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whom alone you repair; and the Portion of your inheritance' throughout eternity, in Whom alone is all your salvation, and all

your desire.

Oh that you may always be enabled by the Holy Spirit to say, truly and from the heart, like the Psalmist, “God is the Rock of my heart (margin), and my Portion for ever.Your “portion,” that which is assigned to you; given to be your own; your property and your possession. Thou art God's portioner as a Believer in Jesus, and in Him He gives thee a tenfold portion of blessing, Himself as your Father.

His Providence as your DeHis Son as your Brother.

fence. His Spirit as your Comforter. His Heaven as your Home, His Love as your Banner.

and
His Promise as your Pledge. His Eternity as the duration
His Oath as your Security.

of
your

existence. His Word as your Guide.

This “Portion” is given in Christ Jesus the Saviour, and is enjoyed through the Holy Spirit by union with Him, in tenfold fulness, as a present portion—a free portion—a full portion—a rich portion-a suitable portion-an incorruptible portion-an indestructible portion--an inexhaustible portion—a joyous portion —and an eternal portion.

It is a "portion” of life, of love, of pardon, of peace, of power, of wisdom, of holiness, of honour, of joy, and of glory.

This “portion” is given from heaven, to lead to heaven, and to be fully enjoyed in heaven.

It is a “portion" earned not by our labour, nor deserved by our merit, but freely bestowed through the righteous life and the meritorious death of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is emphatically and appropriately called “The Lord our Righteousness (Jer. xxiii. 6).

This blessed Saviour is “THE HEIR OF ALL THINGS(Heb. i. 2). and He asks you to become “ a JOINT HEIR with Himself (Rom. viii. 17), that you may share with Him in

1st. His heavenly Life to quicken you. 2nd. His heavenly Light to direct you. 3rd. His heavenly Wisdom to counsel you. 4th. His heavenly Power to aid you. 5th. His heavenly Grace to sanctify you. 6th. His heavenly Bread to feed you. 7th. His heavenly Joy to cheer you. 8th. His heavenly Robes to clothe you. 9th. His heavenly Angels to attend you. 10th. His heavenly Glory to crown you.

Accept my best wishes for your constant enjoyment of all the fulness that is in Jesus. Tenfold blessings from the God of blessing, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be your portion in Time and in Eternity! Your affectionate friend,

JOHN STEVENSON,

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HE greater part of those who have written on, or
who are practising the art of education, seem to
forget that it consists of two great and entirely
distinct, though closely allied principles. First,
the moral training; secondly, the religious train-

ing. And the more any one will enter into the
minutiæ of education, the more will he perceive and acknowledge,
this. It is not enough, as many have thought, and consequently
practised, to try and lead a child by inculcating sound gospel
doctrines; or by the law of love as revealed in Holy Scripture; or
by the light of conscience as regulated by the word of God. This
is the religious training ; and though needful, yea, indispensable
in the education of the young, still not enough. For, till the heart
be really changed and born anew by the Spirit of God, though
the child have all knowledge of the soundest creeds, yet he cannot
obey the law of God as his law; nor till this change can he love
God as his Father in Christ, because he knows Him not; nor
again, till then can his conscience guide him aright, because the
conscience, like every other faculty in man, was debased at the
fall. Something more, then, is required to “train up a child
in the way he should go ;" and that something is, we imagine, the
training, the strengthening, the purifying, the enlightening of his
moral nature.

It is almost impossible to name all the points that this must include, they are so numerous; as embracing almost every passion, every desire, every faculty, every attribute of the human mind. But we will name some, as of the most importance, and as being in the present day much overlooked. As the first, because of its great importance, we would speak of

Reverence in word, in look, in manner, in demeanour. Reverence not only to God, and to every thing sacred,-as His name, His word, His house, His day, but also to all to whom “honour is due;" to those who are in authority, whether public or private,—the sovereign, and ministers, whether of Church or State, parents, teachers, and to all elders. This is perhaps, in general, less thought of than any branch of education. And yet, without reverence, how can any one of the "powers that be of God” hold their proper place in the mind of a child ? Will he who is used to hear the name of God as a familiar sound, "give the honour due unto His name?”. Some, with the most anxious desires after the spiritual welfare of their children, have caused them to think and feel lightly on the subject of religion by speaking of it too familiarly. A very young child may be spoken to on the subject of religion; but let it be done with reverence and devotion, both of look and manner and word. Most right is it

reverence.

that a young child should be led to pray aloud, and by its mother; but should not that mother be also with it on her knees, or certainly in a reverential posture, instead of, as is too often the case (and that too where no ill health can be urged as an excuse), reclining on her bed? One great cause for the deficiency in reverence from the young towards their elders, we think

may

be attributed to the habit of making the drawing-room, and even the dining-room, into a kind of nursery for children at a very early age; and the encouraging them to give their opinion on persons and things, and to hear their elders and persons in authority commented on and blamed, so that the habit of respect is destroyed. It would be sad indeed to go back to those times when a child trembled at his parent's presence, and dared not take a seat before him; but the world has fallen into an opposite extreme, and before children “can discern between their right hand and their left," they are often made not merely guests but familiar at their parents' dining-table. These are common topics on which to comment; but while education is made up of little things, a writer on it must not abstain from dwelling on such. And, perhaps, one of the greatest faults in education is that of “ despising the day of small things.”

The next point in the moral training of childhood is that of obedience,--prompt and ready obedience; because the command has been given, and not merely because it is reasonable. Obedience as implicit as that of the centurion's servant should be almost the first principle inculcated on all children, and at the very earliest age. “Go," and they should come,

" and they should come ; do this,” and they should do it. It is comparatively easy to form habits of obedience even in almost an infant. It is the hardest of all tasks to cure a habit of disobedience at any age. But how frequently are parents seen to be thoughtless or careless about enforcing strict obedience from their very young children, while they will be very jealous for their authority over the elder ones who are advancing towards man's estate; and thus they will often be found to exert an almost unlimited authority at the very age when, by the laws of nature, that authority should be exchanged for the equality of friendship.

If parents would study diligently the Bible statements with regard to the obedience that is due from children towards those in authority, they would see the imperative duty of enforcing it, as part-and a principal part—of the training "up of a child in the way he should go.”

We now turn to another point, viz., self-control, including under it the command of temper and of feeling, at least as far as the outward expression of it. Why is it that it is a common complaint against the pious that they have no government over their tempers or tongues when under excitement ? Certainly this is occasioned by the want of a habit of self-control in youth; for though none will deny that the Spirit of God can alone make men really meek and humble, yet every one who has any knowledge of human nature must acknowledge that by a proper discipline in youth, united to a thorough resolution of amendment, even the worst tempers have been to a great degree overcome.

Then let self-discipline be taught in youth, not merely as a part of religion, but as belonging to the self-respect that is due to ourselves.

Care also should be taken to repress in children any exaggerated or over-violent expression of feeling on any subject. A calm and composed manner should be taught. Even in the youngest child the expression of warmth of temper should be controlled and restrained ; and this, not by punishment at the moment when the temper is excited, but by the calming and quieting influence of solitude, which is often the best correction.

The imagination of youth should also be brought under control, otherwise in many it will run riot as life advances. Many children, and indeed many grown-up persons, who are accused of a habit of speaking falsely, do it, not from any real deficiency in the moral principle of truth, but from an uncontrolled imagination. How many are accused of misrepresentation, or adding to facts in the repetition of a story or event, who have done this most unintentionally! The vivid imagination gave a false colouring as the fact was received, and in its repetition the picture imaged on the brain was portrayed, instead of the facts as stated.

Enough then has been written on these three great points of moral discipline in the education of youth; namely, on reverence, obedience, and self-control : but surely not too much when their great importance is considered. It is this moral training that is as the foundation of the building on which the superstructure of religion is to be raised. And though none can deny that the highest and holiest truths may and should be imparted very early in life; yet, unless a solid foundation be laid still earlier, or, at any rate, at the same time, the building, however beautiful and costly in its materials, will be swept away by the stormy blasts of temptation, like the house that was builded on the sand.

We would conclude with a few words addressed to Christian mothers : for it is from them that we must, for the most part, expect the training up of the children in the way of piety. Blessed is their lot! Most highly blessed! They have a possession that is far above rubies in the love of their children, which is theirs by nature as well as by rearing up. Let them cherish this love. Let them use it as an instrument for their children's eternal welfare. Let them lead them up from it to God. Thousands of sons and thousands of daughters, who have lived for years in the pursuits of sin and worldliness, and then have turned afterwards to God, have traced back the good seed as sown by a mother's voice, watered by a mother's tears, and placed in security by a mother's prayers. Let then the Christian mother sow the seed

early. Let her think on the youthful Samuel, who was dedicated to the service of the Lord from his very infancy. Let her remember that not only is she, as a Christian, to be “lifted up as an ensign," but that she and the children whom God hath given her, are to be as signs and tokens of what God will do in the use of means. Let her remember that none of the means of grace can be begun too early. We read that when the hardened king of Egypt, terrified by the judgments of God, would have let the men of Israel go to worship, but wished still to retain the children, the servant of the Lord said, “We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters” (Exod. x. 9). Under the Jewish dispensation it was specially commanded that the children should be admitted into the covenant of circumcision at the earliest age; and no less under the gospel did the Saviour say, “ Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God.” Can anything be a strouger encouragement to mothers to begin the work early? to sow the seed while the heart is in a great measure unoccupied and void ? We say not but that in the youngest there will be natural sin; but there is not the sin of worldliness, there is not the contaminating influence of evil example and evil habits to contend with. The heart has not grown hard and callous ; therefore let them "sow beside all waters,” but especially beside the still waters of infancy and childhood.

A MOTHER TO HER SON ON HIS WEDDING-DAY.

will come,

HESE tears will fall and sighs

Though I have tried for other's

sake To keep them back, and held my

breath Until I thought my heart would

break : But I am thinking of a lad, Of books and ball, of blocks and

play, And then a man with virtues rare,

And now of this his wedding-day.
He's leaving father, mother, home,

And it may ill become the one
Who reared the boy and taught him

well
To speak with rapture of her son.
But ere he leaves the well-loved

hearth, Or quits the old accustomed seat, Where we so oft, around the board, His manly form were wont to meet;

It seems but right that I, whose cup

Is running o'er with joys so rare,
Whose path through life has been so

full
Of richest loves and tenderest care,
Should speak with pride of this dear

one,
Who always nobly did his part ;
Whose thoughtful mind and willing

hands
Were lent to cheer his mother's

beart.
And we shall miss him, oh! so much,
Each day and hour from morn till

night;
We'll miss the dear familiar face,
The kindly

eye and smile so
bright;-
But let the merry throng go on,
And fill with mirth the dear old

home,
My proudest thought will ever be,

He is my boy, where'er he roam.

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