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hide more in the clefts of Jesus. Be content, Owing to the stedfastness of the worthy ministers dear friend, to bear these troubles, which make who occupied the pulpits in the surrounding parishes, you cling closer to your Beloved. (2.) They the people generally were well instructed in the Re

formation principles, and, perhaps, there was no disshake us loose from sin, If ye were of the

trict in Scotland that furnished a fairer average of world, the world would love its own. If the

covenanting worthies than the middle parts of Nithsworld smiled and fawned upon you, you would dale. No fewer than seven contiguous parishes were lie on its lap. But when it frowns, then Jesus blessed with the ministrations of their respective pas is our all. (3.) Great is your reward in heaven. tors, who all to a man renounced their livings rather We gain a brighter crown. Be not afraid ; than submit to attempted usurpation. The names nothing shall ever separate you from the love of these men are preserved in the pages of the his

torian, and deserve to be more generally known in the of Christ. O that I could know that you were all in Christ's love that the arms of Jesus parishes where they resided. Besides Mr. Austin of

Penpont, there were James Brotherstanes of Glenwere infolding you—then I would know that cairn, John Liddersdal of Tynron, Adam Sinclair of all the hatred of men, and all the policy of hell, Morton, John Carmichaelof Sanquhar and Kirkcomnel would never prevail against you! “ If God be Thomas Shiels of Kirkbrodie, and Alexander Strang

risdeer—the spot where, about ninety years affor you, who can be against you?" If God has chosen you-called you—washed you—justified much industry and success. All these worthy men.

terwards, the good Mr. M'Kill laboured with so yon—then he will glorify you. O yield to his

with one consent, refused to conform, and were loving hands, you that are not far from the therefore, numbered among the ejected, and took ; kingdom of God! Let him wash you, for then joyfully the spoiling of their goods. The amount of he will carry you to glory.

truly religious persons then within the district cook not be small, if we may reason from the principles.

piety, and activity of the men who laboured amons NOTICES OF COVENANTING WORTHIES.

them in the Gospel. This is, no doubt, one cause why

the witnesses in the hilly parts of Nithsdale are parti. RY THE REV. ROBERT SIMPSON, SANQUHAR. cularly mentioned in those times. Their numbers, it

is true, were greatly swelled by those who emigrateu The parish of Penpont in Nithsdale contained, in the

from the lower parts, seeking shelter among the times of persecution, many worthy families and indivi

mountainous recesses, where they found themselves duals who firmly maintained that course which the enemies of Zion were labouring so strenuously to sup- height in evading the ruthless foe.

in comparative safety, and could flee from height to press. Penpont, in the old British speech, signifies the

Daniel Carmichael is a specimen of the worthies head of the valley-an appellation strikingly appro

who inhabited this part of Nithsdale. He lived in priate. It forms part of what is called the central basin

the parish of Morton, and enjoyed the ministry o. of Closeburn,one of the three remarkable openings for which the strath of the winding Nith is so distinguished. foot, in the farm of Burn, near Morton Castle, 2

the good Adam Sinclair. His residence was at Blair And truly there are few streams in Scotland the vale

feudal stronghold erst occupied by the doughty! of which is so delightfully picturesque, and whose diversified scenery appears so charming to the eye of saintly man were recently turned up by the plough

Douglases. The foundations of the cottage of the the passing stranger. Penpont and its contiguous of the agriculturist, and only two solitary trees re parishes form a locality not inferior in beauty to any main to mark the spot where so much worth once on the long line of this fair stream, from its source in the moorlands of Ayrshire, to where it pours its

found a place. His story has already been told ir full flood into the ocean.

another publication. He was shot at the mouth o: The descendants of a covenanting ancestry are still

the pass of Dalveen, and buried in the church-yard numerous in this district, and cherish, as may well be

of the lonely Durisdeer, and his resting place is supposed, a warm regard for the memory of their covered with a rude thrugh stone, bearing the follow suffering forefathers. It was in this same parish that

ing inscription :the famous Mr. Murray, the friend of the venerable “ As Daniel cast was into lions' den, Boston of Etterick, laboured with so much success in For praying unto God, and no to men; the Gospel, and whose memorial has been transmitted Thus lions cruelly devoured me to the present times with uncommon respect. But

For bearing unto truth my testimony: what is still more to the purpose, in speaking of the

I rest in peace till Jesus rend the clouds,

And judge 'twixt me and those who shed my blood." covenanting times, is the fact, that the good Samuel Austin was the minister of this parish at the time of And there were not a few like Daniel, though their the Restoration, and was one of those who were ban- names are not invested with the same notoriety. ished from their charge at the period of the ejection: It was in the parish of Penpont that the subject this godly man, like the rest of his brethren in the of the following anecdote lived. Thomas Dougla: same predicament, was subjected to manifold hard- was, it is said, laird of Auckland, a pleasant residence ships for his consistency of principle and honest on the south bank of the romantic Scar, a strela adherence to the good cause.

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ment to the fugitives whom the sword of persecution the cards, applied himself with all diligence to the had driven from their homes. Douglas was a credit occupation of his good spouse, and in this situation to the cause in behalf of which he bore witness, and he was found when the soldiers entered. his name is not unworthy of a place beside Daniel The uproarious troopers soon filled the floor of the M.Michael, whose native cottage was Dalzien, on apartment, asking aloud for the laird, and, receiving the same stream, and not far from Auckland. It is no satisfactory answer, they proceeded, with their acto be regretted that so little is retained of Thomas customed license, to search the house, and to use all Douglas, the incidents of whose history in those try- manner of freedom in prying into every place they ing times were probably possessed of no common in- thought fit. When they found themselves unsuccessterest, more especially as he was a laird, and therefore ful, they become irritated, and both acted and spoke one on whom the heavy hand of persecution was in a very unseemly fashion. Aukland, who felt his

likely to rest with a more than ordinary pressure. honest indignation rise at the insolence of the unHis dwelling had been frequently visited by the mannerly intruders, exclaimed, in a tone rather troopers, for the purpose of apprehending him. Auck-harsher than the grating sound of the cards he was land was a suitable place for the troopers, who re- plying on his knee, “ I think the devil seems to posjoiced to invade a house where something was to be sess these men !" This remark at once convinced had to gratify their rapacity, either in the way of the soldiers that the irascible wool-carder was at least eating or pilfering. It was not the meaner abodes of no douce Covenanter, as she could so easily mouth the the peasantry that altogether suited them, although name of their master, and consequently they made even these were not to be passed by-it was chiefly no inquiries. After satisfying themselves with what the abodes of the wealthier farmers and lairds that mischief they could work, they left the worthy laird they coveted, and where they often quartered them- | in his disguise, to return thanks to Him who had so selves for weeks or months as it pleased them; and strangely protected him in the presence of his enewhen they devoured all in one place, they forthwith mies. After this Douglas was often sought for, but retreated to another-there, like locusts, to effect the always contrived to elude his persecutors. He was, same consumption. Those were riotous times for however, declared an outlaw, his property was confislazy and hungry troopers, who fed on the industry | cated, and his family driven from the place. But he and substance of the peasantry, while they insulted was one of those who took joyfully the spoiling of his or shot those who had the hardihood to remonstrate. goods for the sake of Him in whose cause he suffered

The good laird of Auckland, then, was exactly a hardship. subject for those men of restlessness and mischief, The mention of the incident in the preceding anecand hence frequent calls were to be expected from dote respecting the use of the devil's name being the them, so long as anything was to be had. On one means of lulling suspicion on the part of the troopers, occasion, these“ boasted apostles" came suddenly in suggests a similar occurrence which befell in Etterick. sight of Douglas's mansion, when he happened to be the heights of Etterick and the wilds of Yarrow within. To issue from the door was just to advance in were, in those days, frequented by the wanderers, the face of the foe, who could not fail to notice him, and, consequently, infested also by the troopers, who, and to anticipate his flight. In those days, the pre- like beasts of prey, were found prowling in every diparing and carding of wool for spinning was perform-rection in quest of fugitives. The ministers of these ed in the houses of the peasantry, and even the wives two parishes, Elliot of Yarrow, and Cunningham of of the farmers and lairds did not think it below them Etterick, were both nonconformists, and were to engage in this occupation. It was then, indeed, doubtless followed by many of their parishioners. I their chief work in the long winter evenings, when These upland districts were at that time furnished the family was collected round the blazing hearth with a sound Gospel ministry, which could not be after the toils of the day in the fields. When the without its effect on the rural and simple-hearted dragoons appeared, the virtuous guidwife of Auckland population, and who, attaching themselves to the was busy smoothing on the bristly cards the snow- cause of the covenants, must have been subjected, like white wool, and imparting to it a fine silky gloss, others, to the harassings of the persecutors. The repreparatory to her forming it into the lengthened motest solitudes, in the moorlands, and among the porans to be drawn out on the spindle into the sleek wildest mountains, were visited by the emissaries of and soft yarn, to be woven into warm and downy an oppressive government, for the purpose of seekblankets, or manufactured into comfortable clothing ing out the poor people who adhered to their relifor the household. She was one of those industrious gious principles with such unshaken constancy. dames who “ laid her hands to the spindle and ap- Hence the deserts of Yarrow and Etterick and wild plied her fingers to the distaff," thinking no service Eskdale Moor, and the higher parts of Tweed and too mean that might contribute to the benefit of her Moffat Water, were traversed in their breadth and family. When the laird was at his wit's end, not length by troopers and informers, who brought terror knowing where to hide himself, his wife suggested into every hut and cottage in the solitudes. One of the hasty expedient of disguising himself in her the worthies who inhabited this district was a man clothes, if, peradventure, he might escape detection of the name of Biggar, who lived near the head of The plan was instantly put in execution, as not a Etterick above Cossarhill. This good man refused moment was to be lost, and in a few minutes, Douglas to attend upon the curate in the parish church, and was arrayed from head to foot in female apparel. his nonconformity being well known, Claverhouse, in He then seated himself among the wool, and seizing scouring that part of the country, was informed of him, and exerted himself by every means, to apprehend considerable way above the Latin Convent, we sat him. The honest man, being fully aware of the in- down at a point commanding a full view of the sea tentions of the troopers, kept himself out of their way,

to the west and to the north. Near this must have and resorted to the hills. Claverhouse, however, was

been the spot

where Elijah prayed when he went up

to the top of Carmel, and cast himself down upon the not to be baffled in his object, and being chagrined earth, and put his face between his knees, and said at his frequent disappointments, rode off with his to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea. troop at his back in quest of him. As they marched And he went up, and looked, and said, There is noover the wastes, they came in sight of a man wander-thing. And Elijah said, Go again, seven times. ing on the heights between Moffat Water and Etterick. There we united in praying for abundance of rain to

our own souls, our friends, and our people, and for Biggar, for it was he, considered that, if he attempted the progress of our mission, which seemed for a time to flee, the circumstance would betray him, and be impeded. It was awfully solemn to kneel on the ing fully aware that none of the soldiers knew him, lonely top of Carmel. The sun was going down behe threw his plaid across his shoulders, and assuming yond the sea, the air was cool, and delightfully pure; an air of composure, walked slowly on, apparently scarcely a breath of wind stirred the leaves, yet the heedless of the approach of the horsemen. Claver fragrant shrubs diffused their pleasant odours on

every side. A true Sabbath stillness rested on the house rode hastily up to him, and striking him smartly sea and on the hill. The sea washes the foot of the on the head with his whip, pronounced him his pri- hill on each side, and stretches out full in front till soner. Biggar turned quickly round, and with an un- lost in the distance. To the east and north-east lies daunted countenance exclaimed_“I think the devil that extension of the splendid Plain of Esdraelon is in the man-why does he strike me?" On this, the which reaches to the white walls of Acre, and througb

which “ that ancient riverthe River Kishon,” was commander turned to his men, and said, “This is not winding its way to the sea, not far from the foot of the person we are in search of," and then marched Carmel. These are the waters that swept away the on. The use of the name of the devil in this way, enemies of Deborah and Barak, and that were made expressive of a truth, was the means, it would appear, red by the blood of the prophets of Baal, after Elijah's of sometimes saving the life of an innocent man. It

miraculous sign of fire from heaven. "To the south cannot be denied that the devil actuated these men

is seen the narrow plain between the mountains and

the sea, which afterwards expands into the Plain of of blood, so that, in sober truth and in sorrow, the Sharon; and along the ridge of Mount Carmel itself wanderers might affirm that the devil was in them, and is a range of eminences, extending many miles to the if their persecutors should happen to take the affir- south-east, all of them presenting a surface of tablemation in a profane sense, they who made it were not

land on the top, sometimes bare and rocky, and some

times covered with mountain shrubs. On some of answerable for that.

these heights, the thousands of Israel assembled to It is likely that the Biggar here mentioned was

meet Elijah, when he stood forth before them all, and the ancestor, or perhaps the immediate father, of the sais, “ How long halt ye between two opinions? Biggars of Etterick, James and William, who were and from this sea they carried up the water that so great a comfort to Mr. Boston, the latter of whom drenched his altar; and here they fell on their faces died at Penpont, to which place he had accompanied and cried, “Jehovah he is the God! Jehovah he is

the God!" his minister on a sacramental occasion.

“ He died,” says Mr. Boston, “In hopes of eternal life through mel can never be forgotten. No scene we had wit

The view we obtained that evening on Mount Car Jesus Christ. Among his last words were, ‘Farewell | nessed surpassed its magnificence, and the features sun, moon, and stars; farewell dear minister; and of it are still as fresh in our memory as if we gazed farewell the Bible."" Of this worthy man Mr. Boston on it but yesterday. It was, moreover, a most ingives an admirable character in his memoirs. The structive scene; we saw at once the solution of all our

difficulties in regard to the scriptural references to generation of the upright shall be blessed.

this hill. Carmel is not remarkable for height; and Mr. Boston mentions another worthy in Etterick, is nowhere in Scripture celebrated for its loftiness. Thomas Linton in Chapelhope, respecting whom, on At the point overhanging the sea, we have seen that the occasion of his death, he says," he had been a it is less than 900 feet high. To the south-east it notable sufferer in the time of persecution, and spoiled rises to the height of 1200 feet, which is its greatest of all his goods, but was become very wealthy; and, miles into the country, and was in former days fruit

altitude. But then the range of hills runs nearly eight moreover, he had a heart given him to do good with ful to a proverb. Indeed, the name Carmel, signifying his wealth, and was very useful in the country that “fruitful field,” was given to it evidently for this way. On him I bestowed this epitaph, which I sup

And when this vast extent of fruitful hills pose is to be found on his tombstone in Mary Church

was covered over with vine-yards, olive-groves, and yard in Yarrow.

orchards of figs and almond-trees, pot on the sides

alone, but also along the table-land of its summitAll lost for Christ, an hundred fold

would not Carmel, worthy of the name, appear ar Produced, and he became

immense hanging garden in the midst of the land: A father, eyes, and feet unto

In the days of its pristine luxuriance, before the curse The poor, the blind, the lame."

of God blasted its glory, “the excellency of Carmel,

of which the prophet speaks, must hare been trals MOUNT CARMEL.

wonderful! How easy at that time it would have In the cool of the evening, we ascended Mount Car- been “to hide in the top of Carmel;" for embowering mel by a deep and rocky ravine a little way to the vines and deep shady tig-trees would afford a covert south. We conversed together on Elijah's wonderful for many a mile along the summit. And would not answer to prayer obtained on this mountain, and felt the beholder in other days at once understand the

that we could well spend the evening of the holy day meaning of the beautiful description of the Church in such a place. Having soon reached the summit, a given in the song: “Thine head upon thee is like Car

a
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mel?” Would not the jewelry and ornaments, or Mr. Smith, a missionary, was one evening preachperhaps the wreath of flowers around the head of an ing in a street of Benares; his conveyance stood near Eastern bride, resemble the varied luxuriance of the the place, a man came up to the driver, saying, gardens of Carmel seen from afar? There are at present in the Convent garden on the hill a few

vines “Your master is feeling rather cold, and wants me that produce excellent grapes; but these are all that to bring him his cloak,” the cloak was made over to now remain to testify of the spot where Uzziah had him, and the thief walked off with it. Another mishis vine-dressers. With the exception of these, which sionary, on his way to Benares, had all his clothes are not properly on the summit of the hill, we could taken out of his tent, without hearing the least noise. not descry a single fruit tree on the top of Carmel.

In the morning he went to complain to the police A few verdant olive-trees grow at the northern roots of the hill, and some extend a short way up the side; officer of the place, who succeeded, after a short and but the extensive summit, which was once like a gar? summary investigation, in recovering them. The den, was covered as far as our eye reached with wild method he took to lead to discovery was this: He mountain shrubs and briery plants, all of stunted ordered the watchman to be tied to a tree, who, hargrowth, except where the rock lay bare and without ing received some cuts with a cane, whispered someverdure under the scorching sun. who said, “ Zion shall be ploughed like a field,” and thing into the ear of one of the bystanders: this fel“I will pour the stones of Samaria down into the low immediately went away, and in a few minutes valley," said also, “The top of Carmel shall wither; ” returned with the stolen articles. and that word we saw before our eyes fulilled to the In the jungles, or wooded parts of Bengal, we are letter.- Narrative of a Mission to the Jews.

occasionally exposed to annoyance, and even to dan

ger, from wild beasts. We pitched our tent one MISSIONARY JOURNEYS.

evening near a small village in the neighbourhood of DURING the cold season, from November to Febru- by a dense forest. Before going to rest we charged

the town of Bishenpore; the place was surrounded ary, we are in the habit of making excursions to

the chowkedar to be careful of our things. the more distant parts of the country, and to preach the Gospel from village to village. The water, which bility we shall have a visit from tigers; you must not

are quite safe," replied the man; “but in all probaduring the rains covers the plains of Bengal, is then

be afraid, however, for I know a muntro, or charm, dried up, and we can without danger move about in by which I have driven away many a wild beast." the open air; the temperature is mild and pleasant, We commended ourselves to the protection of God, the climate healthy and bracing. I packed my store

but charged the watchman to call us as soon as a of books and provisions on a two-wheeled cart, drawn tiger made his appearance; and we kept two loaded by a pair of bullocks, and to this were added a small

guns ready for his reception. We slept quietly, howtent, a camp-bed, table, and stool. Thus equipped, I

ever, until day-break, when my friend Mr. Lacroix travelled daily ten or fifteen miles. The journey is called out, “Watchman, have you seen the tiger ? " made on foot in the cool of the morning, or sometimes “Yes," he replied, “ but as soon as I repeated my on horseback. When I was joined by fellow-labour

muntro, he walked away." We could not help ers, the wealthy Rajah of Burdwan placed an ele smiling' incredulously at this answer, but to our phant or two at my disposal, and one of them carried surprise we soon found that, as far as the visit was the tent while the other was employed for ourselves.

concerned, he had spoken the truth, for on leaving The motion of this bulky animal is rather jolting, and the tent, we discovered the fresh foot marks of a somewhat trying to the chest; but we soon became

tiger near it. accustomed to it, and never felt the least disadvantage arising from this mode of travelling. In this tiles. At the time of an inundation I found a cobra

A greater annoyance still are snakes and other repway I have made many a mission tour to the more

de capella, or hooded-snake, in my study; it was remote parts of Bengal, disseminating the Word of

coiled up between the lattices of a Venetian door, and God among the inhabitants of the country. On seve- just extending its head to bite me, when I cast my ral occasions my coadjutor or myself preached to the

eye upon it, and killed the beast. On returning one assembled natives from the back of the elephant.

evening from the bazaar in Burdwan, I trod upon a On the arrival of a missionary in a village, the in- cobra de capella; I rushed forward, and the snake habitants generally conduct themselves toward him darted after me, but providentially I escaped being in a friendly and obliging manner. The mundul, or

bitten, having put my foot near to the neck, which chief man, usually comes forward, making a profound prevented its immediate attack. salam, to inquire if he can assist him in anything.

When the little tent is pitched in the shade of a This is owing, not so much to natural benevolence, as

mangoe grove, on the outskirts of a Hindu village, to an order of Government to this effect on behalf of

the inhabitants soon crowd around, and the missionEuropeans at large. Fuel, milk, eggs, fowls, and other aries enter into friendly conversation with them, prethings, are, upon moderate payment, forthwith sup- paratory to the proclamation of the Gospel.

The plied; a watchman (chowkedar) is carrying water, natives in the country are usually more accessible to and watching the tent and furniture; and I do not the truth than those in towns, having a natural simrecollect to have lost anything in my travels from plicity and sincerity about them, which are rarely thieves. It is, however, more from fear than from found in large places. There are thousands who honesty, that the Bengalee respects the property of would readily embrace Christianity, but for the frowns the European. In the north-western provinces rob- and persecuting spirit of the Brahmans and Zeminbers are both numerous and daring.

dars.- Weitbrecht':Protestant Missions in Bengal."

So carry

9 vour.

ness,

“ LIVING EPISTLES."

cause the devil, the law, sin, death, and hell i

them. There is never a poor soul that is goi. Walk with God in your callings. Be upright

heaven, but the devil, the law, sin, death, and I your way; admit nothing into your particular call- make after that soul. “The devil, your adversary, a ings that is inconsistent with the principles of your roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he ma general calling, as you are Christians.

And I will assure you, the devil is nimt yourselves, every one of you, that all that deal with he can run apace, he is light of foot; he hatb ove you may know you are a real Christian, Were there taken many, he hath turned up their' heels, and his a greater savour of grace and of the power of godli- given them an everlasting fall. Also the law, ti ness in your shops; did you buy and sell in the fear can shoot a great way; have a care thou keep out of God, doing all things in faith, as to the Lord, as

the reach of those great guns, the Ten Commin in his sight, conversing with others in the fear of ments. Hell also hath a wide mouth; it can stres God-what a comely sight would this be! what a

itself farther than you are aware of. And as t sermon would this be! You would be “living epistles” angel said to Lot,“ Take heed, look not behind the of that, seen and“ read of all men.”—2 Cor. iii

. 1, 2. neither tarry thou in all the plain (that is, anywbe And such sermon-notes, gathered out of the lives of between this and heaven), lest thou be consumed professors, may make deeper impressions than those so say I to thee, Take heed, tarry not, lest either t that are gathered out of the mouths of preachers. devil, hell, death, or the fearful curses of the law Godliness, exemplified in practice, shows itself more

God do overtake thee, and throw thee down in clearly in the thing, than it is possible for us to do in midst of thy sins, so as never to rise and recor words. Words convey notions of things to our ears; again. If this were well considered, then thou but a holy life holds forth the things themselves to well as I would say, They that will have heaven mi our eyes. Nothing is so like a man as himself. run for it. Godliness in practice is godliness itself, extant in the They that will go to heaven must run for it; b thing, in its own substance and nature; it is visible cause, perchance, the gates of heaven may be grace; it is the very matter and subject of our ger- shortly. Sometimes sinners have not hearen's gat mons, standing forth in the lives of professors. open to them so long as they suppose; and if the

I wish we had more of this divinity walking about be once shut against a man, they are so heavy t. our streets-more of these “ living epistles," seen and all the men in the world, or all the angels in hear " read of all men." These are the books that will are not able to open them. “I shut, and no m convince gainsayers, and provoke them to real holi- can open," saith Christ. And how if thou should

You hear good sermons, and read good books; come but one quarter of an hour too late? I te but doctrines without examples edify little. You do thee it will cost thee an eternity to bewail til not see and read that in the men of this generation misery in, Francis Spira can tell thee what it is that agrees with Gospel principles. The truth is, stay till the gate of mercy be quite shut, or to run saints are not so visible, so legible, as they should be lazily that they be shut before thou get within the we can hardly spell out anything that savours of true

What! to be shut out?-what! out of heaven Christianity. It would pose a discerning Christian, Sinner, rather than lose it, run for it; yea, ani. to pick out grace out of the lives of some professors:

run that thou mayest obtain."-Bunyan. it is couched under such sinful mixtures, is in such a worldly dress, that it does not look like itself. Hence

“HOW WILT THOU DO IN THE SWELLIN it is, that many real saints go for hypocrites in this world—are suspected by good men, and hated by bad

OF JORDAN?" men, upon this account. Let your light shine out

(JER. xii. 5.) more: away with the bushel that keeps in the light, and take the lantern of prudence, that only keeps

WHEN Jordan overflowed its banks, out the wind. Christian prudence will direct us in

The chosen tribes, by Joshua led, the right performance of our duty; but true Christian

Marched onward in unbroken ranks; prudence never takes us quite off from our present The ark was there-the waters fled. duty. That is hellish policy, not Christian prudence, that distinguishes a man quite out of his duty, and

If Jesus will my spirit guide, pretends to give sufficient reason for it, too. But God When I approach death's fearful stream, will catch that man in his own craftiness, and turn I'll venture through its highest tide, his wisdom into foolishness.—Cole.

Assured of safety-following Hir
Manchester.

D. E. FORD. “RUN FOR IT!" They that will go to heaven must run for it; be

Two American divines were once conversing to cause, as the way is long, so the time in which they are to get to the end of it is very uncertain. The time gether about the various theories concerning the present is the only time; thou hast no more time al- origin of sin, when one interrupted them by saying. lotted thee than that thou now enjoyest: “ Boast not

* It seems to me that it would be far better fer thyself of to-morrow, for thou knowest not what a

ministers, instead of puzzling themselves to know day may bring forth.” Do no

how sin ENTERED INTO the world, to unite their efforts say,

have time enough to get to heaven seven years hence; for I tell and try, how much of it, with God's blessing, the thee, the bell may toll for thee before seven days

can drive out.” “You remind me, madam," * more be ended; and when death comes, away thou

one of the clergymen, “of my aged deacon, wh. must go, whether thou art provided or not; and, ed to explain

why God suffered sin to enter the world

after listening to a sermon in which I had endeavour therefore, look to it-make no delays: it is not being asked what he thought of my theory, shook to good dallying with things of so great concernment as the salvation or damnation of thy soul. You know head, and replied, “Ah,

sir, all

I know about is, 1. he that hath a great way to go in a little time, and

am a sinner, and wish I WASN'T." less by half than he thinks of, he had need to run for it.

“Our idle days," says Bishop Hall, They that will have heaven must run for it; be devil's busy ones."

are the

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