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A HOTTENTOT'S TESTIMONY TO THE VALUE OF THE BIBLE.
(From the Speech of Andries Stoffles, at Exeter Hall, 10 August, 1836.)
"I will tell you what the Bible has done for us. There are three gentlemen in this country who are witnesses to what Africans were – Dr. Philip, Mr. Read, and Mr. Campbell. I wish to tell you what the Bible has done for Africa. What would have become of the Hottentot nation, and every black man in South Africa, had you kept the word of God to yourselves ? When you received the word of God you thought of other nations who had not that word. When the Bible came amongst us we were naked; we lived in caves and on the tops of the mountains; we had no clothes, we painted our bodies with red paint. At first we were surprised to hear the truths of the Bible. The Bible charmed us out of the caves, and from the tops of the mountains. The Bible made us throw away all our old customs and practices, and we lived among civilized men. We are tame men now. Now we know there is a God; now we know we are accountable creatures before God. But what was our state before the Bible came? We knew none of these things. We knew nothing about heaven. We knew not who made heaven and earth. The Bible is the only light for every man that dwells on the face of the earth. I thank God, in the name of every Hottentot-of all the Hottentots in South Africa, that I have seen the face of Englishmen. I have been looking whether a Hottentot found his way to this meeting, but I have looked in vain : I am the only one. I have travelled with the Missionaries in taking the Bibles to the Bushmen, and other nations. When the word of God has been preached, the bushman has thrown away his bow and arrows. I have accompanied the Bible to the Caffre nation, and when the Bible spoke, the Caffre threw away his shield and all his vain customs. I went to Lattakoo, and they threw away all their evil works, they threw away their assagais, and became the children of God. The only way to reconcile man to man, is to instruct man in the truths of the Bible. I say again, the Bible is the light, and where the Bible comes, the minds of men are enlightened. Where the Bible is not, there is nothing but darkness; it is dangerous, in fact, to travel through such a nation. Where the Bible is not, man does not hesitate to kill his fellow; he never even repents afterwards of having committed murder."
THE PRAYER OF THE CAPTIVES.
Exodus ii, 23—25.
Gladdening with cooling streams the thirsty earth,
And welcomed with sweet song and jocund mirth,
When freedom from their bands her flight hath taken,
“Hath God his chosen ones for aye forsaken? “ Altho' our fathers rest in dreamless sleep, “ Oh God! thy cov’nant to their children keep!” And years passed on, and yet that cry arose,
And heaven hath heard that loud unceasing wail ;
And read the oppressor's dark mysterious tale ;
With lowly thankfulness and reverend awe,
On slaves in thraldom kept by British law,
Around your fellow men, with jealous care,
To Him who listens to the captive's prayer ; Shall not their pleading voice ascend on high ?
And shall not God avenge that ceaseless cry? Ob ! break the fetter, set the prisoner free, Nor forge the chains of your own destiny ! E, M. I. THE PURITAN'S GRAVE.
Ye are gone !-and no more on the mountain's brown heather,
THE PILGRIM FATHERS OF NEW ENGLAND.
“What sought they thus afar ?
Bright jewels of the mine ?
They sought a faith's pure shrine.
The soil where first they trod !
Freedom to worship God.”
For the wide and stormy sea;
To the country of the free.
And the dark and dreadful doom
Hid their native land in gloom.
She languished day by day,
On its unfettered way.
They dug her lowly grave
'Mid the wild Atlantic wave.
And a lonely band they stood,
In the gloomy and silent wood.
Amid the darkness shone,
To the throne of th' Eternal one.
As he stood 'neath the star-lit skies,
The song of praise arise.
A. R. B. TO A FRIEND.
* New England.
When Christian friends are called to part,
For a short space below:
And there sweet comfort know.
Our God is still the same ;
No more shall speak his fame.
Do not forget me there.
And he will answer prayer.
And though we never met before,
Accept my parting prayer ;
And guard you with his care.
“ONE THING IS NEEDFUL.”
The“ one thing needful”—is it needful NOW?