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BY THE DEATH AND RUIN OF MANY. 263 wa amelancholy thing; and scorned those blessings,

for which we should now think a thousand worlds a little price. We ridiculed the folly of professing to be strangers and pilgrims upon earth; and looked down with contemptuous pi. ty on those, whose chief concern on earth, was safely to reach heaven. We thought our folly wisdom, and their true wisdom folly. We heard the tolling bell, but forgot that it would soon toll for us. We saw the opened grave, unmindful that that land of silence would quickly be our long hòme. Trifling as you, we stopped not to consider what we were, and what we soon must be. But youth failed us, death arrived, and the lying vanities of life-fled at its touch. Then we discovered our misery. Then we saw our want ; but, Oh! too late. Woe is us! Our day of grace is gone. The tidings of mercy are now unheard by us. The blood of Jesus can never cleanse us; nor the compassion of God reach us

Dow. For the vain pleasures of a moment, we 210 bave ruined a whole eternity.

$ 3. O my young friend! would the tale of horror, that such unhappy creatures, if permitted. could relate, make you feel how vain is youth? remember, Í beseech you, that it is as vain, as if you could hear their doleful lamentations. Millions of the young die every year. More

than half mankind die before.they have reached me their twentieth year; and what is there in you,

to shield you from so common a lot? are you Josete stronger, or healthier, or more sure of life, than

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264 LIFE UNCERTAIN TO THE YOUNG. Or how easily may a fever seize upon you, and in a few days reduce you from the highest health, to feebleness and death! How quickly may any sudden change from heat to cold, or many other causes, inflame your lungs, or some other vita! part, and in a few days, lodge you — where? In the eternal world. How soon may a cold tum to a consumption, and before you think yourself seriously ill, you may be incurably so! How soon may numerous other diseases, at God's bidding, accomplish their awful errand! You perhaps now look forward to future years, which probably will never be yours; but if they should how soone the years now to come, will be years departed! Others ere long will tread upon your grave, as thoughtlessly as you do on theirs, who went be, fore you. You live in a dying world, in a la of graves. On some spot of earth or other, fresh sa pra graves are ever opening. No minute passes in allen which some do not die. While you breathe some breathe their last. While you think of eternity, others as young as you, are passing thitu enraptured or dismayed. Ah, hapless state an unhappy world! Some dying in youth, a others fooling their precious youth away. going to give up their sad account, and oth swelling the black list on theirs. Some neglect ing early piety, and others, too late, mour their folly in doing so. Some triting ". Saviour, and others trembling before him as Judge. How soon, if you belong to the of these classes, will time number you wi latter! You are on the verge of eternity some younger than you are daily dying, an tering on its amazing scenes. O, remembe youth is vanity, and life itself no better.

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REFLECTIONS ON ITS UNCERTAINTY. 205 ** should you continue careless of the Lord Jesus 2017 Christ, how bitter ere long will be the rememelit brance of your wasted youth! This one short quikia and vain life is the only season, in which you 1,600" may obtain peace with God, and receive the gift 320?of life eternal; and would you still throw this 0u =TE one away? Alas, unhappy youth! who are so mar 20 truly wretched as they, who do this, excepting on this they who have done it! Would the starving mylly beggar that has but one penny, toss that away!

God, or the sailor that has but one way of escaping ? Link shipwreck, neglect that one! or the traveller who 5. Whois sees but one path from a tremendous precipice, shoulkes, slight that one! and will you waste in sinful de reus a lays, the flower and prime of that one vain life, pikap in which eternal life may be sought in Christ

brand surely found ? O! rather unite in the world of Psalmist's prayer, “So teach us to number our thoriti days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." cinci min $ 4. Often indulge such reflections as these on ile run the passing scenes around you. mibolij That sun is setting, and has once less to set on mio me; in time I may soon behold its rise, but en.

ter eternity before it set. This year is closing, on Tue and will never more close on me; it is finished; 20 and has brought me so much nearer to the hour at 2004 when time itself shall end with me, Size Do I see a leaf in summer torn from the bough, ata Doce on which it grew? such is my life. We all do in fade as a leaf. Like the leaf, when age the win. z bizi ter of time comes on, it must fade; but as a sum. to the mer storm may tear the leaf from the tree, and fiam cast it to the ground, so disease may attack my Stepping health, and lay my body among the clods of the ing, A valley, and send my spirit to God who gave it. ziemi 0, may I flourish in faith and love, that thus

266 REFLECTIONS ON Life's UNCERTAINTY.
being found waiting, I may welcome the coming
of my Lord, though at the most unexpected hour.

Am I taking a journey, in a carriage going chas rapidly along? the trees, the hedges, the fields, BU TE the houses, seem all hastily passing by me; and fun! Of E. would lead me to think, that I am sitting still to a observe them glide away. But, ah! it is I who move, and they are still! Thus fast am I base - 2007 tening to the end of my little journey of liter omnes though I mark not its progress, or be thoughtless of its close.

Do I observe a sportsman aiming at a flying pa bird ? it has left no trace behind, and probably his shot may bring it to the ground, and prevent its passing through the expanse before. My past years are gone as the years before the flood; and the years that are before me I may never enter. Death, that surest of marksmen, may have also ready received his dread commission, to number HOUS me with the dead." O, may faith and love prea pare me for eternity before I feel the awful stroke of death! Seek then, my soul; 0, seek William out delay, these precious blessings! My stay here is all uncertain. My youth is vanity. My IS days are swifter than a shuttle; but what will o come of thee, if these fleeting days should and thou shouldst then be found in thy riesce state? 0, let me seek in Christ deliverance it my sins. Then grace shall make even the ratherine ty of youth a blessing rather than an evil.

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Flee to the atoning sacrifice;
The gospel promises embrace,
And trust thy all to Jesus' grace.”

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CHAPTER XVII.

FT THE SORROWS AND DANGERS THAT ATTEND THE

WAY OF TRANSGRESSORS, A REASON FOR THE Taler CHOICE OF EARLY RELIGION. a $ 1. While the various blessings, which 10 attend a knowledge of the gospel, combine to

form a motive for embracing early piety, mo1024 tives of an opposite but most weighty kind, arise

from the disappointments and the miseries, that

attend the path of transgressors. “The way of 1921. transgressors is hard.” “There is no peace to the and wicked;" God to them " distributeth sorrows in des bis anger."

Were we unacquainted with any actual mise. the day ries attendant on irreligion, yet there would be ar zit enough in the divine word, to convince you that bat it is ruinous and destructive. Depravity and

corruption have led you into the ways of sin; and it is blindness that keeps you contented there. "The understanding of men is darkened, being alienated from the life of God, through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of

their heart.” “The natural man receiveth not met the things of the spirit of God, for they are fool

ishness unto him.” “The god of this world,” (or
Satan,) "hath blinded the minds of them which
believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel
of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine
into them.” While in this state, you resemble
a blind man in the midst of treacherous enemies;
he does not see them, and so he does not fear
them. Thus, on the edge of destruction, you
are unconcerned, because blind to your state;
Prov. xiii. 15. Is. Ivii. 21. Job, xxi. 17. Eph. iv. 13. I Cor. ii 14.

2 Cor. iv. 4.

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