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He did so; delivered him to the secular power, who on the very same day led the blind boy to the place of execution at Gloucester, together with one Thomas Croker, a poor bricklayer, condemned also for the like testimony of the truth; when both, in one fire, most constantly and joyfully yielded their souls into the hands of the Lord Jesus.- English Martyrology.
WHIPPED FOR READING THE BIBLE. England was once subject to the Pope, and the common people were forbidden to read the Bible. The English nation became Protestants; and as it is one of the firm principles of Protestantism to allow all people to read the Bible which God has given us, the king ordered an edition of the Scriptures to be published in the English language. This was in 1538.
It was wonderful to see with what joy this book of God was received, not only among the more learned, but all England over, and with what greediness it was read, and how people came together to hear it. All that could bought the book, or busily read it, or got others to read it for them. Many elderly people learned to read on purpose ; and even little boys and girls flocked, among the rest, to hear it read.
Sometimes they suffered severely for it, as poor William Maldon did, whose parents had not learned to love the Word of God. When the king allowed the Bible, immediately several poor men in the town of Chelmsford, where William's father lived, bought the New Testament, and on Sabbaths sat reading it in the lower end of the church. Many would flock around them to hear them read; and he, among the rest, being then about fifteen years old, came every Sabbath to hear the sweet and glad tidings of the Gospel. But his father observing it, angrily fetched him away, and would have him say his Latin prayers to him, which grieved him much. And as he went at other times to hear the Scriptures read, his father would still fetch him away. This made him think to learn to read English, that so he might read the New Testament himself; which when
he had by diligence done, he and his father's apprentice bought the the New Testament, joining their stocks together; and to conceal it, they hid it under the straw bed, and read it at convenient times.
One night when his father had gone to bed, William and his mother sat up and talked about the crucifix, or representation of the cross, that the priests sometimes carried round to the sick, and about kneeling down to it, and holding up the hands to it when it was carried by in a procession. This he told his mother was plain idolatry, and against the commandment of God, which says, “ Thou shalt not make any graven image, nor bow down to it, nor worship it.” His mother, very angry with him, cried out, “ What, wilt thou not worship the cross, which was about thee when thou wast christened, and must be laid on thee when thou art dead!” at which they separated and went to their beds.
This talk the wife repeated to her ignorant and bigoted husband. Boiling with fury against his son for denying worship to the crucifix, he rose up, and going to his son's chamber, took him by the hair of his head, and whipped him unmercifully. And when the lad bore this beating, as he afterwards said, with a kind of joy, because he considered it for Christ's sake, and shed not a tear, his father seeing that was more enraged, and ran down and fetched a halter and put it about his neck, saying he would hang him. At length, with much entreaty from the mother and brother, he left him almost dead. But nothing frightened William. He grew up a steady friend to the Bible, and all his life did everything he could to spread abroad its precious and saving truths.-Ibid.
BRITISH ENTERPRISE IN THE 19TH CENTURY. British railways spread like a net-work over Great Britain and Ireland, to the extent of 8,054 miles completed thus, in length, they exceeded the ten chief rivers of Europe united, and more than enough of single rails are laid to make a belt of iron around the globe. The cost of these lines has been 286,000,0001., equal to one-third of the amount of the national debt. Railway works have penetrated the earth with tunnels to the extent of more than 50 miles. There are eleven miles of viaduct in the vicinity of the metropolis alone—the earthworks measure 550 millions of cubic yards. St. Paul's, in comparison with the mountain this earth would rear, would be but as a pigmy beside a giant, for it would form a pyramid a mile and a half in height, with a base larger than St. James's Park.-R. Stephenson.
ATTACK BY JACKALS. The following extraordinary instances of what jackals will do when pushed by hunger we have received from a party whom we can rely upon for their truth :—“While in the refreshment-room at Raneegunge on the 10th instant, along with five or six friends, at about nine o'clock in the evening, a jackal came and laid hold of one of our party's legs, passing under the table, and walked out of the room as if quite accustomed to it. At about ten o'clock the same night one of Mr. Rose's bearers was laid hold of, but fortunately escaped with his blanket split in two. At about three in the morning a Coolie employed on the rail was laid hold of by his cloth while asleep ; finding something pulling, he awoke, having just time to save his cloth, when a jackal seized him by the eyebrow and there hung. The Coolie, endeavouring to shake him off to no purpose, caught him by the throat, and thus held him until the brute was cut through with a sword by a chowkeedar. The wound on the eye was frightful; he was sent up to the surgeon at the camp, where our friend went also, and had two pieces cut out of his leg the size of rupees. Thus you will see that the residents have more to fear than the Santhals.”-India Paper.
SPIRITUAL INFLUENCE. The rain is not more necessary to raise the seed, the sun is not more necessary to bring it to maturity, than is the work of the Holy Spirit in the conversion of men. But it is one thing to believe that there is an agency of the Spirit, and gifts and graces of the Holy Ghost to render Christianity beneficial to men, and quite another thing to have a deep and practical persuasion of it, and to regulate all our feelings and expectations on the momentous subject of converting the world, by a continua) reference to this most interesting truth.-— Robert Hall.
NO VIRTUE BUT IN RELIGION. Solid virtue can be grafted upon no stock but that of re- ! ligion ; universal righteousness can be raised on none but Gospel principles. “Who is he that overcometh the world but he that believeth that Jesus is the Christ?”—Lucas.
Grace never appears grace till appears to be sin. The deeper the sense of the evil of sin is, the deeper our apprehensions of the free grace of God in Christ will be.Flavel.
A PARSEE PRAYER. A singular circumstance attended the thanksgiving at Bombay desired by the Governor-General for our successes in the Crimea. On the 2nd of December, the day fixed upon, the Parsees of their own accord met in the Townhall to listen to a lecture on the freedom and blessings of the British Government, contrasted with the tyranny and oppression of Russia, drawn up and delivered by one of their countrymen-Dossabhoy Framjee. The lecture being concluded, the service of the day was wound up by the following prayer, not only remarkable for its own excellence and appropriateness, but doubly so as one of the first ever delivered by a layman in public, and in the ordinary conversational language of the hearers, the Parsee worship being conducted, and their sacred books being written, wholly in an unknown tongue, unintelligible to the worshippers, and very imperfectly understood by the great body of the priesthood themselves :-“O Almighty God, let Thy shadow always fall wherever the British rule exists. Grant it, O God, success in all its undertakings. Vanquish by the aid of Thy powerful hands all its enemies, and grant that its greatness may still rise and its moral effects be spread over a still greater portion of the world.
Receive our humble acknowledgments, O Lord, for having placed us under such a beneficent rule, and we pray to Thee to preserve us under it. Grant, O Heaven, that the Government over our head be actuated in ruling over us with still greater kindness, and its effects be spread still wider. O Almighty protector, preserve for ever secure our lives and properties, as they now are-and grant that the security may be still more strengthened. Bestow, O Lord, a still more merciful heart to the Queen who reigns over us. We pray to Thee, O Almighty God, to bless her armies with success in the great war in which they are now engaged, and bring to a speedy end the great strife, by granting victory to those who have gone to shed their blood in the right cause. Grant, O gracious God, that we may continue to live as we now do, with perfect security to ourselves, under the Government in which we now are, and that we may ever be impressed, with a grateful sense of the advantages which we may enjoy under this benign reign. Amen."
MONTGOMERY'S LAST HYMN. The following hymn was written by the venerable James Montgomery for a friend, on the very day before his death. The manuscript (says the " Sheffield Times,") betrayed no indication of trembling or old age, and might be taken to be the work of a person in middle life, instead of that of an octogenarian who was just about to lay down his pen for ever :
Oh come, all ye weary,
And ye heavy laden,
Fearing or grieving,
Yet humbly believing,
Oh, then sing Hosanna
With jubilant voices,
Like Him, meek and lowly,
In heart and life, holy,