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which is evil, and live in harmony Though thoughts like light-winged with truth. And, ladies and gentle- lightnings run, men, there is one grand truth that Surveying planets, stars, and sun, lies at the root of the Temperance
Their distance, nature, size, to tell question, that, whoever the man may
How far from heaven, how far from hell,
And if, like man, they ever fell. be that adopts its principle, whatever
Nor can he with the present stay, his station in life, it makes that posi
For history calls his thoughts away ; tion better. Temperance adds lustre
Its rising wonders to survey: to the brightest character; it elevates And daring on that track goes forth, the most degraded, debases and en- To know of old creation's birth; slaves none; but it is rather a charter How all that is, or th' past e'er knew, of freedom, a principle of liberty, From nothing into something grew; and is in harmony with God's im- But know, where'er his thoughts may mutable laws, and with truth itself roam, (loud cheers). Teetotalism will live He sees a God, and is at home : when all your objections will have
His yearning spirit pants to see
God in his own immensity. passed away and been forgotten, and will win for itself one day the power
Though these high thoughts Tom's of overturning the drink error, and vision fill, assisting to bring about that glorious He knows he is a cobbler still; time when righteousness shall And with these soul-ennobling views, cover the earth as the waters cover Pays prompt attention to his shoes. the deep.'”—Temperance Star.
The self-same soul that mounts the skies
And quite familiar with his kit,
He shapes the shoes to make them fit.
While worlds with worlds he seeks to LEAVES FROM A NOTE BOOK ON
join, THE CHARACTER OF MEN And man with God would fain combine, AND THINGS.
His sole he beats to suit the tread,
And draws well waxed his flaxen thread. No. 3.- TOM THE COBBLER. His face is dirty, hands are rough, Sweet humble thoughts, on heavenly His clothing made of common stuff, things, And so put on, 'tis scarcely known, Go from his mind, and open springs If made for him, or if his own.
Of rapture, till at times he knows, His manners too, none can deny,
Scarce where he nails or how he sews ; Are quite uncouth to courtly eye. And feels, while shoe he's polishing, He works away ; is quite at ease All sin he is abolishing. Whether he anger, or he please,- Yet this is but occasional, Or rather seems to use no skill
When promptly he himself will call To shun your hate, or gain good-will. To earthly work. They are like chinks Though often prest with company, That let in such bright light, that Tom is his own society.
blinks 'Tis not his purposes that stir
His mental vision ; then no wonder, His mood to be thus singular ;
'Tween shoes and heaven if he should It is the instinct of his heart
blunder. That leads, without the aid of art.
When Tom the Cobbler's in your view, When most Tom in this mood appears,
Please let him have the merit due; He is the butt of workmen's jeers. Nor meanly his high stall enthral, No matter; give they praise or blame, Though seated on a cobbler's stall. Unmoved, Tom goes on just the same.
His soul is mighty, and would grace, They wonder, and are oft perplext, High science in its highest place; That Tom like them should not be vext; Such were the flights of Cobbler Drew, The more of him they daily see
Of Gifford, and of Carey too : But deepens their perplexity.
Men who, though born in nature's
shado, Tom mends his shoes, but mind's strong Have sunlight paths in learning made. wings
They live inquiring minds to show, Oft bear him up to higher things; How deep, how high the mind can go; And in the adventures of his mind, That ties of poverty but lend He leaves the shoes and shop behind. A stronger impulse to ascend.
days. I went to see him; and meeting one of his friends coming out, I
asked, “How is Mr. S.?' He anLAST HOURS OF THE VEN. AND REV.
swered, • Almost gone.' I said, 'Has JOHN KNOX.
the physician been here this morning?' On the 24th November, 1572, the • Yes.' • Did you ask_him seriously pious, learned, and zealous John
his opinion?' 'Yes, I did. “What Knox departed this life. The night did he say?' 'He had no hope; addbefore he died he sighed much in his ing, it was a million to one if he sleep; and when he awoke, Camp- recovered.' I answered, 'If the one bell and John Johnston, who attended be God's, it will outweigh the physihim, having asked him the reason, cian's million.' I went straight uphe answered, “In my time, I have stairs to his bedroom, and found him been often assaulted by Satan, and scarcely able to speak. I thought, oft he hath cast my sins in my teeth, * What a pity so good and useful a to bring me into despair ; but God
man should die, particularly in the gave me grace to overcome all his
present weak state of the society! I temptations. And now that subtle
will wrestle with God for his life. I serpent hath taken another course. did so; and while praying, these He seeks to persuade me that my words came with mighty power into labours in my ministry, and the fide- my mind : 'He shall not die, but live, lity I have shown in that service have and show forth the glory of God.' In merited heaven and immortality. that moment I knew he would recover, But, blessed be God, who brought to and said to him, “My brother, God my mind these scriptures, What
will raise you up; this sickness is hast thou that thou hast not re- not unto death.' Those around me ceived ?' and, Not I, but the grace in the room seemed astonished at me. of God in me;' with which he is
In that hour he began to amend, and, gone away ashamed, and shall no
I believe, was a steady, consistent, more return. And now I am sure my useful member of Society to the end battle is at an end, and that without of his life.”—Rev. Samuel Dunn's Life pain of body or trouble of spirit, I of Dr. Clarke, pages 119-20. shall shortly change this mortal life for that happy immortal life.” After THE FAITHFUL MINISTER. prayer he was asked whether he heard
The true minister lives less for the it . He replied, “ Would God that ye
present than for the future. He has had heard with such an ear and heart
eternity in his eye. The celebrated as I have.” Then he said, Lord
remark of an ancient painter, “I paint Jesus, receive my spirit.” After
for eternity,” has more of the shadow which, be spake no more, but without
than the substance of the sublime, for any emotion resigned his soul into the
it contemplated only a fancied life in hands of his God and Father.”
others' breath. But on the lips of a Crookshank's History of the Church Christian minister, a similar sentiof Scotland.
ment has all the beauty and grace of
simple truth. He lives and acts, he AN INTERESTING FACT.
preaches and prays for eternity; and (James v. 14-16.)
millions of ages hence, his life and In prayer, Dr. Adam Clarke had actions, his sermons and his prayers, power with God, and prevailed. Here may be remembered by beings besides is an instance, which we give in his himself, with unutterable joy or grief. own words. “ John Sewell, a class This is enough. The minister who leader, in Yarmouth, a warm friend forgets this may be a trifler, and will of the cause, and an excellent man, be a trifler. He may trifle formally had a very bad typhus fever, and and gravely, but he will trifle still. there was no hope of his life. When The minister to whom this single vast I was in the circuit, I happened to idea is habitually present, as a reality, come into Yarmouth when he was may trifle if he can. But it is imgiven over by his physicians. They possible. He will be serious, engaged, had been expecting his death some devoted, absorbed, -absorbed in the
great object of meeting with joy the shrouded in the mists of misery, or favoured happy beings, whom his clouded by the opacity of sorrow and fidelity has instrumentally saved. misfortune.
Thoughts like these will prevent us from being proud of our gifts, and
GREAT MEN. cause us to use them with a trembling Almost all great men who have anxiety to do our best for the honour performed or who are destined to of God and the welfare of souls.- perform great things, are sparing Dr. Daniel Danna, on the “Impor
of words. Their communing is tance of Seriousness to the Christian
with themselves rather than with Minister.”
others. They feed upon their own
thoughts, and in these inward muBE NOT DECEIVED, OR BE
sings, brace those intellectual and CONSISTENT.
active energies, the development of IF “honesty, which is the best
which constitutes the great character. policy," were universally practised,
Napoleon became a babbler only when we should not have so many bank
his fate was accomplished, and his
fortune on the decline. ruptcies, and religion would not have its character so awfully tarnished. Preachers would render an untold
Phenomena of the Months. benefit to the cause of truth and righteousness, if they would speak clearly, lovingly, pointedly, and faith
JUNE. fully on this highly-important, but The average temperature of each much neglected duty ; they would day in the month of June during thus awaken many slumbering debtors. fifty years shows a variation of only “I thank God,” said one of this class five degrees during the whole month, once at a love feast, “ that my name namely, from 57 to 62 degrees, the is in the Lamb's book of life.” “And latter figure being only one deI can bear testimony,” said one who gree less than the highest average followed, “ that our brother's name is of any day in our English summer, in my book also.” He had not paid and the former figure representing his debts. We pity those who, like the lowest average of daily temperapious Job, are suddenly brought into ture we ordinarily experience from poverty and trouble; but what apo- the beginning of June to the middle logy can be made for those who are of September-more than fifteen false, idle, or extravagant? (Rom. weeks. Seven days in June have an
average temperature of 57 degrees;
six days an average of 58 degrees; DESPONDENCY.
six days 59 degrees; four days 60 What right has any person, endowed degrees; four days 61 degrees; and with an ordinary share of intellect, three days 62 degrees. The rainfall and blessed with a respectable share in June, 1868, was two and a quarter of good health, to despond? What inches less than the average of the is the cause of despondency? What preceding seven years—an exceptionis the meaning of it?
ally dry season. is a weak mind, and the meaning The sun rises on the 1st at nine is sin. Providence never intended minutes before four, and sets at four that one of his creatures should be minutes after eight; on the 15th it the victim of a desire to feel and rises at sixteen minutes before four, look the gloom of the thunder cloud. and sets at sixteen minutes after Never despond, friendly reader; for eight; and on the 30th it rises at one of the first entrances of vice to eleven minutes before four, and ets the heart is made through the in- at eighteen minutes after eight. The strumentality of despondency. Al- total variation in the length of daythough we cannot expect all our days light is about eight minutes in the and hours to be gilded by sunshine, mornings, and fifteen minutes in the we must not, for mere momentary evenings; from the 19th to the 23rd the griefs, suppose that they are to be en- variation is only a few seconds daily.
B. North, West Wycombe, who, after assist the Secretary and Committee entertaining us with a few of his in the general work of preparation. merry remarks, gave us a practical The monthly abstract showed an proof of the interest he takes in the increase of seven members. Dead, well-being of the Association by lay- three (no claim for one of these); sick, ing on the table the sum of £9, the fifty-three; annuitants, ninety-five. greatest part of which he had re- Total receipts since last annual ceived from those to whom he had meeting, £2082 4s 3d. applied.
The Treasurer reported the purAfter a short speech from Bro. chase of £100 consols, according to a S. Weller, of Wycombe, and a few previous resolution. words from Bro. B. Howland, the Several letters were read, and many meeting was brought to a close by a minor matters were discussed and very cordial vote of thanks to all the settled. kind friends who had been engaged Brother W. G. of B., who had been in furthering the objects of the Asso- on the permanently 'disabled list for ciation.
some time, was allowed an additional Amount obtained at the meeting- shilling per week.
The entrance fee of a brother in his Bro. North
£9 John Rutiy, Esq.
fifty-sixth year, was fixed at two Proceeds of tea and public
4 1 0 Letters were read and considered
from Northampton, Leighton, Swaff£14 2 0 ham, and Cleckheaton. JAMES BECK, Local Sec.
Arrangements were made for the audit of the accounts.
A sub-committee, consisting of the GENERAL COMMITTEE.
officers and Brothers Jameson and The monthly meeting was held at
Wade, was appointed for settling the residence of the General cre
any needful business until the next tary, on Wednesday, 12th May. meeting, which will be held in the
Present : Brothers Durley (chair), vestry of King's Cross Chapel, on Creswell, Jameson, J. Carter, Cham
Saturday, June 5th, at five p.m. berlain, Wade 1st, and Coman.
Brother Coman opened the meeting with prayer.
DIED. The minutes were read and con- March 24, 1869, John Varly, of Hudfirmed.
dersfield, aged 43. Claim £6. His Brothers Durley and Carter were
death was sudden : conscious part of
the time, and happy. appointed to make all necessary in
April 21, 1869. William Hateley, of quiries and arrangements for pro
Birmingham, aged 61. Claim £6. He viding the public tea, and for a dinner
died very happy. for the brethren whose homes would
May 5, 1869. John Thurston, of be too far from the place of meeting. Gloucester, aged 69. Claim £6. He Brother Coman was appointed to died suddenly.
CASH RECEIVED BY THE GENERAL TREASURER TO MAY 15, 1869.
Free Sub- Benefit
scriptions. Members. Northampton 1st
3 16 0 Pateley Bridge—Mr. P. Eskholme, hc. qrly.
0 2 6 1 4 0 Burnley
0 18 0 Huddersfield 1st
1 1 0 Framlingham
0 12 0 Sheerness
0 18 0 St. Agnes
1 1 0 Leeds-Chas. Watson, Esq. hm. £1; Mr. W. Ouston, hm, £1; per Bro. J. Pollitt
2 0 0 2 96 Mansfi:7:1
2 2 6
this lack by raising up this society to translate His book into the various dialects of earth, and men can read now in their own tongues “the wonderful works of God.”
Next in importance to the societies already named, we may place “ THE SUNDAY School Union,” and “The RAGGED School UNION.” Two powerful and crowded meetings were heldThe Sunday School Union held their meeting on the evening of May the 6th, and the Ragged School Union on the evening of May the 10th.
One important meeting held in Exeter Hall, Messrs. Bagster have not down in their list. " THE NATIONAL TEMPERANCE LEAGUE ” held a . capital meeting on Thursday evening, May the 6th. Time and space forbid us noticing any more of these societies, but we are happy to know, whatever ignorant and ungodly men may say to the contrary, they are a power for good in the nation,-yea, to the world. “Their line is gone out into all the earth.”
London this year, when alterations can be made in our rules. As it regards one proposal, it would be an affectation of indifference, which we do not feel, did we not say we hope it will be carried. We mean the proposition by Brother Watson, “That every benefit member should take their Own Magazine." This appears so reasonable, that were it not that we have proof to the contrary, we should have supposed it impossible that any brother could be willing to reap the fruits of the association, who had never helped to sow the seed. He must be poor indeed who cannot lay by a halfpenny a week to purchase this magazine.
We have every reason to believe that the meeting to be held in London this year will be a good one. Mr. McArthur, who takes the chair at the public meeting on June 7th, is the popular representative of the borough of Lambeth, and a true Methodist. Numerous chapels are to be opened for collections, on Sunday, June 6th. Let us expect above all, that the brethren may be baptized afresh with the Holy Spirit, and return back to their fields of labour resolved that they will—
Their every sacred moment spend
We must leave other events which have, or are passing by us at the present time, and call the attention of our friends to coming events, in reference to our own Association. The triennial meeting will be held in
Mutual-Jid Association Reporter.
thirteen years, with which the meetDEAR BROTHER,—I have pleasure ing was evidently well pleased. I in forwarding to you an account of a had the pleasure of taking his name meeting held in the Wesleyan Chapel, an honorary subscriber for a West Wycombe, for the benefit of the guinea a year. Local Preachers' Mutual-Aid Associ- The meeting was next addressed ation, on Wednesday, April, 21, 1869. by Brother James Hussey, who is In the afternoon, a very nice tea was also an honorary member, subscribing provided by the kind friends of the £1 1s. a year. He has been long, place (all gratuitous); and although steadily, and acceptably engaged in the number present was rather small, the discharge of the important duties yet all appeared to enjoy themselves. of the local ministry, &c.
His reAt seven in the evening, the public marks were interesting, and much to meeting was opened with singing and
the point. prayer; after which the chairman, Bro. Rose (Aylesbury), who kindly John Rutty, Esq., who had kindly came for the purpose of helping us, engaged to preside, gave us, in his next engaged our attention, and, in a usually kind and attractive way, an very kindly spirit, strove to sustain abstract of his labours as a local. the spirit of the meeting. preacher for (I think) a period of Then came our warm-hearted Bro.