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“How happy are they
ashamed to own my Lord;” a quiet Who the Saviour obey,
child's hymn. H. 817, "Blessed And have laid up their treasure above ! Tongue cannot express
are the pure in heart, etc.” is one The sweet comfort and peace
of W.M. Bunting's sweet exposiOf a soul in its earliest love.
tory strains; a compressed sermon
set to placid, elevating music. Hs. “ Jesus all the day long
821, 826 are Josiah Conder's wonWas my joy and my song."
derfully well-turned and cleanlyHymn 808 is in Charles Wesley's wrought versifications of two beautimost sprightly and popular vein,
ful collects, those for the eleventh both as to sentiment and metre :
and the fifth Sundays after Trinity;
remarkable instances of frank and “He came from above Our curge to remove ;
fond appreciation of the Liturgy in He hath loved, He hath loved us, because
one of the foremost champions of He would love.
Dissent. They breathe all the sedate "Love moved Him to die,
and equable fervour characteristic of And on this we rely,
the collects. H. 822 is a psalm of He hath loved, He hath loved us, we Christian fellowship, “A Prayer cannot tell why.
for Charity," being
a metrical “ But this we can tell, He hath loved us so well,
expansion of the collect for QuinAs to lay down His life to redeem us
quagesima Sunday, by Richard from hell.”
Massie. It has in it the true ring Hs. 810, 812, 813, 816, are brief
of sound catholicity, and is a genuine poetical petitions founded on texts gathering song for all Divisions of of Scripture, to which they serve as the host of God, whatever be their a happy and effective Gnomon, such uniform. Next to this is another as, in prose, Bengel himself could Christian lyric which has won uninot
surpass. They are in C. versal acceptation : Montgomery's Wesley's most characteristic and “Prayer is the soul's sincere desire; " happiest manner. The first three appropriately followed by John present the true and most comfort
Newton's " Čome, my soul, thy suit able doctrine of the Perseverance prepare; ” buoyant and breezy, the of the Saints ; the last, on
very hymn for opening a prayerme, O Lord, and I shall be healed, meeting. Next hail Hugh etc.,” is another brief argumentative
Stowell's hymn on the Mercy Seat; appeal to the faithfulness of God, healthy, hearty, kindly, beaming ; for Entire Sanctification, as is also
like its large-hearted author. H. 820 :
H. 827 is an exposition of the
parable of the Unjust Judge, in C. “Vouchsafe to keep me, Lord, this day Without committing, etc.”
Wesley's most vigorous style. The
points of encouragement to prayer Hs. 818, 819, on "Lead us not
are put in a form of most forceful into temptation, etc.," are unique condensation, as if by some intellecas amplifications of that petition, tual process of hydraulic pressure. and all are closely-reasoned plead
As a suggestive outline of a sermon ings for perfect holiness, e.g.: on the text, and a hymnic applica"Fain would we cease from sinning
tion at the close of such a sermon, In thought and word and deed, - it is invaluable. H. 828, also by From sin, in its beginning,
C. Wesley, is in another vein, that We languish to be freed."
of reflective amplification. H. 829, H. 811 is Watts'
Miss Elliott's " Watch and Pray,"
is a cheery and awakening clarion. William M. Bunting's happiest It is impossible to over-estimate the usefulness of H. 830, C. Wesley, on “For, weeping, wakeful eyes
Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven,” Instinctive look above, so long as the Christian brotherhood
And catch, through openings in the
skies, is exposed to outbursts of the flame
Thy beams, unslumbering Love ! of hurt self-love. It ought to act
“Hours spent with pain-and Thee as an instantaneous extincteur :
Lost hours have never seemed ;
From earth for heaven redeemed." "I cannot draw the envenomed dart, Orquench this hell of wrath and pride:
H. 839, Williams' “ Guide me, Jesus, till I thy Spirit receive,
0 Thou great Jehovah," though Thou know'st I never can forgive.
not distinguished by poetic eleva"Root out the wrath thou dost restrain, tion, has done good service amongst
other Denominations, and will Hs. 833—835, exquisitely exposi- doubtless be welcomed and sung tory of Matthew vi. 27, 33, 34, are
with zest and advantage by many calculated to be of the highest service earnest Methodists. Of H. 841 it to the weak believer overborne with is sufficient to mention the first the burden of life, hunted down by line: “My God, and Father! while and holding at bay the hungry cares I stray." No recently-edited Hymnof this world. H. 836 is another book could afford to leave out this serviceable selection from the Wesley | lovely companion hymn to “ Just Poetry, headed “In Uncertainty," as I am. The two place their and evidently written in, as well as writer, as to the essentials of a for, a season of solicitous suspense. hymn, in the first rank of hymnists. The faltering believer will find it a H. 842, again, needs neither comstout staff wherewith he may steady ment nor introduction. Who has his steps in fording some hurrying, not wished for a new edition of the eddying Jabbok that cuts his line Hymn-Book that might contain of pilgrimage.
such compositions as Miss Waring's H. 837 is a simple, soothing • Father, I know that all my life? little strain by Dr. Bonar. H. 838 And then Miss Steele's "Father,
a genuine song in the night, such whate'er of earthly bliss" could as God alone can give; a hymn for scarcely be left out; though it cana confirmed invalid, which only not challenge comparison with the a Christian invalid could possibly compositions of Miss Elliott and have written. It contains some of Miss Waring.
BY THE REV.
WOOD (B). It has been usual for writers and which is, the movement respecting speakers, in almost every age to
the political position and power of assert, that the times in which they individually lived, were the most A few eloquent feminine advoremarkable in the history of the
cates have raised on public platforms, world. Certainly, the present period in our cities and large towns, á presents to us certain novelties in popular cry of injustice and oppresthe region of politics; the chief of sion on the part of the other sex.
It is not denied that
sion, a nobler destiny ? That she exerts the mightiest influence in will best accomplish this mission by social life; but these ladies are moving in the sphere which God avowedly determined not to rest and nature have appointed, and not satisfied until there be added to by quitting that sphere for another, this influence direct political power. it is my object to prove." Their demand may be expressed in In influence, woman is unquestionfew words : “We feel it degradingably superior to man, and she need to work by influence rather than by not complain of want of power, even power; indirectly instead of directly; political power, if she will only use as subordinates not as principals !” her influence well. She need not That is the question at issue. Is lament that her sphere is narrow and it not legitimate to ask, “ Would obscure when in that sphere she mankind be benefited by the addi- touches the springs of public life and tion of power to influence or ex- sets in motion the forces that govern change of influence for power in the world. The special advocates the case of woman ? Would greater of “ Woman's Rights” maintain good be procured by bringing her that their present theatre of action out of her present sphere into the is too contracted, and that they arena of political life, by introducing ought to share in the public functo our very hearths the tumultuous tions of the other sex. Equality, and often bitter feelings incident to mental and bodily, is sometimes political strife ?"
publicly proclaimed. “This,” says “ It is really difficult," says the writer already referred to, “is an eloquent and highly-cultivated matter too ludicrous to be treated woman,“ to approach the subject in anywhere but in a professed satire. the form to which it has by some In sober earnest, it may be asked, writers been reduced, with any degree upon what grounds so extraordinary of gravity; and it is somewhat to a doctrine is built. Were women the credit of the other sex, that it allowed to act out these principles has not more frequently been treated it would soon appear that one great with the keen and indelicate satire range of duty had been left unprowhich it deserves, and might pro- vided for in the schemes of Provivoke. Yet we are not one iota dence. Such an omission would behind these fiery champions of be without parallel. Two principal womanhood, in exalted notions of points might here be brought forits dignity and mission. We are as ward which oppose this plan at the anxious as they can be that women very outset : They are, First, placshould be roused to a sense of their ing the two sexes in the position of own importance; but we affirm, that rivals instead of coadjutors; entailit is not so much social institutions ing the diminution of female influthat are wanting to women, but ence. Second, leaving the importwomen who are wanting to them- ant duties of women only in the selves. We claim for them no less hands of that part of the sex least an office than that of instruments able to perform them efficiently. (under God) for the regeneration “ The principle of divided labour of the world,—restorers of God's seems to be a maxim of the Divine image in the human soul. Can any
government, as regards the creature. of the warmest advocates of the It is only by a concentration of political rights of woman claim or powers to one point that so feeble a assert for her a more exalted mis- | being as man can achieve great results. Why should we wish to presided over by an all-wise Intelliset aside this salutary law, and gence, is a tangled maze without a disturb the beautiful simplicity of plan, a domain of chance and misarrangement which has given to man rule, the structure and capabilities the power, and to woman the influ- of its inhabitants must be held to ence, to second the plans of Almighty determine the place which they are Goodness? They are formed to be to occupy and the ends which they co-operators, not rivals, in this great are meant to serve. The student work; and rivals they would un- of nature can show that every sendoubtedly become if the same career tient form of existence possesses of public ambition, and the same such faculties as minister to its reward of success, were open to
comfort and subserve the purposes both. Woman, at present, is the of its existence. He can trace a regulating power of the great social beautiful fitness between its capacimachine, retaining, through the very ties and its mode of life.
The same exclusion complained of, the power fitness, we believe, only in a higher to judge of questions by the abstract and more manifest degree, exists rules of right and wrong,—a power
between woman's nature and capacity seldom possessed by those whose on the one hand, and the sphere she spirits are chafed by opposition and is designed to occupy on the other. heated by personal contest.
She obviously differs from man in "The second resulting evil is a many qualities. Although essengrave one, though in treating of it, tially of the same nature, she also, it is difficult to steer clear of cannot be designed to fill exactly ludicrous associations. The political man's place ; and to give them career being open to women, it is precisely the same work and expect natural to suppose that all the most them to occupy precisely the same gifted of the sex would press for- sphere, would be a violation of the ward to confer upon their country laws of nature productive of the the benefit of their services, and to most disastrous results. reap for themselves the distinction Woman's natural capacity will inwhich such services would obtain. dicate plainly where she should be The duties
hitherto considered and what she should do, and proper peculiar to the sex would sink to a training will fit her for, and social far lower position in public estima- arrangements and legislation should tion than they now hold, and would secure for her, her proper place and be abandoned to those least able work. Woman's form is to a great conscientiously to fill them. The extent the index to her mind, and combination
of legislative with both must be so far in harmony that domestic duties would indeed be a the sphere for which one is adapted difficult task, and of course, the will not be unsuited to the other. least ostentatious would be sacri- For the supposition is inadmissible ficed.”
that her Creator has made the differThis second point tells most ent elements of her nature so to powerfully against the Woman's clash that one or the other unfits Rights agitation. The distinctive her for any sphere which she might faculties with which
woman is otherwise occupy; the mental being endowed seem to point to the posi- out of proportion with the physical ; tion which she ought to fill and the thus preventing any free and harwork for which she is designed.
monious exercise of her powers. Unless the world, instead of being such a supposition impugns her
Maker's wisdom and goodness, and this on the part of some who advowherever it is entertained there is a cate“ Woman's Rights.” sad misconception of what woman The Equal-rights Movement has really is, and of the faculties with supporters who in reality seek for which God has endowed her. “Men identity rather than equality, not and women are not only physically, perceiving that the concession but also mentally distinct. Cer- of their claim would surely tend to tainly there is no region of truth, the diminution of woman's influence. no sphere of intellectual develop- | Are the women who plead for idenment from which woman is by tity of rights prepared for that social incapacity excluded. But the diver- revolution which would sweep away, gence is to be found in her different with the besom of political equality, constitution. Man is more par
that deference which man instinctticularly fitted for that life of the ively pays to her position and mind which manifests itself in character, the honour “ as unto the independent mental productiveness, weaker vessel”? Is the difference of whilst woman reigns in the region sex in this respect to be obliterated ? of feeling, and dictates her laws Do they imagine that they may force with regard to good taste and themselves into man's position and decorum, but submits herself easily duties and be allowed by courtesy to to authority and guidance."
take a woman's precedence there? Do they show any sense of fitness, Sensible women will be slow to make then, who, disregarding this most demands until they have considered palpable difference, would assign to well at what cost they are to be woman the place and work for which granted, and few will be disposed to man is fitted, and leave man as the claim similar rights to those of men, if consequence to devote himself to so high a price must be paid for them. hers ? Are they not guilty of a
The entire sex would suffer were it mal-arrangement, by which power
to lose its social precedence, in exinstead of being utilised, would be change for the unfeminine (if that worse than wasted, and of a flagrant word itself did not become obsolete) violation of the laws of nature which assumptions and exactions of a few. must needs prove most disastrous That women have had legal grievto man and woman alike? Are ances (and may have still) we most her mental peculiarities at variance freely admit, but the legislature is with her physical capabilities, so gradually reducing these grievances that the two clash in their opera- to a minimum. To recognise the tions ? Has God created a being wrongs of women is not necessarily with two parts of her nature tending to approve of the remedy which is in different directions and requiring proposed, namely, Female Suffrage. opposite spheres for their proper This is the syllogism which the development ? Must she always, fair agitators set before their minds : in whatever place she occupies, do Woman has wrongs; These wrongs violence to one division of her can only be rectified by a female frannature or the other? Is she such chise. Therefore women must have an anomaly in the universe, such a the franchise. But between the adcontradiction to all that surrounds mission that woman has wrongs, and her ? Such a supposition is in the the conclusion that she ought to highest degree improbable and un- exercise the franchise, there is a wide philosophical We cannot blind logical gap which can only be bridged ourselves to the tendency to forget by a very unsubstantial arch. Before