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superstition of the multitude-against the interest, in15 fluence, and craft of their priesthood-against the ridi

cule of wits, the reasoning of sages, the policy of cabinets, and the prowess of armies—against the axe, the cross, and the stake, she extended her conquests from

Jordan to the Thames. She gathered her laurels alike 20 upon the snows of Scythia, the green fields of Europe,

and the sands of Africa. The altars of impiety crumbled before her march—the glimmer of the schools disappeared in her light-Power felt his arm wither at her

glance; and, in a short time, she who went, forlorn and 25 insulted, from the hill of Calvary to the tomb of Joseph,

ascended the Imperial throne, and waved her banner over the palace of the Cæsars. Her victories were not less benign.than decisive. They were victories over all

that pollutes, degrades, and ruins man; in behalf of all 30 that purifies, exalts, and saves him. They subdued his

understanding to truth, his habits to rectitude, his heart to happiness.

The disregard which some of old affected to whatever goes by the name of evil; the insensibility of others 35 who yield up their souls to the power of fatalism; and

the artificial gaiety which has, occasionally, played the comedian about the dying bed of "philosophy, falsely so called,” are outrages upon decency and nature.

Death destroys both action and enjoyment-mocks at 40 wisdom, strength, and beauty-disarranges our plans

robs us of our treasures-desolates our bosoms-breaks our heart-strings-blasts our hope. Death extinguishes the glow of kindness—abolishes the most tender rela

tions of man-severs him from all that he knows and 45 loves--subjects him to an ordeal which thousands of

millions have passed, but none can explain; and which will be as new to the last who gives up the ghost, as it was to murdered Abel-flings him, in fine, without any

avail from the experience of others, into a state of un50 tried being. No wonder that nature trembles before it.

Reason justifies the fear. Religion never makes light of it: and he who does, instead of ranking with heroes, can hardly deserve to rank with a brute.

What have unbelievers to gild their evening hour, to 55 bind up their aching head, to soothe their laboring

heart? What living hope descends from heaven to

smile on the sinking features, whisper peace to the retiring spirit, and announce to the sad surrounding rela

tives that all is well? There is none! Astonishment, 60 dismay, melancholy boding, are thé “ portion of their

cup. Sit down, ye unhappy, in the dosolation of grief. Consolation heard the voice of your weeping: she has tened to your door, but started back affrighted; her

commission extends not to your house of mourning; ye 65 have no hope!

EXERCISE 91,

Character of Mrs. Graham.-Mason. Recall the example of Mrs. Graham. Here was a woman—a widow-a stranger in a strange land-without fortune-with no friends but such as her letters of

introduction and her worth should acquire—and with a 5 family of daughters dependent upon her for their sub

sistence. Surely if any one has a clear title of immunity from the obligation to carry her cares beyond the domestic circle, it is this widow; it is this stranger.

Yet within a few years this stranger, this widow, with 10 no means but her excellent sense, her benevolent heart,

and her persevering will to do good, awakens the chaiities of a populous city, and gives to them an impulse, a direction, and an efficacy, unknown before! What

might not be done by men; by men of talent, of stand15 ing, of wealth, of leisure? How speedily, under their

well-directed beneficence, might a whole country change its physical, intellectual, and moral aspect; and assume, comparatively speaking, the face of another Eden

second garden of God? Why then do they not diffuse, 20 thus extensively, the seeds of knowledge, of virtue, and

of bliss? I ask not for their pretences; they are as old as the lust of lucre; and are refuted by the example which we have been contemplating—I ask for the true

reason, for the inspiring principle, of their conduct. It 25 is this let them look to it when God shall call them to

account for the abuse of their time, their talents, their station, their "unrighteous mammon."- It is this: They believe not “ the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive."

They labor 30 under no want but one—they want the heart!

That venerable mother in Israel, who has exchanged the service of God on earth for his service in heaven, has left a legacy to her sisters-she has left the example

of her faith and patience; she has left her prayers; she 35 has left the monument of her Christian deeds: and by

these she “being dead yet speaketh.” Matrons! has she left her mantle also? Are there none among you to hear her voice from the tomb, “Go and do thou like

wise?" None whom affluence permits, endowments 40 qualify, and piety prompts, to aim at her distinction by

treading in her steps? Maidens! Are there none among you, who would wish to array yourselves hereafter in the honours of this “ virtuous woman?” Your

hearts have dismissed their wonted warmth and gene45 rosity, if they do not throb as the revei end vision rises

before you—then prepare yourselves. now, by seeking and serving the God of her youth.

Yea, let me press upon all who hear me this evening, the transcendent excellence of Christian character, and 50 the victorious power of Christian hope. The former

bears the image of God; the latter is as imperishable as his throne. We fasten our eyes with more real respect, and more heart-felt approbation upon the moral majesty

displayed in “walking as Christ also walked," than up55 on all the pomps of the monarch, or decorations of the

military hero. More touching to the sense, and more grateful to high heaven, is the soft melancholy with which we look after our departed friend, and the tear

which embalms her memory, than the thundering plau60 dits which rend the air with the name of a conqueror.

She has obtained a triumph over that Foe who shall break the arm of valour, and strike off the crown of kings.

EXERCISE 92.

Living to God. - Griffin. The heart-breaking necessities of a world ought to rouse us from our selfish stupor. To say nothing of the multitudes who are swarming the way to death in

the most favoured regions; to say nothing of whole na6 tions in the Romish and Greek Churches, who, though

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they bear the Christian name, are apparently living without God in the world; to say nothing of hundreds of thousands of nominal Christians, scattered through

Asia and Africa, who scarcely retain any thing of Chris10 tianity but the name; to say nothing of three millions

of Jews; it is a distressing truth that more than two thirds of the population of the globe are still buried under Pagan or Mahometan darkness, and are as abom

inably wicked as sin can make them. 15 While I am speaking they are bursting forth to meet

their doom. It certainly has become the duty of every person in a Gospel land to rack his invention, to devise means, and to strain the last nerve of his strength, to

rescue those perishing nations, as he would to deliver 20 his family from a burning house. O if we loved those

heathen as we do our children! but we ought to love them as we love ourselves. Heretofore we knew not how it was possible to reach them; but now a way is

opened by which we may operate upon them, with as 25 much ease as though they lived at our door.

drop a dollar into the American Bible Society, it will turn to a Bible, and find its way to India, and will travel while we sleep. If we deposit another, it will become a

Bible and make its way to South America, without post30 age or risk. Thus God has opened a door by which we

may pour upon the heathen the blessings of the Gospel as fast as we please, and need not be bounded by any other limit than our ability and inclination. One Bible

will shed upon a benighted family a light which will ra35 diate through a neighbourhood, and descend from

generation to generation. And who is too poor to give a Bible? It has been computed by those who have passed through our country, to search out its wants, that no

less than five hundred thousand Bibles are wanted in 40 the United States, to furnish each family with one, that

each man may have a Bible to lie upon his dying pillow. Do we hear this, and shall we sleep? There ought to be two Bible Societies, one of males and the

other of females, formed in every town, and village, and 45 hamlet in America. And into one of these every person but actual paupers ought to come.

Every hand in Christendom, but those which are stretched out for alms, ought to give one Bible a year, till the wants of a

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world are supplied. It is a tax which the God of hea50 ven has laid upon the whole population of Christian

countries. Let the labouring poor work an hour longer each day, and retrench some unnecessary expenses, and they need not be excluded from this glorious work of

regenerating a world. But the coffers of the rich 55 What has sealed the coffers of the rich? that they

should roll in luxury and pave the way to their theatres with gold, when six or seven hundred millions of sinners are without a Bible! There is superfluous

wealth enough in a few of our cities and larger towns 60 to convey the Gospel in a short time to every family on

earth. God Almighty open their hearts that they may pour out their treasures by hundreds and by thousands, till the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord

as the waters cover the sea. 65 My brethren, let us no longer live to ourselves. Let

us arise and put our hands to the great work in which the nations are now moving. Wondrous things are taking place in the four quarters of the globe. The world

is waking up after a long sleep, and is teeming with 70 projects and efforts to extend the empire of truth and

happiness. This is the day of which the prophets sung. Let us not sleep while all others are rousing themselves to action. Let every soul come up to the help of the

Lord. Let not one be left behind." He that has abso75 lutely nothing to give, let him pray.

Let no one be idle. This is a great day and the Lord requires every hand in the work.

EXERCISE 93.

Plea for Africa.-GRIFFIN. It can no longer be made a question whether the elevation of the African race is a part of the new order of things. The providence of God has declared it.

Almighty Deliverer is already on his march to relieve 5 the woes of Africa. Her resurrection is already stamp

ed with the broad seal of heaven. Let all the nations behold the sign, and bow to the mandate of God.

Ethiopia, shall stretch out her hands to God. Let

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