The parting year and wintry wind

Both tell a solemn tale,
That we are journeying, sure and fast,

Onward to death's dark vale.
Then let us pardon seek from him,

(Who will the contrite bless,)
For every hour of wasted time,

And all our sins confess.
Entreating, for the Saviour's sake,

That he will keep us still,
In all we seek or undertake,

To do his holy will.
Then shall our path be like the light

That shines to perfect day;
And till our faith is lost in sight,

God be our guide and stay.


“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is

your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." -JAMES iv. 14.

What is life? A passing vapour,

Short, uncertain in its stay;
Fitful as a flickering taper,

Borne, like withered leaves, away :
Thoughts and boasts presumptuous banish,
Ere to-morrow life may vanish.
What is life ? A pilgrim's travel

To his last, abiding home;
Where all mysteries unravel,

Where man meets his final doom :
Journey on, like watchful strangers
Passing through a land of dangers.
What is life? 'Tis to the wicked

But the seed-time of their woe-
They will reap eternal anguish,

From the seed that here they sow :
Flee their awful condemnation ;
Seek, oh! seek, the great salvation !

What is life? To thee, O Christian,

'Tis a race, a fight indeed !
Sharp the struggle, but, 'tis certain,

Nerved with grace, thou must succeed :
Fight—thy foes will fall before thee,
Run-thou'lt win a crown of glory.
O thou great eternal Saviour,

Give us all new life in thee;
Guide us with thy constant favour,

Seal us to eternity;
Life will then be heavenly treasure,
Present peace-eternal pleasure.

W. H. K.


SCRIPTURAL DIFFICULTIES. DEAR SIR,- If you think proper, I should feel much obliged by your allowing the following question to appear in the “Teacher's Visitor," and by your supplying an appropriate answer.

How are these two declarations to be reconciled ?

Acts ix. 7.-"Stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man,"

Acts xxii. 9.-"Saw indeed the light, but heard not the voice of him that spake unto me." Respectfully yours,

R. F. S. I have been induced to propose this, from an opinion that Sunday-school Teachers ought to be prepared wisely to meet objections which infidelity may oppose to the reception of the holy Scriptures.

Sometimes, indeed, their scholars will put questions of this char. acter, and then they feel the need of giving an appropriate reply.

Bath, September 19, 1845.


-In teaching a class of children it is a plan very commonly pursued to set them a subject, and encourage them to find texts from Scripture to prove it; but perhaps many, as well as my. self, have found a difficulty sometimes in selecting suitable subjects. It is not very easy to keep clear of concordances and marginal references, and so to put the question that the children may be obliged to search the Scriptures for themselves in order to find the texts required. It might be a help, then, if teachers so occupied were occasionally to compare notes, and furnish one another with subjects which they have used in their own classes ; and your excel. lent periodical (if you would allow us to do so) would furnish us with the best means of making an exchange, which might be found mutually advantageous. By way of beginning, I send a few subjects that have been used in my own class, and hope in return, if you approve the plan, to derive benefit from those which may be furnished by others.- I am, Sir, your obedient servant, C. C.

The Christian loves what God commands.
Pleasantness of true religion.
Duty of searching the Scriptures.
God only can enable us to understand the Scriptures.
The door of mercy will one day be shut.
Shortness and uncertainty of life.
"Grace” used for “God's good will towards us.”
*Grace” used for “God's good work in us."

Examples of prayers not immediately answered, or not in the
way expected.
Man's wicked actions overruled for God's glory.
Christ while on earth knew all things.
Christians are not to seek to exalt themselves.
The evils of tale-bearing.
The true Christian loves the house of God.
Duty of supporting missions.
Duty of forgiving injuries.
Duty of confessing our sins to God, and our faults to each other.
We should pray for our minister.
-Nine different Simons are mentioned in the Bible. Where?
Instances of our Saviour's praying for others.
“Justify” meaning "to make righteous.”
“Justify” meaning “to pronounce or shew to be righteous."

Encouragements to prayer from every book in the Bible. (This may be given in parts, and a list will be found in the “Friendly Visitor” for June last.) Examples of resisting the Spirit. Figures representing the union of Christ to believers. Union of believers with each other. We must practise what we know.


Only God's grace can keep us from falling.
We should always be ready to help those who are in need.
God's service is perfect freedom.
Where is the 69th Psalm quoted in the New Testament? (Six times.)
Types of Christ in the Old Testament, (or simply in Lev. &c.)
Examples of early piety.
Examples of persons punished for their pride.
Examples of envious people.
Examples of good women.
Examples of wicked women.
Prophecies of our Lord's being the Son of David.
On avoiding evil company.
God bears long with sinners.

Texts in which the THREE Persons of the blessed Trinity are spoken of together.

Emblematic actions used by the prophets.
God will take care of his own people.
We can only come to God through Jesus Christ.
All that our Saviour suid on the Cross.
The songs of heaven.

Teachers who do not know it will find “The Mine Explored” a very useful little book, though it is not all that we want.


DEAR SIR,—In your correspondence last month I observed some remarks on the ignorance of Sunday-school children as to the real intention of the “Missionary Box” into which they put their money. I believe the statement of the writer to be quite correct, and think

that perhaps the simple explanation which I enclose might be usefully read, occasionally, in our schools.

Would it not be well only to allow the missionary box to be *brought out at stated times--monthly or quarterly—this has a tendency to keep up the interest, and so give to the character of a privilege, rather than an every-day tax upon their purses.

As it is very desirable that the poorest child should partake of it, when reward tickets are given, and have a certain value, we have allowed the children to put them into the box, by which means the evil of teazing their poor parents for halfpence has been prevented, and no child who is diligent at school is unable to contribute. They can all give what they ḥave first earned,


“Christian ministers and Sunday-school Teachers feel that the amount raised for missionary purposes is a very small proportion of the good which they derive from any collections. They feel, with St. Paul, when he said, “Not because I desire a gift : but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.” (Phil. iv. 17.) Trusting that these few hints may, by the divine blessing, further the object of your useful little publication,

I remain yours truly, Bristol, Nov. 14th, 1845.

“ Perhaps some of you do not know what the Missionary Society is for, so I will explain it to you.

There are a great many countries a long way from England, where the people have never heard of God. They have no Bible, and no clergyman to teach them; they have no schools, and never learn to read. Instead of praying to God, they pray to frightful images, made of wood or stone, and call them gods, though they cannot help them, or hear what they say. These people are called heathens. You have been told what is the only way to go to heaven. You know that Jesus died upon the cross for us, so that if We believe in him, our sins may be pardoned, and we may go to heaven for his sake. But the poor heathens do not know any thing about either heaven cz Jesus Christ. They do not know how to be good, and so they are wicked and miserable.

“But there are some very good clergymen who have gone into some of these far countries to teach them what the Bible


and to tell them of Jesus Christ; and these clergymen are called Missionaries. Now it is surely our duty to do all we can to help them, since God has been so kind to us as to

in a land where we are taught to know and love him. Every body who is able, and has any money to spare, should help the missionaries by giving some, for you know that they cannot go into countries a long way off if they have no money. Each of you ought to give what you can, if it is but a penny or a halfpenny. But there is another way in which you may all help, even if you have no money. You may all pray. You should pray to God both for the missionaries and the poor people they go to teach. You should pray that the missionaries may be kept safe in all the dangers they have to go into, and have the help of God in all they have to do; and that the heathens may be turned from their idols, to know, and love, and serve him."


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