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Mark, after narrating the fact that the thieves who were crucified with Christ reviled him, proceeds to say, “and when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.” It was therefore before the sixth hour, that both the malefactors spoke against Ilim.
It appears that the conversion of the penitent thief took place at an after period, which Luke describes as “about the sixth hour.” So far, therefore, from the narratives being at variance with each other, there is a most perfect harmony observable between them,
Concerts. Is it inconsistent in a Christian professor, occasionally to attend a concert?
Much depends on the nature of the assembly, the character of the parties officiating, and the motives and spirit which actuate ourselves.
Music purports to be an expression of passion, sentiment, and feeling. When therefore, the feeling itself is absent, or what amounts to the same thing, is purchased for a given sum, there seems to be an unreality about it, inconsistent with the honesty of a christian profession. The same reasons which would prevent our attendance at a place of worship, where the pulpit was occupied by a worthless, immoral, worldly minded man, however eloquent or talented, would keep us away from a concert, where hired singers were engaged to give effect to emotions they never felt. On the other hand, where the heart and understanding are engaged, as in Congregational Psalmody, we know of few exercises more delightful or improving.
As a general rule, we should recommend every Christian professor severely to scrutinize his motives, and weigh the probable influence of his conduct, before countenancing a practice, at the best, but questionable.
SORROW UPON THE SEA, “ There is sorrow on the Sea ; it cannot be quiet.”—Jer. xlix. 25.
Sorrow upon the sea,
It cannot rest :
Upon its breast,
It is not weary, though
It has grown old,
For ever told,
The last sad wail
And e'en might quail
And over all
A mighty pall,
* From Fulcher's ‘Lady's Memorandum Book,' for 1848 ; one of our best Pocket Books, though issued from a country press.
Mark, after narrating the fact that the thieves whı fied with Christ reviled him, proceeds to say, "ar sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the until the ninth hour.” It was therefore before the that both the malefactors spoke against Ilim.
It appears that the conversion of the penitent thie at an after period, which Luke describes as “abc hour.” So far, therefore, from the narratives being with each other, there is a most perfect harmon between them,
Yet thou hast other tones,
Thou changeful Sea!
They tread thy shore
Shalt be no more,
And theirs with Jesu’s presence shall be filled.
L. E. F.
“GOD IS LOVE.”