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whom is nas said, “Behenble Nathanie Christians.
slavery so rigorous as the slavery of deceit-no intercourse so oppressive as the heartlessness of insincerity. But how refreshing and delightful is the frank and open conversation of those Christians, who, in any degree resemble Nathaniel of old, of whom it was said, “ Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” Their spontaneous expressions of affection, of gladness, and of sympathy, have a reality in them—a reality which is felt and confided in.
Sincerity has nothing recherchèe-all is ease, simplicity, and candour ; where affection is not felt, there is no attempt at profession; where sympathy is not awakened, condolence is not feigned, and silence brings no condemnation :-where hospitality is due, welcome, not gladness, is all that Christianity requires; for there must be guests of duty as well as of pleasure ; but the sincere in heart will not lavish those expressions of affection and joy upon the one, which can only be truly bestowed upon the other. In conversation there will be no seeming acquiescence with contrary sentiments, when the subject involves principle; no cowardly silence when truth is attached, or opinion broached which have an injurious tendency.
The reproofs of a Christian will always be attempted with kindness; for those who love truth most, will feel most tenderly for their fellow-creatures; they will not only avoid all rudeness of dissent, all contradiction, where difference of opinion
is immaterial, but they will concede trifles, and rejoice that they can do so, as by such concessions they gain an increased influence in things of real importance; for the love of a Redeemer, whilst it constrains to faithfulness, does touch the spirit with kind—with sympathizing feelings. It is indeed the anointing oil of truth and grace !-and it is by this grace alone we can be enabled to be “ sincere and without offence, until the day of Christ.”
THE LAST DAYS OF MARTHA,
WHO DIED AT NORWICH, Dec. 1839. MARTHA was of an amiable disposition, and once enjoyed the great privilege of being taught in a Sabbath-school, which she attended for four years ; but though often reproved, she hardened her neck, and resisted all the restraints of religion. At length, proceeding from bad to worse, at a very early age she became one of the most abandoned females in the city of Norwich ; vicious in her conduct, and profane in her language, to the last degree. About one month before she died, she was called to witness a solemn scene; the grave was opened to receive the mortal remains of her aunt, and when going to the funeral, she uttered sentiments too impious and wicked to be repeated, “wondering who would be the next to follow her aunt to hell.” Not many hours had elapsed, before she was seen in a violent passion, using many oaths and curses. Alas! alas ! she little thought then what an hour would bring forth. On that day as soon as she returned to her
accustomed habitation, she was taken so seriously ill, that she was carried up to her bed, from which she never rose. Poor Martha found the sick bed to be but a poor place on which to think, for her illness was of a most painful and distressing character, and having neglected and despised religion when in health, she now felt herself destitute of that support and consolation which it alone can give. A Christian friend visited her and inquired into the state of her feelings in the prospect of death and the judgment-seat of Christ. “I dare not die,” she said, “ for I am so unprepared.” Her heart appeared to be hardened—she did not want to be told about dying, and when reminded of her mother's entreaties and counsels, she said " she could not bear it," and endeavoured to stop the conversation,
The kind visitor could not give her up, he therefore entreated her to consider the awful situation in which she was placed. “My dear friend,” he said, “there is no hope for you, except you repent of your awfully wicked conduct, for the wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.' But I bring you the good tidings of great joy, that you are not too vile for God to pardon, if you will truly repent and forsake your sins.” “This is hard language," she replied, “but I know what you have said about my wicked conduct is true.” He showed her from several passages of God's own word, his wrath against all ungodliness, at the same time exhibiting to her his great willingness to save repenting sinners, as exhibited in the Parable of the Prodigal Son, and the history of Mary Magdalene, &c., but no change of mind appeared in Martha.
Her friend called upon her again very soon, but it was all in vain ; her reason was gone; disease had made frightful progress ; delirium had disordered her brain ; and he was obliged to retrace his steps, with sad thoughts and earnest prayers to God that he would spare her yet a little to recover strength before she was taken hence. He called again and again, but with no better hope of doing her any good. He made her many visits, and in some few of them was enabled to have conversations with her, but they were only such as to distress his feelings still more. He asked her if she remembered what he had said on previous visits. “Yes, sir,” she replied, “but I cannot repent, my heart is too hard. I am afraid to die, what am I to do? I shall go to hell,—Oh, read the account of Mary Magdalene again :" which he did. She then said, “Ah, but I am gone too far, there is no repentance for me,”— “Ah, there he is, he must have me,”—“Don't read any more, it is of no use,”—“I am lost for ever." These are only some of the expressions she used, there were many others too shocking and dreadful to repeat, which had better never be known. Thus she lingered a few more days, dreading the hour of final dissolution, moaning and crying out in the most bitter agony until death terminated her earthly sufferings.
THE EMPLOYMENTS OF FEMALES. SURPRISING it is that the views of society on the employment of females, should have shut out every useful and honourable occupation, except that of teaching. The art of teaching, perhaps the most difficult for many minds to acquire-certainly the
most irksome, and oftentimes the most unfit for the constitution of females delicately and tenderly reared. How heart-rending to see well-educated young women eagerly seeking situations where the labour is little above menial, and the reward far below the ordinary wages of a common servant! The anxious parents may have lavished upon their daughter every accomplishment, they may have spared no money to make her what is termed “a qualified governess;” but when she comes forward to offer her services in the field of education (a field, that, although overstocked with labourers is overrun with weeds,) she discovers there is absolutely no demand for what she has to offer ; she finds education "a drug,” her talents not esteemed, her exertions not valued, and her services not sought for. Still she has no other resource; there is no other field which society has to offer for female industry, and she is therefore compelled to discount her services in the market; thus she soon finds how difficult it is to maintain her position in an artificial state of society, when talent and moral worth are the only claims she has to entitle her to a respectable position. Often does she perhaps feel the struggles which an elevated and noble mind has to make to withstand the withering chill of scanty means, nay, often absolute poverty. If she possesses a delicate mind and a cultivated understanding, how often must her feelings be wounded, to find that the individual, whose position as educator should entitle her to the highest preeminence in the proper estimation of society, is seldom looked upon as an equal in station with those she teaches, and often as belonging to a rank beneath her pupils.
But can nothing be done to rescue from the