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THE FIRESIDE. THE PENNY POST BOX.

years under the terror of death—come now, in the mercy of God, and by the power of his grace, composedly and with joy to look death in the face."

It often appears that exactly those in whom constitutional courage or philosophic firmness could least be expected, go down into the valley of death with most complete triumph over their past apprehensions. In the recollections of many, some such example

of a dying friend will occur with convincing power and tenderness. They tell us that this absence of fear is no fruit of natural habit, or of strenuous effort, but the gift of Him who gave to death its terrors when he made it the doom of sin, and who takes those terrors away when sin is blotted out through the blood of the Lamb.

The Fireside.

DR. LYMAN BEECHER'S SAYING. DR. LYMAN BEECHER once said: “A great many professed Christians have no other idea of religion than that it is the means of getting to heaven when they die. As to doing anything for God while they live, it does not enter into their plans. I tell you, my brethren, I do not believe there is one in five hundred of such professors that will reach heaven; for there is a magnanimity in true religion that is above all í such contemptible meanness.

Strong language said I to myself. But is it not true? Is there not contemptible meanness” in expecting God to save us when we die, if we do not serve him while we live?

The Penny Post Box.

ALL EQUAL HERE. It is related of the Duke of Wellington, that once when he remained to take sacrament at his parish church, a very poor old man had gone up the opposite aisle, and reaching the communion table, knelt down by the side of the duke. Some one-a pew owner probably-came and touched the poor man on the shoulder, and whispered to him to move further away, or rise and wait until the duke had received the bread and wine. But the eagle eye and quick ear of the great commander caught the meaning of that touch and that whisper. He clasped the old man's hand, and held him to prevent his rising, and in a reverential undertone, but most distinctly, said: “Do not movewe are all equal here."

FACTS, HINTS, GEMS, AND POETRY.

Facts, Hints, Gems, and poetry.

facts.

Two things have been discovered.

Note them well. First : & rude man LANGUAGES.

is not more likely to be honest than a The Chinese language is the most polite one. Second : the idea is obso. difficult, the Italian the softest, the lete that the man who is civil means Spanish the most pompous, the French to cheat you. the most polite and passionate, the Be agreeable to all, and you will be German the most complete, the Eng. despised by none. lish the most copious and energetic.

Gems. In the English language there are God will take care of you if you twenty-six letters, in the Coptic thirty, bear your whole weight upon Him. three, in the Ethiopic two hundred

Take from the Bible the Godship and twenty-two.

of Christ, and to me it would be a There are about fifty thousand

heap of dust. words in the English language, thirty

What we call wisdom is the result, five thousand in the French, and the not the residuum, of all the wisdom same number in the Italian.

of past ages. The English scientific words are

Ecclesiasticism has always been the mostly from the Greek, the terms of devil's cloak under which to work evil. art from the French, Latin, and Italian,

Love that has no fear of God is the names of places, rivers, and most always false and weak. of the particles from the Saxon. Besides this, we have in the Eng. church, and the church dies. Its true

Attempt to be aristocratic in the lish language words from the Hebrew, power consists in cutting the loaf of Arabic, Persian, Danish, Chinese, and society from top to bottom. Egyptian; and others borrowed from

Were angry and unkind words and countries nearer home.

thoughts like thunder and lightning, The English language never refuses

we should have one unending storm a foreign word admission, if it can be sweeping round and round the earth. of any service.

Many of our troubles are God Wints.

dragging us; and they would end if

we would stand upon our feet, and go In walking, always turn your toes whither He would have us. outwards, and your thoughts in wards. Heaven will be inherited by every The first will prevent you from falling man who has heaven in his soul. into cellars, and the second will pre- With every child we lose we see vent you from falling into iniquity. deeper into life, as with every added

In the morning, think what you lens we pierce farther the sky. have to do. At night think what you Every use of the past which leaves have done.

you with the feeling of the past, is a Let friendship erect gently to a wrong feeling. height; if it rush to it, it may soon be God is the eternal now, and we are out of breath.

to look up and forward to the eternal By reading, we enjoy the dead; by Saviour. conversation, the living; by contem- The truest self-respect, is not to plation, ourselves.

think of self.

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“What would you do, dear children, if Christ stood in your midst to-day?” asked a lady of a Sabbath-school class.

The little girls gáve various answers. One thought she would ask for a "new heart," while another said very decidedly that she would "ask for a new set of furs."

But as the question went around the class, one little girl, a beautiful child of five years, lifted her brown eyes, full of solemn rapture, and clasped ber ting hands. “I would not ask Him to give me anything," she said, “but O, how I would love him!"

Is it strange that Christ took little children in his arms and blessed them?

What would you do little reader ?

WINKS AND SON, PRINTERS, LEICESTER.

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