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Riches ! beauty! pleasure! genius ! fame !-what are they in the eyes of the sick and dying?

What a lesson against selfishness have we in the conduct of our dying Redeemer !-It was while bearing his cross to the place of execution, that he said to the sorrowing multitude, “ Weep not for me, but for yourselves, and for your children.”

The hope of heaven will soften the pangs

which lie in the way to it. “I reckon,” says St. Paul, “ that the afflictions of this present life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed.”

Death's but a path that must be trod
If man would ever pass to God;
A port of calms, a state of ease,
From the rough rage of swelling seas.

If thou wouldst have more light and heat, why art thou no more in the sunshine ? For want of this recourse to heaven, thy soul is a lamp that is not lighted, and thy duties as a sacrifice which hath no fire. Fetch one coal daily from this altar, and see if thy offering will not burn. Light thy lamp at this flame, and feed it daily with oil from hence, and see if it will not gloriously shine. Keep close to this reviving fire, and see if thy affections will not be warm.

Prayer is the Christian's vital breath,

The Christian's native air,
His watch-word at the gates of death ;

He enters heaven by prayer.

We must march on, though temptations surround

us; as a traveller surprised by a storm, wraps himself up in his cloak and proceeds, notwithstanding the foulness of the weather.

The Christian moves on

to meet his latter end,
Angels around befriending virtue’s friend :
Bends to the grave with unperceived decay,
While resignation gently slopes the way;
And all his prospects, brightening to the last,
His heaven commences ere the world be past !"

Neither intellectual superiority nor educational advantages can supply the defect of a tenacious and self-confident manner: better is it to prove that in honour we prefer one another.

Discourse may want an animated—No,
To brush the surface, and to make it flow;
But still remember, if you mean to please,

To press your point with modesty and ease.
The more perfect our resignation, the greater will

be our peace.

Ah! happy resignation,
That triumphs in its fall;
That seeks no exaltation,
But wins by losing all.
That conquers by complying,
Obedient to its lot;
That lives when it is dying,
And is when it is not.

What cannot resignation do?

It wonders can perform :
That powerful word, “Thy will be done!"

Can lay the loudest storm. We must never, think of those who disquiet us, but in order to forgive them; we must regard God in them,

who makes use of them to exercise our humility, our patience, and our love of the cross. We shall hereafter, in the presence of God, see how useful they have been to us who have crucified us, by nailing us to the cross with Jesus Christ. The pains they cause will soon pass away, but the fruit resulting from them will be everlasting.

As health to bodies bitter draughts impart,

So trials are but physic to the heart. “Live while you live,” the epicure would say, “Nor lose the pleasures of the present day;" “Live while you live,"—the sacred preacher cries, “ And give to God each moment as it flies :" Lord ! in my view let both united be ;I live in pleasure, while I live to thee.

Let us keep “ the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.” Let this soft and single knot of love tie our hearts together.

Our zeal, if it be heavenly, if it be true sacred fire kindled from above, will not delight to tarry here below, burning up straw and stubble, and such combustible things, and sending up nothing but gross, earthly fumes to heaven; but it will rise up, and

return back, pure as it came down, and will be ever stirring to carry up men's hearts to God along with it.

Jesus, the Shepherd of thy sheep!
Thy "little flock" in safety keep!
The flock for which thou cam’st from heav'n,
The flock for which thy life was giv'n!

IMPORTANCE OF PUNCTUALITY.-Method is the very hinge of business; and there is no method without punctuality. Punctuality is important, because it subserves the peace and good temper of a family: the want of it not only infringes on necessary duty, but sometimes excludes this duty; the calmness of mind which it produces is another advantage of punctuality. A disorderly man is always in a hurry; he has no time to speak to you, because he is going elsewhere; and when he gets there, he is too late for his business, or he must hurry away to another before he can finish it. Punctuality gives weight to character. “Such a man has made an appointment—then I know he will keep it." And this generates punctuality in you; for, like other virtues, it propagates itself. Servants and children must be punctual where their leader is so. Appointments, indeed, become debts. I owe you punctuality, if I have made an appointment with you; and have no right to throw away your time, if I do my own.

Early education prevents more crimes than the severity of the criminal code.

David Hume observed, that all the devout persons he had ever met with were melancholy. On this, Bishop Horne remarked, this might probably be; for,

in the first place, it is most likely he saw very few, his friends and acquaintance being of another sort; and secondly, the sight of him would make a devout man melancholy at any time.

FENELON TO A FRIEND. I request you, more than ever, not to spare me in telling me my faults; though you should think you discover a fault in me, which perhaps I have not, the harm will not be great. If your intimation and advice offend me, I shall thereby see that you have reached the quick; and thus you will still do me a great benefit, by inuring me to reproof and to a Christian lowliness of spirit. The higher I am raised by my character, the more I ought to be humbled. And I hope, that far from weakening our union, it will be a means to strengthen it."

Let the world see, by your heavenly lives, that religion is something more than opinions, or a task of outward duties.

Should persecution rage and flame,
Still trust in thy Redeemer's name;
In fiery trials thou shalt see,
That as thy day thy strength shall be.

We should endeavour to bear up under the infirmities of our earthly tabernacle, and pray for patience to endure all that may be laid upon us. The afflictions dispensed by a wise and tender father are often preludes to a blessing.

Have you no words ? Ah! think again!
Words flow apace when you complain,

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