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ON ariving at the close of the Tenth Year of our labours, we desire to renew our sincere acknowledgments to all who have continged to honour this work with their patronage ; and particularly to those whose contributions have enabled us to prolong its existence hitherte, without manifesting, as we are disposed to flatter ourselves, any remarkable indications of decay.
In the review of the past, to which we are naturally led on this occasion, the circumstance with which we are most forcibly struck, is the different aspect which the Christian world exhibits at the present moment, from that which it bore at the commencement of our course. Nor is its aspect altered only; it is improved beyond the fondest dreams of the visionary. If we could suppose some calm, calculating, intelligent Christian Observer to open his eyes, after a cou years sleep, on the passing scene, would he not find himself almost in a new creation? Let us not be thought to arrogate to darselves any other merit than that of having faithfully recorded the improvement, if we take this opportunity of cordially felicitat ing and longing for the coming of His Kingdom; while there have
many an age has the Church of Christ been earnestly praya port the hope of the pious worshippers. And had, not the harp of Prophecy soothed the suffering world with the prospect of a brighter day; a day in which the prayers of the faithful should be fully answer. ed, and, all the dark and bloody superstitions which have deformed the earth being swept away, the light of the Lord should arise on Zion, and his glory be seen in the midst of her; when the Gentiles also should come to this light, and kings to the brightness of this rising ;-they might well have despaired to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. on earth, the joy of all the angels in heaven, the object of the prophe
To the dawning, however, of, this day the hope of all the saints cies and prayers of the Church for more than three thousand years; - day which transported with rapture those who beheld it, even in the times without perceiving that the foundation is now laying for
approaching. It is impossible 10. regard is the signs of paces which are taken to instruct the poor; the glow of holy zeal which is spreading itself around for the distribution of the Sacred
Volume; and the harmony with which Christians of every name have united to diffuse its blessed light! See Missionaries going forth with a spirit truly apostolic, to carry the glad tidings of salvation to every corner of the earth; the Scriptures translated into more languages than distinguished the day of Pentecost, and dispersed into more lands than ever the Apostles visited ; all sects and parties, who bow the knee in the name of Jesus, rising as by one consent, yet without any previous concert, to carry on this labour of love ! Behold our kings, and our princes, and the nobles of the land, brightening their honours by patronising this divine work !-Byt why should we confine the view of our readers to our own island ? Look to the East, and to the West; to the North, and to the Soutb. The whole moral universe is moved. Like some of the effects which have recently been produced in the material creation, by a power bitherto unknown; we perceive, in every direction, the « dry bones" shaken and starting into life, as if struck by some mighty and pervading influence. Can the Christian contemplate all this, and not be compelled to exclaim, “ This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?"
But let us not indulge an over-sanguine expectation with respect to the future. Many days, nay, many years, may elapse before the kingdom of Christ'shall be fully established. Much opposition may yet be encountered; many troubles may yet arise; although of the final result there can be no doubt. The Lord himself seems to be preparing his way in the earth. The seeds appear to be sowing, which must sooner or later produce a glorious harvest. Happy will they be who shall live to witness its maturity! Happy they who may be instrumental in promoting its growth! We would urge all whom our voice can influence, io aspire to a share in this blessedness; to unite their ardent prayers, their holy endeavours, in carrying on this mighty work; that in their measure they may all contribute to the advancement of that glorious period, when “ all the kingdoms of the world shall become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ."
But may it not be a seasonable caution to many-and with this 'caution we close the labours of the year--to take care lest, in their zeal for others, they forget themselves? They may give their time and their wealth to diffuse among the nations the saving light of Heaven ;-yet, unless their own hearts are renewed in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness, after the image of Him who created them, they will, in THAT DAY, be shut out from any participation in those blessings which they have been the meanis of conveying to others.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Miscel-On Persecution - Substitute for Miscel.--Concordists and Lexicograpbers
· Not at Home.".. Requier of Queen of .. Proceedings against Dissenters In-
19-26 quiry respecting the Wahabees.. A Caus
Worth's Ecclesiastical Biography.. Quar- Goa; Auto-da-Fe Hymns of Mr. Clark
LIT. AND Phil. Intel.- Cambridge Ho- Rev. Op — Ireland's Lectures, Bishop of
London's Primary Charge. Society for
of Norwich, &c... Schools. • Auxiliary so- LIT. AND PHIL. INTEL.—Great Britain :
Massena ..Portugal and Spain. • Birth of
ber on prophetic Yeats : Improvement of Great Britain; Law of Debtors ; Crimis
Letter of Dr. Knapp, to Mr. Yeates .. King's Illness; Rise in Price of Dollars
Rev. Op— Bogue and Bennett's History
92-117 iuto Great Britain by St. Paul. , Faber, ou
bridge.. New South Wales. . Newfound- LXX... Sermon, on Philip. iii. 12. • :Union
land .. Meteoric Stones .. Electric Eels of Tutor and Minister
197, 128 MISCEL.—Construction of Wills. • English
Relig. INTEL.—Bristol, Edinburgh, Hiber- Translation of LXX, Lines by Mr. Sewa
nian Bible Societies. Society in Scotland ard on Darwin
for propagating Christianity..., 129, 139 Rev. op–Leadbeater's Irish Dialogues..
Pue. År!. Spain - Portugal .. Spanish Webb's Haverhill, and other Poens.. Bu,
America. Isle of France, Banda, and chanan's Christian Researches, 232-248
Amboyna - United States .. France . LIT. AND PHIL. INTEL — Cambridge
Great Britain : General Reflections ; Re- Scotch Canal.. Irish Bogs .. Congelation
gency Bill; Regent's Speech: Ireland ; of Water ...
Slave Trade, &c. ; King's Health 131 RELIG. INTEL.–British and Foreign Bible
Society.. Liverpool Bible Society .. Bene-
.....: 136 volent Society of Spitalfields.. Bonaparte's