our wants are supplied, our wos relieved, our griefs redressed, and strength, vigor, joy, and pleasure, are sweetly felt; and the late weary traveller now his way rejoicing,” in expectation of a large inherit. ance in the upper world of glory!

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Sir John Mason, in the reign of Edward the Sixth, be- . ing near his dissolution, and sensible he had but a short time to live; upon his death bed called for his clerk and steward, and delivered himself to them to this purpose; 66 I have seen five princes, and have been privy counsel. lor to four; I have seen the most remarkable observables in foreign parts, and been present at most state transactions for thirty years together, and I have learned this after so many years experience, that seriousness is the greatest wisdom, temperance the best physic, a good conscience the best estate; and were I to live again, I would change the court for a cloister, my privy counsellor's business for an hermit's retirement, and the whole life I lived in the palace, for one hour's enjoyment of God in the chapel.” He concluded with saying, “ All things else do now forsake me besides my God, my duty, and my prayers.”


The Romans had a law, that every one should, wherever he ien', wear a badge of his trade in his hat, or outward vestment, that he might be known. Thus the Christian Vol. I.

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is never to lay aside the badge of his holy profession; but to let his light shine, and adorn the doctrine of God his Savior in all things.



Bernard's three questions are worth the asking our. selves in any enterprize: 1. Is it lawful? May I do it and not sin? 2. Is it becoming me as a Christian? May I do it, and not wrong my profession? 3. Is it expedient! May I do it, and not offend my weak brother?


An old respectable soldier, a native of Scotland, being asked if he had ever seen Col. Gardner; he answered that he had often; "that he was a noble gentleman, and al. ways marched at the head of his regiment to church or chapel, as opportunity offered; and also, that the colonel had given his men a Bible each; and to prevent its being sold, or improperly used, he expected it to be produced and held up in the hand, as often as an inspection of arms and accoutrements took place."

Should this anecdote come within the perusal of any naval or military officer, its language to him is the same as that of our Lord, “Go thou, and do likewise.”






HERE baffled toil has struggled long in vain
The image of departed worth to gain;
To fix the lines which mark'd his honor'd form,
And trace his soul with heavenly pathos warm!
Imagination ill supplies the place
Of real life, of character, and grace.
His hoary head, and reverend figure rise
Complete at once before my mental eyes;
But to arrest them, and their truth im part,
Exceeds the utmost powers of mimic art!
A magic in the gilding pencil dwells,
That acts on Fancy just like fabled spells;
Touch but the canvass straight the vision flies,
The colors fade, and all th illusion dies!
Inconstant, fickle, wanton as the wind
Are all the empty shadows of the mind;
No more their fair deceitful aid I sue,
A perfect picture rises to my view,
Drawn by the great unerring hand Divine,
And radiant truth illumines ev'ry line!
No meretricious verse the theme demands,

But thus in native purity it stands: Titus i. 7-9. A pastur must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; but a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men; sober, just, holy, teraperate; holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convince the gainsayers.

If portrait likeness can thy bosom sooth,
Behold it breathes, it lives, 'tis Abraham Booth!

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Some years ago, an aged man, a farmer in Scotland, who had lived all his life in a careless worldly spirit, was taken dangerously ill, and expected soon to die. A pious young woman, a servant in the neighborhood, felt a deep concern for the salvation of this man, and set herself to invent some method to promote it. She invited another serious young woman to accompany her to his house in the evc. ning, where they offered their services to sit up with the sick man; which offer was thankfully accepted. When the rest of the family had retired to their beds, and all was still, the young woman first mentioned, addressed the dying man in the most solemn manner, respecting the state of his soul, and the important concerns of eternity; after which they asked his permission to pray with him. He consented; and while she, with uncommon enlargement, poured out her soul in his behalf, the Spirit of God powerfully affected the poor man's heart, convinced him of his lost and ruined state, and led him cordially to embrace Jesus Christ and his great salvation, as exactly suited to his condition. The rest of the night was employed in spiritual conversation and fervent prayer. The poor aged creature greedily imbibed the glorious truths of the gos. pel, and evinced, as fully as circumstances could permit

, a ginuine work of the Holy Spirit on his sonl.

When they were about to leave him, just as the sun arose, he desired they would help him to the door of the honse, that he might take a solemn leave of that rain world, which had so long deluded him from Christ. They did su; and baving taken a serious adieu of all worldly

enjoyments, he expressed his hope of being with Jesus Christ in heaven before the sun should set. Throughout the day he spoke to his neighbors.concerning Christ, his Spirit, and eternity, in a manner altogether new to him, and in a way that greatly surprised them.

A little before supset, the young woman who had so earnestly thirsted for his salvation, heard a report of his being remarkably better in his health; and felt an apprehension that, if he should not die at the time mentioned, her hopes concerning his conversion would be disappoint. ed; but this apprehension was quickly dispelled, for she soon afterwards was certainly informed that, just as the sun was setting, the poor man had departed in peace.

This pleasing anecdote affords an encouragement to pious persons, earnestly to strive for the conversion of sinners; and proves that those who occupy the humblest stations in life may nevertheless be eminently useful, if with zeal and prudence they attempt it. We may learn also what sovereign grace can readily and speedily effect in behalf of the vessels of mercy. At the same time we are taught that impressions relative to future events, ought to be mentioned and received with great caution, lest their failure should, through the influence of the tempter, lead us. into doubts respecting the fulfilment of God's promises.

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Holy and reverend is thy Maker's name;.
With holy rev'rence then pronounce the same,

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