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to keep themselves warm ; while one whispers to another, “ I am hungry, but I will not say so, for it will make my father weep.” Let the merciful hasten to such a scene with their aid. Misery cries, “ Make no tarrying.” If your circumstances are comfortable, such acts of mercy will give you far more enjoyment in your good things than you could otherwise have attained ; and if you are in difficulties, giving what you can spare to such objects will strengthen your contentment and lighten your burdens. To do good, and to communicate, forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

In concluding the discourse, I would say to all my hearers, Be more attentive to these lessons, and more zealous in these exercises than you have ever yet been. Implore that divine influence which is necessary, that you may apply your hearts to piety and wisdom. Attend to the lessons taught you by other seasons, and perform the duties incumbent on you at other periods. Uniformity is the beauty of the Christian character, and constancy the result of its impulse.

Let the young beware of sinning against the Lord at this season by indulging in acts of mischief, which, though to them they appear sportive and harmless, are a serious annoyance to others. Let them beware of sporting on the Sabbath ; for God will punish them for such daring profanity, and the thoughtless parents also who permit them to engage in it. And let no call of amusement induce you to be absent from school, or to neglect any message which has been intrusted to you.

Let not the aged complain that they have no alleviations of the rigours of winter; that its severity aggravates all their ailments, and prevents them from attending on religious ordinances; that the decay of their sight unfits them for reading ; that they are too dull of hearing for conversation; and that time hangs very heavy on them: for why should a living man complain,-a man for the punishment of his sins? It is the Saviour's will that

you
should

pray always and not faint. He can give consolation by his Spirit when all the means of it have failed. Wait on him, and he will strengthen your heart.

This may be your last winter, and if it is your worst as to suffering, may it be

ay it be your best in patience, consolation, and hope. Amen.

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to keep themselves warm ; while one whispers to another, “ I am hungry, but I will not say so, for it will make my father weep.” Let the merciful hasten to such a scene with their aid. Misery cries, Make no tarrying.” If your circumstances are comfortable, such acts of mercy will give you far more enjoyment in your good things than you could otherwise have attained ; and if you are in difficulties, giving what you can spare to such objects will strengthen your contentment and lighten your burdens. To do good, and to communicate, forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

In concluding the discourse, I would say to all my hearers, Be more attentive to these lessons, and more zealous in these exercises than you have ever yet been. Implore that divine influence which is necessary, that you may apply your hearts to piety and wisdom. Attend to the lessons taught you by other seasons, and perform the duties incumbent on you at other periods. Uniformity is the beauty of the Christian character, and constancy the result of its impulse.

Let the young beware of sinning against the Lord at this season by indulging in acts of mischief, which, though to them they appear sportive and harmless, are a serious annoyance to others. Let them beware of sporting on the Sabbath; for God will punish them for such daring profanity, and the thoughtless parents also who permit them to engage in it. And let no call of amusement induce you to be absent from school, or to neglect any message which has been intrusted to you.

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Let not the aged complain that they have no alleviations of the rigours of winter; that its severity aggravates all their ailments, and prevents them from attending on religious ordinances; that the decay of their sight unfits them for reading ; that they are too dull of hearing for conversation; and that time hangs very heavy on them: for why should a living man complain,-a man for the punishment of his sins? It is the Saviour's will that you should pray always and not faint. He can give consolation by his Spirit when all the means of it have failed. Wait on him, and he will strengthen your heart. This may be your last winter, and if it is your worst as to suffering, may it be

your best in patience, consolation, and hope. Amen.

DISCOURSE XVI.

THE CHARACTER AND PRIVILEGE OF CALEB.

NUMBERS xiv. 24. But

my

servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.

The evil report brought by so many of the spies respecting the promised land produced the most unhappy results to the Israelites. Men sent out to explore distant regions have generally returned with the most encouraging accounts; and the multitude are disposed to yield to them ready and implicit credit. What specious accounts have been given, in the present day, of various foreign countries! The climate has been represented as most salubrious, the fields as marked by beauty and fertility, and the inhabitants as mild and courteous. Influenced by such delusive statements, many have abandoned comfortable situations in their own country, and repaired to places where they expected to find ease, plenty, and independence, but have found poverty, despair, and death. But the spies sent to explore Canaan brought a most unfavourable account of it. They said, it is a land which eateth up the inhabitants thereof, and the people in it are men of great stature, before whom we are as grasshoppers. To this the Israelites gave a ready ear, and wept and murmured, and said,

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