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Happy all day, and happy all the night. children will soon learn to conceal their own
secrets as well as yours.
Richter. Living jewels dropp'd unstained from heaven.
CHILDREN-Sweetness of. CHILDREN-Prattling of.
I kuow that a sweet child is the sweetest Oh! how precious to me have been the thing in nature, not even excepting the delicate prattlings of little children, and those subtle creatures which bear them; but the prettier questions and those still subtler replies that I | the kind of a thing is, the more desirable it is have heard coming from their spotless lips, that it should be pretty of its kind. One and have listened to as to oracular breathings! daisy differs not much from another in glory; How true the words, “Out of the mouth of but a violet should look and smell the daintiest. babes and sucklings thou hast ordained
Lamb. strength;" ay, strength of insight, to which | CHILDREN-Treatment of. that of most philosophers and theologians is! I esteem it better to keep children in awe abject weakness and folly. Almost every doc- by a sense of shame, and a condescension to trine now “most surely believed” by me, I their inclinations, than by fear. Tertullian. have heard again (sometimes without much conviction till long afterwards) from the lips of Children should not be flattered, but they prattlers ere or after their evening prayer was should be encouraged. They should not be so said, at the hour when those acquainted with praised as to make them vain and proud, but the children must have noticed how, after they they should be commended when they do well. are watered with the baptism for the night. The desire of praise should not be the principle and clad in their sleeping robes, their souls from which they are taught to act, but they and bodies seem both liberated; and how, as should feel that the approbation of parents is a a double portion of the child's spirit seems to desirable thing, and when they act so as to fall on them, their utterances sometimes far deserve that approbation, no injury is done transcend the thoughts of the highest genius. them by their understanding it. He who
always finds fault with a child; who is never CHILDREN-Precocity of..
satisfied with what he does; who scolds and It always grieves me to contemplate the frets and complains, let him do as he will, initiation of children into the ways of life when breaks his spirit, and soon destroys in the they are scarcely more than infants. It checks delicate texture of his soul all desire of doing their confidence and simplicity, two of the best well. The child in despair soon gives over qualities that Heaven gives them, and demands every effort to please. He beconies sullen, that they share our sorrows before they are morose, stupid, and indifferent to all the capable of entering into our enjoyments. motives that can be presented to him, ard
Dickens. becomes indifferent as to wbat he does-since CHILDREN-a Relief.
all that he does meets with the same reception His cares are cased with intervals of bliss : from the parent.
Barnes. His little children, climbing for a kiss,
CHOOSING-Well. Welcome their father's late return at night.
The measure of choosing well, is whether a CHILDREN-Singing of.
man likes what he has chosen.
Lam. There is something exceedingly thrilling in CHRIST-Divine Attributes of. the voices of children singing. Though their music be unskilful, yet it finds its way to the
Christ is a rare jewel, but men know not His
value: a sun which ever shines, but men prheart with wonderful celerity. Voices of V cherubs are they, for they breathe of Paradise ; ;
ceive not His brightness, nor walk in His light.
1. He is a garden full of sweets, a hive full of clear, liqnid tones, that flow from pure lips and i innocent hearts, like the sweetest notes of a
honey, a sun without a spot, a star ever bright,
* a fountain ever full, a brook which ever flows, flute, or the falling of water from a fountain ! ,
a rose which ever blooms, a foundation which
• never yields, a guide who never errs, a friend CHILDREN-not to be taught Secresy. who never forsakes. No mind can fully grasp
Do not command children under six years of His glory; His beauty, His worth, His importage to keep anything secret, not even the plea- ance, no tongue can fully declare. He is the sure you may be preparing as a surprise for a source of all good, the fountain of every excel. dear friend. The cloudless heaven of youthful lency, the mirror of perfection, the light of ! open-heartedness should not be overcast, not heaven, the wonder of earth, time's mastereven by the rosy dawn of shyness-otherwise piece, and eternity's glory; the sun of bliss,
the way of life, and life's fair way. “He is CHRIST-Gentleness of. altogether lovely,” says the saint; a morning
The best of men without clouds, a day without night, a rose That e'er wore earth about him was a sufferer, without a thorn ; His lips drop like the honey- | A soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit; comb, His eyes beam tenderness. His heart The first true gentleman that ever breathed. gushes love. The Christian is fed by His
Decker. hands, carried in His heart, supported by His
| CHRIST-and Godhead. arm, nursed in His bosom, guided by His eye, instructed by His lips, warmed by His love; The moon, a softer but not less beautiful His wounds are his life, His smile the light of object than the sun, returns and communicates bis path, the health of his soul, his rest and to mankind the light of the sun, in a gentle bearen below.
Balfern. and delightful manner, exactly suited to the
strength of the human eye; an illustrious and In Him, the self-existent and infinite mind, | most beautiful emblem, in this and several the Christian beholds unceasingly an object of other respects, of the divine Redeemer of manboundless sublimity, grandeur, beauty, and kind : who, softening the splendour of the loveliness, commanding by the disclosure of Godhead, brings it to the eye of the underHis character, and exhausting all finite admi- | standing, in a manner fitted to the strength of ration, complacency, love, and praise, expand the mind, so that, without being overwhelmed ing every view, refining every affection, and or distressed, it can thus behold "the light of endobling every attribute.
Divight. the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
Dwight. His name shall be called Wonderful, CounBellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, CHRIST–Benign Influence of. the Prince of Peace.
He walked in Judea eighteen hundred years CHRIST–Benevolent Character of.
ago; His sphere melody, flowing in wild native In the beautiful character of the blessed tones, took captive the ravished souls of men, | Jesus there was not a more striking feature and, being of a truth sphere melody, still flows than a certain sensibility, which disposed Him and sounds, though now with thousand-fold to take part in every one's affliction to which accompaniments and rich symphonies, through he was a witness, and to be ready to afford it all our hearts, and modulates and divinely leads a miraculous relief. He was apt to be par- them.
Carlyle. "ticularly touched by instances of domestic distress, in which the suffering arises from
CHRIST-Life of. those feelings of friendship, growing out of I find the life of Christ made up of two | natural affection and habitual endearment, parts; a part I can sympathize with as a man, , which constitute the perfection of man as a
and a part on which I am to gaze; a beam social creature, and distinguish the society of sent down from heaven which I can see and the humaankind from the instinctive herdings love, and another beam shot into the infinite of the lower animals. Bishop Horsley. | that I cannot comprehend.
Barr. CHRIST-Divinity of.
CHRIST–Lowliness and Majesty of. In Hira dwelleth all the fulness of the God. head bodily.
He was not
In costly raiment clad, nor on His brow CHRIST-Fidelity to.
The symbol of a princely lineage wore; . We indeed may not be called upon to make No followers at His back, nor in His hand any very difficult sacrifices on account of our Buckler, or sword, or spear--yet in His mien religion, or to undergo any extremity of labour Command sat throned serene, and if He smiled, or to incur any signal dangers in that behalf. , A kingly condescension graced His lips Yet the faithful Christian will always find The lion would have crouch'd to in his lair. cocasions in which he may testify his fidelity! His garb was simple, and His sandals worn; to Christ, by labouring to instruct the ignorant, His stature modell’d with a perfect grace; and by administering assistance and comfort His countenance the impress of a God, to his afflicted brethren. And he who engages Touch'd with the open innocence of a child ; in these works and labours of love, provided he His eye was blue and calm, as is the sky engage in them with Christian prudence as In the serenest noon; His hair uushorn well as Christian benevolence, is manifesting Fell to His shoulders; and His curling beard thereby a laudable attachment to Christian The fulness of perfected manhood bore. faith. Bishop Mant. i
CHRIST-the Person of.
sition which is displayed in such a character, There has appeared in this our day, a man to entertain in their heart any mean or de. of great virtue, named Jesus Christ, who is grading opinion of the character which they yet living amongst us, and with the Gentiles apparently undervalue. Every thought which is accepted as a prophet of truth, but his own it wrung from their conscience by its unwel. disciples call him the Son of God. He raiseth come intrusion upon their contemplation, rises the dead, and cureth all manner of diseases; in judgment against their indifference-God a man of stature somewhat tall and comely, has not permitted them to despise a true with a very reverend countenance, such as the Christian; they may pass him by with a beholder may both love and fear; his hair is haughty and supercilious coldness: they may of the colour of a filbert full ripe, and plain deride him with a taunting and sarcastic down to his ears, but from his ears downwards, irony ; but the spirit of the proudest man that somewhat curled, and more orient of colour, ever lived will bend before tbe grandeur of a waving about his shoulders. In the midst of | Christian's humility. You are at once awed, his head, goeth a seam or partition of hair, and you recoil upon your own conscience when after the manner of the Nazarites; his fore- you meet with one whose feelings are purified head very smooth and plain ; his face, nose,
by the Gospel. The light of a Christian's and mouth so framed, as nothing can be
soul, when it shines into the dark den of a reprehended; his beard somewbat thick. | worldly heart, startles and alarms the gloomy agreeable to the hair of his head for colour. | passions that are brooding within. Is this not of any great length, but forked in the contempt? No: but all the virulence which middle; of an innocent and mature look : his is excited by the Christian graces can be reeyes grey, clear, and quick. In reproving, he solved into envy, the feeling of devils when is terrible; in admonishing, courteous and they think on the pure happiness of angels fair-spoken, pleasant in speech, amidst gravity, and, to complete their confusion, what is at It cannot be remembered that any have seen that moment the feeling in the Christian's him laugh, but many have seen him weep. In heart? Pity, most unfeigned pity! Wolje. proportion of body, well-shaped and straight; his hands and arms most beauteous to behold; | CHRISTIAN-Nobility of a. in speaking very temperate, modest, and wise ; | A Christian is the highest style of man. a man of singular virtue, surpassing the chil.
Young. dren of men.
Publius Leontulus. CHRISTIAN-Gold in the Ore. CHRIST-always the same.
A Christian in this world is but gold in the
ore ; at death, the pure gold is melted out Jesus Christ the same yesterday, to-day, and separated, and the dross cast away and and for ever.
Flaeel. CHRISTIAN-Blessedness of being a | CHRISTIAN-Proofs of a.
I have known what the enjoyments and ad. He that can apprehend and consider rice vantages of this life are, and what the more with all her baits and seeming pleasures, and refined pleasures which learning and intel- yet abstain, and yet distinguish, and yet lectual power can bestow; and with all the prefer that which is truly better, he is the true experience that more than threescore years wayfaring Christian. I cannot praise a fugi. can give, I, now on the eve of my departure, tive and cloistered virtue unexercised, and declare to you, (and earnestly pray that you unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees may hereafter live and act on the conviction,) her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that health is a great blessing-competence that immortal garland is to be run for, not obtained by honourable industry a great without dust and heat.
Milton. blessing--and a great blessing it is to have kind, faithful, and loving friends and relatives ; CHRISTIAN-Virtues of a but, that the greatest of all blessings, as it is! If these be Christian virtues. I am a Christian : the most ennobling of all privileges, is to be The faith that can inspire this gen'rous change indeed a Christian.
Coleridge. Must be divine-and glows with all its God!
Friendship and constancy, and right and pity, CHRISTIAN-not to be Despised.
All these are lessons I had learnt before; However the world may affect to despise But this unnatural grandeur of the soul the genuine Christian, it is beyond their Is more than mortal, and outreaches virtues ; power; they feel too sensibly the necessity of It draws, it charins, it binds me to be Christian. attaining that very state of feeling and dispo-1
CHRISTIAN-Wit of a.
we are led, perhaps, to muse upon their posA Christian's wit is inoffensive light,
sible uses; but, however curious as subjects of A beam that aids, but never grieves the sight; speculation, it must, after all, be confessed | Vig'rous in age as in the flush of youth, | they twinkle to the common observer with a "Tis always active on the side of truth;
vain and "idle" lustre; and except in the Temp'rance and peace insure its healthful dreams of the astrologer, have no influence on state,
human happiness, or any concern with the And make it brightest at its latest date. course and order of the world. But to the real
Christian, on the contrary, these peculiar doc| CHRISTIANS-Nominal.
trines constitute the centre to which he gravitates /
the very sun of his system! the origin of all that Many there are who, while they bear the is excellent and lovely! the source of light, and name of Christians, are totally unacquainted life, and motion, and genial warmth, and with the power of their divine religion. But plastic energy! Dim is the light of reason, for their crimes the Gospel is in no wise and cold and comfortless our state while left answerable. Christianity is with them a to her unassisted guidance. Even the Old geographical, not a descriptive, appellation. Testament itself, though a revelation from
Faber. | Heaven, shines but with feeble and scanty CHRISTIAN SOLDIER-Faith of a.
rays. But the blessed truths of the Gospel
are now unveiled to our eyes, and we are called It is more to the honour of a Christian upon to behold and to enjoy “the light of the soldier by faith to overcome the world, than knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of
by a monastical vow to retreat from it; and Jesus Christ," in the full radiance of its | more for the honour of Christ, to serve Him in meridian splendour. The words of Inspiration | a city, than to serve Him in a cell.
best express our highly-favoured state; "we
Matthew Henry. all, with open face, beholding as in a glass the CHRISTIANITY-without Ceremonial.
glory of the Lord, are changed into the same
image, from glory to glory, even as by the Christianity has no ceremonial. It has Spirit of the Lord.”
Wilberforce. forms, for forms are essential to order; but it disdains the folly of attempting to reinforce CHRISTIANITY-Evidences of. | the religion of the heart by the antics of the
As to the Christian religion, besides the mind.
Croly. | strong evidence which we have for it, there is
a balance in its favour from the number of CHRISTIANITY-Difficulties of.
great men who have been convinced of its Now you say, alas! Christianity is hard : I truth after a serious consideration of the quesgrant it; but gainful and happy. I contemn tion. Grotius was an acute man, a lawyer, a the difficulty, when I respect the advantage. man accustomed to examine evidence, and he The greatest labours that have answerable was convinced. Grotius was not a recluse, but requitals, are less than the least that have no a man of the world, who certainly had no bias rizard. Believe me, when I look to the reward, on the side of religion. Sir Isaac Newton set I would not have the work easier. It is a out an infidel, and came to be a very firm good Master whom we serve, who not only believer.
Johnson pays, but gives; not after the proportion of our earnings, but of His own mercy.
Ours is a religion jealous in its demands, CHRISTIANITY-Distinctions in.
but how infinitely prodigal in its gifts! It
troubles you for an hour, it repays you by im. The main distinction between real Chris
Bulwer Lytton. tianity and the system of the bulk of nominal Christians, chiefly consists in the different
CHRISTIANITY-true to the Heart, place which is assigned in the two schemes to the peculiar doctrines of the Gospel. These,
Christianity, which is always true to the in the scheme of nominal Christians, if ad- | heart, knows no abstract virtues, but virtues uitted at all, appear but like the stars of the resulting from our wants, and useful to all. firmament to the ordinary eye. Those splendid
Chateaubriand luminaries draw forth, perhaps, occasionally, a
CHRISTIANITY-Intent of. transient expression of admiration when we behold their beauty, or hear of their distances, Christianity did not come from heaven to be maguitades, or properties : now and then, too, I the amusement of an idle hour, to be the food CHRISTIANITY.
of mere imagination; to be "as a very lovely CHRISTIANITY-Perversion of. song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and it may be well said of many who would be playeth well upon an instrument." No; it is displeased with you if you did not call them intended to be the guide, the guardian, the Christians, that had some of the ancient companion of all our bours: it is intended to heathen sages lived to the present day, to see be the food of our immortal spirits; it is in- their abominations and vices, they would have tended to be the serious occupation of our despised that faith which produced no better whole existence.
"Bishop Jebb. works.
Alas! how has the social spirit of ChrisCHRISTIANITY-Mission of.
tianity been perverted by fools at one time, Christ appeared—the career of Paganisma
and by knaves and bigots at another; by the was checked, the fate of Judaism was sealed.
self-tormentors of the cell, and the all-tor
Colton. A character and a religion were placed before
| mentors of the conclave. the eyes of men hitherto inconceivable, in the beauty and philosophy of their nature. Un
CHRISTIANITY-Teaching of. like all other founders of a religious faith, Christianity forbids no necessary occuChrist had no selfishness, no desire of domi- pations, no reasonable indulgences, no innocent nance; and · His system, unlike all other relaxations. It allows us to use the world, systems of worship, was bloodless, boundlessly provided we do not abuse it. It does not beneficent, inexpressibly pure, and-most mar- spread before us a delicious banquet, and then vellous of all-went to break all bonds of body come with a “touch not, taste not, handle and soul, and to cast down every temporal and not." All it requires is, that our liberty degenevery spiritual tyranny. William Howitt. erate not into licentiousness, our amuse
ments into dissipation, our industry into CHRISTIANITY-Divine Origin of.
incessant toil, our carefulness into extreme
anxiety and endless solicitude. So far from Christianity bears all the marks of a divine
forbidding us to engage in business, it expressly original : it came down from heaven, and its
commands us not to be slothful in it, and to gracious purpose is to carry us up thither. Its labour with our hands for the things that be author is God; it was foretold from the begin
needful; it enjoins every one to abide in the ning, by prophecies, which grew clearer and
calling wherein he was called, and perform all brighter as they approached the period of their
the duties of it. It even stigmatizes those accomplishment. It was confirmed by miracles,
that provide not for their own, with telling which continued till the religion they illustrated
them that they are worse than infidels. When was established. It was ratified by the blood
it requires us “to be temperate in all things," of its author; its doctrines are pure, sublime,
it plainly tells us, that we may use all things consistent; its precepts just and holy; its
temperately; when it directs us, “ to make worship is spiritual; its service reasonable,
our moderation known unto all men," this and rendered practicable by the offers of
evidently implies, that within the bounds of divine aid to human weakness. It is sanc
moderation we may enjoy all the reasonable tioned by the promise of eternal happiness to
conveniences and comforts of the present life. the faithful, and the threat of everlasting
Bishop Porteus. misery to the disobedient. It had no collusion with power, for power sought to crush it;
CHRISTIANITY—Treatment of. it could not be in any league with the world, | Servile, and base, and mercenary is the for it set out by declaring itself the enemy of notion of Christian practice among the bulk the world; it reprobated its maxims, it showed of nominal Christians. They give no more the vanity of its glories, the danger of its than they dare not withhold: they abstain riches, the emptiness of its pleasures. This from nothing but what they must not practise, religion does not consist in external conformity When you state to them the doubtful quality to practices which, though right in themselves, of any action, and the consequent obligation may be adopted from human motives, and to to desist from it, they reply to you in the answer secular purposes; it is not a religion of very spirit of Shylock, “ they cannot find it forms, and modes, and decencies; it is being in the bond." In short, they know Chris.. transformed into the image of God; it is tianity only as a system of restraint. She is being like-minded with Christ; it is consider. despoiled of every liberal and generous prining Him as our sanctification, as well as our ciple: she is rendered almost unfit for the redemption; it is endeavouring to live to Him social intercourses of life, and is only suited here, that we may live with Him hereafter. to the gloomy walls of a cloister, in which Hannah More. I they would confine her.