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here to-night," said she, “who have never been here kind, and ended fatally. But her's was a happy death. before, but there may be some present now who may She talked much of what she had heard on the prenever be here again.” She then simply and earnestly vious Sabbath, and spoke of having "given herself to unfolded to their young minds the Saviour's doctrine Jesus." As long as she was able, sne delighted in of the atonement. She told them that by Adam they singing or repeating those sweet hymns she had been had not only lost heaven and all earthly good, but accustomed to sing at the Sabbath school; and often, were brought under the curse of a just and holy God, when suffering under pain or sickness, did she make and how the blessed Jesus had fulfilled the law, and the lowly room in which she lay resound with the given the perfect obedience required, in order to buy voice of joy and praise. heaven and all good back again for his people;-how One day, as her mother stood weeping by her bedhe had suffered their punishment, and had bled and side, she said, “ Dinna greet for me, mother, for I'm died on Calvary, that little chillren like them might no fear'd to die." On her mother asking her why she be saved from endless misery, and taken to everlast was not afraid to die, she answered, “Because I have iny glory. She then told them that this salvation given myself to Jesus, and I am going to him." was offered to each of them, and that they had only Sweet confidence! It was the language of the trustto believe these simple truths-to trust in this kind | ing love of a devoted child. “Are you not sorry to Redeemer, and they would be saved. She also told leave us?” said her inother to her at another time. them how they were to know whether they really “I am going to heaven," was her simple reply; but believed and trusted in the Saviour or not, which was on seeing her mother look disappointed, she added, by trying to do all that Jesus bade because they loved “ I hope to see you all there soon, mother.” As it him. It was sure, she said, that they would not do she meant to say, “ We shall not be long separated.” this of themselves, but if they would only ask it of Then turning to a younger sister she said, “Oh! Tina, fiod, he would give his Holy Spirit to help them. | be a good girl, and do what mother bids you." She She then tried to show them how anxious Jesus was also requested an elder sister to be regular and attenthat little children should come to him and be saved, tive at the Sabbath school, and earnestly entreated and long and earnestly pleaded with them to give her “ to give herself to Jesus," and added, " It is a themselves to Jesus that very night. “Oh, come now!| happy thing to do so." said she, " for this may be the last time he may ever Sometimes during the silence of the night, when invite you ; some of you may never be here again, all were asleep but her watchful mother, she was ind Jesus himself is now waiting to see whether any heard frequently engaged in secret prayer, and often of you are willing to be his children or not."

repeated such hymns as “ The happy land," and It was a full and free surrender of themselves to “ Oh, that will be joyful!” &c.; and often during che Saviour that she pleaded for; nor did she the day she requested her sisters to sing them for plead in vain. The little band were by this time her. “What hymn do you like best?” said her deeply interested; the teacher's own heart glowed | mother to her one day after she had asked some of with that love she wished to enkindle in theirs, and those around her to sing. “I like “The happy is she looked on the beaming faces and glistening land,'" said she; “and, O mother! I like that verse eyes around her, she felt that the Lord was indeed in the best which says :the midst of them. The full effects produced on these

Bright, in that happy land, children that night, eternity alone will unfold. Some

Beams every eye; vave subsequent proof that they had given themselves

Kept by a Father's hand, co Jesus. Of these some are now in glory, others

Love cannot die ! " bearing a living testimony to the truth; while some, She felt she was dying, but rejoiced that love would alas! are still in the “gall of bitterness and the bonds never die; and though her eye was now sunk and dim, of iniquity;" and, notwithstanding all the warnings yet in that “ happy land” to which she was hastenund entreaties of their teacher, are still pursuing the ing every eye was bright. downward path. Their guilt will only be the greater Her teacher, unfortunately, was prevented by inthat they were present on that memorable Sabbath disposition from visiting her all this time. As soon evening.

as she was able, however, she repaired to the humble Among those present that night, was Jessie dwelling. She was not at that time fully aware of P , a little girl about eight years old, a regular the happy state of Jessie's mind, and it was with and attentive scholar, Jessie heard, believed, and hore and fear that she arrived at the cottage. Alas! loved. She resolved to give herself to Jesus ; and she came too late. “ The lily had been gathered," her Lord very soon after took the gift home to him. and little Jessie was now beyond the reach of all self. The above evening was the last time she ever human aid. But, blessed be that love which hears entered the Sabbath school; and the blessed effects and answers prayer, the seed so lately gown had taken produced on her mind on that occasion might never | root, sprung up, and borne much fruit in a little have been known, had it not been for the peculiar time. The shock of corn had become fully ripe, and circumstances connected with it at the time. But, | was already removed to the garner above. though it was the last time she was to listen to the The teacher had come trembling and hoping to glad message upon earth, it was to be her portion little Jessie's cottage, intending to sow the good seed; early to enjoy it in heaven. Before the next Sabbath she left it weeping and rejoicing at the rich sheaves Jessie took ill, and in a short time was seized with all which had been gathered in. She had como expectthe symptoms of scarlet fever. It was of a malignant | ing to find Jessie suffering bodily pain ; but, instead

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of that, there she lay, beautiful even in death, with to be responsible. Perhaps few men--perhaps no a calm and placid countenance. Well might it have man-can sce the harmony of these truths; yet t? been said of her, "She is not dead, but sleepeth."

are truths, and as such are practically acknowledged

by all men, She had suffered much before her death, and was

Again: all experience teaches us that we live in a quite insensible for some time previous ; and it was world of means; tbat knowledge, religion, happiness, a comfort to those around her when the Lord relieved are all to be sought in a certain way, and that to neher from her earthly sufferings, and took her home to glect the means is to lose the end. It is, however, Glory-to that a happy land” where every eve is no less true, that there is no necessary or certain conbright, and where love will never die.-Scottish Sab.

nexion between the means and the end, that God

holds the result in his own hands, and decides the bath School Teachers' Magazine.

issues according to his sovereign pleasure. In all the

ordinary affairs of life, men submit to this arrangeSOPHISTICAL OBJECTIONS AGAINST THE ment, and do not hesitate to use means, though the DOCTRINE OF THE BIBLE REGARDING

end is uncertain and beyond their control. But in

I religion they think this uncertainty of the result a SIN.

sufficient excuse for neglect. BY THE REV. CHARLES HODGE, D.D., PRINCETON. It is obvious that this method of reasoning, or A CHIEF cause of the indifference of men to the rather of cavilling, which consists in bringing up one charge of sin may be found in the objections which well-established truth against another, is unworthy they urge against the truth. Such objections, indeed, of a rational being. We ought to (and practically are more frequently and effectually urged to perplex we must) receive every truth on its own evidence. the advocates of religion, than to quiet the uneasiness If we cannot reconcile one fact with another, it is of conscience. Still men endeavour to impose upon because of our ignorance; better instructed men, or themselves, as well as to embarrass others. And the higher orders of beings, may see their perfect bar objections referred to, doubtless, are often obstacles mony. Our want of such knowledge does not in the in the way of the inquirer; or opiates to the con least impair the force of the evidence on which they sciences of those who desire to be deceived. It is separately rest. In every department of knowledge, objected, “That we are what God made us; that our the number of irreconcilable truths depends on the character is determined either by our original con progress of the student. That loose matter flies off stitution, or by the circumstances in which we are from revolving bodies, and that every thing adheres olaced, and therefore we cannot be responsible for to the surface of the earth, not withstanding its rapid t; that, inasmuch as neither our belief nor our affec revolution, are irreconcilable facts to one man, tions are under the control of the will, we cannot be though not to another. That two rays of light should accountable for either; that it is in vain to use means | produce darkness, or two sounds cause silence, are to escape the judgment of God, since what is to be, facts which many may be entirely unable to reconwill be; that we must wait till God sees fit to change cile with other facts of which they are certain, while

ur hearts, since it is deolared in Scripture to be his the pbilosopher sees not only their consistency, but work."

that they are the necessary consequences of the same It will be observed, that these and similar objec. cause. ions relate to the reconciliation of different truths, If the evidence of the constant revolution of the und not to their separate validity or evidence. The carth round its axis were presented to a man, it would proposition that men are responsible for their moral certainly be unreasonable in him to deny the fact, character, taken by itself, is so capable of demonstra merely because he could not reconcile it with the cion, that all men do in fact believe it. Every man stability of every thing on the earth's surface. Or it feels it to be true with regard to himself, and knows he saw two rays of light made to produce darkness, it to be true with regard to others. All self-condem. | must he resist the evidence of his senses because he nation and self-approbation rest on the consciousness | knows that two candles give more light th

than one: of this truth. All our judgments regarding the Men do not commonly act thus irrationally in moral conduct of others are founded on the same as. | physical investigations. They let each fact stand sumption. It is, therefore, one of those truths which on its own evidence. They strive to reconcile them, is included in the universal consciousness of men, and and are happy when they succeed. But they do not

I get rid of difficulties by denying facts. Men eannot really doubt it, if they would. On the If, in the department of physical knowledge, we other hand, it is no less certain that our character are obliged to act upon the principle of receiving does depend, in a measure, upon circumstances be every fact upon its own evidence, even when unable yond our control, upon our original constitution, to reconcile one with another, it is not wonderful that upon education, upon prevalent babits and opinions, this necessity should be imposed upon us in those deupon Divine influence, etc. All this is proved by ex partments of knowledge which are less within the perience and observation. Here, then, are two facts limits of our powers. It is certainly irrational for a resting on independent evidence, each certain, and man to reject all the evidence of the spirituality of each by itself securing general assent. Yet we see the soul, because he cannot reconcile with that docmen constantly disposed to bring up the one against trine the fact, that a disease of the body disorders the the other; and argue against their responsibility be mind. Must I do violence to my nature in den cause they are dependent, or against their depen- | the proof of design afforded by the human body, be. dence because they are responsible.

cause I cannot account for the occasional occurrence In like manner, the proposition that man is a free of deformities of structure? Must I harden my heart agent commands immediate and universal assent, be- | against all the evidence of the benevolence of God, cause it is an ultimate fact of consciousness. It can which streams upon me in a flood of light from all no more be doubted than we can doubt our own ex- his works, because I may not know how to reconcile istence. Side by side, however, with this intimate that benevolence with the existence of evil? Must persuasion of our moral liberty, lies the conviction, I deny my free agency, the most intimate of all conno less intimate, of our inability to change, by merely victions, because I cannot see the consistency bewilling to do so, either our belief or our affections, tween the freeness of an act and the certainty of its for which, as before stated, every man knows himself occurrence ? Must I deny that I am a moral being, the very glory of my nature, because I cannot change not prevent the feeling of confidence or faith attendmy character at will?

ing the perception of truth; nor that of pleasure the It is impossible for any man to act, in any depart. | perception of beauty; nor that of approbation the ment of knowledge, upon the principle on which perception of moral rectitude. Yet the consciousthese cavilling objections to religion are founded. ness of self-agency mingles with all these operations. From youth to age we are obliged to take each fact We are free in being subject to the laws of our own as it comes, upon its own evidence, and reconcile it | nature. The necessity under which we form such with other facts as best we may.

judgments, or exercise such feelings, produces no The unreasonableness of this method of arguing is sense of bondage. In these involuntary or necessary further evident from the consideration, that, if it | judgments or feelings, however, our moral character were universally adopted, it would render all progress is largely concerned. If two men see an act of in knowledge impossible. It would be tantamount cruelty, and the one smiles at it, and the other is into a resolution to know nothing until we know all dignant, no sophistry can prevent our condemning things; for our knowled

confined to iso the former and approving the latter. The feeling lated facts. To classify and harmonize these facts, excited by the act arises in each spontaneously, and is the slow work of the student's life. This is a most by an inward necessity, which neither, at the moment, benevolent arrangement of Providence. It at once can control. The knowledge of this fact does not stimulates the desire of knowledge, and isoposes | interfere with our judgment in the case. And that on us the constant exercise of faith. And it is in judgment is not merely, that the feeling which provirtue of these two important principles of our nature duced the smile is an indication of a state of mind, that all valuable knowledge is obtained. The desire or of previous conduct, worthy of disapprobation. of knowing, not merely facts, but their relations and but that the feeling itself was wrong. Moreover, harmony, leads to the constant effort to increase the the feeling of disapprobation which arises thus sponnumber of known truths, and to obtain an insight taneously in our bosoms at this delight in suffering into their nature; and the necessity we are under of is itself a moral feeling. We should condemn our believing what we cannot understand, or cannot re selves if it did not arise; we approve ourselves be. concile, cultivates the babit of faith-of faith in evi- cause of it. There are therefore, in our own breasts. dence, faith in the laws of our nature, faith in God. enigmas which we cannot solve, depths which we It is thus our heavenly Father leads us along the cannot fathom. Must we, then, in order to be rapaths of knowledge; and he who refuses to be thus tional, deny these facts ? Must we maintain thai led, must reinain in ignorance. God deals with our nature is an illusion, and our constitution a false us as children; though as rational children. He does hood? Shall we, on the one hand, deny that we ar not require us to believe without evidence; but he subject to the laws of our being, or, on the other, does require us to believe what we cannot understand, that the acts which result from those laws are noi and what we cannot reconcile with other parts of our own, do not express our character nor involve knowledge. This necessity of implicit faith is not con responsibility? This, happily, cannot be done; foi fined to any one department of knowledge, but, as al faith in our own consciousness is one of the laws oi ready stated, is constantly demanded with regard to our nature from which we can never effectually all. The simplest objects in the physical world are sur emancipate ourselves. rounded with mysteries. A blade of grass has wonders If, then, there are in our own nature about it which no philosopher can clear up; no man things which we cannot comprehend, how can we can tell what fixes the type of each species of plant expect to understand God-to know the reasons and or animal; by what process the materials of leaf and relations of his acts, or to be able to reconcile in ali flower are selected and arranged; whence the beauti. cases his works with his attributes ? To do thi: ful tints are borrowed, or how applied; what con would require a more thorough knowledge of God ducts the silent process of formation of the eye orl than we have of ourselves. It would require a comhand. Every thing we see is, even to the most en- | prehension of his purposes, and of the mode in which lightened, the index of something unknown and in he accomplishes them. It would require, in short, a scrutable.

knowledge which no creature can possess. “For If the visible and tangible forms of matter are re what man knoweth the things of a man, save the olete with things past finding out, what may we expect when we turn our eyes on the world of spirits? God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God."-(1 Even that little world in our own bosomg which is Cor. ii. 11.) We, then, who are the least and lowest pervaded by our own consciousness, the facts of of God's rational creatures, may well expect to be which are most intimately known, is full of wonders; required to live by faith; to receive as true, on his of phenomena which we can neither comprehend nor | authority, much that we cannot understand and canreconcile. Who can understand the secret union of not reconcile. It is not, however, blind belief which the soul and body, which establishes their reciprocal ) is required of us. We are not required to believe influence? Why should the emotion of shame suf- any ihing without adequate evidence; but, on the fuse the cheek, or that of fear send the blood to the other hand, we are not allowed to reject any thing heart? Why does the soul suffer if the body be in- simply because we cannot understand it. We must ured? What conception can we form, either of not reject the existence of God, because we cannot matter or mind, which is consistent with their mu. comprehend self-existence; we must not deny his tual influence and communion? The operations of ! eternity, because we cannot conceive of duration our rational and moral faculties are not less beyond without succession; nor his omnipresence, because our comprehension. We know certain facts, but the we cannot see how a being can be equally and entirely

f them, or their consistency, we cannot un- | in all places at the same time; nor omniscience, bederstand. We know that certain feelings follow cer cause we cannot see how free acts can be foreknown. tain perceptions; the feeling of confidence, the In like manner, we are not required to believe in perception of truth; the feeling of pleasure, the per- | God's goodness without abundant evidence of his beneception of beauty; the feeling of approbation, the volence; but we are required to believe it, whether perception of what is morally right. Why these we can reconcile it with the existence of evil or not. feelings should thus rise, no one can tell. Such are We are not required to believe in the providence of the laws of our being; laws which we did not origi- God without evidence; but our being unable to renate, and which we cannot control. That is, we can concile his government with our liberty, is no rational

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ground of unbelief. The same remark might be assembly room. She was carefully protected from made with regard to the apostasy of our race and the cold air, and, with a countenance blooming with the corruption of our nature; our inability and obli.

health and gaiety, was proceeding on her way. A ration to obedience: the necessity of Divine influence

gentleman standing by the staircase with a number and the use of means. We are required to believe nothing on these, or any other subjects, without ade

of tracts in his hand, advanced, and offered her one. quate proof; but we are not allowed to make our ig She took the little book, and was putting it into her norance of the relations of these truths an excuse for reticule, when the gentleman said to her, “ Will either unbelief or disobedience. God gives to the glow you, ma'am, promise me one thing ?-it is that you worm light enough to see its own path, though not

will read this tract.” With cheerful good-humour enough to dispel the darkness of the night. Thus,

the young lady promised to do so, and, passing on to too, he shows us where to put our foot down in each successive step towards heaven, though he may not

the busy assembly, was soon engaged in the mirth enable us to comprehend the Almighty unto perfec and pleasure of the evening. tion.-(To be continued.)

Whether Katherine at that time performed the

promise she had made I have no means of ascerLIVING WATER.

taining, but, as she was a person of strict integrity, The fountain in its source

we cannot doubt that she kept her word. Most No drought of summer fears;

probably she read it carelessly over, and was perhaps The further it pursues its course

little interested in its contents. It is quite evident The nobler it appears

that she did not value her little book, for it was But shallow cisterns yield A scanty, short supply ;

thrown carelessly into a drawer, and its first page The morning sees them amply fillid,

was torn off and lost. If the giver of that tract had The evening sees them dry.

seen it lying there, he would have thought his effort

had been in vain. But God had a great work to do THE TRACT DISTRIBUTOR.

through that little messenger of mercy. It was a cold frosty evening in December, about six Although Katherine's blooming countenance seemor seven years ago, that the inhabitants of a country led to give hope of long life, though her eye was bright town seemed in an unusual state of excitement. The and her step was firm, yet disease was insidiously cown was always a busy, bustling place; but the lurking beneath these fair appearances. One sympgreat number of carriages which were hurrying to tom of illness, and then others, gradually showed und fro the wide street, showed that something un- themselves, and long months of languor and debility visual was going forward. The large inn of the town followed. Not only was the young lady withdrawn vras brilliantly lighted, and a number of poor people from the gaieties of life, but the calmer and more were standing around the ways which led into the simple pleasures which she had enjoyed, were now inn, to watch the company as they alighted from denied to her. She could not take the long cheerfu their carriages. It was the evening of a ball. country walk. Music, and even reading, fatigued

Although a cold evening, yet the sky was beauti her now, nor could she share with her family the fully clear and blue, and the moon and stars shone conversation of the fireside. In the quiet of her out brightly upon the busy town. How differently chamber, she was left to her own silent, and somewere they regarded by different persons! It was times sorrowful, reflcctions. It was one day, when t night on which the astronomer would be busy thus alone, that she took up the torn and crumpled in making his calculations of the number, and distract, given her long since. Katlierine's attention tance, and size of the stars. Happy if he mingled was arrested, and she read it carefully. The tract with his contemplations the feelings of love and told her that she was a sinner--that we are all by adoration of their great Creator; and as “night unto nature enemies to God. That she might be amiable, night showed him knowledge," could, with the and just, and dutiful to her parents, and kind to the Psalmist, exclaim, “ O Lord, our Lord, how excel | poor; and yet, if she did not love God supremely, if lent is thy name in all the earth, who hast set thy she had not faith in Christ, she would be undone for glory above the heavens!” Many a pious and hum ever. It proved, from the Scriptures, that man is in ble Christian, on such a night, looked to the blue a fallen condition, that " our very righteousness" firmament, and, beholding its starry grandeur, could (the good works in which Katherine would have say, “ When I consider the heavens, the work of thy trusted) "are as filthy rags " in the sight of a pure fingers, the moon and stars which thou hast or- and huly God: that our very devotions are mingled dained, Lord, what is man that thou art mindful of with sin: that the "thoughts of man's heart are only bim, and the son of man that thou visitest him?" evil, and that continually." That “except a man be Perhaps some one who lay upon his dying bed born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." looked up to the bright sky, and thought upon that Katherine must have heard these things before, for glorious city to which he was hastening, which “hud / she had always been accustomed to attend at church, no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in at least once on every Sunday, and had often joined it; for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb in the solein response, “ Lord have mercy upon us, i was the light thereof."

miserable sinners!" but never, till now, had she felt But other thoughts than these crowded into the any thing of the sinfulness of her own heart, or the minds of the gay party who were hastening to the necessity of so great a change, as that which tho ball. A young lady (whom I shall call Katherine) Scriptures describes as being “ born again.” She was now just mounting the stairs which led to the called to mind how many days had passed without one thought of God; how she had been amused by delicate frame. Emma knew this, and although passing events, and never experienced one feeling of sometimes, amid the changes of that flattering disholy gratitude to the Lord of glory, who had come ease, she thought she might recover, the more perdown on this sinful earth to die the death of the manent feeling was that she should die. Yet sbe cross, that we might be saved. But the tract did not had no fear of passing through the dark valley, for tell the sinner that he was guilty before God, in she knew that God would be with her, and that the order to leave him there. It told also the blessed | valley of the shadow of death would be made light by truth that life and salvation are offered by the gospel. his presence. It showed that it was for the sinner that Christ's Emma possessed great talents and mental attainsacrifice was offered. “For scarcely for a righteous ments; but it might truly be said of her that sbe “reman will one die, yet peradventure for a good man ceived the kingdom of God as a little child." Her some would even dare to die ; but God commendeth faith was most simple and child-like. It was enough his love towards us, in that, while we were sinners, for her that God had said in his word that Christ Christ died for us." It showed, that while God would save the sinner. She had a firm conviction that could not pardon the transgressor with justice, except | “God is love," and the belief made her calmly, quietly

Mediator between God and man had appeared, that happy. The medical attendant said of her, that she tod's only beloved Son had become that Mediator, must have died much earlier in the course of the disind that "if any man sin, we have an advocate with ease, but that her happy and quiet spirit enabled the the Father, even Jesus Christ the righteous." body to resist its advances, " Thy will be done" was Christ's own words invited the sinner to come to | not only the expression of her lips, but the feeling of

im. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are her heart. She had many friends whom she tenderly neayy laden. and ye shall find rest to your souls." | loved: yet, without an apxious thought, she com - Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me." mended them all to her Father in heaven. Emma Katherine found that God's Holy Spirit was promised would often on her sick-bed regret, that she had not o sinners, to bring them to God. That he was to from her childhood diligently studied the Scriptures.

guide them into all truth ;” and that our Saviour She said that she so often could remember the spirit iad said, “If ye, being evil, know how to give good of some text, but could not recollect the exact gifts unto your children, how much more shall God words, nor could she readily find it. She said, if zive his Holy Spirit to them that ask him?"

life were spared, she thought she should try and Every passage, as she read it, seemed to bring | learn all the New Testament by heart. One day, some new light to Katherine's mind God was teach-| when speaking of the Bible, she said, " It is so difing this poor child. He who had died for her soul ferent from other books. If I read any other book was revealing himself gradually to her. Her illness two or three times, I seem to know its contents, but was a long one; but she found, in communion with every reading of the sacred volume seems to throw rod, and in the study of his promises, a deep and new light upon it; one finds out the meaning of its asting happiness. The bed of pain and sickness was passages more and more." Her friend said to her, o her the prelude to everlasting glory, and she long- | “Yes, that has always struck me as a proof of the ed to be absent from the body, that she might be Divine authority of the sacred writings.” She represent with the Lord.

plied, "My own heart gives me abundance of proof Many months after she thus read the little tract, that they are true.” Katherine's happy spirit entered into the joy of her! It was a beautiful summer morning on which EmLord. But the good done hy the tract did not end ma looked her last on the world. She had always here.

been a great admirer of nature, and had loved to trace katherine had found “ the pearl of great price," the hand of God in adorning the earth and sky with ind sne did not conceal it. She called on others to beauty. A few hours before she died, she asked that rejoice with her on finding it. She had one friend the blind might be drawn up, that she might look out whom I shall call Emma) who was much with her upon the garden and meadows once more. She gazed luring her long illness, and who had been her com earnestly on them, as if to take a last farewell. She panion from her childhood. Katherine endeavoured then beckoned to her friends. bade each a solemn to lead her to God; she entreated her to come as a | and affectionate adieu; her last words were, “ Happy, zinner to the Saviour, and to seek the Holy Spirit by willing." She made signs that prayer should be prayer. Einma had not before thought seriously of offered, and while those around her were praying religion, but from this time she began to study the that her dismissal should be without pain, and that Scriptures for herself. She was led to embrace the la glorious entrance might be granted into the offers of the gospel, aud became a devout and humble heavenly kingdom, she quietly breathed her last, and child of God.

her happy spirit entered the world where sin and It is less than a twelvemonth since, that the writer sorrow never enter. of these pages was called to attend the sick-bed of The mode of Emma's death literally exemplified Emma. Emina was an old friend and schoolfellow, the Scripture description : "She fell asleep in Jesus," and her illness was a source of deep sorrow to the and her friend was reminded of the words of the good writer. But the invalid's countenance bore no traces John Bunyan, in describing the passage through the of sorrow or regret. The bright eye, and hectic | dark river, which was taken by the pilgrim-" And dush, and continual cough, gave certain indications the river was very calm at that time. that consumption had made great advances in her Many friends visited Emma during her long sick.

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