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by the key of love. Genuine love gives tones and looks which even an infant can distinguish from those which are assumed for a particular purpose. We must not merely approve of love as a right sentiment, bat have it in actual exercise, stirred up to a bright warm flame, whenever we teach the young. All teaching should be cheerful both in manner and matter. Especial care should be taken to avoid giving such representations of the character of God as should leave the impression that He is severe and harsh. Jesus in His teaching varied His representations of truth according to the characters of men. No language could exceed His in terror when He spoke to the bypocrite and the often-warned offender; but who was more gentle when He sought to win the uninformed and the young ? He showed that, while God is terrible to the perseveringly impenitent, to the inquiring He is gracious and fatherly. Every child should know from his teacher that he has a Father in heaven.
The understanding at the same time should be carefully fed. Some deal with children as if they were all feeling, and when they have moved them to tears or to joy they think all is gained. But these emotions will pass away without fruit, like showers and sunshine on the unsown soil, if the opportunity be not taken to impart distinct knowledge of truth. We must take care, however, of giving too much theology. Fine distinctions in doctrine, such as are met with in books and discussed in controversies, do no good to children. They can receive only the fresh story of the gospel ; but that should be presented to them, not in a confused, but in a clear, definite, and orderly manner. No teacher is properly qualified who cannot do this part of the work. It is undesirable to overload the memory, especially with what has not been taken hold of by the understanding. Yet the short season of life in which that precious faculty is most retentive should be eagerly seized for laying op in the mind a store of truth. Hymns are good, sometimes very good ; but the pure Divine Word is better. Who can foresee what days and nights in the coming years may be enriched by that heavenly treasure ? Let us look well to this.
The conscience should engage much attention. This is the great moving power of the human soul, and it shows its strength very early in life. When it is overburdened, misdirected, or hardened, which it may be even in youth, there is small hope for a man; but if from the first it is kept tender, healthy, and enlightened, his way will be blessed. In pointing out and reproving sin we must avoid all that a child would regard as exaggeration. What, from our point of view, would be a gross crime, might in the child's be a trifle, and the attempt to fill him with horror and shame on account of it would create only an unreal contrition. Many good and anxious parents fall into this error, and their children, by having their consciences early overstrained, grow up into men and women with no consciences at all. Help a child to keep alive the impression (which is almost natural to him) that God is Always near, and perfectly acquainted with bis thoughts and actions. Represent it as the highest and best thing for every one to do what God wishes him to do, and to shun at all costs what is known to be displeasing to Him. Show that if he has done wrong, the evil lies pot so much in the distress of mind and the loss of the approval of teachers and friends which may follow, as in the dishonour and unkindness done to so gracious a Friend as the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. By coming down to the child's level, and by not so much putting our sentiments into his mind as expanding and directing those which are already there, the work we perform will be true and lasting. In this way gently, but urgently, press each one under your instruction fully to Christ. Be not satisfied with anything short of that. Watch for that as they that watch for the morning. Speak as much to God for the child as to the child for God, and it will not be often that you shall speak in vain.
THE COUNTENANCE OF CHRIST.
BY THE LATE REV. F. W. GOADBY, M.A.
Amid those types of strength and grace,
I cannot feel that I have seen
The shadowed glory of that mien.
No countenance did Raphael limn,
No chiselled shape Canova mould,
Who trod the earth in days of old..
And yet they saw it centuries gone;
It rayed its light on many a crowd ;
And praise leapt up heartfelt and loud.
I know it could in love be stern,
For once, on Peter in the hall,
Of scalding sorrow-tears' fast fall !
ALONE UPON THE MOUNTAINS.
MATT. xiv. 23. ALONE upon the mountains : all around Was silent, hushed was every sound; The night had spread its shadows dark and deep On land and sea, and all seemed sunk in sleep. But One there was, by mortal eye unseen, With wearied look, but calm and heavenly mien, Who, while the world around in slumber lay, Retired upon the mountain top to pray. Alone upon the mountains : yes 'twas there He spent the night in solitude and prayer: The man of sorrows He, acquainted well With grief, such grief no human heart could feel. The crowds who thronged around Him to be blest Had long been gone to seek their home and rest, The bird had sought his nest, the fox his bed, But Jesus had not where to lay His head. Alone upon the mountains: there to meet His Father God, and hold communion sweet. There, from all earthly eyes withdrawn awhile, Tenjoy the fulness of His Father's smile. His life of pain and suffering is o'er; A lone and weary wanderer no more, He feels our sufferings, He knows our needs, And at His Father's throne for us He pleads. Alone upon the mountains : there may we From toil and tumult for a season flee ; There we may meet our Saviour and our God; There plead the merits of His precious blood; There we may go and tell Him all our woes, How sore our trials, how numerous our foes; How prone we are to leave the narrow way, And in the dangerous paths of sin to stray. Alone upon the mountains : there we find A Saviour ever gracious, ever kind; Ready to give the pardon that we seek, Ready to make us teachable and meek, Ready to listen to our tale of grief, Ready to give us comfort and relief, Ready in every dark and trying hour To help us with His wisdom, love, and power. Alone upon the mountains : at the feet Of Jesus. Oh, 'tis sweet, 'tis passing sweet! While He, with wondrous love and matchless grace, Unfolds the beauties of His lovely face : No trace of pain or suffering now to mar That face divinely sweet, divinely fair ; And while we listen to His heavenly voice, He makes our weary, trembling hearts rejoice,
Alone upon the mountains : I would be
Till, seeing Thee, like Thee I shall appear.
NEWS OF THE CHURCHES. A NEW tabernacle has been the church at Chesterfield; the opened in the Hackney-road, Shore- Rev. S. H. Jenkins, of the church ditch, occupying the site on which at Llanvihangel Crucorney; the Providence Chapel stood, for the Rev. D. Jones, late of Old Swan ministry of the Rev. W. Cuff.---The Baptist Church, of the church in chapel at Boroughbridge, Somerset, Fabius Chapel, in the same town. under the care of the Rev. T. Baker, has been re-opened after alteration. The following reports of MINIS-A new chapel has been opened at TERIAL CHANGES have reached us Bowdon, Cheshire, for the ministry since the preparation of our last of the Rev. W. S. Llewellyn.--The issue :—The Rev. M. Morris, of memorial-stone of a new chapel, for Spennymoor, to Monkwearmouth; the ministry of the Rev. A. Under the Rev. W. Scriven, of Statham, wood, M.A., has been laid in Parker- Norfolk, to Brondesbury, London; street, Horninglow-road, Burton-on- the Rev. J. Rose, formerly of Trent.-New Sunday-school build- Mount Lebanon and Gaza, Syria, ings have been erected in connection to Sunningdale, Berks; the Rev. J. with the chapel in Highgate-road, L. Jones, of Pontypool College, to London, of which the Rev. J. Abercarne, Monmouthshire; the Stephens, M.A., is the minister.- Rev. W. F. Edgerton, of Beccles, The Bethel Baptist Chapel, Brad- Suffolk, to the old Meeting, Gamford, under the care of the Rev. W. lingay, Cambridgeshire; the Rev. Wood, has been re-opened after G. Hester, of Cemetery-road, Shef. alteration.-The foundation-stone field, to Berkhampstead; the Rev. of a new chapel, for the ministry of F. Forbes, of Lockgilphead, to the Rev. J. T. Swift, has been laid Alloa, N. B.; the Rev. J. Hutchinat Brixton, London.
son, formerly of Shipston-on-Stour,
to Swanwick and Riddings, DerbyThe Rev. J. H. Smith has been shire; the Rev. G. Stanley, of publicly recognised as the pastor of Whitstable, to Eythorne, Kent; the the church at Nazebottom, Lancas- Rev. J. Lloyd, late of Briercliffe, hire; the Rev. W. Gill, late of Burnley, to Whitchurch, Salop; Willenhall, Staffordshire, of the the Rev. J. A. Marnie, of Westray, church at Tunstall Common; the Orkney, to Coatbridge; the Rev. R. Rev. P. Parker, late of the Man. H. Roberts, of Blaina, South Wales, chester College, of the church in to Boundary-road, Middlesborough; Milnrow-road, Rochdale; the Rev. the Rev. W. L. Jones, of Pontypool W. E. Rice, late of Bristol College, College, to Spratton, Northamptonof the church at Earls Colne, shire. The Rev. J. Johnston has Essex; the Rev. W. F Harris, of resigned his pastorate of the church