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walk again without success, she went to her room, and prayed earnestly that somehow God would tell her what to do, and would help her. Soon she was called to supper, and while at the table heard the church. bells, and was told on inquiry that it was prayer-meeting night in several of the churches.

The thought struck her, that there was the place to look for a good family; and she went at once to the nearest church. Who can doubt that she was directed there ?

"WHAT IS THAT TO THEE ?”

WHEN I am called to die,
To yield my spirit to His sacred keeping,
To rest my body in the long, long sleeping,

I fain would not belie
My trust in Him who doeth all things well,
Whose will alone my every wish should quell.

I would not vainly choose
What road shall lead me up the holy mountain ;
What path conduct me to the crystal fountain ;

Nor willing be to lose
The guidance of the Hand that e'er has led
In ways I knew not, but with mercies spread.

If gentle be the call,
If faint and feeble be the distant warning,
Like dimmest daystreak of the early morning,

Tipping the pine trees tall,
And brighter growing till the red east shines
With fullest glory on the growing pines,-

How grateful should I feel !
That I might still behold my loved ones longer,
Might tarry till my timid faith grew stronger,

Might linger to reveal
The loves that buoyant life can ne'er unveil,
Like odours evening only can exhale.

If sudden be the stroke,
If all unheralded His solemn coming,
Like flash fast followed by the thunder's booming,

That scathes the skyward oak,
While pale with fear we hold our bated breath,
In awe of the swift messenger of death,-

How blest the favoured lot!
A lot to few departing spirits given-
Painless to pass from earth and sin to heaven :

Oh! surely it were not
Departure we should dread, at once to rise
On whirlwind pinions to the opening skies.

So I repose my trust;
And whether speedy messenger obeying,
Or waiting patiently my Lord's delaying

To summon me to rest,
On His dear love my willing trust would dwell;
He knoweth best; He doeth all things well.

PICKINGS FROM MY PORTFOLIO.

No. VII.

Then they are

There is a period at which meu when it slants even one degree, you ome to be strangely impressed see that the shadow creeps down ith the thought, “I am growing the other side, and grows longer Id." I suppose there is a year or and longer as it goes down. There wo in which all have the feeling- are many of you that have seen the may not be a painful one, but it is shadow run on the wrong side, and sad one; it is a tender, minor it is growing longer and longer. veling-"I have passed my youth; Your sun is going down towards

am never to be a boy again; I am the western horizon. Lever to be young any more; not

If a man has been accustomed to inly am I a man, but as a man I think of his life mainly as centred have signs and tokens of the failure or fixed here, it is not possible that of some parts of my organization.". he should not feel sadness at the

It is said of athletes, boxers, and indications of decaying powers, of prestlers, that they have a second limited accomplishments, of being wreath

. After they havegone through compelled to lay down his part of chat may

be said to be their first the duties of active life. But if he trength, there is a rallying of the feel that these things are working ystem; and then they are said to out for him “a far more exceeding ave come to their second breath. and eternal weight of glory” in the

on their second life that is to come, he can look reath they hold out a great while. upon them with composure, if not So it is with our thoughts in respect with cheerfulness. growing old. We have a sad We do not know what mountains, beling to get over, which arises rich with gold, are worth, till we from the consciousness that we are begin to dig; and the more we dig decoming aged; but after we have the more we become impressed with got over that feeling, they never its great value. So long as the gold feel old, though they are eighty is covered up, and locked in the years of

age. They come to their hard quartz, it is worthless. It is second breath in that regard ! Now, by blasting, by rending, by destroy.

you begin to have a consciousness ing, that the precious ore is brought that you are failing ? do you

find and made serviceable. Now, we that your feet grow heavier than carry in us that which is more they used to be ? Are there not precious than the ore, to obtain persons here that have some diffi- which we blast, and rend, and desculty about the years? Have you troy the rock. It is just this that never thought that persons talked the apostle thinks of when he says, less clearly than they used to ? “ We have this treasure in earthen

you not thought that people vessels.” We are like a casket did not pronounce their words as made earth, inside of which is

as you were taught to pro- preciousness, it may be of ointment, nounce yours in the school that or jewels, or something else. The attended? Does it not seem to you

real value consists in that which the that the spectacle makers are grow

casket contains. This body may be ing slack?

Are there no times shattered, the casket may be deswhen you feel that the shadow is troyed, and yet all that is valuable turned? All day long the sun goes

may remain. up, and and

then, whether the hair stands at flush noon-day; and then,

do

Have

plainly

you

up,
till at last it

Who cares,

be white or black? Who cares

up,

whether the eye be far-sighted or which can affect our fellowmen and near-sighted ?' Who cares whether society as well as about the ordinary the hearing be poor or good? Who cares of every-day life. It is the cares what becomes of the senses ! blessed will of Him who knows and This is not my whole life. This governs all, that we should never body is not my only heritage. I go permit an over-anxious spirit at any to that bright land where the im- time to oppress us, but rather that mortal part shines up and on for at all times, and in all circumstances, ever and ever. And this considera

the peace of God should keep our tion takes away the sadness occa- mind and heart through Jesus sioned by the consciousness of the Christ. Can it be that such a privi: failure of the earthly faculties.- lege as this is freely bestowed on Henry Ward Beecher.

careworn, anxious men ? and if so,

can it be that we shall not seek to WHILE we live in the body, entire possess what is promised in the freedom from the burden of care is word of God, “who cannot lie"? It not to be obtained; and though such seems, indeed, impossiblethat mortal freedom may be coveted by the man should ever be able to enjoy so selfish, it cannot, in the nature of blessed a boon. And man by his things, be desired or possessed by unaided power could never do so. the loving; for care is but the But what is impossible for man is thoughtfulness of love seeking the possible for God. It is God only well-being of its object in the midst who can give His own peace, and of evil or of danger which it feels sustain it in the heart.Dr. Norman powerless to avert.

Macleod. God our Father does not forbid care, but carefulness; does not for- MINISTERS have often occasion to bid us to be anxious, but to be over- regret the change which takes place anxious. He who invites us to among their hearers when they are “cast our care on Him, for He careth dismissed from the house of prayer. for us," thereby sanctions care in Many who appear deeply impressed us, while He relieves it by assuring with the word of God and the us of the reality of His own care for solemnities of His worship, become,

What our Father commands is : as soon as these are ended, frivolous “Be careful for nothing”—that is, and careless ;

their conversation is be not careful or over-anxious about unprofitable,' their manner light

, anything "but in everything, by and their general deportment so prayerand supplication, with thanks- inconsistent as to excite an appregiving, let your requests be made hension in the mind of their pastor; known unto God." And what He that, so far as they are concerned, promises is : "The peace of God, he has “laboured in vain, and spent which passeth all understanding, his strength for naught. If it be shall keep your hearts and minds required to observe decency and through Jesus Christ."

order while we are in the sanctuary, These words, which express the

engaged in its important work, will of God as it is everywhere surely it is needful that somewhat revealed in Christ Jesus, and in all like these

should be discernible in He has commanded and promised, the manner of our retiring from forbid over-anxiety about anything, that holy place and employment; whatever that may be. They exclude, this should not resemble that of a therefore, over-anxious thoughts about spiritual as well as temporal just quitted scenes of fashionable

gay, tumultuous throng, who have things, about the soul as about the dissipation or public entertainment

. body, about the highest interests Whoever desires to obtain permanent

us.

lvantage by the public celebration It is almost frightful, and altoreligious ordinances, must retire gether humiliating, to think how om them with a serious mind to much there is in the common onhe performance of private duties; going of domestic and social life, nd, above all things, endeavour to which deserves nothing but to be reserye a lasting remembrance of instantly and for ever forgotten. hat which has been spoken unto Yet it is equally amazing how large im by the word of the Lord. Is a class seem to have no other busibis our practice? Do we retire ness but to repeat and perpetuate rom the temple to secret meditation these very things. That is the nd prayer in our closet! The Lord vocation of gossips--an order of nable us to do this.-Rev. Henry society that perpetrates more misDraper.

chief than all the combined plagues of Egypt together. You may

have STRENGTH OF CHARACTER consists of noticed how many speeches there two things-power of will, and power are which become mischievous by of self-restraint. It requires two being heard a second time; and things, therefore-strong feelings, what an army of both sexes are and strong command over them. sworn to see to it, that the fatal Now, it is here we make a great mis- repetition shall be had. Blessed is take; we mistake strong feelings for that man or woman that can let strong character. A man who bears drop all the burrs and thistles, inall before him-before whose frown stead of picking them up and fastdomestics tremble and the children ening them to the next passenger, quake, because he has his will Would we only let the vexing and obeyed, and his own way in all malicious sayings die, how fast the things—we call him a strong man:

lacerated and scandal-ridden world the truth is, that is the weak man; would get healed and tranquillized! it is his passions that are strong; -Huntington. he that is mastered by them is weak. You must measure the strength of FEAR not, thou that longest to be a man by the power of the feelings at home. A few steps more and he subdues, not by the power of thou art there. Death to God's those which subdue him.

And people is but a ferry-boat. Every hence composure is very often the day and every hour the boat pushes highest result of strength.

off with some of the saints, and Did we never see a man receive a returns for more. Soon, O believer, flagrant insult, only growing a little it will be said to thee, as it was to pale

, and then reply quietly? This her in the Gospel, “ The Master is is a man spiritually strong. Or, come,

and calleth for thee." When did we never see a man in anguish you are got to the boundary of your stand, as if carved out of solid rock, race below, and stand on the verge mastering himself? Or, one bear- of heaven and the confines of iming a hopeless, daily trial, remaining mortality, then there will be nothing silent, and never tell the world but the short valley of death bewhat cankered his home peace ?

tween you and the promised land; That is strength! He who, with the labours of your pilgrimage will strong passions, remains chaste; then be on the point of conclusion, who, keenly sensitive, with manly and

you will have nothing to do but powers of indignation in him, can to entreat God, as Moses did, “I be provoked, and yet restrain him- pray Thee, let me go over and see self

, and forgive, these are the the good land that is beyond Jordan, strong men, the spiritual heroes. that goodly mountain, and Lebanon."

-Toplady.

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Rev. F. W. Robertson.

NEWS OF THE CHURCHES.

THE Baptist Chapel at Parkend, Rev. E. E. Walter, of the sam Gloucestershire, has been reopened college, to Soho Street, Liverpool after alterations and improvements. the Rev. J. Billington, of Pinne -The foundation stone of a new Middlesex, to Potter Street, Harlo chapel has been laid at Hyde, Essex; the Rev. Dr. Hillier, of th Cheshire, for the pastorate of the Tabernacle, South Shields, to Ridg Rev. G. Hughes. -À new and very mount, Beds; the Rev. J. Hier, handsome chapel has been opened Swindon, to Lifton, Devon; the Rer in Moss-lane East, Manchester, for J. T. Owers, of Loscoe, to Burton the ministry of the Rev. R. Chenery. on-Trent; the Rev. J. Mursell, of --The foundation-stone of a new Hallfield Chapel, Bradford, te chapel has been laid in York Road, Bewick Street, Newcastle-on-Tyne Leeds, for the ministry of the Rev. After nearly fifty years spent in the J. Compston. The foundation-stone ministry, more than seventeen o of a new chapel has been laid at which he has been the pastor of the Addlestone, near Weybridge, for church at Winchcombe, Gloucester the ministry of the Rev. E. Leach. shire, the Rev. R. Grace has re -The foundation-stone of a new signed his pastorate. The Rev. W chapel has been laid at Barrow-in. | Eddison has intimated his intention Furness, for the ministry of the to resign the pastorate of the church Rev. H. D. Brown.-A new taber- at Rishworth, Halifax. The Rev. R. nacle has been opened at Notting L. M'Dougall has resigned the pasHill, London, for the ministry of torate of the church in Mint Lane, Mr. Varley.-The chapel at South Lincoln. The Rev. S. Bool has reMolton, Devon, has been reopened, signed the pastorate of the church after thorough renovation and re- at Bovey Tracey, South Deron, and pair. A new chapel has been has gone to Nova Scotia. The Rev. opened at Prince's End, Tipton, C. Bright has resigned the pastorate Staffordshire.

at Church, Accrington. The Rev. J. G. Hall has

resigned the pastorate The Rev. J, Hanson has been re- of the Irwell Terrace Baptist Church, cognized as the pastor of the church Bacup, near Manchester. at Bingley, Yorkshire.-The Rev. W.T. Rosevear has been recognized We regret to announce the death as the pastor of the church at St. of the Rev. Hugh Anderson, of Michael's, Coventry, on his resettle- Edinburgh, formerly of Bratton, ment there.

Wilts; also of the Rer. B. J. Evans,

of Great Shelford, Cambs ; The following reports of MINISTER- the Rev. G. Kew, of Greshar IAL CHANGES have reached us since Chapel, Brixton. our last issue : -The Rey. S. Skingle, their labours, and their works de of the Metropolitan Tabernacle follow them." College, to Whitchurch, Hants; the

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