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homes of the working-classes, particular attention being paid by me to those who are ill and drawing nigh to death. I am always received with affection and cordiality, and I have reason to believe that

my

labours have not been in vain. In five evenings each week I hold prayermeetings, generally well attended ; and in connection with two of these there is a Band of Hope meeting before the one for prayer, which receives from me constant attention. Once each month there is a large gathering of children in our school-room, generally presided over by the Rev. Mr. W- Addresses are delivered on the subject of Temperance, and the children are trained to sing temperance melodies. These meetings are ever interesting. I am a member of the Rev. Mr. W—'s Bible-class, and my attendance thereat fits me to take an active part in the Sabbath-school, in the prosperity of which I am deeply interested. I am now entirely devoted to my work as town missionary.”

The excellent minister who superintends this evangelist, writes concerning him as follows:

· Mr. C is, I hesitate not to say, one of the most earnest and useful workers I have ever known. He is most abundant in labour.”

corous hostility of the Protestant ascendancy party to our brethren, simply on account of their firm, though quiet, and unobtrusive maintenance of the spirituality and voluntariness of the Saviour's kingdom. The following letter from an able and devoted minister in Ireland—though not intended for publication is here given, as an illustration of what many of our brethren there have to encounter:“I suppose it is right that you and our committee should be informed of our condition after the recent terrible struggle which has passed in our borough election. For a good while past, in the course of my intercourse with our people, my influence, as far as it was right and prudent to interfere, has been uniformly in favour of the Liberal policy, yet without much practical result. The explanation is various : former training, and the donations given by leading members of the ascendancy party in this town'and neighbourhood, to aid the Church-the dependance of some of of our people upon them in the business of life, and especially the strength and bitterness of party spirit that has been cherished here for long enough. Several of our people regard the present contest as one simply and solely between Popery and Protestantism, and they believe that to vote for a Liberal here, is to become the tools of the priests, and to play false to their own religion !

In the course of the canvass the Tory candidate, accompanied by some friends in town, waited on me to solicit

my vote. I spoke out my mind to him with frankness and candour; told him that I did not believe in State-Churches; that I regarded Disraeli's policy as bad and mischievous, and that I could consent to vote for him only on three conditionsfirst, that the candidate would support Gladstone's policy for Disestablishment; second, that he would vote

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in favour of making our universities than three years I have conducted more liberal; and third, to keep our a week-evening service at C-, national system of education unde- some distance in the country, where nominational. The last he would there are several Protestant families, uphold, but on the first two we were and no place of worship. The conas wide asunder as the poles.

gregation has been good—a large “As my help to them must have ap- room often crowded—and very steady; peared hopeless on the ground of con- and the people were so much interviction and argument, other means ested, and so much did they value the were tried to catch me. I was in- services, that at last Christmas they formed that the trustees of the K- gave me a copy of Alford's Greek Estate (to be the candidate's soon) Testament. But how is it now? On contemplated an endowment for our last Sabbath evening an intelligent congregation; that I might get a and cautious member of our Church town park for my cow, if I would from that quarter told me that he heard, apply; and other means were used, "they declared they would never come which have annoyed me a good deal. to hear me again, because I refused I told one of the leaders of the party to vote for - And so far they have that ‘no consideration would induce kept their word, for when I visited the me to support his candidate.'

place on last Wednesday evening not “Well, what about the consequences one of the people in that quarter came of the stand made against intolerance to the meeting! Many of them, I am here? It is a ground for complaintinformed, are Orangemen, and they that I did what none of the ministers are notorious for their bigotry and before me did, and those who were intolerance. my good friends in days gone by, are “I may add that I do not suffer angry with me.

Some of my own alone in this town. The Presbypeople are by no means pleased, and terians and Wesleyans, who took it seems not improbable that the con- part with the Liberal candidate, are gregation may be made still smaller involved in obloquy and trouble too." than it was, for, as the election ap- Will not the friends of Ireland, of proached, some who attended fre- Protestantism, of Christ, help the quently have kept aloof. Our Church Committee with their prayers and funds are likely to suffer consider- their substance, to sustain, encourage, ably, and, what is still worse, my and multiply the brethren who are work seems to be quite stopped at a labouring so self-denyingly to benefit most interesting station. For more the sister island ?

WORK, FOR THE NIGHT IS COMING!
WORK, for the night is coming,

Give every flying minute
Work through the morning hours, Something to keep in store ;
Work while the dew is sparkling,

Work, for the night is coming,
Work ’mid springing flowers;

When man works no more. Work when the day grows brighter,

Work, for the night is coming, Work in the glowing sun;

Under the sunset skies ; Work, for the night is coming,

While their bright tints are glowing, When man's work is done.

Work, for daylight flies. Work, for the night is coming,

Work till the last beam fadeth, Work through the sunny noon;

Fadeth to shine no more ; Fill brightest hours with labour,

Work while the night is dark’ning, Rest comes sure and soon,

When man's work is o'er.

Golden Words for Busy People.

FROM OLD JEREMIAH BURROUGHS.

wards, and then repent them they had gone so far, when it should be too late; and this the very root of Apostasy. But it is otherwise with a sincere heart that follows God fully; in such a one there is a holy kind of desperateness, so to cast itself upon God and His ways, as never to expect any comfort, any good, but there.

UNSOUND BEGINNINGS.

Through EVIL AS WELL AS GOOD.

We must love the truth, not only when we can live by it; when we can get advantage by it; but then also, when it must live upon us, when it must have our estates, our peace, our names, our liberties, our lives to live upon, and to be maintained by: we must follow Him when we must deny our selves, and take up our

cross when we must thoroughly deny our selves; for the word in the original is a compound, noting more than a single, more than an ordinary self-denial; when we must take up our cross, not choose what cross we are willing to meet with; to think if it were sach an affliction that such a man hath, I could bear it, but I know not how to bear this ; but it must be our cross and willingly taken up and that daily too; we must be willing to follow Him through the wilderness. If the Lord will lead us through the fire, and through the water, yet we must follow Him there; if He will lead us where fiery serpents and scorpions are, yet we must follow Him there.

Unsound beginnings in the profession of Religion, are a cause why men do not fully follow after the Lord; their hearts are not thoroughly broken, por deeply humbled, the truths of God not deeply rooted at first, their souls not well principled, the foundation not well laid: If men be not well principled at first, in their entrance in the ways of God, they are like to prove but shufflers and bunglers in Religion all their days. If cloth be not well wrought at first though it shows fair in the loom, yet it will shrink when it comes to wetting. The cause why many do so shrink in the wetting when they come to suffer anything in the ways of Religion; it is, because their hearts are not well wrought at first.

Our Own RESOLUTIONS.

WORLDLY Policy. The King of Navarre told Beza, he would launch no further into the sea, than he might be sure to return safe into the haven; though he showed some countenance to religion, yet he would be sure to save himself. Many think it wisdom not to venture all in one bottom. It was once the speech of a deep politician, that it was good to follow the truth, but not to follow it too near at the heels, lest it dash out his brains. Ananias and Sapphira would be Christians, they would join with the Apostles, they saw great things were done by them; their possessions must be sold, and the money laid at the Apostles' feet; but something must be reserved in case they should want after

One cause that hinders men in follow. ing God fully, it is, going out in the strength of their own resolutions, not in any strength that they receive out of the fulness of Jesus Christ; they trust more to their own promises than to God's. Luther reports of Staupicius, a German divine, that he acknowledged of himself, that before he came to understand aright the free and powerful grace of Jesus Christ, that he vowed and resolved a hundred times against some particular sin, and never could get power over it; at last he saw the reason to be, the trusting to his own resolutions.

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Pages for our Young friends.

A STORY OF THE BROAD WAY AND THE NARROW WAY.

WRITTEN AFTER THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM.

get in.

By the Beb. Palmer Law.
PART II.

how she could carry them, and who had On another occasion, after the labours

been so cruel as to tie them to her of the Sabbath-day, I laid me down person. upon my bed to sleep, and in my sleep

These two friends soon stripped her, I dreamed another dream.

and although the door was very small, I thought I saw a young girl, from yet I perceived that, to her great twelve to fourteen years of

age.

I delight, she now easily passed through. noticed that she stood by a small door,

Hereupon she fell to singing, so wishing and trying to enter. She tried sweetly and so merrily, that the surmuch, but without avail. Then she rounding woods and groves and mounstood still and wept. I thought that

tains, were echoing with her voice on she would break her heart if she con

every hand. The words that she sang tinued to weep like that.

were simple. They were these :Some one passing by came and

Oh! I am glad asked her what she wanted, and why

I've pass'd the door. she was so miserable, and bade her not

Go back again! sit there, whining and crying about

No, never more. nothing.

I'll forward run “Sir,” said the young girl, “I want

If rough's the way,

Onward I to get in at this door. I must get in.

press,

To heaven's bright day. I will get in. I will die, rather than not

As soon as she got within this door, The man went away laughing.

I noticed that the two friends who had Presently I noticed, after she had

helped her through, introduced her to a cried a great while, that two friends, who queenly-looking person, who made her stood just inside the gate, came out and

many presents. It seemed to me that asked what was the matter? They she must be very rich, because she then told her how she might succeed. lavished jewels and precious things, She had several bundles fastened about after a most princely fashion. her person.

· These,” they said, “we Now I observed that the girl seemed must take away. Unless you will let somewhat bashful, and put the presents them go, you cannot enter at this door. from her, saying, “If you please, you If you will allow us to remove them for cannot intend them for me. My parents you, we will, and then you will get are humble. We live in a lonely cottage through."

at home. There is scarcely any furni. Hereupon I heard the child say, 1 ture there. Besides, I am so poor, and feel that my natural heart is reluctant so ignorant, and so wicked, that I am to part with these bundles, for they not worthy of such gifts. contain what is very precious to me,

To these remarks this queenly person nevertheless I would give up everything replied : “That which I offer to you, to get in. Pray help me, kind sirs." my child, belongs to me.

These jewels Now I noticed that they began to I freely bestow. Receive them, O my antie one bundle after another. There daughter, and rejoice." were many of them, and they took op Then the girl took the gifts, and she so much room, that I wondered where forthwith burst out singing again, more the poor child had got them from, or sweetly than ever :

What riches are these,
O fortunate child !
A crown for my head,
A heart undefiled.
I've houses and lands,
And balmy bowers,
A country so full
Of sweet-scent flowers.
I've kingdoms and crowns
That never decay,
I've riches untold,
Which I shall display.
I've promises great,
Exceedingly rare,
Jewels of splendour,
Awaiting me there.
I must not delay,
But forward I'll go ;
I'll fight with the sin

That hampers me so.. With a glad heart I noticed that she proceeded on her way.

After a time I saw that she had to wade through certain waters that lay along the route. They were sometimes deep, oft-times muddy. I perceived what seemed to me, dense shadows flying here and there over the surface of the waters.

The girl with great courage went through. I

that when these shadows came and floated over her, an expression of pain rested upon her countenance. Oft-times, but especially when they were flying about, I observed that she took a sip from a bottle that she carried in her bosom. Also she sent a winged messenger from her, to a great distance. Who he was, or whither he went, I could not tell. This I learnt, that she afterwards always began to smile, and to sing. These are the words which formed the theme of her song on one occasion :

From my bottle I sip,

When my heart is sad.
I find it revives me,

And soon makes me glad.
My messenger goes

All times of the day,
Rich mercies to bring me,

From lands far away. I cannot tell you everything which I saw in my dream, as it would make my tale too long. One thing I must not forget.

I noticed as the girl went on her way, that in some mysterious manner, very many sparks, or balls of fire, very bril. liant and beautiful, as if they had burst forth from a rocket, were continually thrown off from her soul. These I observed not to die out, as I supposed they would, but to burn on with an enduring splendour. I dreamed that after the lapse of centuries they had lost none of their brightness. As these brilliant and beautiful flames, or balls of fire, went forth from her, I saw that she began sing again, more sweetly than ever. I could not catch the words, and my soul was much grieved on this account.

In my dream I thought that there suddenly burst upon my sight the out. lines of a glorious city. " And the building of the wall of it was of jasper : and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was a jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald : the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chry. solyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls ; every several gate was of one pearl : and the street of the city was pure gold.”—(Rev. xxi. 18—21.)

Om coming to the entrance of the city, I looked and saw those who lived there walking about its golden streets. They all wore crowns upon their heads. I saw,too in the distance, a splendid white throne, and One sitting thereon. There were such numbers in the place that no man could count them. And I thought, would God that I were there!

Among those who had passed in at the gate, was one who, looking back, spoke to me. I could not understand what she said, althongh I could see from her earnestness of manner that it was of much concern.

Hereupon I dreamed that my grief was great. Whilst wondering at the things

saw

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