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perfect wisdom goodness and ments ;-to whom shall bad power, who governs all crea- men look for consolation and tures, and controls all events; support, under the calamities' and will cause every occur. with which they are visited ? rence to contribute to the ul. They have no resources withtimate happiness of his faith- in themselves. To their misful children. Hence arises a fortunes they discover nothing degree of fortitude and con- but a wild and fortuitous comstancy to humble Christians, bination of events, without or. which no circumstance can der, and without design ;-or weaken or destroy

else they perceive the hand of The righteous know in an offended sovereign stretchwhom they have trusted, and ed out to inflict merited puno their faith will preserve them ishment on their sins. from confusion and dismay. When this world fails them, When the storms of adversity all their hopes of enjoyment gather thick about them, they are lost forever. The objects retire within the sanctuary that of their firmest confidence have religion affords, and the waves disappeared, and they have of trouble roll unheeded by- nothing on which to rest their “ The floods have lifted up anxious, minds. But the Christheir waves; but the Lord on tian is enabled to view those high is mightier than the noise afflictions as the merciful cor. of many waters ;-Yea, than rections of a kind and tender the mighty waves of the sea." parent. He looks forward and Sheltered under the wings of perceives the purposes for infinite love, and protected by which they were sent. Taught Almighty power, they have no by his religion to withdraw cause for anxiety or distrust. his attachment and confidence They experience a calm seren- from the possessions and pleasity and joy within, while trep- ures and the honours of the idations and anxiety and dis- world, he is enabled to contemtress reign anong them, who plate their loss with compardo not rest their confidence

ative indifference and compose on the rock of eternal ages. ure. He views this life as a tem.

The Christian is not only re- porary scene of necessary and lieved in this manner from the perhaps severe discipline ; and terrors of approaching evils ; applying to himself the prombut even supposing they do ises of the gospel, he can, unfall on him with their heaviest - der all his trials, cordially join pressure, still there are in- in the declaration of the apostle. numerable consolations, which the sufferings of this present alleviate his anguish, and to time are not worthy to be which others are strangers. compared with the glory;

When their most flattering which shall be revealed. prospects are blasted ;-when If his pious friends, the coma ihe hand of Providence comes panions of his joy are cut off near and strips them of their from the earth-he does not, it worldly possessions and enjoy- is true, remain insensible under these afflictions, but still of life, he feels that he is not he is consoled by the pleasing forsaken and alone. He has a reflection, that the friendship friend in heaven, who remains commenced on earth, will after unchangeable amidst all the this short interruption be again changes of this transitory life; resumed in that world, where and whose power nothing can nothing will ever occur to in- weaken or destroy. terrupt our joys; and while Hence light springeth up wicked men view death as the for the righteous in the midst termination of all their hopes of darkness-the evils of and enjoyments ;-the Chris- life are in finitely diminished, tian can contemplate its arrival by the fortitude which Christi. with tranquillity and compos- añity inspires and the consolaure ;-not as the destruction, tion ít affords, and which are but as the instrument of un. wholly unknown to the wicked. fading happiness.-In all the

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RELIGION HAS PLEASURES PECULIAR TO ITSELF. There is an unspeakable tender relation, he sustains satisfaction, that arises to the toward him If he survey the mind of every good man from beauty and harmony of the that affection and love, which natural world, which so wonhe possesses for the Almighty, derfully manifests the power, the perfect Governor of the the wisdom and the goodness universe. He is overwhelm- of its Creator ; - if he turn ed with the reflection that he his eyes toward the moral is the child of a parent so good, system and observes a higher so wonderful, so vast and in order of things and a greater coniprehensibly powerful and exertion of Divinity in adjust. wise and perfect. In every ing the plan of Providence ; in condition of life he feels that bringing light from darkness, he is under the inspection of and good from evil ;-in causthat eye, which is ever watch- ing the most anconnected and ful' over his happiness, his contrary events to co-operate improvement and his virtue ; in one great end, and making however dark and mysterious all to issue in the generak and distressing are the ways of good ;--if he contemplate the Providence,still no occurrence plan of redemption and behold can shake his confidence in the in the gospel of Christ the rectitude and goodness of a power of God unto salvation, supreme administration, that to every one who believeth ; will render all events subserve when he surveys all these, he ient to the interests of virtue can lift up his eyes and with and the ultimate good of man- grateful admiration exclaim, kind He feels a peculiar and my Father made them all." deep interest in all the works To these we may add, the of God, on account of the pleasures that result from the

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prospect of that future and im. capable of comparing the perimortal state, which remaid. od of huinan existence, with eth for the people of God, eternity ; or, of perceiving the when the labours and the trials difference between the pains of this world are past.

of hell and the happiness of tittle while the long shadows heaven, will immediately dc. of the evening will be chased knowledge that the sincere away and the darkness of the Christian would be an infinite night shall be dispelled by that gainer,even on the supposition, sun which shall rise to cheer that his religion renderca him us with the light of everlasting perfectly miserable through day.

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then are its be gathered together in ORE claims to our grateful acvast assemblage, and no tears, ceptance and admiration, on nor sorrows, nor distress will account of its tendency to prodetract from their joys. Then duce our greatest happiness shall they know even as they hcre as well as hereafter. It are known, and dwell forever is true there are difficulties and in the presence of their God discouragements incident to and REDEEMER.

the Christian lifc ; we Such a prospect disarms ad. sometimes called upon to versity of its sharpest stings, sacrifice our feelings; we have and it is a consolation which many evil propensities to eradi. Christianity only can afford. cute ; and there are many obIt is what mankind had long stacles to be overcome in our and „vainly sought to obtain by religious course. But our the feeble light of reason; but greatest pleasures frequently which no human exertion result from the activity and could ever discover; and of exertion, which are requisite which, mankind must have to enable us to overcome obforever remained uncertain stacles that oppose our proand unsatisfied, had not Jesus gress in some favourite pure Christ appeared in our world suit. The value we altach to to bring life and immortality any object, is usually proporto light, and to render it con- tioned to the difficulties we sistent with the perfections of have experienced in acquiring God 10 bestow this invaluable them. And we are assured gift on ruined man.

that God is ever ready to beWe have thus considered stow that assistance which is the influence which the re

necessary to enable us to trie ligion of Jesus Christ has up. umph over those obstacles on cur happiness in the pre- which our corrupt nalurcs and sent life only, independent of an evil world may present.-its power to render us eternal. But it must be recollected that ly happy in that fulure world, these difficulties and sacrifices whither we are rapidly hasten. are not exclusively confited to ing. In the latter view of the the man of religion.

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required to make greater sace a life of active goodness, of pic. rifices of his time, bis proper- ty and religion, proceeding iy, his health, his feelings and from a pure heart, a good conhis enjoyments, than ever fall science and from faith unfeignto the lot of the disciples of ed. Let this representation of christianity.

religion induce us to take up So that if you, make the on ourselves the yoke of Christ most favourable allowances - that is, to join ourselves to possible for the world, it must him as his disciples ; not be acknowledged that the wife merely in profession, but in ficulties and burthens it im- heart and in truth ; by obediposes, are as great as those ence to his commands, by imimposed by religion But the itating his example and trustreai happiness produced by a ing to him for our salvation ; life of piety, infinitely exceeds that thus we may obtain truc all that can be attained in any honour and peace and respecother course. For the true tability in this world, and eversatisfaction and happiness of lasting joy in the world to the mind can only be found in come,

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THE WANDERING ARABS. The following sketches of camel's hair, which they pull the character, customs and re. off by hand, and spin with a ligion of the Wandering A. hand spindle. Each family rabs on the Desart of Africa has a mat which serves as a are extracted from Capt Jas. bed for the whole. They lie Riley's - Authentic Narra. down on it promiscuously, one Live' -a very interesting work ly wrapped up in their haick and one which,, on many as- or blanket, if they have one counts, is deserving of the "if not, in the skin which corpatronage of the public. Hav. er's their loins only, and lie ing described Zahahrah, or close together to keep off the the great Western 'desart of cold winds which blow under Africa, the writer proceeds to their tents in the night The an account of the inhabitants, children between the from which the foilowing a- grown persons Their heads bridgement is made.

are as low, and frequently low" Nearly all parts of this er than their feet; and their vast desert are inhabited by long bushy bair, which is nevdifferent tribes of Arabs, who er combed, and resembles a live entirely on the milk of thrumb mop, serves them in. their camels, and wander from stead of a pillow. The famivalley to valley, travelling lies consist of the father and nearly every day for the sake or more wives, and the of finding food for their children that are unmarried, Camels, and consequently food and their slaves, who for themselves. I hey live in black. tents forined of cloth made of * The rich Arabs have one,

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two, or three slaves, male and this done, as if they washed female ;' these are allowed to with water, they stand erect, sleep on the same mat with facing towards the east-wrap their masters and mistresses, themselves up as teatly as and are :reated in all respects they can with their blankets like the children of the family or, 'skins; they look up to. in regard to apparel, &c. wards' heaven, and then bow they are not however permite their heads, bending their ted to cohabit with the Arab bodies half way to the ground, women under pain of death, twice crying aloud at each and obliged to take time, Allah Hooakibar. They care of the camels and follow next kneel down, and support.' them, and to do other drudg. ing themselves with their ery. The father of the family hands, they worship, bowing is its absolute chies in all 'res- their faces in the dust, twice. " pects, though he seldom in successively; then, being still flicts punishment. His wives on their knees, they bend and daughters are considered themselves forward, ncarly to as mere slaves, subject to his the ground; repeaiing Hi el will and caprice ; yet they Allah-Sheda Mohammed-Ra. take every opportunity to de- 800! Allah ; then rising, they cieve or steal from him. He again repeat Allah Hooakibar, deals out the milk with his two or toree tiines'; and this own hand, nor dare any one is the common mode of wor. touch it until it is thus divide shipping four times a day. In ed.

addition to this at sunsetting, " When one family sets off, they implore the Almighty to the whole of that part of the send rain to moisten the parchtribe dwelling near, travel on ed earth i to cause the food to with them ; and I have free grow for their cainels ; 10 quently seen from 500 to 1000 keep them under his special camels in one drove, all going care, with their families and the same way ; and I was tribes ; to enrich them with greatly surprised to see with the spoils of their enemies, what facility they would dis- and to confound and destroy tinguish and separate them. them that scek their hurt ;

" When they rise in the They thank the Almighty for morning, after having first his past mercies, for food, raia inilked their camels and suckó, meột and his protection, &c. led the young ones, they next - They then repeat part of attend to prayers--which is a chapter from the Koran, in done in the following man which God's pretended prom

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