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20 LITE OF Ri:V. JOHN MURRAY.

elation, and lie laboured to keep mo humble ia my own estimation. " You now, my dear," said he, '* tlunk \ou know every thing ; but when you really attain superior information, you will be convinced you know nothing." This assertion apjK'an>d to me extremely paradoxi- cal ; but 1 have since learned to appreciate its rationality and its truth. I know not how long I proceeded in this delightful path ; nothing from within, ur without, intcrrupttxl my course, and I well remember, that I fancieil myself on the verge of perfection. 1 saw, or imagined I saw, undeviating rcvtitude w ithin my grasp. 1 was corvscious of no wishes, but those which 1 considered the legitimate offspring of the religion I professed. I wondi-nul what had become of my evil propensities ; they were however gone, and, I believed, they would no more return : noy days, my weeks rolled on, uniformly devoted to ])ursuits, which created for me unutterable self-complacency. On Sunday morning I arose with the sun, and like our first parent in a state of innocence,

Straight towards heaven my wondering eyes I turned, And j^azed awhile the ample sky."

Thus after a night of charmingly refreshing, and undisturbed repose, with spirit^ innocently gay, I arose, washed my face, and hands, repeat- ing a short supplication, which my father never, on those occasions, omitted : '* O, Almighty God, who hath ordained this watery element for the use, and support of nature, by which I am at this time refreshed, and cleansed, O ! purify my soul, by the operation of thy blessed spirit, as a well of water springing up unto everlasting life." I then re- tired to my closet, offering the orisons of my gladdened heart, and habited for church. I sat down to my book, until my father made his appearance, when the family being summoned, and the morning jirayer ended, we breakfasted, but it was a light repast, and soon dispatched. At eight o'clock, I attended the Methodist meeting ; at half past nine, I returned home, and devoted the time to reading, until after ten, when the bell summoned me to church, where the Methodists at that time attended ; at church I was remarked for my devotion. FVoiii the church I returne<l to my closet, after which 1 road the Bible, responding to the interrogations of my father, relative to the sermon, by rej)eating it near- ly verbatim. Dinner over, I again retiinl to my closet; from which, by my father's desire, I made my apj)earance, to read for him some devotional book, until the bell again commanded mv atttHulance upon public wor-thip ; but, to my great consolation, I had not, when 1 rc- TiiriKMl h.»nu'. as on tho Sunilay sketched in .i forau"- page, to spend

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