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He invited them immediately to assemble at Padua ; where he also soll.
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W.C. PERE Pascal having invited me to high mass, and to hear a Spanish sermoni, preached by one of their best orators, we attended ; and though I did not understand the language sufficiently to know all I heard; I understood enough to be entertained, if not edified. .... There sat just hefore us a number of lay-brolhers, hare-headed, with their eyes fixed the wbole time upon the ground, and though they knew we were strangers, and, probably, as singular in their eyes as they could be in ours, I never perceived one of them, either at, or after the service was over, to look, or even glance an eye atfus.
'Thicknesse's Journey, vol. i. p. 219.
SLOTH OF NOMINAL CHRISTIANS.
HEATAENS, Jews, and Mahometans astonish us with their patience and perseverance, while the sloth and indifference of Christians most miserably undervalue their pris fession in the judgment of umbelicvers. How common is it for them to think it unnecessary to seek the nieans of life and immortality by attending the public worship of God, if the most trifling worldly business can be pleaded against il, or if the weather is but indifferent, or the church at some distance ! while the Turk will undertake a journey of more than 2000 miles, over burning sands and uninhabitable deserts, to visit the decayed reinaias of a faise prophet. W. Jones's Works.
ILLUSTRATION OF ECCLES. XI. 1.
I'vis passage has occasioned a great variety of interpretatious, none
The Wehrew word [Onb) translated bread, significs adeo the grain of whici bread is made; and the word [O'D] which is rendered waters, is olien used for ground which is waicreil, or moist, by iis situation near a river. If theo ve read the words • Cast thy grain into inoist or watered Sound, and, after many day's for in due time) thou shalt find it again,' in: wrote in plains and casy; and then the sense of the passage is, ' Make a vise avid prudent use of saistance, time, and talents; and this will ultimatciy produce an adunani return of comfort and advantage.' mol; is vell luovo ihat, in ihe cas, land is often artificially watered. Dr. Sháy, describing this practice in leppi, says, When their pulse, melons, de require to be refresheil, they strike out a plug that is fixed in the bot. Toon tiene of the cisterris; and the saier is conducted from one vill to the piher by the gadener, who is altays rcady to stop and divert the stream by his fooi ; id, and the came Live, iiin his małtock, to open a new trench to riecise it.' This method of watering land but racely refreshed by rain, iş
often alluded to in Scripture. The land,' says Moses,' whither thou gocst in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, where thoni sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot; but it dricketh water of the ray of Heaven. Deut. xi. 10, II.
It is evident that the words first mentioned, • Cast thy bread on the waters, '&c. cannot be taken literally; for bread so disposed of, is not likely to be found again, much less lo increase ; but bread. corn, properly disa posed of, in a favourable situation, is likely to maltiply, and reward the cost and labour of the farmer; and thus we may hope, through the blessjog of God, thał, by prudence and diligence in our affairs, we shall be fa. voured with such a degree of prosperity as Heroes good to afford us; and thus the exhortation is not to acts of charity, Wut to a proper use of the gifts of Providence.
FAITH ACCOMMODATED TO ITS OBJECT. It is justly observed, in the · Trial of a suving Interest in Chrisl,' that Faith and its object are so suited to each other, trat in whatever wity the one is represented, the other has a name suitable in the representation: If Christ is the Brazen Serpent, Faith is the eye to beholt him; if Christ speaks, Faith is the ear to hear him ; if he is the Bread of Life, Fail feeds upon him; if he is the City of Refuge, Faili tees to him; if he is 'a Gill, Faith is the hand to receive hinn; if a Garment, Faith puls hiin 61; if Way, Faith walks in biin ; if the Truth, Faith'is the kiowledge of him; if the Life, Faith lives upon him; if he be a Prophet, faith sits at his feet and barns ; if a Priest, Faith relies on his sacrifice ; if a King, Faith sub, mits b bis authority. In a word, it improves the whole and every part of Christ in his natures, offices, relations, and names. Wherever Christ is, there rould Faith be: it follows him as the needle does the loadstone.
The Juvenile Department.
Apious Minister being calle:1, a few years awo, to preach a sermon for The berefit of a Sunday School in Northamplonshire, was led in his discourse v insist much on the necessity of being clotted with live Recerner's Robe u Righteousness, as the only incans by which m'n could budskivered from allthat misery which awaited them as sintul creatures. While he was thu speaking, a violent storm of thunder and lighiningo came on, aecompaned with rain and hail. The lightning struck a tree in the church yard, nivered it in pieces, and drove a part of it through one of the churchwindows. Alarmed al this circumstance, the congregation began to fiy in :Il directions, — seeking for refuze where it was the least likely to be found. The minister, from this awful scene, took occasion to catreat them o remain in the house of God; reminding them, that if they were proteted from their sins by the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ, let sorin, thunder, lightning, tempest, or even death itself come, they were perfecly safe.
In /!rsuing the discourse, his attention was attracted to one of the Sun day.chool girls, who was standing near the pulpit; and who was so pecit Jiarly affected, that an impression came upon his mind, that he had been the strument of communicating some substantial good to the chuid. Thuinpressed, he made it a point íor call at the parents' house the next day and after the customary salutations, he was told by her mother, that the wild bad been that day disappointed, as she had expected to go to the fait but that a circumstance had occurred which would prevent her. Wat! my dear,' said the inivister, . are you foud of going to fairs ?' Thechild immediately: replied," Oh no, Sir; I don't want to go to the fair :
I now only want to be clothed in that Robe of Righteousness which you were speaking of yesterday, and that I may see Jesus Cbrist.'
Struck with this delightful observation, the good man entered into con. versation with the dear child; and found her miod so sensibly wrought upon, that he had every reason to hope and believe a divine work had been begun upon her heart. He left her, intending to repeat his visit the next day, but he had scarcely reached his home, before a messenger arrived to inform him, that this dear child of God had been found by her parents dead in the garden! So quickly did the Lord call her to his glory!
Oh, that all the young persons who read this, may seek for salvation throngh the Redeemer's righteousness! This alone will enable them, at the last day, to appear before the throne of Immanuel with joy; and, with this dear child, to sing eternal praises to Him who hath loved them and washed thenı froin their sins in his own precious blood !
Was admitted into St. John's Chapel Sunday-School, Plymouth Dock, soon after it was established, by his own particular desire. He no sooner heard of this school than he expressed this desire to his mother, who sent him to the Chapel:, where the Managers gladly received him. Fron that time to his sickness, he regularly attended ; and was remarkable for his good behaviour and attention in the house of God.
Before his admission into the school, he used to be running abost the streets with wicked boys ; and spent his evenings oui, like too nuny of his age ; but now he gave up the company of wicked children, and passed his evenings in reading the word of God and learning Hymns.
When he was taken ill, it was a grief to him that he was debarred from the instructions of the school. This he often expressed; and beşged his mother to send to the minister and managers of the school to come and see him. When they waited on him, he appeared rejoiced to see them. He listened with the greatest attention to what they said to him, oten with tears; and when they were about to leave him, begged they would call again. He confessed he was a sinner ; but was not afraid to die, having some views by faith of that adorable Saviour, God-Man, who diedfor him, and rose again for the sinner's justification.
During his long and painful sickvess, which he bore with the greatest mcekness and patience, he was inuch employed in reading the Sriptures,
and in singing Psalmus and Hymns. Frequently, after he was in bed, he would desiie his mother to give out a Hymn, which he would sing with apparent delight. One evening, his faiher being from vork, an gone to bed much fatigued, his mother told him he had betternot si any more;-he answered,' I cannot but sing, for my heart is glad : moth I could sing all night !' A few days before his death, he toll thenin he had no fears of death. Being asked on what ground-he answeed cause his sins were pardened.
He could speak but little for a day or two before his death. Al last words he uttered intelligibly were to his mother. Looking up he said, ' Mother, if I could gei an hour's sleep I should be better sweetly added, “ I shall soon rest in glory !' - He died October aged 12 years; and was attended to the grave by the children to the charity-schools, who suny a Hymn on the occasion.
SMART REPLY OF A CHILD.
I have been there, an
Dbituary: Extraordinary Conversion. was to me peculiarly inconvenient.
The note, nowever, was urgenli Dear Sir, To the Editor.
and I directly conplied with the reThe following event has so much quest. On being introduced to the occupied my mind, almost ever afflicted man, he appeared to have since it occurred ; and appears to no more knowledge of ipe than I me such a display of the exceeding had of him. Afier a few generad riches of divine grace, that I wish remarks, respecting affliction, the it may be knowu beyond the circle solemnities of deali, and the imof iny immediate counexions. Should portance of exchanging, workils. I it strike you in a inanner at all si- endeavoured to draw hirn into a milar to that in which it has iine more particular conversation. He pressed my Rev. Brethren, and
once or twice said, that he thought others in this city, it is much at he wanted something, which he had your service, as an article for the
not; but that he scarcely knew Magazine.
what it was.
Excepting what may On or about the illh of February, be supposed to be suggested by this John Warner, age:i 31, heing great declaration, his mind appeared dark, ly affiicted with an asthma, which bewildered, and comparatively unhad brought on a consumption, impressed. Witii great self-complacame from Wales to Bristol, bioping cency, he told me he had never to receive some benefit from a
been guilty of any particular siks : change of air.
and was liot, therefore, uneasy on Seven or eight years ago he was that score.
To every thing I saill, employed for a short time as a ware- he gave that unlimited assent, which, houscman, by a gentleman who is a when coming from an uvenlightened member of my church ; but I have pe: sort, has always appeared to me no, recollection of him at that time; peculiarly embarrassing. To every and ever since then, he has lived truth I stated, his monotonous rewith another gentleinan, in Mon- ply was, 'Yes, Sir,"
Po be sure, mouthshire, in the capacity of a Sir,' Certainly, Sir;'and the like. butler. On his arrival in Bristol, I now felt (as I have often done unhe took lodgings ; in which he re- der similar circulr:stances) discour. mained but a few days; for being aged, perplexed, and grievec; and dissatisfied, he earnestly requested could not but deeply lament the to be accommodated in the house of mental dark11(as in which the poor a newly married couple, who are man appeared to be enveloped. also in communion with 118, and After a short pause, I fraukly who had formerly been his fellow confessed that I knew not what to servants.
say to him, observing that he apThe plan proposed was excerd. peared to have no wants; that the ingly inconvenient to trem; but blessings of the gospel were for the from their views of his afllicted staic, poor, the wretched, and the lost ;their sympathetic friendship over- ihat if he were lamenting his sins, came every inferior consideration; crving for mercy, and enquiring the and they kindly gave hun lodge wäy'at salyal:on, I thought I should ing.
know how to address biin; but that On Saturday evening, February with his present views, the gospel 28, I received a note from any friend, must necessarily appear to bim of by whom this man had formerly very little value. been employed, stating, that he was The state of my own mind was theni with him, that he appeared remarkably serious, tranquil, and to be exceedingly, ill; and request tender ; and I began to speak of the ing that I would, if possible, inake universal sinfulness of our race ; biin a visit inmediately. The time and assured him of his own personal
sin, whatever sentiments he might the connexion which iofinite wislom entertain on the subject.
had ordained between taith and the I represented sin as heing infinite enjoyment of the blessings of pardon ly displeasins to the blessed! God; and eternal life! To hisgrand quesand, with mingled fidelity and ten- ''tion, I assured him, the gospel gave derness, testified that if he died ou- but one answer, the same which pardoned, he would be found in cir- was given lo the Philippian jailer, cumstances linspeakably awful. I wherl, in a similar agony of nind, then asked him, if he had been ac. , he made the same engniry; unto customed to hear preaching of any whom the inspired aposile replied,
to which he replied, “Not • Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, during the last six or seven years: and thou shall be saved.? I proceedmy service would not allow of it.' ed to explain the nature of faith ; On my reimarking that it was a pity and repealed a variety of passages, he should have accep'er of such a in which we are commanded to be service, and that he had bette: have lieve in Christ, and to compit our been in another situation where he souls into his hands, as the only Me. might have enjoyed religions in diator between God and man. struction, even though he had had veral times did I repeat those wellbut half bread, with peculiar earn- ktowu Scriptures,' Benold the Lamb catuess he replied, O! I wish I had, of God, which taketh away the sins I wish I had.'
of the world.' -. Come unto me A
now succeeded which all ye thal lairour, aid are heavy astonished me, and which will never latlen, and I will give you rest.' -be effaced from iny remembrance. “Whosoever cometh unto me, I will
This inan, whose language so re- in nowise cast out.' • Whosoever cently be trajed the lenighied state will, let hiin take of the water of o nis mind, aod whose words were life freelyi' so ill chosen as very imperfectly to Aitor another pause, my astonishconvey lis ideas, instantaneously 'ment was greatly increased by the beçar e energetics
, impressive, and impressive manner in which he ex, indeed eloqueol.
claimed, What is this ! is it an You will nol, niy gond Sir, think angel's voice I hear ? An angel sent that I express myself too strongly, to visit nie, and to instruct me in when I put you in possession of some the great concerns of my poor soul! of the sentences which he uttered, and is it indeed true? Did the son and which still seem to vibrate on of God eoine from Heaven to smier my ear.
Afier a solenn pause, as and die for sinners? And nust I nearly as I can recollect, he thus believe in hun ? ,O, I will helicre exclaimed, -• What, and is it too ou hiin! I will cuine. unto himn! late! - Is ail lost? - is my poor soul I'will trust in him! - I will com abandoned ? - Have I lived in the suit my soul into his hands !'-1 was neglect all these things, and is it then encou
ouraged to say, and I said coine to this ? -0, what, what shall it with peculiar solennity of spirit, I do!--0), ms sitas ! -- (), my poor
lo And ihou shalt be saved." At $ou!!--0, my God! my God! this moment there was an evident sholl I he cast ofl' for ever? What struggle between the power of l'aith must I do to be saved ?
Is there no and the remains of Unbelief; for way (pen for me? O what, what with every mark of anxious sciliceinust. I do to he saved: 'These, and tude, he cried, But is it not too words neariv lottic same effect, were late? I assured him that it was repeated again and again, imtil his not; and reminded hiin of the strength was exhausted, and hu be- salvalion of the penitent tiet'; adelcame silent. My heart was deeply iog, “ l'he blessed Jesus, by whom affected; and when I found myself that poor sinner' was pafdoved, aud in possession of my speaking powers, through when he now enjoys, tlae
preached unto him Jesue and his happiness of the eternal world,.is Salvation; represented his love in still the same, and if you believe liling our world, and in dying for on him, and coinmit your soul inStars", änd eadeavoured to explain to his hands, you will most assur