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Good Mothers. :
563 a torment to her child; but with such a sweetness as did incline him willingly to spend much of bis time in the company of his dear and careful mother."
* Wordsworth’s Eccl. Biog. Vol. 4.
DODDRIDGE. His parents brought him up in the early knowledge of religion before he could read. His mother taught him the history of the Old and New Testament, by the assistance of some Dutch tiles in the chimney of the room where they usually sat; and accompanied her instructions with such wise and pious instructions, as made strong and lasting impressions upon his heart.
I HOOKER His mother, especially, laid a foundation for his future happiness, by instilling into his soul the seeds of piety, those conscientious principles of loving and fearing God; :of an early belief that be kpows the secrets of our souls; that we should flee from hypocrisy, and appear to man what we are to God. These seeds of piety were so seasonably planted, and continually watered by the dew of God's blessed Spirit, that his infant virtues grew into such holy habits as did make him grow daily into more and more favour both with God and man ; wbich, with the great learning he did after attain to, 'hath made Richard Hooker honoured in thiş, and will continue to be so to succeeding generationst. Isaac Walton.
SIR WILLIAM JONES.. “ The care of the education of William now devolved on his mother, who, in many respects, was eminently qualified for the task. Her character, as given by her husband, is this: She was generous without extravagance : frugal, but not niggard ; cheerful, but not giddy; close, but not sullen ; of genius, but not conceited; of spirit, but not pas.
sionate; of her company cautious ; in her friend. ship trusty; to her parents dutiful; and to her hus. band, ever faithful, loving, and obedient.?".
Lord Teignmont's Life of Sir Wm. Jones.
LINES, . In reply to the question, " Whether the miseries of the world did not greatly exceed its blessings?"
(From a Newspaper.)
"Tis true the world with misery abounds; ..
ON THE UNCERTAINTY OF HUMAN JOYS:
Why dost thou pine for sordid gain,
Then, if thy wishes be for gain,
Why dost thou seek delusivo Famé,
*** We now see through a glass darkly."
The Lancashire Scholar. ".
If thy ambition pants for fame,
Why dost thou trust in Beauty ? say! i
Let virtue be thy constant care!
THE LANCASHIRE SCHOLAR. In many parts of England, some benevolent persons have opened schools for adults, that is grown up persons; but I have often found a great unwilling ness on the part of people who have passed the age of childhood, to be instructed as if they were children; they seem as if they thought it a disgrace to be learning their letters, when their children are, perhaps, doing the same ; forgetting that the fault is not their own, and that their offspring live in an age particularly blessed by universal education.
A few days ago, I met with a poor woman, whose persevering industry had got over all these difficula ties; and who had been able, for fifteen years, to read that sacred book, whose promises are particu. Jarly addressed to the lowly disciples of Christ.
Sarah was the daughter of a Lancashire sol. dier; and her husband served one-and-twenty years in the 1st Regiment of Guards. A few years after she married, when her husband was abroad, she resolved to learn to read. I shall give, as far as I can re. collect it, her own account of her progress...
" Nothing would serve me but I must go to school, like the rest : so to school I went; but I didn't get on much: su one day the master says to me, Sarah, it's of no use at all your thinking to learn to read, you'll make mo hand of it; you're always thinking about your husband, or your little Anne, or something or other:' so I gave it up. Well, some time after, I heard there was a school set up for grown up people y 80 I says to a playmate of mine, "Comë, let you and I put our names down;' so we went; and I was determined to do all I could to learn. They gave us words to spell, and lessons to get off at a night. Hours and hours have I sat up, trying to make out my husband's letters, and to spell the Psalms they gave out at Church. Never shall I forget the trouble I had with some of the long hard words; I could not spell them at any rate; however, I went on, 'til I learned hows; and now I can manage them pretty well."
Thus was the patient industry of this simple .hearted Christian; rewarded." In her days of health and comfort, she may be less alive to the value of what she has gained; but in the hours of loneli: ness and sorrow, the words of Scripture, which she cab, and does, now read, will speak peace to ber soul, She may also be the humble instrument of pointing out the right way to a fellow-pilgrim; and in the hour of death;" she will not have to learn: what she must do to be saved." ;
IoTA. London, Oet. 19, 1825.
SELECTIONS FROM DIFFÉRENT AUTHORS. * We have need to watch and pray always, and more especially at those times when our spiritual enemies seem to be at peace with us. When we are blessed
Selections from different Authors. 667 with the light of God's countenance, and brave power over the sin which most easily besets us, we are very apt to be off our guard; and, by being secure, we lay ourselves open to danger from that grand tempter who is always watching over us for evil; and, if we do not take care to keep the loving eye of our mind constantly fixed on that God who is always, watching over us for good, we must fall, Here all our strength lies; but God will not give us this strength, unless we carefully and continually seek it.-Lefeyre's Letters, No. 44.
· The nearer the soul is to the image of Christ, the 'more it will love him, and the more it will be loved by him, and by the Father through him; and this love is the highest felicity both of saints and angels, Imperfect (in degree) as it is here below, the soul that knows it would not change it for all that earth or heaven'could give. And what then must it be above, in the kingdom of eternal glory, where the soul,, delivered from this earthly clog, will have no hindrances or obstructions to the pure love of God, but will be wholly swallowed up in it?.
The same, No. 45. Life is short. We have a great work to do, and God only knows how few of those hours, which are ever on the wing, may be given us to do it in. Therefore lose not a moment. Remember, a Christian cannot stand still ; he must go either forwards or backwards; and, if you have not made some advances towards heaven since the clock struck last, you have gone back towards the contrary, road.
The same, No: 47. · Men fancy that they can manage their sins with secrecy; but they carry about them a book written by God's. finger, their conscience bearing witness to all their actions. But sinners, being often de. tected, and accused, grow crafty at last, and, to