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must be constantly praying and that we have the promise of Divine believing that God can change the assistance to help our infirmities, hearts of the children now, and and that the object we desire to be expecting it, and urging it upon promote is nothing less than to them in the language of good old assist in erecting that glorious Baxter, Now or never !

temple, which is composed of “What, then,'exclaims the Sun- lively stones from the rough quarry day school teacher, ‘do you require of humanity, and which will exof us ?' My answer is, that your ceed all others in unfading beauty Master, or He whom you profess and imperishable durability. to serve, requires your best and noblest efforts in his cause. He

THERE'S BEAUTY EVERY will be satisfied with nothing There's beauty in the washing wave,

WHERE. short of your self-denying and When the storm is raging highpersevering engagements in his

There's beauty in the quiet stream

As it gently glideth by. service, and those teachers who

There's beauty in the cloudless night are onwilling to enter thus heartily When stars are shining clear, into the work, had better give way

Ordarkness shuts them from the sightthat others may take their places, There's beauty when the morningdawns

There's beauty every where. who are fully prepared to bear And gives to earth her light, the heat and burden of the day in And when the fading sun proclaims

The slow approach of night. serving their Redeemer and Lord.

There's beauty in the verdant lawn The real efficiency of Sunday When buds their blushes wear, schools can only be brought about And when the ice-king holds his court, by an entire Reformation ;-in

There's beauty every where.

There'sbeauty when the Christian kneels the teachers themselves, in the In humble prayer to heavenChristian church as their prime When o'er his soul hope sweetly steals, movers, and in the management

And tells of sins forgiven. and conducting of the schools.

• NOT LOVE JESUS!' Perfection must not be expected

Lines composed by a female scholar in Zion in a mere human institution, but Sunday School, Manchester, and given to the

Teacher to read to the class in her absence. improvement may, and ought to They were written after a Sermon on the love

of Christ. be devoutly desired and aimed at

This beloved, this admirable

Teacher, Mr. Wrigley, was at his post on by all. Let us remember that Sunday, June 27th. On the following Friday

he expired, leaving a young widow and family the first step towards it must be to lament his loss. His class consisted of made in ourselves. We must

thirty seven interesting girls.

Not love Jesus! said our pastor, examine our Sunday school cha

What! not love my heavenly master, racter, habits, and deficiencies, Tell me! Oh! my hearers, tell; and we shall soon find cause for Who deserves your love so well ? commencing the work. Indo- Not love Jesus ! Lord of glory,

Is not this a fearful story! lence, indifference, and self-grati- Did he bleed in vain for us,fication, which may have usurped Shall we serve the Saviour thus ? the throne of our souls, as con

Not love Jesus ! tell me, why

Did Immanuel come and dio? nected with this work, must be at

Why forsake his throne above, once dismissed, and right princi- Was it not to gain our love? ples must be appointed in their Not love Jesus! can it be? places. There are four qualifica

Oh, permit a word from me.

If we all the Saviour knew, tions perhaps more important

Surely all would love him too. than any other ;-Prayer, Prepa- Not love Jesus ! with a tear ration, Punctuality, and Perseve. I entreat companions dear

Do not long like me delayrance. The greatness of the cha

Do not pass another day. racter which is to be aimed at

Under sentence of the Word, may strike some with fear, and That you do not love the Lord,

Choose at once the better partappear almost hopeless in the

Gladden thus our teacher's heart. attainment; but let us remember

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The Library. all means, however, keep the NEB

scholars in some connexion with an Bible Circulation : London : the school. This little work, by Thomson. A pamphlet adapted the way, is the first we have reto electrify every school in Chris-ceived from the house of Mr. tendom, and to which we shall Green, one to which we wish very soon direct all possible at-great success as devoted chiefly tention. to juvenile and religious works.

z fair The Footsteps of Messiah : Snow Picture Room: Dawn of MoWe have as yet read not more dern Civilisation : Robert Dawson : than half of this volume; but we Useful Lads : Tract Society. The cannot wait another month before excellent Tract Society's publica- veted giving it our warmest praises. The tions remind us of the table of Pestic rising author has taken certain shew-bread in the tabernacle. leading events in the life of Jesus, They furnish an incessant supplyfes with and has depicted them in a way with a perpetual freshness of which often startles by its novelty, wholesome food for the 'soul.' Frism but always delights by its beauty, We feel that Sunday school teach. and overpowers by its truth. ers and scholars are greatly inThere are many passages of un- debted to the labours of this common brilliance-perfect gems. | institution, for the cheap and The book thus far has increased good books with which their li. our love to Jesus. We wish it braries abound; and we esteem all possible favour.

the four books above named as

most particularly adapted for the The Oath of God: By Rev. G. use of all young people, and a Smith. The Unknown God Re. valuable acquisition to the library, vealed : By Rev. J. Parsons. The to read-pray- and ponder. Princes of the Earth : By Rev. S. Martin : London : Snow. Three of Cobbin's Bible Remembrancer : the best of sermons by three of the London : Partridge and Co. We best of ministers. The last one will do not pretend to describe this be found singularly adapted to the new work. We may, however, young. They were all delivered say, that in a portable size and at the last anniversary of the neat form, Ingram Cobbin has London Missionary Society. here given the very cream of all

his writings about the Bible. It Parting Precepts : London : really seems to contain everything. Green. It is one of the seven It is by very far the best producgriefs of our hearts that our elder tion of our venerable friend. It scholars so constantly leave the explains and endears the Bible in school. This grief is felt by Mrs. a glorious degree. Bakewell, the accomplished writer of this little work, and she has Union Tune Book: Do. Treble here endeavoured to avert the and Bass parts only: Union Hymn evil by impressing on their hearts Book for Scholars, with Tunes : the solemn responsibility under London : Sunday School Union. which they are placed, and the The tune book has long been a happy use they may still make of favourite with the public. Here their advantages. There is con- it is in three new forms. The siderable tact about the little shape strikes us as a vast improvebook, and where female scholars ment upon the former one. They must leave a school, this will be a are very neat, and we trust will be capital manual for their use. By patronised by all Sunday schools.

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Cobbin's Barnes. May we direct and is, beyond all comparison, the the special attention of our read- most cheap and useful pocket ers to the notes on Scripture Bible in the world. which are now issuing under the able editorship of Ingram Cobbin. The Family Memorial: London: There are two editions-one in Longman. A record of the deaths small octavo, of which five vols. of a Father, a Mother, and a are published-and one in quarto, Daughter, which, though origibidding fair to form a most hand- nally intended for one locality some and useful work. It is to will be read with tears by thou. our certain knowledge in a state sands. of great forwardness, and will be completed with great dispatch. Anecdotes of the Church of Rome Both editions are trustworthy in in the Nineteenth Century: Lonthe last degree. They are illus. don : Baynes. This Book we betrated with engravings, of which lieve will never repay the money we gave specimens in our last or the labour of its production. month's magazine, see pages 145 | It is not at all adapted to prevent and 153, and are certainly some of the spread of Popery. This we the best additions to our literature doubt not is the earnest desire of which this year has seen. The its author, but he labours in vain quarto edition is published by to check it by productions of this Partridge and Oakey, the other A rigid adherence to the by Tegg and by Nelson. Both principles of Church polity, as are cheap, and accurate even to given in the New Testament, is amazement. The notes them- the only cure for the dreaded evil. selves are sound, tending to de- Bring those principles to bear, and velop the mind of the spirit, and all the heresies in the popedom we conceive their value is immea- will fall like untimely figs. Before surably heightened by the revi- the majesty of the Bible, that of sions and amendments of Ingram the priest becomes a jest. Cobbin, certainly one of the best sacred critics in the church of Books on the Editor's Table: God.

Abbott's Way to do Good, Green :

The Pilgrimage, Simpkin : Ap. Memoirs of Mc Kean: London : prentices' Monitor, Aylott & Co.: Snow. A short but interesting Letters of Rev. S. Dyer to his life of a Missionary who was shot Children, Snow: Phillips on Sain the recent wicked attack upon cramental Experience,

Ward : Tahiti made by the French. That Cobbin's Edition of Pinnock's affair is the foulest blot upon the Sqipture Made Easy, Gibbs: Bible escutcheon of France. Waterloo Circulation, Thompson : Dictionis no dishonour to her compared ary of English Language, parts to Tahiti, and the blood of the 1-20, Gilbert: Modern Atlas of slain saints must cry to heaven the World, parts 1-10, Gilbert : for redress.

History of Independency, vol. 1,

Snow: Liberty of Conscience, by Peoples' Pocket Commentary : | Massie, Snow : The nature and London : Partridge and Co. This advantages of Godliness, Longman: Bible with Notes has long been in True Rest, Aylott: English Child's the highest estimation; the great Introduction to Geography, Green: outlay required for its production Government Scheme of Education, kept its price above the pockets Partridge and Co. of the million. It is now brought down to we believe less than half,

FACTS AND EVIDENCES.

a music-book,- who a short time The Ragged Schools. before were thieves, clothed with

rags. I said to one of them

twelve years of age,-'What are THE AWFUL CRISIS. — About you going to do with the musictwelve months ago, a gentleman book ?' He replied, 'Sir, I takes met with a girl, who, although the tenor.' This seems as an inonly fourteen years of age, was in dication of the truth that I am the habit of frequenting the even- endeavouring to advocate. The ing dances, and not returning principle which I wish to inculcate home until one or two in the is, that you must advance your. morning. About three weeks ago selves, if you would advance your he met with her again. She told scholars. There is a principle got him, weeping, that she had lately abroad in the world, which only come out of prison, in which she needs to be realised in order to had lain for three months, having make you, while endeavouring to been convicted of theft; she felt communicate knowledge to others, deeply penitent-promised future increase your own. amendmentbut added, that her

There was a man-though some do former companions sin were count him mad,

[had. striving to lead her back into her The more he gave away, the more he accustomed habits. She could not read, but would have willingly A LONDON COURT.-In a court attended school, had there been containing about twenty houses, teachers to instruct her. She has four or five are what is usually no friend or protector, but an termed 'whisky shops,' or houses abandoned and drunken mother. opened on the Saturday and sab

bath evenings for the illegal sale 'I takes The Tenor.' – The of intoxicating drinks, into which day has come when each and all men are decoyed after the public of us must march with the times. houses are shut, and often robbed I do not know how often you meet of their weekly earnings. In some for mutual instruction and mutual of these houses the very children prayer; but I tell you this, that are taught to pick the pockets of unless you move on, the children those who frequent them. Last will tread on your heels. And if summer, a female was murdered they do not move on, you must in the same court, about three tread on the heels of your pastors, o'clock one sabbath morning, at and they must move on too. I which time her offspring, consist. have heard of a country minister, ing of two boys, were both in -but I cannot vouch for its truth, Newgate, one of whom was said - who said, 'We will have no more to have been then in for the sixth of Sunday schools. These chil- or seventh time-he has since dren ask such awkward questions been transported. Rooms are also of their teachers, and they come opened for dances on the sabbath bothering us with these awkward evenings, the admission to which questions. We must put a stop is generally one penny; these are to it.' Depend upon it, you must attended by the young of both endeavour to improve yourselves sexes, from seven to eighteen -all must move on. Look at the years of age-schools they are for times. I have listened with de- ragged children to which Newgate light to the singing in this hall; | is indebted for many an inmate. but some time ago I visited a Rag- About six weeks ago, an elderly, ged school, and there, five or six decent looking female called at a boys were selected to sing out of house in one of these courts and

wished to be informed where the an experienced teacher engaged to dances were kept. It was a sab- conduct the week-evening school. bath evening, between nine aud | It has now been in operation ten o'clock. She said she was a since the 10th of December, on widow, and had a daughter at Tuesday, Thursday and Friday home, whom she left dangerously evenings, from seven

to nine ill, scarcely expecting to find her o'clock. Instruction is imparted 3 alive on her return. But,' said in reading, writing, and arithme

she, 'I have another thirteen years tic, accompanied with lessons of of age, who has lately given me a moral and religious character,

much vexation, by associating calculated, by God's blessing, to T2 with bad companions, and attend- elevate their characters, and fit 33 ing these dances on sabbath even- them for future usefulness; beneings. This evening I have been fits to which, in many instances, informed that she is at a dance in both parents and children have this court, and I have come to hitherto been strangers. Since try if I can get her home. On the opening of the school, from receiving information, she pro- ninety to one hundred boys have a ceeded to the place, which she been admitted, varying from six found crowded with children and to eighteen years of age, sixty of youths, in the midst of whom whom could neither reud nor write,

was her lost daughter. She suc- and but for the efforts now being biceeded in getting her away, but made, might never have had an

they had not proceeded far when opportunity of learning. The she again deserted her, and re- Committee wish it to be under

turned to her wicked companions, stood, however, that while nearly 11 leaving the poor woman to return a hundred boys have been ad

home, and, by the bedside of her mitted, after a probationary atafflicted daughter, to mourn over tendance of four evenings, that her ruined and wayward child. not more than half that number

are in regular attendance; instead SOMETHING Done.- On the of being accustomed to order and 22nd of September last a few in regularity at home, they have dividuals met to consider whether spent their days in the midst of any steps could be taken towards domestic confusion and social disthe formation of a 'Ragged school cord. And while many do attend which might remedy, to some ex- regularly, and are making pleastent, the lamentable and growing ing progress, there are many evils which existed in Golden others, who, from the above and Lane and Whitecross Street, Lon- other causes, require the employdon. A large and commodious ment of additional means, besides place was then to let, situated in the offer of free instruction, to a most suitable part of the neigh- secure that punctual attendance bourhood; but, as not less than necessary to their improvement. £60 would be incurred by such After much consideration the an undertaking for the first year, Committee are of opinion that many fears were entertained re- the following plan, which to some garding its ultimate

extent they have adopted, and to Trusting, however, through the which they invite the assistance providence of God, to the libe- of their friends to enable them to rality of the Christian public, they carry out, would tend greatly to formed themselves into a provi- remove the difficulty. Let a numsional committee, and proceeded | ber of individuals select from the to make the necessary arrange

school four or five boys each, in ments—the place was taken, and the welfare of whom they purpose

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