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to be so, by being good and agreeable to the true and refresh themselves with drinking of the streams welfare of every Christian, and that which can justly of its living water, and go in a little way according
to their strength and stature. be proved hurtful and offensive to every true Chris
There is no pill so bitter, but respect and love to tian will be evinced to be alike hurtful to the State. God will sweeten it. - Milton.
Those whom God calls to a kingdom, He calls to
sufferings as the way to it. FRAGMENTS FROM HANNAH MORE.
He that aims high shoots the higher for it, though
he shoots not so high as he aims. This is what en. I BELIEVE it will generally be found, with some few
nobles the spirit of a Christian, the propounding of exceptions, that no men are so beloved and respected this our high pattern, the example of Jesus Christ. as strict gospel ministers, whose lives are consistent; 1 That which is deepest in the heart is megle for consistency is every thing.
most in the mouth ; that which abounds within runs In my judgment, one of the best proofs that sorrow over most by the tongue or the pen. has had its right effect on your mind is, that it has / The ugly death's-head, when the light of glory not incapacitated you for business; your businesses shines through the holes of it, is comely and lovely. being duties. I well know that, under the pressure Men are less sensible of heart wickedness. if it of heavy afiliction, it is more soothing to the heart break not forth ; but the heart is far more active in to sink down into the enjoyment of a kind of sad sin than any of the senses, or the whole body. indulgence, and to make itself believe that this is as If you esteem Christ, labour for increase of faith, right as it is gratifying, especially while it mixes that you may esteem him more; for, as faith grows, some pious thoughts with this unprotitable tran- so will He be still more precious to you. quillity. But who can say, even after the severest loss, I have no duties, no cares in lise remaining? My good friend, there is no other stable foundation
HOPE EVER, for solid comfort but the Christian religion, not
The night is mother of the day, barely acknowledged as a truth, from the conviction of external evidence (strong and important as that
The winter of the spring, is), but embraced as a principle of hope, and joy, and
And ever upon old decay peace, and felt in its suitableness to the wants and
The greenest mosses cling. necessities of our nature; as well as in its power to alleviate, and even to sanctify, our sorrows. Little
Behind the cloud the starlight lurks, as has been my own progress in this school, yet that
Through showers the sunbeams fall; | little was an unspeakable support to me on the bed
For God, who loved all his works, of sickness; and in my weak and helpless stite, I
Has left his hope with all. often thought what would have become of me if I had then had to begin to learn the elements of religion.-(In Letter to Sir W. Pepys.) It is an humbling thing to know, that instrumen
Fragments. tality may be separated from personal piety.
The unbeliever in Christ cannot bear reflection, Hell Is it not the very spirit of the world to be declaim has nothing to fall back upon when business or pleaing about enjoyments which are out of their reach, sures rive out. When ennui or low spirits come in and neglecting to do justice to the good things which like a flood, then he must have society or go cracy. are actually in their possession ?
He can live happily only while his gods live. He Important as doctrines are, yet except the leading cannot endure the company of his own “sober second ones, for which we ought to be ready to be led to the thoughts." stake, they yield much with me to the purifying of The generality of hearers are better judges of exthe inward hidden man of the heart. Conformity to ample than of sermons. God, a walking in his steps, spiritual-mindedness, a I give God thanks, that every blessing of worldly subduing the old Adam within us-here is the grand comfort that I prayed for, the longer I was kept from difficulty, and the acceptable offering to God. It is it, and the more I prayed for it, I found it the greater observable, that in the introductory verses to almost ' in the end.- Tavlor. all St Paul's epistles, he says, “ Grace, mercy, and As the dew falls more frequently on the earth than peace," peace comes after grace and mercy.
hard showers; so more gentle, less observable, and
more gradual droppings of grace descend upon earthly FRAGMENTS FROM LEIGHTON.
hearts, more frequently than driving storins of fear,
or strong transports of love. Their effects mas he Why are you not more in prayer? There are no as gracious, though less forcible, and God hath all dumb children among those that are born of God; the glory of the one as well as of the other.-Fletcher. they have all that spirit of prayer by which they not “ Train up a child in the way he should go," is only speak but cry, “ Abba, Father.”
the injunction God lays on us. It is the principle on Study much to increase in spiritual light and which He himself is acting with his Church. He is knowledge, and withal in holiness and obedience ; if | training up his children here. This is the true chayour light be this light of God, truly spiritual light, | racter of his dealings with them. The education of these will accompany it.
his saints is the object he has in view. It is trainMen who are prejudiced observe actions a great | ing for the kingdom--it is education for eternity. deal more than words.
Bonar's Night of Weeping. The heart touched with the loadstone of Divine A near eternity rebukes and banishes frivolity. It love, ever trembles with godly fear, and still looks is the eternal lifetime that makes the lifetime of fixedly by faith to that star of Jacob), Jesus Christ, earth such a solemn thing. Sever the living here who guides it to the haven of happiness.
from the living hereafter, and man's longest being on The Scriptures are a deep that few can wade far earth is little more in importance than the flutter of into, and none can wade tlirouch, as those waters, a leaf, his death no more than the falling of a blos Ezekiel xlvii. 7 ; but yet all may come to the brook som.-Bonai.
THE CHRISTIAN TREASURY.
THE LITTLE CHILD.
BY THE AUTHOR OF “SCRIPTURE EMBLEMS."
“ Except ye be converted, and be as little children, ye shall , occasion he found his disciples disputing who not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”—Matt. xviii. 2.
should be the greatest in his kingdom. With No trait in our Lord's character is more at- a tact and fidelity altogether his own, he took tractive than the interest which he displayed a child and set him in the midst; and as the in little children. How amazing to think that little cherub looked round, with a smile of he condescended to pass through the stages of humble contentment and calm tranquillity, on infancy, and to have his infinite perfections the scene of vain and angry contention, he embodied in the feeble form and limited said with great solemnity, “ Except ye be confaculties of a child! That he was born into the verted, and become as little children, ye shall world as other infants are, wrapped in swaddling not enter the kingdom of heaven.” This memorclothes, borne in the arms, and hushed to sleep | able saying still meets every candidate for on the bosom of one of his own creatures ; admission into that kingdom. It demands bis that he should have smiled the smile, and lisped closest attention; it prescribes his full char. the language of infancy; that he should have acter; it presents him with a plain and most “ grown in wisdom and stature, and in favour expressive emblem of his highest attainment : with God and man!” When he attained to _“ Whoso shall humble himself, as this little manhood, children were his most welcome child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom visitors. Others thought their presence trouble- of heaven.” What, ther, are these charactersome; he begged it as liis highest gratification. | istics which are in the sight of God of such These lambs of the flock he literally “ gathered high value ? in his arms, and carried in his bosom.” One A child is in a high degree impressible and grown man we hear of who rested his head on docile. Its mind is not, indeed, free of all bias, that hallowed pillow; but many a babe was for the taint of original corruption is there; but clasped in the arms of the Son of God, and to all that acquired bias which springs from pressed to his strong and tender heart. Once prejudice and habit, it is an entire stranger. it has been said the man of sorrows smiled, Hence its aptitude for instruction, and capability when his disciples returned to him with the of being moulded into almost any form. “ Train news of their success; but many a time, we up a child in the way that he should go, and doubt not, the smile of benignity crossed his when he is old he will not depart from it.” pensive countenance, when he took these The same characteristic appears in the spiritual objects of affection into his arms, and blessed man. Softened by the grace of God, it puts off them, and said, “ Suffer little children to come the rigidity of habitual corruption and enmity unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the to God, and, moulded by the plastic hand of the kingdom of heaven."
divine Spirit, it obtains a habit entirely newi But of all the honours which our Lord put “ For if any man be in Christ Jesus, he is a new upon childhood, the greatest is the use which creature; old things are passed away, and behold he makes of it as emblematic of the spirit all things are become new.” which distinguishes the “ heirs of salvation.” The mind of man in infancy has frequently “A teacher of babes” was one of his highest been compared to a sheet of white paper, on titles and most pleasing occupations; but he which you may write whatever you please. has elevated them a step higher in his favour- The representation is not accurate. It is a he employs babes as the instructors of grown sheet of stained paper, and though capable of, men. He places his apostles themselves at and actually raising an immense variety of their feet, and draws from the most obvious permanent impressions, these all take the ori. traits in the infant character a very pointed ginal hue. But in regeneration the colour is lesson on that of his spiritual children. Prone, discharged, and on the pure tablet may now be as they too often have been, to yield to the inscribed many a line of spiritual beauty, which suggestion of that pride that lurks still in the in its former condition it could not receive. bosom of regenerate men, on more than one | The lessons of divine truth are now retained
by it; the precepts of the divine law are in- / shall receive," is his own warrant for it; “ seek, delibly engraven on it; the lovely features of and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened the divine image become more and more dis- unto you." "For if ye, being evil, know how to tinctly delineated, until at last the perfect man give good gifts unto your children; how much in Christ is fully brought out. “Ye have put more shall your Father who is in heaven give off the old man with his deeds;" “ and have put good things to them that ask him?" It is a on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge, habit which the children of God never outafter the image of him that created him.” grow; but which, on the contrary, becomes'
It is confiding and dependent. Of all beings, stronger as they advance towards the stature of man is in his infancy longest and most com perfect men, and the stronger it is, it is always' pletely dependent. The newly-hatched pullet the more gratifying to its blessed object. In this soon learns to collect its food, and the lambkin spirit we find Abraham going forth at God's is seen frisking round its dam the first day command, “not knowing whither he went;" of its existence; but for many a day man | Jacob going down to Egypt, in the assurance must be carried in the arms of others, and that God would be with him and bring him op for many a year is dependent on his parents again; and Moses forsaking Egypt, not feariug for his daily bread. This, however, serves a the wrath of the king, for be endured as seeing most important purpose in the divine economy. Him who is invisible. In this spirit we find It tends to draw forth the mutual attachment David saying, “ Though father and mother forof the members of the human family, and sake me, the Lord will take me up; and Paul, cherish habits, on the one side of affectionate after a long life spent in his service, strong in solicitude, and on the other of confident reliance, his weakness, rich in his poverty, fearless in his which constitute no small portion of the sources extremities, looking with confidence in the face of human happiness. How entirely is the hap- of the king of terrors, and triumphing over the piness of an infant wrapped up in its parent, victor of all mankind—“I know whom I have and how soon does it learn implicitly to draw believed, and am persuaded that he is able to upon it! Its support is on her arm; its nourish- keep that which I have committed to him
her breast; its highest enjoyment in | against that day.” her smile. Absent from her it cannot long be It is humble and contented. Pride is indeed happy; in her bosom it feels no want, and fears bound up in the heart of a child, but it is some no evil. So is it with the child of God. Mere time before it displays itself, at least in any helpless man, feeble infancy, the child of God, marked or offensive form. The infant assumes is entirely dependent on God for its being and no air of superiority, nor draws any invidious dissupport. Without him he cannot draw a breathtinction between itself and others. It is pleased or inake a spiritual movement, and out of his with a slight attention, and gratified with the fulness he daily receives, and" grace for grace.” smallest trifles. A dress of russet is to it the « Of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is same as a dress of silk ; and the child of a made uuto us wisdom, and righteousness, and beggar as agreeable a playmate as that of a sanctification, and redemption."
| nobleman. Most beautifully correspondent The dependence of childhood long outlives with it is the carriage of the people of God. the period of infancy, and forms indeed a prin- | It is, indeed, a distinguishing feature of all the cipal means of that training to which we for- disciples of Christ. “If any man will be iny|| merly referred. For many a year children disciple, let him deny himself, and take up his never think of making any provision for their cross and follow me.” To teach them this disown support, or seeking any other home than position, many things contribute. Their pretheir father's house. They receive with im vious condition, as children of wrath, cannot be plicit credit whatever their parents assert, and forgotten ; their infinite obligations to the grace feel perfectly safe under their protection. They of Christ should lay them in the dust; while go with confidence to consult them in all their | the humility of His character presents a most little difficulties, and ask, without fear of attractive example, and puts to shame every refusal, whatever is necessary for their comfort. | rising feeling of pride in their bosom. A proud And what is the faith of God's own elect? | Christian is the greatest of all misnomers. In The habitual cultivation of this child-like feel. | those who bear that blessed name, we expect ing towards him-an entire, unhesitating, un the same mind," “ Learn of me, for I am changing reliance on the wise and beneficent meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest provision of a heavenly Father. “Ask, and ye unto your souls."
i From genuine humility springs moral con- flesh and blood would reclaim against its sevetentment. A proud man never has enough, a rity, it effectually shuts their mouth. “It is humble man has always more than he deserves. the Lord,” it says, “ let him do what seemeth “I am less than the least of all the mercies, and him good.” “I will bear the indignation of of all the truth, which thou hast showed unto the Lord, because I have sinned against him, I'thy servant." Like the child that is just until he plead my cause, and execute judgment
"weaned from its mother," from whom has for me. He will bring me forth to the light, been taken, never to be restored, what consti- and I shall behold his righteousness." tuted its food, its medicine, the soother of its A child is simple-minded and single-hearted. sorrows, the highest of its pleasures, and which Nothing is more artless than a child. Entirely yet soon forgets that ever it possessed such a without guile itself, it never suspects it in others. treasure. To him all blessings are more than It is quite incapable of acting a part, or hiding his expectations, all trials less than his desert. under feigned words the sentiments of a false In every thing he sees the band of a gracious heart. Its desires and aversions, its likings Father, and, confidently trusting to his wise and and dislikings, are distinctly marked, and all bountiful supply, he can say, "My heart is not its actions and language form a perfect mirror haughty, nor mine eyes lofty, neither do I ex- of the state of its feelings. The child of God ercise myself in great matters, or in things too is without guile. The native deceit of his heart high for me.” “I have learned both to be full is not indeed eradicated, but it is subdued-the and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer law of God is written upon his heart; the fear of need; I have learned, in whatever state I am, God is before his eyes; the glory of God is betherewith to be content.
come his single aim; and, taught to “hate every It is compliant and submissive. Childhood false way," he studies in simplicity and godly indeed has a will of its own, and its wayward sincerity to have his conversation in the world. working soon displays itself. But it may be Such a disposition, no doubt, frequently extaught at that age, that there is a will superior i poses the people of God to many injuries and to it, to which obedience must be yielded; and impositions in a deceitful world, and they are the lesson once properly acquired will not soon therefore enjoined to add "the wisdom of the be forgotten. To teach this, indeed, is one of serpent” to the “ harmlessness of the dove;" the most difficult and painful duties of parental but, while that wisdom includes a prudence authority; but how pleasing often is its reward ! that often detects and avoids the wiles of others, Few moments are sweeter either to parent or it is lawful to shun all imitation of it. The child, than when wayward childhood, after re- man of sanctified prudence may not expose his sisting correction, seeks to hide its penitent head mind to every observer, or commit himself to in the parental bosom; such a disposition emi every adviser; but his conduct and feelings are nently distinguishes the children of God. Every | always consistent with his professions, and rehigh thing is cast down, and every thoughtflect the simplicity and candour of truth. brought into subjection to the obedience of “ Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no Christ. The will of God's children is at last guile.” How amiable is such a character, both entirely resigned up to him, and the simple rule in the sight of God and of man! While nothing of its exercise is, “ Lord, what wilt thou have is more painful to witness in a child, and nothing me to do ?”
more ominous of his future debasement, than To effect this, the same painful process is the early manifestation of deceit and falsehood, needful as in the training of youth. Folly is —while in after life the prevalence of such bound up in the hearts of God's children, and | habits has broken up the bonds of society, and the rod and reproof are required to drive itaway. separated chief friends, the simple-minded chilNever was any received into his family that | dren of God have proved the salt of the earth,
is not subjected to its discipline. “Whom the cement of society, and will be the ornament the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth of the world to come. “ Who shall ascend into every son whom he receiveth.” To endure the hill of God? Who shall dwell in his holy chastisement is, then, one of the most striking place ? He that hath clean hands and a pure characteristics of his genuine children. “I was heart, who hath not lifted up his soul unto dumb, not opening my mouth, because thou vanity, nor sworn deceitfully, he shall receive didst it.” Regarding every event as the doing the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness of the Lord, filial duty may inquire into the from the God of his salvation.” causes of the divine displeasure; but when
(To be continued.)
pleasures of my life. And, as I reclined my head BENGEL ON THE DEATH OF HIS CHIL upon my dying child's little couch, I thought I could
gladly die with it that moment. After its precious, DREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.*
soul was departed. I went into the room where it i The illustrious Bengel had twelve chlldren, six
was laid out, and reclined again by the side of it to!
repose a while, and again thought how desirable such of whom died in their infancy. The early loss of
an exchange must be. David, at his wretched these children occasioned severe sufferings to so affec Abgalom's death, was urged by his feelings to extionate a father. The following extracts will show claim, 0 that I had died for thee!' But there with what meek resignation he submitted to the was no need for me to use such lamentation as this chastisement of his heavenly Father.
for a child that had never lived to enter into the seduc
tions of a wicked world. In my own case, it was “Our joy of late has been considerably moderated
sufficient that I could utter the sweet plaint of a by many a concern about our dear children. In
Christian parent's love, 'Othat I had died WITH endeavouring to cheer myself and others under the
thee!' croes which continually attends us, I find use enough
"The bills of mortality show that more than half! for what Christian knowledge and experience I have the human race die in infancy and childhood. As acquired. Our heavenly Father has again brought
God then gave us five children, and has now taken my dear wife safely through her sorrows. On the
away THREE, we are not to think ourselves more! morning of the 29th of August, the same day on
hardly dealt with than others; especially as these which, three years ago, our little Joanna Regina,
dear little ones have doubtless entered on a good! now reposing in the churchyard, was born, we re
exchange. There is much in the consideration, that ceived in safety a healthy little girl, to whom, as she
so many immortal beings are just shown to this was born on the same day of the year, we have given
world, and so quickly removed into another, and that a similar name, Anna Regina. We would not choose
the number of the elect is mainly accomplished in quite the same name, because we thought it ought
this way. They are those plants which are gathered to have some distinction from hers, whom we still land h
and housed the moment they are in season; while regard as one of the family, though she is fallen
others who arrive at maturer age are as the fewer asleep."
plants, which, being left for seed, remain longer out That child lived only a year. The following very | in wind and weather. What pains one's natural interesting and affecting letter was written by Ben feelings most is, that we so much miss the delight we gel to his parents, immediately after her funeral.
have enjoyed in the lovely innocent ways of a thriv
ing child. But even this is made up for by the sure “ We thank you for the wreaths you sent us, to
and certain prospect of what is far better. We do dress the coffin of our departed and still beloved
not regret the fall of the sweet and delightful bloschild, Anna Regina; and we thank you still more for
soms of our plants and trees, though they soon drop! your affectionate and parental sympathy, as also for
off in such multitudes, because the fruit which sucyour consoling letter. I feel constrained to give you,
ceeds is attended with more substantial enjoyment. in return, some simple account of what God bas dis
Had we had no such child born to us a year ago, it covered to us under this visitation of his love. When,
is true we should not have been in our present sorrow; six weeks before our child's illness, I was suffering
but having attended it this day to its grave, we are by scarlet fever, I endeavoured, as I had done dur
temporally in the same situation as if we had never ing a foriner illness, to get my heart into a state of I
possessed it. And yet, we can count it gain to be more than ordinary tenderness; but I was unable,
able to reckon one more child of our own in heaven. this time, to bring my feelings into such entire self.
It therefore was neither made for nougat,' nor abasement as I wished. I complained of it to a
brought into the world in vain, nor has the care we friend who visited me, and expressed to him my ex
expended on it been thrown away. And now, that pectation that some severer affliction, which would
such care has ceased, and responsibility with it, we better answer the purpose, awaited me. It has ar
have the more leisure to attend to the one thing rived, and answered my wishes. While our dear
needful, and to direct to this great object, in a more child was lying under so much suffering, and very near its end, I felt the kcenest pangs at the thought I children.
a very undivided manner, the attention of our two surviving of losing it; far more so than I had ever felt before,
“No sooner was its last struggle orer, than the even when I lost our other dear children. Indeed,
little corpse, with ashes put into its hand, was no occasion of the kind ever distressed me so much.
adorned with clean linen, flowers, citrons, wreaths, Still I was enabled, without feeling the presence of
&c., which indeed could only die and decay with others any interruption, to attend the dear child,
it, and which afforded but a poor and momentary with prayers, supplications, and tears, till its soul
agreeableness to the eye; but how beautiful must had gained the victory. I was led, during the whole time, to meditate deeply upon two things; Ist, The
that adorning be with which our heavenly Father
clothes the soul in his own presence, in the presence righteousness of God, which had thus disfigured and
of the Lord Jesus Christ, and of his holy angels! destroyed such a little tender frame of body on account of sin inherited from its parents, and through
"Our chief hindrance to entire resignation is that
we are so much addicted to things present and visi. us from the stock of Adam; and, 2d, That grace of
ble, while eternal realities are as yet so foreign to us, God by which such a transit through death conducts
| and so little known. But could we take one glance to life everlasting. Hence, our little sufferer's piti
at the condition of a spirit thus departed, we could able convulsions and labourings for breath no longer
onger never regret and lament, as we are apt to do, the aggravated my distress. My spirit became so cheered
| decease of relatives and friends: but our grief would and strengthened, that, notwithstanding this addi
be rather on account of the dim-sightedness of weeptional affliction at the prospect of another bereave
ing survivors. ment, I felt, in the inward man, more comfort and
“Surely, when the door of paradise is opened to enjoyment than I had ever realised in the best
let in any of our departed friends, delicious breezes
blow through it upon us from that abode of blessed* As given in the appendix to an excellent little work by the Rev. Dr John Brown, entitled “ Comfortable Words
ness. And we ought to avail ourselves of such refor Christian Parents bereaved of Little Children."
freshing influence; we ought to let it quicken us in