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Perhaps the “ Notes” may be useful to those who, ing once had occasion to apply a bottle of hot water in providence, are led to think of repairing to Ma to his own feet when he retired to bed, he dreamed deira. In either case, I shall not be without my that he found the heat of the ground almost insuffer

that he was ascending the side of Mount Etna, and reward. For myself, I shall often look back with

able. Persons who have had a blister applied to pleasure to the months which I spent in that island. their head have been known to dream of being I shall often remember, with a thankful spir the scalped by a party of North American Indians. privilege which there was mine, of ministering in the Sleeping in a smoky room, we may dream of a house Gospel of Christ-the Christian friendships which I

or a city being in flames. The smell of a flower formed—the Christian communion which I enjoyed applied to the nostrils may call forth the idea of - large comfort these in the season of my long sepa-excite in us the most pleasurable associations.

walking in a garden; and the sound of a flute may ration from my own family. I shall ever feel a deep Here, then, we discover one great source of that interest in that lovely island

class of dreams of which Solomon speaks in Eccles.

v. 7. " Where the flowers ever blossom, the beams ever shine, The only one of our mental powers which is not And all, save the spirit of man, is divine."

suspended while dreaming is fancy, or imagination. It shall often be my prayer that the consolations of pended and exercised. Sometimes we fancy ourselves

We often find memory and judgment alternately susJesus Christ may abound to my own countrymen contemporaneous with persons who have lived ages sojourning there, whether they be engaged in worldly before: here memory is at work, but judgment is set occupations, or be seeking that health of which some aside. We dream of carrying on a very connected of them shall never more be partakers-often shall discourse with a deceased friend, and are not conI plead with the Lord that his work among the

scious that he is no more: here judgment is awake, natives may go on, enlightening, converting, sancti.

but memory suspended. These irregularities, or

want of mutual co-operation in the different faculfying many of them—that they may be comforted ties of the mind may form, for aught we know, the and supported under the sufferings and persecutions plan by which God gives health and vigour to the which Popery is now inflicting on them for the truth's whole soul. sake, and, by their constant stedfastness and holiness,

How God revealed himself by dreams, and raised adorn the doctrine of the blessed Redeemer.

up persons to interpret them, the Scriptures abundantly testify. Under the three successive dispensa

tions we find this channel of communication with * * Mr Johnstone begs to acknowledge receipt of 15s.,

man adopted. It was doubtless in this way that God collected by “ a Little Girl who attended the Scotch Church appeared to the father of the faithful, ordering him last winter in Madeira," to help to build the Scotch Church

to forsake country, kindred, and his father's house, in that island. He will be happy to take charge of any

and to go into the land that he would show him. To further sums intended for this interesting object.

this divine command Abraham paid a ready obedience. It was by a similar prompt obedience to the

admonition conveyed to him in a dream, that AbinneDREAMS.

lech (Gen. xx. 3) himself, and Abraham too, were

saved from the evil consequences of his meditated act. Of all the subjects upon which the mind of man has When Jacob was, as it were, banished from his speculated, there is perhaps none which has more father's house, in order to avoid the effects of his perplexed than that of dreaming.

brother's implacable rage, he came to a place called Whatever may be the difficulties attending the

Luz (Gen. xxviii. 19), and, whilst there sleeping subject, still we know that it has formed a channel under the canopy of heaven, he had communication through which Jebovah was pleased in former times by dream, not only with angels, but with God also: to reveal his character and dispensations to his “He dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the people.

earth,” &c. This was an encouraging dream to Jacob,

for it filled his soul with holy and awful thoughts of We believe that dreams are ordinarily the re-em God. On awaking we do not find this patriarch disbodiment of thoughts which have before, in some missing the thought of the dream from his mind, but shape or other, occupied our minds. They are broken he exclaims: “Surely the Lord was in this place, fragments of our former conceptions revived, and and I knew it not! and he was afraid, and said, How heterogeneously brought together. If they break off dreadful is this place! This is none other but the from their connecting chain, and become loosely house of God, this is the gate of heaven!” He even associated, they exhibit ofttimes absurd combinations, set up a pillar to perpetuate its memory, and made a but the elements still subsist. If, for instance, any solemn vow that Jehovah should be his God. And, irritation, such as pain, fever, &c., should excite the moreover, such was the deep impression which this perceptive organs while the reflective ones are under dream made upon his mind, that God, who appeared the influence of sleep, we have a consciousness of many years afterwards to him when yet in Padanobjects, colours, or sounds being presented to us, aram, and bade him return to his fatherland, urges just as if the former organs were actually stimulated this as a motive: “I am the God of Bethel, where by having such impressions communicated to them thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst by the external senses; whilst, in consequence of the a vow unto me." We are informed in the sequel repose of the reflecting power, we are unable to how God did fulfil to hiin all that he had then prorectify the illusion, and conceive that the scenes mised. passing before us, or the sounds that we hear, have a But though this was the first, it was not the last real existence. This want of mutual co-operation time God appeared to Jacob in a dream. In Gen. between the different faculties of the mind may ac xxxi. 10, Jacob informs his wives that it was God, count for the disjointed character of dreams. This who saw how Laban oppressed him, who had direcposition might be fully substantiated by an appeal to ted him to take the speckled, &c., cattle for his wages, the evidence of facts. Dr Beattie speaks of a man and had ordered him to return home. He obeyed; who could be made to dream anything by whispering and when Laban, designing to do Jacob some harm in his ear. Dr Gregory relates of himself that, hav- (Gen. xxxi. 24), pursued, and after seven days over

took him, God, by a dream, prevented the meditated in the right use of them; for in the 28th verse of the evil.

same chapter it is said: “ The prophet that hath a Joseph, whilat yet a child, had dreams prelictive dream, and he that hath my word, let him speak my of his futurendvancement.-Gen. xxxvii. 6-11. These word faithfully. What is the chatf to the wheat? dreams are one, and were repeated under different saith the Lord." forms, in order, it would seem, to express the cer When Gideon warred with the Amalekites, and tainty of the thing they predicted. How they forined was alarmed at their vast multitudes, he was enthe first link in an extended chain of God's provi- | couraged do God's will by overhearing one o$them dential dealings the sacred record fully informs us. relate his dream, and another giving the interpreta Jealous not only of the partiality of their father for tion.---Judg. vii.. Again, it was in a dream tbat God Joseph, but also of that which God, woalu evince by was pleased to grant Solomon a promise of wisdom these dreams for him, his brethren hated him, and and understanding.-1 Kings iü. 5, &c. Here we may sold him to the Midianites. From their hands he perceive what converse the Lord was pleased to hold was transferred to Potiphar, captain of Pharaoh's with Solomon in a dream; and the sacred record orguard, and by him, under the cruel and unjust ac forms us how punctually everything herein promised cusation of his vile wife, was cast into the king's was fulfilled. prison. Alas! in this position Satan might well tempt But though God speaks frequently by dreams, yet Joseph to doubt the kind providence of the God man is often found actually closing his ears against whom he served. But no-he felt assured that the such communications. Thus Job (xxxii, 14) says: Lord was with him, and that, in his own time and "God speaketh once, yca twice, yet man perceireth monner, he would vindicate his innocence, and give it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when him his liberty. Nor was this contidence of Joseph deep sleep falleth upon men, in glumbering upon the disappointed; for, in the course of time, by being able bed, then he opereth the ears of men, and realeth to give an accurate interpretation of three predictive their instruction.” dreams, he was raised from the prison to a participa Sometimes those dreams and visions are of a plattion with king Pharaoh in the government of Egypt ! surable, and again of a frightful character: "iben It is true that a daring infidelity has tried to reduce I say my bed shall comfort me, my couch shall e se the first of this series of dreams to a natural prin me; then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest ciple – the constitutional vanity of the dreamer's me with visions.”—Joh vii

. 14. mind and thus to set aside its divine character and The knowledge of visions and dreams is reckoned tendency. But, granting for a moment that Joseph amongst the principal gifts and graces sometimes vainly read in the partial feelings of his father his bestowed by God upon them that fear bin; so it is own eventual elevation over his brethren, and that said of Daniel and his companions, that “

God gave by reason of the impression which this flattering them knowledge and skill in alt learning and wisdom: prospect made upon his mind, lre was led to dream as and Daniel had understanding in all visions and above noticed, still, this could not alter the predic dreams."-Dan. i. 17. And the God who had inpartes tive character of the dream: and in proof of this we this spirit unto his servant Daniel soon, in the as appeal to the account of its actual fulfilment. It is rangement of his providence, gave occasion fuz its. quite clear from the inspired history that dreams exercise. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, dreamed were looked upon by the earliest nations of antiquity a dream, and his spirit was troubled because the as premonitions from their idol gods of future events. thing had gone from him. Having, however, a deep One part of Jehovah's great plan in revealing through impression that the dream was of portentous meanthis channel his designs toward Egypt, Joseph indi- ing, he called together his magicians, astrologers, and vidually, and his brethren generally, was to correct sorcerers, and commanded them to recall and explain this notion. Hence it was that, on Joseph being it to him. These reputedly wise men of Babyloa at brought into the presence of Pharaoh for the purpose once acknowledged that to meet the king's wishes of explaining his dreams, he at once says: It is not belonged not to the capacity of man. Disappointed in me; God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace." and enraged at this confessed impotency, he ordered Such were some of the dreams by which God revealed all the wise men of his kingdom to be put to deaià. himself under the patriarchal dispensation, and that Daniel being included in this order, implored God to the same divine mode of communicating with man reveal to him the dream with its interpretation: his was continued under that of Moses is evident from an prayer was graciously answered.-Dan. ii. 19. Whereexpress word of promise (Numb. xii, 6): “ If there be upon he acquaints the king that "there is a God in a prophet among you, !, the Lord, will make myselt heaven who revealeth secrets, and maketh known to 1 known unto him in a vision, and will speak to him in him what shall be in the latter dıys;" and then pro a dream.” That dreams were one of the ways whereby ceeds to state the dream, together with the interpre God was wont to signify his pleasure to men under tation thereof. Satisfied with what Daniel stated, this dispensation is eviilent from the complaint of Nebuchadnezzar said unto Daniel : " Of a truth it is Saul to the spirit of Samuel (whom the witch pre- that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings;" tended to raise up). When he asked him: “Why hast and the divine historian states, that in consequence | thou disquieted me to bring me up?" Saul answered: of this, both the prophet, and Shadrach, Meshach,

" “I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war and Abednego were promoted to the highest offices against me, and God is departed from me, and of the State! In this dream a great variety of ents answers me no more; neither by prophets, nor by were attained in reference to Bahylon, Israel, and dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou indeed the world-all of which were worthy of God's mayest make known to me what I shall do." And, iniraculous interference. in order to guard against imposition, Moses pro That this method of God's revealing hitoself was nounced a penalty against dreams which were in not confined to the legal dispensation, but was to be vented and wickedly made use of, for the promotion extended to the Christian, is evident from Joel (ü. : of idolatry.-- Deut. xii. 1-5. Thus Zechariah (x. 2) 28): "And afterwards (saith the Lord) I will pour complains: “ The idols have spoken vanity, and the out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your diviners have spoken a lie, and have told false dreams; daughters shall prophesy; your young men shall they comfort in vain.” And so Jeremiah (xxii. 25): | visions, and your old men shall dream dreams," in * I have heard what the prophets said that prophesy Act ii. 17, we find the Apostle Peter applying this lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have to the illumination of the Holy Ghost. Accordingly, dreamed," &c. Yet this abuse did not alter God's plan we read that when Joseph designed to put Mary

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away, because he perceived her to be with child, he sickness he kept on preaching. IIe preached with was turned from his purpose by a dream, in which an his book in his band to the last monent of his lite. angel made the truth of the matter known to him. When he was dying, he said: “My friends, don't think Mått. i. 20. And in the following chapter it is stated, of me; I'm going to heaven," and pulling his cloth that God in a dream warned the wise men not to over his head he died. I may say he preached to the return to Herod. Noreover, in verses 13 and 19, last second of his life. Joseph is instructed to flee into and return from Egypt with the child Jesus. Whether the dream of Pilate's wife was a divine

ONE'S OWN HISTORY. intimation we cannot tell.

The history of a man's own life, is to himself the We inquire not how far God may lzave revealed most interesting history in the world, next to that of bhuself to man beyond what Holy Scripture records. the Scriptures. Every man is an original and sohitury Some of the dreams, both of ancient and modern character. None can either understand or feel the times, which lay claim to a divie character, are cer book of his own life like himself. The lives of other tainly striking, and may, for aught we know, have men are too dry and vapid when set beside his own. had, and may still have, a collateral bearing on the lle enters very little into the spirit of the Old Testadevelopment of God's purposes.-Kitto's Cyclopedia. ment, who does not see God calling on him to turn

over the pages of this history, when tre says to the Jew, A TRUE CONVERT.

Thou shalt remieniber all the way which the Lord

thy God led thee these forty years." He sees God THE well known Rev, Mr Abbot, in addressing a teaching the Jew to look at the records of his delivermissionary, meeting held last month in New York, ance from the Red Sea, of the mana showered down mentioned the following remarkable particulars re

on him from heaven, and of the Amalekites put to

flight before him. There are such grand events in garding a native convert at Arracan:

the life and experience of every Christian, it may be There was then a young man of whom you have all well for him to review them often.-Cecil. read, Bleh Po, and the people requested particularly that I would ordain him, but he desired that he might study for another year, as he did not feel that he was

A CHRISTIAN COLPORTEC P.. prepared. I agreed that he should study another

As an instance of the devotedness of this good man season, and then I intended to ordain him; but when I returned there for that purpose he was d ud. I (Louis Marie); we may mention, that when he begun

in the city of Montreal, where he chietly labours, he will give you a few facts concerning the history of

was subjected to very injurious treatment, of which, this young man, which was very interesting. In

however, he did not complain. One evening when 1837, when I was there in the Bassein province)

he returned home, he was asked what kind of a day Bleh Po was among the first converted. IIc embraced the Gospel-he renounced all worldly hopes Christian joy, that he had had a very good day,

he had had. He replied, with a face full of quiet and anxieties, and was allowed to preach, though he was never puid. He sacrificed a great deal for his having only been kicked twice. -- Rev. Mr Arnot. religion. The parents of his wife, for Karens, were very wealthy, and he expected to receive some fortune tbrough her, but he lost it all, for they would not

Fragments. hear of his becoming a Christian. He lost what would in this country be called a fortune of perhaps one The impartial search of truth requires all calmness humdred thousand dollars, or in that proportion. He and serenity--all temper and candour. Mutual inwould have been a very rich man, but he gave up all, struction can never be attained in the midst of passion, and his friends and relations turned him out of doors. pride, and clamour, unless we suppose, in the midst He was called up before the Governor and threatened of such a scene, there is a loud and penetrating lecture with punishment if he preached; but when the Gover read by both sides, on the folly and shameful infirminor threatened, he turned around and preached the ties of human nature. - Wults. Gospel to him too. They all said they could not do

God sometimes gives me a taste of what he will do anything with that man, for he would preach. He

for me, and takes it away again, to let me see what I was once fined one hundred and fifty rupees (about

cannot do for myself.--ddam. seventy dollars), but his friends came forward and

Casaubon, when shown the Sorbonne in Paris, and paid it for him, and he went on preaching as before. He was the most praying man I ever saw. I have

told that disputations had been carried on there for

above four centuries, asked: "And pray what has been known him to lie on his mat, his face down to the

cleared up?">Cloudmers. ground all day long, engaged in prayer. He was a good preacher, and an unspotted man, having the con Watch against all bitter and passionate speeches idence of all. In any case of difficulty, when a peace against malignant opposers of truth; for meckness of maker was wanted, Bleh Po was sent for, and his spirit and belraviour is more according to the religion voice acted like the voice of Christ over the stormy of Christ than wrathful zeal.-- Adam. waters. There was no one who woulå settle a diffi

Experience is rarely of any use collaterally. It culty like him, and no one who would build up a does not become efficient till it has been bought perChurch like Bleh Po. Just about the time he was to

sonally. It must be paid for, to be well remembered. be greained, he was attacked by the cholera, but re -Burney, covered. Before his attack he was always yoing about among the sick and dying, with his Bible, or a tract

One sensible, experimental proof of Christ's power in his hand, preaching to them, and exhorting. After

and presence in time of conflict, of danger, or temphis attack and recovery, he went about as usual with tation, will hardly ever be forgotten, and 'binds the

soul to him in trust and affiance more than a thouhis book in his hand, though he was very weak, of course. His friends tried to keep him still, as they

sand arguments.-Adam. feared be would bring on another attack, which Man originally fell by losing his confidence in God, would be fatal, but he could not stop, and went and can only be raised by the restoration of his contiaround among the sick for two or three days. On the dence: in other words, unbelief was his ruin, and he third day he was attacked again, and even in his now stands by faith.-Jay.

Daily Bread.

cannot make us happy with himself, till he has made us holy like himself.-Jay.

TUESDAY FRIDAY. “Put on the whole armour of God."-EPH. vi. 11. :

“ Him hath God highly exalted."-Puil. ii. 9,

Jesus, my Lord, mighty to save,
Stand then in His great might.
With all His strength endved ;

What can my hopes withstand,
But take, to arm you for the fight,

While thee my Advocate I have,
The panoply of God.

Enthroned at God's right hand ?
It is not the armour of your own resolutions—it is

The thoughts of Christ glorified should raise our the armour of God, even the graces of the Spirit. It hearts to that blessed place where Christ “sitteth

on is not some graces, or parts of that armour-it is the the right hand of God, and from whence we look for whole armour-all the Christian graces. It is not

the Saviour." When we commemorate Christ's enenough to have the armour in the house, or grace in good hopes of following him shortly, when we think

trance within the veil as our forerunner, and have the habit; no, it must be put on--daily worn and exercised. God hath provided different pieces of armour

of his being in paradise, and of our being with him; for you—the sword of the Spirit, the shield of faith, how should our affections be carried out towards that the helmet of hope, the breastplate of righteousness; joy of our Lord! How studious should we be to do but there is nothing for the back, for God disowns the work of heaven, conform to the laws of heaven,

and converse as much as may be with the glorious run-aways.- Willison.

society there! Having received the adoption of sons,

we should improve our acquaintance with, and raise SATURDAY.

our expectations of, the inheritance of sons.-Henry.
“ Choose you this day whom ye will serve."-
Josh. xxiv. 15.

Ready the Father is to own,
And kiss his late- returning son:

" I have set the Lord always before me."--Ps. xvi. 8. Ready your loving Saviour stands,

Careless through outward cares I go-
And spreads for you his bleeding hands.

From all di: traction free;
Choose you whom you will take for your Father-

My hands are but engaged below

My heart is still with thee. whether God or the devil. Both are courting your heart—which of them will ye yield to? Is there any

Let God be much in your thoughts, and in the view 80 foolish as to halt betwixt two opinions in this solemn ordinance, but in the whole course of your

of your mind; not only when you approach some case ? Is there any so mad as to stand in doubt whether to dwell with Christ or the devil for ever?

actions—when you go forth, and come in—when you Now Michael and his angels, and the dragon and his

lie down, and rise up. Let the creatures you converse angels, are struggling for your hearts; a cunning toward you, present God to your thoughts and the

with, the several dispensations of Divine Providence devil is holding, and a dying Saviour is drawing; now cast the balance, and show which of them you incline

view of your minds. For how can men that have to. The eyes of the glorious Trinity are on you-the

seldom any thoughts of God maintain any conımunion

with him? Our communion with God is not as it is eyes of angels and men are on you-to see what the issue will be. O, then, be wise, and come presently, ward thoughts and exercise of the mind; which,

with creatures, in a sensible way; but it is by the inand make a surrender of your hearts to God in Christ. therefore, we ought to be frequent in. And these llid.

thoughts of God should not be slight and transient, SABBATH.

but fixed and serious; especially at some times, which “ He that walketh with wise men shall be wise."

we should more peculiarly devote to solemn medita- 1, PROV. xii. 20.

tion. Meditation brings the object nearer to the Jesus' praise be all our song ;

soul, and the soul nearer to it, though locally distant While we Jesus' praise repeat, Glide our happy hours along,

-unites the soul to it-mixeth itself with it; whereby Glide with down upon their feet !

it doth possess it, or is possessed of it.- Singleton.
Far from sorrow, sin, and fear,
Till we take our seats above,

Live we all as angels here--
Only sing, and praise, and love.

“ Time is short."-1 Cor. vii. 29. Shun the company that shuns God, and keep the

And am I only born to die?

And must I suddenly comply company that God keeps. Look on the society of the

With Nature's s'ern decrec ? carnal or profane as infectious, but reckon serious,

What after death for me remains ? praying persons the excellent ones of the earth.

Celestial joy. or hellish pains, Such will serve to quicken you when dead, and warm

To all eternity! you when colu. Make the liveliest of God's people Men in all ages are hastening to eternity: those your greatest intimates; and see that their love and that were our ancestors in former ages are already likeness to Christ be the great motive of your love to there, and have taken up their lodgings where they ther-more than their love or likeness to you.

must for ever dwell; and we are following after them. Wid.

And those that shall live after us, when they have

been upon the stage of this world awhile, shall follow " Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom

us and our fathers into eternity, and give place to of heaven."--JOHN iii. 3.

those that follow after them. Thus this world doth Unless we put on Thee

often change its inhabitants. W bat is the life of man, In perfect holiness,

but a coming into time, and a going out into eternity? We cannot rise Thy face to see

Thy bright, unclouded face!
If there were no law to exclude the unsanctified sin-

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It will not admit of a moment's doubt, by any reap life everlasting.”—Gal. vi. 7, 8. Awful seriously reflecting mind, that the most proper words ! Solemn announcement! Yes, reader, and solemn view we can possibly take of time on this momentary existence—for what is your is the close relation which it sustains, and the life ? it is even a vapour, that appeareth for a i proximity it is ever making to eternity. In little time, and then vanisheth away—a feather this light it must be regarded as the brief falling from the pinion of eternity, is it rushes period allotted to the soul for its preparation on in its interminable course ;---yet on this and its training for another, a higher and an moment of existence turns, as upon a pivot, the endless state of being. Before this, all other immense realities of your higher and advancconsiderations, circumstances, and events to ing state of being. I know of no consideration which, in the present life, we are wont to attach of paralleled power and weight with this. What an undue and artificial importance, vanish as an amazing importance does it give to every into thin air. Yea, everything, however gor- breath of air which infates the lungs, and geous and imposing, intellectual and refined breathes in the nostrils ! On this single breath

may appear, which would exclude from the what mighty results depend! Eternal happimind of man the probationary character which, ness!-eternal woe! O were weonly to remember as a reasonable accountable, and immortal being, that we are acting for eternity, what a new mould, he sustains, and the disciplinary nature of God's and how different a complexion would the dealings with him in his present march to an thought give to the daily concerns and pursuits eternal world, with a view to his entrance upon of lite ! Of what incalculable value, ihen, is it, were a splendid impertinence. There is the present moment! Suppose the next were to something solemn, I might say appalling, in the be spent in the eternal world-once the "silver fact, that the character of each individual of cord is loosed,” and the "golden bowl is

the human race is every moment forming for a broken,” your destiny is unchangeably settled| future state. Across the wide and mysterious your doom irrevocably fixed. i gulf which separates time frometervity, then, supposing you to have lost your soul,

stretches, in its influence, every step of his lite, would be of less value and importance to you erery event of his history, every act of which than the moments of time spent in reading he is the author. He is educating for eternity. these solemn statements of truth, in which it That eternity receives its complexion and its were possible for you to send forth from the character from the present. Oh! it is the moral very centre of your deeply-stirred spirit and influence and bearing of the present life which alarmed soul the shortest but the sublimest gives me a strange feeling of interest in every and most comprehensive prayer that ever individual I meet; and which attaches to every passed from earth to heaven : “God be mercicircumstance and incident of my own existence ful to me a sinner.". Suppose,” to quote the a character and an importance infinitely beyond illustrations of another, “that a kingdom were the power of human thought to calculate. offered to a man, and that he must comply with

We have already affirmed of the present life the conditions in an hour, or lose it for ever, that it is probationary. All that follows belongs how much more would depend upon that hour to retribution. It is, as has been remarked, than upon all the rest of his life! Or suppose the causal period, and the only period of causa- that you had been condemned to suffer perpetion-everything beyond it is effect. It is the tual imprisonment in chains, and in a dungeon, preface to the mysterious volume of eternity, and that an hour were granted you to sue for which man will be for ever reading; it is the pardon, and upon the most humble confession prologue to the solemn scene hereafter to trans to attain your liberty-how much more valuable pire, when the curtain rises and reveals the would that hour be than fifty subsequent years great white throne, the judgment-seat, and the of night, solitude, and chains!” But o what books opened. It is the sowing of the harvest language can describe, what imagery can dethen to be reaped. But away with the testi- pict, what figure can illustrate, the amazing mony of man on a question of such momeni as value of a moment of time, the antecedent of this. The Spirit of God shall bimself testity. a long, long eternity! And thus it is written in the Volume of Inspira

“ Great God! on what a brittle thread, tion, from whose records we shall be judged in

Hang everlasting things !" the last day : “ Be not deceived; God is not But these are general statements-- let us mocked; for whatsoever a man soweih, that consider the present life in two of its particushall he also reap. For he that soweth to his lars. Think of the brerity of its duration. What Hesh shall of the fleshi reap corruption; but he is your lite? The dissolving vapour--the that soweth to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit weaver's swift shuttle—the fleeting hip---the No. 47.

January 16, 1916.

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