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deprecate it on the ground of common feeling. We turn to the touching lines of this afflicted child of God,
I seem forsaken and alone;
I hear the lion roar;
And that is mercy's door.
“There, till the dear Deliverer come,
I'll wait in humble prayer ;
The Lord shall find him there.'.
And we ask, how can any one have the heart to make a public show of those secret paroxysmsthose dreadful strugglings with constitutional madness, in the remembrance of which, and in the fearful anticipations of their return, the gentle sufferer breathed these pathetic complaints in his Father's ear?' The eye of that Father is still upon us: let us take heed, and beware.
Our Reprover must be content to accept this expression of unfeigned regret for the inadvertence alluded to : with a promise of future watchfulness, in examining thoroughly what we undertake to recommend.-ED.]
A WORD BY THE WAY.
The readers of our Magazine would find upon its cover an appeal which, when it met our eye, excited feelings too strong to be resisted. Those who hare perused the Chapters on Flowers, who have traced in some of them the work of mercy wrought by the hand of the indefatigable D. among the poor little outcasts who thronged his own dear school, will be ready to make allowance for this emotion. They will perceive the girls' school ady abandoned ; the boys' and the infants' schools about to be given up, notwithstanding the generous acquiescence in the loss of £100. on the part of the late treasurer, unless British humanity stand forth and forbid it. • What schools, what society are these ?' may be asked by some benevolent Christian who loves to know how his bounty is to be applied, before he bestows it: the question we will undertake to answer, from an intimate knowledge of, and a privileged companionship in the labours of those wbo conduct them.
The schools are situate in George-street, which runs from Holborn to Great Russell Street, not far from St. Giles' church. The building has three floors : that on the ground is appropriated to infants, of whom as interesting an assemblage as any similar institution can boast, may daily be found, under the care of a kind, able master. The first floor had a well-conducted school for girls: and we
can ill brook the reflection that it is now empty. It was so sweet to behold those young, and often very lovely creatures, gathered out from the most dreadful receptacles of misery and vice, instructed in useful work, introduced to the ways of industry, propriety, and regularity, won to adopt habits of cleanliness, and, above all, fully taught the sanctifying truths of the gospel from the pages of holy writ. It is past now: the lack of a little gold bas compelled those who cared for the souls of poor Irish girls reluctantly to close the doors against them; and they are given over, a prey into the hand of the spoiler. On the second floor are the boys : every week-day free admission is granted to all who will accept the offered boon of solid instruction ; and a more extraordinary spectacle even London cannot afford than that on which we have pondered there. Forms more than half naked, looks and manners wild as untamed colts, with such surprising quickness of intellect, capacity seemingly bounded but by the capricious will to exert it or not, and affections so warm towards those who, by taking an evident interest in them, are happy enough to engage their love, that no really intelligent Christian spectator can long behold the scene without a fervent desire to cultivate that rich and promising soil. But few, very few are they who turn aside from the path of pleasure or business to bestow a look, and a thought, and a prayer on the unutterably desolate recesses of St. Giles'. There is now every prospect of being compelled also to turn these poor boys loose into the haunts of early crime, stripped of every safeguard with which it has been the zealous aim of D. and of his surviving fellow-belpers, particularly those of the interesting Sunday, school, to surround them. Yet a little while, and the Christian philanthropist may turn from the closed and silent school-house, to seek its present inmates at the bar of justice, or in the hulks. We fain would avert this : but alas! we can only weep over it.
The District Visiting Society acts upon a principle generally understood, of seeking out and relieving the very destitute poor in their own wretched abodes, adding spiritual to temporal help. But there is one feature in this particular branch, that must not be passed over. The Wednesdays and Saturdays are half-holidays at the free school, in order that the building may be used for a purpose hardly less sacred. On these afternoons the infants' room is fitted up with a temporary apparatus for dispensing medicines ; the girls'- what was alas! the poor girls' room, has a bath and a little surgery placed in it, while a physician, who counts not his own life dear unto him so that he may fulfil his voluntary office of unpaid, compassionate love towards these succourless beings, stands ready to receive in succession the miserable objects coming to claim his care.
Let the reader imagine a room, on the low benches around wbich are seated a company of the most squalid .creatures that can be conceived, labouring under every variety of bodily ill; each waiting, like the poor at the pool of Bethesda, the summons to relate some tale of suffering to the pitying ear of one who never fails to preach Jesas as the true Physician for sick souls, while he gives his best skill to mitigate the agony of their tortured bodies. During the two hours that must intervene, ere all can be attended to, this compassionate society em
ploys an Irish 'scripture reader, with his Bible, among, the waiting patients : and a joyful testimony it is ours to bear to the plucking of several souls out of the hand of Satan, through a work commenced within the walls of this dispensary.
We have visited it many a day; and pointing out one or other wretched object have asked the agent who dispensed their medicines, . What is that poor creature's disease ?' 'Starvation,' was the frequent reply. Cannot you give them relief?' "To the extent of our funds: but they are very low.' An appeal being' made to individual charity, we have given a little help in the work, followed the poor sufferers to their cellars ; and continuing the society's plan, of uniting bodily succour with spiritual instruction, we have had cause to rejoice over some dying beds; and to behold with gladness some living monuments of converting grace. In St. Giles', however, few can venture to act individually; and the most effectual method of helping forward the work of mercy is to become visitors under this excellent society, and to place in their hands the means which they well know how to apply. D. was a zealous and efficient co-operator' with them, and by his warm advocacy much was done to replenish their exhausted funds. But D. is gone to number the rescued spirits before the throne : and his dear brethren are left to labour, 'under many discouraging disadvantages, walking by faith, until they also shall be called to see the fruit of their painful, and almost unnoticed toil.
May he who despiseth'not the prayer of the poor destitute, stir up the hearts of some among His people to answer this appeal !- EDITOR.