ARMY AND NAVY HER AI D.
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Begin To-Dat. —Lord, 1 do discover a falla
cy, whereby I ha we long deceived myself—
which is this: I have desired to begin my
amendment from my birthday, or from some
eminent festival, that so my repentance might
bear some remarkable date. But when those
days were come, 1 have adjourned my amend
ment to soma other time. Thus, whilst 1 could
not agree with myself when to start, I have
almost lost the running of the race. lam re
solved thus to befool myself no longer. 1 sec
no day but to-day ; the instant time is always
the fittest time. In Nebuchadnezzar’s image,
the lower the members, the coarser the metal;
the farther off the time, the more unfit. To
day is the golden opportunity, to-morrow will
be the silver season, next day but the brazen
one, and so on, till at last I shall come to the
toes of clay, and be turned to dust. Grant,
therefore, that to-dyiy I may hear thy voice.
And if this day be obscure in the calendar, and
remarkable in itself for nothing else, give me
to make it memorable in my soul, hereupon, by
thy assistance, beginning the reformation of
my life.— Fuller.
—— — '
Card from Senator Hunter. —A'card from
Senator Hunter was published in Richmond on
the 21st iust., contradicting the report that he
was in favor of the reconstruction «f the old
Union. He says there is no man in the Con
federacy to whose feelings and interest such an
event, would be more repugnant. “ 1 have al
ways thought,” ho says, “that, we ought to
maintain the struggle for independence so long
as there is hope of success. The General-in-
Chief and the President are best able to under
stand our resources and prospects, and whilst
they have hope in the contest, it seems to me
that we should do all in our power to strengthen
their hands. But after all, it is but a sense of
justice in (heir cause that the hearts of our
people should be confirmed ; and it is to the
Chief Ruler of the Universe they should (look
for aid, ar.d trust to His might in this struggle
in which they areengaged.”
MACON, GEORGIA, MARCH 30, 1865.
[Seleeiions for Every Day in the Week. ]
SABBATH, AI’RIL ‘2.
“ Blessed is the man that keepeth the Sab
bath.- ’— Isa. hi : 2.
Great God, this hallowed day of thine
Demands •ur soul’s collected powers ;
May we employ in works divine
These solemn and devoted hours ;
O may our soitls adoring, own
The grace which calls us,to thy throne !
In breaking the Sabbath, we sin not only
against God, but we do injury to man; for
God not only hallowed the Sabbath-day, but
he blessed it. It was made for man, and in
vain shsiil we expect to see a world or a nation
of happy Sabbath-breakers.
mondav, u’ril 3.
“ They, going about to establish their own
righteousness, have not submitted themselves
unto the righteousness of God.—Rom. x: 3.
Man’s wisdom is to seek
His strength in God alone ;
And even an angel would be weak
Who trusted in his own.
We shall soon be in a world of spirits : not
hearing of eternity, but itt it; not thinking of
a judgment-seat, but trembling before it; not
saying, is there a God? but seeing him; riot
musing about heaven or hell, but standing on
their borders, within a step of their pains or
joys, with only a moment between us and an
everlasting home. No self-righteous hope can
stand, in such an hour as this, it, may have
rooted itself very deeply in the mind; we may
have carried it about with us all our life long;
it may hav,c stood firm against many a sermon,
many a providence; it may have triumphed
over the plainest, declarations of the Bible, and
born** urtTuoyffl sb<«‘V ■<>** <b*»\tb - bv.t
it into eternity—bring it among the realities of
that unseen world—say where is it ? Tt. is
gone—one moment has turned it into immov
able despair.— Bradley.
TUESDAY, APRIL 4.
“ Keep thy heart with all diligence.”—l’ttov,
iv : 24.
In spite of unbelief and pride,
And self, and Satan’s art,
The gates of brass fly open wide,
And Jesus wins the heart.
The rebel soul that once withstood
The Saviour’s kindest call,
Rejoices now, by grace subdued,
To fAirve him with her ail.
The heart of man is his worst part before it
be regenerated, and the best afterwards ; it is
the seat of principles, and the fountain of ac
tions. The eye of God is, and the eye of the
Christian ought t-o be, principally fixed upon
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5.
“ Commit thy way unto the Lord.”—Ps.
Then let us trust the Lord alone,
And creature confidence disown ;
Nor if man threaten need we fear,
They cannot hurt if he be near.
What an oppressive burden is taken off a
Christian’s shoulders, by his privilege of leav
ing all consequences, while in the path of duty,
to God ! He has done with “ How shall I bear
with this trouble?”—“How shall I remove
this difficulty How shall 1 get through
this deep water ?”—but leaves himself in the
hands of God.— Cecil.
THURSDAY, APRIL 6.
“ IVe are members of Ids body.”—Eru. v : 30.
Fill me with all the life of love ;
In mystic union join
Me to thyself, and let me prove
The fellowship divine.
Open the intercourse between
My longing soul and thee,
Never, to be broke off again
To all eternity.
0 labor for this union ; when the soul is
once united to Him, then it hath communion
with him—in his life, in his death, in his insur
rection, in his intercession, in his graces, and
comforts, aud all. —Nalt on.
FRIDAY, APRIL 7.
“ Prepare to meet thy God.”— Amos iv r- 12.
Lord, prepare us by thy grace !
Soon we must resign,pur breath,
And our souls be call'd to pass
Through the iron gate of Death :
Let us now our day improve
Listen to the Gospel voice ; .
Seek the things that are above,
Scorn the world’s pretended joys.
Let not salvation be your hy-work, or your
holiday’s task only, or a work by the way ; for
men think that this may be done in three days’
i space on a feather-bed, when Death and they
are fallen in hands together, and that with a
: word or two they shall make their soul-matters
: right. O when will men learn to bo to
heavenly wise u.-t to divorce from, and free their
; souls of, all idol lovers, and make Christ (lie
only, only one, and trim and make ready their
lamps while they have time and day! How
soon will some few years pass away, and then,
when the day is ended, and this life’s lease
expired, what have men of this world’s glory
but. dreams an<i thoughts ! 0 happy for ever
! more that soul who can rightly compare this
! life with that long lasting life to come, and can
I balance the weighty glory of the one with the
j light-golden vanity of the other.— Rutherford.
BATOR DAY, APRIL 8.
i “Take up your cross, and follow me.’.’ —
| Matt, xvi: 23.
Who suffer with our Master here.
We shall before his face appear,
Aud by his side sit down •
To patient faith the prize is sure;
And all that to the end endure
The cross, shall wear the crown.
“ I know says one, “no man hath a velvet
| cross, but the cross is made of what God will
j h ive it ; yet 1 date not say, Oh, that 1 bad
j liberty to soli Christ’s cross ! lest therewith
, also i should sell joy, comfort, sense, of love,
I patience, and the kind visits of a Bridegroom,
i I have but small experience of sufferings for
i Christ.; but 1 find a young heaven, and a little
1 paradise of glorious comforts, and soul-de
j lighting visits of Christ, in suffering for him
ami his truth. My prison is my palace—my
1 -ott. i ■■ r-.fWjpfjoy- my losses wu«.-sv3 -
my pi ' n ef* y pain- my Leary days are holy
days and happy days. 1 may tell anew tale of
Christ to my friends. Grace tried is better
than grace, and more than grace. It is glory
in its infancy. Who knows the truth of grace
without a trial? And how soon would faith
freeze without a cross! Bear your cross,
therefore, with joy.”-— Flaeel.
Eternity! O Eternity!
Immortal man ! are you to spend an eternity
in heaven or in hell ? and are you losing your
selves among the vanities of this world ? Will
you never awake ? Sleep on, then, and take
your rest. But know you that the mists of
death will soon gather around you. You will"
be laid upon a dying bed. Time is gone and
eternity has come. J see you lying there with
out a friend to help you in heaven or earth. I
sec you cast back your eyes on mis-spent Sab
baths—on murdered privileges—on wasted
time. You remember the calls you once re
ected. I hear you cry, “I had a soul, but
prized it not, and now my soul is gone. Ten
thousand worlds for one more year!—ten
thousand worlds for one more Sabbath in the
house of God!” I look a little farther, and I
see the perturbations of the troubled sky. The
sign of the Son of Man appears in heaven.
The last trumpet sounds. That body which
| had been committed to the grave is organized
j afresh. It opens its eyes on the strange com
motions of a dissolving world. It is forced to
ascend. The judgmenDseat is set. in the clouds
of heaven and the books are opened. I hear
you cry to rocks and to mountains to cover
you; but rocks and mountains are sunk in the
general ruin. The books are opened, and on a
black page are spread out all the sins of your
life. That page is held up before a frowning
universe. The judgment ended, the Judge
prepares to speak. God of mercy, save nte
from that hour! Eternal justice lowers upon
bis awful brow. His right hand grasps ten
thousand thunders. With a look before which
i heaven and earth flee away, he turns full upon
: his foes: “Depart, ye cursed, into everlasting
! fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”
\ But I return, and, blessed be God, I still find
! myself on praying ground and my dear hearers
; about me. This is not the judgment day. But,
I my beloved friends, I expect soon to meet you
i at ’that bar and give an acco mt, of my labors
among you to-day. It is in full view of that
awful scene that I am speaking thus to you.
I would not have you perish ; but if you perish,
1 would dear my garments of your blood.”
Soldiers ! remember your Creator.
On with the Revolution.
A liberal and open and honorabh t'Tort h*®
been made to terminate the bloody itrife la
which we are engaged. The meat arnica* ad
vocate fer negetiation* caaaoi object that the
Commissioner# did *ot fitly represent
the sentimenti es our people. Neither were
they objectioaabla on any personal or other
tgrouud to the Washington authorities. The
experiment has bean fairly made, aud has com
pletely and signally failed. What these gen
tlemen could not obtain, no one cottl l obtain,
whether they represented the Confederate
States in a body, or any one of them singly.
Submission is the only condition on which wo
can have peaoo. The man who is no' satisfied
with this effort at negotiation is a f*ctionist,
and will be held by all as an enemy of the
cause. To talk now of any other arbitrament
than that of the sword is to betray cowardioe
or treachery. We must beat«baok this eneiay,
thirsting for our blood, or be destroyed by him.
There is no alternative. We must make good
our independence, defend our institutions, and
maintain our rights, or give up the houses we
have builded, the lands we have tilled, the
slaves we have owned, the institutions we h&Tc
inherited, the religion, civilization and tradi
tions in which we have bean reared, the laws,
customs and habits to which we have been
used, the hopes wo have cherished—the name
we have aspired to- —all, indeed, that makes
existence valuable —aud go forth, with nothing
left but a worthless life, as vagabonds and
Here, then, our people bid adieu to all the
thoughts of peace, except a peace to be wrung
from vaingloriousne/s and insolence by the
might of a universal aud all-powerful resolve
to conquer or die. They are thoroughly con
scious G A they nve innocent of ilie blame in
the matter; they know that from the founda
tion of the Union they were the victims of
wantou, continued, and constantly increasing
insult and outrage ; that they bore these things
with a forbearance and patience that bordered
on pusillanimity : that, when finally they broke
loose from an association that had become in
tolerable, they did.so with n# other view than
to secure tho tranquility that had been
them in the Union, and that they asked noth
ing but to be let alone. Their moderate wish
was not. granted to them. The malignity that
had so long covertly assailed them broke out
into an open and gigantic effort to overwhelm
and destroy them, and the war which has fol
lowed has been marked on tlie part of the ene
my with a fiendishness of temper and an atro
city es conduct, nsver surpassed by barbarians
or savages. The people of the (South have for
four years met the efforts xml measured the
strength of their foe. '1 hey feel an unquali
fied assurance that they can continue to meet
him successfully. They know with absolute
certainty that if their cause is lost, it can only
be through murderous mismanagement or-sui
cidal lack of spirit. And these they will'no
longer fear. Anew head is to direct all mili
tary operations —a head in whom people and
army confide to the verge of reverence.
The civil departments, it is believed, will
undergo reforms equally beneficial The army
will feel that their lives are not to he bootlessly
thrown away, nor their valor and strength ex
hausted in wild campaigns and hopeless enter
prises. The people will feel that their contri
butions to the cause are not to be wasted of
misdirected. Unitedly, army and people will
recognize the fact that neither life or property
arc too valuable to be given, to the last drop ot
blood or the last crumb of bread, to a cause
which, if lost, carries down with it what is
worth more than life or possessions. Anew
spirit, and-a more determined purpose will ani
mate both army and people. Already the fire
has broken out in the army, and is spreading
with noble contagion from company to compa
ny, and corps to corps. From this date wo
shall mark a revival among the people. The
glorious ardor and sublime self-consecration of
1801 and 1862 will show themselves again. All
that a man hath, says tho sacred book, will a
man give for his life; and all that a people
have will they give for it can-e dearer to all
manly natures than life. We have men and
means enough to carry on this war irom gene
ration to generation. They will come forth
now, and there is every prospect that the cam
paign this year will bring us victories more il
lustrious and fruitful than any past campaign,
however glorious. —Richmond