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we may have been preserved from falling into those grosser violations of his law, which are, alas ! too common; but let us not, therefore, presume to call ourselves good, or to flatter ourselves that we stand in need of no repentance or amendment. We have all sufficient cause for self-abasement before Him who is of purer, eyes than to behold any evil without displeasure. Have we no pride, no vanity, no self-sufficiency to repent of? These are grievous sins in His sight, however lightly we may be disposed to estimate them. Can we say, with truth, that we are not lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God? Are we regular in our attendance on public worship, earnest and attentive in our devo. tions both in public and private? Are we strictly just in all our dealings, kind and forbearing towards our fellow-creatures, thankful and contented in our respective stations? In short, are we, to the best of our power, striving to promote the glory of God, and the happiness of those around us? If we are, then may we hope for the favour of the Almighty ourselves, and to become, in his hands, the humble instruments of good to others. But if, with the insensibility of Gallio, “ we care for none of these things;" or if, unhappily, we are ourselves walking, and leading others, in the ways of a corrupt world, let us stop short instantly; let us turn with heartfelt repentance, and earnest prayer, to the Lord our God, for he is merciful and long-suffering, slow to anger, and of great goodness. Our sphere of action may be limited, our station lowly, our attainments few. But let us not, therefore, idly and foolishly neglect to improve the one talent committed to our care! High or low, rich or poor, we are all equally accountable beings; and because much is not in our power, let us not then hastily conclude that our humble endeavours are beneath His ne tice, who is no respecter of persons," and
: Sin brings Misery. : 489 whose sight “ the effectual fervent prayer of a nighteous man availeth much.”
Let us then, all “ cease to do evil, and learn to do well.” Faithful is he that hath promised the enjoyment of all needful temporal blessings, to those who seek " first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.” Let us henceforward make it our chief study, under the all powerful influence of Divine grace, by patient continuance in well doing, to seek for glory, honour, and immortality; so may we cast all temporal cares on Him “ who careth for us :" so may we humbly hope that He who suffered not the barrel of meal to waste, nor the cruse of oil to fail, shall still watch over us for good. And may we, with filial confidence, securely trust that our land shall continue “ to bring forth her in. crease, and that God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing."
A. Z. August 10, 1825.
SIN BRINGS MISERY. To the Editor of the Cottager's Monthly Visitor.
· SIR, One of the many instances of the wretched consequences of seduction, and the misery it brings with it, was lately brought before the notice of the sitting magistrate, at Lambeth Street Office, John Hardwick, Esq.
Dinah Lazarus, a young female of the Jewish persuasion, and whose miserable appearance and wildness of manner denoted acute suffering, was brought up from the watch-house, whither she had been conveyed, the preceding evening, as a protection from the jeers of a number of mischievous boys, and to rescue her from the persecution which the
wretched but too often experience. The most lively interest was excited by her appearance, which if possible was increased by the manner in which she told the tale of her short but unhappy life.
The watchman stated, that on the preceding evening he saw the young woman followed by a crowd of boys, who were annoying and teasing ber in a variety of ways: she appeared strange in her manner; and, on his being desired by some of the inhabitants to take her for protection to the watchhouse, he bad done so.
On Mr. Hardwick requiring her to give some account of herself, she said, that she had resided with her mother, and that about twelve months since, she became acquainted with a young man of her own religion, named Barnett. From their first interview, he paid her great attention, succeeded in gaining her affections, and at last, under solemn promise of marriage, accomplished her ruin. Her mother on hearing of her daughter's disgrace, and that a child was likely to be born, became disturbed in her mind, and at last a perfect maniac, in which state she continues to the present moment. The poor victim herself, hearing of her mother's de. rangement, while she was weak in body, and broken in spirit, with a mind torn with bitter shame and remorse, became herself unsettled in her reason, and is now an outcast and a maniac. · When found in the street by the watchman, she had been to the house where ber mother lodged, but had not been permitted to see her; and that denial had excited her grief and anger, and had led to her apprehension. This account was confirmed by the owner of the house where the unfortunate mother lodges, who said the reason he denied the daughter entrance, was, that, at sight of her, the disorder of the mother becomes outrageous. · The worthy magistrate, and all present, felt most truly for the hapless and abandoned girl: he
Self-Examination. In ordered her to be taken good care of at the workhouse, till proper application could be made to her father; and, with his accustomed liberality, he contributed to her immediate wants.
The unhappy girl is not likely to be long a burden to any one, as she appears in the last stage of a rapid consumption.
This afflicting account speaks in strong language to the tempter and to the tempted. To the one it says, “ Think of the misery jou are inflicting.” To the other, “ Beware of the misery into which you may be brought.”
A SABBATH PICTURE. .
Did I my time and thoughts engage,
And did I, when the day was o'er,
Sent by E. M.
CLIFTON NATIONAL SCHOOL. SEVERAL of our Correspondents have favoured us with accounts of National Schools, and with Reports of their progress. Few subjects are more interesting ; but our difficolty has been to know from which to select such matter as might be the most interesting or useful. The following extracts are from several different Annual Reports of the Clifton National School, which we have reason to be. lieve is particularly well conducted.
“Let a person be early taught to peruse, and revere, and love the Scriptures, and he will see that the man who would persuade him to deny their truth, to scoff at their holy doctrines, or to despise their précepts, is his greatest enemy. He will see also that the same authority which enjoins him to fear God, no less imperatively requires him to honour his King, and to obey the laws of his country. Let'a person be taught from the Scriptures that patience under poverty and sufferings is alike bis duty and his interest, and he will then be convinced that those who would excite a spirit of rebellion and disaffection towards his Government, only propose that which will aggravate his present misery, and bring upon him the just displeasure of Almighty God,"
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