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refulgent glory was so dazzling, that I was no longer capa. ble of supporting the sight. I therefore turned my eyes back to the desert, and saw the man who had originally been the companion of the happy spirit I had been considering, drawing near the banks of the river. He had ac. cumulated such a weighty burden of dust and stones that he was scarcely able to crawl under it; and, instead of ad. vancing willingly towards the river, he tried by every pos. sible means to get back into the wilderness. While I look. ed, a meagre and terrific form caught him by the hand and, in spite of all his resistance, plunged him in the waters. Stunned by the violence of the motion, he fell headlong in; but, alas! no shining form appeared for his assistance, no hand was sent to his support; he shrieked in wild des. pair,and was immediately borne away by the violence of the stream; his screams still reiterated in my ears, and I awoke. Reader, thou hast followed our adventurers to the end of their journey, hast thou considered the consequences that ensue? The desert is the wilderness of life, the paths are called Pleasure, Riches, and Religion. You and I are among the number of the travellers; and the application nearly concerns us; if all our time is spent in either of the former paths, the end will be miscry and endless ruio; if the latter is our choice, we shall meet with trials by the way, but it will conduct us to the shores of immortality, from whence, by a gentle ascent, we shall reach the Paradise of God.
SWEET glories rush upon my sight,
And charm my wond'ring eyes;
The beauties of the skies.
Some of the Africans, regarding the tiger as god of the woods, and others, the shark as a kind of Neptune, or god of the seas, pay divine honors to these creatures respect. ively. The king of Dahomy worships the shark. When one of these fish is taken on that part of the coast which lies the nearest to his territory, it is immediately conveyed in a vehicle,somewhat resembling the palanquin of the east, to a temple near the king's residence, dedicated to this ani. mál. There the shark's flesh is eaten by the king and his attendants; and, on every such occasion, a number of slaves are invariably sacrificed in honor of their god. The heads of the victims are piled up in the temples, and there
are already collected two immense heaps of them, which are increased with every fresh shark brought from the coast.
ENCOURAGEMENT TO SEND THE GOSPEL TO THE
A YOUNG catechist under Mr. Shwartz, a Christian mis. sionary at Tiruchinapally, hearing that a relation of his at a distance had died in heathenism, discovered much distress of heart, and begged permission to go and preach Christ to the surviving members of the family; which having obtained, he set out the next day, in company with some other natives on his journey. On the way, they were attacked by a party of robbers, who stripped them of all their clothes, food, money, and whatever else they had about them. With much intreaty, the catechist obtained from one of the thieves, who appeared to be an apostate pa. pist, his books, and a rag to bind round his middle; and thus he went to the next town. His companions had rela. tions there, who provided them with necessaries on their arrival; whilst the poor catechist was left standing naked in the street, with his books on his arm, having po resource but in the providence of God. At length, a goldsmith of the place accosted him, and inquired who he was, where he lived, and whither he was going. The catechist told him that he lived with the preacher of the true gospel, at Tiruchinapally; that he was going to carry the good tid. ings to his relations at Uttama-paleiam; but that the Lord had tried him on the way, by suffering him to fall into the hands of the Kallur, or thieves. The goldsmith then in.
vited him to his house, and desired him to read to him out of the Christian books he had brought with him; which having done, his host very kindly entertained bim for the night, and when he left him in the morning, gave bim an old garment, and three masures of rice; in return for which, the catechist left with him a little book, and pursued his journey. The next day he came to another town, where he was equally unknown; but here the Lord opened the heart of a brazier, who cheerfully entertained him, and paid great attention to the doctrine of the gospel. On the morrow, the bailiff, who had also requested at his lips, in. struction from the word of God, furnished him with more rice, and gave him a good garment, instead of the old one presented by the goldsmith. When he came within one day's journey of his relations, he found he had to pass through a tract abounding with dangers; but here also the Lord raised him up a friend, in an old school fellow, with whom he accidentally met, and who lent a serious ear whilst the catechist shewed him the way of salvation. This man furnished him with a guard of ten persons,
in whose company he arrived safely at the place of destination. Here he was the happy instrument of bringing to the knowledge of Jesus the widow of his deceased relative, a youth of the place, a Serwikaren, or centurion, and a Roman Catholic catechist, the latter of whom received a New Testament with his face on the ground, in token of his gratitude for the book, and his reverence for its author. From the centurion he received a turban, which completed his dress; and by means of the convert from popery, a guard of thirty men to attend him home; where he re. turned, after an absence of thirty days, greatly strengthen
ed in his faith, and more than ever devoted to the service of Him, who, when he was hungry, had provided him with food, and when naked, with raiment; secured him from all danger on his return, and so graciously helped him to accomplish the object of his journey.
LOVE OF CHRIST.
I LOVE thee, Lord; but ah! how small
Is my weak love for thee,
For such a worm as me!
I love thee, Lord, in all thy ways,
I love thy might and power;
Lord, make me love thee more!
I fain would love thee, Lord, but I
Forgetful am of thee;
Or love as God loves me!
A SEASONABLE HINT TO MANY!
Dr. Johnson once reproved the Rev. Dr. M. for saying grace in his presence, without mentioning the name of the Lord Jesus Christ; and hoped, in future, he would be more mindful of the apostolical injunction. Whether, therefore, ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye ďo, do all to the glory of God.