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faithfully returns its mild and sweet season of grace, that earthly objects may not engross your thoughts, and prevent your attention to immortality. The sanctuary unfolds its doors; and invites you to enter in and be saved. The Gospel still shines to direct your feet, and to quick-' en your pursuit of the inestimahle prize.
Saints wait, with fervent hope of renewing their joy over your repentance. Angels spread their wings to conduct you home. The Father holds out the golden sceptre of forgiveness, that you may touch, and live. The Son died on the cross, ascended to heaven, and intercedes before the throne of mercy, that you may be accepted. The Spirit of grace and truth descends with his benevolent influence, to allure and persuade you.
While all things, and God at the head of all things, are thus kindly, and solemnly employed, to encourage you in the pursuit of this inestimable good, will you forget, that you have souls, which must be saved, or lost? \Vill you forget, that the only time of salvation is the present? that beyond the grave there is no Gospel to be preached? that, there no otfers of life are to be made!. that no Redeemer will there expiate your sins; and no forgiving God receive your souls?
Of what immense moment, then, is the present life! How invaluable every Sabbath; every mean of salvation! Think how soon your last Sabbath will set in darkness; and the last sound ofmercy die upon your ears? How painful, how melancholy, an object, to a compassionate eye, is a blind, unfeeling, unrepenting immortal!
See the gates of life already unfolding to admit you. The first-born open their arms to welcome you to their divine assembly. The Saviour, who is gone before to prepare a place for your reception, informs you, that all things are ready. With triumph, then, with ecstasy, hasten to enjoy the reward of his infinite labors in an universe of good, and in the glory, which he had with the Father be/bre ever the world was.
Look at mighty Athens, and you will every where perceive monuments of taste, and genius, and elegance! Look at imperial, Pagan Rome in all her glory! You will behold all the grandeur of the human intellect unfold
5 ed in her temples, her palaces, and her amphitheatres. You will find no hospital or infinnary; no asylum for the ed and the infirm, the fatherless and the widow; the blind, the dumb, the deaf; the outcast and the destitute.
How vastly superior in this respect is Bristol to Athens, is London to Rome. These, Christianity, are thy triumphs! These are thy lovely offspring! they all bear the lineaments of their common parent. Their
15 family likeness proves the sameness of their origin. A
Mercy conjoined with purity is the darling attribute of our holy reli ion. Its great ounder was mercy embodied in a human form. Those virtues which shone in him shone in 20 Reynolds also; though with a diminished lustre, when compared withhis great originalz—yet in a brighter lustre than in the rest of mankind. But whence, it may he demanded, came it to pass that this man rose so high, above the great mass of pro25 fessed Christians? The answer is obvious. The great mass of professed Christians are Christians only by profession. Reynolds was a Christian in reality. His Christianity was cordial—ardent—energetic. Not an empty name—a barren speculation; but a vital principle. Vital Christianity is not so much a solitary beauty, as it is an assemblage of all beauty. _ It combines the wisdom of the_serpent, with the innocence of the dove; the gentleness of the lamb, with the courage of the lion“, It adds a charm to the bloom of youth, and converts the hoary head into aicrown of glory. It gives dignity to the palace, and brings heaven into the cottage. The king upon the throne is not so venerable by the crown that encircles his brow, as by the religion that renders him the father of his people, 40 and the obedient servant of the Sovereign of the world.
Have you ever been invited to an enterprise of such grandeur and glory? Do you not value the Holy Scriptures? Value them as containing your sweetest hope; your most thrilling joy? Can you submit to the thought
0 that you should be torpid in your endeavours to disperse
them, while the rest of christendom is awake and alert?
Shall you hang back, in heartless indifference, when princes come down from their thrones, to bless the cottage of the poor with the gospel of peace; and imperial
10 sovereigns are gathering their fairest honors from spreading abroad the oracles of the Lord your God? Is it possible that you should not see, in this state of human things, a mighty motion of Divine Providence?
The most heavenly charity treads close upon the
‘ l5 march of conflict and blood! The world is at peace! Scarce has the soldier time to unbind his helmet, and to wipe away the sweat from his brow, ere the voice of mercy succeeds to the clarion of battle, and calls the nations from enmity to love! Crowned heads bow to the
20 head that is to wear “ many crowns;” and, for the first time since the promulgation of Christianity, appear to act in unison for the recognition of its gracious principles, as being fraught alike with happiness to man and hondr to God.
25 What has created so strange, so beneficent an alteration? This is no doubt the doing of the Lord, and it is marvellous in our eyes. But what instrument has he thought fit chiefly to use? That which contributes, in all latitudes and climes, to make Christians feel their unity, to re
30 buke the spirit of strife, and to open upon them the day of brotherly concord—the Bible! the Bible !—through Bible Societies! .
Come then, fellow citizens, fellow Christians, let us join in the sacred covenant. Let no heart be cold; no
35 hand be idle: no purse reluctant! Come, while room is left for us in the ranks whose toil is goodness, and whose recplmpense is victory. Come cheerfully, eagerly, genera y.
There was a man,
The captive’s lot
His jailer with compassion;—and the boy,
. With earliest morn,
85 The boy was sleeping: and the father hoped
The earthquake might pass by; nor would he wake From his sound rest the unfearing child, nor tell The dangers of their state. (0) On his low couch The fettered soldier sunk—and with deep awe 40 Listened the fearful sounds:—with upturned eye To the great gods he bréathed a prayer;—then strove To calm himself, and lose in sleep awhile _ His useless terrors. But he could not sleep:— _ V -._ . His body burned with feverish heat;-—his chains .' " i 45 ‘Clanked loud although he moved not: deep in earth Groaned unimaginable thundersz—sounds, Fearful and ominous, arose and died, Like the sad moanings of N ovember’s wind, In the blank midnight. ( -- ) Deepest horror chilled 50 His blood that burned before;-—céld'cl_’ainmy sweats Came o’er him:—(:) then anon a fiery thrill Shot through his veins. Now on his couch he shrunk, And shivered as in feart—now upright leaped, As though he heardflthe bat trumpet sound, 55 And longed to cope
~I'Ie slep at last,
Soon the storm