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And mark the holy Star of Bethlehem rise! His tender love from everlasting flow'd, Messiah stooping from his native skies, And fix'd the surest base of Hope in God.
With hallow'd joy our thankful spirits greet, The ancient Patriarchs, by this inspir’d, Hail the meek Babe Biat in the manger lies, Disdain'd to feel earth's transitory pain ;
As he in whoin Jehovah's glories meet, To prove their faitli, this test their Lord reAnd join your loftier choirs, and worship at
quir’d, his feet.
And earthly loss they found eternal gain; Led by the mystic meteor's lucid ray, Eeft the vain good this varying world be
Sabean sages sought his humble shrine ; stow'd, Directed by a surer light than they,
And found their changeless help was Hope in We seek'the royal Heir of Jesse's line:
God. In Israel's king behold that Prince Divine, This arm’d the suffering saints of former days, Whose scepire shall the prostrate nations With dauntless breast 10 brave the tyrant's sway,
wrath ; Meekly to him our thankful jearts resign,
From ling'ring tortures drew the note of praise, With grateful zeal his just coinmands obey,
And wing'd with heavenly joy their latest Andat Emmanuel's feet our loyal hoinage pay. breath; Incarnate Lord! whom love's mysterious While angels round the exalted martyrs stood, power
In death's last moments whispering, Hope in Prompted awhile to leave thy heavenly God.
throue, To rescue man, whom hellish foes devour,
This rais’d the royal mourner's drooping And make a ransom'd world once more
breast, thine own;
O'er sorrow's gloom diffus'da cheering ray; Those hellish foes by thy strong arm o'er. When complicated woes his heart opprest, thrown,
He sought his burthen'd spirit thus to stay, The victor's power and majesty proclaim
" Why sinks my soul beneath the afflictive Through hell's dréad gulph, and death's dark
rod, shade are known,
Disquieted within me? Hope in God." Thine acts of might, the triumphs of thy fame, And earth redeem'd resounds with songs to When press'd with condemnation's guilty Jesu's name.
power, Seraphic choirs, who at the birth of time,
The trembling sinner feels its galling chain; Swelld the 'glad shout of harmony and Sees hell's dire jaws just opening to devour,
While in himself nor help nor power remain, praise, Who on this wond'rous act of grace sublime, Mercy flies swift, and through the atoning To Bethlehem's shepherds hymn’d your Invites his grief-worn soul to Hope in God.
softer lays ; Again, again, your blest hosannahs raise,
Glory to God, and peace, and mercy sing; If faith and peace have still’d the throbbing From every orb through all the wilds of
smart, Let every tongue its tuneful tribute bring,
And gently heal'd conviction's galling Till with Jehovah's praise, his vast creation
A.B. Whilst ling’ring in the half-regenerate heart,
The rankling wounds of in-bred sin are HOPE IN GOD!
Let not thy soul o'er this in sorrows brood, By Mrs. ROBERT MILLER.
But join with ceaseles prayer firm Hope * Why art thou cast down, O my soul, and in God. why art thou disquieted within me ?”
Should fierce temptation press thy conscious, Way heaves my breast with this desponding
With flaming darts thy firmest faith assail ; Why, O my sinking spirit, thus distrest ?
Unshaken stand secure the fiery test, Art thou not form’d to seek thy native sky,
And dare, in Jesu's name, the rage of hell ; And not in this frail tenement to rest?
The balm to heal is a Redeemer's blood, Why art thou thus cast down? Resign thy The powerful - shield to conquer, Hope in load,
God. Throw off thy needless fears, and Hope in God. But if the wily tempter's hellish force, His out-stretch'd' arn, from earliest ages The fearful feeble-minded soul disıray, bared,
While yielding to its dire impetuous course, To save them, was his people's sure de- O'erwhelm'd he sinks amid the doubtful day, fence;
Yet breathe one sigh, pour one repentant His willing ear their supplications heard, flood, In all their cares they drew their succour And peace again shall dawn, with Hope in shence;
When all-prevailing pain this frame invades, Shrink not beneath contempt's maken:
Though human friendship shed its les
If humbly thou sustain the chastening rod,
In youth's temptations, in its thou and sa
When danger lurks in each alloring part
And opening life its transient sweets prepares;
Deceitful dash the cup of joy away; And keep thy feet in heavenly virtue's read,
When the deceitful dream of time is o'er,
And feeble age
stand tottering on the verge
Of vast eternity's tremendous shore,
Where soon the immortal spirit must
Celestial light shall gild the dreary road,
INDEX TO VOLUME XL. 1817.
252, 331 A Discourse on Rom. v. 20, 21 sos, si
III. THE TRUTH OF GOD DEFENDED.
14 Ditto of a Tract, on promoting Peace 514
656, 736, 815, 901
IV. THE WORD OF GOD ILLUSTRATED.
105 Reinarks on James iii. 17
107 Illustration of Matt. xxiv. 17
195 Remarks on the Cities of Refuge
273 Answer to Queries of an tuitarian
274 On our Lord's Agony in the garden
357 Observations on Isaiah Ixiv. 6
358 Matt. xxi. 9, comp. with Luke xxi. 21,23,393
V. THE WORKS OF GOD DISPLAYED.
VI. THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD ASSERTED.
43 Singular Preservation from a Bear 450
278 Remarkable Escape from a Shark 682
45 Memoir of Mr. William Greenwood 528
125 Memoir of Mrs. Ann Stafford
280 Memoir of Mr. Matthew Galichan
63 A Prophecy concerning the Jesuits 533
« A Friend of On Curiosity concerning the Affairs of
218 On Christian Communion
293 Punctuality in attending Ordinances
294 Extract from Dr. Paley's Sermons 691
298 Absurdities in the Doctrine of Materialism 777
299 On the Folly of excusing Vice in drunken
301 Hints for improving Conversation 856
304 Letter from a Quaker to a Penitent Fe.
380 Two Letters from Rev. Mr. Fletcher 862, 863
385 The King of Prussia to the Consistories 941
X. RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.
Britisha anl Foreign Bible Society 305 reign Bible Society 519, 699, 781
386, 515 Account of the British and Foreign School
XI. MISSIONARY INTELLIGENCE.
478, 794 Letter from Mr. Hick, Montreal
960 Letter from Mr. Alder, at Yarmouth,
157, 945 Letter froin Mr. Burt, Nova Scotia
158 From Mr. Knowlan, Nova Scotia 628, 870
Letter from Mr. Orth, Lunenburg
Inginace, at St. Domingo
233, '399, 954 Letter from Mr. Brown, St Domingo 54
155 Letters from Mr. Woolley, Antigua 239. 79
951 of Assembly, Jamaica
voyage to Ceylon 77, 79, 236, 625, 623 Letter from Mr. Jackson, Antigua
314 Letters from Mr. Davis, Gibraltar
80 Lines, by a Clergyman
80 The Invocation
320 The Pilgrim's Home
400 The Angel's Song
560 Hope in God