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but the warnings of his love? They are the hoarse voice of his
Nor withhold thy willing hand, love, saying, " Man! do thyself no harm!" They are a fence
In the even tide of age; thrown round the pit of perdition to prevent rash men from
E'en to life's last lingering sand, rushing into ruin! What was the incarnation of the Saviour but
In thy closing pilgrimage, the richest illustration of his love? What were the many mira
Seed may yet be sown by theecles of Christ but the condescensions of his love? What were
Sown for immortality. the sighs of Christ but the breath of his love? What were the prayers of Christ but the pleadings of his love ? What were the
Sow it with unsparing hand, tears of Christ but the dew.drops of his love? What is the earth
'Tis the Kingdom's precious seed but the theatre for the display of his love! What is heaven but
'Tis the Master's great command, the Alps of his mercy, from whose symmit his blessings, flowing
And his grace shall crown the deed; down in a thousand streams, descend to water and refresh his
He hath said, the precious grain church situate at ito base,'
Never shall be sown in vain.
Long indeed beneath the clod
It may lie forgot, unseen ;
Noxious weeds may clothe the sod,
Changing seasons intervene,
Summer's heat and winter's frost, ing mountains, and mountains covered with perpetual snow, springs
Yet that seed shall ne'er be lost. of hot, even boiling water, and at least one lake of diluted sul
But at length it shall appear, phuric acid or vitriol, render it wonderful. And forests, hills, and
Rising up o'er all the plain, rivers, lakes, and waterfalls, all combine to make it beautiful.
First the blade and then the ear, About thirty miles inland from the Bay of Plenty, is a curious
Then the ripe and golden grain, lake, about eight miles long, called Tarawera. The water is
Joyous reapers gladly come, moderately warm, but on the shore, if you scrape away only two or three inches of the sandy surface, the heat is too great for the
Angels shout the harvest home. hand to bear. On the banks is a native village, formerly called Te Ariki, but now Piripai or Philippi, which name its inhabitants gave it on their professing the Cliristian faith.
IDLENESS BRANDED. Some years ago, a striking occurrence took place there. The governor of New Zealand, Sir GEORGE GRBY, was journeying
'I would have every one lay to heart, that a state of idleness is through the country, and paid a visit to the Church Missionary
a state of ruinous sin, Idleness is directly repugnant to the great Society's station at Rotorua. He spent Christmas there, and soon ends of God, both in our creation and redemptiou. As to our after accompanied the Missionary to Piripai, where the ceremony creation; can we imagine that God who created not anything but of baptizing an aged chief was to be performed. The chapel is for some excellent end, should create man for none, or for a silly nearly full, but where is the baptismal party? There they come The spirit within us is an aptive and vivacious principle. along the shore of the lake, bearing an amo or litter, on which lies Our rational faculties capacitate and qualify us for doing good. TE NGAHUB, the old chief, who is to receive the rite. Entering the This is the proper work of reason, the truest and most natural chapel, the litter is carefully deposited in a corner at the upper pleasure of à rational soul. Who can think now that our wise end, and a little knot of friends gather round it, while the old Creator lighted this candle withiu us, that we might oppress and man's youthful wife attends him with all affection, Nearly eighty
stiflo it by negligence and idleness ; that he contrived anc years of age--his bair white as snow, so broken down and
destined such a mind to squander and fool away its talents in feeble that he had almost the appearance of a dying man-he was Vanity and impertinence ? As to our redemption, it is evident A touching, yet dignified remnant of what he once had been, And both what the design of it is, and how opposite idleness is to it. now the Missionary earnestly and affectionately exhorts him to Christ gave himself for us, to redeem us from all iniquity and lead a holy and consistent life, and then administers the sacred rite;
to purify to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works; and after this a short address is given to the congregation at large, that is what our regeneration or sanctification aims at: we are and the old man-no longer called Te Ngahue, but Hori (George)
God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, unto good works. -is carefully wrapped up in his handsome dog-skịn, and flax- How little then can a useless and barren life answer the expectamats, and borne away to his own abode. (See engraving, page 44), tions of God! What a miserable return must it be to the blood
And who was Te Ngahue ? He was a chief who had often led of his Son, and how utterly must it disappoint all the purposes of his tribes to deeds of blood and rapine, and had himself frequently his Word and Spirit, feasted on the flesh of his foes. But for a long time he had been But what need I argue further! The truth I contend for is an anxious candidate for baptism, and had worked hard to gain the express and constant doctrine of the Scriptures. Is not idlethe required knowledge. He had made some progress in reading,
ness and fulness of brend reckoned among the sins of Sodom ?and knew and believed the chief points of the Christian faith,
What means the sentence against the barren fig-tree, but the especially that he was a great sinner, and Jesus Christ a great destruction of the idle and the sluggish | The indignation of God Saviour,
is not kindled against the barrenness of trees but of men. These particulars and the picture were sent to the Society by What can be plainer than the condemnation of the unprofitable Sir George Grey, who was much impressed by the whole noeno, servant who perished, because he had not improved his talent?
And how frequently does the Apostle declare himself against the THE SURE HARVEST,
idle and disorderly! And all this proceeds upon plain and
necessary grounds. Our Lord was an example of virtue as well in due season you shall reap,'
As innocence, and he did not only refrain from doing evil, but he
went about doing good.'
IT is mentioned of the CHANCELLOR D'AGUESSEUA, that he wroto
a work on Jurisprudence, extending to four volumes, during the In the morning of thy youth;
quarter of an hour his wife each day kept him waiting for his Prompt to every generous deed,
dinner! The fnet pleasantly illustrates the advantage of having Scatter wide the seeds of truth,
a useful occupation READY PREPARED for short INTERVALS OF He whose sun may set at noon,
In this way numerous fragments of time, which otherNever can begin too soon.
wise would be swept away with the general refuse of human life,
may, as it were, be preserved to the owner : and form at last an
wood lay blazing and snapping, sending out every few moments aggregate, as surprising perhaps from its quantity as from its
some bright spark, that would fly nearly across the room. The worth. It was a wise saying of a polite lord, 'Redeem your fire-place, too, had other points which attracted Maria's admiraquarters of an hour !'-advice which no one will regard as tion. Just below the mantel, and down both sides of the wide impertinent, who subscribes to the sentiment of the poet, opening, were ranged a number of small pieces of earthenware, O all important Time! through every age,
which, on closer acquaintance, our friend found to be Scripture Though much and warm the wise have urged, the man tiles, that is, pieces of glazed white earthenware, each of which Is yet unborn who duly weighs an HOUR.'
was about four inches sqnare, containing some curious picture of a Scripture scene. This tire-place was therefore a great favourite with our little girl. Here she found a rude picture of the patriarch going forth, as the Bible tells us, to slay his son. In
the painting, the poor boy was seen carrying on his shoulder a THE STORY OF LITTLE MARIA,
bundle of sticks, and following his father in the direction of a
high hill. There, too, was the ram caught in the thicket, so CHAPTER FOURTH, THE VISIT.
securely fastened that there was plainly no method of escape. It will be remembered that in our last number we mentioned
The picture next in order was another favourite with Maria and a very important event in the life of our friend Maria, about
her young friends. This represented the daughter of Pharadh which we promised to tell
them more fully at another time. This walking with her maid-servant by the river's side. Close by the event was, as you have already learned from the heading of the
edge of the water, and half hidden by the rushes that grew present chapter, a visit which Maria paid to a kind relative, who
there, was a little basket or cradle, out of which, to the delight resided in the State of Vermont, several hundred miles from the
of the spectators, was seen the head of the infant Moses, who little girl's home. Any child, too, may by this time tell me how
was, as you remember, exposed in this manner by order of the she got there, and I seem almost to hear a rosy boy call out, 'Oh
cruel king. There were other pictures-one of the prodigal son, yes! I can tell you ; she
went there in a locomotive. This boy's another of the angel appearing to the Apostle Peter while in auswer would not be quite correct; but perhaps he would be as prison, and still another which showed the shepherds and magi pearly right as most people who answer, or indeed do anything, standing around the spot where lay the infant Saviour. These in very great haste. The fact is, that our young friend travelled
were all viewed in turn with great satisfaction; but none were to Vermont in the cars, a mode of journeying which she had
greater favourites than that of Abraham going to sacrifice never tried before, but with which she was greatly pleased. The
Isaac, and the picture of Moses saved by the interference of
Pharaoh's daughter. day of her setting out was delightful. A refreshing shower during the past night had laid the dust, and consequently the You may be sure that Maria found herself very happy in this passengers were not exposed to this annoyance. The train, drawn bright and cheerful room. A low chair was given her in the
midst of her friends, every one of whom seemed desirous of coq. through the shades of a forost, now gliding over green fields, and tributing to her comfort, and there she would take her place each again rapidly making its way in sight of lovely villages and busy evening of her visit, unless when invited to a neighbour's house, and populous towns. The novelty_of the prospect greatly or to enjoy the exciting pleasure of an evening ride. When the delighted our young, passenger Every few moments she time was spent at home, there was no want of agreeable and profitaddressed some intelligent inquiry to her aunt, who sat beside able amusement, One cousin had studied drawing, and was quite her, and who had very considerately directed her to leave no expert. With the help of his instructor, he had Anished several question unasked. At one time, as the train passed a neat and designs, and was now qualified to aid his younger brothers and thriving village, she would turn a moment to learn its name ;
sisters in masteri the rudiments of the art, Two evenings in next a bright, flowing river would excite her interest, and after each week were therefore occupied in this pleasant manner, and ward some quiet lake, lying like an emerald upon the lovely it was an agreeable sight to see a number of young persons all verdure, would attract her notice, and call forth a burst of busily engaged, for one or two hours, striving to improve their admiration. With such a variety of pleasing objects continually skill, On all these occasions, Maria was able to take and to passing before her eyes, it will not seem surprising that the hours perform her part, and was indeed gratified that her father's lessona rapidly wore away. Early in the afternoon, our traveller reached had thus rendered her useful to those whom she was so anxious to the station, and, after a few moments delay, took her seat in the oblige. At the end of her visit, quite a variety of drawings from wagon which had been sent to meet her, having now but an her hand, carefully and correctly finished, were added to the hour's ride before she would be comfortably seated in her aunt's supply, and the whole collection, being presented to a charitable quiet home. To the little girl, there was something very delight- society, were afterwards disposed of for a considerable amount. ful in this short ride. From the steady old horse, who trotted It was delightful to notice that in all these occupations none but along without requiring any information about the road, to the the most affectionate spirit was displayed. No one seemed overshaggy farm-dog who started off, barking good-humouredly, as anxious for his own profit, but each was ready to lay aside whatif to let the spectators know that his mistress had arrived, and ever happened to be in hand in order to answer a question or to had brought a young lady with her, all was quite new to Maria, furnish any required help. It could easily be seen that these and yet she felt entirely satisfied that her visit would be attended children, young as they were, were all directed by the sweet with very great pleasure. One thing was that Maria had made motives of Christian love. There were no ill-tempered remarks up her mind to be pleased, and there is a great deal in making heard, and not a single act of impatience or rudeness from any this resolution.
quarter whatever. When they arrived at the house, too, there was a look of The day-time was spent in seeking exercise and enjoyment in comfort about the place which made her feel more sure than the open air. Among other objects of interest, there was a lake to ever that she would be contented within its walls,
be visited, and a mountain, the view from whose summit amply with admiration its cheerful doorway, and wide, capacious stoop; repaid the toil of an ascent. In this last-named expedition, the but what chiefly attracted her attention was the immense barn courage and temper of our friend were put to a severe trial. At that stood at a little distance, and which at that time resounded times the road wound very near to the edge of a fearful precipice, with the noise of the busy flails. The little girl's first impulse and it was needful at these points to exercise the utmost selfwas to satisfy her curiosity at once by a visit to this great build- restraint. A single movement in the saddle, or a slight jerk of ing ; but a moment's consideration led her to think that it would the rein, might have brought fearful consequences upon both horse be much better to go into the house and become acquainted with aud rider. Maria was however, as we have already seen, accusher uncle and numerous cousins, and to leave her visit to the tomed to this exercise. Often while upon her rough farm-horse barn for the next day. With this purpose, she took the kind she felt a longing for the easy pace and gentle bearing of our old hand of her uncle, and walked with him into the large old- acquaintance Robin; but upon reflection, she was disposed to fashioned parlour. Maria had never before seen just such a room. content herself with her larger but sure-footed old horse. Indeed She observed with surprise its low ceiling, so low that she thought it appearn to her very wonderful that any creature could so she might almost reach it with her hand; and noticed with equal cleverly manage to keep a footing on those rocky and slippery wonder the large fire-place, where what appeared to be a pile of mountain roads. One time it seemed altogether impossible to proceed. Large and small fragments of rock filled the path, while arise from believing in the Lord Jesus Christ as the only Saviour, close beside these the mountain rose on the one hand, and on the
and resting upon him for salvation. other was the precipice, with its fearful gulf. Here was a de- But this was not the case with Mowhee, another New Zealand mand for no common courage. The guide led the way; the most chief. He left his country at the age of ten years, and was inof the party hesitated, fearing the consequences; but our young structed in the principles of religion by some pious Englishmen. friend, confident of the strength and sure-footedness of her horse, In after life, when he used to think and speak of them, and of the and accustomed to venture without fear, calmly followed on, and pains they took in teaching him about the love of God, and the in a few moments the dangerous portion of the road was left behind. Riding forward, the party was soon upon the mountain
sufferings of Jesus Christ for the redemption of sinful men, his eyes
sparkled with gratitude and affection. Sunday school children, top, from which, after an hour spent in rest and in the enjoyment mind this ! of the wide prospect, they reluctantly returned. The way home He afterwards came to London, and was taken up, and was merciwas much less toilsome than the ascent.
fully taught the principles of divinc truth by some pious people; From the top of the mountain they now passed down by a and he used to go to a Sunday school, that he might know how to comparatively easy path, and shortly the whole company was teach
New Zealand children when he returned home. When seen entering the gate of the old farm-house. A blazing fire asked if he would stay in England, he used to say, "Oh no, I can do made them forget the trials of their journey; but they still en- no good here, but I may do some in my own country." Thus, love joyed the pleasure of relating the various adventures of the day. to Christ Jesus had made him anxious to teach his poor countrymen In such occupations, Maria's visit passed very pleasantly; nor was she unmindful—even when in the midst of these enjoyments
the knowledge of Jesus Christ ; and this effect it will always pro
duce, when it reigns in the heart. Once he said, “ My poor country is to set a good example to those around her. She did not forget
in a dark state ; but at the day of judgment this country (meanthat her health and food and friends were all the gift of God, and
ing Britain) will have most to answer for; for this country has each night and morning she would sit down in her little room to read awhile in the Bible, and then knelt in prayer.
the light shining before them, and it must be their own fault if At these
they walk in darkness." Reader, take a lesson from this New times, she endeavoured to remember her offences and short-com
Zealander. It may be worth many a sermon to you if you lay ings of the past day;
to entreat her heavenly Father to give her the guidance of his Holy Spirit, and to preserve her parents, her
this truth seriously to heart. friends, and herself, for the blessed Saviour's sake. From such prayers she would rise with a happy feeling of trust in that gracious Redeemer who died for the sins of men, and upon whom she
THE MAGNANIMOUS DAUGHTER. relied for the acceptance of her petitions. Oh, how much happier XANTIPPE, a Roman lady, who nursed her father, the aged was Maria, in thus being loved by her Saviour and by all around Cimonus, while he was a prisoner, and thereby saved his life, her, than if she had lived without prayer, without God and without rendered herself immortal by this manifestation of filial affection. hope in the world!
But this noble Roman example is not comparable to the following When the time appointed for her return home arrived, our deed of filial sacrifice. friend made preparations for her journey, and reached her desti- The winter of 1783, in America, was unusually severe, and nation in safety, having spent a month much to her own delight the sufferings of the poor in the city of New York were very and to the entire satisfaction of her friends. Our next chapter great. One family, consisting of an aged and infirm couple and will contain the conclusion of our story, and will relate some their daughter, were at one time reduced to the last extremity, and important matters in reference to the little girl's life at home. in danger of perishing from the want of fuel and food. The (To be continued.)
daughter, who by her industry had hitherto supported her parents, was out of work, and knew not what course to take, when she suddenly recollected that a dentist had advertized for sound fore
teeth, and offered three guineas each for all he himself was perREMARKS ON THE NEW ZEALANDERS.
mitted to extract. In the midst of her grief this generous girl (Continued from last No.)
suddenly, brightened up, and hastened to the dentist's house.
She told him the condition of her parents, and offered to dispose The thirst for knowledge evinced by some of these interesting
of all her fore-teeth on the terms he had proposed. The kindislanders is very great. Two of them, Shunghee and Whykato,
hearted man, touched with compassion at her heavy trials, and came to England in 1820. These men, who are among the most
filled with admiration at the intensity of affection she bore to her powerful chiefs, have given to those Christian people who have gone
parents, spared her the painful sacrifice she intended to make, and to live there as settlers, large tracts of land, have intrusted their
put into her hands, for the relief of her parents and herself, the children to their care, and are anxious to encourage the improvement
entire sum she had expected to earn. and instruction of their people. An institution exists at Paramatta, in New South Wales, for giving education to New Zealanders, that they may go home again, and instruct their countrymen in useful knowledge, especially in the principles of religion.
PULL BOTH OARS. the on board ships that have touched at their country, and have
I REMEMBER having been told of two gentlemen, the one a worked as common sailors, and endured great suffering and priva- hyper-Calvinist, the other a low Arminian, who were one day tions, to have an opportunity of seeing foreign countries. Nor has
crossing a river together in a ferry boat. A religious dispute the desire they have shown to improve their countrymen been less.
about faith and works arose. The former argued that good works Of this, one named Duaterra, is a remarkable instance. He did all were of small importance, that faith was everything. The other
insisted that it matters little whether a man believes or not, the this; he worked his passage to England as a common sailor, to see our good old king, George III. ; and, though cruelly treated on his great question is, does he perform good works. Neither of the voyage, yet he had the good sense not to hate all Englishmen, but
disputants being satisfied with the other's arguments, the ferryever cherished a sense of kindness and gratitude for the Rev. Mr.
man, an enlightened, experienced Christian, asked permission to Marsden, chaplain of New South Wales, by whom he was kindly granted, he said, " I hold in my hand two cars. That in my
express his opinion on the point at issue. Leave having been instructed in many useful things; he carried with him wheat, and
right hand I call Faith, Works is the name I give to the one in laid out the plan of a town after the European manner; but the
my left. Now, gentlemen, please to observe, I pull the Oar of Faith, sufferings he endured in his voyage, and the cruel treatment he met
and pull that alone. See! the boat goes round and round, and we with, had worn out his frame, and he died. Mr. Marsden and others
make no progress. Now pray attend whilst I do the same with had told him the glad tidings of mercy to perishing sinners, con
the Oar of Works ; a precisely similar effect is produced, and we tained in the Scriptures, and he seemed to have some ideas of them,
make no advance. Mark! I pull both oars together, we go on apace, though very indistinct; and though, in his last illness, he appeared to
and in a very few minutes we shall be at our landing place; so, take pleasure in what those good men said, yet he did not seem to
in my humble opinion,' he added, “Faith without works, or works have that peace of mind and comfort of heart which, in a dying hour,
without faith, will not suffice. Let there be both, and the havon of eternal rest is sure to be reached.'