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mortal beings throughout these deserts, He is present by the influence of his Holy Spirit, and accompanies the sound of the gospel with converting, sanctifying power. The best of all is, God is with us !"

Let us then be well assured of the ground on which we stand, in this great conflict. The honour, the power, the Sprit of the Son of God are on the one hand assailed; on the other, they are divinely pledged for the result. We must be identified with him, hide ourselves in him, conquer with him, or perish among his enemies. Away, then, with the brandishing of human weapons, and succumbing to human fear. Argue what we will, hope what we will, attempt what we will, it is vain, unless He works in us, and in the hearts of all we would bless. The conflict is his; and the faith he inspires, assures us that, trusting in him, consecrating ourselves to him, and doing the work he appoints, he will own our endeavours, and ultimate victory is certain. We may fall in the contest, and honour him in the fires of martyrdom, but he will conquer; and if not here, we shall in heaven witness the triumph of his power and love.

To what, then, does Christ by his Spirit call us for the world's conversion ? The voice of his providence and grace claims every renewed soul as wholly his, and demands that all the means of his own appointment be faithfully employed. We seem to hear him say, “These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.” Not our own neighbourhood and land merely, but “every creature” must be supplied, not with the written word merely, which gives authority to all other means, but with the living ministry, which it appoints ; not by the labours of the commissioned ministry alone, but with the coöperation of every member of the body of Christ; not with oral preaching or instruction merely, but the same permanently embodied, and presented to the eye; not with any one of these instrumentalities, alone, but with all united; or where all cannot at once be employed, with such as can be, as introductory to the rest, “if by any means" we may “save some.”

The Church has waited long .

Her absent Lord to see;
And still in loneliness she waits-

A friendless stranger she.
Age after age has gone,

Sun after sun has set,
And still in weeds of widowhood
She weeps, a mourner yet.

Come, then, Lord Jesus, come!

Saint after saint on earth

Has lived, and hoped, and died; And as they left us, one by one,

We laid them side by side:
We laid them down to sleep,

But not in hope forlorn;
We laid them but to ripen there
Till the last glorious morn.

Come, then, Lord Jesus, come!
The serpent's brood increase,

The powers of hell grow bold; The conflict thickens, faith is low,

And love is waxing cold. How long, O Lord our God,

Holy, and true, and good, Wilt thou not judge thy suffering Church, Her sighs, and tears, and blood ?

Come, then, Lord Jesus, come!

We long to hear thy voice,

To see thee face to face;

To share thy crown and glory then,

As now we share thy grace.
Should not the loving bride

The absent bridegroom mourn!
Should she not wear the weeds of grief
Until her Lord return?

Come, then, Lord Jesus, come!

The whole creation groans,

And waits to hear that voice
That shall restore her comeliness,

And make her wastes rejoice.
Come, Lord, and wipe away

The curse, the sin, the stain,
And make this blighted world of ours
Thine own fair world again.

Come, then, Lord Jesus, come!


From all that has been said, let us learn the true value of life, that stupendous gift of God. Life is unspeakably and incalculably sublime, considered as a participation of the divine immortal life. But life is in conceivably great, chiefly as an opportunity of doing good. In any other aspect, no image is too affecting to portray its vanity. Re

garded, however, as an agency, a trust, a day of toil, of strife, and of victorious achievement, life is gloriously sublime. In every form of self-denying, self-sacrificing endurance, life is glorious—whether it be the glory of the faithful mother; or of the patient sufferer; or of virtue uncorrupted amid impurity and poverty; or of the persevering and enterprising, and public-spirited merchant; or of the toiling, cheerful and industrious artizan; or of the laborious, indefatigable student; or of the true, disinterested patrioti; or of the gallant hero; or of the brave commander, who stands by his vessel, and her hapless crew, and sinks with her in indomitable firmness. But while these and all other forms of enterprise and suffering for the good of others, and in submission to the will of God, are glorious even as the glory of the stars, there is another form of life-long or life-sacrificing labour which is as the glory of the sun!

To feel that to live is Christ—to be so united to Christ that his work is our work, his will our will, his sufferings, death, and

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