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LEARN TO SAY NO.
What should Eve have done then, Willie ?
She should have believed God and not have listened to Satan.'
She should have done as Jesus did, had nothing to do with Satan. My old teacher used often to say, “Boys, learn to say NO firmly and decidedly: not a feeble uncertain sort of no which only encourages the tempter to go on tempting, and too often changes into a yes. Let your No be like that of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, when they said, “Be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods,
nor worship the golden image which thou LESSONS FROM AN OLD SCHOOL-BOOK.
hast set up." Then he would make the
whole class repeat the words, “MY SON, IF LEARN TO SAY NO.
SINNERS ENTICE THEE, CONSENT THOU NOT." ! 'Little Fish, little Fish, listen to me,
And he would ask us to tell of some Watch not the bait so greedily;
who consented to do what wicked men 'Twill enter your neck with a cruel sting,
enticed them, and of others who boldly said "Twill tear you sorely, you foolish thing; See you not there, on the bank, the man?
no. Can you name any of them, Willie?' Little Fish, little Fish, flee while you can.
Pilate consented to allow the Jews to Little Fish thought he knew better than we:
crucify Jesus.' He saw the bait, and nought else saw he; .
Pilate's history is a very sad one. He The boy on the bank, he said, (he knew best,) knew that Jesus was innocent, and did not Was only sitting down there to rest.
wish him to be crucified, but he wanted He gave one snap at the tempting bait,
courage to displease the Jews by saying And then he struggled—but all too late.' .
No.' Do you know any little boy who is Herod, too, suffered John Baptist to be
sometimes very like that little fish ?' | beheaded, because he wanted courage to asked grandpapa, after he had read this say NO when he could have saved him. fable to his little grandson.
Now you must tell me of some who did Do you mean me, grandpapa ?' Willie say no firmly and decidedly when sinners replied.
enticed them. Why was Daniel put into *I am afraid you and many other little the lion's den ? folks and big people too, sometimes act "It was because he said No to the King, very like that foolish little fish. They see when he told him not to pray to God; but only the bait, and they will not believe that God took care of him, and sent his angel to there is a hook concealed by it. There is shut the lions' mouths, that they did not one who is always throwing out baits to hurt him.' catch men. He has a great many different "Yes, and God takes care of every one kinds of bait to suit all sorts of men. Gold who trusts Him, and fears to sin against is the bait with which he catches a great Him. Daniel was not afraid of the lions, many, pleasure is another bait he often uses, but he was afraid to sin against God.' honour too, and even the love of knowledge
Be brave to do the right, he employs to destroy men.'
And scorn to be untrue; It is Satan who is always seeking to
When fear would whisper Yield catch men. He caught Eve in the garden,
Ask— What would Jesus do?' when he told her that she would not die, What did Jesus do when Peter tried to but that the tree would make her wise. | dissuade Him from enduring the cross, A CHILD'S CIVILITY.
saying, "Be it far from thee, Lord: this Then you leave the house immediately,' shall not be unto thee?"..
said his mother. Willie packed up his Jesus said, “Get thee behind me, Satan: little bundle and went away. His mother thou art an offence unto me.”'
was amazed, for she fully expected that her Jesus would not allow the thought of cruel threat would compel the boy to turning aside to enter His mind, but stead consent to her wish. She ran after him, fastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, calling loudly, Willie, come back : come where He knew He must suffer and die. back, Willie. Turning round, Willie That He might be able to save others He answeredwould not save Himself. The great Apostle Mother, I cannot come back unless you Paul followed His footsteps, when his allow me to read the Testament.' friends, fearing lest he would be put to Well, well, you may read it if you like: death, entreated him not to go to Jerusalem. it can't be such a bad book after all, if it What did he say to them? Read Acts 21, makes you do as you have done.' 13.
Willie returned home, and from that 66. Then Paul answered, What mean ye to time he read the Bible daily to his parents, weep, and to break mine heart? for I am and was soon rewarded for his decision, by ready, not to be bound only, but also to die seeing both father and mother following at Jerusalem, for the name of the Lord
I will tell you of a little boy who was enabled by Divine grace to say no, firmly
A CHILD'S CIVILITY. and steadfastly, in very trying circum
W HEN the Emperor of Germany was stances.
I once on a visit in a distant portion A school companion lent little Willie a
of his dominions, he was welcomed by the New Testament, and persuaded him to read
school children of the village. After their it. His parents were Roman Catholics,
teacher had made a speech for them the and at first Willie was so afraid of their
Emperor thanked them. Then, taking an anger that he read the Testament in his own orange from a plate, he asked: room with the door locked. While he read,
To what kingdom does it belong? the Holy Spirit opened his eyes to behold the
To the vegetable kingdom, sire,” replied wondrous things written in the Book, and
a little girl. he could hide it no longer. When his
And to what kingdom do I belong, mother saw the Testament, she was very
then ?' asked the Emperor. angry, and told Willie that he must never
The little girl coloured deeply, for she open that book again. But the boy re
did not like to say the animal kingdom,' plied —
as he thought she would, lest his Majesty Mother, I cannot give up reading the
should be offended, when a bright thought Testament, for it tells me that God so loved
came, and she said, with radiant eyes : the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
• To God's kingdom, sire.
The Emperor was deeply moved. A tear that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.'
stood in his eye. He placed his hands on The mother told the priest what her boy
the child's head and said, most devoutly: had said, and by his advice she burned the
"God grant that I may be accounted Testament, and told Willie that unless he
worthy of that kingdom.' promised never to read that book again,
GRRRRSKORQ200000000ORDERS he must leave the house. The boy replied,
Mother, you have always been kind to A word fitly spoken is like apples me; you have given me my food and my clothes, and I don't wish to leave you; but
8 of gold in pictures of silver. Jesus died for me, and I must read His book.' | 80000 BBBBB00000000000
THE HAPPY MAN.
Blest orb supreme, undying King,
J. K. MUIR.
MOONRISE. I am the light of the world; he that believeth in Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.' TT is the moon, a speck of light 1 Scarce seen 'mong clouds of silver hue, That gently ushers in the night, While sunbeams glance on waters blue. Like pearl on neck of virgin snow, Embosomed 'mong a dazzling train Of beauties, hidden by their glow, So night's fair queen comes forth to reign. She comes! like thoughts that dimly rise, Evolving slowly through the soul, Till setting sun, and darkened skies, Proclaim her mistress of the whole. And so, amid our brightest hours, One spectral form half mirrored lies, With visions of decaying flowers, And fading light in lovely eyes, Till, as the darkness steals apace, And sink the clouds of silver hue, More lovely grows the mystic face, Shrined in the heavens so deeply blue. And as our dearest joys decline, While fond hopes fade in depths profound, That Face, mysterious and Divine, Sheds a new light on all around. Half hidden in a misty haze, It rises first so faint and far, Till evening shows its heavenly grace, And hails anew her King and Star.
THE HAPPY MAN. THE HAPPY MAN was born in the
1 City of REGENERATION, in the Parish of REPENTANCE UNTO LIFE; he was educated at the School of OBEDIENCE, and lives now in PERSEVERANCE ; he works at the Trade of DILIGENCE; notwithstanding, he has a large estate in the County of CHRISTIAN CONTENTMENT, and many a time does jobs of SELF-DENIAL; he wears the Plain Garment of HUMILITY, and has a better Suit to put on when he goes to Court, called the ROBE OF CHRIST'S RIGHTEOUSNESS; he often walks in the Valley of SELF-ABASEMENT, and sometimes climbs the Mountain of HEAVENLY MINDEDNESS; he breakfasts every Morning on SPIRITUAL PRAYER, and sups every Evening on the same; he has, meat to eat which the World knows not of, and his Drink is the sincere Milk of the Word of God.—Thus happy he lives, and happy he dies. Happy is he who has Gospel-Submission in his Will, due Order in his Affections, sound Peace in his Conscience, sanctifying Grace in his Soul, real Divinity in his Breast, the Redeemer's Yoke on his Neck, a vain World under his Feet, and a Crown of Glory over his Head. Happy is the Life of such a Man! To attain which believe firmly, pray fervently, wait patiently, work abundantly, live holily, die daily, watch your Hearts, guide your Senses, redeem your Time, love CHRIST, | and long for Glory.
Palace of the Cæsars.
PEEPS AT ROME—THE PALATINE. THE Palatine was one of the seven hills der the emperors, it rose to a palatial 1 of Rome. It was a very small height magnificence never since surpassed. to be called a hill, seeing that it is only one Here, on the Palatine, Augustus was hundred and sixty feet above the level of born; and here, after he became emperor, the sea. Yet though small in one respect, he still continued to live. After his house it was, in another, one of the most famous was burned with fire, the citizens determined spots in the ancient city. It was reserved to build a palace more worthy of the empefrom the very first for the temples of the ror. This was the beginning of the Palace gods, and the dwellings of the nobles. The of the Cæsars,' which in process of time home of the patricians, or ruling class in covered the whole Palatine. Each sucthe days of the kings, it continued to be ceeding emperor added something to the the site of the mansions of the highest vast palatial pile; till under Nero, it not nobility during the republic. At last, un- I only overran the Palatine, but two of the
neighbouring hills as well. Of all this was approaching sunset, most of the visitors magpificence, nothing remains to-day but | had departed. The feeling of loneliness the ruins, a small portion of which is re was very great. The sense of desolation presented in our engraving.
was quite oppressive. But we could not Curiously enough, there is one part which leave the · Imperial Mount' till we had seen is in better preservation than the rest, and the Basilica once more, and stood before it is the part which has the greatest interest the bar where Paul stood. for us. I refer to the Basilica, or king's It was the custom of the Roman Magishouse. This was the great hall of justice, trates to hear their causes under the open in which the emperor sat and decided cases sky. Some even of the Roman emperors of appeal. It was the supreme Law Court sat in judgment in the Forum Augustus for the whole Roman world. Here was the was in the habit of hearing cases of appeal Tribunal from whose decisions there was in the Basilica, or Hall of Justice. And no appeal. And here, before that tribunal, Nero, before whose tribunal Paul stood, was the bar where appellants stood before followed his example. At the end of this Cæsar. One day an old man stood there, hall, lined with precious marbles, sat Nero about whom the world knew nothing, save on the judgment-seat. Up that long hall that he was one Paul, a preacher from Paul walked, surrounded by his military Judea. Yet it was the very appearance of guard. At last he reached the bar. Part Paul there, that gives to the Palace of the of it still remains. It is a piece of richly Cæsars' its chief interest for the great wrought marble sculpture. As we touched crowds of visitors from all parts of the it we could not help thinking of the great Christian world.
Apostle who had laid his manacled hands One afternoon in February, 1876, we there eighteen centuries before. Within passed through the Farnese gate, and the bar stood Nero's chair. All that remains found ourselves slowly ascending the Pala of it now is a solitary leg standing on the tine. Passing up the first division of the tribunal. Upon the tribunal sat the asstaircase, we turned to the left, and very sessors of the emperor. Upon the chair soon found ourselves among the ruins of was the emperor himself, the master and broken thrones and altars. In a valley ruler of the whole Roman world. First before us, on the right, were the founda of all, the prosecutors would stand forth, tions of the Temple of Jupiter Stator, built declaring the charges against Paul. We by Romulus, the founder of the city. A know what these charges were-that he little further on was the Palace of Augustus, disturbed the Jews in the exercise of their or rather the ruin that remains to show religion, that he was the leader of a new where the palace once stood. We passed religious sect not sanctioned by the law, through the Basilica. Beyond the Basilica and that he was breaking the peace of the we stood in the Tablinum or Great Hall of empire by political disturbances. After this the Palace, lighted from above, around the the witnesses would be called to support walls of which statues and pictures of the these charges. Then the accused would Cæsars used to be ranged. Beyond the have an opportunity of defending himself. Tablinum, we found our way into Triclin When the defence was finished, the assessors ium or dining-room, the scene of so many would give their opinion in writing, and crimes and deaths by poisoning. We when these opinions had been read, Nero threaded our way through the ruins of the would pronounce sentence. This was the Palace of Tiberius and the house of Drusus, usual practice in the supreme court of justill, in the north eastern corner, we came tice. There can be little doubt that it was on the vast ruins of the Palace of Caligula. ! complied with at Paul's trial. The result Having made our circuit of the Palatine, of the trial was that Paul was aquitted. our companions left, but we remained be. The chains were struck off his hands. He hind for another tour of inspection. As it | walked down that hall of justice a free man.