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see what would become of it; and while he was there, the Lord raised a gourd, a kind of plant with a very large leaf, which shaded him from the scorching sun. He was exceeding glad of this gourd. Poor Jonah! in what a wrong state were his feelings ! Angry that the Lord spared the thousands of Nineveh from death! Glad of a little shortlived ease and indulgence for himself! But see how soon the gourd fails him. God sent a worm and it smote the gourd, and then the sun beat on the head of Jonah, and he fainted, and wished to die. So it is with all earthly comforts. They are like Jonah's gourd. Our car nal hearts fondly cling to them, but they soon droop and fail us. Now we see one man taking shelter under the gourd of his riches, and exceeding glad of them : but ah how soon do they flee away! Now another looks to pleasure; but how soon does the sweetest pleasure wither away and fail us. My dear young reader, learn to be exceeding glad of nothing but a heart within you to do God's will whatever it may be: a new and willing and obedient heart.
Make you his service your delight • He'll make your wants his care. • To be holy is to be happy; that is, to have our own evil will subdued, and to have our desires all brought under
the yoke of God's will. That is what is meant by being holy. Oh ! how exceeding glad is that soul, which finds all within brought sweetly and powerfully into subjection to Christ.
A BRIEF MEMOIR OF A CLERGYMAN'S E
DAUGHTER. | Ann H-, the subject of the following Memoir, was born August 10th, 1820, and was called to enter upon the rest prepared for the people of God at the early age of nearly nine years, after having shewn the dearest signs of divine grace on her heart.
At a very early period of the life of this dear child, such acuteness of mind and thirst for knowledge evinced itself, that her pa. rents were frequently under the necessity of diverting her attention from books, lest the constant habit which she had acquired of reading them should prove injurious to her health. In confirmation of this remark, it may not be improper to state, that after having acquired a knowledge of the large letters of the alphabet from her mama's instruction, with very little assistance in the smaller letters, she entirely taught herself to read ; so that at the age of about four years her mode of reading was more correct than that of most children several years older than herself. Wishing to give the
best possible current to this practice, from that early period she was in the habit of reading one or more chapters of the New Testament every day, so that by her fifth birth-day, she had gone throngh the whole of the New Testament, excepting the book of Revelation, with her Papa; who now looks back upon those times with feelings of peculiar thankfulness and gratitude to God, who put it into the hearts of her pan rents thus to endeavour to lead her to that Saviour with whom she now dwells in glory. Although like most other children, she was sometimes negligent with the lessons which she had to learn, yet the portions of Scripture required by her parents to be repeated every morning at the breakfast-table, never appeared to be looked upon as an irksome duty, but rather to be regarded as a refreshment to her mind ; in proof of which, als though she was rarely required to say more than one or two verses, she used frequently to gratify them with a most correct repeti. tion of six, seven, or eight, especially when going through the gospel of St. John, a portion of Scripture to which she was more attached than any other, excepting that of the Psalms.
She used to take every opportunity, esper cially on the Sabbath-day, of retiring in secret with her younger brothers and sisters,
employing their time in reading the Scrip. tures, or such works of piety as were placed in her hands, and praying with them.
It was always remarked, that during these periods, such a degree of quiet and order was observed among the members of her little congregation, as evinced that the subjects of their conferences were pleasing to their minds; and upon more than one occasion has a desire been expressed by the servants, that “Miss Ann” might remain from church with those who were kept at home; when, upon en quiring the cause of the request, the answer has been, “because she occupied the time so profitably to them.”
A very delightful thing in the character of dear little Ann was her dread of falsehood. Her attention to, and delight in, the public worship of God were peculiar: the earnest ness with which she followed in the beauti. ful services of our church, and the attention manifested to the sermons were such as sel. dom failed to attract the notice of those who were near her, and not unfrequently served to recall the wandering looks and thoughts of those to whom she was accustomed to look up for guidance and direction. It was her delight to write down either parts of the sermon or passages of Scripture which were quoted; the last of these little docu. ments is now lying before the writer, upon
which is written as follows: “Whom have I in hearen but thee, and there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee." “ Thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins.” “Ye believe in God, believe also in ne; in my Father's house are many mansions; I go to prepare a place for you. If it were not so I would have told you." “ To every one (that is a Christian) he is precious.” These are the last passages of Scripture ever writ. ten by her hand.
A few weeks before her departure from this life, her father had been preaching from those beautiful words, “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed : lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” (Psalm Lxi. 2.) Upon rejoining his afflicted family, the text was mentioned, and an outline of the sermon glven, with which she appeared powerfully arrested; upon the remark being made, that Christ is constantly spoken of both in the Old and New Testament as a Rock, especially in the Psalms, and how delightful it was to the believer that when placed upon this Rock, the storms of life or of death could not remove him, for there he was safe, she seemed to derive much strength and comfort from what had been brought to her notice; and in all the subsequent