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give me thy heart.” O do not say, as you have done so long, Go thy way for this time!

This bright world cannot give you true joy, so long as your heart is so full of sin that you do not hear the voice of God when He calls to you.

A few days since, I said to a dear boy, “John, do you love to pray ?”

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Now I will just tell you what God has done for that child, and see if you do not think it is a shame for him to treat his best Friend so ill.

A short time ago he sent for me to come and see him. I found him so ill, that I thought he must soon die. If he had been one of Christ's lambs I should not have felt so sad. But I knew that if John should die in his sins, his soul must be lost. He would not come to Christ when he was in health, and now he had so much pain that it made him worse to talk to him. The things that he loved most when he was well, did not now please him at all. If he had had all the wealth in the whole world, it would have been of no use to him, for it would not have eased his pain. In fact, John would not have cared for it then. If one has not found rest to their souls, that sweet peace which Christ gives to all those who love Him, how must they feel when they find death to be near? Dear child, do you come to Christ now, and He will be with you then. For He will take all His own lambs in His arms, and bear them safe to His fold on high.

But God was so good that He did not take John out of the world with his heart all full of sin. In a few weeks the pain left him. His limbs grew strong, so that he could walk out and breathe the fresh air, and now, though he still looks pale, I meet him with his books, on the way to school. Once more he hears a low sweet voice, “My son, give me thy heart.” And what does he say to that dear Friend, who took care of him when he was sick, and raised him up to health? “0, do not ask my heart to-day, I have no time to think or pray !”

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THY MOTHER.” “Don't speak so, my son! Don't speak in that tone to your grandfather ; it is not respectful,' said Mrs. Hale to her son George, who was in the yard, talking in a loud voice.

"I did not know that I was saying anything wrong, mother,” said George.

Perhaps the words were not wrong, but the tone was. You should speak to people older than yourself in a respectful manner, as well as with proper words,” replied Mrs. Hale. “I wish you to remember that the text I have so often repeated, “Honour thy father and thy mother,' is meant to apply to your grandparents, and other aged people, in some respects, as well as to your own parents."

The evening after this conversation, George was sitting near to his mother, looking very thoughtful.

“What are you thinking about, my son ?" asked Mrs. Hale.

“ About the text you spoke of this afternoon, mother. I don't know if I understand it very well.”

“Repeat the whole verse, my son, and then we will talk more about it.'

George repeated, very slowly and distinctly, “Honour thy father and thy mother ; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.' Will God let people live longer who honour their parents ?” asked George. “ That is God's promise,”

said Mrs. Hale. "We know that His promises are all true, and will all be fulfilled in the best time, and in the best way. He will surely bless those who obey His commands. If long life will not be a blessing to any of His children, He will take them before they are old ; but if they can glorify Him by living long upon the land, He will preserve them many years.”

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DO AS YOU WOULD BE DONE

BY, The horse of a pious man in Massachusetts straying into the road, a: neighbour put him into the pound. Meeting the owner soon after, he told him what he had done; “and if I catch him in the road again,” said he, “I'll do it again.”

“Not long since," replied the other, “I looked out of my window in the night, and saw your cattle in the meadow, and I drove them out, and shut them into your yard; and I'll do it again."

Struck with the reply, the man liberated the horse from the pound, and paid the charges himself. “A soft answer turneth away wrath."

THE SABBATH-DAY. ONCE more a week has passed away, Once more we hail the Sabbath-day; Sweet day which God himself has

blessed, Sweet emblem of eternal rest. Bright star, though clouded be the sky! Bright beacon-light, though storms be

high! Though dark the week, a cheering ray Shines forth from every Sabbath-day. I'll banish worldly thoughts afar, No worldly cares my peace shall mar; I'll prove how happy here are they Who love and keep the Sabbath-day. No week-day words I now shall speak, Nor any week-day pleasure seek; Thus God's command I shall obey, And not profane the Sabbath-day. My private worship sball be sweet, In public with the saints I'll meet; I'll hear the word, and praise and pray, And thus I'll spend the Sabbath-day.

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I'll love it more than any past,
I know not if it be my last;
I soon may leave this house of clay,
And see no more the Sabbath-day.

And then I'll mount to heaven above,
And dwell with Jesus whom I love;
And spend, as ages roll away,
A never-ending Sabbath-day!

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HINGES ALL OVER. A converted native of the South Sea Islands was once endeavouring to give an account of the manner in which he persuaded himself that the Bible was the word of God.

• When I look at myself,” he said, "I find I have got hinges all over my body. I have hinges in my legs, my jaws, my feet, my hands. If Í want to lay hold of anything, there are hinges in my hands, and even to my fingers, to do it with. If my heart thinks, and I want others to think with me, I use the hinges to my jaws, and they help me to talk. I could neither walk nor sit down, if I had not hinges to my legs and feet. All this is very wonderful. None of the strange things that men have brought from England in their big ships is to be at all compared to my body. He who made my body has made all the clever people who have made the strange things which they bring in ships; and He is the God whom I worship:

“But I should not know much more about him than a great hingemaker, if men in their ships had not brought the book they call the Bible. That tells me of God, who made the skill and the heart of man likewise, And when I hear how the Bible tells of the old heart, with its corruption, and the new heart and a right spirit, which God alone can create and give, I feel that His work in my heart and His work in my body fit into each other exactly. I am sure, then, that the Bible which tells me these things was made by Him who made the hinges to my body. And I believe the Bible to be the word of God.”

CONTENTMENT. Towards the close of a life of devotedness to God, that eminent minis

ter, Dr. Payson, observed that Christians might avoid much trouble and inconvenience, if they would only believe what they profess—that God is able to make them supremely happy in Himself, independently of all circumstances. “ They imagine," he writes, “that if such a dear friend were to die, or such and such blessings were removed, they should be miserable; whereas God can make them a thousand times happier without them. To mention my own case. God has been depriving me of one mercy after another; but as one was removed, He has come in and filled up its place. Now when I am a cripple, and not able to move, I am happier than ever I was in my life before; and if I had believed this, twenty years ago, I might have been spared much anxiety. If God had told me, some time ago, that He was about to make me as happy as I could be in this world, and then had told me that He should begin by crippling me in all my limbs, and removing me from my usual sources of enjoyment, I should have thought it a very strange mode of accomplishing this purpose. And yet how is His wisdom manifest in this !"

RICHES. O you sons of Adam, you covetous generations, what have ye to do with earthly riches, which are neither true nor yours ? Gold and silver are real earth, red and white, which only the error of man makes, or rather reputes, precious. In short, if they be yours, carry them with you. RESURRECTION REFLECTED

IN NATURE. When I see the heavenly sun buried under earth in the evening of the day, and in the morning find a resur

rection to his glory, why, think I, may not the sons of heaven, buried in the earth, in the evening of their days expect the morning of their glorious resurrection ? Each night is but the past day's funeral, and the morning his resurrection; why, then, should our funeral sleep be other than our sleep at night? Why should we not as well awake to our resurrection, as in the morning? I see night is rather an intermission of day than a deprivation, and death rather borrows our life of us than robs us of it. Since, then, the glory of the sun finds a'resurrection, why should not the sons of glory?Warwick.

the full and free liberty of thinking for himself. Let every man use his own judgment, since every man must give an account of himself to God. Abhor every approach, in any kind or degree, to the spirit of persecution. If you cannot reason or persuade a man into the truth, never attempt to force him into it. If love will not compel him, leave him to God, the Judge of all.John Wesley.

THE WILL OF GOD. Dr. Payson, when racked with pain, and near to death, exclaimed, “Oh, what a blessed thing it is to lose one's will! Since I have lost my will, I have found happiness. There can be no such thing as disappointment to me, for I have no desires but that God's will may be accomplished.”

FREEDOM OF OPINION. Condemn no man for not thinking as you think. Let every one enjoy

Poetry.

Hear it, ye heavens ! let every voice

Repeat it through the realms above, Hear it, О Earth ! let all rejoice,

For God hath said it-"God is love."

IT IS WELL."

BY THOMAS J. DULE.
SHE gazed on the cold, chill form,

Of her only, her darling boy,
And knew that the grave had snatched
Her last, her fondest joy.

Not a tear dimmed her eye,
She heaved not a sigh,

But murmured, “ It is well."
She gazed as he slept in death,

And thought of his sunny eye,
When his laugh rang through the hall,
And now, that he should die.

But she shed not a tear,
As she gazed on his bier,

But murmured, “ It is well.”
She gazed on his cold, chill corpse,

Then turned with a bursting heart, But the thought stole o'er her soul, We shall meet ne'er again to part.

Not a tear dimmed her eye,
She heaved not a sigh,

But murmured, " It is well.”

WOULD YOU BE YOUNG AGAIN?

[Composed by a Scottish authoress, Caroline Baroness Nain, when in her seventy-sixth year.] Would you be young again?

So would not I-
One tear to memory given,

Onward I'll hie.
Life's dark flood' forded o'er,
All but at rest on shore,
Say, would you plunge once more,

With home so nigh?
If you might, would you now

Retrace your way?
Wander through stormy wilds,

Faint and astray ?
Night's gloomy watches fled,
Morning all beaming red,
Hope's smiles around us shed,

Heavenward-away!
Where, then, are these dear ones,

Our joy and delight?
Dear, and more dear, though now

Hidden from sight.
Where they rejoice to be,
There is the land for me,
Fly time, fly speedily--

Come, life and light.

GOD IS LOVE.

LINES FOR AN ALBUY.

You ask a written word, take one

Worthy of Gabriel's pen to write Upon the tablet of the sun,

That all might read who see his light.

Personal Religion.

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THE QUIET SINNERS. “ And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with

candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees : that say in their heart, The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil.”—ZEPH. i. 12. The men settled on their lees mean those who are quiet in their sins, quiet as settled wine; men who think themselves secure from all harm, though living in rebellion against God. There have been sinners of this description in all ages of the world. There were many of these quiet sinners in the days of Noah, Elijah, Jeremiah, Zephaniah, and in the days of the Saviour. The declaration of the apostle concerning the awful state of all men by nature is manifestly true: “ There is no fear of God before their eyes.” They do not think of His glorious perfections, they have no concern for His glory, they do not live as under His eye, they are not influenced by any proper consideration of His claims. These quiet sinners are well known. The eye of God is upon them, and in the text He warns them of their danger : “ And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles;” that is, will search diligently, carefully, closely. Not one careless sinner should escape His notice, His search, His displeasure. He would search diligently, like the woman after the lost piece of silver, Luke xy. 8.

This solemn search shows the folly of men in thinking they shall

escape though they continue impenitent. The indifference of sinners to the claims of God is a very affecting subject for contemplation. This is so for various reasons. There is the awful guilt this indifference involves. This is indifference to the just claims of the greatest and best of beings, and to a Being who has laid us under immense obligations to love and serve Him. How affecting to see the ignorant indifferent to the Teacher, the sick indifferent to the Physician, the slave indifferent to the only Deliverer! And numbers are manifesting this indifference to God, and some of these are our near relations. The sight of this indifference to God must have deeply affected the mind of Noah, Moses, Jeremiah, and many other holy men. This melancholy indifference to the claims of Jehovah is seen by Him, and He threatens to punish all who continue in their rebellion. The

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