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CHRIST THE PURIFIER.
was answered, “ As soon as we have attended to his lordship, we will come to you." A few words of explanation ensued, and to her dismay she found that the outside passenger with whom she had thought it beneath her to dine was not only a nobleman, but that very nobleman in whose family she had hoped to be an inmate. What could she do? How could she bear the interview ? She felt really ill, and the apology she sent for her non-appearing that evening was more than pretence.
The venerable peer was a considerate man, and one who knew the way in which the scripture often speaks of the going down of the sun. “We must not allow the night to pass thus," said he to the countess, "you must send for her, and we must talk to her before bed-time.” He reasoned with the foolish girl respecting her conduct, insisted on the impropriety of the state of mind that it evinced, assured her that nothing could induce him to allow his children to be taught such notions, refused to accept any apology that did not go the length of acknowledging that the thought was wrong, and when the right impression appeared to be produced, gave her his hand.
The Lord of all, before whose judgment-seat every human being must hereafter stand, was for a season in the world, and the world knew hiin not. When he was on the earth, the Son of God was but an “outside passenger.” With what consternation will many of those who treated him with disdain recognize in the Almighty Judge of quick and dead, the despised itinerant from Gallilee whom they scorned and derided! And as it was with him, so it is. with his living representatives. By far the greater number of those who belong to the court of the Prince of Princes have been “outside passengers.” What will be the feelings of many who have treated them contemptuously when they hear the words, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me?"
Happy would it be for the churches of Christ if all who belong to them were to remember habitually that they also have a Master in heaven ; and that nothing is more clearly deducible from his instructions, than that every one who desires to enjoy his favour should be ready at all times to exercise courtesy towards an "outside passenger." —London Baptist Magazine.
CHRIST, THE PURIFIER.. The following story_I know not on what authority~is abroad in the religious world :- Some ladies in Dublin met together, from time to time, at each other's houses, to read the scriptures, and to make them the subject of profitable conversation ; and when they
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came to the third chapter of the prophecy of Malachi, had some discussion respecting the method of purifying the precious metals. As none of the company knew anything about the process, one undertook to inquire of a silversmith with whom she was acquainted how it was effected, and particularly what was the business of the refiner himself during the operation. Without explaining her motive, she accordingly went to her friend, and asked him how his silver was cleaned from any dross with which it might have been mixed. He promptly explained to her the manner of doing this. "But,” said the inquirer, “Do you sit, sir, at the work ?” “ Yes," he replied, “ for I must keep my eye steadily fixed on the furnace; since if the silver remains too long under the intense heat, it is sure to be damaged.” She at once saw the beauty and propriety of the image employed : “He shall sit as a refiner of silver;" and the moral of the illustration was equally obvious. As the lady was returning with her information to her expecting companions, the silversmith called her back, and said that he had forgot to mention one thing of importance, which was, that he only knew the exact instant when the purifying process was complete, by then seeing his own countenance in it. Again the spiritual meaning shone forth through the beautiful veil of the letter. When God sees his own image in his people, the work of sanctification is complete. It may be added, that the metal continues in a state of agitation till all the impurities are thrown off, and then it becomes quite still-a circumstance which heightens the exquisite analogy in this case; for, oh, how
“Sweet to lie passive in his hand,
And know no will but his !" The subject was embodied in the following stanzas, at the urgent request of a friend, who, with her young family, was about to leave her native country and settle in a distant part of the globe; but the writer's mind had received the first ineffaceable impression of the similitude and the inference in the year 1832, fiom the lips of another dear friend, when she was nearly in her last agony, who meekly applied it to herself and her affliction, which had been long and excruciating, yet borne by her, as such pains can alone be borne, in God's presence and under his eye:“HE SHALL SIT AS A REFINER AND PURIFIER OF SILVER.”
Mal. iii. 3.
Bends o'er the crucible an earnest eye,
Lest the one brilliant moment should pass by,
Thrice happy they who to the end endure !
Who from the crucible come forth so pure,
Nor with an evanescent glimpse alone,
As in that mirror the refiner's face,
Immanuel's features, full of truth and grace;
PSALM C. The following version of the hundredth psalm is from the pen of George Sandys, the celebrated Oriental traveller, who died in the year 1643. Its force, fire, and beauty, are very great.
All from the sun's uprise,
Unto his setting rays,
The great Jehovah's praise.
Man drew from man his birth,
But God his noble frame
Fill'd with celestial flame.
O to his portals press
In your divine resorts :
And praise him in his courts.
ANECDOTES, SELECTIONS, AND GEMS.
Anecdotes, Selections, and Gems.
A NOBLE-SPIRITED SHOEMAKER., in this affair ?” “My name, my -Shoemakers have in all ages been lord, is Timothy Benneti, shoemaker, a somewhat remarkable class of men. I of Hampton-Wick. I remember. Meditative and energetic, as it would an't please your lordship, when I appear, from the nature of their pro- was a young man, of seeing, while fession, they have at various times sitting at my work, the people cheerdistinguished themselves as patriots, fully passing by to Kingston market, men of letters, and generally useful but now, my lord, they are forced members of society. Numerous to go round about through a hot, anecdotes are related of individuals sandy road, ready to faint beneath who have thus imparted a glory to their burdens; and I am unwilling the “gentle craft," as shoemaking (it was his favourite expression) to has been called. The most illus- leave the world worse than I found trious, perhaps, are William Carey it. This, my lord, I humbly repreand William Yates, the translators sent is the reason of my conduct.” of the Holy Scriptures into numerous “Begone; you are an impertinent oriental languages. Timothy Ben-fellow !" replied his lordship. Hownett was a shoemaker, residing in ever, upon mature reflection, being the village of Hampton-Wick, near convinced of the equity of the claim, Richmond, in Surrey. The first and anticipating the ignominy of passage from this village to King. defeat "Lord Halifax, the nobleston-upon-Tbames, through Bushy man, nonsuited by Timothy Benpett, Park, (a royal demesne) had been the shoemaker," desisted from his for many years shut up from the opposition, and opened the road, public. This honest Englishman, which is enjoyed, without molesta"unwilling,” as he said, “ to leave tion, to this day. Timothy died, the world worse than he found it,” when an old man, in 1756. consulted a lawyer upon the practi- PAST AND PRESENT PRICE OF THE cability of recovering this road, and BIBLE.—In the thirteenth century, the probable expense of a legal pro- the wages of a labouring man for cess. “I have seven hundred fifteen years were barely sufficient pounds," said this honest patriot, for the purchase of a single copy of "which I should be willing to be the Word of God! Few could read stow upon this attempt; it is all I the dead languages, in which it was have, and has been saved through written. How great the change & long course of honest industry." wrought by the translator and the The lawyer informed him that no press! The same amount of lasuch sum would be necessary to bour, which six centuries since a produce the result; and Timothy single bible would cost, will now determined accordingly to proceed furnish the family of the labourer with vigour in the prosecution of with an abundance, and then enable this public claim. In the mean bim to place 6,000 copies of the time Lord Halifax, ranger of Bushy entire Word of God, or instead, if Park, was made acquainted with his he chooses, 25,000 copies of the intentions, and sent for him. “Who New Testament, in as many destiare you, sir," inquired his lordship, | tute families. " that have the assurance to meddle
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INATTENTION. — When Bishop | not of to-morrow. He does not Aylmer observed his congregation acknowledge it in his calendar of inattentive, he used to repeat some time. It is the grave of holy reverses of the Hebrew Bible, at which solves and good purposes, the the people naturally stared with doomsday of the soul, and he abastonishment. He then addressed jures it. Let us not count on them on the folly of eagerly listen- to-morrow, nor rely upon its opporing to what they did not understand, tunities. Its offers, like those of a while they neglected instructions false friend, are fair, exceeding which were readily comprehended. fair; but they are treacherous, and
LOOK HIGHER. — Those, sure, will fail us in our need. The work must be little, narrow souls, that of religion, if it ever begins, begins can make themselves a portion and to-day-never to-morrow. a sufficiency out of what they enjoy! PRAYER OR Sin.-Prayer is that here,-that think of no more, that by which a man engages all the desire no more. For what is this auxiliaries of Omnipotence itself life but a circulation of little, mean against his sin, and is so utterly actions? We lie down and rise contrary to, and inconsistent with it, again ; dress and undress ; feed and that the same heart cannot hold wax hungry; work or play, and are them both, but one must soon quit weary; and then we lie down again, possession of it to the other; and and the circle returns. We spend either praying must make a man the day in trifles; and when the leave off sinning, or singing force night comes, we throw ourselves him to give over praying. South. iuto the bed of folly, among dreams, MERCIES !-What a catalogue of and broken thoughts, and wild im- mercies for which to be thankful! aginations. Our reason lies asleep Conviction of sin, regeneration, conby us; aud we are, for the time, as version, justification, pardon, adoparrant brutes as those that sleep in tion, sanctification, access to God, the stalls or in the field. Are not communion with Christ, light, love, the capacities of man higher than hope! Shall the insensibility, the these? and ought not his ambition stupidity, of ingratitude characterize and expectations to be greater. Let the subject of all these ? And us be adventurers for another world. what providential kindness! Bread,
BURNET. water, raiment, friends, reason. TO MORROW A CHEAT. — Pity it Shall he not give thanks for these ? is that we cannot bring ourselves and what spiritual privileges! The to believe, what is so fatally true, closet, ihe bible, the religious book, that we shall feel the same indis) the christian acquaintance, the sabposition to be virtuous and deny bath, the sanctuary, the minister of our lusts to-morrow that we feel Christ. Shall these be omitted in to-day, and the succeeding day as the arguments for praise ? to-morrow, and ten years hence as Leask's" Evidences of Grace." now. It is ever tomorrow, and RELIGIOUS NICKNAMES. -"Me. to-morrow, and to-morrow, or, on thodisın” is a very convenient my next birth day, or the beginuing word; the general meaning of it, of the next year; and wben those by those who use it, is, that the days come, there is the same back-person or work to which it is ap wardness in the soul to do this plied has more religion than the great and pressing work, and it is speaker. I have known many reliagain deferred. “Now is the accepted | gious persons in my life, but never time, and now is the day of sal- one who had too much religion. A vation.” The true christian knows man must indeed be a simpleton, I