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ye has seen or done. Let him not hield to either temptation. Let these temptations to idleness and pride be met by a resolve to be quiet and to do his own business, and let him rather strive to shew all men that he is in every way the better for his service in the Navy.
The Sailor's Helps to a Godly Life.
1. WHENEVER the ship touches at a port where there is a garrison of English Soldiers, the Christian Seaman should lose no opportunity of making friends amongst them. There is much kindness shewn by the British Soldier to his comrades in the sister service, and many a Seaman has acquaintances and relatives in the different regiments. The privileges of using their canteens, recreation rooms, cricket grounds, &c., are always eagerly embraced by the Seamen. Where there is therefore so much interchange of friendly courtesy between the two services, how very needful it is for this unity and brotherly love to be extended to the highest matters. The Seaman will find in the Soldier a man exposed to many of the temptations which beset himself, and when he is fighting against these temptations, he will find in the Soldier a true companion in arms; for as the dangers are common, so too are the weapons by which they are best overcome. The Soldier will often be able to assist the Seaman in this godly work; and the Seaman, too, will have many experiences which will be of advantage to the Soldier. And if there is nothing else, there will always be that sympathy which exists between those who are fighting the LORD'S battles shoulder to shoulder. There is, as a rule, too much shyness in such matters between the two services—too much of a disposition to work in separate ways, to the great waste of strength, and a great loss of love. In ships where no Chaplain is borne, the Seaman will have no difficulty in getting a soldier-comrade to introduce him to the Military Chaplain, and to the Scripture Reader who is working under him. From these he will receive every sympathy and assistance. He will be welcomed at the Bible classes, and, above all, at the Holy Communion.
II. There are Societies, both in the Army and Navy, which aim at bringing Seamen and Soldiers closer together in the bonds of Christian charity, and in their common work for the great Captain of our salvation. Ask your Chaplain to tell you about them.
I Seaman's Rule of Life on Shore.
I. Never go ashore without resolving to spend your time well. When the word is passed, make up your mind so far as you can what you will do and where you will go, so as not to be taken unawares when you step ashore.
II. Never be seen in places or in company which God, through the voice of your conscience, forbids. Think if they are such as your mother, or sister, or wife, or child would approve.
III. Avoid as much as possible all singularity of behaviour, and in your dealings with others act with perfect honesty, gentleness, and purity:
IV. Be moderate in eating and drinking, remembering that when the restraints of discipline are removed, the temptations to gluttony, drunkenness, and impurity are sure to be stronger.
V. In your amusements seek to be strengthened rather than to be excited. In walking, sitting down, or at places of entertainment, remember that the eye of God is upon you, not to make you sad, but really happy.
VI. If you see a shipmate or messmate in trouble or in sin, do not be too much occupied in your own pleasure to go to his assistance. If you can do 11othing else, you can say a prayer.
VII. Never turn in at night nor out in the morning without saying your prayers. Do not pass a Church, especially on a Sunday, without entering and mingling with the worshippers. If the Holy Communion is not celebrated on board your ship, prepare to receive it at some Church ashore on the first opportunity.