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Pestalozzi's Picture of a good Wife. 355 wicked. Maintain a conduct void of offence both towards God and man. Love not the world. Prize the next life. Live for eternity. Walk in the fear of God, and thou wilt not need the society of the wicked to cheer thee. Forsake the foolish and live. Thou mayest then expect that the Lord will bless thee, and, give thee to know by happy experience the comforts of his religion here, and the glory of it hereafter.
PESTALOZZI'S PICTURE OF A GOOD
READER! I should like to find for you an image of this woman, that she might appear in lively colours before your eyes, and her quiet deeds remain with you for ever.
It is much that I am going to say, but I fear not to say it.
So moves the glorious sun from morning until the evening in its path. Thine eye observes not its pace; neither does thine ear hear its course.
But, at its setting, thou knowest that it will arise again, and continue to warm the earth until her fruits
Reader! it is much that I am saying, but I fear not to say it.
This picture of the sun, that animating source of nature which broods over the earth, is the picture of a good wife, whose home is the sanctuary of God, and who proceeds in her heavenly course, fulfilling her duties towards her husband and her children, brightly moving in the path which God hath marked out for her.
GUNPOWDER, mixed with vinegar, and made into a paste. Set it on fire, when dry enough to burn, and thus fumigate the room. An officer of distinction mentioned this, as being often used on board ship between decks.— Whenever gunpowder is used, great care is, of course, required.
QUESTIONS FOR SELF-EXAMINATION.
When we have prayed to our heavenly Father, have we done it with sincerity, and with humble dependance on his help and grace? Or have we prayed only as a form ; and, having acquitted ourselves of the form, do we continue to live as if we had not so prayed? Having repeatedly implored His direction, do we endeavour to submit ourselves to his guidance ? Having prayed that His will
be done, do we never stubbornly set up our own will in contradiction to his ?
FULFILMENT OF PROPHECY, AND ILLUSTRATION OF SCRIPTURE, AFFORDED BY
It is most curious and interesting to observe in the accounts given by modern travellers, either shewing how exactly predictions relating to particular places have been fulfilled, or describing habits and customs still remaining, particularly in Eastern countries, (where they undergo little change in a long course of time) serving to explain many things which ap
Fulfilment of Prophecy.
357 pear strange to those who are unaccustomed to the manners of other countries.
The prophecies of Isaiah against Babylon were delivered above 700 years before the birth of Christ : read in Isaiah, chap. xiii. ver. 21 and 22, a description of the desolation of Babylon after the invasion of the Medes; read in Jeremiah, chap. li. ver. 11– 24, 25. 37. 43. (delivered about 595 years before Christ) a repetition of the same melancholy threatening. In the year 1824 after Christ, the Hon. Captain Keppel travelled through that country, on his return from India, and the following is his description of what he found. “The appearance of the fallen city is precisely that which the divine writings predict Babylon should exhibit after her downfall. (vol. i. p. 172.) The first ruin of any size is called by the natives, the Mujillibè, or overturned,'. (p. 177.) Our guides told us that all the ruins abounded in lions and other wild beasts, so literally has the divine prediction been fulfilled. Isaiah, chap. xiii. ver. 21 and 22. (p. 180.) The ruins of the Tower of Babel are six miles S. W. of Hilleh. At first sight, they present the appearance of a hill with a castle on the top: the greater portion is covered with a light sandy soil, and it is only in ascending that the traveller discovers that he is walking on a vast heap of bricks. (p. 193.) In parts it resembles what the Scriptures prophesied it should become, a burnt mountain.' (p. 193, 194.) Jer. li. 25. Wild beasts appeared as numerous here as at the Mujillibè. From the summit we had a distinct view of the vast heaps which constitute all that now remains of Babylon; a more complete picture of desolation could not well be imagined. The eye wandered over a barren desert, in which the ruins were the only indication (mark) that it had ever been inhabited. It was impossible to behold this scene and not to be reminded how exactly the predictions of Isaiah and Jeremiah have been fulfilled, even in
the appearance which Babylon was doomed to present, that she should " never be inhabited,' that
the Arabian should not pitch his tent there,' that she should become heaps,' that her cities should be 'a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness!' Jer. li. 37. 43. Keppel's Journey from India in 1824, vol. i. p. 196.
The food of John the Baptist in the wilderness, we are informed, consisted of locusts and wild honey. (St. Matthew, chap. iii. ver. 4.) It is well known that locusts are an article of food in Persia and Arabia at the present day; they are fried until their wings and legs fall off, and in that state are sold in the markets, and eaten with rice and dates, sometimes flavoured with salt and spices : and the wild honey is found in the clefts of the rocks of Judea, as abundantly as in the caves of Hindostan. Forbes's Oriental Memoirs, vol. i. p. 46.
FOR DEAFNESS. SALT, dissolved in hot water *, so as to be a strong brine ; applied to the inside of the ear at night, (warm) with a camel's hair painting pencil, very well secured upon the stick, lest it should fall off.
To walk betimes in wisdom's way;
That we may trust to all they say.
This was recommended by an eminent surgeon, who said there was much probability of its doing good, and that it could not do harm.
Hymn from Dr. Watts.
Tho' they should speak the thing that's true;
And lies to hide it, makes it two.
How God abhors deceit and wrong?
When she came in and grew so bold
The words of truth; but ev'ry liar
That burns with brimstone and with fire.
Lest I be struck to death and Hell,
For ev'ry lie that children tell.
QUESTION. Who are those whose word we may always trust?
Answer. Those who " fear a lie.”
Q. Can we ever feel sure that liars are speaking the truth?