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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 Chris 10 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
gene ration 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 wanied 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 per
son 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
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.
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. The
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
cruel and unbelieving minds raise up as many jeers and 10 objections as they may, the thing will proceed, " for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”
We have now arrived at the conclusion that a brighter day is arising on Africa. Already I seem to see her
chains dissolved,-her desert plains turned into a fruit15 ful field,-her Congo and her Senegal the seats of scr
ence and religion, reflecting the glory of the rising sun from the spires of their churches and universities,—her Gambia and Niger whitened with her floating commerce,
her crowded cities sending forth the hum of business, 20 her poets and orators standing on the same shelf with
Milton and Burke,-and all her sons employed in the songs of salvation. And when that day shall come, I an sure posterity will see the names of Clarkson, Sharp,
Wilberforce, Thornton, and Gregoire, recorded on the 25 cities and monuments of a grateful continent.
We come to you this evening with our hands stretched out in supplication for Africa, which, though dark her skin, is one of our own mother's children. We be
seech you by that mercy which you hope to find, that 30 you do not reject our suit. We beseech you by the
tears which were once shed for you, that you aid us in wiping the tears of an oppressed race. I have no intention to practise on your feelings. I know too well the
piety and liberality of this metropolis. I only wish to 35 spread the object before you in its own native forms,
to lay open every wounded and aching part. I am sorry that I have not been able to do this with more success. Your goodness will supply the rest. You will
furnish the Synod with means to prosecute their benevo40 lent designs.
Beloved brethren, to live in such a world and age as this, brings with it immense obligations;—the world of all others which the Son of God redeemed with blood;
-the age selected from all ages to be the season of his 45 highest triumph and reward;the spot and time, among
all worlds and periods, most interesting to the eyes of heaven. To exist in such a day, is a privilege which kings and prophets desired, but were not permitted to
enjoy. If ever the servants of God were a flame of 50 fire,” this is the time to exhibit themselves such. You
stand, my beloved brethren, under an opening heaven
You stand by the tomb of a world rising from death
your soul stand erect, looking out for the approaching 55 God. Let every nerve be strung to action. Great is
the human effort which the day calls for; great will be the triumph which faith and patience will achieve. It is but "a little while, and he that shall come, will come and will not tarry.'
For my part I would rather be one 60 to follow the wheels of his victorious chariot, than to en
joy the triumphs of a Cæsar. Let a prostrate world prepare to sing, “Hosanna to the Son of David! blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: hosanna in the highest!”
Abolition of the Slave Trade.-CHRISTIAN OBSERVER.
Another land's undoing;
On robbery and ruin.
The characters of blood;
Her patriot champions stood.
Saw Pitt and For uniting,
Their country's battle fighting.
This day's revolving sun;
The virtuous prize, is won!
Exulting in her story;
shall unenvied stretch
The reign of guilty glory.
A bleeding people's wo.
The World is still thy foe.
Are brighter days attending,
Around thy sceptre blending.
Beneath that ample shade,
Adore thy guardian aid.
Secure in heaven's alliance,
Breathe out a bold defiance.
And Earth applauding, see
The Friend of Freedom, free.
Her dearer self, the partner of her life;
And viewed his banner, or, believed she viewe
And one fair girl, amid the loud alarm