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But there is a yoke which it is good light. When you the parental for a man to bear—that it is good for power, you behold the image of the him to bear it in youth will probably be shown in a subsequent paper. But the yoke of yokes is the law The yoke especially intended by the of the gospel. How beautifully did prophet is the religious discipline of the Saviour refer to it when he said, early and sanctified affliction. It "Take my yoke upon you, and learn would not perhaps be easy to convince of me; for I am meek and lowly in some of you who are at present in the heart, and ye shall find rest unto your flush and bloom of early manhood souls. For my yoke is easy, and my that this is a yoke to be commended. burden is light." This yoke is threeAnd yet thousands even at your age fold,-consisting of truths to be behave found it so, and have blessed the lieved, precepts to be obeyed, and a wise but invisible hand that imposed profession to be made. it on them. It sobered down their And why is it denominated a yoke? sanguine expectations-corrected their Surely, not because it is "grievous views of the world—imparted a useful and heavy to be borne.' "For," saith knowledge of themselves-chastened Jesus, "my yoke is easy; "it is so and improved their tempers-and, easy that had not he himself given to above all, was the means of inducing it the name of a yoke, his disciples them to say, "I will arise, and go would never have thought of doing unto my Father." so-so easy that lisping infancy and infirm old age can alike wear it; for it is lined with love, and the hand that imposes it sustains and makes it light-so easy that were we never disposed to sin we should feel it to be a yoke-so easy that the Christian pronounces it to be perfect freedom, and the blest above delight to wear it. The only sense in which the religion of the gospel can be regarded as a yoke, is the same as that in which the

And what wise son will not think with gratitude of the yoke of parental authority? There is reason to fear that, from a variety of causes, parental authority was never more relaxed or disregarded than in the present day. My young friends, I need not remind you, that a child cannot cast off his filial obligations, nor manifest impatience at the salutary restraints of parental authority, without incurring the certain displeasure of Him who laws of the land are felt to be a yoke instituted the family compact. You by the dishonest and abandoned—it know who it is concerning whom the lays a restraint on our depravity-it evangelist records that in his youth will not allow us to harm ourselves, he was subject to his parents. You to inflict an eternal injury on know who it is that hath not merely nature for the sake of a present mocommanded us to honour our parents, mentary gratification-it brings us but hath sent that precept to every under the law of love, and bestows on youth linked with a golden promise. us the grace which enables us cordially You remember how He himself not to delight in it. This is liberty :— only assumes the title of Father, but "A liberty, which persecution, fraud, glories in it. "What great respect Oppression, prisons, have no power to bind;

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must be due from us to that character, which the Supreme Nature has chosen to be the representative of his own! The authority of a father can be seen in no fairer view than by this reflected

'Tis liberty of heart derived from heaven, Bought with His blood, who gave it to mankind,

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A memory clings to every steep
Of long enduring faith;

And the sounding streams glad record keep, to our young men?
Of courage unto death.

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And while the song of praise ascends,
And while the torrent's voice
Like the swell of many an organ blends,
Then let thy soul rejoice!

Rejoice, that human hearts, through scorn,
Through grief, through death, made strong,
Before the rocks and heavens have borne
Witness of God so long.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Go, when the sabbath bell is heard
Up through the wilds to float;

When the dark old woods and caves are science is accusing them-the sleepless

stirr'd

To gladness, by the note;

When forth, along their thousand rills,
The mountain people come,
Join thou their worship on those hills
Of glorious martyrdom!

nights they spend from bodily or mental disease (would that before God they were all troubled in conscience)-can I with any pretension to piety suffer them to go on in their downward course, and finally perish, without an effort to save them from present and endless misery? Can I contemplate the host of young men of virtuous character, coming up to this vast metropolis, unacquainted with the whirlpool of iniquity in its centre, which in its mighty vortex has entombed thousands of once strong young men ;-I say, can I think of their danger without lifting the loud and the long cry, by every thing that they value, as to personal or social blessedness, as to present or future peace and joy, to flee from every appearance of evil, and not even for a moment to give heed to the wily tempter, who says, "Hath God said, thou shalt not eat of it?" and adds with his fiendish subtilty, MR. EDITOR, DESIGNED as Young" Ye shall not surely die, but shall be as Men's Societies are to bless the world, and Gods, knowing good and evil?" Ah, young to unite the young men of piety of all lands man, whoever thou art, who hast been caught in love and Christian effort, I rejoice ex-in his snares, or art at this moment under ceedingly in seeing in London, the metro- temptation to do evil, arise, flee for thy life. polis of Britain, and of the world, a society Behold the Lamb of God slain to remove the so comprehensive in its designs, and so emi- sins of thy heart, and thy life; lean on the nently fitted, under God, in its spirit, and by arm of Omnipotence and cry, My Father, its machinery, to accelerate the universal be-thou the guide of my youth." But shall

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diffusion of that Gospel which proclaims glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, and good will towards men. Upon young men I have long looked with intense interest, because they have souls that are to exist throughout eternity, and because upon the energies of youth, coupled with the experience of age, hangs, so far as human instrumentality is concerned, the destinies of all our diversified schemes for benefiting the present and future generations. To whom with anxiety do we look to take the place of the present standard-bearers of the church of God, and of our literary, scientific, and religious institutions, as they drop in succession, but to our young men?

To whom with expectation do we look for improvements in the art of doing good, but To feel otherwise than deeply interested in young men, I must cease to claim the name of a Christian, a patriot, a philanthropist.

When I cast my eyes around upon the thousands, and tens of thousands of young men in London, who at this moment are devoting their powers, not to their own honour, to the good of mankind, and the glory of their Creator, but prostituting them to purposes immeasurably beneath the high and holy ends for which they were conferred;-I say, when I reflect on the anguish of spirit which some of these young men feel when con

I leave the young stranger on his arrival in this Babylon, to wander without a friend? No, I point him to the office of "The British and Foreign Young Men's Society," where as a stranger, bearing with him testimonials of good character, he may be informed of a band of kindred spirits, who invite his acquaintance, and solicit his presence and co-operation in their weekly meetings for mutual improvement, and for general usefulness; and after directing him to a lodginghouse where all immorality is frowned on, the Committee will be found ready to furnish him with such further guidance as they may be capable of.

their number.

With such views and feelings, Mr. Editor, I greatly rejoice in the appearance of the Young Men's Magazine, and hope that it will be so conducted as to prove a mighty instrument in the hands of the Spirit, in enlightening the minds, directing the efforts, and stimulating young men to all that is praiseworthy.

When the precise time arrived when he was to go, he passed into the sitting-room of his mother, to take his leave of her. She was

Thus introduced, it is manifest that much has been done towards his preservation from evil, and the maturing of what is valuable in his character, from the advantages of a wellselected library, of public lectures, and of the private meetings of the associations with which he becomes connected. But the bene-seated, and in tears. fits of the society do not cease when he takes He approached her, and putting his arms his departure from the metropolis to a dis-about her neck, affectionately kissed her. He tant, or even foreign city. He is introduced was about to bid her "farewell;" but he heto kindred societies; and when hundreds or sitated. Her affection and affliction unthousands of miles from his father's roof, or manned him. He was young and ambitious; his native shores, he may participate in and at that early day the spirit of patriotism, many, if not all, the blessings with which he which so nobly characterized him in after was favoured in this metropolis. Already life, in respect to his country, was stirring Young Men's Societies exist in many of the within him. Yet, the filial feelings of his principal cities of Britain and America; and heart were stronger than any other ties; and it is the design of the society not only to here, nobly sacrificing his pride and ambicorrespond with such societies, but to increase tion, he relinquished his purpose, and stayed to comfort her who gave him birth.

Wishing you prosperity,

I remain, your's respectfully,
AN OBSERVER.

and her exertions had not been in vain. How well he repaid her for her kind care may be seen in the following story:—

When about fourteen years of age, he became strongly inclined to go to sea, with a view of enlisting in the service of "the mother country," at that time engaged in a war with France and Spain.

It was surprising that a youth so young, and who had been abroad so little, should have had the moral courage to quit country and friends, on a purpose so full of danger. But, so it was. He was resolved to go. Preparation had been made. A midshipman's berth had been procured for him on board a British man of war, then lying in sight of his mother's house; and even his trunk was on board.

That a mother should love such a son as George proved himself to be, and that a son should love such a mother, as Mrs. Washington certainly was, is not at all surprising. From his earliest days, she had exerted her whole influence to embue him with a love of "whatever was lovely and of good report,"

It was a noble self-denial. And in the now more than forty years that the writer of this has been upon the stage, and watched the course of human events, he can bear his testimony to the uniform prosperity of such as have honoured father and mother. There is a promise recorded in favour of filial piety, and a God, who never forgets it, and never fails to fulfil it.

But my story is unfinished. The boat, which was conveying officers and men and baggage from the shore to the ship, continued to ply. At length, she returned on shore for the last time. A signal flag was hoisted to denote that all was ready.

YOUNG WASHINGTON.

OUR American friends have recently published a small volume of anecdotes of this very extraordinary man, for the use of young persons, from which we extract the follow-tered the boat, which presently was urged ing instance of his affection for his mo- towards the ship by several lusty oarsmen.

George was standing, viewing the movements. Several of his companions now en

ther.

As they approached her, the signal gun for sailing was fired. The flash, followed by the report, was noticed by George; soon after which the sails rose majestically one after another.

George could no longer bear the sight with calmness, but turned away, and entered the room where his mother sat.

She observed the grief which sat upon his countenance; upon which she said, "I fear, my son, that you have repented your determination to stay at home, and make me happy."

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state; such as the "Principia" of Newton, and the pyramids of Egypt; without reflecting on the gradual, continuous, I had almost said creeping progress, by which they grew into objects of the greatest magnificence in the literary and physical world. In the one case, indeed, we may fancy the chisel which wrought each successive stone, but in the other we cannot trace the process by which the philosopher was raised from one landing place to another, till he soared to his tower

My dear mother," he replied, at the same time placing his arms about her neck, and giving vent to his feelings with a gush of tears, "I did strongly wish to go; but I could not endure being on board the ship, and know that you were unhappy." "Well, my dear boy," said Mrs. W., re-ing elevation: it seems as if the work were turning his embrace, "I deeply feel your tenderness towards your mother, and trust | that God will not let your filial affection go unrewarded."

DR. CHALMERS'S ADVICE TO STUDENTS. -With respect to your habits of study, I shall not attempt to lay down the proportion of time to be devoted to the various subjects I have indicated; I have placed them in the order of importance; but must leave the rest to yourselves. I should not think it well if a monotonous and mechanical uniformity prevailed among you: many will rise above the general level, and it belongs to yourselves to determine in what walk you will attain the rank of mastership. But I consider it indispensable that each should make a distribution of time for himself, so that each hour may find its fixed and determinate employment; it must not be a ramble, but a routine. You will thus make ten times the progress; and have hours to spare for recreation. your age of buoyant hopes, I cannot imagine a more delightful alternation than that of successful study, and the converse of friends, or exhilarating walks.

At

More is to be expected from laborious mediocrity, than from the erratic efforts of a wayward genius. There may be a harlequin in mind as well as in body; and I always consider him to have been of this character, who boasted that he could throw off a hundred verses while standing on one leg: it is not to such a source as this we are indebted for good poetry. Demosthenes elaborated sentence after sentence; and Newton rose to the heavens by the steps of geometry, and said, at the close of his career, that it was only in the habit of patient thinking he was conscious of differing from other men. It is generally thought that men are signalized more by talent than by industry; it is felt to be a vulgarizing of genius to attribute it to anything but direct inspiration from Heaven: they overlook the steady and persevering devotion of mind to one subject. There are higher and lower walks in scholarship, but the highest is a walk of labour. We are often led into a contrary opinion, by looking at the magnitude of the object in its finished

produced at the bidding of a magician. But Newton has left as a legacy the assurance, that it was not power, but patience. He did not look down on the crowd, as though he had attained his elevation by dint of a heavenborn inspiration, out of the reach of many, but by dint of a homely virtue within the

reach of all.

asked if a man should wait for an "afflatus" It was a good reply of Dr. Johnson, when before he began to write; -"No, sir; he should sit down doggedly." Now if you wait for an "afflatus," the probability is it will never arrive; if deficient in your prescribed exercises, I shall hardly deem it a sufficient excuse, that you have had no "afflatus." Such a life must be a delightful alternation of indolence and self-complacence. In his careless wanderings abroad, he might solace himself with the reflection

keep him at home. It would be a day of enjoyment, but a day without any result.

that he had no visit from his "afflatus" to

SUPERSTITION.-What we call a "falling star" (and which the Arabs term shiha'b) is commonly believed to be a dart thrown by God at an evil gin'nee; and the Egyptians, when they see it, exclaim, "May God transfix the enemy of the faith!" The evil gin'nees are commonly termed 'Efree'ts. The existence of 'efree'ts must be believed by the Moos'lim on account of the occurrence, in the Ckoor'an of these words, "An 'efree't from among the ginn answered" (chap. xxvi. ver. 39); which words Sale translates, "a terrible genius answered." They are generally believed to differ from the other ginn in being very powerful, and always malicious; but to be, in other respects, of a similar nature.

A curious relic of ancient Egyptian superstition must here be mentioned. It is believed that each quarter in Cairo has its peculiar guardian-genius, or agathodæmon, which has the form of a serpent. The ancient tombs of Egypt, and the dark recesses of the temples, are commonly believed, by the people of this country, to be inhabited by 'efree'ts. I found it impossible to persuade one of my servants to enter the Great Py

vane, from his having this idea. CHRISTIANITY MUST UNDERGO A REWayne Arabs ascribe the erection of NOVATION.-If God has sent his Son, and The raids, and all the most stupendous has declared that he will exalt him on his remains of antiquity in Egypt, to Ga'n Ib'n throne, the earth and all that it inherit are Ga, and his servants, the ginn: conceiving contemptible in the view of such a plan. If it impossibie hat they could have been raised this be God's design, proceed it does, and by human hands-Lane's Manners and Cus- proceed it will. Christianity is such a holy tums of the Modern Egyptians. 1836. and spiritual affair, that perhaps all human institutions are to be destroyed to make way for it. but if there is no effusion of the Spirit of Men may fashion things as they will; God on their institutions, they will remain barren and lifeless. Many Christians appear to have forgotten this.-Cecil.

GOLDSMITH'S INDEPENDENCE AND DISINTERESTEDNESS.-"A few months," writes Mr. Montague, "before the death of Dr. Scott, author of Anti-Sejanus and other political tracts in support of Lord North's administration, I happened to dine with him in company with my friend Sir George Tuthill, who was the doctor's physician. After dinner Dr. Scott mentioned, as matter of astoshment and a proof of the folly of men who are according to common opinion ignorant of the world, that he was once sent with a carte blanche from the ministry to Oliver Goldsmith to induce him to write in favour of the administration. I found him,' said the doctor, in a miserable set of chambers in the Temple: I told him my authority; I told him that I was empowered to pay most liberally for his exertions, and, would you be lieve it! he was so absurd as to say,-1 can earn as much as will supply my wants without writing for any party; the assistance there fore you offer is unnecessary to me, and so left him," added Dr. Scott, in his gar

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YOUTH LEAVING HOME.-The pain which is felt when we are first transplanted from our native soil, when the living branch is cut from the parent tree, is one of the most poignant which we have to endure through

Akin to the disinterestedness which in-life. There are after griefs which wound duced him to refuse the proposal from the more deeply, which leave behind them scars ministry, the following story is told Having never to be effaced, which bruise the spirit, received for the Deserted Vage note and sometimes break the heart: but never for one hundred guzticas, he was wid by a do we feel so keenly the want of love, the friend whom he met who stand om necessity of being loved, and the sense of the bookseller, has & wax a jer utter desertion, as when we first leave the short performance in weithg 2 d he haven of home, and are, as it were, pushed same opatent han & was of upon the stream of life.—Southey. more perhaps A vacu

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IDLERS. The idle levy a very heavy tax upon the industrious, when, by frivolous visitations, they rob them of their time. Such persons beg their daily happiness from door to door, as beggars their daily bread; and, like them, sometimes meet with a rebuff. A mere gossip ought not to wonder if we evince signs that we are tired of him, seeing that we are indebted for the honour of his visit solely to the circumstance of his being tired of himself. He sits at home until he has accumulated an intolerable load of ennui, and he sallies forth to distribute it amongst all his acquaintance.-Lacon.

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