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fessed that their attractions are more But the crowning resource of real passive than active in their character, loveliness remains yet to be sigand, therefore, lacking in those
those nalised : it will be found in the engrander qualities which grow out of joyment and practice of true piety. successful conflict with evil. It is Religion is a divinely-constructed not baby beauty that we look for in mould, in which to recast and perour young men and maidens, but the fectly remodel the character of its beauty of a harmonious development, friends. All that is monstrous and in which the appetites, the affections, excrescent it undertakes to uproot and the temper are subject to an en- and expel from our nature, while it lightened and conscientious will. If restores it to perfect health and faultmany of our pretty young ladies less proportions, and covers it with knew how much they spoil their the sweetness and the bloom of imbeauty by haughtiness, pertness, maculate and immortal beauty. For pettishness, and wilfulness, to say this it has come to us furnished nothing of more vicious propensities, with all possible provisions. Not they would no sooner willingly in- only does it drive the Author of all dulge in any of them than they Evil from the heart, and purge it of would wash their faces with vitriol, all the defilement which he has or perfume themselves with assa- brought with him and left there, foetida.
but it commences and carries on a Then, benevolence and virtue are "new creation,” which is never left amongst the greatest beautifiers of till it is left finished and complete. the human face. Selfishness, malig- We naturally take the character of nity, and animalism degrade and dis- those with whom we have most to tort the finest features, rendering do. Persons much together become countenances otherwise handsome, like each other, not only in manners, disagreeable and repellant. Who of but in features. And this is espeus are not acquainted with persons cially the case with the more depen. admired by all at first, but who have dent and flexible, when they are never had power to attract the last- much in the society of stronger, more ing affection of a single human heart? plastic, and commanding spirits. Ontheother hand, are there not others The one is giving off and communiwhom we have passed by with in- cating a power which the other redifference on a slight acquaintance, ceives and appropriates. And in but for whom subsequent intercourse this way we were intended to be has awakened the liveliest regard ? affected by Divine objects, but preThe truth seems to be, that no one eminently by contact with the is wholly indifferent to beauty of Saviour Himself. “All we beholding character; and beauty of character with unveiled face, as in a mirror, will go far towards making every- the glory of the Lord, are changed thing beautiful. It is better than into the same image, from glory to rouge or ribbons; it is better than glory, even as by the Lord the Spirit." washes and powder, and all the ap- That is the grand process. There is pliances of the toilet table. Let our no other way of getting rid of our fair readers take our word for it. deformity and repulsiveness. Would This is the best cosmetic.“ Beautiful that every reader would consider it! for ever,” the dream of human vanity, Would that our younger readers esbecomes a fact and a reality to those pecially would consider it! The who, like the King's daughter, seek knowledge of Christ, love and to grow beautiful from within.
obedience to Christ,-above all, fel
lowship with Christ,—the conscious venly Bridegroom, and worthy of union and communion of our spirits His everlasting embrace !
How with His that is the golden way in many of them lay down there wiwhich to acquire all that is noble in thered and shrivelled by age, or decharacter and all that is faultless in formed and wasted ly suffering, or beauty, and not only to acquire them, crippled and dismembered by viobut to retain them for ever.
lence; but they spring forth from For this reconstitution of the the embraces of the kindly sepulchre mind is only preparatory to the re- purged of all their infirmities, fair as constitution of the body. Christ is the fairest of the Creator's works. the model of both. We are to be Let the admirers of personal beauty made like Him in character now, in
reflect on this. Do they wish to order that we might be made like possess its attractions, and to enjoy Him in person at the resurrection. the admiration and the love whicii
For as we have borne the image it never fails to excite? This is the of the earthy (i. e., of the earthy only way in which fully to gratify Adam), so we shall also bear the the wish. By union with Him who image of the heavenly” (i. e., of the is chiefest anong ten thousand and heavenly Adam). The grave is to be altogether lovely, let them secure the mother of a new generation, and moral and spiritual excellence now, all her children are to bear the per- then they will rise from their graves fect image of their Lord. The glory at the Great Day, replete with every of the first creation shall be eclipsed grace, faultless in every feature, and forgotten in the greater glory of lovely as the brightest angel; each the second. Sown in corruption, different from the rest, yet each dishonour, and weakness, but raised without a defect; all perfect in in power, glory, and immortality, beauty, and all BEAUTIFUL FOR EVER. behold them prepared for the hea
In Memoriam. .
MR. GEORGE OFFOR, J.P. It is recorded of David, in the New this description,“ serving one's geneTestament, that "after he had served ration." Much more when knowhis generation by the will of God, he ledge is increased, and accumulated fell on sleep, and was gathered unto intellectual treasures are employed for his fathers.” The words contain a general instruction—when this is done just description of the life work of as to God, and with a single eye to His every man who deserves to be la- glory, then the character of a good mented by survivors. All have to
man is complete. We review his life pursue different paths, and their kinds with satisfaction, and in his death of service are exceeding varied ; yet, sorrow, not as others who have no although it were of the humblest hope.” order, whatever helps the well-being We may apply these remarks withand progress of society falls under out hesitation to the late Mr. George Offor-a man of singular activity, labourer with the late Henry Althans, energy, and independence of judg- and a member of the Baptist Church ment. Though his literary tastes in at Bow. When his connexion with some directions assumed the force that church terminated, although he of a passion, yet they were never suf- never again identified himself with fered to confine him to his study; he any Christian community, he did not laboured as diligently in public duties cease his diligent attendance upon as if he lived for them alone. He the means of grace. For the last sustained no office merely in name; twenty-five years of his life, so long whether as a Magistrate or as a Com- as health and strength permitted, he missioner, he was conspicuous above was a hearer at Mare-street Chapel, most others for diligent attention to Hackney, and in all but in name business. He could no more be idle identified himself with the church than he could indolently accept con- and congregation. He died at Grove clusions not his own. Whatever House, Hackney, on Thursday, Aug. opinion he advocated was sure to be 4th, 1864, and consequently in the in accordance with sound sense—the 78th
year of his age, and was buried result of independent thought and in Abney Park Cemetery on the conviction; yet, though on this ac- Monday following. count he might often find himself in The
of Mr. Offor cannot antagonism with others, there was die ; his name is inseparably assosomething so honest, straightforward, ciated with two books, one of which, and good-humoured in his oppo- we believe, will (in spite of the tensition, that he rarely, if ever, made dencies of modern thought) be read a personal enemy. Hence, he lived as long as the world lasts; and the in friendly association with persons other will only perish, if it ever does whose religious and political opinions perish, with the English languagediffered widely from his own, and we mean the Bible and the Pilgrim's died honoured and lamented by all Progress. Devotion to these two classes.
books speaks not a little in favour of The facts of his life are soon told. a man's religious character. As to He was born on Tower-hill, in the the Bible, its history was the study year 1796, in the house in which his of his life. His library was probably father carried on business as a book- the richest private collection of ediseller, and which afterwards became tions in the kingdom. There might his own. His early education he re- be found whatever was rare, curious, ceived under the Rev. T. Thomas, or interesting. It was the resort of pastor of Devonshire-square Chapel
, scholars and divines of all ranks and who conducted an academy at Is- denominations. Mr. Offor was in lington. He attained to such skill his element when directing the attenin the art of penmanship, that he tion of his visitors to the books and left behind him many curious per- objects which he deemed worthy of formances. Among the rest, the whole their special notice. His courtesy of the New Testament, in short- and kindness on such occasions were hand so minute that none of the unbounded. It is to be hoped that, separate characters are perceptible to before the collection is broken up, the naked eye; and a bust of Shak- some permanent account of it will be spere, formed entirely of writing from put on record. one of the bard's plays. He was in Apart from Mr. Offor's labours in early life a professed Christian, a connexion with "Bunyan and his Sunday-school teacher, a fellow- Works," one of his best works was
« The Life of William Tyndale, histories of the volume neatly written which he wrote for Samuel Bagster; by him, and bound up with the but the largest production of his pen book. All these labours were by is “ The History of the Great Bible, him rendered compatible with a which has never been published. It great variety of public services-at is a rare specimen of his caligraphic one time an active politician, and of skill, and occupied a great portion of late years a Magistrate and Commistwenty years. It is contained in four sioner of Income tax and of the folio volumes (unbound). The first Board of Works—and all this was embraces the history of Coverdale's done chiefly by his habit of early translation; the second, of Tyndale's; rising. While engaged upon Bunthe third, of Cranmer's; and the yan's works, he was ordinarily at his fourth, the Genevan-each profusely books at four o'clock in the morning, illustrated with fac-similes, carefully and thus secured many hours before made by himself. All the rare edi- the ordinary business of the day tions of the Scriptures have evidence began. Success in life is surely no of Mr. Offor's knowledge of their secret with men who possess the contents by notes, &c., written on the characteristics and habits of the late Ay-leaf, and some of them have small Mr. George Offor.
good earnest despise the world, and God delights to call forth His cham- overcome it by His strength. Some pions to meet with great temptations, men take delight to see some kind of to make them bear crosses of more
beasts fight together; but to see a than ordinary weight. As com
Christian mind encountering some manders in war put men of most
great affliction and conquering it,valour and skill upon the hardest
to see his valour, in not sinking at services, God sets soine strong furious the hardest distresses of his life, nor trial upon a strong Christian, made
the most affrightful end of it, the strong by His own grace; and by cruellest kind of death, for His sake, His victory makes it appear to the
- this is a combat that God delights world that though there is a great to look upon, and He is not a mere deal of the counterfeit coin of profes
beholder in it; for 'tis the power of sion in religion, yet some there are
His own grace that enables and supthat have the power, the reality of ports the Christian in all those conit; and that 'tis not an invention, but flicts and temptations.-LEIGHTON, there is truth in it; that the invin
GIFTS, A STEWARDSHIP. cible grace, the very Spirit of God dwells in the hearts of true believers; Thou art not proprietary lord of that He hath a number that do not anything thou hast, but a steward, only speak big, but do indeed and in and therefore oughtest gladly to be a
good steward—that is, both faithful * " Wholesome Words," edited by J. E.
and prudent in thy entrusted gifts, Ryland, M.A. London': Jackson, Wal- using all thou hast to the good of the ford, & Co.
household, and so to the advantage
of thy Lord and Maker. Hast thou shall become a prey to the robbers. abilities of estate, or body, or mind? The first is assaulted by some rufLet all be thus employed. Thinkest fians, who so provoked him with thou that thy wealth, or power, or uncivil language that he draws and wit is thine, to do with them as thou fights; and in that quarrel received wilt, to engross to thyself, either to such hurts, that for want of a surgeon retain useless, or to use; to hoard or he is left behind. No city could he wrap up, or to lavish out according reach. The second meets with some as thy humour leads thee? No, all boon companions, who, after the preis given, as to a steward, wisely and face of their drunken compliments, fi: !hfully to lay up and lay out. Not show him a bush that promiseth on. y' thy outward and common gifts wine. This went so liberally and of mind, but even saving grace, merrily down, that the sun which seems most intended and ap- almost set before he thought of propriated for thy private good, yet rising. Then he would fain have is not wholly for that; even thy reeled away, but neither he nor time graces are for the good of thy could stand to it. The next hears of brethren. Oh, that we would con- a mine of treasure by the way, but sider this in all, and look back and buried somewhat deep in the ground. mourn on the fruitlessness of all that
He gets instruments, delves for it, hath been in our hand all our life and finds it. The more he digs, the hitherto. If it have not been wholly more he gets; and still the more he fruitless, yet how far short of that gets, the more he digs. On a sudden fruit we might have brought forth ! it grows towards night. Now he Any little thing done by us looks trusseth up his gold about him, and big in our eye; we view it through would be gone, but the burden was a magnifying glass. But who may so heavy that he could not travel not complain that their means, and with it, and he would not go without health, and opportunities of several it. So the barred gates frustrated all kinds of doing for God, and for our hope of his entrance. The last went brethren, have been dead upon their seriously on; and although many, hands in a great part ? As Christians flattering, still interrupted his speed, are defective in other duties of love, so and persuaded him that he need not most in that most important duty of make such haste—he had time enough advancing the spiritual good of each —it was but a little way home, and a other. Even they that have grace great while to night-and so far imdo not use it to mutual edification. portuned him that he exchanged Many ways may a private Christian
some words and courtesies with promote the good of others with them, took here and there a taste of whom he lives, by seasonable admo- their kind offers ; yet, still thinking nitions and advice, and reproof on the time, away he speeds, and sweetened with meekness, but most make what haste he could (though by holy example, which is the most
toward evening he mended his pace), lively and most effectual speech. - yet it was almost night before he LEIGHTON.
arrived thither, and by staying a
little longer he had been shut out for TRAVELLERS, THE FOUR.
ever. Four travellers were returning to The moral is easy and useful: The their own city; a day was their city is the heavenly Jerusalem. The limitation; they must be there before four travellers are four conditions of night, or else, being shut out, they men—the contentious, the volup