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sary to call their attention to a single trait of goodness, in which the example of Jusus may not be described as a sanction of the lesson. Tell them that vanity and pride are offensive and wrong, and let them see the humility of Jesus, as like a dutiful servant, and in the observance of his own precept, whosoever will be chief among you let him be your servant, he washes his disciples' feet. Tell them that the poor, the sick and the wretched, are objects of kindness and benevolence, and that it is a duty and a pleasure to assist them, and let them see Jesus in his benevolent walks through Judea and Galilee, not only providing for the souls' welfare, but with wonderful kindness and compassion healing the sick, comforting the mourner, and relieving the destitute. Tell them how sad and wicked it is to depart from the truth, and let them know of one on whose lips guile was never found. Tell them that they should be dutiful to their parents, love them, and endeavour to make them happy; and let them see Jesus obeying his parents in his youth, and in the last moments of his life, and in the midst of his grevious sufferings, caring for his mother, and providing for her an affectionate friend and a peaceful home. Tell them that God, their Father in hea ven, is entitled to their highest affection and most dutiful service; and let them follow their Great Master into the more private scenes of his life, when no eye is upon him but God's, and see how dutiful to God he then was, how resigned to his will, how strong his affection for him, and how anxious he was to please him in all things, although the path of obedience might lead him, as indeed, it did lead him, to a

dreadful death. Brought up in this way at the feet of the Saviour, taught in the most winning manner what are goodness, and virtue, and piety, and religion, made to feel the force of beautiful example as well as to comprehend the meaning of wise precepts and discourses, the young are prepared in the best manner, not only for more extensive knowledge and more spiritual communications, but for bearing the trials of temper and character to which they are soon to be exposed, and for enduring the temptations that await them, unhappily, on every side. They learn to think and act as becomes the disciples of Christ at an early period, and having once imbibed a reverence and love of him, and become impressed with the value of religious goodness, they will have recourse to him whenever they are in difficulty seek his guidance and counsel and feel anxious to acquire and maintain that sanctity of character, and that fidelity to God and religion, which he constantly recommends and honors in his instructions and his life.

We think parents delay too long the duty of guiding their children to the presence of Jesus. They leave them too much to the operation of association and habit, and allowing them to advance many years in life before they seriously apply themselves to the pleasing task of instructing them in the principles of religion, and causing them to feel and to enter into the motives which regulate the affections and the conduct of the disciples of Christ. How long are they habituated to an attendance upon public worship before the reasons for such attendance are submitted to their minds! How long are they made to bend the knee in pri

vate prayer, before they are taught why prayer is offered to God, and what is its efficacy upon the mind and heart! This ought not so to be; it is neglect-it is injury. The best time to commence religious education is when the mind is young, in its simple state, and free to receive the best impressions. Seal these impressions upon it, and it is pre-occupied for good. The young affections, as they expand, are engaged on the side of virtue and religion, and are in less danger of being afterwards drawn aside from these best and dearest objects, whilst every additional lesson serves more easily and closely to cement the connexion, to beautify the opening character, and cause it finally to shine forth in all its loveliness and attractions. Happy labor which is thus productive of good! Richly is it rewarded in the improvement and the happiness of the young. And when it is undertaken with sincerity and performed with diligence, wisdom and affection, we may hope to witness its most extensive effects in the improvement, not only of the age of childhood, but of every age, and a more illustrious display of the heavenly virtues which may be truly called the children of Christianity.

These are hints for the consideration of parents-to the young disciples of Jesus we say, listen, children, to the words of his lips. Hear how kindly he speaks of the innocent-how he teaches his older disciples by referring to you. He tells them, 'Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.' And again, in words which we have already quoted, 'Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid

them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.' It is not necessary again to explain this meaning, nor repeat his favorable opinion of your young minds, your tender and simple hearts. Surely you desire to remain what your Saviour has described you to be? You would not willingly lose that character which he has attributed to you. You give the promise of better things-let that promise be kept. Do not destroy, by your own neglect or waywardness, the sweet and lovely picture which Jesus has drawn of you. Taking the hand of your parents, seek his presence, his counsel, his approbation, his affection. Learn to love him-learn to obey him;-and increase as you may in years and stature, be still children, untutored in deceit, unpractised in wickedness. Attempts will be made to draw you off from your attachment to Jesus and your duty to God. Pray for help from above and resist them. The flattering snares with which pleasure tries to catch the unwary and thoughtless, will be spread around you; be on your guard, pray for heavenly wisdom that you may see and detect them, and you will not be taken captive. And whenever the integrity of your mind is in danger of yielding—or your religious principles of being undermined, -remember what you learnt of Jesus in your earliest years, what additions of knowledge riper years bestowed-remember how he loved you innocent and pure, and that innocence and purity will always secure his love-and you will pause, you will recall your departing regard for goodness and religion, and be innocent still. Think you how possible it is that Jesus is preparing to

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heaven. Go to him in that humility of spirit, that tenderness of heart, and that sweetness of disposition, which he loved in your childhood, and you shall be welcomed to his arms and be happy with him for ever.

The Deluge.

Noah obeyed the divine command, and followed the divine suggestions, in building an immense vessel to receive his family and the various tribes of creatures which were to he preserved in it, till the flood had come upon the land and passed away again. Sceptical men have attempted to prove that this vessel could not contain the animals which are said to have dwelt in it. To refute such arguments, calculations have been made by learned men, among the rest by Dr. Wells, (Geography of the Old and New Testament,) who has ingeniously demonstrated that the Ark of Noah could easily contain the family of Noah, and all the animals enumerated, with provision for the space of twelve months.

When the preparations of Noah were ended, Jehovah summoned him to take up his abode in this spacious structure. "Come thou and all thy house into the ark, for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation."-Noah enters with his family; beasts, birds, and insects follow him, probably by a divine impulse; and then the Almighty

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