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and beat gladly at their return . Their boat contains all their wealth , and their cottages all that they love . Their fathers , perhaps their ancestors , were fishers before them . They themselves have no idea of a different lot ; the only changes on which they calculate are the changes of the weather and the vicissitudes of their calling ; and the only great interruptions of the even courses
of their lives to which they look forward , are the aunual journeys which they take , at the periods of solemn festival , to the great city of Jerusalem . Thus they live , till they lie down to sleep with their fathers , as calmly , as unknowing , and as unknowu , as they . Look at them , on the shore o ( their lake . Think not of them as apostles , as holy men ; but look at them as they actually were on the moruiug when you first hear of them from the historian .
They have been toiling through a weary night , and have caught nothing ; and now , somewhat disheartened at their ill success , they are engaged in spreading their nets , washing them , and preparing them , as they hope , for a more fortunate expedition . Presently , surrounded by an eager crowd , that Teacher approaches whom they have before seen , and whose instructions some of them have already listened to . With his demeanour of
quiet but irresistible dignity , he draws towards the spot where they are employed ; he enters Simon ' s vessel , and prays him to thrust a little distance out from the land ; then he speaks to that assembled multitude as never man
spake ; then he bids Simon launch out farther , and cast his net in the deep ; then follows the overwhelming draught of fishes ; and then those four partners , filled with wonder and awe , are called to quit their boats and throw by their nets and become fishers of men .
" And now what a change , like the change of a dream or of enchantment , has passed over their lives , dividing what was from what was to be ! It was long before they themselves were aware how entire and how stupendous it was . In a few yeara they are to be the principal actors in the most extraordinary events of recorded time . Home ,
kindred , country , are to be forsaken for ever . Their nets may hang and bleach in the sun ; their boats may rot peacemeal on the shore , for the owners of them are far away , sailing over seas to which that of Genuesareth is a pond ; exciting whole cities and countries to wonder and tumult ; answering before kings ; imprisoned , persecuted , tortured ; their whole existence a storm , and
a greater one than ever swept over their lake . On the peaceful shore i of that lake even their bones-may not rest ; their ashes are to be separated from the ashes of their kindred . Their blood is to be sprinkled on foreign soils ; the headsman and executioner are to preside over their untimely obsequies . A few years more , and the fame and the doctrine of these fishermen have gone
out into all lauds . Magnificent churches are called by their names . Kingdoms adopt them for their tutelar saints . And the men who claim to succeed to the office of one of them , rule for centuries over all civilized kingdoms with a despotic and over-shadowing sway , and by virtue of that claim , give away a continent , a world , which , when their predecessor lived , was entirely unknown . * Pp . 43—45 .
Art . II . — The Christian Teacher ' s Manual . Nos . I ., II ., III ., and IV . Boston , U . S . April , May , June , July , 1828 . The object of this little American periodical is to facilitate religious instruction . The subjects embraced ( as we
learn from the preface ) are chiefly the following : Methods of addressing the Minds of Children ; Hints to Teachers ; Explanations of Scripture , with Geographical and Historical Illustrations ; Religious Instruction from Natural Objects ; Stories and Hymns adapted to Children ; Accounts of Sunday-Schools .
" What should be taught in a Sundayschool ? " is the first question proposed . " Has it not been thought hitherto , " says the writer , " that to teach a child to be good , aud to teach it to be religious , were different things ? The teacher must never forget , or allow the pupil to forget , that these things are inseparable . As a child should be made to feel that
action is the only test aud proof of principle ; so no religious truth should be taught that can riot have some bearing upon conduct , or some good influence upon its mind and affections . Every thing that is taught should be taught with a reference to practice . " "Make a child feel and understand that every time it is faithful to what it considers
duty , every time it has a pure and generous thought , every time it denies itself from an idea of right , every time it obeys conscience , every time its heart is full of gratitude and love , it pleases and obeys God ; and , as far as it is possible for a child , imitates Jesus Christ , and you have given it some distinct notion of religion . " The answer to " What shall be
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1828, page 709, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2565/page/53/