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ANECDOTES, FACTS, AND APHORISMS.
THE CONVERTED CAFFRE. 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
CONFIDE IN GOD. 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
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 accusers. 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. out, 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 po 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
profess Christianity, because many disout of the field. He felt that his wound
| honour the profession; we do not want was mortal-that life was quickly ebb
to be hypocrites; we are candid men." ing away—and he said to his comrades
" And so," said the eloquent preacher, who were carrying him,"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
distinguished lawyer in the city was led dying."
by this pointed rebuke to renounce the They then put him down, and returned to the field. A 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 IIYMN 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 more.
A Happy, happy Christmas ! and | We heard them in our childhood, when
With spirits light and gay,
Could erer pass away;
Have sober'd many a heart; A something 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 criginal Hymns, by J. S. B. Mousell, LL.D.
Nor ever shall-if, Christian like, | As stars their light, and mists their shade, We count the rolling years,
Lie down before tho day; Not as removing joys from us,
So joys and griefs of earth, in Heaven's But sins, and cares, and tears;
Calm sunshine, fade away. And upward, onward bearing us
To that bright land, and blest, Where the wicked cease from troubling. My soul! wouldst thou, with happiness.
The opening year begin? The weary are at rest!
Come kneel by Jesus' cradle-bed,
And count the cost of sin ! No year can open gloomily
His tears were wept to dry thine eyes, For him whose heart doth yearn, His grief was for thy gain ; Above all hopes and cares on earth, The octave of thy song of joy, To see his Lord's return.
Was His first cry of pain,
“From a love of experimenting on hu- field, has been crowned with laurels. This manity, and in some cases, from a deep chieftainship among the tribes has drawn disaffection to the Divine law and order its dark lines and written its scenes of of things, men have sought to rupture blood on the page of British history. the family compact, and to some extent The domestic relationship is productive have succeeded in loosening the most en- of evil, as well as good. It is favourable dearing and delightful relationships of for the growth of wickedness. Tares life. But violated law has inflicted its will ripen luxuriantly in it, as well as penalty, as it always will do, on so wanton wheat. and daring a doing. The framework of “What myriads of families there are government has been shaken, the solidity on this green carth, and also in our own of society has given way, and disorder, much loved isle, without hope and withlawlessness, and tyranny, have held sway out God! The household, where God's for a season, under the pretence of pro- law and God's authority are banished moting equality, fraternity, and freedom. where no Divine oracle has ever been Liberty without law, is no liberty, but a consulted-where no altar has ever been wicked national licentiousness, profitable built--and where no sacrifice of prayer to no one, but perilous to all.
has ever been offered, are the tabernacles “ The family constitution has often of the wicked. They are not homes, but been perverted, and has been the nursery hiding-places of the unrighteous. Each of unrighteousness. It has been power- is a congregation of evil doers;' and, ful for a time for the resistance of right, like the dark places of the earth, they and for the oppression of the weak. It are frequently the habitations of has taken the shape of clanship, where cruelty.' the members of one large family hare “With another state of things we have measured their strength in deadly strife, to do. The family compact, from its deep with a neighbouring family. In this native relationships, and from its tender warfare the man with the strongest arm intimate associations, has a fitness for and with the boldest front in the battle- great good. Perhaps a really deep-toned
• Family Godliness. By the Rev. James vigorous piety can only be reared under Gregory. Snow, Paternoster-row.
| healthy home influences. The natural
affections of parents and children, are the with much that is youthful and gladchannels for the conveyance of these to some; but may this be tempered and all the members of a household. They controlled by the life of God in the soul, are the great arteries that lie near the and be all the more blissful from having heart of humanity, and to handle them | its roots in a true household piety. Let roughly and rudely, is to interfere with us have, where it is possible to have it, healthy family action; but to use them grace, beauty, poetry, music, and what. wisely, and to cherish them assiduously, is ever is softening and refining in influence, essential to a godly domestic economy. throwing a halo of light and blessedness Acts of kindness are longer remembered, and joy about the hearth and home; but than acts of teaching and reproving. The underlying all this, and pervading all young mind, too, is susceptible of right this, may we have a godly Christlikeimpressions. There is a moulding age in life. Let us in our dwellings daily draw all our households, a spring-time of life, near to the 'fount of light and life,' till when character is either marred or made. they are pervaded with a rich evangelical *For a child is in a new world, and element—the oxygen of the Christian learneth somewhat every moment. His atmosphere, which is able to save the eye is quick to observe, his memory soul. storeth in secret, his ear is greedy of “The absence of this tone of piety in knowledge, and his mind is plastic as our professedly religious households, is a soft wax.' The household rule is a go-matter of sore lamentation. Domestic vernment, whose prevailing law should piety is, we fear, rather waning than be the law of love ; but to make this rule waxing. The streams of our Christianity what it ought to be, requires practical are multiplied and broadened, but we wisdom, and thorough earnestness. have not, as formerly, a deep, strong, Where these have been obtained, family rushing current. management has not been a barren enter- “A system of training which does not prise, but like the diligent wise working insist on this as one of its first things, is of a mine, rewarding the worker with not sound. Good books are good things. rich treasure; or, as the skilful cultiva- Good company is a good thing. Good tion of a field yielding its appointed crop. preaching is a good thing. Good counsels Truth is imperishable, and if we sow it are good things. But these can never bountifully, we shall reap also bounti- stand in the place of Bible teaching. fully,
Gospel truth is manna to the hungry soul "If Christian families have ever been -milk for babes in Christ-food for chilthe spring-head of benevolent and holy dren-strong meat for young men. It is influences-if it is here that the dews of the life-blood of our faith, and the staff of heaven are first imbibed and collected our spiritual being. A home without a if here the refreshing waters of pure and Bible is a house without furniture—the undefiled religion commence their earliest ark without the covenant-a vessel withflow-if in the bosom of such families, we out rudder and compass-a field unfenced. have the first settings of earnest thought, The Times newspaper says, 'We question and the buddings of manly piety, and the if any person, of any class or school, best form of holy fellowship, it behoves ever read the Scriptures regularly and thous to look well to the ways of our house- roughly without being, or becoming, not hold. We plead for a real spiritual life only religious, but sensible and consisin our homes. Let us have all that is tent. Scriptural instruction is too much manly in action, useful in life, solid in undervalued, and therefore not urgently principle, in worth, in character, but all and faithfully plied. This is not a quospringing from a deep inward religious tation, but an editorial opinion; and a life. Let us have the joyousness of child-striking admission from the greatest organ hood in our homes, innocent glee and of public sentiment in the civilized world. mirth, parents partaking in the loud "The newspaper well written, with its laugh, and welling up in full sympathy bold manly comments on men and things,