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this while there is something reigning in those hearts ; there is a throne set up there, and so long as this something or somebody is there. It is, perhaps, their schoolfellows, or their brothers and sisters; I do not know what it is; but there is no room for God; God cannot be there, God cannot be there. You must love the world less, your companions less, your little brothers and sisters less, or you not be in the kingdom of God. A little child's heart is full--full of something else besides God. Oh love

the world less, and love Jesus more ; love your companions e lare less, and

your
Bible more.

Give God a place in your feelCherde ings, in your love, on the throne of your hearts, then shall

you be within, instead of being as you are now, not far

from the kingdom of God. Now here is a question for oling you; I do not want you to answer it now to me.

I want you to answer it to your teacher, who will put it to you next Sunday. Why is the heart of the sinner like the inn at Bethlehem? Why is the heart of the sinner like the inn at Bethlehem ? I want you to answer this next Lord's-day, in order to bring to your remembrance what I have now been saying. Why is it these children are all standing on the borders of the kingdom of God ? Because their hearts are too full.

2. There is another reason. There is a little girl, and her teacher has been telling her to give her heart to God;

but she says, “Not now, teacher, I'll do it to-morrow, I'll op bie do it bye and bye; if I were to do it my

school-fellows would laugh at me, and I am afraid I should fall back, and I should not like to do that ; I'll do it bye and bye. Serve God bye and bye; give myself to Jesus bye and bye. dare say all of you live not very

far from some church-yard. Now, pay a visit to that church-yard, read the inscriptions on the stones; you will see,—To the memory of James soand-so, aged five years;

of John so-and-so, aged five years and four months; to William so-and-so, aged six years. There are children lying there that are younger than you. Lay down side by side with the grave, and you will find them in some cases shorter than you. Younger than the youngest child here to-day; shorter than the shortest child here to-day. If these dear little children die, who can tell

you may die too, and while you are standing on the borders, and putting off till to-morrow, going into the kingdom. Oh give yourselves to God to-day; give yourselves to Him now.

Remember he has said I love them that love me, and those that seek me early shall find me.

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3. There is another reason, and to explain this I will tell you a conversation a white man and a black man had together the were both members of the same church. They were sitting next to each other (for the gospel, you know, knows no distinction of colour, every one who receives the gospel is a Christian ;) the white man had been added to the church a Sundar before, the black man had been a member of the same church for more than twelve months. The black man said to the white man, "What was it first made you think about religion? The white man told him it was a sermon he had heard about two years ago. “That sermon,' said the black man, that same sermon it was that led me to Christ. “But how was it, brother, that you were so long in becoming a member of the church? I have been a member more than a year.' White Man.-'Oh I did not become decided till about a month ago. Black Man.—But I became decided when I first heard it. The white man could not tell him how it was, so at last the black man said, “I'll tell you how it was; you and I were going along a road, and we met a great prince, and he said to me and to you— Will you be may servants and wear my livery? The way was this you look at yourself, at your arms, at your legs, and your whole body, and you say—I have got some clothes, I am not quite naked; I can go for a few months longer, perhaps then I will be your servant. The prince then puts the same question to me, and I look at myself, at my arms, at my legs, and my whole body, and I find I have nothing to wear at all, and I say to the Prince—me will and me take his livery, and me become his servant. You go on, and bye and bye the rain comes, and the cold comes, and the heat comes, and then you find you are not protected from any of them, and then you run after the Prince and tell him you will be his servant and wear his livery.'

And it is just in this way that some little boys and girls
think I am not so naked as the Bible tells me I am. I do
not like to take the gospel; if I could keep my own feel-
ings too, I would take it directly; I do not like to cast
aside what is called the rags of my own righteousness.
Ah! and while children here in Britain are waiting because
they are not bad enough to take the gospel, there are
thousands of little black children who are glad to take it,
and while they are entering into the kingdom of God, I
fear
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will be thrust out.
Remember this then, go home to-day, and from this

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time forward seek to please God, seek to please him by
taking Jesus as your Saviour; do as his word tells you to
do; come out of the kingdom of darkness where you now
are, and enter into the kingdom of God. May God grant
it, and may he bless us all, teachers and scholars, so that
Jesus Christ shall come e-and how much larger a company
of us will there be there -we may all hear him say to us,
Come

ye
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my Father, enter thou into the kingdom prepared for you from before the foundation of the world. May God add his blessing.Amen.

Poetry.

THE POOR BOY'S DEATH-BED.
Tread softly!—bow the head That pavement, damp and cold,
In reverend silence bow !

No whispering courtiers tread;
No passing bell doth toll,

One silent woman stands,
Yet an immortal soul

Clasping, with pale thin hands,
Is passing now.

A dying head.
Stranger ! how great soe’er,

No busy murmurs sound;
With lowly reverence bow !

A poor boy's wail alone-
There's one in that poor shed, A sob suppressed-again
One by that wretched bed, That short deep gasp--and then
Greater than thou.

The parting groan.
Beneath that pauper's roof,

O change, oh, wondrous change!
Lo! Death doth trust his state Burst are the prison bars !
Enter-no crowds attend;

This moment there so low
Enter-no guards defend

In mortal pangs—and now
This palace-gate.

Beyond the stars !
O change! stupendous change!
There lies the senseless clod;
The soul from bondage breaks,
The new immortal wakes-
Wakes with his God.

AMERICAN CORRESPONDENT.

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LITTLE ANN; or FAMILIAR CONVERSATIONS UPON INTERESTING SUBJECTS,

Between a Child and her parents. 18mo. pp. 108; cloth, sewed. Tract
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This small work contains a large amount of practical wisdom, illustrated with forty-seven beautiful wood engravings; and we can scarcely conceive of a more suitable book as a present for children; inculcating, in a pleasing style, many of the doctrines of God our Saviour.

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THEODOXA, A TREATISE ON DIVINE PRAISE. Snow. We are sorry that our limits will not allow us to do justice to this very intelligent and devout work. The Rev. Mr. Rowton, its author, shows what divine praise is,—that it is the duty of all intelligences-that it is the chief employment

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THE DIVINE WARNING TO THE CHURCH. Hatchard. This is a fifth of November sermon. We regret exceedingly to find on its titlepage the honoured name of Mr. Bickersteth. It contains much that is good; but, as a whole, it is a very weak, bigotted, and furious affair. With all respect to its author, we must assure him, that such productions as this one tend to the increase of Popery.

THE BAPTIST CHILDREN'S MAGAZINE, for 1842. Sherwood. We last year commended this periodical to our young friends in the Baptist Denomination. We now renew our recommendation, and do it cordially. The pictures are numerous, and the articles are good. It is certainly one of the best of our penny periodicals. The profits, which are considerable, are devoted to the diffusion of religious literature.

The Path To The Busu. By the Rev. J. A. JAMES. Hamilton. Here we have one of the most affecting incidents we ever knew narrated, and improved in Mr. James' best style. Our expectation and our hope is, that this pocket companion of forty-eight pages, will be as popular as any other of our dear friend's useful works.

THE LIFE OF SAMUEL M. ARCHER. Another very interesting example of early piety. We are happy to find it among the various works which Mr. Morris, of Bungay, is now offering to the public at prices so remarkably low. May we advise our friends, when ordering books from that depot, to get some copies of this piece of juvenile biography. It would do exceedingly well to be read in our higher Sunday school classes.

SUNDAY SCHOOLS AND MISSIONS. Snow. Our excellent friends, T. and J. Thompson, who have done so much to enlist the young in the glorious missionary enterprize, have in this pamphlet given a condensed statement of their efforts, and their success. It is a most interesting publication; and if every school would circulate it among the classes, much good would be obtained, and much good would be effected.

The INTERCOMMUNITY OF CHURches. By R. W. HAMILTON. Jackson. After both hearing and reading this sermon, we are bound to say it is most eloquent. In these days of theological division and strife it is quite refreshing to feel the holy union of heart which this sermon recommends, exhibits, and promotes. Though it emanates from the Independent body it is truly worthy of the notice and adoption of every section of Christ's church.

CHRISTIAN HAPPINESS. By Rev. E. MANNERING. Snow. The only true happiness is Christian happiness. This is shown in the admirable volume before us. It is viewed in its relation to man, families, and churches. Oh, that every man, every family, and every church would read and imbibe the

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