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Are you sure that you are not putting off repentance ? Beware, for you may die suddenly, be deprived of reason, or given up to hardness of heart?

Are you sure that you are born again of the Holy Spirit, and are believing in Jesus as your Saviour ? Christ said, “ Ye must be born again," and “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life.” John iii. 7, 36.

Friend, ponder these questions, and answer them as in the presence of God ; and may the Lord bless them to

your soul.



A cluster of young girls stood about the door of the school-room one afternoon, engaged in conversation, when a little girl joined them, and asked what they were doing. “I am telling the girls a secret, Kate, and we will let you know, if you will promise not to tell any one as long as you live," was the reply.

“I won't tell any one but my mother," replied Kate. “I tell her every thing, for she is my best friend."

“No, not even your mother ; no one in the world.”

“Well, then, I can't hear it; for what I can't tell my mother, is not fit for me to know.” After speaking these words, Kate walked away slowly, and perhaps sadly, yet with a quiet conscience, while her companions went on with their secret conversation.

I am sure that if Kate continued to act on that principle, she became a virtuous, useful woman. No child of a pious mother will be likely to take a sinful course, if Kate's reply is taken for a rule of conduct.

As soon as a boy listens to conversation at school, or on the play-ground, which he would fear or blush to repeat to his mother, he is in the way of temptation, and no one can tell where he will stop. Many a man dying in disgrace, in prison or on the scaffold, has looked back with bitter remorse to the time when first a sinful companion


gained his ear, and came between him and a pious mother. Boys and girls, if you would lead a Christian life, and die a Christian death, make Kate's reply your rule:

What I cannot tell my mother is not fit for me to knout ; for a pious mother is your best friend.

If you have no mother, do as the disciples did,-go and tell Jesus. He loves you better than the most tender parent.

A STRIKING CONFIRMATION, One of the most interesting of the monuments of ancient Rome, is the triumphal arch erected to commemorate the conquest of Jerusalem by Titus, who after the destruction of the temple made a triumphal march to Rome, bringing with him a long train of captive Jews, and the spoils, among which were the sacred vessels of the temple. This procession is represented in the sculptures on the beautiful arch; which thus furnish an illustration of the Bible nowhere else to be found, these being the only representations that exist of the sacred vessels, the table of the shew-bread, the golden candlestick with its seven branches, and the silver trumpets used by the priests to proclaim the year of jubilee. The Roman Senate and people little thought, when erecting this monument to a deified emperor, that they were erecting a monument to the true God, in the verification of prophecy and divine history. A recent traveller says, not one of the Jews at Rome, of whom there are about 6000, will even at this day pass under the arch of Titus, although it spans one of the thoroughfares of the city ; they shun it as a memorial of the subjugation of their nation, which has never been retrieved, and regard it with aversion.

INCENTIVES TO READING. Everything that passes around you, everything that you meet with in your walk, is a stimulus to read. The very roll of the tide, the fall of the leaf in autumn, the growth of the grass in spring, the roar of the tempest, or the starry firmament, each and every one of these things is a subject in itself. Do you understand these things ?

Do you know their changes ? If you do not, do not say that you want a stimulus to read. Each of them is a study in itself; they are studies that will amuse you, that will instruct you, and that will elevate you.

ADMIRATION AND ASPIRATION, It is a good thing to believe; it is a good thing to admire. By continually looking upwards our minds will themselves grow npwards, and as a man, by indulging in habits of scorn and contempt for others, is sure to descend to the level of what he despises, so the opposite habits of admiration and enthusiastic reverence for excellence impart to ourselves a portion of the qualities we admire. Here, as in everything else, humility is the surest path to exaltation.-Dr. Arnold.


THE PAVEMENT OF LONDON. The pavement of London is one of the greatest marvels of our time. It covers nearly 3000 acres, two-thirds whereof consists of what may be called mosaic work, done in plain style, and the other third of smooth flagging. Such a series of works far transcends in quantity, as it excels in quality, the Appian way, which was the wonder of ancient Roine, and which would cut but a poor figure as contrasted with one of our commonest streets. The ancient consular way was but fifteen feet wide in the main, and was filled in with blocks of all shapes and sizes, jointed together, and planed only on the surface-the length of its devious course, from south to north of Italy, was under 300 miles. The paved streets of London number over 5000, and exceed 2000 miles in length !


The original dimensions of the Great Pyramid, near Gizeh, were 764 square feet at the base, and 408 feet of perpendicular height; covering 43 acres, 1 rood, 22 perches of ground. nsumed 89,028,000 cubic feet of stone; and Mr. Tite adds, that it could not now be built for less than 30 millions sterling !

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CONTINUOUS STUDY NECESSARY. It is no more possible for an idle man to keep together a certain stock of knowledge than it is possible to keep together a stock of Ice exposed to the meridian sun. Every day destroys a fact, a relation, or an influence; and the only method of preserving the bulk and value of the pile is by constantly adding to it.--Sydney Smith.

THE FIRESIDE. It is within the bosom of their own families that men appear as they really are. The mask must drop from the countenance at the fireside. There all formality is thrown away, and all studied attitude forgotten, as too cumbrous and oppressive for such a scene. So convinced was that shrewd and sagacious observer, John Newton, of this, that when he heard a friend, on one occasion, praising the character of another very highly, and appealing to him for his assent, he replied, “I should like to see the man at his own fireside.” And if, even at your own fireside, your conduct prove in a great degree the reflection and the confirmation of your counsels, who can calculate the amount of beneficent moral influence that you may be privileged to shed around you ! Far better this quiet sunshine, this dropping of the gentle dew of a holy life, in which every new day is just a new lesson in goodness, than excitivg dramatic scenes got up in a household, as if to carry the individual's conversion by storm. Look at that Cornelius, and behold the reward and the fruit of his piety i in the devout soldier that waited on him continually." And we ourselves have received the testimony of servants in this very city, that the Sabbath-evening instructions of a master first impressed their minds with the supreme importance of religion, and that the earnestness of a master's family prayers, illustrated by his "holy conversation coupled with fear,” won them over effectually and for ever from the world to God.

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There is no way left but this ; fair means, as we say,

will not do; good words, a glorious Gospel, entreatings, beseeching with blood and tears, will not do. Men are resolved to put God to the utmost of it ; if he will have them, he must fetch them, follow them, catch them, lame them ; yea, break their bones, or else he will not save them. Some men think an invitation, a mere outward call, a rational discourse will do ; but they are much deceived. There must be a power, an exceeding great and mighty power attending the Word, or it works not effectually to the salvation of the soul. I know that these things leave men without excuse ; but they are not enough to bring men home to God. Sin has hold of them ; they have sold themselves to it; the power of the devil has hold of them, they are his captives at his will; yea, and more than all this, their will is one with sin, and with the devil, to be held captive thereby ; and without God there will be no contrition, repentance, or a broken heart for sin, there will not be, no, not so much as a mind in man to forsake this so horrible a confederacy and plot against his soul.-Bunyan.

THE GREAT MULTITUDE. Long before they were born, God the Father saw what he could make of them, if he dressed them in the righteousness of faith, and put Christ's Spirit in them. He saw what a happy, holy company he could make out of them, though he knew he would find them sinners.

You see, then, it was Jesus that saved them all. Do you not wonder at this ? Oh, it shows what a heart of love Jesus has—what a heart of holy love he has. Once there was a deaf and dumb boy, who was taught his task by a kind friend. This kind lady could speak to him only by signs and pictures. She drew upon a paper a picture of a great crowd of people, old and young, standing near a wide, deep pit, out of which smoke and flames were issuing. She then drew the figure of one who came down from heaven; and this was to represent Jesus, the Son of God. She explained to the boy that when this person came, he

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