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that for which his Master suffered, that he loaths it all. He does not in his heart look back to Sodom, he does not long after the world's iniquities, or spare in himself any favourite sin. T.B.P.
FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
Repeat the Collect.
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Q. What do you mean by the word “ Advent?
A. It means coming ; and in our Prayer Book, particularly, the coming of Jesus Christ.
Q. What do we first pray for in this Collect?
A. That " God would give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light."
Q. What do you mean by the works of darkness?
A. The works of sin. St. John says, righteousness is sin.”
Q. What do you understand by“ putting on the armour of light?”
A. Behaving ourselves as the light of the Gospel teaches us.
Q. When should this armour be put on?
A. “ Now in this mortal life," 'in our time of trial and preparation.
Q. Preparation for what ?
A. A life of happiness or misery which will never end.
Q. How did Jesus Christ visit this world?
A. “In great humility.” The Gospel tells us he was "meek and lowly in heart.”
Q. Why do we ask to be brought out of dark ness into light?
A. That “in the last day, when Christ shall come to judge the world, we may rise to the life immortal;" that is, the life of happiness which will never end.
Q. How will Christ come in the last day?
A. Those who, when Christ comes to judgment, shall be still alive.
Q. Through whom are we to expect the blessings of a life of happiness which will never end?
A." Through Jesus Christ alone, who liveth and reigneth with God the Father and the Holy Ghost, for ever and ever."
THOMAS WENTWORTH; OR, THE BENEFIT OF
LISTENING TO ADVICE.
(A true Story.)
THERE is a great inn on one of our principal roads, where every customer seems pleased with his fare, and where the charges are reasonable, the landlord civil, and all the servants active and obliging. It is the attention of Mr. Wentworth, the landlord, to his customers, and his diligence and regularity in all his business, which makes every body in the house active and attentive too, so that every thing goes on prosperously and well ; and the landlord is said, by his civility to have gained the good will of all the gentry in the neighbourhood, as well as all the travellers on the road, and, by his care and good management, to have realized a very good property for himself, which will enable him to provide for a young family, which he is bringing up in the same steady and careful manner, that his own experience has taught him to be the way to do well. One day, a lady, travelling on the road, stopped at Mr. Wentworth's inn, and was glad to find such excellent accommodation, and to see so civil and respectable a landlord. She thought there was something in his face which she had seen before, and Mr. Wentworth had no difficulty in finding out that the lady was a person with whom he had lived as a servant, when he was quite a boy. This led to some conversation, and Mr. Wentworth seemed to have a pleasure in relating some of the circumstances of his life ; and the lady was much pleased to see that he appeared to be not only a diligent and prosperous landlord, but a man of religious principle and upright honesty:
He then told her, that, after she left the country, and he was obliged to seek for another place, he got a service as a waiter at an inn. In this place, his gains were considerable, but his temptations were great. He told the lady that he there felt the advantage of the instructions which she had given him, as to waiting at table, and as to his behaviour towards those who were his superiors in station. He often had occasion, too, to think of the advice which she had given him, of attending strictly to what was just and honest; of carefully avoiding a habit of drinking; of setting his face against all gaming; and, after he had earned his money honestly, of using it carefully ;-and, to enable him to act in this manner, he had particular reason to be thankful for the religious education and instruction which he had received in the early part of his life. Whilst Thomas was a waiter, he, was able to be a great assistance to an aged mother, and a sick sister, and still to lay by a considerable portion of his savings. These savings, together with the interest upon them, enabled him, in time,
to take the inn in which he now lives, and which he conducts with such great satisfaction to all his guests. Thomas married a steady, well-principled young woman, who had also lived for many years at the same inn where he was waiter; and he had had many opportunities of observing her steady conduct, and of knowing her good character. She had also saved a great portion of her earnings during her service, instead of throwing them away in dress and finery; although there was not a neater, or a more creditable looking woman at any inn on the road than she was when she was a servant; and there is no one now who is a more respectable landlady.
Thomas did not relate his history just as I have given it, but these were the particulars which the lady could collect. When Mr. Wentworth had finished his account, the lady was much pleased, and said how much she rejoiced in his success, and how much he owed to his industry and good conduct.
“No, Madam," said the Landlord, “I owe it, under Providence, to the good advice which you were so kind as to give me in your little study, in the parsonage at Anmore.”
NATURAL HISTORY-THE NAUTILUS. This is a very curious shell fish. The shell is so formed that it serves all the purposes of a boat to the animal which inhabits it; the little creature can thus move itself on the surface of the water in a most beautiful and wonderful manner.
In calm weather the Nautilus rises to the surface of the water, and spreads its arms out of its shell, and makes them answer the purpose of oars ; it then lifts up a double thin membrane, like a piece of paper, which Providence has furnished it with; and this it spreads out exactly in the manner of a sail. It can turn this little membrane in whatever direction it pleases, and thus it catches the advantage of the wind. In this way the animal is sent forward by the breeze like a ship under sail ; two of its arms all this time hang over the shell, and serve as rudders, or oars, to direct its course. When it perceives any danger nigh, it immediately draws itself up in its shell, and sinks to the bottom. The manner in which it sinks or rises, is truly beautiful and wonderful. The shell is thin and light, and is divided into several little distinct chambers. The animal lives in the largest, but he has a sort of hollow tube which he passes through a small hole, which is in a partition wall belonging to every one of these chambers. By means of this tube he can fill all his chambers with water, and then he is altogether heavier than the water which he lives in and then he will sink. If he wishes to rise again, he can, by means of the tube, get rid of the water, and then his chambers are filled with nothing but a light sort of air, and then he is altogether lighter than the water, and he will rise to the top. This is indeed a beautiful contrivance, and this little creature' may truly be called wonderful. And indeed so may every animal that we look at, if we carefully examine it. All these things, as good Isaac Walton says, are formed in a manner which shews plainly that they could only have been made by Him whose name is WONDERFUL.