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The principal design of this epistle seems to have been to uphold the authority of Timothy--which many of the Ephesians had so far questioned as to have set up others as their bishops and ministers in opposition to him—and also to give him instructions concerning the management of the Church at Ephesus. In the second epistle which S. Paul wrote during his second imprisonment in Rome, and when he had the prospect of an immediate and cruel death, he exhorts his son Timothy, whom he had in affectionate remembrance, to continue stedfast in the true faith ; to be constant and diligent in the discharge of his ministerial duty; to avoid foolish'and unlearned questions; and to practise and inculcate the great duties of the Gospel ; concluding these, the last words be addressed to the Church of Christ, with messages of love and warning to his disciples and friends, of whom it was liis painful lot to record that in his hour of trial and adversity, they had all forsaken him. This was when times of trouble had come upon the Churches, and a fierce persecution had broken out against the Christians (under the Emperor Nero), in which many had been killed; many had fled; and of the rest many were afraid to be known as Christians. It is to these that the Apostle refers ; that at his trial the Christians of Rome did not venture publicly to stand by him. “At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me : I pray God it may not be laid to their charge.” (2 Tim. iv. 16.) But the better to enter into the feelings of the Apostle in writing this epistle, imagine a pious father, under sentence of death for his piety and benevolence to mankind, writing to a dutiful and affectionate son, that he might see and embrace him again before he left the world ; particularly that he might leave with him his dying commands, and charge him to live and suffer as he had done; and you will have the frame of " the Apostle's mind during the writing of the whole epistle.
HYMNS FOR THE DAY OF ST. JOHN THE
BEFORE THE LATIN GATE.
Christi discipulus, Cæsare judice,
Frontis canities movet."
As to a triumph he treads the way,
They are come! Lo, the torturers skill is tried !
But it spareth its victim, and sends him away
Stronger than ever afore that day.
Here he doth write what the angel relates,
So may Christ love us, and teach us to bear,
Heaven doth He ope on no other conditions,
Unto The Father and Son alway
This is true faith-that we never should shrink
“ Jussu tyranni pro Fide
Pulsus, Johannes, exulas :
In the LORD, S. John believeth ;
There Tae LORD that died revealed
Secrets profound the prophet sees
Praise THB FATHER; praise The Son,
The beloved disciple, St. John, Evangelist and Apostle, who laid his head on Jesus' breast at supper, and alone ven
tured to ask who should betray his LORD; after having wit. nessed to the truth in Asia and the regions as far as Parthia, returned to Ephesus, and there fixed his abode. From thence he was fetched by the command of the persecuting Emperor Domitian, and brought to Rome. At Rome he was plunged into a cauldron of boiling oil, from which he received no ir jury: afterwards he was barished to the isle of Patmos
, when (A.D. 96) he wrote the Book of Revelations.
In the year after Christ, 97, he wrote his gospel in order to refute the heresy of Cerinthus and Ebion who denied the divinity of our Lord. He also wrote three Epistles. He died at Ephesus, in the ninety-fourth year of his age.
“ Jesus saith unto him, “ If I will that ye tarry till come, what is that to thee."-S. John xxi. 22.
F. C. H.
LINES WRITTEN ON THE DEATH OF A BROTHER
Farewell, dear brother, thou art gone before
C. W. S.
RURAL WALKS IN CORNWALL.
1. S. Ives AND LELANT. A SITUATION more romantic than that of S. Ives can scarcely be imagined. The view from the hill at its entrance is incomparably beautiful. The broad bay, the distant hills, the picturesque gull rock, and the little town, with its lofty church tower, present themselves at once to the traveller's eye. The town is built upon a narrow peninsula jutting far out into the sea. The walk from Hayle to S. Ives, though the lands are in many places barren and uncultivated, is very interesting.
On the road 'not far from Hayle is Lelant; the old church dedicated to S. Uny, stands to the east of the village, among the sand bills. It is a very neat country church, and the east windows have recently been enriched with some rich stained glass. There is a very ancient romanesque pillar, arch, and respond, at the west end. About midway between Lelant and 8. Ives there is a beautiful vale called Carbus Valley.' When viewed from the roa, it presents a singularly picturesque appearance. A little before we reach S. Ives we pass on the left Tregenna Castle, the seat of L. Stephens, Esq., a handsome mansion with beautiful grounds. It is just beyond this that the beautiful view of the town beneath breaks on our view. The principal object of interest in it is the church, a fine old structure, but much mutilated. The tower is of considerable height and ornamented with handsome pinnacles. It is of the third-pointed style. The carved oak benches within the church remain in a very perfect state, and are very beautiful. One, which was probably presented by a blacksmith, represents his tools under four oak canopied arches, his wife under a fifth. There is a very elegant font of early date and of exquisite proportions. : On the outside is a very curious cross of stone, which has been recently dug up in the church