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I WILL SING FOR JESUS.
I will sing for
With his blood he bought me; And all a - long my
pilgrim way, His lov-ing hand has brought me. CHORUS.
glo - ry.
Lord of life and
Can there overtake me
Any dark disaster,
0! help me sing, &c. I will sing for Jesus !
His name alone prevailing,
O! help me sing, &c.
Still I'll sing nr Jesus !
O! how will I adore him,
O! help me sing, &c.
ALPHA AND OMEGA.
The source whence I descend,
The joy to which I tend,
For thee each plan begun,
In thee each duty done,
Refresh the long day's toil,
Wash off the worldly soil,
Hell, and the heaven so fair :
But thou, O Lord, art there,
Last sorrows, and last tears,
Last sicknesses, last fears,
Spreading from round thy throne,
Flowing from thee alone,
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.
David playing before Saul.
I SAMUEL XVI. 23.
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.
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