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MYSTERY AND REVELATION ARE not incompatible with each other; at the saine time it is proper that each should be judiciously explained.

ALL is mystery, and all is revelation and discovery, from the insect, too small for sight, swimming in a drop of water, up to yonder flaming orb, which revolves at an immeasur. able distance over our heads. Is not man a great mystery to himself?

But is he to re. nounce his being because he is unable to explain it ?-.-s he to call the union of matter with mind an absurdity, because their mutual influence escapes his penetration ? How many combinations actually exist of which we have no per. ception, and which we would pronounce to be impossible! In all the ways and works of the Most High there is a wonderful mixture of lu. minousness and obscurity, of minuteness and magnitude, of complexness and simplicity.."

Dr. Henry Hunter,

ADDRESS TO CHRISTIAN MOTHERS,

“ What is the lot of a female without the con. solations of Religion ? And how is a young wo. man to learn religion, if not from her own mother? Let me remind you of what you once thought, felt, and resolved ? You carried that child with uneasiness and anxiety in your womb...you formed a thousand fond wishes you put up a thousand prayers.you came under a thousand engagements. You employed, not perhaps the very words of Hannah, but un. doubtedly you entered entirely into her views,

and the fruit ot the womb was to be holiness to the Lord. Well.God has been gracious to thee and remembered thee. Thou hast survived the danger, and been delivered from the pangs of child-birth! You have enjoyed the satisfaction of training the beloved of your soul through the dangers, difficulties, and solicitudes of infancy and childhood. God has graciously done his part, and you have so far performed yours. But did your engagements cease when the infant was weaned ? Did you rear that tender plant with so much anxiety, tenderness, and care, only to poison and corrupt it after it has begun to take root and bud? Know you not that the inconsiderations and folly of a day may destroy the pains and labour of many years, and the eyes of children are much quicker and more retentive than their ears?

Happy that daughter who is betimes formed to habits of discretion, of purity, of regularity, of piety, by the tender guardian and guide of her early days! Happy that mother whose attention is bent on infusing betimes in her fe. male offspring at least, the principles of wisdom, virtue, and true godliness --who is honoured to exenplify what she teaches, and is blessed with a docile, affectionate and improving disciple !" --Dr. Hunter,

THE FOLLY OF ATHEISM.

" WHERESOEVER a deity has been once known; where his existence and his attributes have been explored by philosophical researches into causes and effects; where his will has been collected, however imperfectly, from the mioral constitution of the world, or announced authoriratively by his sacred word ; where the worship of him has been recognised, by traditions, customs, and laws; where his name hath been pronounced with reverence; where his altars have been adorned with the free will offerings of a grateful and an humble spirit; where his temples have resounded with hymns of praise ; where his wrath hath been depre. cated, his favour implored, his agenog felt, as it were, in prosperity or adversity ; among such a people there never has been a complete universal instantaneous bound from habitual belief and habitual piety, into unbelief and ims piety upon principle, nor among such a people, will there ever be an unlimited range of action, and a continued succession of triumphs, to the dark and chilling subtleties of scepticism, or to the wild and daring dogmas of Atheism! Why then should we be dismayed? Mighty are the waves of the sea, and they rage horribly. But in heaven above, and in the earth beneath, and in the water under the earth, a voice there is---far mightier.--- Dr. Parr.

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CHRISTIAN ZEAL.

“ IS there such a thing as Christian zeal ? And if there be, how shall we distinguish it, that we may yot, like the true disciples, mistake our motive, and imagine ourselves zealous when we are only proud and vindictive? There is such a thing as Christian zeal, and it is easily distiuguished. Being the offspring of knowledge, and nourished by love, its great object is inward purity. To distinctions merely exterior it pays little regard. There is in it an arđour for truth, not that men may be either allured or terrified into a verbal profession of what they do not in their hearts believe (the grossest insult that can be offered to truth) but that they may attain a rational conviction. The interests of truth it. self it desires to promote for a still further end, that by means of it love may be kindled both to God and Man; that by means of it tempe. rance and justice, and piety and peace, may Aourish on the earth! A man thus minded will not sacrifice the end to the means, nor do à false, unjust, or cruel action, even for the sake of truth itself. The persecutor (supposing all worldly motives totally excladed) is at the best in the eye of true zeal one who for the sake of the form of godliness would extirpate its power, and trample upon all that is most sacred and valuable amoug men !"--Dr. Campbell.

RELIGIOUS RÉFORMATION. " WHEN shall the happy time arrive, when all prejudice and bigotry shall die away; when party spirit, discord, and animosity, shall be heard of no more among christians; when every mind shall be open to receive the truth as it is in Jesus, and every heart be filled with love to God and man? When shall primitive Christianity in all its original purity and native simplicity, become universal ? When shall it be that all the professors of the gospel, shall convince unbelievers by their heavenly tempers and holy lives, that there is something truly divine in the religion they profess! God of in. finite love and mercy ! carry thy gracious designs into effect, fulfil thy precious promises : let the sure words of prophecy, be accomplished, that all the earth may be filled with thy glory, the people become all righteous, and live to. gether in peace. We are waiting for thy salvation, O Lord !”... Wright.

PIOUS YOUTH.

" THERE is not upon earth a more delightful, a more heart-reviving sight, than that of a number of young persons, spending the prime of their days in such a manner as to enable them to remember God with comfort. Go on ye delight of our eyes, and joy of our hearts ! Strew with the fairest flowers the path of life. Per. fume with the purest incense the altar of devotion. Prop with your kind assistance the steps of old age. Let filial affection pour oil. into the lamp of parental comfort. Remember your creator, and depend upon it he will ne. ver forget you. Remember him to day and tu morrow, a sweet sense of his love will cheer your spirits. Remember him in health and in sickness he will make your bed, he will place underneath you his everlasting arms, and even jo death give you consolation. Remember him du youth, and in old age he will remember and

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