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may carry up to Heaven tidings of a contrite soul saved from the company of sinners !”
16. The young man, with much effort, advanced to the bedside and at last found voice to say, “ Father-I am not without the affections of nature and I hurried home as soo as I heard that the minister had been seen riding towards our house. I hope that you will yet recover—and if I have ever made you unhappy, I ask your forgiveness—for though I may not think as you do on matters of religion, I have a human heart. Father! I may have been unkind, but I am not cruel. I ask your forgiveness.”
17. “ Come nearer to me, William; kneel down by the bedside, and let my hand find the head of my beloved son—for blindness is coming fast upon me. Thou wert my first-born, and thou art my only living son. All thy brothers and sisters are lying in the churchyard, beside her whose sweet face thine own, William, did once so much resemble. Long wert thou the joy, the pride of my soul, ay, too much the pride, for there was not in all the parish such a man, such a son as my own William. If thy heart has since been changed, God may inspire it again with right thoughts. Could I die for thy sake --could I purchase thy salvation with the out pouring of thy father's blood-but this the son of God has done for thee, who hast denied him! I have sorely wept for thee-ay William, when there was none near me-even as David wept for Absalom-for thee, my son, my son!”
18. A long deep groan was the only reply; but the whole body of the kneeling man was convulscd ; and it was easy to see his sufferings, his contrition, his remorse, and his despair. The Pastor said with a sterner voice and austerer countenance than were natural to him, “Know you whose hand is now lying on your rebellious head ? But what signifies the word father to him who has denied God, the Father of us all ?” “Oh! press him not so hardly,” said the weeping wife, coming forward from a dark corner of the room, where she had tried to conceal herself in grief, fear, and shame; “Spare, oh !
spare my husband — he has ever been kind to me ;” and with that, she knelt down beside him, with her long, soft, white arms mournfully and affectionately laid across his neck. thou, likewise, my sweet little Jamie,” said the elder, “ go eren out of my bosom and kneel down beside thy father and thy mother, so that I may bless you all at once and with one yearning prayer.” The child did as that solemn voice commanded, and knelt down somewhat timidly by his father's side ; nor did that unhappy man decline encircling with his arm the child too much neglected, but still dear to him as his own blood, in spite of the deadening and debasing influences of infidelity.
19. “ Put the Word of God into the hands of my son, and let him read aloud to his dying father the 25th, 26th, and 27th verses of the eleventh chapter of the Gospel according to St. John.” The Pastor went up to the kneelers, and, with a voice of pity, condolence, and pardon, said, “ There was a time, William, when none could read the Scriptures better than couldst thou can it be that the son of my friend hath forgotten the lessons of his youth ?” He had not forgotten them — there was no need for the repentant sinner to lift up his eyes from the bedside. The sacred stream of the Gospel had worn a channel in his heart, and the waters were again flowing. With a choked voice, he said, “ Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this ? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world."
20. “That is not an unbeliever's voice,” said the dying man triumphantly; “nor, William, hast thou an unbeliever's heart. Say that thou believest in what thou hast now read, and thy father will die happy !”—“I do believe; and as thou forgivest me, so may I be forgiven by my Father who is in Heaven.”
21. The Elder scemed like a man suddenly inspired with a new life. His faded eyes kindled—his pale cheeks glowed
- his palsied hands seemed to wax strong and his voice was clear as that of manhood in its prime. “ Into thine hands, O God, I commend my spirit !” - And so saying, he gently - sank back on his pillow, and I thought I heard a sigh. There was then a long deep silence, and the father and mother and child rose from their knees. The eyes of us all were turned towards the white placid face of the figure now stretched in everlasting rest ; and without lamentations, save the silent lamentations of the resigned soul, we stood around the Deathbed of the Elder.
LESSON 173.- Original. 467. Record
your Reminiscences of some absent Friend or Relative, in which the following particulars are neatly developed :
468.-1. A description of his personal appearance, size, gait, deportment.
2. Observations on his pronunciation and general mode of expression.
3. Notice any of his sayings or maxims remarkable for their acuteness, truthfulness, pungency, or wit.
4. The more remarkable qualities of his mind, and educational training
5. His plan of life, how sustained.
6. Any actions deserving of especial notice, and their tendency.
7. A contrast. Conclusion.
LESSON 174.-Original. 469. Record your Reminiscences of some Popular Preacher on the following points:
470.–1. State his personal appearance in the pulpit.
3. His particular choice of subjects,—the arrangement and division adopted in his discourses—structure of sentences.
4. His sentiments, whether evangelical or otherwise.
5. His power of reasoning, - his mode of illustration, whether by the use of figurative language, historical illusions, or pertinent proofs from Scripture.
6. The effects produced on his audience.
LESSON 175.-Original. 471. Record your Reminiscences of some Political Speaker on the following points:
472.-1. State his general appearance, and mode of securing the attention of the audience.
2. His style of delivery, accent, and gestures.
3. The nature of the Topics on which he more generally dwells, whether Tory, Whig, or Radical,- local or general,– commercial or agricultural, - religious or indifferent.
4. His mode of reasoning, --clear or confused, cogent, or irregular. Adduce instances.
5. Power of illustration, – striking or feeble, -refined or vulgar. Adduce instances.
6. The effects on his hearers—proofs of this.
LESSON 176.- Original. 473. Adduce your Reminiscences of an eminent Lecturer on Astronomy or Mechanical Philosophy, on the following points :-
474.-1. Notice his introductory addrese, recommendatory of his subject.
? Describe his diagrams, apparatus, &c. 3. Notice the order in which he introduced the various parts
of his subject.
4. Adduce the leading arguments and illustrations confirma tory of his particular views.
5. State the effect produced on your own mind.
LESSON 177.- Original. 475. Adduce your Reminiscences of Town-Life. 476.–1. State the general habits of Men of business. 2. Mention some traits which you admire - others which
3. Describe the different kinds of innocent amusements to be found.
4. Mention an anecdote illustrative of evening parties. 5. Your opinion of town-life.
LESSON 178.-Original. 477. Adduce
Reminiscences of Rural Life. 478.-1. Describe the condition and cottages of the labouring classes.
2. Describe the out-door employments, as sheep-shearing, hay-making, harvesting, &c.
3. Describe the Farmers and neighbouring Gentry, as Landlords or Masters, -as men of intelligence, morality, philanthropical exertions, &c.
4. Describe the in-door employments of the labouring classes.
5. Describe the winter-evening pastimes or enjoyments. 6. Anecdotes illustrative of country life.
479. A Description of this kind is not intended to deprecate any vice, but, by delineating the foibles,