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and to add constancy to enthusiasm. worth. His absence would leave no There are the same obligations to obedi- blank; even as his presence fills no ence resting upon him as are accounted space. Let him be blotted out, and imperative by others. And the same none will say “he is gone." Let him illustrious examples of those who have remain, and none will say “he is there.” done well are before him to check indo- This is the unprofitable servant. This lence and to assure him of ultimate is the man who does nothing for religion success. But he has done nothing for and for Christ. Christ. He leaves to others to labour And for this unprofitableness he will for their Lord—to men of more earnest be punished. And let not such a man faith and less extinguishable zeal. We suppose he will escape detection. At cannot say this man is a traitor in the the day of account he will have to do camp-that is, he has formed no secret with One who can balance motive and league with the enemy. He had rather its results. There will be a moral anathe cause of Christ should prosper. He tomy at the bar of Christ. And this only says, “I pray thee have me ex- man will be rightly judged. Christ cused.” He has not renounced allegi- would build up, but he would destroy. ance to the Redeemer-that is, he has Christ would bless, but he would curse. not shaken hands with infidelity; but it “Not so,” says he. Ah! but he will is in evidence against him, that he has not help the work of the Lord—that is, taken no decided stand in this great for all he cares, these results may happen. conflict between holiness and sin. He It is well to be warned against such a would not quench the ardour of his course. The servant who is unprofitable more devoted brethren. He bows with to Christ, will be as sure to find his respect at the mention of honourable place in outer darkness as he will be deeds in the service of Christ, but he sure not to find a place in heaven. He has no hand to help when “the enemy will be as sure to be lost, as he will be cometh in like a flood.” He is not, if sure not to be saved. Let not this we may so say, the “unjust steward;" principle be questioned; but let the but he is one who, in the striking lan- consequences which it foretells be laid guage of our Lord, has “hid his talent to heart. It cannot be helped if the in a napkin.” There is not positive absence of light be darkness, if the alevil, but there is a negation of good. ternative of health be disease. Shall While all others are acting, he alone the nature of things be denied, because acts not. Good and evil are at issue, by the essential law of being we discover and he is interested in it; but he resists that the negation of life is death? "He not the one, he aids not the other. He that is not with me is against me; and is an “immoveable” on this moving he that gathereth not with me scattereth order of things. He is a nonentity, abroad." which adds nothing to beauty or to




The sunlight fell aslant upon the day, the burning rays were not yet level fragile, frame-work of a Burman zayat; enough to look too intrusively beneath but though it was some hours past mid- the low projecting eaves. Yet the day

was intensely hot, and the wearied | be distracted by anything else. While occupant of the one bamboo chair in his face was hidden by his book, and his the centre of the building, looked hag- mind intent on self-improvement, some gard and care-worn. All day long had poor passer-by might lose a last, an only he sat in that position, repeating over opportunity of hearing the words of life. and over again, as he could find listeners, To be sure, his own soul seemed very such simple truths as mothers are barren and needed refreshing ; and his accustomed to teach the infant on their body was weary-wearied well nigh to knee ; and now his head was aching, fainting, more with the dull, palsying and his heart was very heavy. He had inanity of the day's fruitless endeavours, met some scoffers, some who seemed than with anything like labour. Heavily utterly indifferent, but not one sincere beat down the hot sun, lighting up the inquirer after trnth.

amber-like brown of the thatch, as with In the middle of the day, when the a burning coal; while thickly in its sun was hottest, and scarcely a European broad rays floated a heavy golden cloud throughout all India was astir, he had of dust and motes, showing in what a received the greatest number of visitors, wretched atmosphere the delicate lungs for the passers-by were glad of a inoment's were called to labour.

Meantime, a rest and shelter from the sun. The fever-freighted breeze, which had been mats were still spread invitingly upon all the hot day sweeping the effluvia the floor ; but though persons of almost from eastern marshes, stirred the glossy every description were continually pass- leaves of the orange-tree across the way, ing and re-passing, they seemed each and parched the lip, and kindled a intent on his own business, and the crimson spot upon the wan cheek of the missionary was without a listener. He weary missionary. thought of his neglected study-table at home, of his patient fragile wife, toiling some reminder of the sort were necesthrough the numerous cares of the day sary, “God Almighty reigns; and I have alone, of the letters his friends were given myself to him, soul and body, for expecting, and which he had no time to time and for eternity. His will be write, of the last periodicals from his done!" Still, how long the day seemed ! dear native land, lying still unread; and How broad the space that blistering every little while, between the other sun had yet to travel, before its waiting, thoughts, came real pinings after a its watching, and its labouring would delicious little book of devotion, which be ended! Might he not indulge himhe had slid into his pocket in the morn- self just one moment? His hand went ing, promising it his first moment of to his pocket, and the edge of a little leisure. Then he was naturally an active book peeped forth a moment, and then, man, of quick, ardent temperament, and with a decided push, was thrust back such views of the worth of time as again. No, he would no: trifle with his earnest New England men can scarcely duty. He would be sternly, rigidly fail to gain ; and it went to his heart to faithful; and the blessing would surely lose so many precious moments. If he come in time. Yet it was with an could only do something to fill up these irrepressible yawn that he took up a tedious intervals ! But no, this was a little Burman tract prepared by himself, work to which he must not give a and saw every word as familiar as his divided mind. He was renewing a half- own name, and commenced reading tested experiment in wayside preaching, aloud. The sounds caught the ear of a and he would not suffer his attention to coarsely clad water-bearer, and she lowered the vessel from her head, and man before in other parts of the town ; seated herself afar off, just within the and had striven in various ways to shadow of the low eaves. Attracted by attract his attention, but without sucthe foreign accent of the reader, no one cess. He was evidently known, and passed without turning the head a few most probably avoided; but the child, moments to listen ; then catching at with that shy, pleased, half confiding, some word which seemed to them offen- roguish sort of smile, seemed sent as an sive, they would repeat it mockingly encouraging messenger. The missionand hasten on.

ary continued his reading with an inFinally the old water-bearer, grinning crease of earnestness and emphasis. A in angry derision till her wrinkled priest wrapped his yellow robes about visage became positively hideous, rose, him and sat down upon the steps, as slowly adjusted the earthen vessel on though for a moment's rest. Then, her head, and passed along, muttering another stranger came up boldly, and as she went, “Jesus Christ !-no Nig- with considerable ostentation seated ban !-ha, ha, ha!” The heart of the himself on the mat. He proved to be a missionary sank within him and he was philosopher, from the school then reon the point of laying down the book. cently disbanded at Prome ; and he But the shadow of another passer-by soon drew on a brisk, animated confell upon the path, and he continued a troversy. moment longer. It was a tall, dignified The missionary did not finish his day's looking man, leading by the hand a boy, work with the shutting up of the zayat. the open mirthfulness of whose bright, At night, in his closet, he remembered button-like eyes was in perfect keeping both philosopher and priest; pleaded with his dancing little feet. The stranger long and earnestly for the scoffing old was of a grave, staid demeanour, with a water-bearer; and felt a warm tear turban of aristocratic smallness, sandals stealing to his eye, as he presented the turning up at the toe, a silken robe of case of the tall stranger and the laughsomewhat subdued colours, and a snow-ing, dancing ray of sunshine at his side. white tunic of gentlemanlike length, and Day after day went by, as oppressively unusual fineness.

hot, as dusty, and bringing as many "Papa, papa !” said the boy, with a feverish winds as ever ; but the hours merry little skip, and twitching at the were less wearisome, because many little hand he was holding, “Look, look, papa! buds of hope had been fashioned, which there is Jesus Christ's man. Amai! might yet expand into perfect flowers. how shockingly white!” “ Jesus Christ's | But every day the tall stranger carried man” raised his eyes from the book the same imperturbable face past the which he could read just as well without zayat ; and every day the child made eyes, and bestowed one of his brightest some silent advance towards the friendsmiles upon the little stranger, just as ship of the missionary, bending his halfthe couple were passing beyond the shaven head, and raising his little nutcorner of the zayat, but not too late to coloured hand to his forehead, by way catch a bashfully pleased recognition. of salutation, and smiling till his round The father did not speak or turn his face dimpled all over like ripples in a head, but a ray of sunshine went down sunny pool. One day, as the pair came into the missionary's heart from those in sight, the missionary beckoned with happy little eyes; and he somehow felt his hand, and the child with a single that his hour's reading had not been bound, came to his knee. thrown away. He had remarked this “Moung-Moung !” exclaimed the father in a tone of surprise blended "Tai hlah-the !" repeated the father with anger. But the child was back involuntarily. He meant the child. again in a moment, with a gay coloured “ You have a very fine boy there, sir," Madras handkerchief wound around his said the missionary, in a tone intended head; and with his bright lips parted, to be conciliatory. The stranger turned his eyes sparkling and dancing with with a low salaam. For a moment he joy, and his face wreathed with smiles, seemed to hesitate, as though struggling he seemed the most charming thing in between his native politeness and his nature. “Tai hlah-the !” (very beauti- desire to avoid an acquaintance with ful) said the child, touching his new the proselyting foreigner. Then taking turban, and looking into his father's the hand of the little boy who was too clouded face, with the fearlessness of an proud and happy to notice his father's indulged favourite.

confusion, he hastened away.



CHAPTER 1. 1–7. 1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called i Paul, a bondsman of Jesus Christ,

to be an apostle, separated unto the a called Apostle, set apart to pub2 gospel of God, (Which he had pro- lish the Glad-tidings of God

mised afore by his prophets in the 2 which He promised of old by His 3 holy scriptures,) Concerning his Prophets in the Holy Scriptures,

Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which 3 concerning His Son (who was born was made of the seed of David of the seed of David according to according to the flesh, And de- 4 the flesh, but was marked out as clared to be the Son of God with the Son of God with mighty power, power, according to the Spirit of according to the spirit of holiness, holiness, by the resurrection from by his resurrection from the dead), the dead : By whom we have re- even Jesus Christ, our Lord and ceived grace and apostleship, for 5 Master. By whom I received

obedience to the faith among all grace and apostleship, that I might 6 nations for his name: Among declare His name among all the

whom are ye also the called of Gentiles, and bring them to the 7 Jesus Christ: To all that be in 6 obedience of faith. Among whom

Rome, beloved of God, called to be ye also are numbered, being called saints.

7 by Jesus Christ- to all God's

beloved children, called to be Christ's people, who dwell in Rome.

CHAPTER 1. 15—17, 15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready 15 Therefore, as far as in me lies, I am

to preach the gospel to you that ready to declare the Glad-tidings 16 are at Rome also. For I am not to you that are in Rome, as well as

ashamed of the gospel of Christ : 16 to others. For (even in the chief for it is the power of God unto city of the world]I am not ashamed salvation to every one that be- the Glad-tidings of Christ, see

lieveth ; to the Jew first, and also ing it is the mighty power whereby 17 to the Greek. For therein is the God brings salvation to every man

righteousness of God revealed from that has faith therein, to the Jew faith to faith: as it is written, The 17 first, and also to the Gentile. For just shall live by faith.

therein God's righteousness is revealed, a righteousness which springs from Faith, and which Faith receives—as it is written : “By faith shall the righteous live."


9 Cometh this blessedness then upon 9 Is this blessing then for the circum

the circumcision only, or upon the cised alone ? or does it not belong uncircumcision also ? for we say also to the uncircumcised ? for we

that faith was reckoned to Abraham say, “his faith was reckoned to 10 for righteousness. How was it 10 Abraham for righteousness.” How

then reckoned ? when he was in then was it reckoned to Him ? circumcision, or in uncircumcision ? when he was circumcised, or un

Not in circumcision, but in uncir- circumcised ? Not in circumcision 11 cuincision. And he received the 11 but in uncircumcision. And he

sign of circumcision, a seal of the received circumcision as an outrighteousness of the faith which ward sign of inward things, a seal he had yet being uncircumcised ; to attest the righteousness which that he might be the father of all belonged to his Faith while he was them that believe, though they be yet uncircumcised. That so he not circumcised ; that righteous- might be the father of all the

ness might be imputed unto them uncircumcised who have Faith, 12 also : And the father of circumci- whereby the righteousness of Faith

sion to them who are not of the might be reckoned to them no less circumcision only, but who also 12 than to. him ;-and the father of walk in the steps of that faith of circumcision to those [of the house

our father Abraham, which he had of Israel] who are not circumcised 13 being yet uncircumcised. For the only in the flesh, but who also

promise, that he should be the heir tread in the steps of that Faith of the world, was not to Abrahamn, which our Father Abraham had or to his seed, through the law, but 13 while yet uncircumcised. For the through the righteousness of faith. promise to Abraham and his seed

that he should inherit the land, came not by the Law, but by the righteousness of Faith.


1 What shall we say then ? Shall we 1 What shall we say then ? shall we

continue in sin, that grace may persist in sin that the gift of grace 2 abound ? God forbid. How shall may be more abundant ? God for

we, that are dead to sin, live any 2 bid. We who died to sin (when 3 longer therein ? Know ye not, we became followers of Christ), how

that so many of us as were baptized can we any longer live in sin? or

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