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jealousy over yourselves, and prove your own hearts; 6. Know ye not, if Christ is not in you ye are reprobates ?" As all the essential principles of the Christian character are clearly described in the sacred volume, appeal to it as the criterion of truth; weigh yourselves in the impartial balances of the sanctuary, Jest ye should be “ found wanting."-Besides the duty of self-examination, let me enforce an attention to that of constant self-denial. The easily besetting sins of youth and old age differ, in many respects, very materially; and because each sees in the other those which are not chargeable upon himself, he therefore draws the dangerous conclusion, that he is as free from all others. Depraved nature may differ in some features at these different periods, and yet be equally active and predominant in both. It retains its vigour even in union with the infirmities and the decrepitude of old age. There is the pride of youth, and there is the pride of old age too. The crime of prodigality, at the one period, may be exchanged for the sin of covetousness at the other. The precipitance of inexperience, may grow to peevishness and petulance. Sin possesses a kind of immortality; it never dies by disease, nor through the infirmities of old age. Though you may have arrived at “threescore years and ten,” yet “ sin may reign in your mortal body.” “Crucify the flesh, with its affections and lusts.” You must "deny yourselves, and take up your cross,” if you will 6 follow Christ.”—The frequent reading of the Sacred Scriptures, with serious meditations upon them, is of vast importance to personal religion. By placing before us in the most affecting manner the “wages of sin,” and the rewards of holiness in a present and future state of being, and by exhibiting promises and threatenings the most affecting,the Scriptures are highly calculated to excite and maintain in their vigour every sacred resolution, and every holy disposition. A close and frequent consideration of these topics is singularly adapted to promote spirituality of mind, and gradually to assimilate the soul to the image of Christ.— Prayer is another duty of indispensible necessity. It is not enough that you join in this exercise with the assemblies of the saints, nor with your domestics around your family altar; you must enter into your closets, and shut the door, and your Father who seeth in secret, will reward you openly.” This is one important means of maintaining communion with God, “renewing your spiritual strength,” and receiving from a “ Saviour's fulness, and grace for grace.” O “pray without ceasing;” and “ in all things by prayer and supplication, let your requests be made known to God.”—These duties are to be accompanied by the diligent cultivation of a graceful and cheerful frame of mind, which is highly pleasing in the sight of God, while it greatly “ adorns the doctrine of God our Saviour.”—Cold and lifeless formality is to be greatly dreaded in the performance of these duties, in the discharge of which, all your remaining energies ought to be employed; and never can they be employed more accordant with the dictates of reason, and the best interests of your immortal souls.

D. Tyerman

VANITY OF HUMAN HOPES. It is no reflection on this amiable princess, to suppose, that in her early dawn, with the dew of her youth so fresh upon her, she anticipated a long series of years, and expected to be led through successive scenes of enchantment, rising above each other in fascination and beauty. It is natural to suppose, she identified herself jealous over yourselves, and prove your own hearts ; - Knew ye not, Christ is not in you ye are reprobates? As all the essential principles of the Christian character are clearly described in the sacred volume, appeal to it as the criterion of truth; weigh yourselves in the impartial balances of the sanctuary, Test ye should be found wanting."-Besides the duty of self examination, let me enforce an attention to that of constant self-denial. The easily besetting sins of youth and old age differ, in many respects, very materially; and because each sees in the other those which are not chargeable upon himself, he therefore draws the dangerous conclusion, that he is as free from all others Depraved nature may differ in some features at thes different periods, and yet be equally active and prede minant in both. It retains its vigour even in unio with the informities and the decrepitude of old ag There is the pride of youth, and there is the pride old age too. The crime of prodigality, at the o period, may be exchanged for the sin of covetousi at the other. The precipitance of inexperience, n grow to peevishness and petulance. Sin possesse kind of immortality; it never dies by disease, through the infirmities of old age. Though you I have arrived at “threescore years and ten," yet may reign in your mortal body.” “Crucify the il with its affections and lusts." You must "deny y selves, and take up your cross," if you will fo Christ.—The frequent reading of the Sacred S tures, with serious meditations upon them, is of importance to personal religion. By placing befor in the most affecting manner the “wages of sin,

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with this great nation, which she was born to govern; and that while she contemplated its pre-eminent lustre in arts and in arms, its commerce encircling the globe, its colonies diffused through both hemispheres, and the beneficial effects of its institutions, extending to the whole earth, she considered them as so many component parts of her grandeur. Her heart, we may well conceive, would often be ruffled with emotions of trembling ecstacy, when she reflected, that it was her province to live entirely for others—to compose the felicity of a great people to move in a sphere, which would afford scope for the exercise of philanthropy the most enlarged, of wisdom the most enlightened; and that, while others are doomed to pass through the world in obscurity, she was to supply the materials of history, and to impart that impulse to society, which was to decide the doom of future generations. Fired with the ambition of equalling, or surpassing, the most distinguished of her predecessors, she probably did not despair of reviving the remembrance of the brightest parts of history, and of once more attaching the epoch of British glory to the annals of a female reign. It is needless to add, that the nation went with her, and probably out-stripped her in these delightful anticipations. We fondly hoped, that a life so inestimable, would be protracted to a distant period; and that, after diffusing the blessings of a just and enlightened admi. nistration, and being surrounded by a numerous pro geny, she would gradually, in a good old age, sink under the horizon, amidst the embraces of her family, and the benedictions of her country. But, alas! these delightful visions are fled: and what do we behold in their room, but the funereal pall and shroud, a palace in mourning, a nation in tears, and the shadow of death settled over both like a cloud! O, the unspeakable vanity of human hopes! The incurable blindness of

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