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ing thy Master, whilst really thou art sod in a thoughtful attitude, and the not serving Him at all.
tear-drops glistened upon her palê When singing hymns or uttering cheeks. She wept—but her tears were words of prayer take heed lest thy not those of sorrow and discontent; Master look upon thee and find that they sprang from the fount of love and thou art only ticking like a useless clock. gratitude which was swelling up in her
When thou givest a lesson which has heart. And clasping her little hands not first been carefully studied, bethink and raising her sightless eyes to heaven, thee of that useless clock.
she murmured, “Father, I thank thee When thou teachest others and that thou hast made the dear little birds neglectest to lift up thy heart in prayer to sing for me, and the sweet flowers to for a blessing on thy work, recollect perfume the air, and the cool breezes that thy teaching is but as the ticking to fan my cheek. O dear, good Father, of a useless clock.
how thou hast blessed me !" While talking zealously about reli- The words were few and simple, but gion, or labouring in the cause of they were wafted to the courts of charity, or whatsoever thou seemest to heaven. They were heard, too, on be doing for God, reflect that though earth, for they caught the ear of a gay all the power of thy mind, or the energy
young maiden who chan
at of thy body may be engaged in the way. She heard low, fervent tones, work, yet the heart is the face of the and she paused and looked, and beheld clock on which God looks, and if that a pale child, blind and deformed, rebe not right, thy labour is but as the turning thanks unto the Lord for his ticking of a useless clock.—Church of mercies. Her heart was touched, and her England Sunday School Magazine. conscience reproached her. Blessings
rich and innumerable had ever been
showered upon her, but she had never THE CHILD'S GRATITUDE.
experienced one grateful emotion, nor
returned one thank unto the glorious A LITTLE girl, both lame and blind, sat Giver. She stood rebuked before that beneath the pleasant shade of a tree, afflicted child ; repentant tears flowed one bright summer morning, listening down her cheeks, and kneeling down to the songs of the birds which were upon the sod, beneath the shade of a warbling among the branches over her tree, she lifted her heart unto God, and head. The zephyrs whispered among sought forgiveness. And in her youth the leaves and played around her, and beauty, she devoted her life and fanning her brow and bringing a deli- health and wealth, and all she possessed, cious coolness to her languid frame; and to the cause of Christ. How much rethe clover blossoms and violets lifted up sulted from the simple gratitude of that their heads, and breathed an offering of little afflicted child.-- Sunlay School sweet incense. She sat upon the velvet Teacher's Magazine.
AN ILLUSTRATION FOR TEACHERS.
HOLY LOVE. MAX must trust some one.
Love heightens the smallest actions, he may, he cannot stand alone. The
and gives a worth to them which they man, therefore, who doubts the love and cannot possess without it. Under a just truth of God, having giving up God, and merciful God, every sin is either must trust the creature. If, therefore, punished or pardoned, and every good. creatures ask him to sin, he will obey action rewarded. The most indigent
for they are now in the place of may exercise the works of mercy and God to him. If we believe God, we are charity; seeing even a cup of cold free. If we will not trust Him, we are water, given in the name of Jesus, shall the tools and slaves of anything or any
not lose its reward. How astonishing one who is stronger or cleverer than we is God's kindness! It is not the rich
merely whom he calls to be charitable :
but even the poor, and the most im- affectionate child, but the daring rebel, poverished of the poor! God gives the in league with the prince of darkness, power and inclination to be charitable, a fact that is proved by the calendar of and then rewards the work which, it every assize, by the news of every week, may be truly said, God himself hath and the events of every day. In whatwrought. It is the name of Jesus that ever age or condition of life we look at sanctifies everything, and renders ser- man, we find his reason clouded, his vices, in themselves contemptible, of high affections perverted, and his conscience worth in the sight of God.—Quesnel. stupified; but oh, the matchless mercy
of God our Saviour, who remembered us METAPHYSICAL QUESTION.
in our low estate, pitied our miserable
condition, and came to our relief. All WHEREFORE is the vegetating or vital
other sacrifices were found deficient; reaprinciple destroyed at death, and not the intellectual ? Because the vegetat
son was permitted to exhaust all its reing or vital principle is derived
sources, every hope failed, our ruin matter, and may be regarded as its
appeared inevitable, and the moment of
despair was come. Then the everlastsimple product. Consequently it must necessarily cease to exist with the
ing Son of the Father presented him
self :-"Lo, I come to do thy will, O derangement and destruction of the materials which produce it. The intel
God,” that will being the redemption
and restoration of man to the divine lectual principle, on the contrary, is not
image. How did infinite greatness a simple form; it possesses different attributes, not derived from the materials
stoop. The Ancient of Days became a
babe, the Almighty an helpless infant, of the body, and therefore must endure
the Immortal clothed himself with after death.--Gilbert, an English phy; mortality, the Infinite became circumsician of the middle of the thirteenth century.
scribed, the incorruptible God assumed corruptible clay. This will tune the
strings of the heavenly harpers.--"WorREDEMPTION.
thy is the Lamb that was slain, who THE attributes of the Deity, form the hath redeemed unto God by his blood.” noblest subject for human or angelic As to the validity and completeness contemplation. Rational intelligence of this redemption, we have what rises to its proper dignity when direct- amounts to demonstration. He who ing its energies to its almighty origin, was put to death in the flesh, was and contemplating the wisdom of God quickened by the Spirit ; He who died in redemption.
for our sins rose again for our justificaExcellence of design gives importance tion. This is the key stone in the arch to enterprise, stamps dignity on action, of Christian truth. By rising again, and reflects lustre on the operator. he proved himself to be the Son of Nothing like an interested principle God with power, having obtained etercould have actuated the All-pure One. nal redemption for us. In a human point of view obstacles Could it be proved that this atoneexisted. Man had, as a sinner, incurred ment was limited, then the gospel God's displeasure. Holiness abhorred his
offers of mercy would be limited: but crime, and justice required punishment. we rejoice that we have a gospel, Man stood condemned, but mercy inter- which is declared to be good news and posed ; a sacrifice more valuable than glad tidings to all people, Christ having man could offer was found to atone for tasted death for every man. liis guilt; for a righteousness more The condition of this redemption is meritorious than his own must entitle “ repent and believe the gospel.” It him to heaven; an agent superior to must be admitted that a man may himself must enlighten his mind and acknowledge himself a sinner, yea a rectify the depraved powers of his soul, miserable sinner, every Sabbath day, and in order to prepare him for Heaven. yet be destitute of those inward feelings
As to our need of redemption, evi- which are characteristic of genuine dences pour in from every quarter, since repentance. We must feel ourselves
no longer dwell amid the sinners so as to desire deliverance at pleasant vales of Eden, walking with the hands of Him against whom we God. Man is no longer the dutiful and have sinned.
Is it inquired what were purposes Lamb. From a subject like this we must of God in this redemption? The Scrip- come to the conclusion, that if sin is tures assure us that Christ gave him- our worst enemy, he who saved us from self for us that he might redeem us it is our best friend. Jesus is that from all iniquity, and purify unto him- friend, who has carried our nature with self a peculiar people zealous of good him into the heavenly sanctuary as our works. The essence of man's fall con- great representative ; who provides for sisted in the loss of the divine image, so all our wants, sympathises with us in the essence of his redemption consists all our troubles, affords us protection in his being created anew in Christ in seasons of danger, and saves even to Jesus, and thus fitted for admission into the uttermost. Like the father of the the heavenly kingdom.
prodigal, he is looking after his rebelDo we seek to know the moving fious children to see if any say that they cause of this mighty achievement ? The have sinned, waiting the exercise of evangelical prophet assures us that it had faith in him, to put forth his hand to its origin in God. “In his love and in wipe away the tears of godly, sorrow, his pity he redeemed us.” Isa. Ixiii. 9. and seal a pardon on the believing The mystery of redemption is a mystery heart. By the blood of Christ a new of love, attended with a host of speak- and living way is opened into the ing wonders. It is here the river of holiest of all. Let us fear not to enter, life breaks forth, and flows down from and it will conduct us to settled
peace beneath the throne of God and the and holy tranquillity.
Notes of the Month.
DECEMBER. The Sun rises on the 1st (at London and Greenwich) at fourteen minutes before eight, and sets at eight minutes before four. On the 14th he rises at eight, and sets at eleven minutes before four; on the 21st (the shortest day) he rises at six minutes after eight, and sets at nine minutes before four. On the 31st he rises at nine minutes past eight, and sets at two minutes before four. The day is shorter on the 21st than on the 1st by about twenty-one minutes; it then remains nearly the same length to the end of the month. On the 21st also the Sun enters the sign Capricornus (the Goat), and the Winter quarter commences. On the lst the Sun is nearly 600,000 miles nearer to the earth than on the lst of November.
The Moon is full on the 1st at three minutes before eleven in the morning; is new on the 16th at one minute before eleven in the morning; and is a second time full on the 30th at fifty-three minutes after nine at night. There is no moonlight on the 6th until nearly ten o'clock at night; none whatever on the 13th; she sets at a few minutes before eight on the 20th, and on the 27th she
shines until nearly four o'clock in the morning. She is near to Saturn on the 4th and to Jupiter on the 26th.
Mercury, towards the end of the month sets about an hour and a half after the sun, and is of course favourably situated for observation.
Venus is still a morning star, and on the 16th is about six degrees north of Antares, the bright star of Scorpio.
Mars, in Virgo, rises at two in the morning of the 1st, and on the last at thirty-eight minutes after midnight.
Jupiter shines splendidly throughout the night, his position in Aries being about half-way between Alpha Arietis and Alpha Ceti.
Saturn comes now into view in the evening, rising on the first at eighteen minutes after seven, and on the 31st at thirteen minutes after five.
OBSERVATIONS ON NATURE.
DECEMBER. THE flowers that bloom in December are so few that all we find are almost regarded as rarities, and prized accordingly. The Christmas rose, with its large, handsome, cup-shaped flower, white or a very pale pink, is among the most interesting, and when grown in a sheltered place,
or in a mild season, (for its delicate tex- After snow has disappeared, a fine day ture is often injured by the frost,) is as in December will sometimes assume the ornamental as any of the summer flowers. appearance of spring where the grass has It is not a true rose, but a species of sprung afresh under autumn rains; and hellebore, valuable in medicine, but in shady places the hardy leaves of the poisonous when taken in excess. The violet and primrose look as freshly green fragrant coltsfoot, also, is not only orna- as if it were already spring, for winter mental but sheds a delightful perfume. cannot destroy them when under the Then the rosemary flowers this month, protection of our English hedges and and few aromatic plants are held in sheltering copses. higher esteem, it having anciently been Nothing, however, has a more pleasant the medium of the expression of senti- look than the rich red berries on the ment on widely different occasions. At prickly holly as it is tastefully arranged weddings it was borne before the bridal
among the dark bright leaves of the party as they went to church, and dipped laurel, and the hard, tough, flat leaves in their drinking cups: at Christinas it of the mistletoe, the unfailing supply of was used to stir
up the spiced beverages which at the Christmas season shows so much in favour: and at funerals it how abundantly this parasitic curiosity was strewn upon the dead.
vegetates in our woods and forests.
LINES ADDRESSED TO A ZEALOUS AND SUCCESSFUL PREACHER OF THE GOSPEL. TOIL on, thou man of God, toil on : O strive to rouse the slumb'ring soul O faint not in the way!
To see its danger nigh; God belp thee still with mighty power And teach the humbled, troubled heart To warn, and teach, and pray.
To Jesu's arms to fly. The holiest work on earth is thine,
The heedless taunt, the cutting jest, Thy mission, O how high!
The scorner's careless jeer, To speak of life eternal, won
May tempt thee from thy work, and friends For those once doom'd to die.
May try the winning tear. O weary not, for blood-bought souls The curling lip may speak contempt, Are wrapped in hellish night :
The fiery eye glance rage; And God hath chosen thee to shed
But fear not, though with these thou hast Around them gospel light.
A lifetime's war to wage. O faint not !-fellow mortals sink,
Fear not! for he who guardeth thee, Beneath their loads of sin ;
Is greater than them all :
And thou shalt never fall.
Thy earthly gains but loss,
So thou may'st tell his wondrous love, They die its pains to know.
the cross. "No room for mirth or trifling here ! Forget not thou the recompense; God's arm is stretched to save,
Great shall be thy reward, But still they die, and mercy calls
The palm of victory, and life Not to the silent grave.
Eternal with thy Lord.
TELL us, ye men who are so jealous of right and of honour, who take sudden fire at every insult, and suffer the slightest imagination of another's contempt, or another's unfairness, to chase from your bosom every feeling of complacency; in whom every fancied infringement stirs up the quick, and the resentful appetite for justice, how will you stand the rigorous application of that test by which the forgiven of God are ascertained, even that the spirit of forgiveness is in them, and by which it will be pronounced, whether you are, indeed, the children of the Highest, and perfect as your Father in Heaven is perfect ?
LET no man be deceived as if the contagions of the soul were less than those of the body. They are yet greater; they convey more direful diseases ; they sink deeper, and creep on more unsuspectedly.
Notices of Books.
The Useful Disciple; or, a Narrative of of his poetical powers in his previous
Mrs. Mary Gardner. By Mrs. Phæbe publications; but there are some very Palmer, ai.thor of "The Way of Holi- sweet and aptly worded verses in this
First English Edition. production, and the attractive form London: Alexander Heylin.
which he has given them will be sure to Mrs. PALMER has been already intro
make them read and prized. Some, duced to our readers as the writer of however, are not well suited for the purseveral useful and excellent works on
pose of the book, and depart widely in practical religion. In this work she ap- language and construction from the simpears more as editor than author, but it ple form best adapted to convey scripture is plain that the whole has passed under
narratives to the juvenile mind. The her careful revision. The facts were
use of the measure of Longfellow's sketched in the first person as taken
“Hiawatha " is far from a happy choice; from the lips of Mrs. Gardner, by Mrs.
but the parodial application of the dying Lydia A. Baily, of New Jersey, and the
cry of our blessed Lord to the purpose materials thus obtained have assumed of the usual inscription at the end of a their present shape under Mrs. Palmer's book is its greatest blot. Mr. Adams's moulding hand.
good sense will no doubt lead him to The subject of the narrative was em
alter this in another edition. phatically a daughter of affliction. Born in affluent circumstances, she was in a
A Summer Evening Reverie, and other
Poems. very singular manner made acquainted
By William Tidd Matson.
London ; Horsell. with experimental religion at an early age; and the pictures which follow of
The author claims indulgence on the her trials, her lapses, her rebellions, her
score of his youth. We think this is recoveries, her usefulness, her faith, her
unnecessary, for there is considerable piety, through scenes of affliction, be
ability exhibited in the numerous poems reavement, hardship, and privation, make
which make up this book. Besides, the up one of the most singular and interest
man who has the true spirit of authoring books of personal experience we
in order to have read. Not the least charm is its aid in the improvement and advancement native simplicity.
of his fellowmen (as we believe Mr. Matson does), should claim indulgence
for nothing. Let him do his best, corNew Testament Verses: By H. G. Adams, rect his errors as they are made manifest, Author of “Favourite Song Birds,” improve his plans, and go right on in “Story of the Seasons,” &c., with Illus
the battle of life. We are glad to weltrations. London: Partridge and Co. come the author as a writer on the side A VERY pretty book, tastefully got up, of religion and virtue ; but this book is and fitted, both by its beauty and the too multifarious in its contents to evince excellent nature of the contents, to form what objects he has set before him. We a Christmas or New Year's gift to the hope his choice is definite, wise, and young. Mr. Adams is not quite so suc- firmly made, and that we shall meet him cessful with religious subjects as with again pursuing the course of usefulauthorthose which called forth the exercise ship in which he is well fitted to engage.
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