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published an edition, in an abridged form, of Fleming's Fulfilling of the Scripture.This work has been long very highly and very justly valued ; we are, therefore, glad to see it reduced in size, and consequently made more suitable for the readers of the present day.

Since we last directed the attention of our friends to the Life and Works of Cowper, edited by the Rev. T. S. GRIMSHAWE,” two additional volumes have been issued, displaying the same determination on the part of the publishers, assisted by their engravers, printers, paper-makers, &c., to give entire satisfaction to their patrons. We sincerely sympathize with the estimable editor of these volumes, on the deep domestic affliction which has hitherto prevented the appearance of the fifth volume, closing the life. In the mean time, we have richly fed on the perusal of Cowper's poetry, beautiful in its composition, and pious in its tendency. The portraits prefixed to these volumes are rich gems of art.

We are happy to see that Mr. John King, whose talents as a composer of devotional music are extensively acknowledged, is publishing a series of one hundred original tunes, adapted to the most popular of our psalms and hymns, which are sold in numbers by Wightman, under the title of The Millenial Star." Few things stand more in need of reform than our public singing, and we hope that this talented author will do much to promote it.

The True History of David Saunders, the pious Shepherd of Salisbury Plain," is another of the Religious Tract Society's fourpenny books. It is well known to have been originally published by the excellent Hannah More; but it is now greatly improved, being deprived of the fiction which her able pen combined with the narrative.

We are glad to see that The Art of being Happy, chiefly from the pen of M. Droz,” by our valued friend Dr. DRAPER, of Southampton, has reached another edition. This beautifully printed book, for such it is though printed in the country, is filled with wise counsels and admirable thoughts on the great topics to which it relates, and those are matters of the first importance to mankind. The work, too, has been greatly improved by its American, and still more so by its English editor. Altogether, it forms a beautiful present from the hand of friendship.

LITERARY NOTICES. The family of the late Rev. R. Morri. son, D.D., beg to announce, that the Rev. J. Clunie, LL.D., of Manchester, one of the oldest and most intimate friends of Dr. Morrison, is engaged in compiling a Memoir of his Life, and will proceed with it as quickly as the attainment of the necessary documents may enable him. Many of those are in China, but it is hoped they will reach England some time in the course of a few months.

It is respectfully requested that any of the friends of Dr. Morrison, who may be in possession of letters or papers, will kindly afford the use of then. If they are sent to Mrs. Morrison, Middleton Place, Stoke Newington, or to Dr. Clunie, Seedly Grove, Manchester, they will be carefully preserved, and duly returned without expense.

JUST PUBLISHED.

Moses ; a Sacred Poem," is the title of a tract published in Scotland, brimful of real poetry and correct principle, which deserved to have been printed in a more elegant and durable form.

· Saving Faith Discovered; by the Rev. T. Wilcox,” is a reprint of an old work, sold at fourpence, and will be found full of holy unction and scriptural matter.

The Child's Help to Self-Examina. tion ;' by H. S. HERSCHELL. 18. 6d. cloth.

Third Edition enlarged. “ Arithmetical and Scriptural Tables ;" to which is added, a variety of useful information, including a Chronological list of the Kings of England, from Egbert, with Abbreviated modes of Calculation, &c. &c., by G. FUTROYE.

Also, by the same ; Price 4d., Fourth Edition, Genera et ominum, or a New and Brief mode of learning the Genders of Latin Nouns."

The Religious Tract Society have

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FAMILY MAGAZINE.

No. XVI.

OCTOBER, 1835.

Vol. II.

EPHRAIM HOLDING; OR, THE FAMILY VISITOR.

No. VI.

EPHRAIM HOLDING TO DAUGHTERS. I HAVE spoken a word affectionately to the aged members of a family, and I trust they have received it in an affectionate spirit. I have addressed fathers, and mothers, and felt towards them as they feel towards those whom we delight to honour. I have directed to sons my well-meant, however imperfect, observations; and, now, I have something to say to daughters, who will wrong me if they take Ephraim Holding to be other than their friend.

If the aged members be the sober and silent monitors that give a deeper and more pious tone to the affairs of a family; if the father be the roof-tree of the establishment; the mother the centre of the in-door circle ; and the son the hope ; the daughter is, assuredly, the grace, the ornament, and the joy of the whole. While the mother extends the comforts of those around her, the daughter advanccs a little further, She looks about her ; observes the prevailing tastes and adopted elegancies of life; blends, with the customs of days gone by, the manners of present times, and prevents the family from falling behind the rest of the world. How sweetly she jests her grandfather and grandmother out of their old-fashioned notions ! How lovingly she coaxes her parents into those changes, which, but for her, they never would adopt ! I am speaking of daughters who have passed the age of childhood.

The important part that a daughter has in prospect, gives an interest to her character and her actions, from the time of the dressing her first waxen doll to the age of womanhood. The lily of the valley is not more exposed to danger, though that, in its loveliness and loneliness, may be nipped by every unkindly blast, or rent by every raging storm.

When Ephraim Holding regards the weakness, the helplessness of woman, he is only kept from desponding thoughts by the remembrance, that “the eyes of the Lord are in every place;" that “the name of the

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Lord is a strong tower ;” and that “the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children."

It has given me pleasure and profit to notice, in my visits, the dispositions of daughters in different families. I have seen much to admire, and something to lament. Humility has graced the behaviour of one, and pride has disfigured the forehead of another. Here, I have noticed affectionate respect and tractability; and there, pertness and obstinacy. On the whole, however, the good qualities have prevailed. There has been manifested an affectionate, docile, obedient spirit ; a love of works of charity, and an attention to holy things that has, at times, made my heart glad. A little too much of the love of dress, and music, and somewhat too little of the love of solid and useful instruction, may

be rather general; but, for all this, the good qualities, as I said before, seem to prevail. O that a more fervent glow of Christian love and holy zeal were felt in every heart; and that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellows hip of the Holy Ghost were abundantly enjoyed by us all!

But if Ephraim Holding finds a pleasure in speaking in praise of daughters, he must not, on that account, neglect to give them a word of caution. Who is there in this wide world to whom advice is unnecessary

? There are seasons when the smile of a daughter is like a sunbeam to the care-worn hearts of her parents. Daughters may do much towards enlivening the shadowy hours of domestic life : they may increase its joys, and assuage its afflictions. A daughter should be an assistance to her mother, a solace to her father, and a comfort to her brothers and her sisters.

O how goodly a thing it is to see a family dwell together in unity! and how evil a thing it is for father and son to oppose each other, and for daughter-in-law to rise up against her mother-in-law! But away with the unlovely picture, for it is hateful to gaze on.

Dutiful children value their parents very highly; and none but a parent can tell how much beyond all price is a good son, and an affectionate, diligent, tractable, prudent, and pious daughter !

Though circumspection be at all times necessary, there is a season when daughters should be more circumspect than ordinary; and that is when they are old enough to be sought in marriage. This is too important a point not to be dwelt upon. Daughters, you will do well to mark the observations of Ephraim Holding. Marriage is an honourable estate, and, when entered into under suitable circumstances,

not to be undervalued ; but there are other things besides our inclinations to be taken into consideration.

I have known a daughter labour hard with her hands to support a disabled father, refusing to marry while her afflicted parent stood in need of her assistance. I have known a daughter piously continue to attend the couch of a bed-ridden mother, watching over her declining days, when she might have entered a more cheerful home with her intended husband. These are instances of filial affection that Ephraim Holding loves to hold up to general respect.

But even when there are no restrictions of this kind, daughters, and especially Christian daughters, will do well to use great caution in entering into wedlock. A parent's counsel is of great value at such a season. Many have found, to their sorrow,

the bitter consequences of neglecting it.

It is hard for parents to watch over, and water, as it were, their lovely plant, only to see it snatched away by a hand that regards it as a thing of little worth. It his hard when a daughter repays with disobedience the affection of her parents ; and yet, how many a father's hope has been blighted ! how many a mother's bosom been rent with agony, with the imprudent marriage of a beloved daughter !

Let it be remembered, that hasty marriages are, almost always, imprudent, though they may not appear so at the time : 'unlooked for and unhappy consequences too often follow. Daughters, I will give you a sketch from the life. Alas! it is too true. It was but as yesterday that three carriages drove at a rapid rate to

church. Every one might see that it was a bridal party. There was a gaiety, a light-heartedness, a display, that could not but'attract the notice of all who caught only a momentary glance of the rapidly passing pageant. The drivers wore their white favours proudly, and cracked their whips ostentatiously; and if the fair bride had a tear on her cheek, the sunny smile that settled there soon chased it away.

Come, I may as well tell the truth at once; I was one of the party. The morn had been overcast; but suddenly the sky became bright; and when the youthful pair quitted their carriages to enter the church, à path of sunshine was before them.,

What has man to do with pride? And yet I felt pride as I walked along the flat stones of the church-yard, the fair bride leaning on one arm and a fair bridesmaid on the other.

It was mine to give away her who had been so ardently sought, and so hastily won; and in doing so I breathed a prayer that the gift might be valued, and found invaluable.

That must needs be a solemn period when beings of infirmity plight their troth, in the presence of the Holy One, faithfully and affectionately to share each other's weal and woe till death shall part them ! But let me hasten on. Their hands were joined, and we left the church, while a blithsome peal rung from the tower.

It was a gay and interesting scene when we sat down to the mor n's repast. The mother of the bride acted well her part, presiding at one end of the table, while I endeavoured to discharge the duties of the other. I need not paint the scene. The repast was elegant and tasteful. Unnumbered dainties graced the board, and sparkling wines, and ornamented bridecakes, and green-house flowers formed part of the profusion. It was a sunny scene; but I will not dwell upon it now.

Enough that the sparkling eyes of the new-married pair told of the happiness that glowed in their hearts. How could they indeed be otherwise than happy? Secure in each other's love, and surrounded by kind-hearted and Christian friends breathing their ardent wishes for their welfare. Each guest seemed glad : the pair were pledged, glasses were raised to the lip, and the bridegroom gave his thanks.

We knelt together while the minister who had joined their hands in holy matrimony committed the pair in prayer to Him who alone could defend them in dangers, direct them in difficulty, bless them with his grace, guide them with his counsel, and bring them to his glory.

The married pair put on their travelling dresses to commence their wedding journey; whether for Brighton, or Hastings, or Margate, no matter. All around them was sunshine, and kind adieus, and piles of bridecake, and papers of white kid gloves, and embossed cards, paired together tastefully with silver wire, bearing the names of those who were happy; and bouquets of flowers met their eyes in all directions. Crack went the whip, whirl went the heels, and two united hearts, beating quickly, set off on their new career of worldly joy.

Have six months passed away? O no! not near so long a period. Not five, and scarcely four. It was yesterday I passed by the church : well might I pause at the gate, for I had not gazed upon the spot since the happy bridal party alighted there. The sun shone not, no blithe peal rung from the tower, but all seemed silent and sad; yet not sadder than my thoughts.

The happy pair, who so lately entered on their flowery path of domestic joy, had already found it thickly set with thorns. The fairy fabric of happiness, which their fond expectations had raised, had been as completely destroyed as the card-house of a child, blown by accident.

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