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dience must be universal; you must come when he calls you, and go where he bids you; do all that he commands you, and let alone all that he forbids you.
This must, moreover, be done, not grudgingly, or of necessity, but readily and gladly ; for hear what the Scripture saith, “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily;"* and again, “ With good will doing service;"+ so that we must not creep, but be quick and expeditious in our business, however disagreeable. You must not go about it with grumbling words and muttering in your mouth, but with so satisfied an air as may show that you are pleased with whatever pleases
Thirdly, in faithfulness in his business. This is the last branch of your duty to your master; and since Moses has obtained an honourable testimony on this account, be you
also“ faithful in all his house." I You may find this, as indeed all the qualifications of a good servant, described by St. Paul, Tit. ii. 10. “Not purloining,” says he, “but showing all fidelity.” You are charged not to purloin, that is, not to keep back from your master, nor to put into your own pocket, nor to convert to your own use, any of that money which in the way of trade passes through your hands. You were taught from your childhood to “keep your hands from picking and stealing," and I hope you abhor such abominable practices from the bottom of your heart. You must not sell at a cheaper and buy at a dearer rate, in order to have some valuable consideration made you privily in your own person. These differ from robbing on the highway, only in being less open and notorious; but they are flagrant acts of dishonesty, and will cry to Heaven for vengeance. Such tricks and villanies do the same'thing by craft and treachery as housebreakers do by force and violence. Therefore, as a Christian, renounce, detest, and fly from em as much as from fire, arrows, and death. Besides, you are not only to abstain from such clandestine knavery, but also to show all good fidelity. What is meant by this you may understand by
reading how Joseph conducted himself in Potiphar's service. Your master, it is likely, will commit the management of some of his affairs to you; and you must endeavour, by a discreet behaviour and a pious life, to bring the blessing of the Lord upon all that you take in hand. You must lay out your time, and your labour, and give all diligence to answer the trust reposed in you. You must not delay the business which is urgent, nor do your work by halves, nor transfer that to others which it is expected you should do yourself. “ The slothful man,” says Solomon, “ is brother to him that is a great waster;" therefore you must avoid idleness and carelessness. In a word, you must do nothing knowingly and wilfully that is likely to impoverish your master, but seek by all lawful and laudable means to increase his substance. All this you must observe, not only when he stands by you, and inspects you, but when his back is turned, and you are removed from his view; otherwise your service is nothing but eye-service, such as will prove odious to man, and is already condemned by God. For if you appear to be industrious, and in earnest, before your master, and loiter and trifle when out of his sight, you will be chargeable with hypocrisy, a sin extremely hateful to Christ and grievously pernicious to the soul. But I am afraid I tire you: this one sentence, therefore, and I have done. You must carry yourself, throughout the whole course of your apprenticeship, so respectfully, so obediently, so faithfully, that at the end of it you may truly say with Jacob, “With all my power I have served.” I had more to write, but will send you (if you care to accept it) the remainder some other time. May God bless you.—Hervey.
NOTICES OF ANIMATED AND VEGETABLE
FOR FEBRUARY, 1833. 1st Week. In sunny days bees fome out of their hives. Various insects swarm in the sun-shine, and earth-worms lie above ground. The snow-drop breaks forth even from the snow itself; the white dead-nettle and elder begin to flower. Some of the roses spread their green fans, and honey-suckles begin to unfold their leaf buds.
2d Week. The woodlark, one of our earliest and sweetest songsters, renews his note, the thrush sings, and the chaffinches commence their songs.
“ The modest snow-drop, harbinger of spring,
Now greets the eye with robe of virgin white;
peep of dawn to hail the new-born light.” 3d Week. Rooks begin to pair and resort to their nest-trees; house-sparrows build, and the hen sits. Poplars and willows begin to show their flowers; the common crowfoot or buttercup and dandelion are in bloom; and the crocus decks the garden walks with its beauteous flowers.
4th Week. The partridge pairs, and the blackbird builds; brown wood owls hoot, frogs croak, and the gossamer fioats in the air, in sunny weather. Ivy-leaved speedwell and the hazel tree are in full blow; gooseberries and red currants begin to open their buds. Greenwich, Kent.
BRIEF ASTRONOMICAL NOTICES,
FOR FEBRUARY, 1833.
Like a young bridegroom in his glories drest." The Sun rises on the 1st at forty-one minutes past seven, and sets at forty-eight minutes after four: on the 13th he rises at twenty minutes past seven, and sets at ten minutes after five. The Sun enters the sign Pisces on the 18th; on the 24th he rises at fiftyeight minutes after six, and sets at thirty minutes past five o'clock, mean time.
“ Soon as the evening shades prevail,
And spread the truth from pole to pole.” The Moon is full on the 4th, at forty-six minutes past six in the evening: she rises on the 6th at half past seven, and on the 9th at half past eleven at night. The Moon enters on her last quarter on the 11th, at twenty-eight minutes past one in the afternoon; and rises on the 13th at three o'clock in the morning. The Moon changes on the 19th, at thirty-three minutes past five in the evening: she presents her beautiful crescent in the west on the 21st, and sets at a quarter past seven o'clock: she sets on the 23d at half an hour after nine, and on the 25th at twelve minutes before inidnight: she enters on her first quarter on the 27th, at twenty-six minutes past one in the afternoon ; and passes the meridian on the 28th at nine minutes after seven in the evening.
MERCURY is invisible.
“Sweet star of eve, how lovelily thou dartest
Thy brilliant beams betwixt yon purple clouds !”
Venus is in conjunction with Jupiter on the 28: on the 4th she sets at five minutes past nine, and on the 13th at half past nine: she is in conjunction with the Moon on the 23d ; and sets on the 25th at ten at night.
Mars is to be seen every clear night: he appears in the neighbourhood of the Pleiades, or Seven Stars : he is due south on the 1st at two minutes before seven, and on he 19th at eighteen minutes after six.
JUPITER, at the beginning of the month, appears in the neighbourhood of Venus: he sets on the 5th at eight minutes before nine, and on the 13th at half past eight in the evening: at the end of the month he appears near the horizon after sun-set. On the 2d is the emersion of Jupiter's first satellite, at thirty-three minutes past seven ; on the 11th, the emersion of the third satellite, at twenty-six minutes after six; and on the 21st, the emersion of the second satellite, at seventeen minutes past six in the evening.
SATURN rises on the 7th at twenty minutes past eight at night : on the 14th he passes the meridian at seventeen minutes past two, and on the 26th at twenty-seven minutes after one, in the morning: on the 7th he is in conjunction with the Moon.
ALDEBARAN is due south on the 5th at twenty-four minutes past seven, and on the 20th about an hour earlier.
CAPELLA souths on the 10th, and appears nearly overhead, at forty minutes after seven: he souths on the 27th about half past six in the evening. Greenwich, Kent.
1. Died, at Manchester, October 15th, 1831, Hannah, third daughter of John and Clarissa Griffiths. She was born at Chester, March 13th, 1814; and was from her childhood distinguished by an unassuming demeanour, and peculiar affection for her parents. Business obliging their removal to Manchester, the children were sent to David-Street Sabbath-school, where Hannah always delighted to go: for before she tasted that the Lord is gracious, she en
joyed the services connected with the worship of God in the school ; and evinced her regard by early and regular attendance, cheerful obedience, and earnest attention to the exhortations of the Teachers and Superintendents.
Her modest, gentle behaviour soon gained the esteem of all around her; and she will long be remembered with affectionate regret by both Teachers and scholars, as a girl of much promise: but their loss is her eternal gain,
When Hannah was about fourteen years old, it pleased the Almighty to visit the family with sorrow. The second daughter, an interesting sprightly girl, wasted by rapid consumption, lingered a few months, and in joyful expectation of a blissful immortality, as one that falleth asleep, her soul departed to be with the Lord. In six months after, the father, by the same disease, passed through the dark valley, finishing his course with triumphant joy. These afflicting bereavements had the desired effect upon poor Hannah. The “ still small voice” reached her sorrowing soul. Though she had lived a comparatively blameless life, she was conscious that, as a sinner, she was under the curse, and far from God; that she was a stranger to the peace exemplified in the dying hours of her departed friends; and she cried nightly unto the Lord, putting forth all her energies to make her calling sure. She prayed earnestly unto Him who loves such as seek him early, and who never cast out any that trusted in him.
Hannah was allured by the beauty of religion; and relying on the merits of the Saviour, she obtained the forgiveness of her sins. Her debt was paid, her soul was free, and she was justified.
A class meeting in the house, Hannah availed herself of the inestimable privilege of joining it; and though her native timidity kept her back from disclosing all she felt of the power of God to save, she firmly maintained that Christ had her undivided affections ; that the ways of religion were dearer to her heart than the pleasures of the world; and her daily deportment evidenced the sincerity of her professions.
From her infancy her health had been delicate ; and as she grew up the progress of consumptive symptoms alarmed her mother, and medical aid was procured, and every probable means employed to counteract that insidious malady; but the decree was gone forth; an early sepulchre was appointed; and Hannah was told that no hopes could be given of her life. She replied, that she only wished to live, to assist and comfort her widowed parent; but that the Lord was too wise to err, and she was sure that he would not be unkind. She laid her will at the footstool of Omnipotence, assured that the Judge of all the earth would do right.
During her protracted suffering it was the high privilege of the writer of this memoir frequently to visit this dear child, reading to her from the Scriptures or Magazines, and to witness her sweet composure and prayerful frame of mind, amidst pain and lassitude of body; always resigned, patiently waiting to be dismissed from the