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fishing with His disciples on the Sabbath. The golden rule requires every one of us to His custom was to attend the synagogue.' do what we can to secure the rest of the

'I don't understand, mamma, what differ Sabbath to others.' ence was made when Jesus rose from the "I know the golden rule, mamma. It is, dead, and the first day of the week became “ All things whatsoever ye would that men the Lord's day.'

should do to you, do ye even so to them;" • When Jesus rose from the dead a new but I don't see how it requires us to keep reason for keeping the Sabbath was added. | the Sabbath.' The first day of the week, the Christian 'Do you think, Georgie, that little boys Sabbath, then became a memorial of the would like to be obliged to go to school and Lord Jesus resting from His great work of learn geography, and grammar, and arithredemption, and thus Christians have more metic &c. on Sabbath, the same as on other reasons for observing the Lord's day than days; or would apprentice boys like to be the Jews had. And the Lord blessed the obliged to toil in the workshop on Sabbaths, Christian Sabbath, for on the first day of as well as on week-days?'. the week the Holy Spirit descended on the No, mamma, I am sure they would not ; Apostles, and on that day thousands were and I think you mean that we ought to do converted. Can you tell me, Johnnie, on all we can to prevent any one from being what day the Lord Jesus appeared to the obliged to work on Sabbath, because we apostle John when he was an exile in the would not like to be obliged to work on island of Patmos?'

that day ourselves.' · Was it on the Sabbath day, mamma ?'. That is exactly what I mean. Men who

· Yes it was; for we read in Rev. i. 10, work on railways or in steamers need the John's own words, “I was in the Spirit on Sabbath as much as we do, and it is cruel the Lord's day, &c." These words show as well as sinful to deprive them of it. that at the time when the book of There are many more reasons which show Revelation was written the Lord's day was the wisdom of God in providing the Sabbath observed by the Christians, and that Jesus for man, but you will understand them met with His own people on that day. better when you are older. God's command

'In Isaiah lvi. 6, 7, there is a promise and His promised blessing are sufficient to to the Gentiles who should come to Christ, assure us that in keeping this commandment and keep holy the Sabbath. I would like there is great reward. you to read it, Georgie.'

'Lest you should be wearied with this or Also the sons of the stranger, that join long lesson, I will only ask you to read one themselves to the Lord, to serve Him, and to other promise to those who keep the love the name of the Lord, to be His ser Sabbath. It is in Isaiah lviii. 13, 14. vants, every one that keepeth the Sabbath "I can repeat it,' said Johnnie, 'I learned from polluting it, &c." Do the sons of the it at school. stranger mean the Gentiles, mamma ?'. 'If thou turn away thy foot from the

Yes; the Gentile nations were strangers Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my to the covenant of promise till the gospel holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, was preached to them after the day of the holy of the Lord, honourable ; and Pentecost. Then many of them came to shalt honour Him, not doing thine own Jesus and kept His Sabbath; and many ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor more are still coming, and will yet come to speaking thine own words; then shalt thou Him. This promise has been remarkably delight thyself in the Lord, &c.' fulfilled to all who have kept the Sabbath. That is a most beautiful promise, and I Britain and America owe much of their hope you will always remember it, and ask prosperity to the regard they have paid to God to enable you to resist every tempthe Lord's day. God's word is sure tation to seek your own pleasure on God's “ Them that bonour Me, I will honour." | holy day.'

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THE CATERPILLAR.
ON entering the

parlour one afternoon in the middle of May, and sitting down, I saw on the damask tablecover a very small creature. It was a caterpillar, about half as long as the nail of my little finger, and it had bright black eyes, and a great many little feet. It was marked with rings, and was of a beautiful, soft, goldenyellow colour. The tiny fibres of wool that stood up from the table-cover — many of them as long as itself-must have seemed a forest to the little creature, which every now and then tried hard to stand on its tail to open the blossom rather rudely to find to get a better view. It stretched its head the little creature lying snugly in its about in all directions, but, I fear, could see | deepest part, curled up to rest. no way out of the wood. I said, Little Do any of our Dayspring' readers ever friend, you must be far from home. feel their souls far from home, far from the Where can you have come from, and light of true happiness, far from God? Do where would you like to go?' But it could they seek for the light, as did my little not answer loud enough for me to hear. friend, and avoid everything, every sin, On loooking round the room I saw a bunch that casts a shadow between their souls and of flowers in a glass on the piano, and God ? thought: Little friend, you know some Children, you love honey, the sweet food thing about these.' 1 lifted them to the which bees gather from flowers in summer ; table, plucked a geranium leaf, and placed but do you know anything sweeter than it in the caterpillar's way. It examined honey? Ask David, the sweet singer of the leaf, left it, and went round by Israel. He is long since dead, but still the shortest way into the full light from speaks to us in his beautiful psalms. May the window. Then I chose, thoughtfully, the Lord teach every one of you to love a furze-blossom tinted very like my little His light, and the sweet honey of His friend's yellow coat. The blossom was Word. welcomed as an old acquaintance; the My friend the caterpillar, after feeding caterpillar crept on to it eagerly, and further plentifully on his favourite flowers, would and further in, till I lost sight of it, and had | doubtless lie down some day for a long

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sleep, become a golden chrysalis, and wake down to assist it in drawing from her udder up, some lovely summer resurrection morn, the nourishing milk. If man or beast come to find himself a beautiful winged insect. near it, she will push with her head and So we hope, you and I, after feeding on the defend it; and if the shepherd take it up to Word awhile, to sleep in Jesus, and to carry it to a place of shelter, she will follow wake at the great resurrection to an him when she hears it bleating in his arms. eternal summer of liberty and joy. R. M. When a lamb is dead, the shepherd will

sometimes draw it along the ground with a THE SHEEP.

string to the fold or house, and the ewe will M Y Dear Young Friends, -In former follow a long distance, manifesting a greater VI papers I have endeavoured to point

fondness for it from seeing it in motion, as out to you the evidence of the wisdom and if she had some hope that it was restored to goodness of God, as it is manifiested in the life. Then the process of twinning takes habits and instincts of the curlew and place; that is, a twin lamb is taken and cuckoo; and perhaps some of you may think

covered with the skin of the dead one, and that it would be as much in the line of an confined with the ewe in a close place for a

old shepherd' to say something about the few hours till she takes to it kindly as if it sheep. Well then, let us think of them were her own. Ewes know their own for a little.

lambs chiefly by the smell, and so they are All things in creation give evidence of

more easily imposed on in that way. Were the glory of the great Creator. Job had their sense of sight as active as that of taken notice of this, and he said to his un

| smell they would detect the imposition, and reasonable friends, "Ask now the beasts, refuse to adopt the stranger; but though and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of quick sighted to see and know their enemies, the air, and they shall tell thee.'

they can scarcely distinguish by sight their The cuckoo has gone and left us for a own lamb from another. After they are a season, and we shall hear its note no more few weeks old they know them well by the till the return of summer ; but the useful sound of their voice, and sometimes at a sheep remains with us, and we may ask long distance. These things may seem them if they have anything to say about unimportant, but every one of them has its the wisdom and goodness of their Maker. use in their preservation and management. Of all the animals, they are among the Then there are some things about the most useful to man; but without their lambs from which children might learn various instincts they would be of very little

lessons. How delightful it is to see in the value. Man, however, knowing these cool of a summer evening a number of instincts takes advantage of them, and can young lambs, white and clean, collected manage them with ease.

together on the green sward, leaping and There is great goodness in providing dancing so playfully! Not one of them them with a warm covering, which grows angry, not one of them envious, not one of rapidly, and thus they are protected from them crying from the unkindness of another. the cold in winter. In the heat of summer All are clean, merry, harmless, and innocent. it becomes oppressive, and when man shears How delightful it would be if the same them, for his own use, they feel relieved. thing could always be said of every group Before the ewe drops her lamb, she gener of playful children! Come, my young ally withdraws to some remote place where friends, to the green hills in summer, and she is most likely to be safe from enemies, learn from the little lambs to be clean, and and then she waits upon her young with merry, and harmless. great care, licking it with her tongue, and Under the Old Testament dispensation, standing over it; and when she feels it the lamb was a type of our Saviour Jesus touching her nipple she will hold herself Christ, but I leave it to yourselves to find out

* See hymn •In the Promise-garden,' p. 108. | its fitness for that purpose. AN OLD SHEPHERD.

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THE LARK'S MISSION-A REAL OCCURRENCE. A S morn by morn the sun arose,

Is it an echo in his heartA Far o'er the deep blue tide,

An arrow winged with love? Shedding a golden pathway there,

He stops his work, and gazes up-
Where angel feet might glide;

Up to the sky above.
There rose a lark on joyous wing,
Singing, as still he flies,

“My bonnie birdie, ilka morn His morning song of praise to Him

Ye sing your blithesome lay, Who made the earth and skies.

While ne'er a sang o praise I gie

To Him wha guides my way. Meanwhile, down by yon fisher's cot,

Aye! I hae clean forgotten Him

To whom ye gie the praise;
You'd see his busy hand
Mending the nets, while yet the tide

Though He's sae mindfu' aye o' me
Steals slowly up the strand :

In a' my wilfu’ ways. Each morning finds him at the task 'Twas but yest're'en I saw the tempest lour, He knows and plies so well;

And thocht o' Nelly, and the bairnies fourAnd as he works, he hears the lark

Thocht how they'd greet, if never, never mair Whose notes with rapture swell.

They'd see the faither in his ain bit chair!

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Aye, what a sicht was Nelly's watery e'e,
Wi' Robbie in her arms sae fu' o' glee;
When as the wind cam' swoopin' owre the wole,
The boat was anchored safe in Lucky's hole.
Aye, butyon lav'rock there hassmotemyheart-
I ne'er in sang o' praise ha'e ta'en a part-
I ne'er ha'e thankit Him nor praised His name,
Wha gar'd the awsome waves to guide me hame;
I e'en maun try, like yon blithe birdie there,
To raise a mornin' sang and evenin' prayer.
Sae ilka day I'll praise and bless His name,
Wha sent the birdie wi' this message hame.
Aye! yonder's Nelly wi' the bairn,

As blithe as blithe can be,
Singin' like ony laverock

Abune the grassy lea.
'Atweel, gudewife, yon lav'rock there

Has brocht my sin to mind,
We ne'er ha'é praised nor blessed the Lord

Wha's been sae gude and kind-
We ne'er ha'e thocht. o' Him ava',
Nor seen His lovin' hand in a'.
Let's read His Word, gudewife,

Wha bade the storm be still,
And teach our bairnies, as they grow,

To do His holy will;
Let's teach them in the morn to sing,

Like to the lav'rock there,
A lilt o' praise unto the King,

Wha made them a' sae fair.
I mind my mither tellin' me

He gi'ed His Son to dee,
That in death's gloamin' we micht sing

A sang o' victory.
Let's gi'e our hearts to Him, Nelly,

Wha lo'ed us a' sae weel;
Then like the lav'rock we will sing,

While yet we mind the kreel.”
Gudeman, your words mak'glad my heart,

For 'twas but yesternicht
I cried in my puir way to Him,

Wha hauds a power and micht,
That He wad bring ye safe, Willie-

Safe through the storm to me,
That ance mair I micht see ye

Wi' the bairnies on your knee.
We'll thank Him baith thegither, Will,

We'll learn the bairns to sing;
And ilka morn and e'en we'll pray

To Him, our Lord and King'
June 1872.

M. A. L. F.

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LOOKING OUT.
THE look out, when one casually went

1 into Polly Saunders' room, did not seem very inviting to a stranger, as it was mostly roofs of houses and chimney tops that could be seen. But the greater part of Polly's time was spent in looking out, and she was wont to say with a quiet smile, that there was more there than met the eye, and that she never tired of the prospect. Poor girl, it was well she could say that. She had lain there on that little couch, so placed that she could look out, now for two or three years.

An accident when she was but a child had deprived her of the use of her limbs; and though she could at first busy herself without fatigue in knitting, she was now much sooner tired, and more frequently obliged to stop. Even the curious art she had learned of making bags with twino was now a toil to her, and the busy fingers must rest idly

by her side. She was much alone, for her / only friend was Ned her brother, who was

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