himself to be overlooked, who often- sphere, be heads of families also ; times appears to have inspired his and what they have themselves been little family, his twelve disciples, taught to value in their youth, they with the purest spirit of social prayer, will be eager to impart, in riper when retired in the desert places. years, to their children and depend

3dly. Again, Family Worship ope- ants. rates as a most powerful check on If there be any truth in these reall irregular conduct. Hypocrisy marks, the united interests of a itself will hardly dare to utter prayers family, the necessity for an external in the hearing of the other members conveyance of vital religion, the of the family, against a disposition, influential operation on the moral which is daily indulged. It is a

It is a conduct, the sacred examples by boly habit which softens the temper, which the habit is sanctioned ; these and prevents an angry style of lan. demand peremptorily from all who guage, by forcing us to reflect, that profess and call themselves Chriswe are presently to kneel down, and tians, that Family Prayer shonld be pray for, and pray with, the object adopted in every family. Directions of our displeasure Masters of fa. are not wanting. The list of the milies are hereby enabled to reprove Society for Promoting Christian as an offence against God, the im- Knowledge abounds with books, by morality of any member. They who no means expensive, containing all have no Family Worship, can only possible guidance as to the manner, reproach it as an error against man. and simple sound forms of prayer, Can persons hear daily thanksgiving affording matter for edification to for the offers of salvation, without the little Christian assembly. If I searching their hearts, to know

were asked to choose, I should whether they have accepted them ? recommend Stonhouse's, or Bishop Can they hear twice in the day, de Gibson's ; advising at the same liverance from sin desired in prayer, time the officiating member, to add, and not be impressed with the neces- as occasion required, to the words sity of repentance? Will not peti- thus furnished. "What a reality have tions for honesty put an end to I heard imparted to Family Prayer, theft? Must not constant interces- by intercession for a sick member sion for bumility, contentment and an absent child—a son going to colpurity, banish from the hearts of lege-a servant entering on a new si. the worshippers, pride, murmuring tuation. How delicately may reand indecency?

proof be hereby conveyed-how 4thly. It enables those who are affectionately may advice be offered in earnest to “grow in grace." It -how tenderly may consolation be redders the less informed part of the poured into the suffering bosom! family, more capable of benefiting in the earnest hope that this humby the instruction of the Sabbath. ble attempt may be the means of It promotes good-will from one to introducing this beneficial usage, into another. It establishes order. It at least one family, hitherto unacspreads Christianity; for these quainted with the privilege, younger and these ignorant mem- I remain your's, bers, will one day in their little

A Master of a Family.



The dearest ties then ceased to bind,

Kind nature lost her force ; Her babe the mother's hand consigned,

To death without remorse.

Father of all, for many an age,

In many a clime unknown,
By savage left, and lettered sage,
For gods of wood and stone.

2. Soon turned Tby creature map aside,

From Thee and from Thy way; Soon homage to the power denied,

That formed him from the clay;

12. How tbronged the crowd at shows and feasts,

An envied seat to gain,
To gaze on men devour'd by beasts,

Or by each other slain,


3. Forgot His name, at whose command,

The ark in safety rode,
When o'er the surface of the land,
The swelling waters flowed ;

4. To sun and moon, Thy works, he paid

Thy honours and Thy praise, Fell prostrate in the eclipse's shade,

Or cumet's harmless blaze.

5. Next worshipped men, who, long since dead

Lay mouldering in the grave; Call'd those, on whom the worm had fed, To punish or to save.

He bowed him down before the brutes,

By Thee to serve bim made;
And offered vows to plants and roots,
Which withered, while he prayed.

Nor could philosophy explore,

Truth's long o'erclouded ray ;
The pride of science served the more,
To lead mankind astray.

In Superstition's numbing chain,

The learned were enslaved ; And oft in folly's wildest train Among the valgar raved.

9. Strange lessons to the chosen few

The priests in secret taught, And many a deed of blackest hue, Was in their temples wrought.

10. Their Maker's image men defaced

When they forsook His name; Their bodies with vile lusts debased,

Till vice extinguished shame.

E'en Virtue's self in those darks days,

Betrayed a morial birih;
Nor songht on high the soul to raise
But grovelled on the earth.

No good but fame the statesman knew;

For that he lived and died; The sage into biniself withdrew Nor cared for ought beside.

If e'er compassiop he bestowed,

Or with his anger strove;
His kindness or forbearance flowed
From pride, and not from love.

16. When peace liad sheathed the victor's steel,

The foe, he deigned to save,
He dragged behind his chariot wheel,
Or sold him for a slave.

Yet was not, Lord, thy light divine

Extinct ainong mankind;
But guarded by one chosen line,
And in one spot confined.

Ev'o there did darkness reign at times;

Evin Israel's favoured race, Compelled thee often by their crimes To turn away Thy face.

19. How widely from Thy paths they stray'd!

How failed they to fulfil,
The covenant through Moses made,

On Sipai's trenabling bill!


Thy people ev’n in Judah's land,

To Baal bent the knee, Forgetting Him whose mighty band

Had led them thro' the sea.



Long time Thy wrath did they provoke, In form of man, from earth He rose
Ere David's city fell;

To glory in the skies;
And far, beneath a foreign yoke,

And thither, when this life shall close, Her youth were sent to dwell.

We hope, through Him to rise.

Si. 22.

Meanwhile on earth sharp war we wage, On Babylon's far distant sands, Was heard the voice of woe;

Against the powers of sin;

Fierce adversaries round us rage Lamenting that unhallow'd hands

Aud weak are we within. Had laid God's temple low.

32. 23. Yet was it by Thy will decreed,

Still thou, O God, art ever nigh

To cheer each fainting heart;
Tho' Israel's sons trausgress'd;
That in the faithful patriarch's seed

And on Thy help may man rely

If he will do his part, All nations should be blessed.

33. 24.

Upon Thy Church with watchful care Again did Judah rear his head, Nor passed his rule away,

Thy Spirit doth abide ;

Of all, who seek Thine aid by prayer Till Shiloh came, and darkness fled

The Comforter and guide. Before the rising day. 25.

Baptiz'd into His name with Thine, Thy gracious purpose then, of old

We both with Christ's adore; In mystery concealed,

Nor seek with reason's scanty line To all our race Thou didst unfold,

The Godhead to explore. Througla holy men revealed.

35. 26. To Earth's remotest tribes they taught

Enough for us to know Thy will;

That clearly is display'd ;
Thy nature and Thy name:
The signs and wonders which they wronght, Thy word will teach us to fulfil
Declared from whom they came.

The promise we have made.


O keep us to that promise true,
Of judgment and a future state,
Of death our mortal foe,

In word, and deed and thought ;

Bright is the hope we have in view,
Of that arch-fiend, who lies in wait
To work us endless woe ;

And dearly was it bonght.

37. And of the change they told, by vice

Assist us our desires above In our coudition made ;

This mortal life to raise; And of the inestimable price

To dwell upon our Saviour's love, For our redemption paid.

And give Him daily praise. 29.

38. For ns thine only Son his head

To tread on earth the paths He trod, Bowed down to grief and pain ;

As nearly as we can; For us upon the cross he bled,

And shew our gratitude to God With malefactors slain.

In charity to man.


(Continued from the first portion of talionis was never a good Christian law;

Bishop Henshaw's Meditations.) If I forgive not, I shall not be forgiven. OCR Saviour doth not say, do unto others It is the fault of a great many, if God as others do unto you, but as you would bear with them in their sins, they think he have others do unto yon. If thou wouldest countenances them: if they be not prehave thy neighbour do thee riglit, do so to sently stricken dead with Uzzah, they go bin, though he have done thee wrong. Lex on; when they smart not, they believe not, and he is not feared till felt. Sickness is clothes without a body, empty: Faith withnot thought of till death, nor that till hell. out works, is a body without clothes, no Forgetting that the lony sufferance of God warmth, no heat: works without faith, should lead them to repentance; he for. are not good works, and faith without bears us that he might forgive us; sball I good works, is as good as no faith, but a sin because grace abounds ? God forbid. dead faith. Then only are they themselves,

when they are together; achat God hath Charity so forgives offences, that it is joined, let no man put asunder. ready, not only to pardon the offender, but to do for him, and thinks itself not in. If we will be Christ's disciples, we must nocent that it starves not its enemy, while leave all, but 'tis not all, we must take it sees him starve. What little difference up our cross too; be ready to take it up, is there iu religion between not saving and not of ourselves, but if it be laid upon us, killing? we are not commended that we we must suffer willingly for Christ's sake; requite not evil with the like. We have we must not suffer wilfully, or throw our. not forgiven injuries if we do only not re- selves into the fire. He that bids us suffer, venge them; if wrongs tie our hands bids us fly, if they persecute you in one from doing good where we ought, they city, fly, &c. It is our commendation to prove sins to us, that were but crosses ; endure the stroke, or the faggot, it is not and we wrong ourselves more by not to seek it; when zeal runs without dis. doing, than by suffering; and God shall so cretion, it commonly makes more haste forgive us our trespasses: For with what than good speed; Christ would have us measure I mete unto others, it shall be innocent, but wise too, serpents, as well measured unto me again.

as doves; lay down our lives for his sake,

but not fling them down; we must neither What more glorious Master than God? go like bears to the stake, nor like mad. What better Mother than the Church? men; neither run to our martyrdom, or How glorious is that calling that at once from it: pray with our Saviour, if it be serves soch a Master, and such a Mother! possible, to miss the cup, or but to kiss it, As it is our glory to serve them, so it inust but still not my will, but thy will; we be our glory to do them good service, must submit all to God, and think that fit. God in us sets the world copies of piety, test for us, which he thinks so. and we must live to others no less than preach: As we are more high, so we are That which I hear from David, I wonld more looked at, motes in other's eyes are hear from every good man, Thy word is a beams in ours: many things are lawful lantern to my feet, &c., to his feet, pot that are not expedient, and some things to his eyes alone; if we use the word are expedient in respect of the person, of God only to gaze on; to discourse that are scandalous merely for the chair; by, not live by it, it wants its use, and that which is reprovable in another, is in we want our goodness, and shall want ns a reproach : seeing it is so, what manner our glory: knowledge without practice of men ought we to be?

adds to our punishment, together with our

sin. How many Pharisees have sat in There was never any that was not am- Moses chair, that shall never sit in Aurabitious : every man is born a Corah, only ham's bosom, only for this, because they some more superlative than others. But knew, and did not. of all men, I most wonder at those that are ambitious only to be talked of; and There are many services, and many since they cannot be notable, they would masters, and yet no man can serve two be notorious, and with Cain be marked, masters, that is, two of a contrary disposi. though for murderers. Whether I know tion; for there is the world, the flesh, and much, or am known of many, it matters the devil, and ye may serve all these at not, only this I will care for, that God may once, nay, ye cannot serve one, and not not say to me in the last day, I know thee all: the glatton, he serves his belly, and not.

with Esau, sells his birth-right, bis

blessing, for pottage: the drunkard, be The king's daughter is all glorions within, serves I know not well what, whether the but yet her raiment too is of wrought gold; drink, or the company, or his appetite, or our outside, our life must tell the world all, but instead of quenching his thirst, what we are within. If our lives do not drowns his soul : the envious man, and the answer our profession, we are Pharisees, furions man, are alike in this, both serve we say, and do not.

the passion, only here they differ, the en.

vious man, with Sampson, will brain himWorks without faith, are like a suit of self, so he may brain others; the furious


man brains others so long, till at length he that have a kingdom? or what kingdom is be brained himself: the usurer, he serves wealthy, if not that of heaven? or why his gold: the adulterer, he serves his lust : complainest thou of that poverty, that but all serve one chief Lord, one master, saints thee? that is a happy soul that the devil, and shall all receive the same makes even with God every night, and wages, which is the wages of all sin, every morn begins the world anew. death: Why should God pay them for their pains, that go pot of his errands?

When I at first look out into the world, The second portion of medita. best) in better case, I think myself for,

and see many men, (and those none of the tions, from which we proceed to gotten, and wish for more: but when I make some farther selections, is in- remember my account, I fear I have too troduced with the following dedi- much, and forget those wishes; it may be cation :

if I had more wealth, I should be more

riotons : outward losses are sometimes To the Right Reverend Father in God, gainful, and it is good for us that we are

and Right Honourable William), Lord afflicted, it would be worse with us, Bishop of London, one of His Majesty's if it were not sometimes thus bad most Honourable Privy Council. many, if they were not kept short of

these, would come short of heaven. He Right Reverend and my Honoured Lord, knows us that keeps us, and if he will The world is full of books, he knows 10- bring us to heaven rather one way thing, that doth not know in print; com- tlian another, His will be done ; let plain, but add to the number, yet I am Him give my goods to the poor, and persuaded, if men would but know their my body to be burned, and bring me to last, there would be less done, or less ado; heaven, thongh in a fiery chariot ; I cannot I censure po man's endeavours. I cannot complain of the foulness of that way that but condemn those ultracrepitasts, that carries me to God. with Festus will teach St. Paul divinity: I desire to keep my pen to my plough, only Pride and uncharitableness are sins in something duty enjoins me; great things fashion, and the one the cause of the my own immaturity forbids me, such as I other; many think they should waut for have, I have provided: ingratitude, of all their pride, if they should but be charitais the worst looked sin, verbal thankful- ble, I have often wondered, and grieved, ness little differs from ingratitude, such is to see a rich porch, and a poor Christian's mine fain to be: books are but words, but walls clothed, and men go naked. Say what many times that is accepted, where we thou wilt, but I am sure with the Aposlike, which from others would be counted tle, That he cunnot love God whom he hath cheap. Your Lordship’s favour makes not seen, that loves nut his brethren whom me thus bold to put these trifle-hours to he hath seen, and can endure to see misethat view which is not used to trifles : I rable. bave been late, and long sick, some of my sick thoughts (being now well) I am bold We owe more to God for redeeming us, to present; that they are worse than is than for making us; His word made us : wished, or looked for, is not want of re. but when he came to redeem us, that word spect, but skill. The matter is almost as must be made flesh, and that flesh must divers as the pages, nuge miscellanea, of suffer ; in our creation He gave us ourdirections, instructions, resolutions; what selves; but in our redemption he gave us we should do, what we should be; in all himself: and by giving himself for us, gave which I desire only to shew myself to your us ourselves again that were lost; so that Lordship, not to the world; a testate of we owe ourselves, aod all that we have, ty duty, not of my proficiency; what I do twice told: and now what shall we give owe, not what I could do; my pen, as my unto thee, O thou preserver of men,.for knowledge, may lag behind with the last, ourselves thus given and restored? If we my prayers shall vie with the formost for could give ourselves a thousand times over, yout Lordship's fruition of all happiness yet what are we to God i and yet if we here, and of eternal happiness hereafter. do give ourselves to Him and His service, Your Lordship’s in all humble such as we are, and such as we can, He duty to be commanded, accepts it, and will reward it. I will J. Henshaw. never grudge God his own. I have no.

thing that is not His; and if I give it to Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the Him, he will restore it again with interest, kingdom of heaven: bow are they poor bever any man was a loser by God.


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