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CONTENTS.

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Page Alms and Charity . . . .

608 Only Sixpence . . . . . 361 An Astrologer of the Seventeenth

Our Friends' Faces . . . 112 Century . . . . . 533 A Pilgrimage to La Garaye . . 94 A Plea for the Lonely · · 601 | Practical Readings on the Apostles' A School Inspector's Story . . 49 Creed . , 105, 210, 314, 418, 524 A Twelfth-Day King 42, 136, 238, 339, | Proverbs, Aphorisms, and Apoph

463, 555

thegms . . . . . . 498 Aunt Cecily's Music Lessons. 79, 188, 277, Prussian Pictures during the late War 589

412, 505

Poetry :

Advent . . . . . 521 Betty Slater's Skeleton . . . 244 Enigma . . . . . 206 Biography of a Blackbird . . 304

Prester John . . . . 308
Solutions of Enigmas . 206, 414

Sonnets from the Collects 1, 105, 209, Cameos from English History 4, 213, 316,

313, 417, 522 Comparative Danish and Northum

The Truffle Hunter and the Foundbrian Folk Lore . . . . 479

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. Convalescent Institutions .

. 564 . 509 Correspondence . 102, 311, 518

Second Thoughts are Not Always Best 514 Early Scandinavian History 11, 220 Sequel to 'Sixteen Years in a London Extracts from the Journal of a

Paris'.' . . . . 86 Refugee in Georgia during the St. Felicitas and her Boys . . 420 American War. . . 200, 516

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Hints on Reading 101, 207, 311, 518, 619 The Cavaliers of North Wilts. . . 164 History of Lord Moorlane : : 306 The Clewer Field Mission . . 605

The Englishman in India. . 107, 526 Kemény Simon . . . . 423 The Field of Solferino . . . 300

The International Horticultural ExLauretto do Malboissière

hibition and Botanical Congress of

1866 . . . . Letters on Geology 70, 185, 273, 404, 488,

. . 21 582

The Last Three Months . . 144 Lilla's Relations. . 33, 352, 448, 548

The Late Attempt on the Tzar's Life 117 Lucy Nevile, the Hospital Nurse.

The Six Cushions 27, 129, 230, 326, 431, 538 197 |

The Swiss Refugees . . . 282

The Valley of the Seven Giants, and Mission Work at Home. . . 193 I what befell Engel there . . 260 Miss Parkes's 'Vignettes' . . 397 | The Water-chiek's Two Homes, 474

OF EVENING READINGS
For Members of the English Church.

NEW SERIES.

PART 7.

JULY, 1866.

Price 1s.

SONNETS FROM THE COLLECTS.

ST. JAMES,

A PRAYER, THAT FROM THE EXAMPLE OF THE BLESSED ST. JAMES, WE MAY

PREFER THE THINGS OF ETERNITY TO THOSE OF TIME.

Most loving God! Most merciful! most mild !

Oh grant, that as Thy Saint, the blessed James,

Leaving his substance and all sordid aims,
(-As one from earthly love and hope exiled—-)
To follow Thee, became a little child :-

So we, like him, renouncing worldly claims,

And tinsel'd toys, that feed th' eternal flames,
May be no more by vanity beguiled,
Yea, give us light to muse with chastening awe
On heaven, and hell, and death, and judgment nigh-

Pondering the future, each one in his heart !
And, testing all things by Thy holy law,
In the true balance of eternity,

Lord, give us grace to choose the better part !

PRACTICAL READINGS ON THE

APOSTLES' CREED.

ARTICLE VIII.

'I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY GHOST.'
That is—I believe in one Spirit, who is truly and really a Person, not
a created but uncreated Person, and so the true and one eternal God;
and that though He be that God, yet is He not the Father, nor the Son,
but the Spirit of the Father and the Son, the third Person in the Blessed
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Trinity, proceeding from the Father and the Son. I believe this infinite and eternal Spirit to be not only of perfect and unalterable holiness in Himself, but also to be the immediate cause of all holiness in usa revealing the pure and undefiled Will of God, inspiring the blessed Apostles, and enabling them to lay the foundations of the Church; that with this Church He remains-enlightening the understandings of individuals, rectifying their wills and affections, renovating their natures, uniting their persons to Christ, assuring them of the adoption of sons, leading them in their actions, directing them in their prayers, by all ways and means purifying and sanctifying their souls and bodies to a full and eternal acceptation in the sight of God. This is the eternal Spirit of God; in this manner is that Spirit Holy; and thus do I believe in Him.

It is necessary thus to believe in the Holy Ghost, because, as we are baptized in the Name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,' we are obliged to profess faith in these Three. But it is also necessary, not only for the acknowledging of His Godhead, but further that we may desire those excellent graces and abundant gifts which He bestows npon men. What the Apostle wished to the Corinthians ought to be the earnest petition of every Christian--that 'the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with us all.' For if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.' If he has not that which unites to Christ, he cannot be united to Him. If he does not acknowledge Him to be his Lord, he cannot be His servant; and ‘no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. “That which is born of the Spirit, is spirit;' such is their happiness who have it. “That which is born of the flesh, is flesh ;' such is their wretchedness who have it not. What then is to be desired in comparison of the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ ?' especially considering the encouragement we receive from Christ, who said, 'If ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?'

It is also necessary to profess faith in the Holy Ghost, that the Will of God may be effectual in us, even our sanctification. For if God hath from the beginning chosen us to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit;' if we be "elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit unto obedience;' if the office of the Spirit consists in this, and He be on this account called Holy, because He is to sanctify us; how should we 'follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord ? How should we endeavour to 'cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God?' "The temple of God is holy, which temple we are if the Spirit of God dwelleth in us ;' for God's dwelling in us is verily a consecration, and that place must be a temple where His honour dwelleth. Now if we know that our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in us, which we have of God;' if we know that we are not our own,' for that we are bought with a price;' we must also know that we ought therefore to glorify God in our body and in our spirit, which are God's.' Thus it is necessary to believe in the Spirit of sanctification, that 'our hearts may be established unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.'

Finally, it is necessary to believe in the Holy Ghost, that in all our weaknesses we may be strengthened, in all our infirmities we may be supported, in the midst of miseries we may be filled with peace and inward joy. “For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.' We read of the disciples at first, that they were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost ;' and those who afterwards became followers of them, and of the Lord, received the word in much affliction, but with joy of the Holy Glost.'

These are the rivers of living water flowing out of the very heart of him that believes ; this is the oil of gladness, wherewith the Son of God was anointed above His fellows, though yet with the same oil His fellows are anointed also; for 'we have an unction from the Holy One, and the anointing which we receive of Him abideth in us.'

• Creator Spirit, by whose aid

The world's foundations first were laid,
Come, visit every waiting mind,
Come, pour Thy joys on human kind;
From sin and sorrow set us free,
And make Thy temples worthy Thee.
0 Source of uncreated heat,
The Father's promised Paraclete !
Thrice Holy Fount, immortal Fire,
Our hearts with licavenly love inspire:
Come, and Thy sacred unction bring,
To sanctify us while we sing.
* Plenteous of grace, descend from high,
Rich in Thy sevenfold energy!
Thou Strength of His Almnighty hand,
Whose power does Heaven and earth command,
Refine and cleanse our earthly parte,
And stamp Thine image on our hearts.
• Create all new; our wills control,
Subdue the rebel in our soul;
Chase far from us the infernal foe,
And peace, the fruit of faith, bestow;
And, lest again we go astray,
Protect and guide us in the way.
'Immortal honours, endless fame,
Attend the Almighty Father's name;
The Saviour Son be glorified,
Who for lost man's redemption died;
And equal adoration be,
Eternal Comforter, to Thee !'

(To be continued.)

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