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Ver. 18. IIow that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

“ A short time since,” says one,“ I had an opportunity of seeing a young man, who miogled in the sad scene that was at Waterloo. It was the first time he had seen exbibited such a sight; and at the approach of so vast a number of men and horses, armed with the instruments of death, he was naturally filled with consternation and fear. Calling to recollection what his pious father bad often told him, to seek the protection of God, who is a present belp in the hour of danger, he retired to a private place, away from bis companions, and implored the protection of the Almighty. A very wicked Lieutenant who was in the regiment, the 7th overheard him, and laughing, said, “ There is no danger of you being killed to-day," and treated the duty of prayer in a very light man

But mark what followed.—Away they went to the field, where, in a short time, they were called to engage; and the second volley from the enemy separated the Lieutenant's head from bis body! Thus he was suddenly called into the presence of that God whose service only a few moment's before be had despised and ridiculed! It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God!”

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REVELATION. Chap. i, ver. 6. And hath made us kings and pricats unto God and his Father.

An old African negro who had long served the Lord, when on his death-bed was visited by his friends, who came around him, lamenting that he was going to die, saying, “ Poor Pompey, poor Pompey is dying.' The old saiot, animated with the prospect before him,

said to them with much earnestness, “ Don't call me poor Pompey, I King Pompey;” referring to the preceding passage, in which the glorified saints are spoken of as being made kings and priests unto God.

Chap. i, ver. 17, 18. Fear not; I am the first and the last : Iam he that liveth and was dead; and behold I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

“ Having been much exercised in mind,” says a sabbath-school teacher, “ I felt much dejected and cast down. I had spoken of the sovereignty, wisdom, power, and goodness of God, and recommended the great duty of resignation to the will of heaven. I knew that my doctrine was good; but alas! how little of practical influence bad these principles on my heart at this season. About the time my perplexity was at the highest, two little girls in our Sunday School, part of a family of five, lost their mother; and being called to attend her funeral, one of them wept,

to whom the other said, 'Why do you cry? other children have lost their mothers as well as we. Our mother is dead, but God is not dead-come, don't cry.' Here I felt myself instructed by a child-God is not dead. No: My comforts may die~my health may decline-and my life must close ; but God cannot die; he still lives; and how full of comfort is the expression, 'Because I live, ye shall live also.' I trust I have got thus far in this lesson, and do find, that the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, and all my springs are found in him."

Chap. ii, ver. 5. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works, or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of its place, except thou repent.

A late missionary traveller, in speaking of Ephesus, says, “ The candlestick is out of its place. How doth the city sit solitary that was full of people ! The site of this once famous city is now covered with grass or grain. The church of St. John stands deserted and in ruins, having been occupied as a mosque, after the country fell into the hands of the Mahomedans. In this church are some immensely large pillars of granite, said to have been taken from the temple of Diana ; having served successively as a Pagan, a Christian, and a Mahomedan place of worship. No human being now lives in Ephesus, a few miserable Turkish huts are alone seen in this desolate spot. The streets are obscured and overgrown; and a noisy flight of crows seemed to insult its silence. The call of the partridge is heard in the area of the theatre and the stadium. The pomp of its heathen worship is no longer remembered ; and Christianity, which was planted and nursed by the Apostles, no longer lingers in this once favored church."

Chap. ii, ver. 9.-I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty; but thou art rich.

The following lines were occasioned by the circum. stance of a person going lately into the house of a poor pious man, with a large family, and saying to him, “My friend, you seem to be very poor;" to which the man replied, “ How can you call me poor, when, through the grace of Christ, all things are mine?"

How canst thou call me poor? All things are mine.
Whate'er I ask, my God replies, “'Tis thine,

orld, life, death, things present, things to come.”
Such is my store in Christ ; à countless sum !
The world may think me poor, so I think them :
Their treasures I, my riches they contemn.
They have their good things now, for mine I wait;
How worthless their's at best; the least of mine how great!

Chap. iii, ver. 19.-As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten : be zealous therefore, and repent.


Mr. Newton had a very happy talent of administering reproof. Hearing that a person, in whose wel. fare he was greatly interested, had met with peculiar success in business, and was deeply immersed in worldly engagements, the first time he called on bim, which was usually once a month, he took him by the hand, and drawing him on one side, into the counting house, told him his apprehensions of his spiritual welfare. His friend, without making any reply, called down his partner in life, who came with her eyes suffused in tears, and unable to speak. Enquiring the cause, he was told, she had just been sent for to one of her children, that was out at nurse, and supposed to be in dying circumstances. Clasping her hands immediately in his, Mr. N. cried, “ God be thanked, he has not forsaken you! I do not wish your babe to suffer;

but I am happy to find he gives you this token of his favor."

Chap. iv, ver. 11.-Thou art worthy, Oh Lord, to receive glory, and honor, and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Dr. Burnet, who was intimately acquainted with the honorable Robert Boyle, and wrote his life, says, “It appeared to those who conversed with him on his inquiries into nature, that his main design was to raise in bimself and others, vaster thoughts of the greatness and glory, of the wisdom and goodness of God. This was so deep in his thoughts, that he concludes the article of his will, which alludes to that illustrious body, the Royal Society, in these words, " wishing them a happy success in their laudable attempts to discover the true nature of the works of God; and praying that they, and all other searchers into physical truths, may cordially refer their attainments to the Great Author of nature, and to the comfort of mankind.”

Chap. v, ver. 9.-And they sung a new


song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people and nation.

An Indian describing his conversion, says, “ After some time, Brother Rauch came into my but, and sat down by me.

He spoke to me nearly as follows: •I come to you in the name of the Lord of heaven and earth: he sends to let you know, that he will make you happy, and deliver you from the misery which you lie in at present. To this end he became a man, gave his life a ransom for man, and shed bis blood for him. When he had finished his discourse, he lay down upon a board, fatigued by the journey, and fell into a sound sleep. I then thought, What kind of man is this? Here be lies and sleeps, I might kill him, and throw him out into the wood, and who would regard it? But this gives him no concern. How

not forget his words. They constantly recurred to my mind- Even when I was asleep, I dreamed of that blood which Christ shed for us—I found this to be something different from what I had ever heard, and I interpreted Christian Henry's words to the other Indians. Thus, through the grace of God, an awakening took place amongst us. I say, therefore, brethren, preach Christ our Saviour, and bis sufferings and death, if you would have your words to gain entrance among the heathen.”

Chap. vi, ver. 4.—And there went out another horse that was red; and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a

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great sword.

In a German publication, the loss of men, during the late war, from 1802 to 1813–in St. Domingo,

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