and live. In his Since writing this we observe, with satisfaction, that the draw nigh unto thy mercy-seat, and ask : from

blessed name only dare I, thy unworthy creature, Sheffield, to be set apart for the recreation of its inhabitants ; him only proceeds all my faith and affiance in thy for a grant of ground near that populous town for a similar compassions : through him only have I hope that purpose (Ej. Lit, Gaz.)

thy loving-kindness and truth shall meet together: by him only art thou a Father near unto | demption, and the way by which alone salvation can me, not a God afar off. Yea, thon, Lord, art my be obtained. Whatever truth you exhibit, if it be posMaker: I am thy clay, and thou art my potter. sible, make that truth plain before you leave off; for Fashion and build me up, I besecch thee, wholly in Christ Jesui. Beget me anew, not of mortal! what is not understood cannot be intelligently' bebut of immortal seed; and give me power, by thy lieved or perseveringly followed. The saving power Spirit, to become thy son, by his adoption and of divine truth can only be conveyed to the heart by thy grace.

the Spirit of God; but a knowledge of the truths of Be present with me, O merciful Father, by the revealed religion is communicated to the understandself-sane Spirit, whensoever I bow down my knee ing, and impressed upon the memory through the onto thee in prayer, that he may take possession

agency of man. of my inmost thoughts; that I may draw near unto thee with my whole heart, and honour thee with the pure and free-will offering of my lips:

Poetry. for I contess, O Lord, I am not able, of myself, so much as to think a good thought, much less

THE BLIND GIRL'S HOPE. to offer thee such an oblation as thou couldest accept. Hear my cry, O Lord; for even unto I hear from thee of the setting sun, thee do I lift up mine eyes, who hast thy dwelling How he sinks in the west when the day is done; so high, and yet humblest thyself to behold the and that clouds of gold and azure float things in heaven and earth. Deal with me, that In gorgeous lustre aruund that spot. I may pray unto thee, not only with the under

I hear of those glorious things from thee, standing, but with my whole heart and soul, and re

But their radiant beauty I cannot see. ceive grace to seek first thy kingdom and its righteousness, so that I may receive also all things else And I hear thee talk of the stately trees, that be good for me, whether it be for this mortal And of meadows that wave in the summer breeze; life or for that eternity wherein the joy of thy And of birds that fly through the garden bowers, saints shall be full. This I beg for thy dear Son's and of sparkling streams, and glowing flowers ; sake, Jesus Christ, my alone Mediator and Advo- And I love to hear of those things from thee, cate. Amen.

Though earth and her treasures are hid from me. S.

And I hear thee tell of the mighty sca,

An emblem, 'tis said, of eternity !
The Cabinet.

And how proudly its awful billows roll,
SUNDAY-Sch001. TEACHING :-A faithful and And yield to none other than God's controul.
constant exhibition of fundamental doctrines will ma- And I think-what a blessed thing 'twould be,
terially assist your efforts in the class : it will tend to If those varied wonders my eyes could see !
withdraw the attention of your scholars from inferior But shrouded to me is that world of light-
objects, and thereby do much to prevent or remove No ray can illumine unvarying night!
prejudice: it will enforce, by the most influential and And vainly for me the sun may rise,
unchangeable motives, a due performance of social He sheds no beam ou these darken'd eres.
duties; and it cannot fail, by the beneficial exercise
of thought and reflection wbich it will continually de.
mand, greatly to purify and strengthen the higher

TIE BURIAL AT SEA. mental faculties. The natural depravity of the heart, The skies were dark with dusky night: and the indulgence of sinful babits, as the causes of On outstretched wing the vessel flew; present misery and destruction ; the free mercy and Upon whose deck, by lantern's light, inexhaustible love of God, as the sources of pardon and We stood-a sad and chosen few. peace; the righteousness and death of Christ and the

Hundreds were hushed below : on deck operations and gifts of the Holy Spirit, as the only

One sleeper slept more sound than they ; means by which justification and sanctification can

For there-of carly hopes the wreckhe obtained; those, with the eternal ruin of the nin

An infant, shrouded, coffined, lay. godly, and the everlasting blessedness of the righteous, are the solemn and ennobling truths which you should

A fair young child, whose spirit light faithfully and constantly exhibit to your scholars. Hlad parted on the wide, wide sea, Meditate upon these subjects in private, until your

Taken to upper worlds its Alight, heart is filled with a sense of their supreme import. From carth and all its troubles free. ancc. Present one or more of the fundamental doc

And we had met, o'er that loved child trines of the gospel every Sabbath-day, and do it as To pay our simple funeral rite, if you felt the solemn responsibility of such an em- To make its bed in waters wild, ployment.

Make the bible the founda- And breathe that babe our last“ good night!” tion of all your instructions; and, while professedly teaching the doctrines of the Christian faith, see that

We give thy body to the deep,

Sister, and fricnd of youthful years! its first principles are thoroughly upderstood : resolve

Dark is thy bed of breathless sleep : that, to the utmost of your ability, every scholar in

O'er ocean's flood rain fast our tears. your class shall clearly understand the scheme of re

• Prom“The Teacher's Companion," by R. N. Collins. • From “ Scattered Laves ;" by A. M. B. Dublin, 1844. Lordon, Houlston and Stoneman.

From “ The Church."

Sadly below the sullen wave

bey to excavate on the ruins of Carthage; and Mr. Thy lored dust sinks to its long home.

Honnegger, a clever German architect, undertook the Would that thine were a gentler grave,

superintendence. The British consul-general defrayed Where storms ne'er rock, nor billows foam ! all the expenses. The ruins of an extensive building, Would that beneath the spreading yew,

about which there are many conjectures, have been Where heaves the earth with many a mound;

laid bare. Nothing can exceed the solidity with Where pious hands fresh garlands strew,

which it was built. I believe sir Thomas endeavoured, And wild flowers deck the hallowed ground; when in England a few years ago, to establish a society Where village maids bright chaplets bring,

for carrying out his noble object; and it is to be reAnd rosy wreaths to bind each head;

gretted that his plan did not meet with that success While, morn and even, the redbreasts sing,

which it certainly deserved. At tbe foot of the hill Sweet warbling o'er the silent dead ;

at Moalka, and in the direction of the lake, are the Would that thou wert laid in gentle peace,

remains of an amphitheatre, the length of which was

300 feet by 230, and the dimensions of the area 180 Thy green grave roofed with grassy sod, Till the blest morning of release,

by 100. There are also to be seen the ruins of a small

theatre facing the sea. These, and a few more ruins, When saints shall rise and reign with God!

are the only remains of a city which was at one time I hear the sea-dirge loudly swell

the seat of commerce, the model of magnificence, the The depths lift up their voice and weep :

common store of the wealth of nations; which was Old ocean tolls his hollow knell

the rival of Rome, and which, notwithstanding the Dull ear of death! how sound thy sleep!

enormous sums it had expended during the war, conSister, farewell ! away, away

tained, when taken, so much wealth, that we are Bounds o'er the brine our fleet-winged steed:

assured Scipio collected, after it had been on fire Though time may bring a happier day,

seventeen days, and after it had been given up to the Long with this wound shall memory bleed.

pillage of his troops, objects which were valued at a

sum equal to £1,500,000.-Davis's Voice from Miscellaneous.

North Africa.

MOUNT LEBANON AND THE CEDARS.-- In the Tie Daughter of Tyre.— Though it is quite language of a prophet it may be truly said, “ Lebanon foreign to my present object to say anything respect- is bowed down." The few of these most remarkable ing the daughter of Tyre, yet I cannot help mention

trees remaining are about eight, standing on an uning a word regarding her ruins. To those who feel a

even piece of ground, are 15 feet in height, twisted togreater interest in the birth-place of Hannibal, I would

gether; and here it is a curious fact, that in place of recommend sir Granvil Temple's small, but learned spreading out their branches with a natural irregulaand interesting, publication :—“I was prepared,” | rity, they are confined into a uniform pyramidal coue says the eminent author just mentioned, " to see but

(Isaiah ii. 13). In point of striking grandeur and few vestiges of its former grandeur: it had so often

beauty, it may be truly said, they are altogether unsuffered from the devastating effects of war, that I rivalled in the vegetable kingdom, and often alluded knew many could not exist; but my heart sunk withiu to in the pastoral style of the Hebrew prophets (Kings me when, ascending one of its hills (from whose sum

xiv. 9). To break them and shake the enormous mit the eye embraces a view of the whole surrounding which the royal penman selects to express the majesty

mass in which they grow, occur among those figures country to the edge of the sea), I beheld nothing more

and power of Jehovah (Psalm xxix. 4, 5); to the full than a few scattered and shapeless masses of masonry. understanding of which, their countless number at Yes, all vestiges of the splendour and magnificence of one period, and also vast bulk, must not be lost sight the mighty city had indeed passed away, and its very

of. Again, by the planting of this tree the kingdom name is now unknown to the present inhabitants."

of Christ has been described (Ezek. xvii. 22-24). The

growth and extent of the New Testament church, and The only well-preserved constructions are the cisterns

the great increase of her converts, are further most situated under Burj.jedeed, or new fort. They form an beautifully set forth by the psalmist under this emoblong square of 449 feet in length by 116 in breadth. blem (Psalm xcii.). To this particular wood Solomon There are eighteen cisterns, each 93 feet long, 19 feet 8 gave a decided preference in forming a chariot. The inches wide, and to the summit of the vault 27 feet 6 prosperity of the righteous, again, is compared to it;

and it is further employed to denounce the judgment inches high, but only capable of containing a depth of the Almighty on the proud and high-minded (Ps. of 17 feet of water. These cisterns were supplied by xxix. 4), besides the prosperity of Christ's kingdom rain water, which, falling on the roof, was conducted (Isa. xxix. 17). Uniting so many qualities well by earthen pipes (which still exist) below. At the adapted for building, they afforded the proper mavillage Moalka there are about thirteen or fourteen

terials for the erection of the glorious temple. But, cisterns, much larger than those just mentioned ; and, about this sacred and distinguished spot points out

without going into further explanations, every object though they are now converted into dwelling places in the strongest manner the words of the inspired and stables, they are not in such good preservation as volume, namely,“ the glory of Lebanon.”-Rue Wilthos at Burj-jedeed. These were supplied with water

son'sEgypt and the Holy Land.from Zowwaan, a distance of fifty miles. The water was brought by an aqueduct, the ruins of which are London : Published for the Proprietors, by EDWARDS and

HUGHES, 12, Ave-Maria Lane, St. Paul's; J. Burxs, 17, still seen. Through the praiseworthy exertions of sir Portman Street; and to be procured, by order, of all Booksellers Thomas Reade, several grand ruius have of late been

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LANERCOST PRIORY.

ditions. Part of the structure is now used as a

farm-house, and some portion of the cemetery has The vale that descends from Naworth castle to been converted into gardens. The gate of the the ruins of the abbey of Lanercost, in Cumber- burial-ground is a fine semicircular arch. The land, is about half a mile in breadth, and between church is in the conventual form, with a low two and three in length. The sides are gentle tower, embrasured. The portal at the west en. declivities, thickly covered with wood. At the trance consists of numerous mouldings, supported bottom flows the Irthing; a short distance from by pilasters, with plain capitals and bases. Over the banks of which stand the remains of Lanercost it is a well-sculptured figure of Mary Magdalene, priory, an Augustine monastery, founded by Wil, in a recess, surrounded with a gothic canopy, liam de Vallibus in the year 1169, for a prior and apparently more modern than the rest of the monks, and dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene. It building. On the right is a diminutive figure of a was frequently visited by Edward I., and partly monk, kneeling. This part of the structure has destroyed by fire in 1296 ; but was restored, and been fitted up as a parochial church; but the continued to flourish until the dissolution, when it other parts of the building are open, and exposed was valued, according to Speed, at 791. 198. ; and to the weather. Round the whole upper part of in the time of Edward the Sixth was granted to the edifice runs a colonnade, with pointed arches, Thomas, lord Dacre. Few vestiges of the mo- supported on single pillars, which have a light and nastic buildings remain ; though originally suffi- airy appearance: most of the windows are high ciently extensive to become the residence of Ed- and narrow. In the cross-arches are several tombs ward the first, during one of his Scotch expe- l of the Howard and Dacre families, whose sculp

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tured honours are now almost obliterated : “ Their , of the heart of William, baron of Greystoke, who blazoned arms and gothic tombs, many of which died in 1359. This information I had from the are sumptuous, are so matted with briars and late Mr. Howard. He thought lord William thistles, that even the foot of curiosity is kept at a Howard was buried in the old parish church of distance.” In the church was formerly this in- Brampton (near Naworth, and now in ruins); and scription :

it was his intention to have had a slab taken out

which covered a vault in which the old lords of “ Sir Rowland Vaux, that sometime was the lord of Triermaine,

Is dead, his body clad in lead, and liys law under this stane. Gilsland were supposed to have been interred, and Evin as we, evin so was he, on earth a levan man:

(with the concurrence of the earl of Carlisle) to Evin as he, evin so maun we, for all the craft we can."

have made an examination." The principal materials for this edifice are supposed to have been obtained from the Roman wall, which passed within a short distance. “ Near the

CHRISTIAN MASTERS*. place,” says Pennant, “ are some remains about four feet high, on the brow of a hill; but in an “And yc, masters, do the same sthings unto them, forhearadjoining vale they rise to eight or ten, with very

ing threatening; knowing that your Master also is in heaven;

neither is there respect of persons with him."--Epi. vi. 9. perfect facing-stones on each side. The niddle

part is composed of small stones and mortar, flung in Paul has closed his exhortations to the servants, (probably hot) without any order : the facing in the epistle to the Colossians, with these words : stones are from ten to eighteen inches long, and Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the four inches thick.” One or two Roman inscrip- reward of the inheritance ; for ye serve the Lord tions have been found on stones built up in the Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive walls of the priory. The manuscript chronicle of for the wrong which he hath done; and there is Lanercost, deposited in the British museum, men- no respect of persons” (Col. iii. 24, 25). tions the election of a prior about the middle of It is true, and it cannot be enough reflected the fourteenth century, whose name was Thomas upon by those who are placed in high stations in de Hextoldsham; a man of such worldly conduct, the world, that before God we are all equal, that, besides the oath of canonical obedience, he all of one origin, of one sinful nature ; and alí was obliged by the bishop to make a solemn pro participate in the same mercy, the same Saviour, mise not to frequent public huntings, nor to keep and the same glory : “For all have sinned, and so large a pack of hounds as he had formerly come short of the glory of God” (Rom. iii. 23). done.

No one is great before him, and no one is little. Mr. Jefferson *, of Carlisle, in his very inte-When he contemplates our species and race, and resting account of Naworth, says. “ The chapel, then his greatness and his grace, the names, the or oratory, is situated near the library at the top titles, the honours, the purple, the gold, the of the tower, and contains several interesting throne, the crown, disappear before his eyes, remains. It was originally fitted up with plain which are as a flame of fire (Rev. i. 14), for hé wainscot, painted red, and ornamented with escal- | looketh at the heart. It is also true that, as there lop shells and cross-crosslets--armorial devices of are kings, so are there also governors, greater and the Dacres and Howards. There are also the frag- less in the world, every one by the grace of God ments of what supposed to have been the rich according to his order; and no subject should screen of the rood-loft of Lanercost priory church, look upon this grace with discontent and envy, consisting of carved ornaments of pierced work, no servant with daring, ungodly feelings. God in wood, richly painted and gilt, nailed up on the knows the thoughts, wishes, and designs of all, walls of the apartment. On the altar are several and will not suffer his government to be enfigures in white marble, about a foot in height, croached upon with impunity: submission brings sculptured in alto-relievo, and of consilerable peace, obedience a blessing, rebellion a curse. value. They represent the descent of the Holy If one station has its advantages, its splendour, Spirit; an abbess holding a sword, attending on a it has also its dangers. If the other has its subcrowned personage, falling on a sword ; Judas jection, its lowliness, it has also its security and saluting his Master with a kiss; a monk carrying its inward dignity, and bears its great tranquil in his hand a head encircled with a crown, &c. blessings in itself. He who understands and acIt is probable that they were brought from the knowledges this, will, in the quiet obedience of adjacent monastery of Lanercost, at its dissolu- his lowly situation, respect the powers that be, tion."

and will say, “ I have never in commanding, but A private communication, from Mr. Jefferson, often in serving, received peace and blessedness. contains the following statement: “Lord William Jesus, thy promises are true and great” (Matt. died at Naworth. The inquisition post-mortem, xxv. 21 ; Luke xvi. 10. ; John xii. 25). taken at Carlisle 22nd April, 18th Charles I. Those who are acquainted with the cruel cus(1642), expressly states that he died at Na- toms of heathen masters in ancient times see the ward.' Hutchinson's Cumberland erroneously says necessity of the apostle's exhortation to masters he died at Greystoke. A blue stone, under which

• From “The Christian House Tablet; an Exposition for the he was supposed to be buried, in the church of the

scriptural Rule of domestic Life." By the Rev. Theophilus latter place, was raised in complianee with the

Translated from the German, by Mrs. Clarke. wishes of the late Henry Howard, esq., of Corby it is stated in the preface," is a portion (so entitled by the

London: Wertheim. 1844. “ The Christian House-Tablet, castle, and

of the earl of Carlisle : it contained the author), of an exposition of St. Paul's epistle to the Ephesians, remains of a body, and a small leaden chest, in by Theophilus Passavant, an esteemed clergyman at Basle. The

entire work is the fruit of much learning and study, coinbined which there was some dust-probably the remains with carnest piety and devotion. The present portion has been

selected, as well for being complete in itsell, as because it is on We trust to be enabled to give, by express permission, some A subject of general interest and importance, and cannot fail, most interesting information from Mr. Jefferson's works on by God's blessing, to subserve Christian edification,” Many Cumberland, &c.

most valuable hints will be found in these pages.

Passavant.

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