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any longer, so he balanced his that laid the foundation of the accounts, and now brings you the other, therefore the half of that behalf of his earnings with many longs to you too; besides, the price thousand thanks.”. Saying this the of the little animal, and to that you young man placed several piles of must add the interest of it.crowns upon the table.

This time, tears started visibly to The Elector drew his hand across the eyes of the Elector, and he said, his eyes to wipe away the tears, “Worthy young man, did you not and cried out, “What! you are the know that I was only in joke, about same? Did you then gain all this taking half? No, keep your honest by the little animal ?

gains, and may the Lord God bless “Not exactly,” answered the you abundantly!” Savoyard, “but what I gained by

THOUGHTS, HINTS, AND BOOKS FOR YOU.

MEDITATIONS ON THE LORD'S PRAYER.

THURSDAY MORNING,

“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass

against us: OH! FATHER Which art in Heaven! not hide and shelter ourselves in Blessed be Thy Name, there is FOR- Thee, in Whom we possess all things, GIVENESS with Thee seven times a even abundant redemption, and an day! Yes! blessed be Thy Name, endless source of hope in bitterest though Thy justice is Thyself; yet, tribulation! Oh! let us trust Thee forasmuch as Thy Very Self is without presumption, fearing Thee Mercy too, we may still plead when with a righteous fear, when verily asking for our daily pardon, as we our repentance doth so need repentask for “ daily bread," and confess- ing of, and our very tears the ing at a throne of grace our griev- cleansing of a Redeemer's Blood !! ous reckoning of sins--idle and wan- Remember Thy covenant of love, ton ones - secret and whispering and reckon the due chastisement ones—.sins done to please ourselves of our sins as laid upon Him -sins done to please others --cold- Who delivered Himself up for our ness of love towards one another-offences, and as on this day ascended aggravated by cruel inconsideration into the Heavens, there to interof feeling-suspicions,-jealousies, cede for us at Thy Right Hand; and -- resentments, and estrangements, let us not rest till Thou hast set us all that confounds our daily prayer, at liberty from past TRESPASSES, “ FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS and remitten and FORGIVEN whatWE FORGIVE THEM THAT TRESPASS soever OUR DEBTS be, that lifting AGAINST us,” and would bring us up pure hands to Thee without into everlasting confusion.

doubting, we may in heart and Yet, Thou art our Father" mind ascend, and throughout the still ? and though our offences day continually dwell where Christ deserve to be visited by Thy rod, our Lord and Saviour liveth, shewand our sins with scourging,” Thou | ing forth in our works, what faith “ wilt not abhor us” for Thy would display in our minds, and Name's sake, or, take away from us imitating what we honor, to the

Thy loving kindness!! Father! what praise and glory of Thy Name ! would become of us, if we could Lord God Almighty! let every

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evil from which we are justified | another, and FORGIVING one anothrough faith in Thee, be an evil | ther,” “ even as Christ forgave us ;" sanctified to us-sanctify whatever and even as we plead in our own Thou justifiest for the glory of Thy behalf to be daily and hourly FORName, by spiritualizing our sense GIVEN by Thee, ever mindful that of right and wrong — by turning if we conquer not the enemy withlukewarmness about our souls into in, even our own sins, we forfeit godly fear of Thy Holiness and our power of pleading Thy gracious Justice towards the least offence! promise to FORGIVE US, EVEN AS thoughtless omissions of our duty WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS !! . And, into severe self judgment, and con- gracious God! whensoever, sistent self-revenge! levity and fri- wheresoever we fall, raise us up volity into sober minded, watchful again in full repentance and amendjealousy for Thy glory! Anger ment, in mercy FORGIVING US A about trifles, and readiness to take DEBT which, with due knowledge offence into holy indignation at of our hearts we would confess we ourselves, and recollection of Thy are so unable in any way to pay!! Presence and Omniscience!

Good Lord, quicken us !

Stay not O God! after the example of our Thy deep and searching work;' Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who let us judge ourselves that we be owing nothing could FORGIVE all not judged,” and do Thou help us things; we would seek of Thee in to shun all that can betray our newness of spirit, and with a frank steadfastness, and cleave to all that and free courage, the grace to make may confirm it, that we may be His character our law this day, preserved by all means until that FORGIVING OUR DEBTORS, even as

blessed day, when all snares and we hope to be FORGIVEN OUR DEBTS

bonds shall be broken-that blessed by Thee!! We would seek of Thee day when no man shall be entangled His Mind, and take His yoke upon

or offend, or fall any more: to the us, trying every thing — measuring setting forth of Thy free salvation every thing-checking every thing

in Christ Jesus, and the glory of that may happen to us this day by

the Doctrine of God our Saviour ! the law of His example ; doing,

For Thine is the Kingdom, the leaving undone, enjoying or deny- Power, and the Glory, for ever and ing ourselves by the measure of

ever! Amen. His rule; converting every thing into a discipline of perfection ; if

BOOKS. so be that we gain our title to Mr. Murray has published a FORGIVENESS in His Blood-shed

“ Hand-book of Modern London," ding, according to Thy most graci- which strangers who come to town ous promise, and evidence to all

for a week or two, and wish to whose spirit we are influenced by, make the best use of their time, and whose example we are led by, will do well to make their guide. to the glory of Thy name !! O God It contains not merely an account give Thy Strength unto Thy ser- of all the most remarkable Public vants, as Thy elect, holy, and

Buildings, Churches, &c., but also beloved, may we put on “bowels

notices of the men connected with of mercies, kindness, humbleness them. Like many others, it was of mind, and meekness;" make us got up for the use of persons coming 'pitiful, and of tender mercy one to the Great Exhibition; but, like towards another," "gentle and easy many other things connected with to be intreated;" "forbearing one it, will outlive the Exhibition itself. OLD NEWS BETTER THAN NONE.

NOTES ON CHURCH HISTORY..

No. IX.

IT was clear star-light and moon-light too, for the moon was come to about half her full size, so that all the principal stars, and those only, were plainly visible; and Joseph Butler was looking up into the sky. All of a sudden he felt a familiar hand upon his shoulder, and at the same moment, a familiar voice said, “ I am sure I know which way your thoughts are turning; it must be something about the Church, else you could never look so intent." “ Well,” said Butler, “ I cannot deny it. I was thinking how. those two planets, Jupiter and Mars, stand now with respect to the moon, and to each other; and how far they will have travelled asunder a month hence; and how after a time they will come together again, in a strange irregular way, to your eyes and mine ; but as real astronomers know, according to laws more exact than the most perfect tune in music.” He stopped for a moment, looking up again; and Hyde (for it was he) said, “ But what of the Church ? you have not said any thing of that.”'

B. “ Only a fancy; it was just this—that as those bright bodies in the heavens now meet each other, and now are far asunder, and all by fixed laws, secret to, us ; so the holy Apostles in their course on earth did some things together and many apart—were now gathered, and now scattered; all, apparently, as it fell out, but in reality, not without some great and special purpose in each case.”

H.“ Very true ; and the last time we met; the talk, if you remember, was of St. Peter and St. Paul being present together at Rome; and of the great purposes answered by it."

B. “ Yes ; Divine Providence has marked itself too signally to be doubted in that instance. But there comes into my. mind another place, in which two great Apostles were most deeply interested, and we never hear of their meeting in that place. I will tell you what place I mean—it is the city of Ephesus, in Asia Minor; and you, perhaps, will be able to tell me what two Apostles. I mean.

I. at least, can guess,” said another voice which Butler perceived to be that of Mrs. Hyde, who was standing near them out of the moonlight, and whom Butler had not seen before. I can guess who was one of the two,--St. Paul, the Apostle of Ephesus in the first instance; but who could the other be ?She paused a moment, glanced towards the sky, and cried out, « Oh, now I know which of the Apostles you must mean. It must be St. John, the beloved disciple; and shall I just tell you what put it into my head ? I happened to look up, and I saw those seven stars; and it brought to my mind the seven stars which we read of in the beginning of Revelations ; seven stars seen by St. John in our Lord's right Hand, and explained by our Lord Himself to mean the seven Churches which are in Asia, whereof Ephesus is the first. One is sure after that, that St. John must have had the Church of Ephesus very much in his heart."

B. “ Yes; and it is known from old writers, that although St. Paul was the first who preached the Gospel at Ephesus, and founded the Church there, yet St. John was considered as having in some sense the special supervision of the province of Asia Minor.”

Mrs. H. “ But I have been used to think of St. John as living in Jerusalem, and waiting on the Blessed Virgin, as our Lord on the cross cnjoined him.”

B. Yes; as long as she lived. But after her death, which is said to have happened A.D. 48, about the time of the Council in Acts xiv., we are not told what became of St. John for many years, and can only accept the general tradition, that he did the work of an Apostle in Asia Minor, and perhaps still further eastward; for even down to modern times there has been a tradition in a part of India that he preached the Gospel there; and I have read that St. Augustine calls the first Epistle of St. John, ' A Letter from him to the Parthians.'

H. “ Then, perhaps, when St. Paul was so much up and down in Asia Minor, St. John might be employed in those more eastern parts; and this may account for the two Apostles not meeting.'

B. “If they did not meet; but of course many many things happened, more than are set down in the Acts and other histories."

H. Any-how, by what I can make out from your sayings, it seems that St. John does not come in sight, as it were, in the general history of the Church, until some time more or less after St. Paul's martyrdom.”

B. Just so. The chief thing after the two great Apostles' martyrdom for a long while, was the destruction of Jerusalem,

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which of course had a great effect in turning men's minds towards Christ and away from His enemies. It happened A.D. 70; and then the Churches seem to have had rest, and to have been multiplied, without any very remarkable event, till about A.D. 96, towards the latter end of the reign of the Roman Emperor Domitian. This Domitian, being a cruel and capricious tyrant, became jealous of the Christians, and began a persecution against them; and St. John, who in the mean time had settled many Churches in Asia, and especially one very famous one in Smyrna, was had up to Rome, put upon his trial, and, as far as his own will went, suffered martyrdom ; for he was plunged into boiling oil, but by a great miracle, came out unhurt."

H. “ Like the three children out of the fiery furnace.”

Mrs. H. “ And so, though he died not as St. Peter, but in some sense, 'tarried till our Lord came, yet he truly drank of His cup-His cup of suffering, as He had promised. But I wonder;"

here she paused, with a sort of doubtful look. H. Don't be afraid, dear Margaret. I am sure you were not going

to say any thing you need be ashamed of.” Mrs. H. Well, I will tell you. I was thinking what could be the reason why this of St. John was not to be remembered, like other martyrdoms of Apostles, in the Prayer-Book.”

B. “ It is remembered, though few perhaps are aware of it. Let us go into the house,” (for all this time the three friends were walking up and down in the moonlight, under some very large elms by Butler's garden) " and I will show it you in the calendar.”

H. “Oh, the calendar. Well, have a sort of dim notion of the words, of · St. John, Port Latin, being there set down over against some day: can that be what you mean?B. «

Yes, that is it :" look here, (for now they were come in, and had got a light) “ here it is, on the 6th of May.”

H. “ But what is the meaning of · Port Latin ?"

B. “ Why, as Mr. Jones pointed out to me, Port is an old word that means ' gate, and this thing happened to St. John just outside of one of the gates of Rome, called the Latin Port, or Latin gate."

Mrs. H. Ah, then, Rome was honored remarkably indeed, as a place of triumphant martyrdoms, having three, and not only one of the chiefest Apostles martyred there.”

B. “We may, perhaps, suppose, that it pleased the Almighty

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