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“ information, do not feel inclined to move
one step for the promotion of such objects ? The latter, it may be, can speculate on the philosophy of the human mind, on its great powers and high dignity, on the sublime virtue of universal benevolence, on the tyranny of superstition, and the slavery of ignorance; and will sometimes quote the verse of the poet,
“ Homo sum : HUMANI nil a me alienum puto :"
but they leave it to others, and generally to the Christian in humble life, to exercise the spirit of that noble verse.--This is a very difficult problem ; and it has been alleged by some, that it cannot be solved on any known principles of philosophy. The following relation will probably lead to principles by which we may arrive at a solution.
There was once a King in the East, whose empire extended over the known world, and his dominion" was to the end of the earth." During the former part of his reign, his heart was filled with pride; he knew not the God of heaven; and he viewed with the utmost indifference the nations over whom he ruled, worshipping idols of wood and stone.
But it pleased the King of kings to dethrone this haughty
monarch, to cast him down from his high estate, and to abase him in the dust. And after he had been for a time in the furnace of affliction, and his proud heart was humbled, God graciously revealed himself to him in his true name and character, and then restored him to his former prosperity and power.
The penitent king thus once more exalted, and filled with admiration at the discovery of the only TRUE God, immediately issued an edict to the whole world, setting forth the greatness of the Most High, asserting his glory, and inviting all nations to “ praise and magnify “ HIM that liveth for ever, whose dominion “ is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom “ is from generation to generation.” This memorable edict began in these sublime terms:
“ NEBUCHADN EZZAR THE KING, UNTO ALL PEOPLE, NATIONS, AND LANGUAGES, THAT DWELL IN ALL THE EARTH, Peace be multi
plied unto you. I thought it good to show " the signs and wonders which the Most High “ God hath wrought toward ine.
are his signs! How mighty are his wonders !" Having recounted the judgment and mercy of God to himself, he thus concludes; “ Now I " Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol, and honour " the King of Heaven, all whose works are truth,
How great " and his ways judgment; and them that walk “ in pride he is able to abase."*
Such a proclamation to the nations of the earth was a noble act of a king, and ought to be had in perpetual remembrance. It reminds us of the last charge of HIM “ who ascended up on high :" Go, TEACH ALL NATIONS.” It discovers to us the new and extended benevolence, greatness of mind, and pure and heavenly charity, which distinguish that man, whose heart has been impressed by THE GRACE OF GOD. How solemô his sense of duty ! How ardent to declare the glory of his Saviour! His views for the good of men, how disinterested and enlarged !-It is' but too evident, that all our speculations concerning a divine Revelation, and the obligation imposed on us to study it ourselves, or to communicate it to others, are cold and uninteresting, and excite not to action “ until, through the tender compassion of God, " the Day-spring from on high visit us, to give
light to them that sit in darkness ;" of to humble our hearts, at the remembrance of our sins against God, and to affect them with a just admiration of his pardoning mercy.
Let Great Britain imitate the example of the
Daniel, 4th chapter.
+ Luke i. 78, 79.
Chaldean King; and send forth to all the world, Her testimony concerning the True God. She also reigns over many nations which “ worship idols of wood and stone." Let her in like manner, declare to them “ the signs and WONDERS of the Almighty.” And, in this design every judividual will concur, of every church, family, and name, whose heart has been penetrated with just apprehensions of the Most High God; who have known his judgments and experienced
Kirby Hall, Boroughbridge, Yorkshire,
Feb. 15th, 1811.
CIVILIZATION OF THE EAST;
The COMPOSITIONS which gained the Prizes, or were present
ed to the UNIVERSITIES in competition for the Prizes, insti-
1. Cambridge.-A GREEK ODE, on the Subject
SENLEON ONE “ Let there be light.” Ode Græca
2. Eton.-A GREEK ODE, on the subject TENEEON
ONE, “ Let there be light.” Ode Præmio a Reve-
Coll. Reg. Eton. Alumn. Prize 25l.
men cui Præmium BUCHANANÆUM a Senatu Acade-