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church of Rome, Malvinda sent to Rome for bis brother Alphonsus Diazius, who, hearing that his brother was become a Protestant, came into Germany with an assassin, resolving either to draw him back to Popery, or to destroy bim. Alphonsus finding his brother so steadfast in his belief of the truths of the Gospel, that neither the promises nor threats of the Pope's agent, nor bis own pretensions of brotherly love, could prevail on him to return to Popery, feigned to take a most friendly and affectionate farewell, and then departed. Having soon returned, he sent in the rutian who accompanied him, with letters to his brother, himself following behind, and while his brother was reading them, the assassin cleft his head with a hatchet wbich they purchased on the way from a carpenter; and, taking horse, they both rode off. Alphonsus, though highly applauded by the Papists, became the prey of a guilty conscience. His horror and dread of mind were so insupportable, that, being at Trent during the general council, like another Judas, he put an end to his life by hanging himself.
Chap. xiv, ver. 4.—And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made ?
A Christian gentleman, when blamed by his commercial partner for doing so much for the cause of God, made this reply, -"Your fox-bounds cost more in one year, than my religion ever cost in two."
Chap. xiv, ver. 8.-She hath done what she could.
At a meeting held, with the view of forming an auxiliary society in aid of the Wesleyan mission, the following anecdote was related by one of the speakers;--A woman of Wakefield, well known to be in very needy circumstances, offered to subscribe a
penny a-week to the missionary fund. “Surely you,'' said one,
are too poor to afford this?” She replied, “ I spin so many hanks of yarn for a maintenance: I will spin ONE MORE, and that will be a penny for the society.” “I would rather," said the speaker, "see that hank suspended in the poor woman's cottage,
-a token of her zeal for the triumph of the Gospel, than military trophies in the halls of heroes, the proud memorials of victories obtained over the physical strength of men !"
Chap. xiv, ver. 20.-And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.
After Archbishop Cranmer had been condemned, in the beginning of Queen Mary's reign, to suffer death, they proceeded afterwards to degrade bim. To make him appear as ridiculous as possible, they put on him an episcopal babit made of canvas and old rags; Bonner, in the meantime, by way of insult and mockery, calling bim Mr. Canterbury, and such like. He bore all with his wonted fortitude and patience; telling them, the degradation gave bim no concern, for he had long despised these ornament3. When they had stript him of all his habits, they put upon his jacket an old gown, thread bare and illshaped, and a townsman's cap, and so delivered him to the secular power, to be carried back to prison, where he was kept entirely destitute of money, and totally secluded from his friends. Such was the iniquity of the times, that a gentleman who gave him a little money to buy some provisions, narrowly escaped being brought to trial for it.
Chap. xvi, ver. 15.-And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.
“I hope,” says Mr. Knill of Petersburgh, in a letter, “the subject of devoting ourselves and our cbildren to God and to his service, will be more thought of, and more acted upon, than it bas been hitherto. I am more and more convinced, that if St. Paul had ever preached from, 'Go ye joto all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature,' he would have laid great stress on the word “go.' On your peril, do not substitute another word for 'go.' Preach is a good word. Direct is a good word. Collect is a good word. Give is a good word. They are all important in their places, and cannot be dispensed with. The Lord bless and prosper those who are so engaged, but still lay the stress on the word "go;' for how can they hear without a preacher, and how can they preach except they be sent?' Six hundred millions of the human race are perishing, and there are perhaps thirty among all the Christians in Britain, who at this moment are preparing to 'go.' Alas! my hand shakes, and my heart trembles. "Is this thy kindness to thy friend?'”
Chap. xvi, ver. 20.—And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Arnobius, a heathen philosopher, who became a Christian speaking of the power which the Christian faith had over the minds of men, says, “ Who would not believe it, when he sees in how short a time it has conquered so great knowledge? Orators, grammarians, rhetoricians, lawyers, physicians, and philosophers, have thrown up those opinions wbich but a little before they held, and have embraced the doctrines of the Gospel ?”
Though but of yesterday,” said Tertullian, “yet have we filled your cities, islands, castles, corporations, councils, your armies themselves, your tribes, companies, the palace, the senate, and courts of justice; only your temples have we left you free.”
Chap. i, ver, 3.-It seemeth good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus.
Mr. Hill, missionary at Berhampore, on one occasion distributed a number of tracts. He farther states, " I bad reserved a Gospel of Luke to use on the way, if occasion should require; but a man followed me, and constrained me to give it to him, by pleading my promise on the past night. When he had received it, he took hold of my horse reins, and said, “Sir, I will not let you depart, until I have some clue to the meaning of the book, otherwise it will be useless to me when you are gone.-Here, Sir, what is this Mungal Somachar?” “Good news"_" What is this Luke?" 6 Luke is the man's name who wrote this book"_" Kurtrick-what is that?” “ Written; and the whole sentence means, The Gospel written by Luke.”_" Who was Luke?" " He was a man acquainted with all which the Lord Jesus Christ did and said on earth, with the reason of Christ's coming into the world, and with the manner of his death; and these are the things contained in this book."-" That will do, Sir; now I shall understand what I read.” I left bim, and prayed that the Lord would give him understanding."
Chap. i, ver. 79.- To give light to thein that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Mr. Benn of Highgate, bad been long and heavily afflicted with an asthma, which terminated his valuable life, ere, to human appearance, he had reached its meridian. The evening before bis departure, be desired all his children to come into his chamber; and placing them around his dying bed, thus addressed them :-“ You all know that I am soon going to be transplanted out of this world into a better. I hope I shall there be permitted to watch over you, and I trust that you are walking the same road, and will soon follow me. You all know the road ; great pains have been taken to show it to you. Where is it to be found?” The children all instantly replied, “ in the Bible.” The dying parent proceeded.
“ Keep hold of that chain; it will never mislead you. When you are in doubt, whether this or that be right, ask your Bible; see if your Saviour would have done so.”
Chap. ii, ver. 10, 11.--And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
In the year 1753, Mr. Lindley Murray was placed in a good school in the city of New-York. A very strong, and; he thought, beneficial impression was made upon his mind about this period, (in bis eighth or ninth year,) by a piece which was given bim to write. The sheet was decorated with a framework of “pleasing figures,” in the center of which he was to transcribe the visit and salutation of the angels to the shepherds of Bethlehem. To use his own words, “ the beauty of the sheet, the property I was to have in it, and the distinction which I expected from performing the work in a bandsome manner, prepared my mind for relishing the solemn narrative, and the interesting language of the angels to the shepherds. The impression was so strong and delightful, that it has often occurred to me through life with great satisfaction; and, at this hour, it is remembered with pleasure. If parents and others who have the care of young persons, would be studious to seize occasions of presenting the Holy Scriptures to them under favorable and inviting points of view, it would probably