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the doctrine and incarnation of the Word, and God having in these latter days spoken unto us by his Son. It behoves us to see "that we refuse not him that speaketh.” With all their moral delinquency, many nations of antiquity were not obnoxious to the damning sin of unbelief. Christ was not preached to them, and not having the law, they will be judged without the law. But how stands the case with us ? Let us abandon generalities, and come to particulars. We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. — MUST ALL-no evasion-no escape-no exemption. Wherefore my dear young friend, you and I must,--and closer still, you must. Yes, supine as you are-reckless as you may be,-earnestly as you bunt down the phantoms of a perishing world-keen as may be your relish of sensual gratification, and sharp as may be your susceptibility of animal delight, yet for all these things, God will bring you into judgment. Reflect therefore, one moment, upon the state of your heart in the sight of him before whom "all things are naked and open.”-Arrange in chronological order the diversified actions of your brief existence.-Couple with these reflections the immaculate holiness of the Great Eternal-The superabundance of his grace, in the deliverance w rought out by the atoning sacrifice of his Son, and to what a fearful alternative are you reduced ! Trampling underfoot the Son of God, and counting the blood of the covenant an unholy thing! Doing despite to the spirit of grace, and in very fact and deed saying “ Who is the Lord, that I should obey Him?
Do you want evidence? “Search the scriptures,” and the brilliant impress of divine authenticity, if your heart be right, will wither your infidelity, scatter your sophistry to the wind, and transform you into a guilty, ruined sinner, prostrate at the footstool of mercy, with sorrow in your heart and penitential confession on your lips. Until you are brought to this, vain are your expectations, desperate your resolves. “ Thou fool! this night thy soul shall be
required of thee.” The moment of your reading this sentence might he the moment of experience! Oh! revert to the former part of this letter, follow up the train of thought there opened, and what do you think must be the wrath of theit Being !-and moreover the everlasting wrath. “The wrath of God abideth,” If the last gasp of breath escape an impenitent soul, or spring from a deceived heart, Ob! then, a great ransom cannot deliver you. Pardon my attempt to guide you to the mansions of the blessed. I see not why your soul should be lost any more than mine: the same God is Lord over all, and rich unto all that call upon him; and there is joy in the presence of the angels in heaven over one sinner that repenteth. Oh! could I wring from you one solitary tear of contrition-Oh! could I but be instrumental, in the hands of God, in exciting one spiritual desire within your heart, I would willingly sacrifice my choicest earthly pleasure, and raise my heart in thankfulness to heaven.
“I know that my Redeemer liveth.” Yet, with all his comeliness and beauty, you reject him. Oh! turn at his reproof. He will pour his spirit upon you, and bring you out of the horrible pit and the miry lay.
You may behold the King in his beauty, and the land which is afar off: you have precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little and there a little; but, alas ! like many others, you may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
God, of his infinite mercy, avert this awful catastrophe, and do you, my dear young friend, believe that I shall (however you may receive this communication) ever feel deeply interested in your welfare.
Yours very sincerely, St. Albans
To a Young Gentleman about to enter into the Sea Service.
BY J. PAYNE, ESQ.
FAREWELL, my young sailor, farewell,
Thou art bound for a far distant shore ;
And its waters around thee will roar!
Yet the love of thy kindred and friends
Shall greet thee, wherever thou art ; For wide as the region of nature extends,
Can fly the pure wish of the heart.
We will not lament, for we know
That Providence always is near;
Be as safe and as happy as here.
The God of the air and the land
Is the God of the wind and the sea;
And say “ peace" to the tempest, for thee.
The past in forgetfulness lies.
The present is clouded with pain;
For they tell of thy coming again,
But, while thou art far from our sight,
While billows between us shall roll,
To bless thee in body and soul!
A HEBREW WAR SUMMONS.
(Set to Music.)
Sound ye the trumpet, sound ye,
Sound ye the trumpet, &c.
Bind ye the victims, bind ye;
Sound ye the trumpet, &c.
Wreathe ye the garlands, wreathe ye;
Sound ye the trumpet, sound ye,
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON PASSING EVENTS.
Scientific Institution for Luton.- The Editor has already called the attention of his readers to the importance of providing for the intellectual culture of this town, hitherto, all parties must confess, too much neglected. The interests of commerce are furthered with an energy amply sufficient for every practical purpose. A meeting was held at the George Inn, on Monday, Oct. 24th, to consider the propriety of bringing a rail-road through the parish, and we feel assured that as far as Luton is concerned, every aid will be rendered to such an important undertaking. Again we bring before our readers the necessity of providing mental resources in some degree adequate to the increased demand. The following communication will speak for itself.
To the Editor of the County Miscellany.
In the third number of your periodical, a correspondent has called the attention of the inhabitants of this neighbourhood to the subject of our being without a Scientific Institution. “Why should Luton be without an In. stitution dedicated to Science ?” he plainly and boldly asks. “I have waited for the publication of the fourth and fifth numbers, thinking I might see the question answered, or that a more competent pen than my own might continue to advocate that cause which has been so well commenced.
Surely the reason why we should be without an Institution cannot be supposed to have its origin in either of the three following causes:—first, that we are too poor; second, that we are too few; third, that we are too ignorant. No one who knows Luton well, or who has witnessed its great liberality when Religion, Charity, or the love of Country and Independence have called upon it, would say that it is either poor or parsimonious. Let the sums it affords to Missionaries, to Bible Societies, to the Educating of the Poor, and let its every other public action be the testimony