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church, who was accustomed to invite and encou viving manner: “Let go, Ma'am, let go! only fall il rage his servants to attend the worship of God in his down at his feet; ask him to take your heart, and house. There she heard the Scriptures read, and be | he will make all right." When people complained came in some measure acquainted with the purport to her about the state of their souls, her usual answer of the gospel. About the same time came that ex- | was, “ Do not complain to me, but go to the Lord cellent missionary Pacalt, whose labours were blessed | Jesus. Fall down at his feet, and ask him for pardon to so many persons, both white and coloured, into and assistance." that part of the country where Catharine then lived. For her own part she mostly enjoyed an assurance Under his simple but faithful preaching she was of her interest in Christ, and spoke of it with confioften greatly affected, and stirred up earnestly to seek dence. When a pious Indian gentleman was one day the salvation wbich is in Christ Jesus.

conversing with her, she was, as usual, much excited In the beginning of the year 1836 she came to live when he spoke to her of the great love of Christ. in the village of Swellendam, when the writer of this " And Catharine," said the gentleman, “will Christ narrative first became acquainted with her. In the come again ?" “ Yes," she replied, “at the day of month of April in the same year, after having been judgment." “And where," rejoined he, “ do you examined, and given satisfactory proofs not only of think your place will be in that day?" "Oh, sir! her knowledge of divine truths, but also, as it was said Catharine, with a smile, “at his right hand ; believed, of her true piety, she was admitted by bap- for he died surely for my sins, and his blood is upon ism as a member of the Church. On receiving this my soul.” goly sacrament she must have been about a hundred For the last year of her life she was almost quite vears old an event, indeed, such as has seldom oc- blind from old age, yet she got some one to lead her. curred. Since that time she bas always distinguished and that usually twice every Sabbath, to the Lord's herself by a very pious deportment. For her, Christ house, where the minister of the church had, for was, in the fullest sense, ALL. It was astonishing to some years, allowed her to sit on the pulpit stairs, a Hee how she became excited and affected when any privilege for which she often expressed her gratitude. me spoke in her hearing of his sufferings and death. On the Lord's day, two days before her death, her This always seemed to agitate her entire soul. “For place in the church was observed to be unoccupied ; me, for my sins, he had to suffer all that," she would upon which one of her friends went, after divine ser say; whilst frequently the tears flowed down her vice, to visit her. “I was too weak," said Catharine, cheeks.

“to go to church to-day, but the Lord was here with She was very punctual in attending public worship, me ; and oh! the room seemed too small when I was and was us

he house of God. She

permitted to fall down at his feet, and speak to him Inight generally be seen sitting on the steps in front freely, and make mention of all his mercies towards of the church, or before the chapel, waiting for the so great a sinner." Opening of the doors. During the singing her trem The next morning, the writer of this was sent for, bling voice might frequently be heard ; and she was and informed that Catharine was very ill, and desired accustomed d to give her assent to what the minister to see him. Immediately repairing to her cottage, he announced by frequent motions of the head. People said, “ Well, Catharine, it seems you are going to leave were often surprised to see her present at the celebra. us ?'' “ Yes, sir," was her reply, it is all over with tion of public worship even in unfavourable weather, Old Catharine." “And whither," said he, “ do you or whilst labouring under bodily indisposition ; but, think you are going?” “To heaven," she immewhen spoken to on this subject, Catharine was always diately answered, “ for Jesus surely died for my sins." ready with the answer, “ My Lord brought me hither, | “To depart, and to be with Christ," said he, " is far He gave me strength."

better." “ Yes," replied she, “ to be with Christ is It was, indeed, very remarkable how the Lord pro the best; and his Spirit must thoroughly cleanse and vided for her. In her experience, too, was fulfilled sanctify me, and enable me to serve him there in a what the Psalmist declared : “ I have been young, perfect manner; and," added she with great emind now am old, yet have I not seen the righteous for phasis," without shedding of blood shall no one enter saken, nor is seed begging bread."

into the kingdom." The excitement of her mind now Old Catharine was much in prayer early in the seemed too great for her enfeebled frame. After these norniny ; and often in the stillness of the night her words she suddenly fell backwards upon the bed, and voice might be heard wrestling with the Lord. A remained speechless and without moving until the emale friend of hers, having once requested that she next morning, when the spirit was release from the would remember her in her prayers, Catharine, in body, in order, as we have the best grounds for beche middle of the following night, was heard by those lieving, to join the happy company of those who have in whose house she slept earnestly praying for her been washed in the blood of the Lamb, and who are friend, whom she mentioned by name, commending therefore before the throne of God, and praise and jer to the Lord, and entreating a blessing upon her. serve him without ceasing, and without imperfection, The writer of this once seeing her, very early in the in his heavenly temple. Her earthly remains were norning, busy feeding some chickens, said, " I hope, followed by a great number, both of white and coCatharine, you were first in your retirement ?" Ah! | loured people, to the grave, there to await the glorious sir," she replied, “ how could I forget that? It is moming of the day of general resurrection. ny bread and my water."

“The righteous," says the Psalmist, “ shall be in She always showed an earnest desire to be useful everlasting remembrance.” It was therefore conco her fellow-creatures, and the general esteem insidered a duty to preserve in this narrative the rewhich she was held, gained for her admonitions and membrance of Old Catharine, and at the same time consolations ready access with all.

to endeavour to excite others to praise and glorify The love of Christ, and the obligation to return his | the riches of divine grace, so remarkably displayed in love, by living for him, was constantly the theme of her salvation. The same grace, dear reader, is suffiner discourse, and eternity will doubtless reveal that cient for you. Pray that you may be made, both here the has been of no small benefit to the souls of many. | and hereafter, a monument of God's mercy; imitate When a certain lady was once deeply affected on ac- Old Catharine in so far as she followed Christ; with count of the death of a very dear child, Old Catharine her, build your whole hope solely upon his atoning came to her, and sharing in her sorrow, addressed sufferings and death; and when you consider the grace her, amongst other things, in this consoling and re- shown, not only to this aged Hottentot, but to others

THE EAGLE-WINGED BELIEVER.

377 of this (once) utterly despised nation, say with the 1st, We propose to give you a negative account of poet

these things. " The race that long in darkness pined

1. They do not mount up in airy speculations : Have seen a glorious light;

some mount up only in airy notions; they have a The people dwell in day, who dwelt In death's surrounding night.

great deal of head-knowledge, but no heart-love to

the truth: “ They receive not the love of the truth, " To hail thy rise, thou better Sun! The path'ring nations come,

that they might be saved; for which cause God sends Joyous as when the reapers bear

them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie." Tne harvest treasures home.

(2 Thes. ii. 10, 11.) The devil himself knows God and " Thy power increasing, still shall spread;

Christ, but hath no love to God or Christ in his Thy reign no end shall know :

heart; there may be much speculative knowledge Justice shall guard thy th rope above, And peace abound below."

where there is no saying grace.

2. They do not mount up in sinful curiosity, to THE EAGLE-WINGED BELIEVER.

pry into the secrets of God; “ for secret things be

long to God, to us the things that are revealed."BY RALPH ERSKINE,

(Deut. xxix. 29.) Many mount up too far into the I. As to the wings wherewith they do mount up, they decrees of election and reprobation. Oh! I fear I are especially these two, viz., the wing of faith and am a reprobate, say some. Alas, Sirs! beware of the wing of love.

such blasphemy; as if, forsooth, you were omniscient, 1. The wing of faith they have, and must have, like God; and as if you had been upon the privy who would mount up heavenward. Now, there is council of God from eternity, when he marked down not a feather in this wing but is made in heaven; the names of elect and reprobate: this is a thing “ By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not that cannot be known. In this side of time you canof yourselves: it is the gift of God."-(Eph. ii. 8,) | not be sure you are a reprobate as long as you are Yea, after the believer hath got faith, he cannot out of hell; but I can give you assurance, better than spread out bis wing without God; " To you it is given, the stability of heaven and earth, that if you truly not only to believe but to suffer for his sake."-(Phil. repent of your sin, and flee to Christ, the only i. 29.) To you, believers, it is given to believe; not Saviour, you are no reprobate; “ Let the wicked foronly the habit of faith is the gift of God, but the sake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts ; exercise of faith is his gift also. Now, this is one and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have wing, and none can mount up to heaven without it; mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will abun-' for it is a grace that looks not at things that are seen dantly pardon.”—(Isa. lv. 7.) But if you will not part in this world, but at things that are not seen; it is with sin, nor flee to Christ, you subscribe your own the evidence of things not seen; it mounts the soul reprobation. Now, I say, the believer doth mount to heaven and beavenly things, and makes them up in sinful curiosity concerning the decree of elecevident.

tion and reprobation, but in so far as it is revealed 2. There is the wing of love, by which the be- to him, to give all diligence to make his calling and liever mounts up to heaven: and tbis is a wing made election sure; neither doth he pry curiously into the also by God; “The love of God is shed abroad in secrets of God's providence : “ It is not for you to our hearts by the Holy Ghost."--(Rom. v. 5.) This is know the times and the seasons, which the Fath a wing then framed in heaven, a grace that comes hath put in his own power." Some have been very from the God of love; and therefore it flies up to rash in telling when the day of judgment would be: heaven again: the holy spark of this fire flies upward. we should not meddle with such secrets ; " for of This grace is of such a mounting quality, that it unites that day and that hour knoweth no man." (Matt. the soul of the believer to Christ as well as faith. xxv. 13.) As Jonathan's soul was knit or joined to the soul of 3. They do not mount up in self-conceit and selfDavid by love, so is the soul of the believer knit and estimation, as some do, who mount up in the pride of glued to Christ by love ; and, O this wing of love is a their hearts; God abhors the proud, and he will cast strong wing! (Song viii, 6,)“ Love is strong as death;" them down, let them mount up never so far: “Hel yea, stronger than death and life, and principalities resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.” and powers: “I am persuaded," says the apostle, (Jas, iv. 6.) Pride was the sin of fallen angels; they " that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor princi- would be as high as God, viz., self-dependent; and palities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things therefore God cast them down. This was the ill lesto come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other crea son that the devil taught our first parents, “ Ye shall ture, shall be able to separate us from the love of be as gods;" and they were taken with this bait, to God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."-(Rom. viii. their overthrow and ruin; and ever since, pride and 38, 39.) This is such a strong wing that the fire can- self-conceit hath been natural to their posterity; and not burn it: martyrs have found that it would abide hence it is, so much self is mixed with all our preachthe fire when they glorified God in the fires; the fire ing, praying, communicating. But when the believer did not burn their love; no, it mounted up to heaven mounts, he mounts in some measure above self, and with the flame.

gets it trod under his feet in self-abasing, self-abII. As to those things wherein they mount up, borring thoughts. we shall give you both a negative and a positive 4. They do not mount up in fits and starts of deaccount of them.

votion, in modes and pangs of affection in a transient

way. Many professors, when they hear the word, whole God in all bis essential perfections, and in all they seem to be mounted up in joy; but what comes the relations he stands in to his people. They will of it? It is but a flash, and like a land-flood. The have this God for their God for ever and ever, and! stony-ground hearers may receive the word with joy; | for their guide even unto death. And they will have but having no root, they wither and dwindle to a whole Christ-Christ for sanctification as well as nothing.-(Luke viii. 6, 13.) Some, when they hear of for salvation, yea, Christ for their all in all. Christ's sufferings, and see him sacramentally cruci- ' 4. They mount up in pious inclinations; they have fied, it draws tears from their eyes, and they never an aversion at sin, at the sinful pleasures of this life; u mount further.

yea, they abhor them with Ephraim, " What have 2dly, We come now to give a positive account of | I any more to do with idols ?" That is the language these things wherein the believer mounts up. Be- of the eagle-like believer; he bath a great inclination, lievers mount up with wings as eagles, in these fol. a strong bent of spirit after a God in Christ, as the lowing things, or the like.

top of his perfection, as the very spring of all his 1. They mount up in spiritual-mindedness, con- pleasure, and as the magazine of all his treasure, as templation, and holy meditation : hence says David, the rest of his soul; if the devil and his evil heart “My meditation of him shall be sweet.”—(Psal. civ. hath set him at any distance from God, his mind is 34.) Having got the spirit, they mind the things of restless till he return to him again: “ Return to thy the spirit: “ They that are after the flesh, do inind rest, O my soul, for the Lord hath dealt bountifully the things of the flesh; but they that are after the with thee."-(Psal.cxvi. 7.) The top-swarm, as it were, spirit, mind the things of the spirit: that which is of his inclination mounts up this way. born of the spirit, is spirit.”—(Rom. viii. 5.) Their 5. He mounts up in heavenly affections: hence is heart is set and bent to mind the great mystery of that injunction, “Set your affections on things above. godliness, “God made manifest in the flesh” (1 Tim. and not on things on the earth.”-(Col. iii. 2) He ii. 16); "and to know the height, and depth, and endeavours, through grace, to have his affections breadth of the love of Christ." They do not suffer some way corresponding with God's affection, so a their thoughts to wander on the mountains of vanity. to love what God loves, and hate what God hates;||

2. They mount up in high designs and intentions : yea, to love as God loves, and to hate as God hates their ultimate design is the glory of God, and the God loves holiness with a strong and great love; so enjoyment of him, which, you know, is man's chief | doth the believer. God hates sin with a perfect end. This is the winged Christian's end: he mounts hatred; and so doth the believer: "I hate every false up in this high and holy end, and that in all his ac- way." See also, Psal. cxxxix, 21, 22. tions; in his civil actions, as in his buying and selling, 6. They mount up in a gospel conversation; so travelling, labouring; and in his sacred actions, as saith the apostle, “Our conversation is in heaven, his praying, reading, hearing, communicating; or in from whence we look for our Saviour, the Lord Jesus his relative actions, what he doth as a father, master, Christ."- (Phil. iii. 20.) servant, or child; and in his natural actions, whether 7. The winged saint mounts up in a heavenly he eat or drink, or whatever he doth, he doth all to walk : as Enoch and Noah walked with God, so doth the glory of God.-(1 Cor. x. 31.) At least, his short. the winged soul whose strength is renewed; he rups coming herein is matter of sorrow and shame to without wearying, and walks without fainting on the him.

Lord's way. His heavenly walk discovers itself, 3. They mount up in holy desires, saying with 1. In his heavenly words--they are seasoned with Job, “O that I knew where I might find him! that salt, and edifying. And, 2. In his actions, wherein I might come even to his feet.” And their desires he studies sobriety, righteousness, and godliness in all are not like the faint, languishing wish of the wick the duties of religion, prayer, and praise. And, 3. In ed, such as Balaam had; no, no; their desires are his company, for he can say with David, “I am a comspiritual and sincere, such as these spoken of (Isa. | panion of all them that fear thee."-(Psal. cxix. 63.) xxvi. 9), “ With my soul have I desired thee in the

(To be continued.) night; and with my spirit within one, will I seek thee early." Their desires are strong and fervent; none THE PRETENCES OF COVETOUSNESS. but Christ will satisfy them. “What wilt thuu give

BY DR SOUTH. me, seeing I go childless?” said Abraham.-(Gen. xv.

One instance in which men use to plead the will in2.) So says the soul, mounting up towards God, o

stead of the deed, is in duties of cost and expense. what wilt thou give me, seeing I go Christless? It Let a business of expensive charity be proposed; pants after God, the living God. Their desires are and then, as in matters of labour, the lazy person can restricted to God and Christ alone : "One thing have

find no hands wherewith to work; so neither, in this I desired of the Lord, and that will I seek after : that

case, can the religious miser find any hands where

lat with to give. It is wonderful to consider. how a (may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days command or call to be liberal, either upon a civil or of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to religious account, all of a sudden impoverishes the inquire in his temple. Whom have I in heaven but rich, breaks the merchant, shuts up every private thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire be man's exchequer, and makes those men in a minute sides thee."--(Psal. lxxiii. 25.) Their desiregare dilat

have nothing at all to give, who, at the very same ed on a whole God, and a whole Christ : “ O my soul,

instant, want nothing to spend. So that instead of

relieving the poor, such a command strangely inthou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord, my creases their number, and transforms rich men into God, my King."-(Psal. avi. 2.) They will have a beggars presently.

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Thus, at the siege of Constantinople, then the life, and frequently found it difficult to gain a bare wealthiest city in the world, the citizens had nothing subsistence, and provide even necessaries for their to give their emperor for the defence of the place, young family But though their lot wng cast among though he begged a supply of them with tears; but when, by that means, the Turks took and sacked it,

the poor of this earth, they were honest. They then those who had nothing before to give had more

lived in a thinly-peopled neighbourhood, remote from than enough to lose.

town or village, and indeed at a considerable disBut to descend to matters of daily and common tance from any habitation whatever. occurrence; what is more usual in conversation, than

Their humble thatched cottage stood picturesquely for men to express their unwillingness to do a thing,

| at the foot of a bill, rugged, with perpendicular by saying they cannot do it; and for a covetous man, being asked a little money in charity, to answer that

rocks, and projecting cliffs, and precipitous to the he has none? Which, as it is, if true, a sufficient base. In summer these were wellnigh hid by the answer to God and man: 80, if false, it is intolerable verdure—the different wild plants, the braken (fern), hypocrisy towards both.

the boy myrtle, the wild thyme, and lichens of richBut do men in good earnest think that God will

est emerald tints, uniting to conceal them from view. be put off so? or can they imagine, that the law of God will be baffled with a lie clothed in a scoff ?

There too, the pine, the mountain-ash, the hazel, For such pretences are no better, as appears from

om and the birch-tree flourished, springing up naturally

and that notable account given us by the apostle of this out of the crevices, or spreading their roots fantaswindy, insignificant charity of the will, and of the tically over the bare rocks, till their fibres reached worthlessness of it, not enlivened by deeds (James ii. some congenial soil, where they found nourishment, i 15, 16): “If a brother or sister be naked, and desti

and thus gained strength and firmness to withstand tute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstand

the wintry blast. But when divested of its summer ing ye give them not those things which are needful garb, the scene assumed a sterner aspect, the rocks to the body; what doth it profit?" Profit, does he appearing in all the varied and fantastic forms say? Why, it profits just as much as fair words which fancy might create, Fronting the cottage, command the market, as good wishes buy food and

but divided by the public road, was a deep ravine, raiment, and pass for current payment in the shops.

down which a rivulet was reen at intervals, through Come to an old, rich, professing vulpony, and tell him that there is a church to be built, beautified, or

the foliage, gliding smoothly over its pebbly bed, or, endowed in such a place, and that he cannot lay out

when swollen by the rains, impetuously rushing on his money more to God's honour, the public good, with a loud roaring noise, forming in its course inand the comfort of his own conscience, than to be. numerable cascades. But, however inviting the situastow it liberally upon such an occasion; and in an

tion, every thing within and around the little cottage swer to this, it is ten to one but you shall be told, “ how much God is for the inward spiritual worship

bespoke the poverty of its inhabitants, so that a stran. of the hear : and that the Almighty neither dwells ger might naturally have asked, “What happiness nor delights in temples made with hands, but hears) can these poor people enjoy amid such manifest bard. and accepts the prayers of his people in dens and ships and privations?" Yet though worldly advancaves, barns and stables, and in the homeliest and tages were denied them, they had in their lowly meanest cottages, as well as in the stateliest and

dwelling a source of comfort, too often unknown to most magnificent churches." Thus, I say, you are like to be answered. In reply to which I would have

the great and the affluent of this world, and which all such sly sanctified cheats (who are so often harp

riches cannot purchase—the peace of God reigned ing upon this string) know, once for all, that that there. God who accepts the prayers of his people in dens The poor man could generally contrive to earn a and caves, barns and stables, when, by his afflicting

scanty subsistence, barely sufficient to maintain his proridence, he has driven them from the appointed

wife and four children. At times, indeed, his means places of his solemn worship, so that they cannot have the use of them, will not, for all this, endure to

of support were cut off; for though industrious be served or prayed to by them in such places, nor

when he could procure work, his employment at best accept of their barn-worship, no, nor yet of their was precarious. In that secluded district, where parlour or their chamber.worship, where he has there were few resident gentry, his resources in this given them both wealth and power to build him

respect were limited and uncertain. And sometimes churches. For he that commands us to “ worship him in the spirit," commands us also “ to honour him

this worthy couple were reduced to great necessity with our substance." And never pretend that thou

for want of food, when they experienced unexpected hast a heart to pray while thou hast no heart to give; interpositions of Providence, by which help was sent since he that serves mammon with his estate, cannot to them in the most unlooked for manner. Thus possibly serve God with his heart. For, as in the God often reveals himself to his chosen ones, and in heathen worship of God, a sacrifice without an heart

the time of their need proves that he is a very prewas accounted ominous; 60 in the Christian worship of him, an heart without a sacrifice is worthless and

sent help in trouble." So frequently in their case impertinent.

had they been made to perceive that they were the

objects of his peculiar care and watchfulness, that THE LORD WILL PROVIDE.

they were led by experience to put their trust in A STORY OF LAST CENTURY.*

that Providence which had so many times signally

| and graciously preserved them. ABOTE a century ago, in a sequestered part of Scotland, a hard-working couple were struggling through

At some miles' distance from this cottage, was the

residence of a lady whose piety and active benevoThis striking narrative has been recently pub ished as

lence had gained her the love and esteem of all the a tract by James Nisbet and Co., London, from whom we have received a kind permission to insert it in our pages. neighbourhood. Lady Kilmarnock devoted her time

and fortune in doing good, and was indeed a blessing But ere she began, that she might not afterwards to those around her. She had herself been taught be disturbed, she made up the peat fire on the in the school of affliction to sympathize with the dis hearth. She trimmed and lit the cruisy (a small tressed.

iron vessel which served as a lamp), and hung it upEarly in lile she was deprived, by a sudden stroke, on its accustomed place on the wall. She moved the of the husband of her affections. At first she was clean oaken table near it, and having taken the large overwhelmed by the blow, till by degrees she found family Bible from among the six or eight well-read, true consolation, where alone it is to be found, in the well-worn volumes on the book-shelf, deposited it love of God. Thus was she led, though by a thorny upon it. She paused, however, before opening the path, to place her happiness beyond the things of sacred volume to implore a blessing on its contents, time, and to experience real comfort--that peace when the following text involuntarily came into her “ which passeth all understanding."

mind : “For every beast in the forest is mine, and With every external advantage to render life at the cattle upon a thousand hills." tractive, she from that period gave up the world, That text, thought Ann, is not very applicable to and devoted herself entirely to promoting the welfare me-and opening her Bible she proceeded to look out of her fellow-creatures; and it was her peculiar care for some of her favourite passages of Scripture. Yet, to seek out cases deserving of her assistance. “For every beast in the forest is mine, and the cattle

These worthy cottagers had, of course, been fre- upon a thousand hills," was uppermost in her quent objects of ber bounty, and through her means thoughts. She endeavoured to read the parts of the they had often obtained most seasonable relief. But Bible that she considered more particularly adapted though Ann Young—for that was the maiden name to her present circumstances. Her eye, it is true, of the cottager's wife, by which she was still known might glance over the sacred pages, and ber lips pro in the neighbourhood -had formerly been a servant nounce the precious words they contained; but still in her family, yet such was her repugnance to appear the verse we have quoted would ever and anon occur burdensome to her benefactress, that it was seldom to her, supplanting in her mind every other passage indeed that when in want her distress was made of Scripture and every other subject of thought. known by herself. It came to pass from some of She knelt down, and committed her case to the Hearer those causes before alluded to, or from circumstances and Answerer of prayer; and then tried to recall forwith which we are not acquainted, that those poor mer experiences—to bring to remembrance the people were reduced to the greatest extremity of promises of God, and those portions of Scripture want : all their resources had failed. Their little which used to come home with power to her heart; store of provisions gradually diminished till they but without now feeling that lively pleasure and eswere exhausted. Ann had always been frugal, and tisfaction she had ever found in the Word of God, a good manager of her husband's earnings; but, with the text, “For every beast," &c. &c., seemed fastened all her economy, she could not make her means last to her memory, and, despite of every effort, she could longer. Unlike the widow's of Zarephath, the barrel | not banish it from her mind. Yet, thought Ann, it of meal wasted away without any prospect of its is God's own word; and she read the Psalm in which being replenished. Her children bad received the that text is contained. It was, she thought, a beaulast morsel she could furnish, yet she was not cast tiful psalm, but many verses in it appeared to her down, for Ann Young was indeed a Christian. She more suited to her condition than the one already “ knew in whom she had believed;" she had learned quoted. Again she prayed, hoping that, while preto trust in the loving-kindness of her God, when ap- senting her supplications before a throne of grace, parently cut off from human aid; and having found she might forget it, but with no better success. Still by experience, that man's extremity is God's oppor- she endeavoured to encourage her drooping heart tunity, therefore she did not despond. The day, how with the belief, nay, God's blessed assurance of the ever, passed over, and no prospect of succour appeared. efficacy, of earnest, persevering prayer, and continued Night came, and still no relief was vouchsafed to her occupation, alternately wrestling in prayer and them. The children were crying for their supper, reading her Bible until midnight. and, because there was none to give them, their ! Indeed, early dawn found her engnged at the same mother undressed them and put them to bed, where employment, as at length daylight appeared through they soon cried themselves to sleep.

the little casement, when a loud impatient rap was Tbeir father was much dejected, and likewise went heard at the door. to bed, leaving Ann in solitary possession of the “Who's there ? " said Ann. room. And yet she felt not alone-many sweet hours i A voice from without answered—“A friend." had she spent in that little cottage, apart from the “But who is a friend,'" replied she, “ What are world, with her Bible and her God. Often had she | you ?" here enjoyed communion with Him whom her soul “ I'm a drover; and quick, mistrese, and open the loved, unobserved, save by his all-seeing eye. Pre- door, and come out and help me. And if there's a cious had these seasons ever been to her. The man in the house, tell him also to come out with all present, therefore, was not to be suffered to escape speed, for one of my cattle has fallen down a preciunimproved; nor the opportunity neglected of pour- | pice and broken its leg, and it is lying at your|| ing out her soul to God-of spreading her sorrows, door." her trials, all before him; and giving vent to a full, On opening the door, what was the first object that and now, alas ! a heavy heart.

met the astonished gaze of Ann? A large drore of

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