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255 per conduct had reduced her. The next day Harry prevailed upon his sister to join himn in trying to persuade Ellen to become his wife in a few weeks, At length, after much resistance, she gave her consent; in doing which, she was much influenced by the thought, that reflections might be cast upon her character owing to her sudden disappearance from the village.

How many, like Ellen Moore, have lamented over their thoughtless folly, which, however trifling it may appear, is often the first step to disgrace and ruin. Nothing but religious principles, which strengthen the weakest Christians, can prevent our falling an easy prey to the temptations of a too alluring world.-Guarded even by these, the Christian will, sometimes, feel a painful sense of weakness; but he will then seek more earnestly the aid of that Almighty arm which is ever ready to succour and defend him.

Ellen had, in some measure, relieved the anxiety of her parents, by writing to them, to say that she was married, and in London ; but she could tell them nothing which could give them pleasure in thinking of their once dutiful and happy child.

Harry soon found that it was not so easy to obtain constant employment as he had expected. He was not idle, but work was not always to be had ; and, without it, he had no means of supporting his wife, whose health began to decline very fast. Harry was not now the gay companion he had been a few months since ;-his temper was soured by constant vexation and disappointment, and by the reflection that he was the cause of all their unhap. piness.

Unaided by religious principles, Harry Barton could not sustain the pressure of calamity. To drive away care, he was often out; and he got into bad company. In a fit of despair, he was prevailed upon, by some foolish companions, to join in a wild

scheme, which took him out to sea, and he was never heard of more..

The unhappy Ellen, with difficulty, procured a few shillings to enable her to return to C , for she was too ill to undertake the journey on foot.

Surprise and joy at Ellen's unexpected return, were the first feelings of Mr. and Mrs. Moore ; but these were quickly succeeded by grief, when they observed her altered appearance. She had left them in full health and spirits ; she was now pale and wan-a sad picture of suffering and want, All her misconduct was forgotten, in the anxiety of her parents to raise her spirits, and suggest means for her recovery. Again and again they intreated her to take comfort;-but all their efforts were fruitless ; and she had not been at home many weeks before they lost all hope of her recovery.

At Ellen's urgent request, Mr. Harrison, the clergyman of the parish was sent for ; all the circumstances of her history were well known to him ; and he rejoiced in the opportunity now afforded him, of leading back one wanderer to the fold of the heavenly Shepherd.

Mr. Harrison, observing that she was deeply depressed under a sense of sinfulness, scrupled not to read to her the most encouraging promises of Scripture; whose power to console and cheer the heart, can only be felt by those who are 6 weary and heavy laden" with the burden of iniquity. .

She became daily more anxious, that all whom she loved should feel the influence of religious principles : she exhorted her young friends to take warning by her example,—to shun those scenes of folly and wickedness which had been the ruin of so many; not to neglect the advice of their parents, and to form no connections with any who lived unmindful of the God who made them, and of the Saviour who died to redeem them.

Upon many, the sight of Ellen's sufferings

Horné-Locke. . . 257 and penitence made a lasting impression ; others listened to her, but soon forgot all she said.

Ellen's mother and sister nursed her with the greatest tenderness, for several months; the severity of the winter tried her very much, and she died early in the spring ;--deeply penitent for all her errors, and trusting in the all-sufficient merits of her Saviour for pardon and acceptance.

The following Sunday Mr. Harrison particularly addressed himself to the younger part of his congregation ; and when he spoke of the temptations to which they were exposed,the necessity of religious principles to guard them,—and the uncer. tainty of life, every person present thought of Ellen Moore.

EXTRACT FROM BISHOP HORNE. The example of Cornelius, the Centurion in the Gospel, shews us that God has his faithful servants in all places, and in all conditions, even in those in which we would least expect to find them. The profession of a soldier is generally thought to be very unfavourable to religion; but, undoubtedly, true religion never appears to greater advantage than it does in that character; and it pleased God in the instance of Cornelius, to accept a person of a military profession, as the first fruits of the Gentile world.

FROM LOCKE. Let us study the Holy Scriptures, especially the New Testament. Therein are contained the words of eternal life. It has God for its author-salvation for its end—and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.

FROM BISHOP BEVERIDGE.

I BELIEVE there is a world of misery fo:' unrepenting sinners, and a world of glory for believing saints.

Do thou, O my God, keep me stedfast in this faith, and give me grace so to fit and prepare myself to appear before thee, in the white robes of purity and holiness, in another world, that whenever my dissolution comes, I may cheerfully resign my spirit into the hands of my Creator and Redeemer; and from this crazy house of clay, take my flight into the mansions of glory; where Christ sits at the right hand of God; and with the joyful choir of saints and angels, and the blessed spirits of just men made perfect, chaunt forth thy praises to all eternity. Amen, .. .

A THOUGHT ON THE SEA SIDE.

In every object here I see
Something, O Lord, that leads to Thee.
Firm as the rocks thy promise stands,
Thy mercies countless as the sands;
Thy Love a sea immensely wide,
Thy Grace an ever-flowing tide.

In every object here I see
Something, my heart, that points at Thee.
Hard as the rocks that bound the strand,
Unfruitful as the barren sand ;
Deep and deceitful as the ocean,
Apd, like the tides, in constant motion,

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To the Editor of the Cottager's Monthly Visitor.

SIR, I met with the following Reflections a short time since, and thinking it likely you may not have seen them, I have sent you a copy. I shall be glad if you think them worthy a place in your 6 Cottager's Monthly Visitor.” The subject is one of such vast importance, that, in my humble judgment, a single line even which would lead us to “reflect” on our "everlasting" state, should be made known as much as possible. These lines may perhaps arrest the attention of some one of your Readers, who, as yet, has never seriously considered that we are all rapidly advancing towards an “everlasting” king. dom, where we shall be either eternally happy or eternally miserable. Should this be the case, my design in sending them to you, will be fully answered, and I shall rejoice in thus becoming the humble instrument of turning a fellow-sinner from the “ error of his ways; '--for I imagine, that he who is really convinced of how much is implied in that single word “eternity” will not blindly continue in the “ broad way" that leadeth to everlasting misery. I remain, Sir, your very obedient servant,

CAM. - House, April 2, 1825..

" Reflect, as far as the human intellect is capable of being strained,-oh! reflect upon how much is implied in that one word everlasting! The world, with all that it contains, hath its appointed termiination. The most solid fabrics of human greatness decline in their turn under the wasting hand of tine. Nations and empires are swept away by the

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