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smiled on him; and, though a Christian, he was rich | lest they also bid thee, and a recompense be made and full of honours. All men, even the Heathen, thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, spoke well of him; for he was a man courteous of and the inaimed, and the lame, and the blind, and speech and mild of manner.
thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense His wife, a fair Ionian lady but half reclaimed thee, but thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrecfrom idolatry, though baptized and accredited as a tion of the just." member of the Christian Church, still lingered lov That very day, before the entertainment, had this ingly on the confines of old Ileathenisin; and if she did passage been quoted in the cars of the family by not believe, still cherished with pleasure the poetic Cleon, the youngest son, who, different from all his legends of Apollo and Venus-of Jove and Diana. family, had cherished in his bosom the simplicity of
A large and fair family of sons and daughters had the old belief. risen around these parents; but their education had “ How ridiculous! how absurd !" had been the been much after the rudiments of this world, and not reply of the more thoughtless meinbers of the family, after Christ. Though, according to the customs of when Cleon cited the above passage as in point to the Church, they were brought to the font of bap- the evening's entertainment. The dark-eyed mother tism, and sealed in the name of the Father, and the looked reproof on the levity of the younger children, Son, and the Holy Ghost, and although daily, instead and decorously applauded the passage, which she of libations to the Penates, or flower-offerings to Diana said had no application to the matter in hand. r Juno, the name of Jesus was invoked, yet the “ But, mother, even if the passage be not literally Spirit of Jesus was wanting. The chosen associates taken, it must mean something. What did the Lord of all these children, as they grew older, were among Jesus intend by it? If we Christians may make enthe Heathen; and daily they urged their parents, by tertainments with all the parade and expense of our their entreaties, to contorin in one thing after another Heathen neighbours, and thus spend the money that to Heathen usage. “ Why should we be singular, might be devoted to charity, what does this passage mother?" said the dark-eyed Myrrah, as she bound mean?" her hair and arranged her dress after the fashion of “ Your father gives in charity as handsomely as the girls in the Temple of Venus. Why may we any Christian in Laodicea," said his mother warmly. not wear the golden ornaments and images which “Nay, mother, that may be; but I bethink me have been consecrated to Heathen goddesses ? " said now of two or three times when means have been the sprightly Thalia; “ surely none others are to be wanting for the relieving of the poor, and the ranbought, and are we to do altogether without ?". soming of captives, and the support of apostles, when
And why may we not be at feasts where libations we have said that we could give no more." are made to Apollo or Jupiter ?” said the sons; “My son," said his mother, "you do not underlong as we do not consent to it or believe in it, will stand the ways of the world.” our faith be shaken thereby?". “ How are we ever Nay, how should he?" said Thalia, "shut up day to reclaim the Heathen, if we do not mingle among and night with that old papyrus of St Luke and Paul's them?” said another son; “ did not our Master eat Epistles. One may have too much of a good thing." with publicans and sinners ? "
*** But does not the holy Paul say, . Be not conIt was, however, to be remarked, that no conver formed to this world?'" sions of the Heatben to Christianity ever took place “ Certainly,” said the elder; “ that means that we through the means of these complying sons and should be baptized, and not worship in the Heathen daughters, or any of the number who followed their temples." example, Instead of withdrawing any from the "My dear son," said his mother, "you intend well, confines of Heathenism, they themselves were drawn doubtless, but you have not sufficient knowledge of Bo nearly over, that in certain situations and circum life to estimate our relations to society. Entertain- . stances they would undoubtedly have been ranked ments of this sort are absolutely necessary, to sustain among them by any but a most scrutinizing observer. our position in the world. If we accept, we must If any in the city of Laodicea were ever led to unite return them." themselves with Jesus, it was by means of a few who But not to dwell on this conversation, let us supobserved the full simplicity of the ancient faith, and pose ourselves in the rooms now glittering with lights, who, though honest, tender, and courteous in all and gay with every costly luxury of wealth and taste. their dealings with the Heathen, still went not a step Here were statues to Diana and Apollo, and to the with them in conformity to any of their customs. household Juno—not meant for worship, of course
In time, though the family we speak of never not, but simply to conform to the general usages of broke off from the Christian Church, yet if you had good society; and so far had this complaisance been been in it, you might have heard much warm and carried, that the shrine of a peerless Venus was earnest conversation about things that took place at adorned with garlands and votive offerings, and an the baths, or in feasts to various divinities; but if any exquisitely wrought silver censer diffused its perfume one spoke of Jesus, there was immediately a cold on the marble altar in front. This complaisance, on silence-a decorous, chilling, respectful pause, after the part of some of the younger members of the which the conversation, with a bound, flew back into family, drew from the Elder a gentle remonstrance, the old channel again.
as having an unseemly appearance for those bearing
the Christian name, but they readily answered: It was now night, and the house of Onesiphorus “ Has not Paul said, “We know that an idol is the Elder was blazing with torches, alive with music, nothing! Where is the harm of an elegant statue, and all the hurry and stir of a sumptuous banquet. considered merely as a consummate work of art? All the wealth and fashion of Laodicea were there, As for the flowers, are they not simply the most apChristian and Heathen; and all that the classic volup- proprinte ornament and where is the harın of burntuousness of Oriental Greece could give to shed en ing exquisite perfume ? and is it worse to burn it in chantment over the scene was there. In ancient
one place than another?” times, the festivals of Christians in Laodicea had “ Upon my sword,” said one of the Heathen guests, been regulated in the spirit of the command of Jesus, as he wandered through the gay scene,“ how liberal 28 recorded by Luke, whose classical Greek had and accommodating these Christians are becoming ! made his the established version in Asia Minor: Except in a few small matters in the teniple, they
And thou, when thou inakest a feast, call not thy seem to be with us entirely." friends and thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours,
" Ah!” said another, "it was not so years back.
Nothing was heard among them then, but pravers, 1 - Bu vides," sail acter, “the e Christians huil and almis, and visits to the poor and sick; and when that their God is always ever; were present; 9. they inet together at their leasts, there was so much most, tliey have but hid their eyes opened to see of their talk of Christ, and such einging of hymns and liim who is always there!" prayer, that one of us found himself quite out of place."
“Yes," said an old man present, " in those days I What is practicaily the meaning of the precept, quite methought me of being some day a Christian; “ Be not conformed to the world ? " In its every-tay but, look you, they are grown so near like us now, it results, it presents many problems diilcult of sola. is scarce worth one's while to change. A little matter tion. There are so many shades and blending ei of ceremony in the temple, and offering incense to situation and circumstances, so many things, indtJesus instead of Jupiter, when all else is the same, cent and graceful in themselves, which, like towers can make small odds in a man.'
and incense on a Heathen altar, become unchristian But now, the ancient legend goes on to say, that only through position and circumstances, that the in the midst of that gay and brilliant evening, a most honest and well-intentioned are oiten perplexed. stranger, of remarkable appearance and manners, That we must conform in some things is concedei; was noticed amoug the throng. None knew him, or yet the whole tenor of the New Testament shows whence he came. He mingled not in the mirth, and that this conformity must have its limits -- that seemed to recognise no one present, though he re Christians are to be transformerl, so as to exhibit) garded all that was passing with a peculiar air of the world a higher and more complete style of life, still and earnest attention; and wherever he moved, and thus “ prove what is the good, and acceptable his calm penetrating gaze seemed to diffuse a singu- and perfect will of God." lar uneasiness about him. Now, his eye was fixed But in many particulars as to style of living, and with a quiet scrutiny on the idolatrous statues, with modes of social intercourse, there can be no definite their votive adornments; now, it followed earnestly rules laid down), and no Christian can venture to the young forms that were wreathing in the graceful judge another by his standard. waves of the dance; and then he turned toward the One Christian condemus dress, adornment, and the tables, loaded with every luxury, and sparkling with whole application of taste to the usages of life, as a wines, where the devotion to Bacchus became more sinful waste of time and money. Another, perceirthan poetic fiction; and, as he gazed, a high indig- ing in every work of God a love and appreciation of nant sorrow seemed to overshadow the calmness of the beautiful, believes that there is a sphere in which his majestic face. When, in thoughtless merriment, he is pleased to see the same trait in his children, if some of the gay company sought to address him, they the indulgence do not become excessive, and thus infound themselves shrinking involuntarily from the terfere with higher duties. soft piercing eye, and trembling at the low, sweet One condemns all time and expense laid out in tones in which he replied. What he spoke was social visiting as so much wasie. “Another requestbrief, but there was a gravity and tender wisdom in bers that Jesus, when just entering on the most rest it, that strangely contrasted with the frivolous scene, and absorbing work, turned aside to attend a wedding and awakened unwonted ideas of hcavenly purity, feast, and wrought his first miracle to enhance its even in thoughtless and dissipated minds.
social enjoyment. Again, there are others who, br. The only one of the company who seemed to seek cause some indulgence of taste, and some exercise his society was the youngest-the fair little child Isa. for the social powers is adniissible, go all lengths ia She seemed as strangely attracted towards him as extravagance, and in company, dress, and the exterothers were repelled; and when, unsolicited, in the nals of life. frank confidence of childhood, she pressed to his side, In this matter, there are some things about which, and placed her little hand in his, the look of radiant on reflection, most devout Christians are agreed. All compassion and tenderness which beamed down from are agreed that any custom or indulgence, however those eyes was indeed glorious to behold. Yet here in itself beautiful, becomes sinful when its effect is and there, as he glided among the crowd, he spoke to countenance any form of evil. In the first ages, in the car of some Christian words which, though when a Christian could not atorn his house with a soft and low, seemed to have a mysterious and start picture or a statue, without giving countenance to ling pover; for, one after another, pensive, abashed, idolatry, the indulgence of taste in this form became and confounded, they drew aside from the gay scene, sinful; and now there are many indulgences of taste, and seemned lost in thought. That stranger-who held forth in theatres and operns, and in some popewas he? Who? The inquiry passed from mouth lar forms of social amusement, which the Christian to mouth; and one and another, who liad listened to must abandon for the same reason. He may hare his low carnest tones, looked on each other with a as fine an ear for music-as quick an eye for scenery troubled air. Ere long he had glided hither and and decoration--as vivid an appreciation of artistic thither in the crowd, he had spoken in the ear of grace as any other man-- yet he must not indulge it, every Christian-and suddenly again he was gone, simply because he shall become an encourager of and they saw him no more. Each had felt his very serious evils if he does. heart thrill within him — each spirit had vibrated In the same manner, with regard to style of life as if the finger of its Creator had touched it, and and social entertainment-most of the items which shrunk conscious as if an omniscient eye were upon go to constitute what is called stvie of living, or the it. Each heart was stirred from its depthis. Vain etyle of particular parties, may be in themselves insophistries, worldly maxims, making the false scem nocent, and yet they may be so interwoven and comtrue-all seemed to rise and clear away like a mist; bined with evils, that the whole effect shall be telt and at once each one seemed to see, as God sees, the to be decidedly unchristian, both by Christians and true state of the inner world--the true motive and the world. How, then, shall the well-disposed perreason of action; and in the instinctive pause that son know where to stop, and how to strike the just passed through the company, the banquet was
medium ? broken up and deserted.
We know of but one safe rule: Read the life of “ And what if their God were present?" said one Jesus with attention-studnit-inquire earnestly with of the Heathen members of the company next day; yourself: " What sort of a person, in thought, in “ why did they all look so blank? A most favourable feeling, in action, was my Saviour?"-live in conomen, we should call it, to have one's patron divinity | stant sympathy and communion with him-and there at a feast.”
will be within a kind of instinctive rule by which to
THE LIGHT OF GOD'S COUNTENANCE.
try all things. A young man who was to be exposed thing connected with this once beloved land, the to the temptations of one of the most dissipated Euro- mind yields itself to sadness; and the train of bright pean capitals carried with him his father's picture, recollections, which every spot of it recalls, throws and hung it in his apartment. Before going out to any of the numerous resorts of the city, he was accus
an additional gloom over its present desolations. tomed to contemplate this picture, and say to him- Lebanon no longer rejoices in the multitude of her self: “ Would my father wish to see me in the place cedars; the vine of Sorek is withered up; the excelto which I am going?” and thus was he saved from lency bas departed from Carmel; and the rose of many a temptation. In like manner the Christian, Sharon has drooped its head and died. No spreading who has always by his side the beautiful ideal of his vineyards, few cultivated fields, no flourishing cities or Saviour, finds it a holy charm, by which he is gently restrained from all that is unsuitable to his profession. smiling villages attest the industry and happiness of He has but to inquire of any scene or employment: its people. The religion which once dignified its in“Should I be well pleased to meet my Saviour there habitants, and still consecrates its soil, has disapWould the trains of thought I should there fall into peared ; while, through this scene of sorrow its --the state of mind that would there be induced, be rivers flow, and mourn in their courses for their such as would harmonize with an interview with diminished glory. him?”Thus protected and defended, social enjoyment might be like that of Mary and John, and the
But though Palestine at present wears the appear. disciples, when, under the mild, approving eye of the ance of a land which has felt the curse of Heaven, Son of God, they shared the festivities of Cana. | Memory yet loves to linger around it as the scene of New York Evangelist.
events the most interesting to our race, and Hope !ooks
forward to those bright days of returning prosperity BIBLE RIVERS AND LAKES.
of which her prophets have spoken. “ And it shall CONCLUDING PAPER.
come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the Hea
then, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I BY THE REV. J. W. TAYLOR, FLISK AND CRIECH.
save you, saith the Lord, and ye shall be a blessing:
fear not, but let your hands be strong." Jerusalem The Kedron.
shall yet be safely inhabited, and she shall be called a Passing out of Jerusalem by the gate of St Stephen, city of truth. But while this will be a day of returnwhich looks to the south, you descend to the torrent ing mercy to Judah, it will be a day of trouble to the of the Kedron. A bridge of one arch is here thrown nations who have trodden down that goodly land. over its deep and rocky bed. During nine months The dispensations of mercy to the one, and of judg. of the year it is mostly dry; but in the rainy season ment to the other, are inseparably conjoined in the it is a wintry torrent, rapid and swollen. Its channel sure word of prophecy : “For, behold, in those days, leads to the Dead Sea, and, in its course, is marked and in that time, when I shall bring again the captiby its picturesque spots. Thus, where the Convent vity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all of St Saba crowns a rock on its banks, midway be- nations, and will bring them down into the Valley twist Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, its deep sides of Jehoshaphat (the valley of the judgment of God), sink into a dell through which the waters of the and will plead with them there for my people and brook may be seen, now forming into pools, or glid for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered
ing on with a murmuring motion over its rocky among the nations, and parted my land." The Red | channel.
Sea may again be smitten, and Egypt become a deso. In the neighbourhood of Jerusalem it is that the lation-the great River Euphrates will be dried up, Kedron is invested with the deepest interest. Here and the Turkish power be destroyed; but the bare every object which it passes speaks to the heart. channels of Palestine's streams will be covered, and Now it kisses the foot of the Mount of Olives, where
“all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, even oft our Saviour was wont to repair in company with living waters shall go out from Jerusalem, half of his disciples. Again, it skirts the Garden of Geth- them toward the former sea, and half of them to semane, with its eight venerable olive trees-the ward the hinder sea; in summer and in winter shall scene of Jesus' bloody agony. Through the Valley it be.” The mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. of Jehoshaphat, “as through a valley sacred to sweet peace,” its scanty waters it distils from stone THE LIGHT OF GOD'S COUNTENANCE. to stone with gentle motion; here gliding past the OUTWARD enjoyments are indeed sweet; but my God, crowded tomb-stones of the humbler Hebrews; there the author of them, is infinitely more sweet. They passing the more adorned resting-places of Jeru- have all, even the most defecate of them, a tang and salem's ancient kings-the pillar of Absalom and smack of the cask and channel through which they the tomb of Zacharias. Over this brook did David
A single God is infinitely more sweet than pass, when fleeing from the face of Absalom (2 the enjoyment of all created good things that come Sam. xv. 23); and over it did Christ go, in that night corn, and wine, and oil increaseth; and bear a part
from him. Though, indeed, can smile, when my of sorrow and amazement when he was betrayed with my valleys, when they stand so thick with corn into the hands of sinners.—John xviii. I. It was that they even laugh and sing; alas ! this,
without by the Brook Kedron, that the good kings Asa and the enjoyment of a God, is but a mere risus SardoniJosiah burned the idols of their apostate predecessors, cus—the leaping of the head after the soul is gone. and recalled to Israel the departed favour of Heaven. but what are these to his person and presence ?
True, indeed, these are some of God's love-tokens;
These, indeed, are rich cabinets; but, О the light of Such is a general description of the principal | his countenance! that, that is the jewel !—Ps. iv. 6. Bible Rivers and Lakes. In contemplating every In having these, I can say, with Esau, “I have
He is my
much!” But, give me Him, I can exult and, tri- of thy lije." He pansed. It was as the stillness of umphing, say, with Jacob, “ I have all.”—Gen. xxxiii. the grave for a minute - but ol! the iick of that 9,11. These are some of his left-hand favours--some clock !"--it entered my soul-it seemed like the of his bottles of milk and gifts--a fit portion for Ish sound of the keys in the doors of the eternal world. mael and the sons of Keturah. But it is an Isaac's No voice, no speech could have searched the audiinheritance, waters of the upper fountains, which ence as did that awful voice of our departing momy soul thirsts after; those right-hand blessings, his ments. Since that day, I ever look seriously upon presence-lus soul-ravishing presence, in which there the face, and listen solemnly to the voice, of the sune is “fulness of joy, and pleasures for evermore." tuary clock.--Christian Sertinel. Ps. xvi. 11. These may serve for my comfortable passage; but nothing but himself can content and satisfy for my all-sufficient portion (Ps. Ixxii. 26) -
MOCK REPENTANCE. according to that in Ps. xxxvi. 8. He alone can fill up all the gaping chinks and chasms of my soul. Take heed of a mock repentance, saying: "I cry Go!
sun and shield” (Ps. lxxxiv. 11)--my mercy! Gud forgive me? I sin daily, and repent daily. root and branch (Isa. xi. 10)---my “ foundation and
When I have sworn or been drunk, I am heartily corner-stone” (Isa. xxviii. 16)-my • sword and sorry. Is not this repentance?” I answer, No; reshield.”—Deut. xxxij. 29. Ile only can answer all pentance is quite another thing." The burnt child," my desires--all my necessities. “My God and my
we say, “dreads the fire." Thou hast smarted for all.” Thus faith fixes its aspect on God.-Lye.
suretiship, and hast repented of it. Thy friend comes again and desires thee to be bound with him once again. Thou repliest: “ I have paid dear for sureti.
ship already. I have repented of my folly. I have CLOCKS IN CHURCHES.
resolved to come into bonds again no more; no, not
for the best friend I have." Thou art importune Few, if any, human inventions, embody so much by many arguments, but peremptorily refusest; moral character, as the time-keepers. Poets and
"Urge me no more; I have vowed and resolved preachers have been helped to many useful truths against it, and have made an outh I would nerer by this device. The Prophet Isaiah (2 Kings xx.)
be taken in that fault again.” Now I believe thee, made most effective use of “ the dial of Ahaz," in his solemn errand to the dying Hezekialı. What dost thou not thus when thou art enticed into sin
that thou hast truly repented of suretiship; why force it gave to that miracle !
again? Why dost thou not say: “ I have smarted, The passage of time has ever been a favourite confessed, bewailed, been heartily sorry, for my fortheme to pious minds. Instruments to measure it,
mer folly. Now speak no more of it; I have sworn, have, of course, been favourites also. On the pulpits and will perform it, to keep God's commandments, of our Puritan fathers it was common to see an iron
-Ps. cxix. 106. Away from me, ye wicked; I frame, in which stood the primitive hour-glass. must keep the commandments of iny God?'”—Pt. Children then knew what the primer ineans
cxix. 115. This would be somewhat like true re“ As rurs the glass
pentance. But take heed of a mock repentance, Man's life doch pass."
lest, as true repentance meets with a true parlon.
thy mock repentance should be answered with a mock Ilow that silent monitor of time spake to the heart! pardon, as 'Tertullian excellently saith: “ There be It was a natural, forceful preacher in that solemn some that say their heart is good; they fear Girls house where time and eternity come so near together. grieve for sin, though yet they fall into sin.” “ They The falling sands were emblems of years and hours can live in sin, nevertheless, notwithstanding their crumbling in silent fragments into cternity.
faith and repentance; and God can damn then Mechanical skill has given for the dial and glass nevertheless, notwithstanding his mercies, and prin the more complete, if less impressive, chronometer. mises, and pardoning grace.”, True repentance It is a fit appendage to the walls of the sanctuary. among other companions, is always attended with Its iron finger, slowly, but unceasingly, travels the these three: “ What CAREFULNESS, what INDIGNAunending dial circle--a meter of time-an emblem of TION, what Fean hath it wrought in you!"-2 Cor. eternity. It is an iron finger-unfeeling-almost re vii. 11.-Sectrield. morseless. The young, the gay, do not beguile it; nor the old and trembling beg it from its ceaseless march. It ever points-on-on-to death, the grave,
IIEAD versus HEART. and to eternity. Oh! how it preaches to dying, fading man. Each faint tick is the knell of a departed Tue knowledge of the most excellent truths may be moment, bearing in its flight some soul into eter- unprofitable to us, if we know not our duty too. I nity. It is the warning of another moment of our is best for us to know those things which may maka lives—its dying warning-as it goes to mingle with us best--such as may further our graces rather than all
gone before in eternity. In the day of judgment heighten our reputation, make us rather useful than will not these measured moments accuse the sloth- famous, and serviceable to God rather than admired ful, the unreadly? will they not be a witness against by men. It is a vain thing to know what to bold those “ taken at unawaress" Reader, when you and not know what to do--to understand controversy hear again that solemn monitor, think, yea think, and be ignorant of duties. Men are to study those what lessons for eternity it giveth thee.
things which are most profitable-such as will better In one of my college years, a fellow-pupil suddenly their condition, and not only improve their uzlardied. On the Sabbath following, the venerated Dr standing. You know a sick man had rather hans F
joined his discourse with this event, which a good inedicine than fine clothes; he minds more was itself preaching very solemnly to some of us. the easing of his pain than the dressing-up of lus This was a sentence: “Young man, thou art now body. That which will make you spruce will not strong and full of health; but I will tell you, the always make you well. Fine trappings will not cir spade which shall diy thy grave may be alrcady a lame horse, nor the painting of the face heal the forged, thy winding-sheet be lying in yonder store, di seases of the spleen or liver. That knowicie and that clock (pointing to the one on the gallery) which adorns your wind yct may not alwuys meli Le counting out the moments in the insi Subbatk-lay your heart.- l’eal.
SEVEN FOOLS. Plato, seeing a child do mischief in the streets, went
Tie angry man-who sets his own house on fire in forthwith and corrected his father for it. That
order that he may burn that of his neighbour. The father that does not correct his child when he does
envious man—who cannot enjoy life because others
do. amiss, is justly corrected for his faulta; and it is the
The robber—who for the consideration of a few pattern of God's judicial proceedings. As he visits dollars gives the worlu liberty to hang him. The the iniquities of the fathers upon the children who hypochondriac-whose highest happiness consists in imitate them; so he visits the iniquities of the child- rendering himself miserable. The jealous man-who ren upon the fathers who countenance and indulge poisons his own banquet and then eats of it.
The them. As Jacob was accountable to Laban for the
miser—who starves himself to death in order that bis whole flock-not a sheep or a lamb lost or torn but
heir may feast. The slanderer who tells tales for the it was required at his hands (Gen. xxvi. 39); thus
sake of giving his enemy an opportunity to prove him must family governors be accountable to God for
a liar. every lamb in the fold-for every child in the family ---for every servant in the house. Says God to
La iscellaneous. him: " Give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer stewardi." -- Luke xvi. 2. So will God one day cry aloud in thrine ears:
DIOGENES walked on a day with his friend, to see a
* Tusband, father, m:ister, wife, give an account of t'y country fair, where he saw ribands, and lookinghusbandship, give an account of thy fathership, give glasses, and nut-crackers, and fiddles, and hobbyan account of thy mastership, give an account of horses, and many other gim-cracks; and having obthy wifeship,” &c. This made Joshun (xxiv. 15)
served them, and all the other finnimbrums that make undertake for his house as well as for himself.
a complete country fair, he said to his friend: “ How And this made David careful of his house, as well many things there are in this world of which Diogenes as his heart: “I will walk within my house with a
hath no need !” And truly it is so, or might be so, perfect heart” (Ps. ci. 2); not only with a perfect what they have no need of. Can any man charge
with very many who vex and toil themselves to get wait, but in his house with a perfect heart, so as to
God that he hath not given him enough to make his reform his family, that that may be the Church of God (Col. iv. 15; Philem. 2); as well as to reform
life happy? No, doubtless; for nature is content himself, that he may be the "temple of God."
with a little: and yet you shall hardly meet with a Cor. iii. 17, vi. 19.-Kitchin.
man that complaing not of some want; and thus, when we might be happy and quiet, we create troublg to
ourselves. I have heard of a man that was angry A HINT WHICH MANY MIGHIT TAKE.
with himself because he was no taller, and of a
woman that broke her looking-glass because it would A MINISTER was about to leave his own congregation not show her face to be as young and handsome as l for the purpose of visiting London, on what was by her next neighbour's was. And I knew another, to
no means a pleasant errand-to beg on behalf of his whom God had given health, and plenty, but a wife place of worship. Previous to his departure, he called that nature had made peevish, and her husband's together the principal persons connected with his riches had made purse-proud, and must, because she charge, and said to thein : “ Now I shall be asked was rich and for no other virtue, sit in the highest pew whether we have conscientiously done all that we can in the church; which, being denied her, she engaged for the removal of the debt; what answeram I to give her husband into a contention for it; and at last, into a Brother so-and-so, can you in conscience say that you | law-suit with a dogged neighbour, who was as rich as have given all you can?" • Why, sir,” he replied, le, and had a wife as peevish and purse-proud as the "if you come to conscience, I don't know that I can." other: and this law-suit begot higher oppositions, The same question he put to a second, and a third, and actionable words, and more vexations and lawand so on, and siunilar answers were returned, until the suits; for you must remember that both were rich, whole sum required was subscribed, and there was and must therefore have their wills. Well, this wilno longer any need for their pastor to wear out liis ful, purse-proud law-suit, lasted during the lite of the soul in going to London on any such unpleasant ex first husband: after which his wife vexed and chid, cursion.--Chritian Witness.
and chid and vexed, till she also chid and vexed herself into her grave: and so the wealth of these poor
rich people was cursed into a punishment, because they DROPS FROM “ CANAAN'S FLOWINGS." wanted ineek and thankful hearts, for those only call
make us happy.- Walton. WORLDLY sorrow breaks hearts, but godly sorrow heals broken hearts.
A SOFT ANSWER TURNETII AWAY WRATH.- When
Sir Matthew Hale dismissed a jury, because he was Sorrows lie heavier than sin on the wickel; but convinced that it had been illegally chosen, to tavour on the godly sin lieth heaviur than gorrowA.
the Protector, the latter was highly displeased with
him; and when Sir Matthew returned from the cirA saint prayeth that God will not sufer hiin to take any work in hand but what he will prosper, and
cuit, Croinwell told him in anger that he was uot fit then prays God to prosper the work he takes in hand.
to be a judge; to which all the answer he made was,
that it uus very iide. If things fall not out as we would have them to Tue JESTER.--He who never relaxes into sportivebe, yet let it content us that they fall out as God ness is a wearisome companion; but beware of him would have them to be. God attains his end, though who jests at everything! such men disparage, by some we miss ours.
Can we be better disposed of, than by association, all objects which are presented to their wisdom, goodness, and faithfulness itself? Doth not ludicrous thoughts, and thereby render themselves inGod do all things well ? We, therefore, should not capable of any emotion which can either elevate or open our moutlı to complain, because it is his doing; soften them; they bring upon their moral being an "but in ercrything give thanks, for this is the will of influence more withering than the blasts of the desert. God in Christ Jesus concerning us.”
-Southey. Indirect (unlawful] means may sometimes prosper,
To criminate and recriminate nerer yet was the but are never blessed.
road to reconciliation.--Burke.