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Word were unfolded to her, and cared for my soul.” The responsiprayer was offered,-how earnest those bility which rests upon the church alone can tell who have knelt at the is great ; to a certain extent she is deathbed of a seeking sinner. Mon- answerable for the souls of the people day and Taesday passed, but still she around her. Death is active in the prayed. Life ebbed slowly, yet the lanes, alleys, garrets, cellars of our same supplication rose every minute large towns and cities. The agency from that broken, bleeding heart; put forth to gladden these homes of and the last words that escaped her distress and sorrow with the light of lips, at one o'clock, on Wednesday truth is yet feeble and insufficient. morning, when the silver cord was Souls are perishing for lack of knowloosed, were,

" Jesus, Thou Son of ledge. Our brothers and sisters are David, have mercy on me.”

suffering the thousand ills of life, Reader, would you know the his- without one mitigating comfort; dying tory of her life? It can be told in with no kind hand to smooth their few words. Like tens of thousands pillow, no voice of prayer pleading for in this land of ours, her life had been them before God. Who can calculate a life of shame; and yet some feeble the good that might be done if everyrays of brightness lingered,—the me- one of God's people felt the burden of mories of the past. She remembered souls; if the love of Christ constrained the Sabbath-school, where she learned them to go into the places where igthe lessons of Christ's love ; and when norance fosters every evil, and preach the first verse of the hymn was given salvation in His name. If everyone out that Sabbath evening, she started who loves the Lord Jesus felt it his up in bed, and listened, until she or her duty to become a " Home Misheard that verse which strikes a chord sionary” in their own neighbourhood, in every heart,

many might be the instances of hopeful " Jesus! the Name that charms our fears,

death-beds such as now recorded, and That bids our sorrows cease;.

fewer those of hopeless misery, and 'Tis music in the sinner's ears,

deepest gloom, which daily take place 'Tis life, and health, and peace :"- around us.

P. N. A. when she buried her face in her hands, fell back upon her pillow, weeping bit

RULE FOR THE TONGUE. terly; and, for the first time since her "In a mixed conversation,” said fall, uttered the prayer of blind Bar- John Newton," it is a good rule to timæus ; and have we not every reason say nothing, without a just cause, to to hope her prayer was heard. the disadvantage of others.” The

This case is but a type of many. same writer says in another place: “I Death every day lays his icy hand upon was once in a large company where the poor and wretched. But, alas!

very severe things were spoken of is it not too true, that, in the vast Mr. W- ; when one person seasonmajority of cases, they die with no ably observed that, though the Lord friendly voice to direct them to their was pleased to effect conversion and only hope, Christ Jesus. Darkness is edification by a variety of means, he about their death-beds, and they pass had never known anybody convinced away into God's presence to answer of error by what was said of him for a life of sin. Let those who bear behind his back. This was about the name of Christians tremble lest in thirteen years ago, and it has been on the great and terrible day of the Lord my mind as a useful hint ever since." those who have lived at their very Yes, verily, an excellent rule, and doors shall stand up, and with all the one that ought to be taken much more eloquence of despair, cry, "No man striotly than it commonly is. We

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NEARING HOME. <SCRIPTURE SCENES. would even extend it to the case of have their eyes but half opened, seeing personal defects, whether in appear- men as trees walking; others walk in the ance or manners; so that we should meridian effulgence of the sun. Conversion say nothing of others that we would turns the eyes of the soul Christward. not have said of ourselves. Almost

“He that followeth Me shall not walk in everyone is annoyed by, the thought darkness

, but shall have the light of life.”

Flowers turn the face of their hearts that his neighbours are making un

heavenward. "Thus“uplifted and open, the favourable comments upon his person,

sun shines down into their inmost being; or upon the minor defects of his life,

the dew gently distils' into their leaves and when it is so evident that no possible hearts' core, until its drops gather on their good can come of it.

Here is an

petals and leaves like glistening pearls, instinct of our nature, and did we love reflecting the colours of the rainbow. For our neighbour as ourselves, it would a flower to turn its face earthward, is unsave us from many speeches that natural and ruinous; for its petals thus may do harm to the reputation and form a roof, to keep out of its heart rain, influence of worthy people; and which dew, and sunlight. by no possibility can be of any service to the world. · It may be fit, that we

NEARING HOME. ould speak of vices and crimes, as

(ROMANS XII. 11.) they deserve : it, may be a duty to speak to a friend or a neighbour of

One sweetly solemn thought some serious fault in his life;

Comes to me o'er and o'er,but to remark of Miss A. that she is

I am nearer home to-day,

Than I have ever been before. homely, or of Mr. B. that he is awkward in his manner, though it may be

Nearer my Father's house, quite true, and though the harm done

Where the many mansions be;

Nearer the great white throne; may be slight, and the sin scarcely

Nearer the crystal sea. appreciable, yet, 48. no one relishes this treatment for himself, no one,

Nearer the bound of life, without special reasons, should apply

Where we lay our þurdens down; it to others. Give us the 'golden

Nearer leaving the cross,

Nearer wearing the crown. rule,” in all its length and breadth. A little more care in the practice of it But lying darkly between, would be no loss in any community,

Winding down through the night, but an acceptable good.

Is the deep and unknown stream,

That leads' at last to the light.

Jesus, perfect my trust,
FLOWERS AND FAITH.' Strengthen the hand of my faith;
The vital instinct of flowers ' corres-

Let me feel Thee near when I stand
ponds to some characteristics of faith. On the edge of the shore of death.
They seek the light. Put a flower-pot on Feel Thee near when my
your parlour window,' and its flowers will

Are slipping over the brink; invariably turn toward the light without.

For it may be I'm nearer home, No matter how often you change the posi

Nearer now than I think. tion of the plant, the, flowers will always turn towards the window. Faith and piety seek the light ; sin seeks darkness. Some “love darkness rather than light, because 1. Scripture Scenes. their deeds are evil.” Put a plant in a dark room, with but a single ray of light penetrating through some crevice in the shutter,

HEBRON. and it will turn towards the place where This city of Judah was situated among it enters. Different persons enjoy different the mountains, (Josh. xx. 7,) twenty degrees of spiritual illumination. Some Roman miles south of Jerusalem, and the

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It was built, says Moses, “seven years but, in A.D. 1167, it was made the seat of before Zoan in Egypt.” (Num. xiii. 22.) a Latin Bishopric. In 1187 it reverted to But when was Zoan built? It is well we the Moslems, and has ever since remained can prove the high antiquity of Hebron, in their hands. independently of the mystic annals of Hebron now contains about five thouEgypt. We know that it was a well- sand inhabitants, of whom some fifty known town when Abraham entered families are Jews. It is picturesquely Canaan three thousand seven hundred and

situated in a narrow valley, surrounded by eighty years ago. (Gen. xiii. 18.) Its rocky hills. This, in all probability, is that original name was Kirjath-Arba, that is, "valley of Eshcol,” whence the Jewish the city of Arba ; so called from Arba, spies got the great bunch of grapes. the father of Anak, and the progenitor of (Num. xiii. 23.) Its sides are still clothed the giant Anakim. (Joshua xxi. 11; xv. with luxuriant vineyards, and its grapes 13, 14.) It was sometimes called Mamre, are considered the finest in Southern doubtless from Abraham's friend and ally, Palestine. Groves of grey olives, and Mamre the Amorite; (Gen. xxiii. 19; some other fruit-trees, give variety to the xxxv. 27;) but the “oak of Mamre,” scene. The valley runs from north to south; where the Patriarch so often pitched his and the main quarter of the town, surtent, appears to have been not in, but mounted by the lofty walls of the venernear, Hebron.

able Haram, lies partly on the eastern The chief interest of fiebron arises from slope. (Gen. xxxvii. 14; compare xxïü. 19.) its having been the scene of some of the The houses are all of stone, well and submost remarkable events in the lives of the stantially built, flat-roofed, each having Patriarchs.

one or two small cupolas. The town has no Sarah died at Hebron; and Abraham walls, but the main streets opening on the then bought from Ephron the Hittite, principal roads have gates. In the bottom the field and cave of Machpelah, to serve of the valley, south of the town, is a large as a family tomb. (Gen. xxiii. 2—20.) The tank, one bundred and thirty feet square, cave is still there ; and the massive walls by fifty deep; the sides are solidly built of the Haram, or mosque, within which with hewn stones. At the northern end of it lies, form the most remarkable object in the principal quarter is another, measuring the whole city. Abraham is called by eighty-five feet long, by fifty-five broad. Mohammedans, el Khulil, “the Friend," Both are of high antiquity; and one of i.e., of God; and this is the modern name them, probably the former, is that over of Hebron.

which David hanged the murderers of When the Israelites entered Palestine, Ishbosheth. (2 Sam. it. 12.) About a Hebron was taken by Joshua from the mile from the town, up the valley, is one descendants of Anak, and given to Caleb. of the largest oak-trees in Palestine. It (Joshua x. 36; xiv. 6–15; xv. 13, 14.) stands quite alone in the midst of the It was assigned to the Levites, and made vineyards. It is twenty-three feet in “a city of refuge.” (Joshua xxi. 11–13.) girth, and its branches cover a space

Here David first established the seat of ninety feet in diameter. This, say some, his government, and dwelt during the is the very tree beneath which Abraham seven years and a half he reigned over pitched his tent; but, however this may Judah. (2 Sam. v. 5.)

be, it still bears the name of the Patriarch. Hebron was rebuilt after the captivity; There is another Hebron mentioned in but it soon fell into the hands of the Edom. Josh. xix. 28, one of the towns in the ites, from whom it was rescued by Judas territory of Asher, on the boundary of the Maccabæus. (Neh. xi. 25.) A short time tribe. But in the original the name of before the capture of Jerusalem, Hebron this town is quite different from that of was burned by an officer of Vespasian. Hebron; as our translators in this case, About the beginning of the Twelfth as in some others, have employed H Century it was captured by the Crusaders. where they should have used G, or reIt subsequently lay for a time in ruins; tained only the vowel.

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JOHN ELIOT.

world. He spake to them of the blessed BY THE REV. GEORGE MAUNDER.

state of all those who believe in Christ,

and know Him feelingly. He spake to (Continued from page 317.)

them also, observing his own method, as On the 28th of October, 1646, Mr. he saw most fit, to edify them, concerning Eliot, in company with three friends, the creation and the fall of man, the started on his Indian Mission. His first greatness of God, the joys of heaven, and Bermon to the Indians was preached at a the horrors of hell; and urging them to place about four miles from Roxbury. repentance for several known sins wherein The account of this first Christian service they live. On many things of the like among these sons of the forest, is thus nature he discoursed; not meddling with given by the Missionary himself.

matters more difficult, until they had “ Being all assembled, we began with tasted more plain and familiar truths. prayer, which now was in English, we 'Having thus, in a set discourse, famibeing not so far acquainted with the liarly opened the principal matters of Indian language as to express our hearts salvation to them, we next proposed therein before God or them. We hope to certain questions, to see what they would be able to do this ere long; the Indians say to them; that so we might screw, by desiring it, that they also may know how a variety of means, something or other of to pray: but we begun thus in a tongue God into them. But, before we did this, unknown to them, partly to let them we asked them if they understood all that know that the duty of prayer was serious which was already spoken; and whether and sacred, and partly for our own sakes, all of them in the wigwam did underthat we might more fully agree together stand, or only some few! They answered in the same request and heart-sorrows for to this question, with a multitude of them, even in that place where God was voices, that they all of them understood never wont to be called upon.

all that which was spoken to them. “When prayer was ended, it was an “ We then desired to know of them if affecting and yet glorious spectacle, to see they would propose any question to us for a company of perishing and forlorn out

the more clear understanding of what was casts diligently attending to the blessed delivered. Whereupon several of them word of salvation then delivered, and pro- propounded presently several questions, to fessing that they understood all that was which we think some special wisdom of then taught them in their own tongue. God directed them. For about an hour and a quarter the ser- “One asked, “How may we come to mon continued, wherein one of our com- . know Jesus Christ?' pany ran through all the principal matters We answered, that if they were able of religion, beginning first with a repeti- to read our Bible, the Book of God, tion of the Ten Commandments, and a brief therein they would see most clearly explication of them; then showing the who Jesus Christ was. But since they curse and dreadful wrath of God against could not yet read that book, we wished all those who break them, or any one of them to meditate on what they had now them, or the least tittle of them; and so heard out of God's book; and to do this applying the whole unto the condition of

much and often, both when they lay down the Indians then present, with much on their mats in their wigwa and affection. He then preached Jesus Christ when they rose up, and went alone into the to them, as the only means of recovery fields and woods, so God would teach them; from sin, and wrath, and eternal death. and especially if they used a third help, He explained to them who Christ was, which was prayer to God. We told them, and whither He was gone, and how He that although they could not make long will one day come again to judge the prayers, as we English could, yet if they did

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