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who alone is King for ever and ever. It good many people in our country who are was in this way that the fount, which first not unlike him. They have often been told burst from his heart in life's young days, that their hearts are black and wicked; but still channeling deeper as it flowed, became, they will not believe that this is quite true, in the consistent life and steady purpose of until some day they see their images in the Daniel's latest years, a stream, passing perfect mirror of God's Word, and then onward to the great ocean of eternity. their mouths will be stopped.
Children, in all these lives there is a Mr Moody tells a story, in one of his lesson for you. This is your seed time. addresses, which illustrates this. It is as May the good seed now sown ripen in your follows:- I said to my little family one hearts, and be fruitful in after years. morning, a few weeks before the Chicago "O happy is the man who hears
fire, “I am coming home this afternoon to Instruction's warning voice;
give you a ride." My little boy clapped And who celestial Wisdom makes
his hands. “Oh, papa, will you take me His early, only choice.'
to see the bears in Lincoln Park?"_“Yes." You know boys are very fond of seeing
bears. I had not been gone long, when THE DAYSPRING' PICTURE GALLERY.
my little boy said, “ Mamma, I wish you IV.—THE MIRROR.
would get me ready."_" Oh," she said, DASSING on from the picture of the " it will be a long time before papa comes." I sower, we are suddenly confronted —“But I want to get ready, mamma.” At by the reflection of our own faces in a last he was ready to have the ride-face large mirror. How is this? It is not here washed, and clothes all nice and clean.merely for ornament, as you often see "Now you must take good care and not mirrors in halls and galleries. No! it has get yourself dirty again,” said mamma. a meaning ; and the words inscribed above Oh, of course he was going to take care; it, point us to that meaning. If any be a he wasn't going to get dirty. So off he hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is ran to watch for me. However, it was a like unto a man beholding his natural face long time yet until the afternoon, and after in a glass ; for he beholdeth himself, and a little he began to play. When I got goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth home, I found him outside, with his face what manner of man he was.' So we learn all covered with dirt. "I can't take you to that the Bible shows us our hearts, just as the Park that way, Willie.”_"Why, papa ? a looking-glass shows us our faces.
you said you would take me.”_"Oh, but I You know that savages, whose only can't; you're all over mud. I couldn't be mirrors are made of polished metal, are seen with such a dirty little boy.”_"Why, filled with astonishment when they first see I'se clean, papa; mamma washed me.” a European looking-glass. Dr. Livingstone 6 Well, you've got dirty since." But he tells of the absurd remarks the people of began to cry, and I could not convince him some of the African tribes used to make that he was dirty. "I'se clean; mamma about their personal appearance, when they washed me!” he cried. Do you think I first saw themselves in his glass. One argued with him ? No. I just took him would say, What a big mouth I have!'. up in my arms, and carried him into the Another, My ears are as big as pumpkin house, and showed him his face in the leaves ; ' or, I have no chin at all.' And looking-glass. He had not a word to say.' one man, after a long study of his own face, It is extremely difficult to get people to said candidly, People say I am ugly, and look at themselves honestly in God's mirror, how very ugly I am indeed!' Seeing is | and the reason is very simple: it shows no believing. That man had never before flattering likeness. You remember how been persuaded that people's opinion of furious the Pharisees sometimes became him was true. Now I think there are a l with the Lord Jesus, when His parables
showed them their own hearts too plainly. praying, as you do so, the double petition And I have heard of a man's going to a I taught by the good minister to the little celebrated preacher in a towering rage, to Highland kitchen-maid: • Lord, shew me ask him what he meant by talking of him myself;' Lord, shew me Thyself. And, in that way in his sermon. The preacher as another good man used to say, .For knew nothing about him, and told him so. every look you take at yourself, take ten He had only held up the mirror faithfully, looks at Christ.' So you will daily see less and the man saw his image reflected so to admire in yourself, and more to admire plainly, that he was afraid every one in the in Him, till the promised day comes, when congregation would see it also.
"we shall be like Him, for we shall see But I have still to tell you the most Him as He is.'
J. B. . wonderful thing about this mirror. It shows you, not only exactly what you are, but what you ought to be ; for, if you look
THE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE. stedfastly into it, you will see alongside of IRST Genesis, and Exodus, Leviticus, and your own image, the likeness of 'One
Numbers, fairer than the sons of men. As dear old Deutronomy, and Joshua, and Judges, too, John Bunyan says: "Now the glass was
and Ruth; . one of a thousand. It would present a
Then Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles, and
Ezra, Nehemiah, man, one way, with his own features
And Esther, Job, and David's Psalms are in exactly; and turn it but another way, and
God's Book of Truth. it would shew one the very face and similitude of the Prince of pilgrims Himself. The wise king's Proverbs follow next, and Yes, I have talked with them that can tell,
then Ecclesiastes; and they have said that they have seen the The Song of Solomon precedes Isaiah's very crown of thorns upon His head by
glorious strain: looking in that glass; they have therein
Then Jeremiah, prophet sad, weeps for his
Lamentations; also seen the holes in His hands, in His
Ezekiel and Daniel foretell Messiah's reign. feet, and in His side. Yea, such an excellency is there in that glass, that it will Hosea, Joel, Amos next, the book of Obadiah, shew Him to one where they have a mind
And Jonah, Micah, Nahum, too, then to see Him, whether living or dead, whether
Habakkuk appears; in earth or in heaven, whether in a state of
And Zephaniah, Haggai, the prophet Zechhumiliation or in His exaltation, whether
ariah; coming to suffer or coming to reign.
And Malachi completes the roll, ere CIWIST,
four hundred years. Suppose you had a dear brother in Australia, would you not be glad if some The Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, Johnone gave you a magic glass, such as we read
the Acts of the Apostles; of in old fables, by whose help you could
Then Romans, and Corinthians, Galatians see him at any time? Just such a glass is
next we note; the Bible to the friends of the Lord Jesus.
Ephesians, and Philippians, Colossians, Thos. No wonder they love to study it, when they
St. Paul these nine Epistles to the early see there the face of Him they love best!
churches wrote. And now notice the wonderful words engraved below this mirror :- We all, Next Timothy and Titus come, Philemon and with open face, beholding as in a glass the
the Hebrews: glory of the Lord, are changed into the
Then James; and Peter's letters tell of
precious' things above; same image. Is not that good news for
John's three Epistles ; Jude: and last, John's you and me,-that as we study Christ's
wondrous Revelation, face in His Word, we shall grow like Him? The Volume of the Book' complete, Gopis Will you then use this glass every day, I blessed Book of Love!
BISHOP KEN. THE little babe was born at Berkhamp- | So, on the peaceful banks of the Dove, 1 stead, on a summer day of 1637; but the future bishop's boyhood was passed; he scarcely knew his mother, for she died and he grew up skilful in music, with a before the first sweet years of his infancy voice that was wonderfully sweet. were past. The family were old and When he went to Oxford his love of honourable, but it was not rich now; and music still clung to him. Cromwell was the little boy was carried by his eldest then Protector; the Puritans were in sister to live in her own home.
power; and music, like all the fine arts, This sister was married to Izaak Walton. had begun to be looked on with a grudge. You do not know Izaak Walton. Some But Ken still cherished his beautiful art, time perhaps you shall hear how he angled and played on the organ and the lute; and in the pleasant Dove, and how he wrote of in 1657 became the member of a musical his angling—and how he wrote the beautiful society at Oxford. He also wrote a long lives of many good men, and touched them poem which has been forgotten quiteall with his own quaint goodness—sometime it was but through his holy hymins his you shall surely know. My Kenna,' memory was to live. Izaak Walton called his fondly loved wife, When Cromwell was dead and Charles with a lingering delight in her name, and Second was restored to the English throne, he cherished the little Thomas Ken, her Ken was presented to the rectory of brother, whom nature had gifted well. ! Little Easton in Essex; and here he lived
When in the night I sleepless lie,
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
MORNING HIMN. * All praise to Thee who safe hast kept, And hast refreshed me while I slept: Grant, Lord, when I from death awake, I may of endless life partake.
for two pleasant years, and then his life changed again. He was called to Winchester by the bishop of that place, and lived in the bishop's palace, which was indeed a home for here his beloved sister and Izaak Walton her husband had already made their abode by desire of the grateful bishop Morley. Izaak Walton had sheltered Morley in his little cottage on the Dove, in the days when the roundheads were strong, and the royalists were their foes. And when the king came home, and Morley was made a bishop, he remembered the kindly Waltons, and made his palace their home.
But Ken was not long in Winchester. Bishop Morley made him rector of Brightstone. Brightstone is a fair little village which lies in the Isle of Wight; and here two other happy and busy years were spent by Ken. And they are years over which it is pleasant to linger, for the place was very sweet, with a far view of the sea and waves which rolled in ceaselessly with a glorious psalm of God. It was indeed a place most fitted for holy song; and here, Ken wrote those two beautiful hymns which we still so often sing. Walking, it is said in the rectory garden, beneath its tall hedge of yews, he composed those long-loved, familiar hymns for morning and evening time.
Awake, my soul, and with the sun
Thy precious time misspent redeem : Each present day thy last esteem: Improve thy talent with due care : For the great day thyself prepare.
In conversation be sincere;
Wake, and lift up thyself, my heart, And with the angels bear a part, Who all night long unwearied sing High praise to heaven's eternal King.
Direct, control, suggest, this day,
women to dine with bim in his hall, and All I design, or do, or say;
while they ate the abundant good things That all my powers, and all my might,
before them, he talked with them kindly In Thy sole glory may unite.
and comfortingly; and then he would Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
send thein home laden with help for those Praise Him, all creatures here below;
they loved. Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
This was the kind of life he lived, till at Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.'
length he displeased the king. Charles
Second was now dead. James Second was In these same peaceful days in the Isle king. He was a Roman Catholic, and disof Wight, Ken composed his Midnight pleased with Bishop Ken. So Ken was Hymn. Little known now, it yet has arrested with six other bishops of whom comforted many in painful and sad hours. sometime you will read much in history. But Ken was not to rest long in this quiet But you cannot yet understand the cause retreat, writing hymns and teaching the of their imprisonment. They were cast simple people he loved. He was called once into the tower of London, and then tried more by Bishop Morley to Winchester. | by judges as if they had been guilty of a And then follow many years of no quiet | crime against the king. Happily they were life to ten-years of which I cannot tell soon set free. It was by the next king, you much. When you grow to be a man William Third, (William of Orange he is and know something of the struggles and called,) that the bishoprick was taken from ambitions of life, of all its cares and all its Ken. For Ken was still loyal to the Stewprizes, you shall understand them better. arts, and thought William should not be You shall hear of a tour he made through king. James Second, who was then in disItaly, with his nephew, young Izaak Walton, tress and banishment, he still called his king. the son of Izaak Walton the angler, of Thus Ken, in his old age, had to leave the whom I have told you already—you will bishop's palace_ he had no home of his own, hear how he went to Holland as Chaplain and scarcely any money left. He had once to the young Princess of Orange who was | a small fortune left him of four thousand afterwards Queen of England. You will pounds, and immediately sent it all to the hear how, after he returned from Holland, relief of the homeless Protestants of France. he was sent abroad again as Chaplain-in But he was much richer in friends than he chief of King Charles Second's fleet, which was in money. Many were eager to befriend was in the Mediterranean Sea. When Ken him, and make their homes his. And perreturned home in the first week of April, haps this part of his life was the peacefullest 1684, he found that old Izaak Walton had of all. He travelled from village to village died some months before. Izaak Walton on an old white horse, teaching the poor was buried in the Cathedral of Winchester. people as he had done long ago. When the He was ninety years old. He had left to old white horse grew too old, Ken travelled Ken a blood-stone ring, on which was on foot, slowly, with staff in hand, gathercarved an effigy of Christ on the Cross. ing the people by the waysides or under the With this sacred ring, Ken afterwards village elms. sealed all the letters he wrote. It was about He was now aged and feeble in health, this time that Charles Second made him but his wakeful nights be filled with hymns. Bishop of Bath and Wells. And how busy He died on a March day, 1711, seventyand how kind was his life, I cannot tell you three years old. He was buried under the truly. Preaching in the churches, and chancel window of the church of Frome, teaching the poor people, he travelled much Selwood, while the village children sang through that part of the country which was round his grave his own Morning Hymn. under his care. Usually when at home on For it was in the early spring dawn that the Sundays he had twelve poor men and | bishop was laid to rest.
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