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anxious now to receive every means of grace, and to glorify Him who had “called him out of darkness into His marvellous light.” Surely this was the “eagerness” that characterizes the fight of the "doves to their windows;” and that showed itself in the entreaties of those of old, who were the objects of our Saviour's miracles.
As soon as the opportunity presented itself, he was confirmed, and immediately received the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. He was much blessed in its reception, and resolved to communicate regularly. Having reached manhood, the subject of this little account was regarded with respect as a humble and consistent Christian. His ardent love found a channel in his successful exertions as a Sunday-school Teacher, in which office he was most devoted, remembering with glowing gratitude the effects of the piety of a little child, so simply and unobtrusively practised. Many have been much benefited in various ways by this Christian man, as, I believe, must be the case with every Christian, called as he is, by Infinite Wisdom, the “salt of the earth.”
“Who hath despised the day of small things?"
May this little recital afford encouragement to others as well as to myself, who may be labouring and seeing no fruit yet of their poor yet anxious endeavours. With much respect, dear Sir, I am yours sincerely,
A SUNDAY-SCHOOL TEACHER.
THE PRACTICAL ILLUSTRATION OF
Rev Sir,-Will you allow me to introduce to your notice the propriety of Teachers practically illustrating the metaphors of Scripture to the little ones committed to their charge? It would probably surprise Teachers to find the ignorance manifested by their children on asking them why God is called a “ Sun and Shield,” or how it is possible for God to be a “Wall of Fire,”', &c., and yet they would experience great delight in explaining such passages of Scripture to their children, especially when they saw, as I have seen, the intense interest and pleasure which such explanations excite in the youthful mind, and the developement of mind occasioned thereby. And what would you expect to see? That they would be slain by the arrows of the enemy. And yet, dear children, we are all prone to do this- our wicked hearts would lead us to go forth against our great enemy, the devil, and our own evil passions, without God as our Shield—and if we do so, what will become of us? We shall be pierced and slain by the fiery darts of the wicked.
“Then, dear children, let us, like David, take God as our Sun and Shield, and know, assuredly, that we cannot do without him as such to us: then, and then only, shall we be happy and safe here, and shall be led safely to that blessed state where we shall enjoy the complete freshness of that grace and glory which he has promised to them who love him.”
NOTICES OF BOOKS.
The Church Visible in all ages. By CHARLOTTE ELIZA
BETH. 18mo. pp. 174. London: Seeley, Burnside,
and Seeley. We hope this little but important work will find many a youthful reader. It is unnecessary, to those who know its excellent Authoress, to say that it is imbued with intensely Protestant feeling, and what is even better, with clear Scriptural truth. May its perusal lead to the deci. sion with which it concludes: “Henceforth, I regard nothing as the Church of Christ which does not broadly and openly bear the marks of discipleship set forth in the oracles of God; and neither the multitude, the splendour, nor the authority of any body of men shall induce me to acknowledge them as the Church of the Lord, unless I perceive that the Spirit of the Lord is there." Redemption in Israel: or, Narratives of Conversions among the Jews.
By M. A. S. BARBER. Foolscap 8vo. pp. 356. London: Seeley, Burnside, and Seeley.
Miss Barber has done good service to the Jewish cause by the publication of these deeply interesting memoirs. At a period when the eyes of the political as well as of
the Christian world are turned towards Judæa, this volume will, we doubt not, make a quiet but deep impression on the minds of its readers. It tells us of the first droppings of that shower of blessing wherewith the Lord is about to refresh his weary heritage; and it bids us wait with earnest faith for that glorious time when the Lord shall gather the remnant of his flock out of all countries whither he has driven them, and shall bring them again to their folds, and they shall be fruitful and increase. (Jer. xxiii. 3.) It furnishes authentic details of the workings of the Jewish mind when the light of the Gospel dawns upon it; of the trials of the convert from Talmudical superstition to the truth as it is in Jesus; of the persecutions attendant on the profession of faith in the Crucified One; and of the gracious dealings of a kind and observant Providence. May its perusal quicken zeal where it exists, and create it where it has not been found, for fresh and more active exertions in the great work of evangelizing the Jews! Our ancestors greatly sinned by their cruel deeds against God's ancient people; may we in sorrowful zeal attempt to wipe off that reproach by seeking as well as praying for “the peace of Jerusalem.” Let us redeem the time, for the day of Israel's redemption is at hand. Events crowd on events; and their salvation draweth nigh. Miss Barber shall herself describe the Church's faith and hope:
“Like the Spaniard (Balboa) who, standing enraptured on the summit of the Andes, saw an unknown ocean, the boundary of a new world, unfold its magnificence before him, and dreamt of bright islands hid among its glittering waves, of regions rich in gold and gems bordering those mighty waters; he heeded not the chaos of rocks and forests, of vast savannas, and rapid rivers, which lay between him and this long-desired shore; but raising to the Lord that sublime hymn of praise, with which the voice of the Old World first awoke, in these vast solitudes, the echoes of the New, “Te Deum laudamus, Te Dominum confitemur,' he entered the wilderness, and stedfastly pursued his tangled way, from rock. to rock, from plain to plain, from forest to forest, now
seeing, now losing, the prospect of those sparkling waters, until at length, all difficulties past, he stood upon the shore rejoicing, and plunging into the ocean, claimed the possession in his sovereign's name, from shore to shore, from coast to coast, all the countries, kingdoms, islands of the Southern sea, and all their continents from the Arctic to the Antarctic Pole, to be theirs for ever while the world should exist, until the last day should dawn upon the race of Adam. Thus looked forth the Church in early days upon the promised glories of her Messiah's coming kingdom. She counted not the weary steps between; scarce had He departed, when she looked for His return, and already beheld in faith the glory of the Lord covering the earth ‘as the waters cover the sea.' Glimpses of the glory about to be revealed have opened before her from time to time in her journey through the wilderness; now seeming close at hand, now fading into the distance, till hope itself was compelled to acknowledge the beautiful vision was yet apparently very far off; now again, as in the present time, seeming near and distinct, as though a short period must make the hope a reality. But near or far, as it may to mortal apprehension appear, the accomplishment is certain. The Castilian vaunt hath sunk an idle sound into the traditions of past ages, but the Christian's hope shall never be confounded; the Church's triumph in Christ her King is certain and everlasting: There were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.' (Rev. xi. 15.)
“ Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit. They are the early flowers, the bloom of the almond-tree, which indicate this approaching spring of the earth's blessedness: already there seem to be signs that it is drawing near. The Lord hath caused the reproach of his people in part to pass away. He hath hushed the storm of persecution, 'the winter is past, the rain is over and gone, the flowers appear on the earth, the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;' the Church hath laid aside the unfriendliness long cherished through the
ages of darkness, and the spirit of love towards the house of Israel, taught her in infancy by the Apostles of her Lord, has returned once more to reanimate her bosom. Many run to and fro, and knowledge is increased. (Dan. xii. 4.) The flowery land' (China) hath opened her long-closed barriers; and they who never yet heard the name of Jesus, who never knew but one captivity, may return to claim an inheritance among their brethren, and adore the Messiah whom they have never yet known: “Behold these shall come from far; and lo, these from the north, and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.' The little horn is almost broken without hand, and the water of the river runs low in its channel. Is not the way of the kings of the East preparing?” The Youth's Bible Cyclopædia: with 120 Engravings.
Square 16mo, cloth. pp. 186. London: Ward & Co.
It is a modern fashion to parody the works for grownup people, by producing for young persons little books with the same titles which adorn the bulky tomes in the libraries of their older friends. A specimen of this class of publications is the one now under notice. It is a well executed manual of useful Scripture knowledge; and its illustrations are very good. We recommend it to our very young readers; but we cannot quite agree with the Author's belief, “that it is a work admirably adapted for the Young Sunday-school Teacher.” It is too brief a compendium, and too juvenile in its appearance, to allow a probability of its receiving more than nursery patronage. To the Bible-loving child, however, we doubt not it will be a valued treasure; unless its want of simplicity in style puts beyond his ken the knowledge it really contains. It would have been more fitly styled, "The Child's Cyclopædia.” Conversations on Instinct: a First Book of Natural His
tory for the Young. 32mo. pp. 72. London: Foster.
A very simple, sensible, useful little book for young readers.