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sinners, lost sinners, umdone, and cannot of death advancing, flee, crying, “I am come to God, but through Jesus, His be- not yet ready ?" Would you like to see loved Son: and grace sufficient is offered to him come, when in the midst of your every one of us, in order that we may come. revelry? would not your cry be, “I am None can be "ready" unless they have not yet ready ?" Pause then, pause, and " washed their robes, and made them think. Death will wait for no man. Ile white in the blood of the Lamb:" unless calls, and you must go. O, tremble and they feel their hearts renewed, and their prepare! What will it avail you in the sins forgiven, for the sake of Him who last great day, to say, “ It was so sudden died on Calvary: unless they have that I had no time?" No time, sinner! conscious acceptance “through the Be- What! many long years for mirth, and yet loved ;" and these alone can be said to be

no time!

Prepare to meet thy God.” "ready,waiting till their change come. Be

Be ye also ready : for in such an hour “For in such an hour as ye think not as ye think not the Son of Man cometh.” the Son of Man cometh.” His coming Let me earnestly entreat all those who shall be sudden and unexpected. None

read these lines, and are still unsaved, to knoweth its time; “not even the angels make sure work for eternity. And you which are in heaven, but my Father

who know Jesus I would encourage to only." It may find some in the ball- press forwards; for there are heights and room, threading the mazes of the dance, depths still unknown, even to you. And and hurry them away to the depths of an may we all remember the words of our unseen, unthought-of eternity. Others Saviour, when he said, “Watch thereit may find in the ale-house, drinking fore: for ye know not what hour your perdition to themselves, and often to their Lord doth come;"—whether "at even, or families also; and these may only awake at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or in from their sleep to find themselves the the morning. And what I say unto you I prey of "the worm that dieth not, and of say unto all, Watch!"

E. M. B, the fire that is never quenched.” And now, look inside this little chamber, and behold a fair young form stretched on a

BASKET OF FRAGMENTS. bed of languishing; and hear from those pallid lips such words as these, “I know Those pay dear for pleasantry who that my Redeemer liveth.” Death comes joke at the expense of truth : others are there too; but o, how gently, bow softly, very apt to conclude that if they disregard he places his cold hand on the pale brow, it in jest, they will also in earnest. and the spirit passes away to that God To judge by externals, is to test gold by who gave it! Dr, again, look at that the glitter; when, in truth, the refiner's venerable old man, whose limbs bave re- crucible is the only place for proving the fused to support the feeble frame, and whose every breath seems as though it The moment a sapling becomes united would be the last : hear what he says, – to Christ, that moment the sapling becomes Though after my skin worms destroy a fruit-bearer; and, if you are trees of the this body, yet in my flesh shall I see Lord, do not be surprised if you feel His God: whom I shall see for myself, pruning-knife :-all his fruit-bearers feel and mine eyes shall behold, and not it. another.” And then the aged pilgrim Suppose the grcatest sinner on the face sinks to rest on the bosom of his Lord. of the earth were to come in here. Do 0, may I die the death of the righteous, you ask me what he must have done in and may my last end be like his! Το order to have become such ? O, he must Christians the hour of death, though it have heard of the Gospel's salvation, and may come unexpectedly, is a blissful despised it! hour; for thenceforth they shall be for To return the love of friends, is the ever in heaven.

charity of publicans from the compact of And now let me address a word to the advantage; but to be well-minded towards gay and thoughtless, to the lovers of enemies, is among the heights of the pleasure more than of God. Would you Christian law, and an imitation of the like your call to come when you are in Godhead. the height of mirth and excitement? Be great students of the cross of Christ: Would you not, if you saw the grim form it is the great means of resisting Satan.

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DIVINE PROVIDENCE ILLUSTRATED.

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GOD'S CARE OVER A MISSIONARY.

The promise, “Lo, I am with you alway,” doubtless includes protection from danger. The Missionary company which left Leith on the 7th of September, 1820, experienced a manifold fulfilment of this promise. There were together Sultan Katte Ghery, a descendant of the royal family of the Crimea, his wife, a daughter of a respectable gentleman in Edinburgh, myself, and one or two other passengers. After traversing the German Ocean a few days, with a favourable wind, a Sabbath occurred. As we were all suffering from sea-sickness, there was no public service; but in the evening we made an effort, and held a social meeting in the cabin, after which all went on deck, and continued to walk about till near nine o'clock, when there was a general move towards their respective berths. The Captain, too, retired; and only the Mate, myself

, and two or three seamen, remained on deck. Again and again I resolved to retire to my cabin, but still continued alternately to recline on a bench, and move about on the quarter-deck, till it approached the hour of midnight, and I began to take myself to task for such unaccountable conduct. When these thoughts were passing in my mind, I looked across the quarter-bows of the vesscl, and observed the high and rocky coast of Denmark, apparently within a few hundred yards of us. The alarm was instantly given; the Mate gave an immediate order to put the ship about; and the Captain, aroused by the bustle and noise, came on deck. After making inquiry as to the manner in which our danger was discovered, he observed, that if we had kept on in the same course a few minutes longer, we must all have perished. The vessel was sailing at such a rapid rate, that she would have gone to pieces by the first stroke against the rocks; and there was such a surge produced by the high wind lashing the sca against them, that all the baats must have been swamped, while to scale the precipices would have been impossible. On inquiring of the Captain why he had not been keeping a better watch, he informed me that, according to his reckoning, he was still fifty miles from land; and that there must have been a strong current in the ocean, occasioned by the prevalence of a westerly wind, which had impelled us on: ward much quicker than the log indicated. I looked back with a thankful heart upon the dreadful peril from which a merciful Providence had delivered us, and could then understand the reason why I had been prevented from retiring at my usual hour of rest. Eternity will never efface the inpression made upon my mind by this manifest interposition of a kind Providence.

On that spot I dedicated myself anew to my kind Preserver, who had thus so wonderfully "delivered my soul from death."

I must add, as another instance of God's mercy, and the fulfilment of His promise, a second deliverance, but accomplished by other

In the autumn of the year 1821, when I was living in a Russian fort, in the midst of a mountain-tribe called the Inguish, I was subject to repeated attacks of intermittent fever, which caused some alarm to the Russian officer who commanded the detachment of the army stationed there. He repeatedly invited me to oecupy one of the two chambers of which his cottage consisted; supposing that the dampness of the subterranean residence which I occupied was the cause of my sickness. At last, finding that I should rather gratify thaa inconvenience him and his wife by my compliance, I removed to the Captain's house. The hovel which I quitted was formed by digging a space about twenty feet by twelve out of the brow of the bill, and throwing the carth over the precipice, which formed one side of the fort: this was boarded up on three sides, so as to pre rent the soil from falling in, and a wooden front, with one or two small windows, forined the remaining side of the structure; to which a path from the hill above led through a coobroom on one end of the dwelling. The covering was composed of beams laid across, which supported an immense mass of earth, B0 solid, that the roof was in a line with the open space of the fort, and, indeed, formed part of the promenade. During the summer, I observed no dampness, and the beans appeared so strong that I felt no stispicion of danger. In the course of about a week after I had removed to the Captain's house, my servant came into my apartment at an early hour, and, with a very sad countenance, asked me to accompany him to see something which had arrested his attention I followed him to the spot where a few days before my dwelling stood, the beams of which had given way, and the whole mass which they supported, enough to bury a hundred men, had fallen in; and the largest portion of it lay on the very spot where I used to sleep. I had often accounted my fever an atriction; and one night felt so ill, that I attempted to rise and write to my friends, informing them that, if found dead in the morning, they might know that sickness, and not violence, was the cause. Now, however, it appeared that this fever had been sent, not to destroy, but to save my life; for, if I had continued in my former habitation, it must have inevitably become my grave. I will neither attempt to recall nor to describe the feelings which I experienced on witnessing this desolation, 367

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but have often reflected with gratitude providence of God over myself and family. upon my preservation, and have felt re- Rev. George Blyth, of the United Presbybuked when disposed to distrust the kind terian Church.

PARENTAL MONITOR.

THE MOTHER'S MISTAKE FATAL.

Who among the children of men requires so much wisdom as the mother of a family? The statesman requires wisdom that he may so advise or direct as to secure the happiness or prosperity of the nation; but should one statesman act unwisely, another may step in to repair the evil, and so his country may be saved from impending ruin. The merchant needs wisdoin and skill, foresight and tact, that he may guide his affairs with discretion; but should all his plans be frustrated, and riches make themselves wings and fly away at one period of his life, he may have them restored at another; so that at the close of his life, he may leave his family in ease and comfort. The farmer needs wisdom in cultivating his land and arranging his stock, so bring him the best return for his labour and toil; but, should he fail one year to realise his hopes, the next niay make up the deficiency. The navigator needs wisdom to

guide his frail bark over the trackless deep, so that he may escape the rocks and whirlpools which may lie in his way; but, should he be unfortunate, and become a wreck, he has a chance of being saved by holding on by the rigging or in his boat, and in this painful situation he may find timely help from another voyager. But the mother !-- if she make a mistake in her mighty work, the probability is that it will be fatal. Hier little bark, which has just been launched in the ocean of life, will find many rocks and quicksands and whirlpools in its way; she, the mother, is to be the pilot for the most important part of the voyage; and, she fails to guide it aright, dreadful will be the wreck, when it dashes over the precipice of time into eternity. There will be no kind hand to help, no returning seasons to repair the injury: the work is done, and dono badly; and eternity will echo and re-echo the dreadful tale of a child lost through a mother's neglect.

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OUR SERVANTS.

THE FAREWELL,- A PARTING

ADDRESS TO SERVANTS.

BY THE RLV. DAVID HAY.

No doubt the time and place are fresh in your recollection, when you bade farewell to your parents and your home. On that day your heart overflowed with feeling, and your eyes with tears. While you were preparing to depart, you were sometimes excited by the prospect of the new circumstances in life in which you were about to be placed; and, at other times, you were depressed at the thought of the separation which was at hand. All this was natural; and had it been otherwise, there must have been either a sad fault in you, or in your home. But there was one who felt the pang of separation more keenly than even you. Yet it was not grief so much, as affectionate anxiety for your welfare. Your mother knew that she could no longer retain you ; that it would not be for your advantage to do so; that this step was absolutely necessary in the circumstances of the family; yet she could not but feel much at parting with you, and with trembling apprehension she saw your frail bark launched on life's rough

She knew how many rocks are there! and how vast the number of those who have,

in one or other of its tempests, suffered shipwreck in their reputation, and with it have perished life's fairest prospects. Perhaps the painful and distressing case of the child of some friend or neighbour was present to her mind, and her soul trembled, lest the same evil should befall her daughter also. If she were a religious mother, she not only gave you the warnings of experience, anil the advices of affection, but pointed you especially to religion as your only safeguard, and commended you in prayer to the God of providence and grace. Though distant from her, she knew that you might ever find your heavenly Parent near; and to Him she would direct you to look, and in Ilim to put your trust.

Whether this were so or not, and whatever may have been your conduct to your Father who is in heaven, He it is who has preserved and delivered you. You owe your life and safety to His protection and blessing. May you serve Him in the spirit of grateful love on earth, and eternally adore your redeeming God in the society of the glorified, where farewells are never heard!

In this world, we must expect our intercourse to be often interrupted. From those in whom, by frequent association, we have become interested, we must part. You and

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ing to their deeds,- first disgrace, then ruin. Take warning from such, lest you should be entangled by their sins, and caught in the snare of your great and fearful adrer. sary, who goeth about seeking whom he

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I have had some fellowship of late, but the time has come for me to bid you farewell. Before I do this, allow me, once more, carnestly and affectionately to address you. I must confess that my interest in you has increased with my effort to do you good, and I will not abruptly withdraw. I have been reviewing the subjects which have been brought under your consideration; and the more carefully you weigh them, I am sure you will be convinced, that you have been furnished with counsels and cautions which have a direct bearing upon your interests and happiness. I am most anxious, both for your own sake and that of the families in which you may live, that you should practically carry out the suggestions which have been offered. Do not be content to remain just what you

Whatever excellencies you possess, you may greatly improve. You may yet learn much from your own experience, from your observation of the conduct of others---from the suggestions of friends, --and also from the reinarks of those who are unfriendly to you.

1. Your past experience should teach you some valuable lessons. You have no doubt had occasion to mourn over inconsiderate, and even sinful, acts. One hour's folly has made a week bitter, and, in some instances, life itself less sweet and joyous. And are these things to be lost upon you? Are you to go on inflicting upon yourself and others troubles and sorrows, which a proper regard to the past might prevent ? Surely not ; rather let your bygone errors make you more watchful for the future, and avoid tho evils from which you have suffered. It is an old and familiar proverb, that "a burnt child dreads the fire ;" it is made cautious by the pain it has suffered : and shall not the smart of past imprudence make you more careful in time to come? You have also had an experience of another kind. You have proved that a correct and sincere deportment has always yielded you comfort in the end. There is always an advantage eventually in doing what is right. Just in proportion to your diligent and honest performance of the duties of your station, you have found satisfaction. Then do not be allured by any tempter or seducer to leave a good path and a right way.

2. You may learn from the conduct of others, how you may best regulate your

You will observe the ways of those around you, and especially those with whom you have intercourse. Instances of exemplary virtue will come before you, which you will do well to imitate. And because they have served others well, they have effectually served themselves. You have seen the opposite of these. Cases have come under your observation in which the parties have yielded to indolence, deceit, and treachery; and as they have sown, so have they reaped. Their reward has been accord.

3. Take good heed to the adriets, cauticas, and even reproofs, of those who sincerely seek to promote your interests. If markio, serious defects in you, they point them out, do not be offended, or suspect, on this ac. count, the genuineness of their friendship. If, in consequence of your inexperience, they see you exposing yourself to danger, reject not their kind and earnest caution, though your proud and foolish heart incline you to resent the interference. And should you have fallen into error, and even into sin, and they reprove you, do not hesitate to confess your fault, and never attempt a justification in which your conscience will not support you.

4. And you may also learn valuable instruction from those who have never showed a friendly disposition towards you, but the contrary. There is often truth in their remarks, though made under the influence of an unkind feeling; and their very rancour and bitterness may be turned to good account. And, at any rate, the animosity of such is far less dangerous than the seductive flattery of the selfish and the insincere. From their society no advantage can be gained, but much evil may result. It appears, therefore, that from every circumstance in life you may learn something that may be of service to you; and that you may be always increasing your knowledge, and practically applying it to the duties of life.

And now, in conclusion, I ask you to reconsider the various subjects which bare been brought before you. I have admitted that many servants go out into the world under great disadvantages, with scarctly any preparation for the duties of their station. But I have reminded you that, horever uninstructed you might be, God has provided you with an infallible standard of duty in the Bible, in which you, as servants, are fully taught the nature and spirit of your duties. When you enter into an agreement as a servant, you are responsible to your heavenly, as well as your earthly, Master. Take care that you act so as to please God, and secure the approbation of your conscience.

I have endeavoured to impress upon your mind the value of a good character, and pointed out the way in which you may secure it. Never be indifferent to this Your respectability, if not your bread, depends upon it. A good character is a treasure to any servant; while the loss of it will involve her in poverty and shame.

And, further, I have directed you to religion, as the only source of true happiness Whatever respect you may secure in conse

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quence of your activity, ability, and integ- to diminish the burden of suffering and trial: rity, you can only find satisfaction in loving unkindness and incivility, at such times, are and serving your God and Saviour. On that cruel inflictions. important matter, I hope you have already I have now briefly touched on those matdecided. You have abandoned the service ters on which I have offered the best and of the world and sin; and in a denial of most suitable advices in my power. I press yourself, and a taking up of the cross, you are them on your serious and careful attention. resolved to follow Christ. Having passed the I have aimed at your profit. I am fully strait gate, let me exhort you to walk in the aware of your trials, dangers, and disadnarrow way, which leadeth unto life. You have vantages; and this is not the least, that when tried the pleasures of sin, and proved them perplexed, you have so seldom a judicious vain and delusive : you will find it better to adviser at hand. Those to whom you are suffer affliction with the people of God, know- most disposed to listen are generally the ing that there is a final recompense of reward. most incompetent to guide you; while those

Take care where you take up your abode. who are best qualified you regard with disAlways give the preference, if you have a trust. The question is not what advice choice, to a place in a religious family. pleases you the best, but what advice is best There are families so worldly and so wicked, for you to follow. that you ought on no account to enterWhem; And now it only remains that I should yet, if your lot should ever be cast among commend you to God, and to His grace, those who are not followers of the Saviour, praying that you may be willing to be be mindful to witness a good confession. guided by His counsel; and that, in every This you can only do by a life consistent period of your life, acknowledging Him in with the religion you profess. Live with all your ways, He may direct your paths, your fellow-servants in peace. In seasons and finally bring you to a city of habitation. of domestic sickness, do all in your power And with this prayer, I bid you FAREWELL.

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