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in the church to which he belonged as teacher and deacon. But gradually he drank to inebriation. I was glad to find a room to myself, and in dejection to ponder over this first instance of a false professor.

• My stay in North Wales, especially my visit to Llanberis and Snowdon, afforded my mind the healthful occupation of contemplating and adoring God as revealed in his works. To me the God of nature and the God of revelation now were one, and I began more sensibly to feel the relation wherein we stand to God by the conjoint link of creation and redemption. How glorious to know that a pathway had been opened for the rebellious sinner to the favor of the great Eternal, whose hand had formed the mighty fabric of the universe, and who had given the being and life we enjoy, but from whom I had so long been severed, and to whom I had never felt my relation, nor acknowledged my obedience! But the great Eternal was now the Lord my God; and I, the creature of his hand, could, through the Redeemer, look up and believe that the Power which guided the planets in their course would direct me in all my ways, and preserve me by his providential care. I felt that he had first loved me. I felt that God so loved the world as to give his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. I felt that it is the First and the Last who there expresses his care for all the

family of man, including myself, a worm so insignificant. At that mercy I could only wonder and adore, and, with faint conceptions of his love and grace, I could but humble myself before him.”

CHAPTER III.

Christian Experience and Usefulness.

MERCY and Truth, that long were miss'd,

Now joyfully are met;
Sweet peace and righteousness have kiss'd,

And hand in hand are set.

Truth from the earth, like to a flower,

Shall bud and blossom then;
And justice from her heavenly bower
Look down on mortal men.

Psalm lxxxv. 10, 11.-Milton.

I fear that much of my backwardness in spiritual matters may be imputed to my overlooking so much the work of the Spirit of God in the plan of salvation. And oh! how important is His work! To open the eyes, enlighten the understanding, soften the heart, remove prejudices, “shed abroad the love of God abundantly in the heart," to “ witness with our spirit that we are the sons of God,” to “help our infirmities,” to “seal us unto the day of redemption."-Rev. J. Macdonald of Calcutta.

THERE is such a thing as a denominational zoology. There is a certain temperament, there are certain mental tendencies, from which, if a man is not content to remain a Presbyterian in Scotland or an Episcopalian in England, it may be predicted which other section of the Christian community he will join. The Wesleyan body is the great absorbent of warm hearts and fervid spirits. In the frequency of its devotional meetings, in the frankness and unreserve of its Christian intercourse, in the vigor of its responses and the soaring rapture of its hymns, and in the benevolent vivacity which finds a post and an employment for every member, it meets many cravings of the young and ardent convert. Is he crying, in the gladness of his soul, “ Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob”? Alike in the cathedral and the conventicle, he is apt to be depressed by an organic solo or a rueful dirge; but escaping to the Methodist meeting, he finds their “ glory” all “ awake:”

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