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It is by prayer alone that we are brought into his presence, and maintained in it without interruption.
Though you think yourselves ever so stupid, dull, incapable of sublime attainments, yet by prayer you may live in God himself, with less difficulty and interruption than you live in the vital air.
ON THE NEED AND THE PLEASURES OF RELIGION. It is evident there are times and circumstances when, if a man would be truly religious, and preserve an uns shaken fidelity to his Creator, he must be singular, he must step aside, he must beg to be excused in a variety of cases; he must be singular or lose his soul. Let not the fear of odious imputation, therefore, deter you from exemplary piety: the giddy multitude may deride, but, notwithstanding, it will secretly applaud your virtuous conduct.
There is a certain dignity, a real nobility, a secret charm, in a consistently religious Christian, which none can despise, and concerning which, sooner or later, the whole human race will be of one opinion.
A PRAYER WRITTEN BY A YOUNG PERSON UPON THE EVE
OF BEING CONFIRMED. O Thou that dwellest in the heavens, thou that sittest at the right hand of God, thou that takest pleasure in the sighing of a contrite heart, nor wouldest the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted and live, give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer, and hearken to the voice of my supplication. In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee ; for thou wilt answer me.
Protect me, O blessed Jesus, my only sure and never-failing friend. Behold, I am poor and feeble, and full of affliction. I tread among snares; I tremble for fear. But thou, O Lord, art merciful, and full of compassion. Save me, O Lord most mighty; save me from evil men, from vain companions, from folly, and from myself. Thou art the guide of my youth: lead me in thy paths, and protect and support my steps. Send down wisdom from thy holy heavens, that she may dwell
1834.] EXTRACTS FROM THE PUBLIC NEWSPAPERS. 323 with me continually; and counsel me in all my doings. In thee alone have I put my trust; let me never be confounded. Grant, blessed Lord, that I may reverence and respect the ministers of thy sacred mysteries, because of the great benefits I receive by their ministrations; that I may earnestly pray for them, because thy divine assistance is so necessary to crown their labours with success, for though Paul planteth and Apollos watereth, it is thou, Lord, that givest the increase. More especially would I pray for those under whose ministry I am more immediately placed. Enlighten them with thy Holy Spirit; sanctify them with thy truth ; enable them so to preach the Gospel that I and all under their ministry may" at thy second coming to judge the world, be found an acceptable people in thy sight." To whom, with the Father, and the Holy Spirit, be all the glory and the praise, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
EXTRACTS FROM THE PUBLIC NEWSPAPERS, &c. FOOD FOR. HORSES.—Some cart horses kept in the following manner are said to be in the most beautiful condition of any in their neighbourhood. Crushing the corn must he of great service. 33 bushels of potatoes, steamed, at Is. 6d. per bushel, £2. 9s. 60.; 2) bushels of barley, crushed very fine, at 4s., 10s. ; 2 of beans, at 4s. 6d., lls. 3d. ; 22 stones of cut hay to mix with potatoes, at 9d. per stone, 16s. 6d. ; 14 stones of hay uncut, at 9d., 10s. 6d.; fire and labour, 2s.—total, 41. 9s. 9d. We repeat, that the horses kept there are in the highest possible condition and health, and while we re-assert that the particulars of the statement may be relied on, it will be admitted that this plan, which has been adopted in Ireland as also in America, is well entitled to be called economical. - British Farmer's Magazine.- [The number of horses fed on this quantity should have been given.- Ed.]
POPULATION.--A square mile contains 3,097,600 square yards, and at the rate of four persons, large and small, to a square yard, 12,390,400 human beings. Thus the swarming population of the United States could be crowded, without inconvenience, into a square mile, and could be walked round in an hour. In like manner the host of Xerxes, of which the Grecians represent one end as seeing the sun rise, and the other as seeing him at the same instant set, could have been ranged in close order on a field of a hundred acres, and could all have heard the voice of one speaker. The inhabitants of the whole earth, about nine hundred millions, would not fill a circle of ten miles in diameter; they might, therefore, be ridden round in an hour by Mr. Osbaldeston, and might hear a bell placed in the centre.
USEFULNESS OF Rooks.—The rook is a friend to agriculturists, and no farmer who considers his own interest will destroy a rookery. I once knew this done in compliance with the request of many farmers, who, two
years afterwards, were desirous that it should be restored; the wire-worms, cock-chafers, grubs, and other destructive insects, having greatly increased within that period. In order to be convinced that these birds are beneficial to the farmer, let him observe the same field in which his ploughman and his sower are at work. He will see the former followed by a train of rooks, while the sower will be unattended and his grain untouched.Jesse's Gleanings from Natural History.
Domestic Peace.--It is a pleasant sight to see every thing smooth and smiling within the same walls. To have no separate interests, no difficulty of humour, no clashing of pretensions to contest with ; where everybody keeps to his post, moves in his order, and endeavours to make himself acceptable; where envy and contempt have no place, but where it is a pleasure to see others pleased.
RARA Avis.—A few days since a young rook of perfectly white plumage, excepting a tuft of black feathers on the crown of the head, was discovered under the trees of the rookery belonging to C. O. Cambridge, Esq., of Whitminster, having, it is supposed, been ejected from the nest by the parent birds, in consequence of its unusual colour. The bird is in the possession of Mr. Cambridge, and appears perfectly healthy.-Salisbury Herald.
The Cow-TREE.-Amid the great number of curious phenomena which have presented themselves to me in the course of my travels, there are few which have so powerfully affected my imagination as the aspect of the cowtree. On the barren flank of a rock grows a tree, whose large woody roots can scarcely penetrate into the stone; for several months in the year not a single shower moistens its foliage; its branches appear dead and dried; but when the trunk is pierced, there flows from it a sweet nourishing milk. It is at the rising of the sun that this vegetable fountain is most abundant: the blacks and natives are then seen hastening from all quarters, furnished with large bowls to receive the milk, which grows yellow, and thickens at its surface; some empty their bowls near the tree itself, others carry the juice home to their children. We seem to behold the family of a shepherd who distributes the milk of his flock.-Humboldt.
THE BLIND BOOKSELLER OF AUGSBURG.-Perhaps one of the greatest curiosities in the city of Augsburg is a bookseller of the name of Wimprecht, who had the misfortune to be born blind, but whose enterprising spirit has enabled him to struggle successfully against the melancholy privations he was doomed to sustain, and to procure by his industry and intelligence a respectable and comfortable support for a large family dependent upon him. His library consists of more than 8,000 volumes, which are frequently subject to change and renewal; but as soon as he acquires a new stock, the particulars of each book are read to him by his wife, and his discrimination permits him to fix its value.--Salisbury Herald.
It is a curious fact that a pair of small field birds have built a nest, in which there are now three young ones, in the mouth of a three-pounder cannon in a garden near Winchester, occupied by Mr. La Croix, of Collegestreet.- Salisbury Herald.
The report of the managers of the Hanwell Lunatic Asylum proved the effects of drunkenness. In that asylum there were seventy-two out of one hundred whose insanity was attributable to drunkenness.--Mr. Buckinghani's Speech on Drunkenness.
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS. We have received the communications of M. R. W.; H. S. T.; C. W.; with several extracts.
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Sunday after Trinity ...... 325 Church Service .......... 346 Fools make a mock at Sin.... 328 | On Education .............. A Prayer .....
.... 330 Bolton Parish Sunday-school.. 348 On Example .............. 331 | A comfortable Home and The National Gallery ........ 333 good-tempered Wife
351 Prophecy on the state of the Jews 336 The Day of Grace .... 352 A Hymn .................. 337 Extracts, &c. ...........
353 Singing in Churches ........ 338
Gin Palaces ...........
354 Answers to the Questions in Good Precaution ........ 355
English History .......... 339 Temperance Societies ...... Questions for the History of Agricultural Employment InstiEngland ........
tution .................. 358 The Just King.............. 341 Extracts from the Public NewsOn Psalm iv..., ........ ib. papers .................. 359 Prayer for the whole state of Notices to Correspondents .... ib.
Christ's Church .......... 344 !
ON THE EPISTLE FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY,
“ All of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility,” I Peter v. 5. In the Epistles for the two last Sundays, the amazing love manifested by our blessed Lord in coming down from heaven, for us men, and for our salvation, was set forth as the pattern of our love to our brethren. In the one now before us, we are taught by another apostle to take Jesus for our example in that which was a no less astonishing and peculiar feature of His disposition, His humility. It was this which moved Him, in the choice of His earthly condition, to take upon Himself not the state of a king, arrayed in pomp and splendour, but " the form of a servant," the weakness of an helpless infant, the character of one “despised and rejected of men,”
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This formed the frequent subject of His discourses, both to the multitude in public, and to His disciples in private. Witness his reproof of those who chose out the chief rooms at feast, his parable of the Pharisee and the Publican, His first blessings upon the Mount, pronounced upon “ the poor in spirit,” and upon“ the meek.” His invitation of mercy was addressed to those who were weary and heavy-laden with the burden of their sins; for He knew that such only would receive the humbling truths which He came to teach, that such only would "learn of Him, to be meek and lowly in heart."
How indeed could a proud man be brought to confess himself a sinner, dependent on God for pardon, and unable of himself to think any good thing? Would such a man be inclined to become the disciple of Him, who required of His followers not to strive who should be the greatest, but to let him that would be chief among them become the servant of all,—who, though He was their Lord and Master, yet Himself washed His disciples' feet, to teach them that they should be willing to perform even the lowest offices of kindness towards each other; who submitted to every indignity that the malice of His enemies could inflict, and finally consented to make His grave with the wicked," and to be “ numbered among the transgressors ?"
My brethren, do we call Christ our Master ? do we profess to be followers of Him? Then must “ that mind be in us, which was also in Christ Jesus ;" we must be as He was, “ clothed with humility.” And what is there in us, we may ask, whereof we might justly be proud ? The Scriptures teach us, and our own hearts bear witness to the truth, that we are all miserable sinners, that there is none righteous, no, not one : that in ourselves we are nothing, and that, if left to ourselves, we can do nothing. Our only course in this our helpless state, is to “ humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God,” acknowledge ing our sinfulness, and seeking pardon from Him who alone can grant it. This sense of our own exceeding unworthiness will completely banish from our hearts any disposition to arrogant contempt of others; it will prevent all murmuring, should our lot be cast in a low estate.
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