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come to Christ, cling to Him with your soul's whole stren gth and he will save you! Delay not, be in earnest, put not away from
you this faithful warning, “ lest thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed ; and say, How have I hated instruction and despised all reproof!"
Now the word is, “Him that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out.” Come, and be safe; come, and be happy. Believe
me, if ever you are brought to Christ, and saved, and sanctified, your deepest sorrow and repentant wonder will be, that you should have neglected him so long, and been so long heedless and unblessed.- Christian TreaSury.
THE FATHER WHO LOST HIS PROPERTY.
AN INSTRUCTIVE SKETCH.
It is the duty of mothers to sustain the reverses of fortune. Frequent and sudden as they have been and may be in our own country, it is important that young females should possess some employment, by which they may obtain a livelihood, in case they should be reduced to the necessity of supporting themselves. When families are unexpectedly reduced from affluence to poverty, how pitifully contemptible it is to see the mother desponding or helpless, and permitting her daughters to embarrass those whom it is their duty to assist and cheer.
“I have lost my whole fortune," said a merchant, as he returned one evening to his home; " we can no longer keep our carriage. We must leave this large house. The children can no longer go to expensive schools. Yesterday I was a rich man; to-day, there is nothing I can call my own.”
“Dear husband," said the wife," we are still rich in each other and our children. Money may pass away, but God has given us a better treasure in those active hands and loving hearts."
“Dear father," said the children, “ do not look so sober. We will help you to get a living."
"What can you do, poor things?” said he.
“ You shall see! you shall see!” answered several voices. "It is a pity if we have been to school for nothing. How can the father of eight children be poor? We shall work and make you rich again.”
“I shall help,” said the younger girl, hardly four years old. “I will not have any new things bought, and I shall sell my great doll.”
The heart of the husband and father, which had sunk within his bosom like a stone, was lifted up. The sweet enthusiasm of the scene cheered him, and his nightly prayer was like a song of praise.
They left their stately house. The servants were dismissed. Pictures and plate, rich carpets and furniture were sold, and she who had been the mistress of the mansion shed no tears.
“Pay every debt,” said she; “ let no one suffer through us, and we may be happy."
He rented a neat Icottage, and a small piece of ground a few miles from the city. With the aid of his sons he cultivated vegetables for the market. He viewed with delight and astonishment the economy of his wife, nurtured as she had been in wealth, and the efficiency which his daughters soon acquired under her training.
The eldest one attended to the household work, and also assisted the younger children-besides they executed various works, which they had learned as accomplishments, but which they found could be disposed of to advantage. They embroidered with taste some of the ornamental parts of female apparel, which were readily sold to a merchant in the city.
They cultivated flowers, sent boquets to market in the cart that conveyed the vegetables; they plaited straw, they painted maps, they executed plain needle-work. Every one was at her post, busy and cheerful. The little eottage was like a bee-hive.
“I never enjoyed such health before," said the father.
“And I was never so happy before,” said the mother. “We never knew how many things we could do, when we lived in the great house," said the children, “and we love each other a great deal better here.
You call us your little bees.”
“Yes,” replied the father, “and you make just such honey as the heart likes to feed on." Economy as well as industry was strictly observed ; nothing was wasted. Nothing unnecessary was purchased. The eldest daughter became assistant teacher in a distinguished female seminary, and the second took her place as instructress to the family.
The dwelling which had always been kept neat, they were soon able to beautify. Its construction was improved, and[the vines and flowering trees were replanted around it. The merchant was happier under his woodbine covered porch in a summer's evening, than he had been in his showy drawing-room.
“We are now thriving and prosperous,” said he, “shall we return to the city ?”
“O, no,” was the unanimous reply.
“Let us remain,” said the wife, where we have found health and contentment.”
"Father," said the youngest, “all we children hope you are not going to be rich again; for then,” she added, " we little ones were shut up in the nursery, and did not see much of you or mother. Now we all live together, and sister who loves us, teaches us, and we learn to be industrious and useful. We were none of us so happy when we were rich and did not work. So father, please not be a rich man any more.”—Mrs. Sigourney.
METHOD OF OBTAINING THE SPONGE.
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THE BIRTH OF THE MESSIAH.
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