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pint with him. This was the fatal step. I He made a violent effort to speak, but could had never been used to drink so much, and it not; by a sort of convulsive struggle he forced produced an unnatural elevation of spirits, both his hands over bis head, and a little raised which disposed me to drink more. I became himself; gave a vacant look; his head sunk intoxicated. I got home, however, and con- back; his hands slid down over his face gradutrived to conceal my fall from my minister and ally, and then fell on the bed; he drew a long the Church. This," he said, “occasioned all the breath-it never returned--the silence of death mischief that followed. I lost my peace of pervaded the room: we who witnessed the mind; it made me miserable to meet my Chris. scene lost our respiration for a few moments. tian friends, and my conscience was distracted. All was over; the spirit had fed—the day of If I had confessed my sin, and humbled myself grace was ended—the sad scene had closed in before God and his people, they would have the darkness of death. pitied me, prayed for me, and watched over O my soul! never mayst thou forget the me. I could not do this: pride and shame in- awful impressions of that moment; duced me to hide my iniquity. The next time mayst thou lose the deeply solemnized feelings I went to Ilull, I had resolved beforehand not with which thou didst contemplate a felloweven to venture into a public-house; but my creature in ruins. He had made his bands resolution failed me; I drank again, and then strong, and he could not break them. drank too much, on purpose to drown reflection. Thus I went on, till at length I became a confirmed drunkard, and till, by my profligacy, I

JOHN BUNYAN-THE CITY OF DESTRUClost my business and my little property. Chris.

TION-THE STRAIT GATE. tian friends were obliged to turn their back

BY THE REV. J. A. WYLIE, upon me, and I soon became the companion of the drunkard. I wandered about from place

Aut'or of The Modern Judea," đc., doc. to place; for I was ashamed that my relations The two grand sources whence Bunyan drew the should know how wicked and how miserable I

various and rich materials which compose his work, When I could get no one to employ me,

were the Bible and his own HEART. Both he I learned the trade of a barber, and have tra

bad studied with an intensity which it is not easy velled through several counties, gaining, in that for words to describe--the one, that he might know way, a precarious subsistence. About four how he might be saved; and the other, that he might years ago came to this place; here I found know whether he was saved: both, therefore, he great encouragement, and I resolved again in thoroughly knew. His acquaintance with himself this new place to change my habit, and be a gave him that profound knowledge of human nature sober man. This resolution, however, I soon which enabled him to paint with perfect truth and broke; and I seldom went sober to bed if I unequalled power all the varieties of human charsehad money to buy liquor, or could get credit. ter; and his familiarity with the Bible not only For some months my constitution has been furnished him with those great truths which are the giving way, and it will soon be all over.” staple of his work, though expressed symbolically,

It was in vain that I set before him promises but gave him also that singularly graphic style, that or threatenings-he appeared "twice dead.” simplicity combined with power as a writer, in which My visits seemed so perfectly useless to him, he remains to this day, as he is likely to do for a long that they soon became painful to myself; and time to come, altogether unrivalled. Now let us as his medical attendant gave him hopes of compare Bunyan with his “ Pilgrim," not for the recovery, he was very little disposed to see me. purpose of establishing an identity between the two, In this way for about three weeks I lost sight of which we believe has no existence, and to seek for him. It was then told me that he was worse, and which, therefore, would be absurd; but for the purthat his landlady scarce knew what to do with pose of showing that there is a striking resemblance him. I went immediately. The landlady said, between the leading events which betell both, and “He is dying; will you walk up and see him. Ithat the life of the one is the best illustration of the said, “ Certainly." I entered his apartment; two pilgrimage of the other. nurses were standing by his bed. He seemed Than the opening scene in the “Pilgrim," nothing to have lost his sight, and to be sinking fast. could be more graphic. The curtain rises, and that The women told me they had been dreadfully moment our attention is arrested, never again to be frightened; that they never saw anything so let go, till Christian has passed in at the Celestial gate. terrible in their lives; that he thought death Right before us is the city of Destruction, overshawas on him; that he struggled so hard to get dowed by dismal mountains, and standing, with all out of bed that they were obliged to call men its giddy multitudes, on a soil beneath which rages up stairs to hold him; that he said he could not the fires of the Pit. In the foreground of the die-he would not die. “Now,” they said, “ he picture, and forming the most prominent object in is too far gone." His countenance was set, but it, is a man in rags. We see him standing in the in the very image of despair. I tried to arouse open plain, in the neighbourhood of the city, with a him, and fancied he was not so near death as great burden on his back, and an open book in his the nurses supposed. I said, “ Can you not cry, hand, on which he continues to gaze with a look of 'Lord save me, I perislı ?--Have you no hope!” most intense and stedtust earnestness. He lifts up

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JOHN BUNYAN, &c. his eyes, and oh! we never can forget that face; quality which enables the mere narration of the there is an air of anguish upon it that were enough dream to make so awful an impression on the mind : to draw pity from a heart of stone. He utters a most for to stand and hear the man tell it, is about as piercing cry: “What shall I do to be saved ?" He dreadful as if, in the darkness of the night, it had looks this way and that way. Why does he not flee ? visited our own pillow. “So he took Christian by Alas! he beholds nothing but destruction all around the hand again, and led him into a chamber, where him. While in this miserable plight he is joined by there was one rising out of bed; and as he put on his Evangelist, who directs hiin to the wicket gate with raiment, he shook and trembled. . . . . . This night, the shining light over it. The gate he is unable to as I was asleep, I dreamed, and, behold, the heavens see, but, keeping the light in his eye, he sets out, grew exceeding black. Also it thundered and lightover a very wide field, in order to reach it. Now, ened in the most fearful wise, that it put me into an where, unless in the pages of the Bible, shall we find agony. So I looked up in my dream, and saw the a picture like this, so complete in all its parts, and clouds racked at an unusual rate; upon which I revealing at a single glance the whole inward and heard a great sound of a trumpet, and saw also a outward state of the man, drawn with so few touches? man sit upon a cloud, attended with the thousands The picture explains itself; no one needs to be told of heaven. They were all in flaming fire, also the that the man before him is an awakened sinner. heavens were in a burning flame. I heard then a

Now let us turn to Bunyan. We adequately de- voice, saying, 'Arise, ye dead, and come to judgment;' scribe Bunyan's youth, when we say that he “lived and with that the rocks rent, the graves opened, and without God.” The iniquities in which he indulged the dead that were therein came forth. .... Then were not of a kind to brand him, in the opinion of I saw the man that sat upon the cloud open the the world, as a profligate, or to give him a very book, and bid the world draw near. . . . . I heard it marked distinction among his fellow-townsmen of also proclaimed to them that attended on the man the city of Destruction. Eschewing enormities, Bun- that sat on the cloud, 'Gather together the tares, the yan stood out from others by the fact that he threw | chaff, and stubble, and cast them into the burning his whole heart into the enjoyment of the delights of lake;' and with that the bottomless pit opened just the world. Among his godless companions his laugh where about I stood. . . It was also said to the was the loudest and the lightest. His mornings and same persons, 'Gather my wheat into the garner.' evenings were passed without prayer. No sanctuary | And with that I saw many catched up and carried attracted his steps to its sacred threshold. The away into the clouds; but I was left behind. I also Sabbath was spent in idleness, or in unhallowed sought to hide myself, but I could not; for the man sports. His throat was an open scpulchre, from that sat upon the cloud still kept his eye upon me.” which lies and cursings were often poured forth. If in his after days Bunyan slept in the chamber Thus God was not in all his thoughts-a course of called Peace, whose windows opened towards sun

life wbich escapes the censure, and even the notice rising, surely it may be said of him at this period of | almost, of the world, but which is seen to be full of his life, that he lay down, night by night, in the guilt and misery, when the fiery light of the Law chamber called Guilt, whose windows opened towards shines into the conscience.

the blackness of darkness. But though Bunyan, meanwhile, was a dweller His slumber was now disturbed, but not completely in the city of Destruction, God had thoughts of shaken off; and if God had not employed other peace regarding him, and began by times to draw means, Bunyan would have dwelt to his dying-day in him to himself—to make the fiery light we have the city of Destruction. His marriage, at the age of spoken of fall upon his conscience. It has often nineteen, to a woman who had received a religious been seen that there is a beautiful adaptation be- education, was the means of deepening the imprestween the mental constitution of the sinner and the sions he had been already brought under. She agency employed by God in his conversion. This brought with her (it was all her dowry) two reliadaptation is very visible in the case of Bunyan. gious books; and from these Bunyan learned inore God addressed his conscience first through his ima- certainly that the end of the place where he now gination. Scarcely had the days of his childhood dwelt would be with fire and brimstone from heaven. passed away, till there began to gather around his We now see the man in rags looking this way and nightly pillow the most terrific dreams. The quiet that way; and if he does not flee as yet, it is because of the day was succeeded by the doleful apprehen- he knows not whither to flee. God commonly sions of the night. Sometimes he thought that the honours his own ordinance—the preaching of the archangel's trump had sounded, that the dead were Gospel-for effectually awakening and converting the risen, and standing before God, himself among them, sinner. It was a sermon on the sin of Sabbath

to be judged. At other times he imagined himself breaking which appears to have brought Bunyan's 1 to be in the eternal world, with fiends and lost spirits guilt and danger fully before him. This was his

around him, and about to take up his abode in the darling sin; and the preacher became a Nathan to midst of everlasting burnings. The recollection of him, who said, “Thou art the man.” As he returned these terrors may be traced in other descriptions in from church, the “ great burden on his back” was his “ Pilgrim's Progress," besides the scene of the that day heavy indeed. Having taken his mid-day man in rags, with which the book opens. The dream meal, the strong man resolved to shake himself as at which Bunyan puts into the mouth of the man in the other times, and go forth to his sports. He was interpreter's house is no doubt one of his own early already on the scene of his unhallowed pastime, ir. visions; and to this may be attributed that peculiar the midst of his companions: he had struck the ball.

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and was in the act of striking it a second time, when turned aside from the path that leads to the gate, suddenly there seemed to fall upon his ear a great and knew not till he was enveloped in the darkness voice from heaven, which said, “Wilt thou leave thy and fiery flashes of Sinai. The incident to which sins, and go to heaven; or have thy sins, and go to we allude is the acquaintance which be formed about hell?” “At this,” says Bunyan, “I was put to an this time with a person who had a pleasant talk of exceeding amaze; whereupon leaving my coat upon the Scriptures and the matter of religion,” “Wherethe ground, I looked up to heaven, and was as if I

fore," he says, “ I fell to some outward reformation, had seen, with the eyes of my understanding, the both in my words and life, and did set the commandLord Jesus looking down upon me, as being very ments before me for my way to heaven; which comhotly displeased with me, and as if he did severely mandments I also did strive to keep, and, as I thought, hreaten me with some grievous punishment for kept them pretty well sometimes, and then I should hese and other ungodly practices.” This we are have comfort; yet now and then should break one, lisposed to date as the moment of Bunyan's flight. and so afflict my conscience; but then I should But he was not yet within the wicket gate. In

repent, and say I was sorry for it, and promised be case of some, no sooner have they left the city of God to do better next time, and then got help again; Destruction than they find entrance at the gate; for then I thought I pleased God as well as any ind if it is not so with all, it is not because they are man in England." Thus he continued for about a 100 welcome, or because they have not an open door twelvemonth. et before them, but because they themselves are not While he stood here at the foot of Sinai, Evangeble to enter in. Bunyan, like his own Pilgrim, had | list came to him. Chance, as it seemed, threw him 'et a very wide field" to traverse before he could

one day into the company of three women in humble ome at the gate; and in the midst of that plain was life, who had experienced the grace of God, and į “miry slough," where “have been swallowed up whose talk was of a free forgiveness and eternal life It least twenty thousand cart-loads, yea, millions of through the blood of Christ. This Bwiyan discovered vholesome instructions, that have at all seasons been 66

a more excellent way." These women intrarought from all places of the King's dominions, if duced him to Mr Gifford, a godly minister, and the o be it might have been mended; but it is the original of bis “ Evangelist.” The counsels and ilough of Despond still." Into this slough Bunyan ministry of this man were blessed for convincing vas destined to fall, and he lay in it for a long time. We Bunyan that he had not yet found the way of life, hall give the account of this dreary period in his and that he was still under a mount that gendered to wn words: “Suddenly this conclusion was fastened bondage. On this conscience again awoke. The ipon my spirits, that I had been a great and grievous mount began to thunder and lighten in a most dreadinner, and that it was now too late for me to look ful manner. Turning away from it, he sought again ifter heaven; for Christ would not forgive me, nor the road to the gate. The good minister pressed pardon my transgressions." How many precious upon him the great importance of searching the promises has the Bible cast in to fill up this gulf, Scriptures. This Bunyan prayerfully did. The gate ind yet it is not mended to this day, and pilgrims he could not yet see, but he kept the shining light in continue to fall into it! He began, too, to be haunted his eye. As he went on, that light grew stronger by the thought that God had left him out in the and stronger. At last he drew nigh; he lifted up decree of election; and next, that the day of his his eyes, and read the gracious words written over grace was past; and that he was another Esau, for

the gate: “Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.' whom there was no place of repentance, how many Like his own Pilgrim, he knocked once or twice. soever the tears with which he might seek it. He At length the gate was opened; and one, whose was as a man“ tumbling about,” to use his own meta

countenance was full of grace, bidding him welcome, phor, in a bottomless slough, and every plunge tended Bunyan entered in. to sink him deeper in the mire. Many, alas ! have sunk in that mire, and been suffocated; and that Bunyan did not do so was owing to the mercy of THE LAST DAYS OF MARTIN LUTHER. God, whose arm it was that pulled him out. But, though rescued from this perilous condition, Tux fruitless Conference of Ratisbon was interrupted,

(From the Rev. George Cubitt's Life of Luther.) he was not yet at the gate. Here we find another

while in progress, by an event which the Romanists parallel between himself and his Pilgrim. Scarcely hailed with a satisfaction hardly less vivid than was had Christian been extricated from the slough by the grief of their more virtuous antagonists. The the aid of one whose name was Help, when he was sudden removal of their venerable guide and father met by Mr Worldly-Wiseman, who counselled him from the scene of his earthly labours, filled the to turn aside to a village hard by, to a man whose hearts of Protestant Europe with a common and

awful sorrow. For some years past the health of name was Legality, and who had great skill in help- the great Reformer had been breaking up. In addiing men off with their burdens. The path led under

tion to the inroads on his constitution of cruel disneath a huge mountain, which sent forth flashes of order, which his sedentary Habits tended greatly to fire, and hung in so fearful a manner over the road, aggravate, his physical strength had long been sapped that Christian durst not proceed a step farther, lest by the toils of a mind impatient of the constraints and

weakness of its material minister. The numerous and the mountain should fall upon his head. Here

keen anxieties incident to that work which was the one Evangelist again came up to him, and directed the absorbing business of his life, had farther contributed wanderer back to the straight path. Bunyan, too, to wear down a frame already shattered by the access encountered Mr Legality, and, influenced by him, of various diseases; while the frequent and dark fits

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of despondency induced by nervous exhaustion, had two physicians were called in, who came immediatealso lent their aid to stimulate, by reaction, the ly, but in vain. Aware that he was dying, Luther activity of those morbid causes from which they now prayed aloud, saying: “O my heavenly Father! sprang. Shortly after his marriage, Luther had God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of all conveen seized with one of those excruciating paroxysms solation, I thank thee for having revealed to me thy of his original malady, which are, perhaps, beyond well-beloved Son, in whom I trust, whom I have all other forms of bodily suffering, the most terrific. acknowledged, and preached, and loved; but whom From the etfects of this severe illness he appears the pope, and they who have no religion, persecute never to have thoroughly rallied. As age drew on, and oppose. To thee, O Jesus Christ, I commend my such spasmodic seizures, though generally less vio- soul! I am casting off this earthly body, and passing lent, oftener recurred than in former years; every from this life; but I know that with thee I shall fresh attack leaving him spoiled of some fragment abide eternally.” He then recited the words of the of his corporeal vigour. During the last few months Psalmist: “ Into thy hands I commit my spirit: thou of his existence intirmities fell thick upon him. His hast redeemed me, O God of truth!” These words sight failed; and notwithstanding the robust energy he repeated three times, his voice growing fainter which had characterized his prime of manhood, he with each repetition. Cordials were administered, in describes himselt, at the age of sixty-three, as “ very the hope of reviving him, but had so little effect, old, and feeble, and having only one eye.”

that it was with extreme difficulty that he could artiIn this state, he complied with an invitation from

culate an answer to the questions which his friends the Counts of Mansfeldt, and set out, early in 1546, addressed to him. Only when Jonas, perceiving that for his native town of Eisleben, to arbitrate some the end was near, caid, “Dearest father, do you disputes which had recently arisen between those verily contess Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our noblemen regarding their several rights of property Saviour and Redeemer?” he made a great effort, and in certain of the mines of that neighbourhood. replied in a tone sufficiently distinct to be heard by

The voluntary submission of the disputing lords to every person present, “ Yes.". It was the last worů the judgment of an umpire who, born one of the of the expiring saint. The coldness of death gathered humblest of cheir own vassals, was eminent only in on his face and forehead; his breath came heavily; virtue of a grand intellect and a holy cause, consti- and with eyes closed, and his hands clasped, be tuted as remarkable a tribute to his singular ability remained apparently unconscious of what passed and worth as could have graced the last days of the around him, until, between two and three o'clock, Reformer. On bis arrival at Eisleben, he was met the tide of mortal life ebbed back, leaving the mighty by the two Counts, with a retinue of a hundred spirit landed in eternity. horsemen, and escorted to the lodging which they Thus, in his sixty-fourth year, died Martin Luther had prepared for his reception. Every token of an uttering forth with his latest breath his confidence in atfectionate veneration awaited him. His table was that Saviour whoin in this world it was his highes supplied by the noblemen whose differences he was glory to have made known to a deluded, faithles: called to adjust; and the whole population of the and forgetful generation. When the tidings of hi place, with an honourable pride in the high and death were communicated to Melancthon, that great sacred achievements of their immortal fellow-towns- est of his surviving associates, he burst into tear man, vied with each other in manifesting their united exclaiming, in the language of Elisha, ** My father and grateful esteem. But the reverent joy which my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horseme his presence in the scene of his birth awakened was thereof!" soon to be exchanged for a mourning as universal It was the wish of the Counts of Mansfeldt to hay and heartfelt as ever followed the translation of an interred the body of Luther in the town of his nat illustrious spirit from the cares and pains of this vity; but the Elector directed the burial to be a world to a region of happier and purer being. Wittenberg. After lying for two days in the churc

The fatigue of so long a journey, undertaken in of St Andrew, in Eisleben--where Jonas preache the depth of an inciement winter, and protracted by over it a discourse from the text, “ If we believe tha a flood, rendering the usual roads impassable, proved | Jesus died and rose again, even so them also wbic too much for the enfeebled health of the Reformer. sleep in Jesus will God bring with him”-the corps For some few days, the delight of visiting the home was attended on the road to Wittenberg by th of his youth, and the hope of reconciling tho feudal Prince of Anhalt, and the principal nobility of th superiors, whom he loved with a remnant of the adjacent districts, includii.. many ladies, togethe clan-feeling of an older period, infused new anima- with a prodigious concourse of the common people tion into the pulses of a heart which was prone to On its arrival at the gate of the city of Halle, th throb with every generous and fine emotion. But procession was met by the clergy and Senate, followe

the chillness of the grave was at hand. As the by a multitude so dense that its progress throug i month of February advanced, he became unable to the streets was dilicult. As it passed along, the vas

leave the house. On the 16th of that month, when crowd sang the 130th Psalm; and every man presse obliged to confine himself to his own apartments, he before his neighbour to catch a glimpse only of the observed to his friend Jonas, who, with Cellus, the bier. Protestant curate of Eisleben, was in attendance on On the 22d of February, the cavalcade reached him, “ Here I was born and baptized : what if I Wittenberg. The whole body of the Senators, acshould remain to die here also ?" On the evening of companied by the professors and students of the the 17th he complained of a painful oppression on the university, with almost the entire population of the chest; but conversed during supper with his custom- city and its suburbs, received it at the barrier. The ary cheerfulness, expounding more than one striking body, preceded by the Barons of Mansteldt and their passage of Scripture; and declaring, with a peculiar suite, and followed by the family of the illustrious emphasis, that if he might only be permitted to suc- deceased, was thence conveyed to the cathedral ceed in his endeavours to reconcile the proprietors of church. There Pomeranus delivered a sermon aphis native country, he would return home, and die propriate to the occasion; after which the celebrated content. At eleven o'clock he retired to his bed, com- funeral oration of Melancthon did justice to the plaining of the increased weight at his breast; but, memory of the dead, while it bespoke alike the griet, unable to rest, he soon rose again, and was assisted the genius, and the ardent piety of the speaker. The into the adjoining room. Count Albert of Mansfeldt, coitin was then lowered into the grave by the hands and his lady, summoned by Jonas, now arrived; and of several distinguished members of the university.

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The tomb of Luther, in the cathedral of Witten- his forbearance into indignation, and his patience into berg, bears the following inscription :

fierce anger? God so graciously calls to thee, waits MARTINI, LUTHERI, S. THEOLO

for thee, and thou despisest his proffered mercy! GLÆ. D. CORPUS. H. L. S. E. QUI

The cord of God's love draws thee towards repenAN, CHRISTI. M.D. XLVI. XII

tance; but thou resistest with all thy might-the CAL. MARTH. EYSLEBII, IN PA

cord breaks, and thou tumblest to perdition. God TRIA. S. M. 0. C. V. ANN. LXIII

tenders thee all the treasures of grace, and thou conM. H. D. X.

vertest them into treasures of wrath. But strict reTranslation. Here lies interred the body of Martin Luther, Doctor of Divinity, who died at Eisleben, taliation shall be thy punishment. Thou forgettest the place of his birth, on the 18th of February, in

God-he will forget thee. God entreats, and thou the year of Christ 1546, having lived sixty-three wilt not heed. Thou wilt implore, and God shall years, three months, and ten days.

refuse to hear !--Bishop Meniates' Sermon.

[It is a remarkable circumstance, that the serBUY THE TRUTH.

mon, from which the preceding powerful extract is

taken, was preached in the city of Nauplia two or Go thou, in life's fair morning,

three years before the second Turkish conquest of the Go, in the bloom of youth,

Morea, and that for upwards of a century the voice And buy, for thy adorning,

of the Gospel ceased to be heard within the walls of The precious pearl of truth.

Nauplia, the Turks having always prevented any

Christian service in that place. The warning voice
Secure this heavenly treasure,

of the preacher seemed almost prophetic.]
And bind it on thy heart,
And let not worldly pleasure
E'er cause it to depart.

SCOLDING.

A GREAT deal of injury is done to children by their Go, while the day-star shineth,

parents' scolding. Many children have been nearly Go, while thy heart is light,

or quite ruined by it, and often driven from home, to Go, ere thy strength declinet

become wanderers ard vagabonds, by scolding. It While every sense is bright;

sours their temper, so that one thorough scolding preSell all thou hast, and buy it,

pares the way for two or three more.

It sours your

temper, provided it is sweet, which is a question. If 'Tis worth all earthly things-

you scold, the more you will have to scold, and beRubies, and gold, and diamonds,

cause you have become crosser, and your children Sceptres and crowns of kings.

likewise. Axox. Scolding alienates the hearts of your children.

Depend upon it, they cannot love you as well after

you have berated them, as they did before. You WARNING TO THE IMPENITENT. may approach them with firmness and decision-you

may punish with severity adequate to the nature of (From the Modern Greek.)

their offences, and they will feel the justice of your Reflect on that divine grace which is held out to conduct, and love you, notwithstanding all; but thee, to lead thee to salvation—that grace, o im

they hate scolding. It stirs up the bad blood, while

it discloses your weakness, and lowers you in their penitent sinner! which unceasingly guards thee from

esteem. Especially at night, when they are about destruction, and draws thee towards repentance- to retire, their hearts should be melted and moulded that grace which, if still despised, must ultimately with voices of kindness, that they may go to their be withdrawn.

slumbers with thoughts of love stealing around their “I have planted thee," saith the Lord, “like a

souls and whispering peace.-Anon. vineyard—not in a trackless desert, nor in a rugged soil, but in a verdant spot. I caused thee to be born, not of Jewish or Mohammedan, but of Christian

HOW TO READ TRACTS. parents, and to be nurtured with the milk of the Gos- A MISSIONARY at Cuddalore, in India, was giving pel. To guard thee from danger, I surrounded thee away tracts, when a little boy, about eight years with a trench, built a tower, and fenced thee with | old, came and asked for one. At first Mr Guest reall the gifts of the Holy Spirit. What could have fused, for tracts were precious things; but the child been done more to my vineyard that I have not done begged so hard, Mr Guest gave him one called in it? I looked that it should bring forth grapes, “ The Way to Heavenly Bliss." About a fortnight but it became wild, and brought forth only thorns. after, the little fellow came again with the same reTeachers, preachers, spiritual guides ! judge now be- quest. “ But have you read the other?” “Yes," twixt me and my vineyard; decide regarding my said the child, and standing before the missionary long-suffering and its ingratitude, and tell me what, and several Heathens who were gathered round, he after so much love, so much patience, I ought now repeated the whole tract from beginning to end. to do. This I will do. I will demolish the tower, This was like the little Basuto boy, "putting his and thieves will plunder it. I will pull down the books into his head.” Where are yours, dear childfence, and passengers shall enter and trample it. Iren? Only on your shelves ? Ah! if so, we shall will command the clouds of heaven not to rain upon almost be tempted to wish they were far away, where it, and it shall become desolate.”

they would be to the little Heathen children as food Are not these terrible words by which God to the hungry. Remember this truth, “ Where threatens to abandon the impenitent, and to change much is given, much shall be required.”

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