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book; and now he has readily before him the first Psalm, more full of meaning, more precious, more connected, and more perfect than it ever seemed to be while he was reading it with the book open before him. A perfect command of some select portions of God's word, so that they can be readily repeated to ourselves in some solitary wakeful hours of night, may be an inestimable advantage to us. Some words of Scripture may then open to our mind with marvellous beauty, like the night-blooming Cereus. To derive the most profit from words of Scripture hid in our hearts, they should be perfectly familiar, so that there will be no effort in repeating them in their true connection. Then it will sometimes greatly surprise us that there is so much in a few words of God; and that we can repeat them so many times, with continued interest and profit; and that we can apply them so properly on so many occasions. A single small vein of this sacred ore is precious beyond calculation. Gold itself may wear out by use, or it perishes, though tried by fire; but this word neither perishes nor fails.

F. C.

TEACHING CHILDREN TO REMEMBER THE HEATHEN.

Next to their first duty of love to God,-said the Rev. Mr. B., in a report on Foreign Missions,—let your children be imbued with missionary ideas. Tell them of the degradation of heathen children, and of their sufferings from the hands of their parents. And when, at the morning hour, or in the twilight of the evening, they clasp a mother's knees, and learn to lisp the first accents of prayer, teach them to pray for the children whose parents know not God. And if God hear your prayer, and bless your efforts for their conversion, teach them to regard the conversion of the world as the noblest object to which their days can be devoted.

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The Church and the Sabbath School.

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A PASTOR AND HIS SABBATH SCHOOL.

[Accompanying the report of the Union Sabbath School, Worcester, is the following note by the pastor:]

“I can only say that I regard our Sabbath school as a very efficient auxiliary to the prosperity of the church. One of the most interesting scenes that I witness during the year, is our Sabbath school, when the classes are all engaged in recitation. We have a good corps of teachers. The Sabbath school concert of prayer is usually a good meeting. From the written reports of the teachers, I generally select a number of texts and preach short sermons upon them. In one I find a particular thought of interest, in another some different thought, and so, in the course of the evening, I am enabled to touch upon many particulars of great interest to teachers and pupils. Our school, on the whole, is as flourishing as it ever has been, and we are hoping and praying, that, during the present year, it may be a scene for the rich displays of God's grace.”

THE CHURCH AND THE SABBATH SCHOOL.

The superintendent of the Sabbath school in North Ashburnham, says: “Our plan of managing our Sabbath school works thus far, almost three years, admirably. We can confidently recommend it. The school is wholly under the control of the church, and every thing relating to it worthy of record, is entered on the church book by the clerk, and becomes a part of the church records. At the annual meeting the church chooses a committee of three, called The Committee of Supervision,'—the chairman to be superintendent, and in his absence the second to act as such, and so on. In this way the church is made to feel interested; and this we think, is an object of great importance.'

WOMAN'S INDEBTEDNESS TO THE BIBLE.

CONCLUDED FROM PAGB 120.

We have glanced at the gorgeous temples, gilded idols, and pampered priests of the Siamese ; let us look at the people. What influence does their religion exert upon their moral, social and domestic relations? Ah! “justice is afar off, for truth is fallen in the streets and equity cannot enter.” From the king to the beggar, there are none in whose integrity you can confide. The rich hope that building wats and multiplying idols, will cancel all their deeds of darkness and eventually procure them a high seat in heaven. The poor seek to conciliate the favor of gods and demons by various offerings to the priests, at the temples, or otherwise. The natural phenomena of the heavens, which the Christian contemplates with such sublime delight and joyful confidence in God, are here sources of superstitious terror. Signs and omens are gravely consulted, as if the fate of a nation depended on them.

All are slaves, in bondage to fear. Man has little or no confidence in man. To circumvent and defraud each other is an object of their highest ambition, and to escape detection, which ensures retaliation, their chief care.

Woman is a slave. From the palace to the bamboo hut, her condition is a degraded one. She can seldom read; to intellectual culture or refinement she is a stranger. If the wife of a prince or nobleman, she is never permitted to eat with her lord, or even to stand in his presence, but crouches, or kneels like the most abject slave. Among the lower classes, though more nearly on terms of equality with the other sex, and often the purse-bearer and business transacter of the family, she may be separated from her children and sold by her husband, like the buffalo with which he cultivates his rice fields, to pay the debts which he has contracted by gambling.

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A Teacher's Experience.

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But how is it with the poor idolater when death approaches ? Oh, how dark, how uncertain is all before him then! He feels that he needs another Saviour than good works, but tries to calm his agitated spirit with the hope that when he has suffered in the various hells of Boodhism, he will gain admittance to an inferior heaven, and then rise according to his merit, till he reaches the perfection of bliss, which consists in a state of perfect passiveness, nearly equivalent to annihilation.

My dear Maria, what has made us to differ? Contrast the life of the Christian, the glorious hopes which gild his pathway to the tomb, and enable him to triumph over death, with the life and death of even the best of heathen. Can we prize too highly the precious Bible? Can we study it too diligently, or labor too earnestly to have the minds of all under our influence thoroughly imbued with its heavenly principles? How does the Sabbath school rise in importance. There, my friend, is a choice field of labor. May you have grace to be a faithful Sabbath school teacher.

Yours truly,

A TEACHER'S EXPERIENCE.

BIBLE CLASSES,-NEWCOMB'S QUESTIONS ON ROMANS,

I have just received the “ Visiter,” for the last three months, and the reading of two or three articles has awakened some thoughts of the past which may be of interest to others beside myself. Should you think there are any such among your readers, they are at your disposal.

One of the articles referred to is headed, “Revival in a Bible Class.” There are several points of interest in that article. First,-Every impenitent member of the class,— which consisted of thirty,—was hopefully converted. Sec- . ond,—The class used “ Newcomb's Questions on Romans,"

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published by the Mass. S. S. Society, which appears to have been a most important auxiliary in securing the blessed result. The third point was, That the class spent one evening a week, for two years, in going through this book. And in the fourth place, The members have ever since felt a special interest in that portion of the word of God.

These facts brought up in review some of the most delightful scenes in my own experience. Before me lies a copy of Newcomb on Romans, which I purchased at your Depository in 1836. I find on the fly leaf, the following memoranda, "Commenced the study of Romans with the aid of this question book, in 1836, with a class of seven young ladies, in the Bennett St. Sabbath School (Salem Church), Boston.

“April 1, 1838, commenced another Bible class, consisting of twelve young gentlemen, in the Salem Church Vestry, using this question book on Romans. My young ladies' class now numbers fifty, and has been twice divided on account of its being too large.

“April 21, 1839. This day commenced a Bible class of young ladies, in Louisville, Ky., connected with Mr. Humphrey's congregation, using this question book in studying Romans.

“1841; commenced the study of Romans with a large class of both sexes, in the Sixth Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, using this question book.

“May, 1843. Commenced a Bible class of young ladies in the Tabernacle Church, Cincinnati. We study Romans, and use this question book as our aid."

A few facts respecting the first class in Bennett St. Sabbath School, Boston. And first, the class increased to such an extent that, after being twice divided, to keep it at about forty, it numbered at least seventy in regular attendance,finding it detrimental to divide. . This increase was almost entirely from without the Sabbath school, and secured by the members themselves, such was their interest. They were most of them nearly of an age,—about eighteen. Second

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