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while! I want to help you so much, “What troubles you so much, and I won't keep company with any then, mothers” anxiously inquired bad boys."
George. With such pleading, George won “Because," replied his mother, his mother's consent. Everyonight ** to-day is rent-day, and all I have he brought home to his mother the is eight shillings, and I cannot earn sum he had realized from his sales. much while Mary is sick.” True, it was but small, but trifling “Mother," said George, as it was, the widow felt that it was the verses in my Sabbath-school not to be despised; and she saw in it lesson last Sunday, was: “ All things an earnest of what George would whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, accomplish when a few more years believing, ye shall receive. Let us had left their impress upon him. ask God for what we want, and He
Mrs. Bailey contrived to keep the will give it to us. I will try what I wolf from the door, and was rejoic- can do to-day, and I will pray to ing that she had succeeded so well, God to help; and do you pray, too, and had been able to keep a home mother, and I think I shall bring and have all her little ones with her. home to-night all the money we She arose one morning, feeling ex- need." ceedingly thankful that she had been "I will pray, George, for your so highly favoured, and went about
success, and hope the Lord will her work with unusual alacrity. Be- provide as He has promised.” fore noon, her youngest child, little “Never fear, mother.
I know Mary, complained of headache, and He will; and now I must have before night she had a high fever. something to eat, and then to work. The next day, the unmistakable Keep up good courage, mother dear, symptoms of scarlet fever showed I will bring you the needed supply themselves, and made the mother's to-night." heart ache with the dismal prospect George sold more papers than before her. Her little one must now usual that day, and several persons take up her time and energies. Her gave him sixpences and refused to needle must lie idly by, and next take the change. Toward evening, Week her rent was due. How should he entered the omnibus mentioned she meet it? Besides all this, she at the commencement of this story, must depend upon her own care to where the gentleman gave him the save the life of her child, for she half-crown which called
up could not pay for the services of a of gratitude, and, at the same time, physician, and then her other three a feeling of thankfulness to the children were exposed to the same great Jehovah, who could make even fearful malady. On the day that her a man that had been drinking the rent became due, she had just eight means of answering the prayer of shillings; she needed eight more to one of His children. meet the demand of her landlord, When George reached home, he and where to procure them she did found that his profits amounted to not know.
ten shillings. The eight shillings George arose from his slumbers would pay the rent, and the rest that morning to find his mother would enable them to live through Weeping bitterly. His first thought the next day. was that his little sister Mary was That night they offered apa dead, but when he saw that she was sacrifice of prayer and thanksgiving, still alive, he said,
and resolved that they would never “Mother, why do you weep? Do again doubt the goodness of God. you think Mary will die ? "
Little Mary was soon convalescent, * I do not think she will,” replied and the rest of the family escaped his mother.
the contagion. Surely, it was a trial of their faith, which grew stronger and brighter with the experience through which it had passed.
“I have been young," says the Psalmist, "and now am old; but I never saw the righteous forsaken, though his seed beg bread.”
THE MARTYR'S MOTHER. [In Volume XX. of the “Ante-Nicene Christian Library,” published by Messrs. Clark, of Edinburgh, is found, among “ Ancient Syriac Documents,” an account of the martyrdom by fire of Habib, a deacon of the Church at Edessa, who suffered about A.D. 314.
As the martyr went forth to the place of execution, "his mother,” says the historian, " clad in white, went forth with him.” In a metrical homily on Habib's death, composed by Mar Jacob, Bishop of Sarug, who flourished at the beginning of the 6th century, and which is contained in the same collection, these few words are expanded into the lines which it has been here attempted to put into English verse.
The metre is an imitation of that of the original. B. P. PRATTEN.]
Why goes the mother forth in festive garments gay -
peace her soul doth keep-for Love Divine is there. The mother's breaking heart yearned o'er her offspring dear : But faith hushed every cry-faith dried up every tear ; Loud o'er the parted limb the shriek of Nature rang: Flushed with her Lord's own love, the mother knew no pang. Full brave was Nature's love, but Love Divine o'ercamè, Each restive thought within shrank back from very shame: In place of blinding tears, smiles o'er her features play; Instead of garments sad, she puts on bright array. With looks elate and glad she joins the martyr-train ('Gainst Love Omnipotent Nature doth strive in vain); As though a bridegroom he, a marriage-feast she spread : She joyed for him alive_not mourned for him as dead. Yea, second of the name, "Shamuna" * may we call This that, had seven been hers, right glad had given them all: The one, her treasured whole, lo ! hath the mother givenReady, should such a choice betide, to offer seven. They bind him to the stake, the wreathed flames arise; Calm and untouched by grief, she views the sacrifice.
* A celebrated martyr of Edessa.
Another eye within did gaze on things unseen:
And, for a son so nobly crowned-she grieved not.
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No, III. When the Lord called in the care, not away,” care for worldly distinc. and anxiety, and desire of His people tions or courtly preferments, or from the kingdom of the present aught appertaining to the rebel world, as wholly unworthy of their and corrupt vice-sovereignties of the pursuit, He did not leave them with. earth? Thus it is the believer, emout another kingdom, on which these bodying to himself that future reign affections might be worthily employ- of glory which awaiteth him, seeketh ed, which He nameth the kingdom earnestly to be possessed of it in the of heaven—that is, the kingdom to good time and pleasure of the Lord, come, whereof we are heirs, and to and in the faith thereof is content to the inheritance of which we shall be pass all unnoticed, all despised and raised up to enter along with our trodden on, through the valley of risen Lord. This kingdom we can- humility and sorrow which his Lord not presently possess, save in faith walked in before him. One present and hope, because it is not seen, and possession only he desireth-the because it is yet future. And for righteousness of that kingdom, which this inheritance it is that we con- is its earnest, and the seal of admis. tinue strangers and pilgrims in the sion to its glory.-Edward Irving. present evil world, patiently looking for a city whose builder and whose “I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE.” In maker is God. And why should I, these words the English language who am promised the inheritance of fails to give the full meaning of the the earth, strive for one of its fields, Greek. It implies, Never, no, or care for one of its clayey mansions? never; no, nor ever!” This world And why should I, who shall see God, is a world of "leaving, parting, and see Him as He is-no despised separation, failure and disappointman in weeds of sorrow, but a King ment.” Think of finding somein His beauty-care for the fear and thing that will never leave nor fail. favour of the great ones and beauti- Grasp this promise, “I will never ful ones of the earth ? And shall I, leave thee, and store it in your who am the son of the King of kings, heart; you will want it one day. and heir-apparent to a crown of The hour will come when you will glory, to "an inheritance incorrupt- find nothing so comforting or cheerible and undefiled, and that fadeth ing as a sense of God's companion
ship. Stick to that word “never.' It is worth its weight in gold. Cling to it as a drowning man clings to a rope.
Grasp it firmly, as soldier, attacked on all sides, grasps his sword. “ Never!” Though your heart faints, and you are sick of self failures and infirmities—even then the promise will not fail. “Never!" Though the devil whispers, “I shall have you at last; your faith wilbfail, and you will be mine"-even then God will keep His word. “ Never!” When the cold chill of death creeps on, and friends can do no more, and you are starting on that journey from which there is no returneven then Christ will not forsake you. “Never!” When the day of judgment comes, and the books are opened, and eternity is beginningeven then the promise will bear all your weight: Christ will not let go His hold on your soul.-Rev. J. O. Ryle.
For many of us remember, and they who do not have heard from their fathers, how the mightiest man on earth—he who had girt himself with all might except that of the right—burst like a tempest cloud, burnt himself out like a conflagration, and only left the scars of his ravages to mark where he had been. Who among you can look into an infant's face, and not see a power in it mightier than all the armies of Napoleon --Archdeacon Hare.
As sure as God liveth, as sure as the Holy One of Israel is the Lord of Hosts, the Almighty, right is might, and ever was, and ever shall be. Holiness is might; meekness is might ; patience is might; humility is might; self-denial and selfsacrifice are might; faith is might; love is might; every gift of the Spirit is might. The cross was two pieces of dead wood, and a helpless unresisting Man was nailed to it; yet it was mightier than the world, and triumphed, and will ever triumph, over it. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but no pure, holy deed, or word, or thought. On the other hand, might, that which the children of earth call so—the strong wind, the earthquake, the fire-perishes through its own violence, selfexhausted and self-consumed; as our age of the world as been allowed to witness in the most signal example.
Joy is the happiness of love; it is love exulting; it is love aware of its own felicity, and rioting in riches which it has no fear of exhausting; it is love taking a look at its treasure, and surrendering itself to bliss without foreboding. Gentleness is love in society; it is love holding intercourse with those around it. It is that cordiality of aspect, and that soul of speech, which assure us that kind and earnest hearts may still be met with here below. It is that quiet influence which, like the scented flame of an alabaster lamp, fills many a home with light and warmth and fragrance altogether. It is the carpet, soft and deep, which, whilst it diffuses a look of ample comfort, deadens many a creaking sound. It is the curtain, which from many a beloved form wards off at once the summer's glow and the winter's wind. It is the pillow on which sickness lays its head, and forgets half its misery, and to which death comes in a balmier dream. It is considerate
It is tenderness of feeling. It is warmth of affection. promptitude of sympathy: It is love in all its depths, and all its delicacy. It is everything included in that matchless grace, the gentleness of Christ.-Hamilton.
THERE has just come to hand a where was altogether kind and very interesting piece of information 'cordial. from India. The Rev. Goolzar Shah, • Mr. Shah had the pleasure of whom so many of our readers saw ' finding a new host to receive and during his short visit to this country, entertain him every day of his has been delivering to his fellow- sojourn. And it was in the English Christians, a lecture on “ Christian 'homes in particular, supplemented, Life in England.” The thing itself doubtless, by his observations at is so novel, that we cannot help re- the churches and missionary meetproducing it as given in the Bengalings, that he formed his idea of Christian Herald ; a paper which, Christian Life in England. His probably, not half-a-dozen of our 'impression, we are glad to observe, readers are likely to see, or even to was peculiarly favourable. Indeed, hear of.
'it is a great relief to learn that,
' amidst a great deal of anti-Christian The above was the title of a very 'influence, alike as regards belief 'interesting and edifying lecture, and conduct, triumphantly reported * delivered at the December meeting 'to obtain in England, there are not ‘of the Bengal Christian Associ- 'wanting felt demonstrations of the ‘ation, by the Rev. Goolzar Shah. power of the gospel, destined one
'Mr. Shah, we need hardly remind day to inaugurate a glorious and our readers, left here for å visit to ' ever-abiding revival. ‘England, on the 9th May last; and •Mr. Shah was struck with the after an absence of five months missionary zeal of the household of ' and twenty-five days, returned on ' faith in England. This holy ardour “the 4th November. His stay in characterised men, women, and • England was necessarily short; children all alike. The attendance at covering a period of only three 'meetings convened for missionary 'months and a half; but by making purposes, was sensibly large, pre'the most of he snatched pretty senting in this respect a significant
many opportunities of observing contrast to the state of things in In• Christian life as it obtains in dia. All present appeared intensely England.
'anxious for the evangelization *Mr. Shah managed to visit the of our country; some breaking following places : - Hampstead, forth in fervent prayers for India's Camberwell, Highbury, Waltham- .conversion, - others eliciting by stow, Chipperfield, King's Langley, 'searching questions the hopes that Clapton, Norwood, Harrow, Wands- attract, and the checks that repel, 'worth, Battersea, Manchester, AC- the Indian evangelist,--and others, 'crington, Bacup, Burnley, Hasling. again, earnestly seeking informa: den, Farsley, Leeds, Lowestoft, tion as to the quantity and quality Ashley, Yarmouth, Norwich, Shef- of the work achieved by preachers 'field, Dudley, Coseley, Bilston, of the gospel in this land. Their Rugby, Folkestone, Portsmouth, 'contributions towards the mainLiverpool, Southport, Plymouth, 'tenance of missionary schemes were Torquay, Bristol, Birmingham, 'as liberal as they were spontaneous. and Northampton. He preached *The ladies, naturally, were chiefly in thirteen churches to an aggregate 'interested in the cause of zenana congregation of about 18,000 people, 'missions, and a goodly host of ‘and addressed forty missionary them appeared to have made it 'meetings. His reception every- t'their life-work to pray and provide