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None but he shall guide us,

We are his alone. Jesus is our Shepherd:

For the sheep he bled ; Every lamb is sprinkled

With the blood he shed. Then on each he setteth

His own secret sign : "They that have my Spirit,

These,” saith he, Jesus is our Shepherd :

Guided by his arm, Though the wolves may raven,

None can do us harm. When we tread death's valley,

Dark with fearful gloom, We will fear no evil,

Victors o'er the tomb!

are mine."


LADY. HARK! what songs of joyous greeting

Ringing through the courts above; Songs of loving, rapturous meeting,

Mingled notes of praise and love. Angel spirits, gently calling,

Guide our sister to their King; And with joy her path attending,

Thronging round, they sweetly sing. “Hand in hand," they lead her on

wards, Through the streets of shining gold, Loving, to her ransomed spirit,

Joys celestial to unfold.
Jesus smiles to see her coming-

At his feet she casts her crown,
Clad in robes of purest whiteness,

Bowing low before his throne. Lovingly he draws her near him,

Bids her lean upon his breast, And, in peace and love abiding,

Enter on an endless rest. Gazing on her Saviour's glory,

Now his brightness she beholds; Lost in wondrous love, she praises,

All his beauty she unfolds. Never more can grief intruding

Cast a shade upon her face; All her sorrows are forgotten

In the glories of that place. Joining with the angelic songsters,

Loud her Saviour's praise she sings, Lovely in the attire of heaven,

Flitting on her radiant wings. Blessed spirit! can we mourn thee,

Freed from sorrow, pain, and woe? May we rather learn to follow

In thy patient steps below! Thus at last united with her

In the realms of bliss above, May we, Saviour, dwell for ever

In the sunshine of thy love!

Ye say,

EVERLASTING LOVE. What mean ye by this wailing,

To break my bleeding hearts As if the love that binds us

Could alter or depart ! Our sweet and holy union

Knows neither time nor place;
The love that God has planted

Is lasting as his grace.
Ye clasp these hands at parting,

As if no hope could be:
While still we stand for ever

In blessed unity! Ye gaze as on a vision

Ye never could recall, While still each thought is with you, Aud Jesus with us all!

“We here, thou yonder, Thou goest, and we stay;" And yet Christ's mystic body

Is one eternally.
Ye speak of different journeys;

A long and sad adieu !
While still one way I travel,

And have one end with you. Why should ye now be weeping

These agonizing tears ? Behold our gracious Leader,

And cast away your fears. We tread one path to glory,

Are guided by one Xand,
And led in faith and patience

Unto one Fatherland.
Then let this hour of parting

No bitter grief record,
But be an hour of union

More blessed with our Lord. With Him to guide and save us,

No changes tbat await, No earthly separations

Can leave us desolate !

JESUS OUR SHEPHERD. Jesus is our Shepherd,

Wiping every tear : Folded in his bosom,

What have we to fear? Only let us follow

Whither he doth lead, To the thirsty desert,

Or the dewy mead. Jesus is our Shepherd,

Well we know his voice; How its gentlest whisper

Makes our heart rejoice! Even when he chideth,

Tender is its tone:

Personal Religion.

ENOCH, THE DIVINE PEDESTRIAN. It has been said, with much force and beauty,—I think, in the Rev. Mr. Ransom's admirable little treatise on “ Temptation,”that no Christian would be equally devout were the sublime spectacle of an Enoch walking with his God not presented in the panorama of the Bible.

An interesting statement respecting Enoch is made by the Rev. Gilbert Burrington, late Prebendary of Exeter, in his “Arrangement of Old Testament Genealogies ;" and being short, and the work a very scarce and expensive one, I may be allowed to

copy it :

Enoch.—Called, in the English version of 1 Chron. i. 3, Henoch. The Masoretical pointing is Hanoch. The Hebrew letter (H) in the beginning of this name in Genesis ought to have been preserved (by the translators). The patriarch Enoch is commonly known among the Orientals by the name of Edris,-a name given to him from his supposed eminence in wisdom and knowledge. See D’Herbelot's Bibl. Orient. v. Edris ; Hottinger's Thesaur. Philolog., p. 85, 86 ; and Sale's Notes on the Koran, vol. ž., p. 134. Some of the Orientals believe that Enoch, or Edris, had a son, called Sabi, who was buried in one of the pyramids of Egypt; and on that account it was held in great veneration. See D'Herbelot's Bibl. Orient., v. Sabi."—Burrington's Old Testament Genealogies, &c., vol. i., p. 6.

Enoch “ walked with God three hundred years," Gen. v. 22 ; and, once more, “Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him,” ver. 24. Not Noah, not Abraham, not Moses,-three of the weightiest names in Scripture,- ,-are so wondrously admitted into the intimate, protracted friendship of a three hundred years' fellowship with the Infinite. My soul, it was no hermit life that Enoch led! His piety was practical, his friendship fruitful, his walking was in working. He was the first preacher of righteousness we read of, and Jude gives us a copy of the very words he uttered. Some of the spirits now in prison formed the antediluvian throng whose conversion he sought. One

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man against a world, he beheld these “clouds without water, and carried about of winds,"—these “trees whose fruit is withered, without fruit, twice dead, and plucked up by the roots,"—these “raging waves of ocean, foaming forth their own shame;" and as he looked upon these “ wandering stars, reserved to the blackness of darkness for ever," the Holy Ghost put a word in his mouth, and we are told that in their ears he prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord cometh, with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”

This first preacher, apparently, was perhaps the best, and certainly of sinful men he was the sublimest. The Man of sorrows, who spake as never man before or since spake, had doubtless a yet sublimer character, that of the destined sacrifice itself, a lamb of God's providing, to expiate, by his voluntary obedience unto death, human guilt. And Enoch was no unworthy under-teacher. It is true that, like David's smooth stone from the brook, he had but the one text, apparently, of the woman's seed promised to crush the serpent's head; and with this, instead of a well-filled Bible, he goes forth, not copying an example, but to set one. singular for God. While the sun shone warm and blithely, he, like the voice in Judea's wilderness, cried virtually, “ Flee from the wrath to come.”

But, alas ! he succeeded not. And he was taken away in the midst of his days, before even the painful announcement had been made of a coming deluge, so that he knew not the evil probably, but, Josiah-like, escaped it.

Did he not succeed ? Jude's epistle seems to hold out not the slightest hope that he did, but quite the reverse. How awful a mystery! By his life and lips, and love to God, and light from God's Spirit, he preaches among his congregation morning, noon, and night, for three successive centuries ; by his removal, without tasting death, Heaven attests an emphatic approval of his preach-ing ; it is Enoch preaches,--still, they perish !

Then what hope has a poor, unknown, despised lay-preacher, or tract-distributor, or sick-bed visitor, or Sunday-school teacher ? Let a chapter which, though unpopular, is yet stitched up in the

He was

Bibles alike of Arminians and Calvinists, as part of the living verity of Deity, comfort your heart, while it commends itself to your common sense : “He hath mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy."

The sinner ought to "will;" the saint should "run;" and, as the Rev. Mr. Ford, in one of his works, says, we may remember that it did happen, “when a Paul preached, and an Apollos watered, God then gave the increase.”

If an Enoch would preach to very scoffers, and without success, let us catch his descending mantle! Amen.

J. T.

A FREE PARDON. Yes, a free pardon! Is it asked, wonder, and perish; for I work a For whom? Why, reader, for you work in your days, a work which personally, whether you are saint ye shall in no wise believe, though or sinner. I do not say, You are a man declare it unto you.” saved or pardoned; but I do say, Let us, very shortly, take up the Here is pardon for you. Verily, if first passage above quoted, and conthis be true, it is something worth sider the apostle's statement, which believing.

is a two-fold one, and then the Carefully read the following quo- apostle's direction to his hearers. tation from the word of God: “Be First, There is preached unto it known unto you, therefore, men you the forgiveness of sins, through and brethren, that through this this Man; and by (means of) him, Man is preached unto you the for- all that believe are justified from giveness of sins; and by him all all things.” that believe are justified from all In the original, the word tranthings, from which ye could not be slated “preached” is often emjustified by the law of Moses,” Acts ployed to denote a royal proclamaxiii. 38, 39. Can words be plainer? tion or statement, made from some They were addressed by Paul to a elevated position, trumpet-tongued, promiscuous assemblage of uncon- to all within hearing, friends or verted persons, Jews and Gentiles, foes. In the opinion of some of in the synagogue of Antioch, in the best commentators, for “ There Pisidia. They were not addressed is preached,"might be read, “There to those present under the idea that is announced,” or “proclaimed.” they were converted characters, for Unto you!anxious sinner! the next two verses

are these : yes, even hardened sinner! there is Beware, therefore, lest that come preached, proclaimed by the word upon you,” (and upon you, oh, my of a King, unto all of you, and each reader,)“ which is spoken of in the

individual of you, prophets, Behold, ye despisers, and The forgiveness of sins!” Oh,

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“honey and the honeycomb" are these words ! Paul announces it to you individually for a fact, that God makes you a free present of forgiveness! Listen to the inspired ambassador, as, with a silver trumpet, he publishes salvation, free and full, unto you! Beloved reader! let the precious sound, wasted on auspicious breezes, ever pursue you; let the celestial music of “Mercy! Mercy!” thrill your soul, penetrate and melt down your heart of stone!

Through this Man,-through Jesus Christ, by means of what he has done and personally is. You will instantly see that the meaning is not that the preaching is through or by means of Jesus, but that the statement preached is preached in consequence of what Jesus is, and did, and suffered.

“The forgiveness of sins, through this Man, is preached unto you, be it known unto you, men and brethren,”

Here, then, is a statement made, that through the finished work of Christ, God the Father proclaims to every human being within hearing, “ whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear,” a full and free salvation. But there is a further statement, designed to show more clearly the absolute freeness of this offer: “And by means of) Him, all that believe are justified from all things." All that believe what has just been said, namely, the first part of the statement, that through Christ forgiveness of sins is proclaimed. That person who believes that forgiveness of sins through the Man Christ Jesus is preached to a perishing globe,every person who thus believes,-is

thereupon justified from all things, or accounted sinless and righteous in the sight of God. Now, Paul's direction is, “Be this known unto you,”-know this fact, accept this as true, believe it.

The above is the truth of God. Our father Abraham, who is the father of all that believe, believed that God would, in due time, make manifest the means, or a plan, of salvation for dying men. He believed that the day of Messiah, the Christ, would dawn; and thus, through anticipation, he saw that day, and was glad. In like manner do we find it to be our duty to believe God's statement that he really has provided, and at the due time did make manifest, life and immortality in the gospel, through the glorious incarnation, humiliation, obedience unto death, and intercessions of Him who is called the Word of God. We have to believe that the day of Christ has dawned, and the Day-Star, the Sun of Righteousness, arisen on our world.

In short, there is a free pardon; through Jesus it has been procured; unto you it is freely proffered; believe this is really so. Do not say, “I believe,” till you prove that you do believe in this free offer of God's mercy in Christ, by casting yourself on the mere mercy of God in Christ for everything, - for

" wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption,” — for everything in time, and for everything in eternity. Now is the accepted time, and the salvation-day. God hath made Him who knew no sin, even Jesus, to be a sin-offering for us, that we might become divinely

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