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Thy way, lięs, afer the lonely deepy" jaros 10 :
Thy home on distant shore s runt 19eix una
Preserve thee evermore, 13 6 2010e ja si
Whose love and pray'rs thee, u juni 2:
Be nourish'd and supplied, "whil
To which thy heart's allied.
A nobler and a holier cause
Could never heart engage
Be thy blest heritage. 16th March, 1835.
maisha na naman naar ananas TEMPERANCE.
[The following Petition to Parliament, on the subject of Temperance, is
in course of being extensively signed in Belfast and the neighbourhood,
Great Britain and Ireland, in Parliament assembled.
THAT, as appears in evidence before a Committee of your Honourable House, Drunkenness, with its attendant evils, prevails to an alarming extent throughout the United Kingdom, and that in Ireland, where it presents itself in a most aggravated form, it is caused almost entirely by distilled spirit. It is in evidence before the Parliamentary Committee on Drunkenness, that while in Ireland millions of her people are in a state of most pitiable destitution, MORE THAN SIX MILLIONS STERLING are ANNUALLY EXPENDED an DISTILLED SPIRIT, chiefly by the POOR; and that as a necessary consequence, poverty, disease, and crime have so increased, that THREE FOURTHS of the abject POVERTY AND CRIME of the country, and ONE HALF of the DISEASE prevalent among the lower orders, are, by competent witnesses, attributed to INTEMPERANCE. The brutalizing influence of distilled spirit,
is universally acknowledged: it sears the conscience and hardens the heart; it is a barrier in the way of improvement; and the friends of education, religion, and all benevolent efforts, too often strive against it in vain. It has also been established by the incontrovertible evidence of hundreds of the most emi. nent medical practitioners, and by very long and extensive experience, THAT DISTILLED SPIRIT IS ENTIRELY USELESS TO PERSONS IN HEALTH, and directly and positively Noxious to the human constitution, body; and mind, so that all use of distilled spirit as a customary beverage, and all sale of it for such a use, is MORALLY WRONG, and CONSEQUENTLY CANNOT BE POLITICALLY RIGHT. It has been further estab. lished in evidence, that THE GREAT SOURCE of drunkenness in the United Kingdom, is the sanction given by the influential portion of the community to the customary use of so seductive, powerful, and pernicious an instrument of eyil as distilled spirit_very many captivating qualities being falsely attributed to it by their precept and example, and very many fatal customs upheld and perpetuated which trained the present generation of drunkards, and which will have another rained genes ration ready to occupy their place when they are gone. Your Petitioners deeply regret that the whole of this destructive system has been hitherto sanctioned by the British Legisla ture, which largely participates in promoting the evil, not only by legalizing a traffic MORALLY WRONG, but directly produ. cing drunkenness io the ARMY AND NAVY by the distribution of spirit-rations, and the establishment of canteens; while a most pernicious lesson is thus taught, and a most destructive example set to the whole community.
Your Petitioners, therefore, pray your Honourable House immediately to adopt such measures as shall, in the present depraved state of public sentiment and practice, most effectually tend to exclude distilled spirit from customary use as an article of diet,
Petitioners will ever pray. . WILL YOU BECOME A SUNDAY-SCHOOL.
READER, allow me to reason with you. Are you willing to do any thing for Christ ? Are you anxious that his kingdom should be promoted, all being converted to it? Are you anxious about the welfare of the souls of others ? If you are, then be a Sunday-School Teacher. It is easy if you will but try. You have only to make the attempt
and pray for its success. Pray before you begin, and pray when you have done, and the Lord will bless the attempt.
Reader, there is no way in which a young christian can become more useful, than by becoming a Sunday School Teacher. How easy is it to gather five or six young children together to take them into a retired corner of a school-room, apart from the rest-and in the presence of God only, teach them one by one the precious truths of the bible. You there may direct their
minds to the command of the God that made them, to the death and righteousness of the Son who gave himself for them, and to the teaching of the Holy Ghost, who worketh in them to will and to do. of his good pleasure.
Reader, you may become more successful with the young than ministers of the Gospel are with the old. Ask them and they will tell you how very difficult it is to make an impression upon their minds--how very hard it is to lead them to God. You, on the other hand, have the tender branch to train, and the pliant twig may be easily bent. Now is the time when they may be taught, and to you is offered the important, the dee lightful task. If you refuse, there may be five or six little children whose education may be neglected, from the want of a teacher, and who may grow until the devil has ensnared them in the cares and the vanities of life, and they have become hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
· Reader, if Christ be the captain of your salvation, you are bound in duty and in gratitude to fight under the banner of his Gospel. The world is fighting against Christ-the flesh is at enmity to his cause—and Satan, with all the powers of darkness, is endeavouring to gain the victory over the church. And will you sit still while such important interests are at stake, and when Christ is calling on you to defend the battlenients of his church? And what are its battlements? They are the young. If they be preserved, the church will be triumphant. If they be surrendered to Satan, we shall in vain attempt to drive Satan from its camp. Up, then, and be doing while you have an opportunity, another call may never come.
But you will say I am not qualified to be a teacher. We answer, try--there is more difficulty in the prospect than the attempt; and, besides, it is not necessary that you should be already qualified the
only question is, are you willing to do what you can? Means are provided for qualifying you if you be willing to learn. The only qualification which is at present necessary, is a willing and humble desire to do any thing for
the good of souls, for Christ's sake. A class for teachers is provided, for affording instruction to the teachers who are willing to be taught, and all that is necessary for you to do in teaching, at first, is to use the questions which you shall find in a book which you will receive for that purpose, you will feel no difficulty in commencing your humble labours until the teacher's class willl enable you to prosecute all the plans which are there developed, and thus become an active, intelligent, and an affectionate instructor of the young. Bat you will
say, I am not worthy. It is most true, and well it is that you are aware of it; God grant that you may be still more so. We are all unworthy. Never lose sight of that. It will keep you humble, and 'make you more cessful in your labours. Yet let us join in ascribing praise to God, who has not measured our privileges by our worthiness. It is not necessary that the instructors of the young should be worthy of so high an honour-No. We are but the instruments, God is the agent; aud he bas at all times made use of the most adworthy instruments for the most glorious purposes. And why? let us learn the lesson. It is that the glory may appear and be of God. While, therefore, you must not keep back from this, or from any privilege from a sense of unwor. thiness ; let that sense be ever within you, to keep you in remembrance of the source from whence all your success must flow; and let that remembrance ever bring you a supe plicant to his throne, to pray for the souls of the children which are committed to your care.
But you will say, I have more need to be taught myself. Yet remember, that children know less than you do, and besides, when you bave taught them all that you know yourself, you will have acquired fresh supplies of knowledge and grace in your efforts ; for they that water others, shall themselves be watered. But it is the experience of every teacher, and that more bas been learned in teaching others than has been acquired by any other means. . If, therefore, you require to be taught, come and teach. But from what we have already said, it must be apparent, that it requires rather great love than great knowledge. All that you are required to do at first is to teach from a book. Let not this, therefore, discourage you..
And now are you still undecided-are you not yet determined to feed the lambs of Jesus. You are now called. If you still hesitate, lift up your heart to God in prayer, and ask the influences of his Spirit to enable you to come to a right decision.
NOTICES OF BOOKS.
THE PSALMS OF DAVID, in METRE, with the PARAPHRASES, as
used in the CHUCH of SCOTLAND. With NOTES on the PSALMS, by the Rev. JOHN BROWN, of Haddington; and on the PARAPHRASES, by the Rev. MATTHEW Henry, author of the Commentary on the Bible. Belfast : Sold by W. M'COMB, 1, High-Street; and at MAIRS'S
Printing Office, Joy's Entry. 1835. 24mo. P.p. 431. We have just seen ibis cheap and compendious pocket-edition of the Psalms and Paraphrases, and hasten to recommend it to our readers and the religious public. It contains the whole of the excellent Notes of Brown, of Haddington, “whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches ;” together with select observations by the no less famous and acceptable Matthew Henry, on each of the Paraphrases. These valuable additions to our psalm-books have never before been given to the public in so convenient a form, or at so cheap a rate. For the price of our ordjpary copy without notes, we are here furnished with the annotations of those celebrated commentators, illustrative of these important portions of the Divine word, in daily use in families and churches. Who, then, that wants a pocket psalm-book, will buy any other than this cheap and com. modious edition, which possesses, besides, several additional attractions ? There is prefixed a table of the psalms, classed according to their subjects ; and also a chronological list of them, arranged according to the times and occasions on which they were severally composed. There is likewise an alphabetical table of first lines, not only of those at the beginning of each psalm and paraphrase, but also of the more striking passages, interspersed throughout the psalms-a very great convenience, and undoubtedly rendering this a very acceptable and popular book. We are glad to see this improvement introduced into our psalm-books, and hope this new and useful table may be yet more enlarged. We therefore very cordially recommend MAIRS'S PSALM-BOOK WITH Notes to the favourable notice of all our readers. Presbyterian ministers, in particular, will find it a very useful and desirable edition to circulate among their people,
THE FRIEND OF YOUTH, or SABBATH-SCHOOL MONTHLY VISITOR. 32mo.
P. p. 24. No, I. March, 1835. M'COMB, Belfast. Price Id.
We have perused the first number of this little periodical with sincere pleasure ; and if the succeeding numbers equal it in neatness and interest, we prophesy, the work will be a welcome visitor among those for whomit is intended. The matter is very judiciously selected; the neat woodcuts with which it is embellished, will possess a great attraction for chil. dren; and the whole will form a valuable auxiliary to the Sabbath-School teaeber and godly parent. If the “Friend of Youth" have even in any degree the effect of banishing from the nursery and school, the trash which has hitherto polluted the minds of children in the shape of halfpenny or penny books, it will have contributed to the lasting benefit of the rising generation. We can safely, and do warmly recommend to all eutrusted with the