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to manifest himself unto them, as he of bringing down the outpouring of does not unto the world.
the Spirit of God, and of thus proDo we not honour the Saviour by moting a glorious revival of religion. observing this day—the Lord's day? Why, then, need any despair? wby not and may we not expect that he will learn to submit, nay, more, to acquiesce honour us while we thus consecrate in the will of God, and in the darkest it to his memory and service? Alas hour to trust him even where we can. that any who deem themselves Chris not trace him; and why not always tians should ever loosely regard this make the best use ofthe circumstances day-their own Lord's day, and the in which we are placed, and then leave best of all the seven! Forsake not, the result with God? Can we manage then, the assembling yourselves to God's work better than he can him gether, as the manner of some is, but self? or do we, poor blind creatures, on each returning Lord's day let your presume to teach him? O banished presence be seen in the sanctuary, Christian! in thy Patmos, where all let its hours be spent in those works seems dark, threatening, and hopeof faith and those labours of love, less-on thy bed of sickness, where which the Saviour will delight to own sense and nature are but pain, weariand bless; and even when, from sick ness, and woe—under the cloud, in ness or any other cause, you are laid the fire, or amidst the storm of perseaside from active scenes, yet remem- cution-know that God is nigh, that ber in your solitude that Jesus has a he is Almighty, Allwise, and Infiparamount and constant claim on nitely Good; and let the sanctified your utmost gratitude and love—that use of thy adversity be, to lead thee even then he is worthy to receive your 'to a fuller confidence in Him whose homage, and reverence, and worship. thoughts are not as our thoughts,
We learn,5th-That when deprived whose ways seem often mysterious of all the ordinary means of grace, and inexplicable; but who, amidst and under the most unfavourable all this doubt, pain, and darkness, circumstances, God is able to over does still fulfil his wondrous designs, rule all for our good, and to render us and make "all things to work togestill more useful than before. The ther for good to them that love him." case of John proves this, and shows “These are they which came out of us that there are no possible circum- great tribulation, and have washed stances in which we can be placed, their robes, and made them white in where God cannot employ us in his the blood of the Lamb. Therefore service, and make us still more use are they before the throne of God, ful than we were before. Why, God and serve him day and night in his frequently makes more use of the temple ; and he that sitteth on the passive virtues of his people than throne shall dwell among them. they could accomplish by their most They shall hunger no more, neither active labours; and the banished, the thirst any more ; neither shall the weak, the sick and the afflicted, are sun light on them, vor any heat. often the most powerful instruments For the Lamb which is in the he employs to promote bis glory. midst of the throne shall feed them, The poor bedridden woman, who well and shall lead them unto living founnigh despaired of ever being able to tains of waters; and God shall wipo do anything for God, but into whose away all tears from their eyes." heart was poured the spirit of never
W. G. DENHAM. ceasing prayer, has been the means
ANGER.—There is a carelessness with some in regard to the minor offences against Christian character. Anger is the besetting sin of many They make little or no effort to subdue or control their passion. The Bible declares that he who ruleth his spirit
is better than he who taketh a city.
ZION'S MOURNER; OR, RABBI YEHUDAH HALLEVI, AND HIS FAVOUS ELEGY. On entering a Jewish synagogue, spirit, and a broken heart, he enon the great day of atonement, or tered the city of David, then in the on the ninth day of Ab, when the possession of the Crusaders. One destructior. of the Temple is comme day he sat, lost in melancholy, conmorated, the Christian visitor sees templating the sad condition of his and hears much which must make nation and country, under the rama deep impression on him. It is parts of Jerusalem. Suddenly he heart-rending to hear pious Jews, on rose, loosened his sandals, tore his those occasions, mourn over their garment, and loudly recited the elegy captivity in most doleful elegies; and he had composed. Altogether ab to hear these in the holy city, near sorbed by his subject, he noticed the only remnant of ancient Jewish not that his strange and singular grandeur—the only relic of Israel's behaviour had attracted the attention pride, now in possession of fanatic of an Arab horseman. The revilings infidels—is an event which can never and blasphemy of the Beduin were be obliterated from one's memory. left unheeded by him. Enraged at It is a most melancholy sight to this obstinacy of the Jew, the rude behold Jews from India, Barbary, son of Ismael spurred his charger, Persia, Turkey, Germany, Poland, and in a few minutes Zion's mourner Russia, Italy, and even England-- expired under the hoofs of the aniold and young, male and female mal, which trampled him to death. all bitterly lamenting and bewailing, Such was the melancholy fate of the near the few ancient stones which famous R. Yehudah Hallevi. support the western level of mount In presenting his elegy, as arranged Moriah-on which now stands the by our correspondent, to our readers, mosque of Omar—the destruction we cannot help expressing a wish of the Temple and the holy city, as that it contained some mention of also the dispersion and sufferings the GREAT SIN OF ISRAEL. But this of the children of Abraham. We it does not do. Israel does not yet have listened to these during several mourn for the sin of crucifying the successive Fridays, a few years ago, Prince of Glory; the mass of the and the scene made such an impres Jewish nation still reject God's sion on us that it is ever fresh be Anointed, Jesus of Nazareth, to fore our eyes.
reign over them. But none of the elegies recited on those occasions are more highly
THE ELEGY. esteemed than the one we are now
O Zion! widowed queen, we call on thee! about to present to our readers,
Dost thou the sorrows of thy children see? and few of the authors of those
Or, still insensible to all their woes, elegies are more highly revered than While they are exiled, canst thou seek Rabbi Yehudah Hallevi, who com
repose ? posed this “ Zion."
Their fervent acclamations rise on high; The time and country in which he
O Zion ! dost thou hear their bitter cry?
From every corner of the spacious earth lived is regarded as the golden age They look to thee, the country of their birth; of Jewish literature. He was born They pant for hope while still oppressed about the year 1100, of very opu with fears, lent and religious parents. Gifted
And pay to thee the tribute of their tears. by nature with uncommon abilities,
Our tears fall rapidly, like Hermon's dewaand educated with great care, it is
Oh! could they thy deserted bill suffuse;
Ah! when I weep o'er thy tremendous fall, not to be wondered that he, in his In agony of grief on heaven I call; youthful days, already manifested But when I dream of Israel's blest return, signs of his future greatness.
How does my heart with holy fervour Having settled his daughter, and
I hear the accents of thy harp once more, otherwise arranged his affairs, the
As oft in festive days 'twas heard of yore, poet departed on a pilgrimage to Thrilling with sweetest notes in holy lays, the Holy Land. With a downcast And harmonizing in our songs of praise.
My heart flies t'ward the temple of our
God; On Zion's hill Jehovah's foot hath trod. Were not the gates of heaven opened
here? Did not the majesty of God appear, And solar and sidereal light seem dim, Compared with the all-glorious cherubim ? Oh, that my soul could fly to that bless'd
place, Where God descended on his chosen race, Where God the Spirit shed his glories
round, And render'd still more holy, holy ground! Thou wert the seat of the eternal King, But now thy palaces with clamour ring. 0 Zion! slaves pollute thy sacred throne, While Israel's princes but as slaves are
known. Ah! why, my soul, canst thou not hover
near Those sacred spots to memory still so dearTo where the prophets once in trembling
heard The awful Deity, the eternal Word? Give me but pinions like the gentle dove, To bear me to the distant haunts I love, Then should the fragments of my broken
heart Rest 'mid thy ruins, never to depart. Fain would I cling to thy dumb rocks
nay, more, Thy very dust in sacred awe adore; My foot should rest on many an ancient's
grave, My mind should contemplate in Hebron's
cave, Mine eye might gaze on proud Abarim's
steeps, And on Mount Hor, where priestly Aaron
sleeps. Yes! there the lights of Israel calmly rest, Waiting the resurrection of the blest. In thy pure air I'd breathe the breath of
life. Yea, e'en thy dust should seem with per
fume rife; And as thy streamlets touched my parching Thy sweetest taste of honey I should sip. How should my foot delight in passing o'er That sacred spot which once the Temple
bore! Bare-footed’mid whose ruin I should tread, With holy awe, as o'er the sainted dead. Near to this hallowed spot, it is believed, The earth a holy trust from God received, And, op'ning wide, in trembling fear took in The ark of glory and the cherubin, And in her trusty bosom hides them still, In Mount Moriah's consecrated hill. Ah ! from my head in fury I could tear The bright and flowing locks of raven hair, And, in my frenzy, curse the mad decree Which tore thy sons, O Palestine! frora
thee. Yes! from thy breast thy loving children
tore, To cast them on a rude, unholy shore.
Alas! alas ! how shall my life be dear, While daily scenes of sorrow fresh appear! Dragged into dens by dogs, thy sons I seeThy lion sons to tyrants bend the knee. Can I endure the glorious light of day, Which shows the ravens feeding on their
prey ?That prey the mangled bodies of thy saints! My head is sick, my heart with mis'ry
faints: Stay, cup of sufferings ! but one moment
stay, Or let me cast some drops of gall away! My swelling veins with bitterness are
filled, My beating heart refuses to be stilled. One thought, Oholiba, one thought on
thee Would it were mine thy future good to see! Then in my hand the bitter cup I'd clasp, And hold with firmness in my fevered
grasp. One moment on Ohola let me think, And to the dregs the goblet I will drink. 0 Zion! Crown of Beauty! dost thou
see The tender love thy children bear to thee? Thy happiness hath filled them with delight, Thy sorrows plunged them in the depths
of night. See thy lost tribes, from many a hostile
shore, T’ward thy loved gates their sad petitions Fear not! thy flocks, dispersed on distant
hills, Still long for holy Zion's pleasant rills; They languish for the well-remembered
shade Thy spreading palms' light feath’ry foliage Tay spreading pain
made. Sincar and Pathros are an empty boast, Or vainly-lying wonders at the most. Thy Urim and thy Thummim, who shall
dare With these deceiving oracles compare? Or who compare with Levi's sacred sons, Or with thy princes and thy holy ones? Fear not! though empires shall around
thee fall, Thou yet shalt rise the pride and joy of all. Thou art the city of the eternal KingO Zion! lift thy drooping head and sing. Happy is he, with peace and favour blessed, Who'neath thy shelt'ring walls shall
calmly rest; But, oh, thrice happy and thrice blessed
is he Who Zion's day of future bliss shall see! His voice shall mingle with the songs of
praise, Which thy rejoicing sons together raise ; He shall behold thee, Zion, in thy prideIn beauty decked, fair as a youthful bride, When on thy brow a diadem shall shine, And joy and gladness be for ever thine!
M. E. B. -From the Hebrew
THE REGISTRATION OF PLACES OF WORSHIP. The proper registration of our as any Dissenter could reasonably places of worship is of more import desire. ance than is generally supposed; and It must not be inferred that the as there has recently been a great registration of a place of worship is change in the law, it is desirable to a mere formality. On the contrary, draw attention to the subject.
the Act secures advantages of a poAn Act was passed in the late ses sitive character. Under the law as sion of Parliament, “ To amend the comprised in the Act of 1 William law relating to the certifying and and Mary, c. 18 (commonly known registering places of religious wor- as the Toleration Act), and that of ship of Protestant Dissenters." The 52 George III. c. 155, no congregaleading enactment provides that no tion or assembly of Protestants for place of meeting of any congrega- religious worship is allowable, at tion, or assembly for religious wor- which there shall be present more ship of Protestants dissenting from than twenty persons, besides the imthe Church of England, is in future mediate family and servants of the to be certified to the bishop or arch- person in whose house or upon whose deacon, or to justices of the peace, as premises such meeting, congregation heretofore; but that henceforth all or assembly shall be held, unless the such places are to be certified to the said place of meeting be certified as Registrar-General exclusively, and such according to law. Any infringeto be recorded in his office. This is ment of this provision subjects the undoubtedly, a great improvement. neglectful party to the mercies of the Under the old system, application had common informer; and the penalties to be made to the officials of the Spi- to which persons expose themselves ritual Courts, and, these being exclu by meeting for worship in an unsively Churchmen, petty obstructions certified building ought to be deemed and annoyances in obtaining certifi- a sufficient reason for gladly availing cates were far from uncommon; in- themselves of the provisions of the deed, many of our chapels are un recent Act. registered in consequence.
It is especially necessary that the The mode of application is hence- attention of our ministers should be forth to be as follows:-A“trustee," directed to this subject. The claim “proprietor,” or “occupier," as the to exemption from liability to serve case may be, of any chapel or place in the newly organized militia is which has not already been certified good only in the case of those who are under either of the statutes of 1 Wil ministers of certified buildings. Each liam and Mary, c. 18, or 32 George minister should therefore attach III., c. 15ă, must wait upon the Su- himself, nominally at least, to some perintendent-Registrar of the district one particular chapel in his Circuit, in which the said chapel or place is should see that it is duly certified, situate; and, upon stating his object, and retain the proof of the fact at will receive two blank forms, with an command. intimation that, when properly filled There is, also, another advantage. up and signed in duplicate, they must The congregation of an uncertified be returned to him with a fee of building might, in some localities, be 23. 6d. The Registrar will thereupon interrupted and insulted almost with transmit the certificates by post to impunity; but over certified buildthe Registrar-General, at Somerset ings the law throws its Ægis of proHouse, who will forthwith cause the tection. same to be recorded as the Act di- An additional motive for desiring rects, and will return one of the the proper registration of all our forms back to the local Registrar, to places of worship is supplied by the be by him delivered to the trustee or fact that the Registrar-General is other person from whom he received preparing for publication a list of all it. Thus, it will be perceived, the the certified places of worship in the process is as simple and inexpensive kingdom, distinguishing their deno, minational names, by whom certified, and when. Instructions have been sent to the Registrar of erery diocese and archdeaconry, and to the Clerk of the Peace of every county, city and borough in England and Wales, to supply the necessary information. Unless, therefore, our friends attend
to the duty of registration, our in-
J. F. S.
POPERY AGAINST CHRISTIANITY. DEAR SIR,-Last Sunday after God and men, the Man Christ noon I was, as usual, engaged in Jesus." visiting the sick in our parish work- V. Now, my dear woman, I feel house. On coming to one who bad very deep concern on your account, been only a few days an inmate, I because you place yourself in direct informed her of the object of my opposition to the authority of our visit, upon which the following con. Lord Jesus Christ. He commands versation ensued.
you to search the Scriptures." V. will represent myself as l'isitor. R. C. So I should, if my religion R. C. will represent the party visited, would allow me. who is a Roman Catholic.
V. By the admissions you hare V. Can you read the Scriptures? made you have declared your religion
R. C. I was accustomed to read is not true, for Christ, who says, “I the Scriptures, and had great plea am the Way, and the Truth, and the sure therein.
Life," commands you to “ search the V. How long have you neglected Scriptures;" but you are forbidden to reading the Scriptures ?
do so by your religion. Seeing you R. Č. It is about six years.
prefer the authority of your priest to V. Why did you cease reading the that of Jesus Christ, allow me to Scriptures, seeing you had so much remind you of another Scripture, pleasure in reading them ?
which warns the disobedient that a R. C. My religion does not allow Day of Judgment is coming, when me to read them. I wish the priest Christ, the Judge, will say of some, would allow me to read them; but I “ Those mine enemies who would not have treasured up many portions of that I should reign orer them, bring the New Testament in my memory, hither, and slay them before me." and it often affords me much pleasure Further, you condemn your religion in recollecting those portions.
as false, which teaches you to regard V. You say you have treasured up the Virgin Mary as a mediator, in much of the New Testament in your the face of that Scripture you rememory; I will repeat a few words peated, “There is one Mediator beof one verse, and then thank you to tween God and men, the Man Christ finish it. “I am the Way-"
shipping the Virgin Mary, I inV. One other verse in the same treated her to ponder over these Gospel. “Search the
things (of which we had been speakR. C. “Scriptures; for in them ye ing), but regret to say I left her with think ye have eternal life, and they some Roman Catholic relatives, who are they which testify of me."
had called to see her. V One more and I shall be satis
HENRY WEBBER. fied as to the faithfulness of your 31, Old-street, St. Luke's, memory. “For there is one God”
Aug. 7, 1852. R. Č. “And one Mediator between