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THE LITTTE CAROL-SINGERS.
could not baptize and preach, but by and by what to write in His Book; and then how men, I hoped to send a missionary to do so. But if and boys and girls in my country gave money they died trusting in the Lord Jesus, like the to have these books printed and sent out here. thief on the cross, they would be saved without This man received instruction eagerly; he baptism. Then I returned home.
was baptized, and is now a rejoicing Christian. After a year had passed, I thought I would He gave me the tract he found in the teak go and see them again. This time I took tree-I hold it in my hand--the very one that with me two of the elder girls to help in the poor girl put there! because she wished to teaching the children; I took also many books "saw beside all waters ;” and is not this and tracts. The evening before we started, “bread found after many days ?” we had prayer together, and I asked the girls Dear children, ask the Holy Spirit to show to choose a verse as a motto for our journey. you the dying love of Jesus. To show you One of them chose, “Sow beside all waters.” His love in taking your sins, in taking your
"We were to start at six o'clock in the punishment, in taking your place, and dying morning. The Burmese are very indolent, instead of you. Ask Éim to show you the and never in time. I always had to set the living love of Jesus. Just look up at the blue example of being first, and mounted my sky, and think there the Lord Jesus is living buffalo punctually. I was vexed to see that and loving me. Yes, He lives that you may the girl who chose the text was not ready. live also; He lives to intercede; He lives to When we were on our way I asked her how send His Holy Spirit down to you; He lives it was. She said, “0, mother, when I came to prepare a place ; He lives to bring you safe down the steps our verse spoke to me. I saw home to see Him-your dying, living, loving the man we leave behind to take care of the Saviour
MARIA V. G. HAVERGAL. house, and I knew he was wicked still, and beats his wife. I thought, sow now.' I said
THE LITTLE CAROL-SINGERS. to him, 'do read, do think of the God that sees you, do leave off beating your wife.'. He
(A CHRISTMAS TALE.) said, Oshe is woman, she must be beat.'
SLOWLY they died away, those few faint “Well, don't beat her till we come back.' And
embers, he did promise me.”.
Fading to ashes on the poor man's hearth. And as we journeyed on, the dear girls did 'Twas one of those cold, snowy, bleak indeed “sow beside all waters." They Decembers would go on fast to some wells, where many That to the rich and happy call for mirth; pilgrims were resting, and speak to them of But to the weary, desolate, careworn poor, Jesus, and give them tracts. Another time Bring want and hunger closer to the door. they saw in the distance a crowd of pilgrims
The time of Jesu's birth was drawing nigh, who would pass along another turn in the
The time when angels visited the land, road; and with whom we could not speak.
When white-robed hosts, appearing in the sky, They dropped tracts in the road for them, and
Told of the blessings poured with lavish hand one of the girls said, “I shall put some tracts
From God our Father's ever boundless grace, up in the teak trees; they will see the white
Showered upon us from His bright dwellingpaper and wonder what it is.” I must tell you here, that two years after
place. this a man from a far distant district called on The poor man to his little children spoke, me. He said, “I have a book that fell down And to his whitefaced, weary, patient wife: from the sky from the true God; I have read "Time was,' he said, long silence as he broke, it; I believe it; I come to know about Him."
"When glad and happy seemed to me a life I said, “what do you mean? I have books
When poor though I might be, and cold, and too, but they did not fall from the sky."
lone, 160, but this book did fall from the sky. I I yet should have some loved ones all my own. found it up in a teak tree when I was going a pilgrimage to worship Gudamah. I saw it; • And now I almost could have wished,' he said, I read it. Did not the true God drop it there That you might leave this weary, earthly land, for me?”
That Christ, who watches from His throne 'I told him how, long ago, the true God put o'erhead, true words into men's hearts, and told thom / Would reach to you in love a gentle hand,
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But his wife spoke not, answered not a whit;
grown dim Through many tears, in wonder looked at him. But at the last, one of the children cried, A thoughtful boy, who to his sister turned, "I stood this morning a great house beside, Bright, warm, and cheering there the firelight
burned, And rosy little children round it drew; Oh, I wished sorely I might feel it too. But come, dear Ellie, to them let us sing, Sing those sweet carols that we know so well. It may be they will listen; they may bring Some help for all of us; yes, who can tell; Come, then, and we will sing of Jesu's birth, Who, long years past, at Christmas came on
earth. And so they stepped forth on the untrodden
snow, And their young voices sounded sweet and
glad; Oh Song ! thy wondrous power do we not
know? Gladdening the weary, comforting the sad, And shedding peace and love on many a heart, Lightning its sorrow, bidding grief depart. They sang about the happy Fatherland, Where sin, and pain, and grief for aye are Where hunger, standing with uplifted hand, Should chill them with its presence never
She waited till the sounds began again,-
white, All seemed beneath its influence to have slept, For all was still and hushed--and then her
sight Fell on the carol-singers standing there, While round them blew the chill December
air. She had two darlings of her own to love, And to her mother's heart the pity flew; How would she feel, she thought, as with
quick move She to the door unhesitating drew, How would she feel, if in that bitter night, Her babes, stood shiv'ring on the snow Bo
white. She led them to the blazing crackling fire, And bade them rest the while she brought
them food; And those poor children's spirits mounted
higher As they said smiling, Truly God is good, And Christ has not forgot how once He came A child Himself to save our souls from shame.' They went home happy, and for many a day The lady came to see and help them all, Until the father, smiling oft, would say, Now shame it was that so my faith should
fall;' And the poor mother raised her head and
smiled, Nor feared to look upon each palefaced child. My tale is done. I pray you all who read This ill told story of a thing most true, To hasten to some weary ones who need A part, at least, of all that you can do; Teach them that in this world some still abide Who will not pass by on the other side. And know, that He who at this time came
down From His great Heaven to visit our poor
earth, Who left, for us, a Kingdom and a Crown, That He might bring us lost ones hope and
mirth; He will behold, though our faith is so dim, And He will count it all as done indeed to Him.
more; They sang, yet still no kindly voice did greet, As stepped the children down the snowy street. But did they understand ? Not all I know. And yet in childhood's heart of tenderness The words that are not comprehended glow In fairy colours fit to warm and bless ; Well I recall those fancies sweet yet wild, And not so long ago, I was myself a child. In that great house the boy had seen before, A young wife sat and listened to the strain, And when the children's Christmas song was
Kingdom alones bope
THE GOOD PHYSICIAN.
SABBATH EVENINGS AT HOME—THE GOOD PHYSICIAN. MAMMA:
what did the doctor say? Does he think Lizzie is better to-night?' said Johnnie, as the doctor left the house one Sabbath evening.
'He says she is a little better, and he hopes she is beginning to recover though still very ill,' replied the anxious mother. Little Lizzie had fallen the day before and been so severely hurt her parents were much alarmed on her account. Mamma could not leave the little sufferer long enough to give the boys their usual lesson that evening, and as soon as she had answered their eager enquiries she returned to watch over her distressed little
THE RAISING OF JAIRUS' DAUGHTER. one. Shortly after, their good pastor, having to bring the doctor. They told him too heard of the accident, called to enquire for | how very kind the good doctor had been, the child, and to express his sympathy with how long he had stayed beside Lizzie her grieved parents. He was cordially wel trying to make her better, how gently he comed by the boys, and soon heard from them had touched her, and how tenderly he had all about how the accident had occurred, spoken to her. what a sad fright they had got when their I think you like Dr. - very much,' said little sister was carried into the house un- | the pastor, after he had heard all the boys had conscious, and how quickly papa had gone to tell him of his great skill and kindness.
“Yes I do love him,' said Georgie, 'he any use of sending for the doctor unless you is so wise and good. Mamma thinks Lizzie did what he bade you?' would have died if the doctor had not come No, sir; I do not think the doctor would very quickly.
come to see us any more if we did not obey 'I am glad you are not like some foolish his orders.' children who do not like the good doctor, “And yet many who say they have come and never wish to see him. I once heard to Jesus will not do what He tells them, of a little boy who was seized with sudden and so are not healed. Do you remember illness. His parents immediately sent for what the prophet Jeremiah asked the Jews, the doctor, and he prescribed some medicine when he saw them all going on in sin ? which he hoped would cure the disease. You might read the questions he put to But the little boy cried, said he did not need them, Georgie. You will find them in Jer. medicine, and would not take it; and what viii. 22.' do you think was the consequence ?'
Georgie found the place, and read, 'I& 'Perhaps he got worse and died.'
there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician 'Yes; he got worse so rapidly that next there? why then is not the health of the time the doctor came he could do no more daughter of my people recovered?' for him. It was very sad. But do you Can you answer these questions, know, Georgie, that a great many persons Johnnie ? treat the only Physician-who can always 'I think I can. Jesus is the balm in heal—the same way in which that little boy Gilead and the physician there, and people treated the doctor? You know what are not healed because they will not come Physician I mean?'
to Him and do what He commands.' You mean Jesus. He is the Great Very well answered. Jesus is Himself Physician.'
both the healing balm and the kind Yes ; Jesus is the Physician of both soul physician. "He healeth the broken in heart, and body. The skill and kindness of your and bindeth up their wounds.' And now, good friend the doctor is only a shadow of would you like me to read you a story of the wisdom and love of the Great Physician the Good Physician, and of some who did the Lord Jesus. I do hope you will love conie to Him and were healed ?'. Him, and ask Him to heal all your diseases. O yes; please, sir, do,' both the boys Do you know why every one does not come replied; and they listened attentively while to the Good Physician ??
their friend and pastor read the account of · The boys thought for a little, and then Jairus coming to Jesus and beseeching Him Johnnie replied, "Is it because they think to heal His little daughter, who was at the they do not need Him?'
point of death; and of the poor woman who That reason keeps many persons away came to Jesus for healing after she had from Jesus. Sin is so deceitful a disease spent all her living on physicians. Then that many sinners are quite unconscious of he pointed out to them the great difference their danger. Jesus said to the Pharisees, between Jesus and all the other physicians who thought themselves righteous, and de whom this poor woman had consulted, and spised others, They that be whole need not asked them if they knew why none of the a physician, but they that are sick.' Papa others had healed her?' does not send for the doctor when you are Because they were not able,' they all well. It is only when you are ill that replied. you need him. Though sinners always That is a great difference between Jesus need Jesus they will not come to Him till | and every other physician. He is always the Holy Spirit makes them feel their able to heal. He can even raise the dead. disease. Others who know that they are | Jairus’ friends thought it was useless to not righteous do not wish to be made so, apply to Jesus when his little daughter had because they love sin. Would there be died, but Jesus showed that He was all
powerful, that no case was too hard for Him. labouring among the New Hebrides will prove Do you know a beautiful hymn of Cowper's interesting to our young readers : - Rev. on the Lord the Healer? It begins,
Joseph Copeland (Fotuna); Rev. Dr. Geddie
(Aneityum); Rev. J. Goodwill (Santo); Rev. “Heal us, Emmanuel, here we are,
J. Inglis (Aneityum); Rev. P. Milne (Nguna);
Rev. Mr 'M'Donald (unallocated); Rev. Mr
M'Kenzie (unallocated); Rev. Mr Murray
(unallocated); Rev. Thomas Neilson (Tanna); "We have never learned that one, sir.' Rev. J. G. Paton (Aniwa); Rev. Mr Robertson
'I am sure your mamma knows it and (unallocated); Rev. W. Watt (Tanna). will find it for you, and perhaps you will
Each of the above-mentioned missionaries learn it and repeat it to me next time I
is married, and the ladies form not the least come to see you.'
valuable portion of the mission staff. In Papa then came in, and was very glad to
addition to these European missionaries, there see the boys so much interested in the con
aro upwards of thirty native teachers, acting versation of their minister; and soon they
as pioneers, and partly as assistants to the
missionaries. all joined with him in praying that the Two of the islands (Aneityum and Aniwa) Great Physician would restore the suffering
are now entirely Christian in their profession. little one, if it was His holy will, and that The whole population of the first-mentioned He would give her patience and strength to island is under Christian instruction. Portions bear whatever God appointed, that He of the Scripture have been printed in the would comfort her parents, and lead every language of the island. The New Testament one of the family to the Great Physician.
was in 1863 put into the hands of the people, The good pastor left the house refreshed
and they have paid for the printing of it by and strengthened. The attention the boys
the sale of arrowroot prepared by themselves.
The Book of Psalms was printed in 1864, and had paid to the short lesson he had given
this also has been paid for. The Old Testathem had cheered and encouraged him, and
ment from Genesis to Job is at present in the that evening he resolved to devote more of
press, under the supervision of the Rev. Dr. his time to the young of his flock, and if pos Geddie. The Christian natives have sent sible to make a friend of each one of them. forth teachers to other islands, and there are
twenty-one of these evangelists from Aneityum
at present employed. OUR MISSIONARY PAGE.
The effect of Christianity on the morals of
the people has been very striking. The THE NEW HEBRIDES MISSION.
natives are clothed, and in their right mind. (CONCLUDED.)
War has ceased on Aneityum, and so have the IT was at this juncture that the ‘Border
vices and cruelties of their heathen state. Maid,' the missionary schooner of Bishop Marriage is sacred, and infant life precious. Selwyn arrived, bringing another Presbyterian Widows, instead of being as before strangled missionary—the Rev. John Inglis, who had
on the death of their husbands, are held in been previously labouring as a missionary in
honour, and the needy supported. The voice New Zealand-to labour with his wife on of song and prayer to God rises from almost Aneityum. It was an interesting sight to every home, and the house of God is filled behold the English Bishop, generously and with devout and well-conducted worshippers. gratuitously, taking a clergyman of the Reformed Presbyterian Church (the ecclesiastical descendants of the old Scottish cove
BIBLE QUESTIONS. nanters) to a mission field. Arrangements were made with the London Missionary
NOTICE TO COMPETITORS. -The names of the Successful Society, and with the Church Missionary
Competitors will be announced in the January number Society, by which the New Hebrides were of the 'Dayspring,' and an important arrangement allocated as a sphere of missionary labour for
stated regarding the New Series of Questions for 1873. the Presbyterian Church.
Communications to be addressed to the Editor, Rev. The following list of missionaries at present | John Kay, Greenbank Cottage, Coatbridge.