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which self finds no part. In praise we go out of ourselves, and think only of Him to whom we offer it. It is the most purely disinterested of all services. It is gratitude without solicitation, acknow ledgement without petition. Prayer is the over flowing expression of our wants, praise of our affections. Prayer is the language of the destitute, praise of the redeemed sinner. If the angelic spirits offer their praises exempt from our mixture of infirmity or alloy, yet we have a motive for gratitude, unknown even to the angels. They are unfallen beings; they cannot say as we 'Worthy the Lamb, for he was slain for us.'Prayer is prospective. Praise takes in, in its wide range, enjoyment of present, remembrance of past, and anticipation of future blessings. Prayer points the only way to heaven, ' praise is already there.' H. MORE.
MEEKNESS UNDER CORRECTION.
THUS, likewise, in private personal correctings, let us learn to behave ourselves meekly and humbly, as the children of so great and good a Father; whatsoever He inflicts, not to murmur, nor entertain a fretful thought of it. Besides the undutifulness, and unseemliness of it, how vain is it! What gain we by struggling and casting up our hand to cast off the rod, but the more lashes? Our only way is, to kneel and fold under His hands, and kiss His rod, and even while He is smiting us, to be blessing Him, sending up confessions of His righteousness, and goodness, and faithfulness, only entreating for the turning away of his wrath, though it should be with the continuing of our
affliction. That is here the style of the Prophet's prayer, Correct me, O Lord, but not in anger. And according to this suit, even where troubles are chastisements for sin, yet a child of God may find much sweetness, reading much of God's love in so dealing with him, in not suffering him to grow wanton and forget Him, as, in much ease, even His own children sometimes do. And as they may find much of God's love to them in sharp corrections, they may raise and act much of their love to Him in often-repeated resignments and submissions of themselves, and ready consent. ing to, yea, rejoicing in His good pleasure, even in those things which to their flesh and sense are most unpleasant.
"REMEMBRANCE of the dead revives
Those who were lovely in their lives,
"Unburthen'd with infirmity,
"Not as they sunk into the tomb, With sickness-wasted powers, But in the beauty and the bloom
Of their best days, and ours.
"The troubles of departed years
"Lightning may blast, but thunder-showers
**Remembrance of the dead is sweet;
"Companions of our youth, our age,
"Grief on their urn may fix her eyes,
"Fond memory marks them as they were, Stars in our horoscope;
But soon to see them as they are,
"Not through the darkness of the night,
They cannot come to us, but we
THOUGHTS OF HEAVEN.
THOUGHTS Of Heaven! they come when low
They come where man doth not intrude,
They come as we gaze on the midnight sky,
Thoughts of Heaven! from his joy beguiled,
Where the mourner goes with soundless tread;
"Take up thy Cross and follow me."
TURN from this world;—'t is not thy home!
On ocean's ever-heaving breast?
Could wealth to thee true joy impart ?
Could taste-could feelings most refined-