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this I foolishly called the main chance: but as for my Bible and prayer, and the concerns of my precious soul, I had no more regard to these things than a beast.

Dolit. And pray, where was the sin of this? Should not every young man mind what he is at when he takes a large concern? But if you did not do your duty in saying your prayers, and attending your church, that was your own fault.

Far. Yes, Sir; these things, as they respect my worldly concerns, "I should have done, and not left the other undone." But that was not my case, for I was as wicked as

Dolit. Hold, Mr. Littleworth; for it has been told me, that when the Bishop came about to confirm in those days, no young man appeared so decent, and so devout, as you then were; and that, for some time afterwards you attended church and sacrament very regularly; and if, since then, you have been a littleremiss in your duty, yet it is to be hoped you will remember in due time, properly to return to it, and that you will die a good man; and it cannot be expected that people should be so strict in religion while they have to rise in the world.

Far. Ah! I well remember, when the old Bishop came round our parts in those days, how Mr. Blindman, in whose parish I then lived, told us, that our Godfathers and Godmothers were to answer for what we had done before; but that, after we were confirmed, we were all to stand upon our own bottom: and this frightened me desperate for a while; and away I went and bought myself the Whole Duty of Man, Nelson's Fast and Festivals, the New Week's Preparation, and Taylor's Holy Living and Dying; and for about two months, in my way, I kept to my religion very strict; till just about that time the old Lord Rakish would have a merry-making, because his son came of age: and many a resolution I made that I would not go after such nonsenses; but when I

was told that young Parson Purblind, Mr. Blindman's curate, was riding by with some other young sparks of the day, who were going there, I thought, for sure, parsons must know better than I, and that there could be no great harm if I went too. So, because I would not make myself particular, away I went, and there I got deadly drunk; and as I came home, I fell off my horse. (Lord have mercy on me, had I died in that state!) But, after that, I was ashamed to think of my religion; and as to my books of devotion, I soon laid them all aside; and to this day they are quite as fresh as though they were just bought out of the bookseller's shop: and there was an end to all my religion till I heard Mr. Lovegood.

Dolit. Well, but Mr. Littleworth, as you have got these good books still by you, why can't you in moderation, again take to religion, and do your duty, without taking up this new way?

Far. Why, Sir, to speak the truth, I have not till of late discovered that the heart, the seat of all my actions, is "deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked;" and that till God sets that right, nothing can or will be right. This has been the cause why this world, which I must now soon leave, was all my delight, while my heart neither knew God, nor desired to know him. Sir, I am ashamed to say what a wicked, worldly, negligent sinner I have been all the days of my life! [Farmer weeps.]

Mrs. Lit. Now, only see, Sir, how mopish and melancholy these new notions in religion have made my husband! I am afraid, at times, he'll lose his senses!

Dolit. Indeed, Mrs. Littleworth, I am very sorry for your husband; he is a good-hearted man at bottom. Do you never try to divert him?

Miss Polly. Divert him, Sir! Why, when my uncle and aunt, and two of our cousins, came to see us'the

other day, (we always used to have a little harmless mirth) only, because my mother, and Patty, and I proposed to have a game or two of cards, away my father and sister Nancy ran out of the house, as though it had been on fire; and down they went to Mr. Lovegood's and said prayers!

Far. Now do, Sir, hear me patiently. Thus have I lived, "without God in the world," neglectful of my precious soul, and forgetful of Christ, my only Saviour, till I am turned of sixty. I am ashamed to say what a sinner I have been, and how unfit I am to die!

Dolit. Well, but Mr. Littleworth, why should you run from one extreme to. another? you know the old proverb, " Extremes are dangerous;" and there is moderation in all things: and, you know I have a sermon on that text,-"Let your moderation be known unto all men."

Far. Why, Sir, you have been our justice these eleven years; and when bad people are brought before you, I am sure you do much better in your office than to preach up to them such sort of moderation. You never tell thieves that they should be: moderately honest; or drunkards (and the Lord knows we have enough of them) that they should be moderately sober; or the many bad people that throw themselves upon our parish, for the support of their base-born children, that they should be moderately chaste; and no such words did I ever hear from your pulpit, as that men should be moderately moral. Now, if this is not to be allowed in morality, how are we to make it out in religion, when we are commanded to "love the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul, andstrength?" Does it mean, that we are to have a moderate love to God? and when we are enjoined to love › our neighbour as ourselves, does it mean a moderate love to mankind? And pray Sir, should I repent..

moderately, pray moderately, and have a moderate trust in God? If so, I really cannot understand the Scriptures, which say, that I am to "give ALL diligence to make my calling and election sure;" that religion" is the one thing needful," for which I am to "forsake all that I have, that I may be Christ's disciple;" and that I must strive (or, as Mr. Lovegood says, it means agonize) to enter in at the strait gate.

Dolit. You need not be so critical, Sir; I only mean, you shall not be so over-zealous in religion. Far. Why, I confess, as I have lately taken to read my Bible, I think it is there said, "It is good to be zealously affected in a good thing.

Dolit. Now this is too bad, Mr. Littleworth. Don't you think I know the Bible as well as you? Ring the bell, Miss Polly. I shan't stop here any longer to be told my duty, when I have been so long minister of this parish.

Far. Why, Sir, I did not know that I was telling you your duty: I only meant to observe, that I could. not understand what you meant about moderation in religion; but if I pressed the point too far, I beg your pardon for it.

Dolit. Well, Sir, I have before said, I'll keep my temper if I can; but this cannot be done, unless you keep up proper manners while you chuse to talk to me about your new religion.

Far. Well, Sir, as to my new religion, as you call it, I do really confess, since I have heard Mr. Lovegood, my thoughts about these matters are wonderfully altered; and I will tell you in the most mannerly fashion in my power, how it came about. You know, I have an honest fellow works with me, Thomas Newman; and it is to admiration what a sober, orderly, decent, christian-like man he is! and his wife is the nicest, tidiest woman I ever met with in

all my born days: and at different times, when I talked to him, I found that he had not only religion in his practice, but his Bible at his finger's ends. How I was ashamed of my ignorance when I heard him talk! But this made me determine to go to hear what sort of a parson he so much admired; for I remember the time when he was wild enough.

Dolit. Truly, Mr. Littleworth, it is a fine compliment to me, that you should go to one of your daylabourers to be instructed in religion.

Far. Why, Sir, if I may be so bold as to say, that though learning is a good thing, yet it does not always make a good man; and that a poor man may have the grace of God in his heart, without having much learning in his head. And did not our Lord mean something of the same kind, when he said, "I thank thee, C Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and revealed them unto babes!?

Dolit. And so all the time and money that we have been spending at the university, has been of no sort of service; and every ignorant enthusiast that pretends to inspiration, is to tell us the meaning of the Bible.

Far. 'Las! Sir, did I speak against human fearning? It is well known that Mr. Lovegood is one of the learnedest men for twenty miles round; though I have heard him, say, That human learning, to a man spiritually blind, does no more good than a lighted candie does to a man that is naturally blind: and, I dare say, Sir, when you read the Homilies, you remember these words, "Man's hum n and worldly wisdom or sense, is not needful to the understanding of the scriptures, BUT THE REVELATION OF THE HOLY GHOST, WHICH INSPIRETH THE TRUE MEANING INTO THEM, THAT WITH HUMILITY AND DILIGENCE DO SEARCH THEREFOR*."-And the Lord

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* 'Homily on reading: the Scriptures.

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