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unshaken, unremoved: you are but a reed, a feeble glass of water? I feel unwell.” I arose and called plant, tossed and bowed with every wind, and with the family. He was manifestly ill, but not appamuch agitation bruised; lo, you are in tender and rently in immediate danger. The next morning he favourable hands, that never brake any whom their sins bruised-never bruised any whom temptations

was worse. A physician was called, but did not unhad bowed. You are but tlax; and your best is not

derstand his case. Search was at length made, and a flame, but an obscure smoke of grace. Lo, here his it was found that, by mistake, he had taken a dose Spirit is as a soft wind, not as cold water; he will of deadly poison. The hand of Death was then upon kindle, will never quench you. The sorrow you want him. For three hours his body was writhing in is his gift; take heed lest, while you vex yourself with dislike of the measure, you grudge at the Giver. agony, but that was forgotten in the more excruciatBeggars may not choose. This portion he hath ing agonies of his soul. I heard his minister tell him vouchsafed to give you; if you have any, it was more

of a merciful Saviour. I heard his father, kneeling than he was bound to bestow; yet you say, What, no by his bed-side, pour out to God the most agonizing more? as if you took it unkindly that he is not more prayer for him that language could express. I liberal. Even these holy discontentments are danger- heard his mother exclaim, “O my son! my son!” ous. Desire more (so much as you can), but repine till she swooned and sunk upon the floor. I heard not when you do not attain. Desire, but go as you be free from impatience, free from 'unthankfulness; him, as he tossed from side to side, cry out, “ O those who have tried, can say how difficult it is to Lord, have mercy on my soul ! O my God, have coranlain, with due réservation of thanks. Neither mercy on me !—mercy! mercy! mercy!” and then, kt I whether is worse, to long for good things im- reaching out his hands toward his father, he expatiently or not at all to desire them. The fault of claimed, “ I am lost ! I am lost! am I not, father?” your sorrow is rather in your conceit than in itself; and if indeed you mourn not enough, stay but God's

His breath grew shorter, and his voice fainter, leisure, and your eyes shall run over with tears. How until raising his hands, as if he would cry“ mercy" many do you see sport with their sins, yea, brag of once more, be expired. Fifteen years have rolled them! How many that would die for want of pas- away since I heard those cries of dying agony, but time, if they might not sin freely, and more freely they ring in my ears now, as if it were but an hour. talk of it! Yet so I encourage you in what you have, That look of fierce despair is now in my eye, and as one that persuades you not to desist from suing for more. It is good to be covetous of grace; and to have my ear echoes with the heart-rending cry, “ I am our desires herein enlarged with our receipts. Weep lost ! I am lost! am I not, father?” How can I forstill, and still desire to weep; but let your tears be as

get them?

They came from the death-bed of my the rain in the sunshine-comfortable and hopeful; friend, and that friend my own beloved brother. and let not your longing savour of murmuror distrust.

Youth's Cabinet. The tears are reserved-this hunger shall be satisfied_this sorrow shall be comforted. There is nothing betwixt God and you, but time. Prescribe not to his wisdom-hasten not his mercy. His grace is

THE RECREANT FOILED. enough for you-his glory shall be more than enough. Ar a very early period of my ministry, I laboured -Bishop É all.

in a portion of the country where a singular circumstance happened in the common walks of life. A

well-bred young man, apparently under much reliI AM LOST! I AM LOST!

gious concern, united himself with a religious society. I ONCE knew a youth of sixteen, the son and hope inconstant in his life, yet by his steady attendance

Although he had formerly been rather wayward and of pious parents, and the favourite of a large circle

on all the means of grace, and the rapid improvement of associates. He was my friend. We went to- which he seemed to make in his religious course, he gether to the school-room-to the play-ground-to had gained largely on the affections of his class-mates, our chamber. I have seen him while listening to the and some of the most pious and discerning had pleadings of parental faithfulness, urging him to im- already begun to regard him as a youth of some promediate repentance, and warning him, by a brother's and, in many respects, a very amiable, girl. Heaven

mise. In the same neighbourhood resided a comely recent grave, of the danger of delay. He listened in had in mercy granted her one of the greatest of all silent and respectful attention, but the alluring earthly blessings, a pious parentage. But she was of pleasures of youth dazzled him, and he resolved to an unusually volatile disposition, and passionately leave religion for a future day.

fond of the world, its fashions and amusements. One evening he met a circle of youthful acquaint- Our young friend saw her, loved her, and finally

made proposals of marriage. Eliza acknowledged ance. It was a gay circle, and a thoughtless one.

that she was pleased with him. * But, William," In the midst of their mirth, his eye fell on a hymn- said she, “there is one inseparable barrier to our book. He opened it and read

union. You profess religion, and I have no reason

to doubt your sincerity. You see what a giddy, vain, " And must this body die,

and heedless sinner I am. What domestic happiness This mortal frame decay ?

do you suppose will arise from our marriage? You,

as a man of God, would feel it to be your duty to Lie mouldering in the clay?"

erect a family altar; I am ill-qualified to participate He laid down the book, and forgot its warning in holy exercises. You would love to see everything voice.

clothed in the sombre aspect of Christianity; I might Late that evening he came to my chamber, breath: eider the great gulf that lies between us.

love to shine out with my fashionable friends. Con

It is true, ing short, like one who had been walking fast, and it is not impassable. But I am not prepared to come lay down by my side. After some time, he turned over to you at present. It remains for you to consito me, and said, “ Will you get up and give me a der whether you can forego your religious associations

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to accommodate me." William, with a sorrowful Dr. B.—You are frequently called in consultatica countenance and heavy sigh, observed that he would with your medical friends, are you not? consider the matter. A few days after, in a heartlegs and reluctant manner, he requested the leader and sometimes oftener.

Dr. L.-Certainly I am-once or twice every day, to have his name erased from the class-book, when the preacher came round. The leader, supposing he

Dr. B.-Are you not in the habit of meeting your was labouring under some cruel temptation of the consultations punctually? enemy, urged him to confide in his integrity, and Dr. L.I do, and am seldom obliged to make unbosom all his sorrows. The more solicitous the a draft upon the fifteen minutes' grace usually slleader was to dissuade him from his purpose, the lowed. more earnestly he pressed his suit. The preacher,

Dr. B.-That is all the secret I have about the judging from the vehemency of his manner, that all was not right, and that it might be more creditable matter. I have always made it a rule punctually and to the Church to let him go, granted his request. promptly to meet my consultations, and I feel that I

It was not long before he stood before Eliza, and have at least two every Sabbath in the house of God,' renewed his suit. She observed, “ You are aware of and God, who loveth the gates of Zion more than all the only difficulty that lies in the way -". Before the dwellings of Jacob, has for more than thirty she finished the sentence, he exclaimed, with a smile, “O that is removed-my name is taken from the years enabled me, with very few exceptions, to meet book-I'am no longer a Church member.” The them.--American Messenger. young lady fell back in her chair. A deadly paleness overspread her face, and with quivering lips she said: “I will never consent to marry you as long as

FALSEHOOD. the world stands. It is true I am wild and irreligious; To urge the people of the world to forsake it (false but the pious instructions of my parents, the religious hood) is utterly hopeless; it forms the very soul of opportunities which I have had, the many heart their intercourse; it gives the last polish to their searching sermons which I have heard, have for a compliments, the last gilding to their courtesies, the long time disturbed my peace, and have determined last tinish to their politeness; it is the strong chain, me not to choose death. In view of my natural without which their hollow society, as at present proneness to ruin, I had determined to marry none constituted, would fall to pieces. For who could but a man who would help me to save my soul. I tolerate sincerity, where the truth would often be had flattered myself that you were such a character; so bitterly distasteful ?-Blunt's Elisha. but thought it would be safe to try your stedfastness. When the proposal to leave your class was first made, if you had rejected it with a manly and holy

BE GENTLE TO THY MOTHER. indignation, you would have received my hand on the BE gentle to thy mother; long she bore spot. When you promised to consider the matter, I

Thine infant fretfulness and silly youth; I saw an indecision of character that made me tremble. But even after so many days' deliberation, if you Nor rudely scorn the faithful voice that o'er had returned, and said you loved Zion above your Thy cradle prayed, and taught thee lisping truth. chief joy-above father and mother, and wife and all, Yes, she is old; yet on thy manly brow then I could have confided my life in your hands. She looks, and claims thee as her child e'en now. But the die is cast. You will please never mention the subject again--for ever.” We hope the reader Uphold thy mother; close to her warm heart will never realize the anguish of the rejected suitor. The Church avoided him as an insincere and dan; Then taught thy tottering limbs their untried art,

She carried, fed thee, lulled thee to thy rest; gerous character. The world, more cruel, reserved him as a standing target of ridicule.--Pastoral Re

Exulting in thee fledging from her nest; miniscences.

And, now her steps are feeble, be her stay,
Whose strength was thine, in thy most feeble day.

Cherish thy mother; brief perchance the time
THE TWO PHYSICIANS.

May be that she will claim the care she gave; | PAYsicians frequently plead their business as an

Past are her hopes of youth, her harvest-prime excuse for neglecting a regular attendance in the

Of joy on earth; her friends are in the grave; house of God; but is this a valid plea-does their But for her children, she could lay her head business justify their neglect? The following conver

Gladly to rest among the precious dead. sation, which I chanced to overbear the other day, Be tender to thy mother; words unkind, between two physicians, may throw some light upon the subject. They are both in large practice in one

Or light neglect from thee, will give a pang

To that fond bosom where thou art enshrined of our northern cities:Dr. L.-How happens it, Dr. B-, that you are so

In love unutterable, more than fang regular in your attendance upon the public and social As thou wouldst hope for peace when she is dust !

Of venomed serpent. Wound not her strong trust, meetings of the church ? I hear that you are seldom absent--at least, I always see you there when I am. O mother mine! God grant I ne'er forget, There must be some secret about it, for your practice Whatever be my grief, or what my joy, is as extensive as mine, if not more so; and with all The unmeasured, unextinguishable debt my diligence, I cannot make out to attend half the

I owe thy love; but find my sweet employ, time. I really should like to know how you manage Ever through thy remaining days, to be it. I often wish that I couid so arrange my business To thee as faithful as thou wast to me! as never to be absent.

G. W. BETHUNE

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GOD'S JUDGMENTS, AND THEIR DUE EFFECT:

ON THE FAILURE OF THE POTATO CROP.

BY THE REV. J. D. HULL, HUNTLY. “When thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of | in the way of his judgments; and then follows the world will learn rightevusness "-ISA. xxvi. 9.

the reason : For, when thy judgments are in Wuen the great Ruler of the world sends upon the earth, the inhabitants of the world will a land any signal and manifest expression of learn righteousness." bis anger, it becomes the especial duty of his This passage, then, has a bright side as well mivisters to take public and particular notice as a dark. There is a sinile on the edge of the of it. This seems directly enjoined upon them cloud. While the words affirm the indisputin such passages as that, Ezek. xxxiii. 2–5: able fact, that there is a God that judgeth in the “Son of man, speak to the children of thy earth, they further declare the blessed end and people, and say unto them, When I bring the tendency of his chastisements, even the reforsword upon a land, if the people of the land / mation of the chastised. O may he graciously take a man of their coasts, and set him for their grant that such may be eminently the result watchman: if when he seeth the sword come with respect to the judgment which induces upon the land, he blow the trumpet and warn our present remarks ! the people; then whosoever heareth the sound Let us, then, consider the words before us in of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the these two aspects : First, The judgments of God. sword come, and take him away, his blood shall | Second, Their proper effect. be upon his own head. He heard the sound of I. First, I would remark, that all calamitous

the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood occurrences are to be traced to God, as their shall be upon him. But he that taketh warn-final cause : Thy judgments." Whatever ing shall deliver his soul.”

their nature, or their instrumental causes, they Now, my brethren, you will at once feel, I come at his direct permission and appointment : hope, that the present is even such a time as “ Shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord that contemplated in the foregoing passage. hath not done it ?"-Amos iii, 6. There are, Until about a month since, never did the unhappily, those who deny the interference of country present a more beautiful and promis- God in the affairs of the world; whose language ing appearance. There was the fairest pros. | is, “ The Lord will not do good; neither will he pect, not only of a most plentiful, but also of a do evil;" but all who are acquainted with the most early harvest; when, suddenly, a strange Bible, and who believe it, will be ready to suband mysterious blight falls upon the potato scribe the not more certain than consolatory de. crop. It spreads simultaneously over the whole claration, that “God's never-failing providence kingdom; till, wherever one goes, instead of ordereth all things, both in heaven and earth.” the grateful and luxuriant green that pre- Not a sparrow falleth to the ground without viously gladdened both eye and heart, the dis- him. Alas! what a dark system is theirs, who, mal sight occurs of dark patches, nay, extensive rejecting such a Disposer of events, consider fields, withering under the Creator's frown. all things to be left to the blind and random

It is impossible, then, that we can allow such direction of chance or accident? a calamity to pass any longer unnoticed. It is God's judgments are various. He has in his most assuredly a loud call, yea, the very voice magazine an infinity of weapons; but four are of God himself to us, to consider our ways, and especially noted in his Word, as being particuwherefore he contendeth with us; and accord-larly terrible, and to be deprecated-famine, ingly, with the view of properly improving it, wild beasts, the sword, and pestilence. See I have chosen as the subject of present medi- Ezek. xiv, 12-19. tation the passage already cited. It occurs in The Lord has, for several years past, been a chapter of peculiar preciousness and import- visiting us with judgments of various kinds

In the portion immediately preceding as typhus, cholera, influenza, seasons of drought my text, the Church is represented as still and of wetness, accompanied by corresponding waiting upon God, and desiringly seeking him, scarcity, though with years of plenty mercifully interposed. Last year was one of remarkable his thoughts.” Now, such a spirit as this God humidity and gloominess, followed by a partial will not suffer. If there is one thing under destruction of that esculent on which such heaven that he hates, it is pride. His treatnumbers depend for sustenance, and which has ment of Pharaoh, of Sennacherib, of Nebuexperienced, this present year, a still more ex- chadnezzar, and of Herod, abundantly evinces terminating devastation.

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this, that “God resisteth the proud." All his Now, what may be God's design in sending punishments, inflicted on individuals and comus such judgments Some cause, some design, munities, have this as one of their main ends and that of a most cogent kind, he certainly “to humble" them—to "stain their pride." How has; for “ he does not afflict willingly the child have we been going on, boasting of our skill in ren of men.” To brandish his thunderbolts, to husbandry, and of the almost omnipotence of cast abroad his arrows of destruction, with the our exertions in draining, manuring, and so mere view of displaying his power and inflict: forth, to produce food to an unlimited extent! ing misery; is most abhorrent from his nature; Well, mark what follows; in a season so favouras well, indeed, as utterly inconsistent with the able, that the like of it was not remembered, idea of a God of infinite goodness and wisdom. suddenly comes a visitation which sets all our I would say, then, that his design is,

skill at defiance, baffles every effort to remedy First, To bring us to consideration. When we it, and overwhelms us with confusion. Was are lorg left invisited, we are wofully apt to go ever the poor vaunting of man more empbation frowardly in the way of our hearts, from bad cally rebuked ? to worse, neither regarding the work of the Lord, Again; the great Chastener sends these judg. nor considering the operation of his hands, but ments to bring us to repentance and reformation, sinning with a high hand; presumptuous, self- Thus he says in Hosea (v. 15): "I will go willed, self-sufficient, stupid; like Moab (Jer. and return to my place, till they ackuowledge xlviii. 11): "Moab hath been at ease from his their offence, and seek my face: in their afilicyouth, and he hath settled upon his lees, and tion they will seek me early." O how many hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel, and great are our sins, calliug for repentance; neither hath he gone into captivity: therefore more especially taking into the account our his taste remaineth in him, and his scent is not pre-eminent advantages as a nation. Our unchanged :" that is, he is still the same, as bad thankfulness, our ungodliness, our Sabbathas ever he was.' How great a calamity is un- breaking, our drunkenness,* our immorality; in sanctified prosperity!

short, our wickedness of all sorts :-Oh, it is a God complains of his own people: “The ox painful, painful contemplation! We are a knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's people laden with iniquity; our transgressions crib; but Israel doth not know, my people doth are multiplied before God; and our sins testify not consider” (Isa. i. 3): consider, that is, their against us; for our transgressions are with us, duty and their interest. This, then, is one im- and as for our iniquities we know them; in portant end of the Divine Being in correcting transgressing and lying against the Lord, and us, to force us to reflect and consider-to make departing away from our God-that God whol us feel our dependence, our intimate and ab- hath done such great things for us. Do se solute dependence upon hiin; also our sins and thus requite the Lord, o foolish people and provocations wherewith we have provoked him unwise ? and shall he not visit for these things! to plague us. So Haggai i. 5, 6: “Now there shall not his soul be avenged on such a nation fore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Consider your

as this? ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; However piety may have beea progressing ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but among the people, and I am far from denying ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but that it has-nay, I cherish the persuasion with there is none warm; and he that earneth wages the most profound thankfulness-still, there has ? earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.” been a most grievous “ departing away from our “ In the day of adversity consider.”_Eccl. God”-a deplorable declension from right, and vii. 14.

safe, and proper principles and sentiments, on Secondly, To humble ns. Man is inveterately

• When we consider how vast a quantity of valuable grain proud. He would be independent of God: is yearly consumed in ardent spirits, amounting in many “ The wicked through the pride of his counte- places to several gallons to each individual, such a visitation nance will not seek after God. God is pot in all

as the present is by no means surprising. When we perrert

God's blessings into a curse, it is no marrel if be "curse our • M. Henry.

blessings."

GOD'S JUDGMENTS, AND THEIR DUE EFFECT.

375 the part of the nation, as a nation. The opinion inflicts them. And if this should happily y has got abroad—that politics and religion have prove the effect of the present visitation, then nothing to do with each other; as if rulers surely it will have been a blessing in disguise. were not commanded to rule in the fear of That it may do so, as far as the result may God;* and righteousness did not exalt a na- be in our power, my beloved brethren, let me tion, and the people were not happy whose offer some few suggestions. God is the Lord. I

1. First, then, we should acknowledge God's While we have thrown the Bible aside in our hand in the calamity. How slow we are to do legislative measures, we have permitted our. this! ah, how slow! We will endeavour to selves to become intoxicated with that very account for such occurrences in a thousand greatness and prosperity with which a most ways, instead of taking the one short and true merciful God has continued to bless us. Our way—even tracing them at once to the hand of heart has been lifted up, and we have been but an offended Creator. What is the declaration too content to forget the Author of our mercies of his word upon the subject? Micah vi. 9: in the enjoyment of his favours, not considering “ The Lord's voice crieth unto the city; and that it was He who gave us power to get wealth, the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear and crowned our arms with success, and our ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.” commerce with success, and gave us corn and Man errs and sips in a double respect. He wine, and fruitful seasons. In short, like Je will not own God, either in mercies or in punishshurun, we have waxed fat and kicked. Now, ments. He is fain to impute both to mere for all this God will most justly and properly natural causes, forgetting that God is the Author punish us. He will deeply teach us our de- and Director of nature; or rather, that nature pendence upon him. He will force us to feel is nothing more nor less than the operation of that we cannot despise or displease him with God. In this present judgment, however, he impunity, but that it is both an evil thing and is, in a most marked manner, reproving this bitter to forsake the Lord our God, and that wicked propensity; shutting us up into the his fear was not in us. He will let us see that inevitable conclusion that it must be from him. however we may ungratefully and wickedly As to any immediate natural cause of it, inleave him out of our consideration, he is still quirers can come to no agreement; they appear the Being whom we must have to do with— completely baffled. The great Disposer of whom we must supremely regard, after all, as the affairs would seem purposely to have hid it one great Disposer and Arbiter of our destinies from us, as he did the body of Moses from

“ the Governor among the nations”- that Israel, lest we should worship it : lest, that is “ those that honour him he will honour, but to say, we should ascribe to it what is attrithey that despise him shall be lightly esteem- butable simply to his own direct agency. ed.”

What may be the cause or causes of this These, then, seem to be the main ends of God lamentable disposition to leave the Almighty in sending his judgments upon us, namely, to out of consideration in our blessings and rerecall us to consideration, to humble us for verses? This appears a question of no common our sins, and to bring us to repentance and importance. I would say, then, that it is, first, amendment. And this appropriately conducts that "carnal mind (which) is enmity against us to the second particular contained in the God,” and which induces so many to live withtext.

out him in the world, to their own great unII. The effect which his judgments should happiness. I would say that it is, secondly, produce, namely, the teaching us righteousness: pride, which refuses, on the one hand, to ac“ When thy judgments are in the earth, the knowledge obligations, and, on the other, to inhabitants of the world will learn righteous. confess guilt. Thus, whether in weal or in 'ness;” plainly implying that, previously, they woe, ungodly men repudiate the recognition of are unrighteous, and that their unrighteousness divine interference. “ Lord, when thy hand brings down God's judgments upon them. is lifted up, they will not see; but they shall

There is a tendency in chastisements, at see.” (Isa. xxvi. 11.) | least when accompanied by divine influence, 2. Next to acknowledging God's hand in his i to subdue us—to bend our stiff necks—to judgments, it concerns us fully to confess and break the iron sinew, and induce us to humble bewail those sins which have procured them; ourselves under the mighty hand of him who for, “ as the bird by wandering, as the swallow

• 2 Sam. xxiii. 3. + Prov. xiv. 34. # Ps. cxliv, 15. by flying, so the curse causeless shall not

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