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themselves. —" Prosper Thou the work of our hands “ Does your stock consist then chiefly of such ?" upon us"_is a reasonable prayer.
66 It does now, Sir, but I have some works, at least Without the unnecessary loss of a day through I wish to sell, works of general literature as well," procrastination, that “thief of time and source of and he handed the stranger a small elementary book. loss," Esther went out to seek employment, and The gentleman noddled without looking at it, and was engaged at the rate of a shilling a day for one turned to the shelves whereon Walters' choicest week. Thankful for tbis, small as it was, she re. supply was ranged; he read over the names of some, turned to her house, the scene of much trial, much and having selected a few of these and a number of depression and much peace, and which she was now tracts, Walters received the sovereign already al. daily to leave; this cost a sigh, but she was prepared Juded to, as the amount of their price. to impart the tidings most cheerfully to her husband, This event produced abundant conversation for when he came in to partake of the poor meal they the husband and wife, and it was no small matter of called tea.
lamentation that Walters had been so taken by sur. Before this was quite ready, however, he came prise, that he had never recollected in the customary into the room with a more animated countenance manner, to offer to send the parcel home, and coulthan he bad worn for some time, and exhibited be sequently could have no notion who the new cus. fore the eyes of his wife a glittering sovereign, all toiner was, or whether he was ever likely to be a taken in his shop and for value received. The customer again. mystery was told, but not quickly, for Walters felt “ We must wait the Lord's pleasure," said Wal. a delight, a thankfulness on this occasion which ters after a pause. could only be guessed at by those who have been in " Yes," said Esther, perceiving from the regret something of the same circumstances. He had been he felt, that the above named omission prevented standing at his sbelves, gazing at some books which his taking any steps to secure the interest of the appeared destined to remain there, and on turning | new customer. " Yes, William, the Bible says, round, observed a gentleman, a middle aged man, he that believeth shall not make haste,' and perof an aspect different from the common, with a cle haps your ignorance in this respect will be the means rical bat and black dress, standing outside the win. of preventing your « making hsate,' we cannol take dow, and holding a pair of silver spectacles wbich the matter into our own bands, so it seems we must he had drawn from their case, between his eyes and leave it in the Lord's." the glass, as he read over the titles, and perhaps a
(To be continued.) little inore, of the tracts that lay within it. Walters surveyed bim with anxiety and almost gasped for breath, as he withdrew the spectacles and stepped
Instance of the Paternal Providence of God. into the shop. What a wonderful and blessed thing is the. com.
REMARKABLE DELIVERANCE. munication of the beart of man with Heaven
“ The Lord hath given his angels charge over thee, to keep thee is with a Being whom the Heavens, and the Heaven all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou of Heavens cannot contain the infidel scoffs at dash thy foot against a stone."-Ps. xci. 11, 12. the idea, be sees “ clouds and darkness' only
In the town of Saalfield there were formerly many more around the incomprehensible Jehovah, and there.
mines than there are at present, but a number of those that fore be hardens bis heart against His fear, and says are no longer used are still existing, and many a house there is no God. But the believer rejoices in an over a shaft which is of greater depth than the higbest ever-presont God, who as a father pitieth his children, steeple. pitieth those who fear Him; and Walters' heart
There was a shaft of this kind in the cellar of a house, in just breathed a supplication that this visit might be
which a widow dwelt with her daughter, a girl of about
seven years of age. The opening of the shast was covered for good.
with boards, and no one thought of any danger. He moved bebind his counter, bat not with that swift One summer's day, the widow sent her daughter into the and cheerful manner, he used to do, when first on cellar to fetch a pitcher of cyder. The child being some. his oun account be imitated the manner of the young what afraid of the dark cellar, sprang hastily into it, and man at Mr. B--'s, he was now accustomed to dis. just as she had seized hold of the pitcher, the boards, laid appointment and prepared for it, and this feeling
over the shaft on which she was standing, suddenly gare was expressed in his look and manner, as with a
way, and she sank with a loud cry, into the horrible abyss.
The mother, who happened just at the time to be in the respectful bow he silently handed the gentleman
kitchen, heard as she thought, a cry which proceeded from the tract he asked for from the window.
her daughter; she hastened with a light into the cellar, and “Do you sell many of these little works ?"
as she saw nothing of her child, but found the opening made « Not many, Sir."
over the shaft, her knees trembled to such a degree that she " This neigbbourhood is not well calculated for almost fell into the pit after her. their sale, I should think ?”
She had hastened up the steps, and called aloud for help; “ It is not, Sir."
she was at length heard by some of her female neighbours,
most of the people being occupied in the fields with getting “ Then why do you keep them."
in the harvest. "They ran to the spot, looked down into the " Because I approve of them, Sir," said Walters, dark pit, and wrung their hands, but knew not how to slightly ooloripg
afford any help. All at once the child was beard calling
out of the gloomy abyss “ Oh, for God's sake, help me ven with all its glory unfolded itself before me. I shall never help me! but quickly, quickly!"
forget these blissful moments, and this day of horrors was A hook on one side of the shaft, to which, in former times, the means of truly, strengthening and establishing me in the a ladder had probably been attached, had caught the girl's belief in the paternal love of God.' sash, whilst she was falling, and by this hung the nofortu. The child now arrived at the opening; the good old man nate child. When they heard above that the girl was presented her to her mother with a countenance glistening still alive, and yet knew not how to rescue her, their lamen with joy. She took her, and would not let her leave her tations became louder, and the inconsolable mother was arms; and, if she loved ber before, she was now doubly almost in despair.
dear to her, since the paternal eye of God bad watched, Meanwhile the spectators continued to increase, but none over her in such an extraordinary manner. The pale comof them could advise what was to be done. An old miner, plexion which the child brought with her out of the shaft, however, now made his appearance, who began carefully to and which was owing to the dreadfal fright; never left her enlarge the opening, and then fetched a miner's windlass, during her whole life, but remained with her as 'a perpetual to which a bucket was fastened ; but however much haste momento of the great things which the Lord did for her on was made, much time was spent over it. Many of the by that day in delivering her from death.
Selli, standers prayed aloud, and in the dreadful moments of consciousness which the child occasionally had, though she was
THE COMING OF ELIAS., in the greatest part of the time in a state of stupefaction, she
To the Editor of the Christian Beacon, it out heard from above only single words of funeral hymns and
Rev: SIR.-Since writing the paper which appeared in the Beacon prayers Tor persons in danger of death; whilst the mother,
for June last, I have met with the following note in Dr. Wolffe's overpowered by grief, stood silent and motionless.
Journal, just published. If you should think proper to'insert The old miner spoke little, but prayed in a low voice by it, the testimony of the celebratel Aligastin, in primitive times, himself to God; and when every thing was ready for his will be found to agree with the view taken of a remarkable descept, he committed himself to his Saviour, and entered passage of scriptare, by a humble enquirer after divine truth the bucket with a miner's lamp. He was let down carefully at the present day.- lam, Rev. Sir, Your's most truly, and circumspectly. During his descent he prayed thus :"Dear Father in heaven, thou hast graciously preserved me CHESTER, October 8, 1839. - 1 - mposhti , for so many years, even to old age, from so many dangers AUGUSTIN TREATISE, iv. 1.-John' i. 21. Art thou which have threatened me in my calling as a miner, and with Elias? He answered, No." For Christ sent Elias before thine assistance I have brought to light so many earthly Him, and He answered “ I am not He;' and (thus) propo. treasures which, after all, are only vain and transitory. I ses a question for us. For it is to be feared that less intellikaow that thou wilt also now protect me by thine omnipo. gent persons might think that John had spoken contrary tence and love, and wilt strengthen my aged hands to rescue things to what Christ had spoken for in a certain passage, the unfortunate child from the gloomy pit, and enable me to when our Lord Jesus Christ was speaking in the Gospel of restore it to the arms of its unhappy mother. Yes, I feel the things concerning Himself, his disciples answered Him, assured that thou wilt still grant me this joy in my old days. “ How then say the scribes?" i. c. those who were skilled in Father, thy will be done !"
the law_"that Elias must first come! And the Lord said, The child saw the light approaching her, in the darkness Elias has come already, and they have done to him whatsothat enveloped her, like a star sent from God. She listed ever they would ; and if you desire to know, he is John the up her little hands, and the same moment the pitcher, which Baptist." Our Lord Jesus Christ said Elias hath already she had hitherto convulsively grasped, escaped her hold, come, and John the Baptist is he. But when John was and fell from rock to rock into the abyss. Those that asked, he confessed that he was not Elias, just in the same were standing above turned pale, and a death-like stillness manner as he confessed that he was not the Christ. And so, prevailed.
as he confessed the truth (in saying) that he was not the But the old miner was soon so near the child that she Christ, so also did he confess the truth (in saying) that he could see him. He spoke encouragingly to her, and told her was not Elias.' How then shall we reconcile the sayings of to keep herself perfectly quiet, for that he hoped, with the the forerunner with the sayings of the judget It capnot be help of God, to rescue her. But the shaft grew more and that the forerunner spoke what was false, for he spoke oply more parrow, and the old man was afraid that he should be that which he had heard from the judge. Wherefore then upable to pass the child without touching her, and if he | did he say, “I am not 'Elias :" and the Lord', said " he is came oply a little too close she might then be cast down Elias?" "Because in him, our Lord would prefigure his own into the horrible pit, and be dashed upon the rocks beneath. second advent, and would say this, because John came in
The danger was very great ; he therefore gave a sign not the spirit of Elias. And that which John was lat the first to be let further down, and reached the child a rope with a advent, the same will Elias be at the second advent. Like noose ; she seized hold of it and was soon lifted up a little. as tbere are two comings of the judge, so are there two foreAt length she was able to touch the hovering bucket with runners. The judge indeed is the same; but two forerunone hand, and then also with the other. That moment the ners, not two judges, For it was necessary that the judge hook, by which the child had so wonderfully hung, gave should first come to judge. He sent before him then the first way, and fell into the pit; but the Lord strengthened the herald, he called him Elias, because Elias will be the same old man to hold the rope to which the child clung. He lifted in the second coming, as Joho was in the first. For let her into the bucket to him, and called out to the people your kindness pay attention while I speak what is true. above, “ Thank God with me! I have got the child !”
When John was conceived, or rather when he was born, the Had the hook been torn a moment earlier from the wall, Holy Ghost prophesied that this should be fulilled in him, the child would have fallen irrecoverably into the abyss. Let and " he shall be,” he said, “ the forerunner of the Most him that has the ability imagine to himself the feelings of High (Luke i. 17.) in the spirit and power of Elias ?” What the mother. - She frequently said afterwards, “ The ex. means " in the spirit and power of Elias ?" In the same clamation of the miner at first penetrated my heart with Holy Ghost, in the place of Elias. Of Elias ? Because terror, for I could not conceive it possible that my child was Elias will be at the second what John was at his first comsaved; I fell upon the ground, and could only weep. But ing. Most correctly, therefore, and properly did John reply, when the light ascended bigher, and I saw my child, and For our Lord spoke figuratively · Elias is John.' But he, as perceived that she was still alive, it seemed to me as if hea. I have said, spoke correctly, "I am not Elias,"...Page 368.
The Believer's Danger and Safety. The Society of Christian Brothers at Chester is composed chiefly of
young men, who meet every Wednesday Morning at six o'clock; when, after a Hymn is sung, a portion of Scripture is read, and a prayer is offered by the Clergyman present. A paper written by each of the members in turn on some subject connected with the Christian Truth is then read. This is followed by conversation on the subject of the paper. The Gloria Patria is sung, and the mecting is concluded. The following paper was written and read by one
of the members on Wednesday, October 2, 1839. Idle security must not be the position of the Christian. In this life he is surrounded with dangers as varied as they are numerous, every one of which calls for activity and vigilance, if ever he would wish to maintain the good fight of faith, and finally come off victorious.
There is nothing a General dreads more than to be taken unawares; there is no disadvantage so great as to be taken by surprise.
This false security appears to me the first danger a Chris. tian should guard against, as it is the most certain to lead him into all others. And it is a danger into which a Christian is most likely to fall in the present condition of the Church. The enemy is thought to be at a distance, and the Christian armour is, too frequently thrown off, or at least, allowed to become tarnished with disuse. Consider how brightly that armour shone during the dark night of tyranny and oppression, when martyrs were falling almost daily under the persecutor's hand, and you will have some idea of what it still ought to be. The enemy is still amongst us; he is only acting a more insidious part, and demands on our part, if possible, a greater degree of vigilance.
Where then is the danger? We may answer it is within and without. There is safety no longer in the walls of our own righteousness ; they were battered down to the ground in the days of Adam; and since that time the enemy has been continually storming the very citadel of man's heart; turning that, which ought to be the temple of the living God, into the habitation of unclean spirits. There is then danger enough to rouse the slumbering energies of every one who cares for his own safety. We have an enemy of mighty power to resist; an enemy too of most artful address and consummate skill; an enemy filled with envy and rage, and as a roaring lion going about seeking whom he may devour. As Christ warned St. Peter, so we may apply the warning to ourselves ; Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you that he may sist you as wheat. Yes! there is not a Christian whom Satan has not desired to have, whom he is not constantly labouring to lead away captive at his will. Nor is this the only enemy the Church militant has to struggle against. We find innumerable traitors in and around us, ever ready to betray us.
Within us we find, 1. Natural inclination to sin : 2. Inability to do good : 3. A deceitful heart. There is a strange contradiction in human nature; while we approve that which is amiable and good, we are often powerfully inclined to evil. Every Christian must have felt a difficulty in refusing the evil and choosing the good; before he can do so many a victory must be gained over self; a perpetual struggle must go on; for he must have discovered that there is a law in his members warring against the law of his mind. This is a strong tower which the enemy has gained within the very citadel. It is a tower from which he can view all the weak and undefended points of the city, and throw his weapons with double effect. And shall the Christian say there is no danger at hand to be guarded against? While Satan is watching dare the Christian sleep at his post ? St. Paul had no feelings of inactive security, when the severity of the conflict compelled bim to cry out, “ Who shall deliver me from the body of this death ?" But should any one say, “I feel within myself no such necessity for this perpetual watchfulness, for this
severe struggle.” Be assured it is a bad sign : if you have one grace worth maintaining the devil will not cease to harass you, and if you would keep it you must struggle, there must be a conflict. But have you not discovered some weak point that requires constant and redoubled endeavours for its defence? Have you not a besetting sin? Have you not discovered some sin, into which from nature, inclination, or habit you are most likely to fall? If you have not, this too is a bad sign. Undoubtedly the devil knows how to take advantage of our peculiar situations, dispositions, and inclinations, and woe to him who is off his guard when temptation cometh. When Christ warned Peter of his too great confidence of security, we do not read that Peter was brought to a greater degree of diligence in watchfulness and prayer : and what was the consequence? He was surprised, and the enemy obtained a temporary advantage, and though but a temporary one, it must have cost him much inward sorrow, and many a bitter reflection.
2.-Again, when by the grace of God and the infilaence of the Holy Spirit, our wills and affections have been regulated, even then we find in ourselves an utter inability to satisfy the just demands of God, and to keep his righteous laws with that perfect unsinning obedience which he re. quires. Of this Satan also takes advantage, and representing to our minds the greatness of our own sinfulness, would fain drive us to despair. The confident and bold he lulls into dangerous security, and the timorous and awakened Christian he endeavours to thrust down into the depths of despondency.
3.-Again, we are in danger of being deceived by sin and our own hearts. In reviewing the conduct of other men, we are generally sharp-sighted enough in finding out their failings and short comings; but when the case becomes our own, we view them through a false medium, and we too often feel inclined to spare Agag. Thus our own corrupt hearts, through their deceitfulness, too often lead us to comply with the suggestions of the evil one ; the heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it? The experience of every one must bear testimony to this truth, that evil thoughts are continually rising in our hearts, and if not carefully resisted will grow up to evil actions. But besides these enemies within, we are constantly beset with enemies without. Besides the devil and his bost of evil angels, we have another dangerous enemy to resist; one with which we are obliged to be intimately acquaioted. The world with all its deceitful pleasures, is continually trying to divert our thoughts from the one thing needful. It places before us all its false joys and imagitary grandeur, and whispers with silent accents, if thou wilt fall down and worship me all shall be tbine, But though the Christian is in the world, he is not of the world, even as Christ was not of the world. His citizenship is in heaven, and his walk on earth is a continual journey. ing thitherward. The world, however, does not allow him to pass on his journey unmolested, but sets before bim false views of the heavenly Canaan, and like the Jews of old, persuades him almost to turn back to Egypt, and many, alas ! perish in the wilderness.
There is yet another danger the Christian is exposed to from his unavoidable intercourse with the world. The world is indeed a wilderness, and Satan, the roaring lion, is not the only wild beast that infests it. There are his emissaries, the false prophets; wolves wandering about in sheep's clothing; greedily performing the destructive work of their master the devil, and so transforming themselves into angels of light, as to deceive if it were possible the very elect.
This is necessarily a very brief view of the believer's danger. Our enemies are many, they are powerful, they have gained some strong holds within our hearts and must be ejected: we have to wrestle not only against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, &c. And who is sufficient for these things No man ; no mere
unassisted man. Where then is our safety? It is in the r equest of a Lady, who has been for some years an efficient Captain of our salvation; one who has already fought and eacher in one of the Sunday Schools of our city; and vanquished every enemy we have to contend with, the world have been found not altogetber useless in that school. the flesh, and the devil; one who graciously waits with the I now offer them for insertion in the Beacon, with the invitation of safety for every one on his lips, “Come unto hope that they may assist other teachers who may desire me and be saved.'
to avail themselves of help in the important exercise of A just sense of our great danger is indeed enough to makeus leading the prayers of a Sabbath School.-To Sunday exclaim with Elisha's servant, “ Alas! how shall we do?" School Teachers, through whose instrumentality the good It is enough to excite our fears, until we see, as he did, with seed of divine truth is not unfrequently sown in the youthother eyes, the eyes of faith, that more are they that are with ful heart, I would desire to address a few words, think. us, than they that are against us. ,
ing it may, perhaps, be as well to mention my reasons for Angels unseen attend the saints, The angels' Lord himself is nigh
not aiming at the greatest possible simplicity of style. I And bear them in their arms, To them that love his name,
think that children who have received religious instruction To cheer the spirit when it faints, Ready to save them when they cry, are better able to join in prayers such as these than might And guard their life from harms. And put their foes to shame. generally be imagined.-I am not sure that the most
In Christ there is perfect safety from all danger. He has childish form of prayer is the most profitable when vanquished every enemy, and holds them all obedient to his we pray with children. They are extremely quick command. When sin within raises its stormy waves, and in discovering when we are as it were getting up a we are forced to cry, “ Save, Lord, we perish," he has only part for them, and in proportion as they think that we to say, “ Peace, be still, and there will be a great calm.” ourselves are not in earnest for ourselves as well as for " With authority," also, “he commands the unclean them, does their interest in and their reverence for united spirits to come out, and they obey him." And when Satan, prayer decrease. I do not of course intend to say that it with great rage accuses the saints before God, and would is well to pray with children in language incomprehen. hurry them a way to his own dismal abode, still there is sible to the young uneducated mind ;-I only mean that safety; Christ has died, and there is no condemnation to I do not conceive the style I have adopted to be beyond them that are in Christ Jesus. And our faithful High Priest
the comprehension of childhood, especially if opportunities has entered into the Holy of Holies to make intercession for
were taken to enforce and explain the different petitions us, and is still praying for us that our faith fail not. Satan
which form the prayer. Should I be presuming if I were will still desire to sift us as wheat, but his winnowing
here to remark that this reference to and explanation of winds of temptation and afflictions, by God's grace, will
the prayer is essential, humanly speaking, to the profitable issue in our own good; they will dissipate the chaff, and
use of either these, or any other forms of prayer? The leave the wheat more clean and valuable; each fiery trial
young in a peculiar degree require precept upon precept, overcome, will cleanse away some dross and leave the gold
line upon line; and the best means, at least so far as my still more pure.
judgment goes, of inducing the serious attention of children In conclusion, I would repeat, the religion of Christ is
at prayer is occasionally to press upon their consideration not an inactive religion. It is true he has done all which
the meaning of our addresses to the throne of grace ; of was necessary to save us; his sacrifice is complete, and its
course I speak of this and similar plans as means.
Fully indeed am I aware of the utter worthlessness of all value can never be increased by anything we can do: but,
human teaching when unaccompanied with the divine there are appointed means of grace which no Christian can neglect; there are commands which no Christian can think
blessing, and deeply am I sensible that the Spirit of God
must be present wherever the poor weak water of human of disobeying. And of these prayer is a most important
persuasion is changed into the good refreshing wine of one. As prayer is abated every grace sensibly declines, if
His own gracious teachings.--I have spoken of the children; our weary arms hang down Amalek will prevail. By prayer
I would say a few words as to the teachers. I do not bewe are to obtain continual supplies of that grace which is
lieve that a child's prayer is calculated to cheer and ensufficient to support us against every danger, and to keep us
courage the mind of a teacher about to commence the lasafe unto the great day. By prayer we are to ask the Holy
bours of the Sabbath School, and I think that the teacher Spirit to come and dwell in our hearts, for without bis in
should not be overlooked in our anxiety to render our lanfluence there can be no safety. He alone can prepare us for
guage intelligible to the child. I know absolutely nothing the reception of God's mercies in Jesus Christ; he alone
of Sunday School teaching, but I can well imagine how can lead us into all truth; and by him alone can we be
much the teacher needs a few words of prayer in language sealed unto the day of redemption.
which the heart can feel. I hope this subject will not be dismissed without some
I trust I shall not be considered presumptuous for thus practical application of it with regard to this meeting. We
expressing my opinions, and for committing the following have banded ourselves together as a Society of Christian Bro short prayers to print. I am warmly attached to the cause thers, who have the same object in view, the glory of God, the of education generally. I take a deep interest in all that good of our fellow creatures, and our own mutual improve
concerns the young, whether they be high or low, rich or ment; and I think if we duly improve the opportunities it poor. I am engaged, though in a very limited scale, in affords us, our weekly meeting may be made an excellent
the important and responsible employment of an instructor way of preparation of meeting those dangers to which all are of youth, and I always seize with gratitude and pleasure in a greater or less degree exposed. We see the zeal and un every opportunity of being in any degree nseful to the ris. wearied diligence of infidels and sceptics, they compass sea ing generation. This will, I trust, plead my excuse for and land to make one proselyte, and I do hope none of us the appearance of these prayers in their present shape; 1 will think it too much to watch one hour.
confess it is delightful to me to feel on the Sabbath morn
ing that they may be assisting the devotions of many a SUNDAY SCHOOL PRAYERS,
Sabbath School teacher and many a Sabbath School child. For every Sunday during a Month.
May He, who sometimes works by the weakest instru“Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me."
ment, vouchsafe His blessing upon this humble offering. St. Matt. xix. 14. To the Editor of the Christian Beacon.
PRAYER 1. SIR,_.] send the following short prayers with the hope T O LORD, thou great and only God, teach us to pray un. that you will approve of tbem sufficiently to give them a l to tbeo. May we love this sacred day, and let us rememplace in the Christian Beacon-They were compiled at the ber to keep it holy. May we serve our blessed Saviour on
this bis owo day, and gain more knowledge of Him con and laying the foundation of his moral ruin. He often retinually. Let us love to hear and to read of Him, and help ceived letters from his mother, reminding him of his duty, us to feel that He is indeed our Saviour and our God. and urging him to it; over some of which he was conLord, be thou with us both here and when we are in thy strained to drop a tear, and make good resolutions. house of prayer. Help us to watch over our thoughts, But the way of his heart was backward from God. Almighty God, remind us that thine eye will be upon us Every month hardened him the more in impiety. He at this day, and help us to spend it in thy service, and to thy length began to visit rather freely the theatre, and other glory. Bless to each of us, O Lord, this our meeting to dissipating amusements and pleasures. His place in the gether. ( do thou, who in the days of thy flesh didst say house of God was sometimes vacated, especially in the af% Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid ternoon, and he was scarcely erer at the evening religious them not,” look with the like tender compassion upon these, lectures. His mother's letters he read with less attention and draw them unto thyself. Keep them from wicked than formerly; for he had begun to suppose himself a thougbts, wicked tempers, wicked words, wicked deeds, young man of some consequence, quite competent to tbiak and wicked companions. O God, prepare them to receive and judge for himself, without ber assistance: he thought, instruction. Make every one of these children gentle, hum indeed, she was a kind and good mother, but that she did ble, and contented; make them “ true and just in all their not know so much about the customs of the city, and what dealing;" help them to be very careful to speak the truth, was most becoming a young man in his situation, as him. remembering that “ lying lips are abomination to thee." self. Make them, O Lord, to love what thou lovest, and to hate About this time, he fell in with some sceptical writings. what thou hatest. And, Lord, enable them to pray for He at first hesitated as to reading them; but as be had at. themselves. Let them not only kneel down before thee, tended infidel meetings once or twice without experiencing but let them also pray to thee in spirit and in truth. Let any barm, he thought there could be no danger in just seethe heart of each of them say for himself [herself| Lord, I ing what its writers had to say, especially as it was his am a poor, weak, sinful cbild, but do thou forgive me, and principle to examine all sides. He first read, then doubtteach me, and help me for Jesus Christ's sake. We bum ed, then began to be more wise than all his teachers; and bly and earnestly beseech thee, O Lord, to cause the dew at length slid quite over into the yawning gulf! His seat of thy blessing to rest on this our Sabbath School. Make in the house of God, at first only occasionally deserted, us praying teachers, and praying children. We know that was at length quite forsaken. of ourselves we can do nothing well, but we also know that He was now quite prepared for more desperate steps, with thee 's all things are possible;"' we know that we are He lost his situation from certain irregularities and vices; weak, but we also know that thou canst make us strong. and all know how difficult it is for a young man to obtain We know that thou canst bless each feeble word. We a second place, when the first is forfeited by improper conknow that thou canst bless erery sincere endeavour to duct. He at length succeeded in finding employment, but bring up these children in the narture and admonition of it was not such as he had lost. It was a much humbler the Lord. 0, let every instruction that is given here be and more menial condition to wbich he found bimself reaccording to thy will, and be given in dependence on thy duced. His ambition was broken down; he was mortified blessing. We beseech thee to bless to the present and eter and discouraged. This subjected bim still more to the ponal good of each child now bowing down before thee every wer of the baser motives. To these he continued to yield instriction which they shalt here receive. And, O Lord, more and more; losing of course wbat remained of selfif any of these thy children bave already received at our respect, and falling under those severe lashes of selfhands any spiritual improvement, accept our poor imper reproach whicb, if they do not bring to repentance, drive fect thanks for making us thy servants the honoured instru to more desperate lengths in sin. ments of good unto their sonls. O enable as with our I will not detail the sad particulars respecting his subbearts, as well as with our lips, to say, “ Not unto us, o sequent course for four or five years. After several fruitLord, not unto us, but unto thy name be the praise." Al less attempts to retrieve his circumstances, he cbanged his mighty God, forgive us all our sios for thy dear Son's sake. place of residence, hoping to do better. But his character Bless our friends and relations, and all for wbom we onght and habits weat with bim. For five years he did not write to pray, and bring us all to thine own happy kingdom a single letter to bis parents, and according to his statethrough Jesus Christ, our only Lord and Saviour. Amen. ment they did not know any thing of him; altbough they
M. P. H. were most of the time only about a bundred and fifty miles
distant. But he had determined that neither they nor any
of bis former acquaintances should know where he was, or A TRUE STORY.
wbat he was doing.
He attempted to act upon the stage, but could not sucThe following distressing history is takon from a little work lately
ceed. He even undertook to be a juggler, but soon found published by the Rev. J. A. James, who vouches for its truth
it quite out of his province. He began to gamble; but “ without any exaggeration or embellishment," Would that it were an insulated cası; and may every young man who reads
usually lost when he had any thing to lose. How he obthe sad tale" take heed and beware."
tained the means of subsistence during his years of profili
gacy, they can tell who are acquainted with that mander A YOUNG man left bis father's house in the country, at the of life better than I can. He wandered from place to age of fifteen. He had a pious mother, and had been the place, prodigal, reckless, forlorn, rapidly wasting his bealth, subject of early religious instructions and impressions. Af till at length he was reduced to the condition in wbich I ter he began to reside in the city, according to his parent's first saw him. directions, he attended for a wbile upon the faithful preach. One day an individual applied to me, and said, "There ing of the gospel, and was of hopeful babits. He, how.
is a young man at my house, whom I am desirous you ever, kept himself aloof from the more personal and spe shonld visit. We took him in some three or four weeks cial means of religion, yet still believing it to be important, since, out of charity; for he is destitute, homeless, and and designing to attend to it at a future time. He formed sick; although he is a young man of respectable manners, an acquaintance with associates less favourable to piety, and appears to have seen better days. But we cannot get with whom his feelings gradually learned to sympathize. much out of bim. He is not inclined to talk. The phy. He went on in this way for four or five years without much sician thinks that he is in a fixed and rapid consumption. obvions change; thougb he was, of course, resisting con He has a wasting cough, with night sweats, seems to be yictions, hardening his beart, grieving the Spirit of God, | very much dejected, says but little, and is at times appar: