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WHILE softly slumb'ring on its mother's breast,
The little babe enjoys its tranquil rest;
Careless of what may be to-morrow's sare,
Devoid of flatt'ring hope, or anxious care ;
How many thoughts of joy and sorrow find
Alternate place in the fond parent's mind !
Successive seniles and tears, without disguisc,
Beam on her cheek, and sparkle in her eyes.
She looks, she loves, and while she loves, she fears
What sorrows may atten: its future years!
What nipping frost, or what destructive shower,
Mlay urge its force against the tender flower!
What storms may beat on its defenceless head,
When she, perhaps, is number'd with the dead!
Hence fears arise, - hence soft emotions roll
Thro' all th' impassion d feelings of her soul !

But why such anxious thoughts ?. Cast all thy care
On that dear Lord who hears and answers pray'r!
Ask him to bless thy babe with saving grace,
And plead the promisc,“ Such shall see his face."
How many lambs are gather'd with his arın,
Aud carry'd in his bosom, safe from harm !
* Ask, and ye shall receive," so says the Lord :
Believe him, trust him, take him at his word;
Leave at his throne thy cave, and let the plea,

hat children's children shall his glory sec,
Be urg'd with faith ;-the promise is divine,
And shall be realiz'd to thee and thinc :
It shall be. Why? - because, 'tis not a worm,
"Tis not frail man,-'tis God that will perforu! G. R.


Ip great endowments of a virtuous mind,
If strength of character, with mechoes joind,
Can merit praise, that praise for him we clain;
And honour nust accompany his name.
Let those who wis, his character to see,
Imagine wbat a brother ought to be.
Sickness approach'd, with all its gloomy train,
And skilled art was exercis' in rain:
No human pow'r his droopis lure could save,
for leaven's decrec consiguld him to the grave:
That solemn empire, stretching wide around,
Where kings and mendicants alike are found;
Bat Deain could not in pede his spirit's tighi, -
Rekeming love unbarr'd the gates of light,

Vhile wings of ecstacy his soul upbore
To tiose bright realing where sighs are heard no more,
Wiere seraphs sing, and saints attune ibeirlays,
To celebrate the great Revecaner's praise !
Iligh o'er the bulanc'd world, and all its pains,
At that celestial height where Jesus reigns,
Above each 507c2 of woe, caci scene of strise,
le contenuplaies eternal light and life!


ON ISATAH LIV. 11. Tue sun, that lately fill'd the skies OTOV, whose omnipotent word With all his sparkling rays,

The winds and the waves can courroui, Now bides his glories froin our eyes, Thy merciful succour afford, And night comes on apace.

Make haste to deliver my soul !. And now to Him who made the sun, How long on the turbulent deep

And taught him when to rise; , My comfortless niind has been tost, Who show'd him in what course to run I scarre above water can keep,

Across the glowing skies; . And often expect to be lost ! Who gave this gentler moon to cheer Yet, is in thy cov'dant of grace The still and gloemy night:

The whole of my hope is contain'd, Like a large pearl 'mid diamonds clear Shall I not arrive at the place

She looks, and sheds her light!. Thou hast for thy chosen ordaind? To Him, O let my willing tongue Thy promise is pledg'a, und thyoath, Send up ibe grateful strain;

+ To guide to the haven my soul : And let my heart join with the song, " The ocean and hurricane both Or all my praise is vain!

Shail surely obey thy controul! His name just learnt, bis name I love; O safely conduct to that shore How sweet it is to know

Where inensions eternal are found, That God, who made the worlds above. This sea-faring life shall be o'er, Miade me and all below!

And builwarks my soul sball surround! Asleep, awake, that he sustains, Enclos'd in the city of God, And feeds my tender frame:

How happy and blest shall I be! He sends the blood thro' all my veins : While Jesus shall make his abode I live and move in Him! :

Within the same dwelling with me! Now grant, my Maker, from this hour, Diore and more kuowledge still;

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And since I've learnt thy name and

Oh let me know this will!


J. B.

forgotten by Man during the Serenity ..} p.../../.....)

of Nature.

Carn is the air, serene the sky,

No tremblings shake the ground;

And Man suspects not danger nigh,
AMIDST the world's affairs

For Nature smiles around.
And wild perplexing care,
That toss and agitate the human soul,

But when the ru hing storms descend,

When vivid ligh: ning plays,
My quiv'riug spirit moves
Up to the point she loves,

These, to the guilty minů, portead

Earth's universal blaze!
True as the needle to ibe northern pole.
Or like to Noah's dove,

Now, Conscience reads, by fears dis

tres d, Across the waste I rove, Nor find a peaceful spot on which

The tablet of the heart;

And secs, with iron pen impressid,
My wings are hov'ring round,

Rer crimes in ev'ry part!
Unii che ark is found,

But raging storms and sernal air
And to its safe recess I bend my tight.

Alike obey the Lord :
Jesus, the magnet is,

This sivell destroy, and those shal!

Suspended high in bliss,

Directed by his word !
Whose virtue draws above Earth's tall.
est domes!

Tlien, mortal, let thy fears awake,
Jesus, she ark of rest

While life and health abound;
for ev'ry soul opprest,

Or vengeance o'er thy head way break, And so my spirit shuts her weary

Though Nature smile arouud! pluines. ADJUTOR.


Printed by G. AULD, Greville Strett. Londoz.

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OCTOBER, 1806.



METHODISM, from the reports made of it, and the place it has in the page of history, is so well known, that it would be in vain for its advocates to attempt the concealment of any thing belonging to it, were they so disposed. Such was the artlessness, simplicity, and integrity of those excellent men, on whose life and doctrine the cpithet was first fixed; and so far were they from having any thing of the deceivableness of unrighteousness about them, that their rejoicing was this; the testimony of their conscience; that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, they had their conversation in the world.

They came forth with no plan before them but that which they supposed would have been executed within the sphere of a parish, and by their own personal exertion. Had they foreseen the extent of the work which would have been assigned to them, and the help they should havc required, being themselves devoted to letters, having formed a just estimate of literary endowments, and knowing their subservience to the work of the ministry,mit is most probable that men of such qualifications would have been the men they would have sought and solicited to take part with them in their ministry.

But such was the providential appointment they were under, that the extent of their work, at tixe first commeucement of it, was concealed from them; and the help provided for it was brought to them accompanied with evidence that it was not for them to scck, but for the Lord to send.

Several truly spiritual men were raised up, some of whom were versed in the studies of humanity, and other branches of literature; but being called to the work of evangelists, they were deemed, by a persecuting world, ignorant and unlearned men. Such as were unlearned, undoubtedly connected with, and were countenanced by them, because they appeared approved of God by the signs which God did by them. XIV.


ministry,—it is knowing thermed a just

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