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PATIENCE AND COURAGE. Courage is an occasional act or effort of the soul; patience, a continuous habit. Courage is the mission of some; patience, the duty of all. Courage courts observation, and sustains itself by every possible outward prop and stimulus; patience, is as a prince the service he had received lovely and quiet-its warfare is within, as a beggar. its victory without sound of trumpet, for the eye of God and the award of heaven. Courage may give its strength Riches have made more men coveto evil, and may nerve the arm of the tous than covetousness hath made thief or the manslayer; patience, rich. As much as you excel others in dwells only in the bosom of piety, and fortune, so much ought you to excel always beholds the face of her Father them in virtue. Let great actions in heaven.-Rev. A. P. Peabody. encourage greater; and let honor be your merit and your design. Recreation is a second creation, when weariness has almost annihilated one's spirits One hundred hours of vexation, says the Italian proverb, will not pay a farthing of debt. False wit like false money, only passes current with those who have no means of
THE RULING PASSIONS. M. P called on me one day, at the time when daily regulations were taking place in Paris, with regard to the change of the coinage. He told me he had just been visiting M. de L., a rich banker, who was on the point of death. The dying man, after tell- comparison. The clouds that intercept ing him he was perfectly reconciled to the will of God, and recommending himself to his prayers, turned to him as he was leaving his bed-side, and said to him, "Well-any news of specie to-day ?"-Valesiana.
POVERTY & PROSPERITY.
Pope Sixtus V. was so poor when he came to Rome, that he was obliged to ask alms. Having at last saved a
the heavens from us come not from the heavens, but from the earth.
Human learning gives place to the knowledge of the word of God. A scholar, in the near view of eternity, said to his mother, "I have been endeavouring to obtain one of the highest seats in the literary world, but I can now willingly resign it, to obtain the lowest seat in heaven.'
THRONES AND KINGDOMS.
"The liberal soul shall be made Bajazet, after his capture, observing his conqueror to laugh at him, said, fat; and he that watereth shall be "Do not laugh at my misfortunes, watered also himself." How true that Tamerlane: it is God that has subdued is, even in all the relations of life. me, not you. He is able to reverse The liberal man never loses anything our situations, and to undo to-morrow by his generosity. On the contrary, what he has decreed to-day." Tamer- he gains by it for " he shall be watered lane, assuming a more serious counte- also himself" in return; and yet, nance, replied, "I did not laugh with strange as it may seem, the world is any design of exulting over you, but half full of niggardly, mean, pennyWhen will these men from a sudden impression of the low wise men. estimation in which thrones and king- have their eyes opened? When will doms must be held in heaven, since they divorce themselves from their littleness? royalty has been bestowed on such a blink-eyed man as you are, and such a limping one as myself.
DOES SUCH A QUALITY AS
THE GLORIOUS SUN.
Many have been the souls overwhelmed with gratitude while contemplating this "sublime illuminator of worlds', this " diamond of the heavens"-this "golden lamp of God." Amongst them we have Thomson, the roet, who beautifully sings of the sun,
when he says,
There are persons of much talent who treat reason as a chimerical existence, and wholly insufficient to demonstrate great metaphysical truths. But this is a mere sophism on their part; for in denying the existence of reason they do it with the aid of reason, or not in the latter case, they of all material things first and best! fail in their argument; and in the Effiux divine! Nature's resplendent robe ! first, they betray their own cause, and Without whose vesting beauty all were wrapt establish that which they have under-Soul of surrounding worlds! in whom best seen, taken to deny.
"Prime cheerer of all light!
In unessential gloom! And thou, O Sun!
Shines out thy Maker, may I sing of thee!"
And another poet, Baker, says of him,
It is related by a minister who resided at Bedford, that in taking a ride one afternoon, he overtook a decent-looking woman on the road, to whom, after a little conversation on other subjects had passed, he said, 'Good woman, you seem to be an intelligent person, pray, do you know anything of the Lord Jesus Christ?' She replied, 'No, sir; there is no such nobleman living hereabouts that I know of.'
"Along the sky the sun obliquely rolls, Forsakes by turn, and visits both the Poles;
Different his track, but constant his career.
Divides the time, and measures out the year;
The crackling ice dissolves, the rivers flow,
Vines crown the mountain tops, and corn the
Of the sun when setting, the poet,
"Lo! the sun is setting, earth and sky,
And lessening to a point,
Shines like the eye of heaven."
CITY OF LONDON.
WEIGH-HOUSE SUNDAY SCHOOL.- For years the Sunday school (at present | numbering 380 scholars) attached to the Weigh House Chapel, (Rev. Thos. Binney's), has been one of the most flourishing Sunday schools within the City. Many have gone forth from it well prepared to engage in the battle of life, from having learnt while young to take "truth for their creed, and God for their guide." Many of its late teachers are actively laboring as missionaries, "Where Afric's sunny mountains, Roll down their golden sands."
While others are occupying pulpits in this our island home. For the last few years its superintendent has been Mr. J. EBENEZER SAUNDERS, one of the members of the Court of Common Council for the Ward of Coleman Street. But we believe no form of usefulness has given him so much pleasure as that in which he has been engaged for many years, viz., Sunday schools. In consequence of now residing at Blackheath, he has lately resigned his office, and recently the teachers and senior scholars, at the close of the afternoon school, assembled to take tea and wish him farewell, presenting him at the same time with a richly bound copy of Kitto's Pictorial Bible, in 4 vols., accompanied by a beautifully framed and ornamentally written testimonial, signed on behalf of the teachers and senior classes, by W. Rogers, secretary; A. Whiteman, teacher of the girls' senior class; E. R. Cook, teacher of the boys' senior class. The girls of the second Bible class also presented him with an engraving elegantly framed (by Lloyd Brothers), illustrating the various scenes in Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress," designed by the Rev. D. White, and drawn by Billings, with an inscription in gold stating the object of the gift.-English Journal of Education.
WELSH CUSTOMS IN CONNEXION WITH SUNDAY SCHOOLS. It has been a common practice in the Principality of Wales, during the greater part of the last half century, for a number of schools to assemble together in some convenient chapel, for the purpose of reciting certain portions of scripture and catechetical exercises prepared for the occasion, and singing choice pieces of sacred music, got up by the choirs of the respective chapels and schools. Four of these schools are accustomed to meet at the Baptist chapel in this town, and in one of the country chapels every assemble at Whit-Monday; others Christmas, and we have found these gatherings very beneficial in stimulating the children, strengthening the hands of the teachers, and exciting public attention to the Sunday school.
The rehearsals at these meetings are not confined to children; but persons of all ages, from the child of seven years of age to the patriarch of seventy, all unite in these interesting exercises. Last Christmas morning being very wet, the rain falling fast, the schools from the country did not arrive in the town quite as early as usual; but soon after ten o'clock they made their appearance. Although by that time the rain abated a little, many of those that attended had been thoroughly drenched during the morning, yet they appeared quite cheerful and happy in once more meeting each other.
Three of the schools were catechised
by their respective ministers, repeated many portions of scripture, and sang various select pieces during the morning meeting; and, although the service lasted nearly four hours, yet the assembly exhibited no sign of being weary and fatigued, but the most lively interest was sustained to the close; and all, as far as we could judge, left the sanctuary rejoicing, and thanking God for what they had seen and heard.
Although one recital followed another in an unbroken succession for more than three hours, with the exception of one short anthem sung by the choir, while we were re-arranging the parties on the platform, there was no flagging and the greatest decorum was maintained; and so far as we were able to ascertain, no person connected with this gathering was guilty of inebriety, or of any other conduct tending to mar the pleasure of the day.-(British Baptist Reporter.)
As it was now between two and three produced upon the congregation can o'clock in the afternoon, and the evening scarcely be described. But the chief meeting fixed at half-past five, we had piece of the evening was a debate not much time to enjoy the good cheer between the compulsory system and the so essential to the happiness of some voluntary principle in religion, supposed Christmas parties. While the young to be carried on between Lady Drusilla children and females from the country, and Dorcas. The importance of the and those who had their cattle to attend subject, the fairness of the discussion, to, returned to their respective homes, and the ability of the young females those of us who reside in the town, with who represented the parties, all united other friends remaining from the country in rivetting the attention of the audience. who resolved to stay till the evening meeting, hastened to take some refresh. ment. At half-past five we were again in the chapel, and, although it is a large and commodious building capable of seating more than 900 persons, it was soon filled and densely crowded in every part, so much so that even a standing place in the aisles could scarcely be obtained. The recitations in this meeting were confined to our own school, the members of which recited thirty-two select pieces in prose and verse. Several of them were of considerable length, and were repeated with accuracy. But those which excited the greatest interest were the productions composed in the form of a dialogue, in which more than one person sustained a part; such as the dialogue between the eye and the ear, in which each claimed the superiority as being of the greatest use to man, while a third checked their vaunting speeches, reminding them that their services were mutual, and they ought to rejoice in each other's prosperity. Also a debate between Michael the archangel and Satan, in which the latter was reminded of his past sins and future doom. Another very interesting piece, and recited with great effect, was a dispute between the Christian and the Jew, in which the latter was supposed to have been vanquished by the Christian's proving from the Old Testament predictions that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah; attended any day-school; 82 have atand when the two young men represent-tended a day school five years; 20 are ing these characters sang together, at attending select classes; and 72 are in the close, a well known Welsh hymn of service or apprenticeship. praise to Jesus as the Messiah, the effect
PARK SCHOOLS.-These schools, in connexion with Wesleyan Methodism, have been in operation forty-five years. Among its early promoters, but five or six persons now live. But the fruit of their labor remains. Ministers of the Gospel, missionaries, local preachers, and class-leaders are still laboring in the I ord's vineyard, who were taught in these schools the story of the Cross. At present there are 71 teachers, who supply alternately; and there are 257 boys and 274 girls on the books. Of this number 207 are between the ages of six and nine; 147 between nine and twelve; 85 between twelve and thirteen; 80 between thirteen and fifteen; and 12 between fifteen and twenty years of age. Of these, 183 are in attendance at a day-school; 2 have never
The Committee cannot conclude their Report without some record of an event which will ever form an interesting feature in Sunday school reminiscences -they allude to the Royal Visit to Leeds. Other chroniclers have recorded their civic honours, our pleasing duty is to recall the pleasure and gratification afforded to the "little ones."
high and cheerful expectancy, and thousands of little feet tripped along to join the great congregation. Onward and onward still they urge their way to the place of meeting, undeterred by the frowning aspect of the weather. Ever and anon they beguile the way by rehearsing the sweet and holy songs that are to be sung by the noble chorus. Nine o'clock arrives. Behold the stirring sight! There are the 32,000 children and teachers of Leeds. There are the real peace preservers of their country, who wield a power far more potent and exercise an influence far more enduring than tens of thousands of bristling bayonets. Listen to the first tune; would that its immortal composer could have heard it! It was meet that the first strains should be an ascription of praise to the King of Kings
"O worship the King all glorious above,
O gratefully sing His power and His love,"
and now listen to the children's melody
"God of mercy, throned on high,
Hear, O hear our feeble cry;
Guide, O guide, our wandering feet." and then Richmond, sweet Richmond, which transports us to the "realms of the blest," and makes us long for "Angels' wings, Those sweeter songs to try." And now the Queen enters between the galleries, greeted by acclamations loud, long and thrilling. Slowly the procession moves, and, midway, in obedience "GOD to a royal mandate, it stops. SAVE THE QUEEN" is borne up to heaven on thrice ten thousand voices, and the Sovereign who lives in the hearts of her people, retires amid the heart-inspiring cheers of the interesting assemblage.
Fellow Teachers. Glean encouragement from the past. Cherish hope for the future. Determine to know nothing among men save Christ and him crucified! Let your communion be with the Father, and with his son Jesus Christ! Thousands of little hearts beat with From the retirement of your closets