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The red appearance of the water in one of these and we think satisfactorily, re-asserted the old opipools, to which Eusebius refers, may possibly have nion in opposition to recent ill-considered cavils, been owing to the cement with which it was lined. which allege that it'was only a ditch to the temple But it was taken by early writers for a sign of the on the north side. This is a gratuitous assumption, use to which it was formerly put, of washing the for which no reason has been or can be given; and entrails of the animals offered in sacrifice. Whether the fact that it was also a fosse, so far from being thus used or not, the redness could not be thus ex- / against its claims, is, as we have seen, highly in favour plained, for, as noticed by Eusebius, it existed long of them. Besides, if it were only a ditch, what need after sacrifices had ceased in Jerusalem.

could there be of making it of so preposterous a width The situation of the reservoir which now bears the as one hundred and thirty feet, in a town so limited honoured name of Bethesda, has already been gene- in its space for inhabitants and garrison, or of seventy- 1 rally indicated. It lies along the outside of the pre- five feet to the bottom, where a fall of twenty feet sent northern wall of the sacred enclosure, of which in a wet ditch would have answered every purpose wall its northern side may be said to form a part. of defence ? Nor does it appear why, if it were oaly Its eastern end is so near the wall of the city that for defence, it should be a wet ditch at all, where an only a narrow pass lies between them, leading from enemy in possession of its northern bank could so St Stephen's gate to the great mosque which occupies easily have drained it into the Valley of Jehoshaphat. the site of the ancient temple. The pool is three The most common-sense view is that to which all hundred and sixty feet long, one hundred and thirty facts and authorities tend-that it did answer the feet broad, and seventy-five feet deep to the bottom, purpose of a ditch to the fortress Antonia, but was besides the rubbish which has accumulated in it for also for the purpose of a mighty pool or reservoir, to ages. It was obviously a portion of the ancient fosse

supply that part of the city or the temple with on this side, of which Josephus makes mention; but water. And if this were the case, and if it was a this is so far from being an argument against its pool, but not the Pool of Bethesda, it might well being the Pool of Bethesda, that it is in fact a cir- excite our surprise that neither in the Bible nor br cumstance in its favour, according to the intimation Josephus is mention made of any other such pool is already produced from the last named writer. And that direction. even those who have lately raised a question on the subject, are constrained to admit that it was also used as a reservoir ; for the sides are internally cased

THE AGONY. over with small stones laid in cement, and impermeable to water. The western end is built up like " Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our SOTTOFE the rest, except at the south-west corner, where two

it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he put bim to griel."

Isaian. lofty arched vaults extend in westward, side by side, under the houses which now cover that part. It is HIERARCHIES in heaven paused while adoringprobable that these vaulted passages anciently form- The golden-stringed lyre of each angel grew mute; ed the communication with the fosse of Antonia, in They came to dark earth, and in wonder bent o'er which was the other pool now filled up; and at the Him, sametime furnished a passage to the gate of the fort Who knelt in deep anguish by Kidron's brook, by a bridge over the arches. The vulgar notion which regards them as remains of the “five porches," Bow'd low 'mong the olives, the night-cloud hun deserves no attention. The word oloai, indeed, does

o'er Him; not mean “ porches "—that is, covered places with No pen can portray what that anguish might be; pillars, where the sick might stand and walk, with- With the gory-stain'd picture of Calv'ry before Him, out exposure to the weather-but cloisters or cells in When He groan'd in Gethsemane, sinner, for the. which the sick might find shelter, forming, it would seem, a kind of bath-house, devoted to the use of The friends of His pilgrimage calmly were sleeping, such as sought the benefit of the miraculous virtues

While He pour'd those deep sighs in the bosom of which the descent of the angel imparted to the

night: waters. From the intimations of Josephus and other There came one to strengthen while lone He was Jewish writers, we may judge that there were other

weepingchambers for other purposes, adjoining the pool, with

From heaven a white-winged angel of light. cisterns and fountains supplied from its waters. All Ah! cold, cold and pale was that sorrow-martel these have long since disappeared; and the reservoir

brow, itself has not, probably, for some centuries, contained

Whence flow'd those His gore-drops that wateru any water.

the god; After this, we must regard as trivial the objections While He wept and He pray'd, O sinner, that thou which have been urged against the identity of this pool with that of Bethesda. No substantial reason

Mightst be sav'd from the wrath of His Father and

God! against its claims has been adduced, nor has any more suitable reservoir, within or without the walls, O what words can equal these accents that roll, been indicated. The Rev. George Williams, in his So deeply expressive of woe, when He saith recent work on “ The Holy City;" and Lord Nugent, In His agony deep, that His grief-laden soul in his “ Lands Classical and Sacred," have strongly, “Was exceedingly sorrowful, even to death!"

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Then His heaven-lit features an agony wore, seemed fixed in this position, and ber efforts

The which to express every image were faint; were like those of one bent upon climbing some And we, like the Grecian painters of yore,

steep precipice, who is ever falling - backward Must draw a veil o'er what no mortal can paint. upon the ground, becoming more and more dis

Miss AIRD. abled by each successive endeavour.

She had forgotten" that this Man receiveth A THREE YEARS' WOUND.

sinners, and eateth with them.” She had for

gotten the description which the Pharisees gave One of my visitors told me one day that there of him-a description meant for mockery and was a woman in her district who was very contempt, yet still not the less on that account 'anxious to see me. She did not belong to my setting forth his true character and office : " He church, but still she wished a conversation, is gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.and seemed much in earnest about her soul.

I sought to show her this—to show her that I soon found her out, and found her not un- it was just her being a sinner that fitted her for willing to open her mind to me; though she Christ the Saviour; that it was just as a sinner, did this rather awkwardly and unconnectedly, and as nothing else, that she could be permitted as is commonly the case with those who have to deal with him, or that he would have any had no opportunity of speaking to any Chris- dealings with her; that she could not make tian friend upon spiritual subjects. She was herself any better before going to him; and that earnestly seeking counsel, and groping her way if she could, she would not need him at all. to the light; but as yet all was darkness. She She followed me as I went along, but said was in quest of the resting-place, but had not nothing. When, however, I came to show her yet reached it.

pointedly that she was actually reversing God's She told me that she had been in this state way of salvation, by putting holiness before of trouble for nearly three years. She had forgiveness, she immediately exclaimed very come to hear me one Sabbath evening, and had simply, “ That's a weight off my mind.”. been arrested in her carelessness. That night “But am I not to be holy first at all? Am the Holy Spirit had fastened an arrow in her I to go just as I am at this moment !" said she. conscience, that since then had been rankling “Yes, just as you are at this moment; for the there. Her convictions seemed sharp and Son of Man came to seek and save that whicli deep, though by no means so overpowering as

was lost.I have often seen them in other cases. Her

“ But is forgiveness really first ?” guilt pressed heavily upon her; her sins were

“Yes, it is first; holiness follows. There continually rising up within, and obtaining the

can be no holiness till there has been forgive. mastery. She knew no: what to do.

For

ness first, and forgiveness comes from simply giveness and deliverance from sin seemed to believing the record which God hath given us her afar off, and almost hopeless. She was by of his own Son.” no means ignorant or stupid; but to the way of

This was good news to her weary soul. Her peace and forgiveness she was a stranger. That burden seemed to 'roll from off her shoulder salvation was through Christ, that rest for her into the tomb of Christ, so that she saw it no soul was to be obtained only through his cross, more; but, like Christian in the “Pilgrim's Proshe knew; but how this was to become hers, gress," went upon her way rejoicing and singing how she was to have peace with God, she did as he did not see.

“ Blest cross, blest sepulchre ; blest rather be There seemed an insurmountable barrier be

The Man that there was put to shame for me !" tween her and Christ. She knew he was Jesus

the Saviour, but this appeared nothing to her as long as sin had such dominion over her.

VISIT TO ARRAN. Her awful unholiness weighed her down. It

(Concluded.) seemed utterly to bar all access to Christ. She felt as if she dared not go to Christ in that Our walk altogether was about eight miles. As unholy state. She thought herself unfit to deal the steamer's hour was drawing near, the latter part with him—unfit to receive forgiveness at his of it required to be accomplished with all convenient hands. She was sure he could not welcome speed. The day was lovely; the sun's beams were and forgive her so long as she had such a cheart more powerful than I ever again felt them during the of iniquity. She strove to get quit of some of whole of the summer, so that I reached Lamlash in it, that she might come in a better state, and that semi-parboiled state which I have more than have some hope of being received; but all in once made some approach to in Arran. Before we vain. She found no relief-her burden was reached the quay we passed a considerable number as oppressive as ever.

of fishermen, who, having their nets spread on a frame. Her whole idea was, that her unholiness stood work of poles, were making preparation for the herbetween her and forgiveness; that she must be ring fishery. We had seen porpoises the evening in some measure holy, or at least less unholy, before, tumbling playfully in the bay, after a satisbefore she could have any hope of pardon. She factory repast, it is probable, on some hundreds of

herrings. The herring gulls (Larus argentatus) selves to Him who neither slumbers nor sleeps, pleadwere reconnoitring on the wing, or diving in the ing the fulfilment of the promise, that wherever two deep. The gannets, or solan geese (Sula Bassana), or three are met together in the name of Jesus, there in their exploring excursions from Ailsa Craig, had he will be with them to bless them, and to do them become aware of the arrival of the wished-for shoals good. And if Jesus, though unseen, be with them to in the bay. They might be seen poised in the air in- preserve them, surely, when the morning watch artently on the watch with their wild, keen-piercing rives, they are not less likely to find that they have eyes, and then dashing perpendicularly downwards, cast their net on the right side of the ship, and that like an arrow from a bow, disappearing for a little it comes up laden with a great multitude of fishes. among the waves, but soon emerging with their sil- At the hour appointed we were aboard the steamer,

ver-scaled prey in their formidable bills.* The and soon the paddles began to revolve. We were fishermen were making diligent preparation for “ homeward bound," and to rightly-constituted minds having a share of the rich spoil. Of late years they the sound is pleasant. Unhappy the man who is not have made great improvement on the structure of happiest at home! and unhappy the minister whose their vessels. Instead of being of the clumsiest form, greatest enjoyment is not found in the discharge of both science and taste are now displayed in their his pastoral duties among his own people! And yet formation, so that they are handsome yacht-rigged the happiness of domestic life and the usefulness of quick-sailing vessels. Though the vessels are greatly a pastor are not lessened by the occasional inbreak of improved, we fear that in some most important re- a short excursion on the unvaried routine of life. spects the fishermen themselves have been retro- When we were fairly out of Brodick Bay, the loveligrading. During the revival, and for some time ness of the evening and the scenery recalled the reafterwards, the blessed effects of increased spirituality membrance of another little excursion on a memorwas felt by sea as well as by land. True religion re- able day. When the meeting of the British Associanews the man, and where the man goes he carries tion took place in Glasgow, I had the pleasure of his religion along with him. The Arran fishermen, being a member, and of receiving a ticket as one of at that time, might have been an example to all the party to explore part of Arran, and to partake of fishermen in the kingdom. When the take of her the magnificent repast given by the Marquis of Dourings is good, it is a delightful thing, in a fine sum- glas to the members, in a pavilion erected for the mer evening, to see the vessels issuing from the purpose at Brodick Castle.

In coasting the island various stations to which, in the morning, they had in the forenoon, Sir Roderick Murchison lectured, retired, and like eagles hastening to their prey, con- as we proceeded, on the geology of Arran. At the verging towards the place where the booty is to be repast we had the pleasure of seeing and hearing sought for. Ere the sun goes down a fleet of a hun- some of the most distinguished savans of Europe. dred sail may, at times, be seen resting on the bosom Whilst we were returning by the steamer in the of some tranquil bay. Then, however, it was not the evening, Professor Johnston lectured on chemistry, eye only, but also the ear and the heart that were in connection with geology. When we were a few delighted. When the vessels had taken their station, miles from Brodick, Sir Roderick Murchison said: when they had shot their nets for the night, and the “I am very unwilling to interrupt Professor Johnston hum and bustle of business had ceased—the silence in his most interesting lecture, but I am tempted to that ensued was soon broken by the sweetest sounds. request that you will all look back for a moment on The voice of psalms was heard from every vessel in the scenery we are leaving behind." The evening the fleet. The worship of God had begun. The sun was gilding the peaked mountains. Goatfell waters wafted the joyful sound to the land; the hills rose in the centre as monarch of the scene, flanked re-echoed it to the sea; from the sea it ascended to on the one side by the towering pinnacles around the heavens; and while it added to the joy of happy Glen Sannox, and on the other by Ben Noosh, and cherubim, it entered, we doubt not, into the ears of the Holy Isle, and conical Ailsa. The sea itself,! the Lord of Sabaoth. We wish we could truly state under the beams of the setting sun, was like melted that this pious and praiseworthy practice prevails gold, while here and there a vessel might be seen still. We fear it does not. If it be the duty of with every sail set, as if courting a breeze, and yet Christian men to worship God in their families; and lingering as if unwilling to quit the splendid scene. if, at the time of morning or evening sacrifice, in their “Gentlemen,” said Sir Roderick, “did you ever see lawful pursuits, they are separated from their house- anything so rich and lovely? M. Agassiz, have you

holds, if they cannot pray with them, surely they anything more magnificent even in your Alpine ought to pray for them. And if a sudden squall Switzerland ?" It would have been too much to ei. during the night should plunge them in the deep, the pect that Agassiz would allow Scotland to carry off prospect of death would not be more awful because the palm from his beloved fatherland, but he came they had lately, in social worship, committed them- very near it. He said, " It is beautiful !-most beau

tiful! And you have one thing that in Switzerland * The poor solan gcese, from their well-known love of we have not-you have the sea !” herrings, are at times deceived to their ruin. A herring is nailed to a fir-board, and floated in the sea. Secing the tempting bait, the gannet descends with great velocity ; but

IMPRECATIONS OF SCRIPTURE. instead of carrying off his prey, bis stout bill pierces so deeply

It must be confessed that, at first sight, they appear into the board that he cannot disentangle himself, and thus cruel and vindictive, irreconcilable with the gentle becomes the property of the artful gannet-catcher.

spirit of piety and religion; and some, unhesitatingly

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ucknowledging them to be indefensible on Christian nnto him, he would assert his own honour as well by principles, rest the defence solely on their accordance the punishment of the iniquitous as by the preservawith the character of the Jewish dispensation; which, tion of the righteous. say they, did not inculcate that cordial forgiveness of The persons to whom the imprecations refer were injuries, and even love of our enemies, which form an inveterate adversaries, plotting against the life of the essential and peculiar doctrine of the Gospel

. In this Psalmist, and maliciously intent upon effecting his representation the inquirer will not be disposed to ruin. To pray to be rescued from their wicked descquiesce, when he reflects that the Hebrew Scrip- vices was clearly lawful; and, considering their numtures do forcibly enjoin the duties of forgiving injuries, bers and persevering malignity, his escape might Exod. xii. 49; xxiii. 4, 5; Lev. xix. 17, 18; Deut. seem utterly impracticable without their entire overxxxi. 35; Prov. xi. 17; xix. 11; xx. 22; xxiv. 29; throw or extirpation: a prayer for their destruction, Zech. vii. '10; of doing good to enemies, Exod. xxiii. therefore, was equivalent to a prayer for his preserva4, 5; Prov. xxv. 21; Jer. xxix. 7; and of cultivating tion and deliverance. Besides, they were for the mutual kindness and good-will, Exod. xxii. 21-24; most part not only personal enemies, but hostile to Lev. xix. 17, 18, 34;. xxv. 35; Deut. x. 19; Prov. the people of Israel, rebels to their heavenly King, w. 17; xvii. 17; xviii. 24; xxvii. 10. David, the and violators of his commands. To desire the punishSweet Psalmist of Israel, extols and recommends ment of such characters arose, it may fairly be prebenevolence and mercy, forgiveness and kindness, to sumed, not from personal vindictive feelings, but from enemies, Ps. xv. 5; xxvii. 2, et seq. ; xxiv. 14; xxxvii. a regard to religion and hatred of iniquity; and was 1,8, 21, 26; xxxviii. 12-14; xxxix. 1; xl. 1, 3; in fact tantamount to desiring the Almighty to vindixciv. l; ci. 5; cix. 4, 5; cxii. 5, 9; cxx. 6, 7; cxxxiii. cate his glory by inflicting the chastisements which 1-3; and his own conduct afforded a noble exem- they deserved, and which he has denounced against plification of these virtues, as will be apparent by the proud contemners of his laws. | consulting the following passages : Ps. xxv. 12-15; By many writers the passages objected to are

1 Sam. xxiv. 1, et seg.; xxvi. 1, et seq.; 2 Sam. i. 4, et explained as predictions; and this is not at variance $64.; iv. 8-12; xvi. 7-11; xix. 21-23. It cannot, then, with the Hebrew idiom, which admits, under some be credited that one so distinguished for tenderness circumstances, the use of the imperative for the and benevolence of heart, as well as for pre-eminent future; as Ps. xxxvii. 27; Gen. xx. 7; xlii. 18; xlv. 8; piety, could utter anything in direct opposition to Prov. iii. 4; iv. 4; and the employment of the impethose feelings of mercy and forgiveness, which he rative mood, when declaring future events, is not both highly recommended, and exhibited in his own unusual with the sacred writers, as in Isa. v. 10; viii. practice. Independently of this, we may rest assured 9, 10; ix. 3; xvii. 1; xxix. 9; Jer. i. 10; Ezek. xliii. 3. that no unmerciful and revengeful sentiment was In some instances, a prayer or wish for the punishever suggested by the Holy Spirit, or ever found ment of sinners may be nearly equivalent to a predicentrance into a work of inspiration.

tion, inasmuch as it is founded on the belief, and From these observations, we may with certainty meant to imply, that, according to God's moral infer that the passages in question, however they may government of the world, punishment most certainly appear, were undoubtedly not intended to convey any awaits them. Some of the imprecations in the bitter and unrelenting malediction. Nor will they be Psalms may, then, be understood as declarative of deemed to do so, provided due allowance be made for the just judgments of God, which would inevitably the bold phraseology of Oriental poetry, which must fall upon the impious; but in others, and perhaps generally be received with considerable abatement; most of them, both the natural construction of the and provided also they be understood with the reser- sentences, and the full force and propriety of the vation, which ought to accompany all our wishes and expressions, require them to be taken in an impreaddresses to the Deity, namely, that he would grant cative sense. To explain them in any other sense is them only so far as may be consistent with his will doing violence to the laws of grammatical interpreand providence. If the imprecative parts of the Book tation; yet even in this light, considered as imprecaof Pealms be taken with these limitations, as in reason tions, they amount to no more than a wish that the they ought, they will be found in substance merely impious may be dealt with according to the eternal to express a wish that the wicked men spoken of and unalterable laws of Divine justice—that they may might receive the just recompense of their deeds, and openly and before the world receive the penalties of that the punishment they deserved might speedily crime, provided it be the will of God; which surely overtake them, if such were the will of God. The is neither an unnatural nor unreasonable wish in those impious and transgressors are those alone upon whom who anxiously seek the punishment of vice, and the the Psalmist imprecates the Divine vengeance; and maintenance of true religion aud virtue.' In the there is nothing of vindictive feeling in praying for Psalmist, moreover, it is a wish not proceeding from that which he believed the Divine justice as well as a desire to gratify a personal vindictive feeling, but the Divine promise were engaged to inflict; while, at partly from a desire of self-preservation, and partly the same time, his entire confidence in the absolute from anxiety to see the worship and glory of God perfections of the Supreme Being affords ample evi- triumphant over all enemies. Imprecations, there ! dence that he calls for this vengeance only so far as fore, made with the limitations, and originating in might be accordant with the Divine attributes of the motives just mentioned, so far from being liable wisdom, goodness, and equity. A strong confirmation to the charge of maliciousness and revenge, are in of this reasoning is supplied by Ps. xxviii. 4, 5, accordance with the purest spirit of religion, and where he prays the Almighty to “ give them accord with the exercise of the most extensive charity.ing to their deeds, according to the wickedness of their Holden's Expositor. endearours; to give them after the work of their Of all those tremendous imprecations which appear hands; to render them their desert;" and he immedi- in our common English version of Deut. xxvii

. ately subjoins, as a reason for the petition, and a 15-26, there is not one authorized by the original. vindication of it, “ Because they regard not the works The Hebrew texts express no kind of rish, but are of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands, he shall | only so many denunciations of the displeasure of God (vill) destroy them, and not build them up.” Such against those who either were or should be guilty of imprecative addresses are in reality the expression of the sins therein mentioned, and of the judgments an earnest desire that the will of God may be done which they must expect to be inflicted upon them, in earth as it is in heaven, and that, if it seemed good unless prevented by a timely and sincere repentance.

And, agreeably to this view, the sacred text should She was blessed in her children. One son, as a have been rendered “ cursed they," or, “ cursed are minister of the Gospel, has been the honoured instruthey," and not “cursed be they," in the sense of

ment in the conversion of hundreds of souls. Her Let them be cursed; the word be, though inserted in our translation, having nothing answerable in the youngest daughter, after leading a life of self-denial

and Christian benevolence, of which few females, so Hebrew.--Horne's Introduction.

young and delicate, can boast, died a most triumphant

and happy death. Her surviving children are all MY GRANDMOTHER.

treading in the footsteps of their sainted mother,

occupying places of usefulness and trust in the comTruly does the Inspired Volume say, “ The memory munity; and nearly all the grandchildren of her

of the just is blessed.” True it is in my experience, prayers, who have arrived at mature years, hare and doubtless in that of many others. Of all the

united themselves with the visible Church. And when pleasant memories of my pleasant childhood, there that Saviour, who had been all her hope and trust, are none more delightful or precious to my mind

called her home to himself, she longed for the hour of than those which recall the precepts and example of translation from sin'and sorrow to purity and rest; and my beloved grandmother. The child of pious parents, the language of her lips again and again was, “ Oh! blessed with many godly relatives, nurtured on the why are his chariot wheels so long of coming? Come, Bible, and early taught the way to a throne of grace, Lord Jesus, come quickly!” I still feel as if the instructions and prayers, and

Oh ! how often in my days of childhood and folly the more powerful though silent preaching of her have I thought that, could the gift of God be purholy life, are, and have been, more blessed to me than chased with money, I would give anything in the all the other means combined.

world to be as good as my grandmother. How many I was quite a child when my grandmother died; of us, who are mothers and grandmothers, are there and although many years have since passed, and many who set such an example before the little ones of our changes I have seen, she is still as distinct to the eye

own families, as to induce the same wish on their parts of my mind as though our last interview were but

with respect to us? How good is a word spoken in yesterday. She was a woman of no exterior elegance

season at all times, and how many times and seasons or dignity of mien, plain and simple in her apparel,

are there in the life of every child, when a few affeckind and gentle in her manner; her great characte

tionate words of counsel, of reproof, or entreaty, from ristic seemed to be love to God and man, and an ardent the lips of a beloved and venerated relative, may sink desire to do all the good in her power. She was of deep into the heart, and colour with the hue of few words, but the law of kindness dwelt upon her heaven the whole after life, long after that Christian lips; and she was remarkably careful and tender of friend has been laid low with the clods of the valley. the character of others. Believing that a mother's It is a natural and innocent desire to be remembered proper sphere of action is the family circle, she was

by those we love long after we have passed away from ever a “ keeper at home;" no fritterer away of pre-earth; let us, then, remember that the memory of cious time in formal visiting or gay entertainments; the just only is blessed, and being blessed, is long but where there was affliction in the circle of her acquaintance, there was she found, visiting the father- then, endeavour to imitate the example of her, “who

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treasured up in the heart with fond delight. Let us, less and widows in their distress, and ministering to being dead, yet speaketh;” and so live, as that our their necessities. Liberal and open-handed to the descendants, like hers, will revert with joy to our poor, she denied herself many costly luxuries, that memories long after we have passed away to our re she might more abundantly relieve them; and she

ward. “ Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord; for taught her children to practise like self-denial. The they rest from their labours, and their works do Bible was truly her meat and drink--the spiritual follow them.”Presbyterian Herald. food upon which her soul fed and throve. This was the true (though to many) hidden cause of her uncommon spirituality, deadness to the world, and uni- A WORD TO A CERTAIN SHOPKEEPER. form consistency of conduct. Guided in all things

BY THE AUTHOR OF “ DECAPOLIS." by the unerring Word of God, she kept the even tenor The following paper, written at the request of 8 of her way, shedding forth the light of her holy ex- metropolitan Sabbath-school teacher, and printed at ample upon all around, so that they, taking knowledge his expense, has been widely circulated among the of her, might glorify God her Saviour. It was her class to whom it is addressed, in the neighbourhood constant practice to induce us, her grandchildren, to of London. It can hardly be supposed to apply to read and commit to memory chapters or passages of any of the readers of the “ Christian Treasury," but! Holy Writ; often alluring us by some little reward, it may be that some of them are acquainted with a when, through the heedlessness of childhood, her tradesman to whom it might be useful. In that case gentle persuasions and admonitions failed to have it would be no bad plan to lend him the present their customary influence. My memory is now largely Number, and then to ask him what he thinks of these stored with God's Word, thus learned, with her ac- remarks on Sabbath trading :companying comments on these passages, most pre

Travelling once, on the outside of a stage coach, !! cious to her own mind; and while many other recol- said to a man, who for a few miles happened to be lections of my childhood have faded from my memory, my only companion, “Do you care anything about these remain in all their vividness.

" What is that to you ?” he replied, in

your soul!"

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