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The very high importance of con- from the power of Satan unto God, sistency must be clear to your read. by proceeding in the way in whicla ers. Will children be likely to value religious education is often congood principles as they ought, when ducted. Is it not generally true, their parents do not steadily act that, even in religious families, upon them, and enforce them? Will more thought, and care, and time good habits be rooted and fixed in are employed in teaching children the child, when he is allowed at to read, than in teaching and pertimes to indulge in the opposite bad sùading them, by God's help, to be ones? Will he be led to see the real Christians? The father sees beauty of holiness of heart, and of but little of those who are young, and holy conduct, when he is allowed at much less than is desirable of such as times to taste the sweets of sin (for are older. The first he considers as every fault is a sin) from which he scarcely at all under bis care; and ought to be weaned, and when he though he probably gives some jafinds his own self-indulgence sanc- structions to the latter, they are tioned by the self-indulgence of his commonly such as are more calcuparent?' “ The ways of religion arelated to enlarge their knowledge, ways of pleasantness, and all her and improve their understandings, paths are peace;" but to those only han to regulate their dispositions, who steadily walk in them. They and make them new creatures. have no charms for those whose His avocations often are such as conduct is marked by frequent or to make it impossible for him to gross inconsistencies.

be a great deal with his children ; 7. Spend much time with your but he generally might be much children; encourage them to be free more with them than he is; and, when before you; and carefully study with them, might employ the time their characters.

much more usefully, for the promoFor what is education ? utis ca- tion of their best interests, than be operating with the Divine Spirit is does. It often happens that they are forming the mind and changing under a degree of restraint in his prethe heart of an immortal being, sence, which, added to the little time weak and corrupt, averse to the he spends with them, prevents his change to be wrought in him, and obtaining a deep insight into their whose nature is made up of various characters : and, therefore, many parts, and differs greatly in dif- evils either escape bis notice, or he ferent individuals. "Is it possible to adopts some wrong mode of cordoubt, that what is above recom- recting them ; and many a tenuer mended must be necessary in iþis germ of good passes unobserved, work? Can too great pains be taken and withers for want of his fosterwhere so much is at stake? Can ing care. –The mother is much success be rationally expected, un- more with her children, but geneless great pairs are taken, and rally, I think, not so much as she your labours are enlightened and ought to be. This is the more to judicious? And can

And can you flatter be lamented, because women are yourself that you take due pains, admirably fitted for training their or that your labours will have a offspring in the nurture and admoproper direction, if you give little nition of the Lord. They have a time to your arduous tasti and do remarkably quick insight into cbanot employ proper means for be-racter; and a warmth of affection, a coming well acquainted with the tenderness and a delicacy, which characters of your children ?

win the affection of others, and enaIt is wonderful that a parent can ble them to correct faults without hope to be an effectual instrument giving offence, and to present Chrisunder Divine grace, in leading his tian principles and virtues to their children from darkness to light, and children in their most amiable

form. I believe that there has I have seen it fall into partiality seldom been a man who had a good and favouritism; or exhaust itself and amiable mother, that has not in ansieties about the persons of in after life looked back on her in- the girls, to the comparative negstructions and example with reve

lect of their understandings, and rence and delight. Cowper's ad- to the great injury of their feelings mirable little poem, on viewing his and dispositions; or employ itself mother's picture, touches the hearts in heaping on them accomplishof all of us, because it describes ments, instead of leading them on scenes and feelings dear to every in useful attainments and Christian virtuous mind; scenes and feelings habits; or yielding to the influof which many of us have partaken, ence of humour and caprice; or and all wish to partake. Every (worse than all) giving itself over hour which a Christian mother to a blindness to the faults of the obspends with her children has balm jects of its love, and ruining them on its wings. She contrives to by indulgence and commendation. make even their pastimes a moral The only plausible excuse which lesson; and though she cannot (and parents, possessing health and suffiit is not desirable that she should) cient time, can make for not emmake their regular lessons a pas- ploying themselves actively in the time, yet she adapts them well to education of their children is, that the abilities of her scholars, accom- they put them into hands more fit modates them well to times and for that task. This may be a good circumstances, and divests them reason for sending boys, after a cerof whatever is oppressive and re- tain age, to school, or to a tutor; volting. To mix the pleasant with though still, even in their case, the useful, is at least as important much remains to be done by pain education as in poetry; but good rents. Waving, however, the conmothers far exceed good poets in sideration of this part of the subthat art. Surely, then, a mother ject for the present, the excuse should be jealous of every thing which has been mentioned does which keeps her from the bosom of not appear to me admissible, under her family;

:-a sphere in which she any common circumstances, in the is so gifted to shine, and to be a case of girls and of younger boys. blessing to those most dear to her. Of these, the parents are certainly How sad it is, when she throws the natural guides and instructors. away this pure gold for mere dross, They are filled for this task, by long by giving up those hours to an ex- knowledge of their offspring, by cess of visiting and company, or the respect due to them as parents, even of reading, which ought to be and by affections and sympathies on spent among her children! And how both sides, far better than strangers sad, too, when such high powers to can be. And if they suster these train her young charge for Christ great instruments of good to be lost, and glory, are not under the guid- or perverted to evil; or if they fail ance of an enlightened judgment, to qualify themselves for their task or receive a wrong direction! I by obtaining other requisites, and have been grieved to see maternal by alloting to it sufficient time, and sensibility much more alive to the thought, and care, and pains; they bodily than to the spiritual health must be answerable to God. They of the objects of ils solicitude: may, with much propriety, call in electrified when there was an idea assistance, especially in the mechathat a child had received some nical parts of education ; bot should slight hurt, but little moved while always consider themselves as it was contesting a point with a keeping the higher branches, which nurse, or teasing a brother: and I respect the principles, dispositions, have been much more grieved, when and babits, chiefly in their own

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hands. Can they entrust these to the year 1692. An account of the nurse-maids? They must

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circumstances attending it (the same tainly answer, No! Or to gover- which we have inserted) was pubnesses ? These, in general, are but lished in 1693, and went through at ill qualified to undertake this most least three editions in that year. A important part of education. Be- copy of the third edition is now besides, being extremely inferior to the fore us. We will transcribe the parents in the points which have whole of the title-page. It is as been mentioned, they are almost follows:-“ The second Spira, being always unprepared for the task. The a fearful Example of an Atheist, boarding schools at which they are who had apostatized from the Chris. educated, afford them no instruc- tian Religion, and died in Despair at tion in this line, beyond what is Westminster, Dec. 8, 1692: with necessary for ensuring the getting an Account of his Sickness, Convicof lessons, and the maintenance of tions, Discourses with Friends and peace and subordination. As to Ministers; and of his dreadful Esboarding schools, I reserve what pressions and Blasphemies when he relates to them for future conside. left the World: as also a Letter from ration, and shall only say now, that, an Atheist of his Acquaintance, with in common circuinstances, I do not his Answer to it: Publisbed for an think them well adapted to the Example to others,and recommended education, and ieast of all to the to all young Persons, to settle them religious education, of girls, or of in their Religion. By J. S. a Miyounger boys.

nister of the Church of England, a B, T.

frequent Visiter of him during his whole Sickness. The third Edition;

with the Methodizer's Apology, ON THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE AC- wherein is now discovered to the

COUNT OF THE DEATH-BED OF A World the Substance of every PartiMODERN FREETHINKER,

cular that he knows of in relation to In the Answers to Correspondents in this Narrative. London: Printed for our Jast Number, we promised to John Dunton, at the Raven in the satisfy the inquiries of A Constant Poultry, 1693.” And on the back READER, respecting the authenticity of the title-page is inserted, “Imof the account contained in our vol. primatur, January 6th, 1694. Edm. for 1805, p. 615, entitled, “ The Bohun." Death-bed of a modern Freethinker.” The preface is written by J. S. On a former occasion, and in answer who gives reasons for concealing his to similar inquiries, we stated that own name, and that of the deceased; this account had been given to the but adds, that “if any cne doubts world many years ago by Lady the truth of any particulars in the Glevorchy, after a careful investi- following relation, if they repair to gation, and under a full persuasion Mr. Dunton, at the Raven in the of its truth. Her ladyship lived so Poultry, they will receive full satisnear the time to which the account faction.” He further observes, that refers, that she must have had ample “as to what that miserable gearlemeans to satisfy herself respecting man delivered himself, both I and the facts of the case; and she must the Methodizer of my notes bare also have derived additional means been superstitiously critical to give of information from her rank in life, them as near the truth and very which would naturally afford her expressions as we could.” The Me access to privale sources of intelli- thodizer subjoins, his testimony to gence respecting the noble but un- the same effect, and states more at happy subject of this narrative. large the reasons for the suppreso The death of this person is stated sion of names.

This is followed to have taken place at the close of by a certificate, sigued “ R. Wolley,

SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS

M. A." which we will give en

From all the viewless snares of sin, tire.

Preserve us firm and free; "The Methodizer of this history," As thou like us hast grieved been, says Mr. Wolley, being a person

May we rejoice with thee ! of great integrity, the reader has no reason to question the truth of this printed attestation he has here given LORD of mercy and of might, concerning it. And what commen

Of mankind the life and light, dation I shall give of it, will be ser

Maker, Teacher, infinite ! viceable no longer than till thou bast

Jesus, hear and save! perused it through. Thou wilt find Wlio, when sin's primæval doom such wine in it as needs no bush. Gave creation w the tomb, This only I will say, it well deserves Didst not scorn a virgin's womb; thy serious and frequent perusal;

Jesus, bear and save! and I heartily wish those pious Strong Creator, Savioar mild, gentlemen that have estates, would Humbled 10 a mortal child, be instrumental in dispersing of it Captive, beaten, bound, revild; throughout the whole kingdom, that

Jesus, hear and save! 80 all ranks of men, especially the youth of this nation, might reap

Throu'd above celestial things, some advantage by this extraordi- Borne alott on angels' wings,

Lord of lords, and King of kings; nary and amazing instance. This

Jesus, hear and save! is the sentiment and hearty desire of thy cordial friend in the Lord,

Soon to come to earth again, “R. WOLLEY, M. A.Judge of angels and of men,

Hear us now, and hear us then!

Jesus, hear and save! We trust that the above details will satisfy our correspondent that we had good grounds for believing the narrative to be true before we

BRIGHTEST and best of the sons of the gave it to the world.

morning, Dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine

aid!

Star of the East, the horizon adorning, HYMNS APPROPRIATE TO THE SUNDAYS

Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid! AND PRINCIPAL HOLIDAYS.

Cold on bis cradle the dew-drups are shining, (Continued from p. 631.)

Low lies his bed with the beasts of the

stall;

Angels adore bin in slumber reclining, OH SAVIOUR! whom this holy morn

Maker, and Morrarch, and Saviour of all! Gare to our world below;

Say, shall we yield him, in costly devotion, To wandering and to labour born,

Odours of Edom and offerings divine; To weakness and to woe!

Gems of the mountain, and pearls of the Incarnate Word! by every grief, By each temptation, tried ;

Myrrh from the forest, and gold from the

mine? Who lived 10 yield our ills relief, And to redeem us died !

Vainly we offer each ample oblation; Lf, gaily cloth'd and proudly fed,

Vainly with gold would his favour secure : In careless ease we dwell;

Richer by far is the heart's adoration; Remind us of thy manger bed,

Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor ! And lowly cottage cell!

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning, lf, prest by penury severe,

Dawn on our darkness, and lend us thing In envious want we pine ;

aid ! Hay conscience whisper in our ear,

Star of the East, the horizon adorning, A poorer lot was thine !

Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid !

EPIPHANY.

CHRISTMAS-DAY.

ocean,

INNOCENTS' DAY.

Though evil were their days and few,

Baptiz'd in blood and pain, OH weep not o'er thy children's tomb,

He knows them whom they never knew, Oh Rachel, weep not so!

And they shall live again.
The bud is cropt by inartyrdom,
The flower in heaven shall blow!

Then weep not o'er thy children's tomb,

Oh Rachel, weep not so!
Firstlings of Faith! the murderer's knife
Has miss'd its deadly aim;

The bud is cropt by martyrdom,
The God for whom they gave their life,

The flower in heaven shall blow!

D. R. For them to suffer came.

REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.

By the

The Life of the Right Red. Beilby ceived, for this publication in that

Porteus, D. D. late Bishop of Lon- sterner posture of mind which be· don.

Rev. Robert comes our bard circumstances. Not Hodgson, A.M. F. R. S. Rector allowed to weep like other men, we of St. George's, Hanover Square, wished to philosophise and specaand one of the Chaplains in ordi- late. We desired to know what it nary to His Majesty. Second was, in the deceased Bishop of Lonedition. London : Cadell and don, which had fixed the public at. Davies. 1811. pp. 319.

tention, drawn out the national feel

ings, and revived some of that pastoThe present work was expected ral sensibility which seemed to have with considerable anxiety by va- been buried in the graves of some of rious classes of the community. So- our ancient prelates. We wished ciety in general required it, not to inquire how far the general merely to fill up a chasm in episco- esteem was well founded; what were pal biography ; not merely to de- the precise difficulties of the modern velope to their springs and causes bench of bishops; how far the imthe more recent movements in the pediments which have arisen in ecclesiastical machine; not merely their course would account for the to furnish the public gallery with a present diminished scale of their sort of theological picture of the pastoral labours; in what degree times;— but they desired it as a per- these impediments might be overwanent representative, a cabinet pic. come; and to what extent the distinture, from a hand beyond all others guished individual before us might familiar with the original, of the ve- be considered as having lifted up a verable prelate who had so lately standard to his brethren, and led the vanished from their sight. There way to achievements nuore worthy is no way so delightful of drying our the chosen leaders of the soldiers of tears for the good, as by the glow the cross, created by a recital of their virtues. Taking up the work with these Men expected to rise from this his- expectations, we think that beither tory of the life and death of the the public nor the critic, but espeBishop, like the ancient visitors to cially the former, have any reason the cross, consoled for their loss by to be dissatisfied. It is certainly 100 the relic they were permitted to bear brief, too much a mere recital of

facis, 100 sparing in sentiment, too We, who suffer a kind of profes- contracted, to form an ample basis sional exclusion from the region of for much general deduction or phisentiment, and who are compelled losophical inquiry. And it is fortu10 think for the public, while they nate for our readers, perhaps, that enjoy the luxury of feeling for it is so. But the man who sits themselves, waited, as may be con- down to it with a full beart, and

away.

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