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A MOTHER'S OFFERING.
that she bore: and precious, was the cargo
OUR MISSIONARY PAGE. Oh! her dreams about his future ! should be
.. painter be, or poet, Give to words and deeds of beauty such due
utterance as was meet, A MOTHER'S OFFERING.
Should he wear his crown of laurel, so that all
the world might know it, MATTHEW xix. 29.
Then the dew still fresh upon it, come to lay it
at her feet? THERE sailed a gallant vessel o’er the waste of ocean waters,
Futile fancies ! God came speaking to his spirit Very varied, aye, and precious, was the cargo
'Not for thee the hero's armour, or the poet's There were those who wept the parting with
diadem; beloved sons and daughters,
There are nations lost in darkness, where they Or with faithful friends and trusted, 'mid the
dwell in lands far distant, folk who stood on shore.
I have chosen thee to carry my pure words of
truth to them.' And amid that crowd of gazers, there was one,
But he murmured ; 'Must be leave it, this fair a widow woman, And the ship was bearing from her what she
life that lay about him, prized the most on earth;
Hopes of fame and dreams of glory, must be But her features seemed enlightened with a
needs forego them all, calmness superhuman,
Must he leave the gentle mother, who would be And her quiet smile was telling of the peace
so sad without him?' that gave it birth.
'Rise and follow where I lead thee,' such was
still the Master's call. Long ago a sea of trouble had passed o'er her Mother,' oh he spoke it softly, and his words
wearied spirit, For the husband she had buried had made life
were low and tender;
Will you let me go-your darling-for these and earth so dear;
blinded nations sakes? And the little child born after, seemed entitled
When we trust to God our treasures, He will to inherit Nothing but a dreary birthright of anxiety and
surely bless the lender,
‘And Himself will give back fourfold, for the fear.
sacrifice He takes.' Yet as time's soft wings passed o'er her, and Child,' she answered very calmly, calmly the days and years went onward,
though her heart was breaking, In the lonely heart and weary some faint | If indeed the Master calleth, then how can hope began to stir;
you choose but go. And the eyes grown dim with weeping, as they *Did not Christ, our great exemplar, His eternal once again turned sunward,
home forsaking, Found that 'mid the glowing radiance was a Come to earth to live and suffer, all because gleam of light for her.
He loved us so?' And the child whom God had given her, with ‘And we call ourselves His servants;' then her his little hands caressing,
voice with sobs was broken, With his wealth of sunny ringlets, and his eyes And the pang of human suffering for a time the so blue and free
vict'ry won; Ah! when Christ to His great kingdom had Then again she smiled upon him, and the words recalled her chiefest blessing,
were calmly spoken, He had sent a pledge of comfort in the baby on 'If God calleth I can yield thee, even thee, my her knee.
only son.' There was none could choose but love him, from And she watched him till he left her, spoke no his boyhood's bright beginning,
word of weak complaining, All could bear their loving witness to his words Never let him see the tear-drops that at times and acts of grace ;
her eyes would dim. With his brave chivalrous bearing, and his Oh! there is a wondrous power in the love of gentle ways and winning ;
Christ constraining, God Himself had set the impress of true great This lone woman gave her darling, gladly for ness on his face.
the love of Him..
'Will you how and poke it sof
Now her heart rejoices greatly, when she reads the oft-told story,
BIBLE QUESTIONS. How her boy his Master's banner has set up in heathen lands;
THREE Prizes are offered for the largest And she says, “Ah! better, better than my 1 number of correct answers, to be dreams of earthly glory;
awarded in December 1872. By and by our Lord will crown him, with His own beloved hands."
The following are the conditions.
1. Competitors not to be above fifteen years of age. Well they know it, there is coming such a glorious day of meeting,
2. The answers honestly to be the work of the young When the souls whom he has rescued shall arise
persons competing from month to month. and call them blest;
3. All answers to be addressed, not later than the 18th When the Saviour shall come forward, with His of the month, to the Rev. JOHN KAY, Greenbank loving words of greeting,
Cottage, Coatbridge. 'Well done, good and faithful servants, enter ye into My rest.'
26. On what four occasions did parents come to Jesus to ask healing for their children?
27. When did a family beseech Jesus to JUNE
heal their sick mother?
28. How does Solomon describe the reSABBATH MORNING BIBLE READINGS
ward which a good mother often receives FOR FORENOON SERVICES.
from her children ?
29. How does Solomon describe the June 2. John 2_Water turned into wine. | awful punishment which awaits undutiful
children? Memory text-John 20. 30, 31. Psalm 136. 3.
30 Name one instance when a son ought
to have disobeyed his mother, and in the June 9. GENESIS 19. 12-29-Sodom and l words of Jesus give the reason why?
ANSWERS TO BIBLE QUESTIONS IN THE MAY June 16. JOHN 3-Nicodemus visits Jesus. NUMBER OF THE DAYSPRING.' Memory text-John 3. 5-7. Psalm 51. 9. (21) Ruth iv. 15, two first clauses.
(22) Gen. xlii. 38, last clause. Gen. xliv.
29, 31. June 23. GENESIS 21. 1-20-Hagar and
(23) Luke ii. 51. Matt. xv. 3-6. Matt. xix. Ishmael.
19. John xix. 26, 27. Memory text-Romans 9. 7, 8. Psalm 103. 17. (24) Gen. xvii. 18.
(25) Pro. xxiii. 15, 16, 24, 25. 3 John iv. June 30. JOHN 4. 1-30_Jesus and the Woman of Samaria.
All communications for the Editor of the 'Dayspring, · Memory text-John 4. 23, 24. Psalm 119. 10.
to be addressed to Rev. JOHN Kay, Greenbank
Cottage, Coatbridge. BIBLE QUESTIONS on these Lessons, with answers in All business communications to be addressed to Messrs the words of Scripture, may be had of the Publishers. I J. & R. PARLANE, Publishers, Paisley.
Our field is the world, and our work is before us,
O'er islands that sleep in the wave-crested ocean To each is appointed a message to bear;
We'll scatter the truth, and its fruit it shall bear; At home or abroad, in the cottage or palace,
O'er ice-covered regions, and rock-girded mountains, Wherever directed, our mission is there.
The Lord will protect us, His children are there. Perhaps we are called from the highways and hedges | Instead of the thorn shall the myrtle be planted; To gather the lowly, despised, and oppressed;
The desert shall blossom and bloom as the rose; If this be our duty, then why should we falter?
The palm tree, rejoicing. shall spread forth her We'll do it and trust to our Saviour the rest.
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GATHERING WILD FLOWERS.
picked them out and assorted them, and N OT unfrequently the purest pleasures placed them in a little jug filled with water,
I are those which lie closest to one's , and he had got the jug set upon the mantle. hand. Many people go miles out of their piece, the room seemed as if an angel had way, and spend large sums of money in come into it and made it bright and pleasant. order to secure pleasure, when a walk of James, I may say, got better, and was ablo half-an-hour might bring them into contact to gather wild flowers for himself; but mindwith some of the finest scenes, and of the ful of the joy of that day, many a posy of most beautiful objects which the loving these, fairest of the fair, he brought to tho, Father in heaveu has created. I refer to sick and dying. those little, delicate way-side flowers, to be met in shady dingles, peeping ont through
. NELLY'S FLOWER. hedge-roots, or studding with their star-like
I THINK I never shall forget beauty the meadows and the fields. When
That sultry day last June, I see them,-some, blue as if the azure of
When I sat with my grandfather the sky above had been transferred to their
The live-long afternoon. tiny leaves, others, with their rim of purple like the fillet binding the brow of a great
A sunny land before us lay, king, and others, again, like the modest
Fair were the country sights,
The whole green earth unfolded then primrose peeping out upon a world of sin
Its manifold delights. and sorrow, and reminding one of what the world must have been when sin and sorrow A rare old piece of garden ground were unknown, when I see them in their 'Mid smooth trimmed hedges set, countless thousands, the words always come With china roses down the walks, up, THOU OPENEST THY HAND.'
And plots of mignonette. I witnessed one day a scene in connection
And yellow marigolds up reared with the gathering of wild flowers which
Their faces from the sod; will set some of you, I trust, upon a way of
'Mid bushes of sweet lavender, doing good and conferring pleasure, although
And spikes of golden rod. you may not be rich. I was visiting a sick child of my acq:uaintance, and after sitting My grandfather regarded all and speaking with him for a little about the
With pleased contented face;
The old home of his ancestors, fairest flower in all the paradise of God, I heard a sudden pattering of little feet, and,
In all its summer grace. when the door was opened, one head was His eye was near as bright as mine, thrust in to reconnoitre, and the coast being His brow was more serene; clear,-nobody but the minister and the sick Though he was almost sixty-nine, child being in the room,manother and And I was just sixteen. another, and another followed, till four children in all came up to the bedside.
Oh how I pity those,' I said,
· Who dwell in smoky towns; One (a little girl) opened her pinafore and
· Who never feel the pleasant airs displayed such a heap of tangled beauty as “That fan our breezy downs; I have seldom seen-cowslips, primroses. forget-me-nots, wild hyacinths, blue and *Away from all these fragrant flowers, white periwinkles, all lying side by side, "So sweet to scent and touch; and all meant as a gift for the sick boy.
* Away from all the happy things The children had got half a holiday, and in
That I should miss so much.' the love of their young hearts thought of · And yet,' my grandsire answered me, the poor child whom sickness would not "I think our Father sends, permit to gather wild flowers for himself. Even to those who dwell in towns, And when Jamie's deft, nimble fingers had 'Some joys to make amends.