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there are works de congruo, and works de con- against Popery are perfectly innumerable. Long digno;" and he was beginning to explain the dis before Luther appeared in Germany, Wicktinction, when Catherine interrupted him with liffe, the English Reformer, is said to have comgreat spirit : “ Work here, work there—what posed no fewer than two hundred volumes or kind of working is all this? No works can tracts against the Pope. But as all this consave me but Christ's.” The king was so amused troversy availed little, until Luther preached with the spirited answer of the young lady, and the plain Gospel of Christ; so after all we have the blank look of her accuser, that he could not done, or may do, in opposing the errors of refrain from laughter, and afterwards contrived Popery (and controversy may be still highly to convey her away secretly out of their hands. necessary), the most effective mode of repressWalter Mill, an aged man, who had once been ing the progress and thwarting the designs of a priest, is well known as the last martyr that the Antichristian system, is the faithful preachsuffered under Popery in Scotland. Being ing of “ the truth as it is in Jesus.” asked if there were not seven sacraments, he answered: “Let me have two, and take the rest to yourselves.” He was questioned about the A BRAND PLUCKED OUT OF THE FIRE. mass.“ Christ,” said he, “ hath put an end to the following touching narrative is translated from all carnal sacrifices by offering, once for all, his
the German of a sermon, preached by the Rev. Mr body upon the cross." They desired him to recant. « No,” said he, “ I am corn, not chaff. gelical ministers of Berlin, after the execution of a
Kuntzé, one of the most devoted and useful evanI will neither be blown with the wind nor bruised by the fail, but I will abide both; I criminal for murder; and contains an account of the will not recant the truth.” They tied him to way in which the Lord was pleased, in intinite mercy, the stake; and while the fire was kindling, he
to visit his soul with awakening and salvation. It is
to be apprehended that, in too many instances, the said : “ I am a great sinner; yet it is for God's truth contained in his Word that I suffer. decp anxiety and concern manifested by criminals
in a similar situation may be traced to the mere Dear friends," he cried out of the flames," as
workings of natural and unsanctitied fear; but, at you would escape eternal death, be no more seduced with lies of priests, monks, and friars, narrative of poor Döring, as given below, will be
the sametime, we think that no one who reads the and the rest of the Antichristian crew; but disposed to say that such was the case with him. It trust only in God.” Nor can we omit the testi- is well not to abuse the grace of God; but it is also mony of an English martyr, John Lambert, who, well not to limit it. The Lord is found of those who after having withstood the taunts and tempta- seek him not, and even publicans and sinners have tions of his persecutors, was at length adjudged been joyfully received into the “ kingdom.” to the stake. The manner of his death is almost too horrible to relate, were it not for the glori “ As soon as he had finished the fearful deed ous testimony with which it concluded. “ For," he resolved, in order to save his life, to deceive, says honest Foxe, “after his legs were con
by dissimulation, his judges, when it pleased God to
awaken him in a wonderful manner. He dreamed sumed and burned up to the stumps, then he,
one night that the doors of his prison were opened, lifting up such hands as he had, and his finger and that he was led out on a wide plain, where ends Haming with fire, cried to the people in he beheld the judgment-seat of God. Tull of fear these words: None but Christ !_none but he approached it. All his sins were here held beChrist !' and so fell into the fire, and there fore him; and the terror of his soul was such that ended his life.”
he gwoke, and rejoiced when he perceived that it had
been but a dream. By singing light songs, he tried The Reformers themselves were fully aware
to get rid of the deep impression the dream had made; of what constituted the main strength of their but God called him a second time by a similar drcam. position, and the secret of their success—the But even this had not the power to awaken his simple preaching of Gospel truth. And even spiritual concern. When, however, on the third their enemies were not altogether blind to it. night he saw the same again, the sweat of anguish Cardinal Wolsey, on reading the Augsburg of it, and, for the first time in his life, he prostrated
broke forth on his whole body in the contemplation Confession, remarked that “the Protestant himself, crying humbly for mercy. He now put all divines were stronger in the confirmation of dissimulation aside, confessed his guilt before the their doctrine regarding the righteousness of judges, and a new spiritual life appeared to begin in faith than in the confutation of the contrary his soul. But, alas ! his old sins, pride and hypoopinion.” Melancthon acknowledges the truth crisy, broke forth anew, and marred the work of the of this remark, observing that, “. while in ques: drawings which he had experienced in the year and
Lord in his heart. It seeined as if all the gracious tions of natural science, it is easier to demolish | a-half of the visits of his pastor, would have been in a false theory than to establish a true one, vain; and his minister almost despaired of the salvait is the reverse in questions of morals and me tion of this grey-headed malefactor. The day now taphysics; there it is easier to establish the came when his sentence of execution was to be antrue theory than to answer all the arguments nounced to him. On the previous evening his miniswhich may be advanced in support of the false ter visited him, read the 90th Psalm, and dwelt one." It would have been well had this truth especially on the words : “ Teach us so to nuinber
our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom;" been more attended to in our controversies with but this also was apparently not accompanied by any Papists. The books which have been written effect. When, however, entering next day into the
presence of his judges, he read, in the seriousness of rest to gain strength for his last difficult day. He those present, the appointment of his last hour in obeyed, and slept some hours. When risen aguin, this world, he at once listened quietly to his sentence, morning worship was held with him, wherein he then sunk' upon his knees, and thanked God for the poured out his soul in prayer before the Lord, asked mildness of it (a simple capital punishment by the again for pardon and salvation, and prayed for the sword). They asked whether he would like to peti- king, his judges, and his children. In the meantion the king for a reprieve, but he answered, “No! time came the chaplain of the prison, of whom Döring I desire nothing but the grace of my Lord and Sa- asked liberty to see his stepson, a delinquent in the viour Jesus Christ.” With this moment, which fixed same jail. His request was complied with; and to a few hours the end of his existence, a perfect while they were telling him how sad his son's change seemed to have come upon poor Döring. He spiritual state was, the young man himself entered asked pardon for all the past from the judges, gover the cell, and here were confronted the father who nor of the prison, and his pastor, and made once more was so soon to be executed, and the son an inmate an humble confession of his crimes, in order (as he of the same prison. The father said: “I cannot said) to unburden his loaded conscience. When re- blame thee for the whole guilt of thy crimes. I turned to his prison, the first thing he did was to call myself bear part of it; for thou never sawest upon the Lord to grant him grace and pardon, and anything good from me or thy mother." He now to bless abundantly the short time he had still to admonished him, in the most touching terms, to live as a preparation for eternity. The forenoon, and leave his wicked ways. Both criminals knelt then the first hours of the afternoon, were spent in the con- together, and the dying father prayed for his unsideration of the Word of God and of some hymns. happy son, that God might have mercy upon him. At four o'clock, he partook of the Lord's supper to He then called on his son to promise him, in the gether with some of his relations. The feast of Jesus sight of God, before whom he himself was soon to was felt to be solemn, and was much blessed to Dör appear, that the last day of his father would become ing's soul. Soon afterwards, Döring, deeply affected, the day of his true penitence, and turning to the took leave of some of his friends; and the hours of the Lord; which the son did with many tears. From this evening, till ten o'clock, were spent in Christian con time Döring desired nothing else but to be prayed with. versation, when he was earnestly admonished to exa During the time that he was conveyed to the place of mine his heart's state, lest he robbed himself of the execution, he prayed earnestly for himself; and when short space still granted him. It was represented to arrived there, some words of comfort and strengthenhim, that though he could deceive men with a form of ing were addressed to him. In nis outward appear: godliness, he could not do so before the eternal Judge, ance, he was already like a dying man-his feet could in whose presence he had to appear in a few hours. not carry him any farther, and his eyes were failing. The pastor left Döring at a late hour, to give him When conveyed to the place where he was to hear time to order his affairs, with which' he occupied once more his sentence read, the minister directed himself till one o'clock and the went to bed, but his attention in these, the last moments of his life, could not find much time for rest. At six o'clock in again to Jesus, his Lord and Saviour. He repeated the morning the minister again entered his cell, and with audible voice, then a part of a hymn—knelt held morning worship with him. The day was spent before his judge-listened quietly to the sentence, in religious contemplations, when he enjoyed the and when again asked whether he desired to petition, peace of a pardoned sinner. At nine o'clock in the perhaps once more, the king, he answered, “No." The evening his judge visited him again; and when he felt faithful pastor then approaching, called upon him to some disquietude, he asked his dear pastor to tell him hold his last prayer on earth. He could but utter, with when the hour of his leaving his present place ap- streaming eyes and a stammering voice, single words, proached, and then to engage with him again in Lord, Saviour, have mercy," when he was interprayer. He remembered now, with deep emotion, him rupted by the minister going on :-“ Lord Jesus, to whom he had sent, two years before, so umprepared thee this poor sinner comes now; have mercy upon into eternity; and he seemed shaken by the thought him; sprinkle him with thy holy and precious blood; of meeting soon this soul before God's judgment-seat. wash him from all his sins; stretch forth to him thy The last prayer in his present prison was now offered merciful hand, and lead him, thou thyself, throngh up, and his chains were brought ; and when a by- the dark vale of death into thy glory!" In a few stander expressed his sorrow that he was still to be moments his head fell under the sword of the ere burdened with chains, he answered: “Do put chains cutioner. For “The wages of sin is death; but the on me 0! I have deserved far more !!! He then took gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our leave of the superintendents of the prison, and at ten
Lord.” o'clock he entered a carriage, with his minister and some other persons, to be conveyed to Spandow, a fortress near Berlin, where he was to be executed next
TIIE BIRTH OF CHRIST. morning. Having arrived there, and being freed from his chains, he was told that in a few minutes his last WELCOME! all wonders in one sight, day would begin, which being unable to enter upon Eternity shut in a span; otherwise than in prayer, he fell upon his knees and Summer in winter, day in night, was commended to the Lord and his grace. He had
Heaven in earth, and God in man. marked a passage in his Bible (1 Tim. i. 13-17), which he asked his minister to contemplate with him; which
Great little One, whose all-embracing birth being done, he felt both humbled and refreshed. Lifts earth to heaven, stoops heaven to earth. Luke xxiü. was read to him, and especially verses
CRASPAW. 42 and 43, which made a deep impression on his soul. Tears streamed from his eyes, and he besought the pastor to engage with him in prayer, that the
CONSCIENCE.-When a man stands condemned at Lord would speak to him also these gracious words:
the bar of his own conscience, it is of small impor“ Verily, I say unto thee, To-day thou shalt be with tance to his happiness to be thought innocent by'all me in paradise.” He himself cried again and again the rest of the world.—Dr Moore. for it, and was graciously answered. It was now two o'clock, and Döring being bodily and mentally It is always one step towards amendment to be greatly worn out, he was admonished to take a little convinced that we want it.-Miss Burney.
MISSIONARY SPEECHES OF NATIVE CONVERTS.
there be many little streams. Let not ours be dry. MISSIONARY SPEECHES OF NATIVE Let missionaries be sent to every land.” CONVERTS.
The last native who spoke, observed :Our readers must have attended many interesting Friends, there are some amongst us who have missionary meetings, and have heard many eloquent been pierced with balls. Now, let our guns be rotten speeches delivered at them; but we question whether
with rust; and, if we are pierced, let it be with the
Word of God. Let us have no more cannon balls; any such meetings were ever more interesting, or any
but let the Word of God be the ball we shoot to other speeches delivered at them more eloquent and effec-lands." tive than those of which we subjoin specimens. The
And it is delightful to see how the meeting was meetings we refer to were held in the South Sea improved to their own spiritual good. While reIslands, and the speakers were converted natives. membering others, they did not forget themselves. Soon after their conversion, they instituted mission-Tamatoa concluded his address by saying:ary societies to aid in carrying to others the glorious Light which had dispelled their own darkness; and lands, and then, by our wickedness, drive it away
“Let us not assist in sending the Gospel to other every year a May meeting was held, in connection from our own. Remember, there were many drowned with each of the associations, at which suitable ad who helped to build the ark. Take care, lest after dresses were delivered. And the heartiness which sending the Gospel to others, you die in your own they exhibited in the cause, and the liberality with sins. Let us not be like the scaffolding, which is which they gave to its support, were such as might useful in building the house, but is afterwards thrown
into the fire." well put to shame the coldness and niggardliness of
And another said :many in our Christian Churches at home. As one instance, we may state, in connection with the associa “We are now become a Missionary Society, and tion at Raiatea, the funds contributed amounted the we are to give our property, that the Word of God first year to £500, and the next to no less than £1800.
may be carried to all lands; but let us ask, Is it in
our hearts? has it taken root there? If not, how At the first meeting of this association, the follow
can we pity others ?” ing, among other speeches, were delivered:
At the next meeting of the Society, Pahi, the secTamatoa, the king, who occupied the chair, said:- retary, after reading the report, said :“Remember what you used to do for your lying
My heart was rejoiced while I was reading the gods. You used to give them all your time, your report. A thousand bamboos from one district ! strength, your property, and even your lives. Then
Fourteen hundred from another! Well done, my you had nothing of your own; it was all the evil
friends! Let us not be weary or lazy, but let us spirits'. If you had a canoe, or mats, or pigs, or
double our diligence. We are constantly praying, cloth, or food-it all belonged to them. What a great Let thy Word grow;' but if we do not use the means, work had you then to do in building marais; your
how can the Word grow? What would you think of property was all consumed in the worship of the
a man whose canoe was fast on the beach, and who gods. But now, all our property is our own, and kneeled down, and prayed to God that his canoe here are our teachers in the midst of us. God sent
might reach the sea? Would you not call him a them. He is of great compassion. And they left foolish man, and desire him to stand up and drag his their own land to come here. Now our eyes are open, canoe? And shall not we act as foolish a part, if we and we see it is all false, all paraupoke-word and
pray, and do not use the means for making the Word work which end in death. Let us do what we learn.
of God to grow. Prayer and the means must go Let us take pity upon other lands. Let us give pro- together, and then we may expect that all will know perty willingly, with our whole heart, to send them
the Word of God." missionaries. It is but a little work for the true God."
Fenuapeho, the president of the Tahaa Society, As soon as Tamatoa had resumed his seat, Puna,
“You have given your property. Perhaps some of a native of a very consistent character, rose to nomi
you gave it from custom, and some of you grudgingly; nate a secretary for one of the districts, and then and if so, God will not be pleased; but if you gave said :
it with your hearts, you may pray with propriety that “Friends, I have a little question. In your thoughts, God would not take away your teachers, and that he what is it that makes the heavy ships sail? I think it will send his Word to every land.” is the wind. If there were no wind the ships would To this another added that :stay in one place; but while there is wind, we know the ships can sail. Now, I think the money of the big property in the sight of God.”
“A little property given, with the heart, becomes great Missionary Society is like the wind. If there had been none, no ship would have come here with
Tairo said :missionaries. If there is no property, how can mis “Let us now hold fast the Word of God, and die sionaries be sent to other countries—how can the with it in our hands." ships sail? Let us then give what we can."
" My friends,” added another, “let us all rejoice Tuahine, one of the deacons of the church, then together. We have become one great family this
day. Hitherto we have lived as strangers, and with stood up, and spoke thus :
evil dispositions towards each other, and we are re“Kings, chiefs, friends, and all of you; we have duced to a very few by regarding Satan's parau heard much speech to-day; do not be tired; I also (word or customs); but now we are men.
God saw have a little to say. Whence come the great waters? the great crookedness of this land, and sent his Word Is it not from the small streams that flow into them. to make it straight. He saw the great ruggedness of I have been thinking that the Missionary Society in this land, and sent his Word to make it smooth. Oh! Britain is like the great water, and that such little those who have died cannot now partake of our joys. Bocieties as ours are like the little streams. Let | Let us rejoice, and be diligent."
A chief, named Padu, began his address by saying, although theoretically infallible, and of course unthat formerly the place on which they stood was changeable, is actually subject to the humanizing insacred, and not a person dared to venture upon it; fluences of modern civilization; that its spirit, if not but that now those foolish customs had fallen, and treatment, it may be made a useful ally, instead of a
its creed, is changed; and that by mild, conciliatory they were all assembled there to serve Jehovah, | dreaded foe. Such men have no dread of Popers, adling :
because, in fact, they have no great dislike to it; and “When evil grows in any place (alluding to a dis- could it only be tamed, so as to be a docile and quiet trict in which some persons had been disposed to war), tool in the hands of statesmen-could it be detached let us not take the spear and the gun, but let us
from the side of political agitation, and enlisted on
that of order and obedience to the law, it might be quench the evil with the light of God's Word.”
come as useful an engine of government as any other, “ Angels,” said Uaeva, "are rejoicing at our meeting to-day; and
the ministers in England, with and a great deal more powerful than some, by reason the good people there, will rejoice when they hear of its better organization, and more accommodating of our meeting this day. But let us not think that principles. But the very extent to which this opinion giving our property will save our souls. There is but prevails in society, and especially among those whose one way of salvation, and but one Saviour-Christ influence governs the country, is itself a proof that
our fears on this subject are far from being groundJesus."
less or imaginary; for when we look abroad over the At a meeting held in Talaa, another island, the world, and wherever our eye rests—in Europe, in following addresses were derivered :
America, or the British colonies--we see the Church
of Rome imbued with fresh zeal, animated with eager Fenua peho.-" We have not hitherto collected much property, but let us add our prayers to that hope, and putting forth all its strength, in one mighty
and simultaneous effort, for the recovery of its former wliich we have given, The Gospel cannot be con ascendency, and the extension of its cause : -when veyed to distant lar ds without means. This is the
we consider the talent and wealth that are embarked way; pray with the heart and give with the hands in the enterprize—the high aspirations and historical To pray without iving, is a lying prayer. Do not
recollections by which it is sustained-the union, the put down your names without meaning to give. Let discipline, and the organization which concentrate not your hearts go back. There are few
inhabitants the whole power of the body on every given point of now
on this land to what there were formerly. We attack-and the support on which it may confidentiy only of all our families are left-brands plucked out
reckon from most of the kingdoms of Europe-the of the burning."
connivance which it may expect from all;—when we Vahineumi,-“That we collect property to in consider these things, and then, turning our eyes crease the funds of the parent Society is good. We homewards, discover indifference or a disposition to are all collected together this day to promote the compromise and conciliate, existing in the very land work of God. Let us be diligent. Beware lest any which was once deemed the bulwark of Protestantiem, of us become like Ananias and Sapphira, keeping the citadel of civil and religious freedom; when we back that which belongs to God."
witness there the sad decay of pristine zeal and sted Meduarea.—“The great tree has grown; the shade fast faith, the miserable struggle of mere political has stretched to numerous lands; it has not grown parties, and, saddest of all, the divisions of the Proby the sword, but by the prayers of those in Great testant Church; when we see these things, let no Britain, who sent us this Word. Recollect what we man accuse us of yielding to groundess alarms, if we have licard preached to us this morning. We have discern, in the signs of the times, the dark omens of sent a few of our number to adjacent islands, and trials and tribulation to the witnessing remnant of they have been blessed by Jesus. Let us continue to the Church of Christ. pray for the extension of this kingdom; let us not But we must equally guard against the opposite withhold. There are numerous nations still in dark- extreme-of yielding to unbelieving distrust or heartness, who are murdering their children and destroy- less despondency, in regard to the cause of Christ. ing each other.”
Some are apt to become faint-hearted, and, from very Rachoe.-“ Let us not begin at the top of the tree, fear, to give up the struggle as unavailing, when the let us begin at the root. Let our hearts be found in powers of the enemy are seen marshalling the host, this work. Look at the little ants; we are less wise and appear in a fornidable aspect. But be not than they. Let us be active, and give our property afraid: “Greater is He that is with you than all that in this good cause. Let the Church inembers give, can be against you." A season of trial you may that those who are still in heathen darkness may be have, and such a season as shall winnow the chair come members of the Church of Christ. Let the from the wheat, and thoroughly purge the floor; and baptized give, that those who are still worshipping it is not unlikely that the last may be the greatest idols may cast them away, and be baptized in the and deadliest effort of the Man of Sin-his rage may name of the Father, Son, and Spirit.”
be hottest just before his fall. But the Beast is al. ready wounded; and that wound is mortal-he hag
been wounded by “the sword of the Spirit, which is DREAD OF POPERY.
the Word of God;" and although he still survives,
and is only exasperated by what he has suffered, he [FROM “ Warning against Popery,” an admirable will never regain his former strength, but, sooner or Discourse, just published, from the pen of Dr James later, must fall before Him who was ordained of old Buchanan.]
“ to bruise his head." There may be much uncer
tainty as to the precise mode in which the prophetic On this, as on every other subject, there are two word will be fulfilled; but as to the fact that Antiextremes, one on the right hand and the other on the christ shall be destroyed, and that a fixed, deterleft, into which men are apt to fall. Some make minate time is appointed for his destruction, no doubt light of the danger, and regard those as mere alar- is left in Scripture. The duration of his kingdom is mists who profess to be apprehensive of the return limited, and is expressed in three different forms of Popery; they may even think it possible to hold by forty-two months--or one thousand two hundred dalliance with it, and, by a dexterous stroke of policy, and sixty days—or a time, times, and half time to disarm it. They tell us that the Church of Rome, (corresponding to three years and a half, whick
BASKET OF FRAGMENTS.
make forty-two months and one thousand two hun and his thoughts were troubled, and his words dred and sixty days); in other words, it is to last went up towards a cloud, and his thoughts pulled one thousand two hundred and sixty years from its them back again, and made them without intention; commencement, and could we be as sure of the pre- and the good man sighs for his infirmity, but must cise time from which this term began, as we are of be content to lose that prayer; and then he must the length of its duration, we could fix on the very recover it, when his anger is removed and his spirit year when “the Lord will destroy him with the is becalmed—made even as the brow of Jesus and brightness of his coming.” Many kings and king- then it ascends to heaven upon the wings of the doms may confederate their forces, and unite in sup- holy Dove, and dwells with God, till it returns like porting his cause; but they cannot avert nor long the useful bee, laden with a blessing and the dew protract his doom. Nay, the very union of worldly of heaven!-Jeremy Taylor. powers in his defence will be the forerunner and pledge of his swift destruction; for no mortal hand shall smite that fated power; on the contrary, mul Basket of Fragments. titudes will throw around it the shield of their protection, and “ shall give their power and strength to the Beast; they shall make war with the Lamb, and THE USE OF MEANS.—God never promised to save the LAMB SHALL OVERCOME TIEM, for he is Lord of by miracles those that would not save themselves by lords and King of kings."—Rev. xvii. 13, 14. And means.-Henry. then from heaven and earth shall arise that sublime
MEMORY TOO RETENTIVE OF EVIL.-Our memories, ** Alleluia; salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God; for true and righ- the frogs live, but the fish die.-Cripplegate Lectures.
as corrupted by the fall, are like those ponds where teous are his judgments : for he hath judged the great whore which did corrupt the earth with her INTERIOR MINDS.-There are minds, as well as fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his ser lands, of so harsh and crabbed a disposition, that vants at her hand. Alleluia; for the Lord God om little can be made of them.-Bishop Horne. nipotent reigneth !"-Rev. xix. 1, 2, 6. Let no believer, then, be faint-hearted in the hour
No MAN CAN SERVE Two MASTERS.-He who of conflict. Antichrist may prevail for a time, but thinks to save anything by his religion, besides his he shall ultimately be destroyed. " Her plagues soul, will be a loser in the end.—Bishop Barlou. shall come in one day, and she shall be utterly HUMILITY COURTING OBSERVATION.-That humiburned with fire; for strong is the Lord God who lity which courts notice is not FIRST-RATE. It niay judgeth her.” This is predicted in Scripture (Rev. be sincere, but it is suilied. Do not sound a trumpet, xvii. 8), and held forth as the object of our faith and
“Come and see how humble I am.”—Cecil. hope; for in his defeat Christ's victory is insured.
OPINION OF OTHERS. If any slight thee, be neither We may not fix the time, nor is it needful that we should; but there is a time fixed in the counsels of dejected nor provoked; and do not
value men accordGod when Babylon shall fall, and when all the kinging to their esteem of thee, but according to their
true worth.--Adam. doms of this world shall become the kingdom of our God and of his Christ. There may be many trials
PAROCHIAL VISITING.-A house-going minister awaiting us before that time arrives; but although makes a church-going people.-Dr Chalmers. our persons may suffer, the cause shall be victorious;
RAILING.There is no kind of revenge so poor and and, meanwhile, there must be no COMPROMISE, no pitiful as railing; for every dog can bark: and he ALLIANCE, NO ENCOURAGEMENT—nothing that would that rails, makes another noise indeed, but not a connect us, in any degree, with the power of Anti
better.- Dr South. christ: “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her plagues."- Rev. xviii. 4.
A Day of RecKONING.-Men may cheer themselves in the morning, and they may pass on tolerably
well, perhaps, without God at noon; but the cool of ONE OF THE MANY HINDRANCES TO the day is coming, when God will come down to talk PRAYER.
with them.--Cecil. Anger is a perfect alienation of the mind from prayer; and therefore is contrary to that attention which
“ Boast NOT THYSELF OF TO-MORROW."-At a presents our prayers in a right line to God. For so
Christmas party one observed, that if they should ever have I seen a lark rising from his bed of grass and
meet again, something was to be done. Another exsoaring upwards, singing as he rises, and hopes to get claimed: “If we shall meet !-we will meet;" but he to heaven and clinb above the clouds; but the poor
was the only one who died in the interval ! bird was beaten back with the loud sighings of an POPERY REFUTED BY COMMON SENSE.-Some of eastern wind, and his motion made irregular and in the Irish are so far enlightened by Sunday schools constant descending more at every breath of the and Bible societies, that they can exercise their tempest than it could recover by the libration and reason in resisting the abominations of Popery. One frequent weighing of his wings, till the little creature of them being lately asked by his priest, a curate, was forced to sit down and pant, and stay till the why he did not come to confession, said to him, storm was over; and then it made a prosperous flight, Please your reverence do you ever confess ? " "Yes, and did rise and sing as if it had learned music and I do, to the rector.”—“ And do you pay?" "Yes." motion from an angel, as he passed some time through -“ And to whom does the rector confess?" “ To the air about his ministries here below. So is it with the bishop.”—“ And does he pay him ?” “ Yes." the prayer of a good man; when his affairs have re " And to whom does the bishop confess?" “ To quired business, and his business was matter of dis- the vicar-general.”—“And pays him?" “Yes."? cipline, and his discipline was to pass upon a sinning “ And to whom does he confess?" “ To the Pope.” person, or had a design of charity, his duty met
_“ And pays ?”
“ Yes."_" And to whom does the with the infirmities of a man, and anger was its in- Pope confess ? " “ To Jesus Christ.”_" And does strument; and the instrument became stronger than he pay anything ?”
• Then please your the prime agent, and raised a tempest and over reverence,” said the man, “as I am very poor, I ruled the man; 'and then his prayer was broken, I think I shall go to Christ at once.”