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just recovered from a fit, to which she had been subject all her life. It was a painful visit; and more so, to find that in the midst of this distress, these poor creatures were quite ignorant of that Saviour who invites all who are weary and heavy laden to come to him, and he will give them rest. Having administered to their temporal wants, and endeavoured to direct their thoughts to Jesus, I was leaving the room, when two ragged little boys ran rudely in : they were nine and ten years old, and the sons of this poor man: they were half clothed; and their bare knees appearing through the remains of their tattered trowsers, made them look most pitiable objects. I asked if they could read? "No," they said, sneeringly. I then inquired if they went to any school, and finding they did nol., I offered to send them to our boy's school; but they told me they "did not wish to go;" and when I appealed to their father, he said he “could not let them go to school.” I asked how they employed their time? “Oh,” said their father "they earn a bit of brass as they can: sometimes they run errands for their neighbours, or they sell a bit of sand. They must do what they can to get a bit of brass. They are bad boys, and a deal of trouble, but I can't spare them to go to school.” He allowed they seldom earned more than a penny a week. I pointed out to him his sin in thus keeping these poor lads from receiving instruction, and shewed him that he would have to give an account to God for his conduct; and having begged him at all events to let them accompany Mary to our Sunday-school, and offered to provide clothes for this occasion, I took my leave. Some weeks passed, and Mary was regular in her attendance at the Sundayschool, and appeared to listen attentively to instruction; but in vain did she try to persuade her brothers to join her. One Monday morning our schoolmistress told me that Mary had begged her to say she was sorry she would not be able to attend our Bible class the following Wednesday, as she had to go to her brother's funeral. “ Her brother's funeral,” exclaimed I! “Yes,” (said the schoolmistress,) "I am grieved to hear those two poor boys were playing in the streets last Sunday afternoon, and they got to fighting, and one threw the other down, his head struck the corner of the pavement, and he was killed upon the spot!”
Reader! are you a parent? How are you bringing up the children God has given you? Remember God has intrusted a precious charge to your care; and to him you will be answer
able. Do you consider that your children have immortal souls, that will live for ever either in unspeakable happiness or eternal woe? For which are you training them? It must be for one or the other—for heaven or for hell! O awful thought! May God, in his mercy, make you alive to the heavy responsibility lying upon you, and enable you thankfully to use every means to train them in the way which leads unto life. Pray that you may feel the value of your own souls, then will
you feel anxious for your children. Seek for wisdom from above, that in your own conduct and conversation you may at all times set them a holy example. May God grant you seriously to consider this important subject; and when assembled around his throne, in heaven, may we meet our children there, and be able to say with joy, "Here, Lord, are we, and the children thou has given us," and spend eternity together in praising God.
WARNING TO THE YOUNG. In walking through the streets of my attention was called to printed notices, placed in most of the shop windows, and you may judge how pained I was to see they were bills of enquiry after young girls who had left their homes. I was also grieved to find these papers did not all refer to one instance, but to three, and were quite unconnected with each other. The first case was that of a young girl, fourteen years of age, who had left her home, and had not been heard of for three weeks.
The second was a servant girl, aged sixteen, been missing some days.
The third, a young governess, a foreigner.
Sad to state, the bodies of these poor creatures have, during the past week, all been found drowned! I will; as far as I am able, tell you the immediate cause which led to so fearful a result. With reference to the first, I am told she was given to theft and lying; and it having been discovered she had stolen a fourpenny piece, she would not submit to the reproof wisely given by her friends, and, hurried away by her evil passions, sought revenge in self-destruction. The servant girl of sixteen, I understand, was “not comfortable in her place. I am unable to speak decidedly as to the grounds of her dissatisfaction, but fear much of it arose from her own ungovernable spirit, and impatience of control. The young
goverhess had taken some laee belonging to the lady with whom she lived ; and, upon its being found in her possession, she could not endure her agony of mind. Doubtless; she sam her character was gone, her earthly prospects were blighted, and she, too, sought in death relief from her misery. And here we must leave this sad story. We caññot further follow the unhappy subjects of it. Their doom is now for ever fixed.
Alas! poor creatures! did you think to end your sorrows with your lives? Mistaken souls ! knew ye not that a San viour's blood can wash the vilest clean ? can purge away sins of the deepest dye? Knew you not that Jesus stands waiting to give repentance, to speak peace to the troubled conscience, to bestow pardoning mercy upon all who feel their need, and apply to him for it, whilst, beyond the grave, mercy is a sound unknown?
Perhaps you may ask why I bring these melancholy occurrences before you ? Ah, my young friends! it is a painful task to me to tell you of such awful events; but I hope it may be profitable. These things do not happen by chance : in the allwise providence of God they are permitted, and permitted in order to answer some end; and when, as in this instance, they are brought under our special notice, we should regard them as the voice of God to us; and the consideration of them should lead to serious self-examination and prayer. Say not, “I should never think of taking what does not belong to me, nor of following the example of these young women. Doubtless, you now shudder at the thought; but you know little of yourselves, if this is your real mind; nor do you consider, that in whatever situation you are placed, a variety of témptations to sin await you. If left to yourselves, deprived of God's restraining grace, when temptation comes-when your own heart yields—when Satan stands urging you on to the commission of crime-what shall stay you ? and who can say that you will not be hurried forward to the perpetration of sin, and it may be eventually to some such deed as now lies before you?
My dear young friends, would that I could persuade you, without a moment's delay, to fly to that Saviour who alone can preserve you from the numerous evils to which you are exposed in this evil world. The world entices-Satan tempts =your own sinful hearts are ready to yield-nothing but the grace of God can stem the torrent which sets in against you. Do you possess it? In your own strength, you cannot résist temptation; and, while trusting to it, you will inevitably be rained. Satan, as a roaring lion, goes about seeking to devour you-to destroy both soul and body: he is stronger than you, and will lead you captive at his will. But there is one who is stronger than the strong man armed,” and He offers himself as your captain. He will enable you to fight manfully against the world, the flesh, and the devil; and, under his banner, victory is certain-Jesus himself stands up for your help --and he invites you to take hold on his strength. In Christ you are safe : safe for time-safe for eternity : without him, you are lost lost for ever. Oh! then, hasten to this shelter! hide yourself here from the darts levelled at you by the world, the flesh, and the devil, and from the vengeance of an angry God, who out of Christ is a consuming fire.
And now, my dear young friends, before I take leave of you, let me urge you all to mark the first beginnings of sin, and seek for grace to check it in the bud. Say not, “it is a little one;" for sin grows with your growth, and will ripen fast, till it ends in eternal destruction.
“ Seek for a principle within,
Of jealous, godly fear ;
He spies out all your ways. Think it not a trifling sin to give way to temper, even if you are sorely tempted. When provocation arises, lift up your heart to God for strength to overcome, and you will find it given to your request. He can subdue the most ungovernable spirit, the most unhallowed desire. Every time you yield to temptation, Satan gains an advantage over you; every time you, in the strength of God, resist him, his power over you is weakened. You will continually find circumstances arising to cross your own will, and try your temper.
If in service, you may have to deal with fellow-servants who have “bad tempers”-indeed, wherever you are, there will be something to try you—some ground of dissatisfaction to your natural feelings-continually will you be required to exercise meekness and forbearance, whether it be in service or amongst your school-fellows. But I am convinced that our own proud, discontented, rebellious spirits greatly aggravate the evil of which we complain.
Remember, you are accountable to God for your own conduct under trial; you may excuse yourself by saying, “I was provoked, and I could not help acting as I did," and so on, but this is not an excuse God will take; and if you persist in giving way to unhallowed tempers, God may at last leave you to yourself, and you know not to what your evil passions may lead you. Let me, then, beg you to "learn of Him who was meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest unto your souls.”
Again, I would say, think it not a little sin to vary in the slightest degree from the truth, or even by a look to convey to another's mind what is not in strict accordance with the truth, even though you may satisfy your own conscience that you have not “ told a lie.” God will not regard it in this light; and this, like every other sin, will increase upon you, and end in eternal misery. Remember, the “ lips of truth shall be established for ever ; but a lying tongue is but for a moment.” Finally, let me urge you to be “just and true in all your dealings.” Never allow yourself to take the most trifling thing which is not your own. Oh! how often have I been pained to see a sad want of conscience in “ little things.” Take, for instance, a servant. He is looked upon as being honest—and so he is what the world may call an honest man.” He would shrink from taking his master's money, clothes, or what may be termed valuable property; but yet has no hesitation in appropriating small things to his own use. How often, when sent to pay a bill for his master, does he keep the pence which the tradesman returns, and satisfies himself by saying, “ It is customary to do so.” It may be ; but is he to act dishonestly because it is “ customary to thieve"? How often are the master's sealing-wax, envelopes, postage-stamps taken for the servants' use—the mistress's needles, cotton, tape, &c., appropriated—and numerous other such trifles ! Food, &c. is taken to be “tasted.” It is naught, it is naught,” says the servant; “I am surely welcome to such a trifle?” You are welcome, if it is given to you, or you receive permission to help yourself to it; but, though a trifle, is it not just as much your master's property as the money in his purse ? and therefore, in the sight of God, you are no more at liberty to take this “trifle” than you are to steal a £5 note. Our country recognizes this principle. How much more, then, is it laid down by the law of God? Only the other week was a woman sentenced to transportation for