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regulation and direction, for much rently in the rapids, rushing on into efficiency of action, in a world of per- something which we have not yet manent evil and resistance. Whilst known or felt. In science, in philothe ranks are thinning, so are the sophy and religion, in church and in spirits flagging, of those who have gone state, in Britain and over the world, before. Animal spirits and physical there has of late been unusual commoenergies are necessary in this material tion, and from its extensive throes it and fatiguing world. Each youthful seems but as the beginning of a grand soldier, though he be not yet trained, shaking and transition, which may is yet joyful and hopeful; and his turn to better or worse, just as every buoyant heart and his sanguine soul, man may be found at his post or not. convey to the aged or wearied veteran The prince of darkness is abroad a powerful and sweet cordial. O, with his legions every where in an how important to have on the hill-top unusual manner; and the servants of of expectation a reserved host of such the Prince of life have of late in this buoyant and sanguine ones, ready to metropolis, and over our empire, been rush down to the Lord's work, in the called out to the field by a silent but heat and crisis of the fight, and de- powerful providence : so that transicide the world's day!
tion is now become conflict, and every We find in youth also a certain co- Christian must now gird on his aroperative spirit, whereby those in that mour, if he would make good his stage of life are easily banded and title to that blessed name. The cloud knit together : jealousies and feuds of darkness, which for a long period have not yet taken possession of them, covered the enemy's host and conthough yet they are but too ready to cealed their frightful devastations, is be carried away by these in others : being dispelled by the breath of the they are for the most part more taken Lord of Hosts; and now there stand up with their common object, than out before us in clear and full relief, with their mutual relations to it, and 600,000,000 of our fellow-men over to one another. The friendships and the world in the chains of a righteous associations of youth are found to be condemnation, and 600,000 in Lonmore affectionate, close, and perma- don alone, bond-slaves of Satan, and nent, for the most part, than they are leading captive at his will to endless ever afterwards; they more resemble perdition. This appalling discovery that of David and Jonathan, of whom is now forced upon us, whether we it is said, that “the soul of Jonathan will or no; the case must be met ; was knit with the soul of David, and but we are fearfully unfurnished with Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” means. The selfish habits of the How important to seize on this kindly, mighty mass of Christians are so coningenuous, and co-operative spirit, firmed and sealed, that only a remand bind it in true Christian love to nant will come forth to the help of Christian service, even to that of the the Lord against the mighty : we have world's salvation, and in the Re- but a tenth with us.
What are we deemer's glory!
to do? Whither shall we turn ?Now surely if youth, standing in YOUNG MEN, our eyes are towards such relations, and possessing such You. Nay more, we put the trumpet characteristics, was ever of importance to our mouth, and in the name of the in society, it is so in the present age Eternal God, and of His Son Jesus of the world. We live in a period of Christ, we summon you to the Lorrl's transition ; we are as a stream, appa- great and glorious work! Go each
in secret to the throne of What more common than to read of grace : there, in the blood of the ever- " the astonishing approach to reason, lasting covenant, render yourselves or “the reasoning faculty of an aniup in soul, body, and spirit, to the mal ?"-representations which strike Lord your God. Go take his oath of directly at the immateriality of the service, and bind yourselves to Him soul, and tend to place the brute on a unto death : stand forth in your ranks level with man, by sinking the man and bands. Behold what is before you to the level of the brute. This subin London alone : then think of a whole ject is placed in its true light in the world lying in sin and misery! What following interesting article from doth that demand at your hands ? |“Ward's Miscellany.” Let our readers Behold the Son of God suffering death not only peruse it, but let them master on the cross to save and redeem lost the principle which it contains, and man !--and shall we hesitate or be in- make it their own; that they may different in the matter? May God carry it about with them as an amulet forbid !
against the error at which it strikes. Young men of London, your posi- It belongs to a class of truths which tion is peculiarly important in this they should feed on, as insects on a the British capital. Here are you leaf, till the whole heart be tinctured congregated in masses; here may you and coloured with its food. be easily associated; here are facili- “ Is man a mere animal ? Though ties for co-operation; here institutions the answer of every person, who has to meet missing exigencies, are ever learned after the right manner, "must at hand; here are before you the consist of the simple and single word congregated claims of the world, and 'No,' yet there are certain expressions here the endless variety of individual made use of by persons of learning, and cases wherein good may be done to in the judgment of charity, of piety, the souls of men.
which have virtually all the power of Arise then, and know and consider a 'Yes.' With those who descant the importance of your present posi- upon the wonders of creation, and in tion in the world! And whilst the proper hands, no descant is more deLord
says, “Son, give me thine lightful ; there is nothing so common heart," let your reply be, “ Lord, my as to hear of the wonderful sagacityheart I will give !"
the marvellous forethought and purpose with which animals do this or do
that. The bee, in the construction of IS MAN Å MERE ANIMAL ?
her cells, is a profound mathemaIn the present day, natural history tician, and has found out that, of all is raised in popular estimation to the forms, hexagons are the ones which highest dignity, and is pronounced to can be applied to each other with the be a science capable of exercising the greatest capacity in the individual greatest talents, and of affording plea- cell, and the most complete occupasure to the most cultivated minds. tion of all the space over which the Of the several changes that have re- cells extend. Then the manner in cently taken place in society, this is which the planes at the bottom close not the least pleasing nor important. the cells, and make each cell support But owing to the incautious manner another with the strength of an arch, in which that department of it, which is the most consummate application relates to animal instinct, has been of the principles of statics. No human treated, it is attended with danger. ingenuity could by possibility come
up to this perfect science of the bee; the plants in their growth; every and, as the cells answer a purpose, metal and every mineral in its crystal: these wise ones say, that the bee has how wise the earth is, that never this purpose steadily in view when wanders from its path! With what she constructs the cells. So, also, as forethought does the spring come at every parent insect is charged with its appointed season ! With what the continuation of her race, before matchless arithmetic does the crocus her own body is given to the dust, she work out the day upon which it shall deposits her eggs in that plant, that open its golden cup! And with what animal, or that other substance, which perfection of geometry does every miis best fitted for giving nourishment neral form its crystal, without devito the animal; she does it all of fore- ating from its normal type the milthought, purpose, and with far more lionth part of a degree in a single certainty in the execution, than man angle! Where is the cube so perfect can do by the exercise of all his as in sulphate of lead? And what boasted reason. The sagacity of the oblique prism is so contact to its dog, of the elephant, and of countless angle as carbonate of lime? These other animals, is referred to the same things cannot be denied ; and, thereclass of faculty, and the beasts get cre- fore, if they construct by reason, the dit for being most profound thinkers. reason of man is chaff compared with
“ We shall not swell the catalogue, the dullest of metals, or the most neither shall we particularize any of common of minerals ! those very wonderful operations per- “But shall we thus peril the glories formed by animals ; and we have of our own immortality? Because alluded to the subject solely for the God is all-wise and all wonderful, purpose of laying the axe to the root shall we be fools? May he in his of a most mischievous error, from the mercy forbid, and guide us to a more trammels of which it appears that men rational use of that delightful faculty of learning and piety are not always of speech with which he has endowed able to disenthral themselves.
If we grant reason and under“We bid them calmly and solemnly standing to the bee, or any other into reflect of whose work they are sect-to the dog, or any other anispeaking, when they attribute this mal-how dare we deny it to a flower, reasoning and sagacity to those ani- a leaf, a crystal of stone, or even to mals, and, by so doing, offer up the water, which not only finds its own immortal spirit of man as a sacrifice level, but teaches man how to find upon the altar of foul idolatry. Did the level whenever such a finding is not the Almighty create the world ? necessary? Did he not see the end of all things “ These creatures never err: they are from the beginning? Did he not set all the same, 'yesterday, to-day, and the signal of his wisdom and his for ever;' and they know no more power equally upon what we call the variation from their regular form, and mighty and the mean? Let them the customary time of their developlook round that glorious world, that ment, than the planets in their orbits mighty universe which he has made ; do from their courses. But man and, when they do so, let them say errs : and, in most instances, for once where the point is in it, in which that he is right, he is twice wrong. wisdom superior to the wisdom of man Why is this? Why should it be is not displayed. The planet in its that among all the parts of so delightorbit; the seasons in their revolution ; ful a creation, there should be a single
THE TRUTH OF
blunderer, and he, in other respects, planatory than abstract description, I the most highly gifted of the whole ? will proceed at once to EXERCISE THE We answer, and the spirit of the re
And what can be a more vealed word of God answers along suitable subject for a beginning than with us,—that the doings of man are THE the only part of creation in which CHRISTIANITY? The principal of plans are to be formed, and carried these are the evidence arising from into effect by an intelligent principle, "prophecy; from miracles ; from the which is limited in its powers; and character of Christ; from the inman fails, because God has delegated ternal harmony and universal adapto him that which has been delegated tation of the Christian system ; from to no other creature. It is thus that the success of the Gospel; and from the very frailty of man stands up a its transforming practical influence. witness of an immortal spirit within Here are evidences many and vahim; for while all the rest of nature rious; and He who made all things is fixed, and confirmed by the laws of for himself, no doubt willed this numnature, man is the only creature that ber and variety, partly, in order that can err.”
as the minds of men are variously constituted, there might be one argu
ment adapted to impress one order of USEFUL EXERCISES-No. I.
mind, and another to impress another, * with your permis- preparatory to each of those minds sion, I intend to invite you occasion-being brought under the full influence ally to an exercise of judgment and of all these evidences combined. Now piety, calculated, I think, to interest the question for your consideration is and benefit both those who may en- twofold: First, Which of these evigage in it, and those who may content dences is most impressive and conthemselves with merely looking on. vincing to your own mind ? Second, As these exercises will necessarily Supposing you have been able to devary with the nature of the subject to termine this point, can you assign which they relate, I can only now say any reason, or reasons, why it is so ? generally that, instead of proposing a In other words, what do you conceive topic for discussion in the ordinary invests it with that superior power of way, they will present the subject in producing conviction on your mind ? its discussed and prepared form, and
If concise answers to these queswill only invite you to assign the tions are forwarded to the Young reasons for the conclusion at which it Men's Society's Office, 20, Red arrives; or to state the particular part Lion Square, addressed to the Editor of it which you consider most instruc-of the Magazine (post paid), by the tive and impressive, and the reasons 20th inst., the result will be reported why you so consider it; or to point in the next Magazine, in connexion out what should be its practical appli- with Exercise the Second. cation. In this way we shall avoid affectionately advise that you do not the evil of controversy, and yet obtain make this a mere intellectual effort; all the benefit which could result from for your own sakes let it be rather a it-we shall enjoy the rose without religious exercise. the thorn.
But as example will be more ex
* An Article in the next Number, on the import of the appellation, Young Men.
LESSONS FROM NATURE.
liest conditions in life often bear no (From Nature considered as a Revelation, by resemblance to those we last occupy.
the Rev. R. Bailey, F.A.S. 1836.) The tadpole becomes a frog. The RATTLESNAKE teaches that Illustr.—Here point out the evil mostly warns before it strikes ; difference between condition and as the rattlesnake obtains its name
character. See the lives of Crabbe, from the noise produced by its tail West, Franklin, Murat, and thoujoints before it attacks.
sands of the celebrated. Illustr.-Men would be wise of The Slug teaches that some perthe future. Is not life full of fore- sons accomplish the greater injury by warnings of many of its evils ? assuming a humble or a mean apWhy do men disregard them, and
pearance. Who would imagine that then lament their unexpected cala- the slug, which is scarcely distinmities?
guishable from the soil, is such a The Crocodile teaches that ani- destroyer in the poor man's garden ? mals, however great or rapid, must
Illustr.-Many of “the poor submit to man. The alligator can monks,” by assuming such characdrown a tiger, or even an elephant, ters, lulled suspicion, and grew
rich and keep a whole neighbourhood in the faster for pretending to reterror ; but he is taken with the bait nounce all worldly possessions. or net of a savage.
The Black Snail teaches that we Illustr.—What a lesson is this to should always feel our way carefully, man himself! If the animal power especially if among things that injure. of the brutes must submit to the The snail never moves far without its mind of man, why does not his own feelers, or horns. animal part submit also ?
Illustr.—The reader should guard, The Cameleon teaches how many however, on the other hand, against persons have no character or settled the caution that destroys both hope habits, except those of endless change! and spirit, and hesitates and guesses The cameleon appears differently co- until the opportunity is gone. loured to almost every beholder. The Seal teaches how often the
Illustr.–Our character is what accidents in our favour are reckoned our most common habits are. Thos.
among our virtues. Many of the V. is a rich man; has a large con- actions of the beaver, which are quite nexion ; agrees with every one, be- unavoidable, are thought to be proofs cause he has no stability; and has of its intelligence. not the weight of character of some Illustr.-As when we reckon our of his own servants.
talents, or beauty, or form, or voice, The Snail teaches that most things among our virtues.
It is the use leave a mark behind them. Let of them, and not themselves, which yours be virtuous : you know where are virtues. the snail has been by its slime.
The Shell-Snail teaches that we Illustr.—We never leave a com- should never go into dangers without pany without having added to its our defence. The shell-snail is always virtue or to its vice. What is the in danger of birds; hence always influence that follows? The stench under its shield. of the pole-cat, or the odour of a Illustr.—What a picture of man rose ?
is this snail! Its shell is its castle, The Tadpole teaches that our ear- its home, and its grave!