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THE RAIN AND THE DEW.
bit of a hillside rejoicing in the first morning beams of the summer sun. Leaves and flowers are alike lifting themselves gladly to the light, and reflecting its rays from countless dew-drops with which the cool night has adorned them. On a branch close by, a little bird, shaking the moisture from its wings, is singing its morning hymn of praise. Think, for a moment, how that hillside looked under the scorching rays of the sun on the previous day. How the plants drooped, the flowers hung their heads, and the birds seemed to have forgotten their songs! The cool, silent dew has done its work since then ; so you will understand why the words inscribed above this picture are the following :- My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew; as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass.
I daresay you have often been playing in the garden on the evening of a very hot day, when the grass and flowers were nearly burnt up with heat. Before the sun went down, there did not seem to be a drop of moisture anywhere; but not many minutes after he has set, you find the grass is wet, and even your clothes are quite damp to the touch. No rain has fallen, and you have seen nothing happen. God has sent His servant the dew to refresh His weary earth. So it is with His word. It sometimes comes like thunder, with the awful power of the raging fire and the iron hammer; but it is sometimes sent with the silence and secrecy of the unseen dew to refresh weary hearts. There was once a poor half-witted man in London, who went by the name of Poor Joseph,' and who earned his living by carrying parcels and going on errands. One day, as he went along the street, he came to the open door of a church, where he heard singing. He turned in, to see what was going on, and heard the minister give out as his text, 1 Tim. i. 15: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.' Joseph listened with wonder to the sermon which followed; and
though most of those in the church would have thought him too silly to understand it, God's message took hold secretly of his heart, and he went home muttering to himself: ·Joseph never heard this before; Christ Jesus, the God who made all things, came into the world to save sinners like Joseph; and this is true, and it is a faithful saying. He did not live long after this; and, on his death-bed, his constant language was, Joseph is the chief of sinners, but Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, and Joseph loves Him for this.' God's word found secret entrance in some mysterious way into his dark heart, just as the silent dew penetrates cverywhere, unseen and unheard.
Let me tell you another story to shew how God's simple word can refresh a heart that has been left dry and parched by every other means it has tried. A lady, who was listening to a sermon preached in German somewhere on the Continent, noticed a very old woman on her knees, counting her beads instead of paying attention. The lady spoke to her when the service was over, and finding she only spoke French, began to converse with her in that language. • You seem very tired,' she said kindly.
Oh, yes, I am. I have walked six miles to-day, and I have twelve more to accomplish the penance of this day: it is hard at my age.' - How old are you?'- I am ninety-two. This is the fiftieth time I have undertaken a pilgrimage to Notre Dame, where I am going. Oh, I am a great sinner! I have a great many sins to reproach myself with; and the more I advance in years, the more I discover some which I have not seen before. I was told that to deserve forgiveness, I was to do penance, and undertake pilgrimages. I think this is the last time I shall be enabled to perform this journey. I hope I shall obtain forgiveness. But alas ! if I don't, I am a lost woman!' The lady made her read from the New Testament the words, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world! and, It is finished,' and explained them to her simply. Such news was to her like
PRIZE SCRIPTURE QUESTIONS.
cold water to a thirsty soul.' She accepted What answer given by Jesus warned this the message with exceeding joy, cast her scribe to count the cost ? beads into the fire, and declared that she
What answer given by Jesus to another disciple would go home, and tell all her neighbours
teaches that our first duty is to follow
Jesus? that Jesus only, and Jesus alone, had saved In what terms is the storm on the lake of her—an old sinner.
Galilee here described ? Just as in the heat of summer the plants Where was Jesus, and what was He doing, need the nightly dew to keep them from
when the storm arose ? being scorched up, so our hearts need to
What was the prayer of the disciples in the
storm ? be constantly refreshed by God's word What did Jesus ask them? amid the temptations and trials of this What effect had Jesus' rebuke on the wind and world. I have heard of a little child who
the sea ? used to wonder how her mother kept always
By what exclamation did the disciples express
their astonishment? cheerful among the worries of a large
Who met Jesus when He landed in the country family, till one day, opening the door of a of the Gergesenes ? little room at the top of the house, she saw What question did the devils ask Jesus? her mother alone on her knees, with the What request did they make? Bible by her side. The little child closed
| What befell those who, in disobedience to
God's command, kept the swine? the door and crept quietly away, having What was the result of this miracle to the poor learned a lesson which she never forgot.
men? See Luke viii. 35. But God Himself teaches us something What awful prayer did the Gergesenes offer? more by the comparison of His word to the rain in Isa. ly. 10, 11. For as the
Prize Scripture Acrostics and Questions. rain cometh down, and the snow from
"Competitors will please observe to address their heaven, and returneth not thither, but answers to Reu. JOHN KAY, 11 Teviot Row, Edinburgh, watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the
ACROSTIC 4. sower, and bread to the eater; so shall My AN earnest worker, busily perplexed; word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: A One, by a strange mistake, most sorely vexed; it shall not return unto Me void; but it
One who another tempted to deceive; shall accomplish that which I please, and it
| A word that made a dying mother grieve;
An ancient city early famed in art; shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent A saint who wisely choose the better part. it.' The dew and the rain are gentle messengers, but they are irresistible,
These varied names and characters combined,
By careful study, ye shall surely find because God has sent them on His errands.
A name recorded on the Sacred Page Though all the learned men and all the
Whose martial music swells from age to age. strong men in Britain went to work A careful watcher by a helpless child, together, they could not stop one shower Till heavenly pity on the infant smiled; of summer rain from falling. And this is
A patient listener to its pleading cry; the hope of all who carry the message of
An eager messenger when hope drew nigh;
A loving nurse through bright but fleeting years; God's word—that He has sent it forth, and
A woman, shedding patriotic tears, it “shall accomplish that which He pleases.' Triumphant leader of a glorious band,
J. B. M. She swept the chords with more than master
Whose echoes, floating o'er a troubled sea, The Dayspring Bible Class. To distant ages struck the sounding key
For God and kindred, life and liberty. QUESTIONS ON MATTHEW'S GOSPEL.
Yet, though thus soaring through the heights Chapter VIII. 18-34.
of song, What did Jesus bid His disciples do when Most prone to stumble into moral wrong, multitudes crowded round him?
She sinned, and suffered, till, her crime forgiven, What saying of a certain scribe is here recorded? | By kindred first, was cancelled, too, in heaven.
ROBIN, OR THE LITTLE PREACHER.
ROBIN, OR THE LITTLE PREACHER.
of necessity, fly boldly into some dwelling Do you know the Robin, my young of man, there to eat the crumbs that fall
friends? Ah, yes, some of you say; from the children's table. And we don't "we have - The Babes in the Wood”; envy the man or woman who could have also, “Cock Robin's Death and Burial." the heart to drive him out. Certainly we know Robin Red-breast.'
Now, this quiet determination not to be I am very glad to hear that you have overcome by adversity, but the rather to these books, as they form a pleasing link carry ourselves with cheerfulness, even in of connection between the children of a untoward circumstances, is surely a dispast generation, and those of the present; position of mind that we would do well to but for all that, I am not so sure that you aim after,—you boys and girls, and we really know the little bird I speak of. It grown up folks too. is one thing to know about him, quite There, for example, is a little boy with a another to know himself; and I assure you, face of indolent despair. And why? he is worth getting acquainted with, this Because his sum in arithmetic will not come brave little friend of mine, for he has a right; and he has come rather hastily to the character of his own.
conclusion, that there is no use to try any One thing that I admire so much in longer, for that multiplication and division Robin is this, that he seems to rise superior must have been invented for the special to circumstances. I say seems, because we purpose of tormenting small boys. Recannot suppose that he does so purposely, member the Robin, my young friend, and as you or I might; because we understand don't give in till you have conquered the that such is the right way to do, but that difficulty. No brave boy will let the this disposition belongs to the nature God difficulty conquer him. has given to the Robin. For the little Just one word of caution here. Robins bird does certainly give us the impression, sometimes fight with one another till both that he is willing to make the best of fall down dead; neither will yield. But things, and take a cheerful view of life. we should expect that boys and girls know
Long after the Cuckoo and Swallow better how to direct their energy. Suppose have found a more genial climate than now, Dick and Harry have been forbidden ours, and when the notes even of the to venture on the ice, both are alike disBlackbird and the Thrush are no longer appointed; but while Harry cheerfully sets heard in the woods, then is the time of himself to some other work or play, Dick Robin's reign. On any bright autumn or continues to indulge his feeling of diswinter day he may be seen hopping appointment, and grumbles at everything. blithely across the woodland path, startling This mood of mind lays him open to the passer by with his unexpected appear | temptation, and we find that when his ance, as he rustles the withered leaves. companions pass by on their way to the At such times he takes great pleasure in loch, he is easily persuaded to join them in flying on before one; alighting every now direct disobedience to the injunction of his and again on some overhanging spray, and kind guardians; while Harry is able, with there trilling forth his peculiarly sweet and perfect good humour, to reply to the characteristic little song; darting off when taunts of cowardice, and so on. Which is he has finished, but still keeping up; the really brave boy: he who is determined re-appearing when we thought he was lost, to do the right, or the one that only and looking back to his human friend with perseveres in pleasing himself? a roguish nod to see if he is being | I leave you, my young friends, to answer appreciated. And even when winter is at these questions for yourselves, and hasten its darkest, and food for Robin at its on to tell you of a lesson we may learn scarcest, he will shake the snow from his | from the Robin, that of faith and trust in sturdy brown wings, and, making a virtuela Superior Being. The Robin, more