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cape, we may all yet go to the bottom.” Hold
your tongue, you dull blockhead,” said one: no croaking here:" Tap the cask," said another : “A song, a song !" cried a third. Clamour soon drowned remonstrance: and, thus scorning the Pilot's counsel, they sat down together to enjoy themselves, with their backs to the harbour. But, while the song was singing a mighty wave rolled, and (except the Pilot, who had leaped into the boat) they all went down together.
This reverie turned my mind into a new train of thinking. When I first sat down, the present Peace seemed to be every thing, but now it appeared COMPARATIVELY to be nothing. “Every thing," said I to myself, " is great or little by comparison. What is this Peace, which seems to carry away the hearts and thoughts of the nation: when compared with the Peace, proclaimed from above through a Redeemer, sung by angels at his birth, purchased by his death, and by which He opened the kingdom of heaven to all believ
The present Peace is proclaimed to a few countries, but the eternal Peace to all nations. Wise men fear the present Peace will still leave us in danger from the seducing arts and deranging principles of our enemies; but the Peace of the Gospel secures its children not only against the craft and malice of the world, but of the flesh and the devil. The present Peace still leaves us under many wants : it cannot relieve us under pain of body or mind : we may still remain erring, afflicted, depraved, guilty, dying sinners : but the Peace of God bringeth a Guide to the wanderer, Comfort to the afflicted, Grace to the depraved, Pardon to the guilty, and eternal Life to the dying. The present Peace may be broken almost as soon as it is nade, but the Peace from above has this charter_The mountains shall
depart, and the hills be removed: but my kindness shall not depart from thee; neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord, that hath mercy on
hee :' Isaiah liv. 10. Once more: the present Peace, however lasting, can continue but a short time to any of us who have been so animated by the news; but that Peace, which is secured by the promise and oath, Heb. vi. 18, of God to those who flee for refuge to the hope set before them' in Christ Jesus, cannot be disturbed by time or death : time but ripens it, and death perfects it. 'For the righteous hath hope in his death-He shall enter into peace.'
In a word, the Peace of God, unlike all other, is proposed most freely to every man: it is attended with no danger: it will meet every want : it admits of no hazard : it can never end. Whoever, therefore, continues madly to despise counsel, and perish in a vessel that soon must sink, let us be wise ; let us hearken to counsel before it is too late; let us take to the boat, and make for the harbour : that while others, like the sottish sailors, think of nothing but the peace and festivity of a moment, we may secure a peace and prosperity which shall last for ever. I am, &c.
SHORT HINTS TO A SOLDIER,
IN A LETTER FROM HIS FRIEND.
A word spoken in due season, how good is it. . . . Prov. xv. 23.
MY GOOD FRIEND:
I was thinking, the other day, of the quiet which I enjoy, while you are gone forth in arms to defend me. I also considered what I could do for you in return. "The Physician," said I, “though he does not fight, can bring medicines to the sick and wounded : and even a ploughboy might lead a regiment into a road which they had missed. Cannot I then do something for these brave fellows? Some of them may be sick, and others sad. Some may not be aware who are their Worst Enemies; and others may not know their Best Friends; and others still may never yet have heard what is the True Victory. I will try, at least, to serve them in these things. For who can tell ?”
“Besides,” thought I, “do I not know how useful a bint has sometimes been to me? and do I not know what benefit a great soldier once received by a hint from a little maid, telling him of a great Prophet who could cure him of his leprosy?" Why may not other Soldiers be profited by a word as well as he? I say these
my defenders should not want a real friend to instruct and comfort them. I will, therefore, write them a letter; and appeal to the Bible for the truth of it.”
A good Soldier is one who, as the Wise Man expresses it, 'fears God and the King, and meddles not with
* 2 Kings, v. 2, 3.
them that are given to change: Prov. xxiv. 21. While bad men will always be murmuring and complaining, he knows his privileges as an Englishman. He is firmly attached to his King and Country. He feels bound, in honour and conscience, to defend both. He scorns to tarnish the British name by cowardice, idleness, drunkenness, fraud, swearing, indecency, or the like.
He also knows that there is no villainy or cruelty greater than that of robbing a poor, innocent girl of her character and virtue; sinking her thus into prostitution, and destroying at once her body and soul. He knows, too, that those, who tempt him to disbelieve the Bible, or to mock at sacred things, would, if they could, make him an enemy to God and goodness, cut off his only hope, and turn, as it were, a man into a devil.
When Rogues come and tell such a soldier, that to be free, he must be a rebel, he is too wise to be caught with the bait. He knows, that without subordination and obedience, the army, and every other society, must be turned into a Bedlam :that civil war is the worst of all war :—and that such, as do not submit to lawful authority, can enjoy neither liberty nor property ; but must become the slaves of any tyrant or mob, that happens to get uppermost.
And, because a Soldier's life is a life of danger, a wise Soldier learns how to stand prepared to meet every enemy, under every form, and at any moment. For, having the favour of Him, who governs and directs all things, and who he knows will make him happy, whether he lives or dies, he has nothing to fear.
“Fear the Enemy!" perhaps you are ready to say: “There is not a man among us that has any
such fear. We stand ready to meet the worst. We are ready
Stay a little, my good friend, and let me ask you, Have
you well considered who your worst enemies are?
Why yes, to be sure we have ”—some might answer: What enemies can be worse than the French? They mean to do here, as they have done wherever they came. They mean to strip us of our property, to ravish our wives and daughters, to make slaves of us, and then tell us we are free. Besides which, they"
Pray don't tell me of what every body knows. I want to tell you what every body does not yet know, namely,
I. Who are our WORST ENEMIES :
And I must inform you, that we have worse enemies than even the French themselves.
“ Is this possible ?" say you.
I say yes. For those enemies are worse than even the French, who have made the French what they are, and would make the English like them.
Pray name these Enemies." I will. They are the World, the Flesh, and the Devil.
“But what do you mean by the world ?”
I mean the world (not as God made it, but) as sin has made it. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world :' 1 John ii. 16. Now when Money, Pride, or Pleasure promises you happiness in breaking God's commands—and too many are encouraging you by bad examples and conversation to break them-say, “Here is one of my worst Enemies ! This is the world! This is that cheat, which, like the apple that Eve was tempted with,