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childhood, or dark by ignorance, or mean by poverty, or filthy by vice the hovel might appear, a deathless inhabitant will be found within. Every child that passes the threshold of your School on a Sunday morning carries to your care, and confides to your ability, a soul, compared with whose worth the sun, is a bauble; and with whose existence time itself is but as the twinkling of an eye.
Page 67. if I werë to delineate, in picture, the emblem of a Sunday School Teacher's duty and employment, I would represent Faith and Love, like the two angels that conducted Lot from Sodom, leading between them a poor child to the cross, and while one is directing his eye to the means of salvation, the other should be pointing him to the realms of eternal glory.
Page 141 & 2. You mistake, if you suppose the distinction and elevation of your office, are too inconsiderable to induce pride. Pride is a' vice that does not dwell exclu. sively in king's houses, wear only soft raiment, and feed sumptuously every day ụpon lofty titles, fame or affluence; generated in the depravity of our nature, it accomodates itself to our circumstances, and adapts itself to our taste: it is found as often in the cottage, as in the mansion; and never having tasted the richer viands of loftier elevations, feeds with avidity upoir the lowest distinctions, which raise one man above another. Consciousness of superiority, whatever be the object of comparison is the element of this most hateful disposition ; and this may be supplied even from the office of a Sunday School Teacher.
Page 149. At the very moment when you are giving vent to the sighs of disappointment, and yielding to the influence of despondency, a thousand harps are streek in heaven by a band of glorified spirits, who received their first devout impressions in a Sunday School. Could you listen to their harmony, and gaze upon their beauty ;-could you witness the seraphic glow which is diffused over their frame, and hear the rapturous praises which they pour forth to him that sitteth upon the throne, as often as they repeat the honoured name of their beloved teacher, discouragement before such a scene would ivstantly vanish, and animated hope would fill its place. When you feel despondency creeping through your soul, send your imagination for one of these heavenly harpers, and by the song other couversion, let her charm away the gloomy thoughts of your troubled breast.
These extracts need no comment, and many equally excellent may be found throughout the volume. In the next edition we would strongly recommend an enlarged table of contents at the beginning of the book, or an index at the end for the sake of reference. At page 70 the Assembly's Catechism is recommended as containing a clear and concise view of the doctrines and duties of divine truth, we leave it to the consideration of our author, whether this recommendation should not be qualified in some manner as applicable to Teachers of accordant views with his own, many of the most active Sunday School Teachers objecting to some of the doctrinal explanations of the Assembly's Catechism. We the rather mention this, because we believe it to be the only part of the book to which any true Christians, of whatever denomination, could raise any possible objection whatever.
We are glad to see, by the advertisement, that this invaluable book has reached a second edition; we hope it will be in the hands of every Teacher, and we pray tbat its instructions may dwell in every beart.
Hruns, for SUNDAY School Teachers, published by the
SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION. WE have long considered such a work as the present a very great desideratum; it has frequently happened, both in public and private meetings of Teachers, that considerable difficulty has been felt in selecting suitable hymns for their devotional services. This difficulty has been particularly felt since Sunday School Unions have been so greatly established throughout the country. We rejoice to see, in this selection, so many as 127 hymns suitable for teachers. The following is a sketch of some of the subjects of the hymns:- Christian love-Excellence of teaching and unityHosanna-Imitation of Jesus— Miscellaneous-On opening a new school - On the death of a Teacher-Parting-Pastoral hymnsPleading for the young-Pleasure of teaching-Praise - Self examination-Spread of the Gospel-Sunday School union meeta ings - Teachers encouragement - Teachers' illness-Teachers' prayer meetings.
The hymns appear to be selected very judiciously, and arranged so as to be easily referred to. We sincerely recommend this Hymn Book to every Sunday School Teacher; it will serve to animate his gratitude to excite his praise-- to enkindle his devotion, and to animate all bis exertions, by leading him to the source from whence all his ability and inclination for usefulness have been derived. We cannot but rejoice to see that the Compilers have availed themselves of many of the hymns which have appeared in the Sunday School Repository; we trust this will operate as 4 stimulus to our poetic correspondents, to furnish us with suitable pieces. If there be any subjects in this selection which may have been omitted, we shall rejoice to see hymns on those subjects, in our Repository, from whence they may be selected to be added to the future editions of the Sunday School Teachers' Hymn Book.
Amongst so many hymns, by so many different writers, on Farious subjects, it would be invidious to select a few, and these few could not be considered as specimens of the others. We therefore give no extracts, but advise every Teacher to procure the book as bis pocket companion, in the secret retirements of the closet, bis private meetings with his associates, and the general meetings of Sunday School Unions.
MILK FOR BABES, part second. A catechetical selection from
the Psalms und Hymns of Dr. Watts. By Connitor. JUDGING of this book by the title, we should have been led to suppose that it had been selected by the ingenious compiler of the work entitled “ Milk for Babes," published by the Sunday School Union. Not that we think the title so very excellent : we have often wished that this very useful litt book had some other designation more descriptive of its contents, and not so liable to excite risibility or ridicule. But whatever the title of a book may be, which has been so very extensively circulated, we deem it a very disingenuous trick to palm any book off with the title of a popular publication; and especially to call it “ Part Second,” in order to render the deception more complete. We would advise Mr. Conditor, in his next endeavour to appear before the public, to find some new title for his publication.
As to the work itself, we may observe, that the hymns which are put as answers, are in general so long, that we fear the poor child would forget the question before he arrived at the end of his answer. The hymns being taken from Watts, must be excellent; as to the questions, we do not think them so well selected as they might have been. We should suppose the hymns were first chosen, and then the questions framed to them. Upon the whole, we think this work by no means worthy to be called “part the second” of a book to which it certainly does not deserve to be compared.
SUNDAY SCHOOL INTELLIGENCE. Third Annual Report of the Bath SUNDAY School Union.
THE Committee of the Bath Sunday School Union have the pleasure to submit this report of the proceedings of the third year to the notice of their friends and the public. They have the satisfaction to state, that the number of new schools opened this year, under the patronage of the Bath Union, has exceeded the number opened in either of the preceding years; and although it was not possible for any of the members of this Institation to have personally assisted at the establishment and organization of the greater number of the schools which will be hereafter particularized, it may nevertheless be confidently asserted, that the major part of such schools would not have been opened at all, had it not been for the assistance rendered them by the Bath Sunday School Union, by means of the gratuitous supply of initiatory books, &c.
Although your committee could give much pleasing information on the subject of Adult Schools belonging to the Bath Sunday School Union, it is intended to make a reserve of such communication, however gratifying it may be, till the Second Annual Report of those schools shall be made, as it has already been determined to keep the account of the Adult Schools distinct and separate from those of the Juvenile Schools, although both are still under the immediate inspection of your committee and its secretaries, as formerly resolved upon.
It is with no small satisfaction that your committee can take a retrospect of the three past years of its labours, and those of its secretaries and teachers, with whom the members of your committee are so happily connected; being firmly persuaded, that if the most careful and minute examination into facts, which may be stated in this Report, was to take place, it would be found that not only great progress had been made in blessing with religious instruction some thousands of poor children, who might never have been favoured with such instruction, had it not been for the existence of this benevolent society, and the active zeal of its members; but that the actual good done had been commensurate with the design of the institution, and with the means employed to carry that design into effect.
Of the schools opened in the two preceding years, there are now belonging to the Bath Sunday School Union as follow: Batheaston,
Clutton, Bishop-Sutton, Radstock,
Grittleton, Castle-Combe, Twerton,
Melksham, Philip's-Norton, Atford,
Shalden Monkton-Combe, Bridgewater,
Containing in all.... 2072 The following new schools have been opened in this third year, by means of the assistance afforded by this society: North-Petherton, Wedmore,
Corston. Longford-Green, Stogumber,
Coutaining.... 1004 Children belonging to the four schools in Bath, which have been incorporated with the Union, but regulated by
1126 their own rules
and under their own managers as usual.
4902 It is highly gratifying to your committee to observe, that in many places where new schools have been opened by the members of this society, the people in those places bave been made better acquainted with the things that appertain to salvation; and the parents and friends of the children have frequently felt a disposi. tion to receive the truths of that Gospel which they before rejected. Some places of worship have been erected and well attended where the Gospel would not have been introduced, had 'it not been for the establishment of Sunday schools. It is also an undeniable fact, that in some other places where the children of the schools have been accompanied to Church by their teachers, the country churches belonging to the establishment have been much better attended than heretofore; and a revival of religion has been manifested, which must be cause of great satis
faction to all truie Christians, not actuated by a sectarian spirit, who will at all times rejoice at thie extension of the Redeemer's kingdom. This spirit of liberality, and this truly Christian temper and disposition, it has been the grand design of the founders of the Bath Sunday School Union to promote; which, while it manifests the warmest zeal in the great work of religious instruction, proclaims itself of no particular sect or party, and is desirous of sacrificing all minor considerations and petty distinctions to the benevolent object of promoting the present and eternal welfare of their fellow-creatures, by extending the bless. ings of a religious education to the poor and ignorant children; who, while they are instructed in their duty to God and Man, are not proselyted to any particular party, but left to join what church they may think proper, when they shall attain a state of maturity to be capable of judging for themselves.
Actuated by such motives, your committee feel warranted to call upon liberal-minded Christians of all denominations to cooperate with the managers and teachers of this institution, in order to instruct the poor and ignorant in their respective neighbourhoods, and thereby to extend the knowledge of Jesus Christ and his great salvation.
Your committee cannot but again advert to the kindness of the committee and secretaries of the Bath Auxiliary Bible Society, in supplying the secretaries of this institution with bibles and testaments at reduced prices for the accommodation of the Sunday schools belonging to this Union; by which means thousands of poor children have been enabled to obtain the Holy Seriptures which they have been encouraged to subscribe for in small sums; and whereby the word of God has been introduced into hundreds of families, and into many villages, where it had not been before read or scarcely seen.
Your committee cannot close this Report without again bearing testimony to the unwearied zeal and activity of the teachers be. Jonging to the Bath Sunday School Union, whose disinterested and pious exertions, in carrying the grand and benevolent design, of this society into effect, are beyond all praise. It may indeed be said to them, partly in the language of the wise man, teachers have done excellent things, but ye have excelled them all."* May they continue to persevere in this great and good work, and impart yet greater blessings to all the poor
children around them! May others imitate the example they have so generously set them, till not an individual uneducated child shall be found not only in the neighbourhood of Bath, but in GreatBritain, and throughout the whole habitable world, till religious education shall have accomplished its grand object of enlightening all the human race, when all shall know the Lord from the least even to the greatest !
The teachers belonging to this Union have unitedly travelled upwards of 20,000 miles in this good work.