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An Excellent Tailor.

555 joyful sounds, which they immediately raised; but, alas! these were soon exchanged into notes of lamentation, for the poor wounded bird, in attempting to fly towards his nest, dropped again into the river, and was drowned; whilst the whole tribe seemed to moan for his fate."



GREAT exertions have lately been made, by the benevolent, to relieve the distresses of the poor Spaniards and Italians, who have sought shelter in England, and who have endured great suffering both for want of food and clothing. Besides the assistance which they have had in money, numbers of people have sent them old clothes, which were, at this season of the year, particularly acceptable. A large quantity of old clothes were sent from different people to the warehouses of Messrs. Toplis and Son, in St. Paul's Church-yard, who had kindly undertaken to receive them; and the Lord Mayor had also humanely allowed a part of Guildhall to be used as a depôt for the large stock that was sent in.-A poor journeyman tailor, who had neither money nor clothing to bestow, made an offer to devote the labour of one day in the week to repairing the different articles of dress, for nothing; which is, in fact, a subscription equal to the sixth part of his worldly wealth. It has been often said, that there are few situations in life where a man may not be of some use to his fellow-creatures, if he has but the inclination.


It is said, that, by His Majesty's desire, the flues of the new Palace in St. James's-park have been constructed upon a plan which precludes the necessity of resorting to the cruel practice of employing climbing-boys. Joseph Glass, the mechanical chimney-sweeper, patronized by the Society for superseding climbing-boys, was sent for lately to make trial of his newly-invented machine in some of the most difficult flues in the building, and succeeded in passing the machine through them with great ease. Several surveyors were present, and expressed great admiration at the facility with which it was apparent that the cleansing of the flues might be effected, which may lead to a total abolition of the barbarous climbing-boy practice.



MY DEAR PARISHIONER, Since it is impossible for the Clergyman of so popu. lous a parish as our own, to hold a personal intercourse with each individual of his charge, I beg occasionally to adopt this method of communicating to you a few words of pastoral advice and exhortation.

Listen then, I pray you, and believe me, when I tell you that they are your best friends who exhort you to live in the fear of God, to avoid swearing, drunkenness, sabbath-breaking, and every other sin; these alas ! are too frequent around you. In this paper I particularly urge the religious observance of the

A Clergyman's Address to his Parishioners. 557 Sunday upon you ; it is sadly profaned by many, to the great dishonour of God, and to the utmost peril of their own best interests. Happy should I be, if every individual kept holy this sacred day, neither buying nor selling, or transacting any worldly business whatever, but regularly attending upon public worship, thereby shewing, that he is not unconcerned about religion, nor unmindful of DEATH, JUDGMENT,

and ETERNITY. These are three most solemn words! think upon them,

Death, dissolving all worldly connections, putting an end to all earthly employments.

Judgment, the standing at the tribunal of Jesus Christ, and to have an account taken of all our present thoughts, words, and actions.

Eternity, the everlasting, the never-ending enjoyment of the greatest happiness, or the endurance of the most wretched misery,--according to the judgment pronounced at the last great day.

The Sunday is particularly appointed to give us all an opportunity of preparing for these most important events. A sabbath properly spent is the best security for the week being properly spent. Let us seek to live according to our Christian calling. Let us rely, for our Salvation, on the sacrifice of our Blessed Saviour, and study to live like those who are bought with the price of his blood. Let us seek to serve God in all holiness and godly love, and to discharge faithfully our individual, family, and neighbourly duties. Let us be wise in this our day, to know the things which belong to our peace, before they be for ever hidden from our eyes.

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HYMN XIX. Against Swearing, Cursing, and taking God's Name

in vain.


ANGELS, that high in glory dwell,
Adore thy name, Almigbty God!
And devils tremble down in bell,
Beneath the terrors of tby rod.


And yet, bow wicked children dare
Abuse thy dreadful glorious name;
And, when they're angry, how they swear,
And curse their fellows, and blaspheme,


How will they stand before thy face
Who treated thee with such disdain,
While thou sbalt doom them to the place.
Of everlasting fire and pain ?


Then never shall one cooling drop
To quench their burning tongues be giv'n ;-
But I will praise thee here,-and bope.
Thus to employ my tongue in Hear'n.


My heart shall be in pain to bear
Wretches affront the Lord above;
'Tis that great God whose pow'r I fear;
T'bat heav'nly Father whom I love.



If my companions grow profane,
I'll leave their friendship when I hear
Young sinners take thy name in vain,
And learn to curse and learn to swear.


QUESTION. What do the angels of God do?
Answer. Adore his name.


Dr. Watts's Hymns for Children.

559 Q. And what does our Church service teach us to pray that.


do ? A. “Perfectly love God and worthily magnify his koly name."

Q. And what do even the devils do?
A. “ Believe and tremble."

II., Q. Then what must we think of those children who dare to curse and swear, and blaspheme the holy name of God?

A. That they are very wicked.
Q. Which commandment forbids this sin ?
A. The third.

Q. Is there any other way in which this commandment is broken?

A. Yes :. by not giving “the Lord the honour due unto his name;" by mentioning it to no good purpose; or to no purpose at all; and still more frequently, by drawing nigh unto God with our lips while our heart is far from him ; by calling upon the great God of heaven to hear our prayers, while our thoughts are wandering to the cares and follies, and vanities of the world.

III. Q. Prove that God will call us to an account, hereafter, for the words which we have spoken here?

A. Matt. xii. 36. "I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment."


Q. If you have the fear and the love of God in your heart, how will you feel when you hear his holy name taken in vain ? A. “My heart shall be in pain to hear

Wretches affront the Lord above;
'Tis that great God whose pow'r I fear,
That heavenly Father whom I love."

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