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“ In religion, What damred error, tut some sober brow Will bless it, and approve it with a text,
Hiding the grossness with fair ornam: nt ?
Spurgeon now has found a rival, Weaver a congenial chum, Bendigo with his large bible, May have some sensational fun. Loud Ned Wright and noisy Carter Will now have a clean turn out; From the west, by special charter, Yankee preachers come to spout. Each will act to calculation On the offerings they may lose, For the fickle British nation May the shrewder strangers choose, Competition rules the market, So the Telegraph would sayThey get most who best can ask it, In their hymns or when they pray. Religion now becomes quite charming Well dished up to suit each taste ; Nothing in it is alarmingFears are softened down by grace. Ceremony toned and savoured Makes revival sweet and nice ; Goodness me, how fine it's flavoured, At the very lowest price ! Orthodoxy may well quiver· For old forms their power will lack ; And Ritual catch a mortal shiver As novelty pursues its track, Innovation leads to gloryBrother Samuel makes it gay ; Don't be down when you feel poorly, Sam will show the heavenly way. Up ye bold religious heroes ; Be up and doing-don't be done ! Whoop like “Injins"- --rave like Neroes Don't let Sammy see you glum. Show your apt and quick inventionWays and means are easily wrought; You know you never need to mention How the simple gulls are caught.
Go ahead, make Sankey moody,
Up, and buckle to the fight!
Howl aloud your Saviour's name;
OPINIONS OF THE LONDON PRESS.
ever, curious that these gentlemen's names are signed
to a document which contains a number of absolute All the world is just now talking of certain, more or and deliberate untruths, which, moreover, if they had less religious phenomena which have taken Liverpool ever read them, they must have known to be untruths. and Manchester by storm, and are to try their influence But in all probability they never did read them ; they in London on Easter Sunday. It has accordingly thought it consistent with their duty and their chaseemed to us that our subscribers woull like to see the racter to ask the public for money without looking at portraits of the actors in this strange drama, comedy their persuasions, and to obtain subscriptions. Now, or farce, and accordingly we give this week, faithful a jury could not agree on their verdict in the recent and accurate likenesses of the new evangelists, Oil Wells swindle, because part of the twelve were of Bendigo, Moody and Sankey, before whose fame opinion that the directors might have had a bonâ-fide Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are, what Americans belief that the statements in the prospectus were true. would call, very one-horse folk, while the bench of But no jury could suppose for a moment that Messrs. Bishops, with the Pope and Mr. Spurgeon to back Morley and McArthur ever believed that. London con. them, are altogether “out of the hunt.” Who Bendigo tained 117,000 habitual crignals known to the police, is, and was, everybody knows. great uncon- increasing at the rate of 30,000 a year, when official quered" ex-champion of England, who never sold a fighte records show that the number is only 3,487, and that and subsequently achieved the glorious position of this is decreasing at a rapid rate, being 1,452 less than captain of the Nottingham "lambs,” the most ruffianly it was ten years ago. There can be no doubt that if setof scoundrels in England, has made his name familiar any person who had given sixpence on the strength through the police reports by means of his weakness of this appeal prosecuted Messrs. Morley and McArthur for getting drunk and disorderly, and being locked up for “obtaining money under false plaat.nces,” those in consequence. Bendigo seems suddenly to have honourable gentlemen would perforce be found guilty. come to the conclusion that the Ballot Act made his
Doubtless, in consideration of their motives, they “ lambs" less valuable than of old, and, therefore, he would be strongly recommended to mercy, though we · has abandoned rowdyism and drink, and taken up do not know why they should be. We have all heard with teetotalism, piety, and preaching. And, if we that “Hell is paved with good intentions,” and we may judge from what we hear, he has found the can imagine his Satanic majesty starting a new asphalte change very profitable, and as one of the most power- pavement company out of the proceeds of the Moody ful weapons in his Christian armoury is a challenge and Sankey testimonial. Seriously, we do not believe to fight any man who refuses to be converted, we may that any good can come out of a movement thus take it for granted we shall have many remarkable i bolstered up, which turns religion into ridicule, disaccounts of his success as a preacher. It is not every gusts all thinking people, and drives hysterical women divine who can " wrestle with the devil” in this literal into lunatic asylums, and for their own credit's sake
we trust that Londoners generally will withhold their Of Messrs. Moody and Sankey we know nothing, support from this American dodge for pufling the except that they are Yankee speculators, who have Bible and patronising the Omnipotent. · London discovered that Godliness is wealth. Certainly we Clipper, March 13, have read a biographical sketch of these entertainers, but as this was in a document containing numerous statements we know to be false, we use our own MESSRS. MOODY AND SANKEY'S discretion as to believing that portion of which we know nothing. So, we repeat, we are quite in the
"REVIVAL.” dark as to the relations and antecedents of Moody “Let us praise the Lord for what he is going to do and Sankey. This much, however, we do know, they for London !” With this request and the Hundredth are very clever showmen, and their “show” is in
Psalm, Mr. Moody has begun the refineration of the American parlance, very well engineered.” An
British Metropolis. The American revivalist's perfect appeal has been issued to the “ Christian world" for security as to the nature of the intentions of Heaven contributions towards the London expenses of this will sound a little presumptuous to those who cannot really talented "entertainment,” and already we hear understand the preacher's peculiar way of regarding that over £19:000 has been subscribed. This, how
Divine dispensation. But of such the audiences at ever, we are assured is not enough, and, doubtless the Agricultural Hall are not composed. The people what more is required will be obtained. But surely to whom the Evangelists address themselves will go it is strange that these two apostles, who are said to with them blindly, enthusiastically, throughout their be" of the poor preaching to the poor,” should require services, through the psalm and hymn singing, the more money for a few months' starring engagement five minutes' silent prayer, the sermon, the pious than would keep a hundred curates for a year. The telegrams from America, and the rest. The curious appeal in question is signed by-among other people, excitement which the two Evangelists have brought two members of Parliament, who go in for piety, and with them is highly contagious, and they need never thank God they are not as other men are. It is, how- fear to address naked benches in London, Nor need
LIVES OF THE YANKEE REVIVALISTS.
their popularity be deeply deplored. Their theological views are much less peculiar than those of the majority of their predecessors, their sermons are more sensible, their hymns more grammatical and less flighty. They are, doubtless, perfectly sincere, and believe in their heaven-born music. But we must, nevertheless, regard their project of purifying London as a chimerical religious illusion of the most flagrant kind..
The manner in which Messrs. Moody and Sankey have set about their task is offensive to reasoning Churchmen and independent thinkers alike. Apostles should not come heralded, like music-hall singers, selling numbers of their own hymn-books, and raising
at a congregational church in Boston, where minis. tered the Rev. Wm. Kirk. Moody, who was hit very hard by the reverend gentleman, shortly afterwards set up a boot store at Chicago, and it was here that he first began his ministrations as a preacher. He got up a Bible cla s, and by dint of hunting up the gutter children of Chicago, filled the Sunday School there. This being done, Mr. Moody was struck with a happy idea as to making his band of pupils atten. tive to his teachings. He procured the assistance of a musical friend, and by the aid of music and stories, he was very successful in reforming the young Virmints,
funds to advertise them and their works. They should Moody then held services in a dancing saloon, and
shortly after this, gave up the boot and shoe store and went in for preaching entirely.
During the war that ravaged the United States, Mr. Moody took a conspicuous part and was of great service to the woundedi. On the cessation of hosti. lities, Mr. Moody put up at a chapel in Chicago in 1871, where the influence of his good work was not sufficient to save the structure from the flames,
Mr. Moody is a man of remarkable energy, and wears a bushy dark beard and moustache. He has a good voice, and speaks with the regular American twang.
not rely for the conversion of sinful London on pseudo Spurgeonesque sermons, harum-scarum airs, and somewhat over-passionate hymns. The assertion that“God gave Moses a blank cheque on Heaven" may have some effect on the minds of a few uneducated women, and crowds may be attracted to hear sacred subjects thus originally dealt with, but it is not the kind of illustration will breed reverent ideas in most inen's minds. Nor is the hymn, “Safe in the arms of Sankey,”a composition likely to revive the religious spirit of London ; while the prayer announced " from some Christians in Russia for the eighty millions around them," seems to us, considering that Russians are Christians, a most gratuitous piece of insolence. Messrs. Moody and Sankey have nothing new to tell us, whom they intend to convert. Truly, hymn. singing and familiar discourse on religion have been tried many times in other communities, and by far morc eloquent and authoritative preachers than the Islington Evangelists. They rely for effect on mul. titudinous advertisements, on a certain novelty in style and manner of service, and on the “holy calm of their season of 1875, which may induce the public to make its amusement for a time from very indifferent materials. But the effect, when produced, is little better than that of a successful acrobat who has been much puffed. They preach hysterical religion agaiust the religion of reason—the faith of the Quietists, the Flagellants, and Shakers against that of a Maurice, a Lyell, or a Tyndall. And we have made up our minds as to which will operate most strongly for the purification of TO -Dispatch, March 14,
IRA D. SANKEY, Like his colleague, commenced in the Sunday School line, and is now thirty-five ycars of age.
He was brought up in busincss; but being the fortunate po sessor of a fine voice, he was, after he had received his “call," in great request at religious meetings. He came across Moody at a big gathering in Indianopolis, and the two struck a bargain, and from that time acted in “consort."
It was owing to the entreaties of a London Me. thodist preacher, named Pennyfather, and a merchant of Newcastle, that the preachers were induced to make a tour in the United Kingdom ; but both the merchant and Methodist died before Moody a d Sankey opened mouth on British soil. They arrived here in the middle of July, 1873, and commenced operations in York; but they failed to “ draw" until they established their platform at Newcastle-on-Tyne. Here they attracted great attention, and they subsequently visited Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness, and Greenock. The me they went over to Patland, and shortly in Belfast, visited Dublin, and Londonderry, after which they returned to Eng. land, and at Manchester and Sheffield were received by large audiences. Mr. Sankey is great as a vocalist, plays his own organ, and varies the entertainm nt with some solos of his own. It is this portion of the entertainment which “ draws,” and greater attention is paid, we fear, to Mr. Sankey's musical abilities than to his colleague's elocution,
THE AMERICAN REVIVALISTS, Who have set the gospel world on fire, are just now drawing crowded houses in London and the suburbs; people flocking in thousands to hear Moody's oratory and Sankey's songs. A few incidents connected with the careers of the parties in question may interest our readers.
MR. D. L. MOODY is in his 38th year, and was born in America. He was brought up an Unitarian, and received his "call"
SPURGEON TO THE RESCUE.
It is, however, with the Methodist sect that they We think not. At the same time we do not fec enjoy the largest share of popularity, although on all Dr. Kennedy does. Had the revival under our sides they are received with more or less favour. American friends been what he thinks it to be, and Ned Wright and brother Bendigo are quite cast in what most similar ones have been, his remarks would the shade by the American Revivalists; and no won
have been timely and useful, although they would der, considering that Mr. Sankey has published a even in that case have been fiercely resented. As it song.book containing "seventy revival songs.” Never. is, there are many things suggested by his pamphlet theless, we opine that a certain section of “society” which it will be well for the people of God to ponder, prefer Ned Wright's “soup suppers” to the ministra- and in so doing they may be saved from grievous tions of “Cherubim and Seraphim.”
disappointments. We feel sure that Mr. Moody does If we give Messrs. Moody and Sankey these appe.
not count Dr. Kennedy an enemy, nor wish to silence
him, and we trust that others will learn the same lations, surely we ought to dub the veteran
moderation of temper and speech. Convince Dr.
Kennedy that the Lord's hand is in the work, and BENDIGO
his powerful voice and pen will be secured, and he an“ Archangel” in disguise.
will not be slow to issue a retractation : but to de.
nounce him as an opposer of the Spirit's work is unBendy, however, has about had his day, and although
christian, and to those who know the man it is a we may doubtless continue to hear of the ex-prize
monstrous libel. We cannot expect all men to scc fighter, his recent performances at a pigeon match
alike, and we ought to admire the courage which (which we alluded to last week) has about wound
enters an honest protest, even though it be a mistaken
one, We wish that the religion of this age had The portraits of the American Revivalists are most more in it of the deep, heart-searching, devoted, and cxcellent likenesses, and our artist made a careful unflinching piety of our Highland brethren ; while we study of the gentlemen before he put them on the
also wish that some of our northern friends were more wood,
joyous in heart, and less severe in their judgment of
other servants of the Lord. The matter ought to end The figurehead of “Bendy" speaks for itself, and
in both sides quietly learning something from each is an exact portrait of the ex-champion bruiser in his
other, and resolving that if they cannot agree in each old age.-Clipper, March 13.
other's views, they will at least abstain from un. generous judgments and angry replies. The work
which God is doing is so great and manifest, that it SPURGEON ON DR. KENNEDY'S cannot be injured by any man's comments upon it; PROTEST.
those cngaged in it can afford to turn such things to
profitable account." Some time ago we called attention to a pamphlet against the work of the American evangelists, written by the Rev. Dr. Kennedy, a distinguished minister of STARVATION, AND THE COST the Free Church in the Highlands, and at the same
OF MEETING PLACES. time we noticed Dr. Horatius Bonar's reply. On the same subject, Mr. Spurgeon writes as follows in this
The estimated cost of the meeting-places in London month's number of his magazine :
is £15,000. Of this amount £12,500 have alrcady been “We are very sorry that our esteemed friend, Dr.
subscribed. The usc of Her Majesty's Opera-house in Kennedy, issued a pamphlet severely criticising the
the Haymarket has been granted to the committec for labours of Messrs. Moody and Sankey, whom we judge
a series of services. This, too, while thousands of our to be sent of God to bless our land in an unusual
fellow countrymen are starving through the Lock Out degree. Dr. Bonar's reply strikes us as amply meeting
in South Wales. Why do not Messrs. Moody and Dr. Kennedy's strictures, and needing no supplement,
Sankey first feed, and then convert the half-starved But we are sorry to read every now and then the
colliers ?. That would be true Christianity. most bitter reflections on Dr. Kennedy, as though he were an enemy of the Gospel. Now, we know him to be one of the best and holiest of men, and quite un.
RELIGIOUS MANIA. deserving of severe upbraiding. Nothing but zeal for the truth has moved him, we are quite sure. He There has been a conversation on this subject at the is fearful lest the doctrines of grace should be for- Salford Board of Guardians, consequent on the recepgotten, and he is jealous for Divine sovereignty. He tion into the workhouse of two women suffering from is also fearful that the work owes more to music than religious mania, alleged to have been caused by thcir to the force of truth, and is more the work of fleshly attending the meetings of Messrs. Moody and Sankey. excitement than of the Holy Spirit. Is it altogether Dr. Knowles stated that several cases of this character an unpardonable sin to feel such a sacred anxiety ? had been sent to the Prestwich Asylum, where it was
BROTHER BENDIGO AT A PIGEON MATCH.
BENDIGO AT NOTTINGHAM.
now become quite a common thing for the officers to ' Then, come, put the jorum about, say, “What, another Moody-and-Sankey !" The And let us be merry and clever ; Rev. W. Doyle and other members of the Board Our hearts and our liquors are stout; thought these rumours should be taken cum grano, Here's the Three Jolly Pigeons for ever. and contended that, before they could safely arrive at Let some cry woodcock or hare, any definite conclusion, they must first ascertain the Your bustards, your ducks, and your widgeons ; antecedent condition of the patients. Mr. Rudd said But of all the birds in the air, he knew of cases of religious mania happening in the Here's health to the Three Jolly Pigeons. denomination to which he belonged ; but he did not
Toroddle, toroddle, toroll, believe that real religion would drive any man mad. - Goldsmith Altogether the tone of the conversation seems to have been highly creditable to the Salford Board. - Christian World, March 5.
THE FRUITS OF LISTENING TO
ATTEMPTED SUICIDE OF A RELIGIOUS MANIAC. THE INQUIRY ROOM.
During the service held in connection with the At the east end gallery is situated the "inquiryroom,” called so from the fact that there the Evange
visit of Moody and Sankey to Liverpool, the publicans lists “inquirc" into the condition of men's souls. To
and the drink traffic have been much condemned, not that gallery many went last night. Young men from
alone by Mr. Moody, but by the various clergymen the shop and the desk were the chief persons seeking
who have taken part in the Revival movement. Mr. spiritual advice from Mr. Moody. Not one woman
Moody's address had reference to drunkenness, and went to the “private inquiry-room ;” but Mr. Moody
among his audience was a beerseller, who, as soon as was busily engaged with his male penitents up to
the service terminated, jumped into the river Mersey. ten o'clock,
Numbers of persons witnessed the act, and the would. be suicide was eventually rescued, the first words he uttered being, "I have lost Mr. Moody and the Holy
Ghost.” He was taken to the hospital, and made a We hear from Nottingham, that a report having
rambling statement about Mr. Moody, winding up by been circulated that Bendigo, formerly champion
declaring, “my last chance is gone." prize-fighter of England, and recently a Methodist convert, had been at a local pigeon-shooting match, and not only had bet on the birds, but had also used
BROTHER STIGGINS. bad language; the case has been investigated. On “My friends,” said Mr. Humm, holding up his hand Sunday last a great open-air service was held, when in a deprecatory manner, to bespeak the silence of Bendigo appeared on the platform and admitted such of the stout old ladies as were yet a line or having been at the match and bet upon a bird, but two behind ; “my friends, a delegate from the he denied having used bad language. He said when Dorking branch of our society, Brother Stiggins, he found he had done wrong he went home and told attends below.” God, who had forgiven him and taken him back Out came the pocket-handkerchiefs again, in greater again. After this confession there was a general re- force than ever ; for Mr. Stiggins was excessively joicing, when Bendigo, assisted by the congregation, popular among the female constituency of Brick sang the following verse :
Lane. " The devil had me once, but he let me go,
“He may approach, I think," said Mr. Humm, Glory Hallelujah! looking round him, with a fat smile.
6 Brother He wants me again, but I don't mean to go,
Tadger, let him come forth and greet us.”
The little man in the drab shorts, who answered to the name of Brother Tadger, bustled down the ladder
with great speed, and was immediately afterwards TONY LUMPKIN'S SONG.
heard tumbling up with the Reverend Mr. Stiggins. .
“He's a-comin', Sammy," whispered Mr. Weller, (From " She Stoops to Conquer.")
purple in the countenance with suppressed laughter.!
• Don't say nothin' to me,” replied Sam, " for I Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain,
can't bear it. He's close to the door. I hear him With grammar, and nonsense, and learning:
a-knockin' his head again' the lath and plaster now.”. Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning,
As Sam Weller spoke, the little door flew open, and Let them brag of their heathenish gods,
brother Tadger appeared, closely followed by the Their Lethes, their Styxes, and Stygians :
Reverend Mr. Stiggins, who no sooner entered, than Their quis, and their quæs, and their quods,
there was a great clapping of hands, and stamping of They're all but a parcel of pigeons.
feet, and flourishing of handkerchiefs ; to all of which
manifestations of delight, Brother Stiggins returned Toroddle, toroddle, toroll.
no other acknowledgment than staring with a wild When methodist preachers come down
eye, and a fixed smile, at the extreme top of the wick A-preaching that drinking is sinful,
of the candle on the table : swaying his body to and I'll wager the rascals a crown,
fro, meanwhile, in a very unsteady and uncertain They always preach best with a skinful, But when you come down with your pence,
* Are you unwell, Brother Stiggins ?" whispered Mr For a slice of their scurvy religion,
Anthony Humm. I'll leave it to all men of sense,
“I am all right, sir," replied Mr. Stiggins, in a tone But you, my good friend, are the pigeon.
in which ferocity was blended with an extreme thick. Torocale, toroddle, toroll. ness of utterance; “I am all right, sir,”