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And so lonely and wild;
Oh, prodigal child !
and at the end of each verse the well-trained choir, in little more than whispered melody, took up the refrain, Come home; come, oh, come home!' Organ, soloist, and choir, in the most skilfu! manner, gradually increased their force of sound until the last verse pealed forth in full volume. It is difficult to describe the effect the music had upon the faces of the congregation, who, still retaining their bowed position, were in one accord looking with transfixed eyes towards the platform.
“ Just as in the afternoon there was nothing in the character or conduct of the service to explain why women only' should form the congregation, so in the evening there was no apparent reason why the rule men only' should have been observed. The hymns were •different, it is true ; but the same Psalm was read, the same comments upon it were made, the same text was announced, and the same sermon was preached. The language occasionally varied a little; but there were the same anecdotes, and the same general treatment of the subject, only with the substitution of appeals to fathers and sons, for mothers and daughters. It was clear, however, that Mr. Moody speaks from the feeling of the moment; though the framework was the same its filling in was done in different order ; the preacher war more as he went on also used stronger language, a louder tone of voice, and was altogether more enthusiastic in manner than in the afternoon. The hall was crammed, and a wonderful spectacle indeed it was to see such a mass of human heads, men young and old, in every part of the building. Long before the service began Mr. A. O. Charles, one of the stewards, bad to appeal to the people to seat themselves, as the vastness of the congregation necessitated the prompt closing of the doors. Several hymns were sung before Messrs. Moody and Sankey appeared ; the entire proceedings to the minutest detail of egress and ingress, were conducted in the quietest manner. At this service, as in the afternoon, there was no visible excitement in the congregation; they were not only decorous but devout, joining heartily in the singing, and listening most attentively to the prayers and preaching. In the evening Lord Cairns and the Hon. A. Kinnaird, M.P., were in the front part of the platform." It was announced that, Mr. Moody desiring to give more time to the inquiry-room, several ministers would assist him and preach during the week-day services, admission to which would be by tickets.
RESULTS AND PROSPECTS OF THE WORK.
The 15th being the first Monday since the visit of Messrs. Moody and Sankey to London, the time at the noonday prayer-meeting at Eseter Hall was devoted, in accordance with their usual custom, to receiving reports from various sources as to the work accomplished, not only in the metropolis, but in towns previously visited. Exeter Hall was, if possible, crowded more densely than on previous occasions. On the platform were the Earl of Cavan, Lord Radstock, the Right Hon. W. Cowper-Temple, M.P., the Rev. R. W. Dale (Birmingham), the Rev. M. Chapman, the Rev. Marmaduke Miller, Rev. E. H. Hopkins, &c. The service was opened by the singing of the 46th bymn, the refrain of which runs, “ Oh, think of the bome, over there, over there,” which was joined in by the audience with good time and tune. Mr. Moody then announced that the time would be occupied in hearing reports of the work being done from various friends. The requests for prayer were then read, and included peti. tions from Christian parents for prayer for their children, children for their parents, a clergyman in affliction and difficulty, anxious souls, from some at the point of death, wives for their husbands, brothers for their sisters, for backsliders, for aged, for drunkards, for young men and young Christians ; an infidel asked prayer for himself as being unable to believe ; for a lady of rank in London who was deeply anxious about her soul; a telegram from one who prayed that God might forgive his past inconsistencies, and lead him back to a full measure of the peace which he had lost, &c. Silent prayer having been offered, the 38th hymn, “Wondrous love," was sung. Mr. Moody then spoke from the 12th chapter of Isaiah, “Declare his doings among the people," and expressed his conviction that the best way to carry on the work was just to let the news of what had been done be known among the people of the land. The night before he was very much encouraged at the Agricultural IIall by a father coming into the inquiry room with his son, for whom he had often prayed, and who was then under conviction of sin. Before five minutes had elapsed a mother came in with her five daughters, so that they might see God was really working in their midst. He had good news to tell them from Liverpool, for the work there was apparently only just commenced, and had been going on better since they had left. No less than 1,300 young men met there every night to carry on the work, and they had reason to believe that at least 1000 young men had been converted, and the work was extending to other towns. They might be glad to know that by a letter he had received from Glasgow the noon-day meeting there was to be devoted that day to prayer for London. Nobody could say that was not a work from God. The devil never started men to pray for one another. In an appeal to Christians to come and work he said he found that the criticisms and the fault-finding came from those who were outside, and who were doing nothing in the work. He was sometimes surprised at the letters he received, telling him how this, that, or the other should be done. He believed there would be a general awakening in London, and there were hundreds and thousands now just waiting for some one to go and tell them what they must do to be saved. The Earl of Cavan having read letter from Glasgow, expressing concern and regard for London, Mr. Quintin Hogg stated that in the inqniry room the night before there were ten inquirers for every one to talk to them. Mr. R. Paton said the persons he met in the inquiry room proved that persons of high and low degree had been touched by some means or other. The Rev. R. W. Dale, of Birmingham, appealed to Christian people to take up the work in the inquiry room, for they knew nothing about it until they got in. With regard to the statement that Mr. Moody's converts were not genuine ones, he himself had seen a great number of them, and his testimony was that he had very rarely seen clearer and more definite evidences of the presence and power of the Spirit of God in the hearts of men than in the case of those converts. Ile did not think they would all stand ; but ne saw no reason why more of them should fall away than those con verted by any other Christian ministry. With respect to the differ. ence of Mr. Moody's services to those ordinarily held, the general opinion was that it would be better if they had brighter and more cheerful music. At this, some persons began to clap and applaud ;
but Mr. Moody immediately rose, and, with upraised bands, said, “I hope we'll never have any applause in the prayer meeting. Let us not forget ourselves.” Another speaker, from Leeds, said hundreds and thousands had been converted to God. In one Church alone eighty-eight persons had applied for Church membership.
At one of the meetings of the Convention of Christians, at Victoria Hall, Liverpool, a very practical and interesting discussion on this subject took place.
The Rev. Dr. Bonar, of Edinburgh, said so far as he had to speak from experience he must speak of the city of Edinburgh. He could testify concerning the work wbich had been going on in Edinburgh during the past fifteen or sixteen months, that it had been truly a good work, a work of the Lord, which had stood the test of criticism, and the test of prejudice, and the test of time. The work was not only excellent in itself, but it was the origin, he might say, of a vast work throughout Scotland. It bore fruits still in their congregations, in their Sabbath schools, in their day schools, in their families, and in all the different departments to wbich work of this kind would extend. With regard to the question before them, how to reach the masses, they found that their efforts at the outset did not reach the lowest stratum of society; that they could not get fully down. He thought that now they were reaching them. But a work like this to reach the degradation, the wickedness, and the blasphemy, drunkenness, and the lasciviousness of their cities spust be a work of labour, of perseverance, and of faith. They were beginning to learn something of the way in which the work was to be done, and they found that in so doing they were, unconsciously it might be, falling back upon the Master's way of doing it. He meant that they were seeking both to attract and compelendeavouring to unite these two things. They had no miracles now, but they were doing without them what Jesus did with themthey were feeding the poor; and they had now got down to the very depths of Edinburgh society by those means, which had been
adopted in Glasgow on a larger scale. Their Sabbath morning breakfasts, after each one of which the Gospel was preached to the poor, were an exhibition of human wretchedness, human filthiness, and human poverty such as they could bardly imagine. They had the very lowest population of the closes and lanes of Edinburgh gathered in every Sabbath morning, first to be fed and then to be preached to, He thought this was not only a legitimate attraction, but that it was the true way, seeing it was the Master's. But they had not only attraction, they had compulsion; they were now going out individually every Saturday night and every Sunday morning, compelling, entreating and beseeching them to come in. He need not remind them that compulsion was the Master's command, “Go ye out into the highways and compel them to come, that my house may be filled.” They should not reach this lowest class, this lowest stratum, he believed, save by these two methods combined. (Hear, hear.) And when these poor wretched people were called together they required to be attractively spoken to. (Hear, hear.) They had had one or two dull speakers, and the effect had been very bad. Dull preaching told awfully upon that class. (Laughter.)
Mr. Moody (laughing)—And every other class.
Dr. Bonar concluded by saying that they must pray for them as well as attract and compel them.
Mr. Thomas Matheson said he agreed with Dr. Bonar that aggression and attraction must go together. In Liverpool they were in these circumstances—that the ordinary channels through which the gospel was conveyed to the people were not in proportion to the immense increase of their populatiori. The work which had now been begun by the visit of Messrs. Moody and Sankey they must feel to be in its infancy, but they were delighted to know that there was already some advance made in the work of general Christian visitation, under the auspices of a committee suggested by Mr. Radcliffe. Most of them were aware that the town bad been mapped out into small districts, and that already a very large number of Christian visitors had begun the work. These visitors not denominational, but unsectarian Christinn visitors, and he felt that their safety was in this matter. With regard to the question before them, he felt that they had an immense population in Liverpool of the artisan class who would