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to mind and body. From the cradle to the grave that wondrous heart of womankind is lavish of its treasures to the helpless and distressed. She is in very truth the angel of suffering humanity, a reflex of God Himself, and we may rest assured that her deeds are registered in that Eternal Volume wherein the Most High hath caused to be entered the heart-histories of the world we live in.”-St. James's Magazine,
MY CHILD ABOVE.
That rang like music wild, With thoughts of thee, my child When I would romp and sing for above,
thee, Who did'st so soon depart.
My blessed angel child.
Again, again, thy silv'ry voice
Oft echoed in my ear, Now made into a ball,
And often did my heart rejoice
Thy joyous laugh to hear.
But now no more I feel such joy, Now calls thy bright smile to my Thus parted, love, from thee; heart,
Thy little things, my darling boy, So full of power to win.
Show thou art lost to me. Thy little shoes that trotted here so often by my side,
But when I wing my way on high, Bring back no more the footsteps To seek my little dove, dear
Oh, joy! I'll find him in the sky, Of my sweet one that died.
Chanting redeeming love,
MR. RUSKIN AND BIBLE-READING. To anyone anxious to know the secret of Mr. Ruskin's clearness and beauty of style, we would point out the following little bit of autobiography in the Fors Clavigera : Mr. Ruskin, in continuing his autobiography, notes especially “how much I owe to my mother for having so exercised me in the Scriptures as to make me grasp them in what my correspondent would call their concrete whole'; and, above all, taught me to reverence them as transcending all thought, and ordaining all conduct. This she effected, not by her own sayings or personal authority, but simply by compelling me to read the book thoroughly for myself. As soon as I was able to read with fluency she began a course of Bible work with me, which never ceased till I went to Oxford. She read alternate verses with me, watching at first every intonation of my voice, and correcting the false ones, till she made me understand the verse, if within my reach, rightly and energetically. It might be beyond me altogether; that she did not care about; but she made sure that as soon as I got hold of it at all I should get hold of it by the right end. In this way she began with the first verse of Genesis, and went straight through to the last verse of the Apocalypse; hard names, numbers, Levitical law and all; and began again at Genesis next day: if a name was hard the better the exercise in pronunciation ; if a chapter was tiresome, the better lesson in patience; if loathsome, the better the lesson in faith that there was some use in its being so outspoken. After our chapters (from two to three a day, according to their length, the first thing after breakfast, and no interruption from servants allowed- none from visitors, who either joined in the reading or had to stay upstairs--and none from any visitings or excursions, except real travelling), I had to learn a few verses by heart, or repeat, to make sure I had not lost something of what was already known; and, with the chapters above enumerated, I had to learn the whole body of the fine old Scotch paraphrases, which are good, melodious, and forceful verse; and to which, together with the Bible itself, I owe the first cultivation of my ear in sound. It is strange that, of all the pieces of the Bible which my mother thus taught me, that which cost me most to learn, and which was to my child's mind, chiefly repulsive-the 119th Psalm-has now become of all the most precious to me, in its overflowing and glorious passion of love for the law of God."
MR. GLADSTONE ON THE SABBATH. In reply to a request made by Mr. Hill, of the Working Men's Lord's Day Association, to Mr. Gladstone, to write an introduction to a prize essay on the subject of “Sabbath Rest," the ex-Premier wrote the following letter :
"SIR,-I regret that I am unable, from the pressure of other duties, to enter further into the subject of your letter than to congratulate you on the distinction you have obtained, and to express my hearty good wishes for the design of your essay. Believing in the authority of the Lord's Day as a religious institution, I must, as a matter of course, desire the recognition of that authority by others; but over and above this, I have myself in the course of a laborious life signally experienced both its mental and its physical benefits. I can hardly overrate its value in this view; and for the interest of the working men of this country, alike in these and in other yet higher respects, there is nothing I more anxiously desire than that they should more and more highly appreciate the Christian day of rest.-I remain, sir, your faithful servant,
" W. E. GLADSTONE. * Hawarden, January 13."
LONG AND SHORT SERMONS.
In the Sword and Trowel Mr. Spurgeon writes, under the head of “Personal Recollections”: “ We had heard of Dr. Brock a story of his youth, and we at dinner-time inquired as to its truthfulness; and he replied, Oh, yes; that's right enough. It seems that John Angell James, of Birmingham, remarked in company that the longest sermon he had ever preached was in a town in Devonshire, where he had held forth for more than two hours; but, he added, I never could make out how it was, for I had no intention of being so long; it seemed as if the time would not go, and yet, when I came to look at my watch, it had gone, and I had actually preached two hours. Dr. Brock remarked that he could explain the riddle, for, being a lad at the time mentioned, and wishing to hear as much as possible of the good divine, he had taken a key with him, and, sitting at the back of the clock, had managed to stop it every now and then, and so decrease the speed of time, and lengthen the sermon. 'Ah, William Brock,' said Mr. James, you were full of fun then, and I fear it is not all gone out of you now. I dare say you would do the same again if you had the opportunity. The company were not a little amused when William Brock replied most decidedly that he would do nothing of the kind; that the production of a long sermon was the act of his youth and inexperience, and that now, with the key in his hand, he would be far more likely to put on the hand and cut the sermon short than in any way to prolong it."
PROGRESS IN METHODISM. The Rev. B. Gregory, the editor of the City Road Magazine, makes the following excellent remarks in the course of an article on the New Hymn Book : “Those who would have no alteration in the Hymn Book at all we would remind that Providence has otnerwise decreed. You can no more forbid readjustment and expansion to the psalmody of Methodism than to any other part of its bigh-typed organisation. Few things seem to have struck the Shah of Persia, in his European travels, more than a chronometer in the palace of Frederick the Great at Potsdam, which had been stopped at the moment of the monarch's death, and never suffered to be set in motion since ; so that, with all its elaborate mechanism, it was allowed no further service than to for ever indicate the point to which its hurrying hand had reached when Frederick breathed his last. There are a few friends of Methodism, and many foes, who would destine it to some such funereal office—to signify to future generations the precise point which it had reached at Wesley's death, or at some more arbitrarily chosen moment. But Wesley left the hour hand moving, and to arrest it at any time would be, not to make it an impressive memorial of the great men whom God employed to construct its exquisite machinery, but a useless monument of the imbecility of his degenerate sons."
A NEW GOD FOR THE HINDOOS.
THE Prince of Wales has, it seems, been added to the thousand and one divinities of the Hindoo pantheon. This melancholy result of his visit was anticipated by all who knew the tendency of Oriental poetry to invest the object of its adulation with divine honours. One of these productions of slavish flattery has been sent to London, and the opening lines thus translated from the Canarese, in which it is written :
Om ! Invocation to the God, the Prince of Wales.
the sea ! I have no need now to doubt in faith: my new religion is one of sight and
knowledge. I have seen the flower-face of my God!
After the worst of the Roman emperors had sacrificed to himself, the Roman world thought very little of the divine honours which were conferred by a servile Senate as a formal vote of thanks. If one may judge from the character of the deities of Hindoo mythology, a very little bigher estimate is formed in that country of the virtues of Olympus than prevailed among the ancients, and these strains may convey less of a compliment to the Prince than some of us suppose.—Methodist.
MISSIONARY CHRONICLE. Methodist New Connexion.
TREASURER: J. B. WADSWORTH, Esq., HIGHFIELD HOUSE,
The Rev. C. Linley, writing from Melbourne, November 4th, informs us that he expected to embark on November 10th in the Ben Cruachan, bound for London, where he expected to arrive about January 20th, and hoped to begin his labours at Rochdale on the first Sabbath in February.
Mr. Birks is prosecuting his work at Adelaide with energy, and is inciting the friends to zealous co-operation with him. Both church and congregation are feeble, but our brother is encouraged by indications of revival and increase.
Mr. Masterman reports progress at Melbourne. The membership is increasing, notwithstanding losses by failure in character, by removals, and by deaths. The congregation is also increasing, a larger place is needed and must soon be provided. The sale of West Melbourne land is in process of accomplishment, and the friends hope the sale will yield funds that will be of great service in the present transitional state of the Mission.
CHINA. THE subjoined communication from Mr. Innocent contains an interesting account of a new Mission in the district of Yang Hsin, Chihli, about thirty-five miles from Chu-Chia. In this new opening we have another illustration of what a single individual, and he neither rich nor learned, can do for Christ his Saviour, when his heart glows with the ardours of first love. One of the members of the little church at Tsang-Shang visits his friends, and, carrying with him his Bible and his religion, discoursed to them as he was able of the Word of God and the Saviour of the world. The result is that twenty persons have expressed their desire to become disciples of Christ; and, ere this, have been formed into a church, which we trust will be a powerful centre of Christian light and influence in that region of darkness. Let us pray that God may bless our labors in this new field into which He has led us.
CHU-CHIA-TSAI, LAOU-LING, to instruct them. One of the men
was over in Tientsin about three or
four months ago, where he spent a OUR diplomatic relations with few days, and attended our daily China, owing to the “Yunnan Out services. We gave him some books rage," has kept the foreign com to take home with him, and instructmunity in Tientsin, and at the other ed him a little how to seek for Christ Ports, in a state of excitement for himself and try to lead others. He several months. All sorts of rumours afterwards reported that fifteen or have been afloat, but very little twenty people in his village were official information has reached us. meeting occasionally to read the When I came away from Tientsin, Mr. books and talk about them, and they Wade had just come down from the strongly desired to have an instrucCapital, but I could not learn any tor. We then sent our friend, Mr. Lu, thing about the particulars of the the Tsang-Shang member, who is a conclusion arrived at between him most earnest and devoted Christian and the Chinese government, but man, and who has been several that simply it was pacific. I had months in our Training institution previously informed the Consul of this year, as he was known amongst my intention to go out to Laou-Ling, the people, to spend a fortnight with on a certain date, if he did not them. This was nearly two months officially prevent me, and show me ago. He reported that he had never that it would be desirable to wait less than twenty people, and some longer. He however said that, while nights had a hundred people to listen he was not able to give me any par- to him. He would stay up until ticulars, he knew that matters had about midnight with them, singing been adjusted in Peking, so that I hymns, praying, and teaching them. might travel with perfect safety. Fourteen entered their names as You will probably learn in England, candidates for church fellowship sooner than we, what are the princi- while he was there. On my arrival pal features of this armistice. I am, out here, I sent Mr. Hu to visit the however, thankful that war is avert place and he has returned highly ed, and trust the new arrangement gratified with his visit; and one of will tend, under God's blessing, to the men has come over with him to open up this country to the spread urge me to go, and to take with me a of Christianity and commerce.
preacher to abide with them. Mr. Hu I am not able to give any encour. says, that the people gathered in the aging tidings of the progress of our court-yard of the place, and filled it work in Tientsin. Chapels are still and the house also. Those most inwell attended, and much preaching terested remained far into the night, is done ; but, alas ! none seem to be until he had to request the privilege moved to seek after God. We hear of going to bed. He was astonished of a most cheering revival in the at their acquaintance with some of native churches of Hankow, and the fundamental truths of Christitrust that the same blessed Spirit anity, with che propriety and fluency may visit us in Tientsin.
with which several of them prayed,
and thcir laudable efforts in singing A NEW AND PROMISING OPENING. our Christian hymns. He believes
There is a new opening made to us there is a genuine work of the Spirit under God's blessing, in the south there, and has registered the names east part of Chihli, in the district of of twenty who desire to become the Yang-Hsin, a few miles from the disciples of Jesus. Thanks be to our city. The place is about thirty-five God for this new manifestation of miles from Chu-Chia. One of our His grace and power! May He esTsang-Shang members has been tablish the work and make it glorivisiting some friends there frequent ously to prosper in the hearts of the ly during the past two years, and, people, and so work on every side of owing to his simple faithful commu us. We have been tending southnications, an interest has been awak west, now we go out to the southened in the minds of a few about the east of Tientsin. I intend to send gospel, and they requested that he one of our earnest-minded helpers would go and spend some time with from this circuit at once, to labour in them, or that we would send a man this new field, and to put one of the