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medical attendant, but before he return- || THE KITE; OR PRIDE MUST ed, bis master bad breathed his last.
HAVE A FALL "Dr. Buchanan was twice married, My waking dreams are best conceald, and survived both his wives. By his Much'folly, little good they yield, first lady he has left tiro daughters, of But now and ilien i gain, when sleeping, sixteen and fourteen years of age.
A frically hint that's worth the keeping:
Lately I dreamt of Ore who cry'd, The preamble to Dr. Buchanan's "Bewars of self, beware of pride ; Will, wit a sight, of which we have when you are prone to build a Babel, been favored, is so expressive of the Recall ia nuind this little fable.” siinplicily and piely of his inind, and
ONGE on a time a paper kite conveys so etrar a testimony of. nis dy: Where, giddy with its elevation,
Was niounted to a tronderous heiglit; ing faith, that we are sure it will inuch It thus expressed self-admiration : interest our readers.
"Sce how yon crowds of gazing people % 1, Claudius Buchanan, of Lille Admire my flight above the steeple : Ougebourne, make this, my last Will and How would they wonder if they knew' Testament. I commit my sonland body || All that a kite like me can dos to Jesus Christ the Savioor of lost sin- Were I but free, I'd take a light, ners, -of shich sinners I am --one--hel And pierce the clouds beyond their sight, chief of sinners; but I trust I have ob But, ah! like a poor pris’ner bound, tained mercy; and I Inok for eternati'd brave the eagle's tow?ring wing,
My string confines we near the ground: salvation through the obedience of Might I but ily without a string." Christ unto death, even the death of the
It tugg’d and pull’d, while thus it spoke, Cross. I account the origin of my sal-To break the string--at last it broke. vation to be the love of God the Father, Depriv'd at once of all its stay, who loved my soul in Christ its Head, In vain it try'd to soar away; before the foundation of the world. 1 Unable its own weight to bear, renounce all works as a claim of merit. It flutter'd downward through the air; All my works have been mixed and sul- The wind soon plung'd it in the tide.
Unable its own course to guide,
Impatient of thy ruling hand ;
Thy wisdom for my lot assigns !
How oft indulg'd a vain desire
For something more, of something higher! Something, O Lord, that leads to thee,
And, but for grace and love divine,
A fall thus dreadful had been mine !"
The following lines were wrillen at the Fu ev'ry object here i see
end of Dr. Buller's Analogy,'ust af Something, my heart, that points at thee. ter perusal. Hard as the rocks that bound the strand,
Would every Sceptic of the age, Unfruitful as the barren sand,
Unprejudic'd, peruse this page ; Deep and deceitful as the ocean,
Could Deists too be hither led, And, like the tides, in constant motion.
And as you write, with candor read;
So just the reasoning and so strong,
They must confess their own was wrong ;
Or we might count them in the close,
They calm the rude savage, enliven the saint, On this, his day, necessity alone,
Make brighter our pleasures, more joyvus our Tior absence from the the temple con atone,
(cloy. With raptures we feel, yet those raptures ne'er
UTICA CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE.
JANUARY & FEBRUARY, 1816.
ON THE SABBATH, NO. V.
and ever mindful of the dark and unThe Sanctification of the Sabbath. known deceitfulness of the heart, they
IF, as I ffatter myself, it has been apply, in earnest prayer to God, for the proved, that the Sabbath is a divine in- quickening influences of his Spirit, to fit stitution, and of universal and perpetual them for an early and joyful entrance obligation, it becomes extremely inter- upon that weekly rest, which is a lively esting to inquire, How is the Sabbath to type of eternal rest in heaven. Always be sanctified? Whal duties are enjoined? on their guard against anger, envy, and What thoughts, words, and actions are other sinful passions, they are more esforbidden ? The last of these inquiries pecially so towards the close of the must be deferred to a future number, as week, deeply sensible, how necessary there will scarcely be room, in the pre- the hunible and forgiving spirit of the sent, for even a concise and rapid view Gospel is to the sanctification of the of the appropriate duties of holy time. Lord's day.
The first clause of the fourth com Remembering the Sabbath implies also, mandment, Remember the Sabbath day such a previous arrangement of secular to keep it holy, comprehends every thing|| affairs, that they may not encroach upthat God has required. It contains two on the beginning of hóly time. So far distinct requisitions. The first is, that is the conscientious observer of this we remember the Sabbath day. Alas, that||divine institution, from making his calmen should ever forget so sacred,so ben-culations to labor harder abd later on evolert an institution! And yet who does Saturday than usual, that he' endeavors not know, how many sorts of buisness, to favor himself and others, as much as how many amusements and pleasures, he can, that neither he, nor they, may are every where, almost, permitted to be unfitted, by extreme fatigue, for priintrench upon the first hours of holy vate and public religious duties. Is he time? If the Sabbath is not remember- a husbandman, he will not, if he can ed; if, in other words, its arrival is not an- avoid it, undertake, even in barvestticipated; if the necessary arrangements time, more work than can be accomare not made, to enter upon its religious plished in season. If he regards Saturduties, as soon as it commences, there is day evening as holy, he will calculate little probability, that it will prove ei-to keep it so; and to this end will, if ther a pleasant or a profitable season to possible, return from the field and have the soul.
his family together, before the setting of Those who remember the Sabbath, the sun. His hired laborers he will disaccording to the spirit of the command- miss at an early hour, that they too may ment, frequently carry their thoughts be with their families, when the Sabforward to it, while engaged in the cares bath begins, Nor will they, if conscienand business of the week, Especially, tious and pious, loiter in idle company, when it draws near, do they strive to ban- or waste the evening ir noisy and sinful ish worldy concerns. from their minds, mirth. Is he, who remeinbers the Sabwell knowing, that it requires time to bath, a mechanic, his journeymen and prepare for that exclusive attention to apprentices will have liberty to leave religion, which the law of the Sabbath their work, in due season. most reasonably demands. Fully aware; li will be shut early, and the noise of the at the same time, of their own weakness, hammer will cease. Is he a merchant,
his arrangements will indicate the ap- || Canaan was holy. Lev. xxvi, 30. Th proach of the sacred rest, before it ac-ark was holy. 2 Chron. Xxxv, 3. The sually arrives. Every thing will be put temple at Jerusalein was a holy building, in its pace; his accounts will be adjust- and so were the vessels belonging to it. ed, and his customers, knowing his bab- 1 Chron. xxii, 19, and xxix, 3. The its, will voluntarily retire. He will shut first fruits of the ground were holy. Ez. up his counting-room, and, leaving bis xlviii. 14. Now it is obvious, that ibe books, merchandise, and cares behind, things above mentioned were considerwill go to his house, collecting his|ed as holy because they were sanctified, thoughts,& meditating upon the require- or set apart for the service of God.ments and blessings of God's holy day. Thus we read, I will sanctify the laber
Docs the busiuess of such a person, | nacle and the allar. All the firstling as I am describing, call him from home males lhou shall sanclify. I have chosen on Saturday, he delays not; but if pos- and sanctified this house in the temple. sible, returns early. Does he ride, or All the vessels have ne prepared and walk abroad for amusement in the af. | sanctified. The talernacle, then, was ternoon, he waits not to be told, that|holy, because it was dedicated excluthe least trespass upon holy time would | sively to the worship of the one living be wholly inexeusable. In planning and and true God. The tythes were holy, prosecuting journies, he does not, like because they were appointed to be apmany of his neighbors, leave home on propriated solely to the support of reliFriday, or Saturday, with the express yion. The temple was holy, because it view of getting out of the town, or state, was set apart from every
and so as to travel without interruption upon dedicated to the honor and worship of the Lord's day, Nor does he trespass Jehovah. The vessels of the temple upon its sacre: honra, when far from were holy, because ihey were devoted home, and exposed only to the sight of to religious uses, and might on no prestrangers; but, taking his conscience tence whaterer be put to any other use. along with him, and remembering that the first fruits were holy, because they God is every where, he has the same re were separated in the same manner; and gard to his commadments, when a hub-accordingly, the people were expressly dred, or a thousand miles from home, as | forbidden to sell them. if he were exposed to the scrutinizing But, not to enlarge, it is most evieyes of all his acquaintance. Reader, dently in the same sense, that the weekis this thy character; Dost thou thusly Sabbath is called holy. It is because remember the Sabbath: day ?
God himself has been pleased to sancti. The second requisition of the law is, fy it, or set it apart as a day of holy rest that we keep the Sabbath holy. Here, and religious worship, that it is a holy the whole duty turns upon the meaning day. As, therefore, it would have been of the word holy. Till we know the ex-a profanation of the vessels of the temact import of this word, we cannot be ple to have put them to any common certain, what is required, or forbidden in use, so it is a profanation of the Sabthe law. The Divino Oracles are, in bath, to spend any part of it, in those this case, our only guide. To what the worldly employments and recreations, Holy Ghost teacheth let us then appeal. which are lawful on other days.” If we lò turoing over the sacred pages, with would keep the Sabbath holy, then, we reference to this subject, it will be found, must abstain from labor, and every that many things are denominated holy, thing of the kind; nust spend the day on account of their, being set apart for re-in public and private exercises of God's ligious purposes. Thus to give a few worship, not contenting ourselves with examples, the oil, with which the taber- the forins of religion ; not wasting any nacle and its furniture were anointed, in part of the sacred rest in sloth ; but emthe wilderness, was holy oil. Exod.ploying the whole of it in those lively XXX, 25. The crown worn by the high || exercises of worship, by which the heart priest was a holy crown. Exod. xxix, 6. || is made belier, and the soul is gradualThe tenth part of the annual produce of ||ly prepared for the heaveply rest.
The preceding observations might" for thy leslimonies are iny medilation, Come serve for a very brief and general ap When the Sabbath draws to a close,
swer to the inquiry before us. But a it is very much by solemn meditation
deed, as well the former, is a daily duty. 1. A part of every Lord's day should Till we cease to need our daily bread, **" he spent in religious meditation. With as well as every other goad and perfect sent this the Sabbath should invariably be gift, that cometh down from the Father
commenced. It is essential to prepare of lights, we cannot, without the blackthe mind for the pleasant and accepta est ingratitude, neglect to offer Him our
ble performance of other religious du- daily prayers. But it is obvious, from pose ties. It is by early and serious medita- the very nature of the Sabbath, that it the tation upon the perfections of God, and should be a day of special prayer.
the holiness of his law; upon our own Some Christians have made it a point, iera sinfulness, obligations, and dependence ; ||to-call their families together, before the er en and upon the astonishing work of re setting of the sun on Saturday evening, plied
demption, which the Christian Sabbath that they might unitedly implore the 2. coinmemorates, that the affections are presence and blessing of God, at the my enlivened, worldly cares are excluded, very commencement of holy time : An to all and the soul is warmed with true devo-excellent practice, worthy to be univerplu, de tion. Meditation should also be inter- sally adopted. Certain it is, that, iu EC mingled with all the duties of the Sabentering upon the Sanbath, we ought en bath. It should precede every prayer. lift up our hearts to God, for the assist
It should follow the reading of every ance of the Holy Spirit, that we may passage of Scripture. It should, in part || perform every duty to his acceptonce, at least, fill up the intervals of public and enjoy some lively anticipations of worship. It should be employed upon eternal rest. every sernion. When we enter our clos Do we sincerely desire to sanctify the ets, a solemn pause should precede our Lord's day ! then we inust be instant addresses to God; during which our and fervent in prayer. Retiring to our thoughts should be absorbed in contern. closets, when it begins, we must shut plating His greatness and holiness ;-our out the world, and coinmune with the guilt and nothingness. In the same Father of our spirits, in eamlest supplimanner, should a few moments be spent cation, for that preparation of heart, in deep and gnlemn meditation, before which he requires. We most pray over engaging in family prayer. After we every portion of the Scriptures thal we have heard, or read a sermon, it is med.read, both before and after fiic perusal. itation that fixes the truth in the mem- We must pray when we lie tlown at ory. It is this, which converts warn-night, and when we awake in the mornings and invitations, doctrines and pre-ling. When we arise from our beds cepts, reproofs and promises into spirit. again must our families and closets witval nourishment. This is one of the ness our devotions. Again must prayer means, by which, under the culture of precede and follow the reading of God's the Holy Spirit, God's children grow, holy word. We must be particular aod wiser and wiser ;-wax stronger apul fervent in our supplications for the instronger. I have more understanding, fluences of the Divine Spirit to keep saith the Psalmist, than all my teachers, ll our minds in a praying frame every ino
ment, so that, in the intervals of other spent it; what vajo thoughts we have duties, our confessions, petitions, and indulged; what formality has attended thanksgivings, inay ascend spontane- our worship ; what instruction we bave ously, to the throne of grace. It can gained ; what eommunion we have enscarcely be necessary to add, that pray- joyed with the Father and the Son, and er must precede, accompany, and fol. whether or not we have made any prolow, our meditations upon the sermons gress in the divine life. Z. X. Y. which we hear, and the religious books which we read ;-that the evening sac- Objections to the Scripture Doctrine of rifice of the family must not be omitted;
Election answered. that the Sabbath must be ended, as it
Continued from page 134. was begun with prayer.
IN my last coininunication, on the 3. Some portion of every Lord's day, scripture doctrine of election, four obshould be spent in self-examination.-jections were brought into view, and As the careful and experienced mariner answered. There are, however, sevoften znakes use of the quadrant and the eral other objections, which, as they lead to ascertain where he is, so should have influence in preventing the recepwe endeavor to keep our spiritual reck- tion of an important truth, deserve nooning, by a frequent and deliberate use tice. To these, it is proposed now to of the Scriptures, in the way of self-expay some attention. It is objected. amination. Once a week is by no means
5. That the doctrine of election is often enough. We are bound to com-calculated to harden men in sin, and mune every day, with our own hearts; tends to licentiousness. to examine the temper of our minds ; This objection has, indeed, been and to scrutinize the motives by which virtually apswered, by showing that we are actuated. But these duties are this doctrine does not afford the sinner more especially binding, I think, on the any excuse. Possibly, however, it may Sabbath. If some persons, in defiance not be amiss to meet it more directly. of God's law, avail themselves of the In answering it, will it be thought arleisure, which the sacred rest affords, rogant, or ostentatious, to ask the obto adjust their accounts and post theirjector, seriously, whether, if he were books, how much more should we reg-called to point out those, among prosesularly embrace so favorable an oppor-sing christians, whom he considers the tunity to inquire, how matters.stand benost strict and precise in their deporttween God and our souls.
ment, and who carry their views farthest, Let us, then, make it an invariable with respect to those practices, which rule to call ourselves to a strict account, ought to be avoided, as sinful, and with on Saturday evening, in regard to the respect to that holy and exemplary manner in wbich we have spent the walk, which christians ought to inainpreceding week,interrogating ourselves, tain, he would not look for them, genas in the Divine presence, what we have erally, among the very persons, who done to advance the interests of true most cordially embrace this doctrine, religion ; what preparations we have which he says is of licentious tendency? made for the Sabbath, and for heaven ;| Is it not matter of notoriety, that the and what sins of thought, word, and people, who embrace this, and the other deed, we have been guilty of. On the distinguishing doctrines of gaace, how. morning of the Lord's day, let us resume ever far they fall short of walking agree: the scrutiny, going over all the circum-ably to their profession, are yet, genstances of our guilt, on purpose to make erally, the very persons, who are most way for deep and sincere repentanze. ridiculed and reproached, as rigid and Let serious self-examination forın the superstitious, on account of that strictpersonal application, of every portionness and sobriety, which they say chrisof Scripture that we read, and of the tians ought to maintain, and which, notpublic discourses which we hear. Par-withstanding all their iinperfections, ticularly when the Sabbath is drawing || they, in some measure, exemplify? If to a close, let us inquire, how we have so, docs not the fact prove, that the