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when thinking of the wonderful plan of
11. redemption-of the Son giving His life for He filled his tiny hands with flowers, us, of the Father accepting His sacrifice,
And blew the seed spikes from the clocks;' and of the Holy Spirit converting sinners And laughed, when apple blooms in showers said, a threefold cord is not soon broken. Fell down upon his golden locks. The words, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all,” show us this threefold cord.'
But on the morrow came the rain, That is what the minister says before
The thunder drops fell thick and fast; we leave the church, mamma,' said Maggie.
We could not see the fields again
Until a week was almost past. Yes, dear, these words are called the benediction, or words of blessing. The priests of old blessed the people in words very like those, using the name, The Lord, And when again, between the showers, three times (Numbers vi. 23-27).
We breathed once more the sweet spring air, When the children had read the three | The heavy rain had drenched the flowers, parables in the 15th of Luke, mamma told And spoiled the buds we deemed so fair. them that the first shows us Jesus the Good Shepherd seeking the lost; that the second shows us the Holy Spirit lighting the candle of the Word, and making it
"See, child," I said, 'no flowers are here,
Each little daisy hides its head;' shine into the heart of the sinner; and the
He raised his eyes, so blue and clear third shows us the Father receiving,
•Why, there is still the grass !' he said. forgiving, and welcoming the returned wanderer.
• Why is not the parable which shows us the Father placed first, mamma?' asked
He gathered it by root and stalk, Willie.
And held them proudly up to me;
Then spoke in his sweet baby talk, • Because it is only by Jesus, through
"And see what pretty grass !' said he. the Spirit, that sinners can come to the Father. Jesus is the sinner's surety. He obeyed the law, and died in our stead; the
VII. Father is well pleased; the Spirit has come, 1 Ah, little child, I thought, full well and thus the everlasting covenant is a I want the lesson thou dost teach, threefold cord which can never be broken.' How we may need -ah! who can tell
The wisdom of thy childish speech!.
When all our sky is clouded o'er,
And life seems all of joy bereft;
Yet still the grass is always left.
The little duties day by day,
Which duly done with faith and prayer, The spring green lay on hedge and tree-
Will seem, if not like flowerets gay, When forth into the fields to play
At least like grasses green and fair. My little Charlie went with me.
seven years old. So Nature had donned
a robe of gold, And called her ambassa
dors, dressed in green, To welcome and honour
the youthful queen; And all was bright on
that summer day, When her majesty's
servants came out to
play. They crowned her with
roses fresh and fair, That sprinkled the dew
on her sunlight hair, And built her a throne
on a mossy ball, With a silver birch for
a canopy tall; Then ran to seek for a
lily straight, That the Queen with
a sceptre might rule in state.
And when they were
gone, the flowers in
her hair, Bent down and talked
to the maiden fair. •Be spotless and pure,' I was the white Rose'
song, Unstained by the world
as you pass along: Modest and gentle,'
the Blush Rose said, Drooping still lower
her beautiful head : Steadfast and brave,'
sang the crimson Rose "When prickles are
sharp, and the red
blood flows. And a wild little blossom leant down to her ear, 1 For the life is not wasted that seeks to bring And whisper'd in tones that were low and clear, A sparkle of love from the heavenly spring, •In highways and hedges I love to grow, And the hands are not empty that cast a ray For hearts that are weary I sweetly blow; Of comfort and hope on the wanderer's way, Loving and loved I rest content,
And the angels account not the spirits mean, Nor wish that a higher lot had been sent, That follow the steps of the Nazarene.'
J. G. M. K.
SERIES A. SCRIPTURE QUARTETTES. ***The order of the Series and of the Sets has been partially
determined by local circumstances, and can be altered where found desirable.
PIONEER QUESTIONS PRBPARED FOR THE CHILDREN'S SERVICE' AT
BY REV. DAVID MACRAE. I WISH some of the little readers of the
“Dayspring' could come to our children's service some Sabbath evening, and hear how well many of our boys and girls can answer these questions, and how sweetly they sing their hymns; and see how nicely they behave, and with what order, when the service is over, they march out class by class. "Tis like the march of little soldiers; and, indeed, we want them to become soldiers-good soldiers of Jesus Christ-going forth, like Him, not to hurt any one, but to help and to save.
Would you like to know all we do at our children's service? Well, we have great variety. We have prayers offered; we have reading or recitation of verses of the Bible; we have questions on the forenoon and afternoon discourses; and we have serial questions, like those you will find below. We call them Pioneer Questions,' because they are meant-like the pioneers of an army, or the pioneers of civilization of the far westto go forward and prepare the way for much that is to come behind. All these exercises are separated or rather, I should say, linked sweetly together-by hymns. The whole service, indeed, is so pervaded by the atmosphere of praise, that it is called our Children's Service of Song.
We have also pleasant meetings now and then during the week-sometimes for lectures; sometimes for examination; sometimes for the magic lantern. Then, we have our winter festival in January, and our summer festival in July, when we go over in review all the work of the session, and have hymns sung, and verses recited, and little speeches made by the scholars themselves.
The blessing with which God is following these labours of love has gladdened the hearts of all; and we shall rejoice the more, if the publication of our Pioneer Questions now begun in the ‘Dayspring' should prove of service to others*
I.-Sin and Salvation. 1 Is there any one on earth that does not sin? There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. (Eccl. 7. 20.)
2. What is the punishment of sin? The soul that sinneth, it shall die. (Ezek. 18. 4.)
3 What did God do to open up a way of salvation for us? God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3. 16.)
4 Who was it that Jesus suffered for? He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities. (Isa. 53. 5.)
II.—Three Commands. 5 If we love Jesus what must we try to do? If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14. 15.) .6 What is His commandment to us about God? Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. (Mark 12. 30.)
7 And what has he told us to do to others ? As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. (Luke 6. 31.)
8 How are children to treat their parents ? Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. (Col. 3. 20.)
III.-Seeking God early. 9 What does the Bible tell us about seeking God? Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near. (Isa. 55. 6.)
10 Does He give any special promise to those that seek Him early?' I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Me. (Prov. 8. 17.)
11 But will He receive little children? Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. (Mark 10. 14.)
12 What will Jesus do with the little ones that come to Him? He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom. (Isa. 40. 11.)
* As the accounts of our children's service-carried bining value with interest and variety--such variety as away by friends—have brought many letters of inquiry will allow of the oldest being instructed without the from those desirous of starting similar services elsewhere, youngest being fatigued; (3) The exclusion of everyI may say, that, as far as success has attended this part thing childish, and the constant endeavour to develop of our congregational work, I attribute it largely to the intelligence, and form character; (4) Hearty sympathy following points which we have sought to secure:- (1) with the young, and an earnest desire to see every A foundation of perfect discipline; (2) Exercises com- | scholar a true Christian,
BLUE AND PURPLE AND SCARLET:
early spring now) and they looked faint IV Nelly rose up with a start. She in the twilight that was creeping down the thought she had heard her name. But street. when she looked around the room there 'Twas very chill too, though Nelly had was nobody. It was growing a little dark; i not felt this, safe within the curtains, and a very, very little. The curtains were be the gentle warmth of home. ginning to make pale shadows, and the fire Nelly's eyes were like violets, and her to make patches of light. And when Nelly cheeks very red. For she had been coiled looked through the curtains she saw the on the hearth-rug, with one dimpled foot pale leaves-little, young, fair leaves ('twas l beneath her; and the red flames that shone
in the grate had reddened the room with Nelly began to be sleepy too, and moved their glow, and, most of all, touched dainty to make herself comfortable. And when Nelly with the soft cheeks and violet eyes. she moved she espied an open Bible on the
When Nelly stirred, puss, beside her, rug, and remembered what it all meant, rose up and stretched his velvet paws, and what she had been thinking of. and made a fine arch of his sleek, grey, The Bible was open at a place not furry back, and brushed the round red familiar to all little readers, and it was this cheek with his long warm tail. And then
had set Nelly wondering and dreaming by Nelly rubbed her eyes, and looked round the fire. the room, but there was nobody there; The simple old story of Jesus ;-of the she was quite sure of that.
babe born in Bethlehem; of the wise men, There were other Nellies than she. and the new star ; of the blameless childMaybe some one on the street had called hood; the gracious manhood,-its kind, a wee wandering girlie by that pretty pet true, gentle or warning words,-its healing name of her own. And here was puss. touch ; the lonely, lonely Calvary, where He had come into her lap; he had folded Christ died for us ;-all of this Nelly had his velvet paws, and half shut his sleepy read, and read again and again. And green eyes--how green they were !--not loved it, and listened to it every day, till blue like Nelly's; and how queer they she knew nothing so well. looked with their little black centre, that But this evening Nelly had turned over was sometimes round, and sometimes long the pages of her Bible till she came to and sharp. Puss shut them and opened nearly the beginning; and it was not them, shut them and opened them; and at familiar to her like the stories of Matthew, last shut them and slept.
Mark, Luke, and John. Then Nelly began to think what she had There were many long words, and Nelly been thinking about when somebody said read slowly; often spelling them, and • Nelly!' and scattered her thoughts away. sometimes not quite sure of what they She knew she had been thinking about meant. It was about the Tabernacle,--the something nice, and was teased to forget beautiful, beautiful Tabernacle; where the what it was. She had been building her Ark of God was to be set; where the outcastles, and the noise had thrown them all spread wings of the angels were to shadow down. And she was almost as troubled as the mercy-seat; where God had promised was Bobby many a time when some heed to dwell, to hear the people when they less skirt swept the wooden blocks he had came in their sorrow to pray to Him. raised into turrets and towers.
Nelly read of all the precious things that For the building of Nelly's castles, which were for this holy place; of the blue and needed no blocks, gave her even more purple, and scarlet; the rams' skins dyed delight. These air buildings were certainly red; the beautiful shittim wood; the gold very fine and pleasant work; no heavy and silver; the fine linen; the costly stones to bring, no workman's hands stones; and how all the people gave them to direct; fairy palaces they, all reared willingly to the Lord.' Nelly once heard with a wish, hung with silken curtains, some one say these words had a fine meanbright with gilded walls ; filled with fairy ing, and that just the same as God asked of inmates, all beautiful and kind.
the people then, He asked of all who loved Whew' moaned the wind outside; Him now. Nelly had not forgotten this ; chirp, chirp' chimed in bravely the and reading the passage, she had wondered sparrows on the window sill; "crackle, over it in a simple way of her own. crackle' sang the amber flames; and “purr, This was what it said: 'And they came, purr, purr' murmured drowsy pussy | every one whose heart stirred him up, and through it all, in the blue folds of Nelly's | every one whom his spirit made willing; lap.
and they brought the Lord's offering to the