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attentively and carefully gone through, book of Southey under our pillow, and put into our possession! What views do read it, again and again, as soon as we books open! What counsels do they fur- awoke. nish! What narrations do they detail ! Rowland Hill's “ Village Dialogues" What principles do they inculcate! What constituted a volume to which, in our incentives to all that is noble and virtuous, youth, we recurred with profound and benevolent and holy, do they communi- growing interest; and, when it was pecate! Some of the purest and richest of rused for the first time, how did we turn our early pleasures, with that of millions, again and again to honest Thomas Newand the number is increasing indefinitely, man-to that beautiful delineation of a bave been gained from reading. The at- gospel minister, the Rev. Mr. Lovegood tractive book has been a luxurious feast. —to the character and death of Mr. MerThe mind has been rivetted, and all its ryman-to honest Farmer Littleworth faculties enchained. How often has and his son Henry—to Squire Worthyevening after evening been delightfully to Madam Toogood and Mr. Slapdashspent in perusing some spirit-fixing vo- and, so long as we live, we cannot forget lume, which has been new to the youth- the ignorance, bigotry, unlovely and unful mind, and, by its delineations of christian spirit, of that mock-minister, character, its narration of incident and Parson Doolittle. We never think of adventure, or its powerful appeal, has Rowland Hill, with all his eccentricities, produced deep and long-remembered im- and, moreover, with all the fine features, pression. Never can we forget how we both of his mind and character, without first devoured “Robinson Crusoe,” and blessing his memory for that choice vowere awe-struck by its more solemn and lume of Dialogues, so full of character, of awakening scenes, or were charmed with pathos, of sage and acute remark, to its more animated and joyous narrations. which we now allude, and which we What a world opened on us when this place always near Bunyan's “ Pilgrim.” book was first read !
Our early pleasures have been derived How can we fail to remember the from our home. These enjoyments, with eagerness with which we perused, for the millions of the most virtuous and estifirst time, the far-famed “Pilgrim's Pro-mable of the human family, have ever gress
s?”— that precious volume, with its been among their choicest. None are vivid and life-like sketches, with its gal- so refined, so pure, so tranquillizing, lery of moral and religious paintings, the so steady and permanent. Well do we figures almost appearing to be moving remember the comforts of the endeared and walking before us—with its affec- domestic circle--all the members of that tionate and impressive exhortations— circle collected—not one absent; the with its original and powerful admoni- tranquil fireside—the little snug parlour, tions, and all in perfect harmony with where we have often read and enjoyed the word of God; this gem of books, with our favourite volumes—the delightful all it contains, is ever present with us. evenings in autumn, and, especially, in
John Bunyan's “Holy War,” when we winter, when, the curtains being drawn, first perused it, awakened the deepest the tea having been removed, the fire emotions, and, to this hour, its earliest brightly blazing, one would peruse aloud perusal is remembered as being among some interesting and captivating book, our choicest pleasures.
wbile the other members of the family The “Life of Henry Kirke White" would attentively listen, as they pursued was a favourite little volume; and, after their work, and the more juvenile ones its first reading, we took so deep an in- would be all interest and pleasure. What terest in the character, the struggles, the cheerful and happy evenings have been poetry, and the letters of poor Henry, thus spent! Evenings, whose associathat we were obliged to put the touching tions will always remain with us, and awaken emotions of pensiveness, yet of every day could be transformed into a devout gratitude and joy.
sabbath day! “ Oft in our peaceful home, that shelter'd nest,
These have been among our early pleaWhere still our best affections love to rest, sures ;, dear readers, have they been And memory guards her treasures to the last, among yours? We hope so. If they Or dwells, with pensive joy, on pleasures past. have been, do you not feel how pure they The conscious mind, assisted by her power, The treasur'd sweets of every passing hour have been; how rich they have been ; Can bring again to second life, and view how full of zest they have been; with Their joys as pleasing as when first they flew.” what bloom and beauty they have been
Our early pleasures have been derived clothed ; and what an impression they from some interesting youthful compa- bave produced ? nions, those of kindred tastes and senti. Early pleasures should be recurred to. ments; those who have thought with us, The mind should accustom itself to dwell felt with us, sported with us, laboured on them. Memory should love to linger with us.
What conversations have we around them. If the recollection be apenjoyed with them! What rambles have propriately indulged, lively gratitude will we taken with them! What extended be awakened; pleasing and powerful and happy walks in the wide field of emotions will be inspired. We shall find nature! As they grew up, our attach- present happiness increased, and moral ment to them increased, and theirs to us and religious influences augmented. augmented. We were rarely a day apart. And let us not, as we advance in life, But where are they now? What changes regret, unduly and unwisely regret that have been accomplished! What severances the vivacity of our early pleasures has effected! How many of them have de passed away, but let us cherish unaffected parted to eternity, and have been laid in gratitude for all the enjoyments, so rich, an early grave! Shall we meet them in so varied, and so vivacious, which we heaven?
have realized—and let us cultivate and Our early pleasures have been derived improve the numerous pleasures, refined from the sanctuary: yes, our richest, our and tranquillizing in their nature, with sweetest, our highest. We longed for which a kind Providence is still favouring the sabbath, when we might repair to the us. Like the bee, let us extract honey sanctuary—observe the delightful exer- from every odorous flower. Let us recises of the sanctuary—partake of the member that pleasures, of the richest and tranquil and enviable enjoyments of the purest kind, may be gained from almost sanctuary. Our walk to the sanctuary innumerable sources; and let us be lookwas one of our most pleasing. How was ing forward to the purer, the higher, the that walk anticipated; and when, on more exquisite, and the endless pleasures the sabbath morning, we entered the of paradise. spacious building where we were wont to We would remark, in concluding these worship, what emotions, of the most observations, Parents, be wise, in relation grateful kind, pervaded our hearts ! How to your offspring; endeavour, in early we rejoiced to see our beloved pastor life, to make your children happy. See enter his pulpit! With what zest we that they are surrounded by what is calcelebrated the praises of God! How it culated to render them cheerful and anidelighted us to hear the songs of Zion mated. Let them perceive that you are sweetly sung by nearly fifteen hundred solicitous to promote their enjoyment in worshippers! How it gladdened the everything that is healthful and pure. spirit to listen to the burst of praise, after Let not your children be made gloomy, a glowing and beautiful sermon, full of Take every weight from the mind of a the pure gospel of Christ ! How we re- child. Do not envelop your children turned home, longing for the sabbath to with a dark and sombre atmosphere. come again, and almost wishing that | Mothers, walk out with your offspring,
and show them what is beautiful and of worship may be formed, and that, by grand in nature. Let them see that you the Divine blessing, an early spirit of deare happy, if they are happy. Fathers, votion may be cultivated. let your children accompany you in your Blir jul, indeed, is the thought of a rambles, and explain to them that what whole family meeting in heaven! Husyou see and admire is worthy of their at- band and wife, brethren and sisters, all tention. Answer their intelligent and nu- before the throne of the Redeemer at merous, though sometimes most amusing last ! one by one parting in love, in the questions. Talk to them about the won- prospect of a rapturous and unbroken ders of the heavens, the beauty of the meeting in paradise. earth, the grandeur and extent of the
“ Such tender chains connect the mind with ocean ; the wisdom, power, and good
earth, ness of God in all. Accustom them to Till mercy kindly terminates the span read and think on these subjects. Che
That bounds the present littleness of man;
And, like the gale to frozen waters given, rish early friendships of the right kind,
Dissolves each link, and wafts the soul to and, above all, let your children go
heaven," you to the house of God, that early habits
TRAINING ESTABLISHMENTS FOR LAY PREACHERS. The author of " Jethro," the prize Nearly thirty years ago, Mr. Mead and essay on lay preaching, has done good myself began to act upon this plan in service to the church of Christ, by repub- South Travancore, with the new converts lisbing a part of the Edinburgh Review, who had just been brought out of pagan respecting Richard “Baxter with his darkness into the marvellous light of the Thirty Helpers, by which he was enabled gospel; and now there are hundreds of to quicken into spiritual life the inert lay preachers, and Scripture readers, and mass of a rude and vicious population." schoolmasters, in that fruitful field of It must be remembered, that Kidder- | Christian missions ! minster passed through the most aston- The plan of lay preaching was in opeishing moral transformation of any town ration at Wotton-under-Edge Tabernacle in England- and do not the “ Thirty long before I came here ; so that I had Helpers" explain the secret of Baxter's only to watch the leadings of Providence, wonderful success?
and call in new converts to engage in the Mr. Jones, the biographer of Rowland / work. The Lord has smiled upon our Hill, has thrown great weight into this labours. There has been joy in heaven scale, by a humorous account of “ Row in the presence of the angels of God over land and his Ferrets,"—that is, the good sinners brought to repentance, (the best men who talked to sinners, and held token of the Divine approbation,) besides prayer-meetings in the borough of South- which, there have been many other proofs wark, which helped to fill Surrey Chapel. of God's favour, which have led us "to
The celebrated Doctor Chalmers, in a thank God, and take courage.” conversation which we had with him, in Three of our preachers have, in the our town, a few days before he went to course of a year, gone to reside in other heaven, referred, with great animation, places; but they are gone, as the salt of to the same subject. After stating his the earth, and the lights of the world. views very clearly, one of the company They will not be idle. Oh, no, they cansaid to him, “ Then you like lay agents, not be idle. The love of Christ conDoctor." Yes," replied the philoso- straineth them! sopher, “ we cannot get on without them. Our present number is twelve, who Every ecclesiastic ought to have Twenty | labour statedly, or occasionally, in ten or Helpers."
twelve parishes. By this means we are preaching on some sabbaths to thousands | home." It adds breadth to a church, of people, and operating indirectly on thus to expand; while it ultimately thousands more. The idea of the great strengthens that which remains. SoloWilberforce was, that the grace of God, mon was the wisest man, and he said, or the salt of the earth, acts in the fol- “ There is that giveth and yet increaseth, lowing ratio: For every sinner that is there is that withholdeth more than is truly converted to God, thirty-nine others meet, and it tendeth to poverty." Let are benefitted by it. Now, if we calcu- him that is wise ponder these things. late according to Mr. Wilberforce's idea, Many expenses will be connected with then our training establishment must be these varied labours, such as the licensing, exerting a very powerful influence for and rent of rooms, the erection of chagood upon the villages around us. pels, the purchase of books, and little
Note. It ought to be mentioned that incidentals. But these must be met with ours is a thinly-scattered population, a generosity becoming the glorious cause. which may account for the smallness of We serve a good Master, and shame on our numbers : but it may serve also as an the man who would do his work with a additional stimulus to those ministers and niggard hand. Fifty pounds laid out in churches who live in cities, towns, and this way will bring a rich return. It districts abounding with people. If such is like seed-corn. It will give "seed to be the encouraging results where the in- the sower, and bread to the eater." There habitants are few and far between, what will soon be a re-action. Our last little might not be expected from similar efforts chapel was opened this day week. The where the places are filled like a beehive? whole of the expense was defrayed by
Sunday-schools have arisen from these one family, who also entertained a labours, which promise much good to the large party of the villagers to tea on the children, at the same time affording fine occasion. O that similar efforts were occupation to the teachers, most of whom universal throughout the kingdom! And are young converts, who will be doing does not the state of our country require something, and who learn by teaching, it? The urgency of the case arises from as it was in my own case-it will be a the want of evangelical preaching in by preparatory training for more important far the greater part of the parishes in labours.
England. I should suppose, from exChurches will sooner or later be formed tensive observation, that in some quarters at some of these preaching stations; each not more than one in ten of the parish having some members from our taberna- pulpits are filled with what the comcle. This must of course be felt as a drain- mentator Scott would call " tried and ing of good and useful members from the evangelical men.” Then, of course, the parent church. This I know would ap- inference is easy. “If the blind lead the pear to some as a great hardship; and a blind, both shall fall into the ditch." pastor must be void of fine, tender, Chris- O, my brethren! rescue your country tian sensibility, if he did not feel a pang from this calamity. You can do it. Up, at parting. But I have endeavoured to my brethren, and be doing Your Masview it as a tender mother views the ter says, Go-preach my gospel to honourable marriage of one of her daugh- every creature, and, lo! I am with you.' ters. It causes a pang at parting, but Prepare for a mighty struggle! Quit this is overbalanced by the thought, you like men! “The Lord of Hosts is “Well, she is gone!—but it is for the
The God of Jacob is our honour of the family, and the happiness refuge."
RICHARD KNILL: of many beside. It would be selfish-it Wotton Tabernacle, would be cruel, to wish to keep her at August 5, 1847.
PRAYER FOR STUDENTS IN THEOLOGY. Amidst the many anxious desires and as their mouth unto God, acknowledges vigorous efforts in behalf of our cherished the Keeper of Israel, and implores the schools of the prophets, is there not one forgiveness of sins, the consolations of sad omission ?-Are not the students for the gospel, and all the benefits of Christ's gotten in prayer ?
purchase upon that particular churchChristians meet to pray and praise in upon the church universal—for Jew and the more private social prayer-meeting. Gentile—for Christian and Pagan: but The student is often there, and joins in amidst the crowds who ask and obtain the sweet and holy exercise: the solemn an interest in his prayers, the student is hymns of praise, the devout and earnest forgotten. prayers, the precious words of Holy Writ Why pray for the acting ministry, or -all bespeak the promised Spirit's pre- the prosperity of the church, and yet sence. The student retires, wondering forget the student of theology ? Surely, why he was forgotten in almost every he is neither so holy, so happy, nor so prayer.
wise, that "his full soul can hold no The weekly church prayer-meeting as- more;” nor yet is he so profligate and sembles. The pastor is there; the student worthless that Divine grace cannot benefit is also there : the solemn exercises pro- him. gress; devout petitions arise to God from Why should his heart be chilled by many hearts, imploring Heaven's richest the thought, that he is such an outcast blessings on the shepherd and on the creature, cloistered in his study, that he flock; on the true Israel everywhere; is even forgotten in prayer ? and on a world lying in sin. But the Why should the church thus injure or students are forgotten in every petition. destroy herself, by never sending up a
The holy sabbath appears, and the petition to the Lord for the furnishing or sanctuary is thronged with worshippers; strengthening of those who will in time the man of God stretches forth his hands; be her pastors and her watchmen ?and whilst the people bow in prayer, he, | Christian Treasury.
MATERIALS FOR THOUGHT.
know how to spend a month from home. We give no evidence that our religious It requires a considerable portion of selfprofession is a matter of choice and the knowledge,-a great power of reflection, effect of an internal principle, until we —and a habit of making all the objects arrive at that point beyond which the around us administer to our improveworld will not advance with us. If from ment, both mental and spiritual, to prethence we proceed with a mild but in- serve us against the evil consequences trepid singularity, assigning as a reason resulting from a suspension of accustomed for our conduct that we are influenced pursuits. It is no mean attainment to by the fear of God, we afford a satisfac- be able to spend our leisure hours with tory proof that our piety is real,—that we advantage to ourselves and others. We are Christians indeed.—Dr. Styles. are equally accountable for those ag for
the other portions of our time. God does A MONTH FROM home.
not suspend his claims during the period If a moralist were justified in saying which we devote to recreation. On the that but few individuals “know how to contrary, it seems reasonable, that when take a walk,” the Christian preacher is we have the whole of our time at our own certainly warranted in affirming that but command, as much of it as possible should few even among consistent Christians be consecrated to the service of religion