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read the Word of God, and to quit an infidel Church. where, according to the chronicles, was perpetrated When we separated he shook hands with me, saying the murder of the Christian, Yves Husson, whose dewith emotion, “ You are a good young man. God scendants yet live in the neighbourhood. One thing has given you grace," Poor priest, may God now appeared to me a favourable sign. The first object do for you the same by means of the good news which which met my eyes on entering the large hall of the you have heard!
inn, was a large Bible which the infirm landlord was ľ On leaving the old priest I went to visit the cathe engaged in reading. I said to him, “ Do you know dral. Two peasants were looking at the facades, and what book it is you are reading ? » « Oh, sir!" he reone said to the other, “ This building is so old that it plied, “it is the most beautiful and the greatest must have been built at least 500 years before of all books." Christ.” I politely corrected his error, and as he On the day of my arrival, I commenced my misremarked upon the solidity of the building, I called sionary work. A meeting had been appointed, and to mind a
ords of Jesus—“There I had the pleasure of seeing from one hundred and shall not remain one stone upon another.” Starting fifty to two hundred persons assembled, whose silence with this, I related to them the history of the temple and attention seemed to say, “ Behold us ready to at Jerusalem, and spoke to them of the judgment to hear you.” It was the day of the Popish feast of come and the way to escape it. The two men listened the Saints. I took occasion from this to show them with astonishment, and as I left the
given the nature and the end of holiness, and the only way them some tracts, they thanked me in an affectionate of obtaining it. Notwithstanding the extreme inand serious manner, which led me to hope that my convenience and discomforts of the place, nothing words had not been lost upon them. At last I en disturbed this meeting. A lively and serious interest tered the church. And now can you imagine what was marked on every countenance. In the evening it is that occupies the first place in this beautiful at seven o'clock, I went two miles from Mamers, to edifice, and receives the greatest homage from the the village of Courgain, where a meeting was appopes of the city? It is certainly unique in its kind. pointed. A considerable crowd of men and women It is a small, ugly idol of the Virgin, black as a ne stood waiting at the entrance of the place. I went gress. It is so ugly as actually to produce fear. into a large room, poorly lighted by three candles, But in return for this it is covered with gold and pre and in part stripped of its furniture for the occasion, cious stones, and its altar is ornamented with numer The people gathered around me, and listened attenous votive offerings in memory of the miracles which tively to a familiar discourse upon the constant power are attributed to it. I approached a sort of priest, of the gospel of Christ, in life and in death. When who remained seated in front of the altar from morn I had finished, an aged woman, and one who they ing till evening, and who combined the functions of told me had been until then a zealous Papist, came a reciter of prayers ordered and paid for, and of a up to me and said, “ Heretofore I have opposed what seller of medals, little books, &c., relative to the you preach; now I can no longer resist it." A black virgin.
moment after, like a person greatly agitated, she The following is the conversation I had with him : added, “So, then, our mass is not good.” “ Judge " Why is this Virgin black, I pray you?" “ It is of it yourself," I replied, and I then explained to her because it is written in Canticles, I am black, but the perfection, and the full sufficiency of the sacrifice I am beautiful.'" “Does this statue yet work of Jesus Christ. On hearing me repeat Hebrews ix. miracles ? " “ Rarely, because there is no more 24-28, she was struck with it, and said with visible faith." “ What was the last ?” “It was that of emotion, “ It is true, sir. Once was enough." I 1832. The Virgin then prevented the cholera from said to a woman who stood near me, “ Well, have coming to the city. On that occasion was struck the you understood me?” “Oh, sir, I am very happy!” large medal of gold which you see suspended at her and so saying, her eyes were filled with tears." feet." “Do they leave the medal here at night?” The next day, the 2d of November, I went to “Oh no, sir ! they are afraid of thieves." "That, Alençon, the chief place in the department of Orne. however, would be a fine occasion for working á It being impossible to hold a public meeting the miracle.” “Oh, sir! they do not dare to trust to same day, I got together in the evening, in my room that." “ You must get very tired here.” “Yes, at the hotel, some of those who regularly attended sometimes.” “ Well, read these little books, they the meeting, and conversed with them for a long will do you good;" and I left him some tracts. I time on their salvation. Many of them rejoiced my have rarely had occasion to see a poor human intel-heart, by the eagerness with which they received the lect so stupefied by Romish superstition as was this word of God. man's. May God bless the tracts that he has re Nov. 3d, Public meeting at Alençon. The hall ceived ! But this is a sufficient recital of my visit to vacated by the Freemasons is the place where the Chartres. I left in the evening, and arrived the gospel is preached. When I arrived, not only the next day, at eight o'clock in the morning, at the small hall, but the vestibule, the passage-way, and even the town of Mamers, the first of the new stations of the outer stairs, were filled with people. I spoke with Evangelical Society. The inn where the carriage great freedom upon John v. 21-24. Observing the stopped, and in which I had taken lodgings, has an silence of the audience, you would have supposed it ancient look. It has for a sign written and painted changed to stone; but on all those faces, in all those The Black Head ; and lo, by a singular coincidence, I | eyes, what interest, what emotion! “It is a delightfound, in perusing the historical notes that I had | ful feast for me,” said a poor woman to me at ti brought with me, this house, where I found a quiet close, “that I have heard this preaching." A home, was the same where began, in 1563, the violent speaking in a loud voice, said in leaving, “ Yes, it is persecution which destroyed the Reformed Church very true, we are bad within.” I appointed another of Mamers. “They entered," says Thodore Beza, | meeting for the next Sabbath morning. The same “ into the house of The Black Head, seized the land- 1 audience, the same attention, the same seriousness in lord and his wife, and drove the naked children out this meeting as in the former. After preaching at of the house, then seized four belonging to the re- Alençon, I returned in haste to Neuchâtel, where I formed faith' who were lodged there.” Then follows was expected by the middle of the day. The spot the recital of the massacre. The times are greatly chosen for the meeting at this place, was the shade changed. I felt truly grateful to God as, in order to of a magnificent forest, which reached nearly to go to my chamber, I crossed the alley of the hotel, the village. As formerly, in meetings in the
wilderness, the preacher stations himself at the terially from most of those which I have witnessed in I foot of an old oak, and proclaims God the Creator France. Elsewhere I have often seen that what bad and the Saviour. When I arrived an abundant rain caused the preaching of the gospel to be received. had compelled the audience to seek shelter under a | was far more a violent opposition to Popery than shed open to the wind on every side. I went in quest | true religious want. Here it is an entirely different of them; and there, less comfortable than Paul by thing. They wish to know something truer, more the river side (for it was impossible to sit down), I consoling, than the doctrines of Rome; and this it is instructed these dear peasants from the history of which brings us hearers. There is nothing of that Lydia. In the evening I returned to Mamers, where noisy, excited, light curiosity which we have seen in a new meeting awaited me, in which I proclaimed to other places. The hearers are calm, serious, silent. hearers truly hungry and thirsting for the gospel, They do not applaud, but they hear in silence, and the necessity, the completeness, and the certainty of reflect upon what they have heard. Rarely have I salvation by Jesus Christ. Astonishment and joy seen such evident proofs of the work of the Spirit of were depicted upon their faces as I proclaimed this God, and such marked preparation for a true awakengrace, so consoling, and hitherto to them unknown. | ing. One happy etfect of this preaching was to lead those The evangelist who commenced this work re. who did not possess the Word of God to express a turned from it exhausted with fatigue. There are six desire for it. Many in leaving begged the colporteur other localities where the gospel is already welcomed, to bring it to them the next day. After the neces and many others calling for it, and desiring that sary repose of Monday, I left on Tuesday morning some one would bring them the truth. But where for Alençon. A friend who met me on my arrival, are the labourers and the resources for this great and came full of joy to relate to me the following fact : ' good work? May God provide them, and may we One of his neighbours, whom he had invited to come water with our prayers this field! Here may we esto hear the first preaching at that place, had attended, claim with the Saviour,“ The harvest is great, but and afterwards said to him, “ I would rather hear it the labourers are few." preached that there is no God, for certainly there is none.” This same man came Saturday and Sunday to our meetings. Saturday morning he met the “YE DID RUN WELL-WHO DID HINDER friend who told me this, and shaking hands with him
YOU?" with an unusual cordiality, said to him, " Ah, how much I desire that this preaching should continue | Yes, ye did run well. Ye began the Christian race here! How glad I am at hearing what is said in
with zeal and spirit. The little band of disciples
with coal and spirit. The these meetings! Do not fail to inform me when there will be preaching again." Our friend, who himself
felt their hearts cheered within them when they say is in great anxiety about his soul, and who, as the you starting in the good way, and marked the alacpartially blind man, sees men only as trees, said to rity and apparent heartiness with which you gave me with astonishment, “There must be a great change your aid to the cause they so much loved. None in that man, whose habit has been to say, “There is
18 were more regular in their appointed place in the no God; nothing can prove that there is a God.'” Encouraged by narratives of this kind, I preached
sanctuary; none inore punctual in the hour of prayer at our meeting in the evening the truth of God. and social intercourse; none more ready to speak a After having read that admirable chapter, the Ilth | word for Christ. Yes, ye did run well : most cheerof Hebrews, I spoke of faith, its nature, its objects, fully do we give you this commendation. But, alas! its effects on man. The audience was so large, and this is all that can be said in your favour; ye did all the aisles were so filled with people, that a woman fainted during my discourse. A poor workman and
run well. We may not say: “ Ye do run well," A ; his wife, already converts to Jesus Christ. exhorted change, a sad, learful change hath come over you. me to persevere. As they accompanied me to the Something hath evidently hindered you, turned you hotel, the husband said to me, “How could we give back. Your seat is now often vacant on the Sabup the faith that God has put in our hearts-faith in bath, and seldom filled at the evening prayer-meetJesus Christ? It is all our happiness, and I know ing: and when you do venture in, where those that not what would become of us if this consolation were taken from us."
fear the Lord speak often one to another, you choose On Wednesday I returned to Mamers. The colpor- retired seat (18 it from humility ?) and your voice teur told me that a woman, whout the last meeting had is no longer heard encouraging your fellow-pilgrims begged him to bring her a New Testament the next to press onward. Why is this? Who hath hindered day, said to him on receiving it, “ I have been many you? Who? Was it your brethren? No, they retiines to mass and to the sermons of the curate, but no- I joiced when they saw you running well. Was it thing has ever penetrated my heart like that which I have heard at these meetings. My husband feels:
your pastor ? He feels too deeply the need of all the same. That produces an effect on us--an effect
an effect the fellow-helpers he can get for the truth, to lay a -indeed we know not what to call it; but for certain straw in the way of any, even the weakest, of the we are done with mass, and will never go to it again." flock. Was it good angels? There was joy amid In the evening I preached my last sermon, taking
the angelic throng when they saw you set your face for my text the 32d Psalm. When I had ended,
heavenward. Was it God the Father? He placed these dear hearers surrounded me, imploring me not to abandon them, but to continue to proclaim to them
heaven, with all its glories, at the end of the race, the truths which did them so much good. I pro- and bid you run. Was it Jesus? He died that you mised to do so, for I could not but believe that God might run, and so run as to obtain. Was it the approved of wishes so sincere, and I have the assur
sincere, and I have the assur. Holy Spirit ? He first wooed you from the broad anice that he will not leave untinished a work whose beginning is so favourable. The evening of the next
way of destruction into the strait and narrow way day I returned to Paris, fatigued but very happy, as
of life. O no ! the thought is blasphemous : it could you will believe, from all that I had seen and be none of these. All good men on earth, all glorified heard. The movement of Sarthe and Orne differs ma saints and angelic spirits in heaven, and, above all,
THE SABBATH CANDLE.
593 the infinite and incomprehensible Godhead, combined | ness, because of the Sabbath; neither any use and to cheer you on in your course, to influence you to improvement of it as a day in which the soul is to continue to run well. Who then hath hindered you?
| find its light, health, prosperity, and salvation. How
lamentable the state of such households ! How criCertainly an “enemy hath done this.” No one that
minal are the heads thereof! And how much to be desired your happiness for this life, or that which is
commiserated is the condition of the multitudes of to come, would have sought to turn you back, or laid | children that are thus reared, from unknowing ina stumbling-block in your pathway to life. Yes, fancy to settled manhood, without the light of a Sabo whoever it was, be assured it was an enemy. O, find
But even in families where there is a general inhim out! Give not sleep to your eyes, nor slumber
tention that this light shall shine, there are not unto your eyelids, until you have found out this enemy
frequently great and serious faults concerning it that is surely compassing your ruin : and, having Oh, how late it is, in some avowedly Christian housemade the discovery, show him no mercy, for he de holds, ere this candle is lighted i Can it be that serves none. If he hath hindered you in your way to there is not gladness there that the Sabbath has heaven, he is your deadliest foe; whatsoever may be
come ? Is any one of God's weeks not long enough for
man to do his necessary work in, and yet get ready for his pretensions, cut him off for ever.
the Sabbath too? Did the great Divider of times and And now remember, if you had not stopped to
seasong lack counsel ? Oh fie! thou loiterer at parley with the foe, you had not been hindered: Saturday labour, and yet professing to keep all its with all good men and holy angels, and God himself, evening holy unto the Lord ! or thou Sabbath mornon your side, no one, not the arch-enemy himself, ing worker I or thou late riser on the holy day! who could turn you back without your consent. Re
seemest to His eyes, if not to thine own, as though |
sorry that the day of rest and of worship had actumember this when you begin the race anew.
ally arrived! Let us be persuaded better things of : Above all, consider how much precious time you thee, and thine house, hereafter. bave lost while thus hindered. Indeed, what better Again, there are houses in which the Sabbath off are you than if you had never started? You are candle, though lighted, yet burns dimly and darkly.
If the familiarism will be allowed, it seems to need nearer the judgment; but that you are any nearer
snufing, as though the Sabbath were a dull day, the victor's crown may well be doubted. O, arouse
and tedious, and wearisome upon the hands, or as thee; start anew in the Christian race? Let nothing
the light of it were not pleasant to the eyes, that it hinder, nothing turn you back again : you cannot should be much desired.' Else, why is the light of afford it, you have no time to waste thus. The race this candle so dubious and twinkling? Or why does is still before you. Time flies with lightning speed.
it, like the lamps of the foolish virgins, so frequently Night, the night of death, comes on apace : soon its
go out loo soon? God blessed and hallowed a day
when he blessed and hallowed the Sabbath; not shadows will close around you. Fear lest you stum
some of the twenty-four hours, but all of them. He ble to rise no more.
blessed the whole day, and hallowed it. On, Christian families ! look to your Sabbath candles. Look well to them. See that they are lighted betimes,
that they burn steadily and brightly, and that they THE SABBATH CANDLE.
are not prematurely put out.
Behold, yonder, in a remote hamlet, are collecting It is historically related that the ancient Jews, at a few neighbours and friends under the thickening least after the
he captivity were in the habit of light shades of the Saturday night. Here goes an elder of ing in each house a candle, just before the sunset
| the church, there a private member; here a lone withat ushered in the Sabbath, called the Sabbath can-dow, there a fond father and his child; here a man of :lle: in token, it is said, of gladness at the approach advanced age, there a blooming youth; here a cripple of God's day, and in happy symbol, likewise, of the on his crutch, there a strong man in his prime : all eminent agency of that day in perpetuating and dis
to list the latch of the same humble door, and to conseminating, among the families of man, the only true stitute together one circle. At once they praise, moral light of the world. The Jews, in this item of they pray, they read, they hear. They recount the custom, as in many others, were scrupulous and mercies of the past week, and ask the like for the fupunctilious, and, no doubt, not unfrequently highly ture. They seek a blessing for the day approaching, conscientious and devout. As the last gun of the in their own case and that of others, and pray for week hasted to its decline, they also hasted to termi the peace and prosperity of Jerusalem in general, nate their secular labours, and to make all needful How pleasant for them thus to light the Sabbath preparations for a due, decorous, and profitable ob- candle-a type of that “candle of the Lord ” which servance of the appointed period of sacred rest. shines upon the heads of the righteous; an earnest of While the disappearing orb was shooting his last rays that light which alone can gladden the “eventide" athwart the plains and against the hillsides of Judca, of life. the candle in honour of the holy day was lighted. What a darkness succeeds where the candle of There is much beauty in this simple Jewish cug- the Sabbath ceases to be lighted! Let Ephesus,
th tom, and also much force and importance in its | and Smyrna, and Thyatira, and Sardis, and moral.
Pergamos, and Laodicea, and Judea itself, be witHow sadly numerous, alas! are the habitations of nesses. And may not our land, or cities, or towns, mankind, even in Christian lands, which enjoy no or villages, be even added to them? And when we light of the Sabbath candle! The holy day of rest is look out into the great world, how extended
is the possessed, but not observed. The fashion of surround- darkness that meets the view! And how obvious is ing society or other circumstances may occasion a kind the conclusion, at least to the Christian's mind, that of outward notice of it, such as is implied in the cessa- | the great lack in the house of man, is not so much tion of the ordinary toil of the week, the putting on that of the torch of science, or of philosophy, or of of the best apparel, and, possibly, the resort to the civilisation, as of the simple candle of the Sabbath ! public assembly;—but there is no joy, or heart-glad
some thing is there yet, and it seems to be settling THE WRONG END OF THE LEVER. into the ground deeper than ever.
I know some good people, among whom I can The other day I came across a man who was tugging I count half a score of ministers, who try very hard to with all his might at the wrong end of a lever. He keep bad books and periodicals out of the family was trying to turn up a large stone in that way. I circle. There is no end to their talk against these But the stone would not be turned up. It was a very things. It is not their fault, if those who look up obstinate stone, the good old farmer thought. He
to them for advice do not understand what they had no notion of giving up the project, however. think of French novels, and things of that sort. So he pulled off his coat, rolled up his sleeves, and
Still these publications, like the Egyptian frogs in went to work in right good earnest. Still the stone
old times, find their way into the families of these did not stir: or if it did, it was only just enough to l people, in spite of all their efforts, and they cannot aggravate the man.
keep them out. What is the reason the lever they What could be the matter? The stone was not a use is not effective? It is a good lever enough large one. It did not look at all formidable. What
Yes, but those people are bearing down upon the was the matter? There happened to be a school wrong end of it. They seem to forget one of the boy passing that way at the time. He was not much plainest laws of moral mechanics, if I may so speak. of a farmer, and still less of a mechanic, I should They ought, in their crusade against this evil, to find think; but he thought he saw what the trouble was.
something to put in its place. It did not seem to be so much the lever itself, or the
Nature, the old philosophers used to say, abbors farmer, or the stone to be moved, as in the way the
a vacuum. Whether there is any sense in that or man went to work. The boy ventured to hint this not, it will not answer to have a vacuum in the place! idea to the farmer:
of evils to be rooted out of the family circle. The “ Why, my dear sir," he said, “ You are at the minds of the young abhor a vacuum, at any rate. wrong end of the lever. You haven't purchase Why do not these fathers and mothers see this, and
ough.” The good-natured farmer (for he was make provision accordingly? These very people, good-natured, and did not get into a passion because who cry out so loudly against immoral books and a mere boy, young enough to be his grandchild, at periodicals, say they cannot afford to buy books for tempted to help him out of his difficulty), the good their children. It was only last week that I beard natured farmer stopped a moment, looked at the one of them tell a friend, who asked him to subscribe matter carefully, and frankly acknowledged that he for a magazine for his daughter, that he could not had gone the wrong way to work. “I wonder what afford it. He cannot afford it! Well, if he does I was thinking of," said he. Of course he shifted not afford to furnish reading for those children, they his crow-bar immediately, so as to get a good pur will afford it themselves. They must have something chase. The trouble was all over. The stone came to read. Give them something—something which up easy enough, of course.
you can approve, but readable and entertaining as It came into my mind, while I was thinking about well as useful. Try the other end of the lever.this farmer's mistake in the use of his lever, that | Evangelist. certain people-myself included, perhaps-might protit by this blunder. A great many, for instance,
“ IT COSTS TOO MUCH.” use the lever of truth--a very good lever, the best That unkind word-don't utter it-"it costs too to be had in overturning moral evils; but they do much.” You remember the last time you allowed not accomplish any thing, because they take hold of it to escape you. How many times you sighed the wrong end of the lever. They have no purchase. and wished you had never spoken it. Though it
Here is a man, who, as I think, is in the habit of į took but a moment to utter it, it marred your peace wrongdoing every day. Well, I settle down in my a great deal longer than that. It escaped lightly mind that I will talk to him, and see if I cannot from your lips, but it came back again, and haunted make a better man of him. I call him hard names. you, and weighed heavily upon your spirit. It cost Why not? He deserves them. Every body knows your friend too much, too. It went like an arrow to that. I do not mince the matter with him at all. his soul; and like an arrow, with a poisoned point, it But what I say seems to have no good effect upon rankled there. Ay, that word cost him many sad him. It makes him angry, and he advises me to hours. mind my own business, assuring me, at the same time, That glass of wine costs too much. You say you that he shall take good care to mind his.
only paid a few pence for it. Young man! that I see plainly enough that I have been working half paltry sum is not a millionth part of what it will an hour or more to no purpose, and that very likely cost you, if you do not take care. You will have to I have made matters worse. Yet what was my pay for it in health, cheerfulness, character, friends, error? Simply this: that I spent all my strength credit, peace of mind, life itself. Is that glass worth at the short arm of the lever. If I had gone to work all these?" You are safe enough?” Nonsense! with a kind and tender spirit, something as Nathan A man might just as rationally talk about safety, went to work at David, once on a time, and used the when his boat is beginning to go round and round on other end of the lever, I should have got a good the outer circle of the maelstrom, as to say he is safe purchase at least, and I am not sure but the stone enough when he begins to tipple his wine. would have yielded. As it is, however, the trouble That lance costs too much. You gain something,
it is true. Very likely you gain a whole evening's main in closing a bargain, should purchase pleasure pleasure. But, my friend, you give too much for that in any form at the sacrifice of virtue, and principle, pleasure. It intoxicates you. It unfits you for and heaven. Yonder broker, standing at the corner calmer enjoyments. It renders your daily toils dull of the exchange, has just refused to buy a few shares and irksome. It drives your better genius from your of stock, because he thought it was too dear. He said soul-it brings in one to deceive you, to trifle with it would cost him one-eighth per cent. more than it you, to ruin you. You tell me, “It is not wrong to would be worth to him. He was wise perhaps; cerdance.” I admit that it is not wrong in itself. But tainly he was wise if his opinion of the stock was can you not see that it is wrong as you practise it, right. He was careful, at all events. But that very and is there not something within you that whispers man is throwing away a jewel worth a thousand “it is dangerous,'' too? Has it not cost too much worlds, for a few ounces of shining dust. That young already ? Are you not losing your relish for sacred man behind the counter, that young woman attiring things, the Bible, the house of God, the meeting for for the theatre, neither of whom will buy the veriest prayer? You are paying too much for dancing then. trifle if they deem it too dear, are both bartering I shudder to think of purchasing such a pleasure at away eternal life for threescore years of pleasure !-such a price.
Ibid. That Sabbath excursion costs too much. The last one cost you dearly. It was as much as you
ALL THINGS EARNEST. could do, during the day, to banish painful thoughts
Time is earnest, from your mind. And when the guilty pleasure of
Passing by: the day was ended, and the twilight time arrived
Death is earnest, the still twilight of Sabbath eve-those thoughts
Drawing nigh. rushed in like a mighty flood, and quenched your
Sinner! wilt thou trifling be? joys. You thought of the bargain you made, and
Time and Death appeal to thee. called yourself a fool for making it. You thought of earlier days, ere your heart had learned to sin 80
Life is earnest :
When 'tis o'er, badly. You thought of a mother, once the guide of your erring feet on earth, now an inheritant of the
Thou returnest heavenly world. You thought that from her far-off
Never more. home she came to upbraid you, to plead with you,
Soon to meet Eternity,
Wilt thou never serious be ? and to warn you of your danger. Ah! it was no wonder you thought that excursion cost too much.
Heaven is earnest : It did cost too much. Take care! The tempter is
Solemnly coming again. Do not parley with him. Do not
Float its voices listen to him for a moment. Sabbath-breaking costs
Down to thee. more than it comes to, a thousand times over.
O thou mortal, art thou gay, That little theft costs too much. It is only a half
Sporting through thine earthly day? crown I know; and perhaps it would never be missed. But it will cost you as much as a fortune is worth.
Hell is earnest: “I did not take the half-crown," you say. I am
Fiercely roll glad of it. But I am afraid you will take it, never
Burning billows theless. You have been looking at it with a wish
Near thy soul. ful eye for some minutes. You have been trying to
Wo for thee! if thou abide settle the question whether you would be found out
Unredeem'd, unsanctified ! or not, if you put the money in your pocket. You have been using all sorts of flimsy arguments to your
God is earnest : conscience, to drown its voice. You said it was only
Kneel and pray a half-crown, and nobody would be any worse for
Ere thy season
Pass away your taking so small a sum. You talked about your salary being so small, and your master being so rich.
Ere be set his judgment throne, And you guessed you would refund the money, in
Vengeance ready, meroy gone. terest and all, when you got to be rich yourself. I
Christ is earnest, know you did not take the money. But while you
Bids thee "come !" were gazing into that drawer, and thinking what it was
Paid thy spirit's best to do about that half-crown, you were standing
Priceless sum. on a fearful precipice. Many a youth has yielded to
Wilt thou spurn thy Saviour's love, the tempter, as you were on the point of yielding,
Pleading with thee from above ? and thus entered on a career of crime which proved his ruin. It was a little petty theft that first one.
Thou refusest! But it cost him dearly. It will cost you dearly, my
Wretched one ! friend. It may cost you every thing worth living for.
Thou despisest All sin costs too much. Strange that men, sensible
God's dear Son! judicious men, should ever need to be reminded of
Madness! dying sinner, turn ! this. Strange that men, who are so sagacious in the
Lest his wrath within thee burn,