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'I went to see a friend of mine
'Late in July last year; "Whose home is set 'mid sights and sounds
You would think dull and drear. A faithful minister is he,
• Armed with the Spirit's sword; His joy to do his Master's work,
His great and best reward. “A gentle guide to those who strive
"To walk in virtue's track; A patient loving monitor
To call the erring back.
*His heart perplexed or sad ;
•The happiness he had. "We walked together through the streets,
"So close and dark to view; I think I felt, my Emily,
"A thrill of pain like you : "To know that here were toiling folk
•Who could not see the flowers; “Nor any of the summer sights
'In this green world of ours.
One, in a noisy street;
"A cradle song most sweet. "A childish voice called out, “come in;"
“My friend spoke low to me, 6“I think a poet would rejoice
6“In what we here shall see.” • A little girl stepped forth to us.
"A little modest child, • Who when she saw my friend's kind face,
• With eager pleasure smiled. "“I just have hushed the babe to sleep,"
With quiet voice she spoke, "“Mother went out a little while,
"“ And when she went he woke. 6" And I was glad that she was gone,
6“ For baby tires her som ""He grows more active day by day;
"“ And I am strong, you know.' "The while she spoke I looked around,
"The room was dark and small, ‘But near the window stood a flower,
That made amends for all.
"A bright geranium glowing gay,
One mass of scarlet bloom; *Its grace and beauty seemed to me
“To glorify the room. “My friend's eye too fell on the flower,
Then as our glances met, 'He answered my enquiring gaze
«« Yes, this is Nelly's pet.' "“Will you tell all the story, child ?”
‘Half shy, yet self-possessed, "The little maid looked up and said
"“I'll try to do my best." "«I did so want to have a flower
6" Just to belong to me; 6" But father said he could not tell
““ What use a flower would be. «. But oh! I wanted something fair
"" And sweet to smell and hold; "“I longed to see it day by day
"“Its lovely leaves unfold. 6" And one day I was crying so,
6“ Because my mother said, 66. That she had barely pence enough
«« To buy us children bread. "" Just then he entered in our friend,
6“ (For love we call him thus; "“But oh! there's no one who can tell,
66.What he has been to us.) "“He laid a shilling in my hand;
""How can I tell my bliss ; ««You may be sure I did not rest,
«« Till I had purchased this. "" And I have tended it with care,
"« Till it grew strong and tall; "“I place it every morning where
"«The earliest sunbeams fall. "I give it water every day,
"I never can forget; 6" And baby laughs to see its leaves
““ All glistening green and wet. 66 My mother said that she was sure,
"It was quite plain to see, ""The place where such a flower could
""Must needs be orderly. (thrive, ""And so I try my best to keep
““Our room more clean and neat, ""To be a fit abiding place
"“For anything so sweet.
6" But oh! the very best of all
«« That my dear flower has taught, "" For very joy I scarcely can
6“ Describe it as I ought. ""My father used sometimes to doubt
6“If God could really care; 6“ Because you see, we were so poor,
6" And had so much to bear. ""But day by day he watched my flower
6«Unfold its scarlet bloom ; ""He said it seemed to brighten up
"" The darkness of the room. 6" And one day, sir, I heard him say,
1If God is caring thus. 66. To enrich the beauty of the flower, . He must be heeding us.” "“And this thought made his heart grow
"“His step more light and free (glad, "And when work came at last, he said,
"“I was not wrong, you see." 6“So is it strange that I should love
""My flower so sweet and fair? 6« God sent it, I believe, to save
"“My father from despair.” "She ceased-we thanked her for her tale,
So simple, yet so true; 'I never could have thought before,
“How much a flower could do. • They surely are God's messengers,
'In field, or street, or lane; "To add fresh joy to happy hearts,
Or soothe the mourner's pain. • Then while we thank our God for all
“The blessings that He showers; "Sometimes with glad and grateful hearts, We'll thank Him for the flowers.'
KATIE THOMSON. HOLINESS. DOITSEPHO, in the Bechuana language,
D signifies holiness. Dr. Livingstone one day asked one of the Bechuanas to explain to him its meaning. He answered;
When copious showers have descended during the night, and all the earth, and leaves, and cattle have been washed clean, and tho sun rising shows a drop of dew on every blade of grass, and the air breathes fresh--that is holiness.'
LENGTH OF DAYS IS IN HER RIGHT HAND. ONE advantage resulting from the
practice of abstinence from intoxicating drinks is to be seen in the prolongation of life. The Rev. Dr. Ingram of Unst, an abstainer for nearly half a century, affords a striking example of longevity combined with physical and intellectual vigour. Dr. Guthrie, who visited this most remarkable man in November 1871, stated at a public meeting in Berwick immediately on his return, in regard to Dr. Ingram, that at the extreme old age of ninty-six years he takes his place in the pulpit of his son—who is himself an old man-and preaches there with a power of intellect not the least impaired, and with a voice like that of Spurgeon. A few years ago that patriarch might be found reading the Hebrew Bible without the aid of lexicon or spectacles. Forty-five years ago, when the total abstinence movement was first emerging from obscurity, this venerable gentleman happened to hear some one read out of a newspaper, that on a man who had been the slave of drunkenness a post morten examination was made, and there was found an enormous quantity of alcohol in his brain. Dr. Ingram at once came to the determination that his head should never be made a whisky bottle, and from that day to this he had never touched any intoxicating liquor, and is a living argument in favour of total abstinence.
STEADY AIM. HORATIO ROSS, the captain of the I famous Scotch team at Wimbledon, in addressing the Lord Provost and Magistrates of Edinburgh in the Parliament House, on the occasion of the reception of the Elcho Shield, made the following statement: “There is one thing in congratulating Scotland on the victory gained by her volunteers that I cannot omit to notice. I refer to the circumstance that each of the successful competitors were strictly temperate, and I never knew a good marksman who was otherwise than temperate.'
THE GOOD SHEPHERD.
MMINT J.OW SABBATH EVENINGS AT HOME.—THE GOOD SHEPHERD. COME, children, and we will have a help loving that blessed day-the best of
a pleasant evening together. What is all the seven.' our lesson to be about to-night?'
She took special care that nothing which "Do you not remember, mamma, that you she could prevent should deprive the promised to teach me the meaning of the children of the evening hour which she alreferences in my new Bible, and to show me ways devoted to their instruction. The how to find them, and you said that you little ones looked forward with pleasure to would make that our lesson on Sabbath their Sabbath evening lesson from mamma, evening ?'
and sometimes during the week they were So I did, Georgie dear, and so we shall. overheard saying to one another, I wonder You will find the text of the sermon we what mamma will tell us about next Sabbath, heard this afternoon in your new Bible, and or do you think mamma will read us a new it will be a pleasant employment for us all story, or show us some pretty pictures ? to look up the references from it.
They were usually very attentive in church, Mrs – was one of those wise and good for they knew that mamma would be sure mothers, who are not satisfied with merely to ask them in the evening about what they telling their children that they ought to love had heard, and that it would grieve her the Sabbath, but who study to make it such much if they had forgotten it all. Besides, a pleasant season for them, that they cannot these children loved the house of God, and
love helps both the memory and the under 'I have found it, mamma, it is Ezekiel standing wonderfully.
xxxiv. 12-23.' George read the verses, and - A few days before, little George's kind then said, 'I think Mr — must have looked papa had given him a reference Bible as a | up all the references when he was making his birth-day gift. Little George valued his sermon, for he read that one in church too, new Bible very highly, and was very happy and told us the meaning of the 23rd verse.' when mamma said he should have his Sab 'No doubt our good pastor read these bath evening lesson from it. He soon found prophecies, and many more besides, for he the text, which was John X. 11, and read, knows well that there is no better way of 'I am the good shepherd.'
studying the Bible than to compare one Now, Georgie dear,' said his mamma, passage with another. Do you remember, 'Do you see the small letter b at the be Johnnie, what he said was the meaning of ginning of the verse ?
this prophecy?' 'Yes, mamma, but I dont know what it He said that “My servant David," means.'
meant the Lord Jesus, because David was a You will soon learn what it means; type of Jesus. He was both a shepherd look on the margin and you will find another and a king-and all the tribes of Israel b there, and beside it some references. were united under His reign; so when all What is the first one, Georgie?'
nations acknowledge Jesus, there will be “It is Isaiah xl. 11; mamma.'
one fold and one shepherd.'' Now, find it, and you will see at once I think you can now see how very useful how useful the references are.'
the references are. These prophecies show Georgie could repeat the names of all the that when Jesus said, “I am the Good books from Genesis to Revelation, so he Shepherd,” His words meant, “I am the soon found the place, and read, He shall promised Messiah, the Shepherd of Israel;" feed His flock like a shepherd, &c.'
and the Jews knew this well-and those O mamma,' said Johnnie, that is the among them who loved God, believed Jesus' very verse Mr — read to us in church, and words, and followed Him. he told us that it was a prophecy of the After the boys had read a few more texts, Lord Jesus,—that it was written 700 years mamma showed them a beautiful picture of before His birth,—and that it was fulfilled an Eastern shepherd carrying a feeble lamb when He took the little children in His in his bosom; and she told them a story of arms and blessed them.'
a dear little boy, one of Jesus' lambs, whom And do you remember what Mr - told us the Good Shepherd had very shortly before about the Eastern shepherds and their flocks?' carried to His fold above. She told them
"Yes, mamma; he said that an Eastern how that sweet child never thought of death shepherd never drives his sheep as shepherds as the dark valley, but only as Jesus coming do in this country. He always goes before to take him to heaven. his flock, and he knows every sheep by
Little Lizzie, who had been looking very name, and when he calls one it knows his intently at the picture while listening to the voice and follows him. He told us too that story of the little boy, then said, 'mamma, often when the ground is covered with snow, you might sing, the shepherd cuts down branches from the the trees, and feeds the sheep with the
“See Israel's gentle Shepherd stands.” green leaves and the tender twigs; and While they were singing that sweet hymn, when there is a feeble lamb in the flock,
papa came in, and with a joyful heart joined he takes it in his arms and carries it.'
his little ones in singing, Quite right, dear. Now, we must find another reference, or we will not have
*Permit them to approach, He cries,
Nor scorns their humble name; time to get over them to-night. What is
For 'twas to bless such souls as these the next one, Georgie ? '
The Lord of angels came.'
COLOSSEUM AT ROME. L AVING had the privilege of visiting, ring of stone steps after another, (where all 11 the Colosseum at Rome, perhaps a | is now ruin and broken arches), until you short description may be interesting to the reach the top windows to the left, and then readers of the Dayspring.'
you may form an idea of the great building It was built during the reign of the restored. These steps were the seats on Emperor Vespasian, in the year A.D. 80, for which the people sat, as you might see in the purpose of entertaining the people in a some schools at the present day. manner such as might be done now-a-days 1 The Romans were very cruel, and liked in a circus. Indeed, this great building was to see the most terrible sights. They a vast circus, capable of holding the trained strong men called gladiators, or enormous number of 87,000 people at once. swordsmen. And on great holidays they It is 1,616 feet round at the outside, and would place two of these men armed in the the smaller ring or oval which you perceive centre of this great building, and make them far down, was 180 feet wide by 217 feet try to kill one another; or they would take long. From that centre oval, imagine one | lions and tigers, or bears and elephants, and