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families, your friends, your country: your lives will be most miserable; you will have to go to a country where you will meet with nought but unmixed villany and wickedness, and with men whom the justice of the country has cast out as most unworthy to remain here. You will meet with them only. In that society there will not be a mixture, as in society here, of good with bad, but the bad will remain in painful isolation and connection together; a foretaste of that hereafter where the bad will congregate alone. That society will be a hell upon earth; and that it is which, as I said, makes my blood run cold when I think of it. This, nevertheless, will be your portion. It is my bounden duty to tell you, and to warn through you those who hear me, who may have committed crimes like those you have committed, that they are by no means light crimes, and that to them is awarded a punishment most severe and painful.

HYMN.

“ Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”—John vi. 37.

Just as I am-without one plea,
But that thy blood was shed for me,
And that thou bidest me come to thee

O Lamb of God, I come!
Just as I am--and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark spot-
To thee, whose blood can cleanse each blot,

O Lamb of God! I come!
Just as I am-though tossed about,
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
“ Fightings within and fears without”-

O Lamb of God, I come!
Just as I am-poor, wretched, blind!
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need in thee to find

O Lamb of God, I come !
Just as I am, thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve,
Because thy promise I believe,

O Lamb of God, I come!
Just as I am—thy love, I own,
Has broken every barrier down;
Now, to be thine, yea, thine alone

O Lamb of God, I come!

A. FOSTER, PRINTER, KIRKBY LONSDALE.

FRIENDLY VISITOR.

No. 314,

NOVEMBER, 1844.

VOL. 26.1

A BLESSED OLD AGE.

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A lady lodging for a time near a certain wateringplace-one not much resorted to, and where the poor around were simple- entered a cottage, and found an aged, sensible old woman-not very poor, because her children in service sent her sufficient to supply her necessary wants, but living quite alone. “Well, friend; quite alone?”

Yes, ma'am.' “Are you dull here?" “No, not dull.” “Perhaps you are used to this way of passing your time?” Why, as to that, I have not yet had too much to use in remembering what I have been, lady; God has given me sufficient food and clothes, and keeps me off the parish; but, still, I often long to go home: but I have not had time enough yet to think

“Have you any particular subject for your thoughts ?” “ Yes, very; and I have seen why I am to live alone, and why I am to be left in this world, after my good husband has been so long in glory. I cried enough at first, five years ago; but I am quiet now; for God has shewn me all about it; and I wish young mothers, who know enough of religion to feel what sin is, and who will not give themselves time to forsake it, would take warning. I was the mother of a large family, with one of the most holy men of prayer for my husband. When I was grumbling, lest money should fail, he was quietly reading his Bible, and trusting God. I got angry time after time, scolded the children, took them from school to earn a few pence, when he had sent them there, fretted, and often would not, from very anxiety, bend my knee in prayer. My good man taught our little ones to pray, and often he said, "Mary, you undo all, by your love of money, and fear for what may happen. Oh! I see him now, and that bower where he sat, and held his peace; while I, poor foolish creature,

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bustled and flew about, called him foolish and over easy, though he worked very hard. Oh! I was even, in passion, led to use bad words; and yet all the time I knew I sinned, and would tell him so; and this is the end of it. My children are settled --some went to a great distance-he diedI was left alone. Then I longed to go-knelt down, and prayed much and often for death. I thought I came to Christ, but I knew nothing of sin, as I do now of the real sin in which I had lived, from anxious over care; but I see it now; I don't pray to go till my Father sees me ready. But oh! what sorrows pierce my heart, as I go to that church. I often used to think myself too busy to enter; but I have had years enough in which I have had time now. This Bible I never reached down, and felt angry when he did; but it and I have been the only companions now for long dreary winters enough. Who knows but if I had left the world in heart, and walked as Richard did, but I might have been ready to have gone with himat any rate, years of tears might have been saved me. I tell my neighbours not to make food for such sorrow as mine has been. But now I am happy: my Sundays are very happy, particularly Sacrament Sundays: a few of us meet for prayer every Thursday: time is not long: I have felt some of the peace Richard spoke of, and I wait very quietly till my precious Saviour calls.”

From enquiry, we found old Mary was a most sensible, pious woman, and often trying, by advice and little acts of kindness, to be useful to others. Her humility was very great; and if offered any little addition to her comforts, she would often say, “Pray don't; I have more than 1 deserve-too much.” We always found her at the early Sacrament, and weekly lecture. Mary used to say, “I don't leave much time for the world-only just what is necessary-for it has had far too much of my life and cares already.”

POOR OR RICH.

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Which will you be? Much is left to your own choice. In all that can fill the heart with comfort and the life with cheerfulness, we can make ourselves poor by engaging in sin, or rich by seeking the grace of God. Look at that man beggared by crime, destitute of every comfort, bearing the marks of hunger, and of exposure to the wintry storm: see him in his madness destroying the property of others; applying the torch, kindling the ilames that will soon leave them shelterless, and in want! Turn now,

and look at the man rich in resources, enjoying the comfort of a happy home, surrounded by those whose health and cheerfulness betoken the blessings of plenty! What a difference between the two! Equally great between the man, who, having made shipwreck of his own happiest hopes, is spreading desolation around him by the destructive power of sin; and the man, who, having laid up his own heart's treasures in heaven, is leading

others to seek the true riches, and
to secure the unfailing possession.

MAKING MANY POOR!
Sin brings us to real poverty. Sinful pleasures
squander the riches of the heart. Whatever constitutes
the evils of poverty may be said of sin. “Does Poverty
come as one that travaileth, and Want as an armed man?
So sin takes possession of the soul. “Is the poverty of
the
poor

their destruction ?” So the sin of the sinful
secures their ruin. Sin is indebtedness to God's justice
which we cannot cancel; exposure to imprisonment
which we cannot escape: well may the Saviour address
the sinner, as "poor, and in need of all things.”

Those who engage in sin, thus impoverishing themselves, are making many poor. The impure are rendering others unclean and unfit for the purity of heaven. The infidel is infusing his poisonous sentiments into the minds of others, that they may dwell in darkness with him. The Sabbath-breaker not only destroys his own soul by forbidden pleasure, but induces others also to

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despise the divine command, and becomes their guide in profaneness. The drunkard not only keeps himself from inheriting the kingdom of heaven, but entices others also with his cup. Sinners are making many poor; robbing them of their peace, of their salvation, of their souls! Alas! their numbers, their efforts, and their dreadful success!

MAKING MANY RICH,

The gospel imparts true riches. Spiritual blessings are true riches. Whatever is attributed to wealth, may be more justly said of them. “Money answereth all things;" and these riches fit for earth and heavenqualify for all situations in life, give contentment in poverty, liberality in wealth, joy in sorrow, life in death. They answer to God, and satisfy his justice; they answer to man, and give a reason of the hope that is in us; they answer to devils, and protect us from their malice. “The rich have many friends;" and these riches make God our friend, Christ our friend, the Holy Spirit our friend, the angels our friends, and all holy people our friends. "A man's gift maketh room for him;" and do not the gifts of faith, love, joy, and peace, make room in the church for him that possesses and employs them? How does every member welcome him there? and in heaven Christ will bid him welcome as the blessed of his Father! The gospel gives these riches! and the example of Christ, the command of God, the new nature of the sanctified, and the encouragement of providence all unite in leading the Christian to send it to make many rich!

PIETY IN THE WILDERNESS.

WHAT MISSONS HAVE DONE.

The writer had crossed the Great Prairie Wilderness, had climed the rocky mountains, and had just entered the vally of some of the tributaries of the Columbia.

About three o'clock we came into the camp of a middle aged Skyuse Indian, who was on his onward march from the buffalo

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