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Enter his study; his stock of books may be few, but they are like his companions, few and well chosen, and well understood. What he knows of earth, and sky, the stars that shine in beauty and in number, are studied for his class; the ocean with its myriad tribes, the fields with their beautiful flowers, the forests with their stately trees, the earth with its thousand hills, and all the other objects in Nature, are all studied for his class; the inhabitants of that better country-their pleasures and employment, the country itself with its thrones and kingdoms, its princes and its priests, are all studied for his class; well may they be all attention and delight. When he tells them of the love of God, and the coming of Jesus Christ into the world to seek and save that which was lost; when he tells them of these things, he is happy. He is not a stranger to trial and trouble; O, no, his patience is often severely exercised; for when he hopes to reap the reward of his labours by witnessing a change of heart in his little flock, they are unexpectedly cut off, and he has often to mourn in secret; still he trusts in the goodness of God-and in the right discharge of his duty, he is happy.
His leisure hours are spent in the noble-minded work of visiting; his feet often cross the threshold of the homes of those of his class; the smile he receives tells how welcome he is within their dwelling; he makes the widowed mother to rejoice in the success of her children's growth in affection and piety; he invites to the temple of God, talks of the joys above, counsels in mildness, warns in danger, and encourages in love; he is ever a welcome guest with them. His example is such as is worthy of being copied by all; his habits are all seasoned with temperance, mildness, and chastity; his guide is the Bible, his master is Christ, and his home is heaven! Who, then, would not be a faithful Sunday-school teacher? for it may truly be said, he is a happy creature.
THE KING OF KINGS.-In the old church register of Sonnenburg, in Prussia, (formerly a residence of the Knights of St. John,) there is written on the last leaf but one this remarkable inscription, of which we give the following free translation:
"Jesus, thy deep, deep wounds,
Which soul and body know.
I think of Thee and all Thy ill;
And then my heart shrinks from the thought
Of sin, which all Thy torments wrought.
(Signed) FREDERICK WILLIAM, King of Prussia, Margrave of
The writer of the foregoing testimony was the father of Frederick the Great, (who, it were to be wished, had inherited his principles as well as his throne,) and the son-in-law of the Elector of Hanover, afterwards George the First of England.
THE SUNDAY-SCHOOL MAGAZINE.
SUNDAY-SCHOOL TEACHERS' CON
WE have no hesitation in saying that this system, repeatedly tried of late with such
eminent success, is one of the most effective in producing impression upon the teachers of our schools, as to the real character of the work in which they are en
gaged, the best methods of accomplishing their object, and the best means of consolidating their strength.
The formal annual meetings, with stiff speeches, and set resolutions, sustained not so much by practical teachers as those who were only observers, are not the sort of gatherings we require. We want rather that which the Conference yields, the free and friendly discussion among practical working teachers, drawn from all the schools within the boundary of our Union, and attended by others whose experience may be valuable and available. If added
to this the public meeting is added, all the better; but we do need to break down that formality that attends so many of our assemblies. Within the month two Conferences will be held, reports of which will be given in our next Number. The one in the Isle of Wight, was held in Newport, and was attended with the best results: it drew together teachers who had never seen each other before-it brought out facts never known before-it was the means of suggesting plans never heard of before. Then at Leeds, upon the largest scale, a Conference was held on Friday, the 21st of April. It was attended by upwards of two hundred and fifty delegates, representing a very large number of Schools and Unions in Yorkshire and Lancashire. Never was a meeting of so much importance convened before; and never, we dare say, was so much effect produced by any single effort, commensurate with that good which will take its date
from this era,-for such it will be in the history of the Sunday-school Institutions in the manufacturing districts. It was, indeed, a time for sowing precious seed,
and the cast was broad and full. There was earnestness, such as warmed the hearts of all; and practical discussion, such as elevated the minds of all. In such Union there is strength, and we
long to see all districts thus enlightened
by the contact of mind with mind, and the kindling of earnest spirits in the love of our glorious enterprise.
PROVIDENT SOCIETIES FOR SUNDAY SCHOOLS.
We have heard with much pleasure that the Directors of the Christian Mutual Provident Society have resolved to ex
tend the benefits of their Institution to have its branch. The benefits proposed Sunday-schools, so that each school may are, 2s. per week in sickness, and £3 in case of death, by a weekly payment of ld. We can easily discover many great advantages arising from the general adoption of this scheme, and earnestly commend it to our friends the superintendents and teachers; only let the arrangements made not entrench upon the time devoted to religious training on the Sabbath-day, and we shall heatily rejoice to see a movement in favour of this great object.
THE festivals of May are well-nigh coeval with the seasons.
The fifth month, Maius, of the Julian Calendar, agrees with the third moon, Pachon, in the old, and the ninth of the new Egyptian year; and with the ninth civic, and third sacred moon of the Jews, Sivan.
The rainy season begins now in Abyssinia, when the sun becomes vertical. This is the period of harvest in Palestine, and fruits are ripe at Algiers.
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, born 1769.
Dover, 1213, and swears allegiance
16. Dr. Hoadly died, 1776.
19. In 1671, Sir Matthew Hale was appointed Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench. He was justly called a pillar of integrity.
Charles Bonnet died at Geneva, 1793. An earthquake at Antioch, A. D. 526, by which 250,000 persons are said to have perished.
Amerigo, an experienced sailor, set out, in 1499, upon a western voyage of discovery, with Alonzo de Ojeda, but with orders not to touch any part which Columbus had discovered before 1495. He returned to Cadiz the following October, and made it appear that he was the discoverer of the continent in the New World. In consequence of this, Amerigo supplanted the name of Columbus, and America is called after a man who was a gross impostor.
A Florist at Harlaem refuses ten thousand florins for a hyacinth in
21. It is said that if a storm happen from an easterly point on this or the two preceding days, the ensuing summer will four times out of five be dry. 22. Alexander Pope born in Lombardstreet, London, 1688.-Constantine the Great died, A. D. 337.- John Entick died at Stepney, 1773.
Bishop Jewel, in a private letter to his friend Bullinger, 1559, observes, that " Queen Elizabeth refuses to be called head of the church, as it was a title that could not justly be given to any mortal."
23. The capture of Jerusalem by Pompey.-Queen Victoria born, 1819.
25. Dr. Paley died at Sunderland, 1805.
John Dryden died, 1700. 2. Columbus discovers Jamaica. 4. In 1818, a treaty entered into between England and the Netherlands for abolishing the slave-trade.
5. Napoleon Buonaparte died, 1821. Pentecost, the feast of weeks. It was during this Sunday that the DIVINE SPIRIT was shed on the apostles; and it is believed by the Jews that on this day, B. C. 1491, the law was given from Mount Sinai. 6. The festival of Job is observed by the Greek Church.
14. Dr. Edward Jenner first applies vaccination, 1796.
15. King John signs the Charter at 27. John Calvin died, 1564.
THE WORK; AND HOW TO DO IT.
A NARRATIVE.-CHAPTER IV.
SPRING was now considerably advanced, and the country presented a pleasant and lively aspect, after the comparative dreariness of winter; but though our young friends, Charles and Henry, had more to engage them in their worldly callings, they often talked about the future, and devoted what time they could to prepare for it. The result of their deliberations ended in this resolve;-that Charles should give a brief course of instruction on the works of creation, and that Henry should exhibit proofs of human ingenuity and contrivance. The former devoted an hour every morning to the diligent cultivation of his own mind, and directed his enquiries chiefly to natural science, making from time to time such a collection of interesting and useful particulars as might be easily turned to account with children; and before the autumn arrived he had pretty well completed twelve short lectures, accompanied with the best illustrations he could procure.
His range of books was limited, but he borrowed occasionally from friends. The "Penny Cyclopædia" afforded him much help. He had also bought a copy of "Yead's Book of Nature;" and a small publication of much interest, "Observations of Nature," by Mudie. Henry lent him "Dr. Dick's Christian Philosopher;" and these, with a few books belonging to the Religious Tract Society, were sufficient for his purpose.
Henry took up the useful arts, and showed how man had gone on improving in civilization. He described the various kinds of dwellings from the period when men dwelt in tents to the erection of houses similar to ours, embracing pyramids, mausoleums, &c. He showed the methods employed for raising water, and conveying it, with pictures of wells, pumps, cisterns, &c.; different methods of grinding corn, and the whole process which it undergoes. Then he was to give a lesson on the mechanical powers, exhibiting the wheel, the axle, the pulley, the lever, the wedge. Then he was to show the different implements used in husbandry at different periods, the method of preparing hemp and flax, and manufacturing them into cloth. One lecture was to be on vessels, from the canoe of the Indian to the modern steam-ship, with a short account of navigation, and the use of the compass and the rudder. Another was arranged on optical instruments, when Henry meant to show them a prism, a microscope, and telescope, with a promise that, if it were possible, they should some day have a meeting of the whole school, and see a magic-lantern,
While these lectures were preparing, Charles and Henry were often together, and, as one might have anticipated, the effect was exceedingly good. A new field was opened to Charles, and his spiritual mind sympathized with the Psalmist in his admiration of the great Creator. As he sought out His wonderful works he felt fresh love springing up in his heart, and approached him with deeper reverence and confidence. Henry was gradually led to prefer Charles'
society to that of his former trifling associates, and under his influence he began a course of Scripture reading, which was most profitable to his personal piety. Once he had been rather disposed to smile at C., as too grave and retiring; now he felt the advantage of his sobriety, and saw the superiority of his principles. It was his desire to be more like him; and insensibly he was drawn into a full and candid acknowledgment of his own unsound condition. He had been religiously educated, and grew up with the reputation of a serious character; but he was more and more convinced that a deeper and a complete change must be wrought in his soul, before he could be a happy and useful Christian. Charles did not build him up with false hopes, and whisper smooth things to quiet his conscience; but, admitting the reality of all he said, and allowing him to think the very worst of himself, he directed him simply to the Saviour. The substance of all his instruction might be comprehended in these lines:
"He is able, he is willing-
It was several weeks before Henry could entertain hope, and when he did his hope was feeble, and often overcast by guilty fears. He found it difficult to avoid temptation. His besetting sins pursued him, and he was ready to say, "I shall one day perish by the hand of my enemy;" but Charles was unwearied in pressing upon him the provisions of the gospel. His chief talent seemed to lie in setting forth the gentleness and sufficiency of Christ. This was the only balm he ever applied to the wounded heart, but it was attended with sovereign
One of Henry's first feelings was, that he was not fit to instruct others, but rather that he needed to be taught himself, and must give up his Sunday-class. "No, dear Henry," said Charles, "this would be wrong. Just try to teach your children what the Spirit of God has been teaching you, and look to Him to make your efforts effectual." Henry was persuaded to persevere, though it cost him much. His choice of subjects became different, his tone and manner with the children were changed, and they were not slow to perceive it, and to listen with gratifying attention.
"I do think teacher loves us now," said one of the youngest scholars, as they were walking homeward a month or two after this change. "Yes," answered the other, 66 and I love him better and better every Sunday. Did not you like what he told us about the heart of stone and the heart of flesh? I never understood it before. And that history of Blind Bartimeus crying out so earnestly: I fancied I could see and hear him. Teacher was not always like what he is
"No, he did not use to care for us; and he was so cross, and pushed us about, and called us all manner of names; I did not like school then, but now I would not stay away for anything."
66 Do you
know there is going to be an evening school at our village, but only for boys above twelve, and none are to go but such as have a good character?