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THE QUEEN'S COLLECTION. MAO H YNLLETI1. Church jiuipit was occupied on Sun- havir Hng by °anon Trevor, M.A., rector, who, toriaia?ithe le.fcter of Hev Maiesfcy Queen Vic- dplivL 1 National Anthem having been sung, stirrinre °De ^'le most striking and profoundly- HP ? 8ertnoDS ev6r delivered in Machynlleth. receiv°, text Job v' 10 Whafc> sllalli we receiy0 "° *iand God, and shall we not uPon w)^!f' ^auon Trevor said The occasion day j y°u are mefc together in this church to- detited lnA/our ^dividual lives, almost unprece- who a IQOSt unprecedented, I say, because few sion Gre Preseti^ remember the last occa- ti0n tQ e" fc^e Queen's letter, commanding a coliec- Was is i mac'e every church, in this diocese, 53 vea^ Was *n year 1847, now nearly by V a%°- Ireland in that year was paralysed cron-LD!IQe' r'e absolute faiiure of the potato Wholl UP°n.which the inhabitants of the island Wag 7 untold suffering. Then it to thpf °^r beloved Queen issued a similar letter Werea ^hich was read to you this morning. There regpon0 railways to convey food, and though the datit nSe^t0 ^et<:er was immediate and abuu- hig SU thousands of pounds were subscribed in Seilkc°"n/ry aud ship-loads of corn and flour were (list-v-0 was Q0^ possible to reach the outlying Thoi10.8 t^ie ^esfc Ireland in time to save. ishedf8'n^S' ^°° wea^ move anc^ fetch food per- yy ro™ sheer starvation. It was a terrible time. Pe8tilence and famine are of God's appoint- wffi l' -r?1'16^ are instruments in His hand with ^eCl "-e not only scourges iniquity but advances liovy0^1*8^ n £ hteousness. Then it was famine, 1W lfc 3S War' Unr m"ic^s to day, said Oanon Wa V°r' ai^ with the subject of the terrible ai.er which our country is now engaged. There Var' essons he learnt therefrom—many and Bo't-08* War *S dreadful. The text is in the hitn "t- -^10se ahout him tried to persuade Proffi° ^'Ve "P which seemed so to V anc^ ^rse the God who was so cruel, and of /aw ^owo upon himself the final stroke t ;«ath. Dcst thou still retain thy in- de '• ^urse God and die." Job's answer is oii-ive. He sees in the suggestion foolish- foof' *'e'' fc'ie seuselees recklessness of the shali^'10 sa'kh there is no God. What, he says, We Y6 rec.e*7e good at the hand of God, and shall ^elf0 say we now' may ao Put. sani8 question in our own mouths this time of national depression and anxiety. in 0 as a nation have received so many bless- beca ^°^'s ^ail(^—shall we repine and murmur ■o f. ^SG ma'ers have not gone as favourably for us titfti* Vre exPeoted ? In view of what we some- i'eyLS hear said, now that we have met with eaase!'seVhat our cause cannot be just. Was Job's for 6 ^just? "We as a nation may perhaps need ^uture good and to enable us to fulfil the must°vf anC^ destiny of our existence, a lesson which BUcc e taught us by adversity.. Past years of and prosperity may hare made us too con- 0Hr own prowess and preparedness, too 00 In Wt i'Ul' t0° muc'1 inclined to put our trust in big 'ivino10118 aUt^ a uavy rather than in the diSa ^°d. Our wisdom will be to let the present ber f|f>01a,ment- and trouble steady us; to remem- injliv'1^ '8 as had for a nation as it is for an caugg ^e8,'u and doubt the justice of yonr iog jt "'Us'' because you find more difficulty in bring- jusiin t0 a Sllccessful issue than yea expected. The or re 6 °ur ca,nse is unaffected by either successes wilj i e^es" I'be end, not the intermediate steps, Hot ''U °d's good time clear this up. "I came Pe{c ar, the words of our Saviour and Prince of The s I came not to send peace but a s word." c6nfcll^0ra' a^as that it still should be after 20 0ur Mes °f the Gospel an instrument for good. atl(5 wheSSed ^or^' wh° knew what was in man, ^adde +• Cou^ count all the steps in the human £ i0m the vista of the past to the avenue of Sa e utre-leadjng to the Throne of Eternal Peace, is ilot us 8teP too—and we knew it from Him. It *%hfc k'ar anc^ t'e sword that is hateful in God's sWe[- nt tije cause of war—oppression, injustice, 8trei)crt'u us then bear patiently the trial of our the sc °f character. Adversity and reverses are alSo th^68 faults corrected, but they are Ca»»iofce/relude blessings to be obtained. We ^rea.ter °U.'3fc that God is calling this nation to far ai"} th Sei^ousness than hitherto. There lias been iateQj^6 ^S' a deal of sin, of wickedness, ^Qouok^f1100' aud immorality in our midst. ^'e shoul 1° Ca'* down uPon us the wrath of God, if hurlluld reward us after our inquities. We need Qaly W{M01:ilse^v'e.s and to pray for protection, not °Urselve'k °Ur ^3' our ^ves> to conduct c°uta»Q Sf as a God-fearing nation, baviag the the dete°..01u" convictions, that right is right, and t? t^16 ca;nnat- to maiutainour cause, because it uKh if^r justiee, freedom and civilisatition. 6udorSe(j e 'Attended by such terrible hardships, aithoug-n onr brave sailors and soldiers, aud to 1 S aIready brought such sorrow and vf l't of t/.1' a'!y a household, still let us not lose ve"blood16 •nCt those who have shed their n°t have died in vain. No man "em. q at duty's call. Our hearts bleed for sf e'()ved Queen, with whom we feel 80ldiets 8J l11pathy, has conveyed to our brave ]• I'ever 8f'!ors ^er admiration of their valour, lstene^ toen S'eutleman's noble words were V1?h a n» Wlt^ the deePest attention, and, al- fJent off yete^°Us collection of about C12 had been Sieco>1(i fo!]l!1 .lesPor,se to Her Majesty's letter, ,.or the 8ic'keoUo:n was uaade throughout the day, attiilies 0j: and wounded, and the wives and e -)f those on the field of battle.