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Dr. Mason politely expressed gratification that his fellow-practitioner had been so opportunely called in ; and he proceeded to state to him the nature of Mary's accident, the suddenness and violence of the fever which had followed, and the apprehension which he had entertained for several hours of her falling into delirium, which should terminate in fatal consequences.

After warning had been given to the patient of the intended visit, the two physicians went to her apartment. Some happy thought bad thrown great animation into her countenance ; a bright expression beamed in her eyes; and her joyous smile sat more speakingly than usual upon her countenance. her appearance; and in a lively yet serious tone, she was in the act of saying, when the physicians entered : “I am a sinner redeemed with most precious blood ; and though poor, oh how poor and needful of all things ! yet hath the Lord made me gloriously rich-richer than the kings of the earth.

What amazing mercy is it that one who was worthless as a worm, should be made an heir of God, and a joint heir of Christ Jesus !' Well might the apostle”“Distressing!” warmly and abruptly exclaimed Dr. Fairley, taken off his guard, and forgetful of the precarious condition of the patient; "she is already delirious, sadly delirious, and there can be little hope." "Hist! hist!" ejaculated Mrs.

-, beckoning to him to be silent. But her well-meant attempt was too late. Mary started as he spoke; her eye rolled wildly; and after an instant, settled in a fixed gaze upon the speaker. Almost immediately, however, the muscles of the eye relaxed ; and her whole countenance became placid and serene. No," she at length said; “I am not delirious. Once, indeed, my whole head was sick; but my glorious Redeemer put me in my right mind. I once did not love the Lord Jesus—I did not cling to him for the pardoning of my sins, and the pardoning of my soul; but now, through the rich gift of the divine grace, I am enabled to act like the wise men of the east, who esteemed it the most reasonable and the best and happiest action of their lives to worship the Lord Jesus. What is the employment of heaven? Is it not to adore Christ night and day, for having redeemed us by his blood ? 0, it is, it is a reasonable and also a most blessed service, to devote heart, and soul, and thought, and speech, to him who 'loved us, and gave himself for us'—to praise him and magnify him,

• While life, or breath, or being lasts,

Or immortality endures !! I know, I feel, that his name and his nature are love. This is why I am so happy." On the fifth day

gradually the pulse gave intimation that immediate danger was over. The crisis had now past," said Dr. Mason ; “and she owes her recovery, in no small measure, to the tranquillizing effects of her views of religion.”

The Pearl of Days.

The Sabbath.

business required haste, and that it was

common to work on the Sunday for His MR. JOHN NELSON, a celebrated Methodist Majesty, when any thing was upon finish, preacher, being once desired by his master's Nelson boldly declared that he would not foreman to work at the Exchequer on the work upon the Sabbath for any man in Lord's day, on the ground that the King's England, except it were to quench fire or



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something that required immediate help. always something touching in the sound of • Religion,” said the foreman,“ has made the church-bell; in itself pleasing by its you a rebel against the King." "No, Sir," effect upon the sense, but far more so in its he replied, “it has made me a better subject associations. And these feelings were ex. than ever I was. The greatest enemies the ceedingly fresh when I awoke on Sunday, King has are Sabbath breakers, swearers, in the holy city of Moscow. In Greece drunkards and whoremongers, for these pull and Turkey, there are no bells; in Russia down God's judgments both upon King and they are almost innumerable; but this was country. He was told that he should lose the first time I had happened to pass the his employment if he would not obey his Sabbath in the city. I lay and listened, orders; his answer was, “ he would rather almost fearing to move, lest I should lose want bread than wilfully offend God.” The the sounds; thoughts of home came over foreman swore he would be as mad as me; of the day of rest; of the gathering Whitfield if he went on. “What hast thou for church, and of the greeting of friends done” said he, “ that thou needest make so at the church-door. But he who has never much ado about salvation ? I always took heard the ringing of bells at Moscow does thee to be as honest a man as any I have not know its music. Imagine a city conin the work, and could have trusted thee taining more than six hundred churches, with £500.” “So you might,” answered and innumerable convents all with bells, Nelson, “and not have lost one penny by and these all sounding together, from the me. “I have a worse opinion of thee now.' sharp, quick, hammer-note, to the loudest said the foreman. “Master,” rejoined he, deepest peals that ever lingered on the ear, “I have the odds of you for I have a much struck at long intervals, and swelling on worse opinion of myself than you can the air as if unwilling to die away. I arose have.” The end was, that the work was and threw open my window, dressed myself, not pursued on the Sunday, and John and after breakfast, joining the throng Nelson rose in the good opinion of his called to the respective churches by their employer, for having shewn a sense of his well-known bells, I went to what is called duty as a Christian. --Southey.

the English chapel, where, for the first time

in many months, I joined in a regular A Sunday at Moscow. church-service, and listened to an orthodox

sermon. I was surprised to see so large a To one who a long time had been a stran. congregation though I remarked among ger to the sound of the church-going bell,' them many English governesses with chilfew things could be more interesting than dren, the English language being at that a Sunday at Moscow. Any one who has moment the rage among the Russians, and rambled along the maritime Alps, and has multitudes of cast-off chamber-maids being heard from some lofty eminence the con- employed to teach the rising Russian novent bell ringing for matins, vespers, and bility, the beauties of the English tongue. midnight prayers, will long remember the -Stephen's Incidents of Travel. not unpleasing sounds. To me there is

Droppings of the Sanctuary.

“The fashion of this world passeth nothing. Time bears no proportion to away.” Yes, all the splendour and eternity. The most exalted pleasures glory of it will, in a little time have an of this life, which, at best, are of short end. How great then is the folly, and continuance, can never compensate for how deplorable will be the condition of the loss of happiness, which God "has those, who, instead of seeking "the prepared for them that love him.” How kingdom of God, and his righteous- miserably then, are they deceived, who ness," consume their days, in seeking place all their happiness, in the poor after the honours and riches of this and empty satisfaction of a sensual world, and tire themselves out in the life, who look no further than present pursuit of those things, which are of times, and live as if they cared not no value in the sight of God. Wretched what became of them hereafter, that stupidity! "What shall it profit a they may but enjoy "the pleasures of man, to gain the whole world, and lose sin for a season.”-Melmoth. his own soul ?” to lose all and gain



Sin has made such a chasm between He is joined to idols, let him God and man, that God was compelled alone,” is the most awful curse which to roll down the Rock of Ages to fill it God can let fall upon a sinner of manup. Howells.

kind. If God will let him alone, Satan As soon as God makes a man a will let him be quiet until wrath shall Christian, by his grace, Satan loses a overtake him to the uttermost. subject, and finds an enemy.Stollery. Stollery.

God is my father, and I shall have Without misery in the creature, the his pity and protection ; it is his to glorious attribute of mercy had never provide, and be it mine to depend on been exercised. The holy angels are a providing God.-Freer.

objects of Divine goodness, but not of That which is a covenant of grace mercy as they have never sinned. to us, was a covenant of works to Mere moral preaching tells the peoChrist; and that which costs us ple how the house ought to be built ; nothing, cost him everything.- gospel preaching does more, for it acR. Davies.

tually builds the house. --Toplady.

Pulpit Anecdotes.

Sudden Deaths.

The Mimic Out-witted. MR. John Oaks (one of the ejected minis. The late Rev. Mr. Madan was educated for ters), who succeeded Mr. Thomas Vincent the bar. His conversion arose from the in London, was suddenly taken ill, imme- following circumstance: he was desired one diately after his afternoon prayer before evening, by, some of his companions who sermon, and removed from the pulpit to

were with him at a coffee-house, to go and glory, Dec. 1688.

hear Mr. John Wesley, who, they were It is very remarkable, that on the next told, was to preach in the neighbourhood, Sabbath but one, Mr. Kentish, when he had and then to return and exhibit his manner roused the attention of his own congrega

and discourse for their entertainment. He tion by mentioning in his sermon the sud- went with that intention, and just as he enden death of Mr. Oakes, was himself struck tered the place, Mr. Wesley named for his with death.

text, “Prepare to meet thy God," with a The famous John Wickliff, the morning solemnity of accent which struck him, and star of the reformation, was struck with a which inspired a seriousness that increased paralysis when preaching in his parish as the good man proceeded in exhorting his church of Lutterworth; "and while his hearers to repentance. Mr. M.returned to parishioners were conveying him from the coffee-room, and was asked by his acthence in a chair to the rectory house, he quaintance, " if he had taken off the old expired, 1384.

Methodist?" To which he answered, “No, gentlemen, but he has taken me off;" and

from that time he left their company altoMinisterial Industry. gether, and in future associated with seri

ous people, and became himself a serious OF Mr. Heywood, one of the Nonconfor- character. mists, it is related, that from an account regularly kept by himself, it appears that for Trials Productive of Good. a term of thirty-six years, of which, sixteen only were years of liberty, and most “I REMEMBER,” says Mr. Whitfield, “some of these after he had reached the age of years ago, when I was at Shields, I went sixty, he preached on week days 3,004 into a glass house; and, standing very atsermons, kept 1,212 fast days, 309 thanks- tentive, I saw several masses of burning giving days, and travelled in his master's glass, of various forms. The workman took service 81,315 miles, besides his regular a piece of glass, and put it into one furnace, work on Lord's days.

then he put it into a second, and then into



a third.

I said to him, Why do you put furnished Mr. W. with a useful hint, that this through so many fires?' He answered, we must be tried, and exercised with many "O, sir, the first was not hot enough, nor fires, until one dross be purged away, and the second; therefore, we put it into a third, we are made fit for the owner's use. and that will make it transparent."


Friendly Monitions to Parents.

When it may be considered to be well

a matter of mere cold and dead formality, with the Family

without heart; but when the heads of the

family are truly devoted to God, and" heirs WHEN ample provision is made for family together of the grace of life,”—when chilnecessities, and business prospers, and pro- dren are trained up in the nurture and adperty accumulates, some would say, “But monition of the Lord,—when servants (if all this may take place, and yet it may be there be servants) are seriously talked to very ill with us, for if this be all our and urged to flee from the wrath to come, resource for enjoyment and happiness, we —when eternal things are pressed upon the are poor in the midst of plenty, and mise- attention of all, and there is manifested a rable in the midst of increase.' With some, general anxiety to be interested in them, circumstances may be the reverse of all this, and to have a place with a lot amongst the and yet in the highest and best sense, it people of God,—when this is the case, it is may be well with them. It may be said well with the family, whether rich or poor. to be well with us as families,

Such a family is a happy family; " there 1. When family worship is established and the Lord commandeth the blessing, even maintained. The

neglect of this as a habit, life for ever more.” Can we say that our is a practical denial of God; it is a virtual families exhibit any such picture as this, exclusion of God from the house--a closing that any such good work is going on in the of the door against him, and shutting him midst of them? You who have children out. It is practical atheism, for the family and servants, how is it with you? Are that repudiates the domestic worship of your children converted to God? Are God practically denies Him. The first es- your servants converted to God? Are sential step towards things going well in you earnestly praying and watching for it? the family, is the proper acknowledgment are you constantly urging it upon them? of God, by the reading of the Scriptures, Are you beseeching them by your entreaby erecting the family altar, gathering the ties, and seeking to allure them by your family around it morning and evening, and example, " to enter in at the strait gate?” imploring the divine blessing in prayer. 3. When everything is ordered in the famLet the heads of families remember that ily arrangements with a view to the divine the honour of God requires it, their own glory. This should be the governing prinsouls demand it, the spiritual good of those ciple of the whole order of a family. The who are at their mercy, and whose interests labour and duty of the servants, the educaare under their responsible care, demands cation of the children, the choice of callings it. It is a solemn and awful trust which is and situations for them in life, the entire committed to the heads of families. The economy, all the circumstances and arrangchildren and servants of a house where ments of the family should be directed to there is no family worship are to be sin- this. The first and last consideration cerely and deeply pitied. In too many in- should be, not-What do I like? what will stances, and with too much truth, may the be most lucrative? or what will be the most servants of professing families say, “No honourable in the view of the world? but man careth for my soul.”. They are, per- What will be most for the glory of God, haps, well-fed, and well-lodged, like so and to my honour as a Christian? Those many valuable cattle, and it may be, are who thus consult God's glory and honour well-paid, but much more anxiety is felt him, will be honoured by him, even in for the comfort of the meanest domestic worldly things, and still more in spiritual animal, than is expended upon the welfare ones; and where God is thus honoured in of their souls.

a family, it is, indeed, well with them. Then 2. When there is a general concern for let us see that God be thus honoured by us. piety in the family. When religion is not




Parental Fidelity Rewarded. know the cause. He looked on her with

wildness, and replied, 'I cannot tell you.'

This only increased her solicitude. He A PIOUS captain by the name of K., many the room she cast an anxious and expres.

entreated her to withdraw. As she left years since sailed from Philadelphia, in sive look on him, and he instantly called command of a merchant's ship. He had her back. He then, with all the feelings recently been married. One day, during a which

an awakened conscience could enhighly devotional frame of mind, he com- dure, told her the cause of his agony-his posed and committed to writing a prayer father's prayer, found in the old chest. She his wife, whom he had left behind, and who thought him deranged. His neighbours was expecting to become a mother. Ardent were called in to comfort him, in vain. and importunate supplications were also the Great Physician of souls only could

prayer had inflicted a wound, which added for that unborn infant, whom per heal. From that period, he became an haps he should never see, but whose life and destiny he now confided to that God whom he had formerly seduced, united

altered man.

He married the woman who shows mercy unto thousands of them, that love him and keep his commandments. himself to the church of Christ, and lived The sheet containing the prayer was de- and died an humble, exemplary Christian.”

Who does not love to dwell on facts like posited, with other writings, at the bottom of his chest. Before the completion of this these? Whose confidence in the divine voyage, Captain K. died, and his instru- faithfulness is not strengthened? What ments, papers, &c., were returned to his Christian parent will not continue to cultiwife. Finding they were generally what vate a field, and there sow seed, which she could not understand, she locked

though sterile now, God may water in after

up the chest for the inspection and use of her years, when perhaps his head sleeps in the

dust, and where may at length grow the babe, a son, at some future period. “At eighteeen,” as his story runs, “ this fruits of immortality? A hundred times

have Christian parents said and sung in son entered the army, and in 1775 marched for Boston. He gave the reins to his lusts, faith, and at length their exultation found

true in fact: and for many years yielded to almost every temptation to sin. At last, he was called Though seed lie buried long in dust, to the death-bed of his mother, who gave It shan't deceive our hope; him the key of his father's chest; which, The precious grain can ne'er be lost, however, he did not open, lest he should For grace ensures the crop.” meet with something of a religious kind that would reprove his sins, and harass his Life beyond the Grave. feelings.

“At length in 1814, when in his fifty- AMONG all the fine and beautiful figures sixth year, he determined to examine its and modes of reasoning that the universe contents. When he reached the bottom, on which we dwell has afforded, for the he discovered a paper neatly folded, and illustration of the bright hope that is within endorsed, “The prayer of Mitchell K, for of a life beyond the tomb, there is none blessings on his wife and child, August 23, more beautiful or exquisite, that I know of 1757.' He read it. The scene—the time than that which is derived from the change —the place and circumstances under which of the seasons—from the second life that it was put there—all rushed upon his mind, bursts forth in spring in objects apparently and overwhelmed him; for often had his dead; and from the shadowing forth in the widowed mother led him to the beach, and renovation of every thing around us, of that pointed to him the direction where she had destiny which divine revelation calls upon traced the last glimpse of flowing canvas our faith to believe shall yet be ours The that bore his father from her never to re- trees that have faded and remained dark turn. He threw the contents back into the and gray through the long dreary lapse of chest, folded up the prayer, and put it into winter, clothe themselves again with green the case with his father's quadrant, locked in the spring sunshine, and every hue up the chest, and determined never again speaks of life. The birds that were mute to unlock it.

sing again as tuneful as ever. The flowers “ But his father's prayer still haunted that were trampled down and faded, burst his imagination, and he could not forget it. forth once more into freshness and beauty. His distress became extreme, and a woman The streams break from the icy chains that with whom he sinfully lived desired to held them, and the glorious sun himself


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