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THE DAYSPRING FROM ON HIGH.
WHAT WE PROPOSE.
THE DAYSPRING FROM ON HIGH. THE abundance of magazines, and of I WONDER whether many of my young
illustrated papers for the young, is one I readers have seen in midsummer, the of the peculiar features of our times. We can
SPRINGING UP OF DAY. I had been watch
ing all night with a sick child who had, look back for more than thirty years, and
after long tossing, fallen upon a sweet reremember when their number was limited
freshing sleep. Living, as I was at the to but one or two; but now they may be time, in one of the fairest spots of beloved counted by the hundred. We have a per Scotland-in a place which was like a suasion that notwithstanding the great
well-watered garden of the Lord—I strolled
out of doors about 4 a.m., to watch for the number of such magazines, there may be
Dayspring. Seel there it comes. In the found room for The Dayspring' in our distant east, there was drawn right across a Sabbath schools and in other meetings of the grey, marled sky, a single streak of gold, young. It is our purpose to fill the pages
which seemed like the gateway into the
palace of the Great King; and soon, long of The Dayspring' with interesting nar.
rays of light, like golden spears, darted up ratives from the various mission-fields, so as
the eastern sky, pushing and driving the to draw out the sympathies, and prayers, darkness before it, till all of the fair world and help of the children of the kingdom on
under my eye was robed in beauty and glory. behalf of missions at home and abroad.
Nor was I the only watcher: for at the foot
of my garden stood an old pear tree, on a There will be no lack of short, pithy
branch of which a sentinel had taken up anecdotes, original and selected, which will his post, and as ray after ray fought the prove as nails fastened in a sure place. We
darkness, this watcher, with clear, clarionhave in store, also, many sweet hymns with
like note, gave many tiny sleepers round him
to know that the Dayspring had come. As appropriate music, which will often rise, we the blackbird trilled out his song, the feathtrust, into the ears of Him before whom the ered choristry for miles around wakened up, children marched up the streets of Jerusalem and such a gush of music came borne on the singing glad hosannas. We purpose, also, breeze, that had I not had the pale face of publishing each month a series of Bible my sick child before me, I would verily have Questions, which we shall expect our many said that sin was dead for ever, and that young friends to answer, and at the end of sorrow was a stranger to the world. But the year, three Prizes will be awarded to I knew that sin was alive, and that all the successful competitors. The conditions beautiful as the earth lay under the morning of the competition will be found in this light, sin would do its sad work unchecked; number of Tbe Dayspring,' together with but for one thing, and that one thing you the first set of Questions. As we bave often will have called up to your recollection very had enquiries made as to the most suitable vividly, if you look at the picture which our books for Sabbath school libraries, and for artist has drawn. It is more than 1800 years rewards to the young, we shall set apart a since the true Dayspring came. O, the column of our little magazine for notices | glorious, blessed Dayspring, for which senof volumes which are published, with the tinels with weary eyes, and troubled hearts view of meeting this demand.
were watching! The beautiful Dayspring We might fill this page and another with that has chased away the darkness! Old, a statement of our plans for the making of bloody superstitions that had lived and
The Dayspring' what it professes to be, I thriven in the darkness, were driven away 'but we deem it best to allow the perform- | before Him; and, as He touched the black ance to speak for itself.
mantle of the night with His golden spear,
THE PURE IN HEART.
called TRUTH, it rent and tore it so that the blessed light beyond came pouring through it, and all the angels of heaven pealed out the sweet song, ‘Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace, good will toward men.' You must not wonder that we have called our little magazine The Dayspring,' for of all words in our mother-tongue, it is the sweetest; and never sweeter than when it brings the CHRIST OF GOD before us, making young hearts bright and joyful by His presence.
THE SABBATH SCHOOL.
W E must not suppose that preaching
YY the gospel to the heathen is the only form of missionary effort. The Sabbath school is one of the most valuable of our home mission efforts, and among all such home mission efforts we are inclined to give what is called Sabbath Forenoon Services for the Young, a very high place. In a future number of The Dayspring' we shall have something to say about this good work; meanwhile we wish all to read and ponder the following weighty saying of Dr. Tyng of New York.
I desire,' says this eminent servant of Jesus, 'to record my testimony as the result of my whole experience, that, in my judgmont, there is no department of Christian labour more vitally influential upon the triumphs of the gospel, more remunerative in its immediate results to the souls engaged in it, more effective in maintaining and enlarging the best interests of the Christian church, and the most efficient operation of the Christian ministry, than faithful Sabbath school labour.'
"Good morning, my friend ; you are the person I have been waiting for.'
Oh! sir,' said the man, you are mistaken, I think.'
I do not know you, but I saw you last night when you were going home from work, and I havo been waiting some time to see you.'
"Sir, you are mistaken; it could not have been mo. I never saw you in my life before, that I know of.'
"Well, my friend,' said Mr Kilpin, 'I heard you pray last night.'
Now, I assure you that you are mistakon; I never prayed in all my life.'
"Ohli said Mr Kilpin, •If God had answered your prayer last night, you had not been seen here this morning. I heard you pray that God would destroy your eyes and ruin your soul.'
The man turned pale, and, trembling said:
Do you call that prayer? I did, I did.' "Well, then, my errand this'morning is to request you from this moment to pray as fervently for your salvation as you have done for damnation; and may God in mercy hear your prayer.'
The man from that time became an attendant on Mr Kilpin's ministry, and it ended in his early conversion to God.
THE PURE IN HEART. A LITTLE girl having one day read to her Al teacher the first twelve verses of the fifth chapter of the Gospel by Matthew, he asked her to stop and tell him which of these holy tempers, said by our Lord to be blessed, she should most like to have. She paused a little, and then said, with a modest smile, 'I would rather be pure in heart.' Her teacher asked her why she chose this above all the rest. "Sir,' she said, if I could but obtain a pure heart, I should then have all the other gracos spoken of in this chapter. And surely this was a wise and a right answer.' God himself has said, Out of it (the heart) are the issues of life.' It is in the heart that God sheds abroad the graces of His Spirit; and from thence comes that 'grace of the lips' which shows forth the right mind within.
THE MAN WHO THOUGHT HE NEVER
PRAYED, THE Rov. Mr Kilpin passed a very pro1 fane man, and having omitted to rebuke him, he waited on him in the morning in the same place. When ho approached Mr Kilpin said:
THE STORY OF THE FIRST MISSIONARY SHIP.
THE STORY OF THE FIRST MISSIONARY ministers or missionaries to proclaim; no SHIP.
good news for sinners; nothing but a fearful DO our young readers know the story of
looking for of judgment. D the first missionary ship? Can they
The word missionary, means one sent, tell how long it is since that ship was em
and Jesus is the one sent by the Father to ployed in spreading the gospel, what size it
be the Saviour of the world. Paul preached was, on what sea it sailed, to whom it be the gospel, but Jesus is Himself the Gospel. longed, and who was the Missionary on
He was wounded for our transgressions, whom it waited ?
He was bruised for our iniquities; the Many yoars ago, the good men who began
chastisement of our peace was upon Him; the London Missionary Society bought a
and with His stripe3 we are healed. The vessel called the Duff,' and sent her to work of every other missionary wherever he carry the gospel to the South Sea Islands. goes is to tell that On her first voyage, twenty-five missionaries were sent in her, and on her second voyage
‘Old, old story she sailed with thirty more missionaries for
Of Jesus and His love.' these distant islands. The history of the missionary voyages of the ship Duff' is a Surely our young readers know now what remarkable one. Is it the story of the first was the first missionary ship. It was the missionary ship? No. The first missionary | little vessel in which Jesus taught the people. ship sailed long before there was any Lon An interesting history is connected with don Missionary Society, when Great Britain each of the missionary ships which we have was a dark, heathen island, full of the named, but the story of the ship which habitations of cruelty.
waited on Jesus is the most interesting of Twelve hundred years ago, a good man any. No other ship was ever so highly named Columba, came to Iona, a small honoured as this one. island on the west of Scotland. He came When Jesus lived in our world eighteen bringing the light of the gospel to our shores, hundred years ago, a great many little ships and many a voyage he took in his little ship. sailed on the lake of Galilee. These were Was the boat in which Columba made his not like the large vessels which we usually voyages the first missionary ship? No. call ships. They were small open fishing Columba was a very laborious missionary, boats, more like the wherries used in the but a greater missionary than Columba herring fishery on our own coasts. They sailed in the first missionary shij.
were rowing boats, with a little sail which Some little boy or girl will perhaps say, was used when the wind was favourable "I know now what ship you mean; it must At that time crowded cities and villages be the ship in which the apostle Paul sailed, surrounded the lake of Galilee, and the little because Paul was the greatest missionary ships belonged to the fishermen who dwelt that ever lived.' You are coming very near | there. It was from among them that Jesus to the first ship now. But you are not quite chose most of His apostles. There are right yet. Paul was a most zealous, self little creeks where the water flows into the denying missionary; he left home and shore, and these creeks form natural friends, and endured many hardships and harbours, into which the fishermen used to much persecution, that he might proclaim bring their boats. One of the little ships the good tidings of salvation to the perishing belonged to Simon Peter, and Andrew his heathen. But there is one who is greater brother, and another to James and John, with than even that great apostle. It is He who Zebedee their father. Fishing is a very left His throne in glory, and camo into our laborious employment. Often these fisherdark, sin-polluted world, and suffered and men spent the whole night in their little died to save us from our sins. But for His boats, and sometimes they toiled all night work there would have been no gospel for and caught nothing. One morning aftor a