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FACTS, HINTS, GEMS, AND POETRY.
Facts, Hints, Gems, and Poetry.
Every PERSON has some gift
from God peculiar to himself, and First, let us explain that the Sur- however small it may be, would be a name is the family name—that is, blessing to himself and to others if the last name we bear. Not the rightly made us of. given name, or as some call it—the REAL GRATITUDE strikes its roots christian name.
deep. It has more to do with the After tbe last census, the sur heart than the head. Hence it has names were all counted, and found | been called “The memory of the to number-how many think you? | heart.”. Why, about 35,000.
EVERY Man is great as a man; The name of Smith stauds at the for he who possesses the divine bead of the poll. Jones, chiefly powers of a soul is a great being, let, from Wales, follows close on tbe his position in society be what it may, ' beels of Smith; Williams, partly So let every man respect himself. Welsh, comes next.
THE FACULTY OF SEEING is one After these three come Taylor, of the most delightful of our senses, Davies, Brown, Thomas, Evans, filling the mind with the largest Roberts, and Johnson, as the most variety of ideas, and continuing the common. As to the rest of the sur longest in action without being names, some are very curious indeed. wearied. But the objects we see We can only mention that sacred here are not always pleasant: they Scripture, as might be supposed, has will be in heaven. suggested several names, although Books.—We should do with books the selection is peculiar enough. as bees do with flowers; gaiher Angel and Demon stand in contrast. sweets from them, and hive them Eve makes her entry, and, under up for future use. her protection, her scapegrace first. A GOOD CONSCIENCE is to the born, Cain. Noah--the hale olá soul what health is to the body. It man, " orphan of the old world, and preserves it in serenity and peace, father of the new"-is here; but and sustains it in its struggles with whence comes Balaam, and stranger adversity or affliction. Keep it at still, Dives and Pharised? As much any cost. out of place in another direction are | TAE ART OF GOOD CONVERSACalvary and Pentecost. Heaven and TION consists in hearing as well as Heavens, Saint and Sanctuary, talking -- indrawing out the thoughts Priest and Prophet, with Christian of others as well as uttering your itself, have clearly a Biblical origin; own. The man who will do all the but to a later source we must refer talking is only doing it to display Pagan, with Lent and Christmas. himself, like a fop in his finery. Church, with its compound Church- THE COVETOUS PERSON lives as ward, and less agreeable companion if the world were made for him, and Churchyard, belong to a similar not he for the world. He would period; as do Abbot (not mentioned fain take in all he can get anyhow, in this list) and Prior. There can and give back nothing. The world be no doubt where Surplice, Spires, would be worse than it is if all were and Steeple come from.
I like him.
FACTS, HINTS, GEMS, AND POETRY.
and see. But be quick. Thy soul
is in danger, and death may be at A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN.-If one
thy door. Now, now, now, even could but look through the chinks
now, this moment, put thy trust in of heaven's door and see its glories, Linin
him alone, and be saved. and lay down one's ears and listen to its songs of praise, all the sights and sounds of earth would be no
Postit Selections. thing in comparison.
HAPPY DAY! HAPPY DAY! A RELIGIOUS HYPOCRITE is an arrant thief, who steals the livery | Sweet is the sabbath day of rest; of the court of heaven to serve the
Happy day! devil in.
Day so welcome and so blest; GRIEF FOR SIN often lies too
Happy day ; deep for eye-tears. It is a wound | Sweet songs of Zion rise to-d y, in the heart, which would bleed to And christians meet to praise and pray, death, if the hand of the great Phy-| And press along the good old way. sician did not apply his own blood
Happy day! happy day! to stannch the wouud.
Now from worldly toil set free, ETERNITY. - None can compre
Happy day! hend eternity but God. He inhabit.
Spared each others face to see, eth eternity and filleth it. To us, it
Happy day! will always be an ocean without a Now to Christ our Saviour King bottom or a shore. The great ques. Loud thanksgivings we will sing, tion for us is Where shall we For the good our sabbaths bring; spend it?
Happy day ! happy day! FALSEHOOD is never so successful as when she baits her hook with
Hail, blessed day, thy hours we love; truth. This is one of the devil's
Happy day! tricks-the foul fiend can quote
Type on earth of rest above;
Happy day! Scripture.
With joy thy sacred hours we greet, THE BIBLE will be to you what
When we together gladly meet, you are to it. Skim over its surface
And hold with Christ communion sweet, and you will get no good. Dig
Happy day! happy day! deep and you will find it full of precious ore, which will make you rich Then sing we will with heart and voice; for ever!
Happy day! THE DEATH OF THE CARISTIAN Sing on, and in God's love rejoice; is the breaking in of the light of
Happy day! eternity upon the darkness of time. Precious boon that Heaven bestows;
FORGIVENESS.—He that forgiveth Balm to soothe our many woes, not his brother his trespasses breaks
We will love thee till life's close; down the bridge over which he will Happy day! happy day! have to pass himself. The measure
May we prize thy golden hours; of forgiveness to us will be that we
Happy day! measure out to others. So Christ
Improving them with all our powers. has taught us.
Happy day! THE GREAT QUESTION is “Dost
Then, when earthly sabbaths o'er, thou believe on the Son of God ?"|
We have gained the heavenly shore, If not, why not? Give an honest We will sing for ever more! answer. Where canst thou find a
Happy day! happy day! Savjar like hiu? Look ar und' Birmingham.
The Children's Corner.
THE TIDY GIRL. Who is it each day in the week may be seen, With her hair neat and smooth, and her hands and face clean; In a stout cotton gown, of dark and light blue, Though old, so well mended, you'd take it for new; Her bandkerchief tidily pinn'd o'er her neck, With a neat little cap, and an apron of check; No great flouncing border, no ragged old lace, But an hem neatly plaited, sits close round her face; Her top coat of stuff, and an under of serge, Without one hole or rip, either little or large; Her shoes and her stockings all sound and all clean, She's never fine outside, and dirty within. Go, visit her cottage, though humble and poor, 'Tis so neat and so clean, you might eat off the floor; No rubbish, no cobwebs, no dirt could be found, Though you bunt every corner, and search all around. Who sweeps it so nicely, who makes all the bread, Who tends ber sick mother, and works by her bed ? 'Tis the neat tidy girl, who deserves the good name, For out or at home, she is always the same.
“I WISA the temperance people would get my man, Thomas Drew, to take the pledge," said a Gentleman who owned an iron foundry.
“ And so do I," said the Foreman of the works in reply. “It would be something in his pocket, and save me a good deal of trouble-10 say nothing of the great comfort it would prove to his wife and family.”
Now, this Thomas Drew was a mechanic, and a first-rate hand in the department in which he worked. However, like too many other clever hands, he was given to tippling. If he liked, he could easily earn his two or three pounds a-week, but as it was, he generally took no more than twenty or tweniyfive shillings on Saturday night. Does the reader ask, How was this? It was because he seldom got to work before Wednesday morning. Saturday night, as much of Sunday as the law would allow, and parts of Monday and Tuesday, he was in a public-house, spending his ever ings, and thus keeping his wife and family destitute of the necessaries and comforts of life. After such a carousal, even when he did begin to work, he could not do much weil the following day. Even on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, he could not put forth efficiently all his mental and physical energies, because he lacked a proper supply of necessary food. If he had done so, thirty shillings or more would have been forthcoming on paynight.
On account of Thomas Drew's unsteady ways, the master and foreman of the foundry had frequently taked about discharging him. Mallers which wanted attention on Monday morning could not be attended to until Wednesday, and of course this was very annoying to the employer. The master's threats would have been put into execution, if Thomas had not been a superior workman. But as he excelled in a certain department, and as his equal in skill could not be met with, he was retained time after time. Ofitimes did the master give him good counsel respecting his evil ways: and ofttimes did the master request him to attend temperance meetings.
It was on seeing a Temperance Meeting announced, that the conversation with which we commenced this paper took place. Whether the temperance people made any special effort THE FOUNDRYMAN.
to get hold of Thomas we cannot say. However, this we can say, that the foreman determined to be unremitting in his endeavours to reclaim the inebriate. And, moreover, we rejoice to say he was successful, as we shall presently see.
The foreman was a truly christian man. Whilst he approved of and seconded the moral counsels of the master, he went further, and testified repentance towards God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Whilst he rejoiced in the efforts of temperance societies, and in the good they were doing, he knew that nothing short of that holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord, could effect a radical cure in any man's heart. Hence he pressed upon Thomas the claims of christianity. He spoke to him of the love of God in the gift of his only begotten Son. He pointed him to the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. He spoke to him of the Holy Spirit which had been given to reprove the world of sin, of righteousness, and of a judgment to come. He begged him to mark, learn, and inwardly digest the contents of that Volume which is profitable for reproof, consolation, admonition, and instruction in righteousness.
But the foreman’s labours did not end in talking. He practised as well as exhorted. He did good as well as talked 10 Thomas. One Saturday, when he was paying the men their wages, Thomas's turn came as usual. On reckoning with him, he found that it was an unusually bad week for him. “Well, how is this, Thomas," said the foreman, “ that you have only fourteen shillings coming to you this week ?”
“I did'nt get to work till Thursday, and all the time I have been at it I have felt quite unfit for it,” replied Thomas.
“ Through your drinking at the beginning of the week," said the foreman.
“Suppose that is it,” Thomas added. “All day on Wednesday I was in bed, tormented in body and soul. I should'nt have come to work at all this week, but could'nt bear to be in bed with myself, and I had no comfort at home."
« Ah, Thomas," said the foreman, “ you have long found out that the way of transgressors is hard. How is it you do not cease to do evil, and learn to do well ? You just go and sit down by the fire, and when I have settled with them all I shall want to have a little talk with you.”
In the course of a few minutes the men were all paid. The foreman then spent a few minutes more in making proper en