« AnteriorContinuar »
of the day. The sunbeams themselves, lisp His praise, and he glad in your heart glancing merrily on bush and tree, lighting when you hear about Him. And so the up all nature with a joyous sparkling smile, happy children will be sunbeams in the and almost blinding little Jeanie as they house, and the old folk will be full of joy. come in at her nursery window, and which, Did you ever read a little book called “How dimpling a sweet smile upon her cheek, make to catch a sunbeam ?' How I like to catch her turn and wake, are children of the day. one of those merry happy children that are And a happy joyous band they are, trooping sunbeams in the house. I don't like all day long in bright succession to make 1 pouting, and fretting, and selfish children, glad the face of nature, and fill the earth these are not children of the day.' But with joy, and draw our hearts to God who | you must try to be children of the day,' gives the sunshine, and loves to see us give | in a higher sense. There is but a short it welcome. And there are myriad insects day for us all here. The true day which which only come into existence for a brief | never ends is in Heaven. And I hope you hour or two, to gaily dwell in sunshine, and will all ask God to make you children of these are children of the day.' Brief life that day, whero it is always bright and indeed their portion, and bright and sunny gladsome. their hour of life. I often wonder wherefore
Child of the light and day, they are born, and to what end they live.
Still heavenward look; Perhaps, I sometimes think, it may be to
And learn the way of life show how unclouded, how glorious that life,
From God's own book. however brief, is, which is always lived in
The hours of life are short, God's sunshine.
And quickly past; And if we had always the sunshine of
Jesus our friend shall guide God's love in our hearts, it would not matter
To light at last. how brief and short our life here is, for in His bright world above, all is light and glory;
GOOD SOLDIERS. and those who love Him here, will live for EE them, as they pass the window ! One ever with Him in the unclouded glory above. with a whistle; another, with what was Oh children! would you like to live there, | once the hoop of a barrel, now straightened and be for ever children of the light and out and the rust rubbed off; a third, with of the day? Then you must love Jesus | his handkerchief fluttering in the wind, and here, for He is the light of life, and all who a fourth, who has succeeded in becoming would be children of His light must get light master of a gay feather, and who struts and glory from Him, who is the Sun of along very much as the bird does to which Righteousness.
the feather originally belonged. It is a band There are brighter beams from that of merry children, playing, as I have often blessed Sun than ever streamed from the sun myself done, at being soldiers. I cannot that shines on the world, and makes the say that the discipline is very strict, or that daisies smile. Jesus loves the little children, the troops are very warlike, but none the and He loves to see them full of light and less there are brave little hearts beating joy. He would have you bright and sunny, under their jackets, and the arm that holds full of happy smiles to gladden dear mamma's the straightened hoop may yet wield a heart, and to make little Winnie glad when mightier blade, and strike lusty blows for she is sorrowful. Try to make others happy, the good and true; and the bandmaster of and you will please the Lord Jesus, who is the forces, who makes just at present somethe children's friend. And then you must what discordant music, may one day place bide nothing from Him, or it will make a to his lips a silver trumpet which will make cloud come between you and Jesus, and you I glad echoes float far over mountain and vale, cannot be a child of the day.
and cause men to listen to the sweetest Abl if Jesus loves you, you will try to music that earth has ever heard; and that
A PRAYER BY A CHILD'S SICK BED.
deeds of each soldier that has served under Him, and will see to it that the bravery of His army shall not lose its reward.
Our beloved Queen has instituted an order of merit for deeds of conspicuous valour performed in the presence of the enemy. I know one man who has gained it, and I little thought, as I used to teach him when he was a boy, that he would one day wear the Victoria Cross upon his breast. But what would you say if I told you that the captain under whom I wish you to serve, will not be content with giving you a Cross, He will actually give you a CROWN. I have read of an old soldier of His who was watching for it, and who knew that it was laid up for him. He has got it long since.
bearer of the tiny flag may yet advance a nobler standard on which shall be written in letters of gold · Liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound."
I have no objections to look on at the little troop with their mimicry of war, but as I look, I have a strong desire to draw their thoughts off war in jest, and to get them to think about war in earnest. Not, however, about battlefields strewn with the dying and the dead; not about such warriors as Bruce and Wallace, and Wellington and Napoleon, but about the noblest soldiering in which man ever engaged —the being GOOD SOLDIERS OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. I could wish that the warlike ardour that throbs in the heart of the young (for I know that nothing has greater attractions for them than tales of war) should take this shape. Why even our DAYSPRING is intended to be a recruiting medium for the great army of Christ.
Have you ever stood near a recruiting sergeant beating up for soldiers ? I have ; and have a distinct recollection of how the man launched forth in praise of the comMANDER of his regiment. What a noble commander, how brave, how generous, how constantly victorious! Well, I have a good word to say for the Captain under whom I wish you to enlist. He is not only noble, but the very noblest; not only brave, but the very bravest, and the most generous of the generous, and the enemy lives not that can boast of a victory over him. I have read of a famous soldier whose power with his army lay to a great extent in the ease with which he could remember the names, and the brave deeds of his troops. It made the soldiers in the ranks so proud, when, on à review day, he would call out one and another, and address them by name and mention the battles in which they had distinguished themselves. When the next great battle took place, each man felt that he was fighting under the eye of a great captain, and accordingly he did his very best. OUR Commander never forgets. When the great Review day comes, He will be able to tell the name, the achievements, the heroic
A PRAYER BY A CHILD'S SICK BED.
Thy voice I cannot hear;
Who drew young children near. "Suffer the little ones to come,
Forbid them not to stay;'
Who lieth sick to-day.
In love that presseth sore;
Bless her for evermore.
Soothe her on Thine own breast;
Bid her lie still and rest.
There let Thy Spirit dwell;
It shall with her be 'well.'
In medicine, food, in all ;
The cares that on us fall.
To bless our longing eyes; Thou who didst once when life had flown, Say, 'Little Maiden, rise!'
L. C. P.
OUR MISSIONARY PAGE. shake hands with the missionaries. The first
salutation over, one gets a lady in his arms,
another a gentleman on his back, and off they A VOYAGE TO THE NEW HEBRIDES. make for the shore, as if their burdens were Some of our young readers may not be aware that but feathers, and place them carefully on the there is a mission ship of the same namo as their little beach, where Mr Inglis was waiting to receive magazine. The following interesting narrative from a missionary's wife, will show how niseful it is to the
them, and give them a hearty welcome to distant South Sea Islands.]
Aneityum and the mission field. Mr I. then My Dear Young Friends, Mr Kay has asked
conducted them to his house; but, anxious me to tell you something about the New
as they were to see dear Mrs Inglis and to Hebrides Mission. Now, I fancy if I could
tell her how they had come to share the heat gather some of you around me I could talk a
and burden of the day, they felt they could long time about the New Hebrides Islands,
not hasten along,—there was so much to look the Mission Ship Dayspring, the Natives, &c.
at, so much to admire. Doubtless you would put many questions to
First, they saw a cocoanut grove; then me, and then I would know what would inter
they came to a beautiful reed fence, which est you most. Some of you might ask, how
appeared fresh and new, with bananas enlong does it take to go to the New Hebrides ?
closed; and on the background stood the does the Dayspring sail quickly? what are the
church. When those good men gazed on that Natives like ? and many other inquiries would
house of God, their whole soul was stirred be made by eager little faces.
within them; not because a splendid edifico More than six years ago a number of mis.
stood before them, (for the church at Aname sionaries stepped on board a large ship bound
was a simple building of wood and plaster, for Melbourne. After bidding good-bye to
with windows of lattice-work, and a thatched their friends, they turned into their little
roof;) but because they know that not so cabins to make them neat and comfortable, for
many years before, the Aneityumese were idol. they knew that the vessel which had just set
aters, and practised every kind of wickedness. sail was to be their home for many weeks to
I shall only take time here to tell you of come. Four months came and went before
two of their evil practises. When a man died, they again set foot on land; but they had not
instead of being very sympathising to the reached the New Hebrides. They next got
bereaved widow or widows, (for, they often had on board a large steamer which carried them
several wives, they strangled them. And to Sydney, and there they saw the Dayspring,
secondly, the dear little children, of whom we to which many young persons contribute so
are all so fond in this country, were cruelly liberally. The Dayspring had come to meet
treated and often put to death by their wicked those missionaries and to take them to the
mothers, who did not wish to have the trouble poor heathen, many of whom had never heard
of bringing them up. A burning desire filled of the Saviour. The missionaries soon got
these missionaries' hearts, that if it were God's all their stores, houses, furniture, &c., on
will to spare them, that He would use them board, and took farewelí with the civilized
as humble instruments for winning many of world, and the little vessel, as if in haste to
the less favoured islanders beyond, to the take the light of the glorious Gospel to the
knowledge of the truth, and that they too poor benighted islanders, flew over the waves;
might have a house built for God's worship.
The missionaries then passed the institution and, after nine days of terrible sea-sickness, the
where natives are trained to become teachers, missionaries beheld the beautiful Aneityum,
and are then sent out to difforent villages on •Where every prospect pleases,
their own island, and many of them to the And not even man is vile.'
adjoining heathen islands. They then reached When they drew near enough they got over the gate which leads to the house, and passing the side of the ship and rowed some four or under four large orange trees, they entered a five miles towards Mr Inglis' station. But neat whitewashed cottage with a verandah in stop, the tide is out, and they are among the front. Quickly the time passed at the mission coral reefs. They must thread their way very house that evening, for the Dayspring was carefully,—they can get no further. But they waiting their return, as they wishod to visit are not left to consider what they must do. the other islands before the annual meeting, Tho boat is surrounded by natives all eager to | The Dayspring was absent from Aneityum
on this voyage four weeks. In the meantime dropped anchor, numbers of canoes were seen the John Williams, another mission ship, was approaching, and soon crowds of Tannese were soon approaching. She entered the harbour stalking about on her deck with pigs, fowls, at Dr Geddie's station, but before coming to yams, and cocoanuts, offering them for sale. anchor she struck on a reef. Missionaries It was a busy scene; a novel one to our young were on board that ship too, on their way to friends. Raratonga and Samoa, but they got safely on On Sabbath the missionaries went on shoro, shore, and the good Aneityumese set to work in order if possible to have a meeting in the and hauled her off the reef. The injury sus Aneityumese teacher's house; but these dark. tained, however, was found to be serious, and hearted Tannese did not know, and what is when the Dayspring returned it was proposed more, did not wish to know the God who made that the two mission ships should at once re them. On Monday the missionaries with their turn to Sydney, the John Williams for repairs, wives again went on shore; the former took a the Dayspring to render any assistance if stroll up the river, while the latter sat on the required on the way.
beach admiring the beautiful scenery. PreBut what were nil those missionaries to do sently a number of women gathered round without their mission ships? There were three them. Never more than at that moment did with their wives from the John Williams, and our friends wish that they had the gift of nino' with their wives for the New Hebrides tongues, for they longed to tell their dark sismission, all on that small island of Aneityum; ters of a Saviour's dying love; but they could and you know, my dear young friends, there only shake hands and smile to them. At are no shops or hotels there. They looked so length a stout little woman with a great many many to the Aneityumese that one of them beads round her neck commonced to sing, and said to Mr Inglis one day, 'the missis are so our friends at once recognised the tune of The many now, they are just like the sand on the Happy Land.' The natives were delighted shore.'
to see that they were so far understood, and A little trading vessel was lying at anchor repeated Misi Paton, Misi Paton. But the in the harbour, and the captain kindly offered missionaries must return to the ship. The a passage for two or three of the missionaries anchor lifted, the captain steered out of Port to Erromanga or Faté. The accommodation Resolution and headed for Erromanga. It was he said was miserable, but they were welcome almost a dead calm; Monday night, Tuesday, to it such as it was, and it was gladly accepted Wednesday passed on board this uncomfortable by three. The distance was not great, and little ship, and during that time the missionthey thought they would reach Erromanga in aries suffered great inconvenience, for they two or three days, and as our friends were had several tropical showers which wet overy. prepared to 'rough it,' they went quickly on thing on deck as well as themselves, and they board. The anchor was lifted, the sails un. were beginning to feel rather exhausted. furled, and soon their backs were turned on Thursday morning however brought them to Aneityum. Night drew on, reminding our Erromanga, and grateful were they when they friends that they must descend to their cabins, found themselves on its blood-stained shores. but the sight which presented itself was more Of the three missionaries who sailed in that than they were prepared for. The little state ship on the little trip of which I have just told rooms in which they were to pass the night | you, two are now with Jesus, which is ‘far were literally swarming with cockroaches, and better.' they were flying about in all directions in the Now, my dear young friends, I have relatod cabin. What were they to do? One of the this voyage, as I understand many young missionarios said to his wife, if we have a fair persons are collecting for the Dayspring, and I wind we shall only be two nights on board, wish them to know how much the mission and I don't think we shall suffer by sleeping ship adds to the comfort of the missionaries as or at least sitting on deck for that time.'' So well as being a blessing to the islanders. I up stairs they went to study astronomy by way hope they are not content with putting their of a change. But the wind did not prove fair, pence into the mission-box, but that they pray and on the third day, which was Saturday, very earnestly for the poor natives who have instead of reaching their destination, they went ! been brought up in heathen darkness, and into Port Resolution, Tanna, and remained ) also for God's messengers who seek to load thore till Monday. Before the little vessel them from darkness into light.
to know... of the monders.
MAY SABBATH MORNING BIBLE READINGS
FOR FORENOON SERVICES. May 5. MATTHEW 4. 1-11-Jesus is
tempted by Satan. Memory text-1 Peter 5. 8, 9. Psalm 11. 8. May 12. GENESIS 13-Abram and Lot. Memory text-Philip. 2. 14, 15. Psalm 34. 14. May 19. JOHN 1. 19-51—John's testimony
to Jesus. Memory text — Isaiah 53. 5,6. Psalm 136. 23.
BIBLE QUESTIONS. THREE Prizes are offered for the largest
number of correct answers, to be awarded in December 1872.
The following are the conditions. 1. Competitors not to be above fifteen years of age. 2. The answers honestly to be the work of the young persons competing from month to month.
3. All answers to be addressed, not later than the 18th of the month, to the REV. JOHN KAY, Greenbank Cottage, Coatbridge.
May 26. GENESIS 18. 16-33—Abraham
prays for Sodom. Memory text-James 5. 16. Psalm 119. 158.
BIBLE QUESTIONS on these Lessons, with answers in the words of Scripture, may be had of the Publishers.
21. In two clauses of one verse from the Old Testament, describe the blessing a dutiful child is to an aged parent?
22. Give an expression, three times em ployed, to describe the bitter grief the undutiful conduct of a child causes a parent?
23. Name four occasions on which, either by example or precept, Jesus taught the duty of children to their parents ?
24. Where do we find the ejaculatory prayer of a father for spiritual blessings on kis child !
25. Where do we find four verses in one chapter in Proverbs, and one in an epistle, which point out the chief joy of a godly parent ?
The sun is shining bright,
Are opening to the lighti:
As on the shore they break;
Wake! little boy, awake! Awake! and sing to Jesus
_Who, through each long dark hour, Has kept you safe from danger,
By His Almighty power. Awake! and pray to Jesus,
That all the coming day You may, like holy angels,
His sweet commands obey. Awake! with words so gentle,
And smiles so full of joy, That every one around you
May love you, darling boy. With little feet so ready
Kind errands swift to run; With little hands untiring
Till all their work is done. Awake! to busy lessons !
Awake to merry play!
Close on a happy day.
You shall not need to fear,
ANSWERS TO BIBLE QUESTIONS IN THE APRIL
NUMBER OF THE DAYSPRING.' (16) Pro. xii. 18; XV. 4. (17) Pro. x. 11, 20; xvi. 24; xxv. 11, 12;
. xxvii. 9. (18) Gen. xl. 7, 8. 2 Kings v. 3. (19) Ruth ii. 8-13. (20) Gen. xxiv. 14-31.
All communications for the Editor of the ‘Dayspring,' to be addressed to REV. JOHN Kay, Greenbank Cottage, Coatbridge.
All business communications to be addressed to Messrs J. & R. PARLANE, Publishers, Paisloy.