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When thy pleasures

and a store, and a factory all to attend to. As soon as All depart,

I am up in the morning, I must be off to see to one or What will soothe thy

another of these, and it takes every hour of the day, Fainting heart ?

and pretty late at night, to keep them going straight. Friendless, desolate, alone,

I seldom see my boy from breakfast-time one day, Entering a world unknown?

till breakfast-time the next day. What can I do in

the way of looking after him?" Oh, be earnest !

“Not much, certainly. The question for you to Loitering

decide, as it seems to me, is, which is worth the Thou wilt perish :

most ? the farm, the store, the factory, or the soul Lingering

of the boy? It is plain that you cannot attend to Be no longer-rise and flee;

them all. You should, of course, neglect that which Lo! thy Saviour waits for thee!

is of the least value." -Independent. Mr Ripley turned away from Mr Rivers, per

suaded himself that he did so in order to avoid the

necessity of saying any thing inconsistent with the FATHER AND SON; OR, WHAT MADE THE

courtesy required by hospitality. He took some DIFFERENCE ?

| credit to himself for his forbearance in relation to On new-year's eve, a small company of friends and what he termed Mr Rivers' bluntness. He was soon neighbours were seated in Mr Ripley's parlour. An deep in politics with Mr Huston. outcry on the part of a large number of boys in the Where was the boy to whom allusion was made street, occasioned a pause in the conversation. “It in the conversation above recorded ? He was in a seems to me," said Mr Bruce,“ that boys are a great room, over the entrance to which was a sign with deal more noisy than they used to be."

the words, “ VILLAGE GROCERY." The village grog“There are more of them,” said Mr Huston, shop would have been more in accordance with “ than there used to be. My sheep make more noise truth. Had you entered that long, low room, you dow than they did when I kept half a dozen, just would have seen a red curtain drawn across the enough to keep us in stockings and home-made further end, and lights gleaming through the curtain. flannel.”

You would have heard sounds indicating the employ“It is true," said Mr Bruce, “that if you get a ment of those who were cut off from the view of the large number of boys together, they will naturally ordinary customers. Had you drawn aside that make more noise than when they are alone; but that curtain, you could have seen James Ripley, and three is not what I complain of. Boys are worse than they other incipient gamblers, seated round a table. There used to be. They are more unmannerly, rude, and they remained till nearly ten o'clock, when James deceitful than they used to be."

came out with a flushed countenance and a swagger“ That ought not to be the case," said Mr John- | ing air. son; “ there is a great deal more said and written “I say, Jim," said Mr Ames, who sat by the fireabout bringing up children than there used to be." side, in hopes that some one would bestow upon him

“Saying and writing won't answer the purpose," a glass of liquor, “what would your father say if he said Mr Rivers. “Parents must put the saying, and were to know where you spend your evenings?" the writing (so far as it is true), into action; they “He would not say any thing; he has too much to must train up their children in the way they should do to attend to a chap of my size." go; do not you say so, Mr Ripley ?”.

“ The more pity." “Yes," replied Mr Ripley," children want attend. “You take care of number one," said James, as ing to."

he left the room. | “Do you think they receive as much attention “He would make a fine boy if he were looked from their parents as they did thirty years ago ? " after a little more closely,” said one whose visits to

“No, as a general thing, I do not think they do, the grocery were occasional, and who, in the judgand there is a reason for it. There is a great deal ment of the charitable, did not drink enough to kurt more business to be done now than there was thirty him. years ago. It is impossible for business men to give “He is in a bad way," said the former speaker, much attention to their children. The matter must "The old gentleman is making money very fast, but be left chiefly with the mothers."

it is a chance if his son does not find a way to make "I do not remember any passage of Scripture it go faster than it came." which excuses such fathers as may have a great deal “Perhaps he will do better when he gets older," to do, from bringing up their children in the nurture said the keeper of the grocery," with a smile which and admonition of the Lord.”

partook largely of the demoniac. “A man's duty is, in a measure, determined by “Perhaps he will." the circumstances in which he is placed. One thing Having spoken these words, Ames gazed long and is pretty certain, that if mothers do not attend to steady upon the glowing embers. Perhaps he was children, they will not get attended to.”

| thinking of his own early days of his first trans“ That may be true, but I do not see how it affects gressions and promises of reformation-perhaps he the question of duty."

was thinking of the probability furnished by his “ Just see now how I am situated; I have a farm, own dark and bitter experience, that one who had

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early entered the paths of vice would retrace his | no bread? Thirst cannot be quenched without a steps and return to virtue and happiness. Something | living spring, which is Jesus Christ; and what shall like a tear stood in his eye. He rose and went to

| a thirsty soul do without water ? A captive, as we

all are, cannot be delivered without redemption, wards the door, then turned to the grocer, and

which is Jesus Christ; and what shall the prisoner sought in vain to get credit for a glass of rum, and

do without his ransom? Fools, as we all are, canthen made his way towards what was called his not be instructed without wisdom, which is Jesus home.

Christ; without him we perish in our folly. All It may be asked, was Mrs Ripley indifferent to the building without him is on the sand, and will surely

fall. All working without him is in the fire, where welfare of her son ? By no means. She loved him

it will be consumed. All riches without him have as a mother must love a son, and desired to restrain

wings, and will fly away. A dungeon with Christ him from wandering. When he was quite young, is a throne, and a throne without Christ is a hell. she had exerted a wholesome authority over him; Nothing is so ill, but Christ will compensate. All but as he grew older, she shrunk from the attempt mercies without Christ are bitter, and every cup is

sweet that is seasoned with but a drop of his blood; while unsupported by her husband. She made a vain

he is truly the love and delight of the sons of men. effort to retain her influence while she relinquished

He is the Way; men without him are Cains, murher claims to authority. With an aching heart, she

derers and vagabonds. He is the Truth; men without saw him become more and more regardless of her him are liars, like the devil, who was so of old. He wishes, and more and more wedded to sin.

is the Life; men without him are dead, dead in trosThe rapidly progressing ruin of the once promis

passes and sins. He is the Light; men without him

are in darkness, and go they know not whither. He ing boy, became the theme of general remark. One

is the Vine; those that are not grafted in him are man was found bold enough to remonstrate with the

withered branches, prepared for the fire. He is the father for his neglect. He met him in the street. Rock; men not built on him are carried away with a Without any conciliating remarks he inquired, “ Do flood. He is Alpha and Omega, the first and the you know where your son spends his evenings ? " last, the author and the ender, the founder and the “At home with his mother, I suppose."

finisher of our salvation; he that hath not him hath

neither beginning of good, nor shall have an end of " You had better make inquiry about it.”

misery. O blessed Jesus! how much better were it Mr Ripley did go, and found to his astonishment,

not to be, than to be without thee; never to be born, that his boy was never at home before ten o'clock than not to die in thee. A thousand hells come that often he was out at a much later hour. Further short of this-eternally to want Jesus, as men do inquiries revealed the manner in which his evenings

who want the gospel. They want all holy com

munion with God, wherein the only happiness of the were spent.

soul doth consist. Without him, the soul in the “I will put him in the store, where I can have an body is a dead soul in a living sepulchre. They want eye upon him," said Mr R. He did so; James soon all the ordinances of God, the joy of our hearts, and found that his father's eye was upon other objects. the comfort of our souls. O the sweetness of a Sab-' He laid his course accordingly, and the only effect of

bath! the heavenly raptures of prayer! O the his connection with the store, was increased celerity

glorious communion of saints, which such men are

deprived of! If they knew the value of the hidden in his downward course. He procured from the

pearl, and these things were to be purchased, what store the means of gambling on a larger scale. This

would such poor souls not part with for them ? They led to a more frequent recourse to the intoxicating will at last want heaven and salvation; they shall cup. Ere he was twenty-one, he was a wandering never come into the presence of God in glory, never vagabond

inhabit a glorious mansion. They shall never behold

Jesus Christ but when they shall call for rocks and Many thought it strange that the son of so affec

mountains to fall on them and to hide them from his tionate a mother, and the inmate of such a comfort

presence. They shall want light in utter darkness; able home, should turn out so badly. The farm, the they shall want life under the second death; want store, and the factory turned out better. What refreshment in the midst of flames; want healing made the difference ?

under the gnawing of conscience; want grace, continuing to blaspheme; want glory in full misery; and, which is the sum of all, they shall want an end of all

this : for “their worm dieth not, and their fire is not THE GREATEST WANT.

quenched."-Dr John Owens Sermon before the No men in the world want help like them who want

English Parliament in 1646. the gospel. Of all distresses, want of the gospel cries loudest for relief. A man may want liberty, and yet be happy, as Joseph was; a man may want

THE BEST TIME TO LIVE. peace, and yet be happy, as David was; a man may L.-MOTHER, I wish I had been born in Judea want plenty, and yet be full of comfort, as Micaiah was ; but he that wants the gospel wants every thing

when Jesus was upon the earth. that should do him good. A throne without the

Mrs A.- What makes you wish so? gospel is but the devil's dungeon; wealth without

L.-It would have been so easy to become a follower the gospel is fuel for hell; advancement without the of Christ then. gospel is but going high to have the greater fall. Mrs A.-It would have been easy to follow him What do men need that want the gospel ? They from place to place, but not to become his spirituai want Jesus Christ, for he is revealed only by the gospel. He is all and in all, and where he is wanting

follower-to become a true Christian. We enjoy far there can be no good. Hunger cannot truly be satis better advantages for becoming Christians than those

ed without manna, the bread of life, which is Jesus did who lived in Judea when the Saviour dwelt in Christ; and what shall a hungry man do that hath the flesh.

L.-Do we enjoy better advantages than those who performance of duty less difficult. It is not so. What! saw Jesus, and heard his very words?

ever may be our condition, we have the promise,“ 29 Mrs A.-Yes. There was nothing in the sight of thy day is, so shall thy strength be.”-A. D. L. Christ adapted to save the soul. Those who were saved in those days, looked to him by faith, and that

HOW TO MAKE A WILL. we can do as easily as they could, indeed more easily. | DESPATCH this before thy sickness doth increase, and We have not as many difficulties in our way as they thy memory decay; lest otherwise thy testament had. We have not their Jewish prejudices to over prove a dotement, and so be another man's fancy come. We are not exposed to the persecutions to rather than thy will. which they were exposed.

To prevent many inconveniences, let me recon

mend to thy discretion two things : L.--But they had the privilege of hearing the very

If God have blessed thee with any competent words of Jes us.

share of wealth, make thy will in thy time of health. Mrs A. We have the privilege of reading the very It will neither put thee farther from thy goods, nor words of Jesus. We have probably more of the hasten thee sooner to thy death; but it will be a very words of Jesus than were heard by any one greater ease to thy mind, in freeing thee from a great person, unless we except the twelve who were always

trouble when thou shalt have most need of quiet.

For when thy house is set in order, thou shalt be with him. Then we enjoy a peace and quietness,

better enabled to set thy soul in order, and to disand advantages for education, to which they were

vantages for education, to which they were pose of thy journey towards God. strangers. They heard the gospel occasionally as If thou hast children, give to every one a portion, Jesus passed near; we hear it Sabbath after Sabbath. according to thine ability, in thy lifetime; that thy They had only the Jewish Scriptures, and only few

life may seem an ease, and not a yoke unto them.

Yet so give as that thy children may be still behad access to them. We have the whole Bible, and

holden unto thee, and not thou unto them. But if can at any time read in our own language the

thou keep all in thy hands whilst thou livest, they wonderful works of God. I might mention many may thank death, and not thee, for the portion that more particulars which show that we have better ad thou leavest them. If thou hast no children, and vantages for becoming Christians than were pos- the Lord hath blessed thee with a great portion sessed by those who lived in Judea when Christ was

the goods of this world, and if thou meanest to beupon earth.

stow them upon any charitable or pious uses, hand

not over that good work to the trust of others, see L.-I never saw it in that light before. I always

ing thou seest how most of other men's executors thought the people of those times were peculiarly prove almost executioners. And, if friends be so guilty for rejecting Christ.

unfaithful in a man's life, how much greater cause Mrs A.-If men are guilty in proportion to the hast thou to distrust their fidelity after thy death? light they enjoy, those of Judea were less guilty than

Lamentable experience showeth how many dead those who live in this favoured land. Chorazin, Beth

men's wills have, of late, either been quite concealed,

utterly overthrown, or by cavils and quirks of law saida and Capernaum saw a great light, but they had

frustrated or altered; whereas by the law of God not the light which we enjoy. While we are to be the will of the dead should not be violated, but all thankful for richer advantages, we ought to be most his godly intentions conscionably performed and fulcareful to employ them aright, lest a heavier doom filled, as in the sight of God, who in the day of the than befell the inhabitants of Capernaum should fall

resurrection will be a just God both of the quick and upon us.

Let rich men be warned by such examples, not so L.-On one account I should like to have lived

to marry their minds to their money, as that they then; I could have ministered to the wants of Jesus. will do no good with their goods until death divorWhat a privilege it would have been to have him ceth them. Considering therefore the shortness of under one's roof!

thine own life, and the uncertainty of others' just Mrs A.-You can do the very same thing for him

dealing after thy death, in these unjust days, let me!

advise thee, whom God hath blessed with ability now, or rather what he regards as the same thing. and an intent to do good, to become in thy lifetime L.-In what way?

thine own administrator, make thine own hands thine Mrs A.-By ministering to the wants of those who | executors, and thine own eyes thy overseers; cause belong to him. “Inasmuch," he says, " as ye have thy lanthorn to give her light before thee, and not done it to the least of these my brethren. Je have behind thee; give God the glory, and thou shalt redone it unto me.” In this respect, then, those who

ceive of him, in due time, the reward which of his lived in the time of Christ had no advantage over us.

grace and mercy he hath promised to thy good

works.--Lewis Bailey. We can do as much for Christ as they could, and more, for we have greater means; we are possessed of more property than they were.

ABSENCE FROM CHURCH. L.-I do not see, then, but that we were born in He has been absent from church for several Saljust the right time.

baths. Mrs A.—The time appointed by God is doubtless

Have you been to see him? Perhaps he is sick. the best time, and the circumstances in which we

And 0 how grateful are the attentions of a felloware placed the best ones for us. We are to do our

member of the church to a sick brother! Do not duty in those circumstances, without inquiring

leave him in his loneliness, uncheered by a word of whether others have a harder or an easier lot. We

sympathy or comfort. Go and sit by his bedside, and are prone to believe that some other condition than

talk cheerfully to him, and read the Word of God to the one in which we are placed would render the him; sing some of the songs of Zion, and pray with




him. You may do him great good; administer spirit- the clock of life. I mean the beating of your pulse; ual comfort to his heart, and he will love you more for it may often remind you of the value of time, and as he recovers, and the religion that prompts you, the necessity of turning it to good account. Time is and the church with which you are mutually con- | worth more than the finest gold. nected, will become dearer to him as he realises the

"My pulse is the clock of my life; precious sympathy which its fellowship evokes.

It shows how my moments are flying;
Have you been to see him? Perhaps he is poor,

It marks the departure of time,

And it tells me how fast I am dying.' and wants fitting garments to appear decently in the house of God. It may be a false pride that keeps

“He who lives a day without doing good, loses a him away on this account, or it may be the true

day; and he who makes another happy, is sure to be

all the happier for it himself. cause of his absence. It is a cause of more frequent recurrence than many of us are willing to admit.

“I will show you how to lay your fingers on your Visit him delicately, kindly. Win his confidence,

pulse properly, and you must remember that every and inquire like a brother for the reasons. And if

beat you have lived a moment longer in the world, this should be the case, interest yourself with your

and have a moment less to live in it. Truly may we brethren for the supply of his necessities. Jesus will

all say, 'Lord, make me to know mine end, and the remember your kind interposition, and say to you

measure of my days, what it is; that I may know approvingly, “ I was naked, and ye clothed me.”

how frail I am. Behold thou hast made my days as Have you been to see him ? Perhaps there is

an hand-breadth; and mine age is as nothing before affliction in his family. His wife or child may be

thee.'—(P3. xxxix. 4, 5)." suffering, and need his attention at home. He may

Little Lewis felt that his father had made him even be kept from his daily employment by nursing

much wiser than he was before; and, when he was the sick, and thus doubly need your fraternal sym

left to himself, he did not fail to go over, again and pathy and aid. At any rate go and see what is the

again, the lesson which had been taught him. A matter; you may be very useful to him.

dozen times in the course of that day was he seen Have you been to see him ? Perhaps he is a

running into the hall to look at the clock-face; and wanderer from the fold. He may have yielded to

almost as many times was he heard to repeat the temptation, and be turning toward the "beggarly

words, while his fingers were on his wrist, elements of the world.” He may have become of

“My pulse is the clock of my life ;

It shows how my moments are flying ; fended at something he has seen or heard. Some

It marks the departure of time, thing may have aliented his affections from the

And it tells me how fast I am dy church. Visit him, and evince your interest for his spirituality. Talk to him kindly and faithfully, and you may win him back again. How happy for you, GOD AN UNFAILING REFUGE. how happy for him, if his wandering feet are checked The smoothest seas will sometimes prove and turned again toward Zion! “ If a brother be

To the confiding bark untrue; overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual restore

And if she trusts the stars above, such a one in the spirit of meekness.” “He that

They can be treacherous too. converteth a sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and hide a multitude of sins." The umbrageous oak, in pomp outspread

Full oft, when storms the welkin rend,

Draws lightning down upon the head

It promised to defend.
LITTLE Lewis Rollins lives at the large house on the But thou art true, incarnate Lord !
hill, with the pillars before the door. He sometimes Who didst vouchsafe for man to die;
rides out on a pony, though he is a very little boy to Thy smile is sure, thy plighted word
be on horseback. Lewis is a nice little fellow,

No change can falsify. Mr Rollins one day went with his son to the old clock that stood in the hall, to teach him how to find I bent before thy gracious throne, out, at any time, the hour of the day or night. He And ask'd for peace with suppliant knee; explained to him that the broad hand marked the And peace was given-nor peace alone, hour; the long finger the minutes, and the quick But faith, and hope, and ecstasy. moving, small, thin finger, the seconds.

Wordsworth. Again and again, Mr Rollins repeated his instrucBotions to little Lewis, and was very patient and for

bearing with him in the mistakes that he at first FAMILIES NEED REVIVALS. made in naming the time. At last little Lewis, to The Church, unrevived, makes no progress towards his great joy, was perfect in his lesson, so that he securing the conversion of families not religious. could tell what o'clock it was almost as well as his

Within and around the territorial limits of every father.

church there are such families, composed of parents

and children who are "aliens from the commonwealth “And now, Lewis,'' said Mr Rollins, “ that you

of Israel, having no hope, and without God in the have learned to know the hour by the clock in the world.It is and should be the mission of every 1, hall, I must draw your attention to another clock- Christian Church to search out such families in the


spirit of unfeigned love, and bear to them the glori- | among the flowers to render her help necessary. Nor hus gospel. We mean by this something quite be- will a pillow be wanted for the dear head reposing yond sending them a printed Bible, or an appropri

on the breast of a kind Saviour. And she knows ate religious tract. We mean that you who know

her infant is there in that world of eternal bliss. and love the gospel, and possess it in your souls as a living power, should carry its living power to these

these! She has marked one passage in that book-to her not religious families in your heart. This is easily emphatically the Word of Life-now lying closed on done, provided your heart is really full of the gospel. the toilette table, which she daily reads. “Suffer When this is the case, the living power within you little children to come unto me, for of such is the i will be transmitted, as on electric wires, to the hearts

kingdom of heaven.” with which you come in contact. The eye and the tear are gifted with a voice to the heart; your words will be wisely persuasive when love to the soul makes

LIVE FOR SOMETHING. you eloquent. God is wont to befriend such mission

THOUSANDS of men breathe, more, and live; pass of aries. He knows how to give them, in such an hour, a word of wisdom and power which even their ad

the stage of life, and are heard of no more. Why?

| They did not a particle of good in the world: and versaries can neither gainsay nor resist. How essential that such missionary work be done!

none were blest by them, none could point to them!

as the instruments of their redemption; not a line For want of it, how many thousand families in our nation live on year after year, utterly unblessed of

they wrote, not a word they spoke, could be recalled, the gospel! Scores of thousands rarely come to the

and so they perished-their light went out in dark.

| ness, and they were not remembered more than the assemblies of God's people to hear the gospel; few or none go to carry it to them. Hence they live

insects of yesterday. Will you thus live and die, o substantially as if there were no gospel in the land

| man immortal! Live for something. Do good, and! --4s if the region of their birth and of their death |

| leave behind you a monument of virtue that the enjoyed no light from heaver, revealing life and

dstorms of time can never destroy. Write your name

by kindness, love, and mercy, on the hearts of the hope for lost man. We do not say of them that ab

I thousands vou come in contact with year by year. solutely they have no gospel light; usually they have;-enough to be to them a savour of death.

and you will never be forgotten. No, your name, They are not saved thereby.

your deeds, will be as legible on the hearts you leave In this point of view, then, revivals are needed.

behind, as the stars on the brow of evening. Good In seasons of revival, aggressions are made upon ir

deeds will shine as brightly on the earth as the stars, religion. Many a time have our own eyes rejoiced

of heaven.--Dr Chalmers. at the sight. Whole families, reached and transformed by the gospel's power, have henceforth made

DEATH AND THE ALEHOUSE. common cause with Christ and with his people. There was great joy in that city.”-Oberlin Evan.

“ At our village feast or wake," writes one, “there is much drunkenness and rioting. Sunday was hereto

fore the chief day of gaiety. On a Sunday evening THE EMPTY CRADLE.

last year, seeing the yard of the drinking-sbop full

of topers, a person went in amongst them with tracts « The mother gave in tears and pain

and offered them at the ale counters. The first tract The flowers that she most did love;

offered was, ' Are you prepared to die?' The man She knew she would find them all again

who took it, read the title aloud and said, “No sir, In the field of light above."-LONGFELLOW.

I am not.' THE death of a little child is to the mother's heart

"" He was asked, 'Is this the place to prepare to die? like dew on a plant from which a bud has just

“He said, “No sir, I think not.' perished. The plant lifts up his head in freshened |

“He then took up his hat and said, 'I will go off

immediately '--took the tract away in his hand, and greenness to the morning light; so the mother's soul

left the village to go home. In half an hour the gathers from the dark sorrow which she has passed

yard was clear." a fresh brightening of her heavenly hopes. As she bends over the empty cradle, and in fancy

CONSULT THE TOWN-CLERK OF EPHESUS. brings her sweet infant before her, a ray of divine light is on the cherub face. It is her son still, but

"I HAVE heard you say," observes Dr Mather,

" that there was a gentlemen mentioned in the 19th with the seal of immortality on his brow. She feels

she Teens chapter of the Acts, to whom you was more indebted that heaven was the only atmosphere where her than any other in the world." This was the townprecious flower could unfold without spot or blemish, clerk of Ephesus, whose counsel was to do nothing and she would not recall the lost. But the anniver rashly. Upon any proposal of consequence, it was sary of his departure seems to bring his spiritual

usual with him to say, “Let us first consult with the presence near her. She indulges in that tender

town-clerk of Ephesus." What mischief, trouble

and sorrow would be avoided in the world, were grief which soothes, like an opiate in pain, all hard

people more in the habit of consulting this gentlepassages and cares of life. The world to her is no

man! longer filled with human love and hope in the future, 80 glorious with heavenly love and joy; she has treasures of happiness which the worldly, unchasten

Jragments. ed heart never conceived. The bright fresh flowers Time waits upon the soul early every morning, and with which she has decorated her room--the apart

says, What wilt thou have me to do to-day? It is a ment where her infant died-are mementoes of the

shame to say what the answer is, but it will one day

be known. far brighter hopes now drawing on her day-dream.

They that drink away an estate, drink the tears of She thinks of the glory and beauty of the new Jeru their sad widows, and the very blood of their imsalem, where the little foot will never find a thorn poverished children.-Flavel.

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