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noble devotion with which, day after day, and year after || spectful language, and a total neglect of those little revyear, she used the most unremitted exertions in those erential and affectionate attentions that a widowed few avocations open to woman, that she might clothe, mother, above all, has a right to expect, nay, to defeed, and educate her only son.
mand, in return for the ten thousand sacrifices she has Nor was she satisfied with providing only for that part cheerfully made. which perishes. The immortal soul received her care. 0! mothers, why will you, by too much tenderness, The sacred Volume was the familiar subject of study sow with your own hand those seeds that can produce and comment. He loved to sit at her feet and listen to nought but the piercing thorns of mortified pride and the words of Divine inspiration. And she led him to wounded affection? Why will you refuse to wield that God in prayer. Often and often was the soft hand läid sceptre which God himself has placed in your hand ? lightly upon his little head, as she besought the bles- | You cannot throw it aside without sinning, nor can you sing of his Father in heaven upon this her only son. fail, by so doing, to bring sorrow upon yourselves and Often and often did she plead that He who “ took little those you love. You have only to read your Bible to children in his arms and blessed them," would make learn that God has commanded you to govern your this dear one a lamb of his flock. And often did the children. 0! that they might feel the sin of disobedisolitude of her chamber and the loneliness of her pil-ence! 0! that parents could feel that God has delelow witness her wrestlings with God, that he might be gated to them authority, for the proper use of which made an heir of everlasting salvation.
they are responsible to him. Were her prayers answered ? “He who planted the Have any of my rcaders been so happy as never to ear, shall he not hear?” When did the prayer of faith have seen a professing Christian, leading a moral life, a and submission ascend in vain?
regular worshiper in the temple of the Lord, obscuring Joyful was that mother's heart, joyful beyond all the lustre of his Christian character, and becoming a earthly joy, when yet in the morning of his days he stumbling-block to others, by a want of filial piety? enlisted under the banner of the great Captain of his 0! that all such would arouse to a Christian sense salvation. And when kneeling beside her, he first re- of their duty to their parents, “that their language ceived the sacred symbols of the crucified body and might be respectful, their actions dutiful, and their blood of his Redeemer, she cried with Simeon of old, whole behavior such that they might not increase the “Now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, for mine burden and care of their lives, but prove a comfort and eyes have seen thy salvation.”
a blessing to them."— Mother's Magazine. Can there be a dark side to such a picture? Alas! for human frailty. The sunken rock upon which many a mother has wrecked much of earthly comfort at least,
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THE MEDIATOR. too devoted, too careful, his comfort too much her study; By sin man brought himself under the Divine dishe learned to think himself the first object of consider-pleasure, and without a Mediator must have perished ation. O! how does this sap the foundation of much for ever. Christ undertook to reconcile the parties at that is valuable, that lays at the root of peace of mind, variance; and in order to effect this, an atonement was to say no more.
to be made for man. That he might make a suitable She implanted principles of unswerving integrity, but atonement, it became necessary for him to assume our how was their lustre dimmed by little omissions. He nature. This he accomplished in the fullness of time; loved her, but how was this love manifested? By re- | but in that assumption he did not partake of the degard for her wishes? By respectful and kind atten- pravity that is common to the nature of man. While, tions? He consoled himself for the neglect of pres- | then, he is without sin, and in possession of every exent duty by promising to return at some future time ali cellence to which human nature could be exalted, he is he owed her. When fortune smiled, what pleasure it “God over all and blessed for ever.” Thus he poswould give him to maintain her who had so long sup-sesses all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, and ported him.
is a proper Mediator, not only on account of the holiBut I would not make my sketch too accurate. Iness and dignity of his character, but also because he would rather others should look around and observe the partakes of the nature of each of the parties at variconduct of those who have been too much the objects ance. Embracing the Divine and human nature in his of solicitude, and thence derive a lesson.
character, he can lay his hand equally upon both; and Is it not reversing the order of nature, for the parent thus God and man meet in him and become reconciled to look up to the child? To be guided by his opinion to each other. before experience has given wisdom? What must be When he came to the world as our Mediator, he the effect of such a course ? He who is thus the ob- made no ostentatious parade, no proud ambitious disject of a silent and unconscious flattery, can scarcely || play; but his compassion carried him far beyond the resist its influence. He cannot be expected long to ordinary bounds of philanthropy and love. While, in obey one, to whom he is taught to consider himself su- the usual exhibitions of human charity, our gifts are perior! Who has not witnessed self-sufficiency, dis- laid on the altar of Christian zeal and kindness, enough respect, bursts of ungoverned temper leading to disre-llis reserved for convenience and comfort; but He who
“was rich, for our sakes became poor." He laid aside Salvation is offered unto us in his great name. Let his glory, and denied himself the enjoyment of the us then come unto God by him, that we may obtain it. things he had created, until he became more destitute When we do so, we shall be happy. Creation will than the lower orders of the animated creation. Hence appear more beautiful, for we shall behold it in a new the exclamation, “The foxes have holes, and the birds | light. Then the “heavens will indeed declare the of the air have nests, but the Son of man hath not || glory of God, and the firmament show forth his handiwhere to lay his head.”
work.” In the darkness of night we shall be tranquil; While it is too common for man to neglect the for no “guilty gloom." shall rest upon the mind. wretched, the poor, and the fallen, and they are left to When morning breaks around us, bright and lovely, drag out a miserable existence, without sympathy or it will be to us as the emblem of heaven. Amid the aid, Christ manifested a different spirit. Guilty, wretch- || splendor of noon we will think of him who is the ed, and degraded man was the object of his pity; and brightness of the Father's glory.” And the milder he turned away from the attraction of unfallen be-charms of evening will be more inviting; for we shall ings—from cherubim and seraphim, to bestow his bles- then be reminded of the close of life, with all its toils, sings on the fallen family of man. But the heavenly and our entrance into the “boundless bliss of heaven.” hosts followed him with wonder and adoration down
A. BAKER. to earth; and the lowly shepherds of Bethlehem heard them praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
Original. Man may relieve a friend in distress, while he has NEGLECTED CHILDREN. very little sympathy for the miseries of an enemy; but An aged divine at the funeral of a child said that Christ endured privation, almost every kind of indigni- | “our children are not our own but are loaned to us by ty, and even death itself for his enemies. And in the the Lord, and the love he feels for them is infinitely closing scenes of his persecution and suffering, he dis- greater than the fondest parent can possibly feel or played such forbearance, mercy, and magnanimity as comprehend.” This remark struck me with peculiar the universe has never equaled. When assailed by force, and excited in my mind a train of reflections prejudice and falsehood—when buffeted and spit upon which I trust I shall never forget. It is a thought full when scourged and arrayed in the habiliments of mock of rapture to the pious parent: dearly as I love my royalty-when nailed to the cross, and derided as a vile babes, anxiously as I watch each development of charimposter, his patience and forbearance never forsook acter, and fervently as I pray for their salvation, yet him. While the convulsions of the earth opened the there is a Being who loves them infinitely better than graves of saints, and burst asunder her massy rocks— I do; whose eye marks the forming character with while powers celestial and infernal gazed upon him in deeper solicitude, than the most devoted mother posoverwhelming awe and astonishment when the sun sibly can. This being is omnipotent; and “in his was made to cease his shining, and the wrath of God hands are the issues of life.” Then with what confiwas ready to be revealed from heaven against the mur-dence, with what unwavering faith, can I implore derers, his prayer for mercy shielded them—he stayed Heaven's choicest blessings to rest upon my children, the sword of Divine justice from the guilty. And he praying that his Holy Spirit may breathe upon them, quieted the confusion of nature; and when he cried, that his love may occupy the first place in their young “It is finished,” he healed the wide breach between hearts, and that living or dying they may be his for man and his God, so making peace betwixt earth and ever. heaven. He was taken from the cross to the tomb; but But there is one thought connected with this docbeyond the appointed period for his exaltation, the pow-trine, of startling interest. I have been so situated as ers of darkness could not confine him.
to be compelled to place my infant in the arms of a
nurse that she might supply to it the place of a mother,
and with a mother's tenderness attend to all its wants.
Now if this nurse had treated with harshness and And now in heaven "he ever liveth to make interces- severity the babe I committed to her care; or if through sion for us." The blessings that accrue to man through mistaken or pretended love she had gratified all its his mediation are numerous and great, and they extend desires; if instead of giving it wholesome food, suited through time and eternity. Pardon of sin, regenera- to its constitution, she had indulged it in eating only tion, adoption into the family of God, and entire sanc-| sweetmeats, thereby endangering its health and life, tification, are blessings he procures for his "willing and would not my anger be kindled? Though she had enobedient.” people in this life. But “a far more exceed-treated me with tears to permit her to retain the object ing and eternal weight of glory” shall be theirs in the of her charge, I would have snatched my darling from world to come. Time, with its changing seasons and her arms as from a devouring beast, to place it in more annual blessings—the enjoyment of present good, with prudent keeping. the hope of future bliss, and in fine “every good and The Lord has intrusted me with two dear children; perfect gift” that we enjoy, comes from the Father of but they are not properly my own-they are only comlights, through the ever blessed Redeemer,
mitted to my care by their heavenly Father, who
feels for them more than maternal love. He has re
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THE SABBATH. has given me instructions in his holy word how he We all know that Sunday is one seventh equal diwould have them trained; and his will therein revealed vision of time. We all know that time is the basis of is to be my guide in all my conduct towards them. I life, as it also is of death and of eternity. In life, in am not at liberty to treat them as my caprice might death, and in eternity, we all have an equal stake. dictate, as their wishes might demand, or as imperious Though our life may be shorter or longer than that of fashion might require. Their heavenly Father cannot another, yet, as to its ultimate and full value—the salbe deceived, but marks with a jealous eye all my deal- | vation of the soul-it is equal to all. Is there one who ings towards them. If, in attempting to correct the denies this? Is there one created being who dares to faults or allay the fretfulness of childish humor, I should say that God requires more of us than we have the reprove and correct with angry tongue and cruel hand,|| ability to perform! And this ability God supplies to us. and continue in such a course, so as to blunt all the Now Sunday being the seventh part of time, if not finer sensibilities of their nature, blast in the bud every misused, affords to us a seventh value or proportion of tender affection, and crush every gentle virtue, would I opportunity to help ourselves towards God, and so has not, by such a course, incur the just displeasure of the a seventh value in our endeavor after salvation. Yet holy One? or if, through mistaken tenderness, I indulge more, as God “set apart the seventh day,” and “blessed them in unbridled liberty-suffer them to follow the it,” and appointed it a Sabbath of rest and of holiness, dictates of depraved nature, without endeavoring to so by that very act and decree do we know that its eradicate from their young hearts each plant of nox- use is not at all, neither shall be, necessary to our secious growth-neglecting to use my exertions to train | ular support. There are but few exigencies, in all the them up in the way they should go-to water and cul- varied life of God's creatures, that shall render it necestivate every grace-in short, should I fail to employ sary to use this sacred day, this holy time, to the conevery reasonable means in my power to train them for servation of our life, or even of our comfort. And usefulness here and happiness hereafter—for such neg. | even these instances, this necessity, we must believe we lect of duty would not the anger of the Lord be kin-have superinduced upon ourselves, by some train of dled against me? and might I not justly fear his judg-previous sin, which has worked out this natural consements would be inflicted on me, either in my own per-quence of disadvantage to us, and for which we should son, or in the persons of my children? I think it pro- all the time repent, and pray for the remission of a furbable that the Divine Being has permitted thousands ther penalty. And yet the instances which I have of children to be torn from the arms of their agonized | mentioned are not of deliberate Sabbath breaking, but parents by resistless death, for no other reason than that of what we deem necessity, to extreme cases. That those parents were recreant in their duty towards their we tend the sick, comfort the afflicted, and “go about children. The Lord, out of compassion and love for doing good,” we have the authority of Christ's examhis innocent ones, removes them from under the pro- ple, as well as precept.
We know that the appropritection and influence of parents, where, to remain, ate use of the day is attendance on preaching, prayer, would be ruinous to their souls. O, for wisdom to di-holy reading, and meditation; and by this improverect, for ability to perform, and for perseverance to ac-ment of the day-to its specific appointment of a Sabcomplish the pleasing, the fearful task of training young bath-it shall far outbalance its proportionate value of immortals for heaven!
a seventh to our hoping and our gaining-verily it shall in some measure commute and cover the lesser and in
sufficient gainings of the other six days. If we must THE POPE'S RETORT. not say this to ourselves in this form, yet let us not be INGRATITUDE in a superior, is very often nothing so dull, so little reflective, as not to perceive that the more than the refusal of some unreasonable request; | influences of a well spent Sabbath do extend and and if the patron does too little, it is not unfrequently spread themselves over the frame, and con on, and because the dependant expects too much. A certain | available agencies—in a religious sense—of the sucPope, who had been raised from an obscure situation, ceeding six days, till another appointment invigorate to the apostolic chair, was immediately waited upon by our faith, and renew our strength, and may be receive a deputation sent from a small district, in which he had some accumulation from preceding Sabbaths, and their formerly officiated as cure. It seems that he had prom-connecting influences from week to week. And in ised the inhabitants that he would do something for how many instances could we admonish the many them if it should ever be in his power; and some of that their Sabbath, even with church attendance, and them now appeared before him, to remind him of his other acknowledged proprieties, yet falls short of the promise, and also to request that he would fulfill it, by decency of holiness—that holiness which we do not granting them two harvests in every year! He acceded | deny by the ascription, but which, alas! we often conto this modest request, on condition that they should go tradict and gainsay in the practice. There is far too home immediately, and so adjust the almanac of their much dress, and sense of dress on the Sabbath. This own particular district, as to make every year of their littleness obtains, even with mothers and fathers, whilst register consist of twenty-four calendar months. the grown daughter sometimes divides her vanity be
twixt her clothes and herself; and though she is not | shall work him disaster, and hindrance, and annoy, and conscious of it, the effect of these and a subdued co- if he repent not, consternation and woe; for he who is quetry, sometimes even in God's house, more than di-wanting to his own soul on the Sabbath, shall hardly vides her thoughts, and renders her attendance there be faithful to it on any other day. How many classes worse than were omission. She is hardly conscious of are yet unrebuked! The children about their parents' this, we say. We speak not bitterly, but in sorrow. knees shall suffer for it, if their parents keep them not We admire to see a beautiful young woman. We ad in the measure of reverence which they owe to this day mire to see her well dressed—it is suitable and proper. above all other days. And the old—the absolutely Both of these perhaps she can be, and go to Church, || old—if they are not right in this particular-if experitoo, without calling for our rebuke. But finery is so ence and the telling of time has not admonished them, out of place in a temple inscribed to the Most High, neither would they be taught, “though one should rise that disgust is the first impression, and charity, per- from the dead.” Of the railer, the rioter, the scoffer, haps, a second allowance. The dress should be very we have spoken not. They are the outlaws of society, plain at Church, not affectedly so, though; for it is no as they seem to be the castaways of grace; and their place in which to sport any form of sin. We have unthrift course makes itself apparent in no way more often thought the Spanish Domino,* viewed as a dress strikingly than in that of Sabbath breaking. We alone, is the most becoming and the most suitable of would wish them to reflect, that as the wrath of God any for the Sabbath dress. At least, if it does not should have been stayed on the wicked cities of old, for eradicate vanity, by shrouding it from others, it pre-ten's sake, so, in their course of iniquity, let the Sabvents the mischief of diverting attention, and exciting bath alone be excepted from their days of sinning, and the desire of like frivolous, and may be, the worse pas- perhaps for seven's sake, they may in God's mercy yet sion of envy in those less able to pluck on to a like sin, be saved !
MEXTORIA. &c., &c.
The deportment of the young is more or less conformed to the scale of their dress. There is no ill na ABYSSINIAN CUSTOMS. ture, but the most perfect sincerity in our observations. Their manner of dancing consists rather in the moWill any person believe another sincerely pious, who tion of the shoulders and head than in that of the legs goes to Church bedecked as for a show-of which the or feet. When several dance at a time, they move elaborate toilet even should have cost an hour's time, round in a ring. The men jump a great height at and much reflection and arrangement? And how does times, while the women sink down by degrees, making the young gentleman look at all this? Is he himself motions with the head, shoulders, and breast, until they in a position to object? If he have a good sense of nearly squat on the ground. They afterwards spring truth, can he also say he has no sense of self when too up in a lively manner, and go round as before. much dressed? We especially speak of the impropri The Abyssinians, while they profess to be rigid folety of much dress for this occasion. This is our ad- lowers of the Christian faith, are yet ignorant of the monition to the young whilst within the walls of the greater part of its precepts; which arises chiefly from Church. And if, by chattings and gallantries on the the want of a good example being shown to them by way home, and by light and irreverent topics when those of the superior class. The heads of their clergy there, the day is violated and profaned, their succeeding are in general the greatest drinkers in the whole country, week will not be, as happy for it. At least no influ- and at feasts, the quantity of raw meat which they conence will extend from it to protect and guard them sume, and the ravenous manner in which they devour against the vivacious and indiscreet tendencies of it, exceeds all belief; indeed, they behave more like youth. And we admonish them that it be not so! | drunken beasts, when in company, than civilized beings. 'Tis not the young alone, amongst the decent classes Notwithstanding the libertine conduct of the Abysé' of society, who are Sabbath breakers. Their sin of sinians, they strictly keep all their fasts, which are very vanity is perhaps less unholy than is the sin in those numerous, and on those days never eat or drink till of riper age, of a deliberate and calculating avarice, about three o'clock in the afternoon, which time they which seeks occasion and furtherance on this holy day. compute by measuring so many lengths of the foot givBut no furtherance shall it find, but the direct contra- en by the shade of the body on level ground. This, ry; for although the disadvantage is neither immediate indeed, is the only way in which they keep time in nor apparent, yet is it so arranged in the providence of Abyssinia. Their great Lent, which commences in God, that the Sabbath worker is allying himself to February, lasts fifty-six days. Their years are called causes which, in the chain of events—in the four-fold after the four evangelists—that of John is the leapweb of life-either in the physical, the moral, the in- year. They reckon the number of years from the cretellectual, or the spiritual—or in the combination of ation of the world to the birth of Christ, five thousand some, or of all these together—that his impious deed five hundred; and from the birth of Christ to the prese
ent time, one thousand eight hundred and five; the lat* The Domino, as worn in Spain and other Catholic countries, is a large loose over garment, fitted with a vail or a head
ter being about nine years short of our time. The adpiece, shrouding and enveloping the whole person, and is inva. ministering of the holy sacrament is quite a public cerriably of black.
emony. After receiving it, they place their hands to
their mouths, and go their way; nor will they on any || self unwell. They complied, and left me with only a consideration spit that day, even if a fly by chance be few friends; but in a few minutes, the people of Antodrawn into the mouth by their breath, which at other la, my acquaintances, hearing of my misfortunes, came times would occasion them to vomit, as they detest a flocking, and began their cry; and I was obliged to sit fy; and many will not even eat or drink what a fly and hear the name of my dead boy repeated a thoushas been found in.
and times, with cries that are inexpressible, whether On passing a church mounted, they alight from their feigned or real. Though no one had so much reason horse or mule, and kiss the gateway or tree in front, || to lament as myself, I could never have shown my grief according to the distance they are at when passing; || in so affected a manner, though my heart felt much and if at a distance, they take up a stone, and throw it more. upon a heap, which is always found on the road oppo Before the cry was over, the people with devves were site to the church. In Abyssinia, a traveler, who sees standing in crowds about my house, striving who in the wildest deserts large piles of stones, might be led should get in first; and the door was entirely stopped to attribute the custom to the same motive which occa- up, till at last my people were obliged to keep the ensions similar piles to be found in Arabia, where some trance clear by force, and let only one at a me into one has been killed and buried, and all who knew him, the house. Some brought twenty or thirty cakes of as they pass, throw a stone on his grave; but this is bread, some a jar of maze, some cooked victuals, fowls not the case here, those stones being thrown there by and bread, some a sheep, &c.; and in this manner I Christians, who know that the nearest church lies op had my house filled so full, that I was obliged to go out posite to the spot: and on this account an Abyssinian into the yard until things were put in order, and suptraveler, when he sees such a pile of stones, knows per was ready. The head priest came with a jar of that he is opposite to a church, and, in consequence, || maze and a cow. What neighbors and acquaintances kisses the pile, and adds another stone to the heap. | bring in the manner above mentioned, is called devves. The priests are numerous beyond belief.
The bringers are all invited to eat with you; they talk There are priests and deacons, who go about to the and tell stories, to divert your thoughts from the sordifferent towns, or residences of chiefs, where they find || rowful subject; they force you to drink a great deal; employment in teaching children to read. Their school but I remarked, that, at these cries, when the relatives is held generally in a church-yard, or in some open of the deceased become a little tranquil in their minds, place near it, sometimes before the residence of the some old woman, or some person who can find no one master, and in that case, during the rains, they are all to talk to, will make a dismal cry, saying, “0, what a crowded up in a small dark hut, learning prayers by | fine child! and is he already forgotten?" This puts the word of mouth from the master, instead of from a book. company into confusion, and all join in the cry, which When a boy is somewhat advanced in learning, he is. I perhaps will last half an hour, during which the sermade to teach the younger ones. However few the vants and common people standing about will drink all scholars, the master has in general great trouble with the maze, and when well drunk, will form themselves them, and, in addition to the ordinary punishments, num- into a gang at the door, and begin their cry; and if bers are constantly obliged to be kept in irons. The their masters want another jar of maze to drink, they common way of punishing scholars is as follows: the must pour it out themselves, their servants being so schoolmaster stands over them with a wax taper, which drunk that they cannot stand. In this manner they cuts as severely as a whip, while five or six boys pinch pass away a day, without taking rest. the offender's legs and thighs; and if they spare him, I must say, however, that the first part of the funerthe master gives them a stroke with the taper; but the al is very affecting: and the only fault I can find is, correction considered most effective for these young | that they bury the dead the instant they expire. If a Abyssinian rogues, is that of having irons put upon grown person of either sex, or a priest, is by them their legs for many months together, which in one in- when they expire, the moment the breath departs, the stance I knew, proved fatal. It was a grown Agow cries and shouts which have been kept up for hours boy, about thirteen years of age, who had more than before, are recommenced with fury; the priests read once contrived to get his irons off, and desert from the prayers of forgiveness while the body is washed, and school; for which the master, by desire of the parents, the hands put across one another upon the lower part put so heavy a pair of irons upon his ankles, that he of the belly, and tied to keep them in that position, the found it impossible to get them off: and this enraged | jaws tied as close as possible, the eyes closed, the two him so much, that he drew his large knife, cut his great toes tied together, and the body is wrapped in a own throat, and soon afterwards expired.
clean cloth and sewed up, after which the skin called
meet, the only bed an Abyssinian has to lie upon, is The priests came, and the customary prayers were tied over the cloth, and the corpse laid upon a couch read, and my poor child was carried away to be buried, and carried to the church, the bearers walking at a slow his mother following in a distracted manner. After pace. According to the distance of the house from the the funeral, the people returned to my house, and when church, the whole route is divided into seven equal they had cried for a half an hour, I begged they would parts; and when they come to the end of every sevleave off, and let me have a little rest, as I found my-llenth part, the corpse is set down, and prayers of for