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Spread of Primitive Christianity.
“I saw another messenger flying through the midst of heaven, having everlasting good news
Time, that great revealer of secrets — that brief but solemn span which divides the Past from the Future, and in which is involved consequences so momentous to man— that ever-flowing stream, on which we are being constantly and rapidly conveyed from one state of being to another— Time has, by the upholding hand of God, enabled us to cross the boundary line of the eventful, and in some respects calamitous year, ONE THOUSAND Eight HUNDRED AND FORTY-NINE. The grand purposes of God, entombed in the mysterious future, are unfolding and ripening every hour. But man, vain man, noble though he be, is nevertheless ignorant, thoughtless, and comparatively unconcerned regarding his future prospect and final destiny in the creation of God.
The past year exhibits to a thoughtful mind the impressive fact, that myriads of the human family wbo, at its commencement, were in the enjoyment of health of body, and vigour of mind, with the bright prospect of longcontinued life and happiness, have been unexpectedly laid silent in death. Pestilence and disease, famine and war, with all their attending evils, spread through the world with fearful rapidity, carrying dismay and death in their train. As in every age since sin entered the world, so now the record stands true, that “ The whole creation groaneth and travelleth in pain together.”
“ How many feel this very moment, death
They furnish matter for the tragic Muse.”