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and ever. Millions of ages after every star which now ligbts our evening sky shall have ceased to shine, each pious reader of this article will be revolving around the Sap of Righteousness, and those who have been instrumental in saving other souls, will have these moral satel. ites attending them. For such honours our youthful readers
may be ambitious. But let them deprecate as the worst of evils the circumstances of those io wandering stars to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever."
UNDER this head we have not room to introduce recent interesting intelligence from various Missionary statious, but we rejoice in knowing that with the most of our readers, that intelligence is before them in other publications. The last anniversary of the American Bible Society was uncommonly interesting. These things united with the meetings of several beneficent societies in this metropolis, on eleetion week, prove that the wheels of Christian be neficence are rolling towards a brighter day for a dark and polluted world.
THE MONITOR being designed principally for the same period of life which is extensively associated for the study of the Scriptures, it is considered suitable that Bible Classes should occupy a conspicuous place in our pages. We have unwavering confidence, not only that a large proportion of the young may be engaged in these exercises, where the attempt is judiciously made, but that a lively interest may long be perpetuated in their appropriate objects, where they are rightly conducted. The last meeting of the Park-street Bible Class was more crowd. ed than even former ones, and twenty new members were added, making 359 in all. At the last meeting of the youth of the Old South congregation, we have been informed that a still deeper interest than ever was felt and manifested in the exercises. The Bible Classes of Charlestown and Salem are increasing in numbers and efficient influence on the youthful mind.
This manner of attempting to benefit the young is ex. tending to other Congregations. Bible Classes have rccenily been formed by Rev. Messrs. Harding of Wal. tham, Dr. Codman of Dorchester, Elliot of Roxbury, Emerson of South Reading, Storrs of Braintree, Oliphant of Beverly, Green and Sabine of Boston, and nearly in this order of time. We hope to be able hereafter to give more particulars respecting them from their respected Pastors. We know, likewise, that a considera- . ble number of Bible Classes have recently been forned which use the reference Testament as their Text Book. We hope communications will be made by their Pastors as early as they judge it may be useful. We intend soon to gratify the wishes of several Clerical gentlemen in giving some more detailed remarks, respecting the formation, exercises, and advantages of Bible Classes, than we have room for in this Number. We are happy in being able here to present our readers with the Rev. Mr. JENKS's account of his Bible Class. After suitable de. duction from his commendations of the Bible Class Text Book, his communication is able and judicious, and we should do injustice to our feelings if we omitted to state, that his expositions of Scripture to his Bible Class, which we have heard, were particularly luminous and highly interesting.
BIBLE CLASS IN BOSTON. It is a pleasing circumstance, that the religions community are becoming more deeply impressed with the importance of providing instruction for youth during the period which elapses between childhood and adult age. To the reading of the Sacred Scriptures in the family, and the recitation of the catechism, there was obviously needed the addition of some system of religious education, which should occupy the mind and influence the heart, before the responsibilities of life should leave little time for reflection. There are many, it is known, who would think themselves degraded again to the rank of children, were they, at the age of fifteen or eighteen, to be questioned in that form of sound words, which they began to know in the nursery.
But the word of God is ever fresh, ever authoritative, ever precious. “Wherewith shall the young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto,” it is replied, “aecording to Thy Word." The formation, therefore, of Bible classes, must be hailed by every friend of religion and the rising generation, as an instrument, in the hand of God, of great moral influence and benefit to the community. Nor ean it be regarded as any thing other than a peculiar blessing of his providence, that in Boston and its vicinity so many are associated for the purpose.
The first attempt to form these Classes was made among the youth of the congregation worshipping in Park-street. But it was soon found that, the vestry of the church would with difficulty contain the pupils. In this emergeney it was suggested that it might accommodate several, were there formed a Class at the Missionhouse. Some pious friends cherished the plan, and encouragement was soon afforded to give public notice of the intention. On the first evening about forty were met;
they were provided with the Biblical Catechism of the Rev. Mr. Wilbur, and instructions commenced in the usual form contemplated in that valuable manuel.
By the blessing of God on these labours, the number of pupils on record has since amounted to one hundred and
They are met once every fortnight, and called upon to recite from memory, a portion prescribed at the meeting previous. Nor have we been without hope that already some durable benefit has resulted from the employment.
As there is little peculiar in the mode of instruction adopted at the Mission-house, it is deemed unnecessary to go into a more particular detail : but it would be unjust to close this brief sketch without expressing a sense of obligation to the labours of Mr. Wilbur, in furnishing to the most interesting and important period of human life an Introduction to Seriptural Knowledge,' in his very valuable “ Biblical Catechism,"—affording not only hints on which a teacher may enlarge, but documents of infinite value, because drawn from the pure word of God-and conceived, not in words of man's wisdom, but " which the Holy Ghost teacheth, comparing spiritual things with spiritual." We cannot but wish these efforts good success.
LINES WRITTEN ON THE LAST DAY OF MAY.
How charming is the month of May?
The air is like Arabia's gale ;
Sweet songster of the hill, and dale !
To-morrow you may Summer call :
It comes to ripen and to fall.
The winds will shake the forest round;
Till they find rest upon the ground.
To Winter dreary none belongs :
Then boisterous winds are Winter's songs.
And age, life's Winter, chill your veins ;
And pleasures earthly, turn to pains.
Let Julia seek a nobler good!
B. Y.-A.-F. and B. will be inserted. W. H. and T. have been received. In answer to inquiries we would state, that all the matter published in TøE MONITOR, and not otherwise distinguished, is original.
By ceaseless action all that is subsists.
Action is the soul of existence. The good effects, which result to society from the industry of its members, have been often, and worthily commended; while the sad realities, which have been experienced from indolence have been, from necessity, but too frequently lamented. Observation has taught us that the vices, wbich have disgraced and degraded our species, have been practised by that portion of the community, who have no fixed employment, and to determined rules of action. The voice of a thousand wretches has proclaimed in our ears that infallible truth, that “ few know how to be idle and innocent." The impressive lessons, which have been inculcated from the prison-bouse and the scaffold, are sufficient to teach the pernicious consequences which follow from a life of indolence. The monitions, uttered in the plainest language from the black haunts of vice, which are too numerous in the community, relate, in the most convincing terms, the causes which hare served to brutalize and degrade the human family: It requires no process of moral reasoning—no laboured arguments to prove to the conviction of our understand