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to warm himself, but also to drive away which stout-hearted Peter speaks of our from him the lions and other beasts of prey, adversary the devil, as 'a roaring lion, which, he knows, are round about him, and walking about seeking whom he may dewill come out at night to seek for food. vour.' Well indeed may he counsel us to Long ago, there were many lions in the be sober and vigilant. Little children are land of Judea. When David was but all often the prey of lions, but their mothers strippling keeping his father's flock, there care for them, and when the lion's roar is came a lion and a bear and carried off heard in the forest, the mother seeks for her some of the lambs, and David bravely little ones and puts them beyond his reach. attacked them and rescued the lambs. There is One who cares for the little ones Another brave man, one of David's mighty of God's flock, and who is able to protect warriors, went down into a pit and slew a them against even this lion—the Good lion on a snowy day. And long before Shepherd, who, like David of old, will go either David or Benaiah had their fight with forth to do battle with the lion, and rescue a lion, strong Samson going down to His little lamb. Oh, children, love Jesus ! Timnath rent in pieces a young lion that | Come to Him, the good and kind Shepherd, roared against him.
who gave His life for the sheep, and He If you turn to the 13th chapter of 1st will guard you from all danger, and lead you Kings and the 17th of 2nd Kings, you will safely by the still waters to the green find instances recorded in which lions were pastures of His own blessed kingdom above. sent as God's messengers to punish sin. i There shall be no lion there, nor ravenous These show that even the wild beasts are beast.' You shall dwell safely in the under His control and power. They are wilderness, and sleep in the woods. Oh creatures of God and cared for by Him. that the dear children who read this paper He satisfieth the desire of everything that could so give their hearts to the loving lives, and so David says, “The young lions Jesus, that they may be lambs of His flock. roar after their prey, and seek their meat * Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me, from God.' In another Psalm he alludes to
Bless Thy little lamb to night; a fact in their natural history, that they are Through the darkness be Thou near me, often a long time without food, and then
Guard my sleep till morning light. they are ravenous and roar for their prey. The young lions do lack and suffer
GOD EVERYWHERE. hunger : but they that seek the Lord shall
God reigns in glory, and on high not want any good thing. And then good
Sits on Éis throne of majesty; king David has a word for the children.
Yet from that glorious throne He bends, He says, Come ye children, hearken unto And even to a child attends. me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.'
Asleep, awake; by night by day; I remember long ago when I used to go to Where'er I go, whate'er I say ; school, I passed an old house every day Although the Lord I cannot see, above whose doorway there was inscribed His eye is always fixed on me. in old characters, Fear God onlye, 1697.' He hears me when I pray or praise, The man that built the house was dead, but He also ponders all my ways; the motto of his life and of his house lived
May I so live as God approves, still; and as it preached to me day by day
May I be one whom Jesus loves. in those old days, so now I say, get that
God never will forsake His own, motto into your hearts and you have the bc
He will not leave me all alone;
When not another friend is near, ginning of a true and noble life, for the
May I remember God is here. fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.' The lion's roar is the terror of all who
Oh may I try to praise Him still,
To know, and love, and do His will ; hear it. The stoutest heart quails before it.
Then will my joy and gladness be, How expressive then is that image under That God's own eye is fixed on me.
THE CUCKOO. M Y dear young friends,- In a former | kind, so that nobody can justly say that of
I paper I called your attention to the you. But truth compels me to say that curlew. Let me now ask your attention to about the cuckoo. It is a summer bird. the cuckoo, another bird of passage, whose It never comes to cheer us till all nature is note we are all delighted to hear when it already gay and joyful, and it keeps to comes as the herald of summer.
sheltered places. In the higher wilds of All the music of the cuckoo consists of Scotland it is never heard at all. It comes two notes, which correspond with its name; with May, and leaves with June. It is but these notes are very pleasant to the ear, often said, that it leaves when the barley and give a delightful variety to the music of begins to shoot into ear. It abides with us the other pattering songsters, with which during the flowers, but when that which is the hills and vales are vocal on the still more substantial begins to appear, it takes mornings of balmy May. But when I have its departure. There are some men and said that its notes are delightful, I have just women just like this. They are lovers of said all the good that can be said about it. pleasure. They never go except where all
It is a sad thing when we have to say is gay and merry. They laugh and sing, about boys and girls, or men and women, and add a little to the joy, where all is that the more we know about them, the already joyful; but when the important less we admire them. I hope, my young duties of life present themselves, they friends, that you will all try to be good and instantly take their leave, and in the house
of mourning where there is sorrow to be so cares for these little birds which we think soothed, they are as absent as the cuckoo are of so little use, how much more will He in December.
care for us His own offspring, if we are But that is not all, nor even the worst loving and obedient. In allusion to these that has to be said about the cuckoo. birds of passage, Mrs Hemans closes a There is a grievous charge against it. They beautiful poem with the following lines :are all murderers. The female has this
"Sad is your tale of our beautiful earth, strange and peculiar habit that she never
Birds that o'er sweep it in power and mirth, builds a nest. She always lays her egg in Yet through the paths of the trackless air the nest of the hedge-sparrow, or some
YE have a guide, and shall we despair? other little bird. Natural historians mention
YE over deserts and deep have passed. four or five little birds in the nests of which
So may we find our bright home at last.'
AN OLD SHEPHERD. the cuckoo will deposit her egg. I have only observed one instance of this peculiar
LITTLE JOHNNY. habit, and it was the nest of a lark." There I TOHNNY'S father was a minister, and were five eggs in the nest, four belonging u chaplain to a very good and noble lady, to the lark, and a larger one to the Cuckoo. and Johnny's home was a very beautiful as The lark hatched them all, and the young well as a very happy home. The cottage birds burst the shell about the same time. was in the middle of a large garden, surThe young cuckoo was larger than the rounded with shrubbery and lime trees, and young larks, and it grew rapidly, and soon quite over-grown with roses, ivy, and honey filled the nest; and turned out the larks to suckle. In the bright summer mornings, make room for itself. Thus ejected they the bees who had sallied out, no one knew died from exposure, and the parent lark how early, attracted by the delicious fracontinued to feed the murderer of her own grance of the lime trees and roses, and to progeny till it was three or four times as pay a little visit to all those sweet flowers large as herself, and could take wing and fly. just on their way home, went humming past
When it is flying about it is often followed the open window of Johnny's nursery, by some of these little birds which are fond and seemed to say, 'you little lazy fellow, of its company, and so it has no difficulty in why are you not at your work this bright finding their nests. Here again we are re summer morning? why, we've made already minded of our lovers of pleasure.' They ever so much honey! flaunt about gayly, singing and making Johnny had a number of little brothers love, till the thoughtless are attracted to and sisters, some of them quite big; and their company, then they deposit in their then there was the tiny little baby brother, hearts and minds the principles of their own I only a few months old, and his great pet. frivolity, which the unthinking too often Now, I daresay you are saying,~ But what cherish to the utter ruin of their own like was Johnny, and how old was he?' industry and usefulness.
He was just four years old; had large, deepBut let us notice nevertheless the Divine | blue eyes; long silky fair hair, which wisdom and goodness in giving us birds and streamed in curls down his back; and he beasts with bad habits that we may observe was seldom without a bright, happy smile and avoid them, as well as others with good and this, dear children, makes even a very habits that we may learn to imitate them. plain face, look so nice and pleasant. These birds follow the instincts with which Yes! Johnny was a lovely little fellow, they have been created, and unswervingly but better than all that, he had another answer the purpose for which they were loveliness, he had learned to love Jesus, and made; and so God conducts them in safety had, young as he was, already given Him twice every year over wide oceans and his heart. broad countries from and to Africa, where The cottage, as I have told you, was in it is said they spend their winter. Since Hel the middle of a large garden, and not very
far from it, there was a little gravel pathpoles were in snug quarters away down which led to a pond full of gold fish and below. The day was cold and chilling, so tadpoles; a rockery was all around it, the children soon left with the nurse, covered over with blue and white Johnny alone lingered behind looking into periwinkles, and wild strawberries.
the pond, and watching the small stones It was a cold, frosty morning in the month which he threw, as they skimmed along the of December, I remember the day very well, surface of the ice. for I had gone a long ride away by the deer The nurse had not been gone many park, where the rooks held high holiday, minutes, until missing Johnny she returned and home by the bleak moors, where the to the pond for him. Ah! what a sight as peesweeps wailed and swept round my head. she turned the corner of the little path was
Every morning Johnny was in the habit, i that! Yonder is the pond, and two little along with the other children, of saying a feet, with little boots, are sticking up above verse after breakfast to his papa or the ice-coating in the pond ! Yes! Johnny mamma. This Monday morning he said, had over-balanced himself, and fallen in• Mamma, I would rather say a verse of my with a terrible cry of anguish, she laid the own choosing to you to-day.' Well, Johnny, little baby down, and pulled him out. His said his mamma, what do you want to say?' cheek was yet warm, his fair hair dripping, Clasping his hands together, and kneeling but the dear blue eyes were closed for ever; down on his mamma's knee, the little fellow and as she dashed back the dripping curls repeated the whole of The Lord's my
from the fair young brow, and pressed him Shepherd.' At that verse, “Yea, though I to her warm bosom-Johnny bad ceased to walk in death's dark vale, yet will I fear breathe; the dark valley was trod by the none ill,' his mamma's heart sank, and little pilgrim feet, and the lamb was safely she trembled, for she almost felt as if her housed in the fold above. dear boy was soon to be taken from her Don't you feel sad and sorry for the little 80 solemnly, so earnestly, did he twice boy's poor mamma, when the sorrowful repeat, For Thou art with me; and Thy gardeners, who had hastened to the pond, rod and staff me comfort still.' Yet looking carried to her arms little lifeless Johnny! fondly at him, as he knelt beside her in per but then she knew where her dear boy had fect health, she dismissed her sad and gone, and she was able to say like the troubled thoughts.
woman in that sweet Old Testament story, A few hours after this, and Johnny was It is well.' dressed, and went out with the nurse and Another day, and Johnny was sleeping other children to walk. Before doing so, quietly and sweetly in his little coffin, the he ran into his mamma's room, kissed her long curls clustering over his forehead, and twice, and said, 'mamma, nurse says we a smile resting on his half closed lips, which we will be back soon, for it's very cold.' told of peace and calm.
The children strolled with the nurse Dear children, give your hearts to Jesus, through the garden, until they reached the then He will fold His dear loving arms rockery. Now, between them and the around you, and whether you have to walk inmates of that pond there existed a peculiar a long time through the world, or have very affection; to stand for lorg and watch the soon to tread the dark valley, you will be gold fish' dart and leap at the gnats and able to say as little Johnny did, chase the spiders, to take a long stick and stir up the mud, causing a resurrection of
Yea, though I walk in death's dark vale, tadpoles and frogs, was the delight of many an hour. To the pond therefore the
Yet will I fear none ill : children went. Frost, the night before, had For Thou art with me; and Thy rod caused a thin coating to cover the surface; And staff me comfort still. and the cherished fish, and attractive tad
A BIRD'S NEST WITH TWO HUNDRED YOUNG IN IT.
A BIRD'S NEST WITH TWO HUNDRED up. Of course donations of money, clothing, YOUNG IN IT.
&c., are cordially welcomed, and some of these THIS is the season when my young friends come from quarters from which they might
1 are on the look out for birds' nests; not, least be expected. But one of the main of course, to disturb their inmates, but simply features in the support of the birds' nest is, to enjoy the pleasure of knowing where they that children form themselves into associations are, and how they are built. I know of few to help on the work. In the end of 1859, £35 secrets which so gladdens a child's heart, or had been received from these Associations, in gives him so much importance with his com- | the end of 1870, £900 were received as the rerades, as to know where a bird's nest is to sult of the year's gatherings. Nobly done! be found, and to count the little speckled many a little bird in the Nest has chirruped treasures which it holds. Though I have no and carolled a heart-song of thanks to you, o claim to be considered young, I am as much little ones, for your generous givings. What pleased as any of my children to find out a | hinders that the readers of the Dayspring' bird's nest, and I have gone a-bird-nesting should form one of these associations, and raise this spring to good purpose, for I have dis among them as much as will keep one or two covered a bird's nest with 200 young in it; of the little nestlings ? Miss Davies will be two hundred young, daily opening their little exceedingly happy to receive any sums that mouths to be fed, and nestling cosily under may be sent for that purpose. the outspread wings of — but I must keep If the children wish to learn fully about the ny secret, I fear, till at least I have got a ‘Birds' Nest,' they should endeavour to propromise that if I show my young friends this cure a beautiful little volume written by Miss wonderful nest, they will do something towards Davies, and entitled “Holly and Ivy, a story of feeding those that are in it, for the feeding a Winter Birds' Nest.' The following is one of them is, I assure you, no small matter. of the many instances in which the book a
Here, then, is the secret. Take your atlas; bounds, of how the Great Father provides turn to the map of Ireland ; find Dublin on for the little nestlings in the Birds' Nest.' the map, and next find Kingston, about six One day in August the matron went to the miles south-east of Dublin ;—THE BIRD'S NEST lady who manages the clothing, and said, is there, with 200 little children who, but for “We want under-garments for the girls very it, would have no home. Thirteen years ago much indeed; I have got the old ones patched four ladies in Dublin, touched with compassion and darned, but they wont last any longer." for the destitute, forlorn condition of so many “How many do you want?" asked the young children, resolved, like a noble woman lady. “Well, if we have five dozen, it would of old, to do what they could.' Amidst give one to each girl.” “Well," said the many trials to their faith, and many fears that lady, I have not any at all, and no money to the work was to prove beyond their means, buy; we must only wait. Five days after they still persevered in their labours of love. that a parcel arrived from the north of By constant, self-denying effort, and, above England; it contained almost the number of all, by effectual, fervent prayer, they secured articles required, and nothing else! The parcel a house in which 150 destitute children were was accompanied by a letter, apologising for lodged, fed, clothed, and taught the way of sending all the garments of one sort, as the life. The hostility of the Romish church was little children who had made them could not roused against this practical display of make anything else. The lady was greatly Protestantism caring for the bodies and souls astonished. She took the parcel to the "Nest," of the little ones; but the opposition and per and told the children how God had supplied secution to which they were exposed only their wants. Tears stood in many eyes as served to render these wise, loving-hearted they listened, and they learned a lesson of ladies, more firmly determined to go on with trust in God they will never forget. I want their work. Finding the number of applicants you," says Miss Davies," to see how God was far in excess of the accommodation at their preparing the answer before the want came. disposal, the foundation-stone of a new birds' You know He says, “ Before they call, I will nest was laid in April 1861, and shortly after answer.” And all the time these little children wards the robins, sparrows, chaffinches, and were putting in stitch after stitch, they were all the young brood moved into the new nest. | working out the will of God; and just when
Now let me tell you how the Nest is kept | the need came, the work was ready.'