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another to each one's guardian angel. This last, in particular, was a masterpiece of blasphemy. It was in the following terms:
"O boly angel, whom God bas entrusted with the charge of my conduct, I thank you for your kind attention, and entreat you to continue it. Assist me always in my necessities; console me in my afflictions; keep me from all occasions of sin; protect me especially at the hour of death; and conduct me to the kingdoin of eternal glory.”
“To complete this catalogue of Popish prayers, there was a long litany introduced, the first two or three petitions of which were addressed to Christ, and all the rest to the Virgin. If anything could surpass the blasphemous nature of the preceding prayers, this was admirably calculated to put the finishing stroke to the picture. The mother of Jesus was there addressed by several of those titles which can belong to none but bimself. She was not only called the “ mother of the Creator, mother of divine grace, queen of heaven, of angels, patriarchs. prophets, apostles. martyrs. confessors and of all the saints,” but also the “mystical rose,” the “ ark of the covenant," the morning star," the “comforter of the afflicted,” the “health of the infirm,” the “ help of Christians," the “ REFUGE OF SINNERS," and the “ DOOR OF HÉAVẾN!" The effect which these misapplied appellations produced upon Emily's mind was so painful; there was such a feeling of horror connected with the idea of their shocking falsehood, that she became cold and faint on hearing them for the first time, and immediately stopped her ears. This was an expedient to which she often felt it necessary to have recourse afterwards; and she found that it was very generally adopted by the English girls, in order that they migbt be able mentally to repeat their own prayers while
they tbus knelt, as it was the only time allowed thein for that • purpose."
We regret that we are compelled to defer a further notice of this book to our next number.
MEMORANDA OF THE PAST MONTH.
, 57, White Lion Street, Pentonville. “The Secretary has great pleasure in mentioning the
following circumstances which were brought before the Ladies last Committee-day. The first respects a woman (H— .) who was in the Probationary House twelve months, and left last July. This woman was recommended by Miss W- , to a lady, with whom she lived about eight months, and during that time conducted herself to the satisfaction of her mistress; but the family going abroad, she was compelled to seek another service. Her Patroness, Miss W— has never lost sight of her, and is truly gratified, that the individual thus favoured, is grateful for kindness received. Last week she wrote a letter to Miss W- , expressing gratitude for her condescension, and a hope that she might continue to deserve it; stated her satisfaction with her present situation, and a determination to do all she can to please her mistress,—wbo, when she paid her wages kindly made her a present, and raised her one guinea a-year. She assures Miss W- that “she prays to God sincerely to keep her out of temptation," and concludes as follows:
“I often think how unhappy I was two years ago, while I am now getting my living respectably. I feel that I cannot be thankful enough to God and you. I pray that my future conduct may prove I thank you."
“ The other relates to a young woman, RW— ., who had been in the Probationary House, and from thence, passed to Camden Town Asylum. She called to see the matrons in White Lion Street, a few days ago. She is living in a respectable family at Hackney, and has conducted herself with great propriety; there is also every reason to believe, from the testimony of Christian friends, that the gospel has reached her heart, and made her 'a new creature.'"
THE PENITENT'S OFFERING.*
And eyes in sadness meek,
From thy long wanderings won,
Before th' all-healing Son,
When thou would'st bathe his feet,
With odours richly sweet,
And dry them with that hair,
Brought low the dust to wear
Did He reject thee then,
While the sharp scorn of men
No, from the Saviour's mien,
A solemn light serene
For thee, their smiles no more
Familiar faces wore, Voices once kind had learned the stranger's tongue,
Who raised thee up, and bound
Thy silent spirit's wound?
But which, oli erring child!
From home so long beguiled, Which of thine offerings won those words of Heaven,
That o'er the bruised reed
Condemned of earth to bleed,
Was it that perfume fraught
With balm and incense brought
Or that fast flowing rain
Of tears, which not in vain To Him, who scorned not tears, thy woes confessed ?
No, not by these restored
Unto thy Father's board,
But costlier in His eyes,
Is that best sacrifice,
F. M. . * St. Luke vii. 37, 38.
THE FEMALES ADVOCATE.
THE DUTY OF THOSE WHO HAVE FOUND CHRIST.
“He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, we have found the Messias, which is being interpreted, the Christ; and he brought him to Jesus.” It is not perhaps in the power of language to convey a more touching picture of fraternal love, than that which these few affecting words present. They go, with irresistible force to the heart, and, at a glance, convey some faint impression of the value which the rejoicing disciple attached to the blessing he himself had found, and of the yearnings of impatient affection, which could not rest till he had made the chosen brother of his heart partaker of the stupendous gift.
At Jesus's invitation he had come and seen where this divine Redeemer dwelt ; he abode with him that day, and fed upon his heavenly words of wisdom and of life ; then, full of the energy of love which such a feast imparted, his heart expanded towards the world around him ; but, first, sought out the beloved associate of his infant days and early home, “ his own brother Simon.” There were his strongest sym
pathies attracted; and holy spiritual affection, uniting with the tender influences of fraternal love, urge forth the rapturous exclamation, “ we have found the Messias,” the long expected Saviour! Was his hope chilled ? and did the tide of animated joy ebb backward to his heart, as he beheld the cold reluctance, or the contemptuous incredulity with which the blissful tidings were received ? No—it was a bond of holy love which bound these hearts together; and, with willing steps, both turned again to him who would receive them gladly. Nor was the returning guest less favorably welcomed than when he first approached his Lord. Approvingly does the divine favor rest on those whose pure delight is found in making others blest. “He that winneth souls is wise ;” and, whilst it is written that "they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament,” it is added, and they that turn many to righteousness shall be “as the stars for ever and ever.” Oh! if the love of Christ be dear to us, if on us the true light hath brightly shined, and given us “the knowledge of the excellency of Christ Jesus the Lord,” let not the precious treasure be in silent selfishness, alone enshrined within ; but let the endearing ties of natural affection be sanctified and blest by a participation in the heavenly gift. Let the reviving truth spread widely, “we have found the Messias ;”—but, in the endearing privacy of the domestic circle, let the heart's sacred joy at first expand ; and, whilst some faithful, fond, responding