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mate ties. I must forget neither my obligations nor my duties to any creature of God, least of all to those who are bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh.' In their worst estate I must pity and love them. I must follow them with my prayers; and strive, by new endearments, to win them to God and holiness. United to them by God himself, I must tremble to break a single link of the holy band needlessly or wantonly. The religion which inculcates severity to myself inculcates also tenderness to them. And let me be especially jealous, lest, when constrained to differ from them, I mistake ill temper for zeal, and seem to be acting for God when I am indulging myself. At the same time, there are cases in which the Gospel calls for domestic sacrifices. A man's foes, may even now be sometimes found in the bosom of his own household.' Those linked to a sincere christian by the bonds of nature may, as in the case of our Lord, consider him as beside himself.' In this case, let the sacrifice cost what it will, it is es. sential, in a certain sense, to forsake' those who forsake Christ. We cannot adopt their principles, we cannot imitate their habits: and we may be called to seek our happiness in pursuits and recreations the most opposite to theirs—to breathe for them in secret the prayer they will not allow us to offer amidst the intimacies of daily affection. Is the sacrifice great of thus estranging ourselves from them ? How great is the reward ? It is said of those thus renouncing “all for Christ, •Trey shall receive a hundred fold, (i.e. in this world,) and shall inherit everlasting life. We shall, through the Divine compassion, gain even here fonder and more faithful friends
friends for both worldsfriends who love us better for the sake of our common master than they could have loved us for our own:-and in the world to come we shall be admitted to uninterrupted communion with God and with his Son, and to rejoice in fellowship with the innumerable company of happy spirits who surround the throne." 65 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
Ah! who would rashly quit the nest,
Which chains the struggling soul from Thee.fi She sat for some time musing on the delicacy of her situation, which involved a contest between her natural affections and her Christian principles ; when she rose, and falling on her knees, prayed first for her parents, that their hostility against her religious opinions might cease ; and that they might feel the renewing influence of that pure and undefiled religion, whose external forms and ceremonies they observed ; and then concluded by offering up the following appropriate petition. “ But if it should please thee, "O righteous Father, for wise yet mysterious reasons, to suffer me to be exposed to cruel mockings, or still severer persecutions, give me strength, and patience, and meekness, to endure them. If reviled for my attachment to the Saviour, if defained for my adherence to his cause, if opposed in my religious profession, may I be enabled to display the meekness of wisdom, blended with the firmness as an unwavering constancy. While in the world, keep me from the evil of it. Suffer me not to be enticed by its allurements, nor intimidated by its threatening, to swerve from the narrow path that leads to eternal life. Favour me with thy presence. Cheer me by the light of thy countenance. Sanctify.me by thy truth. Guide me by thy counsel. May I be faithful unto death ; and after death may I be permitted to join the assembled multitudes which surround thy throne, and serve thee day and night."
THE MODERN MARTYR.
Enthusiast, fanatic, and fool,
Many who read thy life will style thee;
Will pity, who dare not revile thee.--BARTON.
It soon was whispered about that the accomplished and polite Miss Lester, had receded from fashionable life ; that she had taken the veil of Methodism, and was become quite a fanatic, and that her more intimate friends had thought proper, after remonstrating with her, on the strangeness of her conduct, to discontinue their calls. The fevere ish excitement which was produced through the whole circle of the giddy, and the gay, with which she had been accustomed to associate, was so great, that they were prodigiously affected ; viewing it as a calamity, in which their respectability and honour were involved. 'But no one felt quite so much on this truly melancholy occasion, as Miss Frip, and her particular friend, her dear bosom companion, the amiable Miss Grig; two ladies, who having outlived their long-faded attractions, could easily pass from one local habitation to another, unmolested by any of the wooing spirits of the age. It was not known, till after her grand apos. tacy, that they felt any deep interest in her welfare, as she had never visited them, had never been seen in their company, except at a masquerade or a ball; had never been heard to quote their names, unless to indulge in a little satyrical mirth, which of course rendered their pungent sorrow the more genuine, and their exquisitely tender sympathy for dear Mrs. Lester, and dear Mr. Lester, and the rest of the dears, the more disinterested. They seemed to grow young again,-to recover their departed energy, and vivacity, and spirit-stirring sensibility, under the operation of their intense anxiety-they were to be seen abroad from dewy morning, to evening shade-demure, and sad--now pitying the poor deluded creature, anon exclaiming against the progress of fanaticism, which was forcing itself amongst the more genteel circles of society; sometimes wondering why the Almighty could suffer such a fatal heresy to spring up in the earth; and at other times half disposed to think that the bishops and the clergy were to blame, for not stepping forward to put a stop to it.
Miss Frip. “ Indeed I am so prodigiously affected by the fanaticism of Miss Lester, that I am quite wretched. What an affliction to dear Mrs. Lester! But I suppose she can't be right in her mind.”
Miss Grig. “She was always flirty. Fond of appearing singular, some think her clever, but I never did. She was excessively vain."
Miss Frip. “I always thought so. Do you think she has been noticed so much lately as she used to be ???
Miss Grig. “Oh no. She was not invited to Mrs. C-'s ball, and I heard that Mr. Pwho paid her great attentions, merely bowed to her, at the last concert at the assembly rooms.'
Miss Frip. 66. This explains the mystery. As she can't rise to distinction amongst us, she is going to try her fortune amongst the mopish enthusiasts. Well, I don't know why we should be so prodigiously affected by it."
Miss Grig. “ Dear no, I think it is a very fortunate circumstance. Indeed Miss Frip, I think we Jessen our respectability, by admitting these tradesmen, and their-low-minded children, to associate with us. Our parties shoulj be more selects and then they would be more genteel.”
Miss Frip.“ I think so, I have long thought so. I have often deplored their introduction amongst
I have heard a great deal about this fanatical religion, since Miss Lester has become a convert to it; do you understand what it is.”
Miss Grig. “Some people call it Calvinismsome Methodism-some enthusiasm; I don't understand it, but it is something very dreadful, something very horrible indeed. It makes people hate each other. It sets a parent against a child, and a child against a parent. It always breaks up the