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THE GREAT REVOLUTION IN CHINA.

ting forth their principles, in which there is a singular and motley mixture of bible and gospel history,

So far the insurgents have been victorious' in every contest with the Emperor's troops. The people join them as soon as they appear.

Vast treasures have fallen into their hands. How they manage to rule the provinces they have conquered we are not told, but order is said to prevail, and all violence and robbery is forbidden under the severest penalties. The Emperor and his officers seem panic-stricken and powerless, as they were during the British opium war. Indeed that war may have first exposed their weakness and encouraged the natives to rise.

The resident British Plenipotentiary, Sir George Bonham, visited the insurgents when they were in possession of Nankin. He was received cordially, when he assured the Chiefs that the British would take no part in the contest.

As he went up the river he found it covered with idols floating down the stream, which the Chinese in their new-born zeal against idolatry had cast into it.

How this great revolution will end no one can yet tell, but 80 far it is a wonderful event. Should it succeed, as we pray it the trade to China will be thrown wide open, and in exchange for her tea, and silks, and silver, and precious things of various kinds, England may send ship-loads of her manufactures, which are peculiarly adapted for the people and the climate. And, above all, the word of God and the missionaries of the Gospel will then have free course. But should the government rally and put the people down, then we must look for the most severe measures to be inflicted on the insurgents, and a revival of the old system of watchful jealousy against the foreigners and their religious movements. But even in this the Tartar Rulers dare not do as they once did. England and the United States would not endure it; and so anyhow there is ground for hope yet, that these vast regions will never again be closed in from the great family of nations.

How wonderful is God in Providence! Little more than one hundred years ago, India and China, containing half the world's population, were closed against the Bible and its Gospel -shut up close in the devilish darkness of idolatry. India has been given to Britain, and thė light of life is now shedding its reviving beams upon regions where all, at the period we have intimated, was dismal darkness. And now China, whose proud Emperor forty years ago forbade the bible

may,

THE GREAT REVOLUTION IN CHINA.

entrance, is rising and heaving in mighty struggles to break that thick cloud of gloomy ages which a few years ago it seemed hopeless even to attempt to pierce.

What a breaking up and overturning is this! Verily the LORD reigneth!

“ Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are bis: and he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth the kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: he revealeth the deep and secret things: he 'knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.”

Yes: this great lesson which God is teaching the nations ought not to be lost upon the world. Let her rulers and princes learn that they are as nothing before him. Let the heathen know that their idols are very vanity, doomed to perish. Let the men who have the bible and deny its divine origin, see that the God of the bible is yet the God of the nations, setting up and putting down as he pleases. And let christians be no more impatient for the coming of His kingdom, whose right it is to reign. JESUS, the World's Redeemer, shall yet have the heathen for his inheritance, the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession. Not more certain the ordinances of heaven than this great fact-

“Engraved as in eternal brass

The mighty promise shines;
Nor can the powers of darkness raze

Those everlasting lines.

His very word of grace is strong

As that which built the skies;
The voice that rolls the stars along

Speaks all he promises.”

Yes, and the eventful changes now moving before our eyes on the theatre of this world, as on a vast panorama, are all tending to this glorious result, when the PRINCE of PEACE shall away his loving sceptre over the redeemed family of man. The possession of India by England, the rising of the Chinese destroyers of idols, the search for gold in California and Australia, and the weakness of Mahommedan pations, all indicate the breaking up of old systems of ignorance and superstition, preparatory to the introduction of our holy religion, and with it improved civilization and intelligent freedom

“Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven-For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.",

POETRY.-ANECDOTES AND SELECTIONS.

Poetry.

FINAL TRIUMPH OF CHRISTIANITY.
WHO would not be a Christian? Who but now
Would share the Christian's triumph and his hope ?
His triumph is begun. 'Tis his to hail,
Amid the chaos of a world convulsed,
A new creation rising. Mid the gloom
Which wraps the low concerns of states and kings,
He marks the morning star; sees the far East
Blush with the purple dawn; he hears a trump,
Louder than all the clarions and the clang
Of horrid war, swelling, and swelling still,
In lengthening notes, its all awakening call-
The trump of jubilee. Are there not signs,
Thunders and voices, in the troubled air ?
Do ye not see, upon the mountain-tops,
Beacon to beacon answering ? Who can tell
But all the harsh and dissonant sounds, which long
Have been-are still --disquieting the earth,
Are but the tuning of the

varying parts
For the grand chorus, which shall usher in
The hastening triumph of the Prince of peace !
Yes; his shall be the kingdoms. He shall come,
Ye scoffers at his tårrying. Hear ye not,
E'en now, the thunder of his wheels? Awake,
Thou slumbering world! Ev'n now the symphonies
Of that blest song are floating through the air-
Peace, peace on earth, and glory be to God! Conder.

Anecdotes and Selections.

English Customs.-Compared with almost every other nation, the customs of the English stand out to great advantage. The right of a free road on the public highways-the right of demanding trial if aocused, and that trial by jury—the right of speaking and writing and printing his opinions on public matters—and the right of local government in parishes and municipalities-with many other such privileges, were obtained for him by his noble-minded fathers, and ought to be held fast for posterity by every Englishman as guarantees of future freedom. But there is one good custom which came in with the Good Old Book when our fathers got a sight of it for the first time in print. And that is the right—a right they found given them from the beginning by God himself, the Great Ruler of

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all-of having one day in seven as a day of rest. When Englishmen recovered this right they soon found it to be of more value-labour. ing men did—than all their other privileges put together. It gave them, for themselves and for their children, one day in every seven for rest from their hard work. And we wonder with great wonder that every hard-working man in England now does not see this, does not see that he would get no more for working seven days than for working six. He would soon find this out if he were in France, working in Paris, on Sundays as well as week-days; or if he were in China with no sabbath resting-day at all. Of all men in England, working men ought to stick up for the sabbath. And let them mind one thing. If the sabbath is given up to pleasure, it will soon be given up to work too. For no men can be furnished with pleasure on the sabbath without somebody working to give it them. Now we say all this without saying a word about religion. And yet, after all, it is the day which God has set apart for man to enjoy religion ; and we pity the man who does not enjoy religion on the sabbath day. Our sabbath days ought to be our happiest days. Not dull and gloomy days; but cheerful, bright, and happy, as the days of heaven on earth.

The Sabbath SchoLAR AND THE SHOPKEEPER.—Sometime ago, a little boy, belonging to a sabbath school in London, having occasion every sabbath to go through a certain court, observed a shop always open for the sale of goods. Shocked at such profanation, he considered whether it was possible for him to do anything to prevent it. He thought that he might leave a tract on the subject, which he could do without exciting any ill-humour in the people; and he did not know but, by the blessing of God, this bread cast upon the waters might return to bim after many days. He resolved accordingly to try. Having procured a little tract on the sin of breaking the sabbath, he stepped to the counter one day in passing, and very politely and modestly requested the person in the shop to accept of his tract. The person looked at him, and was surprised at the request; but seeing his modest, unassuming manner, she took the tract, and thanking him, laid it aside for the present, and the boy departed. On the very next sabbath as he passed, he observed that the shop was shut up. Surprised at this, he stopped and considered whether this could be the effect of the tract he had left. He ventured to knock gently at the door, when a woman within, thinking it was a customer, answered aloud : “ You cannot have anything ; we don't sell on Sundays!Encouraged by what he heard, the little boy still begged for admittance; when the woman, recollecting his voice, said, “Come in, my dear little fellow; it was you that left the tract here against sabbath breaking; and it alarmed me so, that I did not dare to keep my shop open any longer; and I am determined never to do so again while I live."

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Curious EPITAPH.-In the village church of Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, there is a small wooden tablet hauging against one of the pillars having an allegorical representation and inscription painted on it, which, however fanciful, has the merit of being suited to the profession of the person it commemorates. At the top is the figure of a ship, with a man sitting on the deck, a crown of glory suspended over his head; fides is written on the sails, verbum Dei on the compass, and spes on the anchor, &c., and under this ship is the inscription :-"Here lyeth the body of the right worthy William Keeling, esquire, Groom of the Chamber to our Soveraigne Lord King James, General for the Hon. East India Adventurers; whither he was thrice by them employed, and dying in this Isle at the age of 42, An. 1619, Sept. 19, hath this remembrance heer fixed by his loving and sorrowful wife, Ann Keeling.

Fortie and two years in this vessel fraile,
On the rough seas of life did Keeling saile,
A merchant fortunate, a captain bould,
A courtier gracious, yet (alas) not old.
Such wealth, experience, honor, and high praise,
Few winne in twice so many years or daies,
But what the world admired he deemed but drosse
For Christ : without Christ all his gains but losse.
For him and his dear love, with merrie cheere,
To the Holy Land his last course he did steere.
Faith served for sails, the sacred word for card;
Hope was bis anchor, glorie bis reward.
And thus with gales of grace by happy venter,

Through straits of death, heaven's harbour he did enter." The whole is still fresh, and the letters so well painted and shaded as to appear carved in relievo.

The Jewish SABBATH.-It is unlawful to ride on horseback, or in a carriage—to walk more than a mile from their dwellings—to transact business of any kind - to meddle with any tool—to write -to play upon any musical instrument- to bathe - to comb the hair-and even to carry a pin in their clothes which is unnecessary. These, and a great many others, are complied with by the most rigid. There is one command, however, in the law of Moses, to which all Jews most scrupulously adhere: “Ye sball kindle no fire throughout your habitations on the sabbath day.” (Exod. xxxv. 3.) Consequently they never light a fire, or a lamp, or a candle on the sabbath, nor eat food prepared on that day — all must be done on the Friday. As it is impossible to spend the sabbath in cold climates without fire and light, the Jewish families who keep servants make it a point to have a Gentile in their service to do these things; and amongst the humbler classes, a number of families generally unite in securing the services of a Gentile neighbour for the day. We believe that nothing could wound the conscience of a Jew more than to be under the necessity of putting fuel on his fire, or snuffing his candle on the sabbath.- Rev. J. Mills.

[The christian reader will see how the law of the christian sabbath differs from all this. He who is Lord of the sabbath said, It is lawful to do good on the sabbath day.]

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