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Charles Dickens, that "Some people cannot read; some will not; especially the Bible in verse-form. Set forth," says he, "its stories for them in narrative. Sunday-preachers! Do not address ideal paupers and infidels, any longer. What are they to wretched me peeping in out of the mud of the streets and of my life? Have you not the widow's son to tell me about? The ruler's daughter? The other figure at the door when the brother of the two sisters was dead, and one of the two ran to the other saying, the Master is come and calleth for thee.' Let the speaker who will thoroughly forget himself and remember no individuality but one, stand up before 4,000 men and women at the Britannia Theatre any Sunday night, and tell those narratives to them as fellow-creatures, and he shall see a sight." Well! the churches of God in England do seem afresh awakening to their work. Oh! that it may be more and more BIBLE-WORK, and that He "who is able," may cast out of our national character all that is inconsistent with our being the messengers of His Word to other nations! We have been kept in peace, while abroad there has been "distress of nations with perplexity; " famine and pestilence in India and China; the eyes of all Europe turned to Turkey and its fields of blood; we have heard of those woes in words, but some have gone forth from us to see them, and missionaries witness to "the ravaged lands, the crushed and smitten families, the men destroyed, the women lost in a whirlpool of cruelty and violence, the tramp of hostile armies, the rush of fierce men like wild beasts over numberless homes of earth's fairest regions; all business rendered impossible, and now poverty piled mountains high."
How must the angels have looked down on this "vintage of wrath" this year, saying, “Oh Lord, how long, ere thou shalt take to Thyself Thy great power and reign?" But till that hour strikes, we must still appeal to the same Lord to send forth fresh labourers into His harvest and to maintain those already in the field. He knows our need, and perceives our shortened funds, and will guide us in going forward, or retrenching accordingly. IN HIS HANDS WE LEAVE IT IN FAITH
The following classification will show that the Editor continues to keep in view
Mr. Stanley at the Cape
The Teacher of the Book at Tyre 188
III.-THE COUNTRIES WHERE THE BIBLE HAS BEEN HIDDEN.
Help to Help Themselves......
Sickness and Want
IV.-ARTICLES RELATING TO THE ANCIENT CHURCHES.
Mothers' Witness to Answered
Report Concerning a Bible-woman
Suicide Prevented, 227
Summary of Donations, 361
peal on Behalf of, 33, 65
Why Allow the 1000 Years? 405