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CHRIST IN HIS CHURCH. The wintry night is wild and dark !

The wintry winds are loud and high! There is no safety in that bark!

There is no succour nigh!
I see the night is wild and dark;

I hear the winols are loud and high ;
Yet there is safety in our bark,

For there is succour nigh! Harsh was Gennesaret's troubled roar;

Loud was the tempest's angry might; Frail was the bark, and far the shore;

No succour was in sight! The trembling boatmen sought the bed,

Where sleeping midst the storm HE

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THE VILLAGE BLACKSMITH. UNDER a spreading chestnut tree

The village smithy stands ; The smith, a mighty man is he,

With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms

Are strong as iron bands.
His hair is crisp, and black, and long,

His face is like the tan;
His brow is wet with honest sweat,

He earns whate'er he can,
And looks the whole world in the face,

For he owes not any man.
Week in, week out, from morn till night,

You can hear his bellows blow;
You can hear him swing his heavy sledge,

With measured beat, and slow,
Like a sexton ringing the village bell,

When the evening sun is low.
And children coming home from school

Look in at the open door;
They love to see the flaming forge,

And hear the bellows roar,
And catch the burning sparks that fly

Like chaff from a threshing-floor.
He goes on Sunday to the Church,

And sits among his boys;
He hears the Parson pray and preach,

He hears his daughters' voice
Singing in the village choir,

And it makes his heart rejoice. It sounds to him like her mother's voice,

Singing in Paradise! He needs must think of her once more,

How in the grave she lies;
And with his hard, rough hand he wipes

A tear out of his eyes.
Toiling, -rejoicing,-sorrowing,

Onward through life he goes ;
Each morning sees some task begun,

Each evening sees it close ; Something attempted, something done,

Has earned a night's repose. Thanks, thanks to thee, my worthy friend

For the lesson thou hast taught! Thus at the flaming forge of life

Our fortunes must be wrought; Thus on its sounding anvil shaped Each burning deed and thought!

Longfellow.

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And better that those Eyelids sleep,

That glorious Brow averted be,
Than that they wake our sins to weep,

Or blast with majesty!
Seek then, with fasting and with prayer

Repentance full and faith sincere,
His Presence Whose Almighty care,

Our perill'd bark can steer.
For He is here. And He will heed

The prayers of all who rightly pray,
And succour at their utmost need

All who His Will obey. Within His Church His Presence dwells,

And there shall dwell for aye and aye, Yet oft, alas, our sin compels

His face to turn away. Then fear not though the night be dark,

And doubt not at the ravening wave, For CHRIST is still within our bark To succour and to save!

J. B.

THE POST BAG,

06SIOOT.

room.

INTERVIEW WITH THE BISHOP OF

OSSIOOT.

OUR CORRESPONDENT'S NOTES OF A TOUR IN THE

EAST, 1849—50.

dria is divided. We mounted our We returned through the bazaars, donkeys, and rode with our new and made purchases of pipe-bowls, friend through several narrow streets for the manufacture of which Ossi- passing on the way a house where, oot is famous. While we were

much to the disgust of our guide, drinking coffee and bargaining with some persons were for persuading the merchant, a young Coptic us to dismount, and which turned Christian, dressed in semi-Frank out to be the Latin Church. A few costume, came up and conversed more turns brought us to a house with Achmet. We found that he where our guide caused us to halt knew a little English, and had

and quit our steeds. He led us been educated in Mrs. Lieder's through a dirty court, where several school at Cairo. Mrs. Lieder is persons were seated; and presently the wife of a German gentleman, showed us up into the bishop's in English priest's orders, living in Cairo, and originally, I believe, sent there by the Church Missionary Society. He was, as I have understood, ordained priest, by the The apartment in question was late Anglican Bishop at Jerusalem. at the head of a dark narrow stairMr. and Mrs. Lieder, assisted by case, and was not remarkable either others, have opened extensive schools for size or cleanliness. Round two in Cairo, to which they are ready sides was a high divan, on which to admit all comers; but as the several dignified personages, in Mohammedans have strong preju- tarbooshes, or turbans, were seated. dices, hard to overcome, it so hap- The bishop sat in the corner of the pens that most of their pupils are divan, with two large volumes either Coptic or Greek orthodox placed beside him, which I afterChristians; the evils of which I wards found to be the Arabic Goswill hereafter endeavour to explain. pels and a Coptic Church-Office

The young Copt asked us whether | Book. The youth presented us, we should like to see the Coptic and caused us to sit on the divan Church, to which I eagerly assent- by his side.

The bishop was a ed. Having, since I entered the truly venerable-looking old man, town, observed in the streets many bearing in his countenance an exmen wearing black turbans, (the pression of meekness and humility distinguishing dress of the Copts) such as I have seldom met with. I had felt some desire to fraternize | The old man, through his nephew, with them, and to show the proud who acted as interpreter, inquired Mussulmen, that the oppressed and after Mr. and Mrs. Lieder, whom insulted Christians had the sympa- he said he knew. I endeavoured thy of English travellers.

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to enquire into the state of the Coptic youth informed us, that his Coptic Church in Ossioot, but, uncle was no less a personage than owing to the interpreter's lack of the Coptic Lord Bishop of Ossioot, English, could make out little or one of the twelve dioceses into nothing. We were forced to drink which the patriarchate of Alexan- sherbet, made of brown sugar and water, to the infinite disgust of my and others who were with us, companion, who was all anxiety to neither knelt nor blessed themget away, and was nudging me selves, on entering the Church. with his elbow, in order to curtail There were rude paintings of the my conversation with the worthy Crucifixion, the Blessed Virgin, and prelate. However, before we left, S. George and the Dragon, a favorthey brought us some coffee, which ite subject with the Copts, that was a great improvement on the Saint being the patron of their former beverage.

Church. When we left the bishop, his On going out we were assailed nephew conducted us to see the by beggars. We proceeded on our Coptic Churches. There were three donkeys back to the bazaar, where of these clustered together, and we had left Achmet making purapparently of great antiquity. The chases. Ere we took leave of our Coptic Churches are not very dis- young Coptic guide, he told us similar to the mosques in their that his uncle the bishop invited us form, which is almost square. In to attend the Coptic Church on the these the arches were Saracenic, morrow, (Sunday) and (to my conand built of brick. The women's sternation and utter surprise) “to division was partitioned off with receive the Holy Sacrament." I open wooden lattice work. At the made him repeat this latter request end were three altars, enclosed with two or three times, and even then, screens, as in the Greek Churches. knowing the strictness of the Greeks The altar-screens, (as in all the on the subject, did not feel conCoptic Churches which I saw in vinced. Egypt) were richly inlaid with

It had been part of our agreevarious kinds of woods. All the ment with our Reis (or Captain) crosses that appeared were of the that, during the voyage to WadyGreek form. Our cicerones opened | Halfa, his sailors should be allowed the screens, and displayed to us the two opportunities of stopping, for holy tables, which, to my surprise, four and twenty hours at least, in were very mean, (reminding me of order to bake themselves bread. numerous examples “not a hundred The places they had selected for miles from home," as the phrase is) this were Ossioot and Esnéh. We and upon one of them were placed remained, therefore, over Sunday the priests' vestments, in a sadly the 30th of December, off El Hamtattered state, Our interpreter's At an early hour some of the English was extremely deficient, sailors commenced washing the boat, ard I could not discover whether and we consequently breakfasted or not the Consecrated Elements betimes; and afterwards, not being were reserved. My impression is able to prevail upon B- to accomthat they were not. The orientals pany me, I started off alone, in would think it a mark of disrespect order to be present at the services to take off their turbans or head-gear of the Coptic Church. At the same in a Church; and our Coptic guides time, I dreaded the renewal of the seemed surprised, if not hurt, at Episcopal invitation (if such there our doing so. The best rule' for was) to receive the Holy Sacrament, Europeans, seems to be, that if as I felt (and that on the authority they are wearing hats they should of English Divines whom I had take them off, but if dressed in consulted before starting) that I turbans or tarbooshes, to keep them should not be warranted in receivon as do the natives. The priests, | ing communion at the hands of those who confound the nature of one of whom was a black Abyssinian. our blessed Lord, (by denying its I kissed the bishop's hand, and twofold existence) as do the Copts answered the salutations of the of Egypt.

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priests, with whose countenances I trotted over the mile of road and manners I was greatly pleased; between El Hamra and Ossioot as and especially with the frank, and fast as my donkey would carry me. at the same time, devout expression At the entrance to the town is a of the Abyssinian's face. I got on gateway, and within the gateway very badly with my interpreter. an open court, clean and white- One of the priests, whose earnest washed, where the elders of the tone and manner pleased me muc city sit to discuss matters, (as in began asking questions about the Ruth iv. 1, 2, &c.) and to act as Protestant College at Malta, to judges and advisers. As I entered which he said he should like to go, at full trot, my donkey tripped and in order to learn English. My came down, throwing me over its interpreter, who fancied that, as I head, to the great amusement of was an Englishman, I must, of the grave turbaned men, who were necessity, be what is called '“, sitting, smoking, and conversing "in very zealous Protestant,” lost no the gate.” The beast continued to lie opportunity of putting before me down until I was fairly on my the peculiar religious views which legs. Soon after passing the gate, he had somehow imbibed at Mrs. I met a man in European costume, Lieder's school; and I cannot but walking with a taller man, in a regret, that in that well-meant black eastern dress and turban. I institution, as also in the Protestant greeted the European, who answered College at Malta, there is to be “Bon jour, Monsieur.” He in- found a disregard, which looks like formed me that he was returning contempt, for many time-hallowed from “la Messe de l'Eglise Catho- and universal customs of the ancient lique,” which he begged me to go Church, which Easterns (heretics as and see.

I had scarcely parted well as orthodox) still fondly cling from them, when I met my Coptic to and venerate. I have by me friend, tho bishop's nephew, who the last Papers of the Malta Proinsisted upon my instantly accom- testant College, dated 1850, from. panying him to his uncle's. He which it appears, that a considerasaid that he was on his way to our ble number of orientals are receiving boat, with a message from the education in the institution, and bishop, requesting me to come, and among them several Copts from sending me some loaves of blessed Egypt. As an instance of what I bread, such as is given away after have above stated, I quote the Holy Communion, and similar to following passage from this Paper, that which I had received when I circulated by the Committee of attended the orthodox service in Management :Cairo. He declared that the bishop " This somewhat new educational had expected me at his Church, experiment, aided by the example and wanted to know why I had and influence of our older English not gone. Accompanying my friend, students, has already been the I found the bishop seated with his means of dispelling spiritual darktwo books, in the same corner of ness from the minds of some, and the divan, and in the very same of leading others, with true earnestposition that I had left him in on ness, to seek after the things which previous night. Upon the same belong to their eternal peace. divan were seated several priests, “ Dr. Crawford, in a letter from Malta, narrates an incident striking- , to find, that I knew St. Mark to ly illustrative of these remarks :- have been the founder of the Alex• Two of the Eastern students were andrian Church; he asked me whether observed, for some time after their there was an English patriarcharrival, to take occasionally out of a usual question, as I found, in the their boxes, their crosses and sacred East, and one difficult to answer to images, and to kiss them, as is the the satisfaction of the enquirers. practice in the East, and to place Meanwhile, my Coptic friend was them carefully back. They were, constantly putting in scraps of the however, lately seen taking them notions which he had picked up at out of the boxes, and, instead of Mrs. Lieder's school. He told me putting them back, throwing them that negotiations were going on away under their beds, uttering between Mr. Lieder and the bishop, words of contempt. They did this on the subject of establishing a entirely of their own accord.'school in Ossioot, similar to Mrs.

I cannot but own to a fear lest, Lieder's school in Cairo. He also if Eastern Christians are thus taught declared, that several of the priests to think harm of such innocent present were desirous of going to practices, and to despise what they the Protestant College at Malta. once looked upon as the symbols of At parting, the bishop gave me ancient Christianity, and of the several loaves of blessed bread, and unity of the Church, visible and sent others to our boat, “ for my invisible — they should fall into friends,” as he said. In passing, more or less of infidelity, and in I paid a visit to the Latin Church, the end, deny “the faith once for a plain edifice, with three altars at all delivered to the saints.”

the east, and German prints of the My friend left the room, and I stations, (that is, of the principal found myself alone with the vener- scenes in our blessed Lord's passage able bishop and his priests, without from the seat of judgment to Calvabeing able to converse. After vainly ry) round the walls. After another attempting to make himself under- ride to the Stabl’Antar, and a stood by words, the good bishop delightful Turkish bath, I returned commenced making signs to me. to the boat, and we set sail, with He placed his two fingers together, a tolerable wind, at about half-past saying, “ sowá, sowa,” (“both to- six o'clock. gether, both alike”) and pointing to Heaven, while he placed his left hand on his heart; by which I understood him to mean, that we were both alike aiming at the same heavenly object, and were united “In the settling of principles, we in heart. I pulled out of my pocket

to consider, how the a book of devotions, and showed world hath practised, but how God him a small picture of the Cruci- hath taught. The practise of the fixion, which he examined, and multitude, how great soever that then raising his eyes, crossed him- multitude may be, hath no influself devoutly. When the interpreter ence upon truth; yet it will stagger returned, I made another attempt the minds of many and carry them at conversation, but with slight away, as with an over-bearing tor

I suceeeded, however, in rent; happy are they who have a asking him the number of the Egyp- better rule to direct them.”--Jones tian bishops. He seemed astonished ' of Nayland.

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