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of human nature to be true from his own experience. Humbled under a sense of his fins and imperfections, trembling under the apprehensions of the consequences of them, and sensible of his inability to help himself, he gladly lays hold of the hope set before him, he believes the promises of God to the penitent, and relies for salvation on Christ alone. Nor were these new views unavailing; on the contrary, they produced striking effects. In consequence of them, with the help of God's grace, he imbibes the spirit of the Gospel. His prejudices are overcome, his temper is regulated, his passions curbed, his very manners are improved by it ; in short, he seemed, to use the language of scrip. ture, 6 to become a new creature.” Tell me, reader, hast thou ever, experienced in thyself this change which Naimbanna underwent? Remember that our Saviour has told us, that ex. * cept we be converted, and become as little chil.
dren, we shall in no wife enter the kingdom of heaven. Has thy heart been turned to fear and to love, and to serve the Lord thy God? or does thy conscience witness against thee, that thou art yet a stranger to the peace and joy, as well as the obedience of the gospel?
If living in a christian land, and called by a christian name, thou art, nevertheless, no chriftian, repent, without delay, I beseech thee. Receive from this time, the gospel as a little child. Put off that pride which stands in the way of thy repentance, and of thy salvation,
Be humble and willing to learn like this Prince Naimbanna. Read like him, the sacred fcrip. tures, with reverence and with prayer to God for his blessing. Soon thy days, like his, shall be numbered, and if thou, who art born in a Christian land, shouldst leave the world without having ever truly known the powerful influence of Christianity, the very story which thou hast just read shall hereafter rise up in judgment against thee.
hristian lou; and if ihny days,
PARLEY THE PORTER.
. AN ALLEGORY. THERE was once a certain gentleman who had a house or castle, situated in the midst of a great wilderness, but inclosed in a garden. Now, there was a band of robbers in the wilderness, who had a great mind to plunder and destroy the castle, but they had not succeeded in their endeavors, because the master had given strie orders to “ watch without ceasing.” To quicken their vigilence, he used to tell them that their care would soon have an end ; that though the
nights they had to watch were dark and stormy, "? yet they were but few; the period of resistance i was short, that of rest eternal. i The robbers, however, attacked the castle in | various ways. They tried at every avenue ; watched to take advantage of every careless mo.
ment; looked for an open door, or a neglected window. But though they often made the bolts shake, and the windows rattle, they could never greatly hurt the house, much less get into it. Do you know the reason ? It was, because the fervants were never off their guard. They heard the noises plain enough, and used to be not a little frightened, for they were aware both of the strength and perseverence of the enemy. But what seemed rather odd to some of these servants, the gentleman used to tell them, that while they continued to be afraid, they would be safe ; and it passed into a sort of proverb in that family, “ happy is he that feareth always.” Some of the servants, however, thought this a contradiction. .
One day, when the master was going from home, he called his servants all together, and spoke to them as follows: “ I will not repeat to you the directions I have so often given you; they are all written down in THE BOOK OF LAWS, of which every one of you has a copy. Remember, it is a very short time that you are to remain in this castle; you will soon remove to my more settled habitation, to a more durable house, not made with hands. As those houses are never exposed to any attack, so they never stand in need of any repair, for that country is never infested by any fons of violence. Here you are servants; there you will be princes. But mark my words, and you will find the same truth in the BOOK OF MY LAWS. Whether you
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will ever attain to that house, will depend on the manner in which you defend yourselves in this. A stout vigilance for a short time will secure you certain happiness for ever. But every thing depends on your present exertions... Don't complain and take advantage of my absence, and call me a hard master, and grumble that you are placed in the midst of an howling wilderness without peace or security. Say not, that you are exposed to temptations without any power to resist them. You have some difficul. ties, it is true, but you have many helps and many comforts to make this house tolerable, even before you get to the other. Yours is not a hard service, and if it were, 6 the time is short." You have arms if you will use them, and doors if you will bar them, and strength if you will use it. I would defy all the attacks of the robbers without, If I could depend on the fidelity of the people within. If the thieves ever get in and destroy the house, it must be by the connivance of one of the family. For it is a standing law of this castle, that mere out. ward attack can never destroy it, if there be no traitor within. You will stand or fall as you observe this rule. If you are finally happy, it will be by my grace and favor; if you are ruined, it will be you own fault.”
When the gentleman had done speaking, every servant repeated his assurance of attachment and firm allegiance to his master. But among them all, not one was so vehement and
loud in his professions as old Parley the Porter, Parley, indeed, it was well known, was always talking, which exposed him to no small danger; for, as he was the foremost to promise, so he was the sackest to perform. And, to speak the truth, though he was a civil spoken fellow, bis master was more afraid of him, with all his professions, ihan he was of the rest who pro. fessed less. He knew that Parley was vain, credulous, and self sufficient; and he always
apprehended more danger from Parley's imper. tuinence, curiosity, and love of, novelty, than
even from the stronger vices of some of his other servants. The rest, indeed, seldom got into any scrape of which Parley was not the cause in some shape or other.
I am sorry to be obliged to confess, that though Parley was allowed every refreshment, and all the needful rest which the nature of his place permitted, yet he thought it very hard to be forced to be so conftantly' on duty. “No. eving but waiching," said Parley; “ I have, to be sure, many pleasures, and meat fufficient, and plenty of chat in virture of my office; and I pick up a good deal of news of the comers and goers by day, but it is hard that at night I must watch as narrowly as a house dog, and yet let in no company without orders, only because there is said to be a few ftraggling robbers here in the wilderness, with whom my master does not care to let os be acquainted. He pretends to make us vigilent through fear of the robbers ;