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of friendship, he makes but little dis- tween a city broken down and with. tinction between his friends and his out walls, and the man who has no fues, scattering around him“ fire rule over his own spirit. The trabrands, arrows and death.”

veller who turns aside to view the Is he hasty in forming his opinions ? desolations of a once flourishing city, He will not subject his spirit to the is filled with a train of the most pain. dictates of wisdom till a knowledge ful and melancholy reflections. of facts shall enable him to judge While he surveys the broken walls correctly, but will readily give to an and mouldering columns, he is carried idle report that consequence which back to the scenes that preceded is due only to truth. He condemns the devastation, and as he rebuilds in the innocent, and regards as enemies imagination the ruins, he hears the his warmest friends. Had be waited bum of business, and beholds a throng patiently for the truth, he might of happy people.—But the scene is have spared bimself the pain and the changed. The beautiful city is remortification of censuring without duced to a heap of ruins—the voice cause and he would not have planted of music and of mirth have ceased ; his own bosom with thorns.

and worth, and innocence, and beauHas he no restraint over his de- ty and loveliness bave fallen by the praved inclinations ? Every temp. sword, or are carried away captive. iation will lead him into sin. If any Turn now from this desolated city thing delights the eye he will be and contemplate the ruins of an im overpowered--if any thing charms mortal being. the ear he will listen—if he meets The degrading effects of jealousy, with any thing that gratifies the taste of envy, and of every species of unhe will indulge himself.

restrained passion illustrate the justThus the man that has no rule ness of the comparison in the text; over his own spirit, very aptly re- but there is one other vice sembles a city broken down and which is becoming more prevalent, without walls. That self-government and more alarming than any other, which might have defeuded him like by which is most awfully illustrathe walls of a city is broken down ted. Lei us fix our eyes then upon and he is exposed to every enemy. the victim of intemperance : and we Every enticing companion, however shall have a more melancholy appeal despicable his character, may lead to our sympathies than can be prehim away to the baunis of dissipa- sented by a city in ruinsman immortion. Every suggestion of the great tal inind, created in the image of enemy of righteousness will urge him God, and destined to eternity, led forward to the ruin of his character, captive at the will of Satan.-Reason his reputation, his soul. He has no is lost in the whirlwind of passion. security from the assaults of his foes. the limbs totter, but not with ageThe walls of defence are broken the eye is dim, but not with years down-the enemy rushes in at every the countenance is deformed, but not avenue, and the man himself leagued with pain. Had some unforeseen with his enemies is fatally doing their calamity produced this wreck of all work-be surrenders almost without that was lovely, we could have borne the shadow of desence, for he is un- it. Had the eye that once sparkled der the dominion of his own ungov. with intelligence been robbed of its ervable passions, and has no power lustre by the band of time had the to make resistance. He that bath no limbs been lopped away in the derole over his own spirit is like a city fence of his country-had the fair, broken dowrrand without walls. expressive countenance been chan

But we may consider in another ged by disease, we could have wept point of view, the comparison be- over the ruins in the meekness of

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submission. But alas ! the unhappy like a brand from the burning! victim has been his own destroyer. This hope alone keeps from the bitNo unseen enemy has fallen upon terness of despair your weeping him by surprise—with his own hands friends. Tear not away from them, he has thrown open the gates, and this solitary hope. broken down the walls of defence. There is another class of men, who He has welcomed the murderers of have not yet wholly lost that selfhis peace and bared his bosom to the subjection which resembles the walls fiery darts of his enemies. He is of a city, but they are like a city broken down, not by invincible ene- whose walls are impaired and which mies, but by the force of his own in- is in danger of being broken down clinations, himself has given the by an enemy. To such, I would death-blow to his character, his hap- say—advance not a step farther in piness, and probably his soul! And the bigh road to ruin-begia immehe has done this against prayers, re- diately to repair the walls of defence monstrances, and tears. lle has -resume that self controul which done this, in view of tbe wrath of God, you have in a great measure lost and and the lake of unquenchable fire. which is your only safe-guard. Nor has he fallen alone. He has thrown Abandon the haunts of dissipationupon the walls which should have

tear yourselves away, while it is yet defended his unprotected family-he in your power, from the murderers has plunged them into disgrace, and of your peace. Repulse from your brought them down with mourning bosuin every enticing companion, to an untimely grave. A son perhaps and thunder in his ears the curse is ruined by the example of an un- that Jehovah has denounced against godly father.

A daughter distin- the man that putteth the cup to his guished by all that is praiseworthy neighbour's lips. and lovely, is doomed to weep over But there is another class of men blasted prospects and withered hopes. whom I wish chiefly to address upon But the more melancholy part of the this melancholy subject. It is that picture is not yet unveiled. Enter class, who are just taking the incipthe dark, disconsolate dwelling, and ient steps to ruin. They are the there an affectionate wife collecting more exposed, because they are not around her a group of wretched chil- aware of the danger. This class is dren, waits with a heavy heart the constituted chiefly of young menapproach of a tyrannical, intoxicated inexperienced, and artless advenhusband. Wretched man! have you turers in the paths of vice. They the semblance of humanity ? Does imagine themselves like a city surnot the reflection that you are the rounded by impenetrable fortificaauthor of this distress, in the rational lions, which may bid a proud defimoment plant thorns in your bosom ? ance to every enemy, --But, “let -But I will not treat you with se- hiin that thinketh he standeth, take verity. You have a claim upon my heed lest he fall.”—Integrity of tenderest sympathies. From the

From the character is assailed by a host of watch tower, I survey your ruin with subtle enemies, and the first step an aching heart, and weeping eyes ! towards ruin, is a feeling of security. To your welfare I will devote the Let the walls of defence be ever so ardent prayer, the sleepless night, strong, they are liable to be broken the midnight tear. Your case al down unless the sentinel be kept at though nearly hopeless, is not alto. his post to give the alarm. Every gether desperate. There remains avenue should be guarded with the for you one solitary hope—the pray- utmost vigilance. An enemy douers and lears of your pious friends bly superior may be repulsed as long may prevail-an almighty arın may as they are kept without the walls of descend froin heaven and pluck you a fortified town, but if the walls are broken down, and the citadel is ta- danger, and begin to form a habit of ken, there is little hope of regaining criminal indulgence-I survey the the victory. My young friends, in- path before you with trembling.– Julye no careless feeling of security. I see you abandon the society of the The passions, and inclinations once worthy and sink into a degraded cir. indulged, acquire strength, and they cle. I see you fast approaching the will soon bear you along with an quicksands, and the whirlpools of almost irresistible force. At the death-I see a father brought down sanje lime, you are injuring your re- with mourning to the grave-I see putation and influence, and dimin- a mother wasting away in the anguislı ishing that scii-regaidd wl.in is :12- of despair. I hear the disconsolate cessary to decision of character. sobbings of an afectionate wise-i You are throwing down the fortitica- see her pale, enaciated, broken-hear. tions around you, and exposing your led-I see a pious circle mingling selves to every enemy. Go survey tbeir prayers and their tears together the ruins of all that was praise worthy before a throne of grace-I see an and lovely, ask the unhappy victim affectionate watchman weeping over what dire calamity has tallen upon the ruins of a soul committed to his him, and reduced him to this* wreck charge-I see-I see the grave cloof desolation. He will tell you that sing upon an object, distressing and he once possessed a character, and a appalling to bumanity, and an imreputation as fair as yours : but he mortal soul sinking into a lake of unyielded to the criminal indulgence of quench:ble fire ! O that my head unholy propensities, be listened to were waters and mine eyes a fountain the enticing voice of ungodly com- of tears, thai I might weep day and panions—he followed the steps that night for the slain of the daughter of you are now pursuing.–Will you my people ! say there is no danger, with such a In the application of our subbecon before you ? Will you fear- ject, we shall cousider briefly the lessly dashi upon a rock, around which importance of ruling our own spirare scattered the fragments of a thou- its, and the means by which this sand wrecks? Take the alarm while can be effected. When we consider there is safety. Listen while there the relations which a man sustains tu is hope.-Begin early to command his family, to society, to the world, to yourselves-subject every unholy the universe, to eternity and to God; propensity to the dictales of heavenly the importance of self-government wisdom, and seek for power from ou will appear sufficiently obvious. If high. Associate with the worthy, this be disregarded, domestic happithe intelligent, the refined, the pious. ness is destroyed, the peace of sucieRegard every eulicing companion as ty is invaded, Gud is dishonored, and the destroyer of your peace. If you the soul is lost.-It is unnecessary will realize your danger, and guard therefore to dwell more fully upon yourselves against the indulgence of the importance of subjecting ourevery depraved inclination, you may selves to the dictates of wisdom-this live, the happiness of your friends, is obvious to every reflecting mind. and the benefactors of mankind. I proceed to consider the means by You may die lamented, and your which this momentous object may be worth shall be had in lasting remem- effected. In the first place, the rebrance. And while, through the newing of the heart by the Spirit of riches of grace, your ransomed spir- grace. This is the only effectual its may ascend to heaven, the hand safe-guard against the practice of iaof'affection shall renew the turf upon iquity. The natural heart is at enyour grave, and memory will drop a mity with holiness, and will always lear at the recollection of your vir be liable to break out into acts of tues. But if you feel that there is no immorality, The depraved pas.

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sions, and affections, must be subdu- him consider the godlike greatness of ed, and transformed by the Holy ruling his own spirit—that the victoSpirit, before we can be prepared for ry over himself is immensely greater heaven), or be safely defended from than the conquest of armies, or the contracting habits of criminal indul- kingdoms of this world.-Now surgence. But there are other means vey, from this elevation, the haunts which tend far to the preservation of of dissipation, and hear the shoutings external character, and these means of profane mirth, and listen to the are important, because morality is creaking sounds of the viol. With important and has some connexion you descend from this eminence, and with the hope of spiritual reforma- forget that you are immortal beings? tion. We have a more raiional ex- - Will you be so very a slave, as to pectation that the moral man may yield to every temptation, and be be saved than we have of the man trampled down by every enemy?“ who has no rule over his own spirit, Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in and is like a city broken down, and the streets of Askelon. without walls."

5. The wise and the virtuous may We observe in the second place, do much by combining their influthat self-knowledge has an importantence in the cause of humanity. They influence in aiding a man to rule his may take a promising youth by the owu spirit. From an acquaintance hand, and lead him away from the with ourselves, we learn the strength scenes of dissipation, to the circles of of our passions, and the dangers that refinement and morality. They may await us, and feel the necessity of unite their persevering efforts, for the keeping the heart with all diligence. suppression of immorality, and by

3. Intercourse with the retined, in- persuasion, example and kindness telligent, and pious, has a salutary may aid their fellow men in the govetfect. While a man moves in such ernment of their passions. a circle he has a character !o sup- are to remember in view of all these port. He has a regard for his repu- means, that little can be effected tation which is not easily destroyell, without the blessing of God. The and he is under the powerful restiaiut seat of iniquity is the heart, and the of hi: worthy and elevated associates. heart must be renewed by the Holy But if he forsakes this society, and Spirit before we can expect any lasimakes the degraded and the vicious ing reformation even of external this companions, he has taken the character. This reflection should first step towards ruin.

arouse every follower of Christ, to 4. Enlarged views of ourselves, vigorous and prayerful exertion. It and the momentous relations which should be his constant, ardent prayer we sustain. Let every man reflect that the Spirit of grace may descend, that he is destined to eternity that and breathe upon the dead. And if he becomes a holy being, he is to now as I close this solemn subject, be associated with angels and seraplis let me once more list up the warning and to be admitted into the presence voice, to those who are in danger of of God and the Saviour. Let him losing that subjection of themselves explore the depths of his own immor- which is sure to terminale in distal mind, and send his thoughts down grace, and which may prove the ruin the line of endless duration, and en- of the soul. Advance no farther till quire what be will be, when the sun you bave deliberately surveyed the and the stars shall be blotted out, dangers i hat await you. Indulge no and coillions of millions of years shall idle dreams of security. You may have rolled away, and his capacities easily stop a rolling rock upou the of enjoyment or suffering shall have top of a mountain, but when it bas expanded beyond the present dinnen- half descended to the valley, it will sions of the highest seraph. Let resist a mighty arm. Beware then

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how you trifle with the strength of conversation was full of lowliness your inclinations-add no fuel in the and condescension, of meekness and fire. Pause and tremble lest you sweetness, of openness and candie become like a city that is broken simplicity ; apt to invite and allure down and without walls,” and leave all men to approach towards it, and your disconsolate friends to mourn with satisfaction to enjoy it. He for you without bope.

did not seclude himself into the con. stant retirement of a cloister, nor

into the farther recesses of a wilderTo the Editor of the Christian Specialor.

ness, (as some others have done) but The example of Christ is a high conversed freely and indifferently theme of discourse, and matter of with all sorts of men, even the most most pleasing contemplation. The contemptible and odious sort of men, imitation of that example is a high publicans and sinners; like the and difficult duty, and to be urged sun, with an impartial bounty, libercontinually on all who bear his ally imparting bis pleasant light and

The following passage from comfortable warmth to all. He used Barrow's sermon,

" of walking as uncouth austerities in habit or Christ did,” has pleased me so much, diet; but complied, in his garb, with I have persuaded myself it would ordinary usage, and sustained his please your readers. E. R. life with such food as casual oppor

“Our Saviour's example is espe- tunity did offer ; so that his indiffercially influential upon practice, in ency in that kind yielded matter of that it was, by an admirable tem- obloquy against him from the fond perament more accommodated for

admirers of a humorous preciseness. imitation than any others have been; His devotions, (though exceedingly that the perfect copy of his most holy sprightlul and fervent) were not usirlife seems more easy to be transcri- ally extended 10 a tedious and exbed, than the ruder draughts of other hausting durance, nor strained into holy men : for though it were written ecstatical transports, charming the with an incomparable fairness, deli- natural sense and overpowering the cacy, and evenness; not slurred with reason ; but calm, steady, and reguany soul blot, nor any where decli- Jar, such as persons of bonest intenning from exact straightness ; yet tion and hearty desire (thongh not were the lineaments thereof exceeding endued with high fancy, or stirring plain and simple ; not by any gaudy passion) might readily imitate. His flourishes, or impertinent intrigues, zeal was not violent or impetuous, rendered difficult to studious imita- except upon very great reason, and tion ; so that even women and chil- extraordinary occasion, when the dren, the weakest and meanest sort bonour of God, or good of men, was of people, as well as the most wise much concerned. He was not rigoand ingenious, might easily perceive rous in the observance of traditional its design, and with good success rites and customs, (such as write after it. His was a gentle and needlessly burdensone, or which steady light, bright indeed, but not contained in them more of formal dazzling ihe eye; warm, but not show than of real fruit,) yet behaved scorching the face of the most intent_himseli orderly and peaceably, givbeholder ; no affected singularities, ing due respect to the least insiitilno supercilious morosities, no frivo- tion of God, and complying with the Jious ostentations of seemingly high, innocent customs of mev ; thereby but really fruitless performances ; pointing out unto us the middle way nothing that might deier a timorous, between peevish superstition and discourage a weak, or offend a scru- boisterous faction ; which as always pulous disciple, is observable in his the most honest, so commonly is the practice : but, on the contrary, his most safe and pleasant way to walk

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