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THE TWO ORPHANS AND THE BIBLE.

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in youth or old age, his end will be one of dissipation, or entangled in error, naturally the most glorious, animating, and transpor- desire to keep themselves in countenance, ting sights, that men or angels can behold by the number of followers whom they can on earth, or wish to see in heaven.

seduce into their path of vice. As reasonable creatures, therefore, judge for your

selves. Counsel to the Young. Resolve to form your lives upon some

Good Advice for the Young. certain principles, and to regulate your The pious Mr. Kettlewell, the day before actions by fixed rules. Man was made to his death, (April 12, 1695,) called to him be governed by reason, and not by mere his nephew, John Danvil, a boy about fifteen accident or caprice. It is important, there- years of age, whom he had educated and fore, that you begin early to consider and brought up, and gave him the following inquire what is the proper course of human good advice :conduct, and to form some plan for your 1. “ To observe all the commandments future lives. The want of such considera- of God; for he that breaketh one is guilty tion is manifest in the conduct of multitudes. of the breach of all; for the wrath of God They are governed by the impulse of the is revealed against all ungodliness. moment, reckless of the consequences.- 2. “ To despise and contemn the world : They have fixed no steady aim, and have that is, let not the profits nor pleasure of it adopted no certain principles of action. allure or tempt you; nor let fear of danger Living thus at random, it would be a affright you from any Christian duty; but miracle if they went uniformly right. In have a perfect dependence upon God, for order to your pursuing a right path, you he is a kind, merciful, and a good God; I must know what it is; and to acquire this have found him to be so. knowledge, you must divest yourselves of 3. “ To be humble, mild, and meek; to thoughtless giddiness, you must take time have candour and charity." for serious reflection. It will not answer Then he dehorted him from all vice-as to adopt without reflection the opinions of from pride, passion, and dissimulation, hythose who may be about you, for they may pocrisy, lying. Of which last, he said, have some sinister design in regard to you, “ Do not tell a lie, no, not to save a world, or they may themselves be misled by error nor to save your king, nor yourself.” or prejudice. Persons already involved in

Sabbath-school Treasury.

The Two Orphans and the

a gentlemen of respectability :-“ About Bible.

three weeks ago, two little boys, decently

clothed, the eldest appearing about thirteen, The following circumstance occurred some and the youngest eleven, called at the years ago at Warrington, and is related by lodging-house for vagrants in this town for

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a night's lodging: the keeper of the house Bible so much ?' And he answered. “No very properly took them to the vagrant book has stood my friend so much as my office to be examined, and if fit objects, to Bible.' Why, what has your Bible done be relieved. The account they gave of for you?' He answered, “When I was themselves was extremely affecting. It a little boy, about seven years of age, I appeared that but a few weeks had elapsed became a Sunday scholar in London.since these poor little wanderers had re- Through the kind attention of my master, sided with their parents in London. The I soon learned to read my Bible; this Bible, typhus fever, in one day, carried off both young as I was, showed me that I was a father and mother, leaving them orphans sinner; it also pointed to me a Saviour, in a wide world, without a home, and with- and I thank God that I found mercy at the out friends. After the death of their pa- hands of Christ, and I am not ashamed to rents, having an uncle in Liverpool, they confess him before the world. The Bible resolved to throw themselves upon his pro- has been my support all the way from tection. Tired, therefore, and faint, they London ; hungry and weary, often have I arrived in this town on their way. Two sat down by the way side to read my Bible, bundles contained their little all; in the and have found refreshment from it.' He younger boy's was found a neatly covered was then asked, “What will you do when and carefully preserved Bible. The keeper you get to Liverpool, should your uncle of the lodging-house, addressing the little refuse to take you in ?' He replied, “My boy, said, “You have neither money nor Bible tells me when my father and mother meat, will you sell me this Bible ? I will forsake me, then the Lord will take give you five shillings for it." No,' replied me up.'” – Burns' Sketches for Sunday he, the rolling down his cheeks, 'I Schools. will starve first.' • Why do you love the

Dying Hours.

Sir Matthew Hale.

illness, he was attended by a pious and

worthy Minister, Mr. Evans Griffith, and The life of Sir Matthew Hale, was truly an it was observed that in all the extremities example of active piety, and amidst his of his pain, whenever he prayed by him, he numerous and important avocations, he forbore all complaints and groans, and with never neglected the one thing needful. his hands and eyes lifted up, was fixed in The fact therefore was, as might be expec- his devotions. He had some secret presated, that “the latter end of this man was ges of his death; for he said “that if he did peace.” On account of an asthma with not die on such a day, he believed he should which he was afflicted, he could not for live a month longer," and he died that very about a year previous to his death, lie down day month. He continued to enjoy the free in bed, but rather sat upright. In his last use of his reason to the last moment, which

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he had earnestly prayed for during his proper expression of the joy he experienced sickness; and when his voice was so sunk in his soul, at the return of the glorious that he could not be heard, they perceived anniversary. The last of these pieces he by the almost constant lifting up of his ever wrote is supposed to have been a hands and eyes, that he was still aspiring paraphrase on the Song of Simeon. This towards that blessed state, of which he was eminent lawyer and devoted Christian was now speedily to be possessed. This excel. called to enter into the joy of his Lord, on lent man had for many years a peculiar the 25th of December, 1676; in the sixtyrespect for Christmas-day, and after he seventh year of his age. His funeral ser. had received the sacrament and been in the mon was preached from Isa. lvii, 1, and he public services of that day he usually wrote was buried on the 4th of January, in the a copy of verses in honor of Christ, as a church-yard of Alderly.

Poetry.

They Call me away to the Far

Land.

BY EMILY VARNDELL.

The sun may warm the grass to life,

The dew the drooping flower,
And eyes grow bright, and watch the light,

Of autumn's opening hour,-
But words that breathe of tenderness,

And smiles we know are true,
Are warmer than the summer-time,

And brighter than the dew.

It is not much the world can give,

With all its subtle art,
And gold and gems are not the things,

To satisfy the heart:
But, oh! if those who cluster round

The altar and the hearth,
Have gentle words, and loving smiles,

How beautiful is earth!

They call me away to the far land,

Sister—the Angel shore,
Where the countless throng of the ran-

Assemble to part no more. (somed band
Where the angel harps in the streets of

Loud hallelujah's sing, [gold,
To the Saviour

God of that holy fold—
Jehovah, their Priest and King.
In the vigil hours of the lonely night,

When sleep closed the eyes of men,
They came to me then, in a vision bright,

They came, and they come again. They whisper! they whisper,the unknown

Their message full well I know; [band,
They call me away to the far land-
Sister, I go! I go!

Gentle Words.
A young rose in the summer-time

Is beautiful to me,
And glorious are the many stars

That glimmer on the sea :
But gentle words and loving hearts,

And hands to clasp my own,
Are better than the brightest flowers,

Or stars that over shone.

Life.
Life is like a painted dream,
Like the rapid summer stream,
Like the flashing meteor's ray,
Like the shortest winter's day,
Like the fitful breeze that sighs,
Like the wavering flame that dies,
Darting-dazzling on the eye,
Fading in eternity.

Varieties.

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ON ASSOCIATING WITH THE WORLD.--- An excellent divine being asked what While Samson lived the avowed enemy of was the first grand principle of religion ? the Philistines, and far from their cities, he answered, “Humility;" and what was the was revered among them as a man elevated second ? Humility;" and the third ?of God, to restore the glory of Israel: but Humility:" without this, though a man scarcely had he associated with this perfi- may possess the talents, the abilities, and dious nation; scarcely had he formed con- the knowledge of the greatest of men, he nections with them, and begun to imitate is in the sight of God but as sounding their manners, before he became the pun of brass, and a tinkling cymbal.” Gaza, and the laughter of their public Humility is essential to all true religion. sports.

It consists not in empty words, in large

possessions, in a dejected countenance, or THE LITTLE SERAPH.—The celebrated in outward garb and appearances, but in a Dr. Berkeley, bishop of Cloyne, in Ireland, low and humble estimation of ourselves, lost a son in early childhood. This son and in thorough conviction of our own was blessed with astonishing seriousness unworthiness. of mind, and manifested the most amiable dispositions. He once asked his father ECONOMY OF TIME.—The celebrated Lord this question:-“What is the meaning of Coke wrote the subjoined distich, which he the words Cherubim and Seraphim, which religiously observed in the distribution of occur in Holy Scripture, and in the service his time: of the church?” The answer returned was, Six hours to sleepto law's grave study, six; “Cherubim is an Hebrew word, signifying Four spend in prayer—the rest to nature fix. knowledge! Seraphim is another word of the same language, and signifies flame.

But Sir Wm. Jones, a wiser economist From whence it is inferred, that the Cheru- of the fleeting hours of life, amended the bim are an order of celestial beings, excel- sentiment in the following lines :ling in KNOWLEDGE; the Seraphim, celestial Seven hours to law—to soothing slumber, beings likewise, excelling in DIVINE AFFEC

seven; TION?” The child replied, “I hope, then, Ten to the world allot: and All to heaven. when I die, I shall be a SERAPH! for I had rather love God than know all things!”

Let lying Fame her blasting trumpet blow, EXCELLENCY OF THE BIBLE.- As the

If I no evil nor occasion know: telescope to the natural eye, so is divine "Tis but a blast to blow me to that shore, revelation to a spiritual understanding. The Bible is a map of heaven, a true Where Scandal's breath shall sound her

trump no more. history of the primitive church, an infallible rule of life, an immoveable ground of hope,

RETRIBUTION.—A curse is a stone flung up and an everlasting spring of consolation. We should bless God for a Bible inspired to the heavens, to return on the head of him

that sent it. and printed, but especially for a Bible explained and applied by the SPIRIT.

MALICE AND Envy.-Malice and Envy Still be the sacred pages your delight, are but two branches growing out of the Read them by day, and meditate by night; same bitter root; self-love and evil-speakLet sacred subjects on your bosom roll, ing are the fruit they bear. Malice is proClaim every thought, and draw in all your perly the procuring or wishing another's soul.

evil; Envy, the repining at his good; and

both these vent themselves by evil-speakHUMILITY.—Pride, in some shape or ing. other, is the common and universal sin of our nature; but humility is the grand Printed by JOHN Kennedy, at his Printing Omce, 35, mark, and characteristic, and

REPROACH.

Portman Place, Maida Hill, in the County of Middlesex, Christianity.

London.-February, 1850.

grace of

Theology.

The Majesty of God. But how can we convey or you receive any idea of this ? We cannot describe it. The fault is not in language ; it is in the weakness of our minds. We are finite beings, and any effort to comprehend infinite greatness is vain, just as vain as an attempt to measure the wide heavens with a span, or to take up the mighty ocean in the hollow of one little hand. Why then does the Holy Spirit bring before us a subject of which we can form no just conception ? Because, even the poor conceptions which we are capable of forming, are beneficial to us. Because, we must perish without some knowledge of God. Because, we may know enough of him to bring peace and life eternal to the soul. No description of his greatness can be more simple then that given us in the following words, but it would carry an angel farther then he could follow it. “The Lord our God dwelleth on high.” The grandest objects of nature are mostly above us. The towering mountain, the sun, the moon, the stars, all carry our eyes upwards. We have accordingly learned to attach the ideas of magnificence and excellency to whatever is lofty. Hence, in condescension to our mode of thinking, the great God is frequently spoken of as “The High God” “The most High" "The Highest.” Isaiah describes him as “sitting upon a throne high and lifted up” and calls him the “high and lofty one who inhabiteth eternity.” David tells us something of the measure of his exaltation. “The Lord” says he, “is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.” He first bids us look on this lower world, and while we are admiring its convenience, its vastness, and its grandeur, he says to us “The Lord dwells not there ; the Lord is high above all nations.” He then lifts up our eyes to the worlds that roll on high ; and as we see them shining in their magnificence at an immeasurable distance from us, we are ready to say, that in some one of these bright orbs is the dwelling place of God. But no. Again the prophet says The Lord is not there, His glory is above the heavens." Stupendous as is their height, they come not nigh the footstool of Jehovah's throne. Were we standing on the summit of them all, the distance between him and us would still be immeasurable ; our minds must still be stretched and our imaginations strained to discover his abode.—View the matter in another light. Look at a little insect as it flutters in the air, or crawls on the ground. Think of its short life, and frail texture, and limited powers. Then think of one of the angels of God, of the noble faculties and long existence of the very brightest of those glorious beings. Endeavour to calculate the distance between these two creatures—the vast difference between them. You say at once that you cannot ; that the distance is so great, that the mind is baffled as it strives to measure it. But what is the difference between an insect and an angel, when compared with the distance between an angel and the living God ? It is a mere point, a nothing. Take yet another view of the subject. We all know how easy it is to say whatever can be said in commendation one of another. A few poor words will exhaust the praise of the most excellent of the earth. It is not so in heaven. You have heard of the songs that are singing there. They come from innumerable hosts of angels and from "a great multitude" of the redeemed among men. They have been poured forth without a moment's interruption for many ages; they will go on, without ceasing for

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