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Lord, thy truth I'll doubt no more; appeared uneasy. His host informed Nor disgrace thee as before;
him that his chamber was prepared, From Thy word I'll part, -no, never; whenever he chose to retire. “But," It shall be my joy for ever.
said he, “you have not had your Kimberley.
family together.". “Had my family
together; for what purpose? I don't THE YELLOW CROCUS.
know what you mean," said the landLAMPS of the early spring time,
lord. "To read the scriptures, and Lighting its timid feet
to pray with them,” replied the guest; On the frozen path of winter,
surely you do not retire to rest in Your pleasant smiles we greet.
the omission of so necessary a duty.” With your cheery blossoms springing The landlord confessed that he had 'Mid the cold and drifted snow,
never done such a thing. Then, Or spreading on the grassy moand
sir,” said Mr. Ryland," I must beg A bright and golden glow.
you to order my horse immediately. Lamps of early spring time,
The landlord and family entreated Your globes of topaz light
him not to expose himself to the inAre radiant with the promise
clemency of the weather at that late Of the summer's glory bright.
hour of the night, observing that the We watch your flow'rots fondly,
storm was as violent as when he first With a thrill of joyous glee,
came in. As they tell us of that sunny time,
May be so," replied Mr. And its merry minstrelsy.
Ryland,“ but I would rather brave
the storm than venture to sleep in a When we look upon your blossoms, house where there is no prayer. Who We seem to hear the song
can tell what may befall us before The song of praise and thankfulness From the happy summer throng.
The landlord still remorning?"
monstrated, and expressed great reIt chimeth low within our hearts, Like distant merry bells;
gret that he should offend so agreeable And oh, what tales of happiness
a gentleman. At last he said, he Its spirit music tells.
should have no objection to “call his
family together," but he should not Oh! many a scene of hope and love
know what to do when they came. Your pleasant flowers can show,
Mr. Ryland then proposed to conduct To the quiet heart that listens For their voices sweet and low.
family worship, to which they conThey tell us of His love who gave
sented. The members of the family Their colour and perfume,
assembled ; and then Mr. Ryland To grace our exiled world, and light asked for a Bible, but no such book With beauty its sad gloom.
could be produced. However, he was C. M. P. enabled to supply the deficiency, as
he usually carried a small Bible or Choice Selections.
Testament in his pocket. He read a portion of scripture, and then prayed
with much fervour and solemnity, esMR. RYLAND AND AN INNKEEPER. pecially acknowledging the goodness THE Rev.John Ryland, of Northamp- of God, that none present had been ton, being on a journey, was overtaken injured by the storm, and imploring by a violent storm, and compelled to protection through the night. He take shelter in the first inn he came earnestly prayed that the attention of to. The people of the house treated all might be awakened to the things him with great kindness and hospi- belonging to their everlasting peace, tality. The good old man was friendly, and that the family might never again cheerful, and well stored with enter- meet in the morning, or separate at taining anecdotes; and the family night, without prayer. When he rose strove to make him comfortable. from his knees, nearly all present They all supped together, and both were weeping, and the inquiry was the residents and the guest seemed awakened in several hearts, Sir, pleased with each other. At length, what must we do to be saved ?" Much when the house was cleared, and the profitable conversation ensued. The hour of rest approached, the stranger following morning, Mr. Ryland again
conducted family worship, and ob- self from the missiles, turned round tained from the landlord a promise, suddenly, and said aloud, Do you that, however feebly performed, it mean to kill us ? for if you do we will should not, in future, be omitted. go no farther; here we will die.' This This day was the beginning of good somewhat quieted the mob, and the days to that family; most of whom little party got safely off. They were became decided and devoted followers not, however, disheartened, and other of the Lord Jesus Christ, and were efforts were made, and very soon a the means of diffusing a knowledge of place of worship was secured, and a the gospel in the neighbourhood, flourishing cause was established in which had been proverbially dark and Daventry. The present chapel in destitute.
Cow Lane was built when my chil
dren were scholars in the Sunday EARLY METHODISM.
school, but good farmer Edmonds was Last year an old disciple, who had not then alive, both he and his wife reached the 82nd year of his pilgrim- had gone to their reward." C. age, entered into his rest. Shortly before he died he was talking of the
PARABLES. early history of Methodism in some PARABLES vary from one another in parts of Northamptonshire and War- certain details of their development, wickshire, and I wrote down from his as parables; and hence it it is in vain lips the following account of the com- to attempt to define precisely what a mencement of the work in the Daven- parable must be, and what, consetry Circuit.
quently, a parable is. But this, at Mr. Edmonds, a farmer at Welton, least, is obvious,-every parable is near Daventry, was a God-fearing a throwing of one thing beside another. man, and he became the instrument That is the etymological import of the by which Methodism was fostered in word. Hence this also is obvious,those parts. A Mr. Gibbons was the every parable is a species of allegory. travelling preacher, who then lived at One thing is said, or thrown down, Norton. He one day came to Welton which of itself has a natural meaning, and preached in the open air. He but on the other side of this natural was like Zaccheus, little of stature ; meaning, and partly veiled by it, and so, after preaching was over, he said partly unveiled, another thing is to those who were standing around, meant. The double meaning is • You have here Independents and founded on a fact of real similitude, Baptists, can't you make room for a which again is founded on a law of little Methodist?' Mrs. Edmonds correspondences, which inter-relates heard this, and after a little whisper- higher things with lower, and things ing with a neighbour, named Mrs. spiritual with things material. These Arlidge, she said boldly, "Yes, we correspondences are actual, though will;' and so from that time Edmonds's it is possible to look at them from house became the preachers' home, imaginary stand-points, and thus to and Mr. Edmonds was made the first see them in utter disorder, or in groclass-leader.
tesque combinations. The fable is a “ Soon after an attempt was made kind of parable; but there is generally upon Daventry, two miles from the bound up with it something unnatural village of Welton. Mr. Gibbons went and grotesque. Trees, perhaps, or to preach in the open air and in the birds, or beasts, are made to reason, market place. He was accompanied and speak like human beings, There by farmer Edmonds and several is, too, an interesting connection beothers. The mob, many of whom tween parables and types; but there were working shoemakers, were, how- is a line of demarcation. In both ever, very unruly and riotous, so that there is a representation of things bethe preacher and his party were forced yond themselves. But in types the to retreat, being pelted with stones representation is of the nature of an out of the town. On arriving at the impress; whereas, in parables, there Abbey End, Edmonds, who had put is expression rather than impression, his coat over bis head to defend him
In the former, something from above
has come down, and left its mark on CONFERENCE OF LAY PREACHERS. what is below; or, something that is
Ar a Conference of lay preachers of to come has cast its shadow before. the metropolis, held in the schoolroom In the latter something present and of Finsbury chapel, convened by the from below is stretching itself forward Christian Instruction Society, the and upward to direct attention to following resolution was unanimously what is above. Hence the type is adopted :-" That this conference real; the parable is verbal. There is, gratefully acknowledges the goodness too, an intimate connection between of God in the blessing accorded to lay metaphors and parables. Both are preaching in this metropolis ; and beverbal, and verbally symbolical. But lieving that, in the present advanced in parables the symbolism is formally state of knowledge, it is of the highest set down, and left to stand on its own importance that lay preaching should feet; whereas, in metaphors, it is in- be of the most intelligent as well as formally assumed and applied.-Dr.
the most earnest character, recomMorison's note on the first part of mends that the committee of the Matt. xiii. 3.
Christian Instruction Society should
co-operate with other societies enSENSATIONAL WORKS : THEIR
gaged in the same work, in devising FRUIT.
a scheme of previous preparation for The ordinary of the gaol of Newgate, lay preaching, which shall at least in his annual report to the Lord Mayor secure a correct knowledge of Bible and magistrates of the city of London, theology and the grammar of the gives information, and offers remarks English language, and which be reof an important character, upon the ef
ferred to a future conference, to confects of light, trashy, sensational litera- sist of representatives of all evangelical rature upon young minds. He states churches in London. And that a that he has conversed upon this subject
sub-committee be appointed to carry with all the boys brought into the gaol,
out this resolution."—Weekly Review, and particularly with those who had of January 30, 1869. been better educated than the generality. He found that all these boys THE UNBELIEVER REFUTED. had been in the habit of reading the “Ah,” said a sceptic to an old Quaker, cheap periodicals published for the “I suppose you are one of those fanaalleged amusement of youth of both tics who believe the Bible?" Said sexes; and that the stories which the aged man, “I do believe the had made the greatest impression Bible. Do you believe it?" upon their minds, were those in which I can have no proof of its truth.” the worst scoundrels were successful “Then,” inquired the old man,“ does in wickedness. One boy in particular thee believe in France ? Yes; for had set before his mind a hero of great although I have not seen it, I have strength, and who flinched from no seen others who have. Besides, there crime of violence,-as his example; is plenty of corroborative proof that and he endeavoured to improve his such a country does exist." Then own strength in order to resemble thee will not believe anything thee or him. These boys generally visited others has not seen?" "No." “Did theatres, and the strongest impression
see thy own brains ? " was always made by the plays in which “ No." “ Does thee believe thee has the vilest villain was the hero. In any?” This last question put an many cases the boys had obtained end to the discussion. money by means of forgery, and then went from town to town, principally
HEALTH OF BODY. watering-places, and squandered it in Good men should be attentive to their the most absurd manner. The report, health, and keep the body as much as although it points out the results of possible the fit medium of the mind. this pernicious literature, suggests no A man may be a good performer, but remedy. Ought not such demoral. what can he do with a disordered in. ising publications to be suppressed ? strument? The inhabitant may have
good eyes, but how can be see accu
rately through a soiled window? inorganic components. Dr. Beale Keep, therefore, the glass clean and calls this the vital power; and uses the organ in tune. We do not wish some very strong arguments in favour you to be fanciful—to live in the shop of its distinctive operation. I believe of an apothecary—or to have a medi- it is vital power, which, as well as the cal student always in attendance. common inorganic forces, sprang from But be soberly and prudently atten- the same agent-a Power above both. tive to the body. Rise early. Take -Ibid. proper exercise. Observe and avoid whatever disagrees with your system. A CONVERTED ATHEIST. Never overburden nature. Be mode- An Atheist, who got converted, feel. rate in your eating and drinking—the ing the obligations under which he board slays more than the sword. - was laid to Christ, though he had Jay.
heard nothing of the plan before,
made out a list of all his old associ. A WISE REPROOF.
ates then living within reach of his A PIOUS poor old man, in reasoning influence. For the conversion of these with a Sabbath-breaker, said, “ Sup- he determined to pray daily, and to pose, now, I had seven shillings, and labour as he had opportunity. On suppose I met a man and gave him this list were one hundred and sixteen six shillings freely out of the seven ; names, among whom were sceptics, what would you say to that?”. “Why, drunkards, and other individuals as I should say you were very kind, and little likely to be reached by Christian that the man ought to be thankful.” influence as any men alive. Within "Well, but suppose he was to knock two years of this man's conversion, me down, and rob me of the other one hundred of these individuals had shilling; what then?” Why, then made a profession of religion.-Rev. he would deserve hanging.” Well, G. Warner. now, this is your case : thou art the man.' God as freely given you six
THE UNWISE MOTHER, days to work and earn your bread; A LADY, in the south of England, had and the seventh He has kept for him- a son who was ill. On being told self, and commands us to keep it holy;
there was no hope of his recovery, but you, not satisfied with the six she became almost frantic, and said, days God has given, rob Him of the not in prayer to God for her own subseventh. What, then, do you de- mission and the child's salvation, but The man was silenced. in positive declaration, that her child
should not be taken from her. “O SCIENCE, AND THE BIBLE. God, Thou shalt not take my childI do most honestly believe that the he shall not die.” The little boy did plain speaking of science and the not die, but recovered ; and his unplain speaking of the Bible are parallel resigned, injudicious mother lived to roads ; along either of which, or both see him taken to the gallows. of which, the highest scientific student and the lowliest believer can walk
A WOMAN'S SMILE. with equal profit and honour.–J. H. A woman who lived unhappily with Wheatley, at the Victoria Institute, her husband, came to a divine to ask Feb. 3, 1868.
his counsel. “Always meet your
husband with a smile," said the wise GOD WORKING IN NATURE.
She followed his advice, and The activity which produced the soon returned to thank him for the material universe, could only, by blessing of a happy home. Whenever the exercise of the same means, con- a home landscape is dreary and its tinue to produce the material. The horizon clouded, we believe that it material, therefore, can but throw off proceeds not so much from the storms varieties of the material--can but of man's petulance and unreasonable. effect architectural changes. There ness, as because woman has forgotten must, consequently, be some power at to draw a sunbeam from the Sun of work, independent of, and beyond, the Righteousness.-Maria Brewster.
serve ? "
Phenomena of tge Months. Mars is visible all night at the
beginning of the month, and sets an
hour and ten minutes before sunrise MARCH.
on the last day. The range of temperature during Jupiter sets at six minutes before March rises five degrees higher than nine on the evening of the 1st, that is, that of February, the daily average three hours and eighteen minutes after never falling below 40 degrees, the sun; and only one hour and six and reaching to 45. The last fifty minutes after the sun on the last day. years give us six days in March having Saturn is a morning star, rising at an average of 40 degrees, nine days eighteen minutes after two in the averaging 41 degrees, seven days morning of the 1st, and soon after midaveraging 42 degrees, six averaging night of the 30th. 43, two 44, and one 45 degrees. The rainfall in March last year was more than three-quarters of an inch less
Passing Ebents. than the average of several years, rain falling on sixteen days.
The instability of earthly things is The sun rises on the 1st at twelve seen in the downfall of the great minutes before seven, and sets at house, OVEREND, GURNEY, & Co.," twenty-two minutes before six ; on the and should teach the lesson that:15th it rises at sixteen minutes after “ He builds too low, who builds beneath the six, and sets at two minutes after six; sky." and on the 31st it rises at forty-one We cannot but feel pity for the men minutes after five, and sets at half- who stood so high, and who are now past six. The mornings increase in
brought down so low. length seventy minutes,
and the even- What a striking contrast to that ings fifty-two minutes. The sun enters scene before the Lord Mayor was exhiAries (the Ram) on the 20th, and the bited at the Fishmongers' Hall on the Spring quarter commences on that evening of February 9th. Here we day at half-past one o'clock in the have the happy family, consisting of morning.
the grand warden to represent the comThe moon is new on the 13th at
pany, with an archbishop and bishops forty-seven minutes after eight in the to represent the National Church, Mr. morning, and full on the 27th, at Binney the Independents, Mr. Brock thirty-three minutes after nine in the the Baptists, and George Osborn the evening. On the first Sunday it sets Methodists. These grave divines in the middle of the day; on the seem to have been as merry as crickets. second Sunday it sets at eleven Of course we should not suppose that minutes after seven in the evening ; the frequent toasts which were drunk on the third Sunday it shines until had anything to do with this hilarity. nearly two in the morning; and on We must live and learn, it seems. the fourth Sunday it rises before half- Who would have thought, if it had past seven in the evening to shine all not come out at this grand supper, night.
that the bishops are “the truly The moon is near to Saturn on the liberal element in the house of Lords ?” 6th, to Mercury on the 10th, to
so says the Archbishop of York. AcVenus on the 11th, to Jupiter on cording to this speaker, those busy the 15th, to Aldebaran on the 19th, lads of the House of Commons not only the moon passing over it in the fore- take the initiative of everything, but noon; to Uranus on the 22nd, to Mars actually do the work ; so that there is on the 24th, and to Regulus on the nothing left for the members of the 26th.
upper house but to put on their robes Mercury is a morning star all the and go up Parliament Street and month, but rises less than an hour sing, “ We've got no work to do.” before the sun the whole time.
He was really thankful to the grand Venus is also a morning star, and warden, who was for cutting them out rises less than half an hour before a little work in the educational and the sun during the_month.