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OBEDIENCE AND HAPPINESS.
the scene is solemn and deeply affecting and all seem to feel that it is “the house of God—the gate of heaven."
“Sweet the sign that thus reminds me,
Oh, what pleasure,
Buried with my Lord to be.” Having been immersed “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost," she ascended the steps of the baptistry with the utmost composure, and with all the ease of a young person, and there remained till the benediction was pronounced. On reaching the vestry, in company with two or three ladies, her heart was so full that she walked up and down the room uttering expressions of gratitude to God who had made her way prosperous, and reminding those present of Simeon, when he said, “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, for mine eyes have seen thy salvation.”
Although it has been my privilege to baptize a considerable number of persons during the last twelve years, peculiar circumstances gave to this immersion an interest which cannot be expected from ordinary ones; and the impression made on my own mind was so delightful and strong, that it will never be forgotten while life and memory last. Most of the spectators were moved to tears when they saw the venerable woman going down into the water with a firm step, with a heavenly countenance, influenced by the love of Christ, fearless of the world's despising, and having a conscience void of offence toward God and toward man. It was, indeed, an impressive scene to all present, full of godly simplicity, furnishing encouragement to the timid and reproof to the undecided; an example that old disciples might follow, and a confirmation of the divine testimony, “if ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”
Her earnest pursuit of christian baptism arose, partly from the conviction that it was necessary to the full manifestation of her love to the Saviour, who said to his followers, “if ye love me, keep my commandments," and partly from the promise of future blessedness to all who do his commandments, by giving them a right to the tree of life when they enter into the gates of that city, whose builder and maker is God.
Dear reader ! are you a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ ? Do you acknowledge his sole and supreme authority in religion ? Let me remind you then that baptism is a solemn profession of the Christian faith-it is your oath of allegiance to the King in Zion, and a public avowal that the Lord is your God. Have you made this avowal in the presence of your brethren? It may be that you are pleading age, as an excuse. May I affectionately entreat you to consider the example that has been set before you in this narrative. Does timidity keep you from doing what you think is right? Give to the winds your fears. Go forward in the path of duty,
whatever others say or do. Follow truth and leave consequences with God. Do you say that baptism is not essential to salvation ? True! whoever maintains the contrary, makes the cross of Christ of no effect, and falls into the deadly error of baptismal regeneration ; but it is a necessary part of your obedience to the will of Him who is the Head of the church. Has he not commanded you to be baptized in his name? Did he not set you the example? Is it not an emblemn of your death unto sin, and your resurrection to a holy life? Perhaps you take shelter under the plea that immersion is not customary among the majority of christians in this country ? Permit me to say that scripture, not custom, must be your guide in matters of conscience and religion. The bible, the bible alone, is your authority-fathers, councils, catechisms, and confessions of faith, are but witnesses, not authorities, concerning the mode and subjects of baptism-turning away from all the books that have been written by erring men about this solemn ordinance, go at once to the word of God for wisdom and direction how to act. Pray for the teachings of the Holy Spirit, that you may be led into all truth, and be made willing to follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.
Hasten, O Saviour, the time when thy disciples shall have “one Lord, one faith, one baptism," and when their unity shall be like "the dew of Hermon that descended on the mountains of Zion, where the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore." Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity ! Amen.
POWER AND GRACE OF CHRIST.
Thy distant splendors shine;
Or are there works like thine ?
Beam in thy holy word :
More loudly praise the Lord.
Thy saints with rapture see,
And what they owe to thee,
They feed on bread and wine ;
And feast on love divine.
ANECDOTES, SELECTIONS, AND GEMS.
Anecdotes, Selections, and Gems.
STAND BY THE CROSS.
Stand by that Cross.-And when You have approached that cross sin is aroused in your members, of our Lord; thanks be to him who
to him who when the world calls you, when the brought you there! But that is not
evil one spreads his net, when your enough; you must never leave it.
soul begins to stagger like a drunken Henceforth let nothing draw you man, then look to Jesus. Let the from it.
sight of what he suffered for your Stand by that Cross.-Weep over | sins fill your soul with a sacred your days ofignorance there. Lament horror, and revive in your heart the each moment that you lost when you dying flame of love. knew not its power and glory: and Stand by that Cross. And even since you have lived so many years if all things unite against it, if it a stranger to it, and without God in be again surrounded by those who the world. adopt, while you acknow- revile it and wag their heads, still, let ledge your present happiness, the
| it be your glory to confess it boldly words of one of its venerable ser
| before all men, for, “ whosoever vants. “I have known thee too late! shall confess me before men,” saith I have loved thee too late!"
the Lord, “bim will I confess also Stand by that Cross.--Since you
before my Father which is in heaven: have found that it is the true source
but whosoever shall deny me before of greatness, sacrifice all false glory.
men, him will I also deny before my Sacrifice joyfully that pride pro- Father which is in heaven." The duced in you by the superiority of day is drawing nigh when the veil mind, or knowledge, for which you
for which you which conceals that cross will be ere eminent: in another. by your drawn back, and it will diffuse its elevated place in society, or your
light and glory on those who shall extensive reputation; in a third, by not have been ashamed of it. May the wealth you possess, or by the
God give you strength to be conmode of life for which you are dis.
fessors of the cross of Christ during tinguished; in a fourth, by the
life. May God give you strength to admiration of which you are the
be confessors of the cross of Christ object, by the splendour which sur
in death. “I will not blot out his rounds you, or by the flattery you re
name out of the Book of Life," saith ceive. But how shall I enumerate the Lord. D ERLE AUBIGNE, all the sources of that puerile pride which you should sacrifice to the THOMAS HALYBURTON." Oh, cross ?
blessed be God that I was born," Stand by that Cross. - Stand by it said this holy man when dying, in your trials. Be comforted; the “ I have a father and a mother, and cross has saved you; your redemp. ten brethren and sisters in heaven, tion is accomplished; eternal life and I shall be the eleventh. Oh, awaits you; not all the tempests of blessed be the day that I was ever the world can disturb the peace born! Oh, that I were where he is! aeqnired for you. Think but little And yet, were God to withdraw from of the burden you bear, in view of me, I should be weak as water. All the punishment which the Holy One that I enjoy, though it be miracle and the Justendured; and rejoice that on miracle, would not support me you are led through the path of suf- without fresh supplies from God. fering by which Jess went to glory. The thing I rejoice in is this, that
THE FIRESIDE, OR POOR MAN'S FRIEND.
God is altogether full; and that in utmost of my power, yet, from the the Mediator, Christ Jesus, is all consciousness of perpetual infirmithe fuluess of the Godhead, and it ties, I am still afraid to die.” “My will never run out. Study the lord,” said the chaplain, “ you have power of religion. 'Tis the power forgotten that Jesus Christ is a of religion, and not the name, that Saviour.” “True," was the answer, will give the comfort I find. If " but how shall I know that he is a there be such a glory in Christ's Saviour for me?” “My lord, it is conduct towards me now, what will written, 'Him that cometh unto me it be to see the Lamb in the midst I will in no wise cast out."” “True," of the throne! My peace hath been said the bishop, “and I am surlike a river.” Soon after, one of prised that, though I have read that those about him liaving said, “ You scripture a thousand times over, I are now putting your seal to that never felt its virtue till this moment; truth, that great is the gain of god- and now I die happy!" liness;" he replied, “Yes, indeed.” Then said another, “And I hope you are encouraging yourself in the
THE RAINBOW. Lord ?" On which, not being able / WHEN on the vernal plain : to speak, he lifted up his hands,
Spring's genial showers descend
And sunbeams with the glittring rain and clapped them; and quickly Their golden radiance blend; after, went to the land where the ! The covenant rainbow springs to view,
Deep glowing with her sevenfold hue. weary are at rest.
BISHOP BUTLER. — When this Thus when the sinner's tears eminent prelate lay on his dying From deep repentance flow, bed. he called for his chaplain, and | A gladd’ning sunshine o'er his tears said, “. Though I have endeavoured
The smiles of Jesus throw;
The bow of promise shines in heavento avoid sin and please God to the He looks, and sees his sins forgiven!
The Fireside, or Poor Man's Friend.
TO RECOVER THE APPARENTLY check further chilling from evapoDROWNED.
ration. A door or stretcher forms Lose no time, but do things the best conveyance, and a folded quietly and orderly. Avoid all jacket might be placed under the roughness, hurry, and crowding; head. and observe to regulate the heat 2. The body being removed to a and strength of all remedies. Let warm room, near a fire, strip and one intelligent person alone direct, rub it dry, and then lay it on a warm while the necessary assistants im- blanket or curpet, the loose sides of plicitly obey. Send for medical aid, which are convenient to cover it, in the meantime act as follows:- with a warm pillow for the shoulders,
1. Convey the body carefully, with and two for the head, arranged on a the face upwards, and the head and table or mattress. shoulders a little raised, to the 5. Let six active persons only be nearest house or tavern. If to a in the room_namely, one on each distance, especially in summer, side of the body, to rub it all over previously remove any wet clothes, diligently, but not too roughly, rub the body dry, and wrap it in a especially near the heart, with warm blanket, or the garments of by dry cloths, or a flesh-brush; a third standers. A covering, such as a dry to apply warmth; a fourth to attend coat, even over wet clothes, will ) to the breathing; a fifth to the head, THE FIRESIDE, OR POOR MANS FRIEND.
by constantly cleansing the mouth certain access of the air. (A bent and nostrils, and turning it aside on tube for direct communication with vomiting; and the sixth to help the larynx, having one end fitted by generally, and give directions. India-rubber to the nozzle of a
4. To restore warmth and circu- bellows, should be kept by every lation.—Move a heated warming| medical man.) A more ready plan, pan, properly covered, several times especially for children, but defecover the stomach, heart, and spine. tive, from the air being less pure, Apply warm flannels or a hot pillow is managed by a person taking a across the stomach, and any heavier deep inspiration, and instantly hot articles, such as bags or stock blowing through the mouth or ings of sand, salt, bran, or grains, nostrils of the body, either at once bottles or bladders of water, bricks by applying the mouth, or by a or oven shelves covered, &c. to the tube, closing whichever is free with armpits, sides of the body, between one hand, whilst the windpipe is the thighs and legs, feet and hands. handled as above stated with the A strong hartshorn, or other stimu- other: thus continue, now blowing lating .embrocations, or turpentine, | into, and afterwards compressing the rubbed over the chest and spine, is chest, until natural breathing is rehighly useful. Fomentations and stored, or the case appears hopeless. means for a warm bath should be 6. Nothing should be given in. got ready, but from frequent mis- wardly, by the mouth, unless the managements, they had better be power of swallowing exists, and left to medical superintendence; as then only small quantities of warm also the burning of cotton wool, or ginger tea, spiced negus or ale, or paper soaked in strong spirits or weak spirit and water occasionally. turpentine, on the pit of the stomach, A stimulating clyster, consisting of and the use of electricity or gal. | turpentine, mustard, pepper, ginger, Fanism. On an alarm of drowning, with or without spirit, to half a pint the neighbours should freely pre- of warm water, is advisable, and pare for the event: sand can be might early be administered. quickly warmed in a frying-pan, and 7. Means of recovery should be pillows, towels, &c. in an oven. persisted in for at least two hours ;
5. To assist or restore breathing, and if any signs of life have appear-When beginning, or very weak, ed, to even double that time. When imitate it by alternately pressing the recovery seems established, rest belly rather upwards, and the ribs should be enjoined; but a strict downwards, about fifteen times in watch kept for several hours, as the minute, and occasionally hold sinking is apt to happen from subsome sharp scent to the nostrils, sequent neglect. ! and irritate them with a feather | Caution.-Never shake the body, | dipped in vinegar, hartshorn, or nor hold it up by the feet, or roll it mustard. If suspended, gently in it on casks, as it is a mistaken belief late the lungs with common or dust that much water is swallowed. Never bellows, having the pipe introduced rub with salt or spirits, nor inject the into one nostril, whilst the other and I the smoke or infusion of tobacco. mouth is closed by an assistant, who Never bleed, or inject drinks, but by should afterwards release them, and medical advice. compress the chest for expiration; at the same time the upper part of Our “PENNY Post" box is empty. the windpipe should be slightly de- ! We invite our poor friends to tell pressed, and rather pushed back us their troubles or joys-tempo. against the gullet, to allow a more ral or spiritual.