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form no plans, to promote the wel in the active duties of life. fare of those who have no capacity, mingling less in the bustle of socieor no opportunity, and perhaps no ty, he acquires a degree of abstractinclination, to plan and devise foredness, a habit of deep thought and themselves? Will benevolent wish- meditation, in some sort necessary es, firm purposes of soul, and un- to the author and man of science. wearied perseverance, even of fee. Many a fine genius has undoubtedble endeavours to do good, accom- ly been brought to shed its rays in plish nothing? Do we not know the world, which but for the infirmthat they often eventually accom- ities of a sickly constitution, would plish much. Dr. Johnson says, have been forever buried in the - The mind is elevated and enlarg. shades of obscurity and ignorance. ed by mere purposes, though those But the beauties of the natural purposes end as they began, in world, in all their rich variety, are airy speculation.” May it not then also spread before the invalid. A he numbered among the privileges sensibility, the result perhaps of a of the invalid, that he can frame finer and more delicate organizapurposes for the good of others, tion of the nervous system, (for which though they may be but par- aught we know, the connecting metially carried into effect, have yet dium between mind and matter,) an ennobling tendency in his own and nursed in the very congenial mind, and an expansive influence in shades of retirement, often renders his own heart? But we do not live him exquisitely susceptible of the for ourselves, and the invalid thus sublime and beautiful in nature. taught, is perhaps of all people on What though he may never peep at earth most deeply sensible of this the crater of Etna, or ascend the truth.

snow-clad summit of Mont Blanc ? Again, the situation of the inva- What though he may ever remain a lid affords leisure and opportunity stranger to the sublimity of the for intellectual pursuits. Of him prospects from such elevations? Or it may

be said in the words of the what if the wonders of the eastern, poet,

and the natural glories of the west

ern hemisphere are all unseen by • The intellectual world invites his care, him? The spacious firmament Where he may range amid the wise and fair,

“ with living sapphires,"

glowing“ Untutored range.”

and illumined by the mild radiance

of the silver moon, or the bright efHappy the invalid who has a fulgence of the meridian sun-the taste for such employments ! and vast expanse of waters, blue and thrice happy he whose talents, uni- boundless to the eye-suggest to ted with such a taste, enable him his mind ideas of immensity, subto make excursions far and wide in limity, and beauty, scarcely less exthe regions of intellect and imagi- alting and joyous, than are excited nation, and to extend his research. by the view of those more wonder. es with satisfaction to himself, and ful, because more rare objects. usefulness to others. The invalid The invalid may have with a cultivated mind, and a fondness for literary and scientific pur- * Attentive and believing faculties; suits, though moderation must be And go abroad rejoicing in the joy his motto, will never find time han

Of beaatiful and well created things : heavily upon his hands; and he is

May love the voice of waters, and the

sheen thus often rendered more exten- Of silver fountains leaping to the sea ; sively useful to mankind, than if And thrill with the rich melody of birds, blessed with health to participate Living their life of music; may be glad

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In the gay sunshine, reverent in the overruling Providence, which is storm;

constantly "educing good from ill," May see a beauty in the stirring leaf, And find calm thoughts beneath the controlling and directing all events whispering tree;

in the wisest possible manner, and And see, and hear, and breathe the ev. with reference to the bighest good idence

of all his creatures. He believes Of God's deep wisdom in the natural that this Providence “cares for world.”

all” in a temporal sense, and has To him the verdure, and freshness abundant experience of its mercies of spring ; the luxuriance, beauty, in preserving protecting, and comand mild gales of summer ; the mel. forting him through many a scene low lustre, rich bounties, and so- of suflering and hour of trial. ber-suited scenes of autumn; the

Though, as a consequence of his thought-inspiring glooms and gran- peculiar organization, the invalid deur of winter, with its "wild war- may at times feel a disadvantage in fare of winds, and its revelry of being “tremblingly alive all o'er," storms and tempests,” have pecul- he is compensated by a more than iarly enrapturing charms. Looking ordinary sensibility to the sweet around on the fair face of nature, in sympathies and charities of life, the the ecstasy of feeling, he adopts endearments of home and friends. the language of the poet:

Though he “feel another's woe,

he is also a delighted sharer in the Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising joys ånd happiness of all around

sweet, With charm of earliest birds ; pleasant sional seasons of sickly musings, is

him. His imagination in its occathe sun, When first on this delightful land be indeed wont to brood over the “ills spreads

that flesh is heir to,” evils that ap His orient beams on herb, fruit, flower, pertain to man in every climate, Glistening with dew; fragrant the fertile rank, and situation on earth, but in

earth, Aft r soft showers, and sweet the com

his brighter hours, (and those hours ing on

are not few) he beholds more joys Of grateful evening mild : the silent night, than calamities, more happiness With her lone, solemn bird ; and the fair than misery, and is prompted more

to cheerfulness of mind than to With the bright gems of heaven, her star

cherish gloomy sensations, ry train ;'

But the privileges I have princiespecially when he can add in the pally in view, are those relating to inspirit of filial love and confidence, visible realities, bearing the proporMy Father made them all.” tion in point of importance, to many

of those I have nained, that eternity 6. And when his eye hath seen, and when does to time, or the bliss of heaven his ear

to the poor and perishing pleasures Hath drunk the beautiful harmony of the of earth. And in this respect I

world, He learns to humble his imperfect mind, think the invalid is unrivalled. He And leans his broken spirit upon God.” is constantly reminded by a monitor

which speaks far more impressively He sees that “the Power above than that of the Macedonian monus must delight in virtue;" and arch, that his hold on life is by a tható

what he delights in, must be very frail and feeble tenure. He happy," and while contemplating hearkens to the still small voice his glorious works, he feels that which warns him that this is but there is every inducement to love and adore so great, so good a being,

_" the bud of being, the dim dawn, whose nature and whose name is

The twilight of our day, the vestibule" love. He sees also that there is an to another and immortal state of


existence, and he is led to inquire restore him to his forfeited favour. how that state can be rendered He has opportunity to read of the happy. He finds that he is bere a Saviour, and to meditale on the probationer for eternity, and that on wonderful work of redemption his character and conduct in this through Him, as revealed in the life, his well-being in the life to gospel, and, as God ofter works come, will depend. He feels that by means) he is led cordially to emhe is an accountable being, and the brace the way of salvation by Jesus doctrine of retributive justice, of Christ. May I not say that the rerewards and punishments "accord-ligious invalid has fewer obstacles ing to the deeds done in the body,” in the path of Christian progress, bears with solemn weight upon his than he who is obliged, as it were, mind Owing to considerations of to fight his way through the crowds this kind, and being in a measure of conflicting cares and temptations free from the tumultuous passions that beset the path of the healthy, that agitate the minds of men in who live and act amid the allure. vigorous health amid the bustle of ments and turmoils of life? Trainlise, the vanities and glitter of the ed by necessity to a life of outward present scene have to him bu: few self-denial, he may perhas find less attractions. He is led to seek an difficulty in submitting to that self“ inheritance incorruptible, unde- denial of heart which the gospel refiled, that fadeth not away, eternal quires, as he sees how much his in the heavens ;” and is thus hap- spiritual interest, his peace and pily preserved from the temptations comfort depend on it. Not that a to which so many thousands fall vic- selfish reference to his own enjoy. tims. Many an invalid having “put ment, is the highest actuating prinon immortality” beyond the grave, ciple. The light which has shone will undoubtedly have reason in the into his heart, has revealed to him realms of glory, to praise the God the superior excellence and beauty of all grace for the pains and suffer- of religion. It has shewn him that ings of a sickly constitution of body God is the supreme fountain and during a few short years upon earth. source of all goodness—that in him True, “no chastening for the pre- is concentrated every possible persent seemeth joyous but grievous, fection, and that whatever we adbut if it work for us the peaceable mire as lovely and good and beaufruits of righteousness, “ love, joy, tiful in the moral or natural world, peace, long-suffering,” tempe. is but a faint reflection of those atrance, patience, godliness, brother. tributes of the Deity. He is therely kindness, charity:" if it help to fore drawn by a sweet attraction to subdue our rebellious wills, and love God for His own excellence

bring every thought into captivity and too seek union and communion to the obedience of Christ,” well with Him as his chief good, his may we exclaim, with the fervor of highest happiness. Then, no mothe ancient martyr, “Welcome ments are sweeter to him than those crosses, welcome afflictions and suf- of retirement, and what the world ferings !" The book of revelation is calls solitude, to which he is per. ever at hand for the perusal of the haps necessitated to resort by reason invalid. There his knowledge of of bodily weakness and infirmities. the Divine Being, and of the state -Surely an immoral, unreflecting of mankind, is confirmed and exten- invalid, is the least excusable of all ded. He learns what God is, and erring mortals ! An urbelieving inwhat he has done and is doing for valid is mad ! more emphatically so the race of fallen man; and with than" an undevout astronomer." the discovery of his unlikeness to

C. K. God, he has the remedy which will


WEEKLY CONTRIBUTIONS. just as loud to the credit of the con

tributor as a shilling piece, and a It is the practice of some con

pistareen answers just as well as a gregations to take up a collection

quarter. Your neighbor's ears will every Sabbath, This practice seems

not detect the difference. to me, on several accounts, inexpe

If the practice of having a weekdient.

ly contribution deters any from atIn respect to any charitable pur- tending public worship, this is anothpose, or as a means of defraying the

er reason for its discontinuance. expenses of the congregation, funds

That it does have this effect to 90 collected, are generally, I believe, of small importance. Many

some extent is probable. There

are in every congregation some who will give on a special call, and un

are already indifferent to God's der the impulse of a definite appeal

house, and with these a small momade to them, though they would

tive will turn the scale. The small contribute nothing on an ordinary

sacrifice of giving a trifle, or the occasion. They will give too from

small mortification of not giving, pride, being ashamed of withold

will come in to the help of their ing where all are liberal. But such

sloth, and decide them to stay at motives will have little effect where

home. The house of worship should the collection becomes a matter of

have as many attractive and as few The majority of a congre. repulsive things about it as possible, gation will soon grow tired of al

and where no great object is acways giving; and with the excep- complished by a weekly contribution of the few who give from prin- tion, this last consideration may be ciple, the collectors will carry round

a sufficient reason why it should be empty plates.

omitted. And this is another reason against the practice-it tends to a bad habit in the congregation. A habit of AN ANTIDOTE TO DULL PREACHING. not giving, and of getting over their But first, О complainer of tedimotives for giving-a habit of which

ous sermons, let me put to you these they will find it easy to avail them- queries : and these may suggest the selves even on a great call for char remedy. ity. Or else, what is worse, a habit

Whether you do not rise later, of thinking to save their credit and instead of earlier, on Sabbath mornconsciences by contributing only ing than on any other in the week ? their six-pences and paltry cents. Whether you do not eat more, in. I do not speak diminutively of these stead of less, at least in proportion sums except in regard to the ability to the exercise you take on that day ; of the giver. The widow's mite is, and consequently, I know, of great value in the sight

Whether you do not bring with of the Lord ; but the rich man's

you more drowsiness to divine wormite, a six-penny piece from heaps ship than to your weekly business? of silver-what is it but a despica

I never see a congregation here ble offering ?

and there falling asleep and dozing I cannot help noticing, by the

under the pulpit, and then waking way, what a curious comment the

up at the close, to complain of the small change of a contribution some

dulness of the preacher, but I think times furnishes, on human selfish

of the physician's advice to the luxYou shall shall find more urious courtier : " You must eat dies than shilling pieces, and a less, or exercise more, or take phya larger proportion of pistareens sic, or be sick.” Physic and exerthan quarters,—and for this reason : cise are not remedies for the Saba dime cast upon the plate, sounds bath ; but you must rise earlier and


eat less, or you will nod to dull which the day requires of you, and preaching. "Sloth casteth into a not only shall you bring to the house deep sleep,” and “the full soul of worship an approving conscience loatheth an honey-comb.”

and a cheerful mind, but you shall The preacher has enough to con- make the preacher seem to be more tend with in the na:ural stupidity of interesting than he was wont to be; the heart : it were hard to require he shall never be so dull but your him, to overcome not only your spir- wakeful mind shall find something itual sloth, but your physical lethar- in his sermon, or, at the least, in gy added to it,--to expect of him to the hymns and Scriptures which he preach with liveliness and interest, reads, and in the sacred associations when you have unseasonably slept of the place, upon which you may away the interest of his discourse meditate with profit, and say it is on your couch, and fed yourself good for you to be there. with dulness at your table.

VIGIL. Exercise therefore the self denial


TIIE SERMONS OF DR.SAMUEL CLARKE. It is hardly necessary to say of

such a man that he stood among the To the scholar the name of Sam- first and foremost of his day. His uel Clarke is familiar in the title biography written by Hoadley, then page of the very common edition of

bishop of Salisbury, and afterwards Homer, attended with numerous of Winchester, speaks of bim in no learned annotations from his pen. limited terms of eulogy. At the To the inathematician he is not un- age of twenty he had so distinguishknown as one of the early and most ed himself in the University of Camillustrious followers and the per- bridge that the bishop of Norwich, sonal friend of Newton ; having to whose diocese he belonged, detranslated at the request of the termined to patronize him " as a great philosopher, “ his treatise of young man of a genius much exaltOptics into that pure and intelligi- ed above the common rank.” As ble Latin which sent it all over Eu- soon as he had attained the prescrirope in a plainer and less ambigu- bed age for ordination, he was apous style than the English language pointed chaplain to that prelate, will sometimes permit.” The met- and was received into the familiaraphysician knows him as the author ity and friendship of his patron " to of a professed a priori demonstra- such a remarkable degree that he tion of the Divine existence and at- lived in that station" " with all the tributes; and as having been the decent freedoms of a brother and antagonist of Leibnitz in a certain an equal rather than an inferior." more than half forgotten controver- By the bounty or interest of this sy respecting liberty and necessity, powerful friend he was provided the reality of space, and other sub- with a parish in the city of Norjects of like nature. And the the. wich and another in the vicinity, of ologian who has heard of Dr. Sam- both which places he appears to uel Clarke, the Arian antagonist of have received the emoluments, while Waterland, remembers him as one he retained his station in the family of the many errorists whom the all- of the bishop ; for his biographer reteeming, all-embracing church of marks that the parishes, “ both toEngland has been proud to cherish. gether were of very inconsiderable

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