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in the few following things :- 1st. The consideration of the shortness of time, should make us redeem the time. The time ought to be redeemed by improving all occasions for the glorifying of God; laying hold of the present time; complying with the present call of the gospel; repenting without delay; making it our great business to secure an interest in Christ; improving the present means of grace, for our speedy growth in grace; doing all the good we can to others ; labouring to keep up constant communion with God, in all the duties of religion ; making a right. use of every dispensation of providence, for the the glory of God, and our own spiritual advantage ; casting up our accounts every day with God; wishing to know how matters stand betwixt Him and our souls. There are some questions which demand a serious answer from every one of us : How long have I lived in this world? what have I been doing all my life for God? what have been my thoughts respecting death and judgement ? in what manner bave I performed religious duties? what sins have I been guilty of ? what mercies have I enjoyed ? what fellowship with God have I had, in the duties of worship? have God and my soul been strangers to one another? have I behaved myself like a child of God? This I apprehend is to make religion our business, or to walk in the fear of God all the day long.
2nd. The consideration of the shortness of time, should make us abate our attachment to this world. It is to be lamentet that such an unsanctified bustle in this world shonld prevent us from spending a serious thought about eternity. It will be of no avail to us when we come to die, although we had all the world in our possession ; we can cany nothing hence. If riches increase, set not your hearts upon them. Wbat shall it profit a man though he should gain the whole world, and lose his own soul! or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul. Why should your hearts be set upon this world, when its enjorments are so fleeting in their nature ; for, the fashica of this world passeth away. Perhaps ye are pleasing your selves with the prospect of long enjoying this world; pothing however can be more uncertain, and before you go to sleep, that dreadful and killing message may arrest you: Thou fool, this niglit thy soul shall be required of thee.
3d. The consideration of the shortness of time, should make us look beyond this world for the enjoyment of true and lasting happiness. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God. Let us not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. If here we have no conttinuing city, let us look for one to come; even to that city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Herè all our pleasures are but momentary, and we must soon bid an eternal adien to them ; we ought, therefore, to study to live in this world as those who must give an account, that we may know on good grounds, that when the earthly house of this our tabernacle is to be dissolved, we have a bailding of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. | 4th. The consideration of the shortness of time, should make us prepare for death. It is appointed for men önce to die, and after death the judgement. One, who tvas wont to pray often in a day, being asked, why le spent so much time in prayer ? gave no other answer than this--I must die! I must 'die! None of us know where we will die, when we will die, or how we will die; but we all know that we must die. Were we not altogether infatuated, we would certainly prepare for death ; fot.
here shall we turn our eyes, and not see a representaon of death ? In the winter season, we may behold an nblem of death on every tree of the field, and flower of je garden, and is not death to be seen every night in ar beds? what is sleep, but the picture and image of cold eath ? and what are our beds, but the representation of ar dark and gloomy graves! Let us therefore without elay prepare for death. Do we profess to believe the esurrection of the body and life everlasting, and shall we lot prepare for death; for if in this life only we have hope n Christ, we are of all men the most miserable. - n, Sept. 29th, 1813.
THE SUBJECT OF MAN'S MORTALITY RESUMED,
AND BROUGHT HOME TO OURSELVES: WITH A TESTIMONY OF ESTEEM FOR THE MEMORY OF
How many sleep Who kept the world awake, with lustre and with noise ! : ALTHOUGH it did not come within the compass of our plan to set apart any proportion of our narrow limits by way of an OBITUARY, we cannot help remarkiing, before the conclusion of the present volume, that among the many instances of man's mortality that have passed in review before us, during the currency of the present year, we observe, with sincere regret, the loss of several who gave early symptoms of a friendly disposition towards our little work, and promised fair to be useful to our humble undertaking.
The following extracts from the communications of one of them, shows how cordially this good man entered into our views, and the laudable motives which influenced him, to signify his design of contributing to our aid..
“ The Cheap MAGAZINE," he observes, in one of his letters
to the publishers, “ I consider a very laudable undertaking proceeding from a benevolent mind — I wish it success with all my heart-You may depend upon my using all the little influence I am possessed of in giving publicity and encouragement to the publication.” And again in other, he writes: “I will endeavour to contribute occassionally to the work. I think it would be a very proper and commendable object, if you would publish occasionally the Progress of Genjus in Schools, and intimate some simple Questions to be answered; such things would excite a curiosity among the youth, and would tend to make them read the Magazine with greater pleasure and avidity. In the circle where you are, you could easily get from among the Teachers, the Scholars who particularly distinguish theniselves IN ANY PARTICULAR BKANCE OF EDUCATION, and publish their names. This would rouse the Triflers to excel, and excite a general emulation in Schools."
But, alas! he lived not to put his intentions into execution. He was cut off in the midst of his days, and career of usefulness, and instead of being enabled to present our readers with any further communication from this worthy character, it is our melancholy task to record his death, by transcribing the following paragraph from a provincial paper into our pages, in the expectation that it will serve as a MEMENTO of the fallacious ienure on which is founded human hope ; and in grateful esteem for the memory of bim, whose meritorious conduct and benevolent virtges were the subject of such panegyric,
Extract from the Inverness Journal, of July 30th, 1813 - DIED, at THURSO, 20th July inst, the Rev. WILLIAM MUNRO, parochial Schoolmaster at Thurso. In him the youth of the place have lost a faithful and instructive teacher, and the community a judicious and pious preacher of the gospel, who uniformly exemplified in bis life the important doctrines which he inculcated.-Without any studied aim to rouse the passions, or any affected display of exterior decoration, his public exhibitions never failed to
* As this plan might with propriety be adopted in course of the publication of our Second Volume, we will be much obliged to those gen:lemen who approve of it, to favour us occasionally with suitable information, drawn up in the concisest form possible.
ach the hearts, and to convince the understandings of s hearers, of the great truths of Christianity. During period of upwards of twenty years' public teaching, he variably encouraged and patronised rising merit in the iendless and unprotected youth committed to his trust, id never ceased bis exertions, nor spared his pecuniary, ds in their behalf, until he launched them into life, with rery flattering prospect of making a distinguished figure.
the different pursuits to which their respective genius ad inclinations led them : which amiable qualities, both of ead and heart, procured him the general esteem and reat good-will of a wide circle of friends and acquaininces, who will ever cherish the grateful recollection of ich departed worth.
Of him, with confident hope, it may be said, now that he has ceased from his labours, that his works do follow
nost part. ies to London, Olitable placephese do not comed
The Cottager's Advice to his Daughter
** UPON HER GOING TO SERVICE. The dunger of change of service.-Duty relative to fellow sera vants. --Short hints how to conduct herself:--Cautions relating
to Fire.- Friendship and Love. LN these days of pleasure and dissipation, Mary, the nost part of tbe nobility and gentry of this island carry heir families to London, where servants entertain each other with accounts of profitable places, as how much vages some have more than others. These do not consider so much the comfort and peace, the safety, and good treatment they enjoy, as how much they may get. They are apt to judge of the best places, as people do' of the greatest prize in a lottery, and in hunting after an imaginary good often plunge themselves into a real evil. If thou findest good treatment, let this be considered as superior to any additional wages, which thou mightest have the fortune to obtain. In thy situation, as a very young woman,