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THE PENNY POST BOX.
The Penny Post Box.
It may be right, in the first number of another volume, to tell our new readers that this page is called the “Penny Post Box," as it is set apart for any original pieces in prose or poetry which they may send, on any subject they please, providing only it be of good moral or religious tendency. Facts, as they happen, are always welcome; especially of any persecutions or sufferings endured by the poor, or of the goodness of God to them that fear him. Our poorer friends need not be afraid of writing to us. They may tell their own tale in their own way, for that is always best. We will see that it is made correct before it is put into print, always taking care to leave the facts as they send them.
THE “GOOD BOTTOM.” In rural districts oft I've been, God, who is always good and wise,
To preach on sabbath-days; I Had health to him restor'd; And with delight I've witness'd then, Longer his faith to exercise,
The poor their Saviour praise. | Ere he to glory soar'd. One sabbath morn a case occurr'd, The service o'er I met the man, I recollect it well,
And ask'd him how he felt While preaching God's most sacred Last sabbath-day when death seem'd word,
near ; A man was taken ill.
On what his hopes were built ? Unto his home he was convey'd. “To Christ I clung," the man replied'
By friends and neighbours kind: “Determined to hold fast, His soul on God was firmly stay'd, / And if to shake me off he'd tried, And to his will resign'd.
I yet had held him fast.” The service o'er with friends I went |
I thought, indeed, the man was right, To where the poor man lay;
A “good bottom” he'd got; O'er him his partner anxious bent,
| And if he'd died that very night, Who thought he'd die that day.
Heaven would have been his lot.
But some there be who by this mean A neighbour said, “The man is right,
On their own works to trust, A good bottom has he,
And their “ good bottom" oft is seen And should he die before the night, I
To be but sand or dust. Heav'n will his portion be.
If when life ends you would be blest, While homeward bound at eventide In death with peace of mind,
I thought on what I'd heard ; Act like this man, trust all to Christ, The “good bottom” what it implied, True comfort then you'll find. Oft to my mind recurr’d.
To Jesus come without delay, The heavenly news to tell again, While life and health are given, I went next sabbath-day;
Then, after death, to you he'll say, To my surprise I found the man “Come dwell with me in heaven." With others met to pray.
FACTS, HINTS, AND GEMS.
Facts, Hints, and Gems.
1685.-Louis XIV. of France
expelled 150,000 Protestants from POPISH MASSACRES, PERSECUTIONS,
bis kingdom; sent others for slaves, AND PLOTS.
took from them their wives and chil1198.- Began the persecution of dren, and dragooned many into the Waldenses, or Albigenses, of Popery. The late Louis XV. also whom, by Crusadoes, one million hanged, fined, dragooned, and imwere murdered in about forty years. prisoned many.
1553.- Bloody Queen Mary be- About A.D. 1200 was instituted gan to reign-in whose reign (about the infernal Court of Inquisition, five years) were burnt, Archbishop which, in the space of thirty years Cranmer, four bishops, twenty-one only, is reckoned to have destroyed, dames, eight gentlemen, one hun. by the most diabolical cruelties, no dred and eighty-four artificers, &c., less than 150,000 persons. fifty-five women, four children, be-/ About 1500 the Spaniards began side many who died in prison. their cruelties in the West Indies, &c,
1572.-The massacre of Paris when the poor patives, under a pre(the Queen of Navarre having been tence of religion, were not only poisoned before) began about day. robbed, enslaved, tortured, and break on St. Bartholomew's day; murdered, but many of them were and, after cruelly murdering Admiral | kept in chains on purpose to feed Coligny, in three days the papists their dogs, and butchered for that destroyed lords, gentlemen, and purpose as wanted. Thus, in forty common people of all ranks and both years several millions were mur. sexes, about 10,000; from thence dered. it spread through the kingdom, and there were butchered, in the most
Hints. inhuman manner possible, in all about 100,000 persons.
EXPECT not that it will always 1588.-England was invaded by be fair weather for thee. It never the Spanish Armada (a great fleet was yet for any man. Clouds and and army) which was sent to root sunshine divide all our days on out and totally destroy the English earth. nation. They brought rods of wire EXPECT EVERYTHING from ano. to whip us to death, thumb screws, ther, and you will do nothing yourand inany instruments of torture self, or next to nothing. before unheard of, which may be EXPECT SOMETHING when you yet seen in the Tower.
have done all you can; but do it 1606.-Was the Powder Plot, first, and then you will not be disapin which it was designed at once to pointed. blow up the King and Parliament, EXPECT Much always from God's and to establish popery.
blessing, which maketh rich and 1641.-Oct. 23, began a dread. addeth no sorrow. ful massacre in Ireland, by which EXPECT DEATH, for it will come thousands were put to death in cool to remove you off the stage some of blood, and with all imaginable bar- these days, and you know not how barities.
EXPECT PARDON for all your past fully improved. No evil dies so sins, when you turn from sin to soon as that which is patiently en. God with all your heart, and ask dured. him for Christ's sake to forgive you. SIN AND GRACE.-Let the bitter
EXPECT SALVATION if you are ness of sin make grace sweet, and found faithful to your Saviour until the sweetness of grace make sin death.
EXPECT HEAVEN to be a glorious place, for it will far exceed all thou |
Poetic Selections. hast ever imagined. One hour
TRIALS. there will repay thee for all thy self
TRIALS make the promise sweet; denial and service on earth.
Trials give new life to prayer; EXPECT HAPPINESS when thou They bring us to the Saviour's feet, reachest heaven, for there thou wilt Lay us low and keep us there. find it in full perfection.
AN EVENING THOUGHT. EXPECT TO Behold Christ in
The day is past and gone, heaven, for “thine eyes shall see The evening shades appear, the King in his beauty,” as the chief
Reminding us how soon
The night of death draws near. glory of that glorious place.
LEAVING THIS WORLD.
Like the dew on the mountain,
Like the foam on the river, BEWARE OF THE WORLD, as you Like a bubble of the fountain, love your souls. It hath slain its We are gone--and for ever! thousands and ten thousands. What CLOUDS BRING BLESSINGS. ruined Lot's wife? The world.
OFTEN the clouds of darkest hue, What ruined Judas? The world The richest blessings bear; What ruined Simon Magus? The
Dark though they seem, we cannot find
One sign of anger there. world. What ruined Demas? The world. And what shall it profit a
A CAUTION. man if he gain the whole world and Oh, never let me dare to live lose his own soul?
So as I dare not die! THE ARK was a guest that always
WHY CAST DOWN ? paid well for its entertainment. Why art thou, oh my soul, cast down, And when Christ had borrowed And oft Jisturbed by fears ? Peter's boat to preach a sermon
Art thou not passing to thy crown,
Through this dark vale of tears? from, he presently repaid him for the loan, with a great draught of fishes.
RESIGNATION. Every BELIEVER has four births.
We will not weep, we will not sigh, 1. A natural birth into the world. God bids us suffer patiently; 2. A spiritual birth into the kingdom
He wills it, and we care not why
But bless his name. of grace, at regeneration. 3. A birth
He in his mercy is always nigh, into glory at death, And 4. A new
Always the same. birth from the grave of his body at Whate'er the cup thy hand shall fill, the resurrection.
Father, we own thy gooduess still; BELIEVE FIRMLY, hope joyfully,
Though pain and woe the spirit chill, love fervently, pray earnestly, walk
Our earthly hopes decay-Thy will, humbly, work diligently, and wait Not ours, be done. quietly, and all this will be gra
“I WILL TRUST." ciously considered. To Bless God for mercies is the
I will trust and will not be afraid,
My Saviour has suffer'd for me; way to increase them. No good |
On him all my hopes shall be staid, lives so long as that which is thank- Who loved and died for me!
Though pagh one by one _Thy will,
THE CHILDREN'S CORNER.
The Children's Corner.
A CHILD'S REBUKE. Though infant tongues to me have A CABBATH SCHOOL FACT.
“Dear father!" oft since then, ONE day from school a child returned Yet when I bring that scene to mind, And did her mother tell,
I'm but a child again. That from her teacher she had
learn'd, None long on earth can dwell. “LOVE ONE ANOTHER.” How life to us by God was given, That for awhile we may
“Love one another," Serve him
Jesus commands; on earth, prepare for
· Both sister and brother, heaven, Then live in endless day.
Love each demands. Then added she, “I see but few
Love can support me, Who now for heaven prepare;
Sinking in pain;
To joy again.
Gushes and rolls;
Waves like a mountain,
Buoys up our souls.
Love, all transcending,
Heavenward-sublime, Impress'd the scholar's heart;
Upward still tending, Concern'd she was both young and
Beautifies time. old,
Love is unceasing, Should choose the better part.
Else we should fall,
In satan's thrall.
Love is redeeming,
Pleasant its gleaming,
To the dark mind. MY FATHER'S BLESSINGS.
In the soul's prison, My father raised his trembling hand,
Stealeth its ray; And laid it on my head;
Soon as 'tis risen, “God bless thee, O my son, my son!” Fetters decay.
Most tenderly he said.
Love will enlighten
Worn hearts give rest.
Love is the day-star, To earn my daily bread,
Marking the road; It gladdens me in thought to feel Heaven's bright messenger His hand upon my head.
Leading to God.
AUTO-BIOGRAPHY OF A WORKING MAN;
OR, BEGINNING AT THE BEGINNING. RICHARD A- , the working man—a sketch of whose life is here given—was born at Bishop Sutton, in Hampshire, in the December of 1798. His father, T- A- was a working wheelwright in the village of Bramdean, in Hampshire, a trade to which he was apprenticed by the kindness of Madame Venables, of Woodart House. The earnings of the father in those times, when schools were few and provisions dear, barely enabled him to send his first son, Richard, from about five until he was eight or nine years of age, to a dame-school, at twopence a week. Thus slenderly provided for with education, his mother's father, an agricultural labourer, took him to work at ploughing, turnip-hoeing, thatching, and all oiher usual odds and ends of a farmboy's hard work, at the magnificent wages of 3d. a-day, for which he laboured away for nearly three years. He was always, however, on the lookout for something better; and when a litile more than twelve years old, a chance turned up for him of employment as an under sawyer, at the village of Hitchen Stoke, where, for about two years, he worked in the sawpit at a shilling a-day. For this he laboured twelve hours; and having to walk to and from Hitchen Stoke, ten miles, was on foot or in the saw-pit from four o'clock in the morning until nine at night.
The saw-pit led to a better trade. He used to go to the forge to get the tools put in order, and there, it might be from the flying sparks, or ihe free swing and ring of the hammer, or the warm look of comfort of the forge fire on a winter's day, or the pleasure of seeing the iron beaten out to any shape, that the wish took hold of him to become a smith, and, whilst waiting for the tools, he used to amuse himself by trying his hand at heel and toe tips and hob-nails, at which he soon became an adept, and showed such skill at iron, and spoke with such desire to learn the trade, that Mr. Beaumont, then a great stage-coach maker, took him apprentice as hammerman under one of his smiths. Here he soon gained the approbation of his master and fellow-workmen, had his wages raised from 5s., to 6s., 78., 8s., and 98., a-week, and, in three years, being four years before the end of his apprenticeship (and a most