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be contaminated by the wide-spread hearts; how anxious should we be to evils that are round about us-keeping set our houses in order ; how vain and ourselves pure, being clean in heart and little would earthly things begin to hand. This is what God claims from appear in our estimation! Ought we ue. This is what is demanded of us by not, as the case stands, to keep heaven the church and the world. We shall constantly before us, to endeavour albe enabled to exemplify it only as we ways to grow in preparation for it, to cultivate the spirit of consecration to seek daily the abundant entrance into God, and are richly and largely imbued it which God has promised? And we with that spirit. Giving ourselves to can only set our affections with growthe Lord in an everlasting covenant, we ing intenseness on things above as we shall be enabled to serve him faithfully are truly consecrated to God, and as the and acceptably,“ discerning the signs of love of God is thus shed abroad in our the times," and "knowing that now it is hearts. Thus it is that we shall live for high time to awake out of sleep.” heaven amid all the vicissitudes of earth
The thought that as time rolls on we L" While we look not at the things which are every year and every day advanc are seen, but at the things which aro ing towards eternity, and must be in- not seen; for the things which are seen troduced into it ere long, should prompt are temporal, but the things which aro us to immediate consecration to God. not seen are eternal." We live for eternity. The life that May we all begin this year aright, does not prepare its possessor for a and spend it aright. May it not be blissful eternity is not such a life as a added to years which we shall have to rationaland immortal beingought to live. mourn over when we stand before God. Between time and eternity there may May it be, whatever it is as regards our seem to our ordinary view to be a vast earthly circumstances, a year of spiridistance. We are too much inclined tual peace and prosperity, of growing to think of future things as far off. holiness and increasing usefulness. They may, however, be very near, and May it be a year which we shall look cannot under any circumstances be very back upon, not only in time but in eterdistant. Life passes rapidly away, so nity, with devout thankfulness to God that childhood is soon exchanged for for all that he enables us to realize and youth, and youth for manhood, and accomplish in it. manhood for old age. Death comes at We may resolve, as we have done in last to the longest liver. To many he former years, to devote it to God, and comes long before old age has come. the resolution may be forgotten. Wo None of us can tell when he may come may determine, as we have done in past to us. All of us know, however, that years, to improve and advance it in all sooner or later he will come. Every that is well-pleasing to God, and the rolling year brings him nearer. Every determination may exert no abiding fleeting day, as it passes heedlessly by, influence upon us. If we trust to our own abridges the appointed time that is resolutions and determinations, this will given to us on the earth. Time is be the case. Let us, however, look to now coming to an end. Perhaps it may God himself, that he may strengthen us. be said to us by that God who has life Oh thou Spirit of light and love, of truth and death at his disposal—“ This year and power, come down upon us ; dwell thou shalt die.” .If we had the assur- in us; so shall we learn aright to obey ance that on a particular day, ere this the command, " Consecrate yourselves year had completed its circuit, our souls to-day to the Lord.” should be required by us; what deep Newcastle-upon-T'yne. A. R. and strong feeling would rise up in our
ANECDOTES, FACTS, AND APHORISMS.
THE CONVERTED CAFFRE.
CONFIDE IN GOD.
them become since, under the preaching AMONG the most savage and seem- of Christ crucified. ingly incorrigible of the human race the Gospel gains some of its most signal triumphs. An instance of this occurred THERE once lived in an old brown in South Africa, at one of the stations cottage, a solitary woman, about thirty of the London Missionary Society. A years of age. She earned a living by Caffre, who had heard a missionary knitting and spinning, and the produce preach on the wrath to come, was much of her little garden, which she carefully troubled in mind, though he did not cultivated. She was known everywhere, understand fully the meaning of the from village to village, by the name of language. He was therefore brought “Happy Nancy.” She had no money, to the missionary, from whom he ob- no family, no relatives; and was halftained more just views of his lost state, blind, quite lame, and very crooked. and asked what he must do. Mr. There was no comeliness in her, and yet Hood preached to him Christ crucified, there, in that homely, deformed body, the Saviour of sinners. The awakened the great God, who loves to bring Caffre listened with eagerness, and fix- strength out of weakness, had set His ing an anxious eye on the preacher, royal seal. said ; “Sir, I am old and stupid-tell Well, Nancy, singing again," would me again.” And being told again, tears the chance visitor say, as he stopped at rolled down the sable cheek of this man her door. of noble and athletic frame, and he “Oh, yes, I'm for ever at it." confessed his astonishment at the love “I wish you'd tell me your secret, of God and the compassion of the Sa- Nancy-you are all alone, you work viour. He resolved to come and live near hard, you have nothing very pleasant the missionary, that he might hear again surrounding you—what is the reason and again the glad tidings. But his pro- you're so happy?” perty consisted in cattle, and there was “ Perhaps it's because I haven't got no ground for grazing near the station. anybody but God," replied the good What could he do? He told his diffi- creature, looking up. “ You see, rich culty to the Missionary, and added : folks like you depend upon their fami“I am a Caffre, and I love my cattle ; lies and their houses; they've got to but I'll part with the last one I have if thinking of their business, of their that stands in the way of my coming wives and children, and then they're to hear the word.” Matters were ar- always mighty afraid of troubles ahead. ranged, and he took up his abode on I an't got anything to trouble myself missionary ground, where he was re- about, you see, 'cause I leave it all to garded as a consistent and devoted fol- the Lord. I think, Well, if He can lower of Christ. “ I'll part with the keep this great world in such good last one I have.” Noble resolve! Just order, the sun rolling day after day, like a true Christian.
and the stars a shining night after The Caffres have been termed "a night, make my garden things come up race of irreclaimable and treacherous just the same, season after season, He savages.” But here is one of them can sartainly take care of such a poor, acting much less like a savage and a simple thing as I am; and so, you see, heathen, probably, than many of his I leave it all to the Lord, and the Lord
And such have hundreds of takes care of me.”
“Well, but, Nancy, suppose a frost “ Is there nothing I can do for you ? should come after your fruit-trees are Shall I write to your friends ? ” all in blossom, and your little plants “I have no friends you can write to. ont, suppose
But there is one thing for which I would “But I don't suppose ; I never can be much obliged. In my knapsack you suppose ; I don't want to suppose, ex will find a Testament; will you open it cept that the Lord will do everything at the 14th of John, and near the end right. That's what makes young people of the chapter you will find a verse unhappy; you're all the time suppos- begins with Peace. Will you read it ?” ing. Now why can't you wait till the The officer did so, and read the words, suppose comes, as I do, and then make “ Peace I leave with you, my peace I the best of it?"
give unto you ; not as the world giveth, It would be well for us to imitate give I unto you. Let not your heart happy Nancy, and “never suppose.” Be be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” more childlike toward your heavenly “ Thank you, Sir," said the dying Father; believe in His love; learn to man, “I have that peace ; I am going confide in His wisdom, and not in your to that Saviour ; God is with me; I want own; and, above all, “wait till the no more ;" and instantly expired. suppose' comes, and then make the best of it." Depend upon it, earth
PLAIN PREACHING. would seem an Eden if you would fol
DR. JOHN M. Mason, while preachlow happy Nancy's rule, and never give ing on the text, “ What shall it profit a place in your bosom to imaginary evils.
man," &c., referring to the apologies
given by the impenitent for refusing to AN INCIDENT OF THE BATTLE-FIELD. A SOLDIER was wounded in one of the accept the gift of eternal life, mentioned
the common plea, “We do not want to battles of the Crimea, and was carried out of the field. He felt that his wound honour the profession ; we do not want
profess Christianity, because many diswas mortal—that life was quickly ebbing away—and he said to his comrades to be hypocrites; we are candid men.” who were carrying him,
“And so," said the eloquent preacher, "Put me down; do not take the
'you are willing to go to hell as gen
tlemen of candour." It is said that a trouble to carry me any
further. I am dying."
distinguished lawyer in the city was led They then put him down, and re
by this pointed rebuke to renounce the turned to the field. few minutes
hypocrisy of unbelief for a sincere faith
in the Son of God. after, an officer saw the man weltering in his blood, and asked him if he could do anything for him.
FALLIBILITY. "Nothing, thank you.”
REVERENCE the writings of holy "Shall I get you a little water ?” men, but lodge not thy faith upon them, said the kind-hearted officer.
because they were but men. They are "No, thank you; I am dying." good pools, but not fountains.
BERNARD'S HIYMN ON THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS.
TRANSLATED BY REV. E. CASWALL, M.A. JESU! the very thought of Thee
O Jesu ! Light of all below, With sweetness fills my breast;
Thou Fount of life and fire, But sweeter far Thy face to see,
Surpassing all the joys we know,
All that we can desire.
And ever Thee adore ;
To seek Thee more and morc.
A HAPPY, happy Christmas ! and
We heard them in our childi.ood, when A merry, bright New Year!
With spirits light and gay,
Could ever pass away ;
Have sober'd many a heart; A soinething in their welcome makes A joy still lingers round them, which Them dear to every breast.
Can never quite depart.
• From "Spiritual Songs," a most admirable volume of original Hymns, by J. S. B. Mousell, LL.D.