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eyes toward the Saviour, and all his ambition was cured for ever. And he felt the blood that cleanseth from all sin, to cleanse his sins away; and his heart was filled with a new love, and his soul was peaceful, and all his dreams, instead of time and earth, were of that better world, where he so soon expected to be, And when at length he died, there was joy in his heart, and holy triumph on his tongue, and his end was more blessed than if he had lived to do all he dreamed.
And now his father, and mother, and sisters look to heaven as a place of purer joy than they had ever hoped for before; and they thank the God that tried them, to make them meet for the inheritance of the saints in light, and they live to bless the world and to do good. 0.
1. Modern civilization began with the popular translation and diffusion of the Scriptures. Compare the fifteenth century with the nineteenth.
2. It has been developed precisely within those limits, and those only, where the Scriptures have been translated into the popular language, and widely diffused and read. Compare England and the United States of America with Spain, Austria, Italy, and Mexico.
3. The great lights of the last three centuries, that is to say, those whose light has been enduring, have been firm and devout believers, and profound students of the Bible. Milton in poetry, Bacon in philosophy, Newton in science, Chatham and Webster in polity and eloquence, owed the strength and vitality of their matchless intellects to the Word of God, and gratefully acknowledged the debt.
To this we might add that despots, the natural enemies of human progress, fear and proscribe the Bible. Their instinct is as sure a proof as could be desired that the Bible is on the side of the people, and that all its tendencies are to popular freedom and progress.
THE TRUE CIVILIZER. CARDINAL WISEMAN has been telling the people of Ireland that Popery is the sole hope for liberty and progress to the human race. The reverse is the truth ! The Bible is the one source of these and all other blessings to mankind; but Popery withholds from them the Bible!
Modern civilization is but an expansion of Bible ideas. The germs of everything great and good in human society are found in the Word of God.
Do you ask for proof? We will not attempt to produce it by tracing in detail each manifestation of intellectual activity and social melioration to a specific source in the inspired volume. We only ask you to look at three facts, and then doubt if you can:
YOUTHFUL PIETY. MORE than twenty years ago
I knew a little boy occasionally to wander away on a lone hill, and under a tree read the Bible, and then kneel down and remain a long time in prayer. Then I said, Some day that child will stand on the walls as Zion's watchman. He is now a successful missionary. S. M.
REMARKABLE CONVERSION OF HENRY LYMAN. The following deeply interesting the chapters pointed out, and spent account of the conversion of Henry the time in prayer till nearly twelve Lyman, is from his own journal, o'clock; and having fasted eighteen which he kept faithfully from that hours, and not being able any time forward. It should lead many longer to withstand my appetite, I to earnest reflection and decision. came to the conclusion that it was We quote from his memoir :
impossible to get religion. I en“I continued,” he says, “op- deavoured to quiet my conscience posing the work of God until Tues- by saying that I probably had comday, April 17, 1827. I arose on the mitted “the unpardonable sin’ in morning of that day with feelings slighting the many warnings I had such as I never before possessed. I received." had no longer a desire to keep After this, he says
" he felt quite company with my wicked compa- calm,” and after dinner returned to nions, or to engage in a light or the college, and for the next twentyfrivolous conversation. I felt as four hours was among his wicked solemn as death. The Holy Spirit companions, describing and ridihad evidently begun to strive in my culing his serious feelings and the heart. I was desirous of seeing prayers of Christians in such a manChristians, and instead of disputing ner as made the worst among them with them, began to inquire what I tremble. In the meantime a knot must do to be saved.
of praying souls were fervently “ This seriousness increased upon supplicating God on the behalf of me till, walking out before break- him who was finding it so "hard to fast on Thursday, April 19th, I was kick against the pricks;" nor did very sensible of my need of religion. they cease their prayers, even when How to obtain it I knew not, but I the news spread among them, “ Lymade a solemn vow in the presence man has returned to his gay asof God, that I would neither eat sociates.” He says, “I remember nor sleep till I had obtained it. At the face of one of my class-mates eight o'clock I attended a prayer- as we met that afternoon in the meeting of my class, and wept very hall. He stopped and looked at much. By the advice of one of my me with a countenance expressive class-mates I called on the presi- of sorrow and pity. That look dent (Dr. Humphrey), who seemed pierced my soul, and made an imto know my case precisely, even pression upon me that time can before I told him my feelings. I neyer eradicate. repeated to him my resolution. He “The next day was one of fasting selected Scripture for me, and and prayer
in college. To show prayed with me. I took my Bible, my disregard of it, I sat for a fellowand retired to a grove, where I read student to take my portrait. As I
left the painter, Professor Peck called me to his room, and inquired if the report were true that I had deliberately chosen the world for my portion, and had determined to abide the consequences. I replied in the negative, but added that I thought there was no hope for me. He then counselled me most judiciously, and I attended the meeting all day. In the afternoon the president sent for me, and I left him with the resolution to go on seeking till I should find. Anxiety for myself began again, and from this time increased till the next Wednesday.
“On that day, the 25th, just before the bell rung for evening prayers, I was in very great distress, and cried unto the Lord that he would hear and have mercy upon me. My mind seemed to be torn in pieces. I thought I had entirely submitted to my Maker, yet I found no relief. Something was wrong, but what I could not tell. It seemed to be sin to pray, and sin to withhold prayer, and yet I could not assist myself in the least. It appeared to me that, all the time I had been under conviction, I had been sinning in the highest degree, for I had been trusting to my prayers and to the aid of Christians, rather than to Christ, and trying to climb up some other way, to get relief from some other source, and to be saved any way rather than by the righteousness of Christ.
I just began to perceive that I had not been acting from the heart, had not been striving, and my heart had given the lie to my mouth. I had not before perceived that it was this wicked heart
that stood in the way, that this was the only obstacle to my submission, that this was yet in rebellion against so much mercy.
“What to do in this situation I knew not. I knew what was required in the Bible. I had been told over and over again what I had to do. I thought I had done all that was required, yet conscience had told me I had not, and that something more was wanting. In distress, I thought I would go to my chum, and find out what he had done, for I had just begun to cry in earnest, 'What must I do to be saved ?' He was not in. Meeting B. in the passage, I asked him. He smiled, and said he could not tell me what to do. Oh, how my soul loathed that smile! If he had aimed a dagger at my heart, he could not so much have stirred up my feelings. I burst into tears, and walked the room for the first time in my life in distress. It was so great I could not utter a word it was like tearing asunder soul and body. Never before did I know the meaning of agonize. But human words are inadequate : 'I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me. No man cared for my soul.'
“My mind could not long bear such a conflict. My feelings began to calm, and the question, Will you accept life or death? presented itself to my mind, and strange to say, though I had only to answer, The former, to obtain pardon for the sins of my life, yet the same indifference continued. I could not, however, eat or sleep. I opened a letter from my uncle, and read it.”
free from sin, that for a few moments, I know not how long, I was free from conscious sin, and my affections entirely engrossed in God.
“I would not exchange one hour of such happiness, such bliss, such ecstasy, for thousands of years the most happy that a sinner can enjoy. I could but exclaim :
“Let everlasting thanks be thine,
For such a bright display,
With beams of heavenly day.'
This letter was surely directed by the Spirit of God to arrive at that moment. It counselled, in the most earnest, persuasive manner, instant submission to Jesus Christ.
Nearly an hour elapsed,” the narrative continues, “before I, as it were, returned my answer to the before-mentioned question. As soon as I did this, as soon as I gave up the world, and submitted myself to the Almighty disposal, and was willing to throw myself on his mercy, then, oh, then, how shall I describe my feelings? A sudden weight was lifted from my heart; a light suddenly broke in upon me, like the light of day to the eyes of one who has long been deprived of it. I could not tell whether I was in the body or out of it. I seemed to move without touching the earth; nay, I seemed to fly. Space seemed no space to me. I prayed that if I was deceived, and my heart was yet opposed to God, that my life might be taken from me at that instant, so that I might not any more sin against God, and that if my heart had been renewed, I might grow in grace to all eternity. Yet I did not think of the question, whether I had hope toward God. That did not seem to come into my mind until a class-mate an hour or two after suggested it. I believe if there is any such thing as a man's being
“This flow of feeling continued to increase during the evening, and at night, though the two preceding ones had been nearly sleepless, it was with difficulty I could close my eyes, so glorious did my Saviour appear, bleeding and dying for me, and so merciful did that God appear whom
had so often called upon with the most bitter oaths to curse me, and whose commands I had so long and so often violated. Oh, the joy, the happiness, the heaven on earth experienced by the pardoned sinner Praised be God, that my eyes ever saw the light of the 25th of April, 1827! That day forms an era in
The narrative thus concludes, and then follows a solemn covenant, with the dates of the various renewals—a covenantat length sealed with his own blood.
DR. LIVINGSTONE'S TRAVELS.
ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA IN AFRICA. THE next island we came to was by continuous rains, and thought that of a man named Mozinkwa. we observed the confirmation of the Here we were detained some days Bakwain theory of rains. A double
tier of clouds floated quickly away to the west, and, as soon as they began to come in an opposite direction, the rains poured down. The inhabitants who live in a dry region like that of Kolobeng are nearly all as weatherwise as the rain-makers, and any one living amongst them for any length of time becomes as much interested in the motions of the clouds as they are themselves. Mr. Moffatt, who was as sorely tried by droughts as we were, and had his attention directed in the same way, has noted the curious phenomenon of thunder without clouds. Mrs. L. heard it once, but I never had that good fortune. It is worth the attention of the observant. Humboldt has seen rain without clouds, a phenomenon quite as singular. I have been in the vicinity of the fall of three aerolites, none of which I could afterwards discover. One fell into the Lake Kumadau with a report somewhat like a sharp peal of thunder. The women of the Bakurutse villages there all
scream on hearing it. This happened at midday, and so did another of what is called the Great Chuai, which was visible in its descent, and was also accompanied with a thundering noise. The third fell near Kuruman, and at night, and was seen as a falling star by people at Motito and at Daniel's Kuil, places distant forty miles on opposite sides of the spot. It sounded to me like the report of a great gun, and, a few seconds after, a lesser sound as if striking the earth after a rebound. Does the passage of a few such aerolites through the atmosphere to the earth by day cause thunder without clouds
several times, “Your countrymen are very agreeable,” and “What a strange country this is ! all water together.” He also said, that he now understood why I used the sextant. When he reached the Mauritius a steamer came out to tow us into the harbour. The constant strain on his untutored mind seemed now to reach a climax, for during the night he became insane. I thought, at first, that he was intoxicated. He had descended into a boat, and, when I attempted to go down and bring him into the ship, he ran to the stern and said,
No, no! it is enough that I dié alone. You must not perish. If you come I shall throw myself into the water.” Perceiving that his mind was affected, I said, “Now, Sekwebu, we are going to Má Robert.” This struck a chord in his bosom, and he said, “Oh, yes, where is she? and where is Ro. bert?" and he seemed to recover. The officers proposed to secure him by putting him in irons, but, being a gentleman in his own country, I objected, knowing that the insane often retain an impression of illtreatment, and I could not bear to have it said in Sekwebu's country that I had chained one of his principal men, as they had seen slaves treated. I tried to get him on shore by day, but he refused. In the evening a fresh accession of insanity occurred; he tried to spear one of the crew, then leaped overboard, and though he could swim well, pulled himself down hand under hand, by the chain cable. We never found the body of poor Sekwebu.
POOR SEKWEBU. We left Kiliinane on the 12th of July, and reached the Mauritius on the 12th of August, 1856. Sekwebu was picking up English, and becoming
a favourite with both men and officers. He seemed a little bewildered, everything on board a man-of-war being so strange; but he remarked to me
AFRICAN GAME-LAWS. We understand that, when we passed Mpende, we came into a country where the game-laws are strictly enforced. The lands of each chief are very well defined, the boundaries being usually marked by rivulets, great numbers of which flow into the Zambesi from both banks; and, if an elephant is wounded on one man's land, and dies on that of another, the under