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profiteth me nothing." But poor little churches, like somewhat arbitrary man, who was willing to labour Door disciples, don't make many friends. We must, himself to the extent of his ability, and expected his however, have the poor among us, and we must have

children and assistants to do the same. Benjamin's poor churches, that our rich brethren may have the

days, therefore, were days of toil. He sought on the opportunity of dispensing of the abundance where

Sabbath the rest denied to him during the week. with the Lord has blessed them, even if there be those who won't give a shilling. WON'T GIVE.” Those This caused him to neglect the sanctuary, and ereare the true words, and there is no doubt about the long to employ God's holy time in reading books meaning. It was not that he could not have given; which were indeed adapted to improve the mind, but for he could loan. The fact was, he would not. It | wholly disconnected with the culture of the heart, was a small matter, and of little moment in his eyes

His conscience became deadened, and his general Probably he had not read or thought of Matt. xxv. 45, “ Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the leastbearing such as gave pain to the few who watched of these, ye did it not to me."

for souls, and who hoped to see his talents consecrated We cannot but think of the cordial reception we to the cause of Christ. had. He did not dream that we were coming to give

In the mysterious dispensations of the Spirit, he him an opportunity, as one of the Lord's stewards, to

was awakened during a time of general stupidity. He lay out for his Master a small portion of what he had

had not heard a sermon for months, nor had any one given him to manage for his glory. We had been with him, and knew him well. Most probably he spoken to him of his sins. None of his acquaintances thought that was our errand. He received us very | manifested the slightest solicitude respecting their graciously. When the object of our visit was known, souls. No alarming providence had taken place in it did not require any effort on our part to get out of

the vicinity. Still young A— began to reflect on his counting-room.

serious subjects, and erelong serious reflections filled Many might as well not give as do it in their way. They have a set-to on beggars-church beggars--and

his mind during his waking hours. Solemn and give them as much abuse as would be suited for anxious feelings followed his reflections. These consome criminal conduct on their part. Of what have | tinued to increase in power till his distress w they been guilty ? Merely this: There is a poor con

This was manifest to all who saw him. gregation, who have no comfortable nor decent place The few moments which he could redeem from toil" to worship God, far off from any other of their own

and sleep were spent in reading the Bible and attempt. faith, and some man comes among them, and persuades them to try and build a house, at the same | ing to pray. He was very ignorant of divine truth, time saying, that the churches of the same faith ought and understood but little of what he read. He became to help, and will help them to build and pay for it. deeply convinced of his need of an adviser-of a They make the experiment, do all they can, get a

Christian friend who should tell him what he ought preacher part of his time, and then go to the churches

to do. But how should be gain access to such a to ask help. Go to the strong, the established, probably the wealthy men of the same church-and ask

friend ? From the rising to the setting sun he was help. Help us brethren to finish our little church, engaged in severe labour. No one of those with where we want to worship God. Help us to pay for whom he laboured was acquainted with the Saviour. the little church, which we have built for the worship | His father was profane, his mother was in heaven. of the living God. Yes, you rich men, who dwell in í While he was thus earnestly desirous of meeting your ceiled houses, help us to secure a place where

acel some follower of Christ, he was told by his father we may have the blessings of a preached gospel. Yes, says one, we will help you. “Here are five that, on the morrow, he was to convey two gentleshillings; but there is no end to the extravagance of men, Mr B- and Mr H-, some thirty miles

ese country churches. People never ought to begin across the country. This communication caused the to build these churches until they have every thing first emotion of joy that he had felt for weeks. Mr secured beforehand." The history of those who

B— was a candidate for the ministry, Mr Hhave gone collecting for help to build and pay for churches will be a wonderful history. Wonderful

was a merchant and a leading member of the church. to see the unwillingness of God's stewards to give

Soon after they set out, Mr H- noticed the him for his own house.

gloom which rested on Benjamin's countenance, and inquired if he were ill. He replied that he was well enough-he wished to add, ercept in regard to his

soul; but diffidence, or false shame, or the lack of a VAIN CONVERSATION.

serious bearing on the part of Mr H- prevented I was sitting in the church on the morning of the him. Mr B— addressed several jocose remarks to Sabbath. The pastor read the first chapter of the him for the purpose of “raising his spirits," but perepistle of Peter. In the eighteenth verse of that ceiving that they did not meet with a ready symchapter the phrase “ your vain conversation " occurs. pathy, he desisted. The utterance of the phrase brought up an incident The two friends then began to relate anecdotes for which had long remained dormant in my memory. each other's amusement. Next followed some reIt will at once be perceived, that the incident is con- marks respecting certain reports relative to matrinected with the text by a verbal association only. monial connections about to take place in the village

Benjamin A— was sixteen years of age. His then there was an episode upon politics—then temperament was ardent and impulsive, and his in the discourses of the preceding Sabbath were mentellectual powers were superior to those of his as tioned. Benjamin hoped that something would now sociates. He had a thirst for knowledge which led be said that would lead them to speak to him, or him to employ in reading the few leisure hours he render it proper for him to speak to them, on the enjoyed. His father was an active, enterprising, and great subject which weighed down his soul. But he

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was disappointed. A few criticisms dispatched the be more than a passing fashion; but still it is a very topic, and another succeeded; and the day passed, unpleasant fashion while it lasts. As in Johnson's and not a remark was made adapted to profit an

day, every young writer imitated as well as he could

the ponderous diction and everlasting antitheses of anxious, inquiring sinner.

the great dictator; as in Byron's day, there were The effect on Benjamin's mind was most unhappy. thousands to whom the world “ was a blank" at He was discouraged and grieved. At night, when he twenty or thereabouts, and of whose “ dark imaginhad taken care of his horses, in the darkness of the ings," as Macaulay says, the waste was prodigious; stable he threw himself on his knees in prayer.

80 now there are hundreds of dilettanti pantheists, Suddenly he rose. “ It is of no use," said he aloud;

mystic sceptics, to whom every thing is a “sham,''

an “ unreality;" who tell us that the world stands in “ no one cares for me. I thought if I could be with

need of a great “prophet," a "seer,” a “true Christians I could do better; but I might as well be priest," a “ large soul," a "godlike soul," who shall with one as another." He went into the bar-room dive into “the depths of the human consciousness." and spent the evening in listening to the conversation and whose "utterances " shall rouse the human of those who habitually frequented that place. He

mind from the “cheats and frauds " which have

hitherto every where practised on its simplicity. went to bed without prayer, and rose in the morning

They tell us, in relation to philosophy, religion, and with a far less clouded brow than he had worn for

| especially in relation to Christianity, that all that months. When he reached home, he was, to use the has been believed by mankind has been believed only expression of one of the workmen, “ himself again," on “ empirical ”grounds; and that the old answers toll

His seriousness was at an end. He soon entered difficulties will do no longer. They shake their sage upon a bolder course of sin. He became pro

heads at such men as Clarke, Paley, Butler, and de

| clare that such arguments as theirs will not satisfy | fane, and erelong a scoffer at sacred things. His

them. We are glad to admit that all this vague prehostility to religion became intense, and his influence

tension is now but rarely displayed with the scurri. over his companions most disastrous.

lous spirit of that elder unbelief, against which the It is true, that after many years spent in rebellion, long series of British apologists for Christianity arose he was brought to submit to the Saviour, and he al

between 1700 and 1750. But there is often in it an

| arrogance as real, though not in so offensive a form. ways believed that those years of rebellion were oc

Sometimes the spirit of unbelief even assumes an air casioned by the vain conversation of those professing

of sentimental regret at its own inconvenient proChristians into whose company he was thrown, when

fundity. Many a worthy youth tells us he almost he so earnestly desired to ask, “What must I do to wishes he could believe. Ho admires, of all things. be saved ? ” He always believed, that if they had, the “moral grandeur," the “ ethical beauty" of by becoming seriousness, encouraged him to make

many parts of Christianity; he condescends to paknown to them the state of his soul, they could have

tronise Jesus Christ, though he believes that the

great mass of words and actions by which alone we given him counsel that would have led to his speedy

know any thing about him, are sheer fictions or conversion to God. He was not at all disposed to legends; he believes--gratuitously enough in this lay upon them the burden of his guilt; but he felt instance, for he has no ground for it--that Jesus that they were the occasion of his perilling his soul Christ was a very “great man," worthy of compari- | anew, and of diminishing his usefulness for life.

son at least with Mahomet, Luther, Napoleon, and

“other heroes;” he even admits the happiness of all How important that Christians should at all times

simple, child-like belief in the puerilities of Christi. have their conversation in heaven! Is it strange

anity-it produces such content of mind! But alas! hel that the Saviour said, “ That every idle word that | cannot believe-his intellect is not satisfied-he has men shall speak, they shall give an account thereof revolved the matter too profoundly to be thus taken in the day of judgment," when an idle word may be

in; he must, he supposes (and our beardless philosothe cause of the eternal ruin of a soul ?- New York

pher sighs when he says it), bear the penalty of a too

restless intellect, and a too speculative genius; he ! Observer.

knows all the usual arguments which satistied Pascal, Butler, Bacon, Leibnitz; but they will do no longer;

more radical, more tremendous difficulties have sugAIRS OF SCIOLISM.

gested themselves " from the depths of philosophy,"

and far different answers are required now. (From an Article in the Edinburgh Review.)

This is easily said, and we know is often said and But we are at the same time fully convinced, that in loudly. But the justice with which it is said is an. our day there are thousands of youths who are falling other matter; for when we can get these cloudy obinto the errors and perils of intidelity, from sheer vani- jectors to put down, not their vague assertions of ty and affectation; who admire most what they least profound difficulties, uttered in the obscure language understand, and adopt all the obscurities and para they love, but a precise statement of their objections, doxes they stumble upon as a cheap path to reputa we find them either the very same with those which tion for profundity; who awkwardly imitate the were quite as powerfully urged in the course of the manner and retail the phrases of the writers they Deistical controversies of the last century (the case study; and, as usual, exaggerate to caricature their with far the greater part), or else such as are of least agreeable eccentricities. We should think that similar character, and susceptible of similar answers. some of these more powerful minds must be by this We say not that the answers were always satisfactory, time ashamed of that ragged regiment of most shal nor are we now inquiring whether any of them were low thinkers, and obscure writers and talkers, who at so; we merely maintain that the objections in quespresent infest our literature, and whose parrot-like tion are not the novelties they affect to be. We repetition of their own stereotyped phraseology, say this to obviate an advantage which the very mingled with some barbarous infusion of half-An vagueness of much modern opposition to Christiglicised German, threatens to form as odious a cant | anity would obtain, from the notion that some proas ever polluted the streams of thought or disfigured digious arguments have been discovered which the the purity of language. Happily it is not likely to intellect of a Pascal or a Butler was not comprehen

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sive enough to anticipate, and which no Clarke or But all this is the quiet growth of faith and pePaley would have been logician enough to refute. tience. It is not required at once, nor possible at We affirm, without hesitation, that when the new

once, but only the principle of it ceaselessly workadvocates of infidelity descend from their airy ele

ing. Miss Jane Taylor's story of the discontented vation, and state their objections in intelligibie terms, they are found. for the most part, what we have

pendulum is admirable in this application; we would represented them. When we read many of the specu. call it for our purpose the unbelieving pendulum, i lations of German infidelity, we seem to be re-peru- Reflecting upon the amount of future duty it had to sing many of our own authors of the last century. perform, and going into calculation what number of It is as if our neighbours had imported our manufac

times it must swing every hour, and multiplying that tures; and, after re-packing them in new forms and

by the hours in the day, and then the days in the with some additions, had re-shipped and sent them back to us as new commodities. "Hardly an instance / month, and then the months in the year, and findinr of discrepancy is mentioned in the “ Wolfenbuttle what an enormous multitude of times it must strike, Fragments," which will not be found in the pages with the most perfect precision, punctuality, and perof our own deists a century ago; and, as already

severance in the year, ceaseless always at its duty, hinted of Dr Strauss's elaborate strictures, the vast

it was so distressed and terrified with the responsimajority will be found in the same sources. In fact, though far from thinking it to our national credit,

bility, that it suddenly stopped; nor could the clock none but those who will dive a little deeper than be set in motion again till the pendulum was remost do into a happily forgotten portion of our liter minded, that though in a year's time it would of ature (which made noise enough in its day, and course perform so many vibrations if faithful, yet created very supertiuous terrors for the fate of

it was never called to perform but just so many in a Christianity), can have any idea of the extent to

minute, and only one in each present second, and that which the inodern forms of unbelief in Germanyso far as founded on any positive grounds, whether

it had nothing to do with the future, but to take care of reason or of criticism-are indebted to our English of the present. Take care of the minutes, and the deists. Tholuck, howevever, and others of his hours will take care of themselves. And just so, countrymen, seem thoroughly aware of it.

take care of the days in Christ's service, day by day,

in the minute duties of following Christ, and the THE CROSS DAILY.

months and years will take care of themselves.! Some persons seem to be always trembling at the Christ will keep the clock in motion to-morrow, if ! thought and the mightiness of becoming a Chris.

the pendulum obeys him to-day. Each day we are ! tian, concentrating in their own minds, in the idea | to come to him for each day's grace, -Dr Cheerers of becoming a Christian, almost the whole amount Windings of the River of the water of Life. of a lifetime of self-denial, conflict, effort, watchfulness, work upon self and others. But that is all to be left to Christ and his grace. All the strength

POPULAR ERRORS. necessary for future obedience must be given by him, A few of the errors in which the people rest in reand when the time comes for its exercise, he will gard to the evangelization of the world, may be thus give it to the soul that is waiting on him. But at stated; they believe, present you have only present duty to perform. You

1. That the church, or some committee of the are to follow Christ for to-day; that is duty, that is

church, is the greatest power which is to effect this

change. Christianity. Christ must renew your strength To a certain extent this is true; but only to s cvery day, and every day you must come to him, certain extent. The church and its committees is saying “ Give us this day our daily bread.” If you not the power, but merely the channels through think that becoming a Christian requires in you the which that power is to be conveyed. The individual exercise of a grace and strength sufficient to last

members of the church constitute the power; the

church, without the co-operation of its members, is you through life, it is a great mistake indeed. Be

like a steam-engine without the steam, perfect in all coming a Christian requires only present submission its parts, adapted to all the ends for which it was and trust, a willing heart, and a waiting on the founded, but lacking life, and therefore effect. Saviour now, without any respect to the future,

2. Another common error is, that if a church holds except in the article of trusting in him for it. Out

| its own, that is, does not fail behind its usual annual of that present trust springs the future. You are

contributions, it bas done its duty. This is a wide

spread error, and one which paralyses all our efforts. ' not required to produce the future, but to put the

This might be a truth if the world and the church seed of it into the ground, as Christ gives it to you. were at a stand; but how far is this from the fact ! The husbandman is not required to produce the har- | There is no such anomaly in the universe of God, vest, but to begin with the first steps, and to follow any of his intelligent creatures at rest. Progress is on, trusting in the Lord of the harvest. Your trust

stamped upon him from his birth, and this progress

is seen in temporal as well as in spiritual things. But and obedience to-day are the seed and bud of to

| it is a progress which has two directions, upward and morrow, and out of the blossoms of co-morrow shall downward. If a church then is not advancing, it is spring other buds and blossoms, and so on, until your necessarily receding, and it is this retrocession which daily existence shall be filled with fruit unto life keeps back the cause of Christ. Let every churcb eternal. The man who trusts in the Lord shall be

of Christ, “ forgetting the things that are behind. like a tree planted by a river, her roots always

reach forth towards those that are before;" let every

year behold an increase in contributions, so that we nourished with moisture, her leaf ever green, not may keep up with the increase of population and of careful in the year of drought, nor ever ceasing at darkness. all from yielding fruit.

3. Another error in which the people rest (and it

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is an individual one), is, that they are but the dust nigh. O let us flee to Christ! He only is able to of the balance, and can have no influence. Suppose keep us from the paths of the destroyer, and to save each labourer in the tunnel, when preparing to blast | and guide us securely in the way of eternal life.the solid rock, should cast away his tools because he Christian Advocate and Journal. made little impression on the rock! It is only by the continued action of the iron upon the rock that the effect is produced. So each individual by his

THE ALPINE HORN. continual labours, no matter how small each act may THERE was a wild romance in its notes, which was be, will have an influence upon the world.

characteristic, in a very high degree, of all around. Thus these errors, seemingly so insignificant, really paralyse the energies of the church. In looking at

This instrument is about eight feet long, and its farthe vast territory which God has given us to culti ther extremity rests on the ground. It is used vate, let us look at it in detail; let us see what lies among their mountains, not merely for the herdswithin the range of our capacities to perform; let us man's call, but as an invocation for the solemnities see what part God has given us to do; let us ask how

of religion. As soon as the sun has shed his last ray much money God asks of us to carry on his work, without respect to what he asks of others. If each

on the snowy summit of the loftiest ridge, the Alindividual member of Christ's church would thus

pine shepherd, from some elevated point, trumpets conscientiously act, that cry for help from our forth, “ Praise the Lord God;" while the echoes, own land and from other shores would speedily be roused from their slumbers at the sacred name of answered with men and with means.-Presbyterian God, repeat “ Praise the Lord God.” Distant horns Treasury.

on lower plains now catch the watchword, and dis

tant mountains ring again with the solemn sound, THE RED BUD.

“ Praise the Lord God," and other echoes, sounding

from other rocks, reply, “The Lord God.” A Early in the spring you may see the Judas tree, as many call it, in full bloom. The Indians call it " the

solemn pause succeeds. With uncovered head, and red bud.” We prefer the latter as a common name, on the bended knee, the shepherd's prayer ascends as it gives us a better idea of this beautiful shrub or on high. At the close of this evening sacrifice, tree. It is the pride of our forests in the early part offered in the temple not made with hands, the of the season, as it is covered with a shower of

Alpine horn sounds long, and loud, and shrill, "Good beautiful glowing flowers of a bright crimson. It

Night,” repeated by other horns, while a thousand blooms before its leaves appear, and forms a lovely contrast with the large white blossoms of the dog

“Good Nights” are reverberated around, and the wood tree. It answers well, and looks quite pretty,

curtain of heaven closes on the shepherds and their to be transplanted into yards and pleasure grounds. flocks.— Votes of a Traveller.

There is, however, one thing remarkable about the red bud. Its brilliant appearance collects many flies and insects towards it, particularly the humble

OUR GUILTY CITIES. bees. But, alas! it allures them around it only to A HEATHEN monarch once rose up from his throne, destroy. Its beauty and loveliness are only external, and covered himself with sackcloth, and was followand it has no intrinsic quality to recommend it. Ited by his court and nobles, and by all the people, in is a deceitful opiate and deadly poison; for the poor a solemn fast for three days. Who adjudges that insects, flies and bees that come there to suck its the bosom of the king of Nineveh in this was swayed nectar, or gather its honey, fall down and die after by any improper feeling? Another heathen monarch, fluttering among its crimson blossoms. So fatal is at the head of two millions of men, sat down and the pleasure, so fearful the enjoyment among its wept. “In a hundred years," said he, “all that bright petals ! for there you may see the ground | mighty host will be dead." The vision of Xerxes exstrewed over with these unfortunate creatures. tended no further. He had no tear to shed over

Dear readers, let us see in the deceptive red bud their doom beyond the grave. How different that an emblem of the exceeding sinfulness of sin. We feeling from the view which excited our Redeemer must never trust to outward appearances, but shun to weep! His tears fell because he could see be" the very appearance of evil." Sin allures its victims vond the tomb; because he saw the unending career but to destroy them. It presents false colours to en of the never-dying soul, and knew what it was if the tice us from the way oflife and “the path of the just;" | soul should be lost. And this multitude that we see and when it has once seduced, it will appear in all in this city--this gay, busy, thoughtless, volatile, units naked hideousness. It will often cast the rain thinking throng that sweep along these streets, or bow hues of pleasure around some forbidden object, dwell in these palaces, or that crowd these theatres or and lead us astray, as if for some unexpected good. these assembly rooms-where, oh where, will they be But 0, how full of deceit! for when we are fairly | in a hundred years ? Dead-all dead. Every eye in its embrace, it will sting and poison as with its will have lost its lustre, every frame its vigour; deadly opiate, till no spiritual life is left remaining. every rose shall have faded from the cheek; the

This tree bears no fruit. So of sin--it may indeed charms of music shall no more entrance the ear; the seem to bloom and put forth many attractive charms, fingers shall have forgotten the melody of the lute but it yields no fruit but the fruit of death, “ for the and the organ. Where will they be? In yonder wages of sin is death.” It somewhat resembles the heaven, or in yonder hell? Part-alas, how small a peach tree. loaded with its thousand blossoms, whose part ! --with ears attuned to sweeter sounds, and with delicious fruit all so highly appreciate. But it is eyes radiant with immortal brilliancy, and with a very, very different in its tendencies. The false and frame braced with the vigour of never-dying youth. deceptive nature of this tree, has induced some to Part-alas, how large a part !--in that world, a view call it the Judas tree, in allusion to him who, with a of whose unutterable sufferings drew tears from the kiss, betrayed his Master. Let us, dear reader, flee eyes of the Son of God! Each man that dares to from sin as from the paths of the destroyer, and all curse Jehovah on his throne; each victim of intemthe paths too that lead to sin and destruction. Let perance and lust; each wretch on which the eye us awake, and keep still awake, for danger is always fastens in the lowest form of humanity, has an immortal nature that shall live beyond the stars, and have revelled in soul-destructive inebriation! And that shall survive when “the heavens shall be rolled yet this is but a likeness of what we see constantly together as a scroll!” The shadowy vale of death about us. will soon be past, and the thoughtless and guilty throngs will be found amid the severe and awful scenes of eternal justice! Christian, pray, pray, oh

NEGRO PRAYER. pray, for a revival of pure religion in the guilty cities

A NEGRO missionary repeated to Sir Charles Lyel of our land !-- Barnes.

the geologist, the following prayer, offered by a negro preacher at the ordination of another neste

preacher. The language is as terse and compreber THE CHURCHYARD.

sive as it is singular to us :

“ Make he good like he say. Make he sas like he “ Shun not the village churchyard, It is no place of gloom

good. Make he gay, make he good, like he God!"; Thou'lt read a wholesome lesson

That is, “ Make him as good as tre preaches. Make U pon cach lowly tomb;

his preaching as good as himself. Make his preach-
It may indeed remind thee
How brief this life must be,

ing, make himself, as good as his God.”
But that's no sad memento
O, far from sad to me!"

CALIFORNIA,
On a pleasant Saturday of the first week I spent in
Oberlin I visited the silent land, which is a little to

SOUTHEY, in his “Common-place Book," quotes from the south of the village. As I was approaching ones | Wither, an English poet, who wrote in the sixteenth grave, two golden-winged butterflies flew up almost | century, the following lines. If there is not much perpendicular above the grave heavenward. Not far

poetry in them, there is a great deal of truth:from this and over another grave was a marble slab,

“I've heard those say that travel to the West, which bore upon its face a very striking device, name

Whence this beloved metals encreas't, ly, a small shroud or casement was represented upon

That in the places where such miners be, a leaf where a worm had had its home as in a coffin;

Is neither grass, nor berb, nor plant, nor tree, but the coffin was burst and its tenant was no longer

And like enough for this at home I find.

Those who too carnestly employ the mund there. But look above, and what do we see! It is

About that trash, have hearts, I dare uphold, not a worm, for it is soaring on wings towards the

As barren as the place where men dig gold." skies. How remarkable that God should give a crawling worm, a grovelling creature, a new and higher form of existence after spending its brief day

MAKE HOME PLEASANT. in the dust!

| The ordination of Providence, says a distinguished “ Shall life revisit dying worms,

writer, is, that home should form our character. The And spread the joyful insect's wing,

first object of parents should be to make home inAnd O! shall man awake no more

teresting. It is a bad sim when children bave to To see Thy face, Thy name to sing?"

- Traveller.

wander from the parental roof for amusement. A love of home is one of the strongest safeguards against vice, not to children only, but to men. Men who

delight in their own firesides, are never seen loungTHE FLIGHT OF YEARS.

ing about bar-rooms and oyster saloons. Make home YEARS rush by us like the wind. We see not

attractive to your children, so that they will leave it whence the eddy comes, nor whitherward it is tend

with regret, and return to it with joy; for this is si ing; and we seem ourselves to witness their flight

mighty preservative against vice. without a sense that we are changed; and yet time is beguiling man of his strength, as the winds rob the woods of their foliage. He is a wise man, who,

fragments. like the millwright, employs every gust.-Scott.

THE fair features of a moonlit scene may all pass away under the clearer light of the sun. So the de

formities of the human heart are made manifest to WHY I CONTRIBUTE TO MISSIONS. the enlightened Christian, which may have appeared JESUS Christ has commanded his ministers to go and

almost faultless to him under the dim light of preach the Gospel to every creature. They cannot

reason. go unless they be sent. They cannot be sent without Some regard religion only as a provision to make money. This is my reason for contributing to the the close of life comfortable; they are wiser who treasury of the Mission Board. Can any one give as regard it as the means of making the whole of life's good a reason for not contributing ?

journey cheerful and joyful. It may be well to wish! to die the death of the righteous; it is better to de

termine to live their life. INSENSIBILITY OF MAN.

There are three wise men: He who leaves the BETWEEN Walsall and Iretsey in Cheshire, is a house

world before it leaves him. He who builds his sebuilt in 1636, of thick oak framework, filled in with

| pulchre before his death. And he who is at peace brick. Over the window of the tap-room is still

with his Creator before entering into his presence. legible, cut in the oak, the following Latin inscrip. A man who had lived much in society, wid that tion:-Fleres si scires unum tua tempora mensem; his acquaintances would fill a cathedral, but that a rides cum non scis si sit forsitan una dies. The sense pulpit would hold all his friends. of which is : “You would weep if you knew that your | All objections, when considered and answered, turn life was limited to one month, yet you laugh while out to the advantage of the gospel, which resembles' you know not but it may be restricted to a day.” a fine country in the spring season, when the very How sad the thought, that with this silent monitor, hedges are in bloom, and every thorn produces a this truthful sermon before their very eyes, numbers flower.— Bishop Home.

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