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are in Albert-street. We had agreed to go to the “ Yarra Bend,” but that morning the “ Argus” newspaper gave an invitation to the Schools of all denominations to unite at the Government Paddock, at Richmond, which is about two miles from Collingwood. We cordially availed ourselves of the invitation. The scene was lovely and inspiring. The Paddock is variegated with gentle declivities, and amply shaded with gum-trees. The soft ever-flowing river, the Yarra-Yarra, winding its way by the banks of the Paddock or Park. 0, it was a lovely sight! Banners and swinging ropes were suspended between the majestic trees, and thousands of voices united in the praises of our Saviour and God. There was a band of music, and Charles Joseph Latrobe, Esq., Governor of Victoria, with his aidede-camp, did himself and us the honour and pleasure to ride round the various encampments. To my taste, there was one serious drawback, namely, we had the military band. Military costume, and military music are in bad taste, when contrasted with the vernal beauty and moral excellence of Sabbath-schools. Give me “Sparks” from Burritt's anvil, enlightening the mind, and enkindling the soul, and “ Olive branches," uniting heart to heart, and hand to hand in every clime.

My dear friends—I heartily thank you for the interest you have taken in the Australian Mission. He who writes these lines was once a boy, favoured with pious parents, and British Sabbath-school instruction. We are anxiously looking for another Missionary, and when he has arrived, we shall need a third, and, I trust, a fourth. Secular engagements here are so engrossing, that we must have ministers who can devote the whole of their time to the great work of preaching the Gospel, and organizing societies. I do not advise any young man to leave a comfortable home, and come here. Many have done so who have returned ; and others would do so if they had the means, or could for shame. Hard-working and sober persons generally do well here.

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THE CROWN OF THORNS. UPON a cross above the crowd, a human form was bound, While streams of blood were flowing from many a scar

and wound; And as life's purple current ran from his hands, and feet,

and side, He prayed for those who nailed him there, then “ bowed

his head and died." In mockery, they called him King, and placed upon his

brow A crown! but, ah, unlike the crowns that gem the monarchs

now, Unlike the potentatos of earth, whose temples diamonds

wreathe, Throbbing like ocean's restless waves, the stars of heaven

beneath! No jewels in that coronet ! no emerald's flashing light Lit up the darkness, glow-worm like, around his brow

that night: It rather told a bitter tale, that wreath, so rude and rare, Which in the saddest hour of life, mankind had planted there. Earth's mighty ones are deck'd with pearls, in bright and

happy hours ; Victors are crown'd with laurel wreaths, and maidens

fair with flowers : But the wreath that Martyr wore, was one which reason

scorns, The mind that reared the universe drooped 'neath a crown

of thorns. Day found that suffering Son of Man dragging his cross along Amidst a persecuting host, a reckless sneering throng. Night came, and though his lifeless corpse still hung upon His Spirit was enthroned in light, ’midst realms of purity. And now above the vaulted sky, that Man, now God, appears, His throne encircled ’midst the blaze of twice ten thousand

spheres, Yon orbs that lighten up this world are faint glimpses given Of the dazzling brilliancy that gems the crown he wears

in Heaven. Rochdale, May 26, 1854.

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verned in the name of Edward. King Edward was a pious youth, and was strongly attached to the doctrines of the Reformation. He died of consumption before he had completed his sixteenth year.

After his death, Mary, who was a papist, was proclaimed queen of England; she having determined to restore popery, most cruelly and wickedly persecuted the Protestants. Archbishop Cranmer, Hooper bishop of Gloucester, Ridley bishop of London, and Latimer bishop of Worcester, and multitudes of other persons during her reign, were, on account of their protestantism, most wickedly and cruelly put to death. Bishops Ridley and Latimer were both at one time, burned alive in the city of Oxford.

Bishop Nicholas Ridley was born in the early part of the sixteenth century, at Wilmontswick, in the county of Northumberland ; and about the year 1518 he became a student in the University of Cambridge. He in the year 1533 was elected senior proctor of the University, and, in the year 1550, was made bishop of London. After the death of Edward the Sixth, Ridley endeavoured to secure the throne for Lady Jane Grey-who had been appointed by the late king to be his successor,- but the party for the accession of Mary to the throne was successful, and Ridley was sent to the Tower. He was afterwards removed to Oxford, where he was accused of heresy, and required to engage in a public disputation in defence of the opinions which he professed; and he manfully denied the popish heresies, especially that of the doctrine of transubstantiation; and he was unjustly condemned to suffer death as an heretic.

Bishop Hugh Latimer was born about the year 1470, at Thurcaston, in Leicestershire. Consequently, he was full thirty years older than Bishop Ridley. Latimer was educated at Christ's College, Cambridge. He was made Bishop of Worcester in the year 1535, by king Henry the eighth. Latimer urged the king to allow the English Bible to be circulated and read. He also had the courage to send the king, a New Testament, as a new year's gift,

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having a leaf turned down to the words— Whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” About the year 1540, he resigned his bishopric, because he could not approve of some papistical doctrines which then received the sanction of the parliament and of the king. For speaking against these doctrines, contained in what were designated, the Six Articles, Latimer was sent to prison ; where he remained for six years, until the death of king Henry.

When Edward the sixth became king, Latimer was immediately released from prison ; but he refused to accept again the office of bishop. He, however, occupied himself in preaching frequently, and in preparing the first part of the Homilies, which the clergy, who were unable to preach their own sermons, were ordered to read in the churches.

Upon the restoration of popery, Latimer was again silenced, as were also all the other Protestant teachers. Bishop Gardiner, who was a persecuting and cruel papist, filled the office of prime minister to queen Mary; and he caused Latimer to be sent to prison. While he was confined in the tower of London, in the midst of winter, the keeper refused to let Latimer have a fire in his apartment; upon which he said, that if the governor did not look better to him, perchance he should deceive his expectation. The governor of the tower thought that Latimer meant, that he should try to escape ; and therefore he demanded an explanation. Latimer replied, “ Yea, master, lieutenant, for you look, I think, that I should burn; but except you let me have some fire, I am like to deceive your expectation, for I am like here to starve.”

After having been kept six months in the tower, he was removed to Oxford, where he was required publicly to dispute with some of the defenders of the popish heresies. He nobly contended for the truth, but he was condemned as a heretic and sentenced to suffer death. He was afterwards urged to recant, and make his peace with the Romish Church; but he valued the truth, more than he feared the tortures of being burned to death; and was firm in his refusal to profess faith in the errors taught by the Romish Church.

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