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for heaven, the latter for hell. Gracious Lord, impress this thought on the mind of saint and sinner, that the one may be more circumspect in all his movements, and that the other may be led without delay to repent
of his sins before thee, to rely on thy Son for pardon and grace, and to live to thy praise, and for the wellbeing of his friends and neighbours. Amen. Witheridge.
The objector against the truths of Divine revelation is a fool.-" But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body shall they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened except it die," &c.-1 Cor. xv. 35. F. M. L.
THE PRESERVING LEAVES.
I ONCE heard a story about a man who was travelling on horseback. As he passed along, he saw a bird acting very strangely, so he stopped to watch it. The little thing seemed to be very much frightened; its wings fluttered, and it kept flying into a tree with leaves in its mouth. He dismounted, and going to the tree, he found that the bird had a nest of young ones in the branches, and that with all the speed of which it was capable, it was placing the leaves around the nest. The young birds opened their mouths for something to eat, but the mother did not give them anything; she only placed the leaves around them.
The traveller wondered why she should do this, but he soon saw the reason. The mother was sitting on a distant tree, showing signs of terror, and the traveller saw a snake crawling up the tree towards the bird's nest. Slowly, slowly, it comes up. See! its mouth is close to them. It will devour them. But no! it touches the leaves which the mother has placed around the nest, and immediately it drops to the earth. It crawls up again, but again it drops as soon as it touches the leaves. They are poison to it, and the little ones are safe.
Those leaves were to the little birds what the leaves of the Bible will be to you. Many of you had them placed around you by loving mothers when you were very young. Oh! see that nothing blows them away! Let them ever be around your hearts. If you have not yet had
them placed there, place them there yourselves. Then the serpents of sin may come near you, but they cannot bear the touch of those precious leaves. Though they are life to you, they are poison to these your
THE FATHERHOOD OF GOD.
ON no subject are distinctions more necessary to be made than when speaking of the paternal character of God, and yet this point is very frequently overlooked. Texts are sometimes quoted in the same paragraph, and referred to the same persons, which should be distributed to various classes, and which perhaps belong to different dispensations. God is said to be the Father of angels, who are called "Sons of God," Job, i. 6; xxxviii. 7. He is the Father of all mankind, who are called "His offspring," Acts xvii. 28, 29. He was the Father of Israel in a way that He was not of the nations generally, Deut. xxxii. 6, Isaiah Ixiii. 16; and he is the Father of believers in a higher sense than any. Creational and dispensational relationships are both cast into the shade by electing, redeeming, regenerating, and adopting grace. This last relationship
has its foundation in Christ, Rom. viii. 29; is according to God's sovereign and loving purpose, Ephes. i. 5; was fully declared by Christ, who delighted to reveal the glories of God the Father, and the privileges of His people as children, John xvii.
enemies. With prayer for your sword, with the Bible for your charm, you may pass through a world full of these serpents, unstung and unharmed.
MISS ELIZABETH T. READ, daughter of Dr. Alexander Read, of New Bedford, Mass., was a member of the Institution of Messrs. Abbott, at 412, Houstoun-street. While in her usual health, she was attacked by the prevailing influenza a few weeks
26; xx. 17. It will appear to be very wonderful and glorious, if the character, titles, and actions of God as a Father are considered, 2 Cor. i. 3, 4; Heb. xii. 5-10; it can only be realized by the teaching and indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Rom. v. 5; and will be consummated in eternal glory, Rom. viii. 19-23; Rev. xxi. 7. The relationship has failed in every other respect but the last. Angels, those morning stars, have fallen from their orbits. Man is a creature who, like the prodigal, has wandered far off in pride and sensuality. Of the Jews, God says, "I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me." That relationship which flows from grace, which is founded on union with Christ, and cemented by the Holy Spirit, can never fail.
Lessons for the Young.
MISS ELIZABETH T. READ.
By not distinguishing these different views of God's paternal character, some, it is to be feared, have had a false confidence nourished in them, while timid believers have been bereft of the strong consolation which it is their privilege to enjoy JOHN COX.
ago, and after a sickness of but a few days, suddenly and very unexpectedly died. She was sixteen years of age, and possessed unusual personal attractions, a mind of great activity and refinement, and very remarkable amiability and loveliness
When all, when all is still around,
That are borne upon the breeze.
And as the sweet sad tones come on, And steal upon my ear,
I hear the songs that Lizzie sang, The ones I loved to hear.
And as the music draweth near,
Of that sweet, low, and mournful
"HE doeth all things well."
Then should we weep for Lizzie,
That her spirit thus has flown, When we think that she is hovering
To guide us to our home?
May we not hope to meet her
In that land where all are blest, Where the wicked cease from troubling,
And" the weary are at rest?"
MIRACLE OF HONESTY.
AT a party one evening several contested the honour of having done the most extraordinary thing; and a reverend gentleman was appointed! the sole judge of their respective pretensions.
One of the party produced his tailor's bill, with a receipt attached to it. A buzz went through the room that this could not be outdone, when
A second proved that he had arrested his tailor for money lent to him.
"The palm is his," was the general cry, when a third put in his claim"Gentlemen," said he, " I cannot boast of the feats of either of my predecessors, but I have returned to the owners two umbrellas that they left at my house."
"I'll hear no more," cried the astonished arbiter; "this is the very ne plus ultra of honesty and unheardof deeds; it is an act of virtue of which I never knew any person capable. The prize is yours, Sir."
BY REV. E. W. SHALDERS, B.A., ROCHESTER. "Who redeemeth thy life from destruction," &c.—PSALM ciii. 4, 5. In the book of Ezekiel we read a very graphic description of the Lord's dealings with the city of Jerusalem, from the time when it was an obscure and polluted abode of heathen wretchedness to that period in its history when it became the joy of the whole land, the city of the great King-in whose palaces God was known for a refuge. The description is a parable, in which the original state of Jerusalem-or, rather, of the kingdom and nation of which Jerusalem was the representative-is set forth under the figure of a female infant exposed to perish in the open field without an eye to pity or to have compassion in the day that she was born. In this polluted and perishing state the Lord saw her, and said unto her, "Live." Nurtured by His guardian care, she grew to woman's estate, and again the Lord passed by and entered into marriage covenant with her, and she became His. Then the parable proceeds: "I washed thee with water, yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil. I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers' skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk. I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck. And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head. Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen and silk and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom. And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty; for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord God." Now I offer this as an extended illustration of the fourth verse of this Psalm, "Who redeemeth thy life from destruction, and crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies." The Psalmist speaks of favours shown to him in the greatest straits-of deliverances from the greatest perils-of having been snatched
from the very jaws of death. "Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;" and then, remembering how tenderly, how royally these gracious acts had been done, he adds, "Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies." The distinguishing feature in the Lord's dealing which the Psalmist desires to put on grateful record is that He is not content with simply relieving our wretchedness or delivering us from imminent peril, but crowns His work with such acts of lovingkindness and tender mercy as only the deepest love and tenderness could possibly devise. It is for us to review God's ways toward us, and see if there is nothing in our past experience which bespeaks Him a Redeemer beyond our highest expectations—a benefactor with a royal heart.
The way in which a man performs a kindness affords a pretty sure indication of his character. A vain and boastful man cannot put his hand into his pocket to relieve a beggar without betraying his infirmity to the first acquaintance he meets. The stern man, whose notions of the relative duties of life are formed chiefly upon what he conceives to be his rights, if he so far relaxes as to lend a helping hand to a friend in trouble, measures out his benevolence with a severe exactness, fearful of doing any more than the most pressing urgency of the case may demand. He seems to be ever on his guard, lest he should create an expectation of further kindness which he might feel bound to satisfy. As a natural consequence, he finds his favours received coldly, if not with a feeling something like resentment, and so, not meeting with the gratitude which he had looked for as his due, he freezes down into an icier mood than ever. Then there is another variety of selfishness, which prompts a man to relieve distress, because it disturbs his calm self-complacency. Such a man never seeks out a sufferer. When he can, he passes by on the other side with averted eye, lest he should suffer the pain of sympathy, and have to do something to relieve it. The most he ever does is just sufficient to soothe a painful feeling, excited by that knowledge of distress which he has been unable to escape. Few men give royally. Dependents upon human generosity have often to suffer a double pang—the humiliation of receiving aid from those who are unworthy of the honour of bestowing it, and then the mortification of being reminded of it afterwards. How different is it with the Giver of every good and every perfect gift! He giveth liberally, and upbraideth not—gives not so much according to what may meet the case, as according to the opportunity it affords Him of gratifying His desire of conferring