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The fury of man's wrath to cool,
The
savage

heart to tame,
God sends him to affliction's school,

And puts his pride to shame.
Thus nations madly battle urge,

And still their woes increase,
Till their own choice becomes their scourge,
And, trembling on destruction's verge,

They pant at last for peace.
Hail, sacred Peace! thou com’st to heal
The woes exhausted nations feel.
Thou bringest Plenty in thy train,
To cheer the fainting poor again.
Commerce, unbound by thee, shall pour
Earth’s varied gifts on ev'ry shore;
And active Industry resume
The spade, the plough, the forge, the loom :
While Art ingenious adds new means
In curious skill, and vast machines.
Thou dost sweet Liberty restore,
And open Mis’ry's dungeon door :
Nor longer shall a Tyrant's chain

The sympathy of soul restrain,
But fathers, friends, and brothers, meet agair.

Compassionate Author of peace !

Around the wide world let it flow,
That cruel contention may cease,

And friendship and love dwell below.
Oh! soon may the promise take place,

The dawn of Immanuel's reign,
And set up the Kingdom of Grace,

Where discord no more shall remain!
Instead of the trumpet of war,

Let mercy's sweet message be heard,
And nations now scatter'd afar,

Unite in the bands of thy word ;
Instead of the weapons of Death,

May soldiers of Jesus, with love,
Contend for their God, and their Faith,

And win the bright kingdom above!
Instead of the sword and the spear,

The plough and the pruner restore,
That herbage and fruits may appear

On fields that were cover'd with gore.
No more may Ambition arise,

To kindle the world to a flame;
But Mercy come down from the skies,

And Peace to all nations proclaim !

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THE

HERALD OF

OF PEACE.

JUNE 1821.

TO THE FRIENDS OF PEACE.

YOU
TOU are disciples of Him who abolition, with those who are like-

was called by the prophetic minded. War is inconsistent with his spirit, the Prince of Peace; and it principles; with the sacred maxims is a glorious title: you are believers which he reverences, and by which in a religion whose object it is to give he would have his character formed, glory to God in the highest, and on and his life regulated. Ambition earth peace, and good will towards prompts it; but he is lowly minded. men; and it is a noble object. The Many are enriched by its spoils ; but spirit of your religion, and the spirit he inquires, “What shall it profit a of war and discord, are in deadly man if he gain the whole world, and opposition, and one or the other must lose his own soul ?” Revenge kindles finally prevail. You cannot doubt its desolating flames; but he has which. The word of God enables learned not to resist evil, but overyou to anticipate the triumph of good come it with good. His feelings are over evil.

That holy victory is cer- averse from war, so far as those feel. tain ; but it becomes you not to await ings are in harmony with his convicit in idle expectation. The assurance tions. He has no sympathy.with the of success should operate as a motiverage of combatants, or pride of victo activity and perseverance. They tors. His heart is in scenes of quiet are your bounden duty.

and repose, of honest industry, and Christianity and War are words benevolent exertion. Duties, accomeasily pronounced in the same breath, panied with solemn sanctions, are easily joined by the pen in the same imposed on him by divine authority, sentence. What those words repre- and he cannot allow that man may sent can never be forced into union. Suspend' or abrogate these ; or supThe one is a constellation of virtues, pose that a feeble fellow worm of the and the other a mass of crimes. The earth, who must himself

appear at Christian who acts up to his religion, the bar of judgment, can bear him has nothing to do with war but to la- harmless in their violation. ment it, to protest against it, and to camp he cannot do to others as he join his prayers and efforts for its would that they should do unto him,

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In a

VOL. III.

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and therefore he has no business in a was found better than a duel. The camp.

He worships the God of fact was this.--A young gentleman of peace, and prays for the universal most respectable family from Eng

land, had resided at Rouen in France extension of

peace;

and such prayers about two months, when on a certain with the weapon of death in his hands day in August last, he was passing would be blasphemy. He hopes for into a public room at a Restaurateur, a heaven of peace and righteousness, for the purpose of getting his dinner, and the occupation of slaughter would and met a French gentleman, who had be an ill preparation for its enjoyment.formerly been an officer under BonaNay, the word of prophecy tells him parte, but did not in passing him take on earth of swords beaten into plough- attention which his pride was disposed

of shares ; and as such is the design of to receive. The English gentleman Providence, he shrinks from fighting had not long been seated at dinner

before the other returned with some against God.

O that this decided opposition, this companions, and, seating themselves absolute incompatibility between War at the opposite end of the same table, and Christianity, were felt by all began very freely to abuse the rude

manners of the English, and to enChristians! When that shall be the deavour evidently to irritate the Engcase, the fulfilment of prophecy is at lishman, with whom he was so highly hand. Surely the attention now ex- offended, for shewing him the insult cited to the subject

, amongst different described. Working each other up sects, and in widely distant countries, to a high pitch of frenzy on so in

significant an occasion, the spirit of is an omen of its approach. We are

the Englishman was certainly roused; willing to hope so, and rejoice in the he felt it impossible for him to sit growing light, however faint as yet, there and hear himself and his counwhich announces the coming on of trymen abused, without either dethat happy day. May it shine brighter manding satisfaction, or forfeiting his and brighter. It must do so.

character as a gentleman, according The

to the ideas in which he had been struggles of darkness with the sun are

brought up. I must here for a movain; and as vain the struggles of ment beg to interrupt the thread of human error, pride, ambition, or re- the narrative by stating, that the venge, with truth, and providence, young English gentleman, although and God. Such are the hostile par

always accustomed to consider it ties; and in the array let the friends

would be degrading to submit to inof peace rejoice, for stronger is he that life' been considerably affected by

sult, had within the last year of his is for us than they that are against us. family afflictions, and acknowledges

himself to have experienced some of

the sweetening influences of religion. On Duelling.

The young French gentleman on the To the Editor.

other hand, much attached to his late The practice of duelling has fre- master, Bonaparte, had resolved if quently been very deservedly repro- possible to kill an Englishman that þated in the pages of the Herald. It day, in honour of the anniversary of may be interesting to some readers to his accession. He is besides much be acquainted with one fact which given to duelling, and a sure markshas come recently to my knowledge, man. To proceed—the English genwherein the peace-maker's principle, tieman, no longer able to keep his seat, that of overcoming evil with good, rose to demand satisfaction. His op

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ponent rose at the same instant, and them, and reflected on their contents the champions would presently have with much interest and satisfaction. challenged, but for providential in- E. M. is a Friend of Peace" terposition. At the very moment the in defiance of the remembrancc of his English gentleman rose from his seat, former profession ;* in defiance of all this passage of Scripture presented the brilliant seductions which attend itself to his mind, “A soft answer military glory. The triumphs of our turneth away wrath,” accompanied by warriors only generate pride in the a ray of light so penetrating, that it heart. The peaceable victory of the instantly produced a degree of heart- Friends of Peace gives much more melting conviction, yielding to which, satisfaction to a Christian mind, to the English gentleman accosted the him who considers all men, as his other in apologizing language, for brethren. having, as it appeared, transgressed There never was an enterprise undesignedly those usages of polite- more noble or more Christian, than ness which he was very unconscious that of the Friends of Peace. E.M. of any necessity for observing in pass, will consider it the greatest honour to ing an intire stranger, and begged be accounted worthy to be connected pardon. His antagonist was instantly with so respectable a society. He disarmed; and the spirit of the lion trusts that he has already taken some and the lamb were made to lay down steps in the path in which an honest together. The English gentleman man ought to walk. told me he was now altogether con

E. M. solicits permission soon to vinced of the evil of duels, and felt it

address to Mr. some reflectionsas impossible for him now to accept a challenge, or offer one to another, upon the custom of war, produced by whatever be the occasion, as before he reading these little Tracts of the

Friends of Peace.” fancied it was impossible on such an

March 20th, 1821. Occasion to avoid it.

P.

* E. M. who is a man of talent, re

ceived his education in the French Royal To the Editor of the Herald of Peace. College for

the Artillery, and became an The following is a translation of a entirely quitted the military profession.

officer in that service; but he has now Note I have recently received from an intelligent young man who resides in a populous part of the interior of On Active and Passive Valour. France. At his earnest request, I sent him a set of the Tracts of the

[Some extracts from the acute and inLondon Peace Society, from Paris; genious work of Soame JENYNS, on the

Internal Evidences of Christianity, have the object of which Society appeared appeared in the former Numbers of the entirely new to him, and to many Herald of Peace. The following well other gentlemen of high respectability deserves to be added. It is a good iland influence, to whom it has been lustration of the nature of real heroism, mentioned. It has excited much in- of that heroism which alone becomes terest, and several have expressed the

the followers of Jesus Christ.] pleasure they shall feel in co-operating with such Christian societies, to Valour, for instance, or active promote their views by an extensive courage, is for the most part constitudissemination of the principles of tional, and therefore can have no Peace.

P. more claim to moral merit, than wit, "E. M. thanks Mr. from his beauty, health, strength, or any other heart, for his obliging present of the endowment of the mind or body; and Tracts published by the Society of so far is it from producing any sathe Friends of Peace ;-he has read lutary effects by introducing peace,

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order, or happiness into society, that and suffering religion, under the titles it is the usual perpetrator of all the of patience and resignation : a real violences, which, from retaliated in- and substantial virtue this, and a juries, distract the world with blood- direct contrast to the former ; for shed and devastation. It is the engine passive courage arises from the noblest by which the strong are enabled to disposition of the human mind, from plunderthe weak, the proud to trample a contempt of misfortunes, pain, and upon the humble, and the guilty to death, and a confidence in the

prooppress the innocent; it is the chief tection of the Almighty ; active from instrument which Ambition employs the meanest, from passion, vanity, m her unjust pursuits of wealth and and self dependence. Passive coupower, and is therefore so much ex

rage is derived from a zeal for truth, tolled by her votaries : it was indeed and a perseverance in duty ; active congenial with the religion of Pagans, is the offspring of pride and revenge, whose gods were for the most part and the parent of cruelty and injustice. made out of deceased heroes, exalted In short, passive courage is the reto heaven as a reward for the mis- solution of a philosopher; active the chiefs which they had perpetrated ferocity of a savage. Nor is this more upon earth, and therefore with them incompatible with the precepts, thau this was the first of virtues, and had with the object of this religion, which even engrossed that denomination to is the attainment of the kingdom of itself. But whatever merit it may heaven; for valour is not that sort of have assumed among Pagans, with violence, by which that kingdom is to Christians it can pretend to none, and be taken ; nor are the turbulent spirits few or none are the occasions in which of heroes and

conquerors

admissible they are permitted to exert it: they into those regions of peace, subordiare so far from being allowed to in- nation, and tranquillity.” flict evil, that they are forbid even to resist it. They are so far from being Extract from the Rev. T. Madge's encouraged to revenge injuries, that Extract from the Rev. one of their first duties is to forgive

Sermon, entitled The Character them; so far from being incited to of George III., and the Character destroy their enemies, that they are

of his Reign, considered separately.commanded to love them, and to serve “ In the course of these memorable them to the utmost of their power. contests, which have entailed upon If Christian nations therefore were us burthens which we shall continue nations of Christians, all war would to feel every day and every hour of be impossible and unknown amongst our lives, the warrior

may

find somethem, and valour could be neither of thing of which to “talk exceeding use nor estimation, and therefore could proudly.” He may boast of the skill never have a place in the catalogue of our commanders, and the prowess of Christian virtues, being irrecon- of our soldiers ; he may see what to cileable with all its precepts. I ob- him appears glorious in ensanguined ject not to the praise and honours fields and smoking cities-in wasted hestowed on the valiant; they are the provinces and deserted villages-in least tribute which can be paid them mangled limbs and dying agoniesby those who enjoy safety and af- in orphaned children and widowed fluence by the intervention of their mothers—in blighted loves, and widangers and sufferings. I assert only thered hearts, and ruined hopes. But that active courage can never be a the Christian has learnt his language, Christian virtue, because a Christian and borrowed his terms from a difcan have nothing to do with it. Pas- ferent vocabulary. He is not to be sive courage is indeed frequently, blinded and spell-bound by a wordand properly inculcated by this meek hood-winked and cheated by sounding

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