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ANECDOTES, SELECTIONS, AND GEMS.
sheweth," let him hit the nail upon to that painful disease. Many were the head ! not very nearly, but the trials of the surviving husband, altogether, and he shall be a work and many were his friends, but still man that needeth not to be ashamed. he wandered. At length, unable to W
E. L. provide for his fainily, he became AN UNHAPPY MARRIAGE.-The an inmate of the work-house, where Fiddler.-It is now about thirty two of his children died. Here his years since a seceder from the conduct was so disorderly that the national religious establishment church thought it right to disown commenced preaching in a small him; but even this produced no dissenting chapel in an agricultural | beneficial effect; on the contrary, he district. He was much followed, seemed to forget all his former and many were awakened. Among friends, together with all his prothose regarded as changed charac- fessions, and on his leaving the ters, was a man who had been a house, his fiddle was again called livery servant, but was then mar. into requisition, and he is now sel. ried, and employed as a farmer's dom or never seen at the house of labourer. He and his wife were God, but frequently at fairs and other soon united to the church, and no places of amusement, associated with one doubted the sincerity of either. the lowest of those who are lovers of When in service he had learned to pleasure more than lovers of God. play on the violin, and after his “The way of transgressors is hard ” marriage had attended the village “Let him that thinketh he standeih, wakes with this instrument; this, of take heed lest he fall.” course, was discontinued, and it was S refreshing to hear the fiddler," for COMPLETENESS OF THE SAINT IN so he was freqently called, pour CHRIST.--It is a great consolation out bis fervent petitions, while the when weighed down beneath a sense big tears rapidly succeeded each of our own ignorance, weakness, other down his cheeks. His wife sinfulness, and unworthiness, to had horne him two or three chil. think of that scripture, “Ye are comdreu, when God saw fit to remove plete in Him." It is a good text for her, as it is hoped, to a better the poor and ignorant, the despised country. This was a severe trial to and the afflicted. You may be in the poor man, but for a season he want of everything, but you are seemed to bear it with submission, complete in Christ. You may be till at length it was discovered that ignorant of everything the selfhe was paying attentions to a young approving world calls knowledge, woman of disreputable character. but if you love Christ you are comHis friends remonstrated, but in plete in Him. You may be despised vain, for he was soon married to of the world, and your name cast her. This was the commencement out as evil, but if you are a child of of his downhill course, for soon he God the despite of the world cannot became less frequent at the meetings harm you; you are complete in for prayer, and then he would Christ. Your friends may all be occasionally take a journey on the taken from you, or may all desert Lord's-day. His family increased, you, but you are not the less perfect and as might be expected from the for that; yon are complete in Christ. character of the mother, the chil. Your property may take wings and dren were of the lowest and rudest fly, and you may bave to beg your class. Soon the niother was afflicted bread, or to suffer from hunger and with a cancer, and after suffering destitution, but still you are comfor a long period, she fell a victim plete in Christ; in Him you are ANECDOTES, SELECTIONS, AND GEMS.
perfect and entire. You may lose with all its wonderful blessings. your health, but He is your strength. He is our light and life, our health Again, you may suffer by lingering and wealth, our sun and shield, our and painful disease-may be help rock and refuge, our everlasting and less and bed-ridden, but still you exceeding great reward. Let the are complete in Christ. If you be christian go about the world singing a child of God and stay yourself on continually, daily, and hourly, “comChrist, nothing can take away from plete in Christ! complete in Christ!" this completeness, nothing cau diminish it. No; blessed be God,
Sin is the only thing which God nothing! Nor can anything add
| hates, and almost the only thing to it. If you had all the wealth that
that man loves.' is in the universe, it would not make
Oh Adam, what hast thou done! you more than complete in Christ.
Oh Jesus, what hast thou not done!
We dishonour God greatly, and If you possessed the thrones of
deny his nature, by not expecting Europe, or could sway the sceptres of the world, it would not add to
great things from hiin. your completeness in Christ. If you
God is nowhere to me, if he is bad the learning of Scaliger, and
not in my heart. the genius of Milton, they could add nothing to the perfection of your
Facts and Hints, character as a child of God - they Vain EXPECTATIONS.—As one who could pot make your robe whiter, or attempts to carry water in a sieve or your glory brighter - they could not to catch the wind in a net, so is he make you more complete in Christ. who expects to find satisfaction and In Him, and not in the world, are happiness in things of this world. hid all the treasures of wisdom and The Good OLD TIMES. — 1531,knowledge. And se are complete “Paid 14s. 8d.; the expence of bringin Him. Let this be the saint's ing a heretic from London; and for triumph and independence, that he one and a half load of wood to burn is complete in Christ. Let him say him, 2s ; for gunpowder, Id.; a within himself, as the gandy shows stake and staple, 8d.” Records of of the world pass before him, “Well, the Corporalion of Canterbury. after all, what matters it, though I 'THE BIBLE.--In 1272, it rebe so poor and ignorant: in Christ quired fifteen years' labour for a I have all riches and knowledge. labouring man to obtain one single What matters who knows me here, copy of the bible. One may now or who knows me not-who cares for be had for ninepence; earned by a me here, or who despises me, if boy, or a girl, in a day. Christ deigns to know me: I am CoxsUMPTION.-The statistical complete in Christ, I care not for reports issued by the Registrar-Geneanything else, I want nothing else, if ral, show that 59,025 deaths from Christ be made of God unto me wis- pulmonary consumption take place dom, and righteousness, and sanctifi. in England and Wales annually. cation, and redemption. Complete PREPONDERANCE OF FEMALES.in Christ! O how transcendantly The last census, of June, 1841, delightful is the thought! There is shows the gross population in Great nothing in this wide world that we Britain of 18,664,761 persons, of need but Christ. We are perfectly whom 9,587,325 are females, and independent of the world in Christ. 9,077,436 are males. Having nothing, we then possess The British ARMY costs annu. all things. In Him, and through ally £8,330,000, a sum larger than | Him, we have the glorious gospel, the whole taxation of Prussia.
THE FIRESIDE, OR POOR MAN'S FRIEND.
The Fireside, or Poor Man's Friend.
BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR. I by and witnessed this transaction, Among the pleasant things which " It is an outrage that I would not are enjoyed here on earth, one tolerate. I would build a strong of the most desirable is to have dam by the side of my fence and good neighbours. And there are drive the water back again upon but few annoyances more vexatious him." This is the spirit of the than those caused by neighbours world. Let us see how this plan who are fault-finding, censorious, would have worked. In the first and disobliging. It is in vain for place, it would have enraged the inany man to pretend that he is dividual thus frustrated in his sorgoverned by the principles of the did undertaking. And the more gospel if he does not exhibit in his fully conscious he was that he was character the feelings inculcated in in the wrong, the more would his the precept, “ Thou shalt love thy malignity have been excited. We neighbour as thyself.” This shonld can better bear the injuries which tench us to do everything in our others inflict upon us than the conpower to avoid exposing a neigh sciousness that it is our own disbour to trouble or expense, while it honourable conduct which has should be our great pleasure to con- involved 118 in difficulties. He fer favours. If your neighbour does immediately would have adopted anything that is trespassing upon retaliatory measures, and either your rights, quietly submit to it, have thrust his bar through the un'ess it be of such a nature that opposing wall, or have contrived you feel in duty bound to remon some other scheme by which he strate. But be very careful never | might annoy his adversary. Proto be guilty of a similar wrong vocations and retaliations would yourself.
have ensued in rapid succession. A man wished to drain a marshy A family feud would at once have pool in his garden, and very impu- | been kindled, extending to the dently turned the water in under the children as well as the parents, fence of his neighbour's garden. which probably would never have The neighbour whose rights were been extinguished. thus invaded was a christian. He As it was, the christian neighsaid nothing, buit immediately em bour governed his conduct by the ployed a man to dig a trench and principles of the gospel. He subprovide for the removal of the water. mitted to the wrong; and probably, He greeted his neighbour, as he by submitting to it in the spirit daily met him, with his accustomed which christianity enjoins, converted cordiality, and was more careful the event into a blessing to himself, than ever to set him the example his family, and his neighbour. He of integrity and high-minded gener. let alone strife hefore it was med. osity. Whether the man who was dled with. The barmony of the guilty of this meanness ever felt families was not disturbed. The ashamed of his conduct we cannot occurrence was forgiven, and in a tell, but this we know, that the bar- few days forgotten, and they lived inony which had existent between years side by side in friendship, and the two families was uninterrupted, prosperity, and perfect peace. Is it and they lived side by side, year not better to follow the advice God after year, in perfect peace.
gives than to surrender ourselves Said another one, who lived near to the dominion of our passions ? THE PENNY POST.
The man who adopts for his motto, I great truth, that we are all members “ I will not be imposed upon," who of one common family, having one resolves to contend against any and common father, and we should reevery infringement of his rights, at gard every member of the human all hazards, pays dearly for his in- family as a brother and a friend. flexibility. He thinks he knows Let this principle get full possession what course is best for his interests of the heart, and we shall be conbetter than God, and acting accord. linually casting oil upon the troubled ingly, he must endure the conse- waters of life. Neighbours will re. quences. He must live upon the ciprocate kindness like affectionate boisterous ocean of contention, and brothers. They will overlook those his heart must be like the troubled infirmities to which we all are liable, sea, that casts up mire and dirt and seek to promote another's well
The bible inculcates upon us the fare as well as their own.
The Penny Post.
A POETIC EPISTLE.
TO A YOUNG FRIEND ON THE MORNING OF Much of your happiness will now arise, HER MARRIAGE, BY HER PASTOR.
From mutual efforts for each other's good :
| The peace, the honour of each other prize, MAY heaven its choicest blessings now
And live on Jesus as your daily food. bestow, Like gentle dew, on Charlotte's head and
Bear and forbear, and every fault forgive, heart;
Or you will never know domestic joy ; In copious streams from Jesus may they | As saints, as one in Jesus, aim to live, flow,
For him your time and talents still employ. And peace, and joy, and holiness impart.
Conceal your husband's faults from all United to the object of her heart,
around, May she a prudent, happy wife become ;
Nor dare to whisper any one defect; In every station wisely act her part,
Let kind attention to his wants abound, An honour to her husband and her home.
Nor ever treat his wishes with neglect. Meek and submissive as her God commands,
Prefer his company to all beside, May she consult his will, his comfort seek,
Study his temper, always try to please ; With cheerful countenance and active
Let nothing for an hour your hearts divide, hands, Which inward peace and holiness bespeak.
Neglect will soon the warm affections
freeze. And may her husband, happy in his choice, Put not each other in the Saviour's place, Love her as Jesus loves his church, lis | For he is jealous of his people's love; bride;
And if he frown, or but conceal bis face, Honour, support, and in her love rejoice, The painful consequences you will prove. And cheerfully for all her wants provide.
Seek first his kingdom, then each other's Charlotte, to all around a pattern give:
peace, Be thoughtful,'
modest, careful, clean, and Prize holiness before all earthly things : neat;
So will domestic happiness increase, To make your husband happy, daily strive; For this from true religion only springs. Seek grace to do so at the mercy-seat.
Dear friends, I wish you all that God can give, Remember much will now on you depend : And all that kindest human hearts desire;
Begin aright, go on in promised strength; | May you to Jesus' glory daily live, Tbe Lord will certainly his blessing send, I And after perfect holiness aspire. And you will be a happy wife at length.
Then when the time allotted you below The tongue and temper hold in firm controul, Is spent, and mercy calls you up above,
All jealous thoughts and bickerings detest; May you to Jesus' arms with pleasure go, Display true fortitude, a strength of soul, And all the fulness of his glory prove. With dignity and cheerful love be blest.
THE CHILDREN'S CORNER.
The Children's Corner.
A New Hat OR A New BIBLE. — years; James, aged about eleven Being at Holywell, the following years; David aged about nine years; anecdote was related to me. D. Pen-Cyrus, aged about nine years ; nout, Esq., of Dooring, near Holy Yellow Alex., aged about eight years; well, asked J. Price, a child belong. Black Alex., aged about eight years; ing to the sabbath-school, “ Which Abraham, aged about five years," will you choose, a new hat or a new Negro children are usually valued Bible ?” The boy being in great by their weight, that being considerwant of a liat, hesitating for a moed a pretty good criterion of their ment, the worthy gentleman said, health and strength. The custom, “Take your time to consider." Then accordingly, is to place them in the the boy, after pondering the matier, scales. A likely boy will fetch from replied, “ If you please, sir, I will five to six dollars a-pound; but have the Bible.” But the kind some go as high as nine dollars gentleman imitating our Lord in his a-pound. conduct towards Solomon (2 Chron. I chap.) gave the boy both a new Irat and a new Bible. Seek ye first
MY SAVIOUR. the kingdom of God and his righ- Who gave his life my soul to save ? leousness, and all necessary things
With calmness met an early grave,
That I might not be sin's vile slave ? shall be added. Young Moses pre
My Saviour. ferred the reproach of Christ before the treasures of Egypt, and he had | When sore oppress*d with grief for sin, his reward.
| Who deign'd to give me peace within,
And sweetly cried, “ I will be clean !" “MY HEART TALKED."-A child,
My Saviour. six years old, in a sabbath-school, said, " When we kneel down in | Who when he saw me helpless stand, the school-room to pray, it seems
In mercy stretched forth his hand,
And pointed to a better land ? as if my heart talked!" Little reader,
My Saviour. is your heart engaged when you pro.
| Who kindly calls me to his breast, fess to be praying, or are you care. And tells me in his arms to rest, less? Remember that if your heart And with his siniles now makes me blest? does not talk there is no prayer, for
My Saviour. as the little hymn says,
Who hourly guides my wand'ring feet, “God does not care for what I say, I And clothes me in a robe complete; Unless I feel it too."
And promises he'll sin defeat? SELLING NEGRO CHILDREN IN
My Saviour. AMERICA.—Let little children in Who now invites the rising race : happy England read this. How And when they fly to his embrace,
Displays his kindness and his grace ? would they like to be sold as slaves ?
My Saviour, Well may they sing and be thankful.
Come then ye children to him flee,
With humble heart and bended knee,
And soon with joy you'll say with me,
My Saviour !
And each his adoration pays, ing " orphan childreu" are offered
Accept the thanks our voices raise, for sale: -“John, aged abont twelve |