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I WILL SING FOR JESUS.

PHILIP PHILLIPS.

I will sing for

Je

sus,

With his blood he bought me; And all a - long my

pilgrim way, His lov-ing hand has brought me. CHORUS.

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Lord of life and

Can there overtake me

Any dark disaster,
While I sing for Jesus,
My blessed, blessed, Master

0! help me sing, &c. I will sing for Jesus !

His name alone prevailing,
Shall be my sweetest music,
When heart and flesh are failing.

O! help me sing, &c.

Still I'll sing nr Jesus !

O! how will I adore him,
Among the cloud of witnesses,
Who cast their crowns before him.

O! help me sing, &c.

ALPHA AND OMEGA.
ALPHA and Omega !
Be thou my first and last :

The source whence I descend,

The joy to which I tend,
When earth is past.
Open my waking eyes,
And fill them with thy light;

For thee each plan begun,

In thee each duty done,
Close them at night.
Enfold me when asleep,
Let soft dews from above

Refresh the long day's toil,

Wash off the worldly soil,
And strengthen love.
Men speak of four last things;
Death and the judgment hall,

Hell, and the heaven so fair :

But thou, O Lord, art there,
Beyond them all.
There is no “last” with thee,
But only our last sins,

Last sorrows, and last tears,

Last sicknesses, last fears,
Then joy begins :
Joy without bound or end,
Concentric circles bright,

Spreading from round thy throne,

Flowing from thee alone,
O Love ! O Light!
Lay thy right hand of power
In blessings on my brow;

Heaven's keys are in thy hand,

Its portals open stand, I fear not now. Lead thou me gently in, Thou who through death hast passed ;

Then bring me to thy throne,

For thee I seek alone, My first, and last.

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David playing before Saul.

I SAMUEL XVI. 23.

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ND it came to pass when the evil spirit

from God was upon Saul, that David toɔk a harp and played with his hand; so Saul was refreshed and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him." (Read from the 14th verse of the chapter.) Saul had sinned against God so that the spirit of the Lord departed from

him, and an evil spirit troubled him. When God'deparis Satan comes.

But whether it was a case of actual possession by a demon, or merely a mental malady is not certain, perhaps something of both. It was supposed that music had power to diminish painful symptoms connected with such afflictions. In times it has often been said that,

“ Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast," This has often been witnessed even in the case of wild beasts and serpents.

While there is something mysterious in the narrative, there are matters which are plain and practical in other portions of God's holy word. Thus, “A soft answer turneth away wrath." In remarks which are gentle, friendly, and affectionate, there is as much music as there was in David's harp, and music quite as effectual ir. subduing anger and sweetening bitterness. Adopting such a course will succeed better than any other in making our enemies to be at 'peace with us. May our young readers learn ever to speak with the meekness of wisdom and with the wisdom of meekness.

T. B.

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The Pocket Bible. WAS standing at the counter of a bookstore some years since, when a lady entered and enquired for pocket Bibles. I knew her well. A few years before she had married a respectable young merchant, who, although possessed of little if any capital himself, had been started in business by a gentleman of wealth,

with every prospect of success. active, honest, and enterprising, and although he had married early after commencing business for himself—perhaps too early—the lady whom he had selected as his companion was worthy of his choice. She had more ambition, some of her friends thought, than comported with their circumstances; and, though she contrived to repress it, in consideration that her husband's income for the present was small, it was apparent that her spirit was aspiring, and that she was looking forward with some impatience to the time when she should be the mistress of a fine house with furniture corresponding. A friend of hers, who was married about the same time, had at once entered upon the enjoyment of those objects of ambition, and had even a carriage at her command. Quite possible Matilda Grant cherished the secret hope that she might one day be able to receive that friend in a similar establishment of her own. The dispensations of God, however, not unfrequently intervene to thwart our plans and defeat our hopes of worldly good. He has higher views respecting us than we ourselves entertain, and a preparation, therefore, is necessary, which requires sorrow here in order to joy hereafter. Through much tribulation must we enter into the kingdon of Gɔl. For a few years Mr. Grant went on well in business. His purchases were made with judgment, and his goods cre

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