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THE CABINET.

THE CHRISTIAN CHARACTER.

THE character of a true christian rises above every other, there is a wholeness, an integrity, a completeness in the christian character. A few natural pleasing qualities, not cast in the mould of the gospel are but as beautiful fragments, or wellturned single limbs, which for want of that beauty which arises from the proportion of parts, for want of that connexion of the members with the living head, are of little comparative excellence. There may be amiable qualities which are not christian graces: and the apostle, after enumerating every separate article of attack or defence with which a christian warrior is to be accoutred, sums up the matter by directing that we put on "the whole armour of God." And this completeness is insisted upon by all the apostles. One prays, that his converts may "stand perfect and complete in the whole will of God;" another enjoins, that they be "perfect and entire, wanting nothing."

Now we are not to suppose, that they expected any convert to be without faults; they knew too well the constitution of the human heart, to form so unfounded an expectation. But christians must have no fault in their principle; their views must be direct, their proposed scheme must be faultless; their intention must be single; their standard must be lofty, their object must be right; their "mark must be the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." There must be no allowed evil, no warranted defection, no tolerated impurity, no habitual irregularity. Though they do not rise as high as they ought, nor as they wish in the scale of perfection, yet the scale itself must be correct, and the desire of ascending perpetual; counting nothing done while anything remains undone. Every grace must be kept in exercise; conquests once made over an evil propensity must not only be maintained, but extended. And in truth, christianity so comprises contrary, and as it may be thought, irreconcileable excellencies, that those which seem so incompatible as to be incapable by nature of being inmates of the same breast, are almost necessarily involved in the christian character. For instance :-Christianity requires, that our faith be at once fervent and sober; that our love be both ardent and lasting; that our patience be not only heroic but gentle; she demands dauntless zeal and genuine humility; active services and complete self-renunciation; high attain ments in goodness, with deep consciousness of defect; courage in reproving, and meekness in bearing reproof; a quick perception of what is sinful, with a willingness to forgive the offender; active virtue ready to do all, and passive virtue ready to bear all. We must stretch every faculty in the service of our Lord, and yet bring every thought in obedience to Him; while we aim to live in the exercise of every christian grace, we must account ourselves unprofitable servants; we must strive for the crown, yet receive it as a gift, and then lay it at our Master's feet: while we are busily trading in the world with our Lord's talents, we must commune with our heart and be still;" while we strive to practise the purest disinterestedness we must be contented, though we meet with selfishness in return; and while laying out our lives for the good of mankind, we must submit to reproach without murmuring, and to ingratitude without resentment. And to render us equal to all these services, Christianity bestows not only the precept, but the power; she does what the great poet of ethics lamented that reason could not do-" she lends us arms as well as rules."

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MRS. H. MORE.

Poetry.

THE STILLING OF THE SEA.

[By the Rev. E. E. ADAMS, A. M., Seaman's Chaplain, Cronstadt.]

He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.-Psalm cvii. 22.

Night is on the solemn sea,
Radiant with his silver beams;
While "a voice-a mystery,
Soft as from the land of dreams,
Steals along the waveless deep,"
Yet the PILOT does not sleep.

Look upon the evening star,
Gleaming fitful through the shroud ;
Luna wildly drives her car
On the margin of a cloud :—
Ocean-spirits rest beneath,
Each within his coral wreath.

Through the air a moan is heard,
Omen of the tempest's might;
Every cavern-depth is stirr'd,
Death sits on the brow of night!
In his arms a viewless form-
Genius of the coming storm.

Wild winds in the darkness roam,
Calling up their storms to war;
Fires ethereal light the foam
Bursting on the wake afar :-
Billows leaping to the sky,
Sink again to mount on high.

Sailor! from the dark abyss,
Who shall now thy refuge be?—
He who whispered into peace
The warring winds of Galilee?
Storms obey his sovereign will,
And the waves thereof are still.

Sailor! when thy soul opprest,
Sighs the rage of sin to flee,
HE will bid its surges rest,
Walking on its troubled sea!
Give it wings of faith to soar,
Where the storm is felt no more.

Monthly Chronicle.

LABOURS ON THE THAMES.

It is the uniform testimony of the Society's agents, that not only are the facilities greatly multiplied for carrying into effect our benevolent and christian designs, but that the sphere of exertion is becoming so enlarged, as to render it almost impossible fully to occupy it. An increased agency is needed, and as soon as pecuniary resources will allow, must be supplied; for the fact must not be concealed, that at present our labours are almost wholly restricted to those employed in the coasting trade; but little is done among the seamen who visit the more distant parts of the earth. It is true they are not to be found like the former class, on board ship while in port; they are on shore, and for the most part, in the hands of crimps, and unprincipled lodging-house keepers; but greater is the necessity of turning our attention to these men, and of providing for their highest good. In proportion to the evil agencies by which they are surrounded, and to which they are incessantly exposed, should be the degree of our solicitude, and the perseverance of our efforts on their behalf. We ask the prayers, the support, the aid of the christian church. Our seamen are perishing-on sea and on land they are perishing! Now is the time for action-for prompt and decided action.

AGENTS MEETING;-HELD ON FRIDAY EVENING, 9th JULY.

The records of another month go to prove that we are not engaged in a hopeless enterprise. Heaven is smiling on our humble efforts, and the triumphs of grace are being gathered on sea as well as on land. We take the past as a pledge for the future.

AGENT'S REPORTS.

Senior Missionary.-Capt. PRYNN. -If questioned relative to the progress of the sailors' cause, I should say that God is indeed moving on the minds of many of those who go down to the sea in ships;-spiritually, the blind see-the

deaf hear the dumb sing-and the poor sailors have the gospel preached unto them; and it is a cause of rejoicing, that many have been made the happy recipients of saving grace. Such instances are not few. To God, who is

the author of every good work, be all the glory!

Visitation of Shipping.-Often, indeed, have I been led to exclaim,"Who hath believed our report, and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?' But for the last two months, I can truly say, many have heard the glad sound, and have liberty found through the blood of the Lamb. A few cases may serve to establish the fact. On board the S- of L-, the mate was led, from attending Bethel meetings, to think seriously on the salvation of his soul. On my first interview with him he expressed his fear of being saved as follows: 'Oh, sir, I fear there is no pardon for me, my sins have been so great.' I replied,' the blood of Christ cleanseth from all sin.' Pointing out to him from scripture, the power and willingness of God to save, even unto the attermost, all that come unto him through faith in Christ-the tears rolled down his manly cheeks-his fears gave way— and, looking very earnestly, he said, 'Do you think there is mercy for MEfor such a sinner as I am?' I replied by quoting Isaiah i. 18-'Come, now, let us reason together, saith the Lord,' etc. Much religious conversation took place. A Bethel meeting was held in the evening, in the tier, where the ship lay. He attended, and here the Lord blessed his soul.

Several Bethel meetings were afterwards held on board the S-; and this young man, having tasted that the Lord was gracious, took an active part in inviting all around to attend. During this period, the captain was absent in the country; and the day after his return to the ship, I had occasion to call on board; after speaking to the mate, I was introduced to the captain, when the following conversation took place : CAPT. Why, sir, there is a wonderful change taken place in my mate, since I have been absent.

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CAPT. For the better? - yes. could scarcely believe such things could take place in so short a time. I see it's a very excellent thing to be religious.

Mis. Yes, sir, the religion of Christ is worthy of our utmost attention. I am glad you think so highly of it.

CAPT. Why, religion seems to have done much for my mate; I wish I was more religious than I am; but I have not thought much on the subject yet. From this time I shall, I trust, be in earnest about this work.

Mis. It is an important work, and you will need divine assistance; this you only can obtain by application to the throne of grace.

CAPT. Well, I hope I and my mate shall both enjoy the sweets of religion this next voyage. I am happy to hear you have had the Bethel flag hoisted on board here whilst I have been away. You are at liberty to hoist it any time yon please,

It was immediately hoisted, and the captain looking up, said, 'I am very glad to see that flag at the mast-head of my vessel.' Much pleasing conversation followed. As for the mate, every interview I had with him proved to me his growth in grace. On parting at our last Bethel meeting, many tears were shed by this young man, whilst he put into my hand a slip of paper, containing his address, begging me to write him. This I have engaged to do.

Another circumstance was that of an old sailor, who had sailed with me about fifteen years ago. When I got on board the vessel in which he was, he came running aft, and taking me by the hand, said, 'Ah, master, how do you do? I am glad to see you.' I looked at him with some little surprise, when the sailor said, 'You don't know me sir.' I replied, 'No; I really do not.' 'Ah,' said he, 'I have run a long way to leeward, since you last saw me; but thank God, at a Bethel meeting at Liverpool, I was taken all-aback thrown on my beam-ends-and have

lately shipped a new course, and hope soon to get up in the wake of some who are sailing on in full sail to the port of glory.'

'Where are you going to hoist your flag to-night, sir; will you have our ship? I'll speak to the captain.' He immediately went below; soon came up, saying, 'Hoist the flag! hoist the flag!' Whilst the flag was hoisting, the captain came on deck, and turning to me, said, 'I am happy to see you on the present occasion; I hope your coming on board this evening, will be made a blessing. I have two very excellent men on board; one I understand has sailed with you, and he is very anxious to be rendered useful to all on board. I am not ashamed to acknowledge I have received much benefit from him myself.' The evening came, I attended; the sailor alluded to, after we had sung a hymn, engaged in prayer: so powerful, scriptural, and devotional, were his supplications, that we were all much affected, and the captain and several others were bathed in tears. Two other sailors engaged in prayer with holy ar. dour. I scarcely ever recollect such a season. Twenty-one were present, and I trust the greater part felt the power of God.

On board the A- and M-, in company with my esteemed brother, Mr. Rowland, I had an opportunity of addressing upwards of one hundred sailors on the deck; all was deep attention, and a solemn awe seemed to pervade every mind.

A second meeting was held on board the same vessel in company with several Welsh christian friends. I addressed them from those words, "The wages of sin is death.' The number present was about one hundred and twenty. This also was a most affecting season, and, I trust, rendered profitable to many. I am happy to state, that there is a general spirit for hearing the word, excited amongst our brother sailors coming from the Principality. Very many of

the captains are decidedly pious men, who, when they attend Bethel meetings, endeavour to take the whole of their crews with them. Hence I have seen twelve ships' boats at one time, attached to the vessel where the Bethel meeting was held. Would that other captains followed their example, and become the leaders of their crews to Bethel meetings, and the sanctuary of God! Then might we hail the near approach of that glorious era, when the 'abundance of the sea shall be converted' to the church of Christ.

I have visited about 330 vessels; distributing tracts, and holding religious conversation with hundreds of sailors, by whom I was very kindly and courteously received. I have dedicated five new ships to the Bethel cause; have held twenty-six services afloat, and eleven services on shore; and have obtained fifty-eight vessels for agents.

Greenhithe. Services have again commenced on board the ships detained in Long-reach, and off Greenhithe, and we anticipate the happiest and holiest results in the conversion of souls to Christ.

I had the pleasure of spending the first sabbath, and of opening the services for the season. A very kind feeling was manifested on the part of the captains and sailors amongst whom my lot was cast during the day. New pleasure seemed to beam in many an eye, when I informed them that the services would be continued every sabbath through the summer and autumnal months. I held two services on board different ships, which were numerously attended; and amongst the sailors, I found many earnestly enquiring after the way of salvation. May the Lord pour his richest blessing upon the labours of his servants!

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