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Knowledge. This, also, is a desirable, and to some extent, a necessary qualification in a Sunday-school teacher; without it, even piety, to a considerable extent, must be unavailing. There is needed, besides the mere ability to read, an acquaintance and familiarity with books, and especially the Bible, as the result of reading. As the design of the Sunday-school is to convert the soul, and it calls for piety; so the instrumentality is the Word of God, and it calls for a knowledge of it. We cannot teach the truth if we do not know it.

Aptness. Though piety is a desirable, and knowledge a necessary qualification of a Sunday-school teacher, it is not every one who is pious, or who has knowledge, that is suitable for a Teacher. There is a conformity to the apostolic motto, “apt to teach,” necessary, which neither piety nor knowledge can alone impart, and without which, little can be done in the impartation of instruction to others. There is a command of thought, a readiness of utterance, and a clearness in presenting to others what we perceive ourselves, which cannot be dispensed with; the need of them is absolute; and rare as such talents are, every Sunday-school teach er should possess, and should cultivate them.

Simplicity. This is a very important qualification in all who are engaged in imparting instruction, and especially in all who are so engaged in Sunday-schools. It has respect to matter and to manner, and to the capacities, and tastes, and acquirements of the children. Perspicuity and adapta. tion are its chief features; and without these there can be no simplicity. The more the Teacher, without losing authority, can be a child amongst children, the better, and the greater the probability of success; this is, indeed, the secret of success, and there can be no real aptitude apart from real simplicity. For children, everything should be childish, without being foolish.

Regularity. This is a qualification of a different kind, but of great moment; and no Sunday-school teacher can hope to succeed, indeed, no one would seem to evidence any desire to succeed, who neglects it, who attends merely as inclination or convenience dictates. However great the sacrifice it may involve, regularity should be determined upon, and secured. What must those children think, and what must they infer, who invariably miss their Teachers in cold and wet weather? Children are so much influenced by example, that the effect of such conduct in any Teacher must be most injurious.

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Punctuality. This is a qualification closely connected with the former, both in its nature and its value. It looks bad, and it is bad, when a Teacher goes into the school after it has commenced, and at a time when other Teachers have proceeded far in their duties; nothing should be allowed to cause this, for it will assuredly do harm, and that Sunday-school teacher had better give way to some one else who is guilty of such a fault, and the subject of such unfit. ness. Would Teachers have their children punctual, they must be punctual themselves. Punctuality in the Teachers will do much to secure it in their classes; indeed, both the punctuality and regularity of the class, are generally proportionable to the punctuality and regularity of the Teacher. Besides, the partial or entire absence of instruction, or the change of Teacher, which a disregard to punctuality neces. sitates, ought as much as possible to be avoided.

Order. This is a qualification of great value. It follows hard upon regularity and punctuality, if these are not part of it. There can be no order where there are not regularity and punctuality. But whilst order includes regularity and punctuality, it includes also many other things; among which are a strict attention to the conduct of the children, and a due regard to every arrangement and proceeding of the school. Each teacher should have a plan; and nothing should be done without referring to that plan. The children should be taught order, and their very correction should proceed upon rule; it should never be the result of irritated feeling or mere provocation.

Patience. This is an essential qualification in a Sundayschool teacher, as all who are Sunday-school teachers are well aware; without it, very little, if anything, can be done. The dulness, the trifling, the obstinacy of the children, are all calculated to ruffle the mind, and they a! call for patience. In the Sunday-school teacher there should be no manifestation of rage and of passion; anger itself should be patient. The affection, and gentleness, and kindness, which characterize the patient teacher, supposing they do not lead to the sacrifice of firmness, which they ought never to do, will effect more towards subduing the unruly dispositions of the pupils, than any degree of harshness or severity.

Perseverance. This is another very important qualification. It involves the practical continuance in all the preceding. It forbids our growing weary, or drawing back; and demands our bold and determined pursuit of duty. Perseverance is a very valuable feature of character, and

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one very much needed in the Sunday-school teacher.

Prayer. This is a qualification of the greatest conse

quence; without it, the Sabbath-school teacher has no right genom 2 to expect success; whilst with it, the hope may be indulged

that great success will be granted. Sunday-school teachers be bon should be eminent for prayer; it should be seen in their 1. and the faces, heard in their voices, and distinguished in all their excene of time conduct; it should give colour to what they do in the

school, and impress it with the stamp of seriousness and of eternity. The atmosphere of the Sunday-school should be altogether prayerful, and the neighbourhood of all its proceedings the cross of Christ.

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Dear Christian friend, come raise your thoughts,

Beyond this world and time;
Picture by faith the glorious scenes,

In Heaven that happy clime.

Behold the numerous myriads there,

That bow before the throne:
Each of them wears a spotless robe,

And each a victor's crown.
Our weak imagination fails

To comprehend their joy:
Immeasurable in extent,

And knows of no alloy.

Hark! to the Saviour's praise they tune,

Their golden harps and sing;
Salvation! yes, this blissful theme,

Vibrates on every string.
There, all harmoniously join,

In concert to adore
The Lamb that sits upon the throne,

And reigns for evermore.

Oh! the intense felicity,

Of those that sing this song;
Be it your happiness and mine,

- To join this sacred throng. Dunmow.



CHRISTIANS, hail that happy day,
When from earth, ye soar away;

To yonder world of joy.
CHORUS. O! that will be glorious !

Glorious, glorious, glorious !
0! that will be glorious !

Christians meet, to part no more!
Here the Christian suffers pain,
Here he sighs, and weeps again;
In Heaven he weeps no more.

0! that will be glorious ! &c.
Welcome, welcome, happy day,
When we burst from dying clay;
To realms of endless joy.

0! that will be glorious ! &c.
Saints shall swell the heav'nly throng,
Angels join the glorious song;
In realms of endless bliss.

0! that will be glorious! &c.
Sleeping dust shall wake and rise,
Join the anthem in the skies ;
On yonder blissful shore.

0! that will be glorious ! &c.
When we reach that happy shore,
There we meet to part no more;

Throughout eternity. ..
CHORUS. O! that will be glorious !

Glorious, glorious, glorious !
O! that will be glorious !
Christians meet to part no more.

I. H.


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