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ened, but cannot be delayed. Whether rough or smooth the river hastens towards its home, till the roaring of the ocean is in our ears, and the tossing of the waves is beneath our keel, and the land lessens from our eyes, and the floods are lifted up around us, and the earth loses sight of us, and we take our last leave of earth and its inhabitants; and of our further voyage there is no witness but the Infinite and the Eternal.-Bp. Heber's Farewell Sermon to his parishioners at Hodnet, April 20th, 1823.
Life is but a pilgrimage. “Few and evil" are the days of it; and provided they be spent with God, and to his glory, the rest is of very little consequence. If we have a prospect that when we go hence, and are no more seen, we shall go home to our Father's house, we shall not want, and ought not to desire, the paltry interests of the world. Why, then, should we burden ourselves with unavailing cares and sorrows? why covet riches, shortly to be left behind? why engage in projects to be left unfinished, or aspire at distinctions which death will terminate? We do not act thus on a journey when our heart is at home; the conveniences or inconveniences which we meet with but little affect us to retard our progress. We do not want to erect stately mansions, or to lay up wealth, in a country which we are leaving, and to which we shall return no more; nor do we encumber ourselves with those things which we are not in need of, and which must be left behind when we embark for our native country. “Godliness with contentment is great gain; for we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out; and having food and raiment, let us be therewith content '."-Scott.
ON PUBLIC WORSHIP.
(To be laid in pews.) The following suggestions are earnestly and affectionately offered to the congregation of this church, with reference to their attendance upon the public worship of Almighty God :
11 Tim. vi. 6, 7, 8.
1. To be in church before the commencement of divine service.
2. To kneel, when they address Almighty God, in prayer, in thanksgiving, and in the confession of sins, according to the direction of the Rubrick.
3. To repeat the alternate verses of the Psalms, to make the several responses, and to join in all the other parts of the service belonging to the congregation, in an audible voice.
4. To stand up during the singing, and to unite in it with the best endeavour to produce congregational psalmody.
If this were your practice, the service of our Church would assume a more social character; it would be less likely to be regarded as cold and formal ; and that attention would be secured to the prayers which is too often confined to the sermon.
Nothing ought to be considered as trivial and unimportant by which we may, in any degree, promote the great purpose of our meeting together in the house of God; namely, that we may, with one heart and one mouth, glorify our Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Why heaves the secret sigh?
Still unprepared to die.
My anxious thoughts employ'd ;
Presents a fearful void.
Chase from my lab'ring breast;
That grace can do the rest.
And when thy sure decree
(From Memoirs by Archdeacon Bonney.)
GHUZNEE is one of the principal fortified cities of Affghanistan, a country to the north-west of India. The name has been well known to Englishmen of late years, as being connected with a most bloody and unfortunate war, in which our country has been engaged. Perhaps it may be too painfully known already to some of our readers, who have lost their relatives or friends in the dreadful battles fought in that country. We are glad, however, to call the attention of our readers to this place, because we think that there is no subject so interesting to us all, or so great a cause of thankfulness to God, as the conclusion of a war. Wars are sometimes unavoidable ; but whenever they happen, they are the greatest scourges and calamities that can visit the world. The conclusion of them is therefore a matter of joy and gratitude to every Christian mind. It is now but a few weeks ago that the joyful tidings came to England, that we were no longer at war! Our armies have been victorious in India, and peace has been proclaimed. It is right that every Englishman, from the highest to the lowest, should partake of the reasonable and Christian joy which such an event produces. But we should not rejoice in victory so much as in peace: it is not glory that nations ought to desire, but the prosperity and concord of the whole world. It is true that the war in question has been in a distant land, removed by thousands of miles from our happy homes. By this we are freed from its sufferings, but we are not free from its grievous responsibilities. War is so generally a crime, and always approaches so near to being so, that (whether it is far off or at home) every nation engaged in it has reason to tremble,-to tremble not only for the consequences which may follow, but for the guilt which may be incurred in the sight of Almighty God. We are now,'we hope, released from our fears on both accounts. Divine Providence has given us an escape; and our rulers will doubtless profit by the mercy, in becoming still more anxious than ever to preserve the blessings of peace.
The fortress or city of Ghuznee has been more than once taken by the British arms in the course of the con
The first siege or attack made upon it was a very tremendous one, although the courage and skill of our army soon brought it to a close; and as it was one of the strongest posts in the country, and considered to be impregnable, the whole kingdom fell into our hands soon after it was taken. Since then, the enemy have shown a dreadful spirit of deceit and cruelty, and we have suffered reverses, by which many hundreds of our soldiers have fallen victims to their treachery. The event has, however, signally punished their bad faith; their arms have been defeated, and their kingdom placed under the power of our government, which is now about to show to the world a noble example, in giving up the conquest and setting free the nation we have subdued. Our armies are about to leave the country of Affghanistan, and place it under its proper governors. We give up all views of ambition and dominion in this instance, and every Christian will hope that this course may always be followed up hereafter, and that all the nations of the world may learn the same lesson of wisdom and justice,—to forbear from injuring one another, and to preserve, as the greatest of all glories, the blessing of peace.
A BETTER RECEIPT FOR THE CURE OF A SCOLDING
TONGUE. A Few days after the conversation already related had taken place, Kate said to the schoolmaster, “Uncle, I have been thinking a great deal about the story you told us the other day of the passionate woman and the bottle. She got good advice certainly, and it turned out well in the end, but I dare say she never knew the sin she had been committing all the time. Now, ought not the old man to have explained that? What would you have done, uncle, if you had been in his place ?" “Yes," said Tom," pray tell us. I should like to know what
you would advise, supposing a person went to you, and said their temper was violent and bad, and that they had unforgiving feelings in their
heart, and wished to get rid of them. " Their heart, Tom, you are right to mention that ;" said the schoolmaster," the heart is the seat of eyil, and it is from that proceeds every angry word and