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follow this advice of your dying father, my joy will be complete, when I shall once more see you in eternal bliss, and be able to say to our Saviour, 'Here, Lord, is thy poor unworthy Cornelius, and the children thou hast given him. I am sure our Saviour will swt forsake you: and, I beseech you, do not forsake him."
His two sons, and four daughters, assist in the Moravian mission. By them he lived to see twelve grand-children and five greatgrand-children. He died at the age of eighty-four, and was attended to the grave by a very large company of negro brethren and sisters, who, being all dressed in white, walked in solemn procession to the burial-ground at New Hernbut.
BIBLE SOCIETY IN JERSEY. The mother of a large family bought testaments for two of her children. She said she had subscribed for some time to a library of tracts and little books for her children, but they did not understand them, and would not let her rest, until she bought “ the book of our Saviour, who loved little children, and never frightened them.”
An old man who was led to church by his grandchild, was heard to say, “if any one had told me when I was young, that I should
be taught by my grand-children, I should not have believed it: but God has blessed the Bible Society, which is the cause of it."
MOSES. See! there is a little baby lying in a bas. ket, not in his mother's house, but swimmning on the river. It is a strange place for an infant to be in; how came he to be there? He is indeed in many and great dangers. lle is in danger of 'dying from cold and hunger. He is in danger of being drowned in the water: and he is in danger of being eat up by large, ugly beasts, which ahound in that river, called crocodiles. They have such large mouths and are so fierce, that they will attack men as well as children ; and they chiefly live in rivers. It is a happy thing that there are no crocodiles in our ri. vers in England; but this little baby lived in Egypt, and there are a great many crocodiles there. And now I must tell you who it is, and how he came there. It is Moses, who, you know, became a great man, and was much loved by his God. There was a cruel king in Egypt when Moses was born, who gave orders, that all the male children of the Israelites should be put to death, as soon as they were born. The pareuts of Moses were in great distress for their child, and they hid him three months; but finding they could hide hin no longer, they made an ark, a kind of basket, of bul. rushes, and put the child therein, and laid it in the flags, that is, the tall grass and leaves, by the river's brink. One scarcely knows why they did this. Perhaps they said, “ if he stays with us in the house, we know he must be killed; but if we thus take him to the river, there is just a hope, that in some way or other he may be saved." Nor was their hope vain. His sister stood afar off to see what would be done to him: and oh how kindly did God order things for his being saved! The daughter of the king came down to the river with her maidens to bathe. And she saw the ark, and she sent her maid to fetch it. And when she opened it, the babe wept ; and she could not help being filled with pity for it. Indeed, who could ? Now the sister of Moses saw all that was going on; and no doubt it pleased her much to see Pharoah's daughter pity the child; and she made bold to ask, “shall I go and call a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?" He who has all hearts in his hands, disposed her to say, “Go.” So she went for Moses' mo. ther! Ah! how glad she would be to have her dear child thus brought back to her! And how full of praise and joy would her heart be, when she heard the king's daugh. ter say, “take this child away, and nurse
it for me, and I will give thee thy wages." You know king's children have great power; and no doubt she got her cruel father to say, that as she had taken a fancy to this child, it should be spared for her saße. So Moses grew and became a man; and it was be who brought the children of Israel out of Egypt, and led them through the wilderness on their way to Canaan.
How many useful lessons does this story of Moses teach us.
I. God rules the world: and he over-rules the doings of wicked men.
II. He can work a way for his own pecple, even where every thing seems against them. What could be more hopeless than the case of Moses? So that we should never despair.
Ill. What cares and sorrows do children bring to parents! Children then should seek to make proper returns to parents of duty and love. How many a child has been watched over by a parent day and night dur. ing a long sickness, when death seerned al. most certain. Oh! bow such a child should love his parent, and till death comes, seek to honouir and obey !
IV. We never know what may be the de. signs of God. A child may be weak and sickly, and may seem not likely to be reared, or to do any good in the world, and yet God may intend to make that child a great bless. ing upon earth.
And lastly, we must look at Moses as a type of Christ. King Herod sought the life of Christ; and his parents were forced to fee with him into Egypt. Thus a way was made for his safety: and he was brought to the great honour of being the Captain of salvatton to all who love and honour him.
THE MOUNTEBANKS. A little time ago, the Mountehanks had arrived in a town. The children of a poor family heard of it, and begged their mother to let them go and see them. “Well (said the mother) I will not keep you away by force; but remember, if you do go, you must not say your prayers at night, for God would not hear you.”-Upon which, not one of the children chose to go.
I dare say this good mother's mind was struck with the inconsistent conduct of has. tening from the light, silly company of the mourtebanks to the company of the great God of heaven and earth. And she was quite right. When we say our prayers, we go into the presence of God and talk with him: and do you think that he would be glad to receive and willing to hear and bless a set of children, who have just come from the mountebanks?
Or perhaps this good mother said to her. self,“ how can I expect that God will liear the prayers of my children, when they have been plunging into those pomps and vanities of this wicked world, which in their baptism they promised to renounce?".
Or lastly, she might tremble to think of the awful mockery of God, which her chil. dren would be guilty of in praying, “ lead us not into temptation,” when they had been wilfully running into it.
It was well that the children took her advice. And oh! I wish that all children who read this, would be persuaded that their pa. rents are their best friends, when they thus advise them.