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trials now, they are for a day only, and are for our good. We may believe that a kind Providence watches over us for good, and that all that pertains to our well-being, in this world and the next, is in the hands of Infinite Wisdom and Goodness.

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timony. Bible committed to Memory. Primitive Custom. Cool Water from the Spring. “Let us begin again.” The Embarrassed Merchant. The Bible Hawker. Fifty Centimes. Garden of the Lord. Commit it accurately. Eight Thousand Verses a Year. Do not omit a Day. Bible in the Trunk. Ice Broken. Not a Bad Idea. Sixteen Bible Clerks. Chinaman's Experience. Bible in Yucatan. Concordance a Help. Let your Faith be strong A Lamp to the Feet. Suited to every Thing.

My young friends may not realize how precious the word of God has been to all generations who have had the opportunity to read it. We probably feel that now, when every child has a Bible, perhaps beautifully printed and bound, we have no excuse for neglecting to read the Scriptures. Is she aware how much




more it depends on the state of the heart than upon the conveniences we enjoy ? Is she aware, that in the generations past, before the beautiful page of the Bible was printed, this book was read with a faithfulness never since excelled ? I cannot forbear transcribing the testimony to their earnest love for this best of all books, and I think you will say it is none too long

“At a time when the copies of the sacred volume were all in manuscript, and very scarce, being so dear as to be beyond the reach of many to purchase, and when multitudes of those who had been converted to Christianity were unacquainted with the first elements of reading, the great majority of them were conversant with the phraseology and the matter of the word of life, to a de gree that might well put modern Christians to shame. Those of the men who could read never went abroad without carrying a Bible in their pockets, while the women wore it hanging about their necks, and by frequently refreshing their memories by private perusal, and drawing little groups of anxious



listeners around them, they acquired so familiar an acquaintance with the lively oracles.' that there were few who could not repeat those passages that contained any thing remarkable respecting the doctrines of their faith, or the precepts of their duty. Nay, there were many who had made the rare and enviable attainment of being able to say the entire Scriptures by heart. One person is mentioned among the martyrs of Palestine, 80 well instructed in the sacred writings, that, when occasion offered, he could, from memory, repeat passages in any part of the Scripture, as exactly as if he had unfolded the book and read them; a second, being unacquainted with letters used to invite friends and Christian strangers to his house to read to him, by which means he acquired an extensive knowledge of the sacred oracles; and another may be mentioned of whom the description is so extraordinary, that we shall give it in the words of the historian, Eusebius, who knew him : Whenever he willed,

" he brought forth, as from a repository of science, and rehearsed, either the law of Moses,



or the prophets, or the historical, evangelical, and apostolical parts of Scripture. Indeed, I was struck with admiration when I first beheld him standing amidst a considerable multitude, and reciting certain portions of holy writ. As long as I could only hear his voice, I supposed that he was reading; but when I came close up to him, I discovered that, employing only the eyes of his mind, he uttered the divine oracles like some prophet.' Every day it was the practice for each individual to commit a portion of Scripture to memory, and for the members of a family to repeat it to each other in the evening.

So much was this custom regarded as part of the ordinary business of the day, that they had a set time appointed for conning the daily lesson, --an hour which, though every individual fixed it as suited his private convenience, was held so precious and sacred, that no secular duties, however urgent, were allowed to infringe upon it; and while some, who had their time at their own disposal, laid their memories under larger contributions, and never relaxed their efforts till they had completed the daily task

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