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intends to bless, or can have the interest of souls so much at heart. When a certain woman followed Christ, seeking a blessing upon her family, the disciples besought Him to grant a request, to which He seemed inclined to give DO attention. They were annoyed at her crying after them, but the Son of God had higher ends than this to gain, and was actuated by a far purer benevolence. Thus He now waits, and seems at times, to feeble sense, less anxious to bless than His people are to ask. But He has higher porposes of benevolence than they, and His kingdom cometh, “not with observation."

They look, perhaps, for a general outcry among the usgodly, or for something to satisfy the love of novelty or excitement. At last, when all signs seem to have failed, and the clouds big with rain have been swept away again and again, it comes. But it may be that it comes "without observation," and at the end of a few years the silent showers have filled their well. The Church is doubled in numbers and increased in grace.

Thus we learn, by degrees, to wait upon God, and to look for signs of His coming indicated in His word, and known only to the saints. Each bird has its call, known to its mates and young, but incomprehensible to those of a different kind. The winds that in one region indicate heat, in another bring refreshing rain, and the stranger cannot read the signs of the weather. The flock of Christ knows the voice of the Shepherd, and follow Him. Happy is he who in the kingdom of God knows how to read signs of its approach, invisible to the natural eye.

L. W.

PROMISING FEMALES. In company with a lady, I visited the females of a respectable family, and found, to our great amazement, fire grown-up young women, who never show themselves out of doors, reading St. John's Gospel in Hindi : they read this, together with a tract, very fluently. A young girl, scarcely twelve years of age, who is the mistress of the Native Female School, and a member of this family, has taught them after school hours. At first, I was for remaining outside, but the master of the house insisted upon my also going in--observing, that it was from worldly people that the females were excluded, but not from the ministers of religion. I said, I hoped the day was not far distant, when I should have the pleasure of expounding the Gospel to them, to which he assented.- Indian Miss,


“Say-shall I take the thorn away"-

So spake my gracious Lord-
“O'er which thy sighs are heaved by day,

Thy nightly tears are pour'd ?
Say-shall I give thee rest and ease,

Make earth's fair prospects rise,
And bid thy bark, o'er summer seas,

Float smoothly to the skies?”

"Shall peace and plenty's cup swell high,

Health leap through every vein,
And all exempt thy moments fly

From bitter inward pain ?
Be nought to check the inspiring flow

Of human friendship's tide ;
And every want thy heart can know,

Be quickly satisfied ?"
“Know, thine ease-loving heart might miss

The comfort with the care!
And that full tide of earthly bliss

Leaves little room for prayer !
Few were thy visits to the throne,

Unhasten'd there by pain;
Thou, o'er thy bosom-sins, alone,

Wouldst small advantage gain ! ”

Nor deem the highest, holiest joy,

A stranger still to woe;
Blest servants in my high employ,

Most closely link'd they go.
My love illumes with tenderest rays

The path of self-denial ;
And burning bright the glory's blaze

That crowns the fiery trial !” “In conscious weakness thou shalt hang

On My almighty arm !
Soon as the thorn inflicts its pang,

I'll pour My love's rich balm.
Thou, trembling in thy deepest woe,

Shalt feel Me at thy side ;
And, for My praise, to all shalt show,

Thou art well satisfied.”
“Then wilt thou in thy Master's cup

Consent awhile to share ?
Know, when in love I drank it up,

No wrath was left thee there!
Thy Saviour's love and power to bless,

Trust where thou canst not see!
And in von howling wilderness

Step fearless forth with Me!”

“Lord, magnify Thyself in me!"

With flattering lips I said;
For, strong to bear as faith may be,

Weak nature quails with dread.
But He, who, through the shrinking flesh,

The spirit's will can read,
Smiled on His work, and bade afresh


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This noble edifice, although now called a palace, was originally built as the Stadt Huis, or Town Hall of Amsterdam. It is called by the people of Amsterdam the eighth wonder of the world. Its architect was James Van Campen, under whose direction the work was completed in seven years, from 1648 to 1655. The most wonderful fact about it, is that it rests on a foundation of thirteen thousand six hundred and eighty wooden piles. In length it is two hundred and eighty-two feet; in breadth, two hundred and thirty-five feet; and in height, one hundred and sixteen feet; whilst its tower rises to an altitude of one hundred and fifty-seven feet. That side which fronts the Dam, a fine square in which the palace stands, has

seven doors, originally intended for the representatives of the Seven United Provinces, but now reserved exclusively for the royal family. Its exterior is ornamented by pilas ters of the Composite and Corinthian Orders; and in front there is a pediment, containing a marble sculpture, repre senting the city of Amsterdam, as a female with a crown on her head and an olive-branch in her hand, attended by i Neptune, with his usual train of Naiads and Tritons, and surmounted by three colossal statues, of Peace, Prudences and Justice. Its interior, contains a grand saloon, formerly the Burger-zaal, or Citizens' Hall. It is one hundred and twenty feet in length, sixty feet in breadth, and de hundred feet in height; eighty feet of this height being lined with Italian marble, adorned with pilasters of the Corinthian order, and ornamented with sculptures of corn, fruit, and flowers. It contains also, some fine statues, and all these things combined with its marble floor, and other wise rich decorations, have gained for it the credit of being the finest room in Europe. The other rooms are artsmented with some very fine sculptures and paintings, amongst which may be noticed that over the secretary apartments, in which his fidelity, is represented by a famished dog watching over the body of his murdered master; and his secrecy, by a figure of silence, with her finger on her lips. Over the apartment, formerly devoted to commissions of bankruptcy, is a significant sculpture representing a man overturning a chest, and the resis running out of it. In the strong rooms on the groand floor, formerly used as the bank, were at one time depo sited treasure to the amount of £40,000,000.


FOR SABBATH-SCHOOL TEACHERS. This little word is suggestive of very melancholy re flections to every superintendent of a Sabbath-school Whether it be found opposite to the name of a scholar or teacher, it makes us very sad.

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