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imagination and warm blood of the season of youth. This is perhaps a temporary disease of the mental vision. It magnifies all those excellencies which are real, and adds to them many others which are purely imaginary. It shuts the eye to a thousand faults, or regards them as spots upon the sun. Thus a picture of life is presented to the mind, which embodies a landscape of enjoyment of boundless extent, abounding in mountains covered with verdure and foliage, whose tops reach to heaven; where the notes of joyous singing birds fill the day, and the song of the nightingale varies the silence of night. Alas! for the bitterness of that disappointment which awaits those who indulge in these idle vagaries of the fancy. Is it not as a dream when one awaketh ?
A chase of idle hopes and fears
Begun in folly, closed in tears. These idle dreamers awake in sorrow, because they have never reflected upon the true purpose of human life, which attains its highest ends, not in becoming a state of undisturbed enjoyment, but in being a labour of unremitting usefulness.
OPERATIONS OF THE LONDON FEMALE MISSION.
BIBLE GIVEN AWAY.
August 6th.-A Servant or two called in a friendly way, having been once lodgers at the Home.
A bible also given away, as a reward for good. conduct and continuance in place.
GRATITUDE EXPRESSED. A lodger, who went away this week, spoke in great praise of the advantages of the Home, contrasting its comfort with that of the lodgings she had been in before.
FRIENDLY CALLB. August 21st.-Five servants called. Doing well in their situations.
VISIT TO A FORMER INMATE. S. M. was an inmate of the Shoreditch Poor-house from early childhood, having lost her mother when she was very young. While an inmate of the work. house she bore a sad character, being a blasphemer to a dreadful degree, and an annoyance to those who in some particulars too much resembled herself. On leaving the workhouse she entered upon a depraved course of life, but did not continue long therein :she soon found, as many have found before her, that “ the way of transgressors is hard," and being desirous of escaping from her sin and misery, she was introduced by a friend to the asylum of the London Female Mission.
While here her behaviour was for some time so disorderly that she was threatened with dismission ; but a favorable change taking place in her conduct she was allowed to remain, About this time also she exhibited signs of declining health, and her mind under her illness beginning to soften, she became increasingly attentive to instruction.
Her complaint having been pronounced hopeless by the Physician, she was removed from the asylum
and again became an inmate of the Shoreditch workhouse. On leaving the asylum she expressed great thankfulness for the advantages she had enjoyed therein.
Through a friend who visited the Poor-house the Society had frequent opportunities of hearing from S. M., and she having expressed an earnest wish that her matrons would visit her, the request was complied with. “I shall not,” writes the matron who visited her, “ easily forget the expression of joy which diffused itself over her pallid countenance, when I entered her ward.”
“Well, I remarked, you see I have performed my promise at last," Oh! she replied, “I cannot tell you how glad I am to see you, you know I have been a great sinner, but I have found a great and mighty Saviour ! and although I feel my sins more burdensome every day, yet I believe my Saviour has pardoned them. It was in your house of mercy that I was first impressed with my state as a sinner. I never heard such earnest prayers as are offered up there, nor ever heard the Bible read as it is there." I replied, the difference did not consist so much in the prayers or reading, but in the application of it by the Holy Spirit to her heart.
Again she remarked, “you used to tell us of the roaring lion, and I have found him so; frequently does he come and try to push bad thoughts into my mind, but I am enabled to overcome him now, by prayer.” She then showed me her withered arm and said, “I am wasting away daily-do you think I shall be here long?" I asked her if she was afraid to die. “No-I don't wish to be impatient, but I shall be glad when my summons comes." After much interesting conversation, she
fixed her eyes on me very earnestly and remarked, “I can't express my joy at again seeing you, but do you know for what I wished so much to see you ? it was to hear you pray for me once more.” I told her I should wish to grant her request, but was fearful it was an inconvenient season, being the dinner hour. She then raised her feeble voice to ask the nurse if I might be permitted to read, and pray-which being granted, I prayed with her, and thus closed my visit to the dying girl.
It may be satisfactory to add that I spoke to the matron of the workhouse, who is a pious woman, and she expressed her belief that S- M- 's short sojourn with us had been productive of much benefit. The lion (said she) has indeed been transformed into a lamb!”
This young woman has since departed this life, and it is hoped that her emancipated spirit has gone to join that number who, having washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb, are now before the throne. EXTRACTS FROM AGENTS’ JOURNALS.
A SERVANT BENEFITED. July 18th.-Had the gratification of meeting a goodly number of young persons in each district, and receiving visits from several who are now in situations. I was informed by the mother of one of the elder girls at Pentonville, that the pleasure with which her daughter anticipates attending at the meet. ing so overcomes her that she is frequently observed to shed tears. I hope she is under the influence of divine grace. She possesses a sweetness of disposie tion seldom to be met with in her sphere of life. The lady in whose family she lives as a servant
values her, and expresses herself fully satisfied with her general conduct.
PRAYER ENTREATED. July 24th.-Met a large number of girls in a kitchen in Pain-street on Monday. After the usual instruction, I was about to close with prayer, when one of the elder girls entreated me to pray for her. On inquiring the reason of the request, I found that it was probably the last time we should meet, as she was going into a situation some distance off. There were two things, she said, which she particularly wished me to pray for ; viz. that the instruction which she had received might never be forgotten, and that she might ever cherish a peculiar regard for her bible. She is an intelligent, well disposed girl, and will, I hope, prove a treasure to her employers.
A VISIT TO THE HOSPITAL. July 31st.— Was requested to visit a young woman this week in the Accident-ward of Middlesex hospi. tal, for whom I obtained a situation in a pious family nearly two years ago. While there she proved herself a trustworthy, excellent servant. It does not at present appear that she is a renewed person ; but in a recent conversation she assured me the instruction received at the class at Wells-street had never been forgotten. I supplied her and several of her fellow. sufferers with tracts, and trust her affliction will be graciously sanctified.
A DYING MESSAGE. August 14th.- This day I unexpectedly received the dying message of one of my charge at Saffron Hill. She was a poor but interesting child residing in Red Lion Alley. The first time I noticed her was