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Just outside the gate I observed two elderly persons, a man and a woman, in tears, looking after the lad, and calling to him to come back. Also there was a young man, with a book in his band, gazing sorrowfully. Another individual stood on a little eminence, above the rest of the crowd-he, too, cried after the youth.
Still on he went, giving no heed.
Now there was set across the road a very high fence, and I thought to myself, the horse will surely stop when it gets there, and the foolish boy will have had riding enough on
so furious a creature. My surprise was unbounded, when I perceived that the horse gave a tremendous leap, with its rider on its back, and cleared the barrier. However, it came down on the other side with such a fearful fall, that I thought horse and rider too must be killed. They were not. They were much bruised and shaken, but after resting awhile they went on as madly as ever.
There were ten of these fences, and the horse and his rider leaped them every one.
Presently I noticed a sudden bend in the road, so that I could not see anything beyond. Coming up to this point, and turning round sharply to the left, my eye caught sight of a strange looking house of business. It was an establishment in which a large trade was done in exc ging parel.
What greatly perplexed me was, that people rushed in, wearing the most costly garments, garments right royal to look upon, and foolishly bartered them for others which were moth-caten,
full of holes, dirty, and not worth picking up. I was surprised, too, to find that they were all, for the most part, well content with the exchange. Here and there, I saw a young man looking half-ashamed-as if he considered his bargain a foolish one.
By the side of this house there were several pits, into which very many who had thronged in at the gate, fell, and I saw them no more. As they fell, I heard sometimes a sudden shriek of despair, and a loud cry for help. What became of them I could not tell-for the pits were deep, and I could not see the bottom, or learn whither they led. I tried to sound one of them, and threw in a stone, thinking that when it came to the bottom, I should hear it strike. However, I listened intently for a long, long time, and it seemed to me that the stone never reached the bottom.
Whilst a great number of travellers fell into these places, just at the bend of the road, a few, and they were comparatively very few, still journeyed on. The
way soon became exceedingly rough, and it was a way that abounded with robbers.
At last, in the distance, I thought I espied great city. It was cloudy and dense at the time. Still I could not be mistaken at the dim outline of which now and then I momeatarily caught a glimpse.
I drew near to the city. It was surrounded by a wall so high that I could not see the top of it. It reached to the very heavens. The wall was moreover exceeding thick. I never saw so strong and massive a piece of work. The gate at which travellers entered was kept by a tall general and his soldiers. I noticed that it was so made that it went round and round upon a pivot--and it went round only in one direction. It would move easily, and let you in. There was no reversing its movements to let you out.
Looking through its bars, I saw some of its streets, and they were very wide. I saw, too, that they were thronged with people. Some I knew. The faces
you not ?"
of most I had never seen before. As I on a high-spirited, furious horse, did was about to go away I heard some one calling to me from within.
“I did,” I answered, “and I feared On turning in the direction from lest he should be thrown off, and so whence the voice came, my astonish- break his neck. What made me more ment was great, at recognising the very alarmed was, that he had neither bit youth, whom I had seen some time ago nor bridle by which to rein in his rushing by me mounted on a fierce and steed.” fiery steed.
“That horse,” said he,
was sin. He spoke, evidently, at the top of his And moreover, as you noticed that the voice, and made many earnest gesticu. youth had neither bit nor bridle, there is lations. What he said I could not hear. no knowing when once a man mounts Nor could I understand the meaning of that creature, whither it may carry the signs which were made.
him." With heaviness of heart I was com
Pray what were those fences that pelled at last to go away.
the horse and his rider so boldly leaped ? What the vision all meant, I was per- I declare that I thought that they had plexed to know. I tried to solve the broken their necks each time." mystery, and because I could not, I “Those high fences,” answered the dreamed that I sat down and wept. angel, “are the ten commandments. Now, at this moment, in my dream, I It was indeed a wonder that immediate
some one coming towards me. judgment did not overtake that wicked His eye beamed with loving compassion. boy. But let me tell you that God has He spake in the tenderest of tones. At given to Mercy two wings, in order that the first glimpse which my eye caught she might fly swiftly on her errands. To of him, my confidence was won.
Judgment He hath given but one wing, “ My friend,” said he, “I perceive that so she might labour in her flight, that you are in trouble. Why weep and not overtake the sinner, ere he has
had time and space for repentance. “Sir," I said, “the mystery of the “Did you not observe," asked the things which I have seen perplexes me, angel, “a sudden bend in the road, not and this is why I weep.”
far inside the gate of Destruction ?” “Be of good courage,” he answered, “I did,” I said. “I am an angel of God, and the Lord “ Up to that bend,” the angel went of Hosts hath sent me to interpret to “there was gaiety and mirth. The you the dream."
pleasures of sin are but short-lived. Hereupon I became glad. My heart They are very captivating at first, but leaped for joy, and I cried out in the the sinner quickly finds that there is a greatness of my ecstasy.
sudden bend in the road to the left, and “You observed,” said theangel,“when his delights come to a speedy end." you first caught sight of the horse and I was much perplexed,” I said," at his rider, rushing so furiously along the the house which I saw, on turning that road, that they had just passed through corner, and at the people who were a gate.”
exchanging their garments. It seemed “Yes,” I said, " and I noticed that it to me that they gave the richest apparel was very wide."
for such filthy clothing, that it would “That,” said he, “is the gate of make me shudder to put it on. Can destruction. 'For wide is the gate and
you explain this ?” broad is the way that leadeth to “That establishment,” he answered, destruction. You observed, moreover, ' is kept by the Evil One for all who that the road was thronged. And
walk in his ways. He is a robber, and many there be which go in thereat.' he robs those who pass through his
6. You saw that tho lad was mounted dominions. Yet he does it, as it were
you so ?"
under the influence of an enchantment, so that the people willingly make the exchange that he wishes. The garments which you noticed bartered away were these-or, these were some of them :The beautiful grace of hope they exchanged for despair—the grace of liberality for a spirit of selfishness—the grace of contentment for a murmuring spirit-boliness they bartered for sinhonour for disgrace-love for hatredpeace for wretchedness the love of God for the love of Satan.”
“I thank you,” I said, “for this explanation. One of the things that
me was, the exchange of raiment made by those who went along this road. How foolish their bargain!” Can
you also tell me what those pits were, which I saw just at the bend of the road ?"
"They are the diseases," the angel replied, “to which multitudes fall a prey, soon after entering in at the broad gate which leadeth to destruction. By them they are cut off in youth. Those pits communicate with the pit of death, into which many fall to their everlasting ruin.
"I need not tell you, need I,” the angel asked me, "about the city? You know that that was ‘Destruction.""
“Yes, I thought so," I answered : "but will you explain to me about the people there, and especially concerning the lad, and the signs which he kept making to me? I thought I saw professing Christians there, and ministers there, and Sabbath-school teachers there, and many others whose presence quite surprised me."
"To begin, then,” said the angel, "you noticed professing Christians there, and so forth. You must distinguish between profession and pos.
session. Some people bless God that they are Churchmen. Some bless God that they are Methodists. Some bless God that they are Independents. Some bless God that they are Baptists. This is foolish. Many such are walking those streets that you saw in the City of Destruction. Is a man
a Christian ? That is the all-momentous point. Through losing sight of this, many cling to the skirts of an earthly Church, instead of Christ, and so perish everlastingly.
“As to the youth,” said the angel, “I have several things yet to say. The two elderly people you saw calling him back in tears, as he entered the broad gates, were his father and mother. The young man with the book in his hand, who beckoned to him to return, was his Sabhath-school teacher. He who stood on a little eminence, ard cried after him, was his minister, preaching to him the Word.
“You noticed that he made earnest gesticulations and seemed speaking aloud to you, although you could not hear. He was asking you to try if you could get him out of that place, because he was so full of misery and anguish. He kept bewailing his lost opportunities, and saying how he should like to get' back to his parents, and to his Sundayschool teacher, and to his minister.
“Moreover, as he found that he could not escape from the City of Destruction he asked you to go and speak to his brothers and sisters, and fellow-scholars, and warn them lest they also should come to that place of torment.”
Hereupon the angel bade me adieu. In my dream I recollected that I knew the lad who spoke to me from within the City of Destruction, and wished me to take messages back to his brothers and sisters and fellow-scholars.
Golden Words for Busy People.
FROM "THE MEMOIR OF GEORGE STEWARD."
GOD IS LOVE.
it is seen by tens of thousands all over « God is love.' How oft we repeat Europe; from our limited stand-point this, yet how little we enter into it! A we seem to see the whole of it. Of course threefold love the Father is the expres
the illusion is in the eye, the limitation sion of the abundance of love, its giving is in the organ. I suspect it is so in all nature-He gave us Christ. Christ ex
God's works and in His word. We seem presses the suffering nature of love, and to have a complete picture of Christ, this, again, enriches the idea of giving;'
and we talk and preach accordingly. for the Father knew to what suffering
Bat if we could open our eyes a little He was giving Him. The Holy Spirit wider, we should find out our mistake. teaches it all to us,-leads us to it. And It is a good illustration of the Scripture, what a glorious office it is when we re
Out of the mouths of babes and suck , flect how utterly incapable we are of lings thou hast ordained strength,' the understanding it ! how all human cul. strength of simplicity-it is there our ture and learning fail here!” God's RELIGION INDESTRUCTIBLE.
RITUALISM CHILDISH. “A sparrow does not fall unheeded. “ This ritualism is sad nonsense.
If You cannot extirpate the meanest of you want a religion for children, a reli. God's creatures, they live on in spite of
gion of toys, well and good; but if you you. How much less can you turn God's
have got a religion with God and Christ religion out of the world ? I believe it in it, turn these things out of doors. is just the one thing Satan cares about,
The first breath of spiritual religion althe one end he has in view. In reading ways is their death-blow.
That was the early attacks on Christianity, you
why the ecclesiastics hated John the find precisely the same accusations that Baptist; his preaching taught the peoyou have now; they have been urged ple how to look at their ritualism.” ever since, and will be arged again.”
“That is what I call offering children 'Why, the man disowns his manhood to Moloch-puffing them up with every -a dog or a cat sees the sun as well as species of vanity. It is, in effect, saying he does ; its organs are just as perfect,
to a child, you are too young to judge but it does not rise to a First Cause : for yourself, but I, as your parent, judge his philosophy brings him to the same for you—these are to be your pursuits level. It is the distinctive privilege of
--these your companions—this is the man that he can know God.”
way, walk in it. You need not talk to
a child about religion after that, the THE ANCHOR OF THE SOUL.
child knows it is all humbug." “How very beautiful that expression
THE FUTURE State. is, 'An anchor of the soul.' Life is such a tossing, changeable thing, we need an
“I do not share Foster's desire to look anchor, but our anchorage is within the
into the future state, I feel less and less veil (under the water, for the image is curiosity about it. We cannot overstep that of a ship), we cannot see it, but we
the boundary line as yet, but Christ has feel its steadfastness."
passed it to come to us, and we shall
pass it to go to Him. We know that SUNSET ON THE SEA-SHORE.
He is there, and His people and all that “How small a space the setting sun relates to our grandest nature, and that seems to occupy; one can hardly believe is enough.”
NOTICES OF NEW BOOKS. Genesis, or the First Book of Moses ; We heartily endorse the judgment
together with a General Theological and contained in the last sentence. It is Homiletical Introduction to the old in a "manly and earnest,” and, we may Testament. By John PETER LANGE, add, in a devout and humble spirit, that D.D. Translated from the German. the great questions involved in the With Additions by Prof. TAYLER interpretation of Genesis are here disLEWIS, D.D. and A. GOSMAN, D.D. cussed. From some conclusions arrived Edinburgh: T. and T. Clark.
at we differ. Some others we must hold This is not one of Clark's ordinary in suspense. But agreeing or differing volumes, but an imperial octavo, double we admire the spirit of the whole. The columns, containing three or four times additions to the volume, in the shape of the quantity of the volumes with which “Excursus” or Essays on some thirty we are familiar in the Foreign Theolo- topics, by Professor Tayler Lewis, one gical Library. It is printed in New of the ablest classical and Biblical York, though it bears the superscription scholars in America, are written with of “T. and T. Clark.” Dr. Schaff, the great freshness and vigour of thought, general editor, describes theundertaking,
and form one of the most valuable of which it is a first instalment, as fol.
features of the work. lows: “The favour with which the volumes of the New Testament division Analytical Commentary on the Epistle to of Dr. Lange's 'Bible-work' have been the Romans, tracing the train of thought received by the American public has
by the aid of Parallelism, with Notes encouraged the editor and publishers to
and Dissertations on the principal undertake also the preparation of the
difficulties connected with the ExposiOld Testament division on the same tion of the Epistle. By the Rev. JOHN principle of enlargement and adaptation
FORBES, LL.D. Edinburgh: T. and to the wants of the English reader. A
T. Clark. good theological and homiletical com- This work is entitled to the attention mentary on the Hebrew Scriptures is and study of critics and theologians ; even more needed than on the Greek but it is not easy to estimate correctly Testament
The Commentary on its real value. Its object is twofold: Genesis, which is now presented to the “ First, to furnish a specimen of such English reader, involves a vast amount an analysis and arrangement of the text of labour, both on the part of the author as seems most desirable for the reader and on the part of the translators, and to possess when first entering on the will, no doubt, command, in no ordinary study of a difficult book of Scripture, in degree, the respectful attention of Bib- order to give him a clear and comprelical scholars. No other book of the hensive view of its main scope and Bible stands more in need of an exhaus- design; and, secondly, by the applicative commentary just at this time. No tion of the principles of parallelism to one is so much exposed to the attacks an entire book of Scripture, to give the of modern science in its temporary con- public an opportunity of verifying the flict with revealed truth. We say tem- correctness of the eulogium pronounced porary conflict; for there can be no by the author, in a former work, on the essential or ultimate discord between importance of Bishop Lowth's discovery science and religion, philosophy and of the Parallelism of Scripture.” We theology. The God of reason and the cannot help the impression that much God of revelation is one and the same, of Dr. Forbes's parallelism is imaginary and cannot contradict Himself.
The and not real. And we are not yet pre· difficulty lies only in our imperfect know- pared to accept many of his conclusions. ledge and comprehension of the Book of We are somewhat surprised at his adoptNature, or of the Bible, or of both. The ing the cant of Broad Churchism in mighty problems which the interpreta- describing the forensic theory of justifition of Genesis involves are here discussed cation as a legal fiction. There may be in a manly and earnest spirit; and I " form of imputation” which is “cold renture to assert that no single com- and lifeless ;' but there is a form of it mentary on this Book presents so much which is not. Those who hold by the original thought as the combined labours forensic theory should not be described of the author and the translators of this as holding that believers are justified by volume.”
“the mere outward reckoning of Christ's