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will have their due share in forming and controlling character. No reader will rise up from perusing a single Number of our Magazine, precisely the same person that he was when he cut open its leaves, and began to glance over its pages. He will have altered for good or for evil.
For good or for evil! It is this which makes us tremble as we write. "We are influencing for weal or for woe, the thousands of dear young people who eagerly await our monthly visit. They will either have their Christian principles strengthened anew, and their Christian course accelerated by the "stirring remembrances" of which an apostle speaks, or they will have emotions awakened that are allowed to die away without leading them to "newness of life," and will thus render our loving labour part of that indurating process by which the unconverted are gradually placing themselves in a hopeless spiritual condition. So far as we set forth the salvation of Christ, are we, whether through the pulpit or through the press, a savour of death, or a savour of life.
And the good or the evil thus produced, will have a reproductive power. Good and evil are like the fruit tree of Genesis, "whose seed was in itself." They will go on making more good and evil. So that if we do our readers good by our humble Magazine, we shall, some how or other, do posterity good to the very end of time. What is written will remain: not in the library, but upon the heart; not as acknowledged by antiquarian book collectors, but as unconsciously experienced by the fathers and mothers of other generations. The man of science tells us that, when we speak we disturb the air, not for a few yards only, but all around the globe! This is, we believe, as true of mind as of matter. What an instructive history would be the history of a single word! Spoken in due season, oh, how good would it prove to be.
We desire that such thoughts as these to which our pen now gives expression may ever be in our mind when we write for the young. We desire, also, that our contributors may derive from them many holy and earnest impulses. And we believe that their co-operation does show that they are one with us in this particular sympathy. Our Magazine does, we humbly believe, exhibit a high ground of Christian action, the laying down of unselfish principles, and the tracing of all true impulses to the love of Christ. We heartily rejoice that this is so, and we cordially thank our coadjutors for their successful realization of the truest moral aim.
To all who write, we earnestly say, Eemember, what is written remains. Your pen is not at rest when you have replaced it in the inkstand; it is still writing, in golden characters, or in fiery symbols, on the destinies of the many years to come!
To all who read, we as earnestly say, Eemember what is perused remains. You may read carelessly, yet how know you but some little word shall bury itself, like a seed in your mind, and by and by shall have a harvest of rich blessing, or, by your perversion of its influence, of luxuriant mischief? Take care what you read and how you read.
To all our friends, we venture to say, If you judge our Magazine calculated to benefit youth, promote its circulation, and thereby aid to banish from our literature the reading which is distilling deadly poison into many a youthful heart. Remember, what is written, and what is read, remains.
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