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Night is the time to weep,

of boyhood were passed, and the bright To wet, with unseen tears,

future he had dreamed of seemed to lie Those graves of memory where sleep

straight before him. The joys of other yearsHopes that were angels in their birth,

But in less than four years the poet was But perished young like things on earth.

again in trouble. He was charged with

having printed a ballad which contained Night is the time to pray; Our Saviour oft withdrew

defiance to the Government. The ballad To desert mountains, far away;

was not written by himself, but by an Irish So will his followers do

clergyman. But Montgomery having Steal from the throng to haunts untrod, printed it, was held responsible for what it And hold communion there with God.

contained. He was tried and found guilty, Night is the time for death;

and sentenced to three months' imprisonWhen all around is peace,

ment in the Castle of York and to pay a fine Calmly to yield the weary breath,

of twenty pounds. From sin and suffering cease :

So the amiable poet, full of kindness and Think of heaven's bliss, and give the sign

good-will to all the world, lived for threo To parting friends--such death be mine.'

months like any common culprit, in the The early life of Montgomery was full of grim old castle-prison. hardship and difficulty. His father was a In 1806 his first volume of poetry Moravian missionary in the island of appeared. It was entitled “The Wanderer Tobago; but the little boy was born at of Switzerland and other Poems." AfterIrvine, in Ayrshire, in a humble little house wards he published many volumes, which on November 4th, 1771. He was sent to

were much read and admired. In 1825 he school near Leeds, and afterwards to a gave up his connection with the Sheffield grocer's shop to be a little errand boy.

Newspapers, and retired into quieter life, But he did not like his duties; and one day, rich in friends and fame. with only three shillings and sixpence in his For all the ills and sorrows of his youth pocket, he ran away from Mirfield where he was abundantly repaid. A pension of his master's shop was. But he could not two hundred pounds a year was granted get into any wider life, and, tried hardly by him by the Government; and, happy and sorrow and disappointment, he came back honoured, he lived far on into a serene old to the old ways. He was once more a age. He died in 1854, eighty-three years old. shopkeeper's boy—this time in a village in With one last little poem, let us leave the Yorkshire, the little village of Wath. life of James Montgomery.

The boy's spirit was restless still—he felt that a future was before him, different,

Sow in the morn thy seed, surely, from that which was opened by the

At eve hold not thine hand,

To doubt and fear give thou no heed, grocer's shop. 4 He had written many

Broad cast it o'er the land. poems; good or bad, he at least would try what was in them. So with only his poetry

Beside all waters sow, and his hopes, he travelled from Wath to

The highway, furrows stock;

Drop it where thorns and thistles grow, London. No, publisher would buy his Scatter it on the rock. poems—disappointment was again his lot. ...

But he was still only twenty; and about Thou canst not toil in vain: ' this time he succeeded in getting a situation

Cold, heat and moist and dry, in a newspaper office in Sheffield. Shortly

Shall foster and mature the grain

For graners in the sky. afterwards, he himself established a weekly journal in Sheffield. It was called the Thence, when the glorious end, Sheffield Iris, and the talent of Montgomery

The day of God, is come, soon made it much read. Its editor gathered

The angel-reapers shall deseend,

And heaven cry," harvest home.” round him many true friends; the struggles !

H. W. H. .

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THE MIRAGE. ONCE on a time, an Egyptian army was froin the want of water. A guide was

fighting its way through India. The found, a native Indian, who undertook to most terrible enemy which it had to encount lead them to water. The first day's march er, was not the Indian soldiers, but the under the guide was all in vain ; a second Indian desert. * Its path lay under a day, and still no water was found. And burning sun, over a barren, sandy plain. I now, with the noon of the third day, a The heat was oppressive, the dust clouds fever was burning in every vein, and mad. were blinding, but the greatest agony arose | ness was beginning to look out from every 118


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eye. The soldiers surrounded the guide. the discovery that the water of life was in

Where is the water?' they cried. Eight Himself. His death became a fountain of hours' march,' said the guide, and we shall the water of life. His resurrection became be at the wells.' And with that he pointed a fountain. His ascension became a fountain. in the direction where the wells lay. He You know who this guide is? It is the is deceiving us,' cried one, the water is not Lord Jesus Christ. He who said, If any there.' 'He is leading us to destruction,' man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink,said a second, out upon the traitor.' 'I He whose last invitation in the word of see the water!' cried a third, pointing his God is, Whosoever will, let him take the water comrades in a different direction. We see of life freely. it, we see it!' his comrades replied; death to the false guide.' And so the guide was slain. And away they marched. And now

HARVEST HOME IN INDIA. they saw the fountain before them. How TXT the conclusion of harvest, the large it was! liker a lake than a fountain. A heathen Koles have for ages held How beautiful too! reflecting the palm one of their most important festivals. It trees on its bank. And how near!-eight occupies several days and nights, and is hours!' they said, we shall be there in one!' characterized by frightful debaucheryAnd away they sped in haste and eagerness. eating, drinking, dancing, and every sort of But they never came nearer it. As they revelry. Instead of quite abolishing this kept moving, the lake kept moving. The feast among the Koles who have been conquicker they went, the quicker it went too. verted to Christianity, the missionaries have Ah, it was not a lake at all, but only the altered its character, and turned it into a picture of a lake. It was what travellers beautiful Bible-like celebration, which puts call the mirage of the desert,—the image of one in mind of the feast of weeks'in Jewish a thing appearing on the horizon, but not times. Like the true Israelite of old, the the thing itself. And so it was not a Christian Kole brings part of his increase, fountain the Egyptain soldiers saw, but and offers it to the Lord, “Every man as he only the appearance of a fountain. And is able, according to the blessing of the whilst it seemed to be leading them to life, | Lord his God.” it was really leading them to death; for When the day of this festival comes that whole army perished in the wilderness. round, the great body of the Christians meet

Once on a time men were all wandering together. They are then formed into a in the wilderness of this world. They were procession along with the children of the athirst for the water of life, and they did schools, boys and girls, and headed by the not know where to get it. They sought it ! missionaries in gown and bands. Each in one direction, they sought it in another. | individual brings something: some have They tried to find it here, and there, and baskets or brass vessels, containing rice and everywhere, but never found it. At length other grain; others bring sheaves or roots; a Guide appeared, who undertook to lead and others bring pice (pence). Thus they them to the water of life. For a time it march to the church, where they deposit their seemed as if they would follow Him. But offerings on the floor opposite the pulpit; very soon they rebelled against Him, and and very soon there are good big heaps of said He was leading them astray. At last both grain and pice. After this there is they put Him to death, and determined to regular service conducted by the missionfind the water of life in their own way. aries, when there is a great deal of singing, The great bulk of the people followed them. in which the whole congregation join most But the water of life was never reached- heartily; and indeed the music is wonderfully they perished in their pride. Yet there beautiful; these wild people have such were some who did not follow. They sweet and harmonious voices. They seem waited by the dying guide; and they made to make their offerings very gladly, and


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will all be gathered together in His treasury. knowledging the bounty of God, who has

and shine together in His glorious crown, crowned the year with His goodness. All

and not one will be forgotten, or overthe contributions go to the support of

looked, or lost, for every one is precious catechists and schools, and to the general

in His sight.' operations of the mission.'

Is it not a grand thing to be one of God's Thus writes Mrs Murray Mitchell in her jewels? How very wonderful that Ho interesting Sketches of Indian Life and

should give such a beautiful name to His Travel.' The Koles are one of the aboriginal poor, sinful, worthless children, and set tribes of Bengal, among whom German such shining hopes before them! Ought missionaries have been labouring for some

we not to try to walk worthy of this high time with great success. If those Koles and holy calling ? who have so lately emerged from heathenism (From 'Little Pillows.') FRANCES RIDLEY HAVERGAL. so express their thankfulness to God for giving them fruitful seasons, surely we in in our land of light should not be forgetful The Dayspring Bible Class. of all His benefits.


Chapter IX. 1-17.

How did Jesus return from the country of the "That day when I make up my jewels.'-MAL. 3. 17.

Gergesenes ?

What was it in the hearts of the paralytic and 'M Y jewels !' God tells us who they his friends which pleased Jesus?

are—Every one that feared the By what endearing name did Jesus address the Lord, and that thought upon His name.' sick man? Then if you fear the Lord, and think upon

What cheering news did He bring him?

What did some of the scribes think concerning His name, you are one of His jewels, and

the words of Jesus? all that you are going to read about them How did Jesus rebuke their evil thoughts ? is for you, and means you.

How did He shew them that He had power to My jewels!' They are His special

forgive sins?

What effect had this miracle on the multitudes? treasure' (see margin), His very own,

Whatwas Matthew doing when Jesus called him? dearer than all other treasures to Him.

In what words did Jesus call him? We see how very precious they are to Him What class of persons sat at meat with Jesus in by the price He paid for them. For every Matthew's house? one of them has been purchased, not with

What did the Pharisees murmur concerning this? silver and gold (all the silver and gold in

By what proverbial saying did Jesus rebuke

their murmurings? the world would not have been enough to

What passage of Scripture did He quote to purchase one of them), but with the precious

reprove them? blood of Christ. That was the greatest In what words did Jesus shew that He came to thing God had to give, and He gave it for

save the guilty, not the self-righteous ? By what metaphors did Jesus teach the disci

ples of John Baptist. that His coming God has found and chosen His jewels, and

brought in a new dispensation ? He will never lose them. Every one of them is kept safe in the casket of His ever Prize Scripture Acrostics and Questions. lasting love. He does not mean to hide Competitors" will please observe to address their them away, and be ashamed of them; for answers to Reu. JOHN KAY, 11 Teviot Row, Edinburgh. He says they shall be a crown of glory in 16 How much did a man pay to his cousin for the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem a property, and on what ground did he expecü in the hand of thy God.' They are not all that it would afterwards become valuable ? the same, jewels are of many different

17 In what verse of an epistle is unity among colours and sizes; but the day is coming

believers four times enjoined ?

18 Where are eminently good mon called when He will make them up,—when they | the glory of Christ ?


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5 ( Son of God, in days of ill, And turn their darkness into light;

Say to each sorrow, Peace, be still: Smooth down the breaker's rising crest,

In hours of weakness be Thou nigh ; Say to the billow, Be at rest.

Heal Thou the sickness, hear the cry. Keep by Thy mighty hand, oh, keep, &c. Keep by Thy mighty hand, oh, keep, &c. 3 Soothe the rough ocean's troubled face, 6 When hidden is each guiding star, And bid the hurricane give place

Flash out the beacon's light afar; To the soft breeze that wafts the barque From mist and rock, and shoal and spray, Safely alike through light and dark.

Protect the sailor on his way. Keep by Thy mighty hand, oh, keep, &ç. Keep by Thy mighty hand, oh, kcep, &c.; 4 In storm or battle, with Thine arm,

7 Defend from the quick lightning's stroke, Shield Thou the mariner from harm :

And from the iceberg's crushing shock; From foes without, from ills within,

Take Thou the helm, and surely guide From deeds and words and thoughts of sin. | The wanderer o'er the wayward tide. Keep by Thy mighty hand, oh, keep, &c. 1 Keep by Thy mighty power, oh, keep, &c.

8 Good Pilot of the awful main,

Let us not plead Thy love in vain;
Jesus, draw near with kindly aid,
Say, It is I, be not afraid.

Keep by Thy mighty power, oh, keep, &c.
(By kind permission from new edition of Sturrock's Sabbath School Hymn Book.')

Paisley: J. AND R. PARLANE.]

[London: HOULSTON AND Sons.

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