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give ber a happy departure; she often afterwards visited the grave of this young person, and always preserved a lively sense of the affecting scene.

Chap. viii, ver. 2.-And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils.

Mr. Romaine had been chosen to the rectory of Blackfriars, in 1764, but by the opposition of some who were unfriendly to the Gospel, was kept out of the pulpit till early in the year 1766, when the Lord Chancellor, to the unexpressible joy of thousands, terminated the dispute in bis favor. His election is said to have been principally owing to the influence of a publican. Mr. Romaine being informed of this circumstance, we are told, waited upon him to thank him for the zeal he had shown on that occasion. “In, deed, sir,” he replied, “I am more indebted to you than you to me, for you have made my wife, who was one of the worst, the best woman in the world.”

Chap. viii, ver. 24, 25.—And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, Master, we perish! Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water ; and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, Where is your faith?

Some years ago, an officer in the army, who was a pious man, was drafted abroad with bis regiment. He accordingly embarked, with his wife and children. They had not been many days at sea, when a violent storm arose, which threatened the destruction of the ship, and the loss of all their lives. Consternation and terror prevailed among the crew and passengers; bis wife also was greatly alarmed. In the midst of all he was perfectly calm and composed : his wife observing this, began to upbraid him with want of affection to her and his children, urging, that if be was not

concerned for bis own safety, he ought to be for theirs. He made no reply, but immediately left the cabin, to which he returned in a short time with his sword drawn in his hand, and with a stern countenance pointed it to her breast; but she smiliog, did not appear at all disconcerted or afraid. 66 What !” said he,“ are you not afraid when a drawn sword is at your breast ?" No,"answered she,“ pot when I know that it is in the hand of him who loves me." " And would you have me,” replied be,“ to be afraid of this storm and tempest, when I know it to be in the hand of my heavenly Father who loves me?"

Chap. ix, ver. 7.–Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead.

Some one was saying before Henry IV, of France, “ how happy kings were." They are not,” replied be, so happy as you imagine them to be. Kings are either bad or good men. If they are bad men, they bear within themselves their own plague and torment. If they are good men, they find from other people a thousand causes of uneasiness and affliction. A good king feels the misfortunes of all his subjects; and in a great kingdom, wbat indumerable sources are there of affliction !"

Chap. ix, ver. 60.--And Jesus said unto him, let the dead bury their dead; but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

A serious person, who could speak Irish, travelling in the neighborhood of one of the schools, casually entered into conversation with a poor woman, and to bis surprise found her rejoicing in the truth. Asking her how she had attained that knowledge, she said it was by her son readiog to her the New Will; so they call the New Testament. She could not read, she said, but sbe understood better than be. He was just

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reading that passage, “Let the dead bury their dead," when he asked, “ Mother, how can this be?” “Why boy,” says she, “ you know you read lately, that we are all dead in trespasses and sins; now our Saviour means, let the spiritually dead bury their dead friends; but you must tell persons of me (that is, preach the Gospel.)” Chap. x, ver. 6.—And if the son of

peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.

A pious minister, conceiving that all his labors among the people of his charge were wholly in vain, was so extremely grieved and dejected, that he determined to leave bis flock, and to preach his farewell sermon; but he was suddenly struck with the words,

6. " And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again." He felt as if his Lord and Master bad addressed him thus: “Ungrateful servant, art thou not satisfied with my promise, that my despised peace sball return to you again? Go on then to proclaim peace.” Which accordingly he did, with renewed vigor and zeal.

Chap. x, ver. 21.-In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, oh Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight.

A pious minister gives the following account of a poor deranged woman, whose case appears to illustrate the sovereignty of divine grace.- - She was a pauper, who usually claimed to herself the title of Lady Pitreavie, and was well known in my neighborhood by that name. Shortly after I came here,

one of my hearers, who knew she had been in my meeting house, said to her, 'Well lady, what do you think of our minister?' She replied, with great en. ergy, 'Your minister! why, I think so much of his Master, that I think little of him in comparison.' Passing by her one day, she accosted me, 'Mr. B-, I must bave you and Mr. H to meet with me some day, that I may get my titles to the house of Pitreavie settled.' I said to her, Lady, the best kouse which you can now possess is the house eternal in the heavens.' She made answer, True, but the more evidence I have of a title to a house eternal in the heavens, the better right have I to a house on earth.' On another occasion, op my addressing her, • How are you to-day, lady?' she answered, Whether do you mean as I am in myself, or as I am in Christ?' I told her she might take it either way.-- If,' said she, “you mean how am I as in myself, I am a poor sioner; but if you mean bow am I as in Christ, I answer, I am complete in him.'”

Chap. xi, ver. 4.-And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

“ He that is not satisfied,” says Bishop Wilson, “ that plays are an unlawful diversion, let bim, if he dare, offer up this prayer to God before he goes,“ Lord, lead me not into temptation, and bless me in what I am now to be employed." There are many otber occupations and amusements, in which the same advice is worth attending to.

Chap. xi, ver. 52.-Wo unto you, lawyers ! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye enter not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

A few years ago, a pilot in Quebec, a Roman Catbolic, 'who cared nothing at all about religion, picked up an old Bible which had been cast ashore from the wreck of a ship. He read it through; and it opened

his eyes so much, that he could not forbear disputiog with his priest upon certain points in religion. The priest was much surprised to hear him so knowing, and enquired how he had received his information: upon wbich the pilot showed him his Bible.

The priest declared it was not a fit book for him to read, and desired he would give it into his charge. This the pilot refused, and the priest threatened to write to the bishop, and have bim excommunicated as a beretic. But finding that neither threats nor entreaties had any effect, he requested he would just keep it to himself, and let none of his neighbors know he had such a book. The old pilot declared that he considered tbe finding of that book the happiest event in his life, in consequence of the comfort which he received from perusing it.

Chap. xii, ver. 20.—But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided ?

Joho Cameron, bishop of Glasgow, was so given to covetousness, extortion, violence, and oppression, especially upon his own tenants and vassals, that he would scarcely afford them bread to eat, or clothes to cover their nakedness. But the night before Christ. mas day, and in the midst of all bis cruelties, as he lay in bed at his house in Lockwood, be heard a voice, summoning him to appear before the tribunal of Christ, and give an account of his actions. Being terrified with this notice, and the pangs of a guilty conscience, be called up his servants, commanding them to bring lights, and stay in the room with him. He himself took a book in his hand, and began to read, but the voice being heard a second time, struck all the servants with horror. The same voice repeating the summons a third time, and with a louder and more dreadful accent, the bishop, after a lamentable and frightful groan, was found dead in his bed, with


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