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John did to the Jewish Sanhe- Saviour, he receives as the best ; drim, Whether it be right in the and he esteems as worthy of bimsight of God to hearken unto you self to support wbat was wortby more than unto God, judge ye. of God to bestow. He is dis
How pleasing is the sight of a gusted at the man who proposes pious and zealous Christian, amendments to it as offering an going on from strength to strength insult to the love which inspires, towards Zion. With an humble the wisdom which orders, and sense of his own infirmities, un- the authority which establishes wavering dependence on God's the constitution of the Christian Spirit, diligent endeavours to dis. Church. “ Zion” is, in his view, cover truth, sincere resolution to “ the perfection of beauty.” In hold it fast, and anxiety to have a his Christian warfare, in his saving interest in it, he searches afflictions, yea, in the hour of the Scriptures, knowing that in death, he is supported with this them he shall find eternal life. reflection. In them God speaks to him. The Holy Ghost, says he, speakFrom their decision he knows, ing in the Scriptures, has been my and be rejoices to know it, there instructer. I have not built my can be no appeal. They deter- hopes upon the foundation of mine every thing which requires human authority. The decrees a determination. Their maxims of councils, the traditions of he endeavours prudently to apply elders, the writings of fallible in all his conduct. He diligently men, have been received only as employs every help to the under- far as they are supported by standing of them. Sensible of God's testimony. Upon the word their perfection he compares of revelation, a word which canScripture with Scripture. What not fall to the ground, and which is less clearly intimated in one God will own when I appear
be. part of the sacred volume, is fore him, I now venture, yea, I more clearly explained in other confidently rest my immortal parts. The histories, the pro- soul, while I resign my body to mises, the precepts of revelation, the dust. To my God, whose all contribute to establish his revelation has been the guide of faith, and to animate his hope. my life, I now come. Thou wilt Delighted with the whole plan of show me the path of life : in thy grace, be admires the manner in presence is fulness of joy; at thy which salvation is dispensed to right hand there are pleasures for man. The visible order appoint- evermore. ed for the Church by the blessed
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Down the deceitful stream of busy life,
Thus fond Lucretia, centred all her hopes
As walking by herself in lonely path,
I've not a secret care or pain,
But he that secret knows:
Pity the Orphan's woes!
A VERY sweet and plaintive What friend have I in heaven or earth, voice gang these words. I could
What friend to trust, but thee? not at first discover from whence My father's dead, my mother's dead; My God, remember me !
or from whom it proceeded. It
was a beautiful moonlight evenThy gracious promise now fulfil, And bid my trouble cease;
ing in the month of September, In thee, the fatherless shall find and being a stranger in the village,
Both mercy, grace, and peace. to which my walk had extended, I
approached the Church, which both, and am left without a friend stood upon a hill at some distance on earth.” from the houses, proposing to But, I trust,” added I, “ not myself the pleasure of a lonely without a Friend in heaven.” contemplation among the graves “ I hope not, Sir," said the of the departed. I had scarcely girl," but my heart is very arrived at the gate, which stood heavy. It is not a fortnight since opposite to the Church porch, my poor mother was laid in that when the above verses were soft- grave beside my father, who ly sung by some person, not in died last year.” sight. Fearful of interrupting
" And what brings you here this artless hymn, which was evi- to-night?” said I. dently accompanied by broken " Sir, I come here, as often as sighs, as of one weeping not far I can at an evening, when my off, I stood still to listen. day's work is over, to look at
At that moment a poor girl, ap- these two graves, and think about parently about fifteen or sixteen my dear father and mother. They years of age, came from behind a were the best that any poor child projecting part of the church, ever had ; and my greatest comand soon returned again, without fort now is, to come here by mydiscovering that she was observed self, and think over all their kind and overheard. I could not help ness and love to me, whilst they feeling a momentary concern lest lived." Tears again prevented my approach might terrify, or at her saying more. least disturb the feelings of the " And where did you learn that distressed girl, who seemed to be hymn, which I heard just now ?" overcome with much affliction of “ Sir," said she, “it is one heart.
that the minister of our parish Whilst I was gently opening made for some children in the the gate, she again sang the two Sunday-school, who lost their last lines as before,
father and mother a few years ago;
he called it, “ The Orphan's Thou Father of the fatherless, Hymn," and we sometimes used Pity the Orphan's woes.
to sing it at Church and at school.
But I did not know then, how At that moment the noise of the soon it would be my own turn to gate shutting, after I had passed feel the same loss, and sing it for through, caught her ear: she myself. But it is the Lord that came forward, somewhat startled, hath done it, and I desire to sub. and said, “Who is there?”' mit to his will." “One,” replied 1, " that can feel “ Did your parents bring you for the fatherless, and pity the up in the fear of God, and the orphan's woes. Do not be afraid, knowledge of his blessed Gosbut tell me, whether the words pel ?” you have been singing, are ap “Oh! yes, Sir, it was all their plicable to your own case ? Are wish and pains to do so. They you deprived, by the providence loved and feared God themselves, of God, of your own parents ?” and they did all that lay in their
Bursting into tears, she said, power to teach me to do so ** Indeed, Sir, I have lost them too."
" And I hope from what you spoke to me: I can never forget say,” added I, “ that their in-them.” structions have not been in vain. “ And do you not believe," reYou can read, and know the plied I, " that in God the fathervalue of God's word.”
less find mercy ?" “ I hope I do, Sir: I have " I do, Sir," answered she, learned from it, how good Jesus" and am persuaded that he will Christ has been to sinners. Poor, neither leave me, nor forsake me. friendless, and distressed as I am, I know I am a sinner, and, as I would not part with the hope, such, deserve only bis displeawhich the word of God gives me, sure, but, through his grace, I can for all the world. My mother trust his word. Weak, helpless, told me
(Here she with and sinful, as I feel myself to be, difficulty went on) My mother I nevertheless desire to cast my told me, a little before she died, burthen upon him, and believe that she had nothing to leave me that he will sustain me.” but a blessing, a Bible, and the “ And is it your heart's desire prayers which she had been offer to be a follower of these good ing up for me, ever since I was parents, who, through faith, inborn. But, she said, that is herit the promises, and are now enough, if God is but pleased to at rest with God ?" accept them." Indeed, Sir, you “Sir," replied the girl, with cannot think what a dear good the most affecting solemnity of mother I have lost. And now I manner ; to live as they lived, am obliged to live with some and to die as they died, is the neighbours, who use me very first wish I have in this world.” hardly, and force me to work Highly pleased with the strong beyond my strength to get bread marks of filial piety and dutiful to eat. Sir, I have now no father affection, which this interesting nor mother to take care of me, young person manifested, I asked feel for my difficulties, and teach her what prospects she had for me the ways of God, as they used her livelihood : She said, “ Her to do. I am young and inexpe- wish was to enter into the service rienced: and I am afraid lest, of some pious family, if the goodwithout a guide, I should fall into ness of God should lead her into errors and snares, which their such a situation.” kind care might have prevented." I was strongly prepossessed
“Let this be your comfort,” I with the simple and unaffected replied, “ when father and mo- declaration of her sentiments, ther forsake you, then the Lord and viewed the circumstances of will take you up. For God is my seemingly accidental meeting the helper of the fatherless, and with her, as a providential opporhas given an encouraging promise tunity of rendering a service to a to the believing parent, that he young and unprotected girl; I may leave his fatherless chil-therefore offered her a servant's dren, and God will preserve place in my own family, to assist them alive."
in the nursery, being convinced “ Those," said the girl, looking that child, so dutiful as she had up with great earnestness, “were been to her own parents, was the the last words my dear mother most suitable companion and at