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VISITOR. N° 50. are told, the strong and the wise. Let not then the low and servile appearance, which his only begotten Son put on among us; let not the shameful and accursed death he deigned to die : let not the obscurity of his Apostles, the lowness of their births, the servility of their occupation, their ignorance of human learning, at all disgust or offend us : Nay, rather let it confirm our faith, and satisfy us, that this is most agreeable to the Sovereign Ruler's manner, and the strongest proof of his intervening power, to whom easy and arduous are the same ; who can work as effectually by the weak as by the strong : And who from the ineanness of the instrument, more abundantly confutes the arrogancy of mortals, and establishes his own unparallelled glory.

Great and many are the advantages derived from the sea, considered as the grand vehicle of commerce, the source of national wealth and industry: but let us not omit to observe, that thus not only the riches of nations are communicated; thus also the riches of the gospel of Christ may be, have been conveyed to us; are conveyed to distant climes, and they who sat in darkness and the shadow of death, are revived with the light of his heaven-descended truth. America can witness this ; whose realms ere while, were obscured with a darkness, not less

black,

black, than that which invests the tawny inhabitants : but now the day-spring hath arisen to enlighten - and would to God, we could add, -- hath perfe&tly enlightened those benighted climes !

But alas ! how slow is the progress, how imperfect the spread of the religion of Jesus ! how destructive, how pernicious, in every view are the ravages of war! how fearful is the account which those potentates will have to make hereafter, whose desolating swords the fury of ambition hath drawn ; whose instruments of war, the luft of sway, and the desire of conquest, have brought into the ensanguined field ! Religion, liberty, and every social virtue demand their just vengeance ! Wretched Princes, what can be more deplorable than your circumstances ! --' But not by war only; the propagation of religion is prevented by other causes ; as other men may propagate it no less than princes. Yet though the blessings of the christian religion are everlasting, and its rewards inestimable, we must obferve with regrèt, that its professors are not to solicitous, if in any degree solicitous, to diffuse its comforts, as they are to amass the perishing wealth of this world : which they will seek at the fearful peril of all things dear to them, seek in the frail bark, amidst all the extremities of heat and cold, hunger and thirst; though it will

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avail them nothing, when death demands his due, and the soul shall depart to an unbiased tribunal !

How happy would it be, and how truly praiseworthy ; if the vessel that traversed the deep, in search of temporal wealth, would permit a small freight of the eternal truth to fail with it; would not only by the dispersion of useful books, but by the exeinplary demeanor of its mariners, and the seasonable hints of its commanders, endeavour to promote that religion, the knowledge of which is life eternal ! How pleasing a confidence in the midst of dangers, would such a conduct infuse into the breasts of all who filled so happy a vesiel ; and surely, if any men, those who are so constantly exposed to imminent peril, should labour to procure that confidence : fince it is terrible indeed, to hear the threatning tempests roar ; to see the blue lightnings glare ; to behold the mountainous surges beat uncontrouled; to view the shattered crashing mast, with horrible confusion, torn away: to see death entering at the fatal leak; to sink - irrecoverably fink into the fathomless abyss - emblem of that eternity, whence there is no return ! --How dreadful thus to fink, without one reasonable hope of acceptance with him, who is to determine our condition, irreversibly in that eternal ftate ! --One moment's reflection certainly must,

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be sufficient to awaken in every man's mind an
attention to this most interesting of all concerns
to human beings : — must be sufficient surely to
engage our naval commanders, and all those who
go down to the sea in ships, and see the wonders
of the Lord in the great deep, to act in so consist-
ent a manner, that christianity may derive some
advantage from their voyages ; or at least not be
reproached and reviled amongst the heathen ; to
whom we sincerely wish, no real cause had ever
been given ; to whom we earnestly pray, that
no future cause may ever be given, to say,
" Why should we become christians? are they
better than we? they lie, they swear, they steal,
they cheat, they indulge their 'lust, they are
drunken :--Tell us then, why should we be-
come christians? wherein doth their purity or
morality excel our own ?

NUM. . NUMBER LI.

Fountains, and ye, that -warble as ye floru
Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise.

Ye mifts and exhalations, that now rife
From hill or steeming lake ; dusky or grey
'Till the sun paint your fleecy skirts with gold,
In honour to the world's great author rise,
Whether to deck with clouds thuncolour'd sky,
Or wet the thirfly earth with falling Mowers,
Rising or falling fill advance his praise !

Milton.

M ANY and great are the advantages de

IVI rived from the Ocean, as the vehicle of commerce. Some of these have been considered in our paper of last Saturday. But when we reflect, that it is the grand source of all the moisture of the earth, and consequently, of all its fertility: that it supplies our tables with such elegance, and the tables of the poor with such plenty, we shall confess that the advantages of commerce, are scarce comparable to these eminent blessings, which spring from the Ocean. -" How soon (says a writer * on this subject) would the earth be as inacãive and barren as it was, before the divine benediction on the third day of creation, if it were not for the waters of

the Pearsall..

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