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in word or deed, before them, or encourages, in any way, irreligious conduct in them, not only sins heinously against God, but with most strange infatuation acts powerfully against his own present interest, and the interest of society around him. Remember it is in the power of your servant to act for or against your interest in a thousand different ways, to which the law of the land cannot reach, either to force him so to act, or to punish him for neglecting it, but which the law of a pious and well informed conscience only can effect. And this state of conscience can be wrought in man in no other way but by having a deep sense of religion habitually impressed upon the mind. Is it not, then, a thing most desirable to every master, to have truly religious servants ? And how unwise, as well as sinful, is it for a master to show his servant that he wilfully violates and disregards the laws of God, his own Master in heaven, who has a thousandfold better right to a master's obedience than he can have to that of his servant. From such a master his servant will soon learn to disregard all duty farther than the law of the land can bind him. But what is still more lamentable, the service of such a master becomes a nursery for the worst of servants and the most unprincipled of men ; and he sends out, perhaps every six months, a race poisoned by his example, totally unfit to serve in any family who wish to live in the fear of God, and to treat their servants with Christian kindness. Indeed, there is too much ground to suspect that the profligate insubordination and refractory discontent so common among us, is, in a great measure, the fruit of that unholy example and open disregard of religion which many of the higher and middle ranks so unwisely and sinfully show.Scottish Christian Herald.
LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF NATURE.
WHITE FROST. The operations of Nature are for the most part silent and unseen. It is true God's voice is heard in the tempest, and his arrows of destruction are seen in the lightning :
“ His voice sublime is heard afar,
In distant peals it dies,
And sweeps the howling skies.” Generally, however, the changes in the region of Nature are so gradual that the eye cannot mark their progress ; so silent that the ear catches no sound of their approach. Contrast this with the workings of man. With how much noise and labour the works of the loom are wrought; with what toil and difficulty the lofty building is erected; whilst the rich carpet of the earth is spread without a sound, and the aisles of the forest noiselessly arched! To many of these great changes,—to the succession of the seasons, and to the alternations of day and night, and the like,—we are so much accustomed, that they can scarcely engage our thoughts; and yet how wonderful is the resurrection now taking place in the vegetable world! how striking the full perfection of summer ; how touching the decline of autumn; how full of warning the dearth of winter! Nor less fraught with instruction is the gloom that veils the material world from our sight, and the light that again reveals it to us :
“ Contemplate when the sun declines,
Thy death, with deep reflection ;
The day of resurrection.”
But as regards the lessons of Nature, we too often incur the prophet's reproach, “ Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.” One of the most beautiful scenes which Nature offers for our contemplation,-one of her most sudden changes,-one of the most transient of her pictures, is the effect produced by the white or hoar frost. The evening closes on a landscape shrouded in mist; but the morning sun beholds it arrayed in a delicate and sparkling drapery ; the work has been done completely ; every blade of grass has a fringe of silver, every twig is sparkling ; the dead leaf in the pathway is decorated no less than the stately cedar,—the majestic oak, the glistening holly berry,—and the spotless snowdrop. This completeness, this perfection, again arouses thoughts of the unfinished performances, the imperfect schemes of man, and calls loudly, for an attentive ear whilst God is preached to us through his marvellous works. If we have indeed heard this call, and given heed to this lesson, let it not fade from our remembrance, even as the beautiful white frost flies before the sun,- but rather may we habitually discern God in creation, and thus seeing and feeling his presence every where, walk circumspectly as in his sight. “For the Lord loveth the thing that is right; he forsaketh not his that be godly, but they are preserved for ever.” L. N.
HINTS FOR REFLECTION.—No. 2. With children, a vigilant superintendence is required, but not a frequent interference.
The first step towards a woman's humility, seems to require a repentance of education,
It is not only because the ground is accursed, but because it is neglected, that it bears thorns.
The next best thing to being in the right is frankly to acknowledge being in the wrong.
Those who have nothing to give can often afford relief to others by imparting what they feel.
Purity, like the refreshing rose, sheds a fragrance peculiarly its own, over our whole conversation
; and, like that lovely flower, leaves its retiring scent when we are gone.
The less notice we take of the unkindness and injuries that are done us, the more we consult the quiet of our own minds.
Household affairs ought insensibly to glide along, and represent a still current without noise or wave.
SOCIALISM. From the Journal of an Agent of the “ Leeds Town Mission.” "Visited a family, both the man and his wife, infidels. I asked if they were making any preparation for another world. The man said, It is bad enough if it is worse than this one; but we can't tell how it is, for no one has come back to tell us.'
· The Bible, God's word,' said I, has told us' He and his wife in one breath retorted, The Bible tells queerer tales than that: there's plenty of lies and contradictions in it.' • Can you read the Bible ?' • No; neither on us ! Then, how can you tell?' Why, we have heard chaps that can read, say so.'
“A young man, a professed Socialist, began to talk of the contradictions of the Bible. I asked him to point out some. He tried to evade it. I pressed him,-when he acknowledged he could not read a syllable ! ”
A HYMN FOR THE LOYAL.
Our friend and Queen.
God save the Queen !
God save the Queen !
God save the Queen!
God save the Queen!
God save the Queen !
Our Prince and Queen !
God save the Queen!”
Asylum for Penitent Females, in connexion with the Epis
copal Chapel, Upper Baggot Street, Dublin. The calling of this Institution into being, was one of the earliest fruits of the Dublin City Mission; it was established under the following circumstances :
One of the Agents of the Mission having met a female in Dame-street, whom he found not unwilling to quit a course of sin, and enter an asylum, made every exertion to procure her admittance into one of the existing institutions, but from