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-- I have been most concerned for the things of this world, and they have most deeply affected me.
In such a state then as this, it is impossible for me to say that I am prepared for death, or to stand before the judgment seat of a jyst God, who searches the inmost thoughts, and will judge of me by what I am, not hy what I appear to be.
Turn then, O my soul, and think what it is to die !-prepare for that awful day which it is impossible for thée to escape, and which may come before the morning dawn: thou hast too long neglected the means of salvation offered thee by a kind and mer. ciful God:
To render me fit to be saved, I must become a new man, and shew, by my works, my true and lively faith, for a dead faith the devils also have; they "believe and tremble;” but, if I would be better than they, I must have a living faith, such as was in the holy Apostles of old, such as becomes a follower of the holy Jesus, and one who would profit by the gracious offers freely made to him in the Gospel.
But, of myself, I can do nothing. I am willing, and must beseech the Almighty to assist me with his Grace and Holy Spirit, to enable me to cast off the
and put on such a new man, as becomes one who has an immortal soul which he would wish to be saved. I must act as before One, who knoweth the inmost recesses of my mind :--and, after all, I can be but an unprofitable servant, and undeserv, ing a place in heaven ; though this, I trust, may be obtained by true believers through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, who died to save us from the punishment which we have deserved, and who ever liveth to make intercession for us; who said to the faithful, that he went before, “to prepare a place for them."
Be strenuous then, O my soul, in thy exertions to reach heaven, for narrow is the road thatsleadeth to it, and few there be that 'find it, while broad is the
way that leadeth to destruction, and many are there who walk in it. Remember" many are called, but few chosen."
UNGUARDED EXPRESSIONS, AND AWFUL
EVENT IN NOT TINGHAMSHIRE.
To the Editor of the Cottager's Monthly Visitor.
SIR, In a former Number, you cautioned us against the use of unguarded expressions, and especially such as introduce the irreverent use of the name of the Almighty. It is common for persons to express
their intention of doing such and such things, if it be the Divine will. Now, if this be really done from a humble dependence on, and submission to the will of the Almighty, it is good, and proper, and has the authority of Scripturė, (James iv. 15.)-But it is too often done carelessly and irreverently, and it is then nothing better than profaneness, and is, indeed, gene: rally a proof that the mind is little influenced by any just sentiments of religion. It is, however, certainly right, that, in all our plans and projects, we should look to the divine help, and protection, and blessing. This will teach us to undertake what is good, and to undertake it in a proper spirit. Though we do not, then, in our common discourse, actually make use of the name of the Almighty, yet a sense of our dependence on his will should always be within us. That no one should speak in positive terms of future events, daily experience teaches'us; and some striking events, (which, perhaps, were mere accidents, if we may ever use such a term) have taught me caution in this respect. I select and send you the following instance, observing, at the same time, tbat though I would not say we are to look for
the immediate judgments of God in this world, since we knowdthat his dispensations are not completed here, yet still we see enough, every day, to make us watcbful. ; 1
A farmer's boy in this Villagé, a few years ago, psed an expression which he had heard, with some addition of his own, l I live, and be well as I know. I shall I shall be at Nottingham rages next Tuesday." The addition was laughed at by his com. panions, as a sort of witse their mouths, however, were, stopped. Before the races came, the boy stumbled, and fell down, without any apparent cause'; and a cart wheel ran over his head, and killed him on the spot!
LETTER FROM A FATHER TO HIS SON, AN
Jan. 8th, 1824. MY DEAR BOY, AFTER the death of Queen Mary, her sister Elizabeth became Queen." The people had søffered só much'under the cruel Mary, that they received Elizabeth with
a. thoughtful and considerate person, and she saw plainly, that her sister Mary's notions about religion had been entirely wrong ; and she therefore determined to encourage the Protestant religion, which she well understood, and which she felt to be right. Through her means, therefore, the Roman Catholic religion was laid aside, and the Protestant religion established in its place, nearly in the same manner as we have it at present.
Queen Elizabeth soon experienced, that the high. est. station in this life is not without its troubles. There were many persons
in England who still favoured the Roman Catholic religion, and these were desirous of getting rid of Elizabeth, and of putting
Margaret, sister of Henry VIII, married James IV. of Scotland ; their son, James V. was the father of Mary. + In Northamptonshire. Le Do ng lo bastdesile to bladte lo auen
silk and velvet, with a long veil on her head, and a crucifix* in her hand. The scaffold rich babit o . was covered with black. The two executioners kpeeled down, and asked her to forgive them. She said she forgave them, and all who were concerned in her death. She declared that she was innocent she then repeated a psalm, and some pious expressions; and her head was then severed from her body by two strokes of the executioner. Whatever were the fanlts of Mary, we cannot help grieving for her tragical end, especially when we think that it was ordered by a near relation, a feinale, and a Queen.
Soon after this, Elizabeth was exposed to further troubles. Philip, king of Spain, was a bigoted Catholic, and he could not bear to see the Protestant religion flourishing in England. Accordingly, he fitted out a vast fleet of ships, and so large an army, that he thought nothing could withstand him. English people, however, are not very fond of being in, vaded; and, therefore, instead of being frightened at the King of Spain's preparations, they set about opposing him, with all the power they could muster. The Queen herself went down to Tilbury Fort, and, mounted on horseback, rode amongst her soldiers and sailors, and encouraged them to oppose the invaders manfully, declaring that though she was a woman, she would light, like a man, for her country, before an inch of it should fall into the hands of the King of Spain. The Spaniards bad such confidence in their immense fleet, that they called it the Invincible Armada +. However, the English soon shewed them that their fleet was not invincible, for, as it came up the English channel, with its ships, in size and number enough to frighten any body but Bri
• A little image of our Saviour on the Cross, much used by Roman Catholics. + Unconquerable, "_" not to be overcome. bebes
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