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THE CAPTAIN'S LITTLE DAUGHTER. A LITTLE ship rode fearlessly upon the
tossing sea; Right merry was her captain's heart, for
homeward bound was shu; His step rose high and proudly as he glanced
the waters o'er; Another day would bring them to tho dcar
old English shore.
make them fight with men, or with one another.
The Colosseum was finished by the united labour of 40.000 captive Jews. The Emperor made a hundred holidays; and during that long time there were continual fights with men and beasts. It is said that no fewer than 5,000 men, and 5,000 wild beasts, were killed to please their cruel desires.
When the people got tired of one kind of bloody sport, they had a change, by filling the ring in the middle with water, so as to sail little boats, and enable sea monsters to swim. Thus they had mimic, though dreadful sea fights, and the more the poor combatants were torn to pieces and killed, the better pleased were the blood-thirsty spectators.
These fearful amusements were continued for many hundred years, until Christianity prevailed, when they were ended in a most touching and affecting manner. One day two men were hard at work trying to kill each other with the short Roman sword, when an eastern monk named Almachius rushed into the arena between the combatants, exclaiming, 'In the name of God, cease this inhuman butchery!' Alas! the poor monk was killed in his kind effort to save the gladiators; but his martyrdom put an end to these horrible exhibitions, and he died having done a good work, leaving a name that will live as long as a stone of the Colosseum remains.
What renders the Colosseum all the more interesting, is the sad fact, that many thousand poor innocent Christians-men, women, and children-were delivered up to wild beasts before these blood-thirsty pleasure seekers; but thanks to a merciful Providence, all that is over long ago; and now we look with the deepest interest on a building, which could it speak, would tell many stories of wonder, awe, and horror. Desolate in its ruins, it is majestic withal! a monument of the pride of a former age; and of a people, who many hundred years ago, were swept away from the face of the earth as a great nation, by the avenging arm of a just and all-powerful God.
But joy gave way to tenderness, when, prat
tling by his side, A little, childish, eager voice, to all his words
replied; And with his darling clinging to his brawny
sunburnt hand, They stood together watching for the first
sweet glimpse of land.
That night a storm rose suddenly, and swept
across the deep, And lashed the waves to fury in a wild, tem
pestuous heap; The little ship strove gallantly to breast the
raging tide, But through those boiling billows now, no
human power could guide.
The captain stood in gloomy thought, apart
from all the rest, For darkness was around him, and despair
within his breast, When lo! he started at a well known touch,
though soft and light, And there beside him, trembling, stood the
little figure white.
O father, let me come to you!'-He laid
aside his fears, And clasped the child within his arms, and
kissed away her tears; And with the small face press’d to his, her
arms about his neck, He felt what loving trust had braved the
horrors of the deck.
He told her of one night, more than a thou
sand years ago, .. When out at sea a little boat lay tossing to
and fro, And how despair and anguish did the boldest
spirits fill, Till woke the mighty master-voice, command.
ing, 'Peace, be still.'
The roaring billows sank abashed beneath
their Maker's eye, A great, deep, solemn calm o'erspread tho
startled air and sky, And silently the awe-struck men sat gazing
on that form, And knew the Lord Almighty had been with
them in the storm.
THE STORY OF AN OLD KING. I ISTEN to this little story of an old 1 Eastern king, who lived in that far away time, when the earth, it is said, was young.
Sephi was very rich; Sephi was a great king. His throne was gold; his servants were princes—all the world did him honour. The winds seemed to wait upon his ships; in whatever seas they sailed, the breezes filled them kindly, and brought them home laden with treasure.
If Sephi went forth to war, his banner was the banner of victory-if Sephi remained at peace, harvest and vintage filled his barns to breaking with their store.
"Happiest! beloved of Heaven !' said all the countries round. But Sephi was not happy-Sephi in his heart was afraid.
Sephi did not know God—the God who rests in His love '—the God who joys in His creatures' joy, and from whom all good gifts come. He did not know the Almighty Father who makes the world fair for us, who touches the earth to greenness, and tunes all the birds to song. He had some dim thought of his own, of a great overshadowing power, who watched with jealous eyes the gladness of living things. And in all his great, rich realm, there was none to come to him with the words which never, never grow old in their sweetness, and quietness, and strength, the words with their dear heritage of peace to high and low-GOD IS LOVE!'
Have you ever thought what they mean, and how God's first commandment fulfilled, is the very joy of life to love with all our heart' No hard thing, difficult and sorrowful to do, but the first of human delights and the first of human duties, linked together by God's command, so that none may ever sever them.
But none had told this to king Sephi, and how should he know it of himself? How should we know it, but for God's good word?
Sephi's dim thought of God was of a Being jealous of his prosperity ; Sephi's heart beat heavily under the purple and gold. In an ignorant, slavish fashion, ho feared God--not the God we worship, but
A happy radiance sparkled in the earnest
little face, As tenderly he left her, with a loving, last
embrace; And the captain's heart rose cheorily as ’midst
his men he trod, For he knew his little daughter's voice was
going up to God.
The silent dawn crept softly o'er a quiet
smiling sea; The little ship through rippling waves was
dancing light and free: Hush! peaceful sleeps the captain's child, in
dreamless, sweet repose, But as her father bends to kiss, the dark blue
The rosy lips are press’d to his, her arms
about his neck, Though not all trembling now, as when he
held her on the deckI've been so happy, father, and slept safe
from every ill, For Jesus heard me through the storm, and
ordered “Peace, be still.”! J. G. M. K.
an unknown God. So he thought he would resembles a colonist who settles in a new cast away the jewel he valued most, and and thinly inhabited country, where the make himself thus much the poorer, and the people are jealous, sullen, and hostile, where less an object of displeasure.
the ground has to be cleared and fenced, Oue noonday he stood on his tower—it his house to be built, the conditions of the was on the edge of the sea—and drew from climate to be studied, and his food brought his finger a ring whose worth had never from a distance. The amount of pioneer been told. Down into the unconscious and preliminary work that missionaries have water king Sephi dropped this ring, and done since the beginning of this century is smiled in self-exultation, as the green waves, seldom realised. They have found their with scarce a ripple, closed above his gem. way to foreign lands in spite of the apathy But the ring came back again to the un or suspiciousness of the people, and the willing monarch-it was found in the mouth jealousy or hostility of their rulers. They of a fish which was served on the royal have gone to regions without the means of table. And the king, as the story tells, knowing at what season it was best to settle turned deadly pale at the sight, and said there, which localities were most or least with a miserable despair, the gods have unhealthy, or what forms of disease were rejected my sacrifice.' And soon all his most prevalent. They have had to study, fortune went from him. His kingdom a understand, and conciliate people as ignorstranger took, and an utterly friendless ant, suspicious, and savage as Kaffirs and exile, he suffered the cruelest of deaths. Polynesians; or as exclusive, inexplicable,
And the old poets have drawn their own immoral, conservative, and self-satisfied as moral from the story; but a higher and | Hindoos or Chinese. They have had to holier meaning it yields to our christian faith. learn strange and difficult languages without It is this, that the gifts of God are evil only the aid of teacher, grammar, or lexicon. when our hearts, with a perverse, proud They have had to translate the Bible, and mistrust, refuse to receive them as His; have done it carefully into more than one when they see no love in His outstretched hundred languages or dialects. Whatever hand, but only a grudging giver, and know Christian books or tracts exist in African, not how our friends, and our homes, and Polynesian, Indian, or Chinese languages our loves, and our hopes, and our nameless and dialects, have been directly or indirectly gladnesses, come from that same com | produced by them. And, finally, they have passionate tenderness which gave us our | had to ascertain by what methods they Saviour, our Christ;—that we may not cast could best diffuse a knowledge of Christianity, from us His blessings, but yield Him, in destroy superstition, win their hearers into reverent return, the service of our hearts the fold of Christ, and build them up in our and lives-our whole hearts, our whole lives most holy faith. in love, obedience and faith, which He will not turn back upon us like the fabled king
HOW A GREAT MISSIONARY SOCIETY HAD Sephi's ring.
ITS COMMENCEMENT. . H. W.
IN the year 1784, the Nottingham Baptist
1 Association, to which William Carey OUR MISSIONARY PAGE.
belonged, resolved upon holding monthly
concerts for prayer. Mr Carey's one topic WHAT HAS TO BE DONE BEFORE SOULS at these meetings was the state of the pagan ARE WON TO CHRIST.
world; but few entered sympathetically A MINISTER at home somewhat re into his views. Seven years later, and after n sembles a farmer who cultivates land his removal to Leicester, Carey introduced which has long been cleared, and who has his favourite theme, and pressed upon the a perfect knowledge of the nature of the friendly, clerical assembly, whether it was soil and of the climate. A missionary | not practicable, and our bounden duty to BIBLE QUESTIONS.
attempt something towards spreading the Gospel in heathen lands?' At the May anniversary of the Nottingham association in 1792, Mr Carey preached his evermemorable sermon from Isaiah liv. 2, 3, and under the two divisions, Expect great things from God; and, 'Attempt great things for God.' The impression produced by this discourse was so deep and universal, that the association resolved upon instituting a mission to the heathen at their October conference. On the 2nd day of October the society was formed; and although the collection on the occasion only amounted to £13 · 2 · 6, ample funds flowed in and from many quarters.
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31. Where do we find a saying of Jesus while on earth which is not recordod in any of the four gospels ?
32. Which verse in Proverbs gives two reasons why we should be very kind to the poor?
33. In the words of Jesus give the same, or nearly the same, two reasons to encourage us to show kindness to His people ?
34. Which verse of an epistle mentions our duty to the poor, as a reason for diligence in our daily work ?
35. Which church was distinguished by the kind and timely aid its members sent to the apostle Paul in his poverty ?
JULY BIBLE READINGS AND LESSONS.
July 7. GENESIS 22. 1-19—Abraham and
Isaac. Memory text-Heb. 11. 17-19. Psalm 28. 7. July 14. JOHN 14. 31-54—The nobleman's
son healed. Memory text-Phil. 4. 6, 7. Psalm 103. 13. July 21. GENESIS 24. 1-31—The mission
of Abraham's servant. Memory text-Prov. 3. 5, 6. Psalm 101. 6. July 28. LUKE 4. 14-30—Jesus preaches
and is rejected. Memory text-Heb. 10. 24, 25. Psalm 45. 2.
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NUMBER OF THE DAYSPRING.' (26) Mark v. 22, 23; vii. 25-30; ix. 17-27.
John iv. 46-53. (27) Luke iv. 38, 39. (28) Prov. xxxi. 28. (29) Prov. xxx. 17; xx. 20. (30) Gen. xxvii. 8-12. Matt. x. 37.
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