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for the laboured efforts of artifical forbearance. And we doubt pot, but our readers will acknowledge that, with any other than than Hillel, the scheme must have succeeded. Let us consider the circumstances : Hillel, venerated by the Jews as their ruler, on account of his moral worth and great learning--accustomed to have questions of the greatest possible importance submitted to his opinion, and to see his decisions carried into effect with all the solemnity due to his acknowledged authority, the venerable Hillel is withdrawn to his chamber in order to prepare for the Sabbath. Being disturbed, he is forced to dress himself, and to give audience to a visitor, the importance of whose communication can alone apologise for the unseasonable intrusion, and whose urgent haste must be considered as the excuse for the impertinent omission of Hillel's customary title. His expectation is raised, the mighty question is proposed, and proves to be most frivolous. Disappointed expectation, time wasted, and the impatience natural to man on seeing a silly trifle treated as matter of importance, combined to produce their general effect, but in vain; and though the experiment was thrice repeated, the good temper of Hillel withstood the temptation. One more effort the incipient loser tries : I have several other questions to which I would solicit thy replies ; but I fear thou mayest consider them as a waste of thy time and be offended.' The forbearance of an angel could scarce withstand such cool effrontery. When this, too, fails, the question is put, · Art thou Hillel, who is styled the prince of Israel ?' And the roply, · Yes!' is followed by the direct insult, which forms the climax of the gradual, but vain, provocation, and wrings from this baffled judge of human nature the confession that his wager is lost. We agree with Hillel, and exclaim, . Such matchless patience is well worthy that he who speculates on its frailty, should pay the forfeit of his presumption!!"
* Patience," says Mr. Jay, “ must be displayed under provocations. Our opinions, reputations, connexions, offices, business, render us widely vulnerable. The characters of men are various; their pursuits and their interests perpetually
clash : some try us by their ignorance, some by their folly; some by their perverseness; some by their malice. Here, then, is an opportunity for the triumph of patience.- We are very susceptive of irritation ; anger is eloquent; revenge is sweet; but to stand calm and collected; to suspend the blow which passion has urged to strike; to drive the reasons of clemency as far as they will go; to bring forward fairly in view the circumstances of mitigation; to distinguish between surprize and deliberation, infirmity and crime ; and if infliction be deemed necessary, to leave God to be both the judge and the executioner; this a Christian should labour after. People love to sting the passionate : they who are easily provoked, commit their repose to the keeping of their enemies; they lie down at their feet, and invite them to strike. The man of temper places himself beyond vexatious interruptions."
Thus did Hillel. His superior virtue of patience enabled him to bear, without irritation or petulance, the unseemly intrusion, the impertinence, and the insolence of his vexatious visitor. Certainly the conduct of the man is not to be imitated; for it is not right to attempt to proroke another to anger. But the replies of Hillel may show us that trivial questions, intended only perhaps to vex, may nevertheless so be answered, as to deprive the querist of his conceit, and to convey meekly the words of instruction or approval. Many seemingly idle inquiries may be answered on the principles of sound philosophy: at least we must not cover our ignorance by sharpness and repulsiveness of reply. Calmness of spirit and dignity of manner will check impertinence after a few unsuccessful attempts. “He that hath no rule over his own spirit, is like a city that is broken down, and without walls, into which enter, over the ruins, serpents, vagrants, thieves ; while the man who in patience possesses his soul, has the command of himself, places a defence all around him, and forbids the entrance of such unwelcome company to offend or discompose."
But whilst meekness and patience should prevent the ruffling of the spirits under all provocations, this grace must
MY CONNECTION WITH SABBATH SCHOOLS.
I NEVER think of my childhood and youth, without being reminded of what I saw, and heard and felt, in the Sabbathschool. Although nearly all who were at that time actively engaged in this work, have been called to their reward, their earnest exhortations and fervent prayers are fresh in my recollection. I felt from the first a sacred regard for their character; and now, although dead, they yet speak. From them I learned to reverence the sanctuary of the Lord. I felt an anxious desire to know more of the ways of religion, and soon became a constant hearer of the word
Early impressions are both deep and lasting. It is essential, then, that every opportunity be improved for the training of the opening mind. Often have I felt deeply affected when the superintendent stood forth, with tears trickling down his furrowed cheeks, and lovingly exhorted the children to be mindful of the things that concerned their present and future happiness.
The conduct of my teachers had a powerful effect upon my mind, and led me, after being under the chastening hand of God, to think seriously about religion. After having satisfied myself that this is the one thing needful, and having seen its blessed influence upon its possessors, I no longer hesitated to become a member of the church of God, and to cast my soul upon Him that careth for me.
If I were asked by you, whether I ever regretted doing so, I would tell you plainly, that I have always considered it my happiest day when I gave myself to God. I have been saved from ten thousand snares, and after living many years, and seeing a great deal of what is passing in the world, I am spared to give my young friends this testimony. Having known the ways of religion to be ways of pleasantness, and her paths to be paths of peace, I felt it my duty to engage in the work of Sunday-schools, and to show my gratitude for past favours, by zealously and earnestly labouring to benefit a succeeding generation. O how happy I have been for many years in this labour of love!
Well, children, (for it is to you I write, you may perhaps
think that I do not feel so lively an interest in the subject now, that I am removed many hundred miles from the place where I spent so many glad days of my childhood and youth.-Not so: for when an individual has filled almost every office in the Sabbath-school, from that of monitor to that of superintendent, his interest in it continues until his labours cease on earth. Let not those now in the field be discouraged; for the fruit of their toils shall be seen after many days. Often have I been surprised and delighted at meeting with individuals grown up to manhood, who took me by the hand, and gratefully acknowledged the instructions received at the Sabbath-school; and although some of them have departed from the path of duty, ret their early religious impressions can never be forgotten; and, as they have already tended to restrain them in their evil course, they may yet be the means of their recovery i to Christ and his cause.- Early Days."
HEROIC ACHIEVEMENT. ONE fearful day, the intelligence circulated through St. Andrew's that a vessel had been driven on a sandbank in the bay to the eastward of the town. A crowd of sailors, citizens, and students, soon collected upon the beach; for the vessel had been cast ashore but a few hundred yards from the houses, and she lay so near that, though the heavy air was darkened by the driving sleet, they could I see at intervals the figures of the crew clinging to rope or spar, ere each breaker burst upon her side and shrouded all in surfy mist and darkness. In a calm sea, a few vigorous strokes would have carried a good swimmer to the vessel's side; but now the hardiest fisherman drew back, and dared not face the fearful sarge. At last a student of divinity volunteered. Tying a rope around his waist, and struggling through the surf, he threw himself among the waves. Forcing his slow way through the raging element, he was nearing the vessel's side, when his friends on shore, alarmed at the length of time, and the slow rate of recent progress, began to pull him back. Seizing a knife which he carried between his teeth, he cut the rope away, and