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THE VICTIM.

lly harp! of the barbarous deed it shall sin-;

Indignant shall swell the short strain, The sea-gull was seen on her quick-glancing' wing1,

Her home is the wave of the main.

But the wave of the main, though her pity less home Was treach'rons, and wafted a foe; For sudden the dark tube of death was its doom, And the bird on the billow laid low.

And thus my heart said are the friends that we trust,

In the sea-son of sorrow and need. Their treachery tramples us down to the dust,

And their cruelty laughs at the deed.

How pure was the plumage that whitened thy breast Now up and now down on the wave; And oft have the gentle winds rock'd thee to rest On the mariner's sorrowful grave.

Thou nursling of tempests, the storm was thy bed, Thy pittance the boon of the sea; Yet, happy thy moments, and thoughtless thy head "While a scream told thy desolate glee.

How hard was the heart, how relentless the
hand
That murdered the joy of thy grief,
But the pastime of man on thy far distant
land,
Is to torture who needs their relief.

The cannibal gluts on the carnage of war
With a yell and a horrible smile;

And dim through the dusky night seen from
afar
Is the victim's funereal pile.

The negro from love and from liberty torn Sadly murmurs the prayer of the slave,

•* God pity poor negro that sutlers forlorn "By the hands of the white man so brave."

But the cannibal wild from his wildest resort.

And the buyer and seller of blood, And the man that will injure the helpless in sport

Shall be judged by our all-seeing God.

Thou Eden, how fair, how unsullied thy shade When innocence haunted thy grove!

© when shall that spring which thy forests array 'd, Soften cruelty's winter to love?

And thus have I hurrred the wild note along,
And heedless have wandered astray;

For the lonely bird's fate was the theme of
my song,
But I silence the murmuring lay.
Atlantic Ocean, J. Lawson.

Epitaph in Margate Church onthe Tombstone o/John Gaun, who dUd Sept. 2J, 1 ?82. and Ann, his wife.

They died in. faith—what more can words express,

To soothe the mind and make our sorrows less:

Remov'd from us, they tread a brighter sphere,

And share the glory they most wished for here;

That Lord they lov'd and serv'd is now their

joy,

And songs of praises their divine employ..

THE VISION OF ELIPHAZ. Job. iv. I?. At midnight's lonely, solemn hour, When silence reigns o'er field and tow'r, When slumbers, such as sleep the dead, (Tho' not so cold and drear the bed) Give ease from pain—from ills of life release For now the weary rest, the bad, from troubling <:ra-i/. As musing by my taper's flickering light. My thoughts like shapeless visious of the

night, Y

Roam'd undefin'd o'er scenes of joy and woe. Now turu'd on God above, and now on man

below, On time and chance—on dark decrees of

fate.— On man's sad present, unseen future state t mus'd—what was it broke the chain? What was't I saw—what is't I see again? A spirit flash'd before my sight. My hair rose stiffening with affrightIt silent stood, and formless seein'd, I wist not, if 1 wak'd, or dream'd— I gaz'd with straining eye-balls—wild despair. And trembling seiz'd on me—it still was

there. At last, it wav'd a hand, and in such tones, As mortals hear not, spake—fear thriil'd my

bones —I heard as if one from the dead had spoke, While thus the .spectre, its dread silence

broke. ** Remember what thou art, and what thy

God— "Nor murmur if thsu feel'st a father's rod, "Injustice he afflicts, in mercy spares, ) *' And now the frown of wvath he wears, ( "And now the smile of heavenly loveC

appears, )

"Is lie nrft wise? submit to his decree— "Art thou not weak ? adoring bow the kuec, * Angels above arc faulty in his sitfbt, "He trusts not ev'n those radiant sons of

light. "And shall God then put confidence in Thee? *' And durst thou say, " I am more* just than

He? "Your home's the dust, from morn to eve ye

die, "No one regards or asks the reason why— "Before the moth, ye perish, and.your fame, "Is like the brief memorial of a dream."

P. B. I.

EplVrphin Margate Church Yard in memory of Ann Sachett, who died the \lth of June, 1802. Aged 25.

How frail and fnlse the hopes of oarllijy joy.

That unperceiv'd our busy thoughts employ':

Yet still for this we pant, on this we trust,

And dream of happiness allied to dust..
Hut surer hopes, a joy that was sincere,

Warin'd the dear breast of her that slumbers' here:

On this intent, she smil'd at death's alarms,

And long'dto rest within ber'Saviour's arms;

The Saviour saw—he heard the falt'ring prayer,

And snatch'd his purchase from a world of care.

AN IMITATION*.

"Soul! thou hast goods laid up—for many

years, "Eat—drink— be merry!"— Fool,go,blush

with tears: Sooner thy body may exist on.air, Thau the immortal on such dying fart. And, if it could,say, whose shall those things

be? This night thy soul shall be required ofth.ee.

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THE

NEW SVANGBOCAXi MAGAZINE,

Cfjeologtcal Hebtefo.

MARCH, 1817.

MEMOIR OF THE LATE MR. ABRAHAM AUSTIN.

[Continued from page 9.]

Although Mr. Austin, almost /rom the first of his settlement in London, was classed among the Particular Baptists, yet it is a well-known fact that there are not many ministers of that denomination, whose doctrinal sentiments and views of divine truth in general, fully accorded with his own. At the last interview which the writer of this memoir had with him, and which took place on the Sabbath preceding his departure out of this world, he mentioned this circumstance, and expatiated upon it at some length, remarking that he did not recollect any one of them, whose views in all points were so congenial to his own as those of Mr. Stephens of Manchester, who happened, on that very day, to be supplying his lack of service at Fetter-lane. We believe however that it would be possible to mention another or two, who would come under the same class, though they might not be known, or at least recollected by him at The moment; and particularly Mr. Gray of Blackburn, whose excellent " Circular Letter" we lately laid before our readers, (See Vol. II. p. 363—369, 409— 417.) As Mr. Austin was not in the practice of committing his sentiments to the press, it may perhaps be acceptable to the reader to be more particularly inVol. m.

formed respecting them, and especially wherein he differed from the generality of his brethren; and with a view to that, we shall here sketch an epitome of them. The Gospel, he considered to be a revelation of mercy and grace to guilty men, unfolding the way of salvation, in which all the perfections of Deity gloriously harmonize, and in which they will eternally shine forth with resplendent lustre, to the admiration of saints and angels. This plan originated in the divine mind, and was according to God's eternal purpose, which he purposed in himself, before he gave birth to time or existence to creatures—it is the pure result of his own selfmoved love and pity, irrespective of the least degree of merit or desert in the creatures, who were all viewed as in a fallen and guilty state—a plan directed in all its parts by infinite wisdom—and combining in its result the praise of the glory of his grace with the eternal happiness of the redeemed. In this wondrous scheme of redemption, Christ was Jehovah's first, or chief, elect; and to Him the heirs of salvation were given to be redeemed and brought to glory. In the fulness of time, God sent forth his Son, (the Word made flesh, John i. 14.) to redeem them from the curse of the law— which he did by being "himself made a curse for them." Thus He who knew no sin, was made a sin offering, that he might put it away, (or fully expiate it) by the sacrifice of himself. In this work of the divine substitute, the law was magnified and made honourable—the claims of justice fully satisfied—sin atoned for—the curse removed — and everlasting righteousness brought in for the justification of the ungodly. In this work of his beloved Son, Jehovah is for ever Well-pleased; and of that delightful truth he hath given us the most indubitable evidence in raising the Saviour from the dead, and exalting him to the highest glory and blessedness in the heavens, as tlie reward of his obedience unto death. All who are persuaded of the truth and certainly of this fact, according to the apostolic testimony concerning it, namely, that God is reconciled unto us by the death of bis Son, (which, however, none are but through divine teaching) they are thereby justified, obtain peace of conscience, and have the promise of a faithful God, that if they hold fast this truth unto the end, walking under its holy influence, and bringing forth the fruits of righteousness, to the praise and glory of his name, they shall assuredly obtain eternal life.

From this general outline of the scheme of redemption, it is probable that few of the Baptist ministers of the present day would be found to dissent. But, unhappily, while they would be ready euomgh to yield an assent to it in theory, very few of them really understand it so as to distinguish it from the popular doctrine of the day, or study to regulate their preaching by it. We shall therefore endeavour to be a little more explicit in defining the difference between Mr. Austin's views and those of his ministering brethren

in general. A few remarks on three particulars will do this.

1. As Jesus Christ came into the world for the express purpose of saving sinners, so he left nothing undone that was necessary to accomplish that grand design—a design so worthy of God and so beneficial to man. In his death upon the cross he acted as the substitute and representative of his elect people, bare their sins in his own body on the tree, and made expiation for them.

As there could be no remission of siu, without the shedding of blood, so when God's own Son laid down his life as a sacrifice for the sins of manv, he at once effected that atonement which was prefigured by the various typical sacrifices of the Levitical economy. This atonement, without any thing more, is the sole requisite to justification. In that wondrous transaction, all the perfections of Deity are glorified in the highest possible degree that can be conceived by men or angels. The wisdom, power.and faithfulness; the mercy, love, and holiness of the blessed God, are all equally displayed in this work of redemption, and each gloriously harmonizes with the other, while all shine forth with resplendent lustre as engaged in effecting the salvation of guilty man, in a way altogether independent of himself, so that the whole of it, in all its various brandies is of grate. As the justice of God obtained full satisfaction for our violations of the holy law, in the divine blood of Immanuel, the atonement and that alone exhibits a foundation of everlasting consolation and of good hope, to every sinner who hears of it. The first and leading object of Mr. Austin's ministry, therefore, was directed to point his hearers to "the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world,"—to the great work finished on Mount

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