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begging season.

One of the latter class shall ser^•e
as a specimen. Mr. Rodgers, at-
tended by an officer of the church,
called one morning at the house of an
excellent woman, a widow, who had
recently lost, by death, a pious and
beloved daughter. As her circum-
stances were narrow, lilllc was ex-
pected from her.

Indeed, they called upon her chiefly
to testify their respect, and to avoid
the imputation of either forgetting
her perstin, or despising her nnte. To
their great surprise, however, when
their errand was made known, she
presented to them with much prompt-
ness and cordiality, a sum which, for
her, was very large— so large, indeed,



that they felt anJ expressed some
scruples about accepting it. She
put an end to their scruples by say-
ing, with much decision, "You must
take it all : I had laid it up as a por-
tion for my daughter ; and I am deter-
mined that HK who has my daughter
shall have her portion too."

We have a great example of mo-
desty and judgment in the case before
us of Simonides. Hiero, tyrant of Si-
cily, asked hini what God was ? The
philosopher, a learned and wise man,
answered, " that it was not a question
which could be immediately resolv-
ed, and demanded a day to consider
it." Hiero then desired an answer,
but Simonides asked two days more
to think of it ; and as often as called
upon, required double the time to give
in his answer. At which Hiero won-
dering asked the reason of such de-
lays: "Because," says he, "the
lor^er I consider it, the more obscure
it appears to me."


It is reported of Pompey, that
during the time of a great dearth in
Rome, he procured a quantity of
corn in foreign ports, and shipped it
for that city ; but the mariners, meet-
ing a tremendous storm, reluctantly
performed their duty, on account of
the danger, when Pompey, as an ex-
ample, exerted himself, saying, " Bet-
ter a few of us perish, than that Rome
should not be relieved !" This was
pubUc spirit, and a proof of that dis-
position which seeks not her own.

Pittacus was considered as one of
the wise men of Greece. His disin-
terestedness gained him many admi-
rers, and when the Mitylenians wish-
ed to reward his public service by
presenting him with an immense
tract of territory, he refused to ac-
cept more land than what should be
contained within the distance to
which he could throw a javeUn.


A ijrNisTER of the gospel, for

some time after his entrance upon the
sacred ministry, was frequently ha-
rassed with fears, that he could not
be able to proceed in his work. One
week, in particular, through the
whole of which he could not bring
his mind to fix for any time upon
any subject, he turned over his Bible
and concordance from day to day and
supplicated the Throne of Grace.
At times he seemed to have an in-
sight into a passage of Scripture, but
could not long pursue any meditation
before he found himself almost obli-
ged to give it up, through emliarrass-
ment and perplexity. In this unhap-
py state he continued till very late on
the Saturday night, when he retired
to his bed, almost in despair of being
able to appear in the pulpit on the
follovraig day ; nor did he expect to
sleep, the anxiety he felt was so
great : but, contrary to his expecta-
tions, he soon went to rest ; and, be-
fore he awoke, he dreamed that he
went to a parish church, wliere, in
former days, he had statedly attended,
and that with unspeakable pleasure,
upon the ministry of the Rev. Mr.
Venn. After the prayers were over,
with tears of joy he beheld liis dear
minister ascend the pulpit, who, after a
short, but comprehensive an

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