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We know you can do nothing in your own strength : and that all your own resolutions will prove weakness itself, before either temptation or opposition ; but unless you do resolve, and resolve in the strength of the Lord God, you will find insurmountable obstacles in your way. Without decision, your character is worth nothing; you will never excel in the divine life, or even in a morally virtuous course ; you will be of little value either to the Church, to a family, or to the world. Through the pious exertions of this devoted proselyte, in training her son aright, she has the honour of reckoning more men of piety and talent, and influence, in her royal line, than can be found in nearly all the other royal families in the world put together: and as long as the names of David, Solomon), Hezekiah, Jehoshaphat, Josiah, Daniel, and Zerubbabel remain, so long shall we have reason to believe that to the third and fourth generation, at least, will God make the useful. ness of a pious mother to descend. Had Ruth not taught her son Obed the way of the Lord, we might have heard nothing of the Psalms of David, or the wisdom of Solomon.
2. But this subject teaches that young women should be prepared to meet with troubles and afflictions. Ruth became a widow at an early age; and soon after the loss of her husband, she left her father and mother, brothers and sisters, country and home, to take up her abode among strangers. All these things were doubtless painful to flesh and blood, but through faith, like faithful Abraham, she went out not knowing whether she went, but persuaded wherever she was, she should be safe under the protection of Jehovah. Her afflictions, losses, and removal, all tended to her ultimate advantage, and worked together for her good. Nor will you, my young friends, have reason to regret that you have had early afflictions and trials. Many a young woman has had sincerely to bless God for early sickness and sorrow. “ The Dairyman's Daughter,” and many a work of similar character, would never have been written, had it not been for the early afflictions of a young female. Again, this subject teaches,
3. That the wisest and safest course for a young female is to choose the society of aged and experienced Christians.
Ruth found such a course to be highly to her advantage. She did every thing that Naomi dictated, and found that obedience was the way to honour and peace. Seek, then, experienced Christians of your own sex ; ask them to take the lead among you, by this means it will be found that they who walk with the wise will become wiser and wiser.
4. That the service of God, and obedience to his will, have great present rewards, as well as eternal glory hercafter ;— But
5. We learn that if we would successfully imitate Ruth we must possess her faith :—for without faith it would be impossible for us to act as she did. Faith alone will enable you to renounce the world, and endure its ridicule and contempt. Many a Moabite would think that Ruth had acted a foolish part, because she had gone with Naomi she knew not whither. But Ruth believed that there was the true God in Israel, and that whosoever trusted in him would be safe and happy. Faith, my young friends, will bear you up when the wicked reproach you, and say of you every thing that is untrue and unkind. Working, as many of you are, in large factories, where you have to endure much opposition, you must entreat God to give you faith to look to Jesus, who endured the contradiction of sinners against himself, and depending upon whom, you shall be
brought safe to heaven at last. Ruth arrived safely in Canaan, obtained an honourable settlement there, and lasting fame ; and through faith you may arrive in heaven, where honours, glories, and rewards, greater than any Ruth found in this world, will be your everlasting portion. Jesus will say, “Come ye blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you, from the foundation of the world.
ON THE DEATH OF MRS. ROBE, OP WOOLWICH,
A Devoted Friend to the London Female Mission. She has past the dark valley, her trial is ended,
The pilgrim mantle and staff is laid down, Her justified soul to its God hath ascended,
The cross is relinquished, she waits for the crown.
Lament for the friend whom no power can restore,
Can plead for the children of sorrow no more.
To the heart that was broken, the eye that was dim,
She called the repentant to come unto Him.
How oft did her kindness alleviate pain,
The talent of love was not given her in vain. Oh! bright as the stars are, and shining for ever,
Shall they who turn many to righteousness prove, All human distinctions shall vanish, but never
Be quenched the Divine emanation of love. Go weep o'er her ashes, ye children of sadness,
Your loss is her gain-yet her loss be deplored, Who lived but to lead you to mansions of gladness,
Adorning the doctrine of Him she adored. E. C.
PARENTAL SYMPATHY WITH THE PRINCIPLE
OF PENITENTIARIES. “WAERE is the parent,” says the Rev. Leigh Richmond, “who can say, amidst the uncertainties
of life, and the casualties of circumstances, in what situations his own children may be placed ? Myself, my sons, and my daughters, are all interested in the principle of this institution. I have set by the death-bed of parents, who have mourned the seduction of their daughters; and once my duty called me to visit a house, at the desire of the afflicted mother, under the hope that her daughter was returning home to throw herself at her feet. While I was in the house, the daughter returned : but how shall I describe the scene ? An angry father—a weeping mother-and a child of seventeen on her knees before them : and I heard from her own lips her affecting tale, which would have reached the heart of any man. Before I left the room, I had the pleasure of seeing the father embrace his child, and exclaim, My child, which was lost, is found again.'”
In the same spirit of pious commiseration, the Rev. Dr. Waugh observes, “I have daughters of my own, and I never yet had occasion to weep over their aberrations from the paths of virtue. They are every thing that is good; and they are indebted for it all to the grace of God. But I will suppose a case, that one of them had fallen a victim to depravity; forsaken by her friends, and her father ashamed to hear her name, (and there are fathers whose hearts are as tender as mine :) and if I am called upon to love my neighbour as myself, ought I not to exert myself to assuage such wounded hearts as these ?”—0! that the sentiments thus expressed were very generally felt throughout the nation; then would the success of this branch of benevolence be equal to its merit.
THE FEMALES' ADVOCATE.
“SEEKETH NOT HER OWN.”
In reading the Apostle's beautiful description of the varied and lovely graces of Christian charity, the lips may sometimes dejectedly exclaim, “who is sufficient for these things?” So truly may conscience warn too many of their lamentable deficiency in the exercise of those holy tempers, which should be the outward testimony of that faith, by which the Christian professes that he lives. I will not look into the world to see how many or how few of those characteristic marks attach to those with whom I mix. I have a nearer business to transact at home. Were I judged solely by the test of some of these, where should I deservedly be ranked ? “Seeketh not her own,” is one of the distinctions by which the faithful child of God is recognized, as coming out from amongst others, and being separate. Is this distinction mine? Are the rights which are clearly my own, never insisted on with a pertinacity which shows they are estimated as something more than trusts which Providence has reposed on me, out of which He has deputed me to minister as His agent ? Do I, if placed in eminence of station from wealth, or rank, or learning, or talent, consider my