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SILVIO PELLICO, AND THE BIBLE IN ITALY.

567 yo gave me no drink. Depart from me, ye caressing reproof, 'this is not a rillain book, and cursed.” We remained as barren and fruitless during the several days that I have neglected trees cumbering the Almighty's vineyard, fit to read in it, I am become much worse. My for nothing but to be hewn down and cast into singing that you have heard is only a force-put, the fire. The sin of hard-heartedness is most when your mother lets you in to see me, all

and my ill-humour, which I try to drive away severely punished, because most contrary to the

comes back when I am alone.' nature of God. “Cast ye the unprofitable servant “The little child went out, and I experienced into outer darkness”-“Forit shall come to pass, a degree of satisfaction at having got my Bible that if any one shall hear the words of this curse, again in my hands, and at having confessed and shall bless himself in his heart, saying, 1 that without it I had grown worse. shall have peace, though I walk in the sight cried I, and I was perverted! and I could even

666 And I had abandoned thee, O my God!' of mine eyes, and in the imagination of my believe that the infamous laugh of the cynic heart, the Lord will not spare that man, but his and sceptic was suited to my despairing conanger and his fury will smoke against him; and dition ! he will separate him unto evil from the midst “ These tears were a thousand times sweeter of the congregation, and utterly blot out his than my brutish joy. I saw my God again! I memory from under heaven.” Let us seek, him in degrading myself

, and I promised never

loved him! I repented that I had so insulted then, by the omnipotent grace of God, to be

more to be separated from him-never. enabled to follow Him who went about con

“ I read and wept and lamented during more tinually doing good--to let our light shine before than an hour, and arose full of confidence in men; and then when He who is our life shall the thought that God was with me, and that he appear, we shall also appear with him in glory. had pardoned my delirium. Then my misfor

tunes, the torments of the trial, the probability

of the torture, appeared to me a very little SILVIO PELLICO, AND THE BIBLE IN thing. I could rejoice in suffering, since I ITALY. might follow a sacred duty, which was,

to

obey the Saviour, in suffering with resignaMILAN was the city of one of Silvio Pellico's tion.” prisons. What a touching account he gives of There are still hearts like Silvio Pellico's in the power of the Bible over bim! The time Italy, and when the word of God comes to this is hastening, when it shall no longer be a people, it will have all the greater power for strange book in Italy, nor its doctrines hidden. having been so long kept from them. When the For six or seven days Silvio had been in a state spirit of the mouth of the Lord kindles the of doubt, prayerlessness, and almost despera- fire, it will spread among Italian hearts like a tion. Yet he sang with a pretended merri. flame in the dry grass of the prairies. Under ment, and sought to amuse himself with this fire the superstitions of Romanism would foolish pleasantries. “My Bible,” he says, “was perish. The idolatry of forms can no more covered with dust. One of the children of stand against the burning spirit of God's word, the jailer said to me one day, while caressing than the seared leaves and withered branches me, Since you have left off reading in that of the woods in autumn could stand before a villain of a book, it seems to me you are not forest conflagration. so sad as before.”” Silvio had been putting on

Frank-hearted Silvio Pellico! how many a a forced gaiety.

man has let the dust grow thick upon his Bible, “ It seems to you?" said he.

not in prison merely, but even his family “I took my Bible, brushed away the dust with Bible, even with dear children around him, and a pocket-handkerchief, and opening it at hazard, never confessed his sin, never gone back withı my eyes fell upon these words: And he said tears of contrition to that holy book, nor taught to his disciples, It is impossible but that of it in his household, nor had the light of truth fences will come, but woe to that man by whom divine, the light from heaven shining on it! the offence cometh. It were better for him How like a dungeon with false and foul that a millstone were cast about his neck, and thoughts, must every heart be, out of which he thrown into the sea, than that he should God and the dear light of his word are excludoffend one of these little ones.'

ed! Yea, though there may be laughter there, “Struck with meeting these words, I was it is like poor Silvio's false and forced deashamed that this little child should have per- spairing merriment; it is like the crackling of ceived, by the dust with which my Bible was thorns under a pot. Heavy laws are upon covered, that I read it no more, and that he such a man; and when friends depart, and he should have supposed that I had become more sees himself in prison, sees how he is in prison, sociable and pleasant by forgetting God. I even though he walks in the open air, then was completely desolate at having so scandal- there is desolation indeed.-Rev. Dr. Checcer's ized him. 'You little rogue,' said I, with a Pilgrim of the Jungfrau.

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most instinctively exclaiming, “What works THE BELIEVER'S POWER TO DO GREATER are like unto thy works!” WORKS THAN THOSE OF CHRIST. And unquestionably they were the works of

Godhead, and bore witness to the truth an" Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me,

nounced at his birth, that he was, in the strictest the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works

sense,“ the Son of the Highest.”. For they were than these shall he do; because I go to the Father."

not only performed through his instrumentality,

but by his own inherent might, as equal in The kingdom of God on earth may be said to power and glory with the Father; so that he be always in progress, but there are certain could put them on a footing with the essential periods in its history when the advances it operations of Godhead, and say, “ My Father makes are more striking and peculiar. Its worketh hitherto, and I work.” But this is not course, sometimes, at least, proceeds by grand the point of view in which our Lord is contem.' stages, which, as they successively arrive, bring plating his works in the passage before us, and such important changes into the condition of drawing a comparison between them and such its members, that men may be accounted little works as his disciples should be enabled to peror great in the kingdom, according to the posi: form. For when he speaks of similar, or even tion they occupy in respect to these. David greater works being done by them, it is not as stood nobly pre-eminent above the men of his of themselves, but through their believing upon own generation for the strength of his faith, and him, that such works were to be done ; it was the rich variety of his spiritual gifts; yet the still Christ's divine power and Godhead that Prophet Zechariah gave promise of a time when these were to display, only discovering itself even “he that is feeble should be as David.” through the agency of his believing disciples. John the Baptist, who had the singular honour And the peculiar honour conferred upon them of being the immediate forerunner of Christ in in the matter was, that as instruments of divine his office, rose on this account so far superior working, they were to be the doers of works to all who had gone before him, that Christ such as did not proceed even from Christ's declared him to be the greatest that till then own hand, during the period of his personal had been born of woman; yet not only did he ministry. feel himself so little in comparison of Christ, as But what proof can be produced that the to be unworthy to unloose the latchet of his believer on Jesus has been thus honoured! We shoe, but Christ also determined his place to learn that his immediate disciples did perform be below that of those wlio should henceforth works in considerable numbers, that might fitly be regarded as of smaller stature in the king- be called the same with his—manifesting not dom. So great a change to the better was only the same self-denying and beneficent laeffected by the personal appearance of Christ. bours for the good of men, but also the same And though Christ himself must ever have exercise of supernatural power to remedy disimmeasurably the pre-eminence above all whom ease and suffering, and occasionally even to he calls his brethren, yet so mighty a step in restore the dead to life. But if in these we advance was his kingdom to take, as to the de- find the same works, where are we to look for velopment of its powers on earth, in conse- the greater ones? What traces have earlier quence of his departure to heaven, that his or later believers been enabled to leave of disciples, he tells us, were to be enabled to such ! perform works, not only equal, but even supe- The greatness of a work must depend, either rior to his own.

upon the powerful command it wields over This last declaration, however, appears some- elements naturally stiff and intractable, or upon what more strange and startling than the others. the magnitude of the results that spring from For what works, we are naturally disposed to | it. If the person who works has been enabled ask, could properly be said to surpass, or even to master an opposing force of gigantic strength, to rival, his? Did they not bear upon them the and bend it into conformity to his own purposes, clear and manifest impress of Godhead! It or if what he does is replete with extensive and must surely have been impossible for any one, lastiug benefits, then, in either case alike, the in a spirit of humble faith, to follow Jesus along work fitly deserves to be characterized as a the path of miraculous working which he pur- great one. But, in both respects, works have sued on earth, to see him, as often as occasion often proceeded from the hands of believers required, with a word healing the sick, giving greater than those which were done during our eyes to the blind, relieving those who were Lord's personal ministry on earth. For, of all oppressed of the devil, hushing to rest the things in nature, what is so mighty in energy, boisterous winds of heaven, and even restoring and so hard to be controlled, as the will of man! to life the victims of death and the grave-it Who can turn it from its determined purpose ! must have been impossible for such an one to When it chooses (and ah! when does it fail to follow Jesus in the prosecution of this wonder choose, if left to itself, to turn away from the ful career, without feeling himself to be in the path of salvation ?) it can hold to its course presence of God manifest in the flesh, and alagainst the clearest light, the most convincing

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reason, the tenderest entreaties, the most ap- leaving behind him a harvest of spiritual good palling terrors, unmoved even by demonstra- froin among his fellow-men, such as Christ tions of power, which are moving all around it. I himself was not permitted to reap during the So was it in the days of Christ's flesh with the days of his flesh. vast multitude of the Jewish people. All The very circumstance, that Christ should nature showed its readiness to obey him, but have pointed the expectations of his disciples the hard and stubborn heart of man. Diseases to these spiritual results as the greatest things of every form gave way when he spake the to be done in the kingdom, is a sublime proof word commanding them to do so; the very de- of the heavenly bent and elevation of his mind. mons quitted their usurped possessions at his It showed how little he himself looked, and how bidding. But the beings for whose spiritual in- far he was from wishing them to look, to mere struction and everlasting welfare all this was outward doings or appearances——to what might done, remained still in their natural alienation; fill the minds of men with an idle wonder or a though he spake to them as never man spake, glaring astonishment. Things of that sort he yet they would not hear; though he stretched had already done almost to superfluity; but out his hands, they would not regard. So that with what result? He had put to silence, inwhile he proved himself by many mighty works deed, the ignorance of foolish men, and provided to be the Son of God with power, there still ample materials for an humble faith to rest was a region, the higher region of mind, which upon; but that faith itself, where was it to be no demonstration of power, then given, seemed found? The conquest of souls, for which alone able to reach; when he went about doing good, he had come into the world, was yet to be yet immensely the highest kind of good, the made; he had yet to show that the higher regeneration of souls to God, had scarcely be- region of mind was as much under his control gun to show itself. The whole result of his as the lower region of matter. And this, he ministrations, in this point of view, was a small gave his disciples to understand, he would do and feeble band of followers, themselves but through their instrumentality, and specially by half enlightened in the truth, and utterly in. endowing them with those gifts of grace which capable of enlightening and converting others. should enable them to work directly upon the

Such being undoubtedly the position of soul, and lead sinners to the knowledge of salChrist's cause on earth, at the time of his de- vation. The more, therefore, they possessed of parture, had it not been truly of divine origin, this direct sway over the minds and consciences and connected with other powers than those of of men, the less should they plainly need of a this world, it must inevitably have gone back- supernatural power to perform wonders on the wards and soon vanished into nothing. But outward elements and operations of nature. how different an appearance does everything For, when the kingdom began to wield those concerning it immediately present? The little purely spiritual influences, it no longer needed flock, whom he left behind, so ignorant, faint- the help of what may be called the grosser, the hearted, and forlorn, become presently enlight- more outward and carnal, means of working. ened in the whole mysteries of redemption, and It rose then to a higher sphere of action. It enabled to speak the word of truth, not only made itself known as emphatically a kingdom without fear, but with such astonishing success within men—not, therefore, coming with obalso, that the hearts of multitudes bowed under servation, but silently establishing itself in the their teaching, and thousands of converted sin region of the inner man, and bringiug all these ners flowed into the kingdom. As far as the under the powers of the world to come. And end is above the means, and the recovery of though the first disciples of Christ, having to lost souls to the favour and image of God is give the world a substantial proof of their divine both a more difficult and a more blessed work commission, and of the reality of Christ's exalthan any change effected to the better upon the tation, did require to do some works the same members of a diseased body or the disordered in kind with those he himself had done; yet elements of nature, so far did the works per- it was chiefly by their capacity for doing the formed by Christ's believing disciples surpass greater works referred to, that the kingdom was those performed by himself in the kingdom. to grow and prosper in the world. That Popery Nor was it then only that such greater works should be so incessantly calling to its aid exterwere to be done. The promise is for all times nal wonders, and holding these rp as her greater and places. He who believes on Christ, and works for accomplishing the world's conversion, has the gifts necessary for using aright the only proves how thoroughly ignorant she is of means placed at his command (which must, of the true genius of the Gospel, and how much course, be understood), may count upon a kind more she delights to work with the lower and measure of success to his spiritual labours, than with the higher elements of power. The which his Master sought for in vain. And there proper season for such wonders was the day of is not, perhaps, an individual who, since the small things, when as yet Christianity was commencement of the Gospel, has brought to struggling for an outstanding existence in the the work of the ministry anything like Christ's world. But when resorted to after this had faith and love, zeal and devotedness, without been attained, and its greater works have had time to develop themselves, as they are then for his efficient working; And hence, too, manifestly out of place, so they cannot be of from the very nature of the case, it is the inGod—they must be lying wonders. Hence it ward field of mind, not the outward field of is that the Man of Sin finds his only coadjutors matter, which is the proper scene of the Spirit's in this field the wildest fanatics, who have operations; he is the noblest instrument of the sometimes, in the fever of spiritual intoxication, and the doer of the greatest works, tried to produce such wonders, while all en- whose success is largest in removing the mounlightened and sober-minded Christians are at tains, not of sense, but of ignorance, unbelief, one in the conviction, that it is through other and corruption; and if replenished with power and higher weapons, that the Gospel is to win for the performance of such works, he would,!! its triumphs over the ignorance and wickedness comparatively, be going back to weak and beg. of men.

garly elements, were he to have recourse to But are we quite sure that our Lord, when natural wonders, instead of wielding that ethespeaking of the greater works which his dis- real armoury of the Spirit, which alone is ciples had to do, had respect to the divine mighty to the pulling down of strongholds, and power which was henceforth to accompany the the building up of souls in righteousness. preaching of the Gospel, and the blessed effects Let the Church, then, know where her real that were to grow out of it? We may cer- strength lies, and by what kind of working it tainly conclude this from the reason he assigns is that she is to advance the interests of the for what was to take place : “Because I go to kingdom. Everything iu a manner depends, my Father.” In what respect was his going as to the great objects she should aim at, on thither to bear on the affairs of his kingdom? the presence or absence of the Spirit. The In this respect especially, that he was to get first care of all her members should be to act “ the promise of the Father”—the gift of the so as to secure that his grace shall not be reSpirit, whose power and presence were to be of strained, but flow freely forth in connection such mighty and blessed efficacy in the Church, with the ordinances of divine appointment. that he could even say to his sorrowing dis- And the kind of weapons they are to employ, ciples, “ It is expedient for you that I go away; as the fittest in his hands for carrying forward for if I go not away, the Comforter will not the work of the kingdom, are not such as may come unto you; but if I depart I will send him strike the outward senses, but those which unto you.” And as the sending of this Com- tend to bring light and conviction to the inner forter-sending him in another manner than man of the heart. But with such large enhe had ever been sent before, with a fulness of couragement as this promise affords for success, blessing and a largeness of power hitherto un- as well as diligence, in these peculiar works of known in the Church-as this was the imme- the kingdom, why, it may be asked, is so little, diate purpose in the dispensation of the king comparatively achieved? Why, for the most dom for which Christ went to the Father; so part, do we see so few of “the greater works,” the advantages he gave them reason to expect which Christ pledged to his people the power from this descent of the Spirit were entirely of of performing at many periods, and in many the kind already described. The Spirit was to different fields of labour, the promise has since come that he might lead them, and enable then been gloriously fulfilled; but why not them to lead others, into all truth-that he always and everywhere? Is not Christ still might glorify Christ by taking of his things with the Father, ready to send the Spirit as he and showing these to them—that he might may be required; and the Spirit himself ever convince the world of sin, righteousness, and disposed to glorify the Son by showing his judgment. In short, the proper sphere, as all things to the souls of men ? Such, unquestionScripture testifies, of this Spirit's influence and ably, is the case; and, therefore, the failure, in operations is the soul; to enlighten its under- so far as it manifests itself, must be traced to standing, to renew its will, to establish it in the Church herself—to her carnality in cherish-, the life and blessedness of God, and endow it ing within her bosom the works which grieve with a fitness for all spiritual services in his the Spirit or, her lack of faith in laying hold kingdom : this is the purpose for which the of the word of promise concerning his gifts of Spirit was to come and work there; and the grace, or her languor of desire and remissness materials with which he was to work were the of prayer in seeking their bestowal. “O thou things furnished to bis hand by the perfected that art named the house of Jacob, is the redemption of Christ; so that he should have no Spirit of the Lord straitened ?" or is the Lord separate interest to drive, no independent work “ slack concerning his promise!"_“Be not of his own to prosecute, but only to take up and faithless, but believing." "Arise, call upon the carry forward the work of Christ by bringing name of the Lord; plead with him that he may it homne in living power to the experience of verify his own word; and “ give him no rest each individual. Hence, the Spirit could not till he establish, and make Jerusalem a praise be fully given, the dispensation of the Spirit in the earth.” could not properly commence, till Christ was

P. F. glorified; for then only were all things ready Salton,

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THE LOST.

population to whom “the great Mr. Lauchlan

is not more or less known as a godly though (From the New England Puritan.)

eccentric divine; but it is within the district of DURING the administration of the Lord's supper, Wester Ross-among the hills where he was and while the pastor was in the midst of a powerful born and lived, and laboured and died - that appeal to the unawakened, the bellman was heard in the savour of his name is sweetest, and that the street. The minister paused, as the description the recollection of his weighty words and deeds of a youthful fugitive was given in clear tones by the is most vividly preserved. "I have no doubt crier; and then, seizing the thought, he exclaimed: that were a properly qualified person to devote “A child is lost ! A child is lost! What if some at himself for a few weeks to the task, during a tending angel, witnessing this communion season, personal residence in Ross-shire, he might easily and wondering at the rejection of the Saviour by the expiscate from the Gaelic-people anecdotes suffiproud heart, should now give audible testimony of cient for the compilation of a most interesting his grief, and, beholding some sinner here making volume. From the numerous traditions which his election for a hopeless eternity, should startle us I have heard respecting “Mr. Lauchlan,” I give with the cry, A soul is lost! A soul is lost!"

the following, on the authority of a late emi.

nently godly minister in Ross, who was an eye. Why on our holy service steals

witness of the principal scenes, but has since Alarum of the bell?

been taken to join his brother, to rejoice in his A child is lost !—that cry reveals

glory, and to share his reward. The agony too well.

Not far from the manse of Lochcarron, there A child is lost! and with the blow

lived a wicked old sinner, who was supposed to A father's heart is stirred;

have been guilty of every crime forbidden in The mother—who may scan her woe? the decalogue, except murder. Owing to her Felt, but unknown to word !

masculine dimensions, this woman was com

monly known by the name of “Muckle Kate.” A child is lost! and ready feet

“She was an ill-looking woman,” Mr. Lauchlan To seek and save are out,

“ without any beauty in the sight And lane, and court, and crowded street,

of God or man." It is not surprising to hear Are searched with call and shout.

that such a character never entered a church, The gen'rous toil is not in vain;

and that every effort on the part of the Success succeeds alarms

minister failed in inducing her to give even The little fugitive again

an occasional attendance at the house of God. Has bless'd its mother's arms.

Plan after plan was tried, but in vain; entrea

ties, tears, innumerable visits, and appeals to And, for this wanderer, speechless fears

her conscience almost without end, all failed to Were felt, that mocked control;

move the heart of one who seemed to have And for its loss fell heavy tears

reached that fearful point spoken of by the What if it were a soul !

apostle, when he declares respecting those A soul, for whom no 'larum rings,

who have been wholly given over by the Spirit, Kind rescuing to call

that they “ cannot cease from sin.” At length, For whose redemption never springs

“Mr. Lauchlan” adopted a plan which could Hope, that yet comes to all !

have occurred only to an original and eccen

tric mind, but which sets before us in the Oh, smote but now the startled ear

strongest light the intense desire of the deAs smites that warning bell,

voted minister to save an immortal soul. One note of the despairing fear

It was customary among the Highlanders, That fills the vault of hell

during the last century, to assemble at nightTo seek, who would not quickly fly?

fall in each other's houses, and spend the long What realms would not be cross'd

winter evenings in singing the wild old Gaelic Urged by the lamentable cry,

melodies, and relating to each other the legend“ A soul, a soul is lost /"

ary stories of the district. This practice is not

yet extinct in some parts of the country, though, “MUCKLE KATE."

like most of the other old Highland customs, it

is gradually wearing away. The women brought A TRADITION OF LOCACARROX.

along with them each her distaff and spindle,

while the men were sometimes employed in BY THE REV, T. M. FRASER, YESTER. mending their brogues, or weaving baskets and The name of Mr. Lauchlan M‘Kenzie, the emi- creels. This is called “ going on kailie,nent minister of Lochcarron, though little Kate used to devote herself to the practice with known in the south, is pregnant with spiritual all the eagerness of an old gossip. interest among the Highlanders of Ross. Well acquainted with Kate's evening habits Throughout the four northern counties, indeed,

+ I give the word as an English reader there are very few of the Gaelic-speaking The true spelling, however, I understand,

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