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closed, that spacious room, capable ble; those in which we disagree are of holding four thousand person, was found in catechisms, creeds, and lit. crowded. When he saw such results urgies. The points in which we from such a small beginning, he asked agree are fundamentals ; those in himself what might not be expected which we disagree are non-essenand hoped for from the continued and tials." persevering prayer of the Fulton Mr. Cookman closed with an apt street meeting. He believed that illustration of the alabaster box of when the great crisis of the coun- ointment, which, being broken into try is passed, and our war ended, pieces, sent its odor not only over here will be such a revival of the house, but through all ages, and the spirit of prayer, and we may today, and will to the end of time. look for the answer to our prayers, So the Church, in different fragments, that not only four thousand, but mil. may send up to the throne the odor lions will be brought in, and the and offering of a sanctified and unitSpirit will breathe upon the slain, ed service. that they may live.
Rev. Dr. Rufus Clark, of Brooklyn, Mr. Cookman mentioned the case alluding to the history and results of one of his brothers who, he was as- of the Fulton-street prayer-meeting, sured, had been brought to a know- said: “ Eternity alone can reveal ledge of Christ, in answer to the what has been accomplished by this prayers of the meeting in Philadel- prayer-meeting. I have been askphia, where he had made a personal ing myself: What are the princirequest on his behalf. He gave it ples that make up the power of this as a proof of the power of prayer, meeting ?' And the first principle, and the willingness of God to hear. I think, is in the spirit of unity.
“Some time since, two gentlemen We meet as the followers of Christ, met in a car in the city of Boston, in and in this gathering of different a train going to an inland town. In names, we see the dawning of the conversation, it appeared that they millennial light, when differences will were going to the same place, and be little accounted of. Another prinfurther, they found that they were of ciple is the earnestness with which the same name, and were both going prayer is offered daily for the differto see an elder brother whom they ent objects brought before the meethad not seen for many years. An ing. Another principle is faith explanation followed, in which it ap- confident, trusting faith in the fullpeared that they were brothers, who ness of God's promises, and in the had long been separated, and were presentation of the cases daily on the same errand to the home of brought before the assembly." their brother. So, while sitting here, Dr. Clark urged the importance I have felt that we had one destina- of prayer for the nation, for the tion, My name is Alfred Cookman. widow and the orphan, for the hero I am a Methodist. But I have a on the battle-field, and for our rulers. higher name. It is that of Christ. He read a letter from an officer of ian.' Here I meet you, bearing the the army, written to his wife on the same name, and all in the same train evening preceding the battle in which -brothers and sisters-going home he fell for his country, in which he to heaven, to rest in the presence of seemed to have had a full premoniGod.
tion that his end was near. Bidding “I thank God that the points in her farewell, and commending her which we agree are found in the Bi- and his two young boys to God, he
sent this last message to her hands. The letter was peculiarly beautiful, and awakened the deepest emotions in the audience, many of whom urged its publication.
The hymn, “All hail the power of Jesus' name," was sung, and then Dr. Butler, of New York, spoke of the four great periods when the Spirit had been poured out, commencing with the day of Pentecost, and referred to the great persecutions and com motions that followed these revivals.
Rev. J. H. Morrison, of the Lodi. ana Mission, Punjaub, India, appealed for a deeper interest in behalf of foreign missions, both for its own sake and the reflex influence upon the churches at home, in deepening a spirit of prayer and piety in the hearts of the professed followers of Christ.
After another hymn had been sung, and prayer offered by Rev. Dr. Krebbs, the assembly was dismissed by singing the Doxology, and the Benediction, by Dr. Vermilye. Thus another year of the prayermeeting blessings have gone on record in the history of this blessed i meeting, to be preserved forever in 1 the annals of eternity. Would that 1 Fulton-street prayer meetings were established in all our large cities, to! bless our land and the world.
that repent and believe. It is not creature, beneath envy, beneath all dependent on the chances of natural but infinite compassion. descent. It belongs to all that are Why, then, will you seek the less born of God. The humblest may and reject the greater? Why seize aspire to it, and the greatest may the fleeting sand that cheats your well feel that it outvies all his grasping fingers, and let the costliest honors.
treasure, the crown of life, with all Why, then, above all else, does it its jewels, go? Why choose the not kindle the ambition of the soul? gilded vapors of the morning, that Why do any despise it? Why do soon vanish, and scorn the inviting they insult by cold neglect the grace loveliness of the paradise of God? that offers it? No one will say
that it is unneeded. Human guilt, want, and wretchedness, demand nothing
The Curious Mirror. so much. Is it, then, inaccessible? It is said that among the curiosiNo; it is freely offered. It is even ties displayed at the late Exhibition urged upon human acceptance. The in Paris, and promised for the one exclusiveness of a worldly aristoc- now held in England, was a large racy is unknown in the domain of concave mirror, the instrument of a grace. You might, unless inheriting startling species of optical magic. it by the accident of birth, have to On standing close to the mirror and toil long to win admission to the looking into it, it presents nothing circles of the great and titled of this but a monstrously magnificent exhiworld. But through the grace of bition of your own physiognomy. our Lord Jesus Christ, you are free. On retiring a little, it gives your own ly invited to the communion of his face and figure in true proportion, redeemed. You are called to ob- but reversed – the head downward. tain, through the merits of another, But retire-still further, and you see what could never be yours in your yourself — not a reflection, it does own right. You are called and urged not strike you as a reflection, but to lay hold upon eternal life, to re- your veritable self-standing in the ceive the inheritance of the promises middle part between you and the and the blessings of the covenant, to mirror. The effect is almost appallbe numbered among God's children, ing, from the idea it suggests of to be " heirs of God and joint-heirs something supernatural; so startling, with Jesus Christ." You know that in fact, that men of the strongest the blessedness which you are thus nerves will shrink involuntarily at invited to share has no earthly par- the first view. allel. You know that the inheritance It is said that the artist who first offered is one that beggars the prince- succeeded in finishing a mirror of liest domain. You know that the this description, brought it to the honor extended for your acceptance French King, placed his majesty on is one which might warrant you in the right spot, and bade him draw looking down with contempt on all his sword and thrust at the figure he terrestrial distinctions. You know saw. The King did so, but seeing that the privileges you are urged to the point of a sword directed at his accept are such as no king could own breast, threw down his weapon confer by royal patent. You know and ran away. He was frightened that though you might gain the whole by his own image. world, yet if still without these, you
But is not time, when opportunity would be a poor, miserable, guilty is given for reflection, and the eye
of conscience is directed at one's ory, and a finger is pointed at you. own image, just such a mirror as You open your lips to excuse or this? You look at yourself, as you confess, and there too are lips that are at the passing moment, and your move, though they utter not a sound. self-importance and self-sufficiency You draw the sword to chase away are wondrously magnified. You are that unwelcome visitor, the animate a colossal man. You are magnified statue of your former self, the livto the measure of your own conceit. ing, startling apparition of your Before you is the gigantic exhibition guilty heart, and a sword is drawn of self, by the side of which all other that threatens to pierce you. You interests, and the well-being of your start back in terror, confronted by fellows, shrink into insignificance. what you dread above all else to
But you draw back a little. You meet, trembling to face in its true let a few yesterdays pass by. And features the look and bearing of your now you look for the same image, own soul. but it is gone. Another has taken its place. But what is it? A man, somewhat less colossal, but standing
Terse Sentences from Jeremy on his head. You see the visions of
Taylor. hope, and the features of other days reversed. The self-importance and Taylor's tendency to diffuseness the selfishness that were all in all, and excessive verbiage is sometimes have become fairly ludicrous. You checked, and he repeatedly throws off are ashamed of your ambitious great- sentences terse and striking enough ness. You see your head resting on for the pen of a satirist. Sometimes the earth, and fastened there, or your in a word he paints a picture or confeet rise so that you stand upon the denses the emphasis of a whole paraair, and a world upon your head is graph. Urging perseverance in praycrushing you.
says: “Fall upon your knees, Is not this with thousands and and grow there." Absalom's sin, comtens of thousands a real experience? mitted by the advice of Achitophel, Does there not often come a period was “to secure him in the possession when the golden visions of early of hell.” By offering tempting al. days end in somber clouds and deep lurements to sin, a man " kills bis shadows, and when the prospect that neighbor like a gentleman." In such was once a delight has been com- a case our civilities are direct treapletely reversed Defeated plans sons to the soul.
“ That you may seem to stand on their head, or vain- be kind to your guest, you step aside ly essay to walk, with feet reversed, and lay away the Christian. "Your the thin and yielding air.
love can not be expressed, unless you But this is not the end. Let the do him an ill turn, and civilly invite yesterdays become years. Let a him to a fever.” The folly of sin. longer interval separate you from ners is depicted by showing them to the image of what you were. Stand be as greedy of the world as childin that point where, with time before ren of raw fruit." Counterfeiting and only eternity behind, your own sickness, he speaks of "a trap-door life comes out before you with a new to fall into it," as in the case of and startling distinctness. It is no Cælius, who pretending to the gout, longer an image you behold, but found that “his arts of dissimulation your real self. And what an exhi- were so witty, that they put life and bition! You lift the finger of mem- motion into the very image of the
disease," so that the very picture beauty is lost, though it be not dashitself was made to “sigh and groan.” ed in pieces." "He that, without
Not a few sentences we meet with, any end of charity or institution, in which a sound philosophy or a shall tell lies, only to become ridistriking thought takes the form of culous in himself, or to mock another, a proverb. Here are a few speci- hath set something on his doom's mens : “A sacrifice without a heart, day-book, which must be taken off was a sad and ominous presage in by water or by fire that is, by rethe superstitions of the Roman au- pentance or a judgment.” - Presb. gurs; and so it is in the service of Quarterly. God.”, “Although a little wound upon the finger is very curable, yet the smallest prick upon the heart is
The Salvation to be Prayed for. mortal; so is a design and purpose
Nothing more true than if man of the smallest disobedience, in its really wills the thing he prays for, formality as malicious and destruc. and if the thing be agreeable to the tive, as in its matter it was pardon- will of God, he will certainly obtain able and excusable.” High specu- it. Now, God, on the one band, willlations are as barren as the tops of ce- eth all men to be saved; and if any dars, but the fundamentals of Christ- one of these men, on the other, will ianity are as fruitful as the valleys for his salvation, every barrier, apor the creeping vine.” Vice, grown pears to be done away, and the sinner into a bad habit, is a tyrant; but is on the eve of a great and glorious Taylor illustrates the truth by say. enlargement. But be sure that you ing: “He that feeds a lion, must obey understand what this will for salvahim, unless he make den to be tion means, It is not merely that his prison." Setting forth the spirit the band of vengeance shall be lifted of the law, he says: “There is a off from you. It is also that the homicide in the tongue as well as in spirit of glory and of virtue shall the heart; and he that kills a man's rest upon you. It is not merely reputation by calumnies or slander that you shall obtain a personal exor open reviling, hath broken this emption from that lake of living commandment." " Felicity," he agony into which are thrown the tells us, " is not a jewel that can be outcasts of condemnation. It is also locked up in one man's cabinet." that you shall obtain a spiritual ex. Again : All our trouble is within emption from the vice and the vo
No meu sleep so sound- luptuousness and all the worldly ly as they that lay their head upon affections which animate the passions nature's lap." "He that despiseth and pursuits of the unregenerate his preacher, is a hearer of arts and upon earth. It is not alone for some learning, not of the word of God.” vague and indefinite blessedness in “God hath opened no gate to heaven future. It is for a renovation of but the narrow gate, of which the taste and of character at present. cross was the key." A
in fact, who desires aright iniquity is the most unprosperous and prays aright for the object of his condition in the world." "Fame salvation, is not merely on the eve or honor is a nice thing, tender as a of a great revolution in his prospects woman's chastity, or like the face for eternity; he is on the eve of a of the purest mirror, which a foul great moral revolution in his heart breath, or an unwholesome air, or and in his history at this moment. a watery eye can sully, and the His prayer to be saved embraces, it