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prophecy is often fulfilled : “At evening time it shall be light with thee.” And it often is. It was so especially in the case of our dear departed sister. . She could say, as the cold death sweats came over her dying face, “My beloved is mine, and I am his.” Oh blessed state ! oh happy posture! To be able to utter that in life's last hour is worthy of our highest ambition. Our sister died with extasy. But how much better can she utter it now! In what lofty and elevated strains can she now make her boast in the Lord ! O could you draw aside the veil, but for a moment, that conceals the invisible, and take a glimpse of those glorified spirits !- Well, she is there. She died with a present assurance : she has now the full fruition. () that our last end may be like hers! O that we may be able to say, when our eyelids sink in death,

“Jesus, the vision of thy face

Hath overpowering charms:
Scarce shall I feel death's cold embrace,

With Christ within my arms.
" Then when ye hear my heart-strings break,

How sweet my moments roll!
A mortal paleness on my cheek,

But glory in my soul.”


I am

IV. Personal appropriation.—This, too, is contained in the text : My beloved is mine." And without personal appropriation there is no religion at all

. From the days of Job to this hour, all who have believed through grace have been enabled more or less to use the personal appropriation. And what is religion worth to us, if we are not able to appropriate its blessings ? Nothing. What is it to me that there is a Saviour, a covenant, a refuge, a blessing, a heritage, if I cannot call them mine? The whole thing turns upon this personal appropriation, and this is the ease in common things as well as in sacred. The nobleman values his estate because he can say, “It is MINE. The mother values her child ; for she can say, “It is mine." It is possible for me to admire an estate that is not mine; but I cannot enjoy it, because it is not mine. But the Christian who has present

can exercise personal appropriation. He can say, "He is mine. Christ is mine. Salvation is mine. Heaven is mine. I have all and abound. I am blessed with all spiritual blessings. I have the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. I have grace to enjoy here, and glory to realize there. All he is, and all he has, belongs to me. espoused as a chaste virgin unto Christ, and all he has is mine. I have the earnest here, and the reversion there. I have the cross here, but I have the crown there.

And our departed sister, according to the grace given unto her, was able to use this personal appropriation. Her faith was in lively exercise. She staggered not at the promise through unbelief. She could read her title clearly. She stood on Pisgah : she drank of “the springs of Pisgah.” The Lord graciously shone upon the last steps of her pathway. When she stood in the plains of Moab, she could look beyond. She was blest with clear vision, and the day of her death was the dawn of her immortality. It was a morning without clouds, and the azure of eternity was before her view, and she was ready to depart. Grace made her what she was, and by grace she entered glory. Now she is made higher than the angels. Yes.

“ Nearest the throne, and next in song,

Man shall his hallelujahs raise,
While all the wondering angels round,

Join in the chorus of lis praise." And now, my dear bereaved brother, what shall I say to you? Your loss is great,- how great, must be known only to yourself. But that loss you know is not an accident. It is a providence. Yes, it is. To you and to us it may be very, very mysterious ; and it would ill' become me

or you to say, Why,

Lord ?" May I venture to say, in fidelity to you, “ It is well.You will not consider me defective in sympathy, if I say so. Í do condole with you in the sympathy of a brother's heart, and I cominend to you those sublime words of Watts,

"Not Gabriel asks the reason why,

Nor God the reason gives." My dear brother, may the Lord be with you, and enable you to say, with as much feeling as truth, “ It is the Lord's hand,” She rests : let that suffice. The hand of affection may raise the monument and inscribe the elegy, and the hand of superstition lay on the “ immortelle,"But she rests. The Lord give you wisdom, and patience, and affection to be a mother to your motherless children.

My dear children,-my dear, motherless children,-Oh how great your loss ! What can I say to you? How can I speak? Your loss is great. Oh how great! You have lost a mother,- -a pious mother, a mother that loved you. She is now no more : she is gone to the realms of the blest. She has prayed for you. o that those prayers may be heard, and that you, my dear, motherless children, may follow her! Remember, Jesus was her refuge. - O that He may be yours! He is the only refuge. Dear friends, to each and all of us here is a voice of warning. “Be ye

also ready." O that we may be ready at the hour of our departure, and have an abundant entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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cleansing. Painters, paperhangers, and TIME works many changes both on carpenters were sent by a tradesman the aged and the young; some of them from the town, and John Jynkins was are forced upon us, and others are of our one of them. He was really a fine lookown choice. Alas! even the wisest of ing young man and a good workman people do not always chose the best when he had a mind. Jane had to direct thing, and there is one particular in his attention to the several windows that which the young are specially prone to wanted new sash-cords, &c. &c., and so make a mistake—that is in the choice of they were thrown a good deal together. companions. We must have associates, Indeed, Jynkins often made enquiries it is not good to be alone; but we should where they were not needed, for a purbe very careful in selecting our com- pose that Jenny quite understood. And panions, and more especially if the con- although she truthfully denied the charge nexion is to be close, and if it be for life of " setting her cap at the carpenter," he we surely cannot be too particular, for was most effectually stealing her heart, there are many things to be considered and he was from this time observed at besides mere appearance. We hope the the little chapel of which Jane was a case of Jane Routledge will be a warning member. His character was well known to all our young female readers who need in the village as a lazy, drinking, goodit . She had a pretty face, handsome for-nothing fellow-a companion of the figure, winning manners, and was unsus- lowest and most degraded in the neighpecting and affectionate. Just the girl bouring town. Hence all Jane's friends to be taken in by“ a handsome scamp." deeply regretted that he had succeeded Unhappily there are many such men, and in gaining her affections, and none more one of them happened to find his way to the so than her pastor, who talked to her Cedars. The family were from home and I very lovingly on the subject, pointing out the unhappy consequences which he him, I tell you he is a thorough scamp." had often seen to arise from such mar- It was all of no use. Jane, poor girl, riages as he feared she comtemplated. thought everybody too hard upon him ;

Poor Jenny! she seemed both deaf he had gone regularly with her to chapel, and blind. True, after one of her minis- and promised to continue, and she beter's most solemn warnings, she went lieved her influence over him would be home and cried, and wished she had never such as to keep him from all his old comseen John Jynkins, and vowed she would panions and habits ; indeed, he had give him up, but then the next time they solemnly promised that as soon as they met, all such feelings vanished. Having were married he would, to use his own her heart, he led her captive at his will. words, “ cut the lot of them." So in

One morning Mrs. Parker rang the five weeks, after Jane took the wages bell for Jane, paid her wages, and said referred to, they were married. with a smile, that she should have a Silly girl! To avoid the remarks of pound more next year. The housemaid friends whom she knew were opposed, thanked her, and, blushing said, “ Please, she consented to be married on the sly, ma'am, I wish to leave in a month.” wounding the minds of many who felt a “Wish to leave !" exclaimed Mrs. Par- real interest in her, besides departing ker. “What for? What's the matter from her principles as a Dissenter by now ? Upon my word it is enough to being married at church. It is a sad drive one mad. I took you quite a child pity, after the long and hardly-fought batand have got you into all my ways, and tle we Dissenters had to get our rights, was only this morning saying to your that so many of our young people should master how comfortably we were suited not avail themselves of those rights. Bapwith servants, and he told me to give tists in particular are inconsistent if they you a pound more for encouragement, go to the Established Church to be marand now you're off.” And here they both ried, now that it can be done in their own had a good cry. Their tears over, Mrs. places of worship. However, Jane was Parker demanded the reason why the married just a week after she left her notice had been given, when Jenny situation. She told her mother in the blushed up to her eyes, and said, “ I'm morning that she was going to town and going and paused. “ You are going might not be home that night. She met to be married, I suppose,” said the lady: Jynkins and her two cousins at the “Yes, ma'am. “Who too, may I ask ?" church, where the fatal knot was tied. “ John Jynkins, ma'am.” What, that They spent the night at her aunt's, who was carpenter! Ah! he's a handsome scamp. not a very respectable person, and about If you have that man he will be the the only relative who approved of the death of you-he will either break your match, and Jenny returned to her parents head or your heart, or may be both; his the next day. What followed we will father is coachman with friends of ours, tell you if you will wait another month. they put him to learn his trade, and had

OLD JONATHAN. he been steady they would have made a man of him, but, oh, Jane don't have

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ANECDOTE OF DR. FRANKLIN. According to the custom of that age

and country, the nobles, after the usual It is said of Dr. Franklin that, during ceremonies of the evening were over, sat his long residence in Paris, being invited down to a free and promiscuous converto a party of the nobility, where most of sation. Christianity was then the great the court and courtiers were present, he topic. The church was always ridiculed, produced a great sensation by one of his and the Bible was treated with unsparing bold movements, and gained great ap- severity. Growing warmer and warmer plause for its ingenuity.

in their sarcastic remarks, one great lord commanded, for a moment, universal at- | A man's besetting sin lies in that to tention, by asserting in a round voice which his nature is most inclined; and that the Bible was not only a piece of therefore, to walk wisely and holily, he arrant deception, but totally void of should be very jealous of such supposed literary merit. Although the entire leadings in Providence as draw with his company of Frenchmen nodded a hearty constitutional propensity. He is never assent to the sentence, Franklin gave no safe, unless he is in the act of collaring signs of approval. Being at that time a his nature as a rebel, and forcing it into court favourite, his companions could submission., A sanguine man sees a sign not bear even a tacit reproof from a man and token in every thing. In every of his weight of influence. They all ap- ordinary occurrence his imagination hears pealed to him for his opinion. Franklin, a call. His pious fancy is the source in one of his peculiar ways, replied that and food of an eager disquietude and he was hardly prepared to give them a restless habit of mind. An enterprising suitable answer, as his mind had been man has great facility in finding God in running on the merits of a new book, of whatever seems to open to honour, or inrare excellence, which he bad just fallen fluence, or power. But he has lost the in with at one of the book-stores ; and right estimate of things. If God seem to as they had been pleased to make allu- draw with an enterprising, mind, the sion to the literary character of the Bible, man should stand and tremble. Proviperhaps it might interest them to com- dence may really lead some retired and pare with that old volume the merits of humble men into situations which the his new prize. If so, he would read ambitious man would covet; but, even them a short section. All were eager to in that case, it is not to be regarded as have the Doctor read a portion of his an evidence of favour, so much as an inrare book. In a very grave and sincere crease of trial and responsibility ; but he manner, he took an old book from his can never open before an enterprising and coat pocket, and with propriety of utter ambitious character, unless in judgment, ance read to them a poem.

or in such imminence of trial as should The poem had its effect. The ad- call the man to self-suspicion and humilmiring listeners pronounced it the best ity. A pleasurable man easily discerns they had ever heard or read. “ That is God's hand in every thing which seems pretty," said one. “That is sublimity," to put his favourite indulgences within said another. “It has not its superior his power: such a thing was a great in the world," was the unanimous opinion. providence, and he is vastly grateful ! They all wished to know the name of while he sees not that he is led away

to the new work, and whether that was a broken cisterns. An idle man has a specimen of its contents.

constant tendency to torpidity. He has “Certainly, gentlemen," said the adopted the Indian maxim, that it is Doctor, smiling at his triumph : “my better to walk than to run, and better to book is full of such passages. It is no stand than to walk, and better to sit than other than your good-for-nothing Bible ; to stand, and better to lie than to sit. and I have read you the prayer of the He hugs himself in the notion that God prophet Habakkuk.”

calls him to be quiet; that he is not The above incident shows how little made for bustling and noise ; that such are infidels acquainted with that best of and such a thing plainly shows him he books which they despise.

ought to retire and sit still.

A busy

man is never at rest. He sees himself NATURAL AND PROVIDENTIAL called so often into action that he digs LEADINGS DISTINGUISHED.

too much to suffer anything to grow, and

waters so profusely that he drowns. CONSTITUTIONAL bias is a suspicious The danger in all these cases is, lest a man interpreter of PROVIDENTIAL LEADINGS. should bless himself in his SNARES.-Cecil.


THE COMMUNINGS OF CHRIST AND The “root and offspring "s of King David too; HIS CHURCH :

“Offspring,” as issuing from King David's loins,

“Root," inasmuch as he was David's Lord. A Poetic Paraphrase, and an occasional Commentary upon the Book of Canticles. No. XVII. Wisdom and riches, power and peace are his,

Beyond what Lemuel, in his day possessed. By J. W. COLE, BRAUNSTON. The bed, on which the King of kings reclines,


CHURCH Verse 6.—“Who is this that cometh out of the When from his, fevered lips the anguish'd cry, wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed

16 'Tis finished,” told atonement's work was done, with myrrh, and frankincense, with all powders In the strong love of her for whom he died of the merchants ?

He saw the sweet reward of all his pain,

His soul's fierce travail, and was well content. Il Who's this that comes from the wilderness,

Around the bed on which he rests there stand Crowned like a queen;

Threescore of Israel's most valiant sons, Bearing the impress of gentleness,

Chosen and placed by Zion's warrior King; Yet of stately mien?

All prone to war, and train'd to daring deeds. The world's wild desert behind her lies, These are the ministers of gospel grace, Heaven on before,

Who guard the doctrines of Jehovah's word; The baubles of earth her chastely eyes, Not one of them are strangers to our God, Allure no more.

Or aliens from Israel's commonwealth; Love's sacred fires enkindled are,

They all hold swords, all are expert in war; Within her breast;

Bold to defend the cause of sacred truth, Their pillars of smoke are seen afar,

'Gainst hydra-headed error, when she rears In wreathy crests.

Her slimy forms, and, from her venomed mouth, As upward their lambent flames arise,

Belches her poisoned tenets near and far. Affection strong

Around the church, THE MASTER'S COUCH, on Lifteth her spirit towards the skies,

With constancy, he fondly loves to rest, (which The land of song.

They fearless stand, in phalanx firm and strong;

And, in the darkest night, they are not found, A brightly “burning and shining light," Like drowsy watchers, slumbering at their posts; She onward moves,

But, ever wakeful, valiantly contend Through calm and storm, through day and night,

For the pure faith, once given to the saints. To Him she loves.

Unto the souls committed to their care, Perfumed with the sweetly-scented myrrl, They rightly break the bread of 'lasting life; Of Jesus' grace,

Arminian enemies, and free-will foes, She hasteth across the tainted earth

They keep outside the chambers of the King; With eager pace.

And when black night her dusky curtain draws, Not all the powders orient lands,

And gloomy clouds of doubt hang o'er the bride, Or incense rare,

And Satan tempts her to mistrust her Lord, By merchants borne o'er Arabian sands,

They wield truth's two-edged sword, and put to Can e'er compare


Hell's hosts, that gather round her soul to vex. To the deep devotion shrined within

God keep the numbers of such warriors up; Her constant heart.

And may the doctrines of electing love, Neither life, nor death, nor hell, nor sin, Restraining grace, and sanctifying power, Can ever part

Be firmly held, and earnestly maintained Her spirit from Him, who upon her

By all the heralds of Immanuel's cross.
Has fixed his love;—*
He is fitting up a mansion fair

For her above.t
Who thus from the wilderness doth come,

WHEN I reflect on death, that king of dread,

Who marches on with slow and measured tread, Robed like a bride ? 'Tis the Lamb's fair wife, f the ransom'd one,

And every day approaches still more near,

However distant he may yet appear; For whom Christ died.

When I behold the monster's hideous jaws, Verses 7, 8.Behold his bed, which is Solomon's ; | And know that sin has been the direful cause

threescore valiant men are about it, of the Of his existence—once to man unknown, valiant of Israel. They all hold swords, being But holding now a universal throne:expert in war : every man hath his sword upon when I reflect that life's uncertain road, his thigh, because of fear in the night.

Which, day by day, and year by year, I've trod, A GREATER than King Solomon is here! Leads on so surely to the gate of death, The regal son of David's ancient time,

That since I breathe, I must resign my breath:* Rom. viii. 38, 39. † John xiv. 2, 3. + Rev. xxi. I. $ Rev. xxii. 16. !! Isa. liii. 11. Jude 3.

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