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FRIENDLY VISITOR:

PUBLISHED IN

MONTHLY NUMBERS,

DURING THE YEAR

1846.

BY

WILLIAM CARUS WILSON, M. A.

RECTOR OF WHITTING TOX,
AND PERPETUAL CURATE OF OASTERTON,

VOL. XXVIII.

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PAGE Meditations for March

48 April..

64 May

80 June..

96 July

112 August.

128 September

144 October

160 November

176 December

204 Memoir of Old Crook

65 Missionary Legacy.

186 Molly Gay

33—49 Mother's Faith and Love

43 Parents of Sunday-schools (To)

41 Persecutions at Dingle

14 Poor Cottager's Death

161 Poor may do good

12 Praying Mother

145 Prospects of a Convert

14 Prosperity....

59 Rainy Sundays

71 Remarkable Conversion of a Sailor

76 Responsibility of Parents

84 Rona Lighthouse....

92 Sabbath Morning Meditation

69 Sinner's Condition.

11 Spade Husbandry

200 Support in Death

168 Suttee in the Upper Provinces..

108 “Take with you words, and turn unto the Lord"

8 Temperance."

63—79—95-111-127—143—158–175 That Time will come

193 “ The Devil helped me'' Thomas Murray

129 Thoughts on Faith

163 True Account of a Dying Scene

2 True Happiness

81 Various Members of a Family may be useful

15 Warning to the Young

86 Watermen employed on the River Severn and the Worcester and Birmingham Canal

27 Widow's Mite..

31 Word to the Weary

73 Wreck of the “Great Liverpool

90 POETRY: Hymn ...

15 | Intended Visit to a Parishioner 93 Cónsolations 16 Eternity

108 It is I, be not afraid” 32 Praise

109 Christian Union

60 | Thoughts on the Sabbath Chimes 124 Where is Rest?

61 The Wonderful Axe, (from the The Poor Man to the Discon- Olney Hymns)

141 tented Rich..

77 | The End of the World. Jacob

77 The Contrast Ezekiel vi. 16..

92 | The Song of Simeon

141 153 202

FRIENDLY VISITOR.

No. 328.

JANUARY, 1846.

VOL. 28.

GLAD TIDINGS.

Come with me to the garden of Eden. Look back to the hour which succeeded man's apostacy. See the golden chain which bound man to God, and God to man, sundered, apparently forever, and this wretched world, groaning under the weight of human guilt, and its Maker's curse, sinking down, far down into a bottomless abyss of misery and despair. See that awful Being who is a consuming fire, encircling it on every side, and wrapping it, as it were, in an atmosphere of fame. Hear from his lips the tremendous sentence, “Man has sinned, and man' must die.” See the king of terrors advancing with gigantic strides to execute the awful sentence, the grave expanding her jaws to receive whatever might fall before his wide wasting scythe, and hell beneath, yawning dreadful to engulf forever its guilty, helpless, despairing victims. Such was the situation of our ruined race after the apostacy. Endeavour, if you can, to realize its horrors. Endeavour to forget, for a moment, that you ever heard of Christ or his Gospel. View yourselves as immortal beings hastening to eternity, with the curse of God's broken law, like a flaming sword pursuing you; death, with his dart dipped in mortal poison, awaiting you; a dark cloud, fraught with the lightnings of divine vengeance rolling over your heads; your feet standing in slippery places, in darkness; and the bottomless pit beneath expecting your fall. Then, when not only all hope, but all possibility of escape seemed taken away, suppose the flaming sword suddenly quenched, the sting of death extracted, the sun of righteousness bursting forth and painting a rainbow on the before threatening cloud, a golden ladder let down from the opening gates of heaven, while a choir of angels, swiftly descending, exclaim, “Behold we bring

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