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desert,—why should not Christians try to fix the attention of people, still in darkness, ignorance, superstition, and slavery, on the happiness of England ?-a happiness, which they may attain without the dangers and difficulties that Israel encountered, before he entered the promised land The report of England's glory has long excited the curiosity of foreigners ;- - and people, from the remote uncivilized islands of the Pacific Ocean, as well as kings, princes, and nobles from the polished courts of Europe, have visited this country, to witness its grandeur, and to see a people, who, in obedience to the commands of their Divine Master, are ever ready to relieve the distressed, to feed the hungry, and to clothe the naked. If the minds of people who never heard of the true God were
thus awakened, would not religious instruction, — would not the religion that came from heaven,—the more easily and quickly enter into them, and make a deeper impression upon their hearts ?
It seems also to me, notwithstanding all that has been said to the contrary, that the cause of truth would be promoted amongst heathen nations, and amongst the unlettered of every nation, by circulating everywhere a compendium, in the words of the Bible, of the laws and precepts relating to the duty of men to God and each other, --- together with the important doctrine of the resurrection, and future rewards and punishments. Such a selection would occupy but little time in reading; neither would it require any particular
labour of the mind to understand it:
for, the rule of life, given by the allwise Creator to his rational creatures, the largest part of whom are, and perhaps ever will be, in great comparative ignorance, on account of their necessary habits of industry and labour, must be very plain and intelligible, or it could never be learned — it could never be practised. If one Bible accompanied two or three hundred copies of such a selection, much expense would be saved; at the same time, there might be a sufficient number of copies of the greater work for reference, and for the examination of those who have leisure, and wish to be acquainted with every part of the sacred history. The common mariner, without any depth of astronomical or mathematical learning, braving
the winds and tempests, sails directly from north to south, from east to west, from port to port, by means of the knowledge he has of two or three of the most useful properties of the compass, and the position of a few of the brightest constellations which glitter amongst the myriads of stars that shine by night, above and around him. A similar observance of the revealed will of God (which, I trust, few people will brand me with presumption and folly for calling the best part of the Bible) would carry the religious man in safety, through the perils and dangers of this world, and place him in the regions of a blessed immortality.
I made the following selection from the Bible, some time ago, for the use
of a numerous family of children. The first part they generally understood, without difficulty, in their early years; their often reading it has impressed it upon their minds, and, I hope, they have been lastingly benefited by it. I print it with a view to benefit others, whether at home or abroad whether the children of the sincere worshipper of God, or the children of the unenlightened idolater, on whom the rays of truth are just beginning to dawn. God has declared, “ that all shall know
him, from the least to the greatest.” “If “I be lifted up from the earth,” says the author of the Christian dispensation, “ will draw all men unto me.” Every man, therefore, ought to promote
“ the work “of God," and the interest of his fellowcreatures, according to his knowledge