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THE YOUTHFUL MARTYR.
William Hunter, aged 19, finding a chapel open, entered, and began to read in the English Bible which lay upon the desk. He was imprisoned, but bishop Bonner offered to make him a freeman of the city, and to set him up in business, if he would recant. He answered, “I thank you for your great offers : but, my lord, I cannot find in my heart to turn from God for the love of the world ; for I count all worldly things but loss, in respect of the love of Christ,” His parents came to him, and desired heartily of God that he might continue to the end in that good way which he had begun. As he went to martyrdom, he met his father, who said “God be with thee, son William.” He replied, “God be with you good father, and be of good comfort; for I hope we shall meet again."
At the stake he kneeled down, and read the fifty-first psalm, till he came to these words_The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise,' He refused to recant when offered the Queen's pardon. The sun shone suddenly out of a dark cloud. The Martyr saidar Son of God ! shine upon me,” He cast his Psalter into his brother's hand, who said, “William, think upon the holy passion of Christ, and be not afraid of death." “Behold” he replied “I am not afraid." He then raised his hands to heaven and said "Lord ! receive my spirit!”
What a striking instance is this of the power of religion, not only in the prospect of suffering, but in the very scene itself. Reader, is your religion of this kind ? renounced the world for Jesus ?
INTRODUCTION OF FRUITS. “CHERRIES were brought from Pontus to Rome, by Lucullus, seventy years before Christ; Apricots from Epirus ; Peaches from Persia ; the finest Plums from Damascus and Armenia
a; Pears and Figs from Greece and Egypt; Citrons from the Medes ; and Pomegranates from Carthage about 114 years B.C. Cherry-trees were first planted in Britain about 14 years afterwards; they were afterwards brought from Flanders, and planted in Kent with such success, that an orchard of 32 acres produced in one year (A. D. 1540) one thousand pounds : and hence the names, Flemish and Kentish Cherries. P. K.
INVENTION OF GLASS. To an accidental occurrence on the banks of the river Belus, now called Kardanah, is to be ascribed the invention of glass. The crew of a merchant vessel, freighted with nitre, debarked on the shore, to prepare their dinner ; but not finding any stones at hand, to support their culinary vessels, they brought for that purpose some balls of nitre from the ship. The action of the fire incorporating these with the sand, produced a transparent fluid, which the sailors did not fail to remark, and thence furnished a hint for the ingenuity of their country's artists.
Joliffe's Letters from Palestine.
ORIGIN OF THE WORD LADY. “ In ancient times it was the custom for the rich to reside the greatest part of the year at their mansions in the country, and once a week, or oftener, the mistress distributed to her poor neighbours, with her own hands, a certain quantity of bread, and she was called by them the loff-day; which is in Saxon, the bread-giver. These words were in the course of time corrupted into Lady."
MISSIONS OF THE UNITED BRETHREN. Remarkable instance of self denial in two Missionaries. The first occasion of undertaking missions by the United Brethren is thus described. When Count Zinzendorf visited Copenhagen in 1731, to attend the coronation of Christian VI. he became acquainted with a negro named Anthony, who related the miserable condition of the negroes in the Island of St. Thomas, and the desire of many, especially of his sister to be made acquainted with the way of salvation. The Count having, on his return to Herrnhut, spoken of this to the con. gregation, Leonard Dober and Tobias Leopold, felt an earnest desire to go among these heathen,—and when they were told that only those who were slaves and labouring with the negroes could instruct them, (for want of other time) these worthy men offered to sell themselves as slaves, if it should be found necessary, rather than not instruct the heathen,
In 1732, Leonard Dober and David Nitschmann set out for the island of St. Thomas. The brother and sister of Anthony received the gospel with joy, and were soon followed by inany more, who received the word of God in faith.
The second mission undertaken by the brethren was to Groenland, in 1733. Christian David, Matthew Stach, and Christian Stach, the missionaries, laboured some years unsuccessfully, they had discoursed on the attributes of God, the creation and fall of man, salvation and damnation, christian duties, &c. but no good effect appeared during five years. At length, when the missionaries preached chiefly on the sufferings and death of the Lord Jesus Christ, great success followed their labours,
THE CLOSING YEAR.
We are brought to the last month of another year, and, perhaps, many of you are looking forward to the pleasures of the approaching season; but I would ask how many are anticipating the joyful coming of our Redeemer, whose glorious birth brought salvation to sinners. Olet me beseech the youngest of my readers to seek an interest in this blessed Saviour; He receives the little ones of his flock, and gives them a place in His bosom, and regards them as His tender lambs. I would say to all, look back on your past mercies ; reflect on the time that is gone, and ask yourselves a few such plain questions as the following: Is my heart right with God ?--Am I seeking mercy through the blood of Jesus ?--Am I led by divine grace to seek a crown of glory which will never fade
?-Have I improved the talents committed to my care, by seeking to glorify God, and endeavouring to be useful to others ?-Have I been humble in my walk, anıt attentive and obedient to those under whose care it has pleased
God to place me ?--Have I constantly sought to improve all the advantages given me by a gracious God ?
These are qestions which will call forth the feelings of all, and if rightly reflected upon will bring many to the throne of grace, to obtain mercy for the past, and help in every future time of need. May this be a joyful season to the young who read these lines, and ay they be led by the Holy Spirit to seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God.
When Socrates was one day walking through a market, and looking at the various articles exhibited for sale, he exclaimed, “How many things do I not want!"
Buas having lost his city, and being put to flight, was asked by those that fled with him, with their treasures, why he took not something with him; he answered, “I
riches with me.” Thus the christian though he be impoverished, banished and cast out from all, is still able to say ; I carry all my treasure with me.” Possessing Christ, he possesses all things. He that has Christ is rich indeed.
Give what thou canst, without thee I am poor,
ALEXANDER having divided his wealth among his friends, and being asked, what he had reserved for himself, replied, HOPE. Hope is the believer's anchor; it keeps him steady amidst the storms and billows of life; it örompts him to look out for a clear sky when clouds darken the atmosphere ; and darts a ray of comfort into his mind when his spirit is sad and dejected. “Hope lightens anguish, sweetens care, heals the wounds of the heart; it is the only remaining consolation of the miserable, and it assists the prisoner to carry his fetters."
LETTERS OF THE ALPA ABET. “The twenty-four letters of the alphabet are capable of. being joined, or combined, as inany different ways as are expressed by the figures, 5,852,616,738,497,664,000.”
THE INFANT'S PRAYER.
“ Suffer little children to come unto Me."
0 Thod! who when on earth didst take
These infants to thy shelt'ring breast,
And guard me in my hours of rest.
Best, highest Friend, Redeemer dear!
So fold me in tbine arms of love
So bless me ever from above.
Teach me my little hands to raise
To God in late and early song,
The lispings of an infant's tongue.
And oh! if sin, or sinful men,
Shall bid me e'er depart from Thee,
Say," Suffer them to come to Me.”
66 IT IS GOOD TO BE HERE,”—Matthew 17th. ver. 2.
Ah! well might the 'saptured disciple exclaim,
Who saw his loved Master appear,
“ It is good for us, Lord, to be here.”
Our souls to the Saviour draw near,
“ It is good for us, Lord, to be here."
yes, and the Christian, whatever his lot,
Wbile reading his evidence clear,
Can say, “ It is good to be here."