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NAZARENE. RESPECTİNG the return of Joseph and Mary to Judea, and their abode in Nazareth, there is one circumstance in particular deserving notice, which is, the very lowly state to which Jesus chose to humble himself. of all the towns of Judea and Galilee, Nazareth was peculiarly despised, as the habitation of the dregs of the people, and as having never produced an illustrious or good personage. This accounts for Nathaniel saying to Philip, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth ?' Heuce, it was as in. famous among ihe Jews to be called a Nazarene, which signified a most worthless, infamous fellow, as among the Grecks to be called Cretians, who were always liars, evil heast, and slow bellies.

Jesus Christ chose to be brought up at Nazareth, that he might take upon himself, very early, the reproach couched under that name Pilate undoubtedly had it in view when, by way of mockery, he wrote a title, and put it on the cross, ' Jesus' of Nazareth, the King of the Jewe;'

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ANECDOTE. THEMISTOCLES, when a very young man, was oħserved, soon after the famous battle of Marathon, in wiich Mtiages obtained so much glory, to be much aloe, very pensive, unwilling to attend the usual entertainInents, and even to watch whole pights. Being asked, by some of his friends, what was the cause of all this, he aeswered, “ The trophies of Miltiades will not suffer me to sleep.' Thus, fired with a love of glory, he became, in a few years, the first man in Greece.

Young Christians, Faith presents to your view far greater glories than Greece could bestow on her most successful heroes. The perishing honours of Miltiades aud Themistocies, are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed. Could they forego all the pleasures of youth to have their names enrolled n the records of same, and cannot you, by the help of Almighty grace, become a good soldier of Jesus Christ, in hope of obtaining a crown of glory that shall never fade?

Mothers can do great things! A CLERGYMAN, now fulfilling the duties of his office punctually, ardently, and faithfully, was asked, when examined by the bishop's chaplain, whether he had made divinity his study ;- - he replied he had not particularlys " but,” said he,"my mother taught me the Scriptures;" ! Ah!' said the chaplain, ' Mothers can do great thioge!' The young man was examined with respect to the extent of his knowledge, was approved, ordained, and desired to preach before the bishop.

Mothers may perceive how necessary and useful are their pious instructions, and be encouraged, while their husbands are busily engaged in providing for their families the meat that perisheth, lo be diligent, bringing, up their offspring in the knowledge of the Scriptures, as the mother of Timothy did. This anecdote may also lead reficeting parents to consider what ought to be the education of their daughters, that they may become such mothers; for on tbe education of daughters, depends the future wel. fare not only of families, but of our country.

The excellent mother alluded to in the above anecdöte, wrote as follows to another of her sons, ou hearing of the birth of his eldest child :-'Gise him an education, that his life may be useful; - teach bin religion, that his death may be kappý!

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• A fervent heart and a diligent Mrs. Sarah Bass, wife of the Rev. band,' she used to say, make the James Bass, of Halsted, Essex, died spirits cheerful. It was her favourDec. 13, 1808, aged 31.

ite maxim, That to cherish a sense Mrs. Bans finished her education of the love of God in Christ, and in at Sheriff Hales,' under Miss Yeo- his common goodness, is an infal. many, now the wife of the Rev. Dr. lible spring of willing obedience, Williams. To this lady, and to an and that obedience, flowing from oxcellent mother, Mrs. E. Holines, this priociple, leads round again to she ascribed her first religious im. spiritual enjoyments; and this was pressions. The Rev. Mr. Fletcher, the cirele, as those who besi knew of Madely, who used to visit the her can testify, in wbich she moved. school, by his pointed addresses to Her thirst for knowledge was ia. the young ladies, was made of use satiable, and books, she often comto her; and the very sight of the plained, were her great temptation ; Rev. Mr. Ryland, of Birmingham, so that she wished eiher lor more her native place, seldom failed to time to read, or for less inclination; excite in her mind the most serious but, by good management of her reflections ; yet she long sought, time, and being early in the mornbut found not • rest to her soul.' ing, perhaps none did more in the The means of her obtaining this, family than she, and few read more, was a discourse from Ps. lxxiii. 26, By an art, almost peculiar, te bere delivered in Carr's Lape Meeting, self, she read ai a viance, ran thro' Birmingham; by which, she found a book with incredible dispatch, and the knowledge and comfort of the yei all he real treasure it contained gospel, with that hope as a siuner, was decideuly her own. The best and that spriog of spiritual life and English poets, goed histories of her new obedience, which she regarded own and other nations, with inany as proofs of her conversion to God.. valuable wo ks in literature and The principles of free grace, which science, were familiar to ber; and, she now imbibed, were always dear where a sense of the paucity of her to her, and few have exemplified knowledge, which she cherisied to tbeir excellence, both in life and in a fault, did not restrain her, ibe death, in a more decisive and strik- facility with which she could draw ing manger.

from the stores of her capacious Her conduct at Birmingham, in miud, equaily surprized and desingle life, conciliated exleasive lighted many. There were few esteem, and is a pleasant perfunie topics on which she could not in the remembrance of her many fluenils converse ; and, where she friends. She cousidered indulging was quite at case, being naturally late in bed a voluntary sacrifice of communicative, streams of wisdom the best part of human life; and, daily flowed from her lips. ber health and spirits being good Few professors have complained through most part of her married more of the badnes of the heart life, she rose early in the morning, than shes or have exercised more seldom later than four in the sum- jealousy about their right to reli

when; before any thing gious comfort; yet few, perhaps, worldly was attempted, she began have lived a more pure, useful, and the day with God. The Scriptures consistent lite. Naiural quicliness, were statedly perused with atten- and hasłe of temper, she charged tion, with some savoury author upon herself in the most heavy kepi at hand fos he

purpose, manner, and consid red as a prime considerable season spent in prayer. cause of spiritual darkness; but, if Her address then to the business of it really existed, it was the day was e pallera of diligence. toally restrained by the poner of


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grace; that it was scarcely per- The Sabbath evening which im.. ceptible to others. The leading inediately preceded her illness, is featur:s of her character memorable. She began with speakcalmness, self-po:session, and cheer- ing of the services of the day, and, fuloess. She lived in peace with as was usual with her, of the frame

, to and inferiors; yet few commanded more to allege against berself, she ready obedience.

No cause of seemed that evening to be pecushyness found existence during her liarly animated with the assurance married life, which was almost 16 of hope. She enlarged with fuency, years, butween her and her hus. i and said many charining things on band, nor any quarrel or offence her views of the unscarchable riches between her and any of her con- of Christ. The conversation went pections. She was of course greatly pleasantly on at much length, till respecied; and, while some minis- ' both secmed to catch, a flame of teis wives complained of unplea- pure joy and peace in believing: saatness in their situations, for her and turned at last upon the un. part, she would often sa:, it was speakable mercy, not only that, God otherwiss; that she met with no: had made them one, but had blessed thing from the people bui kindnes. them thus“ to sit together in hea

She ever returned from visits venly places in Christ.' The thought where nothing serious had beeu on was started, and on both sides the carpet, depressed and dis. spoken to al large, that should one couraged. On!' she would say, be called by death before the other, • how insipid ! bow unprofitable: this me .cy was great, as the fellowbow unworthy of immortals!' - ship they then enjoyed together in often condemning, herseif that an the things of Gud, would afford the unreasonable dread of being thought survivor peculiar satisfaction cona Talkative in Religion, had sup: cerning the deceased. pressed her desire of speaking, and Four days after, she was taken commanded an unworthy silence; seriously ill; but there was no apthal, at best, she was but a religious pearance of danger. As opportucoward. She cultivated great nity offered, she continued to court tbankfulness for God's common religious conversation. She said, goodness, and for the choice he had “It is pleasant to me; and, now I inade for her. On a review and

cao do nothing with my hands, it carelui scrutiny of all relating to keeps my thoughts from rambling.' her connection, and circumstances When fatal symptoms appeared, in life, she would often say that she her intelligent and pious mind durst not hazard

an unqualified calmly received them as a summons wish for the least alieration; tbat, from above. She said to her hus. all put together, she sas reason to band,' I want to speak with you. think herself one of the happiest of ls any one in the room ??. He said, creatures; and, by experience, she “No ene." • Then raise me up,' knew that to think herself isappy in she said. He did so ; when thus this view, was really to be so.

She she spake : Should I get safe to had long discovered unusual dead. Heaven, my dear, I shall have calyse ness to the world; and some Chris- eternally to bless God for your intian friends, from a manifesi ma. strumentality. Your ministry, at turity in gospel altaininents, both Birmingham, was the first mean of slagpected and feared what was ap- giving my mind a right direction in proaching

the knowledge and comfort of the It was a custom with her and her gospel. I shall die ju this affliction ; busband, on the Lord's Day even- but, blessed bc God, I am not disa ing, to sit an hour together for tressed at the prospect! I wish to conversation, after the family re- suhmit to his heavenly will! Never tired ; and such pleasure had been bad I such striking views of my exfound at these seusuns, that they ceeding sintulness! I know, in mutually longed for their reluro. deed, that tbere has been nothing in my heart or life which I perceived weakness of parental love, and ovet to be wrong, but I have confessed

all desire of present things. it in secret, and fervently prayed At one time, she said, • Never did for divine assistance to help me to I enjoy such happiness as in this overcome ; and, in some measure, affliction. Last night I was not I hope I have been enabled io over- only willing, but thought I felt a come, but, ah! how imperfectly! desire to die.' At another time, Noi withstanding all, in the sight of tho frame of her heart varied, and infinite purity, I have that sense of she said, “I feel a little spark of demy extreme guilt and unworihi- sre to return to earth, and it leads ness, as overwh:lms me ; and, in me to examine the ground on wbich myself, I entirely despair ; - but my hope is built; I now want the never was I favoured with such comfort of it. Speak to me some sweet views of Jesus, and of the sweet proinisc, that may revive me grace of the gospel ; and, hy a col. again.'-Several were repeated to Socied view of Scripiure evidence, I her. She theu reasoned, with refeel myself warranted to place an markable point and clearness, hy enlire trust on the word of God in - way of examining her right to Christ; and those words which were rchgious coinfort ; then, in a prayer an encouragem nt to me when I peculiarly pathetic, addressed imjoined the church, are still a coin- mediately to Christ, she referred her fort to me:-Coipe unto me ail cause to bim, as the Saviour of lost ye thai lahnur and are heavy laden, sinners. and I will give you rest;' and I On dozing a little, she was asked, know that I hate every evil ibing. " Have you quite lost your hope in Therefore, I cannot be discouraged Christ ?" in a cheerful tone of

I cannot refuse to take comfort. swect confidence, she replied, Not Blessed be God for such mercy to so quite. Her head being greatly diswretched a sinner!'

tressed by pain, and a nervous irSome hours after, she said, I rilability pervading the whole have a great desire to see the child- frame, she said, 'I cannot bear rer, that I may xpcaklo ilrem while conversation, it distracts me. I I am able; I feel myself sinking want a little text now and then fast, and fear I shall not be able repealed to me, - it is so sweet!' long. lei Sarah (the eldes!) come ; Strict regard being paid to this, at and let them all come, one by one. one time it was said, “To them Tiith a settled firmness, and majesty that believe, he is precious." She of countenance, and without an ap- replied, “ Exceeding precious.' parent emotion, or a tear, taking Again " You lie in the hands of Sarah by ine hand, in a confident morcy;" she rejoined, “And I am affectionate tone, she said, • Sarah, willing to lie.' “ The Lord seems my dear, if I should die, the Lord now about to take you ; to whom widtake me to Heaven. Do not you many times have given yourseif grieve for me, my dear, it will hurt up.". She replied Yes; ferveally, you; but seek the Lord for your. with my whole beart.' She re. mlf now you are gouins, and then quested the 14th chapter of John's you will find the comfort of it ou a Gospel might be read to her. The sick berl, as I do ; and we shall weet first few verses being gone over, she again in bleaven.'

said, ' It is enough.' in terms aiapied !o their different sages 'wcre gently repeated to her, ages, she the other chusi- as she seemned able to bear it; to ren, dismissing each with a partig which she invariably returned some kiss. Those who beheld this aflécte cheerful expressions of hope. The ing scene, were drowned in tears, kast, expressed so as to make it a and witnessed, with amazeinent and question to lier, was this, “ Lookjoy, the complete triuinph of a ing to Jesus, my dear?" To which, wipe of glory in one so remarkable summoning all her feeble powers, for the tender feelings, over all she rophiesi, Fes.. Deliriunu now mere latural affections, over all the encroksed, convulsions came on, she

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continued speechless for some hours, cominencement of a work of grace. when she gently brea hed out her Mr. Joss was led, in his sermon, to soul into the hands of Jesm3.

treat fully on the deep depravily The Rev. H. Sievenson, of Castle of the human heart, and iis enmity Hedingham, in a judicious discourse ayáinst God, his people, and his on Mol. X 28, to a numerous au- ways. She was deeply cospinced of dience, the tecipal of wbom, as sin, and filled with fear. She evea a tribute of respect to the memory

concluded that her friend had preof the decease, were cloihed in viously been with the preacher, and mouraing, improved her death; acquainted hiin soith all ine hard who, in additioa to the above, bore speeches she had uttered; but she the following testimony :

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astonished above measure, Bass was a

woman of a superior when assured that not a word had order She was possessed of a un- been spoken to him concerning her.. èerstanding that was remarkabiy It was not long before she restreny, and higoly cultivated ; and, ceived comfort from the gospel of by her death, soriety is deprived of Christ, and began to enjoy unch of one of its most valuable inembers, his pardoning love; bui she was not and this Christian church of one of withont her trials, for Mr. S. was its brightest ornamen chats.'

greatly offended by her diligent Halsted.

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aid every thing in her power to Mrs. Dando, when a child, was 80. len liis resentinent. remarkable for her sprightly disa ceeded, however, on her Chrisi ian pogilion, and retentive memory. course, in general, with much condo She was out without oceasional con- f.t; yet, at times, was greatly victions of sjn in her early youth; dejecied, on account of the body but the first serious impressions on

of sin and death ;' and a deep sense her mind which were permanent, of her spiritual poverty, sinfulness, were received when she was about and deprasiiy, sometimes reduced 21 years of age, soon after she her almost to dispair. During one married Mr. Shipway. Sbe was of thes: seasone, she happened to then persuaded by a friend, Mrs. meet with Dr. Staford's Sermo:is, B-, to accompany her to the in which the following quotation Tabernacle at Bristol, to hear Cap- from Hervey's Dialogues afforded tain Jose. She was violently pre- her unspeakable relief and satis judiced against preachers deeined factio!: -' But there is a righteousirregular, and would say, “How can ness, blessed be divine grace! spolshoemakers, weavers, and butchers less, pure, and consummately exknow the way of salvation, who cellent! a righteousness which bave nol had a l'niversity educa- answers all the Creator requires, tion ? It is impossible!' she was, and supplies all that the creature bowever, persuaded to go on

needs !' Great was the consolation Week-night, as there was then less she received on reading this passage. fear of observation. The place • Never,' said she, i did ang one bappened to be so full, that she embrace the most lovely object, could not get near enough to hear; and clasp it to their bosom with but, observing many respectable greater delight, than I was enabled, persons pressnt, some of whom she on this occasion, to embrace Christ ihought would

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in the arms of my faith, as my proached so polluted a spot, her righteousnes and strength.' prejudices were weakened, and she In Aug. 1799, she was married to attended the next Sunday morning. Mr. D. who testifies tbat her whole Being early, before tlie worship conduct, from that period, was commenced, she looked around her, uniformly axcellent, and corres. and felt a solemn awe on her mind, ponded with that which preceded me which appears to bave been the it. She abounded in every good


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