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the birds pour forth their anthems of gladness; and with a fatal disease, and hurried to the eternal
e wide face of creation itself seems as if awakened world. But, while dying of cholera, he had his reaand refreshed from a mighty slumber."
son, and conversed about his future state, his hope 1 3. It is good for the mental or thinking powers to
and prospects, and admonished others to prepare to rise early-Solomon says, “Let us get up early to the vineyard; let us see if the vines flourish; if the
follow him. His conversation, his influence, were tender grape appears; if the pomegranates bud forth." blessed to his wicked father. The natural affections The wise man takes it for granted here, that the of that ungodly father were lacerated by his affliction, mind is active at this hour in observation, as it truly and thus the way was prepared for the application is. There is not a little reason to believe that Solo
of other influences. The meekness and patience of mon devoted this sacred season, as some have called it, to the study of “the hyssop," the " cedar," and
the little sufferer, and his evident anxiety for the other plants and trees; and that it was his morning salvation of others, were seen to be the fruits of that studies that enabled him to become a teacher of all new character which he had acquired in the Sabthe kings of the then known world.
bath school. And when, in addition to all the other 4. It is economical to rise early.-Franklin used to
influences that gathered around that dying bed, that say,
profane and godless opposer of religion heard from "Early to bed, and early to rise, Makes men healthy, wealtby, and wise.''
the lips of his child, as I e sunk into the arms of death,
this last message of affection and piety, “ Father, do Exercise of the body, whether in recreation or at la
recreation or at 1&- not grieve so; for if you'll be good, you can come to bour, is worth a great deal more in the morning than |
heaven too,”-he was convinced of the reality and at any other time of the day. An early walk is much more agreeable, as well as more useful, than a later
saving power of his child's triumphant faith, and one. The labour of the farmer and the mechanic is was pierced with conviction for sin in view of his also more agreeable in the morning than at any other own want of it, and in view of the conscious fact, time, to say nothing of its usefulness. The lesson of
that he was not prepared thus to die in peace. This the school or of the family is easier studied, better
was the means of his salvation. understood, and more readily retained, than at any other time. Devotion, too, is more spiritual at this
That child is now in heaven. That father is now! bour than at any other hour of the day.
in the Church, a useful and consistent member, 5. It is rational to rise early. - To lie in the morn walking in the strait and narrow way, and blessing ing after the sun is up, or even after early dawn, not by his influence the Christian community with which only renders us like brutes, but like brutes of the he is connected most stupid sort-the woodchuck, the bear, the marmot, and the swine.
1. One such fact shows the value of Sabbath 6. It is for the profit of the soul to rise early.—The
schools. But there are ten thousand of them, bearmorning is a precious time for prayer, for reading, for ing witness to the same point. meditation, for cominunion with God. He who lies! 2. How vast the consequence of the trifling effort long in bed seldom remains long on his knees. that brought that little boy into the circle of these
blessed influences !
3. Who can estimate the value of the eternal THE BOY THAT SAVED HIS FATHER.
satisfaction which that faithful teacher will enjoy, * By their fruits ye shall know them." There is by whose fidelity these results were secured ? no demonstration of the value of an institution, 4. If Sabbath schools had never accomplished any which carries such conviction to every mind, as that good but what is here recorded, who can say but that made by the actual results which it secures. Let us these saving results are worth all they cost ? know what the institution has done, and we can 5. Why may not every Sabbath school publish easily tell what it is worth. This demonstration of the just such successes every year ? value of Sabbath-schools, brought out in their results, is elaborate and complete. It is manifold; the argument is cumulative.
REV. DR PAYSON.
It piles up its vast array-its treasury of facts-like | DR Payson seems to have touched the right string,
untains upon mountains. Every individual who when, writing to a young clergyman, he says:has been blessed with light, with restraint, or with
“Some time since, I took up a little work, purporting
to be the lives of sundry characters as related by salvation in the Sabbath school, is a witness of its
themselves. Two of those characters agreed in saying worth. Every instance of reformation, or of the that they were never happy until they had ceased diffusion of intelligence, or of divine influence by striving to be great men. This remark struck me, means of Sabbath schools, adds to the pyramid of as you know the most simple remarks will strike us, evidence that commemorates their value. At a late
| when Heaven pleases. It occurred to me at once, meeting of a general association of ministers, a
| that most of my sorrows and sufferings were occa
sioned by an unwillingness to be the nothing which member, to show the importance of sustaining them, I am, and by consequent struggles to be something. stated the fact, that a little boy, brought into the I saw if I would but cease struggling, and consent to school with others, found there almost the only re be any thing, or nothing, just as God pleases, I mit Jigious influence that ever reached his mind. He be happy. You will think it strange that I mention was there taught the way of life. The seed of the
this as a new discovery. In one sense it was not
new; I have known it for years. Put I now saw it word sprung up and bore fruit unto eternal life.
in a new light. My heart saw it, and consented tu This great result was secured, notwithstanding the it; and I am comparatively happy. My dear brother. most adverso influences at home, opposed to the if you can give up all desire to be great, and feel work of grace. At length he was suddenly attacked heartily willing to be nothing, you will be happy too.'
De Payson was once going to one of the towns in also the mental concurrence, which is the main thing Maine, for the purpose of attending a ministers' in all true prayer. With a late writer in the meeting, accompanied by a friend, when they had “ Biblical Repertory," we must say, that " with all occasion to call at a house on the journey where Dr charity we cannot help suspecting that real union in Payson was unknown. The fa
sat down I the pravers of our religious assemblies is confined to to tea; and the lady of the house, in the spirit of a very few persons; that many Christians, eren of genuine hospitality, invited the strangers to partake the most lively and conscientious sort, only hear the of the social repast. Dr Payson at first declined; but, prayers, and that multitudes do not so much as that. being strenuously urged, he consented. As he took | If such suspicions are groundless, we are sorry, and his seat, he inquired if a blessing had been asked; abhor them, and glad that truth does not warrant and, being answered in the negative, requested the them. We put it to the consciences of those conprivilege, which was readily granted, of invoking the cerned. In public devotion the assembly prays, and benediction of Heaven. This was done with so much not the minister alone. The prayer is the prayer of fervour, solemnity, and simplicity, that it had the the congregation. ..... It is not conceived that happiest effect. 'The old lady treated the company the prayer of the pulpit is a mere expression of the with the utmost attention; and, as Dr Payson was sentiments of the speaker, in the name and behalf of about to leave, he said to her, “ Madam, you have the congregation." treated me with much hospitality and kindness, for The leader does not speak in his own name, or offer which I thank you sincerely; but, allow me to ask, his own peticions, but those of the congregation as how do you treat my Master? That is of intinitely | far as he knows them. Every member of the congreater consequence than how you treat me." Hegregation is supposed to adopt the prayer as hi continued in a strain of appropriate exhortation; and thus it goes up to the throne of grace as the and, having done his duty in the circumstanees, pro- united desire of the hearts of the whole congregation. ceeded on his journey. This visit was sanctified to Wherever this concurrence is wanting, all the advanthe conversion of the lady and her household. The tages from union in prayer are lost. The minister revival continued in the neighbourhood; and, in a might just as well have offered the prayer in his short time, a church was built, and the regular ordi closet before he left home.- Presbyterian Herald. nances of religion established.
On another occasion he went to see a sick person, who was very much troubled because she could not
A SUNNY SPIRIT. keep her mind all the time fixed upon Christ, on account of the distracting influences of her sutferings, How beautiful it is! A spirit of cheerfulness and and the various objects and occurrences of the sick- readiness to enjoy, of genial humour, of warmth and room, which constantly called off her attention. She
gentleness and hopefulness of feeliny, of charity and was afraid that she did not love her Saviour, as she
| kindliness, of peaceful faith, of brightness of fancy found it so difficult to fix her mind upon him. Dr Payson said, “ Suppose you were to see a sick little
and clearness of thought, and the joyful appreciation child, lying in its mother's lap, with its faculties im of all that is beautiful! What a charm such a spirit paired by its sufferings, so that it was generally in a sheds about its professor! How tranquil and how troubled sleep; but now and then it just opens its
happy are the family circles amid which it prevails! eyes a little, and gets a glimpse of its mother's face, | How does it make the common words of the soul which 80 as to be called to the recollection that it is in its
it pervades as musical in their flow að brooks in June ! mother's arms; and suppose that always, at such a time, it should smile faintly with evident pleasure to How sweetly does it retain its serenity against the find where it was; should you doubt whether that strong impulse of opposition! How does it enlighten child loved its mother or not?' The poor sufferer's that portion of life which is overhung and shadowed doubt and despondency were gone in a moment.
by sorrow or by peril! How does it imbue with beauty the literature or the art of the mind that is
its dwelling! How does it convert even the infirini. THE MINISTER ONLY THE LEADER IN ties of old age, which it cannot dissipate, into ocPRAYER
casions of pleasant remembrances and pleasanter It is related of the late Dr John Breckinridge, whilst anticipations; as the sun at evening lines the thick. the chaplain to Congress that observing that est clouds with pearls and silver, and edges their several members of that body kept their seats and masses with golden sheen! And how does such a continued reading whilst he was offering prayer, he
spirit, as the evidence and the result of faith in one morning aroge in his place and said, “Let us pray." Waiting some minutes for them to arise, he
Christ, and of delightful trust in our divine Father, repeated the expression, Let us pray-emphasizing in
correspond with all that is sublime in holiness, and his peculiar way the word us, and then adiled_" I grund in self-devotion, and powerful and uplifting in did not say let me prav, but let us pray, all of us." belief of the truth? How does it find its fitting and The rebuke had its desired effect. All of the mem- | natural consummation, after life's day is done, amid bers, from that time until the end of the session,
the rest and peace of heaven! invariably arose, and stood in a respectful attitude whilst be led their morning devotions. The rebuke
Who would not have “a sunny spirit?" that, might with great propriety be administered to most charming effluence of Christianity; that sweetener of our congregations. Many of them regard the of life; that beautiful essence, pervading our thonghts, prayers that are offered as the duty peculiarly of the fruit of gentle submission to the Divine wisdom; the ministry, just as preaching is, and their own duty
that shadow of God's home, as Plato said the light is to listen to them respectfully. We have rejected
was of his body! No felicity of organization, no etthe practice adopted by some churches of audible responses, expressing our adoption of the petition fect of the will, no friendly guidance and education offered by the ministry; and in doing so it is feared alone, can give it-can render it perfect and make it that but too many have with this rejection given up permanent. But in Christ Jesus, through faith in
393 him, and the reception of his spirit, and joyful trust and kindle and glow with the sentiments the lips are in his redemption, we may all find it.-Independent. uttering.
Now let the minister make it a rule to spend his Saturday evenings with his God and his sermons for
the coming day- let him labour by prayer and by LOST AFFLICTIONS.
meditation to put himself in the place of the inspired CHRISTIANS often lose their afflictions as well as their
men whose sentiments he is to echo--let him draw blessings. “You were greatly afflicted at that time,"
aside the veil, and view the awful realities of the said one to his friend, in allusion to the death of a
eternity in view of which he preaches, to arouse all child.
the latent sympathies of his soul, and all this in view “Yes," was the reply, “but I lost the affliction."
of the particular topics which he is to discuss on the “How so?"
morrow; and then, if ever, he will be eloquent. “I bore up under it in my own strength, and I
After this, he will not " court a grin when he should sought comfort in the wrong way; and so lost nearly
win a soul." The energies of head and heart are all the benefit of the trial."
concentrated, the people feel, and God has the glory. If we would not lose our afflictions we must deal
- Morning Star. with them aright. We must not occupy our minds in considering how they happened, or how they might have been prevented. We must give but small space
A SPIRITUAL MINISTRY. in our thoughts to second causes. No doubt, second
The people who enjoy the ministrations of a truly causes are connected with all our afflictions; still
spiritually-minded pastor, bave a blessing, the value they are the work of God. In regard to every af.
of which they are in but little danger of over-estiAictive event we must say and feel, it is the work of
mating. There is a worth in spirituality for which God.
no greatness of natural or acquired abilities can comWe must draw our comfort and support in afflic
pensate. Learning and abilities are qualities much tion from God alone. We must banish such atheis
more easily attained, and much more easily judged tic sources of consolation as the following-that we
of, Piety does not lie on the surface; it is developed are suffering the inevitable lot of man, that our
by the life. But its possession is the best guarantee condition is still preferable to that of many others.
for that intellectual growth for which piety is too We must not trust to our own self-possession and
often sacrificed. The man of piety will grow in knowstrength of mind. We must say, God has done it,
ledge; his very piety supplies the most impulsive and and I am content. It is the work of intinite love,
sustaining motives in the universe for labour and guided by infinite wisdom. We must earnestly in
study. The richer his experiences in 8
race, the quire wherefore the affliction was sent. We must
broader and brighter the fields of knowledge which ask counsel of God in this matter, and fervently
will open before him, to invite to higher and higher pray that we may not fail to secure the benefit de
attainments. But if he be not learned or philososigned. O how numerous have been our lost afflictions !
phical, he has in his spirituality a source of power
far surpassing the utmost scope of influence that What progress should we have made in holiness had
learning ever supplied. Preachers in Protestant we derived from our afflictions the benefits wbich
countries must respect the heads of people; but after they were designed to confer! Let us resolve to suf
all, in any congregation of immortal men who have fer no further losses in this respect. When God's
souls to save, and sins to be forgiven, to affect the hand shall again be laid upon us, let us see to it that
heart is the preacher's chief business. The difficulty it draw us nearer to Him.- Observer.
in the way of the gospel, is not so much the want of knowledge as of feeling. The preacher's desideratum,
is not so much the power to instruct as to move; MINISTERS' SATURDAY EVENINGS. light is needed, but warmth and life are more wanted.
Piety--which emits its electric fire from heart to However it may be with others, the minister finds heart, that ga
8 heart, that gathers and wields the pathos and thrill it greatly to his advantage to be at home in quiet of eternity-gets hold of the moral susceptibilities of retirement on this Christian “eve of preparation." the soul, and rouses its latent powers to the mighty We do not say that he should prepare his sermon or business of salvation. declaimi it before a mirror. But we do say that he should be on that evening crowding his discourses for the next day into his heart, and filling his soul with the spirit of them, Eloquence, like man, has a
REPENT FIRST. soul. If its body has been prepared during the week,
The minds of many persons are occupied wholly its soul need be breathed into it on Saturday evening, or before. The body of eloquence can be written.
about the speculative points of religion, while the The body of a sermon can, and preserved in manu
heart is turned away from it, and all its practical script for any occasion. But the soul cannot. This duties are neglected. Religion is a practical matter; admits of no such preservation. This must live, not it respects chiefly the heart and life. In revealed like ideas in the memory, but in the heart. The fact religion there may be many deep things-truths that it lives here Wednesday, is no certain proof that
which respect God and the future state, that may it will be found there Sunday. But if it be warm there, when the minister closes his eyes Saturday
lie beyond our comprehension; but all that respects night, it will be very likely to be found there tbe
duty and salvation is perfectly plain to the humblest next morning.
inquirer, provided he performs his duty so far as be Much is said about studying sermons. And too knows it, and comes to the fountains of truth with much cannot be said in favour of it. But it is, if
an humble spirit and a teachable disposition. To possible, more necessary that sermons be interwoven
repent of sin, to believe in Christ, to love and serve with the soul's affections, sanctified by prayer, steeped in the heart. Eloquence and declamation are quite
God, to abstain from evil and do good, what can be two things. The latter is taught in the schools; but more simple than these? And yet these are the the former only where the soul is taught to warm religion of Jesus; and consequently upon them is the salvation of the soul. Instead of perplexing them
THE PESTILENCE THAT WALKETH IN selves about the “ difficulties of religion,” would men
DARKNESS. pray for divine enlightenment and renewing grace,
The attentive student of the Holy Scriptures will freand thus enabled, would they perform the great first
quently find an expansive practical meaning contained' duties of repentance and faith, all their difficulties
in what the careless reader would deem to be a rhewould vanish.
torical figure, introduced merely for the purpose of We have heard of an intelligent speculatist, who | euphony and embellishment. The phrase, ** The peshad long been perplexed about certain doctrinal tilence that walketh in darkness," has in it more points in religion, and yet performed none of its than the mere mention of one of the inflictions to Juties. The more he reflected, the greater those
which men are subject. It contains a significant de
claration of the particular time when the morbid indifficulties appeared. Near him there lived an aged
fluence that brings disease and death is more espeAfrican, in whose piety he had entire confidence; to cially virulent and active. The ir.spired writer, witb him he went and stated the case, and sought a solu- / a wisdom that penetrated beyond the ordinary vision tion of his difficulties. To him the old man, simple. of mortals, declares that it walketh in darkness. ninded, but taught of God, replied: " Master, you
The discoveries of modern science give pecnliar
significance and force to this expression of Holy begin wrong, and you will never get on in that way.
writ. It is ascertained to be true, that the seeds of l'he difficulties you mention are away on in the Ro
epidemic and miasmatic disease are generated, and nans; but in the beginning of the Teetament, it com exert their activity during the darkness of the night, nands men to repent. You have never repented, and and in places that are un visited by the purifying rays you cannot get on without repentance. Go and re of the sun. When light is upon the earth, and the pent, and then all the hard places will become easy."
sun is hidden from view, then the pestilential vapours
arise from the causes where they are generated, and, In this reply was great point and appropriateness.
in the expressive words of the sacred text, walk forth It is perfectly accordant, also, with the Saviour's de
to do the bidding of him who created them, who set claration, “ If any man will do his will, he shall know | bounds to their activity, and fixed the seasons when | of the doctrine.” Again : “ Come unto me, all ye | they should fasten themselves upon their victims. that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Those, then, who would be saved, let them think of these things, and do as is here required.
REV. J. A. JAMES, Repent first, and go to Jesus by faith. He is the “ If the present lecturer," says Rev. J. A. James, "has way, the truth, and the life. All then will be plain a right to consider himself a real Christian-if he and easy.
has been of any service to his fellow-creatures, and has attained to any usefulness in the Church of Christ, he owes it, in the way of means and instrumentality, to the sight of a companion, who slept in the same
room with him, bending his knees in prayer on retirTRANSPARENCY OF CHARACTER,
ing to rest. That scene, 80 unostentatious and yet
so unconcealed, roused my slumbering conscience, We have lying before us upon our table one of
and sent an arrow to my heart; for though I had chose singular globes of glass, into the centre of
been religiously educated I had restrained prayer, whose crystalline solid, an art to us entirely mysteri.
and cast off the fear of God; my conversion to God pus bas introduced what look like flowers and beads
followed, and soon afterwards my entrance upon and the films of lace-work. In itself it is beautiful
college studies for the work of the ministry. Nearto look upon, and more than once in the midst of
ly half a century has rolled away since then, with all our hurry we have paused to be refreshed by a mo
its multitudinous events; but that little chamber, mentary glance at its varied structure. It is
that humble couoh, that praying youth, are still strangely exciting to the curiosity, too, and our
present to my imagination, and will never be forgot fancy has been more busy than ever before, since the hot weather came on, in trying to read the secret of
ten, even amidst the splendour of heaven and through
the ages of eternity." its construction, a secret known, if we understand aright, to only one or two persons in the country,
But one lesson which our silent friend has breathed into our ear, and which we are fain to share with
THE DOOM OF THE LOST. our readers, is a spiritual lesson, of the beauty of Wuo is there that does not know something of the the Character, of which it is not inappropriately the symbol and suggester
bitterness of seif-reproach? We see one burying the character, which is at I once firm and transparent, like the crystal in clear
himself in seclusion from the haunts of men, to get ness, yet also shaped into forms of syminetry by cul- away from the upbraidings of conscience, We see ture and training ; the character, which shelters another drowning his voice in intoxication, and prewithin itself, in its clear depths, the ornaments of ferring the life of a beast to a sense of aocountability. scholarship and the graces of fancy ; the character,
A third cries out in an agony of spirit, and reveals which, though pure and delicate, can be jostled and overthrown in the conflicts of life without fracture ;
his secret murders, and prays that civil justiee may upon which all soil is but outward and transient, tó execute its sentence as some little atonement for his be washed away by the first touch of the truth; a crimes. A fourth, goaded even to madness by its character which will abide when impurities shall be stings,rushes unbidden into the presence of his Judze, destroyed. But ah! is it not also true-blessed be
de to know the worst of his case! All this is not the God it is true that such a character, unlike this inanimate solid, has in it a principle of vitality,
remorse of hell. This is not that agony which will and shall grow steadily more precious and more
fill every pore with suffering at the thought, “Life beautiful until transferred to the Celestial, and then and death were set before me, and I chose death." for ever!-Independent.
In that world there will be no seclusion from the eye
of Jehovah. Your naked souls will be continually
A RECIPE-TO SHAKE OFF TROUBLE. exposed to his piercing glance. There will be no intoxicating draught, in which you can lose your
Set about doing good to somebody; put on your hat,
and go and visit the sick and the poor; inquire into sense of accountability and become beasts. There is
their wants, and administer unto them; seek out the no gallows, to which you can look with the vain hope
desolate and oppressed, and tell them of the consoof expiating your sins. There will be no means of lations of religion. I have often tried this method, suicide, no escape from the existing torment, no and have always found it the best medicine for a change, nor hope of change. You will know the heavy heart.- Hloward. worst of it, and not have even the poor relief of change. If you open your eyes, you will only see the heaven you have rejected, and the hell you have
PARENTAL FIDELITY. chosen. If you close them, it will only call home The Puritan preachers and writers dwelt much on your thoughts again to the same point: “Life and the importance of the religious education of the death were set before me, and I chose death." Every young. They were mindful of the injunction, “Thou new view of the destruction you have brought upon shalt teach them (God's commandments) diligently to yourselves, will only add to your torment. Every thy children, and thou shalt talk of them when thou thought of heaven will only bring home with a more | sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the withering energy the thought, “I might have been way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest there, but I chose death." Every pang of suffering up." Baxter has somewhere remarked, that if pawill but recall to you, “ It is my own choice.” Andrents were faithful in the religious training of their there will be no end to this. From the nature of the children, there would be but little occasion to preach subject there can be no end. When ages on ages to adult sinners. Flavel abounded in appeals and shall bave rolled away, the thought will still be as expostulations adapted to rouse parents to the duty true as ever, and as bitter as ever: “Life and death of bringing up their children in the nurture and ad. were set before me, and I chose death."
monition of the Lord. Would that the following queries, set forth by him, might be seriously consider.
ed by Christian parents. THE POOR MAN'S HYMN.
1. "Whether it be likely, if the time of youth. As much have I of worldly good
which is the moulding age, be neglected, they wil
be wrought upon to any good afterwards ? You may As e'er my Master had;
bring a tender twig to grow in what form you please. I diet on as dainty food, And am as richly clad
but when it is grown to a sturdy limb, there is no (Though plain my garb, though scant my board)
bending it afterwards to any other form than that
which it naturally took. Thus it is with children. As Mary's son, as Nature's Lord.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when
he is old he will not depart from it. The manger was his infant bed;
2. “Whether, if you neglect to instruct them in His home the mountain cave;
the way of the Lord, Satan and their own natural He had not where to lay his head;
corruptions will not instruct them in the way to He borrow'd e'en his grave. Earth yielded him no resting spot
hell ? Consider this, ye careless parents; if you will
not teach your children, the devil will teach them; Her Maker, but she knew him not.
if you show them not how to pray, he will show them
how to curse and swear, and take the name of the As much the world's good will I share,
Lord in vain. If you grudge time and pains about Its favour and applause, As He whose blessed name I bear
their souls, the devil doth not. O it is a sad con
sideration, that so many children should be put to Hated without a cause
school to the devil ! Despised, rejected, mock'd by pride,
3. “ What comfort are you like to have from them Betray'd, forsaken—crucified.
when they are old, if you bring them not up in the
nurture and admonition of the Lord when they are DO SOMETHING.
young? Many parents have lived to reap in their
old age the fruit of their own folly and carelessness, The most important principle in life is a pursuit. in the loose and vain education of their children. Without a pursuit, no one can ever be really happy, By Lycurgus's law, no parent was to be relieved by and hold a proper rank in society. The humble
his children in age, if he gave them not a good eduwood sawyer is a better member of society than the
cation in their youth. It was a law in a certain fop without brains or employment. Yet many young men of our great cities strive for the distinc country, that if any child was condemned to die for tion awarded to fools. They are content to exist on a capital offence, the parents of that child were to be the products of other hands, and are, in truth, little his executioners. This was to provoke parents to better than barefaced rogues. They live on ill.gotten look better to their charge. Believe this as an unspoils, go on credit, lie and cheat, rather than pursue
doubted truth; that the child which becomes, a calling which would render them useful to them. selves and mankind generally. None can be happy
through thy default, an instrument to dishonour without employment, mental or physical. The idler God, shall prove, sooner or later, a son or daughter is a fit candidate for the penitentiary or the gallows. of sorrow unto thee.”