Page images


Disc. here advanced. There is no person who

has not often perceived and lamented the difference he has found in himself, when cool and sprightly at one part of the day, and when heated and stupified at another. Believe it, and let it sink deep in your minds—“ He that striveth for the mastery,” either as an Academic, or a Christian, either in the prosecution of learning, or his advancement in religion, if he wishes to succeed, “ must be temperate in all things.” It was not more necessary for a candidate in the Grecian games to be so, than it is for him. And if an Apostle of our Lord, one not a whit behind the chief of them, with all his gifts and graces, thought that, without a strict and constant adherence to this discipline, he was not safe, but after converting the nations, might himself be loft; what are we, that we expect by any other means to secure our salvation? You have heard the words of the disciple; let me subjoin those of the Master" Beware “ left at any time your hearts be overcharged,” Bapur Iwoiv, made heavy, weigh



ed down, “ with surfeiting and drunken- DISC. “ ness," segaste ocam. XOLD pee In, too much eating, and too much drinking; “ and so, that

day,” the day of death, and of judgment, come upon you unawares."

Nor is it less expedient that we should be duly and regularly exercised in every species of good works, and inured to bear with equanimity, and without inconvenience, the change of fortune and situation; that so, when called forth at the hour of trial, we may be found ready and expert at the fittest and best methods of doing the one, and undergoing the other. « Herein * (fays St. Paul) do I exercise myself,”'.

to have always a conscience void of. “offence.” And he gives this advice toyoung Timothy; « Exercise thyself," goprase. TEQUTOV, “ unto godliness'.” And respecting the patient endurance of change—“ I have

learned, in whatsoever state I am, there“ with to be content. I know both how

. و%d0

d Luke xxi. 34•
{ 1 Tim. iv.7.

• Acts xxiv. 16.


16 to

DISC. «'to be abased, and I know how to aboundiz

every where and in all things I am “ instructed, both to be full and to be

hungry, both to abound and to suffer $ need. I can do all things through Chrift “ that strengtheneth me." Great and illustrious champion ! Well wast thou prepared to enter the lifts, and to run thy race! Trained by thy holy instructions and example, and aided by the fame Saviour, may we be enabled, at an humble distance, to follow thee, and to do likewise !

ཀ་ In order to this, we must remember to cast away every impediment, as the competitors in the games did. “ Let us lay afidc “ every weight (says the Apostle) and the “ fin which doth so easily beset us"," EUTED satov, that intangles by wrapping round, as the long and troublesome garments of the Greeks, unless thrown off, would intangle and impede their steps, and prove the fatal cause of losing the victory. What it is that incumbers and intangles him in his Christian | Philip. iv. 11. vil'. Heb. xii. 1.


[ocr errors]


[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

course, there is no man but may soon learn, DIS.C.
if he will but make an honest and diligent
cnquiry. And whatever it may be that does
fo incumber and intangle him, however near,
and however dear, it must be parted with,
and it is well worth his while to part with
it. He will find himself abundantly recom-
pensed by the freedom and alacrity, the
cheerfulness and joy, with which he will af-
terward proceed; by the delightful and.pers
manent frame of mind, in which he
apply to himself that passage of the Pfal-
mist; “ I will run the way of thy com-

mandments, for thou hast fet my heart at


Nothing now remains; but, in running the race, duly to observe the laws and rules prescribed for the conduct of it. • If a “ man strive for masteries - (they are the " words of St. Paul to Timothy) he is not of crowned, except he strive lawfullyi,” voud? Ows, according to the laws and rules. He must aim at the right mark, he must run

:: Tim. ij. 5.


[ocr errors]

DISC. within the appointed limits, and he must

behave fairly and honourably. to his compe-
titors. Of these laws and rules the Apof-
tles have been the heralds, to proclaim and
make them known. From their writings
and from primitive tradition the church of
England has framed her institutions; in con-
formity to which our University has enacted
her statutes, so far as they concern religion
and morals. But other objects, alas, are too
often in the view, other pursuits too often
engage the attention of our young men; and,
instead of encouraging one another in the
right way, too often they corrupt and seduce
one another into those ways that are not right.
The more is the pity! O that occasion
were not thus given for the mouths of our
adversaries to be opened, for their tongues
and their pens to be sharpened, as they are,
against us! Let us agree to wipe off, with-
out delay, the reproach that has been fastened
upon us, by performing our duty to God
and man, upon a liberal and generous prin-
ciple; by “ running the race that is set be-
“ fore us,” without the whips and goads


« PreviousContinue »