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ANECDOTES AND SELECTIONS.
stowed upon the coming ones, there would but few adventure to wait upon him. But now, as he is full, so he is free. Nothing pleases him better, than to give what he has away, than to bestow it upon the poor and needy. And it will be convenient that thou, who art a coming soul, should know this for thy comfort to encourage thee to come to God by him. Take two or three sayings of his for the confirming of what is now said: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
*All that the Father giveth me, shall come unto me; and him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out." “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”
Bunyan. THE FESTIVAL OF THE Ass.- This was celebrated for some time in the Gallican church at Beauvais, in Burgundy, France. A handsome girl, richly attired, represented Mary. The girl, bedizened with finery, was placed on an ass covered with a cloth of gold and superbly caparisoned. The ass, accompanied by a vast concourse of clergy and laity, was led from the cathedral to the parish church of St. Stephen. The girl, seated on the ass, was conducted in solemn procession into the sanctuary itself, and placed, with the gospels, near the altar. High mass began with great pomp; and the ass, who was a worshipper on the occasion, was taught to kneel, at certain intervals, while a hymn was sung in his praise. The hymn recorded by Du Cange is a model. The following is a translation of four stanzas, though no version can equal the inimitable original :“ The ass he came from eastern climes; The ass was born ard bred with long ears ; Heigh-ho, my assy!
Heigh-ho, my assy! He's tair and fit for the pack at all times. And yet he the lord of asses appears. Sing, Father Ass, and you shall get grass, Grin, Father Ass, and you shall have grass, And straw and hay too in plenty.
And straw and hay too in plenty. The ass is slow and lazy too;
The ass excels the hind at a leap; Heigh-ho, my assy !
Heigh-ho, my assy! But the whip and the spur will make him go. And faster than hound and hare can trot. Sing, Father Ass, and you shall have grass, Bray, Father Ass, and you shall have grass, And straw and hay too in plenty.
And straw and hay too in plenty. The worship concluded with a braying match between the clergy and laity in honour of the ass. The officiating priest turned to the people, and, in a fine treble voice, and with great devotion, brayed three times like an ass, whose fair representative he was; while the people, imitating his example, brayed three times in concert. This, as Sydney Smith would say, is the most extraordinary instance of spiritual ass-ass-ination to be found perhaps on record.
Abridged from Scottish Prot. THE BIBLE. How refreshing to turn from such specimens of human folly as the above, done in the name of religion, to the book of real religion itself. Nothing of this kind can be found in it! as one has said, “It contains history the most authentic and ancient,
tracing it back to the first creation of our world; and prophecy the most important and interesting, traced forward to its final consumation; journeys surpassing all others in the marvellousness of their adventures, and the dignity of their guide, for they were marked by miracles at every step, and in every movement directed by God; the travels of the most distinguished missionaries, the first preachers of the gospel, and the lives of the most illustrious personages, including the biography of the Son of God; events more wonderful than romance ever imagined, and stories more fascinating than fancy ever sketched; the finest specimens of poetry and eloquence, of sound philosophy and solid argument; models of virtue the most attractive, and maxims of wisdom the most profound; prayers the most appropriate in every variety of spiritual experience, and songs of praise that would not be unworthy an angel's tongue; precepts of unparalleled importance, and parables of unrivalled beauty ; examples of consistent piety suited to every situation; and lessons of Divine instruction adapted to every age." Let all protestants stick to their bibles, and never exchange them for the fooleries of popery. Part with gold for dross sooner. But take care: there are Jesuits skulking about the country, some in the Church of England and some out of it, who would rob you of your bible and your Saviour, and give you a doll !
HINTS TO AUSBANDS.
Do not jest with your wife upon a subject in which there is danger of wounding her feelings. Remember that she trea: ures every word you utter, though you may never think of it again. Do not reproach your wife with a personal defect, for if she has sensibility, you inflict å wound difficult to heal. Do not treat your wife with inattention in company; it touches her feelingsmand she will not respect you more or love you better for it. Do not upbraid your wife in the presence of a third person. The sense of your disregard for her feelings will prevent ber from acknowledging her fault. Do not often invite your friends to jaunt, and leave your wife at homeshe might suspect that you esteemed others more compavionable than herself. If you would have a pleasant home and cheerful wife, pass your evenings under your own roof. Do not be stern and silent in your own hous and remarkable for your soc
lity elsewhere. Remember that your wife has as much need of recreation as yourself, and devote a porticn at least of your leisure hours to such society and amusements as she may join. By doing so, you will secure her smiles and increase her affection.
THE PENNY POST-BOX.
The Penny Post Box.
A Few days ago I was sent for to visit a poor aged woman in deep affliction of body and mind-she is a pious good woman, a member of the church of which I have been the pastor for some years. This poor woman's husband died last February—he was a little farmer, and they brought up a large family by their hard work, and always felt happy in doing their utmost to help and support the cause of Christ. They depended much on a potatoe crop to pay their rent, and the disease that first took the potatoes about five years ago, and ruined so many, brought this poor man into great distress-and by the same disease taking them for several subsequent years, and the low price of other produce of the land, he was brought very low indeed, and at his death left his wife to the mercy of a parish. She is more than seventy years of age. She is a great sufferer both in body and mind—and she well knew my state of ill health and pecuniary circumstances, and felt anxious to see me.
I soon complied with her wishes. When I got into the cottage she was sitting in an old arm chair, in a very low desponding state of mind. As soon as she looked up and saw me she mustered up all her energies of body and mind, and lifted up her eyes and her hands as a person in deep distress or under some sudden fright, and exclaimed with a faltering voice, “Oh! sir, what a distressing state you and I are in, are we not? Who would have thought I should ever be brought to this." I looked her hard in the face and smiled, and said, “In a distressing state, no indeed, our state is one of mercy, and calls for thankfulness instead of complaint.” “But,” said she, “all I have now to support me is 1s. 6d. and a loaf for the week.” I put on another smile and looked at her, and said, “what a mercy that it is no worse. And allow me to try to make you believe, as you must if you believe God's holy word, that you and I are in a good condition after all. Our prospects as to this world, it is true, are not very bright; but remember the many gracious promises made by the Lord to his people when under afflictions and distress the most painful." She said she knew it all, but could not take the comfort of it. I said, “When you are thus tempted to complain, be sure to think of this one truth-that no affliction or distress can ever be placed upon or overtake us but by Divine permission. It is the Lord. And all that He does is done so well that it cannot be done better." I reasoned with her till she also smiled and said, “How glad I am that you came to see me.
How much good you have done me, and how much more comfortable I feel now than before you came. I do hope I shall be able to trust in the Lord.” I left her in a cheerful frame of mind, and urged her to read with attention when those gloomy fits came on, Psalm xci. 15; xlvi. 1, &c.
FACTS, HINTS, AND GEMS.
Facts, Hints, and Gems.
five shillings. People may say what THE WAY TO BE SAFE.- When they will but this is a wonderful Hannah More asked Dr. Johnson
improvement! why he dravk no wine, the great would never have beeu gathered and
ENGLAND'S GREAT EXHIBITION moralist replied, “Because if I drink
Thouat all, I shall drink too much.”
opened but for railroads.
sands have now seen both it and QUESTION AND ANSWER. – Sceptic. “If we are to live after death, why London too who never would have have we not certain knowledge of seen either but for these cheap and it?" — Believer. “ We have more
rapid conveyances. than you had before you came into the world."
Hints. Street ACCIDENTS chiefly occur MANKIND might often do without through orange peel thrown on the physicians if they would observe the pavement. Always kick them off, laws of health ; without lawyers if and you will do good service to the they would but keep their tempers; publič.
without soldiers if they would but ONE ANSWER TO MANY QUESTIONS. observe the laws of christianity. -Why are many refused work when Do GOOD WITH YOUR MONEY; for there is work? Why are some dis- by so doing it will, as it were, be eased and miserable ? and others stamped with the image and superpoor and distressed? Why, above scription of heaven. all, is the great salvation neglecied ? Do AS THE SUN DOES; look at the There is one answer for all-mainly bright side of everything. It is just through intemperate drinking. as cheap, and a great deal better.
ANOTHER ANSWER.– Who always Gold is an idol, worshipped in get work when it is to be had? Who all nations, but without a single look best and live best? Who read temple or a single hypocrite among the bible most, love the sabbath, and its worshippers. die the happiest ? The men and To Young PREACHERS. The women who are temperate in all way to learn to preach is to preach. things.
DANGEROUS TAINGS.-A candle THE BIBLE.- More copies of the unsnuffed-garments left too near Sacred Scriptures bave been pub- the fire all night-a fireplace with. lished in the English language than out a guard to keep off childrenin all other tongues together. leaving a kettle on the fire to boil
John LUTHER, the father of the with out watching it. great German reformer, was a pour
PROFANITY AND POLITENESS are labouring man, employed as a wood. never seen together. They cannot cutter and a charcoal burner. agree to keep company.
A RAILROAD OVERLAND TO INDIA CULTIVATE YOUR MIND. If you is now contemplated—over Europe, do not it will be like yon idle felinto Asia Minor, down the valley of low's garden; full of weeds when the Euphrates to India, in seven there ought to be a crop. days.
OF ALL FAULTS there is not a OUR FATHERS, what would they greater perhaps than persuading have said of travelling 200 miles, ourselves or others that we have and back again 200 more, all for none at all.
FACTS, HINTS, AND GEMS.
Have You Friende? Keep them, THE SOVEREIGN REMEDY for all and get more if you can. But he the cares, tears, troubles, sorrows, that hath friends must show him wrongs, and crimes of humanity, is self friendly. Real friendship is love--the love of God in Jesus Christ reciprocal.
our Lord. TRUE EMINENCE is best attained Sins are like circles in the still by your own toil in climbing - not pool of water when a stone is thrown by knocking others down and stand-into it-one produces another. Only ing on them to exalt yourself, or by the oil of Divine grace can smocth jumping on another man's back that them down. you may have advantage over him. Sinal's THUNDERS are heard by
Do What You Ought to do, and many wbo never saw that theatre of then let what come that will come, terror; and the tender tones of Calyou can retire into the strong castle vary reach the ears of myriads who of your own integrity and be safe never beheld the lips which utt?red from the fear of evil.
WHO IS MY NEIGHBOUR ? CHRISTIANS should imitate their Tuy neighbour?- It is he whom thou Master in his patience and compas
Hast power to aid and blesssion.
Whose aching heart or burning brow How meekly he tore con
Thy soothing hand may press. tradiction-how tenderly he wept
Thy neighbour?-'fis the fainting poor, over folly-how anxiously he invited
Whose eye with want is dim; all to come to him and be saved. Whom hunger sends from door to door;
Go thou, and succour him. TAKING UP THE CROSS.—He who
Thy neighbour ? -'Tis that weary man takes up Christ's cross willingly, will
Whose years are at their brim, find it such a burden as wings to a Bent low with sickness, cares and pain: bird or sails to a ship.
Go thou, and comfort him. MARVELLOUS GOSPEL! which re- Thy neighbour?- 'Tis the heart bereft conciles me to God, and opens to
Of every earthly gem
Widow and orphan, helpless left: me a way of access to Him - to his
Go thou, and shelter them. heaven-and his glory. And all
Oh, pass not, pass not heedless by ! this for me. How marvellous !
Perhaps thou canst redeem KEEP WIDE AWAKE; for if you
One breaking heart from misery :
Go, share thy lot with hiin. are disposed to sleep in the ways of God, satan will let you alone. He
DOING A GOOD TURN. will have you safe when you fall THOUGH small be our purse, asleep. He knows that if you do not. And though narrow our span, The HEAD AND THE HEART. - Let us all try to do
A good turn when we can. We may pray with the head when
It needs not great wealth we do not pray with the heart, but
A kind heart to display ; we cannot pray without the head If the hand be but willing when we do pray with the heart.
It soon finds a way. The head then knows what the heart And the poorest one yet,
In the humblest abude, wants.
May help a poor brother GOD 18 Light; which, though
A step on the road. never visible to us, makes visible
PRAYER AND LOVE. every object we behold.
JESUS CHRIST AND THE BELIEVER HE prayeth best, who loveth best are like the sun and the sunflower
All things, both great and small;
For the great God who loveth us, - one draws and the other follows.
Hath made and loveth all.