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precious one was about falling, while she stood helpless by. Oh, what would she not then have given for light upon the future! for an unsealed vision. Willingly would she have died, that she might go with her child along the unknown way, and shield him from its terrors. Over him she bent, seeing nothing, hearing nothing, caring for nothing, but her boy; while darker and closer the shadows gathered around her. It was nightdark, cold, moonless night, with the grieving mother.
For more than an hour the child had lain in a deep stupor ; but it was evident that life was ebbing away, and that the last agony would soon be over. For herself, the mother had almost ceased to grieve; every thought and every feeling were centered in her child, about passing alone through the gate of death-alone to meet the realities of the unseen world.
Suddenly a light fell upon the wan, suffering face—a smile played around the white lips—the eyes, long closed, and heavy with pain and fever, flew open, and, glancing upwards with a glad expression, the child said
“Good morning, mamma!”
"Good morning, love !" answered the startled mother, scarcely thinking of the words she uttered.
“Good morning l" repeated the child, still gazing upwards, with a new and heavenly beauty in its countenance. “Oh, it is morning now !”
Fixed was the glad look for several moments; then the fringing lids drooped slowly, until they lay softly upon the pure white cheeks. The closed lips parted; but the smiled remained. The hands, lifted for a moment in glad surprise, fell over the placid breast, and all was still, and holy, and beautiful.
“ Yes, it is morning now," whispered the friend in the mother's ear, as she sat like one entranced, gazing upon the pulseless form before her; which, as if touched by an enchanter's wand, had suddenly changed from an image of suffering into one of tranquil beauty.
And it was morning with the child-a heavenly morning--and also with the mother; for a new light had dawned upon her, and a new faith in the hereafter. The dark valley was suddenly bridged with light, and she saw her precious one by angel guides led safely over.
“ God careth for these jewels,” said the friend, a few hours afterwards. "They are precious in His sight: not one of them is lost. His love is tenderer even than a mother's love. We may trust them in His hands with unfaltering confidence. Yes, yes, grieving mother! it is indeed morning
babe !"-Steps towards Heaven.
HOW DO WE SPEAK TO OUR CHILDREN ? Is it in a cold, formal, listless, manner? Or do they see at once, by the kindling of the eye, the earnestness of the tone, and the overflowing of the heart, that we mean all we say, and much more? Before another Sabbath some of them may have gone beyond our reach for ever: what memory of us will they take with them ? Should they perish, will any of their blood be found on the skirts of our garments? If unfaithful, how shall we face each other in that solemn day? The followers of Jesus should be like their Lord ! How did He warn, instruct, in vite! How reluctant He was that the muchloved city should hasten to its awful doom, his bitter tears and touching lament will for ever tell! How desirous He was for the salvation of one soul, let the earnest and repeated proffer of the water of life to the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well bear witness. How lovingly he invited even little ones to come to Him, we none of us can forget, as he said, “ Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven." How solemnly earnest He was in conflict, suffering, and death, no haman tongue can tell ! Such as He was, would He have us to be, in purpose, spirit, and act. True, it is a lofty standard; but not impossible to faith, and prayer, and love. He knows our weakness, but we are strong in Him; our darkness, but He is the light of the world ; our deadness, but He is our life. Leal-heartedness to Him will be our true preparation for all Christian labor. " Lovest thou me ?'' He asks, and then gives us the blessed commission to “ feed His lambs.”—And 'tis an honor an Angel might covet, to break the bread of life to the little ones in Christ's flock !
GROWING IMPORTANCE OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL.
The Sunday school is a rising sun. Every successive year witnesses its ascent to a loftier altitude, the diffusion of its influence through a wider sphere, and the increase of its power as an evangelical agency. Every new year added to its history gives it a stronger hold on the affections of the Church, and intrenches it more securely in her confidence. Every year spent in observing its workings and results, strengthens a conviction in the breasts of thoughtful men that the Church must hereafter look more and more to the Sunday school as the arena in which the battle for this nation's complete evangelization is to be chiefly fought. With her aggressive forces obviously declining in their power to save the adult population, the Church must make the religious education she is imparting to her Sunday school children the instrument of their spiritual regeneration, or she will, sooner or later, find her numbers diminishing, and her power to grapple with the stupendous wickedness of the times seriously waning. . We hail this general movement with pleasure. It augurs well for the future of our cause. It shows that the heart, the intellect, and the hopes of Christ's church are being attracted towards the Sunday school. It is an omen that the latter-day glory of the Sunday school will be greater than its glory in the past. In view of it, we thank God and take courage. The march of our cause is onward. The children of the church and of the nation will, ere long, be, " taught of the Lord.” The day hastens in which a whole generation of children, being saved by faith, will grow up into 'a community of converted men and women, and our country present, what the world has never yet witnessed, the glorious spectacle of a thoroughly evangelical nation.
The General Reader.
MEMORY BENEFICENTLY affairs multiply and crowd upon each EMPLOYED.
other, till at last they prove so intriThomas Fuller, so celebrated for his cate and perplexed, that nothing is great memory, had once occasion to left but to sink under the burthen. attend on a committee of sequestration, sitting at Waltham, in Essex. He got
VIRTUE. into a conversation with them, and was much commended for his powers culcated, that virtue is the highest
It ought always to be steadily inof memory.
“ 'Tis true, gentlemen," observed Mr. Fuller, " that fame has proof of understanding, and the only given me the report of being a memor
solid basis of greatness ; and that vice ist; and, if you please, I will give you thoughts ; that it begins in mistake,
is the natural consequence of narrow a specimen of it.” The gentlemen and ends in ignominy. gladly acceded to the proposal; and, laying aside their business, requested Mr. F. to begin. “ You want a speci
EPITAPHS. men of my memory, and you shall
An epitaph must be made fit for have a good one. Your worships have the person for whom it is made ; thought fit to sequestrate a poor but man to say all the excellent things honest person, who is my near neigh- that can be said upon one, and call buur, and to commit him to prison. that his epitaph, is as if a painter As he has a large family, and his cir- should make the handsomest piece he cumstances very indifferent, if you can possibly make, and say 'twas my will have the goodness to release him picture. It holds in a funeral sermon. from prison, I pledge myself never to --Selden. forget the kindness while I live.” It is said that this witty appeal obtained
POPULAR PREACHING. that for which it pleaded.
When the pious and eloquent Le PROCRASTINATION.
Tourneux was preaching the Lent
sermons at St. Benoit, in Paris, Louis Procrastination has in every age XIV. inquired of Boileat how it was been the ruin of mankind. Dwelling that every body was running after amid endless projects of what they him. “ Sire," replied the poet, “ your are to do hereafter, they cannot so majesty knows that people will always properly be said to live, as to be al- run after novelties. This man preaches ways about to live, and the future has the Gospel.” ever been the gulf in which the present has been swallowed up and
MEMORY lost; hence, arise many of those misfortunes which befall men in their I can better remember the transacworldly concerns. What might now tions of seventy years, than of yesterbe arranged with advantage, by being day: pour liquor into a full vessel, delayed cannot be arranged at all. and the top will run off first. They are clogged and embarrassed , Hutton.
PROFESSION AND CONFESSION. HAPPINESS OF MAN.
Profession is swimming down the The felicity of man, in a state of stream, confession is swimming against society, really depends upon a great it. How many may swim with the variety of canses which are connected stream, like the dead fish, that cannot together by the closest ties, and which swim against the stream with the liv- assist or impede the operations of each ing fish; many may profess Christ other by a force which often is least that cannot confess Christ.
perceived where it is most exerted. Dr. Parr.
To set the mind above the appetites FORGETFULNESS OF is the end of abstinence; which one of
BLESSINGS. the fathers observes to be, not a virtue, but the ground-work of a virtue.
What unthankfulness is it to forget By forbearing to do what may inno- our consolations, and to look upon cently be done, we may add hourly matters of grievance; to think so
much new vigour to resolution, and
upon two or three crosses, as the power of resistance when pleasure to forget an hundred blessings.or interest shall lend their charm to Sibbs. guilt. The temperate man's pleasures are durable, because they are regular ;
BIGOTRY. and all his life is calm and serene, because it is innocent.
Nothing is more opposite to the spirit of Christianity than bigotry.
“This,” as one observes, “ arraigns, AFFLICTION.
and condemns, and executes all that Christians mistake in supposing do not bow down and worship the that, when God afflicts, he ceases to image of its idolatary. Possessing love-affliction is his pruning-knife : exclusive prerogative, it rejects every he would rather have the branches of other claim. How many of the dead his vine bleed than be unfruitful. He has it sentenced to eternal misery! prunes us, that we may bring forth How many living characters does it “ the peaceable fruits of righteous- reprobate as enemies. ness."
CARD-PLAYING, When I see leaves drop from the
Mr. Dod, an eminent minister, being trees, in the beginning of autumn, solicited to play at cards, arose from just such, think I, is the friendship his seat, and uncovered his head. The of the world. Whilst the sap of main company asked him what he was tenance lasts, my friends swarm in going to do. He replied, “To crave abundance; but in the winter of my God's blessing." They immediately need, they leave me naked. He is a exclaimed, “We never ask a blessing happy man that hath a true friend at on such an occasion." “ Then,” said his need ; but he is more truly happy he, “I never engage in any thing but that hath no need of his friend. on what I can beg of God to give his Arthur Warwick.
VIRTUE. When a gentleman who had been It was a saying of Aristotle's, that accustomed to give away some thou- virtue is necessary to the young, to the sands, was supposed to be at the point aged comfortable, to the poor serviceof death, his presumptive heir in- able, to the rich an ornament, to the quired where his fortune was to be fortunate an honor, to the unfortunate found ? To whom he answered, that a support; that she ennobles the slave, it was in the pockets of the indigent. and exalts nobility itself.
To suppliant virtue nothing is deny'd,
For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds ;
And though a late, a sure reward succeeds. Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty SINGULAR APOLOGY OF THE spaces, as the reading of useful and
KING OF PRUSSIA TO HIS entertaining authors; and, with that,
NEPHEW. the conversation of a well-chosen
While Frederic the Great, King of friend. A man of letters never knows the plague of idleness : when the com- Prussia, was dying with the dropsy, pany of his friends fails him, he finds as the disorder continued for a long a remedy in reading, or in composition. time, he one day said to his successor,
“I beg your pardon, nephew, for REPAIRING FRIENDSHIP.
making you wait so long." There is a very original expression THE SCRIPTURES PERVERTED. of Doctor Johnson's to this effect.
It is a fact which every candid Towards the close of his life, death having robbed him of many friends, Christian deplores, that every sect imhe was solicitous to form new ac- poses a meaning on many texts, the quaintances, to keep, he said, friend- very opposite of truth. The Shakers
of America quote almost all the pasship in repair.
sa ges where the word "shake" occurs, LIBERTY OF JUDGMENT.
to justify the practice which dis
tinguishes them : for example, Hagai, Every man has a right to judge for ii
, 7, “ I will shake all nations,” is a himself, particularly in matters of prediction which, in their opinion, is religion ; , because every man must fulfilled by them. give an account of himself to God.John Wesley.
When the renowned Admiral HadCUSTOM.
dock was dying, he begged to see his What influence has custom over son, to whom he thus delivered himdress, furniture, the arts, and even self.—" Notwithstanding my rank in over moral sentiments ? It requires, life, and public services for so many however, to be watched. It should
years, I shall leave you only a small never pervert our sentiments with fortune; but, my dear boy, it is regard to humanity and religion. To honestly got, and will wear well: make custom an apology for what is there are no seumen's wages or prounreasonable and irreligious, is making visions in it; nor is there one single a bad use of it indeed,
penny of dirty money."