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7 John i. 17. JUNE 1838.
I HAD often met a singularly pre- such hopeless sorrow, such sinful possessing old gentleman on the repinings, such slothful inactivity; beach, who always appeared to and wbilst I was asking, God was wish to speak : at length he moved answering. to me, and as it was returned he I heard a voice, it was my aged took courage, and one morning
one morning friend, the tears were trickling began by making some trivial down his time worn cheeks, and he remark on the weather ; but I looked most anxiously, most bemerely assented to the truth of this seechingly at me. observation, and passed on without Lady, you are up early and giving him any further opportunity. you are up late, this will not do, He looked disappointed and I felt you will soon go to him unless you sorry, but I could not bring my change your course.' mind to the idea of making an I was too much affected by the acquaintance in that strange place. tone of interest, of earnest intreaty, Whilst I have time let me do good of respectful sympathy with which unto all men, was ever on his lips, he spoke, to make any reply, and and I frequently heard him ejacu- he continued : late, . Lord, my time is short, help Excuse the freedom of an old me, oh help me to make the most man, but I lodge next door, and of it.' He was a fine old man, the
years have long gone by when his full and beaming eye, and the I could go to bed and to sleep in benevolent expression of his intel- the same instant; and I hear you, lectual countenance, the love and and I heard your brother, and I respect which his winning and have prayed for you, my dear lady, pleasant manners elicited, rendered that your faith fail not. I know him a greater object of interest what it is to be alone in the world. than I had ever thought to meet I have been alone these ten years. with in a place which my diseased My Agnes was the last to go, you imagination and wounded feelings remind me so much of her, she and blighted expectations had pined away after a brother, a invested with all that was sad and sister, a mother. ......I had not solemn, gloomy and deadly. thought to have felt again the an
One morning I repaired as earlyxiety of a father, but your slender as it was light, to the
where frame, your haggard expression, the mortal remains of him I loved make me tremble for you, and I had been deposited. I had reared have wished and watched for an a verbenum, it was my brother's opportunity of speaking to you favourite plant, and I thought that for the last six weeks. I want to as the season was so mild I might remind you how much there is for plant it there and no one would you to do in this place; how many find it out for many months, it was poor creatures are in need and neso small. I had watered it, and I cessity, in sorrow and suffering, in had prayed that God would help ignorance and darkness. Oh Lady, me to be resigned, and would instead of wishing to die rather strengthen me to tread in the steps wish to live, that you may exert of him who had left me so good an yourself to do good. Time is short example of unwearied diligence in -oh how short, but if we are but duty and fervency in spirit, that I found waiting upon God in the might not any longer give way to duties of our place and station, he
a cloud of sorrow,
will renew our strength, be better cheerful compliance with the
preto us than our fears, bless the work cept which enjoins him to do good of our hands, and be a very present
unto all men. And yet how many help in time of trouble.'
are there who pass years, if not How can I be of use to others, their lives in the neglect of this I who am so depressed, despond duty. ing, so wholly devoid of comfort I question whether there be any in my own soul. It were absolute
precept of Holy Writ which is mockery to tell others of that peace more uncongenial to the feelings and joy which I do not feel.” and more opposed to the practice Oh, you must not say so;
of Christians. How often do we have you never known peace
in hear a variety of bad excuses in believing? Doubt not the
mercy extenuation of their conduct ! Want of your heavenly father; there is of time, of money, of influence, of a needs-be for every trial; but opportunities; the fear of trespassthough heaviness may endure for a ing on the clerical and pastoral while, yet bye and bye there shall office; of violating the rights and be light.
rules of political economy, and of • Why should you despond? he doing harm rather than good by who has loved, has cared for you acts of charity. The nervous plead so long, will love you to the end. their weakness, the timid their Remember he is the Father of fears, the slothful excess of occumercies, and the God of all com- pation, or the activity and exerfort. You may not feel both tions of others which leaves them together. Comfort may for a sea- nothing to do. The residents in son be withheld, be obscured by the metropolis and cities enlarge
but his mercy
upon the badness of neighbourstill remains. He will not break hoods, the wretchedness, vice, and the bruised reed-fear not, only roving habits of the poor, and the believe. He has supported me in questionable propriety and doubtful many a rough and rugged day, and safety of such an undertaking. even to old age and to hoar hairs And in country parishes where has he carried me. In a little there cannot be the shadow of an wrath he may hide his face from excuse as fair and specious as the us, but he says, “ With everlasting last, I have been told of the coarse kindness will I have mercy vulgarity, the rough indifference, thee, saith the Lord thy Redeem- gossip-loving tittle tattling, and
But will you undertake to dirty habits, dangerous provincialvisit a
afficted creature, Mrs. isms, the ungrateful and encroaching Smithers, she lives somewhere disposition of the peasantry, and under the east cliff, and I hear she these and similar Aimsy pretexts is in great distress ; I would have have been admitted as valid reasons seen her long ago, but I am very against the discharge of the duties feeble, and I find a toilsome
expe- owed to those among whom their dition like this too much for me. lot is cast. We know that it is I think the best way is round the not the will of our Father in cliff at low water. Nay, do not heaven that one of the least, the hesitate to act as my almoner, it meanest, the most degraded should will comfort me so much to think perish. Let us then remember the that old as I am I can yet do some fate of him who knew his Lord's good.'
will and did it not. Yes, the Christian is never too The heart that will readily old or too young, too high or too admit an excuse for the omission low, too rich or too poor, too of any known duty has need to happy or too afflicted to be of use watch and examine itself most to his fellow creatures by his narrowly.
PROTESTANT CHURCH BEFORE LUTHER.
SIR_The following answer to the on the subject than the pretended oft repeated inquiry of the Roman- Protestants did, and asked whether ists, Where was your religion be might have liberty to do so. before Luther ? though somewhat They told him very courteously quaint in its language, may be that he might, every body was more generally interesting to your free, they did not want to impose readers than the historical reply upon any
Why then,' says the inserted in page 96 of your March boy, 'I have but little to say, but No. It is extracted from Gough's I insist upon two things—that my Discussion of four popular ques- antagonist shall freely answer me tions between Papists and Protes- whatever questions I ask him, and tants.
that he shall not be angry,' which R. was agreed to. • Pray, Sir, says
he, with a grin, to an old Jesuit, In the time of King James II. • when did you wash your face?' when the papists were much coun- What is that to you, foolish boy? tenanced, there was a coffee-house or what is it?
Nay, Sir, you set up somewhere near the Temple, promised not to be angry Why, by a set of priests, to hold public that is true; well, child, I washed conferences concerning the chief my face this morning.' And pray, points in debate between the pa- Sir, where was your face before pists and protestants; in which you washed it ?,
• Where! why one of the Jesuits generally took just where it is now. Where dost the protestant side of the ques- thou think it was ? Aye, Sir, tion, that he might defend it that is exactly the case. Chrisweakly, and at length give it up. tianity was always the same thing; It happened one evening that they but
church sullied and dirtied were debating on the antiquity of it for many ages in a most beastly the church, which, indeed, they manner. At the Reformation we generally put in a more artful man- washed it clean again, and it is ner thus- Where was your religion now where it was at first, in the before the Reformation ? when a Bible.' shoemaker's boy came in, upon
The Jesuit had not a word to some errand or other, and listened say; and the boy, by his own with great attention. At length natural sense, gained a complete he thought he could speak better
COMFORT UNDER BEREAVEMENT.
I CONFESS, saith St. Basil, that it is impossible to be insensible of your loss.
There was nobody but wished, when he was alive, that they had such a son; and when he was dead, they wept for him as if he had been their own. But the Lord gave, and the Lord hath
We are not robbed of a child, but only have restored him to the lender ; nor is his life extinct, but only translated to a better. The earth doth not cover our beloved, but heaven bath received him: let us tarry awhile, and we shall be in his company.
CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY.
SIR_The remark made in your Number for March, p. 115, that the majority of the Tracts of the Society for promoting Christian Knowledge are for all practical purposes useless,' induces me to send you the following list, which I feel confident cannot be met by an equal number from any other source, combining sound doctrine, church principles, valuable information, and a spirit of devotion.
I may add that the whole number of English Tracts on the Society's list is about 250, the select list which I subjoin, contains about 100 ; of the remainder, a considerable portion are School Books, and very good for that purpose ; some are written in a style not likely to attract the poor, or are obscure and confused in doctrinal statements; and there are many others which I have not examined at all. The number which deserve censure,
very small indeed.
493 Coleridge's 'Why are you not
Communicant?' 168 Cottage Readings.
78 Cottage Conversations. 146 Cottagers' Religious Meditations. 326 Davys' Village Conversations on the
Liturgy. 329 Ditto, on the Offices of the Church. 497 Dealtry on Religious Establishments. 148 Dialogues between a Protestant and
Roman Catholic. 34 Directions for Devout Behaviour in
Public Worship 129 Directions for Right Employment of
the Sabbath. 119 Diligence for both worlds. 470 Divine Obligation of Christian Sab
bath. 410 Faber's Facts against the Church of
Rome. 17 Faith and Duty of a Christian. 485 Father's gift. 480 Few words on the Lord's Prayer. 463 Friendly Advice on the Management
of Children. 509 Happiness and Misery. 490 Heartley's Plain Words about
Prayer. 464 Hey's Authority of a threefold min
istry. 405 Hints for the Religious Education of
Children, 412 Historical Questions, with Answers. 481 History of John Hardy. 157 Horne, (Bishop) on the Trinity. 427 Ditto, Prevailing Intercessor. 504 How to discern whether we have the
Spirit of Christ. 103 Instructions for reading the Old
Testament, 267 James Talbot. 152 Jewell's Apology. 44 Kenn's, (Bishop) Directions for
Prayer. 431 Le Bas's Testimony of the Prophets,
149 Address to Scholars in Sunday
Schools. 153 A few words on the sin of Lying. 403 Butler's awful case of Drunkards. 330 Burn's Advice to Married Persons. 331 Ditto ditto to Servants. 360 Ditto Address on Churching of
Women. 359 Ditto Young Persons invited to the
Lord's Table. 115 Beveridge's Resolutions. 28 Blomfield's (Bp.) Manual of Family
Prayer. 37 Ditto, Second Series. 342 Ditto, Duty of Family Prayer.
38 Ditto, Manual of Private Devotion. 101 Bishop Bull's Corruptions of the
Church of Rome. 499 Cecil's Friendly Visit to the House of
Mourning. 48 Chillingworth on Episcopacy. 79 Christian Church, a Dialogue. 32 Christian's Daily Devotion. 143 Christian Sympathy. 110 Christian Thankfulness. 500 Church, (The) the Nursing Mother
to Jesus our Messiah. 479 Ditto, Scripture Types fulfilled in
Jesus Christ. 268 Loss of the Kent East Indiaman. 401 Man created and renewed in the
image of God. 489 Marsh, (Rev. W's.) Catechism on
the Collects. 90 Meek's Claims of the Established
Church. 496 Mourner Comforted. 423 Nature and Government of the
of her people.