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every disciple, in whom the love of Christ dwells, rejoices with transport to be assured, that he shall see him as his own friend and Saviour, when he shall come “to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe.”

As I am unwilling to contract the observations I propose to ofier, on the blessed effects which continuance in “ looking to Jesus” cannot fail to ensure, I shall terminate my present communication, in the hope and purpose of forwarding my concluding remarks, at no distant period. I am, &c.





Sir,—You have recently published one or two interesting papers on an interesting topic— The Worship of Christ. The insertion of the following may possibly gratify some of your readers as a sample of the early Christian hymns addressed to the Saviour. I take it from Potter's Clemens Alexandrinus, Oxford, 1715, and accompany it with a rough metrical version, neither so close, on the one hand, as I might easily have made it-nor so paraphrastic as I was tempted to make it—to reduce it to our modern taste. Each fourth line is intended simply as a rest for the voice, and usually has nothing to correspond with it in the original.

The style of the hymn marks clearly enough a declining age. The nervous simplicity of Scripture poetry is forsaken for multiplied epithet and incongruous metaphor. The piece, however, furnishes evidence of the prominent place given to the Lord Christ in the devotions of the second century. I am, dear Sir, yours very respectfully,


"Υμνος του Σωτήρος Χριστου, του

αγίου Κλήμεντος. .

Hymnus Christi Servatoris à Sancto

Clemente compositus.

Στόμιον πώλων αδαών,

Πτερόν ορνίθων απλανών, ,
Οίαξ νηπίων ατρεκής, ,
Ποιμήν άρνών βασιλικών '
Τους σους αφελεις
Παιδας άγειρον, ,
Αινεν αγίως, ,

Frænum pullorum indocilium,
Penna volucrum non errantium,
Verus clavus infantium,
Pastor agnorum regalium,
Tuos simplices
Pueros congrega,
Ad sancte laudandum,

Υμνειν αδύλως
Ακάκους στόμασιν
Παίδων ηγήτορα Χριστόν.

Βασιλευ αγίων,
Λόγε πανδαμάτωρ
Πατρός υψίστου,
Σοφίας πρύτανι,
Στήριγμα πόνων
Βρoτέας γενεάς
Σώτερ Ιησου,
Ποιμήν, άροτήρ,
Oιαξ, στόμιον,
Πτερον ουράνιον
Παναγούς ποίμνης"
Αλιευ μερόπων
Των σωζομένων,
Πελάγους κακίας
Ιχθύς αγνούς
Κύματος εχθρου
Γλυκερη ζωή δελεάζων
Ηγου, προβάτων
Λογικών ποιμήν:
Αγιε ήγου
Βασιλευ παίδων ανεπάφων.
Ιχνια Χριστου,
οδός ουρανία
Λόγος αέναος,
Αιών άπλετος,
Φως αίδιον,
Ελέoις πηγή,
"Ρεκτήρ αρετής.
Σεμνή βιοτη
θεόν υμνούντων, Χριστε Ιησου,
Γάλα ουράνιον
Μαστών γλυκερών
Νύμφης χαρίτων,
Σοφίας της σης έκθλιβόμενον,
Οι νηπίαχοι
Αταλάις στόμασιν
θηλής λογικής
Πνεύματι δροσερό
Αίνους αφελείς,

Syncere canendum
Ore innoxio
Christum puerorum ducem.

Rex sanctorum,
Verbum qui domas omnia,
Patris altissimi,
Sapientiæ rector,
Laborum sustentaculum,
Ævo gaudens,
Humani generis
Servator Jesu,
Pastor, arator,
Clavus, frænum,
Penna cælestis
Sanctissimi gregis.
Piscator hominum,
Qui salvi fiunt:
Pelagi vitii
Pisces castos
Unda ex infesta
Dulci vita inescans.
Sis dux, ovium
Rationalium pastor.
Sancte, sis dux,
Rex, puerorum intactorum,
Vestigia Christi,
Via celestis, ,
Verbum perenne, ,
Ævum infinitum,
Lux æterna,
Fons misericordiæ,
Operatrix virtutis,
Honesta vita
Deum laudantium, Christe Jesu,
Lac cæleste
Dulcibus uberibus
Nymphæ Gratiarum,
Sapientiæ tuæ expressum,
Ore tenero
Mammæ rationalis
Roscido spiritu
Impleti, ,
Laudes simplices,

Υμνους άτρεχεις, ,
Βασιλευ Χριστώ, ,
Μισθούς οσίους
Ζωής διδαχής, ,
Μέλπωμεν όμου, ,
Μέλπωμεν απλώς,
Παιδα κρατερόν. .
Χορός ειρήνης
Οι χριστόγονοι,
Λαός σώφρων,
Ψάλωμεν όμου Θεόν ειρήνης. .

Hymnos veraces,
Regi Christo,
Mercedes sanctas
Vitæ doctrinæ,
Canamus simul,
Canamus simpliciter
Puerum valentem.
Chorus pacis,
Christo geniti,
Populus modestus,
Psallamus simul Deum pacis.

Hymn to Christ, attributed to Clemens of Alexandria.

0, Thou, the wild will's tamer !
The wand'ring wing's reclaimer !
Our seaward pathway's framer,

Hear praise !
Shepherd, that goest before us!
Guardian, that watchest o'er us!
Receive our hymned chorus-

Our simple lays !
Thee, o'er thy saints who reignest,
Thy foes too who restrainest,
Who wisdom downward rainest,

We laud!
Thou lightenest toil's condition,
Sin finds in thee remission,
Thou only soul's physician!

Our Saviour God!
The heart's wide waste thou tillest !
Our bark to guide thou skillest !
Thou checkest as thou willest

Our ways !
Wing, for our sustentation !
Net, for our reclamation
From every bait's temptation !

Ancient of days!
Lead, Lord of lambs, the lowly !
Lead, King of saints, the holy !
Lead, far from sin and folly,

To thee!

Love's fountain, ever brimming!
Way! Word! and Light undimming !
Lifebreath of infants hymning

Their choristry!
Heaven's breast for nurture pressing,
The Spirit's dews possessing,
Be, Christ, for every blessing

Adored !
Sing, mates, the Son of woman,
Once cradled here as human :
True God—but not less true man-

The Christ-the Lord.
Ye babes upon the bosom,
Ye youth in manhood's blossom,
Sing Christ, and early choose him,

Our peace!
Sing guilelessly the Giver
Of mercy like a river,
And him, O let us live for

Till life shall cease!



NATIONAL CHURCHES AND CHRISTIAN MISSIONS. At the close of the last lecture, Mr. M`Neile speaks of “the connexion providentially established between England and the world, between England's church and the world's Christianity.” This allusion to the connexion between England's church and the world's Christianity, is a particularly unfortunate one. It is a fact, which Mr. M`Neile cannot dispute, nonconformists were engaged for years in furthering the world's

* Had not the whole of the notes on Mr. M`Neile’s Lcetures, which have appeared in the Congregational Magazine, under the signature of Philalethes, been in the hands of the editor before Dr. Wardlaw's Letters were published, some of the later of these notes, and more particularly those in the concluding paper, would probably have been withheld. As it is, the writer cannot avoid expressing his gratification at finding (as will ever be found when argument is founded in truth) substantial agreement in principle, with whatever diversity of illustration. And although he has thus unconsciously been treading, haud pari passi, the same path with so illustrious a leader, his solicitude for the cause may justifiably overrule any scruples he may feel about handling the same subject with an author who is above all rivalry; and where, to use that author's own words, “ Line upon line' is often necessary."

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Christianity, before England's church thought herself called upon to take any steps for this purpose. It is a fact, which Mr. M'Neile cannot dispute—that for years, dissenters were extending their Christian efforts, not only without countenance or assistance from the church or the state, but with the national rulers, both at home and abroad, for the most part opposed to them : while the church looked on without sympathy or acknowledgement. And it is a fact, which Mr. M'Neile cannot dispute—that even at this day, the amount of missionary labour projected and maintained by the different bodies of dissenters exceeds that of the church, although the wealth and other facilities possessed by the latter, as compared with the former, are immeasurably disproportioned. Mr. M`Neile has been most unhappy in his selection of an illustration of the comparative efficiency of established and voluntary churches with which to close his book; and taking their relative efficiency in this respect as the standard of their efficiency in others, no stronger argument need be required to nullify the whole train of reasoning pursued throughout these lectures, than is here supplied.

We rejoice to see our evangelical brethren of the church roused, though late, to a sense of their duties in this wide field of labour. There is no jealousy here. There can be no rivalry where the spirit of our common Master prevails. We would accord them all praise, and wish them a tenfold measure of success, provided they will carry with them—justification by faith in the atoning merits of the blood of Christ, and sanctification by the Holy Spirit, as the sole means of acceptance with God, and of meetness for the inheritance of the saints in light; and will consent to leave baptismal regeneration, and their unhappy and benumbing notions of exclusiveness, at home behind them.



The founding of national religious establishments on the precedent of the Jewish establishment, is the favourite topic and principal stronghold of modern advocates of similar institutions. It is on this account, that a separate and closing notice, disentangled from the various other arguments of the lecturer, seems best adapted to give this part of the subject the prominence which it requires.

The total want of agreement in the two kinds of institutions, and the absolute impossibility of transferring the first essentials of similitude from the original to the copy, would hardly require to be shown to those who have taken any pains to understand the subject. An orator, however, who has a different side to take, may feel himself perfectly safe in reckoning on an audience to whom such pains are unknown; and who will cheer any argument which will confirm a prejudice or silence a scruple. Mr. M'Neile, like all his predecessors, from Hooker downwards, labours hard to rest the establishment of national churches,

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