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my spirit, oh my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; have mercy upon me, and receive my soul !" And with these words he submitted to the stroke of the executioner.
Thus died the first martyr of the Swiss reformation, exhibiting in his death a spirit worthy of the first witnesses of the Gospel.
VINE-ARBOURS. The expression of "sitting every man an. der his own vine," probably alludes to the delightful eastern arbours, which were partly composed of vines. Capt. Norden in like manner speaks of vine-arbours as common in the Egyptian gardens.
There were in Palestine many excellent vineyards. Scripture celebrates the vines of Sorek, of Sebamah, of Jazer, of Abel. Pro. fane authors mention the excellent wines of Gaza, Sarepta, Libanus, Saron, Ascalon, and Tyre. Jacob, in the blessing which he gave Judah, Gen. xlix. 11, says, “Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the
Je choice vine, he washed his garments in wine,
and his clothes in the blood of grapes ;” to This show the abundance of vines that should fall to his lut.
Noah planted the vine after the deluge, and is supposed to have been the first who culti. vated it; Gen. ix. 20. Many are of opinion that wine was not unknown before the de. luge; and that this patriarch only continued to cultivate the vine after that event, as he had done before it: but the fathers think that he knew not the force of wine; having never used it before, nor having ever seen any one use it. He was the first that gather. ed the juice of the grape, and preserved it till by fermentation it became a liquor to drink. Before him men only ate the grapes like other fruit.
The law of Moses did not allow the planters of vineyards to eat the fruit before the fifth year. Levit. xix. 24, 25. The Israelites were also required to indulge the poor, the orphan, and the stranger with the use of the grapes on the seventh year. A traveller was allowed to gather and eat the grapes in a vineyard as be passed along, but he was not permitted to carry any away. Deut. xxiii. 24.
BLESSINGS OF THE MESSIAH'S REIGN.
In judgment he shall plead ;
For all tbat justice need.
A covert from the wind;
A safe retreat to find :
To hear the
As fresh'ning rivers flow,
Along the thirsty soil ;
When sorely press'd with toil.
The ears shall listen well,
Whose works the dumb shail tell.
And lib'ral things devise; : The lowly then shall understand,
The ignorant shall be wise. The rich shall freely give
Of their abundant store, And, like their Lord, more blest shall live, When they have bless'd the poor.
J. B. C.
THE YOUTHFUL SUPPLIANT.
Approach, and pray to thee?
Of heaven's dread Majesty ?
Aud wilt thou then look down,
From thine exalted throne ?
And God will answer prayer.
Page. Account of a child who died at the R_ 17 of Rebecca C.
. 169 of John W
. 30 Affecting event
. . . . 133 Aloe (The) . .
• 69 Anecdote . .
. 137 Anecdote related by a Missionary . 199
of Charles the First . . 215 Anecdotes of children . . . 165 Anointing with oil . . . . 115 Answer of Jesus to his mother . . 272 Attachment of sheep to their offspring 184
Benefit of religious tracts . . . 186
Sunday Schools Brief Memoir of a clergyman's daughter 243 Cat (The)
• 60 Cedar . . . Christ and the fig-tree . . . 278 Christian Negroes .
· 259 Confirmation . . . . . 124 Danish Sailor .
. . 97 Dialogue between a Mother and Child 35
. . . Elephant (The) : : . . . Elijah raising the Widoiv's s Extracts from Bishop Andrews.
. 142 . 237
121 . 27
Extract of a letter from a Russian cor
respondent of the Bible Society Eye (The) . . . .
Friendless Boy . :
Letter from Missionary Schwartz
to a little boy on his birth day me to a young person . .
--- to a sister on prayer . Liberation of an Englishman from the
Mary Ann, a little Sunday scholar