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The tempting prophet hastened to the scene where this surprising event occurred, and he found the carcass cast in the way, and the ass and the lion standing by the carcass: the lion had not eaten the carcass, nor torn the ass. He then took the dead body,-buried it in his own grave,-and mourned over it, saying, “ Alas my brother !” We would fain hope that he saw his own sin, as well as his brother's punishment, in this awful event.
There are a few lessons which the young should draw from this incident of sacred writ. Ist. Let them cleave closely to God's plain commands, whoever may attempt to lead them aside. 2nd. The justice of God requires that sin should be punished. We must either suffer in our own persons the penalty of his righteous laws, or embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ his Son, by whom the law is magnified, and salvation secured to every believer. 3rd. When we are employed in the service of God we may expect temptations, and should prepare to resist them. It becomes all of us to be continually watchful and prayerful, and especially those young persons who are employed in doing good : they should be doubly careful lest these efforts be made any excuse for their own neglect of the great salvation. The more we abound in active usefulness, the more diligent we should be in the private means of grace; for Satan will particularly level his arrows at those who aim to destroy his kingdom. Yet, looking to Jesus, we are safe, and though he may suffer us to be tempted, in due time he who yet sympathizes with us, will appear for our deliverance.
Exemplified in the History of Harry Wilmot. « A little is enough for all the necessities, for all the innocent recrea
tions of life; but without economy, how large soever an estate is, there will still be a defi ncy."
It was the unhappiness of the subject of these memoranda, to have been an indulged child, His parents were too fond of “ their darling boy" to control him ; and he had during his infancy all that he cried for, and when the days of infancy were passed, all that he coveted. The house, from the nursery to the kitchen, was full of toys and baubles, which although they charmed at first, soon lost their power to please. The wooden horse was soon deprived of its head, the ship was soon dismasted, the wheels of the “ Lord Mayor's Coach" soon came off, and the elegant fragments were transferred to the nurse's child, or thrown into the kitchen fire when the cook had neglected to supply it with timely fuel. It needs not be added, that Harry's temper was overbearing, that frequent feuds and quarrels agitated the peace of the house, and that inany a servant lost her place by his misrepresentations.
The parents of Harry, at length discovered that they had committed a great error, but as he had now reached the age
of fourteen, he was above their control, and his word was the law of the house. It was hoped that education would produce a reform, and that the firm and rigid discipline of his tutor would teach him obedience ; but although his conduct was restrained during the time he spent at school, it was no better in the sequel, and when he entered upon his apprenticeship, he carried with him habits of extravagance, and a disposition of self-will that finally rendered his removal from his master's house necessary, and he was returned to his parents as unmanageable, and incurable !
In this mortified character he appeared for some time, till by great exertion, and the aid of some powerful interest, a situation was procured for him in one of the public offices. Had he improved by past experience, he might in the course of a few years have arisen to affluence and honor ; but although his salary was liberal, it was inadequate to meet his extravagant propensities. The creatures, I will not call them men, who love good eating and drinking, resorted to him, like flies around the bowl. His habits, from being expensive, became vicious, and after many admonitions and reproofs from the head of the department, it was judged most adviseable, to prevent his being dismissed, that he should tender his resignation,
What could he now do? He applied to his former friendsthe persons whom he had feasted—who had drank wine at bis table, to the full, but they were as needy as himself and when he ceased to entertain them, like hungry animals, they disappeared !
Distressed, disgraced, despised, he wandered hither and thither. He had no father to help him, for he was no more ! He had no mother that was able to support him, for her income was greatly reduced in consequence of her son's frequent applications for money. He was cast upon the world friendless and forlorn. At length he was received into a warehouse with the promise of an increase of salary if his conduct deserved it. For a few months he was careful and diligent, but restraint was grievous and irksome, and he returned, by degrees, to his old habits. The fact is, that having been so plentifully supplied with money during his juvenile years, he never knew its true value, and, as his wishes were never opposed, he never acquired the inestimable habit of self-control. As he could not associate with genteel rakes, he accommodated himself to those of the inferior class, and exchanged the tavern for the pot-house, and the boxes for the upper gallery. In this
way he continued, till at length he was discharged from his situation and thrown once more upon the world. His mother died of vexation and regret at her own folly, and having, therefore, neither house nor home, he dragged on a miserable existence, sometimes employed to carry out parcels, and at others to write in an office, and on some occasions even reduced to solieit eharity. At length he ended his days in the workhouse, unreclaimed, unpitied!
This short but affecting history deserves the attention of my young readers. Let them guard against extravagant-expenditure and lofty ideas. They may have been accustomed to have all that their heart can wish-but it cannot; it will not be so always. “Wilful waste brings woful want"-a plain homely proverb that has been illustrated in the history of the nobleman, the tradesman, and the peasant. During the short reign of the Emperor Heliogabalus, he is said to have reduced, almost to beggary, all the subjects of the empire, and to have left, at his death, an exhausted treasury.
The habits that prevail iu after years are generally formed in the season of youth-an argument for earnest prayer to God, for svisdom to direct, and divine grace to influence the heart. A knowledge, a sanctified knowledge of the word of God will lead every one to follow the maxim of the apostle Paul -" Let
moderation be known to all men.” Extravagance and ruin are inseparable, and too frequently, alas! the ruin of the soul--the immortal soul!
The youth that devotes himself to God will be preserved from all evil. He will have promises to comfort him, precepts to direct him, the Holy Spirit to instruct him, the hope of heaven to animate him, and eternal glory to crown him for
R. C. W.
POWER OF CONSCIENCE.
“The sly informer minutes every fault,
And her dread diary with horror fills." Bessus, a native of Pelonia, in Greece, being one day seen by his neighbours pulling down some birds-nests, and passionately destroying their young, was severely reproved by them for his ill nature and cruelty to those who seemed to court his protection. He replied, that their notes were to him insufferable, as they never ceased twitting him with the murder of his father.
An accusing conscience is a dreadful eyil. How restless must Judas have been, and how great his mental agony, when he reflected upon his crime in betraying Christ! Nor less was the distress of Joseph's brethren, when they exclaimed, “We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear ; therefore is this distress come upon us.'
Conscience is an accurate observer of all our actions, ana will sooner or later reprove, remonstrate, condemn. It is the scorpion of guilt, that continually preys upon the peace and harmony of the mind and will not let it rest. It has extorted a confession from many a murderer, and brought to condign punishment many an offender. A man, suspected of of having committed a murder, was tried and convicted, nothing remained but for the judge to pass sentence upon him ; when lo ! the Judge himselfturns pale-he attempts to perform the awful task, but his voice falters, and his whole fra is agitated-he faints on the bench...... ...... At length he speaks in broken accents “1, I am the murderer--this man is innocent !” Upon this confession he was tried, convicted,