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manner to be confirmed, I do not hesitate to say of heinous sin, because God's preventing grace that, by so doing, you break the third command- may and generally does effect much, even where ment.

there is no converting grace; but I am speaking Upon the fourth I will only add that, the of your personal disappointment, and your eternal sabbath-day is not a shorter day than any other; salvation. that, when you undertake to keep that day holy, III. Wherefore, then, serveth the law? It is you must not limit the day to the conclusion of a schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ; which the morning service; you must not think that, was the third subject on which I was to speak tobecause you have passed two hours in the house day. Scripture plainly declares that, without of God, you may spend the rest of the day in holiness no man shall see the Lord.” 'Still, your worldly pleasares. Vary your occupations if you own endeavours to make yourselves holy will will; but, whatever you do, let it have some never bring you to God. “No man can come reference to your soul and to heaven ; and I will unto the Father but by Christ.” The Jews would ventare to assert, the more you grow in grace, not believe this. The Jews, therefore, failed ot the more will your soul delight itself in those salvation. St. Paul tells us, that “the Gentiles, things which concern your everlasting peace. which followed not after righteousness, have at

The second table comprehends our duty towards tained to righteousness, even the righteousness our neighbour : the fifth commandment requiring which is of faith. But Israel, which followed not only respect for our parents and those set over after the law of righteousness, hath not attained us in the Lord, but affectionate obedience in all to the law of righteousness. Wherefore ? bethings lawful, from which, during your parents' cause they sought it not by faith, bat as it were life-time, neither time nor age can set you free. by the works of the law" (Rom. ix. 30-32).

The sixth not only forbids taking away the And again, he says: "For they being ignorant of life of a fellow-creature, but, as expounded by God's righteousness, and going about to establish our blessed Lord, declares the indulgence of their own righteousness, have not submitted themanger to be as much forbidden as murder. But selves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ there is anger which is not sinful: “Be ye angry is the end of the law for righteousness to every and sin not,” says the apostle Paul; upon which one that believeth” (Rom. x. 3, 4). Now, Christ an old writer has well remarked, that, the best has paid the penalty for sin; he has brought in an way of avoiding sin in anger, is to be angry everlasting righteousness. In him dwells all fulonly at sin.”

ness; a fulness of righteousness to atone, a fulThe seventh refers to thoughts, words, and ness of grace to strengthen, a fulness of love to works; therefore, an unclean word, a licentious sympathize. thought, brings you in guilty of this sin before Thus, my dear friends, stringent as the law is, him whose eyes are too pure to look upon iniquity. weak as we all are, there is nothing to make us And we are positively assured, in the word of despair of salvation, or to despond on account of God, that "there shall in nowise enter into the our frequent falls; but, on the contrary, we have new Jerusalem anything that defileth, neither exceeding great and precious promises, which we whatsoever worketh abomination” (Rev. xxi. 27). may always plead before our heavenly Father.

The eighth, ninth, and tenth, forbid any de- We have the declaration, on the one hand, that parture from the strictest truth and honesty, either the blood of Christ cleanseth from all sin." We with regard to the name or property of our neigh- have the promise, on the other, from our Lord bour. That not only our hands must be kept himself: "Him that cometh to me, I will in no from evil, but our lips must be sealed, and our wise cast out.” desires brought into subjection.

Let, then, this lecture lead you to a careful My dear friends, I suppose no one of you who examination of your own short comings. Comhas any knowledge of the heart, can have failed pare yourselves not only with the letter, but with to experience some depression of spirit while I the spirit of the commandments. Do not try to have thus briefly detailed God's demands upon excuse yourselves for breaking them, nor attempt his people. You have, most likely, said within to conceal from yourselves the awful result. yourselves, “Who is sufficient for these things ?" “ The soul that sinneth it shall die." But when Št. Paul must furnish us with a reply: “Not,” | this truth is brought home to you, as I trust it says he, “that we are sufficient of ourselves to will be, by the teaching of the Spirit of God, think anything as of ourselves, but our sufficiency then carry your sins to the cross of Christ. Listen is of God.” And again, he says: “I can do all to his own most merciful invitation : “Come unto things through Christ who strengtheneth me." me all ye that are weary and heavy laden,” and

Even had we not these passages of scripture, I you will experience the fulfilment of his promise, am convinced experience must very soon teach for he will give you rest." you that you are quite unable to keep the law in its spirit. St. Paul affirms that, so far from being able to keep the law, it is by the law that we have “a knowledge of sin.” Yea, that “the law entered that the offence might abound.” While, then, I urge you to make this vow, to confirmi and ratify it in your own persons, I do, at the same time solemnly remind you, that your strength is perfect weakness; that your resolution, if made in a spirit of self-dependance, will only make your fall more severe. I do not say that you would be all hurried into the commission

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impatience, which require to be repented of, and

to be forgiven. The passionate man is apt to say "FORGIVE us our trespasses,” we pray, “ as we that his passion is soon over, and that then he is forgive them that trespass against us.” Only the best-tempered man alive; which is only so think what this means in the mouth of one who much as to say that when the fuel of his anger is is implacable; whose heart has borne any ill-will exhausted he is angry no longer ; that when he against his neighbours. Dost thou not forgive has already satisfied his fury he is peaceable. But thy brother, when thou sayest, “Forgive, as I this will not stand in judgment before God; nor have forgiven"? Lo, then, thou callest aloud yet, if he get into a habit of self-examination, will for wrath and everlasting destruction. Dost thou he be satisfied with it himself. Again, one who is forgive but imperfectly, and not from thine heart? hardly provoked to express anger, but nurses his Lo, then, thou askest that God may deal so with ill-temper in morose silence, perhaps thinks that thee also; and, unless he utterly forgive thee, none has any right to complain of his unforgiving where shalt thou be? Cast out of his presence temper, since it is so little suffered to escape in for ever, and dwelling in outer darkness, where any act and expressions of wrath ; but will such there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.

a man dare to say that he is prepared to pray, Yet how little impression does this petition of “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors, the Lord's prayer, so often repeated, make upon till he has cast off the dark cold temper, and been many.! Do you all say your prayers night and enabled to look with the smile of real peace on morning at the least? God forbid that it should those who have offended him? The rich and ponot be so ! But has done of you, my brethren, lite, again, may think that because their piques ever been full of anger against a brother for two and resentments are somewhat differently exor three, yea, many days, for one offence? How pressed from the passions of those who are less reoften, then, bast thou prayed in the very words, strained by conventional habits—that because the "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them current of their anger is rather deep than violent, that trespass against us,” rather for a curse than rather sullen than noisy--they may be excused :

for a blessing! Thus do the very prayers of the but how sadly are they mistaken! Religion reI closet, the solemn duty without which you can gards no forms of society, and has no blessing for

hope for no blessing and no forgiveness, condemn smothered anger : it is only anger subdued that you; and your secret words to the Lord shall she regards with a favourable eye, and injuries witness against you, when that which hath been forgiven from the heart. It is not the face, and whispered in the closet shall be proclaimed in the tongue, and the hand only, but the heart and judgment.

the spirit that God will have restrained ; and he And your associated devotions, your family or exacts this restraint of all. public prayers, do not they too witness against you more strongly? Have you never left bickering and anger, to come to the throne of grace together THE FRUITS OF EQUIVOCATION*. with those with whom you have been angry, and then returned to bickering and anger again?

“0, what a tangled web we weave, Have you never come with flushed cheeks, and

When first we practise to deceive !" with eyes glowing with malice, and with tongues scarcely bushed an instant before, and, in such I was married, while young, to a man of my most unseemly, most wicked guise, joined in the choice; and how happily my

married life was, i words of the Lord's prayer? and, when you have can hardly bear to think. Mr. Percy was—but no retired, have not the smoothness of the face, and matter ; I must not venture to give words to my the momentary softness of the voice, been con

full heart. verted again into what angels would not delight

We lived in London. My husband's profession to see and hear? If it be so with any of you, tell made a city residence almost necessary, and conme, is it so that you would stand before the Lord fined him very close to his office. But what in judgment? and, if not, is it so that you ought signified this? There are happy, hearts, and unto meet him in the household worship, or in the speakable enjoyments, in the closest and most divine service of the church? Take heed lest crowded streets of a city; and ours was a happy your very prayers, which it would be wicked to home. omit, be turned into sin !

For ten years after our marriage we had never But let me beseech you always, before you I tion. Would that we had never thought of leaving

left London, except for an occasional day's recreakneel down to make your own confessions to God, and especially at your private evening it! But at that time we had two children-boys; devotions, when the business of the day, with and I, foolish as I was, thought that they were all its irritations, is past, to forgive from delicate that they pined for fresh country air. I your heart all who have offended you, and to said so, and urged my husband; for he, too, I nake, in solemn intention, as before God, apo thought, was wearing himself away by keeping himlogy and restitution to all whom you have injured self so close to his office. I urged him to retreat or angered. Do not approach God in prayer from business and London for

a few weeks, and until you are, as far as depends on yourselves, at take us all in the country for a change of air. I peace with all men. And this is a proper exercise had never proposed any plan to which Mr. Percy for all, young and old, rich and poor, and of was not willing to accede; and he now took pains whatever temper and disposition. The very child to gratify me.

He could not leave London enis irritated daily to little bursts of passion and tirely, he said ; but he would look out for a cot

• From “Sermons on the Holy Communion." By the tage a few miles in the country, to which I might rev, G, A. Poole, M.A.

* From "The West Jerseyman.”

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take the boys ; and he would come and see us as without waiting for refreshment or rest, returned, often as possible.

leaving word that he would be back with me, and Well, we went into the country; I and my that our boys might sit up till we came, if it were children. It was a pleasant village (at least I not very late. thought it pleasant then), about eight miles from All was mysterious to me except that part of our London home; and two or three times a week the account which related to my deception. I my husband left business early in the afternoon, to could understand that, alas ! too well. But as to spend the evening with us, and returned early why Mr. Percy had come so early in the day, next day.

or how he could have come at all, I could not One day-0, I never shall forget that day!- understand, or why he should be so anxious to I received a note from a friend who lived three or

see me. four miles from our cottage, inviting me to spend I did not wait long in suspense. The sound of the day with her. That friend was the mother of wheels was soon heard: a hackney coach drew our dear Lucy I determined to go; and, up to the door, and my husband sprang out. His after the lunch with my boys, I prepared for the first exclamation was one of thankfulness that he walk. I preferred walking there; and my friend had at length found me. His first question was, had engaged to see me home at night, in her car- “ Dear wife, where have you been ?riage. I had no expectation that my husband My account was soon given. “But,” said he, would visit us that day. Indeed I believed it

“the boys told me that you had gone to London." impossible that he could, as I knew he had an

“Oh,” I said, “that was a mistake." appointment to keep with some committee that

“But mother," interposed Henry, our eldest very evening

boy, you


say you were going to London." I had given directions to my servant, and told

I did not reply"; for I saw that my husband her that I should not return till late, huí had not looked terribly fatigued, and very anxious; und I said whither I was going, and was leaving the busied myself in doing something for comfort, and door of our cottage, when my youngest boy (a then put the boys to bed. dear little fellow not quite five years old) ran up And then came my husband's explanation. He, to me, and asked—" Mother, where are you too, received a letter that fatal morning, of far going ?"

more importance than mine-a letter that he I evaded the question; for I feared the boys thought required my consideration, as well as his would wish to go with me, if I should mention the own; and, setting aside all other business, he name of Mrs. ; and I had made up my mind hastened to consult me. There was no available to go alone.

mode of conveyance to the village at that time But Willy clung to my hand, and in his winning unless he had chosen to hire a coach ; and, had way said : " You must not go, mother, without there been, perhaps he would have preferred walktelling me where you are going” And his ing. At all events, he did walk, and that hastily. brother ran out, and put the question in another It was a hot summer's day ; but this would not way : “Are you going to London to see father ?so much have mattered had he found me at the

Únguardedly, thoughtlessly, and yet, О how cottage, or even had he known certainly where I criminally! I answered, “Yes, yes, to be sure ; was to be found. Even if I had left no message J am going to London. Little did I anticipate as to whither I was going, no harm might have the train of miseries which followed on that an- arisen, for then he would have thought of our swer. How could I ?

friend and have sought me at her house. More than once during my walk the thought But, my unhappy, my wicked deceit. O it was obtruded itself that I had deceived my children; that did all the mischief! The instant he was and I felt ill at ease. Had I even then listened told that I had received a letter, and had almost to the reproofs of conscience, foregone my antici- immediately after started for London, he became pated pleasure, and returned to undeceive then, troubled, anxious lest some bad news had arrived all would have been well. But I quieted myself from a quarter unknown to him, and hurried back with some wretched sophistry: I have not told still more hastily than he had walked from Lonuntruth : I am going to London, but not to-day: don, hoping to reach the city as soon as myself

. I did not say I was going to-day:

He wondered that we had not met ; but it was I had my pleasure—the last day of pleasure 1 possible we had taken different paths on some ever enjoyed in this world, or shall enjoy, even part of the journey. though I live a hundred years; and I then returned. When my husband reached London be found It was about nine o'clock. I found my boys out himself exhausted and unwell with the very hot, of their beds; and the first question they put to long, and fatiguing walk; and he became nerme was, “ Did father find you ?”

vously excited when he found that I had not “ Father find me ? Father find me? What reached home before him. He waited impatiently do you mean? and why are you not in bed ?" I for some time, too much disturbed both by the replied.

pressing business which had caused his unexThe story was soon told. My husband had pected visit, and by my unaccountable absence, arrived at the cottage about an hour after I had to take the refreshment ħe so much needed. After left it, and was told that I had gone to London ; waiting for some time in great and increasing susthat I was walking thither even then; that I had pense, he went to another of our London friends

, received a letter that morning which I put into imagining the possibility of my being found there my pocket, and that I seemed in a great hurry to -nothing doubting the reality of my journey to go after the letter came.

London. How was he to doubt it? 'he asked. On hearing this, my husband, according to our Had I not explicitly told our boys that I was going servant's account, seemed troubled, and instantly, thither ? and had I ever deceived himn or them?


nor son,

At length, distressed beyond measure by the themselves so highly value it ; but the spiritual joint effects of disappointed anxiety, business en good of the child, its eternal welfare, they cannot gagements, and bodily fatigue and sickness, my indeed but take some steps to promote; but do husband once more reached his office, and, tinding they as diligently watch over it, as earnestly lathat I did not make my appearance, determined bour to secure it, as they do, zealously indeed, to take a coach, and returned to the cottage with endeavour to secure its worldly happiness? And the vague hope that he had misunderstood me. yet it is a work which should always be had in Thus ended this terrible day-terrible at least in view throughout the whole course of infancy, its consequences.

childhood, and boyhood; through all its tender I must pass over, continued Mrs. Percy, years should the child's character be trained as the remainder of my history as briefly as I can. carefully and as tenderly as the happiness of an I dare not dwell upon it.

immortal soul is precious in our eyes. That night, instead of enjoying the rest he so Remember, that “the child is father of the much needed, my husband complained of pain and man," and that the evil propensities and vices of weariness. The following day bis sufferings in the man, be it avarice, or selfishness, or other creased : we sent for a physician. It was putrid vices, will, more or less, show themselves in the fever. The infection might have been taken from child; and it is the parent's duty to endeavour to the coach in which Mr. Percy travelled. We expel' them, or counteract them, ere they have never ascertained whether or not it was so, But struck too deep a root. “ Even a child is known were this the case or not, mine was the guilt, and by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whemine has been the punishment. My husband ther it be right” (Prov. xx.), died. Poor little Willy was the next victim, and « Chasten thy son while there is hope," says then his brother. In less than a month from the Solomon; "and let not thy soul spare for his cryday of that vile falsehood, I had neither husband ing.'

.” “What son is he,” says St. Paul," whom the father chasteneth not?". " Indulge thy child,” says the wise son of Sirach, “and he shall make

thee afraid: play with him, and he will bring thee DUTY OF PARENTS TO CHILDREN.*

to heaviness. The future good of the child both

in this world and in the world to come, must be reLet us turn to the duty of parents towards their garded by every parent in his serious moments as children, which is the burden of the words of my inestimably of greater value than the short-lived text. “Train up a child in the way he should pleasure the child may derive from some improper go, and when he is old he will not depart from indulgence. How difficult then, how responsible it" Here, then, we have from this same book of is the task the parent finds before him! What a divine wisdom a principle laid down for us, struggle of contending feelings, true deeply rooted which we all of us, I am sure, at once acknow- love combating with present ease and present inledge to be the only right course for a parent's clination, agitating the parent's breast! What a dealings with his children ; and yet how often are conflict must be waged in the parent's path of these lessons of wisdom sacrificed by parents to duty between those ever-clashing interests, the the feelings of the moment! “ Train up a child present and the future: the one appealing to all in the way he should go." How much is implied that is pleasant, and the weakness of man's nain these words! The whole education of the ture, the other sternly bidding him look to the child, the training and fashioning and moulding distant and the future ; bidding him look beyond of the heart and mind of that little child, whom this world to interests which are eternal. God Almighty has given us as a precious trust, And have the parents no help? Yes, God be an immortal being, å being that shall never die praised, they have. Yes, my brethren, the cause eternally, given into the parent's hands, for them that I advocate this day, the exhortation I am ento cherish and to train its body and its soul too, deavouring to address to you now from this place, a task difficult indeed, and from which the parents is, we may humbly hope, some proof to you

that might indeed shrink, had not God implanted in you are not left alone in your work; that you are their breast that affection and that love which not single-handed : it shows you that God's promakes their children's happiness their happiness, vidence watches over you, and is ever ready to their children's misery their misery, which renders help your infirmities: it encourages you to do them ready to make any sacrifice, if they may your part, rich and poor, one with another; bids but advance what is dearer to them than any you go forward in faith and hope ; bids you make earthly enjoyment,the good, the temporal and your offerings to supply in some measure the eternal welfare of those little ones, whom God has earthly means whereby the children of this parish given them.

those at least who have been hitherto but inadeBut, alas! it is to be feared that this latter quately provided for, the little girls of this parishbranch of a parent's duty, this that should far whereby they may be trained up in habits of inoutweigh every other consideration, the care of dustry, and be taught their duty to God, and the eternal welfare of their children; it is to be to their neighbour. feared that this is not attended to by many parents Let not a parent think, however, that this care as it ought: the worldly good of their children which will be taken of the child when under the they are zealous enoughỉ to secure, because they school-roof is to supersede, is to render unneces* From a sermon, preached in the parish church of Sil

sary the watchful care and superintendence of the verton, at the opening of the Silverton National Girls' School, parents when the child is under their roof; far on the Epiphany, 1848. By the rev. H. Tripp, M.A., fellow

from it: home and school must work together, of Worcester college, Oxford. Exeter: Henry Jolin Wallis. must instil, must endeavour to implant in the child 1818.

the same sense of duty, and to teach the same practical lesson, whether by example or by pre- Taught the felon's course to take ; cept. Let the parent co-operate with, work with, Victim, halt! that path forsake: support the teacher, as the teacher in her turn is Be no more crime's willing tool, strengthening the bands of parental authority by

Venture to the ragged school ! teaching the children to love, honour, and suc- Far away be doubt or fear : cour their parents, and basing that love, that ho- There are kindly faces near, nour, that succour upon the only sure foundation, Wearing smiles the child to speed, upon religion, upon the word of God. And, as I Trembling as a very reed ; said before, we should carry out this fifth com

Bold to steal with brazen brow, mandment to its full extent in our teaching, for

Quailing like a culprit now,

Pain to crouch 'neath desk or stoolupon it depends not only our domestic duties, but all social order, and the happiness or misery of

0, so strange the ragged school! society; for the true happiness, the peace, the

Courage! quench those blushes now; unity, the good order of a country, of a city, or of

Children, once as lost as thou,

Here behold in classes ranged, a parish, depends mainly upon this, upon the

Tatter'd still, but O how changed ! manner in which superiors and inferiors, those who

Poring now with earnest look are above, and those who are below, discharge

O'er the well-worn spelling book, their several duties towards each other. Let chil.

Or the use of working tool dren be taught this, and not only taught, but

Learning in the ragged school. taught to practise those duties which the catechism puts before them, and then what peace and order

Though poor outcast children they, would be spread throughout the land! Would they

Lacking e'en befit array,

List’ning while, with patience meek, not then be obedient to their parents, loyal to their

Gentle words the teachers speak, sovereign, submissive to their spiritual pastors, and

Feel they, although hard their fate, to their masters, ordering themselves lowly and

Not so very desolate: reverently to their betters ? Let it be our especial

Friends who practise kindness' rule care then to train our children in this good old Form for them the ragged school. path, and we shall not then have failed to do good

Care for them. Ah, none can tell, in our generation; and it is a well-ascertained fact

Who have kin to love tem well, that, in the case of the riots that took place in the

How the lone heart boundeth light, manufacturing districts four or five years ago, not Feeling not uncared-for quite. one person who had been connected with a church

Cheer ye, then, poor unclad tribe! school was to be found among the rioters; for Virtue's holy thoughts imbibe; there, as in church, they would be taught to pray Nor let truthful ardour cool, God to “deliver them from all sedition, privy When ye quit the ragged school. conspiracy, and rebellion, from all false doctrine,

Rosa. heresy, and schism, from bardness of heart, and contempt of God's word and commandment;" but, while we teach children to lead a sober,

SACRED SONNETS. righteous, and godly life, we would likewise teach

No. XVII. them those habits of industry, and those industrial employments, which would fit them for those situa

(For the Church of England Magazine). tions which their parents might design or appoint for them. Let us not endeavour indeed to educate “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the people above their station, but rather let us en- sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh or whither deavour to furnish them with such sound instruc- it goeth.”-John ü. 8. tion, and so to train them in good habits of industry Mysterious phantom! in thy wild career, and sobriety tìat they may “learn and labour

Rushing and bounding o'er the mountain's height, truly to get their own living, and to do their duty Making the foam-wreathed cataract more bright, in that state of life unto which it shall please God Its course more glorious when thy power is near : to call them."

Free spirit, wandering in shadowy flight Through pathless clouds, reckless and heedless how

Thy viewless spell may in its fury biight

And lay the glory of the forest low, !

We hear thy mystic music wildly shake

The lofty trees, seeming a hymn to raise

To the Most High, whose power alone can make

Thy whisperings still, and heartfelt prayer and Boy, of wan and abject Igok,

praise Rear'd in vice' neglected nook ;

Gush from the heart spontaneous to his throne

To whom all hearts and all desires are known.
Girl, with tatters soil'd and worn,
Rueful visage all forlorn ;
Pause not: there is nought to fear;

Llangynwyd Vicarage.
Rags may dare to enter here:
Dread no rod or harsh ferule,
Welcome to the ragged school !

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procured, by order, of all Booksellers in Town and Country. Child of want and misery! Born sin's lowest haunts among, Train'd to falsehood, theft, and wrong ;



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