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Perils and adventures at sea
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PERILS AND ADVENTURESAT SEA.I.THE SHIPWRECK AND THE RESCUE.DAVID BLAKE, a little sailor boy, was fast asleep one night in his berth, on boardthe "Sally," a vessel sailing between England and France. It was a stormynight; the boards of the ship were creaking, and the ropes and sails rattling;but the little sea-boy slept as soundly, rocked on the waves, as children do intheir quiet beds at home.All at once, however, he was rudely awakened by a shock that threw him outof his berth to the floor of the cabin. He heard loud cries and shouts, the noiseof breaking planks, and the rush of water all around him. A voice which heknew called to him from above,-" Davy, Davy, come up as quickly as you can."It was the voice of Ned Finn, one of the sailors, who had always been very kindto him.Davy rose from the floor, and the next minute found that he was knee deepin water. He made haste to scramble on deck. All was in confusion. Themast had been broken, and had fallen on the deck; the bowsprit was shivered inpieces; there was a hole in the bow of the vessel, and the water was pouring in.The crew had lowered the boat into the water. It was their only hope of savingtheir lives. They had all got in, except the poor little boy, and kind Ned, whohad gone to call him. Ned begged them to take little Davy, even if they lefthim alone. But they said, that any more weight would sink their boat; theycould not take even one more. So they rowed off, leaving Ned and Davy alonein the sinking ship.Ned was not idle. In a few minutes he had tied some broken spars together,and fastened Davy safely to them. It was not done a minute too soon. Thevessel sank, and Ned and Davy were plunged over head in the stormy waves.In half a minute they rose again, gasping for breath, yet clinging fast to thefloat which Ned had made. Ned tried to cheer Davy, and told him to keep fasthold, and that perhaps they might be picked up by a passing ship.3

PERILS AND ADVENTURES AT SEA.They floated on in silence. Every now and then a wave swept over theirheads, and they almost thought they were lost; yet still they held fast to theboards. Many thoughts came into their minds. The fear of death was on them.They remembered how they had forgotten God; how often they had broken Hislaws; how wicked they had been. Ned had in his long life done many morewicked things than Davy; yet still in that terrible hour, when they both thoughtthey were going to die, Davy felt that he. too had been a great sinner all his life,and he was afraid to appear before the judgment-seat of God.Children, if we were suddenly called to die, what would be the feelings ofeach one of us ?Davy felt the pain of cramp from. clinging so long to the spars, and suf-fered from the cold, from being so many hours in the water. In an agony ofterror, he called out,-" Oh, Ned, Ned, if we should die to-night, what would be-come of us ?"Ned had been thinking the same thing. All his wickedness seemed to comebefore him at that moment. He remembered his sins, and from his heart theprayer came, " Lord, have mercy upon us.""Lord, have mercy upon us, sinners, and forgive us, and save us for Christ'ssake," was Davy's heartfelt prayer.And God had mercy on them, after they had almost given up hope. Theday began to dawn; they were seen by a passing ship. A boat was sent to pickthem up.In a short time they were on board the vessel. They were kindly cared forby the sailors; and, after food and dry clothes had been given them, they were,soon at rest in their berths. And, with grateful hearts, thanking God for de-livering them from death, they gladly lay down, and Davy, at least, was soonlast asleep.Davy's was a short prayer; but God who sees the heart does not think ofhow many words we say, but whether we really feel them or not.The publican's prayer was short. It was only these words,-" God be merci-ful to me, a sinner;" yet God heard it and answered it too.Children, will you remember these short prayers:-" God be merciful to me asinner;"-" 0 Lord, forgive our sins, and save us, for our Lord Jesus Christ'ssake."*,

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PERILS AND ADVENTURES AT SEA.II.THE CHRISTIAN SAILOR BOY.It was a week before Davy was able to leave his berth, he was so ill after thelong time he had been in the water, clinging to the float. All this time he knewvery little of what was going on, though he felt he was among kind people, whocared for his wants. At length he got strong enough to go on deck, and he wasmuch surprised by all he saw.He had never been on board such a large vessel before. The " Sally" wasonly a small coasting sloop; and now he was in a noble ship, bearing a largecargo. The wind was filling her white sails, and a number of men were busy ondeck. Davy soon found his old friend Ned, and eagerly asked him where theywere, and where they were going.Ned told him that they were in a merchant ship going to India; that theywere now sailing across the stormy Bay of Biscay; that the captain had engagedNed to work among the sailors, and had promised to allow Davy to take a placeamong the midshipmen who were learning to be sailors on board the "DoverCastle," which was the name of the ship.Captain Phipps (the captain of the " Dover Castle ") and the passengers werevery kind to Ned and Davy. They made a subscriptionto get the clothes forthem that they needed, and Davy was soon quite comfortable among his new"companions.In the picture you may see him as heQcame among them at first, with tallNed Finn standing near him, as if to encourag hhin.Among the boys there was one called HIf1 Lawrence; he stood leaning ona gun. Davy soon found that Hugh was th best youth on board, as well as hiskindest friend. Hugh made him welcoinepresents of shirts and socks,-Hughprotected him when the other boys were unkind,-Hugh showed him how todo his duties, and said many a good and wise word to encourage Davy to per-severe and to be obedient, as well as to cheer him up when he was sad.Davy soon loved Hugh very much. He thought him the kindest boy thathe had ever known ; and yet it seemed strange that Hugh, good as he was, hadan enemy, who did everything he could to torment him.This enemy was Mr. Wheeler, the mate of the vessel, who seemed to takequite a pleasure in ill-using Hugh. Davy wondered much how Hugh could bearit so well, and be so patient and submissive. At first he thought Hugh must bea coward; but after he knew that Hugh had plunged overboard, at the risk ofhis own life, to save a drowning boy, Davy felt sure he was no coward, and thatthere must be some other reason for his meekness and patience.One day, when Davy saw the mate give Hugh a severe blow on Ie cheek. '7

PERILS AND ADVENTURES AT SEA.without any reason, he could not help saying,-" I wonder you stand it as youdo, Hugh.""Why, what would you do, Davy ?" said Hugh with a smile, though hischeek was burning, and his lip quivering with pain."I would strike him again," said Davy."No; I don't think you would. I hope you would not, Davy.""I would though, if I were as big and strong as you are, Hugh. Why, youcould thrash him if you liked.""Perhaps I could. I shouldn't wonder if I could, if I were to try; but Idon't mean to try."" Why don't you mean to try ?" asked Davy."Because it would be wrong to try," replied Hugh. "I came on board tolearn to be a sailor, and I must pass through the training, though it is a roughone; that's one reason.""But Mr. Wheeler has no right to knock you about for nothing, Hugh.""That's his look-out," said Hugh, cheerfully. " I am more sorry for himthan for myself, after all."" Hugh, how can you say so?""You don't believe me, perhaps; but I really am. Don't you see, Davy,that if he is doing wrong, he is worse off than I am ? Is it not more disgracefulto him than it is to me?"" No; I don't see that," said Davy."Well, perhaps you will some day, Davy."It was long before Davy quite understood it; but he did find it out at last.Hugh was a Christian boy. In spite of the ridicule and opposition of his com-panions, he bent his knee in prayer, and read his Bible every night and morning,as he had been used to do in his Christian home. Mr Wheeler was a badman, who hated all that was good, and this was why he behaved so spitefully toHugh, and ill-used him. But Hugh was a true servant of the Great Master,who, when he " was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not;"and he knew where to look for strength tb obey the command of that GreatMaster: " I say unto you that ye resist not evil; but whosoever shall smitethee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." Hugh knew that the chiefend of man on earth is to glorify God, and he tried to glorify him not only bypraising him with his lips, but by obeying him in his life. He prayed for thehelp of the Holy Spirit to enable him to do this, which none can do in theirown strength.Children, will you learn and remember this verse,-"Love your enemies, blessthem that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecuteyou.You will see in the next story how Hugh Lawrence obeyed this command.8

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PERILS AND ADVENTURES AT SEA.III.A MAN OVERBOARD.The " Dover Castle" had a prosperous voyage to Calcutta. There Davy sawmany strange and curious sights, of which there is not space to tell you here.After a few weeks the vessel sailed again for England, and went smoothly downthe Hooghly to the open sea."Do you see that, Davy ?" said Hugh Lawrence, one beautiful starry night,when the ship was moving slowly on. A gentle breeze was filling the sails, andrefreshing the sailors after the heat of the day."I see nothing," replied Davy."Not a cloud ?" said Hugh.Davy looked again, and he saw just a little speck in the sky. It was like thelittle cloud, no bigger than a man's hand, which the Prophet Elijah once sawcoming up over the Mediterranean sea." What of that, Hugh ?" said Davy."I don't know yet; wait a minute," and Hugh stood watching the littledark cloud. "See now, Davy," said he.Davy looked again. Only a minute or two had passed, but the cloud had gotlarger and larger, and all the sky in that direction looked black and stormy."What does it mean, Hugh ?"" It means that a storm is coming, and there will soon be work for us, Davy,"replied he.The man at the helm, lulled into security by the fine weather, was drowsyand careless. Mr. Wheeler, the mate, was asleep. The crew were talking andamusing themselves.Hugh roused Mr. Wheeler, and asked him to look at the threatening sky.He saw the danger at once. His orders were quickly given to shorten sail, and,seeing that no time was to be lost, he was the first to spring into the rigging todo what was needful, followed quickly by Hugh Lawrence and the men whoseduty it was. Soon after, above all the noise of the storm, sounded the cry,-" Aman overboard !" and a sudden splash in the water was heard."A man overboard !"No one who has heard this cry can ever forget it. For the moment every-thing else was forgotten, and the sailors hastened to the side of the ship to helptheir comrade."A man overboard!" What man ? was the anxious question. Those on deckdid not know, but they soon heard from the men who had been in the riggingthat it was Mr. Wheeler who had lost his hold and fallen into the sea. They allknew he could not swim well.11

PERILS AND ADVENTURES AT SEA.The sailors threw over ropes to which he might cling; but for some time theycould not even see him. At last a shriek of despair was heard, and a dark objectwas dimly seen on the waves, but he did not seem to be able to grasp the ropes."He may be saved.yet," said Hugh Lawrence, who was still in the rigging,preparing to spring overboard." No, no, sir," said a sailor near him. "It is impossible in this storm. Don'tbe a fool, sir, and throw your own life away."But the brave boy was not to be persuaded. After one short message to hismother, he plunged into the sea. The plunge was scarcely heard by the men ondeck, and if heard was not noticed, for the storm was louder and more terrible,and they had ceased trying to save Mr. Wheeler in their earnestness to save theship and their own lives.It was a terrible storm. The winds roared, the lightning flashed, the thunderpealed, and the ship was tossed helplessly on the stormy waves. Yet, evenlouder than the storm, once or twice a cry for help was heard. It sounded like afaint wail rising from the sea. The sailors looked, but they could see nothing.At length, the storm rolled past. The sky became clear and cloudless, thewind fell, and the silvery light of the moon gleamed on the water, still agitatedbut no longer stormy. The ship's company were assembled, and the namescalled over, as no one knew who might have been lost or washed overboard inthat terrific storm. It was found that Mr. Wheeler and Hugh Lawrence wereboth missing.Then again the same cry was heard, which had risen above the noise of thestorm, but was now heard more clearly. It was the voice of Hugh Lawrencecalling aloud for help.The sailors rushed to the sides of the ship, looking anxiously to see fromwhence the voice came, while some prepared to throw over a rope. At first theycould see nothing though the moon was shining brightly.Again the cry was heard, now sounding as if it came from the stern of theship. They hastened to the place and there they found both Mr. Wheeler andLawrence clinging to the chains of the rudder. Hugh had succeeded in seizinghold of Mr. Wheeler and swimming with him to the ship, and as they could notget on board in the storm, they had managed to hold on in the chains till thesquall passed by. Thus Hugh saved the life of his persecutor. When the wetclothes were taken off the young sailor, there was a deep blue mark like a bruiseon his breast. The sailors thought he had been bruised in the storm, but Davyknew better. He had seen the blow given, and knew that Hugh had the markof Mr. Wheeler's cruelty on his breast, at the very time when he risked his lifeto save him.Was not this returning good for evil ? " Be not overcome of evil, but over-come evil with good."12

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PERILS AND ADVENTURES AT SEAIV.THE SHIP ON FIRE.The "Dover Castle " had passed the Cape of Good Hope, and was sailing plea-santly on with a gentle breeze. It was a calm, quiet night, but dark. Davywas in his berth, fast asleep, when a loud shout of " All hands on deck," rousedall who were below. Davy jumped up and hastened on deck, where he met hisfriend Ned."What is the matter now, Ned ?" said he, " There is no storm, what can havehappened ?""The worst that can happen at sea, Davy," said Ned. "Look there," and hepointed to the rigging. Davy saw smoke slowly ascending from the deck, andperceived a smell of burning. The ship was on fire.No one knew what had caused the fire, but all were doing their best to put itout. Under the captain's orders, the sailors worked well and bravely. All thatwas possible was done, but in vain, and it became clear that their only chance oflife was to leave the burning ship. The captain ordered the boats to be lowered.There were two fit for use, and a raft was hastily made by fastening planksover an old flat-bottomed boat which was also on deck. It was made assecure as possible by a railing formed of spars and ropes. A mast was fixed inthe centre.The calmness of the night made all their preparations more easy, and by thegreat exertions of the captain and the crew, every one on board was got safelyinto the boats or on the raft, together with casks of fresh water, bags of biscuit,and such provisions as they could hastily save from the fire.The passengers were first embarked, some in the boats, some on the raft. Thecaptain was the last to leave the ship. He took his place on the raft, where werealso Davy, Ned Finn, Hugh Lawrence, and some of the sailors, in all, aboutthirty persons. A lady and her little girl, two of the passengers, were also onthe raft. To shelter them from the weather a few barrels and pieces of thewreck had been put together and an awning spread over them, looking like alittle low tent in the centre of the raft, beside the mast.At about the distance of a quarter of a mile from the vessel, the boats andraft rested, and every eye was fixed on the burning ship. It was a grand thougha sad sight to see the flames bursting from every porthole, leaping from mast tomast, and towering high above them all, like a pillar of fire. It was grand butvery sad, to hear the roaring of the flames and the hissing of the burning planksas they fell into the sea.The party on the raft watched the strange sight till all was over, the light15

PERILS AND ADVENTURES AT SEA.was quenched, the ship was gone. No one spoke, the sight was too solemn, andfor some time they floated on in the darkness.When the day dawned the boats were nowhere to be seen. Well manned andsupplied with oars,,they had pulled towards the nearest land, still many hundredmiles off, and had left the lumbering raft far behind.Davy had rested through the night with his head on Ned Finn's knee, withNed's strong arm round him, and overcome with weariness had fallen asleep fora time. When at last he awoke, his first question was, " Oh, Ned, shall we everget to land, do you think ?"" Why not, Davy ? Cheer up. Look at that lady and her pretty little girl.See how well they are bearing it, they are patterns to us all."Mrs. Hay and little Mary had come out of their tent. Mrs. Hay wasspeaking earnestly to the captain. Davy did not hear what she said, buthe heard the captain's answer, "Quite right, quite right, it shall be as youwish, madam."Davy soon after found out what it was that Mrs. Hay wished to be done.The captain after a short speech to the men, read a psalm from a pocket Bible,which Mrs. Hay put into his hand, and offered up a short earnest prayer, thank-ing God for having mercifully preserved them so far, and asking for help andprotection in this time of peril and need.All arrangements were then made for the best. The number on board werecounted and the allowance fixed of such provisions as they had with them. Itwas but very little for each, for it might be long before they could reach land,or be seen by a ship; but they all cheerfully agreed to whatever the captainthought best.Ten days passed away, and they were still on the raft out of sight of land.Their sufferings had been great. A storm had come on, and had swept some oftheir number into the sea. Happily it lasted but a short time, or all must havebeen lost. Their little stock of provisions had been so spoiled by the salt wateras to be almost unfit to eat. Many were suffering from thirst, as they hadvery little fresh water. Mrs. Hay bore it bravely, trying to comfort and cheerthe others, and reading now and then a few verses from her Bible, which wasalways in her hand.A little after noon on the tenth day when they were all nearly worn out, asharp cry rose from one of the sailors, "A sail, a sail !"Yes, it was true; there was at last a ship in sight. Their signal was observed,and after about an hour of anxious suspense all were safely on board the vessel,and the deserted raft floated slowly away with the current.The passengers and sailors from the burnt ship were landed at Cape Town.From there, Ned and Davy sailed in a vessel bound for London, where theyarrived in safety after so many dangers.16

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PERILS AND ADVENTURES AT SEA.Davy never forgot what he had learned in those hours of suffering, when deathhad been so near. He was a brave sailor and a true Christian, and became intime captain of a fine vessel.Ned Finn kept always with him, ever his true friend, and was captain of theforetop in the ship commanded by Captain Blake, once little Davy.V."MY JOHN IS THE BEST JOHN IN THE WORLD."A clergyman after an absence of several years, returned to spend a Sundayat a town in England, where he had formerly been settled. After the serviceswere over, a widow knocked at the door of the vestry, and desired to see him." Don't you remember me, sir ?" she asked." No, I do not," said he." Don't you remember my John? He used to be in the Sunday school."" I can't say that I do," answered the clergyman."Oh, sir," said the old woman, " my John is the best John in the world; andI thought I should like to tell you about him."The clergyman said he should be glad to hear what she had to say; and thenshe told her story, as follows:-" After you left us, sir, my husband died, and we became very poor, indeedwe were almost starving. One day, John said to me, Mother, dear, we can'tstarve, and there is no work to be got; let me go to sea for a time, and try toearn some money for you.' I was very unwilling to part from him; but timeswere bad, and as he seemed so anxious about'it, I gave him a parting kiss andprayer, and with his Bible in his pocket, and a bundle in his hand, he set off tothe nearest seaport town, to try and get a situation on board a ship. He wentfrom vessel to vessel, among the docks, for several days, but could not get asituation. At last, when he was almost discouraged, he saw the captain of aship passing by, Don't you want a boy, sir ?' said John."' Why, that's the very thing I'm looking for,' said the captain."' Do then, sir, take me.'"' Well, where is your character ?'" 'Nobody knows me here, sir,' said John. 'But in my own parish I couldget a character in a minute.'" I can't take you without a character.'"The captain was turning away, when John thought of his Bible, andi'

PERILS AND ADVENTURES AT SEA.opening it in an instant, he said, 'How will that do, sir ?' The captain read thefollowing :- ,Presented toJOHN REYNOLDS,for his good behaviour in the Sunday School.'That'll do, my boy,' said the captain, 'come along.' Accordingly John wasshipped in a merchant vessel bound for St. Petersburgh. During the voyage adreadful storm arose. The wind blew a hurricane, and every one expected thevessel to be lost. The sailors had done all they could, and were waiting to seethe end. Then John took out his Bible, and in a loud solemn voice, read outthe fifty-first Psalm. While he was doing this, one after another, the sailorsfirst, and then the officers gathered round him. When he had done reading, hekneeled down and prayed very earnestly that God would make the storm to cease,and spare their lives. God heard that prayer, and soon after the storm began toabate. The captain said that John's prayers had saved the ship, and promisedhim a holiday when they got to St. Petersburgh. He kept his word, and whilethe ship was lying there, he gave John the promised holiday. Boylike, Johnwent to the palace of the emperor to see all the great people go to court. As hestood in wonder, gazing on carriage after carriage passing by, something droppedat his feet. It was a bracelet, sparkling with jewels, which had dropped from alady's hand. John picked it up, and called aloud for the coachman to stop, butin vain, the crowd and the noise prevented John from being noticed, and hereturned to the ship with the bracelet. 'You're a lucky fellow,' said the captain;'why, these are diamonds.' 'Yes, sir, but they are not mine.' 'How did,youget them ?' I picked them up, and called to the driver to stop; but he droveon, and didn't hear me.' Then you did all you could under the circumstances,and they are clearly yours.' No, captain; they are not mine,' said John. Youfoolish fellow,' said the captain, -' let me have the diamonds, and when we getback to London, I'll sell them for you, and they'll fetch lots of money.' Thatmay be, sir; but they are not mine, and suppose, captain, we should have anotherstorm as we go home, what then ?' Ay, ay, Jack,' said the captain, 'I didn'tthink of that! Well, we must try and find the owner.' This was done. Thelady gave Jack a sum of money as a reward for his honesty. This money, by theadvice of the captain, was laid out in skins and hides. When these were sold ontheir return, John left the ship after his first voyage, with eighty pounds in hispocket. He came straight home to his native village. He found me in theworkhouse. He took me out and rented a nice little cottage for me, and therehe has supported me ever since. He is the captain of a ship now; but he neverforgets his old mother. I tell you, sir;" said she, ending as she began, "Mty John'sthe best John in the world."20

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PERILS AND ADVENTURES AT SEA.VI.THE STORM ON THE LAKE.Many hundred years ago, a great crowd of people were standing on the shoresof the Lake of Galilee. They were listening eagerly to the words of One whostood in a little boat near the shore. He spoke as never man spoke, for he wasgreater and wiser than any man, he was more than man. He taught the peoplewonderful lessons from all that they saw around them, the rocks on the shore,the corn in the fields, the stony path, the bright lilies growing in the meadows,the little birds skimming through the air or singing among the trees. Theyliked to hear him so much that they stayed listening till the evening, and thenthe great Teacher told the men that were with him that he wished to cross tothe other side of the lake, and he lay down in the stern of the boat and fellasleep.Then a great storm of wind arose, such as often rises very suddenly in lakessurrounded by hills. The winds came sweeping up the deep valleys and raisedthe stormy waves, which beat into the ship till it begun to fill with water. Itwas now dark, and the men in the boat were terrified as they felt the little shipbeginning to sink, and saw no chance of life for them in the darkness, amid thefoaming sea and the howling storm.In terror they awoke their Master, still sleeping calmly, even in the roar ofwinds and waves, with the despairing cry, " Lord save us ; we perish."" Why are ye so fearful, 0 ye of little faith ?" were his first words. As if hehad said, You know my power, and do you doubt that you are safe when I amwith you? You know my love, then why do you not trust in me?He spoke to the storm, and it was hushed. The winds and the waves knewthe voice of their Master and obeyed. There was a great calm, the wind wasstill, the lake smooth as a mirror, the sky cloudless-all at peace.His frightened followers wondered. They whispered to each other, "Whatmanner of man is this, that even the winds and the seas obey him ?"Ah, they were very ignorant then. They had not learned all the lessons thattheir Master taught them afterwards. If they had, they would have knownthat it was no wonder that the winds and the waves should obey the voice ofHim who made them.*They afterwards learned to know their Lord better. In the streets of Jeru-salem one of these very men told the wondering crowds that Jesus is both"Lord and Christ ;" and he wrote to tell all his countrymen scattered through-out the world the glorious news that "Jesus Christ is gone into heaven, and is* Juhn i. 3. t Acts ii. 36.23

PERILS AND ADVENTURES AT SEA.on the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers being made subjectunto him ."* Another of them, speaking of the time that this glorious Masterwas with them on earth, says,-" And the Word was made flesh, and dweltamong us, and we beheld his glory."t In another verse he tells us who hemeans when he says "the Word." " The Word was God."Our life in this world is like a voyage over the ocean to another land. Weall hope to go to a better country-a heavenly home. But there are many stormsand rocks and dangers on the way, and many are wrecked and perish.Troubles and sufferings are storms; and the sins and evil passions in ourown hearts are very fearful storms indeed. All temptations to do wrong are rocksin our way. Every child beginning life is beginning this voyage. We musttake care that we are going in the right way, or we may be lost and neversee theNhappy home in heaven. None can hope to reach it, unless Jesus be withthem.The captain of a ship always takes a map with him, called a chart. On thisare marked all the rocks and sands that he must take care not to go near, andthis shows him what is his right course. The Bible is the chart that God hasgiven us to help us to steer our way across the stormy sea of life. There we mayfind out what God wishes us to do, and what evil things he tells us to avoid. Ifany one of us will honestly compare what he really does with what the Bibletells us to do, even the youngest child who is able to think, and to know goodfrom evil, will find that he has already gone out of the right course. Our heartsare so full of evil by nature, that the slightest breath is often enough to rousethe storm of passion; and we are so weak by nature that we are easily led wrong.V11 our safety is in Jesus. His voice alone can quell the storms of passion andsin in our hearts, as when on earth he hushed the winds and waves.He is as near us now, though we see him not, as he was to the disciples onthat stormy night; for he is everywhere present, and his eye is ever upon us.He hears our lightest whisper; he sees our very thoughts. Therefore, whenwe feel that evil passions are raging within us and hurrying us on to destruction,let us cry, like the disciples, "Lord, save us; we perish." He, who is mighty,to save, and willing to save, who has promised not to cast out any who come tohim, will hear and answer that prayer...* 1 Pet. iii. 22. t John i. 1, 14.

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