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summer, and the fruits of autumn, will be blended, through the vertical rays from the ineffable throne. There grows the tree of life, bearing twelve manner of fruits and yielding its fruit every month. . *** Blessed are all they that do the commandments of God, that they may have right to the tree af life, and may enter in through the gates into the city."

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BIOGRALHICAL SKETCHES.

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Ir now remains that we briefly consider the ADPANTAGES which resulted to Daniel, from his being the object of God's special favour.

He had sweet communion with God. The ardour of his piety was attended with that peace of God which passés all understanding. The nature and extent of this advantage can be known only to those who have experienced it. The stranger to vital and practical godliness does not intermeddle with this jov. 'It is the highest enjoyment the soul knows on this side of heaven.

Again, it insured him the protection of an Almighty friend. Weak and defenceless mortals, exposed to ten thousand dangers, stand in need of such a friend. And Daniel experienced great advantage from it. It gave him favour with the prince of the Eunuchs, at the cem. mencement of his public life. It raised him to posts of honour and usefulness. It was the means of preserving his own life, and the lives of many others, when the deeree went forth that all the wise men of Babylon should be slain. Enjoying the special favour of God, the king's dream with its interpretation, was revealed to bim in answer to prayer.

And when the malice of his enemies had thrown him into the lions' den, God sent his angel to stop the lions' mouths, that they should not hurt him. Thus the Psalmist's inspired testimony was verified, "The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” Since God was his

protector,no weapon formed against Daniel could prosper.

Once more ; the special favour of God, imparted to this holy man clear views of spiritual things. He had a deep insight into the word of God, as well as a prophetic view of future events. By this favour of God, ihere were imparted to him eminently clear views of , the Messiah's character, the time of his advent, and the object of his humiliation, to make an end of transgression and bring in everlasting righteousness. These were not merely casual glances, but discriminating and abiding views. The kingdoms of this world with their fading glories were made to pass in review before his prophetic eye, and the spiritual kingdom of Christ, as the sione cut out of the mountain without hands was seen expanding till it should fill the whole earth.

Lastly; the special favour of God, obtained for Dan. iel the testimony that he pleased God, and that at the end of the days he should stand in his lot. The end of the days, when distinguished honours were reserved for him, was to be at that solemn period when those that 6 sleep in the dust should awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting, contempt.” When " they that be wise shall shine as the brighiness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever," the lot of a star of the first magnitude in the firmament of glory was appointed for him. Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the King of kings " delighteth to honour."

Here let us affectionately inquire of the dear hopes of the Church whether the most important of Daniel's privileges are desired by you. Do you desire that peace which the world can neither give nor take away? Yon must seek it in communion with God. Do you need and desire protection and defence against seen and unseen dangers to which you are exposed ! Can you find it any where else but in the favour of the Almighty ? Do you desire health, wisdom, and usefulness ; you must "flee youthful lusts, and follow righteousness, peace, faith, charity, with those who call upon the Lord out of a pure heart.

You must be temperate, sober, studious and prayerful. This is the only path in which you can expect io obtain the blessings desired. If you are the objects of God's favour, he can give you favour in the eyes

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He can render you long and eminently useful on earth. And from whom besides can you obtain an incorruptible crown of glory, when the wealth, the honours and the pleasures of earth are no more? In a word ; do

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de. sire all that s worth possessing in time, and to be the companions of Daniel in glory,

you must serk it in that sobriety, humility, devotion and integrity, which rendered Da niel a man greatly beloved of God. May God by his grace enable you all here to choose wisdom's ways which are pleasantness and peace, and hereafter crown you with eternal glory.

A VOICE FROM THE GRAVE

We proposed, in our last number to give some extracts from

sermons preached to the young, in Boston, a century ago. We shall insert a few paragraphs from the discourses of the Rev. Messrs. WADSWORTH and FoxCROFT, joint pastors of the old Church, which now meets in Summer-Street. THEY BEING DEAD YET SPEAK.

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[From the Sermon of Rev. Mr. WADSWORTH.]

young persons would rightly fear God, they should diligently study his will, to direct them in it, and quicken them to it: For his revealed will, shows what he forbids, what he requires, and what obligations they are under to obey him. He has shewn them what is good, and what he requires of them, (Mic. vi. 8.) This he has done in the holy Seriptures, which are able to make wise unto galvation, through faith in Christ Jesus, (2 Tim. iij. 15.) Timothy in early life knew those Scriptures, and so should others also. The Seriptures are God's law, they are Christ's love-letter to his people, they are the saints” charter containing the privileges belonging to them : youth should maintain a diligent, constant practice of reading the holy Seriptures of regarding them as the light of their feet, and lamp of their paths, (Psalm cxix. 105.) Search the Scriptures, (John v. 39.) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. Meditate on God's Law, night and day, (Psalm i. 2.) Hide it in your hearts, that you may not sin against God: Wherewith shall á young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word, (Psalm cxix. 9. 11.) Dear Youth, you cannot rightly fear and serve God unless you are acquainted with his revealed Will, You must know his will, else you cannot do it; what he forbids, that you may avoid it; what he requires, that you may perform it." Study to know God's will, both as a part and a means, of that fear you owe Him: as a part of it, for it is what He requires. (1 Chron. xxviii. 9.) Know thou the God of thy fathers, (Rom. xii. 2.) That ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable will of God. (Hos. iv. 6.) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge ; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I also will rejeet thee. Again, study God's will, as a means of that fear you owe him. Practice is the end that should be aimed at in seeking knowledge. We should study to know God's holy will, with a purpose, desire and design to do it, to conform to it. (Josh. i. 8.) This Book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night; that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein. (Matt. xxviii. 20.) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. The commands of Christ should be taught, and therefore learot, that they may be observed and obeyed. Therefore, my youthful friends, prize your Bible as the best of all books; prize it above gold, above much fine gold, es. teem it sweeter than honey or the honey comb, (Paslm xix. 10.) It shows you how to get peace with God, how to please him, how to honour Christ and to get honour in his sight; it shows you how to get pardon of sin, how to behave yourselves in every station and condition, how to get a sapetified use of providences, how to save your souls, to escape hell, to get to heaven, and possess eternal glory. O let this best of books, be the chief subject of your study and meditation. How much time is wretch. edly mispent, thrown away, lost, in reading, useless, or worse than useless books. But seriously and diligently to read and study the holy Bible, is one good means to make us wise to salvation, holy in time, and happy to eternity.

[From the Sermon of Rev. Mr. Foxcroft.] The first sort of young persons to be exhorted are the habitually SECURE and insensible. Too many, I ain afraid, there are of this unhappy character among our young, people, as well as elder, not withstanding the repeated soleinn calls, warnings and exhortations they have hall from time to time. Therefore there is need of this address to the secure. And O that we might succeed in these our last attempts !

Let every onconcerned unconvinced young man now before the Lord, consider I am particularly .peaking to him, in the game of God, that God who searches the heart, who expects you to take heed how you hear, and will one day call you to an account: in his great and dreadful naine, I say, I am now speaking to you. I

0 .consider this young man, and dare not turn away your ear, nor harden your heart : but hearken unto the voice of God, and see that ye refuse not him that speaketh from heaven. Hearken to the counsel which is brought you, and send us pot back to our Master with that melan. choly complaint,-Wbo hath believed our report? We have laboured in vain.-- Yet, be it so, our judgment is with the Lord and our reward with God!

But what arguments and expressions shall I choose? O that I might be directed to such, as sball affect and penetrate deep! God is our witness, whom we serve in ihe Gospel of bis Son, that our heart's desire and prayer for you all is, that you may be saved. “Now, therefore, as though God did beseech you by us, we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God! and as work. ers together with Him we beseech you, that ye receive not the Gospel of God in vain.” In the bowels of Jesus, and by all the compassion you owe to your perishing souls, we beg you, yea we command and exhort you by our Lord Jesus Christ, that you now, even now begin to consider your ways,

I. Then, Consider the great sinfulness of your present secarity. Great is your wiekedness herein your guilt is very obvinus and prodigious. Your carnal security implies the blackest ingratitude, the basest disingenuity, the vilest injustice, rebellion and presumption. It betrays a seeret infidelity, and proceeds from aceursed principles. It is a manifest disobedience to the preceptive will of

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