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3. What King of Judah rent his clothes on hearing the Law read, and why this grief?
4. What two prophets prophesied during the build. ing of the second temple ?
5. What judge on returning from office, made a public appeal to the public concerning his integrity?
6. What king of Judah made his son pass through the fire in honour of a false God?
7. Where is it said, the glory of the second temple should be greater than the former ; and how was this fulfilled ?
8. What passages of Scripture prove that God is the support of his people in time of trouble ?
THE FIRST SERVANT.
(Concluded from page 137.) The young servant had received precisely the same kind of training in her line of life, that the young mistress had had in hers. A few days she was employed under the direction of an experienced servant to learn the methods of cleaning polished grates, mahogany, plate, and other articles, in which the furniture of a cottage affords no opportunity of practice.
The small house of which Mary was to be the mistress, having been nicely papered and painted throughout, it was prepared by the young servant for the destined furniture, in the arrangement of which the superintending taste of the mistress presided. The furniture of every kind was substantial, neat, and good, and well adapted to its intended use. While arranging the various articles, Mary took pains to inform her little maid of the
manner in which they were to be used and cleaned, and the care that would be requisite to preserve them from injury.
From the admiration and pleasure expressed by Peggy at the neat appearance of each room shelf, as the arrangements were completed, and her particular enquiries as to the place where each article was to be kept, Mary was led to indulge the hope that she would be disposed to adhere to the well-known but too little regarded household
Do every thing in its proper time.
Put every thing in its proper place. Nor were these expectations disappointed. Peggy discovered, in no common degree, those virtues which constitute a valuable servant-fidelity, industry, cleanliness, thoughtfulness, and good-will.
A plan was judiciously laid down by the mistress for the regular performance of her domestic details. Her own daily superintendence and assistance trained the servant to habits of method and punctuality, and the house was a model of neatness and order.
In due time a little one was added to the cares and engagements of the mother. During her confinement, Peggy was emulous to keep every thing in as
nice order and regularity as when her mistress was about. More than one unpleasant fracas occurred with the nurse, for wantonly burning a bright saucepan, or staining a beautiful mahogany table, or spilling grease on the carpet, or neglecting some tidy precaution suggested for preserving those articles from needless injury; and though, when all went on regularly, l'eggy was a quiet and inoffensive
girl, she was capable of discovering great irritation, when the cleanliness and order in which she delighted were needlessly infringed upon.
She sorrowfully observed to her mistress that the house was in a dreadful state, enough to drive a decent person distracted ; the only comfort she had was in thinking that nurse would soon be gone, and her mistress about again, and then she could get all to rights.
" I fear, Peggy,” said the mistress, “ that this little stranger will sometimes interfere with our regular habits, and that you will perhaps consider him as great an intruder as nurse."
" O no, ma'am, cried Peggy," the child will be no trouble when nurse is gone, we shall soon get him into our regular ways. Get up a little earlier, and contrive a little nearer, it will be easy to manage what work we make. I would rather have the work of three children than one nurse."
It was not an empty boast : for, by arising very early in the morning, she was able to render her mistress all the assistance in nursing that she required, and the house was kept in the same order as before ; but then, it was by mutual good-management, division of labour, and strict regularity, that all this was effected.
On the birth of the second child, it was considered necessary to engage the assistance of an additional servant, and a girl was takeu to attend to the eldest child, to keep the nursery in order, and to assist in needlework. But after the trial of a month or two both mistress and maid concurred in the sentiment, that she was more hindrance than help, and that, by a little extra stretch of contrivance and exertion, they could manage without her.
This enterprising and persevering pair seemed to possess elasticity of power for whatever they undertook. The effort was made, and proved sụccessful ; and thus, from year to year, and from circumstance to circumstance, the work of the house was managed without
further assistance. The children being accustomed to regularity, were brought up with surprisingly little trouble, and at a very early age we made useful.
After thirty years' servitude, Peggy "ne'er had changed, nor wished to change her place.” She knew the value of comfortable home, steady regular gains, and a master, mistress, and family, really attached to her; they too, sensible of the value of a trusty faithful servant, from time to time advanced her wages, and often made her valuable presents, which ber industry and frugality put it in their power to do.
Thus, she who was saving for her employers, was in reality saving for herself, and laid up a sufficient fund to make her comfortable in old
She still speaks with pleasure of the silver spoons without a bruise, and the mahogany chairs without a chip, after thirty years' service; and of the eight children, every one of whom she has nursed and brought up to man and woman's estate-every one of the young ladies knowing the duties of a mistress almost as well as their mamma, and the duties of a servant quite as well as herself.
Coply's Mother's Stories.
THE PRESENT PECULIAR DANGERS OF THE PRO
FESSEDLY PIOUS. CHRISTIANITY now walks, as good John Bunyan says, in “silver slippers.” The profession of it is popular, the practice of its moral duties general. The exalted character of its doctrines is acknowledged; their elevating power admitted; and the practical effects which they are capable of producing are admired. Indeed, numbers of persons, distin· guished by character, talent, and birth, exert all
their influence in favor of religion. This, it cannot be denied, is a cause for gratitude and praise to God; but it is likewise a cause for watchfulness against those secret snares,-snares more dangerous to vital piety than the persecution of past times— and why? Because they are unexpected.
The Christian graces are pure, lovely, and of good report in the eyes of men. Satan, our ever-watchful enemy, is aware of this, and tries to draw our attention to the premature developement of our talents, so as to excite the admiration of the world, and to deter us from the cultivation of that root of godliness within ús, which, if carefully nourished, would in due time produce fair and healthy fruit. Thus the soul is lulled into false peace; the fire of spiritual pride is kindled; and the corroding canker of vanity generated; vanity, which, by prompting us to seek the praise of men instead of the favor of God, creates a false test of right and wrong; and changes the divine gift of conscience into a means of luring us to destruction.
Religious conversation has indeed become general in many circles ; but, alas ! the style of it is little different from that adopted in confessedly worldly society. The last missionary meeting is spoken of instead of the last ball :-a new clergyman's merits are discussed as those of a new tragedian would be ; new religious publications are criticised in place of new novels ; and religious intelligence supplies the