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to be alarmed for the consequences of your sin, nor scenes in the garden of Eden, of the temptation and too young to look to the Lamb of God for healing fall of man, very similar to the description in the and salvation. May each of you come to Him with Bible. Their tradition informs them that God gave out delay, that you may have life, and have it abun them his word written on leather, and that by some dantly!
means they lost it, and that it would be restored to
them by white foreigners. And when the missionaries THE KARENS.
came among them, they came from great distances
to see them, believing them to be the white foreigners The Rev Mr Wade, a returned missionary from Burmah
who were to restore the “word" to them. Their gave the following interestii g account of the Karens, so
tradition informed them that, if they neglected the ofien spokeu of in missionary intelligence :-)
words of these white foreigners, it would be the last WHEN I first went to Burmah there were only three opportunity that would ever be presented to them to missionaries and twenty converts in the field, but recover the lost word; so that when the Bible was now the number of missionaries is much increased, translated into their own language they believed it and the converts are multiplied more than a hundrede was the word of God their Father. Hence they have fold. The first ten years of my labour was spent | been ready in all directions to receive the word. among the Burmans, and we had the pleasure of Those who have learned to read, have received it seeing them listen to us, and cast anay their idols with great eagerness, and even where they have not and put on Christ. During this time, particularly | learned to read, they have begged the Testament to the latter part of it, we had become somewhat carry home, in order that they might have the word acquainted with a people called the Karens. The i of God in their houses. Burmans suppose this to be the most ancient people. We have raised up a number of Christian villages of that country. They reside in the interior of in the country. In these we have Christian exercises Burmah, surrounded on all sides by Burmans. Others as often and as long continued as in any village in live in Siam, and are surrounded by idolaters. We this country. In a village about two days' journey found that the Karens, as a nation, had no idols, but from Tavoy, there is a church of about four hundred they were sunk in ignorance and superstition, wor-members; and as this church has been more parshipping evil spirits. They were entirely destitute of ticularly under my charge, I have had an opportunity books, and had no written language, but were de- l of observing their devotedness to the cause of Christ. sirous of having books, and of being taught to read We have had at times in this church two hundred them in their own language. After I returned about and fifty communicants at the Lord's Supper, nottifteen years ago from a visit to my native land, I withstanding many of the members live at a great devoted my time to the Karens. At first there were distance from the village. We have often seen the but three missionaries among the nation. But now house filled with devout worshippers of the living the Bible has been translated into their language, and God. They will often lay aside all labour, even in a large number of tracts have been published and the midst of the harvest, for a whole week, to engage distributed among the people. Schools have been in religious exercises. In their prayer-meetings established, and taught by missionaries and native there is great readiness on the part of all to engage converts. Thousands have learned to read and write in the duties of the meeting. And I have often seen their own language. So great is their desire for them bow their heads to the ground in prayer, and books, that the first edition of the Testament which melt into a flood of tears in the agony of their conwe published is entirely exhausted.
fession, During the last fifteen or sixteen years, more than They never think of going to communion without ten thousand Karens have been baptized and received confessing their sins, and begging the prayers of into the Church, averaging more than 500 converts their bret!
their brethren, or without bei e that no one every year, and this too where there have not been has hard feelingy against them. They confess all inore than five or six foreign missionaries engaged their sins, and ask forgiveness of all whom they may in the labour, and in a country where every one who have offended. made a profession of the religion of the “foreigners," At their meetings, contributions are taken in was liable to be punished and imprisoned for his the support of schools and missionaries, and there is belief. Very many have been cast into prison and never a member too poor to give something. In a their feet made fast in the stocks, to compel them to churcb not worth £200, they raise funds enough to renounce the worship of the “ foreigner's " God support a native pastor and a school six months of But through all this persecution we have not heard the year. Benevolence is universal; even infants are of a single instance of apostasy. They have stood | taught to give something. The mother takes the steadfast in view of immediate death.
little nursling in her arms. putting a penny or two The Karens are, in a peculiar manner, prepared to in its hands, and carries it to the contribution box, become a Christian nation ; and we have otten had causing it to drop the money into the box. applications from distant villages, where no mission | Few as the native converts are, if they possessed ary had been, for missionaries and schools. These property we would not be under the necessity of we have often been obliged to decline for the want asking contributions from this country. They would of funds to meet the demand. The Karens are far themselves support missionaries and schools in all more ready to receive the word than the Burmese. parts of the country. They are a disinterested and Though the missionaries have laboured thirty years benevolent people. among the latter, the number of converts is not onetenth as great as among the former. The reason of
HIGH MASS IN ST PETER'S. this is, that the Karens have certain traditions among
BY ARCHDEACON HARE. chem, handed down from father to son, from remote | The hollowness and fraud of Popery were never cenerations, that have preserved them from idolatry. | brought before my mind more forcibly, nay, glaThey have a tradition that teaches them that there ringly, than beneath the dome of St Peter's. One sa God. The Burmans do not suppose that there
of my first visits to that gorgeous cathedral was on g a Creator. But the Karens believe that God created man out of the dust of the earth. They have
Christinas day 1832. I expected to see a sight tradition similar to the history given in the first agreeing, at least in outward appearance, with the chapter of Genesis. They have a tradition of the title of Catholic, which the Church of Rome claims
as exclusively her own- to find a multitude of per
THE DOUBTFUL HOPE. sons thronging in from the city and from the neigh- I was called upon one morning, now many years ago, bouring country to attend the celebration of high to visit a gentleman, one of my congregation, who mass by him whom they were taught to revere as was apparently in a dying state. Not having heard Christ's vicegerent upon earth. But instead of this of his illness before, but knowing his previous history, a row of soldiers was drawn up along each side of I felt startled, and greatly distressed; for he was one the nave, and kept every body at a distance during who had trifled with religious convictions, and had the whole service, except the few who were privi- so far stifled them as greatly to abandon his religious leged by station or favour to enter within the lines. connections, satisfying his conscience by attending Beside the altar, under the dome, seats had been one service on the Sabbath, frequently absenting erected for persons of rank or wealth, who were himself altogether, and seeking, in worldly associamainly foreigners, and consequently in great part tions and amusements, to silence the voice within, English or German Protestants. Thus the whole and bury in oblivion the remembrance of past reproceeding acquired the character, not of a religious ligious impressions. On entering bis dying chamber, ceremony, in which the congregation was to join, but with a look of unutterable anguish he exclaimed, of a theatrical exhibition before strangers, regarded “ (), sir! I am lost! Your very presence condemns for the most part as heretics, and many of whom me! The sermons you have preached, your faithful came merely out of curiosity to see the show. After warnings from the pulpit, your private expostulaa while the Pope was brought in, borne on a raised
tions, all condemn me! O, sir! what is to become seat or palanquin, with splendid robes and plumes of my soul-my poor neglected soul? I have just and fans and other paraphernalia: he celebrated been told I cannot live! my hours are numbered ! mass, the persons who ought to have formed the I have no pain now; but that is the precursor of congregation, a very scanty one at the utmost, being death"-(he was dying of inflammation in the bowels) prevented from approaching by the barrier of troops: / _“and I shall soon be in eternity! Oh! stifled conand when the rite was over, the chief performer, or victions-a neglected Bible-misimproved Sabbaths chief victim, in this miserable pageant, was carried --how will ye rise up in judgment to condemn me! out again with the same pomp. The thought of the o, sir! what will become of me?" I endeavoured moral debasement thus inflicted on a man, and of his to calm his mind, and told him he must not add unutter inability to struggle against such a crushing sys. belief to the catalogue of his sins; that the gospel tern, so oppressed me as I walked away, that when, in
was a revelation of mercy; that the blood of Christ mounting the steps before the Trinitá, my eyes fell cleanseth from all sin; that whosoever cometh unto on a poor beggar wbo used to sit there, and who had him he will in nowise cast out; that He is able to neither hands nor feet, picking up the alms thrown
save to the uttermost all that come unto him. to him with his mouth, I could not refrain from ex
“Uttermost!" the dying man exclaimed, “utterclaiming, How infinitely rather would I be that poor | most! then there is a gleam of hope. even for me. cripple than Pope!"
I had time! but, even now, I feel that stage apCan the effect of the ceremonies in St Peter's on proaching which will absorb my faculties, and terintelligent Italians in these days be very different ? | minate my sad life. 0! what would I give for one I doubt it: whatever might be their feelings when week! one day! oh. precious time! how have 1 they merely saw the empty shell of the building. I wasted it! O, my dear pastor ! pity me! pray for have known men indeed, whom I esteem and honour, me! my thoughts grow confused- I cannot pray myand who have regarded Rome as a solemn and ma self." I then knelt down and prayed with him, in jestic witness of what they have deemed the truth. which he most fervently joined, summoning all his But to me, though, from the indescribable beauty strength to keep awake. I shall never forget the and grandeur of many of the views, the intense grasp of his hand when I alluded to the fulness interest of its heathen and Christian recollections, and sufficiency of Divine grace. I left him with and its inexhaustible stores of ancient and modern feelings which it is impossible for me to describe, art, the three months I spent there were daily and returned, according to my promise, in a few teeming with fresh sources of delight, and have left hours. I found him still sensible, but evidently a love such as I never felt for any other city ; yet, sinking under the power of slumber from which he when I thought of Rome in connection with the would never awake. In the interval he had been religion of which it is the metropolis, it seemed to dwelling on the texts suggested ; and when he saw me of all places the last where a man with his eyes | me, he feebly but smilingly said, “ Able to save to open could be converted to Romanism. The vision the uttermost! there I must rest my hope." After of the Romish Church, and of its action upon the again commending this dying penitent to the riches people, which was there graven on my mind, accords of Divine mercy, I left him not without hope, but with that implied in the answer of an ingenious Eng- such a hope as I would not, for ten thousand worlds, lish painter, whom I asked, how he could bring him risk as my dying solace.—Life of Dr J. Fletcher. self to leave Rome, after living so many years there. It was indeed very painful, he replied, to tear myself
DEATH. away from $0 much exquisite beauty: but, as my children CONCERNING death, to them that are God's dear chilgrew up, it became absolutely necessary; for I found it dren (as I know you are one, my tenderly beloved alterly impossible to give them a notion of truth ai Rome. sister), what other thing is it, than the despatch of all displeasure, the end of all travail, the door of all | food; they shall be entertained with the hidden lesires, the gate of gladness, the post of paradise, the manna, (Rev. ii. 17.) That land enjoys an everlasthaven of heaven, the entrance to felicity, the begin- / ing day; for there is no night there. An eternal sunning of all blissfulness? It is the very bed of down shine beautifies this better country; but there is no ior the doletul bodies of God's children to rest in, scorching heat there. No clouds shall be seen there and therefore well compared to a sleep, out of which
for ever; yet it is not a land of drought. The trees chey shall rise and awake most fresh to life everlast.
of the Lord's planting are set by the rivers of water,
and shall never want moisture; for they will have an It is a passage to the Father-a chariot to heaven
eternal supply of the Spirit by Jesus Christ, from -the Lord's messenger-a leader unto Christ-a go
his Father. This is the country from whence our mg to our home--a deliverance from bondage and
Lord came, and whither he is gone again; the counprison-a dismission from woe- a security from all try which all the holy patriarchg and prophets had sorrow, and a setting free from all misery - so that
their eye upon while on earth; and which all the the very heathen, in some places, caused the day of saints, who have gone before us, have fought their their death to be celebrated with mirth, melody, and
way to; and unto which the martyrs have joyfully ininstrels; and should we be dismaved at it-should swam through a sea of blood. This earth is the we trembie to hear of it? Should such a friend a place of the saint's pilgrimage--that is their country,
is be unwelcome: Should the hardness of his where they find everlasting rest.-- Boston. husk frighten us from his sweet kernel, --should the roughness of the tide tie us to the bank and shore, there to be drowned, rather than the desire of our
WHAT I LOVE TOO LITTLE. home drive us to go abroad ?--Bradford.
I too little love to examine my own heart. Were I
farsful in self-examination, I should know better Thou must indeed, O believer! grapple with death, where my affections were centred, and should be and shall get the first fall; but thou shalt rise again, less liable to love improper objects, or to love proper and come off victorious at last. Thou must go down ones excessively. I know that my heart is proud, to the grave; but though it be thy long home, it shall treacherous, deceitful, and greatly warting in pure not be thine everlasting home. Thou wilt not hear love to God; and I feel towards the work of self-exthe voice of thy friends there; but thou shalt hear amination a reluctance, such as one has to enter upthe voice of Christ there. Thou mayst be carried on the investigation of the conduct of a disobedient thither with mourning; but thou shalt come up with child. I hesitate, and defer, and meanwhile evils rejoiring. Thy friends, indeed, will leave thee; but are continually accumulating, and my case is being thy God will not. What God said to Jacob concern- aggravated. How far better to come at once to the ing bis going down to Egypt, he says to thee,-Frar | I light, that the deeds of ruy wicked heart may be renot lo go down; I will go down with th e, and I will proved, and that repentance and peace may ensue! surel, bring them up again. O solid comfort! O glo I love reproof too little. If I loved it, and counted rious hope! Wherefore, comfort yourselves, und vne the wounds of a friend faithful, how much more ready another with these words.--Boston.
would friends be to give me needed admonition and
seasonable reproof! How much more should I profit In the earthly paradise, I find thine angels, the cheru
from x, when it was given ; and how much less bim; but it was to keep man off from that garden of
should I need it! But it is not merely the reproofe delight, and from the tree of life in the midst of it. |
of brethren that I misimprove ; but those also which But, in this heavenly one, I find millions of thy
come from the hands of my heavenly Father. “He cherubim and seraphim rejoicing at man's blesse iness,
that refugeth reproof erreth." and welcoming the glorified souls to their heaven.
I love labour, and sacrifice, and self-denial too little. There, I find but the shadow of that, whereof the
How reluctantly do I go into a vineyard where I substance is here. There, we were so possessed of
know there is a burden to be borne! How easily do life, that yet we might forfeit it; here is life without
Texcuse myself froin doing something that is crossall possibility of death. Temptation could find
| ing to the flesh! I can easily say, “ I am not fit for access thither: here is nothing but a free and com
that work, or some one else can do it better than I," plete fruition of blessedness. There were delights
and so I pacify conscience by neglecting duty and for earthly bodies: here is glory, more than can be
living in idleness. It is easy to talk of self-denial, enjoyed by blessed souls. That was watered with
and of taking up the cross ; but talking and doing four streams, muddy and impetuous: in this is the
are different things. Alas! what single thing have I pure wuter of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of
renounced-what labour am I pursuing-or what te throne of God, and of the Lamb.-(Rev. xxii. 1.) |
sacrifice or self-denial of mine are there, to give tegThere, I find thee only walking in the cool of the day; 1 to Christ?
1.) | timony of the strength and the sincerity of my love lere, manifesting thy majesty continually. There, I love God's holy Word too little. See only a most pleasant orchard, set with all manner loved it. should I not read it more, and remember
If I suitably of varieties of flourishing and fruitful plants: here, I find also the city of God, infinitely rich and magni
more, and practise more? “The entrance of thy licent: the building of the wall of it of jasper: and
words giveth light." Should I stumble so much in the city itself pure gold, like unto clear glass : and
darkness, if I suitably loved and pondered the divine
testimonies ?. Could my heart be so cold, and so the foundations of the wall garnished with all manner of precious stones.-Bishop Hall.
much a void, if it were well instructed in the wisdom of inspiration? Could I so far wander from God, if
I made his word the constant lamp to my feet and If one enquires, where the kingdom of the saints | light to my path? lies? It is not in this world; it lies in a better ! I love the souls of men too little. Witness my country than the best of this world, viz. the heavenly want of fervour, earnestness, and importunity in Canuan, Immanuel's land, where nothing is wanting praying for them. Witness my want of tenderness to complete the happiness of the inhabitants. This and faithfulness in reproving them of sin, and enis the happy country, blest with a perpetual spring, deavouring to lead them to the Saviour. Witness and which yieldeth all things, for necessity, con my worldliness and trifling conversation, by which I venience, and delight. There they shall eat angel's hinder ingrad of promoting the salvation of souls.
Ah! what witnesses against me will there be, who too late, that that blessed institute which had enare living in impenitence, and who hear no admoni- shrined his dignity, his liberty, and his immortal tion nor entreaty from my lips, but who, by my ex interests, was lost; and that, in an evil hour, he had ample of stupidity, are confirmed in unbelief.
sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. The man of I love the Saviour of sinners too little. I might toil is insulted by that sentimentalism which never as well have confessed this at first. This is sufficient looks above his physical condition, and shuts out the to account for all other evils and defects. Love to idea that he is an immortal being travelling to an Christ is tbe fountain of all holy affections, and the eternal world. And surely it is a far truer philansource of all true obedience; and where this love is thropy which delights to behold him exchanging not Wunting, no marvel if its fruits are wanting. Here, mere animal toil for animal recreation, but moving then, is the cause of all my sins and sorrows. I have with a virtuous household to that hallowed place forsaken the Fountain of living waters, and have hewn where rich and poor meet together, raising his out to myself broken cisterns which can hold no thoughts above all that is sordid and secular, holding water; and, of necessity, I am found wanting in all converse with themes that at once dignify and purify, respects. What, now, shall I do? Where is the receiving motives to virtuous action, solace to grief, way of return to duty
v and peace ? Hasten, O sinful and with " looks commercing with the skies," m soul! with contrition, and confession, and tears, to tating on those things into which even angels desire the cross of Christ.-New York Evangelist.
to look. These are the men that make an empire
great, by keeping it virtuous : the salt of the earth, A PLEA FOR THE SABBATH.
the lights of the world.--Rev. Andrew Thomson. SOMETIMES an aspect of harshness is attempted to be thrown around the Sabbath, and it is spoken of as a
THE FOUR WORDS, thing of mere arbitrary restraints. It is said, for
AN INCIDENT FOR CHILDREN. example, why forbid the ingenious mechanic, who "Four little words did me more good when I was a has been sweating over the anvil, or bending over | buy, than almost any thing else," said a gentleman the loom, or cooped up in the crowded factory, to give himself up on this day to amusement and re
the other day. “I cannot reckon up all the good creation? Let him angle in the stream, or sail on the
they have done me; they were the first words which river, or explore the forest, or ascend the mountain,
forest, or ascend the mountain, / my mother taught me." and inhale its breeze and expatiate in its sublime “ Indeed, what were the four little words ?" said I. prospects; and let the rustic labourer, on the other He answered me by relating the following story :hand, visit our cities, and enter our museums, and
“ My father grafted a pear-tree; it was a very libraries, and picture-valleries. Must not that be a burdensome institute which interdicts such recrea
choice graft, and he watched it with great care. tions, and must not those be wanting in all bene
The second year it blossomed, but it bore but one volence and sensibility, who would vindicate it from pear. They were said to be a very nice kind of pear, popular encroachment? Such is the covert of assumed and my father was quite anxious to see if they came philanthropy, from which the Sabbath is not untre
up to the man's promises. This single pear, then, quently assailed.
was an object of some concern to my father. He But on what pretence is the Sabbath to be charged with trenching on the enjoyments of the artisan.
wanted it to become fully ripe; the high winds, he What is it but the Sabbath that has secured for him hoped, would not blow off the pear; and he gave exa geventh day of rest, and, fencing it round with a press directions to all the children on no account to Divine barrier, has said to tyranny, This is the poor touch it. The graft was low, and easily reached by man's day, you may not wrest it from him--to secu
us. It grew finely. I think that graft will meet| larity, You shall not buy it from him—to the poor man himself, You may not yield it up or sell it.
my expectations,' said my father many times to my Doubtless, it is to be wished that more time were
mother. I hope, now, there is some prospect of allowed to the hard-wrought masses of our population our having good pears.' for bodily recreation; and in a state of society which “Every body who came to the garden he took to the principles of the Bible thoroughly leavened and the graft, and every body said, “It will prove to be a regulated, this would most certainly be secured.
most excellent pear.'
" It began to look very beautifully; it was full
as I followed father one day down the alley to the important for the less important ? Would not recreation itself, without intelligence and morality,
pear-tree. rapidly degenerate into brutal licentiousness? And
** Wait patiently, my child; it will not be fully
lips; I wish it was all mine.
“The early apples did not taste as good; the curhours of toil; and now, when the question is asked, rants were not as relishing, and the damsons I thought
bat time shall we have for recreation, the answer | nothing of in comparison with this pear. The siven iw His Sabbath-day. Well, let us suppose the longer I stopped alone under the pear-tree, the presumptuous and impious demand yielded, what
greater my longing for it, until I was seized with the security has he that his Sabbath once given to recreation would not soon be demanded for toil also,
idea of getting it. .0, I wish I had it!' was the selfish and the poor deluded artisan discover, when it was thought that gradually got uppermost in my mind.
“ One night after we were in bed, my brothers fell | influences which, God be praised, I never got over, asleep long before I did; I tossed about and could If I was ever tempted to any secret sin, . Thou God not get to sleep. I crept up and went to the window. It seest me,' stared me in the face, and I stood back rewas a warm still summer night: there was no moon; strained and awed." no noise except the hum of numberless insects. My The gentleman finished; his story interested me father and mother were gone away. I put my head greatly. I think it will interest many children. I out of the window and peeped into the garden. I hope it will do more than interest them; I hope it traced the dark outlines of the trees. I glanced in may do them much good. the direction of the pear-tree. The pear-tree-then “Thou God seest me.” Those four little words the pear! My mouth was parched; I was thirsty. are from the Bible. Hagar uttered them. She fled I thought how good a juicy pear would taste. I was | in anger from her mistress, Sarah, and went into the teinpted.
wilderness. An angel met her by a fountain of water. “A few moments found me creeping down the | The angel bade her return to her mistress, and told back-stairs, with neither shoes, stockings, nor trousers her some things in her life, which Hagar thought on. The slightest creaking frightened me. I stopped nobody knew but herself. “Thou God seest me," op every stair to listen. Nancy was busy somewhere
to listen Nancy was busy somewhere she exclaimed. Then she knew it was the angel of «Ise, and John had gone to bed, At last I fairly felt God, for nobody but he could look into the most my way to the garden door. It was fastened. It secret seened to take me ages to unlock it, so fearful was Children, learn these four small words. Impress I of making a noise, and the bolt grated. I got it them upon your heart. Think of them when you open, went out, and latched it after me. It was good lie down, when you get up, and when you go by the to get out in the cool night air. I ran down the way, when alone or when with your companions, both walk. The patting of my feet made no noise on the at home and abroad, remember “Thou God seest moist earth. I stopped a moment and looked all | me."-American Messenger. round, then turned in the direction of the pear-tree.
HELPS TO THE RESISTANCE OF SIN. Presently I was beneath its branches.
“Father will think the wind has knocked it off; | Ger a sincere opposition in thy life to sin. Th but there was not a breath of air stirring. Father
are helps thereto :
1. When any bait of Satan, or old companions, will think somebody has stolen it-- some boys came would allure thee to sin, take this dilemma: Either in the night and robbed the garden-he'll never I must repent, and then it will bring more sorrow
.. . know. I trembled at the thought of what I was than the pleasure did good; or not repent, and then about to do.
it is the damnation of my soul. “ I leaned against the trunk of the tree and raised
2. Consider thy madness, which lays most des
perately in one scale of the balance, heaven, the my hand to find it, and to snatch it. On tiptoe, with
favour of God, the blood of Christ, and thine own my hand uplifted, and my head turned upward, I
soul; in the other, a little dust, pelf, base lust, &c., beheld a star looking down upon me through the and lets this over sway, which bringeth rottenness to leaves. “Thou God SEEST ME!' escaped from my thy bones, perhaps loss of thy good name, &c. lips. The star seemed like the eye of God spying me
3. And that thou mayest yet be further armed to
withstand the assaults of thy three grand enemies, out under the pear-tree. I was so frightened I did
the world, the flesh, and the devil, which daily seek not know what to do. • Thou God scest me!' I could
the destruction of thy soul; consider these twelve not help saying over and over again. God seemed antidotes: on every side. He was looking me through and (1.) Consider the shortness of the pleasure of ein, through. I was afraid to look, and hid my face. with the length of the punishment; the one for a It seemed as if father and mother, and all the boys,
moment, the other everlasting.
(2.) Consider the companions of sin; for one sin and every body in town, would take me for a thief.
never goes alone, but, being once entertained, it sets It appeared as though all my conduct had been seen
all the faculties of the soul also in a combustion, and as by the light of day. It was some time before I so procures a spiritual judgment, if not temporal, dared to move, so vivid was the impression made up- upon estate and person. on my mind by the awful truth in these four words,
(3.) Consider, thy life is but a span, a breath, a “Thou God seest me.' I knew he saw me. I felt that
blast soon gone: now if we bad all the pleasure in the
world, yet being so soon to lose it, it is not worth he saw me.
esteening. “I hastened from the pear-tree; nothing on earth (4.) Consider, sin causeth us to lose a greater good would at that moment have tempted me to touch the than that can be, as the favour of God, interest in pear. With very different feelings did I crcep back Christ. to my bed again. I lay down beside Asa, feeling
(5.) Consider the uncertainty of repentance; thou
mayest never repent after thou hast sinned, and so more like a condemned criminal than any thing else.
art damned. No one in the house had seen me; but O! it seemed as
(6.) Consider the pearness of death to thee; some if every body knew it, and I should never dare meet have lived out above half their time, others almost all my father's face again. It was a great while before | ot it; young and old often die suddenly. I went to sleep. I heard my parents come home,
(7.) Consider, one moment in hell will be worse
than all the pleasure in the world did good, though it and I involuntarily hid my face under the sheet.
should have lasted a thousand years twice tolii. But I could not hide myself from a sense of God's
on the contrary, one moment in heaven doth more presence. His eyes seemed every where, diving into good than all the hardness and pains in good duties, the very depths of my heart. It started a train of or persecution for them, did hurt.