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out him. When Christ is near, my joy is full, and I can lie down and sleep sweetly in the midst of danger. My hope of glory is Christ formed within. ELI W. NATHAX.
prelude to the eternal song than the voice of praise here? And the question that should come to each one of us is-Am I in a state of preparation to pass from my occupations here to the song and the rapture above?
BENEVOLENCE OF THE REV.
J. FLETCHER. The Rev. John Fletcher, of Madeley, and his wife, were once earnestly requested to visit Dublin for a few weeks. After his last sermon, he was pressed to accept a sum of money as an acknowledgment for his important services. He firmly refused it, but his friend continued to urge it upon him. He at length took the purse in his hand, and said, “ Well, do you really force it upon me? Must I accept of it?
Is it entirely mine? And may I do with it as I please?” “Yes, yes,” was the reply. "God be praised, then, God be praised,” said he, casting his brimful eyes to heaven; “behold what a mercy is here! Your poor's fund was just out: I heard some of you complaining that it never was so low before. Take this purse-God has sent it you, raised it among yourselves—and bestow it upon your poor. It is sacred to them. God be praised! I thank you, I heartily thank you, my dear kind brethren.”
PARENTS, MAKE HOME
PLEASANT. SOME one writes, both gracefully and forcibly: “I would be glad to see more parents understand that when they spend money judiciously to improve and adorn the house and grounds around it, they are in effect paying their children a premium to stay at home as much as possible and enjoy it; but when they spend money unnecessarily in fine clothing and jewellery for their children they are paying them a premium to spend their time away from home-that is, in those places where they can attract the most attention and make the most display."
A PRAYER MEETING IN
THE SEA. It is stated that after the steamer Melville, which foundered at sea on Sabbath, January 8, had sunk, the passengers, being provided with lifepreservers, remained floating for some time near the scene of disaster. While in this terrible situation, just on the brink of eternity, they held a prayer-meeting there in the sea. From the bosom of that wintry sea, praise and prayer ascended to God, till one by one the lips became hushed in death, and the bodies went down to the unknown depths. May we not trust that the unfinished strain was completed amid the chorus of the angels ?
How could those lingering moments have been better spent ?
Death was certain. How better prepare for it? And how coull there be a better
CHOICE SAYINGS. No man can avoid his own company, so he had best make it as good as possible.
It is not the varnish upon a carriage that gives it motion or strength.
A silver chain around a dog's neck will not prevent his barking or biting.
Let no one overload you with favours ; you will find it an unsufferable burden.
The intelligence and education of a people are the passports of a country to eminence and prosperity.
Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.
Christianity can now point to wbat it does, as well as to what it is in itself, and say, Behold the fruits which I produce in the hearts and lives of mankind.
If study without prayer be atheism, prayer without study is presumption. -Dr. Watts.
Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.–Jerome.
Faith is an active principle; it seizes and appropriates the truth, and lodges it as a living element in the soul.-Turnbull.
THE MYSTERY OF NATURE.
BY THEODORE TILTON.
The works of God are fair for naught,
Unless our eyes, in seeing,
That animates its being.
But every part is moulded
That dimly is unfolded.
By every tree that trembles,
Of that which it resembles.
Because the meadows need it, But on an errand of his own
To human souls that heed it. The stars are lighted in the skies
Not merely for their shining, But, like the looks of loving eyes,
Have meanings worth divining. The waves that moan along the shore,
The winds that sigh in blowing, Are sent to teach a mystic lore
Which men are wise in knowing. The clouds around the mountain-peak,
The rivers in their winding,
Are precious in the finding.
But, though we stand so near her, We still interpret half her speech
With ears too dull to hear her. Whoever at the coarsest sound,
Still listens for the finest, Shall hear the noisy world go
round To music the divinest. Whoever yearns to see aright
Because his heart is tender, Shall catch a glimpse of heavenly light
In every earthly splendour.
And till it shall be ended,
And soul of God are blended !
BIOGRAPHY, MEMOIRS, &c.
Atkinson, Rev. Christopher
Lane, Mr. Thomas
THEOLOGY AND GENERAL LITERATURE.
Fulfilled Prophecy ;-
Viewed in the Light of History 7
MISCELLANEOUS ARTICLES, ANECDOTES, &c.
Allen, Rev. T., Reminiscence of ... 648
38, iii, 176, 247, 322, 387, 443, 534,
116, 172, 243, 319, 383, 440, 540, 576,
645, 726, 773
Music of Solomon's Temple
dren, and Children for their
204 London First, King Street Chapel, 61, 746
Second, Britannia Fields
Tract Society... 212
Manchester South Mission Services 747
Moseley Street Chapel, Birmingham
296 Nottingham, Chapel Anniversary 796
207 Oaken Gates Memorial Stone 130
128 Oldham, Union Street Chapel 590
789 Presentation at Yarmouth... 332
to a Missionary's Mo-
to Mr. Smith, Whit.
to Rev. A. Hallam 592
to the Queen of our
Hymn and Tune
394 Primrose Hill, Huddersfield, New
Ripon Zion Chapel
Missionary Anniversary 749
Roberts, Mr. R.; Death of ...
589 Salem Chapel, Manchester North 397
North Circuit, Attercliffe
New Chapel and Schools 791
130 South Shields Christmas Tree 130
332 Thorne Circuit, Missionary Meeting 64
REVIEWS OF BOOKS.
533 Ante-Nicene Christian Library 120, 533