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ciding to remain, and to pour, amidst her ruins, his prayers and tears for that afflicted people, whose dearest interests it had been his earliest and most cherished object to promote.
(To be concluded in our next.)
A SISTER'S TALES.
No. VII. . “ Now for the Tale, or rather the Tales,” said Jane, as the little circle formed around her ;_" for I am going to give you two accounts, the first of a DESPISED Child, and the second of a Beloved LADY.
6 Mr. and Mrs. Freeman were the parents of a large family, consisting of two sons and five daughters. Şix of these were fine, active, high-spirited children. ANN, the fourth daughter, differed from all her brothers and sisters, in that she possessed none of these qualities. She was plain in her appearance ; silent and grave in her behaviour. When a child, she did not seem fond of the usual amusements of children ; but generally walked quietly by the nurse's side, while the rest were sporting in the fields. Her usual seat was a little stool, which she always placed in the shadow of her mother's chair, that so she might be hidden by it. Ann seldom laughed, and this was counted a mark of ill-temper. She loved to be silent and alone, and this was reckoned sullenness. Her retired, reserved, unengaging disposition, rendered her a favourite with no one, MR, and Mrs. FREEMAN appeared to be less interested in her than in their other children; they indeed féd and clothed her in the same manner, but in every thing else she was differently treated. If now and then they said a kind word to her, it often brought the tears into her eyes; and so her mother concluded that it did more harm than good. The most unpleasant tasks were given, and the greatest pleasures denied to her. The elder
chNdren found Ann to be no companion, and the - younger oues could not make a play-fellow of her.
The Governess was much of the same opinion, namely, that she was a silent, stupid child. The visitors of her parents, who were always admiring Isabel's beauty and CAROLINE's wit, found nothing to notice in Ann but her extreme diffidence; and this was often done, most foolishly, in her presence, which was surely not the way to remedy the sad evil they lamented. It could not be perceived that this universal dislike and neglect gave her any uneasiness ; for she never complained of it. The only effect of such unkind and unnatural behaviour.was to heighten the defects that caused it; for instead of altering as she grew older, (which many kind prophetesses assured her mother she certainly would,) the peculiarity of her nature seemed to increase.
6 Now I have done with the despised child, and am come to a pleasanter subject,—the Beloved LADY. You will not wonder at my calling her so, when I tell you, that I mean our friend Mrs. Virtue, sense, and sweetness, are so blended in her, that I can scarcely tell which-quality is the greatest. I have often thought, that she is like a statue formed by some master-genius, the very perfection of which discourages imitation. Her husband, children, servants, friends, and neighbours, all feel towards her that deep attachment, which is firmly founded on admira. tion and respect. And would you think that this Beloven LADY was once the DESPISED Child? It certainly was not a natural or expected consequence,
that the latter should grow up into the former ; yet such has been the fact, and I will tell you how it came to pass.
“ The solitude in which she was generally left, when young, forced her to seek her own pleasures; and having naturally a strong understanding, she found the highest enjoyment in the pursuit and attainment of knowledge. When Ann became old enough to see and feel the dislike of all around her, she began to examine from what sources it proceeded. Finding that it was partly, though not wholly, her own fault, she determined to conquer it, and thus her mind and temper rapidly improved. Yet these and many other causes could not have made her what she now is, had not religion brought to light the hidden beauties of her character, cured the evils and supplied the deficiencies of her nature, and turned even the defects of her education into advantages. She certainly now considers them as such; for once she said to me, I am always thankful that I was so little noticed and beloved when a child ; for it has taught me how to bear the sufferings and prize the joys of life. I have learned by it, how valuable is earthly and heavenly friendship; and, above all, how necessary it is for my happiness to have my affections set on things above."!!
To none of JANE's sisters could this tale be applicable. It was only told to incite them to thankfulness for their unity and happiness. I hope it may have the same effect on those of my young friends who are not in the circumstances described in the first part of it. But if any who read it, really are, or fancy themselves to be, neglected or despised, let them take care that it is not their own fault; and let
them remember, for their encouragement, that what is now so unpleasant, may in the end prove very beneficial to them.
And let those members of a family, who may be disposed to treat any one individual of it with con. tempt or indifference, remember that, though an unpromising exterior may not always be the veil of inward greatness, as in the case of ANN FREEMAN, yet there is something truly amiable and valuable, even in the most unpretending, which kindness will foster, or neglect destroy.
PATERNAL COUNSELS: (Extracted from “ A Father's Advice to his Children, by the RET.
J. NORRIS, M. A. Rector of Bemerton ;” and communicated by the Rev. Thomas Eastwood.
(Continued from page 197.) 10. You must never forget that a holy life is the immediate consequence of effectual prayer. I shall not now think it necessary to describe the several parts of a holy life, because they are so plainly and fully laid down in the Holy Scriptures, to which, therefore, I choose rather to refer you, advising you to be very diligent and constant in reading the Bible.
11. The first great and general instrument of a holy life is Consideration, which, next to the grace of God, is the great principle of righteousness; and the want of it is the main cause, into which the sin and misery of mankind are generally to be resolved. Therefore apply yourselves, with all possible care and dili. gence, to the practice of Consideration; ever remembering that it is not the knowing a great deal, but the due considering of that little which a man knows, that must make bim either wise or good. Now among the particular objects of Consideration, I think it advisable
that you should endeavour to fix and imprint upon your minds, and have always in actual view, this thought, that sin is the greatest of all evils ; consequently sin must be repented of one time or other. To render this thought effectual, you should join to it the consideration of the utter emptiness and vanity of all those pleasures and enjoyments which tempt to the commission of it, that you may be secured from transgression, when the evil of it is so great, and the pleasure so small.
12. Consider with yourselves that God hates sin. God has so hated it, that he gave his only-begotten Son to be a sacrifice and atonement for it. And can you conceive a greater degree of hatred than this ? How could God possibly hate sin more, or how could he give a more sensible demonstration of his hatred of it? And if God thought it just and meet to punish sin so severely in the person of his own Son, then consider how heavy the stroke of divine justice will fall upon all finally impenitent sinners, when, having no interest in the passion of their REDEEMER, they shall suffer for themselves, as if no Mediator had interposed. Sin is the only evil which was thought worthy of the undertaking of the Son of God to de. liver us from. He did not think it worth his while to rescue us from pain, sickness, poverty, disgrace, or even death itself. All these were beneath his notice, and unworthy of his regard; only sin and damnation appeared to him to be evils of such a magnitude, that he could not endure the thought of our being subjected to them; and to deliver us from these, was indeed thought an undertaking worthy of a REDEEMER from heaven, and from the very bosom of God.
13. Let your next consideration be of the beauty