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might have a new heart and a right spirit, and be washed in the precious blood of Jesus, that so she miglit be among the happy number of the redeemed in glory.
"She desired the 12th and 53d chapteis of Isaiah to be read 10 her, and she expressed in the most energetic manner, the hopes which the fifth verse of this last chapter afforded her, “ He was wounded for our transgressions, he Was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we were healed.”
" She soon got so low that speech nearly failed her, and in this staie she faintly articulated the words “mercy” and "evermore.” L'pon which the verse she was atteinpting to express was repeated to her, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever;" when she replied, “ Yes, yes, that is it."
"I saw her on Monday the 23 January, and found she had then nearly lost the faculties of hearing and speech. When she saw me, she raised herself, while she grasped my hands for a tew moments,-the only expression she now could give of the satisfaction she felt at seeing me.
“ I saw her again on Tuesday, when I found her indeed sensible; but every other faculty was gone, and she died in about four hours after, when I trust her spirit took its figlit to
the blissful seats
of everlasting day.' On the following Saturday, her body was consigned to the dust, to await the morning of the resurrection.
Another Teacher communicates the following particulars :
“ Margaret attended my school for upwards ot three years, and during that time distinguished fierself by her regularity and attention. When about nine years of age she was seized with a complaint, which, in twelve moniis thereafter, terminated in her death During the period of her affliction, she gave evident marks that the instructions which she had received at the school, had not been, as they too often are, like the seed which has no sooner fallen upon the ground, than it is scattered by the winds; but that they had taken deep root in a soil prepared by the Spirit of God, and now brought forth the fruits of peace and righteousness. She was aware, that her disease was fatal; but this, instead of filling her with disquietude, was the source of unspeakable joy: Death, whose dreaded approach fills with consternation so many of the great, and the mighty, and the
noble, was to her entirely divested of his sting: she viewed him as the messenger of her father, whose office it was, not to blast her peace or mar her happiness, but to convey her to new scenes of bliss. While I conversed with her, she with evident satisfaction, declared that her hopes of such happiness rested solely upon the Lord Jesus Christ.
« On the day she died, she was exceedingly anxious that a psalnı should be sung before her departure. Wishing to comply with her request, her mother endeavoured to get some of her neighbours to join in this act of devotion, and also to pray with her. Not being able to find one in the village, her mother gave her notice of this want of success; and to soften her disappointment, said that she would have psalms sung better in heaven in a short time. While she acknowledged her conviction of the truth, of this remark, she felt a strong inclination that the heavenly exercise of praise should be engaged in, and said in answer to lier mother,' I know that, but I should like to have had them sung before I had left this place. Her mother then told her, that one of the Teachers of the Sabbath school would call upon her that night, and would do what she so much desired. She replied, O mother, I shall never see them till I see them in Heaven ! She spoke with prophetic language. She did not live to see her teachers. Before either of us got there, she had departed hence, and was no more! but I am convinced, that she died in the Lord, and that, borne by ministering spirits to the realms of bliss, she now mingles her notes of praise with the hallelujahs of the heavenly host, and rejoices with a joy unspeakable and full of glory.
“My confidence in this happy result is strengthened by what have learned concerning her since she died. She was deeply impressed with the importance of attending 10 the performance of religious duty, and felt an ardent concern for the welfare of her dearest relatives. Her father having died when she was young, family worship, as tou frequently happens in such cases, was not attended to. Margaret was sensibly touched with this omission, and earnestly entreated her mother to begin it, saying. Surely we ought to have family worship although my father is dend.' She likewise dircovered a great affection for the school in which she had been taught salvation through Jesus Christ; and with almost her dying breath charged her mother to continue her attendance after she was gone, and to cause her little sister to do the same.
“ Frequently when her sister was engaged with her companions, would she desire her inother to take her away from them, for she said, that she knew she was in bad company; and on the day she died, while her sister and a little girl were amusing themselves in the room in which she lay, she, with peculiar earnestness, cried out, 'I am dying. O lite so as you may learn to die!"
In addition to the pleasure which these narratives are calcalated to produce, it must be agreeable to learn, that in vasious instances, young people have since become serious, of whon little hope was entertained at the time when they leftschuot; and that several of the young persons formerly reported as serious, and who have now grown up, continue stedtast in the faith, and though sone of them have been placed in circumstances much calculated to try their principles, yet have continued to adorn the gospel by their conversation ; and fill their stations in society with credit to themselves, and benefit to others.
We have only to notice fartiier, that the young woman mentioned in the last Report, still continues to superintend the Sabbath school which she established in a village in the north of England. Her school now contains 43 children, who repeat their tasks with accuracy, and have made considerable progress in Christian knowledge; four or five seem, al tiines, to be under serious impressions. A general amendment of conduct, especially on the Sabbath, has taken place among the young people in the village. The minister of the parish patronizes the school, and attends it very often ; and the people of the village feel much interest in it. She is now assisted by her brother and another young man, in conducting the school; so that there is a prospect that the school will be continued, though she should, as it is her present intention, reinove from the place.
On the Nature of Prayer in SUNDAY SCHOOLS. IN the work of Sunday School tuition, prayer is of essential consequence; the work in which we are engaged is arduous, and our strength is weakness; how proper and requisite is it then for us continually to look up and cry to Almighty God for ability to perform the duties of our station, both individually and unitedly, to surround the footstool of our Heavenly Father, who hath said, ' Ask, and ye shall receive.Hitherto we have not received, because we have not asked, or have asked amiss. VOL. II.
It is not my intention now to enter on a view of the nature of christian prayer in general, either public or private, but to confine myself to the consideration of ibat sort of prayer which ought to be offered among the children in our Sanday Schools: two or three observations on this subject of confessed importance, I think may be of utility to Sunday School Teachers engaging in this service, and the cause in general.
It is obvious that this service partakes of the nature of public devotion, in a great measure, and should be performed with seriousness, decency, and order. It is necessary that those who are selected to perform the office of a “ mouth for us” at the Throne of Grace, should be able, in a degree, to express the united desires of our souls, and to offer proper petitions for those who are present; at any rate, every one who undertakes the duty should aim at this object, since the attention and united devotion of the hearers depend so much upon it.
Every one who is actuated by evangelical principles, beholds the necessity of founding our prayers on the truths of the Gospel, and will severely deprecate any other ; but there are many who, in a measure, lose sight of those things which are of the greatest importance in public prayer, though of little consequence in private devotion, and by this means are much less acceptable in their social worship than otherwise they would become. Others, acceptable and useful in leading the social prayer of Christians, make no difference when praying with the children in our Schools; to these persons I ain desirous of addressing a few observations; and I think it will appear, that if those things are disregarded which I wish to enforce, the most scriptural and pious prayer will be lost on most, if not all who are present.
Ist, In attending to the duty of prayer in a Sunday School, we should carefully avoid every appearance of irreverence. If we consider for a moment we shall see the propriety of this conduct; in our private retirements many actions of the body may be permitted,
permitted, as the soul alone is concerned, which would appear improper in the social worship of Christians, and in the social meetings of Christians, many trivial things may be passed over by charity, which cannot be tolerated in Sunday Schools. Here we pray with different persons; other eyes are upon us; we speak in the presence of children, who notice the outward part of our devotion minutely, it becomes us, therefore, to be circumspect, lest we indulge in any word or action which may appear irreverent to them, or our prayers will not be held in higher estimation than the chattering of swallows, If they are led by any means to think lightly of the duty of
prayer, its performance will defeat its own ends, not by any want of sucerity in the speaker, but through a veglect of attention to reverential appearance,
Actions may be unconsciously contracted into habits, and when bad habits are formed it will be difficult to overcome them, it is therefore the duty of brethren to endeavour to nip them in the bud, by informing one another in private of those uocomely habits which may give the air of irreverence to each other's prayers; this would be found to be to their mutual advantage, as it would not only tend to remove those wobecoming appearances, but prove also the means of cementing the bonds of union still closer, in proportion as this freedom is exercised. I do not mean that every trivial fault is to be noticed, but when any actions seem to becoine habitual, which appear irreverent, I think it is the duty of brethren to pursue the line of conduct I recommend.
2dly, We should endeavour to offer petitions which are suitable to all the individuals with whom we pray.
In social prayer, the person speaking should remember, that he is not praying individually for himself, but as the representative of others; to render his prayers acceptable, it is requisite that they should be composed of petitions which are likely to meet the cases of those present, according to the best of his knowledge. With children especially, we should be careful to avoid those expressions in which they cannot sincerely join; by this I mean those petitions which relate to the growth of the existing principle of grace, and those ascriptions of praise to God, which inter that the life of religion actually exists. If these petitions are suitable to some, or all of the teachers, and a few of the child. ren, unless we have some evidence of the conversion of most present, they ought to be avoided, since the omission would not be likely to be detrimental to those to whom personally they might apply, while their use excludes the prayer from the lips of most. This remark will apply, in my opinion, with equal propriety to the nature of the hymus we lead the children to sing; experimental hymns and prayers may be omitted on these occasious, without any injury to the most experienced Christlans, while, if they are sung or offered in the presence, and as the prayer or praise of unconverted persons, they tend certainly " to produce hypocrites," and indeed do produce hypocrisy, if those unconverted persons join in the worship. As this subject, however, has been already discussed in your magazine, in a temperate and friendly manner, I shall only make one observation, which includes all that can be said on the subject, and is conclusive in my estimation, viz, -The prayer or praise of a sinner is always suitable for ihe lips of a saint,