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In earth's most lovely places,
In earth's most joyous hours, A brighter dream comes o'er us
Of thy far distant bowers: Shadows of angel pinions,
Thoughts of thy glory come Until we well nigh sadden,
To feel so far from home. And in the hours of anguish,
Drinking of Marah's spring, How fondly do we covet
The dove's unspotted wing,
High up and far away,
Bright with the endless day.
If when the path is steep, Forgetful of our calling,
We sit us down and weep.
If we will linger so,
Before the sun is low.
But we are children dear,
Our Father's voice can hear. A holy dream is pleasant,
The dreamer is at rest; But they who sternly labour,
Are these not rather blest? How often in the vineyard
When most the sunbeams scorch, These unawares are standing
Hard by the Master's porch. Hard thy goodly borders,
Thou fair and pleasant land, They feel, although they see not
The glory nigh at hand.
They feel the wind that passeth
O'er thy unchanging flowers,
Toil through the burning hours.
How idly have we pined;
Nearest thy borders wind.
NEVER GIVE UP.
(From a small Volume of Poems, just published by Hatchard,
London, entitled “A Thousand Lines.")
Never give up! it is wiser and better
Always to hope than once to despair;
And break the dark spell of tyrannical care.
Providence kindly has mingled the cup,
The watchword of life must be, Never give up.
Never give up! there are chances and changes
Helping the hopeful a hundred to one,
Ever success—if you'll only hope on;
Knowing that Providence mingles the cup,
Is the true watchword of, Never give up!
Or the full thunder-cloud over you burst,
Little shall harm you, though doing their worst;
Providence wisely has mingled the cup,
Is the stout watchword of, Never give up!
Second Year. Portion to be Read.
2 Luke i. 39-80 Birth of John the Baptist
4 Luke xxi. 25-38 State of the Church at Christ's second coming Christmas D. Matt. i. 18-25 Birth of Jesus Christ Sunday aft. 1 Luke ii. 1-20 Birth of Jesus Christ
2 Luke ii. 21-40 Circumcision of Christ
2 Luke ii. 41-52 Jesus in the temple with the doctors
Jesus tempted by the devil
Jesus with the woman of Samaria
Several disciples are called
Luke ix. Christ's transfiguration
Christ raises Lazarus from the dead
2 John xx. 19-31 . Christ appears to Thomas and others
5 John xvii. Christ's prayer for his disciples S. aft. Ascen. Acts i.
Christ ascends into heaven Whit Sunday Acts ii.
Descent of the Holy Ghost
God appears to Moses in the bush
Plagues in Egypt, continued
Israelites murmur: water from the rock 9 Ex. xix. xx. The law given from Mount Sinai 10 Ex. xxiv. xxxii. Moses on the mount. The molten calf
. 11 Ex. xl.
The tabernacle erected 12 Lev. viii. 1-13.ix. 22-24. Aaron consecrated to the priesthood . 13 Lev. xvi. The sin offering on the day of atonement 14 Lev. xxiii. The solemn feasts of the Jews 15 Lev. xxv. The year of jubilee 16 Num. xi. Israelites murmur: God sends quails 17 Num. xiii. xiv. . Spies are sent to search Canaan 18 Num. xvi. Rebellion of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram 1. Num.xx.xxi. 4-9. Moses's sin. The brazen serpent 21 Num. xxii. xxiii. Balak seeks Balaam to curse Israel 21 Num. xxiv. Balaam's prophecy 22 Deut. xxxi. Moses's charge to Joshua 2: Deut. xxxii. 44-52. xxxiv. Death of Moses 24Joshua i. iii. . Joshua leads the people over Jordan 2: Joshua xxiv. Joshua's charge and death 26 Judges ii. God appoints Judges to deliver Israel
Sin and danger of loving the world.
Pastors appointed to feed the flock of God.
Jesus applies to himself the name “I AM."
Christ is the rock.
The sin of idolatry:
The priesthood ordained by God.
The right use of the book of God's law. Rev. xiv. 13
The righteous blessed in their death. Heb. iv. 8,9
Canaan a type of heaven.
We must be decided for God.
CORRESPONDENCE. INSTRUCTION FOR HIGHER CLASSES. DEAR SIR,-Will you allow me to bring before your notice a subject which I have long considered one of great importance, but which I have regretted to find so little esteemed as such by those who have the education of children of the lower classes in a Sundayschool so much at heart; I mean a similar method of instruction for those of the upper and middle classes. It is generally taken for granted, that the situation and circumstances of such render this unnecessary. Experience, however, has proved the contrary; and where a system of Sunday-school education for all classes has been adopted, it has been found of incalculable benefit. In those congregations where this plan has been carried out, and which have come immediately under my notice, it is impossible to describe the good results which have followed. The church (where, between morning and evening services, children of all ranks and ages
flocked with eager interest,) presented an animating scene; each, according to station and ability, ranged around their accustomed Teachers, and receiving, with deep attention, the instruction that alone “maketh wise unto salvation." None were excluded. Adult classes, some composed of aged members of the congregation, others of young persons in the rank of servants, and many others, were scattered through the different aisles and pews, and a spirit of life and energy seemed to prevail throughout.
It may be objected hy some, that among the higher classes the duty of instructing the young would, with more propriety, be carried on at home, under a parent's eye, and enforced by a parent's influ. ence; but is this duty thus attended to ? Were it so, the necessity for other instruction would be obviated. But I fear (and I speak from personal knowledge) that the number of those who fulfil the injunction in Deuteronomy vi. 6, 7—“These words which I command thee thou shalt teach diligently to thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down and when thou risest up”-is comparatively few, and in too many instances this duty is lamentably neglected. Where the parents are themselves careless on the subject of religion, it follows, as a necessary result, that that in which they feel no interest will form little or no part in their scheme of education for their children. It is much to be desired that those who devote themselves to the Christian labour of leading the lambs of Christ's flock into the “ “green pastures" of the word of God, would seriously consider this.