It may be galling and oppressive, amounting to intolerableslavery, like the "yoke of bondage" to Jewish ordinances, of which Peter said, ' ' neither we nor our fathers were able tobear." Or, it may be the light and pleasant yoke of the " rea-sonable ' ' and willing service which Christ requires, and of which he says, " My yoke is easy, and my burden is light."As the language of the text is general^ and there is no limitingor descriptive epithet which shows the application designed, weare left to infer the nature of the yoke spoken of from the de-claration that it is good for a man to bear it in his youth : and Ihave no doubt that in this case, the highest sense is the truest.It is the yoke of religion — the subjugation of the soul to the willand employment in the service of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thedeclaration of the text is true, however, in all its applications, — the lowest not less than the highest. The yoke of a child's sub- jection to its parents ; the yoke of a lad's apprenticeship to themaster who teaches him a mechanical trade, and the yoke of aschool-boy's discipline by which he is taught the lessons of sub-mission to rightful authority and patient and painful application, .are earthly and secular senses in which the principle announcedholds good. The truth is, it is a fundamental principle of hu-man well-being, and inseparable from the existence of creaturesat once dependent and accountable. If religion is a yoke^ it isput on necks which are made to bear a yoke, and which, in allother respects, are not " unaccustomed" to do so.In the prosecution of worldly undertakings men draw, like theveriest oxen, in the yoke of a real or a self-imposed necessity,IV.] BEARIG THE YOKE I YOUTH. 71taking up their daily cross of self-denial. Ease, pleasure, society,are constantly sacrificed to what they regard as a higher inter-est : and religion is but acting on the same principle in its ap-plication to the highest concerns of immortal beings. And theBible is both frank and fearless in calling it by its proper name.