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appeared, in gold letters, the list of all the public charities to which he had subscribed. He seemed to take great pleasure in the condemnation of the miser, and said, “ Lord, when saw I thee hungry and

fed thee not, or in prison ard visited thee not? I és have visited the fatherless and widow in their affliction.” Here the judge cut him short, by saying, " True, thou didst visit the fatherless, but didst thou “ fulgl equally that other part of my command to keep thyself unspotted from the world.-No, thou

wast conformed to the world in many of its sinful

customs, thou didst follow a multitude to do evil; " thou didst love the world and the things of the world ; " and the motive to al} thy charities was not a re" gard to me but to thy own credit with thy fellow

men. Thou hast done every thing for the sake of “ reputation, and now thou art vainly trusting in thy 6 deceitful works, instead ofputting all thy trust in “ my Son, who has offered himself to be a surety for thee. Where has been that humility and grati“ tude to him which was required of thee. No, thou “ wouldst be thine own surety: thou hast trusted in “ thyself: thou hast made thy boast of thine own

goodness ; thou hast sought after and thou hast en

joyed the praise of men, and verily I say unto thee, " thou hast had thy reward.

A poor diseased blind cripple, who came from the very hospital' which this great man had built, then fell prostrate on his face, crying out, Lord be merciful to me a sinner ! on which the judge, to the surprise of all, said, Well done, good and faithful servant." The poor man replied, “ Lord, I have done “ nothing !"_“ But thou hast suffered well,said the judge; “ thou hast been an example of patience " and meekness and though thou hadst but few ta" lents, yet thou hast well improved those few ; thou « hadst time, this thou didst spend in the humble du

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wast indeed blind and lame, but it is no where “ said, my son give me thy feet, or thine eyes, but give me thy heart; and even the few faculties I did “ grant thee, were employed to my glory; with * thine ears thou didst listen to my word, with thy

tongue thou didst show forth my praise, enter thou " into the joy of thy Lord.

There were several who came forward, and boasted of some single and particular virtue, in which they had been supposed to excel. One talked of his generosity, another of his courage, and a third of his fortitude; but it proved, on a close examination, that some of those supposed virtues were merely the effect of a particular constitution of body; that others proceeded from a false motive, and that not a few o them were actual vices, since they were carried to excess; and under the pretence of fulfilling one duty, some other duty was lost sight of; in short, these partial virtues were none of them practised in obedience to the will of the king, but merely to please the person's own humour, or to gain praise, and they would not, therefore, stand this day's trial, for he that had kept the whole law, and yet had wilfully and habitually offended in any one point, was declared guilty of breaking the whole.

At this moment a sort of thick scales fell from the eyes of the multitude. They could now no longer take comfort, as they had done for so many years, by measuring their neighbour's conduct against their own. Each at once saw himself in his true light, and found, alas! when it was too late, that he should have made the book which had been given him bris rule of practice before, since it now proved to be the rule by which he was to be judged. Nay, every one VOL. III.

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appeared, in gold letters, the list of all the public charities to which he had subscribed. He seemed to take great pleasure in the condemnation of the miser, and said, Lord, when saw I thee hungry and

fed thee not, or in prison and visited thee not? I li have visited the fatherless and widow in their affliction." Here the judge cut him short, by saying, " True, thou didst visit the fatherless, but didst thou “ fulgl equally that other part of my command to keep thyself unspotted from the world.No, thou

wast conformed to the world in many of its sinful

customs, thou didst follow a multitude to do evil; " thou didst love the world and the things of the world ; " and the motive to al} thy charities was not a re“ gard to me but to thy own credit with thy fellow “ men. Thou hast done every thing for the sake of “ reputation, and now thou art vainly trusting in thy " deceitful works, instead ofputting all thy trust in “ my Son, who has offered himself to be a surety for thee. Where has been that humility and grati“tude to him which was required of thee. No, thou " wouldst be thine own surety: thou hast trusted in " thyself: thou hast made thy boast of thine own

goodness; thou hast sought after and thou hast en

joyed the praise of men, and verily I say unto thee, " thou hast had thy reward."

A poor diseased blind cripple, who came from the very hospital which this great man had built, then fell prostrate on his face, crying out, Lord be merciful to me a sinner! on which the judge, to the surprise of all, said, Well done, good and faithful serwant." The poor man replied, “Lord, I have done “ nothing !"_“But thou

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now thought himself even worse than his neighbour, because, while he only saw and heard of the guilt of others, he felt his own in all its aggravated horror.

To complete their confusion, they were compelled to acknowledge the justice of the judge who condemned them; and also to approve the favourable sentence by which thousands of other criminals had not only their lives saved, but were made happy and glorious beyond all imagination; not for any great merits which they had to produce, but in consequence of their sincere repentance, and their humble acceptance of the pardon offered to them by the king's son, One thing was remarkable, that whilst most of those who were condemned, never expected condemnation, but even claimed a reward for their supposed in. nocence or goodness, all who were really rewarded and forgiven were sensible that they owed their

pardon to a mere act of grace, and they cried out with one voice, Not unto us, not unto us, but unto thy name be the praise ! ! !

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