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his laws and neglected his commands; and his Holy Spirit is urging you to “ flee from the wrath to come." Perhaps you have already given up some sin, and are daily forming some good resolution. Look, then, with hope to the promises of God. You do indeed deserve his anger; you cannot think too humbly of your. self: but there is forgiveness with him, and “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” Do not, like Christian, "miss the steps." Read the invitations of the gospel as addressed to you, and pray that Divine help may be given to lead you to the sure ground of faith in Christ, the Rock of ages.

You must be careful, even at the beginning of your pilgrimage, that you do not lose the way. You may think this almost impossible, when there are so many good books to guide you, and so many people, both older and wiser, who are ready to give you advice. But all books are not so good as they seem to be; nor are all grown-up people able to give you such counsel as you need. Look at Christian-how soon he turned out of the way to the Wicket Gate upon meeting with Mr. Worldly Wiseman, and listening to his directions. In his impatience to get rid of his burden, he forgot that Evangelist had told him to keep the shining light in his eye: and so may you, young reader, meet with those who would lead you from the word of God and the way of forgiveness through Christ alone. But remember that the Bible says there is no other way, and "none other name given under heaven whereby we must be saved.

There are some who will tell you that you yet for

need not be disturbed on account of your sins ; or, that you are so young that it is too early

you to think of preparing for eternity. These are the thoughtless and the worldly. From them, if you are sincere in setting out on pilgrimage, you will turn away, as Christian did from his friends and acquaintance in the City of Destruction. Your greatest peril is not amongst them. You know at once, when they offer to turn you from your course of duty, that to follow their advice would be to turn back, like Pliable, when your journey towards the Celestial City was only just begun.

But, when you hear, or when you read, ad. vice which sounds like that of Mr. Worldly Wiseman, then beware. Go at once to your Bible, the fountain of truth, and pray that the Holy Spirit would make it a light unto your path. Adopt no line of conduct, and follow no counsel, which does not agree with the word of God. Some persons will say that you may please God, and reach his heavenly kingdom, by your own good actions—by obedience to your parents, or by charity to the poor, or by other duties ; but the Bible does not teach you this as the way to obtain peace of conscience, or the salvation of your soul. The Bible teaches you that we are all guilty before God; that we have no help or hope in ourselves ; that we can do nothing to purchase his favour. It says, that all we like sheep have gone astray; and that on Christ was laid the iniquity of us all. Keep, then, close to the Bible. It will be to you, as it is to all true pilgrims, the shining light leading you straight to the Wicket Gate.

“ Knock, and it shall be opened unto you." These words were written over the gate. They have encouraged many a trembling sinner to ask for that mercy which has never been denied. Dear reader, have they ever given comfort and encouragement to you? The promise is as sure at this day, at this moment, as when it was first given by the Saviour nearly two thousand years ago. Are you seeking for its fulfilment to yourself by earnest, secret prayer? The angels in heaven rejoice over every repenting sinner: have they ever had reason to rejoice over you, coming to Christ, confessing your sins, entreating his forgiveness ?

If you are thus praying at mercy's gate, do not be disheartened, even though there seems to be no answer to your prayer.

Christian knocked more than once or twice before he seemed to be heard ; but the answer came at last. Be assured that no supplication is unheeded, no tear of repentance unseen, by your Saviour. Go to him with your burden of sin and care, whatever it may be. Do not fear that your troubles are beneath his notice. He sees you now; he knows the passing thoughts of your heart; and he is ready to give rest to your soul, if you will seek for rest in him.

E. W.

QUITE ANOTHER THING. LISTEN, boys, to a word of advice ; for he who is wilful, and too wise in his own opinion to take counsel of another, is not likely to do well. Never be down-hearted because things are a little dull, or a little difficult, but try to make the best of them. A grape vine at one time of the year looks like a dry stick; but when covered with fruit and green leaves, it is quite another thing.

When John Freeth first saw the village of Tibberton, it was on a dull and dark winter's day. The brook was frozen over, the icicles hung from the thatch, and a thick fog hid the church-tower from being seen--there were no leaves on the trees, no flowers in the fields, and no birds in the air; but when he next saw it, it was in summer, and the gray church-tower stood out clearly against the bright blue sky. It was quite another thing then--for the birds were singing, the brook was rippling on, and the fields were covered with flowers.

John Freeth is a stirring man. When he took his cottage, the garden had plenty of thistles, nettles, and bindweed in it, but he might have looked a long while for a rose or a cabbage-plant without finding it-a sad ruinous place it was; but by the time he had dug it, weeded it, set his seeds and his plants, and repaired the crazy old summerarbour, it was quite another thing : it looked then as if somebody belonged to it.

When John Freeth entered on his cottage, it had been a long time without a tenant. The walls were rent, the doors and windows were broken, and the thatch let in the rain-it was quite enough to dishearten many from having anything to do with such a building; but, before John had done with it, he made it quite another thing. When it was thoroughly repaired and whitewashed, the woodbine neatly listed up against the walls, and the new thatch shining

seen.

in the sun, a prettier place was hardly to be

Those who had seen the gloomy room on the ground floor when it was dark, dirty, and without a chair or a table, found it to be quite another thing when the windows were clean, the walls nicely coloured, and the woodwork fresh painted. The furniture, too, and the fire glowing in the grate, gave it an air of cheerfulness.

And now, boys, as it was with John Freeth and his garden and cottage, so will it be with you, and with

your heads and your hearts. If you are content to drag along with heavy heels, to let all things remain just as you find them, and to be conquered by little difficulties, you will become a burden to yourselves and all around you ; but if, on the contrary, you bestir yourselves, determined to do what you can in the way of amendment, it will be quite another thing.

John Freeth would never have had a comfortable cottage and garden had he kept look. ing at them for a whole year; but, like a man, he set to work in good earnest, and soon tasted the sweets of his labour. Do the same, boys; do the same. Get all the wisdom you can into your heads, and all the good qualities you can into your hearts. Without wisdom and good qualities you can never be happy, but with them it will be quite another thing.

The farmer gets his harvest by ploughing and sowing, the gardener by planting and pruning, the miner by digging and delving; and, depend upon it, the ploughers and sowers, the planters and pruners, the diggers and

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