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God, with whom he has long conversed and walked in this world ; whose visits have been sweet and frequent, with whom the soul hath contracted so intimate acquaintance; to whom he has committed all his affairs, and still found him a faithful God, and now has no reason to doubt, but that he shall find him so in his last conflict and exigence also !

One is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. MATT. xxiii. 8.

The true church of Christ consists of members of all visible churches, who in the sincerity of their hearts are endeavouring to know and to perform the will of God. These will be finally accepted, whatever denomination they may have borne among men, and will, in a glorified state, form part of that company which no man can number, gathered from every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, which the evangelist John, in the vision of God, saw surrounding the throne, and uniting in the UNIVERSAL HALLELUJAH.


(From "Songs of Zion.")

Hail to the Lord's anointed !

Great David's greater Son;
Hail, in the time appointed,

His reign on earth begun !
He comes to break oppression,

To let the captive free;
To take away transgression,

And rule in equity.

He comes with succour speedy,

To those who suffer wrong, To help the poor and needy,

And bid the weak be strong; To give them songs for sighing,

Their darkness turn to light, Whose souls condemn'd and dying,

Were precious in his sight.

By such shall He be feared,

While sun and moon endure, Belov’d, obey'd, revered;

For He shall judge the poor, Through changing generations,

With justice, mercy, truth, While stars maintain their stations,

Or moons renew their youth.

He shall come down, like showers

Upon the fruitful earth,
And love, joy, hope, like flowers,

Spring in his path to birth :
Before Him, on the mountains,

Shall Peace the herald go; And righteousness in fountains,

From hill to valley flow.

Arabia's desert-ranger,

To Him shall bow the knee; The Ethiopian stranger

His glory come to see; With offerings of devotion,

Ships from the isles shall meet, To pour

the wealth of ocean In tribute at his feet.

Kings shall fall down before Him,

And gold and incense bring; All nations shall adore Him,

His praise all people sing ; For He shall have dominion

O’er river, sea, and shore, Far as the eagle's pinion,

Or dove's light wing can soar.

For Him shall prayer unceasing,

And daily vows, ascend;
His kingdom still increasing,

A kingdom without end :
The mountain-dews shall nourish

A seed in weakness sown,
Whose fruit shall spread and flourish,

And shake like Lebanon.

O'er every foe victorious,

He on his throne shall rest, From age to age more glorious,

All blessing and all blest;
The tide of time shall never

His covenant remove ;
His name shall stand for ever;

That name to us is Love.


Inder to the more Promiurut Passages.


The poor in spirit; True religion ; Table of the economist; 11. Sen. sual and heavenly pleasure ; Religion ; 12. A day lost; Boaz and his reapers; The hurry of business; Wealth a deceitful bubble ; 13. Avoid the tale bearer; Be circumspect in thy actions ; Visit the abodes of sorrow; 14. Importance of sincerity; Frugality and liberality; Unlawful gain; 15. Much given, much required; The experience of good men ; Address of the prodigal; 16. The grave; A sympathetic temper; 17. Our own faults ; Modesty in youth; 19. Reverence for sacred things; True courtesy; Live within compass ; 20. Bound our earthly desires ; Pre-eminence in conversation ; Presentation of a gift; 21. Tribute of obedience ; Advantages of temperance; Speak with care to all ; Respect to all over graceful in youth ; 22. The mistress of a family; The right use of affluence ; 23. Hold no parley with temptations; Flowers soon fade; 24. “Woe unto you that are rich;" 25. True charity; holiness of heart; An exemplary life; Love of God; Joy and sorrow; 26. Sinful pleasures; 27. The good man; Christian retirement; 28. The choice of friends ; 29. Our opinion of ourselves; Pride; 31. Earthly delights ; 32. Converting grace; The behaviour of humility; 33. Building tabernacles here; Prayer; First lesson in Christ's school ; 34. The heavenly pilot; Doubting Christians ; “ The kingdom of God is within you ;" 35. Judge Hale in sickness ; 36. Meditating on death ; 37. The prepared soul bursting its prison walls ; 38. A properly instructed mistress; 0! how sweet is love ! 39. Instruct and encourage thy neighbour ; Attention to strangers ; Literary correspondence; The citizen of the world; 41. Do not offend him who passes high encomiums; Watch the vessel to the mouth of the port; Instrumental music; The theory of navigation; Afflictions ; 42. One watch kept right; The loss of friends ; Mankind one family ; 43. Sanctification ; 45. God pruneth the vine of our afflictions ; Promises of the sick bed ; 46. Solid worth contrasted with specious piety; Prayer; 48. Reprove with discre

49. True Christian love; Take care what thou readest; 50. The primitive believers ; Society may be a snare; True Christians; 51. Avoid domestic profusion ; Great estates and places; 52. Overdoing in well doing ; 53. Dispersing books of piety; Lessen the heap of human

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misery; Where we may find the most perfect man ; 54. A Christian
should not be slovenly; Critical times of danger; The Lord's people
have light in their dwellings; 55. God is not in all our thoughts; Life
a mixed draught; 56. The only rich man; Friendship lovos a free air;
A true friend ; 57. Wherein we may rejoice; Animosities removed ;
58. Devout souls everywhere of one religion; The righteous have the
better of it even in this world; True fellowship; 59. The humble; Tho
Christian above the love of titles; 60. The Divine Teacher ; 62. The
form without the life of godliness ; The God of creation shines in all his
works; 63. A gem of unspeakable worth ; The hour of death ; 64.
Prayer; Communion with God; Gentle zephyrs and flowery fields not to
be coveted always; 65. Excess of luxury ; Dependence on the Lord;
Resting places here ; 67. Our holy pattern; No cross, no crown ; 68.
Content with little ; Our whole conduct; A bitter scoff, an evil name ;
69. The holy Jesus rose early to pray; 70. Experience of former de-
liverances; Comfort in the darkest night of affliction; When in trouble,
double thy diligence in prayer; Those pleasures which are at God's right
hand; 71. Charity may return in showers of blessings ; The rod of
affliction is in our father's hands; Jesus spake the tempest into a perfect
calm ; 72. Names written in heaven; Self-reform the first step to use-
fulness; The “strong tower;" Night watches fit seasons for meditation;
73. David's call from a sheepfold to a throne ; Better a penitent in a
porch than a sinner on the throne; Fervent prayer; 74. Solomon's inven-
tory of the world ; The truth maketh free; A true penitent; 75. The
controlling influence of Christianity ; The title of Christian; 76. Nar-
row-mindedness; 77. We must be singular if we would be holy; 78.
The believer in Jesus ; 79.


Christ present with his church ; 81. Communion of saints here; Paul
kneels to pray; 82. External appearances ; 83. When man begins to
know himself; Inward retirement; Ill temper in a family ; 84. A tur-
bulent temper; A true friend ; Discretion in giving; 85. The Earl of
Kinnowl; Humblo-mindedness; The sweets of solitude ; 86. Believing
views of glory; 87. Influence of Divine love; The desire to be thought
wise; 88. Addison in death ; 90. The joy of the believer ; Knowledge
and wisdom ; 92. A true friend; An irreligious old age; A Saviour, an
all-sufficient Saviour; 93. Tranquillity of soul; Detraction; 94. Riches !
beauty! pleasure ! genius ! fame ! A lesson against selfishness; Afilic-
tions; Why not more in the sunshine ? 95. Prayer; March on, even
in the storm; Self-confident manner; Resignation; 86. Forgive those

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