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teen years of age, and putting his hand upon his head, said, “ The Lord bless thee, my son!” and immediately drew back. Even this did not satisfy the emperor. “ What,” said be, “ is this all the respect you pay to a prince, that I have made of equal dignity with myself?" Upon this, the bishop arose, and looking the emperor in the face, with a tone of voice solemnly indignant, said, -"Sir, do you so bighly resent my apparent peglect of your son, because I do not give him equal honor with yourself? What must the eternal God think of you, who have allowed bis co-equal and co-eternal Son to be degraded in his proper divinity in every part of your empire ?”—This was as a two-edged sword in the heart of the empe

He felt the reproof to be just and confounding, and no longer would seem to give the least indulgence to that creed, which did not secure divine glory to the “ Prince of Peace.”

Chap. ii, ver. 3.---How shall we escape, if. we neglect so great salvation ! which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.

Mr. Blackader has recorded some instances of the powerful preaching of Mr. Welsh, a cotemporary minister. “ At one time, after having removed all impediments that might binder sinners from embracing the salvation offered in the Gospel, be said at the conclusion, 'I must enter my protestation in my Mas- , ter's name, against any here who will not close with the offer, and give their consent. A woman in the company cried out, · Hold your hand, sir ; do it not, for I give my consent.'

Chap. iii, ver. 4.-For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

“ See here,” says Mr. Robinson, “ I hold a Bible in my band, and you see the cover, the leaves, the

letters, the words, but you do not see the writers or the printer, the letter-founder, the ink-maker, the paper-maker, or the binder. You never did see them, you never will see them; and yet there is not one of you wbo will think of disputing or depying the being of these men. I go farther, I affirm that you see the very souls of these men in seeing this book, and you feel yourselves obliged to allow ibat, by the contrivance, design, memory, fancy, reason, and so on. In the same manner, if you see a picture, you judge there was a painter; if you see a bouse, you judge there was a builder of it; and if you see a room contrived for this purpose and another for that, a door to enter, a window to admit light, a chimney to hold fire, you conclude that the builder was a person of skill and forecast, who formed the house with a view to the accommodation of its inhabitants. In this man. ner examine the world, and pity the man who, when be sees the signs of the wheat-sheaf, hath sense epough to koow that there is a joiner, and somewhere a painter, but who, when he sees the wheat-sheaf itself, is so stupid as not to say to himself, this bad a ise and good Creator."

Chap. iv, ver. 1.-Let us therefore fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you

should seem to come short of it.

Mr. Philip Henry said to some of his neighbors who came to see bim on his death-bed, “ Oh make sure work for your souls, my friends, by getting an interest in Christ while you are io health. If I bad that work to do now, what would become of me? I bless God, I am satisfied. See to it, all of you, that your work be not updone when your time is done lest you be undone for ever."

Chap. v, ver. 2.-Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way ; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.

“ I received a most useful bint,” says Cecil, “ from Dr. Bacon, then Father of the University, wben I was at college. I used frequently to visit him at his living, near Oxford : he would frequently say to me, “ Wbat are you doing? What are your studies ?”“ I am reading so and so."-You are quite wrong. Wben I was young, I could turn any piece of Hebrew into Greek verse with ease. But when I came into this parish, and bad to teach ignorant people, I was wholly at a loss : I had no furoiture. They thought me a great man, but that was their igoorance; for I knew as little as they did, of what it was important for them to know. Study chiefly what you can turn to good account in your future life.”

Chap. v, ver. 12.-For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God, and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

Mr. Grimshaw once apologized for the length of his discourse, to this effect: If I were in some situations, I might not think it needful to speak so much ; but many of my bearers who are wicked and careless, are likewise very igoorant, and very slow of apprehension. If they do not understand me, I cannot hope to do them good ; and when I think of the uncertainty of life, that perhaps it may be the last opportunity afforded ; and that it is possible I may never see them again, till I meet them in the great day, I know not how to be explicit enough; I endeavor to set the subject in a variety of lights; I express the same thoughts in different words, and can scarcely tell how to leave off, lest I should have omitted something, for the want of wbicb, my preaching and their hearing might prove in vain. And thus, though I fear I weary others, I am still unable to satisfy myself."

Chap. vi, ver. 19.- Which hope we have as an anchor ofthe soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the vail.

Mr. W. Cowper, some time minister at Stirling, and afterwards bishop of Galloway, thus spoke of his dissolution to his weeping friends: “Death is somewhat dreary, and the streams of that Jordan, between us and our Canaan, run furiously; but they stand still when the ark comes. Let your anchor be cast within the vail, and fastened on the rock Jesus. Let the end of the three-fold cord be buckled to the heart; so sball ye go through.”

Chap. vii, ver. 25.- Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

“I was one morning called from my study,” said a minister at a naval station, “ to a person who wished to see me.

When I entered the room, bis appearance reminded me of Covey, being a sailor with a wooden leg, who, with tears in his eyes, said,' Here's another Covey come to see you, sir.' I replied, “ I am glad to see you, Covey; sit down." He then informed me that he was a Swede, had been some years in the British service, had lost his limb in the action of the first of June, under Lord Howe, and was now cook of one of his Majesty's ships in ordinary; it was with reluctance he came into this port, from some report he bad heard unfavorable to the place. He had been for some years married to an Englishwoman, who, when on shore, baving seen for sale a tract, with the picture of a sailor in the act of having his legs cut off, was induced to purchase it, supposing

that it might contain something that would please her husband. It was the tract of Covey THE SAILOR, which he read with uncommon interest, as he had known him, and had heard of him as having been a brave seaman. He had, previously to this, felt at times considerable compunction for his sins, and fear of future misery, but knew nothing of the Saviour through whom his sins were to be pardoned. He observed, When I read the tract, I there saw my own character. Though I thought I could fight as well as Covey, I was afraid I could not die so well. When I came to that part that none need to despair, since poor blaspheming Covey bad found mercy, I wept, and took courage. After baving read it over many times, I resolved I would hear the minister that Covey heard. I did so; and here I heard of that Saviour who is able and willing to save my soul to the uttermost, and who I humbly hope and believe has saved me.

Chap. viii, ver. 11.-All shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

The diary of Mrs. Savage abounds with expressions of concern for her children. At one time she writes,— I read in course, in my closet, Isaiah liv, with the exposition. I was much affected with the 13th verse, ' And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord.' Though it is spoken of the church's children, I would apply it to my own children in particular, and desire to act faith on it. I am caring and endeavoring that they may be taught and instructed in the good way.

This is the inward desire of my soul. Now, saith God, they shall be taught of me, and all thy children shall,-a sweet promise, it much satisfies me; Lord, set in with poor parents, who desire nothing in the world so much, as to see their children walk in the narrow way that leads to life!"

Chap. ix, ver. 27, 28.--It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judg


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