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of vegetation, not only stimulate to in- / and vegetable beings; for as the former creased investigation the admirer of cannot live either in the water or the God's handiworks and enable him to air without extracting therefrom that see therein fresh illustrations of that vital gas, oxygen, which is as important abundant love which has scattered forms to the least as it is to the greatest of of beauty with so lavish a hand over all animals, so these microscopic vegetables the earth, but that they are directly as well as the forest trees are engaged in engaged in maintaining the stability of exhaling that prime necessary of existthe economy of nature, and that curious ence. connection which exists between animal
W. R. SELWAY.
TO MY WIFE.
Of joy at the thought of you.
The glittering dewdrops of dawning love On its arch unseen but strong.
Exhale as the day grows old, E'en as the stream forgets not the sea, And fondness, taking the wings of a dove, But hastes to the ocean's breast,
Is gone like a tale of old ; My constant soul flows onward to thee
But mine for thee from the chambers of joy, And finds in thy love its rest.
With strength came forth as the sun, The swallows must plume their wings to greet Nor life nor death shall its force destroy, New summers in lands afar;
For ever its course shall run. But dwelling at home with thee I meet
All earthborn love must sleep in the grave, No winter my year to mar.
To its native dust return; The wooer his new love's name may wear What God hath kindled shall death outbrave Engraved on a precious stone ;
And in heav'n itself shall burn. But in my heart thine image I wear,
Beyond and above the wedlock tie That heart has been long thine own.
Our union to Christ we feel, The glowing colours on surface laid, Uniting bonds which were made on high Wash out in a shower of rain,
Shall hold us when earth shall reel. Thou need'st not be of rivers afraid,
Though he who chose us all worlds before, For my love is dyed ingrain.
Must reign in our hearts alone,
We fondly believe that we shall adore,
C. H. SPURGEON.
Another year of time
Was fading from his view;
When rose, unclouded and sublime, In Jesus' fulness blest !
A year for ever new! Triumphant in the faith
One moment here-a prayer That sees the glorious prize,
Employed his saintly tongue, And lends a majesty to death,
The next-he joins, immortal, there, His spirit sought the skies !
The sweet seraphic song! "d to a great reward !
And now the river's crossdli'd to a fadeless crown!
Before the golden throne'arrior sheath'd his well-tried sword, And mingling with the glorious host laid his helmet down.
Of saints and prophets gone. il and battle o'er,
What rapture it must be, ...rion-call of pain
A Saviour's love to prove; each that pure and blissful shore, And spend a blest eternity, iu mar his rest again.
In drinking in his love?
and requested Mr. Spurgeon to send them a student to preach the Word to them. The handful of persons who met at first, has now grown into a respectable congregation, under the able and earnest ministry of Mr. J. Smith. In July, 1864, a Church was formed and publicly recognized by Mr. Spurgeon as a branch of that at the Tabernacle; it then consisted of but seven members, but has in a few months increased to forty, while others are coming forward still further to fill the ranks. Sunday-schools and other evangelistic efforts are in healthy operation, the ministry is sustained, and all expenses are readily met. The new chapel, of which we give an engraving, will be a truly handsome, substantial, and neat building. Mr. Matthews, the architect, in addition to a generous donation, has also given his services gratis. The lowest tender, which the committee have accepted, amounts to £1237, and if no unforeseen delays occur, the friends hope to complete the erection soon after Christmas of the present year. The freehold land in the best part of the town, has cost £350, towards which £100 was given from Mr. Spurgeon's fund; £200 more from the same source is promised towards the building. Mr. John Olney, beside giving £100, has, with his usual tact, so arranged financial matters, that if all the friends will come forward with their fair proportion of help, this chapel will not for a moment be burdened with debt. This is our third "Sword and Trowel " chapel, but what about the fourth ? A few donations have come in, and we hope to be on the move during this month.
The bazaar to be held in the lecture-hall and school-rooms of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in the Christmas week needs our friends most vigorous efforts to make it a thorough success. The ladies who are working with Mrs. Spurgeon, are greatly in need of materials, and if any of our drapery friends can find them remnants they will turn them to right good account. * All sorts of useful articles are also urgently asked from those who can spare them for this good cause. London is perishing, let us haste to the rescue ; and since we have the men to preach the Word, let them not be hindered by the lack of buildings in which to gather their willing hearers.
@ork of the Metropolitaw Tabernacle. 00
UR readers will naturally expect each one, the numbers continued to in
that some account should be given crease unto the present time. The first in this department of our magazine of student was placed under private inthe origin and progress of the college struction in jhe year 1856. In 1861, connected with the Metropolitan Taber when the Metropolitan Tabernacle was nacle. This has evidently become one opened, the students, who then amounted of the most remarkable and beneficial to sixteen, were removed to class rooms, results of the ministry of the word in which had there been provided for them. that place. It was not the effect of There the number of students rapidly human design, but of providential increased. A second tutor was provided, guidance. It was not sought, but found. and soon after a third. Three years after It was not foreseen by Mr. Spurgeon or commencing at the Tabernacle, there any of his friends as the fruit of his were sixty-six students, and now, after ministrations, nor even at its coinmence- three more years, there are ninety-three. ment were there any anticipations of its Thus the College has grown beyond all rapid growth and extensive influence. expectation and intention on the part The honor of originating and sustaining of man, and even against efforts to resuch an institution was not sought by strain it. There has been no going beMr. Spurgeon, but thrust upon him. fore Providence in this case, but simply Most of our collegiate and other religious submission to its guidance. Surely then institutions have been first designed and this work is of God and not of man. then planned; committees have been One special evidence of the hand of God formed; rules and principles have been in this work is the suitability of the apcarefully discussed; and funds have been plicants for admission to a college, which provided. There have been those who presents attractions to none but those have been called their founders. Nothing who are sincerely and earnestly desirous of this kind appeared in the origination of spending their whole lives in winning of the Tabernacle College. Mr. Spur- souls to rist. Of these, it may be geon even was not its founder. It was “These, where had they been? Where founded by God, and committed to Mr. would they have been if such an InstituSpurgeon's care. “ Take this child,” it tion had not been provided for them ?" was said to him, “and nurse it for me, The labors of most of them as preachers and I will give thee thy wages.” and pastors would have been unknown
Next to the conversion of souls, the to the churches. The peculiar adaptadesire of every zealous and faithful tion of the men for their studies and pastor will be that the converted may their work, and the peculiar spheres of become instrumental to the conversion usefulness to which they are called, prove of others. Among these, it is not un- that the hand of God has been in all this. reasonable to suppose that some would At no time has the supply of suitable be qualified for occasional preaching, candidates failed. Many have been and others for the stated ministry of the necessarily declined, which shows that a word. A youth of this class having vast amount of agency in the church for come under Mr. Spurgeon's notice, he the kind of evangelistic and pastoral determined to encourage and assist him, efforts which the present age requires, is in devoting himself to the Christian lost for want of such encouragement and ministry. The kind of assistance needed training as the College at the Metrofor that purpose not being provided, in politan Tabernacle supplies. his view, by any existing college within A considerable proportion of the stuhis knowledge, he determined to seek a dents are from the church at the Tabertutor whose sentiments were more in nacle, which shows what the churches in harmony with his own. The progress general might supply. of that one student in learning and use- Another evidence of the hand of God fulness led to the trial of another, and in this work is, the success with wbich then, after a short interval, of another; the ministry of those who have passed and as the divine blessing seenied to rest through the College has been attended in an unusual degree upon the studies of | We mean success in the real object for
which the College was instituted, and sources, in answer to faith and prayer. Christianity itself was given to men- The Church at the Tabernacle sympathe conversion of souls to God. In the thized with its pastor in the work, and new spheres of Christian labor that have entered upon a system of weekly offerbeen opened and established, in the re- ings, from which a large proportion of vival of old ones, in the pre-eminence of the funds is derived. A moiety of colsome as public teachers, and the general lections made after the public services attractiveness of their preaching, and in of Mr. Spurgeon, on many occasions, in the fact that a pure gospel is preached other places, has been another principal by them, we therein do rejoice, yea, and source of income. Special sums are also will rejoice; but we rejoice far more to collected annually by different classes know that hundreds, and we trust even and societies at the Tabernacle, and are thousands, have already been saved presented to Mr. Spurgeon for this obthrough their instrumentality. May we ject. Contributions are also sent from not again ask, “These, where had they various parts without solicitation, and been ?" If this be of God, surely the generally at such times, and in such means by which it has been effected are measures, as call for the exercise of also of him. This one seal of the divine faith, but only that faith itself may be approbation has ever rested, and still increased, and rejoicing may be more rests, upon the College ; and this it is abundant. that cheers the president and his friends From this brief sketch, our readers in their laborious and self-denying efforts will see the relation in which the College to go on with this work, and leads them stands to Mr. Spurgeon, to his church to feel necessity is laid upon us ; yea, and congregation, and to Christians in woe unto us, if we continue not thus to general; and what is far more, how enhelp others to preach the gospel. tirely the whole is of God. We pro
The manner in which the required pose in future numbers, as space allows, funds for sustaining the College have to give some account of the success of been supplied, is indicative of the hand former students in their different spheres of God in this undertaking. The bur- of labour, of the course of studies that den of this rested at first upon Mr. has been adopted, and of other particuSpurgeon himself and a few private lars that cannot fail to be interesting to friends. As the demands increased, help all whose hearts are with us in this was afforded from the most unexpected work.
The Wisdom of our Fathers. The ness of their fears, and the encourageReligious Tract Society.
ment they have, both from Scripture If we are to accept this as the beginning Such works upon experimental godliness
and reason, to go on their way rejoicing. of a series, we may anticipate a valuable addition to the benefit conferred upon lead us to prize them more when we
are rare in these times, which should an age of reading by the Tract Society. have them. The present volume is limited to selections from the writings of Thomas Fuller, accompanied with a brief memoir. It is Hand-Book for the Man of Business. full of Puritan geins.
F. Pitman, 20, Paternoster Row. Sure of Heaven. By THOMAS MILLS. NEITHER more than it pretends to be, The Mother's Manual. By Mrs. | Harp," and being first struck, becomes REED. Jarrold & Sons, 12, Pa- the key-note to all that follow.
nor less. It should be in the hands of Hamilton, Adams and Co., London.
every young man about to enter into The possibility, duty, and advantages of business, and of every one who, having the assurance of faith are here clearly gone wrong, wishes to conduct his expounded and enforced. It is a book business in future upon the best prinfor the doubting and desponding, inciples, and with every reasonable proswhich they may learn the unreasonable-1 pect of success.
there are ternoster Row.
“ dark sayings” throughout
the whole book, will be obvious to all ; To mothers, as a directory for the proper and that all the sayings of Mr. Hood, training of their children, this little book whether they be dark or clear, sound as is invaluable. It not only teaches what from “a Harp,” will be as readily conshould be done, and how it should be
ceded. “ Dark Sayings on a Harp" is done, but points out the right motives, descriptive of Mr. Hood's order of mind and from whence they may be derived. and of all his productions. To simpleIt contains the experience of one whose minded Christians, on the one hand, and efforts were crowned with success.
to Puritanical Theologians on the other, Money. A Popular Exposition. By he is often dark; but melodious and
T. BINNEY. Jackson, Walford & pleasing to all. To men of intellect and
Hodder, 27, Paternoster Row. taste, these sermons may commend the The close and extensive association of this view the author indulges his natural
great truths of Revelation, and with Mr. Binney with the commercial classes, tendencies to originality of thought and in the course of his ministry, has given beauty of illustration to the utmost. him great interest in them, led to much They are not models of what sermons thoughtful observation respecting them, in general should be, but in certain and prompted him to make special efforts quarters will, we hope, be useful. on their behalf. The relation of money to the maintenance and diffusion of Riches increased by giving to the Christianity in the world, of which he
Poor; or, the Surest and Safest has seen many noble examples, has
Way of Thriving. By WM. THOMAS doubtless helped much to turn his
GOUGE. Elliot Stock, 62, Paterthoughts into this direction. The subject of money is presented in all its noster Row. social, moral, and religious aspects in An excellent treatise upon the duty and the book before us, in Mr. Binney's privilege of Christians to honour the own peculiar style; most admirable in Lord with their substance! It is a rehim, but most pernicious in its imitation print of the work of a Puritan Divine, by others.
with recommendatory prefaces by Dr. The Revival. Volume XI. Morgan Owen, Dr. Manton, Dr. Bates, and
Richard Baxter. It is very seasonable, and Chase, 40, Ludgate Street.
as the attention of the churches has reWe have here a periodical record of cently been directed to this subject, and events connected with the revival of further information and exhortation rereligion in all parts of the world. It specting it are much required. The cannot fail to be useful to all who sin- blessedness resulting from a proper discerely desire the triumph of Christian charge of this duty is here proved from truth over the hearts and lives of men. Scripture, from 'example, and from It is well calculated both to disarm the
Christian ministers will do well prejudices of some against revival move to promote its circulation amongst their ments, and to moderate the wild enthu- hearers. siasm of others. If it errs, it is usually on the right side. Surely a few may be The Godly Man's Ark. By EDMUND pardoned for being, or seeming to be, CALAMY, B.D. James Nisbet and too zealous, where nearly all beside are Co., 21, Berners Street. too cold.
The republication of books of this kind Dark Sayings on a Harp. By the is a hopeful sign of the times. The
Rev. PAXTON HOOD. Jackson, light and romantic character of books Walford, and Hodder, 27, Pater- upon religious subjects of late years, is
producing, we hope, a reaction in favour noster Row.
of the simple and solid productions of This is a volume of sermons, the first of former ages. The volume before us is which is entitled “Dark Sayings on a an explanation and application of those