works. He has given the poet, the artist, the publicorator, the successful writer, the preacher of Hisgospel, a work to do in this matter ; and has said tomultitudes of His servants, ' Arise, lift and strip theveils which custom has thrown over the fkce of truth !Awake ! clear off the rubbish which has accumulatedon the pathways of holy duty,, the] dead leaveswhich cover sacred way-marks, the rust which .de-files and impedes the wheels of religious organiza-tion!' Our Father summons us perpetually tohigher exertion and to deeper feeling by one an-other's conscience, and mercifully provides a schemeof mutual and reciprocal appeal, to war against thesedepressing tendencies. I know well that the effectof these mutual appeals is considerably diminished bya provoking reflection which pervades the minds of those who need arousing, — namely, that the poet,the preacher, or the writer is lound to say such andTHE TEACHER AD THE TAUGHT. 313such things ; that he in his work is exposed to simi-lar temptations and listlessness, and that he needsfrom others the same kind of stimulus which he ven-tures to give to them. All this is true, and mightreasonably give edge to his discourse j but there is,I fear, a systematic deduction made for his knownopinions, for his pledged character, for his profes-sional calling, — and though he is supposed to beperfectly sincere in what he says, yet the unpleasantforce of what is said fails to penetrate the thick-skinned conscience of those who have this traitor atwork within them. Still, without such help the worldand the Church would be far more indifferent andstiff-necked than they are.Sunday-school teachers are not exempt from thisdeteriorating influence in the midst of their gloriouswork. They are often compelled to fall back uponmere habit and fashion, upon rule and common-place,in the discharge of their momentous duties. Theholy day comes round, and finds them jaded, it maybe, with then* week's toil, and distracted with theirtrials or business ; and, alas ! the sight of their classdoes not always drive the world out of their hearts !