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the universe, who expandeth the earth above the waters.
“ Blessed art thou, O Lord! our God, king of the universe, who ordaineth the steps of man.
“ Blessed art thou, O Lord ! our God, king of the universe, who provideth for all my wants.
“ Blessed art thou, O Lord! our God, king of the universe, who girdeth Israel with might.
“ Blessed art thou, O Lord ! our God, king of the universe, who crowneth Israel with glory.
“ Blessed art thou, O Lord ! our God, king of the universe, who giveth strength to the weary.
“ Blessed art thou, O Lord I our God, king of the universe, who removeth sleep from mine eyes, and slumber from mine eyelids.”
THE JEWS IN GREAT BRITAIN. The Rev. M. Margolionth, whose work on Modern Judaism we have often quoted, has lately published Six Lectures on the History of the Jews in this country. They contain a great amount of interesting information, such as it would be difficult to obtain elsewhere; and we heartily recommend our readers who may have the means, to read this valuable work. There are very many interesting facts in the history of our country in connexion with the Jews, which we may hereafter point out. At present we will refer to only one, and that, one which shows how deeply we, as Protestants, are indebted to the instrumentality of Jews.
Of the circumstances to which we here allude, Mr. Margoliouth thus writes :
“ It must not be omitted to be mentioned, that in banishing the Jews from this country, the English have expelled one of the most brilliant stars of the Reformation, who was a Christian Jew, an Englishman by birth, and educated in the University of Oxford, the well-known Nicolaus de Lyra, who wrote a commentary on the Old and New Testament; and being deeply versed in the ancient tongues, and well read in all the works of the learned rabbies, he selected their best opinions, and expounded the Holy Scriptures in a manner far above the taste of that age, in which he showed a greater acquaintance with the principles of interpretation, than any of his predecessors. He was, indeed, a most useful forerunner to Luther, who made ample use of his commentaries, in which he frequently reprehended the reigning abuses of the Church, -a fact, which led Pflug, Bishop of Naumberg, to say
• Si Lyra non lyrasset,
Lutherus non saltasset.'
Luther had not planned the Reformation.'] “ Wickliffe has also profited much by De Lyra's writings : he used them frequently when translating the Bible. Indeed his writings were formerly very famous. Pope, in giving a catalogue of Bay's library in his Dunciad, finds
• De Lyra there a dreadful front extends.' “ It appears, that soon after the banishment of the Jews from this country, De Lyra embraced Christianity in Paris. The French biographers have a particular talent of Frenchifying any learned man who passes through the towns and streets of France. Accordingly, L'Advocat, in his biographical dictionary, made a Frenchman of him. But that is disproved by the title-page of one of De Lyra's own works, in which he gives England as his native country.”
Thus, again, as in times of old, did God use Jewish instrumentality for good, and overrule even the evil inflicted on the Jews for the good of the Gentile. Amongst the banished ones is Nicolaus de Lyra. He is driven from our shores, a Jew ;-he is converted to the faith of Jesus in another land. His “ fall" is made “ riches” to us ; and from his pen flowed words of truth and wisdom, the fruit of which still gladdens and sustains our souls.
MISSIONS TO THE JEWS.
Arrival of the Bishop in Jerusalem. On Wednesday, 23d of December, a messenger reached Jerusalem from Jaffa (the ancient Joppa), to say that the Bishop had arrived at that place. The Rev. J. Nicolayson went off immediately to meet his Lordship, and remained with him at Jaffa until Monday 28th, when the Bishop and his family set out for the holy city. They rested the first night at Ramleh, on the second at Arimathea. Near this place they were met by the Rev. W.D. Veitch, the chaplain to the Bishop, and Mr. Critchlow, the Society's Clerk of the works in Jerusalem. On the 30th about noon they drew near to Jerusalem, and at the last ascent towards the city they were met by a numerous party consisting of the British and
Prussian Consuls in uniform and their attendants, and nearly all the members of the Mission, male and female.
Numerous groups of friends within the city, amongst whom were Jews and Abyssinians, gave a glad welcome to the Bishop, who proceeded to the Church, where the congregation had assema bled. At the moment of the Bishop's entry from the vestry, the whole congregation rose and sung the following hymn, which had been composed for the occasion by one of its members :
“ We asked the Lord to send us one
(When he whom well we lov'd was gone !)
To watch, to rescue, and to feed,
His • little flock' on Zion's hill.
“ And he who said his eyes and heart
Should never utterly depart
Hath thus our utmost wants supplied,
Go, rule my flock on Zion's bill.'
“ Then let us now adore his love,
And bless his name, all names above,
And may the good Chief Shepherd 'keep
And blessings shower on Zion's hill.”
The “ Te Deum Laudamus was then read by Mr. Veitch, and the Litany by the Bishop. An appropriate address was then delivered by Mr. Nicolayson, in which he dwelt on an expression used by the Bishop in one of his communications, and which so beautifully illustrates his Christian character :-“Let men be nothing ; let the Bishop be nothing; but let Christ be all in all, and all one in him.”
To the address delivered by Mr. Nicolayson, the Bishop made an admirable reply, in which he said :-" He saw inuch cause for thankfulness and hope in the prospect before them. Not one of the least, was finding a church ready prepared, by the efforts of the London Society for Promoting Christianity amongst the Jews, for the celebration of Divine worship, for offering up the prayers of Christ's Church, which the united efforts of the crowns of England and Prussia had succeeded, in spite of many obstacles, in getting recognised and sanctioned in this country.
“ His Lordship then expressed his cordial agreement with the language in which he had been addressed by Mr. Nicolayson; particularizing the quotation of his own words, 'Let man be nothing, let the Bishop be nothing, but let Christ be “all in all," and all one in him;' words which, as fully expressing his own sentiments, he had adopted from an illustrious person, by whom they were originally used.
“ To all he desired to give his solemn benediction. That grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ might be granted to all :-Grace, as needed for support amid the trials and temptations of the world ;mercy, as needed by sinners, to cover their daily coming short of the glory of God. The combined effect of which would be, that the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, would keep their hearts and minds through Jesus Christ."
“ That this solemn manner," writes Mr. Nicolayson, " of the Bishop's first public appearance