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sons of greatest weakness, from public worship. Latterly, having entirely lost her eyesight, she would totter along with a staff in one hand, and groping with the other, to hear the words of her Saviour.

Visiting her one day, on hearing my voice, she eagerly stretched her 'withered arm, adding, • I like to feel you, though I cannot see you, but this will not be the case in heaven. She continued, "I have been thinking how good Christ my Saviour is to me, that I can still hear his voice. She always appeared to have her heart full of love to her Redeemer. Wherever she was, or at whatever hour of the day or night, she poured forth of the good treasure of her heart. She was all peace and contentment. A short time before her death, Mrs. M. observing that there was a wanit of comfort in the house from the daughter being at a distance with her own' mother, sent an individual to make her room more comfortable, with a little food daily suited to her weak condition. This she considered too great kindness to such a worm, as she often described herself. She could not find words to express her obligations to God for every little kindness.

“ A night 'or two before her dissolution, I remained with her several hours, expecting each to be her last on earth. When conversing with those present about her probable age, she remarked, • I am not old-I only began to live when I first knew and loved the Saviour. My former life was a nothing, or a dream. I was asleep till a stranger came to me-it was Jesus. He cried " Awake! awake!" I awoke and beheld his hands and feet which my sins had pierced, and then I died with horror. My heart died within' me. 'I said, "Let the anger of God destroy me, for I have slàin his Son." I felt I was a murderer! I felt I was made of sin!' ' I was not a worm but a serpent. My heart died, I became as a corpse. The eagles of heaven saw my body—they were descending to devour it, but Jesus' came again, and said, “ Live!" On being asked if she had any misgivings, in the certain prospect of soon entering into life in the unseen and deathless state, she replied with great ardour, • How can I doubt when Christ has done all for me! I am not my own—I am part of his body.'

“ When referring to the unmingled happiness enjoyed in heaven in the society of saints and angels, · Yes,' she added; but it is the presence of the Saviour that makes that happiness. Could I be happy were He not there? No.' She appeared to have no ebbs nor flows of feeling. From the abounding fulness of the heart her mouth spake. She was much in prayer. Her lamp burned with a steady flame, throwing a lustre on everything around her till it died away in heaven's pure day. To God be ascribed all the praise ! She was truly a brand plucked from the burning-a of the power of the everlasting Gospel; for she had been a sinner of no common order—a kind of priestess of the unmeaning and polluting rites of heathenism. Her faith was simple as it was sincere; and, considering her great age when she was aroused to a sense of her danger, I was frequently surprised at the extent of her knowledge, 'and the clearness of her views on divine subjects.”

THE GOLD-PIECE. On visiting Mrs. L-, and telling her how much good the colporteurs are doing, she retired a moment from the room, but soon returned with a piece of gold. As she put it into my bands, her tears flowed freely, and she said, “ This piece of money belonged to my poor boy, who is now dead, and I can make no better use of it than to devote it to sending the Gospel among the poor.

It was saved by him; and were he now alive, nothing could give me greater joy than to see him freely making a like disposition of this money. She could say no more.

The remembrance of her darling boy, who was drowned but a few months before, choked her utterance. She had attended him in his helpless infancy, and watched, with a mother's love, the unfolding of his infant mind. She had seen him pass safely through the period of infancy and childhood, and then, by a mysterious providence, suddenly snatched from her sight for ever.

REMARKABLE CONVERSION OF A SAILOR. In my labours as agent of the New York Bible Society, I am frequently cheered by the assistance of pious seamen.

Some of them manifest a spirit of devotion to the cause of Christ, and an interest in the spiritual welfare of their shipmates.

Some time since I was introduced to J. M. C. When he arrived at this port he was induced to go to a temperance house to board, not from any love to temperance or its friends, for he was a wicked, reckless sailor. He was soon invited by the keeper to join the “ Marine Temperance Society;" but he declined on the ground that the “members drank secretly,” and, strange to say, it was strongly impressed on his mind that the landlord was one of those who took a glass “now and then." He accordingly watched him. One Saturday evening he started out, and the sailor followed him through different streets, till he came to No. 38, Hamilton-street, where the keeper went in. “ There," said the sailor exultingly, “ I have got you now, there is where you get your grog.” After a moment's pause, hoping to catch him in the very act, he went in, but instead of a bar room he found a sailor prayer meeting. The Holy Spirit was there, and an arrow of conviction pierced his heart

. He remained to the close of the meeting, and was led to “search the Scriptures," and, as stated above, became a trophy of victorious grace.

He soon sailed for the coast of Africa on a trading voyage, in the ship- whose crew consisted of thirty-two men and boys

. I placed in the hands of this sailor a supply of the Scriptures, Tracts, &c., for the voyage.

A MARTYR'S LOVE. A MARTYR was asked whether he did not love his wife and children, who stood weeping by him? “Love them!” said he ; "Yes, if all the world were gold, and at my disposal, I would give it all for the satisfaction of living with them, though it were in a prison; yet, in comparison with Christ, I love them not!” (Luke xiv. 26.)


My little fills my little wishing mind ;

Thou having more than much, yet seekest more.
Who seeks, still wishes what he seeks to find;

Who wishes, wants; and whoso wants, is poor :
Then this must follow of necessity-
Poor are thy riches-rich my poverty.
Though still thou get'st, yet is thy want not spent,

But, as thy wealth, so grows thy wealthy itch ;
But with my little I have much content-

Content hath all; and who hath all, is rich :
Then this in reason thou must needs confess-
If I have little, yet that thou hast less.
Whatever man possesses, God hath lent,

And to his audit liable is ever
To reckon how, and when, and where he spent ;

Then this thou bragg'st—thou art a great receiver:
Little my debt, when little is my store-
The more thou hast, thy debt still grows the more.


When lonely Jacob left his home,

The country of his birth,
He had no thought save on to roam,

With not a friend on earth;
He knew not where his path might lead,

He knew not where to dwell;
Whether to seek the flowering mead,

Or dark and rugged fell:
And yet he trusted God for all,

And journeyed to his rest;
For He who marks the sparrow's fall,

Protected him and blessed.

And so in every hour of need,

The hand will guard us too-
That deigns the birds of heaven to feed

With love so kind and true.

For he that watches over each,

Safe in its downy nest,
Will lead us on, and bless, and teach,

And take us to his rest.



GLEANINGS. “Surely God Almighty is angry have a season for secret prayer and with England, and it is more sure meditation, and I will daily read that God is never angry without a the Scriptures, examine myself, and cause. The best way is for every renew my vows to God. one to lay his hand on his heart, 5. I will cultivate more firmness and examine himself thoroughly, to and consistency in the government summon his thoughts and winnow of my children. them, and so call to remembrance 6. I will avoid irritability of temhow far he hath offended heaven; per.] and then it will be found that God 7. I will be meek under reproof. is not angry with England, but with 10. I will endeavour to be faithful Englishmen. I find that I have to the souls around me. contributed as much to the drawing 11. I will cultivate conscientiousdown these judgments on England ness in the disposal of my time. as any other.”England in the 17th 12. I will cultivate the habit of century.- Religious Tract Society. ejaculatory prayer.

“LEANING UPON THE BELOV. 14. I will avoid levity.

."-One day a very old man went 15. I will cultivate cheerfulness into Mr. Pitman's (the Missionary) of temper. study, when the following conversa

ANECDOTES.—The late Rev. Mr. tion took place. “Well, my friend, | Young, Jedburgh, was once visiting what is your business?". “I wish the death-bed of an aged member to give myself to God in baptism." of his congregation, who was hourly “Is that the real desire of your looking for his last change. “Well, heart?" 'Yes, the real desire.' my friend,” said the minister, “how “Do you love God and Christ?" do you feel yourself to-day?” “Very “Yes, I love God. I have been a weel, sir,” was the answer, “very wretched being, a great warrior in weel, but just a wee confused wi' this place, and many a one have I the flitting'.??-One stormy winter slain in my days of ignorance; but day he was visiting another of his there is a new day. We now hear people, an old man, who lived in things that we never heard before. great poverty in a lonely cottage a I heard you preach from the words, few miles from Jedburgh. He found God forbid that I should glory, him sitting with the Bible

open on save in the cross of our Lord Jesus his knees, but in outward circumChrist.'

thought much about the stances of great discomfort — the cross of Christ. “Do you know snow drifting through the roof, and who Christ is ?” “He is the Son under the door, and scarce any fire of God." “What was his object on the hearth.

· What are you in coming into this world?" "To about to-day, John?” was Mr. be the true sacrifice for sin, that we Young's question. “Ah! sir," said might be saved.'

Do you pray

the happy saint, I'm sittin' under to him?" Oh, yes.”

His shadow wi' great delight!trust in him?" "Yes, like this,' ROME THE ENEMY OF ENLIGHTleaning his back, and resting his MENT.-- Rowland Philip, the vicar whole weight against the sofa in the of Croydon, preaching at St. Paul's study; ..“my soul thus leans on against the art of Printing, then Christ."

lately brought into England, uttered Good RESOLUTIONS.-- An obi- this sentence in the course of his tuary of Mrs. Ward, wife of a sermon: “We (meaning the Roclergyman, contains some excel-manists] must root out printing, or lent resolutions appended to printing will root out us.”-Fox. written prayer. They were sixteen THE USE OF MEANS.-God nein all, from which these are ver promised to save by miracles lected :

those that would not save themselves 1. I will endeavour, each day, to by means.-Henry.

Do you



TEMPERANCE. HARD WORK WITÁOUT STRONG without any other ingredient than DRINK.Respected Friends,-For malt and hops and water. They have the information of some who still appointed a committee in each canthink that hard work cannot be ton to taste the beer offered for sale, done so well without intoxicating admitting that which they find genudrink as with it, and for the en- ine, and rejecting all other. couragement of others who may ANNUAL COST OF INTOXICATING wish to try the temperance system, LIQUORS.-In France, £52,777,777; I will make a statement of the man- Great Britain, £39,692,407; Sweden, ner in which we find teetotalism to £13,500,000; Prussia, £9,000,000; act.

United States, £8,062,416. This I occupy nearly 200 acres of corn calculation, however, shews only a and dairy land, and have regularly partial result. It does not give the five hired servants. During hay expense incurred in upholding priand corn harvest last summer, I sons, police, asylums, workhouseş, had about ten, who boarded in the &c., which are rendered necessary house. - They worked much better, by habits of drunkenness. Taking and with more comfort to them- these into account, the annual cost selves and all about them, than of intoxication in the United Kingwhen we gave them intoxicating dom is carefully estimated at one drink (after which I used to observe hundred millions annually-a sum there was more talk than work.?? large enough to relieve the distresses I am glad to say that we have not of the poor and unemployed, and had any intoxicating drink in the which doubles the government rehouse for more than twelve months. venue! We have substituted good coffee, of POLAND,—The temperance sociewhich the servants are very fond. ties have been spreading very rapidly Most of them are now pledged in that part of Poland in which their temperance members. I have been existence is tolerated, viz. the Duchy so four years. I am upwards of 75 of Posen, Galicia, and the Republic years of age, had been accustomed of Cracow. Recent accounts from to a little all my life, though never Cracow announce the most benefiintemperate, yet I feel myself better cial results from this new movement. without it. I can endure fatigue In the country, illness and mortality with any ale-drinker of my age, and have sensibly decreased, notwithmore than many much younger. I standing the very wet autumn we I have been told, “A little is quite have had this year. In one parish, necessary at my age,” but I have the population of which amounts to proved the fallacy of that. Many 6000, only four persons died, and say, "Those who take but little, these were children, during the two have no need to sign.” I did it to worst months in autumn. encourage others, and good has been Dogs WISER THAN DRINKERS. the result. I can with confidence --The Edinburgh Weekly Adverrecommend it to every fellow-being, tiser relates “a curious instance of of whatever station, age, or con- the intelligence of a dog. Its owner, stitution. Above all, -give not a professor of chemistry, tried upon strong drink to children.

it the effect of a poison, and afterDANIEL SMITH. wards saved its life by an antidote. A NEW SPECIES OF TEMPER- The animal would never afterwards ANCE SOCIETY (a provisional one, eat solids, unless he also saw his however) has been formed at Cernay master partaking of the same food; (Haut-Rhin). The beer-drinkers and he would drink nothing but wahave entered into a pledge with each ter at the fountain." other not to drink a drop of their There are, at this moment, 1000 Favourite liquor until the brewers re- American vessels ploughing the sea urn to the old usage of making it without the use of ardent spirits.

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