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event had been sanctified to fix the religious impressions of childhood deep on the heart of Amelia. She sought refuge at the cross of Christ, and found pardon and peace in his atoning sacrifice.

Now, it was Amelia's desire and delight, in every way that became her sex and her station, to recommend that gospel from which she derived all her happiness and her hope. The circulation of Religious Tracts was a means just adapted to the unobtrusive character of Amelia. She visited her father's tenants; placed the broad-sheet Tracts on the walls of their farm houses, and encouraged their little children to expect the welcome present of a pretty picturebook, as a reward, for the chapters and hymns that they repeated.

Many were the pleasing instances which encouraged the hopes of Amelia ; though, of course, mingled with such disappointments as all those who labor for the spiritual good of others may reasonably expect. One circumstance, at the beginning of Amelia's course, afforded her great satisfaction. A former servant of the family, who had nursed Amelia when an infant, had a daughter about fourteen years old, who fell a victim to consumption. To this child Amelia paid daily attention; she read the scriptures and various tracts to her, and had the happiness to find that her efforts were blessed of God. Amelia attended this young girl during her lingering illness, beheld her wasting frame, watched her glazed eyes, and at length closed them in her dying moments. The end of this pious child was peace, and one of her last prayers was, “ May Jesus bless you, ma'am ;-may we meet in heaven.” To this Amelia responded, “Amen :" and the recollection of the prayer communicated to her mind such delight as none but the Christian can experience.

Who, that has any virtuous feelings, not to say, scriptural views, can compare the character of Amelia with the giddy votaries of pleasure, without seeing the vast disparity ? Surely, as St. Paul told the youthful Timothy, “Godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” (1 Tim. iv. 8.)

My youthful reader! What does conscience say, as to your own character? Are you godly? Are you a sincere believer in Christ? living to his glory? Are you an heir of God, and a joint heir with Christ Jesus? I say, Is such your present, your decided characTER?

Are you PRAYER is the soul's sincere desire,

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Utter'd or unexpress'd; The motion of a hidden fire,

That trembles in the breast.

Prayer is the burden of a sigh,

The falling of a tear,
The upward glancing of an eye,

When none but God is near.

Prayer is the simplest form of speech,

That infant lips can try : Prayer, the sublimest strains that reach

The Majesty on high.

Prayer is the Christian's vital breath,

The Christian's native air ;
His watchword at the gates of death;

He enters heaven by prayer.
Prayer is the contrite sinner's voice,

Returning from his ways;
While angels in their songs rejoice,

“ Behold, he prays !"

And say,

The saints in prayer appear as one,

In word, and deed, and mind; When with the Father and his Son,

Their fellowship they find.

Nor prayer is made on earth alone,

The Holy Spirit pleads;
And Jesus, on the eternal throne,

For sinners intercedes.

O thou, by whom we come to God;

The life, the truth, the way:
The path of prayer thyself hast trod;
Lord, teach us "how to pray."

Montgomery.

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