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THE TOWER OF LONDON.
designed. Each of the towers has a history But Lady Jane Grey was a child of God, of its own.
and while awaiting the sentence of death, The Tower of London is still used as a the Lord was her strength, a strong tower secure receptacle for the most valuable in 'which she found safety. possessions of the kings and queens of In a letter to her father, written shortly England. The Jewel House, a well before her death, she says, "To you, guarded room in the tower, contains St. | perhaps, it may seem woeful: yet to me Edward's crown, made for the coronation of there is nothing can be more welcome, Charles II. and used for all the sovereigns than from this rule of misery to aspire to since his time; the new state crown, made that heavenly throne with Christ my for the coronation of Queen Victoria, and Saviour; in whose steadfast faith (if it may valued at more than £100,000; the Royal be lawful for the daughter so to write to Sceptre, Queen's Sceptre, and many other the father) the Lord continue to keep you, costly possessions. The famous Koh-i-noor, so at last we may meet in heaven.' or mountain of light, the wonderful diamond The copy of the New Testament in which once belonged to Runjet Singhi, Greek, which Lady Jane Grey read in chief of Lahore, and now belongs to Queen the prison, is still preserved ; and on a Victoria, is also kept in the Jewel Room. blank leaf at the end, these last words to
The Royal Armoury, in the tower, is a her sister are written: place of great interest. Many ancient suits I have here sent to you, my dear sister of mail are to be seen there. One which is Catherine, a book, which, though it be not said to have been worn by Prince Edward, outwardly trimmed with gold or the is gilt throughout, and differs from all the curious embroidery of the artfullest needles, others in having coverings of mail even for yet, inwardly, is more worth than all the the feet. This was rendered necessary by precious mines the vast world can boast of. the eagerness of the Saracens to discover It is the book, dear sister, of the law of the any unprotected part of body on which their Lord, His Testament and last will, which lances might take effect.
he bequeathed to us wretches, which shall Many of the kings of England have lead you to eternal joy.' occasionally resided within the tower of Lord, into Thy hands I commend my London. But it is not as a palace, but as spirit,' were the last words she uttered. the state prison of England, that the Is not such faith in the Lord Jesus, a more deepest and most terrible interest belongs precious possession than all the costly to the tower. Of the many illustrious jewels which are treasured with such care persons who have been imprisoned there, in the Tower of London?
M. T. S. we would only name Wallace, the Scottish Patriot, who was led from its walls to be cruelly executed; Chaucer, the father of English poetry, who was confined there for How precious is the Book divine, three years ; Sir Walter Raleigh; Lord
By inspiration given!
To guide our souls to heaven.
It sweetly cheers our drooping hearts amiable; gentle and pious girl, was
In this dark vale of tears; persuaded, much against her own wish, to
Life, light, and joy it still imparts accept the crown of England, on the death
And quells our rising fears. of her cousin, Edward VI. Only nine days
This lamp, through all the tedious night, had she been queen, when she was Of life shall guide our way, imprisoned and condemned to die, and Till we behold the clearer light after seven months she was executed.
Of an eternal day.
OF THE FIFTEENTH AND SIXTEENTH CENTURIES.
God, sent to proclaim His word and sentence of condemnation against men, in these last
days, assuring them that I had known BERNARD PALISSY.
Philibert Hamelin for eleven years, and THE name of Palissy the potter is famous that he was a man of so holy a life that
1 over all the world. His beautiful other men seemed to me but devils in cups and vases are now beyond all price, comparison.'' and certainly his life is as strange and And, although such intercession did not interesting as his art is beautiful and win Hamelin's release, it softened his rare.
imprisonment and exempted him from many He was born in the south of France in of the hardships to which the other prisoners 1510. The earnestness of his character on the same charge of heresy were subjected. grew with his years; and with all the passion But not long afterwards he was martyred of an artist he devoted himself to his work. for his faith at Bordeaux, Chancing to see a Faience cup, an Italian Palissy lived on near the palace, worshipkind of pottery greatly prized, he was ping God according to his own conscience, seized with a passion to discover the secret and busy day after day with his beautiful of white enamel, and for sixteen years pottery. From the dreadful massacre of devoted his life to this one single object. St. Bartholomew, he was exempted by name.
Through poverty and reproaches and Paris was full of protestants who had come neglect, he worked all those long years. to the marriage of Henry of Navarre. At length his enthusiasm was rewarded by Queen Catherine de Medici invited them the discovery of what he sought. Suddenly from all parts of France with special marks he became famous in France. His beau of favour, and promises of welcome and tiful and delicate work was sought by the pardon. Henry of Navarre was the chamqueen and the nobles, and himself lodged pion of the protestants, their peculiar friend. near the palace, and protected by a special So from all the provinces they came, joyfully order.
and fearlessly, to do honour to his marriage He had need of this especial protection, day. And, while the feasting and rejoicing for he was a Huguenot-a Protestant was still at its height, the soldiers went attached to his religion with all the fervour through the city by the wicked queen's with which he was devoted to his art. And command, and through three dreadful he lived in those evil days when Catherine days and nights slew the Protestants of de Medici was queen.
whatever rank or age. The doors of the But the luxurious court could not spare houses where they lodged had been marked the devout potter. The lovely cups and by white crosses. By a special exemption of vases which his skilful fingers fashioned, the queen, Palissy, among all the Huguenots, with their graceful forms and tender and was alone to be spared. pure colours; the beautiful and costly For sixteen years longer he lived protected things, so precious to the eye and grateful by his famous art. At the end of that time to the pride of the queen, made the life of he was seized and thrown into prison as a the workman valuable. So Palissy lived heretic. safe near the palace.
The work of his life was done. The He was sometimes able, though very grand saloons of Paris were filled with his feebly, to share this protection with his lovely art, the exquisite form and colour friends.
that Palissy's hand had wrought. They For · Philibert Hamelin, the Reformer of did not need him any more. So, old and Saintonge,' once and again he pleaded, and feeble, he lay in his prison cell, till nearly not without effect. He himself relates how two years had past, and then God set him he went to the magistrates, telling them free. He died in the prison of the Bastille, they had imprisoned a prophet or angel of | in the year 1590.
8. W. H. W.
THE LESSON OF THE WATER-MILL.
THE LESSON OF THE WATER-MILL. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge,
por wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.'-ECCLES. 9. 10. T ISTEN to the water-mill!
Take the lesson to thyself, I Through the livelong day,
True and loving heart; How the clicking of its wheel
Golden Youth is fleeting by, Wears the hours away!
Summer hours depart; Languidly the autumn wind
Learn to make the most of life, Stirs the forest leaves;
Lose no happy day, From the fields the reapers sing,
Time will never bring thee back Binding up their sheaves;
Chances swept away! And a proverb haunts my mind
Leave no tender word unsaid, As a spell is cast:
Love while love shall last; • The mill cannot grind
"The mill cannot grind With the water that is past.'
With the water that is past.' Autumn winds revive no more
Work while yet the daylight shines, Leaves that once are shed,
Man of strength and will! And the sickle cannot reap
Never does the streamlet glide Corn once gathered ;
Useless by the mill; Flows the ruffled streamlet on,
Wait not till to-morrow's sun Tranquil, deep, and still,
Beams upon thy way, Never gliding back again :
All that thou canst call thine own To the water-mill.
Lies in thy 'to-day'; Truly speaks that proverb old,
Power, and intellect, and health With a meaning vast
May not always last; The mill cannot grind
The mill cannot grind With the water that is past.'
With the water that is past.'
CHILDREN'S SCRIPTURE UNION.
CHILDREN'S SCRIPTURE UNION. shire town has three week-evening services,
attended by 400 children and young people. SOMETHING TO DO FOR JESUS.
Branches are formed in boarding schools, M Y dear young friends, I have been day schools, Sunday schools, and in orphan
IV asked to give you a short account of | homes; and others by ladies among their the Children's Scripture Union, in the belief | own acquaintance. Then each Branch has that you would be interested to know what its own name, such as the • Lily,' the
nany boys and girls are doing all over Immanuel'-or other distinctive title. Great Britain, and in many foreign countries, | Would you not like to join? To feel with the Word of God.
that you were reading and praying with In March this year, the thought occurred 25,000 other boys and girls ? And then, to some friends, who are constantly doing if you are an earnest little follower of all they can to make young people happy Jesus, you may do something for Him : in Jesus and His love,' that, as the grown you may persuade others to join—those up people had two large Bible Unions, the who need a helping hand from their young little people ought to have one too. So friends, and who do not yet love God's they asked God's blessing on the work, Book. Wont you try, for Jesus' sake, to began in real earnest, and now, as Mr T. do something for others ? A little girl in B. Bishop, the Honorary Secretary, reports Yorkshire, only eleven years old, has in his yearly account of the Children's formed a branch of 91 members! Would Special Service Mission, there are from not you like to do something like this 20,000 to 25,000 girl and boy members among your little friends ? Anything you belonging to the Union.
want to know about the Union you may I will tell you how all this is done. Mr write down and direct to Mr T. B. Bishop, Bishop having begun it, invited ladies in 71 Thistle Grove, South Kensington, many towns and suburbs to take a number | London, S.W., and he will gladly give you of cards whereon the portions of Scripture all particulars. May the Lord Jesus bless to be read are printed—from twelve to
you, and guide you unto Himself! sixteen verses-beginning with St. Mat
M. BUTLER GERDS. thew's Gospel on the first of April last, and going on to December, when the young reader will require a new card. Before the boy or girl can become a member, he
OUR FORERUNNER. or she has to fill in his or her name on a
"İle shall go over before.'—Deut. 3. 28. printed invitation issued by the lady who JOSHUA was a type of Christ in many is local secretary of the Branch thus I things. God gave him to be a leader formed; and, on returning it, he or she and commander of the people.' He was will receive the card of membership. The their captain in war, and their saviour from reading of God's Holy Word may then be their enemies. systematically begun; and every Sabbath In this verse God told Moses that Joshua morning each young member prays for all should go over before the people into the other members of the Scripture Union, Canaan, and cause them to inherit the that the reading may be blessed to them. land.'
There are over 320 of these Branch This is what the Lord Jesus Christ has Unions—some having 25, others 50, others done for us. He has gone before, in front 100 members each; very often weekly of, the great army of the living God who meetings are held one lady having 200 have crossed or have yet to cross the river children attending her week-evening ser- | of death. His blessed feet have passed that vice. In the Perthshire Highlands another river, and made the crossing easy for us ; lady has 100 children at her house on so that the dark waters shall never overflow Sunday afternoons; and a lady in York- | one of us, not even a little child.