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wbich 80 many are disposed to pay and his pious mother, with a family of for religious services (I say religious which he, about eleven years old, was services—for the most worldly-minded the eldest, was thrown upon her bro. will heap their offerings on the altars of ther, himself a clergyman, but reduced superstition; they will freely spend to much distress by the total with. their money for that which is not bread, drawal of his clerical income. One day and dearly purchase the most flimsy be observed his mother apparently counterfeits of religion) it is, I repeat much afflicted, and in still deeper sorit, my firm persuasion, that all this par- row and dejection than be was accus. simony is resolvable into a practical
tomed to sce. He gently approached contempt for sacred things ; a spirit her, and said, “Mother, why are you which rates the ministrations and the so distressed ? Is it about me and my counsels of the clergy below even the brothers? Are you grieving because miserable stipends it would allot them. we cannot be bred as gentlemen ? Ab! It is then, as I have before observed, mamma, don't you remember that our quite accountable, and strictly natural, blessed Saviour was brought up as a that an ungodly world should pay with carpenter?' a niggard hand for what they do not “Affecting as this picture may be, par. want; and where they feel there is no ticularly when we consider the family value received. To such it would be connexions of the parties, yet with fruitless to urge the example which this many of the clergy the doubt was, not Scripture, with so much simplicity, holds whether they could educate their chilforth. But there is another class to dren in their own sphere of life, but whom it may not speak in vain. I mean whether they could give them food to those who are not of the world, and who eat, and raiment to put on." nevertheless appear, in this respect, to have caught its spirit; and seem to act
The following is a portion of wholly unlike themselves, where every the remarkable sketch of the better feeling and every sacred sense of honour ought naturally to be engaged.
character of Gehazi :I do then affirm that good and religious “ He was, in a word, wbat the apos. men (and I can account for it on no prin- tle termed a busy body.
By what ciple but that of general contagion) are means, or by what turn of circumoften straitened in their bowels to their stances, he had been introduced to the ministers, when to the claims of all be- notice of one so utterly unlike him, and side they respond with Christian libe- so immeasurably above him, as Elisha rality, and generous sympathy. Amongst was, we are not told. But certain it the Dissenters this has been long a is, that he appears to have got into the matter of painful experience ; and has good graces of the prophet; to have been by some of their pastors most pa- attached himself closely to him ; and thetically described. And, in our own to have accompanied him, as the shadow Church, how many of her burning and does the substance. Intimately conshining lights have struggled hard with versant as he was, however, with Eli. want and poverty! How many liave sha's outward history, he continued an composed their learned and immortal utter stranger to his mind : like those pages amidst fears and doubts whether who will one day say to the Searcher of they could defray the costs of public hearts, “ We have eaten and drunk in cation! How many, having just dis- Thy presence, and Thou hast taught in charged the thunders of their eloquence, our streets;'—and hear, to their confu. and left an overflowing and brilliant sion, that awful declaration, I tell assembly full of admiration of the prea. you, I know you not whence ye are.' cher, have returned to scanty fare, and
Thus did Gebazi mistake the terms on to a cheerless home, at least as far which he stood with one whom he con. as earthly comforts are concerned ! sidered perhaps as a second self. And
Through what seas of trouble and deep thus, while he continually played waters of affliction bave no small por- around his person, and was for ever tion of the Irish clergy been of late years active in doing, and overdoing, his busi. passing! I shall here relate a simple, ness; meddling in his most private and and I think touching, anecdote, of a delicate concerns; present at every clergyman's child, during the recent and call, and present without being called; severe trials of our Church. The family yet, for all this, in point of moral union, to which be belonged were very highly real fellowship and true sympathy of connected. (I mention this circun- mind-in all the essential constituents stance, becanse it materially affects the of friendship between Elisha and his interest of the case.) This little boy satellite, there was a great gulf fixed; had lately lost his father, one of the so that, in the midst of their intimacy, brightest ornaments of the Irish Church, they were mutually strangers to each
other. And as the latter stood affected which arise from over-estimate towards him whom he thought he knew
of self, we so well, so he doubtless did towards
copy the followthe high and holy ministrations in which ing :that great prophet was employed. To Gebazi, the whole was matter merely " An humble estimate of ourselves of excitement, curiosity, and amuse
does not merely remove many obstament. He saw the miracles, but they
cles to our advancement in life: it neither awed nor solemnized his spirit; gives a freshness to the current of our nor had they a voice in his ears to say ; being, which a soul so tempered alone - This is the finger of God'-' Draw
can feel. In tbis respect, the meek, not nigh bither : put off thy shoes from
in a peculiar sense, inherit the earth. off thy feet, for the place on which tbou
They enjoy, habitually, what others standest is holy ground.' To his mind
never can experience, but on some new, they were but mere display: things in
unexpected, and favourable change of wbich he delighted as proofs to the circumstances. All that they have, multitude how great a man his master and all that they are, whatever it may was ; and, consequently, how great a
be, exceeds their calculations: and man his chosen follower must be. Thus
while others are wondering why fortune insensible to the glorious manifestation has not sent them more; they are itself, and alive only to its effects on
filled with mingled gratitude and surothers, what he regarded in the won
prise, that God should have blessed ders which the prophet wrought was them with so much. All true relish for not the power of God, but the surprise life is lost by him who has been taught wbich appeared on the face of the
the habit of unreasonable expectation. spectators; or the hope that he would
He knows not how good and how pleacome in for some share of the credit
sant a thing it is to be thankful: nor which such performances must be sure bath it entered into his heart to conto gain. Had Elisha been distinguished ceive, in what a spirit the Patriarch in any secular department, it would thus cast the sunshine of his own mind have been all the same to Gehazi. He would have followed him as closely,
upon the path by which the hand of
God had led him. 'I am not worthy and been as sedulous about him, amidst
of the least of all the mercies, and of the din of arms, or the intrigues and all the truth, which thou hast shewed ceremonials of the court. It was by accident that he became an agent in
unto thy servant; for with my staff
I passed over this Jordan; and now I religious matters. It was the thing
am become two bands.' In life, as in which came tirst to his band : and he
the landscape, it is not so much the was busy there, not because he prefere objects we contemplate, as the light in red spiritual to secular concerns, but
which we view them, that touches the because it was his nature and bis in. springs of joy within us, and fills the stinct to be busy somewhere. Alas!
soul with gladness. In vain does naHow many Gehazis are there in our
ture open out her fairest scenes, and own times! How many are there who
group her finest features in every ferun from meeting to meeting, merely
licity of combination, if cloudsob. that nothing may go on without them;
scure the day, and damp, ungenial vawho cry up preachers, and regard not what they say ;
pours load the atmosphere, and hover - who arrange the
in the air. While, on the other hand, seats, and count the numbers that
the simplest prospect that meets our attend at lectures, and scarcely know
view,- the general landscape, - the what those lectures are about! How
common fields of universal nature,many are there who seem to rejoice
can brighten into paradise at the prelike tbe angels over one sinner that
sence of the sun, wben his beams give repenteth ; but never think of repent
warmth and elasticity to the air, and ing themselves! How many are there wben his light is poured along the who are all alive, and all in motion,
plains, and scattered upon the hills. upon the arrival of some pious stranger, So it is with the life of man. No cir. some missionary from abroad, soine
cumstances can make him happy. He man of God whose praise is in the
may be surrounded with every outchurches; who seek his acquaintance,
ward blessing; but they will be no claim his friendship, and lead him about
blessings to himn, unless he is disposed in triumph from house to house; and
to think them such. On the otber yet bave never come in contact with his spirit, or asked him the question, so
hand, though no outward distinctions
may exalt his destiny above the average needful in their case, • What must I do
condition of his kind, yet if content. to be saved.'
ment dwell within, and if he feel bis From the chapter on the miseries deserts to be below the level of his
lot, all around will take the colouring tered. No: with them, flattery is a he gives, and catch, as it were, the serious thing. They meet it as their illumination of his own mind.
due. They claim it as a right, wbich “I have met with not a few whose all, but the flatterer, cruelly and instinct it appears to be, to gather out wrongfully withhold from them. I'p of the mingled cup of life all the mi. to the highest pitch of adulation they sery they can ; and who go from one feel that all who approach them should bitter power to another, to collect habitually live. The sycophant is contheir store of grievances and com- sidered to be the only one who truly plaints. It seems to be their favourite knows them. His fulsome praise is point to prove to themselves and banded round as a kind of certificate others, how cruelly the world has of claims and character. And when used them ; and how every thing com. these letters of credit are protested, bines against them. And in no case, and disclaimed, new sources of morti. assuredly, is the proverb that ‘prac- fication and discomfort are opened to tice makes perfect' more amply veri- the mind." fied, than in theirs. There are two sides, or, as Epictetus well expresses it, We should have been glad to • two handles,' to every thing. There have added several other volumes are various aspects in which each ob. ject can be viewed. But their unhappy
to our list had space allowed. skill consists in selecting materials for Among those omitted, is the Rer. finding fault. Even the few bright J. H. Stewart's “ Family of Be. spots which they notice on the map thany,” which we had especially of life, they notice only for the reserved for notice. It is a volume purpose of contrasting them with the gloomy colouring of the rest. On so pastoral, so affectionate, so full this account, flattery is doubly poison- of tenderness and of holy unction, ous to them. Like all men, they that we most strongly recommend come in for their share of this flowery it to the perusal of our readers. food. They do not, with the few. It is a delightful and instructive despise it; nor, with the it as lightly and flippantly as it is ut. manual for the family circle.
VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS. ANOTHER member of the once nume- is in a position for again becoming, under rous and blooming family of George the wise management, a powerful and fouThird, the much esteemed princess Au. rishing state. He however declines the gusta, bas followed her forefathers, in overture, but expresses himself willing ripe years, and we would trust not to accept Egypt for ever, with the goa without preparation for her change, and vernment of Syria for life. The ten in reliance upon the merits and mercies days allowed for his compliance with of her Saviour.
the Sybilline proposition having expired,
he has forfeited the viceroyship of South The Levant treaty, respecting wbich Syria; and should be continue refracher Majesty was advised to express to tory, even the offer of Egypt lapses. parliament her confident hope that it In the mean time the English feet is will secure tranquillity to three conti. blockading his ports, and seizing vessels nents, has exploded like a bomb-shell and munitions of war in Syria. Unless amidst inflammable materials. The France should very seriously take up the Pasha of Egypt refuses to comply with question, and make it her own, at the the terms propounded to him, namely awful risk of a wide-spread European, the possession in perpetuity of Egypt, Asiatic, and African war, it does not which he wrested from the hands of seem likely that England, Russia, his master, with the government for Austria, and Prussia will so far life of the southern portion of Syria, recede from their ultimatum as to ada from the sea of Tiberias to the Red vise the Ottoman Porte to yield the Sea ; the latter however being condi. government of all Syria to Ali Pacha tional upon his accepting the proffered for life; by which concession he might terms within ten days. Considering be able to take such measures that it that he is a rebel, and holds all he would not be easily recoverable after possesses by usurpation, he would his death, sbould his successor deterhave no bard bargain in the peaceable mine to retain it. It is possible, bowhereditary sovereignty of Egypt, which ever, seeing the enormous evils which
must accrue to all parties from active quite as much against us as for us ; nor hostilities, that France may yield to a!e any wars so senseless in their object, policy, and be allowed to soothe her or so uncertain in their issue, as those wounded pride, by recommending to which are undertaken to preserve what the Pasha to accept some modified pro. is called “the balance of power.' That position, which the Allied Powers shall balance is always tluctuating; nor can have pre-arranged to concede at her human wisdom, strength, or foresight instance. It is incredible that any
In whatever way the European nation should have seriously Sultan of Turkey and his vassal might made up its mind for war. France, compound their difference, the loss and with her inflammable population and injury to England would probably be her disputed dynasties; with Bona. far less than that which must ensue if partism and Bourbonism adversely she should be drawn into an extensive pressing on her right and left flank, We trust this will not be the republicanism menacing her in the rear, case; nor do we believe that it will; and with nothing in her centre but the for, as we have said, it is the in. feebleness of a newly-founded throne, terest of the parties concerned to main. which the same voluble power that tain peace among themselves; but why erected it could easily overturn, can must England be for ever meddling? ill afford to bring on a shock, either of What bave we to do with blockading arms or opinions, which would pro- the Levant, and fighting to support the bably end abroad in loss and disgrace, Sultan of Turkey? We would remind from enslaved Algiers to slave-holding those of our countrymen who are Martinique; and at home in renewed anxious to interfere in neighbours' contentions, perhaps terminating as quarrels, of a story merrily told by the before in bloodshed, revolution, anarchy, reformer and martyr Tyndal, in his and restored despotism. Nor would “Practice of (popish] Prelates." He Austria, Prussia, or Russia, with their
says: “ The Frenchmen (as the old indelible recollections of the great saying is) of late days made a play, or a European war, with wounds scarcely disguising (masquerade) at Paris, in healed and ever ready to re-open, be which the emperor danced with the well advised in engendering strifes, pope and the French king, and wearied amidst the tumult of which the smoul. them, the king of England sitting on a dering elements of discontent and re- high bench and looking on. And when bellion would burst into a flame; “young it was asked why he danced not, it was Germany" coalescing with young Prus. answered, that he sat there but to pay sia and young Russia ; universities fra- the minstrels their wages.” England ternising with serfs; and the Carbonari has continued to “ pay the piper” in of Italy with the liberators of Poland; most of her wars ever since; and a fine till all Europe became one field of bill it would be, if pride or passion, inblood; for, as Mr. Canning said long stead of calm counsels, are to prescribe ago, the next European war will be a the dance. Let us be duly prepared to rewar of opinions; and even a sist violence; but let us beware of lightly casual spark than a quarrel about the kindling destructive conflagrations. affairs of the Levant might serve to kindle it. Nor would it suit England, Her Majesty observed in her speech, with her enormous debt, her vast com. at the close of the late session, “ I have mercial interests, her trembling balance every reason to expect cordial assistance of parties, and with China and all the from the Assembly of Jamaica in the East upon her hands, under perilous salutary work of improving the condicircumstances, to manage as best she tion and elevating the character of the may ; to say nothing of the inadequacy inhabitants of that colony. The conof her peace establishments, for any duct of the emancipated negroes vast and sudden einerzency, offen- throughout the West Indies has been sive or defensive; to expend much remarkable for tranquil obedience to blood and treasure, and to risk more, the law, and a peaceable demeanour in for the sake of adjusting the affairs of all the relations of social life." To us Turkey. And what have we so spe. who from the first espoused the cause cially to do with the question, that we of emancipation, and endeavoured to must hazard plunging ourselves in war counteract the alarming forebodings by to settle it ? " True, we are on the right which interested men worked upon the side, and the French on the wrong, as minds of the ignorant and the timid, between the Porte and its rebel subject; Her Majesty's declaration respecting and our Oriental interests make it our
r po- the good conduct of the emancipated licy to preserve the independence of the population-though it is only what we Ottoman empire. But in the present expected—is very consolatory. As to attempt to do so, the probabilities are the recent panic, that we shall have no
sugar, for that the emancipated people wortb's publications, we need not say, will not work, we always frankly stated are thoroughly orthodox; and he has our conviction that free men never recently done much service to the would, or ought to toil as the slaves church of Christ, and our own branch were made to do under the lash; but in particular, by forcibly delivering bis they are quite willing to work to any testimony against the Oxford Tract reasonable extent for due wages; and doctrines in three sermons preacbed bemuch of the deficiency complained of, fore the University; in the preface to arises from the gratifying circumstance which he says: "Restlessness of public that the women, instead of toiling at feeling, which has for some time past servile labour in the fields, now employ been exercising its influence over themselves in their cottages in dis- other branches of study, has now charging the duties of wives and mo- extended itself to theology. thers, having become more civilized, The doctrines of justification through and in very numerous instances Chris- faith,' of the free pardon of sin tianized also. There must of necessity through the Gospel covenant, and of be some temporary diminution of pro- . the entire sufficiency of Scripture as duce; the labourers being no longer our guide to salvation,' are no longer, willing to be regarded merely as ploughs as formerly, accepted by all parties and horses; but in proportion as agri. within our Church as almost trite and cultural implements and improved modes undeniable truths. Within the last few of culture are introduced, the pressure years a strong and extensively organized will be relieved ; and even were it other- effort has been made, if not openly to wise, sugar, in ample abundance, might controvert them, at least to weaken speedily be procured from India and their evidence, and practically to super, elsewhere, without any pretext for re- sede them. Minute and unessential verting to slavery, or encouraging the points of practice have been rigidly in. produce of those countries in which it is sisted on; inferences, either derived still tolerated.
from Scripture by a strained exaggera.
tion of particular texts, or purely and The Rev.Dr. Shuttleworth is appoint. simply the product of human caprice, ed to succeed Bishop Otter in the see have been oracularly brought forward as of Chichester, and we have reason to indispensable parts of faith ; and thus, believe that the choice has fallen upon whilst men's attention has been drawn a clergyman highly qualified for the away from fundamental principles, a office. We were unwilling to express system of theology has been set up, not any opinion upon the recent appoint of that soul-stirring and yet simple chament for St. David's; for our recollec- racter taught by the apostles, but tions of Dr. Thirlwall's preface to bis blended with many of the super-additranslation of Schleiermacher's neolo- tions, not to say cold superstitions, of a gian Essay upon St. Luke's Gospel, later and far less pure period. Under were painfully vivid,—he seemed to us such circumstances it would seem to be in effect to give up the whole question incumbent upon every sincere friend to of the divine inspiration of holy writ,- the principles of the Protestant Refor. but many years bave since passed by, mation, and (as I conceive them to be) and we have been informed that the of Evangelical truth, openly to declare learned writer now entertains far better their dissent from doctrines which, if views; so that we kept silence lest we they are doing notbing more, are at least should say more tban present circum- disarming those principles of their stances would justify. Dr. Shuttle. poignancy and efficacy."
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. W. W. H. ; Clericus Ordo; J. F.; Christophilus; A Beneficed Clergyman ;
O. F. R.; J. C.; J. H. ; J. B. ; F. S. ; are under consideration. We fear that our readers will not tolerate a prolongation of the discussion re
pecting the passage in Ignatius, upon wbich several correspondents have fa
voured us with their remarks. If the Rev. J. C. Carver, Ordinary of Newgate, will be kind enough to inform us
what were the“ misstatements and false assumptions" in the remarks of ANTIQuus upon the administration of the Lord's Supper to criminals before execution, they shall be corrected.