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The artist man discoloured not wilh paint 1

Some, who were sitting in the judgment high,
Deemed the youth rash his offering to supply.
And words of sympathy in misplaced zeal
Offered the stranger ; but this sage could ti;el.
That tl e same Puwer ot Galilee that had
Blessed barley loaves and fishes of Ihe lad.
Here too a youth in duty's path had led,
Blessed his provision and the people fed!
He knew the Muster sent by vv'hom he chose.
Now used ihe$e servants — then directed those ;
And as each stood in their allotted place,
They stood in Him, in his sustaining grace ; —
And thus rebuked the outward sense that thought
The baker-boy on uncalled offering brought : —
" Grieve not my friends, nor deem the occurrence

sad,
" The service rightly fell U[)on the lad 1"

Descendants of the worthy youth, who then
Preached of glad tidings to his fellow men.
Follow hi.'' foot-steps I Wheresoe'cr your post.
Stand firmly though encompassed by a host I
The Power that led him, shall appear your light
Beaming through darkness — in your weakness

might.
Then for the father shall the son be bound,
And Annas still within the temple found I /.



TIIB FRIEND.



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For " Tlie Friend."
BARNABY NIXON.

(Cuntiiiued from page 270.)

" As I knew that one hour in the Divine
presence, was better than a thousand else-
where, I often desired to feel this, by my fire-
side, before I went to bed. And, sometimes,
before I experienced the blessing, I had to go
down into deep troubles, and submit to the
way of the Lord's coming, — to burn as an
oven, to do away all tlie high notions, and stub-
born works of pride, and the light, airy, chatfi-
ness of the mind ; that I might be cleansed
and sanctified, for the Holy presence to come
in, and tabernacle with me. Then it is, that
the Lord will bless, and will multiply his fa-
vours ! Oh ! how itmnkful 1 ought to be, for
the many favours that have been bestowed
upon me."

" The prophet, in speaking of the blessings,
which were intended for the righteous, also
pointed out the means, by which the blessing
was to be obtained : ' Every battle of the war-
rior, is with confused noise, and garments
rolled in blood;' and then he says: 'But this
shall be with burning, and fuel of fire ; for un-
to us a child is born, unto us a sou is given,
and the government shall be upon his shoul-
ders; and his name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting
Father, the Prince of Peace.' Here the Chris-
tian's warfare is described, — the conflicts of
those, who come to know the blessing of
Christ's coming, to take the government on
his shoulders — to be their wonderful counsel-
lor, and to rule in them as a mighty God and
everlasting Father: for ' Zion shall be re-
deemed with judgment, and her converts with
righteousness.'

" But alas! too many turn their backs in the
day of battle; because they will not submit to
this inward burning ; but they flee from it into
conversation, or some other earthly enjoyment;
so, they nourish those attachments to this
world, which ought to have been given up, as
fuel to the fire : and thus they strengthen self
will. These do not love silent waiting ; but
keep themselves into.ticated with their sensua-
lities, until their minds become so captivated,
that they have no power to come into Zion's
quiet habitation."

" Soon after the Yearly Meeting at Waynoke
in 1789, he performed, in company with
James Ladd, a religious visit to Friends of
Rich Square, and Jack Swamp meetings. On
a review of this act of obedience to manifested
duty, (which was not unattended with difficul-
ties and discouragments to him,) he made the
following acknowledgment : ' Although it was
not for me to stay at home to accumulate
wealth, to lay up for the flesh to be attached to,
yet I had peace of mind. Heavenly treasure
was given me, for leaving all, to follow Christ.
And I believe that my so giving up, never occa-
sioned me to lack any of those outward things
which were r»'ally necessary for the support
of my family."

He relates, that he felt drawings in the
love of the Gospel, to visit the meetings and
families of Friends, belonging to the quarterly
meeting, of which he was a member. And



as it lay with increasing weight on his mind
he spread the concern before the monthly
meeting, for Friends' sympathy, and had the
meeting's concurrence and encouragement, in
the undertaking.

In the performance of this service, he was
renewedly confirmed in his mind, of the ne-
cessity of waiting for the clear discoveries of
Truth, not only to direct, in entering into these
arduous concerns, but in every subsequent
movement, to the completion of them. And
that this will not only show the most favoura-
ble time, and furnish with matter for commu-
nication, adapted to the various states of the
visited ; but will also point out those persons,
who may be the most suitable coadjutors in the
work: as, by a proper, or an improper, selec-
tion of companions, the important objects in
view, may be much promoted or obstructed.

" And he particularly cautioned Friends, to
be careful, how they joined with others, in such
services, without feeling the right call, and
having the unity of Friends, in the engage-
ment."

There is deep instruction in the following
e.vtract from his memorandums. How profit-
able might it be to the church, if ministers
and elders were always thus honest to each
other.

" I one day felt a concern to visit a friend,
who was in the station of an elder : and went
alone to the house, in the evening. After the
family had gone to bed and left us together,
I felt engaged to query with him, respecting
his conduct; and was drawn to point out his
sorrowful state, — falling from the life and from
usefulness in the Society. But he could not
bear to be treated in so plain a manner, and
several times, cried out, in a passion of resent-
ment. Yet his passionate behaviour, never
drove me from my concern, but he found it
drew me closer to his feet.

" I went to bed, in painful feelings, and re-
mained under the weight of e.Kercise, till after
breakfast ne,xt morning. Then, I felt way
open, to labour in the line of the Gospel, which
melted all present, into tears and cementing
love. He e.xpresed his gladness for my visit
to him, and when I came away he walked some
distance, and appeared loath to part.

" I found a more ready openness, in the next
family, to which I went. I saw things clearly
and was enabled to point out the man's earthly
minded state ; and to tell him plainly, that if
he did not get more loose, from the love of
this world, be more spiritually minded, and
bring forth heavenly fruits, it did appear to
me, that his days would be shortened. I also
felt engaged to address his wife, desiring her
to use what means she could, to draw him out
of the cumbers, and to be more devoted to at-
tend week-day meetings ; for unless there were
a reformation, she might expect to lose her hus-
band, and be left a widow. It was a time of fa-
vour. He and his family poured forth many
tears. I have often found Truth's way of
leading and working, was marvellous to me."

" I obtained a minute of concurrence to
visit the upper quarterly meeting, and other
meetings thereaway, but no suitable compan-
ion offered to go with me. And in the time
of attending the quarterly meeting, then held



at Ceder Creek, feeling the weight of appoint-
ing meetings, and not having any companion,
I got much discouraged ; but Friends encour-
aged me. After the quarterly meeting, I went
to Caroline ; and after a time of silence, I had
an arduous time of labour. I returned to Ce-
dar Creek, where pretty many gathered to the
meeting ; and it was a favoured season. I felt
a flow of life, to labour in preaching the Gos-
pel, nearly as long as I was able to stand. I
lelt the holy anointing, to spread over the
meeting, like ointment, which ran from Aaron's
head, to the skirts of his garment; so, I believe,
all felt the canopy of Divine love. After meet-
ing, I got to Micajah Crew's; where, after
restingawhile,! hadasolidopportunily with the
family, and some neighbours who were there.
Next morning, went to Genito accompanied
by Micajah, his wife, and some other Friends.
And when I came to the place, and saw the
gathering, I was brought into a baptising sen-
sibility of the nothingness of myself, and in
this trembling weakness, I was pressed with
an awful weight; so that I thought myself not
able to stand many minutes in the yard, be-
fore meeting sat. After we were settled in
stillness. Truth opened things in a clear light
to point out, that man by all his wisdom, knew
not God, nor the things of God: therefore,
this wisdom is altogether insufficient to direct
in any religious duty. I had a laborious time;
but was glad in finding Truth's testimony went
forth, over that self-sufficient, criticising wis-
dom of man.

" On n\y way home, observing a house much
shattered with thunder, while 'I was gone, I
stopped to inquire whether any lives were lost ?
I was informed that a number of people were
in the house, — one was much burnt with the
lightning, but no one killed. These things
are very awful, but he whose mind is stayed
on the Lord, is kept in perfect peace.

(To be concluded.)



For •' The Friend."
ARK OF THE COVENANT.

The Ark of the Covenant was a small chest
or cofl'er, three feet nine inches in length, two
feet three inches in breadth, and the same in
height, in which were contained the golden
pot that had manna, with Aaron's rod and the
tables of the covenant. It was made of shitliin
wood, and covered with the mercy seat which
was of solid gold. At either end was a che-
rubim, looking towards each other, with ex-
panded wings, which embracing the whole
circumference of the mercy seat, met in the
centre of it. On this ark the Shekinah, or
symbol of the Divine presence rested, both in
the tabernacle and temple, manifesting itself
in the appearance of a cloud, as it were, ho-
vering over it. Lev. xvi. 2. And from thence,
as often as Jehovah was consulted in behalf of
his people, the Divine will was given out by
an audible voice. Hence it is that God is said
to dwell between the cherubims upon the
mercy seat; because that was the throne of
the visible appearance of his glory among
them. 2 Kings x. 15. 1 Chron. xiii. 6. Ps.
Ixxx. 1. .\nd for this reason the high priest
once every year on the great day of expiation,



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appeared before the mercy seat to make atone-
ment for the people. Heb. ix. 7. On either
side of the ark were two rings of gold, through
which staves overhiid with gold were passed,
and by means of which as they journeyed
through the wilderness, it was carried on the
shoulders of the Lcvites. When I lie Hebrews
passed through Jordan, Joshua commanded
the priests who bore the ark to proceed with
it before them, which they did ; and as soon
as their feet touched the brink of the river,
its waters instantly divided, leaving them to
pass over on dry ground ; " and the priests
that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord
stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jor-
dan ; and all the I:>raelites passed over on dry
ground, until all the people passed clean over
Jordan." After the passage of Jordan, the
ark continued for some time at Gilgal, from
whence it was removed to Shiloli. From this
place the Israelites carried it to their camp,
where, in an engagement with the Philistines,
it fell into the hands of the latter, who placed
it in the temple of the idol Dagon, when the
latter fell down and was broken to pieces be-
fore it ; and in consecquence of detaining it,
they were so affected with emerods, that they
returned it to the Hebrews. It hailed at Beth-
shemesh after this, where the people for pro-
fanely looking into it, incurred the IJivine dis-
pleasure, and fifty thousand of them were
struck dead. It was then lodged at Kerjath-
jearim, and afterwards at Nob. David deter-
mined to carry it from Kirjath-jearim after a
different manner, and accordingly had it placed
upon a new cart which was drawn by oxen ;
but the latter causing the ark to shake, Uzzah
put forth his hand to prevent its fall, when the
auTer of the Lord was kindled against him,
and he was instantly struck dead for his pre-
sumption. This awful judgment filled David
with terror, and caused him to leave it three
months at the house of Obededom ; it was,
however, removed from thence to his place at
Jerusalem ; and when Solomon had built and
dedicated the temple, he then fixed it in the
most holy place. The hundred and thirty-se-
cond psalm was evidently written on one of
these occasions, and is easily understood when
thus applied.

It remained in the temple till the times of
the last kings of Judah, who gave themselves
up to idolatry, and even dared to place thei
idols in the "holy temple itself. The priests
being unable to bear the profanation, took the
ark and carried it from place to place, to pre-
serve it from the hands of these impious prin-
ces. Josiah commanded them to bring it back
to the sanctuary, and it was accordingly re-
placed. What became of the ark at the des-
truction of the temple by Nebuchadnezzar, is
a dispute among the rabbins. Had it been
carried to Babylon with the other vessels of the
temple, it would in all probability have been
brought back with them, at the close of the
captivity. But that this was not the case is
agreed on all hands; whence it is probable
that it was destroyed with the temple.

The ark of the covenant was as it were the
centre of worship to all those of the Hebrew
nation who served God according to the Le-
vitical law ; and not only in the temple, when



THE rRIKND.

they came thither to worship, but every where
in their dispersions through the whole
world ; whenever they prayed, they turned
heir faces towards the place where the ark
tood, and directed all their devotions that
way. Dan. vi. 10. Whence the author of the
book of Cosri justly says, that the ark with
mercy seat, and the cherubim, were the
foundation, root, heart, and marrow of the
whole temple, and all the. Levilical worship
performed therein ; and therefore had there
been nothing else wanting in the second tem-
ple but the ark only, this alone would have
been a sufficient reason for the old men to
have wept when they remembered the first
temple in which it stood ; and for the saying
of Haggai ii. 3, that the second temple was as
nothing compared with the first ; so great a
share had the ark of the covenant in the glory
of Solomon's temple. However the defect was
supplied as to the outward form; for in the
second temple there was also an ark of the
same dimensions with the first, and put in the
same place; but it wanted the tables of the
law, Aaron's md and the put of manna; nor
was there any appearance of the Divine glory
over it, nor any oracles delivered from it.
The only use that was made of it, was to be a
representation of the former on the great day
of expiation, and to be a repository of the
Holy Scriptures, that is of the original copy
of that collection of them made by Ezra after
the captivity ; in imitation of which the Jews
in all their synagogues have a like ark or
coffer in which they keep their Scriptures.

For the temple of Solomon a new ark was
not made, but he constructed cherubims in the
most holy place, which were designed to give
additional state to that most sacred symbol
of God's grace and mercy. These cherubims
were fifteen feet high, and were placed at
equal distance from the centre of the ark, and
from each side of the wall, so that their wings
being expanded, the two wings which were
extended behind touched the wall, and the
other two met over the ark, and so oversha-
dowed it. — Jones — Watson.



The world slides into our hearts by the
avenues of sense, in cases we little think of.
There may be danger in giving ourselves up
fully to a warm sunshine, or the pleasures of
a beautiful landscape. This may be thought
morose indeed; but let the militant soul be
upon its guard. — 2'. Adam.

The glory of the church of God consists
not in stately buildings of temples, and rich
furniture, and pompous ceremonies; these
agree not with its spiritual nature. Its true
and genuine beauty is, to grow in spirituality,
and so to be liker itself, and have more of the
presence of God, and his glory filling it as a
cloud. And it hath been observed, that the
more the church grew in outward riches and
state, the less she grew, or rather the more
sensibly she abated, in spiritual excellencies.
Archbishop Leighton.



A SWIiET Sl'IKIT.

Thoughts for llie Thoughlful."

There is a sweet spirit, — not to be found
every hour in the day, nor, indeed, every day
of the year, but it is sometimes to be met
with, — a. spirit of forbearance, kindness and
charity, that delights to speak well of ihe
absent, and to represent favourably what to
others may appear doubtful. " She has a
high way with her," said an Irish maiden,
when speaking of her absent mistress, who
was considered proud : " people do not under-
stand her. She has a high way with her ; but
she is like the lilies, that are so gentle and
mild when you come to know ihem."

Oh that we all had more of the spirit of this
female ! that all our seeming high mindedness
and pride could be explained in as satisfactory
a manner, and that we were enabled to say of
ourselves with perfect sincerity and truth,
whatever may be our outward bearing,
" Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine
eyes lofty : neither do I exercise myself in
great matters, nor in things too high for me."
I'salm cxxxi. 1.

THE SUN AND THE CLOUD.

From the same.

It is usually thought, and no doubt correct-
ly, that in age our emotions are much dead-
ened, but with regard to the outward things
of cieation mine appear to be as lively as ever.
As I stood gazing on the western sky, the orb
of day was setting gloriously. From a dark
cloud that ensconced the sun, regular beams
of light, widening in their course, shot up-
wards and sideways. So clear and bright was
the firmament, that the tops of the far-removed
buildings were clearly defined, and the flight
of pioeons that with rapid wing were wheel-
ing round in the air at the distance of a mile
were distinctly visible. While, entranced
with admiration, I continued to gaze at the
kindling heavens, the sun came forth from his
hiding place in purple and gold, flinging upon
earth and heaven such an intensity of bright-
ness, and pouring fiirth such a flood of unen-
durable glory, that my hands clasped them-
selves involuntarily, and as I had no words
that could relieve my heart and soul, I stood
ilent ecstasy, my eyes overflowing with



I know that clouds are sent forth from the
Eternal on errands of extended usefulness ;
that the sun is the visible light and glory of
the world, calling into existence myriads of
His creatures, and executing through the
wide spread universe the almighty will of his
Almighty Maker; but I felt at that moment
that the bright sun and the dark cloud had,
also, another mission to execute ; to entrance
my eye with beauty and brightness, to impress
my heart with a sense of God's glory and
I'oodness, and to overwhelm my spirit with
unspeakable wonder, gratitude and praise.

THE RAIL-ROAD STATION.

From tile same.

I have but just returned from the rail-road
station, where every one I saw seemed to have
ardour in his heart', and hurry in his eye. If



we were half as muo.li in earnest in preparing
for heaven as we are for our jaunts of pleasure,
and our journeys of business, it would be
something! What a bustle pervaded the whole
station ! loading and unloading, running back-
wards and forwards, some going into the car-
riages, and others coming out, while the rat-
tling vehicles set off and arrived by turns.

In the midst of all this buslle, I noticed a
man walking coolly along with a tin pan in his
hand, greasing the wheels of the carriages.
He took no notice of the fine folk or the
bustle : whoever and whatever the people
might be, did not appear al all to trouble his
head: whither they came or went, was no
business of his ; on he went with his employ-
ment : it was his duty to grease the wheels,
and grease the wheels he did.

Thinks I to myself, " Here's a lesson for
me. This man is but a picture of what I
should be." Oh that I had humility and
godly integrity enough in my heart to go
straight on with my work! "greasing the
wheels," if needs be ! patiently and cheerfully
occupying the lowest station assigned me by
duty, until it should be said unto me " Friend,
go up higher." Luke xiv. 10.



TRANSLATOR OF THE BIBLE.

Lancelot Andrews, an eminent English
preacher, was born in London, 1-565, and edu-
cated at Cambridge. While residing there, it
was his custom to come up to London once a
year, to visit his father and mother, with
whom he usually stayed a month ; during which
time, with the assistance of a master, he ap-
plied himself to the attaining some language
or art, to which he was before a stranger ; and
by this means, in a few years, he laid the
foundation of all the arts and sciences, and
acquired a competent skill in mo?t of the
modern languages. While a fellow at the
University, he became so celebrated as a
theologian, casuist and preacher, that he at-
tracted the patronage of the Earl of Hunting-
don and of Sir Francis Walsingham; and in
no long time rose to be master of Pembroke
Hall, his own college, chaplain to Queen Eli-
zabeth, and dean of Westminster. He might
have had a bishopric from Elizabeth, if he
would have submitted to the spoliation of its
revenues. Under her successor, James L, he
attained that dignity, being by him preferred
to all others as a preacher, and chosen to vin-
dicate his sovereignty against Bellarmine.
Andrews was successively raised to the sees
of Chichester, Ely and Winchester; besides
being appointed lord almoner and a privy
counsellor of England and Scotland; which
trusts he discharged with singular fidelity.
The following anecdote of him, about this
time, is recorded by Waller. Neale, Bishop
of Durham, and Andrews, were standing to-
gether behind the king's chair at dinner, when
.fames suddenly turned to them and said. My
lords, cannot I take my subjects' money when
I want it, without all this formality in parlia-
ment ? Bishop Neale readily answered, God
forbid, sir, but you should ; you are the breath
of our nostrils. The king turned to the Bishop
of Winchester, Well, my lord, and what say



THE rRlEND.

you? Sir, replied Andrews, I have no skill to
judge of parliamentary cases. The king an
swered, no put-ofis, my lord, answer nie imnie
diately. " Then, sir," said he, " 1 think it
Impful for you to take my brother Neale's
money, Jor he offers it."

King James had such a veneration for this
excellent prelate, that in his presence he re.
trained from all levity. And he was in no less
reputation and esteem with Charles I. H
life was a life of prayer. A gnat part offte
hovrs every day was spent in the exercise of
deeotion. And in his last sickness, he con-
tinued, while awake, to pray till his strength
failed ; and then, by lifting his hands and
eyes, showed that he still prayed ; and when
both hands and eyes and voice failed in their
office, his countenance showed that he still
prayed, and praised God in his heart. Sep-
tember 25, 1026, it pleased God to receive
him to himself, he being then in his 71st year.
Bishop Andrews was charitable and munifi-
cent, and a patron of learning. His own ad-
mirable knowledge in the learned tongues,
Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Chaldee, Syriac, Ara-
bic, besides modern languages to the number
of fifteen, was such, and so rare, that he may
well be ranked among the first linguists in
Christendom. He had a share in the transla-
tion of the Pentateuch; and the authorized
version of the histoiical books, from Joshua to
the first book of Chronicles was executed by
him exclusively, " in which, being dead, he
yet speaketh." — Middkton — Davenport.



APOLOGIES.

Apologies, in ecclesiastical history, were
defences, as the Greek word means, of Chris-
tianity, presented to heathen emperors by the
Christian Fathers, who were therefore called
Apologists. The first was presented to the
Emperor Adrian by Quadratus, a. d. 126 ; a
fragment of which is preserved by Eusebius ;
but another presented soon after to the same
by Aristides, a converted Athenian philoso-
pher, is totally lost. Justin Martyr wrote
two Apologies ; the latter to the Roman senate,



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